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Cuba denies military in Venezuela, charges U.S. readies intervention

Cuba denies military in Venezuela, charges U.S. readies interventionU.S. President Donald Trump and members of the administration have charged that Cuba’s security forces and military control Venezuela’s and that troops are also on the ground there. “Our government categorically and energetically rejects this slander,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at a Havana press conference, adding all of the some 20,000 Cubans in Venezuela were civilians, most health professionals. Communist-run Cuba has been a key backer of the Venezuelan government since the Bolivarian Revolution that began under former leader Hugo Chavez in 1998.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 5:52 PM

As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups say

As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups sayArchbishop Anthony S. Apuron was found guilty of 'certain accusations' of crimes related to the sexual abuse of minors. He has appealed the ruling.

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 7:10 AM

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to back Bernie Sanders for 2020 election run against Trump

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to back Bernie Sanders for 2020 election run against TrumpAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has refused to endorse Bernie Sanders for the 2020 Democratic nomination, despite working on the senator’s first presidential campaign. A spokesperson for Ms Ocasio-Cortez, like Mr Sanders a self-described democratic socialist, refused to comment directly on the 77-year-old’s Tuesday announcement he is running for a second time. “We’re excited to see so many progressives in the race,” spokesperson Corbin Trent said.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 2:30 AM

Warren Proposes Universal Child Care Plan Funded by Wealth Tax

Warren Proposes Universal Child Care Plan Funded by Wealth TaxThe Massachusetts senator’s plan, unveiled Tuesday on Medium.com, would make child care free for families with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level, or less than $51,500 for a family of four. The proposal marks the latest policy entry into a 2020 contest that features scores of progressive Democrats competing over how best to mitigate income inequality and expand the economic safety net for working families. Americans pay nearly as much for child care as they do for rent, with the average cost of child care in the U.S. approaching $1,400 a month, according to a 2018 HotPads analysis of a Care.com state and metro area pricing index.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 8:49 AM

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfersRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he will not accept regular monthly tax transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel.

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 10:41 AM

Lesbian couple turned away by Indiana tax preparer four years after Mike Pence signed anti-LGBTQ law

Lesbian couple turned away by Indiana tax preparer four years after Mike Pence signed anti-LGBTQ lawA married lesbian couple in Indiana were turned away by a tax preparer when they attempted to file their taxes jointly last week, making them one of many victims of the state’s anti-LGBTQ laws. Bailey and Samantha Brazzel got married last July and decided to file their taxes jointly for the first time. The couple went to Carter Tax Service in Russiaville to meet with Nancy Fivecoate, a tax preparer Ms Bailey used for the last four years.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 4:26 PM

Covington Catholic student's legal team files $250M suit against The Washington Post

Covington Catholic student's legal team files $250M suit against The Washington PostAn attorney for Nick Sandmann says a $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post was filed Tuesday for coverage of the CovCath incident.

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 10:20 AM

Huawei founder says will not share data with China - CBS News

Huawei founder says will not share data with China - CBS NewsHuawei Technologies Co Ltd's founder and chief executive pledged not to share any customer information with the Chinese government and said the company had never done so, in an interview with CBS News that aired on Tuesday. Asked if it had shared data with China's government, Huawei's Ren Zhengfei said in a translated interview with the television news outlet: "For the past 30 years, we have never done that. On Monday, Ren said in a separate interview with the BBC that the technology company would not undertake any spying activities and that it could shift its business investments to other countries amid an ongoing U.S. pressure campaign.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 8:01 AM

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or SoldWarren Buffett is wheeling and dealing. The most anticipated 13-F filing each quarter is that of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B). Here are seven stocks Buffett has been buying and selling according to this month's filing.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 12:40 PM

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA HatsA Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday for pulling a gun on a couple who were wearing the Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he reportedly pulled the gun in a Kentucky Sam’s Club store amid an argument, according to his arrest citation. Phillips allegedly told the woman, "It's a good day to die, b****," and exchanged obscene hand gestures with the man. He said he did so because of their hats.Phillips, who wore a hat indicating he was a military veteran, has a concealed-carry permit for his gun.The incident comes amid the continuing controversy over Empire actor Jussie Smollett's claim that he was beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans, which has been increasingly scrutinized as a possible hoax.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 11:09 AM

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Global Broking Network Brokerslink Appoints Gavriel as European Regional Manager
Global broking network Brokerslink has appointed Christos Gavriel to the role of regional manager for Europe. Gavriel has a strong background in insurance having previously held various international roles at AIG before going on to set up and manage his …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 10:39 AM
Estonia Probes Allegations Swedbank Linked to Danske Money Laundering Scandal
Estonia is investigating allegations linking Swedbank to suspicious transactions in the country involving Danske Bank, Estonia’s state prosecutor said on Wednesday. Danske is being investigated in its home market of Denmark, Estonia, Britain, France and the United States over some …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 10:02 AM
Swiss Re 2018 Net Profit Rises 27% Despite Spate of Natural, Man-Made Disasters
Reinsurer Swiss Re on Thursday posted a 27.2 percent jump in 2018 net profit, despite claims from large-scale natural catastrophes and man-made disasters. Net profit for the full year came in at $421 million, compared with $331 million a year …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 9:44 AM
AXA Reports 66% Drop in 2018 Net Profit on U.S. Unit’s IPO Costs, Natural Disasters
Net profits at AXA, Europe’s second biggest insurer, fell sharply as a result of charges related to its U.S. unit’s initial public offering (IPO) and a spate of natural disasters, although AXA hoped for higher earnings this year. Its 2018 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 9:28 AM
Palmer Joins EPIC’s Energy, Marine Practice in Houston
EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has added Jose Palmer as a principal in the energy and marine practice within its property/and casualty operations. He is based in Houston and reports to Southwest Region Managing Principal and Director KJ Wagner. Palmer …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 6:49 AM
AM Best Revises Status to Developing for California Capital Insurance Co. and Subsidiaries
AM Best has revised the implications of the under review status to developing from negative for the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a-” of California Capital Insurance Co. and its subsidiaries. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 7:38 PM
Insurer Hit With $102K Fine for Selling Illegal NRA-Branded Policies
Illinois Union Insurance Co. has paid a $102,000 fine after Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ordered the company to cease underwriting self-defense policies branded by the National Rifle Association. After an investigation, Kreidler ordered Illinois Union in January to stop …

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 7:17 PM
Great American Insurance Promotes Mercurio, Thompson
Cincinnati, Ohio-based Great American Insurance Group has promoted Anthony (Tony) J. Mercurio and David L. Thompson Jr. to executive vice presidents of its property/casualty group. Mercurio will continue to serve as president and CEO of National Interstate – a position …

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 5:38 PM
North Dakota House OKs Medical Marijuana Law Changes
The North Dakota House approved legislation that would expand the list of medical conditions for which residents can use medical marijuana, add health care professionals who can certify patients for the drug and increase the forms it can come in. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 5:25 PM
Louisiana Flood Victims Still Waiting for Federal Recovery Grants
The month-long partial federal government shutdown likely further delayed aid grants to homeowners still trying to recover from the 2016 flooding, Louisiana’s top disaster recovery official said. As many as 6,000 Louisiana residents who took out loans from the U.S. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 5:21 PM

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