DOJ Reportedly Launched Antitrust Investigation Into Verizon, AT&T


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The Justice Department is reportedly investigating whether Verizon and AT&T worked with a telecommunications standards group to block a new technology that would allow people to switch carriers more easily.

Verizon and AT&T dominate the industry with around 70 percent of U.S. wireless subscriptions. A new technology called eSim might have threatened that — it would allow users to switch carriers remotely without buying a new carrier-specific SIM card.

The DOJ is reportedly looking into whether there was an effort to make that technology effectively useless.

The DOJ hasn’t confirmed the investigation, but AT&T said in a statement it was working with investigators. The investigation reportedly started when Apple filed a complaint.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.

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India Changes Law To Allow Death Penalty In Child Rape Cases


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India will now execute those convicted of raping young girls. Two high-profile cases reignited the conversation about rape, which has been a focus in recent years.

Earlier this month, police released information about the gang rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl. Last week, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political party was arrested in connection with the rape of a teenage girl.

Modi called an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss a law change. His Cabinet voted to allow the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls under the age of 12. It also increased the prison sentence for rape.

In 2016, 40 percent of reported rapes in India involved children. And the country’s judicial system is so backlogged, it can take years or even decades to prosecute someone.

Modi’s ordinance also calls for faster investigations and trials in rape cases.

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Violent Protests In Nicaragua Leave At Least 10 Dead


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Officials in Nicaragua say at least 10 people have died and more than 100 have been injured over three days of clashes between police and protesters.

The protests broke out Wednesday after the country reduced pension benefits for retirees but raised the amount workers and employers had to put into pension programs.

The country’s vice president has called protesters “vampires,” but the government says it’s open to talks with protesters.

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New York City To Ban Most Cars From Central Park


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Central Park is about to get a lot more scenic. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that starting at the end of June, most cars won’t be allowed in the park.

The move is meant to keep parkgoers safe and cut down on air pollution in the park.

An earlier ban in 2015 limited drivers to the southern part of the park. This ban cuts off the whole park. Emergency vehicles reportedly will still have access to the park. And the four roads that cross through the park and were designed with traffic in mind will remain open to the public.

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International Investigators Arrive At Suspected Chemical Attack Site


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International investigators have finally arrived at the site of a suspected chemical attack in Syria. The group has been delayed for a week.

Members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had been waiting in Damascus. Their goal was to get to Douma, the suburb Western governments say was the site of a chlorine gas attack by President Bashar al-Assad. The group arrived there Saturday and took samples from one site. 

A United Nations risk assessment team was shot at Wednesday while trying to access the area. That delayed the investigators’ arrival. 

Assad and his main ally, Russia, have denied responsibility for the attack. Assad claims the reports of the attack were “fabricated.”

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Sessions Reportedly Said He Might Quit If Rosenstein Were Fired


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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reportedly said he might leave the Department of Justice if the president fired his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, according to a Washington Post report.

Sessions apparently made the statement following an outburst of anger from President Donald Trump after Rosenstein approved the FBI raid on the president’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

One source told The Washington Post that Sessions wasn’t really threatening to leave but trying to convey what a difficult position he’d be in if the president actually fired Rosenstein.

If Sessions did resign because of Rosenstein’s firing, it might open up a path for Trump to end the Russia investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. 

Since Sessions recused himself from the investigation last year, Rosenstein has been in charge. But with Rosenstein and Sessions gone, Trump could temporarily put another cabinet member in charge of the Justice Department. That person could fire Mueller or shut down the investigation.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Charged With Another Felony


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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is facing a second felony charge, this one for tampering with computer data.

Authorities are already investigating Greitens for one felony. He’s been charged with taking a nonconsensual nude photo of the woman he was having an affair with and threatening to release it if she spoke out about their relationship.

The second charge, announced Friday, relates to a list of donors from a veterans charity he founded. Greitens allegedly obtained that list illegally and used it to solicit campaign donations. He raised nearly $2 million from those donors.

Greitens founded The Mission Continues in 2007 and left the group in 2014. Charity employees have been adamant they did not give Greitens the donor list, as that was illegal and would threaten the organization’s tax-exempt status.

Greitens has denied both charges and says he will be proven innocent in court. His criminal invasion of privacy trial is scheduled for May 14. 

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FAA Orders New Engine Inspections After Southwest Airlines Accident


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The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered engine inspection requirements for planes using similar engines to the one that failed on a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this week, killing one person.

The agency told airlines they should do ultrasonic inspections that could detect cracks and signs of fatigue that simple naked-eye inspections couldn’t detect.

On Tuesday, a Southwest Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after a fan blade in the engine broke off and shrapnel shattered a window. One woman died after being transported to a hospital.

The FAA’s announcement came after the engine’s manufacturer issued a recommendation that airlines inspect that particular engine type more frequently.

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CIA Releases Memo On Gina Haspel’s Role Destroying Torture Evidence


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The CIA released a memo related to Deputy Director Gina Haspel’s work for the agency. But she has faced immense criticism for her reported role in destroying evidence of torture at a secret CIA prison

The agency released a 2011 internal memo that found Haspel was only doing what her superiors said when she passed on orders to destroy evidence of waterboarding and abuse. 

Haspel is President Donald Trump’s pick to run the agency. She faces a confirmation hearing in May and needs at least one Democratic senator to vote for her to become director. 

Since the memo’s release, the CIA itself has faced backlash for running a blatant propaganda campaign to install Haspel as the next director. 

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