Aug. 8, 2018

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A hotly contested race in Ohio for a U.S. House of Representatives seat that has gone Republican for more than 30 years remained too close to call on Wednesday, in an encouraging sign for Democrats heading into the Nov. 6 elections.

White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearize despite an agreement between Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and was working on the transfer of all Saudi patients from hospitals there, in an escalating row after Ottawa urged it to free rights activists.

China is slapping additional import tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. goods ranging from oil and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the commerce ministry said, as the world's two largest economies escalate their trade dispute.

The New York Times reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit but the company added fewer paid digital subscribers, sending its shares down about 5 percent in premarket trading.

The nightmare scenario for computer security - artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses - may already have arrived. That warning from security researchers is driven home by a team from IBM who have used the artificial intelligence technique known as machine learning to build hacking programs that could slip past top-tier defensive measures. The group will unveil details of its experiment in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

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Known for making inflammatory claims about the LGBTQ community, Pastor Kevin Swanson is drawing a link between California's devastating wildfires and the state's embrace of same-sex marriage and other pro-equality efforts.

Joe Biden announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at emphasizing the importance of family and community acceptance to LGBTQ youth. The "As You Are" campaign was launched under the former vice president's eponymous foundation, which lists LGBTQ equality as one of its pillars. The social media campaign hopes to collect testimonies from LGBTQ youth, family members, educators and others.

A controversial scheme to clean up plastic in the Pacific Ocean could harm wildlife and release unnecessary greenhouse gases into the air, conservationists have warned. The system uses a 2000ft long u-shaped floating cylinder with a 10ft skirt beneath which moves along with the current capturing plastic as it goes.

A German mother and her partner were convicted and jailed Tuesday for repeatedly raping the woman's young son and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years in a case that has horrified the country.

Venezuelan government sympathizers on Monday rallied to show support for President Nicolas Maduro following weekend drone blasts that he called an assassination attempt, but the socialist leader surprised the crowd by skipping the event.

Chicago officials called on community members to hold shooters and gangs responsible after a violent weekend left at least 12 dead in shootings across the city.

Pakistan Wednesday defended its economic partnership with China, amid fears that the terms of opaque multi-billion dollar investments by Beijing could be exacerbating Islamabad's economic woes as it considers a fresh IMF bailout.

A string of Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have killed 12 people, including four women who died in the crossfire during a shootout between insurgents and soldiers, while an errant NATO airstrike killed nine Afghan police, Afghan officials said Tuesday.

If Snap's second-quarter earnings are any indication, Snapchat's user growth may have flatlined - the parent of the ephemeral messaging app beat expectations on revenue but fell far short of expectations on user growth.

U.S. mortgage application activity decreased to its lowest in 2-1/2 years last week as loan requests to refinance an existing home fell to their weakest level since December 2000.

BBC

More women candidates than ever will contest US governorships and House seats in November's mid-term elections. After Tuesday's primaries across four states, there are now 11 female nominees for governor and at least 182 for the House of Representatives. The results were hailed as a continuing success story by activists for women in politics.

Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens has been arrested after President Nicolás Maduro accused him of involvement in Saturday's alleged drone attack against him.

The US has said it will impose further tariffs on Chinese goods starting 23 August, as a trade war between the world's two biggest economies continues.

Ruby Rose will play the first openly lesbian lead superhero in a new TV production of Batwoman. The Australian actress will play the title lead in a new series on The CW Network in America. The series will see Batwoman's alter ego Kate Kane portrayed as a lesbian, and is expected to air in late 2019/early 2020.

WND

A border lawmaker had drawn up a plan to pay for the wall in part by fining Mexico and other countries $2,000 for every illegal immigrant caught crossing into the United States. With up some 400,000 illegal immigrants being apprehended at the border yearly, his tax could raise $800 million a year. The border wall could cost up to $25 billion.

The student club Business Leaders in Christ won a short-lived victory against the University of Iowa when a judge ordered the taxpayer-funded institution to recognize the Christian group on the same terms as others that require leaders to adhere to the club's beliefs, such as a Muslim student group.

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