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U.S. withdraws from international accords, says U.N. world court ‘politicized’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about U.S. policies, the latest withdrawal by Washington from multilateral accords. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton answers a question from a reporter about how he refers to Palestine during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Leah MillisThe U.S. national security adviser John Bolton slammed the highest United Nations tribunal as “politicized and ineffective” as he announced that the United States would review all international agreements that could expose it to binding…

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As U.S. bond market swoons, Fed policymakers sanguine, for now

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers continue to signal that gradual U.S. interest rate hikes will be enough to tame inflation despite a fast-growing economy, even as a jump in longer-term borrowing costs suggests investors may be increasingly nervous about that rosy scenario. FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File PhotoYields on U.S. Treasuries jumped on Wednesday, lifted by data showing strength in the U.S. job market and service sector. Investors, long skeptical that the Fed would be able to tighten policy as much as planned, seemed to come around as bets rose for two…

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Tech We’re Using: Setting Up Your Tech on the Assumption You’ll Be Hacked

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Sheera Frenkel, a technology reporter in San Francisco, discussed the tech she’s using.Q. You cover cybersecurity and are extra careful about the security of your devices, apps and communications. What does your setup look like?A. I go into this job every day assuming that I’ve already been hacked. Being on the defensive keeps me vigilant about where I’ve left myself vulnerable in my day-to-day use of my phone, laptop and other tech. If an email would be super embarrassing to me if it leaked, maybe I would be better off not…

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Utah man arrested over envelopes mailed to U.S. officials: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Utah man was taken into custody on Wednesday as a suspect in the investigation of letters sent to Pentagon officials and President Donald Trump that were initially feared to contain the poison ricin, a law enforcement source said. FILE PHOTO: The Pentagon in Washington, U.S., is seen from aboard Air Force One, March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoWilliam Clyde Allen III was arrested in Logan, Utah on a probable cause warrant, but charges were not likely until Friday, the source said. A Federal Bureau of Investigation statement in Salt Lake City said the agency was investigating “potentially hazardous chemicals” in Logan, which is…

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Trump administration asks top U.S. court to intervene in census suit

(Reuters) - The Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to block a lower court order for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be questioned by lawyers for a group of states challenging a decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to ask people taking part in the 2020 census whether they are citizens. FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court is seen ahead of the start of it's new term in Washington, U.S., October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File PhotoU.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan ruled on Sept. 21 that Ross, whose department oversees the Census Bureau, must face a deposition by lawyers for the states because…

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EBay Claims Amazon Illegally Tried to Poach Top Sellers

SEATTLE — EBay claims Amazon has illegally tried to lure top sellers off its marketplace by exploiting its internal messaging system.The e-commerce site said it was tipped off to the situation last month by an eBay seller who had been contacted by an Amazon representative. An early investigation by eBay found at least 50 Amazon representatives had sent hundreds of solicitation messages over the last several years. The Amazon contacts came from multiple countries, including the United States and Britain.EBay sent a cease-and-desist letter to Amazon on Monday outlining its claims. The Amazon representatives, eBay said, seemed to know that their use of its messaging system violated…

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Police Use Fitbit Data to Charge 90-Year-Old Man in Stepdaughter’s Killing

“From doorbell security footage to Fitbit, technology engineered to solve some of life’s issues are solving serious crimes,” said Jeff Rosen, the district attorney for Santa Clara County. “We are continually inspired by law enforcement investigators who are thinking outside of the box.”In the San Jose case, the police said their investigation used a combination of video surveillance and data from Ms. Navarra’s Fitbit, an Alta HR device, which she wore on her left wrist and synchronized with a computer in her home, where she lived alone.On Sept. 13, a co-worker of Ms. Navarra’s went to the house to check on her because she had not showed…

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Presidential test alert sets American phones buzzing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Millions of U.S. cell phones buzzed and beeped on Wednesday during the first test of a presidential alert system that would warn the public of a national emergency, such as an imminent attack. The test message from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) went out at 2:18 p.m. EDT and triggered a loud tone, a special vibration and a message reading: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” A separate alert on television and radios was issued at 2:20 p.m. EDT. Officials estimated Tuesday that upwards of 225 million U.S. mobile phones and other devices like…

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Senate moderates criticize Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three moderate Republicans who could be pivotal in determining whether the Senate confirms U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday for mocking a woman who has accused the judge of sexual assault. Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were among the lawmakers who objected to Trump’s comments regarding Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor from California who detailed her sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh at an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn, said the FBI’s report on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh could be given to senators as soon…

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Global stocks firm, U.S. Treasury yields soar, oil at four-year high

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock markets around the world were up slightly on Wednesday amid signs that Italy would cut its budget deficits in coming years, but U.S. Treasuries yields hit multi-year highs after strong U.S. jobs data, while oil prices saw 4-year highs ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran exports. FILE PHOTO: A man looks at an electronic board displaying stock index outside a bank in downtown Milan June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to a record high helped by U.S. data showing private sector payrolls saw the biggest monthly gain since February. Financial stocks gained from a…

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