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Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups | Reuters

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the weekend.<p>“I disagree with the president and others who …

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Hundreds March Through University of Virginia to Protest Hate Groups

Carrying lit candles and singing songs of peace, hundreds of people massed on the University of Virginia campus on Wednesday night in a resounding rebuke of the white nationalist violence that rocked Charlottesville last weekend.<p>Live footage from the vigil showed a sea of flickering candles and …

Rights & Freedoms

Bannon Mocks Colleagues and ‘Alt-Right’ in Interview

WASHINGTON — If President Trump is considering whether to fire Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, as has been rumored for weeks, Mr. Bannon just gave him several new reasons.<p>In an interview published Wednesday by a liberal journalist, Mr. Bannon contradicted the president’s position on North …

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Trump mourns loss of ‘beautiful statues and monuments’ in wake of Charlottesville rally over Robert E. Lee statue

President Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville during a white supremacist demonstration protesting the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate military commander Robert E. Lee.<p>Trump's string of …

Rights & Freedoms

Cyber attack eases, hacking group threatens to sell code

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governments turned their attention to a possible new wave of cyber threats on Tuesday after the group that leaked U.S. hacking tools used to launch the global WannaCry "ransomware" attack warned it would release more malicious code.<p>The fast-spreading cyber extortion campaign, …

Cybersecurity

Voting advocates call Supreme Court's decision not to hear North Carolina case a win

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sidestepped the politically divisive issue of voting rights Monday, refusing to reconsider a lower court's ruling that a North Carolina photo-ID law discriminated against black voters "with almost surgical precision."<p>The justices denied the state's case in part …

North Carolina

Cyberattack Spreads in Asia, Though No ‘Second Wave’ Is Seen

HONG KONG — A global cyberattack spread to thousands of additional computers on Monday as workers logged in at the start of a new workweek.<p>Universities, hospitals, businesses and daily life were disrupted, but no catastrophic breakdowns were reported. In Europe, where the cyberattack first emerged, …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Republicans and Democrats agree: If Trump has tapes, he’ll need to turn them over to Congress

In the six days since President Trump abruptly fired FBI director James B. Comey, concern from both parties has mounted about the selection of a replacement and the president’s suggestion that he may have secretly taped conversations with the ousted director.<p>Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers …

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North Korea Open to U.S. Talks Under Certain 'Conditions' — Official

BEIJING — A top North Korean diplomat said Saturday that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set."<p>Choi Sun-hee, the top North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the U.S., spoke briefly to reporters in Beijing en route to …

North Korea

Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new FBI director

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that "we can make a fast decision" on a new FBI director, possibly by late next week, before …

Donald Trump

Trump Interview With Lester Holt: President Asked Comey If He Was Under Investigation

President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview Thursday with NBC News' Lester Holt, called ousted FBI chief James Comey a "showboat" and revealed he asked Comey whether he was under investigation for alleged ties to Russia.<p>"I actually asked him" if I were under investigation, Trump said, noting …

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Acting FBI director contradicts Trump White House on Comey, Russia probe

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe on Thursday rejected the Trump White House’s characterization of the Russian meddling probe as a low priority and delivered a passionate defense of former director James B. Comey — putting himself squarely at odds with the president while the bureau’s future hangs …

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In sign of intensifying Somalia fight, Navy SEAL killed during raid against al-Shabab

A Navy SEAL was killed during a firefight with al-Shabab militants in Somalia, the U.S. military said Friday, a sign of the risks the United States faces as it expands its fight against al-Qaeda-linked extremists there.<p>Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said that the service member, who has …

Extremism

North Korea accuses CIA of biochemical plot to kill Kim Jong-un

North Korea has accused the CIA of attempting to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-un, using unspecified biochemical substances during a public ceremonial event in the capital, Pyongyang.<p>The ministry of state security issued a statement claiming the US intelligence agency had bribed a North Korean …

North Korea

House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering on their promise to reshape American health care without mandated insurance …

Health Care

Trump Abruptly Ends CBS Interview After Wiretap Question

WASHINGTON — President Trump marked his first 100 days in office by attacking the news media with a calculated fury not seen since the beginning of his administration — while rewarding the journalists he allegedly loathes with long, newsy chats in the Oval Office, Air Force One rides and meals.<p>Mr. …

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Exclusive: Facebook and Google Were Victims of $100M Payment Scam

When the Justice Department announced the arrest last month of a man who allegedly swindled more than $100 million from two U.S. tech giants, the …

Senate Confirms R. Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

R. Alexander Acosta, the dean of Florida International University College of Law and a former United States attorney, was confirmed as labor secretary by the Senate on Thursday, becoming the only Latino in President Trump’s cabinet.<p>The confirmation of Mr. Acosta, 48, completes Mr. Trump’s cabinet …

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Trump rally is 2nd best since JFK

The Trump rally has come in three waves. It was kicked off soon after the election with exuberance over the Trump agenda. It was dealt a blow by political reality, and has since matured into cautious optimism.<p>All in all, the stock market performance through President Trump's 100th day in office on …

The Latest: NKorea official calls US efforts a 'wild dream'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on U.S. efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear program (all times local):<p>2 p.m.<p>North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador …

North Korea

No Obamacare Repeal Likely Before Donald Trump's 100th Day

President Donald Trump looks likely to pass his 100th day in office without successfully repealing Obamacare, but lawmakers appeared to have avoided a government shutdown for at least another week.<p>Following a flurry activity on a compromise to a GOP bill shelved last month for lack of support, …

Republicans

Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.<p>"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict …

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Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199.<p>The bug was unusually dangerous but of a common genre: it was in Microsoft software, could allow a hacker …

Cybersecurity

FCC Chairman wants to end net neutrality, why is it problematic?

Ethan Miller/Getty Images<p>Ajit Pai wants to repeal net neutrality, which is likely to be approved given FCC’s Republican majority, but there is bound to be significant opposition. And for good reason.<p>Donald Trump’s administration is bringing various changes to the tech world, and now, it looks like …

Net Neutrality

Trump under fire over 'huge tax cut for the rich'

Plan would slash taxes for small and big businesses, including Trump’s, eliminate inheritance taxes, and would be largest overhaul since Reagan era<p>The Trump administration unveiled what it called the biggest tax cuts “in history” on Wednesday, in a move that will simplify the US tax system, slash …

Economics

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Jobless claims rise, but four-week average at two-month low | Reuters

WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the four-week average of claims fell to a two-month low, indicating that labor market conditions continue to tighten.<p>FILE PHOTO: Job seekers stand in a room of …

Economics

Syria Blames Israel for Attack on Damascus Airport

JERUSALEM — Syrian and rebel officials blamed Israel for several explosions Thursday morning at warehouses near the Damascus airport that the Israeli news media said were housing weapons bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.<p>Israel, which has carried out attacks on precision missiles and …

Middle East

Trump says was 'psyched to terminate NAFTA' but reconsidered

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday that he was "psyched" to terminate the NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico, but changed his mind after their leaders asked for it to be renegotiated instead.<p>Trump said in an interview with Reuters that he will not hesitate …

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