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Top Pentagon spokesperson under investigation for misuse of staff

Dana White, the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, briefing at the Pentagon. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Dana White, the top spokesperson at the Pentagon, is under investigation for allegations of misusing staff to run personal errands and retaliating against staff members, CNN's Barbara Starr first reported citing four sources familiar with the probe.

The details: White, a Trump administration appointee, has been under investigation by the Defense Department's Office of Inspector General for several weeks and is alleged to have asked support staff "to fetch her drycleaning, run to the pharmacy for her and work on her mortgage paperwork. Staffers also charge that she inappropriately transferred personnel after they filed complaints about her." She has not yet been found in violation of policy or federal regulation. The Pentagon has not yet responded to Axios' request for comment.

SpaceX quietly hosted Mars exploration conference with NASA experts

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Elon Musk's SpaceX quietly held an inaugural "Mars Workshop" in Colorado this week with the goal of finding a way to land people on Mars — and soon, Ars Technica's Eric Berger reports.

The big picture: Musk is set on his goal of launching a 2022 uncrewed mission to the red planet, then the first with humans by 2024. With this meeting, SpaceX appears to be teaming up with NASA Mars exploration experts who were requested to join in "active discussions regarding what will be needed to make such missions happen," to make this goal a reality.

U.K. ad authority to rule on Amazon's "misleading" Prime delivery

Packaged Amazon Prime items in the Amazon Fulfilment centre in Peterborough, England. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

After Amazon missed deliveries across the country, the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will rule this week whether the retail giant's 2-day Prime delivery claims are misleading and will stop allowing the company to promise one-day delivery to its customers, according to The Times U.K.

Why it matters: The ultra-fast, one to two day delivery is a hallmark of Amazon’s pitch to customers and forced the industry to match this in order to compete with it. So whether or not it lives up to it is a big deal for Amazon, and by not living up to the delivery promise, the company puts its U.K. customer base at risk. According to the Times, Amazon brought substantial criticism in the country after paying only £1.7 million in taxes on revenues of £2 billion.