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O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewed

O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewedAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rep. Beto O'Rourke and four other Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in West Texas on Saturday where they said that 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $ 1 million per day.



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Bismarck State College continues contract with Saudi Arabia

Bismarck State College continues contract with Saudi ArabiaBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck State College will continue its partnership with Saudi Arabia to provide energy sector training despite international condemnation of the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the school's president said.



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Pope Francis compares having an abortion to 'hiring a contract killer'

Pope Francis compares having an abortion to 'hiring a contract killer'Pope Francis has likened abortion to “hiring a contract killer” in some of his strongest remarks yet on the subject. It was not fair to “take out a human life to solve a problem”, he said. “Is it fair to hire a contract killer to solve a problem? It is not fair. We cannot take out a human being, even if it is small."  The remarks, delivered during his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, were unscripted and diverged from his prepared text. The comments are likely to be welcomed by conservative Catholics, particularly in the United States where a political battle rages over the issue, but will be viewed with dismay by more moderate Catholics who defend a woman’s right to seek an abortion in certain circumstances. Having an abortion meant eliminating “an innocent and helpless life”, the Pope told tens of thousands of people gathered in the piazza in front of St Peter’s Basilica. It is not the first time he has used emotive language to condemn abortion. In June, he compared abortion to the Nazis’ eugenics programme, the only difference being that it was performed with “white gloves”. “Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” he told an Italian family association. He urged couples to accept children “as God gives them to us.” Pope Francis compared having an abortion to hiring a professional assassin Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP “He has always been passionately against abortion. His position has been robust and consistent,” Austen Ivereigh, a Vatican expert and author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, told The Telegraph. “This is in keeping with what he has always said, but he does love to use these shocking metaphors. He is trying to smash any justification for abortion, saying that it is not a cure but a violent act that takes a life.” For Francis, abortion is part of the “throwaway culture” that he frequently rails against in his homilies and addresses. He has often condemned society for marginalising the poor, the elderly and the unborn. In 2014, he said it was “horrific” to think that some unborn children “will never see the light of day”. In a yearly address to a group of diplomats accredited to the Vatican, he criticised the world’s disposable culture, saying that it was not just food and material goods that were thrown away “but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary.” His remarks, while outspoken, are in keeping with the teaching of the Catholic Church, which judges that life begins at the moment of conception and must not be terminated. “Abortion is unacceptable in all circumstances – that remains official Catholic teaching,” said Mr Ivereigh. “Pope Francis was very active in opposing any attempt to legalise it in Argentina earlier this year.”



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Taiwan hotel axes Marriott contract over China naming row

Taiwan hotel axes Marriott contract over China naming rowThe owner of a Starwood-branded hotel in Taiwan said Thursday it will terminate its contract with Marriott International, in protest over the US group caving in to Beijing pressure to list the island as part of China. Marriott was strongly criticised by Chinese authorities in January for listing Taiwan — along with Tibet and Hong Kong — as separate countries, all regions which Beijing claims under its authority.



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Puerto Rico governor urges cancellation of private company contract after massive blackout

Puerto Rico governor urges cancellation of private company contract after massive blackoutCobra Energy holds a $ 945 million contract and the company has been working on the island since October 2017, following Hurricane Maria's rampage.



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Pentagon reportedly favors Amazon for cloud contract, Southwest CEO hasn’t talked to Buffett, Apple poaches Google AI chief

Pentagon reportedly favors Amazon for cloud contract, Southwest CEO hasn’t talked to Buffett, Apple poaches Google AI chiefAmazon, Southwest, Apple, CBS and Viacom are the companies to watch.



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Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $  750M Fluor contract nears endSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $ 750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials said Wednesday.



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Airbus lands biggest-ever contract for 430 A320s

Airbus lands biggest-ever contract for 430 A320sAirbus announced its biggest-ever order on Wednesday, signing a deal to supply 430 of its medium-range A320 family of aircraft to US investment firm Indigo Partners, at a list price of $ 49.5 billion (42 billion euros). “An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable,” said Airbus chief operating officer, John Leahy. The announcement sent Airbus’s share price soaring, rising by more than 3.0 percent to 86.09 euros in a generally softer market.



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FBI investigating Puerto Rico power contract: WSJ

FBI investigating Puerto Rico power contract: WSJThe contract between Whitefish Energy Holdings and Puerto Rico’s bankrupt power utility was widely criticized after media reports showed it was awarded without a competitive public bidding process. On Sunday, Puerto Rico’s government announced it would cancel the $ 300 million contract. Whitefish had more than 350 workers and 2,500 tons of heavy equipment on the ground for rebuilding electrical lines destroyed in Hurricane Maria, raising concern about Puerto Rico’s management of federal disaster-relief funds to the island, the WSJ reported.



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Puerto Rico Power Authority Moves to Cancel Whitefish Energy Contract

Puerto Rico Power Authority Moves to Cancel Whitefish Energy ContractThe head of Puerto Rico’s power authority moved on Sunday to cancel a controversial contract with Whitefish Energy, the small Montana company under scrutiny for the deal worth hundreds of millions to help restore power to the hurricane-ravaged island.



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