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Puerto Rico Governor Calls for Whitefish Energy Contract to Be Canceled ‘Immediately’

whitefish contract canceledPuerto Rico’s governor is calling for the immediate cancellation of a controversial contract with Whitefish Energy, the small Montana company under intense scrutiny for a deal worth hundreds of millions to help restore power to the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked the board of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to cancel the contract with Whitefish Energy during a news conference on Sunday morning.

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Human rights activists go on trial in Turkey

Human rights activists go on trial in Turkey

Turkish authorities have put 11 human rights activists on trial, including the chairman of Amnesty International in Turkey, Taner Kilic.

Those facing charges at Istanbul's Caglayan courthouse on Wednesday were arrested in separate police raids in June and July and include one Swede and a German national.

Idil Eser, director of Amnesty International Turkey, is also among those on trial.

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Twitter Erased Data Potentially Crucial to Russia Probes

Twitter erased data important to Russia probe

Twitter has deleted tweets and other user data of potentially irreplaceable value to investigators probing Russia’s suspected manipulation of the social media platform during the 2016 election, according to current and former government cybersecurity officials.

Federal investigators now believe Twitter was one of Russia’s most potent weapons in its efforts to promote Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, the officials say, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

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EPA's climate rule withdrawal will include big changes to cost calculations

EPA's climate rule withdrawl affects cost calculations

The Trump administration will consider fundamentally limiting the way the federal government counts benefits from curbing climate change and air pollution in an upcoming proposal to rescind former President Barack Obama’s signature climate regulation, according to multiple sources familiar with recent drafts.

In nixing the Clean Power Plan, EPA will suggest changing the benefits it counts, which would bolster its arguments that the rule’s economic burdens would outweigh its gains from cleaner air, reduced illnesses and greater energy efficiency.

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How far-right trolls named the wrong man as the Las Vegas shooter

Far roght tolls blame wrong man for Las Vegas massacreGeary Danley was not the gunman in Las Vegas who killed at least 50 people late Sunday. But for hours on the far-right Internet, would-be sleuths scoured Danley’s Facebook likes, family photographs and marital history to try to “prove” that he was.

Danley, according to an archived version of a Facebook page bearing that name, might have been married to a Marilou Danley. Police were looking for a woman by that name in the hours after the shooting, but later said they did not believe she was involved. To name someone as a mass murderer based on that evidence would be irresponsible and dangerous. But that’s exactly what a portion of the far-right Internet did overnight.

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Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

Egypt cracks down on gaysTwo international rights groups are calling on Egyptian authorities to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent concert in Cairo.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also urged Egypt on Saturday to call off the anal examination of people detained on suspicion of homosexuality to determine whether they were engaged in same-sex sexual relations. They said the practice amounted to torture, calling it "abhorrent" and scientifically unsound.

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Plane crash that killed Dag Hammarskjold may have been caused by aircraft attack'

Dag Hammarskjold plane may have been shot down

A UN report into the death of its former secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld in a 1961 plane crash in central Africa has found that there is a “significant amount of evidence” that his flight was brought down by another aircraft.

The report, delivered to the current secretary general, António Guterres, last month, took into account previously undisclosed information provided by the US, UK, Belgian, Canadian and German governments.

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