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World’s Top Banker Says Trump Would Choke The Global Economy

Christine LagardeThe world’s top banker said Thursday that the policies advocated by Donald Trump could strike a major blow to the world economy.

In an interview with the Financial Times, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said Britain’s vote last month to leave the European Union already threatens to stymie economic growth. And the sorts of tariffs and trade barriers pushed by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee ― including pledges to shred major trade pacts, like the North American Free Trade Agreement ― would make things much worse.


Obama toughens Arctic drilling rules

Arctic drilllingThe Obama administration rolled out a suite of new regulatory standards Thursday to strengthen offshore oil and natural gas safety in the unique, unforgiving Arctic Ocean.

It’s the first time that the federal government has put forth specific safety rules for the Arctic, which is vastly different in numerous ways from more developed offshore drilling areas like the Gulf of Mexico.


'Largest-ever' Silicon Valley eviction to displace hundreds of tenants

Silicon Valley evictionsIris Milano could hardly sleep after she got the news that her family would be kicked out of their two-bedroom apartment in San Jose.

“You’re always thinking and worrying. It’s something that is always with me,” said Milano, 47, a skin-care technician who lives with her husband and 14-year-old son in an apartment protected by rent control in the northern California city. “We are being forced to move. This is our home.”


FBI’s Comey: Clinton wasn’t held to a different standard

James ComeyFBI Director James Comey told a packed hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill that Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material was not held to a different standard from that of lower-ranking military or civilian officials.

Comey drew a sharp contrast between Clinton’s case and that of former CIA Director David Petraeus, a war hero who pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of giving classified material to his lover and biographer, Paula Broadwell of Charlotte, North Carolina.


Reports: Taipei Train Explosion Injures 20+

Taipei train explosionAn explosion on a passenger train in Taipei has reportedly injured at least 21 people. Fire officials reportedly received word of an explosion at about 10 p.m. Thursday. Three blasts were reported before the cabin erupted in flames.

Police said a man in his forties walked on and left a bag in the cabin just before the blasts. The train was allegedly traveling from Hsinchu to Keelung.


16-million-year-old planet with three suns discovered

16 million year old planetThe far-off planet, located about 320 light years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus, is unlike any other known world, scientists say.

Anyone on the planet — if it harbored life, which scientists don't think is possible — would either experience constant daylight or enjoy triple sunrises and sunsets each day, depending on the season, which last longer than human lifetimes.


French court sentences Rwandan mayors to life in prison for 1994 genocide

French court sentences Rwanda mayors to lifeTwo former Rwandan mayors received life imprisonment sentences Thursday for their roles in a 1994 genocide in which they were found to be responsible for the deaths of 2,000 people.

Tito Barahira, 65, and Octavien Ngenzi, 58, each a former mayor of Kabarondo, Rwanda, heard their sentences announced in Paris' Cour D'Assises. The ruling followed an eight-week trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Each denied the charges.


Minn. governor calls for DOJ probe into officer-involved fatal shooting

Minnesota shooting of unarmed black man investigatedMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton called on the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb.

Dayton also said he requested the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension begin an independent investigation into the Wednesday shooting. Castile and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, were pulled over by St. Anthony Police for a broken tail light. Castile, 32, was shot in the arm while reaching for his wallet, Reynolds said. Reynolds captured the events immediately after the shooting on Facebook Live.


Loretta Lynch makes it official: No charges in Hillary Clinton email probe

Loretta LynchAttorney General Loretta Lynch made official late Wednesday what was widely expected: The Justice Department will not press charges against Hillary Clinton or anyone else as part of its investigation into Clinton's use of private email servers while secretary of State.

The announcement comes the day after FBI Director James Comey said that, while Clinton and State Department employees had been "extremely careless" in handling classified materials, there was no basis for a criminal case.


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