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Republican Senate candidates promote 'replacement' theory

May. 17, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Several mainstream Republican Senate candidates are drawing on the “great replacement” conspiracy theory once confined to the far-right fringes of U.S. politics to court voters this campaign season, promoting the baseless notion that there is a plot to diminish the influence...

Conspiracy theorists flock to bird flu, spreading falsehoods

May. 17, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

Brad Moline, a fourth-generation Iowa turkey farmer, saw this happen before. In 2015, a virulent avian flu outbreak nearly wiped out his flock. Barns once filled with chattering birds were suddenly silent. Employees were anguished by having to kill sickened animals. The family...

Violent death in America stalks ordinary walks of daily life

May. 17, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In far-flung cities, deadly violence ripped apart the most typical of American spring weekends, driven by rage or madness, the bloodiest by suspected racist hate. The crime scenes represented a cross-section of ordinariness — a grocery store in upstate New York,...

EXPLAINER: White 'replacement theory' fuels racist attacks

May. 16, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A racist ideology seeping from the internet's fringes into the mainstream is being investigated as a motivating factor in the supermarket shooting that killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York. Most of the victims were Black. Ideas from the “great replacement theory"...

GOP fears far-right candidate will be PA governor nominee

May. 10, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With six days until Pennsylvania's primary, Republicans are openly worrying that a leading candidate in the crowded GOP field for governor is unelectable in the fall general election and will fumble away an opportunity for the party to take over the battleground state's...

GOP works to get out the vote after calling elections rigged

May. 06, 2022 00:41 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican David Perdue has made election fraud the centerpiece of his run for Georgia governor. But if he hopes to win in this year's midterm elections, his supporters will have to use the same democratic system he says they shouldn't trust. The only way to win a...

DHS disinformation board's work, plans remain a mystery

May. 05, 2022 07:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is little credible information about the new Disinformation Governance Board. And that has made it an instant target for criticism. The board, part of the Department of Homeland Security, was announced last week. But DHS has released few...

FACT FOCUS: Food plant fires fuel conspiracy theory

May. 03, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

The fire at a Perdue Farms soybean facility in Virginia on Saturday was relatively small. Firefighters had it under control about an hour after arriving and the plant remains fully operational. “It was an accidental fire,” said Capt. Steven Bradley, a spokesperson for the...

Back with the banned: Do Twitter's exiles return under Musk?

Apr. 30, 2022 08:03 AM EDT

QAnon loyalists, COVID deniers, neo-Nazis and a former American president: The list of people banned from Twitter is long, but their exile could soon come to an end if Elon Musk's $44 billion offer for the platform is approved. Musk, the world’s richest man and the owner of SpaceX...

Michigan lawmaker's forceful speech rebuts 'grooming' attack

Apr. 20, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Sen. Lana Theis opened a Michigan Senate session with an invocation by claiming children are being attacked by “forces" that want to indoctrinate them with ideas their parents do not support. Three Democrats walked out of last week's meeting to...