Released records confirm what CBP still won't say about border stops of Iranian Americans
SEATTLE — Customs and Border Protection officials have never fully explained what happened on a January weekend when hundreds of people born in Iran were held for as long as nine hours at the Blaine border.An apparent memo leaked later that month appeared to show Seattle Field Office leadership directed officers to send individuals born in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East into an extra screening process, fearing retaliation after the U.S. killing of Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani.But Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not confirm the memo.Now, documents ordered released by a federal ju...
The Seattle Times
FCC fines telemarketer nearly $10 million for spoofed Caller ID
SAN DIEGO — The Federal Communications Commission has fined a San Diego man and his telemarketing company nearly $10 million for “spoofed” Caller IDs on robocalls made ahead of the 2018 primary election that contained false accusations about a candidate in a North County state assembly race.According to the FCC, Ken Moser and his company, Marketing Support Systems, displayed the Caller ID number of a rival telemarketing company on some 47,610 pre-recorded robocalls in violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act.The act prohibits manipulating Caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot-maker PSA Group set shareholder meetings to approve merger
Shareholders for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot-maker PSA Group are to meet in January to decide whether to approve the proposed merger between the two companies.The companies announced Wednesday they would hold general meetings for their respective shareholders on Jan. 4 “in order to approve the merger of their companies to allow the creation of Stellantis, which will become the world’s fourth largest automobile manufacturer by volume.”Leaders of the companies have previously said they aim to complete the merger by the end of the first quarter.Regulatory approvals have been moving forw...
Detroit Free Press
Minnesota regulators approve permits for Enbridge pipeline
Two Minnesota regulators Thursday granted environmental permits for Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, critical approvals needed for construction to begin soon on the controversial $2.6 billion project.The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) approved permits dealing with water quality and wetland issues arising from construction of the 340-mile pipeline. Also, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) granted several Line 3 permits.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still must approve its own environmental permit — one Enbridge has said that it expects to get s...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'Even $15 an hour is a joke.' Are Florida restaurants ready for the new minimum wage?
MIAMI — Zak Stern didn’t flinch when he saw Floridians vote for a $15 minimum wage.Stern, who launched South Florida’s artisanal bread craze at Wynwood’s Zak the Baker, has been raising his employees’ salaries over the last three years to reach a $15 minimum this year, despite how coronavirus affected his bottom line.“Look, we did it. We proved you can do it,” he said. “I baked it into the model.”More than 60% of Floridians voted for Amendment 2 on Tuesday, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026. Businesses will have until Sept. 30, 2021 to prepare for the first hike, when wages go f...
NJ nursing homes for veterans face federal investigation of COVID-19 deaths
The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into alleged negligence and poor quality care at New Jersey’s veterans homes, where the number of coronavirus deaths was largely underreported, officials said Wednesday.In a letter to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, federal authorities said the agency is looking into whether the civil rights of veteran residents have been violated because of “inadequate medical care generally, and during the coronavirus pandemic in particular.”The investigation will also examine why the number of coronavirus deaths were understated, particularly in nursing...
New York Daily News
Bulldozers were ready to fight California fires. Why did Forest Service turn them away?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Loyalton fire was 2 days old and starting to pick up momentum in a heavily forested area 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe. That’s when Jeff Holland offered to help.Holland’s logging company, CTL Forest Management Inc., happened to have an array of firefighting equipment — bulldozers, water trucks, a wood-chipping machine called a masticator — parked on a property he owns in Loyalton, just west of where the fire started in mid-August. He proposed hiring out the equipment to the U.S. Forest Service, which was in charge of fighting the fire.He was turned down.“I had several p...
The Sacramento Bee
Qualcomm gets another victory in antitrust battle with Federal Trade Commission
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to reconsider an August ruling that Qualcomm’s business practices are legal under anti-monopoly laws — likely ending a three-year legal battle between federal regulators and the San Diego company.The court on Wednesday denied a request by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission seeking a second look at a three-judge panel’s decision that threw out the FTC antitrust case.The FTC petitioned for “en banc” reconsideration was based on alleged legal errors in the panel’s findings, which the agency argued “tears at the fabric of antitrust law.”With an en ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Commentary: Understanding the landscape of Facebook's dominance
Facebook clearly dominates social media.But showing how and what Facebook monopolizes is tricky, especially if you’re a regulator pursuing antitrust action against the company.The “Roadmap for an Antitrust Case Against Facebook” published by the Omidyar Network in June begins to make this case in the U.S. But more is needed.Properly defining the market Facebook dominates will be critical to the success of any federal effort to rein in the excessive power Facebook has over civic life and online display advertising.It should also help the public better understand why such a popular and useful we...
The Seattle Times
Michigan border sees 1,700% increase in drug seizures amid pandemic
DETROIT — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they’ve had an unprecedented year with a 1,700% increase in marijuana seizures and 200% increase in seized firearms during the pandemic.The seizures were conducted by the Detroit Field Office, which oversees the Ambassador Bridge, Detroit Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.From Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, drug enforcement operations in Michigan’s five ports netted more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana, 211 pounds of cocaine, more than ...
The Detroit News