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  • EXPLAINER-Mexico's week of bloodshed. What is going on?

    Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, promising not to repeat the "failed policies" of past administrations that have done little to stem a tide of drug-related violence that cost some 29,000 lives last year. WHAT HAPPENED IN MEXICO THIS PAST WEEK? On Monday, cartel hitmen shot dead at least 13 police in an ambush in Aguililla in the western state of Michoacan, long convulsed by turf wars between drug gangs, latterly the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and its enemies.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:40:09 -0400
  • Proposal seeks to modernize campgrounds at national parks

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    The Interior Department is reviewing recommendations to modernize campgrounds at national parks. The recommendations posted online this week come from an advisory committee created under former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that has been looking at ways for private businesses to operate on public lands.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:31:34 -0400
  • Botched Miranda warning excludes statements in Tibbetts case

    Part of the case against a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts appears to be in jeopardy because an officer failed to properly read him his Miranda rights. Prosecutors have agreed to exclude at trial some statements that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera made to police, the Des Moines Register reported . Court documents prosecutors filed Friday acknowledge that the initial Miranda warning given to Rivera around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2018, was incomplete because the officer "inadvertently" failed to inform Rivera that anything he said could be used against him in court.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:26:16 -0400
  • News Corp to supply headlines for Facebook's upcoming news tab

    Facebook Inc's upcoming news tab will feature headlines from the Wall Street Journal and some other News Corp media properties when it launches in fall of 2019, the social network said on Friday. The WSJ, which first reported about the deal, said news publications Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, and Business Insider have also reached a similar deal with Facebook. The news organizations will be paid a licensing fee to supply headlines, the WSJ reported.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:23:23 -0400
  • Late Representative Cummings to lie in state in U.S. Capitol

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    The late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, one of a handful of Democrats leading an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, will be honored in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday when a coffin carrying his remains will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall. Cummings, 68, a civil rights champion and 22-year veteran of the House of Representatives, died on Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. The African-American congressman will be honored in "Statuary Hall," as it is known among those working in the Capitol.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:20:51 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. hits Cuba with new sanctions over human rights, Venezuela

    The United States is imposing new sanctions on Cuba over its human rights record and its support for Venezuela's government, the U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday. In a statement, the department said it will restrict Cuba's access to commercial aircraft by revoking existing licenses for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines and denying future applications for aircraft leases. The United States will also expand sanctions to include more foreign goods containing U.S. content and impose additional restrictions on exports to the Cuban government, the statement said.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:15:30 -0400
  • IMF awaits new fuel decree to revise Ecuador lending program -official

    The International Monetary Fund on Friday said it is awaiting the Ecuadorian government's next move regarding fuel subsidies to continue the revision of its lending program for the South American country. On Monday, after days of violent protests and in a major win for Ecuador's indigenous peoples, President Lenin Moreno abandoned an IMF-backed measure to end decades-old fuel subsidies aimed at getting the country's finances in check. "We are waiting for the new decree that the government will publish regarding its policies associated with the price of fuels," said Alejandro Werner, director of the IMF's Western Hemisphere department.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:12:48 -0400
  • Cohen turns to Congress in bid to shorten prison sentence

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    President Donald Trump's imprisoned former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is again turning to Congress as part of a renewed bid to reduce his prison sentence. Cohen's lawyers sent a letter to the Democratic heads of three congressional committees last month urging them to ask U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III to cut the length of his three-year prison term, and allow Cohen to serve his time at his New York City apartment. The letter said Cohen deserved leniency because of the "substantial assistance" he had provided to congressional committees scrutinizing Trump.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:12:31 -0400
  • Biden expands edge in U.S. Democratic nomination race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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    Former Vice President Joe Biden expanded his lead over more than a dozen other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination this month as Congress looked into allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump tried to pressure a foreign leader to investigate him, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The Oct. 17-18 opinion poll found that 21% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in statewide nominating contests that begin next year, up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that was conducted at the end of September. Another 16% said they would support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and 15% said they would back U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:12:19 -0400
  • POLL-Biden expands edge in U.S. Democratic nomination race

    Former Vice President Joe Biden expanded his lead over more than a dozen other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination this month as Congress looked into allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump tried to pressure a foreign leader to investigate him, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The Oct. 17-18 opinion poll found that 21% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in statewide nominating contests that begin next year, up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that was conducted at the end of September. Another 16% said they would support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and 15% said they would back U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:07:40 -0400
  • Chicago's mayor says top cop drinking before incident in car

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    Chicago's mayor said Friday that the city's top police officer told her he'd had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home, an incident that the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times that she agreed with Superintendent Eddie Johnson's decision to request an internal affairs investigation of the Thursday incident to assure the public he's not trying to hide anything about his actions. "It was the right thing to call for an investigation...," Lightfoot told the paper.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:04:28 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Thunberg rally in Canada's energy heartland runs into oil and gas counter-protest

    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg joined thousands of protesters marching in Canada's energy heartland Alberta on Friday, as a smaller counter-rally led by a truck convoy of oil and gas workers also converged on the provincial capital Edmonton. A crowd of several thousand led by indigenous drummers with students, young people and families marched slowly from a downtown intersection towards the Alberta legislature building. At the same time, the honking horns of big rig trucks blared from a nearby thoroughfare, where vehicles emblazoned with "We love Canada energy" signs were driving up and down.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:04:19 -0400
  • US says it recently paid cash-strapped UN $180 million

    The United States said Friday it has paid the United Nations $180 million toward its annual dues and expects to make another payment of $96 million within the next few weeks, which should help ease the U.N.'s worst cash crisis in nearly a decade. U.S. deputy ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet, who is in charge of management and reform issues, made the announcement Friday to the General Assembly's budget and finance committee. Last week, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the U.N. was facing a major cash crisis because 64 of its 193 member nations hadn't paid their annual dues — Including the United States, its largest contributor.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:03:43 -0400
  • Tropical Storm Nestor forms, threatening US Gulf Coast

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    Newly formed Tropical Storm Nestor bore down on the northern Gulf Coast with high winds, surging seas and heavy rains Friday, threatening to hit an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. Nestor was forecast to hit the coast around Mexico Beach on Saturday morning without strengthening into a hurricane.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:50:52 -0400
  • Impeachment's hectic fourth week ends. Here's what to look for next week.

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    The fourth week of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in Congress was the busiest so far, with five different depositions, a fractious meeting of Republicans and Democrats at the White House, and a shocking press conference by President Trump’s chief of staff.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:45:15 -0400
  • Report: Diocese of Lansing mishandled 1990 sexual abuse case

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing says an independent investigator determined that the diocese failed to investigate allegations that a priest had sexually assaulted a man at a boxing training camp decades ago. The diocese on Thursday released the findings of an independent investigation conducted by a law firm it hired to look into the matter. The investigators say the man sent the Rev. Pat Egan a letter in 1990 saying Egan had sexually assaulted him the previous year, when the accuser was about 25 years old.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:41:42 -0400
  • A day in Elton John's life: Buy Rolls, write hit song, dine with Ringo

    When Elton John was working on his new autobiography, the legendary singer, songwriter and performer pulled out diaries he had been encouraged to write during a stint in rehab. One entry read like this: "Got up, tidied the house, bought a Rolls Royce, had dinner, wrote 'Candle in the Wind,' had dinner with Ringo Starr," the musician said. The diary entries helped jog John's memories from his 50-year career filled with hit records, Grammy awards and royal friendships but also addiction and a suicide attempt two days before a show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:37:35 -0400
  • Early life stress tied to increased pain sensitivity later

    Researchers focused on stressful life events that might occur in children’s households during pregnancy or early childhood such as pregnancy complications, the death of a close friend or family member, marital problems or breakups, job loss or other financial hardships, or residential moves. Then, researchers tested pain sensitivity for 1,065 participants when they reached 22 years old. “Significant life stress is known to result in changes to the body’s biological systems partially by modifying gene expression,” said Rob Waller, lead author of the study and a researcher at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:35:20 -0400
  • Charges: Cemetery killer booby-trapped home to target police

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    Henry West, of Schofield, appeared Friday in court, where his cash bond was set at $10 million. West, 64, is charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, 11 counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, one count of arson, three counts of attempted arson and resisting or obstructing an officer, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. Authorities say he opened fire Oct. 3 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:34:06 -0400
  • Ex-officer who killed black man given 1-year prison sentence

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    A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, fleeing black man was sentenced to one year in prison Friday, nearly two weeks after a jury acquitted him of manslaughter charges but found him guilty of violating his oath of office. Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett in Camden County near the Georgia-Florida state line also gave Zechariah Presley four years of probation. Presley's wife said her husband was the "backbone" of their family, and their sons would be devastated if he were away longer.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:30:06 -0400
  • UK's Johnson promises parliament role in post-Brexit talks with EU

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government tried to win over lawmakers ahead of a crucial Brexit vote on Saturday, promising once the withdrawal deal was agreed, parliament would have a say on talks with the EU on trade and workers rights. On Friday, Johnson's Downing Street office said there would be a parliamentary vote on a ministerial statement regarding the objectives of the future negotiations with the European Union as well as once those talks have concluded.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:30:00 -0400
  • Brexit day of reckoning: parliament to vote on Johnson's deal

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts his last-minute Brexit deal to a vote in an extraordinary sitting of the British parliament on Saturday, a day of reckoning that could decide the course of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48 to be the first sovereign country to leave the European project, Johnson will try to win parliament's approval for the divorce treaty he struck in Brussels on Thursday. In a day of Brexit high drama, lawmakers convene for the first Saturday sitting since the 1982 Argentine invasion of the Falklands, while hundreds of thousands of people march to parliament demanding another referendum.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:30:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. lawmakers urge Apple to restore HKMap app used in Hong Kong

    A bipartisan group of seven U.S. lawmakers including Senators Ted Cruz, Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday urged Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook to restore the HKMap app used in Hong Kong. Earlier this month, Apple removed the app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements, saying it was used to target officers.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:28:41 -0400
  • Pilot killed, pickup driver injured in Wisconsin crash

    Sheriff's officials say the pilot of a small plane was killed and the driver of a pickup truck was critically injured in a collision near a private airfield in eastern Wisconsin. Authorities say the pilot of the fixed-wing, single-engine plane was coming in for a landing in Ledgeview on Thursday afternoon when it struck the pickup, which was traveling west on a Brown County highway. The pilot, who was from De Pere, died at the scene.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:26:44 -0400
  • The Latest: Nestor zeroing in on Florida Panhandle coast

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    Forecasters say Tropical Storm Nestor is zeroing in on Florida as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service has scaled back on a tropical storm warning that extended all the way to parts of Louisiana and the Alabama-Mississippi state line.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:26:29 -0400
  • Mexican authorities release 'El Chapo's' son as violence breaks out during attempted arrest

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    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended local authorities' decision to call off a deadly raid in Sinaloa Cartel territory and release Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's fugitive son, saying one criminal wasn't worth risking the lives of others in the area. A deadly gunfight erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán, Sinaloa state, late Thursday afternoon, after cartel fighters attacked security forces who were trying to arrest Ovidio Guzmán López, one of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's sons.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:26:00 -0400
  • Tropical storm menaces U.S. southeast, New Orleans to demolish cranes

    Florida cities such as Indian Pass faced up to five feet (1.5 meters) of storm surge while parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana could be pummeled by gale force winds and up to six inches of rain, the National Hurricane Center said. The center of Storm Nestor was set to hit the northern Gulf Coast late on Friday then move inland across the southeast on Saturday and Sunday, the center said.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:23:39 -0400
  • The Latest: Mayor: Chief drank before falling ill in car

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    Chicago's mayor says that the police superintendent told her that he had a couple of drinks with dinner the night he later pulled over his vehicle because he felt lightheaded and fell asleep. Mayor Lori Lightfoot tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Superintendent Eddie Johnson also told her what he told the media about that he had recently changed medications and felt ill while driving home early Thursday and pulled over. Lightfoot says she has "no reason to doubt" Johnson's account of what happened, saying that she knows about various medical issues including high blood pressure that Johnson is dealing with.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:21:05 -0400
  • Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

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    Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Some of them had walked for three days in five massive "freedom marches" from towns across the northeastern Spanish region.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:20:17 -0400
  • Man shot and wounded at funeral on Minnesota reservation

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    One man was shot and a suspect was arrested after a shooting Friday on an American Indian reservation in northern Minnesota that prompted a lockdown of tribal offices and a school. The shooting happened at around 10 a.m. during a funeral at a Head Start building gymnasium on the Fond du Lac Band reservation, police said. The suspect apparently shot an attendee in the head, and that man was taken to a hospital, said Derek Randall, the interim police chief in Cloquet, which abuts the reservation and is near Duluth.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:18:39 -0400
  • Tropical storm menaces U.S. southeast, New Orleans to demolish cranes

    Tropical Storm Nestor barrelled towards Florida's Gulf Coast on Friday, packing life-threatening storm surge, with New Orleans preparing to demolish two damaged construction cranes officials fear could collapse in high winds. Florida cities such as Indian Pass faced up to five feet (1.5 meters) of storm surge while parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana could be pummelled by gale force winds and up to six inches of rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:16:58 -0400
  • Tropical Storm Nestor takes aim at Florida: 'Residents should prepare now'

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    A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened to Tropical Storm Nestor Friday afternoon and it's now taking aim at the Florida Panhandle. Nestor is moving quickly and is set to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle between Panama City and Apalachicola on Saturday morning, bringing tropical storm-force winds and dangerous storm surge.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:13:00 -0400
  • Big baby: Female Masai giraffe born at Los Angeles Zoo

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    A big baby has made its debut at Los Angeles Zoo. The zoo announced this week that a female Masai giraffe was born on Oct. 5, the fifth baby for the mother, Hasina, and the sixth for the father, Phillip. The parents were paired in a breeding program designed to save the threatened species.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:08:56 -0400
  • British police arrest man in Manchester after knife reports

    British police arrested a man on Friday after reports of a man with a knife at Manchester Arndale Centre but said there was no wider threat to the city. "Police remain in attendance at Manchester Arndale Centre following reports of a man with a knife," police said. "There are no reported injuries," police said.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:08:50 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-G20 kicks off debate to regulate 'stablecoins' in hit to Facebook's Libra

    Group of 20 finance leaders on Friday agreed to set strict regulations on cryptocurrencies such as Facebook's Libra, warning that issuance of such "stablecoins" should not be allowed until various global risks they pose are addressed. The agreement came after a G7 working group warned that when launched on a wide scale, stablecoins - digital currencies usually backed by traditional money and other assets - could threaten the world's monetary system and financial stability.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:07:11 -0400
  • The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

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    Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of bonfires in large garbage bins. The regional Mossos d'Esquadra police says protesters are causing "violent acts and serious incidents" in Barcelona's center. Around 400 people, roughly half of them police officers, have been injured in five days since separatist sentiment surged on Monday, when nine separatist leaders were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for leading a 2017 push for independence.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:05:15 -0400
  • Secondhand smoke may damage children's eyes

    In a study of Chinese children, a structure in the back of the eye became increasingly thin with increasing exposure to secondhand smoke, researchers report in JAMA Ophthalmology. "Secondhand smoking exposure in children is an important public health threat, affecting up to 40% of children," said study coauthor Jason Yam of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:04:40 -0400
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who achieved global acclaim in the 1940s and went on to run the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba for decades, died on Thursday at age 98, state-run media said. "Alicia Alonso has gone and left an enormous void, but also an unbeatable legacy," President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in a post on Twitter. "She positioned Cuba at the altar of the best of dance worldwide.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:59:06 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    The world's first Ebola vaccine was recommended for approval by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a "triumph for public health" that would save many lives. The vaccine, developed by U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. Women who go through menopause earlier in life may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke before they reach age 60 than their counterparts who go through menopause later on, a recent study suggests.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:59:06 -0400
  • Reuters People News Summary

    Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who achieved global acclaim in the 1940s and went on to run the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba for decades, died on Thursday at age 98, state-run media said. "Alicia Alonso has gone and left an enormous void, but also an unbeatable legacy," President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in a post on Twitter. "She positioned Cuba at the altar of the best of dance worldwide.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:59:04 -0400
  • Reuters Science News Summary

    A Paris zoo showcased a mysterious new organism on Wednesday, dubbed the "blob", a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal. Scientists who resurrected a 50,000-year-old gene sequence have analyzed it to figure out how the world's deadliest malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans - giving insight into the origins of one of human history's biggest killers.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:59:03 -0400
  • ANALYSIS-Lira may be Turkey's Achilles heel in Syria battle

    Turkey's ability to sustain its military campaign in Syria may depend in part on what happens far away from the battlefield: in the foreign exchange market. The lira has long been a pinball of geopolitics and lightning rod for relations between Ankara and its Western allies, specifically Washington. Renewed pressure on the currency and attempts to stabilise it could further endanger Turkey's lean foreign currency reserves, leaving the country potentially with little room to defend the lira if sanctions tightened.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:56:50 -0400
  • Police: Woman made up raccoon story to cover up shooting

    Police say an Alabama woman told a story about trying to shoot a rabid raccoon to cover up a fight that left her and her boyfriend with gunshot wounds. News outlets report 37-year-old Catherine Fernandez was arrested on a domestic violence charge after investigators determined her tale about a wild animal wasn't true. Police Lt. Doug Magill says officers were called to a home Thursday about an accidental shooting.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:56:18 -0400
  • FAA turns over emails from former Boeing 737 pilot

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday turned over 10 pages of emails from a former chief technical pilot on the Boeing 737 MAX that disclosed new details of the company's efforts to win approval from regulators around the world. A November 2016 email from Forkner to someone in the FAA said he was working to "jedi-mind tricking regulators into accepting the training that I got accepted by FAA." Earlier Friday, the FAA disclosed to Congress instant messages from Forkner about the 737 MAX.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:54:33 -0400
  • Early menopause tied to heart problems before 60

    Researchers examined data from 15 observational studies with a total of more than 300,000 women, including almost 13,000 women who survived events like a heart attack or stroke after menopause. Compared with women who went through menopause at age 50 or 51, women who experienced premature menopause, before age 40, were 55% more likely to have events like a heart attack or stroke after menopause.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:52:57 -0400
  • Cummings remembered as a mentor to many in Baltimore

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    The top prosecutor in Baltimore knew exactly where to go for guidance after she made the decision to file charges in an explosive case involving the death of a black man in police custody. After that call in May 2015, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges ranging from assault to murder against six officers in the case of Freddie Gray, whose death from a neck injury suffered during a jolting ride in the back of a police van had set off some of the worst riots in decades in Baltimore. Cummings "said he was there with me.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:50:36 -0400
  • EXCLUSIVE-Surprise Syria truce hinged on Turkey's deadline demand-top official

    The surprise deal to suspend Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish-led forces in Syria hinged on President Tayyip Erdogan's demand that Washington agree a time limit on any ceasefire, a senior Turkish official said on Friday. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced the five-day pause in Turkey's cross-border assault after more than four hours of talks on Thursday at Erdogan's presidential palace in Ankara - a meeting that began inauspiciously with stony faces and few smiles.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:43:57 -0400
  • NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

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    None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. CLAIM: Photo shows a Turkish soldier helping a child drink from a water bottle with the implication it was taken during the military offensive launched by Turkey last week in northern Syria. It was taken in Turkey in 2015 by Associated Press photographer Lefteris Pitarakis.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:42:32 -0400
  • Man who threatened Trump family, media figures gets 5 years

    A Seattle-area man with a history of severe mental illness has been sentenced to five years in prison for making threats against President Donald Trump's family, synagogues and media figures. Chase Bliss Colasurdo was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in May. He was arrested after posting a photo showing a gun pointed at a picture of Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. The 27-year-old Colasurdo has a history of paranoid delusions.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:39:54 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Brexit deal 'good news' but global growth key for BoE rates too - Carney

    Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Britain's planned Brexit deal would help the country's economy, but "almost existential" worries about global trade wars might prevent the BoE from raising interest rates. Carney said the deal, which still faces a key vote in Britain's parliament on Saturday, was "good news" because it means Britain could avoid what the BoE has warned would be a major economic shock: dropping out of the EU with no transition.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:30:47 -0400
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