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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM:...

 

Chicago Cubs facing federal review over Wrigley Field access

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are investigating whether the Chicago Cubs' ongoing $1 billion renovation of Wrigley Field provides adequate wheelchair access. The Cubs have filed a notice of the review in Chicago federal court where the team is...

 

SPCA: Cat dies after being found shot with arrow near store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare authorities in Pennsylvania are asking for help from the public in finding a person responsible for apparently shooting a cat with an arrow and leaving the animal to die in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Society...

 

Ronstadt, `Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire awaited their turn in the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime...

 

Big Bird, Ronstadt, Sally Field celebrated at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts....

 

Dozens of bronze vases stolen from Lincoln cemetery

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Dozens of bronze headstone flower vases have been stolen from a cemetery in Lincoln. Police said the theft of 40 vases was reported Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Park. Each vase was valued at $50, so the loss is estimated at...

 

Wanna cover Miss America? Buy a ticket, 3 media outlets told

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization has denied credentials to at least three media outlets seeking to cover this year's competition, including its longtime hometown newspaper, The Press of Atlantic City. Others who received...

 

R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage to Aaliyah

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994. The revised indictment...

 

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators det...

 

Warren, Buttigieg scrap puts Democratic divide on display

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent weeks absorbing attacks from moderate rivals looking to blunt her surging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now, as the Massachusetts senator risks losing momentum, she's starting to...

 

'All roads lead to Putin': Impeachment ties Ukraine, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are bringing the impeachment focus back to Russia as they draft formal charges against President Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is connecting the dots — "all roads lead to Putin," she says — and making the...

 

Elon Musk cleared of defamation in 'pedo guy' tweet trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him "pedo guy" in an angry tweet. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of...

 

Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break. The justices denied the administration's plea to undo a lower court ruling in favor of inmates who...

 

Mexicans fleeing violence form new encampment on border

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — An exodus of migrants fleeing drug cartel violence and corruption in Mexico has mired hundreds of immigrants in ramshackle tent camps across the border from El Paso and brought new chaos to a system of wait lists for...

 

Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018. That figure includes 235 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides last year. The...

 

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals....

 

AP Interview: New Zealand PM aims to limit spread of hate

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's prime minister said she will do all she can to stop a man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers from spreading his message of hate at his trial, while she hopes artificial intelligence will one day...

 

'Tis the season: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the brightest signs of the holiday season has come to light. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was officially turned on Wednesday night, at an event featuring celebrities including Idina Menzel, Lea Michele and Ne-Yo...

 

Hong Kong residents living with tear gas worry of effects

HONG KONG (AP) — By day, the small commercial kitchen in a Hong Kong industrial building produces snacks. At night, it turns into a secret laboratory assembling a kit for pro-democracy protesters seeking to detox after repeated exposure to tear...

 

Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress'...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump suddenly loses interest in stock market

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a faulty take on the Constitution's grounds for impeachment Wednesday as he wrapped up a NATO summit marked by his misstatements on several fronts. Among them, he claimed that he pays no attention...

 

Booker's critical test? Languishing campaign plots rebound

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The news of Kamala Harris' sudden departure from the presidential race came during an all-staff conference call led from Cory Booker's campaign headquarters in Newark, the New Jersey city that he led for seven years and that...

 

Ukrainian gas chief meets with prosecutors probing Giuliani

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have interviewed the head of Ukraine's state-owned gas company as part of an investigation into the business dealings of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two of Giuliani's business...

 

Judge dismisses lawsuit in John Dillinger exhumation case

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A nephew of 1930s gangster John Dillinger needs a cemetery's permission to exhume the notorious criminal's Indianapolis gravesite to prove whether he's actually buried there, a judge ruled Wednesday in dismissing the nephew's...

 

Paul Simon and Peter Singer discuss 'The Life You Can Save.'

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon, world famous singer-songwriter, isn't only inspired by fellow musicians. Simon is an admirer of the author-philosopher Peter Singer, the longtime Princeton University professor whose "The Life You Can Save" has been a...

 

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