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Hungary competition authority fines Facebook $4 million

Dec. 6, 2019 1:59 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Facebook has been fined around $4 million for allegedly misleading its users in Hungary by claiming the use of its services was free, the Hungarian Competition Authority said Friday. The authority called the fine of 1.2 billion forints ($4.01 million, 3.63 million euros) the...

Black Friday frenzy goes global - and not everyone’s happy

Nov. 29, 2019 12:48 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — People don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in France, or Russia, or South Africa - but they do shop on Black Friday. The U.S. sales phenomenon has spread to retailers across the world in recent years with such force that it’s prompting a backlash from some activists, politicians and...

SC has not hired advocate pushed for after nuclear debacle

Nov. 23, 2019 2:00 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of the key reforms South Carolina lawmakers approved after a canceled nuclear project cost ratepayers billions of dollars was a consumer advocate to argue on behalf of ratepayers. But nearly 18 months later, the position has not been filled. The state Department of Consumer...

California recycling director to resign in December

Nov. 22, 2019 9:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of the agency that oversees California’s recycling programs said Friday he will resign by the end of the year. Scott Smithline announced Friday that he’ll leave his post with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery at the end of...

Protecting consumers’ data focus of NY hearing

Nov. 22, 2019 12:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York lawmakers are asking for public input on ways to better protect consumer data and privacy online. The state Senate Standing Committee on Internet and Technology is holding a hearing Friday. Consumer advocates and representatives of internet companies are set to testify. Lawmakers...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 15, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Editorials from around New England CONNECTICUT The Sandy Hook lawsuit is about to expose how the AR-15 is marketed to Americans. That’s good news for all of us. Hartford Courant Nov. 13 The people who sell the weapon of choice for mass killers are going to have to reveal exactly how they peddle their...

DC landlord to pay $1.1M over unsafe, unsanitary conditions

Nov. 14, 2019 4:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington, D.C., landlord is being forced to pay $1.1 million in rent payments to former residents who homes were plagued by pests, mold and raw sewage and violated housing and fire codes. The Washington Post reports D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday that Sanford...

The Latest: Legislators say utility regulators undermine law

Nov. 7, 2019 3:14 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a disputed New Mexico energy law (all times local): 1 p.m. Legislators are mounting a vigorous defense of their authority to determine financial arrangement to close a major coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico and to guide new energy investments toward...

Fewer protections come with digital payments like Apple Cash

Nov. 6, 2019 3:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — My desperation to see Ariana Grande in concert created the perfect trap. Instead of seeing her sing about love and loss, I got sucked into an online ticket scheme that cost me $75 and a big chunk of my pride. Con artists often get away with scams like these because digital payment services...

Bureau hasn't budged on cutting payday loan protections

Oct. 30, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has not budged on its June decision cutting additional protections. "There was insufficient evidence and legal support for these requirements," CFPB Director Kathleen Kraninger wrote in a Sep. 23 letter to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, who is...