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NYT Adds Correction To Latest Kavanaugh Report

The Hill reports: The New York Times on Monday added a correction to a report accusing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The correction notes that friends of the woman allegedly involved in the incident with Kavanaugh during law school say she does not recall it. The Times in the story published Saturday reported a former classmate of …

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Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma Files For Bankruptcy

The New York Times reports: Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, the drug widely seen as igniting the opioid crisis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday night, a move at the center of the company’s efforts to shield itself and its owners from more than 2,600 federal and state lawsuits. The terms of the filing, which include a proposed resolution …

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Ric Ocasek, Frontman For The Cars, Dies At Age 75

The Associated Press reports: Ric Ocasek, The Cars frontman whose deadpan vocal delivery and lanky, sunglassed look defined a rock era with chart-topping hits like “Just What I Needed,” was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment. The New York Police Department said that officers found the 75-year-old Ocasek at about 4 p.m. after responding to a 911 call. …

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New Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Kavanaugh

Business Insider reports: A former college classmate of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tried to tip off US senators and the FBI last year to another previously unreported sexual misconduct allegation, The New York Times reported Saturday. According to the newspaper, a former Yale student named Max Stier said he saw Kavanaugh at a drunken dorm party where his friends …

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California Lawmakers Approve Statewide Rent Cap Bill

The New York Times reports: California lawmakers approved a statewide rent cap on Wednesday covering millions of tenants, the biggest step yet in a surge of initiatives to address an affordable-housing crunch nationwide. The bill limits annual rent increases to 5 percent after inflation and offers new barriers to eviction, providing a bit of housing security in a state with …

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Opioid Dealer Purdue To Pay $12B, Declare Bankruptcy

The Associated Press reports: Attorneys for some 2,000 local governments say they have agreed to a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation’s opioid crisis. Attorney Paul Farrell said in a text message Wednesday that they have agreed to a deal that has been on the table for several weeks. Sources with direct knowledge …

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LIVE RESULTS: North Carolina US House Election

The New York Times reports: Few races are as convoluted as the one in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, which is — 10 months after Election Day 2018 — the last vote of the midterm elections. Polls show an extremely close race between State Senator Dan Bishop, a Republican, and the entrepreneur Dan McCready, a Democrat. Mr. McCready appeared to …

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Apples Launches iPhone 11 With $699 Starting Price

I’m sure this all means something: At its September event today, Apple has officially unveiled the successor to the iPhone XR. The new iPhone 11 packs a dual-camera and more.  The iPhone 11 camera setup includes wide and ultra-wide lenses, rather than wide and telephoto like many people had assumed. This gives users the ability to adjust cropping and zooming …

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LIVE VIDEO: Apple Unveils Latest iPhone Models

Gizmodo reports: Get ready to be blown away (or disappointed) as Apple gears up for its latest big iPhone announcement. We’re expecting to see updates to all three of the iPhones in Apple’s current lineup and possibly some updates on Apple Watch, iPad, and MacBook. We also expect to talk about cameras. A lot. The iPhone rumors so far have …

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Netanyahu Vows To Annex West Bank With US Help

NBC News reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that he may annex the Jordan Valley and other parts of the occupied West Bank “in coordination” with the United States — a move that risks shattering the fragile status quo in the volatile region. “This is a historic opportunity to apply sovereignty to communities in Judea and Samaria,” he …

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College Turns Bullied Kid’s Design Into Official Shirt

ABC News reports: A Florida boy who was bullied and laughed at for his homemade T-shirt representing the University of Tennessee Volunteers at his elementary school’s college colors day has not only had his design made official by the university – but the demand for the product is so high that it crashed the school’s website. It all started when …

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Rep. Justin Amash Blasts Trump Over Taliban Invitation

Politico reports: Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) on Sunday denounced President Trump for inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David for peace talks just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “How about we end the war without inviting the Taliban to dinner on the week of 9/11?” Amash, an Independent who left the GOP earlier this year, said …

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Telemarketing Exec Guilty In $1.2 Billion Medicare Scam

From the Department of Justice: The owner and chief executive officer (CEO) of a telemedicine company pleaded guilty today for his role in one of the largest health care fraud schemes ever investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and prosecuted by the Department of Justice, which resulted …

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Progressive News Site ThinkProgress Shuts Down

The Daily Beast reports: ThinkProgress, the influential news site that rose to prominence in the shadow of the Bush administration and helped define progressivism during the Obama years, is shutting down. The outlet, which served as an editorially independent project of the Democratic Party think tank Center for American Progress, will stop current operations on Friday and be converted into …

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Dorian Batters North Carolina’s Outer Banks As Cat 1

The Associated Press reports: Dorian howled over North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday, lashing the low-lying barrier islands as a weakened Category 1 hurricane. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weather station at Cape Lookout, located inside the western eyewall of Dorian, reported sustained hurricane-force winds of 74 mph (119 kmh), the National Hurricane Center reported early Friday. At 5 …

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Former Zimbabwe Dictator Robert Mugabe Dead At 95

The New York Times reports: Robert Mugabe, the first prime minister and later president of independent Zimbabwe, who traded the mantle of liberator for the armor of a tyrant and presided over the decline of one of Africa’s most prosperous lands, died on Friday. He was 95. Mr. Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state before his ouster in 2017, …

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Dorian Hits Category 3 Again As South Carolina Braces

CNN reports: As Hurricane Dorian continues moving up the southeastern US coast, South Carolina was feeling its effects Thursday morning. The storm had lost some of its strength after hitting the Bahamas. But it intensified again into a Category 3 storm Wednesday night, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The city of Charleston …

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Firefox Now Blocking All Third-Party Tracking Software

The Verge reports: You’ve had the ability since October, and in June they made it official, but it’s only today that Mozilla’s Firefox web browser will protect your privacy by blocking third-party tracking software for all its users by default — theoretically keeping companies from keeping tabs on your online activity and potentially selling it to others. That’s because with …

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Canada Has Broad Plan To Thwart Election Interference

Politico reports: Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election rattled America’s next-door neighbor so badly that Canada spent the last three years developing the most detailed plan anywhere in the Western world to combat foreign meddling in its upcoming election. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government passed new transparency rules last year for online political ads that run on platforms …

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Obamas-Produced Netflix Doc Likely Oscar Contender

Quartz reports: Donald Trump loves to brag that his NBC reality TV show, The Apprentice, was twice nominated for an Emmy award. (It never won, a fact the US president blames on politics.) That’s neat, but his predecessor in the White House will probably be nominated for an Oscar next year—and has a good shot to win. American Factory, a …

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