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US offers $7 mn to find Hezbollah agent as Pompeo visits Argentina

US offers $  7 mn to find Hezbollah agent as Pompeo visits ArgentinaThe United States on Friday offered a $ 7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to unite Latin American nations against the militants. Pompeo visited to mark the 25th anniversary of Argentina’s deadliest attack, lighting a candle at the site of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association where a plaque lists the names of the 85 dead.



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US offers $7 mn to find Hezbollah agent wanted for Argentina attack

US offers $  7 mn to find Hezbollah agent wanted for Argentina attackThe United States on Friday offered a $ 7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as it vowed to bring together Latin American nations to fight the militant group. The United States also imposed sanctions on the Hezbollah figure, Salman Raouf Salman, in tandem with Argentina’s announcement on the 25th anniversary of the attack that it is designating the Lebanese Shiite movement as a terrorist group. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was visiting Argentina to commemorate the attack and lit a candle at the site of the devastated Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, known by its Spanish acronym AMIA.



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Keep Jeffrey Epstein in Jail, Alleged Victims Say, as Feds Find Cash, Diamonds

Keep Jeffrey Epstein in Jail, Alleged Victims Say, as Feds Find Cash, Diamonds(Bloomberg) — As two alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein urged a judge to keep him locked up, prosecutors said they had found piles of cash, dozens of diamonds and an expired foreign passport, with Epstein’s picture and a different name, in a safe in his Manhattan mansion.“He’s a scary person to have walking the street,” Courtney Wild, who claims Epstein sexually abused her at 14, said at his bail hearing Monday in Manhattan. She asked U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to deny bail to the 66-year-old money manager and keep him locked up “for the safety of any other girls who are going through what I’m going through.”Epstein, arrested in New Jersey on July 6 after stepping off his private jet from Paris and charged with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy, will learn on Thursday morning whether he will return to his home or to the jail he now shares with Paul Manafort and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Epstein, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of molesting girls from 2002 to 2005 and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.“He was inappropriate with me,” Annie Farmer told the judge at the hearing, trembling as she spoke and accompanied by her lawyer, David Boies. “I’d prefer not to go into the details of that at this time.”Boies represents three women who say Epstein molested them when they were girls.Epstein’s WealthEpstein’s lawyers said their client was being prosecuted a second time for acts that ended in 2005 and were resolved in a non-prosecution agreement in 2007. Since then, they argued, Epstein had engaged in “14 years of self-discipline,” hadn’t broken the law and had complied with all the requirements of his sex-offender status. They noted that other prominent defendants, including Bernard Madoff, had been released on bail and appeared in court.Prosecutors, pointing to Epstein’s wealth, told Berman no conditions would ensure his appearance and that the bail terms he has proposed — a “substantial” bond, a GPS ankle bracelet and confinement to his home under watch by a “trustee” — would establish a “gilded cage” from which he could still influence witnesses, as they claim he has as recently as December.Arguing that Epstein is a flight risk, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said that in addition to the trove of cash and diamonds FBI agents found were works of art he hadn’t accounted for in a one-page financial-disclosure statement he filed with the court. Berman called the disclosure “cursory,” saying that it “does not fully assist me” in deciding whether to free Epstein on bail or remand him to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.In the statement, Epstein said his assets include $ 57 million in cash, $ 14 million in fixed income, $ 113 million in equities and $ 195 million held in hedge funds and private equity. The values of his six homes range from $ 8.7 million in France to a $ 64 million private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. All told, he says, he’s worth $ 559 million.Witness Tampering?Berman seemed skeptical of arguments that Epstein must be released to adequately prepare a defense. The judge said other prominent defendants had been able to consult their lawyers while detained and noted that the charges in this case typically don’t allow for bail. He said he would rule Thursday morning at 9:30 on Epstein’s request to remain confined to his Manhattan mansion.Prosecutors said Epstein had made two payments totaling $ 350,000 two days after the Miami Herald published a series on his alleged crimes in November. Epstein’s lawyer Martin Weinberg said there had been no effort to derail any investigation and that these were merely payments to a former employee and a friend.“This is not witness tampering simply because the Miami Herald wrote an article,” Weinberg said.Boies told Berman he had a civil suit pending against Epstein at the time and that after the fund manager made the payments, witnesses who had been cooperating suddenly no longer spoke to him. Boies then stood alongside Farmer, who approached the courtroom podium and stopped about five feet from Epstein to speak.“I was 16 years old when I had the misfortune of meeting Jeffrey Epstein in New York,” Farmer said. “He later flew me to New Mexico. I want to voice my support that he not be set free.”Trove of PhotosNoting that Weinberg had argued that his client’s wealth had been an “incentive” to many women to claim to be victims, she said instead it had made it harder to come forward against Epstein and his team of lawyers.“It’s the opposite,” she said. “His wealth and privilege would often make it more difficult.”She disputed Weinberg’s argument that Epstein had engaged in “self-discipline” after winning the non-prosecution agreement, noting that FBI agents said they had turned up hundreds and perhaps thousands of pictures of nude women and girls at his home.“The victims in these photos are continuing to be victimized,” Farmer said.The case is U.S. v. Epstein, 19-cr-00490, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).(Updates with filing on Epstein’s assets in fourth paragraph under Epstein’s Wealth.)\–With assistance from Gerald Porter Jr..To contact the reporters on this story: Bob Van Voris in federal court in Manhattan at rvanvoris@bloomberg.net;Chris Dolmetsch in Federal Court in Manhattan at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net;Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at pathurtado@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Warren, Biden Campaigns Appear to Find Loophole Around Paid Internships

Warren, Biden Campaigns Appear to Find Loophole Around Paid InternshipsAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg via GettyUnpaid interns are practically non-existent among Democratic presidential campaigns in 2019. But some top-tier candidates appear to be finding a creative way to tap unpaid talent: offering vague “fellowship” opportunities as volunteer positions. There’s no singular definition for a “fellow” among 2020 candidates and most this cycle don’t offer the option. But two leading contenders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), give applicants who are selected a chance to participate in the campaign as volunteer fellows, without requiring compensation or academic credit. “Volunteers are asked to do something, workers are told,” Renée Hagerty, an executive council member for the Campaign Workers Guild, said.  “Everyone who’s performing work on a campaign should be paid.”For Biden’s campaign, the “Team Joe Organizing Fellowship” consists of an eight-week program that includes weekly online trainings in grassroots and digital organizing, according to the listing, which closed this week. Unlike the internship program, which is paid $ 15 per hour, the fellowship program makes no mention of wages, academic credit, or time commitments. Warren’s campaign features one joint application with three options: paid internship, volunteer fellowship, or volunteer fellowship for academic credit. Applicants are allowed to select more than one when applying. Warren’s deputy communications director Chris Hayden told The Daily Beast their internship program “offers a limited number of paid, full-time campaign experiences on a competitive basis” and that “interns commit to working 30 hours a week, and have access to paid health insurance in addition to their weekly salary.”“The campaign also offers a volunteer fellowship program, which provides similar training and work experiences with a smaller time commitment,” Hayden added. “Many of our campaign fellows receive stipends from educational institutions or other third-parties, and everyone in our intern and fellowship programs has access to cost-free supporter housing while they’re working in-state.”Still, Guillermo Creamer, co-founder of the non-profit group Pay Our Interns, said there’s a “gray area” that emerges from having both paid and unpaid options, creating a “fine line” between the roles. “It is interesting that some campaigns can still think about having both,” Creamer said. “The question now is: is fellowship the scapegoat for not paying individuals?”Multiple activists who spoke to The Daily Beast declined to call out individual campaigns, saying they’re generally pleased with the progress this cycle on the paid internship front, what some see as the first hurdle to overcome. But the separate volunteer fellowship option has led several activists to question the program’s cost-benefit analysis.  “What’s actually the difference?” Creamer said when asked about paid internships versus unpaid fellowships. “Campaigns have to be the ones who identify that.”Coming off the heels of a strong second quarter of fundraising, Biden and Warren each crystallized their spots in the top of the Democratic pack both in polls and in money raised. Biden brought in $ 21.5 million, while Warren reported $ 19.1 million. The large sums are even stronger reasons to pay fellows for work, rather than doling out fancy titles in exchange, some activists pointed out.“At Biden for President, interns are employees who are paid by the hour (capped at 30 hours a week),” a campaign spokesperson wrote in an email. “Whereas fellows are part of an educational experience which we hope will equip them to be effective organizers in the future, and are not employees of the campaign.”“Bosses have been coming up with reasons and excuses and caveats for not paying people since the dawn of time,” Hagerty said, without commenting on any campaign specifically. “This is another version that fits into a middle-class narrative of prestige.”Legally, there’s no definition in the campaign finance world that would distinguish internships from fellowships, an official from the Campaign Legal Center said. “Campaigns are given pretty broad leeway for how they spend their money. They can provide any title they want,” the official added. In a field of nearly two dozen contenders, other candidates offer several different fellowship models. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) offer paid fellowships, while Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) requires unpaid fellows to receive academic credit in order to participate in the program. The majority of other candidates offer paid internships. While some activists view the practice as a delicate balance between opening a door to those who seek the experience and a loophole for campaigns to use free labor, not everyone agrees the practice is problematic.“There’s utilitarian reasons for campaigns and there’s utilitarian reasons for the workforce,” Janice Fine, an assistant professor of labor studies and employment relations at Rutgers University, said. For some, fellowships can be a vital way to gain experience with a specific candidate or area of expertise, without having to commit to a set number of hours or responsibilities, she added. “A lot of these jobs are just for the experience,” Alan Seals, a labor economist and professor of economics at Auburn University, agreed. “The worst thing [campaigns] can do is say ‘no they’re all employees now and you’ve got to pay them minimum wage.’ It would be an absolute disaster.”But that argument is what some activists say is part of the problem, and that there needs to be a clear pay-for-work metric that mirrors the fair wage platforms campaigns are pushing on the trail.“It smacks of hypocrisy,” Hagerty said. “No candidate wants to be a hypocrite.” Updated to include comment from the Biden campaign.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Mexican officials find 51 migrants in truck using giant X-ray

Mexican officials find 51 migrants in truck using giant X-rayMexican officials using a large X-ray scanner at a checkpoint in the central state of Zacatecas found 51 Central American migrants in hidden compartments inside a truck. Footage of the X-ray shows a ghost-like truck filled with the brightened silhouettes of the migrants, some sitting, others lying down along two levels in the crowded compartments. The migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Ecuador, 21 of whom were minors, are now in the custody of the country’s National Migration Institute (INM), government officials said in a statement late on Sunday.



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Replica clock find sparks hope for Notre-Dame restoration

Replica clock find sparks hope for Notre-Dame restorationAn accidental discovery of a 19th-century clock in a dusty church storage room in Paris has sparked hopes that it can be used to replace a timepiece destroyed in the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral. The ruined clock in Notre-Dame, which measured two metres (6.5 feet) across, was located beneath the roof and spire of the Gothic monument which crashed down in the blaze that stunned France in April. Then French clockmaker Jean-Baptiste Viot stumbled across an almost identical version while completing an inventory last month at Saint Trinite church in northern Paris, four kilometres (2.5 miles) away from Notre-Dame.



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Galaxy Note 10 leak reveals a futuristic feature you won’t find on any iPhone

Galaxy Note 10 leak reveals a futuristic feature you won’t find on any iPhoneThe Galaxy Note 10, now expected to launch on August 7th, is hardly a secret anymore. We've seen plenty of leaks that have confirmed the phone's design and even the sky-high price tag has been outed. The Note 10 will come in two sizes, both featuring the same Infinity-O display that will have curved edges with tiny top and bottom bezels. In many ways, the Galaxy Note 10 will be similar to the Galaxy S10 when it comes to specs, but an insider now claims the phone will have a futuristic feature that no other popular smartphone has — not even the iPhone. If this rumor is accurate, it will give Samsung an advantage over almost all competitors out there when it comes to design.Ice Universe, a reliable Samsung leaker, explained on Twitter that the Note 10 will have bezels as narrow as the iPhone, and that's possible thanks to a new display innovation: Sound on Display (SoD) tech.https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1141244216992866304Instead of having to place a speaker at the top of the phone, Samsung can turn the screen itself into a speaker. This tech has been in the making for quite a while, and Samsung is one of the two companies that can pull it off. The other one is LG, which launched its LG V8 ThinQ earlier this year, the world's first phone with SoD tech. LG, however, hasn't been able to match Samsung for a long time when it comes to flagship smartphone sales.The Galaxy S10 still features a speaker at the top. It's almost invisible, but it's there. SoD screens will allow Samsung and every other company that sources OLED screens from Samsung Display to further reduce the size of their top bezels.The iPhone 11, meanwhile, isn't expected to drop the front-facing speaker anytime soon, and certainly not this year on the iPhone 11. Apple is rumored to stick with the same iPhone X notch design for at least one more generation of handsets, which means the front speaker isn't going anywhere for the time being. Google's Pixel 4, one other highly anticipated handset of the second half of 2019, will also have a speaker at the top, right in the middle of a pretty thick top bezel.



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Walmart, Whole Foods and Sears are open Easter Sunday. Find out where else you can shop.

Walmart, Whole Foods and Sears are open Easter Sunday. Find out where else you can shop.If you forget a key ingredient for your Easter meal, you have some options. Walmart is open, but Target is closed.



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As the Mueller report looms, Democrats find voters would rather talk 'kitchen-table' issues

As the Mueller report looms, Democrats find voters would rather talk 'kitchen-table' issuesWith the Mueller report expected out within days, House Democrats are performing a balancing act: Focus on 'kitchen-table' issues while vowing oversight



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Pentagon to find places to potentially house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children

Pentagon to find places to potentially house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant childrenActing U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved a request to identify places to potentially house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. In March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requested Pentagon support to identify locations to house unaccompanied migrant children through Sept. 30. Migrant arrivals on the U.S. border with Mexico have been building steadily for months, driven by growing numbers of children and families, especially from Central America.



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