Hurricane Maria victims never received huge stockpile of water bottles, viral photos show

  1. Hurricane Maria victims never received huge stockpile of water bottles, viral photos show  Fox News
  2. Trump gives himself ‘A pluses’ on ‘hurricane work,’ blames Maria on San Juan mayor  USA TODAY
  3. David Begnaud on Twitter: “BREAKING: What may be millions of water bottles. meant for victims of Hurricane Maria …  Twitter
  4. Initial Observations on the Federal Response and Key Recovery Challenges  Government Accountability Office
  5. Residents see a failure at all levels of government  Washington Post
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Judge in trial of Donald Trump's former aide Paul Manafort says he received threats

Judge in trial of Donald Trump's former aide Paul Manafort says he received threatsThe judge presiding over the fraud trial of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, revealed on Friday that he has received threats and is under police protection. District Judge TS Ellis also told a court that he feared for the “peace and safety of the jurors”. In the United States jury lists are presumed to be public unless a judge has good reason for keeping them secret. The judge said he would not be revealing the jurors’ names because of his safety concerns. Jurors have been deliberating for two days following a two-week trial in which Manafort faces 18 charges of bank fraud and tax evasion. Judge TS Ellis – shown in a courtroom sketch – cut a controversial figure throughout the trial, clashing repeatedly with prosecutors Credit: Bill Hennessy/Reuters Judge Ellis, sitting in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, gave an insight into the tensions surrounding the case when he revealed he was being protected by a US marshal. He did not give specifics of the threats but said he had been taken aback by the level of interest in the trial.  The judge said: “I’ve received criticism and threats. I imagine they (the jurors) would too. “I had no idea this case would excite these emotions. I don’t feel right if I release their names.” Profile | Paul Manafort Mr Manafort stands accused of hiding $15 million from the taxman and fraudulently obtaining millions more in bank loans. Mr Manafort also faces a second trial in September on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent based on his links with Russian and Ukrainian backed business work. Prosecutors have been careful not to mention the former political consultant’s links to the US president but the trial has still been closely watched in Washington. Kevin Downey, Manafort’s defence attorney, speaks to reporters outside the US District Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters It is the first trial based on evidence collected by federal agents from Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. As a result, Republicans and Democrats have seized on the case to promote their own ends. Mr Trump has claimed his former campaign chief is the target of a “witch hunt”, persecuted for his association with the president. As the jury continued to consider their verdict on Friday, Mr Trump called Mr Manafort a “very good person”. This courtroom sketch depicts US District court Judge TS Ellis III speaking to the lawyers and defendant Paul Manafort, fourth from left, as the jury continues to deliberate Credit: Dana Verkouteren via AP Mr Trump said: “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad. When you look at what’s going on, I think it’s a very sad day for our country. “He worked for me for a very short period of time. But you know what, he happens to be a very good person and I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.” Judge Ellis said he also plans to release the transcripts of bench conferences currently sealed by the court with one exception – likely a discussion which relates to information from Mr Mueller’s investigators about its ongoing investigation. “A thirsty press is essential in a free country,” the judge said.


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Trump Goes for Broke on Claim Military Received No Money Before His Watch. (He's Still Wrong.)

  1. Trump Goes for Broke on Claim Military Received No Money Before His Watch. (He’s Still Wrong.)  New York Times
  2. Trump Signs Defense Bill to Boost Military, Target China  Wall Street Journal
  3. Trump didn’t mention John McCain at all while signing the defense bill named after him  Business Insider
  4. Trump signs defense bill but snubs the senator the legislation is named after — John McCain  Washington Post
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Texas Waiter Who Received 'We Don't Tip Terrorist' Note Admits to Writing Racist Message Himself

  1. Texas Waiter Who Received ‘We Don’t Tip Terrorist’ Note Admits to Writing Racist Message Himself  The Root
  2. Waiter ‘entirely fabricated’ widely-reported racism claims  BBC News
  3. Waiter admits making up story about customer who called him a terrorist and didn’t tip  Dallas News
  4. Saltgrass says employee fabricated entire “racist note” story, server apologizes  CBS7 News (press release)
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Your call is very important to Google's robot and will be answered in the order received

  1. Your call is very important to Google’s robot and will be answered in the order received  BGR
  2. Google Duplex being tested in call centers as ethical concerns reportedly slow development [Update]  9to5Google
  3. [Updated]Call Centers May Adopt Polarizing Google Duplex Service: Report  Android Headlines
  4. Google’s plan to replace call center workers with its controversial Duplex AI revealed  Daily Mail
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Newspaper says it received threats following shooting

  1. Newspaper says it received threats following shooting  The Boston Globe
  2. Detective didn’t believe alleged newsroom shooter was a threat before attack  New York Post
  3. Grief in small town: March honors victims of newsroom attack  PBS NewsHour
  4. Trump has made it a verbal open season on journalists  Washington Post
  5. ‘We will not be silenced’: Reporter at vigil for 5 slain in Capital Gazette newspaper shooting  AZCentral.com
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Nintendo Store In New York Received Bomb Threat Over 'Super Smash Bros.' Kiosks

  1. Nintendo Store In New York Received Bomb Threat Over ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Kiosks  Tech Times
  2. Top New Game Release Dates For Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC – E3 2018  GameSpot
  3. Nintendo’s announcements send stock plunging – WFSB 3 Connecticut  WFSB
  4. How Nintendo approached E3 2018: quality, esports, and immediate gratification  VentureBeat
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Tim Cook says Apple has never received user data from Facebook

  1. Tim Cook says Apple has never received user data from Facebook  Engadget
  2. Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Privacy is a Fundamental Human Right’  Mac Rumors
  3. Apple CEO Tim Cook says data tracking is ‘totally out of control’  CNET
  4. Apple Requested ‘Zero’ Personal Data In Deals With Facebook, CEO Tim Cook Says  NPR
  5. Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook On Screen Time Controls, Working With China  NPR
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