(Orlando, FL) – Attorneys for the Pulse gunman’s widow are again trying to overturn the charges against her. Noor Salman is accused of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting Omar Mateen’s attack on the Orlando nightclub in which 49 people were killed. WFTV reports that, late last night, the defense filed a new motion seeking either dismissal of the case or a mistrial.
(SL) – Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike is apologizing for an interview he gave to the NRA where he spoke out for gun ownership and discouraged his children from joining school walkouts. In a new video, Mike explains that he actually supports the students who are rallying against gun violence and stressed that he was talking about black people as a minority in the interview.
He says his point is that he wants black people to keep and train with firearms because he doesn’t trust this country. He said the way his interview was used was unfair to those participating in the movement.
(Needham, MA) — Trip Advisor is releasing its list of top travel destinations. The world’s number-one travel destination is Paris, but New York City still ranks as the number-one U.S. destination for travelers. That’s according to Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for destinations. This is the eighth consecutive year that New York City has been at the top of the list. Trip Advisor says the average annual rate for a hotel is about 400-dollars per night. The least expensive month to go to the Big Apple is August, when travelers can save about four-percent.
(SL) – Gas prices across the U.S. are on the rise. Prices increased by an average of nearly seven-cents over the last two weeks. The current average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline is around two-dollars-66-cents.
That’s more than 30-cents higher than a year ago. Analysts say the main reason for the hike is the steep cost of oil. Experts estimate that pump prices may increase another ten- to 15-cents if the cost of oil continues to increase.
(SL) – Consumers are expected to spend quite a bundle as they hunt for Easter gifts this year. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend about 18-point-two-billion-dollars on Easter.
That’s slightly down from last year, but the second-highest on record. At least 81-percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday by spending an average of about 150-dollars per person, down from 152-dollars last year. Men are likely to spend about 20-dollars more on Easter gifts than women.
Topping the list of items that consumers will spend the most on will be candy and food followed by gifts, clothing and greeting cards.
(SL) – Mark Zuckerberg is taking to the print media to offer an apology. The Facebook founder and CEO took out full-page ads in papers across the United States and U.K. today to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.
Earlier this month, Facebook said it suspended Cambridge Analytica and its parent group after receiving reports it didn’t delete information about tens of millions of Facebook users that was shared inappropriately. In the ad, Zuckerberg said “this was a breach of trust” and offered his apologies that the company didn’t do more at the time.
Zuckerberg explained they are now limiting the data that apps get as they’ll be investigating every single app that had access to large amounts of data before the problem got fixed.
(Chicago, IL) – Travel booking website Orbitz has found a possible data breach. Orbitz says one of its older websites may have been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of consumers who made purchases between January 1st, 2016 and December 22nd, 2017.
It’s estimated that 880-thousand credit cards may have been impacted. According to the company, the current orbitz-dot-com website wasn’t involved in the breach. Orbitz says Social Security information wasn’t compromised, but other personal information like names, addresses, billing and payment cards may have been accessed.
The breach was discovered March 1st. Orbitz is notifying customers who may have been affected and offering free credit monitoring for a year.
(Raleigh, NC) – Gun maker Remington Outdoor is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The major U.S. gun manufacturer reportedly made the move Sunday, a day after hundreds of thousands of people promoted increased gun control in the March For Our Lives rallies across the nation and world.
The company is facing mounting debt and lawsuits in connection to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Originally, the company planned to file for bankruptcy last month, but delayed the move following the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Remington reportedly planned to give control of the company to its creditors.
(Washington, DC) – Adult-film star and director Stormy Daniels claims someone tried to threaten her to stay quiet about her alleged affair with President Trump. In the first televised interview on the matter, Daniels told “CBS 60 Minutes” that an unknown man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 while she was with her infant daughter.Daniels said the man told her to “leave Trump alone” and “forget the story,” and then looked at her daughter and said “that’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.” Daniels was reportedly trying to sell her story about the alleged affair with President Trump. The alleged affair apparently happened about ten years ago, shortly after Melania gave birth to her son Barron.Trump has denied the affair.