Foreign travel safety advice

“Is counterfeit alcohol behind the Dominican Republic deaths?” questioned Rolling Stone in June. The headlines disturb: “Another American tourist died in her hotel room …” reported CNN June 17. “Is counterfeit alcohol behind the Dominican Republic deaths?” questioned Rolling Stone in June. The CNN report shared that 14 million Americans have visited the Dominican Republic since 2012, and from that year to December 2018, 128 Americans died, according U.S. Department of State statistics, though deaths are listed as the result of everything from natural causes to vehicle accidents. The past…

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Robert Mueller appears before US House Judiciary Committee

The former special counsel will give his statement on his probe report related to Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is appearing before the two congressional committees in today’s trial related to his probe report on Russia meddling in 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s appearance before two House panels promises to be the TV event of the year in the US House.   Al Jazeera reports live from Washington, DC.

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Facebook to pay $5bn fine, but will privacy prevail?

FTC imposed new rules on the social media giant as part of settlement. However, pressure is on for more drastic reform. Facebook Inc has agreed to pay a $5bn fine to settle a United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe into the company’s handling of user information. The settlement – the largest ever imposed on a company for violating consumer privacy – amounts to less than 10 percent of Facebook’s revenue last year, but requires CEO Mark Zuckerberg to be more directly accountable for ensuring compliance with the FTC-mandated privacy programme.…

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Big tech too powerful? Justice Department opens investigation

The department wants to find out if tech firms are hurting consumers by harming competition in the online marketplace. The United States Justice Department said on Tuesday it was opening a broad investigation of major digital technology firms into whether they engage in anti-competitive practices, the strongest sign the Trump administration is stepping up its scrutiny of Big Tech. The review will look into “whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers,” the…

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A pair of Nike sneakers just sold for $437,500

The nearly 50-year-old shoes were designed by a Nike cofounder who coached runners for the 1972 Olympic trials. A pair of 1972 running shoes, one of the first pairs made by Nike Inc, sold for $437,500 on Tuesday, shattering the record for a pair of sneakers at public auction. The so-called Nike “Moon Shoe,” designed by Nike cofounder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials, was the top lot in the first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers at Sotheby’s auction house in New York. Sotheby’s said…

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