Trump calls Facebook ‘anti Trump’ after it aids Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after Facebook agreed to cooperate with Congress on its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump criticized the social network for being “anti-Trump.”
Trump tweeted: “Facebook was always anti-Trump. The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News, @ nytimes (apologized) & @wapo were anti Trump. Collusion?”
Facebook said last week it would provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators and make political advertising on its platform more transparent. Several committees are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded on his Facebook page saying the social media platform tried to be neutral in the election.
“Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump,” he wrote Wednesday. “Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like. That’s what running a platform for all ideas looks like.”
Zuckerberg also defended the company’s decision to cooperate with investigators. “We will do our part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections.”
►TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF VEHICLES
FLOODED BY HARVEY: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning potential used car buyers that as many as 1 million vehicles flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
Paxton on Wednesday offered the consumer alert as cleanup continues following Harvey, which hit South Texas on Aug. 25. Heavy rain led to flooding that inundated areas including Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur.
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles advises that flood-damaged vehicles usually have evidence of water and grit inside and in the engine compartment.
In Texas, a seller is required by law to tell prospective buyers about vehicle damage. If it’s from flooding, the words “Flood Damage” must be on the vehicle’s title. Failure to disclose that information may violate the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Complaints can be filed online with Paxton’s office.
►CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE DRESSED AS CLOWN
MAKES VOTERS NERVOUS: BOSTON (AP) — A man dressed as a clown who’s running for a Boston city council seat has caused a stir on a college campus.
Police tell The Boston Herald that Pat Payaso’s presence near a polling location at Roxbury Community College made some people nervous on Tuesday and they called the authorities.
A photo Payaso posted on social media indicates he was there to vote.
Police spokesman Officer Stephen McNulty says Payaso later was stopped by an officer who realized he wasn’t a threat.
The Roxbury resident has donned a rainbow wig, a red nose and clown makeup in recent campaign photos and videos on social media. His last name means clown in Spanish.
Payaso will be on the November ballot along with seven other candidates for an at-large city council seat.
►OKLAHOMA LONGHORN BULL WITH RECORD
HORN SPAN SOLD IN TEXAS: FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A longhorn bull from Oklahoma with a record horn span of more than 8 feet has been sold for $165,000 at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas.
The bull named Cowboy Tuff Chex owned by Bob Loomis of Overbrook, Oklahoma, was sold Friday to Richard and Jeanne Filip of Fayetteville, Texas.
Richard Filip told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the bull will be used for breeding on the couple’s ranch, which has more than 100 longhorns. Jeanne Filip said the bull will be “the VIP of the ranch.”
The 101 inch (256.5 centimeter) span from tip to tip is about 8.4 feet wide.
At the same auction last year, Lazy J’s Bluegrass from Kansas, the world record-holder for a steer with horns at 121 inches (307 centimeters), sold for $49,000.
►WALMART HAS EYE ON PREMIUM DIAPER MARKET: NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart has its eye on the premium diaper market, as more people are getting automatic shipments from online sellers and the company that owns Babies R Us has filed for bankruptcy.
The nation’s largest retailer is launching premium diapers as part of Walmart’s relaunch of its 20-year-old Parent’s Choice brand with new or refreshed products like bedding, baby lotion and sippy cups. The Parent’s Choice diapers, which are being priced starting at $7.24 for a pack of 35, are just hitting some Walmart stores now and will be online next month. The diaper offers up to 12 hours of dryness, and its lining is made of highly absorbent materials including pulp harvested from sustainably managed forests.
Diapers are key drivers for customer traffic because parents buy them frequently. Amazon offers automatic shipments that parents find convenient. Another huge player is Babies R Us, which may be vulnerable after its parent company Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 this month. A Babies R Us executive interviewed earlier this month was mum about whether it would offer a diaper subscription.
►GARTH BROOKS RELEASING 5-PART ANTHOLOGY
OF HIS MUSIC, CAREER: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Garth Brooks is taking a long look back at his career in a fivepart anthology series comprising of books and unreleased music, the first of which will go on sale in November.
The country music superstar announced Wednesday that “The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years” goes on sale Nov. 14. It promises “all the secrets, details, origins, true stories an insider would get.”
Some of those stories include background on some of Brooks’ early hits, including “The Thunder Rolls,” ‘’Friends in Low Places” and “The Dance.”
The book comes with five CDs containing 52 total songs, including 19 new, unreleased or demo versions and unreleased photos.
This is the first book authored by Brooks.