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#1 ‘Elephant in the room’: 2020 Dems can’t avoid Mueller forever

Democrats vying for the White House want to talk about anything right now but Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. But the 2020 race is inevitably going to keep coming back to 2016 — and what the special counsel uncovers.

Behind the scenes, the candidates, campaign aides and consultants are already plotting how to publicly address the scandal that has consumed President Donald Trump. They know the campaign that gets it right could break free from the cluttered 2020 pack. In the early primary and caucus states, the Democratic hopefuls are already encountering “simmering, seething outrage” about Trump’s possible ties to Russia, said one strategist for a 2020 campaign. The candidate who taps into that anger could ride the wave to the nomination.

Speaking up could have disastrous ramifications, though. Much like Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections, the party’s presidential hopefuls are wary of appearing consumed by — and politicizing — a scandal that grips regular Rachel Maddow viewers but seems confusing and distant from the kitchen tables of many Americans.

“Smart campaigns will war game this very quietly,” said Ben LaBolt, a former spokesman from the Obama White House and 2012 reelection campaign. “They’ll have smart plans on the shelf. But it’s not something they’ll talk about. It’s not something that they’ll broadcast.”

Democrats working for 2020 candidates describe Mueller’s work as something akin to a virus that will keep forcing their campaigns to take precautions.

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#2 House Expands Russia Inquiry as Pelosi Declares Democrats Will Not Be Cowed

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday began a broad inquiry into whether Russia and other foreign powers may be exercising influence over President Trump, acting only hours after a defiant Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that the House would not be cowed by the president’s “all-out threat” to drop its investigations of his administration.

Other committees were zeroing in on similarly sensitive oversight targets. On Thursday, Democrats will begin their quest to secure the president’s long-suppressed tax returns. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee readied a subpoena for the acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, in case he tried to avoid Democratic questioning. And a House Appropriations subcommittee chairwoman began an inquiry into administration rule-bending during the 35-day partial government shutdown.

“It’s our congressional responsibility, and if we didn’t do it, we would be delinquent in that,” Ms. Pelosi said of the House’s oversight role, hours after Mr. Trump used his State of the Union address to warn that “ridiculous partisan investigations” threatened the nation’s economic health and the prospects of bipartisan legislating.

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That, Ms. Pelosi said, “was a threat — it was an all-out threat.”

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#3 Juan Gauido: The transformation of Venezuela’s self-declared president

Juan Guaido spent his entire adult life living under the promises of a socialist utopia, first under Hugo Chavez, then Nicolas Maduro. Now as he battles for Venezuela's presidency, the 35-year-old has adopted the early campaign slogan and stylings of a US president.

"Can we do it?" He roared to a vast crowd in the capital, Caracas last Saturday.

"Yes we can!" They shouted back, their right hands held high as they joined him in pledging a swift and peaceful transition to democratic presidential elections.

Intentionally or not, there's a lot of Barack Obama about Guaido, a former industrial engineer, current head of Venezuela's National Assembly and self-declared president of the nation.

Guaido has adopted the former US president's white open-neck shirt and suit combo, and shares his broad smile.

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#4 Russia: we would be open to U.S. proposals for new nuclear pact

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia would be prepared to consider new proposals from the United States to replace a suspended Cold War-era nuclear pact with a broader treaty that includes more countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.

Russia suspended the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty at the weekend after Washington announced it would withdraw in six months unless Russia ends what it says are violations of the pact, allegations rejected by Moscow.

The 1987 treaty eliminated the medium-range missile arsenals of the world's two biggest nuclear powers, but leaves other countries free to produce and deploy them.

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would like to hold talks aimed at creating a new arms control treaty.

"We of course saw the reference in president Trump's statement to the possibility of a new treaty that could be signed in a beautiful room and that this treaty should also include other countries as its participants," Ryabkov said.

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#5 In Venezuela power struggle, humanitarian aid may be a weapon

Caracas -- There's growing concern that humanitarian aid desperately needed in Venezuela could become a pawn in the country's deepening political crisis. Forces loyal to embattled President Nicolas Maduro used a fuel tanker and cargo trailers on Wednesday to block a bridge that connects Venezuela and neighboring Colombia.

It happened as the U.S. sent aid requested by the Venezuelan opposition to Colombia, intended for delivery across the border.

CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez is in Caracas, where food and medicine have been in desperately short supply for months. He reports that the efforts by the U.S. and other international donors -- coordinated with opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó -- to get aid into Venezuela could be the biggest test yet for the two men claiming to lead the country, and the forces behind them.

Guaidó stands to gain ground if he can help get the food and medicine to the places where it's desperately needed.       

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#6 NewsLeaked files reveal Iran’s post-revolution crackdown on journalists

By Luke Baker

PARIS (Reuters) - The Iranian government arrested, imprisoned or executed at least 860 journalists in the three decades between the Islamic revolution in 1979 and 2009, according to documents leaked to media monitoring group Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF).

At a news conference in Paris attended by Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, RSF said whistleblowers had passed on 1.7 million records detailing judicial proceedings against an array of citizens, including minorities, government opponents and journalists.

RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said the group had spent months cross-checking the records with its own documented cases and those of other NGOs, and had established that hundreds of journalists had been targeted by the state.

"The file is a register of all the arrests, imprisonments and executions carried out by the Iranian authorities in the Tehran area over three decades," RSF said.

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#7 NewsFrance recalls Italy ambassador after worst verbal onslaught ‘since the war’NewsFamilies’ anguish still raw as Genoa bridge demolition to beginNewsFrance recalls Italy ambassador after worst verbal onslaught ‘since the war’

PARIS (Reuters) - France has recalled its ambassador in Rome after what Paris described as baseless and repeated attacks from Italy's political leaders in past months, and urged Italy to return to a more friendly stance.

"France has been, for several months, the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements," France's foreign ministry said in a statement.

It said Italy's attacks were without precedent since World War Two. "Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another."

Italy's two deputy prime ministers, Matteo Salvini of the right-wing League and Luigi Di Maio of the populist, anti-establishment 5-Star movement, have goaded French President Emmanuel Macron on a host of inflammatory issues.

"All of these actions are creating a serious situation which is raising questions about the Italian government's intentions towards France."

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#8 NewsIn Nigeria, documentary films spark social changeNewsIn Nigeria, documentary films spark social changeNewsMeanwhile in … England and Wales, ramblers are searching for forgotten footpaths

Every morning, as dawn breaks through the gritty black smog encasing Nigeria’s Port Harcourt, Prince Peter hangs a Lumix GH4 camera around his neck and walks out of his house in search of his next story.

If he is not filming acts of forced eviction in the city, he is chronicling life in one of its waterfront shantytowns for the documentaries he regularly produces.

“I see this [camera] as my eyeglass,” he says. “In the case of forced evictions, instantly, I must be there.”

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Mr. Peter knows those stories intimately. After his own house and barbershop were demolished under the pretense of a sweeping “urban development plan” in 2009, he was homeless and unemployed for nearly a year. But now, he’s one of about 40 community volunteers documenting and fighting forced evictions with art. 

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#9 NewsAs crisis in Va. government deepens, could Northam hang on?NewsMeanwhile in … England and Wales, ramblers are searching for forgotten footpathsNewsAs crisis in Va. government deepens, could Northam hang on?

What is going on in Virginia? The state’s government has been in crisis ever since that now-infamous picture surfaced from Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page – showing one man in blackface and another in KKK garb. At first, Governor Northam apologized for the photo. Then, amid an avalanche of calls to resign, he changed course and said it wasn’t actually him.

Northam is now refusing to step down. Complicating matters for state Democrats, Lt Gov. Justin Fairfax, who had been poised to succeed Northam, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago. (He denies the charge, saying the encounter was consensual.)  

And today, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who’s third in line for the governorship, admitted that he once dressed in blackface in college in the 1980s. 

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Initially, it seemed doubtful that Northam could survive the overwhelming number of calls for his resignation. As The Washington Post’s Matt Viser put it, the push reflected the Democratic Party’s new “zero-tolerance policy” on transgressions involving race or sex – since “purity” on those issues is seen as necessary to draw a sharp contrast with President Trump.

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#10 NewsTop Asian News 1:29 p.m. GMTNewsIn Iran, a hardline hunt for ‘infiltrators’ has political target, tooNewsThe Latest: Valero stops importing Venezuela crude oil

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans, always deeply divided over how best to deal with their often belligerent northern neighbor, are reacting with both hope and wariness to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that he will hold a second nuclear disarmament summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam. But for liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is eager to push ahead with ambitious plans for engagement with North Korea, a breakthrough in Vietnam is crucial. Moon served as diplomatic middleman between the U.S. and North Korea following the North's increasingly powerful string of weapons tests and Trump's threats of military action in 2017,

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Thursday to take a "step-by-step" approach in resolving a territorial dispute with Russia left over from World War II. Abe told a rally of former residents of four islands seized by Russia in the war's final days and their supporters Thursday that settling the conflict over what Japan calls its "northern territories" was difficult but necessary. "It is not easy to resolve this task remaining over 73 years since the war. Yet, we need to tackle this," Abe said. "Keeping in mind your sentiments toward the Northern Territory, we are determined to take a step-by-step approach toward resolving the territorial issue," he said.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says an Abu Sayyaf militant leader accused of plotting a recent suicide attack in a Roman Catholic cathedral in the south may be harboring a foreign would-be suicide bomber in his jungle base. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said Thursday that Abu Sayyaf commander Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, who allegedly plotted the Jan. 27 attack at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral that killed 23 people on Jolo island, was also behind a suicide attack last year that killed 11 people in nearby Basilan province. He said the goal was to assert his new role as Islamic State group leader in the southern Philippines.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of murdering British tourist Grace Millane in New Zealand will continue to keep his name secret while a judge decides whether he can be publicly identified. The 27-year-old man appeared Thursday in Auckland's High Court. His lawyer argued his name should continue to be kept secret so he can get a fair trial, according to Radio New Zealand. A judge said he would announce a decision later. The case has highlighted the difficulty of courts maintaining secrecy in an age when information is quickly disseminated around the world. Last year, some British media decided to name the man in defiance of New Zealand court orders.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of jobless young people marched Thursday through the streets of the Indian capital demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government tackle what they called a rising unemployment crisis. The protesters disputed the government's claim that it has created millions of jobs since it came to power in 2014 with the economy growing around 7 percent annually. They marched from the 17th century Red Fort to a park near India's Parliament building. Dismissing the economic expansion as a jobless growth, the protesters said authorities should immediately fill 2.4 million vacancies in government jobs to reduce unemployment. Media reports say the government is suppressing data showing the country's unemployment rate has hit a 45-year high of 6.1 percent.

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#11 Facebook ordered to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in Germany

Germany’s national competition regulator has ordered Facebook to stop combining user data from different sources without voluntary consent. The order applies to data collected by Facebook-owned platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram, but also third-party sources that Facebook uses to flesh out its advertising profiles, including those of non-users.

The Bundeskartellamt, or Federal Cartel Office (FCO), has given Facebook one month to appeal the landmark decision, which comes after a three-year investigation. If the appeal fails, the tech company will have to ensure these data sources are not combined without consent within the next four months. Although the ruling only applies within Germany, the decision could influence regulators in other countries.

In a blog post, Facebook claims that such data privacy controls do not fall under the remit of the FCO, which enforces German antitrust and competition laws. But the FCO says Facebook’s control of multiple social networks combined with its high market share is “indicative of a monopolization process” and means intervention is needed.

“As a dominant company Facebook is subject to special obligations under competition law,“ said FCO president Andreas Mundt in a press statement. “In the operation of its business model the company must take into account that Facebook users practically cannot switch to other social networks [...] The only choice the user has is either to accept the comprehensive combination of data or to refrain from using the social network. In such a difficult situation the user’s choice cannot be referred to as voluntary consent.”

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#12 NYPD asks Google to scrap Waze’s DUI checkpoints

The NYPD has sent Google a cease-and-desist letter, asking it to axe a Waze feature that allows users to mark cops' locations on the navigation app. Based on the letter first seen by Streetsblog NYC and CBS New York, authorities believe the feature is making it harder to enforce the law and keep the roads safe. The NYPD sent the cease-and-desist just a couple of weeks after Waze debuted speed camera notifications, but the cops' letter mostly focused on the fact that the ability allows users to give each other a heads-up about sobriety checkpoints.

While Waze doesn't have a driving while intoxicated (DWI) alert in particular, users can drop a checkpoint marker on the map and add more details on the icon. People can easily tell others if they can expect a speed trap or a DUI/DWI roadblock. The NYPD warned that those who post DWI locations "may be engaging in criminal conduct," seeing as the warning could "impair the administration of DWI laws." Part of the letter reads:

"This letter serves to put you on notice that the NYPD has become aware that the Waze Mobile application, a community-driven GPS navigation application owned by Google LLC, currently permits the public to report DWI checkpoints throughout New York City and map these locations on the application.

Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws. The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving. Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk."

Mothers Against Drunk Driving chief Helen Witty told The New York Times, though, that sobriety checkpoints are typically publicized in advance of the roadblock, but they still serve their purpose. Drunk drivers that go through checkpoints might be too confused to be aware of what's happening anyway -- they are intoxicated, after all.

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#13 Thieves and hackers are getting better at bypassing iCloud to unlock iPhones

In yet another sign of the mobile-first world we live in, even muggings and robberies are starting to take on a tech-savvy flair. As was the case during one 2017 incident in Washington DC, for example, when a woman was leaving a metro station and a teenager got the drop on her, grabbing her around the neck. He instructed her to keep quiet. And to delete her iCloud. Then he grabbed her iPhone 6S and took off.

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Philadelphia was hit by a round of similar incidents like that one last month. The common link in all of them was a thief pointing a gun at the victim, demanding their iPhone and commanding them to disable the “Find My iPhone” feature in addition to logging out of iCloud.

Those encounters are part of a revealing new look by Motherboard at how thieves and hackers are getting savvier at bypassing what’s generally regarded as the iPhone’s secure protective features through a combination of low-tech and digital means. As a reminder, iPhones can only be linked to a single iCloud account, which is intended as a way to keep it secure and make it not as tempting a target for thieves — who would have to figure out how to remove the iCloud account from the phone to make it worth selling to someone else.

Per Motherboard: “The iCloud security feature has likely cut down on the number of iPhones that have been stolen, but enterprising criminals have found ways to remove iCloud in order to resell devices. To do this, they phish the phone’s original owners, or scam employees at Apple Stores, which have the ability to override iCloud locks. Thieves, coders, and hackers participate in an underground industry designed to remove a user’s iCloud account from a phone so that they can then be resold.”

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#14 Facebook will show who uploaded your contact info for targeted ads

Facebook has taken some steps to prevent companies from recklessly using your data for targeted ads, but now it might put pressure on them to come clean. As of February 28th, Facebook's "why am I seeing this ad?" button will show who (if anyone) uploaded the contact info that led to a sales pitch. You'll know if it comes straight from the source, like a retailer, or if the company relied on an outside partner to gather the data.

Previously, Facebook would show only which company was using the contact info.

This won't completely stop data misuse. It should, however, explain how advertisers obtained your data and give you more chances to limit access to your data in the future. TechCrunch also noted that it could help Facebook catch ad partners who are uploading info without consent -- and that, in turn, might have unscrupulous companies thinking twice about harvesting customer info without asking. While Facebook might not be as transparent as some would like with its ad policies, this could be a step in the right direction.

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#15 Google is killing off the web notifications widget it launched with Google+

That little bell you see in the upper right hand corner of Google web pages — and which you probably haven’t clicked in a while — is going away soon, another little bit of fallout from Google’s decision to kill off the consumer version of its failed social network Google+.

Time was, that bell opened up a notification widget that was meant to nudge you into using Google’s failed Facebook rival more. It lit up whenever you had messages or other activity on the service, for example, and eventually became a notification service for other Google properties like the very useful Google Photos. Whenever the photo service, for example, automatically makes a collage or there’s any other activity there, the bell still turns red to let you know.

Like all things that are a throwback to another time, though, Google is killing off the bell completely in just a few weeks. If you click in that upper right hand corner today, you should see a message that says the widget is going away on March 7. You can click on the short message it shows you to open up a separate page that includes the following note: “After March 7, 2019, notifications for Google web products will no longer be accessible from the navigation bar. If you’d like to receive similar notifications in the future, you can update the notification settings for your individual Google products.”

That page you open up by clicking “Learn more” is where you can enable notifications for other properties like Photos and Hangouts Chat that would have otherwise come through the bell, so that you don’t miss anything after March 7.

This change is another shift in the wake of Google filling killing off Google+ for consumers in April, though Google has already started incrementally making changes that are headed in that direction. The company said some features are getting killed off starting this week, and — no surprise –it’s already stopped accepting new pages, communities and the like. Google+ comments are also going to start being removed from sites on March 7.

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#16 Amazon testing facial recognition tools for online sellers: report

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Amazon testing facial recognition tools for online sellers: report

Amazon may be using facial recognition software to verify the identity of online sellers, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday.

The news outlet reported that an individual based in Vietnam who sells goods through the retail giant was prompted to record a five-second video of his face in order to sign up for a seller profile.

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Consultants told BuzzFeed that the process may reflect a push for Amazon to use facial recognition software to prevent the creation of duplicate seller profiles, which would cut down on fake accounts.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill, but a spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the company is "always innovating to improve the seller experience."

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#17 LG’s G8 will fight FaceID with its own 3D front-facing camera

LG isn't ready to show off all of the details around its next flagship phone just yet, but tonight it has revealed the technology we'll see in the G8 ThinQ's front-facing camera. By including a "Time of Flight" image sensor made by Infineon, LG claims it can deliver features like facial recognition, augmented reality and better selfies in all kinds of lighting conditions while using less power than other solutions like Apple's FaceID.

While Apple's TrueDepth technology for FaceID is similar to what we saw in the Xbox 360 Kinect where it projects thousands of laser dots then measures the distortion to figure out where things are, Time of Flight is the tech Microsoft hoped it would get better results from for the Xbox One Kinect device. By capturing IR light as it reflects off of a subject, the idea is that it will give more accurate results with less computing power. There have been rumors that Apple is considering implementing it in the iPhone's rear-facing camera, however well-sourced analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shot those down, saying the device's existing dual-camera setup would suffice.

Still, the G8 won't be the first phone to use this technology. The same Infineon Real3 chip it's using has been previously seen in Lenovo's Project Tango-packing Phab 2 Pro that was an early standard-bearer for AR technology. We've also gotten a peek more recently in two Chinese phones: the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition and the Honor View 20.

Besides AR and facial recognition, LG has already promised that users will say "Goodbye Touch" with hints of gesture control that could be linked to this same technology. Whatever the connections are -- and whether or not rumors of a second screen add-on are true -- we'll find out in just a couple of weeks during Mobile World Congress, as LG's launch event is scheduled for February 24th.

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#19 Panoskin makes it easier to post GoPro footage to Street View

Uploading your own Street View Photos -- even with a 360-degree camera -- can be a pretty laborious process. Google introduced "Street View ready" standards in 2017 to make things easier, and now things are set to become even more straightforward. Chicago-based company Panoskin is launching a desktop app that lets anyone with a GoPro Fusion 360 camera convert and publish their footage directly to Street View.

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Users simply drop their videos into the app, called TrailBlazer, which automatically maps the footage on Google using GPS information. Panoskin's history lies in publishing indoor imagery on Google, but TrailBlazer will let you publish footage directly to roads, trails, ski slopes, mountain peaks and waterways, in addition to the usual neighbourhood streets.

The app represents significant opportunities for areas with minimal street view -- places such as Greenland and parts of Africa, for example. And there are meaningful applications for businesses, too. Those with limited or out-of-date exterior views of their business will be able to update how their storefront appears on Google -- Google will display a timeline of Street View updates, so viewers can see exactly what things are supposed to look like and when. TrailBlazer Beta is open for early access to GoPro Fusion users, with a full launch expected this summer.

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#20 Bob Massi, real estate attorney and Fox News legal analyst, dead at 67

Fox News legal analyst and Nevada real estate attorney Bob Massi passes away at age 67 after an extended cancer battle. 'Fox & Friends' remembers 'The Property Man.'

Fox News legal analyst and Nevada real estate attorney Bob Massi, who gained a legion of fans across the country for explaining real estate and housing markets to ordinary Americans as “The Property Man,” died Wednesday morning at his home in Henderson, Nev., after an extended battle with cancer, his family said. He was 67.

He left behind his wife Lynne, sons Dominic and Robert, his daughter Genna, two brothers, Albert and James, and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.

His show, “Bob Massi Is the Property Man,” was a staple on Fox News and Fox Business. In addition to his colorful commentary, it featured experts breaking down current property trends and pricing deals.

He also appeared frequently on “Fox & Friends” for his segments “Rebuilding Dreams” and “Legal Ease.”

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#21 Reporter alleges Jill Abramson lifted material for her book ‘Merchants of Truth’

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#22 Justin Bieber says he had ‘legitimate problem with sex,’ saved himself for marriage with Hailey Baldwin

Justin Bieber opened up to Vogue magazine about his relationship with wife Hailey Baldwin. The singer said he had a problem with sex before rekindling his romance with Baldwin and decided they would save sex for after they got married.

Justin Bieber revealed he had a “legitimate problem with sex” and explained why he and Hailey Baldwin saved themselves for marriage after rekindling their romance in June.

Bieber, 24, said in a Vogue interview published Thursday that he had been celibate for more than a year when he ran into Baldwin at a conference in Miami. The “Sorry” singer opened up about his sex addiction, saying abstaining from sex helped him feel closer to God.

“He [God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” Bieber told Vogue. “He’s like, 'I’m trying to protect you from hurt and pain.' I think sex can cause a lot of pain. Sometimes people have sex because they don’t feel good enough. Because they lack self-worth. Women do that, and guys do that."

“I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul. And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behavior,” Bieber added.

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#23 Widespread online banking, mobile app outage hits Wells Fargo customers

Wells Fargo is working to fix a widespread outage preventing some customers from using the mobile app and accessing their online banking accounts.

When attempting to log in online, some customers are met with a screen that says: "We're experiencing some technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience as some of our web pages are temporarily unavailable."

Wells Fargo addressed the outage on social media.

"We apologize to our customers who may be experiencing an issue with our online banking and mobile app. Thanks for your patience while we research this issue. If you are impacted, please check back here for updates," Wells Fargo wrote on Twitter. 

The bank sent out a follow-up tweet about an hour later with another apology: "We're experiencing a systems issue that is causing intermittent outages, and we're working to restore services as soon as possible."

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