The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 12nd, 2020 day edition

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Chinese tech giant Huawei can reportedly access the networks it helped build that are being used by mobile phones around the world.

It's been using backdoors intended for law enforcement for over a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing US officials.

The details were disclosed to the UK and Germany at the end of 2019 after the US had noticed access since 2009 across 4G equipment, according to the report.

"We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world," Robert O'Brien, national security adviser, reportedly said.

The White House and Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but the tech giant rejected the claims according to the Journal.

Huawei's 5G approval there came despite the US urging the UK to ban the Chinese telecommunications giant.

Huawei was blacklisted in May when it was added to the United States' "entity list" (PDF). »

Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race

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Andrew Yang dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday, shortly after the polls closed in the New Hampshire primary.

Yang entered the race toward the end of 2017 as an unknown with virtually no donor list.

Andrew Yang speaks to supporters in New Hampshire after dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. »

Do morning people do better in school because school starts early?

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School tends to start early, which studies have indicated works out well for the grades of morning people.

Now, a group of Argentine scientists has tracked what happens to students' performance when there are different mismatches between chronotype and school start times.

As we noted above, there have been some indications that chronotype and school start times affect students' grades. »

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Trump proposes slashing CDC budget

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The proposal reduces and consolidates CDC funding for programs under the “chronic disease prevention and health promotion” category.

That includes programs addressing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, tobacco use, stroke, nutrition, physical activity, and arthritis.

There’s also a 3 percent cut to “public health preparedness and response” programs and a nearly 7 percent cut to global health programs. »

Scotland is taking steps toward independence vote: Sturgeon

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a speech after Brexit, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, February 10, 2020.

The Scottish leader said Scotland needed to have a referendum before declaring independence.

Sturgeon said it was not clear if Scotland could hold a referendum without acceptance by the British government, which so far refuses to contemplate another independence ballot. »