- - Thursday, March 15, 2012

NEBRASKA

New state laws regarding Facebook, estate debated

LINCOLN | What happens to your Facebook page after you die? Lawmakers and attorneys in at least two states are considering proposals that would require social networks to let family members access the account of a dead loved one.

The issue is growing increasingly important as people record more thoughts and experiences online and more disputes break out over that material.

Oklahoma was the first state to take action, passing a law last year. Now Nebraska and Oregon are considering similar measures.

Facebook already has a system to report deaths. When the site learns that a member has died, it puts that person’s account in a memorialized state. But the legislation would go beyond that practice by making the site contents part of a person’s digital estate.

UAE

Emirates airlines expands U.S. routes, adds Washington flights

DUBAI | The Dubai-based airline Emirates says it will begin flights to Washington in September as part of an expansion into the American market.

Washington is the third new U.S. destination added this year by Emirates, one of the world’s fastest-growing carriers. A statement Thursday says service will begin Sept. 12.

Emirates is locked in fierce competition with Gulf rivals Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

With Dulles International Airport, Emirates will have seven routes to the U.S. It added Seattle and Dallas/Fort Worth this year.

GERMANY

Ex-lover of key figure in VW scandal faces trial

BERLIN | The Brazilian one-time girlfriend of the ex-head of Volkswagen AG’s employee council is to go on trial later this month over her alleged part in a corruption scandal at the automaker, a German court said Thursday.

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