Fake Ga. Department of Labor website was seeking personal data
Georgia's Department of Labor issued a warning against scams after a fake Facebook page this week mimicked the state DOL's official site and tried to lure jobless people to provide personal information. The site might have been online for several days, but was taken down early Wednesday after the DOL contacted Facebook, according to Kersha Cartwright, spokeswoman for the department. Georgia's Department of Labor has a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. At first blush, the faux page was indistinguishable from the real thing, she said. "They had our header and our logo and they even shared s...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
American Airlines changes emotional support animal rules
American Airlines announced major changes to its emotional support and service animal policies and procedures this week. According to the carrier’s official website, American is aligning its regulations with the United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recently announced changes, which defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability. Starting on Jan. 11, American will no longer authorize new travel for animals that do not meet the updated definition, such as emotional support animal...
Susan Tompor: Haven't received your second stimulus yet? IRS says don't call
Quick, take a look at your bank account — or your mailbox — did up to $600 in stimulus cash show up yet? If it didn't, the Internal Revenue Service is telling taxpayers don't call us — and don't call your bank. If you're worried and you're waiting for your money, your best bet is to visit the IRS.gov website. The IRS said: "IRS phone assisters do not have additional information beyond what’s available on IRS.gov." Most people shouldn't be in panic mode, as the second stimulus money only began rolling out last week. We've got time to see that cash, especially if it's arriving via the mail. But ...
Detroit Free Press
DeSantis spokesman Piccolo resigns in move he says came before COVID-19 tweet
Fred Piccolo, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ communications director, has resigned from the governor’s office, a move he said was planned before he deleted his Twitter account shortly after his controversial Christmas Eve tweet about COVID-19 victims. Piccolo, who was named DeSantis’s chief spokesman in July, said he will move over to the state Department of Education next week, where he will rejoin Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. Piccolo previously worked for Corcoran at the state House Speaker’s office. Piccolo made national headlines last week after stating that photos of each dead COVID-19 vi...
Wrongful death lawsuit filed by family of first person to die from COVID-19 in immigration custody
SAN DIEGO – The family of Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, who died in immigration custody after contracting the coronavirus during an outbreak at Otay Mesa Detention Center, has sued the federal government as well as the private prison company in charge of the facility. Escobar Mejia was the first person to die in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of COVID-19. Eight in total have died from the virus since the pandemic began. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of California by Escobar Mejia's three siblings, alleges negligence, deliberate indifference to serious ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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FCC chief who ended net neutrality says he’ll quit Jan. 20WASHINGTON — U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he’ll leave the agency Jan. 20, eliminating the possibility of a holdover Republican majority at the agency that could have temporarily stymied changes sought by the incoming Biden administration.Since being elevated to the chairmanship by President Donald Trump in 2017, Pai, a Republican, has led the commission in dismantling net neutrality regulations and pushed for fast wireless broadband service.Pai’s term as a commissioner extends to July 2021 and he could h...
Tribune News Service
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
FBI wanted to arrest Epstein while he was judging a beauty pageant. The plan was overruled
MIAMI — A Justice Department look-back report into its abortive 2008 prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein found that the FBI had planned to arrest Jeffrey Epstein in May 2007, but pulled back after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, led by former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, frowned on the plan.The report also concludes that Epstein wasn’t assisting the federal government in prosecuting Wall Street traders behind the collapse of investment bank Bear Stearns or serving as an “intelligence asset,” long rumored to be reasons for his notoriously lenient treatment.That ...
Walter Wallace Jr.'s family calls for broad reforms for Philly police
PHILADELPHIA — The attorney for the family of Walter Wallace Jr. on Friday criticized the Philadelphia Police Department for failing to follow through on recommendations made by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015 that all officers be equipped with Tasers, saying the officers’ lack of nonlethal options during a confrontation with Wallace was among the systemic shortcomings that helped lead them to fire their guns.Speaking at a news conference outside Philadelphia City Hall alongside Wallace’s relatives, attorney Shaka Johnson called for broad reforms in the Police Department and the city’s ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Florida regulators to seek more details about injuries suffered on theme park rides
ORLANDO, Fla. — The public often doesn’t know what happens when someone is hurt at a theme park, in a system where parks self-report visitors’ health problems to the state.State regulators plan to talk with Florida’s biggest theme parks about making their visitor injury reports more accurate after an Orlando Sentinel investigation revealed that Universal Orlando had disclosed a tourist’s broken neck as “numbness” and a child’s broken foot and leg bones as “foot pain.”“It’s not giving a true picture of what’s happening at the theme parks. That has to change,” said state Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Or...