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FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on 'Foreign Influence Operations and Their Use of Social Media Platforms' on Capitol Hill in Washington. Facebook and civil rights group Color of Change are hosting a meeting Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Atlanta to discuss problems around discrimination, racism and political deception on the site. Sandberg didn’t directly respond to questions about the decision by Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, during a discussion by the two. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
September 26, 2019 - 5:51 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Advocacy groups at a meeting with Facebook on Thursday criticized the tech giant's announcement earlier this week that it won't remove newsworthy posts from politicians even if they're misleading or break the site's rules. Facebook and civil rights group Color of Change hosted a...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, The Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, is photographed in Washington. America’s vaping industry has taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump’s doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking meetings at his Washington hotel. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 11, 2019 - 10:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — America's vaping industry has in recent years taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump's doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking annual meetings at his Washington hotel and e-cigarette maker Juul hiring two of his former White House officials...
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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, shows the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. Google's video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children's personal data without their parents' consent. The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $136 million and the company will pay an additional $34 million to New York state to resolve similar allegations. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 04, 2019 - 10:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. fine against YouTube (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Child advocacy groups that helped spark a government investigation of YouTube say the outcome doesn't do enough to protect children. YouTube owner Google will pay the Federal Trade Commission $136 million and...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2013, file photo, a stag arms AR-15 rifle with 30 round, left, and 10 round magazines is displayed in New Britain, Conn. High-capacity magazines have been a common denominator in several mass killings in recent years, and lawmakers are making a renewed push to ban them. Nine states have passed laws restricting magazine capacity to 10 to 15 bullets, and the Democratic-led Congress is returning early from its summer recess this week to consider a similar ban at the federal level. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
September 02, 2019 - 8:46 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Lawmakers around the country are making a renewed push to ban high-capacity magazines that gunmen have used in many recent massacres, allowing them to inflict mass casualties at a startling rate before police can stop the carnage. Nine states have passed laws restricting magazine...
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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2019, file photo shows marijuana buds in Akron, Ohio. Several county attorneys are pressuring Utah to scrap its plans for a state-run medical marijuana dispensary system, arguing the system would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Attorneys from Salt Lake and Davis County said Tuesday, July 30, that current plans to use local health departments as pickup points for medical marijuana would make county employees de-facto drug dealers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
July 31, 2019 - 7:37 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials preparing to launch the state's medical marijuana program next year face mounting pressure from county attorneys to scrap plans for a state-run dispensary system and lingering scrutiny from companies rejected for grower's licenses. The state announced Wednesday...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions are asking a judge Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to keep it from taking effect while a legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued last month on behalf of Georgia advocacy groups and abortion providers to challenge the measure. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 4:33 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions on Tuesday asked a judge to keep it from taking effect while their legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 26, 2019, file photo, National Rifle Association President Col. Oliver North speaks at the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Former NRA President North says in court filings that he was thwarted at every step as he tried to raise alarm bells about alleged misspending at the gun lobbying group. He denied that he had tried to stage a coup to oust NRA’s longtime top executive. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
July 11, 2019 - 10:05 pm
Oliver North, the retired Marine who was pushed out as president of the National Rifle Association in a dispute within the gun-rights group, said in court documents filed Thursday that he was thwarted when he tried to raise alarm bells about alleged misspending and denied that he tried to oust the...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they're pregnant. A federal lawsuit filed Friday, June 28, in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative states. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit challenging a new Georgia law that effectively bans abortions about six weeks into a pregnancy. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) .
June 28, 2019 - 9:48 am
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative states. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2019 aerial file photo, the Modern Woodmen Park, top, and the surrounding of downtown Davenport, Iowa, are area covered by Mississippi River floodwaters. The prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion in repairs and cleanup, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, and advocacy group for river communities, said Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP, File)
June 25, 2019 - 1:26 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday. Heavier than normal snow melt in the late winter and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding...
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Peter Bowyer, the facility manager at AquaBounty Technologies, holds one of the last batch of conventional Atlantic salmon raised at the commercial fish farm in Albany, Ind., Wednesday, June 19, 2019. AquaBounty will be producing the first genetically modified animals approved for human food in the U.S. and one way companies are pushing to transform plants and animals, as consumer advocacy groups call for greater caution. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
June 21, 2019 - 1:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late next year. The salmon produced...
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