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    • Chinese chatbots apparently re-educated after political faux pas

      Reuters News: BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A pair of ‘chatbots’ in China have been taken offline after appearing to stray off-script. In response to users’ questions, one said its dream was to travel to the United States, while the other said it wasn’t a huge fan of the Chinese Communist...
    • Russia’s Kislyak: talks with Trump’s ex-security aide ‘absolutely transparent’

      Reuters News: MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s former ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, said on Saturday his conversations with former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn had been transparent and focused on matters of U.S.-Russia cooperation. Kislyak ended his tenure in Washington in July but remains a key figure...
    • ‘Pharma bro’ Shkreli convicted of fraud in U.S. court, assails ‘witch hunt’

      Reuters News: NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. jury convicted Martin Shkreli, the brash former drug company and hedge fund executive, on Friday of defrauding investors in hedge funds he ran years before he gained fame for jacking up the price of a drug. Jurors in U.S. District Court...
    • U.S. gun background checks in July fell most since 2013

      Reuters News: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Background checks related to U.S. firearm purchases suffered their deepest quarterly decline in over three years in July, suggesting a sales slump despite price discounts aimed at improving customer demand following President Donald Trump’s election. Fears that Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton would win...
    • Athletics: IAAF rebuff Bolt blocks criticism

      Reuters News: LONDON (Reuters) – World Athletics Championships organizers rebuffed criticism from Usain Bolt about his starting blocks in the 100 meters on Saturday, insisting they had been checked and were the same model used in Beijing two years ago. Bolt, who will seek to finish his matchless individual...
    • Three-man crew reaches space station as U.S. boosts research

      Reuters News: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A new crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, giving NASA for the first time four astronauts to boost U.S. research projects aboard the orbiting laboratory. A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three spaceflight veterans slipped into a docking port aboard...
    • Trump administration goes on attack against leakers, journalists

      Reuters News: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking up an issue that has infuriated Republican President Donald Trump, went on the attack against leaks on Friday, warning of a possible crackdown both on reporters and their sources inside the federal government. In a move derided by...
    • PwC to pay $1 million to settle Merrill Lynch audit complaint

      Reuters News: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Accounting company PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will pay $1 million to settle a civil complaint alleging it conducted a flawed audit into Merrill Lynch’s compliance with federal brokerage customer protection rules, U.S. audit watchdogs said on Wednesday. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) said PwC...
    • Health insurer Aetna profit rises as Obamacare business shrinks

      Reuters News: – Aetna Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as member health costs were lower than anticipated and it benefited from exiting most of its Obamacare individual insurance markets this year. Shares of Aetna rose 2.5 percent to $158.54, helped by stronger results not only for...