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Mario Segale, Developer Who Inspired Nintendo to Name Super Mario, Dies at 84

Mario A. Segale, a Seattle-area real estate developer who unwittingly lent his name to perhaps the most famous video game character in history — Nintendo’s Mario — died at a local hospital on Oct. 27. He was 84.Kim G. Brown, of the Marlatt Funeral Home in Kent, Wash., confirmed the death. The cause was not specified.Starting in the 1950s, Mr. Segale built a small empire in construction and real estate in Tukwila, a suburb of Seattle. Around 1980 he rented a 60,000-square-foot warehouse to Nintendo, a Japanese video-game company, as it sought to expand to the American market.In his book “Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World,”…

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Actor Alec Baldwin charged over New York parking spot fight

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin, most recently famous for his impersonations of U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged on Friday after a fight over a New York parking spot, police said. The “30 Rock” sitcom actor, 60, “assaulted someone for a parking spot that they were both going for,” New York Police Department detective Sophia Mason said. Baldwin was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment, police said. He was met by dozens of photographers and camera crews on his release from a New York police station on Friday. Representatives for Baldwin said the actor had no comment. Baldwin has enjoyed a new wave…

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Cuba lashes out at Trump administration over new sanctions

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba on Friday said new sanctions planned by the United States were a futile attempt to change its policies and would only further isolate Washington internationally. Cuba's Foreign Ministry’s director of U.S. affairs Carlos Fernandez de Cossio speaks during a news conference in Havana, Cuba, November 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre MeneghiniU.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, announced on Thursday that more than two dozen Cuban companies associated with the Communist-run island’s military or intelligence would be added to the more than 100 that Americans are already banned from doing business with or patronizing. The announcement came just an hour after 189 member…

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U.S. top court won’t halt trial over census citizenship question

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to halt a trial set to begin on Monday that will test the legality of the government’s contentious decision to ask people taking part in the 2020 national census whether they are citizens. FILE PHOTO: Wilbur L. Ross Jr., Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, speaks at the Milken Institute 21st Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoThe justices announced the action in a one-sentence order. Three conservative justices - Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch - said they would have granted the request for…

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understanding the times: How We Cover Elections: Live Polling

In an effort to shed more light on how we work, The Times is running a series of short posts explaining some of our journalistic practices. Read more of this series here.For the 2018 midterm elections, The Upshot partnered with Siena College to conduct polls in key districts and publish the results in real time (a first for any news organization). Siena has worked with The Times on other polling projects, including a handful of races in the 2016 election season. For this project, Siena employed four other call centers in the United States and Canada to call more than 2.6 million people. Back at The Times,…

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U.S. official felt ‘obligation’ to leak documents on Manafort, others: lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for a U.S. Treasury Department employee charged with leaking to a journalist confidential documents on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and others, said on Friday that his client was motivated by public service. FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S. June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoManafort and his longtime associate Rick Gates have pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to cooperate in U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference…

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Trump backtracks on suggestion U.S. troops could fire on migrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday backtracked from his suggestion a day earlier that American troops sent to the U.S. border with Mexico would be free to fire on migrants who throw rocks at them, saying that rock-throwers would only be arrested. “They won’t have to fire. What I don’t want is I don’t want these people throwing rocks,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “If they do that with us, they’re going to be arrested for a long time.” Trump’s rhetoric on shooting migrants drew criticism from human rights groups that said he was stoking fear ahead of next week’s congressional elections. Calling…

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Wall Street snaps three-day rally as Apple falls, trade optimism fades

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks snapped a three-day rally on Friday as Apple shares dropped following a disappointing forecast and the White House dampened optimism over U.S.-China trade talks. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) tumbled 6.6 percent, sending its market value below $1 trillion at the close, a day after the iPhone maker warned that sales for the crucial holiday quarter may miss expectations. Apple in August had become the first publicly listed U.S. company with a $1 trillion market value. The forecast dragged down shares of Apple’s U.S. suppliers, mostly chipmakers, and pushed the S&P technology sector .SPLRCT down 1.9 percent. “The tone was set by Apple’s…

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Exclusive: Twitter deletes over 10,000 accounts that sought to discourage U.S. voting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday’s U.S. election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company. A voting official hands back an early voter his ID in Valdosta, Georgia, U.S., October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant“We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesman said in an email. The removals took place in late September and early October. Twitter removed more than 10,000 accounts, according to three sources familiar with the Democrats’ effort. The number is modest, considering…

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U.S. judge refuses to delay suit against Trump over foreign payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to delay a lawsuit alleging that his business dealings have violated a constitutional anti-corruption provision, moving the case toward the crucial evidence-gathering process. FILE PHOTO: U.S. flags fly over the Trump International Hotel in Washington, U.S., August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoU.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Greenbelt, Maryland ruled against the administration’s request to bring an expedited appeal of previous rulings that allowed the case to proceed and its bid to halt the lawsuit’s discovery process, evidence-gathering that could force disclosure of Trump’s financial records. The lawsuit, filed by the…

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