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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo unveiled tight new proposed restrictions on semiconductor manufacturers doing business in China. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A necessary action.
The air you breathe on flights comes directly from the jet engines. Citing a Times investigation, new federal legislation would require passenger planes to be equipped with sensors to detect toxic fumes. LA Times
The Biden administration is seeking billions of dollars for a new push to wipe out hepatitis C, a virus that kills thousands of people annually in the U.S. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is always seeking special funds.

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Ukrainian World Congress calls on the film academy to reconsider Oscar nominations for 'Top Gun: Maverick' over alleged ties to a Russian oligarch. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Ukraine should not be dictating to the US film industry.
The Supreme Court's conservatives argue that only Congress could approve such a large amount of federal spending on student loans. LA Times
VOA VIEW: They are right.
Some analysts say that the banking industry tumult has slowed the economy as banks pull back on lending. New York Times
There had been widespread uncertainty about whether the Federal Reserve would continue raising rates after turmoil in the banking industry. New York Times
VOA VIEW: A norm.
The Biden administration has proposed changes to how it would pay private Medicare Advantage plans, setting off a lobbying frenzy. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.
The Biden administration announced a plan to modernize how patients are matched to organs, seeking to shorten wait times, address racial inequities and reduce deaths. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Don't count much on Biden.

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Inflation, aggressive Fed rate hikes, failed banks are creating market havoc that's crushing new retirees' futures. Will they be able to recover?      USA Today
VOA VIEW: Some don't have a chance of recovery.
The death toll rose to 7 and Ukraine's president angrily decried Russian military tactics after a drone attack decimated the dorm near Kyiv. Updates.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Stupidity and ruthlessness.
Aaron Sorkin, 61, has revealed he had a stroke last year and is opening up about how the incident changed his outlook.       USA Today
The Chevrolet Camaro, for decades the dream car of many teenage American males, is going out of production. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The older models will raise in value.

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One woman on TikTok claimed that she potty trained her kids in less than three days -- and here are her tips. New York Post
A federal appeals court on Wednesday directed a lawyer for Donald Trump to turn over to prosecutors documents in the investigation into the former president's retention of classified documents at his Florida estate. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The key would mean, what documents?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ' administration is moving to forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the controversial law critics call "Don't Say Gay" as the Republican governor continues a focus on cultural issues ahead of his expected presidential run. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It would be a good move.

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The IMF and Ukraine have agreed on a new loan package aimed at shoring up government finances severely strained by Russia’s invasion ABC
TikTok’s CEO plans to tell Congress that the video-sharing app is committed to user safety, data protection and security, and keeping the platform free from Chinese government influence ABC
VOA VIEW: Spying on people is not safe.
The twin economic challenges posed a dilemma for the Federal Reserve. ABC
VOA VIEW: As planned and expected.
As the Federal Interest rates hike up, the auto industry fears for its future. Most Americans depend on cars to get around, but high price tags and rising interest rates make owning one increasingly out of reach. Nancy Chen reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: These are bad financial times.
Almost 300 drugs had an active shortage in 2022, a Congressional report finds. The issue poses a national security risk. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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The satellite-TV provider had said the dispute was over money, while conservative TV network Newsmax had alleged bias. CBS
"It seems incredible that the demand could be sustained, but we're not seeing any weakness right now," one economist said. CBS
VOA VIEW: Expected!
The country has approximately 32,000 crypto ATMs and kiosks that appear like traditional ATMs but instead convert cash into digital cryptocurrency. CBS

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GOOD Meat still needs approval from the Agriculture Department before it can sell the product line in the U.S. CBS
Bernie Sanders pressed Stephane Bancel during the Senate hearing to make a commitment that Moderna will not increase the vaccine's list price to $130. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will be what it will be.
Of people with medical debt, 61% owe more than $1,000 and 21% owe $5,000 or more, according to new research from the Urban Institute. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will be hard to pay.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., has embraced the app and is now pushing back against a proposed ban as his colleagues are set to question TikTok's CEO on Thursday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems are fools.
While the country anticipates the first-ever indictment of a former president -- assuming Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charges Donald Trump with a crime -- it's worth looking at the mechanics of what's going on in the legal system and how the process that applies to everyone is being applied to Trump. CNN
VOA VIEW: The only explanation is politics.
Residents in southeast Portland, Oregon, say that a homeless encampment has made their lives miserable to the point where they are scared to even go outside to check the mail. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The voters of Portland should rid themselves if all Dems.
A California suspect who allegedly posted threats against a school on social media and was allegedly caught carrying stolen guns almost escaped criminal charges. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Gascon needs to go.

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March 24, 2023

     Google will pay more than $400 million to 41 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations it tracked people’s locations and deceptively used the data.  Google should pay much, much more.

     The financial penalties grew for Google as 2022 drew to a close with government officials from the District and Indiana announcing last week that they secured settlements of $9.5 million and $20 million, respectively. Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said he got Hoosiers a better deal than other states by breaking away from a 40-state coalition and filing a separate lawsuit. 

     “To protect Hoosier’s data, my office pursued our own lawsuit against Google’s deceptive location tracking practices — and won,” Mr. Rokita said on Twitter. “This $20 million settlement is nearly double what the state would’ve received if we stayed in the multistate investigation.”  In November 2022, Google agreed to pay $391.5 million to a 40-state coalition over accusations that the tech giant violated state laws, including by following consumers after they told the company not to do so.

       Similar to Indiana, the District filed a lawsuit in January 2022 separate from the 40 states. Texas and Washington state did likewise. Former D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said his team scored the $9.5 million settlement from Google, ahead of his successor’s swearing-in. “Given the vast level of tracking and surveillance that technology companies can embed into their widely used products, it is only fair that consumers be informed of how important user data, including information about their every move, is gathered, tracked, and utilized by these companies,” Mr. Racine said in a statement.  Google declined to comment on its settlements with the District and Indiana. The company directed The Washington Times to a blog post the company published in November when resolving the privacy dispute with the larger coalition of states.