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Is Facebook down? Users report problems worldwide

Thousands of social media users across the globe reported that Facebook was down on Wednesday morning.

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Instagram users also reported problems with the photo sharing social media site starting around 11:05 a.m. EDT, according to downdetector.com, a website that tracks site issues.

Problems with Facebook first surfaced around 8:20 a.m. EDT, according to downdetector.com. A map compiled by the website showed reports were most prevalent in the United States, Europe and parts of South America.

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  • A new report from the Environmental Working Group suggests kale—commonly touted as a healthy superfood—is actually the third “dirtiest” item in your grocery store produce section. >> Read more trending news  For its annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” shopper’s guide lists, the watchdog group tested for pesticide contamination using data from the Department of Agriculture’s produce testing analyses of more than 40,900 samples. Pesticides are typically used to protect fruits and vegetables, but growing evidence has revealed associations with cancer risk, fertility and other health concerns, according to the World Health Organization. The popular leafy green ranked third on EWG’s list of 12 “dirty” fruits and vegetables, all produce researchers said contain the highest amounts of pesticide residues. Others on the list include strawberries, nectarines, spinach, apples, peaches, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, pears, celery and potatoes. >> Related: Court says EPA ignored dangers of pesticide linked to brain damage in kids, orders ban The top produce items among its “Clean Fifteen” include avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas and onions. In the report, EWG scientists specifically highlighted that nearly 60 percent of kale samples sold in the United States were contaminated with DCPA (or Dacthal), which the Environmental Protection Agency first classified as a possible carcinogen in 1995. “The EPA’s 1995 classification of it as a possible carcinogen noted increases in liver and thyroid tumors,” toxicologist Alexis Temkin wrote in a statement for EWG. “Dacthal can also cause other kinds of harm to the lungs, liver, kidney and thyroid.” >> Related: Bed bugs becoming more resistant to pesticides, experts say According to the EWG, the European Union prohibited all uses of Dacthal back in 2009—the last time kale was on EWG’s “dirty” list—but the pesticide is still used on a variety of American crops, including broccoli, sweet potatoes, eggplant and turnips. In 2016 alone, researchers said about 500,000 pounds of Dacthal were sprayed in the country. But because kale is high in vitamins A and K as well as iron, and the vegetable has been known to help reduce risk of heart disease, researchers recommend that shoppers opt for organically grown kale. >> Related: When to buy organic; when to save your money Ultimately, EWG research analyst Carla Burns said in a news release, “the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.”
  • Two brothers moved to Gwinnett County a few weeks ago from Gary, Ind., to pursue hip-hop music, their four sisters told Channel 2 Action News on Monday.  However, they were killed early Thursday in a triple shooting in an apartment complex’s laundry room that also injured their cousin. “This has shaken the core of our family,” Sophia Thurman told Channel 2. William Thurman, 17, and Billy Roy Thurman, 25, were found dead about 4 a.m. at the Park at Peachtree Corners Apartments in the 3300 block of Peachtree Corners Circle, AJC.com previously reported. They appeared to be washing clothes in the complex’s laundry facility before the gunfire, Gwinnett police Cpl. Wilbert Rundles previously said. RELATED: Brothers killed, cousin injured in laundry room shooting at Gwinnett apartments His sisters told Channel 2 that Billy Roy had set up his own entertainment company, and the two brothers, as well as their 27-year-old cousin  Beonka Thurman, were visiting a relative at the apartment complex, which is gated. “They didn’t just kill my brothers. They are killing my family,” Lisa Thurman said. A suspect entered the laundry room and began shooting, firing several shots, Rundles said. Thurman was shot in the foot and called 911. She was taken to a local hospital with injuries. It does not appear there was an exchange of gunfire, Rundles said. Gwinnett police didn’t have an update on the investigation Monday, Channel 2 reported. “It’s a type of execution,” Delores Thurman told the news station. The Thurman family set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to take the bodies to Indiana for a funeral. As of Monday afternoon, the page had raised more than $3,300. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website. In other news:
  • Authorities and airport officials are trying to track down a prize-winning show dog that was lost at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport moments before she was supposed to fly home.  Gale, a 22-month-old pure-bred American Staffordshire terrier, was in Atlanta with her handlers for an event, Channel 2 Action News reported. The dog was supposed to fly back to Amsterdam after a dog show Saturday. But before she was boarded onto a KLM plane in Atlanta, she vanished, Channel 2 reported.  “When they tried to load my dog’s cage, it was empty and they couldn’t find her,” Gale’s owner, Floris Van Essen, told the news station.   Van Essen said once the handlers got to the gate, they got a call from the terminal notifying them that Gale was gone. The handlers were asked to board the plane while officials searched for the dog, Van Essen told Channel 2.  “She’s lost,” he said. “She doesn’t understand, she misses us and she’s all alone in a big airport. It’s a terrible ordeal.”  In a statement, KLM confirmed to Channel 2 that “a dog managed to break out of its cage as it was being loaded into the cargo of flight KL-622 from Atlanta to Amsterdam on March 23.” “The dog's owner had been notified. KLM expresses its sincerest regrets and is actively working with the Atlanta airport to search for the dog,” the statement said.   In other news: 
  • Rapper 21 Savage paid a visit to a school in Decatur, Georgia, Thursday to talk to students about financial literacy and growing their bank accounts. He met with students at the Camp Jewell House Academy, a private school, as part of his Bank Account Campaign, an initiative aimed at teaching money basics to young people. >> Read more trending news  About 40 third- and fourth- graders listened to 21 Savage discuss financial literacy, gang violence, gun control and the importance of staying in school, according to a press release. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson. “For most kids, the focus is on earning money. And while that is important, to really get ahead you need to know how to manage your money, not just make it,” the rapper said in a statement. “As I have gotten smarter about financial management, I realize how important it is to control your money rather than be controlled by it. He committed $100 to each of the young people who attended the event to open up their bank accounts. Though a workshop with the rapper, the students earned the “Stack Your Money Badge” as part of the Bank Account Campaign. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, launched the campaign last year, months before he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on charges that he is from the United Kingdom and has been living in the country illegally. He was granted bond on Feb. 12, after which he launched the second phase of the campaign. The musician announced a partnership with Get Schooled, a non-profit for high school students, and Juma, a nonprofit that helps employ youth, to boost financial literacy among young people in Atlanta. Abraham-Joseph also promised 150 local Atlanta students jobs by June. The team also visited a second Atlanta school that was not named in the press release. 21 Savage calls DeKalb County home, and has led several initiatives aimed at community improvement for young people. For several years, he posted his “Issa Back 2 School Drive,” where he gave out free school supplies to more than 2,500 DeKalb County students and their families. 
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered the results Friday of an investigation into possible collusion in the 2016 presidential election to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, ending a two-year saga that, at times, pitted President Donald Trump against his own Justice Department.  >> Read more trending news  In a passage of the report quoted by Barr, Mueller said there was no evidence Trump “was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.” >> Barr: Mueller found no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy On Sunday, the Justice Department delivered a summary of Mueller’s findings to the House Judiciary Committee. It was not immediately  clear when, if ever, the report would be released to the public. Update 6 p.m. EDT March 25: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  has blocked a resolution calling for the Mueller report to be publicly released, similar to a vote in the house earlier this month, according to news reports. The House passed a resolution on March 14 on a 420-0 vote calling for the full Mueller report to be released to the public. Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., attempted to do the same thing in the same thing in the Senate with a vote on a non-binding resolution. 'Whether or not you're a supporter of President Trump or not, of what you feel, there is no good reason not to make the report public,' Schumer said from the floor, according to The Hill. 'It's a simple request for transparency. Nothing more, nothing less.'  McConnell objected on the grounds that Attorney General William Barr is still working with special prosecutor Robert Mueller to determine which parts of the report should remain classified. “The special counsel and the Justice Department ought to be allowed to finish their work in a professional manner,” McConnell said, according to The Hill. “To date the attorney general has followed through on his commitments to Congress. One of those commitments is that he intends to release as much information as possible.'  It’s not clear when Barr and Mueller may finish deciding which parts of the report can be released.  Update 1 p.m. EDT March 25: Asked Monday about the release of Mueller’s report, Trump said such a move “wouldn’t bother me at all.” The president spoke with reporters Monday while hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We can never, ever let this happen to another president again,” Trump said. Update 12:05 p.m. EDT March 25: Speaking to reporters Monday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., promised to 'unpack the other side of the story' of Mueller's probe. Among other topics, Graham vowed to review the FBI's use of a dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele and a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant issued for Carter Page, who served as a campaign adviser to Trump. >> Who is Carter Page; how is he connected to the Nunes memo? Update 10:35 a.m. EDT March 25: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that the lack of evidence found to support allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election should come as no surprise. 'A Chinese philosopher ... said, ‘It is hard to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if it is not there,’” Peskov said, according to The Washington Post. “Centuries have passed, but unfortunately there has been no understanding of this on the other side of the ocean.” Russian media didn't closely follow all the leaks that accompanied the Mueller probe, but referred to the investigation from time to time as an example of what they described as U.S. hysteria against Russia. Russian officials and state media, who have vehemently denied that the Kremlin wanted Trump to win and was helping him in the campaign, on Monday relished news of Mueller’s findings. 'The results of Mueller's investigation are a disgrace for the U.S. and its political elites,' Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the information committee at the Federation Council, tweeted on Monday. 'All of the accusations were proved to be trumped up.' Update 10:15 a.m. EDT March 25: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear arguments in a mystery case connected to the Mueller investigation, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Supreme Court won’t hear 'Mystery Case' in Mueller probe Little is known about the case, which involves an unidentified foreign company owned by an unidentified foreign government. The company has been trying to get out of a subpoena for grand jury testimony in the Mueller probe.  Update 9 a.m. EDT March 25: President Donald Trump celebrated the findings of the probe early Monday in a series of tweets. >> Mueller report: Trump claims 'Complete and Total’ exoneration Update 10:25 p.m. EDT March 24: President Donald Trump was at Mar-a-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, when he first learned the details of what Attorney General William Barr said in his summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report for Congress, according to the Associated Press. The AP cited White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, who briefed reporters aboard Air Force One as the president was flying back to Washington. “This is very good,” Gidley said the president told him. The president watched TV in his office aboard Air Force One and made phone calls according to CNN, which described the atmosphere during the flight as “jovial.” Update 8:25 p.m. EDT March 24: Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report Sunday, issuing a statement calling the report “a total vindication of the President of the United States.” “After two years of investigation, and reckless accusations by many Democrats and members of the media, the Special Counsel has confirmed what President Trump said (all) along; there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election,” Pence said. “This total vindication of the President of the United States and our campaign should be welcomed by every American who cherishes the truth and the integrity of our elections,” he said. Update 7:45 p.m. EDT March 24: Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary on the Mueller report “inadequate.” Feinstein said in a statement Sunday that Barr’s summary “demonstrates why Congress needs to obtain the full report and underlying evidence.” She also said she’ll call on Barr to release the whole report and underlying material to Congress for proper Congressional oversight of the investigation. Feinstein said Barr was obviously biased in his summary of the report. “Mueller elected to describe the facts, leaving it to Attorney General Barr to decide whether the president committed a crime. However, months ahead of his nomination,  Barr wrote a 19-page memo concluding the president couldn’t commit obstruction, so it’s no surprise he reached the same conclusion now,” she said in the statement. Update 7:00 p.m. EDT March 24: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report. Pelosi and Schumer said Barr’s letter “raises as many questions as it answers.” The pair are calling for the Justice Department to release the full report. “The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public,” Schumer said on social media. The statement calls into question Barr’s ability to be objective about the Mueller report. “Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report,” according to Pelosi and Schumer’s statement. “And most obviously, for the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility,” the statement said. Update 6:00 p.m. EDT March 24: The Mueller report is divided into two parts, according to the summary Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress Sunday. The first part of the report describes the Mueller team’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and outlines Russia’s attempts to influence the election, including the crimes committed by people associated with the Russian government, Barr said. A primary focus for the Mueller team was whether any Americans, and specifically associates of President Donald Trump, worked with the Russians in interfering with the election, which would be a federal crime. “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” according to the Mueller report. >> Related: Mueller report: Trump claims 'Complete and Total’ exoneration The second part of the report, according to Barr’s summary, focuses on whether Trump obstructed justice.  The Mueller report leaves “unresolved whether the president’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction,” Barr said in his summary. “While the report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on obstruction allegations, Barr said. Mueller left a decision on obstruction of justice charges against Trump to the Justice Department. Barr confirmed he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that Trump’s conduct did not constitute a crime. >> Related: What is in the Mueller report? Update 5:20 p.m. EDT March 24: The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, responded to President Donald Trump’s statement Sunday afternoon that the Mueller report offered him “complete and total exoneration.” Nadler disputed Trump’s characterization of the report, clarifying what Mueller actually said in the report. “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,’” Nadler said Nadler also confirmed his plan to call Attorney General William Barr to testify before the committee. “In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before (the House Judiciary Committee) in the near future, Nadler said on Twitter. Update 5:10 p.m. EDT March 24: Attorney General William Barr detailed the resources special prosecutor Robert Mueller used during his two-year investigation in his summary of the report to Congress. Barr said the Mueller team “employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.” Barr said Mueller’s report also does not recommend any further indictments. Update 4:50 p.m. EDT March 24: President Donald Trump and members of his administration feel vindicated by the Mueller report. Trump just sent his first tweet on the report since Robert Mueller sent it to the Justice Department on Friday. “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!,” the president wrote. His press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued this statement after Attorney General William Barr sent a summary of Mueller’s report to Congress Sunday afternoon. 'The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.” Update 4:15 p.m. EDT March 24: The summary included these points: -The investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller did not find President Donald Trump or any of his campaign team coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, according to a summary Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress Sunday. -The probe also did not find sufficient evidence that the president illegally obstructed justice, but the Mueller team stopped short of exonerating the president, according to The Associated Press.  -Barr’s summary said Mueller did not reach any conclusions on the president’s conduct. -Barr also said in the summary that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not consider constitutional questions relating to criminal charges against a sitting president in reaching their conclusion, the AP reported. Update 3:30 p.m. EDT March 24: Rep. Jerry Nadler said the Department of Justice issued a letter saying it is “determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement” in terms of the findings in the report. Related: What is in the Mueller report? Nadler tweeted quotes from the letter, which can be read in full here. Update 3:10 p.m. EDT March 24: Congress has been told to expect a Mueller report summary with in the hour, The Associated Press reported, according to two unnamed sources familiar with plans from the Justice Department. Update 2:30 p.m. EDT March 24: President Donald Trump has been relatively quiet leading up to the release of the report, according to The Associated Press. Sources not authorized to speak publicly claim Trump is relieved no new indictments have come from the probe. The AP reported that Trump has been in Palm Beach, Florida, over the weekend, golfing and spending time with family. He’s also been less engaged on Twitter, only posting “Good Morning, Have A Great Day!” and “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Sunday morning. Update 9 p.m. EDT March 23: Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and Moscow’s efforts to elect him, according to The Associated Press. Barr was on pace to release his first summary of Mueller’s findings on Sunday, people familiar with the process said. Update 1:50 p.m. EDT March 23: Congress will not receive a summary of Mueller’s findings  Saturday, multiple media outlets have reported. The Washington Post cited a “senior Justice Department official” for this information, while Politico tweeted that “two sources familiar with the discussion” confirmed the news. President Trump flew Friday to his Mar-a-Lago resort with senior White House officials and lawyers, The Washington Post reported. Original report: The delivery of the report to Barr officially concludes the probe that has cast a shadow over the Trump administration from its earliest days. Trump, who flew to Florida on Friday, has not yet commented on the report. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House would not be seeing the report -- at least not for now. Barr, in a one-page letter, told Congressional leaders he would be able to advise them of the “principal conclusions” of the report as soon as this weekend. In the letter, Barr confirmed that there was no requests made by Mueller to take a specific action – such as subpoenaing a witness – that was not granted by the DOJ. “There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation.' >> Read the letter William Barr sent to members of Congress It is up to Barr how much of the report Congress or the public will be able to see. Trump has said he would not care if the report was released to the public. According to an anonymous DOJ source, there will be no further indictments born out of the investigation, meaning Mueller’s work is done. >> Who has Robert Mueller already indicted in his investigation? Since the investigation began in May of 2017, Mueller’s team of prosecutors has indicted or accepted plea deals from 35 people. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, issued a joint statement, saying “it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress. . . . The American people have a right to the truth.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Mark Geragos’ name typically comes up when celebrities are in trouble, but who is he exactly? The defense attorney has worked for clients accused of murder, abuse and lying to police, but according to a report from The Wall Street Journal and an unnamed source to The Associated Press, he could be a co-conspirator in a federal extortion case involving Michael Avenatti. >> Read more trending news  Geragos has not commented on WSJ’s report.  Here are things to know about Mark J. Geragos’ career, which includes a client list made up of Nate Dogg, Winona Ryder, Diddy, and Barry Bond’s personal trainer Greg Anderson. Defended Winona Ryder  After Oscar-nominated actress Winona Ryder faced shoplifting charges after being detained by security officers in December 2001. Geragos represented her in the six-day trial, according to The New York Times. In November 2002, Ryder was found guilty of grand theft and vandalism for taking more than $5,500 worth of designer goods from a Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue. She was found not guilty of commercial burglary, but was as sentenced to three years’ probation, 480 hours of community service, $3,700 in fines and $6,355 in restitution to the store. She was ordered to get drug counseling and psychological counseling. Defended Scott Peterson  Geragos unsuccessfully defended Scott Peterson’s death penalty case after becoming his attorney in May 2003. Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of his wife, Laci Peterson, and second-degree murder for the death Laci Peterson’s unborn son. Defended Michael Jackson In February 2003, the King of Pop hired Geragos when accusations emerged that he may have molested a boy. He was ultimately fired from Jackson’s legal team in April 2004, reportedly because he was too busy with the Peterson case. Jackson was found not guilty on all charges in 2005. Defended Chris Brown When Chris Brown faced assault charges after brutally attacking singer Rihanna, he enlisted Geragos’ help. Geragos reached a plea deal for his client in 2009, and Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and had to serve 180 days in jail or the equivalent in “labor-oriented service.”  Under the plea deal, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of assault with the intent of doing great bodily injury. Brown had several run-ins with the law after, violating his probation -- resulting in jail time -- and being accused of rape. No charges were filed after that accusation. Geragos represented him in a number of trials and has said he considers the singer a son.  Defended Jussie Smollett “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett hired Geragos to represent him against the 16 felony disorderly conduct charges he faces after he allegedly staged homophobic and racist attack in January. Smollett allegedly coordinated with two brothers who Chicago police say he paid to attack him. Smollett has pleaded not guilty.