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Julian Siegel, owner of The Riverside Market, poses for a photo, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Siegel figures business dropped about 20% earlier this spring at his, restaurant after someone posted a picture on the Nextdoor app of people waiting in his parking lot for food.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Social media and COVID shaming: Fighting a toxic combination

Sep. 26, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

In the spring, Rick Rose drew the wrath of strangers after he practically shouted on Facebook that he wasn’t buying a face mask. Two months later, he contracted COVID-19 — and, he posted, he was struggling to breathe. Days later, on July 4, he was dead. That post, among the Ohio man's final public...

FILE - In this March 24, 2013 file photo, anti gay marriage activists dressed as Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic since the 1789 revolution, demonstrate in Paris. French women enjoy a universal reputation for their instinctive knack for spot-on chic attire. Ministers, already working overtime to tamp down the coronavirus spread and ramp up the economy, have gotten side-tracked in a debate about whether crop tops or other skimpy clothing on girls in classrooms is acceptable or a grave affront to the French Republic. (AP Photo/Michel Euler; File)

Crop tops or 'republican' dress? France debates schoolwear

Sep. 26, 2020 4:21 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French women enjoy a reputation for their instinctive knack for spot-on chic attire. But now they may well be confused. Ministers, already working overtime to tamp down the coronavirus spread and ramp up the economy, have gotten side-tracked in a debate about whether crop tops or other skimpy...

Black Lives Matter protesters march, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville. Breonna Taylor's family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers who killed the Black woman during a March drug raid at her apartment. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Protesters outside Louisville church amid curfew

Sep. 25, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 9:30 p.m. More than 100 people have gathered outside a downtown church in Louisville, Kentucky, despite a nighttime curfew. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2012, file photo Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. Former GOP presidential candidate Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Former congressman Ron Paul hospitalized, says he's OK

Sep. 25, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. The 85-year-old former Texas congressman, who ran for president three times, posted a picture on...

Egyptian police disperse rare, small protests; 10 arrested

Sep. 25, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Egyptian police dispersed exceptionally rare, small street protests that erupted in a northeastern province on Friday and arrested 10 demonstrators, a security official said. The development — an unusual show of defiance in a country that has moved to stamp out...

El Salvador's next US envoy met Trump at Miss Universe

Sep. 25, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's next ambassador to Washington is someone President Donald Trump might remember from his days as a beauty pageant boss. A photo circulating on social media Friday showed a smiling Trump locking arms with Milena Mayorga and two other contestants - Miss USA and...

Chicago Red Stars' Sarah Gorden, front, plays the ball as Houston Dash's Bri Visalli defends during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer finals match on July 26, 2020, in Sandy, Utah. Gordon aims to go beyond the social media statements, the T-shirts and the platitudes, and do something to lift up Black lives. The 28-year-old has put her focus on mental health for young women of color in launching her nonprofit organization, HoodSpace.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Red Stars' Gorden launches nonprofit to help Black girls

Sep. 25, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

Sarah Gorden tells the story often, about how she was a kid playing on a club soccer team when an opponent called her a racial slur. “I was raised around white people in a white community," said Gorden, who is multiracial. “And I had never really looked at myself in that light until moments like...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reacts to applause as she is introduced by William Treanor, Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Law Center, at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington. On Friday, Sept. 24, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming Ginsburg wanted to lower the age of consent for sex to 12 years old. This bogus claim first emerged during Ginsburg’s 1993 confirmation hearings when official testimony misinterpreted a recommendation by Ginsburg in a 1977 report published by the United States Commission on Civil Rights. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen last week

Sep. 25, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not advocate lowering the age of consent CLAIM: The...

FILE -  In this Jan. 12, 2018 file photo Rev. Raphael Warnock speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.  Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Warnock in the race to fill a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. Warnock is one of the Democrats running in a crowded field for the special election to be held Nov. 3, 2020. The seat is currently held by Republican Kelly Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who was appointed earlier this year by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race

Sep. 25, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama endorsed the Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s special U.S. Senate election on Friday, providing a boost as the candidate looks to consolidate support in order to win a spot in a potential runoff. The nod was among dozens of endorsements of Democratic...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Watchdog: State Dept lied about rescinding woman's award

Sep. 25, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department’s internal watchdog has determined that the agency lied about the reasons it rescinded a prestigious award to a Finnish journalist, finding she was denied the honor because of her criticism of President Donald Trump. The department said it made a mistake in...