Marketing and advertising

FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, bottles of prescription medicines ride on a conveyor belt at a pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J. According to a report released on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, annual spending by the U.S. health industry on ads and promotions has reached $30 billion. That includes advertisements for prescription drugs that were shown 5 million times on TV and elsewhere in 2016. That’s a huge increase in 20 years and just part of broad health industry efforts to promote drugs, devices, lab tests and even new hospitals. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
January 08, 2019 - 2:29 pm
Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. Their numbers soared over 20 years as part of broad...
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FILE - In this March 11, 2004 file photo, Audrey Geisel, widow of famed children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, poses with The Cat in the Hat, foreground, and Thing 1 and Thing 2, who are characters from his books, at the dedication of Dr. Seuss' posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Geisel died peacefully at her La Jolla, Calif., home on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at age 97. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
December 21, 2018 - 6:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Dr. Seuss neared the end of his life, the children's author told his wife that she would have to look after the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, the Grinch and all the beloved characters he created. It was a mission Audrey Geisel embraced for more than a quarter-century. As overseer...
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Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. A report compiled by private researchers and released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday says that "active and ongoing" Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms, and that the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 presidential election was much broader than once thought. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
December 18, 2018 - 5:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight. Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. and beyond...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2014, file photo, 1st District congressional Republican candidate Rod Blum speaks during a debate in Waterloo, Iowa. Blum likely violated a host of ethics rules in his private business dealings, including his ownership in a company that used false claims and House resources to promote itself, according to an independent report released Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 by the The Office of Congressional Ethics. (Matthew Putney/The Courier via AP, File)
December 17, 2018 - 6:22 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa congressman likely violated a host of ethics rules in his private business dealings, including his ownership in a company that used false claims and House resources to promote itself, according to an independent report released Monday. The Office of Congressional...
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People walk by a Facebook “pop-up” trailer in New York’s Bryan Park on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The company hosted a one-day event open to the public, with Facebook employees on hand to answer questions about privacy settings and other issues. The pop-up event caps a difficult year for the company.(AP Photo/Barbara Ortutay)
December 13, 2018 - 6:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Wrapping up a year of privacy scandals , congressional hearings and a host of other problems, Facebook hosted a one-day "pop-up" event in New York City's Bryant Park on Thursday, hoping to talk to users about their privacy settings, ad preferences and whatever else may be on their...
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In this November 2018 photo, Casey Grogan, owner of Silver Bells Tree Farm and president of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association, trims a noble fir at his 400-acre Christmas tree farm in Silverton, Ore. Christmas tree farmers are pushing back against the increasing popularity of artificial trees with a social media advertising campaign called "It's Christmas. Keep It Real!" (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
December 11, 2018 - 2:07 am
TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents...
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In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, photo a display shows two large Lego toys on a slide near the toy section at a Target store in Bridgewater, N.J. Companies from Target to online mattress company Casper aren’t just counting on a stronger economy to pump up sales. Target’s CEO Brian Cornell estimated last month there’s up to $100 billion in market share for grabs, double what he foresaw just a year ago. So Target is accelerating its store remodels in areas where bankrupt retailers had stores. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 21, 2018 - 12:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us and Bon-Ton may be gone but they haven't been forgotten. Companies like Target and online mattress company Casper are creating playbooks to pick up market share that those and other defunct or dying retailers left behind. Casper, for instance, is teaming up with department...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
November 05, 2018 - 9:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC, Fox News Channel and Facebook all said Monday they will stop airing President Donald Trump's campaign advertisement that featured an immigrant convicted of killing two police officers. CNN had rejected the same ad, declaring it racist. Asked before leaving for campaign rallies...
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FILE - This combination of 2018 file photos shows Arkansas Congressional candidates, Democrat Clarke Tucker, left, and Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill. Tucker and Hill condemned a political action committee’s radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch black Americans if they win the midterm election next month. (AP Photos/File)
October 19, 2018 - 8:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections. An ad from Black Americans for the President's Agenda in...
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September 12, 2018 - 8:34 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is suing Google, Twitter and other companies that develop and market mobile gaming apps for children, saying the apps violate state and federal laws by collecting personal information that could compromise privacy. The lawsuit filed in federal court late Tuesday...
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