2019-05-04

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

Fines, jail time? Trump team resists oversight, Dems dig in – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force the White House to comply with Democratic…

F.T.C. Wants to Punish Facebook, but the Divided Agency May Go Only So Far – (The New York Times)
The chairman appears to have the votes to approve a settlement with a big fine. One of the biggest issues has been whether to hold Mark Zuckerberg liable for future violations.

No deaths as plane carrying US military crashes into river – (Associated Press)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A chartered jet carrying 143 people from the U.S. military base in Cuba tried to land in a thunderstorm and ended up in the river at Naval Air Station Jacksonville….

Highlights: Wit and wisdom of Warren Buffett, the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ – (Reuters)
Warren Buffett, the 88-year-old chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is taking hours of questions from investors and journalists at the conglomerate’s annual shareholder meeting on Saturday.

May must go now, says former Tory leader – (BBC News)
The scale of the Tories’ local election losses means the PM must go now, Iain Duncan Smith says.

EU and Britain condemn U.S. oil and nuclear sanctions on Iran – (Reuters)
The United States’ allies in Europe have criticized its recent decisions to restrict oil trade with Iran and to limit the extension of waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects.

IS group launches attack on Libya forces – (BBC News)
Nine people are killed in the attack in the southern city of Sabha, according to a local hospital.

3 believed dead, 4 hurt in Illinois silicone plant explosion – (Associated Press)
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Three people missing after an overnight explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone plant are believed dead, authorities said Saturday.Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven…

As prison looms, prosecutors refuse final meeting with Cohen – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen tried — but failed — to position himself as a whistleblower in the vein of Watergate hero John Dean.As the…

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido asks supporters to rally military – (Al Jazeera English)
The protest call comes days after Guaido’s failed bid to convince the armed forces to rise up against President Maduro.

Justice Clarence Thomas’ moment may finally have arrived – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment.Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991…

Iran to keep enriching uranium despite U.S. move: parliament speaker – (Reuters)
Iran will continue with low-level uranium enrichment in line with its nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani was quoted as saying on Saturday, despite a U.S. move to stop it.

North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into sea – (Associated Press)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Saturday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign…

Brexit deal could be done in ‘next few days’, top Conservative says – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May could reach a Brexit deal with the opposition Labour Party within days, a leading Conservative Party figure said on Saturday, after senior ministers urged compromise following poor local election results.

Conservatives, Labour need to compromise to get Brexit deal: UK minister – (Reuters)
Both the ruling Conservatives and the Labour opposition have to compromise to get a Brexit accord through parliament, Justice Minister David Gauke said on Saturday when asked about reports that Prime Minister Theresa May is optimistic about a deal.

‘Glimmer of hope’ that UK parties can reach Brexit compromise: Hunt – (Reuters)
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said he saw a “glimmer of hope” that his Conservative Party could reach a compromise on Brexit with the opposition Labour Party, but did not think Labour’s customs union proposal was a long-term solution.

New North Korea Weapons Test Threatens Trump’s Diplomatic Achievement – (The New York Times)
Kim Jong-un’s latest weapons tests signaled that North Korea was escalating its pressure on President Trump to return to the table with a compromise on easing sanctions, analysts said.

I Finally Made it to ‘Jeopardy!’ and Was Beating James Holzhauer. Then He Got Rolling. – (The New York Times)
In the studio we watched him rack up huge victories while waiting for our own games to begin. “Who’s next into the meat grinder?” someone said.

Berkshire swings to big profit; Buffett laments Kraft Heinz – (Reuters)
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Saturday said gains in its stock investments fueled a big first-quarter profit, while improved results from its Geico auto insurer and BNSF railroad units boosted operating results.

Israel strikes Gaza targets in response to heavy rocket fire – (Associated Press)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired scores of rockets into southern Israel on Saturday, wounding at least two Israeli civilians and triggering retaliatory…

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From various sources

Hurricanes rode defense, depth to advance to conference final – (NHL News)
The Carolina Hurricanes completed a sweep of the New York Islanders with a 5-2 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at PNC Arena on Friday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Hurricanes sweep Islanders away – (NHL News)
Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2019 NHL playoffs. There were two games on Friday, with one series coming to an end:

Makar aces lessons with Avalanche in playoffs – (NHL News)
Cale Makar is still a college student. A sport management major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he is enrolled in classes in psychology, marketing and operations and management. He plans to finish this semester and eventually earn his degree.

The Week in Pictures: April 25 – May 2 – (NBC News)
Violence flares in Venezuela, a gunman opens fire on a California synagogue, Barr testifies on the Hill and more.

Recent Match Report – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indian Premier League, 54th Match | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indian Premier League, 54th Match only on ESPNcricinfo.com

President’s Choice sauces recalled due to possible glass fragments | CBC News – (CBC News)
Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling certain President’s Choice brand and PC Black Label brand sauces due to the potential presence of glass fragments.

Police say National Security Council leak not a crime – (Financial Times)
Senior officer tells Huawei disclosure did not breach Official Secrets Act

Gavin Williamson calls probe into security council leak a ‘shabby witch hunt’ – (Mirror)
Gavin Williamson, sacked as defence minister this week, responded to the National Security Council investigation after Scotland Yard said the Huawei leak did not amount to a criminal offence

OnePlus 7 ad drops the phone in water, but you still shouldn’t – (Mashable)
Who need an IP rating when you can just buy a bucket and fill it with water?

‘The Long Shot’ is exactly the kind of sexist male fantasy that killed rom-coms – (MSNBC)
‘The Long Shot,’ starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan, is exactly the kind of sexist male fantasy that killed rom-coms shot

17 Of The Wildest Ways People Have Cheated On School Exams – (Buzzfeed)
Don’t even THINK about trying these at school.

Met Police: Huawei leak did NOT breach Official Secrets Act – (Daily Mail)
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of the Met’s anti-terror squad said there was no evidence to suggest the Huawei leak breached the Official Secrets Act.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘scrambled’ for a house in MANSION SHORTAGE – (Daily Mail)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s £120,000 a week contract at Liverpool didn’t make it any easier for him to find a house after he discovered Cheshire’s competitive market in August 2017.

Warren Buffett-inspired game launches on Apple’s App Store – (Axios)
The game launched on Saturday, the same day as Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting.

Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn attends Kentucky Derby gala with father – (Fox News)
Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, is looking very grown up.

Selma Blair struggling with MS treatments, feels ‘sick as all hell’ – (Fox News)
It appears Friday was a rough day for actress Selma Blair.

Beto O’Rourke Supports Pete Buttigieg After Anti-Gay Hecklers In Dallas – (Buzzfeed)
A group of conservative protesters has been following Buttigieg around the campaign trail, but Mayor Pete has gotten pretty good at shutting them down.

‘Fatal Attraction’ killer Carolyn Warmus granted parole, may be released from prison in June – (Fox News)
Carolyn Warmus, a former New York schoolteacher who was convicted of killing Betty Jeanne Solomon in 1992, has been granted parole and could be released from prison as early as June 10.

Teva’s new migraine drug helps contain profit fall – (The Jerusalem Post)

Florida Man Allegedly Wore Werewolf Mask As He Tortured Young Girl – (Buzzfeed)
“It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of, and no child should be subjected to this,” Sheriff David Morgan said. (Note: some readers may find this story disturbing)

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All about Trump

Kamala Harris asks DOJ IG to probe whether Trump asked Barr to investigate political opponents – (Fox News)
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Friday sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s inspector general demanding he investigate whether the White House had urged Attorney General William Barr to investigate President Trump’s political opponents.

Fines, jail time? Trump team resists oversight, Dems dig in – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force the White House to comply with Democratic…

Who are women backing for president in 2020? – (Fox News)
In the first quarter of 2019 Trump raked in $1,473,830 in donations from women.

President Trump retweets far-right extremist banned from Facebook, Instagram – (Axios)
Trump also retweeted a video from a conspiracy Twitter account showing an interview clip of a man saying “conquering America” is part of the Muslim faith.

Trump tweets support for far-right figures banned by Facebook – (Google News)
Facebook barred seven users from its services earlier this week, citing its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations.” Now President Donald Trump is siding with the people who were banned and railing against social media “censorship” — all w…

Fareed Zakaria: North Korea played Trump from the start – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria reacts to North Korea test firing several short-range projectiles from the country’s eastern coast, according to South Korean officials.

Comey defends FBI’s investigation in response to NYT ‘spying’ report – (Fox News)
Former FBI Director James Comey on Friday defended the bureau actions alleged in a New York Times report released a day earlier that says an informant portrayed a research assistant in order to investigate a Trump foreign policy adviser in 2016.

As prison looms, prosecutors refuse final meeting with Cohen – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen tried — but failed — to position himself as a whistleblower in the vein of Watergate hero John Dean.As the…

Kamala Harris asks DOJ IG to probe whether Trump asked Barr to investigate political opponents – (Google News)
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Friday sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s inspector general demanding he investigate whether the White House had urged Attorney General William Barr to investigate President Trump’s political opponents.

After North Korean missile launch, Trump still has confidence in deal with Kim Jong Un – (USA Today)
After North Korea fired a barrage of missiles early Saturday, President Donald Trump said he remains confident in negotiations with Kim Jong Un and that a deal is still possible.

Schumer hits Trump over Putin call: They ‘gossiped about Fox News conspiracy theories’ – (The Hill)
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) hammered President Trump over his call with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Trump said the two did not discuss Moscow’s efforts to meddle in U.S. elections.

Trump insists Kim Jong-un ‘does not want to break his promise to me’ hours after North Korea missile test – (Independent)
‘He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!’

Palestinian with close ties to Trump administration launches new party – (The Jerusalem Post)
The founder of the party, called Reform and Development Party, is Ashraf Jabari, 45, who belongs to a prominent clan from Hebron.

Trump tweets support for far-right figures banned by Facebook – (CNN)
Facebook barred seven users from its services earlier this week, citing its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations.” Now President Donald Trump is siding with the people who were banned and railing against social media “censorship” — all a…

Trump says Kim Jong Un ‘does not want to break his promise’ despite North Korea’s latest launches – (CNBC)

North Korea reportedly launches short-range ‘projectiles’ – (Fox News)
Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst says the goal of the Trump administration is to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

President Trump moves into the post-Mueller phase in his relationship with Vladimir Putin – (Axios)
Trump said he and Putin talked about the “Russian Hoax” during their hour-long call.

New North Korea Weapons Test Threatens Trump’s Diplomatic Achievement – (The New York Times)
Kim Jong-un’s latest weapons tests signaled that North Korea was escalating its pressure on President Trump to return to the table with a compromise on easing sanctions, analysts said.

Trump voices confidence in Kim after North Korea’s latest launch – (The Hill)
Trump says North Korean leader “knows that I am with him”

What It’s Like to Stay at a Remodeled Trump Hotel – (Fortune)
The Trump Hotel in Toronto was sent into receivership in 2017. Eventually, it was bought by Marriott and re-opened recently as a St. Regis.

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