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Facebook uncovers new global misinformation operations

Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare. The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic … Continue reading Facebook uncovers new global misinformation operations

BEIJING | Heavily pork-reliant China battling African swine fever

BEIJING — China, the world’s largest producer of pork, is battling an African swine fever outbreak that could potentially devastate herds. The disease, which only affects pigs and wild boar, has been detected in at least three locations across the vast country. Thousands of pigs have died or been culled in an effort to curb … Continue reading BEIJING | Heavily pork-reliant China battling African swine fever

CARACAS, Venezuela | Little damage reported from strong quake in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela’s northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean but likely caused little damage besides knocking out power in some places and toppling supermarket shelves because of its depth, experts said. The magnitude 7.3 quake Tuesday was the largest to strike Venezuela since 1900, according to the U.S. Geological … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | Little damage reported from strong quake in Venezuela

NEW YORK | Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme

NEW YORK — The unveiling of federal criminal charges against President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer came with drama as attorney Michael Cohen went farther than prosecutors were willing to go in pointing fingers. Not only did Cohen plead guilty to all eight charges, but he directly implicated the president in the payment of hush … Continue reading NEW YORK | Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme

SAN DIEGO | Uncertainty looms over House race after Hunter indictment

SAN DIEGO  — Despite an ongoing FBI investigation into his campaign spending, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter coasted through the June primary election largely unscathed, finishing first by a 30-point margin and establishing himself as a strong favorite to hold the seat in November. That’s now changed. On Tuesday, the Republican congressman and his wife were … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | Uncertainty looms over House race after Hunter indictment

BOSTON | Allen’s 2 catches help Bieber, Indians beat Red Sox 6-3

BOSTON — Cleveland pitcher Shane Bieber was sure to thank fellow rookie Greg Allen for making his debut at Fenway Park a successful one. The rare times Bieber made a mistake, Allen was there to cover — no matter the distance — with a pair of catches in deep center field that helped the Indians … Continue reading BOSTON | Allen’s 2 catches help Bieber, Indians beat Red Sox 6-3

NEW YORK | Giants catcher Posey considering season-ending hip surgery

NEW YORK  — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey’s season might soon be coming to an end. The six-time All-Star said Tuesday night that he’s considering surgery to fix a hip problem that’s been hobbling him all year. “I think when you’re dealing with an injury, it can be a level of frustration,” Posey said. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Giants catcher Posey considering season-ending hip surgery

WASHINGTON | Hours after trades, Nationals rally past Phillies 10-4

WASHINGTON  — Andrew Stevenson and Wilmer Difo hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run sixth inning and Washington rallied past the Phillies 10-4 on Tuesday night, hours after the Nationals traded Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams. Stevenson, who was called up from Triple-A Syracuse earlier in the day, tied the game with his first career … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Hours after trades, Nationals rally past Phillies 10-4