2019-05-17

Headlines:

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

Grumpy Cat, who entertained millions online, dies at age 7 – (Associated Press)
MORRISTOWN, Ariz. (AP) — Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet and spawned hundreds of memes, national television commercials and even a movie, died at age…

Report: Ohio State leaders knew about team doctor’s abuse – (Associated Press)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State University team doctor who died years ago sexually abused at least 177 students over a period of decades so wantonly that students described his examinations as…

White House delays decision on tariffs on imported cars, parts – (Reuters)
The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision for as long as six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and parts to allow for more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.

Colombia’s Peace Deal Promised a New Era. This Is What It Looks Like. – (The New York Times)
Rebels are rearming, violence is soaring in the countryside and a new government is wavering in its commitment.

Low-Income College Students Are Being Taxed Like Trust-Fund Babies – (The New York Times)
Higher education officials are calling on Congress to fix a provision in the Trump administration’s tax overhaul that has caused unintended tax increases.

Exclusive: Insurer says Iran’s Guards likely to have organized tanker attacks – (Reuters)
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are “highly likely” to have facilitated attacks last Sunday on four tankers including two Saudi ships off Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, according to a Norwegian insurers’ report seen by Reuters.

Iran denies ties to Houthi drone attack on Saudi oil installations – (Reuters)
Iran’s foreign ministry on Friday rejected accusations by Saudi Arabia that Tehran had ordered an attack on Saudi oil installations claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militia.

Trump Delays Auto Tariffs in Press for Deal With Japan, Europe – (The New York Times)
President Trump stepped back from opening another front in a global trade war by delaying tariffs on automobiles until later this year.

US fighter jet crashes into warehouse – (BBC News)
An F-16 jet slams to the ground near a base outside Los Angeles after the pilot ejects.

U.S. consumer sentiment rises to 15-year high – (Reuters)
U.S. consumer sentiment jumped to a 15-year high in early May amid growing confidence over the economy’s outlook.

U.S. urging talks while ‘holding gun’ at Iran: Iranian military official – (Reuters)
A senior Iranian military official has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of dishonesty, saying Washington is calling for talks while “holding a gun” at Tehran, the semi-official news agency Mehr reported on Friday.

Iranian missiles can hit U.S. ships in Gulf: Guards – (Reuters)
A deputy head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said short-range Iranian missiles could reach U.S. warships in the Gulf, and the United States could not afford a new war, the semi-official news agency Fars reported on Friday.

Senior China diplomat says China opposes unilateral U.S. sanctions against Iran – (Reuters)
The Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday that China resolutely opposes unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States.

Wall St. falls after China’s tough talk on trade – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks slipped on Friday, after three straight sessions of gains, as trade tensions were renewed after Chinese media took a hardline approach to the tariff dispute between the United States and China.

Trump plan would shift immigration focus to ‘merit’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based…

Pinterest shares tumble as profit seen elusive – (Reuters)
Pinterest Inc’s shares slumped as much as 17% on Friday after the online scrapbook company’s disappointing annual forecast shook investors’ faith in its ability to turn in a profit soon.

Madonna gets into Eurovision groove in Tel Aviv despite Palestinian criticism – (Reuters)
Pop star Madonna took time out ahead of her scheduled guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, attending an evening event in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

Warren unveils abortion rights platform following new laws – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women’s…

Minecraft’s answer to Pokemon Go – (BBC News)
Newsbeat is one of the first to get a look at the newly announced Minecraft augmented reality game

Trump delays imposing tariffs on auto imports and parts – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday delayed any decision to impose tariffs on car and auto-part imports, deciding against ratcheting up trade disputes or impacting ongoing talks…

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From various sources

Beneath the dull surface, Europe’s stockmarket is a place of extremes – (The Economist)
The gap between value and quality stocks has widened into a chasm

Palestinian TV show: There is no such thing as Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The Palestinians there [near Haifa] need to emphasize to everyone that this area is Palestinian.”

German Bundestag rules: ‘BDS is antisemitic’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Germany is the first country in the EU that rules the BDS movement is anti-Semitic, Minister Erdan thanked Germany and called other EU nations to do the same.

Chief Rabbi calls to add 20 minutes to Shabbat in protest of Eurovision – (The Jerusalem Post)
Citing his concern over the “massive violation of Shabbat,” he expressed his regret that, while this “isn’t the first time, this time it will be done with the whole world watching.”

92 thousand West Bank Palestinians attend Friday prayers in Jerusalem – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israeli security officers arranged shuttle services to allow worshipers easy access to the Muslim holy site and handed Palestinians greeting cards wishing them a happy Ramadan.

Hurricanes eliminated from playoffs because of lack of discipline – (NHL News)
The Carolina Hurricanes were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at PNC Arena on Thursday.

China’s Luckin Coffee shares surge almost 50% on debut – (Financial Times)
Fast-expanding chain raised $561m for $4bn valuation to fund its bid to surpass Starbucks

John Bolton, Donald Trump’s foreign policy bad cop – (Financial Times)
The hawkish national security adviser is a useful foil for the US president

‘Big Bang Theory’ star Johnny Galecki admits he was the only one to have sex in his dressing room – (Fox News)
Now that “The Big Bang Theory” has finally come to an end, the cast is getting brutally honest about their time on the set.

Pompeo slams Kerry over meeting with Iranians, undermining Trump administration: ‘It’s time to get off the … – (Fox News)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed his predecessor John Kerry, telling him “it’s time to get off the stage” and stop inappropriately engaging with foreign leaders while undermining the Trump administration’s foreign policy.

Mueller files show Flynn under investigation earlier than thought, as brother alleges effort to ‘trap him’ – (Fox News)
Michael Flynn was already under federal investigation during the 2016 presidential transition began, according to a little-discussed paragraph in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report — and his brother, Joe, told Fox News exclusively this week that the rev…

Cinemax’s <em>Jett</em> trailer puts <em>Haunting of Hill House</em> star in her own crime noir series – (Entertainment Weekly)
A Jett-setter.

British backpacker claims she was lured into slave labour at a farm – (Daily Mail)
The British backpacker who moaned about four-hour fruit-picking days in Australia complained about her ‘nine to five bulls***’ life in her home country before heading out on her travels.

Thunderstorms set to hit Britain as rain replaces today’s high of 72F – (Daily Mail)
Today the UK will see early sunshine in the north and west of the country, with England and Wales cooler, cloudier and subject to spells of patchy rain.

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat passes away – (Daily Mail)
Grumpy Cat, owned by Tabatha Bundesen from Morristown, Arizona has died aged 7 from a urinary tract infection, after becoming an internet sensation thanks to her famous scowl.

Forger claims he is behind ‘Picasso’ thought to be worth £1m – (Daily Mail)
Forger David Henty claims he is the man behind a painting (pictured) that auctioneers in Brighton believe could be a Picasso worth up to £1 million after a collector bought for just £230.

Over 140 people attempt to sketch UK with various degrees of success – (Daily Mail)
These misshapen blobs are how British people sketch their own coastlines when asked to do so from memory as part of a study that found half of respondents couldn’t even locate their hometown.

Tati Westbrook didn’t think her video about James Charles would be world news – (Mashable)
‘I didn’t think it would go down like this.’

These Would You Rather “Game Of Thrones” Men Sex Questions Are Almost Impossible To Answer – (Buzzfeed)
This quiz is harder than Jon Snow’s butt.

Trump Just Delayed Auto Tariffs on the EU and Japan. Here’s Why – (Fortune)
Donald Trump announced a delay in imposing tariffs on imported vehicles and parts from the European Union, Japan and other nations

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All about Trump

John Bolton, Donald Trump’s foreign policy bad cop – (Financial Times)
The hawkish national security adviser is a useful foil for the US president

Pompeo slams Kerry over meeting with Iranians, undermining Trump administration: ‘It’s time to get off the … – (Fox News)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed his predecessor John Kerry, telling him “it’s time to get off the stage” and stop inappropriately engaging with foreign leaders while undermining the Trump administration’s foreign policy.

Trump Just Delayed Auto Tariffs on the EU and Japan. Here’s Why – (Fortune)
Donald Trump announced a delay in imposing tariffs on imported vehicles and parts from the European Union, Japan and other nations

Trump: ‘Impossible for me to know’ extent of Flynn investigation – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday sought to distance himself from former national security adviser Michael Flynn, one day after newly unsealed court documents showed Flynn cooperated more extensively than previously known with special counsel Ro

Elizabeth Warren on the issues, in under 500 words – (Axios)
She has voted with Trump 13.5% of the time.

Terence Corcoran: Call a Trump ‘National Emergency’! America isn’t No. 1 in 5G! – (Financial Post)
Is this a worthy foundation for an international crisis?

Papadopoulos: Intel agents tried to get my wife to wear a wire – (Fox News)
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos reveals new details about intelligence agencies spying on him.

Rural U.S. networks may have to spend millions to replace Huawei equipment banned by Trump – (Axios)
It’s another effect of the ongoing trade war.

White House delays decision on tariffs on imported cars, parts – (Reuters)
The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision for as long as six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and parts to allow for more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.

Low-Income College Students Are Being Taxed Like Trust-Fund Babies – (The New York Times)
Higher education officials are calling on Congress to fix a provision in the Trump administration’s tax overhaul that has caused unintended tax increases.

Now we know why Donald Trump was SO focused on Michael Flynn – (CNN)
At nearly every turn of the probe into Russian interference into the 2016 election, President Donald Trump was working to make sure Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, knew that the White House was on his side — and that the President himsel…

Now we know why Donald Trump was SO focused on Michael Flynn – (Google News)
At nearly every turn of the probe into Russian interference into the 2016 election, President Donald Trump was working to make sure Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, knew that the White House was on his side — and that the President himsel…

Trump Delays Auto Tariffs in Press for Deal With Japan, Europe – (The New York Times)
President Trump stepped back from opening another front in a global trade war by delaying tariffs on automobiles until later this year.

Theresa Tedesco: Anyone following Conrad Black’s saga shouldn’t be surprised Trump pardoned him – (Financial Post)
Trump remained a loyal friend. And publicly so

Trump admin. may send migrants to Democratic strongholds in Florida – (CBS News)
Hundreds of detained migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border may soon find themselves in South Florida. A Trump administration plan would move as many as 1,000 migrants per month to Broward and Palm Beach counties. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy j…

Trump Delays Auto Tariffs in Press for Deal With Japan, Europe – (Google News)
President Trump stepped back from opening another front in a global trade war by delaying tariffs on automobiles until later this year.

U.S. urging talks while ‘holding gun’ at Iran: Iranian military official – (Reuters)
A senior Iranian military official has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of dishonesty, saying Washington is calling for talks while “holding a gun” at Tehran, the semi-official news agency Mehr reported on Friday.

Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful – (The Hill)
A split federal appeals court on Friday ruled that President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful because “it was not adequately explained.”

What threatens democracy? Legendary Navy SEAL warns of Trump’s attacks on US institutions – (USA Today)
Exclusive: After missions against Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, retired admiral William McRaven warns of Trump’s attacks on democracy

Trump plan would shift immigration focus to ‘merit’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based…

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