Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

By Kyle Swenson | Washington Post A federal judge on Thursday shot down former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s bid to sweep his criminal record clean. Related Articles CIA chief distorts Russia probe findings Pentagon faces demand for details on Niger attack Bush laments ‘nationalism distorted into nativism’ Kelly defends Trump in spat with Gold Star family Trump on Puerto Rico response: ‘It’s a 10′ Arpaio, the controversial former lawman in Arizona’s Maricopa County, was granted a pardon by President Donald Trump on Aug. 25. He had been found in criminal contempt after a five-day bench trial earlier this year and faced the possibility of up to six months in jail. After… Read More

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Company seeks to build island off Alaska for Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — America within a few years could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won’t be from a remote drilling platform. Federal regulators are taking comments on a draft environmental statement for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp to create an artificial gravel island that would hold production wells, a processing facility and the start of an undersea pipeline carrying oil to shore and connections to the trans-Alaska pipeline. The drilling would be the first in federal Arctic waters since Royal Dutch Shell, amid protest both in the United States and abroad, in 2015 sent down an exploratory… Read More

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Turner, Taylor repay Dodger patience by sharing NLCS MVP

CHICAGO — Justin Turner and Chris Taylor shared MVP honours in the NL Championship Series, repaying a Dodgers organization willing to roll the dice on players whose big league careers were stalled. In Turner’s case, it was then-bench coach Tim Wallach who rediscovered him playing in a Cal State-Fullerton alumni baseball game four years ago, after his career appeared all but over. In Taylor’s case, it was Los Angeles’ willingness to gamble that an off-season of grueling workouts would enable the young utilityman to rebuild his swing in a matter of months. “It’s definitely scary anytime you make a change,” manager Dave Roberts said before Los Angeles clinched the NLCS… Read More

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Applying for a credit card? Please take a selfie

NEW YORK — The selfie is everywhere — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application. Payment processing giant Visa Inc. is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics — your fingerprint, face, voice, etc. — into approving credit card applications and payments. Consumers could experience Visa’s new platform in a couple different ways. If a person were to apply for a credit card application on their smartphone, the bank app could ask the applicant to take a selfie and then take a picture of a driver’s license or passport.… Read More

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Google parent leads $1B Lyft investment, deepening Uber rift

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber. Alphabet Inc., which gets most of its money from Google’s digital ad network, is leading a $1 billion investment in Lyft that values the privately held company at $11 billion. The investment announced Thursday is being made through Alphabet’s CapitalG venture capital arm. Lyft is still far smaller and worth far less than Uber, another privately held company based in San Francisco whose investors have valued it at nearly $70 billion. But Uber has been enmeshed in internal strife amid management upheaval and allegations of rampant sexual harassment… Read More

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Trump’s pick to run mortgage agency has helped lenders fight it

By Joe Light, Bloomberg For the past eight years, Brian Montgomery has helped mortgage lenders fight penalties sought by the Federal Housing Administration. Now he’s President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the agency. Montgomery, who is seeking a second stint as head of the FHA, would play a key role in mortgage-insurance decisions that could mean billions of dollars for clients of The Collingwood Group, the Washington consulting firm that he co-founded and currently serves as vice chairman. The potential for conflicts of interest is putting Montgomery in the awkward position of possibly recusing himself from specific matters involving some of the country’s top mortgage lenders. The FHA, which is… Read More

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