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AP Exclusive: Feds backtrack on transfer of Epstein warden  » 
28 Jan 2020, 20:19

AP Exclusive: Feds backtrack on transfer of Epstein wardenThe Bureau of Prisons is holding off on transferring the warden who was in charge of the New York City jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. The agency said Tuesday it would defer the transfer of Lamine N’Diaye to a leadership role at FCI Fort Dix, a low-security prison in Burlington County, New Jersey, until the internal investigation is completed into the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell on Aug. 10 and was later pronounced dead.


Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Dismisses Bolton Allegations: ‘It’s Inadmissible’  » 
28 Jan 2020, 19:58

Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Dismisses Bolton Allegations: ‘It’s Inadmissible’President Trump's legal counsel Jay Sekulow dismissed the contents of John Bolton's upcoming book as irrelevant to the ongoing impeachment proceedings against President Trump during his closing argument Tuesday."You can’t impeach the president on an unsourced allegation," Sekulow said during a session of the Senate impeachment trial. Sekulow then proceeded to read President Trump's denial of Bolton's reported allegation."That was what was said in response to an unpublished manuscript, that maybe some reporters have an idea of, maybe, what it says," Sekulow told lawmakers. "If you want to call that evidence, I don’t know what you’d call that. I’d call it inadmissible. But that’s what it is.""To have a removal of a president based on a policy dispute? That’s not what the framers intended," Sekulow continued.The New York Times reported Sunday that Bolton's upcoming book "In The Room" reveals that the former national security adviser personally witnessed Trump tie Ukrainian military aid to the opening of politically beneficial investigations. The allegations roiled Senate Republicans and prompted rampant speculation that some of them would vote with Democrats to subpoena witnesses and documents once the opening hearings for the trial have concluded.On Tuesday Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) called on Bolton to speak directly to the media regarding information pertinent to the trial."Now that what has unfolded with the manuscript [of Bolton’s book] being leaked — by the way, exquisite timing, maybe suspicious timing — the Wall Street Journal has called for John to just come forward,” Johnson said on Capitol Hill. “I think that would actually be a smart thing. I’d encourage John to do that."


Ron Johnson Calls on Bolton to Speak ‘Publicly’ Regarding Impeachment  » 
28 Jan 2020, 19:16

Ron Johnson Calls on Bolton to Speak ‘Publicly’ Regarding ImpeachmentSenator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) on Tuesday called on former White House national security adviser John Bolton to speak publicly regarding information that may be pertinent to the impeachment trial of President Trump."Now that what has unfolded with the manuscript [of Bolton's book] being leaked — by the way, exquisite timing, maybe suspicious timing — the Wall Street Journal has called for John to just come forward," Johnson told reporters on Capitol Hill. "I think that would actually be a smart thing. I’d encourage John to do that."Johnson said it would be better for Bolton to speak directly to the media "without involving the trial" about his knowledge relating to impeachment.The New York Times reported Monday that Bolton had written, in the manuscript draft of his upcoming book, that President Trump told him that military aid to Ukraine was contingent on the country's commitment to investigate corruption allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden.The leak, which Bolton denied coordinating, has led some Republican senators to reconsider the possibility of calling witnesses to testify at the trial, presumably with Bolton among them.However, Johnson did not comment on Tuesday as to whether he would vote in favor of summoning witnesses or additional documents as evidence in the trial.Johnson was a minor player in the lead-up to the impeachment proceedings. In October the Senator told the Wall Street Journal he was contacted in August by then-U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.Johnson said Sondland had described a quid-pro-quo between Trump and Ukraine, conditioning military aid on investigations into the Bidens. Alarmed by the suggestion, Johnson asked President Trump in a subsequent meeting whether the quid-pro-quo was in fact part of Trump's Ukraine policy."[Trump] said, ‘Expletive deleted—No way. I would never do that. Who told you that?'" Johnson recalled in the interview.


The US Air Force private jet that crashed in Afghanistan has been called 'as essential to mission success as bullets'  » 
28 Jan 2020, 19:16

The US Air Force private jet that crashed in Afghanistan has been called 'as essential to mission success as bullets'The US Air Force E-11A is a modified version of a popular Canadian private jet built by Bombardier used for long-range luxury travel.


The outbreaks of both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS likely started in Chinese wet markets. Photos show what the markets look like.  » 
28 Jan 2020, 18:35

The outbreaks of both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS likely started in Chinese wet markets. Photos show what the markets look like.The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak likely started in a Chinese wet market, where livestock and poultry are sold alongside animals like dogs and civets.


Indiana woman appealing conviction in fatal school bus crash  » 
28 Jan 2020, 17:58

Indiana woman appealing conviction in fatal school bus crashAn Indiana woman convicted in a crash that killed three children who were crossing a highway to board a school bus is appealing her conviction, contending that the tragedy was “just an accident and not a crime," her attorney said Tuesday. A notice of appeal was filed Jan. 17 with the Indiana Court of Appeals on behalf of Alyssa Shepherd, 25, of Rochester. Stacy Uliana, the attorney representing Shepherd, said a brief that will include the arguments in her client's appeal will not be filed for months.


Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments  » 
28 Jan 2020, 17:54

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, paymentsA Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China's Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China. Lieber was arrested early Tuesday at his office at the Ivy League university, officials said.


Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death camp  » 
28 Jan 2020, 17:43

Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death campHundreds of newly discovered photographs, including some taken at the Sobibor death camp, represent a "quantum leap" in research into Nazi crimes against humanity, historians at the Berlin museum Topography of Terror said Tuesday. Historians said the "exceptional collection" provided unprecedented insights into the Sobibor camp in German Nazi-occupied Poland, about which little is known even 75 years after the end of World War II. The trove, consisting of 361 black-and-white photos and several written documents, also includes photos believed to show convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, who denied ever being at Sobibor.


Former Zelensky Aide Says Trump Admin. Request for Investigations ‘Rattled’ Ukrainian President  » 
28 Jan 2020, 17:33

Former Zelensky Aide Says Trump Admin. Request for Investigations ‘Rattled’ Ukrainian PresidentUkraine’s former national security council chairman said that he left the Volodymyr Zelensky administration after becoming  “uncomfortable” with American efforts to coerce the opening of politically advantageous investigations.Oleksandr Danylyuk, speaking with The Daily Beast in his first on-the-record interview since President Trump’s impeachment began, directly contradicted December comments made by Andriy Yermak, a top Zelensky aide, who said “we never had that feeling” that a holdup in U.S. military aide was tied to the requested investigations.Danyluk said the request, which was detailed during the House’s impeachment inquiry by ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland, “rattled” Zelensky’s team which had worked through a draft for Ukrainian-American cooperation that “at its core" prioritized national security.“It was a panic,” the Ukrainian said. “. . . This roadmap should have been the substance.”The former official also detailed how he met and enjoyed a good relationship with former national security adviser John Bolton.“I would say it was definitely John who I trusted,” Danylyuk said. “I think John, because we worked together on trying to set up an official framework for a U.S.-Ukraine relationship.”Danyluk also said he asked Bolton about the aid holdup on September 1 in Warsaw as Vice President Mike Pence was meeting with Zelensky but "never got an answer."The Warsaw meeting became a central part of the Trump impeachment inquiry when Sondland said in his revised testimony in November that both a White House meeting and the military aid were contingent on the announcement of an anti-corruption probe into Burisma, the firm that employed Hunter Biden.“I now recall speaking individually with Mr. Yermak [at the meeting], where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland said at the time.Yermak, however, then denied the conversation ever took place in an interview.“Gordon and I were never alone together. We bumped into each other in the hallway next to the escalator, as I was walking out,” he told Time on the Warsaw meeting. “I remember – everything is fine with my memory – we talked about how well the meeting went. That’s all we talked about.”Yermak added that the Ukrainians “did not have the feeling that this aid was connected to any one specific issue.”


Trump's former chief of staff John Kelly sides with John Bolton and says the Senate should call witnesses in impeachment trial  » 
28 Jan 2020, 17:30

Trump's former chief of staff John Kelly sides with John Bolton and says the Senate should call witnesses in impeachment trialJohn Kelly was a close adviser to President Donald Trump for 18 months, from July 2017 to January 2019.


Venezuelan police capture fugitive Colombian senator who fled via dentist's office  » 
28 Jan 2020, 16:32

Venezuelan police capture fugitive Colombian senator who fled via dentist's officeVenezuelan special police detained a fugitive Colombian former senator who had illegally crossed the border, the force's chief said, four months after she escaped custody by climbing out of her dentist's office in Bogota. Aida Merlano, a former Conservative senator who was imprisoned last year for vote buying, made her theatrical escape in October, lowering herself with a rope and fleeing on the back of a delivery motorcycle. Jose Dominguez, head of Venezuela's FAES Special Action Force, wrote on his Instagram account late on Monday that officers detained her in the city of Maracaibo, capital of western Zulia state by the Colombian border.


Trump impeachment team fights against explosive Bolton revelations amid fears of Republican senators betraying president  » 
28 Jan 2020, 16:25

Trump impeachment team fights against explosive Bolton revelations amid fears of Republican senators betraying presidentFor Republican senators jolted by a former White House official's shocking revelations about military aid to Ukraine and Donald Trump who are looking for a reason to acquit the president, his made-for-television legal team has them covered.A half dozen GOP senators responding to former national security adviser John Bolton's bombshell revelations about what Mr Trump said about a military aid package for Ukraine and investigations of US Democrats, there is no evidence any one is mulling a vote to remove the president.


Indonesia's Aceh unveils new female flogging squad  » 
28 Jan 2020, 15:58

Indonesia's Aceh unveils new female flogging squadThe masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes -- proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia's Aceh province. Such behaviour constitutes a morality crime in Aceh, the only region in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law -- known as Sharia.


Fox's Lou Dobbs declares John Bolton, veteran of 4 GOP administrations, a 'tool for the left'  » 
28 Jan 2020, 15:02

Fox's Lou Dobbs declares John Bolton, veteran of 4 GOP administrations, a 'tool for the left'The John Bolton who worked in the Reagan administration probably never saw this coming.According to Fox Business' Lou Dobbs, Bolton, who has never drifted from Republican politics in his 40-plus years in Washington, D.C., is now "a tool for the left." That's what a graphic on Dobbs' show declared Monday night, while a zany web connected Bolton to "foreign policy RINO" Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and former FBI Director James Comey.Bolton was Romney's foreign policy adviser during his 2012 presidential run, and through Bolton, Romney is apparently connected to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his brother Col. Yevgeny Vindman, Dobbs' very simplified web map showed. Yevgeny Vindman is an attorney for the National Security Council, so Dobbs mirrored right-wing publications in alleging Vindman may have leaked the chunk of Bolton's book that reportedly implicates Trump in a Ukraine quid pro quo. Bolton also shares a book agency with Comey and fellow former Trump official Cliff Sims, which somehow apparently furthers the case that Bolton "has been reduced to a tool for the radical Dems," Dobbs said Monday.Bolton, of course, was also Dobbs' Fox colleague for more than a decade before he left the network to become Trump's national security adviser. He worked in the three prior GOP administrations before that, and as The New York Times' Maggie Haberman noted, Fox owner Rupert Murdoch helped push Bolton over the edge when Trump was considering him for the national security spot.More stories from theweek.com John Bolton just vindicated Nancy Pelosi Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly: 'I believe John Bolton' It's 2020 and women are exhausted


Hostel at North Korean embassy must close, Berlin court rules  » 
28 Jan 2020, 14:59

Hostel at North Korean embassy must close, Berlin court rulesThe "City Hostel" in Berlin may look fairly innocuous from the outside -- but it now faces closure in an unlikely legal drama over international sanctions against North Korea. The hostel, which opened in 2007 and is run by a Turkish company called EGI, is located on the premises of the North Korean embassy. On Tuesday, an administrative court in Berlin threw out an EGI lawsuit against the district authorities, who had ordered them to cease operations.


Top Ukraine Official: I Trusted Bolton More Than Anyone  » 
28 Jan 2020, 14:39

Top Ukraine Official: I Trusted Bolton More Than AnyoneWhen Volodymyr Zelensky won Ukraine’s presidential election in April 2019, President Donald Trump was one of the first world leaders to call to congratulate him. For officials inside Ukraine and out, Zelensky represented a chance for the country to rebuild its anti-corruption institutions and a chance for Kyiv to develop better, stronger relationships with Western countries, including the United States. But in the weeks and months that followed, efforts to construct a partnership between the Zelensky and Trump administrations, one focused on fighting corruption, crumbled. It crumbled in part because the Zelensky team was pulled into an American domestic political fight spurred by Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate his rival Joe Biden, Biden’s son Hunter, and supposed interference in the 2016 election. That’s according to Oleksandr Danylyuk, the former chairman of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, who said the requests “rattled” Zelensky’s team. Danylyuk spoke to The Daily Beast last week in his first on-the-record conversation since impeachment proceedings began in Washington, saying he resigned from his post in Kyiv in September in part “because of the situation with the U.S.” When Danylyuk answered my FaceTime call, he appeared to be in his office in Kyiv, with pictures of the city in the background. The former Ukrainian official was supposed to have traveled to the U.S. to meet me but caught a virus at the World Economic Forum in Davos and flew home to recover. (We plan on meeting in person for our second interview.)Over the course of two hours, Danylyuk laid out his reasons for joining the Zelensky team and why he decided to leave the administration. The former official said his hope was that he would get to “change lives” as a part of the Zelensky government, helping develop Ukraine’s anti-corruption institutions and promoting the country as an international powerhouse worthy of respect. Danylyuk, a self-described technocrat, said the U.S.-Ukraine shakeup “set an uncomfortable background” but that the two countries can still forge ahead with a new, better roadmap. “There is no other way besides just continuing on,” Danyluk said. “Because what else is there? What else? Emotions? There’s no place for emotions.”Looking back almost four months after his resignation, Danylyuk says there’s one person in the Trump administration he trusted to help secure a new pathway forward for the U.S. and Ukraine: former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolton departed the Trump administration in September, just two weeks before Danylyuk left his post.Trumpworld Gloats as Bolton Bolts“I would say it was definitely John who I trusted,” Danylyuk said. “I think John, because we worked together on trying to set up an official framework for a U.S.-Ukraine relationship.”Bolton is now the subject of intense scrutiny on Capitol Hill, where senators are sitting through the impeachment trial of Trump. Over the weekend, The New York Times published an article saying the former national security adviser’s upcoming book reveals that Trump tied Ukraine’s aid to President Zelensky’s opening of the investigations. Senators are now considering calling Bolton to the Hill for questioning.Bolton Leak Sends GOP Scrambling to Justify Quick TrialDanylyuk said he and Bolton arranged a meeting to discuss a roadmap for U.S.-Ukraine cooperation on July 10, 2019. Several former U.S. officials have testified in front of House impeachment investigators that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland first broached the topic of Trump’s demands for investigations. Fiona Hill, the administration’s former top Russia adviser, said during her testimony that Danylyuk appeared “alarmed” during Sondland’s interjections about the investigations. “He didn’t look like he knew what was going on.”“When I designed it, and drafted it, I discussed it with Zelensky,” Danylyuk said of his roadmap for the U.S. and Ukraine to cooperate on a range of issues. “We went through it very thoroughly. He said, ‘Yeah, I fully support this… it should be the basis of the relationship.’” Danylyuk wouldn’t discuss the military component of the plan but said the plan was “very broad” and included proposals for the U.S. to export American natural gas to Ukraine. “This roadmap... it covered several areas. But at its core it is about national security,” Danylyuk said. “So if anywhere you can talk about this holistically—it’s with the U.S. National Security Council and Bolton. And he was the person to… discuss the vision.”Danylyuk said he and his team, which included Zelensky aide Andriy Yermak, “couldn’t conclude [the meeting] properly” because as The Daily Beast previously reported, Sondland interrupted the conversation to bring up the demands from Trump that Zelensky agree to the investigation of the Bidens. Soon after Sondland’s interjection, Bolton ended the official meeting. That’s when the group, which included Hill, Sondland, and other Trump officials, moved into the Ward Room of the White House and Sondland again, but more ferociously, pushed the investigations further, telling Danylyuk and Yermak that it was the only way the two countries could develop a meaningful relationship. “This roadmap should have been the substance but... [the investigations] were raised,” Danylyuk said.Danylyuk said he maintained contact with Bolton and his aides at the National Security Council in Washington in the following weeks in an attempt to get a meeting between Zelensky and Trump on the books. But Team Zelensky grew more and more concerned as the days rolled on, Danylyuk said. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had for weeks appeared on television shows, saying Ukraine should open an investigation into the Bidens and claiming it was Ukraine that interfered in the 2016 election, not Russia. (The claim is a widely debunked conspiracy theory that national-security officials say has been propagated by Russian intelligence services.)“At that time it was clear to me that we should not be dropped into into this battle at all,” Danylyuk said. “If we were dragged into this internal process… that would be really bad for the country. And also, if there’s something that violates U.S. law, that’s up to the U.S. to handle.”On July 21, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor sent a text message to Sondland, pointing to a conversation he had with Danylyuk about the U.S. taking Ukraine seriously.“Gordon, one thing Kurt and I talked about yesterday was Sasha Danyliuk’s point that President Zelensky is sensitive about Ukraine being taken seriously, not merely as an instrument in Washington domestic, reelection politics,” Taylor wrote to Sondland. “At the time I said there are some serious things that we need to discuss and agree on between the two countries. And that needs to be where the attention goes,” Danylyuk told The Daily Beast about his conversation with U.S. representatives at the time. “And if we’re talking about dragging us into internal politics… using our president who was fresh on the job, inexperienced… that could just destroy everything.” Then came the now-infamous July 25 call between Zelensky and Trump, the one in which Trump asked for a “favor” and suggesting Ukraine investigate whether individuals in the country interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Things grew “worse” after that, Danylyuk said. “One thing I can tell you that was clear from this call is that that issue [of the investigations] is an issue of concern for Trump. It was clear,” Danylyuk said. And then in August, Danylyuk said, he thought that partnership with the U.S. and the roadmap he had designed with Bolton was doomed.Danylyuk said he first found out that the U.S. was withholding aid to Ukraine by reading Politico’s article published Aug. 28. U.S. officials and Ukrainian diplomats, including the country’s former Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal, have said publicly that Kyiv was aware there were problems with the U.S. aid as early as July. “I was really surprised and shocked. Because just a couple of days prior to that… I actually had a meeting with John Bolton. Actually, I had several meetings with him. And we had extensive discussions. The last thing I had expected to read was an article about military aid being frozen,” Danylyuk said. “After that... I was trying to get the truth. Was it true or not true?”Danylyuk said that “it was a panic” inside the Zelensky administration after the initial news broke, saying Zelensky was convinced there had been some sort of mistake. Danylyuk put in calls to the National Security Council and asked other officials in Washington what to make of the news. “The next time we met in September... it was in Poland for the commemoration of the beginning of the Second World War,” Danylyuk said, adding that he met with Bolton on the sidelines of the commemoration. “I had my suspicions. There was a special situation with one of our defense companies that were acquired by Chinese. And the U.S. was concerned about this. Bolton actually made the public comments about this as well. So somehow I linked this to things and tried to understand. OK, maybe this could be related to this.”“I never got an answer,” Danylyuk said. Danylyuk left the Zelensky administration in September, citing multiple “triggers” that pushed him to quit, including the ongoing struggles with the Trump administration.“I was committed to develop a constructive agenda,” Danylyuk said. “It was a big investment. I invested my reputation, I invested my time. When the situation changed [with the U.S.], I didn’t like it.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Soldier killed, general wounded during Mexico drug plane raid  » 
28 Jan 2020, 14:36

Soldier killed, general wounded during Mexico drug plane raidA Mexican soldier was killed and a general wounded Monday when traffickers opened fire on a military patrol that sought to intercept a drug plane as it landed on a roadway, officials said.


Biden-Tied Lobbyist Bought Island Property from Biden’s Brother, Gave Him Mortgage Loan  » 
28 Jan 2020, 14:28

Biden-Tied Lobbyist Bought Island Property from Biden’s Brother, Gave Him Mortgage LoanFinancial records reviewed by Politico show that Joe Biden's brother James sold one of his three parcels of land in the U.S. Virgin Islands at a substantial profit to a well-connected lobbyist who then extended a mortgage to James on the remaining two parcels.In May 2005, James Biden purchased an acre of land on Water Island for $150,000. He then applied for and received an easement to divide the property into three plots, one of which he sold to lobbyist Scott Green — a decade-long Senate staffer for Joe Biden in the 1980s — for $150,000. James had initially purchased all three parcels for $150,000, meaning that he made his money back and was able to keep the majority of the one acre plot for himself.Green’s lobbying firm, Lafayette Group — which features a photo of Green with Biden on its website and quotes Biden endorsing Green — earned two government contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency worth a total of $5.8 million on April 11, 2010.Three days later, Green extended a $133,300 mortgage to James Biden for his remaining Water Island property. Property records reviewed by Politico show that Green had “received full payment and full satisfaction” and released the mortgage in September 2013.Joe Biden and his family traveled to Water Island several times during his vice presidency, but did not stay on his brother’s or Green’s land, which remains undeveloped.Lafayette Group earned tens of millions of dollars in government contracts during the course of Biden’s time as vice president. During his time in the Senate, Biden also advocated for a number of areas in which Green’s lobbying intersected, including a broadband network for first responders and the non-profit Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program.


U.N. criticizes Iraq trials of ISIS 'members', including human shields  » 
28 Jan 2020, 14:05

U.N. criticizes Iraq trials of ISIS 'members', including human shieldsThe United Nations raised "serious concerns" on Tuesday about the trials of hundreds of alleged Islamic State members in Iraq, some of whom merely prepared meals, offered medical services or even acted as human shields for the jihadist group. Iraq has processed thousands of cases under its anti-terrorism law - including of detainees from outside the Middle East transferred from neighboring Syria - in the aftermath of a 2014-17 war against Islamic State militants.


Bernie Sanders Surges to Lead in California, Propelled by Liberals  » 
28 Jan 2020, 13:33

Bernie Sanders Surges to Lead in California, Propelled by Liberals(Bloomberg) -- Bernie Sanders has not only taken the lead in several recent surveys of voters in Iowa, which holds the first in the nation caucuses on Monday, but he has also pushed to the head of the Democratic field in delegate-rich California.The Vermont senator, who has had strong support from Latinos and young voters, has been propelled into the top spot by voters who self-identify as “very liberal,” according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times.Sanders has support from 26% of voters likely to cast ballots in the state’s March 3 Democratic primary, drawing support from liberals largely at the expense of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren is now backed by 20% of likely voters, which is down from earlier surveys showing she had 22% in November and 29% in September in the state.The rest of California’s likely primary voters remain divided among several candidates, which has left the party’s front-runner nationally, Vice President Joe Biden, with only 15% in the most populous state.That cut-off is important in California because, under the state Democratic Party rules, delegates are awarded only to those candidates with at least 15% of the vote statewide or in individual congressional districts. The remaining candidates in the poll are all below that, with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7%, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 6%, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at 5%, businessman Andrew Yang at 4% and billionaire Tom Steyer at 2%.Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.The UC Berkeley IGS poll was conducted online in English and Spanish from Jan. 15-21. The estimated margin of error for likely Democratic voters is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.This post is part of Campaign Update, our live coverage from the 2020 campaign trail.To contact the author of this story: Elizabeth Wasserman in Washington at ewasserman2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@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.


Biden's final Iowa drive sweeps through rival territory  » 
28 Jan 2020, 12:20

Biden's final Iowa drive sweeps through rival territoryWhen U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden went to an Iowa university to campaign this week, one thing was in short supply: students who support him. Biden, 77, joked that it can be difficult to get college students to show up before 4 p.m. and, indeed, a few more young people appeared at a later campaign event at the University of Iowa. "I'm the only one that gets a significant portion of the young vote, as well as the old vote, in-between vote, black vote, Hispanic vote, all the vote," Biden said.


Kylie Jenner paid tribute to the helicopter pilot who died with Kobe Bryant, saying she'd flown with him 'from time to time'  » 
28 Jan 2020, 12:10

Kylie Jenner paid tribute to the helicopter pilot who died with Kobe Bryant, saying she'd flown with him 'from time to time'Jenner said pilot Ara Koboyan was "such a nice man" and told her Instagram followers to "hold your loved ones close."


Irish PM Gets Apology for Autistic Jibe From Former Running Mate  » 
28 Jan 2020, 11:02

Irish PM Gets Apology for Autistic Jibe From Former Running Mate(Bloomberg) -- A former running mate of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar apologized for describing him as autistic while trying to explain his difficulty connecting with voters.Senator Catherine Noone, who is running as a general election candidate for Varadkar’s Fine Gael party, also described him “uncomfortable socially” in an interview with the Irish edition of the Times newspaper. Noone is standing in north Dublin, having previously shared a ticket with Varadkar in the west of the city.“I unequivocally apologize and withdraw all of my remarks, which were completely unacceptable,” Noone said in a statement on Tuesday. “My choice of language was inexcusable and wrong. I am truly sorry.”The episode again shines a light on Varadkar’s leadership, as he faces losing power in the Feb. 8 ballot after less than three years as the nation’s premier. In a poll of polls tracked by Cantor Fitzgerald, Fine Gael is trailing the biggest opposition party, Fianna Fail, by 6 percentage points.To contact the reporter on this story: Dara Doyle in Dublin at ddoyle1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net, Morwenna Coniam, Dara DoyleFor 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.


China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over Virus Cartoon  » 
28 Jan 2020, 10:56

China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over Virus Cartoon(Bloomberg) -- The Chinese Embassy to Denmark wants the newspaper Jyllands-Posten to apologize for publishing a drawing that depicts China’s flag with virus symbols instead of five stars.“We express our strong indignation and demand that Jyllands-Posten and [cartoonist] Niels Bo Bojesen reproach themselves for their mistake and publicly apologize to the Chinese people,” the embassy said in a statement posted on its website.When asked to comment, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen avoided any direct reference to Jyllands-Posten’s cartoon.“I have nothing to say on the matter other than [to note that] we have a very strong tradition in Denmark not just for freedom of speech for also for freedom of satire, and we’ll continue to have that in the future,” she said, according to multiple news media including Politiken. “This is a well known Danish position and we’re not going to change it.”Denmark’s largest newspaper has faced international backlash over its cartoons in the past. In 2005, the paper printed 12 drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, which angered many nations in which Islam is the main religion and sparked a diplomatic crisis. Back then, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen also defended freedom of speech and said governments had no place telling newspapers what to write.The Chinese flag was printed in the opinion section of the newspaper’s Monday edition with a caption titled “Corona virus”.Editor-in-Chief Jacob Nybroe said the paper won’t apologize.“We can’t apologize for something we don’t think is wrong,” Nybroe told news agency Ritzau. “We have no intention to demean or mock but we don’t think this drawing is doing that.”(Updates with comment from Denmark’s prime minister)To contact the reporter on this story: Morten Buttler in Copenhagen at mbuttler@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christian Wienberg at cwienberg@bloomberg.net, Tasneem Hanfi BröggerFor 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.


The Israeli Army Is Unprepared for a Ground War with Iran and Hezbollah  » 
28 Jan 2020, 10:53

The Israeli Army Is Unprepared for a Ground War with Iran and HezbollahIf Israel has to go to war tomorrow against Iran or its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, there’s a problem. The Israeli mechanized division that would defend Israel’s northern border, or enter Syria or Lebanon to eject Iranian and pro-Iranian forces, are in bad shape.


Chinese villages are cutting themselves off from the world with makeshift brick walls to try to stop outsiders from giving them the Wuhan virus  » 
28 Jan 2020, 10:18

Chinese villages are cutting themselves off from the world with makeshift brick walls to try to stop outsiders from giving them the Wuhan virusThe Wuhan coronavirus has killed 106 people, infected 4,500, and spread to more than a dozen countries, China's health commission said Tuesday.


She Says He Raped Her Over 40 Years Ago. Now He's a Suspected Serial Killer.  » 
28 Jan 2020, 9:56

She Says He Raped Her Over 40 Years Ago. Now He's a Suspected Serial Killer.When Fran met Bruce Lindahl, he didn’t seem like a monster. Today, more than 40 years later, she considers herself lucky to be alive.She was 15 and Lindahl was in his early twenties when he first invited Fran and her friends over to his apartment in Lisle, Illinois, she recalled to The Daily Beast. He would buy alcohol for the girls and host parties at his place with his live-in girlfriend.He initially seemed like a “wonderful person,” according to Fran, whose last name is being withheld at her request. (The Daily Beast does not name survivors of sexual violence without their consent.) He took her ice skating or to the movies, and even earned the trust of Fran’s mother, who allowed him to be the adult driver in the passenger seat when she only had her learner’s permit. Perhaps most of all, he was charming, she said.Now, police say Lindahl—who has been dead since the 1980s—could easily prove to be a serial killer.Is a Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across the U.S.?On Jan. 13, police detectives in Lisle, a Chicago suburb, announced that thanks to advanced DNA forensics they were able to tie Bruce Lindahl to the murder of Pamela Maurer of Woodridge, who was found strangled on the side of a road in 1976. Mauer, who was just 16 at the time, decided to walk to a nearby store to buy a Coke that night. Police found her body the next morning. Perhaps most disturbing about the latest developments in the case: The lead detective, Chris Loudon, suggested DNA evidence could eventually tie Lindahl to dozens of other victims of violent crimes ranging from rape to murder.“If Bruce wouldn’t have accidentally killed himself, the death toll would have likely been astronomical,” Loudon told The Daily Beast, adding that he would “bet his entire paycheck” Lindahl was responsible for at least nine murders—and may be linked to 12. And with at least 25 tips coming in daily, Loudon said, he believed that number could grow. He and fellow officers have leaned on some of the same techniques that were at least partially responsible for the capture of the suspected Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, in 2018. Through DNA databases from popular services like 23andMe, a composite sketch was created. It bore a striking resemblance to Lindahl.Lindahl often had run-ins with the law, and investigators had suspected him in a number of heinous crimes prior to his death in 1981. He was charged with kidnapping and raping a woman named Debra Colliander in 1980, but the case fell apart when the victim went missing two weeks before she was set to testify. Her body was discovered in 1982.By then, Lindahl was dead, having been found in an apartment in the nearby Chicago suburb of Naperville, draped over 18-year-old Charles Huber. Detectives concluded Lindahl accidentally severed his own femoral artery while stabbing the young man 28 times with a six-inch kitchen knife.But Fran knew Lindahl was capable of wanton brutality and violence before police did.When she was still a teenager, Lindahl invited her over for drinks early one morning, which had become a regular occurrence by then. When Fran arrived, she recalled, he had her favorite—a scotch on the rocks—ready for her. But after just a couple of sips, she said, she dropped the drink, lost control of her motor functions, and went limp.Lindahl proceeded to attack her, she said, stripping her of her clothes, taking photographs of her in various poses, and raping her. She recalled the assault continuing until she grew “very, very sick.”She said she asked Lindahl to take her to a nearby hospital and that he refused, insisting she was OK. Instead, Fran remembered Lindahl going so far as to take some of her friends skiing that same day. She spent the day trying to sleep in the back of his car.Despite the assault, Fran added, she didn’t feel comfortable completely distancing herself from Lindahl, and their relationship—abusive and violent though it was—would continue for a few more years. “When Bruce said jump, I said, ‘How high?’” she said.At the time, and perhaps even today, Fran says, she felt responsible for what happened to her. Although she was just a teenager, she described some sexual encounters with Lindahl that were “consensual” in her mind.She didn’t tell any of her friends or family. Not only did she worry about being believed, she felt that Lindahl would do “something terrible” to her.Fran recalled another night when Lindahl insisted she come over to his place. When she arrived, Lindahl’s girlfriend was sleeping in the next room. He then forced Fran to perform oral sex on him and demanded she sneak out the window when he was finished, she recalled.“I thought if I screamed, he would hurt me,” she said. Fran still remembers the last time she saw Lindahl, too.She was 18 and had taken a job that required her to work the graveyard shift. That meant she almost never saw Lindahl anymore. She thought she had escaped him, or perhaps that he had moved on to other women.Until one morning, when she passed Lindahl’s car on the way home from work. Lindahl must have been waiting for her; he followed her back to her house.She pleaded with Lindahl that she was tired from work and needed sleep, but he ignored her and followed her into the house, she said. When he grabbed the family Polaroid camera and followed her upstairs, she feared the worst.To this day, Fran isn’t entirely sure how she convinced Lindahl to leave that morning. But she was able to coax him out of the house and escape unharmed.Learning of his death was the only way out of being haunted by him.“I was thrilled,” she said, recalling relief washing over her when she saw him on local news.Fran never allowed Lindahl to define her life. She started a family and worked hard; years would go by without her thinking about the man. But she never stopped worrying about Lindahl’s girlfriend, she said.Years after Lindahl died, she thought she ran into her in a Chicago suburb. When Fran asked if she was who she thought she was, the woman denied it and turned white. She was living under a different name than Fran remembered, she said. “I always worried that maybe she didn’t know Bruce was dead,” she said. “That maybe she was living her life in hiding.”Over the years, Fran has grappled with guilt and wondered if she should have spoken up sooner. But when she saw the news of his being tied to so many other grisly crimes, she realized how close she may have come to becoming one of Lindahl’s alleged murder victims herself.She said she doesn’t feel brave or courageous telling her story. But after reading pleas from detectives in media reports, she felt the need to come forward. “I always felt like everything was my fault. I guess I’ve always been that way,” she said. She subsequently reached out to police and was interviewed by Detective Loudon. Still, Fran added, she couldn’t help suspecting that keeping her head down saved her at a time when perpetrators of sexual violence were even less likely to be prosecuted than they are today.“Somehow, I always knew to be afraid,” she said. “I feel lucky I kept my mouth shut.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Iran lawmakers call for debate on quitting nuclear arms treaty  » 
28 Jan 2020, 9:49

Iran lawmakers call for debate on quitting nuclear arms treatyA group of Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday asked parliament to debate a motion for Iran to quit a treaty governing global nuclear arms control, a move apparently aimed at pressuring European powers to salvage Tehran's own 2015 nuclear deal. A report on the assembly's news site ICANA said a minimum number of MPs had signed a request to parliament's managers to arrange a debate on the motion for Iran to take the far-reaching step of leaving the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said last week that Iran could withdraw from the NPT if European countries refer the country to the U.N. Security Council over the 2015 deal, a move that would overturn diplomacy in Tehran's turbulent relations with Western powers.


British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida  » 
28 Jan 2020, 8:36

British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida* Death of man, 39, initially attributed to hanging * UK Foreign Office said to be in touch with man’s wifeA British man has died while being held in US immigration detention in Florida, the Guardian has confirmed.The death was first reported by BuzzFeed News, which said the man was 39 years old and that the cause was initially attributed to asphyxiation due to hanging. The incident was reported to have occurred on Saturday last week.“Our staff are in contact with the US authorities following the death of a British man in Florida,” said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in London.Foreign Office officials are understood to have been in contact with the deceased man’s wife, as US officials investigate the circumstances of the death.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the Guardian.In a statement to BuzzFeed, the agency identified the deceased man as Ben James Owen and clarified he had died at the Baker county detention center in Macclenny, Florida. Officials said Owen had entered the US on a temporary visa in July and had been arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated stalking, felony false imprisonment, domestic assault, and violating the conditions of his pre-trial release. The agency said the case remained under investigation.The incident marks the fifth death at a detention centre in the 2020 fiscal year, which begins in October 2019. There were eight deaths in Ice detention in the 2019 fiscal year.The immigration detention population in the United States has soared under the Trump administration. Last year Ice detained 510,854 people, compared with 396,448 in 2018. The administration has also increased its use of detention facilities, mostly run by private security companies, with a new concentration of detention centres opening in the deep south.Medical provision and mental health care at detention facilities has come under increased criticism under the Trump administration after a spate of high profile deaths since 2017.At the end of last year House Democrats on the oversight and reform committee launched an inquiry to investigate a “troubling pattern of abuse and poor treatment” of migrants in custody.


Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'  » 
28 Jan 2020, 7:52

Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'Mexican migration authorities said they have deported 2,300 Hondurans who illegally crossed over from Guatemala with a caravan heading to the United States. The "assisted return" of the Central Americans took place between January 18 and Monday, according to the interior ministry and the National Migration Institute. A total of 1,064 Honduran migrants were deported on National Guard planes and charter aircraft, they said in a statement.


Was Kobe Bryant's pilot feeling pressure to fly that day?  » 
28 Jan 2020, 6:08

Was Kobe Bryant's pilot feeling pressure to fly that day?The pilot in the foggy-weather helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant was well-acquainted with the skies over Los Angeles and accustomed to flying celebrities. Ara Zobayan, 50, had spent thousands of hours ferrying passengers through one of the nation’s busiest air spaces and training students how to fly a helicopter. Jerry Kidrick, a retired Army colonel who flew helicopters in Iraq and now teaches at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, said there can be pressure to fly VIPs despite poor conditions, a situation he experienced when flying military brass in bad weather.


Four co-workers in Germany contract coronavirus after Chinese colleague visits  » 
28 Jan 2020, 1:45

Four co-workers in Germany contract coronavirus after Chinese colleague visitsFour people who work at the same company in southern Germany have been infected with the coronavirus, and one of them contracted it from a colleague visiting their workplace in China, officials said on Tuesday. The cases raise concerns about the spread of the flu-like virus that broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year and has killed 106 people and infected more than 2,800 people. In one of the first cases of person-to-person transmission outside China, a 33-year-old man apparently contracted the virus on Jan. 21 during a training session with a Chinese colleague, the ministry said.


Wisconsin family trapped in Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak  » 
28 Jan 2020, 1:07

Wisconsin family trapped in Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreakThe United States will evacuate some Americans in Wuhan on a flight out of the quarantined city Wednesday morning.


Historians Unmask Fourth Soviet Spy Who Worked on the Atomic Bomb  » 
27 Jan 2020, 22:07

Historians Unmask Fourth Soviet Spy Who Worked on the Atomic BombJust what nuclear secrets did "Godsend" deliver to Russia in the 1940s?


There Is No Going Back If Iran Sinks A U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier  » 
27 Jan 2020, 21:30

There Is No Going Back If Iran Sinks A U.S. Navy Aircraft CarrierIt would mean war.


Get Early Access to Backcountry’s Big Winter Sale Right Now  » 
27 Jan 2020, 21:30

Get Early Access to Backcountry’s Big Winter Sale Right Now


Navistar loses lawsuit against US Army and Oshkosh over vehicle buys  » 
27 Jan 2020, 21:25

Navistar loses lawsuit against US Army and Oshkosh over vehicle buysThe U.S. Court of Federal Claims has dismissed Navistar's complaint against the U.S. Army and Oshkosh Defense over the service's decision to avoid competition for a vehicle procurement effort.


Supreme Court allows Trump's 'public charge' immigration curb  » 
27 Jan 2020, 19:56

Supreme Court allows Trump's 'public charge' immigration curbThe Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for one of President Trump's hard-line immigration policies, allowing his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future.


Family of 5 found dead in North Carolina home: All died of single gunshot wounds  » 
27 Jan 2020, 17:44

Family of 5 found dead in North Carolina home: All died of single gunshot woundsA family of five and their dog were found dead Friday in their Vanceboro, North Carolina home.


Yes, Moscow Is Trying to Make Belarus a Part of Russia  » 
27 Jan 2020, 17:00

Yes, Moscow Is Trying to Make Belarus a Part of RussiaOr a Eurasian Union.


South Carolina shooting: Two dead and four wounded after gunman opens fire in bar  » 
27 Jan 2020, 16:24

South Carolina shooting: Two dead and four wounded after gunman opens fire in barTwo people are dead and at least four are wounded following a shooting at a South Carolina bar on Sunday morning.The Darlington County Coroner's Office identified Dicaprio Collins, 21 and Bryan Robinson, 29 as the victims of the shooting at Mac's Lounge in Hartsville, South Carolina.


Taliban says it gunned down U.S. military plane in Afghanistan, killing all personnel onboard  » 
27 Jan 2020, 16:13

Taliban says it gunned down U.S. military plane in Afghanistan, killing all personnel onboardThe Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all personnel onboard.


Iranian general warns of retaliation if US threats continue  » 
27 Jan 2020, 13:47

Iranian general warns of retaliation if US threats continueThe chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Monday that it will retaliate against American and Israeli commanders if the U.S. continues to threaten top Iranian generals. The U.S. killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who headed the expeditionary Quds force, in a drone strike outside of Baghdad's airport in Iraq on Jan. 3. Five days later, Iran retaliated by launching ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing American troops, causing injuries but no fatalities among soldiers there.


Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’  » 
27 Jan 2020, 13:45

Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was confronted by a pro-life Democratic voter over the party's position on abortion during a Fox News town hall event on Sunday.“I am a proud pro-life Democrat,” audience member Kristin Day said. “Would you support more moderate platform language [regarding abortion] in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?” Currently, the Democratic party platform supports abortion up to nine months into pregnancy.“I support the position of my party, that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone, and I support the Roe vs. Wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy there are very few restrictions and late in pregnancy there are very few exceptions,” Buttigieg responded. “The best I can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue and hopefully we will be able to partner on other issues.”The exchange happened two days after President Trump became the first U.S. president in history to address the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.“Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump told the audience at the march.The highest-ranking Democrat to address the march was Louisiana state representative Katrina Jackson, who wrote legislation in 2014 that restricted abortion in the state.“Louisiana is the number one pro-life state. And do you know why? Because in Louisiana, the majority of Democrats who are elected are pro-lifers,” Jackson said. “Every day that I walk into the state capitol, I am greeted by pro-lifers regardless of whether they’re black, white, Republican, Democrat, male, female.”


Gambia Outlaws Group Calling for President Barrow to Step Down  » 
27 Jan 2020, 11:34

Gambia Outlaws Group Calling for President Barrow to Step Down(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterThe Gambian government banned an activist group, made mass arrests and shut down two radio stations in the most severe crackdown on dissent since President Adama Barrow took office three years ago.Police arrested 137 members of the ‘Three Years is Enough’ movement at a protest Sunday in a town about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of the capital, Banjul. The group was calling for Barrow to step down this year in line with a deal he struck with coalition parties that helped end his predecessor’s 22-year-rule. The government also detained journalists covering the protest.The group is now considered “a subversive, violent and illegal movement,” government spokesman Ebrima Sankareh said in a statement. It is banned “from ever operating within the shores of The Gambia.”Barrow, 54, defeated former dictator Yahya Jammeh in December 2016 with the support of seven political parties that had rallied behind him to bring down the former leader’s repressive regime. He took office in January 2017 after a regional armed intervention forced Jammeh to step down. Barrow is expected to run for re-election in 2021 despite his promise to coalition partners.Protesters were arrested “for simply exercising their rights,” an executive member of the movement, Sheriffo Sonko, said by phone. He said his organization had planned a peaceful protest.To contact the reporter on this story: Modou Joof in Johannesburg at mjoof@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andre Janse van Vuuren at ajansevanvuu@bloomberg.net, Yinka Ibukun, Paul RichardsonFor 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.


Mother of Jailed Israeli Backpacker Hopes for Russia Pardon  » 
27 Jan 2020, 10:39

Mother of Jailed Israeli Backpacker Hopes for Russia Pardon(Bloomberg) -- The mother of an Israeli woman imprisoned on drug-smuggling charges in Russia said she’s hopeful President Vladimir Putin will pardon her daughter.Naama Issachar, a 26-year-old U.S.-born Israeli army veteran, was sentenced in October to 7 1/2 years for carrying a small amount of hashish in her luggage on a transit flight via Moscow after a backpacking trip to India. Her plight has become a cause celebre in Israel, where it’s widely seen as politically motivated.Putin met with Issachar’s mother, Yaffa, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday, on the sidelines of an international forum on the Holocaust. He assured her that “everything will be all right,” and on Sunday, Naama Issachar applied for a presidential pardon, her lawyers said.When asked in a text message exchange whether she expects her daughter to return to Israel soon, Yaffa Issachar replied: “I hope so.” The request for a pardon has been received and “all necessary legal procedures are being carried out at the moment so the president can take a decision on this issue in the nearest future,” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on a conference call Monday.A decision to free Issachar, who’s been in detention since April, could bolster Netanyahu, who’s been indicted on corruption charges and is fighting for his political survival at the country’s third election in less than a year in March.The Kremlin said last week that Israel and Russia are also making progress in settling a dispute over the ownership of Russian Orthodox Church property in Jerusalem, which Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said could form part of a quid pro quo to secure Issachar’s release.The Russian leader has previously rebuffed multiple pleas from Netanyahu for Issachar’s sentence to be commuted.Her case for a time became entangled with that of a Russian national, Alexei Burkov, whom Israel extradited to the U.S. in November on charges including hacking and credit card fraud. Russia had offered to swap the two, according to Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician.(Adds Putin spokesman’s comment in 4th paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net;Irina Reznik in Moscow at ireznik@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at gwhite64@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Tony HalpinFor 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.


Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flights  » 
27 Jan 2020, 10:24

Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flightsThe NBA legend and eight others were flying in heavy fog before crashing into a hillside in Calabasas, California, at about 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.


This Picture Could Start World War III: If North Korea Blasts Seoul with the 'Big Guns'  » 
27 Jan 2020, 9:02

This Picture Could Start World War III: If North Korea Blasts Seoul with the 'Big Guns'Or a massive artillery attack.


How the world discovered the Nazi death camps  » 
27 Jan 2020, 4:01

How the world discovered the Nazi death campsImages of what the Allies found when they liberated the first Nazi death camps towards the end of World War II brought the horror of the Holocaust to global attention. Many of the ghastly pictures were at first held back from the broader public, partly out of concern for those with missing relatives. The concentration and extermination camps were liberated one by one as the Allied armies advanced on Berlin in the final days of the 1939-1945 war.


Sanders Leads, Klobuchar Climbs and Buttigieg Drops in Iowa  » 
27 Jan 2020, 3:17

Sanders Leads, Klobuchar Climbs and Buttigieg Drops in Iowa(Bloomberg) -- Senator Amy Klobuchar has broken into the top three Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa for the first time, a poll released Sunday showed. It was the third poll of the day to show her rival, Bernie Sanders as the frontrunner in an early state.An Emerson University poll showed Sanders leading in Iowa with 30% while Joe Biden followed with 21%. Klobuchar was in third with 13% ahead of Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg who had 11% and 10%, respectively. The poll was conducted from Jan. 23-26 and has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.Since December, Sanders has risen 8 percentage points in the Emerson poll. Conversely, Buttigieg fell 8 percentage points. Klobuchar’s rise comes on the heels of an endorsement from The New York Times.Two New Hampshire polls released Sunday morning by CNN/University of New Hampshire and NBC News/Marist both also found Sanders in first.(Disclaimer: Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. He is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)This post is part of  Campaign Update, our live coverage from the 2020 campaign trail.To contact the author of this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Magan Sherzai at mcrane19@bloomberg.net, Virginia Van NattaFor 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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Starbucks' results top estimates but coronavirus slows sales  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:00

Starbucks' results top estimates but coronavirus slows sales


SDLP - Seadrill Partners LLC Eliminates Cash Distribution  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:58

SDLP - Seadrill Partners LLC Eliminates Cash DistributionSeadrill Partners LLC (OTCQB: SDLPF) ("Seadrill Partners" or the "Company") announces today that it will eliminate the quarterly distribution to its common unitholders.


Trump will seek 20% budget boost for nukes, says Inhofe  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:57

Trump will seek 20% budget boost for nukes, says InhofeTrump plans to ask Congress for $20 billion for the NNSA for FY21, an increase form $16.7 billion in FY20.


Kobe Bryant's ex-pilot: Helicopter was 'Cadillac' of the skies, yet it crashed. NTSB is hunting for clues.  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:56

Kobe Bryant's ex-pilot: Helicopter was 'Cadillac' of the skies, yet it crashed. NTSB is hunting for clues.Federal investigators are collecting evidence to try to understand what caused the helicopter to crash, killing all nine aboard


China Coronavirus Outbreak Impact on Travel Insurance, Explained by Squaremouth  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:56

China Coronavirus Outbreak Impact on Travel Insurance, Explained by SquaremouthIn response to the Coronavirus outbreak, The Center for Disease Control has issued a Level 3 Warning and the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory for the affected destinations.


Alcentra Capital Corporation Announces Final Dividend Mechanics  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:54

Alcentra Capital Corporation Announces Final Dividend MechanicsAlcentra Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ABDC) ("Alcentra Capital" or the "Company") today announced that, due to the contingent nature of its final dividend, Nasdaq has informed the Company that stockholders who sell their shares of Alcentra Capital common stock until and through the close of trading on January 31, 2020 (the conditional dividend payment date) will also sell their entitlement to the final dividend to the respective purchasers of the shares.


Starbucks expects hit from coronavirus after closing half of China stores  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:53

Starbucks expects hit from coronavirus after closing half of China storesThe world's largest coffee chain said it would update its 2020 forecast when it is able to reasonably estimate the impact of the outbreak, which has caused over 100 deaths in China. Starbucks operated 4,292 stores in China at the end of last year.


Elizabeth Warren's closing argument to caucusgoers: 'Women win'  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:53

Elizabeth Warren's closing argument to caucusgoers: 'Women win'"Can we just address it right here? Women win," Warren said in Davenport, Iowa, eight days before the Iowa caucuses.


10 Simple Ways to Save Money for Your Child's Future  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:52

10 Simple Ways to Save Money for Your Child's FutureIt's important to start saving now.


Powerful 7.7 earthquake strikes in Caribbean between Cuba and Jamaica  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:51

Powerful 7.7 earthquake strikes in Caribbean between Cuba and JamaicaA 7.7 magnitude earthquake has been reported in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and Cuba, the U.S. Geological Survey said.


Opporty founder calls SEC’s ICO lawsuit ‘grossly overstated’ and ‘untruthful’ in an open letter  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:50

Opporty founder calls SEC’s ICO lawsuit ‘grossly overstated’ and ‘untruthful’ in an open letterSergey Grybniak, founder of blockchain marketplace Opporty International, has pushed back against key claims included in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) legal complaint against him and his company. The case in question surfaced on Jan. 21 when the SEC filed a complaint in court accusing Grybniak and Opporty International of allegedly conducting an initial coin […]The post Opporty founder calls SEC's ICO lawsuit 'grossly overstated' and 'untruthful' in an open letter appeared first on The Block.


Bolton’s Testimony Remains in Flux as Issue of Witnesses Divides Senate  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:49

Bolton’s Testimony Remains in Flux as Issue of Witnesses Divides SenateWill he or won’t he?Nearly two days after the New York Times broke the news that John Bolton’s forthcoming book says President Trump conditioned military aid to Ukraine on investigations of Joe and Hunter Biden, it remains unclear whether or not Bolton will testify at the impeachment trial.On Monday, Republican senator Mitt Romney told reporters it was “increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton.”“I have spoken with others who have opined upon this," Romney said. “It’s important to be able to hear from John Bolton for us to be able to make an impartial judgment.”Senator Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) said she remained “curious” to hear Bolton’s testimony, and Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine) said in a statement that “the reports about John Bolton's book strengthen the case for witnesses and have prompted a number of conversations among my colleagues."But the question remained who might become the fourth Republican senator to join 47 Democrats and provide a majority in calling for Bolton to testify. The Washington Post reported on Monday that senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania raised the possibility of a one-for-one witness deal, with Bolton’s testimony secured in exchange for the testimony of a witness the president’s defenders want to call. “If we get to witnesses, it will be a one-for-one or a two-for-two,” Senator Mike Braun (R., Ind.) told reporters Monday night.Specifically, a trade of Bolton’s testimony for Hunter Biden’s has been discussed. And when asked about such a deal, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) said on Tuesday: “I think both sides are entitled to witnesses.”But several other Senate Democrats who spoke to National Review in the Capitol on Tuesday threw cold water on the idea.“I’m against that,” Illinois senator Richard Durbin said. “The notion that we’re going to trade you one possibly material political witness for one that is material — baloney.” He was, however, non-committal when asked if he’d vote for such a deal. “Well, let’s see,” he replied. “There have been a lot of theories” about witness deals.Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden was firmer in his stance. “We’re not bargaining on this,” Wyden said. “I don’t want to be repetitive. I made clear that we are not negotiating. I support having witnesses who are relevant to the president’s conduct.” His clear implication was that the Bidens do not qualify as “relevant.”Montana senator Jon Tester and Hawaii senator Brian Schatz were even more blunt, flatly refusing to vote for any Biden-for-Bolton witness deal. “Yeah, I would [reject that deal] because it would make the trial into a fallacy,” said Tester.  “I will make no trades of irrelevant witnesses for relevant witnesses,” said Schatz.Meanwhile, Republican senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that any decision to hear from witnesses would open the floodgates. “If people want witnesses, we’re going to get a lot of witnesses. This idea of calling one and one makes zero sense to me,” Graham said. “I’ll make a prediction: There’ll be 51 Republican votes to call Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, the whistleblower, and the DNC staffer at a very minimum.”Earlier Tuesday, Graham’s colleague, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, had told reporters that Bolton was a "disgruntled" employee with a “multi-million-dollar motive to inflame the situation.” Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson argued otherwise, saying, “Personally, I believe John Bolton will tell the truth.” But Graham, when given the chance, declined to follow suit in either questioning Bolton’s motives or affirming the former national-security adviser’s integrity. He did say that he ultimately supported Oklahoma senator James Lankford’s idea to subpoena the manuscript of Bolton’s book so senators could review it in a classified setting without having to call Bolton to testify.As the impeachment trial dragged on, it remained unclear Tuesday if any deal involving Bolton will actually happen. “So far as I know, there has been no witness deal,” Murkowski said shortly before the trial resumed Tuesday afternoon. Several other Republicans went even further, saying that no decision would be made about witnesses until Friday. With neither side committed to a consensus negotiating position, it seemed fair to wonder whether the extra time would make any difference.


Apple reports a record $12.7B in services revenue  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:48

Apple reports a record $12.7B in services revenueApple's increasing focus on its services business seems to be paying off, with the company reporting a record $12.7 billion in services net sales during the first quarter of its fiscal year — a year-over-year increase of roughly 17%. Services includes existing offerings like iCloud and Apple Music, as well as a number of new subscriptions that Apple has launched in the past year, such as Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. The numbers were part of a strong earnings report for Apple, with better-than-expected revenue of $91.8 billion.


Apple's banner holiday-season quarter tops projections  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:48

Apple's banner holiday-season quarter tops projectionsApple is still reaping huge profits from the iPhone while mining more moneymaking opportunities from the growing popularity of its smartwatch, digital services and wireless earbuds. Apple’s fiscal first-quarter results, released Tuesday, provided the latest proof that the fears hanging over the consumer electronics icon might have been unfounded. Apple’s profit and revenue for the October-December period topped analysts’ projections, providing another boost to a stock that has more than doubled in less than 13 months.


PolyOne Announces Public Offering of Common Shares  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:48

PolyOne Announces Public Offering of Common SharesPolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) today announced that it is offering to sell, subject to market and other conditions, $450,000,000 of common shares through an underwritten public offering. PolyOne also intends to grant the underwriters an option, exercisable for 30 days after the date of the final prospectus supplement, to purchase up to an additional $67,500,000 of common shares.


Consumer Batteries: Global Market Insights and Projections to 2025  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:45

Consumer Batteries: Global Market Insights and Projections to 2025The "Consumer Batteries - Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


New Co-Portfolio Manager for the Oakmark Fund  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:44

New Co-Portfolio Manager for the Oakmark FundMichael Nicolas, an investment analyst at Harris Associates L.P., adviser to the Oakmark Funds and an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, has been appointed co-manager of the Oakmark Fund.


eBay Gives Lackluster Forecast Following Management Shakeup  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:43

eBay Gives Lackluster Forecast Following Management Shakeup(Bloomberg) -- EBay Inc. issued a lackluster revenue and earnings forecast, showing that problems with stagnant growth persist following a management shakeup last year and the sale of its tickets marketplace, StubHub.Earnings in the current quarter will be 50 to 53 cents a share on sales of $2.55 to $2.60 billion, the company said Tuesday. The forecast missed analysts’ average estimates of 71 cents a share on revenue of $2.64 billion.The San Jose-based company reported fourth-quarter revenue of $2.8 billion and profit excluding some costs of 81 cents per share, beating analysts’ average estimates of 75 cents a share.Years of stagnant sales growth have diminished EBay’s position in an online commerce market that’s dominated in the U.S. by Amazon.com Inc. Activist investors Elliott Management Corp. and Starboard Value last year began pushing for changes at EBay including shedding ticket-resale site StubHub and the classified ads business.Devin Wenig, who clashed with the activists as chief executive officer, was ousted in September after failing to expand the marketplace platform and opposing the sale of businesses. In November, EBay announced the sale of StubHub to Switzerland’s Viagogo for $4.05 billion. Scott Schenkel, previously chief financial officer, has been serving as interim CEO since Wenig’s departure.EBay reported gross merchandise volume, the value of all goods sold on its platforms, of $23.3 billion, down 5% from a year earlier and its fourth-straight decline.“It’s more of the same in terms of slowing growth,” said Victor Anthony, an analyst at Aegis Capital Corp. “The headwinds are still there.”The shares fell about 2.5% in extended trading on Tuesday, after closing in New York at $36.21. They have gained about 6% over the past 12 months, compared with a 24% increase in the S&P 500 Index.(Updates with analyst’s quote)To contact the reporter on this story: Spencer Soper in Seattle at ssoper@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Molly Schuetz, Robin AjelloFor 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.


Starbucks expects hit from coronavirus after closing half of China stores  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:41

Starbucks expects hit from coronavirus after closing half of China storesThe world's largest coffee chain said it would update its 2020 forecast when it is able to reasonably estimate the impact of the outbreak, which has caused over 100 deaths in China. Starbucks operated 4,292 stores in China at the end of last year.


Exclusive: Do or die - Nissan takes the axe to the house Ghosn built  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:39

Exclusive: Do or die - Nissan takes the axe to the house Ghosn builtNissan <7201.T> is planning aggressive cost cuts to deal with an unexpected slump in sales as the expansionist strategy it inherited from fugitive former Chairman Carlos Ghosn flounders, four people familiar with the plans said. The moves come on top of a turnaround plan unveiled in July and are likely to include cutting Nissan's range of cars and the array of product options and trims in each line, slashing jobs mostly at head offices in the United States and Europe, and reducing advertising and marketing budgets, they said. Most of the planned cuts and measures to enhance efficiency were presented to Nissan's board in November and received its general blessing, two sources said.


New RV Rental Study from RV Trader Helps Dealers Build Strong Rental Business  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:36

New RV Rental Study from RV Trader Helps Dealers Build Strong Rental BusinessRV Trader, the 1 online marketplace for RV shoppers, today released a study offering insights into the growth of the RV rental market along with detailed guidelines to help RV dealers maximize revenue streams from both renters and a newly identified renter/buyer segment. The report, titled RV Dealer's Guide to Unlocking the Value of RV Rentals, includes findings from an RV Trader survey of more than 2,000 consumers who have rented, purchased or been in the market for an RV in the past two years as well as advice from industry experts.


Stocks Shake Off Virus Dread in Busy Earnings Week: Markets Wrap  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:35

Stocks Shake Off Virus Dread in Busy Earnings Week: Markets Wrap(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks climbed the most since October on speculation that efforts to contain the coronavirus will prevent a major economic fallout.The S&P 500 Index rebounded from its worst sell-off in four months, with technology shares leading the charge. Some of the companies that suffered the biggest losses during the latest equity rout, such as chipmakers, casino operators and airlines, advanced on Tuesday. Oil traded above $53 a barrel in New York. Demand for havens cooled, sending Treasuries and gold lower.After the close of regular trading, Apple Inc. jumped on a revenue forecast that topped analyst estimates. Starbucks Corp. reported sales that beat Wall Street’s projections and said it closed more than half of its mainland China locations because of the viral outbreak. Both Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and EBay Inc. gave lackluster guidance.Stocks Turnaround Got Few Cheering With Uncertainty Running HighEquities rallied after a slide that wiped about $1.5 trillion off the value of world stocks since Jan. 20. As it’s too early to assess the full impact of the deadly virus, traders digested some positive readings on U.S. consumer confidence and home prices. With earnings continuing to roll in, investors will be looking for signs of how the disease is affecting operations in China.“We kind of stall a little bit on the Chinese recovery, but we have a lot of other things going in favor of a global recovery anyway,” Stephen Auth, chief investment officer of equities at Federated Investors, told Bloomberg TV. “We still think that’s coming.”Hedge Funds Dumping Growth Stocks Ahead of Tech Megacap EarningsSome other corporate highlights:PulteGroup Inc. climbed after reporting better-than-expected quarterly orders.Lockheed Martin Corp. rose on sales that beat the highest estimate.Acceleron Pharma Inc. surged on mid-stage results for its medicine aimed at treating a type of lung and heart disorder.3M Co. sank after revealing it had received a grand jury subpoena in an environmental probe and saying it would cut 1,500 jobs.Harley-Davidson Inc. slid after quarterly profit missed estimates.Pfizer Inc. tumbled as a drop in sales overshadowed the company’s projections for a better-than-feared 2020.Here are some events to watch out for this week:Wednesday brings reports from GE, Boeing and Facebook; Samsung Electronics, International Paper, Unilever and Shell report on Thursday, followed by South Korean chip maker SK Hynix, Chevron, Caterpillar and Exxon Mobil all on Friday.Federal Reserve policy makers on Wednesday are expected to open 2020 the same way they closed 2019 -- by holding rates steady.Goldman Sachs will hold its first-ever Investor Day on Wednesday.The Bank of England meeting on Thursday is highly anticipated after a series of dovish comments raised speculation policy makers could lower interest rates.The U.S. reports fourth-quarter GDP Thursday.The U.K. is scheduled to leave the European Union Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 climbed 1% as of 4 p.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.8%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.1%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index decreased 0.1%.The euro was unchanged at $1.1019.The Japanese yen weakened 0.2% to 109.14 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose four basis points to 1.65%.Germany’s 10-year yield climbed four basis points to -0.34%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped four basis points to 0.552%.CommoditiesThe Bloomberg Commodity Index advanced 0.1%.West Texas Intermediate crude rose to $53.48 a barrel.Gold decreased 0.5% to $1,575.80 an ounce.\--With assistance from Joanna Ossinger, Christopher Anstey, Cormac Mullen, Todd White, Sam Potter, Sophie Caronello and Sarah Ponczek.To contact the reporters on this story: Rita Nazareth in New York at rnazareth@bloomberg.net;Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Rita NazarethFor 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.


Does BMG Resources Limited's (ASX:BMG) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers?  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:35

Does BMG Resources Limited's (ASX:BMG) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers?Bruce McCracken has been the CEO of BMG Resources Limited (ASX:BMG) since 2011. First, this article will compare CEO...


Apple shares rise after company reports better-than-expected revenue of $91.8B  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:35

Apple shares rise after company reports better-than-expected revenue of $91.8BToday after the bell, Apple reported the results of the first quarter of its fiscal 2020. At the same time, the company's per-share profit of $4.99 was greater than the market-anticipated figure of $4.54 per share. In immediate trading following the news, Apple's stock is up several points.


Apple iPhone sales return to growth, pushing profits above expectations  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:34

Apple iPhone sales return to growth, pushing profits above expectationsApple's total number of installed devices grew by 100 million to more than 1.5 billion over the past year. Apple gave a revenue forecast for the quarter ending in March above Wall Street expectations.


Apple iPhone sales return to growth, pushing profits above expectations  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:34

Apple iPhone sales return to growth, pushing profits above expectationsApple's total number of installed devices grew by 100 million to more than 1.5 billion over the past year. Apple gave a revenue forecast for the quarter ending in March above Wall Street expectations.


HarrisX 2019 Holiday Shopping Study  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:32

HarrisX 2019 Holiday Shopping StudyHarrisX, a leading telecommunications, media and technology market research and consultancy firm, released today the findings of the HarrisX 2019 Holiday Shopping Study, which tracks consumer shopping attitudes around the end of year holiday season.


General Snus Introduces the Trailkeepers Project Donation Platform to Support Leave No Trace Initiatives  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:31

General Snus Introduces the Trailkeepers Project Donation Platform to Support Leave No Trace InitiativesGeneral Snus, a smokeless tobacco brand from Swedish Match, and Leave No Trace, one of the world's premier outdoor protection agencies, have partnered to launch the Trailkeepers Project. The Project will assist in protecting the great outdoors by raising funds for environmental initiatives, asking consumers to take a conservation pledge and encouraging people to get out and explore the natural world.


Nordhavn’s 80-Foot ‘Pocket Superyacht’ Melds Exploration and Tradition. Now There Will Be Three of Them.  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:30

Nordhavn’s 80-Foot ‘Pocket Superyacht’ Melds Exploration and Tradition. Now There Will Be Three of Them.The showstopper is due to be completed late next year.


Ford Settling with Focus, Fiesta Owners over Troublesome Dual-Clutch Transmission  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:30

Ford Settling with Focus, Fiesta Owners over Troublesome Dual-Clutch TransmissionThe automaker will pay a minimum of $30 million cash to reimburse owners of the small cars made between 2011 and 2016, who complain about repeated failed repairs.


AMD Gives Revenue Forecast That Falls Short of Analyst Estimates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:29

AMD Gives Revenue Forecast That Falls Short of Analyst Estimates(Bloomberg) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. gave a lackluster forecast for the current period, suggesting gains against larger chip rival Intel Corp. may take longer than investors had hoped.Revenue in the first three months of the year will be about $1.8 billion, plus or minus $50 million, Santa Clara, California-based AMD said Tuesday in a statement. That would fall short of the average analyst projection of $1.87 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.AMD also projected sales in 2020 will increase 28% to 30%. That compares with an average of analysts’ estimates of 28% growth.The stock has surged to more than $50 this year up from less than $3 at the end of 2015 as investors bet its new products, and manufacturing stumbles by Intel, would open the door to sustained market share gains.AMD’s projections benefited from strong demand for server chips from cloud data center operators and personal computer makers, mirroring Intel’s report from last week.The company’s shares declined about 2% in extended trading following the report. They gained 148% last year making them the best performer on the S&P 500 Index. The stock earlier closed up 2.6% at $50.53.AMD has said it’s targeting double-digit market share in servers by the middle of this year. The company is trying to reclaim a meaningful position in that lucrative market after dropping to less than 1%. Server computers are the backbone of corporate networks and the giant data centers that run the internet. Chips that power them can cost more than $10,000 each.Intel’s server chip unit grew 19% in the fourth quarter and revenue from cloud-service providers, which offer computing power and storage via the internet, surged 48%. Intel’s data center business gets more revenue in a quarter than the whole of AMD reports in year.Both companies have benefited from persistently strong demand for personal computers. Global PC shipments rose 2.3% from a year earlier in the fourth quarter as companies upgraded to a new version of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, according to research firm Gartner Inc. AMD has an even greater ability to cash in on this as it’s also the second-largest maker of chips used in computer graphics cards.On Tuesday, AMD said fourth-quarter net income rose to $170 million, or 15 cents a share, compared with $38 million, or 4 cents, a year earlier. Excluding certain items, profit in the period was 32 cents a share. Revenue gained 50% to $2.13 billion. Analysts had projected profit of 30 cents a share on sales of $2.1 billion.To contact the reporter on this story: Ian King in San Francisco at ianking@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Andrew Pollack, Molly SchuetzFor 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.


Palestinians reject Trump peace plan, throw in 'dustbin of history'  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:29

Palestinians reject Trump peace plan, throw in 'dustbin of history'Palestinian leaders on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump's peace proposal as an unacceptable capitulation to Israel that tramples on the long-standing aspirations of their people. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed the initiative unveiled in Washington would fail. Trump's proposal included a long list of measures directly in line with Israeli interests, notably recognition of Jerusalem as the "undivided capital" of the Jewish state.


What Is the Cost of Independent Living for Seniors?  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:27

What Is the Cost of Independent Living for Seniors?When retirement approaches, one of the biggest decisions to make is where you'll live, including whether to stay in your current home or move to an independent living community. One of the main considerations is the cost of independent living, … Continue reading ->The post What Is the Cost of Independent Living for Seniors? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.


Dow jumps 187 points as stocks stabilize after Monday's sell-off  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:25

Dow jumps 187 points as stocks stabilize after Monday's sell-offU.S. stocks stabilized Tuesday after posting their worst loss in months a day earlier on fears over the coronavirus outbreak.


Aberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund Announces Payment Of Monthly Distribution  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:23

Aberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund Announces Payment Of Monthly DistributionAberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund (NYSE: AWP) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund, today announced that it paid on January 28, 2020, a distribution of US $0.04 per share to all shareholders of record as of January 21, 2020 (ex-dividend date January 17, 2020). The Fund reduced its monthly distribution from $0.05 per share to $0.04 per share, commencing with the distribution paid on August 27, 2019.


Aberdeen Global Income Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of Monthly Distribution  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:23

Aberdeen Global Income Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of Monthly DistributionAberdeen Global Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE American: FCO) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund, today announced that it paid on January 28, 2020, a distribution of US $0.07 per share to all shareholders of record as of January 21, 2020 (ex-dividend date January 17, 2020).


Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of Monthly Distribution  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:23

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of Monthly DistributionAberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE American: FAX) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund, today announced that it paid on January 28, 2020, a distribution of US $0.0275 per share to all shareholders of record as of January 21, 2020 (ex-dividend date January 17, 2020). The Fund has reduced its monthly distribution from $0.035 per share to $0.0275 per share, commencing with the distribution payable on April 30, 2019.


Acceleron (XLRN) Up on Success of PAH Drug in Phase II Study  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:22

Acceleron (XLRN) Up on Success of PAH Drug in Phase II StudyAcceleron (XLRN) stock surges as sotatercept meets primary and secondary endpoints in a phase II study in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.


Aflac Incorporated to Release Fourth Quarter Results on February 4, 2020  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:20

Aflac Incorporated to Release Fourth Quarter Results on February 4, 2020Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) announced today that it will release fourth quarter financial results after the market closes on February 4, 2020.


Rollins, Inc. Announces Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:20

Rollins, Inc. Announces Regular Quarterly Cash DividendRollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), a premier global consumer and commercial services company announced that the Board of Directors approved a 14.3% increase in the Company's quarterly cash dividend. The increased regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share is payable March 10, 2020 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 10, 2020. This marks the 18th consecutive year the Board has increased its dividend a minimum of 12.0% or more.


Xilinx Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2020 Results  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:20

Xilinx Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2020 ResultsXilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, today announced revenues of $723 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, down 13% from the prior quarter and down 10% year over year. GAAP net income for the December quarter was $162 million, or $0.64 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the December quarter was $171 million, or $0.68 per diluted share.


Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Announces Estimated Income Tax Treatment of 2019 Distributions  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:20

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Announces Estimated Income Tax Treatment of 2019 DistributionsPreferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: APTS) ("PAC" or the "Company") announced today how it expects its 2019 distributions to be classified for federal income tax purposes. Stockholders are encouraged to consult with their personal tax advisors as to their specific tax treatment of these distributions. The estimated distribution classifications are shown on the charts below. This release is based on the preliminary results of work on the Company's tax filings and is subject to correction or adjustment when the filings are completed. The Company is releasing information at this time to aid those required to distribute Form 1099-DIVs on the Company's distributions. No material change in these classifications is expected.


Trump lawyer Sekulow says Bolton book manuscript 'inadmissable' – live Trump impeachment trial updates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:19

Trump lawyer Sekulow says Bolton book manuscript 'inadmissable' – live Trump impeachment trial updatesImpeachment “is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts. That is politics unfortunately,” said Sekulow.


Hilton Bolsters Portfolio with 470 Hotel Openings in 2019  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:19

Hilton Bolsters Portfolio with 470 Hotel Openings in 2019The year 2019 marks record-breaking growth for Hilton Worldwide Holdings (HLT) on the back of expansion strategy.


A Guide to Assisted Living for Seniors  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:18

A Guide to Assisted Living for SeniorsGetting older means your needs and abilities may change when it comes to managing day-to-day tasks and staying healthy. Moving to an assisted living facility may be a solution to if you're less able to manage your affairs or need … Continue reading ->The post A Guide to Assisted Living for Seniors appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.


Don't Sell Blackmores Limited (ASX:BKL) Before You Read This  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:17

Don't Sell Blackmores Limited (ASX:BKL) Before You Read ThisToday, we'll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We'll show how you can...


The Middle East cloud applications market size is expected to grow from USD 2.0 billion in 2019 to USD 4.5 billion by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.5%  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:15

The Middle East cloud applications market size is expected to grow from USD 2.0 billion in 2019 to USD 4.5 billion by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.5%Initiatives by governments and corporates to promote emerging technologies, such as cloud and analytics, to propel the Middle East cloud applications market growth


eBay Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:15

eBay Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 ResultseBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), a global commerce leader that connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.


Redwood Trust Announces Dividend Distribution Tax Information for 2019  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:15

Redwood Trust Announces Dividend Distribution Tax Information for 2019Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE: RWT), a leading innovator in housing credit investing, today announced tax information regarding its dividend distributions for 2019.


Global Packaging Machinery Market Insights 2019-2025 - PackML Sets the Platform for Packaging Machines in Industry 4.0 Environment  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:15

Global Packaging Machinery Market Insights 2019-2025 - PackML Sets the Platform for Packaging Machines in Industry 4.0 EnvironmentThe "Packaging Machinery - Global Strategic Business Report" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.





Technology

PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition  » 
21 Oct 2019, 15:01

PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World CompetitionThe winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


7 tax scams to watch out for this year  » 
7 Apr 2019, 12:00

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn 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.


Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur  » 
2 Nov 2017, 18:48

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial SlurThe daughter's name is Nicarri.


What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program  » 
8 Mar 2017, 18:46

What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus programPARIS (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.


Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls  » 
13 Jan 2016, 23:22

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb 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.”


Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States  » 
22 Sep 2015, 23:29

Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United StatesPope 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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