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Mass shooting rumor in Facebook Group shows private chats are not risk-free

Oct 10 2019

WASHINGTON Ahead of the annual Blueberry Festival in Marshall County, Indiana, in early September, a woman broadcast a warning to her neighbors on Facebook.

U.S. seeks advertising, sales data on e-cigarette companies

Oct 03 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has ordered a half-dozen e-cigarette companies to turn over sales and advertising data, the federal regulator said on Thursday, in the first sign of a likely probe of their marketing practices.

AdvoCare, endorsed by quarterback Drew Brees, to pay $150 million to settle pyramid scheme charges

Oct 02 2019

WASHINGTON AdvoCare International, the multilevel marketing health and wellness company endorsed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, will pay $150 million to settle U.S. charges that it operated an illegal pyramid scheme.

Multilevel marketer AdvoCare to pay $150 mln to settle FTC charges

Oct 02 2019

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 AdvoCare International LP, the multilevel marketing health and wellness company endorsed by celebrity athletes, will pay $150 million to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it operated an "illegal pyramid scheme," the FTC said on Wednesday.

U.S. House panel asks e-cigarette companies to cease advertising

Sep 26 2019

WASHINGTON A U.S. House panel sent letters to four e-cigarette companies asking them to stop all print, broadcast and digital advertising of their products in the United States, the same day as market-leader Juul said it would pull its ads, the panel said on Thursday.

U.S. House panel asks e-cigarette companies to cease advertising

Sep 26 2019

WASHINGTON, Sept 26 A U.S. House panel sent letters to four e-cigarette companies asking them to stop all print, broadcast and digital advertising of their products in the United States, the same day as market-leader Juul said it would pull its ads, the panel said on Thursday.

Few U.S. lawmakers hit 'like' button after Facebook CEO visits Capitol Hill

Sep 20 2019

WASHINGTON Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrapped up three days of discussions with Washington movers and shakers on Friday, with few if any indications he had won new "friends" to help the top social media company deal with multiple probes by Congress, state attorneys general and federal regulators.

Republican, Democratic lawmakers launch caucus to 'End the Youth Vaping Epidemic'

Sep 19 2019

WASHINGTON A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday they are forming a caucus to combat the "epidemic" of youth vaping, as cases of lung illness tied to vaping have risen and President Donald Trump has pushed for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

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