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Digital footprints lead cops to Arizona fugitive in Canada

By PAUL DAVENPORT | February 1, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to murder before fleeing Arizona over 16 years ago to avoid being sentenced has been arrested in Canada after police followed digital footprints provided by social media posts of his family and friends, authorities...

Clinton jabs again at Sanders, says he didn’t unite party

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE | January 31, 2020

Hillary Clinton is not done talking about Bernie Sanders.The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said in a podcast interview that aired Friday that Sanders didn't try to unify the party after losing the primary to her four years ago and that he and his...

Government works to ease ballooning immigration case backlog

By COLLEEN LONG | January 31, 2020

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Inside the glass high-rise that houses the headquarters of the nation's immigration courts, the focus is on how to make the immensely strained system more efficient.Grappling with an inherited backlog that has ballooned to 1...

Mauritania arrests 10 gay men after purported gay wedding

January 31, 2020

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Authorities in Mauritania have arrested 10 men after a video appeared on social media of a gay couple appearing to take part in a traditional wedding ceremony, human rights groups said.Police later determined the gathering...

Twitter, Pinterest crack down on voter misinformation

By DAVID KLEPPER | January 30, 2020

Twitter and Pinterest are taking new steps to root out voting misinformation designed to suppress participation in the November elections.Twitter unveiled a new tool Wednesday that will make it easier for users in the U.S. to report tweets containing...

Census relying on social media, advocates to stop bad info

By MIKE SCHNEIDER | January 30, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is relying on outside help from social media companies, advocacy groups and other government agencies to halt campaigns that try to discourage people from participating in the once-a-decade head count through the spread of false...

Misinformation pledge gains a supporter in presidential race

By AMANDA SEITZ | January 29, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday in a presidential campaign pledge to avoid the use of fake news, manipulated images or online misinformation.The declaration signals that viral misinformation...

Prosecutor: Michael Avenatti saw dollar signs in Nike fraud

By LARRY NEUMEISTER | January 29, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — A deep-in-debt Michael Avenatti threatened to deploy his big social media and television presence like a “modern weapon” to try to extort up to $25 million from Nike, a prosecutor claimed Wednesday while a lawyer for the California...

Ethics panel warns House members not to share fake images

By DAVID KLEPPER | January 29, 2020

The House Ethics Committee is warning lawmakers not to share doctored images or videos that could “erode public trust, effect public discourse, or sway an election," guidance that comes during a proliferation of online misinformation in the run-up to...

Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom

By PENNY YI WANG | January 29, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus.A couple from Shantou, a coastal...

Giraffe still missing after 2 escape from truck in Thailand

January 29, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Has anyone seen a giraffe running on a highway in Thailand?Two giraffes escaped from a truck and only one has been caught.The pair were being transported Tuesday from a Bangkok airport to a new zoo in Prachinburi province. When the truck...

Wuhan officials face questions, anger over virus response

By DAKE KANG | January 28, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Last Wednesday evening, top officials in the central Chinese city of Wuhan settled into their seats at an auditorium for a Lunar New Year gala — even as a new virus that originated in their city was spreading rapidly.Dozens of actors,...