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Texas Leads Probe Of Google’s Potential Monopoly, Rule For Border Asylum Seekers Blocked, And Electric Cars Promoted In Houston

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Monday, September 9, 2019

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (center).

Texas Leads Probe Of Google's Potential Monopoly

Fifty U.S. states and territories, led by Texas, announced Monday an investigation into Google's "potential monopolistic behavior," the Associated Press reported Monday.

The news conference where the probe was announced featured a dozen Republican attorneys general, including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, plus the Democratic attorney general of Washington, D.C.

Critics often point to Google's 2007 acquisition of online advertising company DoubleClick as pivotal to its advertising dominance.

Google expects the state authorities will ask the company about past similar investigations in the U.S. and internationally, senior vice president of global affairs Kent Walker wrote in a blog post Friday.

One outcome antitrust regulators might explore is forcing Google to spin off search as a separate company, experts say.

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Migrants who turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol to seek asylum after illegally crossing the Rio Grande are loaded onto a transport bus in Hidalgo on Aug. 23, 2019.

Rule For Border Asylum Seekers Blocked

A federal district judge has reissued a nationwide block of a White House rule aimed at denying asylum to immigrants who didn't first seek refuge apply in another country before reaching the United States, The Texas Tribune reported.

The rule change was first announced in July as a way to discourage Central American and other immigrants from requesting asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border — it would require immigrants from Guatemala, for example, to seek asylum in Mexico rather than the U.S.

San Francisco-based federal judge Jon Tigar halted the policy soon after it was announced, but a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals later ruled the ban could only take effect in Arizona and California, which allowed the policy to be implemented in Texas and New Mexico.

Monday's ruling means the ban is now also in effect in Texas and New Mexico.

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Tesla Roadster is the same model as the one Elon Musk sent into space as payload.

Electric Cars Promoted In Houston

There are activities around the country over the next two weekends as part of National Drive Electric Week. According to figures from the Electric Auto Association, over a million electric vehicles have been sold around the U.S.

Houstonians will have the opportunity to see some of the latest electric vehicles and talk with their owners at four events organized by the Houston Electric Auto Association.

On Saturday, September 14, there will be an event at Evelyn's Parkin Bellaire. One week after, on Saturday September 21, there will be an event at the Harvest Green Farmers Market in Richmond and two in the Katy area. One of them will take place at the IKEA store and the other one will be held at the The Church of Holy Apostles.

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