Trump calls Face­book ‘anti Trump’ after it aids Rus­sia probe

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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.

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