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Apple's app store goes on trial in threat to 'walled garden'
5/6/2021 12:16:32 PM

By Michael Liedtke   SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP)—On Monday, Apple faces one of its most serious legal threats in recent years: A trial that threatens to upend its iron control over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year while feeding more than 1.6 billion iPhones, iPads, and other devices. The federal court case is being brought by Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite. Epic wants to topple the so-called “walled garden” of the app store, which Apple started building 13 years ago as part of a strategy masterminded by co-founder...

Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell
5/6/2021 12:11:53 PM

By John Leicester   NICE, France (AP)—The doctor slid a miniature camera into the patient's right nostril, making her whole nose glow red with its bright miniature light. “Tickles a bit, eh?” he asked as he rummaged around her nasal passages, the discomfort causing tears to well in her eyes and roll down her cheeks. The patient, Gabriella Forgione, wasn't complaining. The 25-year-old pharmacy worker was happy to be prodded and poked at the hospital in Nice, in southern France, to advance her increasingly pressing quest to recover her sense of smell....

Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street
5/6/2021 12:06:37 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Music blared from the courtyard of a French Quarter restaurant on Mardi Gras morning but nobody was there to hear it until Tom Gibson and Sheila Wheeler of Philadelphia walked out of their hotel's nearly empty lobby. “We were expecting a little bit lower key than the normal Mardi Gras,” Wheeler said. But empty Bourbon Street was a shock. Coronavirus-related restrictions in New Orleans included canceled parades, closed bars and a near shutdown of rowdy Bourbon Street. That, and unusually frigid weather, prevented what New Orleans usually craves at...

Professor builds community through dance, African pride
5/6/2021 12:00:57 PM

By Page Leggitt   CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—There are many peaceful ways to get your message across in protest: Marches, sit-ins, taking a knee. Tamara Williams, an assistant professor of dance at UNC Charlotte, uses dance. She co-founded Dancing for Justice, which she described as “a method of calling attention to injustices.” “It's basically putting the body out in the street and saying: ‘We are here. We want equal rights. We want equal opportunity.”' Dance is also a way to connect her to “ancestral memories, elders and...

DMX immortalized by family and close friends at memorial
4/29/2021 11:41:09 AM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr. and Jennifer Peltz   NEW YORK (AP)—DMX's legacy was immortalized as a man beloved by his family, honored for his strong faith and respected as one of hip-hop's greatest icons at his memorial service Saturday, with several heartfelt speeches from those who knew the rapper best. The speakers included friends Swizz Beatz and Nas, as well as his daughter, who rapped in honor of her father. Kanye West and Busta Rhymes were among the big names who attended the two-hour ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York. The service at the Brooklyn arena...

Unemployed man became homeless; then he made $10,000 from YouTube
4/29/2021 11:37:51 AM

By Christopher Spata   TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Things were looking down for Lionel Barnes in late 2018. He'd been let go from his information technology job in Plant City. A rocky relationship had ended. He was soon sleeping in his 20-year-old Mercedes with his teenage son, Lionel Jr. He'd park in front of fast food restaurants in Tampa and use the free internet to apply for jobs. Trying to figure out how to come up with some money, he remembered his old Google Adsense account. The platform allows YouTube video creators—something Barnes dabbled in with little...

Minority legislators sense moment to pass 'bold' legislation
4/29/2021 11:35:47 AM

By Susan Haigh   In July after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Black and Latino members of the Connecticut General Assembly worked to enact sweeping changes to policing in the state, and since, have continue to flex their collective muscles. Vowing that was “just the beginning,” the lawmakers have turned to other long-standing issues affecting communities of color, from insisting any new recreational marijuana program will benefit those most harmed by the war on drugs, to addressing the impact of racism on public health disparities that were underscored by the...

Jill Biden sees teachable moment in the depths of a pandemic
4/29/2021 11:31:53 AM

By Darlene Superville   WATERFORD, Pa. (AP)—Jill Biden sees a teachable moment in the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. The first lady sat in a socially distanced circle in the library at Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Pennsylvania, listening and taking notes as parents expressed relief that the school had reopened and their kids were back in the classroom. One mother talked about the “bumpy patches” of online learning and said reopening “has been so to the T” that she doesn't worry about her son and daughter. Another mom said the district...

LAPD use of projectile launchers against protesters restricted
4/21/2021 5:45:33 PM

LOS ANGELES—A federal judge Monday issued orders restricting the Los Angeles Police Department's use of 40mm and 37mm projectile launchers against crowds of protesters, allowing their use only against people who pose a clear threat of serious bodily harm to others. The order comes after Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles filed a new request for a temporary restraining order against the LAPD in light of a March 25 protest in Echo Park and a March 13 demonstration in Hollywood in which police and protesters clashed and a member of the press was struck by a projectile and knocked out,...

Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death
4/21/2021 5:43:36 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. Chauvin, 45, could be sent to prison for decades. The verdict set off jubilation around the city. People instantly flooded the surrounding streets downtown, running through traffic with banners, and cars blared their horns. Floyd family members gathered at a Minneapolis...