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Report: SEC Investigating Kushner Cos. Over Visa Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the real estate company run by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s family for its use of an investment-for-visa program, the Wall Street Journal reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the report says the SEC subpoenaed Kushner Companies in May 2017, the same time federal prosecutors in New York began scrutinizing the company’s development projects financed partly through the EB-5 visa program. The program offers green cards to immigrants who invest $500,000 or more in certain U.S […]

Europe Edition: Catalonia, Harvey Weinstein, California: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press • Spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence agents caught Russian hackers who were using the popular Kaspersky antivirus software as a portal to spy on U.S. secrets. [The New York Times] • In South Korea, a lawmaker disclosed that North Korean hackers stole classified wartime contingency plans, including one to remove the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. [The New York Times] • “The problem is the United States itself.” That was Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, speaking about a diplomatic dispute with Washington that led to the suspension of new nonimmigrant visas. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Meanwhile, a court in southeastern Turkey sentenced a Wall Street Journal reporter in absentia on terrorism charges to more than two years in prison. [The New York Times] • In Britain, an audit on racial discrimination found that whites were far more likely to be employed than others but that white working-class children did less well in primary school. [The New York Times] • Greek lawmakers approved legislation allowing changes to sexual identity on government documents. [The Guardian] • Scientists at Stanford built software that scans your face for indicators of sexual orientation. The backlash has been fierce. [The New York Times] Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life […]

Feature: When ‘Not Guilty’ Is a Life Sentence

It wasn’t until he was inside that any of us realized, from the mounting anxiety in his phone calls, the rules and restrictions that governed the possibility of his getting out. Houston has now been in the hospital for four years. In 2015, I visited him there for the first time. After passing through a prison fence and four locked doors, I sat with him in an all-beige room […]

Thousands of Yemeni Forces Target Qaeda Stronghold

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, has been convulsed by civil strife for more than two years. In the west, Houthi rebels ousted the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the United States’ main counterterrorism partner in the country, and have been fighting a Saudi-led coalition of mostly Sunni Arab countries that back Mr. Hadi.In the country’s central and southern regions, the United States, with help from the United Arab Emirates and allied Yemeni tribesmen, has been waging a shadow war against more than 3,000 members of the Qaeda affiliate and their tribal fighters.Since Feb. 28, the United States has conducted about 80 airstrikes against Qaeda militants in Yemen, Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters in Washington on Friday. […]

Scientists find world’s oldest mushroom, aged 115 million years old

This is an extremely rare discovery. […]

New technology quickly turns food waste into fuel

The process is so efficient it extracts all of the potential energy from the food scraps. […]

Thieving wild monkeys drive hard bargain when bartering to return purloined loot

New research looks at the marauding macaques in Bali that swipe people’s things and don’t return them until the perfect food is procured. […]