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  • UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

    LONDON (AP) — Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator. The set of standards aimed at protecting children’s online privacy were released Wednesday by the Information Commissioner’s […]
  • Ex-drug execs get over 2 years in prison for bribery scheme

    BOSTON (AP) — Two former drug company executives were sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in federal prison in a bribery and kickbacks scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the opioid crisis. Richard Simon, a Seal Beach, California, resident and the former national sales director at Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced in federal court in […]
  • AP Was There: Census 2000 gets warm welcome in snowy Alaska

    America’s decennial census begins Tuesday in rural Alaska, as it has out of tradition and necessity since the U.S. bought the territory from Russia in 1867. The Census Bureau starts the tally in Alaska more than two months before the rest of the nation so it can reach residents in remote villages before the spring […]
  • Virginia Senate advances bill to scrap Lee-Jackson holiday

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation to scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals. The Democratic-led Senate voted largely along party lines to pass legislation that would make Election Day a state holiday instead of Lee-Jackson Day. The legislation now goes to the House for consideration. Lee-Jackson Day, […]
  • What’s new today in the China virus outbreak

    About 300 people have been diagnosed in an outbreak linked to a new virus in China. The illnesses began late last month in the city of Wuhan in central China, and six people have died. Scientists have identified the illness as a new kind of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of […]
  • Mormon school to allow same-sex partners in ballroom event

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University will allow same-sex couples to compete in a national ballroom dance competition hosted by the school, a move that goes against the institution’s code against gay relationships, officials said. BYU was required to lift its ban on same-sex couples competing in the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships, […]
  • Southern burger chain Krystal files for bankruptcy

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Krystal Co., the Georgia-based restaurant chain known for tiny hamburgers and late-night service across the Southeast, has filed for bankruptcy, but said Tuesday that all of its locations would remain open. Federal court documents showed Krystal sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Atlanta on Sunday. The company said it owed between […]
  • Science Says: What to know about the viral outbreak in China

    Health officials around the world are keeping a close watch on an outbreak of a new virus in China. In response, governments are stepping up surveillance of airline passengers arriving from the affected area to try to prevent the virus from spreading. Here’s what you should know about the illnesses: WHAT IS THE DISEASE? Scientists […]
  • New Jersey law bans sale of flavored vaping products

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The sale of flavored vaping products is banned in New Jersey under legislation Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed Tuesday. Murphy signed the measure that moved to his desk amid a nationwide scare last year over mysterious illnesses linked to vaping. The ban will take effect in April. The flavors are meant […]
  • Court ruling ends long legal fight in Chinese torture case

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday ended a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected a request […]