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Australia’s highest court rules on media outlets

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 2:40 pm

Australia’s highest court has made a landmark ruling that media outlets are “publishers” of allegedly defamatory comments posted by third parties on their official Facebook pages

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The High Court has dismissed an argument by some of Australia’s largest media organizations that for people to be publishers, they must be aware of the defamatory content and intend to convey it. The court found that by facilitating and encouraging the comments, the companies had participated in their communication. The decision opens the media organizations to be sued for defamation by former juvenile detainee Dylan Voller. His defamation case launched in 2017 was put on hold while the separate question of liability was decided…JH reporting.

 

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Teams working on two continents mark similar nuclear fusion milestones

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Teams working on two continents have marked similar milestones in their respective efforts to master nuclear fusion

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Scientists at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in southern France have taken delivery of the first part of a massive magnet so strong, its American manufacturer claims it can lift an aircraft carrier. And in Massachusetts, MIT researchers and a private company have announced that they, too, have successfully tested the world’s strongest high temperature superconducting magnet. The device may allow the team to leapfrog their rivals in the race to build a `sun on earth.’

 

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Google again postpones return to the office for most workers

Sun, Sep 5, 2021 at 7:25 am

Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-January

VERBATIM: The Internet search giant is also to requiring all employees to be vaccinated once its sprawling campuses are fully reopened. The highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. That is leading companies to delay or scrap return-to-office plans after nearly two years of people working from home.

 

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Appeals court affirms decision by Minnesota pollution regulators

Sun, Sep 5, 2021 at 7:23 am

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision by state pollution regulators to issue a water quality certification for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline

VERBATIM: It’s the latest setback for opponents as the project nears completion. The court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s approval was “supported by substantial evidence in the record.” Under federal law, the MPCA was required to certify whether the project met state and federal clean water standards. The agency concluded that it did.

 

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Pfizer to buy another drugmaker focused on potential cancer treatments

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Pfizer is spending more than $2 billion in cash to buy another drugmaker focused on potential cancer treatments

VERBATIM: New York-based Pfizer says it will pay $18.50 for each share of Trillium Therapeutics, or more than double the stock’s 60-day weighted average price. Trillium has no products on the market. Its potential treatments include biologics that aim to prime a patient’s immune system to detect and destroy cancer cells. Its two lead candidates are in early-stage testing and focus on hematology. That includes blood, bone marrow and lymph node cancers like leukemia or lymphoma…JH reporting.

 

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Iconic Detroit landmark is on the market and in search of a new owner

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 12:21 pm

One of Detroit’s iconic landmarks is on the market and in search of a new owner

VERBATIM: Co-owner The Platform says the 93-year-old Fisher Building has been listed for sale. The 30-story building was built in 1928 and includes the Fisher Theatre. The Platform says close to $30 million has been spent on improvements over the past six years, including restoration of the building’s Arcade ceiling. The building was purchased in 2015 at auction along with the Albert Kahn Building.

 

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Mexican security forces block several hundred migrants from heading north to the U-S

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Mexican security forces are blocking several hundred migrants from heading north to the U-S from near Mexico’s border with Guatemala

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About 300 Haitians, Cubans and Central Americans set out on foot Saturday.

A few hundred other migrants joined in along the way.

After about eight hours, they passed through an immigration checkpoint without problems

However National Guard troops in riot gear blocked their way as a heavy rain fell.

 

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U-S military aircraft are flying food, tarps and other material into southern Haiti

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 12:18 pm

U-S military aircraft are flying food, tarps and other material into southern Haiti –amid a shift in the international relief effort

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Humanitarian efforts are focusing on helping people hit by the recent earthquake to make it through hurricane season.

Aircraft flying out of the Hatian capital, Port-au-Prince, arrived throughout the day Saturday in the mostly rural, mountainous southern peninsula.

That area is the epicenter of the August 14th earthquake.

Most aid supplies will go to remote mountain communities where landslides destroyed homes and small farms.

 

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Maryland’s highest court will reconsider the punishment of DC sniper shooter Lee Boyd Malvo

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 12:16 pm

Maryland’s highest court will reconsider the punishment of DC sniper shooter Lee Boyd Malvo

Malvo is serving life without parole for sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. At issue is whether Maryland’s new law abolishing life without parole for crimes by youths should be extended to people already serving such sentences. That law says such inmates can seek release after 20 years in prison Malvo was 17 when John Allen Muhammad led him on a killing spree that left 10 people dead and three wounded. Muhammad was executed in 2009. The Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments for January. Keith Peters reporting

 

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San Francisco’s district attorney, Chesa Boudin says he’s suing three California companies that make and distribute “ghost guns.”

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 at 1:17 pm

San Francisco’s district attorney, Chesa Boudin says he’s suing three California companies that make and distribute “ghost guns.”

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They’re the untraceable, build-it-yourself weaponry that accounted for nearly half the firearms recovered in San Francisco gun killings last year. The suit alleges the companies violated state laws that require them to apply for serial numbers and that they misled consumers into believing the weapons were legal. The suit comes as opponents are pursuing a recall campaign against Boudin over his handling of crime. Critics say Boudin is intolerably lenient, while supporters say he’s following through on promises to reform systemic inequities in criminal justice…JH reporting.

 

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The British military says seven Afghan civilians have died in a panicked crush of people trying to enter Kabul’s international airport

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 at 1:15 pm

The British military says seven Afghan civilians have died in a panicked crush of people trying to enter Kabul’s international airport

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These deaths happened amid the chaos of those fleeing the Taliban takeover.

Britain’s Defense Ministry says “conditions on the ground remain extremely challenging.”

But officials also add they’re” doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely and securely as possible.”

The airport has remained the focal point for thousands trying to flee the Taliban.

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Appeals court upholds $86.2 million in damages to a couple in Monsanto Roundup cancer case

Sun, Aug 15, 2021 at 2:15 pm

A state appeals court has upheld $86.2 million in damages to a Northern California couple who developed cancer after spraying Monsanto’s Roundup in their yards for 30 years

VERBATIM: The San Francisco Chronicle reports the verdict was the third to be upheld by an appeals court that found Monsanto at fault for knowingly marketing a dangerous product. The court says in its ruling that jurors were entitled to conclude Monsanto knew the herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate, could be dangerous and failed to warn the couple. Bayer, Monsanto’s parent company, says it disagrees and is reviewing its options.

 

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Lawyers for senior Huawei executive that U.S. crafted misleading record of a fraud case

Sun, Aug 8, 2021 at 4:12 pm

Lawyers for a senior Huawei (WAH’-way) executive have argued in a Canadian court that the United States “strategically crafted” a misleading record of a fraud case against her and acted “in bad faith” when presenting reasons for her extradition.

VERBATIM: Meng Wanzhou (muhng wahn-joh) is chief financial officer and daughter of the founder of the Chinese communications giant. She was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in 2018 at the request of the U.S. Authorities have charged Meng with fraud for allegedly using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

 

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Things are starting to look up for owners of big apartment communities

Sun, Aug 8, 2021 at 4:10 pm

Things are starting to look up for owners of big apartment communities more than a year after the pandemic left millions of Americans unemployed and struggling to pay rent

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Rents are rising, buoyed by strong demand as home prices hit new highs. That leaves many would-be buyers no choice but to rent. At least one measure of rent collections shows fewer tenants are failing to keep up with payments than just a few months ago. And while vacancies haven’t fallen back to pre-pandemic levels, they’re basically in line with the 10-year average. The trends represent a shift from earlier this year, when rents weren’t growing and vacancies kept rising. Rich Thomason reporting.

 

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Large U.S. companies are starting to require vaccines for employees

Sun, Aug 1, 2021 at 5:02 pm

There’s a growing list of large companies requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Late last week, the Walt Disney Company announced it will be requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U-S who work on site to be fully vaccinated. Walmart also said it’s requiring all workers at its headquarters, as well as its managers who travel within the U-S, to get their shots. Delta and United Airlines are requiring new employees to show proof of vaccination.

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Boeing is temporarily lowering its delivery target for the 787 Dreamliner

Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 12:42 pm

Boeing is temporarily lowering its delivery target for the 787 Dreamliner after discovering additional work that will need to be performed on the aircraft

VERBATIM: The company says the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. Boeing now anticipates delivering less than half of the 787s currently in inventory this year. It’s another setback for the two-aisle 787, which is popular on longer routes.

 

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Jeff Bezos is preparing to rocket into space, with blast-off set for Tuesday

Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 12:39 pm

Jeff Bezos is preparing to rocket into space, with blast-off set for Tuesday

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The Amazon founder will be joined by his brother, an 82 year old female aviation pioneer and a 28-MILLION DOLLAR auction winner. The “New Shepard” rocket is due to lift-off from West Texas in what will be the first launch with passengers for Blue Origin, which has plans to start ferrying paying customers into space. The flight – featuring an automated capsule launched atop a reusable booster – should reach a maximum altitude of roughly 66 miles before parachuting into the desert. Rich Thomason reporting.

 

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U.S. trade representative raised concerns about Mexico’s energy policies

Sun, Jul 11, 2021 at 12:36 pm

The U.S. trade representative says she has raised the concerns about Mexico’s energy policies that favor state-owned Mexican companies

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Katherine Tai spoke last week following meetings with Mexico’s economy secretary and Canada’s top international trade official to mark the first year of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Tai says that “we are raising our concerns” about President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s energy sector policies. Lopez Obrador has pushed through a law allowing the government to seize private gas stations in case of “imminent danger to national security, energy security or the economy” and give them to the state-owed oil company to run.

 

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U.S. proposes sharp restrictions on travel between the U.S. and Belarus

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm

The United States is proposing sharp restrictions on travel between the U.S. and Belarus

VERBATIM: It’s the latest fallout from the forced landing of a passenger jet to arrest a dissident journalist. The Transportation Department says the order would bar airlines from selling tickets for travel between the two countries, with possible exceptions for humanitarian or national security reasons. There are no direct passenger flights between the U.S. and Belarus.

 

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UN disarmament chief warns digital technologies lower barriers to malicious intrusions

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:22 pm

The U.N. disarmament chief is warning that digital technologies are lowering barriers to malicious intrusions and opening potential areas for governments, armed groups, terrorists and criminals to carry out attacks, including across international borders

VERBATIM: Izumi Nakamitsu recently told a U.N. Security Council meeting on cybersecurity that there has been “a dramatic increase in the frequency of malicious incidents in recent years.” The incidents ranged from disinformation to the disruption of computer networks that are diminishing trust among nations. Nakamitsu warns that the difficulty of determining responsibility for cyber attacks “could result in significant consequences, including in unintended armed responses and escalation.”

 

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San Francisco Bay Area zoo inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against COVID

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:21 pm

A San Francisco Bay Area zoo is inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against the coronavirus

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The vaccinations are part of a national effort to protect animal species.

The Oakland Zoo is using an experimental vaccine developed and donated by a New Jersey company.

None of the animals at that zoo have gotten the virus.

Staff have used barriers and enhanced protective gear to protect the animals.

 

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Atlanta-area country club shooting leaves one man dead

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:19 pm

A shooting at an Atlanta-area country club has left one man dead as authorities search for his killer

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The shooting took place on Saturday afternoon at Pinetree Country Club in the town of Kennesaw.

So says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Authorities didn’t immediately identify the victim or release additional details about the shooting.

But footage from WAGA-T-V show a white pickup truck stuck on a hill in the middle of the club’s golf course.

 

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Police in Virginia are investigating a shooting that has injured four children in the city of Norfolk

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:18 pm

Police in Virginia are investigating a shooting that has injured four children in the city of Norfolk

 

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The Virginian-Pilot newspaper says a 6-year-old girl is hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police say that girl is in stable condition.

Three teens also got shot.

Police say those injured teens are a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy.

All three got hospital treatment for injuries not considered life threatening.

 

 

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U.S. officials face dilemma surrounding ransomware payments

Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 11:44 am

The dilemma surrounding ransomware payments has left U.S. officials fumbling about how to respond to such demands

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While the Biden administration “strongly discourages” paying, officials recognize that failing to pay would be almost self-destructive for some victims. In an initial step, bipartisan draft legislation would mandate immediate federal reporting of ransomware attacks. Doing so could assist response, help identify attackers and even recuperate ransoms, as the FBI did with most of the $4.4 million that Colonial Pipeline recently paid. But without additional action soon, experts say ransomware payments will continue to skyrocket…JH reporting.

 

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