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Dershowitz says he'll 'forgive' Pompeo's 'rudeness' to reporter if he brings peace to Middle East

  • The comments come following President Donald Trump's remarks at the unveiling of the Middle East plan on Tuesday, where the President praised Pompeo's behavior toward a National Public Radio reporter as "very impressive" and having done "a good job on her" as Dershowitz patted Pompeo on the back.
  • While Dershowitz initially said, "I patted him on the back a dozen times when we talked about the Middle East, so that's what my pat was intended to encourage," he then suggested that the gesture had been meant to support Pompeo in response to criticism over his behavior toward Kelly.
  • On Monday, the department removed another NPR reporter from the press pool covering Pompeo's upcoming trip to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and has yet to explain or defend the highly unusual decision.

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Acclaimed Harvard scientist is arrested, accused of lying about ties to China

  • An FBI affidavit that lays out the case against Charles Lieber includes what federal prosecutors say is a contract between the Harvard researcher and a university in China.
  • Charles Lieber, the chair of Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has been arrested and criminally charged with making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the U.S. Defense Department about his ties to a Chinese government program to recruit foreign scientists and researchers.
  • Yanqing Ye, 29, who is currently in China, is charged with one count each of "visa fraud, making false statements, acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy." She had been working at Boston University and is accused of lying about her position as a lieutenant in the Chinese military.

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U.S. files lawsuits over robocall scams, cites 'massive financial losses'

  • The U.S. Justice Department lawsuits said most of the calls originated in India and used voice over internet protocol (VoIP) carriers, which use internet connections instead of traditional copper phone lines.
  • U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, who overseas the Eastern District of New York office, said that for the first time, the Justice Department was targeting “U.S.-based enablers” and seeking temporary restraining orders to block further calls.
  • The government said the firms were warned numerous times they were carrying fraudulent robocalls.
  • The Justice Department alleged TollFreeDeals.com carried 720 million calls during one 23-day period, and that more than 425 million of those calls lasted less than one second, which suggests they were robocalls.
  • In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission received nearly 400,000 complaints allegedly imposter fraud claims of $152.9 million, which the Justice Department said “substantially underestimates the extent” of fraud because many do not report losses.

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Justice Department moves to thwart global robocall scheme

  • Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department on Tuesday asked a federal judge to shut down a scheme involving companies in New York and Arizona that connect hundreds of millions of robocalls across the country each month.
  • In two first-of-their-kind filings, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn requested temporary restraining orders against five companies and three individuals who allegedly bridged spam calls -- most of which originated from India -- into the American telecommunications system.
  • A judge has not yet ruled on a similar Justice Department request targeting an Arizona man and woman and their two companies.
  • Tuesday's requests for restraining orders represented the "fastest method for us to act to shut down these ongoing schemes" while the investigation continues, another official said.
  • The Justice Department will also work with law enforcement partners in India and around the world to try and identify and prosecutor the originators of the robocalls, Hunt said.

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Barr says Justice Department will get more involved in fighting anti-Semitic attacks

  • Washington (CNN) - Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department will become more involved in combating hate crimes against the Jewish community as the number of anti-Semitic attacks has soared in recent years.
  • Speaking Tuesday alongside a group of Jewish community leaders in Brooklyn, New York, Barr said he would lower the threshold for federal involvement in cases of violence against Jews.
  • The Justice Department has made thwarting hate crimes and domestic terrorism attacks before they happen a priority in recent years as a number of racially motivated mass shootings have shaken the country.
  • On Tuesday, Barr said he wanted the new procedures around federal involvement in lower-level hate crimes to act as a deterrent, noting a recent set of charges filed in Brooklyn against a woman accused of slapping three Orthodox women last month.

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A college football coach was suspended after saying he'd like leadership tips from Hitler

  • Morris Berger was hired as Grand Valley State University's football offense coordinator on January 20.
  • Three days later, he gave an interview to the Grand Valley Lanthorn, the university's student newspaper.
  • But then the student editor asked him which historical figures he'd like to have dinner with, and Berger chose a controversial one.
  • Berger, who holds a degree in history according to the Lanthorn, went on to name two more historical figures he'd like to dine with: Former President John F.
  • Neither Berger nor the university athletic department responded to CNN's requests for comment.
  • Grand Valley Lanthorn editor-in-chief Nick Moran told the Detroit Free Press that a representative for the athletic department asked the paper's staff to remove the Hitler comments from the interview two days after it was published.
  • In a statement to CNN, Moran said the paper stands by its decision to publish the interview in full.

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The US just issued a travel warning on China because of the mysterious coronavirus outbreak

  • The US State Department issued an upgraded travel warning on China, as concerns over a mysterious viral outbreak continue to grow.
  • The coronavirus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms was first observed in the city of Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million in the Hubei province.
  • The entire city of Wuhan has been quarantined by Chinese officials, with transportation links to the city suspended.
  • At least 15 other cities in China have been quarantined or had transit links suspended.
  • It is believed that the virus, which is known officially as 2019-nCoV, originated in animals — possibly snakes — before jumping the species barrier to humans.
  • US health officials began screening incoming passengers from China at airports earlier this month.
  • The federal government said on Tuesday that it would expand those screenings to more airports around the country.

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US State Department issues China travel warning over coronavirus - Business Insider

  • The US State Department issued an upgraded travel warning on China, as concerns over a mysterious viral outbreak continue to grow.
  • The coronavirus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms was first observed in the city of Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million in the Hubei province.
  • The entire city of Wuhan has been quarantined by Chinese officials, with transportation links to the city suspended.
  • At least 15 other cities in China have been quarantined or had transit links suspended.
  • It is believed that the virus, which is known officially as 2019-nCoV, originated in animals — possibly snakes — before jumping the species barrier to humans.
  • US health officials began screening incoming passengers from China at airports earlier this month.
  • The federal government said on Tuesday that it would expand those screenings to more airports around the country.

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US State Department issues China travel warning over coronavirus - Business Insider

  • The US State Department issued an upgraded travel warning on China, as concerns over a mysterious viral outbreak continue to grow.
  • The coronavirus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms was first observed in the city of Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million in the Hubei province.
  • The entire city of Wuhan has been quarantined by Chinese officials, with transportation links to the city suspended.
  • At least 15 other cities in China have been quarantined or had transit links suspended.
  • It is believed that the virus, which is known officially as 2019-nCoV, originated in animals — possibly snakes — before jumping the species barrier to humans.
  • US health officials began screening incoming passengers from China at airports earlier this month.
  • The federal government said on Tuesday that it would expand those screenings to more airports around the country.

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Mississippi's governor is shutting down a unit inside the prison where 9 inmates have died

  • The governor said he recently visited the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, where nine prisoner deaths have taken place in the past month, some by hanging and some following altercations within the facility.
  • On Sunday, the prison announced the death of 26-year-old inmate Joshua Norman, who was found hanging in his one-man cell in the prison's Unit 29.
  • In June, state Department of Health environmental administrator Rayford Horton issued a lengthy report about the conditions at Parchman and highlighted several serious issues within Unit 29.
  • Hall, the department's former commissioner, announced her resignation last month saying she had accepted a position in the private sector.
  • In a new motion, the inmates asked for an emergency protective order to allow an independent agency to take over running the day-to-day operations of the prison.
  • CNN has reached out to the Mississippi Department of Corrections and Reeves for comments on the emergency motion.

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