The rate of abortions drops to its lowest level since Roe v. Wade
- But those decreases might have little to do with anti-abortion laws passed across the country in recent years, researchers say.
- The research group conducts an abortion provider census every three years and spends about two years analyzing and aggregating the data.
- Despite hundreds of new abortion restrictions across the country, those restrictions "were not the main driver of the decline in the US abortion rate between 2011 and 2017," Guttmacher said Wednesday.
- In addition to the decline in abortions, the rate of live births dropped by 98,000 -- suggesting a decrease in pregnancies overall.
- But even with the declines, "one in four women of reproductive age nationally will have an abortion in her lifetime," the institute said.
The US's top spy agency just dropped a big hint that an 'urgent' whistleblower complaint involves Trump or someone close to him
- The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) dropped a big hint this week that a whistleblower complaint it's withholding from Congress involves President Donald Trump or senior administration officials.
- Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, subpoenaed Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, to turn over the complaint last week, noting that Maguire was required to turn the document over to Congress under federal law but had not done so.
- But in a letter to Schiff on Tuesday, the ODNI's general counsel said the agency overruled the IC IG and determined the complaint doesn't meet the definition of "urgent concern" under the law.
- The definition concerns serious allegations related to "the funding, administration or operation of an intelligence activity within the responsibility and authority" of the DNI, ODNI general counsel Jason Klitenic wrote in the letter.
Mike Pompeo calls drone attacks on Saudi oilfields 'an act of war' by Iran
- At a news conference, Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said the attack Saturday that did heavy damage to the heart of the Saudi oil industry was "launched from the north and was unquestionably sponsored by Iran." Yemen lies to the south of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq to the north.
- At the news conference, the Saudis displayed broken and burned drones and pieces of a cruise missile that Al-Malki identified as Iranian weapons collected after the attack.
- Iran sent a note to the US via Swiss diplomats in Tehran on Monday, reiterating that Tehran denies involvement in the aerial attack, the country's state-run IRNA news agency reported.
- In Tehran, Rouhani told his Cabinet that Saudi Arabia should see the weekend attack as a warning to end its war in Yemen, where it has fought the Houthi rebels since 2015 and sought to restore the internationally recognized government.
'Bond King' Jeff Gundlach says the Fed may start expanding its balance sheet after injecting $128 billion into markets
- The Federal Reserve pumped $128 billion into markets in two installments Tuesday and Wednesday to calm a spike in one-day loans backed by Treasury bonds — otherwise known as repurchase agreements.
- While the repo move isn't an imminent disaster, it's likely the Fed will use the "warning sign" to begin expanding its balance sheet, Jeff Gundlach, chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital, said during a webcast on Tuesday.
- Expanding the balance sheet is a way of "baby stepping" into quantitative easing, to "try to free up the plumbing of the banking system," Gundlach said.
- At the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee Wednesday, the central bank cut its benchmark rate by 25 basis points, a move largely in line with expectations.
- The yield-curve inversion — a long-watched indicator that has preceded every US recession since 1950 — is not the most important signal, he said.
Lay's potato chip bag is getting its first new look in 12 years
- New York (CNN Business) - Lay's potato chips are about to get a packaging revamp.
- The redesigned potato chip bag and new logo give Lay's its first new look in 12 years.
- Instead, the refreshed logo and packaging are meant to make the brand feel more modern and contemporary, said Jon Guerra, senior director of design at Frito-Lay. The biggest change to Lay's potato chip bags is the photography: The view of the chips is now shown from a "top-down" angle -- an homage to the rise of food photographers on social media, said Guerra.
- The redesign, which took two years to complete, is an attempt to keep the brand relevant in the era of social media and content regeneration, according to Guerra.
- Previous packages have featured a cartoon potato, a red and yellow spider-web design, and various shapes and sizes.
California Promises to Fight EPA Plan on Car Standards
- The Trump administration's plan to revoke California's ability to set its own clean car standards promises to ignite a monumental legal fight between a dozen states and the federal government.
- His comments came after news broke that Trump EPA officials will announce a formal effort as soon as today to repeal California's ability to set vehicle standards that exceed federal requirements.
- The 1970 Clean Air Act folded in California's authority to set its own standards, because the state's law predated the federal act.
- There's no legal precedent for the planned EPA action, said Julia Stein, project director for the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. That makes one wonder whether the agency will rely on its "inherent authority" under the Clean Air Act, said Thad Lightfoot, partner at Dorsey & Whitney law firm in Minneapolis.
Caesarean babies have different gut bacteria, microbiome study finds
- Babies born by caesarean section have different gut bacteria to those delivered vaginally, the most comprehensive study to date on the baby microbiome has found.
- The study showed that babies born vaginally pick up most of their initial dose of bacteria from their mother, while C-section babies have more bugs linked to hospital environments, including strains that demonstrate antimicrobial resistance.
- But the latest findings revealed that the microbiome of vaginally delivered newborns did not come from vaginal bacteria but from the mother’s gut – presumably picked up at the moment of birth.
- Brocklehurst said it would not be advisable for parents try to give caesarean-born babies a dose of maternal gut bacteria, for instance, which could be dangerous.
- Andrew Shennan, professor of obstetrics at King’s College London, said: “This important study confirms that the way we give birth will alter our microbiome in the first year of life.
Judge rules the mechanic accused of sabotaging an American Airlines plane must remain in custody citing alleged terrorism connections
- A federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies Wednesday in denying bail for a longtime mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner that prosecutors say could have caused it to crash with 150 people aboard.
- Alani, 60, also recently sent a $700 wire transfer to someone in Iraq — where he has extended family — and had videos on his cellphone depicting Islamic State mass murders he shared with others, prosecutors said.
- Alani is charged with sabotaging a Boeing 737 with 150 passengers and crew aboard at Miami International Airport in July because, he told authorities, ongoing labor negotiations were jeopardizing his chances at earning overtime.
- Alani has been fired from his job at the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration recently revoked his certificate as an aircraft mechanic, Dunham said.
How the Internet Archive is waging war on misinformation
- Mr Kahle founded the archive, which now employs more than 100 staff and costs $18m a year to run, because he feared that what was appearing on the internet was not being saved and catalogued in the same way as newspapers and books.
- Having a free online library is crucial, said Mr Kahle, since “[the public is] just learning from whatever .
- Social media is “critically important, it’s the communication platform of our time”, said Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine.
- But Mr Kahle said he is hopeful his organisation is keeping up, at least with cataloguing the most popular, public websites.
- The organisation currently uses about 3,000 different “crawlers”, algorithms that take regular snapshots of certain public, paywall-free web pages that are stored in the Wayback Machine.
Chip Designer Arm Loses Technology Chief, Co-Founder Muller
- Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG.
- Amy Thomson (Bloomberg) -- Mike Muller, the co-founder and chief technology officer of ARM Holdings Plc, will retire at the end of the month, marking an end of an era for the U.K. chip designer.
- Following the takeover from SoftBank, what was once seen as a successful if sleepy U.K. tech company was soon told to transform itself into a fast-growing startup similar to SoftBank’s other tech investments.
- Son has said he wants to relist ARM in the next five years and Chief Executive Officer Simon Segars said ARM is investing heavily attempting to break into high-end computing and to become central to self-driving car technology.
- Last year, the company made its biggest acquisition in 14 years, spending $600 million for a data analytics startup in an attempt to build out its internet-of-things division.