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Nissan Takes Another Hit as C.E.O. Hiroto Saikawa Leaves

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YOKOHAMA, Japan — In less than a year Nissan has lost its chairman to a financial misconduct scandal; its profits have plummeted; and its ties to Renault, often seen as crucial for its future, have fallen apart. And now, its embattled chief executive is leaving in the shadow of a pay scandal.

The departure of the executive, Hiroto Saikawa, follows months of speculation about his ability to manage the Japanese carmaker since it was rocked by the arrest last year of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

The resignation was announced less than a week after Mr. Saikawa said he had received payments from Nissan well beyond his earnings — an admission that echoed the charges that led to Mr. Ghosn’s fall.

“As the auto industry is facing a big transformation, the question is who should be running the company?” said Nissan’s chairman, Yasushi Kimura, speaking at a hastily arranged news conference at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama. “Replacing the top executive of the company will enable it to be a leader in the auto industry.”

After the news conference, once the board members had left, Mr. Saikawa stepped into the room and faced the crowd of reporters alone. He apologized for leaving the company before he could fulfill his promise of putting it back on track.

During his tenure, Mr. Saikawa said, problems had plagued the company. “We are seeing a lot of repercussions for what we have done in the past,” he said. “I should have clarified and ironed everything out.”

The comments seemed more defiant than contrite, and expressed some bitterness over his predicament. Over more than 30 minutes, he repeatedly listed his accomplishments at the company, including setting up a new corporate governance system. His largest regret, it seemed, was not continuing on in the position.

The departure takes effect Sept. 16. Nissan is considering a list of 10 candidates for his successor, Masakazu Toyoda, who leads the company’s nomination committee, told reporters. A decision is expected by the end of October.

Nissan’s chief operating officer, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, will serve as interim chief executive, Mr. Toyoda said.

Mr. Kimura said that when Mr. Saikawa asked the company’s board to find his successor as soon as possible, the directors agreed unanimously that “it was better for him to resign immediately.”

News of Mr. Saikawa’s departure came after Nissan’s board received a briefing on the results of a nearly yearlong investigation into the company’s governance. The inquiry was prompted by Japanese prosecutors’ arrest of Mr. Ghosn on suspicion of financial misconduct, including underreporting his compensation by tens of millions of dollars. He denies any wrongdoing.

In June, shareholders approved a slate of governance reforms, marshaled through by Mr. Saikawa, intended to address what it described as an overconcentration of power in the hands of Mr. Ghosn, who presided over the company’s alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi.

Since Mr. Ghosn’s November arrest, Nissan’s internal inquiry had expanded to include other aspects of the company’s business, including the compensation of Mr. Saikawa and other top executives.

Speculation that Mr. Saikawa would resign had swirled since Thursday’s public admission that he and other executives had received unearned compensation as a result of what he described as an error by the company. He was once a loyal deputy to Mr. Ghosn who has been withering in his criticism of his former boss since the arrest.

The allegation was first disclosed in June, when Greg Kelly, a former Nissan senior executive, accused Mr. Saikawa of using a stock-based compensation plan to increase his pay. Mr. Kelly has been charged with conspiring to underreport Mr. Ghosn’s compensation, an allegation he denies.

In a summary of Nissan’s internal investigation shared with reporters Monday, the company said that the overpayments to Mr. Saikawa totaled more than 47 million yen, or about $440,000, after taxes. Mr. Ghosn and Mr. Kelly, as well as an additional six directors and executives, also benefited from the stock scheme, which it said had been manipulated by Mr. Kelly on behalf of Mr. Ghosn without the knowledge of the other beneficiaries.

In his comments Monday, Mr. Saikawa admitted that he had asked Mr. Kelly to find a way to increase his compensation, but said he had not realized the executive would do something “against the rules.”

A representative for Mr. Ghosn said the accusations that he was involved in the stock-based scheme were “a shameful attempt from Nissan to use Mr. Ghosn as a scapegoat,” adding that the company’s treatment of Mr. Saikawa constituted a “double standard.”

A representative for Mr. Kelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Even before the revelation of the scheme, Mr. Saikawa had been fighting an uphill battle to keep his position at Nissan in the face of deteriorating profits and a difficult relationship with Renault. Global vehicle sales were down 6 percent in the last quarter, insiders said morale at Nissan has plummeted and top talent has left the company as employees lost faith in Mr. Saikawa’s ability to lead.

Renault had no immediate response to Nissan’s news.

Whether Mr. Saikawa’s resignation begins a new era between Renault and Nissan remains to be seen. Relations have been fraught since Mr. Ghosn’s arrest, and tensions over the future of the alliance flared regularly, despite efforts by Renault’s chief executive, Jean-Dominique Senard, to cultivate a personal relationship with Mr. Saikawa, with whom he said he spoke nearly every day by phone.

A top issue facing Mr. Saikawa’s successor will be how to strengthen the alliance as the global auto industry rapidly consolidates, with giants like BMW and Daimler cooperating on crucial innovations like autonomous driving technology. Analysts say that only by combining forces can Nissan and Renault afford the huge technology investments necessary to avoid obsolescence.

Renault and Nissan have acknowledged they still need each other to survive and thrive. But Mr. Senard told Renault shareholders recently that “a tense climate” reigned between his company and Nissan.

On his way out on Monday, Mr. Saikawa could not resist taking one last swing at Mr. Ghosn and Mr. Kelly, whom he blamed for his fate.

“They should feel bad about this,” he said. “But they haven’t expressed any apology for creating the situation at Nissan. I want Mr. Ghosn and Mr. Kelly to feel bad about this situation that they have created.”

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A shocking CNN scoop confirms: Officials are defending our country from Trump

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Juul Violated Federal Rules By Labeling E-Cigs As Safer Than Cigarettes: FDA

Popular e-cigarette company Juul is facing a fine or even seizure of its products after federal health officials said the company’s advertising violated federal regulations.

The Food and Drug Administration, in a warning letter issued to Juul Labs on Monday, declared that the company unlawfully branded its products as a safer alternative to cigarettes without gaining the FDA’s approval. It also targeted children.   

“Regardless of where products like e-cigarettes fall on the continuum of tobacco product risk, the law is clear that, before marketing tobacco products for reduced risk, companies must demonstrate with scientific evidence that their specific product does in fact pose less risk or is less harmful,” Acting FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement.

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Mike Segar / Reuters Vaping company Juul Inc. is accused of marketing its e-cigarette products as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes without the FDA’s approval.

“JUUL has ignored the law, and very concerningly, has made some of these statements in school to our nation’s youth,” Sharpless added.

The FDA’s letter cited past incidents involving a Juul representative who was quoted as telling students at a school that Juul’s products are “totally safe” and that the “FDA was about to come out and say it was 99% safer than cigarettes.”

The FDA requested a written response within 15 days from Juul that will describe in detail the corrective actions it will take. If it does not believe its products violated federal regulations, it must provide a reasoning for why not.

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Ronen Zvulun / Reuters The CDC has issued a warning against vaping after several deaths and hundreds of illnesses were linked to e-cigarette use.

“We are reviewing the letters and will fully cooperate,” a Juul spokesperson told HuffPost in response to the letter.

The FDA’s letter comes just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide warning against vaping after several deaths and hundreds of illnesses were linked to e-cigarette use.

As of Friday, health officials have identified 450 possible cases, including at least three deaths, in 33 states. A single product has not been tied to the illnesses. Many, but not all of them, involved individuals who have vaped THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

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Nissan Takes Another Hit as C.E.O. Hiroto Saikawa Leaves

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YOKOHAMA, Japan — In less than a year Nissan has lost its chairman to a financial misconduct scandal; its profits have plummeted; and its ties to Renault, often seen as crucial for its future, have fallen apart. And now, its embattled chief executive is leaving in the shadow of a pay scandal.

The departure of the executive, Hiroto Saikawa, follows months of speculation about his ability to manage the Japanese carmaker since it was rocked by the arrest last year of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

The resignation was announced less than a week after Mr. Saikawa said he had received payments from Nissan well beyond his earnings — an admission that echoed the charges that led to Mr. Ghosn’s fall.

“As the auto industry is facing a big transformation, the question is who should be running the company?” said Nissan’s chairman, Yasushi Kimura, speaking at a hastily arranged news conference at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama. “Replacing the top executive of the company will enable it to be a leader in the auto industry.”

After the news conference, once the board members had left, Mr. Saikawa stepped into the room and faced the crowd of reporters alone. He apologized for leaving the company before he could fulfill his promise of putting it back on track.

During his tenure, Mr. Saikawa said, problems had plagued the company. “We are seeing a lot of repercussions for what we have done in the past,” he said. “I should have clarified and ironed everything out.”

The comments seemed more defiant than contrite, and expressed some bitterness over his predicament. Over more than 30 minutes, he repeatedly listed his accomplishments at the company, including setting up a new corporate governance system. His largest regret, it seemed, was not continuing on in the position.

The departure takes effect Sept. 16. Nissan is considering a list of 10 candidates for his successor, Masakazu Toyoda, who leads the company’s nomination committee, told reporters. A decision is expected by the end of October.

Nissan’s chief operating officer, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, will serve as interim chief executive, Mr. Toyoda said.

Mr. Kimura said that when Mr. Saikawa asked the company’s board to find his successor as soon as possible, the directors agreed unanimously that “it was better for him to resign immediately.”

News of Mr. Saikawa’s departure came after Nissan’s board received a briefing on the results of a nearly yearlong investigation into the company’s governance. The inquiry was prompted by Japanese prosecutors’ arrest of Mr. Ghosn on suspicion of financial misconduct, including underreporting his compensation by tens of millions of dollars. He denies any wrongdoing.

In June, shareholders approved a slate of governance reforms, marshaled through by Mr. Saikawa, intended to address what it described as an overconcentration of power in the hands of Mr. Ghosn, who presided over the company’s alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi.

Since Mr. Ghosn’s November arrest, Nissan’s internal inquiry had expanded to include other aspects of the company’s business, including the compensation of Mr. Saikawa and other top executives.

Speculation that Mr. Saikawa would resign had swirled since Thursday’s public admission that he and other executives had received unearned compensation as a result of what he described as an error by the company. He was once a loyal deputy to Mr. Ghosn who has been withering in his criticism of his former boss since the arrest.

The allegation was first disclosed in June, when Greg Kelly, a former Nissan senior executive, accused Mr. Saikawa of using a stock-based compensation plan to increase his pay. Mr. Kelly has been charged with conspiring to underreport Mr. Ghosn’s compensation, an allegation he denies.

In a summary of Nissan’s internal investigation shared with reporters Monday, the company said that the overpayments to Mr. Saikawa totaled more than 47 million yen, or about $440,000, after taxes. Mr. Ghosn and Mr. Kelly, as well as an additional six directors and executives, also benefited from the stock scheme, which it said had been manipulated by Mr. Kelly on behalf of Mr. Ghosn without the knowledge of the other beneficiaries.

In his comments Monday, Mr. Saikawa admitted that he had asked Mr. Kelly to find a way to increase his compensation, but said he had not realized the executive would do something “against the rules.”

A representative for Mr. Ghosn said the accusations that he was involved in the stock-based scheme were “a shameful attempt from Nissan to use Mr. Ghosn as a scapegoat,” adding that the company’s treatment of Mr. Saikawa constituted a “double standard.”

A representative for Mr. Kelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Even before the revelation of the scheme, Mr. Saikawa had been fighting an uphill battle to keep his position at Nissan in the face of deteriorating profits and a difficult relationship with Renault. Global vehicle sales were down 6 percent in the last quarter, insiders said morale at Nissan has plummeted and top talent has left the company as employees lost faith in Mr. Saikawa’s ability to lead.

Renault had no immediate response to Nissan’s news.

Whether Mr. Saikawa’s resignation begins a new era between Renault and Nissan remains to be seen. Relations have been fraught since Mr. Ghosn’s arrest, and tensions over the future of the alliance flared regularly, despite efforts by Renault’s chief executive, Jean-Dominique Senard, to cultivate a personal relationship with Mr. Saikawa, with whom he said he spoke nearly every day by phone.

A top issue facing Mr. Saikawa’s successor will be how to strengthen the alliance as the global auto industry rapidly consolidates, with giants like BMW and Daimler cooperating on crucial innovations like autonomous driving technology. Analysts say that only by combining forces can Nissan and Renault afford the huge technology investments necessary to avoid obsolescence.

Renault and Nissan have acknowledged they still need each other to survive and thrive. But Mr. Senard told Renault shareholders recently that “a tense climate” reigned between his company and Nissan.

On his way out on Monday, Mr. Saikawa could not resist taking one last swing at Mr. Ghosn and Mr. Kelly, whom he blamed for his fate.

“They should feel bad about this,” he said. “But they haven’t expressed any apology for creating the situation at Nissan. I want Mr. Ghosn and Mr. Kelly to feel bad about this situation that they have created.”

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A story of a faith transformed in the midst of the 9/11 terror attacks

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This week marks 18 years since the  9/11 terror attacks. Most of us have seen the images of the devastation, but Christina Stanton and her husband, Brian, were among the thousands who lived it, as they tried to flee their homes and offices close to the burning World Trade Center towers.

But for Christina, it became a moment of a faith transformed.

“When the attacks happened I learned, ‘Wow! I actually have no control,'” she said.

She realized that life offered few guarantees, that it wasn’t just, “work hard and God will bless and prosper you.”

“My worldview was totally changed.”

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Christina, a New York tour guide, writes about her experiences in a new book called “Out Of the Shadow of 9-11: An Inspiring Tale of Escape and Transformation.”

It took her a decade-and-a-half to face the details of the day, realizing that she, along with probably thousands of other survivors, suffered a form of PTSD … perhaps even of survivor’s guilt in the midst of more than 3,000 dead after the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and the ditching of the plane in a Pennsylvania field. Then, of course, there are the scores of first responders who died trying to save others, and now today scores more deaths from the health problems as a result of inhaling the toxic mix of crushed glass and debris almost two decades ago.

But Christina’s is a personal story of how, in a few short minutes, she went from upscale New Yorker to refugee, not knowing if she and her husband would survive the day.

She says, “I really had to start over from the very beginning. Who am I? Who am I in Christ?… I would call myself somebody who went to church on Sundays,” but, “I really hadn’t internalized the Bible, internalized who Jesus said he was, who I am in him.”

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, Christina could see the smoke billowing from the World Trade Center after the first plane hit. As she watched the black soot, the second plane flew within 500 feet of her 24th-floor balcony. The sound of the roaring engines knocked her down and out, rendering her temporarily deaf. She and her husband, a finance executive, grabbed what they could, his wallet, the dog and the dog’s leash. Christina was still in her nightgown and no shoes.

In the book, Christina describes how they joined the throngs on the streets running for their lives. As the towers fell and the yellow debris covered everything, Christina and Brian, exhausted, stopped. She asked her husband: “Are we going to die?” He responded by saying the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father, who art in heaven…”

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What’s compelling about the narrative is that she never once blames or blasts the terrorists or Islam. She simply shows how life took on a whole different meaning and urgency. She couldn’t live for accomplishments anymore. Neither of them could.

She soon became the director of missions for her church, and her husband left the world of Wall Street to become the CFO of the church. A drop in salary, but a rise in personal satisfaction to be in service to the only thing they said really matters, their Creator.

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Dennis Rodman opens up about 1993 suicidal debate: ‘I wanted to be loved so much in my life’

Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has opened up about his suicidal debate in 1993 while he was a member of the Detroit Pistons.

Rodman, whose ESPN 30 for 30 documentary premieres this week, told Bleacher Report in a lengthy interview published Monday that he felt the organization betrayed him after a bevy of moves that also included the resignation of Chuck Daly. He said he started to feel alone.

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“So one day, I wrote a note and went to the parking lot of the Palace. I had a gun rack, and I had a gun in my car. I had it in my hand,” Rodman told Bleacher Report. “But for some reason, I played this music. I put it on, and I was listening to this song and this music, and I was just debating. It didn’t have anything to do with basketball. It had to do with this love that I wanted, and it suddenly just left me.

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Dennis Rodman was a member of the Pistons for seven seasons. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

“And this song came on. It was Pearl Jam. ‘Even Flow’ and ‘Black’ and stuff like that. And I had the gun in my lap, and next thing you know, I fell asleep listening to Pearl Jam. Then I woke up, and all the cops and everyone was there. I didn’t know what was going on. I totally forgot I had a gun in my hand. They got me out of the car. That was pretty much what it was. It wasn’t about the game of basketball. It was about feeling betrayed, because I wanted to be loved so much in my life.”

Rodman lamented the fact there weren’t as many options to get help then as there are in today’s NBA. He told Bleacher Report that if he had the same options, he wouldn’t have gone that far.

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Craig Sager, the late NBA broadcaster, also revealed in 2016 in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he had a helping hand in stopping Rodman. He told the magazine he tracked Rodman down at a strip club and was certain he was going to commit suicide.

“He had the gun. He was going to do it. I told him how stupid that would be,” Sager said.

At the time of Sager’s death, Rodman thanked him for helping save his life.

Rodman played for the Pistons from 1986 to 1993 before moving on to the San Antonio Spurs and then playing with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

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He won five NBA championships over his career and was selected to the All-Defensive team eight times.

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First Lady Melania Trump ‘deeply concerned’ by vaping epidemic, calls for prevention

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The first lady joined a chorus of officials voicing concern over the rampant use of e-cigarette products among the nation’s youth when she posted a tweet on Monday calling for more prevention and protection against nicotine addiction.

“I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children,” she wrote Monday. “We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”

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The tweet ended with a mention of the Department of Health and Human Services, and quickly gained thousands of likes and retweets. Her call for action comes just days after health officials urged people to stop vaping until they can figure out why hundreds have been diagnosed with serious lung illnesses.

Officials have identified about 450 possible cases of illnesses, including at least five deaths in 33 states. They’ve yet to identify a single vaping device, liquid or ingredient common among all patients, but many involved THC.

Many of the cases involve teens, some of whom have come forward to describe their illnesses and subsequent hospitalizations in a bid to decrease use among their peers. A Snapchat user identified as Hunter Sims sent a warning from what appeared to be his hospital bed. A friend took a screenshot and posted it to his own Twitter account.

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Sims started his warning simply by writing “VAPING IS DANGEROUS,” before going on to explain that he used vapes and has been hospitalized with no improvement for five days despite various medications.

“My lung capacity is one mouthful,” Sims claimed in the Snap. “I can’t turn to the side in bed without having a bad respiratory attack, I literally have CDC members taking notes on me and the girl in the room next to me (she’s also in critical condition). There are doctors saying I might need a medically induced coma. The doctors don’t even know quite how to treat, or if we’ll survive. So trust me when I say it’s not worth it.”

Another teen in Utah said she will “never touch a vape again” after she was placed in a medically induced coma, with her family unsure if she would ever recover. She has since been released from the hospital but said she is still dealing with pain in her lungs and shortened breath.

In Alabama, educators in one district went so far as to remove the doors on bathroom stalls to prevent students from bringing banned e-cigarettes into schools after finding one student passed out in the bathroom two weeks ago.

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E-cigarettes do have potential to help adult and non-pregnant women quit smoking, but they are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency notes that scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking, and that additional research is needed to understand long-term health effects.

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Is Google doing enough to protect kids from disturbing YouTube videos?

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“Paw Patrol” is all the rage with kids.

They know how to type those two little words into YouTube and find a boatload of free, funny videos. Most of them are age-appropriate, but a few years ago, a video showed fake characters drawn to look similar to those in “Paw Patrol” committing suicide. The video is no longer available, but it proved one thing:

The Internet is a free-for-all, and disturbing YouTube content is not hard to find.

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In a cursory search, you can find videos showing people chasing one another with chain saws and horrifying car accidents. In 2015, the Google-owned service released the YouTube Kids app for iPhone and Android, but some experts say “age-gating” and filtering content is not enough.

“It is not a matter of if it is a matter of when a child dies because of something they see on YouTube,” says Brenda Bisner, the senior vice president of content at Kidoodle TV.

“In the worst cases, small children may have accidentally streamed pornography, bestiality, extremely violent and terrifying content, drug use and/or just weird stuff,” adds Leilani Carver, Ph.D.,  a professor at Maryville University who teaches strategic communication. “Most of these things were not initially posted on YouTube Kids but slipped through the filters.”

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Dr. Carver explained to Fox News that the landing page for YouTube Kids includes an explanation about content filtering — it’s partly automated with bots, partly controlled by humans, and partly depends on users flagging inappropriate content.

The question is whether that’s really enough.

“Even if I watch with my child, I do not know the video is disturbing until we have watched it together (unless I screen everything that my child watches, which is often not practical),” says Carver. “Once something horrible has been seen by a child, it cannot be unseen.”

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Bisner notes how the terms of service for YouTube clearly state the obvious — the videos are not intended for anyone under 13. Whether it’s YouTube or YouTube Kids, the policy of flagging or blocking content is (mostly) fine for the free-for-all on Twitter or Reddit, but all of the experts say the issue is that kids tend to watch more YouTube than any other video service.

And, Carver says about 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. No one can possibly police that many videos, so the call to action is for Google and YouTube to monitor videos much more closely and ensure child safety, especially on the YouTube Kids app.

Susan Merrill, the Digital Media Director of Family First, says another solution is for parents to become much more aware of which content is available and to monitor apps and services more closely. Some parents are not fluent in technology, she says, and they even rely on their kids to teach them how a new app works, but that’s asking for trouble.

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“The average parent of a 10-year-old today did not have YouTube as a child,” says Merrill, speaking to Fox News. “The parents underestimate children (and trust the Internet) and think they aren’t able to access content that they can easily.”

She says “full immersion” into the lives of our kids will help. Knowing what they are doing, coming alongside them and watching content together — that’s the key.

“Most parents hesitate to use parental controls because their kids get angry with them,” she says. “If we love our children with the future in mind we will protect them fearlessly.”

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Missing crew members found alive on capsized cargo ship

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Coast Guard rescue teams are searching for crew members after a cargo ship caught fire and capsized in St. Simons Sound off the Georgia coast. USA TODAY

Rescuers searching an overturned cargo ship off the Georgia coast on Monday say four crew members missing since Sunday are alive and that details to extricate them are being worked out.

Petty Officer Brandon Murray told USA TODAY that the four South Korean crew members have communicated to rescuers, who drilled into the hull of the Golden Ray on Monday. A fire on the ship and its unstable cargo had frustrated rescue efforts Sunday in the St. Simons Sound.

“Salvage crews have have made contact with crew members in the #GoldenRay. Conditions unknown. Extraction being planned,” the Coast Guard tweeted Monday. 

South Korea’s foreign ministry said his government was sending its own rapid response team to the scene, the ministry said.

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The Coast Guard released video of a rescue helicopter landing on the ship Monday. The Golden Ray listed and tumbled Sunday in the St. Simons Sound shortly after leaving Brunswick, Ga., bound for Baltimore loaded with vehicles. Twenty people were quickly rescued.

Ship owner Hyundai Glovis, based in South Korea, said the rescued crew included six Koreans, 13 Philippines nationals and an American harbor pilot.

The ship’s command and chief engineer assisted authorities and salvage teams in stabilizing the ship so rescue efforts could continue, the Coast Guard said. Local first responders and towing groups also were aiding the effort.

The cause of the incident was under investigation. It was not clear whether weather conditions played a role. Hurricane Dorian brushed past the Georgia coast last week but was gone Sunday.

The port of Brunswick was closed to boat traffic, and a safety zone was established in the sound. Ships were not authorized within a half-mile of the Golden Ray.

The incident comes one week after a diving boat caught fire off California’s Santa Cruz Island, killing 34 people.

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A shocking CNN scoop confirms: Officials are defending our country from Trump

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