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'Vets Continue To Die': Phoenix Hospital At Center Of VA Scandal Ranked Among Nation's Worst
Three years after at least 35 veterans died waiting for care at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, sparking a firestorm of demands for reform across the nation, the facility has been ranked one of the nation’s worst -- and whistle-blowers are frustrated. Some 89,000 veterans are directed to seek medical care through the Phoenix VA, but the care the government facility provides was awarded the lowest rating, just 1 of 5 points, in a recent internal VA administration evaluation. The annual “Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning” report compared all VA medical centers to each other and its own previous performance. Fox News
VOA VIEW:  The hospital has defied Obama's alleged rules.

Diplomats In State Of Confusion Over US Transition
With the new president signaling significant changes in the US approach to the world, key job openings at the oldest US Cabinet agency remain unfilled, leaving some of the State Department's day-to-day business frozen and foreign capitals unsure whom to reach out to for clarity on new directions the US may take. "Our people are trying to understand who is dealing with what," said one source within Russia's Foreign Ministry who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity. "Half of the top management of the State Department has gone." CNN

Why Trump Seeks To Scare Where Other Presidents Soothed
President Donald Trump, concerned his travel ban could be stopped cold in the judicial branch after a less-than-stellar rollout, is leaning into fear, attempting to ratchet up terror concerns by telling audiences that he has learned considerably more about terror since taking office last month. Trump and his top aides are well aware that his travel ban would benefit from public approval, so Trump made the case Wednesday that he knows more about terrorism than most. He suggested that Americans -- at least those who don't get classified briefings -- don't understand the terror threat against the United States.  "Terrorism is a tremendous threat, far greater than people in our country understand," Trump told a gathering of sheriffs in a Washington hotel. CNN
VOA VIEW: According to the liberal media - they are wrong.

Trump Signs 3 Executive Orders To Support Police Officers, Reduce Crime, Combat Drug Cartel Violence
President Trump signed three executive orders Thursday “dedicated to standing behind the police officers who risk their lives every day to protect us in our communities,”  reduce crime, and end drug cartel violence, the White House said Thursday. The executive orders were signed after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ swearing in, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “The first executive order directs the newly installed attorney general to develop a strategy for more effectively prosecuting people who commit violence against members of law enforcement,” Spicer said, referring to the “Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers.” CNS News
VOA VIEW: It's about time.

Turkey Detains 4 IS Suspects, Seizes 24 Suicide Black Belts
Turkish police detained four Islamic State group suspects who were allegedly planning to carry out a "sensational" attack in Turkey and seized 24 suicide attack belts, officials said Thursday. The latest detentions came as CIA chief Mike Pompeo arrived in Turkey to discuss the fight against the extremist group in Syria and Iraq, making his first overseas trip since taking office. Police found the suicide belts - made with 150 kilograms (330 pounds) of explosives and fortified with metal pieces - as well as two automatic rifles, 14 kilograms (31 pounds) of TNT, cellphones that could be used as detonators and other materials during an anti-terror operation in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. Philadelphia Inqurier

Officials Say Flynn Discussed Sanctions With Russian Envoy
National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country's ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said. Flynn's communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were interpreted by some senior U.S. officials as an inappropriate and potentially illegal signal to the Kremlin that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions that were being imposed by the Obama administration in late December to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election. Philadelphia Inquirer

Jose Cuervo Raises $900M Despite Worries About US-Mexico Relations
Investors are climbing over walls for this Mexican stock sale. Jose Cuervo, the world’s biggest tequila maker, raised more than $900 million in its initial public offering on Thursday — even after worries about President Trump’s policies toward Mexico twice delayed the deal. The IPO for Becle, Cuervo’s parent company, priced at 34 pesos, or $1.67 a share, on Mexico’s stock exchange. That was at the top of a 30- to 34-peso price range Becle had been seeking. The shares rose an additional 4.2 percent, to close at 35.43 pesos. In bidding up Cuervo shares, investors shrugged off concerns that Trump will slap a 20-percent border tax on Mexican imports to pay for a wall along the border. NY Post

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Trump Rages In ALL CAPS After Appeals Court Rules Against Him
President Trump wasted no time Thursday in responding to a federal appeals court decision rejecting the Justice Department's effort to reinstate his executive order barring immigration from seven Muslim nations. "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!" Trump tweeted. Either the president's caps-lock button is stuck, or he is one angry commander in chief. According to netlingo.com, "When someone is TYPING AN ENTIRE SENTENCE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, that person is SHOUTING. It is not proper netiquette to TYPE IN ALL CAPS, especially in email." Former Labor secretary Tom Perez took Trump's tweet as a rallying cry. USA Today

Details Of Trump-Putin Call Raise New White House Leak Concerns
The White House is probing ongoing leaks of President Trump’s private conversations with foreign leaders, including a report Thursday that he criticized a 2011 U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty during last month’s call with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. “We’re looking into the situation, and it’s very concerning,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, deploring “the idea that you can’t have a conversation without that information getting out. .?.?. We’re trying to conduct serious business on behalf of the country.” On the same day as the Putin call, Jan. 28, The Washington Post reported that Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that their conversation was “the worst call by far” and blasted him over a pending refu­gee deal negotiated by the Obama administration. Tensions were also reported during a call the day before with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Trump can't trust anyone for a while.

Delta To Hire 25,000 Workers, CEO Meets With Trump
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian announced after a meeting of airline chiefs with President Donald Trump that the carrier plans to hire 25,000 people over the next five years. Atlanta-based Delta has about 80,000 employees around the world, and hires regularly in some areas due to  turnover. The 25,000 figure includes a combination of growth and backfilling attrition, but Delta did not specify the breakdown. And, the hiring could be contingent on other factors, including an issue Delta is pushing for action on in Washington related to competition from Middle East carriers. Bastian in a written statement released after the Thursday morning meeting of airline CEOs with Trump at the White House said the hiring would be done “with the support of a level playing field globally.” Atlanta Journal

Sen. Tim Scott: ‘True Violation Of Rule 19’ Were Remarks Originally Made By Ted Kennedy
“Love trumps hate,” as some liberals like to say. But that sentiment was nowhere in evidence on Tuesday night, when a white liberal from the Northeast dragged the name of Sen. Jeff Sessions though the mud, violating Senate rules in the process. One day later, a black conservative from the South stood on the Senate floor to reflect on “what occurred last night.” “First, there is no doubt in my mind that the letter written by Coretta Scott King could and perhaps should be read by each and every member of this chamber,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said. “Regardless of if you disagree with her conclusions, her standing in the history of our nation means her voice should be heard. CNS News
VOA VIEW: A loser that wanted the stage.

Kremlin: Talks To Decide Future Of Nuclear Pact With US
The possibility of extending a pivotal Russia-U.S. arms control pact is to be discussed in prospective talks with Washington, the Kremlin said Friday. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the prospects of extending the New START Treaty that is set to expire in 2021 will "depend on the position of our American partners" and require negotiations. He wouldn't say whether the Kremlin favors extending the 2010 pact that limited Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads each. Tampa Tribune

Germany's Merkel Likely To Meet With US VP Pence In Munich
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence next week. It would be the first face-to-face meeting between Merkel and a senior member of the new U.S. administration following President Donald Trump's inauguration. Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the chancellor will hold several bilateral meetings at the Munich Security Conference, which starts Feb. 17 in the south German city. Seibert told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the meeting with Pence was "highly likely." Tampa Tribune

Divided, Testy Senate Confirms Tom Price As Trump Health Secretary In Party-Line Vote
Republicans won Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's choice for health secretary early Friday in the testy chamber's fourth consecutive brawl over Cabinet picks. Senators approved Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Health and Human Services Department by a strictly party-line 52-47 vote in the dead of night. A debate that Democrats prolonged until nearly 2 a.m. EST Friday was dotted with bitter accusations, reflecting the raw feelings enveloping Washington early in Trump's presidency. No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Democrats' "obstruction" of Cabinet nominees was a rejection of Trump's Election Day victory and threatened "the stability of the government and that peaceful transition of power" from President Barack Obama. Sun Sentinel

Trump Border 'Wall' To Cost $21.6 Billion, Take 3.5 Years To Build
President Donald Trump’s “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday. The report’s estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as $15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Trump has a way of making things cost less.

Trump Adviser Conway Draws Ethics Complaints For Touting Ivanka Trump Products
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway drew sharp criticism from a top Republican lawmaker and complaints on Thursday over the ethics of using her position to promote product lines of President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, a day after he attacked a retailer for dropping them. Federal ethics rules prohibit executive branch employees from using their positions to endorse products or for the private gain of friends. The law does not apply to the president. "Go buy Ivanka's stuff ... I'm going to go get some myself today," Conway told Fox News in an interview from the White House. "I'm going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody." Reuters

Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Own Supreme Court Pick, Calls President’s Attacks On Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’
President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court has called the president's recent criticism of the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing," a spokesman for the nomination confirmation team told NBC News on Wednesday. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said Wednesday that he spoke with U.S. Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch and that Gorsuch "certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments made by President Trump about the judiciary." MSNBC

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Thousands Of Flight Cancellations, Delays As Major Winter Storm Slams Northeast
A powerful winter storm bearing down on the Northeast forced thousands of flight cancelations Thursday, snarling travel plans for fliers across the country and dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas, according to estimates. The airlines canceled more than 3,500 flights Wednesday through Friday. A ground stop at New York's JFK airport lengthened the delays before it was lifted Thursday afternoon. In addition, emergency officials warned of high winds, coastal flooding and possible power outages from New E"gland down to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Fox News

Appeals Court Panel Refuses To Reinstate Trump Travel Order
A three-judge federal appeals court panel on Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's executive order barring entry to the United States of nationals from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The ruling means that Trump's so-called "travel ban" remains on hold. The court ruled that the Justice Department had not shown that keeping the president's travel restrictions on hold would cause "irreparable injury." Trump issued a defiant response on Twitter minutes after the ruling. "SEE YOU IN COURT," the president said. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Expected from the most liberal and overturned court in the US.

Trump Left With Scores Of Pentagon Vacancies To Fill After Obama Team Flees
The Pentagon has been stripped of almost all of its political appointees from the Obama administration, but an uncertain Senate future awaits the candidates whom President Trump will nominate to remake the armed forces in his image. Of Mr. Obama’s 163 political appointees at election time, who included Senate-confirmed service secretaries, undersecretaries and assistant secretaries, only 16 remain at the Defense Department, according to a Pentagon statement to The Washington Times.
The exodus might be considered normal in the transfer of power: Political appointees are required to turn in their resignations in December. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trump should be happy with the loss.

The Fight Over Tom Price’s Seat Could Be A Referendum On Trump
The race to represent U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s affluent suburban district is shaping up to be an early test of Donald Trump’s popularity, and the field of candidates range from liberal Democrats running against the new president to conservatives who promise to be his biggest ally. With Price’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Trump’s health secretary, the contest to fill his 6th District seat is poised to be one of the first congressional elections since the presidential vote. And while the timing of the race is still uncertain — Gov. Nathan Deal hasn’t yet scheduled the election — the shadow campaign is over. Many candidates have formally announced, and one Republican — state Sen. Judson Hill of Marietta — has scheduled two fundraisers in the middle of the state’s legislative session. Nationally, the race will be cast as an early test of Trump’s popularity in an establishment-friendly district that never really cozied up to him during the presidential campaign. The contest seems destined to attract plenty of outside cash and attention. Atlanta Journal

Trump Reaffirms 'One China' Policy In Call With Xi Jinping
President Donald Trump reaffirmed Washington's long-standing "one China" policy in a call with Beijing's leader, a move that could ease anger in China over his earlier suggestions that he might use Taiwan as leverage in negotiations over trade, security and other sensitive issues. More than two months after deviating from decades of American diplomacy regarding Taiwan by accepting a phone call from the self-governing island's president, Trump appeared to be trying to reassure Beijing he would not seek to upend relations between the world's two-largest economies. "This is an important step," said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser on Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. "This will now pave the way for the engagement of the U.S. and Chinese governments on a wide range of issues."  Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Trump is not dumb like Obama - he knows what is good for the US.

For Trump, A Solitary Start To Life In The White House
Around 6:30 each evening, Secret Service agents gather in the dim hallways of the West Wing to escort Donald Trump home. For some presidents, the short walk between the Oval Office and the White House residence upstairs is a lifeline to family and a semblance of normal life. Others have used the grand residence for late night entertaining and deal-making with lawmakers. For Trump, life in the White House residence is so far a largely solitary existence. With his wife and youngest son living in New York, and his grown children busy with their young families, Trump's first evenings have been spent largely alone, tethered to the outside world only by his phone and his television. The dramatic change of scenery has left the 70-year-old president, a known creature of habit, a little adrift in the evenings, according to one person who spoke with him recently. SF Gate
 

Japanese Prime Minister’s Stay At Mar-A-Lago Will Be A Gift From President Trump
President Donald Trump is personally paying the tab for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
“That is a gift that the president is extending to the prime minister,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in response to questions about the ethical dilemma of having a world leader stay at one of the Trump hotels. “President Trump should not be giving personal gifts of significant financial value to foreign leaders, and President Trump should be avoiding even the appearance that he is using public office to promote his personal financial interests,” said John Wonderlich, executive editor of the Sunlight Foundation, which pushes for government openness. “By giving Prime Minister Abe a free stay at Mar-a-Lago, he is promoting his commercial brand, and flouting the ethics standards he was elected, in part, to uphold.” Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: Trumps lawyers know what is legal and not.

Is Trump Using The Oval Office To Try To Enrich His Family?
Three weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, analysts say he and his family are crossing unprecedented ethical boundaries, as it appears they are trying to enrich themselves by leveraging the power of the White House. The latest potential ethical breach occurred Wednesday when President Trump ripped department store chain Nordstrom for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning to the 24.2 million people who follow his personal account. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” The message was later retweeted to the 15.1 million people who follow Trump’s official White House @POTUS Twitter account. Nordstrom stock dipped briefly after the tweet, then recovered and posted a 4 percent gain for the day. SF Gate

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Eric Holder’s Law Firm Paid $25K A Month By California Taxpayers To Fight Trump Policies
Former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder’s law firm is reportedly bringing in $25,000 a month in California taxpayers’ money for legal counsel about countering the Trump administration. In January the Democrat-dominated California state legislature hired Mr. Holder’s and his firm, Covington & Burling, “to assist with legal challenges over everything from immigration to environmental policies,” Fox News reported Thursday. Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group, disclosed the arrangement after receiving the relevant documents in a freedom of information request, said Fox. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Holder is a poor attorney.

Travel Ban Ruling: 9th Circuit Will Not Reinstate Travel Ban
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced it will not reinstate President Trump’s 90-day ban on travelers from seven countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. The government had asked for a stay of a temporary restraining order that suspended the implementation of the travel ban. “[T]he emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied,” the court’s ruling concluded. Therefore travelers from the seven countries will continue to be allowed into the U.S., pending further legal action. This was an unsigned opinion that appears to be unanimous. It rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the government has broad deference in matters of national security, says CBS News’ chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford. CBS

Trump Tweets On Sen. Richard Blumenthal After Gorsuch Meeting
President Trump attacked Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a tweet early Thursday, following the Connecticut Democrat’s remarks about his meeting with Judge Neil Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s pick to be a Supreme Court justice. The president accused Blumenthal of “misrepresenting” Gorsuch’s comments, after the senator reported that the conservative judge had expressed disappointment over Mr. Trump’s latest comments about the court system. CBS

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Trump Goes After McCain After He Says Yemen Raid Wasn't A 'Success'
President Donald Trump has started another war of words with Arizona Sen. John McCain over whether a recent raid in Yemen — in which a Navy SEAL and a number of civilians, including women and children, were killed — was a success. McCain, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told NBC on Wednesday that when a mission leads to the loss of life, "I don't believe you can call it a success." "My understanding of the parameters of the raid were that they wanted to capture individuals, and obviously they didn't want to kill children or women,” McCain said. ABC

How Trump's Criticism Of Judiciary Could Complicate Supreme Court Confirmation
President Trump's comments about the federal judge who blocked his immigration executive order have raised concerns among members of Congress and could complicate the pending confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In a tweet over the weekend, Trump referred to Judge James L. Robart of the Western District of Washington as a "so-called judge" after Robart issued a nationwide temporary restraining order on Friday stopping the implementation of the executive order, which barred immigrant and nonimmigrant visa holders from seven countries from entering the U.S., indefinitely suspended the Syrian refugee program and temporarily stopped all refugee admissions to the United States. ABC

Biggest Stock Market Bull Says Trump Rally’s Just Getting Going
Binky Chadha, Deutsche Bank AG’s chief global strategist and the most optimistic stock market analyst on Wall Street, says the rally since Donald Trump’s election is only beginning. Many investors are incorrectly attributing $2 trillion of gains in stocks since early November to expectations for stimulus and policy changes, Chadha wrote in a note Thursday. He believes the rally is reflecting nothing more than the removal of uncertainty around the vote. Looking at equities, Chadha wrote that they aren’t expensive on an absolute basis and will extend recent gains as earnings and the economy improve. Bloomberg
 

Trio Of Under Armour-Sponsored Athletes Bash CEO Kevin Plank For His Praise Of Trump
Three of Under Armour’s most high-profile athletes have publicly rebuked the company’s CEO, Kevin Plank, for calling President Donald Trump a “real asset” and praising him for his pro-business policies. NBA star Stephen Curry, actor and professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and ballerina Misty Copeland have all voiced their disagreement with Plank’s comments on Trump, which were made in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday. Speaking with the Mercury News, Curry said he agreed with Plank, “if you remove the ‘et’” from asset. Curry also said he had reached out to Plank, who is also on a manufacturing council appointed by Trump, for an explanation, and the sports apparel executive told him he was solely referring to Trump’s business policies, not his policies regarding women, refugees, immigrants and minorities. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: Actors would be wise is not getting into politics if they like the career.

A Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse And Comet All In One Night? Here’s How To Watch It
Turn Friday evening into a cosmic experience - a full moon, lunar eclipse and the chance to see a pale green comet as it streaks by Earth. This month's so-called Snow Moon will pass through Earth's outer shadow Friday evening. As it is shaded from the sun's light, it will turn varying shades of gray. Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth is optimally placed between the sun and the moon. With an added dose of serendipity, we're on our planet's primo dark side with front-row seats. On the East Coast, the full moon climbs above the horizon about 5:30 p.m., just as it enters Earth's penumbral (outer) shadow and - ever so slowly - the lunar disk will start to dim and turn gray. Late afternoon twilight gives way to the evening dark skies. For practical purposes, the Eastern time zone will likely perceive the gray shading about6:14 p.m., according to Alan MacRobert and Kelly Beatty, senior editors at Sky & Telescope magazine. Kansas City Star

What Worked And What Didn’t In Obamacare Exchange? Study Might Offer Lessons For Congress
Health insurance companies sorely underestimated the costs of covering Florida’s newly insured on the Affordable Care Act’s exchange at healthcare.gov, leading to fewer choices and higher premiums for many consumers, according to a new study by a Florida State University professor released Thursday. But the study, part of a broader analysis of competition on ACA exchanges in five states, found that the financial success of insurance companies depended on more than just the cost of caring for the newly insured. Local factors, such as the number of hospitals and doctors in a region, also were key because they affected insurers’ ability to build adequate provider networks and negotiate discounts for care, which would lower premiums for consumers. Miami Herald

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Investigators Probing Plane That Got Too Close To Air Force One, Sources Say
U.S. aviation investigators are probing an incident in which a private plane and President Donald Trump’s aircraft flew closer than was permitted, three people familiar with the event said. The two aircraft got to about 2 nautical miles from each other over Florida on Feb. 3. Planes under the supervision of air-traffic controllers are supposed to stay at least 3 nautical miles from each other near airports and as far as 5 nautical miles apart at higher altitudes. The people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to talk about the case, said that there was no risk of collision as the planes were flying on parallel courses. Bloomberg

Nearly 1 In 5 Immigrants In US Illegally In NYC, LA Areas
A report released Thursday estimates more than 2.5 million immigrants in the country illegally live in the metropolitan areas of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, which have pledged to fight President Trump's plans to expand deportations. The study by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center provides a glimpse of where immigrants in the country illegally reside and regions that could be most affected by Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. It also underscores the challenges Trump could face in rounding up large numbers of deportees because many areas that are home to large numbers of immigrants lacking legal papers oppose his plans. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: That is a shame.

Indiana Governor Grants Pardon That Pence Didn’t Act Upon
Indiana's new governor on Thursday pardoned a Chicago man whose request languished under then-Gov. Mike Pence despite evidence the man was wrongly sent to prison for an armed robbery conviction. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said he decided to pardon 49-year-old Keith Cooper because he believed Cooper had been wrongly convicted of the 1996 robbery in Elkhart, Indiana. Holcomb cited the state parole board's support for the pardon, along with the backing of the prosecutor and witnesses in the case. Las Vegas Sun

Trump Considers Air Traffic Control Reform After Meeting With Airline CEOs
President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled he may consider privatizing the nation's air traffic control system, calling it too expensive and "totally out of whack" during a meeting with airline executives. The Federal Aviation Administration has long maintained control over air traffic control at the nation's airports due to the sensitive nature of the work and the government's desire to prevent private airlines from competing for space, potentially complicating travel time and creating a safety hazard. UPI News

Drinking Peroxide As 'Natural' Cure Leads To Dangerous Blood Clots
Ingesting high-concentration hydrogen peroxide as a "natural cure" or cleansing agent may land you in the emergency room, health experts caution. Of particular concern are alternative drinking "therapies" that proactively promote the health benefits of potent peroxide. These so-called "super water" cures are anything but curative, researchers said, with ingestion leading to heart attack, stroke, and in some cases, death. "Alternative medicine practices are not always safe," said study lead author Dr. Benjamin Hatten. He's currently an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. UPI News

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JEWISH WORLD MUST UNITE AGAINST COMMON THREATS, SAYS HOENLEIN
It behooves the different sectors of the Jewish world to unite against the common threats they face, Malcolm Hoenlein told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. The executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is in Israel ahead of the organization’s annual leadership mission, set to begin later this month. Jerusalem Post

Apple 'Optimistic' About Post-Brexit UK
Technology giant Apple is "very optimistic" about the UK's future post-Brexit, its boss has told the prime minister. Apple's chief executive Tim Cook met Theresa May at Downing Street and said he thought the UK would be "just fine"' outside the European Union. The company plans to build a new UK headquarters in London. His comments came as the US Chamber of Commerce said US firms had been delaying UK investment decisions. It has thousands of members in the US, including many large multinationals. Its head of international affairs, Myron Brilliant, told the BBC firms were worried about future trade rules. BBC

Goldman Moves London Hedge Fund To US
About eight staff members who were part of the Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (GSIP) Team in London have been told to move. The decision follows the departure of the team's managing director, Nick Advani. Goldman Sachs said that the move had nothing to do with the UK's exit from the European Union. 'This is a discrete decision for reasons specific to GSIP, one investment team within Goldman Sachs, and shouldn't be construed as anything but that," it said in a statement. BBC

Intel Gives Trump Credit For $7bn US Factory It Announced Under Obama
This week Intel’s CEO used a meeting with Donald Trump to announce it would invest $7bn in building a factory in Arizona, creating about 3,000 jobs. It seemed like a coup for Trump, who has pledged to bring manufacturing back to the US. In a media-attended Oval Office meeting, Intel’s Brian Krzanich stood next to Trump and declared that the investment was a response to Trump’s business-friendly policies. “It’s in support of the tax and regulatory policies that we see the administration pushing forward that really make it advantageous to do manufacturing in the US,” he said. Trump was happy to take credit, thanking Krzanich and calling the Fab 42 plant – which will make state-of-the-art computer chips – a great investment in jobs and innovation. Guardian

Bernhard Langer: Trump Apologized To Me Over Voter Fraud Story
Bernhard Langer, the two-time Masters champion, has said that Donald Trump called him to apologize for any misunderstanding after the golfer was caught up in one of the president’s confusing tales about alleged voter fraud. The 59-year-old Langer, who was born in West Germany and now lives in Florida, said the president called him personally and “he apologized if there was anything that hurt me”. Langer said he and the president were on “good terms”. Guardian

Fighting Reaches 'Worrying Proportions' In South Sudan's North-East
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today voiced concern about an escalation in the fighting between Government and opposition forces in the west bank of the River Nile in the African country's north. Fighting has reached what the head of UNMISS, David Shearer, described as “worrying proportions,” according to a statement issued by the Office of Spokesperson for the UN peacekeeping operation. “What began with an exchange of fire between SPLA [the Sudan People's Liberation Army] and Aguelek opposition forces, has expanded geographically,” the statement said, noting that military resupplies have since been observed arriving in the area. UN News

UN And International Partners Express Support For Working With New Somali President
The United Nations and its international partners in Somalia today said that they were eager to partner with President Mohamed Abdullahi 'Farmajo', his new Government and the people of Somalia to avert another famine in the country and to assist with improving security for all Somalis. The comments were made in a congratulatory statement on behalf of the United Nations, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. UN News

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