Month: February 2021

California: Criminal rings loot billions in jobless funds

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — California officials say hackers, identity thieves and overseas criminal rings stole an estimated $11.4 billion in unemployment benefits from California last year. But the extent of the fraud might grow far larger: billions more in jobless payments are under investigation. California Labor Secretary Julie Su told reporters in a conference call Monday that of the $114 billion the state has paid in unemployment claims, about 10% has been confirmed as fraudulent. Nearly $20 billion more is considered suspicious. Su says the state did not have sufficient security measures in place and criminals took advantage of the gaps.last_img read more

Biden oath second only to Reagan and Obama with TV viewers

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The first inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were the only ones to exceed Joe Biden’s in popularity among television viewers over the past 40 years. The Nielsen company says 33.8 million people watched Biden’s inauguration between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. The top inaugural was Reagan’s in 1981, which was seen by 41.8 million people. Obama’s first oath-taking reached 37.8 million. Biden also beat predecessor Donald Trump, whose 2017 inauguration was seen by 30.6 million. Football was big for the week. The pro football conference championship games each brought more than 40 million people to their televisions over the weekend.last_img read more

Amazon asks for block on shareholder hate speech proposal

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. has asked federal regulators to block multiple shareholder proposals addressing criticism of the company’s stances on curbing hate speech, diversity in hiring, workplace conditions and surveillance technologies. The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that shareholders would not have an opportunity to vote on the proposals at the company’s shareholder meeting this year if the request is granted. Last year, none of the shareholders’ proposals were approved. The Securities and Exchange Commission declined to comment on whether it planned to allow Amazon to drop the proposals from the shareholder meeting docket.last_img read more

Israel to give some coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s office says Israel has agreed to transfer 5,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinians to immunize front-line medical workers. The announcement Sunday is the first time that Israel has confirmed the transfer of vaccines to the Palestinians. Israel is one of the world’s leaders in vaccinating its population after striking procurement deals with international drug giants Pfizer and Moderna. The Palestinians have not begun to vaccine their people.last_img read more