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“Do Not Track” Resrugence

2 hours 6 min ago

A bill that would deeply regulate how tech companies use tracking technology could get another go. The last time it surfaced a decade ago, a “Do Not Track” policy would have carefully monitored and outline how companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook could gather and analyze user data. But lobbying from those tech firms killed it, and public concerns about online privacy weren’t a hot issue. As those companies have earned trillions of dollars since on data collection, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has introduced new legislation that would punish companies that violate data gathering protections. It’s no guarantee to pass, but it might get more serious this time around.

McD’s Crime Surge

2 hours 12 min ago

Turns out McDonald’s is a dangerous place to work. On average, a violent crime is reported at one of their restaurants across the country every 36 hours. It’s gotten so bad, workers at one store have filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The complaint alleges: “Despite the frequent incidence of workplace violence, our employer has done nothing to implement safety measures to protect us.”

3 More Years of Ellen

2 hours 46 min ago

Ellen DeGeneres isn’t going anywhere. The daytime talk show host announced Tuesday that she has signed a new deal to continue hosting her show through 2022. Ellen also now has a large ownership stake in the show, having been granted more points with each contract.

Bocktails with Cardi B

3 hours 30 min ago

Cardi B filed legal docs to stake her claim on the name “Bocktails with Cardi B.” According to the trademark documents, she wants the name for a premise of “entertainment services in the nature of providing ongoing episodes for distribution via television and the Internet featuring celebrities and artists.”

She is also asking for exclusivity on clothing and alcoholic beverages.

Mega Millions: May 23, 2019

3 hours 41 min ago

No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions’ drawing. Tomorrow night’s drawing will be for $393 million or a $244.2 million cash payout.

Day of the Year: May 23, 2019

3 hours 42 min ago

Turtle Day
World Product Day
Title Track Day
Lucky Penny Day

DV Charges Dropped Against Ricky Schroder

3 hours 43 min ago

Ricky Schroder is off the hook for allegedly hitting his girlfriend a second time. According to legal docs, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office won’t be pursuing charges against the actor after the alleged victim told cops it was an accident. Initially the Ricky’s girlfriend said he hit her on purpose, but later said it was an accident and she was actually to blame.

Still No Custody for Jenelle & David

3 hours 48 min ago

Jenelle Evans and David Eason were back in court on Wednesday. This was the couple’s 4th attempt at gaining back custody of their children, but once again they were unsuccessful.

The judge in the case is concerned about David’s violent behaviors and does not want to release the children to him.

RECAP: The couple’s children Jace, 9, Kaiser, 4, and Ensley, 2, were removed by CPS after David violently killed the family dog, reportedly in front of some of the kids.

Charlie Sheen Brought a Hooker to Thanksgiving

5 hours 4 min ago

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Denise Richards shared how her ex, Charlie Sheen, once brought a hooker to Thanksgiving dinner. Denise said that he was nervous to tell her his date was coming, but she set an extra plate and told him, “Even a hooker deserves to have Thanksgiving dinner.”

Fighting Kevins

5 hours 6 min ago

The two men in Wendy Williams’ life got into a physical argument Tuesday night. According to TMZ, Kevin Hunter Sr and Kevin Jr got into an altercation in a store parking where the elder Kevin reportedly put his son in a headlock. The younger Kevin then punched his dad in the nose to break the hold.

Following an investigation, Wendy’s son, Kevin was arrested for assaulting his father.

Saw Reboot

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 21:14

Funnyman Chris Rock is producing a reboot of the “Saw” horror franchise, which debuted in 2004. The first movie is due out summer 2020.

Rock wrote the story, but producers of the original franchise will pen the screenplay.

David Paterson Engaged

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 21:11

Former New York Governor David Paterson is engaged. (He took office in the wake of Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal).

He popped the question to Mary Sliwa at his 65th birthday party. They’ve been dating since 2015 — she’s the ex-wife of his Paterson’s former radio partner Curtis Sliwa — who’s reportedly cool with them being together. Curtis and Mary divorced in 2012.

Ashley Massaro Cause of Death Revealed

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 21:05

TMZ reports WWE and “Survivor” star Ashley Massaro died by hanging. The death is being classified as “non-criminal.”

Russian Saber Rattling

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:25

U.S. fighter jets intercepted six Russian military aircraft off the coast of Alaska on Monday. In a statement, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said four Ruskie bombers and two SU-35 fighter jets were met by a pair of American F-22 stealth fighters when they flew into a 200-mile buffer zone off Alaska’s west coast. Russia’s Ministry of Defense said shove off, the aircraft were in international air space.

Bored With Beto

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:24

Efforts to dig up dirt on Beto O’Rourke have died down, according to a GOP-aligned research firm that provides opposition research to the media. The America Rising PAC told The Daily Beast that inquiries by reporters for juicy gossip about the has-been political hotshot have all but dried up. The drop-off in requests for dirt probably has a lot to do with the sharp decline in public interest in O’Rourke’s candidacy, at least for now.

Hypocrite Harris’s Crackdown

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:24

Presidential candidate Kamala Harris is proposing fines against companies that can’t prove they pay men and women the same amount of money for the same job. Aside from the countless factors that go into employee compensation (the very least of which is what kind of genitals the person has), Harris herself is failing to live up to her own latest outrage—according to data from her latest disclosures, both the Harris Senate office and her campaign pay women less, to the tune of about 94 cents on the dollar.

Trump’s Tariff Trouble In Iowa

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:24

President Trump could be facing a backlash in agriculture-intensive Iowa. Ten months into a trade war with China that’s featured ratcheted-up tariffs by both sides—with China targeting agricultural sectors that went strongly for Trump in 2016—some Iowans are looking for alternatives, according to new reporting by Reuters. U.S. soybean futures are at their lowest in a decade, for example, and China has largely abandoned U.S. growers of the crop. Trump has promised subsidies for impacted farmers—who aren’t exactly known for their lifelong goal of being on the dole.

Print Your Own Obit

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:23

The executive editor of The New York Times predicts an impending death for many local newspapers. Dan Baquet, speaking at a huge confab of worldwide media, said he fears “most local newspapers in America are going to die in the next five years” except those owned by independently wealthy people. He’s not concerned about the giant conglomerates, but Baquet pressed the importance of local news coverage and bemoaned the death of their viability as businesses.

Nadler’s Latest Fishing Line

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:23

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for former White House communications director Hope Hicks, the latest fishing expedition by committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler. He’s demanding documents and testimony related to its probe into obstruction of Justice allegations against President Trump. The committee most recently summoned former White House lawyer Don McGahn, who was barred from appearing by Trump’s lawyers.

Tillerson Spills?

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:22

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met quietly with the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The lengthy chat covered his time working as head of Trump’s State Department and friction he had with President Trump. It was a somewhat rare moment for the Democrat-controlled House, which has been frustrated in its quest to drag former White House Counsel Don McGahn and others in front of their tribunals.

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