Tue. Jan. 23.

NY Times top 5 stories:
> Gov’t shutdown ends
> Dems react to shutdown talks
> Will tax cuts mean pay raises?
> Trump’s new tariffs
> Turkey attacks Kurds

Here are our top five:

The first of many?
Motorcyclist sues after being hit by self-driving car
> In what may be the first lawsuit of its kind, Oscar Willhelm Nilsson claims in a federal complaint against General Motors that the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt changed lanes abruptly on Dec. 7, 2017, on Oak Street in San Francisco, knocking him off his motorcycle and injuring him.

Published in journal Brain
Athletes with no concussion history still suffer brain damage

Millions paid in secret settlements to keep bad cops on the street
Asbury Park Press
> New Jersey governments across the state, from the smallest towns to some of the largest cities, have spent more than $42 million this decade to cover-up deaths, physical abuses and sexual misconduct at the hands of bad cops.
> The abuse of police power has left a staggering toll: at least 19 dead; 131 injured; 7 sexual misconducts, plus dozens of other offenses ranging from false arrest to harassment, a two-year investigation by the Asbury Park Press found.

“Robot” finds potential malaria-fighting substance in toothpaste
The Independent
‘Its ability to target two points in the malaria parasite’s life cycle means the parasite will find it difficult to evolve resistance’, says researcher.

Fishermen will have to follow
Lobsters hate warm water and are moving farther offshore
>> Right whale’s defenders take on lobster fisheries
Courthouse News Serviceamericanlobs

Beyond the top five:

US imposes “America first” tariffs BBC
> The US has approved controversial tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels.
> But China and South Korea, whose manufacturers will be most heavily affected, criticised the move.
> US officials said more trade enforcement actions would follow.

Trump attacks CNN even AFTER lunatic makes death threats to the network
Raw Story
“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down,” the caller said. “I am on my way right now to gun the fucking CNN cast down …. I am coming to kill you.”

Immigration cops board bus, demand citizenship papers of all
Miami Herald
But what might appear to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, has been common practice for years.

“Less harmful than vodka”
Russian presidential candidate: Legalize pot
Moscow Times

FBI boss threatened to quit under pressure from Sessions, Trump Politicus USA

Russian politician, suspected in NRA thing, escaped Spanish arrest
Spanish authorities were poised to arrest Alexander Torshin in a money-laundering case in 2013 when he mysteriously canceled his trip to Spain.

3 USA Gymnastics board members resign in wake of doctor sex thing
Three key board members at USA Gymnastics have resigned, the organization said Monday. The moves indicate continued tumult at the sport’s governing body as the sentencing hearing continues for former team doctor Larry Nassar, who has admitted to the sexual assault of minors under his care.

Illegal alien Uber driver charged in four California rapes AP
> A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said.
> Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole property including cellphones, computers and jewelry, officials said. He collected his fare payments through the smartphone app Venmo to disguise his identity and his Uber records.

Montana to enforce net neutrality in state contracts
Billings Gazette

Vermont officially embraces marijuana
Fox Boston

Family of man killed in “swatting” sues city
Wichita Eagle

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