The Daily Populous

Saturday May 8th, 2021 day edition

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While Donald Trump was still president, the Department of Justice obtained the phone records of Washington Post journalists from their time covering Russia’s 2016 election interference, the newspaper revealed on Friday.

“The Department of Justice should immediately make clear its reasons for this intrusion into the activities of reporters doing their jobs, an activity protected under the First Amendment.”.

In letters to threePost reporters, the Justice Department said they were “hereby notified that pursuant to legal process the United States Department of Justice received toll records associated with the following telephone numbers for the period from April 15, 2017 to July 31, 2017.”.

The letters then listed the reporters’ work, home, and cell phone numbers.

Throughout his time in office, Mr Trump obsessively defended himself from accusations that he had colluded with Russia to secure his 2016 election victory.

It is not yet clear whether the monitoring of the Post was part of that effort.

The Post said Mr Barr had not yet responded to their request for comment. »

EXCLUSIVE China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event next week

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China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday.

"It is a politically-motivated event," China's U.N. mission wrote in the note, dated Thursday.

"They are obsessed with provoking confrontation with China," the note said, adding that "the provocative event can only lead to more confrontation.". »

Tesla privately admits Elon Musk has been exaggerating about ‘full self-driving’

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And it coincides with Tesla coming under increased scrutiny after a Tesla vehicle without anyone in the driver’s seat crashed in Texas, killing two men.

(It would appear the DMV was referring to these January comments, which Moore misunderstood as a tweet from Musk.).

Last October, Tesla introduced a new product called “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) beta to vehicle owners in its Early Access Program. »

Scientists have taught bees to smell the coronavirus. They can identify a case within seconds.

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Scientists in the Netherlands have trained bees to identify COVID-19 through their sense of smell, according to a press release from Wageningen University.

The scientists trained the bees by giving them a treat - a sugar-water solution - every time they were exposed to the scent of a mink infected with COVID-19.

That's because metabolic changes from themake an infected person's bodily fluids smell slightly different than those of a non-infected person. »

Dozens of German priests will defy the Vatican and live-stream blessings of gay couples

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Dozens of Catholic priests in Germany plan defy the Vatican and bless homosexual partnerships, with many set to live-stream the blessings online.

Now, dozens of priests in Germany have vowed to defy the Vatican.

A group of dissenting priests has also compiled a list of church services that will take place nationwide on or around May 10, where priests will publicly bless gay couples. »