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Facebook takes down anti-Semitic page, governor says

February 5, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Facebook has agreed to shutter the public page of a group the administration has identified as anti-Semitic, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.Murphy, a Democrat, said in a joint statement with Attorney General Gurbir Grewal...

Online conspiracy theories flourish after Iowa caucus fiasco

By AMANDA SEITZ and DAVID KLEPPER | February 5, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Monday night could not have gone better for online troublemakers who have spent years propagating false or misleading conspiracy theories on the internet that the U.S. election is rigged or vulnerable to tampering.The delayed election...

Mfume, Klacik win party primaries for Elijah Cummings’ seat

By BRIAN WITTE and REGINA GARCIA CANO | February 4, 2020

BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik won special primaries Tuesday for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings.In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 4 to 1,...

Twitter to label altered media, remove if it may cause harm

By BARBARA ORTUTAY | February 4, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter will begin to label and in some cases remove doctored or manipulated photos, audio and videos that are designed to mislead people.The company said Tuesday that the new rules prohibit sharing synthetic or manipulated material...

Meeting between Sudan leader, Netanyahu debated in Sudan

By SAMY MAGDY | February 4, 2020

CAIRO (AP) — A surprise meeting between Sudan's leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirred controversy in Sudan on Tuesday, with the government saying it wasn't notified ahead of time and critics lambasting the talks on social media.Others...

1 dead, 81 hurt as truck carrying migrants crashes in Mexico

February 4, 2020

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A truck loaded with Central American migrants crashed in southern Mexico on Tuesday, killing one and injuring dozens more, authorities said.Images posted online by Mexican media outlets showed the crumpled truck on the side of the...

Super Bowl halftime show draws praise, tears from US Latinos

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | February 4, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When the Super Bowl halftime show began, Yol-Itzma Aguirre and her relatives watched with anticipation. The El Paso, Texas, family was curious how Colombian-born Shakira and New York-raised Jennifer Lopez, two of the world's...

Online misinformation fuels doubt as 2020 vote kicks off

By DAVID KLEPPER and AMANDA SEITZ | February 3, 2020

Well before Iowans cast the first ballots of the 2020 presidential race, an insidious campaign to seed distrust in the election process was already underway.Conservative and liberal activists took to social media to push outright false or unproven claims...

UN health agency tackles misinformation over virus outbreak

By JAMEY KEATEN | February 3, 2020

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization chief has traveled a dozen times to monitor the Ebola response in Congo . But when he planned to visit China's capital last week over a new viral outbreak emerging from central Hubei province, his daughter...

The Latest: UAE suspends flights to China outside Beijing

February 3, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local):10:15 p.m.The United Arab Emirates, home to long-haul carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways, is suspending flights to mainland China outside of Beijing.The country’s...

Man wearing fake bomb stabs 2 in London and is shot to death

By GREGORY KATZ and DANICA KIRKA | February 2, 2020

LONDON (AP) — A man recently released from prison after serving time for terrorism-related offenses strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a busy London street Sunday before being shot to death by police, officials said.Deputy Assistant Commissioner...

Fight for California House may be barometer for November

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | February 2, 2020

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — If there is going to be a comeback for California’s traumatized Republican Party — a so-called “red recovery” that could threaten Democratic control of the U.S. House — Mike Garcia wants to be part of it.The former...