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Ashley Madison Facing FTC Probe Over Use of 'Fembots'

The company faces U.S. and Canadian class action lawsuits filed on behalf of customers whose information was posted online, and allegations that it used fake profiles to manipulate some customers

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    In this photo illustration, a man visits the Ashley Madison website on Aug. 19, 2015, in London, England.

    The parent company of infidelity dating site Ashley Madison, hit by a devastating hack last year, is now the target of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation, the new executives seeking to revive its credibility told Reuters.

    The breach exposed the personal details of millions who signed up for the site.

    The company faces U.S. and Canadian class action lawsuits filed on behalf of customers whose information was posted online, and allegations that it used fake profiles to manipulate some customers.

    An Ernst & Young report commissioned by Avid and shared with Reuters confirmed that Avid used computer programs that impersonated real women, striking up conversations with paying male customers.

    Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    [NATL] Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    A pig who escaped slaughter is now living out her life in a South African sanctuary and painting original works that have sold for up to $2,000.

    "She was really small when I rescued her," said Joanne Lefson, who manages the South African Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farm animals where the pig now lives. "She's very smart and intelligent so I placed a few balls and some paintbrushes and things in her pen, and it wasn't long before I discovered that she really liked the bristles and the paintbrush...She just really took a knack for it."

    Funds from the art sales go towards the sanctuary.

    (Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017)