July 2 News Briefs

Monday, July 2, 2018

EU warns Trump: auto tariffs could lead to $300B retaliation

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is slamming the Trump administration for considering tariffs on auto imports, saying they could lead to global retaliation against some $300 billion in U.S. goods.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Monday the U.S. investigation into the possibility of auto tariffs “lacks legitimacy, factual basis and violates international trade rules,” just like last month’s U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The EU sent comments to the U.S. on whether auto imports pose enough of a threat to U.S. national security to justify tariffs and estimating the economic impact.

President Donald Trump cited national security concerns for the previous tariffs. The EU, Mexico, Canada, Turkey and India introduced duties on U.S. products in return.

Schinas said European carmakers create over half a million jobs in the U.S.

 

Harvey Weinstein accused of forcible sex act by a 3rd woman

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein has been accused of a forcible sex act by a third woman in an updated indictment.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced the indictment Monday. He says the new charges involve allegations against the Hollywood mogul from 2006.

Previous charges allege forcible sex acts in 2004 and 2013. A representative for Weinstein had no immediate comment.

Vance says the indictment is the result of “extraordinary courage” exhibited by women who have come forward.

 

I never said that! High-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos

WASHINGTON (AP) — New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said.

Republicans and Democrats predict this high-tech way of putting words in someone’s mouth will become the latest weapon in disinformation wars against the United States and other Western democracies.

This technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos that appear so genuine it’s hard to spot what is phony. Lawmakers and intelligence officials worry that the bogus videos — called deepfakes — could be used to threaten national security or interfere in elections, including the U.S. midterms this fall.

Realizing the implications, U.S. defense researchers are developing technologies that can detect fake images and videos. Right now, it takes extensive analysis to identify phony videos.

 

Mexico gives leftist Obrador 

big presidential win

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Angry and frustrated over corruption and violence, Mexican voters have delivered a tidal wave presidential election victory to leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, giving him a broad mandate to upend the political establishment and govern for the poor.

An official quick count from electoral authorities late Sunday forecasts that Lopez Obrador would win with between 53 percent and 53.8 percent of the votes, a remarkable margin not seen in the country for many years. Early Monday, with about 20 percent of the votes counted, Lopez Obrador’s advantage was close to the quick count’s statistical sample.

An exit poll predicts his party allies are poised to score big victories in congressional races, possibly winning absolute majorities in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

CHICAGO (AP) — New research offers fresh grounds for drinking coffee, showing that it may boost chances for a longer life.

In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. Even those who drank at least eight cups daily appeared to have a longevity boost.

Coffee contains more than 1,000 compounds that might explain the results, including cell-protecting antioxidants.

The benefit was seen with instant, ground and decaf coffee. The study echoes previous research. But it's the first large study to show a benefit even for people with genes that cause their bodies to metabolize caffeine faster or slower than usual. The study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

 

US plans for dismantling NKorea nukes may face resistance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year. That from President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday.

But U.S. intelligence is reporting signs that Pyongyang doesn't intend to fully give up its arsenal.

Bolton said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo will be discussing that plan with North Korea in the near future. Bolton added that it would be to the North's advantage to cooperate to see sanctions lifted quickly and aid from South Korea and Japan start to flow.

 

FBI: Man threatened July 4 attack at parade in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say they've arrested a man who talked about setting off a bomb at a Fourth of July parade in Cleveland and attacking people watching fireworks.

Officials said Monday that the man who's an American citizen often expressed his support for al-Qaida and said he wanted to kill members of the U.S. military.

Authorities have charged Demetrius Pitts with attempted support of a terrorist organization. He lives in the Cleveland area and was arrested Sunday.

FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony says Pitts scouted locations this past week for a site to attack in downtown Cleveland. He says it's not clear how close Pitts was to carrying out his threats, but authorities couldn't sit back and wait.

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