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  • 1/75   News Photos Slideshows
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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  • 2/75   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.


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  • 3/75   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
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    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.


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  • 4/75   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 5/75   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 6/75   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 7/75   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 8/75   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 9/75   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
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    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 10/75   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 11/75   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 12/75   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 13/75   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 14/75   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 15/75   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 16/75   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 17/75   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 18/75   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 19/75   Alaska Legislature fails to override vetoes that prompt cuts
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    The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable.  More than one-third of lawmakers missed the vote — many because of an ongoing dispute about where the Legislature should have met for the special session.  Lawmakers needed 45 votes — a three-fourths majority of the 60 members of the state Senate and House — to override the vetoes by Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in December.

    The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable. More than one-third of lawmakers missed the vote — many because of an ongoing dispute about where the Legislature should have met for the special session. Lawmakers needed 45 votes — a three-fourths majority of the 60 members of the state Senate and House — to override the vetoes by Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in December.


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  • 20/75   Domestic airfares soar in Indonesia despite government price cap
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    SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - When Resti Novita Sari booked to fly from Jakarta to her hometown of Padang to visit family for the Eid holiday, airfares were 40% to 60% higher than she had paid in previous years.  'It made me think twice about buying airplane tickets,' she said, adding that she eventually paid 1.7 million rupiah ($120.48) each way for the short flight from the island of Java to Sumatra.  Soaring domestic ticket prices in the world's fifth-biggest domestic aviation market, now a duopoly, led the government in May to order Garuda Indonesia  and Lion Air to lower fares.

    SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - When Resti Novita Sari booked to fly from Jakarta to her hometown of Padang to visit family for the Eid holiday, airfares were 40% to 60% higher than she had paid in previous years. 'It made me think twice about buying airplane tickets,' she said, adding that she eventually paid 1.7 million rupiah ($120.48) each way for the short flight from the island of Java to Sumatra. Soaring domestic ticket prices in the world's fifth-biggest domestic aviation market, now a duopoly, led the government in May to order Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air to lower fares.


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  • 21/75   No longer rich on oil, Alaska may ax money to universities. Lawmakers are 800 miles apart
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    More than 1,000 could lose their jobs. Dozens of programs could disappear. But Alaska is running out of money, the governor said when he made the cut.

    More than 1,000 could lose their jobs. Dozens of programs could disappear. But Alaska is running out of money, the governor said when he made the cut.


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  • 22/75   Domestic airfares soar in Indonesia despite government price cap
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    SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - When Resti Novita Sari booked to fly from Jakarta to her hometown of Padang to visit family for the Eid holiday, airfares were 40% to 60% higher than she had paid in previous years.  'It made me think twice about buying airplane tickets,' she said, adding that she eventually paid 1.7 million rupiah ($120.48) each way for the short flight from the island of Java to Sumatra.  Soaring domestic ticket prices in the world's fifth-biggest domestic aviation market, now a duopoly, led the government in May to order Garuda Indonesia  and Lion Air to lower fares.

    SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - When Resti Novita Sari booked to fly from Jakarta to her hometown of Padang to visit family for the Eid holiday, airfares were 40% to 60% higher than she had paid in previous years. 'It made me think twice about buying airplane tickets,' she said, adding that she eventually paid 1.7 million rupiah ($120.48) each way for the short flight from the island of Java to Sumatra. Soaring domestic ticket prices in the world's fifth-biggest domestic aviation market, now a duopoly, led the government in May to order Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air to lower fares.


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  • 23/75   Metropolis Healthcare Limited (NSE:METROPOLIS) Earns A Nice Return On Capital Employed
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    Today we are going to look at Metropolis Healthcare Limited (NSE:METROPOLIS) to see whether it might be an attractive...

    Today we are going to look at Metropolis Healthcare Limited (NSE:METROPOLIS) to see whether it might be an attractive...


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  • 24/75   The NBA’s PC Move Away from the Word ‘Owner’
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    Last month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told TMZ Sports that the NBA has “moved away” from the word “owner” because of its connotations with slavery."I don't want to overreact to the term because, as I said earlier, people end up twisting themselves into knots avoiding the use of the word owner," Silver said. "But we moved away from that term years ago in the league.""We call our team owners 'governor of the team' and 'alternate governor,'" he continued.Since the comments, many people have come out to mock them -- including sports personality Stephen A. Smith, who said on his national radio show Monday that the concern over the word means that the NBA must be “smoking crack”:> The idiocy in this politically correct world that we're living in, where we've got to literally have a discussion to the point where it becomes a media storyline. “Oh my god. An owner says he owns his team. That's offensive to people.” Y'all smoking crack. Something is wrong with you people. What the hell has this world come to?Now, I’m not sure about crack specifically, but I am sure that Stephen A. Smith is right to think that this is unbelievably stupid. In fact, what struck me the most about the controversy was that I remembered that I had actually used the concept of people becoming offended at the word “owner” as a joke in an NRO column I wrote two years ago.The column was about how a college, Rice University, had decided to stop using the word “master” to describe the heads of its residential colleges because the word is associated with slavery. As a way of arguing against this decision, I stated in a tongue-in-cheek way that having a problem with the word “master” for this reason would be like having a problem with the word “owner:”> There are also so many words other than “master” that could be considered offensive based on this standard. For example, people with slaves were also called “slave owners,” which, if you notice, has the word “owner” in it. The exact same logic that’s leading Rice and other colleges to get rid of the word “master” would also demand that words and phrases such as “homeowner,” “pet owner,” and “girl, own it!” be changed — and, sorry, but I really don’t think I’ll ever refer to myself as “a possessor of a pet.”Let me be clear: I thought, at the time, that my example was perfect for showing just how ridiculous and nonsensical the “master” controversy was. Little did I know that, according to Silver, there already was a group (the NBA) that, in all seriousness, had an actual problem with "owner."It’s mind-blowing, but it’s true: We have now entered an era of political correctness when parody has become almost impossible. I always wondered when a joke I’d made in my column about oversensitivity would turn out to come true -- and it seems that the day has finally (unfortunately) come.Yes -- people owned slaves, and yes, that is an unspeakable horror. But the thing is, people have owned, and continue to own, lots of things. For example, I (not to brag) own a toothbrush. Is it offensive to say I’m a toothbrush owner? If I own a home someday, can I call myself a "homeowner"? Or do I have to call it something else? I guess I could say “person who has a home,” but I don’t know if even that would work. Other than it being stupidly wordy, wouldn’t the word “has” be offensive too, according to the NBA logic about the word “owner”? After all, there can be all sorts of horrific things that a person “has” -- like cancer, for example. If “owner” is offensive because there have been people who owned slaves, wouldn’t “has” be offensive because there have been people who “have had” (and continue to “have”) things like cancer? Words can mean different things to different people at different times, and as long as you’re not using them in an offensive way, you shouldn’t have any problem using them.In any case, I am truly terrified to see how stupid this could get. After all, just when I think it couldn’t possibly get any more stupid, I’m usually proven wrong. All I can do is hope that no one reads my parody-like example about the word “has” and decides that this word actually is offensive. But, after what happened with my 2017 example of using the word “owner,” it wouldn’t be the first time that what I thought was parody turned out to be reality.

    Last month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told TMZ Sports that the NBA has “moved away” from the word “owner” because of its connotations with slavery."I don't want to overreact to the term because, as I said earlier, people end up twisting themselves into knots avoiding the use of the word owner," Silver said. "But we moved away from that term years ago in the league.""We call our team owners 'governor of the team' and 'alternate governor,'" he continued.Since the comments, many people have come out to mock them -- including sports personality Stephen A. Smith, who said on his national radio show Monday that the concern over the word means that the NBA must be “smoking crack”:> The idiocy in this politically correct world that we're living in, where we've got to literally have a discussion to the point where it becomes a media storyline. “Oh my god. An owner says he owns his team. That's offensive to people.” Y'all smoking crack. Something is wrong with you people. What the hell has this world come to?Now, I’m not sure about crack specifically, but I am sure that Stephen A. Smith is right to think that this is unbelievably stupid. In fact, what struck me the most about the controversy was that I remembered that I had actually used the concept of people becoming offended at the word “owner” as a joke in an NRO column I wrote two years ago.The column was about how a college, Rice University, had decided to stop using the word “master” to describe the heads of its residential colleges because the word is associated with slavery. As a way of arguing against this decision, I stated in a tongue-in-cheek way that having a problem with the word “master” for this reason would be like having a problem with the word “owner:”> There are also so many words other than “master” that could be considered offensive based on this standard. For example, people with slaves were also called “slave owners,” which, if you notice, has the word “owner” in it. The exact same logic that’s leading Rice and other colleges to get rid of the word “master” would also demand that words and phrases such as “homeowner,” “pet owner,” and “girl, own it!” be changed — and, sorry, but I really don’t think I’ll ever refer to myself as “a possessor of a pet.”Let me be clear: I thought, at the time, that my example was perfect for showing just how ridiculous and nonsensical the “master” controversy was. Little did I know that, according to Silver, there already was a group (the NBA) that, in all seriousness, had an actual problem with "owner."It’s mind-blowing, but it’s true: We have now entered an era of political correctness when parody has become almost impossible. I always wondered when a joke I’d made in my column about oversensitivity would turn out to come true -- and it seems that the day has finally (unfortunately) come.Yes -- people owned slaves, and yes, that is an unspeakable horror. But the thing is, people have owned, and continue to own, lots of things. For example, I (not to brag) own a toothbrush. Is it offensive to say I’m a toothbrush owner? If I own a home someday, can I call myself a "homeowner"? Or do I have to call it something else? I guess I could say “person who has a home,” but I don’t know if even that would work. Other than it being stupidly wordy, wouldn’t the word “has” be offensive too, according to the NBA logic about the word “owner”? After all, there can be all sorts of horrific things that a person “has” -- like cancer, for example. If “owner” is offensive because there have been people who owned slaves, wouldn’t “has” be offensive because there have been people who “have had” (and continue to “have”) things like cancer? Words can mean different things to different people at different times, and as long as you’re not using them in an offensive way, you shouldn’t have any problem using them.In any case, I am truly terrified to see how stupid this could get. After all, just when I think it couldn’t possibly get any more stupid, I’m usually proven wrong. All I can do is hope that no one reads my parody-like example about the word “has” and decides that this word actually is offensive. But, after what happened with my 2017 example of using the word “owner,” it wouldn’t be the first time that what I thought was parody turned out to be reality.


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  • 25/75   Can Gokaldas Exports Limited (NSE:GOKEX) Maintain Its Strong Returns?
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    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...

    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...


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  • 26/75   Artificial eyeballs and a life-size doll
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    A sex offender's mansion, the royal family's outing and more of Wednesday's top news.

    A sex offender's mansion, the royal family's outing and more of Wednesday's top news.


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  • 27/75   Asia stocks rise, dollar sags as Fed chair sets stage for rate cut
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    Asian stocks rose and the dollar sagged on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reinforced prospects of a U.S. interest rate cut later this month.  In an appearance before his congressional overseers on Wednesday, Powell confirmed that the U.S. economy is still under threat from disappointing factory activity, tame inflation and a simmering trade war.  Powell said the central bank stands ready to 'act as appropriate'.

    Asian stocks rose and the dollar sagged on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reinforced prospects of a U.S. interest rate cut later this month. In an appearance before his congressional overseers on Wednesday, Powell confirmed that the U.S. economy is still under threat from disappointing factory activity, tame inflation and a simmering trade war. Powell said the central bank stands ready to 'act as appropriate'.


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  • 28/75   Should You Worry About Shakti Pumps (India) Limited's (NSE:SHAKTIPUMP) CEO Pay?
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    In 2006 Dinesh Patidar was appointed CEO of Shakti Pumps (India) Limited (NSE:SHAKTIPUMP). This report will, first...

    In 2006 Dinesh Patidar was appointed CEO of Shakti Pumps (India) Limited (NSE:SHAKTIPUMP). This report will, first...


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  • 29/75   As homeless are suffering, risk of hepatitis, typhus and other diseases is growing
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    The rise in homelessness is creating public health risks across the USA. Los Angeles, Louisville and Seattle have all had Hepatitis A outbreaks.

    The rise in homelessness is creating public health risks across the USA. Los Angeles, Louisville and Seattle have all had Hepatitis A outbreaks.


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  • 30/75   You Might Like SG Fleet Group Limited (ASX:SGF) But Do You Like Its Debt?
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    Investors are always looking for growth in small-cap stocks like SG Fleet Group Limited (ASX:SGF), with a market cap...

    Investors are always looking for growth in small-cap stocks like SG Fleet Group Limited (ASX:SGF), with a market cap...


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  • 31/75   Why Carvana Shares Jumped 91% in the 1st Half of 2019
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    Shares of the online used car dealer as the company continues to put up tremendous revenue growth.

    Shares of the online used car dealer as the company continues to put up tremendous revenue growth.


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  • 32/75   Here's What We Think About Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd.'s (NSE:BALMLAWRIE) CEO Pay
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    Prabal Basu became the CEO of Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd. (NSE:BALMLAWRIE) in 2015. This analysis aims first to contrast...

    Prabal Basu became the CEO of Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd. (NSE:BALMLAWRIE) in 2015. This analysis aims first to contrast...


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  • 33/75   Lockheed Martin says will keep Pennsylvania plant open
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    'At the request of President Trump, I took another look at our decision to close the Coatesville, PA, facility and have decided to keep it open while we pursue additional work,' Lockheed Martin quoted CEO Marillyn Hewson as saying.  Trump applauded the decision in a tweet, saying, 'We are very proud of Pennsylvania and the people who work there.

    'At the request of President Trump, I took another look at our decision to close the Coatesville, PA, facility and have decided to keep it open while we pursue additional work,' Lockheed Martin quoted CEO Marillyn Hewson as saying. Trump applauded the decision in a tweet, saying, 'We are very proud of Pennsylvania and the people who work there.


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  • 34/75   Is Action Construction Equipment Limited's (NSE:ACE) CEO Paid Enough Relative To Peers?
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    The CEO of Action Construction Equipment Limited (NSE:ACE) is Vijay Agarwal. This report will, first, examine the CEO...

    The CEO of Action Construction Equipment Limited (NSE:ACE) is Vijay Agarwal. This report will, first, examine the CEO...


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  • 35/75   Last Volkswagen Beetle drives into the sunset
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    Volkswagen  rolled the last Beetle off the assembly line on Wednesday, the end of the road for a car that ran from Nazi Germany through hippie counterculture but failed to navigate a swerve in consumer tastes toward SUVs.  Serenaded by a mariachi band and surrounded by proud factory workers, the final units of the retro, rounded compact were celebrated at a VW plant in Mexico's central Puebla state more  than 80 years after the model was introduced in Germany.  The Puebla factory, which already produces VW's Tiguan SUV, will make the Tarek SUV in place of the Beetle starting in late 2020, Volkswagen de Mexico Chief Executive Steffen Reiche said.

    Volkswagen rolled the last Beetle off the assembly line on Wednesday, the end of the road for a car that ran from Nazi Germany through hippie counterculture but failed to navigate a swerve in consumer tastes toward SUVs. Serenaded by a mariachi band and surrounded by proud factory workers, the final units of the retro, rounded compact were celebrated at a VW plant in Mexico's central Puebla state more than 80 years after the model was introduced in Germany. The Puebla factory, which already produces VW's Tiguan SUV, will make the Tarek SUV in place of the Beetle starting in late 2020, Volkswagen de Mexico Chief Executive Steffen Reiche said.


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  • 36/75   The Best and Worst Phone Carriers of 2019
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    What determines who the best phone carrier is? It's more than just the amount on your cellphone bill every month, or whether they offer the best smartphones. While cost is certainly important, you also want a carrier that offers outstanding coverage and performance, friendly customer support and enough extras to make you feel appreciated.In our second ever Best and Worst Wireless Carriers special report, Verizon is our top pick precisely because it gets so many things right. The carrier has the best performing network with the widest reach, and it won our customer-support showdown, beating out eight other carriers. While some rivals offer lower monthly bills, Verizon's plans remain appealing, especially after adding an unlimited data option.All those factors were enough to push Verizon past former champ T-Mobile, though the margin between the two carriers is quite thin. T-Mobile fared well in our customer-support and network- speed testing -- though it finished behind Verizon in most cases -- and it sets the pace for both plans and special features. It's something we hope will continue if the announced merger between T-Mobile and Sprint goes through.With more wireless users looking to discount carriers as a way to save money on our their monthly bill, we recommend Metro by T-Mobile (formerly Metro PCS). The prepaid carrier has the best performance thanks to T-Mobile's strong network, and its attractive mix of plans overshadows its lackluster showing in our customer-service testing.One carrier we can't recommend is Straight Talk, which brought up the rear in both speed and customer-service testing (though the carrier has since improved its performance in subsequent testing). We also think its prepaid plans just don't measure up to other options regarding value.   News and Updates (July 10)We've updated this guide to reflect these latest developments:  * T-Mobile flipped the switch on its 5G network in six cities, and we had the chance to test T-Mobile's 5G performance in New York City.  * AT&T's 5G network is live in 20-plus cities, though it's not available to regular customers. Still, we had a chance to get a taste of AT&T's 5G performance during tests in Las Vegas.  * Dish Network could emerge as a new wireless carrier, as a condition for the U.S. Department of Justice granting its approval to the Sprint/T-Mobile merger. How we test phone carriersWe evaluated nine carriers for our rankings: besides AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, we broadened our search beyond the Big Four to include the major discount carriers Boost, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk and Virgin. To rank each carrier, we took five factors into account, giving greater weight to the categories we consider the most important.Performance (40 Points): While many factors go into deciding which cellphone provider is best, performance remains the key consideration. That's why network performance, measured by speed, makes up nearly half of our grade for wireless carriers.We based our rankings on our nationwide LTE tests, in which we traveled to multiple cities across the country to see how each carrier performed. We measured download and upload speeds at select locations in each city, using Ookla's Speedtest.net app, and we also timed how fast we could download an app on each carrier's network.Rankings currently reflect our 2017 results from tests in six cities, where Verizon finished with the best average download speed and fastest app download time. But we've posted our results for 2018 testing in eight cities, where Verizon finished on top in all categories nationally. We'll update our scores soon to reflect these resultsPlans (25 points): We constantly review the plans offered by each carrier, looking at which one offers the most data at the lowest prices. We evaluated plans for individuals and families as well as prepaid options, rewarding carriers who provide the best mix of value and variety. Our picks for best plans are based on what the carriers are offering as of May 2017.T-Mobile features our favorite unlimited plan, whether it's for families or individuals. If you don't need unlimited data, Verizon has the best tiered data plan for individuals. We like MetroPCS's prepaid options for unlimited data, individuals and families, although Virgin has the best bargain plan.Customer Service (20 points): When you have a question about your wireless plan or your device, you don't want to have to navigate through a convoluted phone tree or search fruitlessly on a cluttered website to get an answer. We went undercover to evaluate the customer service offered by each carrier.In addition to phone calls to each carrier, we evaluated online troubleshooting resources, such as FAQs and online chat features. We also took to social networks, posing questions to carriers over Facebook and Twitter to see how fast and accurately they responded.Verizon leapt to the top of our rankings as of April 2017, thanks to its strong online tools and friendly reps, narrowly beating out T-Mobile. (We're about to update our rankings for 2019, though, so stay tuned.) Former champ AT&T tumbled to third place as a result of changes to its phone support, while Cricket ranked as the best prepaid provider for its customer service.Phone Selection (10 points): A top carrier needs to offer a wide selection of phones, balancing both quality and quantity. To evaluate the former, we took some of the devices that make up our picks for best smartphones while also looking at how many sub-$300 handsets were on offer at each carrier. We also took exclusives into account.Extras (5 points): The final portion of each carrier's grade reflects what kind of extras they offer subscribers. Extras can include everything from rates for international calls, text and data, to special services offered to subscribers. You may not pick your wireless carrier based on these perks, but they are factors that can separate a good carrier from the rest of the pack.     First Place: Verizon (91/100)Big Red improves from second place to No. 1 in our rankings by taking the top spots in our network-performance and customer-support tests. It also helps that Verizon offers multiple unlimited plans (though tweaks to what it offers have made its unlimited options less appealing to families).  Verizon plansView Deal Second Place: T-Mobile (90/100)After a year in the top spot, T-Mobile is now the runner-up to Verizon, but it was a close battle. T-Mobile can point to having the best unlimited plan and the most alluring set of customer perks, including a great program for international travelers. Finishing behind Verizon in network- performance and customer-service tests puts the Uncarrier in second place overall.MORE: T-Mobile vs. Verizon: Which Is Best for You?  T-Mobile plansView Deal Third Place: AT&T (84/100)AT&T's network and its customer support are both solid, though not nearly as noteworthy as what Verizon and T-Mobile have to offer. While the carrier now features unlimited data plans, those don't measure up to its rivals. (Prepaid customers will like the data amounts and prices they can get from AT&T, though.) That said, AT&T does a lot of things well to land squarely in third place.AT&T plansView Deal Fourth Place: MetroPCS (80/100)A subsidiary of T-Mobile, MetroPCS rode its parent company's network to a top-three finish in our performance testing. Throw in a great mix of prepaid plans that either let you save money or max out data, and MetroPCS establishes itself as our pick for top discount carrier -- and that's still true after the carrier changed its name to Metro by T-Mobile, introducing some new monthly plans. Just try to use its phone support as infrequently as possible.MetroPCS plansView Deal Fifth Place: Sprint (79/100)Sprint's network has improved based on our LTE test results, but it still trails its Big Four rivals, and a low customer-support score caused it to slip behind MetroPCS. At least the carrier's unlimited data plan is aggressively priced.Sprint plansView Deal Sixth Place: Boost (71/100)Boost relies on Sprint's network, which means it can't match fellow prepaid carrier Metro on performance. Its prepaid unlimited plan is attractively priced, though (albeit with limitations on video, music and game streaming), and a decent performance in our customer-service test puts it ahead of fellow Sprint subsidiary Virgin.Boost plansView Deal Seventh Place: Cricket (66/100)Like Metro, Cricket offers a good mix of plans. Unlike Metro, Cricket's network performance is severely hampered by its parent carrier. Though Cricket is owned by AT&T, its download speed is capped at 8 Mbps on most of its plans. And that overshadows some of Cricket's positives, such as friendly customer service.Cricket plansView Deal Eighth Place: Virgin (62/100)Virgin tried switching its focus to the iPhone, only offering Apple's phone to new customers for a time. But Android phones are now back on offer, and Virgin reshuffled its wireless plans, adding tiered data to its unlimited plan. Virgin's multiple reboots during the past year and a half don't exactly inspire confidence.  Virgin plansView Deal Ninth Place: Straight Talk (53/100)Straight Talk has been a disaster in our ratings, with poor marks in our speed testing and customer-serving ratings. Things are looking up on the performance front at least, where Straight Talk improved in this year's testing. (Our ratings still reflect the old test results, but we'll be updating them soon.) Still, Straight Talk's plans and special features haven't been enough to get it out of the cellar, though the carrier has at least bolstered the data allotments on current plans, which gives customers more options.  Straight Talk plansView Deal

    What determines who the best phone carrier is? It's more than just the amount on your cellphone bill every month, or whether they offer the best smartphones. While cost is certainly important, you also want a carrier that offers outstanding coverage and performance, friendly customer support and enough extras to make you feel appreciated.In our second ever Best and Worst Wireless Carriers special report, Verizon is our top pick precisely because it gets so many things right. The carrier has the best performing network with the widest reach, and it won our customer-support showdown, beating out eight other carriers. While some rivals offer lower monthly bills, Verizon's plans remain appealing, especially after adding an unlimited data option.All those factors were enough to push Verizon past former champ T-Mobile, though the margin between the two carriers is quite thin. T-Mobile fared well in our customer-support and network- speed testing -- though it finished behind Verizon in most cases -- and it sets the pace for both plans and special features. It's something we hope will continue if the announced merger between T-Mobile and Sprint goes through.With more wireless users looking to discount carriers as a way to save money on our their monthly bill, we recommend Metro by T-Mobile (formerly Metro PCS). The prepaid carrier has the best performance thanks to T-Mobile's strong network, and its attractive mix of plans overshadows its lackluster showing in our customer-service testing.One carrier we can't recommend is Straight Talk, which brought up the rear in both speed and customer-service testing (though the carrier has since improved its performance in subsequent testing). We also think its prepaid plans just don't measure up to other options regarding value. News and Updates (July 10)We've updated this guide to reflect these latest developments: * T-Mobile flipped the switch on its 5G network in six cities, and we had the chance to test T-Mobile's 5G performance in New York City. * AT&T's 5G network is live in 20-plus cities, though it's not available to regular customers. Still, we had a chance to get a taste of AT&T's 5G performance during tests in Las Vegas. * Dish Network could emerge as a new wireless carrier, as a condition for the U.S. Department of Justice granting its approval to the Sprint/T-Mobile merger. How we test phone carriersWe evaluated nine carriers for our rankings: besides AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, we broadened our search beyond the Big Four to include the major discount carriers Boost, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk and Virgin. To rank each carrier, we took five factors into account, giving greater weight to the categories we consider the most important.Performance (40 Points): While many factors go into deciding which cellphone provider is best, performance remains the key consideration. That's why network performance, measured by speed, makes up nearly half of our grade for wireless carriers.We based our rankings on our nationwide LTE tests, in which we traveled to multiple cities across the country to see how each carrier performed. We measured download and upload speeds at select locations in each city, using Ookla's Speedtest.net app, and we also timed how fast we could download an app on each carrier's network.Rankings currently reflect our 2017 results from tests in six cities, where Verizon finished with the best average download speed and fastest app download time. But we've posted our results for 2018 testing in eight cities, where Verizon finished on top in all categories nationally. We'll update our scores soon to reflect these resultsPlans (25 points): We constantly review the plans offered by each carrier, looking at which one offers the most data at the lowest prices. We evaluated plans for individuals and families as well as prepaid options, rewarding carriers who provide the best mix of value and variety. Our picks for best plans are based on what the carriers are offering as of May 2017.T-Mobile features our favorite unlimited plan, whether it's for families or individuals. If you don't need unlimited data, Verizon has the best tiered data plan for individuals. We like MetroPCS's prepaid options for unlimited data, individuals and families, although Virgin has the best bargain plan.Customer Service (20 points): When you have a question about your wireless plan or your device, you don't want to have to navigate through a convoluted phone tree or search fruitlessly on a cluttered website to get an answer. We went undercover to evaluate the customer service offered by each carrier.In addition to phone calls to each carrier, we evaluated online troubleshooting resources, such as FAQs and online chat features. We also took to social networks, posing questions to carriers over Facebook and Twitter to see how fast and accurately they responded.Verizon leapt to the top of our rankings as of April 2017, thanks to its strong online tools and friendly reps, narrowly beating out T-Mobile. (We're about to update our rankings for 2019, though, so stay tuned.) Former champ AT&T tumbled to third place as a result of changes to its phone support, while Cricket ranked as the best prepaid provider for its customer service.Phone Selection (10 points): A top carrier needs to offer a wide selection of phones, balancing both quality and quantity. To evaluate the former, we took some of the devices that make up our picks for best smartphones while also looking at how many sub-$300 handsets were on offer at each carrier. We also took exclusives into account.Extras (5 points): The final portion of each carrier's grade reflects what kind of extras they offer subscribers. Extras can include everything from rates for international calls, text and data, to special services offered to subscribers. You may not pick your wireless carrier based on these perks, but they are factors that can separate a good carrier from the rest of the pack. First Place: Verizon (91/100)Big Red improves from second place to No. 1 in our rankings by taking the top spots in our network-performance and customer-support tests. It also helps that Verizon offers multiple unlimited plans (though tweaks to what it offers have made its unlimited options less appealing to families). Verizon plansView Deal Second Place: T-Mobile (90/100)After a year in the top spot, T-Mobile is now the runner-up to Verizon, but it was a close battle. T-Mobile can point to having the best unlimited plan and the most alluring set of customer perks, including a great program for international travelers. Finishing behind Verizon in network- performance and customer-service tests puts the Uncarrier in second place overall.MORE: T-Mobile vs. Verizon: Which Is Best for You? T-Mobile plansView Deal Third Place: AT&T (84/100)AT&T's network and its customer support are both solid, though not nearly as noteworthy as what Verizon and T-Mobile have to offer. While the carrier now features unlimited data plans, those don't measure up to its rivals. (Prepaid customers will like the data amounts and prices they can get from AT&T, though.) That said, AT&T does a lot of things well to land squarely in third place.AT&T plansView Deal Fourth Place: MetroPCS (80/100)A subsidiary of T-Mobile, MetroPCS rode its parent company's network to a top-three finish in our performance testing. Throw in a great mix of prepaid plans that either let you save money or max out data, and MetroPCS establishes itself as our pick for top discount carrier -- and that's still true after the carrier changed its name to Metro by T-Mobile, introducing some new monthly plans. Just try to use its phone support as infrequently as possible.MetroPCS plansView Deal Fifth Place: Sprint (79/100)Sprint's network has improved based on our LTE test results, but it still trails its Big Four rivals, and a low customer-support score caused it to slip behind MetroPCS. At least the carrier's unlimited data plan is aggressively priced.Sprint plansView Deal Sixth Place: Boost (71/100)Boost relies on Sprint's network, which means it can't match fellow prepaid carrier Metro on performance. Its prepaid unlimited plan is attractively priced, though (albeit with limitations on video, music and game streaming), and a decent performance in our customer-service test puts it ahead of fellow Sprint subsidiary Virgin.Boost plansView Deal Seventh Place: Cricket (66/100)Like Metro, Cricket offers a good mix of plans. Unlike Metro, Cricket's network performance is severely hampered by its parent carrier. Though Cricket is owned by AT&T, its download speed is capped at 8 Mbps on most of its plans. And that overshadows some of Cricket's positives, such as friendly customer service.Cricket plansView Deal Eighth Place: Virgin (62/100)Virgin tried switching its focus to the iPhone, only offering Apple's phone to new customers for a time. But Android phones are now back on offer, and Virgin reshuffled its wireless plans, adding tiered data to its unlimited plan. Virgin's multiple reboots during the past year and a half don't exactly inspire confidence. Virgin plansView Deal Ninth Place: Straight Talk (53/100)Straight Talk has been a disaster in our ratings, with poor marks in our speed testing and customer-serving ratings. Things are looking up on the performance front at least, where Straight Talk improved in this year's testing. (Our ratings still reflect the old test results, but we'll be updating them soon.) Still, Straight Talk's plans and special features haven't been enough to get it out of the cellar, though the carrier has at least bolstered the data allotments on current plans, which gives customers more options. Straight Talk plansView Deal


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  • 37/75   With 30% Earnings Growth, Did Zensar Technologies Limited (NSE:ZENSARTECH) Outperform The Industry?
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    After reading Zensar Technologies Limited's (NSE:ZENSARTECH) most recent earnings announcement (31 March 2019), I...

    After reading Zensar Technologies Limited's (NSE:ZENSARTECH) most recent earnings announcement (31 March 2019), I...


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  • 38/75   Asian Stock Gains Muted; Dollar Slips on Powell: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks posted modest gains, following their U.S. counterparts, after comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cemented market bets for a rate cut this month. Treasury yields edged lower and the dollar retreated.Shares rose in South Korea, ticked higher in Japan and were flat in Australia. U.S. futures were little changed. Earlier, the S&P 500 briefly topped 3,000 for the first time after Powell signaled a willingness to lower rates, citing a slowing global economy and trade issues. Minutes from the Fed’s June meeting confirmed an inclination among officials to ease policy soon. But stocks came off their highs, with financial shares leading the pullback.The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell as low as 2.04% Wednesday after climbing above 2.10% for the first time in a month. It traded at 2.05% Thursday. Oil held gains after surging more than 4% in New York overnight.“A rate cut in July is now all but certain,” said James McCann, senior global economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments. “The strength of last week’s jobs number did lead some to think that the Fed may pause for thought. It’s clear from this that they won’t.”Investors have taken Powell’s comments as confirmation that rates are headed lower at the Fed’s next meeting on July 30-31. Traders stepped up bets on a half a percentage point move, though the consensus still foresees a quarter-point cut.Elsewhere, strong manufacturing data from France and low demand at an auction of German bunds weighed on government debt in Europe. The pound halted a drop to a two-year low as data showed the U.K. economy rebounded in May.Here are some key events coming up:Powell testifies to Senate Banking Committee on ThursdayECB minutes are due on Thursday.A key measure of U.S. inflation -- the core consumer price index, due Thursday -- is expected to have increased 0.2% in June from the prior month, while the broader CPI is forecast to remain unchanged.U.S. producer prices are due on Friday.Here are the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures were little changed as of 9:05 a.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 rose 0.5% Wednesday.Topix Index was little changed.Kospi Index rose 0.8%.S&P/ASX 200 was flat.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1% after an 0.3% decline Wednesday.The euro climbed 0.1% to $1.1261.The British pound rose 0.1% to $1.2510.The Japanese yen added 0.2% to 108.26 per dollar.The offshore yuan was flat at 6.8720.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries fell one basis point to 2.05%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.3% to $60.57 a barrel after surging 4.5% Wednesday.Gold futures rose 0.3% to $1,424 an ounce.To contact the reporters on this story: Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.net;Cormac Mullen in Tokyo at cmullen9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Joanna OssingerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks posted modest gains, following their U.S. counterparts, after comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cemented market bets for a rate cut this month. Treasury yields edged lower and the dollar retreated.Shares rose in South Korea, ticked higher in Japan and were flat in Australia. U.S. futures were little changed. Earlier, the S&P 500 briefly topped 3,000 for the first time after Powell signaled a willingness to lower rates, citing a slowing global economy and trade issues. Minutes from the Fed’s June meeting confirmed an inclination among officials to ease policy soon. But stocks came off their highs, with financial shares leading the pullback.The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell as low as 2.04% Wednesday after climbing above 2.10% for the first time in a month. It traded at 2.05% Thursday. Oil held gains after surging more than 4% in New York overnight.“A rate cut in July is now all but certain,” said James McCann, senior global economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments. “The strength of last week’s jobs number did lead some to think that the Fed may pause for thought. It’s clear from this that they won’t.”Investors have taken Powell’s comments as confirmation that rates are headed lower at the Fed’s next meeting on July 30-31. Traders stepped up bets on a half a percentage point move, though the consensus still foresees a quarter-point cut.Elsewhere, strong manufacturing data from France and low demand at an auction of German bunds weighed on government debt in Europe. The pound halted a drop to a two-year low as data showed the U.K. economy rebounded in May.Here are some key events coming up:Powell testifies to Senate Banking Committee on ThursdayECB minutes are due on Thursday.A key measure of U.S. inflation -- the core consumer price index, due Thursday -- is expected to have increased 0.2% in June from the prior month, while the broader CPI is forecast to remain unchanged.U.S. producer prices are due on Friday.Here are the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures were little changed as of 9:05 a.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 rose 0.5% Wednesday.Topix Index was little changed.Kospi Index rose 0.8%.S&P/ASX 200 was flat.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1% after an 0.3% decline Wednesday.The euro climbed 0.1% to $1.1261.The British pound rose 0.1% to $1.2510.The Japanese yen added 0.2% to 108.26 per dollar.The offshore yuan was flat at 6.8720.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries fell one basis point to 2.05%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.3% to $60.57 a barrel after surging 4.5% Wednesday.Gold futures rose 0.3% to $1,424 an ounce.To contact the reporters on this story: Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.net;Cormac Mullen in Tokyo at cmullen9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Joanna OssingerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 39/75   Why Kothari Sugars and Chemicals Limited (NSE:KOTARISUG) Is A Dividend Rockstar
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    Today we'll take a closer look at Kothari Sugars and Chemicals Limited (NSE:KOTARISUG) from a dividend investor's...

    Today we'll take a closer look at Kothari Sugars and Chemicals Limited (NSE:KOTARISUG) from a dividend investor's...


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  • 40/75   Guatemalan mother brings AOC to tears with account of harrowing conditions at border detention facilities
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    A Guatemalan migrant recounts the death of her baby after entering the United States and being detained.

    A Guatemalan migrant recounts the death of her baby after entering the United States and being detained.


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  • 41/75   Pelosi and Schumer: Trump Labor Secretary Acosta must resign over plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein
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    Former Vice President Joe Biden also called on Acosta to resign, writing on Twitter that "The abuse of a child is one of the most heinous, despicable abuses of power imaginable."

    Former Vice President Joe Biden also called on Acosta to resign, writing on Twitter that "The abuse of a child is one of the most heinous, despicable abuses of power imaginable."


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  • 42/75   Two US Marines arrested for migrant trafficking
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    Two US Marines have been arrested for smuggling undocumented Mexican migrants into the United States in exchange for money, according to a court document.  Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero were arrested on July 3 along the Mexican border in Jacumba, California, the document said.  The three Mexican nationals seated in the back of the Marines' vehicle were prepared to pay $8,000 'to be smuggled into the United States,' although it is unclear to whom they would have paid the money.

    Two US Marines have been arrested for smuggling undocumented Mexican migrants into the United States in exchange for money, according to a court document. Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero were arrested on July 3 along the Mexican border in Jacumba, California, the document said. The three Mexican nationals seated in the back of the Marines' vehicle were prepared to pay $8,000 'to be smuggled into the United States,' although it is unclear to whom they would have paid the money.


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  • 43/75   'The Bill Is Dead.' Hong Kong's Leader Vows to Kill a Controversial Extradition Plan After Weeks of Protest
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    Chief Executive Carrie Lam said work would not restart on the controversial extradition bill

    Chief Executive Carrie Lam said work would not restart on the controversial extradition bill


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  • 44/75   British capture of Iranian tanker won't go 'unanswered': officer
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    Britain's seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar last week will not be "unanswered", Iran's armed forces chief of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said on Tuesday, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. "Capture of the Iranian oil tanker based on fabricated excuses ... will not be unanswered and when necessary Tehran will give appropriate answer," Bagheri said. British Royal Marines boarded the ship, Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar on Thursday and seized it over accusations it was breaking sanctions by taking oil to Syria.

    Britain's seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar last week will not be "unanswered", Iran's armed forces chief of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said on Tuesday, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. "Capture of the Iranian oil tanker based on fabricated excuses ... will not be unanswered and when necessary Tehran will give appropriate answer," Bagheri said. British Royal Marines boarded the ship, Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar on Thursday and seized it over accusations it was breaking sanctions by taking oil to Syria.


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  • 45/75   Nevada death may be linked to California quake
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    A powerful July 4 earthquake in the Southern California desert may have killed a man in neighboring Nevada, authorities said Tuesday.  It would be the first death linked to the magnitude 6.4 quake near Ridgecrest that was felt far and wide.  The Nye County Sheriff's Department said deputies on Tuesday found a 56-year-old man pinned under a Jeep in Pahrump, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the quake's epicenter.

    A powerful July 4 earthquake in the Southern California desert may have killed a man in neighboring Nevada, authorities said Tuesday. It would be the first death linked to the magnitude 6.4 quake near Ridgecrest that was felt far and wide. The Nye County Sheriff's Department said deputies on Tuesday found a 56-year-old man pinned under a Jeep in Pahrump, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the quake's epicenter.


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  • 46/75   Freshman Rep. Veronica Escobar reports death threats over asylum story
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    Texas Democrat says federal authorities looking into threats against her, her family and aides

    Texas Democrat says federal authorities looking into threats against her, her family and aides


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  • 47/75   Ford Cancels Plans for a Diesel-Powered Transit Connect Van in the U.S.
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    A 1.5-liter turbodiesel inline-four was slated to join the lineup for 2019, but it's been dropped.

    A 1.5-liter turbodiesel inline-four was slated to join the lineup for 2019, but it's been dropped.


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  • 48/75   Qatar Is Getting New 6 F-15QAs Starting in March 2021
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    The F-15QA (Qatari Advanced) introduces a number of previously announced features, including an advanced cockpit system with a large format display, says Steve Parker, Boeing’s vice-president of F-15 programmes.Qatar says it will take delivery of the first six F-15QAs from Boeing by March 2021. Another six will be delivered three months later.According to Brigadier General Issa al-Mahannadi the rest of the 24 jets will be delivered every three months in batches of four aircraft.As reported by Reuters, Qatar signed agreements to buy warplanes from the U.S. as well as Europe last year after a political dispute broke out between it and neighbors Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain.“This is not a purchase, it is a strategic partnership with the U.S.,” Mahannadi said.

    The F-15QA (Qatari Advanced) introduces a number of previously announced features, including an advanced cockpit system with a large format display, says Steve Parker, Boeing’s vice-president of F-15 programmes.Qatar says it will take delivery of the first six F-15QAs from Boeing by March 2021. Another six will be delivered three months later.According to Brigadier General Issa al-Mahannadi the rest of the 24 jets will be delivered every three months in batches of four aircraft.As reported by Reuters, Qatar signed agreements to buy warplanes from the U.S. as well as Europe last year after a political dispute broke out between it and neighbors Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain.“This is not a purchase, it is a strategic partnership with the U.S.,” Mahannadi said.


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  • 49/75   McConnell cites Obama in reparations debate: 'We both are the descendants of slave owners'
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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responds to reports that his great-great-grandfathers owned slaves.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responds to reports that his great-great-grandfathers owned slaves.


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  • 50/75   12,000 Years Ago, a Boy Had His Skull Squashed into a Cone Shape. It's the Oldest Evidence of Such Head-Shaping.
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    Ancient people in China practiced human head-shaping about 12,000 years ago -- meaning they bound some children's maturing skulls, encouraging the heads to grow into elongated ovals -- making them the oldest group on record to purposefully squash their skulls, a new study finds.While excavating a Neolithic site (the last period of the Stone Age) at Houtaomuga, Jilin province, in northeast China, the archaeologists found 11 elongated skulls -- belonging to both males and females and ranging from toddlers to adults -- that showed signs of deliberate skull reshaping, also known as intentional cranial modification (ICM)."This is the earliest discovery of signs of intentional head modification in Eurasia continent, perhaps in the world," said study co-researcher Qian Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. "If this practice began in East Asia, it likely spread westward to the Middle East, Russia and Europe through the steppes as well as eastward across the Bering land bridge to the Americas." [In Images: An Ancient Long-headed Woman Reconstructed]The Houtaomuga site is a treasure trove, holding burials and artifacts from 12,000 to 5,000 years ago. During an excavation there between 2011 and 2015, archaeologists found the remains of 25 individuals, 19 of which were preserved enough to be studied for ICM. After putting these skulls in a CT scanner, which produced 3D digital images of each specimen, the researchers confirmed that 11 had indisputable signs of skull shaping, such as flattening and elongation of the frontal bone, or forehead.The oldest ICM skull belonged to an adult male, who lived between 12,027 and 11,747 years ago, according to radiocarbon dating.The M72 skull is between 6,300 and 5,500 years old. Qian Wang Archaeologists have found reshaped human skulls all around the world, from every inhabited continent. But this particular finding, if confirmed, "will [be] the earliest evidence of the intentional head modification, which lasted for 7,000 years at the same site after its first emergence," Wang told Live Science.The 11 ICM individuals died between ages 3 and 40, indicating that skull shaping began at a young age, when human skulls are still malleable, Wang said.It's unclear why this particular culture practiced skull modification, but it's possible that fertility, social status and beauty could be factors, Wang said. The people with ICM buried at Houtaomuga were likely from a privileged class, as these individuals tended to have grave goods and funeral decorations."Apparently, these youth were treated with a decent funeral, which might suggest a high socioeconomic class," Wang said.An excavation at the site during 2010. Lixin WangEven though the Houtaomuga man is the oldest known case of ICM in history, it's a mystery whether other known instances of ICM spread from this group, or whether they rose independently of one another, Wang said."It is still too early to claim intentional cranial modification first emerged in East Asia and spread elsewhere; it may have originated independently in different places," Wang said. More ancient DNA research and skull examinations throughout the world may shed light on this practice's spread, he said.The study was published online June 25 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.  * 25 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries  * The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth  * Back to the Stone Age: 17 Key Milestones in Paleolithic LifeOriginally published on Live Science.

    Ancient people in China practiced human head-shaping about 12,000 years ago -- meaning they bound some children's maturing skulls, encouraging the heads to grow into elongated ovals -- making them the oldest group on record to purposefully squash their skulls, a new study finds.While excavating a Neolithic site (the last period of the Stone Age) at Houtaomuga, Jilin province, in northeast China, the archaeologists found 11 elongated skulls -- belonging to both males and females and ranging from toddlers to adults -- that showed signs of deliberate skull reshaping, also known as intentional cranial modification (ICM)."This is the earliest discovery of signs of intentional head modification in Eurasia continent, perhaps in the world," said study co-researcher Qian Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. "If this practice began in East Asia, it likely spread westward to the Middle East, Russia and Europe through the steppes as well as eastward across the Bering land bridge to the Americas." [In Images: An Ancient Long-headed Woman Reconstructed]The Houtaomuga site is a treasure trove, holding burials and artifacts from 12,000 to 5,000 years ago. During an excavation there between 2011 and 2015, archaeologists found the remains of 25 individuals, 19 of which were preserved enough to be studied for ICM. After putting these skulls in a CT scanner, which produced 3D digital images of each specimen, the researchers confirmed that 11 had indisputable signs of skull shaping, such as flattening and elongation of the frontal bone, or forehead.The oldest ICM skull belonged to an adult male, who lived between 12,027 and 11,747 years ago, according to radiocarbon dating.The M72 skull is between 6,300 and 5,500 years old. Qian Wang Archaeologists have found reshaped human skulls all around the world, from every inhabited continent. But this particular finding, if confirmed, "will [be] the earliest evidence of the intentional head modification, which lasted for 7,000 years at the same site after its first emergence," Wang told Live Science.The 11 ICM individuals died between ages 3 and 40, indicating that skull shaping began at a young age, when human skulls are still malleable, Wang said.It's unclear why this particular culture practiced skull modification, but it's possible that fertility, social status and beauty could be factors, Wang said. The people with ICM buried at Houtaomuga were likely from a privileged class, as these individuals tended to have grave goods and funeral decorations."Apparently, these youth were treated with a decent funeral, which might suggest a high socioeconomic class," Wang said.An excavation at the site during 2010. Lixin WangEven though the Houtaomuga man is the oldest known case of ICM in history, it's a mystery whether other known instances of ICM spread from this group, or whether they rose independently of one another, Wang said."It is still too early to claim intentional cranial modification first emerged in East Asia and spread elsewhere; it may have originated independently in different places," Wang said. More ancient DNA research and skull examinations throughout the world may shed light on this practice's spread, he said.The study was published online June 25 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. * 25 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries * The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth * Back to the Stone Age: 17 Key Milestones in Paleolithic LifeOriginally published on Live Science.


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  • 51/75   Divisive telescope to restart building next week in Hawaii
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    Construction on a giant telescope will start again next week after lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those who say building it on Hawaii's tallest mountain will desecrate land sacred to some Native Hawaiians.  State officials announced Wednesday that the road to the top of Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island will be closed Monday as equipment is delivered to the construction site.  Opponents say the $1.4 billion telescope will desecrate sacred land.

    Construction on a giant telescope will start again next week after lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those who say building it on Hawaii's tallest mountain will desecrate land sacred to some Native Hawaiians. State officials announced Wednesday that the road to the top of Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island will be closed Monday as equipment is delivered to the construction site. Opponents say the $1.4 billion telescope will desecrate sacred land.


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  • 52/75   ‘They tore out a piece of my heart’: Migrant mother describes toddler’s illness, death
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    Yazmin Juarez, a Guatemalan immigrant, told lawmakers Wednesday about how her 19-month-old daughter Mariee died after falling ill in federal detention.

    Yazmin Juarez, a Guatemalan immigrant, told lawmakers Wednesday about how her 19-month-old daughter Mariee died after falling ill in federal detention.


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  • 53/75   Congress probes approval of Trump backer's housing project
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    A congressional committee is investigating whether the U.S. Interior Department helped an Arizona developer and supporter of President Donald Trump get a crucial permit after a wildlife official said the housing project would threaten habitat for imperiled species.  U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, is leading an investigation into the proposed 28,000-home development in a small town in southern Arizona.  'It's not clear to me why top Interior officials would weigh in on a local land development unless someone was being done a huge favor,' Grijalva said in a statement Wednesday.

    A congressional committee is investigating whether the U.S. Interior Department helped an Arizona developer and supporter of President Donald Trump get a crucial permit after a wildlife official said the housing project would threaten habitat for imperiled species. U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, is leading an investigation into the proposed 28,000-home development in a small town in southern Arizona. 'It's not clear to me why top Interior officials would weigh in on a local land development unless someone was being done a huge favor,' Grijalva said in a statement Wednesday.


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  • 54/75   Glaxo's Two-Drug HIV Pill Dovato on Par with Three-Drug Pill
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    Glaxo's (GSK) phase III study, evaluating the efficacy of switching to Dovato from a three-drug TAF based regimen, meets the primary endpoint.

    Glaxo's (GSK) phase III study, evaluating the efficacy of switching to Dovato from a three-drug TAF based regimen, meets the primary endpoint.


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  • 55/75   What You Can Do to Treat and Prevent That Awful Rash You Get From Chafing
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    Your thighs are about to be sooo happy.

    Your thighs are about to be sooo happy.


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  • 56/75   New study links sugary drinks to an increased risk of cancer
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    New large-scale French research has found more evidence to suggest that a high consumption of sugary drinks could be linked to an increased risk of cancer.  The participants were asked to complete at least two 24-hour dietary questionnaires, which measured their usual intake of 3,300 different foods and beverages and allowed the researchers to calculate their daily consumption of sugary drinks (sugar sweetened beverages and 100 percent fruit juices) and artificially sweetened (diet) beverages.  Participants were then followed up for a maximum of nine years, with the researchers using participants' reports and medical records to record the number of breast, prostate, and bowel (colorectal) cancer cases during this time.

    New large-scale French research has found more evidence to suggest that a high consumption of sugary drinks could be linked to an increased risk of cancer. The participants were asked to complete at least two 24-hour dietary questionnaires, which measured their usual intake of 3,300 different foods and beverages and allowed the researchers to calculate their daily consumption of sugary drinks (sugar sweetened beverages and 100 percent fruit juices) and artificially sweetened (diet) beverages. Participants were then followed up for a maximum of nine years, with the researchers using participants' reports and medical records to record the number of breast, prostate, and bowel (colorectal) cancer cases during this time.


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  • 57/75   The Truth About Sleep Apnea
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    O?bstructive sleep apnea (OSA), marked by numerous pauses in breathing during sleep, can cause daytime drowsiness and boost heart failure, stroke, and dementia risks. The condition appears to be ...

    O?bstructive sleep apnea (OSA), marked by numerous pauses in breathing during sleep, can cause daytime drowsiness and boost heart failure, stroke, and dementia risks. The condition appears to be ...


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  • 58/75   Trump Calls for Overhaul of Costly Kidney Dialysis Program
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    (Bloomberg) -- Three times a week, hundreds of thousands of Americans with end-stage kidney disease trudge to dialysis centers to get the treatment that keeps them alive. Costs are exorbitant and growing, and many patients aren’t even told there may be other options.Nephrologists say the system -- dominated by two companies -- is long overdue for an overhaul, and now President Donald Trump is trying to provide one. On Wednesday, he signed an executive order to push what administration officials called the biggest change to kidney care in decades.The administration’s goals include getting 80% of patients who would otherwise get dialysis at thousands of clinics around the U.S. into less-costly home care, or to an organ transplant. Health officials plan to launch a public awareness campaign to identify more patients at an early stage of sickness, and to take steps to boost the number of available organs.Dialysis “is like a full-time job for people,” Trump said at an event in Washington where he was flanked by sufferers of kidney ailments. “Doing this from the home is a dramatic, long overdue reform.”Trump promised his administration would everything possible to increase the supply of organs available for transplant by thousands per year.Dialysis centers are big business, dominated by two entrenched companies, DaVita Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care AG. Shares of both companies have fallen this week as news of the plan leaked out, with DaVita down 6.2% despite a gain on Wednesday, and Fresenius down 4.7%.“For 50 years we have basically had a stagnant system of how we treat people with chronic kidney disease,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, in a conference call before the signing.The U.S. has “too much in-center dialysis,” said Azar, who called the regimen “mentally and physically draining.” Dialysis in a clinic typically means spending hours in a chair multiple times a week, hooked up to a machine that helps clean the blood of toxins.Medicare spent $114 billion on kidney care in 2016, about a fifth of the health-care program’s total budget. Of that, $35 billion went to patients in the late stages of kidney failure, who need dialysis, according to a government-funded data registry.Those costs could soon explode, with the number of patients with advanced disease expected to grow from about 700,000 today to more than 1 million by 2030 thanks to obesity and aging baby boomers, according to one recent study.“I am not a Trump supporter at all, but this is one of the few things where I completely agree with him,” said Holly Kramer, a nephrologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and president of the National Kidney Foundation, in an interview on Tuesday before she flew to to Washington for Trump’s announcement. “There are so many issues with chronic kidney disease. It is the neglected stepchild of all chronic diseases.”Dominant DuoDaVita operates more than 2,500 dialysis centers in the U.S. and generated $10.3 billion in sales from dialysis in 2018. Fresenius runs almost 4,000 centers around the world and reported 16.5 billion euros ($18.5 billion) in dialysis revenue in 2018. Together, the companies have more than 70% of the dialysis market in the U.S., according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Both companies also offer home dialysis services.Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, is the lead independent director at DaVita.Doctors say that home dialysis, while harder to set up and not suitable for every case, is more convenient and easier on patients’ bodies. And it can be less costly to deliver because it eliminates the need for nurses and other fixed costs like real estate.“There is general sense there is under-utilization of home dialysis and under-exposure to to it,” said Jeffrey Berns, a nephrologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Patients are shunted to dialysis centers as a default, and once on it, they “rarely switch,” he said.Doctors and nurses aren’t always knowledgeable about the in-home options and go with the easiest choice, especially in cases where patients present to specialists with advanced disease on the verge of dialysis. There may also be a financial incentive to keep the clinics going because some doctors have joint ventures with dialysis centers, receiving a portion of the profits.Transplants are another area where there is considerable room for improvement. There are nearly 100,000 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant, and only about 20,000 get a transplant annually. Each year, thousands die waiting. In addition to increasing the availability of deceased-donor organs, doctors say there needs to be more education about the possibility of living-donor transplants.Different AbroadKidney-disease treatment doesn’t have to be done the way it is in the U.S. Only 12% of Americans start dialysis treatment at home, compared with 80% in Hong Kong and more than half in Guatemala, Azar said in a March speech where he previewed some of the administration’s plans. Azar’s father suffered from end-stage kidney disease.“It is under-penetrated right now because the system is dominated by large, for-profit dialysis providers,” said Michael Phillips, a doctor and managing partner at Intermountain Ventures, a unit of the hospital system Intermountain Healthcare.The Intermountain hospital system has started a project that helps identify kidney patients earlier in the process, and educate them on their options before they need dialysis or a transplant. The goal is to get half of patients who need it using at-home dialysis within the next five years, up from the low teens now, he said.At Johns Hopkins Medicine, doctors have more than doubled the number of dialysis patients getting in-home care in the past year, through a variety of education and training programs, said Chirag Parikh, head of the nephrology department there.Ultimately, though, he said what is needed is whole new technology that can make dialysis an easier process on the body.“We have gone through changes in iPhones and computers and the way we do defibrillators,” Parikh said. “But for kidney dialysis, nothing has changed in last 30 to 40 years.”(Adds closing shares in sixth paragraph. An earlier version of this story misstated Holly Kramer’s name.)To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Langreth in New York at rlangreth@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Drew Armstrong at darmstrong17@bloomberg.net, Timothy AnnettFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Three times a week, hundreds of thousands of Americans with end-stage kidney disease trudge to dialysis centers to get the treatment that keeps them alive. Costs are exorbitant and growing, and many patients aren’t even told there may be other options.Nephrologists say the system -- dominated by two companies -- is long overdue for an overhaul, and now President Donald Trump is trying to provide one. On Wednesday, he signed an executive order to push what administration officials called the biggest change to kidney care in decades.The administration’s goals include getting 80% of patients who would otherwise get dialysis at thousands of clinics around the U.S. into less-costly home care, or to an organ transplant. Health officials plan to launch a public awareness campaign to identify more patients at an early stage of sickness, and to take steps to boost the number of available organs.Dialysis “is like a full-time job for people,” Trump said at an event in Washington where he was flanked by sufferers of kidney ailments. “Doing this from the home is a dramatic, long overdue reform.”Trump promised his administration would everything possible to increase the supply of organs available for transplant by thousands per year.Dialysis centers are big business, dominated by two entrenched companies, DaVita Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care AG. Shares of both companies have fallen this week as news of the plan leaked out, with DaVita down 6.2% despite a gain on Wednesday, and Fresenius down 4.7%.“For 50 years we have basically had a stagnant system of how we treat people with chronic kidney disease,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, in a conference call before the signing.The U.S. has “too much in-center dialysis,” said Azar, who called the regimen “mentally and physically draining.” Dialysis in a clinic typically means spending hours in a chair multiple times a week, hooked up to a machine that helps clean the blood of toxins.Medicare spent $114 billion on kidney care in 2016, about a fifth of the health-care program’s total budget. Of that, $35 billion went to patients in the late stages of kidney failure, who need dialysis, according to a government-funded data registry.Those costs could soon explode, with the number of patients with advanced disease expected to grow from about 700,000 today to more than 1 million by 2030 thanks to obesity and aging baby boomers, according to one recent study.“I am not a Trump supporter at all, but this is one of the few things where I completely agree with him,” said Holly Kramer, a nephrologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and president of the National Kidney Foundation, in an interview on Tuesday before she flew to to Washington for Trump’s announcement. “There are so many issues with chronic kidney disease. It is the neglected stepchild of all chronic diseases.”Dominant DuoDaVita operates more than 2,500 dialysis centers in the U.S. and generated $10.3 billion in sales from dialysis in 2018. Fresenius runs almost 4,000 centers around the world and reported 16.5 billion euros ($18.5 billion) in dialysis revenue in 2018. Together, the companies have more than 70% of the dialysis market in the U.S., according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Both companies also offer home dialysis services.Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, is the lead independent director at DaVita.Doctors say that home dialysis, while harder to set up and not suitable for every case, is more convenient and easier on patients’ bodies. And it can be less costly to deliver because it eliminates the need for nurses and other fixed costs like real estate.“There is general sense there is under-utilization of home dialysis and under-exposure to to it,” said Jeffrey Berns, a nephrologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Patients are shunted to dialysis centers as a default, and once on it, they “rarely switch,” he said.Doctors and nurses aren’t always knowledgeable about the in-home options and go with the easiest choice, especially in cases where patients present to specialists with advanced disease on the verge of dialysis. There may also be a financial incentive to keep the clinics going because some doctors have joint ventures with dialysis centers, receiving a portion of the profits.Transplants are another area where there is considerable room for improvement. There are nearly 100,000 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant, and only about 20,000 get a transplant annually. Each year, thousands die waiting. In addition to increasing the availability of deceased-donor organs, doctors say there needs to be more education about the possibility of living-donor transplants.Different AbroadKidney-disease treatment doesn’t have to be done the way it is in the U.S. Only 12% of Americans start dialysis treatment at home, compared with 80% in Hong Kong and more than half in Guatemala, Azar said in a March speech where he previewed some of the administration’s plans. Azar’s father suffered from end-stage kidney disease.“It is under-penetrated right now because the system is dominated by large, for-profit dialysis providers,” said Michael Phillips, a doctor and managing partner at Intermountain Ventures, a unit of the hospital system Intermountain Healthcare.The Intermountain hospital system has started a project that helps identify kidney patients earlier in the process, and educate them on their options before they need dialysis or a transplant. The goal is to get half of patients who need it using at-home dialysis within the next five years, up from the low teens now, he said.At Johns Hopkins Medicine, doctors have more than doubled the number of dialysis patients getting in-home care in the past year, through a variety of education and training programs, said Chirag Parikh, head of the nephrology department there.Ultimately, though, he said what is needed is whole new technology that can make dialysis an easier process on the body.“We have gone through changes in iPhones and computers and the way we do defibrillators,” Parikh said. “But for kidney dialysis, nothing has changed in last 30 to 40 years.”(Adds closing shares in sixth paragraph. An earlier version of this story misstated Holly Kramer’s name.)To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Langreth in New York at rlangreth@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Drew Armstrong at darmstrong17@bloomberg.net, Timothy AnnettFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 59/75   New skull discovery shows mankind may have arrived in Europe 150,000 years earlier than previously thought
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    Mankind may have arrived in Europe 150,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers say, after reassessing an ancient skull found inside a cave in Greece. The skull was found the cave in the 1970s, and initially identified as Neanderthal. But new techniques have allowed for further analysis of the skull, and scientists found to their astonishment that it is in fact a 210,000-year-old skull belonging to a Homo sapiens. "It shows that the early dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa not only occurred earlier - before 200,000 years ago - but also reached further geographically, all the way to Europe," said Katerina Harvati, a palaeoanthropologist at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, in Germany. "This is something that we did not suspect before, and which has implications for the population movements of these ancient groups." The findings support the idea that Homo sapiens made several, sometimes unsuccessful, migrations from Africa over tens of thousands of years. Homo sapiens have been in Europe longer than previously thought Credit: AP Photo/Martin Meissner Southeast Europe has long been considered a major transport corridor for modern humans from Africa. But until now the earliest evidence of Homo sapiens on the continent dated back only around 50,000 years. In the new findings, published in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers used state-of-the art computer modelling and uranium dating to re-examine the skull – one of two found fossilised and badly damaged in the Greek cave. One of them, named Apidima 2 after the cave in which the pair were found, proved to be 170,000 years old and did indeed belong to a Neanderthal. But, to the surprise of scientists, the second skull, named Apidima 1, pre-dated Apidima 2 by up to 40,000 years, and was determined to be that of a Homo sapiens. That makes it by far the oldest modern human remains ever discovered on the continent, and older than any known Homo sapiens specimen outside of Africa. Apidima 1 lacked classic features associated with Neanderthal skulls, including the distinctive bulge at the back of the head, shaped like hair tied in a bun. Hominins - a subset of great apes that includes Homo sapiens and Neanderthals - are believed to have emerged in Africa more than six million years ago. Apidima 1, a Homo sapiens skull, was found in a Greek cave in the 1970s and initially believed to be a Neanderthal skull They left the continent in several migration waves starting about two million years ago. The oldest known African fossil attributed to a member of the Homo family is a 2.8 million-year-old jawbone from Ethiopia. Homo sapiens replaced Neanderthals across Europe for good around up to 45,000 years ago, in what was long considered a gradual takeover of the continent involving millennia of co-existence and even interbreeding. But the skull discovery in Greece suggests that Homo sapiens undertook the migration from Africa to southern Europe on "more than one occasion", according to Eric Delson, a professor of anthropology at City University of New York. "Rather than a single exit of hominins from Africa to populate Eurasia, there must have been several dispersals, some of which did not result in permanent occupations," said Mr Delson, who was not involved in the Nature study. Ms Harvati said advances in dating and genetics technology could continue to shape our understanding of how our pre-historic ancestors spread throughout the world. "I think recent advances in palaeoanthropology have shown that the field is still full of surprises," she said.

    Mankind may have arrived in Europe 150,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers say, after reassessing an ancient skull found inside a cave in Greece. The skull was found the cave in the 1970s, and initially identified as Neanderthal. But new techniques have allowed for further analysis of the skull, and scientists found to their astonishment that it is in fact a 210,000-year-old skull belonging to a Homo sapiens. "It shows that the early dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa not only occurred earlier - before 200,000 years ago - but also reached further geographically, all the way to Europe," said Katerina Harvati, a palaeoanthropologist at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, in Germany. "This is something that we did not suspect before, and which has implications for the population movements of these ancient groups." The findings support the idea that Homo sapiens made several, sometimes unsuccessful, migrations from Africa over tens of thousands of years. Homo sapiens have been in Europe longer than previously thought Credit: AP Photo/Martin Meissner Southeast Europe has long been considered a major transport corridor for modern humans from Africa. But until now the earliest evidence of Homo sapiens on the continent dated back only around 50,000 years. In the new findings, published in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers used state-of-the art computer modelling and uranium dating to re-examine the skull – one of two found fossilised and badly damaged in the Greek cave. One of them, named Apidima 2 after the cave in which the pair were found, proved to be 170,000 years old and did indeed belong to a Neanderthal. But, to the surprise of scientists, the second skull, named Apidima 1, pre-dated Apidima 2 by up to 40,000 years, and was determined to be that of a Homo sapiens. That makes it by far the oldest modern human remains ever discovered on the continent, and older than any known Homo sapiens specimen outside of Africa. Apidima 1 lacked classic features associated with Neanderthal skulls, including the distinctive bulge at the back of the head, shaped like hair tied in a bun. Hominins - a subset of great apes that includes Homo sapiens and Neanderthals - are believed to have emerged in Africa more than six million years ago. Apidima 1, a Homo sapiens skull, was found in a Greek cave in the 1970s and initially believed to be a Neanderthal skull They left the continent in several migration waves starting about two million years ago. The oldest known African fossil attributed to a member of the Homo family is a 2.8 million-year-old jawbone from Ethiopia. Homo sapiens replaced Neanderthals across Europe for good around up to 45,000 years ago, in what was long considered a gradual takeover of the continent involving millennia of co-existence and even interbreeding. But the skull discovery in Greece suggests that Homo sapiens undertook the migration from Africa to southern Europe on "more than one occasion", according to Eric Delson, a professor of anthropology at City University of New York. "Rather than a single exit of hominins from Africa to populate Eurasia, there must have been several dispersals, some of which did not result in permanent occupations," said Mr Delson, who was not involved in the Nature study. Ms Harvati said advances in dating and genetics technology could continue to shape our understanding of how our pre-historic ancestors spread throughout the world. "I think recent advances in palaeoanthropology have shown that the field is still full of surprises," she said.


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  • 60/75   Royal Navy 'fends off Iranian seizure of British oil tanker in Persian Gulf'
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    The Royal Navy has reportedly fended off the attempted seizure of a British oil tanker by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, in an apparent tit-for-tit response to the arrest of one of Iran's own vessels. The British Heritage, owned by BP Shipping and registered to the Isle of Man, was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by five armed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats, US media reported. The Iranians ordered the vessel to stop in nearby Iranian territorial waters, CNN reported, citing two US officials  with direct knowledge of the incident. A US aircraft flying overhead filmed the incident, the broadcaster said. The Guards boats withdrew after HMS Montrose, a Royal Navy frigate which had been escorting the tanker, aimed its guns on the Iranians and warned them to move away, according to CNN. It was reported earlier that HMS Montrose, a Type-23 frigate, was in the region to safeguard  another British oil tanker in the region, the Pacific Voyager. The Ministry of Defence has been contacted for comment.  Tensions have escalated between the UK and Iran over the Royal Marines’ seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar last Thursday.  The Islamic Republic has warned there will be a response to the seizure of the Grace 1, with President Hassan Rouhani saying on Wednesday that Britain “will realise the consequences later.” Mr Rouhani called the seizure of the vessel, which was bound for Syria and accused of flouting EU sanctions, "mean and wrong" during a Cabinet meeting. He warned London: "You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions," without elaborating. An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to seize a British ship in retaliation. Oil supertanker Grace 1 operation in waters off British overseas territory of Gibraltar Credit: Ministry of Defence Iran denies the vessel was headed to Banyas refinery in Syria, where the government of President Bashar al-Assad is an ally of Tehran. The Pacific Voyager, an Isle of Man-flagged oil tanker, and the British Heritage had been sheltering off the coast of Saudi Arabia this week amid fears they would be seized in a tit-for-tit response. The British Heritage was due to dock in the Iraqi city of Basra on the weekend but made an unexpected U-turn. The British-flagged ship, able to hold more than one million barrels of oil, was contracted by Royal Dutch Shell to collect the crude and deliver it to northwest Europe but the order was cancelled.

    The Royal Navy has reportedly fended off the attempted seizure of a British oil tanker by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, in an apparent tit-for-tit response to the arrest of one of Iran's own vessels. The British Heritage, owned by BP Shipping and registered to the Isle of Man, was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by five armed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats, US media reported. The Iranians ordered the vessel to stop in nearby Iranian territorial waters, CNN reported, citing two US officials  with direct knowledge of the incident. A US aircraft flying overhead filmed the incident, the broadcaster said. The Guards boats withdrew after HMS Montrose, a Royal Navy frigate which had been escorting the tanker, aimed its guns on the Iranians and warned them to move away, according to CNN. It was reported earlier that HMS Montrose, a Type-23 frigate, was in the region to safeguard  another British oil tanker in the region, the Pacific Voyager. The Ministry of Defence has been contacted for comment.  Tensions have escalated between the UK and Iran over the Royal Marines’ seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar last Thursday.  The Islamic Republic has warned there will be a response to the seizure of the Grace 1, with President Hassan Rouhani saying on Wednesday that Britain “will realise the consequences later.” Mr Rouhani called the seizure of the vessel, which was bound for Syria and accused of flouting EU sanctions, "mean and wrong" during a Cabinet meeting. He warned London: "You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions," without elaborating. An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to seize a British ship in retaliation. Oil supertanker Grace 1 operation in waters off British overseas territory of Gibraltar Credit: Ministry of Defence Iran denies the vessel was headed to Banyas refinery in Syria, where the government of President Bashar al-Assad is an ally of Tehran. The Pacific Voyager, an Isle of Man-flagged oil tanker, and the British Heritage had been sheltering off the coast of Saudi Arabia this week amid fears they would be seized in a tit-for-tit response. The British Heritage was due to dock in the Iraqi city of Basra on the weekend but made an unexpected U-turn. The British-flagged ship, able to hold more than one million barrels of oil, was contracted by Royal Dutch Shell to collect the crude and deliver it to northwest Europe but the order was cancelled.


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  • 61/75   Post-Brexit tech brain drain worries half of businesses: survey
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    Just over half of Britain's businesses believe the country is at risk of a brain drain after Brexit, with many worried in particular about a shortage of tech skills, according to research by cloud-based software company Salesforce.com.  Paul Smith, executive vice president of Salesforce UK, said Brexit was adding to business uncertainty at the same time as companies were grappling with unprecedented levels of technological change.

    Just over half of Britain's businesses believe the country is at risk of a brain drain after Brexit, with many worried in particular about a shortage of tech skills, according to research by cloud-based software company Salesforce.com. Paul Smith, executive vice president of Salesforce UK, said Brexit was adding to business uncertainty at the same time as companies were grappling with unprecedented levels of technological change.


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  • 62/75   Trump administration says it has terminated support for controversial anti-Iran campaign that 'smeared US citizens'
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    The Trump administration says it has ended support for a controversial anti-Iran campaign that “smeared US citizens”.Earlier this year, it was revealed the US state department was using taxpayer money to help fund the Iranian Disinformation Project, an online campaign that claimed it worked to counter “the nefarious influence of one of the world’s few remaining totalitarian regimes”. The campaign was set up by a group called E-Collaborative for Civic Education, an NGO that works on various Iranian issues.The state department suspended funding through its global engagement centre (GEC) after it emerged some of the campaign’s articles and tweets had targeted and smeared human rights workers, activists and journalists, many of whom were US citizens.Lea Gabrielle, head of the GEC, said at a congressional hearing this week that funding for the project had been halted.According to the Associated Press, Ms Gabrielle told the House of Representative’s appropriations subcommittee, its review determined the tweets violated the terms of the state department’s agreement.“The intent was to unveil Iranian disinformation project,” she said, adding that the tweets “were not in the context that was intended. They were outside the scope of the agreement that we had”. She added: “We have since terminated our agreement with that implementer. It was never the intent of the global engagement centre to have anyone tweeting at US citizens.” Among those it attacked was Washington DC-based journalist Negar Mortazavi, a consultant editor to The Independent. It was Ms Mortazavi’s revelations about the group that led to the state department review.Last month, she wrote: “As an Iranian-American journalist living and working in exile, I am used to all forms of online attacks by Iranian government-sponsored trolls. I just never expected to also be attacked by the US government.”On Wednesday, after news of the state department’s decision was revealed, Ms Mortazavi said she felt pleased the government had acted to quickly. “I think it is great news for the rule of law,” she said.This spring, Brett Bruen, who was director of the GEC under Barack Obama, told the Guardian, it had originally been established to counter Russian and Isis disinformation and propaganda.Last summer, Reuters reported the Trump administration was launching its own disinformation campaign to try and undermine Tehran’s leadership. It is not clear if that campaign and the Iranian Disinformation Project, were connected.There was no immediate response to enquiries from the state department, or the E-Collaborative for Civic Education group, which has been associated with the US government for a number of years as part of its main education project, Tavaana, which it says is the Farsi word for “empowered” or and “capable”.Tara Sepehrifar, an Iran researcher at Human Rights Watch, who was smeared by the campaign, also welcomed the state department’s decision, but added: “Since everything is happening behind closed doors we have very little knowledge into how thorough the state department has investigated this issue.”

    The Trump administration says it has ended support for a controversial anti-Iran campaign that “smeared US citizens”.Earlier this year, it was revealed the US state department was using taxpayer money to help fund the Iranian Disinformation Project, an online campaign that claimed it worked to counter “the nefarious influence of one of the world’s few remaining totalitarian regimes”. The campaign was set up by a group called E-Collaborative for Civic Education, an NGO that works on various Iranian issues.The state department suspended funding through its global engagement centre (GEC) after it emerged some of the campaign’s articles and tweets had targeted and smeared human rights workers, activists and journalists, many of whom were US citizens.Lea Gabrielle, head of the GEC, said at a congressional hearing this week that funding for the project had been halted.According to the Associated Press, Ms Gabrielle told the House of Representative’s appropriations subcommittee, its review determined the tweets violated the terms of the state department’s agreement.“The intent was to unveil Iranian disinformation project,” she said, adding that the tweets “were not in the context that was intended. They were outside the scope of the agreement that we had”. She added: “We have since terminated our agreement with that implementer. It was never the intent of the global engagement centre to have anyone tweeting at US citizens.” Among those it attacked was Washington DC-based journalist Negar Mortazavi, a consultant editor to The Independent. It was Ms Mortazavi’s revelations about the group that led to the state department review.Last month, she wrote: “As an Iranian-American journalist living and working in exile, I am used to all forms of online attacks by Iranian government-sponsored trolls. I just never expected to also be attacked by the US government.”On Wednesday, after news of the state department’s decision was revealed, Ms Mortazavi said she felt pleased the government had acted to quickly. “I think it is great news for the rule of law,” she said.This spring, Brett Bruen, who was director of the GEC under Barack Obama, told the Guardian, it had originally been established to counter Russian and Isis disinformation and propaganda.Last summer, Reuters reported the Trump administration was launching its own disinformation campaign to try and undermine Tehran’s leadership. It is not clear if that campaign and the Iranian Disinformation Project, were connected.There was no immediate response to enquiries from the state department, or the E-Collaborative for Civic Education group, which has been associated with the US government for a number of years as part of its main education project, Tavaana, which it says is the Farsi word for “empowered” or and “capable”.Tara Sepehrifar, an Iran researcher at Human Rights Watch, who was smeared by the campaign, also welcomed the state department’s decision, but added: “Since everything is happening behind closed doors we have very little knowledge into how thorough the state department has investigated this issue.”


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  • 63/75   While Trump praises Qatar, education officials seek scrutiny
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    When President Donald Trump welcomed the emir of Qatar to Washington with a lavish Treasury Department dinner, the guest list included the president of Georgetown University, one of six U.S. schools that operate branch campuses in the tiny Persian Gulf nation.  The department alleges the schools failed to tell federal officials about certain gifts and contracts from foreign sources, as federal law requires, according to letters obtained by The Associated Press.

    When President Donald Trump welcomed the emir of Qatar to Washington with a lavish Treasury Department dinner, the guest list included the president of Georgetown University, one of six U.S. schools that operate branch campuses in the tiny Persian Gulf nation. The department alleges the schools failed to tell federal officials about certain gifts and contracts from foreign sources, as federal law requires, according to letters obtained by The Associated Press.


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  • 64/75   Think the B-2 or F-35 Is Deadly? This Plane Could Kill Billions of People
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    Two Navy Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons currently operate the E-6: VQ-3 “Ironmen” and VQ-4 “Shadows,” both under the Navy Strategic Communications Wing 1.  In a military that operates Raptor stealth fighters, A-10 tank busters, B-52 bombers and Harrier jump jets, the U.S. Navy’s placid-looking E-6 Mercury, based on the 707 airliner, seems particularly inoffensive. But don’t be deceived by appearances. Though the Mercury doesn’t carry any weapons of its own, it may be in a sense the deadliest aircraft operated by the Pentagon, as its job is to command the launch of land-based and sea-based nuclear ballistic missiles.This first appeared in December 2017.Recommended: This Video Shows What Happens if Washington, D.C. Is Attacked with Nuclear WeaponsRecommended: 8 Million People Could Die in a War with North KoreaRecommended: Why North Korea Is Destined to Test More ICBMs and Nuclear Weapons

    Two Navy Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons currently operate the E-6: VQ-3 “Ironmen” and VQ-4 “Shadows,” both under the Navy Strategic Communications Wing 1.  In a military that operates Raptor stealth fighters, A-10 tank busters, B-52 bombers and Harrier jump jets, the U.S. Navy’s placid-looking E-6 Mercury, based on the 707 airliner, seems particularly inoffensive. But don’t be deceived by appearances. Though the Mercury doesn’t carry any weapons of its own, it may be in a sense the deadliest aircraft operated by the Pentagon, as its job is to command the launch of land-based and sea-based nuclear ballistic missiles.This first appeared in December 2017.Recommended: This Video Shows What Happens if Washington, D.C. Is Attacked with Nuclear WeaponsRecommended: 8 Million People Could Die in a War with North KoreaRecommended: Why North Korea Is Destined to Test More ICBMs and Nuclear Weapons


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  • 65/75   French envoy in Iran talks as Trump threatens to up sanctions
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    French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic advisor met with Iran's president Wednesday winding up a day of talks in Tehran aimed at saving a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and easing tensions between Tehran and Washington.  The 2015 accord between Iran and world powers, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), promised sanctions relief, economic benefits and an end to international isolation in return for stringent curbs on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

    French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic advisor met with Iran's president Wednesday winding up a day of talks in Tehran aimed at saving a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and easing tensions between Tehran and Washington. The 2015 accord between Iran and world powers, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), promised sanctions relief, economic benefits and an end to international isolation in return for stringent curbs on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.


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  • 66/75   Darroch's resignation may have chilling effect on diplomacy, experts warn
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    UK ambassador to the US’s departure may prompt ‘very big change’ in how international diplomacy is conducted  Sir Kim Darroch in Washington on 20 October 2017.  Photograph: Sait Serkan Gurbuz/APThe resignation of Sir Kim Darroch as the UK’s ambassador to the US after controversy over leaked memos in which he criticized Donald Trump could have a chilling effect on international diplomacy, experts have warned.Veteran diplomats defended Darroch’s confidential memos – in which he referred to the Trump administration as “incompetent” and “inept” – as the nature of an ambassador’s job.“He reported as he saw fit, he advised as he saw fit, and he did it on a classified cable,” said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former US diplomat. “This is what ambassadors are meant to do.“He doesn’t do the prime minister or the foreign minister any favors if he doesn’t give his honest take or his honest advice,” Haass added. “It’s not his fault the cable leaked.”Sir Christopher Meyer, a former British ambassador, tweeted: “An utter outrage that Kim Darroch has been brought down by a disgraceful leak and the vindictive reaction of the US President. Sir Kim is blameless in this sorry affair.”Darroch submitted his resignation on Wednesday, three days after his private assessments of the Trump administration were leaked to the Mail on Sunday. In addition to characterizing the current administration as “dysfunctional”, Darroch said the US president “radiates insecurity”.The comments swiftly ignited a diplomatic row between the US and the UK, and Trump vowed to no longer deal with Darroch, lambasting the UK’s top diplomat as “a very stupid guy”. Trump also attacked the outgoing British prime minister, Theresa May, who stood by Darroch.Darroch’s decision to leave his post was nonetheless cemented by the Conservative leadership debate on Tuesday, in which frontrunner Boris Johnson repeatedly declined to say if he would retain the ambassador through his scheduled departure of January.“The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,” Darroch wrote in a resignation letter on Wednesday.After lashing out at Darroch in a series of tweets over the past two days, Trump had yet to weigh in on Darroch’s departure. Marc Short, the chief of staff to the vice-president, Mike Pence, said the move was “probably the right course”.“I think the reality was that in light of the last few days his ability to be effective was probably limited,” Short told reporters on Wednesday.A state department spokeswoman said: “The United States and the United Kingdom share a bond that is bigger than any individual, and we look forward to continuing that partnership.”Darroch’s fate was met with dismay by those who knew him in Washington, where he had cultivated the reputation of a deft diplomat whose parties at the British embassy were coveted social affairs, often attended by members of the Trump administration.“Up until this, I think diplomats were able to communicate to their governments with honest and valuable information,” said Sally Quinn, a former journalist and socialite who regularly attended Darroch’s parties. “Clearly, we can’t do that anymore.“I think it’s going to be a very big change in the way diplomacy is conducted.”Darroch had close ties with the Trump administration. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s daughter and son-in-law, both senior advisers in the West Wing, frequented his parties, as did former White House press secretaries Sarah Sanders and Sean Spicer.Quinn said Trump’s frustration was probably rooted in knowing that the source of Darroch’s information was his own staff.“He entertained constantly at the embassy and he entertained Trump people, because they like him,” Quinn said. “It’s embarrassing for Trump, because he’s got to know it’s coming from the inside.”Darroch was far from alone within the diplomatic community in his assessment of Trump, she added.“There is not a single word Kim wrote that isn’t absolutely accurate and isn’t the prevailing view in Washington,” Quinn said. “It could have been anyone.“Every single diplomat is looking at him and saying, ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’”Even some of Trump’s Republican allies spoke out in Darroch’s favor.“Kim Darroch did an outstanding job as Ambassador and sorry to see he has resigned his post,” the South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham tweeted, seeking to distance Trump from Darroch’s resignation by adding he had “got a raw deal” from the media.The Utah senator Mitt Romney said he was “disappointed” to see Darroch go. “He is a fine man,” Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, told reporters, adding: “The lack of security on diplomatic communication within a government is a real problem.”Darroch was appointed to the post of UK’s envoy to the US in 2015 after serving as David Cameron’s national security adviser. That experience made him a key player in coordinating with Washington on complex issues that spanned Russia to Brexit.Kate Greer, who worked alongside Darroch from 2015 through 2018, said he played a critical role behind the scenes in the international response to Russia’s 2018 nerve agent attack on British soil and also worked closely with the US government to provide support for those impacted by the hurricane that hit Florida, the Gulf and the British Virgin Islands in 2017.“It’s been a tricky and challenging political environment on both sides of the ocean,” she said. “The leaks were clearly politically motivated and leaked from someone in London as part of this leadership contest and part of this political debate.”Haass said Darroch’s decision to resign was ultimately in the service of the UK’s incoming leadership.“He allowed the next prime minister not to have to choose between protecting his ambassador and protecting the relationship with the United States,” Haass said, while adding he did not believe Darroch’s legacy would be greatly tarnished by the circumstances around his departure.“This was his last post anyhow. As he rides into the sunset, a lot more people know who Kim Darroch is now than they would have a week ago.”

    UK ambassador to the US’s departure may prompt ‘very big change’ in how international diplomacy is conducted Sir Kim Darroch in Washington on 20 October 2017. Photograph: Sait Serkan Gurbuz/APThe resignation of Sir Kim Darroch as the UK’s ambassador to the US after controversy over leaked memos in which he criticized Donald Trump could have a chilling effect on international diplomacy, experts have warned.Veteran diplomats defended Darroch’s confidential memos – in which he referred to the Trump administration as “incompetent” and “inept” – as the nature of an ambassador’s job.“He reported as he saw fit, he advised as he saw fit, and he did it on a classified cable,” said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former US diplomat. “This is what ambassadors are meant to do.“He doesn’t do the prime minister or the foreign minister any favors if he doesn’t give his honest take or his honest advice,” Haass added. “It’s not his fault the cable leaked.”Sir Christopher Meyer, a former British ambassador, tweeted: “An utter outrage that Kim Darroch has been brought down by a disgraceful leak and the vindictive reaction of the US President. Sir Kim is blameless in this sorry affair.”Darroch submitted his resignation on Wednesday, three days after his private assessments of the Trump administration were leaked to the Mail on Sunday. In addition to characterizing the current administration as “dysfunctional”, Darroch said the US president “radiates insecurity”.The comments swiftly ignited a diplomatic row between the US and the UK, and Trump vowed to no longer deal with Darroch, lambasting the UK’s top diplomat as “a very stupid guy”. Trump also attacked the outgoing British prime minister, Theresa May, who stood by Darroch.Darroch’s decision to leave his post was nonetheless cemented by the Conservative leadership debate on Tuesday, in which frontrunner Boris Johnson repeatedly declined to say if he would retain the ambassador through his scheduled departure of January.“The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,” Darroch wrote in a resignation letter on Wednesday.After lashing out at Darroch in a series of tweets over the past two days, Trump had yet to weigh in on Darroch’s departure. Marc Short, the chief of staff to the vice-president, Mike Pence, said the move was “probably the right course”.“I think the reality was that in light of the last few days his ability to be effective was probably limited,” Short told reporters on Wednesday.A state department spokeswoman said: “The United States and the United Kingdom share a bond that is bigger than any individual, and we look forward to continuing that partnership.”Darroch’s fate was met with dismay by those who knew him in Washington, where he had cultivated the reputation of a deft diplomat whose parties at the British embassy were coveted social affairs, often attended by members of the Trump administration.“Up until this, I think diplomats were able to communicate to their governments with honest and valuable information,” said Sally Quinn, a former journalist and socialite who regularly attended Darroch’s parties. “Clearly, we can’t do that anymore.“I think it’s going to be a very big change in the way diplomacy is conducted.”Darroch had close ties with the Trump administration. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s daughter and son-in-law, both senior advisers in the West Wing, frequented his parties, as did former White House press secretaries Sarah Sanders and Sean Spicer.Quinn said Trump’s frustration was probably rooted in knowing that the source of Darroch’s information was his own staff.“He entertained constantly at the embassy and he entertained Trump people, because they like him,” Quinn said. “It’s embarrassing for Trump, because he’s got to know it’s coming from the inside.”Darroch was far from alone within the diplomatic community in his assessment of Trump, she added.“There is not a single word Kim wrote that isn’t absolutely accurate and isn’t the prevailing view in Washington,” Quinn said. “It could have been anyone.“Every single diplomat is looking at him and saying, ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’”Even some of Trump’s Republican allies spoke out in Darroch’s favor.“Kim Darroch did an outstanding job as Ambassador and sorry to see he has resigned his post,” the South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham tweeted, seeking to distance Trump from Darroch’s resignation by adding he had “got a raw deal” from the media.The Utah senator Mitt Romney said he was “disappointed” to see Darroch go. “He is a fine man,” Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, told reporters, adding: “The lack of security on diplomatic communication within a government is a real problem.”Darroch was appointed to the post of UK’s envoy to the US in 2015 after serving as David Cameron’s national security adviser. That experience made him a key player in coordinating with Washington on complex issues that spanned Russia to Brexit.Kate Greer, who worked alongside Darroch from 2015 through 2018, said he played a critical role behind the scenes in the international response to Russia’s 2018 nerve agent attack on British soil and also worked closely with the US government to provide support for those impacted by the hurricane that hit Florida, the Gulf and the British Virgin Islands in 2017.“It’s been a tricky and challenging political environment on both sides of the ocean,” she said. “The leaks were clearly politically motivated and leaked from someone in London as part of this leadership contest and part of this political debate.”Haass said Darroch’s decision to resign was ultimately in the service of the UK’s incoming leadership.“He allowed the next prime minister not to have to choose between protecting his ambassador and protecting the relationship with the United States,” Haass said, while adding he did not believe Darroch’s legacy would be greatly tarnished by the circumstances around his departure.“This was his last post anyhow. As he rides into the sunset, a lot more people know who Kim Darroch is now than they would have a week ago.”


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  • 67/75   As standoff deepens, US tries coalition-building on Iran
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    In seeking a coalition at sea to monitor Iran, the United States is hoping to present a united front at a time when its hawkish policy has aggravated tensions and key allies are at loggerheads.  General Joseph Dunford, the top US military officer, said the United States would take the commanding role and provide surveillance as other countries escort vessels under their own flags.  The budding coalition comes as tensions soar with Iran, which shot down a US spy drone and has been blamed by Washington for a series of sabotage attacks on oil tankers.

    In seeking a coalition at sea to monitor Iran, the United States is hoping to present a united front at a time when its hawkish policy has aggravated tensions and key allies are at loggerheads. General Joseph Dunford, the top US military officer, said the United States would take the commanding role and provide surveillance as other countries escort vessels under their own flags. The budding coalition comes as tensions soar with Iran, which shot down a US spy drone and has been blamed by Washington for a series of sabotage attacks on oil tankers.


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  • 68/75   Iran, Russia pour scorn on US moves at UN nuclear watchdog
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    Iran and Russia on Wednesday poured scorn on America's call for Tehran to adhere to limits in a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, at a special meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog.  The meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was requested by the US after it was confirmed last week that Iran had exceeded the stockpile of enriched uranium permitted under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  The US Ambassador to International Organizations in Vienna Jackie Wolcott told the meeting that Iran was engaged in 'nuclear extortion'.

    Iran and Russia on Wednesday poured scorn on America's call for Tehran to adhere to limits in a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, at a special meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog. The meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was requested by the US after it was confirmed last week that Iran had exceeded the stockpile of enriched uranium permitted under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The US Ambassador to International Organizations in Vienna Jackie Wolcott told the meeting that Iran was engaged in 'nuclear extortion'.


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  • 69/75   Presidential candidate testifies in Kirchner Iran cover-up case
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    Argentine presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez testified Wednesday in a case against his running mate and former president Cristina Kirchner, who is accused of covering for Iran over a bomb attack on a Jewish center.  Fernandez's testimony was sought due to a 2015 newspaper interview in which he criticized Kirchner for allowing Iranian suspects to be questioned back home over the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.  The deal was never ratified by Tehran, but prosecutors investigating Kirchner for corruption say it was effectively a cover-up to absolve Iran in return for lucrative trade deals with her government.

    Argentine presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez testified Wednesday in a case against his running mate and former president Cristina Kirchner, who is accused of covering for Iran over a bomb attack on a Jewish center. Fernandez's testimony was sought due to a 2015 newspaper interview in which he criticized Kirchner for allowing Iranian suspects to be questioned back home over the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. The deal was never ratified by Tehran, but prosecutors investigating Kirchner for corruption say it was effectively a cover-up to absolve Iran in return for lucrative trade deals with her government.


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  • 70/75   9 Easy Ways to Make Your Jack-o'-Lanterns Last Longer
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    A little bleach goes a long way.

    A little bleach goes a long way.


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  • 71/75   Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel
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    If you're planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. You might...

    If you're planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. You might...


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  • 72/75   How to Get Kids to Wear Sunscreen
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    Being a kid in the summer is often about playing outside, but if you don’t protect your child from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, he or she has a greater chance of developing skin cancer as an adult...

    Being a kid in the summer is often about playing outside, but if you don’t protect your child from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, he or she has a greater chance of developing skin cancer as an adult...


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  • 73/75   Get a Good Sunscreen at a Great Price
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    No doubt about it: If you’re using sunscreen properly, you’re going to go through a lot of it over the course of a summer. Let’s do the math. It takes a full ounce to cover your body, and you nee...

    No doubt about it: If you’re using sunscreen properly, you’re going to go through a lot of it over the course of a summer. Let’s do the math. It takes a full ounce to cover your body, and you nee...


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  • 74/75   How Safe Is Deet? | Insect Repellent Safety
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    How Safe Is Deet? Deet is the most widely used insect repellent in the U.S. It has been around longer than any other active ingredient, and many scientists say it’s the gold standard for all rep...

    How Safe Is Deet? Deet is the most widely used insect repellent in the U.S. It has been around longer than any other active ingredient, and many scientists say it’s the gold standard for all rep...


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  • 75/75   9 Ways Digestive Problems Could Be Totally Screwing With Your Weight
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    It could explain why that number on the scale is rising.

    It could explain why that number on the scale is rising.


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