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Joe Lieberman Listening to U.S. National Security Concerns for Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has officially filed as a lobbyist for Chinese telecom company ZTE, registration forms released Wednesday confirmed. ZTE has long been under fire from U.S. officials and members of Congress who say the company could endanger national security by providing espionage opportunities for the Chinese government.

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Aussie hospital to treat dying patients with ‘magic mushrooms’ in bid to tackle anxiety

Terminally ill patients will be treated with ‘magic mushrooms’ at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia, as part of a new medical trial aimed at reducing anxiety in dying people. It took more than a year for the trial at St Vincent’s Hospital to secure approval from the ethics committee and federal and state authorities. It’s now due to begin in April with 30 patients.

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Person of 'national security concern' was accidentally granted permanent residency

A person of "national security concern" was granted permanent residency "due to a series of failures" by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. In light of the incident both departments have had to introduce changes in what the public safety minister's office is calling a "completely unacceptable" mistake.

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Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs

A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday.

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America at War: Infographic Reveals How the U.S. Military Is Operating in 40% of the World’s Nations

Earlier this month, NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin ended a 30-year career as a journalist, announcing in a “scathing letter,” Democracy Now! reports, that “he would be leaving the network. Arkin accuses “the media of warmongering while ignoring the, quote, ‘creeping fascism of homeland security.’” He does not equivocate in a follow-up interview with Amy Goodman. “The generals and the national security leadership" are also now, he says, “the commentators and the analysts who populate the news media” (Arkin himself is a former Army intelligence officer).

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Two Americans Killed After ISIS Suicide Attack Targets US Patrol in Syria

In an apparent terror attack targeting a US-led coalition patrol, a blast has rocked a restaurant in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday. Conflicting reports say there are casualties among American soldiers as well as potentially a delegation of Syrian Kurdish leaders, as the bombing took place the moment a US military patrol passed by, and there may have even been coalition personnel inside the restaurant. 

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Proof Gun Laws Don't Work: Man Who Murdered California Cop Had Guns Confiscated Last Year

Last Thursday, a tragedy unfolded in California as a deranged gunman, Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, walked up on an innocent woman, officer Natalie Corona, pulled out his guns and began shooting her repeatedly until she died. Limbaugh then fired several more shots at others before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life... According to police, Limbaugh’s guns were confiscated last year likely related to the red flag law.

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Ajit Pai Refuses To Brief Congress On What He Plans To Do About Wireless Location Data Scandals

So last week yet another location data scandal emerged for the wireless industry, highlighting once again how carriers are collecting your location data, then selling it to a universe of sometimes shady partners with little to no oversight or accountability. Like the Securus and LocationSmart scandals before it, last week's Motherboard report highlighted how all manner of dubious dudebros (and law enforcement officers) have been abusing this data for years, and the Ajit Pai FCC has yet to so much as mention the problem, much less spend a single calorie addressing it in any meaningful way.

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Federal Judge Orders Rhodes, Rice, & Other Obama Officials To Respond Over Clinton Benghazi/Email Scandal

In what Judicial Watch describes as a "major victory for accountability," a federal judge ruled Tuesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes must answer written questions about the State Department's response to the deadly 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, as part of an ongoing legal battle over whether Hillary Clinton sought to deliberately evade public record laws by using a private email server while secretary of state.

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Screens In Schools Are a $60 Billion Hoax

As the dog days of summer wane, most parents are preparing to send their kids back to school. In years past, this has meant buying notebooks and pencils, perhaps even a new backpack. But over the past decade or so, the back-to-school checklist has for many also included an array of screen devices that many parents dutifully stuff into their children’s bag.

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Student Debt Crisis Worsens: Florida Board Of Health Suspends Licenses Over Defaults

The Florida Board of Health has suspended thousands of healthcare licenses over defaults on student loans many used to earn their licenses. But many are concerned that the new crackdown may only worsen the student loan crisis.

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Pressure Mounts on Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Against Selling Facial Recognition to the Government

A coalition of over 85 racial justice, faith, and civil, human, and immigrants’ rights groups today sent letters to Microsoft, Amazon, and Google demanding the companies commit not to sell face surveillance technology to the government.

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US will Retain a Military Base in Syria despite Withdrawal

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered contradictory messages in a speech in Cairo on Thursday, January 10. On the one hand, he said Washington will withdraw American troops from Syria in line with Donald Trump’s momentous announcement on December 19, and on the other, he emphasized the US will continue fighting the Islamic State and will also contain the influence of Iran in the Middle East region.

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El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President, Border Wall Opponent Pena Nieto Took $100 Million Bribe From Drug Cartel Kingpin, Witness Says

The former president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, took a $100 million bribe from Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo, according to a witness at Mr. Guzman’s trial.

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New Migrant Caravan Organizer Arrested in Honduras on Rape Charge

Police in Honduras arrested one of the organizing members of a new caravan of migrants who are seeking to reach the U.S. border. Police arrested the caravan organizer — serving a warrant on the charge of rape.

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China Turns to Driverless Tractors, Combines to Overhaul Agriculture

A brand new combine harvester buzzes up and down a field in eastern China without a driver on board, chopping golden rice stalks and offering a glimpse of what authorities say is the automated future of the nation’s mammoth agricultural sector.

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Prime Minister's Brexit plan defeated by 230 votes

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan was not expected to pass, but it was brutally murdered in a far larger margin of defeat than was expected: 432 to 202. This is the largest parliamentary defeat for a sitting government in history.

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The Transportation Department is Funding Autonomous Drones

The Transportation Department is funding research to build artificial intelligence-powered drones and trying to get a better understanding of how autonomous vehicles could be manipulated to harm the public.

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Mass Fentanyl Overdose In California Kills 1 Person, Leaves 12 More Hospitalized 

One person is dead and a dozen others hospitalized after a mass fentanyl overdose in Chico, California, over the weekend. The overdose was reported to law enforcement at 9:12 am Saturday morning, CBS/CW+-affiliate KHSL-TV (Action News Now) reported. Chico Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander told Action News Now on Facebook Live that it was the most significant mass casualty incident he had ever seen.

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Plants Are Growing on the Moon for the First Time

Plants are growing on the Moon for the first time in human history. Cotton seeds germinated in a small biosphere carried to the far side of the Moon by China’s lunar lander Chang’e-4, announced mission leads on Tuesday. The Chang’e-4 team released images of the sprouts, which began growing soon after the probe’s landing on January 3

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