Jury orders J&J to pay $550 million in Missouri asbestos cancer case

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reuters.com | Jul 12 @ 19:29

FILE PHOTO: A bottle of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York, February 24, 2016. (Reuters) - A Missouri jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $550 million to 22 women who alleged the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. J&J denies both that its talc products cause cancer and that they ever contained asbestos. The women and their families said decades-long use of Baby Powder and other cosmetic talc products caused their diseases. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has commissioned a study of various talc samples from 2009 to 2010, including of J&J’s Baby Powder.

Exclusive: Mexico opposes U.S. plan to make it take asylum seekers - document, source

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reuters.com | Jul 12 @ 19:26

“Mexico is not in the position to accept a safe third country agreement, as the United States has proposed on previous occasions,” the note says. Lopez Obrador is expected to suggest in the meeting that the United States help to reduce migration by helping create better living standards in Mexico and Central America. FILE PHOTO: Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America, enter the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico May 4, 2018. Many of the 2,000 or so foreign children taken from their parents recently under Trump’s zero-tolerance policy against illegal immigration were separated from parents seeking asylum in the United States. Mexico’s foreign ministry declined to say whether the asylum proposal would be on the agenda in those meetings.

The 2018 Emmy Nominations: There Is a Lot of Television to Watch

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newyorker.com | Jul 12 @ 19:23

The perfectly reasonable idea that Moore was being snubbed for her background as a pop star was indignantly broached. “Daily Pop” is a noontime gabfest, newsstand-juicy by nature. Nonetheless, there is at least one serious milestone to note among the 2018 nominations, announced this morning. Netflix received a total of a hundred and twelve nominations, compared to a hundred and eight for HBO, home of such expensively bludgeoning hits as “Game of Thrones” (twenty-two nominations) and “Westworld” (twenty-one nominations). As a television spectacle in and of themselves, they rarely make deep impressions.

Trump Cites ‘Great Progress’ in North Korea Nuclear Talks

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nytimes.com | Jul 12 @ 19:21

The letter released by Mr. Trump is filled with flowery language, but it makes no mention of nuclear weapons or any intention by the North to give them up. The evidence, from a declassified United States intelligence briefing seen by The New York Times, said the petroleum had been smuggled into North Korea via illicit ship-to-ship transfers at sea. The briefing said it had information that suggested such transfers had been carried out at least 89 times between January and May. United Nations Security Council diplomats said the United States had submitted evidence to the panel that suggested the North Koreans had furtively imported nearly 1.4 million barrels of refined petroleum this year, roughly triple the permitted amount for 2018. In another sign of tensions that belied the public pleasantries exchanged by Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump, the United States complained to a United Nations sanctions panel this week about what the Trump administration has described as rampant violations of the severe limits on North Korean imports of refined petroleum.

Trump's Reality Star Approach To The Real World

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npr.org | Jul 12 @ 19:17

He committed to raising election interference with the Russian leader, but when it comes to Vladimir Putin, Trump's deferential — not tough. Trump's Reality Star Approach To The Real WorldEnlarge this image toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesPresident Trump left the NATO summit in Brussels this week a full 180 degrees from where he came in. "Not much had changed, but the answer to Trump's turnaround lies in three characteristics that shape Donald Trump's role on the world stage. That was exactly what NATO allies had been urging him to do — take yes for an answer and then take a victory lap. This is a similar outcome to Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un.

Congressman harangues Trump-critic FBI agent over affair

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bbc.co.uk | Jul 12 @ 19:16

VideoDuring FBI agent Peter Strzok's testimony at the House Judiciary hearing, Republican Louie Gohmert asked how many times he lied to his wife. The question drew cries of outrage from some other members of the committee.

Ireland Expected To Become World's First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels

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npr.org | Jul 12 @ 19:16

Ireland Expected To Become World's First Country To Divest From Fossil FuelsEnlarge this image toggle caption Dave Walsh/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images Dave Walsh/VW Pics/UIG via Getty ImagesThe Republic of Ireland took a crucial step Thursday toward becoming the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels. But one of their principal arguments had less to do with Ireland than with countries elsewhere in the world, which are already feeling the devastating effects of climate change. "The bill now heads to the upper chamber, known as Seanad, where it is expected to pass easily when it's taken up, likely in September. Despite Thursday's vote, Ireland has not exactly been known as a champion of renewable energy. The principal force behind the bill, independent lawmaker Thomas Pringle, praised the move Thursday as a "moment where we commit to getting serious.

Trade War With China in Aisle 12

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nytimes.com | Jul 12 @ 19:08

WASHINGTON — The administration’s trade fight with China may soon be fought in the aisles of Walmart, Best Buy, REI and Costco. President Trump’s latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese goods would finally pull American consumers into an escalating trade war that they have, thus far, mostly watched from a distance. But the list of $200 billion worth of products administration officials proposed hitting with tariffs on Tuesday would push up prices at many American retailers. Administration officials took pains in their first batch of Chinese tariffs to largely shield consumers from seeing immediate price increases on products they buy. The tariffs would not go into effect for several months and may not happen at all if the United States and China are able to resolve their differences.

Charges Against Stormy Daniels Quickly Dropped After Arrest at Strip Club

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nytimes.com | Jul 12 @ 19:08

Ms. Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, simply had a two-night gig at the Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in Columbus. That distinction resulted in the three misdemeanor charges of illegal sexual activity that were brought against Ms. Clifford after her Wednesday night arrest being dropped on Thursday afternoon. But in the less than 24 hours that Ms. Clifford was arrested, charged, bailed out and released, the episode, widely reported in the national media, generated questions. In the end, the arrest at an Ohio strip club of Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film star who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump before he became president, was quickly resolved because of one fact: she was not a regular employee of the club. The Columbus police later said that they had made a mistake in making the arrest.

Leadership Of Puerto Rico's Electric Utility Crumbles Amid Power Struggle

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npr.org | Jul 12 @ 19:07

Leadership Of Puerto Rico's Electric Utility Crumbles Amid Power StruggleEnlarge this image toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP Carolyn Kaster/APThe leadership of Puerto Rico's troubled electric utility — PREPA — crumbled on Thursday, as a majority of its board of directors, including its newly named CEO, resigned rather than submit to demands by the island's governor that the new CEO's salary be reduced. But news of Díaz Granados' even larger salary sparked an outcry among politicians, including Puerto Rico's governor, who was traveling to Russia to watch the World Cup final. The board had named PREPA board member and former General Electric executive Rafael Díaz Granados as its new CEO just a day earlier, at an annual salary of $750,000. Díaz Granados would have become the fourth CEO since the hurricane, and would have been tasked with overseeing the public utility's privatization, which the governor signed into law last month. The governor said he would act quickly to name replacements, and officials said they expected the new board would appoint another CEO by the end of the week.

Trump: Brexit plan 'will probably kill' US trade deal

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bbc.co.uk | Jul 12 @ 19:04

Theresa May has been making the case for a US free trade deal with Mr Trump, on his first UK visit as president. On the subject of a future trade deal, he said the Chequers deal would mean it would be "most likely ... we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal". Mr Trump and the first lady were given a red carpet reception at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on Thursday evening. Mr Trump told The Sun that the UK's blueprint for its post-Brexit relations with the EU was "a much different deal than the people voted on". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Mays greets Trumps for UK black-tie dinnerDonald Trump has said the UK will "probably not" get a trade deal with the US, if the prime minister's Brexit plan goes ahead.

US appeals $80bn AT&T-Time Warner deal

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bbc.co.uk | Jul 12 @ 19:02

The ruling was a significant defeat for the US Justice Department, which had argued the deal would lead to less competition and higher consumer prices. David McAtee, AT&T general counsel, said the company was surprised by the Justice Department move and would defend the court's approval. The Department of Justice sued to block the deal in 2017, launching the biggest anti-trust suit in decades. The appeal will extend a battle with competition regulators that started in 2016, when AT&T first announced its plan to buy Time Warner. Image copyright AFP/GettyThe US government has decided to appeal against a landmark court ruling that cleared the way for telecoms giant AT&T to buy Time Warner.

Trump: soft Brexit will 'kill' UK's chances of US trade deal

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theguardian.com | Jul 12 @ 18:54

Q&A Tell us: how are you are marking Donald Trump's UK visit? “I would say Brexit is Brexit,” he told reporters at the Nato summit. Show Hide Whether you are joining a planned demonstration or marking Trump’s UK visit in some other way, share your story and photographs via our dedicated callout here. The prime minister and president once again briefly held hands as they walked up to the palace. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty ImagesDowning Street indicated that the prime minister was prepared to challenge Trump’s remarks at the Chequers talks on Friday, which will also cover Russia and the Middle East.

UK PM May praises 'dearest friend' U.S. as Trump questions her Brexit plans

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reuters.com | Jul 12 @ 18:54

Supporters of Brexit say such a trade deal would be one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc. Slideshow (7 Images)Trump, who has repeatedly praised Brexit, has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging agreement with Britain after its EU departure. Some Brexit supporters cast May’s Brexit plan as a betrayal, including lawmakers in her own deeply-divided party who have warned of a leadership challenge. The meeting could be difficult, after Trump was quoted in the Sun as saying that May had rejected his advice on Brexit. Within the walls of the grand 18th-century country house, May had only warm words, calling Britain and the United States “not just the closest of allies but the dearest of friends”.

A New York-Trained Street Photographer Captures the Art of Walking in Los Angeles

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newyorker.com | Jul 12 @ 18:52

One of the best ways to experience the rapidly changing area of downtown Los Angeles is to walk a mile-long stretch of South Broadway, from the “We Buy Gold” shops to the Ace Hotel. “Cars are not really cognizant of you crossing, but, for the most part, there’s so much life on the street.” Groskopf moved from New York City to Los Angeles six years ago, and she brought the tradition of New York street photographers, such as Daniel Arnold, with her; she takes quirky, candid photos of pedestrians and amblers all over Los Angeles. “I’m surprised people don’t think of L.A. as more walking-friendly,” the photographer Michelle Groskopf told me recently. “When I was in New York, I would step outside my apartment and be inundated by everything.”What happened was just the opposite. There is hair everywhere: pink strands held back with a baseball cap, white curlicues on a tan chest.

Our TV Critics on the 2018 Emmy Nominations

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nytimes.com | Jul 12 @ 18:50

I just think “Atlanta” and “Barry” are way beyond what other shows are doing. (Also worth noting that “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “GLOW,” “Mrs. LYONS I agree with that wild generalization, there are way more comedies I look forward to watching than there are dramas. And this year’s comedy category is really strong, though again, I’m not sure everyone is really punching in the same weight class. (It is interesting that “Killing Eve,” which shares a lot with “Barry,” was competing in drama, because, I guess, length?

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Strzok in the Middle

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theatlantic.com | Jul 12 @ 18:46

: Senate Republicans on Wednesday passed a symbolic rebuke of President Trump’s recent tariffs. SnapshotWhat We’re ReadingThird-Party Quirks: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat longtime Democratic Representative Joe Crowley in New York’s primary last month. (David Siders, Politico)Differing Visions: Republicans have introduced a federal paid leave policy that Democrats think doesn’t go far enough. (Lisa W. Foderaro, The New York Times)Can the Senate Curb Trump’s Trade Powers? (Natalie Gontcharova, Refinery29)VisualizedTrade Wars, Explained: Here’s how the newly imposed tariffs on Chinese goods will affect the United States.

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Strzok in the Middle

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theatlantic.com | Jul 12 @ 18:46

: Senate Republicans on Wednesday passed a symbolic rebuke of President Trump’s recent tariffs. SnapshotWhat We’re ReadingThird-Party Quirks: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat longtime Democratic Representative Joe Crowley in New York’s primary last month. (David Siders, Politico)Differing Visions: Republicans have introduced a federal paid leave policy that Democrats think doesn’t go far enough. (Lisa W. Foderaro, The New York Times)Can the Senate Curb Trump’s Trade Powers? (Natalie Gontcharova, Refinery29)VisualizedTrade Wars, Explained: Here’s how the newly imposed tariffs on Chinese goods will affect the United States.

U.S. Justice Dept to appeal approval of AT&T acquisition of Time Warner

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reuters.com | Jul 12 @ 18:45

“The court’s decision could hardly have been more thorough, fact-based, and well-reasoned.”A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment. AT&T general counsel David McAtee said the company is “surprised” the Justice Department is appealing. In 2016, the Justice Department had demanded that AT&T sell the Turner networks, which include CNN, as part of approving the merger. Heinz Co called off its acquisition of Beech-Nut after an appeals court overturned a lower court’s decision to allow the merger. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it would appeal a federal judge’s approval of AT&T Inc’s (T.N) $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, raising the prospect barely a month after the deal closed that it could be undone.

Op-Ed Columnist: For Trump, Failure Is the Only Option

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nytimes.com | Jul 12 @ 18:41

So he isn’t acting like someone threatening a trade war to win concessions; he’s acting like someone who just wants a trade war. It’s basically the same as the story of the escalating trade war. For Trump, disrupting NATO doesn’t seem to be a means to an end; it’s an end in itself. Sure enough, he’s reportedly threatening to pull out of the World Trade Organization, the same way he’s suggesting that the U.S. might pull out of NATO. He then claimed, falsely, to have won major concessions, and graciously declared that it is “presently unnecessary” to consider quitting the alliance.

Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio strip club, but charges dismissed

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reuters.com | Jul 12 @ 18:38

After the charges were dismissed, Avenatti said Daniels would seek to perform at another club in Columbus on Thursday night. (Reuters) - Stormy Daniels, the porn star who has said she had a sexual encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump, was arrested while performing at an Ohio strip on Thursday, but the charges were dismissed and her lawyer called the arrest a politically motivated setup. Online court records showed that three misdemeanor charges of illegally operating a sexually oriented business related to knowingly touching a patron were dismissed. “I am pleased to report that the charges against my client @stormydaniels have been dismissed in their entirety,” Avenatti said on Twitter, thanking prosecutors for their “professionalism.”Under Ohio law, strip club patrons and nude or semi-nude employees are not allowed to touch each other. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said his office determined that Daniels committed no crime because she did not perform regularly at the club, as required under the law, and confirmed that the charges were dismissed.

PayPal Letter To Deceased Customer: 'You Should Read This Notice Carefully'

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npr.org | Jul 12 @ 18:37

"Important - You should read this notice carefully," the correspondence from PayPal began. PayPal Letter To Deceased Customer: 'You Should Read This Notice Carefully'Enlarge this image toggle caption Jeff Chiu/AP Jeff Chiu/APLindsay met a man named Howard on a dating site, fell in love, got married and added Durdle to her name. "You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit as we have received notice that you are deceased," the letter informed her. Durdle told the BBC a PayPal employee explained the letter was likely due to a bug, a bad letter template or human error. "We apologize profusely for the understandable distress this letter has caused," PayPal wrote in an emailed statement to NPR.

Justice Department Plans Appeal of AT&T-Time Warner Merger Approval

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nytimes.com | Jul 12 @ 18:35

has chosen to do so under these circumstances.”The Justice Department declined to comment beyond pointing to its filing to appeal. By appealing the case, experts say, the Justice Department sends a clear signal that despite its court loss, it will be aggressive on mergers. The Justice Department had considered filing an injunction after the judge, Richard J. Leon of United States District Court in Washington, approved the deal on June 12. “While the losing party in litigation always has the right to appeal if it wishes, we are surprised that the D.O.J. The department did not go ahead with the motion because AT&T said it would operate the media arm as a separate group, making it easier to unwind the business should the Justice Department succeed in an appeal.

Pakistan's caretaker government accused of vote rigging by Sharif's brother

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theguardian.com | Jul 12 @ 18:31

Nawaz Sharif was the 15th prime minister in Pakistan’s 70-year history – roughly half of it under military rule – to be removed before completing a full term. Leader of PML-N party claims hundreds of supporters arrested before return of ex-PMThe brother of Pakistan’s ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has accused the country’s caretaker government of “naked” pre-poll rigging against their party, as tensions rise ahead of the 25 July general election. “It is naked pre-poll rigging.”Shahbaz served three terms as chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province and a PML-N stronghold. Shahbaz Sharif, who heads the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), accused authorities of arresting hundreds of the party’s workers and supporters before Nawaz’s expected return to Pakistan on Friday. He is spearheading the party’s election campaign, which suffered a major setback last July when Nawaz Sharif was ousted as prime minister by the supreme court on corruption charges.

The Meaning of the Western Alliance

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theatlantic.com | Jul 12 @ 18:30

It also calls on NATO allies to respect the alliance’s agreed goal of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense. During the Cold War, America had allies in unlikely places like Gdansk, Warsaw, Budapest, Vilnius, and Prague. They also understood, through bad experience, that the failure of those values would lead to bad real-world outcomes, like the Second World War. On July 11, NATO leaders, including Trump, reached agreement on a Summit Declaration that affirms NATO solidarity and the rules-based international order, and urges efforts to thwart Russian aggression. These allies came through.

The Meaning of the Western Alliance

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theatlantic.com | Jul 12 @ 18:30

It also calls on NATO allies to respect the alliance’s agreed goal of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense. During the Cold War, America had allies in unlikely places like Gdansk, Warsaw, Budapest, Vilnius, and Prague. They also understood, through bad experience, that the failure of those values would lead to bad real-world outcomes, like the Second World War. On July 11, NATO leaders, including Trump, reached agreement on a Summit Declaration that affirms NATO solidarity and the rules-based international order, and urges efforts to thwart Russian aggression. These allies came through.

Gareth Southgate sanguine as he calls for extra composure against ‘top teams’

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theguardian.com | Jul 12 @ 18:30

England’s previous World Cup campaign was wrecked by two defeats in the first week. At the next World Cup almost all these players will still be available and, in theory, better for the experience. World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. “People may have had a feeling that playing for England was always misery and regret and recrimination,” Southgate said. He was also reluctant to talk too much about what could happen in the future when he was acutely aware the World Cup may never open up with so many possibilities again.

“Deep Red”

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newyorker.com | Jul 12 @ 18:30

“Deep Red” evinces the full extent of Argento’s seductive artistry. I recently revisited the film with vague memories of red, lots of red. The film’s glamorous collection of psychics, dandies, and artists suggestively discuss murder as if they’re speaking of sex. But it was more than the oversaturated hues of blood and black-rimmed, bloodshot eyes that transfixed me. The murderer, bestowed with an appreciation of camp, taunts victims with gramophone lullabies and stripped baby dolls, which hang from the ceiling like party streamers.

England’s Harry Kane declares himself fit for third-place play-off with Belgium

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theguardian.com | Jul 12 @ 18:29

Gareth Southgate will assess Harry Kane in training on Friday before determining whether his captain, pursuing the World Cup’s golden boot, will start in the third-place play-off against Belgium in St Petersburg on Saturday. “The third-place game is not a match we wanted to be in,” Kane said. So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. The striker, rendered ineffective by Croatia, has declared himself fit, though the personal trophy would not compensate for the disappointment endured in Wednesday’s semi-final. “But we will try to play with as much pride as we can and finish on a high.


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