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Son of Martin Luther King Jr. endorses New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang
Son of Martin Luther King Jr. endorses New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang
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Martin Luther King III shared his endorsement in a video message posted online by Yang, a former Democratic presidential contender and New York City-based businessman.

One of Yang's most prominent policies is the call for a guaranteed income, a policy that King Jr. advocated for in his book from 1967.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Gun lobby NRA files for bankruptcy
Gun lobby NRA files for bankruptcy
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The National Rifle Association is the most powerful gun lobby organization in the United States. But after financial and leadership scandals, the NRA has now filed for bankruptcy. The organization announced this on its website.

In the explanation it is further said, the NRA wants to leave the location New York. This was a "corrupt political and regulatory environment." It said the NRA wants to restructure itself as a nonprofit organization in Texas. The plan includes "utilizing the protections of the bankruptcy court," it said.

Regional News • Americas • United States
New York Bar Association launches probe to expel Rudy Giuliani from its membership
Rudy Giuliani
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The New York State Bar Association is opening an inquiry into removing Rudy Giuliani from its membership over his role in inciting the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Giuliani has continuously spread baseless claims and conspiracy theories about the election despite no evidence of voter fraud.

The Bar Association said Monday it has received hundreds of complaints about Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney and the former mayor of New York City. "Mr Giuliani's words quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election's outcome to take matters into their own hands," the association said in its statement.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Boeing 737 Max passenger flights resume in the U.S. for the first time since March 2019
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Boeing 737 Max has returned to passenger service in the U.S. Tuesday morning with an American Airlines Flight 718 departed Miami International Airport at 10:40 (ET) for New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

This was the first U.S. commercial flight of Boeing’s 737 Max since two deadly crashes prompted a worldwide grounding of the planes in March 2019.

Law
US federal judge denies bail request by Ghislaine Maxwell
US federal judge denies bail request by Ghislaine Maxwell
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Ghislaine Maxwell, who wanted to post bail of 28.5 million dollars for release pending trial, is still a "flight risk," ruled New York Judge Alison Nathan. Also fundamental to the decision, she said, were the crimes charged, the burden of proof and the defendant's criminal history.

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Andrew Yang has filed paperwork to run for mayor of New York City
Andrew Yang has filed paperwork to run for mayor of New York City
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Former presidential candidate, entreprenuer and longtime New York resident Andrew Yang has filed paperwork to run for mayor of New York City, the city's Campaign Finance Board confirmed on Wednesday.

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook criticizes Apple’s iOS privacy changes in newspaper ads
Facebook criticizes Apple’s iOS privacy changes in newspaper ads
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Facebook published full-page newspaper ads in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post on Wednesday criticizing Apple’s upcoming iOS privacy changes.

"We’re standing up to Apple for small businesses everywhere," the headline read. "At Facebook, small business is at the core of our business," the ad continues and claims that Apple's changes will be "devastating to small businesses," and ends by writing that"small businesses deserve to be heard. We hear your concerns, and we stand with you."

Apple responded by saying it was "standing up" for people who use its devices and that user "should know when their data is being collected and shared across other apps and websites — and they should have the choice to allow that or not."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Ghislaine Maxwell seeks $28.5m bail deal

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who's accused of being an accomplice to alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, has asked a judge to be released on a proposed $28.5m bail package deal. The request asks for Maxwell to be released in the custody of a private security guard at a New York City residency.

"Ms. Maxwell wants to stay in New York and have her day in court so that she can clear her name and return to her family," so the filing.

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U.S. states are investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plan to sue it next week
U.S. states are investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plan to sue it next week
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A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week, four sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Meghan Markle makes miscarriage public
Meghan Markle makes miscarriage public
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In a piece for the New York Times, Meghan Markle tells about a miscarriage she had back in July 2020. In that piece, she also criticizes the taboo about miscarriages in society and calls for more compassion, especially in the current pandemic situation.

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New York Times reports that Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Trump's election lawsuits
New York Times reports that Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Trump's election lawsuits
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Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of the Trump campaign's legal challenges contesting the outcome of the 2020 election, the New York Times reports. Citing four people familiar with the matter, Giuliani is now responsible for overseeing the lawsuits to throw out ballots and turn around Trump's election loss. President Trump's lawsuits to delay or block the election result were turned aside in cases in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona

Regional News • Americas • United States
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins second term
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins second term
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been re-elected to the congress of the United States. With all districts reporting she won by around 37 percent over her Republican challenger John Cummings, a former New York Police Department officer.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
After Strand Bookstore asked for help, online orders surged
After Strand Bookstore asked for help, online orders surged
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Strand Bookstore, one of New York's oldest bookstores, recently asked its customers for help on social media after sales have gone down during the pandemic, writing "for the first time in The Strand’s 93 year history, we need to mobilize the community to buy from us so we can keep our doors open until there is a vaccine."

After Strand's call for help, the store received over 25,000 online orders over the weekend and made a total of $170,550 in in-store sales on Saturday and Sunday.

Health
US reports 70,000 new Covid-19 cases in one day, highest single-day increase since July

According to the New York Times data, the United States have recorded over 70,450 new Covid-19 cases in one single day, the highest single-day increase since July 24. Among the states that set a single-day case record are Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Theater
Covid-19: Broadway shutdown to be extended until May 30, 2021
Covid-19: Broadway shutdown to be extended until May 30, 2021
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After abruptly closing on March 12, 2020, the Broadway theatres will be shut down at least until May 30, 2021. There is no exact date for the performances to resume, but producers are offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through May 30.

Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said: "We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Presidential Debate: Trump says "I don't want to pax tax," but claims he has paid millions in income taxes
Presidential Debate: Trump says "I don't want to pax tax," but claims he has paid millions in income taxes
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President Donald Trump has claimed "he paid millions of dollars in taxes" during the first presidential debate Tuesday, just days after a report by the New York Times showed the president paid no federal income taxes in 10 out of the last 15 years.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested Trump "does take advantage of the tax code" and that the president "pays less tax than a schoolteacher."

"I don't want to pay tax," Trump responded, claiming that all business leaders did the same "unless they are stupid."

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Report: Donald Trump has paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016
Report: Donald Trump has paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016
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The New York Times has reported that US President Donald Trump for 10 of the past 15 years did not pay any income taxes due to reporting losses from his businesses. In 2016 and 2017, Trump has reportedly paid $750 in federal income taxes.

In addition to paying little or no income taxes, the New York Times reports that Trump is in a legal battle with the IRS over a $72,9 million tax refund that he received which the IRS is now disputing and wants back from him.

Law
Canadian woman accused of writing ricin letters to Trump brought before a US federal court

A Canadian woman, who was arrested after sending a letter containing highly toxic ricin to Donald Trump, has been charged with threatening the US president. The 53-year-old was brought before a federal court in New York on Tuesday.

According to the indictment, the envelope containing the poison contained a letter to Trump in which the woman described the president as an "ugly tyrant clown". She accused him in the letter of "ruining the USA and leading it to disaster".

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DOJ labels NYC, Portland and Seattle "Anarchist Jurisdiction", moves to cut federal funding
DOJ labels NYC, Portland and Seattle "Anarchist Jurisdiction", moves to cut federal funding
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The United States Department of Justice has declared New York City, Portland and Seattle "anarchist jurisdictions" as all three cities "have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities." This move comes after President Trump signed a memo that threatened to defund Democratic-led cities he deemed "lawless".

Designated cities face potential financial consequences and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's office is preparing to sue in case of funding cuts.

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Trump administration to ban TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday
Trump administration to ban TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday
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Chinese-owned mobile apps TikTok and WeChat will be banned from all U.S. app stores, so the Trump administration on Friday. The ban, which will take effect on Sunday, will affect over 100 million people in the U.S. who are using the apps. The executive order prohibits any distribution or maintenance of TikTok and WeChat.

Further it will be illegal to host or transfer internet traffic associated with WeChat on Sunday and with TikTok on November 12. This means that WeChat will be shut down in the U.S. as of midnight Monday while TikTok will still function but can't be updated.

"As to TikTok, the only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance," so Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. "Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party."

TikTok has declined to comment, so the New York Times. Oracle hasn't responded yet.