Release of Americans held in North Korea expected soon

(CNN)The release of three US nationals currently detained in North Korea is “imminent,” according to an official with knowledge of the ongoing negotiations.

A source at the White House National Security Council said if North Korea were to release the trio, it would be viewed it as a good will gesture ahead of the planned summit with Kim Jong Un.

“Their safety and well-being will factor into future interactions between the United States and North Korean government,” the source said.

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Trump’s legal team prepares for showdown with Mueller

President Donald Trump’s lawyers are preparing for a legal showdown with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Many legal observers believe that if Mueller issues a grand jury subpoena for Trump’s testimony, the courts will order the President to comply.

During investigation of President Bill Clinton related to Monica Lewinsky, prosecutors eventually subpoenaed the president for grand jury testimony.

In 1974, the Justices directed President Richard Nixon to comply with a criminal trial subpoena and in 1997, the Court directed Clinton to comply with a subpoena for his deposition in Paula Jones’ case.

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Apple Agrees To Compromise Users’ Privacy In China

Apple has decided to move its iCloud accounts registered in mainland China to the state-run Chinese servers. These datacenters are managed by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), which is owned by the government of Guizhou province.

GCBD will also have unrestricted access to the digital keys needed to unlock users’ personal data.

Apple has fought for privacy rights in the Unites States and it opposed a judge’s order to break into the iPhone of one of the terrorists who carried out the deadly attack in San Bernardino in December 2016.

Apple’s compliance of China’s regulations on cloud services shows the ultimate power of business interests.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blu-ray Announcement Trailer Released

Lucasfilm today released a trailer announcing the upcoming digital and Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The film will be available on Digital (in HD and 4K Ultra HD) and via Movies Anywhere on March 13th, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on March 27th.

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Majority Blames Congress, Trump For Not Doing More To Prevent Mass Shootings

The results of a survey conducted in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead:

Sixty-two percent of respondents said Trump is not doing enough to prevent mass shootings and 77% say Congress is doing an inadequate job on the issue.

Among those polled, 57% said mass shootings in the United States were more due to mental health problems, while 28% blamed “inadequate gun laws.” Nine percent blamed both equally.

Read more at CNN

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Switzerland and the United States Promote Financial Secrecy

Switzerland and the United States are the biggest promoters of financial secrecy according to an index published today by the Tax Justice Network (TJN).

Switzerland, a well-known tax haven, is still the worst offender as far as financial secrecy is concerned, according to TJN’s analysis.

United States has refused to take part in international efforts to curb financial secrecy. It seeks information on U.S. citizens abroad but does not provide data to foreign countries.

Several U.S. states are considered tax havens including Delaware, which doesn’t tax intangible assets.

Source: www.icij.org

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Three Injured in Manhattan Shooting

Three people have been injured in midtown Manhattan following a shooting, police say.

The shooting happened at 4:40pm local time on West 31st Street near Penn Station. Police said three men were injured and rushed to Bellevue Hospital with none life-threatening wounds. No arrests have yet been made.

The shooting appears to have followed some sort of argument.

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New technology makes it easier to apprehend the humanity of a growing child and imagine a fetus as a creature with moral status. Over the last several decades, pro-life leaders have increasingly recognized this and rallied the power of scientific evidence to promote their cause.

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Mein Kampf is allowed in Texas prisons but The Color Purple is not.

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