Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters

World 04/22/19, 22:53

Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo earlier this month shared with their colleagues the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, one of journalism's ...

Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

World 04/22/19, 05:40

Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 200 people, the country's health minister said Monday. The coordinated bombings that ripped through churches and luxury hotels ...

Media: Nissan ex-chair Ghosn indicted for breach of trust

Business 04/21/19, 23:48

Japanese media report that prosecutors have charged Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn with breach of trust.The charges reportedly filed Monday are related to payments by a subsidiary of the Japanese automaker that allegedly went to a private investment company controlled by Ghosn.The indictment ensures he will remain in detention. His ...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

World 04/21/19, 20:29

Sri Lankan authorities blocked most social media after Easter Sunday attacks killed more than 200 people, with officials saying the temporary move was meant to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions. The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional blackout of popular services including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, ...

Washington state lawmaker’s comments raise ire of nurses

Health 04/20/19, 18:33

A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses and spawned a flurry of viral hashtags and memes on social media by saying that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in small, rural hospitals.State Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican representing College Place, Washington, made the comments this week ...

Amid plunking debate, MLB’s marketing is all-in on bat flips

Sports 04/20/19, 15:02

When Tim Anderson spiked his bat and yelled toward his White Sox teammates, Major League Baseball's self-described "spicy" Twitter account was among the first to weigh in."LET THE KIDS PLAY," proclaimed @Cut4 , the offbeat arm of MLB's social media portfolio with nearly 1 million followers. The tweet Wednesday included ...

Players boycotting social media over racism receive abuse

Soccer 04/20/19, 07:18

Footballers in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse about the 24-hour campaign.Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers Association, which coordinated the "Enough" campaign to demand a crackdown on racism by the platforms.There was silence ...

Northern Irish police arrest 2 over killing of journalist

Europe 04/20/19, 02:47

Police in Northern Ireland say they have arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry.The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said Saturday. No further information was immediately given.Lyra ...

Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Business 04/19/19, 14:50

Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg's leadership of Facebook over the social network giant's mishandling of users' personal information.Discussions between Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission officials about its data-handing lapses have touched on holding the CEO personally accountable, The Washington Post ...

Women cleared of defamation in French sexual misconduct case

Europe 04/19/19, 08:28

A French court cleared of defamation charges six women who accused a former French lawmaker of sexual misconduct and the journalists who reported the allegations.The court ordered Friday the former lawmaker, Denis Baupin, to pay 1,000 euros ($1,120) in damages to each of the 12 persons he sued.In May 2016, ...

Brands roll with stoner ‘holiday’ as pot legalization grows

Business 04/18/19, 23:36

Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it.No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But many other businesses inside and outside ...

New Mexico panel blindsides Facebook with $39M utility bill

Business 04/18/19, 12:36

A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting.The Public Regulation Commission's on Tuesday ordered the Public Service Company of ...

Soccer players launch social media boycott over racial abuse

Soccer 04/18/19, 11:02

Soccer players in England are backing a 24-hour boycott of social media to demand a crackdown on racial abuse on the platforms.Following a series of high-profile cases, the Professional Footballers' Association has gathered support from players to stay off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. ...

Ukraine election: The president vs. guy who plays one on TV

Europe 04/18/19, 09:34

Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday is a battle between a billionaire tycoon who rode anti-Russian protests to the nation's top office five years ago and a comedian who plays a president in a TV sitcom. Improbably, the actor appears poised to win.Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy's commanding lead in the polls reflects ...

Network bosses pleased with NFL TV packages for this season

Football 04/18/19, 02:04

Howard Katz has the most unenviable task in the National Football League. As the league's senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations, he is the point person for formulating the schedule and trying to make the executives of the league's four broadcast partners happy.Before the public got a look ...

Both sides want Weinstein hearing closed to media, public

Entertainment 04/17/19, 13:27

Both sides in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case want the media and the public barred from the disgraced movie mogul's next court appearance. Prosecutors argue the April 26 hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein's right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose allegations against him aren't ...

Donations for burned black churches up after Notre Dame fire

Europe 04/16/19, 18:58

A crowdfunding campaign for three African American churches in Louisiana recently gutted by arson was climbing Tuesday after social media posts urging the public not to forget the plight of the small houses of worship as the eyes of the world were on the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris."As ...

MLB investigating racist message sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards

Sports 04/16/19, 11:46

Major League Baseball is investigating a racist message sent to Chicago Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. on social media this month.Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, calls the language "reprehensible" and says it "cannot be tolerated in our game or society." He says the team supports ...

New Mexico cheerleading contest may end over sportsmanship

Sports 04/16/19, 09:51

A statewide high school cheerleading and dance competition in New Mexico may be terminated thanks to a rash of terrible sportsmanship.The Albuquerque Journal reports New Mexico's high school sports governing board is considering canceling the 2020 State Spirit Competition following death threats and inflammatory social media posts.New Mexico Activities Association ...

UK proposes banning social media ‘likes’ for children

Europe 04/15/19, 07:31

Britain's privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to "like" posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it's proposing to protect children's online privacy.Under the draft rules, which were released for consultation on Monday , tech companies would not be allowed ...

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