2019-06-08

Headlines:

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

California utility to cut power to 27,000 customers to reduce wildfire risk – (Reuters)
Utility PG&E Corp planned to proactively shut off power on Saturday to 27,000 customers in Northern California due to an increased risk of wildfires, officials said.

United Technologies nears deal to merge aerospace unit with Raytheon: source – (Reuters)
United Technologies Corp is nearing a deal to merge its aerospace business with U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Co and form a new company worth well over $100 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

G20 finance leaders’ communique to say trade tensions have ‘intensified’: source – (Reuters)
The Group of 20 finance leaders will say in their communique to be released on Sunday that “most importantly, trade and geopolitical tensions have intensified,” a G20 source said.

It’s business as usual at Mexico’s southern border despite Trump deal – (Reuters)
On Saturday, at the busiest crossing point along Mexico’s porous southern border with Guatemala, evidence of Mexico’s promised crackdown on waves of new arrivals trying to reach the United States was nowhere to be seen.

Cambodian leader flips the script on opponents’ noodle ploy – (Associated Press)
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The bitter decadeslong rivalry between Hun Sen, Cambodia’s strongman leader, and Sam Rainsy, his self-exiled chief political rival and critic, has sometimes played out…

Albania president cancels local elections – (BBC News)
It comes after months of protests in Albania, with calls on Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign.

Biden still leads in 2020 Iowa poll, three others fight for second – (Reuters)
Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic pack of presidential contenders in a poll of Iowa voters released on Saturday, with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg in a tight battle for second place.

Mexico holds off Trump’s fire, but seen vulnerable to new pressure – (Reuters)
Mexico avoided the most extreme immigration concession sought by U.S. President Donald Trump in the deal reached to fend off threatened tariffs, but it is left even weaker than before in the face of potential new pressure from Trump as he formally kicks off h…

Mexican president says he offered friendly relations with Trump in call – (Reuters)
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday he spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump, offering him friendly ties and a commitment to dialogue, a day after a deal was reached that avoided tariffs on Mexican goods threatened by the U.S. lead…

California utility proactively cuts power because of weather – (Associated Press)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric implemented a controversial practice of cutting power to selected portions of Northern California on Saturday to guard against wildfires as the weather…

Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Winston provided a perfect finish to a crazy Triple Crown.After a disqualification in the Kentucky Derby and a runaway horse in the Preakness, of course the Belmont…

Mexico-US tariff deal: Questions, concerns for migration – (Associated Press)
MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Washington and Mexico City both took victory laps Saturday over a deal that headed off threatened tariffs on Mexican imports, it remained to be seen how effective it may be…

Call for civil disobedience in Sudan after arrests – (BBC News)
The pro-democracy movement responds to the military crackdown which left dozens dead.

Trump’s Mexico deal: a political win, even if it falls short – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s deal to avert his threatened tariffs on Mexico includes few new solutions to swiftly stem the surge of Central American migrants flowing over America’s…

Buttigieg’s high college debt draws attention to the issue – (Associated Press)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg knows firsthand the burden of six-figure student loan debt. He and his husband, Chasten, are far from alone, though, and…

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as Southern Baptists convene – (Associated Press)
The Southern Baptist Convention gathers for its annual national meeting Tuesday with one sobering topic — sex abuse by clergy and staff — overshadowing all others.Inside the meeting hall in…

Huge Hong Kong protest expected in last push to scrap extradition bill – (Reuters)
At least half a million people in Hong Kong are expected to brave sweltering heat on Sunday to press the government to scrap a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to China to face trial, organizers of the march said.

UK’s Johnson threatens to withhold $50 billion Brexit payment – (Reuters)
Boris Johnson, the leading candidate to succeed Theresa May as Britain’s next prime minister, said he would withhold a previously agreed 39 billion pound ($50 billion) Brexit payment until the European Union gives Britain better exit terms.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ inspires autistic boy to sing – (Associated Press)
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta rapper’s take on country music has inspired a mostly nonverbal autistic boy in Minnesota to sing.Lil Nas X has found huge success with the song, “Old Town Road.”…

Barcelona’s Gaudí church finally gets a permit – (BBC News)
The permit will last until 2026 – the year builders hope to finish the famed Sagrada Familia.

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From various sources

Clinton: Russia interfered in U.S. elections, obstruction, ‘occurred’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Speaking at Wellesley College, the former Democratic leader said those who read the Muller report must conclude Russia attempted to influence 2016 elections.

California utility to cut power to 27,000 customers to reduce wildfire risk – (Reuters)
Utility PG&E Corp planned to proactively shut off power on Saturday to 27,000 customers in Northern California due to an increased risk of wildfires, officials said.

Inside Ikea’s hi-tech home of the future – (News.com.au)
Ikea has unveiled a new range of robotic furniture that will add an extra eight square metres of space to apartments by transforming a bedroom into a living room with the press of a button.

Biden slumps, Buttigieg soars: 6 takeaways from benchmark Iowa poll | TheHill – (The Hill)
Just hours before presidential candidates will pitch themselves to Iowa Democratic activists in t…

Gutfeld celebrates the fourth anniversary of his show – (Fox News)
Greg Gutfeld thanks D-Day veterans and weighs in on President Trump’s visit to the U.K.

France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan alliance – (Financial Times)
Finance minister Bruno Le Maire says state would reduce its holding for a ‘more solid auto sector’

Dad slams TV deal after Snapchat crash – (News.com.au)
The father of Snapchat car crash victim Shania McNeill has slammed the two friends who travelled in the car for profiting from his daughter’s death in an exclusive TV deal.

Etan Patz case: 1979 disappearance of NYC boy continues to haunt investigators – (CBS News)
“48 Hours” goes inside the painstaking investigation through the eyes of those who have spent more than three decades trying to find the 6-year-old boy and to bring closure to his heartbroken parents

Drastic plan for site of horror massacre – (News.com.au)
As the superintendent of Jefferson County School District in Colorado, Jason Glass oversees one of the most troubled pieces of property in the United States: Columbine High School.

United Technologies nears deal to merge aerospace unit with Raytheon: source – (Reuters)
United Technologies Corp is nearing a deal to merge its aerospace business with U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Co and form a new company worth well over $100 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

G20 finance leaders’ communique to say trade tensions have ‘intensified’: source – (Reuters)
The Group of 20 finance leaders will say in their communique to be released on Sunday that “most importantly, trade and geopolitical tensions have intensified,” a G20 source said.

These are the unexpected winners of the grocery wars – CNN Video – (CNN)
Today, big box stores and foreign discount chains are beating out more traditional supermarkets. Here’s how they’re attracting customers like never before.

How a cheap, brutally efficient grocery chain is upending America’s supermarkets – (CNN)
Aldi, a discount grocery chain, is on an aggressive growth spurt in the United States, pressuring even Walmart on low food prices.

Fotis Dulos hires Alex Jones’ attorney to defend him in disappearance of his wife, Jennifer – (Fox News)

It’s business as usual at Mexico’s southern border despite Trump deal – (Reuters)
On Saturday, at the busiest crossing point along Mexico’s porous southern border with Guatemala, evidence of Mexico’s promised crackdown on waves of new arrivals trying to reach the United States was nowhere to be seen.

Panic at DC pride parade sends people running, several injured – (USA Today)
It happened Saturday near Dupont Circle, where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate.

17 Little Details You Didn’t Notice In “Space Jam” That Are Going To Blow Your Adult Mind – (Buzzfeed)
Everybody get up, it’s time to point out references that went over your head as a child.

Trump administration official: ‘Our policy has not changed’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in a Friday interview to the New York Times he thinks “Israel has the right to retain” some of the West Bank.

Jayme Closs case: Recently released evidence photos – (CBS News)
Jake Patterson was sentenced on May 24, 2019 after pleading guilty to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. At his sentencing hearing, the prosecution showed a select few evidence photos to the court and asked that Patterson be sente…

Unity boss John Riccitiello faces sexual harassment lawsuit from former exec – (Polygon)
Senior director Anne Evans claims he propositioned, then threatened her

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All about Trump

Gutfeld celebrates the fourth anniversary of his show – (Fox News)
Greg Gutfeld thanks D-Day veterans and weighs in on President Trump’s visit to the U.K.

It’s business as usual at Mexico’s southern border despite Trump deal – (Reuters)
On Saturday, at the busiest crossing point along Mexico’s porous southern border with Guatemala, evidence of Mexico’s promised crackdown on waves of new arrivals trying to reach the United States was nowhere to be seen.

Trump administration official: ‘Our policy has not changed’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in a Friday interview to the New York Times he thinks “Israel has the right to retain” some of the West Bank.

New York Times: Mexico had planned on most actions in border deal before Trump tariff threat – (Google News)
Mexico had already promised to take many of the actions agreed to in Friday’s immigration deal with the US — months before President Donald Trump’s tariff threat, officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations told the New York Times in…

Watters’ Words: Comparing state visits – (Fox News)
Jesse Watters breaks down the differences between President Trump’s visit with Queen Elizabeth versus former President Obama’s.

Mexico holds off Trump’s fire, but seen vulnerable to new pressure – (Reuters)
Mexico avoided the most extreme immigration concession sought by U.S. President Donald Trump in the deal reached to fend off threatened tariffs, but it is left even weaker than before in the face of potential new pressure from Trump as he formally kicks off h…

PIERS MORGAN: Inside the exclusive interview with President Trump – (Daily Mail)
I felt a hand rap me on the shoulder and turned to see the President of the United States. ‘My man, Piers!’ he said. ‘You’re looking great!’ writes PIERS MORGAN.

Mexican president says he offered friendly relations with Trump in call – (Reuters)
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday he spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump, offering him friendly ties and a commitment to dialogue, a day after a deal was reached that avoided tariffs on Mexican goods threatened by the U.S. lead…

Mexico Agreed To Deploy National Guard Months Before Deal With Trump: Report – (The Huffington Post)
Mexico promised to deploy troops throughout its country and to the border wall months before Trump threatened a tariff, according to the New York Times.

Nancy Pelosi Lashes Trump’s ‘Threats And Temper Tantrums’ In Dealing With Mexico – (The Huffington Post)
Game on — again.

Trump’s Mexico deal: a political win, even if it falls short – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s deal to avert his threatened tariffs on Mexico includes few new solutions to swiftly stem the surge of Central American migrants flowing over America’s…

6/8: CBS Evening News – (CBS News)
President Trump suspends tariff plan on Mexican goods’; Women’s World Cup popularity sparks conversation on women’s rights.

U.S. Embassies Display Pride Flag, Despite Trump Administration Advisory Against It – (Newsweek)
Find out which U.S. embassies have decided to proudly display the rainbow pride flag in honor of Pride Month.

Some US embassies fly rainbow flag despite rejected requests from Trump admin | TheHill – (The Hill)
Several U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world are hoisting rainbow flags in hon…

New York Times: Mexico had planned on most actions in border deal before Trump tariff threat – (CNN)
Mexico had already promised to take many of the actions agreed to in Friday’s immigration deal with the US — months before President Donald Trump’s tariff threat, officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations told the New York Times in…

Trump is avoiding a crisis of his own making with US-Mexico migrant deal, critics say – (USA Today)
Critics say Trump’s deal with Mexico over migrants avoided a political crisis of his own making – one that could have wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy and sparked a political revolt from within his own party.

For Democrats, Trump impeachment question is a personal struggle transcending politics – (Google News)
The Washington Post interviewed 45 Democrats spanning the caucus’s divides and found lawmakers struggling with how to respond to a norm-smashing president.

‘Central Park Five’ To Trump: Death Penalty Ad Put A ‘Bounty On Our Head’ – (The Huffington Post)
While the falsely accused men were honored this week, a publisher dropped one of the prosecutors from the botched case.

Trump is confident Mexico will enforce new immigration deal – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday predicted Mexico would strongly enforce a new deal under which it agreed to expand a controversial asylum program and boost security on its southern border to stem Central American migrants trying to reach the United St…

Mexico agreed to take action at border months before Trump deal to avert tariffs: NYT | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump’s deal with Mexico to drop plans to impose sweeping tariffs on the country i…

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