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Facebook's Election 'War Room' Takes Aim at Fake Information

In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook’s expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads “War Room.” Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections. Inside the room are dozens of employees staring intently at their ...

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In Mexico Beach, Coming Home to Find no Home

With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered. Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she’d lived with her husband. ...

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Ex-USA Gymnastics President Indicted in Texas

Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the ...

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Cajun Navy Replaces S Carolina Boy Scout Troop's Stolen Gear

A South Carolina Boy Scout troop discovered its trailer holding thousands of dollars' worth of camping gear was stolen, and the Louisiana Cajun Navy ...

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Powerless Victims of Hurricane Michael Now Suffer Looting

Armed looters are targeting homes and businesses that remain without electricity after being ravaged by Hurricane Michael a week ago. Sheriff's ...

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Pompeo: Saudis Declined to Discuss Facts Surrounding Missing Journalist

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that when he met with Saudi leaders they did not want to talk about any of the facts involving the ...

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The Download | October 16th: White woman who blocked D’Arreion Toles from entering his building is fired from her job + 50th anniversary of Tommie Smith’s Historic Olympic Protest

Hilary Brooke Mueller — the White woman who blocked D’Arreion Toles from entering his apartment building has reportedly been fired from her job. Toles posted his encounter with Mueller on his Facebook account and the video received millions of ...

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Families of people missing after Hurricane Michael turn to social media for clues

"Please Help Me Find My Son," one mother wrote in a Facebook group that was set up to locate missing people during disasters.

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Dave Chappelle defends his friendship with Kanye West: ‘That’s my brother. I love him. I support him’

In an interview with Van Jones, comedian Dave Chappelle retracted his previous statements about giving President Donald Trump a second chance and praising his love for his brother, Kanye West. The post Dave Chappelle defends his friendship with Kanye West: ‘That’s my brother. I love him. I support him’ appeared first on theGrio.

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Man tries to carjack Houston news van then steals police car

When two police officers showed up, the carjacker pushed one of them down, dragged the other one out of the car and drove off with their cruiser, ...

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Sears Files for Chapter 11 Amid Plunging Sales, Massive Debt

Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.  Sears once dominated the ...

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Alabama store pulls Pepsi products with NFL logo over anthem protests

A grocery store owner in Athens, Ala., is refusing to sell Pepsi products because they feature the NFL logo. In a Facebook post from S&Z Grocery owner Phillip Stewart said he pulled Pepsi bottles off the shelf himself and would no longer be ...

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'Why we faked our Facebook wedding in Kinshasa'

Successful, educated and attractive - Arlène Agneroh's friends said the only thing she was missing was a husband.

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Trump Administration Steps in to Kill Police Reform Plan

The Trump administration informed a federal judge in Chicago on Friday that it's seeking to scuttle a plan negotiated between the nation's third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago's 12,000-officer police force under close federal court supervision. In a statement announcing the intervention, ...

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Are Quavo and Nicki Minaj in a Relationship?

Seems like Georgia rapper Quavo is suggesting that he and Nicki Minaj, his former collaborator, were romantically linked, at least at one point during their working relationship. The post Are Quavo and Nicki Minaj in a Relationship? appeared first ...

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Facebook says hackers saw 14 million users' personal info

The exposed data included relationship status, birth date, hometown, education and the 15 most recent searches, Facebook said.

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Alaska Natives to Congress: Expand Violence Against Women Act

On his Facebook page, a father grieves the loss of his 10-year-old daughter, whom he had affectionately nicknamed “Dimples.” Her body was found last ...

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American Pastor on Trial in Turkey

The trial of an American pastor whose detention has sparked a diplomatic standoff between Ankara and Washington resumed Friday in Turkey. Speculation has been growing that Turkey could allow Andrew Brunson to return to the United States, ending the diplomatic crisis.U.S. President Donald Trump has condemned Brunson's prosecution on terrorism ...

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Social media lets celebrities control their own 'coming out' stories

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become important outlets for celebs looking to bypass traditional media and control their own coming out narratives.

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Hurricane Michael Slams into Florida, Charges into Southeast

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive charge inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years and at least one death was reported during its ...

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Chicago police officer convicted of killing Laquan McDonald moved from Chicago jail for safety reasons

TheGrio has launched a special series called #BlackonBlue to examine the relationship between law enforcement and African-Americans. Our reporters ...

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6-month Sentence for man who Sold Bank Accounts to Russians

A California man will serve six months in prison for unwittingly helping the Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential elections.   A ...

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Pangolin survival: How 'following the money' could save lives

Targeting profits linked to the illegal wildlife trade could help protect threatened species

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Bulgarian Journalist, Host of Anticorruption TV Show, Is Beaten and Killed

Officials said there was no evidence that the brutal death of Viktoria Marinova, 30, was linked to her work, but international concern quickly spread.

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US Urges UN Court to Toss out Iranian Case on Frozen Assets

The U.S. on Monday urged the United Nations' highest court to toss out a case filed by Iran that seeks to recover around $2 billion worth of frozen assets the U.S. Supreme Court awarded to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran. The case at the International Court of Justice is based on a bilateral treaty that the ...

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Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova killed in Ruse

It is unclear whether investigative reporter Viktoria Marinova's death is linked to her work.

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Duquesne running back Marquis Brown dies after alleged jump from 16th-floor window

In a tragedy raising questions in Pittsburgh and nationwide, Duquesne University football player Marquis Brown made a fatal jump Thursday from a 16th-story dorm window, authorities are telling various news organizations. University president Ken ...

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