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Shanahan's confirmation hearing for defense secretary delayed amid FBI investigation

Shanahan's confirmation hearing for defense secretary delayed amid FBI investigationPatrick Shanahan is facing a protracted FBI investigation that has delayed his Senate hearing until at least next month. With Shanahans confirmation on hold, press reports have questioned his relationship with the president, and the Pentagon has been fielding press queries about his personal life.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:22:28 -0400
Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122

Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122A strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said. The Yibin city government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts Tuesday morning. Xinhua news agency said rescue efforts were underway in the stricken area.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:53:10 -0400
AOC: Hyde Amendment Is about Income Inequality Not Abortion

AOC: Hyde Amendment Is about Income Inequality Not AbortionRepresentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Sunday praised former vice president Joe Biden for his recently announced opposition to the Hyde amendment and said that her own opposition to the prohibition on the direct federal funding of abortion is rooted in her concern about income inequality.Im encourage by the fact that he is now against the Hyde Amendment, Ocasio-Cortez told ABCs Jonathan Karl when asked about Bidensrecent reversalon the issue.Ocasio-Cortez, who launched a petition over the weekend to build public support for the amendment's repeal, went on to explain that the direct federal funding of abortion is necessary to protect the abortion rights of incarcerated pregnant women.Reproductive health care for incarcerated women should be guaranteed as it is with all women in the United States, so I think it really depends, said the freshman New York lawmaker. More from her remarks:&> And thats really what the Hyde amendment is really about. The Hyde amendment isnt about abortion per se. The Hyde amendment is truly about equality of healthcare and healthcare access for low income women and women of color and women that get caught in our mass incarceration system. And so the Hyde amendment is about income inequality and its about womens healthcare in a system of income inequality. So I think that we need to repeal it.After maintaining support for the Hyde amendment throughout his decades-long career in politics, Biden reversed himself last month in response to pressure from abortion-advocacy groups.If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code, Biden said at a Democratic National Committee gala in Atlanta, citing the restrictive abortion bills recently passed in a number of southern states as the impetus for his reversal.Biden's high-profile reversal on the Hyde amendment prompted an outpouring of public statements from his 2020 Democratic primary opponents about the need to repeal the amendment, which has been added as a rider to federal spending bills in the decades since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:43:59 -0400
Argentina Isnt Ruling Out a Cyberattack in Major Power Outage

Argentina Isnt Ruling Out a Cyberattack in Major Power Outage(Bloomberg) -- Argentina said it isnt ruling out a cyberattack after what President Mauricio Macri called an unprecedented power blackout struck five South American countries on Sunday.Macri said Argentina is investigating the incident, which began with an as yet unexplained fault in its power grid that led to outages in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.Though a cyberattack isnt the primary hypothesis, it cant be ruled out, Argentine Energy Secretary Gustavo Lopetegui told reporters in Buenos Aires. A technical issue or simple humidity could have triggered the breakdown, said Carlos Garcia Pereira, head of Transener, Argentinas largest power-transmission operator.This morning, a fault in the coastal transmission system caused a power outage in the entire country, whose cause we cannot yet determine precisely, Macri said in a series of comments on Twitter. This is an unprecedented case that will be thoroughly investigated.Paraguays National Electricity Administration said the breakdown began with an as yet unexplained event in Argentinas power network, which led to a fault that disconnected all generators at the Yacyreta hydroelectric dam from the regional grid on Sunday morning.Underscoring the vulnerability of cross-border grids to local glitches, the outage disrupted regional elections in Argentina and cut off power for millions in South Americas second-biggest economy. The integrated nature of the regional grid meant that the interruption also affected Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, Uruguayan state utility UTE said in a statement.That chain of events was abnormal, Lopetegui said.Governor RacesElectricity was restored in about half of the affected areas in Argentina by 2:30 p.m., more than seven hours later, and is now 100% restored, according to the Energy Ministry. Power has been restored to 99% of clients in Uruguay, according to state-owned utility UTE.The blackout delayed voting Sunday in gubernatorial elections in Argentinas provinces of Santa Fe, Formosa, and San Luis. Voters marked ballots by candlelight or using their mobile phones as flashlights amid an emergency protocol, newspaper Clarin reported.Gubernatorial elections in Tierra del Fuego in the south were unaffected by the outage because the province is separate from the rest of the countrys grid.Businesses that were normally open on Sundays stayed shut. Phone service also was intermittent. Several panoramic photos shared on social media showed huge swaths of Buenos Aires with no lights on.When I started my work we didnt have any electricity in the building, the streets were empty, not a single business was open, Buenos Aires resident Maria Carrera said by phone around noon. I havent been able to cook breakfast, and we still dont have any power.The outage was set off by a fault affecting Yacyretas transmission system, causing power to be cut automatically and triggering a grid failure at 7:07 a.m. in Argentina, the Energy Secretariat said. That incident led to generators at a hydroelectric plant on the border of both Paraguay and Argentina suddenly going off-line.(A previous version of this story was corrected with the accurate countries.)\--With assistance from Fabiola Moura, Ken Parks, Patrick Gillespie and Cormac Mullen.To contact the reporters on this story: Amy Stillman in Mexico City at astillman7@bloomberg.net;Jorgelina do Rosario in Buenos Aires at jdorosario@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Ludden at jludden@bloomberg.net, Tony Czuczka, Matthew G. MillerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:32:10 -0400
UPDATE 3-China's President Xi to visit North Korea this week

UPDATE 3-China's President Xi to visit North Korea this weekChinese President Xi Jinping will visit North Korea for two days from Thursday, state media in both countries reported on Monday, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years. Neighbouring China is reclusive North Korea's only major ally, and the visit comes amid renewed tensions between the United States and North Korea over efforts to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:42:55 -0400
Daring maneuver brings NASAs orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever before

Daring maneuver brings NASAs orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever beforeNASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the space rock known as Bennu since the start of the year. It caught up with the asteroid in late December of 2018 and successfully inserted itself into orbit around the object around New Year's day. There have been several "firsts" along the way, but its latest maneuver is the most daring yet, and it allowed the spacecraft to break yet another record.A recent tweak to its orbit has brought the probe to an orbit of just 680 meters, or around 2,230 feet from the asteroid's surface. This is now the closest that any manmade spacecraft has orbited any planetary body.It's a stellar achievement for NASA, but it's worth noting that the previous record was actually already held by the OSIRIS-REx probe. What NASA did was break its own record and set itself even farther ahead from any competition to come in the future.This new orbit, which the research team calls the Orbital B phase, will give scientists a better understanding of the asteroid's surface and hopefully allow NASA to choose a suitable location where the probe can briefly snag a sample of its material.Actually pulling off such a daring maneuver will be incredibly risky, and nobody is quite sure if the spacecraft can make it happen. This is due in large part to the incredibly messy surface of Bennu, which surprised scientists when they got their first close look. The asteroid's surface is littered with debris ranging from tiny pebbles to massive boulders, and the spacecraft's handlers now have to find the safest place on the rock from which to gather a sample.Assuming it pulls off the sample grab, the probe will then leave Bennu and return to Earth with the sample material stowed safely for scientists on Earth to examine.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:44:30 -0400
Intense Garlic Hack Has Captivated the Internet and People Have Never Been More Pumped to Peel

Intense Garlic Hack Has Captivated the Internet and People Have Never Been More Pumped to PeelThis is a life-changing hack for garlic lovers

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:53:32 -0400
Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air Show

Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air ShowBoeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will have his work cut out for him at the Paris Air Show this week as he tries to reassure airlines and industry partners over the fate of its flagship 737 MAX plane, indefinitely grounded after two fatal crashes.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:47:03 -0400
A call of peace 24 hours after deadly shooting at graduation party

A call of peace 24 hours after deadly shooting at graduation party"Peace Not Guns!" That was the rally cry for community leaders and activists as they walked through the Southwest neighborhood where a gunman opened fire at a graduation party Sunday night.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:58:43 -0400
Morsi: from Egypt election triumph to death as inmate

Morsi: from Egypt election triumph to death as inmateMohamed Morsi, who died Monday aged 67, was Egypt's first democratically elected president but spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising before the army toppled him. The Islamist's overthrow was followed by a brutal crackdown that killed hundreds of supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood movement and dealt a major blow to political Islam. Morsi was sentenced to death in May 2015 for his role in jailbreaks during the uprising that ousted his predecessor, longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:54:33 -0400
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