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Activist: Egyptian authorities arrest brother to silence me

Sep. 20, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S.-based Egyptian activist whose Facebook page helped ignite the 2011 pro-democracy uprising said authorities have arrested his brother in Cairo. Wael Ghonim, a computer engineer, said his criticism of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by...

Soccer authorities meet with Twitter over racist abuse

Sep. 20, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — English soccer authorities say they have had a "productive and positive" meeting with representatives from Twitter in the wake of black players receiving racist abuse on the social-media platform this season. The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League were...

Music starts for Earthlings around Area 51 events in Nevada

Sep. 20, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Sound checks echoed from a distant main stage while Daniel Martinez whirled and danced at dusty makeshift festival grounds just after sunset in Rachel, the Nevada town closest to the once-secret Area 51 military base. Martinez's muse was the thumping beat from a satellite set-up pumping a...

Senate tech critic to Facebook CEO: Sell WhatsApp, Instagram

Sep. 19, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday with President Donald Trump and other critics of the tech industry, the Senate's most vocal detractor offered a challenge: Sell your WhatsApp and Instagram properties to prove you're serious about protecting data privacy. It may have been more...

San Jose State University student arrested with loaded gun

Sep. 19, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose State University says campus police arrested a student who was armed with a loaded semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and a knife after making a threat on social media. The university said in a statement Thursday the student was taken into custody and suspended from the...

Catholic school punishes students over racial slur in video

Sep. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Catholic school in Rhode Island has disciplined three students because of a video shared on social media that included a racial slur. The Providence Journal reports the live video was shared on the Instagram account for the high school boys' soccer team at La Salle Academy in...

Washington woman quits job, searches 57 days for missing dog

Sep. 19, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — After 57 days, a Washington woman's exhaustive search for her missing border collie ended in tears of happiness when the pair were reunited in a Kalispell subdivision. Carole King, of Deer Park, Washington, had traveled to Flathead County for a four-day getaway with her husband when...

SC sheriff's deputy fired after questionable arrest

Sep. 19, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in South Carolina's Greenville County has been fired for "conduct unbecoming" in connection with an arrest caught on camera and viewed nearly 100,000 times on social media. A sheriff's office spokesman says James Pregel was fired Sept. 11 for making false...

Police commander sues over database of offensive posts

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police commander who was named in a database cataloging offensive social media posts made by police officers is suing the advocates who published it. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Inspector D. F. Pace filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the Plain View Project organizers...

How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update

Sep. 19, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements — but in some cases, only if you take the time to understand how they work. Among the changes: You'll be able to sign in to third-party services with your Apple ID account rather than Facebook's or Google's....