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Russia election probe in Congress turns to Twitter

russia probe turns to Twitter Executives from Twitter are set to appear before the House and Senate intelligence committees on Thursday to answer questions about Russian election meddling.

The Senate's intelligence committee is expected to ask whether disinformation spread by Russian Twitter accounts -- meant to disparage Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign -- entered legitimate Twitter news stories.

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Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies at 91

Hugh Heffner DiesPlayboy founder Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91, the New York Times reports. Hefner, who spun the sexual revolution of the 1950s and 1960s into a media empire, died of natural causes at his Holmby Hills home, the Playboy Mansion.

Hefner, a native of Chicago, was only 27 when he published the first issue of Playboy in 1953, after a series of not-very-playboyish jobs that included working for Children’s Activities magazine and a stint in the human resources department at a cardboard box factory.

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Lerner pulls off narrow Democratic win in House special election

Kari Lerner flips seat in NHFirst-time Democratic candidate Kari Lerner of Chester pulled off a narrow special election victory for a three-town district seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives Tuesday.

James Headd, a retired, insurance executive from Auburn, had been installed as the early favorite running against Lerner, a local Realtor.

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Jared Kushner Real Estate Company Sued for Predatory Overcharging Practice

Jared Kushner co. sued for predatory practicesOne of Jared Kushner’s real estate companies has been sued.

A class action lawsuit filed in Maryland State Court this morning alleges that Westminster Management, a company owned by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, charged its tenants improper fees, and then used their failure to pay those fees as a basis to threaten them with eviction.

“Westminster is preying on poor and working class people, by extorting what may sound like small fees but is real money when you’re living paycheck to paycheck,” said Andrew Freeman, an attorney at the firm Brown, Goldstein & Levy, which is representing two plaintiffs who allege that Kushner’s company charged them unlawful fees.

TVNL Comment: Like father, like son....

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Taddeo wins as Democrats pick up Florida Senate seat

Dem Taddeo beats GOP candidate in State Senate election

Florida’s Democratic Party picked up a crucial seat in the Florida Senate Tuesday in a special election triggered months ago by a Miami Republican’s alcohol-fueled tirade at a bar near the state Capitol.

Riding an election-day and early-voting surge, Annette Taddeo topped State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in the race to claim Senate District 40, a southwest Dade seat resigned in the spring by former Sen. Frank Artiles. The victory gives Democrats 16 seats in the chamber and hands Taddeo her first campaign win in a political career filled with second-place finishes.

'People are starting to die': Distribution chaos snarls effort to aid desperate Puerto Ricans

PR distribution chaosOne of the key problems slowing recovery efforts for millions of desperate Puerto Ricans still without power and water: the challenge of distributing fuel and supplies already on the ground.

In many parts of the island of 3.4 million people, the recovery in the first weeks after Hurricane Maria has largely been a make-it-up-as you-go-along affair, particularly for those still cut off by blocked roads and unable to communicate to the outside world.

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Rocket attack at Kabul airport was attempt to kill Mattis, Taliban says

Rockey attack at Kabul airport meant to kill MattisThe Taliban and the Islamic State have claimed responsibility for a rocket attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday -- which militants say was an attempt to kill U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Dozens of rockets were launched at the airport just hours after Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived, unannounced, to meet with U.S. forces and Afghan officials.

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Trump calls Facebook 'anti-Trump' after it aids Russia probe

Facebook accused of being anti Trump, by TrumpPresident Donald Trump is calling Facebook "anti-Trump." His tweet Wednesday comes days after the social media company agreed to provide material to congressional investigators probing Russia interference in the 2016 election.

Trump tweeted: "Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always anti-Trump hence,Fake News, @nytimes(apologized) & @wapo were anti-Trump. Collusion?'

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Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly back split from Baghdad

Kurds vote for independence

Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of a split from Iraq, election officials said on Wednesday, as tensions soared between Erbil and Baghdad following a contested referendum.

The "Yes" vote accounted for 92 percent of those who took part in Monday's poll. Turnout was 72 percent of the more than five million eligible voters, according to the electoral commission.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from Erbil, said the announcement was in line with people's expectations in the region.

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