• Amazon/ABC News(PORTLAND) -- Amazon said that it was "evaluating options" after recent and shocking news that its Echo device had not only recorded a couple's conversation inside their home, but also had sent it to a random contact.A Portland, Oregon couple got a phone call from a family friend in Seattle a few weeks ago, saying that he'd been sent audio recordings of them talking inside of their home, according to CBS affiliate KIRO-TV. "At first, my husband was like, 'No, you didn't,' and he's like, 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors,'" a woman who identified herself to the affiliate as Danielle said. "I felt invaded, like total privacy invasion."Danielle said she unplugged all of her Amazon devices and reached out to the company, which said it would investigate. In a statement addressing the incident, Amazon said that the Echo "woke up" because of a word used in the background conversation that sounded like "Alexa," the name of Amazon's voice control system."The subsequent conversation was heard as a 'send message' request," Amazon told ABC News in a statement Thursday ."At which point, Alexa said out loud 'To whom?' At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, '[Contact name], right?' Alexa then interpreted background conversation as 'right,'" Amazon said."As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely," the company said.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW  YORK) -- As millions of Americans hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, Fiat Chrysler and federal regulators are urgently warning drivers of 4.8 million American sedans, SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks to avoid using the cruise control until their vehicle is fixed.The automaker has discovered at least one instance of a driver unable to disengage the cruise control, a spokesperson told ABC News. A recall has been issued for all 4.8 million affected vehicles and FCA will update the software free of charge.Forcefully applying the brakes will overpower any acceleration and bring the vehicle to a stop, the manufacturer told ABC News, but drivers may have to shift the into neutral or park to fully disengage the feature.Fiat-Chrysler is unaware of any related injuries or accidents. In at least one known case, the driver was able to stop and disengage by applying the brakes and placing the vehicle into park.Here is the list of affected vehicles. Car owners can visit NHTSA.gov to find and search using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to find out if the car or truck is included in this or any other safety recall at this time. Officials suggest checking at least twice per year.2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan2014-18 Dodge Journey CUV2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV2018 Jeep Wrangler2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassisCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The temperatures are rising, but summer weather isn’t the only thing heating up. Memorial Day also means hot deals online and in stores. We teamed up with RetailMeNot who let us know what to buy this holiday weekend, and what not to buy to avoid getting burned.If you’re looking to treat yourself this Memorial Day, here’s what you should buy:Outdoor entertaining items:The season for outdoor entertaining has finally arrived and as the grills start to sizzle -- so do the deals. If you’re in the market for a new grill, consider buying closer to Memorial Day where retailers will heavily discount to prep for the holiday weekend!For those looking to upgrade their backyard design for grad parties and summer fun, many retailers will be having deals for the long weekend.Here are some of the places RetailMeNot recommends:Home Depot: 20 percent off home accents at The Home Depot Spring Decor EventSears: "Up to 40 percent off patio furniture at Sears + up to $75 cash back (or $20 Off $150)JCPenney: 50 percent off select outdoor Oasis Patio & AccessoriesAshley Homestore: 35 percent off select items, plus an extra 15 percent off onlineLowe's: Up to 40 percent off appliances May 17 through May 30Pier 1 Imports: Up to 50 percent offBig Lots: $30 cash back for in-store purchases of $140+Appliances:With graduation season upon us, many appliances will be discounted for young adults and recent grads looking to furnish their new digs. Refrigerator models are released in May, so now is the time to take advantage of the discounts that retailers will have on older models. May is also a great time to buy small appliances like cookware and any last-minute spring cleaning items, like vacuums.Here’s where RetailMeNot suggests to grab those discounts on appliances!Sears: Up to 40 percent off select home appliancesJCPenney: Up to 35 precent off select major appliancesBed Bath & Beyond: 20 percent off sitewide when sign up for Beyond Plus, BBB's new membership that offers exclusive savings and free shippingPro tip: Hold off on items like stoves, washers and dryers as these models are released in September and will be discounted after the summer.Mattresses:Who couldn’t use a few extra quality hours of sleep? If you’re in the market for a new mattress, May is the right time to buy. A good night’s sleep is priceless and sleep-related items are an investment worth making. In fact, it’s recommended that people replace their mattress every 10 years. Make sure to do your research on mattress types and hold off until the long weekend for the most savings. Historically, retailers have slashed prices by the hundreds for the long weekend.Here’s where to look:Mattress Firm: $250 off queen mattress and up to $50 cash back1800Mattress.com: $10 cash back for online purchases of $200 sitewideSears: Extra $35 off $300+ on home appliances, lawn & garden, tools, mattresses & sporting goods and up to $75 cash back for online purchases sitewide
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Two Washington D.C.-based automaker groups are slamming President Donald Trump's decision to launch an investigation into auto imports, which could lead to tariffs on foreign-made vehicles."To our knowledge, no one is asking for this protection. If these tariffs are imposed, consumers are going to take a big hit," said John Bozella, President of Global Automakers, a trade group representing foreign manufacturers doing business in the U.S. "This course of action will undermine the health and competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry."The legal mechanism for the investigation "has rarely been used and traditionally has not focused on finished products," said Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for Auto Alliance, a group that represents foreign automakers like Volkswagen and BMW in addition to U.S. manufacturers like GM and Ford."We are confident that vehicle imports do not pose a national security risk to the U.S.," Bergquist said.Trump ordered the investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allows the president to restrict imports that threaten U.S. national security, including levying tariffs on foreign goods which excessively displace domestic goods or cause substantial unemployment."Big news coming soon for our great American Autoworkers. After many decades of losing your jobs to other countries, you have waited long enough," Trump tweeted in the hours before the announcement, which came amid reports that North American Free Trade Agreement talks between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. have stalled over auto manufacturing rules.According to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency will lead the investigation, "there is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry."According to the department, over the past two decades, passenger vehicle imports have grown from 32 percent of cars sold nationwide to 48 percent, while employment in motor vehicle production has declined.Since he first appeared on the campaign trail, Trump has bemoaned the loss of auto manufacturing jobs, and promised in his State of the Union address to "get the Motor City revving its engines once again."The investigation "will consider whether the decline of domestic automobile and automotive parts production threatens to weaken the internal economy of the United States," the Commerce Department said.Mexico, Canada, Japan, Germany an South Korea are among the biggest exporters of cars to the U.S.But automakers' advocates argue that domestic production remains strong."Contrary to the assumption underlying the investigation on import vehicles, the U.S. auto industry is thriving," Bozella said."Last year, 13 domestic and international automakers manufactured nearly 12 million vehicles in the U.S. The auto sector remains the leading exporter of manufactured goods in our country," Bergquist said. "During the last 25 years, 15 new manufacturing plants have been launched in the U.S. – resulting in the creation of an additional 50,000 direct and 350,000 indirect auto jobs throughout America – and new plants are on the way.""We urge the Administration to support policies that remove barriers to free trade and we will continue to work with them and provide input to achieve that goal," she said.This isn't the administration's first foray into a Section 232 investigation.In March, Trump used his Section 232 authority to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum — another hotly contested policy move.
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  • Twitter(NEW YORK) -- Facebook and Twitter will now only allow verified advertisers to post political ads, and users will be able to see who paid for and how much was spent on the ads.The new rules are the latest efforts from the social media platforms to be more transparent ahead of the U.S. midterm elections after the FBI found that Russians used Facebook ads in their attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.Facebook’s new regulations went into effect Thursday and Twitter says they’ll start enforcing the new rules later this summer. Facebook’s restrictions cover all political ads as well as “issue ads,” which cover certain ads across a broad range of topics which initially include health, education, immigration, abortion and civil rights.Advertisers placing a political ad or an “issue ad” on Facebook in the U.S. will have to verify their identity and location through a newly-created process. Ad buyers will have to provide a U.S. issued ID, a physical mailing address and list which candidate or organization they represent.All the issue and political ads will have a clear label saying "Paid for by" and the name of the verified user. Clicking on the label will bring users to the full Facebook political ad archive which provides more information such as how much was spent on the ads and how many people they reached, broken down by demographics and location.Anyone visiting the archive can see and search ads with political or issue content an advertiser has run in the U.S. for up to seven years.For now, this archive can only be searched manually with keywords so people can’t search for ads being used in a particular area or targeting a particular group.But Facebook has promised to make the technology, known as an “application programming interface” available to some as yet unnamed academic researchers which would allow them to access all the data and do their own automated searches. This will allow researchers to analyze the archive and determine which ads were targeted at specific demographics and locations.So what qualifies as a political or issue ad?Much of the ads used to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election concentrated on issues rather than mentioning political candidates directly.Facebook has worked with the Comparative Agendas Project, an international organization that investigates trends in policy-making, to build a list of 20 issues, including health, education, abortion and guns.“We're also working with third parties with respect to how we define the issues, that's obviously going to be subject to ongoing feedback,” said Rob Leathern, Facebook director of product management, in a call with reporters on Thursday. “Some of these, as you can imagine will be difficult to nail down, there will be mistakes that we will make in this process, which is why we're going to hold ourselves accountable”.Not all the ads related to these issues will be defined as political and fall under the new regulations."For instance, on the topic of education -- ads regarding points of view on student loan policies would require a label, but advertisements on a particular university for student enrollment would not," said Katie Harbath, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director.Facebook says it will use a program to identify ads from non-verified users to detect whether or not they are political in nature.They also promise to hire 3,000 to 4,000 new employees to help personally vet these ads.Facebook users can also report any ad they deem to contain political content by clicking a link on the corner of the ad and these will be then be reviewed by a team. If the ad is deemed to be political or an issue ad, it will be taken down until the advertiser passes the verification process.Twitter will require a similar verification process.“In addition, we will not allow foreign nationals to target political ads to people wh
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  • Jacopo Raule/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein will turn himself into New York City police Friday to face criminal charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, sources familiar with the case told ABC News.Weinstein has been under criminal investigation in connection with the allegations of two women, Lucia Evans and actress Paz de la Huerta.It’s not clear what charges Weinstein will face but Evans told The New Yorker Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 while de la Huerta told Vanity Fair he raped her in 2010.Both accusations are within the statute of limitations in New York given the nature of the alleged crimes.Weinstein’s case was recently presented to a grand jury by prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which declined to comment. Weinstein’s defense attorney Benjamin Brafman also declined to comment, as did the NYPD.
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