USC Puts Hold On Students Linked To College Admissions Scandal — CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — USC has placed holds on the accounts of students caught at the center of the college admissions scandal. The university announced Monday night that it is reviewing the cases of students possibly tied to the wide-reaching college admissions bribery scheme that led to the arrests of several college officials across the country…

via USC Puts Hold On Students Linked To College Admissions Scandal — CBS Los Angeles

Average Tax Refund Down 16.7% So Far, IRS Data Show — KTLA

 After a sweeping Republican law went into effect with promises of lower taxes for just about everyone, Bill Forsythe, a 57-year-old hospital radiologic technologist in San Jose, plugged his and his wife’s financial information into TurboTax this month and, like many Americans filing early this year, was shocked at the bottom line…

via Average Tax Refund Down 16.7% So Far, IRS Data Show — KTLA

UK Lawmakers: Facebook ‘Intentionally and Knowingly’ Violated Data Privacy Laws — KTLA

UK lawmakers have accused Facebook of violating data privacy and competition laws in a report on social media disinformation that also says CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed “contempt” toward parliament by not appearing before them.

via UK Lawmakers: Facebook ‘Intentionally and Knowingly’ Violated Data Privacy Laws — KTLA

Payless Will Close All Remaining Stores in U.S.; Liquidation Sales to Start Sunday — KTLA

Paylesss ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have been shuttered in the last year. The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said Friday it will hold liquidation sales starting Sunday and wind down its e-commerce operations.…

via Payless Will Close All Remaining Stores in U.S.; Liquidation Sales to Start Sunday — KTLA

Congress Urged to Fully Open Banks to Legal Marijuana Industry — KTLA

Bank officials and others urged Congress on Wednesday to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry, a change that supporters say would reduce crime risks and resolve a litany of challenges for cannabis companies, from paying taxes to getting a loan.

via Congress Urged to Fully Open Banks to Legal Marijuana Industry — KTLA

Romance scams cost more money than any other type of consumer fraud, says the Federal Trade Commission — TechCrunch

The Federal Trade Commission has released data that shows romance scams cost more money than other types of consumer fraud reported to the agency last year—and the problem is getting worse. Romance scammers target people through dating sites and apps or social media, often using fake profiles and sob stories to convince victims to send money…

via Romance scams cost more money than any other type of consumer fraud, says the Federal Trade Commission — TechCrunch

Haunted by #Halloween infamy, town rethinks teen trick-or-treat penalty — National Post

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A Virginia city’s penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change. The Chesapeake City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an amendment to a 50-year-old law that threatens teens with up to six months in jail if they go door-to-door in pursuit of sweet treats…

via Haunted by infamy, town rethinks teen trick-or-treat penalty — National Post