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Health commissioner targets lawmaker's misinformation

Sep. 17, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The head of New Hampshire’s health department on Friday accused a Republican lawmaker of spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette was telling the Legislature’s...

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...

Trump endorses election fraud lawyer for Michigan AG

Sep. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer who has made false claims about vote-counting machines in Michigan's 2020 election has won former President Donald Trump's endorsement for state attorney general. Matthew DePerno secured Trump's support Wednesday night. It could prove...

Somalia accuses Djibouti of detaining ex-intelligence chief

Sep. 17, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A tense political dispute between Somalia's president and prime minister threatened to broaden into a regional crisis on Friday after the president accused neighboring Djibouti of unlawfully detaining his former national intelligence chief. ...

Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines

Sep. 17, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Medical Board has revoked the license of a doctor west of Salem for refusing to follow COVID-19 guidelines in his office, spreading misinformation about masks and over-prescribing opioids. According to medical board documents, the board...

North Carolina mother, son, accused of insurance fraud

Sep. 17, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials with a North Carolina agency have accused a mother and son of falsely telling an insurance company that her car and truck had been struck multiple times by deer and other animals. A news release from state Insurance Commissioner Mike...

Facebook bans German accounts under new 'social harm' policy

Sep. 16, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

Facebook removed almost 150 accounts and pages linked to anti-lockdown demonstrators in Germany, the company announced Thursday, under a new policy focused on groups that spread misinformation or incite violence but who don't fit into the platform's existing categories of bad actors. ...

Democrats call oil giants to testify on climate campaign

Sep. 16, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are calling top executives at ExxonMobil and other oil giants to testify at a House hearing as lawmakers investigate what they say is a long-running, industry-wide campaign to spread disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global...

Cyprus top court weighs Briton's false rape claim conviction

Sep. 16, 2021 07:21 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lawyers for a British woman sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence for making up claims that she was gang raped by as many as a dozen Israelis during a vacation in Cyprus in 2019 are appealing to the country’s Supreme Court to overturn the conviction. ...

White House offers Nicki Minaj call to answer vaccine Qs

Sep. 15, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House offered Wednesday to connect Nicki Minaj with one of the Biden administration’s doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Trinidadian-born rapper’s erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral. ...