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Today β€” September 18th 2019Actual

China Used Twitter To Disrupt Hong Kong Protests, But Efforts Began Years Earlier

By Daniel Wood
Graph showing twitter activity from banned accounts in the last year.

Social media networks banned hundreds of thousands of accounts last month. In NPR's assessment of the data, telling details begin to depict large disinformation campaigns.

(Image credit: Daniel Wood/NPR)

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:48

Most parents say their kids have ridden with a risky teen driver

Most parents say their kids have ridden with a risky teen driverNearly two-thirds of parents worry that their children have been in unsafe situations as passengers traveling with a teen driver, a new survey finds. "Parents are rightfully concerned about teens as passengers with teen drivers," said Dr. Gary Freed, a co-director of the poll and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan and the Mott Children's Hospital.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:29

Shane Gillis and the Privilege of Comedy

By Maeve Higgins

Many of my fellow comics are worrying about freedom of speech. I’m laughing.

In β€˜Sontag,’ the Author’s Myth Takes Center Stage

By Parul Sehgal

Benjamin Moser’s authorized biography of the essayist, critic and cultural icon Susan Sontag pays closest attention to its subject’s persona as a “great original creation.”

Trial of 2 underway in 2015 murder of 9-year-old Chicago boy

Trial of 2 underway in 2015 murder of 9-year-old Chicago boyDwright Boone-Doty and Corey Morgan are charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Tyshawn Lee. Assistant State's Attorney Margaret Hillmann on Tuesday said Boone-Doty lured the 4th grader into an alley by promising him a juice box and then shot him. Morgan's attorney, Thomas Breen, distanced his client from the crime, saying the shooter was "one singularly evil person." Prosecutors allege Boone-Doty was the gunman.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:26

A New Destination for Dim Sum and Culinary Discipline

By Pete Wells

Hutong, in Midtown, has a flashy interior and a menu that excels when it plunges into fiery Sichuan cuisine.

Scott McNealy gets touchy feely with Trump: Sun cofounder hosts hush-hush reelection fundraiser for President

Commander-in-Chief jets into Silicon Valley under cloud of secrecy

The mystery host of a Silicon Valley fundraiser for President Trump today has been revealed as Scott McNealy, co-founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems.…

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:25

FedEx profit falls, company cites uncertainty over trade

FedEx profit falls, company cites uncertainty over tradeProfit at FedEx fell 11% in its fiscal first quarter, as the package delivery company was buffeted by slower economic growth and the loss of business from retail giant Amazon. FedEx Corp. shares dropped sharply in after-hours trading. FedEx is also raising prices.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:24

UPDATE 1-BoE governor appointment to be delayed until after forthcoming election- FT

UPDATE 1-BoE governor appointment to be delayed until after forthcoming election- FTThe appointment of the next governor of the Bank of England will be pushed back until after the forthcoming election, the Financial Times reported https://on.ft.com/2V0zs3P on Tuesday, citing people briefed on the matter. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney could be asked to extend his term if Brexit is delayed again, according to the report. Ministers are not likely to meet the British government's deadline of announcing Carney's successor this autumn, the report added.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:23

Indiana judge wants reinstatement after felonies dropped

Indiana judge wants reinstatement after felonies droppedA southern Indiana judge wants to return to the bench after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a fight outside an Indianapolis fast-food restaurant during which he and another judge were shot. The News and Tribune reports Clark Circuit Judge Andrew Adams requested the reinstatement Tuesday. Two felony counts that led to his suspension were dismissed under a plea agreement in which Adams received a one-year suspended sentence Sept. 9.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:15

Don’t Forget Our Frontline Caregivers in the Opioid Epidemic

By John Kasich and E. Gordon Gee

The demands of caring for addicts have stretched the resources of hospitals.

FBI offers $5,000 reward for help capturing 'Mummy Marauder'

By Doha Madani

A man who wrapped himself in white gauze before robbing a Houston-area bank on Friday the 13th has been dubbed the "Mummy Marauder" by authorities.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:09

Gates Foundation's Humanitarian Award To India's Modi Is Sparking Outrage

By Malaka Gharib
In this March 28 photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a campaign rally in Meerut. One of his efforts as prime minister has been to construct millions of toilets to reduce open defecation.

The Indian prime minister is cited for the millions of toilets his government has built in rural India. Activists say his human rights record should disqualify him.

(Image credit: Altaf Qadri/AP)

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:08

Call for Israel unity government as election too close to call

A national unity government has been called for in Israel after exit polls provided no clear winner in the country's second general election of 2019.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:06

Lawyers for U.S. consulate worker charged in Turkey applied to European rights court -source

Lawyers for U.S. consulate worker charged in Turkey applied to European rights court -sourceThe European court has accepted the application, the person said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case. A separate application by the lawyers to Turkey's highest court was rejected in February, the person added. Topuz's trial is one of several strains on the relationship between Washington and Ankara, NATO allies that sharply disagree over some goals in war-torn Syria and over Turkey's decision to buy Russian S-400 missile defences.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:01

Reuters Entertainment News Summary

Reuters Entertainment News SummaryNetflix Inc landed the global streaming rights for classic TV sitcom "Seinfeld," the company said on Monday, bolstering its digital catalog as it faces the loss of two popular series. "All 180 episodes of the Emmy-Award winning Seinfeld are coming to Netflix - worldwide! - starting in 2021," Netflix said on Twitter.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:59

Reuters People News Summary

Reuters People News SummaryHong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho wants U.S. lawmakers and companies to criticize Beijing's actions in Hong Kong, to help change the Chinese Communist Party's behavior. Ho told Reuters on Monday that Beijing was using its power and influence to quash dissent around the world, and urged businesses who invest in China and Hong Kong, a former British colony, to robustly support human rights and democracy.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:59

Reuters Science News Summary

Reuters Science News SummaryBrad Pitt traded laughs on Monday in a call to the International Space Station with a NASA astronaut, who somersaulted during the zero-gravity interview ahead of this week's release of the actor's new film, the space thriller "Ad Astra." Pitt peppered astronaut Nick Hague with dozens of questions about what life was like in space.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:59

Reuters Health News Summary

Reuters Health News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current health news briefs. U.S. e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc said on Tuesday its products were not currently available on e-commerce web sites in China, days after it entered the world's single-largest market for tobacco consumption with over 300 million smokers. "While JUUL products are not currently available on e-commerce Web sites in China, we look forward to continued dialogue with stakeholders so that we can make our products available again," the company spokesperson said, without disclosing any reason for the halt of sales.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:59