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NEWS     WEDNESDAY,  NOVEMBER   21, 2018    NEWS

FDA warns against eating romaine lettuce due to E. coli multistate outbreak
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said the public should not eat romaine lettuce as a result of a multistate E. coli outbreak. At least 32 people have gotten sick and at least 13 have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak that is believed to be connected to romaine lettuce, according to the FDA. "People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak," the agency said. (developing story) Fox
VOA VIEW: Be safe.

Trump grants poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots
In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump has used the power of his office to keep a pair of turkeys off the holiday table. Trump's poultry pardon means the two turkeys -- a 39-pound bird named Peas and a 41-pounder named Carrots -- will get to live the rest of their lives at a Virginia farm. Both were raised on a farm near Huron, South Dakota. First lady Melania Trump joined her husband for the act of mercy carried out during a light-hearted ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound bird. Fox

Tech's billionaires just lost a fortune
Stocks are tanking, and the tech world's richest executives are losing billions. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are getting hammered as investors sell their shares and retreat into safer territory. The founders, CEOs and top investors in those companies are losing money quickly. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has lost roughly $42 billion since his net worth and peaked in early September at $168 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Amazon's stock (AMZN) has dropped more than 25% since then and is currently trading around $1,500 a share, leaving Bezos with a $126 billion nest egg.It's not all bad news for him: Bezos is still the world's richest person. On Tuesday, Bezos and wife MacKenzie donated $100 million to two non profits that aim to end homelessness in America. CNN
VOA VIEW: It's time that tech pay dues.

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Trump defends Saudi denials in Khashoggi murder, says relationship most important
In an extraordinary statement, President Trump on Tuesday defended Saudi Arabia in the face of mounting pressure over the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. “Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime,” Trump said in his statement. “King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi,” Trump said in the statement. ABC
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Relentless California wildfires leave 82 dead, almost 700 unaccounted for
The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of ferocious wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains close to 1,000 as of early this morning. The two monstrous blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 82 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 64 of the remains have been positively identified so far.  ABC

Mike Pompeo speaks to press after meeting with Turkish foreign minister
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to reporters after meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Meylut Cavusglu Tuesday afternoon, after President Trump released a statement saying the U.S. would stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of what the intelligence community concludes about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's involvement in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October. The CIA has assessed that Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, ordered the killing of Khashoggi, based mainly on an understanding of how the kingdom operates and the proximity of several participants in the killing to the heir-in-waiting, as well as the organizations involved.  CBS

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Walmart withdraws donations to Cindy Hyde-Smith after criticism
Walmart on Tuesday said it was "requesting a refund" from the campaign of Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith after the company came under pressure to distance itself from the Mississippi lawmaker's "public hanging" remark. Campaign finance records show that the company made a $2,000 donation on Nov. 18, nearly a week after a video of Hyde-Smith saying she would be "on the front row" if a supporter invited her to "a public hanging" went viral. Records also show the company gave a $1,000 contribution to her campaign this past June. The retail giant announced its decision to withdraw its support from Hyde-Smith in response to actress Debra Messing, who tweeted about the issue on Monday. "Hi Debra. Completely understand your concern. NBC
VOA VIEW: Only liberals and Dems can make whatever statement they want with impunity.

Inside Facebook, denial, tension and finger-pointing as sense of crisis builds
As challenges to Facebook mount from consumer organizations, politicians and journalists, the company's leadership remains convinced that its recent crises are primarily public relations problems. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive officer, and Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, believe Facebook's negative image is a public relations problem that stems from a bungled press strategy and sensational media coverage, not a structural or philosophical shortcoming that requires a wholesale course correction, six Facebook sources familiar with their thinking told NBC News. The sources asked not be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly. NBC

Trump Car Tariffs Threaten Korea Military Ties, Moon Ally Warns
President Donald Trump is undermining America’s diplomatic and military ties with South Korea -- not just its economic relationship -- by threatening to impose auto tariffs, according to a senior lawmaker in Seoul. Hong Young-pyo, the ruling Democratic Party’s leader on the floor of the National Assembly, is among many South Korean politicians in voicing anger and dismay that the Trump administration could impose new tariffs after Korea renegotiated its trade deal with the U.S. earlier this year. “This would bring a dramatic change in the environment for trade, foreign policy and security with American allies, including Japan, the EU and South Korea,” Hong, 61, said in an interview on Nov. 19. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: South Korea should see where their bread is buttered.

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UN environment chief resigns after frequent flying revelations
The UN’s environment chief, Erik Solheim, has resigned following severe criticism of his global travels and internal rule-breaking which led some nations to withhold their funding. The Guardian understands Solheim was asked to resign by the UN secretary general, António Guterres. Sources at the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said that countries unhappy with Solheim’s conduct were holding back tens of millions of dollars, threatening a financial crisis at the body.  A draft internal UN audit leaked to the Guardian in September found Solheim had spent almost $500,000 (£390,000) on air travel and hotels in just 22 months, and was away 80% of the time. The audit said this was a “reputation risk” for an organisation dedicated to fighting climate change. Guardian

Can Democrats ever win Florida?
It took two weeks, several recounts, a cloud of controversy and the resignation of a long-serving elections supervisor – but ultimately the result was just the same as 6 November. On Tuesday, Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis were officially certified as Florida’s next senator and governor, respectively, closing out a messy midterm election saga and condemning Sunshine state Democrats to another generation in the political wilderness. Andrew Gillum, the charismatic and progressive young mayor of Tallahassee, had hoped to ride a blue wave into the Florida governor’s mansion and nix the Democratic party’s 24-year election drought for the state’s top political job. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Hopefully Dems never wins Florida or any state - except CA and NY.

Russian candidate to lead Interpol opposed by U.S. lawmakers
International police organization Interpol will elect a new head Wednesday, and the front-runner appears to be a Russian general who does not have the support of some U.S. lawmakers. Interpol President Meng Hongwei resigned last month after he was detained by a Chinese anti-corruption watchdog. Interpol's general secretary received Meng's resignation hours after China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced he'd been detained while under investigation for possible criminal activity. Russian Maj. Gen. Alexander Prokopchuk is now tabbed as the favorite to replace Meng -- leading some to fear it will embolden the Kremlin in its activities. UPI

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Democrats vow to investigate Ivanka Trump's use of personal emails for government business
Democrats have vowed to launch a congressional investigation into how Ivanka Trump, the US president’s daughter, used a personal email account for government business. The Washington Post reported that Mrs Trump used her personal account up to 100 times to contact other Trump administration officials last year. Critics jumped on the similarities with Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while secretary of state, which Donald Trump repeatedly attacked during his 2016 presidential campaign. Mr. Trump once dubbed the scandal over Mrs Clinton's personal emails "bigger than Watergate” and his supporters still chant “lock her up” in rallies today, referencing the row. Telegraph
VOA VIEW: A waste of liberal time.

Refugee and migrant children losing over 1.8 million school days, every day
Migrant and refugee children to face incredible hardships attending schools and accessing education, a new United Nations report released on Tuesday has revealed, highlighting also structural weaknesses in national systems that can sometimes exclude children on the move. According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), factors such as non-certified schools, language different and limited resources are keeping refugee and migrant children away from learning and prospects for a better future. “The right of these children to quality education, even if increasingly recognized on paper, is challenged daily in classrooms and schoolyards and denied outright by a few governments,” said the UN agency in a news release, announcing its new Global Education Monitoring Report.  UN

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America travels for Thanksgiving
Americans travel: More than 54 million people will travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. It could be the busiest Thanksgiving since 2005.
At the airports: A record 30.6 million passengers will travel on US airlines during the Thanksgiving holiday, up from 29 million a year ago, according to Airlines for America. CNN

Catholic Business Group Withholds $820,000 Tithe to Vatican
Given concerns about the state of the Catholic Church and the financial accountability of some of its institutions, the Catholic business group Legatus has decided, for the second year in a row, to withhold its $820,000 annual tithe to the Holy See and place the funds in escrow, the organization's founder stated in a letter to members.
"Events over the past few weeks have prompted many members to contact the national office and members of the Board of Governors regarding the current crisis in the Church.," said Legatus CEO Tom Monaghan in the letter.  "Our mission to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in our business, professional and personal lives is more crucial now than ever. CNS

Women’s March Founder Asks Leaders to Step Down in Light of Anti-Semitism, Bigotry
On Monday, Women’s March founder Teresa Shook called on several leaders of the Women’s March to step down, following their refusal to distance themselves from anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. In a Facebook post, Shook accused Women’s March board members Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland and Carmen Perez of refusing to “separate themselves” from groups that promote “hateful rhetoric.”  CNS

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