The president’s call for Chinese intervention means that Trump and his attorney general have solicited assistance in discrediting the president’s political opponents from Ukraine, Australia, Italy, and, according to one report, Britain. In speaking so publicly Thursday, a defiant Trump pushed back against critics who have called such requests an abuse of power, essentially arguing that there was nothing wrong with seeking foreign help. Throughout his presidency, Trump has made no effort to hide actions or statements that critics called outrageous violations of norms and standards — but because he does them in public, they seem to stir less blowback than if they had been done behind closed doors. Among other things, he repeatedly called on his own Justice Department to investigate his Democratic foes and eventually fired his first attorney general for not protecting him from the Russia investigation. The comments on China came as the first witness appeared on … [Read more...] about Trump publicly urges China to investigate the Bidens
Massachusetts health officials announced Monday the first known vaping-related death in the state, a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County. State health officials did not say when the woman died or what substance she had vaped. The woman was among the 121 suspected cases reported to Massachusetts health officials since early September, when the state started requiring clinicians to notify the Department of Public Health about unexplained vaping-related lung injuries. So far, Massachusetts has determined 19 cases of the injuries are confirmed to be or are probably part of the nationwide outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses, which has caused at least 1,080 illnesses and 22 deaths, according to state officials. Federal officials have reported at least 18 deaths. “Today I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of a patient who had this illness,” said Dr. Monica Bharel, Massachusetts public health commissioner. “We are investigating these cases as … [Read more...] about First vaping-related death reported in Mass.
By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: October 10, 2019 at 3:48 pm | UPDATED: October 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm Inspections of some older Boeing jets have turned up structural cracks in more than three dozen of them, raising a new safety issue for the company already dealing with two deadly crashes involving a newer version of the same plane. Boeing said Thursday that airlines worldwide have inspected 810 planes following an order from U.S. safety regulators. Of those, 38 — or 5% — had “findings” requiring repairs. Airlines are under orders to inspect certain Boeing 737 NG planes for cracking in a part that helps keep wings attached to the fuselage. Boeing declined to identify which airlines found problems, but Brazilian carrier Gol said it has grounded 11 planes so far, and U.S.-based Southwest Airlines grounded two.The NG is a version of the popular 737 that has been produced since the 1990s. Boeing is replacing it with the 737 Max, but those planes have been grounded … [Read more...] about Cracks found in a key structural part on 38 Boeing jets
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating two recent incidents of white supremacist vandalism in a Massachusetts town. Falmouth police found two swastikas, a drawing of male genitalia and several large circles on the dock at the Megansett Yacht Club on Oct. 6. The Cape Cod Times reports the images were drawn or formed with a liquid substance that dried on the dock. The Falmouth Department of Public Works cleaned it off. Falmouth police are also investigating an incident that occurred after Yom Kippur last week. Rabbi Elias Lieberman says someone left a defaced Israeli flag spray-painted with a red swastika over the Star of David and white supremacist symbols in front of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation early Thursday morning. Close Boston.com Today Sign up for Boston.com Today to get the headlines delivered to your inbox. Thanks for signing up! … [Read more...] about Police investigate racist vandalism in Cape Cod town
German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that Deutsche Bank gave expensive gifts to senior Chinese officials at a time when it was trying to establish itself as a major player in China’s financial industry.Together with German public broadcaster WDR and the New York Times, the newspaper reports that the bank also gave jobs to children of Chinese political and economic elite.In a statement Tuesday, Deutsche Bank said the “events date back as far as 2002 and have been dealt with.”The bank added, without elaborating, that it has “self-identified, thoroughly investigated and reported to authorities certain past conduct.” Separately, the bank said Monday that it will stop conducting transfers for banks in Malta by the end of the year amid concerns about money-laundering in the Mediterranean island nation. … [Read more...] about Report: Deutsche Bank gave lavish gifts to China’s leaders