Retailers, fashion brands struggle with racial insensitivity

New York 02/17/19, 09:54

Retailers and top fashion brands like Gucci and Prada keep apologizing for products that smack of racial insensitivity.The big question is: Why does it keep happening?Experts say many of these fashion companies live in a sort of bubble and lack the diversity in their staff that could vet their fashions. ...

Update: Egypt’s president wants more action on extremism

Europe 02/16/19, 05:48

The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local):11:45 a.m.Egypt's president has called on Western countries to boost efforts at tackling extremist ideology in online media and mosques.Speaking at the Munich Security Conference Saturday, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says countries must "tackle websites that are inciting hatred ...

Report: Far right tried to influence Bavarian election

Europe 02/15/19, 09:25

Far-right groups engaged in concerted social media campaigns to influence last year's election in the German state of Bavaria by promoting the Alternative for Germany party and smearing its opponents, according to a study published Friday.The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based think tank, said it also identified online tactics ...

Indicted US intelligence analyst once drew media across Iran

World 02/14/19, 08:24

The former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, her brown hair now hidden underneath a mandatory hijab, stood before an Iranian ayatollah as a television camera filmed behind her.It was 2012 and Monica Elfriede Witt offered Ayatollah Hadi Barikbin the pledge of faith all Islam converts must recite: "There is no ...

Predators need help beyond top line after 3-game skid

Hockey 02/13/19, 18:34

The Nashville Predators' sizzling 13-3 start to the season is a distant memory. The defending Presidents Trophy winners have lost three straight and seven of the last 11 on their home ice called Smashville.Part of the problem is only the top line is scoring with any regularity.It's enough to possibly ...

Diocese finds Kentucky students didn’t start confrontation

U.S. 02/13/19, 16:58

Investigators hired by a Kentucky diocese have found that Catholic school boys didn't instigate a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial that went viral on social media.Covington Bishop Roger Foys initially condemned the students' behavior after a video showed a teenage boy face-to-face with a Native American man. Days later, Foys ...

Yellow vest boxer goes on trial in France for police attack

Europe 02/13/19, 09:06

A former French boxing pro who was filmed attacking riot police officers during the yellow vest protests is going on trial in France.Christophe Dettinger, a former French champion in the light heavyweight category, could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison in Wednesday's trial.The videos from the Jan. ...

Murray State’s Morant ascends to possible NBA lottery pick

Basketball 02/13/19, 03:10

Ja Morant is finding ways to stay grounded following his ascension to the bright lights of college basketball's national stage.The high-flying Murray State point guard is off social media to the dismay of 141,000 followers on his verified Twitter account. He is not listening to lofty projections of being a ...

Source: Antonio Brown asks Steelers for trade

Sports 02/12/19, 16:10

The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven't decided whether there's a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019.Not that it matters to Brown. He's already made up his mind.A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowler has formally asked the Steelers ...

Blackface scandal prompts others to confront their memories

U.S. 02/12/19, 14:36

Mark Acosta remembers so many of the details. He was in fourth grade in a predominantly Hispanic mining town in Arizona and his teachers painted his face black for a play where he portrayed comedian Flip Wilson and his character Geraldine.Acosta, now 57, thought nothing of it at the time. ...

Cardi B deactivates Instagram account after Grammy criticism

Entertainment 02/12/19, 11:20

Cardi B has deactivated her Instagram account following social media criticism of her winning a Grammy for best rap album.Some people said the 26-year-old rapper didn't deserve the Grammy over other nominees. The criticism was amplified by a now-deleted BET tweet that pitted Cardi B against her longtime rival Nicki ...

Reddit raises $300M in finance round led by China’s Tencent

Tech 02/12/19, 09:54

Social media service Reddit Inc. says it has raised $300 million in a financing round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent.Reddit's CEO, Steve Huffman, told CNBC on Monday that values the privately held company at $3 billion.Half the new money came from Tencent, Asia's most valuable tech company. Other investors ...

Uighurs to China: Post a video of my missing relatives, too

World 02/12/19, 01:46

Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group are calling on China to post videos of their relatives who have disappeared into a vast system of internment camps.The social media campaign, launched early Tuesday under the hashtag #MeTooUyghur, follows the release of a state media video showing famed Uighur musician Abdurehim ...

Nicki Minaj pulls out BET concert after network’s tweet

Entertainment 02/11/19, 19:27

Nicki Minaj says she's canceling her appearance at the BET Experience Concert after the network tweeted about her and fellow rapper Cardi B.Minaj said Monday on social media that she won't perform at the concert or BET Awards. It comes after BET tweeted Sunday that Minaj was "being dragged by ...

Twitter dustup, apology not firsts for Minnesota Rep. Omar

Politics 02/11/19, 17:44

Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has relished the attention attached to becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, eagerly engaging with supporters and critics on social media. But Omar's quick thumbs also have caused problems for herself and Democratic leadership. On Sunday, she suggested on Twitter that members ...

Jennifer Lopez turns Motown tribute into her own zesty show

Entertainment 02/11/19, 00:12

Jennifer Lopez turned the Motown tribute into the J-Lo show.The Latin singer-actress hit the Grammys stage on Sunday inserting her energetic dance-pop flavor into memorable Motown melodies such as "Dancing Machine" and "Dancing in the Street."She faced backlash on social media for her lead participation in a tribute recognizing an ...

Malaysian ex-PM Najib combative ahead of 1MDB graft trial

World 02/10/19, 22:44

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is hardly lying low ahead of his corruption trial on charges related to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund.He's crooned about slander in an R&B video and vilified the current government in daily social media posts to counter portrayals of him ...

Tabloid CEO’s lawyer denies Enquirer tried to extort Bezos

U.S. 02/10/19, 10:47

The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday. Elkan Abromowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said on Sunday a "reliable source" well-known to ...

Serbs protest populist President Vucic for 10th week

Europe 02/09/19, 13:45

Several thousand people have marched in Serbia's capital of Belgrade to protest populist President Aleksandar Vucic, who is showing signs of nervousness after 10 consecutive weeks of anti-government demonstrations.The protests, which have spread outside of Belgrade, accuse Vucic of stifling free media and democracy in the Balkan country. He denies ...

Lawmaker showing deep cleavage stirs controversy in Brazil

World 02/07/19, 14:23

A female lawmaker who attended a swearing-in ceremony in a business suit accentuating her breasts is causing a furor in Brazil, a deeply conservative country also known for skimpy swim suits and round-the-clock partying during Carnival.The controversy began when Ana Paula da Silva, from the southern state of Santa Catarina, ...

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