Did the Durham report deliver?

Durham report. AP Photo/Jon Elswick Special counsel John Durham this week issued his final report after a four-year review of the FBI’s decision to investigate the 2016 Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia, concluding that the agency’s basis for launching the inquiry was “seriously flawed.” Durham said the FBI relied on “raw, unanalyzed and uncorroborated … Read more

2M killed, $4.3 trillion in damages from extreme weather over past half-century

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly 12,000 extreme weather, climate and water-related events over much of the past half-century around the globe have killed more than 2 million people and caused economic damage of $4.3 trillion, the U.N. weather agency said Monday. The stark recap from the World Meteorological Organization came as it opened its four-yearly congress … Read more

Facebook given record $1.3 billion fine, given 5 months to stop EU-US data flows

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) – Meta was hit with a record 1.2 billion euro ($1.3 billion) fine by its lead privacy regulator in the European Union for its handling of user information and given five months to stop transferring users’ data to the United States. The fine imposed by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) … Read more

Iran’s president appoints new official in powerful security post, replacing long time incumbent

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s president on Monday appointed a new official to take over the post of secretary of the country’s Supreme National Security Council, replacing the longtime powerful official Ali Shamkhani. The decree by President Ebrahim Raisi will see Shamkhani replaced after he had been linked to an alleged British-Iranian spy … Read more

Court allows child’s statement in former Plainfield teacher’s sexual assault trial

A state appellate court has ruled that an 8-year-old’s videotaped statement about several allegations of sexual abuse by a former Plainfield music teacher can be used in his trial, though seven years later she can only recall one incident. The trial of Donnie Harrell, 58, of Bridgewater, was adjourned earlier this year pending Thursday’s appellate … Read more

Micron, Meta, Ford, Exxon, Foot Locker, Zoom Video, and More Stock Market Movers

Text size Beijing banned Chinese companies from buying chip from Micron Technology. Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg Stock futures traded flat Monday with time running out on the White House and House Republicans to reach an agreement to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. These stocks were poised to make moves Monday:  Micron Technology (MU) declined 5.7% in … Read more

Germany investigating possible poisoning of Putin’s critics in Berlin

German police are investigating the possible poisoning of Putin critics The newspaper reported that two activists who had taken part in a conference organized by exiled Russian businessman and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky on April 29-30 later reported symptoms of poisoning. Read also: German police investigating leak of Zelenskyy’s Berlin itinerary German police confirmed they … Read more