Today's Intel

Jan. 18, 2018

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President Donald Trump announced the recipients of his so-called Fake News Awards, on Wednesday, his latest attack on the press that has drawn objections from within his own party.

President Donald Trump said in a tweet Wednesday that Apple Inc.'s decision to bring hundreds of billions of overseas dollars back to the U.S. is a "huge win for American workers and the USA!"

Business and tech industry groups -- representing Amazon.com Inc., Google, Visa Inc. and other companies -- are urging the Trump administration not to halt work authorizations for spouses of immigrants who have specialty worker H-1B visas and are seeking permanent residency.

Turkey drew closer to its threatened offensive against Kurdish separatist fighters in northwest Syria, sending top security chiefs to Russia to seek permission to use Syrian airspace for strikes.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed the U.S. military will stay in war-torn Syria for the foreseeable future to counter Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Iran, even as he urged patience in waiting out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits plummeted to the lowest level in almost 45 years in a sign the job market will tighten further in 2018, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Jobless claims decreased by 41k to 220k (est. 249k); lowest level since Feb. 1973, biggest drop since April 2009.

U.S. taxpayers may end up paying for the missing satellite launched by Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. that crashed into the ocean earlier this month, part of a classified U.S. government mission dubbed "Zuma."

Snowpack is 50 percent lower than the average at this point in the winter at dozens of basins in the region. It's a major concern in a region with a growing population where water supplies are often pushed to their limits, even in good years. In addition to fueling the West's winter tourism industry, the snow provides a steady supply of water for the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people spread from Denver to Los Angeles.

America's biggest banks just spent a week regaling shareholders about brighter days ahead, when tax cuts add billions of dollars to the firms' annual profits. About 8,000 people are getting left behind.

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China is preparing to send a robot submarine possibly followed by divers to explore and plug holes in a sunken Iranian oil tanker whose 32 crew members are all believed to have died, the Transport Ministry said Wednesday.

When a pastor at my church in Washington, D.C., spoke up Sunday against President Trump's vulgar comments demeaning people from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa, it signaled to me that the president had debased his office in a way that many Christians found even more inexcusable than his personal lapses.

India successfully test-fired a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday in what officials called a "major boost" to the country's strategic defense system. The Agni-V missile, with a range of about 3,100 miles, has been in the works for several decade

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 12 people and injured 48 others in an attack on Wednesday on the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials from the State Emergency Management Agency for Borno said.

The Pentagon is reportedly pushing a new retaliation tactic should the U.S. ever be hit by a devastating cyberattack: America could nuke the culprit.

White supremacists in the United States killed more than twice as many people in 2017 as they did the year before, and were responsible for far more murders than domestic Islamic extremists, helping make 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence in America, a new report states.

BBC

Pope Francis has made history by performing a wedding ceremony for two flight attendants on board a plane travelling between cities in Chile.

News reports of a spate of underage pregnancies in Turkey have sparked anger online. One hundred and fifteen girls, including 39 from Syria, have been treated at a single hospital in Istanbul in less than five months. News website Hurriyet Daily reported 38 girls became pregnant before the age of 15, and 77 before turning 18. The age of consent is 18 in Turkey and all cases of pregnancy under the age of 15 are classified as child abuse.

Pope Francis has used a public address in Chile to denounce violence and call for unity in one of the country's longest-running conflicts.

The South African city of Cape Town will slash residents' water allowance to 50 liters a day from next month amid fears that it could become the world's first major city to run out of water.

Kaduna state in Nigeria has banned adoptions to stop people selling children, reports Nigeria's Punch newspaper. Some are being sold or trafficked, some are exposed to serious dangers - we even learnt that some of their organs are being sold.

Viorica Dancila has been named as Romania's first female PM following the sudden resignation of Mihai Tudose.

WND

A video which has been released by the Iraqi army shows a courageous soldier in Mosul, Syria, ordering a frightened child to raise his arms while he disarms the lethal bomb.

The expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare made the opioid epidemic even worse, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The report suggests that because people who were uninsured were able to get government-funded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, they are now receiving more access to prescription painkillers like OxyContin, and some are selling them illegally on the streets.

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