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UK judge: Police probe of ‘transphobic’ tweets was unlawful

February 14, 2020

LONDON (AP) — A British court ruled Friday that police infringed a man’s right to free expression when they showed up at his workplace to quiz him over his Twitter posts about transgender people.Humberside Police in northeast England investigated...

Zuckerberg accepts that Facebook may have to pay more tax

February 14, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to throw his support behind international reforms that would require Silicon Valley tech giants to pay more tax in Europe.The billionaire social network founder is due to meet members of the European...

India keeps lid on Kashmir’s internet 6 months into lockdown

By AIJAZ HUSSAIN and SHEIKH SAALIQ | February 14, 2020

NEW DELHI (AP) — Six months after India's government stripped restive Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and enforced a total communications blackout, it is heralding the restoration of limited, slow-speed internet as a step toward normalcy.But for the Himalayan...

Fear, boredom, adventure fill each day on quarantined ship

By FOSTER KLUG | February 13, 2020

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Fear. Surprising moments of levity. Soul-crushing boredom.Life on the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese port with scores of cases of a new virus, means experiencing all these things, according to interviews...

Newspaper chain McClatchy files for bankruptcy protection

By TALI ARBEL and MICHELLE CHAPMAN | February 13, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — McClatchy, the publisher of the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and dozens of other newspapers, has filed for bankruptcy protection as it struggles to pay off debt while revenue shrinks because more readers and advertisers are going...

Twitter, Facebook fined for not moving user data to Russia

February 13, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties imposed on Western technology companies under internet...

Ethiopia approves controversial law curbing hate speech

By ELIAS MESERET | February 13, 2020

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday approved a controversial law aimed at curbing hate speech and disinformation, especially online, just months ahead of a major election.The law’s approval, with 23 lawmakers opposing and...

Jussie Smollett’s image takes new hit with revived charges

By TAMMY WEBBER | February 12, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — He's stopped posting to his Twitter account, his last Instagram post was eight months ago, and his acting and singing careers appear to be at a standstill.Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has all but vanished from public view...

Powell hears bipartisan Senate support for Fed independence

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators voiced strong support for an independent Federal Reserve during a hearing with Fed Chair Jerome Powell, one day after President Donald Trump launched another attack directed at Powell on Twitter.“Stay...

Suit: District wrong to punish students over racist posts

February 12, 2020

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Four students in a southeastern Michigan town sued their school district over discipline they received in the wake of racist social media posts directed at black students.The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday against Saline Area Schools,...

Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ERIC TUCKER | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case after the Justice Department overruled them and said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump’s...

China’s Communist Party faces its biggest crisis since SARS

By JOE McDONALD | February 12, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party needs to make a politically fraught decision: Admit a viral outbreak isn’t under control and cancel this year’s highest-profile official event. Or bring 3,000 legislators to Beijing next month and risk...