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Gunman who killed five at Florida airport to get life in prison

“The federal judge ruled in March 2017 that he was mentally fit to stand trial” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Under a deal with prosecutors that was approved by a federal judge, he escaped the death penalty and will instead be sentenced to five consecutive life terms followed by 120 years in prison, without the right of appeal.A psychologist testified during a plea hearing in May that Santiago had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.When U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom asked Santiago at the plea hearing why he carried out the…

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Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android

“In partnership with Danish firm GN Hearing, Google is currently developing a protocol to enable native hearing aid support in Android” writes Scott Scrivens for androidpolice.com. Google has published the specification on its Source site so that manufacturers can begin to build hearing aid products compatible with Android.The open specification will allow users with hearing impairments to connect their aids to their phone for a better user experience. Source: androidpolice.com Share This:

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Android hearing aid support to welcome more users into its world

“Android hearing aid support to welcome more users into its world Google recently boasted about its more than 2 billion active Android devices in the world” reports slashgear.com. ASHA’s first user is Danish hearing aid manufacturer GN Hearing, who also helped develop the spec.Just weeks after launching Android 9 Pie, Google is announcing a new specification for Android designed to deliver high-quality audio to hearing aids.It will require hearing aids to support the Android-specific feature, which means supporting a Bluetooth LE connection (and therefore Bluetooth version 5).It combines low-power Bluetooth…

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Oil firms use secretive court hearing in bid to stop country taxing their profits

“Two multinational oil companies have launched a pre-emptive legal strike, seeking to stop Vietnam from collecting taxes on the profits made in a major oil deal” writes George Turner for theguardian.com. A spokesman for ConocoPhillips said: “The sale was between two UK-incorporated and resident entities with no taxable presence in Vietnam.It appears from corporate accounts that the only assets held by ConocoPhillips Gama and Cuu Long were Conoco’s oil interests in Vietnam. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Plenty of congressional hearings are not circuses. Here’s how we know.

“Some lawmakers still see hearings as a forum for learning Lawmakers tend to differentiate among different types of committee hearings” reports washingtonpost.com. I collected these testimonies from 120 congressional hearings held by four committees: Senate Foreign Relations, Senate Commerce, House Agriculture and House Science.Although the overall number of committee hearings devoted to policy problems as well as the number of policy staff are both declining, committee hearings can bring lawmakers diverse and analytical information.Out of the spotlight, committee hearings can introduce analytical information and a variety of viewpoints. Source: washingtonpost.com Share…

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Congress is set to grill the FCC’s chairman for falsely claiming his agency was hit with a cyberattack — here’s how it could affect the war over net neutrality

“For his part, Feld doesn’t buy them, particularly when it comes to renouncing the assertion about the DDoS attack” writes Troy Wolverton for businessinsider.com. The false statements about the DDoS attack and Pai’s delay in retracting them could linger long past Thursday’s hearing.As part of the case the groups are making against the rules, they plan to argue that the agency didn’t, in fact, make a good-faith effort to do that.It turns out, though, that the FCC wasn’t hit with a DDoS attack last year and likely wasn’t affected by…

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Rescued Cane Corsos from Lorain apartment sent to foster care

“LORAIN, Ohio — A Lorain Municipal Court judge said Friday that at least half of the 21 large dogs rescued from a hot, unventilated apartment last month can be placed into foster care” writes The Plain Dealer for cleveland.com. Lorain Municipal Judge Mark Mihok  issued the order at a pre-trial hearing after Lorain Patrolman Rich Broz testified that the dogs “filled up half the cages in the shelter” and severely strapped the shelter staff. Source: cleveland.com Share This:

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Judge holds Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller in contempt for refusing to testify in Mueller investigation

“A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election” writes Spencer S for sun-sentinel.com. U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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The judge in Paul Manafort’s trial is generating buzz with his tongue and wit in the courtroom

“The trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman has plenty of drama and it’s coming from the judge” writes Calvin Woodward for businessinsider.com. The judge judged their expressions to mean, “Why do we have to put up with this idiot judge?”. U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., November 2, 2017. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Kavanaugh September Judiciary Committee Hearing in the Works

“The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sometime in September with the goal of a floor vote by Oct. 1, Chairman Charles E. Grassley said Wednesday” writes Cardlayout Size Adoptor for rollcall.com. Grassley said he would prefer a Kavanaugh confirmation hearing in early September, since it could take the committee two weeks to vote on the nomination because of committee rules. Committee Democrats did not sign on to the letter, and then sent their own request July 31 asking for records for…

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