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Last Update on May 01, 2015 07:05 GMT

IN THE NEWS: RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER CHALLENGES U2 ALBUM DOWNLOAD

MOSCOW (AP) -- Remember that free U2 album loaded down to a half-billion iTunes users last year? The controversy over it continues. A member of Russia's parliament has asked prosecutors to determine whether Apple violated Russia's ban on gay "propaganda" with the album. The lawmaker says the cover of "Songs of Innocence" shows two men in what the parliament member calls "a display of nontraditional sexual relations." Maybe not. The cover shows the band's drummer embracing his 18-year-old son. Both of them are shirtless. It is not yet clear whether prosecutors will open an investigation.

IN THE NEWS: VERMONT TROOPER RESIGNS AFTER ONLINE POSTS

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont police trooper accused of posting intolerant comments on social media has quit. The state police department says it has accepted the resignation of Corporal Jon Graham of the Rockingham barracks. A citizen noted the Facebook posts -- put up while Graham was off-duty -- and considered them racist and anti-gay. The state police say many of the posts violate the department's social media policy -- and could violate the state police's code of conduct. The Facebook page in question has since been taken down.

 
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