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Facebook's privacy practices are under investigation, FTC confirms

Facebook being investigated by FTC

Facebook’s privacy practices are under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission following a week of scandals and public outrage over the company’s failure to protect the personal information of tens of millions of users.

“The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” said Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection in a statement on Monday noting that the investigation would include whether the company engaged in “unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers”.


Politics Emotions run high at mass gun demonstration


Hundreds of thousands of people from across the country descended on Washington Saturday to demand action on gun control in a mass demonstration that could rival the annual women’s marches sparked by President Donald Trump’s election.

Spurred by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month, the “March for Our Lives” has the backing of well-funded gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety. They are organizing youth voter registration drives and running crash courses on activism and public policy.


Alleged Austin 'serial bomber' kills self with explosive

Austin bombing suspect identifiedThe alleged Texas serial bomber has been identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Conditt was from Pflugerville, Texas, a suburb of Austin, the city where he allegedly focused his 20-day bombing spree, officials said.

Conditt's terrorizing rampage came to an end early Wednesday when he has killed himself with another bomb after local and federal agents closed in on him.


1 injured in Austin blast that police say is not related to package bombings

Austin incendiary deviceOne person was injured Tuesday evening in a blast at a Goodwill store in Austin, officials said. Though it is the sixth blast this month in or near the capital city, Austin police said there was no reason to believe it was related to previous package bombs.

Police said the item inside the package was not a bomb, but an incendiary device.

Police, fire and EMS officials responded just after 7 p.m. Tuesday to the 9800 block of  Brodie Lane, near West Slaughter Lane, where a man in his 30s had been injured, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.


Judge Temporarily Blocks Mississippi’s 15-Week Abortion Ban

Mississippi Women's Health Clinic - the ONLY center open in the stateA federal judge has temporarily blocked a new law in Mississippi that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the strictest limit in the nation.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted a request for a temporary restraining order by the state’s sole abortion clinic. On Monday, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1510, codifying the ban into law.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, and The Center for Reproductive Rights quickly sued for a restraining order to block the law.


Package explodes at Texas FedEx facility, likely linked to Austin serial bomber

Bomb explodes at Texas FedexA package bomb that exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio early Tuesday is likely linked to attacks by a serial bomber that have killed two people in Austin, a federal official said.

"It would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it’s related” to the four bombings in Austin this month, FBI San Antonio spokeswoman Michelle Lee said.

The incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. at the FedEx Ground distribution center in Schertz. Schertz Police Chief Michael Hansen said the explosion came from a package in the sorting area of the facility. One person was treated for injuries and released at the scene, he said.


Sheriff official: 3 injured in Maryland high school shooting

HS shooting in MarylandA shooting at a Maryland high school Tuesday wounded three people, including the shooter, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Authorities said the situation was "contained" as deputies and federal agents converged on the crime scene.

St. Mary's County Sheriff spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Yingling said three people hurt, including the shooter. She didn't know the extent of their injuries, but said all three were taken to hospitals and none were killed.


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