2019-05-15

Headlines:

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

What to do if you see an Instagram post about suicide – (BBC News)
A 16-year-old girl in Malaysia killed herself after she posted a poll on Instagram, police say.

Iran halts some commitments under nuclear deal – (Reuters)
Iran has officially stopped some commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers following an order from its national security council, an informed official in the country’s atomic energy body told the ISNA news agency on Wednesday.

Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance: Iranian defence minister – (Reuters)
Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance, Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami said on Wednesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Bernie Sanders zeros in on Joe Biden as his favorite foil – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is quick to slam Joe Biden’s past support of free trade deals and the Iraq War. He is warning him against a “middle ground” approach to addressing climate change….

Republican Alabama governor mulling nation’s strictest abortion law – (Reuters)
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday was mulling whether to sign the United States’ strictest abortion law, part of a multistate effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider women’s constitutional right to abortion.

U.S. pulls staff from Iraq amid concerns over Iran – (Reuters)
Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency American employees from its diplomatic missions in Iraq on Wednesday in another show of concern about alleged threats from Iran.

Weak U.S. retail sales point to slowing economy – (Reuters)
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in April as households cut back on purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, pointing to a slowdown in economic growth after a temporary boost from exports and inventories in the first quarter.

Alabama ban on nearly all abortions in GOP governor’s hands – (Associated Press)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama legislators have given final approval to a ban on nearly all abortions, and if the Republican governor signs the measure, the state will have the strictest abortion…

U.S. factory output drops for third time in four months – (Reuters)
Declining output of cars and machinery led U.S. factory production to fall unexpectedly in April, a sign the economy is losing a step as a trade war with China intensifies.

U.S. plans to send transportation staff to U.S.-Mexico border – (Reuters)
The Trump administration plans to redirect Transportation Security Administration staff to the U.S. southern border to assist with immigration duties and migrant flows, the TSA said on Wednesday.

Nissan set for weakest profit in 11 years as Ghosn woes, bleak sales weigh – (Reuters)
Nissan Motor Co forecast a 28% plunge in its annual operating profit, putting it on course for the weakest earnings in 11 years and underscoring its struggle to turn the page after former Chairman Carlos Ghosn was ousted.

Looking for climate change info, teachers find propaganda – (Associated Press)
When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she’d never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit’s hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as…

China voices strength, pushes nationalism around trade war – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — What do tilapia, Jane Austen and Chinese revolutionary poster art have in common?All have been used to rally public support around China’s position in its trade dispute with…

Fewer babies as US birth rate fails to rebound with economy – (Associated Press)
America’s baby bust isn’t over. The nation’s birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32…

Iran’s supreme leader makes uranium enrichment threat – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that “no one is seeking war,” saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic…

Allies fear US-Iran tensions could spark accidental conflict – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses a…

Pilots ‘raised Boeing safety fears’ in 2018 – (BBC News)
American Airlines pilots reportedly raised concerns months before the second deadly 737 Max crash.

US pulls ‘non-emergency staff’ from Iraq – (BBC News)
It comes after the US military warned of a “credible threat” from Iran-backed forces in the region.

Fears of flying Boeing’s 737 MAX won’t get in way of price conscious ticket shoppers: Reuters/IPSOS poll – (Reuters)
U.S. fliers still consider ticket prices the most important factor when choosing a flight, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, suggesting two fatal crashes of Boeing Co 737 MAX jets have had little impact on consumer sentiment.

Heating up: Investors’ green targets go beyond just big oil – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not just big oil and power companies that investors are pushing to do better on the environment.In the next few weeks, Amazon shareholders will vote on a proposal made…

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From various sources

FDA approves Aidoc’s AI-powered detection of pulmonary embolism – (The Jerusalem Post)
AI is quickly becoming established as the highest standard of care, helping doctors and saving patients’ lives.”

Mars partners with JVP to tackle global food challenges – (The Jerusalem Post)
Mars’s new entrepreneurial division Mars Edge and the Mars Advanced Research Institute will work with Israeli partners to explore the convergence of food, health and technology.

Attack on Jewish woman in Sweden not being treated as hate crime – (The Jerusalem Post)
Swedish police have said that at present there are no indications that the severe knife attack against a Jewish woman in Helsingborg was antisemitic in nature.

Tibi: ‘Palestinians’ strongest weapon against Trump is the word “no”‘ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Tibi spoke at a rally commemorating the 71st Nakba Day in Ramallah, together with Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Graham holds press conference on border legislation – (Fox News)

Actor Isaac Kappy dead at 42 after he ‘forced himself off’ a bridge, posted ominous apology to Trump, QAnon – (Fox News)
Actor Isaac Kappy died Monday morning after he “forced himself off” of a bridge in Arizona. He posted a disturbing message about President Trump and the Q Movement before ending his life.

Man called racist because he’s got a Union Flag doormat – (Metro)
He supports the Remain-backing Green Party, he voted to stay in the European Union and he has an Italian boyfriend.

ICO frauds: DJ Khaled and Mayweather walk free, Kevin Hart next to be investigated – (The Next Web)
The US Court for the Southern District of Florida has dismissed the case of initial coin offering (ICO) fraud against DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd Mayweather. The court decided that despite Khaled and Mayweather shilled defunct cryptocurrency firm CentraTech (an…

Paris Hilton Was Asked To Say Three Nice Things About Lindsay Lohan But It Didn’t Quite Go As Planned – (Buzzfeed)
“Paris, say three nice things about Lindsay Lohan…”

Parliament launches probe into reality TV following Jeremy Kyle Show death – (Mirror)

Disputed diamonds: Presidency slapped with hefty R29.9bn claim over Lesotho diamonds – (News24)
A diamond mining company has filed a R29.9bn claim against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government as a near three decade-long dispute over expropriated diamond mining rights in Lesotho reaches South African courts again.

Nura’s sound adapting earbuds are up for preorder, will start shipping in September – (TechCrunch)
I’m struggling to come up with a single bit of technology I was more excited about at CES than the Nuraloop. I reviewed Nura’s original product fairly positively, but I’ve never really be an over-ear headphone person. The company’s latest strips a lot of the …

The Jeremy Kyle Show is AXED PERMANENTLY after death of Steven Dymond – (Daily Mail)
MPs have today launched a probe into reality television following the death of Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond, 63, whose body was found at his flat in Portsmouth on May 9.

Was It The Shoes? Kawhi Leonard Scores Big For New Balance – (Fortune)
Leonard’s iconic buzzer beater thrilled fans–and put New Balance back in the game.

The best <em>Survivor</em> finale story you never knew – (Entertainment Weekly)
Jeff Probst reveals a near ‘major disaster’ from the past.

Jensen Ackles says <em>Supernatural</em> cliffhanger could lead to ‘the best season of the show’ – (Entertainment Weekly)
‘Supernatural’ star Jensen Ackles discusses what the season 14 cliffhanger could mean for the show’s final season.

Why Dany’s shocking twist on ‘Game of Thrones’ makes total sense – (Mashable)
Revenge and nukes don’t mix well.

What’s So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist – (Wired)
A better understanding of the acoustics of screaming could help scientists understand how and why humans shriek—and add a new dimension to the surveillance state!

Scots accuse Aldi of cultural appropriation – (Daily Mail)
The supermarket giant has sparked outrage after launching its new ‘sausedge’ – which looks remarkably similar to the popular Scots Lorne sausage.

There’s been a big development in Alexis Sanchez’s move to Inter Milan – report – (FourFourTwo)
Agents have met as Manchester United try to engineer a way out of Old Trafford for the Chilean, according to the Independent.

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All about Trump

Tibi: ‘Palestinians’ strongest weapon against Trump is the word “no”‘ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Tibi spoke at a rally commemorating the 71st Nakba Day in Ramallah, together with Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh.

Actor Isaac Kappy dead at 42 after he ‘forced himself off’ a bridge, posted ominous apology to Trump, QAnon – (Fox News)
Actor Isaac Kappy died Monday morning after he “forced himself off” of a bridge in Arizona. He posted a disturbing message about President Trump and the Q Movement before ending his life.

Pompeo, Friedman: Israel’s Golan sovereignty fulfills UN Resolution 242 – (The Jerusalem Post)
“President Trump’s Golan proclamation is entirely consistent with Resolution 242,” the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador David Friedman wrote in their article.

China’s LNG tariff threatens Trump energy export goal – (Financial Times)
A 25% levy means US liquefied natural gas would probably have to go elsewhere

Mark Cuban says ‘nobody’ can beat Trump in 2020 ‘right now’: report – (Fox News)
Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban said in an interview Tuesday that he doesn’t think any of the Democratic candidates for president right now can beat President Trump.

Reporter details why residents are leaving Trump Tower – CNN Video – (CNN)
Occupancy rates have plummeted at Trump Tower, making it one of the least desirable buildings in New York, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

China’s Xi Jinping needs a trade deal but, just like Donald Trump, he can’t afford to cave – (Newsweek)
Even the flicker of a notion that the leadership was jumping at the behest of a foreign power is politically toxic in China.

U.S. plans to send transportation staff to U.S.-Mexico border – (Reuters)
The Trump administration plans to redirect Transportation Security Administration staff to the U.S. southern border to assist with immigration duties and migrant flows, the TSA said on Wednesday.

Dispute erupts over whether Brennan, Comey pushed Steele dossier, as DOJ probe into misconduct begins – (Fox News)
A high-level dispute over which senior government officials pushed the unverified Steele dossier amid efforts to surveil the Trump campaign has broken out into the open again, after it emerged that Attorney General William Barr appointed a U.S. attorney to ex…

Trump’s flagship Doral resort saw its net operating income plunge by 69% from 2015 to 2017 – (Axios)
And it missed The Trump Organization’s revenue target by $10 million in 2017.

Democrats: Trump’s GOP Is a Threat to Democracy — So We Better Play Nice – (New York Magazine)
Pelosi and Biden argue that the GOP is breaking our democracy – and therefore, Democrats must not impeach Trump or give up on bipartisanship.

Dow Bleeds Overnight on 50% Chance of Trump Trade Deal Failure – (Crypto Coins News)
Dow Futures collapsed overnight as former US-CHina diplomat said there’s a 50% chance Trump’s trade deal will fail before the G20 meeting.

Bureau Of Land Management Scrubs Stewardship Language From News Releases – (The Huffington Post)
The move is a “perfect representation” of how the Trump administration views America’s public lands, one critic said.

Trump, Kudlow ‘had it out’ after contradiction on who is hurt by tariffs: report – (The Hill)
President Trump and Larry Kudlow reportedly “had it out” after the top White House economic adviser contradicted the president, saying everyday Americans would be hurt by tariffs on Chinese goods.

U.S. orders personnel out of Iraq as tension with Iran soars – (CBS News)
The State Department says non-emergency U.S. embassy and consulate employees in Iraq will have to leave. That follows rising tensions with Iran, Iraq’s neighbor. President Trump dismissed a report that his national security team is reviewing a plan for more t…

Steve Bannon: There is ‘no chance’ Trump is going to back down in the China trade war – (Google News)
The standoff with China “cuts to the core of what the United States is going to be in the future,” says the hardline ex-White House chief strategist.

Michael Wolff has written a Trump sequel. It’s called “Siege” and will be out on June 4 – (CNN)
As soon as Michael Wolff finished “Fire and Fury,” he started gathering information for a sequel about President Trump.

White House Resistance to Budget Deal Worries Republicans – (The Wall Street Journal)
The Trump administration is opposing the idea of another two-year spending agreement providing defense increases for Republicans and nondefense boosts for Democrats.

Allies fear US-Iran tensions could spark accidental conflict – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses a…

Eye Opener: Alabama passes nation’s most restrictive abortion bill – (CBS News)
Alabama passes the country’s most restrictive abortion bill with no exceptions for rape and incest. Also, President Trump’s oldest son will return to Capitol Hill next month to testify in a Senate committee’s Russia investigation. All that and all that matter…

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