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FBI probe of Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh ‘incomplete’: Feinstein

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said on Thursday that the FBI report on sexual miscondut allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was the “product of an incomplete investigation.” U.S. Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-NY) arrives to speak to reporters about the FBI's investigation of sexual assault allegations surrounding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas“The most notable part of this report is what’s not in it,” Feinstein said, adding that Kavanaugh, his accuser Christine Blasey Ford and several witnesses had not been…

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U.S. Treasuries sell-off has ripple effect across globe, stocks sink

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A two-day unloading of U.S. Treasuries pushed their yields to multi-year peaks on Thursday as robust economic data and hawkish speeches by Federal Reserve officials stoked concerns about inflation, hitting Wall Street and stock markets globally. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidThe yield on the benchmark 10-year note hit a seven-year high of 3.232 percent following data released the previous day that was seen as increasing the odds a Friday payrolls report would also be stronger than expected. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the economy can…

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U.S. agency saw sharp rise in sexual harassment complaints after #MeToo

(Reuters) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Thursday that the number of sexual harassment complaints workers filed with the agency over the past year rose for the first time in nearly a decade, attributing the increase to the #MeToo movement. FILE PHOTO: A vendor sells #MeToo badges a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California U.S. November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonThe commission said the number of complaints, known as charges, filed in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 rose more than 12 percent over the previous year, when it received about 6,700. It said the…

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Onetime rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight sentenced to 28 years for manslaughter

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was sentenced in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday to 28 years in prison for manslaughter in the death of a man he ran over with his pickup truck outside a hamburger stand in 2015. Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight appears in court to formally receive his 28-year prison sentence for a manslaughter conviction in the fatal 2015 hit-and-run killing of a man he ran down with his pickup truck in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 4, 2018. David McNew/EPA/Pool via REUTERSThe sentence appeared to forestall any chance of a future recording business comeback for Knight,…

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Apple, Amazon deny Bloomberg report on Chinese hardware attack

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) denied a Bloomberg report on Thursday that their systems had been infiltrated by malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence, according to statements from the companies released by Bloomberg. FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. store is seen on the day of the new iPhone 7 smartphone launch in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoBloomberg Businessweek cited 17 unidentified intelligence and company sources as saying that Chinese spies had placed computer chips inside equipment used by about 30 companies and multiple U.S. government agencies, which would give Beijing secret access to internal networks. Representatives of…

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U.S. indicts Russians in hacking of nuclear company Westinghouse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday charged seven Russian intelligence officers with conspiring to hack computers and steal data from the nuclear energy company Westinghouse Electric Co as well as anti-doping watchdogs, sporting federations and an international agency probing the use of chemical weapons. The charges of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and to commit wire fraud and money laundering came hours after Dutch authorities said they had disrupted an attempt by Russian intelligence agents to hack into the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in April. That organization is tasked with probing the use of chemical weapons in Syria and…

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Brazil’s next president to struggle for base in Congress

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Whoever wins Brazil’s presidential race this month will inherit a fiscal straight jacket and a drifting economy in urgent need of repair - but will have no governing coalition in Congress to pass reforms. FILE PHOTO: A combination of file photos shows presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro (L) attending a television debate at the Rede TV studio in Osasco, Brazil August 17, 2018, and presidential candidate Fernando Haddad attending a televised debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/Nacho Doce/File PhotoOn Sunday, Brazilians will vote for the president, all 513 members of the lower house of Congress, and two-thirds of the 81-member Senate.…

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Five senators hold keys to Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court bid

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hinge on the votes of a handful of senators: three Republicans and two Democrats. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) takes part in a discussion "Can our Democracy Survive?" at The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute's 2018 Atlantic Festival in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueThe Senate on Thursday was reviewing an FBI report on allegations of misconduct by Kavanaugh that have jeopardized his selection for a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court. [nL2N1WK07H] It was not immediately clear if the report,…

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U.S. plans to rewrite rules that impede self-driving cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is moving ahead with plans to revise safety rules that bar fully self-driving cars from the roads without equipment like steering wheels, pedals and mirrors, according to a document seen by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks at the Concordia Summit in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonThe auto safety agency, known as NHTSA, “intends to reconsider the necessity and appropriateness of its current safety standards” as applied to automated vehicles, the U.S. Transportation Department said in an 80-page update of its principles dubbed “Automated Vehicles 3.0” being made public on…

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Lilly’s diabetes drug data impresses, hurts rival Novo’s shares

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co (LLY.N) said on Thursday its new two-in-one diabetes drug was successful in lowering blood sugar and reducing weight, sending its shares to a record high and weighing on those of arch-rival Novo Nordisk (NOVOb.CO). FILE PHOTO: The logo and ticker for Eli Lilly and Co. are displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoThe novel drug targets two key gut hormones at the same time, and could pose a threat to currently available single-hormone drugs, which form a large and growing part of Novo’s business.…

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