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Ubers Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

In May 2015 about 10 investigators for the Quebec tax authority burst into flouting local labor laws and taxi rules has made it a favorite target for law enforcement agencies around the world. That’s where this remote system, called Ripley, comes in. From spring 2015 until late 2016, Uber routinely used Ripley to thwart police raids in foreign countries, say three people with knowledge of the system. Allusions to its nature can be found in a smattering of court filings, but its details, scope, and origin haven’t been previously reported….

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Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes Protesting Over Bills, Report Says

Saudi authorities made a fresh round of arrests of royal-family members as a group of princes staged a palace protest in the capital over the non-payment of their electricity and water bills. Security services on Thursday arrested the 11 princes after they refused to leave Qasr Al-Hokm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General, Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb, said in an emailed statement. The princes, who objected to a decree that ordered the state to stop paying their utility bills, will be held at al-Ha’er prison pending their trial, Al Mojeb said. “No…

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No Idea What MiFID Stands For? Here’s What You Need to Know

Everyone in European finance has been abuzz over an obscure acronym — MiFID II — that’s about to radically change how assets from stocks to commodities are traded and investors’ money is managed. Banks and asset managers across the European Union have spent more than $2 billion preparing for it. Regulators say it will protect investors, boost transparency and rebuild trust that was tarnished by the 2008 global crash. The industry has even spent months finding ways to sidestep parts of it. But you’d be forgiven for not paying attention:…

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Trump Signs $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut in First Major Legislative Win

President Donald Trump signed the Republican tax-overhaul bill to little fanfare on Friday, delivering a major tax cut to U.S. corporations along with a package of temporary cuts for other businesses and most individuals. “I consider this very much a bill for the middle class and a bill for jobs,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office before signing the legislation. “Corporations are literally going wild over this. I think even beyond my expectations.” Trump’s signature caps a seven-week sprint that

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Brexit: voters can change EU deal if they don’t like it, says Michael Gove

As Theresa May wins Tory support for Brussels agreement, the environment secretary flags up potential for a rethink Michael Gove has said voters will be able to force changes to an EU withdrawal deal at the next election if they do not like it. The environment secretarys comments came as prime minister Theresa May won public backing from both wings of the Tory party after securing an agreement with Brussels to start post-Brexit trade negotiations.

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Al Franken apologizes after accusation he kissed and groped TV news anchor

Senator and former comedian calls for ethics investigation after Leeann Tweeden alleges he forcibly kissed her and later groped her while she was asleep in 2006 US senator and former comedian Al Franken has issued an apology after being accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent. Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor, came forward with the allegations in photo that appears to show Franken placing his hands over her breasts while posing for the camera. Congressional leaders swiftly called for a Senate ethics committee investigation into…

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Louis CK responds to sexual misconduct allegations: ‘These stories are true’

The comedian released a statement regarding the claims: The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly Disgraced comedian Louis CK on Friday admitted to the New York Times on Thursday. These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true, Louis CK said. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power…

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One Tax Loophole Untouched So Far: The Trump Golf-Course Break

Republican lawmakers pushing to close dozens of tax loopholes have left open one that’s been good to President the outline for a sweeping tax rewrite on Thursday, a lucrative break for golf-course owners — including the president — remains firmly in place in the House version of the measure. The Obama administration estimated in 2014 that closing the controversial loophole would save more than $600 million over a decade. While Republicans are eliminating many write-offs, the House version of the bill allows golf-course owners to claim deductions for promising never to…

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Crackdown on Billionaires and Other Top Officials Shakes Up Saudi Arabia

Even by the standards of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose meteoric ascent has put him on the cusp of the Saudi throne at the age of 32, the Saturday night crackdown was stunning. In just a few hours, security forces arrested princes, billionaires, ministers and former top officials as soon as King Salman announced a sweeping anti-corruption drive. Those detained included billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was picked up at his desert camp outside Riyadh, according to a senior Saudi official. Before midnight, the suspects’ names were already…

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The Making of a Millionaire and a Massacre

Five days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Jeremiah Cottle, ashen-faced and unshaven, looks toward the four flags by his company’s front gate in Moran, Texas. There’s the Lone Star State flag, the Stars and Stripes, a POW-MIA one, and another with the green-and-black logo of his company, Bump Fire managers told the court they’d hired subcontractors to make its bump stocks and that they had sold more than 2,000 in Texas alone, Slide Fire’s main market. In court, Slide Fire said Bump Fire’s price-cutting had cost…

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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the early morning of 8 August, five elephants were caught in Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). These captures are usually kept as secret as possible. The Guardian understands that in this case the usual…

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‘I’m Going to Die’: Fear Grips Vegas Strip; Gunman Kills 59

Las Vegas (AP) — The rapid-fire popping sounded like firecrackers at first, and many in the crowd of 22,000 country music fans didn't understand what was happening when the band stopped playing and singer Jason Aldean hustled off stage. "That's gunshots," a man could be heard saying emphatically on a cellphone video in the nearly half-minute of silence and confusion that followed. A woman pleaded with others: "Get down! Get down! Stay down!" Then the pop-pop-pop noise resumed. And pure terror set in. "People start screaming and yelling and we…

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Bossert Defends Trumps Wait to Waive Jones Act for Puerto Rico

President Why Puerto Rico Pushed Trump to Waive This Law: QuickTake Q&A “Finally, the White House is beginning to wake up, taking temporary action on the Jones Act and upping the military presence," Illinois Representative Luis Gutiérrez, a Democrat, said in a statement. "But it took a while and more is needed right now.” There is dispute about the importance of waiving the Jones Act. The top Republican and Democrat on the House Transportation Maritime subcommittee said they’re against it. "The concerns about the situation in Puerto Rico are real. But…

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This Is Chaos: Day 5 in Storm-Ravaged, Blacked-Out Puerto Rico

A nursing home in San Juan desperately pleaded for diesel as its power generator ran low. An elderly man was carried out on a stretcher after going a week without dialysis. Children wearing nothing but diapers camped out on balconies to stay cool. Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Hurricane Maria, which smashed into the island five days ago and devastated the power grid run by Source: NOAA The lack of phone and internet access isn’t helping. Puerto Ricans pulled over along highways over the weekend to take advantage of the rare…

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Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl, capping the spectacular fall of the former congressman whose self-destructive behavior wrecked his career and marriage and played a role in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. “The crime I committed was my rock bottom,” a tearful Weiner told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote. He was ordered to surrender to prison on Nov. 6. “I was a very sick man for a long period of time, but I am also…

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