Update: Mueller closes special counsel’s office, ends Russia probe

Politics 05/29/19, 11:28

The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation (all times local): ___ 12:05 p.m. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says special counsel Robert Mueller is moving on with his life "and everyone else should do the same." Sanders said in her statement that Mueller noted that his office has closed ...

Florida Cabinet meets in Israel under media objection

U.S. 05/29/19, 10:21

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the setting was illegal. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on several issues important to Florida.The Republican governor then signed a bill that prohibits anti-Semitism in Florida's public ...

Speller balances bee with reality TV, social media stardom

U.S. 05/28/19, 16:56

Akash Vukoti is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the third time at age 9.It's just one of his many star turns. He's coming off an appearance on "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" and has also been featured on "Little Big Shots."While at the bee, he's providing content ...

Florida governor, Cabinet sued over plans to meet in Israel

U.S. 05/28/19, 16:21

An open-government watchdog group and several news outlets sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Cabinet on Tuesday in an effort to stop them from holding a Cabinet meeting while on a trade mission in Israel.The lawsuit argues that the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, violates the state's constitution ...

Update: Over 5 million people without power across Ohio

U.S. 05/28/19, 01:29

The Latest on Ohio tornado (all times local): 2:30 a.m. The National Weather Service says there are more 70,000 power outages across the state of Ohio, affecting over 5 million people. The service tweeted Tuesday morning that to send reports of outages via social media or email if possible. It also says the tornado ...

Britney Spears family seeks renewed order barring ex-friend

Entertainment 05/28/19, 00:00

A Los Angeles judge will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order Tuesday that keeps a former associate of Britney Spears away from her and her family.Sam Lutfi, 44, a onetime Spears confidante who has said he once acted as the pop star's manager, was ordered on May 8 ...

Capitals investigating Kuznetsov video showing white powder

Sports 05/27/19, 20:31

The Washington Capitals said Monday they have confirmed star Evgeny Kuznetsov is shown in a now-deleted video on social media that appears to show him in a hotel room with lines of white powder on a table in front of him.In a statement sent to The Associated Press by spokesman ...

Pelley says complaints to execs led to evening news ouster

U.S. 05/26/19, 16:39

Former "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley says he lost that job because he wouldn't stop complaining to management about the hostile work environment for men and women.Pelley was forced out of the position in 2017 after six years on the job.The "60 Minutes" correspondent told CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, ...

California show explores Warhol’s social, tech foreshadowing

Tech 05/25/19, 10:02

Before Instagram and Facebook, before selfies and filters that perfect selfies, there was Andy Warhol, using his art to imbue friends, family, celebrities — even himself — with a certain mystique.A retrospective of Warhol's work on display in San Francisco captures the artist's ability to use paintings, drawings, photographs and ...

No sign of fugitive who sought Facebook likes to surrender

U.S. 05/24/19, 09:11

Police in Connecticut say a fugitive has so far failed to honor an agreement to surrender once enough people responded positively to his wanted poster on social media.Torrington police say Jose Simms has seven arrest warrants and is being sought as a fugitive after failing to appear in court on ...

Legal experts: California reporter did not commit crime

California 05/23/19, 00:24

Media law experts pushed back against the San Francisco police chief, who said a freelance journalist allegedly conspired to steal a police report, saying that it is not a crime to disclose a public record.San Francisco attorney Duffy Carolan, who represents several media organizations siding with the independent reporter, said ...

Update: Social media blocked due to Indonesia protests

World 05/22/19, 01:55

The Latest on post-election protests in Indonesia (all times local):1:30 p.m.Indonesia's top security minister says authorities will block access to social media in certain areas amid violent protests in the capital Jakarta by supporters of the losing presidential candidate.A protester shouts slogans as he is seen through the shield of ...

San Francisco police chief: Journalist ‘crossed the line’

California 05/21/19, 20:10

The San Francisco police chief said Tuesday that he respects the news media, but a freelance journalist whose home and office were raided by officers had "crossed the line" by joining a conspiracy to steal a confidential report. Chief William Scott addressed reporters hours after police agreed in court to return ...

Update: San Francisco reporter to get property returned

U.S. 05/21/19, 16:08

The Latest on a San Francisco reporter whose home and office were raided by police (all times local):10:15 a.m.A San Francisco police attorney said that a reporter whose office and work equipment was seized in a police raid can collect his property although the legal issues surrounding the case were ...

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

Europe 05/18/19, 11:13

Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news.In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in Rome, Francis ...

As Uganda targets a pop star rival, media under pressure

World 05/18/19, 04:37

Until recently the Ugandan pop star and opposition figure known as Bobi Wine could count on news crews trailing him. As his popularity grew in the past year, his activities were increasingly covered live by broadcasters satisfying public interest in his anti-government movement known as People Power.Now that has changed.As ...

New network TV shows compete with controversy for attention

Entertainment 05/17/19, 11:33

When broadcasters staged their annual, extravagant showcases for next season's shows, they were after media-buyers' hearts and wallets and headlines about, say, wooing award-winner Edie Falco for a police series or Jimmy Smits of "L.A. Law" fame back to a new legal drama. Then unwelcome plot twists smacked several networks.Consider ...

Grumpy Cat, who entertained millions online, dies at age 7

Entertainment 05/17/19, 10:05

Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet and spawned hundreds of memes, national television commercials and even a movie, died at age 7. Her owners posted on social media that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection. "She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May ...

Rugby Australia terminates Folau’s contract

Sports 05/17/19, 00:24

Rugby Australia has terminated star fullback Israel Folau's contract after he was found guilty of a high-level breach of the players' code of conduct for a social media post that condemned gay people and other "sinners" to eternal damnation.The 30-year-old Folau was found guilty on May 7 after a hearing ...

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

World 05/16/19, 12:09

Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens ...

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