SFGATE: CDC director resigns over financial conflicts of interest

CDC director resigns over financial conflicts of interest
Published on January 31, 2018 at 09:37PM by By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resigned Wednesday over financial conflicts of interest involving her investments in health care businesses.
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald’s complex financial investments presented conflicts that made it difficult to do her job, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC. In an ethics agreement filed in September, Fitzgerald had said that legal and contractual restrictions prevented her from selling the two investments.
The new HHS head, Alex Azar, who took office on Monday, accepted her resignation Wednesday after discussing the investments with her and their effect on her work.

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SFGATE: Mueller zeros in on story put together about Trump tower meeting

Mueller zeros in on story put together about Trump tower meeting
Published on February 01, 2018 at 04:24AM by Jo Becker, Mark Mazzetti, Matt Apuzzo, Maggie Haberman, New York Times
Aboard Air Force One on a flight home from Europe in July, President Donald Trump and his advisers raced to cobble together a news release about a mysterious meeting at Trump Tower the previous summer between Russians and top Trump campaign officials. Rather than acknowledge the meeting’s intended purpose — to obtain political dirt about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government — the statement instead described the meeting as being about an obscure Russian adoption policy.

SFGATE: FBI clashes with Trump, has ‘grave concerns’ on Russia memo

FBI clashes with Trump, has ‘grave concerns’ on Russia memo
Published on February 01, 2018 at 04:58AM by By CHAD DAY, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public clash of wills with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released.
The FBI’s short and sharp statement, its first on the issue, laid bare a Trump administration conflict that had previously played out mostly behind closed doors in meetings between top Justice Department and White House officials.
“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI said.

SFGATE: The Latest: Top Democrat says vote to release memo invalid

The Latest: Top Democrat says vote to release memo invalid
Published on February 01, 2018 at 04:18AM by
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia (all times local):
10:15 p.m.
The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says a vote earlier this week to release a classified memo to the public is invalid because Republicans changed part of the document before sending it to the White House for review.
California Rep. Adam Schiff sent a letter to House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes late Wednesday that charged the document had been “secretly altered” by Republicans after the vote. Schiff did not detail the changes. A spokesman for Nunes did not immediately return a request for comment.

Xerox Cedes Control To Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence

Xerox Cedes Control To Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence
Published on February 01, 2018 at 01:03AM
mikeebbbd writes: According to Bloomberg, “Xerox, a once-iconic American innovator that became synonymous with office copy machines, is ceding control to Japan’s Fujifilm in a deal that creates an $18 billion company.” Essentially, it’s merging with Fujifilm; a former joint venture operating in the Asian-Pacific area essentially will become the parent company… So much for the company that actually invented the modern graphical user interface later popularized by Apple and Microsoft. “The agreement marks the end of independence for a U.S. company whose roots trace back to the start of the 20th century,” reports Bloomberg. “The joint venture will cut 10,000 jobs [...]  read more

SFGATE: FBI clashes with Trump, has ‘grave concerns’ on Russia memo

FBI clashes with Trump, has ‘grave concerns’ on Russia memo
Published on February 01, 2018 at 12:11AM by By CHAD DAY, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public clash of wills with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released.
The FBI’s short and sharp statement, its first on the issue, laid bare a Trump administration conflict that had previously played out mostly behind closed doors in meetings between top Justice Department and White House officials.
“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI said.

Xerox Cedes Control To Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence

Xerox Cedes Control To Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence
Published on February 01, 2018 at 01:03AM
mikeebbbd writes: According to Bloomberg, “Xerox, a once-iconic American innovator that became synonymous with office copy machines, is ceding control to Japan’s Fujifilm in a deal that creates an $18 billion company.” Essentially, it’s merging with Fujifilm; a former joint venture operating in the Asian-Pacific area essentially will become the parent company… So much for the company that actually invented the modern graphical user interface later popularized by Apple and Microsoft. “The agreement marks the end of independence for a U.S. company whose roots trace back to the start of the 20th century,” reports Bloomberg. “The joint venture will cut 10,000 jobs [...]  read more

Xerox Cedes Control To Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence

Xerox Cedes Control To Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence
Published on February 01, 2018 at 01:03AM
mikeebbbd writes: According to Bloomberg, “Xerox, a once-iconic American innovator that became synonymous with office copy machines, is ceding control to Japan’s Fujifilm in a deal that creates an $18 billion company.” Essentially, it’s merging with Fujifilm; a former joint venture operating in the Asian-Pacific area essentially will become the parent company… So much for the company that actually invented the modern graphical user interface later popularized by Apple and Microsoft. “The agreement marks the end of independence for a U.S. company whose roots trace back to the start of the 20th century,” reports Bloomberg. “The joint venture will cut 10,000 jobs [...]  read more

White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut To Clean Energy Research

White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut To Clean Energy Research
Published on February 01, 2018 at 12:20AM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The Trump administration has made it very clear that it is pro fossil fuels and has little interest in pushing programs the promote renewable energy. Now, the Washington Post reports that the president’s proposed 2019 budget slashes funds for Energy Department programs focused on energy efficiency. While the proposal is just a jumping off point, the fact that it seeks to cut such funding by 72 percent underscores where the administration’s interests lie and in which direction its policies will continue to go. The draft budget documents viewed by Washington Post staff showed that the president is looking to cut the Energy Department’s [...]  read more

SFGATE: Bay Area car break-ins allegedly tied to international crime ring

Bay Area car break-ins allegedly tied to international crime ring
Published on February 01, 2018 at 02:24AM by By Jenna Lyons
Numerous Bay Area car break-ins have been linked to a multimillion-dollar fencing operation in which computer tablets and laptops stolen from vehicles were shipped overseas and sold on the black market in Vietnam, authorities said Wednesday.
Eight people from San Francisco and San Jose were charged and more than $2 million in stolen goods were seized after a joint investigation by Fremont police and the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office, police said.
“We want people to know the level of crime this is,” said Fremont police Lt. Mike Tegner. “This isn’t just a normal property crime.