APNewsBreak: Montana governor signs sports betting bill

Sports 05/03/19, 17:09

Montana became the first state to legalize sports betting this year after Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill Friday for the state lottery to oversee a system of wagering through kiosks and mobile applications that could be running by fall.Montana is at the head of a wave of states passing ...

Supporters of Chinese billionaire’s accuser decry censorship

China 05/03/19, 04:53

For three years, Chen Chun has published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media.More recently, the writer in southern China has focused on the country's growing #MeToo movement. He drew attention to several sexual ...

Louisiana’s The Advocate purchasing The Times-Picayune

U.S. 05/02/19, 16:49

Ending a nearly seven-year New Orleans newspaper rivalry, the owners of The Advocate newspaper announced Thursday they have purchased The Times-Picayune from the Newhouse family's Advance Local Media.The owners plan to publish a daily, home-delivered product incorporating brands and features from both publications.Dathel and John Georges announced their purchase on ...

Kansas military school moves to keep property from founder

U.S. 05/02/19, 15:01

Nearly seven months before publicly announcing its plans to close, an embattled Kansas military school amended its incorporation document to remove the Episcopalian church that founded it from getting the property once the school shuts down.The revelation came when the document, signed by the school's president last year and filed ...

Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones for hate speech

Business 05/02/19, 14:02

Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and others from its main service and from Instagram, saying they violated the company's ban against hate and violence.The company said Thursday that it has also banned right-wing extremists Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Jones' site, ...

ABC again the top network in report on Asian-Americans on TV

Entertainment 05/01/19, 11:54

Major network television networks are hitting far more lows than highs in tapping into Asian-American talent, according to a study released Wednesday by the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition.The advocacy group's annual report on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX came on the first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. ...

New Zealand media to avoid ideology at mosque shooting trial

World 04/30/19, 23:57

New Zealand's major media organizations pledged Wednesday not to promote white supremacist ideology when covering the trial of the man charged with killing 50 people at two mosques.The five organizations that signed the agreement said they were aware that accused gunman Brenton Tarrant might try to use the trial as ...

Judge sparks outrage for no jail time in rape sentence

U.S. 04/30/19, 18:57

An upstate New York judge who stoked social media outrage for sentencing a former school bus driver to probation in the rape of a 14-year-old is getting "numerous vitriolic" phone calls, court officials said Tuesday.Jefferson County Supreme Court Judge James McClusky last week sentenced Shane Piche to 10 years of ...

Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts

World 04/30/19, 01:31

Sri Lanka's president has lifted a nationwide social media ban that was imposed after Easter suicide bomb attacks that killed 253 people.A government statement Tuesday said that President Maithripala Sirisena has lifted the ban that blocked Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and other popular sites. It asked the public to "act in ...

Australian cricketer clarifies ‘boyfriend’ social media post

Sports 04/30/19, 00:42

Australian cricketer James Faulkner has clarified a vague social media post about his dinner with a "boyfriend" that led to reports that the World Cup star had come out as gay.Faulkner made a controversial post on Instagram late Monday and described it on Twitter as having a birthday dinner with ...

Update: FBI got tip just minutes before synagogue attack

U.S. 04/29/19, 12:27

The Latest on a deadly attack on a Southern California synagogue (all times local):10:25 a.m.The FBI says it got tips about a threatening social media post about five minutes before a deadly attack on a synagogue near San Diego but it was too late to identify the suspect.Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein ...

Uganda: Opposition pop star Bobi Wine jailed over protest

World 04/29/19, 10:55

The Ugandan pop star and opposition politician known as Bobi Wine was remanded to a maximum-security prison on Monday after being charged over his role in a street protest last year against a tax on social media.Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and others led an anti-government protest in ...

Political football: Trump congratulates draft pick Nick Bosa

Sports 04/27/19, 12:27

San Francisco 49ers first-round pick Nick Bosa has a prominent fan. President Donald Trump tweeted out congratulations to Bosa on Saturday for being the second overall pick in the NFL draft. Trump told Bosa he will be a great player and to "always stay true to yourself." The Ohio State defensive end ...

Mother and son killed in tornado in northern Louisiana

U.S. 04/25/19, 12:25

A tornado killed two people as it tore through the northern Louisiana city of Ruston early Thursday, sending trees into houses, ripping roofs off buildings and causing a local public university to cancel classes, officials said.A mother and son in Lincoln Parish, which Ruston lies in, were killed when a ...

Irish regulator investigates Facebook over exposed passwords

Tech 04/25/19, 10:34

Ireland's privacy regulator says it's investigating Facebook over the social media giant's recent revelation that it had left hundreds of millions of user passwords exposed.The Irish Data Protection Commission said Thursday that it opened a statutory inquiry this week into Facebook after the company notified it about the security lapse.The ...

Authorities keep distance, yet work with armed border group

U.S. 04/24/19, 18:39

Authorities have distanced themselves from an armed civilian group that detains asylum-seeking families at the U.S.-Mexico border, but the United Constitutional Patriots have never been shy about saying they work with Border Patrol agents.After its activities drew widespread criticism, the group was thrown out of its camp this week for ...

Cop, teacher, others accused of trying to lure teens for sex

U.S. 04/24/19, 16:06

Authorities have arrested a police officer, a high school teacher, a minister and 13 others in a sting New Jersey officials said Wednesday was aimed at men who tried to set up sexual encounters with people they thought were teenage boys and girls. The arrests were made as part of "Operation ...

Feds: Coast Guard officer targeted Supreme Court justices

U.S. 04/24/19, 10:57

A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists looked at other targets: two Supreme Court justices and two executives of social media companies, according to federal prosecutors.Those new allegations are contained in a court filing Tuesday in which ...

Australia political leaders use Chinese app to chase votes

Tech 04/24/19, 02:30

Australia's prime minister and his political rival say they are not tailoring their political messages to suit Chinese censors as the politicians increasingly use Chinese social media to woo Chinese-speaking voters.Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten said on Wednesday they each have accounts with China's largest social ...

President Trump meets with Twitter CEO amid bias complaints

Politics 04/23/19, 16:14

President Donald Trump says he had a "great meeting" Tuesday with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after bashing the company profusely earlier in the day. Trump and some Republicans in Congress have complained that social media giants are biased against Republicans, something the companies have rejected as untrue. Trump gave his readout of ...

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