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Chinese orienteering team disqualified at Military World Games over cheating

A Chinese orienteering team was disqualified this week for cheating at the Military World Games being hosted on home turf, apparently using secret paths and markings in the navigation competition, organizers said.

Chinese runners initially came in first, second and fourth in the women’s middle-distance competition and second in the men’s.

However, organizers said the athletes — Chinese soldiers — were aided by spectators along with markings and small paths prepared for them, the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) said.

“The middle-distance competition was unfortunately overshadowed by extensive cheating by the Chinese team,” the IOF said.

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Officials investigated the race after protests from Russia, Switzerland, France, Poland and Austria, and the results were voided. The entire Chinese team was also banned from further races. China’s appeal was rejected.

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Soldiers from Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) parade with a Chinese national flag and a Military World Games flag during the opening ceremony of the 7th CISM Military World Games in China, this month. The Chinese military’s orienteering team was disqualified. (Reuters)

“The IOF takes the actions of the Chinese team very seriously and is pleased to see that the IOF rules regarding the fairness of competition were enforced by the jury,” the IOF said.

Orienteering combines racing and land navigation; competitors use a map and compass to get to various points in the fastest time.

The event is organized by the International Military Sports Council but the orienteering competition is governed by the rules of the IOF.

“Although the event is not an IOF event, the IOF is investigating if any further actions need to be taken to guarantee the fairness of competition at the upcoming World Cup final in Guangzhou, China Oct. 25-29,” the organization said.

“If verifiable evidence of any improprieties are found, the IOF will apply any sanctions necessary to guarantee the fairness of the competitions at the World Cup,” it added.

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The Military World Games is held every four years and brings together military athletes from around the world. Athletes from 109 nations, including the United States, are competing in this year’s games in Wuhan, China.

China built a village to host 10,000 athletes and coaches for the 10-day event. President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony on Oct. 18.

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NBC reporter compares Trump to Stalin after he suggests Kurds should leave Syria

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NBC reporter Richard Engel was apparently reminded of Joseph Stalin, the infamous Russian dictator who oversaw mass famines and executions, when President Trump tweeted about Kurds leaving Syria.

“He’s saying Kurds should abandon their cities, farms, and homes. Mass population transfer was a tactic Stalin often used, not one called for by modern American presidents,” Engel tweeted on Thursday.

He was responding a tweet in which the president commented on a conversation he’d had with Mazloum Abdi, the general commander for the Syrian Democratic Forces. “Perhaps it is time for the Kurds to start heading to the Oil Region!” Trump tweeted.

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Engel seemed outraged, tweeting “WHAT?!” in response and blasting Trump’s suggestion that the Kurds move.

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“The US president just told the Kurdish people to uproot from their homeland — while under fire in a war he approved — and move to the ‘oil region,’ a hostile, mostly desert area with an Arab population, where Kurds are NOT welcome and have never lived,” he said.

Under Stalin’s leadership, millions of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds were deported.

Trump’s tweet, by comparison, didn’t indicate he would engage in mass deportation for Kurdish allies.

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However, he has received criticism for pulling U.S. troops out of northeast Syria — a move that many saw as abandoning Kurdish allies to conquest by Turkey.

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BBC Launches Tor Mirror Site To Thwart Media Censorship

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The BBC made a more secure version of its website available on the Tor, a privacy-focused browser that makes it more difficult to monitor a user’s online activity.

DAVE CAULKIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

In an effort to fight media censorship, the BBC has made a version of its website available on Tor, a privacy-focused browser that makes it more difficult to monitor a user’s online activity. According to the BBC, countries such as China, Iran and Vietnam have attempted to block access to its website.

While the BBC is hoping to help a new audience get around censorship, Tor’s defense against tracking and surveillance has also prompted many to use the browser for illicit purposes. Tor has been used to reach the online black markets such as Silk Road, leading some to criticize the company for allowing disreputable services to be accessible.

Alec Muffett, an Internet security expert who helped both the BBC and The New York Times set up their onion domains, told NPR that Tor is more than a tool to access the “dark web.”

“It’s just a pejorative label, and doesn’t actually mean much,” Muffett said. “It equally could be described as the ‘more secure web.'”

Tor derives its name from “onion routing,” a technique where messages sent through online networks are encased in several layers of encryption, similar to the layers of an onion. These encryption services are accessible on the Tor browser on websites that use a .onion domain suffix.

The BBC’s normal website is accessible on Tor’s website, but it doesn’t use an onion domain. Regular domains use “exit node” gateways to link Tor users with the Internet — and because that process involves volunteer-run servers, it’s also susceptible to anonymity breaches.

“This is not the case if the website is configured with onion services,” Tor Project Communications Director Stephanie Whited said, referring to websites using a .onion domain. “The connection between you and the website happens inside the Tor network, so there is not an exit node involved.”

The BBC hopes their new presence on Tor will allow people in restrictive governments to view the British news outlet on a secure platform.

“The BBC World Service’s news content is now available on the Tor network to audiences who live in countries where BBC News is being blocked or restricted,” an online statement said.

Muffett says that as more and more high-profile websites begin publishing on onion domains, the more secure the Tor browser gets.

“A website which helps by creating an onion address improves the speed and reliability with which people can access it over Tor, and cryptographically guarantees that it’s impossible to fake being that website,” Muffett said.

Onion routing was developed by three scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in the mid-1990’s. The U.S. government continues to be a large funder of the Tor Project, which maintains Tor software.

Paolo Zialcita is an intern on NPR’s News Desk.

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BBC Launches Tor Mirror Site To Thwart Media Censorship

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Westlake Legal Group  BBC Launches Tor Mirror Site To Thwart Media Censorship

The BBC made a more secure version of its website available on the Tor, a privacy-focused browser that makes it more difficult to monitor a user’s online activity.

DAVE CAULKIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

In an effort to fight media censorship, the BBC has made a version of its website available on Tor, a privacy-focused browser that makes it more difficult to monitor a user’s online activity. According to the BBC, countries such as China, Iran and Vietnam have attempted to block access to its website.

While the BBC is hoping to help a new audience get around censorship, Tor’s defense against tracking and surveillance has also prompted many to use the browser for illicit purposes. Tor has been used to reach the online black markets such as Silk Road, leading some to criticize the company for allowing disreputable services to be accessible.

Alec Muffett, an Internet security expert who helped both the BBC and The New York Times set up their onion domains, told NPR that Tor is more than a tool to access the “dark web.”

“It’s just a pejorative label, and doesn’t actually mean much,” Muffett said. “It equally could be described as the ‘more secure web.'”

Tor derives its name from “onion routing,” a technique where messages sent through online networks are encased in several layers of encryption, similar to the layers of an onion. These encryption services are accessible on the Tor browser on websites that use a .onion domain suffix.

The BBC’s normal website is accessible on Tor’s website, but it doesn’t use an onion domain. Regular domains use “exit node” gateways to link Tor users with the Internet — and because that process involves volunteer-run servers, it’s also susceptible to anonymity breaches.

“This is not the case if the website is configured with onion services,” Tor Project Communications Director Stephanie Whited said, referring to websites using a .onion domain. “The connection between you and the website happens inside the Tor network, so there is not an exit node involved.”

The BBC hopes their new presence on Tor will allow people in restrictive governments to view the British news outlet on a secure platform.

“The BBC World Service’s news content is now available on the Tor network to audiences who live in countries where BBC News is being blocked or restricted,” an online statement said.

Muffett says that as more and more high-profile websites begin publishing on onion domains, the more secure the Tor browser gets.

“A website which helps by creating an onion address improves the speed and reliability with which people can access it over Tor, and cryptographically guarantees that it’s impossible to fake being that website,” Muffett said.

Onion routing was developed by three scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in the mid-1990’s. The U.S. government continues to be a large funder of the Tor Project, which maintains Tor software.

Paolo Zialcita is an intern on NPR’s News Desk.

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Matt Gaetz rips Meghan McCain after she criticizes his sit-in: ‘Not my fault I’m more interesting’ than she is

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., blasted “The View” co-host Meghan McCain after she criticized him for partaking in a sit-in with other House Republicans.

“By the way, Matt Gaetz, when did you want to become a TV star or want to be a TV star?” she said on Thursday’s “The View.” “You want to do that? Get the hell out of Congress. Get a TV job.”

Both she and co-host Joy Behar went on to claim that Gaetz probably wasn’t interesting enough to get a job on television, anyway.

Gaetz responded by knocking McCain’s own likeability on television.

“It’s not my fault I’m more interesting in Congress than she is on television,” he said. “If Meghan McCain wanted me to come on her show to help ratings, all she had to do was ask.”

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The Florida congressman used the sit-in as a form of protest against the way House Democrats, like Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., were conducting the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

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During a press conference on Wednesday, Gaetz said: “We’re going to try and go in there, and we’re going to try to figure out what’s going on, on behalf of the millions of Americans that we represent that want to see this Congress working for them and not obsess with attacking a president who we believe has not done anything to deserve impeachment.”

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Gaetz previously told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Democrats were “stacking the deck” on impeachment and weren’t running a fair process.

He pointed to how Democrats didn’t allow Republicans to call witnesses and, he claimed, limited their access to evidence and witnesses.

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Missouri man, former Arby’s employee, is accused of mutilating cat at restaurant: reports

A Missouri man is accused of entering his former workplace, – an Arby’s restaurant, on Saturday and mutilating a cat in the bathroom, according to reports.

Tanner Maggard, 19, once worked at the Arby’s in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit but was fired in June, WDAF-TV reported.

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Tanner Maggard is accused of mutilating a cat at his old workplace. (Jackson County Jail)

Police say Maggard entered the restaurant, placed an order and went into the men’s restroom. They say that when Maggard came out, he said to the manager, “Oh, I see you remodeled the bathroom.”

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Police say the manager found the remains of a cat that had been mutilated and decapitated on a changing table, WDAF-TV reported.

Maggard now faces animal abuse and property damage charges, according to Jackson County court records.

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Online records indicate Maggard was booked into the Jackson County Jail and had apparently bonded out as of Wednesday.

He had no listed attorney who could comment on his behalf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Apprentice’ Contestant Says She Has Documents Corroborating Donald Trump Sexual Assault – Summer Zervos tells the court about calendar entries, old emails, correspondence with Fox News, and a polygraph test.

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Graham lashes out at impeachment inquiry: ‘If we were doing this, you’d be beating the sh– out of us’

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., didn’t mince words at a news conference on Thursday as he touted his resolution formally condemning House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, saying the proceedings defy historical precedent and deny fundamental “due process” to the White House.

“If we were doing this, you’d be beating the sh– out of us,” Graham bluntly told a reporter at one point, accusing Democrats of selectively leaking testimony from their closed-door hearings, without affording Republicans the opportunity to subpoena or publicly cross-examine witnesses. “And, I think it says a lot about people in your business, with all due respect.”

He continued: “We’re not telling the House they can’t impeach the president. What we’re telling the House is, there’s a right way to do it, and a wrong way to do it. … This is one part legal, and two parts politics.”

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Graham, who said his resolution had 41 Republican cosponsors “and climbing,” noted that 31 Democrats had voted to open an impeachment inquiry into Bill Clinton in 1998. But, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has refused to hold a vote on beginning proceedings against President Trump, and instead unilaterally announced that the inquiry had begun.

The move to put House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in charge of the inquiry was only a small part of Democrats’ “substantial deviation from what the House has done in the past,” Graham asserted, noting that the Judiciary Committee has typically handled impeachment probes.

Seeking to bolster his commitment to administrative fairness, Graham noted that he previously supported legislation that would have protected then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being terminated by Trump.

“The attempt to open an inquiry into the impeachment of President Trump failed miserably, so they’ve created a new process, which I think is very dangerous for the country,” Graham told reporters.

Graham’s resolution specifically called on the House to vote immediately to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry; and demanded that the House “provide President Trump, like every other American, with due process, to include the ability to confront his accusers, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment.”

The resolution also “calls on the House of Representatives to provide members of the minority with the ability to participate fully in all proceedings and have equal authority to issue subpoenas and other compulsory process.”

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In his own statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he would cosponsor’s Graham’s resolution, and outlined what he characterized as Democrats’ transgressions.

“Unlike the House’s actions during investigations of both President Nixon and President Clinton, this House majority is denying President Trump important rights and due process protections,” McConnell wrote. “House Democrats are even denying their own Republican colleagues basic procedural rights that the minority party was granted throughout previous impeachments.”

Dozens of House Republicans said they took the dramatic step to storm the closed-door deposition of Defense Department official Laura Cooper on Wednesday because Democrats’ impeachment inquiry hasn’t been transparent, even as Democrats selectively leaked some testimony and evidence to the media.

Graham initially criticized his Republican colleagues for the tactic, at first calling them “nuts” to make a “run on the SCIF,” or the secure area on Capitol Hill where the deposition was being held. “That’s not the way to do it,” he said.

Later in the day, though, Graham issued what he called a “correction.”

“I was initially told House GOP took the SCIF by force – basically like a GOP version of Occupy Wall Street,” Graham wrote on Twitter. “Apparently it was a peaceful protest. Big difference. I understand their frustration and they have good reason to be upset.”

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The impeachment inquiry has been led by three committees made up of both Democrats and Republicans, but members of Congress not on those committees have not had access to any of the sensitive documents or interviews relating to the probe. Republicans also have not had co-equal power to subpoena witnesses or pursue evidence in the probe.

“If we pulled this stunt, you’d be eating us alive,” Graham said at the news conference. “How many people have asked me about [diplomat] Bill Taylor’s opening statement? If we had Rudy Giuliani’s opening statement, and he said he did nothing wrong, I doubt that you would accept that. 47 Republican House members feel like it’s not working for them. They feel like [Kurt] Volker’s testimony has been selectively released, [Rep. John] Ratcliffe’s cross-examination of Taylor is not available to you. … There’s a way to do it.”

Graham also defended the White House’s shifting responses to the impeachment inquiry — capped by the administration’s announcement that it would not cooperate at all.

“I know this sounds weird, but Clinton — look what he did. He had a team that was organized, had legal minds that could understand what was being said … and they were on message every day. President Clinton defended himself, but he never stopped being president, and I think one of the reasons he survived is that the public may not have liked what the president had done, but believed that he was still able to do his job.”

Just hours after the Republicans stormed Cooper’s deposition, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, separately kept the pressure on Democrats by pushing for more transparency — including public testimony from the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment probe.

In an initial letter to Schiff on Wednesday, Jordan — joined by House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul, R-Texas — called for the whistleblower to come out of hiding, so that his or her “sources and credibility” could be “fully assessed.”

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The committee chairs noted that Schiff previously had promised that the whistleblower would provide “unfiltered” testimony “very soon” concerning an Aug. 12 complaint.

But, the Republicans charged, Schiff abruptly “reversed course” after reports of the whistleblower’s potential political bias emerged, along with evidence that congressional committee staff had spoken to the whistleblower before the complaint was filed.

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Thousands Told To Evacuate As Fire Blazes In Northern California Wine Country

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Approximately 2,000 people were told to evacuate the area where a large fire is burning in Northern California’s Sonoma County on Thursday, as the state remained under high alert for dangerous fire weather. 

The Kincade fire, which started late Wednesday and spread rapidly overnight, had reached more than 10,000 acres and was 0% contained by Thursday afternoon, according to CAL Fire. 

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the entire town of Geyserville, a community of around 900 residents in the region’s wine country.

At an afternoon press conference on Thursday, CAL Fire officials confirmed that some structures had burned but they did not know how many. No injuries had been reported yet. 

The fire was blazing just a 30-minute drive north from Santa Rosa, where two years ago this month, a wildfire burned thousands of homes and killed 44 people ― the deadliest wildfire in California at the time. In November last year, the Camp fire hit Paradise, about a three-hour drive north from the current conflagration, and killed 85 people ― making it the deadliest wildfire in state history.

“The sheriff’s office wants to acknowledge that this is an emotional time for many people,” Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick told reporters Thursday afternoon. “It’s only been two years since the fires that devastated our community, and for many, this will be a very stressful and anxious time.”

The National Weather Service has issued a “red flag warning” for high-risk fire conditions in swaths of Northern California and some areas further south. The danger comes from strong winds and low humidity in the region, per Cal Fire.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Thursday that the state had received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide additional resources to fight the Kincade fire. 

The blaze started near areas where the utility PG&E had cut power earlier Wednesday in an attempt at fire prevention, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. These latest electricity cutoffs have affected about half a million residents so far.

Earlier this month, three people died and dozens of homes were destroyed in two fires in Southern California. Around the same time in Northern California, public outrage grew as PG&E cut power to an estimated 2 million residents in an effort to prevent fires.

California has been experiencing record-breaking wildfires in recent years. Some of the state’s worst wildfires ― including the Camp fire ― were sparked by PG&E’s power lines, often when damaged lines came into contact with nearby vegetation.

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White Castle’s largest location sells out of burgers hours after opening

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It looks like White Castle is a hit in Arizona.

The fast-food chain opened its first location in the state in Scottsdale and was met with huge crowds. It turns out, Arizona really likes some mini-square burgers.

The restaurant opened at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release from White Castle. It’s the company’s first location in the Grand Canyon State and they reportedly hired 130 employees and managers.

The restaurant was originally scheduled to be open 24 hours a day, but they have had to alter those plans, ABC 15 reports. The lines at both the counter and drive-thru reportedly backed up for hours due to the high turnout.

The new location is considered to be the largest White Castle ever, coming in at 4,589 square feet.

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Doors opened at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning and by 4 a.m. on Thursday morning, the restaurant had sold out of burgers and was forced to close down, AZ Family reports.

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At one point, White Castle was forced to implement a “60-slider limit” on customers after several customers ordered burgers “hundreds at a time,” ABC 15 reports.

White Castle claimed that the closure was due to the restaurant being open 24 hours, as the chain typically restocks their restaurants during the overnight hours. They hoped to reopen at 9 a.m. and would operate on a 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. for the time being. A spokesperson for White Castle did not immediately respond to Fox News to confirm if the restaurant had reopened yet.

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They eventually plan on returning to the 24-hours-a-day schedule once they’re able to meet the level of demand.

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