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Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy as agent of Russia in USA

Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy as agent of Russia in USARussian national Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy, agrees to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2018 2:45 PM

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBIWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation.

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 12:18 AM

At least $9bn in insurance claims from California fires

At least $9bn in insurance claims from California firesInsurance claims from the recent devastating California wildfires that killed at least 89 people and destroyed 19,000 homes and businesses have reached at least $9 billion, the state's insurance commissioner said Wednesday. "The devastating wildfires of 2018 were the deadliest and costliest wildfire catastrophes in California's history," said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Most of the insurance payouts -- some $7 billion -- concern the Camp Fire in Northern California, which wiped out the town of Paradise and killed 86 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in recent California history.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2018 8:04 PM

Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrested

Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrestedTechnology researchers in China have been ordered to not travel to the US unless it is absolutely necessary, amid rising tensions between the two countries. Staff working in sensitive tech sectors were given the warning following the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada, a source told the South China Morning Post. The warning comes after a similar order from US tech giant Cisco to some of its employees, which asked them the to any non-essential travel to China.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2018 9:18 AM

Erdogan says Turkey will start new military operation against US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria within days

Erdogan says Turkey will start new military operation against US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria within daysTurkey will launch a new operation in Syria within days against a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. "We will start an operation to free the east of the Euphrates from the separatist terrorist organisation in the next few days," Mr Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, referring to territory held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkey says the YPG is a "terrorist offshoot" of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. The PKK is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies. US forces have worked closely with the YPG under the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). "The target is never American soldiers but terrorist organisation members active in the region," Mr Erdogan told the audience at a defence industry summit. Britons killed after joining Kurdish forces in Syria There are US forces with the SDF east of the Euphrates as well as in the flashpoint city of Manbij, which is west of the river. Washington's relationship with the YPG, seen as a key ally, is one of the main sources of tensions between Turkey and the US. Ankara has repeatedly lambasted Washington for providing military support to the Kurdish militia. Mr Erdogan has previously threatened to attack areas held by the YPG. In a bid to avoid any clash, the Nato allies agreed a "roadmap" for Manbij in June. His comments came a day after the Pentagon announced the setting up of US observation posts on the northeast Syria border region intended to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and the YPG despite calls from Ankara not to go ahead with the move. Mr Erdogan claimed Turkey was not being protected from terrorists but "terrorists were being protected" from possible action by Turkey.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2018 3:41 PM

Canada Goose shares slide amid Beijing-Ottawa row over Huawei CFO arrest

Canada Goose shares slide amid Beijing-Ottawa row over Huawei CFO arrestThe company’s slide in the stock market comes amid reports that former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig has been detained in China. Growing tensions between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a senior Huawei executive have inflicted damage on the luxury clothing retailer Canada Goose, as Chinese consumers call for a boycott of the brand. Shares in the company have plunged nearly 20% since the arrest last week of Huawei’s chief financial officers Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2018 2:29 PM

Porsche presents EV ‘FastCharge' solution

Porsche presents EV ‘FastCharge' solutionThe automaker Porsche has presented a prototype charging station in Germany with an output of up to 450kW. It can be used by electric models of all brands compatible with the European standard Type 2 variant of the widely used Combined Charging System (CCS). Increasing the available charge capacity to up to 450kW considerably reduces the charging time, in turn increasing the number of vehicles able to use the technology in a given space of time.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2018 6:13 AM

US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan

US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off JapanTOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2018 8:59 AM

Israel to approve thousands of unauthorized West Bank settler homes

Israel to approve thousands of unauthorized West Bank settler homesIsrael is to authorize thousands of the settler homes built illegally in the occupied West Bank, some of them decades ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. The move is likely to please pro-settler members of Netanyahu's right-wing coalition while angering Palestinians, who want the West Bank as part of a future state. "Arranging the rights for the homes allows thousands of residents to be provided with infrastructure of public buildings, educational and religious buildings," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2018 1:46 PM

Texas judge who approved plea deal for alleged Baylor University rapist faces public backlash

Texas judge who approved plea deal for alleged Baylor University rapist faces public backlashBy Thursday night, more than 25,000 people had signed a petition for Judge Ralph Strother of McLennan County, Texas, to either resign or be removed from the bench after he accepted on Monday a deal that allowed Jacob Anderson to plea to lesser charges.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2018 10:49 PM

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Markel’s Maher Joins AXIS Cyber Team
AXIS Insurance announced the hiring of Andrew Maher as senior cyber underwriter. Maher joins AXIS from Markel in London, where he spent two years as a senior cyber underwriter. He began his career at Beazley, where he held several underwriting …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 8:00 AM
Agents Warned About E&O Risks in Claiming Cyber, Cannabis Expertise
Insurance agents and brokers who market themselves as experts in cannabis or cyber could wind up regretting that positioning. Because both are relatively new exposures subject to changing regulations and coverages, producers marketing themselves as experts could face scrutiny, lawsuits …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 6:00 AM
Toy Wars: Lego Sues to Halt Sales of Zuru ‘Copycat’ Figurines at Walmart
Lego A/S wants to make sure any plastic toy figurine unwrapped in an American home during the holidays isn’t what the toymaker calls a copycat of its own products. The Danish toymaker is asking a federal judge in Connecticut to …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 6:00 AM
Possible Drone Strike on Aeromexico Jetliner Under Investigation
Grupo Aeromexico SAB is investigating whether a drone slammed into a Boeing Co. 737 jetliner as the aircraft approached its destination in Tijuana, Mexico, on the U.S. border. Images on local media showed considerable damage to the nose of the …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 6:00 AM
Analysts See Autonomous Flying Vehicles Taking Off
Flying cars, long a staple of science fiction, may be landing in the real world sooner than you think. Sleek vehicles floating above their more chaotic, terrestrial siblings are common trope in stories of a more technologically advanced future that …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 6:00 AM
Florida Judge Rules Deputy Had Duty to Protect in Parkland School Shooting Suit
A judge has rejected a deputy’s claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parent of a victim, Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:47 AM
4.4 Earthquake Jolts Tennessee, Also Felt in Atlanta
An earthquake that struck eastern Tennessee early Wednesday could be felt as far away as Atlanta, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The light earthquake occurred about 4:15 a.m., and was centered about 7 miles (about 10 kilometers) northeast of Decatur. …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:35 AM
Athens Insurance Agency of Tennessee Partners with United Benefit Advisors
United Benefit Advisors (UBA), a nationwide independent employee benefits advisory organization, has added Athens Insurance Agency as one of its partner agencies. Athens Insurance Agency provides affordable personal, commercial, and employee benefits coverage. The company is located in Athens, Tenn., …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:34 AM
5Star Specialty to Assume Distribution of Protective Insurance’s Public Auto Offering
Protective Insurance Co. and 5Star Specialty Programs have expanded their partnership in the public auto market, making 5Star Protective’s sole distribution source for its commercial auto insurance offering in the public auto (charter/school bus and limo) segment. Protective has partnered …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:23 AM
Jury Rules Against Smithfield Foods in Another Hog Nuisance Suit
A federal jury is again siding with neighbors who complained that a Smithfield Foods industrial-scale hog operation in North Carolina was such a nuisance it damaged how they lived their lives. The jury on Wednesday said eight neighbors should be …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:04 AM

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