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  • 2/79   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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  • 3/79   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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  • 4/79   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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  • 5/79   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
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    '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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  • 6/79   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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  • 7/79   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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  • 8/79   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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    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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  • 9/79   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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  • 10/79   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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  • 11/79   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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  • 12/79   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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  • 13/79   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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  • 14/79   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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  • 15/79   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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  • 16/79   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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  • 17/79   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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  • 18/79   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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  • 19/79   The Latest: UK govt formally suspends Parliament for 5 weeks
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    The British government has formally suspended Parliament, sending lawmakers home for five weeks amid a Brexit crisis.  Lawmakers will return Oct. 14, little more than two weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union on Oct. 31.  The opposition accuses Prime Minister Boris Johnson of trying to stop lawmakers studying his Brexit plan.

    The British government has formally suspended Parliament, sending lawmakers home for five weeks amid a Brexit crisis. Lawmakers will return Oct. 14, little more than two weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union on Oct. 31. The opposition accuses Prime Minister Boris Johnson of trying to stop lawmakers studying his Brexit plan.


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  • 20/79   Tether releases new stablecoin pegged to Chinese yuan
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    Controversial stablecoin issuer Tether says it now supports Chinese yuan, launching a new coin pegged to offshore CNH called CNHT as an Ethereum token.

    Controversial stablecoin issuer Tether says it now supports Chinese yuan, launching a new coin pegged to offshore CNH called CNHT as an Ethereum token.


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  • 21/79   Brave says Google is (still) secretly sharing your personal data with advertisers
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    Brave presents new evidence that suggests Google is actively violating EU regulations, allowing companies to share sensitive customer data with ad partners.

    Brave presents new evidence that suggests Google is actively violating EU regulations, allowing companies to share sensitive customer data with ad partners.


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  • 22/79   China aims to stop Facebook from surveilling your money, so it can do it first
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Faced with the threat of Facebook controlling the financial world through crypto, China has decided to try exactly the same thing with its own "Libra."

    Faced with the threat of Facebook controlling the financial world through crypto, China has decided to try exactly the same thing with its own "Libra."


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  • 23/79   Altcoins surge while bitcoin treads water
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    The altcoin market experiences a remarkable recovery, but will it last?

    The altcoin market experiences a remarkable recovery, but will it last?


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  • 24/79   Whales move over $1 billion worth of Bitcoin to a single wallet
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    The wallet is now the 5th richest in the entire Bitcoin network.

    The wallet is now the 5th richest in the entire Bitcoin network.


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  • 25/79   Ripple moves $26.3 million XRP to co-founder Jed McCaleb
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    But will McCaleb dump ASAP, hurting the price of the failing coin?

    But will McCaleb dump ASAP, hurting the price of the failing coin?


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  • 26/79   Binance Labs leads $5.7 million Series A in Dapix to build interoperable blockchain tech
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Dapix’s Foundation for Interwallet Operability aims to make crypto wallets easier and less risky to use. A fresh haul of VC cash might help make it happen.

    Dapix’s Foundation for Interwallet Operability aims to make crypto wallets easier and less risky to use. A fresh haul of VC cash might help make it happen.


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  • 27/79   Wanted: Way more DeFi projects
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    Do you need $150k to get your Ethereum-based DeFi startup off the ground? Accelerator Tachyon would like a word.

    Do you need $150k to get your Ethereum-based DeFi startup off the ground? Accelerator Tachyon would like a word.


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  • 28/79   Casa's new Sats App goes wide, enabling Lightning and Bitcoin transactions
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    Casa's Sats App was set up to allow quick Bitcoin payments. Now, it's out of beta and running on mobile devices without the Casa Node.

    Casa's Sats App was set up to allow quick Bitcoin payments. Now, it's out of beta and running on mobile devices without the Casa Node.


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  • 29/79   Istanbul hard fork may lead to broken Ethereum contracts
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    A change to gas costs slated to take effect with the impending Ethereum hard fork may cause some contracts to fail. That could be okay.

    A change to gas costs slated to take effect with the impending Ethereum hard fork may cause some contracts to fail. That could be okay.


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  • 30/79   EU regulators criticize Facebook over latest data leak
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    Big Tech needs to do more to safeguard its data, says regulator, ahead of Facebook’s upcoming Libra launch.

    Big Tech needs to do more to safeguard its data, says regulator, ahead of Facebook’s upcoming Libra launch.


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  • 31/79   Bitcoin and Monero only top ten coins in the green
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    Bitcoin and Monero escape the red pit that engulfed the rest of the market.

    Bitcoin and Monero escape the red pit that engulfed the rest of the market.


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  • 32/79   Coinbase Ventures invests in Offchain Labs' Ethereum scaling solution for smart contracts
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    The enterprise-focused startup today releases a new Alpha version, which allows for over 500 transactions per second.

    The enterprise-focused startup today releases a new Alpha version, which allows for over 500 transactions per second.


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  • 33/79   Malware uses Bitcoin blockchain to target victims
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    “Glupteba” uses Bitcoin transactions to bypass anti-virus software.

    “Glupteba” uses Bitcoin transactions to bypass anti-virus software.


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  • 34/79   XRP’s price falls, now worth one quarter
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    Ethereum and Bitcoin have also dropped in price as the market heads south.

    Ethereum and Bitcoin have also dropped in price as the market heads south.


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  • 35/79   Bitcoin exchange Paxful brings 20 crypto ATMs to Colombia, Peru is next
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    Bitcoin p2p exchange Paxful is betting big on the Latin American market. If all goes to plan, it will soon control half of all crypto ATMs in Latin America.

    Bitcoin p2p exchange Paxful is betting big on the Latin American market. If all goes to plan, it will soon control half of all crypto ATMs in Latin America.


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  • 36/79   BitMEX traders are betting more than a $1 billion on bitcoin
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    This statistic shows that traders are moving back into the Bitcoin market but they may have no clue where it's going.

    This statistic shows that traders are moving back into the Bitcoin market but they may have no clue where it's going.


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  • 37/79   Dash now accepted by 1,000 more merchants and 250 ATMs globally
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    Is it time to spend, not HODL?

    Is it time to spend, not HODL?


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  • 38/79   Bitcoin breaks upwards as Monero stays bullish
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    Bitcoin and Monero are both booming this week, as the majority of the cryptocurrencies see positive gains.

    Bitcoin and Monero are both booming this week, as the majority of the cryptocurrencies see positive gains.


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  • 39/79   Marshall Islands to issue state-backed cryptocurrency despite IMF pressure
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    The Marshall Islands isn’t backing down from the intense political and economic pressure from the IMF to not abandon the U.S dollar.

    The Marshall Islands isn’t backing down from the intense political and economic pressure from the IMF to not abandon the U.S dollar.


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  • 40/79   AP Explains: How Trump upended US-Taliban peace talks
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    With a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has upended nearly a year of U.S.-Taliban negotiations on ending America's longest war.  The Taliban took half a day to respond, saying the abrupt decision hurt U.S. credibility after they had 'finalized' a deal, but said the U.S. likely would return to negotiations.  The two sides had still been talking on Saturday, they said — two days after Trump said he had 'immediately' called off talks.

    With a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has upended nearly a year of U.S.-Taliban negotiations on ending America's longest war. The Taliban took half a day to respond, saying the abrupt decision hurt U.S. credibility after they had 'finalized' a deal, but said the U.S. likely would return to negotiations. The two sides had still been talking on Saturday, they said — two days after Trump said he had 'immediately' called off talks.


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  • 41/79   Emails Show McCabe Scrambling to Handle Stories About Hillary Probe
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    Alex Wong/GettyFor months, a huge question has hovered over Washington’s legal community: Would the Justice Department charge former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe with a crime? In the wake of a New York Times report that his lawyers met with the deputy attorney general about the DOJ’s investigation of McCabe, many suspect charges could be coming. And the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office has scrutinized allegations that McCabe was not candid with FBI investigators about his role in a news story concerning the FBI’s probe into the Clinton Foundation. Now, emails reviewed by The Daily Beast cast additional light on the circumstances that preceded McCabe’s firing from the FBI. They show that one FBI official felt the need to clarify to then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that the FBI’s internal investigation into McCabe’s behavior wasn’t being slow-walked. And they show that former director of national intelligence James Clapper urged FBI Director Chris Wray to shield McCabe from being fired. They also show that in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election, McCabe shared more information about his media contacts with then-FBI Director James Comey than was previously known. McCabe has sued the Justice Department over his firing. The issues these emails shed light on—whether he deserved to be fired and whether the FBI handled the decision correctly—are sure to be front and center if the lawsuit goes to trial. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group, obtained the emails through FOIA litigation and shared them with The Daily Beast. They are also available in the FBI’s FOIA vault. CREW’s litigation is ongoing. Some of the emails in the tranche cast light on the FBI’s scramble to deal with media coverage in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. On Oct. 21, 2016, McCabe sent Comey an email with the subject line “Updates.” Copied on the email were James Rybicki, who was then Comey’s chief of staff, and David Bowdich, who was then associate deputy director of the FBI. McCabe opened with an update on a cyberattack. He then turned to the subject of media. “In the more bad news category, Mike K informed me that Devlin Barrett at WSJ is putting together an article claiming I had a conflict of interest on MYR as a result of Jill’s campaign connections to Gov. McCaulife [sic],” McCabe wrote, referring to then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “I will work with mike to provide some basic facts to push back. And, as always, will keep you advised. I am incredibly sorry for adding to the drama on this.” “Mike K” referred to Mike Kortan, then the FBI’s public affairs chief. “MYR” referred to Midyear, the FBI’s nickname for its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. “Outstanding,” Comey replied to McCabe. “Don’t sweat it.”Two days later, McCabe updated Comey and Rybicki on his participation in the then-forthcoming Wall Street Journal story. “Not too much in the update,” he wrote. “The only additional notable news is that Mike K and I spent a good part of the day trying to shape the WSJ story on my alleged conflict,” he wrote. “Looks like they may try to release it on line tonight. The reporter also called Jill for a comment, so we are working that as well.”The Justice Department Inspector General did not mention the emails in his damning report on McCabe, which focused on his role in a second Wall Street Journal story. The report alleged that McCabe lacked candor when he told FBI investigators about how the Journal obtained information about the Bureau’s internal deliberations for that second story. One issue has been whether McCabe told Comey about his participation in that story; McCabe has said he did, but Comey has said he has no recollection of McCabe making the disclosure to him. McCabe’s lawyers, meanwhile, argue that the Inspector General’s report is seriously flawed. Scrutiny of McCabe’s work at the FBI grew over the following two years, with congressional Republicans and the president calling for McCabe to be fired and punished. But McCabe also had defenders. Clapper—who has also become a target of the president—sent a handwritten letter to FBI Director Chris Wray on Feb. 25, 2018, praising McCabe and calling for Wray to intercede on his behalf. That letter is in the tranche of documents CREW obtained. In it, Clapper called the criticism of McCabe “completely unjustified and profoundly unfair.” “We often appeared as witnesses together at Congressional hearings, where, as you also know, ‘bonds’ with fellow witnesses can quickly form,” he wrote. “I came to know and rely on Andy as steady, straightforward, candid, forthright, and honest.” He also praised McCabe for his “sharp intellect, insightful wisdom, unwavering commitment to the mission, self-effacing humility, staunch devotion to the men and women of the Bureau, and, importantly, his impeccable integrity.” “I would hope you will consider my observations, which I know are shared uniformly by virtually everyone who knows Andy, and will use your influential voice to insure he is able to complete his career and retire after his 21 years of distinguished service to the Bureau and this nation,” Clapper concluded. Clapper’s letter came as the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) was scrutinizing McCabe. The Inspector General had referred his case to OPR so they could make a recommendation to the Attorney General on how to handle it. In an email sent on March 5, 2018, Candice Will—then the head of the OPR office—updated Bowdich on her team’s review of the McCabe investigation. That note includes a line that seems to hint at outside pressure to speed it up.“I sent the DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein] a short email advising that FBI OPR had received the referral from the OIG, we are actively working it, we anticipate providing a proposed action to the subject this week, we will make the file available to the subject—all in accordance with standard procedures—for him to prepare a written response,” she wrote. “In doing so, I let the Dept know that we are doing what should be done, not slow walking—we are following established procedures.”Bowdich responded by noting that the Bureau would face criticism regardless of how it handled the decision on McCabe. “Thanks Candice, as you know we will be second guessed by some every step of the way however this ends up,” he wrote. “As long as we follow the regular process we are where we should be on this issue.”It is unclear why Will felt the need to clarify to Rosenstein that her office was “not slow walking” the McCabe review. An FBI spokesperson declined to comment for this story, as did a spokesperson for McCabe. On March 19, 2018, just hours before McCabe would have been eligible to retire and receive his pension, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his firing. The move horrified his allies, but cheered critics of the Russia probe. And Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, John Dowd, praised the move and said Mueller’s investigation should be shut down next. The timing of McCabe’s firing—and the question of whether Trump’s allies pushed for it to be expedited—has become a major point of contention. The emails suggest there may be more to all these pieces of the McCabe story than currently known—and that civil litigation or a criminal trial could generate much more information. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. 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    Alex Wong/GettyFor months, a huge question has hovered over Washington’s legal community: Would the Justice Department charge former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe with a crime? In the wake of a New York Times report that his lawyers met with the deputy attorney general about the DOJ’s investigation of McCabe, many suspect charges could be coming. And the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office has scrutinized allegations that McCabe was not candid with FBI investigators about his role in a news story concerning the FBI’s probe into the Clinton Foundation. Now, emails reviewed by The Daily Beast cast additional light on the circumstances that preceded McCabe’s firing from the FBI. They show that one FBI official felt the need to clarify to then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that the FBI’s internal investigation into McCabe’s behavior wasn’t being slow-walked. And they show that former director of national intelligence James Clapper urged FBI Director Chris Wray to shield McCabe from being fired. They also show that in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election, McCabe shared more information about his media contacts with then-FBI Director James Comey than was previously known. McCabe has sued the Justice Department over his firing. The issues these emails shed light on—whether he deserved to be fired and whether the FBI handled the decision correctly—are sure to be front and center if the lawsuit goes to trial. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group, obtained the emails through FOIA litigation and shared them with The Daily Beast. They are also available in the FBI’s FOIA vault. CREW’s litigation is ongoing. Some of the emails in the tranche cast light on the FBI’s scramble to deal with media coverage in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. On Oct. 21, 2016, McCabe sent Comey an email with the subject line “Updates.” Copied on the email were James Rybicki, who was then Comey’s chief of staff, and David Bowdich, who was then associate deputy director of the FBI. McCabe opened with an update on a cyberattack. He then turned to the subject of media. “In the more bad news category, Mike K informed me that Devlin Barrett at WSJ is putting together an article claiming I had a conflict of interest on MYR as a result of Jill’s campaign connections to Gov. McCaulife [sic],” McCabe wrote, referring to then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “I will work with mike to provide some basic facts to push back. And, as always, will keep you advised. I am incredibly sorry for adding to the drama on this.” “Mike K” referred to Mike Kortan, then the FBI’s public affairs chief. “MYR” referred to Midyear, the FBI’s nickname for its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. “Outstanding,” Comey replied to McCabe. “Don’t sweat it.”Two days later, McCabe updated Comey and Rybicki on his participation in the then-forthcoming Wall Street Journal story. “Not too much in the update,” he wrote. “The only additional notable news is that Mike K and I spent a good part of the day trying to shape the WSJ story on my alleged conflict,” he wrote. “Looks like they may try to release it on line tonight. The reporter also called Jill for a comment, so we are working that as well.”The Justice Department Inspector General did not mention the emails in his damning report on McCabe, which focused on his role in a second Wall Street Journal story. The report alleged that McCabe lacked candor when he told FBI investigators about how the Journal obtained information about the Bureau’s internal deliberations for that second story. One issue has been whether McCabe told Comey about his participation in that story; McCabe has said he did, but Comey has said he has no recollection of McCabe making the disclosure to him. McCabe’s lawyers, meanwhile, argue that the Inspector General’s report is seriously flawed. Scrutiny of McCabe’s work at the FBI grew over the following two years, with congressional Republicans and the president calling for McCabe to be fired and punished. But McCabe also had defenders. Clapper—who has also become a target of the president—sent a handwritten letter to FBI Director Chris Wray on Feb. 25, 2018, praising McCabe and calling for Wray to intercede on his behalf. That letter is in the tranche of documents CREW obtained. In it, Clapper called the criticism of McCabe “completely unjustified and profoundly unfair.” “We often appeared as witnesses together at Congressional hearings, where, as you also know, ‘bonds’ with fellow witnesses can quickly form,” he wrote. “I came to know and rely on Andy as steady, straightforward, candid, forthright, and honest.” He also praised McCabe for his “sharp intellect, insightful wisdom, unwavering commitment to the mission, self-effacing humility, staunch devotion to the men and women of the Bureau, and, importantly, his impeccable integrity.” “I would hope you will consider my observations, which I know are shared uniformly by virtually everyone who knows Andy, and will use your influential voice to insure he is able to complete his career and retire after his 21 years of distinguished service to the Bureau and this nation,” Clapper concluded. Clapper’s letter came as the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) was scrutinizing McCabe. The Inspector General had referred his case to OPR so they could make a recommendation to the Attorney General on how to handle it. In an email sent on March 5, 2018, Candice Will—then the head of the OPR office—updated Bowdich on her team’s review of the McCabe investigation. That note includes a line that seems to hint at outside pressure to speed it up.“I sent the DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein] a short email advising that FBI OPR had received the referral from the OIG, we are actively working it, we anticipate providing a proposed action to the subject this week, we will make the file available to the subject—all in accordance with standard procedures—for him to prepare a written response,” she wrote. “In doing so, I let the Dept know that we are doing what should be done, not slow walking—we are following established procedures.”Bowdich responded by noting that the Bureau would face criticism regardless of how it handled the decision on McCabe. “Thanks Candice, as you know we will be second guessed by some every step of the way however this ends up,” he wrote. “As long as we follow the regular process we are where we should be on this issue.”It is unclear why Will felt the need to clarify to Rosenstein that her office was “not slow walking” the McCabe review. An FBI spokesperson declined to comment for this story, as did a spokesperson for McCabe. On March 19, 2018, just hours before McCabe would have been eligible to retire and receive his pension, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his firing. The move horrified his allies, but cheered critics of the Russia probe. And Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, John Dowd, praised the move and said Mueller’s investigation should be shut down next. The timing of McCabe’s firing—and the question of whether Trump’s allies pushed for it to be expedited—has become a major point of contention. The emails suggest there may be more to all these pieces of the McCabe story than currently known—and that civil litigation or a criminal trial could generate much more information. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. 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  • 42/79   Two dead, travel chaos, after powerful typhoon pummels Tokyo
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    A powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with record winds killed two people, police said Monday, as cancelled trains caused commuter chaos and more than 100 flights were scrapped, leaving thousands stranded at the airport.  Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to 207 kilometres (129 miles) per hour, made landfall in Chiba just east of the capital before dawn, after barrelling through Tokyo Bay.  The transport disruptions unleashed by the storm came less than two weeks before the start of the Rugby World Cup, and delayed the arrival of the Australian team -- a reminder that Japan's typhoon season could present challenges for organisers.

    A powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with record winds killed two people, police said Monday, as cancelled trains caused commuter chaos and more than 100 flights were scrapped, leaving thousands stranded at the airport. Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to 207 kilometres (129 miles) per hour, made landfall in Chiba just east of the capital before dawn, after barrelling through Tokyo Bay. The transport disruptions unleashed by the storm came less than two weeks before the start of the Rugby World Cup, and delayed the arrival of the Australian team -- a reminder that Japan's typhoon season could present challenges for organisers.


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  • 43/79   Cocaine abuse leaves fatal infected erosion in man's throat
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    Doctors in Malta are using a cocaine abuser’s death as a lesson for treatment. The 38-year-old had a known history of cocaine use that left him with a gaping hole at the back of his throat. Medical officials are now advising a thorough examination of brain and palate imaging for patients with a history of cocaine abuse.

    Doctors in Malta are using a cocaine abuser’s death as a lesson for treatment. The 38-year-old had a known history of cocaine use that left him with a gaping hole at the back of his throat. Medical officials are now advising a thorough examination of brain and palate imaging for patients with a history of cocaine abuse.


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  • 44/79   Man charged in 31-year-old cold case murder. Police suspect he may have killed others
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    Lawrence Gene 'Larry' Timmons was charged Friday with the 1988 slaying of a 31-year-old Missouri woman. Other cold cases now being looked at.

    Lawrence Gene 'Larry' Timmons was charged Friday with the 1988 slaying of a 31-year-old Missouri woman. Other cold cases now being looked at.


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  • 45/79   Second Amendment Foundation: Background checks policy shouldn't be decided on just Odessa
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    Anti-gun-rights extremists are exploiting the tragic shooting in Odessa, Texas, writes Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.

    Anti-gun-rights extremists are exploiting the tragic shooting in Odessa, Texas, writes Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.


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  • 46/79   A disgruntled mechanic has been charged with sabotaging an American Airlines flight
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    All of us have had a beef with the boss or disagreements and other assorted unpleasantness at work from time to time, which is the nature of being at the mercy of someone who's in charge of your productivity, never mind whether that intersects with your happiness.But it's probably fair to assume that most people don't act on those feelings and certainly don't take it out on innocent people. Which is, unfortunately, exactly what happened recently when a disgruntled American Airlines mechanic was arrested and charged after he tried to damage a plane and ruin a flight.According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani has been charged with "willfully damaging, destroying, disabling, or wrecking an aircraft, and attempting to do so." He was allegedly trying to damage the air data module system on a commercial airliner preparing to take off back in July from Miami International Airport, which had 150 people on board and was headed for the Bahamas.That system deals with the aircraft's speed, pitch, and other important data.Why did he do it? According to court documents, as noted in this CNN report, he admitted to investigators he took his actions in retaliation for a union contract dispute with the airline. More specifically, he messed with one of the plane's systems so it wouldn't take off on time -- and so he could earn overtime pay by working on the plane.The plane had actually started moving, and after the pilots increased power to the engines, they noticed the air data module system error and stopped the takeoff. Alani admitted what he did to investigators, who noted in the court documents that "Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers." This all got traced back to him after mechanics worked on the plane, discovered the obvious tampering, and used surveillance footage to figure out who did it.Here's what American Airlines had to say about the episode:> At American we have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members and we are taking this matter very seriously," reads a statement from the airline. "At the time of the incident, the aircraft was taken out of service, maintenance was performed and after an inspection to ensure it was safe the aircraft was returned to service. American immediately notified federal law enforcement who took over the investigation with our full cooperation.

    All of us have had a beef with the boss or disagreements and other assorted unpleasantness at work from time to time, which is the nature of being at the mercy of someone who's in charge of your productivity, never mind whether that intersects with your happiness.But it's probably fair to assume that most people don't act on those feelings and certainly don't take it out on innocent people. Which is, unfortunately, exactly what happened recently when a disgruntled American Airlines mechanic was arrested and charged after he tried to damage a plane and ruin a flight.According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani has been charged with "willfully damaging, destroying, disabling, or wrecking an aircraft, and attempting to do so." He was allegedly trying to damage the air data module system on a commercial airliner preparing to take off back in July from Miami International Airport, which had 150 people on board and was headed for the Bahamas.That system deals with the aircraft's speed, pitch, and other important data.Why did he do it? According to court documents, as noted in this CNN report, he admitted to investigators he took his actions in retaliation for a union contract dispute with the airline. More specifically, he messed with one of the plane's systems so it wouldn't take off on time -- and so he could earn overtime pay by working on the plane.The plane had actually started moving, and after the pilots increased power to the engines, they noticed the air data module system error and stopped the takeoff. Alani admitted what he did to investigators, who noted in the court documents that "Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers." This all got traced back to him after mechanics worked on the plane, discovered the obvious tampering, and used surveillance footage to figure out who did it.Here's what American Airlines had to say about the episode:> At American we have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members and we are taking this matter very seriously," reads a statement from the airline. "At the time of the incident, the aircraft was taken out of service, maintenance was performed and after an inspection to ensure it was safe the aircraft was returned to service. American immediately notified federal law enforcement who took over the investigation with our full cooperation.


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  • 47/79   A leaked offer to an Iranian tanker captain exposed an open secret: The US will pay you millions of dollars to betray its enemies
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    Defense and security experts were incredulous that the US government used email to offer millions of dollars to the captain of an Iranian oil tanker.

    Defense and security experts were incredulous that the US government used email to offer millions of dollars to the captain of an Iranian oil tanker.


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  • 48/79   North Korea says willing to resume U.S. talks this month, launches more projectiles
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    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Monday it was willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach.  Within hours of the announcement, North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles east from its South Pyongan province, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.  The launches followed repeated short-range missile tests by North Korea since its leader Kim Jong Un agreed in a June 30 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to reopen working-level talks stalled since their failed February summit in Hanoi.

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Monday it was willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach. Within hours of the announcement, North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles east from its South Pyongan province, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The launches followed repeated short-range missile tests by North Korea since its leader Kim Jong Un agreed in a June 30 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to reopen working-level talks stalled since their failed February summit in Hanoi.


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  • 49/79   South African attacks on foreign shops continue; 12 dead
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    Two people have been killed in Johannesburg, police confirmed Monday, bringing to 12 the number of deaths since violence against foreign-owned shops erupted last month.  Bands of South Africans launched violent attacks against foreign-owned shops and stalls, looting and burning the small businesses and attacking some of the shopkeepers.  The attacks appear to be spreading throughout Gauteng, the country's most populous province encompassing the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

    Two people have been killed in Johannesburg, police confirmed Monday, bringing to 12 the number of deaths since violence against foreign-owned shops erupted last month. Bands of South Africans launched violent attacks against foreign-owned shops and stalls, looting and burning the small businesses and attacking some of the shopkeepers. The attacks appear to be spreading throughout Gauteng, the country's most populous province encompassing the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.


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  • 50/79   Climate change is coming for your wine. What the world's wineries are doing to save grapes
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    Climate change is causing heat spikes and irregular rain patterns that are prompting wineries the world over to consider new locations and new varietals.

    Climate change is causing heat spikes and irregular rain patterns that are prompting wineries the world over to consider new locations and new varietals.


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  • 51/79   As Earth faces climate catastrophe, US set to open nearly 200 power plants
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    There are as many as 177 natural gas power plants currently planned, under construction or announced in the United States.

    There are as many as 177 natural gas power plants currently planned, under construction or announced in the United States.


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  • 52/79   A Brief Astronomical History of Saturn’s Amazing Rings
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    With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the Sun’s blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before.

    With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the Sun’s blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before.


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  • 53/79   High blood pressure on the rise among older pregnant women: study
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    New US research has found that the rate of high blood pressure among pregnant women age 35 and over in the United States is on the increase, and black women are at an even higher risk of the condition than white women.  Carried out by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the new study looked at the pregnancies of more than 151 million women in the United States between 1970 and 2010 to investigate the rates of hypertension (high blood pressure) among pregnant women during this period.

    New US research has found that the rate of high blood pressure among pregnant women age 35 and over in the United States is on the increase, and black women are at an even higher risk of the condition than white women. Carried out by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the new study looked at the pregnancies of more than 151 million women in the United States between 1970 and 2010 to investigate the rates of hypertension (high blood pressure) among pregnant women during this period.


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  • 54/79   The Epstein-funded MIT lab has an ambitious project that purports to revolutionize agriculture. Insiders say it's mostly smoke and mirrors.
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    MIT Media Lab staff faked key elements of its "personal food computer" project, insiders told Business Insider. In one instance, staff were told to place herbs grown elsewhere into the boxes.

    MIT Media Lab staff faked key elements of its "personal food computer" project, insiders told Business Insider. In one instance, staff were told to place herbs grown elsewhere into the boxes.


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  • 55/79   The mysterious spate of vape-related deaths and illnesses continues to grow, confounding experts. Here's what officials knew and when.
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    The CDC is investigating at least 450 possible cases of vape-related illnesses in 33 states across the US. The illnesses have led to at least 5 deaths.

    The CDC is investigating at least 450 possible cases of vape-related illnesses in 33 states across the US. The illnesses have led to at least 5 deaths.


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  • 56/79   A brief history of how Trump came up with the false claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama
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    President Trump falsely claimed that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian, and has been doubling down since. Here's the timeline of his mishap.

    President Trump falsely claimed that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian, and has been doubling down since. Here's the timeline of his mishap.


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  • 57/79   What the 10 Democrats running for president each think the US should do about climate change
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    Democratic primary candidates each discussed how they'd address climate change as president during a CNN town hall this week.

    Democratic primary candidates each discussed how they'd address climate change as president during a CNN town hall this week.


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  • 58/79   9/11 firefighters at greater risk of cardiovascular disease: study
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    Firefighters who rushed to the World Trade Center on 9/11 have a greater danger of heart disease, says a report out Friday, adding to studies that documented higher risk of cancer.  The study, published in the American Medical Association's JAMA Open Network, examined the medical data of nearly 9,800 New York fire personnel mobilized on the day the Twin Towers fell and in the months afterward.  Over the 16 years following the September 11 attacks in 2001 there were 489 cardiovascular-related illnesses among the firefighters, including heart attacks, coronary artery disease and even a few deaths.

    Firefighters who rushed to the World Trade Center on 9/11 have a greater danger of heart disease, says a report out Friday, adding to studies that documented higher risk of cancer. The study, published in the American Medical Association's JAMA Open Network, examined the medical data of nearly 9,800 New York fire personnel mobilized on the day the Twin Towers fell and in the months afterward. Over the 16 years following the September 11 attacks in 2001 there were 489 cardiovascular-related illnesses among the firefighters, including heart attacks, coronary artery disease and even a few deaths.


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  • 59/79   Japanese scientists find new dinosaur species
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    Japanese scientists have identified a new species of dinosaur from a nearly complete skeleton that was the largest ever discovered in the country, measuring eight metres (26 feet) long.  After analysing hundreds of bones dating back 72 million years, the team led by Hokkaido University concluded the skeleton once belonged to a new species of hadrosaurid dinosaur, a herbivorous beast that roamed the Earth in the late Cretaceous period.  A partial tail was first found in northern Japan in 2013 and later excavations revealed the entire skeleton.

    Japanese scientists have identified a new species of dinosaur from a nearly complete skeleton that was the largest ever discovered in the country, measuring eight metres (26 feet) long. After analysing hundreds of bones dating back 72 million years, the team led by Hokkaido University concluded the skeleton once belonged to a new species of hadrosaurid dinosaur, a herbivorous beast that roamed the Earth in the late Cretaceous period. A partial tail was first found in northern Japan in 2013 and later excavations revealed the entire skeleton.


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  • 60/79   North Korea fires projectiles after offering talks with US
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    North Korea launched at least two unidentified projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new U.S. proposals.  The North's projectile launches and demand for new proposals were apparently aimed at pressuring the United States to make concessions when the North Korea-U.S. talks restart.

    North Korea launched at least two unidentified projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new U.S. proposals. The North's projectile launches and demand for new proposals were apparently aimed at pressuring the United States to make concessions when the North Korea-U.S. talks restart.


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  • 61/79   Johnson Fails to Secure Poll, Suspends Parliament: Brexit Update
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    (Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story. Members of Parliament voted again to deny Boris Johnson an early general election, which the prime minister wants to break the Brexit impasse. The government suspended Parliament as planned.Key Developments:Johnson fell short of two-thirds majority needed to secure an early general electionParliament was suspended at the end of business until Oct. 14Speaker John Bercow said he plans to step down by Oct. 31Parliament Suspended Until Oct. 14 (1:30 a.m.)The U.K. Parliament began its suspension or prorogation at the end of Monday’s business. It was proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who plans to begin a new parliamentary session with a Queen’s Speech on Oct. 14. But he received strong opposition from MPs, who accused him of trying to avoid scrutiny over his Brexit policy.Labour MPs Protest Prorogation (1:25 a.m.)With the ceremony for Parliament’s prorogation or suspension under way, a group of Labour MPs protested with signs reading “Silenced” next to House of Commons Speaker John Bercow’s chair, according to the Press Association.“I am perfectly happy to play my part, but I do want to make the point that this is not a standard or normal prorogation,” Bercow said when MPs were asked to move to the House of Lords for the ceremony, pointing out that it would be “one of the longest in decades.”Many opposition lawmakers stayed in the Commons. Benches in the House of Lords were also virtually empty.MPs Again Reject Early Election (12:40 a.m.)U.K. Members of Parliament again rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid for an early general election on Oct. 15. The result was 293-46 in favor of a poll, but that was short of the two-thirds majority -- 434 votes -- that Johnson needed to win.“I urged the House to trust the people, but once again the opposition think they know better,” Johnson told the House of Commons after the vote. He reiterated that he will not delay Brexit, and confirmed Parliament will be suspended until Oct. 14.In response, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister didn’t accept the votes in the House of Commons against a no-deal Brexit.Lib Dems Would Revoke Article 50 If Elected (11:45 p.m.)Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson said her party would revoke Article 50 -- keeping the U.K. in the European Union -- if it was elected to government.She also called for a second referendum pitching any Brexit deal the government reaches with Brussels against remaining in the bloc. Swinson said her party will vote for a general election only once the prime minister has secured an extension from the EU. “This is about the national interest.”“I don’t think there is a majority for any specific type of Brexit in the country,” she said. “We want to stop Brexit.”Corbyn: PM Has No Mandate for No-Deal Brexit (11:10 p.m.)Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn responded to Johnson’s statement by accusing the prime minister of pursuing a no-deal Brexit with no mandate to do so, and calling the government’s negotiations with the European Union a “sham.”Corbyn demanded the government produce its proposals for a new Brexit deal. Asked by Johnson why Labour wasn’t backing an election, Corbyn replied: “Because we are the responsible party and we don’t want to crash out with no deal.”Corbyn accused Johnson of shutting down Parliament to avoid scrutiny. “We are not walking into traps laid by this prime minister,” he said.Johnson: ‘I Will Not Ask for Another Delay’ (11 p.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated that he’s prepared to leave the European Union without an agreement if necessary, and that he “will not ask for another delay.” That has enraged opposition lawmakers, who complain he’s refusing to acknowledge the legislation that passed into law earlier blocking a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.Johnson: Election ‘Only Way to Break Deadlock’ (10:50 p.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson is delivering his pitch for an early general election, accusing the Labour Party of “preposterous cowardice” for not voting for one in his speech to the House of Commons.“They have a constitutional duty to oppose the government and seek to replace it,” Johnson said. Labour are “abrogating their fundamental responsibility.”He needs two-thirds of MPs -- 434 of them -- to vote for this. Last week he got 298, and there’s no reason to think he’ll get any closer this week.MPs Back Corbyn Motion on No-Deal Bill (9 p.m.)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s motion (see 7:45 p.m.) was passed in the House of Commons without a formal vote. It means Parliament expects the government to comply with legislation that passed into law on Monday demanding it seek a Brexit extension if there’s no divorce deal reached with Brussels.Raab: No-Deal Bill Is ‘Flawed Legislation’ (8:55 p.m.)Closing the debate for the government, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the bill blocking a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 is “flawed legislation” that weakens the U.K.’s hands in negotiations with the European Union. The prime minister will not go to Brussels to negotiate a Brexit delay, Raab said, reiterating that the government is committed to leaving the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31.The government “will always respect the rule of law,” Raab told the House of Commons, but he indicated it would be seeking legal advice on the legislation, echoing his previous comments.Raab also urged the opposition parties to support an early general election when it comes to a vote later on Monday. An election is “constitutionally the correct course of action” and the only way to break the deadlock in Parliament, Raab said.Corbyn: Government Must Adhere to Rule of Law (7:45 p.m.)In the House of Commons, Members of Parliament are debating whether the prime minister can ignore the legislation -- which entered law earlier on Monday (see 3:24 p.m.) -- intended to stop the U.K. leaving the European Union without an agreement on Oct. 31. The debate was requested by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an effort to exploit divisions in Johnson’s administration.Opening the debate, Corbyn said the government must give an unequivocal assurance to Parliament that it will adhere to the law, adding that many people are “truly frightened” about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.“The fact that Parliament is compelled to pass a law to ensure the will of Parliament is upheld shows what extraordinary times we now live in,” Corbyn said. “The House has rejected no deal, businesses and trade unions are united in rejecting no deal, and there is no majority for it across the country.”MPs Vote to Force Govt to Publish No-Deal Plans (7:35 p.m.)Members of Parliament voted 311 to 302 in favor of Dominic Grieve’s motion (see 5:05 p.m.), which seeks to force the government to publish its preparations for a no-deal Brexit, as well as correspondence and documents related to the decision to suspend Parliament by Sept. 11.Grieve used a so-called humble address mechanism, the same one used by politicians -- ultimately successfully -- to get the government’s Brexit planning papers at the end of 2017.Gove Says Grieve Motion Unprecedented (7:15 p.m.)Closing the debate for the government, Michael Gove, the minister in charge of no-deal Brexit planning, called Grieve’s motion (see 5:05 p.m.) unprecedented because it would force the government to give up communications potentially in violation of privacy regulations.MPs are now voting on the motion.Cox: Government Can’t Force Staff to Comply (6 p.m.)In the House of Commons, Dominic Grieve presented his motion demanding the publication of government papers on no-deal plans, along with communications between government advisers on the suspension of Parliament (see 5:05 p.m.).In response, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox questioned whether the government had the right to force employees to comply with Grieve’s demands, given his motion includes private email addresses and other communications.Grieve disagreed, and said Cox’s response was evidence of a “slide towards a government that will not respect the conventions without which orderly government in this country cannot take place.”Commons to Debate Johnson Obeying Law (5:12 p.m.)Bercow also granted an emergency debate on the question of whether government ministers should obey the law.The debate was requested by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an effort to exploit divisions at the top of the Johnson administration about whether the government can simply ignore the law blocking a no-deal Brexit passed by Parliament last week.Read more: Defiant Johnson Pushes On With Brexit Plan as Court Threat LoomsBercow Grants Debate on No-Deal Brexit Plan (5.05 p.m.)House of Commons Speaker John Bercow granted an emergency debate intended to force the publication of communications between government officials about the suspension of parliament.The motion, brought by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, also requests the publication of all the paperwork about Operation Yellowhammer, the government’s planning for a no-deal Brexit.The parliamentary device that opposition MPs are using, a “humble address,” is the same one used successfully to get the government’s Brexit planning papers at the end of 2017.The proceedings were delayed by almost an hour-and-a-half of tributes to Bercow by MPs after he announced he would be stepping down.MP Questions Timing of Bercow’s Departure (4 p.m.)Former cabinet minister Rory Stewart, reacting to Bercow’s announcement, questioned the timing of his departure at such a crucial juncture.“Whatever people’s view of him we are in a very unstable situation and in desperate need of stability at the moment,” Stewart said in an interview. “With an unwritten constitution the whole thing is so dependent on personality at the moment. So it’s unfortunate he’s gone, I would rather he’d stayed until next year.”Bercow said leaving on Oct. 31 would be “least disruptive” because he would stay in post for the votes on Johnson’s legislative program -- a potentially major flashpoint in Parliament and an opportunity for the premier’s opponents to try to oust him or force an election.Bercow Quits as Commons Speaker (3:38 p.m.)John Bercow announced he is to stand down as Commons speaker by Oct. 31, the current Brexit deadline. In a surprise announcement to members of Parliament, he said he would quit later on Monday if they vote to trigger a snap general election. This isn’t likely as the main opposition parties are set to vote against the prime minister’s plan for a national poll.So Bercow said his term in office will come to an end at the end of next month. This would be “the least disruptive and most democratic action,” he said. An election will be held among MPs to choose a new speaker. After finishing his emotional statement, Bercow received applause and tributes from politicians across the House.His exit is a potential blow to those MPs who have been working to avoid a no-deal Brexit as he has repeatedly made time for them to take action to limit the government’s room for maneuver.“I wish my successor in the chair the very best of fortune in standing up for the rights of honorable and right honorable members individually and for Parliament institutionally,” Bercow said.Profile of John Bercow, the government’s Brexit nemesisAnd It’s Law (3:24 p.m.)The anti-no deal Brexit backed last week by rebel Tories has now become law, the House of Lords Speaker Norman Fowler announced.The new law requires the prime minister to seek a three-month Brexit extension to Jan. 31. The only way he could avoid a delay would be to get Parliament’s approval for a no-deal Brexit or a divorce deal by Oct. 19. Read more about it here.However, Johnson has said he would rather die than seek a delay and the government is already consulting its lawyers, seeking loopholes in the bill to get around it, according to a person familiar with the matter.Expelled Tory MP Says Party is Bad for U.K. (2:15 p.m.)Margot James, one of 21 Members of Parliament expelled from the Conservative Party last week for rebelling over Brexit, said it would be bad for the country if the Tories win a majority.“I’m afraid that is the conclusion I have reached,” James, a former minister, told BBC TV on Monday. “Under the current leadership, with the current policy I think it would be a bad thing for the country for it to be returned with a majority.”James went further, saying that former Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was “turbulent,” and Johnson’s administration is “even more chaotic.” In more than nine years as an MP, she said, the only government she served in that was progressive and tackled the country’s challenges was the five-year coalition with the Liberal Democrats.Johnson to Return to Domestic Agenda (1:50 p.m.)Boris Johnson plans to switch focus to the domestic agenda after the suspension of Parliament as he seeks to build support for the expected general election, according to a person familiar with the matter.The campaign will have a similar style to Johnson’s messaging during the summer, the person said. While Parliament wasn’t sitting, Johnson regularly announced new funding and policy promises for his campaign priorities of crime, health and schools.Government lawyers are exploring ways for the prime minister to get around the law, passed last week, that requires him to delay Brexit if he hasn’t got a deal. Part of the reason for that is to show the prime minister will do everything in his power to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31, the person said.Read more: Johnson Is Campaigning Again, But What Exactly Is He Selling?Applications for Emergency Debates at 3:30 p.m. (1 p.m.)The timings of the votes in Parliament will become clear at 3:30 p.m. and traders should brace themselves for a late night.That’s because Speaker John Bercow has agreed to hear two applications for emergency debates today. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will apply for a debate to ensure the law barring a no-deal Brexit is respected by the prime minister after Johnson’s insistence he will not extend negotiations with the EU.The other application is being made by former Conservative Dominic Grieve. He wants the government to publish its assessment of no-deal preparedness.If the speaker grants both debates, that adds another six hours to this afternoon’s proceedings, pushing back the time of the vote on whether the U.K. should hold an election.Opposition Plot Their Path to Election (12:44 p.m.)There is some reluctance to commit to any specific plan or date for an election at this stage as they await Johnson’s next move. A lot will depend on how things play out.U.K. and Ireland Flag ‘Significant Gaps’ (12:15 p.m.)Johnson and Varadkar held two meetings lasting more than an hour in total on Monday morning, according to a joint statement from their two governments.“While they agreed that the discussions are at an early stage, common ground was established in some areas although significant gaps remain,” the statement said.Both nations remain “committed” to securing an agreement between the U.K. and the European Union, and also to restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland, they said.Johnson’s Parliament Suspension Draws Criticism (12 p.m.)Johnson’s decision to suspend -- or prorogue -- Parliament at the close of business on Monday stoked the anger of opposition MPs.Labour’s Catherine West described the decision as “utterly irresponsible at a time of political crisis.’’ Her colleague Alison McGovern said that, rather than “being suspended and sent away,” the conference recess could be canceled to deal with the tight Brexit timetable. “Anyone who says this is normal has got it wrong,’’ she said on Twitter.In the House of Lords, opposition lawmakers said they would boycott the prorogation ceremony, which involves dressing in ermine and the use of 12th Century Norman French.The close of business may not happen until after midnight. While that would be Tuesday in the real world, in the House of Lords it will still be considered Monday.Government Confirms Parliament Suspension (11:45 a.m.)Johnson’s spokesman, James Slack, said Parliament will be suspended once Monday’s business has been completed.Opposition Parties Agree To Stick To Plan (11:40 a.m.)Opposition leaders agreed to stick to their plan to oppose Boris Johnson’s call for a general election when it’s voted on later on Monday, the Labour Party said in a statement (see 9:45 a.m.).“All leaders agreed that they would not support Boris Johnson’s ploy to deny the people their decision by crashing us out of the EU with No Deal during a general election campaign,” Labour said. “They agreed to work together today to hold the government to account in Parliament.”Talks Continue as EU Seeks U.K. Proposals (11:30 a.m.)“Technical meetings” on Brexit will continue this week between Johnson’s envoy David Frost and the European Commission, commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told reporters in Brussels.The EU is still looking for concrete proposals from the U.K., Andreeva said. While there were “some ideas” from the U.K. last week on a joint Northern Ireland-Ireland agri-food area, proper solutions “were not presented,” she said.Read more: With the U.K. in Turmoil, Brexit Talks Are Slipping BackwardWhat We Learned When Boris Met Leo (10:50 a.m.)The bottom line from the press conference between Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his U.K. counterpart, Boris Johnson, is that little really new emerged.Standing in the rain in Dublin, both restated previously held positions. Varadkar was probably more forceful than expected, and appeared less conciliatory than in his outings with Theresa May.At times, during his opening statement, it felt like the Irish premier was lecturing Johnson -- as he warned the British leader he faces a “herculean task” in achieving trade deals with the EU and US after Brexit and told him there’s no such thing as a clean break from the bloc. Such messages won’t play well with the hardliners in Johnson’s Conservative party, who believe the EU is effectively trying to trap the U.K.Varadkar may be merely setting out his stall before a tough renegotiation, but it didn’t feel like compromise is in the air. Varadkar seemed determined not to inject more false optimism into the process after the U.K.’s reaction to mildly encouraging words from Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.‘Ideal’ Time for a Brexit Deal, Johnson Says (10:06 a.m.)Johnson says the U.K. has “an ideal” amount of time to achieve a deal with the EU as the tight timetable will focus minds. “We can make a huge amount of progress,” he said before talks with Varadkar in Dublin.But Varadkar said Johnson’s key demand, to remove the Irish border backstop, is not “ideal for us” and not “attractive.”Johnson Says Deal Can Be Done By Oct. 18 (10 a.m.)Johnson told Varadkar he is determined to find a deal by Oct. 18, when the next European Council meets. Not to do so “would be a failure of statecraft,” Johnson said.Johnson said he wanted to “manage expectations” that there would be a “breakthrough” on the Irish backstop at the talks in Dublin today.He assured Varadkar that the U.K. “would never, ever” impose checks at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.Varadkar Wants Guarantees, Not Promises (9:50 a.m.)Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he needs guarantees, not promises, to fix the problem of the border with Northern Ireland after Brexit.“We are open to alternatives but they must be realistic, legally binding and workable,” Varadkar said before talks with Johnson in Dublin. He added that no proposals have yet been received from the U.K. “What we can’t do and will not do is agree to the replacement of a legal guarantee with a promise,” he said.Varadkar says he believes a deal with the U.K. “is possible.”Opposition Parties Discuss Strategy (9:45 a.m.)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will host a meeting of the smaller opposition parties this morning. Attendees including the Scottish Nationalist Party, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats, according to two people familiar with the matter.They will discuss the timing of the election and strategy for tackling Johnson, including a possible impeachment if he presses ahead with no-deal against the will of Parliament.Welsh Party Eyes Johnson Impeachment (9:30 a.m.)Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalist party, said opposition groups should be prepared to impeach Boris Johnson if he ignores legislation forcing him to seek another delay to Brexit.“It only takes one MP to make the accusation of High Crimes and Misdemeanors against a public official for the impeachment process to begin,” Plaid said in a statement on Monday. “Once the accuser has presented his or her proofs to the Commons and if the House agrees that there is a case to answer, a committee is established to draw up articles of impeachment.”The House of Lords, who act as judges in the case, then appoint prosecutors to try the case, and if there is a conviction the Commons decides the sentence, the party said. The procedure was last used – unsuccessfully – on Henry Dundas, the minister for war, in 1806, according to the House of Commons Library.Ireland Favors Brexit Extension (Earlier)Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said his country is in favor of an extension to Brexit talks so long as it “creates the space” for solutions to be found. He warned that in a no-deal Brexit, “we would put in place the kind of arrangements that would be needed to ensure that we would stay inside the single market.”Efforts are focusing on how to keep the U.K.-Ireland border open while dropping the contentious Irish backstop policy from the deal brokered by Theresa May. Johnson has suggested maintaining common standards on agri-foods. Donohoe said that while that idea, “when fleshed out, would clearly have merit,” it’s also not enough to get a deal.“This is something that only covers off a portion of the trade between the United Kingdom and Ireland on the island of Ireland and would not be a solution that would deal with all of the other issues we have to manage in terms of the flow of trade and also the protection of the Good Friday Agreement,” Donohoe said.Asked about alternative arrangements such as trusted trader programs that the U.K. is promoting, Donohoe said: “We have yet to see examples of how they would work not only on our own island but indeed anywhere else in the world.”Earlier:Defiant Johnson Pushes On With Brexit Plan as Court Threat LoomsWith the U.K. in Turmoil, Brexit Talks Are Slipping BackwardBritain’s Steve Bannon Is Tearing Johnson’s Tories Apart\--With assistance from Ian Wishart, Dara Doyle and Alex Morales.To contact the reporters on this story: Kitty Donaldson in London at kdonaldson1@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.net;Tiago Ramos Alfaro in London at talfaro1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Stuart Biggs, Tiago Ramos AlfaroFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story. Members of Parliament voted again to deny Boris Johnson an early general election, which the prime minister wants to break the Brexit impasse. The government suspended Parliament as planned.Key Developments:Johnson fell short of two-thirds majority needed to secure an early general electionParliament was suspended at the end of business until Oct. 14Speaker John Bercow said he plans to step down by Oct. 31Parliament Suspended Until Oct. 14 (1:30 a.m.)The U.K. Parliament began its suspension or prorogation at the end of Monday’s business. It was proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who plans to begin a new parliamentary session with a Queen’s Speech on Oct. 14. But he received strong opposition from MPs, who accused him of trying to avoid scrutiny over his Brexit policy.Labour MPs Protest Prorogation (1:25 a.m.)With the ceremony for Parliament’s prorogation or suspension under way, a group of Labour MPs protested with signs reading “Silenced” next to House of Commons Speaker John Bercow’s chair, according to the Press Association.“I am perfectly happy to play my part, but I do want to make the point that this is not a standard or normal prorogation,” Bercow said when MPs were asked to move to the House of Lords for the ceremony, pointing out that it would be “one of the longest in decades.”Many opposition lawmakers stayed in the Commons. Benches in the House of Lords were also virtually empty.MPs Again Reject Early Election (12:40 a.m.)U.K. Members of Parliament again rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid for an early general election on Oct. 15. The result was 293-46 in favor of a poll, but that was short of the two-thirds majority -- 434 votes -- that Johnson needed to win.“I urged the House to trust the people, but once again the opposition think they know better,” Johnson told the House of Commons after the vote. He reiterated that he will not delay Brexit, and confirmed Parliament will be suspended until Oct. 14.In response, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister didn’t accept the votes in the House of Commons against a no-deal Brexit.Lib Dems Would Revoke Article 50 If Elected (11:45 p.m.)Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson said her party would revoke Article 50 -- keeping the U.K. in the European Union -- if it was elected to government.She also called for a second referendum pitching any Brexit deal the government reaches with Brussels against remaining in the bloc. Swinson said her party will vote for a general election only once the prime minister has secured an extension from the EU. “This is about the national interest.”“I don’t think there is a majority for any specific type of Brexit in the country,” she said. “We want to stop Brexit.”Corbyn: PM Has No Mandate for No-Deal Brexit (11:10 p.m.)Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn responded to Johnson’s statement by accusing the prime minister of pursuing a no-deal Brexit with no mandate to do so, and calling the government’s negotiations with the European Union a “sham.”Corbyn demanded the government produce its proposals for a new Brexit deal. Asked by Johnson why Labour wasn’t backing an election, Corbyn replied: “Because we are the responsible party and we don’t want to crash out with no deal.”Corbyn accused Johnson of shutting down Parliament to avoid scrutiny. “We are not walking into traps laid by this prime minister,” he said.Johnson: ‘I Will Not Ask for Another Delay’ (11 p.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated that he’s prepared to leave the European Union without an agreement if necessary, and that he “will not ask for another delay.” That has enraged opposition lawmakers, who complain he’s refusing to acknowledge the legislation that passed into law earlier blocking a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.Johnson: Election ‘Only Way to Break Deadlock’ (10:50 p.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson is delivering his pitch for an early general election, accusing the Labour Party of “preposterous cowardice” for not voting for one in his speech to the House of Commons.“They have a constitutional duty to oppose the government and seek to replace it,” Johnson said. Labour are “abrogating their fundamental responsibility.”He needs two-thirds of MPs -- 434 of them -- to vote for this. Last week he got 298, and there’s no reason to think he’ll get any closer this week.MPs Back Corbyn Motion on No-Deal Bill (9 p.m.)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s motion (see 7:45 p.m.) was passed in the House of Commons without a formal vote. It means Parliament expects the government to comply with legislation that passed into law on Monday demanding it seek a Brexit extension if there’s no divorce deal reached with Brussels.Raab: No-Deal Bill Is ‘Flawed Legislation’ (8:55 p.m.)Closing the debate for the government, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the bill blocking a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 is “flawed legislation” that weakens the U.K.’s hands in negotiations with the European Union. The prime minister will not go to Brussels to negotiate a Brexit delay, Raab said, reiterating that the government is committed to leaving the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31.The government “will always respect the rule of law,” Raab told the House of Commons, but he indicated it would be seeking legal advice on the legislation, echoing his previous comments.Raab also urged the opposition parties to support an early general election when it comes to a vote later on Monday. An election is “constitutionally the correct course of action” and the only way to break the deadlock in Parliament, Raab said.Corbyn: Government Must Adhere to Rule of Law (7:45 p.m.)In the House of Commons, Members of Parliament are debating whether the prime minister can ignore the legislation -- which entered law earlier on Monday (see 3:24 p.m.) -- intended to stop the U.K. leaving the European Union without an agreement on Oct. 31. The debate was requested by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an effort to exploit divisions in Johnson’s administration.Opening the debate, Corbyn said the government must give an unequivocal assurance to Parliament that it will adhere to the law, adding that many people are “truly frightened” about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.“The fact that Parliament is compelled to pass a law to ensure the will of Parliament is upheld shows what extraordinary times we now live in,” Corbyn said. “The House has rejected no deal, businesses and trade unions are united in rejecting no deal, and there is no majority for it across the country.”MPs Vote to Force Govt to Publish No-Deal Plans (7:35 p.m.)Members of Parliament voted 311 to 302 in favor of Dominic Grieve’s motion (see 5:05 p.m.), which seeks to force the government to publish its preparations for a no-deal Brexit, as well as correspondence and documents related to the decision to suspend Parliament by Sept. 11.Grieve used a so-called humble address mechanism, the same one used by politicians -- ultimately successfully -- to get the government’s Brexit planning papers at the end of 2017.Gove Says Grieve Motion Unprecedented (7:15 p.m.)Closing the debate for the government, Michael Gove, the minister in charge of no-deal Brexit planning, called Grieve’s motion (see 5:05 p.m.) unprecedented because it would force the government to give up communications potentially in violation of privacy regulations.MPs are now voting on the motion.Cox: Government Can’t Force Staff to Comply (6 p.m.)In the House of Commons, Dominic Grieve presented his motion demanding the publication of government papers on no-deal plans, along with communications between government advisers on the suspension of Parliament (see 5:05 p.m.).In response, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox questioned whether the government had the right to force employees to comply with Grieve’s demands, given his motion includes private email addresses and other communications.Grieve disagreed, and said Cox’s response was evidence of a “slide towards a government that will not respect the conventions without which orderly government in this country cannot take place.”Commons to Debate Johnson Obeying Law (5:12 p.m.)Bercow also granted an emergency debate on the question of whether government ministers should obey the law.The debate was requested by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an effort to exploit divisions at the top of the Johnson administration about whether the government can simply ignore the law blocking a no-deal Brexit passed by Parliament last week.Read more: Defiant Johnson Pushes On With Brexit Plan as Court Threat LoomsBercow Grants Debate on No-Deal Brexit Plan (5.05 p.m.)House of Commons Speaker John Bercow granted an emergency debate intended to force the publication of communications between government officials about the suspension of parliament.The motion, brought by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, also requests the publication of all the paperwork about Operation Yellowhammer, the government’s planning for a no-deal Brexit.The parliamentary device that opposition MPs are using, a “humble address,” is the same one used successfully to get the government’s Brexit planning papers at the end of 2017.The proceedings were delayed by almost an hour-and-a-half of tributes to Bercow by MPs after he announced he would be stepping down.MP Questions Timing of Bercow’s Departure (4 p.m.)Former cabinet minister Rory Stewart, reacting to Bercow’s announcement, questioned the timing of his departure at such a crucial juncture.“Whatever people’s view of him we are in a very unstable situation and in desperate need of stability at the moment,” Stewart said in an interview. “With an unwritten constitution the whole thing is so dependent on personality at the moment. So it’s unfortunate he’s gone, I would rather he’d stayed until next year.”Bercow said leaving on Oct. 31 would be “least disruptive” because he would stay in post for the votes on Johnson’s legislative program -- a potentially major flashpoint in Parliament and an opportunity for the premier’s opponents to try to oust him or force an election.Bercow Quits as Commons Speaker (3:38 p.m.)John Bercow announced he is to stand down as Commons speaker by Oct. 31, the current Brexit deadline. In a surprise announcement to members of Parliament, he said he would quit later on Monday if they vote to trigger a snap general election. This isn’t likely as the main opposition parties are set to vote against the prime minister’s plan for a national poll.So Bercow said his term in office will come to an end at the end of next month. This would be “the least disruptive and most democratic action,” he said. An election will be held among MPs to choose a new speaker. After finishing his emotional statement, Bercow received applause and tributes from politicians across the House.His exit is a potential blow to those MPs who have been working to avoid a no-deal Brexit as he has repeatedly made time for them to take action to limit the government’s room for maneuver.“I wish my successor in the chair the very best of fortune in standing up for the rights of honorable and right honorable members individually and for Parliament institutionally,” Bercow said.Profile of John Bercow, the government’s Brexit nemesisAnd It’s Law (3:24 p.m.)The anti-no deal Brexit backed last week by rebel Tories has now become law, the House of Lords Speaker Norman Fowler announced.The new law requires the prime minister to seek a three-month Brexit extension to Jan. 31. The only way he could avoid a delay would be to get Parliament’s approval for a no-deal Brexit or a divorce deal by Oct. 19. Read more about it here.However, Johnson has said he would rather die than seek a delay and the government is already consulting its lawyers, seeking loopholes in the bill to get around it, according to a person familiar with the matter.Expelled Tory MP Says Party is Bad for U.K. (2:15 p.m.)Margot James, one of 21 Members of Parliament expelled from the Conservative Party last week for rebelling over Brexit, said it would be bad for the country if the Tories win a majority.“I’m afraid that is the conclusion I have reached,” James, a former minister, told BBC TV on Monday. “Under the current leadership, with the current policy I think it would be a bad thing for the country for it to be returned with a majority.”James went further, saying that former Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was “turbulent,” and Johnson’s administration is “even more chaotic.” In more than nine years as an MP, she said, the only government she served in that was progressive and tackled the country’s challenges was the five-year coalition with the Liberal Democrats.Johnson to Return to Domestic Agenda (1:50 p.m.)Boris Johnson plans to switch focus to the domestic agenda after the suspension of Parliament as he seeks to build support for the expected general election, according to a person familiar with the matter.The campaign will have a similar style to Johnson’s messaging during the summer, the person said. While Parliament wasn’t sitting, Johnson regularly announced new funding and policy promises for his campaign priorities of crime, health and schools.Government lawyers are exploring ways for the prime minister to get around the law, passed last week, that requires him to delay Brexit if he hasn’t got a deal. Part of the reason for that is to show the prime minister will do everything in his power to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31, the person said.Read more: Johnson Is Campaigning Again, But What Exactly Is He Selling?Applications for Emergency Debates at 3:30 p.m. (1 p.m.)The timings of the votes in Parliament will become clear at 3:30 p.m. and traders should brace themselves for a late night.That’s because Speaker John Bercow has agreed to hear two applications for emergency debates today. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will apply for a debate to ensure the law barring a no-deal Brexit is respected by the prime minister after Johnson’s insistence he will not extend negotiations with the EU.The other application is being made by former Conservative Dominic Grieve. He wants the government to publish its assessment of no-deal preparedness.If the speaker grants both debates, that adds another six hours to this afternoon’s proceedings, pushing back the time of the vote on whether the U.K. should hold an election.Opposition Plot Their Path to Election (12:44 p.m.)There is some reluctance to commit to any specific plan or date for an election at this stage as they await Johnson’s next move. A lot will depend on how things play out.U.K. and Ireland Flag ‘Significant Gaps’ (12:15 p.m.)Johnson and Varadkar held two meetings lasting more than an hour in total on Monday morning, according to a joint statement from their two governments.“While they agreed that the discussions are at an early stage, common ground was established in some areas although significant gaps remain,” the statement said.Both nations remain “committed” to securing an agreement between the U.K. and the European Union, and also to restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland, they said.Johnson’s Parliament Suspension Draws Criticism (12 p.m.)Johnson’s decision to suspend -- or prorogue -- Parliament at the close of business on Monday stoked the anger of opposition MPs.Labour’s Catherine West described the decision as “utterly irresponsible at a time of political crisis.’’ Her colleague Alison McGovern said that, rather than “being suspended and sent away,” the conference recess could be canceled to deal with the tight Brexit timetable. “Anyone who says this is normal has got it wrong,’’ she said on Twitter.In the House of Lords, opposition lawmakers said they would boycott the prorogation ceremony, which involves dressing in ermine and the use of 12th Century Norman French.The close of business may not happen until after midnight. While that would be Tuesday in the real world, in the House of Lords it will still be considered Monday.Government Confirms Parliament Suspension (11:45 a.m.)Johnson’s spokesman, James Slack, said Parliament will be suspended once Monday’s business has been completed.Opposition Parties Agree To Stick To Plan (11:40 a.m.)Opposition leaders agreed to stick to their plan to oppose Boris Johnson’s call for a general election when it’s voted on later on Monday, the Labour Party said in a statement (see 9:45 a.m.).“All leaders agreed that they would not support Boris Johnson’s ploy to deny the people their decision by crashing us out of the EU with No Deal during a general election campaign,” Labour said. “They agreed to work together today to hold the government to account in Parliament.”Talks Continue as EU Seeks U.K. Proposals (11:30 a.m.)“Technical meetings” on Brexit will continue this week between Johnson’s envoy David Frost and the European Commission, commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told reporters in Brussels.The EU is still looking for concrete proposals from the U.K., Andreeva said. While there were “some ideas” from the U.K. last week on a joint Northern Ireland-Ireland agri-food area, proper solutions “were not presented,” she said.Read more: With the U.K. in Turmoil, Brexit Talks Are Slipping BackwardWhat We Learned When Boris Met Leo (10:50 a.m.)The bottom line from the press conference between Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his U.K. counterpart, Boris Johnson, is that little really new emerged.Standing in the rain in Dublin, both restated previously held positions. Varadkar was probably more forceful than expected, and appeared less conciliatory than in his outings with Theresa May.At times, during his opening statement, it felt like the Irish premier was lecturing Johnson -- as he warned the British leader he faces a “herculean task” in achieving trade deals with the EU and US after Brexit and told him there’s no such thing as a clean break from the bloc. Such messages won’t play well with the hardliners in Johnson’s Conservative party, who believe the EU is effectively trying to trap the U.K.Varadkar may be merely setting out his stall before a tough renegotiation, but it didn’t feel like compromise is in the air. Varadkar seemed determined not to inject more false optimism into the process after the U.K.’s reaction to mildly encouraging words from Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.‘Ideal’ Time for a Brexit Deal, Johnson Says (10:06 a.m.)Johnson says the U.K. has “an ideal” amount of time to achieve a deal with the EU as the tight timetable will focus minds. “We can make a huge amount of progress,” he said before talks with Varadkar in Dublin.But Varadkar said Johnson’s key demand, to remove the Irish border backstop, is not “ideal for us” and not “attractive.”Johnson Says Deal Can Be Done By Oct. 18 (10 a.m.)Johnson told Varadkar he is determined to find a deal by Oct. 18, when the next European Council meets. Not to do so “would be a failure of statecraft,” Johnson said.Johnson said he wanted to “manage expectations” that there would be a “breakthrough” on the Irish backstop at the talks in Dublin today.He assured Varadkar that the U.K. “would never, ever” impose checks at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.Varadkar Wants Guarantees, Not Promises (9:50 a.m.)Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he needs guarantees, not promises, to fix the problem of the border with Northern Ireland after Brexit.“We are open to alternatives but they must be realistic, legally binding and workable,” Varadkar said before talks with Johnson in Dublin. He added that no proposals have yet been received from the U.K. “What we can’t do and will not do is agree to the replacement of a legal guarantee with a promise,” he said.Varadkar says he believes a deal with the U.K. “is possible.”Opposition Parties Discuss Strategy (9:45 a.m.)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will host a meeting of the smaller opposition parties this morning. Attendees including the Scottish Nationalist Party, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats, according to two people familiar with the matter.They will discuss the timing of the election and strategy for tackling Johnson, including a possible impeachment if he presses ahead with no-deal against the will of Parliament.Welsh Party Eyes Johnson Impeachment (9:30 a.m.)Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalist party, said opposition groups should be prepared to impeach Boris Johnson if he ignores legislation forcing him to seek another delay to Brexit.“It only takes one MP to make the accusation of High Crimes and Misdemeanors against a public official for the impeachment process to begin,” Plaid said in a statement on Monday. “Once the accuser has presented his or her proofs to the Commons and if the House agrees that there is a case to answer, a committee is established to draw up articles of impeachment.”The House of Lords, who act as judges in the case, then appoint prosecutors to try the case, and if there is a conviction the Commons decides the sentence, the party said. The procedure was last used – unsuccessfully – on Henry Dundas, the minister for war, in 1806, according to the House of Commons Library.Ireland Favors Brexit Extension (Earlier)Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said his country is in favor of an extension to Brexit talks so long as it “creates the space” for solutions to be found. He warned that in a no-deal Brexit, “we would put in place the kind of arrangements that would be needed to ensure that we would stay inside the single market.”Efforts are focusing on how to keep the U.K.-Ireland border open while dropping the contentious Irish backstop policy from the deal brokered by Theresa May. Johnson has suggested maintaining common standards on agri-foods. Donohoe said that while that idea, “when fleshed out, would clearly have merit,” it’s also not enough to get a deal.“This is something that only covers off a portion of the trade between the United Kingdom and Ireland on the island of Ireland and would not be a solution that would deal with all of the other issues we have to manage in terms of the flow of trade and also the protection of the Good Friday Agreement,” Donohoe said.Asked about alternative arrangements such as trusted trader programs that the U.K. is promoting, Donohoe said: “We have yet to see examples of how they would work not only on our own island but indeed anywhere else in the world.”Earlier:Defiant Johnson Pushes On With Brexit Plan as Court Threat LoomsWith the U.K. in Turmoil, Brexit Talks Are Slipping BackwardBritain’s Steve Bannon Is Tearing Johnson’s Tories Apart\--With assistance from Ian Wishart, Dara Doyle and Alex Morales.To contact the reporters on this story: Kitty Donaldson in London at kdonaldson1@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.net;Tiago Ramos Alfaro in London at talfaro1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Stuart Biggs, Tiago Ramos AlfaroFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 62/79   UN chief: Islamic State remains resilient in Afghanistan
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    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Islamic State extremist group remains resilient in Afghanistan despite 'a high pace' of operations against it by government and international forces — and is urging all armed groups not to interfere in the upcoming presidential election.  The U.N. chief said in a report to the Security Council circulated Monday that between mid-June and early September 183 incidents were attributed to Islamic State fighters — nearly double the 93 incidents during the same period in 2018.  Guterres' report was written before U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly ended a nearly yearlong effort to reach a political settlement with the Taliban on Saturday.

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Islamic State extremist group remains resilient in Afghanistan despite 'a high pace' of operations against it by government and international forces — and is urging all armed groups not to interfere in the upcoming presidential election. The U.N. chief said in a report to the Security Council circulated Monday that between mid-June and early September 183 incidents were attributed to Islamic State fighters — nearly double the 93 incidents during the same period in 2018. Guterres' report was written before U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly ended a nearly yearlong effort to reach a political settlement with the Taliban on Saturday.


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  • 63/79   U.S. Charges Chinese Professor Accused of Theft to Help Huawei
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    (Bloomberg) -- The Chinese professor a Silicon Valley startup accused in a civil lawsuit of stealing its trade secrets for Huawei Technologies Co. now faces a federal criminal charge, as the U.S. escalates its crackdown on the telecom giant.Bo Mao, a professor at Xiamen University in China and a visiting professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Arlington, is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud against a California technology startup to obtain its “property” on behalf of a Chinese telecommunications company.The prosecution is the latest in a series of moves against Huawei by the U.S. The government is pursuing criminal cases against the networking company for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile US Inc. It has banned Huawei’s technology and accused the company of helping Beijing carry out espionage. Huawei has denied any wrongdoing and accused the U.S. of singling it out for political reasons.Mao’s case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Solomon in Brooklyn, New York, who is also prosecuting the Iran case.Mao, initially held without bail after prosecutors argued he posed a flight risk and could obstruct justice, was freed last month on a $100,000 bond after he agreed to waive indictment, according to court records. A waiver of indictment can signal a guilty plea, possibly along with an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors.John Marzulli, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue in Brooklyn, declined to comment. Marion Bachrach, a lawyer representing Mao, didn’t return a voicemail seeking comment. Jeff Carlton, a spokesman for the University of Texas at Arlington, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on Mao.Read More: Huawei Iran-Sanctions Evidence Is Too Risky for China to SeeWhile federal prosecutors in Texas didn’t identify the Chinese telecom company or its alleged victim, their complaint parallels the allegations CNEX Labs Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, made against Huawei in the civil case. In that case, CNEX accused Mao of helping Huawei steal the technology by entering into an agreement with CNEX to obtain a circuit board, purportedly for academic research, in 2016.Acting with another professor in the U.S., prosecutors alleged, Mao emailed the U.S. startup, seeking to buy its proprietary technology “to build an experimental program,” according to an email they cited. The startup later agreed to provide the technology, they said.“It is clear that Bo Mao secretly provided the Victim Company’s proprietary information to Company 1 in violation of the agreement,” prosecutors said, in apparent respective references to CNEX and Huawei.Huawei lost the civil trade-secrets case in June, though the jury declined to award damages to CNEX. CNEX contended that Huawei had posed as a potential customer to get secret details of its plans and, when that didn’t work, persuaded Mao and Xiamen University to work as a research partner with CNEX to obtain the plans surreptitiously.Mao was arrested on federal charges on Aug. 14. His case was transferred from Fort Worth, Texas, to Brooklyn and assigned to U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, who is also presiding over the Iran case.She scheduled a Sept. 11 hearing for Mao.The case is U.S. v. Mao, 19-cr-392, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).\--With assistance from Susan Decker.To contact the reporter on this story: Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at pathurtado@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter Jeffrey, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The Chinese professor a Silicon Valley startup accused in a civil lawsuit of stealing its trade secrets for Huawei Technologies Co. now faces a federal criminal charge, as the U.S. escalates its crackdown on the telecom giant.Bo Mao, a professor at Xiamen University in China and a visiting professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Arlington, is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud against a California technology startup to obtain its “property” on behalf of a Chinese telecommunications company.The prosecution is the latest in a series of moves against Huawei by the U.S. The government is pursuing criminal cases against the networking company for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile US Inc. It has banned Huawei’s technology and accused the company of helping Beijing carry out espionage. Huawei has denied any wrongdoing and accused the U.S. of singling it out for political reasons.Mao’s case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Solomon in Brooklyn, New York, who is also prosecuting the Iran case.Mao, initially held without bail after prosecutors argued he posed a flight risk and could obstruct justice, was freed last month on a $100,000 bond after he agreed to waive indictment, according to court records. A waiver of indictment can signal a guilty plea, possibly along with an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors.John Marzulli, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue in Brooklyn, declined to comment. Marion Bachrach, a lawyer representing Mao, didn’t return a voicemail seeking comment. Jeff Carlton, a spokesman for the University of Texas at Arlington, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on Mao.Read More: Huawei Iran-Sanctions Evidence Is Too Risky for China to SeeWhile federal prosecutors in Texas didn’t identify the Chinese telecom company or its alleged victim, their complaint parallels the allegations CNEX Labs Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, made against Huawei in the civil case. In that case, CNEX accused Mao of helping Huawei steal the technology by entering into an agreement with CNEX to obtain a circuit board, purportedly for academic research, in 2016.Acting with another professor in the U.S., prosecutors alleged, Mao emailed the U.S. startup, seeking to buy its proprietary technology “to build an experimental program,” according to an email they cited. The startup later agreed to provide the technology, they said.“It is clear that Bo Mao secretly provided the Victim Company’s proprietary information to Company 1 in violation of the agreement,” prosecutors said, in apparent respective references to CNEX and Huawei.Huawei lost the civil trade-secrets case in June, though the jury declined to award damages to CNEX. CNEX contended that Huawei had posed as a potential customer to get secret details of its plans and, when that didn’t work, persuaded Mao and Xiamen University to work as a research partner with CNEX to obtain the plans surreptitiously.Mao was arrested on federal charges on Aug. 14. His case was transferred from Fort Worth, Texas, to Brooklyn and assigned to U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, who is also presiding over the Iran case.She scheduled a Sept. 11 hearing for Mao.The case is U.S. v. Mao, 19-cr-392, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).\--With assistance from Susan Decker.To contact the reporter on this story: Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at pathurtado@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter Jeffrey, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 64/79   Parliament deals British PM Brexit blow before suspension
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    British MPs rejected a second attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday to call an early election to break the Brexit deadlock, in a final show of defiance before he controversially suspends parliament.  After a tumultuous few days that exposed Johnson's weakness in the face of hostile lawmakers, the House of Commons again refused to grant a snap poll that might have bolstered his position.  MPs had earlier also voted to demand the government publish confidential documents about Britain's readiness to leave the EU on October 31 without a divorce deal.

    British MPs rejected a second attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday to call an early election to break the Brexit deadlock, in a final show of defiance before he controversially suspends parliament. After a tumultuous few days that exposed Johnson's weakness in the face of hostile lawmakers, the House of Commons again refused to grant a snap poll that might have bolstered his position. MPs had earlier also voted to demand the government publish confidential documents about Britain's readiness to leave the EU on October 31 without a divorce deal.


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  • 65/79   Report: Over 120 Syrian churches damaged by war since 2011
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    A Syrian war monitor associated with the opposition said Monday that over 120 Christian places of worship have been damaged or destroyed by all sides in the country's eight-year conflict.  Some of the attacks were deliberate, such as the Islamic State group using bulldozers to destroy the ancient Saint Elian Monastery in Homs province in 2015.  Christians made up about 10 percent of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million, who co-existed with the Muslim majority and enjoyed freedom of worship under President Bashar Assad's government.

    A Syrian war monitor associated with the opposition said Monday that over 120 Christian places of worship have been damaged or destroyed by all sides in the country's eight-year conflict. Some of the attacks were deliberate, such as the Islamic State group using bulldozers to destroy the ancient Saint Elian Monastery in Homs province in 2015. Christians made up about 10 percent of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million, who co-existed with the Muslim majority and enjoyed freedom of worship under President Bashar Assad's government.


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  • 66/79   Hong Kong Stonewalls China's Trillion-Dollar Easing
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    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- The longer Hong Kong protests drag on, the less likely China will be to unleash the trillion-dollar stimulus markets seem to want. Beijing has become painfully aware that its easy-money policies of the past inflated asset bubbles and widened the wealth gap. Any repeat endeavors could risk stoking social unrest on the mainland. Over the past decade, China flooded its economy with big-ticket outlays. There was the 4 trillion yuan ($561 billion) package after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., followed by interest-rate cuts in 2014 and 2015, and 3.5 trillion yuan of shantytown redevelopment projects from 2015 to 2018, to name a few. Lately, however, China has been conspicuously timid with its monetary tools, even as deflation hangs over the country’s producers and the trade-war standoff deepens. Sure, Beijing lowered banks’ required reserve ratio on Friday; but an outright cut to its benchmark lending rate is nowhere in sight. In fact, one could argue that the central bank bought itself some time to delay any weighty monetary-policy decisions, after last month’s tweak to the rate lenders offer their best clients. On the fiscal side, Beijing has found a new way to finance construction projects: Issuance of special-purpose municipal bonds has hit record highs this year. Yet infrastructure spending hasn’t picked up. That’s because the Ministry of Finance has been diligently auditing local governments, sometimes bi-weekly, to ensure money is spent in the right places.What explains this change of tune? China increasingly sees Hong Kong’s sky-high home prices as the root cause of city’s turmoil, which has continued for 14 consecutive weeks. Even the country’s liaison office in the former British colony cited minsheng, or people’s livelihood, as a valid concern.Beijing wants to prevent Hong Kong’s discontent from spreading to the mainland, aware that China is now a society of extreme income inequality, too, as measured by the Gini coefficient. Home prices in the first-tier cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou have more than doubled since 2013; as a result, young Chinese, just like their counterparts in Hong Kong, may find that climbing the middle-class ladder is getting harder. In that light, the hesitation of the People’s Bank of China to unleash an ambitious stimulus program makes sense. Whenever the central bank reopens its taps, a sizable chunk of hot money goes into real estate. The latest mini-easing proved no exception: Property investment shot up, while the manufacturing sector, hit hardest by China’s trade war with the U.S., remains anemic. President Xi Jinping’s mantra, “apartments are to be lived in, not speculated on,” hasn’t been heeded. Meanwhile, China is using its strict audit system to discourage local governments from relying too heavily on the property market, a problem that beset Hong Kong. Last year, the city collected a quarter of its fiscal revenue from land sales, compared with roughly a third for an average mainland municipality. To its credit, Beijing wants to prevent moral hazard: If a large chunk of government revenue comes from land sales, local officials are incentivized to keep the property bubble aloft, for instance, by nudging regional banks to dole out easy financing to developers. Shenzhen is now hailed as a model socialist city, in part because personal-income and corporate taxes account for almost all of its fiscal coffers. Commentators have lamented that China’s reserve ratio cuts and infrastructure spending are too little, too late. They’re missing the point. With the People’s Republic of China about to celebrate its 70th anniversary, social stability is foremost on Beijing’s mind – and that means eschewing the generous stimulus packages that tend to benefit the wealthy and sow the seeds of unrest.To contact the author of this story: Shuli Ren at sren38@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachel Rosenthal at rrosenthal21@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Shuli Ren is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Asian markets. She previously wrote on markets for Barron's, following a career as an investment banker, and is a CFA charterholder.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- The longer Hong Kong protests drag on, the less likely China will be to unleash the trillion-dollar stimulus markets seem to want. Beijing has become painfully aware that its easy-money policies of the past inflated asset bubbles and widened the wealth gap. Any repeat endeavors could risk stoking social unrest on the mainland. Over the past decade, China flooded its economy with big-ticket outlays. There was the 4 trillion yuan ($561 billion) package after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., followed by interest-rate cuts in 2014 and 2015, and 3.5 trillion yuan of shantytown redevelopment projects from 2015 to 2018, to name a few. Lately, however, China has been conspicuously timid with its monetary tools, even as deflation hangs over the country’s producers and the trade-war standoff deepens. Sure, Beijing lowered banks’ required reserve ratio on Friday; but an outright cut to its benchmark lending rate is nowhere in sight. In fact, one could argue that the central bank bought itself some time to delay any weighty monetary-policy decisions, after last month’s tweak to the rate lenders offer their best clients. On the fiscal side, Beijing has found a new way to finance construction projects: Issuance of special-purpose municipal bonds has hit record highs this year. Yet infrastructure spending hasn’t picked up. That’s because the Ministry of Finance has been diligently auditing local governments, sometimes bi-weekly, to ensure money is spent in the right places.What explains this change of tune? China increasingly sees Hong Kong’s sky-high home prices as the root cause of city’s turmoil, which has continued for 14 consecutive weeks. Even the country’s liaison office in the former British colony cited minsheng, or people’s livelihood, as a valid concern.Beijing wants to prevent Hong Kong’s discontent from spreading to the mainland, aware that China is now a society of extreme income inequality, too, as measured by the Gini coefficient. Home prices in the first-tier cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou have more than doubled since 2013; as a result, young Chinese, just like their counterparts in Hong Kong, may find that climbing the middle-class ladder is getting harder. In that light, the hesitation of the People’s Bank of China to unleash an ambitious stimulus program makes sense. Whenever the central bank reopens its taps, a sizable chunk of hot money goes into real estate. The latest mini-easing proved no exception: Property investment shot up, while the manufacturing sector, hit hardest by China’s trade war with the U.S., remains anemic. President Xi Jinping’s mantra, “apartments are to be lived in, not speculated on,” hasn’t been heeded. Meanwhile, China is using its strict audit system to discourage local governments from relying too heavily on the property market, a problem that beset Hong Kong. Last year, the city collected a quarter of its fiscal revenue from land sales, compared with roughly a third for an average mainland municipality. To its credit, Beijing wants to prevent moral hazard: If a large chunk of government revenue comes from land sales, local officials are incentivized to keep the property bubble aloft, for instance, by nudging regional banks to dole out easy financing to developers. Shenzhen is now hailed as a model socialist city, in part because personal-income and corporate taxes account for almost all of its fiscal coffers. Commentators have lamented that China’s reserve ratio cuts and infrastructure spending are too little, too late. They’re missing the point. With the People’s Republic of China about to celebrate its 70th anniversary, social stability is foremost on Beijing’s mind – and that means eschewing the generous stimulus packages that tend to benefit the wealthy and sow the seeds of unrest.To contact the author of this story: Shuli Ren at sren38@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachel Rosenthal at rrosenthal21@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Shuli Ren is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Asian markets. She previously wrote on markets for Barron's, following a career as an investment banker, and is a CFA charterholder.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 67/79   Venezuela's Maduro may push anti-Trump petition at UN, US believes
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    Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro may present a petition against US President Donald Trump at the United Nations despite opposition charges that the signatures have been gathered through threats to withhold food aid, US diplomats say.  Maduro, who remains in charge in Venezuela despite a half-year US-backed effort to remove him, has not yet announced if he will head to New York for the annual UN General Assembly later this month.  'Our diplomats have been hearing that Maduro plans to present a petition against President Trump, signed by millions of Venezuelans, at UNGA, if he actually attends,' a US official said.

    Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro may present a petition against US President Donald Trump at the United Nations despite opposition charges that the signatures have been gathered through threats to withhold food aid, US diplomats say. Maduro, who remains in charge in Venezuela despite a half-year US-backed effort to remove him, has not yet announced if he will head to New York for the annual UN General Assembly later this month. 'Our diplomats have been hearing that Maduro plans to present a petition against President Trump, signed by millions of Venezuelans, at UNGA, if he actually attends,' a US official said.


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  • 68/79   UN human rights chief cites continued abuses in Venezuela
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    The United Nations' chief human rights official said Monday that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial killings carried out by a special police force.  Non-governmental organizations report that the Special Action police force carried out 57 suspected extrajudicial killings in July alone within Caracas, Michelle Bachelet said in an oral presentation on Venezuela to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

    The United Nations' chief human rights official said Monday that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial killings carried out by a special police force. Non-governmental organizations report that the Special Action police force carried out 57 suspected extrajudicial killings in July alone within Caracas, Michelle Bachelet said in an oral presentation on Venezuela to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.


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  • 69/79   Syria says Israel was behind airstrike in country's east
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    Unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 fighters in a nighttime attack, Syrian opposition activists said Monday.  A Syrian security official said Israeli jets staged the airstrikes, but denied there were any casualties.  The attack comes amid rising tensions in the Middle East and the crisis between Iran and the U.S. in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

    Unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 fighters in a nighttime attack, Syrian opposition activists said Monday. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets staged the airstrikes, but denied there were any casualties. The attack comes amid rising tensions in the Middle East and the crisis between Iran and the U.S. in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.


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  • 70/79   Brown-Bag Lunches for Kids With Food Allergies
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    If your school-age child has food allergies, you know that preparing safe lunches that are also enticing can be a challenge. That's why we created this menu of lunchroom suggestions that addresse...

    If your school-age child has food allergies, you know that preparing safe lunches that are also enticing can be a challenge. That's why we created this menu of lunchroom suggestions that addresse...


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  • 71/79   What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
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    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...

    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...


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  • 72/79   Try These Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
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    To fuel their growing bodies and provide the energy necessary to study and stay active, kids and teens need to eat every 3 to 4 hours, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s ...

    To fuel their growing bodies and provide the energy necessary to study and stay active, kids and teens need to eat every 3 to 4 hours, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s ...


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  • 73/79   The 9 Best Jobs for Teachers To Make Some Cash During the Summer Break
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    Make the most of your skills with one of these jobs.

    Make the most of your skills with one of these jobs.


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  • 74/79   How to Spot and Avoid Algal Blooms
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    With many U.S. waterways reaching their highest temperatures at this time of year, colonies of algae in lakes, ponds, and even the ocean can “bloom”—grow far more rapidly than normal. While most ...

    With many U.S. waterways reaching their highest temperatures at this time of year, colonies of algae in lakes, ponds, and even the ocean can “bloom”—grow far more rapidly than normal. While most ...


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  • 75/79   Get These 4 Vaccines for College
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    If your child is a college student—or soon to be one—making sure he or she is fully vaccinated is critically important, especially for those who will be living in a dorm or other shared space. Th...

    If your child is a college student—or soon to be one—making sure he or she is fully vaccinated is critically important, especially for those who will be living in a dorm or other shared space. Th...


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  • 76/79   DNA detectives: New tech can mean a diagnosis for your child, but not a lot of answers
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