2019-03-11

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

Ethiopian crash victims were aid workers, doctors, academics – (Associated Press)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Three Austrian physicians. The co-founder of an international aid organization. A career ambassador. The wife and children of a Slovak legislator. A Nigerian-born…

Heavyweight Boeing pressures Dow, while tech lifts S&P & Nasdaq – (Reuters)
The Dow Jones Industrial index fell on Monday as shares of the world’s largest planemaker tumbled after a second deadly crash in just five months, but a jump in technology stocks helped cap some losses and lift the broader markets.

After Ethiopia crash horror, some nations ground Boeing 737 MAX 8s – (Reuters)
China and Indonesia grounded their fleets of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft on Monday as witnesses recalled the terrifying spectacle of smoke and debris trailing from an Ethiopian Airlines plane before it crashed killing 157 people.

Colorado residents seek to block major oil and gas project – (Associated Press)
DENVER (AP) — Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges…

Trade ties in focus as Iran’s Rouhani begins first Iraq visit – (Reuters)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned U.S. military intervention in the Middle East on Monday as he began a first official visit to Iraq, meant to bolster Tehran’s influence and expand trade ties to help offset renewed U.S. sanctions.

Global airlines’ reaction to Ethiopian Airlines crash – (Reuters)
China and Indonesia have grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by their airlines in reaction to the fatal crash of a plane of the same type operated by Ethiopian Airlines on Sunday.

Exclusive: Two Belgian women, renouncing Islamic State, fear kids will never go home – (Reuters)
Two Belgian women who joined Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they were losing hope they will ever go home after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them with their six children.

Flight recorders found in Ethiopian jet crash – (Associated Press)
EJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Authorities in Ethiopia, China and Indonesia grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft Monday following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that killed 157 people, and…

Shares stabilize after worst week of year, Brexit stresses sterling – (Reuters)
Talk of more stimulus from China helped world share markets regain some ground on Monday after a slew of disappointing economic data and growth warnings from central banks triggered their worst weekly performance so far this year.

Mueller navigates dangerous currents in probing Trump-Russia nexus – (Reuters)
Robert Mueller brought an enviable reputation as the architect of the modern FBI and a force behind major criminal prosecutions to his job as special counsel investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election but has encountered a relentless campaign by Pr…

Tesla backtracks on store closures, plans top-end price rise – (Reuters)
Electric carmaker Tesla Inc backed off its plan to close all of its U.S. stores in a blog post https://www.tesla.com/en_NZ/blog/update-tesla-stores-and-pricing?redirect=no and instead will raise prices of its high-end vehicles by about 3 percent on average, a…

Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants – (Reuters)
Christian Mejia thought he had a shot at getting out of immigration detention in rural Louisiana after he found a lawyer to help him seek asylum.

Malaysia frees Indonesian woman accused of Kim Jong Nam’s poisoning – (Reuters)
An Indonesian woman accused in the 2017 chemical poison murder of the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed on Monday after a Malaysian court dropped the charge in a case that drew suspicions of being a political assassination.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other…

Anger at US ‘military’ award for McGuinness – (BBC News)
A survivor of the 1972 IRA bombing of Claudy described the award as “disgusting”.

Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam – (Associated Press)
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — One of two women accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother by smearing VX nerve agent on his face was freed after two years of detention Monday…

Fox host under fire for misogynistic audio – (BBC News)
Audio reveals misogynistic and offensive comments made by Tucker Carlson between 2006 and 2011.

Don’t fear killer robots, says US Army – (BBC News)
Humans will always make the final decision on whether armed robots can shoot, the US says.

Facebook sues over ‘data-grabbing’ quizzes – (BBC News)
Malicious quiz apps were used to harvest thousands of users’ profile data, according to Facebook.

A shredded book, a passport: What 157 victims left behind – (Associated Press)
EJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — What little was left was heartbreaking: A battered passport. A shredded book. Business cards in many languages.Searchers in white gloves and canvas shoes picked their…

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From various sources

Iranian president in Baghdad for his own ‘deal of the century’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Iran argues that visit is a ‘blow to Trump’ as it seeks to cement Iran-Iraq alliance.

Prosecution drops cases against two Jews for Dormition Abbey arson – (The Jerusalem Post)
Decision could alter all Shin Bet probes of Jewish terror.

Givat Asaf shooter indicted for alleged murder of 2 IDF soldiers, baby – (The Jerusalem Post)
Charges also include around a dozen attempted murder charges in shooting spree.

Tel Aviv installs sidewalk lights to protect ‘smartphone zombies’ – (The Jerusalem Post)

State to court: Settler ‘good faith’ Palestinian land seizure can be lega – (The Jerusalem Post)
A short time after the creation of Mitzpe Kramim in 1999, the IDF relocated the outpost to an agricultural area within the master plan.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Official Launch Trailer – IGN.com – (IGN)
Check out the launch trailer for FromSoftware’s next adventure. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gillibrand, champion of #MeToo movement, saw aide resign in protest over sexual harassment case – (Fox News)
She’s making the fight against sexual assault and harassment a key component of her Democratic presidential campaign.

This Is Roquette Science – (Hacker News)
How computerized arugula (aka roquette) farms take over the world

Nick Sandman vs. CNN: There’s a reason the word ‘vicious’ is being used to describe network’s behavior – (Fox News)
Being part of the $250-million club should be good news. Except when you’re CNN and you join The Washington Post as another news outlet being sued over its coverage of the phony hate incident involving Covington Catholic High School students.

WATCH: War cry-singing Under-9 rugby players give South Africans the feels – (News24)
South Africans have the feels thanks to a video clip of singing Under-19 rugby players from Queen’s College Boys’ Primary School in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

The ‘Booksmart’ trailer gives nerds a little high school glory: Watch – (Mashable)
Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut lets smart girls have some fun.

Ethiopian crash victims were aid workers, doctors, academics – (Associated Press)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Three Austrian physicians. The co-founder of an international aid organization. A career ambassador. The wife and children of a Slovak legislator. A Nigerian-born…

Trump says he intentionally called Apple’s Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday claimed he intentionally referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple,” seeking to push back on media coverage of his bizarre remark.

Lucky pedestrian strolls past building just seconds before collapse – (Daily Mail)
The clip, filmed on CCTV, shows a man wandering along the pavement on Stoke Newington High Street in Hackney, east London on Sunday moments before bricks crash to the ground.

<em>Game of Thrones</em> reveals exact length of first two season 8 episodes – (Entertainment Weekly)
Here’s how long HBO says the first two episodes of the final season will be.

Boeing stock falls sharply as crisis mounts over 737 MAX crashes – (CNN)
The tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday is raising doubts on Wall Street about Boeing.

James McClean poppy abuse: QPR confirm investigation is under way after Stoke midfielder is verbally abused – (TalkSport)
McClean was called a “c***” and told he was “f*****g wrong” for his stance in not wearing a poppy by a section of individuals during the Championship clash on

China grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after Ethiopian Airline disaster – (Daily Mail)
Gebeyehu Fikadu said he saw flight ET302 ‘swerving and dipping’ while ‘luggage and clothes came burning down’ after it crashed within minutes of take-off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday.

Please Stop Saying These Things To People With Endometriosis – (Buzzfeed)
But have you tried yoga?

Commonwealth Day: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Canada House – (Daily Mail)
The Duchess of Sussex, who is eight months pregnant, paid tribute to Canadian design in a bespoke Erdem coat, teamed with £485 Aquazzura pumps in London this morning.

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All about Trump

Iranian president in Baghdad for his own ‘deal of the century’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Iran argues that visit is a ‘blow to Trump’ as it seeks to cement Iran-Iraq alliance.

Trump says he intentionally called Apple’s Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday claimed he intentionally referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple,” seeking to push back on media coverage of his bizarre remark.

Venezuela, Iran may be crushed by sanctions, but oil market has not been – (CNBC)
The sanctioning of two OPEC members by the Trump administration has caused some ripples in the oil market, but not the type of shortages or pain for consumers that could have occurred.

Trump’s $8.6 billion border wall request sets up months more fighting with Democrats ahead of 2020 – (CNBC)
Trump’s new border wall funding request in his budget sets up yet another standoff with Congress over immigration.

Mueller navigates dangerous currents in probing Trump-Russia nexus – (Reuters)
Robert Mueller brought an enviable reputation as the architect of the modern FBI and a force behind major criminal prosecutions to his job as special counsel investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election but has encountered a relentless campaign by Pr…

William Burns says Trump made trend of declining diplomacy “infinitely worse” – (CBS News)
Former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is highlighting what he says is the urgent need for a rebirth of American diplomacy. Burns served five presidents during his more than 30 year career as a U.S. diplomat. Burns joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss …

‘We’re tired of being right’ about the border, says budget director on Trump’s new wall money ask – (CNBC)
OMB acting Director Russell Vought says security at the southern U.S. border is “deteriorating by the day.”

‘We’re tired of being right’ about the border, says budget director on Trump’s new wall money ask – (Google News)
OMB acting Director Russell Vought says security at the southern U.S. border is “deteriorating by the day.”

Stormy Daniels’ Ex-Attorney Says Hush Money Was For ‘Political Reasons’ – (The Huffington Post)
Keith Davidson said Trump’s representative was keen for an agreement after the “Access Hollywood” tape.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other…

Trump news latest – President to ask Congress for $8.6bn to build border wall while cutting all non-military spending by 5% – (Google News (UK))
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NVIDIA buys high-performance chip-maker Mellanox for $6.9 billion – (Engadget)
NVIDIA trumped Intel by acquiring high-performance chip-maker Mellanox for $6.9 billion

Trump to seek $750B for military in budget: report – (The Hill)
President Trump reportedly plans to ask for an overall defense budget of approximately $750 billion in 2020, including a Pentagon budget of $718 billion.

‘Porn star presidency’: Pence support for Trump questioned by Democrat – (Google News)
In CNN town hall, South Bend mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg questions Pence’s view of scripture

New Iowa poll finds Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders near the top of 2020 Democratic candidates – (Fox News)
Former Trump data director Matt Braynard and Democratic strategist Roger Fisk weigh in on the latest Iowa poll.

Trump Administration Aims To Use Facebook To Spy On People Collecting Disability – (The Huffington Post)
The White House wants to crack down on fraud as applications for Social Security disability are plunging.

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump budget reignites border security fight – (The Hill)

Reports Donald Trump demanded security clearance for family ‘very concerning’ – (ABC News (AU))
Former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe says he is very concerned about reports US President Donald Trump demanded top-secret security clearance for his daughter and son-in-law.

Senate GOP goes down to wire in showdown with Trump – (The Hill)
Republicans are going down to the wire as they try to find a way out of their showdown with President Trump over his national emergency to build a wall on the Mexican border.

House Republicans find silver lining in minority – (The Hill)
House Republicans would much rather be in the majority, passing bills and fulfilling President Trump’s agenda. But they are quickly realizing that life in the minority can come with some perks — and some easy political victories.

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