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Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

February 11, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police in January 2019 that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story:Jan. 22, 2019— Smollett receives a racist...

Bloomberg embraces stop and frisk in resurfaced 2015 audio


WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg is under fire for resurfaced comments in which the Democratic presidential candidate says the way to bring down murder rates is to "put a lot of cops" in minority neighborhoods because that's where "all the crime...

Virus storytellers challenge China’s official narrative

By JOHN LEICESTER and DAKE KANG | February 11, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — After nearly a week of roaming China's epidemic-struck city, filming the dead and the sickened in overwhelmed hospitals, the strain of being hounded by both the new virus and the country's dissent-quelling police started to tell.Chen...

US counterintel strategy emphasizes protection of democracy

By ERIC TUCKER | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's top counterintelligence official said Monday that he was concerned Russia or other foreign adversaries could exploit the chaos of the Iowa caucuses to sow distrust in the integrity of America's elections.“How...

‘Satanist’ Kansas soldier pleads guilty to bomb plot charges

By JOHN HANNA | February 10, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 24-year-old an Army infantry soldier described by prosecutors as a Satanist who hoped to overthrow the U.S. government pleaded guilty Monday to distributing information through social media about building a bomb and making napalm.Jarrett...

Melania Trump asks governors’ spouses to tackle cyberassault

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Monday cited the influence of “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus as she asked spouses of the nation's governors to address cyberassault in their states.“I know the many issues associated with online safety...

Gunman ambushes NYC police twice in 12 hours, spawns outrage


NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman was arrested after he ambushed police officers in the Bronx twice in 12 hours, authorities said, wounding two in attacks that brought outrage from officials who blamed the violence on an atmosphere of anti-police rhetoric.Robert...

Unique Illinois privacy law leads to $550M Facebook deal

By KATHLEEN FOODY | February 9, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among millions of people who have been tagged in Facebook photos at some point in the past decade, sometimes at the suggestion of an automated tagging feature powered by facial recognition...

‘QAnon’ conspiracy theory creeps into mainstream politics

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | February 9, 2020

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was more than halfway through his speech at a rally in Milwaukee when one of his hand gestures caught the eye of a supporter standing in the packed arena.The 51-year-old woman believed the president had traced...

Video of Chinese man caning Kenyan worker sparks outrage

By TOM ODULA | February 9, 2020

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya police say four Chinese migrant workers have been arrested following a widely circulated video appearing to show one of them caning a Kenyan worker for arriving late at a restaurant they all work in.The video has led to outrage...

CBS News head calls threats against Gayle King reprehensible

By DAVID BAUDER | February 9, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBS News chief called threats against journalist Gayle King “reprehensible” Saturday as backlash grew against rapper Snoop Dogg and others critical of King for an interview where she asked about a sexual assault charge against...

Week 3 of Weinstein trial: Fake names and raw emotions

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS | February 8, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — In the third week of testimony at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial, the prosecution rested, the defendant dozed off and there was the most intense testimony yet, with jurors being sent home early one day after a key accuser started sobbing...