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(Reuters) - Some damage to Sino-U.S. ties is “beyond repair” amid a new wave of Trump administration measures to counter China, Chinese state media warned, amid growing rancour underlined by an ugly Twitter spat between a U.S. senator and Chinese journalists. FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. Relations between the two countries are being shifted to “a dangerous path”, the editorial said. The Democrat told the New York Times this week that he would not remove existing tariffs set by the Trump administration against China for now. Senator Marsha Blackburn and China Daily journalist Chen Weihua underscored persistent animosity.
Persons: Aly, China Daily, Joe Biden, Cui Tiankai, , Meng Wanzhou, Biden, Trump, Marsha Blackburn, Chen Weihua, Blackburn, China “, Chen, ” Blackburn, Xi Jinping’s, ” Hu Xijin Organizations: Reuters, Bund, REUTERS, Chinese Communist Party, Twitter, Reuters U.S, Huawei, Democrat, New York Times, U.S, China Daily, Republican, China’s Global Times Locations: U.S, China, Shanghai, United States, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong
U.S. Justice Department probed Kushner lawyer over alleged graft scheme: NYT
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department investigated whether a lawyer for Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, had been involved in a bribery scheme to win clemency for a man convicted of tax crimes, the New York Times said on Thursday. White House senior advisor Jared Kushner looks on at a U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., November 2, 2020. As part of the plan, a San Francisco real estate developer, Sanford Diller, would make an unspecified political contribution, it added. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell released an order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” investigation. In October, Broidy pleaded guilty in a separate case to legally lobbying Trump to drop an investigation into a Malaysian embezzlement scandal.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Donald Trump's, Carlos Barria, Abbe Lowell, Elliott Broidy, Trump, William Burck, , Hugh Baras, Sanford Diller, Diller, Burck, Baras, Beryl Howell, Broidy Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Justice Department, New York Times, White House, Fayetteville Regional Airport, REUTERS, ” Reuters, Lowell, Justice Department, San, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Twitter, U.S, District, Trump Locations: Fayetteville , North Carolina, U.S, Berkeley , California, San Francisco, Washington, Malaysian
Timnit Gebru, a co-lead on Google's ethical-artificial-intelligence research team, tweeted late Wednesday that she had been ousted from the company. The firing also drew the attention of others in the AI research field, while it left many Google employees confused over the seemingly-aggressive response. On Thursday, Google's AI chief Jeff Dean told employees in an email obtained by Business Insider that Gebru's firing was a "difficult moment." According to an employee familiar with the situation, Google was unhappy with the research paper, which analyzed the ethical dangers of language models. Stochastic parrotsThe debacle has raised questions over the nature of the research paper, which Google says was submitted before the company gave it approval.
Persons: Timnit Gebru, Gebru, Timnit, listserv, Jeff Dean, Google, Casey Newton's, Vijay Chidambaram, Meredith Whittaker, Whittaker Organizations: Observers, Google, Business, Twitter, Allies, University of Texas, Austin
Sen. Marco Rubio told Ocasio-Cortez to "work more, tweet less." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and GOP Sen. Marco Rubio duked it out on Twitter on Thursday. NBC News also reported that Trump and Kushner real estate properties received over 25 PPP loans worth more than $3.65 million. Sen. Marco Rubio replied and quote-tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, saying, "Working together R's & D's helped save the jobs of 55 million Americans through PPP. A new $908 billion compromise stimulus bill is gaining traction with congressional leaders — the bill lacks additional stimulus checks for Americans.
Persons: Cortez's, Sen, Marco Rubio, Ocasio, Cortez, Rubio, Alexandria Ocasio, GOP Sen, Marco Rubio duked, Olivia Solon, Trump, Kushner, D's, Steven Mnuchin, I've, seltzer, Marco Rubio's Organizations: Veritas, GOP, Twitter, Small Business Administration, NBC, NBC News, Rep, Republicans Locations: Alexandria, Cortez, COVID
FILE PHOTO: After the company announced it would extend its coronavirus work-from-home order until summer 2021, a Google sign is shown at one of the company's office complexes in Irvine, California, U.S., July 27, 2020. Gebru co-founded the nonprofit Black in AI that aims to increase representation of people of color in artificial intelligence and co-authored a landmark paper on bias in facial analysis technology. In his email to staff, Dean said the paper had not been given to the company for review in a timely fashion and was submitted to a conference without Google’s permission. The amount of disrespect is incredible.”Google declined to comment on her departure beyond Dean’s email, which was first reported by tech news site Platformer. Her new paper, co-authored with non-Google staff, is still expected to be presented at a computer science conference in March, according a person familiar with the matter.
Persons: Mike Blake Timnit Gebru, Gebru, Jeff Dean, Dean, , ” Dean, ” Gebru, Ifill, Organizations: OAKLAND, Alphabet Inc, REUTERS, Twitter, Reuters, Google, Legal Defense, Educational Fund, National Labor Relations Board, Microsoft Research Locations: Calif, Irvine , California, U.S
A Senate committee advanced legislation on Thursday that would jumpstart the establishment of the long-awaited National Museum of the American Latino. The last of its museums to open was The National Museum of African American History and Culture, established by Congress in 2003 and open to the public in 2016. Longoria noted she is a ninth generation Texan, and stressed the importance of having a record of Latinos' contributions throughout the nation's history. Muñoz helped spearhead the initial effort to create the institution as chairman of the Commission to study the Creation of the National Museum of the American Latino. In 2003, community, business and congressional leaders began working with advocates like the non-profit Friends of the American Latino Museum, to push for its creation.
Persons: Donald Trump's, , , Sen, Bob Menendez, Estuardo Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Maria Teresa Kumar, John Cornyn, Cornyn, Eva Longoria, Longoria, Henry Muñoz III, Momento, Muñoz, ” Muñoz Organizations: Museum of, NBC, American Latino Museum, Smithsonian, National Zoo, U.S, National Museum of, Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Commission, National Latino Museum, Facebook, Twitter Locations: U.S, United States, Texas, America
Democrats picked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Thursday to lead their campaign organization into the 2022 elections. Maloney, who in 2013 became the first openly gay member of Congress from New York, will now become the first LGBTQ person to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which helps to recruit House candidates, raise money and provide campaign guidance. “Now, it’s time for House Democrats to unite and go forward together. Cardenas, 57, is a four-term House lawmaker who has led Bold Pac, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The 2022 election looms as a difficult one for House Democrats.
Persons: Sean Patrick Maloney, Maloney, “ I’m, ” Maloney, ” Alphonso David, , ” David, Mondaire Jones, Ritchie Torres, Tony Cardenas, Cardenas, Cheri Bustos, , Joe Biden Organizations: Democratic Congressional, Committee, Twitter, House Democrats, Human Rights, Senate, Black Democrats, Trump, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Republican, Progressives, GOP, Democratic, NBC, Facebook Locations: New York, New, Hudson Valley, Tony Cardenas of California, Cheri Bustos of, South Florida
Even 25 years after her death, the life and musical legacy of the Grammy-winning Tejana singer Selena Quintanilla remains influential and relevant. A widely anticipated Netflix show “Selena: The Series,” which premieres Friday, seeks to amplify the life of the beloved Queen of Tejano, beyond just her musical journey. Christian Serratos, known for her role as Rosita Espinosa in AMC's "The Walking Dead," plays Selena in the series. To prepare for the role of Abraham, Chavira said that understanding the experiences of his own Mexican American father were crucial. “I had this very strong social awareness of the way that Mexican Americans have been received the last four years and how that has changed based on the political climate,” said Gonzalez, who is Mexican American.
Persons: Selena Quintanilla, Selena, Christian Serratos, Rosita Espinosa, Ven Conmigo ”, It's, Selena didn't, , Seidy Lopez, Marcella, Selena's, , ” Seidy Lopez, Marcella Quintanilla, Ricardo Chavira, Abraham Quintanilla, Abraham, ” Chavira, Gabriel Chavarria, Selena’s, A.B, Quintanilla, “ Abraham, ” Chavarria, Chavira, ” Noemi Gonzalez, Suzette, Los, ” Gonzalez, Deborah, Gregory Nava’s, Jennifer Lopez, Gonzalez Organizations: Netflix, NBC News, Tejano, Como La, Q Productions, Los Dinos, , El, USC, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Mexican, South Texas, AMC's, Lake Jackson , Texas, American, Mexico, Como La Flor, Mexican American, El Paso
Brexit trade talks going backwards: Sky News
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier wearing a face mask arrives for Brexit talks in London, Britain, November 29, 2020. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) - The trade talks between Britain and the European Union have gone backwards and the expectation that the bloc’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier would return to London over the weekend to seal a deal may not be fulfilled, Sky News said on Thursday. “Despite intense negotiations over past 24 hours (fuelled by pizza and sandwiches) told by UK source that ‘talks have gone backwards a bit today’,” Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby said on Twitter. Rigby said an EU source said the expectation was Barnier would return to Brussels and then come back to UK over the weekend to close a deal, but the disagreements mean this may no longer happen.
Persons: Michel Barnier, Brexit, Toby Melville LONDON, , Beth Rigby, Rigby Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Sky News, Twitter Locations: London, Britain, EU, Brussels
FILE PHOTO: European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost are seen at the start of post-Brexit trade deal talks between the EU and the United Kingdom, in Brussels, Belgium March 2, 2020. Oliver Hoslet/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - The trade talks between Britain and the European Union suffered fresh problems on Thursday afternoon with the European bloc introducing new elements to the talks, the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said. “Sounds like Brexit talks have gone worse this afternoon,” she said on Twitter. “A senior govt source says ‘at the eleventh hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation. A breakthrough is still possible in the next few days but that prospect is receding’,” she said.
Persons: Michel Barnier, David Frost, Oliver Hoslet, Laura Kuenssberg, , Organizations: Union, EU, REUTERS LONDON, European Union, Twitter Locations: Europe, United Kingdom, Brussels, Belgium, Britain
Fire sweeps through Southern California canyon, residents flee
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Dan Whitcomb | ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A blaze that ignited overnight in a single-family home injured two firefighters and forced residents of a rustic Southern California canyon to flee their homes on Thursday, as flames tore across some 4,000 acres of dry brush and wooded hillsides. Slideshow ( 5 images )The Bond Fire, which broke out at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, was driven through Silverado Canyon in Orange County by gusty Santa Ana winds. The Red Cross set up an evacuation point at a community college near the mouth of the canyon. Since the start of the year, wildfires have scorched more than 6,500 square miles (17,000 square km) of California land according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “We’re in December and we now have active wildfires still in our state,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said at a press briefing.
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Residents flee wildfire raging through Southern California canyon
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Dan Whitcomb | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two firefighters were injured and residents of a rustic Southern California canyon were driven from their homes after a blaze broke out overnight at a house and tore across more than 7,000 acres of dry brush and wooded hillsides. The Bond Fire, named for the street where it started, ignited around 10 p.m. Wednesday night and was quickly whipped through Silverado Canyon by gusty Santa Ana winds. Gibson said she wouldn’t have received that warning had she been home in Silverado Canyon, which has little cell phone reception. An Edison spokesman confirmed that the utility had cut power to some of the homes in the canyon. Woodsy Silverado Canyon, miles from Southern California’s suburban sprawl up a single winding road, is home to an eclectic mix of residents including artists, horse owners and ranchers.
Persons: ’ ”, Giovanna Gibson, Gibson, wouldn’t, “ We’re, Gavin Newsom Organizations: ANGELES, Reuters, John Wayne Airport, Southern California Edison, Edison, Orange County Fire Authority, Twitter, Santa Ana, California Department of Forestry, U.S . Forest Service, Research Locations: Southern California, Orange, Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa, Silverado, Southern, California, United States, U.S
And human rights advocates like Silva say that more than 114,000 Spaniards have disappeared since the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. And human rights organizations are calling on the government to officially recognize the disappeared as victims and create a record of truth. “The Spanish government has a debt, and we are the ones who are really maintaining a relationship with the families of the victims,” Silva said. It wants human rights organizations to act as go-betweens. The Argentine judge used the legal principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows a country to investigate and prosecute human rights crimes that happened in other countries.
Persons: Emilio Silva, Francisco Franco, , Silva, , ” Silva, — Emilio Silva Faba —, Emilio Núñez —, Silva’s, Silva Faba, Franco, , Augusto Pinochet, Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar, ” Carracedo, Bahar, ” Bahar, Luis Suárez, ” Purificación López, López, Álvaro López Ruíz Organizations: Association for, NBC News, New York, Court, Argentine, U.S, Amnesty, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Spanish, Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, Spain, America, Bridgeport , Connecticut, New York, Chilean, Argentine, United States, Portugal, Valdecaballeros, Badajoz
(Reuters) - Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said they were willing to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus on television in order to ease any public skepticism over the safety of new vaccines. Bush, a Republican and Obama’s predecessor, is willing to get a vaccine on camera once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval, according to Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff. Clinton, a Democrat, will “definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials,” his spokesman, Angel Urena, wrote in an email. Moderna Inc’s vaccine, which employs similar technology as Pfizer’s and was nearly 95% effective in its pivotal trial, is expected to be reviewed a week later. Asked if Guterres might take the vaccine publicly, Dujarric said: “We’ll see if he does it publicly.
Persons: Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, ” Obama, Freddy Ford, Clinton, , Angel Urena, BioNTech, Gallup pollsters, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Pence, Ivanka Trump, Trump’s, , , Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, Dujarric Organizations: Reuters, Former U.S, Democrat, White House, Sirius XM, Republican, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, FDA, Pfizer Inc, U.S, ABC, Twitter, ” United Nations Locations: Former, U.S, Moderna
FILE PHOTO: A fishing boat sails in front of wind turbines through the Thyboron Canal in Jutland, Denmark, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew KellyLONDON (Reuters) - A Sky News reporter said on Thursday EU sources had told him there had been some progress on the issue of fishing rights, one of the main areas of disagreement in trade talks between Britain and the European bloc. “EU sources suggest progress on fishing rights, based around this idea: UK fishermen get notably increased quota of stocks that are sold to UK customers; and EU boats keep similar quotas for fish (like herring, mackerel) that are loved in the EU but rarely eaten in the UK,” Adam Parsons, Europe correspondent at Sky News, said on Twitter.
Persons: Andrew Kelly LONDON, ” Adam Parsons Organizations: REUTERS, Sky, EU, European, Sky News, Twitter Locations: Thyboron, Jutland, Denmark, Britain, Europe
FILE PHOTO - White House senior advisor Brian Deese (L) walks with U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (R) to attend a meeting during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, France December 10, 2015. “I’m asking Brian Deese to do this job because he’s someone who looks at hard problems and finds solutions that help make life better for American families,” Biden said in a video posted by his transition team. He served as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council and as a senior climate and energy advisor to Obama. Deese’s work at BlackRock prompted an outcry by several environmental and progressive groups who have criticized the appointee for working for corporate interests and said he was not aggressive enough on climate change. “Along with @JoeBiden and @BarackObama Brian Deese shepherded the rescue of the auto industry.
Persons: Joe Biden, Brian Deese, Barack Obama’s, Todd Stern, Le Bourget, Mandel Ngan, Deese, Biden, I’m, he’s, ” Biden, “ He’ll, ” Deese, Obama, Evan Weber, , , Ed Markey, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio, Jennifer Granholm Organizations: National Economic Council, NEC, White House, U.S ., United Nations, Le, REUTERS, U.S, Management, Budget, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, Sunrise, White, Democratic, Green New, New York Representative, Cortez . Former Michigan, Twitter Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Paris, France, U.S, Massachusetts, Cortez ., Michigan
This moment mirrors what Hong Khaou, who wrote and directed the British film, felt when he went back to Vietnam for the first time. Khaou is Cambodian, but his first memories are of Vietnam, where he lived for the first eight years of his life. And most of it is rooted in trauma from the war, which is what Khaou wanted to avoid for his film. I really didn't want to do that.”That’s also why there are no white characters in “Monsoon.”It’s personal for the director. “Recently, there's been a lot of really big, successful films that are talking about gay characters who carry the trauma ... of gay characters.
Persons: Kit, Henry Golding, Rich, Khaou, , ” Khaou, , ” That’s, Pol Pot, didn’t, Golding, Henry, he's, Lewis, Parker Sawyers, Barack Obama, wasn’t, there's, it’s Organizations: NBC Asian, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Chi Minh, British, Vietnam, Saigon, NBC Asian America, England, American, Cambodia, Khmer, West, , America
A Black woman had never held the post in the 44 years women have been able to attend the 175-year-old institution. A Black academy alumna of another generation saw her potential. Next semester, Barber will become the first Black woman to be the academy’s brigade commander. That’s also when Janie Mines became the first Black woman to enter the Naval Academy, graduating four years later in 1980. This young woman, Midshipman Sydney Barber, will be the first Black Female Brigade Commander at the U.S.
Persons: Sydney Barber, Tasya Lacy, Barber, , It’s, ” Barber, , “ It’s, it’s, , Lacy, Juliane Gallina, Simone Askew, That’s, Janie Mines, Mines, ” Lacy, they’ve Organizations: U.S . Naval Academy, Navy, Marine Corps, Navy Reserve, U.S . Military Academy, Naval Academy, Black Female Brigade, U.S . Naval Academy ., Facebook, Twitter Locations: ANNAPOLIS, Md, , Lacy, Lake Forest , Illinois, New York, West, Sydney
Tracking Viral Misinformation
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Mike Isaac | Davey Alba | Michael D. Shear | ) + 0.00   time to read: +53 min
Daily Distortions Tracking Viral Misinformation Every day, Times reporters will chronicle and debunk false and misleading information that is going viral online. The company previously removed misinformation about the polio vaccine in Pakistan, as well as misinformation on the measles vaccine in Samoa during outbreaks of the illnesses. or Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at,” Mr. Trump said. found no evidence of widespread election fraud, Trump posts video filled with falsehoods. In fact, the article Mr. Trump shared was based on a fake Twitter account that posed as his sister.
Persons: Laura Morton, , Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, Read, Barr, President Trump, William Barr, Doug Mills, William P, Lou Dobbs, Dobbs, Mr, Barr “, Trump’s, virulently, Barr’s, George Terwilliger, George H.W, Terwilliger, ” David Rohde, , Trump, I’ve, ” “, Emerald Robinson, Newsmax, Bill Barr, Mark Levin, Katie Benner, Erin Schaff, Joseph R, Biden, ” Mr, Gabriel Sterling, Trump improbably, Rudolph W, Giuliani, Mitch McConnell of, Jacob Keeperman, selfie, Keeperman, Steve Sisolak, ” Read, Kamala Harris, Samuel Corum, Dinesh D’Souza, Ryan Fournier —, Harris’s, Barack Obama’s, Obama’s, , Heath Brown, Harris, Gavin Newsom, “ President Trump, Ross Baker, Mike Pence, George W, Bush, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Ronald Reagan, Dan Quayle, Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Carter’s, Walter Mondale, Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, , Nicole Craine, implausibly, — Donald J, Brian Kemp of, Kemp, Anthony Michael Kreis, Kreis, Brad Raffensperger, Raffensperger, Andrew Caballero, Reynolds, Sona Iliffe, favorability, “ n00bs, Weeks, Audra Melton, WriteInTrumpForGA, ” Jordan Fuchs, Georgia’s, “ There’s, Biden’s, Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue, Loeffler, Perdue, Donald Trump, Pete D’Abrosca, Donald Trump Jr, Kelly, David, MAGA, GASEN — Donald Trump Jr, Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, , Warnock, Yuri Gripas, OAN, Ivy Choi, affixing, Susan Wojcicki, — Robert Menendez, Mazie, Gary Peters of, Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota —, Wojcicki, Lynnette Hardaway, Rochelle Richardson, Dan Bongino, Diamond, David J, Harris Jr, Elizabeth Trump Grau, Elizabeth, Trump Grau, Wayne Dupree, Betty Trump, Don, We’ve, Chris Wallace’s, iopJ0AJ1KV — Donald J, “ I’m, Elizabeth Trump, “ Hope y’all, it’s, Chris Megerian, Dupree, Twitter, ” Davey Alba, Charlie Brown, Constantine ”, Keanu Reeves, Keanu Reeves ’ Constantine, Joe Biden, Candace Owens, Star Ben Watkins, Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, Russell Ramsland, Wolf, Frazee, Kandiyohi, John H, litigator, Hinderaker, Wood’s, . Wood, Ramsland, Powell Organizations: Facebook, The New York Times, World Health Organization, United, United States Food, Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, White House, ., New York Times, Justice Department, Trump, Fox Business, Twitter, The Justice, Mr, Times, Democratic, Fox, of Justice, DOJ, FBI, The Washington Times, The Times, Wednesday, White, Associated Press, Republican, Capitol, Renown, Renown Regional Medical, Renown Health, Renown’s, Operations Center, Senate, John Jay College, Federal Reserve, Governors, Committee, , Rutgers University, Halliburton, Georgia World Congress, State, WIN, Atlanta Journal, Georgia State University, Agence France, Morale, BuzzFeed, Georgia, Systems, GOP, U.S, Purdue, , ‘ Trump, Ossoff, YouTube, Associated Press YouTube, America News Network, America News, Center for Disease Control, Google, — Robert Menendez of New, Gary Peters of Michigan, Georgia Senate, , Avaaz, Getty, Fox News, United Feature Syndicate, Associated, NewsWhip, MasterChef, Broadcast, CNN, Los Angeles Times, PBS, Star, Laude, High, Credit, The New York, Voting Systems, “ MN Locations: Menlo Park, Calif, Credit, Covid, United States, U.S, Pakistan, Samoa, Bush, New Yorker, Spygate, Georgia, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Nevada, Reno, Nev, COVID, Washington, Texas, Arkansas, Maryland, Atlanta, Brian Kemp of Georgia, America, ” Image Georgia, North Carolina, Loeffler, hashtag, — Robert Menendez of, — Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Hawaii, Minnesota, Michigan, Charlotte, N.C, Minneapolis, Midwest, Monticello, Albertville, Lake Lillian, Houston, Brownsville, Runeberg, Detroit Lakes, , , Arizona
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Google and its parent company Alphabet, accusing the tech juggernaut of violating labor laws. The company was allegedly “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees in the exercise of their rights guaranteed in Section 7 of the Act,” according to the complaint filed Tuesday. The week of Thanksgiving 2019, Google fired four employees, including Berland and Rivers, claiming they shared confidential documents and breached security. Shortly after that, Google fired security engineer Kathryn Spiers after she created a pop-up notification for Google employees visiting the website for IRI Consultants, a firm known for anti-union work, which Google had hired. The agency states that Google unlawfully surveilled employees “on numerous occasions,” including viewing an employee presentation in support of union efforts, the filing states.
Persons: Google didn’t, Rebecca Rivers, Laurence Berland, Kathryn Spiers, Spiers, Sen, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, , Organizations: U.S . National Labor Relations, Google, NLRB, CNBC, IRI Consultants, Twitter, Investigations Locations: San Francisco, Rivers
Multiple casualties at English warehouse blast, fire brigade says
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
LONDON (Reuters) - A large blast in a warehouse near Bristol in England has caused multiple casualties, a spokeswoman for the fire brigade said on Thursday. The fire service had previously said on Twitter that it was responding to an incident after being called to a large explosion in Avonmouth, south west England. It said it had been joined there by the police and ambulance. “We can confirm there are multiple casualties on site,” a spokeswoman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said, adding that injuries were serious. “The incident is ongoing,” the service said on Twitter.
Persons: Organizations: Twitter, Avon Fire, Rescue Service Locations: Bristol, England, Avonmouth
"The Real Housewives of Orange County" cast member Braunwyn Windham-Burke revealed she is a lesbian. "I'm gay, you know, I'm a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Windham-Burke became a cast member on the 14th season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." She has has been married to her husband, Sean Burke, for more than 20 years. "Sean and I are still married, I plan on staying married.
Persons: Braunwyn Windham, Burke, I'm, Windham, Sean Burke, Hazel, Caden, Curran, Jacob, Rowan, James, , Sean, I’m, he's, Organizations: Housewives, GLAAD, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Orange, I'm, Orange County, Koa, Bella, Windham
Here is an overview of Trump’s pardon power, which is sweeping but not absolute. The nation’s founders saw the pardon power as a way to show mercy and serve the public good. COULD TRUMP PARDON HIS CHILDREN AND INNER CIRCLE? It is legal for Trump to pardon his inner circle, including members of his family. CAN TRUMP PARDON HIMSELF?
Persons: Donald Trump’s pardoning, Michael Flynn, Donald Trump, Yuri Gripas, Trump, Rudy Giuliani, , , Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Roger, Clinton, Marc Rich, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, absolving Nixon, Cyrus Vance, Vance, Letitia James, James, Michael Cohen, Eric Trump, Republican Trump, James ’, Giuliani, ” Giuliani, ’ ”, Brian Kalt, preemptively, Kalt Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, New York Times, Times, U.S, Supreme, dodgers ”, TRUMP, Democratic Party, GIULIANI, Manhattan, Trump, Trump Organization, Democrat, New, Republican, Twitter, Michigan State University Locations: Washington, Camp David, U.S, Vietnam, Arkansas, New York, Manhattan, Ukraine
Could Trump preemptively pardon his family — or even himself?
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Jan Wolfe | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The nation’s founders saw the pardon power as a way to show mercy and serve the public good. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoCOULD TRUMP PARDON HIS CHILDREN AND INNER CIRCLE? It is legal for Trump to pardon his inner circle, including members of his family. CAN TRUMP PARDON HIMSELF? Trump could try to pardon himself preemptively to cover the possibility of prosecution after he leaves office.
Persons: Donald Trump’s pardoning, Michael Flynn, Trump, Rudy Giuliani, , , Jimmy Carter, Donald Trump, Yuri Gripas, Bill Clinton, Roger, Clinton, Marc Rich, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, absolving Nixon, Cyrus Vance, Vance, Letitia James, James, Michael Cohen, Eric Trump, Republican Trump, James ’, Giuliani, ” Giuliani, ’ ”, Brian Kalt, preemptively, Kalt, Ford Organizations: Reuters, New York Times, Times, U.S, Supreme, dodgers ”, REUTERS, Democratic Party, TRUMP, GIULIANI, Manhattan, Trump, Trump Organization, Democrat, New, Republican, Twitter, Michigan State University Locations: Vietnam, U.S, Washington, Camp David, Arkansas, New York, Manhattan, Ukraine
Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Biden’s money team, Bank boss shuffle
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Rob Cox | ) + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
BreakingviewsReuters Breakingviews is the world's leading source of agenda-setting financial insight. As the Reuters brand for financial commentary, we dissect the big business and economic stories as they break around the world every day. A global team of about 30 correspondents in New York, London, Hong Kong and other major cities provides expert analysis in real time. Sign up for a free trial of our full service at and follow us on Twitter @Breakingviews and at All opinions expressed are those of the authors.
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