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US official claims pressure to downplay intelligence reports

US official claims pressure to downplay intelligence reports

World
An intelligence analyst at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has said he was put under pressure to downplay the threat of Russian interference in the 3 November election as it "made the president look bad".In a whistleblower complaint, Brian Murphy said he had been demoted for refusing to alter reports on this and other issues such as white supremacy.The directives were illegal, he said.The White House and DHS have both denied the allegations.US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election but President Donald Trump has rejected allegations that his election victory was influenced by Russia, at times questioning findings from his own agencies.An inquiry led by former FBI director of t...
TikTok CEO resigns amid US pressure to sell video app

TikTok CEO resigns amid US pressure to sell video app

Technology
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has resigned amid U.S. pressure for its Chinese owner to sell the popular video app, which the White House says is a security riskBy ZEN SOO AP Technology WriterAugust 27, 2020, 5:32 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHONG KONG -- TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigned Thursday amid U.S. pressure for its Chinese owner to sell the popular video app, which the White House says is a security risk.In a letter to employees, Mayer said that his decision to leave comes after the “political environment has sharply changed.”His resignation follows President Donald Trump's order to ban TikTok unless its parent company, ByteDance, sells its U.S. operations to an American company within 90 days.“I have done significant reflection on what the corporate stru
Water recycling can reduce pressure of urban usage on fresh water resources

Water recycling can reduce pressure of urban usage on fresh water resources

Science
April 28 (UPI) -- Enhanced water recycling efforts could significantly reduce the reliance of major cities and their water demands on fresh water resources, including rivers, reservoirs and wells, according to new research. Scientists at Rice University developed models to simulate the impact of water recycling on the water usage patterns of a major urban center like Houston. The analysis -- detailed this week in the journal Nature Sustainability -- showed recycling wastewater could reduce fresh water usage by 28 percent. Authors of the new study acknowledged that water purification systems are expensive, but models showed the costs of installation and long-term energy demands would be offset by savings from municipal wastewater reuse. Houston is currently planning to reconfigure their w...
Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, CDC says

Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, CDC says

Health
April 24 (UPI) -- Nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure, according to new figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In estimates released Friday, the agency reported that, in 2017-18, more than 45 percent of people 18 years of age and older had blood pressure above the threshold for hypertension -- high blood pressure -- of 130/80 mmHg. Notably, this figure has remained relatively stable for 20 years -- though it dipped briefly to roughly 42 percent in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. In 1999-2000, 47 percent of all adults in the U.S. met the CDC's criteria for high blood pressure, according to the latest report. And, as was the case two decades ago, high blood pressure remains more common among men than women. The CDC estimates that, in 2017-18, 51...
Coronavirus: US faced with protests amid pressure to reopen

Coronavirus: US faced with protests amid pressure to reopen

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Protesters have taken to the streets in states across the US, demanding that governors reopen economies shut by the coronavirus pandemic.Rallies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Washington state took place on Sunday, following earlier protests in half a dozen states.Agitation for easing restrictions has grown, despite the risk of a Covid-19 resurgence posed by reopening too soon.US President Donald Trump has signalled support for the protests. The US has become the centre of the Covid-19 crisis, with over 735,000 cases and some 40,000 deaths - but signs have emerged that it is reaching the apex of the outbreak and that infection rates are slowing in some states. ...