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Capitol Watch: April 1 deadline looms over NY budget vote

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(AP) — In this week’s New York state government news, it’s crunch time for lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the April 1 budget deadline approaches. Key decisions are likely on taxes, increased college tuition assistance and Uber’s upstate expansion. Meanwhile, ethics and election reforms may not make it in the final budget, which lawmakers and Cuomo, a Democrat, are now negotiating… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Canada determined to diversify despite Keystone XL approval

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President Donald Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2107, where he announced the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Canada’s natural resource minister said Saturday his government is happy the Keystone XL pipeline has finally been approved by the White House, but he noted that obstacles remain and said Canada remains determined to diversify its oil exports beyond the United States. The minister, Jim Carr, told The Associated Press that President Donald Trump’s approval of the pipeline is “good… …

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5 Alexa skills to try this week

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A lot of Alexa skills available today were made especially to keep you healthy. WebMD can help you diagnose an illness, Track by Nutritionix can monitor your diet, and the American Heart Association‘s skill can tell you what to do if you’re having a heart attack. Here’s a few more health-related skills drawn from Trending and New Skills categories in the Alexa Skills Marketplace. In recent Alexa news, Alexa can now make orders with two-hour delivery service Amazon Prime Now, and a government trial program was announced this week to use intelligent assistants like Alexa to connect citizens with services and businesses with data. New to the Alexa Skills Marketplace, the Dr. A.I. skill listens to the symptoms you have like fever, rash, or headache, and asks for a description or details. Then the …

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‘It’s getting worse’: New concerns raised over malnutrition in Nigeria

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Medical workers in northeastern Nigeria are treating large numbers of children affected by malnutrition.The UN World Food Program says an estimated 4.5 million people in the region are now in need of emergency food aid.Violence by the armed group Boko Haram and fighting with government forces has left 1.8 million people displaced.Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Roam free: A history of open-world gaming

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reader comments 0 Share this story Open-world video games bear the impossible promise—offering compelling, enjoyable open-endedness and freedom within the constraints of what is, by necessity of the medium, an extremely limited set of possible actions. These games provide a list of (predominantly violent) verbs that’s minuscule in comparison to the options you would face in identical real-life situations. Yet, we can’t get enough of them. In spite of their many obvious failings or limitations, we’ve been losing ourselves within open worlds for some 30-odd years. Today, nearly every big release is set in an open world. We delight in their unspoken possibility and shrug at their quirks. Those quirks, by the way, are not merely a consequence of current technology. The …

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Trump's failure on health bill may hurt prospects for tax overhaul

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important, the loss on health care will deprive Republicans of $1 trillion in tax cuts. The GOP health plan would have repealed nearly $1 trillion in taxes enacted under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The bill coupled the tax cuts with spending cuts for Medicaid, so it wouldn’t add …

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YouTube’s Ad Problems Finally Blow Up in Google’s Face

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Late last year, Israel-based entrepreneur Matan Uziel saw a notification he’d never seen before pop up on YouTube’s backend—the part of the site where creators upload their videos. “I saw a yellow dollar sign. At first I didn’t understand what it was,” Uziel says. “Then I moved my cursor over it. I saw it meant my video was not advertiser-friendly.” By then, Uziel had made and posted close to a dozen videos to a YouTube channel called Real Women Real Stories—women speaking frankly into a camera about their experiences of sexual abuse. The view counts on some of the videos had climbed into the thousands, qualifying them for pre-roll ads placed through YouTube’s advertising program. They were bringing Uziel and …

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Fikri Isik: 'NATO countries could've been more frank' – Part 1 – Talk to Al Jazeera

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Turkey, a member of NATO and strategically located at the intersection of East and West, has been a long-time military ally of western nations. But now – in a surprise move – it’s turning to Russia to reinforce its defense systems. Ankara’s negotiations with Moscow to acquire Russian S-400 missiles have raised questions in the West. As conflicts continue in the region, is Turkey actually preparing a shift in its defense posture? Or – is the Erdogan administration instead being let down by NATO at a crucial time when the Middle East is plagued by instability? Is Turkey feeling threatened? And if so – by whom? We’ll discuss all this with a key member of the Turkish government — as …

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Turkey's Fikri Isik on terrorism and Syria – Part 2 – Talk to Al Jazeera

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Turkey, a member of NATO and strategically located at the intersection of East and West, has been a long-time military ally of western nations. But now – in a surprise move – it’s turning to Russia to reinforce its defense systems. Ankara’s negotiations with Moscow to acquire Russian S-400 missiles have raised questions in the West. As conflicts continue in the region, is Turkey actually preparing a shift in its defense posture? Or – is the Erdogan administration instead being let down by NATO at a crucial time when the Middle East is plagued by instability? Is Turkey feeling threatened? And if so – by whom? We’ll discuss all this with a key member of the Turkish government — as …

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Government official accuses Syrian rebels of undermining UN talks

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A fifth round of UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending Syria’s conflict is under way in Geneva. But Syria’s chief negotiator, Bashar Jaafari, has warned that a surge in rebel violence threatens the diplomatic process.For their part, the rebels also accuse government troops of increased attacks.Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reports from Geneva. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

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(AP) — A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as “Mr. Social Security” pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments. Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington to stealing from the Social Security Administration and bribing a federal judge…. Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Face to Face with the Ghost of ISIS

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Abu Islam, whose real name is Mazan Nazhan Ahmed al-Obeidi, photographed by the author.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY ROBIN WRIGHT On a crisp spring day in March, in the northern city of Sulaymaniyah, I met Abu Islam, a senior ISIS leader nicknamed the Ghost of ISIS by Iraqi intelligence for his elusiveness. He was escorted into a small office with faux-wood paneling and no windows at the Special Forces Security Compound in Kurdistan. His hands were manacled in front of him; he was blindfolded by a dark hood pulled over his loose black Shirley Temple curls. Long sought by the Iraqi government, Abu Islam was notorious for running clandestine cells of suicide bombers—some of whom were as young as twelve—and carrying out covert …

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GOP, Trump Pull Obamacare Repeal Bill Amid Party Revolt

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At a rally in Kentucky last week styled after President Donald Trump’s boisterous campaign events, the president’s supporters donned his now ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” ball cap and waved signs that proclaimed: “Promises made, promises kept.” In Trump’s first true test of his mettle as a prodigious dealmaker, the president failed to deliver on his pledge to quickly and decisively repeal Obamacare. The president reportedly asked House Republicans to pull the bill just before it was supposed to go up for a vote. The move to scrap the bill minutes before lawmakers were to vote marked a stunning defeat for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), both brought together by their apparent disdain for Obamacare and long-held promise …

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Cyprus: gas search will continue despite Turkish 'threats'

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(AP) — Cyprus said Friday it won’t give up a search for oil and gas off its shores despite a call to stop by Turkey which warned that it would “take all necessary measures to protect its interests” in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus’ government said it’s regrettable that Turkey is resorting to “threats” to advance its own interests under… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Debrief: Circular thoughts with James Hayward

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When last we Debriefed Applied DNA Sciences CEO James Hayward, the Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication company was forming a promising partnership with a national law-enforcement/security training organization and inching a toe into the Scandinavian auto theft prevention-and-recovery market. This week, as the biotech partners with textile manufacturer Loftex Home to launch the hot new CertainT platform, Hayward reports big gains in those maturing verticals and progress by Applied DNA’s all-star advisory board – two big parts of a master plan to reverse a string of subpar quarterly financials. The doctor’s orders: Major-league roster: We have brought on Bob Catell from KeySpan and National Grid, and Mehmood Khan from PepsiCo., and most recently Ray Kelly. Their experience really goes beyond …

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Strip Mall Manager Indicted for Allegedly Stealing More than $327,000 from Employer

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MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a New York City property manager was arraigned today on an indictment charge for allegedly stealing more than $327,000 from the owners of commercial shopping mall in Hewlett. Leon Austern, 69, was arraigned before Supreme Court Justice William Donnino and is charged with Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree (a C felony). The defendant was conditionally released to probation and is due back in court April 28. If convicted of the top count the defendant faces an indeterminate sentence of five to 15 years in prison. “This defendant was trusted to handle his employer’s accounts but instead he allegedly executed a calculated scheme to steal money and use it …

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How a Republican Congressman Accidentally Disclosed a Secret Intelligence Debate

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Representative Peter King, of New York, revealed that the classified version of an intelligence report concluded “that historically Russians have supported Republicans.”CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX FOR THE NEW YORKER On Monday, when the House Intelligence Committee held its first public hearing about Russian involvement in the U.S. Presidential election, Republican members were almost completely focussed on leaks. In his opening statement, Devin Nunes, the chairman of the committee, made clear how important the issue was to the G.O.P. “Who has leaked classified information?” he asked. “We aim to determine who has leaked or facilitated leaks of classified information so that these individuals can be brought to justice.” Republicans were especially agitated about whether any former Obama Administration officials …

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The Detonation Detectives

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On the morning of March 6th, local time, at least four missiles were prepped for launch in North Korea. The missiles were transported to a field, and hefted upright in truck-mounted canisters. Lined up in a row against a backdrop of mountains, the engines fired and the missiles took off almost but not quite simultaneously, trailing skirts of flames behind them. They flew about 620 miles to splash down in the Sea of Japan — some of them falling less than 200 miles from Japan’s northwest shore. The test launch escalated rising military tensions already heightened by ongoing US and South Korean military exercises. On Monday evening, the US started its deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) …

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A Last Chance for Turkish Democracy

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On April 16th, Turkey will vote on a referendum that, if passed, would dramatically increase the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY KAYHAN OZER / ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY The first time I met Selahattin Demirtaş, the leader of Turkey’s largest Kurdish political party, known as the H.D.P., he arrived at a restaurant in Istanbul with a single assistant accompanying him. Demirtaş is warm and funny. Among other things, he is an accomplished player of the saz, a string instrument that resembles the oud. At the time—it was 2011—Demirtaş was trying to lead his party and people away from a history of confrontation with the country’s central government. It wasn’t easy. Like other Kurdish leaders in Turkey, Demirtaş had spent time …

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Trump’s Russia Problem Is Far from Marginal

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The A.P. reported that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, worked for a number of years with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who has close ties to Vladimir Putin.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY SAM HODGSON / THE NEW YORK TIMES / REDUX It’s getting difficult to keep up with the Russia/Trump story, but here’s some of what you need to know. On Wednesday night, CNN reported that the F.B.I. has information suggesting that “associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.” The information includes “human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings,” according to CNN, which, citing an unnamed source, also reported that “this is …

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What the G.O.P. Doesn’t Get About Who Pays for Health Care

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Paul Ryan’s health-care bill is under attack from conservatives who believe that the government shouldn’t force citizens to pay for the health care of others.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX A few years ago, a relative of mine, an electrician who made a good living laying cable alongside highways, told me that his economic future depended on one thing: his back. He saw what happened to older guys—he meant men in their late thirties—when the pain became unbearable. They either became supervisors or they had to quit. At the time, my relative was about to turn thirty himself, and I remember him saying, “My back is killing me.” I’ve been thinking about that conversation this week, as President Trump has cajoled and …

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Syrian rebels advance in Hama province

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Syrian opposition fighters are advancing in Hama province, as part of their biggest offensive in months.Monitors say the rebels have seized ammunition depots and 11 villagesThe Syrian government has brought in reinforcements for a counterattack.Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Beirut. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Pakistan: Swat valley residents wait decades for justice

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A shortage of qualified judges in Pakistan’s Swat Valley is leaving some people waiting decades for justice. The government has passed new laws to speed up the process, but some still face lengthy delays.Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder reports from Swat. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Not a scam: IRS to begin calling to demand payment

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CHICAGO — For years the IRS has been telling people that, unlike fraudsters, they would never call you to demand payment. Now, that is now changing.The IRS will start using collection agencies to call people who owe back taxes. Some say that’s a problem. “We have been stating for a long time saying the IRS does not call you to demand payment in any way shape or form, that’s not what they do, that’s not their M.O. Unfortunately, the IRS now is seeking third party collection agencies which is calling on behalf,” said Steve Bernas, Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau is concerned because this comes after a strong message from consumer advocates and the IRS that the IRS …

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SoftBank’s autonomous vehicle joint venture, SB Drive, nabs Yahoo Japan as a new investor

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Yahoo Japan has invested 490 million yen ($4.4 million) into SB Drive, an autonomous vehicle joint venture established in Japan last year by telecom giant SoftBank and research company Advanced Smart Mobility. SoftBank also extended its investment by another 190 million yen ($1.7 million), taking its total stake to 510 million yen ($4.6 million) following its share purchase last April, according to a statement issued earlier today. The ultimate aim of SB Drive is to “commercialize smart mobility services that utilize self-driving technologies,” with a specific focus on community services such as designated bus routes between towns and cities. In its short lifespan so far, SB Drive has been carrying out trials of a fixed-route bus service, as well as a truck convoy for freight transportation. In late …

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The U.S. Can't Really Know If Farmers Are Cutting Back On Antibiotics, GAO Says

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Enlarge this image Chickens in a coop. New FDA rules limit how farmers can give antibiotics to animals raised for meat. But a Government Accountability Office report says the FDA doesn’t collect the data to know if that policy is working. Scott Eells/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Scott Eells/Bloomberg/Getty Images When the Food and Drug Administration created controls in January on how farmers can give antibiotics to livestock, scientists concerned about antibiotic resistance and advocates for animal welfare called it a historic shift in how meat animals are raised. But a new federal report, released last week, says the long-awaited FDA initiative — first attempted back in 1977 — falls short in so many areas that it may not …

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GOP Resurrects A Bill From 2003 To Help Small Firms Buy Health Insurance

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Enlarge this image Matt Kenyon/Ikon Images/Getty Images In a bid to improve the health insurance purchasing clout of small businesses, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives dusted off a piece of controversial legislation more than a decade old and passed it this week as part of their effort to remake the market after they throw out the Affordable Care Act. The bill, the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017, had the support of 232 Republicans and 4 Democrats. It now heads to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain, experts say. The earlier bill, which passed the House in 2003 but didn’t advance, was widely panned by groups representing consumers, providers, the health insurance industry and state officials. …

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Ex-Russian MP Denis Voronenkov shot dead in Ukraine

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A war of words has erupted between Russia and Ukraine after Denis VoroNenkov, a former Russian MP, was gunned down in Kiev.Voronenkov was a critic of the Russian government who fled to Ukraine last year.Ukraine’s president has described the killing as an “act of state terrorism”, a charge the Kremlin denies.Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from Donetsk. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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18-year-old with American-Israeli citizenship arrested in threats against Jewish centers

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An 18-year-old man with dual American-Israeli citizenship was arrested in Israel as a suspect in many of the bomb threats against Jewish centers. The teen has been in custody, but a gag order was lifted on the case Thursday. The arrest came after Israeli law enforcement worked with the FBI and other agencies. The teen lives in Israel. An Israeli National Police spokesman said the teen “is a main suspect behind the numerous amount of threats which were made to different Jewish communities and organizations around the world.” According to an official briefed on the case, the suspect is Jewish and the motive behind the threat is unclear. He was deemed insufficiently mentally stable to be drafted into the Israeli …

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GSA Says Trump D.C. Hotel Lease Is Valid, Despite Ban On Elected Officials

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Enlarge this image The General Services Administration says President Trump is legally entitled to hold a lease for a hotel in a federal government-owned building, regardless of what critics say. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption toggle caption Alex Brandon/AP President Trump got good news on Thursday from the federal agency that oversees the three-year-old lease on his five-star hotel in Washington, D.C. The General Services Administration said in a letter that the Trump Organization is in “full compliance” with the lease on the luxury hotel that’s located just blocks from the White House. Many ethics and contract experts have called upon GSA to end the lease, noting that the contract language specifically says no “elected official of the Government of the …

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LI outpaces state, nation, adding jobs

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The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 27,100 or 2.5 percent year over year to 1,114,700 as of February, growing at a much faster rate than the state and nation. Long Island’s numbers far outpaced the state’s 1.6 percent and national 1.8 percent private sector growth rate, putting Long Island on a fast track in terms of adding jobs. The statistic measures jobs on Long Island, not those held by Long Island residents, helping measure what’s happening in the region – rather than by including jobs local residents might hold in New York City and elsewhere. “Overall, this jobs report was quite good,” said Shital Patel, a labor analyst with the New York State Department of Labor’s …

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The winds of war swirl around off-shore turbines

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By GREGORY ZELLER // As a concept, ocean-based wind-energy harvesting is gaining momentum on Long Island – but don’t expect completely smooth sailing for the increasingly popular form of alternative-energy generation. Although wind farms are rising around the globe and contributing ever-larger percentages of the electricity flowing through international energy grids, the “green” projects often face stiff opposition –  ironically, from environmentalists, and often from commercial fishermen who say the ocean-based platforms disrupt natural breeding grounds and threaten their livelihoods. Several Long Island anglers, for instance, have thrown their lines into a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Management, aimed at stopping wind-farm developments off the New York and New Jersey coasts. Despite the rough seas, Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology …

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GOP Considers Gutting Maternity & Preventive Services to Secure House Votes

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President Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and overhaul health care in America faces its biggest test yet when lawmakers hold a vote on repealing Obamacare Thursday night at the earliest—although it could be delayed until Friday morning. As of Thursday morning, House Republicans were still on a mission to recruit undecided lawmakers who’ve held out for a variety of reasons. A group of about two dozen hard-line Republicans wants to further gut mandates imposed by the ACA, while more moderate lawmakers have expressed concern about how a change to Medicaid funding would impact their states. The fight may come down to a provision in the ACA requiring health care plans to cover a range of benefits, including pregnancy, …

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WikiLeaks Shows How the CIA Can Hack a Mac’s Hidden Code

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If the CIA wants inside your Mac, it may not matter that you so carefully avoided those infected email attachments or maliciously crafted web sites designed to plant spyware on your machine. Based on new documents in WikiLeaks’ ongoing release of CIA hacking secrets, hackers at Langley could have infected the deepest, most hidden recesses of your laptop. A new installment of leaks from WikiLeaks’ so-called Vault 7 cache of secret CIA documents published Thursday hints at the ultra-stealthy techniques the agency has used to spy on the laptops—and possibly smartphones—of Apple users when it can get physical access to those machines. The documents show how the CIA’s spyware infects corners of a computer’s code that antivirus scanners and even …

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At AERTC, expansion (maybe) and the winds of war

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By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s an overload at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. With demand edging supply and its incubators overflowing, Stony Brook University’s hub of academia, research and commercial energy production is looking to expand. The AERTC’s incubator programs now host eight tenants with next-level energy-efficiency aspirations – and they’d like to welcome more, according to AERTC Chairman Robert Catell, who this week teased the possibility of future constructon. “The good news is, we’re out of space,” Catell told Innovate LI. “The bad news is, we’re out of space.” While those eight tenants are at various points on the commercialization spectrum, most are not extremely close to commercial independence – and certainly, none are especially eager to …

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Argentina's Fernandez to face trial in state fraud case

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FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez pushes her hair back after unveiling a bust of her late husband, and former president, Nestor Kirchner, at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A judge in Argentina has ordered Fernandez to face trial in a case where she is accused of defrauding the state as part of her government’s handling of the dollar futures market. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A judge in Argentina has ordered former President Cristina Fernandez to face trial in a case where she is accused of defrauding the state as part of her government’s handling of the dollar futures market. Federal judge Claudio Bonadio announced the decision …

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What’s at stake for NY in federal health overhaul?

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There’s a debate in New York over the effects of an amendment to the Republican federal health care overhaul that only applies to the state. House Republican leaders seeking to lock down votes from New York lawmakers have proposed shifting $2.3 billion in Medicaid costs from the state’s counties to the state. The amendment was a response to complaints that New York unfairly burdens its counties with a share of the nearly $60 billion health care program for the poor and disabled. Critics are taking rhetorical flamethrowers to the last-minute amendment, calling it the “Buffalo Bribe,” ”Poughkeepsie Payola” and worse. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday called it an “absurd” measure that would devastate New York’s health care system. A …

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Island posted 2.5% increase in jobs through February

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The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 27,100 in the year ending in February, a bump of 2.5 percent, to 1,114,700. By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.6 percent and the nation’s was 1.8 percent. Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 2,500 between January and February (not seasonally adjusted), when a loss of 1,400 jobs is typical. A record warm February boosted hiring in the construction industry, which added 800 jobs when a loss of 400 is more common. The manufacturing sector also added 500 jobs in February. Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in February compared to a year ago, including educational and health services (+10,300), trade, …

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FARC rebels from Colombia’s armed conflict prepare to return to civilian life

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As fifty years of fighting end in Colombia, FARC rebels are trying to resume a normal life. But while they may be laying down their arms, many are not giving up the fight. In 2016, Colombia’s government and the FARC rebel group signed a peace agreement to end their decades-long conflict after years of negotiation. As a result some 6700 guerrillas are expected to disarm. The rebels will have a chance to form new dreams but they will also face new challenges.Many FARC members claim that while they will surrender their weapons, they won’t change their ideology. And transitioning back into society could take years.Some estimates claim there could be up to 15,000 FARC members who will re-integrate into civilian …

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Somebody Just Buy the ISS Already

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Two hundred and twenty miles above Earth flies the International Space Station, a $70 billion1 engineering marvel that no one has any idea what to do with. Short term, sure: astronauts, science, zero-gravity viral videos. Longer term, spending $3 billion to $4 billion annually to keep the ISS running conflicts with NASA’s other ambitions, like visiting Mars. Congress holds NASA’s purse strings, so ultimately the decision lies with that august body. Yesterday, a congressional subcommittee heard four space experts testify on the relative merits of saving vs. scrapping the space station (or at least, the US portion of it). The hearing yielded few new insights. But there’s one simple answer that no one at the meeting really discussed: Sell the ISS to someone …

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Israeli-American Arrested for Wave of JCC Threats

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An Israeli-American teenager was arrested in Israel on Thursday as the main suspect behind scores of threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States, according to reports. A spokesman for the Israeli police confirmed the arrest in a Tweet Thursday morning but did not identify the suspect. He said the suspect is 19 years old and had allegedly made threats to “Jewish organizations, communities & JCC bomb threats in US.” The suspect reportedly holds dual American and Israeli citizenship. Authorities have not yet released a motive. Authorities in Israel collaborated with the FBI during the investigation, the spokesman said. American law enforcement agencies had been looking into the threats for months. The Anti-Defamation League said there had been 165 …

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Why porn PR is rarely about the porn

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British police raid property linked to London Parliament attack

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LONDON — The man who mowed down pedestrians on a London bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer on Parliament’s grounds was born in Britain and was known to intelligence services, the prime minister said Thursday. Theresa May, who didn’t disclose the man’s name, said that he was once investigated for extremism links, but was considered a peripheral figure. The revelation came moments after Parliament held a minute of silence and reconvened less than 24 hours after Wednesday’s brutal attack, which killed three victims and forced a lockdown of the British government’s seat of power. May delivered a defiant message to the House of Commons, declaring simply: “We are not afraid.” PHOTOS: UK Parliament in lockdown after reports of firearms …

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Phone Companies Will Soon Banish Robocalls. For Real This Time

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If Democrats, Republicans, and the telecommunications industry can agree on anything, it’s that robocalls are the worst. That’s why the Federal Communications Commission will likely pass rules today that expand the authority of phone companies to block unwanted phone calls. Short version: If a phone number seems at all likely to be bogus, companies can block it. The law forbids marketers from calling people who are on the Do Not Call list. Yet according to the FCC, consumers last year received about 2.4 billion robocalls per month. And these calls are more than just an annoyance: Last year the IRS estimated that scammers posing as tax collectors used robocalls to make off with about $26.5 million from the public. The …

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Peru's flood victims seek aid

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Peru’s flood victims seek aid Peru’s government is airlifting food, water and clothes to flood victims around the country. Months of rain have killed dozens of people and forced more than half a million more from their homes. But aid is scarce in the highlands, where small communities are still cut off. Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reports from Magdalena, Peru. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump

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Tom Steyer isn’t your average California tree hugger. The former hedge fund manager—number 1,121 on Forbes’ wealthiest people list, with $1.61 billion—was once best known for turning $15 million into $30 billion in about two decades. But then he went hiking. Steyer and environmental activist and author Bill McKibben spent a day trudging through the Adirondacks. Not long after, Steyer parted ways with the leadership of his company and his oil and gas investments, began to fight the Keystone XL pipeline, and then reinvented himself as a one-man superfund for climate causes. His organization, NextGen Climate, has spent $170 million over the past four years advocating for policies and politicians that help the environment and advance renewable energy. It’s an uphill battle. …

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RAW: Iraqi airstrikes target ISIS positions in Mosul

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Iraqi forces are intensifying their air campaign on suspected Islamic State group positions in the city of Mosul. Iraqi government troops working with Kurdish forces known as ‘Peshmerga’ and supported by American airpower and military advisers are nearing a full liberation of the city that has been the extremists’ main Iraqi stronghold since 2014. The effort is focused on driving them from the city’s western half. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/86iz RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break …

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In Trump's America, Hungary finds a friendlier partner

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Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjarto, speaks during an interview at the Associated Press bureau in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Hungary’s government built a fence along its southern border, boasts about making Europe great again and says political correctness can’t interfere with fighting terrorism. It’s a country made for an alliance with President Donald Trump. And its top diplomat is excitedly meeting officials across Washington this week to discuss closer political, economic and military cooperation, and not the U.S. charges of democratic backsliding in Hungary that largely defined the relationship in recent years.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Hungary’s government built a fence along its southern border, boasts about making Europe great again and says …

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UK police seek answers after Westminster attack

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Security remains tight across London after a deadly attack outside Britain’s parliament. London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said investigators suspect the attacker had been “inspired by international terrorism”. With government ministers due to meet at Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May is vowing the city will continue as normal. Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports from central London. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Fearful Farmers Rush To Find “Guest Workers”

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Enlarge this image Guest workers harvest much of North Carolina’s sweet potato crop, including at the fields of Burch Farms, in Faison, N.C. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption toggle caption Dan Charles/NPR Dan Fazio says his phone is “ringing off the hook” these days. He’s executive director of WAFLA, an organization that helps fruit growers in Washington state find workers — and specifically, foreign workers who are allowed to enter the U.S. specifically as seasonal workers on farms. WAFLA takes care of the bureaucratic details. It applies for permission from the Department of Labor to bring in workers for specific jobs. It certifies that it has looked for U.S. citizens to do these jobs and can’t find them. Then it locates …

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SAA brings reinforcement to Hama to drive back Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham offensive

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Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra managed to successfully launch a full-scale offensive on positions held by government forces the previous day.Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops arrived in northern Hama to help 11th Tank Division push back oppsition forces. COURTESY: RT’s RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE – FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

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Myanmar dam project raises environmental concerns

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A commission set up by Myanmar’s government is due to report on a controversial dam project that has been suspended for several years. There are fears the Myitsone Dam in northern Kachin State will damage the environment and not actually provide power to the people. Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reports from Kachin State. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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US calls for help in fight against ISIL

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The United States is calling for other nations to step up efforts in battling armed groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the 68-nation coalition fighting ISIL that the US government has no bigger priority in the region than defeating the armed group. Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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PBS NewsHour full episode March 22, 2017

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Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Trump turns up the pressure on House Republicans as the vote on the GOP health care bill looms. Also: New allegations of a former Trump campaign manager working to benefit the Russian government, Susan Rice’s warning about the White House’s credibility, more questions for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and the Great Barrier Reef under threat.

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5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament in London

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LONDON — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and about 20 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a “sick and depraved terrorist attack.” Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the man was shot by police within the perimeter of Parliament, just yards (meters) from entrances to the building itself and in the shadow of the iconic Big Ben clock tower. He died, as did two pedestrians on the bridge, and the police officer. …

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After years of airstrikes, how strong is ISIL financially?

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ISIL’s formation as a self-proclaimed “caliphate” meant that the group governed over the land it seized, without having the financial and institutional obligations of a traditional government. They have also based their financial gains on exploiting the resources of the land they control. This has been key to their financial flexibility over the years

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Timeline of events of the London terror attack

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At least four people are dead at after a violent incident was reported at the Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. The incident was declared by officials as a terror attack. Here is a timeline of the events, based on when they occurred in London. 2:55 p.m. (Greenwich Mean Time Zone) A session of Britain’s House of Commons was suspended as witnesses reported hearing sounds like gunfire nearby. 3:05 p.m.The leader of Britain’s House of Commons said a man was shot by police at Parliament. David Lidington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the …

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Howard Blankman dies at 91

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Howard Blankman, the public relations veteran, died peacefully in his home on March 17. He was 91. Blankman was well-known in the Long Island business community, and also worked in government, television and theater; he was also a book author and a columnist. He described himself as a “sort of a poor man’s renaissance man.” Blankman was chairman, chief executive officer and founder of The Blankman Group, a Long Island-based public relations and marketing firm, which he launched in 1968. He sold the firm in 2004. Over the years, clients included Cablevision, Breslin Realty, Long Island Rail Road and more. As an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, Blankman was elected to the organization’s College of Fellows, …

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The Mobileye acquisition is proof that AI needs guidelines

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The sale of Mobileye to Intel is not surprising when you consider that last year MIT Technology Review ranked the Jerusalem-based company as one of the 10 smartest companies in the world. Also not surprising is the joy, bordering on hysteria, being displayed by the Israeli government, which has declared its intent to cut taxes as a result of the deal (though it has not been clear exactly how). In addition, the government has used the occasion of Mobileye’s purchase by Intel as an opportunity to tout its success in the area of innovation. However, the story here is bigger than Mobileye. The real story is the relationship between government, society, and technology. The challenge presented by artificial intelligence (AI) …

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Obamacare Advocates to Rally Outside Rep. Peter King’s Office

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Obamacare advocates planned to protest outside Rep. Peter King’s Massapequa Park office Wednesday on the eve of a key vote to President Donald Trump and House Republicans’ sweeping health care overhaul. Residents of the congressman’s district, which spans four Long Island towns, said the rally was intended to convince King (R-Seaford) to oppose the legislation, billed as a replacement of former President Obama’s legacy health care law. A grassroots organization called New York’s 2nd District Democrats that emerged out of Trump’s election victory has been cataloguing King’s remarks to key issues. In a Facebook event post, the group said the congressman’s office had indicated he was leaning to vote “No,” which conflicts with recent reports that King was considering supporting the bill, …

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Can anyone control what's published online? – Inside Story

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Google is one of the biggest companies in the world, but that doesn’t make it invincible. The British government, and several big businesses including Audi and McDonalds, have pulled their advertising from Google sites like YouTube. They’ve confronted the company for playing their ads next to videos they consider extreme – ones that promote violence or hate speech. And this is a situation that has global implications. Google has already apologised and promised to take what it calls a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content. So, who’s to decide which content should be removed? Presenter: Martine Dennis Guests: Matthew Stender – Project Strategist for OnlineCensorship.org, Nishanth Sastry – Senior Lecturer in Infomatics at King’s College London. Stephanie Hankey …

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Pharmacy Owner Acquitted Of Murder In Meningitis Outbreak That Caused 64 Deaths

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Enlarge this image Barry Cadden, center, an owner of the New England Compounding Center, was acquitted of 25 counts of second-degree murder of people who received tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy. He was found guilty of racketeering and mail fraud. Here, Cadden is shown arriving at the federal courthouse last week. Steven Senne/AP hide caption toggle caption Steven Senne/AP The owner of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy was acquitted on 25 counts of second-degree murder, but guilty of racketeering and fraud in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and hurt more than 700. A jury found Barry Cadden, an owner of the now-defunct New England Compounding Center, guilty of some of the charges, but decided against holding …

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AARP, Union protest GOP healthcare bill

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Members of the House of Representatives on both sides of the aisle are facing increasing pressure from Long Islanders protesting the American Health Care Act. The AARP is urging Reps. Lee Zeldin, Peter King, and Tom Suozzi and Kathleen Rice to vote against the bill when it comes for a scheduled vote on Thursday. And Local 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is holding rallies Wednesday and Thursday urging representatives to vote no. These Long Islanders are concerned that the bill might raise health insurance premiums, cut tax credits and minimize or remove coverage and services for the poor. They say it would also diminish Medicare for seniors. Under the AHCA, as many as 24 million Americans could lose healthcare coverage …

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“Paging Dr. Fraud”: The Fake Publishers That Are Ruining Science

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For years, spurious journals have proliferated online, promising academic credibility in exchange for cash.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY GREG PEASE / GETTY In the fall of 2015, a young scholar named Anna Olga Szust began sending her C.V. and a cover letter to scores of scientific journals, with the hope of being named an editor. Editors play a vital role in the world of science publishing, checking the methodology of authors and managing the peer-review process; they are the thin red line between fact and fakery. At the same time, being appointed a journal editor is one of the many essential rungs in a scientist’s climb toward credibility and tenure. Szust is—or was, until today—an associate professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, in Poznań, …

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Congress Is About To Give Away Your Online Privacy

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Congress is poised to roll back FCC privacy protections in a way that could seriously compromise our online lives. The protections require internet service providers to secure consumer data and obtain consumers’ consent before mining and selling it. WIRED OPINION About Terrell McSweeny (@TMcSweenyFTC) has been a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission since 2014; previously she was a policy advisor to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. Chris Hoofnagle (@hoofnagle) is an adjunct professor of information and of law at UC Berkeley, and elected member of the American Law Institute. The resolution that could come to a Congressional vote this week aims to tackle differences in how the FCC rule treats ISPs compared with other internet companies. …

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Nationwide fiber? Proposed law could add broadband to road projects

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Enlarge Getty Images | tiero reader comments 9 Share this story Years in the making, a proposal to mandate the installation of fiber conduits during federally funded highway projects might be gaining some new momentum. If the US adopts a “dig once” policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade existing ones. These conduits are plastic pipes that can house fiber cables. The conduits might be empty when installed, but their presence makes it a lot cheaper and easier to install fiber later, after the road construction is finished. The idea is an old one. US Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) has been proposing dig once legislation since 2009, and it has widespread support from …

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Aging mobster Vincent Asaro acquitted in 1978 'Goodfellas' heist

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NEW YORK — An aging mobster threw his hands into the air and shouted “Free,” grinning as he walked out of a courthouse following his surprising acquittal on charges he helped plan the legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit Mafia film “Goodfellas.” A federal jury reached the verdict Thursday at a Brooklyn racketeering trial where it heard testimony that portrayed 80-year-old Vincent Asaro as a throwback to an era when New York’s five organized crime families comprised a secret society that committed brazen crimes and settled scores with bloodshed. It was a stunning defeat for the federal government in a courthouse where prosecutors over the years have won convictions of major mob figures like Gambino family head John …

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Melting business: Warmer US winter hurts small companies

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The big snowstorm in the U.S. Midwest and East last week was a respite for some small business owners, after a generally mild winter that has nipped into the revenue of many companies and forced them to rethink their cold-weather strategies. Retailers who sell winter clothing or snow shovels have had fewer customers this season. Plumbers who expected to fix frozen pipes have had less work, and people who make money removing snow have had idle equipment. On the flip side, better weather means more business for companies that cater to people who want to be outdoors. The period from December through February was the sixth-warmest winter on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. government …

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Alibaba announces digital free-trade initiative in Malaysia

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced plans to establish a regional distribution hub in Malaysia – the company’s first logistics centre outside of China. The new cross-border agreement with the Malaysian government hopes to facilitate international e-commerce transactions and support South-east Asian growth in the sector. According to Alizila, the official news hub for Alibaba Group, the initiative will involve the Chinese firm working alongside the digital agency Malaysia Digital Economy, to set up ‘digital free-trade zones where small and medium-sized enterprises can easily plug into global trade via e-commerce.’ Referring to the project as part of its electronic world trade platform (eWTP), Alibaba plans to establish an e-fulfilment hub near to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, as well as a …

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Tech stocks lead US indexes mostly higher midday Wednesday

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U.S. stock indexes are turning mostly higher at midday Wednesday as technology companies rise and investors react to another drop in bond yields by buying high-dividend utility companies. Energy companies are declining with the price of oil. However more stocks are down than up as the market comes off its biggest loss in five months. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,348 as of noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 10 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,657, dragged down by a steep fall in Nike. The Nasdaq composite rose 21 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,815. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies sank 5 points, or …

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AP: Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans …

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SCHUMER: Brookhaven National Lab Decimated by White House Budget; $3 Billion in Cuts Threatens Great Research & Nearly 3,000 Jobs; Reckless Cuts Endanger the Work of National Lab—and Jobs & Companies of the Future for LI; Senator Vows to Fight Tooth & Nail to Protect Funding

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NEW YORK – Standing at Brookhaven National Lab, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that the just-released White House budget decimates the nation’s national labs, including BNL, a world-renowned lab responsible for innovation, research and nearly 3,000 LI jobs. Schumer sounded the alarm and expressed serious concerns over a proposal to cut $900 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds national laboratories, like Brookhaven, and $2 billion from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the nuclear energy office, the energy reliability office, as well as the fossil energy research office. “This major Department of Energy budget cut is a cut to our future, a cut to our knowledge, a cut to …

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Former Trump Campaign Head Manafort Was Paid Millions By A Putin Ally, AP Says

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Enlarge this image Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, seen here last June, was paid millions of dollars to advance a pro-Russian agenda, the AP reports. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images A Russian billionaire paid former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort millions of dollars to boost the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Associated Press reports. The new allegations arise months after Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign amid concerns over his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. “According to documents that we’ve reviewed, Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian oligarch who wanted him to promote Russian interests,” the AP’s Chad Day tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “And in particular, he …

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Indonesia Crisis: Clean water scarcity in Jakarta

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Indonesia Crisis: Clean water scarcity in Jakarta. For two decades the water supply in Jakarta has not increased. People living in the capital of Indonesia still rely on river water and wells for washing and drinking due to a lack of infrastructure. The ground water in Jakarta is also contaminated by unclean septic tanks Indonesia’s government blames the people for polluting waterways. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Israel Tax Authority investigating Google and Facebook

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The Israel Tax Authority is currently investigating local outlets of tech giants Google and Facebook, to determine if they have a tax liability in Israel. Investigators for the Tax Authority have reportedly conducted meetings with clients of Google, asking detailed questions about the methods used by Google and Facebook to conduct local operations. Questions put to clients centered around the degree of involvement that local representatives of Google and Facebook had in designing marketing campaigns, and setting budgets and targets for clients. The thrust of the investigation appears to be whether the Israeli teams were acting independently, or if they were referring business matters to overseas headquarters and then merely implementing corporate decisions in the local market. Should the investigation conclude with …

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Why Do So Few People Pay Income Tax In India?

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Enlarge this image Salaried employees file their income tax papers at an tax office in New Delhi in 2013. Many Indians, including the entire agricultural sector and those living on less than $3,700 a year, are exempt from income tax. The Finance Ministry says just 27 million Indians paid income tax last year. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption toggle caption Manish Swarup/AP Late last year, India sought to force people with large amounts of cash stashed away to deposit it in bank accounts. It was a tax-collecting exercise to get people to disclose unreported wealth and pay up. The government credits the move for a 12 percent increase in tax collections from the previous year. Enlarging that base in no small …

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AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian …

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Why More Farmers are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

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Enlarge this image Cows graze at Dharma Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y. Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it’s better for the environment and the animals. But there’s another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable. Courtesy of Maple Hill Creamery hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Maple Hill Creamery Though he didn’t come from a farming family, from a young age Tim Joseph was fascinated by the idea of living off the land. Reading magazines like The Stockman Grass Farmer and Graze, he “got hooked on the idea of grass-fed agriculture — that all energy and wealth comes from the sun,” he explains, “and the shorter the distance between the sun …

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Donald Trump seeks health care triumph

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pitch on a polarizing Republican health care bill in the House amounts to a means to an end: a way to move on to what he calls “the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan.” Backed by pro-business elements of his party, Trump has increasingly argued that the repeal and replacement of former President Barack Obama’s health care law is a necessary step along the road to other parts of his first-year agenda. In both his public pitches and private meetings with House Republicans to secure passage, Trump appears ready to move on. “After we repeal and replace Obamacare, our Republican majority will pass massive, historic tax reform, the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan – …

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New Moroccan prime minister revives hope for end to deadlock

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Morocco’s new Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani arrives at a press conference at the headquarter of the Islamist Justice and Development Party, known as the PJD, in Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Morocco’s king named Saadeddine Othmani on Friday, giving him the responsibility to form a new government. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Morocco’s new prime minister is determined to succeed where his predecessor failed, and swiftly began negotiations this week with rivals to build a government and end a crisis threatening the economy and Morocco’s reputation for stability. The nomination of Saadeddine El Othmani as prime minister, after a surprise political intervention by Moroccan King Mohammed VI, has revived hopes… Content Preview This content is exclusive for …

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Ryan's legacy as speaker on line with health care vote

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump who came to Capitol Hill to rally support among GOP lawmakers for the Republican health care overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The vote on the Republican health care bill is a defining moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan that could boost his aggressive agenda to overhaul the tax code and remake the federal government. Or send it off the rails. If he fails? “It will be very hard to manage this,” the Wisconsin Republican told reporters ahead of Thursday’s likely vote. The bill to repeal major parts… Content …

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Sri Lanka seeks more time for war crimes probe

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Sri Lanka seeks more time for war crimes probe Sri Lanka’s civil war ended nearly eight years ago, but the road to reconciliation has been long. As the UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva, the government is widely expected to ask for more time to implement its commitments to post-war accountability. Al Jazeera’s Minelle Fernandez reports from Colombo. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Iran: After The Protests – REWIND

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Acclaimed French filmmaker Manon Loizeau gives a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the people and events involved in the protest movement that swept Iran eight years ago. Filmed on the streets of Tehran over a crucial month in 2009, this film charts the growing tensions in the build-up to the presidential elections of June 12, 2009, the rallies and marches that followed the controversial official announcement of the result and the government’s subsequent aggressive clampdown on dissidents and protesters. Loizeau followed a group of young Iranians throughout this extraordinary period and captures why they were so angry and willing to risk everything to bring change and political reform to their country. Eight years later, Loizeau tells REWIND the hunger for change …

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Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul

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Four billion years ago, Earth was a lifeless place. Nothing struggled, thought, or wanted. Slowly, that changed. Seawater leached chemicals from rocks; near thermal vents, those chemicals jostled and combined. Some hit upon the trick of making copies of themselves that, in turn, made more copies. The replicating chains were caught in oily bubbles, which protected them and made replication easier; eventually, they began to venture out into the open sea. A new level of order had been achieved on Earth. Life had begun. The tree of life grew, its branches stretching toward complexity. Organisms developed systems, subsystems, and sub-subsystems, layered in ever-deepening regression. They used these systems to anticipate their future and to change it. When they looked within, …

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How the First Amendment Applies to Trump’s Presidency

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While it is unlikely that Barack Obama would sue President Trump for libel, he very likely has a strong case.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY DOMINICK REUTER / AFP / GETTY One of the strangest sentences in American law comes from Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. “Under the First Amendment,” he wrote, in 1974, “there is no such thing as a false idea.” That is not a decree that the world brims with truth. He meant that we rely on the marketplace of ideas, rather than on judges and juries, to sort out truth from falsehood—and to continually check our understanding of the truth. The Justice was restating the central tenet embraced in New York Times v. Sullivan, in 1964, the Supreme Court’s most important …

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Weaponizing the Past

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History written to win legal arguments has a different authority from history written to find out what happened.CreditIllustration by Brian Stauffer On the night of April 9, 1931, James M. Kiley, thirty-nine, was shot with a .32-calibre pistol at a gas station in Somerville, Massachusetts, during a botched holdup. Kiley, the night manager, had twenty-four dollars in his pocket; the cash in the register was untouched. Herman Snyder, nineteen, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. “Well, that’s that,” Snyder said, when the jury delivered the verdict. But that wasn’t that. Snyder filed an appeal arguing that his constitutional rights had been violated: during his trial, when the judge, the jury, lawyers for both sides, and a …

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

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Enlarge this image Researchers at the Coast Guard’s Joint Maritime Test Facility on Little Sand Island, in Mobile Bayoff the Alabama coast, fit the Flame Refluxer with coils for a test burn. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption toggle caption Debbie Elliott/NPR On a cold and windy day off the coast of Alabama, a team of researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts gathers, conducting the first test outside a laboratory for a potential new solution to a challenging problem: cleaning oil spills from water. The invention, the Flame Refluxer, is “very simple,” says Ali Rangwala, a professor of fire protection engineering: Imagine a giant Brillo pad of copper wool sandwiched between layers of copper screen, with springy copper coils attached to …

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Twitter uses software to ban 377,000 accounts advocating violence

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(Reuters) – Twitter said on Tuesday it had stepped up efforts to rid its social network of posts from users advocating political or religious violence, and was increasingly using software to find them rather than relying on reports from users or governments. U.S. and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook and Google to fight harder against online radicalization, particularly by Islamist groups that advocate violent activity. As part of its semiannual “transparency report,” Twitter said it suspended some 377,000 accounts during the final six months of 2016 for “violations related to promotion of terrorism,” a rate of about 63,000 a month. That is up from about 24,000 a month for a comparable period a year ago. …

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Rally held by union of doorwoman in Manhattan after husband detained by ICE agents

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NEW YORK (WABC) — There is an urgent plea to free a father who was suddenly taken into custody by ICE agents in Manhattan. Standing in solidarity with a young family being torn apart, dozens including several local leaders stood in protest Tuesday of an ICE decision to detain a hardworking father from Colombia who they say was simply trying to do the right thing through the proper government channels. A devoted husband and father, 29-year-old Juan Divares has spent the past six years working as an electrician providing for his family, paying taxes and seeking citizenship. But on Tuesday, Juan’s American Dream was shattered when he attended a routine ICE check in with his wife Yaharia and suddenly found …

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Cuomo: GOP’s Health Care Changes Potentially ‘Devastating’ To New York

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An outraged Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday accused Republicans of punishing New Yorkers and potentially dealing a “devastating” blow to Long Island’s health care industry by pushing an amendment to President Donald Trump and the House Republicans’ health care repeal bill exclusively aimed at the Empire State. An angry Cuomo slammed House Republicans Tuesday after the provision to scrap Medicaid payments from county governments and shift the cost to the state was added to the beleaguered health bill as a way to sway unconvinced Republicans in Congress to support the bill. “The consequences will really be devastating to this state,” Cuomo said, adding that the amendment would cut $2.3 billion from Medicaid in upstate New York and on Long Island. New …

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Mayor outlines policy for dealing with federal immigration crackdown

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NEW YORK (WABC) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Schools chancellor are trying to reassure parents worried about the crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The mayor says the city will not share immigration status with the federal government and it has a policy for dealing with ICE agents if they try to enter schools. Political Reporter Dave Evans has the story in the video player above. (Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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US Restricts Electronics on Some Mideast Flights

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The U.S. government, citing unspecified threats, is barring passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets and electronic devices in their carry-on bags. (March 21) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the largest and most trusted …

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Rally held for by union of doorwoman in Manhattan after husband detained by ICE agents

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NEW YORK (WABC) — There is an urgent plea to free a father who was suddenly taken into custody by ICE agents in Manhattan. Standing in solidarity with a young family being torn apart, dozens including several local leaders stood in protest Tuesday of an ICE decision to detain a hardworking father from Colombia who they say was simply trying to do the right thing through the proper government channels. A devoted husband and father, 29-year-old Juan Divares has spent the past six years working as an electrician providing for his family, paying taxes and seeking citizenship. But on Tuesday, Juan’s American Dream was shattered when he attended a routine ICE check in with his wife Yaharia and suddenly found …

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Ivanka Trump's Move To The White House Raises Questions About Ethics

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Enlarge this image Ivanka Trump arrives for a joint news conference between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House earlier this month. Ethics experts say that Ivanka Trump’s dual role as a business owner and a West Wing staffer raises questions about conflicts of interest. Ivanka says she will comply voluntarily with ethics rules. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images When Donald Trump was elected president, his daughter Ivanka Trump said she would move to Washington, D.C., but not into a White House office. Since then, she has often been photographed in key White House meetings with foreign leaders and Cabinet members. Now she will have her own …

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Syrian rebels launch second wave of Damascus offensive

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Syrian rebels launch second wave of Damascus offensive. Syrian rebels have launched a new offensive in the northeastern edge of the capital, Damascus, where government and opposition forces have been battling for ground since Sunday’s surprise rebel attack. Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from Beirut. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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House Passes NY Rep. Rice’s Bill to Improve TSA Technology Acquisition Process

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Bipartisan legislation will increase transparency in TSA’s acquisition process, help ensure that businesses big and small can produce technology to meet TSA’s needs Washington, DC – March 21, 2017 – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1353, the Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017, legislation introduced by Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the former Ranking Member of the Transportation Security Subcommittee. Under the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, which was signed into law in 2014, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is required to develop a five-year technology investment plan. That requirement was designed, in part, to allow security technology manufacturers to align their resources and planning to meet TSA’s needs. …