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What first-hand government reports say about conditions at migrant detention centers

What first-hand government reports say about conditions at migrant detention centersUSA TODAY assembled accounts from government officials as well as pediatricians who have toured border facilities. Here's what they said.

16 Jul 2019 6:38pm GMT

Judge restricts social media use of Trump friend Roger Stone

Judge restricts social media use of Trump friend Roger StoneA federal judge barred Stone from posting on social media Tuesday after finding that the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump repeatedly flouted her gag order. Stone, who is charged with lying in the Russia investigation, has used social media repeatedly to disparage the case against him and the broader election interference probe.

16 Jul 2019 5:56pm GMT

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin recalls first moments on the moon on 50th anniversary of mission

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin recalls first moments on the moon on 50th anniversary of mission"To me, it was the dream we had all signed up to chase, what we had imagined, worked and trained for, the apex of national service to a country we unabashedly loved," Buzz Aldrin said.

16 Jul 2019 5:28pm GMT

Peter Thiel Says Elizabeth Warren Is Most ‘Dangerous’ Candidate

Peter Thiel Says Elizabeth Warren Is Most ‘Dangerous’ Candidate(Bloomberg) -- Peter Thiel, the technology industry's most prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, called Elizabeth Warren the most "dangerous" Democratic presidential candidate.In a rare television interview, Thiel said Monday night that Warren, a Massachusetts senator, was the only Democrat talking about important issues like the economy."All the others are almost equally unimpressive, in that it's all identity politics in one flavor or another," he told Fox News's Tucker Carlson. "I'm most scared by Elizabeth Warren. I think she's the one who's actually talking about the economy, which is the only thing, the thing that I think matters by far the most."Thiel spent most of the interview discussing the subject of a speech he gave Sunday at a conservative conference in Washington: what he called "seemingly treasonous" conduct by Google. The billionaire, who sits on the board of Facebook Inc., said the U.S. should investigate Google's ties to China. In response, Google denied it works with the Chinese military.In 2016, Thiel established himself as a Silicon Valley pariah when he endorsed Trump for president. The venture capitalist donated $1.25 million to the campaign and spoke in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention. He reiterated his support of Trump in Sunday's speech by praising the administration's foreign policy, in particular the trade battle with China.The president reciprocated the adulation in a tweet Tuesday, calling Thiel "a great and brilliant guy." Trump said his administration will look into Thiel's claims that Google committed treason by working with the Chinese government.During the speech Sunday, Thiel made reference to Warren, who has advocated for breaking up big technology companies including Google and Facebook. She has said concentration of corporate power punishes small businesses and average Americans. Thiel said Google employees had donated to Warren's campaign, suggesting "a little bit of a bad conscience."Monday's Fox News interview concluded with Thiel's comments about the presidential race: "Elizabeth Warren is the dangerous one."(Updates with Trump tweet in the sixth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Lizette Chapman in San Francisco at lchapman19@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Milian at mmilian@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

16 Jul 2019 5:20pm GMT

Fed's Powell doubles down on rate cut signal

Fed's Powell doubles down on rate cut signalFederal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell added more weight to expectations the central bank will cut interest rates later this month, stressing Tuesday that the US inflation outlook is near historic lows. Economists and investors see it as a certainty that the Fed will lower the key borrowing rate at the policy meeting July 30-31, and Powell in recent statements has moved to solidify those predictions by pointing to some concerns about economic growth and persistent weak inflation. Central bankers have "raised concerns about a more prolonged shortfall in inflation below our 2 percent target," Powell said in a prepared speech at a Bank of France event.

16 Jul 2019 5:16pm GMT

Investigators 'discover mysterious 200lb load' on board MH370 after take-off

Investigators 'discover mysterious 200lb load' on board MH370 after take-offInvestigators looking into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have discovered a "mysterious 200lb load" added to the flight list after take-off, according to an engineer whose wife and two children were on board. Ghyslain Wattrelos said the cargo was revealed in a report on the passengers and baggage by French investigators. Mr Wattrelos, who believes the flight was deliberately downed, told Le Parisien newspaper: "It was also learned that a mysterious load of 89 kilos was added to the flight list after take-off. A container was also overloaded, without anyone knowing why. It may be incompetence or manipulation. Everything is possible. This will be part of the questions for the Malaysians." MH370 became one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries when it vanished with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. French investigators who examined flight data at Boeing's headquarters in Seattle believe that the pilot was in control of the airliner "right up to the end". A modern mystery | Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Mr Wattrelos said the investigators told him the data "lends weight" to the theory that the pilot crashed into the sea in a murder-suicide, although they stressed that there was no proof. The investigators expect it to take up to a year to examine the data fully. However, some experts believe a hijack by a stowaway is a possibility and the mysterious load could lend credence to the theory. Tim Termini, an aviation security specialist, told Channel 5 earlier this month: "It's highly likely that a hijack took place and again, there's four options for the hijack. "One is the hijack of the aircraft through a crew member. The second is a hijack coming from a passenger. A third option, which is a fairly unusual one, would be a stowaway. And then of course the fourth option is an electrical takeover of the aircraft from a ground-based station." Mr Wattrelos, 54, who has led a campaign to find out what happened to the flight, acknowledged that "there is a risk that I may never learn the full truth."

16 Jul 2019 4:55pm GMT

Israeli NGO seeks sale of seized Iranian tanker over attack

Israeli NGO seeks sale of seized Iranian tanker over attackAn Israeli NGO petitioned Gibraltar's top court Tuesday to sell an impounded Iranian oil tanker to compensate parents of a child allegedly killed by Iran-backed Hamas. Shurat Hadin, which wages legal battles worldwide against what it calls "Israel's enemies", says it won a $178.5 million US court judgement against Iran and Syria in 2017 over the death of an American infant killed in an attack in Jerusalem. The Iranian tanker Grace I, capable of carrying two million barrels of oil, was seized on July 4 by police and customs officers in Gibraltar -- a British overseas territory on Spain's southern tip -- with the aid of a detachment of British Royal Marines.

16 Jul 2019 3:34pm GMT

Kellyanne Conway says White House is sick and tired of people who don't respect America

Kellyanne Conway says White House is sick and tired of people who don't respect AmericaCounselor to the president Kellyanne Conway defends the president wading into the controversy surrounding progressive Democrat freshmen congresswomen.

16 Jul 2019 2:57pm GMT

There’s a huge iPhone bug in the latest iOS 13 beta that you really need to know about

There’s a huge iPhone bug in the latest iOS 13 beta that you really need to know aboutThe latest iOS 13 beta has a serious security bug that will allow access to your stored passwords by anyone with access to your device. For someone to get to your passwords, they need to know how the bug works, and they need to get their hands on your iPhone or iPad. The good news, however, is that this bug will almost certainly be fixed in the coming weeks, maybe as soon as the next iOS 13 beta release.As you'll see in the video at the end of this post, all you have to do is go to the Settings app of an iPhone and then tap on the Website & App Passwords menu inside the Passwords & Accounts section repeatedly until the passwords show up. Ignoring the Touch ID or Face ID authentication prompts that appear should prevent you from seeing the passwords. In the latest iOS 13 beta, however, that doesn't happen and access is granted.Apple will fix whatever is causing the bug soon since the company has been notified about the issue according to a Reddit thread. Even if the upcoming iOS 13 beta update doesn't deal with the matter, you can rest assured that the final release, due in mid-September, will not have this serious security issue.iOS 13 is currently on beta 3 (developers) and its equivalent beta 2 (public), but both releases offer the same set of features and they obviously both have the same bugs. Apple should release iOS 13 beta 4 soon, followed by the iOS 13 public beta 3 with more fixes and improvements.The iOS 13 beta rollout hasn't been as smooth as was the case with the iOS 12 beta last year. The current beta release delivers a far less stable experience, riddled with app crashes and performance issues. But beta releases aren't supposed to be as stable as the final product, and that's what testers sign up for. If you want to roll back your iPhone or iPad to iOS 12.3, that will continue to be possible until Apple releases the final version of iOS 13.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_rlN2IIbyM

16 Jul 2019 2:35pm GMT

Italy's far-right Salvini moves to clear 'illegal' Roma camps

Italy's far-right Salvini moves to clear 'illegal' Roma campsItaly's anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini ordered a report Tuesday on the country's Roma population, with a view to shuttering overcrowded, "illegal" camps, provoking an angry response from rights campaigners. The head of the far-right League ordered the country's regional prefects to draw up "a report on the presence of Roma, Sinti and Caminanti" within two weeks, the interior ministry said in a statement. The Roma, Sinti and Caminanti are traditionally nomadic ethnic groups who have lived in Europe for centuries.

16 Jul 2019 2:30pm GMT

Justice Department Won’t Charge Cop Who Killed Eric Garner, Saying It Can’t Prove He Meant Harm

Justice Department Won’t Charge Cop Who Killed Eric Garner, Saying It Can’t Prove He Meant HarmEduardo Munoz Alvarez/APAlmost five years to the day after a New York City police officer strangled to death Eric Garner, whose last words "I can't breathe" became a national rallying cry, the Justice Department said it will not prosecute his killer.The department declined to charge NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo with violating Garner's civil rights, announcing the decision one day before the statute of limitations runs out. Officials said Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr sided with federal prosecutors in New York to not prosecute Pantaleo, against the recommendation of the department's Civil Rights Division that wanted to "move forward with prosecution.""After an exhaustive investigation the department of justice has reached the conclusion that insufficient evidence exists to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the police officers who arrested Eric Garner in Staten Island...acted in violation of the Federal Criminal Civil Rights Act. Consequently the investigation into this incident has been closed," said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, the federal prosecutor overseeing the case in New York.A senior department official said Garner's statements that he could not breathe were "not 100 percent determinative" in proving Pantaleo meant to harm Garner by continuing to choke him.Garner's family blasted the decision after meeting with federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning."We're here with heavy hearts because the DOJ has failed us," Garner's mother Gwen Carr said at a press conference. "Five years ago my son said 'I cant breathe' 11 times, and today I can't breathe."On July 17, 2014, Garner was stopped by NYPD officers on a street corner in Staten Island for allegedly selling loose cigarettes against the law. A friend of Garner captured the encounter on video, showing Garner trying to pull away from surrounding officers before Pantaleo used a chokehold to try and subdue him. The officer choked Garner uninterrupted for several seconds even after the two fell to the ground. Garner said he couldn't breathe 11 times before he slipped out of consciousness. It was not until after the officers noticed Garner was having trouble breathing that they called for an ambulance. In another video, paramedics were seen waiting several minutes before giving him oxygen. Garner died of a heart attack shortly after arriving at a hospital. The city's medical examiner determined his death was a homicide, the result of a "lethal cascade of events" begun by Pantaleo's chokehold.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to ThemGarner's death galvanized the nascent Black Lives Matter movement, which demanded greater transparency and accountability from police for the deaths of black people. In New York, thousands of protesters occupied parks and highways with signs baring Garner's image and slogans of the movement. "This city and nation should thank the Garner family, because in five years this case brought police accountability to the forefront," said Rev. Al Sharpton besides Garner's family on Tuesday.A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo. A subsequent federal inquiry split the Obama Justice Department in two: FBI and DOJ officials in New York opposed bringing charges, while prosecutors with DOJ's Civil Rights Division supported doing so. The split was so sharp that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch replaced New York agents investigating Pantaleo and ordered the inquiry to move forward. The investigation lingered on under the Trump administration. In 2015, Garner's family received $5.9 million from the city to settle a wrongful death claim. The 43-year-old was the father to six children, including a daughter who became an advocate and died in 2017. Meanwhile, police found Pantaleo violated department policy that has prohibited chokeholds since 1993 and placed him on "restricted duty" where he receives full salary. The officer faced an internal disciplinary hearing earlier this month. An administrative judge will recommend whether to sanction Pantaleo, from docking him pay to terminating him. The final decision will then be made by NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill. "Don't let the man continue to be on the payroll, for one more day, one more hour," Sharpton said.-With additional reporting by Pervaiz Shallwani.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

16 Jul 2019 2:15pm GMT

The U.S. Army Is Building a Smarter Land Mine

The U.S. Army Is Building a Smarter Land MineThe mines must take commands from long ranges, threaten "peer threats" such as the Russian Army, but minimize harm against civilians.

16 Jul 2019 2:06pm GMT

Man who stashed 1,000 guns in Bel-Air mansion charged with 64 felony counts

Man who stashed 1,000 guns in Bel-Air mansion charged with 64 felony countsA California man faces 64 felony counts after authorities say they found more than 1,000 guns at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.

16 Jul 2019 1:13pm GMT

‘Sunny-day flooding’ is projected to put parts of the US underwater for at least 100 days per year. Here’s what the Gulf and East coasts should expect.

‘Sunny-day flooding’ is projected to put parts of the US underwater for at least 100 days per year. Here’s what the Gulf and East coasts should expect.Tidal flooding is becoming more frequent as sea levels rise. It's expected to get much worse, especially along the US' Gulf and East coasts.

16 Jul 2019 1:04pm GMT

Greek conservatives scrap plans to take clergy off state payroll

Greek conservatives scrap plans to take clergy off state payrollGreece's newly-elected conservative government on Tuesday scrapped plans to remove priests from the state payroll, reversing a decision by its leftist predecessor that aimed to carve a clearer distinction between church and state. Priests in the powerful Greek Orthodox Church have been treated as civil servants in Greece and their salaries - estimated at about 200 million euros annually - have therefore been paid directly from the state budget. The deal also foresaw a settlement of a decades-old dispute over property rights between the Greek state and the Church, which is one of Greece's largest real estate owners.

16 Jul 2019 1:00pm GMT

Iran aims to woo 2 million Chinese tourists with visa-free entry ‘within weeks’

Iran aims to woo 2 million Chinese tourists with visa-free entry ‘within weeks’Iran will waive visas for Chinese visitors as early as the end of July in a bid to boost the economy, faltering under the weight of US sanctions. Tourism officials have said they hope to attract as many as two million Chinese a year to Iran, a massive increase from the 52,000 Chinese visiting last year. Tapping into the Chinese tourism market could pay off in the long run. China has the world's most outbound tourists. Last year the Chinese made nearly 150 million trips abroad, spending a whopping £233 billion overseas. And those numbers are expected to grow as more Chinese apply for passports. Now only nine per cent of the country's 1.4 billion people hold passports. Iran's economy has been sliding toward recession after the US reimposed sanctions last November, heavily targeting vital oil exports and international financial transactions. The country's GDP is expected to shrink by 6 per cent this year, a further slide from last year's 3.9 per cent contraction; inflation could reach 40 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund. In response, Tehran has been looking for other ways to boost the government's non-oil revenues. Tourism is seen as an "unsanctionable" sector," tourism board chief Ali Asghar Mounesan told IRNA, a state media agency, in June. In an earlier move to support tourism, Iran announced last August that it would no longer stamp visitors' passports, allowing some to bypass a US entry ban on travellers who have visited the country. China, one of the remaining partners in the nuclear deal that the US withdrew from last year, has openly defied the sanctions and continued to buy Iranian oil. Tehran has threatened to abandon commitments under the nuclear deal, such as uranium stock limits, unless other countries still part of the deal - including the UK - help it to circumvent sanctions.

16 Jul 2019 11:29am GMT