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A visitor to an Apple store wears a t-shirt promoting Tik Tok in Beijing on Friday, July 17, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, Aug 6, 2020 ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Q&A: What's up with Trump's orders on TikTok and WeChat?

Aug. 7, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying they are a threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy and the economy. But it's far from clear what the administration intends to actually do when...

FILE - President Donald Trump points to a question as he speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington.   Trump’s demand that the U.S. government get a cut of Microsoft buying TikTok is the latest unprecedented scenario in an unprecedented situation. Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok, a forced sale after Trump threatened to ban the Chinese-owned video app, which has one hundred million U.S. users and hundreds of millions globally.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's demand for US cut of a TikTok deal is unprecedented

Aug. 4, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's demand that the U.S. government get a cut from a potential Microsoft purchase of TikTok is the latest unprecedented scenario in an unprecedented situation. Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok, a forced sale after Trump threatened to ban the Chinese-owned...

Catalan separatists sue Spain’s ex-spy chief over phone hack

Jul. 30, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two Catalan separatist politicians filed a lawsuit Thursday against the former head of Spain’s intelligence agency and an Israeli technology company for allegedly trying to hack their cell phones. Roger Torrent, the speaker of Catalonia’s regional parliament, and...

Maxwell lawyers: Accusers might misuse criminal evidence

Jul. 27, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend asked a judge Monday to stop her accusers from using evidence in the criminal case to boost civil lawsuits by posting materials to the internet. The lawyers say attorneys for women who claim Ghislaine Maxwell recruited and abused them...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, right, gestures beside his wife Janet Hill during a media conference on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Burlingame, Calif. Wozniak is launching a legal attack against Google's YouTube video site for allowing con artists to use him as a pawn in a Bitcoin scam believed to have heisted millions of dollars from people around the world. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak slams YouTube for scam videos

Jul. 23, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is launching a legal attack against Google's YouTube video site for allowing con artists to use him as a pawn in a Bitcoin scam believed to have heisted millions of dollars from people around the world. The personal computer pioneer vented his...

FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, a camera with facial recognition capabilities hangs from a wall during installation at Lockport High School in Lockport, N.Y. The New York Legislature has passed a two-year moratorium on the use of facial recognition in schools. The ban approved Wednesday, July 22, 2020, follows an upstate district's adoption of the technology as part of its security plans, and a lawsuit by civil rights advocates challenging the decision. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File)

NY lawmakers vote to pause facial recognition in schools

Jul. 23, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

The New York Legislature has passed a two-year moratorium on the use of facial recognition in schools. The ban approved by the House and Senate on Wednesday follows an upstate district's adoption of the technology as part of its security plans and a lawsuit from civil rights advocates challenging that move. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2017, file photo, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales speaks at a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., after another one of his deputies was involved in a shooting. Gonzales said Wednesday, July 15, 2020, he is looking to partner with a company so deputies can put smartphones in their vests and record video instead of using body cameras. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Besieged New Mexico sheriff eyes smartphones as body cams

Jul. 16, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A much-criticized New Mexico sheriff who has led an office facing racial profiling lawsuits and has refused to force deputies to wear body cameras says his office will instead use smartphones. Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales told reporters Wednesday he is looking to...

Arizona courts eye ways to hold jury trials during pandemic

Jul. 11, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona courts are entering new legal waters by exploring innovative procedures and technology such as videoconferencing to hold jury trials during the coronavirus pandemic. Largely rural Mohave County recently held a criminal trial during which jurors viewed the proceedings by watching...

Kentucky man sent to prison for illegal gambling operation

Jul. 11, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for operating an illegal gambling operation on the internet. The Daily News reports Douglas Booth was sentenced Wednesday in Bowling Green federal court after reaching a plea agreement on charges including...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, pedestrians walk through the gates of Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, July 8, 2020, challenging the Trump administration's decision to bar international students from staying in the U.S. if they take classes entirely online this fall. Some institutions, including Harvard, have announced that all instruction will be offered remotely in the fall during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

Jul. 8, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Colleges and universities pushed back Wednesday against the Trump administration’s decision to make international students leave the country if they plan on taking classes entirely online this fall, with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filing a lawsuit...