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FBI chief calls for national talk over encryption vs. safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI’s director said Friday the agency is collecting data to present next year in hopes of sparking a national conversation about law enforcement’s increasing inability to access encrypted electronic devices. Speaking Friday at the American Bar Association annual conference in San Francisco, James Comey said the agency was unable to access 650 of 5,000 electronic devices investigators attempted to search over the last 10 months. He said the problem is only going to get worse without a discussion about the technology. Comey says encryption technology makes it impossible in a growing number of criminal...

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Solid US hiring in July added 255,000 jobs and lifted pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs in July, a sign of confidence in the economy that will likely ease concerns about signs of weak growth in the midst of the presidential race. The unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent, the government said Friday in its monthly jobs report. Many more Americans began looking for a job, and nearly all were hired. But the influx of job seekers meant that the number of unemployed fell only slightly. The figures suggest that employers were unfazed by either Britain’s late-June vote to quit the European Union or...

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Judge set to decide on $15B Volkswagen settlement

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal faced a critical test, as a federal judge decided whether to grant it preliminary approval. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer was scheduled to consider the settlement during a hearing on Tuesday and appeared inclined to approve it. He has kept close watch over the negotiations and previously praised the efforts of attorneys and a court-appointed settlement master who helped broker the deal. Preliminary approval would allow attorneys to notify vehicle owners of the terms, which include a buyback option. The owners could use...

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ACLU Claims Trump’s Immigration Plan Is Unconstitutional

RGV (KFXV) — The American Civil Liberties Union has 300 lawyers ready to fight Donald Trump’s deportation plan. They claim Trump’s Immigration proposal is “unconstitutional”. A group of 12 ACLU lawyers found Trump’s deportation scheme in violation of several amendments of the U.S. Constitution but they not the only ones. In all , more than 300 attorneys across the nation are questioning the Republican nominee’s Immigration plan. A recent analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), found Donald Trump’s proposals, unlawful. The ACLU released these findings citing a study that found that government would have to expand it’s...

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Wikileaks blocked in Turkey as it releases emails

ISTANBUL (AP) — Access to the Wikileaks website in turkey has been blocked after the group announced, following a failed coup by Turkish military units, that it would release a trove of documents on the country’s power structure. There was no immediate statement Wednesday from Turkey’s Telecommunications Board, a government agency that regulates access to websites. The Turkish government has previously banned access to websites deemed to be carrying material critical of Turkey, including YouTube and Twitter. Some opposition media websites were blocked following Friday night’s coup attempt, which was quashed by security forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip...

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Questions and answers about US fuel economy standards

(AP) The U.S. government has issued a report on fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for U.S. cars and trucks that were first established in 2012. The report Monday kicked off a two-year review process leading to a government decision on whether to leave the standards in place through 2025 or change them. A look at the standards: ___ WHAT ARE CAFE AND GHG STANDARDS? CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) and GHG (greenhouse gas) standards are mile-per-gallon and emissions targets for cars and trucks set by the U.S. government. The standards are based on size and are weighted by...

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Global stocks hold nerve after failed Turkish coup

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in narrow ranges on Monday as investors assessed the implications of the failed coup in turkey. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC-40 was flat at 4,372 while Germany’s DAX rose 0.1 percent to 10,079. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.5 percent higher at 6,699. U.S. stocks were poised for a solid opening, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures of 0.3 percent. TURKEY’S COUP: The failed coup on Friday in turkey has had little impact on global markets though it knocked 5.7 percent off the Borsa...

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Obamacare 2.0: Obama Calls For Revisiting The Public Option

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is laying out a blueprint for addressing unsolved problems with his signature health law, including a renewed call for a “public option” to let Americans buy insurance from the government. Obama’s assessment of the Affordable Care Act comes in an eight-page article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a peer-reviewed publication. The article debuted Monday on the journal’s website, and Obama plans to echo the themes in public events and speeches in the coming weeks. Replete with academic-style citations, the article is largely a self-congratulatory look at what Obama sees as...

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A Bull Market Record That Doesn’t Feel Like It

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a new record for stocks, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. The biggest gainers in the past year are fuddy-duddy utilities. Investors are cowering for cover in gold. And the best they’re hoping for in the current earnings season is that profits don’t fall as much as they initially feared. It’s the second-longest bull market in history, and its old age is showing. Still, stocks have rewarded investors who had faith to hold on. With a new high for the Standard and Poor’s 500 index on Monday, it has tripled since its low...

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U.S. Gives Tentative Ok To Flights To Cuba From 10 U.S. Cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities won tentative government approval Thursday, advancing President Barack Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba. Eight U.S. airlines will begin a total of 20 round-trip daily flights as early as this fall between the U.S. and the Cuban capital, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. It has been more than 50 years since the last scheduled air service from the U.S. to the communist island nation. The U.S. cities are: Atlanta Charlotte, North Carolina Houston Los Angeles Newark New Jersey New York Miami Fort Lauderdale Orlando Tampa...

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