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Final Georgia Senate debate canceled after Perdue drops out

ATLANTA (AP) — A final debate between Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff has been canceled after Perdue dropped...

Harris target of more misinformation than Pence, data shows

CHICAGO (AP) — Long before Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced her as his running mate, Kamala Harris was the target of widespread online...

Tech giants report strong results, but murky outlooks

Five technology giants reported strong earnings but mixed outlooks Thursday, a sign of varying fortunes as they work to rebound from a pandemic-related economic...

The Latest: Nice attacker a Tunisian, had Quran copy on him

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): ...

‘Just a normal guy’: Chiefs’ Mahomes shares life with world

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews stood before a yellow sign in their backyard, pink and blue balloons stacked to...

Girl Scouts tweet, then delete post about Amy Coney Barrett

A tweet by the Girl Scouts congratulating new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett drew such outrage from Barrett’s critics that the youth organization...

Social media CEOs rebuff bias claims, vow to defend election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire from President Donald Trump and his allies, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google rebuffed accusations of anti-conservative bias...

AP Explains: The rule that made the modern internet

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into...

QAnon’s ‘Save the Children’ morphs into popular slogan

MORRIS, Ill. (AP) — At a busy intersection in this small Illinois town, Lynn Vermillion smiles at passing drivers who honk their support for...

Love blossoms amid pandemic, TikTok turmoil for two creators

NEW YORK (AP) — With love and pranks, Ian Paget and Chris Olsen are among millions of U.S. newbies looking to soak up social...

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to be grilled by Republican...

‘Voice’ co-stars Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani engaged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “The Voice” co-stars Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are engaged and sharing the good news on social media. ...

Justice Thomas’ wife boosts unsupported claims against Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by...

Clemson QB Lawrence: ‘I have the option’ to leave or stay

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence stopped short of calling an audible on his plans to head to the NFL next year, though the likely No....

Turkey’s Erdogan sues Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker for insults

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after the anti-Islam politician posted a series of tweets...

Biden was speaking to George Lopez in widely shared video

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stumbled over a name when he was interviewed during the virtual “I Will Vote” concert, and social media has...

Passenger in Offset’s car arrested for concealed weapon

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A passenger in a car driven by Migos rapper Offset was arrested in Beverly Hills, California Saturday evening on...

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

BOSTON (AP) — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand...

Johnson jump-starts IndyCar move with online auto retailer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson needed funding for his move to IndyCar so the seven-time NASCAR champion transitioned into a salesman for...

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP push against Facebook and Twitter accelerated Thursday after Republican senators threatened the CEOs of the social media companies with...

Family: Man fatally shot by police wasn’t extremist

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Strangers on the internet hailed Duncan Socrates Lemp as a martyr for their anti-government movement after a police officer...

Trump posts unedited ’60 Minutes’ interview before it airs

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump took on the country's most influential news program in unprecedented fashion, posting unedited video of interviews that...

US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have accused Iran of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that...

US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states...

Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday...

AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: Many in US distrust campaign info

In a presidential election year that has thrown the country's divisions into stark relief, Americans can agree on this: Misinformation about government and politics...

Rocky start to Dolphins’ QB transition to Tua Tagovailoa

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins' transition to Tua Tagovailoa didn’t start the way coach Brian Flores intended, and deposed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said...

AP Explains: Trump seizes on dubious Biden-Ukraine story

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to undermine rival Joe Biden two weeks before the election, President Donald Trump’s campaign has seized on a tabloid story...

Altered photo shows Ice Cube, 50 Cent in ‘Trump 2020’ hats

An altered photo of rappers Ice Cube and 50 Cent in hats that appear to show support for President Donald Trump circulated widely on...

AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Americans have lost trust across the board in the people and institutions informing them about the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, according...

Thai authorities seek to censor coverage of student protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to...

Twitter blocks tweet from Trump adviser downplaying masks

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter blocked a post Sunday from an adviser to President Donald Trump who suggested that masks do not work to...

Facebook’s long and halting fight against misinformation

Facebook is facing its toughest challenge yet: an election complicated by a pandemic, a deeply divided nation lured by conspiracy theories and alternate versions...

Suspect in teacher’s beheading in France was Chechen teen

PARIS (AP) — A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown...

Scammers seize on US election, but it’s not votes they want

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The email from a political action committee seemed harmless: if you support Joe Biden, it urged, click here to make...

GOP senator mispronounces Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris, his Senate colleague and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, on Friday by repeatedly mispronouncing...

Group seeks to combat misleading information online

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A group of U.S. Black scholars, activists and writers has launched a new project they say will combat misleading...

Twitter CEO says it was wrong to block links to Biden story

Twitter was wrong to block weblinks to an unverified political story, CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday, as the company responded to criticism over...

AP Explains: What’s behind Trump’s town hall answer on QAnon

“Ask the Q” has been a rallying cry for QAnon believers since the conspiracy theory's online birth three years ago. They have long claimed...

QAnon supporters behind canceled fundraiser give Trump $1M

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump recently accepted $1 million in campaign contributions from a couple whose vocal support for the QAnon conspiracy theory...

Sen. Josh Hawley writing book: ‘The Tyranny of Big Tech.’

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley is working on a book about one of the Missouri Republican's ongoing targets. ...

UK says Instagram to crack down on hidden influencer ads

LONDON (AP) — British regulators said Friday that Instagram will clamp down on “hidden advertising” by social media influencers. ...

TV gives viewers a split-screen comparison of Trump, Biden

NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of the expected debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, television viewers were left Thursday with what...

Why tech giants limited the spread of NY Post story on Biden

OAKLAND, California (AP) — When Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of an unverified political story published by the...

GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, wife finance anti-Biden group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his wife have given $75 million to a new super PAC that is attacking Democratic nominee...

YouTube follows Twitter and Facebook with QAnon crackdown

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — YouTube is following the lead of Twitter and Facebook, saying that it is taking more steps to limit QAnon and...

C-SPAN suspends Scully after he admits to lie about hack

NEW YORK (AP) — C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked...

C-SPAN suspends political editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admits he lied about his...

NEW YORK (AP) — C-SPAN suspends political editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admits he lied about his Twitter feed being hacked.

Man shelters 300 dogs from Hurricane Delta in Mexico home

LEONA VICARIO, Mexico (AP) — As the dangerous Hurricane Delta closed in on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ricardo Pimentel opened his home — to about...

AP Explains: Trump seizes on dubious Biden-Ukraine story

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to undermine rival Joe Biden 20 days before the election, President Donald Trump’s campaign has seized on a tabloid story...

Hong Kong police raids outspoken media tycoon’s office

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, according to Lai’s...

NBC faces backlash after agreeing to Trump town hall

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News faced a sharp backlash to its decision to host President Donald Trump for a town hall Thursday in...

AP Explains: Trump seizes on dubious Biden-Ukraine story

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to undermine rival Joe Biden 20 days before the election, President Donald Trump’s campaign has seized on a tabloid story...

Federal judge extends Virginia voter registration deadline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state's...

Jets surprisingly cut Le’Veon Bell after exploring trades

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have surprisingly released disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell, ending a disappointing tenure after less than two...

Cut cable shuts down Virginia voter portal; lawsuit filed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An accidentally severed fiber optic cable that shut down Virginia's online voter registration system for several hours Tuesday, the last...

Report: Social media influencers push voting misinformation

CHICAGO (AP) — Social media influencers, partisan news outlets and even President Donald Trump's son are driving the spread of online misinformation swirling around...

Facebook bans anti-vaccination ads but not antivax posts

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will ban ads on its platform that discourage vaccinations — with an exception carved out for advocacy...

Mark Zuckerberg donates $100M more to help election offices

DENVER (AP) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, on Tuesday donated an additional $100 million to helping local election offices...

Facebook bans Holocaust denial, distortion posts

Facebook is banning posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will start directing people to authoritative sources if they search for information about...

28 arrested, tear gas used in Wisconsin protests

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — Police used tear gas on demonstrators and arrested 28 people during a third straight night of protests over the lack...

The Latest: Brazil’s virus death toll surpasses 150,000

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s count of COVID-19 deaths surpassed 150,000 on Saturday night, despite signs the pandemic is slowly retreating in Latin America’s...

Pakistan bans Chinese app TikTok over unlawful content

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an...

C-SPAN: Debate moderator didn’t post questionable tweet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — C-SPAN said Friday that its political editor Steve Scully, set to moderate the now-scrapped second presidential debate, didn’t initiate a...

Anti-government groups shift focus from Washington to states

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The alleged foiled plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor is a jarring example of how the anti-government movement in the...

Twitter tightens limits on candidates ahead of US election

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Twitter is imposing tough new rules that restrict candidates from declaring premature victory and tighten its measures against spreading misinformation,...

FBI: ‘Boogaloo’ movement member arrested on gun charge

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man described by the FBI as a member of the anti-government “boogaloo” movement has been arrested on...

Thai army criticized for alleged political use of Twitter

BANGKOK (AP) — A former politician whose party was the apparent target of a disguised online propaganda campaign by the Thai army earlier this...

Rapper Tory Lanez charged with shooting Megan Thee Stallion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors on Thursday charged rapper Tory Lanez with shooting artist Megan Thee Stallion during an argument earlier this...

Facebook removes fake accounts linked to conservative group

Facebook has removed 276 accounts that used fake profiles to pose as right-leaning Americans and comment on news articles, often in favor of President...

Facebook braces for contested election, voter intimidation

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook said it’s readied new safeguards for the 2020 U.S. elections that have it better prepared to deal with candidates...

Fly on Pence’s head generates buzz in VP debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vice presidential debate featured plexiglass barriers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They were no match for the night’s...

‘Just not fair’: Communities bristle at new NYC shutdowns

NEW YORK (AP) — Anger and resentment flared Wednesday in New York City neighborhoods facing new coronavirus shutdowns, with some residents saying the state...

‘The military’s #MeToo moment:’ Fort Hood victims speak out

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Maria Valentine says she was just months into her training at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas, in...

‘Former staff’ claim abuse by ex-Rep. Hill in Twitter hack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An old government Twitter account for former California U.S. Rep. Katie Hill was hacked Wednesday, purportedly by “former staff” who...

Pats cancel practices after Gilmore tests positive for COVID

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots canceled practices for Wednesday and Thursday after cornerback Stephon Gilmore became the third player on the...

Belgium’s 1st transgender vice premier target of verbal barb

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's first transgender politician to reach the higher echelons of government has come under stinging attack from the country's extreme right,...

For Coptic Church, changes, questions after priest ouster

For 17 years, Sally Zakhari said she told priests and leaders in the Coptic Orthodox Church her childhood nightmare — how a Coptic priest...

Trump signals willingness to help airlines and markets jump

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Shares in major U.S. airlines jumped at the opening bell, pulling the broader market along, after President Donald Trump...

Democrats call for Congress to rein in, break up Big Tech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling for Congress to rein in Big Tech, possibly forcing Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to break up...

Jimmy Kimmel, Sammy Hagar react to death of Eddie Van Halen

Reaction to the death of guitar rock god Eddie Van Halen, who passed away Tuesday at age 65 after battling cancer. ...

Trump reports ‘no symptoms,’ returns to downplaying virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, said to be making progress in his recovery from COVID-19, tweeted his eagerness to return to the campaign...

Five things to know about the Big Tech antitrust report

After years of calling Big Tech too big, Democratic lawmakers are calling for Congress to rein in Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple by...

Facebook says it will ban groups that openly support QAnon

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — ...

The Latest: Trump gives thumbs-up from White House balcony

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's health after his COVID-19 diagnosis and hospitalization, and infections of close aides and others (all...

CEOs of 3 tech giants to testify at Oct. 28 Senate hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEOs of technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify for an Oct. 28 Senate hearing on tech...

Kvitova gets emotional after return to French Open quarters

PARIS (AP) — Petra Kvitova owns two Wimbledon titles, so making it to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 13th time...

Black singer of regional Mexican music sparks buzz, emotion

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Before clicking the Instagram video, the sight intrigued most. Sarah Palafox, a Black woman, held an iPhone while standing...

The Latest: Trump campaign manager tests positive for COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump testing positive for the coronavirus and being hospitalized (all times EDT): ...

The Latest: Key US senators test positive for virus

WASHINGTON — Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings...

Trump COVID infection thrusts world in uncharted territory

PARIS (AP) — News that the world’s most powerful man was infected with the world’s most notorious disease dominated screens large and small, drawing...

From Trump’s taxes to virus: News moves at breakneck pace

NEW YORK (AP) — Remember the presidential debate? The revelation about how much President Donald Trump pays in taxes? The nomination of a new...

Misinformation spikes as Trump confirms COVID-19 diagnosis

CHICAGO (AP) — News Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 sparked an explosion of rumors,...

Documents show large police presence at George Floyd burial

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities deployed hundreds of law enforcement personnel, including six sniper teams and Border Patrol agents, during George Floyd’s June burial in...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro baffles evangelicals with top court pick

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday nominated a judge with a record of flexible rulings to the country’s Supreme Court,...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro baffles evangelicals with top court pick

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday nominated a judge with a record of flexible rulings to the country’s Supreme Court,...

AP-NORC poll: Americans concerned by foreign interference

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans are concerned at least somewhat by the potential for foreign interference in November's election, and a majority believes that...

Senate panel moves to compel 3 social media CEOs to testify

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel voted Thursday to compel testimony from the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter as lawmakers opened a new...

American cyclist suspended by team after pro-Trump comments

GENEVA (AP) — American cyclist Quinn Simmons was suspended by the Trek-Segafredo team on Thursday after posting antagonistic comments on social media in support...

Google to pay $1 billion over 3 years for news content

LONDON (AP) — Google will pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years for their content, the company's latest effort to defuse tensions...

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