U.S. charges Miami professor in Venezuela money laundering scheme

A University of Miami professor who studied drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America was arrested on charges he helped launder funds embezzled from Venezuela into the United States, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

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18.Nov.2019


Trump says he will 'strongly consider' testifying in impeachment inquiry

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said for the first time that he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, even as Democrats questioned the truthfulness of his testimony in the Russia 2016 election interference probe.

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18.Nov.2019


Pompeo declines to defend ex-U.S. ambassador after Trump attack

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was proud of what the United States had done in Ukraine and declined to defend former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch who was attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump.

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18.Nov.2019


Late financier Jeffrey Epstein's estate faces lawsuit from new accuser

Another woman sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein in Manhattan federal court on Monday, saying the late financier subjected her to a "vicious, prolonged sexual assault" at his New Mexico ranch when she was 15.

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18.Nov.2019


Ex-U.S. security officials urge 'aggressive steps' to protect 2020 election

The United States should boost spending and take other "aggressive steps" to protect next year's presidential election from foreign meddling, a group of former national security officials said on Monday.

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18.Nov.2019


Shooting in Walmart parking lot leaves three dead in Oklahoma

Three people died in a shooting outside a Walmart store in Oklahoma on Monday morning, law enforcement officials said, the third fatal shooting at the retailer in five months and the latest in a string of gun violence across the United States.

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18.Nov.2019


U.S. states declare emergencies to help farmers hit by propane shortage

Regional shortages of propane, which is used for heating homes and barns and by farmers to dry their crops, have led to emergency declarations covering nine U.S. Midwest states amid late harvests of soggy grains.

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18.Nov.2019


Trump defender's fame rockets; so does her opponent's fundraising

President Donald Trump declared "a star is born" after Republican Representative Elise Stefanik strongly defended him during last week's impeachment hearings in Congress. But someone else also got a boost from Stefanik's new fame: her Democratic election opponent.

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18.Nov.2019


U.S. Supreme Court puts temporary hold on Trump financial records fight

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday temporarily put on hold a lower court ruling that would require President Donald Trump's accounting firm to hand over some of his financial records to a Democratic-led House of Representatives committee.

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18.Nov.2019


House investigating whether Trump lied in U.S. Russia probe: CNN

The U.S. House of Representatives is probing whether President Donald Trump lied in his written testimony submitted to then-U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the completed federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, CNN said on Monday.

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18.Nov.2019


Factbox: Witnesses scheduled to testify this week in the U.S. impeachment inquiry

The U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump shifts into higher gear this week when a parade of officials will face questioning by lawmakers over Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

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18.Nov.2019


Former drug executive Shkreli's appeal denied by U.S. Supreme Court

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli will remain in prison after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected his effort to overturn his conviction and seven-year sentence for securities fraud and conspiracy.

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18.Nov.2019


Justice Ginsburg appears at U.S. Supreme Court after illness

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has faced various health scares over the past year, made a public appearance at the court on Monday after missing a day of oral arguments last week due to illness.

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18.Nov.2019


Trump says he will consider testifying in impeachment hearing

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry "even though I did nothing wrong," although House Democrats leading the investigation have not publicly called him as a witness.

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18.Nov.2019


U.S. has world's highest rate of children in detention: U.N. study

The United States has the world's highest rate of children in detention, including more than 100,000 in immigration-related custody that violates international law, the author of a United Nations study said on Monday.

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18.Nov.2019


Nissan recalls nearly 400,000 vehicles over braking system defect

(This Nov. 16 story corrects headline to say nearly 400,000 vehicles were recalled, not 40,000)

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18.Nov.2019


Gunman opens fire at California backyard party, four killed: police

Police in the California city of Fresno were investigating a mass shooting at a football game party on Sunday in which at least 10 people were shot, killing four, with five others left in critical condition and another wounded, police said.

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18.Nov.2019


How the path to the Democratic presidential nomination is different in 2020

The Democratic Party will officially nominate a 2020 presidential candidate at its convention next July, but not before a long primary season that kicks off with the Iowa caucuses in February and ends with the Puerto Rican primary in June.

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18.Nov.2019


In Trump-Nixon impeachment comparison, Pelosi raises specter of resignation

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is amplifying her unfavorable comparison of President Donald Trump to fellow Republican Richard Nixon, saying that disgraced president at least cared enough about the country to leave office before his impeachment.

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18.Nov.2019


Democratic presidential candidates court labor support in Nevada

Retired letter carrier Leslie Maxwell Burton has a message for Democratic presidential contenders campaigning in the early voting state of Nevada this weekend: She will not vote for anyone who tries to take away her hard-won union health plan.

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18.Nov.2019


U.S. National News

  • Gordon Sondland, key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry, set to testify this week

    The U.S. ambassador to the European Union could face tough questions about his role trying to persuade Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.


  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks climb on Huawei extension, buoying U.S. Treasuries

    Global equity markets edged higher on Monday, lifting prices of U.S. government debt, as a 90-day extension allowing U.S. companies to do business with China's Huawei eased the latest spike in investor angst over U.S.-Sino trade tensions. The three major U.S. stock indexes set closing highs for a second straight session, while MSCI's gauge of world equity markets also edged up to less than 1% from a record peak set in January 2018. The U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to an economic blacklist in May, citing security concerns, but has allowed it to purchase some American-made goods in a series of 90-day license extensions.


  • 21Vianet: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

    BEIJING (AP) _ 21Vianet Group Inc. (VNET) on Monday reported a loss of $9.7 million in its third quarter. The provider of carrier-neutral internet data center services posted revenue of $137.2 million in the period.


  • UPDATE 1-U.S. charges Miami professor in Venezuela money laundering scheme

    A University of Miami professor who studied drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America was arrested on charges he helped launder funds embezzled from Venezuela into the United States, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday. Prosecutors in New York accused professor Bruce Bagley of receiving $2.5 million in deposits from bank accounts in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that were the proceeds of bribery and embezzlement in Venezuela, a Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office press release said.


  • Lawsuit against Boeing seeks to hold board liable for 737 MAX problems

    The lawsuit is the latest legal challenge facing Boeing over the 737 MAX crash in Indonesia in October 2018 that killed all 189 passengers and crew and another in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people in March. The 737 MAX has been grounded worldwide since the Ethiopian crash as Boeing seeks regulatory approval for updates to software believed to have played a role in both crashes.


  • 3 biggest 'Jeopardy!' winners to face off in 'Greatest of All Time' ABC special

    Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer -- the three biggest winners in the history of "Jeopardy!" -- will face off in a "primetime throwdown" in January on ABC. "Based on their previous performances, these three are already the 'greatest,' but you can't help wondering: who is the best of the best?" longtime host Alex Trebek said.


  • Lawsuit against Boeing seeks to hold board liable for 737 MAX problems

    A shareholder lawsuit filed on Monday accused Boeing Co's board of doing nothing to investigate the safety of the 737 MAX until the fast-selling plane suffered a second deadly crash in five months. The lawsuit is the latest legal challenge facing Boeing over the 737 MAX crash in Indonesia in October 2018 that killed all 189 passengers and crew and another in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people in March. The 737 MAX has been grounded worldwide since the Ethiopian crash as Boeing seeks regulatory approval for updates to software believed to have played a role in both crashes.


  • U.S. diplomat David Holmes to testify in public impeachment hearing on Thursday

    David Holmes, a U.S. embassy official in Ukraine, will testify publicly on Thursday before the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in the inquiry into whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, the panel said on Monday. Holmes told lawmakers in a closed-door deposition on Saturday that he overheard a phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, in which the president inquired about Ukraine's willingness to carry out investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.


Health News

Statins not linked with memory loss in seniors, study finds

(Reuters Health) - With several small studies suggesting that the widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, might be linked to memory loss in seniors, patients were understandably concerned. But a large new study finds no link between memory loss and the drugs.

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18.Nov.2019


Colchicine cuts odds of new heart attack, stroke in heart attack survivors

(Reuters Health) - The inflammation-fighting drug colchicine, already a treatment for gout, dramatically reduces the odds of future cardiovascular problems in people who have just survived a heart attack, a large new study has concluded.

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18.Nov.2019


Portuguese foundation launches world's largest cancer award

Portugal's Champalimaud Foundation announced on Monday the world's largest annual prize, worth 1 million euros, for research and clinical practices aiming to control or eradicate cancer.

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18.Nov.2019


Morphosys to boost size of tafasitamab drug trial on encouraging interim data

German biotech company Morphosys said more patients would be recruited for a study testing its most advanced drug against a common type of blood cancer, following an encouraging interim data readout.

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18.Nov.2019


Novartis switches gears in Shanghai from research to drug development

Novartis is exiting drug discovery at its Shanghai site and shifting its focus to drug development, saying accelerating approvals in China are pushing the Swiss company to dedicate the operation's resources to getting its medicines to market.

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18.Nov.2019


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Entertainment

Miniature Bronte manuscript returns to author's childhood home

A miniature manuscript written by the teenage Charlotte Bronte is returning to her childhood home in West Yorkshire after it was bought by a British museum at auction in Paris.

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18.Nov.2019


Love Mud Do: McCartney to headline 50th Glastonbury Festival

Former Beatle Paul McCartney will headline Glastonbury Festival, the pinnacle of Britain's pop music calendar, for its 50th anniversary next year, organisers said on Monday.

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18.Nov.2019


Qantas urges rapper will.i.am to withdraw racism accusation against staffer

Australia's flagship airline, Qantas, said on Monday it stood ready to offer legal assistance to a member of its flight crew named in a racism accusation by Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am on social media.

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18.Nov.2019


Box Office: 'Ford v Ferrari' Races to First Place, 'Charlie's Angels' Collapses

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - "Ford v Ferrari" left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney's historical sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America.

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17.Nov.2019


Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri arrested for suspected drug possession: NHK

Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri, famous for her role in 2005 drama "1 Litre of Tears", has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs, NHK reported on Saturday citing unnamed sources.

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16.Nov.2019


Taylor Swift wins some support in feud with old label, and lots of silence

Taylor Swift and her former record label traded barbed accusations on Friday about her rights to perform her old songs, winning support from singers like Selena Gomez and Sara Bareilles but silence from many of the big hitters in the music business.

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15.Nov.2019


'Joker' expected to cross $1 billion global box office milestone

Comic book movie "Joker" is poised to surpass $1 billion in global ticket sales on Friday, becoming the first R-rated Hollywood movie ever to overcome the milestone.

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15.Nov.2019


Victoria Beckham knew fashion industry would dismiss her as a wannabe

Former pop-star Victoria Beckham knew she'd have to win over hard-to-impress fashion critics when she launched her first clothing line a decade ago, but the one-time Spice Girl said the industry was much harder to crack than she had ever imagined.

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15.Nov.2019


Award-winning film 'Atlantics' offers haunting take on life in Senegal

To capture the harsh reality of life in Senegal, film director Mati Diop chose young people she met at building sites, bars and in Dakar's poorer suburbs as the stars of 'Atlantics', a ghost story about migrants and those they leave behind.

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15.Nov.2019


New 'Star Wars' title from EA set to be big draw this holiday season

Electronic Arts Inc launched "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" on Friday, garnering strong reviews for its flagship action-adventure series that is crucial to its holiday sales, after the videogame publisher shelved "NBA Live" game.

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15.Nov.2019