Alarmed by fake news, states push media literacy in schools

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.

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  • Written by By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

Media group: 81 reporters died, threats soared in 2017

BRUSSELS (AP) — At least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs this year, while violence and harassment against media staff has skyrocketed, the world's biggest journalists' organization says.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Disasters pound North America in 2017; overall down globally

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — North America couldn't catch a break in 2017. Parts of the United States were on fire, underwater or lashed by hurricane winds. Mexico shook with back-to-back earthquakes. The Caribbean got hit with a string of hurricanes.

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  • Written by By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

New California laws cover immigration, marijuana, education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California state lawmakers in 2017 passed nearly 900 bills that Gov. Jerry Brown then signed into law. Most of them take effect Monday. The new laws cover topics ranging from the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, to the state's new recreational cannabis market, to the price of a college education.

  • Written by By DON THOMPSON , Associated Press

Texting ban may soon be enforced on Florida's deadly roads

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky says it is hard to separate texting drivers from drunken drivers as he cruises down a suburban interstate highway. Both weave. They speed up and slow down for no obvious reason and get too close to other cars. They endanger their lives and others.

  • Written by By TERRY SPENCER , Associated Press