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Final proposal: UK PM Johnson to unveil Brexit offer to EU

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday unveil his final Brexit offer to the European Union and make clear that if Brussels does not engage with the proposal, Britain will not negotiate further and will leave on Oct. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares his keynote speech which he will deliver to the Conservative party conference tomorrow, in Manchester, Britain October 1, 2019. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERSIn his closing speech to his governing Conservatives’ annual conference, Johnson will stick to his hard line on Brexit, offering the party faithful the first details of what he will describe as his “fair and reasonable…

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Congress and Trump Agreed They Want a National Privacy Law. It Is Nowhere in Sight.

WASHINGTON — A rare thing emerged in Washington early this year: agreement. Republicans and Democrats in Congress, as well as the Trump White House, all said they wanted a new federal law to protect people’s online privacy. Numerous tech companies urged them on.And they had a deadline. With a broad California privacy law set to go into effect early next year, many federal lawmakers and the tech companies wanted to get ahead of it and avoid having state-by-state rules.But after months of talks, a national privacy law is nowhere in sight.The window to pass a law this year is now quickly closing. Lawmakers continue to disagree on…

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Ex-New York congressman pleads guilty in insider trading case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chris Collins, a former U.S. Congressman from New York state who was known as an early backer of President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to taking part in an insider trading scheme. Chris Collins, former U.S. Representative for New York's 27th congressional district departs after pleading guilty at Federal Court in New York City, New York, U.S., October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonCollins, 69, entered his plea to charges of conspiracy and making false statements to investigators before U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan the day after he resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He faces a maximum of…

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With liberal bloc aging, Trump may get more Supreme Court appointments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With 86-year-old liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg enduring a series of health scares, the question of whether President Donald Trump will get to make yet another U.S. Supreme Court appointment before the 2020 election lingers as the nine justices prepare to begin their new term next week. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg waves to guests after a reception where she was presented with a honorary doctoral degree at the University of Buffalo School of Law in Buffalo, New York, U.S., August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario/File PhotoThe justices, held a private conference on Tuesday to discuss taking new cases after a…

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Wall Street tumbles as factory activity hits 10-year low

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Dow suffered their worst tumbles in over a month on Tuesday after data showed U.S. factory activity shrank in September to its weakest in over a decade, ratcheting up fears that the U.S.-China trade war is hobbling the world’s largest economy. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidInvestors moved to the safety of U.S. Treasuries after the ISM report showed its manufacturing activity index at 47.8, falling further from August’s sharp contraction and below economists’ expectations of 50.1. A reading below 50 indicates contraction. With…

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Ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger guilty in wrong-apartment murder

DALLAS (Reuters) - A Dallas jury found former police officer Amber Guyger guilty on Tuesday of murder when she accidentally walked into a neighbor’s apartment thinking it was her own and shot him dead as he ate ice cream. The Sept. 6, 2018, killing of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black PwC accountant, by a white officer sparked street protests, particularly when prosecutors initially opted to bring the lesser charge of manslaughter against Guyger, 31. “We the jury unanimously find the defendant Amber Guyger guilty of murder as charged in the indictment,” Judge Tammy Kemp read aloud to the courtroom from the jurors’ statement. A sob cut the…

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Explainer: Barr gives top priority to investigating the investigators of Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr is personally involved in investigating President Donald Trump’s complaints that he and his campaign were improperly targeted by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies during the 2016 election campaign. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr participates in a presentation ceremony of the Medal of Valor and heroic commendations to civilians and police officers who responded to mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Erin ScottBarr earlier this year began to investigate the investigators who looked into whether his campaign…

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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris raises $11.6 million in third quarter, trailing previous haul

FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks at the One Iowa and GLAAD LGBTQ Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott MorganWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris raised $11.6 million for her presidential campaign in the third quarter, a slight dip from the $11.8 million she raised in the previous quarter. Harris, who has sputtered in public opinion polls and failed to build traction over the past quarter, ended September with $10 million in cash. Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Tom BrownOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Exclusive: Comcast emerges as new Google antitrust foe – sources

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp, one of America’s largest media and communications companies, is wading into the epic regulatory pile-on against big tech companies such as Google, according to people familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO: The NBC and Comcast logos are displayed on 30 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan in New York, U.S., February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File PhotoBehind the closed doors of a congressional task force last month, Comcast’s video ads division FreeWheel accused Alphabet Inc’s Google of using privacy concerns as a pretext to limit FreeWheel’s ability to sell ads on behalf of its clients’ YouTube channels, four people briefed on the…

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U.S. presidential hopeful Sanders raises $25.3 million, Buttigieg $19 million in third quarter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg released strong third-quarter fundraising totals on Tuesday that are likely to place them near the top of the Democratic field, with Sanders bringing in $25.3 million and Buttigieg $19.1 million. Senator Kamala Harris, who has watched her poll numbers drop off in the third quarter, announced she raised $11.6 million in the third quarter, a slight drop from the $11.8 million she raised the previous quarter. Senator Cory Booker, who has languished in the low single-digits in polls, reported that he raised more than $6 million from July through September. They were the first of the…

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