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Amazon sued by FTC and 17 states on antitrust charges

The Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorney generals filed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon on Tuesday, alleging that the company has used its power in the marketplace to inflate prices on other platforms, overcharge sellers and stifle competition. The FTC filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington state, backed by the attorneys general of 17 states; Amazon is based in Washington state.

According to a news release, the FTC and states that joined the lawsuit are asking the court to issue a permanent injunction court that they say would prohibit Amazon from engaging in its unlawful conduct.   FTC chairman Lina Khan said in a statement: “Sellers are paying one of every $2 to Amazon. Shoppers are paying higher prices as a result, not just on Amazon but across the internet. And the public as a whole has been deprived of the benefits of open and fair and free competition. And so that’s what this case is really about, and those are the harms that we’re looking to fix .. The complaint sets forth detailed allegations noting how Amazon is now exploiting its monopoly power to enrich itself while raising prices and degrading service for the tens of millions of American families who shop on its platform and the hundreds of thousands of businesses that rely on Amazon to reach them.” 

The FTC alleges that Amazon deters sellers from discounting goods and lowering prices below what is available on Amazon, pushing prices higher across the internet. Kahn also stressed that it showed Amazon had established an unfair advantage: “Each element of Amazon’s monopolistic strategy here is working in tandem, and so the cumulative impact of Amazon’s unlawful conduct is greater than the harm caused by any particular element. So you have a feedback loop between these different practices in a way that amplifies the overall exclusionary effects.”

David Zapolsky, Amazon’s senior vice president for global public policy, posted to Amazon’s website: “The practices the FTC is challenging have helped to spur competition and innovation across the retail industry, and have produced greater selection, lower prices, and faster delivery speeds for Amazon customers and greater opportunity for the many businesses that sell in Amazon’s store.”

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Hunter Biden sues Rudy Giuliani and former attorney for hacking his devices

Hunter Biden filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and his former attorney Bob Costello, claiming they caused “total annihilation” of his digital privacy and violated federal and state computer privacy laws through their alleged efforts to hack his devices.

The lawsuit alleges that Giuliani and Costello violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in obtaining and sharing the personal information from the laptop, and accuses Giuliani and Robert Costello of spending years “hacking into, tampering with, manipulating, copying, disseminating, and generally obsessing over data that they were given that was taken or stolen from” his devices.

Attorneys for Hunter Biden wrote in the lawsuit: “Plaintiff has demanded Defendants Giuliani and Costello cease their unlawful activities with respect to Plaintiff’s data and return any data in their possession belonging to Plaintiff, but they have refused to do so. Defendants’ statements suggest that their unlawful hacking activities are ongoing today and that, unless stopped, will continue into the future, thereby necessitating this action.”  They also allege that Giuliani has “not only admitted but bragged about downloading data from Plaintiff’s ‘laptop’ (even though he only had a hard drive) onto his own computer; about using his own computer to access, tamper with and manipulate the downloaded data; and about maintaining multiple copies of the data for his and Defendant Costello’s personal use.” The suit accuses Giuliani and Costello of breaking both federal and California state computer privacy laws and asks for a jury trial in the matter.

Ted Goodman, an adviser to Giuliani, denied allegations that the former New York mayor “manipulated” an electronic device belonging to the president’s son: “Hunter Biden has previously refused to admit ownership of the laptop. I’m not surprised he’s now falsely claiming his laptop hard drive was manipulated by Mayor Giuliani, considering the sordid material and potential evidence of crimes on that thing.”.

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Chris Stapleton’s ‘All-American Road Show Tour’ heading to UK, Ireland in 2024

Chris Stapleton’s ‘All-American Road Show’ tour is heading to the UK and Ireland in 2024. Stapleton posted on his social media:  “JUST ANNOUNCED: The All-American Road Show goes across the pond to the United Kingdom and Ireland in October 2024 with special guest, @martystuarthq. Tickets on sale Friday, 9/29. Visit for more info & sign up for presale at”

The UK/Ireland leg of the All-American Road Show tour will take place from October 16-23 next year, making stops Manchester’s AO Arena, Glasgow’s OVO Hydro, Dublin’s 3Arena, Birmingham’s Utilita Arena and The O2 Arena in London. Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will serve as support.

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday, September 29 via Stapleton’s website.

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Dustin Lynch announces 2024 ‘Killed The Cowboy Tour’

Dustin Lynch is hitting the road in 2024 for his Killed The Cowboy Tour, named after his upcoming album arriving September 29 and available for preorder now.

The trek kicks off April 2 in Nashville and will make stops in Charlotte, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Boston, Cedar Rapids and more before concluding May 11 in Council Bluffs. Singer/songwriter Skeez will serve as the opening act.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 29, at 10 a.m. local time via Dustin’s website. Members of Dustin’s Stay Country Club will get presale access; to join the club, visit

Dustin Lynch Announces 2024 Killed The Cowboy Tour In Support Of His Forthcoming New Album

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Writers Guild of America to officially end strike after 148 days

The 148-day Writers Guild of America strike, the second longest in history, will conclude on 12:01 am PT Wednesday after a vote from guild leadership which officially authorized some 11,500 members to return to work. The union and the The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers finally announced the tentative agreement on a new three-year contract on Sunday night after a full weekend of work on the deal. Studios made changes to their position on issues like minimum staffing in television writers’ rooms and rewarding writers for the success of projects on streaming. Then on Tuesday, the WGA West Board and the WGA East Council approved the deal, which set in motion the vote to end the restraining order against AMPTP member companies.

The WGA negotiating committee stated after its WGA West Board and WGA East Council voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday, saying in part: “This allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” What that means is, tasks that for months were prohibited by strike rules — pitching, selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes — will then be sanctioned, while writers’ rooms can reconvene.

Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract, a referendum that union leadership announced on Tuesday will take place between Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. Members are also being asked to attend informational meetings on the new deal that will take place in New York, Los Angeles and on Zoom in the coming days.

SAG-AFTRA still remains out on strike, and neither that union nor the AMPTP have announced any new bargaining dates. The two sides still remain deadlocked on multiple issues; so that even with the writers back at work, production cannot resume without principal performers.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ concert film to be released globally

Taylor Swift announced on Tuesday, September 26, in an Instagram post that ‘Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour’, a new film documenting her Eras tour, will screen in theaters worldwid — in addition to its North American release.  Swift posted: “The tour isn’t the only thing we’re taking worldwide…….. 🌎 Been so excited to tell you all that The Eras Tour concert film is now officially coming to theaters WORLDWIDE on Oct 13! Tickets available now at or on your local theaters website! 🩵”

The concert film about Swift’s record-setting Eras Tour will screen in more than 100 countries around the world. Countries scheduled to screen the film beginning on October 13 includes: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Bermuda, Colombia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Fiji, Gibraltar, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Zambia, and many others.

Additionally, the film will debut on November 3 in Brazil, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Macau, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Tickets for most of the international screenings outside North America went on sale Tues, September 26. For more information, visit Taylor Swift’s official website.

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8 hospitalized after JetBlue flight hits severe turbulence approaching Fort Lauderdale

Seven customers and one crew member were hospitzliaed after a JetBlue Airlines flight encountered “sudden severe turbulence” early Monday as it neared Florida, the airline said.

JetBlue said in a statement that JetBlue flight 1256 was flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from Guayaquil, Ecuador when it suddenly experienced turbulence. The plane still landed safely and was met by medical personnel on the ground. Seven customers and one inflight crewmember were transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. A statement read: “JetBlue will work to support our customers and crewmembers. The aircraft for this flight has been taken out of service for inspection.” According to FlightAware, the aircraft landed at around 5.30am on Monday.

The airline said it could not comment on the severity of the injuries, and it was not immediately known if the injured were wearing seatbelts. The airline said the Airbus 320 twin-engine plane was taken out of service for inspection.

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NJ Sen. Bob Menendez rejects calls to resign after federal indictment

During a press conference on Monday, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez said he would not resign following his indictment on federal bribery charges. Menendez, D-N.J., and his wife, Nadine, were indicted on Friday on allegations of accepting bribes, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right, as well as using his position to benefit three New Jersey businessmen and the government of Egypt.

In his first public comments since the three-count federal indictment against him, the 69-year-old Menendez called for the public to wait for more information, dismissing the allegations and defending his record on fighting human rights abuses in Egypt. Menendez said Monday in Union City, where he started his political career: “I recognize this will be the biggest fight yet. But as I have stated throughout this whole process, I firmly believe that when all the facts are presented, not only will I be exonerated, but I still will be New Jersey’s senior senator.”

Federal prosecutors in New York alleged the couple received hundreds of thousands of dollars and lavish luxury gifts in exchange for the senator using his influence to benefit three New Jersey business associates and the government of Egypt (the businessmen are also facing charges). Menendez argues that he has “remained steadfast on the side of civil society and human rights defenders in Egypt and everywhere else in the world … If you look at my actions related to Egypt during the period described in this indictment and throughout my whole career, my record is clear and consistent in holding Egypt accountable for its unjust detention of American citizens and others, its human rights abuses, its deepening relationship with Russia and efforts that have eroded the independence of the nation’s judiciary,.”

The indictment also said the FBI found $500,000 of cash kept in envelopes and jacket pockets throughout Menendez’s home during a search last year. The senator said he has withdrawn “thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings” over the last 30 years, “which I have kept for emergencies and because of the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba. This may seem old-fashioned, but these were monies drawn from my personal saving account, based on the income that I had lawfully derived over those 30 years.”

Menendez stepped down from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Friday, with colleagues on both sides of the aisle have called for him to resign from the Senate, including Democrats Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.  However, Menendez said during his press conference: “Instead of waiting for all the facts to be presented, others have rushed to judgment seeking a political opportunity for themselves and those around them. All I ask for in this moment — is to pause and allow for all the facts to be presented.”

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Luke Grimes announces debut EP and fall tour dates

Luke Grimes announced he will drop his eight-song EP, Pain Pills or Pews, on October 20th. Produced by Dave Cobb, Grimes wrote six of the songs on the project.  Grimes shared on social media:  “I dont deserve this. Full stop. Yet, here it is. Im so grateful to everyone who has helped me get here. A dream of putting music out in the world and getting to share it live is now something of a reality. Thank you for listening and showing up. Pain Pills Or Pews EP out October 20th.”  Pre-save Pain Pills or Pews here.

Shortly after the release of his debut EP, Grimes will be hitting the road this fall, making stops in Columbus, OH; Philadelphia; Minneapolis; Chicago; Austin; Washington, DC; and Boston. Grimes will also perform for the first time at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on September 24th in Franklin, TN and he will be returning to Stagecoach in Indio, CA in April 2024.

Grimes also dropped the first song from the EP, titled ‘Burn’;  you can take a listen to Burn here.
Tickets for the fall dates are on sale now via Grimes’ website.

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The Oak Ridge Boys announce ‘American Made: Farewell Tour’

The Oak Ridge Boys announced they will be hitting the road one last time off the ‘American Made: Farewell Tour,’ which includes tour dates in 2023 through 2024.

The band’s current lineup includes: lead singer Duane Allen, baritone singer William Lee Golden, tenor vocalist Joe Bonsall, and bass singer Richard Sterban. All four members joined in 1973, and this year marks their 50th anniversary together.

Golden said to Billboard: “When you’re saying farewell, there’s a lot of people you want to say farewell to. It’s all the people that supported you along the way, the ones that called the radio stations, the ones that come and bought tickets to see us sing and sat in the rain with the rest of us while we were able to play and sing music. It’s a lot of emotions because we as the Oak Ridge Boys are a family.”

Added Bonsall: “We’ve worked nearly 150 dates a year almost every year. We’ve never booked tours like a lot of groups do — making an album and doing maybe 50 or 60 days to support it. We may tour under a different tour name every year, but it’s really the never-ending tour. We’ve never known how to stop or slow down, for sure. So what we have put a concentrated effort in our thought pattern here in the last year or so into how can we slow it down some, but still keep moving forward.”

For information on the The Oak Ridge Boys  ‘American Made: Farewell Tour’, head to their official website.

The Oak Ridge Boys announce historic farewell tour

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