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Kushner was CEO of his family's real estate company for three years. Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Kushner Companies, the New York real estate developer once headed by Jared Kushner, falsified documents filed to New York City "declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings it owned across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds," according to an AP report. That allegedly allowed Kushner Companies leeway to harass rent-controlled tenants with disruptive construction, pushing them out and allowing the buildings to be sold with higher rents for greater profit.

The details: Per the Housing Rights Initiative, cited by the AP, the company filed "at least 80 false applications for construction permits in 34 buildings across New York City from 2013 to 2016." And "nearly all" of the applications were signed by an employee of Kushner Companies, including some by the chief operating officer, though none filed during Jared Kushner's tenure as CEO had his signature.

The response: Kushner Companies blamed the errors on documents prepped by third-party contractors and told the AP that "Kushner would never deny any tenant their due-process rights." It also added that "if mistakes or violations are identified, corrective action is taken immediately."

  • The Kushner Companies did just that, filing amended reports noting the rent-controlled apartments after a year or two. The AP's report notes that the law preventing New York City landlords from submitting falsified construction permits is "often flouted with little to no consequences."

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Cuomo: "I am not going to resign"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized Wednesday for acting in a way that made women feel "uncomfortable," but insisted that he has "never touched anyone inappropriately" and said he will not resign.

Driving the news: Cuomo reiterated in his first public appearance since sexual harassment allegations surfaced that he will fully cooperate with a team of independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, but suggested that demands for his resignation from were simply "politics."

Facebook to lift political ad ban imposed after November election

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Facebook will finally allow advertisers to resume running political and social issue ads in the U.S. on Thursday, according to a company update.

The big picture: Facebook and rival Google instituted political ad bans to slow the spread of misinformation and curb confusion around the presidential election and its aftermath.

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AI is industrializing

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Artificial intelligence is becoming a true industry, with all the pluses and minuses that entails, according to a sweeping new report.

Why it matters: AI is now in nearly every area of business, with the pandemic pushing even more investment in drug design and medicine. But as the technology matures, challenges around ethics and diversity grow.