Five boats believed to belong to Iranian Revolutionary Guards approached a British oil tanker in the Gulf on Wednesday and asked it to stop in Iranian waters close by, but withdrew after a British warship warned them over radio, a U.S. defense official said.
Britain’s Ministry of Defence had no immediate comment.
In a blog post on Wednesday, IBM called for a fresh look at Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230), which exempts developers of online services from lawsuits stemming from user-posted content such as restaurant reviews or social media photos. (ibm.co/2JqXHE0)
“We simply believe companies should also be held legally responsible to use reasonable, common-sense care when it comes to moderating online content,” Ryan Hagemann, an IBM government and regulatory affairs technology policy executive said in the blog post.
A former Scientology member who was considered royalty within the church has told of her unrivaled access to the group's celebrities, including Tom Cruise, John Travolta and even Jada Pinkett Smith, in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV. Sam Domingo is the daughter-in-law of the world's most famous opera singer, Plácido Domingo, and during her 22 years in the Church, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous at the International Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.
The measure signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday extends coverage to low-income, undocumented adults age 25 and younger for the state's Medicaid program. Since 2016, California has allowed children under 18 to receive taxpayer-backed health care despite immigration status. And state officials expect that the plan will cover roughly 90,000 people. The idea of giving health benefits to undocumented immigrants is supported by most of the Democratic candidates running for president, and California's move comes as the Trump administration continues to ramp up its hard-line crackdown on illegal immigration. On Tuesday, Newsom said the state law draws a sharp contrast with Trump's immigration policies. "If you believe in universal health care, you believe in universal health care," Newsom said. "We are the most un-Trump state in America when it comes to health policy."
A new job listing from investment banking giant Goldman Sachs reveals apparent intentions to pursue digital asset development at an unprecedented pace.
The listing, now live, seeks a Digital Asset Project Manager under the aegis of the bank’s GS Accelerate in-house incubator program.
In a summary of the role, the bank indicates that the future hire will be expected to “develop comprehensive road maps for distributed ledger technology (DLT) development,” “foster a deep understanding of relevant products, technology, and markets,” and “maintain and iterate a complex project planning document with multiple stakeholders.”...
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is not a fan of returning the U.S. to the gold standard—something Fed nominee Judy Shelton advocates. Testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, Powell responded to a question on whether he would support pegging the U.S. dollar to the price of gold... Shelton isn't the only Fed nominee to support returning to gold. Stephen Moore and Herman Cain, both of whom have withdrawn their nominations, also supported the idea.
In 1978, in a cave called Apidima at the southern end of Greece, a group of anthropologists found a pair of human-like skulls. One had a face, but was badly distorted; the other was just the left half of a braincase. Researchers guessed that they might be Neanderthals, or perhaps another ancient hominin. And since they were entombed together, in a block of stone no bigger than a microwave, “it was always assumed that they were the same [species] and came from the same time period,” says Katerina Harvati from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.
That’s wrong. By thoroughly analyzing both skulls using modern techniques, Harvati and her colleagues have shown that they are very different, in both age and identity. The one with the face, known as Apidima 2, is a 170,000-year-old Neanderthal—no surprises there. But the other, Apidima 1, was one of us—a 210,000-year-old modern human.
Suzanne Eaton, 59, was found dead on the island of Crete, Greece. She was found near the Xamoudochori settlement Monday night near Chania. The cavernous tunnel where her decaying body was found used to be a Nazi bunker. Medical examiners have revealed she was stabbed in the body, suffocated and had one of her ears cut off. Eaton was in Greece for a conference and she had been out running the days beforehand. Her family previously thought she had gone into the cave to take shelter during a run after being overcome with the heat. Now, police say they are in no doubt she was killed and they are searching for her murderer
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized 62 pounds (28.1 kilos) of cocaine Friday from a consignment a the Rafael Hernandez International Airport, declared as roses. The estimated value of the seized contraband is $702,500.
The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would investigate whether France's planned tax on technology companies amounts to unfair trade practices by discriminating against US companies. Some of the companies that could be affected include Apple, Facebook and Google.
The inquiry, to be conducted by the US trade representative, comes after French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire proposed a 3% tax on certain revenue that large tech companies earn providing digital services to users in France. The 301 investigation -- the same type of probe that led to tariffs on China last year -- raises the possibility of the US imposing new tariffs.
... according to a story published back in March 1995 by the Palm Beach Post, then-President Clinton attended a “three-hour dinner” at the time with a “very select group of people” at the Palm Beach home of business magnate Ron Perelman. The diverse group included Epstein -- as well as singer Jimmy Buffet, actor Don Johnson, then-co-chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and others.
a growing number of young people — largely millennials, though the trend extends to younger Gen Xers, now cresting 40, and down to Gen Z, the oldest of whom are freshly minted college grads — who have turned away from traditional organized religion and are embracing more spiritual beliefs and practices like tarot, astrology, meditation, energy healing and crystals... The cause behind the spiritual shift is a combination of factors. In more than a dozen interviews for this story with people ranging in age from 18 to their early 40s, a common theme emerged: They were raised with one set of religious beliefs — Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist — but as they became adults, they felt that faith didn’t completely represent who they were or what they believed. Millennials increasingly identify as “nones” when asked about their religious affiliation, according to a 2017 Pew survey: They are atheist or agnostic, or say they are “spiritual but not religious.”
The FBI arrested former education secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero; businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters, on fraud and related charges... The alleged fraud involved $15.5 million in federal money spent between 2017 and 2019. Keleher's education department spent around $13 million during her two years as secretary. Another $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Ávila-Marrero led the agency.
Officials said Velázques Piñol illegally used federal money to pay for lobbying, and improperly used contacts in the education and health insurance agencies to win contracts. Ponce-Mendoza worked as Keleher's assistant; both her and her sister were friends with the former secretary. Keleher is accused of steering contracts toward her friends without going through regular procedures.
In 2017, a memorandum was sent to the White House from a group of former U.S. intelligence officials, including William Binney, former technical director at the National Security Agency (NSA). The team was a veritable who’s who of accredited technical wizards, comprising former top brass from the NSA, CIA, U.S. Air Force Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Council, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and IBM.... analysis of the files themselves (analysis that team Mueller either never conducted or never discussed) shows otherwise .What was revealed through forensic analysis of the emails was that they were copied at speeds too high to have been hacked and transmitted over the internet. The metadata indicate that the emails had to have been copied locally—by someone who had physical access to the network—to some sort of mobile hard drive or flash drive. Binney and former CIA and State Department Counter Terrorism officer Larry Johnson wrote in a report that “the highest transfer rate was 49.1 megabytes per second, which is much faster than possible from a remote online connection. The 49.1 megabytes speed coincides with the download rate for a thumb drive.”
Starting Tuesday, the social media platform will remove reported tweets that directly attack religious groups with “dehumanizing language.” For example, the company says that hypothetical tweets like “We need to exterminate the rats. The [religious group] are disgusting” will be deleted.
However, trying to protect these groups threatens to open a pandora’s box of nebulous social-justice concepts, and will almost certainly result in accusations of unfairness and bias. Twitter is aware of this, and noted that its first problem is identifying “whether a particular group has been historically marginalized and/or is currently being targeted.” Secondly, the issue of marginalized groups using “reclaimed terminology” is sure to muddy the process...
Each black hole’s mass is more than 800 million times that of our sun. As the two gradually draw closer together in a death spiral, they will begin sending gravitational waves rippling through space-time... The two supermassive black holes are especially interesting because they are around 2.5 billion light-years away from Earth. Since looking at distant objects in astronomy is like looking back in time, the pair belong to a universe 2.5 billion years younger than our own. Coincidentally, that’s roughly the same amount of time the astronomers estimate the black holes will take to begin producing powerful gravitational waves. In the present-day universe, the black holes are already emitting these gravitational waves, but even at light speed the waves won’t reach us for billions of years. The duo is still useful, though. Their discovery can help scientists estimate how many nearby supermassive black holes are emitting gravitational waves that we could detect right now.
The genetic information that makes up the genomes for many viruses is comprised of building blocks called RNA nucleotides. Recently, it was discovered that a protein called ZAP binds to a specific sequence of RNA nucleotides: a cytosine followed by a guanosine, or CpG for short. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) normally escapes being inhibited by ZAP because it has evolved to have few CpGs in its genome. However, when CpGs are added back to the virus, ZAP promotes its destruction...
After discovering that KHNYN interacts with ZAP, the team tested what happens when they increased the amount of KHNYN produced in cells infected with a typical HIV that has few CpGs, or an HIV genetically engineered to have many CpGs. Increasing KHNYN production in the cells reduced the typical HIV's ability to multiply about five-fold and decreased the ability of the CpG-enriched HIV to multiply by about 400-fold... KHNYN is likely an enzyme that cuts up the viral RNA that ZAP binds to.
The first incident occurred on Monday July 1, at about 5:00 p.m., when a 36-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a Ford Bobtail truck with cargo manifested as electrical equipment... Officers searched the shipment and discovered 285 large wrapped packages of methamphetamine and 33 containers of marijuana oil, weighing more than 1,140 pounds... The second incident occurred on Tuesday July 2, at about 7:45 p.m., when a 52-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a tractor-trailer with cargo manifested as broccoli... Officers opened one of the boxes and discovered a green taped package comingled within the broccoli. Officers discovered a total of 315 large wrapped packages of marijuana, weighing more than 3,365 pounds.