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How traffic lights became a million dollar idea

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Traffic lights. They’ve been keeping road crossings safe for over a century. They make the firms that manufacture them over a billion dollars a year. But the first one was a positive menace. Aaron Heslehurst tells the story of their creation.

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How one humble English club is greening up soccer

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LONDON (Reuters) – Tucked away in the leafy Cotswold hills, English fourth-tier club Forest Green Rovers rarely make sporting headlines, but have become unlikely trailblazers for something more pressing than three points on a Saturday afternoon.

FILE PHOTO: Football – Forest Green Rovers v Northampton Town – FA Cup First Round – New Lawn Stadium – 10/11 – 6/11/10 General view of New Lawn Stadium Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Adam Holt/File Photo

At this week’s major U.N. climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, the club’s chairman Dale Vince received an award from the United Nations for his work in making Forest Green Rovers the world’s greenest football club.

One of 15 projects to win Momentum for Change awards, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) deputy executive secretary Ovais Sarmad described the club nicknamed the Green Devils as “the de-facto standard for sustainability in sport”.

Businessman Vince, a former New Age traveler and founder and owner of renewable energy company Ecotricity, believes sport can be an important tool in tackling climate change.

After taking over his cash-strapped local club in 2010, he set about getting them into the Football League and becoming the world’s first UN-certified “carbon neutral” football club.

The first mission was achieved in 2017 with a memorable playoff win over Tranmere Rovers at Wembley and this year the second goal was achieved.

Vince’s vision is all over Forest Green’s aptly-named ‘New Lawn’ stadium. It features solar panels on the roof of one of the stands, has an organic, pesticide-free pitch mowed by solar-powered mobots, water and cooking oil recycling systems and electric car charging ports outside the stadium.

Wildlife trails that are home to rare orchids and slow worms flank the ground, while one initiative has gone down especially well — the ‘vegan only’ catering policy.

Some may miss the Saturday whiff of frying sausages, but Vince said Forest Green’s eco-friendly menu is so popular that fans travel from afar to matches “just to eat the food”.

“The bar has always been low when it comes to football food,” Vince, who spoke to delegates from FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Paris 2024 while in Poland this week, told Reuters by telephone.

“Some fans tell me they only come for the food! Our matchday food sales have quadrupled since we made the changes. Some football fans have adopted us because of our stance.

“We’ve created a new kind of fan.”

The 5,000-capacity stadium is powered entirely by green energy from Ecotricity while a new stadium, built entirely from sustainably-sourced wood and designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, could be ready in three years.

As world leaders continue to debate in Poland how to achieve the goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement, the 57-year-old Vince says sport can bring the “biggest threat we face” to a wider audience, with little Forest Green leading the way.

“Sport has a responsibility to do what it can, and that means from fans to governing bodies,” he said.

“We have shown what can be done. The UN and FIFA are holding us up as an example to other clubs and that’s incredible.

“It’s quite an improbable combination I think — the environment and football — but we’ve pulled it off.

“We’ve engaged a lot with other sports clubs and organizations around the world, so it’s been a great success.”

Forest Green’s stance has seen fan clubs set up in 20 countries, while officials from Paris 2024 are to pay a visit soon as they bid to make their Olympics the greenest yet.

And Vince’s eco philosophy appears to be having a beneficial influence both on and off the pitch. Attendances have quadrupled since 2010, while this season Forest Green are eighth in the table and challenging for promotion to League One.

Vince says the vegan diet policy has improved fitness levels and lowered injury rates.

“The players buy into the vegan thing from a performance point of view,” he said. “There is so much evidence out there that vegan diets enhance performance.

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“Look at elite athletes like Lewis Hamilton in F1, Serena Williams in tennis and Sergio Aguero.

“We have seen a real drop in soft tissue injuries. When we played Tranmere at Wembley a couple of years ago after about 50 games in the season, we had no injuries.

“Our situation was exceptional.”

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Hugh Lawson



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Women Often Wait to Call Help in a Heart Attack

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TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women often delay calling for emergency help when heart attack symptoms start, a new study finds.

Researchers in Switzerland found that women suffering a heart attack typically waited 37 minutes longer than men before calling an ambulance. And those delays showed no signs of improving over the 16-year study period.

One reason may be the persistent myth that heart attacks are a “man’s disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Matthias Meyer, a cardiologist at Triemli Hospital, in Zurich.

In addition, he said, women are more likely than men to suffer lesser-known heart symptoms, like pain in the back, shoulder or stomach. That means many women — and the people who witness their symptoms — may not immediately realize they should call for help, Meyer said.

Yet, the study found, even when women had the “classic” heart attack symptom of chest pain, they often hesitated to call for help.

And while the findings come from Switzerland, a similar pattern has been seen in other countries, too, according to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA).

Steinbaum pointed to a recent research review finding that, overall, women waited 30 percent longer than men to call for help.

“That tells us this is a worldwide problem,” said Steinbaum, who directs the women’s cardiovascular prevention, health and wellness program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

She agreed with Meyer on the potential reasons, and also noted that many women are simply used to putting their families first, and their own health second. So even when they have symptoms like chest pain, she said, women may often take a “Let’s see what happens” attitude.

For the study, Meyer’s team analyzed records from nearly 4,400 heart attack patients treated at their hospital between 2000 and 2016.

The good news: Over the years, ambulance crews and hospital staff got patients into treatment faster, and the improvement was equal for women and men.

The bad news: By 2016, women were still spending 41 minutes longer in “ischemia” — a reduction in the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. And that was largely due to delays in calling emergency services, the researchers found.





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In heated on-camera clash, Trump bickers with top Democrats on border wall

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday about government funding, as disagreements over a U.S.-Mexico border wall prompted Trump repeatedly to threaten a late December government shutdown.

Trump’s demand for billions of dollars to build the southwest border wall threw into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline.

In a remarkable public argument, the likes of which is seldom seen before cameras, Trump brawled with U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about funding a wall that they see as ineffective and wasteful.

“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other – whether it’s through you, through a military, through anything you want to call – I will shut down the government,” Trump said as the heated argument drew to a crescendo.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country,” he said before reporters left their ringside seats.

Vice President Mike Pence sat beside Trump, silent and stone faced.

At the Pentagon, Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis said there were no plans now for the U.S. military to build sections of the wall. He added that under current law, however, the Defense Department could fund some border barrier projects “such as in support of counter-drug operations or national emergencies.”

While Trump’s fellow Republicans control the House of Representatives and Senate until next month, Democratic support is needed to pass spending legislation.

If the impasse cannot be resolved by Dec. 21, about one-quarter of the federal government immediately would be left without funding. Money for the rest of the government already has been appropriated.

Ironically, in boasting he was “proud” to shut down the government for border security, Trump would be shuttering the very agency in charge of border security – the Department of Homeland Security. In past shutdown battles, workers deemed “essential” were instructed to work.

Other federal agencies that also would face closures include the departments of State, Commerce and Agriculture, and visitors would not be allowed into federal parks.

Trump has asked Congress for $5 billion for border security, while Schumer and Pelosi have offered to extend funding at current levels, around $1.3 billion. That is less than the $1.6 billion a bipartisan Senate committee approved.

When he ran for president in 2016, Trump vowed that a U.S.-Mexico border wall would be built and that Mexico would pay the full cost, an idea the Mexican government never embraced.

Democrats want to bolster border security by fixing fences and using high-tech equipment to detect illegal crossings.

After the meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement it was a “constructive dialogue” and said Trump was “grateful” cameras captured him fighting to protect the border.

Back on Capitol Hill, Schumer accused Trump of throwing a tantrum but said Trump told the Democrats he would consider their budget proposals, Schumer told reporters.

Pelosi told reporters she had asked Trump to pray about resolving the dispute, recounting the biblical story of King Solomon asking God for wisdom.

But the harsh words continued during a closed meeting of House Democrats. According to an aide in the room, Pelosi said Trump’s fixation with building a wall was “like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him.”

Despite the rancor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, told reporters, “I’d still like to see a smooth ending here and I haven’t given up hope that’s what we’ll have.”

Pelosi told reporters that later in the day that she and Trump spoke by telephone, and the president said he was reviewing the offer made by Democrats during the White House meeting.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as he meets with the Senate and House Democratic leadership at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

‘IT’S CALLED TRANSPARENCY’

This rocky meeting was the first Trump held with Pelosi and Schumer since Democrats won control of the House in Nov. 6 elections, possibly foreshadowing battles to come next year.

The fight kicked off when Pelosi told Trump that Americans did not want to see a “Trump shutdown,” touching a nerve. Trump cut off Pelosi, arguing that he could not advance a funding bill without Democratic votes in the Senate.

“If I needed the votes for the wall in the House, I would have them in one session, it would be done,” Trump bragged.

“Well then – go do it, go do it,” Pelosi shot back.

Senior White House staff watched the melee from the edges of the room.

“I don’t think we should have a debate in front of the press on this,” Pelosi said, adding, “Let’s call a halt to this.”

“It’s not bad, Nancy – it’s called transparency,” Trump said.

When Pelosi brought up Republican election losses in the House, Trump retorted that his party won the Senate.

Trump said both sides agreed there was a need for border security.

“Yes, we do,” Schumer said.

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“Good,” Trump said.

“We do,” Schumer said.

“See, we get along,” Trump said.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Susan Cornwell Doina Chiacu, Amanda Becker, David Alexander, Lisa Lambert, Idrees Ali and Susan Heavey; additional reporting by David Morgan; writing by Richard Cowan; editing by Phil Berlowitz and Cynthia Osterman



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Canadian detained in China as Huawei CFO returns to court

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VANCOUVER/BEIJING (Reuters) – Canada confirmed on Tuesday that one of its citizens was detained in China but said it saw no explicit connection to the arrest in Vancouver of a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL].

Confirmation of the detention came soon after the executive, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, returned to a packed Vancouver courtroom for a bail hearing in a case that has angered Beijing. Canadian analysts had predicted China would retaliate after Meng’s arrest last week at the request of U.S. authorities.

Meng, 46, faces U.S. accusations that she misled multinational banks about Huawei’s control of a company operating in Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions and incurring severe penalties, court documents said.

Saying he was “deeply concerned,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed that Canada was aware a Canadian citizen was detained in China, but he provided no details on who it was.

Goodale said there was “no explicit indication at this moment” that the Canadian’s detention was linked to the arrest of Huawei’s CFO. Canadian officials have relayed their concerns to Chinese authorities about the detention.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was the person detained, two sources had said earlier. Kovrig works for the International Crisis Group, an independent conflict resolution think-tank which said it was seeking his prompt and safe release.

China has threatened severe consequences unless Canada releases Meng immediately. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the matter is one for the courts to decide.

China’s Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Public Security did not respond immediately to questions regarding Kovrig’s detention sent via fax.

Tuesday is the third day of bail hearings in a British Columbia court, where a judge will weigh final issues in determining whether Meng should be freed on bail while awaiting extradition proceedings.

Canadian businesses operating in China are starting to feel the chill, and the signing of one major deal has been postponed, a source said.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer (CFO), is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters December 6, 2018. Huawei/Handout via REUTERS

“The consequences have already begun,” the source said, noting that a Canadian firm had been due to ink a major agreement in the next few weeks.

“The local partner, a Chinese private-sector actor, has told the Canadian partner that now is not a good time to sign,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.

BEIJING WARNS ON ‘BULLYING’

Speaking at a Beijing forum on Tuesday, the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said the government kept constant watch on the safety of citizens abroad, though he did not specifically mention Meng’s case.

“For any bullying that wantonly violates the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens, China will never sit idly by,” state television quoted him as saying.

The Canadian provincial court judge on Monday rolled the proceedings over to Tuesday because he wanted to hear more about who would take responsibility for Meng’s actions if she were released.

Meng’s lawyer David Martin had offered her husband as surety, but the judge and the public prosecutor questioned whether he could perform this duty as he is not a resident of British Columbia.

The arrest has roiled markets over fears it will exacerbate tensions between the United States and China in trade negotiations that both sides have agreed must be concluded by March 1.

In June 2014, Chinese businessman Su Bin was picked up on a U.S. warrant in Canada, where he had been attempting to establish residency.

Shortly afterward a Canadian citizen in China was arrested and charged with spying. Kevin Garratt spent two years in detention before being deported.

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Huawei is the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, with revenue of about $92 billion last year. Unlike other big Chinese technology firms, it does much of its business overseas.

Huawei and its lawyers have said the company operates in strict compliance with applicable laws.

Reporting by Julie Gordon in Vancouver; writing by Nick Zieminski; additional reporting by Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina in Beijing, John Ruwitch in Shanghai and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman, G Crosse and Cynthia Osterman



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Kansas State hires North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman as head coach

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Kansas State has hired North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman as its next head coach, multiple sources familiar with the decision told ESPN on Monday.

The Athletic first reported that the Wildcats are expected to hire Kleiman, who has gone 67-6 with three Football Championship Subdivision national championships at North Dakota State.

He will succeed Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder, who retired earlier this month. Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor promoted Klieman to head coach at North Dakota State while serving as AD at the school in 2013.

Klieman is expected to agree to a six-year deal, paying him $2.3 million per year with a $200,000 annual raise with the Wildcats, sources told ESPN.



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I’m A Celeb: What opportunities await Harry Redknapp?

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Harry Redknapp is the oldest ever I’m A Celeb winner

Harry Redknapp has kept I’m A Celeb viewers hooked during the last three weeks, thanks to his love of jam roly poly, his wife Sandra and a footballer story or two.

Almost 11 million people tuned in to watch the 71-year-old win the show, meaning he now has a legion of new fans.

So what could this mean for his future? Will he follow in the footsteps of recent winners Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo or Scarlett Moffatt and take up some lucrative TV offers?

The former football manager has already enjoyed a successful and lucrative career having been in charge of big name Premier League clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, whilst some of his jungle teammates are only just starting out in their respective fields.

PR expert Mark Borkowski, who has represented fellow jungle contestant Noel Edmonds, says a number of opportunities await Harry if he chooses to take them.

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“Harry Redknapp can do anything he wants now,” he told PA.

“There will be calls coming in for openings, appearances.

“They’ll be thinking ‘What is the next appearance on TV? What is the next opportunity?’

“It’s left now to the agents to try and keep away the bad publicity and keep things going positively.”

Borkowski said it’s important for Harry and fellow big stars from the show like Emily Atack and Noel Edmonds to “exploit” their fame so it’s not short-lived.

“This is the highest-rated TV programme, there are a lot of eyeballs.

“It ends with a very sharp full stop. They quickly go off the radar. But it’s in the power of the big personalities.

“It’s very brief, but it’s millions. It’s millions and millions of pounds from a show like this, for the best one.

“Your opportunities go up 100%, your earnings go up 100%. It’s right at the top.”

Why did the nation love Harry?

Whilst some contestants on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! have been known to go on the show with a game plan, the most pure thing about Harry was that he genuinely had no idea what he was getting himself in for.

“I’d never seen one minute of this show,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday morning.

“I thought there’d be a caravan behind the camp and you’d all sit round and pretend you’re hungry, then you go round, have a nice cup of tea and a bacon sandwich and then go ‘ok everyone, make out your hungry’ but I couldn’t find the caravan.

“I had four days without eating, we got weighed and I lost a stone in three weeks. I thought I might have done a bit more.”

His humble values, namely his unconditional love of both his wife Sandra and jam roly poly with custard, didn’t go unnoticed.

“We’ve been together 54 years and we’ve never been apart,” Harry said after being crowned King of the Jungle.

“I love her like mad, she’s my life. Jamie always says to me ‘Dad how did you pull her?’ he said ‘you are punching so much above your weight, it’s scary’.”

Harry also formed a close bond with his campmates, namely bromances with Noel Edmonds and Nick Knowles, and was never dismissive of his jungle counterparts, despite them coming from a completely different world to him.

“I enjoyed it, we had a real good laugh,” he said.

“It was tough physically and I looked at my camp mates and they were speaking about music and theatre and I didn’t have a clue.

“They talked about what they listened to in the morning and I said I had Talk Sport on and they looked at me and not one of them had ever heard of Talk Sport.

“I started talking about Harry Kane and I think only James [McVey] had heard of him. Nick had heard of him, the other eight or nine hadn’t and I thought I’d struggle.”


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Report: Uber files preliminary papers for Wall Street debut

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Ride-hailing giant Uber has filed confidential preliminary paperwork for selling stock to the public.

That’s according to a report late Friday in the Wall Street Journal.

Citing people familiar with the matter whom it did not identify, the Journal says San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. filed the paperwork earlier this week. That would indicate it could go public within the first three months of next year.

Uber declined to comment on the Journal report.

The filing would come on the heels of a similar move by Uber’s smaller rival Lyft. The two initial public offerings could raise billions for the two companies to fuel their expansions, while giving investors their first chance to buy stakes in the ride-hailing phenomenon.



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Comey: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans

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The FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning.

Comey did not identify the Americans but said President Donald Trump, then the Republican candidate, was not among them.

He also told the House Judiciary Committee that, contrary to Trump’s claims, he was “not friends in any social sense” with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the Russia investigation. Trump has repeatedly portrayed the men as exceptionally close as part of a long-running effort to undermine the investigation and paint the lead figures in the probe as united against him.

“I admire the heck out of the man, but I don’t know his phone number, I’ve never been to his house, I don’t know his children’s names,” said Comey, who added that he had “never hugged or kissed the man” despite the president’s insistence otherwise.

“A relief to my wife,” he deadpanned.

The committee released a transcript of the interview on Saturday, just 24 hours after privately grilling the fired FBI chief about investigative decisions related to Hillary Clinton‘s email server and Trump’s campaign and potential ties to Russia. Comey largely dodged questions connected to the current Mueller-led probe, including whether his May 2017 firing by Trump constituted obstruction of justice.

The Republican-led committee interviewed Comey as part of its investigation into FBI actions in 2016, a year when the bureau — in the heat of the presidential campaign — recommended against charges for Clinton and opened an investigation into Russian interference in the election.

The questioning largely centered on well-covered territory from a Justice Department inspector general report, Comey’s own book and interviews and hours of public testimony on Capitol Hill. But the former FBI chief also used the occasion to take aim at Trump’s frequent barbs at the criminal justice system, saying “we have become numb to lying and attacks on the rule of law by the president,” as well as Trump’s contention that it should be a crime for subjects to “flip” and cooperate with investigators.

“It’s a shocking suggestion coming from any senior official, no less the president. It’s a critical and legitimate part of the entire justice system in the United States,” Comey said.

In offering some details of the investigation’s origins, Comey said it started in July 2016 with a look at “four Americans who had some connection to Mr. Trump” during that summer and whether they were tied to “the Russian interference effort.” The campaign itself, he said, was not investigation at that time.

He did not identify the Americans, though Mueller’s investigation has made clear that by that time, there had already been outreach from Russian intermediaries to Trump associates — including a 2015 encounter revealed for the first time in a court filing Friday. Also by that time Democratic email accounts had been hacked by Russian intelligence and a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, had been told that Russians had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of stolen emails.

That October, the FBI obtained a secret search warrant to monitor the communications of a Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, on suspicions he was acting as a foreign agent — something he has denied.

Multiple Trump associates, including Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, have pleaded guilty to lying about their interactions with Russians during the campaign and presidential transition period. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s foreign dealings, including to an associate the U.S. says has ties to Russian intelligence, has also attracted law enforcement scrutiny.

Comey reiterated to lawmakers that it was the 2016 Papadopoulos encounter with a Russian intermediary in London that ignited the Russia investigation, rather than — as some Republicans have maintained — Democratic-funded opposition research compiled by a former British spy.

“It was weeks or months later that the so-called Steele dossier came to our attention,” Comey said.

He said that by the time of his firing, the FBI had not come to a conclusion about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia’s efforts to sway the election.

And he insisted that the FBI would recover from the president’s attacks on the bureau.

“The FBI will be fine. It will snap back, as will the rest of our institutions,” Comey said. “There will be short-term damage, which worries me a great deal, but in the long run, no politician, no president can, in a lasting way, damage those institutions.”

Besides the questioning on Russia, Republicans lawmakers pressed Comey on the FBI’s handling of an investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email server. Comey’s July 2016 announcement that Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless” but did not deserve criminal charges infuriated Republicans who contended that someone less powerful and well-connected would have faced prosecution.

Under questioning from Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, Comey reiterated that the FBI and Justice Department didn’t have a prosecutable case against Clinton because they couldn’t prove she willfully violated the law by setting up the server.



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Best of UFC 231

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The best action shots from UFC 231 in Toronto.

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