5d ago
       

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U. S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U. S. The method will first apply to ads that name candidates ahead of the midterm elections in November, said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone. Facebook did not say how the new postcard method of verification would prevent foreign agents from setting up local mailing addresses and hiring people in the U. S. to check them.
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5d ago
       

Only On AP: Puck, player tracking being tested at Olympics

Puck and player tracking is being tested in the Olympic men's and women's hockey tournaments in what could be the next step in that technology making it to the NHL GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Finland players looked at the numbers and laughed. At these Olympics, data on speed, acceleration, stopping, distance traveled, shift lengths and ice time is available to teams in what could be the next step for puck and player tracking across hockey, including the NHL. Unlike the NHL, iPads and other electronic devices aren't allowed on benches in international play, but if and when they are, the data could be available in real time for coaches and players to evaluate.
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5d ago
       

Fergie's NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES -- Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering. The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California, was the site of arguably the most famous national anthem in sports history during another NBA All-Star Game 35 years ago. Instead, Fergie is more likely to join the long list of curious versions of the anthem, even though she showed far more impressive vocal chops than the likes of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis.
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5d ago
       

In Italy's poorer south, populist party woos angry voters

Analysts predict the March 4 vote will produce three blocs: the 5-Star Movement, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's alliance of centrist and right-wing groups and a center-left group led by former Premier Matteo Renzi. In a sign of how crucial the southern voters are, the 5-Star Movement founder, comic Beppe Grillo, also came, making his only campaign appearance so far in support of Di Maio. Supporters view the 5-Stars as a long-awaited opportunity to break with Italy's established parties, like Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, which has done well previously in the south but which they say failed to help the region develop.
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5d ago
       

Curry would love to captain Team Curry again in 2019

LeBron James would be OK with someone else taking his place, depending on who the top two vote-getters are, although his draft prowess led to Team LeBron beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night . And James finally revealed his draft order: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, his former Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins, who missed the game due to a season-ending injury. "I think that having the captains and selecting the guys and being able to mix them up gave it a more authentic feel of kind of what us players want to be part of in an All-Star Game," Irving said.
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7d ago
       

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

NEW YORK -- Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. "We sometimes provide funding to cover programmatic or logistics expenses, to make sure our work together can have the most impact," Facebook said in a statement, adding that many of the organizations and people who advised on Messenger Kids do not receive financial support of any kind. Facebook didn't invite prominent critics, such as the nonprofit Common Sense Media, to advise it on Messenger Kids until the process was nearly over.
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7d ago
       

Oops! Don't forget that miracles can happen in sports

NBC's Dan Hicks declared Cornelia Huetter as the only skier with "any real chance" of beating Austria's Anna Veith in the women's super-G Saturday and when she didn't, said "it's Anna Veith of Austria who repeats as Olympic super-G champion. "There's no shame in thinking Veith was the probable winner and even switching to another sport; after Huetter's run The Associated Press wrote that Veith was "on the brink" of defending her gold medal. CHEN'S TRIUMPH: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir brought an edge-of-your-seat enthusiasm to their call of American skater Nathan Chen's triumphant performance on Friday night's telecast.
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7d ago
       

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

MUNICH -- President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U. S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry. The statement by H. R. McMaster at the Munich Security Conference stood in stark contrast to Trump's oft repeated claim that Russian interference in his election victory was a hoax. "As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain," McMaster told a Russian delegate to the conference.
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7d ago
       

Barcelona wins at Eibar 2-0 before trip to Chelsea in CL

Barcelona's star helped to set up two goals to beat 10-man Eibar 2-0 on Saturday as the Spanish leaders warmed up for their visit to Chelsea in the Champions League. Orellana compounded that mistake when he batted a ball into the air with play stopped and the referee waiting for Eibar to return the ball to Barcelona to take a free kick. Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was also sent off minutes later for protesting when the referee did not book Suarez for lightly kicking the ball after play stopped for an offside call.
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7d ago
       

Even as markets shook, many investors held steady

NEW YORK -- This month's sell-off for stocks marked the first big test of investors' mettle in years. Even as stock markets tumbled around the world, putting a halt to an unusually calm and strong ride upward, many investors resisted the urge to sell in a panic and lock in the losses. Generation X investors showed an even more pronounced preference for stocks during the downturn, with stocks making up $86 of every $100 in new and re-allocated dollars.
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