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Arizona sues Google over 'deceptive' location tracking

May. 27, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Google kept tabs on the whereabouts of its users even if they had turned off location tracking, an Arizona official alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich stemned from an investigation that began after The Associated Press reported on Google's...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Twitter fact-checks Trump; he threatens new regs or shutdown

May. 27, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, the historically prolific tweeter of political barbs and blasts, threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. He turned to his Twitter account – where else? -- to...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 9, 2020 file photo, a woman holds a sign in the parking lot of Integris Baptist Medical Center during a

Oklahoma seeks federal help to beat unemployment fraud

May. 27, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An investigation into fraudulent unemployment claims made during the coronavirus pandemic has been turned over to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Secret Service, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday. The investigation...

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home to go to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Thursday, January, 23, 2020. Wanzhou is in court for hearings over an American request to extradite the executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada judge rules Huawei CFO's extradition case can proceed

May. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian judge ruled Wednesday the U.S. extradition case against a senior Huawei executive can proceed to the next stage, a decision that is expected to further harm relations between China and Canada. The Chinese embassy in Ottawa later warned Canada to drop the case...

Diana Rubito, foreground, plays with her son Bryce in the afternoon sun where they had the beach nearly all to themselves Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020 in Auburn, Maine. There were not many people swimming and taking advantage of the ideal weather at Crescent Beach Tuesday.   (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine postpones some reopenings, probes unemployment fraud

May. 27, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor announced Wednesday the state is postponing full reopening of restaurants in some parts of the state because of the risk of coronavirus. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, plans to move the state into its second phase of reopening on June 1. However, she said restaurants...

Man charged in scheme that used Bitcoin to buy personal data

May. 27, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been charged in a fraud scheme that involved using Bitcoin to buy stolen personal data belonging to people across the country, officials said. Jonathan Nguyen, 23, of Windham, was charged Tuesday in federal court with conspiring to engage in wire fraud, access-device...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 27, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ May 26 The Post and Courier on absentee mail-in ballots requiring a witness signature: The Legislature removed South Carolina’s biggest impediment to voting amid the pandemic when it passed a law this month to let all registered voters cast absentee...

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Huge Washington unemployment fraud warning to other states

May. 27, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The first word Seattle political consultant Dayna Lurie had that someone filed for unemployment benefits in her name was when her boss called. “Did you quit without telling me?" he asked. “We got an unemployment form from the state of Washington saying you don't work here...

FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, a man rides a bicycle in front of the government house during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even amid a global pandemic, there’s no sign that corruption is slowing down in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of possibly fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and medical supplies proliferate. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Spread of coronavirus fuels corruption in Latin America

May. 27, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Even in a pandemic, there's no slowdown for swindlers in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and other medical supplies pile up. The thefts are driven by price-gouging from...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020 file  photo, opposition leader Juan Guaido listens during a legislative session being held at a religious, private school in Caracas, Venezuela, an alternative location due to the government continuously blocking their access to National Assembly chambers. Guaidó said Monday, May 11, 2020 that two U.S.-based political advisers have resigned following a failed incursion into Venezuela aimed at capturing President Nicolás Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

Citgo sues Miami firm over millions lost in Venezuela fraud

May. 26, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — When the U.S. recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the nation's rightful leader last year it did more than just trigger a bitter feud with socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. Increasingly, it's also unleashing a torrent of lawsuits. The latest came Tuesday, when the...