August 6, 2017

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor fired amid corruption probe. “In a statement released by the public prosecutor’s office, she said Mr Maduro’s government was leading a “coup against the constitution”.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40840850

Bomb explodes in Bloomington, Minnesota mosque. “An attack on a mosque is an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church, it’s an attack on all faith communities, so we stand with you, a million protestants in Minnesota.”   http://www.fox9.com/news/272146616-story

White House undergoing renovations during Trump’s vacation, presumably to make it less of a dump. “Now that President Trump has left the White House and kicked off his 17-day getaway to his golf course in New Jersey, renovations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are going full-steam ahead.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-staffer-tweets-photo-white-house-renovations-kicking/story?id=49049242

With 90% voter turnout for presidential election in Rwanda, incumbent president wins another 7 year term with almost 99% of the vote. “Three potential candidates were disqualified for allegedly failing to fulfill requirements including collecting enough signatures.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rwanda-president-wins-with-98-percent-of-vote/

Nissan workers at Mississippi plant vote against union representation. “…a significant number of workers at the plant, which has a total work force of nearly 6,500, are contract workers who earn lower wages than employees – they were not eligible to vote in the union election.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/business/nissan-united-auto-workers-union-mississippi.html

Major health insurance companies reportedly made $6 billion dollars in three months. “That’s up more about 29 percent from the same quarter a year ago — far outpacing the overall S&P 500 health care sector’s growth of 8.5 percent for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S data.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/05/top-health-insurers-profit-surge-29-percent-to-6-billion-dollars.html

Wells Fargo reportedly agrees to pay $108 million to settle claims that it defrauded veterans and the government. “The lenders allegedly overcharged veterans and concealed their conduct from the government to obtain guarantees for the loans, according to filings.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-04/wells-fargo-settles-with-u-s-government-over-loans-to-veterans

232 illegal migrants have died trying to cross Mexican border this year, a 17% increase from 2016 despite a 52% drop in arrests. “There is also a concern that more women and children could be attempting more dangerous border crossings, instead of seeking asylum, because of a reported uptick in cases in which immigration officials have illegally turned back asylum seekers at the southern border since Trump was elected in November 2016.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/05/migrants-us-mexico-border-deaths-figures

At least five dead as temperatures hit the mid-hundreds in Europe. “Unusually high temperatures, in some cases unprecedented, are being recorded across an area spanning much of the Iberian peninsula, southern France, Italy, the Balkans and Hungary.”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/05/european-heatwave-kills-five-temperatures-soar-40c/

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August 6, 2017

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