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While campaigning, Trump said he’d be a consumer champion. Guess what’s happened

March 17, 2019 |

This has been a great week for having our noses rubbed in things we knew were happening but didn’t want to believe it was this bad.

The biggie, of course, is the college admissions scandal, in which wealthy families were busted bribing their way into top schools.

Most of us parents probably assumed…


L.A. Times – Business

U.S. criminal probe of Facebook is said to extend to grand jury

March 14, 2019 |

A Facebook Inc. investigation by the U.S. Justice Department has broadened to include a grand jury, according to a person familiar with the matter, signaling an escalation in the ongoing federal probes of the company’s data-sharing practices.

A federal grand jury in New York subpoenaed records…


L.A. Times – Business

Alex Rodriguez: ‘She Said Yes’

March 10, 2019 |

Jennifer Lopez said yes to Alex Rodriguez’s proposal, and with the rock he presented, who could say no? The couple on Saturday posted an Instagram photo of their hands with a massive engagement ring on Lopez’s ring finger. The former Yankees shortstop captioned his photo with “she said yes” and…
Newser

He Said Earth’s Status Was Dire. He Offered a Last-Ditch Solution

March 9, 2019 |

Before he passed away last month , the “Grandfather of Climate Science” once more broached an idea to fend off global warming, albeit a radical one, in what the New York Times dubs a “final warning for Earth.” Via what one fellow scientist calls a “very touching [and] very profound” video…
Newser

A Child’s Face Said ‘Help,’ So a Kentucky Waitress Did

March 9, 2019 |

A waitress alarmed by a distraught child and disturbing adults flagged the group to police, helping them track down and arrest the adults. Jordan Cooper thought something was wrong as soon as she approached the table to serve the two adults and two children, one a girl about a year…
Newser

Judge Claimed Jury Was Wrong—Because God Said So

March 7, 2019 |

Told jurors had found a woman guilty of continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child, a Texas judge demanded they keep deliberating because God had assured him the defendant was innocent. Comal County District Court Judge Jack Robison received a public warning after claiming on Jan….
Newser

Lyft is said to plan to file for IPO as soon as next week

February 21, 2019 |

Lyft Inc. could file as soon as next week for an initial public offering and plans to target a valuation of $ 20 billion to $ 25 billion, a person familiar with the matter said.

The ride-hailing industry’s No. 2 plans to begin marketing shares in a roadshow the week of March 18, said the person,…


L.A. Times – Business

U.S. is said to weigh 60-day extension for China tariff deadline

February 14, 2019 |

President Trump is considering pushing back the deadline for imposition of higher tariffs on Chinese imports by 60 days, as the world’s two biggest economies try to negotiate a solution to their trade dispute, according to people familiar with the matter.

The president said Tuesday that he was…


L.A. Times – Business

Fairfax Accuser Said Ex-NBA Player Also Raped Her

February 12, 2019 |

The mess at the top of Virginia’s leadership continues, with neither Gov. Ralph Northam nor Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax making any move to step down. A friend of Meredith Watson, one of the two women who’ve said Fairfax sexually assaulted them, tells the New York Times that Watson told him…
Newser

Cindy McCain Said She Stopped Trafficker, Was Mistaken

February 7, 2019 |

Cindy McCain thought she stopped a case of human trafficking in Phoenix, but police say she was mistaken. During Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, McCain, who is co-chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, noted more than 31,000 Arizonans had been trained to identify telltale signs. She thought…
Newser