REDISTRICTING LAWSUITS PILE UP ON U.S. SUPREME COURT DOCKET: The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit alleging partisan gerrymandering in the drawing of a Maryland congressional district. Eight years after the 2010 Census provided the basis for legislative redistricting, several other cases alleging unconstitutional gerrymandering in various states also are still working their way through the court system. In Pennsylvania, a recent court ruling reshaped congressional districts for this year's elections. But many of the other cases could have a greater impact in the years to come. That's because they could set precedents that states must follow during the next round of redistricting after the 2020 Census.
STORMY DANIELS SAYS SHE WAS THREATENED TO KEEP SILENT ABOUT TRUMP AFFAIR: Daniels said she was threatened by an unidentified man in Las Vegas to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with Trump, an incident that she said happened while she was with her young daughter. She said in the interview that she had one encounter of consensual sex with the future president. Daniels said that in the incident, in a parking lot, the man told her: “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.” She said he then looked at her daughter and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.” Daniels said that before they had sex Trump had broached the idea of her being a contestant on “The Apprentice,” and she likened it to a “business opportunity.” In July 2007, a year after they had met, Daniels said Trump asked to meet with her privately at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. She said they did not have sex, but he wanted to. Daniels reported that Trump called her the following month to say he had not been able to get her a spot on his TV show.
NEW PRIVACY RULES BY THE EU COULD FORCE FACEBOOK TO DRASTICALLY CHANGE ITS OPERATIONS: The EU's new rules expand the reach of regulations to cover any company that processes the data of people living in the bloc, regardless of where the company is based. Earlier rules were ambiguous on this point, and international companies took advantage of that to skirt some regulation, the EU says. To ensure compliance, there's the potential for big fines. Under GDPR, organizations face fines of up to 20 million euros ($25 million) or 4 percent of annual global turnover — whichever is greater — for the most serious violations. Facebook reported $40.65 billion in revenue last year. That means a serious violation could cost the company as much as $1.63 billion. Even though GDPR doesn't legally protect the data of people outside the EU, analysts expect many companies to apply the rules worldwide.
FACEBOOK USES ITS MESSENGER APP TO ACCESS USER'S PHONE AND TEXT DATA: On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The website Ars Technica reported that users who checked data gathered by Facebook on them found that it had years of contact names, telephone numbers, call lengths and text messages. The feature was first introduced on Facebook Messenger in 2015 and added later on Facebook Lite. Messages were left Sunday seeking comment about security from Google officials, who make the Android operating system.
AR-15 MANUFACTURER REMINGTON FILES BANKRUPTCY IN WAKE OF SANDY HOOK MASSACRE: U.S. gun maker Remington Outdoor Company has filed for bankruptcy protection, after years of falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Records from the bankruptcy court of the district of Delaware show that the company filed late Sunday. Remington makes the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle that was used in the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead in 2012. The company was cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting, but investors distanced themselves from the company's owner, investor Cerberus Capital Management.