Associated Press Published 4:34 PM EST Jan 19, 2019 Chapel Hill, N.C. – Frances R. Mears, an Associated Press reporter, editor and bureau chief during a journalism career that spanned more than 40 years, died Saturday. She was 66. Mears had been ill with cancer, said her husband, Walter R. Mears, the Pulitzer Prize-winning political writer and retired AP vice president who served was Washington bureau chief for The Detroit News from 1973 to 1975. After more than a decade in newspaper journalism, Fran Mears – then known as Fran Richardson – joined the AP in 1982 in Indianapolis, serving there initially as a legislative reporter and broadcast editor. In 1990, she was named news editor for Indiana after a brief hiatus from the AP when she was public relations director of the Hoosier Lottery. Mears was promoted to assistant chief of bureau for Kansas and Missouri, based in Kansas City, in 1992. She was a key editor in coverage of massive flooding in the Midwest in … [Read more...] about Frances Mears, longtime AP reporter and manager, dies
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Tom Krisher, Associated Press Published 4:36 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Photo: Chris Carlson /Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Keith Reynolds, who is on the Tesla waiting list for a Model 3, is photographed by his 9-year-old Audi A3 compact car Monday, July 16, 2018, in Laguna Hills, Calif. For many on the list to buy Tesla's mass-market electric car, the wait for the company to produce enough to satisfy demand isn't a major problem. But the prospect of losing a U.S. federal tax credit is. less Keith Reynolds, who is on the Tesla waiting list for a Model 3, is photographed by his 9-year-old Audi A3 compact car Monday, July 16, 2018, in Laguna Hills, Calif. For many on the list to buy Tesla's ... more Photo: Chris Carlson /Associated Press Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer watchdogs expressed concern on Friday that a lawyer who represented credit reporting companies over a massive data breach at Equifax is being considered to head the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. The FTC’s five commissioners are voting on the appointment of Andrew Smith, a process that takes several days, according to two people familiar with the matter. The FTC declined comment. Bloomberg had previously reported that Smith, a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, was under serious consideration for the job. Smith worked for the Consumer Data Industry Association, which represents credit reporting companies. He testified before Congress in October on their behalf in an attempt to blunt lawmakers’ ire about the Equifax breach. “It’s problematic that he’s going to have this job. The optics look really bad,” said Chi Chi Wu, an attorney at the National Consumer Law … [Read more...] about U.S. credit reporting industry lawyer may head FTC bureau: sources
World Bali Australia holiday Credit Card Fraud When a 12-year-old boy from Sydney, Australia, was told by this mother that the family would not be going to the Indonesian island of Bali on holiday, he took matters into his own hands. The boy—who has only been identified by the pseudonym, Drew—stole his parents' credit card, retrieved his passport and booked a flight himself, Australian TV show A Current Affair revealed. Discovering an airline that allowed children above the age of 12 to travel unaccompanied, he told his family he was off to school before rising his scooter to the train station. From there he travelled to Sydney airport and boarded his flight to Indonesia with a stopover in Perth. 12-year-old Drew, from Sydney, Australia, stole his parents' credit card and flew to Bali by myself after having an argument with his mother. Screenshot Recommended Slideshows 44 In Pictures: Every U.S. President Ranked From … [Read more...] about Boy, 12, Steals Credit Card And Goes on Bali Holiday Alone After Family Fight