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Facebook whistleblower testifies: Five highlights

A former Facebook data scientist testified before Congress that the social network’s products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S. while executives reject changes that could hurt company profits. Speaking before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Frances…

Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes crews vote to authorize strike

(AP) -- Film and television production in North America is in jeopardy of coming to a standstill after its behind-the-scenes workers overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike for the first time in its 128-year history. The International Alliance of Theatrical…

Ex-Facebook employee says products hurt kids, fuel division

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Facebook data scientist is telling Congress that the social network giant’s products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S. but its executives refuse to make needed changes because they elevate profits over safety. Frances…

Bubba Wallace earns 1st victory in rain-shortened race

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Bubba Wallace became just the second Black driver to win at NASCAR’s top Cup Series level when rain stopped the playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway. Wallace had driven through a crash and to the front of…

Biden lifts abortion referral ban on family planning clinics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is reversing a ban on abortion referrals by federally funded family planning clinics. Monday's action by the Department of Health and Human Services lifts a Trump-era restriction as political and legal battles over abortion…

Justices back at Supreme Court after nearly 19-month absence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has begun a momentous new term, back in the courtroom after a nearly 19-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic. Abortion, guns and religion all are on the agenda for a court with a…

Star Trek's Captain Kirk rocketing into space next week

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Star Trek's Captain Kirk is rocketing into space this month. Actor William Shatner will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12. Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, announced Monday that Shatner will join…

Reaching pre-pandemic levels, 'Venom' debuts with $90.1M

NEW YORK (AP) — Pandemic moviegoing is finally starting to look like pre-pandemic moviegoing. Sony Pictures’ Marvel sequel “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” blew away expectations to debut with $90.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, making…

Former NASCAR driver Townley killed in Georgia shooting

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Investigators say a former driver in NASCAR’s lower divisions has been killed in a shooting in Georgia that also wounded a woman. Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson told the Athens Banner-Herald that 31-year-old John Wes Townley…