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U.S. prosecutors say ex-Trump adviser Stone violated court-imposed media gag order
04:54 PM, 06.20.2019

U.S. prosecutors say ex-Trump adviser Stone violated court-imposed media gag orderFederal prosecutors on Thursday accused U.S. President Donald Trump's former political adviser Roger Stone of violating a court-imposed media gag order by posting comments on social media about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. In a court filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, prosecutors accused Stone of trying to "fan the flames," and poison the jury pool ahead of his November trial, and asked the judge to hold a hearing to consider changing his conditions of release. "Stone's posts appear calculated to generate media coverage of information that is not relevant to this case but that could prejudice potential jurors," they wrote, saying the posts relate to his claims that Russia did not hack Democratic computer servers in the 2016 presidential election.


 
U.S. has no plans to cap H-1B work visa programme - State Department
04:53 PM, 06.20.2019

U.S. has no plans to cap H-1B work visa programme - State DepartmentThe Trump administration has no plans to cap H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, the State Department said on Thursday. Reuters reported on Wednesday that the United States had told India it was considering restricting H-1B visas for countries that force foreign companies to store data locally. "The Trump Administration has no plans to place caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally," a State Department spokeswoman said in a statement.


 
Giant telescope will be built on sacred Native Hawaiian peak
04:52 PM, 06.20.2019

Giant telescope will be built on sacred Native Hawaiian peakAfter years of protests and legal battles, Hawaii officials announced Thursday that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a volcano that some consider sacred. The state has issued a "notice to proceed" for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, Gov. David Ige said at a news conference. In October, a state Supreme Court's 4-1 ruling upheld the project's permits for the $1.4 billion instrument.


 
Is Mike Pence channeling Queen Esther? Or the apostle John? A new book examines this and more
04:52 PM, 06.20.2019

Is Mike Pence channeling Queen Esther? Or the apostle John? A new book examines this and moreA new book on Mike Pence's evangelical faith dives into his practice of avoiding being alone with women and his approach toward Donald Trump.


 
Why Shares of Steelcase Plunged on Thursday
04:51 PM, 06.20.2019

Why Shares of Steelcase Plunged on ThursdayOrder delays led to weaker-than-expected quarterly results.


 
Stocks hit new highs on hopes of US-China trade truce and prospect of Fed rate cuts
04:49 PM, 06.20.2019

Stocks hit new highs on hopes of US-China trade truce and prospect of Fed rate cutsThe S&P 500 index set a new record Thursday on a strong signal that the Fed could cut interest rates and on hopes for a trade war truce.


 
On Brexit, Ask a Stupid Question, Get a Stupid Answer
04:48 PM, 06.20.2019

On Brexit, Ask a Stupid Question, Get a Stupid AnswerThe English language used to produce a great catalogue of words for nonsense. Some of them communicating earthy disgust: rubbish, baloney, and bull***t. Some of them communicate something like snotty disdain: inanity, fatuity, and tripe. Funny thing about tripe, the lining of a cow’s stomach. Eating it was until recently considered a sign of low station;, now it is the higher taste. Today it is simpletons who order filet mignon, while rich people pay exorbitantly for finely prepared tripe.A poll came out last week that made British citizens who favor Brexit look very bad. It was conducted by YouGov, an outfit whose pay-to-play model is known to political insiders in that country as “Whatever You Want, Gov.” It pretends to investigate and report on public opinion, but the job is to present finely prepared tripe.YouGov’s poll was about the Tory party, which is currently choosing a new leader to be prime minister. YouGov was “investigating” attitudes in the party about Brexit, the goal of separating the United Kingdom from the European Union. It asked questions like “Would you rather Brexit took place, even if it caused the following scenario?” Or would you rather Brexit did not take place, to avoid the same? It found that Tories favor Brexit 63–29, even if it means Scotland leaving the U.K. By 61–29, they favor it even if it does significant damage to the United Kingdom. And 54 percent say they would like Brexit even if caused their political party to be destroyed.The poll results feed into a larger existing narrative in the United Kingdom, about Brexiteers. Looked at superficially, it seems to show that Brexiteers are simple fanatics. They don’t even care if it leads to the breakup and dissolution of the United Kingdom. But it only takes a moment’s reflection to realize that the poll doesn’t offer respondents a chance to respond the way normal humans might to such a question: This is a false choice.So much polling of opinions on political questions ends up as a kind of game of chicken between the people designing the questions and those answering them. The anonymous respondents have an overwhelming incentive to answer in a way that boosts the cause they want to see triumph in the world, even if their response isn’t strictly a true description of their thoughts.If you are responding to a poll like this, you would believe correctly that the results could be widely publicized and interpreted by the political class as they consider what outcomes to effect in national life. And the poll offers you a binary choice of two signals to send. You can either send the signal that you aren’t committed to Brexit, if it means a calamity, or end the signa. that you are committed to Brexit come hell or high water.That’s it: Uncommitted or heedless. You cannot respond the way most people naturally would, which is to say: “Oh, piss off, this is a false choice; these potential calamities seem extremely unlikely to me.“ So, if you choose to look uncommitted, you are inviting politicians to prove that Brexit would in fact present a significant risk of downturn, or political crackup. If you choose to look heedless, your response is then used by Britain’s great and the good to discredit your cause. The poll is designed to hurt Brexit. At least for a news cycle or two. It exists to create a kind of pseudo-fact, a lie presented as truth on television or radio by pseuds.It is actually a sad thing that supposedly intelligent people consent to repeat these pseudo-facts and destroy their own dignity by referring to their own words as “talking points.” It’s an admission that we have no “truths” anymore, just the baloney with a side of tripe.And it’s not just public-opinion polling. The replication crisis in science is also part of an expensive horse-hockey-production economy, in which results that get headlines attract the new funding for more expensive inanities. Entire academic disciplines sprout up like mushrooms on the crap pile; they begin with the conclusions before they start the academic inquiry. Nice work if you can get it.How long can a functioning democratic society and economy work when every sediment of intellectual life is packed with so much open fraud? We’re going to find out.


 
Here's Why Gold Stocks Rose as Much as 15.3% Today
04:48 PM, 06.20.2019

Here's Why Gold Stocks Rose as Much as 15.3% TodayComments from the U.S. central bank pushed gold prices to nearly $1,400 per ounce.


 
Hey! Boaty McBoatFace made a real climate discovery! Unmanned sub sends valuable data
04:45 PM, 06.20.2019

Hey! Boaty McBoatFace made a real climate discovery! Unmanned sub sends valuable dataIt's got a goofy name, but it's doing some serious work. The unmanned submarine Boaty McBoatFace has made a real discovery about the Earth's changing climate.


 
Could R3D Global Limited's (ASX:R3D) Investor Composition Influence The Stock Price?
04:43 PM, 06.20.2019

Could R3D Global Limited's (ASX:R3D) Investor Composition Influence The Stock Price?The big shareholder groups in R3D Global Limited (ASX:R3D) have power over the company. Large companies usually have...


 
Was Iran’s Downing of a U.S. Drone Really a ‘Mistake’?
04:40 PM, 06.20.2019

Was Iran’s Downing of a U.S. Drone Really a ‘Mistake’?Speaking to the press today alongside Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump repeatedly called Iran’s downing of an unarmed U.S. surveillance drone “a bad mistake” but held his cards close to his chest when asked what the U.S. response might be. While Trump has taken a harder line toward Iran than any of his predecessors, he did appear to leave himself some wiggle room to escape demands that U.S. credibility mandated a military response.“I have a feeling that someone under the command of that country made a big mistake,” he said. “I find it hard to believe it was intentional. It could have been someone who was loose and stupid who did it.”Perhaps Trump is right to avoid direct military conflict with a country almost four times the size of Iraq, but he may well be wrong to believe that the downing of the U.S. drone was an act that Iran’s senior political and military leadership did not approve.The Islamic Republic of Iran is a dictatorship, but it is a not a dictatorship like any other in the world. True, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rules for life and claims ultimate political and religious authority. Article 110 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic gives the “supreme commander of the armed forces” power to appoint and dismiss the chief of the general staff, the commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and the supreme commanders of the army, navy, and air force.But, more often than not, Khamenei prefers to rule by veto, allowing his subordinates to pursue almost any policy that he has not expressly forbidden. This requires deep insight into ongoing policy debates, something Khamenei achieves with an elaborate system of clerical commissars. While the supreme leader’s representatives to the Quds Force,the IRGC, and other top bodies are usually public figures, far less is known about rank-and-file commissars, although some acknowledge their role when they post biographies and CVs prior to parliamentary elections. In all, there are probably fewer than 2,000.While KGB commissars in the Soviet Union guarded their ideology and whispered instructions to Soviet officials, the supreme leader’s “political guides” focus more on reporting debates as they occur through their own bureaucratic stovepipes up to the supreme leader or his immediate associates. If the debates fall within the parameters of Khamenei’s comfort zone, he remains silent. Otherwise, he utilizes Friday prayers to lay down red lines and to veto specific arguments. In effect, the sermons given by regime officials weekly in Tehran and in every major town and city are the equivalent of the State of the Union address in the United States.The net result of this system is to provide Khamenei and senior Iranian leaders with plausible deniability and to shield them from accountability for their actions. Right now, it is a good bet that Trump and CIA director Gina Haspel have ordered analysts to pore through the signals intelligence (SIGINT) and intercept phone calls to find a smoking gun. They likely won’t find one, since the Iranian system does not operate with a chain of command like that in any other country.The likely reality of Iranian responsibility, however, can be inferred from pattern analysis. Consider the following episodes, each of which was an outrage at its time, and all of which proponents of diplomacy dismissed as rogue actions for which the Iranian government should not be considered collectively responsible: * The murder, in Vienna on July 13, 1989, of Abdol-Rahman Ghassemlou, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), and of several associates, whom Iranian officials asked to meet in Vienna to negotiate an end to their ethnic insurgency. * The murder, on September 17, 1992, of three KDPI leaders and a supporter at the Mykonos Restaurant in Berlin by two Iranian hitmen, assisted by four Lebanese Hezbollah operatives. * The bombing, on July 18, 1994, of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85 plus the bomber. * The smuggling of explosively formed projectiles into Iraq to murder U.S. forces after 2003. * The seizure, on March 23, 2007 ,of British sailors in the Shatt al-Arab. * The seizure, on January 12, 2016,of ten U.S. sailors off Farsi island.In each case, Iranian diplomats initially denied responsibility or blamed other for precipitating the crisis. In each case, Western diplomats dismissed the episodes as ordered by rogue elements or, as Trump said, “someone . . . loose and stupid.” But, in each case, after the smoke had cleared, Iranian authorities celebrated the incident and promoted the officers involved. Those promotions made clear that the actions were directed and supported — by no means “rogue.”Mohammad Ja’fari Sahraroudi, one of the 1989 gunmen, subsequently became a brigadier general in the Quds Force intelligence directorate. Ahmad Vahidi, the organizer of the 1994 bombing, ultimately became Iran’s defense minister. As for the 2016 episode, the supreme leader tweeted his support.For 40 years, the Islamic Republic has waged war on the United States and, with very few exceptions, has paid very little military price for having done so. Trump may not want to stumble into military confrontation with Iran, especially after the experiences of Presidents George W. Bush and Obama in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, but it would be naïve to suggest that the attack on the U.S. drone could not have been deliberate, endorsed from the very top of the Iranian system.


 
Here's Who Won Big as Slack Went Public
04:37 PM, 06.20.2019

Here's Who Won Big as Slack Went PublicSeveral venture capital firms hit the jackpot in the messaging app's big debut, but individual investors probably won't be so lucky.


 
Blank Slate: Google to Stop Producing Its Own Tablet Computers
04:35 PM, 06.20.2019

Blank Slate: Google to Stop Producing Its Own Tablet ComputersBlank Slate: Google to Stop Producing Its Own Tablet Computers


 
Slack Technologies rises in Wall Street debut
04:33 PM, 06.20.2019

Slack Technologies rises in Wall Street debutShares of the company, whose arrival was marked with a giant purple banner outside the NYSE, initially surged as high as $42 before pulling back somewhat and finishing at $38.62. "We just see an enormous opportunity," chief executive and co-founder Stewart Butterfield told CNBC Thursday shortly before ringing the opening bell of the NYSE. Slack -- the happy byproduct of a failed video-game initiative by Butterfield and colleagues -- is not raising capital with the issuance.


 
What Kind Of Shareholders Own Xref Limited (ASX:XF1)?
04:32 PM, 06.20.2019

What Kind Of Shareholders Own Xref Limited (ASX:XF1)?If you want to know who really controls Xref Limited (ASX:XF1), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share...


 
Best Tech Deals in June 2019
04:32 PM, 06.20.2019

Best Tech Deals in June 2019Amazon Deals | Walmart Deals | Apple Deals | TV Deals | Gaming Deals | Laptop DealsLooking for the best tech deals so you can finally update your arsenal of gadgets? Thankfully, prices on all things tech are falling as we count down the days to fourth of July and Amazon Prime Day. Retailers are currently offering some of the best deals we've ever seen on everything from smart home devices to game consoles. So if you're bargain hunting for the best tech deals, then you've come to the right place.  Want to own Amazon's best Kindle? Currently, the Kindle Oasis eReader is on sale for $199.99. Normally $249.99, that's $50 off and its lowest price to date.  It packs a 7-inch high-resolution anti-glare display, Wi-Fi connectivity and Audible built-in. With 8GB of internal storage, you'll have ample for magazines, comics, newspapers, and audiobooks.  It's also waterproof so you can read at the beach, by the pool or in the bathtub.  In our Kindle Oasis review, we were impressed by its water-resistance, large well-lit display and elegant, comfortable design. Although we thought is was expensive, we gave it a 4 out of 5 star rating for its overall design, durability and performance. Best Buy has the Kindle Oasis on sale for the same price.  Need more storage? Amazon also offers the 32GB model Kindle Oasis for $229.99 ($50 off). Get ready to block your calendar for Amazon's big shopping event next month. Soon we'll be gathering the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals. For the time being, here are some of the best tech deals we're seeing right now. Amazon Hardware DealsAmazon is currently offering many of its proprietary devices at discounted pricing. * Kindle Oasis 8GB eReader for $199.99 ($50 off) * Kindle Oasis 32GB eReader for $229.99 ($50 off)  * Echo (2nd Gen) 2-Pack for $119.98 ($80 off) * Echo Input for $19.99 ($15 off)  * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)  * Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker (2-Pack) for $59.98 ($40 off)  * Echo Plus (2nd Gen) with Philips Hue Bulb for $149.99 ($15 off)  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (2-Pack) for $109.98 ($30 off)  * Fire HD 8 Tablet (3-Pack) for $179.97 ($60 off)  * Fire HD 10 Tablet (3-Pack) for $329.97 ($120 off) * Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (2-Pack) for $299.98 ($100 off)  * Echo Spot Smart Alarm Clock (2-Pack) for $219.98 ($40 off)  * Ring Smart Lighting Spotlights (2-pack) for $99.99 ($30 off)  Top Tech Deals Right Now * Beats EP On-Ear Headphones for $74 ($56 off) [NEW] * Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop for $749.99 ($249 off) * Shop ThinkGeek's Entire Sale  * Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (Wi-Fi, 512GB) for $699 ($450 off)  * Apple 9.7-inch iPad for $249 ($81 off) * Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) GPS for $349 ($50 off)  * Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones for $229.99 ($120 off) * Jabra Elite 65T Wireless Earbuds for $149.99 ($20 off via coupon, "JUNESAVE19") TV Deals * Toshiba 55-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV for $159.99 ($20 off)  * TCL 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV for $1,399.99 ($500 off)  * Samsung 49-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $797.99 ($202 off) * Vizio 50-inch 4K HDR Smart TV for $259.99 ($140 off)  * Hisense 65-inch 4K Roku Smart TV for $498 ($150 off)  * Samsung 65-inch Q60 QLED 4K Smart TV for $1,397.99 ($400 off)  Tech Under $50 * MS Xbox Wireless Controller & Adapter for PC for $44.99 ($35 off) [NEW] * Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $49.99 ($20 off) also at Best Buy  * Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds for $44.99 ($15 off) * Choetech Gravity Charging Car Phone Mount for $16.99 via coupon, "HRLT7DRT")  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (Rainbow) for $49.99 ($20 off)  * Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker for $29.99 ($20 off)  * Echo Input for $19.99 ($15 off)  * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)      Smartwatch Deals * Garmin Fenix 5X Plus for $645 ($155 off)  * Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Smartwatch for $179 ($76 off)  * Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) GPS for $349 ($50 off)   * Fitbit Ionic for $199 ($50 off)  Unlocked Phones * Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB Unlocked for $499.99 ($250 off)  * Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked (Not Pink) for $749.99 ($250 off)  * Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB Unlocked for $679.99 ($320 off)  * Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB Unlocked  for $699.99 via on-page coupon ($200 off) * Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128GB Unlocked for $799.99 via on-page coupon ($200 off)  * Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked for $779.99 ($220 off)  * Apple iPhone SE 32GB Unlocked for $249 ($100 off) Cameras * Nikon Coolpix B500 Compact Camera for $224 ($76 off)  * Nikon D3500 DSLR 2 Lens Camera Bundle for $446.95 ($400 off) also at Focus Camera  * Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera w/ 16-50mm Lens for $498 ($152 off) * Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) for $398 ($152 off) * Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera w/ 15-45mm Lens for $399 ($200 off) also at Amazon * Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera for $229 ($150 off) Games and Consoles * Sony PS4 Pro 1TB Console for $350 ($50 off) [PRICE DROP] * MS Xbox One S 1TB Console for $199.99 ($100 off) at Newegg via eBay  * MS Xbox One X 1TB Division 2 Bundle on sale for $399 ($100 off)  * MS Xbox One S 1TB Fortnite Battle Royale SE Bundle for $249 ($51 off) * Sony PS4 1TB Slim Days of Play Console (Steel Black) for $299.99 (Limited Edition) * Sony PS4 Slim 1TB Marvel's Spider-Man Bundle for $328 ($32 off) at Walmart  * Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition for PS4 for $30 ($50 off)


 
Slack shows up for work and rallies in Wall Street debut
04:31 PM, 06.20.2019

Slack shows up for work and rallies in Wall Street debutSlack's debut is the latest in several highly anticipated initial public offerings of stock for tech companies. Shares in Slack debuted on the New York Stock Exchange at $38.50 and rose slightly to close at $38.62. Slack's IPO is using an unusual approach known as a direct listing.


 
You Could Once Buy CDs Where this $25 Million Penthouse Now Stands
04:30 PM, 06.20.2019

You Could Once Buy CDs Where this $25 Million Penthouse Now StandsThe penthouse is the perfect swan song for J&R Music World.


 
Q&A: Why are stocks jumping when bond yields are cratering?
04:28 PM, 06.20.2019

Q&A: Why are stocks jumping when bond yields are cratering?Why is the stock market so happy and the bond market so gloomy? Just as the S&P 500 was setting a record high Thursday, bond yields were tumbling to their lowest levels since Donald Trump was elected. Usually, stock prices rise when investors are feeling confident.


 
What's Next in Blockchain? Ask This Teenage Engineer
04:26 PM, 06.20.2019

What's Next in Blockchain? Ask This Teenage EngineerWhat's Next in Blockchain? Ask This Teenage Engineer


 
What Happened in the Stock Market Today
04:25 PM, 06.20.2019

What Happened in the Stock Market TodaySlack Technologies rose on its first day of public trading, and Kroger reported disappointing sales.


 
Florida gov signs bill ratcheting up fight against red tide
04:24 PM, 06.20.2019

Florida gov signs bill ratcheting up fight against red tideFlorida's governor signed a bill Thursday directing the state to work with a private marine institute to study and combat the red tide blooms that have hurt the state's vital tourism industry and killed such wildlife as manatees, fish and dolphins. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, the non-profit research organization that will work with the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in a public-private partnership to research how to better detect and alleviate red tide blooms. While red tide is naturally occurring and has sporadically appeared off the state's coast for ages, many believe that humans have made the problem worse.


 
What Winnebago Wants You to Know About Its Sales Shortfall
04:24 PM, 06.20.2019

What Winnebago Wants You to Know About Its Sales ShortfallThe RV giant sees a quick rebound ahead in the fiscal fourth quarter.


 
Lost wallet? More cash means you're likelier to get it back
04:22 PM, 06.20.2019

Lost wallet? More cash means you're likelier to get it backPeople are more likely to return a lost wallet if it contains money — and the more cash, the better. The presence of money — the equivalent of about $13 in local currency — boosted this response rate to about 51%, versus 40% for wallets with no cash. Another author, Christian Zuend of the University of Zurich, said "it suddenly feels like stealing" when there's money in the wallet.


 
Dad of Maleah Davis, slain 4-year-old, shares photos of her 'My Little Pony'-themed casket
04:22 PM, 06.20.2019

Dad of Maleah Davis, slain 4-year-old, shares photos of her 'My Little Pony'-themed casketThe father of Maleah Davis, the 4-year-old whose remains were found in Arkansas earlier this month, posted photos of 'My Little Pony'-themed casket.


 
Do Institutions Own Sagalio Energy Limited (ASX:SAN) Shares?
04:22 PM, 06.20.2019

Do Institutions Own Sagalio Energy Limited (ASX:SAN) Shares?If you want to know who really controls Sagalio Energy Limited (ASX:SAN), then you'll have to look at the makeup of...


 
UK Treasury chief issues stiff 'no-deal' Brexit warning
04:20 PM, 06.20.2019

UK Treasury chief issues stiff 'no-deal' Brexit warningBritain's Treasury chief urged those seeking to be Britain's next leader to be honest with the public and spell out what they would do if their plans for leaving the European Union falter. Philip Hammond used a speech in London on Thursday to say the candidates should outline what their Plan B might be if Parliament rejects both the Brexit deal negotiated by outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and leaving the bloc with no deal at all. Hammond, who has long warned of the dangers posed by a badly managed Brexit, urged the two remaining leadership candidates to offer realistic strategies for taking the British economy out of the "holding pattern" that it has been stuck in as May sought to get her Brexit divorce deal through the House of Commons — possibly even if it means another referendum on leaving the EU.


 
St. Louis Planned Parenthood defiant as central Missouri still reels over abortion access
04:19 PM, 06.20.2019

St. Louis Planned Parenthood defiant as central Missouri still reels over abortion accessPlanned Parenthood of St. Louis says it will defy Missouri's interpretation of a rule on pelvic exams as rural areas struggle with abortion access.


 
Brainstorm Finance: Banking's Future Will Be a Battle Over Consumer Trust
04:16 PM, 06.20.2019

Brainstorm Finance: Banking's Future Will Be a Battle Over Consumer TrustBrainstorm Finance: Banking's Future Will Be a Battle Over Consumer Trust


 
Texas Longhorn named Poncho Via with nearly 11-foot horns breaks Guinness World Record
04:15 PM, 06.20.2019

Texas Longhorn named Poncho Via with nearly 11-foot horns breaks Guinness World RecordPoncho Via, from Alabama, has the longest horns of any Texas Longhorn to exist. At 10 feet, 7.4 inches long, he has set the Guinness World Record.


 
Fight over Renty and Delia, earliest photos of US slaves, sees Agassiz descendants team up against Harvard
04:14 PM, 06.20.2019

Fight over Renty and Delia, earliest photos of US slaves, sees Agassiz descendants team up against HarvardDescendants of Louis Agassiz, the 19th-century Harvard professor who commissioned photos of Renty, Delia and other U.S. slaves, decry his legacy.


 
World Food Programme announces partial suspension of Yemen aid
04:14 PM, 06.20.2019

World Food Programme announces partial suspension of Yemen aidRome (AFP) - The World Food Programme (WFP) announced Thursday the "partial suspension" of aid to Yemen's capital Sanaa, controlled by Huthi rebels, citing problems with "diversion of food" from the neediest.


 
Martin Shkreli settles all litigation with his former company Retrophin
04:13 PM, 06.20.2019

Martin Shkreli settles all litigation with his former company RetrophinMartin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical entrepreneur serving a seven-year prison term for fraud, has settled all outstanding disputes with Retrophin Inc, the biopharmaceutical company he founded in 2011 and which ousted him three years later. A Retrophin spokeswoman said on Thursday that the accord covers Shkreli's $30 million lawsuit last month accusing three former colleagues, including his successor as chief executive, of engineering his ouster and to enrich themselves from his work. The settlement also covers claims Retrophin first raised in August 2015, in a $65 million lawsuit accusing Shkreli of repeatedly breaching his duty of loyalty to the San Diego-based company.


 
Martin Shkreli settles all litigation with his former company Retrophin
04:13 PM, 06.20.2019

Martin Shkreli settles all litigation with his former company RetrophinMartin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical entrepreneur serving a seven-year prison term for fraud, has settled all outstanding disputes with Retrophin Inc, the biopharmaceutical company he founded in 2011 and which ousted him three years later. A Retrophin spokeswoman said on Thursday that the accord covers Shkreli's $30 million lawsuit last month accusing three former colleagues, including his successor as chief executive, of engineering his ouster and to enrich themselves from his work. The settlement also covers claims Retrophin first raised in August 2015, in a $65 million lawsuit accusing Shkreli of repeatedly breaching his duty of loyalty to the San Diego-based company.


 
Millions Exposed in Desjardins Data Leak
04:12 PM, 06.20.2019

Millions Exposed in Desjardins Data Leak(Bloomberg) -- Desjardins Group, the largest financial co-operative in North America, said an “ill-intentioned” employee illegally exposed the personal information of some 2.9 million credit union members in one of Canada’s largest data leaks.Laval police alerted the Quebec-based institution on June 14 with information confirming that personal details from 2.7 million individual clients and 173,000 business members had been shared outside the firm, Desjardins said Thursday in a statement. The company described the situation as the outcome of “unauthorized and illegal use” of internal data by an employee who has since been fired.“For Desjardins, it’s one in a lifetime,” Chief Operating Officer Denis Berthiaume said in a phone interview. “We’ll make every effort so that this will be the last one.”The disclosure was the result of a months-long police investigation precipitated when the lender spotted a suspicious transaction in late 2018 and contacted authorities, according to Berthiaume. By late May, police told Desjardins that information from “a small number” of members had been leaked.Desjardins tightened security and did its own investigation to identify the leak, identifying one employee who acted illegally. The police probe ultimately identified an even larger number of people affected.“Our inquiry now is finished and it’s very clear in our minds that the individual acted alone,” Berthiaume said. “We were really quick to identify him. We suspended him, we stopped his data access and a few days later we fired him.”The information affected included names, birthdates, social insurance numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, street addresses and details on banking habits. Passwords, security questions and personal identification numbers weren’t compromised, and the incident was not a “cyberattack,” the financial co-operative said. Berthiaume said it involved mostly Quebec clients and its banking operations.Security LeaksThe lapse appears to be one of the largest in Canada. In May 2018, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce alerted clients that “fraudsters” claimed to have electronically breached personal and financial information from about 40,000 accounts from its Simplii Financial online banking business. Bank of Montreal was also affected in an attack it believed came from outside the country, affecting less than 50,000 clients.National Bank of Canada said a website glitch may have exposed the personal information of about 400 customers in September 2017 due to human error in setting up an electronic form on the Montreal-based lender’s website.Credit rating firm Equifax Inc. disclosed that intruders got access to personal information of 19,000 Canadians in a 2017 data breach that affected more than 143 million U.S. customers.Data breaches aren’t just the purview of financial firms. Air Canada locked accounts of clients using the airline’s mobile app last August after detecting unusual login behavior. Goldcorp Inc. was hit by hackers in 2016 as part of an attempt to extort money from the gold company. A year earlier, hackers exposed the names of more than 37 million anonymous users at the Canadian-based adultery website AshleyMadison.com run by Avid Life Media Inc.(Updates with company comments.)To contact the reporter on this story: Doug Alexander in Toronto at dalexander3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael J. Moore at mmoore55@bloomberg.net, ;David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net, ;Jacqueline Thorpe at jthorpe23@bloomberg.net, Steven FrankFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


 
Protesters urge ASEAN leaders to ban trash imports
04:11 PM, 06.20.2019

Protesters urge ASEAN leaders to ban trash importsProtestors in Bangkok on Thursday dumped plastic waste in front of a government building and called on Southeast Asian leaders to ban imports of trash from developed countries. The protest comes ahead of a weekend meeting of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with many countries struggling to deal with the flood of plastic waste unleashed by China's decision last year to stop importing recyclables from abroad. Countries in ASEAN now receive more than a quarter of global plastic waste, most of which comes from developed economies like Canada, the US, Australia, and Japan.


 
Facebook’s Digital Currency Libra Is Forcing U.S. Regulators to Grapple With Blockchain
04:11 PM, 06.20.2019

Facebook’s Digital Currency Libra Is Forcing U.S. Regulators to Grapple With BlockchainFacebook’s Digital Currency Libra Is Forcing U.S. Regulators to Grapple With Blockchain


 
Lululemon Talks Market Share Gains and Rising Tariff Costs
04:11 PM, 06.20.2019

Lululemon Talks Market Share Gains and Rising Tariff CostsHighlights from the apparel upstart's latest earnings call with investors.


 
The Great Recession Tanked the American Birth Rate
04:10 PM, 06.20.2019

The Great Recession Tanked the American Birth RateThe Great Recession isn't over. Want proof? Look no further than the American fertility rate


 
Stock Market Hits New High Thanks to Fed Policy Shift
04:10 PM, 06.20.2019

Stock Market Hits New High Thanks to Fed Policy ShiftThe escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf didn't kill investors' enthusiasm.


 
Merck CEO sees legal challenge if U.S. adopts drug pricing based on other countries
04:08 PM, 06.20.2019

Merck CEO sees legal challenge if U.S. adopts drug pricing based on other countriesMerck & Co Chief Executive Ken Frazier said on Thursday a rule to base the price the U.S. government pays for some prescription drugs in it Medicare program on lower prices in other countries would face legal challenges if adopted. U.S. President Donald Trump said last year that one way his administration would seek to lower drug costs to consumers could be through an international pricing index (IPI) that would determine what Medicare pays for certain medicines based on the prices set in a handful of other countries. "I think there will be challenges to the rule," Frazier told reporters following the drugmaker's investor day in New York.


 
Merck CEO sees legal challenge if U.S. adopts drug pricing based on other countries
04:08 PM, 06.20.2019

Merck CEO sees legal challenge if U.S. adopts drug pricing based on other countriesMerck & Co Chief Executive Ken Frazier said on Thursday a rule to base the price the U.S. government pays for some prescription drugs in it Medicare program on lower prices in other countries would face legal challenges if adopted. U.S. President Donald Trump said last year that one way his administration would seek to lower drug costs to consumers could be through an international pricing index (IPI) that would determine what Medicare pays for certain medicines based on the prices set in a handful of other countries. "I think there will be challenges to the rule," Frazier told reporters following the drugmaker's investor day in New York.


 
Walmart Pays $282 Million to End Lengthy Bribe Probes
04:07 PM, 06.20.2019

Walmart Pays $282 Million to End Lengthy Bribe Probes(Bloomberg) -- Walmart Inc. ended a seven-year investigation by the U.S. government over payments made to fast-track store openings in several countries by agreeing to pay more than $282 million in penalties. Its Brazilian unit admitted to violating a federal anti-bribery law.In parallel announcements on Thursday, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission faulted the country’s largest retailer for not having controls in place to vet third-party companies it worked with to open stores in Mexico, China, Brazil and India. Walmart will pay about $138 million in criminal penalties and $144 million in disgorgement to resolve the SEC’s allegations.WMT Brasilia pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to keep accurate records, while the U.S. parent reached a non-prosecution agreement with the Justice Department over violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The company will have a compliance monitor for two years as part of that accord.“Walmart is committed to doing business the right way, and that means acting ethically everywhere we operate," Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement. "We’ve enhanced our policies, procedures and systems and invested tremendous resources globally into ethics and compliance, and now have a strong Global Anti-Corruption Compliance Program."The resolution, disclosed in court filings in Virginia and press releases, was a muted end to what was once seen as one of the largest foreign bribery cases launched by the U.S. While the penalty is about one-sixth of the $1.78 billion levied against Petroleo Brasileiro SA last fall in one of South America’s biggest corruption scandals, Walmart wound up spending about $1 billion in legal fees and other costs related to the investigation.DOJ and SEC officials said Walmart didn’t take necessary steps to avoid corruption.“Walmart valued international growth and cost-cutting over compliance,” said Charles Cain, chief of the SEC’s FCPA unit. “The company could have avoided many of these problems, but instead Walmart repeatedly failed to take red flags seriously and delayed the implementation of appropriate internal accounting controls.”Walmart disclosed possible violations in Mexico to the Justice Department and SEC in November 2011. The following year, the New York Times outlined details of allegations that the retailer paid some $24 million to Mexican officials to win quick zoning changes, sidestep licenses and environmental permits and deflect opposition to open stores, turning Walmart into that country’s largest private-sector employer.The Times article set off a resurgence of foreign bribery investigations, which had begun to accumulate court losses and gain corporate enemies who were pushing Congress to rein in prosecutors.But the Walmart case posed challenges for investigators. Much of the conduct uncovered in Mexico, for example, couldn’t be used as evidence because it was too old, according to the people familiar with the matter. So the government sought to build stronger cases in other countries. In Brazil and India, investigators found more recent examples of what they believed were improper payments, yet struggled to find examples of rampant misconduct in China, the people said.In the closing days of the Obama administration, Walmart balked at demands to pay more than $600 million in penalties, leading prosecutors to go back to gather more evidence from witnesses, people familiar with matter told Bloomberg at the time.In 2017, the company set aside almost $300 million for a possible settlement, after which the sides deadlocked over what misconduct the retail giant would admit to, a person familiar with the matter previously said.On Thursday, Walmart’s Brazilian unit admitted that $527,000 in improper payments to an intermediary were inaccurately recorded on financial records. Walmart Brazil employees logged those payments as going to construction companies when they knew the money was going to a former Brazilian government official, according to the plea agreement filed in Virginia. The former official helped Walmart win a construction permit. Walmart earned more than $3.6 million in profit from stores built by these construction companies.(Corrects spelling of Petroleo Brasileiro.)\--With assistance from Andrew Harris and Matt Robinson.To contact the reporter on this story: Tom Schoenberg in Washington at tschoenberg@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter Blumberg, David S. JoachimFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


 
15 Spending Habits Personal Finance Experts Hate the Most
04:04 PM, 06.20.2019

15 Spending Habits Personal Finance Experts Hate the MostWe asked financial whizzes to spill the beans on their biggest pet peeves. Do any of these sound familiar?


 
Mother panther, kittens captured on video in south Florida: 'It brings us hope'
04:04 PM, 06.20.2019

Mother panther, kittens captured on video in south Florida: 'It brings us hope'The Florida Wildlife Federation used a trail camera to capture videos of a mother panther and her kittens along Keri Road.


 
S&P 500 index closes at record high as stock rally continues
04:02 PM, 06.20.2019

S&P 500 index closes at record high as stock rally continuesWall Street capped a broad rally for stocks Thursday by driving the S&P 500 index to an all-time high. The milestone, which eclipsed the benchmark index's last record close on April 30, underscores a swift rebound for the market in June that has erased the losses from a 6.6% dive in May. The major U.S. stock indexes are up more than 7% so far this month. Thursday's rally came as investors balanced optimism over the possibility that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates in response to a slowing global economy with jitters about the prospects of dimmer corporate profits should a severe slowdown take hold.


 
Libra Could Be Unbalanced by Indian Crypto Laws
04:00 PM, 06.20.2019

Libra Could Be Unbalanced by Indian Crypto LawsFacebook reportedly has not filed an application with the RBI, which seeks to ban cryptocurrencies.


 
Why Waymo Just Signed Up With Nissan and Renault
04:00 PM, 06.20.2019

Why Waymo Just Signed Up With Nissan and RenaultThe driverless-car leader is going global.


 
2 Stocks That Are Costly Mistakes
04:00 PM, 06.20.2019

2 Stocks That Are Costly MistakesIt looks like nothing good can come from Beyond Meat and GameStop.


 
3 Drugs Under FDA Review With Blockbuster Potential
04:00 PM, 06.20.2019

3 Drugs Under FDA Review With Blockbuster PotentialThese follow-on drugs are on a path to upend the current standards of care.


 
 
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