The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, accept responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say that until Wednesday, Facebook was 0-for-4.
Facebook's two top executives, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, went radio silent after news broke last Friday that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica may have used data improperly obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections, including the 2016 White House race.
Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents' backyard.
Relatives have identified the man as Stephan Alonzo Clark, 22, according to The Sacramento Bee. His fiance, Salena Manni, the mother of his sons, ages 1 and 3, said his first name was Stephon.
Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are on their way to the International Space Station.
A Soyuz rocket carrying the three men blasted off Wednesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Roscosmos' cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.
The fourth nor'easter in three weeks pushed its way up the East Coast on Wednesday, bringing heavy, wet snow likely to knock out power across the region.
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Suddenly, America is on the march.
Saturday’s March for Our Lives, planned for Washington and hundreds of other locations, is just the most recent sign that an extraordinary number of Americans are taking to heart the old truism that democracy should not be a spectator sport.
In numbers not seen since the tumult of the 1960s and ’70s, multitudes are venturing off the sidelines and into the game in a remarkable surge of political and social activism. Their ranks include high school students angered by gun violence, teachers fed up with low pay, and women energized by a range of grievances — notably pervasive sexual harassment and the longtime dominance of men in political power.
An Amherst College student who played on the school's football team has died during spring break in Mexico City.
Officials at the Massachusetts college said in a statement that senior economics major Andrew Dorogi died Friday. The cause was not provided.
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Tesla shareholders have approved by a wide margin a proposal to award Chairman and CEO Elon Musk a massive multibillion-dollar stock grant, a source at the meeting told CNBC.
Musk could earn more than $50 billion over the next several years if Tesla hits certain key milestones and he stays on in his current role at the company he co-founded.
The source who reported the vote count declined to be identified. Official vote totals will be announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission later Wednesday.
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Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama told the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a letter this month that their "resilience, resolve and solidarity" inspired them, according to a report.
Digital publication Mic obtained a copy of the letter, dated March 10, in which the Obamas offer their support for the students' activism on gun violence in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre at their school in Parkland, Florida.
"We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy," the Obamas said.
The opposition Self-Determination party in Kosovo used tear gas just before a vote was to be held on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.
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Finland's government said Wednesday that delegates from North Korea, South Korea and the United States concluded "constructive" unofficial diplomatic talks in the Nordic country that were widely believed to be laying the groundwork for an upcoming meeting between the Koreas and a planned U.S.-North Korea summit.
The Finnish foreign ministry said in a brief statement said that the tripartite talks were held in a positive atmosphere and were aimed at "building confidence and reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula."
Many observers believe the Finland meeting was geared toward preparing an upcoming summit between the leaders of the Koreas and a planned meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate and signaling confidence in the U.S. economy's durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.
The Fed said it expects to raise rates twice more this year. At the same time, it increased its estimate for rate hikes in 2019 from two to three, reflecting more optimistic expectations for growth and low unemployment.
Hundreds of Florida International University students gathered for a vigil Wednesday morning to remember the six victims who died in a pedestrian bridge collapse near campus.
The names of the victims were displayed on a screen inside a ballroom at the Miami-area school. Loud gasps and crying could be heard from the crowd when the name of FIU student Alexa Duran appeared on the screen.
"No one will be able to understand how I feel. Alexa was my world and my life," the student's mother, Gina Duran, told The Associated Press. "Nothing will ever be the same."
Being an armed officer in a school is a difficult job that requires being ready to kill a student, an official from a national organization for school-based law enforcement officers said Tuesday.
Mac Hardy, interviewed hours after a teenage gunman shot a girl in a Maryland school before dying following a confrontation with a school resource officer, said an officer might have to fire on someone he or she knows through encounters at the school.
FBI Director Christopher Wray would never allow politics to affect how he runs the agency, he told NBC News in an exclusive interview in the wake of last week's controversial termination of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
"I am committed to doing things objectively and independently and by the book," Wray said. "I think that has to extend not just to our investigations, our intelligence analysis, but it also has to extend to personnel decisions and disciplinary decisions."
Noting he was not addressing the details of McCabe's termination, he said he was committed to keeping "political or partisan influence" out of the FBI's decision-making process.
McCabe was fired two days before he was set to retire and become eligible for his full pension, something McCabe said was done "to taint the FBI" following attacks on him from President Donald Trump.
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A 17-year-old girl who was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier in the West Bank accepted a plea deal on Wednesday in which she will be sentenced to eight months in person, according to Israeli media.
Ahed Tamimi became a symbol of Palestinian resistance after her "slap heard around the world" inspired those heartbroken by years of settlement building on a land that was envisioned as a future state, NBC News reported. Tamimi brought renewed international attention on Israel's occupation of the West Bank.
However, among right-wing Israelis, her case prompted public criticism that the military looked week by allowing her to strike a soldier and officer.
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