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Friend of Ohio mass shooter faces federal charges for allegedly lying on gun form

(Reuters) - A friend of the Ohio man who killed nine people in Dayton was charged on Monday with lying about his drug use on a form when he bought a gun and told authorities that he bought body armor and firearm accessories for the shooter, a federal prosecutor said. The Aug. 4 attack, which ended when police shot and killed the gunman, 24-year-old Connor Betts, was one of three-high profile mass shootings over three weeks that stunned the United States and stoked its long-running debate on gun rights. The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Benjamin Glassman, charged Betts’ friend, Ethan Kollie, 24, with…

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Trump adviser Bolton: U.S. would enthusiastically support a UK choice for no-deal Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday during a visit to London aimed at reassuring Britain over UK-U.S. ties. Bolton told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that President Donald Trump wants to see a successful British exit from the European Union on Oct. 31 and that Washington will be ready to work fast on a U.S.-UK free trade agreement. Johnson wants the EU to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s exit ahead of an Oct. 31 departure date, but the EU says it will…

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Trump Administration weakens U.S. wildlife protections, states and conservationists to sue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump Administration took steps on Monday to significantly weaken the U.S. Endangered Species Act, prompting state attorneys general and conservation groups to threaten legal action to protect at-risk species. The 1970s-era Act is credited with bringing back from the brink of extinction species such as bald eagles, gray whales and grizzly bears, but the law has long been a source of frustration for drilling and mining companies, and other industries because new listings can put vast areas of land off-limits to development. The weakening of the Act’s protections is one of many moves by U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, to roll back…

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Macri vows to win second term after Argentine peso crashes on primary results

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri vowed on Monday to win a second term despite a surprisingly strong performance by the opposition in the primary election that set off a shockwave through markets, crashing the peso currency and sending stocks and bonds tumbling. Macri said he would “reverse” the result of Sunday’s primary, but acknowledged that a weaker peso triggered by the surge in support for Peronist opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez and his running mate former President Cristina Fernandez would fuel inflation. The peso closed 15% weaker at 53.5 per U.S. dollar after plunging some 30% to a record low earlier in the day after…

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Factbox: Argentina’s Fernandez could review IMF deal, impose capital controls

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - A resounding victory by Argentina’s center-left opposition leader Alberto Fernández in Sunday’s primary election alarmed investors with the prospect he could roll back President Mauricio Macri’s business friendly agenda if he wins October’s presidential vote. FILE PHOTO: Presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez speaks during the primary elections, at a cultural centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 11, 2019. REUTERS/Agustin MarcarianBelow are Fernandez’s positions on the key economic issues facing South America’s second-largest economy, which is battling recession, runaway inflation and rising poverty levels. INFLATION Fernandez, regarded as a moderate within the Peronist movement, has proposed an economic and social pact to combat inflation, which…

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New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor. The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump’s leading aide on immigration, Stephen Miller, takes effect Oct. 15. It would reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas if they fail to meet high enough income standards or if they receive public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid. “The Trump administration is trying to bypass Congress and implement its own merit based-immigration system. It’s really a backdoor…

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Wall Street falls on geopolitical tensions, recession fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dropped in a broad sell-off on Monday as simmering geopolitical tensions spooked equity investors and drove a bond market rally while the protracted U.S.-China trade war stoked fears of impending recession. All three major U.S. stock indexes closed sharply lower in light trading, with little to soothe market jitters over Hong Kong protests, Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s primary election defeat, and the U.S.-China tariff dispute that has rattled markets for months. “The stock market’s selling off because the bond market is rallying like crazy,” said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. “There’s a flight to…

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Verizon to sell Tumblr to WordPress owner

FILE PHOTO: The Tumblr application is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration photo March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said on Monday it would sell its blogging website Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of popular online-publishing tool WordPress.com. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal. Verizon Media Group, formerly called Oath, is the digital media umbrella that owns more than 50 brands, including HuffPost, TechCrunch and Tumblr. Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo for more than $1 billion in 2013 and Verizon acquired it as part of its deal for Yahoo in 2015. Reporting by Sayanti Chakraborty in…

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Pennsylvania judges skeptical of Cosby effort to reverse sex assault conviction

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A trio of Pennsylvania judges on Monday appeared deeply skeptical of Bill Cosby’s effort to have his sexual assault conviction overturned, as the comedian’s lawyers argued in court that the trial judge had deprived him of a fair trial. Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after his first day of sentencing hearings in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jessica KourkounisThe judicial panel in Superior Court in Harrisburg, the state capital, posed their toughest questions to Cosby’s lawyers during a hearing that lasted less than an hour while state prosecutors seemed to receive a…

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U.S. attorney general cites ‘irregularities’ at jail where Epstein died

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday criticized “serious irregularities” at the federal prison where Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide, adding that the sex-trafficking investigation involving the disgraced financier would continue. “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, said at an event in New Orleans. Epstein was found dead on Saturday, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14. He was…

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