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Texas attorney general files lawsuit against company where chemicals burned for days
ABC News (DEER PARK, Texas) -- Texas has filed a lawsuit against a company where petrochemicals burned for days and sent thick, black clouds of smoke wafting over the Houston area.Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the environmental lawsuit against Intercontinental Terminals Company on Friday in order to seek "injunctive relief and civil penalties" in connection with the fire. The fire, which began last weekend, briefly reignited at the same time Paxton was announcing the suit.The company is involved in the production of gasoline and the fire released multiple chemicals in the air, including benzene, according to the attorney general. The...
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San Antonio City Council votes to stop Chick-fil-a from opening at airport
iStock/Joel Carillet (SAN ANTONIO, Texas) -- The San Antonio City Council narrowly voted to prevent Chick-fil-a from opening a restaurant at the city's airport on Thursday due to the company's alleged bias against LGBT rights.The council voted, 6-4, for excluding Chick-fil-a from the overall restaurant and concession space operated by Atlanta-based airport concessionaire Paradies Lagardère. Chick-fil-a has been accused of anti-LGBT behavior for years. CEO Dan Cathy first drew condemnation from LGBT groups in 2012 when he said he supported "the biblical definition of the family unit" -- marriage only between a man and woman.The agreement with Paradies Lagardère was...
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Facebook staff suspected Cambridge Analytica was harvesting data months before public reports, court filing says
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Facebook employees discussed Cambridge Analytica harvesting unwitting users' data as early as September 2015, months ahead of any public disclosures about the practice, which later became one of the troubled tech giants largest scandals to date. The disclosure comes as part of a lawsuit filed by Washington D.C.'s Attorney General Karl Racine, who is suing the social media giant for "ongoing unlawful trade practices.” Facebook has moved to dismiss the case as well as to keep a key document sealed. The sealed document, described in a court filing by Racine's office on Monday, contains "an...
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If you didn't like your tax refund this year, here's what you should do in 2019
NoDerog/iStock (NEW YORK) -- If you've already filed your income taxes and weren't too excited about your refund, there is hope for next year.The tax code changed during 2018, so a lot of people were surprised this year that they didn't receive the same amount back from the IRS that they had become accustomed to.But don't fret, there are a slew of little things you can do in 2019 to ensure a larger return next year.Let's take a deeper look: Tax deductions that also invest in your futureNobody wants to think about next year, but if you make a few,...
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Tyson recalls 69,000 pounds of chicken strips
U.S. Department of Agriculture (NEW YORK) -- Tyson Foods announced on Thursday it's recalling more than 69,000 pounds of frozen chicken strips that may have been contaminated with pieces of metal.The ready-to-eat strips were produced on Nov. 30 and shipped nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The following products are being recalled, according to a USDA statement: 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0317 and 3348CNQ0318, and individual bag time stamps...
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Volvo's new camera system will spot if you're drunk or distracted
Sjo/iStock (NEW YORK) -- With a reputation for creating some of the safest cars on the road, Swedish automaker Volvo is looking inward -- literally -- for a new safety feature that it's been testing. While most of today's cars feature cameras that let you see what's behind you, Volvo is trying out cameras that point directly at the driver, taking note of where he or she looks -- or if the driver is looking at all.If the system encounters closed eyes, or eyes that are looking at something other than the road -- like a cellphone, or a radio...
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Facebook admits its AI failed to flag New Zealand terror attack livestream
manaemedia/iStock (MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Facebook has admitted that the company's artificial intelligence failed to block the livestream video in which the alleged shooter filmed himself opening fire on praying Muslims at two mosques in New Zealand last week.The company also blamed users for not flagging the video more quickly, as the social media giant continued to fend off criticism for allowing the worst terror attack in New Zealand's history to be broadcast live and in full on its platform."People are looking to understand how online platforms such as Facebook were used to circulate horrific videos of the terrorist attack,...
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Saucony drops Dunkin’ sneaker collaboration to celebrate Boston marathon
Saucony (NEW YORK) -- There have been some surprising moments in the world of sneakers this year and Saucony's latest Dunkin' inspired launch just added to the bunch.The popular coffee franchise posted a video on Instagram revealing the new Saucony x Dunkin' Kinvara 10 sneaker. The short clip has more than 37,000 views and people have left comments stating that they have already purchased a pair.The new sneaker costs $120 and has Saucony's classic Kinvara 10 shape, along with words Dunkin' in pink and orange. There is also a reflective "Boston" illuminated on the heel.This isn't the first time the...
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Facebook admits to inadvertently storing 'hundreds of millions' of user passwords in plain text on company servers
alexsl/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook officials admitted on Thursday that the tech giant stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text -- able to be read by employees."As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems," Facebook's vice president of engineering, security and privacy Pedro Canahuati wrote in a post on the company's website Thursday morning."This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable," he added. "We have fixed...
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JetBlue pilots accused of sexually assaulting 2 female crew members, lawsuit says
rypson/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Two JetBlue pilots sexually assaulted two female airline workers during a layover in San Juan, according to a lawsuit the alleged victims filed in Brooklyn federal court.The two airline crew members, who were identified as Jane Doe 1 from Utah and Jane Doe 2 from Texas, met the pilots, Eric Johnson and Dan Watson, on a beach and shared a beer, the lawsuit said. The alleged incident occurred last May.“The beer was laced with a drug, and after that point, the rest of the night became a blur for Doe #1, Doe #2 and the other...
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FBI joins Boeing 737 MAX 8 criminal investigation as new questions about pilot training emerge
Yin Liqin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The FBI is joining a criminal investigation to look into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, as new details from last year's Lion Air crash raise questions about pilot training on the now-sidelined plane. Sources familiar with the matter said the FBI is working with other federal authorities to look into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. It is unclear how much of a role the FBI -- and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department -- will actually have in this effort, as the investigation is in its...
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Facebook's Oculus launches new virtual reality headset and console
Facebook (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Facebook unveiled new virtual reality devices on Wednesday, the latest in the company's efforts to take the technology to the mass market.Oculus, the virtual reality (VR) company Facebook acquired in 2014, revealed the new Oculus Rift S headset and its portable VR console called Quest at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Wednesday.Both devices will retail for $399 each and be available later this spring, although the company did not specify dates.The Rift S advances the original Rift headset that launched three years ago, although it will still need to be connected to...
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