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U.S. Blacklists 28 Chinese Entities Over Abuses in Xinjiang – The New York Times

The Trump administration said Monday that it had added 28 Chinese organizations to a United States blacklist, effectively blocking those entities from purchasing American products. The 28 organizations have all been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, according to a Commerce Department filing.
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Homeless Shelters Coming To Milford This Winter – Patch.com

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MILFORD, MA — Several temporary homeless shelters are set to open in Milford this winter to help unsheltered people escape cold, snowy conditions. At least three local churches are trying to open shelters, supervised by several town departments and police.

Trinity Church, The Way, and St. Mary’s are all in the process of getting town approval or have already received it, according to city officials. The shelters would open at those locations when the temperature drops below or feels like freezing.

The Milford Buildings, Fire, and Health departments are overseeing the approval process…

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Rachel Maddow Warns That Trump Is Deteriorating At An Alarming Rate Due To Impeachment – Politics USA

Donald Trump has always been an unstable and erratic person, but Rachel Maddow pointed out on Monday night that he appears to be deteriorating at an alarming rate as the impeachment process ramps up. The MSNBC host said, “As this impeachment proceeding goes forward and does not slow down and continues to turn up more negative information about the president and his behavior, we are seeing some even weirder than usual behavior by the president.”
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Ivanka Trump Pretends Daddy Is Fighting For American Workers – Crooks and Liars

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Barbie, er, I mean Ivanka Trump (sorry, all that plastic gets me confused sometimes) appeared on the Fox Business Network where Trish Regan asked her the softball question of what her thoughts were about her daddy abut to be impeached.

Ivanka’s well-scripted and well-rehearsed reply was to the effect that it was all about priorities, and how her Daddy’s priorities were about fighting for the American workers and to improve the life of every person living in this country.

Now, I could go on and write forever about the stagnant job growth, the shrinking of wages, all the layoffs…

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Congressional Misunderstandings of Trump Travel Restrictions – Immigration Blog

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I testified recently at a hearing before two House subcommittees (one from the House Judiciary Committee, the other from the House Foreign Affairs Committee) captioned “Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban”. The title tells you all you need to know about the foregone conclusions of the organizers, but the statements of, and questions by, one particular member in question show how short their memories are, and how little they know about a subject over which they hold significant power.

By way of background, as I stated my testimony:

[A]pprehensions about exploitation of the…

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Giuliani Associates Won’t Voluntarily Comply With House Impeachment Requests – TPM

Two of the south Florida businessmen who helped Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani with his pressure campaign against the Ukrainian government don’t intend to voluntarily comply with House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry requests, the Miami Herald reported Monday.  Both Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman don’t plan to respond to the House’s Monday deadline for documents and will not appear for testimony on Thursday and Friday this week.....
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Which Democratic Presidential Candidate Was Mentioned Most In The News Last Week? – Five Thirty Eight

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is still getting the lion’s share of media coverage relative to other candidates, according to data from the TV News Archive, which splits cable news coverage across the three networks we monitor — CNN, Fox News and MSNBC — into 15-second clips, and Media Cloud, a database of online news stories. Biden’s share of cable news clips and online news stories decreased from last week, but he was still mentioned more on cable news than every other candidate combined.

Much of the recent coverage of Biden emerged in response to news of President…

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Trump is daring Democrats to impeach him because he thinks he cannot lose in the Senate – INSIDER

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  • President Donald Trump faces a House impeachment inquiry over his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and publicly called on China to launch a similar probe this Thursday.
  • But most Republican senators have not rebuked the president for inviting foreign interference in next year’s presidential election, underscoring their desire to evade Trump’s fury.
  • They’ve either stayed silent on Trump’s stunning conduct or accused Democrats of grossly overreaching with the proceedings.
  • At least 20 Republican…

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Iranians tried to hack U.S. presidential campaign in effort that targeted hundreds, Microsoft says – Washington Post
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Iranians tried to hack U.S. presidential campaign in effort that targeted hundreds, Microsoft says – Washington Post

The intrusion observed by Microsoft, spearheaded by an outfit it calls Phosphorus, made more than 2,700 attempts to identify personal email addresses that belonged to the company’s customers over a 30-day period between August and September, 241 of which were then attacked. Four were compromised, but they do not belong to the presidential campaign or government officials, according to the tech giant.
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We Need a PBS for Social Media – The New York Times

We Need a PBS for Social Media – The New York Times

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The mechanics of how a public social media product would work have been fairly well figured out by now: It would be a digital platform that allows people to post and share a variety of media — pictures, audio, video, text — to other people in the network. I personally would structure it a little more like Instagram or Tumblr, where I was one of the early employees, than Twitter or Facebook. In other words, it should be built to prioritize sharing things you love over getting attention by simply being loud online.

The harder, more interesting part is the corporate structure.

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Business Report: US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates – CityNews Vancouver

Business Report: US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates – CityNews Vancouver

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Cleveland will fight Ohio Supreme Court ruling that state lawmakers can invalidate Fannie Lewis Law: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 – cleveland.com

Cleveland will fight Ohio Supreme Court ruling that state lawmakers can invalidate Fannie Lewis Law: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 – cleveland.com

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More sunshine is in the forecast but it will be breezy, with gusts up to 30 mph. Highs will be around 80 degrees. Clouds move in overnight as temps drop to the upper 50s. Read more.

Local scores: Indians 11, Chicago White Sox 0

Fannie Lewis law: The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state lawmakers can enact a law invalidating Cleveland’s ordinance requiring public construction contractors to hire city residents, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock reports.

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Jamie Dimon says US trade deal with China ‘unlikely’ before 2020 election – CNBC

Jamie Dimon says US trade deal with China ‘unlikely’ before 2020 election – CNBC

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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2019 legislative conference in Washington, April 9, 2019.

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Jamie Dimon said its unlikely that the U.S. and China will agree on a trade deal before the 2020 election.

“I don’t expect it to happen before the elections, tell you the truth,” Dimon, CEO and chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase, said Wednesday at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York. “But I hope after that we have a fair trade deal.”

Dimon didn’t elaborate on why he thought an agreement between the world’s two…

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Senator Mark Warner Says Social Media’s ‘Wild, Wild West’ is Coming to an End – Newsweek

Senator Mark Warner Says Social Media’s ‘Wild, Wild West’ is Coming to an End – Newsweek

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Since the 2016 election, Senator Mark Warner has been Silicon Valley’s most active and vocal watchdog on Capitol Hill. Warner, a Virginia Democrat, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Intelligence and a former telecommunications venture capitalist, published a white paper last year proposing a variety of legislative curbs on the tech industry. Those suggestions included putting the onus on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to identify bots and foreign election interference.

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At Least 70 Countries Have Engaged in Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds – The New York Times

At Least 70 Countries Have Engaged in Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds – The New York Times

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In Vietnam, citizens were enlisted to post pro-government messages on their personal Facebook pages. The Guatemalan government used hacked and stolen social media accounts to silence dissenting opinions. Ethiopia’s ruling party hired people to influence social media conversations in its favor.

Despite increased efforts by internet platforms like Facebook to combat internet disinformation, the use of the techniques by governments around the world is growing, according to a report released Thursday by researchers at Oxford University.

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US Commerce declares fishing disasters for California, 6 other states – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

US Commerce declares fishing disasters for California, 6 other states – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has declared fishing disasters for seven states on three coasts.

“Fishing is the cornerstone of countless coastal economies and has been a way of life for generations of Americans,” he said in a brief news release Wednesday. “This determination acknowledges the critical role fisheries play in our communities, and the risks they face from natural disasters and other causes beyond their control.”

Ross’ action makes people and businesses eligible for NOAA fisheries disaster assistance.

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News – HUD Proposes Rule Defining Housing Discrimination Proof – The Heartland Institute

News – HUD Proposes Rule Defining Housing Discrimination Proof – The Heartland Institute

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proposing a regulation  amending the agency’s “Interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard” adopted during the Barack Obama administration in 2013.

The title of the proposed rule refers to business practices alleged to have a discriminatory effect on persons in a class—such as race, sex, or disability—protected by federal civil rights laws.

The new rule, proposed on August 19, would provide more certainty for developers, mortgage lenders, and home insurers,…

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US appeals court to hear fight over jaguar habitat – The Associated Press

US appeals court to hear fight over jaguar habitat – The Associated Press

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to a federal appeals court to decide whether tens of thousands of acres in New Mexico should be reserved as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday from environmentalists and from lawyers representing a group of ranchers and farmers.

The challenged areas were part of nearly 1,200 square miles (3,108 sq. kilometers) designated in 2014 as essential for the conservation of the jaguar. The critical habitat spans parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

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Ocasio-Cortez Blasts Trump $28B Farm Rescue, Asks Why ‘Socialism’ Not Bad When Billionaires Are Buying Votes – Newsweek

Ocasio-Cortez Blasts Trump $28B Farm Rescue, Asks Why ‘Socialism’ Not Bad When Billionaires Are Buying Votes – Newsweek

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New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has criticized President Donald Trump’s use of $28 billion in taxpayer money to rescue farmers from his ongoing trade war with China, saying it’s never called “socialism” when billionaires are buying rural voters.

Self-described democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez echoed Senator Bernie Sanders’ repeated accusations of hypocrisy toward the Trump administration Monday, calling attention to conservative lawmakers’ silence over Trump’s more than $28 billion in handouts to farmers in the past two years.

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Federal judge to rule on Georgia ‘heartbeat’ law – LocalNews8.com

Federal judge to rule on Georgia ‘heartbeat’ law – LocalNews8.com

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The legislation, dubbed the “Heartbeat Law,” bans virtually all abortions after a heartbeat has been detected in the womb, which is typically during the sixth week of pregnancy.

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Bigot Hunters Challenge Free Speech, Court Says
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Bigot Hunters Challenge Free Speech, Court Says

The balance between the right to be offensive and the right to blast the offensive is just now being considered in American jurisprudence with the rise of the power of social media to galvanize shame brigades capable of destroying whole businesses, never mind individual lives. Appeals court: U of Michigan bias team could chill free speech – Inside Higher Ed Excerpt: A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the University of Michigan could be dampening free speech on campus by allowing a group that helps students who have experienced potentially prejudicial acts to operate at the institution. Speech First, a Washington, D.C.-based civil liberties watchdog, sued Michigan last year, asking for an injunction to halt the activities of the university’s Bias Response Team, which helps investigate incidents deemed racist, sexist, hostile to LGBTQ students or otherwise offensive to certain groups of people.
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Trump’s trade deal with Japan hits snag amid auto tariff fears – The Washington Post

Trump’s trade deal with Japan hits snag amid auto tariff fears – The Washington Post

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This concern has emerged as the principal substantive issue before a formal pact can be signed, said the people, who weren’t authorized to discuss the private deliberations. Trump had wanted to ink the deal during the United Nations General Assembly session in New York, but that now appears unlikely.

The finishing touches now are unlikely to be completed in time for Wednesday’s scheduled meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. But the leaders may sign a non-binding statement, according to Japanese press reports.

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Google, Facebook Cozy Up to Publishers as Regulators Circle – The Wall Street Journal
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Google, Facebook Cozy Up to Publishers as Regulators Circle – The Wall Street Journal

Google, Facebook Cozy Up to Publishers as Regulators Circle – The Wall Street Journal Excerpt: Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. are making concessions long sought by news publishers whose business has been hurt by the platforms’ dominance, moves that some in the media industry see as an effort to pre-empt potential regulatory backlash.Google last week announced changes to how it ranks stories on its news page to better promote original content, addressing publishers’ long-running complaints that their scoops were often overshadowed by quick rewrites by other outlets.
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FCC approves Nexstar’s $6.4B takeover of Tribune Media – PitchBook

FCC approves Nexstar’s $6.4B takeover of Tribune Media – PitchBook

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The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to sign off on Nexstar Media Group‘s $6.4 billion buyout of Chicago-based Tribune Media, clearing the TV takeover’s final hurdle. The development follows the Justice Department’s tentative approval in July, on the condition that the companies divest television stations to mitigate antirust issues. The deal was announced in December.

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Trump Has Confirmed 150 Lifetime Federal Judges. That’s A Lot. – HuffPost

Trump Has Confirmed 150 Lifetime Federal Judges. That’s A Lot. – HuffPost

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WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has been bragging about all the lifetime federal judges he’s gotten confirmed so far. He should! It’s a lot.

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Facebook’s new Portal devices are cheaper, smaller, and support WhatsApp – The Verge

Facebook’s new Portal devices are cheaper, smaller, and support WhatsApp – The Verge

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Facebook today announced three new products as part of its growing Portal family of smart home gadgets, including two smaller versions of its flagship video chat device. The larger of the two screens is called Portal, and represents a redesign of the previous year’s model, and the smaller one is known as Portal Mini. The third device, a combined camera and microphone attachment for your television, also joins the lineup today under the name Portal TV. The news confirms reports about Facebook’s upcoming Portal refresh that began percolating earlier this summer.

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Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks – Reuters

Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks – Reuters

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KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war.

FILE PHOTO: Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani gestures during his election campaign rally in Kabul, Afghanistan September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

What he read in the draft outlining the now collapsed deal left Ghani and his officials – who were shut out of the talks by the Taliban…

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Exclusive: How John Roberts killed the census citizenship question – CNN

Exclusive: How John Roberts killed the census citizenship question – CNN

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Judge grills prosecutors and considers tossing guilty verdicts in Mueller-tied lobbying case – CNN

Judge grills prosecutors and considers tossing guilty verdicts in Mueller-tied lobbying case – CNN

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At a procedural hearing in the Eastern District of Virginia, federal Judge Anthony Trenga grilled the prosecutors who successfully took Iranian-American businessman Bijan Kian to trial this summer. Kian was convicted of illegally acting as a foreign agent and conspiring to hide his work from the Justice Department — fallout from pro-Turkey lobbying he did with Flynn in 2016.

The judge repeatedly asked tough questions and pressed prosecutors for details proving that the Turkish government was “directly involved” in Kian’s lobbying campaign and said some evidence presented at trial…

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NASA breakthrough: How ‘mini solar system’ was found hiding in cosmos – ‘Extraordinary!’ – Express.co.uk

NASA breakthrough: How ‘mini solar system’ was found hiding in cosmos – ‘Extraordinary!’ – Express.co.uk

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Yesterday, scientists discovered a distant “super Earth” with water and temperatures that could sustain life, giving the hunt for extraterrestrials a sharp new focus. The planet, known as K2-18b, lies in the constellations of Leo, some 110 light years away and was discovered using data captured by the NASA Hubble telescope. However, one of the space agencies other probes made another incredible discovery years earlier, a documentary showed.

Professor Brian Cox revealed during his BBC show “The Planets” how the Cassini spacecraft found a “mini solar system” hiding in the rings…

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“Jersey Shore” star Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino to be released from prison Thursday – WTKR News 3

“Jersey Shore” star Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino to be released from prison Thursday – WTKR News 3

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Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, best known for starring on MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” will be released from a New York federal prison Thursday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Sorrentino, 38, was sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion in 2018 and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and complete 500 hours of community service.

Sorrentino appeared on “Jersey Shore” from 2009 to 2012 and on the show’s 2018 spinoff, “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.”

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GM, Union Officials Prepare For Contract Talks Amid Plant Closings And FBI Probes – WKNO FM

GM, Union Officials Prepare For Contract Talks Amid Plant Closings And FBI Probes – WKNO FM

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General Motors workers made big concessions to help pull the automaker out of its 2009 bankruptcy. Now, the company is making record profits.

But, the Warren Transmission plant in Michigan shut its doors at the tail end of June, and most of the workers have been placed at other plants. It’s a ghost factory.

This scenario is playing out at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck, Baltimore Assembly, and Lordstown, Ohio, factories, all closed or due to close soon, with displaced workers heading to factories miles or hundreds of miles away.

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5G comes with unique security risks – Washington Examiner

5G comes with unique security risks – Washington Examiner

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A former chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is asking policymakers to consider ways to improve mobile security as the nation moves toward fifth-generation, or 5G, networks.

One suggestion: launching a new program to inspect and certify 5G devices for secure operations, much like the agency certifies devices using radio spectrum to ensure they don’t interfere with other signals. That was floated in a recent paper by Tom Wheeler, who served as FCC chairman during the Obama administration and is now a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution,…

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Interior Department says it will temporarily block Democratic aides from official oversight trips – CNN

Interior Department says it will temporarily block Democratic aides from official oversight trips – CNN

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“The Department of the Interior will not be funding any travel for House Appropriation staff until the ethics issue with their staff is resolved by Chairwoman (Betty) McCollum and the Committee and the assurance is made that all our employees will be treated equally, fairly and respectfully,” an Interior Department spokeswoman told CNN.

The spokeswoman did not comment on what directly led to the fallout between the two bodies.

NBC News, which first reported the spat, reported late Wednesday it involved a “complaint over staff behavior” involving an Interior Department employee who attended…

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Most of the robocalls you get aren’t coming from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile numbers – USA TODAY

Most of the robocalls you get aren’t coming from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile numbers – USA TODAY

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If your phone rings once and then stops, and you don’t know the number in the first place, don’t call back. The Federal Communications Commission recently warned customers it’s part of the “one ring” robocall scheme.
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A new report suggests that the U.S.’s top mobile carriers are making headway in the fight against annoying robocalls.

The data analytics company Transaction Network Services (TNS) released its bi-annual “Robocall Report” on Thursday, and some of the emerging unwanted call trends included an increase in hijacking mobile numbers and a shift to…

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No Drones For Now – New Haven Independent

No Drones For Now – New Haven Independent

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For those who hoped the cops might dispatch drones as a secret weapon against dirt bikers plaguing streets of New Haven, don’t hold your breath.

The idea is pretty much off the table.

That strategic direction in dealing with brazen dirt-bike mayhem — which as recently as Sunday resulted in nine arrests and seven bike confiscations — emerged at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Police Commission at NHPD headquarters on Union Avenue.

It was the first commissioners’ meeting at which Chief Otoniel Reyes appeared after his swearing-in on Monday.

Commissioner Greg Smith raised the drone…

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