LONDON | Academic says ex-Cambridge Analytica CEO lied

LONDON|  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A Cambridge University professor at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal says that the former CEO of data firm Cambridge Analytica lied to a British parliamentary committee investigating fake news.

Academic Aleksandr Kogan’s company, Global Science Research, developed a Facebook app that vacuumed up information from users as well as additional data from their Facebook friends.

Ex-employees of Cambridge Analytica say the company used that data from millions of users to help Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign. The company denies the charge.

Kogan told Parliament’s media committee Tuesday that Cambridge Analytica’s ex-CEO, Alexander Nix, lied in his testimony on their work together.

When asked by committee chair Damian Collins about Nix’s testimony that none of his data came from Global Science Research, Kogan said, “That’s a fabrication.”

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By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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ISTANBUL | Dozens injured after earthquake in southeast Turkey

ISTANBUL|  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Turkish officials say dozens were slightly injured after an earthquake in southeastern Turkey.

The earthquake struck Samsat village in the province of Adiyaman early Tuesday at 3.34 a.m. local time (0034 GMT). The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 at 10 kilometers deep.

Turkey’s health minister said of those injured, 35 were still receiving treatment, according to official Anadolu news agency. The regional governor said the injuries were caused as people fled their homes in panic.

Anadolu quoted victim Zeynep Berk whose house collapsed on her and four others. Neighbors rescued the family and attempts to recover their 150 animals continue.

The quake was felt in neighboring provinces. Turkey’s Kandilli Earthquake Monitoring Center recorded at least 13 aftershocks.

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By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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PARIS| French billionaire detained in Africa corruption probe

PARIS | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) One of France’s most powerful businessmen, Vincent Bollore, was detained for questioning Tuesday in an investigation into alleged corruption during lucrative port deals in Africa.

His company’s shares plunged about 8 percent on the unexpected detention. The Bollore Group has vast holdings from transport to media and the oil business.

Bollore was taken into custody Tuesday in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, along with other employees of his Bollore Group, according to a judicial official. The official did not provide further details and was not authorized to be publicly named discussing an ongoing investigation.

Bollore Group and Bollore’s lawyers did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

French newspaper Le Monde says the investigation focuses on suspicions around port deals in 2010 in Lome, the capital of the West African nation of Togo, and Conakry in Guinea.

The report says Bollore Group is suspected of using communications subsidiary Havas to provide cut-rate services to African leaders, who then ensured that another subsidiary, Bollore Africa Logistics, would win shipping terminal contracts.

Rivals for the port contracts started legal action, according to French media reports.

Le Monde quoted Guinean President Alpha Conde as saying in 2016: “Bollore fulfilled all the conditions of the bids. He’s a friend, I favor friends. So what?”

Bollore’s lawyer, Olivier Baratelli, was quoted as saying that it was Bollore Group’s experience and 2 billion euros in investment in Africa in recent years that allowed it to win the port contracts.

Bollore-related companies have faced other legal cases in the past.

The tycoon is involved in many high-profile projects in France, such as the shared electric Autolib cars on the streets of Paris.

He is notably known for hosting friend Nicolas Sarkozy on his yacht days after Sarkozy was elected French president in 2007, raising concerns that Bollore would gain political favors in return.

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By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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NEW YORK | AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

NEW YORK| April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)If you’ve made changes to how you use social media since Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you’re not alone.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 out of 10 of online adults who’ve heard of the scandal — revelations that a data mining firm may have accessed the private information of some 87 million Facebook users to influence elections — have unfollowed accounts, deleted their profiles or made other changes in how they use social media.

And since 9 in 10 Americans have heard at least a little bit about Cambridge Analytica, this means the scandal has led to widespread changes in the use of social media among Americans. What’s less clear is whether these changes are permanent, and whether they will affect business at Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies.

Facebook has said that it hasn’t noticed a meaningful decline in usage since the scandal broke and it doesn’t seem to have experienced much of an advertiser exodus, either. But that doesn’t mean the social media giant is in the clear. Some high-profile tech luminaries such as Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak have disavowed Facebook, and a “DeleteFacebook” online campaign — even if it didn’t lead to mass defections — has bruised the company’s already-battered image.

Cole Bearden, 26, a musician and liquor store employee in Nashville, said he soured on Facebook a while ago, after his parents friended him and turned his app into “a perpetual recipe video-sharing machine.” That, along with his concerns about surveillance and advertisements, convinced him to drop the app from his phone a year ago. He said in an interview last month that he checks his profile only occasionally.

Still, Bearden says deleting his profile won’t mean a lot unless many other Facebook users do the same. And even that, he says, may come too late.

“The real damage has been done. Our concept of open democracy has been undermined, subverted and potentially irreparably damaged,” he said.

Some people, though, were cautious long before Cambridge Analytica. Jessica Garcia, who lives in Homewood, Illinois, said she was already “pretty strict” with all her settings and she uses social media (Facebook, mostly) only minimally. She doesn’t post much and stays out of politics.

Asked who bears the responsibility to protect people’s online privacy, the poll found that vast majorities of Americans think both social media companies (84 percent) and individual users (72 percent) have a large share. Just short of half — 46 percent — see that as a large responsibility of the federal government.

Garcia agrees with the majority and said it’s a combination of individual and company responsibility.

“I don’t feel like the government needs to step in and start controlling that,” she said. “If we can’t make good decisions and people and they don’t make good decisions as companies, it’ll fall apart on its own.”

Americans who have taken some action after hearing about Facebook’s recent privacy crisis include 29 percent who have deleted certain social media accounts — the most drastic step. A larger number, 38 percent, uninstalled apps on their phone, while 42 percent said they used certain platforms less often. Nearly half, 47 percent, unfollowed or unfriended certain people, and 41 percent unfollowed groups or organizations.

Forty-five percent reviewed or changed their privacy settings — something Facebook encouraged recently by sending a notice to users through their Facebook pages. First, it notified the 87 million people whose information may have been leaked to Cambridge Analytica. This week, it began sending all 2.2 billion Facebook users a more generic notice to review their settings that show what apps have access to their data.

According to the poll, women were more likely than men to have made at least one change, and younger people were more likely to say they have reviewed their privacy settings or uninstalled apps from their phones. Older Americans were more likely to say they have followed news of the scandal.

The Cambridge Analytica fiasco was not Facebook’s first privacy scandal, though it may have been its worst. The poll also found that Americans have broader concerns about how their data is used by companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Sixty percent said they were very or extremely concerned that such companies may not keep their personal information secure, and more than half said they were concerned that the companies might track their data even after they have tried to delete it.

African Americans were more likely to express concern about privacy than whites. For example, 72 percent of blacks and 57 percent of whites are worried about companies securing their personal information, while 62 percent of blacks and 44 percent of whites are concerned about companies tracking their location.

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By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer, By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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TOKYO | Global stocks mostly rise amid upbeat corporate earnings

TOKYO| April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Global stocks mostly rose Tuesday as company earnings reports continued to largely beat expectations, suggesting the economy remains strong despite concerns about trade.

KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was up 0.3 percent to 12,608 while France’s CAC 40 was little changed at 5,437. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.3 percent to 7,421. U.S. shares were also set to drift higher with Dow and S&P 500 future both up 0.6 percent.

EARNINGS: Coca-Cola reported net income of 32 cents per share in the first quarter, above Wall Street expectations. That followed a jump in profits at Google parent Alphabet late Monday. It reported strong digital ad sales and an accounting adjustment. The reports confirm that the first three months of the year have been largely positive for companies, as they enjoy a strong global economy, despite recent tensions between the U.S. and China over trade.

U.S. BOND YIELDS: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note drew close to 3 percent on Monday, a milestone it has not reached since January 2014. It touched 2.98 percent but by Tuesday had fallen back to 2.97 percent. The 10-year yield stood at 2.43 percent at the end of 2017. Since the global financial crisis in 2008-09, a combination of low inflation expectations and a bond-buying program by the Federal Reserve have helped keep bond yields low but they have climbed this year as inflation has picked up and the Fed raised interest rates. With the Fed no longer buying bonds and investors expecting greater inflation, analysts say higher yields could make bonds more attractive than stocks. They also make U.S. dollars relatively more attractive.

THE QUOTE: “The U.S. dollar has put on a compelling show overnight as the stars align on the back of higher U.S. yields and a considerable reduction in the U.S. dollar’s geopolitical risk premium as an outwardly calmer mood surrounding trade and geopolitical risk takes hold,” Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary.

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 108.81 yen from 108.71 yen. The euro fell to $1.2220 from $1.2233.

ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.9 percent to finish at 22,278.12, helped by the weaker yen. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.6 percent to 5,921.60, and South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.4 percent to 2,464.14. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.4 percent to 30,661.56, while the Shanghai Composite jumped nearly 2.0 percent to 3,128.93, recouping losses from the previous day. Shares were mixed in Southeast Asia.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 18 cents to $68.82 a barrel. It rose 0.4 percent to $68.64 a barrel in New York the previous day. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 8 cents to $74.79 per barrel in London.

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By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer, By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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YEREVAN, Armenia| Armenia marks massacre by Ottoman Turks 103 years ago

YEREVAN, Armenia| April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Armenia’s government and the country’s opposition are taking part in events to mark the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks.

Tuesday’s commemoration of the massacre that began 103 years ago —viewed by Armenians and many historians as genocide — comes after the country’s prime minister resigned in a surprise move following days of anti-government protests.

Armenia’s acting prime minister and other officials laid flowers at a hilltop memorial complex in Armenia’s capital Tuesday morning along with thousands of residents. Leaders of the opposition and their supporters were marching to the memorial later on Tuesday.

Turkey, the successor to the Ottoman Empire, vehemently denies that the massacre was genocide and insists it was part of the violence during World War I.

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By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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ATLANTA | Coke: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

ATLANTA | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Coca-Cola’s first-quarter profit jumped as the company introduced new flavors and continues to discard its bottling operations.

Coca-Cola’s began selling Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, a reformulated replacement for Coca-Cola Zero, in 20 markets last year. It reported a “double-digit” growth during the quarter Tuesday. The company has also been moving its Honest and Smartwater brands into more international markets.

It’s also been branching out with small-batch and specialty drinks and focusing more on sales of concentrates. The shift cut into revenue, but it’s also lowering costs.

Net income rose 16 percent to $1.37 billion, or 32 cents per share. Excluding one-time gains and costs, it reported 47 cents per share in profit, beating Wall Street’s per-share expectations by a penny.

The world’s largest drink maker reported a 3 percent boost in volume and a 4 percent jump for concentrates, with its namesake brand contributing the most. Concentrate sales rose in every region but Latin America, where they were flat.

“We’re encouraged with our first quarter performance as we continue our evolution as a consumer-centric, total beverage company,” said CEO James Quincey.

Revenue fell 16 percent to $7.63 billion during the quarter, mainly because it’s shedding its bottling operations. The numbers still topped Wall Street expectations.

Shares Coca Cola Co. rose almost 2 percent before the opening bell Tuesday.

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By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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SAN FRANCISCO | Get Into My Car … Amazon begins delivery to vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Amazon latest perk … free delivery to your car.

The Seattle company said Tuesday that it has begun delivering packages in 37 cities to Prime members who own newer General Motors or Volvo vehicles.

Deliveries via the Amazon Key In-Car service are available to Prime members with 2015 year or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicles with GM’s OnStar connected-car service, and those with a 2015 or newer Volvo vehicle with an active Volvo On Call account.

Amazon Prime customers need to download the Amazon Key app. From there, they can link their connected car and start their Amazon orders. No additional hardware or devices are required.

Packages will be placed in cars parked in publicly accessible areas like a customer’s home or workplace, and then secured.

On the day a package is scheduled for delivery, customers can use the Amazon Key app to check if they’ve parked within range of the delivery location. The app also provides notifications with the expected 4-hour delivery time window and notifies customers when the delivery is on its way and the package has been delivered. Customers can track when their car was unlocked and relocked through the app, where they can also rate the experience.

“Receiving a package securely and reliably in your car, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate,” said Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at Volvo Cars. “This mix of car and commerce is starting the next wave of innovation and we intend to be at the forefront.”

Amazon said that it will include more locations and more vehicle makes and models over time.

The announcement of the in-car delivery service follows Amazon’s introduction of the Amazon Key program last year that lets the people delivering packages into the homes of customers who opt in.

To check eligibility and to sign up for Amazon Key In-Car, visit amazon.com/keyincar .

Shares of Amazon and General Motors rose slightly before the market open.

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By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer, By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Verdict looms into macabre death of Swedish journalist

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) One of the most talked-about and macabre court cases in recent Danish history is set to conclude Wednesday when the verdict is handed down on whether Peter Madsen tortured and murdered a Swedish journalist during a private submarine trip.

The 12-day trial has seen a series of gruesome allegations made against the inventor, but the autopsy of the cut-up remains of Kim Wall has not been able to specifically identify a precise cause of death.

Wall, 30, who wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian and other publications, set out on the submarine on a sunny August evening last year to interview Madsen, the co-founder of a company that develops and builds manned spacecraft. Her remains were found in plastic bags on the Baltic Sea bed weeks later.

After offering various explanations, the 47-year-old Madsen has claimed that Wall died as a result of a buildup in pressure inside his home-made UC3 Nautilus submarine. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. local time (1100 GMT), a judge and two jurors will rule whether her death was an accident or a murder.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Madsen, who has confessed to cutting up Wall’s body up into pieces after he was unable to lift her corpse through the submarine tower so he could bury her at sea.

“What do you do when you have a large problem? You make it smaller,” he told the Copenhagen City Court. “I am really, really sorry about what happened.”

During the trial that began on March 8 and lasted for 12 court days, prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen sought to prove there was no accident and that Wall may have been tied with her own stockings before Madsen impaled her.

He also said Wall’s dismembered torso had multiple stabs, including in the genitals and that semen had been found in Madsen’s underwear. Buch-Jepsen also said videos of women being tortured and killed were found on his personal computer — snuff-like videos that he did not make himself. And Madsen had, according to the prosecution, brought along tools he normally didn’t take when sailing.

While arguing that Madsen is not insane, Buch-Jepsen quoted a court-ordered psychiatric report that described him as “emotionally impaired with severe lack of empathy, anger and guilt” and having “psychopathic tendencies.”

Before the trial, Madsen had offered shifting explanations for Wall’s death — something Buch-Jepsen used against him. The pair clashed verbally as Madsen brushed off Buch-Jepsen allegations.

Madsen initially said he had dropped Wall off on a Copenhagen island several hours into their submarine trip. Then he said Wall died accidentally inside the submarine when a hatch fell and hit her on the head — but no indication of a skull injury was found when her head was finally located.

He finally said Wall died because of a pressure problem inside the submarine which Madsen is suspected of having sunk deliberately. Wall, he said, had had “a wonderful evening until it ended in an accident.”

Buch-Jepsen said forensic experts had “found nothing” to back Madsen’s claim and that there is a risk he could commit “the same kind of crime again.”

In Denmark, life sentences are on average 16 years, but the term can be extended if necessary. Or he could be sent to a secure mental facility and locked up as long as he is considered a danger to others.

Madsen’s lawyer Betina Hald Engmark has described it “a horror story” but that the prosecution case was based “on undocumented claims.” Clearly, she says Madsen did something “horrible” by cutting Wall into pieces, and that he should only be sentenced for that. Under Danish law, indecent handling of a corpse can lead to six months in jail.

“It is not my client’s duty to prove that he is innocent. It is the task of the prosecutor to prove that he is guilty,” she said in her final argument before the court room.

The parents of the Swedish reporter — Ingrid and Joachim Wall — have listened silently during the trial.

As they have done for most of the time since losing their daughter who had reported from post-earthquake Haiti, among other places, studied at Paris’ Sorbonne University, the London School of Economics and Columbia University in New York.

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By JAN M. OLSEN, By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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Boeing & Ryanair Announce Order for 25 737 MAX 8s

DUBLIN – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Ryanair today announced they finalized an order for 25 additional high-capacity 737 MAX 8 airplanes.  The $3 billion order, at current list prices, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

“We are pleased to announce the exercise of 25 Boeing 737 “Gamechanger” options, bringing our firm order to 135 737 MAX 8s,” said Neil Sorahan, chief financial officer, Ryanair.  “The Gamechanger has eight more seats than our current 189-seat Boeing 737-800NG and incorporates the latest technology engines and winglets which reduce fuel consumption and noise emissions, ensuring we remain Europe’s greenest, cleanest airline and lowest cost airline.  We look forward to taking delivery of our first Gamechanger in Spring 2019.”

Ryanair launched the high-capacity 737 MAX 8 in late 2014 with an order for 100 airplanes, followed by an additional order for 10 airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show.  The airplane will provide Ryanair with 197 seats, increasing revenue potential and delivering up to 14 percent lower fuel consumption than today’s Next-Generation 737s.

“We are delighted that Ryanair is deepening their commitment to the 737 MAX as they continue to grow their fleet and expand their network,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.  “Ryanair’s follow-on order shows once again that the high capacity 737 MAX 8 is the perfect airplane for low cost carriers.  The airplane gives our airline customers more seats to serve their core markets, maximizing revenue potential at the best cost per seat in the industry.”

The Dublin-based carrier is the largest 737-800 customer in the world and the largest Boeing operator in Europe.  Last month, Ryanair took delivery of its 500th Next-Generation 737-800 and has now ordered more than 650 Boeing airplanes.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

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SOURCE: news provided by BOEING.MEDIAROOM.COM via USPress.News, published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

BANGKOK | Asian elephants said at risk from Chinese demand for skin

BANGKOK | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing an even greater threat to Asia’s wild herds than the ivory trade.

The group Elephant Family says the threat is currently greatest in Myanmar, but warns that the Asian elephant could become extinct in half of the areas where it now ranges in the region if the problem escalates. It says the threat exceeds that from the ivory trade because poachers are targeting any elephant, not just those with tusks, and threatens elephants that are scattered in poorly protected areas.

The report’s authors say their research shows that the elephant’s skin is ground into powder and sold in China as a cure for stomach ailments, as well as being fashioned into beads for necklaces, bracelets and pendants.

The products are sold in physical markets and increasingly over the internet, where the report says sellers post videos showing workers in backyards in Myanmar and Laos cutting up and carving elephant carcasses, to vouch for the authenticity of their wares.

Belinda Stewart-Cox, Elephant Family’s director of conservation, told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday that from the time the group started monitoring in 2014, there has been “a major ramping up of the advertising, the promotional pitches and the apparent sales.”

She said it seems as if “there are marketers and profiteers behind this looking to ratchet up what has, I think, long been a very, very minor incidental or local market trade of no great scale, or no scale that was threatening, anyways.”

Researchers identified 50 individual Chinese traders selling through social media forums. They said labels are printed in Chinese, prices are quoted in Chinese currency and sales online are conducted in Mandarin.

The report — “Skinned: the Growing Appetite for Asian Elephants” — also said that China’s State Forestry Administration has apparently licensed some products that contain elephant skin.

“At a time when China has shown commitment to ending its domestic trade in elephant ivory, it would be troubling and perverse to find that, at the same time, it is creating a new, legal demand for elephant skin products,” it said.

Stewart-Cox said her organization has reached out to Chinese officials and has worked closely with Myanmar officials to address the issue.

“It is our intention to facilitate collaboration if possible,” she said. “I think we should pull together on this, there is no time, Myanmar is losing too many elephants, too fast.”

Elephant Family puts the current size of Myanmar’s wild population at approximately 2,000. Quoting figures from Myanmar’s Forest Department, the group says that wild elephant deaths there have risen significantly in recent years, from 26 in 2013 to at least 61 in 2016, most of them due to poaching. Many were found with the skin stripped from the carcasses. The timescale fits in with the appearance of elephant skin products online.

“You can get quite a lot of skin off a single elephant,” said Stewart-Cox. “And if you get a single killing of 25 elephants, which is what happened one time in Myanmar, that’s a lot of skin.”

“The ivory trade doesn’t threaten the Asian elephant as severely as it threatens the African elephant because only male Asian elephants have tusks and quite a lot of those do not have tusks anyway, or little tusks; we don’t get the really big tusks as much anymore,” she said. “This trade is targeting males, females, juveniles and are indiscriminate, and that means that no elephant is safe.”

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By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (Z.S)

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Vice President Mike Pence Swears in New NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine

WASHINGTONJim Bridenstine officially took office as the 13th administrator of NASA Monday after he was given the oath of office by Vice President Mike Pence at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

“It is a great privilege for me to be here today, to be able to usher in on behalf of the President of the United States what we believe is a new chapter of renewed American leadership in space with the swearing-in of the newest Administrator of NASA, Jim Bridenstine,” said Vice President Pence.  “Under Space Policy Directive 1, we will send American astronauts back to the Moon, and after that we will establish the capacity, with international and commercial partners, to send Americans to Mars.  And NASA will lead the way.”

In his new role at NASA, Bridenstine takes over an agency critical to the nation’s economy, security and technological preeminence.

“NASA represents the best of the United States of America,” said Bridenstine.  “We lead, we discover, we pioneer, and we inspire.  I look forward to our journey together.”

As part of the swearing-in ceremony, Vice President Pence and Administrator Bridenstine spoke live with NASA astronauts Scott Tingle, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, who currently are living and working 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station.  The astronauts offered congratulations and shared stories of their experiences on the orbiting laboratory.

Following the ceremony, which was attended by Bridenstine’s family, employees and media, the Vice President and new administrator held a meeting with senior agency leadership at headquarters and NASA’s centers via video teleconference.

“The appropriations bill that is now law renews focus on human spaceflight activities and expands our commercial and international partnerships.  It also continues our pursuit of cutting-edge science and aeronautics breakthroughs,” Bridenstine told agency leadership.

Bridenstine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 19, to serve as the agency’s administrator.  Prior to this position, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of Oklahoma, where he held positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Bridenstine also is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium.

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SOURCE: news provided by NASA.GOV on April 23, 2018 via USPress.News, published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

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