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FCC: Company created fake accounts, misused funds to buy jet

“The Federal Communications Commission accused Toledo-based American Broadband and Telecommunications Co. of creating fake accounts by using the identities of dead people and manipulating the information from existing customers to get government reimbursements” reports thebusinessjournal.com. He said the proposed fine announced Tuesday was a surprise because the company had been working with the FCC and provided an independent auditor’s assessment and other data.The company’s founder, Jeffrey Ansted, used the money to buy country club memberships, a Ferrari convertible, a Florida condominium and an $8 million Cessna jet, the FCC said. Source:…

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Washington voters set to decide ban on new local soda taxes

“The industry has prevailed with bans on new, local soda taxes in California, Arizona and Michigan” reports thebusinessjournal.com. The American Beverage Association is pushing the ballot initiative in what’s become a nationwide campaign to slow the expansion of soda taxes.Other supporters include the union representing beverage industry workers and the Washington Food Industry Association, which is the only in-state organization that has donated cash, $20,000, to the campaign.Seattle’s soda tax would remain in effect if the initiative passes, but couldn’t be expanded.(AP) — Soda industry giants including the Coca-Cola Co.…

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The top Democrats on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees want a briefing from the Trump administration on its plans to withdraw from a Reagan-era nuclear arms control treaty.

“The top Democrats on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees want a briefing from the Trump administration on its plans to withdraw from a Reagan-era nuclear arms control treaty” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The administration alleged that Russia has been violating the terms of the treaty by developing new cruise missiles. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Apple CEO calls for US federal privacy law to tackle ‘weaponized’ personal data

“Speaking at an international conference in Brussels on data privacy,Cook applauded European Union authorities for bringing in a strict new data privacy law in May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)” writes Guardian Staff for theguardian.com. Cook warned that the trade in personal information “has exploded into a data industrial complex”.Cook warned in a keynote speech that personal data was being “weaponized” against the public and endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the US. The iPhone and Mac computer giant has stood out in its explicit declarations that…

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Cold, cloudy weather ‘could increase your risk’

“Cold, cloudy weather could increase your risk of having a heart attack, according to a new study” writes Layal Liverpool for theguardian.com. The study found that the incidence of heart attacks increased with lower air temperature, lower atmospheric air pressure, higher wind velocity and shorter sunshine duration.David Erlinge, professor of cardiology at Lund University in Sweden and leader of the study, said: “This is by far the largest study of weather and heart attacks. In the new paper, published in Jama Cardiology, the authors caution that it remains unknown whether…

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Ban entire pesticide class to protect children’s health, experts say

“In the process, the scientists discovered that US regulators had already quietly banned 26 out of 40 OP pesticides considered hazardous to human health” writes Arthur Neslen for theguardian.com. Evidence that an entire class of pesticides threatens the health of children and pregnant women is now so arresting that the substances should be banned, an expert panel of toxicologists has said. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Uber is offering $10 off rides to polling locations on Election Day

“Uber announced on Wednesday that it would offer $10 discounts on rides to the polls on Election Day” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. The ride-hail company will also partner with two GOTV organizations, #VoteTogether and Democracy Works, to provide free rides in certain communities. #VoteTogether is doing free rides up to $7 on the cheapest option to and from the polls.And residents of Utah and Michigan aren’t eligible because of restrictions on discounted transportation on Election Day.Riders who want to get the discount will need to use the cheapest option…

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Exxon Mobil lied to investors about climate change regulation, New York lawsuit says

“The New York attorney general has sued Exxon Mobil for deceiving investors about how much climate change will affect its business” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. According to today’s lawsuit, Exxon claimed that its business would be fine even given increasing climate change regulation.Though the company has conducted plenty of scientific research into climate change (and even claimed to incorporate this research into its long-term planning), it has also sowed doubt through misinformation campaigns. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Leica’s new M10-D is a digital camera with an analog soul

“In all, the changes make the M10-D look less like a modern digital camera and much more like a film camera from decades ago” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. If the idea of having a digital camera that looks and behaves like a film camera appeals to you, you can get the Leica M10-D starting today for the price of $7,995.Since the M10-D is a digital camera and doesn’t have any film to advance and it uses battery power to cock the shutter, the lever doesn’t actually do anything.My kids,…

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