Government and politics

December 21, 2018 - 1:54 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. software company said Friday it blocked the fundraising account of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel following a complaint by a pro-Israel group that the campaign has links to militant organizations. Donorbox, which makes fundraising management software,...
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An employee at a photography institute checks his Facebook account in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, a top security official with the global social media platform said Thursday. The sites _ nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition propaganda _ were created by Bangladeshis associated with the government, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told the AP in an exclusive interview. (AP Photo)
December 20, 2018 - 7:31 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform told The Associated Press. The sites — nine Facebook pages designed to mimic...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 photo marijuana is displayed for sale at a shop in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska regulators approved rules for onsite consumption of marijuana at specially designated shops on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, a significant step for the cannabis industry after years of debate. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
December 20, 2018 - 7:27 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska regulators on Thursday approved rules for onsite consumption of marijuana at specially designated shops, a significant step for the cannabis industry in the state after years of debate. The 3-2 vote by the Marijuana Control Board does not mean people can light up at...
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December 20, 2018 - 6:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge, saying President Donald Trump has used his "position and platform" in unprecedented fashion to affect court cases, temporarily agreed Thursday to protect the identities of four plaintiffs in a lawsuit because they fear retaliation by the president or his followers...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, travelers arrive at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline as they walk into a tent next to an upside-down American flag in Cannon Ball, N.D. A new report released Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds that funding levels for Native American tribes are woefully inadequate despite the federal government's responsibility to provide for education, public safety, health care and other services under treaties, laws and other acts. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 20, 2018 - 5:02 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A new report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds that funding levels for Native American tribes are woefully inadequate despite the federal government's responsibility to provide for education, public safety, health care and other services under treaties, laws and...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, witnesses prepare to testify before the House Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee about the Olympic community's ability to protect athletes from sexual abuse, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are: U.S. Olympic Committee Acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry, USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey, USA Taekwondo CEO Steve McNally, USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis, and U.S. Center for SafeSport President and CEO Shellie Pfohl. A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system's handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:41 pm
A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system's handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety. A House subcommittee released the report Thursday, outlining conclusions about the handling of sex-abuse cases involving Larry Nassar...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo a man passes behind a sign warning of an upcoming street cleaning in San Diego. An audit by the California Legislature has found the city and county of San Diego faltered in quickly controlling a Hepatitis A outbreak last year that grew to be among the largest seen in the United States in decades.. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:41 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city and county of San Diego failed to quickly control a hepatitis A outbreak last year that grew to be among the largest seen in the U.S. in decades, according to a state audit released Thursday. The county lacked a concrete hepatitis A prevention plan that led to a delay in...
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December 20, 2018 - 4:38 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A congressional report on prescription pill dumping in West Virginia blames U.S. prescription drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration for not doing enough to help mitigate the nation's opioid addiction and overdose crisis. The 324-page report released...
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FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016, file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced its approval of the air and water quality permits for the project and a certification of the company's plan to mitigate the mine's impact on wetlands. The only remaining major permit is a wetlands permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:29 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State pollution regulators on Thursday issued the last major state permits sought by the developers of the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, leaving only one major federal permit still pending. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced its...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, the Apple logo is shown at a store in Miami Beach, Fla. Apple is pulling older models of its iPhone from German stores after losing two patent cases brought by chipmaker Qualcomm, the company said Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. A regional court in Munich ruled that Apple and its subsidiaries had breached a European patent held by San Diego-based Qualcomm, which has pursued similar cases in other jurisdictions.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:22 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Apple is pulling older models of its iPhone from German stores after losing two patent cases brought by chipmaker Qualcomm, the company said Thursday. A regional court in Munich ruled that Apple and its subsidiaries had breached a European patent held by San Diego-based Qualcomm,...
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