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  • [Reuters: Sports News] Friedrich's German team claim four-man gold: PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Francesco Friedrich's four-man German bobsleigh team won gold on Sunday with their victory at the Olympic Sliding Centre completing Germany's sweep of the bobsleigh gold medals.
  • [Reuters: Environment] Storms dump rain across U.S. Midwest, kill Kentucky woman: (Reuters) - A band of thunderstorms reaching across the lower Mississippi Valley into Ohio on Saturday killed a Kentucky woman in her home and threatened more flooding in an area that has already seen evacuations because of high water.
  • [War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post] China will deal ?seriously? with N. Korea sanctions breaches: China will ?seriously? deal with any breaches of U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea should they be found, a Chinese official said, soon after the third report this month of a ship-to-ship transfer suspected of violating sanctions.
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  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] China will deal ?seriously? with N. Korea sanctions breaches: China will ?seriously? deal with any breaches of U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea should they be found, a Chinese official said, soon after the third report this month of a ship-to-ship transfer suspected of violating sanctions.
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  • [Reuters: Sports News] Olympics: Curling - Sweden take gold to end Korean fairytale run: GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sweden beat South Korea 8-3 to claim their third women's curling gold medal in four Winter Games on Sunday, ending the 'Garlic Girls' fairytale Olympic run that captivated the home nation.
  • [Reuters: U.S.] Manafort asks U.S. court for release to attend New York funeral: (Reuters) - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's indicted former campaign chairman, asked for court permission on Saturday for release from home confinement to attend the funeral of his father-in-law.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Ohtani erratic in first start for Angels: (Reuters) - Japan's Shohei Ohtani had a rough outing in his spring training debut with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, giving up a home run and two runs in less than two innings.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] List stays in front in Florida as Woods sits seven behind: (Reuters) - Luke List shot a four-under par 66 to hold a one-stroke lead at the Honda Classic on Saturday while Tiger Woods' 69 ensured he remained within striking distance.
  • [Reuters: Company News] RPT-Olympics-The first 5G Olympics? Not quite, say bemused spectators: PYEONGCHANG, South Korea Feb 24 (Reuters) - The Pyeongchang Winter Games was supposed to be the coming-out party for 5G, the next generation of wireless technology -- but few people noticed. And some of those who did were unimpressed.
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    Luge: Geisenberger sets gold medal pace as Germany hit back [Reuters: Sports News]
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    Russian medalist at Games suspected of doping: source [Reuters: Sports News]
  • [Reuters: World News] Four police arrested in Mexico over disappearance of Italian men: MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Four police officers in western Mexico have been arrested on suspicion of abducting three missing Italian men for local gangsters, state prosecutors said on Saturday.
  • [War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post] Police: Man in Austria kills 2 siblings, then himself: A man apparently killed his brother and sister at their farmhouse in southeastern Austria on Saturday, then hanged himself, authorities said.
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  • [War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post] At Flag Day ceremony, Mexico?s ?tri-color? flies upside down: A Flag Day ceremony in Mexico has gone awry, with troops flying the country?s red, white and green ?tri-color? upside down.
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  • [War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post] Mexico arrests 4 police officers in case of missing Italians: Authorities in Mexico say they have arrested four municipal police officers in connection with the disappearance of three Italians who were last heard from more than three weeks ago.
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  • [Reuters: Sports News] Tennis - Schwartzman, Verdasco win semis to set up Rio Open final: RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentine Diego Schwartzman beat Nicolas Jarry 7-5 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of the Rio Open and set up a showdown with Fernando Verdasco after the Spaniard beat Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Police: Man in Austria kills 2 siblings, then himself: A man apparently killed his brother and sister at their farmhouse in southeastern Austria on Saturday, then hanged himself, authorities said.
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  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] At Flag Day ceremony, Mexico?s ?tri-color? flies upside down: A Flag Day ceremony in Mexico has gone awry, with troops flying the country?s red, white and green ?tri-color? upside down.
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  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Mexico arrests 4 police officers in case of missing Italians: Authorities in Mexico say they have arrested four municipal police officers in connection with the disappearance of three Italians who were last heard from more than three weeks ago.
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  • [Reuters: Business News] EIB investigates loans to Daimler in light of diesel questions: Welt: FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Investment Bank may ask Daimler to pay back loans extended for research and development in light of a report linking the Mercedes maker to diesel emission-test cheating, Welt am Sonntag reported.
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  • Protesters target North Korean VIPs heading for Games ceremony (274 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:02:00 -0500Protesters target North Korean VIPs heading for Games ceremonyReuters: Sports News

    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean protesters tried and failed on Sunday to block a motorcade carrying North Korean dignitaries to the Pyeongchang Winter Games closing ceremony, accusing the delegation's leader of being behind a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship.

  • Russia barred from flying flag at Games closing ceremony (279 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:50:00 -0500Russia barred from flying flag at Games closing ceremonyReuters: Sports News

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) dashed Russian athletes' hopes of marching behind their national flag at the Winter Games on Sunday, deciding against immediately lifting Russia's Olympic suspension after fresh doping violations.

  • IOC upholds ban of Russia through Winter Games (274 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:39:39 -0500IOC upholds ban of Russia through Winter GamesWar Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    The International Olympic Committee on Sunday upheld the ban of Russia from the Pyeongchang Winter Games because of doping, denying the 168 athletes competing here as ?Olympic Athletes from Russia? the right to march in the opening ceremony under their country?s flag.

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  • Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics ?so incredibly inspiring? (282 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:39:38 -0500Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics ?so incredibly inspiring?War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    The U.S. president?s daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was ?so incredibly inspiring? and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and ? in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics ? ?be here with our allies in South Korea.?

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  • Australian prime minister delivers forceful defense of free trade (309 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:39:26 -0500Australian prime minister delivers forceful defense of free tradeWar Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    Malcolm Turnbull said he respected President Trump?s decision ?to honor his election pledge? to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But Turnbull said he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were determined to keep the pact alive and that an agreement among 11 nations will be signed next month.

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  • Mexican president's visit to White House postponed after testy Trump call (276 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:38:00 -0500Mexican president's visit to White House postponed after testy Trump callReuters: World News

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto postponed plans for the Mexican leader's first visit to the White House, after a testy phone call involving Trump's push for a border wall, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday.

  • IOC upholds ban of Russia through Winter Games (274 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:35:01 -0500IOC upholds ban of Russia through Winter GamesWorld: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post

    The International Olympic Committee on Sunday upheld the ban of Russia from the Pyeongchang Winter Games because of doping, denying the 168 athletes competing here as ?Olympic Athletes from Russia? the right to march in the opening ceremony under their country?s flag.

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  • Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics ?so incredibly inspiring? (282 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:35:00 -0500Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics ?so incredibly inspiring?World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post

    The U.S. president?s daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was ?so incredibly inspiring? and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and ? in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics ? ?be here with our allies in South Korea.?

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  • Australian prime minister delivers forceful defense of free trade (309 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:34:44 -0500Australian prime minister delivers forceful defense of free tradeWorld: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post

    Malcolm Turnbull said he respected President Trump?s decision ?to honor his election pledge? to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But Turnbull said he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were determined to keep the pact alive and that an agreement among 11 nations will be signed next month.

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  • Mean, green, D850 machine (Nikon D850 camera camo conversion) (4913 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:29:00 -0500Mean, green, D850 machine (Nikon D850 camera camo conversion)Nikon Rumors



    Most of you know animalsbybarry who has been deciding for months if he should buy the Nikon D850 or the Sony a7r3. Barry finally decided to go with a good ol' DSLR even though he strongly believes the future will be mirrorless. Barry shared some pictures with me from his Nikon D850 camera camo conversion:

    After a long wait I just got my Nikon D850. Straight from the box it is a rather ordinary looking camera, but I will fix that. I am sure you have seen unboxing articles before, but mine is a little different:

    Straight from the box this is a rather ordinary looking camera

    I plan to make my new camera camouflage, to match the rest of my equipment. I can do this in four different ways. Option one is to buy what I want already in camouflage, but obviously this is not always an option.

    Option two is to buy a camouflage cover that fits my product. This preserves the value of the product, but again is not always an option.

    Option three is to paint the product. This looks cool and holds up well, but decreases the resale value of the product. Be careful to mask those areas that should not be painted.

    Option four is Camouflage tape (such as gun tape) or camouflage wrap. A high quality product will not leave a residue and can be removed, restoring the product to its original condition. The disadvantage is that tape often falls off.

    I purchased all my accessories before the D850 arrived. I started with a third party Mcoplus grip and battery covers and painted them. Because this is a lot less expensive than the Nikon version I could paint it and not worry about resale value.

    By tearing the edges of my masking tape (instead of cutting the edges) the camouflage pattern looks more natural

    Next I gather together all the stuff I need to complete my camouflage conversion:

    Camera strap cover, Camo tape, Scissors, Easycover Silicon Camera Skin and Battery grip I painted earlier.

    Using camouflage tape scissors and a permanent marker I cover the big white ?Nikon? letters:

    I cover the big white letters with camouflage tape

    Then I decide to also cover the other white letters and some black spots:

    I cover a few more spots that the Easycover will not cover

    I cut away the portions of the D850 EasyCover that will interfere with the battery grip. It is important to just cut a little at a time and test fit the parts again. You can always cut more, but you can?t put the pieces back after you cut them.

    My first cut. Too much material is left, but that?s OK.

    My second cut, still too much material, still good

    My third cut. This one is just right

    Fitting the back is the trickiest part of the Easycover conversion. If you find the first method difficult or are not happy with how it fits when you are done, this open back alternative is a lot easier and works very well.

    The Camo appearance of the front is preserved but the back is fully open and easily accessible. Remember that once you cut this additional material away you cannot change your mind.

    Shown here on my Nikon D500:

    This is the open back alternative method shown on a Nikon D500

    Now I carefully put the battery grip on. Then I put the camera strap cover over the Nikon camera strap and install it on the camera.

    The D850, Battery grip, and Camera strap are now camouflage.

    Add a lens - Mean Green D850 Machine:


    On the picture above:

    I add my new D850 to my custom 3 camera rig an I am ready to go:

    This is my older camera harness:


    The Cotton Carrier vest shown is no longer made, and the new model is better. The bottom section is a single web parade flag carrier and the Gimbal is a Lensmaster monopod Gimbal head. The one I use now is modified by me and requires some skill with tools. The Lensmaster is good and will not require any modification.

    When he is not hanging on NikonRumors, Barry is painting animals in a ?hyper-realistic? style. His photography is strictly for use as reference material:

    ?I paint until my subject comes to life and leaves the canvas. Perhaps on a summer walk you will come across a butterfly, that used to be my painting.?

    Barry's website is currently down because he is rebuilding it (www.animalsbybarry.com).

    You can contact Barry at animalsbybarry@optimum.net.

    Here is some of Barry's work (click for a larger view to see the amazing details):





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  • Democrats' memo charges Republicans trying to undermine Russia probes (322 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:01:00 -0500Democrats' memo charges Republicans trying to undermine Russia probesReuters: Politics

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic minority on the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a response to Republican charges that the FBI and Justice Department have abused the law in their investigation of possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

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  • Lufthansa Is Modifying Their New Livery (3065 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:06:00 -0500Lufthansa Is Modifying Their New LiveryOne Mile at a Time

    Earlier in the month Lufthansa revealed their new brand design, which is their first major redesign in about 30 years. With this brand design, dark blue becomes the leading brand color, and yellow accentuates, while previously Lufthansa had a lot more yellow in their branding.

    Personally I’ll miss the yellow on the Lufthansa planes, as the new livery is less distinctive and more generic-looking, in my opinion. Rather oddly, Lufthansa is sort of splitting their branding here — much of their airport branding will exclusively be yellow and white, while their planes are now exclusively blue and white.

    The rebranding hasn’t been terribly well received by enthusiasts. While we like these sorts of things as aviation geeks, I’d note that I personally don’t think it has much impact on the company’s bottom line, one way or another.

    Lufthansa presently has two planes flying with the new livery, though it looks like they may be having second thoughts, at least with how they’ve executed it so far. Wandering Aramean points to an internal communication posted on a German frequent flyer board.

    Essentially it says that after the two planes with Lufthansa’s livery have landed at many airports around the world, they’ve noticed that the blue paint appears significantly darker than they were expecting based on test environments, especially in bad weather. As a result, they’re working on optimizing the new livery. They’re also working on a new version of the design that combines the Lufthansa word mark with the crane logo.

    The note goes on to explain that this is a dynamic process, and it’s important for them that the new design works under all conditions, and that the practical execution is more important than the theory here. They’re going to keep collecting feedback and then make changes as needed.

    So for the time being I expect we won’t see more Lufthansa planes repainted, as they likely want to get the new livery right before painting more planes. What I’m curious about is if they’re truly just going for a slightly different shade of blue, or if the feedback hasn’t been quite as they expected, and perhaps they’ll make bigger changes.

    Do you think Lufthansa is truly just updating the shade of blue here, or do you think they’re making bigger changes to their new livery?

  • Visa Claims Chip Cards Reduced Fraud By 70% (837 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:04:00 -0500Visa Claims Chip Cards Reduced Fraud By 70%Slashdot

    An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Although only 59 percent of US storefronts have terminals that accept chip cards, fraud has dropped 70 percent from September 2015 to December 2017 for those retailers that have completed the chip upgrade, according to Visa. There are a few ways to interpret those numbers. First, it seems like two years has resulted in staggeringly little progress in encouraging storefronts to shift from magnetic stripe to chip-embedded cards, given that in early 2016, 37 percent of US storefronts were able to process chip cards. On the other hand, fraud dropping 70 percent for retailers who install chip cards seems great. Chip-embedded cards aren't un-hackable, but they do make it harder to steal card numbers en masse as we saw in the Target's 2013 breach.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients (255 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:56:00 -0500Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clientsReuters: Business News

    (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp on Saturday became the latest financial heavyweight to take aim at gunmakers, saying it would ask clients who make assault rifles how they can help end mass shootings like last week's massacre at a Florida high school.

  • Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients (255 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:56:00 -0500Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clientsReuters: U.S.

    (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp on Saturday became the latest financial heavyweight to take aim at gunmakers, saying it would ask clients who make assault rifles how they can help end mass shootings like last week's massacre at a Florida high school.

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  • Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients (262 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:41:00 -0500Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clientsReuters: Company News

    Feb 24 (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp on Saturday became the latest financial heavyweight to take aim at gunmakers, saying it would ask clients who make assault rifles how they can help end mass shootings like last week's massacre at a Florida high school.

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  • TSA Authorizes Model Chrissy Teigen To Bring Her Emotional Support Casserole on a Plane (322 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:34:00 -0500TSA Authorizes Model Chrissy Teigen To Bring Her Emotional Support Casserole on a PlaneView from the Wing

  • Delta SkyMiles Now Requires In-Person Award Ticketing For Some Countries Within 72 Hours (3387 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:07:00 -0500Delta SkyMiles Now Requires In-Person Award Ticketing For Some Countries Within 72 HoursOne Mile at a Time

    It looks like a few frequent flyer programs have been seeing an increase in fraud lately, especially as it relates to last minute award tickets. Presumably this involves people either selling seats for last minute award travel, or otherwise people hacking into frequent flyer accounts in order to book last minute award tickets, when travel is so soon that the accountholder is unlikely to catch on before travel has been completed.

    We’ve seen Alaska Mileage Plan add a restriction for award travel on Cathay Pacific, Hainan, and Japan Airlines. Specifically, award tickets for intra-Asia flights are no longer bookable within 72 hours of departure (initially the rule applied to all travel on those airlines within 72 hours of departure, but the airline quickly updated their policy, realizing how much that reduced the value of the Mileage Plan program).

    I’ve also written about how Delta’s website seems to be blocking many award redemptions for travel within seven days of departure. Those awards are still mostly bookable by phone, so I’m not sure how much of that is just intended to save costs rather than to prevent fraud.

    It looks like Delta has now expanded another restriction on last minute bookings. Delta SkyMiles awards issued within 72 hours of departure for travel originating in China, Russia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brazil, and any country in Africa, must be booked in-person at the airport. This is per the Delta SkyMiles terms & conditions:

    Award Tickets purchased for travel within or originating in China, Russia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brazil and any country in Africa require a 72-hour advance purchase. Members desiring travel within or originating in these markets within 72 hours must go to the airport to purchase their ticket, including reissues. No Exceptions. The advanced purchase applies to all Award bookings in the affected markets.

    I can see where Delta is coming from here, but what I really take issue with (assuming fraud is the concern) is that they don’t make an exception if you’re ticketing an award for the accountholder. It’s not like someone will hack into an account and then book an award for the person who owns the account.

    The further practical issue here is that Delta doesn’t allow award holds, and Delta doesn’t fly to a vast majority of these places. So if you’re in Bali and want to book an award home within 72 hours of departure, are you supposed to fly to the Delta check-in desk in Singapore (and hope the availability is still there when you land, because you can’t hold awards) and travel from there?

    Like I said, I see where they’re coming from, but this is unnecessarily restrictive, assuming the concern is fraud.

    Just another restriction of SkyMiles to be aware of…

    (Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

  • New Tech Industry Lobbying Group Argues 'Right to Repair' Laws Endanger Consumers (1611 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:04:00 -0500New Tech Industry Lobbying Group Argues 'Right to Repair' Laws Endanger ConsumersSlashdot

    chicksdaddy brings this report from Security Ledger: The Security Innovation Center, with backing of powerful tech industry groups, is arguing that letting consumers fix their own devices will empower hackers. The group released a survey last week warning of possible privacy and security risks should consumers have the right to repair their own devices. It counts powerful electronics and software industry organizations like CompTIA, CTIA, TechNet and the Consumer Technology Association as members... In an interview with The Security Ledger, Josh Zecher, the Executive Director of The Security Innovation Center, acknowledged that Security Innovation Center's main purpose is to push back on efforts to pass right to repair laws in the states. He said the group thinks such measures are dangerous, citing the "power of connected products and devices" and the fact that they are often connected to each other and to the Internet via wireless networks. Zecher said that allowing device owners or independent repair professionals to service smart home devices and connected appliances could expose consumer data to hackers or identity thieves... Asked whether Security Innovation Center was opposed to consumers having the right to repair devices they purchased and owned, Zecher said the group did oppose that right on the grounds of security, privacy and safety... "People say 'It's just my washing machine. Why can't I fix it on my own?' But we saw the Mirai botnet attack last year... Those kinds of products in the wrong hands can be used to do bad things."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Bank Error Not in Your Favor: Citi Overcharged Interest on 1.75 Million Credit Card Accounts (1936 characters)

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:00:00 -0500Bank Error Not in Your Favor: Citi Overcharged Interest on 1.75 Million Credit Card AccountsThe Points Guy

    While TPG implores readers not to carry balances on their travel rewards credit cards ? the interest charges surely negate any rewards you’ll earn ? the reality is that tens of millions of Americans carry a credit card balance. And if you’ve carried a balance on a Citi credit card, the bank might owe you a refund for overcharging the interest on your account.

    Citi unveiled in a filing Friday that it discovered “methodological issues” in the calculation of interest on approximately 1.75 million of the bank’s 150 million credit card accounts. Citi will be paying approximately $330 million in refunds from the error, meaning that the average refund amount is nearly $190 per affected account.

    The issue specifically concerns cardholders that have missed two or more payments, which triggers a higher penalty interest. Once these cardholders have made payments on time for six straight months, they’re legally eligible for an interest rate reduction. Half of the 1.75 million affected Citi accounts received no interest rate reduction. The other half received a partial reduction, but the interest rate wasn’t lowered enough.

    In a statement to the New York Times, a Citi spokesperson noted that the bank is “taking every action to provide refunds as quickly as possible.” CNN Money reports that the $330 million in refunds includes interest on the overcharged amounts. However, it’s unclear how the bank calculated the amount of interest to pay cardholders on the erroneously charged amounts.

    The issue was caught by Citi during a routine internal review required by the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act). The customer-protection bill is estimated to have saved credit cardholders over $16 billion in fees during the period when it took effect in 2011 through the end of 2014.

    Featured image by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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