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Manafort Under Scrutiny For $40 Million In “Suspicious” Transactions

Today 03:23 GMT

Federal law enforcement officials have identified more than $40 million in “suspicious” financial transactions to and from companies controlled by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort — a much larger sum than was cited in his October indictment on money laundering charges.

Eight banks filed 23 “suspicious activity reports” between 2004 and 2014, which includes the years that Manafort and his consulting company, Davis Manafort Partners, worked for Yanukovych.

Source: Global News

Florida teacher told fiancée what to say at his funeral if he died in a school shooting

Today 03:23 GMT

Gwen Gossler explained through tears at Sunday’s service that he had told her what to say if he ever died in a school shooting, The New York Post reported.

The couple was watching TV coverage of a school shooting some time ago, when Beigel looked at her and said: “Promise me if this ever happens to me, you will tell them the truth — tell them what a jerk I am, don’t talk about the hero stuff.” Gwen Gossler explained through tears at Sunday’s service that he had told her what to say if he ever died in a school shooting, The New York Post reported.

Source: Common Domain

Corruption Currents: Scandals Rock Latvian Banking Sector

Today 03:23 GMT

(Reuters, Reuters, Hindu, Reuters, Reuters, PTI, PTI, LM, LM, LM). Latvia’s banking sector fell into crisis amid a number of scandals.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption scandals widened, with multiple arrests and new allegations of bribery.

Source: Common Domain

You May Have Already Won

Today 03:22 GMT

Thanks to Irene DeBlasio, Miguel Rakiewicz, Doug Schaffer, Rod Pennington, Tony Lima, and Brent Burkholder.) The tax cut gets more popular even though most Americans still don’t know they’re getting one.

The tax cut is already popular among Republicans, adds the Times, and “in contrast with many other issues — including Mr. Trump’s job approval rating — it also appears to be winning over some Democrats. Support for the law remains low among Democrats, but it has doubled over the past two months and is twice as strong as their approval of Mr. Trump today.”

Source: CBS News

Many athletes who chase Olympic glory face harsh financial reality

Today 03:22 GMT

While there is a small group of athletes who get rich in the quest for Olympic glory, for others, there is a harsh reality.

Olympic athletes defy gravity and impress audiences around the world, but many struggle financially on the road to those Games. Some athletes in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics used online crowdfunding to pay for expenses while training for the Games or even to help get loved ones to South Korea.

Source: Common Domain

Supreme Court Declines to Wade Into Fight Over Fannie, Freddie Profits

Today 03:22 GMT

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to intervene in a fight over the government’s handling of mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae FNMA -3.64% and Freddie Mac , FMCC -3.25% a setback for investors seeking gains from the firms’ return to profitability.

Tuesday’s decision likely narrows the options for the shareholders to just one legal path: a pending challenge to the Fannie and Freddie profit sweep that for four years has been before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, which hears cases against the federal government.

Source: Fox News

Americans could lose passports if 'seriously delinquent' on taxes

Today 03:22 GMT

The State Department spokesman noted that passports can also be issued in emergency situations or for humanitarian reasons, while citizens overseas are eligible for a limited validity passport so they can return to the U.S.

It cites a 1996 law that requires the State Department to deny passport applications and revoke passports if someone was delinquent on child support. However, TAS raised concerns that since there are only two forms of notice to affected taxpayers, it could be challenged as unconstitutional.

Source: Global News

Poverty plan asks feds to make basic living costs more affordable

Today 03:23 GMT

The minister in charge of a federal plan to reduce poverty nationwide says he has heard clearly that Canadians want the Liberals to find a way to make it easier to cover the basic costs of living as part of a sweeping strategy to be released this year.

The Liberals have promised a poverty reduction strategy before the end of their four-year mandate and the “what we heard” report gives the broad strokes of what the Liberals are likely to include in the plan when it is finally released, including an emphasis on enacting measures to prevent people from falling into poverty.

Source: Common Domain

How you can benefit from rising interest rates

Today 03:22 GMT

When that happens, the Federal Reserve usually elects to raise interest rates simply because people can afford it, and putting money back into interest rates helps maintain a good economy.

Public pensions are already invested there, so if you work for the government or have any kind of retirement account, you may already be benefiting from a solid stock market and rising interest rates. If you prefer to invest in low-risk ventures, a short-term CD will make you more money than a long-term one currently will.

Source: Common Domain

Social Security is the wrong way to finance student loan debt and parental leave

Today 03:22 GMT

While alleviating the burden of student debt and offering paid parental leave are both laudable goals, I bristle at the idea of using Social Security to address either of these problems.

Student Security Act of 2017, which would allow young people to pay off a portion of their student loans today in exchange for a reduction in their future Social Security benefits. The second was a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Kristin Shapiro and Andrew Biggs that would use the Social Security Disability program’s formula to fund 12 weeks of paid parental leave in exchange for retiring about six weeks later.

Source: Common Domain

U.S. Government Bonds Decline as Added Borrowing Revs up

Today 03:22 GMT

Producer prices rose, as did average hourly earnings, which climbed 2.9% in January, suggesting that a tight labor market is finally starting to lead employers to boost wages.

With little new data this week, the decline in prices “is very likely supply-related,” said Thomas Simons, a money market economist at Jefferies Group LLC.

Source: Common Domain

The market is ‘finally getting the joke’ about the Fed: Guggenheim’s Minerd

Today 03:22 GMT

“The market is moving from complacency—where it really did not believe the Fed was going to do what it said it was going to do—to a time when it has begun to realize that the Fed may be behind the curve,” he said.

That’s what Scott Minerd, chief investment officer for Guggenheim Partners and one of the most-respected bond fund managers on Wall Street, said, in a Tuesday note, is likely to spoil the party for the stock market and other assets perceived as risky.

Source: Common Domain

These 12 Olympic athletes scrimped and saved their way to the top

Today 03:23 GMT

Why he wishes more Olympic money got passed on to athletes: “A lot of the Olympic athletes don’t benefit from the Olympics. A lot of them go broke trying to get there and don’t see any financial returns or any notoriety, or anything like that.”

What he wishes more fans knew about the financial realities of the sport: U.S. Olympic athletes are not government-funded. Olympians in most other countries receive financial support from their government, according to the United States Olympic Committee.

Source: CBS News

Okla. man sentenced to life in prison for hate crime slaying of Lebanese neighbor

Today 03:22 GMT

A 63-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of murder and a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor was sentenced Tuesday morning to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In addition to his convictions in Oklahoma, Majors has a 2009 felony conviction in California for threatening a crime with intent to terrorize.

Source: Common Domain

Hedge-fund honcho Singer says bitcoin is ‘one of the most brilliant scams in history’

Today 03:22 GMT

“When the history is written, cryptocurrencies will likely be described as one of the most brilliant scams in history,” Singer said in a letter to clients dated January, which was first reported by Business Insider.

“But is it not glorious that when the equivalent of nothing attracts priests and parishioners who run up the price, the very willingness of the mob to buy it at higher and higher prices is seen as validation of the thing, rather than an indication of the limitless ignorance of swaths of the human race,?” the letter said, according to BI.. CryptoWatch: Check bitcoin and other cryptocurrency prices, performance and market capitalization—all on one dashboard

Source: DW

What's in a kiss 12 *fun* facts about kissing

Saturday 16:21 GMT
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What's in a kiss 12 *fun* facts about kissing

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: BBC

'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Emmanuel Macron challenged over attitude to France’s former colonies

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: CBS News

A salve for inequality Free money for all

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: BBC

How can I become a fossil?

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: CBS News

Photo of rescued gorilla in arms of caretaker wins wildlife photo of the year award

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Supreme Court Declines to Wade Into Fight Over Fannie, Freddie Profits

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: NBC News

Queen Elizabeth attends London Fashion Week in royal first

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: BBC

HSBC profits jump to $17.2bn on Asia growth

Today 03:23 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Queen makes surprise appearance at London fashion week

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: Huffington Post

Ex-Interior Chief Sally Jewell: I Didn't Even Know I Had A Special Flag

Tuesday 14:32 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Stronger Dollar, Higher Treasury Yields Weigh on Gold

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: New York Times

On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Today 03:23 GMT

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