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Facebook Says it Removed 3.2B Fake Accounts in 6 Months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months. Nearly all of the bogus accounts were caught before they had…

Disney Plus Hits 10M Subscribers in 1 Day

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney Plus says it hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch, far exceeding expectations. Disney's mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears…

Privacy, Consumer Groups Seek to Block Google-Fitbit Deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google's $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns. They say in a Wednesday letter to the…

Regulators Weigh Big Increase in Dakota Access Line Capacity

LINTON, N.D. (AP) - Supporters and opponents of a proposal to double the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline are gathering in south-central North Dakota to make their case. Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity of the line…

Announced Merger Between Sanford Health, UnityPoint Ends

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sanford Health, UnityPoint Health merger announced earlier this year has been called off. In a statement by Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, he says the conversation around the potential merger have ended. The two organizations announced…

Top Democrat Assails Trump's $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A top Democrat says President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen.…

Disney Plus Suffers Some Technical Difficulties at Launch

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney's brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success. The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m.…

Juul Halts Sales of Mint, its Top-Selling E-Cigarette Flavor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Juul Labs says it will halt sales of its best-selling mint-flavored electronic cigarettes. The company said in a statement Thursday the move is in response to new research. The studies released this week showed that mint was…

2nd Ex-Employee Sentenced for Credit Card Scam at Hotel

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Another former employee has been given probation for using guests' credit cards for a scam at a Sioux City hotel. Woodbury County court records say 36-year-old Sandra Lalumendre was sentenced Monday to 10 years in…

AT&T Fined $60M for Misleading with 'Unlimited' Plans

AT&T will pay $60 million to settle the government's allegation that it misled customers of unlimited-data plans by slowing down service for heavy users. The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that AT&T will automatically provide partial refunds to customers who…

Attorney: Buffalo Wild Wings Needs to Revamp Training

AURORA, Ill. (AP) - An attorney representing a group of black customers who say they were asked to move to another table at a Chicago-area Buffalo Wild Wings because of their skin color says a lawsuit won't be necessary if…

Egyptian Delegation Sees Opportunity In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D - South Dakota farmers might soon have another trade partner. One state representative is hosting delegates from around the world, showcasing what the AG industry does best. State representative Michael Saba's…

Krispy Kreme Orders Student to Halt Doughnut Resale Service

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota college student says Krispy Kreme has told him to stop making doughnut runs to Iowa. Twenty-one-year-old Jayson Gonzalez of Champlin, Minnesota, would make weekend runs to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, and…

Reports: US Launches Review of China-Owned Video App TikTok

Multiple published reports say that the U.S. government has launched a national-security review of the China-owned video app TikTok, popular with millions of U.S. teens and young adults. The reports from Reuters,The New York Times and others say that the…

Minnesota Company Snubs Time Change by Removing Clocks

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) - While most everyone wishes they could turn back time, one of the largest corporations in the country is sick of it. Minnesota-based 3M is taking advantage of the end of daylight saving time and removing about…

Survey Suggests Slight Rebound in Midwest Economic Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new report says an October survey of business supply managers suggests a bump occurred in economic growth for nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued Friday says the Mid-America Business Conditions index rebounded to…

GM Recalling More Than 600,000 Trucks and SUVs

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is recalling more than 600,000 four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs because a software error could activate the braking system, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers the 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2015-2020 Chevrolet…

Former Juul Exec Alleges Company Shipped Tainted Products

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Juul Labs executive is alleging that the vaping company knowingly shipped 1 million tainted nicotine pods to customers. The allegation comes in a lawsuit filed by the one-time finance executive who was fired by the…

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