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FBI agents went to Comey’s house, retrieved secret memo after his termination

FBI agents went to James Comey’s residence and retrieved a secret, previously unreported memo he drafted the night before the agents arrived, well after he was fired as FBI Director, according to bureau documents released Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the transparency group Judicial Watch.

Additionally, Comey told agents “spontaneously” that, to “the best of his recollection, two [memos] were missing,” according to the documents. A source familiar with the probe confirmed to Fox News last year that the DOJ Inspector General’s office is reviewing whether Comey’s memos improperly contained classified information.

Comey was fired on May 9, 2017, and on the morning of June 7, an FBI evidence log shows that Comey handed the agents four memos, dated February 14, 2017; March 30, 2017; April 11, 2017; and “last night at 6:30 pm.”

The next day, Comey admitted in congressional testimony that he had leaked memos of his conversations with President Trump, through a friend, so that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be appointed.

COMEY MEMOS CONTAINED FAR MORE SENSITIVE INFO THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN, DOCS REVEAL

“I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn’t dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversations, might be a tape, my judgement was that I needed to get that out into the public square and so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey said at the time. “I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but asked him to, because I thought that it might prompt the appointment of a Special Counsel. I asked a close friend of mine to do that.”

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Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – HP1ED6817E1P2

According to the FBI documents, “After being collected from Corney, the memos were locked securely in a General Services Administration approved safe” at FBI headquarters, then “transported and entered into evidence at the FBI Washington Field Office evidence control center.”

More information was not immediately available about the contents concerning the memo Comey drafted the night before agents visited.

One of the two missing memos, Comey said, was written sometime between January 7, 2017 and January 20, 2017, after Trump called Comey. The second memo was written after Trump requested Comey talk to him about a sensitive matter that was “all business,” Comey told the agents.

SOURCE: DOJ IS INVESTIGATING WHETHER COMEY’S MEMO LEAKS INCLUDED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

In April, a court-ordered filing by the DOJ revealed Comey included a slew of sensitive and classified information in a series of comprehensive personal memos — including not only the details of his conversations with Trump, but also the “code name and true identity” of a confidential source.

The filing acknowledged that Comey maintained a far more detailed and lengthy private paper trail than was previously known, and that federal investigators apparently hoped to use Comey’s contemporaneous, secretive writings to test the truthfulness of Trump’s comments as part of a then-ongoing obstruction of justice inquiry.

Comey meticulously outlined “foreign intelligence information obtained from and through” the key human source, “information about whether the FBI initiated coverage through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on a particular individual,” relevant “sources and methods” used in the FBI’s investigation, as well as “information concerning the President’s foreign policy decisionmaking,” according to the DOJ.

All of that information is “currently and properly classified,” the DOJ noted.

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Additionally, Comey’s memos included documentation of “non-public interactions” between “specific foreign governments and officials” and U.S. government officials. Disclosing those details, the DOJ insisted, “could reasonably be expected” to “affect the United States’ relationship with those countries.”

The existence and contents of limited details from some of Comey’s memos were partially leaked to the media by a Comey friend with Comey’s knowledge following his termination, and served as a catalyst for Mueller’s appointment in May 2017. Comey has denied that he leaked classified information in the memos. A review into the matter by the DOJ Inspector General (IG) is ongoing. a source tells Fox News, and Attorney General William Barr testifed on Tuesday that the DOJ is actively looking into the FBI’s conduct.

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Mississippi farmers suffering after widespread flooding prevents crops from being planted

ROLLING FORK, Miss. — The time to get crops like soy beans, cotton and corn in the ground have come and gone for many farmers in the Mississippi Delta. Months of flooding from record rainfall and backed up waterways, which were shut off from draining into the Mississippi River, has flooded more than a million acres of land and squandered away the growing season.

The thought of starting over has crossed the mind of farmer Parker Adcock, 25, consistently. He stood and exhaled slowly as he looked around his home that he, his pregnant wife and their young daughter were displaced from after 10 inches of floodwater moved in this spring. The water is out of the home; however, it now sits infested with mold and insects of all sorts.

“The first time we came back and saw this, I was in tears looking at all of this,” he said. “If you’re not tied to the land, I’d be getting out.”

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Parker Adcock, 25, and his family stand in front of their home. They were forced out of the home six weeks after moving in when 10 inches of water flooded it. (Fox News/ Charles Watson)

Leaving isn’t an option for the young farmer. He’s committed to 4,000 acres of farmland (about 6 square miles), most of which is left useless this year as it sits in slow-receding floodwater. He’s been able to plant some corn crops on about 175 acres — about 4 percent of his land — but it won’t yield him nearly enough to get him through the year.

The 25-year-old estimates his damages will total somewhere in the 7-figure range after his property damage is assessed; and even though his financial means have vanished for the year, his operational costs have not.

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“Land owners still want their rent money, regardless of whether I made a crop or not. John Deere still wants to get paid for the tractor sitting in the shed that I never got to pull out for the year,” he said. “I have to figure out a way to come with all that and still be able to farm again next year.”

In May, Billy Whitten had been hopeful that the floodwater that had inundated more than a million acres of land in the Mississippi Delta would be gone by now. He and others hoped they would be able to get some crops planted this season. That hope has dissipated as most of his 1,400-acre farm in Valley Park, Miss. is drowning in water.

“There’s no way we can plant anything this year,” Whitten said. “It’s past the planting time.”

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Farmer Billy Whitten stares out at his 1,400 acres of farmland that he won’t be able to plant on this year. It now resembles a lake as it drowns in slow-receding floodwater. (Fox News/ Charles Watson)

Aside from his duties on his own farm, Whitten sits on the board of the Valley Park Grain Elevator. The elevator buys grain harvested buy local farmers, stockpiles it and then later sells it. However, business has been down by as much as 75 percent this year.

The 10-member board has done what it can to make sure its employees have had a source of income, but it’s getting to a point where tough business decisions are going to have to be made.

“We’ve got several employees that work there. We’re hoping that we won’t have to lay any of them off, but it’s a good chance some of them will lose their job because of this.”

Rain and flooding have been a struggle for farmers across the country this year. From March 2018 to April 2019, an average of 36.20 inches of rain fell across the Lower 48 states — the nation’s wettest 12-month period on record, according to the USDA.

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A map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration illustrating areas of the country has above average or record rainfall between March 2018 and April 2019. (NOAA)

Corn and soybean crops have taken a hit as a result of the record precipitation. U.S. corn planting failed to reach the halfway mark by mid-May this year. For the first time on record, less than 50 percent of intended corn crops had been planted. Comparably, the USDA reported 19 percent of U.S. crops had been planted during the same time period — the lowest amount for soybeans since 1996.

Mike McCormick, president of Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, said the difference between other farm communities that border the Mississippi River are pumps. There is no system in place to pump water out of the Mississippi Delta during record rain and flood events like this year.

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“It’s a chronic event for us. 41 percent of the United States is drained right by our border here in Mississippi. Because of the record amount of rainfall, we’re having, we’ve basically turned Mississippi into a flood control structure for the rest of the United States,” McCormick said. “We definitely need the pumps to help the south Delta, but we also need a new plan on the Mississippi River and how we’re going to drain it.”

The Environmental Protection Agency had planned on installing pumps in the region, but the project was vetoed in 2008. When asked about the current status of the project, the EPA said it was working on getting a response.

Adcock is trying to look ahead to the future. But his anxiety, due to this year’s flood event, is so high he’s having nightmares where he’s surrounded by water.

“It’s been mentally exhausting,” he said. “If this happens again, I’m done. Nobody can survive two years of this.”

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Unopened 1987 Nintendo video game found in attic, expected to sell for $10G

It’s safe to say: great gifts can be found or lost in your attic.

A Nevada man found an unopened copy of “Kid Icarus,” a 1987 classic video game, in the attic of his childhood home which experts project to sell for at least $10,000 in an online auction Thursday.

16-YEAR-OLD WINS $3M PLAYING ‘FORTNITE’

Scott Amos of Reno, Nev., discovered the Nintendo video game after his mother asked him to pick up a few boxes of his childhood collectibles during a visit this past Mother’s Day.

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In this June 15, 2019 photo provided by Heritage Auctions, Scott Amos, along with his wife, Kristy, and daughters Grace, left, and Katie, pose in Reno, Nev., with an unopened copy of a 1987 cult-classic video game “Kid Icarus.”

Amos found the game cartridge still inside the J.C Penny’s bag, with a receipt for $38.45 attached and a printed Dec. 8, 1988 purchase date. Amos’ mother is unsure why she purchased the game that sat in her attic untouched for over three decades.

“(My mom) thinks she put it there and never got it back out, and then it ended up in the attic,’’ Amos said in an interview with the Reno Gazette Journal.

Amos initially thought the old game might only be worth a couple of hundred dollars, but a few days later, experts told him he could be thousands richer.

14-YEAR-OLD BOY MAKES $200G PLAYING ‘FORTNITE’ AND UPLOADING CLIPS TO YOUTUBE – AND ‘NEVER GOES TO SCHOOL’

“I go to work the next day and emailed a couple of experts, Amos told the newspaper.

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This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions, shows an unopened copy of a 1987 cult-classic video game “Kid Icarus” belonging to Scott Amos of Reno, Nev. (Heritage Auctions via AP)

“One of them wrote me back within 30 minutes and said, ‘You have an Easter egg’.”

Moments later, he called his wife and told her place the video game in a safe location.

NINTENDO RESPONDS TO TRADE TENSIONS BETWEEN US AND CHINA

Valarie McLeckie, Consignment Director of Video Games at Heritage Auctions, says it’s one of the most difficult Nintendo games to find in good condition.

“To find a sealed copy ‘in the wild,’ so to speak, not to mention one in such a nice condition and one with such transparent provenance, is both an unusual and rather historic occurrence. We feel that the provenance will add a significant premium for serious collectors.”

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Amos told the newspaper he plans to go on a family vacation to Disney World next month if the auction goes as expected, and he becomes $10,000 richer.

“Instead of doing something responsible, we’re going to have some fun with it.”

Fox News’ Kira Grant and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Budget deal is ‘death of the Tea Party movement,’ Rand Paul says

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that the hard-won, warts-and-all budget pact between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump “marks the death of the Tea Party movement in America,” and will uncontrollably balloon the national debt, which now stands at more than $22 trillion.

The deal, announced earlier this month, would increase spending caps by $320 billion relative to the limits prescribed in the 2011 Budget Control Act. That act’s spending control provisions have been repeatedly waived since 2014.

The deal would also suspend the debt ceiling and permit more government borrowing until July 31, 2021 — after the coming presidential election.

“Both parties have deserted – have absolutely and utterly deserted – America and show no care and no understanding and no sympathy for the burden of debt they are leaving the taxpayers, the young, the next generation and the future of our country,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “The very underpinnings of our country are being eroded and threatened by this debt.”

The modern conservative “tea party” label originated in early 2009 in the wake of President Obama’s pricey bailout plan, after a CNBC reporter called for a movement to advocate for less government and increased fiscal responsibility.

“Can you hear it? Can you hear the somber notes, the feet shuffling, the solemn tones?” Paul asked. “Can you hear it? It’s a dirge, a funeral march, the death of a movement — a once-proud movement with hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall. It’s the death, it’s the last gasp of a movement in America that is concerned with our national debt.

“Today is the final nail in the coffin. The Tea Party is no more.

“The budget deal today allows unlimited borrowing for nearly two years,” Paul continued. “Unlimited. No limits. The government will borrow what they wish, without limit, for two years. It abolishes all spending caps. … Fiscal conservatives, those who remain, should be in mourning, for Congress, both parties, have deserted you.”

The budget deal faces a key vote pn Thursday in the GOP-led Senate, with many conservatives torn between supporting the president and risking their political brand with an unpopular vote to add $2 trillion or more to the government’s credit card.

WHAT ARE THE TERMS OF THE BUDGET DEAL?

The Trump-supported legislation backed by the Democratic speaker would stave off a government shutdown and protect budget gains for the Pentagon and popular domestic programs. It’s attached to a must-do measure to lift the so-called debt limit to permit the government to borrow freely to pay its bills.

The vote is a politically tough one for many Republicans. The Tea Party-driven House GOP conference broke against it by a 2-1 margin, but most pragmatists see the measure as preferable to an alternative fall landscape of high-wire deadlines and potential chaos. The government will otherwise face a potential debt default, an Oct. 1 shutdown deadline and the return in January of across-the-board spending cuts — sequestration.

After the deal was announced, North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Walker tweeted out a picture of the Joker lighting a pile of money on fire, from the 2008 “Batman” film, “The Dark Knight.” (“All you care about is money,” the Joker laments to a hardened career criminal as the money burns. “This town deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m going to give it to them.”)

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is confident the bill will pass despite the misgivings of many Republicans.

Still, for new Senate arrivals, particularly those who ran against a broken Washington culture, the sweeping measure represents a lot of what they ran against: unrestrained borrowing and trillion-dollar deficits, fueled by a bipartisan thirst for new spending.

DEFICITS ARE EXPLODING — AND NEITHER PARTY SEEMS TO CARE

“This budget process, if we can even call it a process, put taxpayers at the mercy of a House speaker who has no interest in prudent budgeting,” said freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. “Our system is not supposed to work this way. When the entire federal budget depends on four or five people striking a deal among themselves, something is not right.”

The budget and debt bill are priorities for McConnell, who set up the initial talks — taken over by Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this month — and pushed to isolate conservative forces in the White House who were disruptive. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California also support the deal.

“The alternative’s worse.”

— Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio

For House Republicans, as the minority party, it was easy to take a pass on voting for the legislation. Pelosi also made a point of showing she had enough Democratic votes to push it through without their help. But it’s a different dynamic in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority and are expected to deliver a strong vote for a Trump-backed agreement.

The agreement is a victory for pragmatists eager to avert the sort of chaos caused by a shutdown, a debt crisis or a freeze to agency budgets — including the massive Pentagon budget. That would mean a continuing resolution, or CR, which could interfere with new weapons procurement and foster waste.

“The alternative’s worse. It’s either have a CR or another government shutdown and I think you have to believe this is the best you can do in divided government,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. “You can’t pull back. If you go to a CR for defense we’d be losing a lot of what we’ve gained on the defense buildup. So, you know, I don’t love it but on balance it’s better than the alternative.”

Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he expected a strong showing by Senate Dems in favor of the bill. And GOP leadership stalwarts like Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, swiftly got behind the measure, calling it about the best result possible in a legislative matrix that demands Pelosi’s blessing for bills to become law.

“So what price did we have to pay to get this? We had to give Nancy Pelosi a 4 percent increase this year in domestic spending and zero increase next year for an average annual increase that’s less than the growth” in gross domestic product, Wicker said.

“I want to know what better deal anybody could have crafted that got Nancy Pelosi’s sign-off in the House and Mitch McConnell’s sign-off in the Senate, along with McCarthy and Schumer,” Wicker said.

The compromise reportedly outraged Democrat Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who noted the bill would not block Trump from spending money on his proposed border wall.

“I’m worried the House is willing to give him far too much discretion to take money and move it anywhere he wants including a wall,” Leahy, D-Vt., told The Washington Post. “So the way it is now I will not vote for it. . . . The other 99 can vote for it, I won’t.”

However, in a statement, Leahy later said he would “support the bill” because it “will raise the debt limit for the next two years and stave off economic catastrophe” and reverse “unsustainable cuts in nondefense discretionary spending.”

DEFICITS ARE EXPLODING — AND NEITHER PARTY SEEMS TO CARE

Leahy added, “I understand there is a statement of principles between congressional leaders and the White House, and I have many concerns with its content.”

The agreement between the administration and Pelosi lifts the limit on the government’s $22 trillion debt for two years and averts the risk of the Pentagon and domestic agencies from being hit with $125 billion in automatic spending cuts that are the last gasp of the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ben Shapiro calls CNN’s Don Lemon a ‘joke,’ says he should run for president instead of moderating

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Following the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit Tuesday, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro called out CNN host Don Lemon, saying he was unfit to serve as an unbiased moderator and should run for the nomination himself.

Shapiro accused Lemon during his daily podcast Wednesday of being overtly left-leaning, before telling him to drop the facade and join the other presidential candidates on stage.

“Don Lemon, who is just … the worst Democrat debate facilitator ever — he’s just terrible because he should be on the stage,” Shapiro said. “If he actually wants to run, he should just run.”

PASTOR WHO MET WITH TRUMP BATTLES DON LEMON OVER BALTIMORE: ‘HE ATTACKS ANYBODY AND YOU KNOW IT’

He later criticized Lemon for a question he asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during Tuesday’s debate, that implied Trump voters were willing to forgive hateful bigotry in exchange for economic prosperity.

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“What do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?” Lemon asked.

Shapiro responded by saying the CNN host is “awful at his job” and shouldn’t be considered a true member of the press.

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“Don Lemon is terrible,” he said. “Let me just point out that Don Lemon and CNN who helped moderate this debate is awful at his job. The fact that he is considered an objective journalist is ridiculous … it’s just insane.”

“Don Lemon is fine calling Trump voters racist,” Shapiro added. “They don’t care if the president is a vicious bigot so long as they get their tax cut. What journalisming [sic] from Don Lemon. What a great, objective journalist he is. CNN, the most trusted name in news. What a joke.”

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Ben Shapiro calls CNN’s Don Lemon a ‘joke,’ says he should run for president instead of moderating

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Following the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit Tuesday, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro called out CNN host Don Lemon, saying he was unfit to serve as an unbiased moderator and should run for the nomination himself.

Shapiro accused Lemon during his daily podcast Wednesday of being overtly left-leaning, before telling him to drop the facade and join the other presidential candidates on stage.

“Don Lemon, who is just … the worst Democrat debate facilitator ever — he’s just terrible because he should be on the stage,” Shapiro said. “If he actually wants to run, he should just run.”

PASTOR WHO MET WITH TRUMP BATTLES DON LEMON OVER BALTIMORE: ‘HE ATTACKS ANYBODY AND YOU KNOW IT’

He later criticized Lemon for a question he asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during Tuesday’s debate, that implied Trump voters were willing to forgive hateful bigotry in exchange for economic prosperity.

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“What do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?” Lemon asked.

Shapiro responded by saying the CNN host is “awful at his job” and shouldn’t be considered a true member of the press.

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“Don Lemon is terrible,” he said. “Let me just point out that Don Lemon and CNN who helped moderate this debate is awful at his job. The fact that he is considered an objective journalist is ridiculous … it’s just insane.”

“Don Lemon is fine calling Trump voters racist,” Shapiro added. “They don’t care if the president is a vicious bigot so long as they get their tax cut. What journalisming [sic] from Don Lemon. What a great, objective journalist he is. CNN, the most trusted name in news. What a joke.”

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California man busted on weapons, drug charges after homemade shotgun goes off in park: police

A California man was allegedly tinkering with a homemade shotgun in a public park on Tuesday when the weapon accidentally fired, leading police to find and arrest him.

Juan Bais, 41, faces charges of possession of the shotgun, methamphetamine pipes, and discharging the weapon, police said.

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Bais was arrested after police determined he’d allegedly been tinkering with a homemade shotgun at a Fresno park. (Fresno Police Department)

The shotgun blast happened in Fresno’s Frank H. Ball Park around 11 a.m., the Fresno Bee reported. Police said they responded to a call regarding a suspicious individual who’d been sitting at a picnic table while working on an object that made an exploding noise.

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Responding officers found a homemade shotgun near where the suspect was sitting, KSEE reported. A bomb team that examined the weapon determined it was fabricated and contained a spent shotgun shell.

Bais was later located and arrested, the Bee reported. He allegedly had in his possession two methamphetamine pipes and more ammunition, the report said.

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Bais, who was already wanted by police on theft charges, remains in custody at the Fresno County Jail.

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Ultra-fast Hyperloop project moves closer to reality

Elon Musk’s dream of transporting humans through tubes at hypersonic speeds moved one step closer to reality.

Officials in India have designated a proposed Mumbai to Pune hyperloop a “public infrastructure project,” which means they will soon begin to take bids on its construction, according to The Verge.

Virgin Hyperloop One and its partner DP World are the originators of the multibillion-dollar project, the first phase of which will link the aforementioned cities in less than 35 minutes, the technology site reports. That journey takes three-and-a-half hours by car.

Taxpayer funds will reportedly not be spent on the hyperloop effort, but DP World will spend $500 million to complete phase one of the project, with the rest of the money coming from investors.

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Virgin Hyperloop One has moved one step closer to becoming a reality in India. (Virgin Hyperloop One)

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The designation is “incredibly significant to moving hyperloop forward globally,” said Ryan Kelly, head of marketing and communications at Virgin Hyperloop One, in an email to The Verge. “This is not exploration; this is a solid confirmation.”

Virgin Hyperloop One’s test facility in Nevada has demonstrated the ability to send a magnetically levitating pod through a tube at speeds of up to 240 miles per hour, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The company’s project in India dates back to 2017, reports The Verge, which is when the firm signed agreements with the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka to study the impact of hyperloop in the region.

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Woodstock 50 festival officially cancelled

Woodstock 50 is officially canceled.

Organizers announced Wednesday that the troubled festival that hit a series of setbacks in the last four months won’t take place next month.

The three-day festival was originally scheduled for Aug. 16-18, but holdups included permit denials and the loss of a financial partner and a production company.

Last week Jay-Z, Dead & Company and John Fogerty announced that they wouldn’t perform at the event after organizers said it was moving to Maryland from New York.

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“We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the festival we imagined with the great lineup we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating,” festival co-founder Michael Lang said in a statement Wednesday. “We released all the talent so any involvement on their part would be voluntary. Due to conflicting radius issues in the DC area many acts were unable to participate and others passed for their own reasons.”

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Organizers announced Wednesday that the troubled festival that hit a series of setbacks in the last four months won’t take place next month. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

Organizers said they were planning to make Woodstock 50 a free benefit concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, before announcing they had canceled the festival altogether. Lang announced the 50th anniversary event in March alongside Fogerty and rapper-actor Common, two acts that were slated to perform. Other artists who were booked for the festival included the Killers, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, David Crosby, Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Halsey.

Woodstock 50 was originally supposed to take place across three main stages at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the original site, but the venue pulled out. Tickets were supposed to go on sale on April 22, which was Earth Day, but that was postponed.

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Woodstock will still celebrate its anniversary: Ringo Starr, Santana and Fogerty will perform at Woodstock’s original site in Bethel, New York, in a smaller anniversary event at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts not connected to Woodstock 50.

The original Woodstock, a festival pushing the message of peace, love and music, was a seminal, groundbreaking event in 1969 that featured performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, the Who and other iconic acts.

Lang is asking Woodstock 50 artists who were already paid to donate 10% of their earnings to HeadCount, a nonprofit group that registers voters at music events, or to another organization.

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“Woodstock remains committed to social change and will continue to be active in support of HeadCount’s critical mission to get out the vote before the next election,” Lang said in his statement. “We thank the artists, fans and partners who stood by us even in the face of adversity. My thoughts turn to Bethel and its celebration of our 50th Anniversary to reinforce the values of compassion, human dignity, and the beauty of our differences embraced by Woodstock.”

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Second 2020 Democratic primary debate — Night 2 live blog

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. and Cory Booker, D-N.J., are among the Democratic presidential candidates on stage in Detroit tonight as the party wraps up its second round of 2020 primary debates.

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