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Wednesday October 23rd, 2019 night edition

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that 47 attorneys general from states and U.S. territories plan to take part in a New York-led antitrust probe into Facebook.

The probe will zero in on whether Facebook broke any state or federal laws as a result of any anti-competitive conduct related to its dominance of social media.

"After continued bipartisan conversations with attorneys general from around the country, today I am announcing that we have vastly expanded the list of states, districts, and territories investigating Facebook for potential antitrust violations," James said in a statement.

"Our investigation now has the support of 47 attorneys general from around the nation, who are all concerned that Facebook may have put consumer data at risk, reduced the quality of consumers' choices, and increased the price of advertising.

Facebook already faces a separate antitrust investigation launched by the Federal Trade Commission in July.

Facebook and its rivals, including Google, Amazon and Apple, also face a separate probe from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect 47 attorneys general from U.S. states and territories are involved in the Facebook antitrust probe. »

Iraqi security forces killed 149 protesters, most by shots to head, chest: government inquiry

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi government committee investigating a wave of unrest found that 149 civilians were killed because security forces used excessive force and live fire to quell protests, according to its report, seen by Reuters.

Protests over high unemployment, poor public services and corruption erupted on Oct. 1, prompting a violent security crackdown.

“There were no official orders from the supreme authorities to security forces to open fire toward protesters or use live ammunition at all.”. »

The Houston Astros' denial just made a bad situation worse

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The Astros' response Monday night to a Sports Illustrated report that Brandon Taubman, an assistant GM, repeatedly yelled, "Thank God we got Osuna!

The immediacy with which the organization backed Taubman comes from the same strain of hubris that fueled Osuna's acquisition in the first place.

In it, the Astros confirmed that Taubman made the comments but said they were in support of an Astros player. »

NASA says hole in the ozone smallest since its discovery in 1982

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Observations by NASA and NOAA found that the hole reached its peak dimensions for the year at 6.3 million square miles on September 8.

By early October the ozone hole can be seen to have shrunk to around 3.9 million square miles.

The hole in the ozone was at its largest in September 2006, when it covered a massive 10.6million square miles. »

Prisoners in China’s Xinjiang concentration camps subjected to gang rape and medical experiments, former detainee says

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The 43-year-old teacher was escorted by armed men to a camp, where she was held for several months, according to Haaretz.

“It was forbidden to speak with the prisoners, forbidden to laugh, forbidden to cry and forbidden to answer questions from anyone,” she said.

“The democratic governments must do all they can to make China stop doing what it is doing in Xinjiang.”. »