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D.C. safety patrol trip maestro, principal Buz Spooner dies at 85 - News - The Palm Beach Post - West Palm Beach, FL
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The trip itself predates Spooner by about a decade. (Only later, when middle schools emerged, did safety patrol become a fifth-grade job.). In 1999, Spooner retired after 17 years as a teacher and 25 more as a Palm Beach County principal.

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Why Republicans Storming a SCIF Puts National Security at Risk | WIRED
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“Bringing those into such a space can cause real national security vulnerabilities. Let's start with the SCIF, since it's an unfamiliar acronym for many. The reason to lock down a SCIF is intuitive.

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Zuckerberg defends Facebook's currency plans before Congress - SFGate
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House Financial Services Committee's immediate focus was Facebook's plans for the currency, to be called Libra. WASHINGTON (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company's new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Furthermore, Waters told Zuckerberg, "You have opened up a discussion about whether Facebook should be broken up.".

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Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition - San Antonio Express-News
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Several Republicans appeared to be tweeting from the secure room. WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans brought House Democrats' impeachment investigation to a halt on Wednesday as around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official. The staff member who was checking identification at the entrance was "basically overcome" by the Republicans, she said.

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Biden: Trump has 'no idea' about working-class struggles - San Antonio Express-News
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Biden was reminded of that on the eve of his speech. Biden railed against escalating corporate profits and salaries for CEOs. Biden also pitched his public option health insurance plan as competition against private insurers.

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No evidence of ethnic cleansing in Syria: US official | OANA NEWS
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A senior U.S. official from the White House said Wednesday that Washington has not heard of any evidence of "ethnic cleansing" by Turkey in northeastern Syria. "As of now, I don't think we've seen any evidence of ethnic cleansing," the official told the reporters via telephone, speaking on the condition of anonymity. That action drew criticism from naysayers from around the world who claimed the Turkish military is conducting "ethnic cleansing" against the Kurdish population in Syria's northeast.

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Trump: U.S. Will Keep Some Troops in Northern Syria to 'Protect' Oil
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President Trump said the U.S. will lift sanctions on Turkey, following news that the country is permanently halting its offensive in Northern Syria, but will keep a small number of U.S. troops in northern Syria to protect the oil field. Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey on News Ceasefire Is 'Permanent'. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press.

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Briefing: Google CEO: Quantum Breakthrough Could Speed AI Development - The Information
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This could accelerate the pace of AI development, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told MIT Technology Review. Google, in a new research paper, claims to have built a quantum computer that can handle a calculation in under four minutes that the world's fastest supercomputer would need 10,000 years to perform. The situation shows how big technology companies are jockeying to be seen as leaders in quantum computing, despite the absence of practical applications for the technology.

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California utility sets another blackout amid fire fears - San Antonio Express-News
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's largest utility said it will go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people starting Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Meanwhile, Southern California Edison said it could cut power Thursday to more than 308,000 customers in seven counties, and San Diego Gas & Electric was warning of power shutoffs to about 24,000 customers. PG&E cut power to more than 2 million people across the San Francisco Bay Area in rolling blackouts from Oct. 9-12, paralyzing parts of the region in what was the largest deliberate blackout to prevent wildfires in state history.

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People are Warming Up to Paying Monthly Bills Electronically | Credit Union Times
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Blue and White Invites Likud to Unity Govt Talks | The Jewish Press - JewishPress.com | Hana Levi Julian | 25 Tishri 578...
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Likud party sources told Ynet they plan to attend the meeting. Members of the Blue and White party reached out to their counterparts in the Likud party on Wednesday with an invitation to sit down Thursday in an initial meeting to discuss the possibility of a unity government. Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz was expected to receive the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin in the evening to form a government.

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Trump could shoot someone and escape prosecution, president's attorney says - U.S. News - Haaretz.com
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The subpoena is part of a criminal probe into Trump and his family business. 'That's correct,' Consovoy replied, adding that immunity would end if Trump were removed from office. 'There's no such thing as presidential immunity for tax returns,' said the attorney Carey Dunne.

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Exclusive: U.S. FAA must restore 'public confidence' in plane certification - inspector general - Reuters
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must work to restore “public confidence” in aircraft certification efforts after two deadly Boeing 737 MAX crashes, the U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general said on Wednesday in a report seen by Reuters. Congress is mulling changes to how the FAA delegates some certification tasks to manufacturers for new airplanes. The long-standing practice of delegating certification tasks to aircraft manufacturers has come under criticism from lawmakers and others after the two crashes in October 2018 in Indonesia and March 2019 in Ethiopia, which killed 346 people.

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Stocks Rise After Mixed Earnings Reports | Morningstar
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U.S. stocks inched higher Wednesday, extending a streak of listless trading for markets. Such repurchases can often help support stock prices, as well as boost per-share earnings. Many of the biggest moves of the day stemmed from companies that had recently reported quarterly earnings.

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Kurdish Dreams Fade After Russia-Turkey Deal Ends Fighting | Voice of America - English
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Kurdish forces cannot beat Turkey, Russia and the Syrian government. On Tuesday night, a five-day pause in hostilities between Turkey and Kurdish-led forces ended in a deal between Turkey and Russia. The deal requires the main Kurdish fighting force, the YPG, to pull all troops and weapons 30 kilometers back from the border with Turkey.

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Ukrainian leader felt Trump pressure before taking office - Connecticut Post
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Trump then chimed in: "In other words, no pressure.". Zelenskiy's office in Kyiv did not respond to messages on Wednesday seeking comment. Trump also pushed Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son.

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Lebanon protests receive backing from religious leaders - SFGate
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BEIRUT (AP) - Anti-government rallies received major support Wednesday from the country's Christian and Muslim leaders who described the weeklong protests as "a historic and exceptional popular uprising" against corruption and mismanagement and appealed to the government to meet the demands of the people. Protesters have shattered taboos, openly taking aim at powerful sectarian leaders from their own communities for the first time. Hundreds of thousands of people have flooded public squares across the country in the largest protests in over 15 years - a rare show of unity among Lebanon's often-divided public in their revolt against status-quo leaders who have ruled for three decades and brought the economy to the brink of disaster.

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Democrat Buttigieg used marijuana 'a handful of times' - Times Union
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday that he's used marijuana "a handful of times a long time ago," and that it's time for the U.S. to legalize marijuana. A handful of times a long time ago," he said. "They have to do so much with cash that doesn't really make sense," Buttigieg said.

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2019 MLB World Series: Lance Barksdale living the dream as umpire
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Now, Barksdale is calling his first MLB World Series as an umpire. But while pitching for Mississippi Collge, Barksdale also began umpiring little league games, according to the Perry. If the series goes to Game 5, Barksdale will call the series from home plate.

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Gold Ends Modestly Higher On Safe-haven Appeal
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On Tuesday, gold futures for December ended down $0.60, or 0.04%, at $1,487.50 an ounce. Gold prices edged higher on Wednesday, snapping a three-day losing run, as investors sought the safe-haven asset amid continued uncertainty about Brexit and rising possibility of more monetary easing by global central banks. Gold futures for December ended up $8.20, or about 0.6%, at $1,495.70 an ounce, after rising to a high of $1,499.40 in the session.

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