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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

Parole denied yet again for Lennon's killer

NEW YORK (AP) -- A parole board has again declined to release John Lennon's killer.

It's the eighth time 59-year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. New York corrections officials announced the decision Friday.

They say a three-member board denied Chapman's parole after a hearing Wednesday.

Chapman shot Lennon outside the former Beatle's Manhattan apartment building in December 1980. The musician, singer, songwriter and activist was 40.

Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1981 and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Fitbit: We don't sell personal data

ALBANY (AP) -- Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

The San Francisco-based company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.

Schumer has called for a federal regulation to require companies like Fitbit to let customers prevent their data from being sold. On Friday he praised the company for "revising" its policy, even though Fitbit CEO and co-founder James Park said there's been no change in the company's practices.

"It has always been our policy not to sell user data," Park said in a statement. "We have never sold personal data and we do not share personal data unless a user specifically directs us to do so, or under the limited exceptions described in our privacy policy."

Those exceptions include credit card processing or when the company is under legal obligation to provide the information.

Schumer said there are no federal laws to prevent other companies from sharing personal information from the devices. He called on other manufacturers of wearable devices to follow Fitbit's lead.

Embattled jail's investigations chief quits

NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of internal investigations at the embattled Rikers Island jail complex resigned Friday amid intense scrutiny over civil rights violations and inmate deaths.

Deputy Commissioner Florence Finkle's departure came weeks after federal investigators released a blistering report that criticized the jail system for poor accountability, a "deep-seated culture of violence" and "excessive and inappropriate" solitary confinement.

Finkle did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday.

City spokeswoman Marti Adams said no replacement for Finkle had been named.

     

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