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Whitefish Energy Apologizes to Puerto Rico, San Juan Mayor for Twitter Comments

Whitefish Energy 0 with 2 employees - gets $300m contractWhitefish Energy issued an apology to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and “everyone in Puerto Rico” for comments posted in a public Twitter spat on Wednesday. The Montana-based company is at the center of a controversial $300 million contract to restore electricity to the storm-battered U.S. island territory.

After Cruz questioned the transparency of the “alarming” contract—the largest awarded for relief efforts after Hurricane Maria—and demanded it be voided, Whitefish Energy’s Twitter account called her comments “disappointing and demoralizing” and appeared to threaten to stop working altogether: “We’ve got 44 linemen rebuilding power lines in your city & 40 more men just arrived. Do you want us to send them back or keep working?”

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NAACP warns black passengers who fly American Airlines

NAACP warns black passengers not to fly American

A leading civil rights group in the US has issued a travel warning for black passengers who fly on American Airlines over a series of "disturbing incidents" involving "troublesome conduct" directed at African American passengers.

"The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African American passengers, specific to American Airlines," the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said in a statement late on Tuesday.

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NBC News suspends Mark Halperin after 5 women accuse him of sexual harassment

Mark Halperin fired by NBC, MSNBCThe Los Angeles Times reports NBC News has suspended Game Change author Mark Halperin from his contributor post at MSNBC in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed employees while at ABC News.

CNN spoke with five women who worked with Halperin when he was political director at ABC News, who say he propositioned them for sex, and in one incident, “[kissed] and [grabbed] one’s breasts against her will.” Three of the accusers also say that Halperin “press[ed] an erection” against them, without consent, while they were all clothed.

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Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails

wikileaks contacted by Trump campaignThe head of a data analytics company linked to the Trump campaign contacted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016 regarding thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails kept on a private server while she was secretary of state, according to four sources familiar with the outreach.

Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, sent an email to several people including top Donald Trump donor Rebekah Mercer, relaying that he had emailed Assange seeking access to emails from Clinton's private server to turn them into a searchable database for the campaign or a pro-Trump political action committee, two of the sources said.
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White House: ‘Interagency Review’ Holding Up Russia Sanctions

WH claims interagency review holds up Russia sanctionsThe Trump administration says an “interagency review” is holding up the implementation of new sanctions against Russia that the president signed into law more than two months ago.

The administration blew past an October 1 deadline to issue guidance on implementation of the sanctions, including naming the individuals and entities from Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors who will be targeted by the sanctions. “As a result of the legislation the president signed in August, Treasury updated sanctions last month,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

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House passes bill to curb class-action lawsuits

House passes bill to curb law suits against corporation

The House passed legislation Thursday to put new restrictions on class-action lawsuits.

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act was approved 220-201. It requires proof that each proposed member of a class-action suit has the same extent of injuries before a federal court can certify it.

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Trump purges enemies and reshapes party in his image

Trump purges enemies and reshapes GOP in his image

President Donald Trump is squeezing out his enemies in the Republican Party — diminishing the power of the GOP establishment and reshaping his party in his own image.

With the looming exits of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Trump will rid himself of his two most outspoken Republican detractors. What happens before they depart in 2019 — Flake and Corker demonstrated Tuesday they are fully emboldened now to take on the president without fear of consequences — could determine the success or failure of the GOP-controlled Congress through the 2018 midterms.

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Rock, R&B Pioneer Fats Domino Dead at 89

Fats Domino dies at 89

Fats Domino, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, died Tuesday at his daughter's suburban New Orleans home. Haydee Ellis, a family friend, confirmed the news to NPR. Mark Bone, chief investigator for the Jefferson Parish coroner's office, tells NPR that Domino, who was 89, died of natural causes.

In the 1940s, Antoine Domino Jr. was working at a mattress factory in New Orleans and playing piano at night. Both his waistline and his fan base were expanding. That's when a bandleader began calling him "Fats." From there, it was a cakewalk to his first million-selling record — "The Fat Man." It was Domino's first release for Imperial Records, which signed him right off the bandstand.

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New 'security interviews' to begin for fliers on U.S.-bound flights

New 'security interviews' for foreign visitors

Travelers on international flights to the United States may face longer check-in and boarding queues this week as new U.S. security requirements kick in.

A set of new security measures for U.S.-bound flights takes effect Thursday, part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to scrutinize electronics brought onboard commercial airliners.

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