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Senators put YouTube, TikTok, Snap on defensive on kids' use

Oct. 26, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators put executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on the defensive Tuesday, questioning them about what they’re doing to ensure young users’ safety on their platforms. Citing the harm that can come to vulnerable young people from the sites...

Justice Department to expand redlining investigation efforts

Oct. 22, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced Friday a cross-government effort to investigate and prosecute redlining, the practice of banks discriminating against racial minorities or certain neighborhoods. It is the first major expansion of redlining investigations since the Obama...

Consumer watchdog to probe Big Tech payment systems

Oct. 21, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In its first significant action under a new director, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering Apple, Amazon, PayPal and other tech giants to reveal how their proprietary payment networks function. Apple Pay, Google Pay and other payment...

Indiana office recommends denial of I&M rate hike request

Oct. 21, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's consumer advocate for utilities is recommending that state regulators deny Indiana Michigan Power’s latest request for a rate increase. I&M announced in July that it was seeking approval of a 6.5% rate increase, in part to improve...

Senator asks Facebook CEO to testify on Instagram and kids

Oct. 20, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senator leading a probe of Facebook’s Instagram and its impact on young people is asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel that has heard far-reaching criticisms from a former employee of the company. Sen. Richard...

Indiana utility dealing with 6-month shutdown of power plant

Oct. 18, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Equipment troubles have kept a three-year-old natural gas power plant offline since spring and complicated a major Indiana utility company’s goal of shifting from coal-burning plants to generate electricity. AES Indiana’s Eagle Valley plant near...

Feds warn companies: Fake online reviews could lead to fines

Oct. 14, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say they are cracking down on “an explosion” of businesses' use of fake reviews and other misleading messages to promote their products and services on social media. The Federal Trade Commission said it has warned hundreds of...

New FDA chief can't come soon enough for beleaguered agency

Oct. 08, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Straining under a pandemic workload and battered by a string of public controversies, one of the leading agencies in the government's fight against COVID-19 is finally on the verge of getting a new commissioner. After nearly nine months of searching,...

Negotiated energy bill advancing through NC Senate

Oct. 05, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan energy bill backed by Gov. Roy Cooper that targets scaling back greenhouse gas emissions and gives Duke Energy the option to seek rate increases advanced in the North Carolina legislature on Tuesday. The measure, unveiled late last...

Arizona Supreme Court OKs wastewater districts consolidation

Oct. 02, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld utility regulators' decision to allow consolidation of several communities into a single wastewater service district with rate increases or decreases in different parts of the new district to make them uniform. The...