Russia claims to have taken full control of Mariupol

By ELENA BECATOROS, OLEKSANDR STASHEVSKYI and CIARAN McQUILLAN POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s defense chief says the country’s forces have taken full control of the steel plant in Mariupol that was the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the city. That would mark the end of a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of Mariupol to ruins and left over 20,000 people feared dead. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on Friday that the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol has been “completely liberated” from Ukrainian fighters. There is no immediate confirmation from Ukraine. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) —… Read More

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Miami DEA agents charged in bribery conspiracy

By Joshua Goodman and Jim Mustian | Associated Press A current U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a former supervisor in the agency were charged Friday with leaking confidential law enforcement information to defense lawyers in Florida in exchange for cash and gifts. A five-count bribery-conspiracy indictment unsealed in New York charges the agent, John Costanzo Jr., with accepting bribes to provide sensitive information about pending investigations to Manny Recio, a former Miami supervisor who retired from DEA more than two years ago to work as a private investigator for local defense attorneys. Federal prosecutors allege Recio sought the information to help recruit new clients. “The conduct alleged in the… Read More

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Our robot partners: Inside a research lab exploring the future of human-machine collaboration

Henny Admoni leads the Human and Robot Partners (HARP) Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) PITTSBURGH — The biggest potential for robots and automation isn’t taking jobs from humans, but instead making those jobs better by allowing people to do what they do best. That’s one of the key takeaways from a recent visit the Human and Robot Partners (HARP) Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, led by Henny Admoni, an assistant professor at CMU’s prestigious Robotics Institute. “A lot of classic automation takes the angle of, how do we get the person out of the way as much as possible. And often… Read More

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Government accused of cover-up over refusal to disclose how Boris Johnson was assured ‘no rules were broken’ in partygate

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Prime Minister’s Questions session at the House of Commons UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS The government has blocked a request to publish No 10 staff communications to Boris Johnson. Johnson said he had been “repeatedly assured” no rules were broken. 126 fines have been issued for partygate. Revealing whether the records exist could prejudice a parliamentary probe, the government said. The UK government has blocked a request to disclose records of any communication about so-called partygate between Boris Johnson and his staff, after the Prime Minister said he had been “repeatedly assured that the rules were not broken”. The police closed Operation… Read More

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Bank of America vs Chase vs Wells Fargo: Which is the best bank?

Personal Finance Insider writes about products, strategies, and tips to help you make smart decisions with your money. We may receive a small commission from our partners, like American Express, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. Read our editorial standards. Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo have the most bank locations in the US. Wells Fargo makes it the easiest to waive monthly service fees on a savings account. Bank of America beats Wells Fargo and Chase when comparing checking accounts and CDs. It might not be a surprise that the three biggest financial institutions in the… Read More

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‘I Needed Those Years To Grow.’ 5 People On How Abortion Changed Their Lives

Democrat-blue balloons and bawling women — that’s what El Sanchez thought of immediately when they first learned of the Supreme Court draft opinion that will likely overturn Roe v. Wade. It took them back to election night in 2016, when they attended a party in their home state, Washington. As it became clear that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump would hold the highest office in the land, Sanchez saw women sobbing in the corner of a bar, surrounded by cobalt-colored decor and flowers. They’d thought then-Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in. When Sanchez went to check on them, “one of the girls screamed at the top of their lungs, ‘They’re coming… Read More

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Before you apply for a mortgage, make sure you have these documents ready

The exact documents your lender will request depends on your situation. kate_sept2004/Getty Images Lenders need to look at your income, assets, credit, and debt before qualifying you for a mortgage. Be prepared to provide pay stubs, W-2s, tax returns, bank statements, and any other documentation proving you have the ability to repay the loan. Having your documents ready ahead of time can help the process go more smoothly. Getting a mortgage requires a lot of documentation. To ensure that you can afford to pay back the money you’re borrowing, your mortgage lender will go through your financial history with a fine-tooth comb.  This means you’ll be asked to provide a… Read More

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Trump may stop endorsing candidates for competitive GOP primaries, report says: ‘This is not how he expected this to go’

US President Donald Trump pats his bicep and pumps his fist at the end of his rally with supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. August 15, 2019 REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Trump is considering putting a pause on endorsing GOP primary candidates, CNN reports.  Some of Trump’s biggest endorsements have lost or underperformed expectations.  “This is not how he expected this to go,” a Trump adviser told CNN of Dr. Oz’s razor-thin race.  President Donald Trump is considering taking a hiatus from endorsing Republican primary candidates following some high-profile stumbles for his picks, CNN reports.  Trump bet big on several candidates in competitive races in the 2022 midterms, hoping to wield considerable… Read More

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Live updates | Ukraine: Russian missile hits cultural center

By The Associated Press A Russian missile struck a Ukrainian cultural center in the Kharkiv region on Friday, injuring seven people, including an 11-year-old child, in an attack that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called “absolute evil.” Zelenskyy’s social media channel on Friday released video showing a large explosion hitting the newly renovated Palace of Culture in Lozova. The building was partly destroyed and the roof caught fire, Ukraine’s emergency services reported. “The occupiers identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies,” Zelenskyy wrote. “What is in the minds of people who choose such targets? Absolute evil, absolute stupidity.” Lozova’s Palace of Culture is the site of classes, festivals, plays and… Read More

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Where to watch Warriors-Mavericks: Great sports bars, a movie theater, an arcade and more

If you’re not going to be watching Game 2 of the Warriors-Mavericks NBA playoff series at Chase Center, then you’re going to need a plan. It’s TGIF, so skip the couch and consider one of these fun spots. Emporium Arcade Bar, San Francisco and Oakland These fun 21-and-up venues, known for their array of arcade games and cocktails, are transforming into watch-party sites during Warriors playoff season. The screens: Lots of large ones at both locations, with S.F. also boasting a 50-foot screen plus two 15-footers. The menu: House-made cocktails (think Green Tea Slushies, Pineapple Mojitos) and a long list of beers on tap. Get a Warriors game-day special of… Read More

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