Trump Slams Sen. Elizabeth Warren Over ‘Bogus’ DNA Test

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President Donald Trump is slamming Sen. Elizabeth Warren after she took a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump called the DNA test "bogus," referred to Warren as "Pocahontas" and criticized her as "a complete and total Fraud."

On Monday, Warren's Senate campaign released the results of a DNA test which suggests she has a Native American ancestor about 6 to 10 generations back. 

The test was meant to settle a longstanding dispute between Trump and Warren over her heritage. In the 80's, she told her bosses her family tree included Native Americans, and said she grew up hearing family stories that she had Native American ancestors.


But Trump wasn't the only one who criticized Warren about the test.

A representative for the Cherokee Nation said in a statement, "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong."

Warren later responded to the statement on Twitter, saying, "DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only — only — by Tribal Nations."

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World Leaders Demand Answers About Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance

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"I am absolutely convinced that without a free press our societies will not be free. ... The violence against journalists has to stop," said Donald Tusk, president of the European Council.

U.S. and other world leaders continue to call for answers regarding the disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent Tuesday in Riyadh meeting with multiple Saudi officials. Despite intense calls for investigations and answers, Pompeo's meetings seemed pretty cordial. Readouts from each one only address Khashoggi's appearance by saying both sides are committed to "a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation."

Early Tuesday morning, Turkish officials finished searching the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Multiple media outlets report they found evidence of Khashoggi's death. 

Under international law, consulates and embassies are generally protected jurisdictions, but a U.N. official says Saudi Arabia shouldn't use its immunity to hide the truth. 

"Enforced disappearance or murder, if that has occurred, extrajudicial killing — either way, those are very serious crimes. ... And the one thing we really know as a solid fact is that Mr. Khashoggi went into the consulate and he never came out again," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Judge Approves Elon Musk’s Settlement Deal With The SEC

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Elon Musk and Tesla's settlement agreements with the SEC are now final.

A judge approved the deals Tuesday morning. The cases stemmed from Musk's tweets that claimed he secured funding to take the company private. Musk and Tesla each have to pay a $20 million fine, and Musk will step down as the company's chairman for at least three years. 

Another provision of the deal includes Tesla establishing some approval power over Musk's public communication about the company. That includes social media posts, which is what got Musk in trouble to begin with. 

Musk and Tesla have 14 days to pay their fines, and he has 45 days to step down as Tesla's chairman. 

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Trump Once Again Threatens To Cut Off Aid To Honduras

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President Donald Trump revealed in a Tuesday morning tweet he's threatened to cut off aid to Honduras.

He said the U.S.' continued assistance is contingent upon authorities stopping a caravan of Honduran migrants heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. 

When the group started their journey on Friday, it reportedly consisted of about 160 people. It had grown to at least 1,600 individuals by the time they pushed into Guatemala Monday after being temporarily blocked by Guatemalan police. 

President Trump made this exact same threat earlier this year regarding another caravan of Honduran migrants traveling to the U.S. The majority of those migrants did not end up crossing the border. 

Honduras is slated to receive almost $66 million in economic aid from the U.S. during the 2019 fiscal year. 

The White House can't cut that foreign aid without the help of Congress, but it can reroute existing funding, unless Congress has specified otherwise.

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Volkswagen Hit With Another Fine In Emissions Scandal

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German prosecutors hit Volkswagen with another fine as part of the company's emissions cheating scandal from 2015.

Prosecutors fined Volkswagen's subsidiary Audi more than $926 million.

Volkswagen said in a statement Tuesday that it accepted the penalty and, by doing so, admits responsibility in the so-called "dieselgate" scandal. The company also said it will not appeal the fine.

Volkswagen was already hit with a $1.2 billion fine from German prosecutors in June. 

The latest penalty ends the probe into Volkswagen, but prosecutors say they are still investigating executives, like Audi's former CEO Rupert Stadler.

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China Admits To Opening ‘Re-education Camps’ For Muslim Minority

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China has admitted that one of its western regions has set up so-called "re-education camps" for an ethnic minority largely considered to be extremists. 

Last week, Xinjiang — a region in western China — changed a local law to allow what it calls "vocational education and training centers" in order to carry out an "educational transformation of those affected by extremism." 

China has received mounting criticism over crackdowns on Uighurs — an ethnic minority who are mostly Muslim. China says it's responding to extremist attacks and violence. 

People who are put into the re-education camps are reportedly held for long periods of time without criminal charges. Abuse, torture and even death are reportedly commonplace. 

A Xinjiang government spokesman told Xinhua news agency that the camps are for people who committed "minor offenses when involved in terrorist or extremist activities." He also said the camps provide training for jobs, free meals, air conditioned living spaces and access to computers. 

People who have been detained in the camps have compared them to prisons.  

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Judge Says Kids’ Climate Change Lawsuit Can Move Forward

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Three years ago, a group of young people sued the U.S. government over climate change. Now, a federal judge says that lawsuit can move forward — but President Donald Trump can't be named as a defendant.

According to several reports, the judge rejected the Trump administration's requests to throw out the suit, which is expected to go to trial later this month.

But the judge said she isn't convinced that suing the president is vital in this case.

The lawsuit was filed back in 2015 by 21 children and young adults. It accuses the federal government of violating their constitutional rights by not taking action against climate change.

A lawyer for the young people told NBC, "When the climate science is brought into the courtroom it will result in the judge finding that the government is committing constitutional violations."

The Justice Department says it's reviewing the judge's decision.

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Facebook Announces New Policies Ahead Of Midterms

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Facebook announced it will start policing misinformation about elections on its platform more heavily ahead of the November midterms. The company says it will also send posts to a third-party fact checker when content requires additional review.

The tech giant says it will now ban falsehoods about how to vote, like claiming you can vote by text message, and statements about whether a vote will be counted. 

This news comes about a week after Facebook announced it removed around 550 pages and 250 accounts for consistently violating its policies regarding spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior. The company said violators were increasingly posting "sensational political content" to drive people to outside websites for a profit.

The company's existing rules "prohibit offers to buy or sell votes" and "misrepresentations about the dates, locations, times and qualifications for casting a ballot."

Facebook said in a statement Monday: "Expanding our policy is just one of the steps we're taking to strengthen the integrity of elections around the world."

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Judge Approves Rick Gates’ Request To End GPS Monitoring

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Officials are no longer monitoring the location of former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.

A federal judge granted Gates' request Monday to remove his GPS tracking bracelet. 

Gates had been wearing the device since he was indicted in 2017 on a slew of charges stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Gates pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the U.S. and making a false statement. He has been cooperating with Mueller's team as he awaits sentencing.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote she took that cooperation into account when granting Gates' request. 

She also lifted Gates' nightly curfew and is allowing him to freely travel a short distance from his home and to Washington, D.C. 

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Washington Archdiocese Lists 31 Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse

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The Archdiocese of Washington posted a list of 31 priests it says have been "credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors." The alleged abuse dates back to 1948. 

On Monday, embattled Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the list was a "painful reminder of the grave sins committed by clergy, the pain inflicted on innocent young people, and the harm done to the Church's faithful." 

He also noted that there haven't been any sexual abuse allegations against a priest in the archdiocese in almost two decades. 

This is just the latest sexual abuse scandal the Catholic Church has faced.

In August, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report accusing Wuerl of reassigning and reinstating some priests accused of abusing children during the years he served as the bishop of Pittsburgh. 

That report also accused over 300 priests of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children. 

Pope Francis accepted Wuerl's resignation on Friday but asked Wuerl to stay on as an apostolic administrator until his successor's chosen. 

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