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  • Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

    Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

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    Sunday, July 22 2018 12:22 PM EDT2018-07-22 16:22:09 GMT
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  • Grandmother shot, hostages held at supermarket; 1 woman dead

    Grandmother shot, hostages held at supermarket; 1 woman dead

    Sunday, July 22 2018 12:22 PM EDT2018-07-22 16:22:06 GMT
    (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). Los Angeles Police SWAT officers escort a group of people who were held for their safety by police across businesses surrounding a Trader Joe's supermarket, after a gunman held dozens of people hostage inside the store bef...(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). Los Angeles Police SWAT officers escort a group of people who were held for their safety by police across businesses surrounding a Trader Joe's supermarket, after a gunman held dozens of people hostage inside the store bef...
    Police say they're trying to determine what prompted a man to shoot his grandmother and then run into a busy Los Angeles supermarket and hold dozens of people hostage for hours.More >>
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NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook said Tuesday that it deleted about 66,000 posts a week in the last two months as the social media giant cracks down on what it deems to be hate speech.

The company said in a blog post that deleting posts can "feel like censorship," but that it is working on explaining its process better and improving its enforcement of hate speech.

Facebook defines hate speech as attacks on people based on their race, sexual orientation and other "protected characteristics." The Menlo Park, California, company said it mostly relies on its 2 billion users to report any hateful posts they see. Workers then review the posts and decide whether to delete it.

Facebook Inc. said it plans to hire an additional 3,000 people in the next year to review posts. That's on top of the 4,500 people it currently has reviewing posts.

It has made mistakes, the company said. Last year it deleted the post of a black activist, who had posted hate mail he received that included slurs. Facebook said it restored the post and apologized.

"We know that these kinds of mistakes are deeply upsetting for the people involved and cut against the grain of everything we are trying to achieve at Facebook," said Facebook Vice President Richard Allan, in the blog post.

Almost all tech companies with a social media side are wrestling to find the balance between allowing for free speech, and tamping down on extremism.

Last week, Google said it was cracking down on terrorist propaganda and other extremist videos on its YouTube site amid intensifying criticism about the internet's role in mass violence. It also said it was hiring more people to monitor hate and extremism online, and to prevent its dissemination through YouTube.

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  • Waterfire Sharon kicks off first event with "Magical Moments"

    Waterfire Sharon kicks off first event with "Magical Moments"

    Sunday, July 22 2018 5:24 AM EDT2018-07-22 09:24:47 GMT
    The Shenango River glowed for the first of the three Waterfire Sharon events in downtown Sharon as dozens of braziers were lit by people in boats carrying torches. The lighting ceremony for "Magical Moments" Saturday night took place on the State Street bridge just after 9 p.m. Some travel back to the Shenango Valley for the event each year. "To me it's spiritual and I love the smell of the fires burning, the cedar, I just thoroughly enjoy it," Kay Anderson said...More >>
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  • Pets killed in Trumbull County fire

    Pets killed in Trumbull County fire

    Sunday, July 22 2018 5:03 AM EDT2018-07-22 09:03:48 GMT

    One dog and two cats are dead after a fire broke out at a Trumbull County home Saturday afternoon. Officials responded to a trailer fire in the 5000 block of Kinsman Road Saturday. The woman who lives there was not home at the time the flames broke out. Firefighters credit a passerby for alerting authorities of the blaze. Orangeville Fire Chief Larry Foltz tells 21 News the west end of the trailer saw the majority of the damage.  The cause remains under investigation.

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    One dog and two cats are dead after a fire broke out at a Trumbull County home Saturday afternoon. Officials responded to a trailer fire in the 5000 block of Kinsman Road Saturday. The woman who lives there was not home at the time the flames broke out. Firefighters credit a passerby for alerting authorities of the blaze. Orangeville Fire Chief Larry Foltz tells 21 News the west end of the trailer saw the majority of the damage.  The cause remains under investigation.

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  • EXCLUSIVE Sister of Youngstown mom shot in the head speaks out

    EXCLUSIVE Sister of Youngstown mom shot in the head speaks out

    Sunday, July 22 2018 4:50 AM EDT2018-07-22 08:50:08 GMT
    A mother of two children remains on life support after police found her shot in the head on Youngstown's south side Saturday morning. Denise Thurston, 32, was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a car on Hilton Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head when police were called to the scene at about 4:30 a.m. Police say she was taken to Mercy Health- St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she underwent surgery. Thurston is described by her sister as an outgoing, good mom.  In an ex...More >>
    A mother of two children remains on life support after police found her shot in the head on Youngstown's south side Saturday morning. Denise Thurston, 32, was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a car on Hilton Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head when police were called to the scene at about 4:30 a.m. Police say she was taken to Mercy Health- St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she underwent surgery. Thurston is described by her sister as an outgoing, good mom.  In an ex...More >>
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