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Instagram launches tool urging teens to take a break

LONDON (AP) — Instagram has launched a feature that urges teenagers to take breaks from the photo-sharing platform and announced other tools aimed at protecting young users from harmful content on the Facebook-owned service. An Instagram blog post says the…

Smollett back on stand after calling hoax claim '100% false'

CHICAGO (AP) — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett will return to the witness stand at his trial after telling jurors that claims he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself are “100% false.” Prosecutors will continue cross-examination Tuesday of Smollett.…

'Allyship' is Dictionary.com's Word of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Allyship is Dictionary.com’s word of the year. The look up site with 70 million monthly users took the unusual step of anointing a word it added just last month. The…

Trump's media venture finds its CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — The blank-check company that aims to take Trump Media & Technology Group public says two regulatory agencies are scrutinizing the deal. Digital World Acquisition, which is often referred to by its trading symbol of “DWAC,” said…

Smollett denies staging attack on himself: 'There was no hoax'

CHICAGO (AP) — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has denied that he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself, testifying at his trial that “there was no hoax.” Smollett is facing charges that he lied to Chicago police about the…

Pandemic stress weighs heavily on Gen Z, poll shows

(AP) -- A new poll finds that the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic have been especially hard for younger Americans, in particular when it comes to their education and social lives. The poll from MTV Entertainment Group and The Associated…

Cruise ship with COVID-19 infections arrives in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Norwegian Cruise Line ship with at least 10 passengers and crew members infected with COVID-19 has docked in New Orleans. Local news outlets confirmed the Norwegian Breakaway had arrived in the city. The Louisiana Department…