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Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:47

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.


US Navy’s first Triton drones arrive in Guam  » 
28 Jan 2020, 21:25

US Navy’s first Triton drones arrive in GuamTwo drones arrived in Guam and will serve as part of an early operational capability to develop a concept of operations for the high-altitude, long-endurance systems.


Palestinian president 'categorically rejects' Trump’s peace plan  » 
28 Jan 2020, 20:30

Palestinian president 'categorically rejects' Trump’s peace planAs anticipated, Palestine does not appear ready to sign on to President Trump's Middle East plan, which he presented Tuesday alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The plan was not considered to be a game-changer after it was revealed. Some experts predict it could even escalate tensions between Israel and Palestine because it does not curb Israeli settlements in the West Bank despite creating a Palestinian state in the region. So it's not a surprise to learn that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas resoundingly rejected what he described as a "nonsense" proposal.> New: “We categorically reject this deal,” says Palestinian leader Abbas of Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan, adding “We will not kneel down...Annexation of 30% of our territory is nonsense.”> > — Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) January 28, 2020Abbas said Palestine wouldn't "surrender," specifying Palestinians would resist the plan through "peaceful, popular means." Protests reportedly broke out in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, and a senior official for the militant group also rejected Trump's plan. Abbas reportedly met with leaders of other Palestinian factions, including Hamas, to come up with a response to the proposal. Read more at The Associated Press.More stories from theweek.com John Bolton just vindicated Nancy Pelosi All the president's turncoats It's 2020 and women are exhausted


Magnitude 7.7 earthquake jolts Caribbean, sparks tsunami fears throughout region  » 
28 Jan 2020, 19:38

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake jolts Caribbean, sparks tsunami fears throughout regionA powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon, shaking parts of Jamaica and Cuba shortly after 2 p.m. local time and rising fears of a dangerous tsunami.The earthquake was originally rated a 7.3 by the USGS but was later upgraded to a 7.7. The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 miles (125 km) northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and was shallow with a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km).Shortly after the powerful earthquake jolted the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) warned of the potential for hazardous tsunami waves as high as 1 meter (3 feet) along some coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands.Roughly 30 minutes after the shaking had stopped, a tsunami wave of 0.11 of a meter (0.4 of a foot) was officially observed at George Town, Cayman Islands. No tsunami waves were observed at Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, with the tsunami danger passing by 4 p.m. local time Tuesday. Shaking was felt as far away as Miami, Florida, and reports began surfacing on social media that high-rise buildings were felt swaying. Twitter users posted video footage on the platform showing people streaming out of office buildings in Miami, as helicopters buzzed overhead.> pic.twitter.com/RtTFjTAMil> > -- Fall seven times stand up eight. (@MarioG2681) January 28, 2020> Came to pick up my boyfriend at work - EMERGENCY evacuations because the buildings are shaking Miami @OfficialJoelF datran pic.twitter.com/50G0TowuVO> > -- Gabrielle Alexander (@TheMutedAlpha) January 28, 2020Some reports had suggested that Miami International Airport had been evacuated following the shaking. However, the airport refuted this claim, stating that there were no evacuations and that operations have remained normal.Tuesday's magnitude 7.7 earthquake was the strongest to hit the region since a magnitude 8.1 quake struck near the Dominican Republic on Aug. 4, 1946.This was also the strongest earthquake anywhere on the globe since a magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit near Peru on May 26, 2019, according to USGS records.> This M 7.7 earthquake is one of the strongest on record for the Caribbean. Here's the top 12 prior to today. pic.twitter.com/55apG4ZAK6> > -- Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) January 28, 2020> The M7.7 earthquake between Jamaica and Cuba was so powerful it was detected by seismographs in Connecticut. You can see the tremor was felt just after 2:15 p.m. as the p-waves reached Westport, Connecticut. nbcct pic.twitter.com/RsYRQSdU05> > -- Ryan Hanrahan (@ryanhanrahan) January 28, 2020The U.S. Geological Survey also reported a magnitude 6.5 aftershock near the Cayman Islands shortly after the earthquake.


White House Threatens to Veto Legislation Aimed at Curbing Trump’s Military Power in Iran  » 
28 Jan 2020, 19:26

White House Threatens to Veto Legislation Aimed at Curbing Trump’s Military Power in IranThe White House on Tuesday threatened to veto legislation proposed by Democrats that would limit President Trump's military options and require him to seek congressional authorization before taking military action against Iran, saying the proposed constraints would “embolden our enemies.”The measures would repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which authorized the war in Iraq, and block funding for further military operations in Iran that are not approved by Congress. The House is set to vote on the proposals this week."The 2002 AUMF has long been understood to authorize the use of force for, among other purposes, addressing threats emanating from Iraq, including threats such as ISIS — a group whose objectives have included establishing an Islamic state in Iraq and using that state to support terrorism against the United States — as well as threats directed by Iran,” the White House said."This legislation would undermine the Administration’s reestablishment of deterrence with Iran, which could perversely make violent conflict with Iran more likely," the administration added.The administration incurred the ire of Democrats and some Republicans earlier this month when the U.S. military carried out the assassination of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, critics of the move saying it tempted war with Iran.The drone strike that killed Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, came after several attacks by Iranian-backed forces in Iraq on U.S. troops, one of which killed an American contractor. The Pentagon claimed Soleimani was “actively developing" plans to attack Americans at the time of his death, although officials have declined to produce specific evidence to that point.Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia said earlier this month that the Senate has the votes to pass a measure to limit Trump's military power in Iran after at least four Republicans said they would support it.


Colombia in extradition quandary over lawmaker arrested in Venezuela  » 
28 Jan 2020, 19:08

Colombia in extradition quandary over lawmaker arrested in VenezuelaColombia said Tuesday it would seek the extradition of a fugitive former lawmaker arrested in Venezuela, though it faces a legal conundrum as it refuses to recognize President Nicolas Maduro's government. Former Colombian congresswoman Aida Merlano was arrested by Venezuelan security forces on Monday in the northwestern city of Maracaibo after illegally crossing into Venezuela. Merlano was serving a 15-year prison sentence for vote buying when she staged a spectacular escape in October after giving her guards the slip while visiting a dentist.


Buttigieg thanks staffers of color for voicing grievances  » 
28 Jan 2020, 18:33

Buttigieg thanks staffers of color for voicing grievancesDemocratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday thanked his staffers of color for feeling able to voice their grievances following a news report that said some had expressed frustrations with the campaign. “That may not be something that’s typical or has happened a lot before in presidential campaigns, to try to empower staffers at all levels to be able to speak to their concerns and experiences, to raise concerns and to have these tough conversations,” Buttigieg told reporters after a campaign stop in Ottumwa, Iowa. “In every organization and in our country, we’ve got to work much harder to do a better job when it comes to making sure that inclusion is a reality,” Buttigieg told reporters.


A woman who had embryos frozen before cancer treatment is barred from using them since she got divorced  » 
28 Jan 2020, 18:22

A woman who had embryos frozen before cancer treatment is barred from using them since she got divorcedAn Arizona court ruled that because the ex-husband does not want his ex-wife to have his biological children, the embryos must be donated.


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.


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.


Sen. Tim Kaine says he confronted Trump attorney Robert Ray about 'offensive' 1619 project remarks  » 
28 Jan 2020, 17:12

Sen. Tim Kaine says he confronted Trump attorney Robert Ray about 'offensive' 1619 project remarksKaine said it was an "ad hominem attack on people trying to get at the roots of the effects of slavery" and "did not bear at all on the impeachment."


Judge frees NFL star Antonio Brown from house arrest  » 
28 Jan 2020, 16:13

Judge frees NFL star Antonio Brown from house arrestA Florida judge freed NFL free agent Antonio Brown from house arrest Tuesday, allowing him to travel freely as he awaits trial on charges that he attacked the driver of a moving truck. Instead of wearing an ankle GPS monitor, Brown, 31, will have to check in with court personnel daily. Brown was one of the NFL's top wide receivers during his nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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.


Useless: North Korea Has Thousands of Old and Outdated Tanks  » 
28 Jan 2020, 15:00

Useless: North Korea Has Thousands of Old and Outdated TanksWhat a joke.


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.


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.


Sandy Hook denier charged with having victim's dad's ID info  » 
28 Jan 2020, 14:17

Sandy Hook denier charged with having victim's dad's ID infoA Florida man who repeatedly harassed parents of shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been arrested for possessing the identification of one of the parents, authorities said. Wolfgang Halbig, 73, was arrested Monday on a charge that he was in unlawful possession of another person’s identification, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Halbig was a guest on the radio show of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.


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.


As US rescues some from virus in China, others left behind  » 
28 Jan 2020, 10:29

As US rescues some from virus in China, others left behindAs hundreds of Americans prepare to evacuate Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the heart of a new virus outbreak that has killed over 100, San Francisco native Doug Perez is staying behind. Perez, 28, and his girlfriend have hunkered down in their apartment for the past five days. “A lot of foreigners are stuck here,” Perez said.


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.


Mother says son with long hair denied admission to 2 schools  » 
28 Jan 2020, 9:41

Mother says son with long hair denied admission to 2 schools"Most of the schools that have these hair policies are Christian schools — which is ironic because Jesus had long hair," Farouk James' mom told CBS News.


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.


U.S. military recovers remains from Afghanistan plane crash  » 
28 Jan 2020, 8:09

U.S. military recovers remains from Afghanistan plane crashWASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday recovered the remains of two personnel from a U.S. military aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan, American and Afghan officials told Reuters. On Monday, the U.S. military said an E-11A aircraft had crashed in the province of Ghazni, but disputed claims by the Taliban militant group that they had brought it down. Earlier on Tuesday, Afghan forces and Taliban fighters clashed in a central region where the U.S. military plane crashed as the government tried to reach the wreckage site in a Taliban stronghold.


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.


Dreaming of a Dreamer Deal  » 
28 Jan 2020, 3:40

Dreaming of a Dreamer DealIndian Wells, Calif. -- There’s no way a Democratic House and a Republican Senate could pass legislation resolving the future of the Dreamers before Election Day. Or is there?“Dreamers” is the common term for undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children, who benefited from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed them to avoid deportation.The leaders of Stand Together -- the coalition of political and charitable organizations established by billionaire Charles Koch -- seem oddly optimistic; other observers of the immigration issue might even find their belief that a deal could come together this year to be naïve or loony.Brian Hooks, president of the Charles Koch Foundation, is convinced that there is a bipartisan majority on Capitol Hill amenable to enacting a legal permanent status for Dreamers, saying that his team has spoken to more than 200 congressional offices. He summarizes the mood in Congress as having plenty of lawmakers who “want to find a solution, but who are afraid of the extremes.”Jorge Lima, the senior vice president of policy at Americans for Prosperity, laments that the two loudest voices in the immigration debate are the ones pushing for ideas that the broader majority would never accept.“On one extreme, you see calls to abolish the laws and federal agencies designed to keep dangerous people out of our country,” Lima told the attendees at the Stand Together winter meeting in Indian Wells this past Saturday. “And on the other extreme, you see calls for massive cuts to legal immigration and closures at the border. They say that giving opportunities to immigrants means taking opportunities from Americans, even though the evidence says the opposite.”The contention of Hooks and Lima is that there is a sensible majority in the middle that can prompt Congress to act, if they simply make their views known to lawmakers.“Over seventy-five percent of Americans believe that immigration is good -- that’s a record high!” Lima said. “The problem is, right now, many of them don’t know it. And it’s causing them to hesitate to stand up for what they believe in.”There are indeed two major factors, a pair of ticking clocks, that might push Congress to seek out a deal before the election. Sometime in the coming year, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether the Trump administration followed proper procedure when it ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Barack Obama in 2012. DACA allowed illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to receive renewable two-year work permits and exemption from deportation. The Trump administration argued that Obama’s creation of the program was unconstitutional and attempted to cancel the program. DACA program defenders filed suit, arguing that even if the Trump administration had the authority to rescind the program and offers, the manner in which it reached the decision violated the Administrative Procedures Act, which allows judges to overturn an agency’s decision if it is “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law.”Neither outcome at the Supreme Court would mean much certainty for the Dreamers. The court could uphold the rulings that the Trump administration decision was arbitrary, capricious and/or an abuse of discretion -- and effectively instruct the administration to go back to the drawing board and start the process of ending the policy again with better justification, which the administration would almost certainly do. (There’s a separate question of how quickly that new replacement version and justification could get enacted.) Or the court could reverse the lower-court rulings and agree with the administration’s reasoning, effectively ending the DACA program.The other big gamble for the program is the 2020 presidential election. Perhaps a Democrat will beat Trump in 2020 and reinstate DACA quickly after being sworn in. Or maybe Trump wins reelection, ensuring that any reinstatement of the program would be on his terms, if it is reinstated at all.This means members of Congress who want to see the Dreamers protected might want to reach some sort of deal to reestablish the DACA program now, giving the administration some sort of concessions on border-security funding or other priorities. Trump might want another set of accomplishments -- an agreement on the Dreamers and another chunk of miles for the border fence -- heading into the 2020 general election. The network is fine with “a more secure border” as being part of a deal on the Dreamers and mentions the poll numbers indicting a majority of Americans want that as an element of immigration policy, too.Last autumn, in an effort to build up grassroots support for legislation that just resolves the issue of the Dreamers, Stand Together, the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and The LIBRE Institute launched their “Common Ground,” campaign, and with it an interactive exhibit showcasing the contributions of Dreamers and immigrants. Behind a series of doors are doorway-sized video screens that showcase some element of the argument. One features every president from Reagan to Obama touting the value of immigrants to the United States and the importance of enforcing immigration laws. Another tells the story of a Dreamer from Mexico who joined the U.S. Marine Corps and who fought and died in Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Navy Cross, an example of the roughly half-million veterans who are immigrants. Another notes that half of the companies that make up the Fortune 500 were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants.After debuting in Miami, and being displayed in Nashville last year, the exhibit is slated to go to events such as SXSW in Austin, as well as this year’s Democratic and Republican conventions in Milwaukee and Charlotte, respectively, as well as Denver, Charleston, New York City, and Oklahoma City.“We welcome anyone who will contribute, and keep out anyone who won’t,” is how Hooks described the network’s preferred philosophy on immigration to the attendees of the organization’s winter meeting. If he and his well-funded network of grassroots organizations have their way, the country will take another step toward that standard by year’s end.


Sex Offender Charged With Killing His 5 Infant Children on Day He Was Due to Be Released From Prison  » 
28 Jan 2020, 2:10

Sex Offender Charged With Killing His 5 Infant Children on Day He Was Due to Be Released From PrisonPaul Perez, 57, was charged in the deaths of the children born between 1992 and 2001.


So many drones and aircraft swarmed the site of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash that the FAA was forced to close the airspace  » 
27 Jan 2020, 21:44

So many drones and aircraft swarmed the site of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash that the FAA was forced to close the airspaceThe restriction is in effect until the end of the month to prevent aircraft from entering the airspace, a rare occurrence for crashes.


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


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.


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.


Helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant reportedly received special permission to fly in thick fog  » 
27 Jan 2020, 20:28

Helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant reportedly received special permission to fly in thick fogDetails are still emerging about the circumstances surrounding the helicopter that killed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others including the pilot, but the flight was reportedly granted special approval to fly in challenging weather conditions.Fog was thick Sunday morning in the Los Angeles area when the helicopter took off and made its way toward Gianna Bryant's youth basketball tournament, but air traffic control at Burbank airport gave the pilot Special Visual Flight Rules clearance, allowing the aircraft to enter Burbank's airspace.A Federal Aviation Administration official said air traffic control's approval would not have extended to Calabasas, where the helicopter crashed. By that point, the official said, it would have been up to the pilot to determine if conditions were appropriate to continue or transition to instrument flight rules.Witnesses near the site of the crash described conditions as so foggy that people had trouble driving, per The New York Times. "I couldn't see anything, not even a silhouette," said Scott Daehlin who heard the sound of the helicopter flying low before making impact with a nearby hillside. "My first thought was what in the world is a helicopter doing out here in this fog?" Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com John Bolton just vindicated Nancy Pelosi It's 2020 and women are exhausted Mike Pompeo is a disgrace


In wake of Bolton book news, White House allies say Trump lawyers bungled defense  » 
27 Jan 2020, 20:24

In wake of Bolton book news, White House allies say Trump lawyers bungled defenseReports that John Bolton had written a firsthand account of President Trump’s direct involvement in withholding aid to Ukraine has left some Republicans confused and angry over the legal strategy by the president’s defense team.


Trump Is Finally Presenting His Middle East 'Peace Plan.' Here's What We Know So Far  » 
27 Jan 2020, 20:10

Trump Is Finally Presenting His Middle East 'Peace Plan.' Here's What We Know So FarSpearheaded by Jared Kushner, the proposal to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is to be released Tuesday.


Government records show that Kobe Bryant's helicopter used to be owned by the state of Illinois  » 
27 Jan 2020, 19:32

Government records show that Kobe Bryant's helicopter used to be owned by the state of IllinoisBryant's helicopter was owned by an operator called Island Express Holding Corp., which purchased it from Illinois in 2015.


CDC Splits With China on Coronavirus Spread as Possible U.S. Cases Hit 110  » 
27 Jan 2020, 19:26

CDC Splits With China on Coronavirus Spread as Possible U.S. Cases Hit 110As authorities in China scrambled to handle a coronavirus that has killed at least 81 people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday described a surging potential crisis even as they pushed back on the latest thinking from Beijing about just how easily it spreads.Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters that the number of confirmed cases stateside had reached five—and that there had been a total of 110 “persons under investigation” for the virus in 26 states over the past week.Thirty-two of those people tested negative, and there had been no confirmed person-to-person transmissions inside the country, Messonnier said on Monday. The confirmed cases in the U.S. include patients in Orange County, California; a man in his 30s in Washington state; a woman in her 60s in Chicago; a passenger who felt ill after flying into Los Angeles International Airport; and a student at Arizona State University who does not live in university housing, the CDC said on Sunday. All of the U.S. cases appeared to involve patients who had recently traveled from Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the deadly virus. Seventy-three people were still being evaluated for the virus as of Monday.Fifth U.S. Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Patient Who Traveled From Wuhan, China“We understand that many people in the United States are worried about this virus and how it will affect Americans,” Messonnier said, adding that “risk depends on exposure,” which for Americans remained “low” on Monday.In each U.S. case, health officials have said they will trace the patient’s contacts and identify anyone who may have had prolonged exposure, then monitor those individuals for symptoms. In the U.S., anyone who has had close contact with confirmed patients has not been quarantined unless and until they display symptoms.That policy came into question over the weekend, when China’s health minister Ma Xiaowei said “the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger” and that authorities in that country now believe the virus can spread during the incubation period—even before infected patients become symptomatic. A study published last week in the journal Lancet appeared to bolster that contention.But Messonnier said the CDC had not seen “any clear evidence of patients being infectious before symptom onset” as of Monday, even if authorities in the U.S. “are being very aggressive and very cautious in tracking close contacts” of infected individuals.“This outbreak is unfolding rapidly, and we are rapidly looking at how that impacts our posture at the border,” said Messonnier. “I expect that in the coming days, our travel recommendations will change.”Experts said that even as statements from Chinese health officials had to be viewed through a political lens, outright dismissal of asymptomatic transmission was premature.Eric Toner, a senior scientist with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the University’s School of Public Health, called the question “nuanced.” “It’s hard to know why the [Chinese] minister was so sure,” said Toner. “The evidence we have seen is quite suggestive of pre-symptomatic transmission, at least in some people, but not conclusive. He may have information that we do not.”For now, officials were still screening passengers at five American airports: Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Of course, fewer travelers are coming out of Wuhan in the wake of a travel lockdown late last week; Messonnier said the CDC had screened approximately 2,400 people in those airports so far but that “the number of people coming from Wuhan is declining.”Though Chinese authorities halted travel from Wuhan to stop the spread of the virus, the U.S. is among several countries—including France and Russia—that were given special permission to evacuate diplomats and private citizens. In addition to the 81 dead in China—76 of whom reportedly lived in Wuhan—nearly 3,000 people across the world, including a 9-month-old baby girl in Beijing, had confirmed cases of the virus as of Monday morning. Aside from the five cases in the U.S., more have been reported in Thailand, Taiwan, Australia, Macau, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, France, Canada, Vietnam, and Nepal. There had been no deaths from the virus reported outside of China as of Monday morning. But the new fatalities in that country over the weekend, including an 88-year-old man in Shanghai, stoked fears that the government had failed to contain the infection’s spread. Beijing announced Monday morning that it would push back the official end of the Lunar New Year holiday to Thursday from Sunday in order to “reduce mass gatherings” and “block the spread of the epidemic,” according to a statement from China’s cabinet.Meanwhile, Wuhan’s mayor, Zhou Xianwang, on Monday offered to step down, along with the city’s party secretary, Ma Guoqiang, in order to “appease public indignation.” He said the pair were prepared to take responsibility for the crisis after days of public outcries from citizens, on social media and elsewhere.“Our names will live in infamy, but as long as it is conducive to the control of the disease and to the people’s lives and safety, Comrade Ma Guoqiang and I will bear any responsibility,” Zhou reportedly said Monday.Dr. Adrian Hyzler, chief medical officer for Healix International, which provides medical information to travelers, told The Daily Beast the CDC will know much more about how easily the virus spreads once the incubation period—estimated at a maximum of 14 days—has passed in the five U.S. cases. “If, as the Chinese are saying, patients are contagious before symptoms develop, then it is much harder to control,” he said.Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that the CDC cleared 32 people who tested negative for the virus out of 110 potential cases.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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Saudi foreign minister says Israeli passport holders cannot visit: CNN  » 
27 Jan 2020, 19:11

Saudi foreign minister says Israeli passport holders cannot visit: CNNSaudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Israelis were not welcome to visit the kingdom after Israel decreed that Israeli citizens could visit Saudi Arabia under certain circumstances, CNN reported on Monday.


Schumer on 'stunning' Bolton book news: 'We're all staring a White House cover-up in the face'  » 
27 Jan 2020, 17:40

Schumer on 'stunning' Bolton book news: 'We're all staring a White House cover-up in the face'Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on his Republican colleagues to allow witnesses after the revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton will say in an upcoming book that President Trump told him he wanted Ukraine aid tied to investigations.


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.


Romney says Bolton revelations make it 'increasingly likely' Senate will call witnesses  » 
27 Jan 2020, 15:59

Romney says Bolton revelations make it 'increasingly likely' Senate will call witnessesMitt Romney said he thinks new revelations from former Trump national security adviser John Bolton will increase the number of Republican senators who will vote in favor of calling at least Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial.


Here's who will be onstage for the February Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire and how to watch it  » 
27 Jan 2020, 14:00

Here's who will be onstage for the February Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire and how to watch itSeven candidates have qualified for the eighth Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire on February 7, right before the state's primary.


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.”


These are all the companies who have shut down operations in China over the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak  » 
27 Jan 2020, 12:44

These are all the companies who have shut down operations in China over the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreakCompanies including McDonald's, Ikea, and Peugeot Citroen have shut down operations in Wuhan city and its surrounding area over the outbreak.


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.


A Dangerous Game: Russia and America Keep Flying Their Planes Near Each Other's Borders  » 
27 Jan 2020, 9:58

A Dangerous Game: Russia and America Keep Flying Their Planes Near Each Other's BordersNuclear chicken anyone?


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.


Virus Fears Become New Source of Unrest for Battered Hong Kong  » 
27 Jan 2020, 2:16

Virus Fears Become New Source of Unrest for Battered Hong Kong(Bloomberg) -- The Hong Kong government halted work to use a housing estate as a possible coronavirus quarantine facility, after violent protests at the site showed outbreak fears becoming a new source of unrest for the city.A few hundred protesters in surgical masks initially barricaded a road in the Fanling district to object to a proposal to use the unoccupied Fai Ming housing development as an emergency medical facility. Some said the site was too close to their homes, while others complained that approved applicants risked losing their flats in the estate should it be implemented.Demonstrators blocked roads, built barricades with trash and paralyzed traffic in Fanling near the facility, police said. Later, they damaged traffic lights and set fire to the lobby of one building by throwing petrol bombs, it said. Riot police were seen walking around the estate asking people to show their identities and inspecting their bags.The incident saw Hong Kong’s twin crises -- political unrest and the threat of a viral outbreak in mainland China spreading across the border -- converge in a striking echo of a similar period of anxiety about the city’s future during the SARS scare 17 years ago. Both issues were charged with deep local mistrust of authorities.At least 80 people have died in China from the coronavirus outbreak, state broadcaster China Central Television said Monday, up from just two fatalities a week ago. More than 2,000 cases have so far been confirmed, the vast majority of them in China.New Year Holiday Extended, China Deaths Jump in Virus Crisis (1)On Saturday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam upgraded the government’s response against the coronavirus to the highest level and said the outbreak could extend the city’s recession into 2020. Hong Kong has six confirmed infections as of Sunday.Disease Scare Gives Hong Kong Leader Lam a Diversion From UnrestHong Kong has been on high alert regarding communicable diseases since the 2003 outbreak of SARS, which originated in China’s Guangdong province in 2002 and ripped through the financial hub the following year. The virus infected about 2,000 people and killed nearly 300 in Hong Kong, crippling tourism and the real estate industries -- dealing a major blow to the economy.On Sunday, the government said in a statement that it would halt work to ready the Fai Ming Estate in Fanling as a possible quarantine site. Three other facilities were already prepared, it said.“The government acknowledges and understands that there is concern among some residents in the North District of the requisition of Fai Ming Estate,” it said in a statement. “Representatives of relevant government departments will attend North District Council meeting this Wednesday to explain and discuss on the issue. Meanwhile, the government will cease the related preparation work in Fai Ming Estate.”Hong Kong called off its largest marathon, which was scheduled to be held with events on Feb. 8 and 9, further delaying the city’s efforts to bounce back from political unrest that has forced the cancellation of numerous events. Other tourist-focused facilities have temporarily shut their gates, such as the Ocean Park, just two weeks after the government detailed plans to help the theme park through financial difficulty.More than seven months of pro-democracy protests have battered the former British colony’s economy, undermined its reputation for political stability and increased geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China. Beijing has governed Hong Kong since 1997 under a “one country, two systems” framework that preserves its freedom of expression, independent courts and capitalist financial system.The demonstrations since June were ignited by a proposed law to allow extraditions to jurisdictions including mainland China. After a couple of months of demonstrations, the government withdrew the bill but the protesters’ demands had broadened to include greater democracy and an independent inquiry into police conduct during the unrest.Meanwhile, anti-government protests continued over the weekend. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who gathered in the crowded shopping hub of Mong Kok at the site of a 2016 protest that marked a violent turn by the city’s pro-democracy movement. Demonstrators turned out even though organizers canceled a rally initially planned for Sunday to mark the so-called Fishball Revolution to comply with a police ban.To contact the reporters on this story: Julia Fioretti in Hong Kong at jfioretti4@bloomberg.net;Fion Li in Hong Kong at fli59@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, Brendan Scott, Andrew DavisFor 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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Digital Realty Announces Tax Treatment of 2019 Dividends  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:42

Digital Realty Announces Tax Treatment of 2019 DividendsDigital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today the tax treatment of its 2019 dividends for common stock and preferred stock. The information below has been prepared using the best available information to date. Digital Realty's federal income tax return for the year ended December 31, 2019 has not yet been filed. Please note that federal tax laws affect taxpayers differently, and we cannot advise you on how distributions should be reported on your federal income tax return. Please also note that state and local taxation of REIT distributions vary and may not be the same as the federal rules. Shareholders are urged to consult with their tax advisors as to their specific tax treatment of Digital Realty's dividends.


Mayor Mike Courts the Democrats  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:41

Mayor Mike Courts the DemocratsMichael Bloomberg is gaining some ground in the Democratic presidential field, but in so doing he is complicating his life as the potential nominee against President Trump. His cock-a-hoop support of solar energy is nonsense, and the country won’t take much persuading to see that. There may be some hidden metric of rounding up Democratic primary voters by pitching something that creeps toward the Ocasio-Cortez–Sanders Green Terror, but the country doesn’t buy into it. Public perception of solar energy hasn’t risen much since Ronald Reagan helped sink Jerry Brown’s campaign for the U.S. Senate from California in 1982 against Pete Wilson by suggesting that he might appear in Washington with a solar panel on his forehead. The country doesn’t like pollution, but it doesn’t like quack boondoggles either.More problematic was Bloomberg’s flippant tweet as President Trump addressed the March for Life on January 25, that in doing so Trump insulted all American women (although most of the marchers were women). That issue has evolved also. It is as if Bloomberg, though living in the country’s largest city, was oblivious, as Washington notoriously is, of how most Americans view these questions. All polls now indicate that the percentages of Americans who support abortion in any circumstances, and those who oppose all abortions, are approximately equal, at between 20 and 25 percent, and that those who support the legality of abortions in some cases and not others is between 25 and 30 percent. The rest, about 30 percent, are undecided -- not uninterested in the issue, only unsure.Bloomberg has chained himself to Roe v. Wade, and a rather shopworn view of this emotive subject, stating that it is an issue of the right of every woman to decide what goes on in her own body. He is still trying to emancipate women from domineering, enthusiastically procreative men, a rather bygone caricature and one that completely ignores what is now generally seen as the larger question, which is: When do the unborn attain to the rights of people? There are champions of every possible answer to that question, from the moment of conception to the moment of live birth at full term, and some Democrats have endorsed live-birth abortion, i.e. infanticide. This is clearly a political suicide mission, as the overwhelming majority of Americans, Bloomberg presumably included, will not approve the murder of newborn children, as if by an edict of King Herod.What has happened in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, is a compromise based on presenting non-partisan, free-vote measures outlawing and admitting abortions at every stage of pregnancy, with and without allowance for the mother’s health and whether the pregnancy resulted from coerced sex. There is extensive debate, with no party constraint; all legislators vote their consciences, and what generally emerges (and did in the U.K.), is acceptability of abortion to the fetal age of five months and for exceptional reasons after that, when most babies, if given the necessary care, can survive normally even if born four months prematurely. It is fine for Bloomberg, if this is what he believes, or even if he doesn’t particularly believe it but thinks it is good politics, to oppose the right-to-life organizations because most of their members disapprove of abortion in most or all cases. But to say that the president is affronting American women by attending the march is foolish as an assertion and politically maladroit. It implies that the interests of women the and children they conceive are necessarily opposed and that abortions should be permissible and officially facilitated in all cases and at every stage of pregnancy. A solid majority of Americans oppose that view, outnumbering those who agree with Bloomberg by more than two to one. But whatever the opinions involved, it is, as Hillary Clinton used to say, “so yesterday” to equate reservations about abortion to hostility to women. This is just mindless 1970s sloganeering.Bloomberg is not well known for his views on national and foreign-policy issues, and he may have to revise his thinking and refine his arguments if he gets into serious contention for the Democratic presidential nomination. The public outside New York (almost 95 percent of the population, a fact that would astonish and dismay many New Yorkers) would probably best remember him for trying to facilitate construction of a mosque adjacent to the ruins of the World Trade Center, for his intervention in New Yorkers’ eating habits by portraying himself as a fitness buff and requiring display of the calories in various fast foods, and even for banning automobiles from Times Square, which caused a serious disruption of traffic flows. The country also noticed his flip-flop on stop-and-frisk, a successful crime-reduction measure he should not have renounced.Bloomberg has had a remarkable career, and if nominated, he would come in about even with Trump on prior career accomplishments, and well ahead of any previous presidents except those who were decisive in founding the country (Washington, Jefferson, Madison), or led great armies victoriously in just wars (Grant, Eisenhower), and possibly Herbert Hoover for his relief work in Europe during and after World War I. Bloomberg built from scratch a business in which his interest is now valued at about $35 billion, and was one of just four three-term mayors in New York since the consolidation of the boroughs in 1895 (with Fiorello La Guardia, Robert Wagner, and Ed Koch). The city was clearly tiring of him by his third term, when he spent $170 per vote to win a narrow victory over an undistinguished candidate. The mayoralty of New York necessarily requires sharp focus on local issues in an intense political climate, and it doesn’t promote a national or global view or national political popularity. Bloomberg generally comes across as a humorless and authoritarian executive — not necessarily disqualifying for a president, but sub-optimal for a candidate.Bloomberg worked hard to be secretary of state, first with Jeb Bush and then with Hillary Clinton, undergoing the grace of conversion to the Democrats when Jeb’s ship sank. In the present race, he is not just a late arrival in the Democratic party but is overtly trying to buy the nomination. He has no followers to start with apart from some in New York and is suffering the problem of all politicians of the last 85 years who have been elected in New York and try to make the jump to Washington. Thomas E. Dewey, a crusading district attorney and governor, was twice an unsuccessful Republican candidate for president; Governors Averill Harriman, Nelson Rockefeller, and George Pataki and Mayor John Lindsay tried for the nomination rather half-heartedly and without success. Hillary famously tried unsuccessfully too. The last New York politician to come up through the offices of that state and on to national office was Franklin D. Roosevelt. Robert Kennedy might have done it, but he was a special case (and a carpetbagger at that), and Bloomberg is no FDR or RFK. He will, if nominated, have only the ragged army of Trump-haters to lead against the fierce and fervent legions of the president’s supporters.Michael Bloomberg is right that the field of Democratic candidates is unimpressive. Sanders is a declared Marxist and Warren an undeclared Marxist who has real problems with the truth. Joe Biden is very unexciting and bedraggled, as well as increasingly scandal-ridden, and former mayor Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., is not credible. There are scenarios in which Bloomberg, if he runs well in the Super Tuesday states, especially California and Texas, becomes a hot contender. The party establishment has sandbagged Sanders before and will, if necessary, do it again. If Biden fades, Bloomberg could go down to the wire against Klobuchar, but in that case, he will have to seem a more plausible candidate for the whole country and not just another rich New Yorker tossing off glib reflections on ecology, abortion, and other complicated issues. He has a considerable ego (for good reasons) but will not be a quick or easy sell west of the Hudson. He will not easily catch up with the 25 years the incumbent has spent building his brand throughout the country, nor will the Trump record, liberated at last from the mighty Democratic tainting operation, be an easy target to run against.


The Israeli–Palestinian Peace Plan Is a Much-Needed Dose of Reality  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:40

The Israeli–Palestinian Peace Plan Is a Much-Needed Dose of RealityIt’s worth noting that some of the harshest critics of Donald Trump’s new Israeli–Palestinian peace plan -- many of them Middle East “experts” who’ve worked in the Clinton and Obama administrations -- are the same people behind catastrophic efforts that resulted in more hopelessness, Intifadas, and extremism. These professional peace-processors have managed to harden the Israeli public against even the most abstract negotiations because, inevitably, all of them end in violence.As with the plans that came before it, it’s unlikely that Trump’s plan will succeed. But it is the best of any recent offerings because it doesn’t make any false promises. “Trump Outlines Mideast Peace Plan That Strongly Favors Israel,” read the New York Times headline, reflecting the general tone of media coverage. That’s wrong. The plan favors reality, laying out the only plausible path to a new Palestinian state.It’s been a dangerous waste of time basing negotiations on delusions. And the reality is that there will never be a Palestinian “right of return” to Israel, since such a policy would destroy the Jewish character of the state. The refugee situation is a 70-plus-year scandal of the Arab world’s making in which thousands of Palestinians are condemned to poverty so they can be used as a cudgel in the propaganda fight against Israel.Palestinians are not getting their great-granddad’s house in Jaffa back any more than the hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Muslim lands after Israel’s 1948 war of independence are reclaiming their property. The difference is that one of these groups accepted reality long ago.Nor will Palestinians ever take control of Jerusalem proper. Any Israeli politician who broaches the notion of handing over the fulcrum of Jewish cultural, religious, and political identity to Fatah is engaging in an act of political suicide. Palestinians have never administered Jerusalem, and they have no legitimate claim over Jerusalem. The current state of affairs is the status quo, whether Palestinians decide they want a state or not.Likewise, Israelis will never pull back to pre-1967 lines, giving up its claims to the West Bank [[Golan Heights already annexed, not part of any deal with Palestinians. It was taken from Syria nor Jordan]], because no sane nation would reinstitute unsecure borders next to an unreliable, potential terror state. The vast majority of Israelis (“settlers”) who now reside in towns (“settlements”) built in historically Jewish areas (“the occupied West Bank”) aren’t going to be displaced because the United Nations, John Kerry, or Ben Rhodes has declares Judea and Samaria a no-Jew zone. Those towns are part of a de facto border whether Palestinians agree to a deal or not.And finally, there is no way that Israel, a liberal democracy responsible for the security of its citizens, can hand over the Jordan Valley -- an area with immense strategic importance irrespective of the Palestinian situation -- to a newly created state that allies itself with unsavory nations and entertains the idea of entering into a unity government with Hamas, the theocratic terror group. Perhaps after peaceful coexistence for a few decades this could change. But right now, that’s the status quo, whether Israel officially assumes sovereignty over the Jordan Valley or not.The Trump deal would simply codify these realities while allowing Palestinians to finally have a startup state. Trump’s plan is the first to offer a map laying out what the final borders of the Palestinian nation might look like. In it, Israel cedes around 70 percent of the disputed territory in the West Bank to Palestinians, but doubles its existing territory overall. “The sovereign capital of the State of Palestine,” the plan states, would be the city of “East Jerusalem.”In return Palestinians would recognize the existence of Israel, agree to solve their refugee problem through integration in their new state and in host Arab counties, and renounce terrorism. In other words, Palestinians would be asked to conduct themselves as does any normal, functioning state. The U.S. would also infuse $50 billion into the new Palestinian state.Stateless peoples yearning for self-determination around the world -- ethnic groups that Western elites don’t care a whit about -- would, no doubt, be ecstatic for such an opportunity. Palestinians, however, happen to have chosen the right enemies.They just have the wrong leaders. President Mahmoud Abbas hasn’t faced an electorate in 13 years and counting. His title of “president” falsely suggests that Abbas is the duly elected leader of a nation. Neither is true. And while that is his own fault, Abbas and his deputies will no doubt decide to sit in their U.N.-funded mansions while the Palestinian people suffer, and to wait out Trump for more advantageous terms from a friendlier president such as Joe Biden — or Bernie Sanders, who could put Linda Sarsour in his administration.But they won’t be able to wait out Israel. A nation with an open and vibrant economy has no reason enter into a deal that upends its security. Most Israelis -- I hate to break this to everyone -- aren’t obsessed with the Palestinians. Hamas is largely contained. Fatah is contained. Israel’s existence isn’t contingent on the creation of a Palestinian state, only on security .Israel, in fact, probably feels less external pressure than ever to enter into a deal. Anyone who’s followed this issue understands the historic significance of Bahrain, UAE, and Oman sending envoys to White House unveiling of Trump’s peace deal. Arab nations are coming to terms with the reality of the Jewish State in ways that Americans progressives have not.Nor is there more internal political pressure to enter into a bad deal. Benny Gantz, the Kahol Lavan leader and chief rival to Benjamin Netanyahu, “hailed” the Trump plan, because, despite the effort of the American Left to cast Netanyahu as the sole impediment to peace, no major Israeli party on either the right or the left is going to agree to a right of return, a return to pre-1967 lines, or a surrender of Jerusalem.In the past, Palestinian negotiators, who have never once crafted a peace plan if their own -- or any deal that wasn’t contingent on the complete capitulation of Israel --  sat back and rejected one concession after the next. They offered ever-growing lists of grievances while American leaders tried to pacify them. It’s about time someone injected a dose of this reality into this situation. Trump’s plan allows Palestinians to have a state in the world that exists. Or not.


Apple reports record profits amid concerns over economic impact of coronavirus  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:39

Apple reports record profits amid concerns over economic impact of coronavirusChina, an important market for Apple products and critical part of its supply chain, has been rocked by the outbreakSales of the iPhone 11 propelled Apple to all-time record revenues and profits for the final three months of 2019, a strong performance that comes amid concerns over the impact of the coronavirus on the Chinese economy.Apple’s $91.8bn in quarterly revenue topped analyst expectations thanks to $56bn in iPhone sales. The strong performance marks a rebound for the company, which suffered a rare setback in holiday sales one year ago.On a call with investors, the chief executive, Tim Cook, faced questions over Apple’s reliance on China, as that country is rocked by the outbreak of the coronavirus. China is both a market for Apple products and a critical part of its supply chain.“We’re closely following the development of the coronavirus,” Cook said. Apple said it had set a wider than normal guidance range for the next quarter, of $63bn to $67bn, due to what Cook deemed “greater uncertainty” related to the outbreak.The company has also restricted employee travel to “business critical”, closed one retail store in China, and restricted hours in other stores in order to institute additional precautions, such as deep cleaning and temperature checks for staff.Cook said that Apple is working on mitigation plans to make up for some suppliers that are based in the Wuhan area, where the outbreak is centered. It will also have to deal with delays in production from suppliers in the rest of China, which will return from the Lunar New Year holiday later than expected due to the outbreak.Tuesday’s results cover Apple’s first full quarter of iPhone 11 sales, as well as the key holiday shopping season.Apple has worked over the past year to diversify its revenues and avoid over-reliance on the iPhone, but the device remains the foundation of the company’s business, accounting for 60% of revenues.Earnings per share of $4.99 and net income of $22.3bn also marked all-time records for the company. The stock price jumped 3% in after-hours trading in response to the strong showing.Among the sectors that Apple is hoping to expand is subscription services. The company’s new streaming service, which it hopes will rival Netflix and Amazon Prime, launched in November. Cook said the service was “off to a rousing start” on a conference call with investors, but did not disclose any specific subscription numbers for the nascent product. Instead, he highlighted award nominations garnered by actors on some of the channel’s shows.The company recorded 17% growth in revenue from services, to $12.7bn, slightly below analyst expectations.“This miss could be attributed to the competition from Disney+, which launched at roughly the same time,” said the eMarketer principal analyst Yoram Wurmser.Wearables have also been an important driver of sales for the company. Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein Research estimates that Apple sold $6bn worth of the wireless earbuds AirPods in 2019, and projected that number to double in 2020.Revenues for wearables, home and accessories products grew 37%, to $10bn.“This product category is now the size of a Fortune 150 company,” Cook said.Apple’s stock price had an extraordinary year, more than doubling since this time in 2019. That is despite its complicated relationship with the Chinese market in recent years. An economic slowdown dampened demand – forcing the company to issue a profits warning in January 2019 that shocked investors and sent its stock price tumbling. The company has also had to navigate the trade dispute between the US and China, and it reputation suffered in October 2019 when it removed a mapping app that was used by protesters in Hong Kong.


Apple earnings climb on strength of iPhone 11 sales, strong holiday season  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:38

Apple earnings climb on strength of iPhone 11 sales, strong holiday seasonApple posted record 2020 first quarter revenues of $91.8 billion, up 9% from the same period a year ago and way above earnings forecasts.


Budget Deficit to Top $1 Trillion a Year for Next Decade: CBO  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:38

Budget Deficit to Top $1 Trillion a Year for Next Decade: CBOThe U.S. budget deficit is expected to top $1 trillion in fiscal year 2020 and remain above that level indefinitely, lifting the national debt over the next decade to its highest level since World War II, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday in its annual report on the nation’s fiscal and economic outlook.CBO expects the deficit will rise from just over $1 trillion this year to more than $1.7 trillion in 10 years, averaging $1.3 trillion from 2021 through 2030.As a share of gross domestic product, the deficit is projected to rise from 4.3% next year to 5.4% in 2030.“Not since World War II has the country seen deficits during times of low unemployment that are as large as those that we project—nor, in the past century, has it experienced large deficits for as long as we project,” CBO Director Phillip L. Swagel said in a statement accompanying the report. Swagel called the budget outlook “challenging” and “worrisome.”As a result of the continuing deficits, the debt held by the public will rise from $17.2 trillion today, or 80% of GDP, to $31.4 trillion, or 98% of GDP, by 2030. “The long-term projections for the debt are higher than they were last year because the federal government's revenues are expected to decrease and spending is expected to increase due to legislation enacted by Congress in 2019,” the Washington Examiner’s Nihal Krishan explains.The deficit is rising despite healthy economic growth: The economy is in its 11th year of expansion, and CBO expects gross domestic product to grow by 2.2% this year, up 0.1 percentage point from its August estimate (but shy of the Trump administration’s 3% annual target). While deficits typically shrink during periods of prolonged economic growth, the budget shortfall has surged as the result of the 2017 Republican tax law and a series of spending increases passed by Congress and signed by President Trump. And CBO expects economic growth to slow to an average annual rate of 1.7% from 2021 through 2030.What’s widening the budget gap: More than half the current deficit is due to recent tax cuts and spending increases. Revenues are weaker than they would be without the 2017 tax overhaul, and federal spending is projected to grow faster than tax receipts, driven by increased spending for mandatory programs and interest payments on the debt, which CBO expects to rise as the government continues to borrow and interest rates eventually move higher.Spending for Medicare is expected to rise from $835 billion this year to more than $1.7 trillion by 2030, while outlays for Social Security are forecast to climb from just under $1.1 trillion to more than $1.9 trillion. Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, points out that the annual shortfall for Social Security and Medicare benefits payments will rise from $440 billion to nearly $1.9 trillion. “That's the ballgame,” he tweeted.And deficits could be higher than CBO forecasts: The projections assume Congress will allow some of the 2017 tax cuts to expire as scheduled after 2025. If Congress extends the individual tax cuts, as it may be likely to do, the deficits and debt would be larger than CBO projects.Low interest rates buy the government some time: Lower-than-expected rates have thus far served to provide some fiscal breathing room, as interest cost come in lower than projected. “Since CBO’s last budget forecast in August 2019, projected interest costs have declined by $441 billion over a decade, reflecting rates that are 0.3 percentage point below the previous estimate,” The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Rubin writes. But lawmakers have more than offset those gains, he explains: “loss of revenue from tax cuts enacted in December 2019 exceeded those savings, and CBO now projects budget deficits to be 1.3% larger than it did in August.”Still, low rates may make addressing the short-term deficit picture less urgent. “To be sure, interest rates remain low today, suggesting that there is time to address our fiscal challenges and that fiscal policy could be used as a tool to address other challenges facing the nation, if the Congress chose to do so,” Swagel says in his statement. “But our projections also suggest that over the long term, changes in fiscal policy must be made to address the budget situation, because our debt is growing on an unsustainable path.”But the deficits aren’t being used to invest in the future: “Trump is wasting these deficits,” Robert C. Hockett, a Cornell University professor who has advised Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on economic policy, told The Washington Post. “It’s fine to engage in deficit spending, but Trump has used them to give tax cuts to billionaires, which does nothing to increase the well-being of the vast majority of Americans or improve the nation’s productivity.”Like what you're reading? Sign up for our free newsletter.


Trump will seek 20% budget boost for nukes, says Inhofe  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:36

Trump will seek 20% budget boost for nukes, says InhofePresident Trump plans to ask Congress for $20 billion for the federal agency that maintains America’s weapons for fiscal 2021, an increase from last fiscal year.


Starbucks Closes Half Its China Stores During Virus Outbreak  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:36

Starbucks Closes Half Its China Stores During Virus Outbreak(Bloomberg) -- Starbucks Corp. has closed more than 2,000 locations in mainland China because of a viral outbreak that has killed more than 100 people and disrupted daily life in the coffee chain’s most important growth market.The news cast gloom over what otherwise would have been an upbeat earnings report. Same-store sales, an important gauge of success for restaurant chains, rose 5% in the fiscal first quarter that ended Dec. 29, outpacing the 4.6% average estimate compiled by Consensus Metrix.The company maintained its 2020 forecast but said it doesn’t include the impact of temporarily closing so many stores because it can’t yet calculate it.“We will be transparent with all stakeholders in communicating how we are responding to these extraordinary circumstances and the implications for our near-term business results,” Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson said in a statement. He also reaffirmed the company’s commitment to China.On a call with analysts, Johnson said Starbucks had planned to raise its financial projections for the year, but changed course as measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus intensified. On the ground at its China stores, the chain has adjusted menus because the virus has disrupted its supply chain, its executives said on the call. Starbucks has also altered store opening hours, they said.Starbucks shares reversed an initial gain in late trading, falling as much 1.4% to $87.40 as of 4:57 p.m in New York. The stock has been mostly flat in 2020 after jumping almost 37% last year.McDonald’s Corp. and Yum China Holdings Inc., which operates Pizza Hut and KFC in the country, have also announced restaurant closures in areas near the center of the outbreak. Starbucks, however, appears to be carrying out a broader suspension of activities than its counterparts.China and the U.S. are the most important markets for Starbucks as the Seattle-based chain seeks to recapture its rapid growth of past years. The results show the strategy is paying off -- with higher customer traffic in the two nations particularly encouraging.The coronavirus, of course, will be the wild card in whether Starbucks can maintain its pace. The company is expanding aggressively there, with global store growth of 6% in the quarter led by China, where the chain has more than 4,000 locations. Starbucks said it couldn’t “reasonably” estimate the impact of the coronavirus, but expects the outbreak to “materially affect” fiscal second-quarter and full-year results.Operating margin expanded in the quarter to 17.2%, compared with 15.3% a year ago. While higher sales and supply-chain savings helped, the company is still facing higher wage and employee benefits costs.(Updates to add executive comments in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Leslie Patton in Chicago at lpatton5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sally Bakewell at sbakewell1@bloomberg.net, Jonathan RoederFor 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 Case for Scrapping the Estate Tax — and Replacing It With an Inheritance Tax  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:34

The Case for Scrapping the Estate Tax — and Replacing It With an Inheritance TaxAmericans will inherit more than $764 billion this year and pay an average of 2.1% in taxes on that income, according to a paper published Tuesday as part of the Brookings Institution’s examination of the tax code. The paper, by New York University law professor Lily Batchelder, notes that wealth transfer taxes accounted for 2.1% of federal revenues in 1973. This year, they are projected to account for 0.5%. The share of estates subject to the estate tax fell from 6.5% to a projected 0.1% over that same period.Batchelder, a former adviser to President Obama, proposes to replace the current estate tax with an “inheritance tax.” It would treat inherited money above a certain level as ordinary income, requiring heirs to pay both income and payroll taxes on it. The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center estimates that the proposal would raise $340 billion over the next decade if the lifetime exemption were set at $2.5 million, meaning it would hit just the top 0.02% of heirs. If the exemption was set at $1 million, the proposal would raise $917 billion, and if it was set at $500,000 — affecting just the top 0.18% of heirs — the proposal would raise about $1.4 trillion.Batchelder says her proposal would reduce inequality and “take a large step toward leveling the playing field between income from inherited wealth and income from work.”She also argues that her plan would more successfully build public support for taxing inherited income compared to the current estate tax.“[T]he structure of an estate tax makes it easier for opponents to characterize it as a double tax on frugal, generous entrepreneurs who just want to take care of their families—even though nothing could be farther from the truth,” she writes. “Instead, the estate tax is the only tax that ensures wealthy heirs pay at least some tax on large amounts of inherited income, even if at much lower average rates than apply to income from good, old hard work. Nevertheless, inheritance taxes are more self-evidently ‘silver spoon taxes’ and, as a result, appear to be more politically resilient.”Like what you're reading? Sign up for our free newsletter.


Too much screen time for toddlers may lead to unhealthy behaviors growing up, study says  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:31

Too much screen time for toddlers may lead to unhealthy behaviors growing up, study saysResearchers suggest that limiting toddlers' and young kids' exposure to screens may result in better health behaviors later in life.


Is China Partytime Culture Holdings Limited (HKG:1532) Overpaying Its CEO?  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:30

Is China Partytime Culture Holdings Limited (HKG:1532) Overpaying Its CEO?Xin Fu Lin has been the CEO of China Partytime Culture Holdings Limited (HKG:1532) since 2017. First, this article...


Benetti Launches a New 144-Foot Fiberglass Superyacht Flagship  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:30

Benetti Launches a New 144-Foot Fiberglass Superyacht Flagship'Ink' has well and truly left its mark.


Is VRX Silica Limited's (ASX:VRX) CEO Salary Justified?  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:27

Is VRX Silica Limited's (ASX:VRX) CEO Salary Justified?Bruce Maluish has been the CEO of VRX Silica Limited (ASX:VRX) since 2010. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO...


The Next Big Fiscal Question: How to Raise More Revenue?  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:25

The Next Big Fiscal Question: How to Raise More Revenue?An all-star roster of fiscal experts gathered at the Brookings Institution Tuesday to debate the future of American tax policy. The initial discussion featured former U.S. Treasury secretaries Timothy Geithner, Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, all of whom agreed on one overarching point: Given the size and scope of its obligations for health care, retirement and national defense in the coming years, the federal government needs to raise a lot more revenue.How to go about raising that revenue — and what to do with it as it comes in — was a slightly more contentious issue. Both Geithner and Rubin said they worried about negative effects on growth from increased taxes, and spoke about the need to establish a fiscal framework that defines the constraints facing policymakers — most notably, what are the limits on deficits and the national debt? Summers spoke forcefully against that approach, arguing that policymakers should ignore the deficit and focus instead on creating a fairer society and increasing economic growth; once steps were taken toward those primary goals, the deficit could be brought under control more easily in a stronger economy.Summers provided a list of specific policy changes he recommended to make the tax system fairer, reduce inequality and boost the economy: * Improve tax compliance to capture a significant proportion of the hundreds of billions in taxes that go unpaid every year. Sanders said better IRS enforcement could produce more than $1 trillion in revenue over 10 years. * Crack down on international businesses that are evading billions in corporate taxes by moving profits overseas. * Reform capital gains taxation by eliminating the step-up in cost basis at death, taxing gifts to charity and real estate transfers, and eliminating the carried interest tax break.Once those policy changes are in place, raising the capital gains tax rate to income tax levels would raise billions in new revenue, Summers argued, without weighing on growth. But the full set of policy changes are necessary, Summers said, in order to close off as many avenues for tax avoidance as possible.All told, Summers estimated that his proposals could raise more than $4 trillion over 10 years — without imposing a politically contentious and economically uncertain wealth tax.A menu of policy options: Other participants in the conference discussed a variety of options for raising revenues, many of which are spelled out in greater detail in the book accompanying the conference, “Tackling the Tax Code: Efficient and Equitable Ways to Raise Revenue.” Some highlights: * VAT: William Gale of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center proposed a value-added tax similar to that in most other developed countries. A 10% VAT would raise roughly $10 trillion over 10 years, Gale said. * Financial transaction tax: Antonio Weiss, a financier and senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, said a tax of 10 basis points on trading in stocks, bonds and derivatives would raise $60 billion a year without hindering market efficiency. * Corporate tax reform: Jason Furman, who led the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, recommended a variety of tweaks to the tax code, including raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%. He said the proposals would raise more than $1 trillion over 10 years and boost GDP by about 1%. * Taxing inheritances: Lily Batchelder of New York University Law School proposed more stringent inheritance taxes that would raise $340 billion or more over 10 years (more on that below).The elephant in the room: While the conference provided plenty of ideas for improving the federal government’s fiscal situation, much less was said about how to enact the proposals in such a politically divided country. With one of the two major parties rejecting the very idea of using taxes to increase revenues, reaching a compromise to shore up Social Security and Medicare will likely be quite difficult. “We’re the sound of one hand clapping,” Geithner said, adding that he didn’t see a political coalition dedicated to fiscal reform coming together anytime soon.Like what you're reading? Sign up for our free newsletter.


Starbucks Shuts Stores, Apple Sees Disruptions: Virus Impact  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:25

Starbucks Shuts Stores, Apple Sees Disruptions: Virus Impact(Bloomberg) -- Starbucks Corp. has closed more than half of its coffee shops in mainland China -- about 2,000 of them -- and Apple Inc. is factoring disruptions in its supply chain into its outlook, as global corporations grapple with a SARS-like coronavirus that has killed more than 100 people and is threatening a key growth market.Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus that has infected more than 4,500, is a manufacturing, shipping and business hub. Apple is working with its suppliers in the city to mitigate any production loss, but the impact outside of the region is less clear, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said Jan. 28.As the virus has spread in China and beyond despite travel restrictions and other worldwide efforts to contain the disease, airlines suspended and chains including McDonald’s Corp. and KFC have shut locations. Volkswagen AG, Canadian insurer Sun Life Financial Inc. and banks from Credit Suisse Group to Morgan Stanley are telling staff to work from home.Here is a summary of how some of the biggest companies are responding to a crisis that is disrupting supply chains around the world:Business EstimatesApple provided a wider-than-usual forecast range for the current quarter because of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. CEO Cook addressed the virus during a conference call with analysts, saying Apple is following developments. Virtually all iPhones are made by Foxconn’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. in Zhengzhou, China, and by Pegatron Corp. at an assembly site near Shanghai.Starbucks, which has has more than 4,000 locations in China, maintained its 2020 forecast but said it doesn’t include the impact of closing half of the mainland stores because it can’t yet calculate it. Compared with McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza Inc., Starbucks is the most exposed to the outbreak, as measured by percentage of worldwide revenue and operating income, according to Guggenheim analyst Matthew DiFrisco.Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.: Carnival’s Costa Cruises brand, working with the Chinese government, decided to suspend nine voyages leaving China from Jan. 25 to Feb. 4. In a separate statement, Royal Caribbean said it suspended Jan. 27 and Jan. 31 sailings. Both pledged to provide refunds to customers. China is a small but growing market for American cruise companies, and analysts project further cancellations could hurt earnings.Tesla Inc., Nio Inc. About 8 million cars were sold last year in the roughly 40 Chinese cities that have 10 or more diagnosed coronavirus cases, or 36.8% of total retail volumes in the country, Bernstein analysts estimate. Those cities accounted for 82.5% of Tesla’s retail volumes, and 68% of NIO’s, the analysts wrote in a note. “The latter looks especially vulnerable to a prolonged slump in EV sales,” they said.Imax Corp. The Mississauga, Ontario-based company, known for its large-format screen technology, has said it’s delaying movie releases at its theaters in China in the wake of the outbreak. The impact of lost revenue from the Chinese New Year will cost Imax at least $60 million in global box office sales, according to MKM Partners. If the epidemic lasts for a few more weeks, “it is not unreasonable to project” a shortfall of $200 million in the first quarter, MKM Partners analysts said in a note.Remy Cointreau SA: The French cognac maker abandoned its forecasts for this year after a slump in Hong Kong dented sales in the Christmas period and as the viral outbreak threatens business in China, the source of 20% of its profit, according to Jefferies estimates.Aeon Co.: Japan’s largest supermarket operator, expects sales from Wuhan area stores to drop by half, spokesman Makoto Sueyoshi said Monday. Aeon shuttered the three malls it operates in Wuhan, but its five general supermarkets were operating on a limited basis to sell daily goods and food.Work From Home, Travel RestrictionsUnited Airlines Holdings Inc. is paring service to China due to “a significant decline in demand for travel.” Two dozen flights to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai will be suspended starting Feb. 1, United said in an email on Jan. 28. The plan includes flights from United’s hubs in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington and Newark, New Jersey, although some service to China will continue.Canadian insurer Sun Life Financial is asking employees who traveled to mainland China to work from home for two weeks before returning to the office, similar to steps taken by Bank of Montreal and Manulife Financial Corp. Sun Life and Manulife derived 17% and 34% of their earnings from their Asia divisions, respectively, in the most recent quarter.Facebook Inc. has implemented employee travel restrictions to China across the entire company for non-essential trips, according to a spokeswoman. Employees based in China and those who recently returned from trips to the country are also being told to work from home.Volkswagen AG is asking about 3,500 employees in Beijing to work from home for two weeks, starting the first day following the city’s Chinese New Year Holiday, from Feb. 3 to Feb. 17.UBS Group AG and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are among financial firms that have imposed travel restrictions to mainland China. HSBC Holdings Plc suspended business travel to Hong Kong until Feb. 11. Some including Standard Chartered Plc are providing staff with face masks and hand sanitizers, along with guidance on hygiene and how to avoid getting sick.PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP: The accounting firm has suspended all business travel to Wuhan and employees returning from the city are required to work at home for two weeks before coming to the office, a spokeswoman said. The company extended Chinese New Year holidays for staff in Hong Kong and Macau to Jan. 31 and asked employees to work remotely where feasible following the holiday.Shiseido Co.: The Japan-based cosmetics maker has banned employee travel to China, with some exceptions, a spokesman said Jan. 28. The company got about 20% of revenue last year from the country, its biggest overseas market.Nissan Motor Co.: The automaker planned to evacuate most of its expatriates and their family members from Wuhan using chartered plane dispatched by the Japanese government, a company spokeswoman wrote in an email. Honda Motor Co. also organized evacuations. A handful of staff needed to maintain local operations will remain in the city.Groupe PSA: The French maker of Peugeot cars and other brands also evacuated its expatriate staff and their families from the Wuhan area. A total of 38 people will leave, the company said in a statement Jan. 25.Closing LocationsYum China Holdings Inc. temporarily closed most of its KFC and Pizza Hut stores in Hubei province until further notice.Fast Retailing Co.: The operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has shut about 50 of its stores in China temporarily, a spokeswoman said.Ryohin Keikaku Co.: Owner of the Muji clothing and housewares brand has closed some stores in Wuhan, according to a spokesman.McDonald’s Corp.: The fast-food giant, which had about 3,000 stores in China at the end of 2018, temporarily closed locations across five cities of the Hubei province due to the virus, including Wuhan. The Chicago-based company is taking extra preventative measures in the rest of the country, including taking the temperature of workers upon arrival and giving out hand sanitizers to diners.Walt Disney Co.: The world’s largest theme park operator closed its Disneyland resort in Shanghai effective Jan. 25. The company is offering refunds to guests who bought theme park tickets or reserved rooms in its hotels.Nitori Holdings Co.: The Japan-based furniture and housewares retailer has closed seven stores in Wuhan, and shortened some store hours in other areas including Shanghai and Suzhou, spokeswoman Haruna Muramatsu said.Wuhan, the epicenter, has more than 500 factories and other facilities, placing it 13th among 2,000 Chinese cities in Bloomberg’s supply chain database. It’s the capital of Hubei province, which has 1,016 facilities, making it seventh of 32 such jurisdictions. Many plants are in the auto and transportation industries.\--With assistance from Leslie Patton, Mark Gurman, Richard Clough, Christopher Palmeri, Phil Kuntz, Mary Schlangenstein, Yukari Chilnik, Brian Moran, Kana Nishizawa, Jonathan Levin, Lisa Du, Grace Huang, Anna Kitanaka, Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Kiuyan Wong, Masatsugu Horie, Cathy Chan, Christoph Rauwald, Doug Alexander, Justin Bachman and Brendan Case.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Cécile Daurat in Wilmington at cdaurat@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Crayton Harrison at tharrison5@bloomberg.net, ;Kazunori Takada at ktakada17@bloomberg.net, Kevin Miller, Jillian WardFor 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.


F-bombs and death threats: Kobe Bryant, Mike Pompeo and the abuse of women journalists  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:19

F-bombs and death threats: Kobe Bryant, Mike Pompeo and the abuse of women journalistsTreatment of Mary Louise Kelly after Mike Pompeo interview and Felicia Sonmez after Kobe Bryant's death shows how often women reporters are attacked.


Here's What E-Commodities Holdings Limited's (HKG:1733) P/E Ratio Is Telling Us  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:19

Here's What E-Commodities Holdings Limited's (HKG:1733) P/E Ratio Is Telling UsToday, we'll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. To keep it practical...


Starbucks plans to launch plant-based breakfast sandwich this year  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:16

Starbucks plans to launch plant-based breakfast sandwich this yearThe coffee chain said last week it aims to add more plant-based food and drinks to its menu as part of the company's latest plan to become more environmentally friendly. Over the past year, with the rise of companies including Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, "plant-based" has become a food industry buzzword and several major brands and restaurants have raced to offer such products.


Starbucks plans to launch plant-based breakfast sandwich this year  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:16

Starbucks plans to launch plant-based breakfast sandwich this yearThe coffee chain said last week it aims to add more plant-based food and drinks to its menu as part of the company's latest plan to become more environmentally friendly. Over the past year, with the rise of companies including Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, "plant-based" has become a food industry buzzword and several major brands and restaurants have raced to offer such products.


Powerful 7.7 earthquake strikes in Caribbean between Cuba and Jamaica  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:15

Powerful 7.7 earthquake strikes in Caribbean between Cuba and JamaicaA 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and Cuba, the USGS said. There are no reports of casualties or major damage.


Prologis Euro Finance LLC Prices €1,350,000,000 offering of Notes due 2035, Green Bonds due 2028 and Floating Rate Notes due 2022, all Guaranteed by Prologis, L.P.  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:15

Prologis Euro Finance LLC Prices €1,350,000,000 offering of Notes due 2035, Green Bonds due 2028 and Floating Rate Notes due 2022, all Guaranteed by Prologis, L.P.Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD; "Prologis"), the global leader in logistics real estate, announced today that its subsidiary, Prologis Euro Finance LLC, has priced an offering of three series of notes (the "Notes") in an aggregate principal amount of €1,350,000,000, consisting of €650,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 1.000% notes due 2035, priced at 98.474% of the principal amount, €550,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 0.375% green bonds due 2028, priced at 99.749% of the principal amount and €150,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its floating rate notes due 2022, priced at 100.245% of the principal amount.


Global Respiratory Care Devices Market Projected to Grow by $9.4 Billion During 2019-2025 - Therapeutic Devices Will Bring in Healthy Gains of $16.7 Billion by 2025  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:15

Global Respiratory Care Devices Market Projected to Grow by $9.4 Billion During 2019-2025 - Therapeutic Devices Will Bring in Healthy Gains of $16.7 Billion by 2025The "Respiratory Care Devices - Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


Bodies of Kobe Bryant, 8 others recovered from crash site as NTSB probes for clues  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:14

Bodies of Kobe Bryant, 8 others recovered from crash site as NTSB probes for cluesFederal investigators are collecting evidence to try to understand what caused the helicopter to crash, killing all nine aboard


Get In on the AI Health Care Revolution With Globus, BioXcel, Apple, Amazon and Google  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:13

Get In on the AI Health Care Revolution With Globus, BioXcel, Apple, Amazon and GoogleMarket forecast to increase at more than 40% CAGR over next five years Continue reading...


Investors Who Bought LUZHENG FUTURES (HKG:1461) Shares Three Years Ago Are Now Down 51%  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:12

Investors Who Bought LUZHENG FUTURES (HKG:1461) Shares Three Years Ago Are Now Down 51%Many investors define successful investing as beating the market average over the long term. But if you try your hand...


Key Lawmaker Eyes Pre-Election Changes to Tech Liability Shield  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:12

Key Lawmaker Eyes Pre-Election Changes to Tech Liability Shield(Bloomberg) -- Representative Jan Schakowsky has asked her staff to examine changes to a liability shield that protects tech platforms such as Facebook Inc. from lawsuits because of her concerns about how fake information could be used in the 2020 presidential election.The Illinois Democrat, who chairs a House subcommittee on consumer protection and leads the chamber’s efforts to write privacy legislation, said Tuesday her staff is studying possible changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that protects big technology platforms from responsibility for user-generated contentCongress is increasingly scrutinizing the measure, which is highly prized by tech companies, amid growing complaints about online hate, misinformation, and posts linked to potentially illegal activity. She said she wants to move quickly given the upcoming election.“I feel a sense of urgency that we could have a complete fantasy of a message campaign in this election,” Schakowsky said at a tech policy conference in Washington.Democratic worries about fake election information increased in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts aimed at helping Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. Even with the backing of House leaders, Schakowsky’s bill would need to pass the Republican Senate and get Trump’s signature to become law. Both are unlikely, especially in an election year.Schakowsky said her review is preliminary and focused on political information, rather than a broader range of concerns lawmakers have raised including child exploitation or online drug sales. She said she isn’t focused on removing the measure entirely and hasn’t yet decided how she would propose changing the law.“We’re going do our best to lift that issue in as many ways as possible,” she said.Schakowsky also said that Representative Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Florida on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to introduce a bill Thursday to increase the age of children protected by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.The 1998 law, known as COPPA, currently imposes requirements for websites or online services directed at children under 13. Privacy laws in Europe and California have extended those protections to children age 16 and under.Castor’s bill would create a protected class of “young consumers” ages 13-17, ban companies from sending targeted advertisements to children, and require opt-in consent for all individuals under 18, according to a press release.“We think it’s very important not just to warn and scold, but actually to put some protections right into the law,” Schakowsky said at the industry event. She said she wants to “put more of that burden on the companies who are providing the options.”To contact the reporters on this story: Ben Brody in Washington, D.C. at btenerellabr@bloomberg.net;Rebecca Kern in Arlington at rkern21@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at sforden@bloomberg.net, Zachary SherwoodFor 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.


Trump defense team uses videos to show Democrats once opposed single-party impeachment  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:11

Trump defense team uses videos to show Democrats once opposed single-party impeachmentThe historic arguments from Democratic House members echoed what Trump’s defense lawyers have been telling senators.


Heads up: Two satellites might collide in space 559 miles above Pittsburgh  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:11

Heads up: Two satellites might collide in space 559 miles above PittsburghWith thousands of artificial satellites orbiting Earth, every now and then, the orbit of one can cross the path of another.


How being a freelancer gives me the freedom to be there for my kid  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:09

How being a freelancer gives me the freedom to be there for my kidBeing a working mom with a full-time job is tough. Not only do they have to manage their everyday workload, but they also have to take care of their children, which is a full-time job in and of itself. This writer discusses why she decided to end her full-time career for the freelance life.


Flower One Announces Appointment of Molly Hemmeter to Board of Directors  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:08

Flower One Announces Appointment of Molly Hemmeter to Board of DirectorsFlower One Holdings Inc. (the "Company") (CSE: FONE) (OTCQX: FLOOF), a leading cannabis cultivator, producer and innovator in Nevada, today announced the appointment of Molly Hemmeter to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ms. Hemmeter will replace Warner Fong, who is stepping down due to the demands and time requirements of his other professional duties and obligations.


Next-gen 2021 Kia Sorento shown inside and out in leaked pics  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:07

Next-gen 2021 Kia Sorento shown inside and out in leaked picsThe Korean Car Blog, citing an unnamed source, reports the new Sorento will debut as early as mid-February in Korea, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions coming in May, though it’s not clear whether all versions would come to the U.S. The current version of the three-row crossover comes in a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter inline-four making 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, or a 3.3-liter V6 offering 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.


Is Kunlun Energy Company Limited (HKG:135) The Right Choice For A Smart Dividend Investor?  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:06

Is Kunlun Energy Company Limited (HKG:135) The Right Choice For A Smart Dividend Investor?Today we'll take a closer look at Kunlun Energy Company Limited (HKG:135) from a dividend investor's perspective...


WarnerMedia's grand ambitions, how to land a job at Amazon, and advertisers gear up for the Super Bowl  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:06

WarnerMedia's grand ambitions, how to land a job at Amazon, and advertisers gear up for the Super BowlAT&T; plans to use its entertainment brands and Xandr ad platform to become the biggest media company while selling more services to AT&T; subscribers.


McConnell Tells Caucus They Lack the Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:05

McConnell Tells Caucus They Lack the Votes to Block Impeachment WitnessesSenator Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Tuesday said he doesn't have the votes to block a resolution to allow witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial, according to multiple reports.McConnell made the admission in talks with Senate Republicans after President Trump's defense team concluded its arguments.If the Senate votes to summon witnesses, Democrats will likely attempt to call on former White House national security adviser John Bolton to give testimony in the trial. On Sunday the New York Times reported that Bolton wrote in the manuscript of his upcoming book that Trump had conditioned aid to Ukraine on that country's commitment to conduct investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden.Republicans may react to a subpoena of Bolton by summoning Hunter Biden and the government whistleblower, whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry, to testify."Those are the ones that I want to call," Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said on Monday of Hunter Biden and the whistleblower, despite having told reporters on Friday that he would vote against summoning Hunter Biden. "If we add to the record, we are going to do it completely."Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) concurred during an interview on Fox & Friends."My view is this — if the Senate decides to call witnesses later this week . . . we need to hear from Hunter Biden, he is right at the center of this," Hawley said. "What was he doing in Ukraine? What was he doing with Burisma?"Hawley also wrote on Twitter, "if the Senate is going to call witnesses, then I will ask to hear from Adam Schiff, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden & the whistleblower, at a minimum."


EBay (EBAY) Beats Q4 Earnings and Revenue Estimates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:05

EBay (EBAY) Beats Q4 Earnings and Revenue EstimateseBay (EBAY) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 8.00% and 0.55%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?


Principal Financial (PFG) Matches Q4 Earnings Estimates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:05

Principal Financial (PFG) Matches Q4 Earnings EstimatesPrincipal Financial (PFG) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 0.00% and 0.61%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?


Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Tops Q4 Earnings and Revenue Estimates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:05

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Tops Q4 Earnings and Revenue EstimatesAdvanced Micro (AMD) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 6.67% and 1.22%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?


The US isn't taking chances in Wuhan  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:01

The US isn't taking chances in WuhanAmericans flee Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak. A 7.7 earthquake rocks the Caribbean. It's Tuesday's news.


Apple to start online sales in India in Q3 this year  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:00

Apple to start online sales in India in Q3 this yearApple’s much-awaited online store in India will be operational starting Q3 this year, a little longer than previously expected, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. While the company never shared a firm timeline on when the online and brick-and-mortar stores would be set up in India, it was originally aiming to start the online sales in the country in the first quarter of this year, the source said. An Apple spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.


If You Had Bought Synertec (ASX:SOP) Stock A Year Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 11% Loss, Today  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:00

If You Had Bought Synertec (ASX:SOP) Stock A Year Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 11% Loss, TodayIt's easy to match the overall market return by buying an index fund. Active investors aim to buy stocks that vastly...


Global Fuel Cell Market Outlook, 2020-2024, Featuring Leading Players FuelCell Energy, Ballard Power Systems, Ceres Power, Doosan, Plug Power, and Kyocera  » 
28 Jan 2020, 23:00

Global Fuel Cell Market Outlook, 2020-2024, Featuring Leading Players FuelCell Energy, Ballard Power Systems, Ceres Power, Doosan, Plug Power, and KyoceraThe "Global Fuel Cell Market (PEMFC, PAFC, MCFC & SOFC): Insights, Trends and Forecast (2020-2024)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


Trump lawyer Sekulow says Bolton book manuscript 'inadmissable' – live Trump impeachment trial updates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:58

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.


Warren Buffett's Apple Soars on 4th-Quarter Earnings Beat  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:58

Warren Buffett's Apple Soars on 4th-Quarter Earnings BeatTech giant reports iPhone sales that outperformed consensus estimates Continue reading...


Trustmark (TRMK) Q4 Earnings Miss Estimates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:55

Trustmark (TRMK) Q4 Earnings Miss EstimatesTrustmark (TRMK) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of -1.75% and 0.24%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?


TriCo (TCBK) Beats Q4 Earnings Estimates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:55

TriCo (TCBK) Beats Q4 Earnings EstimatesTriCo (TCBK) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 1.35% and -0.28%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?


Equity Residential (EQR) Beats Q4 FFO Estimates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:55

Equity Residential (EQR) Beats Q4 FFO EstimatesEquity Residential (EQR) delivered FFO and revenue surprises of 2.25% and -0.16%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?


W.R. Berkley (WRB) Meets Q4 Earnings Estimates  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:55

W.R. Berkley (WRB) Meets Q4 Earnings EstimatesW.R. Berkley (WRB) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 0.00% and -5.80%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?


The Guodian Technology & Environment Group (HKG:1296) Share Price Is Down 75% So Some Shareholders Are Rather Upset  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:54

The Guodian Technology & Environment Group (HKG:1296) Share Price Is Down 75% So Some Shareholders Are Rather UpsetSome stocks are best avoided. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Spare a thought for...


How Does International Cement Group's (SGX:KUO) P/E Compare To Its Industry, After The Share Price Drop?  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:52

How Does International Cement Group's (SGX:KUO) P/E Compare To Its Industry, After The Share Price Drop?To the annoyance of some shareholders, International Cement Group (SGX:KUO) shares are down a considerable 37% in the...


Synchrony Announces Quarterly Common Stock Dividend of $0.22 Per Share  » 
28 Jan 2020, 22:52

Synchrony Announces Quarterly Common Stock Dividend of $0.22 Per ShareSynchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share of common stock, payable on February 13, 2020 to holders of record at the close of business on February 7, 2020.





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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