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Top House Armed Services Republican: Trump's Ukraine call was 'inappropriate' but not impeachable
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 11:57:43 -0500

Top House Armed Services Republican: Trump's Ukraine call was 'inappropriate' but not impeachableRep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said President Trump's call with Ukraine's president was "inappropriate" — but it did not warrant his impeachment.

Swedish police set up task force to combat gang violence
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 07:12:48 -0500

Swedish police set up task force to combat gang violenceSwedish police said on Monday they would set up a special task force to deal with a wave of shootings and bombings linked to criminal gangs following the fatal shooting of a 15-year old in the city of Malmo at the weekend. Sweden has long held a reputation as being one of the safest countries in the world and while overall crime and murder rates remain low, gang wars in major cities have claimed an increasing number of victims in recent years. On Saturday, two 15-year-olds were shot outside a pizza restaurant in Malmo in what police said appeared to be a gang conflict over control of the drug trade in the area.

EU unveils sanctions plan to hit Turkey over Cyprus drilling
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:28:15 -0500

EU unveils sanctions plan to hit Turkey over Cyprus drillingThe European Union on Monday unveiled a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorized gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus but no Turkish companies or officials have yet been targeted. EU member countries can now come forward with names of those they think should be listed. Turkish warship-escorted drillships began exploratory drilling this summer in waters where EU-member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights, including areas where European energy companies are licensed to conduct a hydrocarbons search.

These Are the Shortest-Stopping Cars We've Ever Tested
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:13:00 -0500

These Are the Shortest-Stopping Cars We've Ever Tested

A black man was put in handcuffs after a police officer stopped him on a train platform because he was eating
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:06:55 -0500

A black man was put in handcuffs after a police officer stopped him on a train platform because he was eatingBay Area Rapid Transit police said Steve Foster, of Concord, California, violated state law by eating a sandwich on a BART station's platform.

Police shoot protester, man set on fire in day of Hong Kong fury
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:09:01 -0500

Police shoot protester, man set on fire in day of Hong Kong furyA police officer shot a masked protester in an incident shown live on Facebook and a man was set on fire Monday during one of the most violent days of clashes in Hong Kong since pro-democracy unrest erupted more than five months ago. A masked assailant also doused a man with a flammable liquid and set him ablaze during an argument, with the horrifying scene captured on mobile phones and also posted online. "Continuing this rampage is a lose-lose situation for Hong Kong," police spokesman John Tse said at a press conference in which he showed the video of the man being set alight, as well as a fire inside a train.

Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia's Evo Morales
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:34:40 -0500

Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia's Evo MoralesMexico granted asylum to Bolivia's former President Evo Morales on Monday as unrest shook the South American nation, helping cement the Mexican government's emerging role as a bastion of diplomatic support for left-wing leaders in Latin America. Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Morales' life was in danger, and the decision to grant him asylum was in Mexico's long tradition of sheltering exiles. Morales' government collapsed on Sunday after ruling party allies quit and the army urged him to step down in the wake of a disputed election, adding to a sense of crisis in Latin America, which has been hit by weeks of protests and unrest. Looting and roadblocks convulsed Bolivia after Morales stepped down. He said "violent groups" attacked his house. His exact whereabouts were unknown, though it was believed he had left in the presidential plane for his stronghold of Chapare province. "His life and integrity is at risk," Ebrard told reporters. "We will immediately proceed to inform Bolivia's foreign ministry that under international law, it should offer safe conduct." Mexico has informed the Organization of American States, and will inform the United Nations, he added. The Washington-based OAS delivered a report on Sunday citing serious irregularities during Bolivia's October vote. The departure of Bolivia's first indigenous president, one of a wave of leftists who dominated Latin America's politics at the start of the century, comes amid a widespread rejection of incumbent leaders from either side of the political divide in the region, from Mexico to Brazil and Argentina. Mexico elected its first left-leaning government in decades last year, moving closer to like-minded governments and distancing itself from diplomatic initiatives aimed at pushing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela. Argentina last month elected a left-leaning leader, as voters rejected economic policies aimed at stabilizing the economy but that deepened poverty and inflation. The resignation of Morales, who governed for 14 years, followed protests in Ecuador and Chile that forced their governments to step back from policies raising fuel and transport prices. Ebrard said earlier on Monday his government viewed Sunday's events in Bolivia as a "coup" because the military broke with the constitutional order by pressing Morales to resign. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador praised Morales saying he chose to resign rather than put the lives of Bolivia's citizens at risk

America Wants To Innovate Its Way Out Of A War With Russia Or China (It May Not Work)
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:00:00 -0500

America Wants To Innovate Its Way Out Of A War With Russia Or China (It May Not Work)Russia and China have their own plans.

Saudi Arabia Gives First Permanent Residencies to Foreigners
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:17:58 -0500

Saudi Arabia Gives First Permanent Residencies to Foreigners(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia granted 73 foreigners “premium” residency under a new program to attract overseas investment by enabling selected people to buy property and do business without a Saudi sponsor.The kingdom received thousands of applications after offering permanent residency for 800,000 riyals ($213,000) or a one-year renewable permit for 100,000 riyals. The first batch of recipients come from 19 countries and include investors, doctors, engineers and financiers, according to a statement Monday from the government’s Premium Residency Center. It didn’t detail how many were granted permanent residency.The program, approved in May, is the latest sign of how the kingdom is rethinking the role for foreigners as it works to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil. It’s a landmark move in a region where many overseas workers are subject to some of the world’s most restrictive residency rules. The premium residencies also allow holders to switch jobs, exit the kingdom easily and sponsor visas for family members.The idea for a long-term Saudi residency was first floated in 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. At the time, he estimated the program would generate about $10 billion in annual revenue by 2020.While Saudi Arabia is seeking to encourage the affluent to stay, monthly fees imposed on foreign workers and their families, along with sluggish economic growth, have prompted hundreds of thousands of other expats to leave. Those levies are designed to spur private businesses to hire Saudi nationals as citizen unemployment hovers above 12%.To contact the reporter on this story: Vivian Nereim in Riyadh at vnereim@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at, Mark Williams, Paul AbelskyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Trump 'fighter' Jim Jordan likely won't get much airtime in impeachment hearings
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:49:40 -0500

Trump 'fighter' Jim Jordan likely won't get much airtime in impeachment hearingsFor all the hype surrounding the move by House Republicans to place Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio on the Intelligence Committee so he can be part of the public impeachment hearings, the conservative firebrand is not likely to have much of a role to play based on the rules governing the hearings.

Police Employees Charged in 911 Medical Fraud Ring
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:05:43 -0500

Police Employees Charged in 911 Medical Fraud RingNEW YORK -- For years, Angela Meyers, a 911 operator with the New York Police Department, fielded emergency calls, then filed reports about the calls within the department.But according to court documents, when someone called 911 after a car accident, Meyers did something else: She also passed victims' information to an insurance fraud ring in Queens.Meyers was one of six current and former New York Police Department employees charged in federal court Thursday with conspiracy and bribery. They are accused of being part of a citywide medical insurance fraud ring that sent thousands of car accident victims to specific health clinics, doctors and lawyers in exchange for kickbacks.Law enforcement officials arrested 27 people in connection with the scheme -- 23 of those were expected to appear in Manhattan federal court Thursday.A key component to the scheme were the five 911 operators and an active police officer, Yanaris Deleon, who provided victims' confidential contact information to the scheme's ringleaders, prosecutors said. Four of the five 911 operators were active employees; one had previously resigned, police said."There is no place for corruption within the NYPD," James P. O'Neill, the police commissioner, said in a statement. "By tarnishing the shield, as well as their sacred oaths, these employees will be held to the highest account the law provides."According to court documents, the 911 operators and Deleon provided victims' contact information to the scheme's fraudulent "call center."The call center would then contact those victims and coax them to visit prearranged medical clinics and lawyers, court documents say. Those call center offices would then pay the ringleader of the scheme, Anthony Rose, 51, in exchange for that information, according to authorities.Prosecutors said the department employees received thousands of dollars for their part in the scheme."These actions have undermined the integrity of our emergency and medical first responders," said Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan. "This office is committed to rooting out corruption wherever it is found and will not rest until those who seek to profit by corrupting our public institutions are brought to justice."The fraud ring employed a network of people within hospitals, medical service providers and law enforcement. Rose, who is from Queens, ran the scheme from at least 2014 to November 2019, prosecutors said.As recently as June, Deleon texted Rose on encrypted messaging app WhatsApp and provided a list of "nearly two dozen names and telephone numbers" of accident victims, court documents said.Prosecutors estimate that as many as 60,000 car accident victims may have had their confidential information improperly disclosed.Rose ordered his co-conspirators to target car accident victims from low-income neighborhoods because they were more vulnerable, according to court documents. He told his fraudulent call center not to target victims in Manhattan, court documents said, because "those people got attorneys.""We need all the 'hood cases," Rose told the call center people, according to the documents. "We want all the bad neighborhoods."In addition to the Police Department sources, Rose also bribed employees at hospitals and medical centers to violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, and disclose confidential patient information for car accident victims, the documents say.The investigation is continuing, prosecutors said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

Scandal-hit Nissan's profits crash amid lower global sales
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:17 -0500

Scandal-hit Nissan's profits crash amid lower global salesJapanese automaker Nissan reported Tuesday that its July-September profit tumbled to half of what it earned the year before as sales and brand power crumbled following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co.'s fiscal second quarter profit totaled 59 billion yen ($541 million), down from 130 billion yen in 2018. Quarterly sales slipped nearly 7% to 2.6 trillion yen ($24 billion), falling globalling, including in the key U.S., European and Japanese markets.

Now's Your Chance To Own A 2019 Petty’s Garage Warrior Mustang
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:17:39 -0500

Now's Your Chance To Own A 2019 Petty’s Garage Warrior MustangJust in time for Veteran's Day, Non-Military personnel have the opportunity to own one of these Special Edition Mustangs for the first time!Two years ago, Military Auto Source (MAS) teamed up with Petty’s Garage to offer performance enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity – a new custom-built Warrior Edition Ford Mustang. The highly successful collaboration continued on for the 2018 model year, with a 2018 Petty’s Garage Warrior Mustang and F-150.These limited-edition Warrior vehicles were exclusively available only to troops deployed overseas, but due to enthusiasm from collectors, the Warrior Program has now been expanded with the unveiling of the 2019 Petty’s Garage Warrior Mustang. For the first time, you can purchase one of these incredible high-performance machines developed in recognition of our brave troops. With Veterans getting a discount of $1000 off their purchase if they buy one now. Features:*Edelbrock 2650TVS Supercharger/Whipple 3.0L Supercharger *Petty's Garage Aluminum Race Inspired Spoiler *Petty's Garage 3-Way Adjustable Coilovers*Petty's Garage Upper & Lower Mesh Grille with Billet Aluminum Badge *Petty's Garage Tail Panel Badge *Petty's Garage Windshield Banner *Petty's Garage Warrior Badging *Petty's Garage Warrior Leather Seats by Katzkin *Petty's Garage Window Etching *Petty's Garage Autographed Dash Badge *Petty's Garage Warrior Floor Mats *Petty's Garage Blue Shifter Knob *Petty's Garage I.D. Plate Petty's Garage Painted Stripe Package with Painted Lower Cladding *Petty's Garage Certificate of Authenticity *Available with Manual Transmission or Automatic*Exterior Colors Include Shadow Black, Oxford White, Ingot Silver MetallicThis is a breathtaking new opportunity! Reach the team using the contact forms here. The team will go through your options in our inventory. Veteran's get an extra $1000 discount. Go pick it up from Petty's Garage - actually meet the legend himself, Richard Petty, and have your car signed!With pre-negotiated military pricing on top of a guaranteed lowest price and warranty coverage that extends worldwide, the service MAS offers to our great warriors is already incredible, but if that’s not enough, they also offer a way to purchase a custom built and military exclusive vehicles.Don't miss out on your chance to bring one home to your garage! Start the buying process now.  Read More... * This Petty’s Garage Ford Mustang Is The Perfect Summer Muscle Car * Ultimate Road Going Richard Petty Dodge Challenger Up For Sale!

Scott Walker objects to 'holiday tree' and Twitter critics let him have it
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:58:16 -0500

Scott Walker objects to 'holiday tree' and Twitter critics let him have itDemocratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers unveiled a holiday tree in the state Capitol last week, and his predecessor did not respond well. Scott Walker and other Republicans in the state used the “holiday tree” to revive the old "War on Christmas" talking points common in right-wing circles.

Thousands join French march against Islamophobia
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:22:51 -0500

Thousands join French march against IslamophobiaOver 10,000 people turned out north of Paris on Sunday for a march against Islamophobia that drew criticism from both the government and the far right. The march was called by a number of individuals and organisations, including the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF). It also came as the debate over the veil has been revived in France and against a background of several jihadist attacks in France in recent years.

Amazon's $1.5 million political gambit backfires in Seattle City Council election
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:06:40 -0500

Amazon's $1.5 million political gambit backfires in Seattle City Council electionSeattle voters, in a rebuke to heavy corporate campaign spending by, have kept progressives firmly in control of their city council, reviving chances for a tax on big businesses that the tech giant helped fend off last year. Amazon poured a record $1.5 million into a Super PAC run by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to back a slate of candidates in the Nov. 5 council elections viewed as pro-business, or at least more corporate friendly than the incumbent council majority. Amazon, the world's leading online retailer whose chief executive is billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, accounted for more than half of nearly $2.7 million raised by the Super PAC, a group allowed to accept unlimited sums from wealthy donors in support of their favorite candidates.

The North Korean Threat Is Evolving: Here Come Pyongyang's Nuclear-Armed Submarines
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:30:00 -0500

The North Korean Threat Is Evolving: Here Come Pyongyang's Nuclear-Armed SubmarinesAmerica is vulnerable.

South Korea President’s Biggest Headache Is Prosecutor He Picked
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:00:12 -0500

South Korea President’s Biggest Headache Is Prosecutor He Picked(Bloomberg) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in -- swept into office on a vow to clean up government after his predecessor was ousted for graft -- wanted a prosecutor who wouldn’t hesitate to go after the most powerful.Problem is, Moon may have gotten what he wished for in Yoon Seok-youl.Almost immediately after being appointed as the nation’s chief prosecutor in July, Yoon launched a series of probes that have rocked Moon’s two-year-old administration. The scandal has forced one justice minister to resign and helped push Moon’s approval rating to a record low -- just as he girds for an April parliamentary election that will shape the second half of his term.The investigations are only the latest in string of high-profile cases brought by Yoon, 58, over the years, including probes of two former presidents, a chief justice and the heads of Samsung Electronics Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. After then-President Park Geun-hye demoted Yoon, he joined the special prosecutor’s team whose findings laid the groundwork for her impeachment and removal.“I’m not loyal to anyone,” he famously told lawmakers when asked about one such probe in 2013.Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Yoon’s latest case involves a man whom Moon once predicted would make a “fantastic duo” with the chief prosecutor: Former Justice Minster Cho Kuk. Last month, Cho was forced to resign after just five weeks on the job amid investigations into whether members of his family inflated college admission applications and improperly benefited from investments in a private equity fund.While Cho has denied wrongdoing and hasn’t been accused of any crimes, his wife and nephew have been indicted on various charges while his brother has been detained for questioning. Any expansion of Yoon’s probe to implicate him personally would pose problems for Moon, who decided to force through Cho’s appointment even after the investigations began. “I don’t know what allegations I’ll be charged with but it seems like the indictment against me has already been planned,” Cho wrote on his Facebook page late Monday.“Moon’s presidency was empowered by high public expectations for clean government,” said Park Sung-min, head of MIN Consulting, a political consulting firm in Seoul. If Cho “faces additional allegations related to his duty as part of the prosecutor’s probe into his family, Moon and the ruling party will receive a megablow,” he said.The investigations add a new worry for Moon on top of a slowing economy and a North Korean regime that has mocked his efforts to play a mediating role in nuclear talks with the U.S. The opposition Liberty Korea Party has drawn almost even with the ruling Democratic Party in some polls, raising the prospect that it could gain control of the National Assembly in April and stymie Moon’s agenda.Moon’s office declined to comment Monday, referring to remarks he made in Yoon’s presence Friday praising the prosecutor’s progress toward “political neutrality.” Moon said it was important to establish a fair anti-corruption system that could endure after “Yoon leaves office and regardless of who replaces him.”When announcing Yoon’s appointment, Moon praised him as “a man of integrity who’s not swayed by pressure from power.” Still, the Yonhap News Agency quoted a Moon administration official in September as saying that the investigation was on a scale that would only be necessary for “probing a conspiracy of a rebellion or completely mopping up the mafia.”The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office declined a request for comment. When asked about the investigation during a parliamentary hearing last month, Yoon vowed to follow the facts: “We prosecutors are not swayed by circumstances. We process the case only in accordance with principles and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”Yoon’s reputation for challenging authority goes back at least to his time in law school when he was forced to flee Seoul after participating in a mock trial in which he sought the death penalty against former coup-leader-turned-president Chun Doo-hwan. Back then, Yoon was known for belting out “Ave Maria” and “American Pie” in karaoke sessions, according to a person who has known him for more than 40 years.Yoon became a prosecutor at the relatively late age of 33 after failing the now-defunct annual bar exam eight times. His age and penchant for making bold speeches against powerful elites earned him the nickname “Big Brother” among his fellow prosecutors.In 2006, Yoon displayed characteristic bravado in seeking the arrest of Hyundai Motor Chairman Chung Mong-koo -- one of the country’s most powerful corporate titans, who was later convicted and pardoned. Yoon is someone who wouldn’t let a friend get away with wrongdoing, according to the person who has known him for more than 40 years.The investigations into Cho’s family have dealt a blow to Moon’s plans to overhaul a prosecutorial system that long been seen in South Korea as a tool for the country’s political elite to suppress dissent. While Moon had hoped Yoon would help push through legislation to weaken his own office, the chief prosecutor has publicly disagreed with a key part of the plan: delegating more investigative decisions to the police.Shortly after Yoon took office, the welcome note on the Supreme Prosecutors’ website was revised to include a pledge to “always serve the public by sternly holding those who wield power accountable for their abuses and violence.”In remarks that take on new significance in light of Yoon’s subsequent investigations, Moon urged the incoming chief prosecutor in July not to shy away from inquiries involving his own administration.“I want you to be really strict, even should there be influence-peddling and corruption within my office, government or the ruling party,” he told Yoon. “Thankfully, unlike the past, there hasn’t been a big, contemptible corruption case within my office, government or the ruling party yet.”(Adds comment from Cho in seventh paragraph.)\--With assistance from Jihye Lee.To contact the reporter on this story: Kanga Kong in Seoul at kkong50@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Pae at;Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Trump impeachment committee ‘has evidence of extortion scheme involving president’ and Ukraine
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:50:59 -0500

Trump impeachment committee ‘has evidence of extortion scheme involving president’ and UkrainePoliticians have evidence of an “extortion scheme” by Donald Trump to try to pressure a foreign government to investigate his opponents, a member of the House intelligence committee has said ahead of public impeachment hearings beginning this week.Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Sunday that there was already ample evidence that the president had abused his office.

Missing for 75 years, WWII submarine found after translation error discovered
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:11:16 -0500

Missing for 75 years, WWII submarine found after translation error discoveredThe USS Grayback, a World War II sub, sank in February 1944 and had been missing ever since. A team of explorers just found it off the coast of Japan.