Stocks rise...UK investigates Facebook, others...Surgeon general urges more access to opioid antidote
NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are making modest gains in afternoon trading on Wall Street, continuing a global rally that began late yesterday. Traders are feeling more optimistic that a trade dispute between the U.S. and China will be resolved without too much pain. Some of the biggest gains are going to technology companies, retailers and banks.
LONDON (AP) — A British official says some 30 organizations, including Facebook, are being investigated to see how social media platforms were used in political campaigns. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham says the investigation could result in enforcement action. Facebook said yesterday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of a Florida nightclub massacre have filed a federal lawsuit against Google, Facebook and Twitter, claiming they helped spread terrorist propaganda. The complaint filed in Orlando by 16 survivors of the June 2016 Pulse nightclub attack says the companies profited from content posted by the Islamic State group. A similar lawsuit filed by the victims’ families against the three social media giants was dismissed by a Detroit federal judge last week.
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation’s chief doctor says he is committed to increasing access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone and bringing down the cost of the drug. Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams called on more Americans to carry naloxone, which is available over the counter in most states. Adams says 95 percent of all insured Americans are covered to purchase naloxone, which can cost around $80 for one dose. He wants more federal funds dedicated to increasing naloxone access.
UNDATED (AP) — An airline trade group says it’s setting safety standards for pets shipped on planes. The move follows several recent incidents including the death of a puppy in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight. The International Air Transport Association says it’s starting a program in which airlines will be able to certify that they meet standards for safe handling of animals.