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By Sean Jackson

The two federal corrections officers who were on duty the night Jeffery Epstein allegedly committed suicide in a Mahattan jail are charged with failing to check on him every 30-minutes and then lying that they did on official prison documents.

The two Bureau of Prison employees, Michael Thomas and Tova Noel, are expected to appear in the United States District Court in Manhattan to face charges including falsifying records and conspiracy to defraud a federal court.

According to the indictment, Noel admits to not checking in on Epstein, “We did not complete the 3 a.m. nor 5 a.m. …


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By Sean Jackson

The Trump administration plans to harden migration rules to drastically decrease those seeking asylum in the United States and stem the tide of illegal immigration at the southern border. This comes amid the administration’s push to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

The regulation is to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday. The administration’s proposed framework will allow those seeking asylum to be sent to other nations based on negotiated bilateral agreements. The intended goal is to deter those travelling to the southern border from seeking asylum in the U.S.

This move follows administration officials arguing that migrants with valid asylum claims should seek protection in the first ‘safe’ country where they have the opportunity to apply, as many migrants travel through multiple nations before reaching the U.S. border. This new regulation states that asylum seekers could potentially be sent to other countries that the U.S. has asylum agreements with, even if they did not travel through those nations initially. …


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By Sean Jackson

U.S. prosecutors charged a New York company and its employees by over a thirteen year plot to illegally import and sell technology made in China to sell to the U.S. government. The technology included surveillance and security equipment that could potentially be exploited by foreign actors.

The company, Aventura Technologies Inc, is accused of defrauding government entities and military entities by falsely suggesting that it manufactured security cameras and other products in the U.S., while instead importing the products from China. Founder Jack Cassabo and six other employees are implicated in the prosecution.

U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue spoke at a news conference about the incident, stating that Aventura, “created a channel by which foreign adversaries and other actors could access some of our government’s most sensitive facilities and computer networks.” …


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By Sean Jackson

Facebook and Google are considering new rules that ban the use of micro-targeting of political ads. Political advertisements have recently been met with criticism over giving candidates the ability to display specific messages to small sections of the electorate.

Some critics have suggested that micro-targeting could damage political norms by allowing candidates to showcase different policy platforms to different demographics to garner votes.

Recently the chair of the U.S. Federal Elections Commission, Ellen Weintraub, called on Facebook and other social media platforms to cease the practice stating, “When candidates — or anyone else — try to influence voters, they should be willing to let a wide range of voters hear what they have to say, instead of a precision targeted few.” …


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By Tarik Johnson

Twitter will no longer be accepting political ads, according to a Wednesday announcement by CEO Jack Dorsey on the platform. “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…” Dorsey went on to say that because reach should be earned through the integrity of the message, money shouldn’t interfere with what decisions people get to make.

The tweet was made the same day Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on Facebook’s political ad policy, saying “Although I’ve considered whether we should not carry [political] ads in the past, and I’ll continue to do so, on balance so far I’ve thought we should continue.” Facebook argues it should not be the one to make decisions about its users’ speech and that politician’s speech is newsworthy. …


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By Tarik Johnson

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has officially submitted his resignation on Tuesday to President Michel Aoun and is awaiting the final decision. This was one of the demands from protesters who took to the streets two weeks ago, after the government tried to impose a tax on Whatsapp calls, along with other austerity measures. However this is only seen as a single win in what many news outlets are calling the “Lebanese Whatsapp revolution” or the “tax intifada,” with protesters calling for further resignations and a complete overhaul of the sectarian political system.

“I can’t hide this from you. I have reached a dead-end,” Hariri said in his resignation speech. …


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By Sean Jackson

The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission has halted Gram, the initial coin offering, or ICO, of secure messaging app Telegram. Telegram has stated that they would deliver the tokens to those who purchased them no later than October 31st of this year. The SEC is suggesting that the token offering was not registered properly as a security, and does not comply with the Securities Act of 1933.

On Friday the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram after the messaging app company raised one point seven billion dollars from investors.

The SEC issued a statement where they outlined why they issued emergency action. …


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By Sean Jackson

“It was like [being the] first man on the moon.” said Thiabault, a 30-year-old man who was paralyzed after an accident where he fell close to fifty feet while in a nightclub, “I did not walk for two years.”

Thiabault, who is keeping his last name anonymous for privacy, was able to walk for the first time using a brain-controlled exoskeleton, according to french researchers who reported their findings in The Lancet Neurology Journal last Thursday. …


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By Sean Jackson

Early on Saturday, September 14th reports of airstrikes on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco crude oil processing facility surfaced, drawing international attention.The facility that was struck is the world’s largest oil processing plant, located in Abqaiq. The strikes are said to have knocked out the facility’s ability to produce 5.7 million barrels of oil production daily in Saudi Arabia — approximately 5 percent of the world’s daily production. In response to the attack, oil prices spiked on Saturday.

Satellite imagery released by the White House showed a total of 17 major impacts from unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs or cruise missiles at the facility’s two major installations.U.S. defense officials indicated that the assault on the oil installation likely came from Iranian soil. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted condemning the Iranians: “Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. …


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By Tarik Johnson

Early in the morning on September 12, twenty-two Greenpeace activists created a blockade by hanging from bungee cords off the Fred Hartman Bridge in Houston, Texas. Eleven activists suspended themselves from the bridge blocking the passage of boat traffic in protest of the fossil fuel industry. Greenpeace USA, a non-governmental environmental organization, tweeted “We’re in Houston shutting down the largest oil export channel in the country to resist Trump & the oil industry for fueling this.”

Hillsborough county Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted, “I’m at the Fred Hartman bridge. Two northbound lanes on the bridge are shutdown. Traffic is moving slowly, best to find alternate routes. Also, no water vessels are allowed in the area. Our priority is the safety of everyone. …

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