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Women head the top three CIA directorates for the first time in history

“Women now head the top three directorates of the CIA according to NBC News, a major milestone for an agency long dominated by men” writes Photo Zach Gibson for cnbc.com. The agency’s workforce is now nearly half women, both in agency analyst and senior management roles, according to the CIA’s website.President Trump appointed Haspel to lead the agency after tapping former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. But despite more high-profile appointments, many women at the CIA couldn’t break the “glass ceiling,” due to unconscious biases embedded in…

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Exclusive: India’s e-commerce curbs could hit online sales by $46 billion by 2022 – PwC draft analysis

“Online retailers often use gross merchandise value, or GMV, based on monthly online sales as a measurement of performance, as they typically make revenue from the commissions they get from sellers” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. India’s commerce minister, Suresh Prabhu, has said the e-commerce policy was “very clear”, though the government was open to hearing views of companies.With rising use of the Internet and smartphones in India, online retailers have doled out discounts to lure people to shop online for everything from basic groceries to large electronic devices. Source:…

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Technical Analysis FR40

“Third quarter French economic growth was revised lower” reports fxstreet.com. Recent French economic data were negative: French Q3 GDP growth was revised lower.After placing the order, the stop loss is to be moved every day to the next fractal high, following Parabolic signals.French economy expanded 1.4% year-over-year in the third quarter, down from an upwardly revised 1.7% growth in the previous three-month period. Source: fxstreet.com

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US Democrat frequently voted for Republican legislation, analysis reveals

“He also supported GOP legislation that Democrats said was constructed to protect the utility industry” writes David Sirota for theguardian.com. He has also been lauded by former Hillary Clinton aide Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress, a Democratic thinktank whose officials recently slammed Republican tax and immigration legislation that O’Rourke voted for. Source: theguardian.com

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AP analysis: Unemployment, income affect life expectancy

“In recent years, the U.S. has seen overall life expectancy decrease, from 78.7 years in 2015 to 78.6 years in 2017” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The Associated Press analyzed life expectancy and demographic data for 65,662 census tracts, which are geographic areas that encompass roughly 4,000 residents.New York state had the largest range for life expectancy among its neighborhoods, spanning 34.5 years.Life expectancy in Hawaii topped all other states at 82 years.The data is part of a new partnership between the National Center for Health Statistics, The Robert…

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How The Dubious Science Of Blood-Spatter Analysis Spread Like A Virus

“It gave bloodstain-pattern analysis its first toehold of legitimacy in Texas courts, spreading it quietly, but surely, further into the justice system” writes Leora Smith for propublica.org. To support his decision, Warren cited four other states — Tennessee, California, Illinois and Maine — that had already affirmed bloodstain-pattern analysis’ use at trial.The short answer is no.” Over time, growing layers of legal precedent protected bloodstain-pattern analysis, allowing it to flourish unhindered.In 2015, he co-taught an advanced bloodstain-pattern analysis course to members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.But Attinger’s paper…

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Number of Crypto Users Nearly Doubled in 2018, Study Says

“According to the study, data show that in the first three quarters of 2018 the number of ID-verified cryptocurrency users nearly doubled, climbing from 18 million to 35 million” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. Total crypto users, number of account and verified individuals.Source: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance According to a Bloomberg analysis of the study, the growth of the user base this year while crypto markets decline “could signal that an eventual recovery could be coming.” The analysis further notes that “most users are likely still speculators and long-term…

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