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Stats show how AOC dominating social media attention

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

NEW YORK (AP) — Judging by the social media metrics, it was a big week for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Oh, wait. She’s not running for president. But the Democratic representative from Queens dwarfed the Democrats who are actually seeking President Donald Trump’s job in a measurement of social media interactions with news articles by the tracking …

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Big losses for railroads pull industrial companies lower

Michael Gagliano, Andrew Silverman

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were on track to extend losses into a second day on Wednesday as railroad operator CSX had its biggest drop in 11 years and pulled other industrial companies lower. Banks also fell as investors worried that lower interest rates will hurt their profits going forward. Investors expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates …

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R. Kelly doesn’t have freedom, money for this legal battle

CHICAGO (AP) — The difference between R. Kelly’s life in 2002 when he was last charged with child sex-related crimes and his arrest last week on even more serious charges was on full display when the R&B singer turned and slowly walked out of court. Each step Tuesday was cut shorter than normal by the shackles around his ankles — …

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Trump vs. Dems: ‘Racist,’ ‘socialist’ lines drawn for 2020

Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: “racists” vs. “socialists.” Trump’s aggressive condemnation of women of color in Congress has allowed House Democrats to mend, for now, their own political divisions …

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French prosecutors want Air France tried for 2009 Rio crash

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard, a judicial official said Wednesday. Prosecutors also have asked that the case against Airbus, maker of the doomed aircraft, be dropped for lack of sufficient evidence. The official …

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The Latest: Biologist: Whales moving away from Georgia coast

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to keep a group of pilot whales from beaching themselves in Georgia (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A state biologist in Georgia says dozens of pilot whales appear to be heading back to sea a day after many of them came perilously close to swimming ashore and beaching themselves. Clay …

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Alabama QB says Tide learned ‘many lessons’ from title loss

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — It’s easier for Alabama to be humble now. The Crimson Tide can thank Clemson for that, at least. There’s nothing like a 44-16 drubbing in the national championship game to strip away any feelings of invincibility and self-satisfaction that come from scarcely getting challenged during the regular season on the way to another Southeastern Conference title. …

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UN expert critical of Hungary’s treatment of asylum-seekers

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary should not allow security concerns to override the human rights of migrants, a U.N. migration expert said Wednesday. Felipe Gonzalez Morales, the U.N. special rapporteur on migrant rights, said that Hungarian authorities should move families with children who are awaiting a ruling on their asylum applications from being detained in border transit zones to being …

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, expressing no remorse over his conviction for a massive drug conspiracy that spread murder and mayhem for more than two decades. Instead, a defiant Guzman took a parting shot at a judge in federal court …

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Apple, Google continue inclusive push with new emoji

Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emoji that include cute critters, of course, but also expand the number of images of human diversity. Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to pick any combination of skin tone and gender, 75 possible combinations in all. There are also wheelchairs, prosthetic arms …

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