2019-01-14

Headlines:

From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired

Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militia – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, drawing a sharp rebuke from Ankara on Monday and reviving fears of another downturn in ties between the NATO allies.

Zimbabwe army deploys to disperse fuel protests, 13 injured – (Associated Press)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean soldiers on Monday deployed in some urban areas where police clashed with protesters over fuel hikes, deepening the sense of crisis in a country whose economy is rapidly deteriorating. At least 13 people were injured by gunf…

Newmont to become largest gold producer with $10 billion Goldcorp buy – (Reuters)
Newmont Mining Corp said on Monday it would buy smaller rival Goldcorp Inc in a deal worth $10 billion, creating the world’s biggest gold producer in the face of dwindling easy-to-find reserves of the precious metal.

Los Angeles teachers strike for higher pay, 640,000-student system shuts – (Reuters)
More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding higher pay walked off the job in the second-largest U.S. school system on Monday, union officials said, leaving hundreds of thousands of students in limbo,

Chinese exports to US sank last month as tariffs took a toll – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China’s 2018 trade surplus with the United States surged to a record $323.3 billion, but exports contracted in December as the delayed impact of President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes started to hurt demand. Exports to the United States in 2018 …

Citigroup beats profit estimates on lower expenses, shares rise – (Reuters)
Citigroup Inc beat Wall Street profit estimates on Monday as lower expenses offset a drop in quarterly revenue, stemming from year-end volatility in its fixed-income trading business.

Northern Ireland’s DUP say they would support PM May in confidence vote – (Reuters)
The Northern Irish party which props up British Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government said on Monday it would not support an attempt by political opponents to collapse the government if May loses a vote in parliament on her Brexit deal.

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the suggestion that he temporarily reopen government while negotiations continue on his proposed border wall, signaling no speedy resolution to the partial government shutdown now into a fourth week.…

LA teachers go on strike in 2nd-largest US school district – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district. “Students, we are striking for you,” teachers union President Alex Caputo-Pearl t…

China sentences Canadian to death, raises diplomatic tension – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death Monday in a sudden retrial in a drug smuggling case that is likely to escalate tensions between the countries over the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive. The court in northeastern Lia…

Anger at Trump’s Native American tweet – (BBC News)
Native Americans condemn the president’s taunts of rival Elizabeth Warren as racist.

Urging Gulf states to heal rift, Pompeo lands in Riyadh – (Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbors had gone on for too long and was threatening regional unity needed to counter Iran.

Qatar sees no need to re-open embassy in Syria -foreign minister – (Reuters)
Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to re-open an embassy in Damascus, nor any encouraging signs for a normalization of ties with the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Suspect in Wisconsin killings, kidnapping due in court – (Associated Press)
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A young man suspected of killing a Wisconsin couple, kidnapping their teenage daughter and holding the girl against her will for three months is expected to make his first court appearance Monday, and charging documents could shed light o…

Afghanistan: Blast rocks eastern Kabul district: Reuters – (Al Jazeera English)
Explosion heard near district home to international company and NGO offices, police spokesperson says.

PG&E bond prices fall; spreads widen on bankruptcy plans – (Reuters)
Bonds of PG&E Corp , owner of the biggest U.S. power utility by number of customers, plunged on Monday after the company said it is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it faces liabilities linked to wildfires in California.

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denied Monday he ever worked for Russia, answering a question he declined to directly address over the weekend. Speaking from the South Lawn before departing the White House for New Orleans, Trump called former FBI and…

Trump’s AG nominee: ‘Vitally important’ Mueller finish work – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general will tell senators at his confirmation hearing “it is vitally important” that special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation, according to prepared remarks…

Trump denies he ever worked for Russia – (BBC News)
Mr Trump says: “I think it’s a disgrace that you even ask that question because it’s a whole big fat hoax.”

Polish mayor dies after being stabbed in heart at age 53 – (Associated Press)
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The popular liberal mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday after he was stabbed during a charity event the evening before by an ex-convict who stormed onstage and said it was revenge against a political party the politici…

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From various sources

Trump says he never worked for Russia, rejects media reports – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Republican president has long dismissed the federal investigation into whether his 2016 presidential campaign worked with Russia to sway the election as a hoax and a “witch hunt.”

German mayor and city council under fire for failing to combat BDS – (The Jerusalem Post)
Zuroff, a leading international expert on modern antisemitism, said that the city council “should adopt the anti-BDS resolution.”

Analysis | The ill-fated symbolism of Trump’s wall – (The Washington Post)
The president’s obsession with the wall is far less about actual security than it is about the anxiety of his supporters.

Mandelblit closes Attorney-General job affair – (The Jerusalem Post)
The first turning point came after Hefetz turned state’s witness in March 2017.

Erdan questions Gantz’s commitment to Druzes – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Benny Gantz was one of the commanders who turned his back on him, and did not do ‘everything in his power’ to save his life.”

Steinitz visits Egypt, first Israeli Minister since Arab Spring – (The Jerusalem Post)
“This is the biggest economical cooperation between Israel and Egypt since the signing the peace treaty.”

Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups – (NHL News)
Every Monday during the season, NHL.com will provide the top 10 players to add off the fantasy waiver wire. Based on Yahoo transaction data and other factors including production, lineup and/or injury trends, we have identified appealing options at each posit…

Facts and Figures: Aho hat trick sparks Hurricanes – (NHL News)
The Carolina Hurricanes are rapidly ascending the Eastern Conference standings. Sebastian Aho helped them take the next big step with his second NHL hat trick in a 6-3 win against the Nashville Predators at PNC Arena on Sunday.

Trump nominee pledges to let Mueller complete Russia probe – (Financial Times)
William Barr says ‘vitally important’ for special counsel to finish inquiry

PagerDuty Incident Response Documentation – (Hacker News)
A collection of information about the PagerDuty incident response process. Not only how to prepare new employees for on-call responsibilities, but also how to handle major incidents, both in preparation and after-work.

How to KonMari your way to a happier digital life – (Mashable)
If you’ve been watching Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix, here’s how to apply her life-changing magic to your devices, apps, and social media.

Man who plunged to death in Canary Wharf shopping centre is named – (Mirror)
Ricard Gent, 52, from Kelvedon, Essex, died of multiple injuries caused by a “blunt force trauma,” an inquest was told today

EW’s new TV podcast debuts with the return of <em>True Detective</em> and whatever <em>The Masked Singer</em> is – (Entertainment Weekly)
There’s never been more TV, which means there’s never been more TV to talk about.

TSA Problems Causing Travel Nightmare At Atlanta’s Airport, The World’s Busiest – (Fortune)
Security lines at the Atlanta hub were extensive Monday, causing many flyers to miss their flights. Other airports are having problems.

25 “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” Tweets You Can’t Help But Laugh At : Part III – (Buzzfeed)
“Marie Kondo: But does he bring you joy? Me: Nope. MK: Then you know what you gotta do”

Mother killed and child fighting for life after crash in South London – (Daily Mail)
Nicole Newman (pictured), 23, was crossing the road with her eight-month-old son in a pram when they were struck by the vehicle in Penge, south London at about 8pm last night.

Excited man spots 3 rare lynx right outside, but no one cared – (Mashable)
‘Holy sh*t this is awesome.’

Gary Kubiak scheduled to interview with Jaguars – (NFL News)
Philosophical differences won’t bring Gary Kubiak and Vic Fangio into the same coaching staff, but that doesn’t mean the former Broncos head coach isn’t pursuing other opportunities.

14 Quick Stories Of People’s Glitch In The Matrix Experiences That’ll Freak You Out – (Buzzfeed)
HOW ARE THESE POSSIBLE?

City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline – study – (The Guardian (UK))
Experts hope cities can provide sanctuary for pollinators as rural populations decline

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All about Trump

Trump says he never worked for Russia, rejects media reports – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Republican president has long dismissed the federal investigation into whether his 2016 presidential campaign worked with Russia to sway the election as a hoax and a “witch hunt.”

Analysis | The ill-fated symbolism of Trump’s wall – (The Washington Post)
The president’s obsession with the wall is far less about actual security than it is about the anxiety of his supporters.

Trump nominee pledges to let Mueller complete Russia probe – (Financial Times)
William Barr says ‘vitally important’ for special counsel to finish inquiry

Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militia – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, drawing a sharp rebuke from Ankara on Monday and reviving fears of another downturn in ties between the NATO allies.

Donald Trump Says He ‘Never Worked For Russia’ Following FBI Probe Report – (The Huffington Post)
The president called the FBI’s alleged investigation into whether he took direction from Kremlin officials “just a hoax.”

Trump attorney general pick Barr says wants Mueller report made public, won’t allow improper interference – (USA Today)
William Barr, nominated by President Donald Trump as attorney general, said Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s report should be made public and vowed to let the special prosecutor to complete his work.

Donald Trump: ‘I never worked for Russia’ – live updates – (The Guardian (UK))
President denies to reporters he ever worked for Moscow and attacks FBI officials who investigated him as ‘scoundrels’

President Trump Says He Won’t Declare a National Emergency to Get His Border Wall – (Time)
President Donald Trump on Monday rejected a suggestion that he temporarily reopen government while negotiations continue on his border wall.

Trump’s AG nominee will support completion of Mueller investigation – (Axios)
“My goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.”

Chinese exports to US sank last month as tariffs took a toll – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China’s 2018 trade surplus with the United States surged to a record $323.3 billion, but exports contracted in December as the delayed impact of President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes started to hurt demand. Exports to the United States in 2018 …

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the suggestion that he temporarily reopen government while negotiations continue on his proposed border wall, signaling no speedy resolution to the partial government shutdown now into a fourth week.…

Trump takes jab at Bezos on Twitter for divorce, National Enquirer exposé – (USA Today)
The president appeared to mock the business giant and Washington Post owner in a tweet Sunday night, referring to Bezos as “Jeff Bozo.”

William Barr: ‘Vitally important’ for Mueller to complete Russia probe – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the next attorney general, William Barr, plans to tell Congress this week at his confirmation hearings that Robert Mueller’s investigation should continue unimpeded

Donald Trump says he never worked for Russia – (RTE)
The US President has denied media reports regarding the Russia investigation and his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump jokes that Elizabeth Warren should do campaign commercial where U.S. massacred Sioux women and children – (Vice News)
“If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!” the president tweeted.

Anger at Trump’s Native American tweet – (BBC News)
Native Americans condemn the president’s taunts of rival Elizabeth Warren as racist.

China and NASA Share Moon Landing Data – (Fortune)
Unless the Trump administration had prior congressional approval, the U.S.-China space cooperation may not have been legal.

Trump Pick for Attorney General to Tell Senate He Would Allow Special Counsel to Finish Investigation – (The Wall Street Journal)
William Barr, nominated by President Trump to head the Justice Department, will testify Tuesday that it is “vitally important” Robert Mueller be allowed to complete the Russia investigation.

The realities of Trump’s trade war – (Vice News)
Economists worry the continuing fallout from tariffs may lead to more pain in 2019.

Trump AG nominee to say Congress, public should know results of Mueller probe – (The Hill)
William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, will say at his confirmation hearing this week that it is important that special counsel Robert Mueller be able to finish the Russia investigation and that the results of the investigat