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Bills that could force Big Tech breakups unveiled in House

Jun. 11, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of House lawmakers put forward a sweeping legislative package Friday that could curb the market power of Big Tech companies and force Facebook, Google, Amazon or Apple to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. The...

'New York Saints' moniker catches on during Islanders run

Jun. 11, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

Seth Tierney got chills hearing Islanders fans at a jam-packed Nassau Coliseum chant, “New York Saints! New York Saints!” By then, Tierney had figured out it wasn't about the now-defunct indoor lacrosse team by the same name he played three seasons for. The NFL's New...

Journalists demanding more action against online harassment

Jun. 11, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press' recent firing of a young reporter for what she said on Twitter has somewhat unexpectedly turned company and industry attention to the flip side of social media engagement — the online abuse that many journalists face routinely. ...

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

Jun. 11, 2021 14:27 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: ___ Spike protein...

Police: Teen kills man buying ATV in front of wife, kids

Jun. 11, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A teenager shot and killed a man in front of his pregnant wife and her children as he was buying an all-terrain vehicle that he found on Facebook, South Carolina authorities said. Alexander “Cody” Presley, 34, of Cordova, died shortly after...

Couple on hook for $1,400 for illegally selling crab

Jun. 11, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — An eastern Oregon couple has been sentenced to pay $1,200 in restitution after illegally selling recreationally caught crab on the commercial market in Hermiston, according to the Oregon State Police. Shawna and Gerald Wilson of Hermiston also...

Citing misogyny, Aussie swimmer pulls out of Olympic trials

Jun. 11, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

Singer Cody Simpson was dominating attention ahead of Australia’s Olympic swimming trials, until Maddie Groves withdrew from the six-day meet following a series of social media posts condemning “misogynistic perverts” in the sport. Groves didn’t detail her...

Rep. Omar says she wasn't equating US, Israel and terrorists

Jun. 10, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar tried edging away Thursday from a bitter fight with Jewish Democratic lawmakers who'd accused her of likening the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and Afghanistan's Taliban, saying her remarks were “in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic...

Newly elected charter commissioner criticized for tweets

Jun. 10, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials have criticized a member of the city’s new Charter Commission for a tweet she posted calling City Manager Jon Jennings a white supremacist after winning her seat. Newly elected at-large commissioner Nasreen Sheikh-Yousef...

Mystery over claim world's 1st 'decuplets' born in S. Africa

Jun. 10, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has been gripped by the mystery of whether a woman has, as has been claimed, actually given birth to 10 babies, in what would then be the world's first recorded case of decuplets. Gosiame Thamara Sithole from the Tembisa township near...