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Yates Says Flynn Could Have Been ‘Blackmailed,’ Clapper Knocks Collusion Narrative
President Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn took more hits at a Senate hearing Monday where former top Justice official Sally Yates testified she warned the Trump White House that Flynn could “essentially be blackmailed” by Moscow for having misled the VP about his Russia contacts. At the same hearing, testimony from another Obama official also challenged persistent allegations from some of the Trump administration’s fiercest critics about ‘collusion’ with Russia during the 2016 campaign. James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence during the Obama administration, stood by past assertions that he had no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Asked by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., whether that assessment is still accurate, Clapper said: “It is.” Fox News
VOA VIEW: Yates and Clapper sounded like they were covering their own as... .

New 'Gray Death' Drug Can Kill With A Single Dose, Authorities Warn
A lethal new drug dubbed “gray death” by authorities that is dangerous to even touch with gloves is being eyed in overdose cases across Georgia, Alabama and Ohio. Investigators said the high-potency cocktail — which is comprised of heroin, fentanyl, the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil, and a synthetic opioid called U-47700 — can kill users with a single dose. “Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told The Associated Press. A spokeswoman for the agency told the Associated Press that they’ve seen 50 overdoses cases involving gray death over the past three months. Users can inject, swallow, smoke or snort the drug, which varies in consistency and looks like a concrete mixture. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Only fools take any drugs that are not legally required.

Anti-Vaccine Groups Blamed In Minnesota Measles Outbreak
A measles outbreak continues to strike Minnesota as health officials stress the importance of getting vaccinated. There are now 48 confirmed measles cases in Hennepin, Ramsey and Crow Wing counties, mostly affecting unvaccinated Somali-American children, according to data released by the state's Department of Health on Monday. Of those impacted, 46 are children 10 and younger; 41 are Somali-American; and 45 have not been vaccinated against the disease, according to the data. The state's outbreak -- the largest in over two decades -- appears to have started in a Somali community, where vaccine skepticism has recently spread, said Kristen Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health. CNN

These States Have Banned Sanctuary Cities
Texas isn't the first state to ban sanctuary cities. And it might not be the last. More than 80 bills related to so-called sanctuary policies are pending across the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have answered with a resounding no, vowing to strip funding from sanctuary cities. Some local governments have fired back with lawsuits and maintained that they won't go out of their way to help an immigration crackdown that puts members of their communities at risk. CNN
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Judicial Watch Sues Pentagon, Secret Service For Cost Reports Of Presidential And VIP Travel
Because the Air Force, Marines, and Secret Service failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for cost details about all of President Trump's Air Force One travel, and that of Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, the government watchdog Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court today to obtain the cost records. The FOIA lawsuit is seeking mission taskings, transportation costs, and passenger manifests for multiple flights between January and late March. The lawsuit also wants similar information about an Air Force One flight that then-President Barack Obama took to Honolulu, Hawaii in December 2016/January 2017. CNS News
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Gingrich: ‘Hollywood Is So Enraged At Donald Trump That They Can’t Be Funny’
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in Sunday on the late-night comedians who are attacking President Donald Trump, saying, “Hollywood is so enraged at Donald Trump that they can’t be funny.” “The problem you have with humor in American today is that Hollywood is so enraged at Donald Trump that they can't be funny. All they’ve got is pure anger, and that's what's coming out in this stuff, and then they think it must be funny because they're called comedians, so they exhibit their anger as almost a pathology on late-night television, and you’re supposed to laugh because, after all, they’re comedians. They ain't funny, because they're too angry to be funny,” Gingrich said. CNS News

Man Sues To Stop New Orleans From Removing Confederate Statue
A New Orleans preservationist on Monday sued to stop the city from removing a statue of a Confederate general that critics say glorifies the era of slavery in the U.S. South. The lawsuit, filed by Richard Marksbury in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, says the city cannot legally take down the statue of Confederate States Army General P.G.T. Beauregard because it does not own the memorial or the land it's on. "If that monument is removed, then they (the city) would open themselves up to some legal action," said Marksbury, who is a member of the Monumental Task Committee, a volunteer group that works to preserve monuments in New Orleans. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The monuments should stand.

Obama Voices 'Fervent Hope' Congress Will Tread Carefully On Healthcare
Former U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his "fervent hope" on Sunday that members of Congress would look beyond party lines when considering the future of the country's healthcare system. The Democrat's remarks at a ceremony in Boston where he accepted the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation's "Profile in Courage" Award came days after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the 2010 law that enabled 20 million more Americans to get health insurance. Reuters
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'Blue Lives Matter' Sign Up Near Site Of Police Shooting
Less than a week after a former South Carolina police officer pleaded guilty in the 2015 death an unarmed black man who ran from a traffic stop, a "Blue Lives Matter" billboard was installed on the road where the shooting happened. The Post and Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2q16MIt ) that the sign expressing support for police was installed on Friday, about a mile from where Walter Scott was killed. Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty May 2 to violating Scott's civil rights. The billboard is sponsored by Scott Garland, who has held a cardboard sign with the same words outside Slager's hearings. He would not comment on whether the placement was purposeful. Charlotte Observer

ACLU Seeks Documents On Planning Of Yemen Raid That Killed Navy SEAL
One hundred days after a Navy SEAL died during a raid on an al Qaida encampment in Yemen, the American Civil Liberties on Monday filed suit demanding that the administration make public documents explaining the legal basis for the raid and how it was planned and executed. The Jan. 29 raid, the first covert counterterrorism operation authorized by President Donald Trump, resulted in a firefight with suspected terrorists that killed 36-year-old Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens. As many as 30 civilians also might have been killed in the raid, according to local media and medics in the region. “We have seen that this White House cannot be trusted to give the public accurate information, which is especially critical when the president authorizes military action that kills civilians,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project. Kansas City Star

Teen 'Owns Up To' Tossing 68-Year-Old Woman In Florida Pool
Sheriff's deputies say a teenager has confessed to throwing a 68-year-old woman into a swimming pool when she tried to break up a party at a South Florida apartment complex. Broward Sheriff's officials said in a news release that the 16-year-old boy turned himself in on Monday, telling investigators that he "messed up" and has to "own up to it." He was with his mother and a lawyer. Nancy James told deputies that 200 young people showed up at Players Place apartments near Fort Lauderdale Saturday evening. When she tried to speak to them a young man picked her up, dragged her to the pool and tossed her in. Miami Herald

SF Officers Using Less Force Overall, But Racial Disparities Remain
San Francisco police officers are using force less often as the department enacts reforms and deploys body-worn cameras, but the uses of force continue to reveal wide racial disparities, according to department figures released Monday. From January through March, uses of force were down 15.8 percent when compared with the same period in 2016, before the introduction of wearable cameras. Officers used force in 352 total incidents, officials said, with 802 actions taken against 427 people. Uses of force include pointing a gun at someone — which accounts for up to two-thirds of the reportable cases — as well as using physical control, striking a subject with a baton, fist or other object, using pepper spray, or firing a beanbag projectile. SF Gate

35 Of 37 Economists Said Trump Was Wrong. The Other Two Misread The Question.
President Donald Trump's administration says his tax cut will pay for itself. It turns out it's really hard to find an economist who agrees. The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business regularly polls economists on controversial questions. In a survey the school published last week on Trump's tax plans, only two out of the 37 economists that responded said that the cuts would stimulate the economy enough to cancel out the effect on total tax revenue. Those two economists now both say they made a mistake, and that they misunderstood the question. SF Gate

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French Election: Protest Vote For ‘Nobody’ Was Highest In Half A Century
It wasn't just a defeat for populism, but a rejection of the entire political establishment. Four million French voters spoiled their ballot or voted "blank" to indicate they wanted neither Emmanuel Macron nor Marine Le Pen in Sunday's presidential election — the highest number recorded in over half a century. That comes on top of the worst abstention rate in a French presidential runoff since 1969, with 12 million registered voters staying away from the polls. Added together, 16 million people — one in three French voters — rejected both the candidates on offer. That's more than the 11 million who actually voted for far-right Le Pen. "Neither" became the second-most popular choice in the runoff, said Marta Lorimer, a researcher at London School of Economics European Institute. "There are a huge number of people who don't feel represented by either of the two candidates," she said. MSNBC

US Looks For Evidence Of Crimes By Haitians
The Trump administration is taking the unusual step of hunting for evidence of crimes committed by Haitian immigrants as it decides whether to allow them to continue participating in a humanitarian program that has shielded tens of thousands from deportation since an earthquake destroyed much of their country. The inquiries into the community's criminal history were made in internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services emails obtained by The Associated Press. They show the agency's newly appointed policy chief also wanted to know how many of the roughly 50,000 Haitians enrolled in the Temporary Protected Status program were taking advantage of public benefits, which they are not eligible to receive. Houston Chronicle

Trump's Muslim Comments Could Haunt Him InTravel Ban Appeal
The first federal appeals court to hear a challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban appeared unconvinced that it should ignore the Republican's repeated promises on the campaign trail to bar Muslims from entering the country. An attorney for the president urged the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday to focus on the text of the religiously neutral executive order rather than use campaign statements to infer that the policy was driven by anti-Muslim sentiment. But that idea was challenged by several members of the 13-judge panel, which is examining a ruling that blocks the administration from temporarily barring new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Charlotte Observer
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Pyongyang University Of Science And Technology: 2 U.S. Employees Detained
A university privately funded by Christian groups in the West is at the center of growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea following the detention of second American citizen who works there. Kim Hak Song was detained on Saturday. KCNA, the state-run news agency in North Korea, said he was being held on charges of committing "hostile criminal acts" against the country. Kim manages a farm run by the agriculture department of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). MSNBC

‘People Will Die’: Democrats Use Shock Value To Blast Republican Health Care Plan
Hoping Trumpcare does for them what Obamacare did for Republicans at the ballot box, Democrats have seized on the House repeal-and-replace bill even as Republicans insist that fans of the collapsing health care exchange are deluding themselves. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan described Thursday’s vote on the House bill as a “rescue operation” for the moribund Affordable Care Act as it struggles with soaring premium costs, flagging enrollment and fleeing insurers. “The system is failing. We’re stepping in front of it and rescuing people from a collapsing system,” Mr. Ryan told ABC’s “This Week.” “And, more importantly, we’re keeping our word.” For sheer shock value, however, it may be hard to top the Democrats. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts predicted on Twitter that “people will die,” and Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont accused Republicans of celebrating a vote to “let thousands of Americans die so that billionaires get tax breaks.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal Democrats are in denial.

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How Home Depot Is Winning While Retail Loses
The colors of retail have lately come in red for financial losses, black and white for obituaries or maybe shade of gray for the grim struggle to survive in changing times. And then there’s orange. As in, Big Orange, aka Atlanta-based Home Depot. The housing-centric retailer has posted a nearly 43 percent rise in revenue over the past seven years, putting it on the doorstep of $100 billion in annual sales. The run has been accompanied by strong profits and a stock value that threatens to soon surpass that of Coca-Cola. Home Depot has prospered while many retailers shrink or even collapse. Some, like Sports Authority and HH Gregg, have died. Some, like Kmart, have been swallowed up. Even an icon like Macy’s is struggling. They’ve been battered by hyper-competition, undercut by the low-price frenzy of the Net. Even more oddly, Home Depot has grown without growing. Atlanta Journal

Putin On Victory Day Calls For International Unity
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told the annual Victory Day parade on Red Square that the horrors of World War II demonstrate the necessity of countries working together to prevent war. Russia celebrates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany every May 9 to honor those who fought and died for their country. "This monstrous tragedy was not able to be prevented primarily because of the connivance of the criminal ideology of racial superiority and due to the lack of unity among the world's leading nations," he said. "To effectively combat terrorism, extremism, neo-Nazism and other threats, consolidation of the entire international community is necessary."
The Soviet Union is estimated to have lost 26 million people in the war, including 8 million soldiers, and the immense suffering contributes to Victory Day's status as Russia's most important secular holiday. Houston Chronicle

10 Conservatives Selected For Federal Courts As Part Of Trump’s Move To Reshape Judiciary
The White House announced President Trump’s intention Monday to nominate a slate of 10 conservatives to the federal judiciary, building on his successful nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch in his biggest push yet to reshape the federal courts. The list includes five nominees for federal appeals courts, which are one step below the Supreme Court and decide far more cases annually than the high court. Two of the nominees, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras for the 8th Circuit, were on the president’s list of jurists released during the campaign as potential candidates for the Supreme Court. CBS
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U.S. Mulls Banning Most Electronics On Flights To Europe, United Kingdom
The U.S. is considering expanding a ban on most carry-on electronic devices on U.S.-bound flights from 10 countries in the Middle East and North Africa to "likely" include flights departing the U.S. for Europe and the United Kingdom. Department of Homeland Security officials are currently still weighing the advantages of expanding the ban against possible disruptions it will cause. Government officials have been meeting with U.S. airlines on a nearly weekly basis and intend to do so again later this week. Officials don't expect an announcement before Wednesday, but say a decision could come in the next few weeks. CBS

Trump Reiterates Claim That Flynn Received Security Clearance From Obama Administration
Hours before former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was to testify before lawmakers about her knowledge of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with the Russian envoy, President Trump tweeted about Flynn. Early Monday morning, Mr. Trump reminded his followers that Flynn had been given the "highest security clearance by the Obama administration" and slammed the media for not covering that fact. Shortly after, Mr. Trump then called on senators to ask Yates if "she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to White House counsel." ABC
VOA VIEW: The truth is the truth.

U.S. Military Cyber Operation To Attack ISIS Last Year Sparked Heated Debate Over Alerting Allies
A secret global operation by the Pentagon late last year to sabotage the Islamic State’s online videos and propaganda sparked fierce debate inside the government over whether it was necessary to notify countries that are home to computer hosting services used by the extremist group, including U.S. allies in Europe. While U.S. Cyber Command claimed success in carrying out what was called Operation Glowing Symphony, the issue remained unresolved and now confronts the Trump administration, which is conducting a broad review of what powers to give the military in countering the Islamic State, including in the cyber realm. As part of the operation, Cyber Command obtained the passwords to a number of Islamic State administrator accounts and then used them to access the accounts, change the passwords and delete content such as battlefield video. It also shut the group’s propaganda specialists out of their accounts, former officials said. Washington Post

Substance Abuse Costing New Hampshire Over $2B
An advocacy group estimates drug and alcohol abuse cost New Hampshire $2.36 billion in 2014 in lost productivity, health care and strains on the criminal justice system. A Monday report released by New Futures shows the growing economic toll of the crisis — up more than $50 million from the two previous years — as well as an explosion in the number of people seeking treatment under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The number of insurance claims for substance abuse treatment in the state jumped from 63,000 in 2012 to 390,000 in 2014. The nonprofit’s report comes on the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a health care bill that critics worry will gut the state’s ability to fight the opioid crisis. The bill would cut money for Medicaid expansion and let states decide whether insurers must cover substance abuse and mental health treatment. Boston Globe

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Original Muslim Ban Erased From Trump Campaign Website
A controversial statement posted on President Trump’s campaign website in 2015 calling for a “shutdown” of Muslim immigration was redirected to a blank page Monday afternoon, just minutes after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dismissed questions on the rhetoric surrounding his now-stalled travel ban executive orders. The web page hosting the December 2015 statement, included a quote from then-candidate Trump reading, "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," and was still live ahead of the White House press briefing Monday. ABC

Ex-Military Brass Back Tillerson, Mattis In Climate-Change Fight
A group of retired senior military officers is urging U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis to remain firm in their support for combating global warming as White House officials consider exiting the Paris climate accord. The 17 veterans argue that climate change poses a critical national security risk and say the U.S. must remain engaged in the international effort to fight it, according to letters sent Monday to Tillerson and Mattis. Among the signatories are three four-star veterans, including former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Sam J. Locklear. The ex-officers are the latest to call for the U.S. to uphold its environmental commitments as President Donald Trump’s senior advisers prepare to meet Tuesday to debate whether to exit the Paris accord. Bloomberg

The Kushner Project Touted In China Is In Trouble At Home
When Jared Kushner’s sister took the stage in two Chinese ballrooms over the weekend to urge investors to fund a New Jersey development through a controversial visa program, she mentioned her brother’s role in the White House and displayed a photo of President Donald Trump. It was a not-so-subtle signal that hers is a family company with connections. What she didn’t mention was that the project has suffered a slew of problems: the exit of its anchor tenant, the loss of millions in tax breaks and a curdling political relationship with the mayor of its host city. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Kushner's sister made a major mistake - she used her name.

U.S. Poised To Expand Military Effort In Afghanistan
President Donald Trump’s most senior military and foreign policy advisers have proposed a major shift in strategy in Afghanistan that would effectively put the United States back on a war footing with the Taliban. The new plan, which still must be approved by the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said. The plan comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Philadelphia Inquirer

Oregon Timber Counties Struggle As Federal Support Dries Up
So much timber money once flowed into this rural Oregon county that its leaders set up committees to find ways to spend it. Nearly 30 years after environmental protections slashed logging in federal forests, Oregon counties like this one that thrived on timber revenues for decades are struggling to provide basic services. These so-called timber counties received hundreds of millions of dollars during logging's long heyday, and since then the federal government has continued to pour money in to make up for timber's downfall. Now the money has dried up and people are reluctant to tax themselves, leaving leaders scrambling and public institutions in free fall. Philadelphia Inqurier

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US Stock Indexes Inch Back From Record Highs
U.S. stock indexes inched back from their record highs Monday, while the dollar ticked higher against other currencies. Trading was calm following the weekend's presidential election in France, which had the potential to upset global markets. The candidate who's in favor of keeping France in the European Union and in the euro currency won, to the relief of investors who feared the alternative would have hurt global trade. Markets had been rallying for weeks in anticipation of a victory by Emmanuel Macron, and analysts said that left little upside for when the result actually occurred. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped a fraction to 2,398 as of 2:06 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 2 points 21,004. The Nasdaq composite was little changed at 6,101. Las Vegas Sun

Gas Prices Fall Ahead Of Memorial Day
The road to Memorial Day typically pumps up gasoline prices as motorists gear up for summer travel, but this year that formula is shifting into reverse. Gas prices are suddenly falling as oil prices plummet. The price of a gallon of regular fell four cents a gallon in the last week alone. The Energy Information Administration reported Monday that the nationwide average price is $2.37. down from $2.41. A few pennies a gallon may not sound like a lot, but the savings add up quick -- $1.50 per fill-up of a 15-gallon tank for every 10-cent drop. When 2017 began, analysts thought gasoline might approach $3 per gallon by Memorial Day, but that prediction was off. Instead, the number of U.S. gas stations selling fuel for less than $2 per gallon has nearly doubled since last week to 5,177, according to GasBuddy, a gas price tracking website. USA Today

Racial Discrimination Suit Against Fox Expands With Two More Claimants
As a racial discrimination suit against Fox News Network expands, the network continues to shuffle executive ranks to try and get beyond a damaging sexual harassment crisis. Two additional plaintiffs are joining a suit initially filed six weeks ago in the Bronx Supreme Court in New York against multiple parties, including the network, parent company 21st Century Fox, Fox News and Fox Business Executive Vice President Dianne Brandi, and Judith Slater, a former senior vice president and company controller. The suit, which now includes 13 former and current Fox employees, alleges that the network engaged in "systemic discrimination based on race, ethnicity and national origin." The newest additions, Elizabeth Fernandez and Claudine McLeod, both worked in the accounts payable department, which Fernandez departed in 2014 and where McLeod continues to work. USA Today
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Muslim Ban Language Suddenly Disappears From Trump Campaign Website After Spicer Questioned
Utterances before and after the election by Donald Trump and his allies about the purpose of his travel ban executive order have been giving the administration headaches as it has sought to defend its constitutionality. The argument that the ban is purely secular has not fared well with judges when the Trump campaign website stated in advance that its purpose was “preventing Muslim immigration,” which has sounded to a number of courts like an unconstitutional religion-based restriction.
The same contradiction keeps coming up in public, too. Monday, for example, a reporter asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer why “if this White House is no longer calling this a ‘Muslim ban’ … why does the President’s website still explicitly call for ‘preventing Muslim immigration?'” Washington Post

Trump Calls Macron To Congratulate Him On Election Win
President Donald Trump has called French President-elect Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump had spoken with Macron. Trump tweeted congratulations to Macron Sunday, adding that he looks forward to working with him. The centrist Macron defeated far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday's presidential runoff. Trump had not expressed support for either candidate in France's election, although he predicted last month that an attack on police officers in Paris could help Le Pen because she is "the strongest on borders." Las Vegas Sun

Bumble Bee Agrees To $25M Fine For Tuna Price Fixing
Bumble Bee Foods has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix the cost of canned and pouch tuna, the Justice Department announced Monday. Bumble Bee agreed to pay a $25 million criminal fine, which will increase to a maximum criminal fine of $81.5 million if the company is sold, and the San Diego-based company will cooperate with the Antitrust Division's ongoing investigation involving packaged seafood. Last year, two executives pleaded guilty to price fixing with Dongwan Enterprise-owned StarKist and Tri-Union Seafoods, the owner of Chicken of the Sea. UPI News

Most Dietary Salt Not Added To Food At The Table
Tossing out the salt shaker may not be enough for your heart health. Most of the salt that Americans consume comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, a new study finds. In a sampling of 450 U.S. adults, only 10 percent of salt, or sodium, in their diet came from food prepared at home. About half of that was added at the table. Instead, restaurant meals and store-bought foods -- including crackers, breads and soups -- accounted for 71 percent of salt intake, the study found. UPI News

Kushner Urged Trudeau To Persuade Trump On NAFTA:
The personal appeal that President Trump said he received from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month — leading him to renegotiate NAFTA — was only made after Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner called Trudeau’s office in Ottawa and begged him to talk some sense into the commander-in-chief, a report says. The unconventional move was revealed Monday by the National Post, who spoke to several government sources familiar with the desperate pleas from Washington. Toronto’s Metro newspaper later revealed that Kushner was the government official who made the phone call. White House advisers had been worried that Trump would scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement — after he famously dubbed it the “worst trade deal ever” — and decided to phone the Prime Minister’s Office to get Trudeau to change his mind, the sources said. NY Post
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Anonymous Warns World To ‘Prepare’ For World War 3
The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video — urging people across the globe to “prepare” for World War 3 — as the US and North Korea continue to move “strategic pieces into place” for battle. “All the signs of a looming war on the Korean peninsula are surfacing,” the group says in the ominous six-minute clip, posted on Youtube over the weekend. Using their signature Guy Fawkes character, the hackers make several claims about recent military movements in the region — and alleged warnings made by Japan and South Korea about imminent nuclear attacks from the North — as they deliver their frightening war prophecy. NY Post

Danish Lawmaker Calls For Ban On Jet Skis After Fatal Crash
A lawmaker in Denmark has called for a ban on jet skis off the country's coasts after two American students were killed in a crash over the weekend. Kenneth Kristensen Berth of the populist Danish People's Party that supports the center-right government told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Denmark's 98 municipalities should be able to forbid jet skis. But a 2010 Supreme Court ruling allows them, citing European Union rules. Few in Denmark's Parliament back Berth's idea. Many lawmakers say rules forbidding use of recreational watercraft closer than 300 meters (330 yards) from the coast should be enforced. Tampa Tribune

US EMBASSY IN SAUDI ARABIA REMOVES ISRAEL FROM TRUMP ITINERARY
A prominent congressman accused the US State Department on Monday of conforming to Saudi Arabia's "rejectionist" public approach to Israel, after the US embassy in Riyadh appeared to edit out of a promotional video mention of US President Donald Trump's visit to both nations this month. Trump announced last week that Riyadh, Jerusalem and Rome would be his first stops abroad as president— an homage to the world's three major monotheistic religions. The State Department produced a video promoting the trip, but the embassy in Riyadh released a version that makes no mention of his stop in Israel. UPI News

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NETANYAHU THROWS STRONG SUPPORT BEHIND JEWISH NATION-STATE BILL
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his backing to the controversial Jewish nation-state bill Monday. “The bill establishes the fact that the State of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people in our historic homeland,” he said at a Likud faction meeting. “It anchors in the Israeli law our flag, our anthem and that Jerusalem is our eternal capital.” Jerusalem Post

Bill Clinton Pens First Thriller Novel With James Patterson
Former-president Bill Clinton is writing a novel about the White House, publishers announced on Monday. The President Is Missing is being written in collaboration with James Patterson, believed to be the world's best-selling living author. The publishers say the book will be "informed by details that only a President can know".
The book, which is Mr Clinton's first novel, will be released by Alfred A Knopf and Hachette in June 2018. "Working on a book about a sitting president - drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works - has been a lot of fun," said the former president. BBC

Is Work "Fair And Decent"? That's Not How The Voters See It
The head of the government's review into zero-hours contracts and the less secure world of work has said that too many businesses still allow "bad work" to flourish.
Ahead of a speech on Tuesday evening, Matthew Taylor told the BBC that workers should be "engaged" by employers and feel more in control of how they work.
"I think some business leaders understand completely the importance of good work and its link to productivity, but, as always, we have a long tail of businesses where there doesn't seem to be that understanding," he told me. BBC

FCC Claims Comment System Attacked After John Oliver's Net Neutrality Segment
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) claimed on Monday that its online comments system was attacked hours after comedian John Oliver called on viewers of his HBO series Last Week Tonight to file comments to urge the agency to protect open internet rules. The FCC’s comment system became unreachable after Oliver’s show. The FCC said the issues were related to orchestrated denial-of-service attacks, not volume of calls. Three years ago, Oliver’s call for tough “net neutrality” rules to prevent internet service providers from slowing traffic of rivals or favoring their own products or clients went viral and helped drive a record 4m comments to the FCC. Guardian

Immigrant Detention Centers Marred By 'Needless Deaths' Amid Poor Care
Raúl Ernesto Morales-Ramos, detained in California and ravaged by cancer, begged for treatment. He was given ibuprofen. Tiombe Kimana Carlos, detained in New York with chronic schizophrenia, was held in solitary confinement. She made a noose from a sheet. Manuel Cota-Domingo, detained in Arizona with untreated diabetes and pneumonia, began to have trouble breathing. Staff dithered over who should call 911. Guardian

Now Donald Trump's Daughter Tiffany Is Heading To Washington
A nother Trump is going to Washington. Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of the president, will be enrolling at Georgetown University Law School this fall, according to her brother. Eric Trump, who revealed the selection, received his undergraduate degree from the school. "Georgetown is an incredible school that has played a big role in my personal and professional development," Eric Trump told The Associated Press on Monday. "I am so proud of Tiffany and all that she has accomplished. She is an amazing young woman, a great sister and has a remarkable future ahead of her." Tiffany Trump, 23, is the daughter of Donald Trump and his second wife, Marla Maples. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, her father's alma mater, earlier this year. The White House did not respond to a request for comment about Tiffany Trump's choice of a law school. Telegraph

Stripes In Modern Life May Trigger Migraines And Seizures, Warn Scientists
But a new study suggests they might be making us ill. Scientists in the Netherlands and the US have discovered that for some people, simply looking at vertical lines, either on a static image, or in real life, can trigger a neural loop of activity in the brain. In severe cases it can lead to epilepsy, but researchers think it might also be responsible for migraines. Around one in seven people suffer migraines in Britain and the cause if often unknown. But the study authors believe that stripes in clothing, buildings or public artworks could be triggering disabling headaches, particularly in people who are already sensitive to light. Telegraph

Secret Military Space Shuttle Causes Sonic Boom Over Florida As It Lands At Kennedy Space Center
A pioneering spacecraft belonging to the United States military is reported to have landed in Florida after completing a secret mission circling earth that lasted almost two years.  The experimental X-37B space plane caused a sonic boom that surprised residents along the Florida coastline as it prepared to touch down at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre this week. Residents tweeted shocked reactions as the sky cracked loudly in the early hours of Sunday morning. Telegraph

More Than One Million Children Have Fled Escalating Violence In South Sudan
The escalating conflict in South Sudan had driven more than one million children out of the country, the United Nations announced today, warning that the future of a generation is ‘on the brink.’ “The horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this conflict has been for the country’s most vulnerable,” said Leila Pakkala, the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in a press release issued jointly with the UN refugee agency. UN News

Task Of Eradicating Poverty Must Be Met 'With A Sense Of Urgency,' Says Deputy UN Chief
Eradicating poverty remains the greatest global challenge, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said today, calling for a collective and comprehensive approach that recognizes the multidimensional nature the issue and its interaction with other aspects. “Addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, food insecurity and a sluggish and unpredictable global economy requires integrated responses and engagement by all actors,” Ms. Mohammed said at the opening of the 2017 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UN News

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