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Suicide of former president brings criticism of Peru’s pretrial detentions


Reported to us by: WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 00:18 - [CET]
Critics say ‘excessive’ practice threatens legitimacy of important anti-corruption investigation
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Court papers detail creepy sex den allegedly used by Nxivm leader


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 2 min 43 sec ago - [CET]
Nxivm’s accused cult leader had sex with “slaves’’ in a pal’s home library — which included a bed elevated over a hot tub, according to new court papers. The creepy digs were detailed in grand-jury testimony from two women who said they had sexual relations with Keith Raniere in the second-floor study of a home...
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Iran is putting its hopes on a Democratic president


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 2 min 55 sec ago - [CET]
Observing America’s politics from Tehran must feel like sitting court-side at the US Open: Your head pivots side to side as you cheer your favorite player, hoping he’ll win the next set. And that’s dangerous. America’s hyper-partisan politics hamper Washington’s ability to conduct a coherent foreign policy. Last year, President Trump withdrew his predecessor’s big...
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Adam Gase: Jets need to close ‘big head start’ of Patriots


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 3 min 36 sec ago - [CET]
C.J. Mosley revealed last week that new Jets coach Adam Gase spoke about chasing the Patriots in his first team meeting. On Tuesday, Gase got to clarify what his message was. “My point to the whole thing is, we’re behind,” Gase said. “They got a big head start, multiple years, a decade-plus, almost two. We...
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Dr. Ruth happy she’s not a millennial on the dating scene


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 5 min 56 sec ago - [CET]
“I would not want to be young again to date in 2019,” the nonagenarian sex expert told Page Six.
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Exec sues MHLV over harassment characterized as ‘French culture’


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 6 min 59 sec ago - [CET]
An executive at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. says she was harassed there for years by an ooh la louse — but higher-ups just chalked it up to French culture. Plaintiff Andowah Newton, who worked out of the luxury-goods-brand’s New York office, says in a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Tuesday that the firm convinced...
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Theresa May gives green light to Huawei role in UK's 5G network


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - 7 min 54 sec ago - [CET]
The decision is likely to lead to fresh strains with the US, which has urged others in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance to do the same.
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Facial Recognition Tech at Airports Sparks Privacy Concerns


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 8 min 1 sec ago - [CET]


Facial recognition technology is rolling out at airport gates across the country, but some travelers say it's an invasion of privacy.
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Looking beyond the good economic news in Bangladesh


Reported to us by: East Asia Forum - 9 min 14 sec ago - [CET]

Author: Ali Riaz, Illinois State University

Bangladesh’s economy will continue its high growth into 2020 according to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank. This comforts the government, serving as a morale booster for the ruling Awami League (AL). AL is being criticised for their part in the questionable December 2018 election, widely described by global commentators as ‘farcical’.

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Although these economic forecasts are lower than the Bangladeshi government’s own estimates, the widely agreed growth of above 7 per cent is still impressive. The country is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

But positive reports were accompanied with warnings that the government and its supporters are barely mentioning. The country’s banking sector is facing a serious crisis. A key vulnerability that the World Bank stresses is the growing amount of non-performing loans (NPLs).

The amount of NPLs in June 2018 reached US$10.8 billion — 10.5 per cent of all outstanding loans in the economy. And it continues to grow. It appears the banking sector has become a hostage to defaulters. And instead of going after defaulters, the government is pouring money into the banking sector, repeatedly offering bail-outs and allowing banks to reschedule loans at lower interest rates.

The government’s lenient attitude is due to many defaulters being well connected. Political connections are also often the reason behind the loans’ approvals in the first place. Similar considerations dictate the debt rescheduling occurring for loans unlikely to ever be repaid. Despite the poor performance of those established private commercial banks that were approved under political consideration, three more were approved in February. This is classic cronyism.

Banking sector issues are only symptomatic of the overall flawed governance system. Rampant corruption and the absence of the rule of law have become the norm — getting away with anything is possible given connections to the ruling party and its leaders.

The Election Commission, local administrations and law enforcement agencies all helped deliver victory for the incumbent AL during the last national elections, meaning voters have become dismayed with the electoral system. Extraordinarily low voter turnouts in the Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral election held on 28 February and in the on-going upazila sub-district elections are demonstrating that citizens’ confidence in elections has been shattered.

This did not happen by accident, but by design. A concerted effort to depoliticise society and make all institutions ineffective helps the AL tighten its grip and amass more power. It is unsurprising that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested that reviving the one-party system, introduced in 1975 by her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, offers a solution to the elections-without-voters problem.

There is a mood of resignation and powerlessness among Bangladeshis. Misdeeds that previously provoked protests and moral outrage are increasingly accepted as the way it is. Legal system abuse and the government’s frequent extralegal use of measures to quell dissent have sent a message. The failure of the opposition, in particular the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), to reorganise itself and challenge the government’s growing authoritarian tendencies are a source of frustration.

The BNP rejected the election results and publicly stated that its elected members — only six — will not join the parliament. But two opposition parliamentarians of the Jatiya Oikya Front’s minor Gano Forum party have since broken rank, posing questions over whether others are also tempted to fall in line.

Dhaka’s air is thick with a rumour that a deal between the BNP and the government is in the making. It would involve the BNP chief Khaleda Zia being allowed medical treatment parole in exchange for those six BNP members joining parliament.

But the BNP has trashed that rumour. Zia has been jailed since February 2018 after being convicted in two cases of graft, while 34 other cases are pending. As her health deteriorates in Dhaka Central Jail, her lawyers’ efforts to secure bail for these cases have allegedly been blocked by the government, although the government claims that it has no hands in the judicial process.

Despite securing an unprecedented victory and having the participation of 344 out of 350 parliamentarians, the ruling party still feels that it needs these six boycotting members in to provide moral legitimacy to the parliament and the seemingly managed national election.

Whether wanting to bring the BNP into the parliament is due to external pressure or because of anxiety within the ruling party is an open question. But there is no denying that the election and the degenerating style of democracy have engendered concern among Bangladeshis. Simmering discontent over governance is finding itself expressed through sporadic grassroots non-partisan social movements as well as labour unrest.

Separate mass protests viewed together paint a larger picture of popular agitation, including garment workers in January, the second road safety movement in March, the ongoing unrest in the jute mill sector, and protests at Dhaka University. More is likely to follow.

These are yet to pose a serious challenge to the government but represent the growing popular discontent against the lack of transparency and accountability occurring in Bangladesh.

Ali Riaz is a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University.

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How one utilizes Alipay mini-programs to acquire new users


Reported to us by: CHINA BIZ - 9 min 44 sec ago - [CET]

Alipay recently introduced a new feature Sports on its mini-programs platform and opened beta testing to some developers. It has helped promote brand exposure and user acquisitions. Previously, Alipay mini-programs has opened over 600 functions including face recognition to developers.

Alipay, the leading online payment platform owned by Ant Financial and affiliated with Alibaba Group, claims that its active users across the globe have exceeded 1-billion milestone as of January 9, 2019. ...

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Elizabeth Warren’s loony college-giveaway plan


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 11 min 48 sec ago - [CET]
Presidential contender Liz Warren’s strategy is to win the Democratic nomination by promising the most free stuff. On Monday, she upped the ante: She is offering a whopping $50,000 in student-loan forgiveness for nearly everyone who borrowed for college or graduate school. That’s old-fashioned, Tammany Hall-style bribery — handing out dollars to buy votes. Warren’s...
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‘We’re not there yet:’ Pelosi pushes back on impeachment as more Democrats call for proceedings 


Reported to us by: WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 12 min 55 sec ago - [CET]
Divisions in the party were apparent as another 2020 presidential hopeful and a top House committee chairman press for efforts to remove the president from office.
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More than 50 jade mine workers trapped by 'mud lake'


Reported to us by: CNN WORLD NEWS - 14 min 51 sec ago - [CET]
More than 50 people are missing and feared dead after a mudslide buried workers at a jade mine in Myanmar's Kachin State, according to reports.
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Washington state bill limits measles vaccine exemptions


Reported to us by: FOX NEWS - 16 min 35 sec ago - [CET]
Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to removes parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain.
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Waitress accused of tipping herself over $3K at burger joint


Reported to us by: NEW YORK POST - 17 min 1 sec ago - [CET]
A North Carolina waitress was accused of tipping herself over $3,700 at local eatery, according to ABC News 13 WLOS.
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Waitress accused of tipping herself over $3K at burger joint


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 17 min 1 sec ago - [CET]
A North Carolina waitress was accused of tipping herself over $3,700 at local eatery, according to ABC News 13 WLOS.
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Earthquake of 5.7 magnitude rocks India's north-east


Reported to us by: TASS (Russian News Agency) - 17 min 5 sec ago - [CET]
No injuries or damages have been reported
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Why is a 2,500-year-old epic dominating polls in modern India?


Reported to us by: BBC - 20 min 57 sec ago - [CET]
The Ramayana, a 2,500-year-old mythological epic has been brought to the fore of the world's largest election
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Chip and Joanna Gaines Say Their New Television Network Is ‘Bigger and Broader’ in Scope


Reported to us by: TIME - 21 min 11 sec ago - [CET]

Just weeks after officially announcing their latest project — a cable television network — design superstars Chip and Joanna Gaines celebrated at the TIME 100 Gala as two of the evening’s honorees.

The Texas couple parlayed their hit HGTV home remodeling show Fixer Upper into an empire that includes branded goods, a magazine, a coffee shop and a market, along with their Magnolia Homes remodeling business. Though Fixer Upper ended in April 2018, the Gaineses shared details about their return to television with TIME.

The new venture will be “in the vein” of Fixer Upper, but “bigger and broader in scope,” Chip told TIME during cocktail hour. The network will also expand its scope to “cooking, lifestyle, family,” Joanna added.

The as-yet-unnamed network is set to replace Discovery’s DIY network, and will premiere in 2020.

“We do construction for a living, we raise babies for a living, we’re married for a living so all of those elements will definitely be in the show,” Chip said. The Gaines welcomed their fifth child, son Crew, last June.

The luminaries kept rolling into the event and the pair had jokes about collaborating with a few. “We’ve got Jimmy Fallon, we’ve got the Rock. Glenn Close just told us she’d do a 30-minute documentary with Jane Goodall,” Chip riffed.

Before mingling with their fellow honorees, the pair made a joke about Joanne’s noted adoration of shiplap, the wooden board “This just in: Jo’s over shiplap,” he said. “That is not true!” Joanne contested.

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Cuba's government mocked by stampede of ostrich memes


Reported to us by: BBC - 21 min 41 sec ago - [CET]
A revolutionary hero's suggestion that Cuba's food shortages could be resolved by eating ostrich is ridiculed online.
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Tabloids' royal outrage as birth of Baby Sussex nears


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - 21 min 43 sec ago - [CET]
British red-tops complain the birth of Baby Sussex is being treated like a state secret. Actually the plans are characteristic of the modern royals.
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To win, Joe Biden must quit apologizing and stand up to the left


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 22 min 10 sec ago - [CET]
After a delay game that looked like it would never end, former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to officially launch his 2020 presidential run Thursday with an online video. That brings the number of Democratic can­didates to at least 20, and means all the real contenders are now off and running. Yes, there may...
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Airline Facial Recognition Use Sparks Privacy Concerns


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 22 min 42 sec ago - [CET]


Several airlines are testing out facial recognition software — but some travelers say they're not on board. Jummy Olabanji reports.
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Khalid Says People Used to Chant ‘Khalid Can’t Sing’ at Him in High School


Reported to us by: TIME - 22 min 58 sec ago - [CET]

At just 21 years old, Khalid is already on the path to becoming something of a legend in the hip-hop world.

But there were haters who doubted his skills, and even bullied him.

“I guess people didn’t like my singing or my voice. Says it’s something that happens to everyone in high school but he had a good friend group to get him through it. “I never let it get me down,” the R&B singer and songwriter told TIME at the TIME 100 gala in New York City Tuesday.

Khalid, born Khalid Robinson, hit the red carpet before performing for his fellow honorees as one of TIME’s most influential people of 2019. Taylor Swift is set to perform at the gala as well.

Since he released his first single in 2016, his songs have repeatedly topped the billboard charts. In 2017, he snagged an MTV video music award for best new artist and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Alicia Keys, who wrote his tribute for this year’s TIME 100, praised him as “totally unique.” “He’s accessible—almost like you’ve met somebody like him before, although there’s nobody else like him,” Keys wrote.

His latest album Free Spirit came out earlier this month and it’s already topping charts. But Khalid was coy about when he would release his third album.

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Cuomo schedules lavish fundraisers as legislature tussles over major issues


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 22 min 58 sec ago - [CET]
Gov. Cuomo’s campaign has scheduled a series of fundraisers in coming weeks — including two at $5,000 a ticket — as the legislature grapples with issues from rent control to marijuana legalization. The headliner: A May 8 event at Yankee Stadium when the Bronx Bombers play the Seattle Mariners and a single seat will cost...
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Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - 23 min 14 sec ago - [CET]

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney says she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq’s Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015. Clooney represents Yazidi women and girls who were held […]

這篇文章 Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes 最早出現於 The China Post。

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In rambling note to judge, pipe bomb mailer blames steroids


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - 23 min 27 sec ago - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man who mailed crudely made pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump said he abused steroids for over 40 years, an issue his lawyers say they’ll cite at sentencing. Cesar Sayoc made the assertion in lengthy and rambling letters to a federal judge that were posted in […]

這篇文章 In rambling note to judge, pipe bomb mailer blames steroids 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Florida House debates bill banning 'sanctuary city' policies


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - 23 min 44 sec ago - [CET]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House opened debate on a hotly contested Republican bill that would require local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and ban so-called “sanctuary city” policies aimed at shielding immigrants who are arrested. The GOP-dominated House on Tuesday turned back several Democratic amendments intended to weaken the […]

這篇文章 Florida House debates bill banning 'sanctuary city' policies 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Justin Thomas launches foundation for children, military


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - 23 min 56 sec ago - [CET]

Justin Thomas is the latest PGA Tour player to launch a foundation, and it wasn’t anything he threw together overnight. “We’ve been talking about it the last couple of years,” Thomas said. “My mom has done an unbelievable job of making sure everything was done properly. We’ve talked to so many other athletes, their wives, […]

這篇文章 Justin Thomas launches foundation for children, military 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Drug Distribution Company Charged in Opioid Crisis


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 23 min 59 sec ago - [CET]


It is a first in the fight against the opioid crisis -- a major drug distribution company based in New York is now facing criminal charges. Ray Villeda reports.
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Warriors will try to eliminate Los Angeles at home


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - 24 min 14 sec ago - [CET]

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr drove home from a stunning 35-point defeat at Oracle Arena one night last month and thought of something on the bright side: He can’t recall very many ugly losses during Golden State’s sensational five-year run. This season has brought a handful of embarrassing performances in the final hurrah at […]

這篇文章 Warriors will try to eliminate Los Angeles at home 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Nobel Laureate Murad Urges Justice for Yazidi Victims of IS


Reported to us by: Voice of America -Middle East - 24 min 16 sec ago - [CET]
Nobel laureate and former Islamic State captive Nadia Murad reproached the international community Tuesday, saying in the five years since thousands of ethnic Yazidi women were enslaved by the terror group in Iraq, not a single perpetrator has been brought to justice.  "Thousands of ISIL elements are free. Thousands are detained without trial," Murad said, referring to the group by an acronym. "We come here today and ask that those perpetrators of genocide be brought to justice."  Murad made the appeal at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the issue of sexual violence in conflict. At its peak, the so-called Islamic State controlled large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. In 2014, its fighters seized the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, where tens of thousands of Yazidis lived. The Yazidis are a mostly Kurdish-speaking people who practice a unique monotheistic faith and are a minority in the region.  Fighters killed scores of Yazidi men and enslaved several thousand women and girls, in atrocities the U.N. said amounted to genocide. The women were used as sex slaves, often sold or traded from one fighter to another. Many now have children by the men who raped them. Older women were made to do manual labor.  Last month, IS lost its last stronghold in Syria, and thousands of its fighters have been detained by local Kurdish authorities. The fate of many non-Iraqi and Syrian fighters is unclear as governments in Europe and elsewhere debate what to do about their citizens-turned-terrorists.  "They used Yazidi women as a weapon of war, hence, they need to be tried before a special court so that they will be tried for the crimes they committed," Murad told Security Council members. "Bringing elements of ISIL to justice in the framework of an international tribunal that tries them for crimes of genocide and sexual violence against women, would send messages to others and prevent such crimes in the future." 'We need steps, not just slogans' Murad, who was kidnapped by the terror group and subjected to sexual violence for three months in 2014 , said there has been little international assistance for survivors.  "We come to the U.N., we deliver statements, but no practical steps are taken that include reconstruction or bringing the perpetrators to justice, or returning victims and displaced to their homes," she said. "We need serious steps on the ground and not just slogans." Her lawyer, Amal Clooney, also addressed the council, warning that if the international community does not seek accountability now, it could soon be too late.  "Let us remember that the crimes committed by ISIS against women and girls are unlike anything we have witnessed in modern times," Clooney said, using another acronym for the group. "But the question of bringing them to justice has barely raised a whisper." She said if the Security Council cannot prevent sexual violence, it must at least punish it.  "We are facing an epidemic of sexual violence, and I believe justice is the antidote," Clooney said. In September 2017, the U.N. Security Council authorized the creation of a U.N. investigative team to collect and preserve evidence of IS crimes in Iraq for future trials. Clooney said the team's work got fully under way last month, and they have begun exhuming mass graves to identify the victims' remains. On Tuesday, after much discussion and some deep disagreements, the Security Council adopted a resolution that focuses on supporting survivors of sexual violence in conflicts around the world.  ​"We have now a concentration on accountability. We have a survivor-centered approach. We are putting sanctions much more in the center of actions. We have the U.N. system watching it, reporting it," said German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, whose delegation drafted the text.​ 'Real fight' for resolution  The resolution was adopted with 13 votes in favor and the abstentions of Russia and China. The U.S. had threatened to use its veto if language was not removed recognizing the importance of providing sexual reproductive health care assistance to survivors of sexual violence. After difficult negotiations, the Germans dropped the reference.  "It was for us not the ideal solution. As you could imagine, we would have liked to have strong language repeated and strengthened that language, but this was not possible," Heusgen told reporters. "So, the choice was, 'Do we give up everything for not reaching this?' Our choice was the one that civil society and the victims asked us to do." France's envoy, Francois Delattre, told reporters ahead of the vote that negotiations were "a real fight." He expressed disappointment that there has been backsliding on women's rights by some countries.  "If we believe in the values of the U.N., if we believe in the values of women's rights, this is a real fight,"he said. "There are attitudes that we just don't understand." "A survivor-centered approach means ensuring both their rights and addressing their needs," Inas Miloud, director of the Tamazight Women Movement in Libya, told council members. "As a priority, access to lifesaving interventions and post-rape medical care, including comprehensive sexual and reproductive health rights services, emergency contraception, the options of safe abortion services, and HIV prevention and treatment."
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Jailed French executive who felt force of US bribery law


Reported to us by: BBC - 24 min 22 sec ago - [CET]
The jail ordeal of ex-Alstom executive Frédéric Pierucci is a warning for firms with a history of corruption.
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New LSU AD Woodward initially supportive of embattled Wade


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - 24 min 36 sec ago - [CET]

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New LSU athletic director Scott Woodward began his tenure at his alma mater by asserting he would throw “100 percent support” behind recently reinstated basketball coach Will Wade — unless he’s presented with new information that forces him to reconsider. “I have not met with Will,” Woodward said during his […]

這篇文章 New LSU AD Woodward initially supportive of embattled Wade 最早出現於 The China Post。

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States Turning to Driver's Licenses to Help Immigrants


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 26 min 37 sec ago - [CET]


Jorge was driving a friend’s car in December 2017 when a police officer in Long Island stopped him. Because the car’s registration had expired, and because Jorge was driving without a license, the officer...

Photo Credit: New York Immigration Coalition and Greenlight Coalition
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Will the State Education Department fight for the kids?


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 26 min 47 sec ago - [CET]
A state Supreme Court justice last week tossed out the State Education Department’s rules to ensure that private and religious New York schools teach the basics — yet another in a long series of delays. The city’s Department of Education dithered for years as a handful of yeshivas refused to allow inspections. Then state Sen....
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Google Wing Aviation gets FAA OK for drone deliveries in Virginia


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - 27 min 7 sec ago - [CET]

WASHINGTON — Google affiliate Wing Aviation has received federal approval allowing it to make commercial deliveries by drone.

It's the first time a company has gotten a federal air carrier certification for drone deliveries.

The approval from the Federal Aviation Administration means that Wing can operate commercial drone flights in ...

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Florida House debates bill banning 'sanctuary city' policies


Reported to us by: ABC USA HEADLINES - 27 min 41 sec ago - [CET]
Florida House debates GOP bill to require local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and banning so-called "sanctuary city" policies
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Alex Rodriguez gets dragged into Mike Francesa-Michael Kay radio war


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 27 min 59 sec ago - [CET]
The promise to not talk about ratings again did not last very long. WFAN host Mike Francesa called out Alex Rodriguez for congratulating Francesa’s radio rival, Michael Kay, for claiming victory in their continuing ratings battle, which shows them neck-and-neck, though each has declared a win. “That’s fine. That’s OK,” Francesa told a caller, who...
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'Jeopardy!' champ breaks record, surpasses $1 million in shortest time ever


Reported to us by: FOX NEWS - 28 min 6 sec ago - [CET]
"Jeopardy!" champ James Holzhauer has just broken another record. 
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Google's Wing Aviation gets FAA OK for drone deliveries


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - 30 min 10 sec ago - [CET]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Google affiliate Wing Aviation has received federal approval allowing it to make commercial deliveries by drone.

It's the first time a company has gotten a federal air carrier certification for drone deliveries.

The approval from the Federal Aviation Administration means that Wing can operate commercial drone flights ...

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ASX just 33 points way from post-GFC highs


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - Business - 30 min 49 sec ago - [CET]
Sentiment may drive the ASX to new post-GFC highs today after Wall Street reached a new all-time high overnight
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The Latest: San Francisco panel to vote on homeless shelter


Reported to us by: ABC USA HEADLINES - 30 min 51 sec ago - [CET]
People are giving public testimony at a San Francisco port commission meeting over whether to approve a new homeless center in a waterfront neighborhood
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De Blasio shoots at The Post even when someone else is the messenger


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 31 min 45 sec ago - [CET]
Yet again, Mayor Bill de Blasio is blaming the messenger — The Post — for his own bungling. But this time he can’t get his facts straight — or even the messenger. On Sunday, The Post and Politico each reported that City Hall wants to replace two buildings at the Fulton Houses public-housing complex with...
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Le’Veon Bell’s huge payday didn’t get him to attend Jets minicamp


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 31 min 51 sec ago - [CET]
The Jets offense took the field for the first time in 2019 on Tuesday, but one big piece was missing. Running back Le’Veon Bell was not at the team’s minicamp. Like much of the offseason program, attendance was voluntary, but it was not a great look for Bell to be absent after signing his four-year,...
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Labour pledges to end 'slum' office housing


Reported to us by: BBC POLITICS - 32 min 11 sec ago - [CET]
It says current planning rules allow developers in England to convert offices into "rabbit hutch" homes.
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Justice Department filing contradicts Kushner's view of Russia threat


Reported to us by: POLITICO TOP PICKS - 33 min 4 sec ago - [CET]

Jared Kushner, in his first public comments since the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, on Tuesday downplayed the impact of Russian interference in the 2016 election, which saw his father-in-law win the Oval Office.

“You look at what Russia did, buying some Facebook ads and trying to sow dissent. It’s a terrible thing,” Kushner, who is also one of President Donald Trump’s senior advisers, said at a Time magazine event in New York. “But I think the investigations and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple Facebook ads.”

The Justice Department, however, is offering a starkly different assessment of the potential dangers of a Russian intelligence operation for U.S. national security — and argues that it doesn’t take a master spy to do serious harm.

In a little-noticed court filing on Friday, an expert witness for the government, Robert Anderson Jr., a former assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, outlined how the activities of the Russian gun-rights activist Maria Butina during the election contained all the hallmarks of a sophisticated intelligence operation.


Anderson’s declaration has spawned a new fight between the government and Butina’s lawyers, who countered that it was speculative and blurred the line between informal networking and clandestine intelligence operations.

But the filing also sheds new light on how the Justice Department views the ongoing threat of Russian attempts to influence American politics, and goes well beyond what Mueller’s team was able to say in its 448-page report.

Allowing Russia to “bypass formal channels of diplomacy, win concessions, and exert influence within the United States” by entertaining backchannel lines of communication could result in “commensurate harm to the United States, including harm to the integrity of the United States’ political processes and internal government dealings, as well as to U.S. foreign policy interests and national security,” Anderson wrote.

Butina created a plan called the “Diplomacy Project” in March 2015 aimed at cultivating Republican presidential candidates and their advisers and reporting her progress back to Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia.

She also tried to connect members of the National Rifle Association with Kremlin officials in December 2015 during a trip to Moscow, prosecutors say, and held U.S.-Russia “friendship dinners” to “exert the speediest and most effective influence on the process of making decisions in the American establishment,” according to a document she wrote during the election.

Butina pleaded guilty in December to conspiring against the U.S, agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and is in jail awaiting sentencing.


Butina wasn’t the only Russian trying to make inroads outside of formal diplomatic structures during and after the election, however. And she was arguably the least successful.

Mueller confirmed in his report that Paul Manafort, the campaign’s chairman, discussed ways to forge a Russia-Ukraine “peace plan” that would bolster Moscow’s influence over Kiev; that the incoming national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed sanctions relief with the Russian ambassador before Trump even took office; that Kushner suggested using Russian Embassy facilities to discuss Syria policy during the transition period, thereby evading detection from the U.S. intelligence community; and that a two-page document outlining a U.S.-Russia reset made its way from the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The first half of Mueller’s report was laser-focused on answering the question of whether Trump or members of his campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia to hack into Democrats’ emails or influence the election through social media; it ultimately concluded that they had not.

Mueller had little to say about the broader national security implications of Russia’s efforts to cultivate Trump associates. But Andrew Weiss, the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research on Russia and Eurasia, noted on Twitter on Monday that, seen against the backdrop of Anderson’s declaration, “it’s clear that the conduct outlined in Volume I of the Mueller Report created enormous damage to US national security.”


Because the U.S. is “Russia’s primary target “for malign and intrusive intelligence operations,” Anderson wrote, the Kremlin is not just looking for classified information or trade secrets. It’s looking for access points and opportunities to influence policy.

“In targeting the United States, Russia works … to collect any information that could, by itself or in conjunction with other efforts, assist the Russian government in increasing its geopolitical power or undermining and harming that of the United States,” he continued.

The special counsel’s counterintelligence findings could illuminate the extent to which people in Trump’s orbit — and the president himself — have been, or remain, compromised. But those findings were largely handed off to the FBI over the course of the 22-month probe and were not enumerated in the final report.

Butina’s lawyers, meanwhile, have argued that the broad theory Anderson put forward — that a foreign national may be acting as an “access agent” when hobnobbing with D.C. operatives and sending information about those dalliances back to their government — “effectively criminalizes all networking behavior if done by a foreign national.” Her lawyers said in another court filing on Tuesday that it could take “months” for them to respond to Anderson’s declaration if the judge declines to strike it, indefinitely delaying Butina’s sentencing hearing. The hearing had originally been set for April 26.


D.C. prosecutors have been aggressive in the Butina case, as evidenced by their assertion early on that she was trading sex for a position in a special-interest organization — an accusation that the government walked back after realizing that it had misinterpreted a piece of evidence.

Prosecutors also recommended an 18-month sentence for Butina, despite her lawyers’ expectation that they would not make a specific recommendation given the 10 months she’s already spent in jail.

Butina’s lawyers also feel the government blindsided them with the last-minute Anderson affidavit that made her look complicit in a Russian intelligence operation.

“The fact that the government used this filing — made late in the evening on Good Friday … less than a week before sentencing — to unveil a complete new theory of the government’s case creates additional due process issues,” they wrote in a motion to exclude and strike Anderson’s declaration.

Disputes over the government’s conduct aside, the Anderson declaration was a striking — and ominous — analysis of the Russian government’s intelligence-collection methods.

“Russia’s efforts targeting the United States take a myriad of forms — it is, in essence, a numbers game,” he wrote. “Not every intelligence campaign needs to be successful for Russia to have achieved its goals.”


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Top ex-prosecutor tapped to lead case against Queens Councilman


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 33 min 18 sec ago - [CET]
A former federal prosecutor who led the corruption case against disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been tapped by the City Council to prosecute a Queens lawmaker accused of being too affectionate to a female staffer. Carrie Cohen will be responsible for drafting formal charges against Councilman Barry Grodenchik, 59, and presenting the case...
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AbbVie's Skyrizi drug to treat psoriasis wins US approval


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 34 min 6 sec ago - [CET]
AbbVie Inc said on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its Skyrizi drug as a treatment for plaque psoriasis at a time when its blockbuster psoriasis drug, Humira, faces patent pressures.
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NYC Jogger Killer Gets Life Sentence


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 34 min 52 sec ago - [CET]


The man convicted of killing Karina Vetrano, a 30-year-old Queens woman who went out for a run in her neighborhood park one summer day and never came home, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance...
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Around 156 people in 10 states infected with E. coli from ground beef: CDC


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 35 min 13 sec ago - [CET]
A total of 156 people in 10 states have been infected with E. coli after eating tainted ground beef at home and in restaurants since the beginning of March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday.
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Gov. Murphy Proposes Gun Permit Fee Hike


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 35 min 37 sec ago - [CET]


New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy plans to dramatically increase the cost of permits and licenses needed to carry a gun in the state. Brian Thompson reports.
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US exempts foreign entities working with Iran's Revolutionary Guard from 'terrorist' designation


Reported to us by: CNBC - 36 min 3 sec ago - [CET]
The U.S. announces exemptions for foreign entities working with Iran's Revolutionary Guard, after designating it a "terrorist organization."
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President Trump Met With Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey After Criticizing the Social Media Platform


Reported to us by: TIME - 36 min 44 sec ago - [CET]

(Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey met with Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, the same day the president tweeted that Congress should “get involved” in a battle against “discriminatory” practices by the social media company.

In a series of tweets, Trump said it was “so true” that he was the best thing to happen to the company, but that Twitter doesn’t “treat me well as a Republican.”

“The best thing ever to happen to Twitter is Donald Trump.” @MariaBartiromo So true, but they don’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list. Big complaints from many people. Different names-over 100 M…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2019

…..But should be much higher than that if Twitter wasn’t playing their political games. No wonder Congress wants to get involved – and they should. Must be more, and fairer, companies to get out the WORD!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2019

The president complained that his follower count would be “much higher” if Twitter “wasn’t playing their political games.”

“No wonder Congress wants to get involved – and they should,” he said.

The meeting between Trump and Dorsey, reported earlier by Motherboard, was confirmed by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Great meeting this afternoon at the @WhiteHouse with @Jack from @Twitter. Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue! pic.twitter.com/QnZi579eFb

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2019

As of Tuesday morning, Trump had 59.9 million Twitter followers, making him the 13th most-tracked user on the social media network behind individuals including former President Barack Obama and singers Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. But the president has repeatedly voiced his displeasure with an effort by Twitter last year to remove tens of millions of suspicious accounts, with the company saying it was trying to help combat manipulative and abusive content by deleting fake profiles.

The president lost hundreds of thousands of followers in the purge, but so did many of the company’s most-visible users, including Dorsey, who said he lost about 200,000 followers as part of the initiative.

Dorsey told lawmakers in September that the company wasn’t biased and that there were technical explanations for each example that Republicans had raised to press their case of political bias. And Twitter said Tuesday that about 38 percent of abusive content is now being found through technology and flagged for human review, up from none last year.

“We are taking a more proactive approach to reducing abuse and its effects on Twitter,” Dorsey said Tuesday in a statement. “We are reducing the burden on victims and, where possible, taking action before abuse is reported.”

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Twitter shares surge as results surprise, while CEO vows it will become easier to use


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - Business - 36 min 49 sec ago - [CET]
The social media platform raced past earnings expectations as it outlined its plans for a safer, more usable site.
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'I risked everything': Rishi memorised three books for a meeting - now he is a billionaire


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - Business - 37 min 3 sec ago - [CET]
After years of being given the cold shoulder, Rishi Khosla made a breakthrough at age 27 with an audacious pitch.
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Acting DHS chief says family separations cost law enforcement "public trust"


Reported to us by: CBS WORLD NEWS - 37 min 7 sec ago - [CET]
The acting head of Homeland Security told CBS News the Trump administration's controversial immigration policy that led to family separations is not coming back. Kevin McAleenan took over for Kirstjen Nielsen earlier this month. Sharyn Alfonsi of "60 Minutes" interviewed McAleenan at the border.
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Woman Sexually Assaulted in Brooklyn Apartment Building


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 37 min 25 sec ago - [CET]


Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman in a Prospect Heights apartment building. Marc Santia reports.
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Russian deputy prime minister to visit Iraq on April 24-25


Reported to us by: TASS (Russian News Agency) - 37 min 54 sec ago - [CET]
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov will meet with Iraq's President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad
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Gina Gershon’s ‘wild cat’ role shakes up ‘Riverdale’


Reported to us by: NEW YORK POST -ENTERTAINMENT - 37 min 57 sec ago - [CET]
The CW’s “Riverdale” travels far afield from the wholesome 1950s-era “Archie” comic books on which it’s based — but barely resembles. So when Gina Gershon joined the cast as Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) mother — tough-talking, drug-dealing, leather-wearing Gladys Jones — she says she was surprised by what she found. “I grew up reading ‘Archie.’ My...
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Gina Gershon’s ‘wild cat’ role shakes up ‘Riverdale’


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 37 min 57 sec ago - [CET]
The CW’s “Riverdale” travels far afield from the wholesome 1950s-era “Archie” comic books on which it’s based — but barely resembles. So when Gina Gershon joined the cast as Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) mother — tough-talking, drug-dealing, leather-wearing Gladys Jones — she says she was surprised by what she found. “I grew up reading ‘Archie.’ My...
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Wake Held for Fallen Marine From Locust Valley


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 39 min ago - [CET]


A final farewell continued Tuesday for one of two local marines who made the ultimate sacrifice. Greg Cergol reports.
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One Taste Samin Nosrat Would Give Up If She Absolutely Had to Live Without It


Reported to us by: TIME - 39 min 9 sec ago - [CET]

Samin Nosrat’s Netflix show focuses on the the four essential flavors of salt, fat, acid and heat – but pressed on which one she would give up if she had to, she picked salt.

“Fat gets all the textures. Acid gives dimension. Heat is cooking. But salt is kind of an acquired palate… I like to think that I would forget how delicious salt tastes,” the TIME 100 honoree said at the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday.

When the chef, food writer and cookbook author turned her award-winning cookbook Salt Fat Acid Heat into a Netflix series, it didn’t take long for viewers to fall in love as they watched her travel the world, dispensing tips and schooling viewers on the four fundamental elements of flavor.

The Netflix series, which premiered last fall, brought Nosrat to Italy, Japan, Mexico and her adopted hometown of Berkeley, Calif. Along the way, she ate everything from miso eggs to aggressively spicy tacos.

Nosrat, who is Iranian-American, has also long been passionate about increasing diversity in the food industry, and bringing opportunities to other brown chefs.

Nosrat came from Chez Panisse, one of the most prestigious restaurants in the United States – but her fight to improve diversity and representation in the restaurant industry isn’t just focused on elite kitchens.

“We can’t invent a generation of leaders, we have to raise them,” she said. “We’re not done until we’re really, really done, until a server at Applebee’s or a cook at Red Lobster [gets the same treatment as those at the top].”

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US jury weighs fate of woman who passed herself off as heiress


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 39 min 25 sec ago - [CET]
NEW YORK: A jury in New York on Tuesday (Apr 24) began deliberating the fate of a German-Russian woman charged with 10 counts of fraud and theft of US$275,000 during the time she spent passing herself off as an heiress. Anna Sorokin, 28, is accused of inventing a new identity upon her 2016 arrival ...
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Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes


Reported to us by: WASHINGTON POST - 39 min 51 sec ago - [CET]
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney says she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq’s Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015
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How new parents can ask for help without being jerks


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 40 min 4 sec ago - [CET]
Philadelphia couple Jim and Alex Burns recently went viral for an eyebrow-raising crowdsourcing request. In a post on MealTrain.com, Jim, the husband, explained that he and his wife were expecting their first child — and, as Twitter users were fast to point out, expecting a lot from their neighbors, too. In the post, he asked...
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Votes expected on wide array of bills at Nevada Legislature


Reported to us by: WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 40 min 13 sec ago - [CET]

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Bills to push people to safely store firearms and shield marijuana convictions must pass a key vote Tuesday if they are going to advance in the legislative process.

Lawmakers in the state Assembly are expected to hold a flurry of votes Tuesday as a legislative ...

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NJ Teen Makes Prom Possible for All


Reported to us by: NBC NEW YORK - 40 min 36 sec ago - [CET]


A New Jersey teen has found a way to make prom possible for students who don't have a lot of money to spend. Gaby Acevedo reports.
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Uber should make transition for fairer competition: MOTC


Reported to us by: CHINA POST - 41 min 7 sec ago - [CET]

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on April 23 urged ride-hailing service Uber Taiwan to register as a taxi service provider if it wants to maintain its current operating model in the country. “I am all for the sharing economy, but Uber must follow the law to operate legally in Taiwan,” […]

這篇文章 Uber should make transition for fairer competition: MOTC 最早出現於 The China Post。

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Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes


Reported to us by: ABC USA HEADLINES - 41 min 36 sec ago - [CET]
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney says she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015
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