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Renewing or applying for airport fast pass Global Entry? Brace for lengthy delays

Renewing or applying for airport fast pass Global Entry? Brace for lengthy delaysThe Global Entry trusted traveler program has been plagued by lengthy application delays. Some travelers report over 100 days to renew.



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Celebrities, royals and politicians brace themselves as court orders release of explosive Jeffrey Epstein files

Celebrities, royals and politicians brace themselves as court orders release of explosive Jeffrey Epstein filesIn Room 270, the records management unit, on the second floor of an imposing granite and marble courthouse in lower Manhattan, 167 documents totaling more than 2,000 pages are being kept under lock and key. But they are about to be unsealed and made public – making a host of important people around the world, including celebrities, politicians and royals, very nervous. The files contain explosive allegations in the case of Giuffre v Maxwell, in which Virginia Giuffre, a woman who claims to have been Jeffrey Epstein's teenage "sex slave", sued Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and the billionaire's former girlfriend, for defamation. The case was settled in May 2017 on the eve of the trial but the details were not disclosed and the final judgment and supporting documents were sealed, with the court noting the "highly sensitive nature of the underlying allegations." According to other court documents that have been published, Ms Giuffre has made allegations of sexual abuse against "numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well‐known Prime Minister, and other world leaders." An appeal to unseal the rest of the documents was launched by the Miami Herald newspaper, which has spearheaded media investigations into Epstein. It was rejected three times. Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell became a fixture on the New York social scene after she moved to the city in 1991 Credit: Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images But last month the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered their release, ruling that the public's right to know outweighed the privacy rights of the high-profile individuals named. It what may be an indication of the fame of those individuals, the judges made a striking plea to the media to "exercise restraint" in reporting the allegations about to come to light. They also allowed parties involved to apply for minor redactions, delaying the release. Another delay is possible as Miss Maxwell has launched an appeal to keep the documents sealed, her lawyers arguing that a full release would trigger a “furious feeding frenzy." They wrote: "Plaintiff Giuffre made numerous allegations of sexual, if not criminal, conduct against a wide range of third parties. Because of the media no reference to anyone in this case is benign: a reference to any person is toxic and lethal to that person’s reputation. Facts and truth are all but irrelevant." The legal battle between Ms Giuffre and Miss Maxwell began in late 2014 when Ms Giuffre claimed that Epstein sexually abused her starting in 2000 when she was 16, with the “assistance and participation” of Miss Maxwell. She also made allegations against the Duke of York, which were categorically denied by Buckingham Palace. Miss Maxwell described the claims as "obvious lies," and Ms Giuffre then sued her for defamation. Buckingham Palace has categorically denied any misconduct on the part of Prince Andrew, who was pictured with Virginia Giuffre, then Virginia Roberts, and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001 In a recent statement Josh Schiller, a lawyer for Ms Giuffre, said the appeal court was unlikely to overturn an unsealing decision, and he believed Miss Maxwell's appeal would cause only a "short delay" in releasing the documents. He added: "There is an overwhelming public interest." The appeal court's decision to release the documents came just three days before Epstein was arrested last month, charged with sex trafficking. Prosecutors in New York have accused him of assaulting dozens of girls as young as 14. The case has thrown the Marlborough College and Oxford-educated Miss Maxwell, 57, back into the spotlight. She moved to New York in 1991, the year her father – disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell – died. In New York, herself and Epstein became a fixture on the social scene. Miss Maxwell was well-connected. Guests including Donald Trump had partied on her father's yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, as far back as 1989. She is a private helicopter pilot and a deep water submarine pilot. In 2012 she founded the TerraMar Project in New York, aimed at creating a "global ocean community" to protect international waters, and spoke about it at the United Nations. Last month, six days after Epstein's arrest, the TerraMar Project announced it would "cease all operations." Miss Maxwell sold her Manhattan townhouse for $ 15 million in 2016, and her current whereabouts are unclear.



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‘Racist words … giving me flashbacks.' Black Cincinnati residents brace for Trump rally following ‘racist’ comments

‘Racist words ... giving me flashbacks.' Black Cincinnati residents brace for Trump rally following ‘racist’ commentsThe visit to Ohio’s third-biggest city comes as the president has repeatedly turned to racially-polarizing broadsides over the last three weeks to criticize opponents.



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US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower as investors brace for earnings deluge

US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower as investors brace for earnings delugeAbout a third of the S&P 500 companies, including Boeing Co , Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc, will report this week, determining whether investors should be concerned about the start of an earnings recession or whether back-to-back quarters of negative growth can be avoided. “Q1 earnings have largely been a pleasant surprise thus far, but have not ignited investor enthusiasm enough to move the needle in a meaningful way,” Peter Kenny, founder of Strategic Board Solutions LLC in New York, wrote in a client note. Benefiting from a surge in oil prices and upbeat results was Halliburton Co, whose shares rose 2.4% in premarket trading.



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Gaza, Israel brace for mass border demos

Gaza, Israel brace for mass border demosPalestinians in Gaza are expected to gather in huge numbers along the fence separating them from Israel on Saturday, testing a fragile ceasefire only days after a major flareup. The demonstrations mark the first anniversary of deadly protests on the border with Israel. Days of negotiations have raised hopes that the kind of bloodshed seen in previous mass protests, particularly last May against the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, can be avoided.



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Gaza, Israel brace for mass border demos

Gaza, Israel brace for mass border demosPalestinians in Gaza are expected to gather in huge numbers along the barrier separating them from Israel on Saturday, testing a fragile ceasefire only days after a major flareup. The demonstrations mark the first anniversary of deadly protests on the border with Israel. Days of negotiations have raised hopes that the bloodshed seen in previous mass protests, particularly those against the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem last May, can be avoided.



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Want to see the poppy super bloom in California? Brace yourself for large crowds, long lines

Want to see the poppy super bloom in California? Brace yourself for large crowds, long linesEveryone wishing to see the super bloom in Lake Elsinore, California must pay $ 10 and ride a shuttle to the poppy fields.



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President Trump, Democratic lawmakers brace for White House meeting on government shutdown

President Trump, Democratic lawmakers brace for White House meeting on government shutdownCongressional officials have described the meeting as a "briefing" on border security , while the White House has not provided information on who would be present



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The Latest: Turkey-backed Syrians brace for key town clash

The Latest: Turkey-backed Syrians brace for key town clashBEIRUT (AP) — BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local):



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The Carolinas and Virginia brace for Hurricane Florence's impending landfall

The Carolinas and Virginia brace for Hurricane Florence's impending landfall1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence's projected landfall Friday.



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