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Key lawmakers float new rules for personal data protection; bill would make privacy a consumer right

Apr. 07, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential lawmakers from opposing parties have crafted a deal on legislation designed to strengthen privacy protections for Americans' personal data. The sweeping proposal announced Sunday evening would define privacy as a consumer right and create new rules...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Mar. 29, 2024 07:11 AM EDT

Portland Press Herald. March 24, 2024. Editorial: Maine finally turns a corner on public defense After years of unacceptable neglect, the state now has three offices dedicated to representing people who can’t afford to pay for legal counsel. The Maine...

Federal officials want to know how airlines handle — and share — passengers' personal information

Mar. 21, 2024 16:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials said Thursday they will review how airlines protect personal information about their passengers and whether they are making money by sharing that information with other parties. The U.S. Department of Transportation said its review will focus on...

Maryland Senate OKs consumer protection bill for residential energy customers

Mar. 08, 2024 17:13 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland would create consumer protections for residential customers who opt to buy electricity from retail energy suppliers, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Friday, though critics say it will hurt competition and chase energy companies out of Maryland. ...

US eases restrictions on Wells Fargo after years of strict oversight following scandal

Feb. 15, 2024 20:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration eased some of the restrictions on banking giant Wells Fargo, saying the bank has sufficiently fixed its toxic culture after years of scandals. The news sent Wells Fargo's stock up sharply Thursday as investors speculated that the bank,...

EU Parliament's environmental committee supports relaxing rules on genetically modified plants

Jan. 24, 2024 10:11 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Lawmakers on the European Parliament’s environment committee on Wednesday backed a proposal to relax rules on genetically modified plants produced using so-called new genomic techniques, prompting strong criticism from environmental groups. The issue of...

Winter weather is snarling air travel. Here's what to do if your flight is canceled

Jan. 17, 2024 18:53 PM EST

A winter storm made its way across the eastern half of the United States on Wednesday, snarling traffic in the air and on the highways. By early afternoon in the East, more than 1,000 U.S. flights had been canceled and 4,000 others were delayed, according to FlightAware. The brunt of...