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  • 1/71   News Photos Slideshows
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  • 2/71   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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  • 3/71   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    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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  • 4/71   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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  • 5/71   '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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  • 6/71   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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  • 7/71   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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  • 8/71   Do star athletes make too much money?
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    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?


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  • 9/71   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
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    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?


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  • 10/71   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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  • 11/71   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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  • 12/71   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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  • 13/71   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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  • 14/71   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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  • 15/71   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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  • 16/71   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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  • 17/71   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 18/71   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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  • 19/71   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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  • 20/71   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


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  • 21/71   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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  • 22/71   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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  • 23/71   Innovative Products, Valuable Toy Expertise and Extended Services - 71st Spielwarenmesse Takes a Big Leap Into the New Business Year
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Trade visitors from all over the world are preparing for the upcoming top industry event of the year. The Spielwarenmesse is poised to open its doors at Nuremberg's Exhibition Center from 29 January to 2 February, giving visitors unbridled access to on-trend product innovations, creative business ideas and valuable expert knowledge, all in one place. As in previous years, organiser Spielwarenmesse eG is making use of the entire space of 170,000m2. With the proportion of international exhibitors amounting to 78%, 2,843 leading players and promising start-ups from 70 countries provide an extensive overview of the market. Against the backdrop of an increasingly challenging retail landscape, both retailers and buyers can benefit from a comprehensive offering of licensing themes and talks as well as the presentation of this year's trends "Toys for Future", "Digital goes Physical" and "Be You!".

    Trade visitors from all over the world are preparing for the upcoming top industry event of the year. The Spielwarenmesse is poised to open its doors at Nuremberg's Exhibition Center from 29 January to 2 February, giving visitors unbridled access to on-trend product innovations, creative business ideas and valuable expert knowledge, all in one place. As in previous years, organiser Spielwarenmesse eG is making use of the entire space of 170,000m2. With the proportion of international exhibitors amounting to 78%, 2,843 leading players and promising start-ups from 70 countries provide an extensive overview of the market. Against the backdrop of an increasingly challenging retail landscape, both retailers and buyers can benefit from a comprehensive offering of licensing themes and talks as well as the presentation of this year's trends "Toys for Future", "Digital goes Physical" and "Be You!".


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  • 24/71   Apex Clearing Releases Q4 'Millennial 100' Stock Pulse Report
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Apex Clearing, the custody and clearing engine powering the future of wealth management, has released its Q4 2019 Apex Millennial 100 report, an analysis of the top 100 stocks owned by millennial investors using Apex partner applications as of December 31, 2019.

    Apex Clearing, the custody and clearing engine powering the future of wealth management, has released its Q4 2019 Apex Millennial 100 report, an analysis of the top 100 stocks owned by millennial investors using Apex partner applications as of December 31, 2019.


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  • 25/71   Anzu Partners Completes Raise of its Second Venture Capital Fund at $190M
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    Anzu Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm that invests in breakthrough industrial technologies, today announced that it has successfully completed fundraising for its second venture capital fund, Anzu Industrial Capital Partners II L.P. and AICP II Limited, at $190 million USD (Anzu Industrial Fund II). Similar to Anzu's first fund, which closed in December 2017 at $128 million USD, Fund II is investing primarily in U.S. and Canada-based private industrial technology companies that innovate in manufacturing, materials, monitoring & measurement, and modeling.

    Anzu Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm that invests in breakthrough industrial technologies, today announced that it has successfully completed fundraising for its second venture capital fund, Anzu Industrial Capital Partners II L.P. and AICP II Limited, at $190 million USD (Anzu Industrial Fund II). Similar to Anzu's first fund, which closed in December 2017 at $128 million USD, Fund II is investing primarily in U.S. and Canada-based private industrial technology companies that innovate in manufacturing, materials, monitoring & measurement, and modeling.


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  • 26/71   North America Healthcare IT (HCIT) Market Outlook, 2020-2024 - Growing Blockchain, AI, IoT, mHealth, Telehealth, and Remote Patient Monitoring Markets
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    The "North American Healthcare IT Market by Product (EHR, RIS, PACS, VNA, CPOE, HIE, PHM CRM, RCM, Telehealth, Healthcare Analytics, Supply Chain Management, mHealth, Fraud Analytics, Medication & Claims Management) End User (Provider, Payer) - Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

    The "North American Healthcare IT Market by Product (EHR, RIS, PACS, VNA, CPOE, HIE, PHM CRM, RCM, Telehealth, Healthcare Analytics, Supply Chain Management, mHealth, Fraud Analytics, Medication & Claims Management) End User (Provider, Payer) - Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


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  • 27/71   Oil Falls to Seven-Week Low as Asia Virus Eclipses Supply Loss
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    (Bloomberg) -- Oil fell further after hitting a seven-week low on speculation that China’s coronavirus outbreak may dent demand, just as the market already contends with plentiful supplies.Futures lost 1.9% in New York to trade below $56 a barrel as the world’s biggest oil importer effectively quarantined a major city to contain the SARS-like virus, which Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has warned could trim global demand. The alert has overshadowed any concern over the suspension of exports from Libya, where a militia leader has ordered ports to close.“Despite news of supply outages, oil prices have been falling noticeably,” said Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt. “Concerns about demand have definitely gained the upper hand, and are being fed by the further spread of the coronavirus in China.”Oil is bearing the brunt of the anxiety due to the potential hit to travel, especially as it’s happening just before the Lunar New Year holidays, the biggest human migration in the world. The International Energy Agency says the market is “awash with oil,” while Goldman predicts the virus may crimp global demand by 260,000 barrels a day this year -- with jet fuel accounting for around two-thirds of the loss -- if the SARS epidemic in 2003 is any guide.West Texas Intermediate futures for March delivery fell $1.09 to $55.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 8:41 a.m. local time, after dropping as much as 2.1% earlier. The contract lost 2.8% on Wednesday. Brent futures declined by $1.15, or 1.8%, to $62.06.See also: Nodding Donkeys May Hit Sale Block Amid Oil’s Shale MakeoverChina banned travel from Wuhan, a city of 11 million, in efforts to stop the spread of the new virus that has claimed at least 17 lives so far and infected hundreds. The World Health Organization delayed a decision on whether to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The country is the biggest importer of oil, by far. Singapore on Thursday confirmed its first case of the disease.In Libya, most of the country’s 1.1 million barrels of oil production remains effectively shuttered after militia leader Khalifa Haftar closed ports while he haggles with the national government over a peace settlement. Talks to reach a compromise in Berlin at the weekend ended without a durable agreement.\--With assistance from James Thornhill and Dan Murtaugh.To contact the reporters on this story: Saket Sundria in Singapore at ssundria@bloomberg.net;Grant Smith in London at gsmith52@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Herron at jherron9@bloomberg.net, Amanda Jordan, Helen RobertsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Oil fell further after hitting a seven-week low on speculation that China’s coronavirus outbreak may dent demand, just as the market already contends with plentiful supplies.Futures lost 1.9% in New York to trade below $56 a barrel as the world’s biggest oil importer effectively quarantined a major city to contain the SARS-like virus, which Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has warned could trim global demand. The alert has overshadowed any concern over the suspension of exports from Libya, where a militia leader has ordered ports to close.“Despite news of supply outages, oil prices have been falling noticeably,” said Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt. “Concerns about demand have definitely gained the upper hand, and are being fed by the further spread of the coronavirus in China.”Oil is bearing the brunt of the anxiety due to the potential hit to travel, especially as it’s happening just before the Lunar New Year holidays, the biggest human migration in the world. The International Energy Agency says the market is “awash with oil,” while Goldman predicts the virus may crimp global demand by 260,000 barrels a day this year -- with jet fuel accounting for around two-thirds of the loss -- if the SARS epidemic in 2003 is any guide.West Texas Intermediate futures for March delivery fell $1.09 to $55.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 8:41 a.m. local time, after dropping as much as 2.1% earlier. The contract lost 2.8% on Wednesday. Brent futures declined by $1.15, or 1.8%, to $62.06.See also: Nodding Donkeys May Hit Sale Block Amid Oil’s Shale MakeoverChina banned travel from Wuhan, a city of 11 million, in efforts to stop the spread of the new virus that has claimed at least 17 lives so far and infected hundreds. The World Health Organization delayed a decision on whether to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The country is the biggest importer of oil, by far. Singapore on Thursday confirmed its first case of the disease.In Libya, most of the country’s 1.1 million barrels of oil production remains effectively shuttered after militia leader Khalifa Haftar closed ports while he haggles with the national government over a peace settlement. Talks to reach a compromise in Berlin at the weekend ended without a durable agreement.\--With assistance from James Thornhill and Dan Murtaugh.To contact the reporters on this story: Saket Sundria in Singapore at ssundria@bloomberg.net;Grant Smith in London at gsmith52@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Herron at jherron9@bloomberg.net, Amanda Jordan, Helen RobertsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 28/71   A zero based budget helped this woman pay off $215k worth of student loan debt in 4 years
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    A zero based budget helped this woman pay off $215k worth of student loan debt in 4 years originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comWhen Cindy Zuniga graduated from law school in 2015, she accomplished a major milestone, but it also came with a hefty $215,000 mountain of debt.“Ninety percent was law school, five percent was from my undergrad and five percent was credit card debt,” she explained to “GMA. ...

    A zero based budget helped this woman pay off $215k worth of student loan debt in 4 years originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comWhen Cindy Zuniga graduated from law school in 2015, she accomplished a major milestone, but it also came with a hefty $215,000 mountain of debt.“Ninety percent was law school, five percent was from my undergrad and five percent was credit card debt,” she explained to “GMA. ...


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  • 29/71   Environmentalists lose new Norway lawsuit over Arctic oil
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    A Norwegian court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by two environmental groups which had sued Norway for granting new oil licenses in the Arctic.  Greenpeace and Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) had called for the cancellation of exploration licenses granted in May 2016 to 13 oil companies in the fragile Arctic region, saying the concessions violated the Norwegian constitution which since 2014 guarantees the right to a healthy environment.

    A Norwegian court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by two environmental groups which had sued Norway for granting new oil licenses in the Arctic. Greenpeace and Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) had called for the cancellation of exploration licenses granted in May 2016 to 13 oil companies in the fragile Arctic region, saying the concessions violated the Norwegian constitution which since 2014 guarantees the right to a healthy environment.


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  • 30/71   Stocks Slip, Bonds Climb on Virus Fears; Oil Drops: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- For a fresh perspective on the stories that matter in Australian business and politics, sign up for our new weekly newsletter.U.S. equity futures edged lower while European stocks fell and Asian shares slumped on Thursday amid lingering concerns that a virus spreading from China to other countries could become a drag on global growth. Treasuries climbed and crude oil dropped.Contracts on America’s three main equity indexes swung between modest gains and losses before nudging down. Mining shares led the Stoxx Europe 600 Index lower after Asian stocks slid from Seoul to Sydney on worries the deadly pathogen will affect corporate sales and economies. China’s Shanghai Composite Index plunged 2.8%, the biggest drop on the last trading day before the Lunar New Year holiday in the benchmark’s three-decade history.WTI-grade crude oil slid to its lowest level since early December. European bonds held gains and the euro drifted after the region’s central bank held interest rates steady and said it will begin a strategic review, as expected. The common currency briefly edged higher after ECB President Christine Lagarde cited some signs of moderate increase in underlying inflation.Investors are increasingly trying to gauge the threat to airlines, retailers and energy providers from a sickness whose death toll has climbed to 17 so far as it spread through Asia from Thailand to South Korea. The U.S. has one confirmed case. The risk, which stirs memories of the SARS outbreak 17 years ago, is emerging just as evidence mounts that the global economy turned a corner. Strong Australian job numbers Thursday were the latest sign; the country’s currency outperformed global peers.“There is a notable degree of investor caution, albeit not (yet) risk capitulation across markets,” Simon Ballard, chief economist at First Abu Dhabi Bank, wrote in a note. “Until the data tells us otherwise, we will hope that the coronavirus does not become a repeat of 2003 and that any meaningful sell off in risk will be viewed by investors as a (selective) buying opportunity.”Read more on the impact from the virus:SARS Lessons Don’t Apply: Markets Ponder Threat From China VirusInside China’s Virus Zone, Unease Grips a City in LockdownWhy Wuhan Is at the Center of the Viral Outbreak: Shuli RenHere are some events to watch out for this week:Companies including Intel Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. will post results.Eurozone PMI data is due Friday.The World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of global leaders in politics, business and culture, continues in Davos, Switzerland.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index fell 0.1% as of 8:38 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.5%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dipped 0.7%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro increased 0.1% to $1.1102.The British pound was little changed at $1.3136.The Japanese yen gained 0.3% to 109.55 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped three basis points to 1.74%.Germany’s 10-year yield fell two basis points to -0.28%.Britain’s 10-year yield decreased two basis points to 0.618%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude decreased 1.9% to $55.69 a barrel.Gold fell 0.1% to $1,556.58 an ounce.\--With assistance from Gregor Stuart Hunter and Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Sam Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- For a fresh perspective on the stories that matter in Australian business and politics, sign up for our new weekly newsletter.U.S. equity futures edged lower while European stocks fell and Asian shares slumped on Thursday amid lingering concerns that a virus spreading from China to other countries could become a drag on global growth. Treasuries climbed and crude oil dropped.Contracts on America’s three main equity indexes swung between modest gains and losses before nudging down. Mining shares led the Stoxx Europe 600 Index lower after Asian stocks slid from Seoul to Sydney on worries the deadly pathogen will affect corporate sales and economies. China’s Shanghai Composite Index plunged 2.8%, the biggest drop on the last trading day before the Lunar New Year holiday in the benchmark’s three-decade history.WTI-grade crude oil slid to its lowest level since early December. European bonds held gains and the euro drifted after the region’s central bank held interest rates steady and said it will begin a strategic review, as expected. The common currency briefly edged higher after ECB President Christine Lagarde cited some signs of moderate increase in underlying inflation.Investors are increasingly trying to gauge the threat to airlines, retailers and energy providers from a sickness whose death toll has climbed to 17 so far as it spread through Asia from Thailand to South Korea. The U.S. has one confirmed case. The risk, which stirs memories of the SARS outbreak 17 years ago, is emerging just as evidence mounts that the global economy turned a corner. Strong Australian job numbers Thursday were the latest sign; the country’s currency outperformed global peers.“There is a notable degree of investor caution, albeit not (yet) risk capitulation across markets,” Simon Ballard, chief economist at First Abu Dhabi Bank, wrote in a note. “Until the data tells us otherwise, we will hope that the coronavirus does not become a repeat of 2003 and that any meaningful sell off in risk will be viewed by investors as a (selective) buying opportunity.”Read more on the impact from the virus:SARS Lessons Don’t Apply: Markets Ponder Threat From China VirusInside China’s Virus Zone, Unease Grips a City in LockdownWhy Wuhan Is at the Center of the Viral Outbreak: Shuli RenHere are some events to watch out for this week:Companies including Intel Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. will post results.Eurozone PMI data is due Friday.The World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of global leaders in politics, business and culture, continues in Davos, Switzerland.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index fell 0.1% as of 8:38 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.5%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dipped 0.7%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro increased 0.1% to $1.1102.The British pound was little changed at $1.3136.The Japanese yen gained 0.3% to 109.55 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped three basis points to 1.74%.Germany’s 10-year yield fell two basis points to -0.28%.Britain’s 10-year yield decreased two basis points to 0.618%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude decreased 1.9% to $55.69 a barrel.Gold fell 0.1% to $1,556.58 an ounce.\--With assistance from Gregor Stuart Hunter and Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Sam Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 31/71   Brazil urges India to cut import taxes on chicken products
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    Brazil wants India to cut its import taxes on chicken and chicken products so it can cash in on India's burgeoning demand for poultry and poultry products as incomes rise and food habits change.  India imposes a 100% import tax on chicken products and a 30% duty on whole chickens, too high for countries such as Brazil and the United States to gain a foothold in the market, where the poultry industry is growing at more than 10% a year.

    Brazil wants India to cut its import taxes on chicken and chicken products so it can cash in on India's burgeoning demand for poultry and poultry products as incomes rise and food habits change. India imposes a 100% import tax on chicken products and a 30% duty on whole chickens, too high for countries such as Brazil and the United States to gain a foothold in the market, where the poultry industry is growing at more than 10% a year.


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  • 32/71   2020 Cadillac XT6 Review & Buying Guide | Sneaking in through the back
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    The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is arriving late to the party, literally decades after some of its rivals.  The question about the XT6, then, is it fashionably late?  The XT6 is indeed quite handsome and refined.

    The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is arriving late to the party, literally decades after some of its rivals. The question about the XT6, then, is it fashionably late? The XT6 is indeed quite handsome and refined.


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  • 33/71   NITV Federal Services Wins Lawsuit Against Herring/Dektor Corporation: Awarded Nearly One Million in Damages and Permanent Court Injunction
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    NITV Federal Services (https://www.cvsa1.com/) recently announced the successful completion of litigation levied against Arthur Herring/Dektor Corporation, a Pennsylvania business specializing in the manufacture of, and training for, voice lie-detection equipment. The lawsuit alleged defamation, deception, false advertising, business disparagement, tortious Interference and unfair trade practices. The lawsuit was pursued by NITV FS as a way to protect both its intellectual property and its patented product, the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (an advanced technology that replaces the old polygraph) as well as its reputation. The court issued a clear victory to NITV FS on December 16, 2019.

    NITV Federal Services (https://www.cvsa1.com/) recently announced the successful completion of litigation levied against Arthur Herring/Dektor Corporation, a Pennsylvania business specializing in the manufacture of, and training for, voice lie-detection equipment. The lawsuit alleged defamation, deception, false advertising, business disparagement, tortious Interference and unfair trade practices. The lawsuit was pursued by NITV FS as a way to protect both its intellectual property and its patented product, the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (an advanced technology that replaces the old polygraph) as well as its reputation. The court issued a clear victory to NITV FS on December 16, 2019.


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  • 34/71   Novolex Brands Eco-Products and Heritage Bag to Showcase Compostable Products at Compost2020
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    Novolex brands Eco-Products® and Heritage Bag™ will showcase their compostable products, including Vanguard™ and BioTuf®, next week at Compost2020, the largest conference and trade show in North America for the composting and organics recycling industry.

    Novolex brands Eco-Products® and Heritage Bag™ will showcase their compostable products, including Vanguard™ and BioTuf®, next week at Compost2020, the largest conference and trade show in North America for the composting and organics recycling industry.


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  • 35/71   TAPCO Releases New SafeWalk™ Crosswalk Illuminator Ahead of ATSSA's 50th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo
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    Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO), manufacturer, distributor and service provider of traffic and parking control products, announced today its new pedestrian safety solution – the SafeWalk™ Crosswalk Illuminator – ahead of the 2020 ATSSA Annual Convention and Traffic Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO), manufacturer, distributor and service provider of traffic and parking control products, announced today its new pedestrian safety solution – the SafeWalk™ Crosswalk Illuminator – ahead of the 2020 ATSSA Annual Convention and Traffic Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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  • 36/71   U.S. Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise Less Than Forecast
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    (Bloomberg) -- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose less than forecast, marking the first increase in six weeks and adding to signs of a labor market strong enough to sustain consumers and drive the expansion.Jobless claims climbed by 6,000 to 211,000 in the week ended Jan. 18, according to Labor Department figures released Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 214,000. The four-week average, a less-volatile measure, dropped to 213,250, the lowest since the end of September.Key InsightsThe recent trend in claims indicates companies are reluctant to pare headcounts with an unemployment rate at a 50-year low and difficulty attracting help.Claims were estimated for six states and Puerto Rico for the week leading up to the Martin Luther King holiday.The figures are consistent with the Federal Reserve’s view that the U.S. jobs market remains tight. The central bank’s latest Beige Book of economic conditions showed several Fed districts flagged worker shortages.Get MoreContinuing claims, reported with a one-week lag, dropped 37,000 to a three-week low of 1.73 million in the week ended Jan. 11.The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits held at 1.2%.(Adds graphic)\--With assistance from Jordan Yadoo.To contact the reporter on this story: Katia Dmitrieva in Washington at edmitrieva1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Scott Lanman at slanman@bloomberg.net, Vince GolleFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose less than forecast, marking the first increase in six weeks and adding to signs of a labor market strong enough to sustain consumers and drive the expansion.Jobless claims climbed by 6,000 to 211,000 in the week ended Jan. 18, according to Labor Department figures released Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 214,000. The four-week average, a less-volatile measure, dropped to 213,250, the lowest since the end of September.Key InsightsThe recent trend in claims indicates companies are reluctant to pare headcounts with an unemployment rate at a 50-year low and difficulty attracting help.Claims were estimated for six states and Puerto Rico for the week leading up to the Martin Luther King holiday.The figures are consistent with the Federal Reserve’s view that the U.S. jobs market remains tight. The central bank’s latest Beige Book of economic conditions showed several Fed districts flagged worker shortages.Get MoreContinuing claims, reported with a one-week lag, dropped 37,000 to a three-week low of 1.73 million in the week ended Jan. 11.The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits held at 1.2%.(Adds graphic)\--With assistance from Jordan Yadoo.To contact the reporter on this story: Katia Dmitrieva in Washington at edmitrieva1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Scott Lanman at slanman@bloomberg.net, Vince GolleFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 37/71   Dubai screens passengers from China amid virus outbreak
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    Dubai Airport, one of the world's biggest aviation hubs, said Thursday it would carry out thermal screening of all passengers arriving from China amid an outbreak of a deadly virus.  The move goes further than other major transport hubs in Europe and the United States, which have limited their screening to passengers coming from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the scare.  'Dubai Airports confirms... that all passengers arriving on direct flights from the People's Republic of China must receive thermal screening at the gate upon arrival,' a statement said.

    Dubai Airport, one of the world's biggest aviation hubs, said Thursday it would carry out thermal screening of all passengers arriving from China amid an outbreak of a deadly virus. The move goes further than other major transport hubs in Europe and the United States, which have limited their screening to passengers coming from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the scare. 'Dubai Airports confirms... that all passengers arriving on direct flights from the People's Republic of China must receive thermal screening at the gate upon arrival,' a statement said.


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  • 38/71   The Actors Gymnasium Announces Casting for THE GHOST IN GADSDEN'S GARDEN, Its Annual Winter Circus
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    The Actors Gymnasium is proud to announce THE GHOST IN GADSDEN'S GARDEN, an original circus theatre production. It is written and directed by Chris Matthews and Sully Ratke, with circus choreography by Artistic Director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi. The show features Lucy Carapetyan, Adrian Danzig, and Hayley Larson, as well as members of the Gym's Teen Ensemble.

    The Actors Gymnasium is proud to announce THE GHOST IN GADSDEN'S GARDEN, an original circus theatre production. It is written and directed by Chris Matthews and Sully Ratke, with circus choreography by Artistic Director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi. The show features Lucy Carapetyan, Adrian Danzig, and Hayley Larson, as well as members of the Gym's Teen Ensemble.


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  • 39/71   Enter CDV's Monthly "BIM to Indoor GIS" Drawing
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    CDV Systems is celebrating 20 years of bringing Revit success to the AEC market. To laud this milestone, CDV invites the AEC market & Property Owners to enter their BIM projects into

    CDV Systems is celebrating 20 years of bringing Revit success to the AEC market. To laud this milestone, CDV invites the AEC market & Property Owners to enter their BIM projects into


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  • 40/71   Zola and Macy's Launch Wedding Registry Partnership
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    Today Zola, the ultimate one-stop-site for couples getting married, and Macy's, America's store for life, launched a wedding registry partnership. Engaged couples can now register for over 2,000 of Macy's private brand and exclusive gifts across bedding, bath, tabletop, and home, directly on Zola. The integration of Macy's most popular brands into Zola's expansive assortment of 100,000+ gifts, gift cards and cash funds will make it easier than ever for couples to register for everything all in one place, all on Zola.

    Today Zola, the ultimate one-stop-site for couples getting married, and Macy's, America's store for life, launched a wedding registry partnership. Engaged couples can now register for over 2,000 of Macy's private brand and exclusive gifts across bedding, bath, tabletop, and home, directly on Zola. The integration of Macy's most popular brands into Zola's expansive assortment of 100,000+ gifts, gift cards and cash funds will make it easier than ever for couples to register for everything all in one place, all on Zola.


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  • 41/71   Creative Success Expert Astrid Baumgardner: Eight Ways to Play to Your Passions and Strengths
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    Anyone can be creative — given the right mindset, the desire to find and stay true to your authentic self, and access to the appropriate skill set.

    Anyone can be creative — given the right mindset, the desire to find and stay true to your authentic self, and access to the appropriate skill set.


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  • 42/71   Impeachment trial fallout: Trump could get his wish — to hurt Biden
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    Details about Hunter Biden could complicate life for Joe Biden — exactly what Trump was trying to do with his Ukraine scheme last summer.  

    Details about Hunter Biden could complicate life for Joe Biden — exactly what Trump was trying to do with his Ukraine scheme last summer.  


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  • 43/71   Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem church
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    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - 'Go outside,' French President Emmanuel Macron demanded in English in a melee with Israeli security men on Wednesday, demanding they leave a Jerusalem basilica that he visited before a Holocaust memorial conference.  The French tricolor has flown over the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem's walled Old City since it was gifted by the Ottomans to French Emperor Napoleon III in 1856.  France views it as a provocation when Israeli police enter the church's sandstone complex, in a part of Jerusalem captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - 'Go outside,' French President Emmanuel Macron demanded in English in a melee with Israeli security men on Wednesday, demanding they leave a Jerusalem basilica that he visited before a Holocaust memorial conference. The French tricolor has flown over the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem's walled Old City since it was gifted by the Ottomans to French Emperor Napoleon III in 1856. France views it as a provocation when Israeli police enter the church's sandstone complex, in a part of Jerusalem captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.


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  • 44/71   What If America Isn't Able to Stop a Surprise Attack by China?
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    A terrible thing.

    A terrible thing.


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  • 45/71   WWII-era ammunition found at Tesla factory site near Berlin
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    Authorities in Germany say 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of World War II ammunition have been found on the site where Tesla plans to build its first European factory.  Local newspaper Maerkische Oderzeitung quoted officials in Brandenburg on Wednesday as saying they estimate about 25 unexploded bombs could be found at the partially wooded site on the outskirts of Berlin, the German capital.  Thousands of unexploded bombs dropped over Nazi Germany by American, British and Russian forces remain undiscovered even 75 years after the end of the war.

    Authorities in Germany say 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of World War II ammunition have been found on the site where Tesla plans to build its first European factory. Local newspaper Maerkische Oderzeitung quoted officials in Brandenburg on Wednesday as saying they estimate about 25 unexploded bombs could be found at the partially wooded site on the outskirts of Berlin, the German capital. Thousands of unexploded bombs dropped over Nazi Germany by American, British and Russian forces remain undiscovered even 75 years after the end of the war.


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  • 46/71   The US plans to force passengers to change routes, and potentially redirect entire flights, to make sure they get screened for the Wuhan virus
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    US officials described an ambitious 'funnel' system to make sure every passenger from Wuhan, China, to the US gets screened — no matter their route.

    US officials described an ambitious 'funnel' system to make sure every passenger from Wuhan, China, to the US gets screened — no matter their route.


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  • 47/71   Man in Mexico Now Ill After Visiting Coronavirus Ground Zero
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    (Bloomberg) -- A man who fell ill in Mexico on Monday following a December trip to Wuhan, China, is under observation as a potential case of the coronavirus, the respiratory virus that has killed at least 17 people worldwide.The 57-year-old molecular biology professor works for the Instituto Politecnico Nacional university in the city of Reynosa, which borders with the U.S. The man returned to Mexico on Jan. 10 through a Mexico City airport and then flew to the state of Tamaulipas, Mexican authorities said.Tamaulipas State Health Minister Gloria Molina said in a radio interview that the man immediately reported his situation to authorities after feeling sick. He is now in his home under monitoring to prevent any potential spread. His test results are expected on Thursday, Mexico’s chief epidemiologist Jose Luis Alomia said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.Molina said the man also had layovers at the border city of Tijuana when he left and returned to Mexico, according to journalist Joaquin Lopez Doriga’s news site.Link: China Seeks to Contain Virus as Death Toll Jumps to 17Earlier on Wednesday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that a second possible case in Mexico had been ruled out. “The coronavirus is being looked into. If we have more information we will release it later today,” he said.Mexico plans to inform daily on the latests developments of the virus around the world. A preventive travel recommendation is in place for the country and passengers arriving from international ports will be checked for any symptoms, Alomia said.Separately, Colombian authorities are also evaluating whether a Chinese man with a respiratory illness, who traveled to Colombia from Turkey, has the same virus, according to Blu, a Bogota-based radio station. The country’s health ministry declined to comment.The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he needs to consider all evidence before deciding if the coronavirus that emerged from Wuhan is an international health emergency.(Adds Alomia comments in paragraphs 3 and 6, and WHO comments in last paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Cyntia Barrera Diaz in Mexico City at cbarrerad@bloomberg.net;Lorena Rios in Mexico City at lriost@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ney Hayashi at ncruz4@bloomberg.net, Dale QuinnFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- A man who fell ill in Mexico on Monday following a December trip to Wuhan, China, is under observation as a potential case of the coronavirus, the respiratory virus that has killed at least 17 people worldwide.The 57-year-old molecular biology professor works for the Instituto Politecnico Nacional university in the city of Reynosa, which borders with the U.S. The man returned to Mexico on Jan. 10 through a Mexico City airport and then flew to the state of Tamaulipas, Mexican authorities said.Tamaulipas State Health Minister Gloria Molina said in a radio interview that the man immediately reported his situation to authorities after feeling sick. He is now in his home under monitoring to prevent any potential spread. His test results are expected on Thursday, Mexico’s chief epidemiologist Jose Luis Alomia said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.Molina said the man also had layovers at the border city of Tijuana when he left and returned to Mexico, according to journalist Joaquin Lopez Doriga’s news site.Link: China Seeks to Contain Virus as Death Toll Jumps to 17Earlier on Wednesday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that a second possible case in Mexico had been ruled out. “The coronavirus is being looked into. If we have more information we will release it later today,” he said.Mexico plans to inform daily on the latests developments of the virus around the world. A preventive travel recommendation is in place for the country and passengers arriving from international ports will be checked for any symptoms, Alomia said.Separately, Colombian authorities are also evaluating whether a Chinese man with a respiratory illness, who traveled to Colombia from Turkey, has the same virus, according to Blu, a Bogota-based radio station. The country’s health ministry declined to comment.The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he needs to consider all evidence before deciding if the coronavirus that emerged from Wuhan is an international health emergency.(Adds Alomia comments in paragraphs 3 and 6, and WHO comments in last paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Cyntia Barrera Diaz in Mexico City at cbarrerad@bloomberg.net;Lorena Rios in Mexico City at lriost@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ney Hayashi at ncruz4@bloomberg.net, Dale QuinnFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 48/71   Meghan Markle's former LA mansion is still looking for a buyer, and the asking price just dropped — here's a look inside
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    Before Kensington Palace, Frogmore Cottage, and declaring a pursuit of financial independence, Meghan Markle already lived like a queen.

    Before Kensington Palace, Frogmore Cottage, and declaring a pursuit of financial independence, Meghan Markle already lived like a queen.


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  • 49/71   Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona
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    Steven Brashear, 66, was reported missing in December. Three mountain lions were euthanized after being found eating his body.

    Steven Brashear, 66, was reported missing in December. Three mountain lions were euthanized after being found eating his body.


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  • 50/71   Hillary Clinton kicks off the 'stop Sanders' movement. Will Obama follow her lead?
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    Sanders himself has been dismissive of Clinton’s comments. And then there’s Obama himself to consider. Clinton’s timing is conspicuous.

    Sanders himself has been dismissive of Clinton’s comments. And then there’s Obama himself to consider. Clinton’s timing is conspicuous.


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  • 51/71   Additional U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq following Iranian missile attack
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    Additional U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq for closer evaluation of potential concussion injuries from the Iranian missile attack of Jan. 8, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.

    Additional U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq for closer evaluation of potential concussion injuries from the Iranian missile attack of Jan. 8, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.


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  • 52/71   Merkel Says Climate Fight a ‘Matter of Survival’: Davos Update
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.The rich and powerful are in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting, and the gathering is being closely watched to see how the global elite aims to tackle problems they helped create, above all climate change.Germany’s Angela Merkel called on world leaders to work together to fight global warming, saying time is running out to protect the climate. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, meanwhile, questioned whether Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is qualified to talk about economic issues linked to climate change and telling 17-year-old to go and study the subject in college.To get all the highlights delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Davos Diary newsletter. Here’s the latest (time-stamps are local time in Davos):Tackling Climate Change ‘Matter of Survival’: Merkel (2:45 p.m.)German Chancellor Merkel said meeting emissions-reduction goals could be a “matter of survival” for Europe and young activists pushing for change should be taken seriously.“The question of achieving the Paris Agreement goals could be a matter of survival for the whole continent and that is why there is pressure to act,” Merkel said in a speech. “Time is pressing, and we must be careful as the older members of society that we treat the impatience of youth in a positive and constructive way.”The German leader said she was concerned about the conflict between campaigners for a cleaner planet and those who don’t believe in global warming. She said the scientific evidence is clear, and emotions should not be confused with facts.Mitsotakis Says Turkey-Libya Deal Unacceptable (2:34 p.m.)Turkey’s maritime border agreement with Libya is unacceptable and illegal, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, amid growing tension in the eastern Mediterranean.“Turkey has been difficult to deal with,” Mitsotakis said in a Bloomberg interview. “There’s a constant state of provocation, which leads Turkey nowhere.”“We don’t need Turkey’s permission” to supply Europe with Cypriot, Israeli or potential Greek gas, Mitsotakis said earlier in Davos. The pact signed by Libya and Turkey has an impact for the planned EastMed pipeline project, he said.Time is ‘Worry’ in EU, U.K. Trade Talks: Dutch PM (1:45 p.m.)The clock is ticking for the EU and the U.K. to hammer out a trade deal by the end of the year, according to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.To agree on a trade deal “we need to agree on level playing field and all the other issues,” the Dutch leader said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “It’s an awfully short amount of time so I hope that coming next summer, June, July, that Boris Johnson will at least contemplate extending, if necessary, this transition phase.”Coming to an arrangement is “very difficult and there is still the risk that you will have a cliff edge scenario’ like we had experienced last year.”U.S., China Must Adjust for Stable World: Singapore PM (1:30 p.m.)Both the U.S. and China must make adjustments if they are going to reach a lasting phase-two trade deal that benefits the rest of the world, according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.The U.S. must decide whether to create rules that allow “the best man” to win or only let America come out on top, Lee said in an interview with Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait.“America First means you do the best for the United States,” Lee added. “So do you do the best by prospering in the world, and there are other countries who are doing well, or do your best by being a big country in a troubled world? And I’m not sure that the second is a very good answer.”Maersk Sees Flat Global Trade Growth in 2020 (1:24 p.m.)Global trade will likely expand in line with 2019’s growth of “slightly less than 2%,” A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S Chief Executive Officer Soren Skou said in a Bloomberg TV interview.The reason why freight rates have “gone up quite substantially” since October is mainly the introduction of new more environmentally friendly fuel. “Many of our customers recognize that it’s good for everybody that we go to a cleaner fuel,” Skou said.Trump Policies Good for Business, Moelis Says (1:21 p.m.)U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies and deregulation moves have been good for business and generated “substantial rewards,” Moelis & Co. founder Ken Moelis said in a Bloomberg TV interview.Trump has done a good job of telling the story of how the U.S. economy is booming, with low unemployment, Moelis said, adding that despite “a lot of hand-wringing” in the U.S., the country remains a “tremendous place” with great laws, great capital markets and innovation.Men’s Hiring Bias Slammed by Finnish PM (1:04 p.m.)Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said it’s now clear that women need laws to protect them from discrimination in the work place and the issue can’t be left in the hands of the private sector.“You need laws and structures that lead the way to gender equality,” 34-year-old Marin said during a panel debate. “It doesn’t just happen by itself.” The concern is that an unconscious bias kicks in, steering men in a position to hire toward “similar-minded and similar-looking people” who are deemed to be “more qualified.”Dutch Finance Minister Says Brexit Risks EU Power (1 p.m.)After Brexit, the EU risks becoming a weak player in global politics, because the U.K.’s departure offsets the bloc’s balance, according to Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra.“When there is a balance between France, Germany, and the U.K., we in the Netherlands are at ease,” Hoekstra said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “That balance is now gone, and for the European Union, both in economic terms, but also in geopolitical terms, Brexit is very bad news.”Le Maire Urges Germany to Spend (12:40 p.m.)French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire renewed his call for Germany to spend more to bolster the euro-area economy and prevent countries with stretched finances from plunging further into debt.Speaking on a panel discussing global growth, Le Maire said France is delivering on its promise to overhaul the economy with changes to taxation, labor laws and pensions, but others in the currency region need to “do their homework.”“We are waiting for Germany and the Netherlands and all the countries that have the necessary fiscal space to use that fiscal space to feed growth in their own country and everywhere within the euro zone,” Le Maire said.It’s all the more urgent for Germany to act because the European Central Bank has little room left to stimulate the economy, he added. “The margin for maneuver for monetary policy is right now a very limited one, a very thin one.”Saudi Arabia Must Act on Emissions: Minister (12:30 p.m.)Saudi Arabia must advocate for solutions to tackle climate change as one of the world’s largest energy producers, according to Energy Minister Abdulaziz Bin Salman.“We cannot sit on our hands as a producer without advocating for something that brings a solution to the emissions issue,” he said during a panel discussion. “We can’t see all components of sustainability and market stability without also being involved in the other debate which has to do with climate change.”Facebook Says Bezos Hack May Highlight Phone Vulnerabilities (12:13 p.m.)The hack of Amazon.com Inc. billionaire Jeff Bezos’s phone, allegedly via a WhatsApp message, brings to light potential security weaknesses in smartphone operating systems, according to Facebook Inc. Vice President Nicola Mendelsohn.The company would take allegations that its service was used in a hack very seriously and would look into it, Mendelsohn, who helps run Facebook’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business, said in a Bloomberg TV interview.The Idea of a Waste-Free Global Economy Is Catching On (11:50 a.m.)When British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur was promoting the idea of the circular economy on the sidelines of Davos in 2012, the big attraction was curiosity about what she was up to after her sailing career.Eight years on, firms such as Adidas AG, Unilever NV, and BlackRock Inc. are embracing MacArthur’s vision. Her foundation is pushing an economic system where product lifespans are extended and components used repeatedly. The idea is to replace the “linear” model of growth -- extraction, production and disposal -- and reduce the strain on the planet’s limited resources.“We had our own event in one of the hotels, and to be honest most people came because they were intrigued about what I might be doing,” said MacArthur, who once held the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe. “Things have changed enormously since then.”Swiss Re Says Big Questions Remain on China Virus Risks (11:40 a.m.)The extent of risk posed by China’s deadly virus outbreak is difficult to assess, because many details are still unknown, such as how fatal it may be, how easily it will spread and whether it can be contained, according to Swiss Re AG Chief Executive Officer Christian Mumenthaler.Last year marked a return to normality for disaster payouts, Mumenthaler said in an interview. Climate change is increasing disaster risks, and that’s going to effect insurance prices, but its very hard to break down what the impact will be over 20 years, he added.Novartis Keeping Generics Unit for Now (11:21 a.m.)Novartis AG is “very committed” to keeping its Sandoz generics unit despite efforts to sharpen company’s focus on next-generation treatments including cell and gene therapies, Chief Executive Officer Vas Narasimhan told Bloomberg TV in an interview.Generics unit is growing and profitable, and there are opportunities in countries that have struggled to obtain high-quality generic medicines, Narasimhan said. Having a position in generics “matters” for now, though that may not still be the case in five or 10 years, he added.Deutsche Bank Expects ECB Review to Be ‘Constructive’ (11:07 a.m.)Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing is “hopeful” that the planned strategy review by the European Central Bank will lead to change.The ECB’s decision to cut interest rates below zero was right at the time, but “we missed the exit,” he said on a panel. Negative rates are leading to a widening gap between winners and losers as only a small share of the population benefits, Sewing said, adding that monetary policy is “reaching its limits.”U.S.-Europe Risk Trade Flare-Up Over Cars, Digital Tax (10:43 a.m.)The U.S. and Europe looked set for a renewed clash over everything from car tariffs to digital taxes in a sign that a new American focus was emerging following President Donald Trump’s trade truce with China.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the U.S. was still considering slapping levies on European auto imports even as it hopes for a “peaceful resolution” of differences. Mnuchin declined to say if he was still pushing for an optional digital tax after an agreement for a global framework was reached with France on Wednesday.Mnuchin Tells Thunberg to Go to School (10:35 a.m.)Mnuchin questioned whether 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is qualified to talk about economic issues linked to global warming.Asked at a press conference to comment on the debate over the economics of climate change spurred by the teenager, Mnuchin quipped: “Is she the chief economist?” He then said: “After she goes and studies economics in college, she can go back and explain that to us.”Mnuchin has repeatedly clarified the U.S.’s climate stance after Trump took a swipe at environmental “alarmists” in his speech Tuesday. “There’s a misinterpretation as to what our view is,” Mnuchin said. “The U.S. administration very clearly believes in clean air and clean water.”Canada in Strong Fiscal Position: Morneau (10:30 a.m.)Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said low interest rates mean central banks have less room to maneuver and suggested fiscal policy needs to play a greater role in addressing economic challenges.“I think we have to be realistic” about expectations of central banks, Morneau said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “Their ability to be effective in the case of challenges is different than it was in the last real challenge.”Canada is managing its “fiscal framework very well,” which makes it “resilient in the face of challenges,” Morneau added.“What we see is that Canada has taken a very responsible approach,” he added. “Whether you’re a rating agency or someone looking at our ability to deal with financial issues or concerns, we’re in a particularly strong position. Probably the strongest position among G-7 countries because of our very strong balance sheet to start with.”Allow Venezuela to Unleash Its Potential: Guaido (10 a.m.)Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s opposition leader, called for a return to democracy in the South American nation so that it can fully exploit its oil reserves and “unleash” its potential.“What we want is a free Venezuela, a democratic Venezuela which respects human rights, where you can invest, where we can also make the most of our oil reserves and so that we can really unleash the potential that we have,” Guaido said in a speech. “We want to mobilize people despite the terror unleashed by the dictatorship.”Nigeria Says OPEC Ready to Cut Further (9:49 a.m.)OPEC’s production cuts are enough for now to avoid an oversupply, but ministers will convene again in March and will be ready to make further cuts if necessary, Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva said in a Bloomberg TV interview, adding that the country would like to see oil prices between $60 and $70 a barrel.“We see a lot of optimism in the market” amid easing of trade tensions between U.S. and China,” Sylva said. “If the U.S. and China are able to consummate a good deal at the end of the day, we expect that there’ll be demand growth.”Cantor’s Jain Concerned by Negative Rates (9:38 a.m.)Cantor Fitzgerald LP President Anshu Jain said there are long-term adverse consequences linked to investing in trillions of dollars of negative yielding debt.“If you wind up investing at negative yields in effect locking in a loss, that will have repercussions,” Jain said in an interview. “Of greater concern for me is repercussions for insurers and pension funds, and these will be felt for years to come.”Italian Coalition is Stable, Gualtieri Says (9:20 a.m.)The stability of Italy’s ruling coalition will not be affected by Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio stepping down as head of his party, according to Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri.“Di Maio will remain the foreign affairs minister and the parties have said they are strongly committed to the stability of the government. So nothing will change,” Gualtieri told Bloomberg TV.“What we can have is a continuation of this alliance or a strengthening of this alliance, these are the only two options,” he added. “We have very strong numbers in the parliament in both chambers and the government will continue until the end of the legislative term.”U.S. Isn’t Abandoning Car Tariffs, Ross Says (9:15 a.m.)U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross said the U.S. isn’t abandoning car tariffs but is hoping for a peaceful resolution of the matter with Europe.“We have not abandoned the tariffs,” Ross told reporters. “The auto tariff decision was to negotiate in hopes of a peaceful resolution” with individual car companies and countries, he added.Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said he met with Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess in Davos.Europe Vows to Tax Polluting Imports, Tech (9 a.m.)The European Union will go ahead with plans to impose new taxes on pollution and technology companies, despite a pushback from China and the U.S. that could exacerbate global trade tensions, the bloc’s economy chief said.“I will be clear: if there is no global agreement we will have an EU proposal at the end of this year,” European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni told Bloomberg TV. Gentiloni was asked about the EU’s controversial plans to impose a levy on the digital services revenue of the likes of Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.Kaeser’s Wish for Trump: Listen to the Kids (8:45 a.m.)At a Tuesday dinner that Donald Trump held with business executives, Siemens AG Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser said he told the U.S. president he had three things to say: a compliment, a request, and a wish.The compliment was on how Trump has spurred U.S. Economic growth. The request was for Siemens to be treated like a U.S. company on government projects because of its 50,000 American workers. His request was to urge the president to listen to young people’s demand to protect the climate.“They may not be able to help us. They’re young people -- they have a problem and they don’t know how to solve it, but shouldn’t we bring them to the table,” Kaeser said he told Trump, adding that his daughter Ivanka Trump responded that it was something that they might look into.Merkel Succession Team to Be Decided This Year (8:42 a.m.)Germany’s Christian Democrats want to assemble their team to succeed Chancellor Merkel by the end of this year, the party’s chairwoman said in a Bloomberg TV interview.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is also Merkel’s defense minister, said that now isn’t the time for a cabinet reshuffle as proposed by a party ally earlier in the month.“For 2021, the CDU needs a new team for the future, with new faces, and we’ll put that in place this year. For me, that’s a more important perspective than a short-term change,” she said.Debt Buildup Reaching Danger Point: Georgieva (8:40 a.m.)IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva warned that debt in some countries is at dangerous levels.“The buildup of debt is reaching a point where for some borrowers it’s a present danger -- for example poorer countries,” Georgieva told Bloomberg TV. “43% of low income countries are already at or close to debt distress.”Low interest rates “means high, high appetite for yield,” Georgieva said, adding that “high appetite for yield means high appetite for risk.”The global economy is in a better place than in October, when the IMF published its latest forecasts, and central banks have done what they can to support growth so it’s up to governments to step up, Georgieva said.Siemens Urges Deeper Globalization (8:28 a.m.)Globalization needs to advance, as nationalist retrenchment would be a giant step backward for industrial companies, according to Siemens CEO Kaeser.“We better find a way or the fourth industrial revolution is not happening and we have decoupling instead and go back to the stone age of productivity,” Kaeser said in a Bloomberg TV interview.The company’s biggest markets are the U.S., China and Germany respectively, which Kaeser said might make it look like he’s stuck in the middle of several trade wars, but the company’s heavy localization has so far protected Siemens.Time Rapidly Running Out on Climate, Kerry Says (8:20 a.m.)Former U.S. Senator John Kerry warned that time is very rapidly running out to tackle climate change and blamed both the U.S. and China for a lack of progress.“We are missing years, and we don’t have years,” Kerry said . “We are not getting the job done.”Kerry said that scientists have given the world a decade to resolve the problem, urging financiers and business leaders to direct their money toward renewable energy sources.“China is having it both ways: they are exporting their solar panels industry and at the same time they are the largest coal user,” Kerry said. “China and the U.S. are 45% of emissions.”Germany Must Spend Cash More Quickly: AKK (8 a.m.)Germany needs to speed up the process of spending government funds, and surplus cash should be invested “sensibly” in infrastructure and the military, according to German Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer.“If we look at our budget and our investment right now, then we see that we have no problem with money, we have enough money,” Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is also the head of Chancellor Merkel’s party, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.“The problem is that we are too slow and too complicated in the process. Not enough is invested as a result and this is the construction site we need to work on,” she said.Merkel’s government agrees that surpluses “shouldn’t be tucked away for a rainy day” but instead directed toward “investment in technologies of the future, in our infrastructure,” Kramp-Karrenbauer added.Coronavirus Only ‘Real Threat’ to Markets: Prince Max (7:45 a.m.)There is nothing “really threatening” on the horizon for markets, with the possible exception of the coronavirus, according to Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein, chief executive officer of LGT Group Foundation.“I think there is a little bit more downside risk than upside chances,” Prince Max said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “But the market has been resistant so hopefully we will enjoy a good market for a little bit longer.”LGT is hoping for the long-term trend of negative rates to eventually reverse, Prince Max added. “But realistically our expectations for this year for a significant rate change is not there,” he said. “So we are not too optimistic on that front.”Turkish Guidance Intact After ‘Deep’ Rate Cuts (7:30 a.m.)Turkey’s central bank is standing by its promise of a positive real rate of return to investors despite five interest-rate cuts that Governor Murat Uysal conceded “were a bit deep.”Speaking in interviews with Turkish TV in Davos, Uysal said returns will run above zero based on the projected path of slowing inflation. The governor also downplayed concerns that the lack of a buffer against market sell-offs could now present a threat by saying the country has had negative real rates in the past.“Our interest rates steps in 2019 were a bit deep,” Uysal said. “I can say that we have entered a period in which we need to fine-tune inflation and monetary policy.Sanctioned Deripaska Returns to Talk Climate (6 a.m.)Two years after being sanctioned by the U.S. government, billionaire Oleg Deripaska is back among the global elite.The tycoon, who used to be regular at Davos and known for throwing extravagant parties, echoed the climate change message from activist Greta Thunberg and said not enough is being done to stop global warming.“Until payments are imposed for CO2, nothing in the world will change,” he said by phone from Switzerland. “All this talk at Davos about climate change is just words. In reality, nobody’s doing anything.”\--With assistance from John Follain, Birgit Jennen, Craig Stirling, Cagan Koc, Yuliya Fedorinova, Javier Blas, Fergal O'Brien, Oliver Sachgau, Patrick Donahue, Jenny Leonard, Saleha Mohsin, Viren Vaghela, Haslinda Amin, Francine Lacqua, William Horobin, Reema Alothman, Matthew Martin, Philip J. Heijmans and Sotiris Nikas.To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.net;Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net;Simon Kennedy at skennedy4@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.The rich and powerful are in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting, and the gathering is being closely watched to see how the global elite aims to tackle problems they helped create, above all climate change.Germany’s Angela Merkel called on world leaders to work together to fight global warming, saying time is running out to protect the climate. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, meanwhile, questioned whether Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is qualified to talk about economic issues linked to climate change and telling 17-year-old to go and study the subject in college.To get all the highlights delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Davos Diary newsletter. Here’s the latest (time-stamps are local time in Davos):Tackling Climate Change ‘Matter of Survival’: Merkel (2:45 p.m.)German Chancellor Merkel said meeting emissions-reduction goals could be a “matter of survival” for Europe and young activists pushing for change should be taken seriously.“The question of achieving the Paris Agreement goals could be a matter of survival for the whole continent and that is why there is pressure to act,” Merkel said in a speech. “Time is pressing, and we must be careful as the older members of society that we treat the impatience of youth in a positive and constructive way.”The German leader said she was concerned about the conflict between campaigners for a cleaner planet and those who don’t believe in global warming. She said the scientific evidence is clear, and emotions should not be confused with facts.Mitsotakis Says Turkey-Libya Deal Unacceptable (2:34 p.m.)Turkey’s maritime border agreement with Libya is unacceptable and illegal, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, amid growing tension in the eastern Mediterranean.“Turkey has been difficult to deal with,” Mitsotakis said in a Bloomberg interview. “There’s a constant state of provocation, which leads Turkey nowhere.”“We don’t need Turkey’s permission” to supply Europe with Cypriot, Israeli or potential Greek gas, Mitsotakis said earlier in Davos. The pact signed by Libya and Turkey has an impact for the planned EastMed pipeline project, he said.Time is ‘Worry’ in EU, U.K. Trade Talks: Dutch PM (1:45 p.m.)The clock is ticking for the EU and the U.K. to hammer out a trade deal by the end of the year, according to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.To agree on a trade deal “we need to agree on level playing field and all the other issues,” the Dutch leader said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “It’s an awfully short amount of time so I hope that coming next summer, June, July, that Boris Johnson will at least contemplate extending, if necessary, this transition phase.”Coming to an arrangement is “very difficult and there is still the risk that you will have a cliff edge scenario’ like we had experienced last year.”U.S., China Must Adjust for Stable World: Singapore PM (1:30 p.m.)Both the U.S. and China must make adjustments if they are going to reach a lasting phase-two trade deal that benefits the rest of the world, according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.The U.S. must decide whether to create rules that allow “the best man” to win or only let America come out on top, Lee said in an interview with Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait.“America First means you do the best for the United States,” Lee added. “So do you do the best by prospering in the world, and there are other countries who are doing well, or do your best by being a big country in a troubled world? And I’m not sure that the second is a very good answer.”Maersk Sees Flat Global Trade Growth in 2020 (1:24 p.m.)Global trade will likely expand in line with 2019’s growth of “slightly less than 2%,” A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S Chief Executive Officer Soren Skou said in a Bloomberg TV interview.The reason why freight rates have “gone up quite substantially” since October is mainly the introduction of new more environmentally friendly fuel. “Many of our customers recognize that it’s good for everybody that we go to a cleaner fuel,” Skou said.Trump Policies Good for Business, Moelis Says (1:21 p.m.)U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies and deregulation moves have been good for business and generated “substantial rewards,” Moelis & Co. founder Ken Moelis said in a Bloomberg TV interview.Trump has done a good job of telling the story of how the U.S. economy is booming, with low unemployment, Moelis said, adding that despite “a lot of hand-wringing” in the U.S., the country remains a “tremendous place” with great laws, great capital markets and innovation.Men’s Hiring Bias Slammed by Finnish PM (1:04 p.m.)Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said it’s now clear that women need laws to protect them from discrimination in the work place and the issue can’t be left in the hands of the private sector.“You need laws and structures that lead the way to gender equality,” 34-year-old Marin said during a panel debate. “It doesn’t just happen by itself.” The concern is that an unconscious bias kicks in, steering men in a position to hire toward “similar-minded and similar-looking people” who are deemed to be “more qualified.”Dutch Finance Minister Says Brexit Risks EU Power (1 p.m.)After Brexit, the EU risks becoming a weak player in global politics, because the U.K.’s departure offsets the bloc’s balance, according to Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra.“When there is a balance between France, Germany, and the U.K., we in the Netherlands are at ease,” Hoekstra said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “That balance is now gone, and for the European Union, both in economic terms, but also in geopolitical terms, Brexit is very bad news.”Le Maire Urges Germany to Spend (12:40 p.m.)French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire renewed his call for Germany to spend more to bolster the euro-area economy and prevent countries with stretched finances from plunging further into debt.Speaking on a panel discussing global growth, Le Maire said France is delivering on its promise to overhaul the economy with changes to taxation, labor laws and pensions, but others in the currency region need to “do their homework.”“We are waiting for Germany and the Netherlands and all the countries that have the necessary fiscal space to use that fiscal space to feed growth in their own country and everywhere within the euro zone,” Le Maire said.It’s all the more urgent for Germany to act because the European Central Bank has little room left to stimulate the economy, he added. “The margin for maneuver for monetary policy is right now a very limited one, a very thin one.”Saudi Arabia Must Act on Emissions: Minister (12:30 p.m.)Saudi Arabia must advocate for solutions to tackle climate change as one of the world’s largest energy producers, according to Energy Minister Abdulaziz Bin Salman.“We cannot sit on our hands as a producer without advocating for something that brings a solution to the emissions issue,” he said during a panel discussion. “We can’t see all components of sustainability and market stability without also being involved in the other debate which has to do with climate change.”Facebook Says Bezos Hack May Highlight Phone Vulnerabilities (12:13 p.m.)The hack of Amazon.com Inc. billionaire Jeff Bezos’s phone, allegedly via a WhatsApp message, brings to light potential security weaknesses in smartphone operating systems, according to Facebook Inc. Vice President Nicola Mendelsohn.The company would take allegations that its service was used in a hack very seriously and would look into it, Mendelsohn, who helps run Facebook’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business, said in a Bloomberg TV interview.The Idea of a Waste-Free Global Economy Is Catching On (11:50 a.m.)When British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur was promoting the idea of the circular economy on the sidelines of Davos in 2012, the big attraction was curiosity about what she was up to after her sailing career.Eight years on, firms such as Adidas AG, Unilever NV, and BlackRock Inc. are embracing MacArthur’s vision. Her foundation is pushing an economic system where product lifespans are extended and components used repeatedly. The idea is to replace the “linear” model of growth -- extraction, production and disposal -- and reduce the strain on the planet’s limited resources.“We had our own event in one of the hotels, and to be honest most people came because they were intrigued about what I might be doing,” said MacArthur, who once held the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe. “Things have changed enormously since then.”Swiss Re Says Big Questions Remain on China Virus Risks (11:40 a.m.)The extent of risk posed by China’s deadly virus outbreak is difficult to assess, because many details are still unknown, such as how fatal it may be, how easily it will spread and whether it can be contained, according to Swiss Re AG Chief Executive Officer Christian Mumenthaler.Last year marked a return to normality for disaster payouts, Mumenthaler said in an interview. Climate change is increasing disaster risks, and that’s going to effect insurance prices, but its very hard to break down what the impact will be over 20 years, he added.Novartis Keeping Generics Unit for Now (11:21 a.m.)Novartis AG is “very committed” to keeping its Sandoz generics unit despite efforts to sharpen company’s focus on next-generation treatments including cell and gene therapies, Chief Executive Officer Vas Narasimhan told Bloomberg TV in an interview.Generics unit is growing and profitable, and there are opportunities in countries that have struggled to obtain high-quality generic medicines, Narasimhan said. Having a position in generics “matters” for now, though that may not still be the case in five or 10 years, he added.Deutsche Bank Expects ECB Review to Be ‘Constructive’ (11:07 a.m.)Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing is “hopeful” that the planned strategy review by the European Central Bank will lead to change.The ECB’s decision to cut interest rates below zero was right at the time, but “we missed the exit,” he said on a panel. Negative rates are leading to a widening gap between winners and losers as only a small share of the population benefits, Sewing said, adding that monetary policy is “reaching its limits.”U.S.-Europe Risk Trade Flare-Up Over Cars, Digital Tax (10:43 a.m.)The U.S. and Europe looked set for a renewed clash over everything from car tariffs to digital taxes in a sign that a new American focus was emerging following President Donald Trump’s trade truce with China.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the U.S. was still considering slapping levies on European auto imports even as it hopes for a “peaceful resolution” of differences. Mnuchin declined to say if he was still pushing for an optional digital tax after an agreement for a global framework was reached with France on Wednesday.Mnuchin Tells Thunberg to Go to School (10:35 a.m.)Mnuchin questioned whether 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is qualified to talk about economic issues linked to global warming.Asked at a press conference to comment on the debate over the economics of climate change spurred by the teenager, Mnuchin quipped: “Is she the chief economist?” He then said: “After she goes and studies economics in college, she can go back and explain that to us.”Mnuchin has repeatedly clarified the U.S.’s climate stance after Trump took a swipe at environmental “alarmists” in his speech Tuesday. “There’s a misinterpretation as to what our view is,” Mnuchin said. “The U.S. administration very clearly believes in clean air and clean water.”Canada in Strong Fiscal Position: Morneau (10:30 a.m.)Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said low interest rates mean central banks have less room to maneuver and suggested fiscal policy needs to play a greater role in addressing economic challenges.“I think we have to be realistic” about expectations of central banks, Morneau said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “Their ability to be effective in the case of challenges is different than it was in the last real challenge.”Canada is managing its “fiscal framework very well,” which makes it “resilient in the face of challenges,” Morneau added.“What we see is that Canada has taken a very responsible approach,” he added. “Whether you’re a rating agency or someone looking at our ability to deal with financial issues or concerns, we’re in a particularly strong position. Probably the strongest position among G-7 countries because of our very strong balance sheet to start with.”Allow Venezuela to Unleash Its Potential: Guaido (10 a.m.)Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s opposition leader, called for a return to democracy in the South American nation so that it can fully exploit its oil reserves and “unleash” its potential.“What we want is a free Venezuela, a democratic Venezuela which respects human rights, where you can invest, where we can also make the most of our oil reserves and so that we can really unleash the potential that we have,” Guaido said in a speech. “We want to mobilize people despite the terror unleashed by the dictatorship.”Nigeria Says OPEC Ready to Cut Further (9:49 a.m.)OPEC’s production cuts are enough for now to avoid an oversupply, but ministers will convene again in March and will be ready to make further cuts if necessary, Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva said in a Bloomberg TV interview, adding that the country would like to see oil prices between $60 and $70 a barrel.“We see a lot of optimism in the market” amid easing of trade tensions between U.S. and China,” Sylva said. “If the U.S. and China are able to consummate a good deal at the end of the day, we expect that there’ll be demand growth.”Cantor’s Jain Concerned by Negative Rates (9:38 a.m.)Cantor Fitzgerald LP President Anshu Jain said there are long-term adverse consequences linked to investing in trillions of dollars of negative yielding debt.“If you wind up investing at negative yields in effect locking in a loss, that will have repercussions,” Jain said in an interview. “Of greater concern for me is repercussions for insurers and pension funds, and these will be felt for years to come.”Italian Coalition is Stable, Gualtieri Says (9:20 a.m.)The stability of Italy’s ruling coalition will not be affected by Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio stepping down as head of his party, according to Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri.“Di Maio will remain the foreign affairs minister and the parties have said they are strongly committed to the stability of the government. So nothing will change,” Gualtieri told Bloomberg TV.“What we can have is a continuation of this alliance or a strengthening of this alliance, these are the only two options,” he added. “We have very strong numbers in the parliament in both chambers and the government will continue until the end of the legislative term.”U.S. Isn’t Abandoning Car Tariffs, Ross Says (9:15 a.m.)U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross said the U.S. isn’t abandoning car tariffs but is hoping for a peaceful resolution of the matter with Europe.“We have not abandoned the tariffs,” Ross told reporters. “The auto tariff decision was to negotiate in hopes of a peaceful resolution” with individual car companies and countries, he added.Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said he met with Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess in Davos.Europe Vows to Tax Polluting Imports, Tech (9 a.m.)The European Union will go ahead with plans to impose new taxes on pollution and technology companies, despite a pushback from China and the U.S. that could exacerbate global trade tensions, the bloc’s economy chief said.“I will be clear: if there is no global agreement we will have an EU proposal at the end of this year,” European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni told Bloomberg TV. Gentiloni was asked about the EU’s controversial plans to impose a levy on the digital services revenue of the likes of Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.Kaeser’s Wish for Trump: Listen to the Kids (8:45 a.m.)At a Tuesday dinner that Donald Trump held with business executives, Siemens AG Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser said he told the U.S. president he had three things to say: a compliment, a request, and a wish.The compliment was on how Trump has spurred U.S. Economic growth. The request was for Siemens to be treated like a U.S. company on government projects because of its 50,000 American workers. His request was to urge the president to listen to young people’s demand to protect the climate.“They may not be able to help us. They’re young people -- they have a problem and they don’t know how to solve it, but shouldn’t we bring them to the table,” Kaeser said he told Trump, adding that his daughter Ivanka Trump responded that it was something that they might look into.Merkel Succession Team to Be Decided This Year (8:42 a.m.)Germany’s Christian Democrats want to assemble their team to succeed Chancellor Merkel by the end of this year, the party’s chairwoman said in a Bloomberg TV interview.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is also Merkel’s defense minister, said that now isn’t the time for a cabinet reshuffle as proposed by a party ally earlier in the month.“For 2021, the CDU needs a new team for the future, with new faces, and we’ll put that in place this year. For me, that’s a more important perspective than a short-term change,” she said.Debt Buildup Reaching Danger Point: Georgieva (8:40 a.m.)IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva warned that debt in some countries is at dangerous levels.“The buildup of debt is reaching a point where for some borrowers it’s a present danger -- for example poorer countries,” Georgieva told Bloomberg TV. “43% of low income countries are already at or close to debt distress.”Low interest rates “means high, high appetite for yield,” Georgieva said, adding that “high appetite for yield means high appetite for risk.”The global economy is in a better place than in October, when the IMF published its latest forecasts, and central banks have done what they can to support growth so it’s up to governments to step up, Georgieva said.Siemens Urges Deeper Globalization (8:28 a.m.)Globalization needs to advance, as nationalist retrenchment would be a giant step backward for industrial companies, according to Siemens CEO Kaeser.“We better find a way or the fourth industrial revolution is not happening and we have decoupling instead and go back to the stone age of productivity,” Kaeser said in a Bloomberg TV interview.The company’s biggest markets are the U.S., China and Germany respectively, which Kaeser said might make it look like he’s stuck in the middle of several trade wars, but the company’s heavy localization has so far protected Siemens.Time Rapidly Running Out on Climate, Kerry Says (8:20 a.m.)Former U.S. Senator John Kerry warned that time is very rapidly running out to tackle climate change and blamed both the U.S. and China for a lack of progress.“We are missing years, and we don’t have years,” Kerry said . “We are not getting the job done.”Kerry said that scientists have given the world a decade to resolve the problem, urging financiers and business leaders to direct their money toward renewable energy sources.“China is having it both ways: they are exporting their solar panels industry and at the same time they are the largest coal user,” Kerry said. “China and the U.S. are 45% of emissions.”Germany Must Spend Cash More Quickly: AKK (8 a.m.)Germany needs to speed up the process of spending government funds, and surplus cash should be invested “sensibly” in infrastructure and the military, according to German Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer.“If we look at our budget and our investment right now, then we see that we have no problem with money, we have enough money,” Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is also the head of Chancellor Merkel’s party, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.“The problem is that we are too slow and too complicated in the process. Not enough is invested as a result and this is the construction site we need to work on,” she said.Merkel’s government agrees that surpluses “shouldn’t be tucked away for a rainy day” but instead directed toward “investment in technologies of the future, in our infrastructure,” Kramp-Karrenbauer added.Coronavirus Only ‘Real Threat’ to Markets: Prince Max (7:45 a.m.)There is nothing “really threatening” on the horizon for markets, with the possible exception of the coronavirus, according to Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein, chief executive officer of LGT Group Foundation.“I think there is a little bit more downside risk than upside chances,” Prince Max said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “But the market has been resistant so hopefully we will enjoy a good market for a little bit longer.”LGT is hoping for the long-term trend of negative rates to eventually reverse, Prince Max added. “But realistically our expectations for this year for a significant rate change is not there,” he said. “So we are not too optimistic on that front.”Turkish Guidance Intact After ‘Deep’ Rate Cuts (7:30 a.m.)Turkey’s central bank is standing by its promise of a positive real rate of return to investors despite five interest-rate cuts that Governor Murat Uysal conceded “were a bit deep.”Speaking in interviews with Turkish TV in Davos, Uysal said returns will run above zero based on the projected path of slowing inflation. The governor also downplayed concerns that the lack of a buffer against market sell-offs could now present a threat by saying the country has had negative real rates in the past.“Our interest rates steps in 2019 were a bit deep,” Uysal said. “I can say that we have entered a period in which we need to fine-tune inflation and monetary policy.Sanctioned Deripaska Returns to Talk Climate (6 a.m.)Two years after being sanctioned by the U.S. government, billionaire Oleg Deripaska is back among the global elite.The tycoon, who used to be regular at Davos and known for throwing extravagant parties, echoed the climate change message from activist Greta Thunberg and said not enough is being done to stop global warming.“Until payments are imposed for CO2, nothing in the world will change,” he said by phone from Switzerland. “All this talk at Davos about climate change is just words. In reality, nobody’s doing anything.”\--With assistance from John Follain, Birgit Jennen, Craig Stirling, Cagan Koc, Yuliya Fedorinova, Javier Blas, Fergal O'Brien, Oliver Sachgau, Patrick Donahue, Jenny Leonard, Saleha Mohsin, Viren Vaghela, Haslinda Amin, Francine Lacqua, William Horobin, Reema Alothman, Matthew Martin, Philip J. Heijmans and Sotiris Nikas.To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.net;Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net;Simon Kennedy at skennedy4@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 53/71   How Jeff Bezos' iPhone X Was Hacked
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    SAN FRANCISCO -- On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account belonging to Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.The two men had previously communicated using WhatsApp, but Bezos, Amazon's chief executive, had not expected a message that day -- let alone one with a video of Saudi and Swedish flags with Arabic text.The video, a file of more than 4.4 megabytes, was more than it appeared. Hidden in 14 bytes of that file was a separate bit of code that most likely implanted malware, malicious software, that gave attackers access to Bezos' entire phone, including his photos and private communications.Those details were part of a forensic analysis that Bezos had commissioned to discover who had hacked his phone, an iPhone X. He has been on a singular quest to find out who penetrated the device after he said The National Enquirer's parent company threatened to release his private photographs and texts in early 2019. Those pictures and messages showed Bezos, who was married at the time, with another woman, Lauren Sanchez. The analysis did not connect the hack to The Enquirer.The forensic report on Bezos' phone was at the heart of a United Nations statement Wednesday raising concerns about the digital tactics of Crown Prince Mohammed. The analysis essentially accused the Saudi prince of using malware created by a private cybersecurity company to spy on and to intimidate Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. The Post, which has published coverage critical of the Saudi government, had employed Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi writer who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in late 2018.The report's conclusions renew questions about the shadowy world of private hackers for hire. For the right client, or the right sum, such hackers apparently infiltrated the phone of one of the world's wealthiest and most powerful men. The report did not say which private cybersecurity company was used, but suggested that the Tel Aviv-based NSO Group and Milan-based Hacking Team had the capabilities for such an attack.The hack also exposed how popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp have vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit. In October, WhatsApp sued the NSO Group in federal court, claiming that NSO's spy technology was used on its service to target journalists and human rights activists. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has patched the flaw that the malware used.Many technical mysteries remain about the infiltration of Bezos' phone, including what type of malware was used. The forensic report did not detail whether Bezos had opened the file that was sent to him via Crown Prince Mohammed's WhatsApp account. Cybersecurity experts said some malware did not require anyone to click on the file for it to install on a phone."This case really highlights the threats that are posed by a lawless and unaccountable private surveillance industry," said David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur who was a co-author of Wednesday's statement. "The companies who are creating these tools are extremely crafty and aggressive, and it's a cat-and-mouse game at this point."The details of the hack could not be independently verified by The New York Times. Bezos has pushed a theory of Saudi involvement with the threats from The Enquirer, without providing proof, since early 2019. The Enquirer's parent company has said Sanchez's brother, Michael, was the sole source of the texts and intimate photos it acquired.NSO said it was not involved in any hack of Bezos' phone. Hacking Team did not respond to a request for comment. WhatsApp declined to comment, as did FTI Consulting, the company that Bezos' security team hired to examine his phone and that wrote the forensic analysis. Amazon declined to comment on behalf of Bezos.The Saudi Embassy in Washington has said that accusations that the kingdom was involved in hacking Bezos' phone were "absurd."Malware that was created for the explicit purpose of prying into private online communications, also known as spyware, has become a $1 billion industry. While companies like the NSO Group and Hacking Team have been accused of deploying their spyware with governments to examine dissidents and others, smaller companies also sell simpler versions of the software for as little as $10, allowing people to snoop on their spouses or children.Ron Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which was not involved in the Bezos investigation, said the Amazon chief's situation was "a reminder that the proliferation of commercial spyware is a global security problem for all sectors, from government and businesses to civil society."Over the years that he has run Amazon, Bezos has largely kept private. That changed when The National Enquirer published photos and messages last year between him and Sanchez, a TV anchor. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, later got a divorce.On Feb. 7, 2019, Bezos went public with what he said were troubling developments connected to The Enquirer. In a post on Medium, he accused The Enquirer of trying to blackmail him with his own text messages and photos and said he had asked Gavin de Becker, a private investigator, to determine how his phone had been hacked.Ten days later, de Becker was advised by a "leading intelligence expert" to conduct a forensic analysis of Bezos' iPhone and to look for Saudi fingerprints in the hack, according to notes in the report. The report did not identify the intelligence expert who reached out to de Becker.De Becker, who declined to comment, hired FTI Consulting on Feb. 24, 2019, to examine Bezos' phone. FTI was initially asked to look into several text messages that Bezos had received from the WhatsApp account of the Saudi prince. In mid-May 2019, Bezos handed over his iPhone X and asked FTI to run a full analysis on it, according to the report.FTI zeroed in on an April 2018 dinner in which Crown Prince Mohammed and Bezos had exchanged phone numbers in Los Angeles. After that, FTI found, the WhatsApp account of the prince initiated contact with Bezos repeatedly and without prompting.The May 2018 message that contained the innocuous-seeming video file came out of the blue, the report said. In the 24 hours after it was sent, Bezos' iPhone began sending large amounts of data, which increased approximately 29,000% over his normal data usage.In additional notes to the report, which were obtained by The New York Times, investigators said several phone apps were being used during the time that data was leaving the phone. Those included the Safari web browser and the Apple Mail program, both of which Bezos did not appear to be using heavily himself. Bezos did not have iCloud backup enabled on the phone, the notes added, which would have also explained large amounts of data leaving the phone.Messages sent by Crown Prince Mohammed's WhatsApp account starting in late 2018 soon began to suggest that the sender had intimate knowledge of Bezos' private life. On Nov. 8, 2018, the report said, Bezos received a message from the account that included a photo of a woman resembling Sanchez.The photo was captioned, "Arguing with a woman is like reading the software license agreement. In the end you have to ignore everything and click I agree."At the time, Bezos and his wife were discussing divorce, which would have been apparent to anyone reading his text messages.In mid-February 2019, Bezos held a series of phone calls with his security team about the Saudis' alleged online campaign against him, the report said. Two days later, Bezos received a message from Crown Prince Mohammed's WhatsApp account that read, in part, "there is nothing against you or Amazon from me or Saudi Arabia."The report listed spyware known as Pegasus, developed by the NSO Group, and spyware called Galileo, developed by Hacking Team, as the two most likely tools used to carry out the attack. The report added that Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser of Crown Prince Mohammed, owned a 20% stake in Hacking Team.The FTI report was not definitive about the hack, but said it had "medium to high confidence" that the message from the prince's WhatsApp account was the culprit. In notes to the report, FTI said it was still attempting a more thorough analysis of the iPhone, including by jailbreaking it, or bypassing Apple's control system on the phone.Some cybersecurity experts said more information about the hack was needed to verify the report's conclusions. Bill Marczak, a cyber expert at Citizen Lab, said in a blog post Wednesday that technology existed for decrypting the WhatsApp messages to see more detail about the video file that was sent.Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur who also co-wrote Wednesday's statement, said the episode was "a wake-up call to the international community as a whole that we are facing a technology that is very difficult to track, extremely powerful and effective, and that is completely unregulated."She said Bezos' experience should sound alarms because even with his wealth and resources, it took months of investigation by specialists to figure out what had happened -- a luxury few others have."It basically means that we are all extremely vulnerable," she said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    SAN FRANCISCO -- On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account belonging to Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.The two men had previously communicated using WhatsApp, but Bezos, Amazon's chief executive, had not expected a message that day -- let alone one with a video of Saudi and Swedish flags with Arabic text.The video, a file of more than 4.4 megabytes, was more than it appeared. Hidden in 14 bytes of that file was a separate bit of code that most likely implanted malware, malicious software, that gave attackers access to Bezos' entire phone, including his photos and private communications.Those details were part of a forensic analysis that Bezos had commissioned to discover who had hacked his phone, an iPhone X. He has been on a singular quest to find out who penetrated the device after he said The National Enquirer's parent company threatened to release his private photographs and texts in early 2019. Those pictures and messages showed Bezos, who was married at the time, with another woman, Lauren Sanchez. The analysis did not connect the hack to The Enquirer.The forensic report on Bezos' phone was at the heart of a United Nations statement Wednesday raising concerns about the digital tactics of Crown Prince Mohammed. The analysis essentially accused the Saudi prince of using malware created by a private cybersecurity company to spy on and to intimidate Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. The Post, which has published coverage critical of the Saudi government, had employed Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi writer who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in late 2018.The report's conclusions renew questions about the shadowy world of private hackers for hire. For the right client, or the right sum, such hackers apparently infiltrated the phone of one of the world's wealthiest and most powerful men. The report did not say which private cybersecurity company was used, but suggested that the Tel Aviv-based NSO Group and Milan-based Hacking Team had the capabilities for such an attack.The hack also exposed how popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp have vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit. In October, WhatsApp sued the NSO Group in federal court, claiming that NSO's spy technology was used on its service to target journalists and human rights activists. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has patched the flaw that the malware used.Many technical mysteries remain about the infiltration of Bezos' phone, including what type of malware was used. The forensic report did not detail whether Bezos had opened the file that was sent to him via Crown Prince Mohammed's WhatsApp account. Cybersecurity experts said some malware did not require anyone to click on the file for it to install on a phone."This case really highlights the threats that are posed by a lawless and unaccountable private surveillance industry," said David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur who was a co-author of Wednesday's statement. "The companies who are creating these tools are extremely crafty and aggressive, and it's a cat-and-mouse game at this point."The details of the hack could not be independently verified by The New York Times. Bezos has pushed a theory of Saudi involvement with the threats from The Enquirer, without providing proof, since early 2019. The Enquirer's parent company has said Sanchez's brother, Michael, was the sole source of the texts and intimate photos it acquired.NSO said it was not involved in any hack of Bezos' phone. Hacking Team did not respond to a request for comment. WhatsApp declined to comment, as did FTI Consulting, the company that Bezos' security team hired to examine his phone and that wrote the forensic analysis. Amazon declined to comment on behalf of Bezos.The Saudi Embassy in Washington has said that accusations that the kingdom was involved in hacking Bezos' phone were "absurd."Malware that was created for the explicit purpose of prying into private online communications, also known as spyware, has become a $1 billion industry. While companies like the NSO Group and Hacking Team have been accused of deploying their spyware with governments to examine dissidents and others, smaller companies also sell simpler versions of the software for as little as $10, allowing people to snoop on their spouses or children.Ron Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which was not involved in the Bezos investigation, said the Amazon chief's situation was "a reminder that the proliferation of commercial spyware is a global security problem for all sectors, from government and businesses to civil society."Over the years that he has run Amazon, Bezos has largely kept private. That changed when The National Enquirer published photos and messages last year between him and Sanchez, a TV anchor. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, later got a divorce.On Feb. 7, 2019, Bezos went public with what he said were troubling developments connected to The Enquirer. In a post on Medium, he accused The Enquirer of trying to blackmail him with his own text messages and photos and said he had asked Gavin de Becker, a private investigator, to determine how his phone had been hacked.Ten days later, de Becker was advised by a "leading intelligence expert" to conduct a forensic analysis of Bezos' iPhone and to look for Saudi fingerprints in the hack, according to notes in the report. The report did not identify the intelligence expert who reached out to de Becker.De Becker, who declined to comment, hired FTI Consulting on Feb. 24, 2019, to examine Bezos' phone. FTI was initially asked to look into several text messages that Bezos had received from the WhatsApp account of the Saudi prince. In mid-May 2019, Bezos handed over his iPhone X and asked FTI to run a full analysis on it, according to the report.FTI zeroed in on an April 2018 dinner in which Crown Prince Mohammed and Bezos had exchanged phone numbers in Los Angeles. After that, FTI found, the WhatsApp account of the prince initiated contact with Bezos repeatedly and without prompting.The May 2018 message that contained the innocuous-seeming video file came out of the blue, the report said. In the 24 hours after it was sent, Bezos' iPhone began sending large amounts of data, which increased approximately 29,000% over his normal data usage.In additional notes to the report, which were obtained by The New York Times, investigators said several phone apps were being used during the time that data was leaving the phone. Those included the Safari web browser and the Apple Mail program, both of which Bezos did not appear to be using heavily himself. Bezos did not have iCloud backup enabled on the phone, the notes added, which would have also explained large amounts of data leaving the phone.Messages sent by Crown Prince Mohammed's WhatsApp account starting in late 2018 soon began to suggest that the sender had intimate knowledge of Bezos' private life. On Nov. 8, 2018, the report said, Bezos received a message from the account that included a photo of a woman resembling Sanchez.The photo was captioned, "Arguing with a woman is like reading the software license agreement. In the end you have to ignore everything and click I agree."At the time, Bezos and his wife were discussing divorce, which would have been apparent to anyone reading his text messages.In mid-February 2019, Bezos held a series of phone calls with his security team about the Saudis' alleged online campaign against him, the report said. Two days later, Bezos received a message from Crown Prince Mohammed's WhatsApp account that read, in part, "there is nothing against you or Amazon from me or Saudi Arabia."The report listed spyware known as Pegasus, developed by the NSO Group, and spyware called Galileo, developed by Hacking Team, as the two most likely tools used to carry out the attack. The report added that Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser of Crown Prince Mohammed, owned a 20% stake in Hacking Team.The FTI report was not definitive about the hack, but said it had "medium to high confidence" that the message from the prince's WhatsApp account was the culprit. In notes to the report, FTI said it was still attempting a more thorough analysis of the iPhone, including by jailbreaking it, or bypassing Apple's control system on the phone.Some cybersecurity experts said more information about the hack was needed to verify the report's conclusions. Bill Marczak, a cyber expert at Citizen Lab, said in a blog post Wednesday that technology existed for decrypting the WhatsApp messages to see more detail about the video file that was sent.Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur who also co-wrote Wednesday's statement, said the episode was "a wake-up call to the international community as a whole that we are facing a technology that is very difficult to track, extremely powerful and effective, and that is completely unregulated."She said Bezos' experience should sound alarms because even with his wealth and resources, it took months of investigation by specialists to figure out what had happened -- a luxury few others have."It basically means that we are all extremely vulnerable," she said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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  • 54/71   El-Sissi dubs Egypt 'oasis of stability' amid clampdown
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    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said Thursday his country has become “an oasis of security and stability” under his rule, amid reports of a new clampdown on dissent in the lead-up to the eighth anniversary of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising.  El-Sissi, who became president in 2014,  spoke at the annual ceremony celebrating Police Day, which falls on Jan. 25.  Meanwhile, human rights activists have complained that authorities are randomly stopping people in downtown Cairo, the epicenter of the 2011 uprising, for fear that similar demonstrations could erupt.

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said Thursday his country has become “an oasis of security and stability” under his rule, amid reports of a new clampdown on dissent in the lead-up to the eighth anniversary of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi, who became president in 2014, spoke at the annual ceremony celebrating Police Day, which falls on Jan. 25. Meanwhile, human rights activists have complained that authorities are randomly stopping people in downtown Cairo, the epicenter of the 2011 uprising, for fear that similar demonstrations could erupt.


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  • 55/71   Russian MPS give quick first approval to Putin reforms
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    Russian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved a sweeping constitutional reform bill put forward by President Vladimir Putin in its first reading, after less than two hours of debate.  All 432 lawmakers present in the lower house State Duma voted in favour of the bill, just three days after the amendments were presented to parliament.  Putin made the call for reforms last Wednesday and it was quickly followed by the resignation of the government and the appointment of a new premier and cabinet.

    Russian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved a sweeping constitutional reform bill put forward by President Vladimir Putin in its first reading, after less than two hours of debate. All 432 lawmakers present in the lower house State Duma voted in favour of the bill, just three days after the amendments were presented to parliament. Putin made the call for reforms last Wednesday and it was quickly followed by the resignation of the government and the appointment of a new premier and cabinet.


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  • 56/71   Greece: Island mayors in Athens to protest migrant situation
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    Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister said Thursday that the “anxiety and indignation” of residents of islands at the forefront of a migration crisis are justified, and vowed measures to tackle the increased number of arrivals.  Residents and business owners on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos have held two days of protests and went on strike to demand the government tackle the severe overcrowding of migrant camps, which are all grossly over capacity.  Local mayors and the regional governor traveled to Athens to meet with Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis to press their demands.

    Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister said Thursday that the “anxiety and indignation” of residents of islands at the forefront of a migration crisis are justified, and vowed measures to tackle the increased number of arrivals. Residents and business owners on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos have held two days of protests and went on strike to demand the government tackle the severe overcrowding of migrant camps, which are all grossly over capacity. Local mayors and the regional governor traveled to Athens to meet with Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis to press their demands.


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  • 57/71   US expects UK trade deal 'this year': Mnuchin
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    US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said a post-Brexit trade deal between the United States and Britain was a top priority and he expected such an agreement by the end of the year.  The top US economic official made his comments before heading to London to lay out ways the two countries could reach a quick accord after the UK leaves the EU on January 31.  Responding to Mnuchin's remarks, the spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to offer a timetable.

    US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said a post-Brexit trade deal between the United States and Britain was a top priority and he expected such an agreement by the end of the year. The top US economic official made his comments before heading to London to lay out ways the two countries could reach a quick accord after the UK leaves the EU on January 31. Responding to Mnuchin's remarks, the spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to offer a timetable.


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  • 58/71   First phase of Huawei CFO Meng's U.S. extradition hearing set to wrap up in Canada
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    Lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will respond Thursday to the Canadian prosecutor's arguments calling for Meng to be extradited to the United States on bank fraud charges.  Thursday's proceedings will wrap up the first phase of the extradition process and legal experts have said it could be years before a final decision is reached in the case, since Canada's justice system allows many decisions to be appealed.  On Wednesday, prosecutors argued that Meng should be extradited on fraud charges, and that contrary to her defence argument, the case is not solely about violation of the U.S. sanctions against Iran.

    Lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will respond Thursday to the Canadian prosecutor's arguments calling for Meng to be extradited to the United States on bank fraud charges. Thursday's proceedings will wrap up the first phase of the extradition process and legal experts have said it could be years before a final decision is reached in the case, since Canada's justice system allows many decisions to be appealed. On Wednesday, prosecutors argued that Meng should be extradited on fraud charges, and that contrary to her defence argument, the case is not solely about violation of the U.S. sanctions against Iran.


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  • 59/71   Top UN court rules that Myanmar must prevent genocide of Rohingya minority
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    The U.N.’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Myanmar must “take all measures within its power” to prevent the genocide of its embattled Rohingya minority Thursday, in a move hailed by human rights groups.  The Gambia, a small West African country, filed the lawsuit against Myanmar in November on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a coalition of countries with significant Muslim populations, asking the ICJ to investigate whether Myanmar's government has violated the Geneva Convention.  The Court also ruled that Myanmar must take measures to present the destruction of evidence and ensure that its military and any militia units do not commit any acts that serve as “direct and public incitement to genocide.” The Rohingya, a Muslim-majority ethnic minority, “remain extremely vulnerable” and were at “serious risk of genocide,” the ruling judges added.

    The U.N.’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Myanmar must “take all measures within its power” to prevent the genocide of its embattled Rohingya minority Thursday, in a move hailed by human rights groups. The Gambia, a small West African country, filed the lawsuit against Myanmar in November on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a coalition of countries with significant Muslim populations, asking the ICJ to investigate whether Myanmar's government has violated the Geneva Convention. The Court also ruled that Myanmar must take measures to present the destruction of evidence and ensure that its military and any militia units do not commit any acts that serve as “direct and public incitement to genocide.” The Rohingya, a Muslim-majority ethnic minority, “remain extremely vulnerable” and were at “serious risk of genocide,” the ruling judges added.


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  • 60/71   Putin upbeat on Israeli woman jailed in Russia
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday reassured the mother of an Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia on drugs charges, but stopped short of announcing her release.  Putin, among dozens of world leaders in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, met Yaffa Issachar on the sideline of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his official Jerusalem residence.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday reassured the mother of an Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia on drugs charges, but stopped short of announcing her release. Putin, among dozens of world leaders in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, met Yaffa Issachar on the sideline of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his official Jerusalem residence.


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  • 61/71   Libya's neighbors, global envoys seek solutions to conflict
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    Top diplomats from Libya's neighboring countries and beyond were meeting in the Algerian capital on Thursday amid intensifying international efforts to end the conflict tearing apart the oil-rich North African country.  The meeting includes foreign ministers from Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria, Tunisia and Mali.  All but Mali border Libya, and all have suffered fallout from the fighting between Libya's U.N.-backed leadership based in Tripoli and eastern-based forces led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

    Top diplomats from Libya's neighboring countries and beyond were meeting in the Algerian capital on Thursday amid intensifying international efforts to end the conflict tearing apart the oil-rich North African country. The meeting includes foreign ministers from Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria, Tunisia and Mali. All but Mali border Libya, and all have suffered fallout from the fighting between Libya's U.N.-backed leadership based in Tripoli and eastern-based forces led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter.


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  • 62/71   Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel
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    If you're planning a winter trip to another country, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. ...

    If you're planning a winter trip to another country, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. ...


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  • 63/71   Trump turns 'very routine' physical into attack on media
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    President Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.

    President Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.


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  • 64/71   5 Turkey Cooking Tips Will Guarantee You Have the Perfect Bird This Holidays
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    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.

    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.


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  • 65/71   9 Easy Ways to Make Your Jack-o'-Lanterns Last Longer
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    A little bleach goes a long way.

    A little bleach goes a long way.


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  • 66/71   Is It Time for a Medication Reconciliation?
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    More than half of adult Americans regularly take at least one prescription drug, according to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey. And for those who take any medication on ...

    More than half of adult Americans regularly take at least one prescription drug, according to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey. And for those who take any medication on ...


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  • 67/71   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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  • 68/71   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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  • 69/71   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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  • 70/71   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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  • 71/71   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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