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Wednesday August 16th, 2023 day edition

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An ex-convict Russian soldier said officers in Putin's army refused to collect the dead bodies of fallen troops.

The soldier told The New York Times that it let the Russian military dodge paying their families compensation.

Russia has often downplayed the number of its casualties during its invasion of Ukraine.

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An ex-convict gave horrific insight into serving in the Russian army, saying his officers refused to collect the dead bodies of soldiers from the battlefield so that the Russian military wouldn't have to pay their families, according to The New York Times.

In an interview, the soldier who served in one of the Russian Ministry of Defense's convict units — who was identified as "Aleksandr" — told the Times he was ordered not to collect the bodies of his fellow troops.

And last week, researchers with the BBC said they've identified more than 30,000 dead Russian soldiers by name, including 1,300 in the last two weeks alone. »

Elon Musk’s X is throttling traffic to websites he dislikes

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The delayed websites included X’s online rivals Facebook, Instagram, Bluesky and Substack, as well as the Reuters wire service and the Times.

On Tuesday afternoon, hours after this story was first published, X began reversing the throttling on some of the sites, dropping the delay times back to zero.

Traffic is routed through the domain, allowing X to track — and, in this case, throttle — activity to the target website, potentially taking away traffic and ad revenue from businesses Musk personally dislikes. »

How solar has exploded in the US in just a year – in numbers

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Since President Joe Biden signed the IRA in August 2022, 51 solar factories have been announced or expanded in the US.

These announcements include 85 GW of solar panel capacity, 43 GW of solar cells, 20 GW of silicon ingots and wafers, and 7 GW of inverter capacity:.

Solar factories announced in the last year are going to employ more than 20,000 Americans. »

George Santos Missed the Deadline to Reveal His Finances. Now What?

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If Mr. Santos reports further income from the Devolder Organization in his 2023 disclosure, he should also disclose the names of his clients — something he has yet to do.

Mr. Santos is not the only member of New York’s House delegation who has yet to file a form.

In the unlikely event that Mr. Santos does not file at all, he could face a civil penalty of up to $71,316. »

Special counsel obtained Trump DMs despite ‘momentous’ bid by Twitter to delay, unsealed filings show

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“Is this to make Donald Trump feel like he is a particularly welcomed new renewed user of Twitter?”

“Twitter has no interest other than litigation its constitutional rights,” replied attorney George Varghese of WilmerHale, the firm Twitter deploys for much of its litigation.

Twitter attorneys also revealed that Trump’s account sent “some volume” of direct messages that prosecutors were working to obtain. »