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December 20, 2013 |
Occidental College is trying to separate a deluge of bogus sexual assault allegations from those that may be legitimate after two groups, including one claiming to represent "men's rights," tried to undermine the school's anonymous reporting system, a campus spokesman said. Over the course of 36 hours, some 400 anonymous reports -- some by people who claimed to have been assaulted by "Occidental College," "feminists" or "Fatty McFatFat" -- flooded in after members of the online communities Reddit and 4Chan began discussing the idea late Monday, Occidental spokesman Jim Tranquada said.
December 4, 2013 |
Following our post on California Republicans' misleading health insurance website , numerous readers reached out to us with examples of how the Assembly Republican Caucus, which created the thing, has been marketing it. As we reported, the GOP website, coveringhealthcareca.com , looks like an effort to steer citizens away from coveredca.com , which is the legitimate enrollment site for California's individual insurance exchange....
December 3, 2013 |
Kya sells ceramic masks online. A buyer recently instructed her to cash his check and then allow him to pick up his mask later. Kya asks: Is this some kind of scam? Answer: Probably. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions It sounds like a variation of a relatively common scam involving bogus checks -- a racket that the Federal Trade Commission says has become a fact of life online. For details of the scam and my advice for not getting duped, check out today's Ask Laz video.
August 21, 2013 |
Yelp Inc. was hoping to debunk misconceptions and ease business owners' concerns about the popular review website. Instead, many small-business owners at the company's town hall meeting in Hollywood on Tuesday slammed the site, venting their frustration at Yelp for aggressive advertising tactics and bogus reviews that they said hurt their businesses. "I have one-star reviews for my diner from people that have never walked into the place. They've never stepped foot, they've never tried the food, but they give me one-star reviews.
July 19, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his former business partner, Pyotr Ofitserov, were released from custody Friday, one day after their conviction in a controversial embezzlement case, Interfax news agency reported. A district court in the regional capital of Kirov had sentenced Navalny and Ofitserov to five years and four years in prison, respectively, and fined them $15,000 each on charges of embezzling $530,000 from a local timber company in 2009. The Kirov regional court ruled that both men should be released while they appeal the verdict.
July 15, 2013 |
Asiana Airlines will sue a Bay Area TV station over bogus pilot names it broadcast last week. Airline spokesperson Lee Hyomin said the report seriously damaged the airline's reputation and that it will file suit to "strongly respond to [KTVU's] racially discriminatory report," according to the Associated Press. In a Friday report, KTVU-TV wrongly identified the pilots of the Asiana jet that crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6 as "Capt. Sum Ting Wong" and "Bang Ding Ow. " The station later apologized, as did the National Transportation Safety Board, which said that an intern wrongly confirmed the names to the station.