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The Note: Fake news gets real after Facebook CEO reveals Russian ads – ABC News

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

THE TAKE with ABC News’ MaryAlice Parks Mark Zuckerberg just changed the conversation about Russian interference in US elections and made it much harder for folks at the White House to skirt the issue. President Trump, so far, has bristled at any insinuation that his win was tainted by Russian influence. And before Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook had sold over $100,000 in ads to Russian companies and fake Russian accounts,…

A short history of ‘dotard,’ the arcane insult Kim Jong Un used in his threat against Trump – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

In the latest war of words between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong Un did not pull any punches. But he may have pulled out an old dictionary. “I will surely and definitely tame the deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim declared in an unusually direct and angry statement published Thursday by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency. The North Korean leader’s warning about “fire,” which echoed President Trump’s August…

Germany goes to the polls Sunday. Here’s what to expect. – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Campaign posters featuring former president Barack Obama have gone up in Berlin. The posters highlight Obama’s support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term in elections this month. (Griff Witte/The Washington Post) Germans are heading to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections that will determine the new government. Unlike France and the Netherlands, where people worried about a potential political earthquake if the far right…

Sarah Palin in Alabama: The swamp is ‘trying to hijack this presidency’ – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin shakes hands with U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore in Montgomery, on Thursday. REUTERS/Tami Chappell MONTGOMERY, Ala. — At a rally for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in a historic train depot on Thursday evening, several of his prominent supporters took turns explaining why they think President Trump endorsed the Republican establishment’s pick for the seat instead of Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice known for his politically incorrect and often Trump-like…

Uber loses its license to operate in London – TechCrunch

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

In a huge blow to Uber in the UK London’s transport regulator has rejected its application to renew its license to operate in the city. In a statement today TfL said it has concluded that Uber is “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”. “TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety.  Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations,…

Thoughts on Facebook’s 9 plans to curb election interference – TechCrunch

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Election meddling is Facebook’s next adversary, and it’s got a plan to attack it just like it did with fake news. Solutions to both these scourges come too late to prevent tampering that may have aided Donald Trump winning the presidency — but at least Facebook is owning up to the problem, working with the government and starting to self-regulate. Here’s the nine-point plan Zuckerberg has devised to combat election…

Trump imposes new sanctions on North Korea; Kim says he will ‘tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire’ – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

NEW YORK — President Trump on Thursday announced new financial sanctions targeting North Korea as his administration seeks to build international support for more aggressively confronting the rogue nation, whose escalating nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have reached what U.S. officials consider a crisis point. The new penalties seek to leverage the dominance of the U.S. financial system by forcing nations, foreign companies and individuals to choose whether to do…

Trump, Though Not on Stage, Looms Large in Alabama GOP Senate Debate – New York Times

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Mr. Moore mocked Mr. Strange’s grasping of the president’s coattails, accusing him of offering a one-note message and even being a tad obsessive. “I can’t tell you what the president thinks, I can’t tell you every move he makes, when he goes to the bathroom and when he doesn’t,” Mr. Moore shot back after Mr. Strange claimed that Mr. Trump had noticed the former judge’s apparent unfamiliarity with the Obama-era…

Hurricane Maria Live Updates: In Puerto Rico, the Storm ‘Destroyed Us’ – New York Times

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Puerto Rico remained in the throes of chaos and devastation Thursday as the remnants of Hurricane Maria continued to dump rain on the island — up to three feet in some areas. Flash flood warnings persisted, according to the National Hurricane Center, with “catastrophic” flooding “especially in areas of mountainous terrain.” The strikingly powerful storm had rendered an estimated 3.4 million people without power, and with the territory’s energy grid…

Advanced stages of CTE found in Aaron Hernandez’s brain – ESPN

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment BOSTON — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had stage 3 (out…

Thoughts on Facebook’s 9 plans to curb election interference – TechCrunch

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Election meddling is Facebook’s next adversary, and it’s got a plan to attack it just like it did with fake news. Solutions to both these scourges come too late to prevent tampering that may have aided Donald Trump winning the presidency — but at least Facebook is owning up to the problem, working with the government and starting to self-regulate. Here’s the nine-point plan Zuckerberg has devised to combat election…

Trump imposes new sanctions on North Korea, Kim says will ‘tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire’ – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

NEW YORK — President Trump on Thursday announced new financial sanctions targeting North Korea as his administration seeks to build international support for more aggressively confronting the rogue nation, whose escalating nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have reached what U.S. officials consider a crisis point. The new penalties seek to leverage the dominance of the U.S. financial system by forcing nations, foreign companies and individuals to choose whether to do…

New GOP bill could spawn 50 new health care debates – CNN

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will release the Russia-linked ads to investigators – Business Insider

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

“Today is my first day back in the office after taking parental leave. It was really special to be with Priscilla and August after she was born, and to get to spend some more time with Max. While I was out on leave, I spent a lot of time with our teams on the question of Russian interference in the US elections. I made some decisions on the next steps…

Trump announces new economic sanctions targeting North Korea over nuclear program – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

NEW YORK — President Trump announced an executive order Thursday granting the Treasury Department additional authority to enforce economic sanctions on North Korea and target foreign companies and individuals that do business with the rogue nation in Northeast Asia. Trump said the new powers aim to cut off international trade and financing that dictator Kim Jong Un’s regime uses support its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons programs. The president also…

Mexican authorities now doubt any child remains trapped in collapsed school – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials expressed doubt Thursday that any children — dead or alive — remain in the rubble of a collapsed elementary school in Mexico City, an outcome that could turn into an emotional whipsaw for a country that has been on edge while waiting for two days to see if anyone else would be pulled out of the debris caused by Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. Authorities have confirmed…

Hurricane Maria Live Updates: In Puerto Rico, the Storm ‘Destroyed Us’ – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Puerto Ricans were confronted Thursday with their first clear view of the crushing devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria — splintered homes, crumbled balconies, uprooted trees and floodwaters coursing through streets. The storm cut a path through the island on Wednesday and 100 percent of the territory remained without power. Officials predicted that it could take months to restore electricity as rescue brigades ventured out to assess the toll of death…

Insurers Come Out Swinging Against New Republican Health Care Bill – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Senate Republicans are already under pressure from 11 governors — including five fellow Republicans and a pivotal Alaskan independent — who this week urged the Senate to reject the last-ditch repeal effort. The two major trade groups for insurers, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans, announced their opposition on Wednesday to the Graham-Cassidy bill. They joined other groups fighting the bill, such as the American…

Maria Strikes, and Puerto Rico Goes Dark – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

“There has been nothing like this,” said Ramón Lopez, a military veteran who was holding back tears outside his neighborhood in Guaynabo, on the northern coast near San Juan, the capital. “It was the fury. It didn’t stop.” Photo San Juan, P.R., after Hurricane Maria knocked out Puerto Rico’s power grid on Wednesday. Credit Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images Such was the sentiment across the island as the barrage of howling gusts…

Mexico anxiously awaits the fate of a 12-year-old schoolgirl after deadly earthquake – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

MEXICO CITY — A sprawling earthquake recovery effort spanning several states turned intensely personal Thursday as Mexicans were riveted by an effort to save a 12-year-old girl who was pinned in the rubble of her elementary school. The drama played out live late Wednesday and early Thursday on the major news channels here, with television cameras tracking every movement of the Mexican marines and others who sought to rescue the…

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