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Twitter removes verifications on some users

Image License MGN Image 15 NOV 17 19:42 ET Selena Larson (CNN Money) — Twitter began removing the verified check mark of some of its users on Wednesday. The company¬†announced¬†new guidelines for the verification program, and will remove verification from accounts that fall outside those rules. Tweeting content that incites hate and harassment, includes violent or dangerous behavior, or violates Twitter’s rules, could lead to removal of the verification badge. Twitter’s verification badge is a white check mark inside a blue icon next to someone’s name indicating the company has verified the person’s identity and that the account belongs...

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Trump speaks with Bach to express support for LA Olympic bid

President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with the head of the International Olympic Committee to voice his support for Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Games. The Los Angeles bid committee says on Twitter that Trump spoke with IOC President Thomas Bach "to express his strong support" for the Olympics and for the city’s "plans to host a great Games." Los Angeles, which is competing against Paris and Budapest, Hungary, is seeking to bring the Summer Olympics back to the U.S. for the first time since Atlanta hosted the 1996 Games. The IOC will select the host...

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Some military vets tweet support for Kaepernick’s protest

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem is apparently winning support from some military veterans on Twitter. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked controversy during the NFL’s preseason by sitting instead of standing during the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Kaepernick says he’s protesting what he describes as oppression of minorities in the United States. Some who have criticized the protest said it was insulting to veterans. But some people who identify themselves as veterans have tweeted pictures of themselves in uniform and messages of support under the hashtag VeteransForKaepernick . One says he served to protect...

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Infant’s death is first Zika-related fatality in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday after a baby girl whose mother traveled to El Salvador while pregnant died shortly after birth in a suburban Houston hospital. The girl, who died a few weeks ago, had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health. “We are devastated to report our first case of Zika-associated death and our hearts go out to the family,” Shah said. Test results linking the death to Zika were confirmed Friday. The mother had traveled while pregnant to her native El Salvador...

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Tour de France to continue as planned after attack in Nice

LA CAVERNE DU PONT-D’ARC, France (AP) — The Tour de France rode on as planned Friday, with thousands of fans lining the roads and amid reinforced security a day after the deadly attack in Nice. France was reeling again after a large truck mowed through a crowd of revelers gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display in the Riviera city of Nice, killing at least 84 people on Thursday night. The attack, on France’s national holiday, followed attacks last November in Paris that killed 130. But the carnage did not deter fans from showing up in numbers at the...

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