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Trump campaign’s digital director to meet House intelligence panel: WSJ

(Reuters) – The digital director for Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign is scheduled to meet the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday as the panel investigates alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. It would be Brad Parscale’s first interview with any of the committees investigating the matter. Neither Parscale nor committee staff could immediately be reached for comment. Foreign nationals cannot spend money on electioneering communications, but the term under U.S. law applies only to communications made by broadcast, cableRead More


Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall produce in six U.S. states

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Retailer Meijer Inc said it was recalling packaged vegetables in six U.S. states because of possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause fatal food poisoning in young children, pregnant women and elderly or frail people. An electron micrograph of a Listeria bacterium in tissue is seen in a 2002 image from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). REUTERS/Elizabeth White/CDC/Handout via Reuters Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said there were no illnesses reported as of Sunday. The recall affects 35 products andRead More


German zoo hopes to cure panda’s bad walking habit with sex

BERLIN (Reuters) – Zookeepers at Berlin’s main animal park are hoping to cure a young female panda’s habit of walking backwards by introducing her to one of life’s most precious pleasures: sex. FILE PHOTO: Meng Meng, one of the two giant Chinese panda bears, is seen at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File Photo They plan to introduce four-year-old Meng Meng to Jiao Qing, a panda three years her senior, in the hope that romance will help her with the frustrations associated with life in captivityRead More


UK’s Prince William and wife Kate say baby expected in April

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate confirmed on Tuesday that their third child will be born next April. The couple, whose official title is Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announced last month that Kate was pregnant and that she was suffering from severe morning sickness, but the date of the baby’s arrival was not disclosed. In a short statement, the royals’ office Kensington Palace said the baby, who will be fifth-in-line to the British throne, was due in April. On Monday, Kate made only her secondRead More


Fiji to sell world’s first climate-change green bonds

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Fiji will issue a $50 million “green” bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday. The Pacific Island nation is seen as particularly vulnerable to climate change, with some of its 300 low-lying islands susceptible to rising seas. The bond will be the first to earmark the cash raised to address the issue, according to the World Bank. The country will also use some of the proceeds to reduceRead More


Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks

(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District said that given a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited where injury lawsuits could be filed, the case over Alabama resident Jacqueline Fox’s death should not have been tried in St. Louis. Lawyers for the plaintiffsRead More


Foreign tourist numbers up 24 percent in Tunisia so far in 2017

TUNIS (Reuters) – The number of foreign tourists in Tunisia has risen by 24 percent so far this year, official data showed, indicating that a vital industry crippled two years ago by Islamist attacks on holidaymakers is recovering. Tourism accounts for about 8 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product, provides thousands of jobs and is a key source of foreign currency, but has struggled since two deadly militant attacks in 2015. A total of 5.55 million foreign tourists visited the North African country between Jan. 1 and Oct. 10, comparedRead More


Australian rules-AFL criticized after transgender player ruled ineligible

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Football League has come under fire after ruling a transgender footballer ineligible for selection a day before the national draft for the professional women’s competition. Hannah Mouncey, formerly known as Callum and a member of the Australian men’s handball team in 2016, applied for the draft for next year’s AFL Women tournament, having played women’s Australian Rules football at club level in Canberra this year. On the eve of Wednesday’s draft, the AFL said a subcommittee set up to rule on Mouncey had rejected herRead More


Researchers uncover flaw that makes Wi-Fi vulnerable to hacks

(Reuters) – Belgian researchers have discovered a flaw in a widely used system for securing Wi-Fi communications that could allow hackers to read information that was previously understood to be encrypted, or infect websites with malware, they said on Monday. Researchers Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens of Belgian university KU Leuven disclosed the bug in the WPA2 protocol, which secures modern Wi-Fi systems used by vendors for wireless communications between mobile phones, laptops and other connected devices with Internet-connected routers or hot spots. “If your device supports Wi-Fi, it isRead More


Highlights of Sunday’s National Football League games

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s National Football League games: Steelers 19, Chiefs 13 The Pittsburgh Steelers hold a simple winning formula for beating the Kansas City Chiefs, and it mostly revolves around handing the ball to Le‘Veon Bell. The Steelers running back carved up the Chiefs for 179 rushing yards Sunday, and they knocked off the league’s last unbeaten team at Arrowhead Stadium. Bell delivered a repeat performance of his play against the Chiefs in the division playoff last season. In January, Bell rushed for 170 yards asRead More