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Facebook, Apple, YouTube And Spotify Remove Conspiracy Therist Alex Jones Podcasts And Other Content

Apple Inc, YouTube, Facebook Inc and Spotify all took down podcasts and channels from U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying on Monday that the Infowars author had broken community standards. Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. Among the theories he has promoted is that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government.  Facebook said it removed the pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.” And Apple deleted most Infowars podcasts and a spokeswoman said in a statement that the company “does not tolerate hate speech” and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.  Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson tweeted that the take-downs amounted to censorship and were intended to help Democrats in the national election this fall.  ...Read more

Star Witness Rick Gates Testifies He And Paul Manafort Conspired To Commit Fraud

Rick Gates on Monday took the stand in the federal fraud case against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testifying that he and Manafort conspired to commit bank and tax fraud. Manafort, facing charges of bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Gates is considered a star witness against Manafort, and struck a plea deal with prosecutors to cooperate in the case against his former business partner.  During his testimony, Gates read out loud the language from his indictment charging him with conspiracy and making false statements to the government. Gates testified that he and Manafort under-reported income an d failed to file Foreign Bank Account Report forms. He also testified that he lied to Manafort’s bookkeeper and accountants. Manafort served as chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign during the summer of 2016, and was forced out in August of that year amid news stories about his ties to then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. ...Read more

Member Of Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Points To ‘Troubling Bias’

President Donald Trump’s dismantled voter fraud commission uncovered no evidence to prove his claim that millions voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, according to an analysis of administration documents by a former member. Maine’s Secretary of State and former commission member, Matthew Dunlap stated in a letter issued Friday “that the Commission predicted it would find widespread evidence of fraud actually reveals a troubling bias.” Dunlap, a Democrat, wrote that he joined the commission in “good faith” and with “optimism,” but that his experience with the bipartisan group left him skeptical of the intention of the study. The commission released documents on June 27 after Dunlap filed a lawsuit in November against it in an effort to gain access to materials and documentation he felt was being kept from him and other members of the committee. ...Read more

At Least 82 Killed In Devastating Indonesian Islands Earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 82 people, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen. The latest quake damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and the airport terminal. On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to an evacuation center. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the toll had risen to 82 with hundreds others injured. Thousands of homes were damaged and most people were killed by collapsing houses, he said. A total of 65 of the deaths were in North Lombok district, nine in West Lombok district, four in the provincial capital Mataram and two each in Central Lombok and East Lombok districts, Nugroho said. The quake, recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck early Sunday evening at a depth of 6 miles in the northern part of Lombok. ...Read more

Apple Becomes First U.S.-Based Company With A Trillion-Dollar Stock Market Value

Apple Inc. became the first U.S.-based company with a market value of $1 trillion, four decades after it was co-founded by Steve Jobs and later revolutionized the worlds of computing, music and mobile communications. The consumer-technology giant briefly touched the milestone in New York trading Thursday morning, based on share count data the company disclosed in a recent regulatory filing. Other tech giants are not far behind Apple, with Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp. worth more than $800 billion each. Since its inception in 1976, Apple has consistently reimagined what a computer can be and defined how humans interact with devices and software. The iMac desktop computer, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have all been hugely successful.  ...Read more

U.S. States Vow To Fight Trump Administration’s Rollback On Auto Emissions

California and 18 other U.S. states promised on Thursday to fight a Trump administration proposal to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks and force states into line, arguing the United States has an obligation to protect the environment for future generations. The 19 states, and Washington D.C, announced they would sue to halt the proposed rollback. The Trump administration billed the proposed rollback from Obama-era fuel efficiency standards as a way to help car companies and lower vehicle prices for consumers, but critics said the plan would accelerate climate change and increase fuel prices.   ...Read more

Pennsylvania Catholic Diocese Names Dozens Of Clergy Accused Of Sexual Abuse

A Roman Catholic bishop in Pennsylvania released the names on Wednesday of 71 clergy members and seminarians accused of sexually abusing children since the 1940s, acting in advance of a release of grand jury findings on clergy abuse in the state. The name of every bishop in the diocese in the past seven decades will be removed from buildings in the diocese, in recognition of their failure to properly deal with accusations of abuse. Those on the list would be removed from “any position of honor” throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg in central Pennsylvania, the diocese said in a statement. “I express our profound sorrow and apologize to the survivors of child sex abuse, the Catholic faithful and the general public for the abuses that took place and for those church officials who failed to protect children,” Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg said in the statement. ...Read more

Trial Begins For President Trump’s Ex-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort

In opening statements that kicked off the trial of Paul Manafort on Tuesday, prosecutors accused former Trump campaign chairman of being a “shrewd” liar who orchestrated a global scheme to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars. Uzo Asonye, a prosecutor working on the case with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, said Manafort lived an “extravagant lifestyle” fueled by millions of dollars in “secret income” that he earned from his lobbying in Ukraine. In opening statements for the defense, Manafort’s defense attorney Thomas Zehnle shifted much of the blame to the Ukrainian oligarchs Manafort worked for and the business associates he worked with. Manafort is facing 18 charges, including accusations of filing false tax returns, failing to report foreign bank accounts and defrauding several banks. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 305 years in prison. He has denied all charges. ...Read more

Facebook Has Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign

Facebook Inc. has identified a coordinated political influence campaign through dozens of inauthentic accounts on its platform ahead of November’s U.S. midterm election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The company said it had removed 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” Facebook said in a blogpost that “this kind of behavior is not allowed on Facebook because we don’t want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing. We’re still in the very early stages of our investigation and don’t have all the facts — including who may be behind this ...Read more