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Second woman comes forward against Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken Photo: Dennis Van Tine / AP

Lindsay Menz is accusing Sen. Al Franken of grabbing her buttocks while taking a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, CNN reports. "You just feel gross," Menz told CNN, "Like ew, I want to wash that off of me."Why it matters: Only days before, Leeann Tweeden shared her story of Franken, then a comedian, groping her and kissing her without consent when the two were on a USO tour in 2006. The Senate Ethics Committee is likely to launch an investigation into the matter. Franken responded to Menz's accusation in a similar way to his initial apology to Tweeden: "I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture. I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected."

Steve LeVine 6 hours ago
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Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

David McCabe 2 hours ago
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Senate committee probes Facebook, Cambridge Analytica

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Senate Commerce Committee is sending written questions to Cambridge Analytica's parent company and Facebook about the revelation that the data consulting firm improperly gathered user data from the social giant.

Why it matters: This is the most aggressive action by Republicans yet to investigate the reports about the Trump-linked analytics firm.

Quote“They’ve got responsibility to make sure that that information is used in an appropriate way, so we want to find out how it was gotten, how it was used, and we want Facebook obviously to be transparent about that.”
— Sen. John Thune