2019-02-05

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

Wall Street rises at open, lifted by upbeat earnings – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday, led by consumer discretionary and technology stocks following upbeat earnings, while investors wait for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Three things to look for in Trump’s speech – (BBC News)
The political landscape in Washington has shifted since Mr Trump delivered his first State of the Union.

The Latest: Girl approaches pope as he enters UAE stadium – (Associated Press)
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):6:30 p.m.Pope Francis received a surprise when a little girl crawled under the barrier at an Abu Dhabi stadium and ran to hand him …

Millennial Money: Student loan default can gut your paycheck – (Associated Press)
There’s a dirty little secret of the student debt crisis. One that affects millions of borrowers, but isn’t talked about at dinner tables, on social media or in think pieces about student loans.The taboo topic is wage garnishment and it works like this: Defau…

‘I’m not racist’, says Liam Neeson – (BBC News)
The actor admits he once set out to kill an innocent black man after someone close to him was raped.

Turmoil over governor tests Democrats’ zero-tolerance policy – (Associated Press)
The denunciations began within hours of the disclosure that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page featured a person in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Democratic activists and presidential contenders quickly …

Worst Paris fire in 14 years is suspected arson attack – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — Paris’ deadliest fire in over a decade claimed at least 10 lives Tuesday, sending fleeing residents to the roof and clambering across balconies as flames rapidly engulfed their nine-story apartment building.A 40-year-old female resident of the bu…

Stocks sizzle at 2-month high before Trump State of the Union address – (Reuters)
World stocks extended their white-hot start to the year on Tuesday, while the dollar was straining for a fourth day of gains as traders awaited U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Virginia governor clings to office amid uncertainty, furor – (Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam clung to his office Tuesday amid intense political fallout over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook and uncertainty about the future of the state’s government.Nearly all of the state’s Democratic…

Colorado jogger fends off, kills mountain lion on rural trail – (Reuters)
A Colorado jogger fought off a mountain lion in the foothills of Horsetooth Mountain on Monday, suffering severe bites before he killed the wild animal in self-defense, authorities said.

Trump to call for unity, face skepticism in State of Union – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, using the moment to attempt a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks.But will anyone buy it?Ske…

BP’s 2018 profit doubles to five-year high as output soars – (Reuters)
BP joined its competitors in posting a strong 2018 performance, with a doubling of profits driven by strong growth in oil and gas output following a large U.S. shale acquisition.

Karl Marx monument ‘mindlessly’ attacked – (BBC News)
The prominent memorial in London’s Highgate Cemetery appears to have been attacked with a hammer.

Rapper 21 Savage being held unfairly, attorneys claim – (Reuters)
Attorneys for rapper 21 Savage, who was taken into custody in Atlanta on immigration charges over the weekend, said on Monday that he had been arrested based on incorrect information about his criminal record and should be released while awaiting court procee…

Russia plans new missile systems to counter U.S. by 2021 – (Reuters)
Russia will race to develop two new land-based missile launch systems before 2021 to respond to Washington’s planned exit from a landmark nuclear arms control pact, it said on Tuesday.

Alphabet’s higher spending worries investors, shares dip – (Reuters)
Alphabet Inc reported sharply higher fourth-quarter spending on video content, employees and facilities, worrying investors who sent the tech company’s shares down about 3 percent after hours on Monday.

Virginia governor’s future in limbo amid outcry over racist photo – (Reuters)
Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s political future, and the leadership of his state, remained in limbo on Tuesday amid mounting pressure for him to resign after the revelation of a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.

Jose Mourinho admits tax fraud in Spain – (BBC News)
The ex-Manchester United boss received a suspended prison sentence and €2m in fines.

Trump to press border wall fight in State of the Union speech – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump on Tuesday was set to deliver a State of the Union speech challenging Democrats to approve funding for his long-sought border wall, but stopping short of declaring a national emergency over it, at least for now.

After deadly Syrian battle, evidence of Russian losses was obscured – (Reuters)
The last contact Grigoriy Gancherov and his wife had with their son, a Russian private military contractor fighting in Syria, was on Feb. 4 last year.

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From various sources

Greenblatt, PA officials face-off in form of Twitter diplomacy – (The Jerusalem Post)
As a result of the law, the PA said it would forgo receiving US financial aid.

Netanyahu to meet Putin later this month – (The Jerusalem Post)
His office said the two would continue their discussion they had in Paris.

Labor, Livni clash over peacemaking priorities – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I woke up to reports that Gabbay had decided to lower the diplomatic banner, because what Tzipi Livni talks about is not interesting.”

Crown Heights community on high alert following antisemitic violence – (The Jerusalem Post)
Brooklyn’s Jewish community is on edge and initiating action, following two antisemitic attacks in Crown Heights.

Ask HN: Did offering a money-back guarantee help your business? – (Hacker News)

UUIDs in MySQL are really not random – (Hacker News)
Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) are great. I love how you can tell the progress of a batch job just by looking at the current UUID. …

HTTP/3 explained – (Hacker News)

Tory hardliners REJECT EU concession on Brexit backstop – (Daily Mail)
Despite the UK facing crashing out in less than eight weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was ‘still time’ to end the deadlock.

Millionaire’s ex-fiancee guilty of attacking his new lover at hotel – (Daily Mail)
Rebecca Vowles, 47, saw Samantha Newby-Vincent, 43, and Max Walker, 54, together at a yacht race award ceremony in Poole, Dorset last year. She then followed her into the toilets.

Apple to pay France $571 million in taxes, report says – (Mashable)
Apple has made a deal with the French authorities to pay back $571 million in taxes.

Pet Shop Boys lampoon Donald Trump and Michael Gove on new song – (The Guardian (UK))
Synth-pop duo’s Give Stupidity a Chance refers to Gove’s assertion that ‘people in this country have had enough of experts’

Boyfriend gave police false name after he crushed Alfie Lamb to death – (Daily Mail)
Adrian Hoare, 23, is said to have put Alfie Lamb in the back footwell of an Audi A4 in Croydon before her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, deliberately rammed his seat back against him.

Super Bowl LIII Was a Disappointment for TV Ratings – (Fortune)
Super Bowl LIII attracted 98.2 million viewers, representing its smallest viewership since 2008.

Nielsen says 98.2 million people watched the Super Bowl, the lowest in a decade – (Axios)
Even after an NFL season with higher ratings.

Blockchain researchers are still finding critical vulnerabilities in EOS – (The Next Web)
Months after its nigthmarish launch, cryptocurrency and blockchain security researchers are still finding vulnerabilities in EOS, according to recent activity on breach disclosure platform HackerOne. After reviewing the latest bug disclosures on the platform,…

Liberty Media joins bidding for regional sports networks being sold by Disney, sources say – (CNBC)

Wall Street rises at open, lifted by upbeat earnings – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday, led by consumer discretionary and technology stocks following upbeat earnings, while investors wait for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

U.S. arms land in hands of terror groups in Yemen, incl. Iranians – repor – (The Jerusalem Post)
The weapons were transferred directly by the Saudi government and its coalition partners to groups waging war on its behalf to push the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels out of the country.

Court places Mike Weir Wine Inc. in receivership, company owes more than $6 million – (Financial Post)
TORONTO — A court has placed Mike Weir Wine Inc. into receivership as the winemaker owes more than $6 million.Court documents say the corporation that produced, marketed and sold wine from a …

Three things to look for in Trump’s speech – (BBC News)
The political landscape in Washington has shifted since Mr Trump delivered his first State of the Union.

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All about Trump

Pet Shop Boys lampoon Donald Trump and Michael Gove on new song – (The Guardian (UK))
Synth-pop duo’s Give Stupidity a Chance refers to Gove’s assertion that ‘people in this country have had enough of experts’

Wall Street rises at open, lifted by upbeat earnings – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday, led by consumer discretionary and technology stocks following upbeat earnings, while investors wait for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Three things to look for in Trump’s speech – (BBC News)
The political landscape in Washington has shifted since Mr Trump delivered his first State of the Union.

Trump’s plan to deter asylum seekers is creating a brand-new border crisis – (Vice News)
Migrants will be forced back to Mexican border cities, which can have the same problems of violence and poverty they were fleeing from in the first place

Secret Files Show How Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin – (Buzzfeed)
Ahead of Michael Cohen’s testimony, read the original paper trail behind the campaign to build Europe’s tallest tower in Moscow — and how it played out alongside Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

NBC News panel blames Trump for Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal – (Fox News)
NBC News commentators placed blame on President Donald Trump for the controversy facing Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

Federal Reserve chiefs meet Donald Trump to discuss US economy – (Financial Times)
Central bank stresses no deviation in policy path and messaging

Can Stacey Abrams break the curse when she delivers the Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union? – (USA Today)
Stacey Abrams, who nearly became the nation’s first black female governor, will respond to Trump’s State of the Union. Experts say it won’t be easy.

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee spending – (Newsweek)
The subpoena will drill down further into an inauguration that cost more than double that of former President Barack Obama in 2009, including expensive makeup and customized seat cushions.

Trump gets ready for State of the Union address – live news – (The Guardian (AU))
Trump to give speech to hostile audience in Democratic-controlled House with record number of female lawmakers. Follow all the build-up live

Stocks sizzle at 2-month high before Trump State of the Union address – (Reuters)
World stocks extended their white-hot start to the year on Tuesday, while the dollar was straining for a fourth day of gains as traders awaited U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Stripe embroiled in ongoing US investigation into Donald Trump – (The Irish Times)
Collison brothers’ company may have provided technology for inauguration events

Trump’s state of the union address tonight is expected to press border wall fight | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. President Donald Trump is set to deliver a state of the union address tonight that’s expected to challenge Democrats to approve funding for his long-sought border wall, but stop short of declaring a national emergency over it, at least for now.

The state of our union: What to really expect in Trump’s 2019 – (Axios)
We asked the Axios subject-matter experts about the top trend they’ll be watching.

The top 10 most alarming Trump leaks, according to White House insiders – (Axios)
From “Executive Time” to “s—hole countries.”

Both sides sending messages with State of the Union guests – (CBS News)
Nancy Cordes reports on what to expect from President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

How the State of the Union address turned into a prime-time event – (CBS News)
President Trump will travel to Capitol Hill for his second official State of the Union address. The speech fulfills the constitutional requirement that the president “from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union.” Over two cent…

Cuomo: Same people Trump wants you to hate, he hires – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Chris Cuomo discusses President Trump’s lack of condemnation for those who hire undocumented workers despite his argument about undocumented immigrants in the US.

Another Democrat refuses to attend Trump’s SOTU: “Lies, deception and divisiveness” – (Newsweek)
“The thought of spending Tuesday night in the House Chamber, listening to the reckless, self-centered man who occupies the White House holds no interest for me,” Representative Earl Blumenauer said in a statement posted to his Facebook page.

Trump to call for unity, face skepticism in State of Union – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, using the moment to attempt a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks.But will anyone buy it?Ske…

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