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March 21, 2019

IN THE NEWS: YOUTUBE CHANNEL - CHILD ABUSE

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who ran a popular YouTube channel featuring her kids has been arrested amid claims that she mistreated those children. Police in Maricopa, Arizona say Machelle Hobson used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted kids — and that the youngsters were disciplined if they didn’t perform as instructed for the YouTube channel, which has received millions of views. The report also says the kids were kept in a closet, where they had no food, water or access to a bathroom. The children have been removed from the home. And YouTube has shut down Hobson’s channel, along with her related Facebook and Instagram accounts.

IN THE NEWS: ONLINE WIRE FRAUD

NEW YORK (AP) — A Lithuanian man who duped Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into accounts he controlled has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. The suspect entered the plea in federal court in New York to charges that could carry as many as 30 years in prison as well as a fine of as much as $1 million. According to court documents, Google sent more than $23 million and Facebook nearly $100 million to bank accounts that the suspect controlled.

ON THE WEB: STARBUCKS - CUPS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The next new thing about your cup of coffee at Starbucks — might well be the cup, itself. The coffee retailer says it plans to test both recyclable and compostable cups over the next year. The first of the cups will be rolled out in San Francisco, New York, London and Vancouver, Canada. The cups use fiber, paper and other materials in place of plastic liners.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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