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Facebook's thumbs-up "Like" logo is shown on a sign at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 02:45

Facebook's head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said that Facebook is working harder than ever to counteract efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

In the run-up to Airbnb's imminent IPO filing, it has implemented a series of policies to help repair the company's reputation within communities that oppose the constant turnover of strangers in their neighborhoods.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:18

"This marks the first time Airbnb has taken affirmative steps to initiate legal proceedings against a booking guest for throwing an unauthorized party," the company said.

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is seen after Hurricane Maria hit it in September 2017.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:04

The cable tore a gaping 100-foot hole in one of the largest radio telescope dishes in the world, taking the instrument offline until repairs can be made.

The Big 12 says its schools will start playing their conference games in late September, under a schedule that's been reduced due to the coronavirus. The conference hopes to hold a championship game in December.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 16:48

The conference hopes to hold its title game in December, as it normally would, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

A crowd watches as a crane removes the Stonewall Jackson Monument in Richmond, Va., on July 1. Dozens of Confederate monuments have come down this summer.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 15:49

America's reckoning with racism has brought down statues, one state flag and one police emblem, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center — and led to the renaming of schools and other sites.

An American bald eagle flies over Mill Pond in Centerport, N.Y., in 2018. The bald eagle is one of the birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 15:07

In 2017, the Trump administration scaled back protections of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A federal judge has now struck down the rule change — and cited To Kill a Mockingbird in so doing.

Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters Tournament last year in Augusta, Ga.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 14:32

Officials said one of golf's premier tournaments will be played without fans. The Masters was postponed until November because of the pandemic.

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods speaks during a press conference in Ocala, Fla., in 2018. Woods sent an email Tuesday informing the approximately 900 people working in the department that "when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn," the Ocala<em> Star-Banner</em> reports.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 13:35

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods says that "effective immediately, any individual walking in to any one of our lobbies ... wearing a mask will be asked to remove it."

People line up outside a supermarket in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, on Wednesday before a three-day lockdown goes into effect. Four new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Auckland, and an additional four probable cases have been identified.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 13:10

Four new likely cases of COVID-19 are linked to a cluster in an Auckland family announced Tuesday. The country returns to tighter restrictions and is promoting an app to help with contact tracing.

An attorney for R. Kelly, seen in May 2019, said his client "had nothing to do with any of these alleged acts by those charged."
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:49

Federal prosecutors say that one of the three men offered $500,000 to keep one woman from testifying. Another allegedly burned an SUV leased by an accuser's father.

Sen. Kamala Harris is Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden's pick as his running mate — a choice that many are celebrating in India, where Harris' mother was from.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:17

"This is a historical, transformational, and proud moment for... all women of colour, all Black women, and all South Asian women," Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra tweeted.

Fani Willis is poised to become the next Fulton County District Attorney after winning a runoff election against her former boss on Tuesday. Willis is seen here in 2014 during the trial of 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused in a conspiracy to inflate state test scores.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:53

Willis defeated six-term Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, and her former boss, in Tuesday's runoff. Howard has been dogged by scandal, including his handling of the Rayshard Brooks case.

A man walks past a mural of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. in London.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:48

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are frequently seen as opposing forces in the struggle for civil rights but Peniel Joseph, author of The Sword and the Shield, says the truth is more nuanced.

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, seen here in March, will formally introduce their presidential ticket Wednesday in Delaware, after Biden named Harris his running mate.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:01

In their first joint appearance since Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, the pair will deliver remarks in Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Del.

Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) poses with a supporter in Rome, Ga., late Tuesday. Greene, criticized for promoting bigoted videos and supporting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, won the GOP nomination for Georgia's 14th Congressional District.
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:52

President Trump is congratulating Marjorie Taylor Greene, calling her a "future Republican Star." Greene has endorsed a theory that satanic pedophiles secretly run the world.

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