Consumer protection and advocacy

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo downtown Los Angeles buildings and officer workers are reflected in the front windows by a bank. When applying for a personal loan, some lenders may ask you for information that isn’t on your credit report. In some cases, information like where you live, where you went to school and your major are taken into account. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
December 26, 2019 - 8:31 am
Would you feel comfortable disclosing your bank account information on a personal loan application? What about your work history? Your college major? That’s what it could take to borrow money from some loan companies that consider alternative data — which can be anything that isn’t in your credit...
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, is joined by senior adviser Melanie Fontes-Rainer, left, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. One of Northern California's largest health systems is paying $575 million to settle claims that it used anti-competitive practices to bump up costs for patients. Becerra on Friday called the settlement with Sutter Health one of the nation's largest actions against anti-competitive conduct in the health care marketplace. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)
December 20, 2019 - 4:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of Northern California's largest health systems will pay $575 million to settle claims that it used anti-competitive practices to bump up costs for patients, the state's attorney general said Friday, though that falls short of damages sought in a related private...
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FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo, shows the logo for social media giant Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Britain's competition watchdog signalled on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2019, its willingness to push for stricter rules to counter Google and Facebook 's dominance of online advertising. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 19, 2019 - 4:49 am
LONDON (AP) — An advisor to the European Union’s top court on Thursday sided with an Austrian privacy campaigner waging a long-running legal battle against Facebook over its personal data transfers to the U.S. The European Court of Justice’s advocate general backed Max Schrems’ argument in a case...
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December 09, 2019 - 6:30 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is fining the nation's largest pharmacy health care provider a record $3.6 million for failing to redeem deposits on bottles and cans at some of its locations, regulators said Monday. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, better known as...
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A demonstrator "plays dead" during climate change protest outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Johannesburg Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Environmentalists around the world are joining a global day of protests Friday, in a symbolic gesture to demand that all governments act against climate change. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
November 29, 2019 - 11:47 am
PARIS (AP) — People don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in France, or Russia, or South Africa - but they do shop on Black Friday. The U.S. sales phenomenon has spread to retailers across the world in recent years with such force that it’s prompting a backlash from some activists, politicians and even...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks with reporters outside of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration Wednesday, Oct. 9, proposed to overhaul decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse, but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing, as well as financial kickbacks among service providers such as hospitals, clinics and doctors. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 09, 2019 - 9:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed overhauling decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing and financial...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2010, file photo, Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. The anonymous government official whose complaint has touched off the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is part of a long tradition of whistleblowers in the U.S. The person has been linked to such figures of the past as Ellsberg, who spilled the secret Defense Department study known as the Pentagon Papers nearly 50 years ago. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
October 01, 2019 - 2:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Erin Brockovich, who has some experience in revealing disturbing secrets, knows what she would say to the government whistleblower at the heart of allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. "I would say, 'You...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier talks to journalists before a Brexit Steering Group meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 26, 2019 - 8:04 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 2 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says the latest proposals from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking a breakthrough in the stalled Brexit negotiations still fall well short of expectations on three key points. Guy...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. Zuckerberg will be in Washington Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, to meet with lawmakers and talk about internet regulation. The company said the meetings are not public and it did not give details on whom Zuckerberg is meeting with and what, exactly, he'll discuss. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's most vocal critic of the tech industry offered a challenge Thursday to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Sell your WhatsApp and Instagram properties to prove you're serious about protecting data privacy. It may have been more than Zuckerberg expected from his private...
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FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo a sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters in Washington. The Trump administration has hired a longtime student loan industry executive to be the federal government’s top watchdog for the $1.5 trillion student loan market. Robert Cameron will serve as the CFPB’s new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
August 16, 2019 - 2:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration has hired a longtime student loan industry executive to be the federal government's top watchdog for the $1.5 trillion student loan market. Robert Cameron will serve as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said...
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