Teen’s jailing shows exactly how Facebook will help anti-abortion states

Teen’s jailing shows exactly how Facebook will help anti-abortion states

Enlarge (credit: Charles McQuillan / Stringer | Getty Images News)

For the first time since Roe v. Wade was overturned, there’s a clear example showing exactly how Facebook will react to law enforcement requests for abortion data without user consent.

Forbes reports that a 17-year-old named Celeste Burgess in Nebraska had her Facebook messages subpoenaed by detective Ben McBride, who suspected that Burgess’ reported stillborn birth was a medication abortion. In the officer’s affidavit, he explains that he asked that Meta not notify the teen of the request for her Facebook data because she might tamper with or destroy evidence. Court records show that Meta complied with the logic.

Meta did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment on this case, but previously, Meta has said that “we notify users (including advertisers) about requests for their information before disclosing it unless we are prohibited by law from doing so or in exceptional circumstances, such as where a child is at risk of harm, emergencies, or when notice would be counterproductive.”

Read 11 remaining paragraphs | Comments

#abortion, #facebook, #meta, #nebraska, #policy

How Trump Helped Transform Nebraska Into a Toxic Political Hellhole

The state has a long tradition of workaday populism and civil bipartisanship, but in just a few years, it has moved swiftly to the right.

#democratic-national-committee, #elections-governors, #endorsements, #herbster-charles-w, #midterm-elections-2022, #nebraska, #obama-barack, #pillen-jim, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

What We’re Watching For in the Nebraska and West Virginia Primaries

Republican voters in the two states will choose nominees for governor and the House in races that pit Trump-backed candidates against rivals supported by each state’s governor.

#democratic-party, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #herbster-charles-w, #internal-sub-only-nl, #lindstrom-brett-1981, #mckinley-david, #midterm-elections-2022, #mooney-alex-x, #nebraska, #pillen-jim, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

In Nebraska, a Trump-Inspired Candidate Cracks Open Divide in the G.O.P.

Charles W. Herbster’s bid for governor has set off a bitter fight for power in a state once known for its genteel politics.

#elections-governors, #herbster-charles-w, #lincoln-neb, #little-brad-1954, #mcgeachin-janice, #nebraska, #omaha-neb, #perdue-david-a-jr, #republican-party, #ricketts-john-peter, #terry-lee, #trump-donald-j, #university-of-nebraska, #vance-j-d

Why Climate Change Makes It Harder to Fight Fire With Fire

Worsening wildfires in recent years have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests before disaster strikes. But the warming world is making it tougher to do safely.

#arizona, #boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #nature-conservancy, #nebraska, #new-mexico, #oregon, #rain, #texas, #united-states, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #wildfires, #wind

Andover Tornado Tears Through Kansas near Wichita

No fatalities were reported in the city of Andover, near Wichita, but up to 1,000 structures may have been affected, officials said.

#kansas, #kelly-laura-1950, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #tornadoes, #whipple-brandon, #wichita-kan

Nebraska State Senator Says Candidate for Governor Groped Her

The state senator, Julie Slama, confirmed a news report saying that Charles Herbster, a leading candidate for governor, had touched her inappropriately in 2019. He denied the allegations.

#elections-governors, #herbster-charles-w, #nebraska, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #slama-julie

Fire Chief Killed While Responding to Nebraska Wildfire

Chief Darren Krull of the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department died in a car crash during a fire that has scorched some 30,000 acres in two days.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #ricketts-john-peter, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #weather, #wildfires

Low Unemployment in Nebraska: Workers Thrive, Businesses Cope

The jobless rate in February, 2.1 percent, was close to the lowest ever. Employers are adjusting to the power of workers.

#hiring-and-promotion, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #lincoln-neb, #nebraska, #shortages, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Nebraska Congressman Convicted in Campaign Finance Case

Representative Jeff Fortenberry was accused of lying to F.B.I. agents investigating illegal foreign donations.

#campaign-finance, #chagoury-gilbert-r, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fortenberry-jeffrey-l-1960, #justice-department, #nebraska, #united-states-politics-and-government

What to Do if You’ve Lost Your Covid-19 Vaccination Card

It never quite fit in your wallet, so it’s no surprise you may have misplaced it by now.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #excelsior-pass-mobile-app, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #illinois, #louisiana, #mobile-applications, #nebraska, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #states-us, #walgreen-co, #walmart-stores-inc

C.D.C. Study Suggests Omicron’s Incubation Period Is Just 3 Days

A case study of one infected household observed that it may take as little as three days for people to become contagious, compared with four to six days with earlier versions of the virus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #nebraska

Storm Could Bring Destructive Winds to Central U.S.

A tornado watch was issued for parts of six states as wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour bore down on parts of the Upper Midwest on Wednesday.

#colorado, #colorado-springs-colo, #des-moines-iowa, #great-lakes, #iowa, #minnesota, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #polk-county-iowa, #south-dakota, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind, #wisconsin

Military Project That Identified 355 Crew Members Who Died at Pearl Harbor EndsIt’s a

The remains of 355 sailors and Marines from the U.S.S. Oklahoma were identified using DNA and dental records, but 33 crew members could not be.

#cemeteries, #defense-department, #defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #hawaii, #missing-in-action, #nebraska, #pearl-harbor-hawaii, #research, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Nebraska Family Struggles to Keep the Family Farm Amid High Property Taxes

In Nebraska, a 151-year-old family farm struggles to survive.

#agriculture-and-farming, #content-type-personal-profile, #nebraska, #population, #property-taxes, #rural-areas

10 Republican-led States Sue Over Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

The lawsuit is being led by Missouri’s attorney general, Eric Schmitt, and the attorney general of Nebraska, Doug Peterson.

#alaska, #arkansas, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #missouri, #nebraska, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization

Keystone XL Pipeline Project Is Canceled

The embattled project to carry oil from Canada to Nebraska had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and stalled by legal battles for years before that.

#350-org, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #enbridge-inc, #energy-transfer-partners-lp, #global-warming, #indigenous-people, #keystone-pipeline-system, #nebraska, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #tc-energy-corp, #trump-donald-j

Joshes Battle For Josh Supremacy in Nebraska

How “pandemic boredom” led to an internet sensation and a battle royale (with pool noodles) of many Joshes.

#arizona, #lincoln-neb, #names-personal, #nebraska, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #twitter, #university-of-arizona

A Meat War Is Waged Across State Lines

In a ceremonial effort to discourage meat consumption, the Colorado governor declared March 20 “MeatOut Day.” Then Nebraska’s governor announced “Meat on the Menu Day,” seeking to do just the opposite.

#agriculture-and-farming, #beef, #colorado, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #livestock, #meat, #nebraska, #polis-jared-s-1975, #politics-and-government, #ricketts-john-peter, #vegetarianism

Colorado Braces for a Major Snowstorm This Weekend

Denver could see up to two feet of snow, while areas north could see four feet. Gov. Jared Polis has activated the Colorado National Guard.

#colorado, #denver-colo, #fort-collins-colo, #nebraska, #polis-jared-s-1975, #rocky-mountain-national-park-colo, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #wyoming

Nebraska Sonic Drive-In Shooting Leaves 2 Dead and 2 Injured

Two other people were injured in the shooting on Saturday night. The police said officers were initially responding to a reported bomb threat.

#bellevue-nebraska, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nebraska, #roberto-carlos-silva, #sonic-drive-in

Pharmacist and Drug Dealer Sentenced to Prison in Plot to Firebomb Rival Pharmacy

The Nebraska pharmacist was sentenced to nine years and the Maryland drug dealer was sentenced for 14 years for the plot.

#black-markets, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #drugstores, #maryland, #nebraska

A Nation Votes for Joe Biden, and a Red State Shrugs

Nebraska delivered one electoral vote for Mr. Biden, but the rest of the rural state is deeply red, and mostly accepting of the election results.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #nebraska, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

America Picks Its President as it Faces Joblessness, Coronavirus and Anxiety

Voters describe a fundamental unease about America’s future.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #nebraska, #omaha-neb, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

He Already Saw the Election as Good vs. Evil. Then His Tractor Burned.

In Nebraska, President Trump’s supporters hope he wins a second term, and that they get four more years of feeling like the country’s leader understands and defends them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #nebraska, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ricketts-john-peter, #rural-areas, #sasse-benjamin-e, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the Virus Slowed the Booming Wind Energy Business

Renewable energy developers have struggled to finish projects as the pandemic disrupts construction and global supply chains.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #edf-renewables, #electricite-de-france-edf, #energy-and-power, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #milligan-neb, #nebraska, #wind-power

If Race Comes Down to Omaha, Poll Shows Biden Has an Edge

Nebraska’s Second Congressional District could play a decisive role in a very close election.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #electoral-college, #nebraska, #omaha-neb, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

White Bar Owner Indicted in Fatal Shooting of Black Man During Protest

The charges against Jake Gardner in the May 30 killing of James Scurlock in Omaha include manslaughter and making terrorist threats.

#assaults, #bars-and-nightclubs, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nebraska, #omaha-neb, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel

The Battle Over Robert E. Lee Biscuits and Gravy at Omaha’s 11-Worth Cafe

In “levelheaded” Omaha, a protester was killed and, in the aftermath, people demanding an end to racial injustice set their sights on police budgets — and a diner with Robert E. Lee on the menu.

#11-worth-cafe-omaha-neb-restaurant, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #nebraska, #omaha-neb, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #restaurants

Bison Are On the Run After 125 Escape a Nebraska Feedlot

So many people have been chasing the 50 stragglers that the animals got spooked and split off into singles and pairs, complicating efforts to catch them, a sheriff said.

#animals, #bison, #cattle, #livestock, #nebraska, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Federal Officials Turn to a New Testing Strategy as Infections Surge

Millions of additional coronavirus tests may be processed with “pooling,” enabling widespread surveillance as the country struggles to reopen.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #memphis-tenn, #nebraska, #shortages, #tests-medical, #your-feed-science

Nebraska Senate Candidate Used Racist Slur at a Party, Guests Recall

Chris Janicek, who was shunned this week by Nebraska Democrats after sending a sexual text about a campaign staff member, used the slur at a gathering about 20 years ago, people who were there said.

#black-people, #discrimination, #elections-senate, #janicek-chris, #nebraska

As Meatpacking Plants Reopen, Data About Worker Illness Remains Elusive

Emails show local officials received conflicting signals from state leaders and meatpacking companies about how much information to release about outbreaks in plants.

#colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #jbs-sa, #meat, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #missouri, #nebraska, #north-carolina, #slaughterhouses, #smithfield-foods-inc, #tests-medical, #tyson-foods-inc

Special Elections in California and Wisconsin: What to Watch For

In California, the race to fill former Representative Katie Hill’s seat in the state’s 25th District is a microcosm of national politics right now.

#absentee-voting, #california, #garcia-mike-1976, #lancaster-calif, #nebraska, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #smith-christy, #tiffany-tom, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin, #zunker-tricia

How Sports-Starved Bettors Made a Nebraska Horse Track Must-See TV

Fonner Park, in Grand Island, Neb., has received more attention than ever because of the coronavirus pandemic, with $2.8 million in wagers each day. But it is earning less from each bet with no fans on site.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gambling, #grand-island-neb, #horse-racing, #jockeys-drivers-and-trainers, #nebraska

Pharmacist Arrested in Plot to Firebomb a Rival to Sell More Drugs on the Dark Web

Hyrum T. Wilson of Auburn, Neb., conspired with a drug dealer to rob, then destroy a competitor’s pharmacy, according to federal prosecutors.

#computers-and-the-internet, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #nebraska, #virginia

Nebraska Mall Plans to Reopen, With Temperature Checks by Salespeople

As businesses struggle with how to reopen in a pandemic, one Nebraska shopping mall offers a controversial plan.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #nebraska, #nebraska-crossing-outlets, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #vera-bradley-designs-inc, #yates-rod