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Australia officials work with social media to safeguard poll

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) ” Australian electoral authorities have for the first time set up a cybersecurity task force and are working with social media companies to tackle misinformation in the run up to general elections on May 18, an official said on Thursday.Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said safeguarding the election’s integrity gained priority due to experiences in other countries, including Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that included […]

Colorado schools reopen as FBI examines teen suspect's past

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) ” The death of a Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have planned to carry out her own attack in Colorado did not end an investigation into the 18-year-old, authorities said as they examine whether the young woman acted alone and Denver-area schools prepared to reopen their doors.The body of Sol Pais was discovered in the mountains outside Denver with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on […]

Gunmen kill 14 bus passengers in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) ” A Pakistani official says gunmen have ambushed a bus and killed 14 passengers after forcing them off the vehicle on a highway in the country’s southwest.Local official Jehangir Dashti says it was unclear who was behind the killings before dawn Thursday.He says about three dozen people were traveling to the southwestern port of Gawadar when gunmen stopped the bus and killed 14 people after checking their identity cards. The motive behind the killings is […]

Controversy brews ahead of redacted Mueller report's release

WASHINGTON (AP) ” After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller” but not before President Donald Trump’s attorney general has his say.The Justice Department on Thursday is expected to release a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference and Trump’s campaign, opening up months, if not years, of fights over what the document means in a deeply divided country.Even the planned release of the […]

Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

TOKYO (AP) ” Emperor Akihito is praying at a Japanese shrine in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods.The 85-year-old emperor will retire on April 30 in the first abdication in 200 years and a rarity in Japan’s ancient imperial history.Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed to the Chrysanthemum throne May 1.Akihito performed the “Shinetsu no Gi” ritual at Ise Shrine in western Japan on Thursday as part of the succession process.Television […]

The Latest: Report links Senate intel chair to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia and President Donald Trump (all times local):7:35 p.m.Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report suggests that the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee may have shared information with the White House after a confidential FBI briefing in March 2017.Notes obtained by Mueller from the White House counsel’s chief of staff indicate Sen. Richard Burr told the White House there were “4-5 […]

Officer says partner fired before he could analyze threat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ” The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman testified Thursday that he didn’t fire his own weapon because he hadn’t fully analyzed the possible threat, agreeing with a prosecutor’s characterization that it would have been “premature” to use deadly force.Officer Matthew Harrity is a key witness in the trial of Mohamed Noor, who fired a single shot at Justine Ruszczyk Damond as she approached the officers’ squad car on July 15, 2017. […]

Columbine community moves ahead, awaits details on teen

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) ” A Colorado community changed forever by the attack that killed 13 people at Columbine High School moved ahead Thursday with ceremonies marking the anniversary of the tragedy while awaiting more details on what led a Florida teen “infatuated” with the shooting to buy a shotgun and kill herself in the snowy foothills nearby.Many questions remained unanswered about 18-year-old Sol Pais, but a friend disputed the contention by authorities that she posed a threat. […]

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) ” The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation’s worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said.Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm created a toxic combination of gases in burning homes that got sucked into the water pipes as residents and firefighters drew water heavily, the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported Thursday. […]