January 20, 2017

As President Obama leaves office, he makes final request to Congress to close Guantanamo Bay prison. “He has long said the facility “undermines national security” by serving as a source of propaganda for terrorists and a drain on military resources.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/01/19/in-parting-letter-obama-asks-congress-one-last-time-to-shutter-guantanamo/

Investigator into Brazilian Petrobras corruption scandal dies in plane crash.  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/19/510663719/brazilian-corruption-investigator-killed-in-plane-crash

Korean Airlines has reportedly deployed tasers against passengers on five occasions. “Korean Air would not give further details about what prompted each incident, when they occurred or what happened to the passengers.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38580804

Stealth bombers and drones hit IS training camps in Libya.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/us/politics/united-states-bombs-isis-camps-in-libya.html

Orlando shooting suspect claims he was beaten by police. “During a brief hearing, Loyd said he planned to represent himself in court, denied resisting arrest and said arresting officers “took my eye” and broke his jaw and nose.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/19/us/orlando-police-shooting/

Trump’s nominee to head Dept. of Energy says he regrets his previous call to abolish the agency. “My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/rick-perry-seeks-to-lead-the-energy-department-an-agency-he-pledged-to-abolish/2017/01/18/19b14494-dd0a-11e6-acdf-14da832ae861_story.html

Canadian tourists fined, jailed for breaking rules in U.S. national parks after posting pictures and videos on social media. The charges included disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition, foot travel in a thermal area, commercial photography without a permit, use of a drone in a closed area, and riding a bike in a wilderness area. “Both men will serve a week in jail and pay more than $2,000 in fines, restitution, community service payments and fees.”    http://trib.com/lifestyles/recreation/canadians-plead-guilty-to-yellowstone-violations-given-fines-jail-time/article_72177d3a-b286-5e95-99db-cfd949583887.html

Trump’s Treasury Dept. nominee allegedly “…failed to disclose nearly $100 million of his assets on Senate Finance Committee disclosure documents and forgot to mention his role as a director of an investment fund located in a tax haven…”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/us/politics/steven-mnuchin-treasury-secretary-nominee-assets-confirmation.html

Uber agrees to pay $20 million to settle FTC accusation that it mislead drivers about pay and auto leasing costs.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/01/19/uber-20-million-payment-federal-trade-commission-underpaid/96800720/

Western Union agrees to pay $586 million government settlement for “turning a blind eye as criminals used its service for money laundering and fraud”.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-western-union-settlement-idUSKBN1532RL

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sues bank that allegedly made $180 million per year on overdraft fees.   http://www.ajc.com/business/federal-watchdog-sues-tcf-financial-over-overdraft-fees/ONsxFuYkIkeF9nX6tUZDJJ/

Scientists studying earth’s previous warm periods estimate eventual 20-30 foot rise is sea levels. “The finding means that some scientific models that have been used to estimate sea levels at various temperatures could have been underestimates.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/study-past-warming-signals-major-sea-level-rise-201305334.html

45% of men are reportedly infected with the HPV virus, 25% with the “high-risk” variety.   http://www.livescience.com/57564-men-genital-hpv-infections.html

Chinese billionaire says U.S. created its own economic problems. “In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $14.2 trillion… you’re supposed to spend money on your own people.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/19/chinese-billionaire-says-us-wasted-trillions-wars-and-wall-street

Oxfam criticizes corporate tax dodging and “race to the bottom” to lower corporate tax rates.   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/19/davos-2017-oxfam-attacks-failing-global-tax-avoidance-battle

Green Party recounts: Huge fees were intended to discourage recounts, judges struck down recounts in two states, many votes were recounted using the same machines. “The big lesson learned is that our elections are not verifiable.”   http://whowhatwhy.org/2017/01/18/stein-camp-believes-recount-price-tag-jacked-discourage-audit/

Trump reportedly holds inaugural reception at Trump International Hotel, his White House press secretary tells journalists, “He’s very proud, it’s an absolutely stunning hotel.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/sean-spicer-turns-first-press-conference-into-ad-for-trump-hotel-i-encourage-you-to-go-there/

Security at Trump inauguration “will most likely cost more than $100 million”.   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/politics/inauguration-day-security-trump-protests-demonstrations-washington.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

Video of 2015 Fontana, California police shooting of mentally ill blind man emerges. “Police attempted to talk Hall into surrendering, but he allegedly advanced on them and an officer-involved shooting occurred, police said. However, the video footage does not appear to show Hall advancing towards officers.” 20 police officers were allegedly present during the standoff.   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4132928/Footage-reveals-five-police-shooting-dead-blind-man.html

January 20, 2017

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