BlackRock executive ousted over office romance

The global head of active equities was forced out of his job after failing to disclose a consensual relationship. BlackRock Inc. fired Mark Wiseman, once seen as a potential successor to Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink, for violating company policy regarding relationships at work with a consensual affair. Wiseman, global head of active equities, was in a group of about seven contenders widely thought to be in the running to replace Fink. He joined BlackRock in 2016, after serving as chief executive of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. His…

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US Prosecutors open criminal probe of opioid makers, distributors

Federal investigators in Brooklyn already sent subpoenas to four pharmaceutical firms and two drug distributors. Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into whether pharmaceutical companies intentionally allowed opioid painkillers to flood US communities, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. At least six companies have received grand-jury subpoenas from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. The Journal reported that the list includes Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Mallinckrodt Plc, Johnson & Johnson and Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc, in addition to…

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US attorney general: Epstein’s death ‘perfect storm of screw ups’

William Barr says he was initially suspicious of the death, but now does not believe there was foul play. US Attorney General William Barr has said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s widely-speculated-on death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in the United States, but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of “a perfect storm of screw-ups”. In an interview with the Associated Press news agency, Barr said his concerns were prompted by the numerous irregularities at the Metropolitan Correctional…

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McDonald’s employees in Chicago sue over workplace violence

Lawsuit claims store redesign makes it easier for customers to physically harm workers. McDonald’s Corp employees on Thursday sued the fast-food giant and several of its franchisees in Chicago over a store redesign that staffers say has made it easier for angry customers to leap over the counter and attack them. The suit, filed in Illinois’ Circuit Court of Cook County by 17 Chicago-area McDonald’s workers, claims McDonald’s has failed to protect them from a pattern of violence. Employees have been threatened with guns, beaten with a wet-floor sign, had…

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Jeffrey Epstein jail guards charged with falsifying records

Two correctional officers who guarded Epstein’s cell the night he killed himself accused of falsifying prison records. Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself have been charged with falsifying prison records. Guards Toval Noel and Michael Thomas were accused in a grand jury indictment on Tuesday of neglecting their duties by failing to check on Epstein for nearly eight hours, and of fabricating log entries to show they had been making checks every 30 minutes, as required. Prosecutors allege that instead of making their…

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2 dead, several injured in California school shooting

Police say 16-year-old suspected gunman opened fire on southern California high school before shooting himself. A California high school student has pulled a 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun from his backpack and fired on fellow students as classes began, killing two and wounding three others, according to authorities. He then turned the gun on himself. It was his 16th birthday. The teenaged gunman survived the self-inflicted gunshot to the head and was in grave condition, law enforcement officials said. Investigators were still searching for what drove the student to perpetrating the…

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2 dead, several injured in California school shooting

Police say the suspected gunman was taken into custody after opening fire at a high school in Southern California. A student gunman opened fire on Thursday at a Southern California high school, leaving two people dead and several others injured before he was taken into custody, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 7:30am at Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita, about 48km (30 miles) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Freshman Rosie Rodriguez said she was walking up the library stairs when she heard noises that “sounded like balloons”…

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Trump launches black voter initiative with message of economic growth

President Donald Trump plugged his economic agenda in a campaign-style event for African-American voters, saying their support is an important part of his 2020 re-election bid. “We’ve done more for African-Americans in three years than the broken Washington establishment has done in 30 years,” Trump told roughly 400 supporters Friday during the Black Voices for Trump launch in Atlanta. Criminal justice reforms, low unemployment, tax cuts and support for military veterans and law enforcement were among the points the president and his supporters raised throughout the event at the Georgia…

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Saudi Arabia recruited Twitter employees charged with spying

Two Saudi citizens, one American, accused of working together to unmask ownership of dissident Twitter accounts. Saudi Arabia’s government, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to gather confidential personal information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged on Wednesday. The complaint unsealed in US District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of Twitter accounts, including email addresses…

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Oklahoma to release 462 inmates in historic commutation

The inmates granted release as part of largest single-day commutation were imprisoned for low-level, non-violent crimes. Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates who served time for low-level, non-violent crimes will walk out of prison on Monday in the largest single-day commutation of criminal sentences in United States‘s history, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will release 462 inmates after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously on Friday to recommend commutation of their sentences for crimes that would no longer be considered felonies if charged today. “This…

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Trump says al-Baghdadi’s ‘number one replacement’ is dead

Without giving a name, Trump says the individual expected to replace al-Baghdadi as ISIL’s leader has been killed. US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the person likely to be first in line to replace the slain leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has also been “terminated”. “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi‘s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!” Trump tweeted. Trump did not identify…

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Canada’s Justin Trudeau wins a minority government – what next?

Trudeau’s Liberals could work with the New Democratic Party in an ad hoc way to form a government, analysts say. Toronto, Canada – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term on Monday, but he lost his majority in Canada’s parliament. Now Canadians are watching closely to see what he’ll do next. Speeches in the early hours of Tuesday morning saw party leaders speaking over one another and striking a victorious tone. “I have heard you, my friends,” Trudeau said. “You are sending our Liberal team back to work,…

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Man arrested for New York City neighbourhood reunion shooting

Police say Kyle Williams was one of two people who opened fire during the gathering in Brooklyn in July. New York City police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a mass shooting over the summer at a Brooklyn community festival that left one person dead and 11 wounded. Police said the gunman, Kyle Williams, was one of two people who opened fire – possibly shooting at each other – during the Old Timers Day gathering in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn on July 27. The gunfire sent a…

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Felicity Huffman begins two-week sentence in US college scandal

Huffman was the first parent sentenced in the US college admissions scandal. American actress Felicity Huffman reported on Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities. Huffman’s husband, actor William H Macy, dropped her off at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to TASC Group, which represents Huffman. The prison has been described by…

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White officer charged with murder in shooting of black woman

Texas police officer Aaron Dean shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson as she stood inside her home on Saturday morning. A white police officer who shot and killed an African American woman in her Fort Worth, Texas, home  in the presence of her eight-year-old nephew was charged with murder on Monday after resigning from the force. The Fort Worth Police Department said its officers were responding to a call from a neighbour, who reported to a non-emergency line, that Atatiana Jefferson’s front door had been left open. The responding officer fired a…

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