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Virginia House candidate blasted for insulting tweet

Sep. 18, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has apologized after tweeting a derogatory comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn that some Democrats said was an antisemitic attack. The Washington Post reports ...

Women who took MAGA hat, tore up Trump sign get probation

Sep. 18, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two Delaware women who confronted supporters of former President Donald Trump and took a “Make America Great Again” hat from them at the 2020 Democratic National Convention have been sentenced to probation. In a video viewed millions of times...

Louisiana 16-year-old is a finalist in global video contest

Sep. 18, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BROUSSARD, La. (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Anil Cacodcar sits in an eerily lit home office and makes a bold claim — “Zombies actually do exist.” It’s the main thesis of a 3-minute video he created to explain prion protein diseases in a creative and engaging way. The...

Brian Laundrie's family tells police, FBI he is missing

Sep. 17, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida said they are working with the FBI to find 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, whose girlfriend disappeared during a cross-country trek in a converted van. North Port police said late Friday that Laundrie's parents told them that they...

Cambodian leader boasts he barged into opposition video call

Sep. 17, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has boasted of barging uninvited into a video conference call hosted by his political opponents. An enthusiastic user of social media, Hun Sen said Friday he intruded into the Zoom call to warn his opponents...

'Devious licks' videos of damage, thefts bedevil US schools

Sep. 17, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kids across the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school administrators seeking to contain the viral internet trend. The “devious...

Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins

Sep. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Facing Kremlin pressure, Apple and Google on Friday removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities, as polls opened for three days of balloting in Russia's parliamentary election. ...

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

Sep. 17, 2021 13:16 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: ___ Biden is not...

Organizer of Saturday rally looks to rewrite Jan. 6 history

Sep. 17, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The architect of a Washington protest planned for Saturday that aims to rewrite history about the violent January assault on the U.S. Capitol is hardly a household name. Matt Braynard worked as an analyst for the Republican Party, crunched data for a...

Alabama student arrested as part of TikTok crime challenge

Sep. 17, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (AP) — A south Alabama high school student is facing criminal charges after being accused of stealing a fire extinguisher from the school as part of a TikTok challenge that’s been widely spread on the social media platform. TikTok videos encourage...