Washington state nonprofit files lawsuit saying Fox News misled viewers about coronavirus
SEATTLE — A little-known Washington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Fox News in King County Superior Court, claiming the news station, its parent companies and owners violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and acted in bad faith by disseminating false information about the novel coronavirus through its television news broadcasts and minimized the danger posed by the virus as COVID-19 began to explode into a pandemic.The suit, filed on behalf of the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE), alleges Fox News engaged in unfair or deceptive acts by representin...
The Seattle Times
US expands Navy presence in Caribbean. Is military action against Maduro more likely?
MIAMI — When President Donald Trump weighed the options earlier last year to address the political and humanitarian consequences of Nicolás Maduro’s tight grip on power in Venezuela, he realized his harsh rhetoric against the South American leader was not backed up by a show of force in the region.That was corrected Wednesday, as Trump, surrounded by the country’s top officials, announced an expanded military presence near the Venezuelan shores that had been unseen for decades.Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, National Security Council Director Robert O’Brien and Attorney General William Barr a...
GM partners with Honda to make two new electric vehicles at GM plants
DETROIT — GM and Honda have agreed to jointly develop two all-new electric vehicles for Honda.The vehicles will be on GM’s global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries, but Honda will design the exteriors and interiors. The platform will be engineered to match the way Honda vehicles handle.For GM this is “another step” toward its vision of an all-electric future and will provide a profitable EV business “through increased scale and capacity utilization,” said Doug Parks, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.About a month ago, GM C...
Detroit Free Press
Judge tosses DraftKings bettors' lawsuit against Astros and Red Sox, but takes swings at each team
NEW YORK — The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox disgraced baseball — but the cheating teams did not defraud fantasy baseball bettors, a judge ruled Friday.The decision by Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took swings at both franchises for the sign-stealing scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, but said the teams’ lies did not rise to a breach of consumer protection laws.“In 2017 and thereafter, the Houston Astros, and somewhat less blatantly the Boston Red Sox, shamelessly broke that rule, and thereby broke the hearts of all true baseball fans. But did the initial efforts of those team...
New York Daily News
Mark Phelan: Here's how GM can finally turn electric vehicle technology into big profits, sales
Can General Motors finally convince buyers it’s a leader in electric vehicle vehicles and technology? With billions of dollars on the line and high-profile EVs in development for all its brands, the stakes have never been higher.GM has been the auto industry leader — briefly — in EV technology at least three times since the mid-’90s, with little to show for it.“GM has perennially traded leadership in electrification back and forth with Toyota,” Eric Noble of consultant The Carlab said. “They’ve invested billions of dollars for years.”So why is Toyota synonymous with the Prius hybrid, while GM’...
Detroit Free Press
DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao gets a contract extension through 2023-24
DePaul men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao received a contract extension through 2023-24, the school announced Thursday.Financial terms were not released. Leitao’s contract was set to expire after the 2019-20 season.The athletic department announced in September it was working on contract extension for Leitao, who finished his fifth season in his second stint with DePaul. He previously coached at DePaul from 2002-05, leading the Blue Demons to their most recent NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005.DePaul is 64-98 in Leitao’s second stint.“We are happy to reach an agreement to continue the improve...
Cross-border smuggling tunnel discovered in San Diego; $29.6 million in drugs seized
SAN DIEGO — Nearly $30 million worth of drugs was seized after a cross-border tunnel that runs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego was found last month, federal officials said Tuesday.The 2,000-foot-long tunnel was discovered March 19 by law enforcement officers, with Mexican officers locating the entrance in Tijuana.Agents searched the San Diego warehouse where the tunnel ends after obtaining a federal warrant and seized about 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl inside the tunnel, officials sai...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes wants trial preparations exempted from safety orders
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes wants the judge overseeing her criminal fraud case to order her legal team’s trial preparations essential and exempt from coronavirus safety restrictions so lawyers and their agents can perform tasks that they say may provoke hostility.“While we are hesitant to encourage any person to undertake actions that are contrary to advice and directions from public health officials or impose any burdens on health care professionals or institutions, we must adhere to the direction provided by this court regarding the time and manner in which it wishes...
The Mercury News
Puerto Rico official says it's unclear if 200,000 coronavirus tests can be used
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s health secretary said it’s still unclear if the 200,000 rapid tests the island ordered to confirm and trace the spread of the coronavirus can be used at all.In an interview with CBS posted early Wednesday, Lorenzo González said his office was trying to determine if the tests — which may arrive over the weekend — have approval from the Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“We are sending some information hoping it will be evaluated by the federal entities,” he told CBS reporter David Begnaud. “If they are not approv...
Busy hurricane season projected, but early months could be light as coronavirus concerns continue
ORLANDO, Fla. — With just two months before the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season meteorologists are expecting some overlap with the coronavirus pandemic.However, meteorologists at AccuWeather predict low activity in the Atlantic during the early part of the summer, but they’re also expecting the peak of hurricane season to experience an above-normal rate of activity, said Dan Kottlowski, lead AccuWeather meteorologist, during a Tuesday webinar.An average hurricane season has 12 named storms, according to data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The 2020 season beg...