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Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan and Others From Its Services

SAN FRANCISCO — After years of wavering about how to handle the extreme voices populating its platform, Facebook on Thursday evicted seven of its most controversial users — many of whom are conservatives — immediately inflaming the debate about the power and accountability of large technology companies.The social network said it had barred Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and founder of Infowars, from its platform, along with a handful of other extremists. Louis Farrakhan, the outspoken black nationalist minister who has frequently been criticized for his anti-Semitic remarks, was also banned. The Silicon Valley company said these users were disallowed from using Facebook and Instagram under its…

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Scientology cruise ship quarantined in St. Lucia gets measles vaccine

(Reuters) - Health officials for the Caribbean island of St. Lucia furnished 100 free doses of measles vaccine to a Church of Scientology cruise ship placed under quarantine in port after the highly contagious disease was diagnosed on board, the island’s chief medical officer said on Thursday. A 440-foot ship owned and operated by the Church of Scientology, SMV Freewinds, is docked under quarantine from a measles outbreak in port near Castries, St. Lucia, May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Micah George St. Lucia health officials have confirmed one case of measles aboard the ship that has been docked in a port near the island nation’s capital Castries since Tuesday,…

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Venezuela court issues warrant for opposition figure Lopez as Maduro seeks to show military loyalty

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s leadership made a show of unity with top military chiefs on Thursday and a court issued an arrest warrant for an opposition figure as the ruling socialists pushed back against U.S.-backed attempts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. Flanked by his defense minister and military operations chief, Maduro said in a televised national address that the armed forces were “united, cohesive and subordinate to their constitutional mandate,” after opposition leader Juan Guaido urged the military this week to join him to oust Maduro. Maduro was also seeking to reject claims by the United States and the opposition that the armed forces high command was…

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Baltimore mayor resigns following federal raids over book scandal

(Reuters) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, whose home and offices were raided by federal law enforcement last week amid questions over her financial dealings, abruptly resigned on Thursday. Pugh, a Democrat and former state lawmaker, apologized in a statement read by her lawyer for harming the city’s image. “I am confident that I have left the city in capable hands for the duration of the term to which I was elected,” Pugh, 69, said in her resignation letter. City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young becomes acting mayor. Pugh’s statement and formal resignation letter were read by her attorney, Steve Silverman, at a news conference outside his office…

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Founder, execs of drug company guilty in conspiracy that fed opioid crisis

BOSTON (Reuters) - The founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc on Thursday became the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executive to be convicted in a case tied to the U.S. opioid crisis, when he and four colleagues were found guilty of participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive painkiller. FILE PHOTO: John Kapoor (R), the billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc., leaves the federal courthouse during the trial accusing Insys executives of a wide-ranging scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive opioid medication, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., March 13, 2019. Picture taken March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Brian SnyderA federal jury in Boston found John Kapoor, the drugmaker’s…

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Beyond Meat’s Share Price Surges on First Day of Trading

The share price of Beyond Meat surged 163 percent on Thursday in the company’s first day of trading on Wall Street, signaling surprising interest in a new generation of companies that are creating plant-based alternatives to meat.Beyond Meat, which makes vegetarian burgers and sausages, began trading at $25 a share on the Nasdaq stock exchange and ended the day at $65.75.The stock’s first-day pop is one of the biggest in recent I.P.O. history. In the last decade, only two other companies — both of them biotech start-ups — had bigger increases on their first days of trading on major American stock markets, according to data from the…

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Brazil vice president says Guaido’s attempted uprising not a good idea

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s attempt to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was not the best decision and likely premature, Brazil’s Vice President Hamilton Mourao told reporters on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourao looks on near Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro during an award ceremony for the Order of Military Judicial Merit, in Brasilia, Brazil March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File PhotoMourao, a retired army general, said in a radio interview that he thinks there are cracks emerging in the lower ranks of the Venezuelan armed forces, but not among the commanders that Guaido had hoped would abandon Maduro and join the opposition.…

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Cracks appear in U.S. bipartisan unity on Venezuela

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s tough approach to Venezuela has won broad support from both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress, but this rare display of bipartisan consensus is starting to show signs of strain as the crisis in the OPEC nation drags on. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Fausto Torrealba Members of both parties remain in agreement that Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolas Maduro must go. They credit the Trump administration for helping to forge an international coalition that recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president. But after Guaido’s latest calls for a…

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Tesla ends ‘Spartan diet,’ seeks up to $2.3 billion from share, debt issues

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc will raise up to $2.3 billion in new capital, renouncing what Elon Musk called a “Spartan diet” and easing Wall Street concerns about the money-losing company’s ability to overcome a drop in sales and build new product lines. Tesla’s plan to issue debt and convertible shares comes after the company repeatedly pushed back forecasts for turning a profit. The company faces expensive challenges, including launching production in China, overhauling its U.S. retail and service operations and developing new models, including the high-volume Model Y SUV and a Semi commercial truck. Many analysts had calculated that Tesla - which burned through $1.5…

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These Smart Devices Protect Your Home While You’re on Vacation

It was at our mortgage closing, when the seller received an eye-popping $900 final water bill, that I first developed FOGA: The Fear of Going Away. Apparently, when they vacated the house, a couple of running toilets and a leaky faucet had gone undetected, draining more than 47,000 gallons in a single month — about eight times more than normal. As with the wisdom about liberty, it seemed the price of homeownership would be eternal vigilance.The lesson was reaffirmed that winter. Shortly after arriving for a Presidents’ Day weekend ski vacation in the Poconos, I received The Call: Our renter had pulled the battery from the chirping…

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