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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

Jul. 7, 2020 4:41 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance Tuesday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the former British colony. A year ago, Hong Kong residents felt secure enough in their...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises questions

Jul. 7, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week. The short-form video app's planned departure from Hong Kong comes as various social media platforms...

FILE - This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Social media site and messaging services Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram will suspend processing law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong, as they assess the impact of the new national security law enacted in the city last week. Facebook and its popular messaging app subsidiary WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday, July 6, 2020, that they would pause the review of government requests for user data in Hong Kong, “pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook, others block requests on Hong Kong user data

Jul. 6, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter say they will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong while studying ramifications of a national security law enacted last week. Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp...

Detective on leave over Facebook posts about Seattle protest

Jul. 6, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The King County Sheriff's Office said Monday it has placed a detective on leave as it investigates Facebook posts that ridiculed protesters who were struck by a car on a closed freeway, one fatally, over the weekend. Detective Mike Brown has been with the sheriff's office for more than four...

Aide no longer works for Horsford after old tweets surface

Jul. 6, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A press secretary for U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada is no longer working for the Democratic congressman after a conservative website published an article detailing old tweets in which she used racial and anti-gay slurs. An article posted by The National Pulse last week identified...

Georgia sub shop workers fired for making bread dough noose

Jul. 6, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) — Four employees of a Georgia sandwich shop were fired after making a noose out of bread dough and filming themselves playing with it. A video posted to social media of the workers at a Jimmy John's restaurant in Woodstock shows one employee draping the bread dough noose over the neck...

British sprinter accuses London police of racial profiling

Jul. 6, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British sprinter Bianca Williams and her partner have accused London police of racial profiling after officers stopped and searched the couple's car, with their 3-month-old son inside. Williams and Ricardo dos Santos, a Portuguese sprinter, are both Black and were stopped in their Mercedes on...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020 file photo, Egyptian security forces cordon off roads during curfew hours as prevention measures due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt. Coronavirus infections are surging in the country of 100 million, threatening to overwhelm Egyptian hospitals. Egypt has the highest death toll in the Arab world. Yet even as authorities fight the swelling outbreak, they have also tried to stifle nearly all criticism about the government’s handling of the health crisis. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

Jul. 6, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her...

East Meck pitcher Luke Little delivers a pitch to a Myers Park batter during prep baseball action on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at East Meck High School in Charlotte, N.C. Luke Little had this year’s Major League Baseball draft on his radar, but he waited to make any big plans. Little, a 19-year old left-handed pitcher from Charlotte, weighed the fact that this year’s draft had been cut from 40 rounds to just five. His sophomore campaign at San Jacinto, a junior college in Pasadena, Texas, ended abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he was slated to transfer and play for South Carolina in the fall. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

North Carolina teen threw the 2nd fastest pitch in history

Jul. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Luke Little had this year’s Major League Baseball draft on his radar, but he waited to make any big plans. Little, a 19-year old left-handed pitcher from Charlotte, weighed the fact that this year’s draft had been cut from 40 rounds to just five. His sophomore campaign...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly has issued an order to require people to wear masks in public and at their workplaces. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Newspaper owner: Sorry for equating mask rule to Holocaust

Jul. 5, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county Republican Party chairman who owns a weekly newspaper apologized Sunday for a cartoon posted on the paper's Facebook page that equated the Democratic governor's coronavirus-inspired order for people to wear masks in public with the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis during...