The Daily Populous

Friday January 15th, 2021 day edition

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A robocaller has been fined $9.9 million for using caller ID spoofing to intentionally cause harm, the US Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday.

The scam caller made thousands of robocalls using prerecorded racist, xenophobic and threatening messages, the FCC said.

The caller ID spoofing made the calls look like they came from local numbers.

"Not only were the calls unlawful, but the caller took them to new levels of egregiousness," said FCC Chair Ajit Pai.

"With today's fine, we once again make clear our commitment to aggressively go after those who are unlawfully bombarding the American people.".

The robocaller harassed people across Iowa, Idaho, Virginia, Florida and Georgia, the FCC said.

He must pay the fine within 30 days, otherwise the matter will be scaled up to the Justice Department, the agency said. »

Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again

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Murkowski hasn't said if she will vote to convict Trump at the end of a Senate trial after a bipartisan coalition in the House impeached Trump for "willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.".

It would take a two-thirds vote in the Senate to make Trump the first president to be convicted in an impeachment trial.

I will listen carefully and consider the arguments of both sides, and will then announce how I will vote," Murkowski said in a separate statement on Thursday. »

Parler helped the FBI identify at least one person charged in connection with the Capitol riot

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Parler is sharing information with the FBI on federal investigations into the Capitol riot.

An FBI affidavit shows that Parler gave information that helped FBI agents identify and locate a Proud Boys supporter arrested on suspicion of making threats on Parler.

Parler is sharing information with the FBI for the Department of Justice's investigations into the riot at the US Capitol. »

Proud Boys member arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Warnock

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Florea responded to another user on Parler who posted “F--- RAPHAEL WARNOCK LOSER” saying, “Dead man can't pass shit laws.".

Florea, a self-described Proud Boys member, was arrested on a weapons possession charge, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News.

I will fight so help me god," Florea allegedly wrote on his Parler account, which was under the name LoneWolfWar. »

COVID-19 is not influenza

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Comparison of the characteristics, morbidity, and mortality of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza: a nationwide, population-based retrospective cohort study. »