It’s Friday August 11, 2017

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President Donald Trump escalated his rhetoric against North Korea, saying his threat of "fire and fury" might not have been tough enough given Pyongyang's continued provocations. Trump warned North Korea that "things will happen to them like they never thought possible" if the isolated and combative communist-run nation attacks the U.S. or its allies. The remarks came after North Korea mocked Trump for his earlier threat, which came after North Korea conducted its second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and U.S. intelligence analysts said the country had developed a nuclear warhead small enough to fit into a missile. North Korea also said it had prepared a plan to fire missiles into waters near Guam, a small U.S. territory in the Pacific.

 

 

President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, pledging more federal money and attention to the epidemic. "I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency. It's a national emergency," Trump said. "We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis." Last week, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), issued a preliminary report describing deaths by overdose as a "September 11th every three weeks." The commission urged the president to declare a national emergency. Declaring an emergency would let Trump remove bureaucratic barriers to fighting the epidemic, but experts caution progress will be slow in fighting a drug epidemic that has been building for more than a decade.

 

 

Two trains collided in Alexandria, Egypt on Friday, leaving 36 dead and 123 injured, according to the latest figure from Egypt's Health Ministry. The collision involved one train that had been traveling from Cairo and another from Port Said, according to state news agency Al-Ahram. Some 75 emergency vehicles were used to transport the dead and wounded, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry. Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, sits on the Mediterranean coast in the north.

 

 

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency in New Orleans on Thursday as some of the city's already waterlogged neighborhoods faced the risk of more rain that could bring more flooding. City workers rushed to fix a malfunctioning water-pumping system and improve drainage. Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged residents of threatened neighborhoods to move their vehicles to higher ground, and joined Edwards in calling for calm as many residents continued to express anger over last weekend's flooding. "Obviously this is a serious situation, but it's not something to be panicked about," Edwards said at a City Hall news conference. Public schools were ordered closed on Thursday and Friday.

 

 

Early Uber investor Benchmark filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the ride-hailing company's co-founder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick, of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. The board forced Kalanick to step down in June after a series of sexual harassment scandals sparked criticism of Uber's corporate culture. Benchmark, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm that holds an Uber board seat, accused Kalanick, who remains on the board, of trying to pull strings to get himself reinstated as CEO, and trying to remain influential by packing the board with allies in "fraudulently procured seats." Kalanick's spokesperson said the complaint was "completely without merit and riddled with lies and false allegations."

 

 

Google on Thursday canceled a company-wide meeting on the controversy over a memo criticizing company gender and diversity policies, saying it feared employees would be subject to harassment from far-right internet commenters. "Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be 'outed' publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall," Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to staffers. The meeting was scheduled after Google fired engineer James Damore for posting an internal memo arguing that the underrepresentation of women in the technology industry was because they were less genetically suited for software engineering jobs than men.

 

 

CNN severed ties with Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord, who had frequently appeared as a commentator since last year's campaign, over a tweet in which he used the Nazi phrase "Sieg Heil" in response to Angelo Carusone, who heads the liberal activist organization Media Matters for America. Lord, a columnist at the conservative magazine The American Spectator, recently criticized Media Matters for its campaign to get Sean Hannity fired from Fox News, a "fascist game" aiming to deny Hannity's "free speech." CNN said Lord's tweet crossed a line. "Nazi salutes are indefensible," the network said in statement. "Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network." The split marked the latest in a series of CNN clashes with Trump and his supporters.

 

 

President Trump on Thursday expressed gratitude for Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to tell the U.S. to cut its embassy staff by hundreds of people in response to new sanctions passed overwhelmingly by Congress late last month. "I want to thank him, because we're trying to cut down on payroll," Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "We'll save a lot of money." The U.S. diplomatic mission was instructed to cut 755 employees, nearly a 60 percent reduction from the current level. It was not immediately clear whether Trump was joking, but critics said Trump was wrong to suggest the cuts would not damage the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia. "This is insulting to US diplomats," Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) tweeted.

 

 

A Russian military jet flew low over Washington, D.C. this week, with the blessing of the U.S. government. The flight - as low as 3,800 feet above the Capitol and the Pentagon - was permitted under a 2002 agreement called an Open Skies Treaty between the U.S. and Russia. The treaty between 34 countries is intended to promote transparency and reduce mistrust between the governments. The latest Russian flight came at a time of high tension between the U.S. and North Korea, as well as heightened tension between Washington and Moscow. The overflight was conducted by an unarmed TU-154 - a military version of a civilian airliner - equipped with film and sensors. U.S. Capitol Police issued a warning that a “low-altitude aircraft” could fly over the dome between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time. Such flights are exceedingly rare since Sept. 11, 2001, even for small civilian planes. There have been 1,200 flights since the agreement began.

 

 

Apple has accidentally confirmed it's supersizing the iPhone, through its own software. According to Forbes, Apple’s software HomePod beta code was accidentally shipped full of product roadmap information, and it verified numerous case leaks, schematics and dummy units that all point to a 1.1-inch jump from the iPhone 7’s 4.7-inch display to 5.8-inches. A developer - Steve Troughton-Smith - is the one who has uncovered it. In a new tweet he revealed he had extracted the exact metrics - or screen points, which offered the first formal confirmation direct from Apple that the iPhone 8 will deliver a massively increased display compared to the iPhone 7 - the largest smartphone display Apple has ever made, larger even than the 5.5-inch display in the iPhone 7 Plus.

 

 

A sharp increase in global demand has caused the wholesale price of butter to nearly double in Europe. According to data from Euromonitor consumers paid nearly 20% more in June over the previous year. Global butter consumption is rebounding after years of declines, when consumers ditched butter for margarine and other substitutes. Recent scientific studies have suggested that butter, which had been linked to heart disease and increased risk of death, might not be as unhealthy as previously thought. One such study, published in 2016, indicated that butter actually has more of a neutral association with mortality. Consumption of butter is also booming thanks to higher demand from countries including China. Meanwhile, production has dipped in Europe. One industry group that represents French bakers, has described the situation as a "major crisis." It is warning of a sharp increase in the price of croissants, tarts and brioches.

 

 

American researchers studying critically endangered North Pacific right whales in the Bering Sea managed to photograph two of the animals Sunday and obtained a biopsy sample from one. NOAA- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - is part of a collaborative effort headed by the International Whaling Commission. Biologists picked up faint calls of the whales east of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Scientists said these two right whales are part of the eastern stock that number just 30 to 50 whales, and the right whale biopsied on Sunday had been seen eight times before. The last time was a decade ago. North Pacific right whales inhabit the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. Critical data remains unknown, including their winter habits and many of their preferred summer feeding areas for copepods, a tiny crustacean plankton. Once hunted to near extinction, biologists said the biggest threats to the animals today, are fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes.