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Cboe Chief Says Early Hedging of U.S. Election Is
Cboe Chief Says Early Hedging of U.S. Election Is 'Unprecedented'

(Bloomberg) -- In 30 years at the premier U.S. options exchange, Ed Tilly has never seen an election sow more anxiety than the 2020 presidential race.The chief executive officer of Cboe Global Markets Inc. made the observation at a luncheon in New York on Thursday. Tilly highlighted elevated demand for protection around important dates in the primary campaign and general vote showing up in the term structure of implied volatility."The demand for hedging and hedging vehicles is really amazing," he said. It's "unprecedented" this early in an election cycle.Futures and options tied to the Cboe Volatility Index are among the exchange's proprietary products. The VIX, or so-called "fear gauge,"...

Democrats use Lindsey Graham
Democrats use Lindsey Graham's Clinton impeachment speech in Trump Senate trial

Lindsey Graham argued in 1999 that impeachment doesn't require a violation of law.

Welp, Scientists Found 28 New Virus Groups in a Melting Glacier
Welp, Scientists Found 28 New Virus Groups in a Melting Glacier

This is how the world ends.

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Girl's family: 'Impossible' to lean from cruise ship window

The parents of an Indiana girl who fell to her death from the open window of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico contend it was "physically impossible" for the child's grandfather to lean out of that 11th floor window, as the cruise line has alleged, just before the toddler slipped from his hands. The parents of Chloe Wiegand also accuse Royal Caribbean Cruises of releasing deceptive surveillance images, and allege in their preliminary response filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Miami that the cruise line lied in its recent motion seeking the dismissal of the family's lawsuit. In its Jan. 8 filing, Royal Caribbean alleged that surveillance video shows the child's 51-year-old...

Thunberg fires back at Mnunchin after college degree jab
Thunberg fires back at Mnunchin after college degree jab

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnunchin said Greta Thunberg can discuss fossil fuel divestment "after she goes and studies economics in college."

Madagascar floods kill at least 12 people, with more missing

Floods across the island of Madagascar has killed at least 12 people this week, with 18 missing, after unseasonably heavy rain, the national disaster office said on Thursday. Parts of Africa have experienced heavy rain in recent months because the Indian Ocean is warmer than usual, partly as result of a cyclical weather phenomenon and partly because oceans are warming everywhere. Floods, landslides and a cyclone killed more than 1,200 people across East and Southern Africa last year, according to a Save the Children count based on U.N. and government figures.

Michelle Carter, of texting suicide case, freed from jail
Michelle Carter, of texting suicide case, freed from jail

Michelle Carter, the woman convicted of manslaughter for urging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in text messages that included, "Just do it, babe," was released from jail Thursday after more than three months was shaved from her sentence for good behavior. Carter, 23, walked out of the Bristol County jail in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, wearing the same white blazer, dark slacks and a dark turtleneck she wore last February, when a judge ordered her to begin serving a 15-month sentence. State officials say Carter's probation ends Aug. 1, 2022.

US Treasury Secretary advises Greta Thunberg to
US Treasury Secretary advises Greta Thunberg to 'go study'

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday advised climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has been bitterly critical of US policy at the World Economic Forum, to study economics before giving out lessons. The Trump administration and Greta Thunberg have sparred indirectly since Tuesday on panels in Davos but organisers have carefully averted any direct confrontation. In a speech on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump castigated the "prophets of doom" and those that predicted a climate "apocalypse", while Thunberg sat in the audience.

Wuhan, China, is cut off from the outside world in an unprecedented quarantine after a deadly virus killed 17 and infected 571
Wuhan, China, is cut off from the outside world in an unprecedented quarantine after a deadly virus killed 17 and infected 571

Footage and personal accounts from the city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak showed the extreme measures being used to contain the spread.

President Trump Should Remember That Iran Knows How To Fight The U.S. Military
President Trump Should Remember That Iran Knows How To Fight The U.S. Military

It won't be an easy battle.

Juice WRLD died of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, autopsy reveals
Juice WRLD died of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, autopsy reveals

Juice WRLD, whose real name is Jarad Higgins, died at Chicago Midway Airport on December 8 as police searched his plane for drugs and guns. He was 21.

Joe Biden tells reporter to
Joe Biden tells reporter to 'calm down' after repeated questions about Bernie Sanders

Former Vice President Joe Biden seemingly doesn't want to hear about his apparent feud with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).After an Iowa campaign event on Wednesday, Biden walked off the stage in a pretty typical way: followed by reporters asking him questions. But one from CBS News' Ed O'Keefe about Sanders seemingly sent him over the edge.As Biden left the stage, O'Keefe asked why he was attacking Sanders after just accepting his apology a day earlier. "Why wasn't his apology enough, Mr. Vice President?" O'Keefe asked. Biden stopped, turned around, and peppered O'Keefe with a barrage of "why why why why why." "You're getting nervous, man! Calm down," Biden...

Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair
Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair

A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, is scheduled to be put to death Feb. 20 for the stabbing death of a fellow inmate decades ago while serving a life sentence for his grandmother's slaying. An affidavit signed on Tuesday said he waives the right to be executed by lethal injection and chooses electrocution.

Schiff thanks senators at the start of impeachment argument after Nadler accused Republicans of
Schiff thanks senators at the start of impeachment argument after Nadler accused Republicans of 'voting for a cover up'

Democrats officially kicked off their opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump Wednesday with a bit of a shift in tone after one particularly contentious late-night exchange.Near the end of an impeachment trial session beginning Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on the Senate floor accused Republican senators of "voting for a cover up" as he argued in favor of an amendment to subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton, per The Wall Street Journal. Nadler also suggested Republicans were engaging in "treacherous" behavior, The Washington Post reports. Republicans throughout the day on Wednesday slammed Nadler...

White Nationalists Arrested ahead of Richmond Rally Planned to Kill Gun-Rights Demonstrators to Spark Civil War
White Nationalists Arrested ahead of Richmond Rally Planned to Kill Gun-Rights Demonstrators to Spark Civil War

Three alleged members of a white supremacist group were plotting to murder demonstrators at Monday's gun rights rally at the Virginia Capitol before they were arrested by the FBI last week, according to court documents.The men were caught discussing their plans on a hidden camera set up in their Delaware apartment by FBI agents."We can't let Virginia go to waste, we just can't," said Patrik J. Mathews, one member of the hate group "the Base" that promotes violence against African-Americans and Jews.According to authorities, the 27-year-old former Canadian Armed Forces reservist also discussed creating "instability" in Virginia by killing people, derailing trains,...

'Tightrope' argues for greater compassion and social responsibility

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take an unsparing but empathetic look at the factors exerting a downward pull on working-class communities.

Barr appoints members of presidential law enforcement panel
Barr appoints members of presidential law enforcement panel

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday named 18 law enforcement officials to a presidential commission that aims to study ways to reduce crime and increase respect for the law. The last presidential law enforcement commission was established in 1965, and one of its recommendations led to the creation of the national emergency number 911. The new commission's members include senior federal law enforcement officials, including the FBI's deputy director and the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and rank-and-file officers from around the country.

Joe Biden said his late son Beau
Joe Biden said his late son Beau 'should be the one running for president' in an emotional tribute on 'Morning Joe'

"Beau should be the one running for president, not me," Biden said. "Every morning I get up...and I think to myself, 'Is he proud of me?"

Trump minimizes severity of head injuries in Iran attacks
Trump minimizes severity of head injuries in Iran attacks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday minimized the severity of head injuries sustained by U.S. troops during an Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base as he was pressed on why he'd claimed no troops had been injured in the attack. "I heard they had headaches and a couple of other things ... and I can report it is not very serious," Trump said at a press conference in Davos, Switzerland, arguing that potential traumatic brain injuries are less severe than, say, missing limbs. "No, I don't consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I've seen," the Republican president said.

Trump slams Boeing over its ongoing 737 Max crisis, calls the plane maker a
Trump slams Boeing over its ongoing 737 Max crisis, calls the plane maker a 'very disappointing company'

The comments came following Boeing's announcement that the 737 Max will likely not resume flying before mid-2020.

Arkansas Judge Orders Hunter Biden to Appear before Court in Paternity Case
Arkansas Judge Orders Hunter Biden to Appear before Court in Paternity Case

An Arkansas judge presiding over Hunter Biden's paternity case has ordered the son of former Vice President Joe Biden to appear before the court on January 29 to explain the state of his finances, after missing a deadline to hand over five years of records.Biden "continues to act as though he has no respect for this court, its orders, the legal process in this state, or the needs of his child for support," wrote Clinton Lancaster, the lawyer for Lunden Alexis Roberts, the mother of Biden's 16-month-old child. Judge Holly Meyer signed an "Order to Appear and Show Cause," which was filed in court on Tuesday.Lancaster explained that Biden had failed to reveal addresses,...

Wife: China
Wife: China's ex-Interpol boss jailed for reformist views

In her first comments about her imprisoned husband's sentence in China, the wife of former Interpol president Meng Hongwei dismissed his bribery conviction as "a lie, a fake case" and said he is being punished for using his senior position in the ruling Communist Party to push for reform from within. Grace Meng said during in an exclusive interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that her husband, a long-serving vice minister of public security, had been part of a reformist faction of China's secretive ruling party. In response to worsening corruption, Meng Hongwei and others argued, out of the public eye and at the highest circles of power for a "modern" constitutional and...

Trump staffers planned the Ukraine aid freeze the night before his call to Zelensky, further undermining defense
Trump staffers planned the Ukraine aid freeze the night before his call to Zelensky, further undermining defense

The new documents undermine a pillar of Trump's impeachment defense - his claim that he didn't withhold Ukraine aid to pressure Ukraine.

On the menu at China virus market: rats and live wolf pups
On the menu at China virus market: rats and live wolf pups

The food market where China's deadly virus surfaced was a smorgasbord of exotic wildlife ranging from wolf pups to species linked to previous pandemics such as civets, according to vendor information and a Chinese media report. The Huanan Seafood Market in the central city of Wuhan came under greater scrutiny on Wednesday as Chinese officials said that the virus which has so far killed nine people and infected hundreds may have originated in a wild animal sold at the food emporium. Past deadly epidemics have been blamed on wild animals -- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was linked to Chinese consumption of civet meat -- setting Chinese authorities up for potential embarrassment...

Virus exposes Beijing campaign to isolate Taiwan on global bodies
Virus exposes Beijing campaign to isolate Taiwan on global bodies

The emergence of a deadly new virus in China has ignited fresh anger in neighbouring Taiwan about how the island has been squeezed out of international bodies, including the World Health Organization. Modern Taiwan has been a de facto sovereign nation for the last seven decades and has emerged as one of Asia's most progressive democracies. Taiwan has been denied access to the World Health Assembly (WHA) -- the WHO's main meeting -- since 2017 under pressure from Beijing which loathes the island's current president Tsai Ing-wen, who won a landslide second term earlier this month.

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Here's What It's Like in Wuhan, the Chinese City at the Center of the Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak

Wuhan, China, TIME was repeatedly threatened with arrest while observing scenes outside the market where the virus was first detected.

Hong Kong on high alert to tackle coronavirus outbreak
Hong Kong on high alert to tackle coronavirus outbreak

Hong Kong's government is on high alert to deal with a new flu-like coronavirus that has killed nine people in mainland China, the city's commerce secretary, Edward Yau, said on Wednesday. The outbreak has rattled financial markets as investors recall the huge impact of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 people globally during a 2002/03 outbreak that also started in China. Yau is part of a delegation on a mission to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos to convince global business and political leaders that the Asian financial hub is back on track after more than seven months of protests, even as it faces a potentially more damaging crisis.

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One of Lindsey Graham's potential Senate opponents has a new impeachment ad consisting almost entirely of Graham's own words

Anything you say can and will be held against you.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) got a little taste of that Tuesday when Jaime Harrison, who is running to challenge Graham's Senate seat, launched a new campaign ad. In the video, the Democratic candidate begins reading a statement, as Graham's voice creeps into the scene. Viewers are then transported back in time to 1998 as Graham, then a member of the House, advocates for a thorough impeachment case against then-President Bill Clinton in which "everybody had a chance to have their say."Graham hasn't exactly maintained that position in the present day -- he wants President Trump's trial over and done, and isn't one of the...

Lebanon forms government with backing of Hezbollah and allies
Lebanon forms government with backing of Hezbollah and allies

Lebanon formed a new government on Tuesday under Prime Minister Hassan Diab after the Shi'ite group Hezbollah and its allies agreed on a cabinet that must urgently address an economic crisis. The heavily indebted state has been without effective government since Saad al-Hariri quit as premier in October, prompted by protests against politicians who have collectively led Lebanon into the worst crisis since the 1975-90 war. New Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni said Lebanon needed foreign aid to save it from an unprecedented situation that had forced people to "beg for dollars" at the banks and fear for their deposits.

Moscow protest over Putin
Moscow protest over Putin's political shake-up fails to gain traction

Over 1,000 people marched through Moscow on Sunday in an event a Kremlin critic tried to turn into a protest against a constitutional shake-up by President Vladimir Putin, but many demonstrators chose to voice dissent about other issues instead. Yulia Galyamina, a Moscow city councillor, had urged people to take to the streets to speak out against Putin's proposed political changes by joining an authorized rally already due to be held to mark the murder of a journalist, Anastasia Baburova, and a lawyer, Stanislav Markelov, 11 years ago. Putin's proposed reforms, which triggered the resignation of the prime minister and government last week, are widely seen as giving Putin, 67, scope to...

Sanders says seniors support Biden "because Joe is a nice guy"
Sanders says seniors support Biden "because Joe is a nice guy"

The Vermont senator has been criticizing the former vice president's record on Social Security in the weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses.

Experts warn over scale of China virus as US airports start screening
Experts warn over scale of China virus as US airports start screening

The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading. Authorities in China say two people have died and at least 45 have been infected, with the outbreak centred around a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan, a city of 11 million inhabitants that serves as a major transport hub. The researchers said their estimate was largely based on the fact that cases had been reported overseas -- two in Thailand and one in Japan.

Facebook says technical error caused vulgar translation of Chinese leader
Facebook says technical error caused vulgar translation of Chinese leader's name

Facebook Inc on Saturday blamed a technical error for Chinese leader Xi Jinping's name appearing as "Mr Shithole" in posts on its platform when translated into English from Burmese, apologizing for any offense caused. The error came to light on the second day of a visit by the president to the Southeast Asian country, where Xi and state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi signed dozens of agreements covering massive Beijing-backed infrastructure plans. A statement about the visit published on Suu Kyi's official Facebook page was littered with references to "Mr Shithole" when translated to English, while a headline in local news journal the Irrawaddy appeared as "Dinner honors president shithole".

Fewer Americans are binge-drinking, but those who do are drinking more per session
Fewer Americans are binge-drinking, but those who do are drinking more per session

New CDC data shows binge-drinking is declining, but American adults who do drink heavily are consuming 12% more alcohol per session.

4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescued
4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescued

An avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday. Nepal's Department of Tourism official Meera Acharya said at least one Chinese national injured in the avalanche was rescued by helicopter. The avalanche hit along the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles Mount Annapurna.

Parnas says Trump tried to fire Yovanovitch "at least four" times
Parnas says Trump tried to fire Yovanovitch "at least four" times

"The president kept firing her, and she wouldn't leave," Parnas told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

US couple found dead in Tijuana, son-in-law charged

A United States couple missing for a week in Tijuana were found Friday buried on the property of one of their homes in this border city, Mexican authorities said. Baja California state prosecutor Hirán Sánchez said the bodies of María Teresa López, 65, and 70-year-old husband, Jesús Rubén López, were discovered with the help of cadaver dogs. The couple, who were naturalized U.S. citizens living in Garden Grove, California, had crossed the border to Tijuana on Jan. 10 to collect some $6,400 (120,000 pesos) in rent from apartments they owned in the city, Sánchez said.

Mexico offers 4,000 jobs to new migrant caravan
Mexico offers 4,000 jobs to new migrant caravan

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered 4,000 jobs Friday to migrants in a new caravan currently crossing Central America toward the United States. The caravan, which formed in Honduras this week and is making its way across Guatemala, currently has around 3,000 migrants, Lopez Obrador said. According to Guatemala's new President Alejandro Giammattei, Mexico has vowed to use "everything at its disposal" to stop them.

Meghan McCain: McSally
Meghan McCain: McSally 'Didn't Earn' the Senate Seat She Inherited From My Dad

The View's Meghan McCain took some shots at Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Friday after the lawmaker personally insulted a CNN reporter, pointing out that McSally didn't "earn" the Senate seat she was appointed to after McCain's father died.After CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju attempted to ask McSally whether the Senate should consider new evidence in the impending impeachment trial, the Arizona senator snapped at Raju: "You're a liberal hack-I'm not talking to you." McSally, meanwhile, quickly seized upon the instantly viral moment to fundraise for her tight election race before predictably appearing on Fox News to do a victory lap.Discussing the incident on Friday's...

Nazi Leader Paraphrasing Costs Brazil Culture Secretary His Job

(Bloomberg) -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired the country's culture secretary after he paraphrased notorious Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels in a video that stirred outrage in the nation.Roberto Alvim said that Brazilian art over the next decade will be "heroic" or "it will be nothing," similarly to remarks made by Goebbels decades ago, according to a video posted on social networks early on Friday. Within hours, the term "Goebbels" became one of the top trending topics on Twitter in Brazil, and lawmakers including Senate President Davi Alcolumbre, who is Jewish, called for Alvim's immediate removal.Music by Richard Wagner, who was Hitler's favorite composer, plays in the...

Senate impeachment trial: Weigh Trump
Senate impeachment trial: Weigh Trump's repeated obstruction offenses to protect himself

Trump's pattern of obstruction to avoid scrutiny should be be front and center as senators consider his demands for political favors from Ukraine.

UK expands Hezbollah asset freeze, targets entire movement

Britain expanded the scope of its asset-freezing measures against Lebanese Islamist movement Hezbollah on Thursday to cover the entire organization as well as its military wing. The finance ministry move follows Britain's decision last year to classify the whole group a terrorist organization due to its destabilizing influence in the Middle East. The heavily armed Shi'ite group was established in 1982 by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Bloomberg Visits Capitol Hill to Woo Democratic Lawmakers
Bloomberg Visits Capitol Hill to Woo Democratic Lawmakers

(Bloomberg) -- Michael Bloomberg is meeting with groups of Democrats in Congress on Capitol Hill on Thursday seeking support for his fledgling 2020 presidential campaign.The former New York mayor plans to meet separately with BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; ASPIRE PAC, the political arm of Asian American and Pacific Islander members of Congress; the New Democrat Coalition of centrist Democrats and the co-chairs of the Blue Dog Coalition of "fiscally responsible" Democrats.The New Democrat group sent a letter to every Democratic presidential candidate to meet with them.BOLD PAC said in a statement that the meeting focused on issues facing Latinos such as...

Latin America
Latin America's Most Disliked President Kicks Off Pension Reform

(Bloomberg) -- President Sebastian Pinera is forging ahead with plans to overhaul Chile's pension system as he seeks to appease mass protests that have battered the economy and sunk his approval rating to a record low.The government will send this week a bill to Congress requiring employers to contribute to workers' individual savings accounts and also to a broader solidarity fund aimed at boosting pensions of the middle class. The proposal also increases competition among private companies, known as AFPs, that manage the savings accounts, Pinera said late on Wednesday.Pinera's announcement comes as his approval rating plunges to an all-time low of 6% after three months of demonstrations...

Lockheed, Boeing enter Germany
Lockheed, Boeing enter Germany's heavy transport helicopter race

Contractor support features prominently in the government's requirements for a new chopper fleet.

Philippines struggles to evacuate reluctant villagers near volcano
Philippines struggles to evacuate reluctant villagers near volcano

A cloud of ash and fountains of lava gushed for a third day from the crater of Taal, which lies in the middle of a lake about 70 km (45 miles) south of the center of the Philippines capital Manila. Everyone living within 14 km (9 miles) of the volcano has been ordered to leave: potentially as many as 300,000 people, though disaster agency spokesman Mark Timbal said he believed the actual number who had been there was much lower.

Sheriff: 4 dead in Florida home, 1 person in custody

Four bodies were found inside a central Florida home and sheriff's officials said they have one person in custody. Osceola County Sheriff's officials released few details about the investigation Monday. "All parties involved with this investigation are accounted for," Sheriff Russ Gibson

Kenyan President Reshuffles Cabinet as Chasm With Deputy Widens
Kenyan President Reshuffles Cabinet as Chasm With Deputy Widens

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterKenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta made changes to his cabinet that include the dismissal of a key member considered an ally of his estranged deputy, while placating his voter base by announcing a raft of economic policy changes.Kenyatta dropped Agriculture Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, who is said to side with Deputy President William Ruto. He confirmed Ukur Yatani as Treasury Secretary, effectively sacking former finance chief Henry Rotich, who is facing graft charges in court.Ruto's relationship with the East African nation's leader has deteriorated amid succession battles for 2022, when Kenyatta is...

At least 67 killed by avalanches in Pakistan, India: government officials
At least 67 killed by avalanches in Pakistan, India: government officials

At least 57 people were killed and others were missing after avalanches in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said on Tuesday. In neighboring India, at least 10 people were killed after several avalanches hit the northern-part of Indian-administered Kashmir. Two Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded by the avalanches in the Neelum valley area following heavy rain that also triggered landslides.

Russia Says It
Russia Says It's S-500 Can Bring Down America's F-35, What's The Truth?

We look to Syria for hints.


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