2019-03-04

Headlines:

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

The Guardians of the French Language Are Deadlocked, Just Like Their Country – (The New York Times)
The “Immortals” of the Académie Française have failed to fill four seats, a paralysis that reflects France’s own struggle to adapt to the 21st century.

British PM Theresa May’s lawyer seeks legal fix to the Brexit riddle – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May’s top lawyer will try to clinch a Brexit compromise with the European Union this week in a last-ditch bid to win over rebellious British lawmakers before crunch votes that could delay the divorce.

Irish PM says willing to help UK get Brexit deal approved – (Reuters)
Ireland is willing to offer further assurances to the United Kingdom to help it secure parliamentary approval for Brexit withdrawal agreement, but it will not compromise on its position on the Irish border, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday.

Putin suspends Russian obligations under key nuclear pact – (Associated Press)
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has suspended Russia’s participation in a key nuclear arms treaty.Putin’s decree released by the Kremlin on Monday announces that Russia is suspending…

Searches resume after tornado kills 23 in Alabama – (Associated Press)
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Rescuers tore through rubble and wreckage Monday in a search for survivors amid homes torn from foundations, shredded metal dangling from battered trees and dead animals…

150 Islamic State fighters surrender in Syria battle: monitor – (Reuters)
Scores of Islamic State fighters surrendered to U.S.-backed forces on Monday, a war monitor said, after a ferocious assault to overrun their last shred of territory in eastern Syria.

Tesla to unveil Model Y on March 14, says Musk – (Reuters)
Tesla Inc will unveil its Model Y on March 14 at an event in LA Design Studio, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Sunday.

Ghosn lawyer optimistic on bail prospects, pledges new defense strategy – (Reuters)
The lawyer of ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday said he was optimistic the detained executive could win bail with a promise to submit to surveillance, and that he would pursue a fresh strategy to defend against financial misconduct charges.

Wall Street rises on optimism over U.S.-China trade progress – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks posted broad-based gains on Monday, buoyed by hopes that the United States and China would reach a trade deal as early as this month to end tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each other’s goods.

Ghosn’s lawyers hand dossier to U.N. human rights office showing violations: lawyer – (Reuters)
Carlos Ghosn’s lawyers have submitted a dossier to the United Nations’ human rights office in Geneva which showed that the former head of Renault’s rights had been violated during detention in Japan, one his lawyers said on Monday.

Alabama Tornado Updates: 23 Dead After Powerful Storms Strike – (The New York Times)
Search-and-rescue workers rushed on Monday to help communities that were pummeled by multiple tornadoes. At least one child was among the dead.

To save time and money, companies roll out caregiving benefits – (Reuters)
When Laura Hirsch of Keller Texas had to find a rehabilitation center to help her father recover from a difficult surgery in September, the caregiving service Cariloop saved her a whole day.

Rescuers seek Alabama tornado victims – (BBC News)
Search operations resume a day after 23 people were killed amid devastation described as “incredible”.

‘It’s pure hell’: Hurricane Michael leaves housing crisis – (Associated Press)
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A small village of the forgotten has popped up in Diahnn “Shelly” Summers’ backyard outside Panama City. Where there once was empty grass abutting almost 5 acres (2…

World shares tick higher on U.S.-China trade deal optimism – (Reuters)
Global shares rose on Monday amid growing optimism the United States and China will reach a trade agreement as soon as this month.

Bill Clinton has 2020 advice, but few candidates seeking it – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent…

House Democrats expand Russia probe, seeking more documents – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring it’s “very clear” President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than…

Huawei Said to Be Preparing to Sue the U.S. Government – (The New York Times)
The suit is likely to argue that banning government agencies from using the company’s equipment amounts to an unconstitutional legislative punishment.

US Jerusalem consulate merges with embassy – (BBC News)
The consulate general had acted as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians, who condemned the move.

AT&T restructures WarnerMedia to gird for Netflix fight: memo – (Reuters)
AT&T Inc is restructuring its WarnerMedia business, according to a memo sent to employees on Monday and seen by Reuters, as it girds for a streaming video battle with Netflix Inc and Walt Disney Co.

***

From various sources

Iran and Turkey media push conspiracy theories about US, ISIS – (The Jerusalem Post)
Claims pushed by Syrian regime media assert that US gave ISIS safe passage out of Baghuz in return for gold, a conspiracy picked up in Tehran and Ankara.

IAEA Chief refuses to speak of possible Iran nuclear violations – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I do not speak of” possible past violations by Iran, says IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano.

Israeli woman, running from authorities, arrested in Armenia – (The Jerusalem Post)
Woman was convicted of aggravated fraud in Israel, but succeeded in escaping from under the nose of the authorities.

High Court: No blocking scientist appointment because of political views – (The Jerusalem Post)
Scientist with left-wing views was initially blocked from government appointment by Minister Ofir Akunis.

Gordon Banks: Funeral for England World Cup winner – (BBC Sport)
Thousands gather to say farewell to “England’s greatest goalkeeper”.

seanlaff/simple-streaming-datasource – (Hacker News)
End-to-end Grafana streaming datasource example. Contribute to seanlaff/simple-streaming-datasource development by creating an account on GitHub.

Prince Harry arrives to unveil ‘Infinite Wave’ memorial – (Daily Mail)
The Duke of Sussex today attended the moving ceremony at Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park, alongside the families of the victims of two separate terror attacks in Tunisia in 2015.

The Guardians of the French Language Are Deadlocked, Just Like Their Country – (The New York Times)
The “Immortals” of the Académie Française have failed to fill four seats, a paralysis that reflects France’s own struggle to adapt to the 21st century.

Sam’s Club to test new Scan & Go system that uses computer vision instead of barcodes – (TechCrunch)
In October, Walmart-owned Sam’s Club opened a test store in Dallas where it planned to trial new technology including mobile checkout, an Amazon Go-like camera system, in-store navigation wayfinding technology, electronic shelf labels, and more. This morning,…

17 Hilariously Weird Things Kids Actually Said To Adults – (Buzzfeed)
“My name is Michael and at home I poop a lot.”

British PM Theresa May’s lawyer seeks legal fix to the Brexit riddle – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May’s top lawyer will try to clinch a Brexit compromise with the European Union this week in a last-ditch bid to win over rebellious British lawmakers before crunch votes that could delay the divorce.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Set to Include ‘The Longest Consecutive Battle Sequence Ever Committed to Film’ – IGN – (IGN)
Settle in for a Long Night, because it sounds like we’re getting an episode-long battle.

Prodigy star Keith Flint is found dead at his home aged 49 – (Daily Mail)
Police were called to the singer’s home in Dunmow, Essex at around 8am this morning following what they called ‘concerns for his welfare’.

Furious mother, 40, says twins were given places at secondary schools – (Daily Mail)
Jacqueline Brookes (right), 40, from Worthing, West Sussex, was ‘devastated’ after her children, who have never been separated, were denied places in the same school.

Supreme Court likely to shut down Trump’s national emergency declaration, Rand Paul predicts – (Newsweek)
“In fact, I think the president’s own picks to the Supreme Court may rebuke him on this,” the Republican senator said.

‘This just came on so quick’: Alabama tornado kills at least 23; workers search for missing – (USA Today)
First responders in Alabama hunted for survivors Monday after a devastating tornado killed at least 23 people, smashed homes and toppled power lines.

Irish PM says willing to help UK get Brexit deal approved – (Reuters)
Ireland is willing to offer further assurances to the United Kingdom to help it secure parliamentary approval for Brexit withdrawal agreement, but it will not compromise on its position on the Irish border, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday.

‘Leaving Neverland’: Celebrities react to ‘riveting’ Michael Jackson documentary – (USA Today)
After part one of HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” Michael Jackson documentary aired Monday, several famous names took to Twitter to comment.

Michael Jackson estate slams ‘Leaving Neverland’; here’s what we learned from watching – (USA Today)
Michael Jackson’s estate called ‘Finding Neverland’ “tabloid character assassination.” These are the documentary’s five most shocking allegations.

Huawei reportedly plans to sue US government over ban – (TechCrunch)
Huawei’s already proven that a ban in the world’s second largest smartphone market won’t hamper its rapid success, but the company still won’t go down in the States without a fight. Word is that the consumer electronics giant is planning to unveil a lawsuit a…

***

All about Trump

Supreme Court likely to shut down Trump’s national emergency declaration, Rand Paul predicts – (Newsweek)
“In fact, I think the president’s own picks to the Supreme Court may rebuke him on this,” the Republican senator said.

Trump: I’ve told FEMA to give Alabama ‘the A Plus treatment’ – (The Hill)
President Trump said early Monday that he has directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give Alabama “the A Plus treatment” after tornadoes killed nearly two dozen people in the state on Sunday.

Trump, Lacking a Magic North Korea Nuclear Deal, Faces Slog of Diplomacy – (The Wall Street Journal)
After last week’s fruitless Hanoi summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, the White House has two crucial problems to ponder as it attempts to move negotiations forward.

Report: Trump asked Gary Cohn to block AT&T-Time Warner merger – (CNN)
A new report about the close relationship between Fox News and President Donald Trump says the President personally asked a top White House aide to make sure the Justice Department stopped AT&T from purchasing Time Warner.

“God bless you all!”: Donald Trump warns of more tornadoes as thousands without power – (Newsweek)
Around 38,000 people across Alabama and Georgia were left without power on Sunday.

Trump Played Favorites With State-Run Media In Hanoi, CNN’s Jim Acosta Says – (The Huffington Post)
“I think this was a big debacle for this White House press shop from start to finish,” said CNN’s Jim Acosta.

House Democrats expand Russia probe, seeking more documents – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring it’s “very clear” President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than…

Justice Dept. says American-born ISIS bride not a US citizen – (Google News)
The Justice Department is contending that an American-born ISIS bride who drew President Donald Trump’s ire last month as she made public pleas to return home with her young son is not a US citizen.

Dems warn Trump: Next president could call emergency on guns if courts back border order – (Fox News)
Democrats are ramping up warnings that President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border opens the door for a future president to—among others things—pursue sweeping gun control measures without Congress.

Fox News killed Stormy Daniels hush money report before election: New Yorker – (The Hill)
An editor at Fox News killed a report prior to the 2016 election revealing that President Trump engaged in an affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels years ago,

Investors don’t care about the Trump trade war – (Axios)
A possible truce might be soon between the U.S. and China.

John Avlon fact-checks Trump’s claims of ‘fake news’ – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon fact-checks five times that President Trump called true stories “fake news” because they were from particular news outlets.

South Korea calls for three-way talks after collapse at Trump-Kim summit – (The Globe And Mail)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said it was Seoul’s ‘outmost priority’ to prevent nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea from derailing

Chris Christie says he turned down 7 jobs from Trump: ‘I’m not desperate for a title’ – (CNBC)
The Republican former governor of New Jersey says he wants to help the president, but he’s content to do it from afar.

Allen Weisselberg: House Democrats’ next target – (Google News)
The Trump Organization CFO knows things President Trump would prefer kept secret.

Trump couldn’t get Kim to sign up to his “big deal” — and it’s all Michael Cohen’s fault – (Vice News)
“For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics.”

Trump shames Dems for holding Cohen hearing during nuclear summit – (Fox News)
President Donald Trump slams Democrats for holding Michael Cohen hearing during second North Korea summit.

Roger Stone May Have Just Broken His Gag Order On Instagram – (The Huffington Post)
The now-deleted post suggests the Trump ally is being framed.

Trump news – LIVE: President faces new investigation into abuse of power as Senate intelligence chairman says ‘direct evidence’ of collusion with Russia – (Independent)
Follow the latest from Washington

Eye Opener: Deadly tornado outbreak rips through South – (CBS News)
A giant tornado blasts eastern Alabama, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens. Also, the House Judiciary Committee chairman says it’s “very clear” President Trump obstructed justice. Now he’s asking for documents from dozens of White House officials.…

***