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PNB scam: ED attaches 21 properties worth Rs 5.23 bn of Nirav Modi group

Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, others are being investigated by ED and other probe agencies after Rs 114 bn-fraud came to light

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Senator refused entry to detention center: 'It’s clear this administration is hiding something'

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) tried to tour a detention facility where migrant children are being held in Florida, especially in light of the fact that the Trump administration is refusing to provide any photos, videos or
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Senator refused entry to detention center: 'It’s clear this administration is hiding something'

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) tried to tour a detention facility where migrant children are being held in Florida, especially in light of the fact that the Trump administration is refusing to provide any photos, videos or tours of facilities where migrant girls and young children are being held, insisting only on distributing tightly controlled images of boys and men. Despite having spoken with the head of the facility to arrange their tour and check up on these children, they were greeted by a representative of the Department of Health & Human Services who told them they could not enter and advised them to come back in two weeks. TWO WEEKS! What is so bad that they need two weeks to prepare for a site visit? Watch as the pair explain to the representative that they cleared this with someone at the **private company** (follow the money below) running this facility and that they wanted to speak with him directly because they need to check on these children. Denied. xHHS just blocked us from entering its facility in Homestead, Florida to check on the welfare of the children being held here. They are obviously hiding something, and we are going to get to the bottom of this. pic.twitter.com/q4m6Zd0ck2— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) June 19, 2018

Trump takes nation hostage, tells GOP senators he'll shut down government if he doesn't get his wall

Campaign Action It's becoming more and more clear that there's nothing Donald Trump won't do to get his border wall. That includes sacrificing the Republican Congress in the midterm elections, because that's exactly what will happen if he carries through on
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Trump takes nation hostage, tells GOP senators he'll shut down government if he doesn't get his wall

Campaign Action It's becoming more and more clear that there's nothing Donald Trump won't do to get his border wall. That includes sacrificing the Republican Congress in the midterm elections, because that's exactly what will happen if he carries through on his latest threat: to shut down the government October 1 if he doesn't have it. In a meeting with Republican senators and staff Monday afternoon, Trump «fumed» about the fact that he's only getting an incremental $1.6 billion this fall for his wall and is demanding he get a lump, sources in the meeting told Politico. He «did not give a specific number, but has been fixated on getting the $25 billion in a lump sum,» one source said. If he doesn't get it, he told senators, he'll shut down the government this fall. The exchange was hinted at in this quote from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who said «He's focused on border security. And like all presidents, he wants it done now. But we're part of the legislative process, it's slower and deliberate.» Trump is not like all presidents, which Shelby very well knows. «It's probably an overwhelming belief in the House and the Senate, especially the Senate,» he warbled, «that government shutdowns aren't good for anybody.» No, they are not. And he'll do it. He's willing to rip thousands of families apart, steal children from their parents and make absolutely no provisions for reuniting them. He. Will. Do. Anything. And every Republican in Congress is aiding and abetting him. Can you give $5 to help keep immigrant families together—or bring them back together after separation?

Facebook users torched the State Department live Q&A session about family travel in the U.S.

The U.S. State Department is apparently being run by a group of immature trolls because today, of all days, they hosted a Facebook Live question and answer sessions called, “Family Travel Hacks” about summer traveling in the United States. As you might im
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Facebook users torched the State Department live Q&A session about family travel in the U.S.

The U.S. State Department is apparently being run by a group of immature trolls because today, of all days, they hosted a Facebook Live question and answer sessions called, “Family Travel Hacks” about summer traveling in the United States. As you might imagine, the questions were straight fire and at the time of this post, the two staffers assigned to run this shit show had gone missing, never answering a single question. Let’s hope they aren’t locked up in a cage somewhere. Here’s a sampling of the questions they are running from on Facebook: These international responses show just how damaged our reputation is around the world.

Trump was sustained through 2008 real estate crash by all-cash transactions from Russian oligarchs

McClatchy documents a flurry of all-cash sales that Donald Trump made directly to oligarchs, mobsters, and Putin-allies in Russian and former Soviet states while the real estate market was in freefall. That includes deals for people who were heavily involve
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Trump was sustained through 2008 real estate crash by all-cash transactions from Russian oligarchs

McClatchy documents a flurry of all-cash sales that Donald Trump made directly to oligarchs, mobsters, and Putin-allies in Russian and former Soviet states while the real estate market was in freefall. That includes deals for people who were heavily involved in the Russian-invaded territory of Crimea. These cash-up-front transactions aren’t a sideline for Trump. They are the core of his business.  Buyers connected to Russia or former Soviet republics made 86 all-cash sales—totaling nearly $109 million—at 10 Trump-branded properties in South Florida and New York City, according to a new analysis shared with McClatchy. Many of them made purchases using shell companies designed to obscure their identities. Where previous reports have demonstrated that Russian oligarchs dragged Trump back from bankruptcy after his failures in Atlantic City, McClatchy’s list of cash-only transactions from Russia and former Soviet territories show how Trump was kept solvent and expanding even as the real estate market was crashing in 2008. While other companies were dependent on legitimate businesses working through mortgage companies that had suddenly tightened their belts, Trump was not. Instead, Trump was able to cheer from the sidelines of disaster, sheltered by money that continued to pour in through a pipeline he opened years before. And these transactions are just another indicator that contacts of Trump and his associates with Russian operatives in the run up to the 2016 election were not an aberration, but a continuation of business as usual. Adam Schiff: The size and scope of these cash purchases are deeply troubling as they can often signal money laundering activity, There have long been credible allegations of money laundering by the Trump Organization which, if true, would pose a real threat to the United States in the event that Russia were able to leverage evidence of illicit financial transactions against the president. In the months before the election. the Financial Times published multiple articles on how Donald Trump sold American real estate at premium prices to foreign nationals—many of them oligarchs from Russia and former Soviet states—as part of certainly appears to be an international money-laundering scheme. These articles were summarized on Daily Kos, and connected with other sources to show how Trump, deep in a fiscal hole following his largest and most comprehensive bankruptcy, was unable to secure financing to keep his company or his lifestyle alive from any normal, reputable source. So he did what he always does. He lied about it and took the Russian money.

The US announces that it will leave the U.N Human Rights Council

NPR is reporting that after creating a humanitarian crisis, our white supremacist in chief has made it official—the United States will no longer be a part of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Nikki Haley announced the official decision alongside Secr
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The US announces that it will leave the U.N Human Rights Council

NPR is reporting that after creating a humanitarian crisis, our white supremacist in chief has made it official—the United States will no longer be a part of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Nikki Haley announced the official decision alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. «I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments,» Haley told the media. «On the contrary, we take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.» It is not a surprising move as rumors that Trump would pull us out of the U.N. have swirled around for weeks. But like everything with Trump and this administration, the timing could not be more perfect in exposing our country for being one ginormous human rights violator. An important thing to note here is that Trump’s decision is the logical conclusion of Republican leadership since George W. Bush refused to become a member of the council at its establishment in 2006.

White House aides keep Trump in his happy place with cheery detention photos

White House aides are doing everything possible to make sure Donald Trump remains hermetically sealed from reality. While Trump's paranoid streak runs layers deep, his aides are also feeding him with a stream of cheery photos. The Washington Post writes: Tr
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White House aides keep Trump in his happy place with cheery detention photos

White House aides are doing everything possible to make sure Donald Trump remains hermetically sealed from reality. While Trump's paranoid streak runs layers deep, his aides are also feeding him with a stream of cheery photos. The Washington Post writes: Trump has been closely monitoring the coverage but has been suspicious of it, telling associates he believes that the media cherry-picks the most dramatic images and stories to portray his administration in a negative light, according to one senior administration official. The images in the media contrast with more positive photos that Trump’s aides have shown the president depicting detained children smiling, playing video games and exercising outside, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid. Trump is heading to Capitol Hill Tuesday night to supposedly help House Republicans pound out an immigration bill. A “wave of regret” reportedly swept through the GOP caucus earlier Tuesday as lawmakers anticipated trying to reason with their dear-but-delusional leader. Some reporters wondered if any of them would dare to confront him about a policy that clearly has them spooked.  xThe president's visit to the House Republican Conference today will be revealing about the party as it barrels toward November. How far will some Rs go to distance themselves from Trump's border stance? Who says something to his face? Who waits for him to leave?— Robert Costa (@costareports) June 19, 2018 Prediction: Zero will commit the cardinal GOP sin of saying anything to Trump’s face. Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 · 11:26:06 PM +00:00 · Kerry Eleveld UPDATE: Ivanka has apparently stepped in with an observation only a sociopath would need to be told.  xTrump tells House Republicans now that Ivanka talked to him about family separation at the border and that the images are not good.— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) June 19, 2018

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Emerging Asia hit by biggest foreign investor exodus since 2008

While emerging markets shone in the first quarter, suggesting resilience to Federal Reserve tightening, that image has shattered over the past two months
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Emerging Asia hit by biggest foreign investor exodus since 2008

While emerging markets shone in the first quarter, suggesting resilience to Federal Reserve tightening, that image has shattered over the past two months

Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher wants to stop the next data scandal - CNET

Aleksandr Kogan told Congress on Tuesday how Cambridge Analytica got data on 87 million people, and how to stop it from happening again.
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Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher wants to stop the next data scandal - CNET

Aleksandr Kogan told Congress on Tuesday how Cambridge Analytica got data on 87 million people, and how to stop it from happening again.

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Bag Week 2018: Chrome’s BLCKCHRM Bravo 2.0 backpack is a burly, stylish beast

If you needed to pick a bag to have your back in a street fight, you should probably choose Chrome’s Bravo 2.0. I tested a version of this pack from the company’s higher-end BLCKCHRM line. The BLCKCHRM version of the Bravo 2.0 replaces the norma
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Bag Week 2018: Chrome’s BLCKCHRM Bravo 2.0 backpack is a burly, stylish beast

If you needed to pick a bag to have your back in a street fight, you should probably choose Chrome’s Bravo 2.0. I tested a version of this pack from the company’s higher-end BLCKCHRM line. The BLCKCHRM version of the Bravo 2.0 replaces the normal pack’s 1050 denier nylon exterior with a slightly rubbery, Navy-grade material […]

PayPal is shelling out $400 million in cash for this 18-year-old company that helps gig workers get paid

PayPal announced today that it’s paying $400 million in cash for Hyperwallet, an 18-year-old, Bay Area-based company that helps people and small businesses receive payments for products and services that they sell, including through the vacation rental
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PayPal is shelling out $400 million in cash for this 18-year-old company that helps gig workers get paid

PayPal announced today that it’s paying $400 million in cash for Hyperwallet, an 18-year-old, Bay Area-based company that helps people and small businesses receive payments for products and services that they sell, including through the vacation rental platform HomeAway and Rodan & Fields, the multi-level marketing company that specializes in skin care products and employs […]

Startup Grind founders raise $6.4M for community event platform Bevy

The founders of entrepreneurial community Startup Grind have a startup of their own — Bevy, which announced today that it has raised $6.4 million in Series A funding. The funding comes from Upfront Ventures, author Steve Blank, Qualtrics founders Ryan Smit
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Startup Grind founders raise $6.4M for community event platform Bevy

The founders of entrepreneurial community Startup Grind have a startup of their own — Bevy, which announced today that it has raised $6.4 million in Series A funding. The funding comes from Upfront Ventures, author Steve Blank, Qualtrics founders Ryan Smith and Jared Smith, and Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard. CEO Derek Andersen (who founded and […]

Does good attendance equal good grades?

Studies of classroom attendance patterns in undergraduate students have shown that attendance and performance go hand in hand -- attending class is the key to reaping the rewards of academic achievement. However, many of these studies were completed before th
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Does good attendance equal good grades?

Studies of classroom attendance patterns in undergraduate students have shown that attendance and performance go hand in hand -- attending class is the key to reaping the rewards of academic achievement. However, many of these studies were completed before the explosion of online learning.

Machine learning may be a game-changer for climate prediction

New research demonstrates that machine-learning techniques can be used to accurately represent clouds and their atmospheric heating and moistening, and better represent clouds in coarse resolution climate models, with the potential to narrow the range of clim
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Machine learning may be a game-changer for climate prediction

New research demonstrates that machine-learning techniques can be used to accurately represent clouds and their atmospheric heating and moistening, and better represent clouds in coarse resolution climate models, with the potential to narrow the range of climate prediction. This could be a major advance in accurate predictions of global warming in response to increased greenhouse gas concentrations that are essential for policy-makers (e.g. the Paris climate agreement).

Tech leaders condemn policy leading to family separations at the border

By now you’ve seen the photos and videos and probably heard the audio tape. The media coming out of the U.S./Mexico border over the past week has been truly heart-wrenching and horrifying, including, most shockingly, images of young children being housed i
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Tech leaders condemn policy leading to family separations at the border

By now you’ve seen the photos and videos and probably heard the audio tape. The media coming out of the U.S./Mexico border over the past week has been truly heart-wrenching and horrifying, including, most shockingly, images of young children being housed in what amounts to human cages. Many prominent politicians across the world (and in […]

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Unionized MGM workers in Las Vegas voting to ratify contract

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International, including Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay, were casting ballots Tuesday to decide whether to approve a new five-year contract. The contract incl
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Unionized MGM workers in Las Vegas voting to ratify contract

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International, including Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay, were casting ballots Tuesday to decide whether to approve a new five-year contract. The contract includes wage increases, new paid bereavement leave and stronger protections against sexual ...

Plan to remove goats from Olympics to begin this summer

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - Park officials plan this summer to begin relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympic National Park while killing others. The National Park Service on Tuesday said it finalized a plan to remove about 675 mountain goats that ha
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Plan to remove goats from Olympics to begin this summer

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - Park officials plan this summer to begin relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympic National Park while killing others. The National Park Service on Tuesday said it finalized a plan to remove about 675 mountain goats that have long posed an ecological problem in the ...

$60K reward in case of Ariz. park ranger missing since 1980

WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) - The National Park Service has raised its reward to $60,000 in the case of a Chiricahua National Monument ranger who went missing more than 38 years ago. Authorities say 41-year-old Paul Fugate was working in the monument's visitor cente
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$60K reward in case of Ariz. park ranger missing since 1980

WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) - The National Park Service has raised its reward to $60,000 in the case of a Chiricahua National Monument ranger who went missing more than 38 years ago. Authorities say 41-year-old Paul Fugate was working in the monument's visitor center in southeastern Arizona on Jan. 13, 1980. ...

Mechanics of Dragonfly Larvae Inspire High-Tech Devices

Dragonfly larvae may hold the key to a range of engineering and medical applications, according to new research. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) examined the jet propulsion system of Anisopteran […] The post Mechanics of D
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Mechanics of Dragonfly Larvae Inspire High-Tech Devices

Dragonfly larvae may hold the key to a range of engineering and medical applications, according to new research. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) examined the jet propulsion system of Anisopteran […] The post Mechanics of Dragonfly Larvae Inspire High-Tech Devices appeared first on Geek.com.

Dreamlike Landscapes Grow from Sculptural Portraits by Yuanxing Liang

Wondrously detailed worlds emerge from busts of youthful women in clay sculptures by Chinese artist Yuanxing Liang. Ambling trees, bridges, and temples emerge from the figures’ hairline, fusing realism and fantasy in smooth resin. Despite their complex
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Dreamlike Landscapes Grow from Sculptural Portraits by Yuanxing Liang

Wondrously detailed worlds emerge from busts of youthful women in clay sculptures by Chinese artist Yuanxing Liang. Ambling trees, bridges, and temples emerge from the figures’ hairline, fusing realism and fantasy in smooth resin. Despite their complex design, Liang occasionally creates small editions of his sculptures. The artist is a gradute of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. You can see more of his intricately wrought fantasy worlds on Weibo. More

Geek Deals: 20 Percent off Mario Tennis Ace Pre-Order, $300 off the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

Ready for a big new game on your Switch? Right now, Amazon Prime subscribers can pre-order Mario Tennis Aces for just $47.99 – 20 percent off the sticker price. TechBargains has also come […] The post Geek Deals: 20 Percent off Mario Tennis Ace Pre-Or
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Geek Deals: 20 Percent off Mario Tennis Ace Pre-Order, $300 off the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

Ready for a big new game on your Switch? Right now, Amazon Prime subscribers can pre-order Mario Tennis Aces for just $47.99 – 20 percent off the sticker price. TechBargains has also come […] The post Geek Deals: 20 Percent off Mario Tennis Ace Pre-Order, $300 off the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop appeared first on Geek.com.

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WATCH: Manny Machado surprises young fan with special gift

Atlanta teenager JJ Roddenberry was surprised with tickets to see the Atlanta Braves take on the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, June 24. Roddenberry’s emotional reaction to getting the tickets drew another surprise, this one from his favorite player — Balti
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WATCH: Manny Machado surprises young fan with special gift

Atlanta teenager JJ Roddenberry was surprised with tickets to see the Atlanta Braves take on the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, June 24. Roddenberry’s emotional reaction to getting the tickets drew another surprise, this one from his favorite player — Baltimore star Manny Machado.After seeing Roddenberry’s reaction, Machado made a video for the teenager, inviting him to hang out on the field during batting practice. Well done by all parties involved. Regardless of who wins the game, here’s hoping that Machado can put on a show for his biggest fan on Sunday.

Zach Veach: The IndyCar rookie who’s playing it smart

I used to have doubts about Zach Veach’s potential. Charming and open though he was even in his teens, his form in junior formulas would burn strong two or three times a season and then flicker. Whether it was Sage Karam or Carlos Munoz or Felix Rosenqvist
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Zach Veach: The IndyCar rookie who’s playing it smart

I used to have doubts about Zach Veach’s potential. Charming and open though he was even in his teens, his form in junior formulas would burn strong two or three times a season and then flicker. Whether it was Sage Karam or Carlos Munoz or Felix Rosenqvist, he seemed always to be paired with a driver who was faster on a much more consistent basis.The problem was that, by his own ... Keep reading

Strickland breaks pitching hand punching door in frustration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants closer Hunter Strickland broke his pitching hand punching a door in frustration after blowing the save and taking the loss in a 5-4 defeat to the Miami Marlins on Monday night.
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Strickland breaks pitching hand punching door in frustration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants closer Hunter Strickland broke his pitching hand punching a door in frustration after blowing the save and taking the loss in a 5-4 defeat to the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

Rangers send Mendez to minors for breaking team rules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Texas Rangers sent rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez back to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday for violating team rules.
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Rangers send Mendez to minors for breaking team rules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Texas Rangers sent rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez back to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday for violating team rules.

FOX Sports’ Goal of the Day: Juan Fernando Quintero nets a sneaky free kick

Juan Fernando Quintero uses some trickery to slide the ball under the leaping Japanese wall to net the score off of a free kick.
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FOX Sports’ Goal of the Day: Juan Fernando Quintero nets a sneaky free kick

Juan Fernando Quintero uses some trickery to slide the ball under the leaping Japanese wall to net the score off of a free kick.

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