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Shares jump after China backs down from protesting South Korean companies after US missile defense deployment – Business Insider

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Seoul and Beijing have agreed to mend relations after the Chinese protested the deployment of US missile defenses in South Korea. South Korean shares are up as China seems to abandon its concerns that the missile defenses posed a threat to its national security. The move comes just weeks before President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit both countries. South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party raises his…

Catalonia Leader Turns Up in Belgium After Spain Seeks Prosecution – New York Times

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mr. Bekaert emphasized his “more than 30 years of experience with extradition and political asylum” cases, including with Basques who were fighting extradition to Spain to face trial on terrorism charges. Belgium is virtually the only national government in Europe that has been even remotely sympathetic to Mr. Puigdemont’s pleas for mediation, not least perhaps because the country has faced separatist tensions of its own led by Flemish hard-liners. Awkwardly,…

Who’s who in the George Papadopoulos court documents – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Newly released court documents show that Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos communicated with several senior campaign officials about his outreach to the Russian government over a period of months. The recipients of Papadopoulos’s emails are not named in the filings, but The Washington Post has identified several individuals based on interviews and other documents. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty this month to lying to federal agents about his outreach to Russia….

Russian content on Facebook, Google and Twitter reached far more users than first disclosed, testimony says – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Facebook plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives, many times more than the company had previously disclosed about the reach of the online influence campaign targeting American voters. The company previously reported that an estimated 10 million users had seen ads bought by Russian-controlled accounts and pages. But Facebook has been silent regarding the spread…

Kelly reignites feud with Rep. Wilson – Politico

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

White House chief of staff John Kelly said he stands by his comments criticizing Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) for her remarks at the 2015 deadication of an FBI building. | Andrew Harnik/AP By BRENT D. GRIFFITHS 10/30/2017 10:43 PM EDT White House chief of staff John Kelly defended his criticism of Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) on Monday night by continuing to insist she was insensitive and self-congratulatory during a ceremony…

One dead in shooting near University of Utah; police searching for shooter – Salt Lake Tribune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The suspect was reported to be a 24-year-old white male, wearing a coat, jeans and beanie, with a teardrop tattoo on his face.

The end of the conservative Republican – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In a seminal speech Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced that he would not seek re-election because he did not want to accommodate himself to the “new normal” of Donald Trump‘s Republican Party and did not want to adjust to the “present coarseness of our national dialogue.” The speech stood out for its emphasis on the failure of moral leadership in the Republican Party, with the word “principle” appearing 13…

The sound of fear: Movie music for a scarifying Halloween – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Second year of college, I shared a mouse-ridden rental house way, way off campus with a rotating cast of drama department undergraduates interested in film music and, I suppose, in getting freaked out in a relatively safe environment. Late one night, somebody turned the living room lights off and turned on the motion picture soundtrack album of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” This was around Halloween. The music cued up was…

Google’s Pixel 2 XL also appears to suffer from poor audio recording … – The Verge

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Google’s Pixel 2 XL, which has been plagued by screen problems, has another stumbling block to contend with: poor audio recording quality. As first spotted by CNET, and reported by Pixel users on Google forums, the Pixel 2 XL is recording audio that’s high-pitched and distorted. User Tom Shelton uploaded a video shot on his Pixel 2 XL device that demonstrated the audio problems, and said he returned the phone…

Trump Campaign Adviser Met With Russian to Discuss ‘Dirt’ on Clinton – New York Times

Monday, October 30, 2017

The documents released on Monday said that several senior campaign officials knew about some of Mr. Papadopoulos’s interactions with the Russians. The documents do not say whether he mentioned the Clinton emails to anyone. Slide Show Read the Statement of Offense Against George Papadopoulos Credit The professor, who was not identified in court documents, introduced Mr. Papadopoulos to others, including someone connected to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and…

Facebook, Google and Twitter will tell Congress that Russia’s election meddling was wider than they first reported – Recode

Monday, October 30, 2017

Facebook, Google and Twitter plan to tell congressional investigators this week that the scope of Russia’s campaign to spread disinformation on their sites — and to potentially disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential race — is much broader than the companies initially reported. At Facebook, roughly 126 million users in the United States may have seen posts, stories or other content created by Russian government-backed trolls around Election Day, according to…

Judge blocks enforcement of Trump’s transgender military ban – CNN

Monday, October 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Monday partially blocked enforcement of key provisions of President Donald Trump’s memorandum banning transgender people serving in the military. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘politics/2017/09/28/transgender-midshipmen-naval-academy-orig-jm.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_14’,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170928171854-regan-kibby-naval-academy-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170928171854-regan-kibby-naval-academy-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170928171854-regan-kibby-naval-academy-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170928171854-regan-kibby-naval-academy-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170928171854-regan-kibby-naval-academy-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170928171854-regan-kibby-naval-academy-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170928171854-regan-kibby-naval-academy-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) {autoStartVideo = false;if…

Hoping to avoid prison, Bowe Bergdahl recounts his treatment as a Taliban prisoner – Washington Post

Monday, October 30, 2017

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appeared on the witness stand Monday and described his five years in Taliban captivity, a graphic and at times disturbing account delivered hours after the presiding judge rejected his attorneys’ appeal to have the case dismissed over incendiary remarks made by President Trump during his campaign for the White House. “It was never my intention for anyone to be hurt,” said Bergdahl,…

US forces capture second Benghazi suspect in Libya – CNN

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Google’s Pixel 2 XL also appears to suffer from poor audio recording quality – The Verge

Monday, October 30, 2017

Google’s Pixel 2 XL, which has been plagued by screen problems, has another stumbling block to contend with: poor audio recording quality. As first spotted by CNET, and reported by Pixel users on Google forums, the Pixel 2 XL is recording audio that’s high-pitched and distorted. User Tom Shelton uploaded a video shot on his Pixel 2 XL device that demonstrated the audio problems, and said he returned the phone…

Trump campaign adviser admitted to lying about Russian contacts – Washington Post

Monday, October 30, 2017

George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser to President Trump, pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to federal officials about contacts he had with people he believed had ties to the Russian government while he was affiliated with Trump’s campaign. Papadopoulos, who was named by Trump in March 2016 as a foreign policy adviser to the campaign, was first charged under seal in July and ultimately pleaded guilty in October…

Court partially blocks Trump’s transgender military ban – The Hill

Monday, October 30, 2017

A federal court has blocked President Trump in part from changing the military’s transgender policy as a case against his ban works its way through court. A judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that Trump’s directive changing the transgender policy back to what it was before June 2016 and banning new transgender recruits from enlisting cannot be enforced while the case is being reviewed in court….

Pandora adds curated playlists to its on-demand music service – Engadget

Monday, October 30, 2017

Premium subscribers will find them at the top of the “browse” section, with a top selection that matches up with the types of music that you listen to most frequently. Unfortunately, if you want to browse them all, there’s just a giant scrolling list that you’ll need to dig through. If you look under genres, moods or activities further down the browse section, you’ll only see Pandora’s typical stations. You…

How the Music to Videogame ‘Halo Wars 2’ Was Made the Old-Fashioned Way – Variety

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Xbox game “Halo Wars 2” is shaking things up musically as the first game soundtrack in 12 years to record with American Federation of Musician union players on Twentieth Century Fox’s Newman Scoring Stage. There, composer Gordy Haab conducted an 80-piece orchestra last fall. The game was released in February. For the final mix, Haab also integrated a 20-piece choir, recorded at Skywalker Sound, and meshed electronic music created by Finishing Move’s Brian…