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Apple iPhone scam lands former college student in federal prison: reports

A former Oregon college student was sentenced Monday to three years and one month in federal prison for his role in a massive Apple iPhone tracking scam, according to reports.

Quan Jiang, a Chinese national and former engineering student at a community college in Albany, Ore., pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. He faced a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

Between January 2016 and February 2018, Jiang sent around 3,000 fake iPhones, imported from Hong, to Apple, saying they wouldn’t turn on and should be replaced under warranty, prosecutors said.

Apple responded by sending almost 1,500 replacement iPhones, each with an approximate resale value of $600. The elaborate scheme cost the company nearly $1 million, OPB reported.

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A Chinese man has been sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for trafficking fake and altered Apple iPhones.

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U.S. District Judge Karin Immergut called Jiang’s fraud “ongoing and calculated,” resulting in “a very serious offense.”

Jiang’s attorney, Celia Howes, argued her client deserved probation because the scheme involved bigger players in China who were responsible for manufacturing the fake iPhones. She reduced Jiang’s role in the scheme to: “receive, send in, return.”

Addressing the judge through a translator, Jiang said he has changed since committing the fraud and referred to himself back then as “naïve, innocent, and kind of stupid,” the Oregonian/Oregon Live reported.

It’s likely Jiang will be deported back to China after his imprisonment because is no longer eligible to reside in the United States. Jiang has paid $200,000 in restitution to the company.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds, who prosecuted the case, said he’s witnessed similar schemes play out before. He noted that such fraud could play a detrimental role in big companies like Apple changing warranty policies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Zealand navy to allow male personnel to wear fake eyelashes and makeup

Male service members in the Royal New Zealand Navy will soon be allowed to wear fake eyelashes, nail polish and makeup under new gender-neutral guidelines.

The updated regulations come as the New Zealand Defence Force updates its grooming and appearance standards.

“These updates are to reflect that the RNZN make no distinction between male and female members in terms of their personal grooming and appearance,” said Chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor.

Beginning Nov. 1, all Navy personnel will be permitted to wear discreet makeup, clear or pale nail varnish and  “trimmed, neat and natural” false eyelashes when in uniform, Auckland-based Newshub reported.

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Beginning Nov. 1, male personnel in the New Zealand navy will be able to wear false eyelashes and makeup. The changes are part of updates to the New Zealand Defence Force grooming standards. (Royal New Zealand Navy)

One pair of natural colored stud or sleeper earrings will also be allowed along with moderate amounts of perfume or cologne.

“These updates are to reflect that the RNZN make no distinction between male and female members in terms of their personal grooming and appearance,” Proctor told the news site.

Messages to the New Zealand Defence Force from Fox News were not immediately returned.

However, body piercings and “exaggerated hairstyles” such as partially shaved heads and mohawks are still prohibited.

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Proctor said the changes are designed to present an inclusive, professional military image and are based on neatness, cleanliness and safety.

“The RNZN is a modern and professional organization that embraces individuality and personality,” he said. “However, we are a military organization and with that comes certain expectations on our personnel in terms of dress and appearance.”

The U.S. military has adopted gender-neutral regulations in recent years. Women are now allowed to serve in combat roles and the Marine Corps and Navy dropped “man” from certain job titles to make them more inclusive.

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Dems use scrapped G7 plans at Trump National to boost Emoluments Clause lawsuit

President Trump’s plans to use Trump National Doral Miami to host next year’s Group of Seven summit may have been scrapped — but there is still evidence the president is violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal argued in a brief filed in federal court on Tuesday.

Trump has forcefully defended himself against accusations that he is improperly profiting from his business ventures, noting that the Constitution does not define “emolument” and that his companies and properties existed long before he became president.

But in the brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which was first reported by McClatchy, Blumenthal asserted that Trump’s behavior amounted to open defiance of the Constitution.

“Increasingly brazen, President Trump just last week announced that he was awarding the next G-7 summit to his resort in Doral, Florida, only to reverse course after a public outcry—in the aftermath, disparaging ‘you people with this phony Emoluments Clause,'” Blumenthal wrote.

“Worst of all,” he added, “because the President is not obtaining congressional consent before accepting benefits from foreign governments, the full range of those benefits and the governments providing them remain unknown.”

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The Trump National Doral golf resort, which is owned by the Trump Organization, was to be the host of the G7 Summit next year. (Reuters)

Blumenthal went on to argue that although legislators generally lack standing to sue the president, due in part to separation-of-powers concerns, Supreme Court precedent supports a finding of standing in this instance.

The senator cited the “untold amounts for rent and fees at his commercial and residential towers” that Trump has allegedly obtained from foreign governments.

“The president may have decided, for now, not to go ahead with his plan to hold the G-7 summit at his Doral resort, but the fact that he even thought about it underscores once again that he has zero regard for the Foreign Emoluments Clause,” Blumenthal said in a statement published by McClatchy. “That’s why my lawsuit to hold the president accountable to the Constitution is so important.”

On Monday, Trump argued that “Democrats went crazy” with criticisms that he would have violated the “phony emoluments clause” of the Constitution.

“I was willing to do this for free,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting on Monday, comparing it to his decision not to take his $400,000 presidential salary. But now, he said, “It will cost a fortune for the country.”

He brushed aside the criticism that, even without accepting payments, hosting the summit at his Trump National Doral near Miami would have been one big promotion for his brand. “You don’t think I get enough promotion? I get more promotion than any human being that’s ever lived,” he said.

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Trump reversed course Saturday on hosting the G-7 at Doral after Republicans joined Democrats in raising alarm about self-dealing and violating the emoluments clause that bans presidents from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments. His acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said the president realized that “it looks lousy” to steer business to his property.

Trump said Monday that the Doral had taken a hit — “It went from doing great to doing fine.”

The resort is the biggest revenue generator of his 17 golf properties, but the PGA and other organizations have pulled events that used to be held there and his company has told local authorities that they should cut its tax bill because it is underperforming.

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FILE – This June 2, 2017, file image made from video shows the Trump National Doral in Doral, Fla. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, he is reversing his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz, File)

Mulvaney said last week that Doral was “far and away” the best venue because of its location near the Miami airport and separate buildings to host each country’s delegation.

Mulvaney listed eight states visited in the screening process, including Tennessee, North Carolina, Hawaii, California, Michigan and Utah.

White House officials declined to name the specific properties they had considered or provide details on how they vetted them.

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Trump had earlier tweeted that a possible alternate location was the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, the site of the G-7 summit in 2012. However, Mulvaney earlier described Camp David as way too small and remote and a “miserable place” for a G-7.

Asked at the Cabinet meeting where the summit will be held now, Trump said that the search team would look at other locations, but regardless, “I don’t think it will be as exciting.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Astros Executive’s Rant At Reporters Draws Firestorm On Eve Of Series

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The Houston Astros’ Roberto Osuna pitches against the New York Yankees in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 15.

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The Houston Astros have had a season to remember: 107 regular season wins, against just 55 losses. The Astros are heavy favorites to win their second World Series in three years. The series starts Tuesday evening.

Yet a celebratory rant by a senior executive after they clinched the pennant over the weekend has shifted attention to unwelcome subjects off the field, including domestic violence and the team’s handling of female reporters.

On Saturday night, not long after the victory, Astros Assistant General Manager Brandon Taubman targeted a small cluster of female reporters with a profane defense of reliever Roberto Osuna.

According to three eyewitnesses interviewed by NPR, Taubman appeared triggered by the presence of a female reporter who was wearing a purple rubber bracelet to heighten awareness about domestic violence.

That reporter has tweeted repeatedly about the issue over the years. Taubman complained last year that some of the reporters’ informational tweets – promoting domestic violence hotline telephone numbers, for example – appeared moments after Osuna entered several Astros games in relief.

That’s no coincidence: Osuna’s contract was acquired by the Astros from the Toronto Blue Jays. While with the Blue Jays, he was arrested and accused in Canada of assaulting the mother of his then three-year-old child. Osuna did not face charges after agreeing to the equivalent of a restraining order.

The scene after the game

Teammates mobbed second baseman Jose Altuve Saturday night after he hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the pennant.

In the clubhouse, lockers and walls were sheathed in plastic sheeting, and reporters clad in raincoats as players doused each other with champagne.

Osuna had given up a three-run homer in the top of the ninth, but Altuve’s blast made a winner out of him.

“Altuve picked us up, picked me up, and we’re here,” Osuna told local station KHOU-TV.

Later that evening, at the other end of the clubhouse, Taubman held court and chomped on a cigar.

“This was after most of that chaos has dissipated,” says Stephanie Apstein, a baseball writer for Sports Illustrated who had been covering the Yankees pennant drive. She ducked into the Astros clubhouse to get color for her story. “Most of the players were either with their families or on the field or getting dressed. So it was actually kind of unusual. You don’t see that many front office people in those celebrations.”

In addition to the three eyewitnesses, NPR conducted four additional interviews to report this story. The Astros did not respond to NPR’s requests for comment. NPR is not currently naming the reporter or her outlet as she asked not to be drawn into the growing public controversy.

Celebrating Saturday in the clubhouse, Taubman shouted loudly and profanely at a cluster of female reporters, according to several accounts: Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so (profanity) glad we got Osuna!

Taubman is considered part of the front office’s nerd squad, executives who place high importance on data analysis in service of success on the baseball diamond.

Astros pledges $300K towards projects against domestic violence after hiring Osuna

The team’s number crunchers considered Osuna a steal, because he was damaged goods, or in financial terms, a distressed asset.

The Astros pledged about $300,000 toward domestic violence projects after local activists raised objections, according to press reports.

“When these teams trade for players with reprehensible pasts, they say that they understand this is the start of a conversation and that they want to,” says Sports Illustrated‘s Apstein, who was one of the three female journalists subjected to Taubman’s tirade.

“They think that they can raise awareness for the topic and they want to keep talking about this. But then when people ask them to talk about it, they act like they are the aggrieved parties in this situation.”

In a column revealing the incident, Apstein did not focus on her colleague. She wrote Taubman’s outburst reflects a “forgive and forget” approach to domestic violence. The league put out a statement Tuesday saying it took domestic violence seriously and would investigate the incident. It noted the Astros were disputing her account.

In a formal statement, the Astros, defended Taubman aggressively, calling Apstein’s column “misleading and completely irresponsible” and saying the executive was just supporting a player. The team said it was “extremely disappointed in Sports Illustrated’s attempt to fabricate a story where one does not exist.”

The Astros have had a rocky relationship with the media in the recent past. The club tossed a reporter from the Detroit Free Press out of the team’s locker room after star pitcher Justin Verlander didn’t want to take his questions. The team barred another reporter from the hometown Houston Chronicle.

“It’s just arrogance. That is what the organizational philosophy with the Houston Astros is,” ESPN baseball columnist Jeff Passan said on Outside the Lines. “The Astros always, when they are attacked, will attack back. And that’s what this was, despite the fact that we’re on Day One of the World Series…talking about this, and not Gerrit Cole versus Max Scherzer.”

Subsequently on Tuesday, the team issued a more contrite statement pointing to its involvement in domestic violence initiatives. And on Tuesday afternoon, Taubman released his own apology, saying he was overexuberent – and misunderstood.

“My over-exuberance in support of a player has been misrepresented as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue,” he wrote, in the statement. “Those that know me know that I am a progressive member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father. I hope that those who do know me understand that the Sports Illustrated article does not reflect who I am or my values. I am sorry if anyone was offended by my actions.”

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McConnell Contradicts Trump’s Claim They Spoke About His Ukraine Call

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn’t recall any conversations with President Donald Trump about the Ukraine phone call ― contrary to the president’s claim that McConnell had said the call was completely “innocent.” 

“The president has said that you told him that his phone call with Ukrainian president was ‘perfect’ and ‘innocent,’” a reporter said to McConnell during a Capitol Hill press briefing Tuesday. “Do you believe that the president has handled this Ukrainian situation perfectly?”

“We’ve not had any conversations on that subject,” McConnell responded. When asked if that indicated the president was lying about that claim, McConnell said “you’ll have to ask him. I don’t recall any conversations with the president about that phone call.”

While speaking to reporters on the South Lawn on Oct. 3, Trump said that he and McConnell had spoken directly about the phone call, according to the official White House transcript of Trump’s remarks.

“He put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too,” the president said.

“He said, ‘That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.’ I mean, give me a break. Anybody that reads it says the same thing,” Trump added.

McConnell had previously urged the White House to release the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy, according to two internal sources cited by The Washington Post.

The call summary released by the White House was the catalyst for an impeachment inquiry looking at whether Trump withheld nearly $400 million in foreign aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian officials investigated his potential 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. It is illegal to solicit foreign involvement in U.S. elections, and investigations have yielded no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. 

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William Taylor, ‘Model’ Diplomat, Is at Center of Impeachment Inquiry

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WASHINGTON — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked William B. Taylor Jr., a highly respected former diplomat, to become America’s top diplomat in Ukraine in June, Mr. Taylor initially hesitated.

He had left government after decades of service in 2009, although he had remained involved in the affairs of Ukraine, a country that had particular meaning for him since he spent three years as the American ambassador there more than a decade ago in the administration of President George W. Bush.

But he was concerned about the way President Trump’s ambassador to Ukraine had been pushed out of her job under suspicious circumstances. So was his wife, who urged him not to take the job, he said in his congressional testimony on Tuesday.

A conversation with a person he described as a trusted Republican mentor who had served in government, changed his mind. “If your country asks you to do something, you do it — if you can be effective,” he recalled his mentor saying.

Now Mr. Taylor, 72, is at the center of the scandal engulfing the Trump administration over charges that the president tied the United States’ aid to a country fending off Russian aggression to the investigation of his political opponents. His testimony on Tuesday to committees pursuing an impeachment inquiry against Mr. Trump included damning charges of linkage and misleading accounts by Trump administration officials.

A West Point graduate who served as an Army infantry officer leader and company commander in Vietnam and Germany, Mr. Taylor is among the country’s most experienced diplomats, and has served in every administration of both parties since 1985.

Former officials of both parties described Mr. Taylor in glowing terms and suggested that his credibility would be difficult for Mr. Trump’s allies to question.

“Ambassador Bill Taylor is a person of integrity with a strong, ethical base,” said R. Nicholas Burns, a former under secretary of state in the Bush administration. “I would also describe him as a true patriot. His entire professional life has been in service to the U.S.”

“You couldn’t ask for a more credible, universally-respected, upright public servant to testify on the facts of this case,” said Stephen Sestanovich, who served as the State Department’s ambassador at large for the former Soviet Union under President Bill Clinton and has traveled in Ukraine with Mr. Taylor.

“You want to go against Bill Taylor, you’ve got the whole city against you,” Mr. Sestanovich added.

Mr. Taylor served as ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. The country has remained a primary interest. “Ukraine is special for me,” he said on Tuesday, adding that he believed in the “profound importance” of the country to America’s security.

He is also intimately familiar with American assistance programs to former Soviet republics like Ukraine. From 1992 to 2002, he was coordinator of American assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Former officials say that would have given him a strong understanding of the $391 military aid package that the Trump administration delayed this summer as Mr. Trump demanded that Ukraine’s government pursue an unfounded theory into whether Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election and examine the role of former Vice President Joe Biden Jr.’s son Hunter Biden in a natural gas company there.

During the Obama administration, Mr. Taylor’s focus at the State Department was the Middle East, overseeing assistance to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria at the State Department. He also served in Jerusalem working on issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Before accepting the job from Mr. Pompeo, he was the executive vice president of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.

“He’s just straight-up,” said Strobe Talbott, who served as deputy secretary of state under Mr. Clinton from 1994 to 2001, focusing on the former Soviet Union, and who encountered Mr. Taylor in Ukraine in the 2000s. “He’s courageous. He was just the model of a diplomat, and he had no problem speaking his own mind to his superiors.”

Steven Pifer, a former United States ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000 who is now a research fellow at Stanford University, said that he had known Mr. Taylor for 25 years and often worked closely with him in Ukraine.

“If Bill Taylor says it happened, it happened,” Mr. Pifer said.

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McConnell Contradicts Trump’s Claim They Spoke About His Ukraine Call

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn’t recall any conversations with President Donald Trump about the Ukraine phone call ― contrary to the president’s claim that McConnell had said the call was completely “innocent.” 

“The president has said that you told him that his phone call with Ukrainian president was ‘perfect’ and ‘innocent,’” a reporter said to McConnell during a Capitol Hill press briefing Tuesday. “Do you believe that the president has handled this Ukrainian situation perfectly?”

“We’ve not had any conversations on that subject,” McConnell responded. When asked if that indicated the president was lying about that claim, McConnell said “you’ll have to ask him. I don’t recall any conversations with the president about that phone call.”

While speaking to reporters on the South Lawn on Oct. 3, Trump said that he and McConnell had spoken directly about the phone call, according to the official White House transcript of Trump’s remarks.

“He put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too,” the president said.

“He said, ‘That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.’ I mean, give me a break. Anybody that reads it says the same thing,” Trump added.

McConnell had previously urged the White House to release the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy, according to two internal sources cited by The Washington Post.

The call summary released by the White House was the catalyst for an impeachment inquiry looking at whether Trump withheld nearly $400 million in foreign aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian officials investigated his potential 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. It is illegal to solicit foreign involvement in U.S. elections, and investigations have yielded no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. 

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Mitch McConnell Contradicts Trump’s Claim They Spoke About His Ukraine Call

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn’t recall any conversations with President Donald Trump about the Ukraine phone call ― contrary to the president’s claim that McConnell had said the call was completely “innocent.” 

“The president has said that you told him that his phone call with Ukrainian president was ‘perfect’ and ‘innocent,’” a reporter said to McConnell during a Capitol Hill press briefing Tuesday. “Do you believe that the president has handled this Ukrainian situation perfectly?”

“We’ve not had any conversations on that subject,” McConnell responded. When asked if that indicated the president was lying about that claim, McConnell said “you’ll have to ask him. I don’t recall any conversations with the president about that phone call.”

While speaking to reporters on the South Lawn on Oct. 3, Trump said that he and McConnell had spoken directly about the phone call, according to the official White House transcript of Trump’s remarks.

“He put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too,” the president said.

“He said, ‘That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.’ I mean, give me a break. Anybody that reads it says the same thing,” Trump added.

McConnell had previously urged the White House to release the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy, according to two internal sources cited by The Washington Post.

The call summary released by the White House was the catalyst for an impeachment inquiry looking at whether Trump withheld nearly $400 million in foreign aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian officials investigated his potential 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. It is illegal to solicit foreign involvement in U.S. elections, and investigations have yielded no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. 

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Zuckerberg to Admit That Facebook Has Trust Issues

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SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg hopes that one day, in the not too distant future, billions of people will use a cryptocurrency created by Facebook to send money to friends and family around the world.

Mr. Zuckerberg also recognizes that his company is a major impediment to that vision.

Mr. Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, is expected to admit as much on Wednesday when he testifies about his company’s cryptocurrency project at a House Financial Services Committee hearing.

“I believe this is something that needs to get built, but I understand we’re not the ideal messenger right now,” Mr. Zuckerberg will say, according to written testimony submitted before the hearing. “I know some people wonder whether we can be trusted to build payment services that protect consumers.”

A torrent of criticism has been directed toward Facebook’s cryptocurrency effort, called Libra, since it was announced in June. But the company is pressing on. And Facebook officials over the last week have been on a charm offensive with regulators and lawmakers in Washington, leading up to Wednesday’s hearing.

In his testimony, Mr. Zuckerberg is expected to promote the benefits of Libra. He plans to describe Libra as a democratizing financial system that will mostly benefit the poor, as well as the estimated 14 million people in the United States who do not have access to bank accounts and who cannot afford banking fees.

“People pay far too high a cost — and have to wait far too long — to send money home to their families abroad. The current system is failing them,” Mr. Zuckerberg said in the advance version of his testimony. “The financial industry is stagnant and there is no digital financial architecture to support the innovation we need. I believe this problem can be solved, and Libra can help.”

Facebook’s cryptocurrency project is the latest controversy to draw Mr. Zuckerberg to Washington.

Last week, he delivered a manifesto on free expression at Georgetown University, defying requests by Democratic politicians to take down false and misleading information by political leaders. Weeks earlier, he met with President Trump and Republican lawmakers to beat down accusations that Facebook gives priority to liberal-leaning content.

The House hearing will be the second time Mr. Zuckerberg has testified on Capitol Hill. In 2018, he was asked to respond to claims that the company did not properly handle its users’ data and had not treated privacy concerns with seriousness.

A few weeks after Libra was unveiled, Maxine Waters, Democrat from California and chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, led several lawmakers in a call for Facebook to stop the project until it was vetted by lawmakers and regulators. David Marcus, the Facebook executive in charge of Libra, appeared before Ms. Waters’s committee in July, but he appeared to make little progress toward détente with the lawmakers.

Central bankers around the world have also expressed concerns about Libra. And regulators say they do not have clear answers on how Facebook will handle important tasks like preventing criminal activity and ensuring the privacy of users.

Facebook officials envision Libra being incorporated into the company’s various messaging services, like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. It could, over time, create a new revenue stream for the company.

Though Facebook said it plans to allow people to use the cryptocurrency free, executives proposed offering different types of consumer financial services if the cryptocurrency catches on. Calibra, the separate entity Facebook has created to work on the Libra project, could ultimately offer financial products to people who regularly use Libra — much as a bank would.

Facebook originally brought on 27 partners to join a Libra Association in Switzerland that is supposed to govern the network. But several big-name partners, including PayPal, Mastercard and Visa, have dropped out in recent weeks.

In his testimony, Mr. Zuckerberg will say that Facebook will not allow the project to move forward until it gains the approval of the necessary regulators.

“Even though the Libra Association is independent and we don’t control it, I want to be clear: Facebook will not be part of launching the Libra payments system anywhere in the world until U.S. regulators approve,” he is expected to say.

The committee oversees housing, and Ms. Waters is expected to press Mr. Zuckerberg on accusations that Facebook has allowed discriminatory ad targeting for housing.

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‘Bachelor’ star Peter Weber photographed after face injury

It appears that Peter Weber of “Bachelor” fame is on the mend after suffering a cut to his head.

Weber was rushed to a hospital for an injury he suffered while on the set of “The Bachelor” earlier this month and has now appeared on a fan’s Instagram, battle scar and all.

The post featured Weber standing with a smiling fan and a bandage on his head. The duo was in Parque Kennedy on the coast of Peru.

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“🚨SPOILER ALERT🚨 i won the bachelor,” the caption read.

The poster’s followers commented, saying “NO WAY 😍😍 what happened to his forehead????” and “He is such a cutie.”

One commenter even tried to get some inside information about the show.

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“Do you know who was with him at the date?” they asked.

The photo was posted on Saturday.

In a statement to Fox News after the injury, “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison called the injury a “freak accident,” but said that Weber was in good shape and that shooting for the reality show quickly resumed.

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Harrison himself posted to Instagram, “He got a cut on his head, he did get stitches but he’s 100% OK and production is already back underway. He’s still the dashing, handsome pilot we’ve all dreamed of.”

Last week, it was reported that Weber had his stitches removed.

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