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Erdogan warns Europeans ‘will not walk safely’ if current attitude persists

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude toward Turkey, his latest salvo in a row over campaigning by Turkish politicians in Europe.

Turkey has been embroiled in a dispute with Germany and the Netherlands over campaign appearances by Turkish officials seeking to drum up support for an April 16 referendum that could boost Erdogan’s powers.

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Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast

The Big One may be overdue to hit California but scientists near Los Angeles have found a new risk for the area during a major earthquake: abrupt sinking of land, potentially below sea level.

The last known major quake on the San Andreas fault occurred in 1857, but three quakes over the last 2,000 years on nearby faults made ground just outside Los Angeles city limits sink as much as three feet, according to a study published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Brain scanning accurately predicts how well a movie will do in theaters

Filmmakers have long used focus groups and test audiences to determine how to best tweak their vision for maximum crowd appeal. It makes good business sense, and can increase the likelihood that you enjoy a film in the long run. Now, the science of getting moviegoers out of their homes and into theaters just got kicked into overdrive thanks to a new study that shows how neuroscience and brain scanning can actually forecast whether a movie will be a hit or a bust.

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The Marine Nude-Photo Scandal Is Growing and Adding New Victims

A female Marine reservist is the newest victim of an ongoing effort by current and former Marines to share nude photos of fellow servicemembers without their consent.

A Facebook group called Marines United 3.0, taking its name from the original Facebook group shut down in January for sharing nude photos, continues to flout the Marine Corps and Congress by circulating photos, including at least one new cache. The group has resorted to extreme vetting of members—including a demand that aspirants post a nude photo—to prevent infiltration, according to a source within the group.

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Why Even Donald Trump Can’t Save Twitter

By most forms of logic, Twitter should be one of most successful social media companies on the planet.

President Donald Trump largely communicates with the American people through Twitter. He has 43 million followers between the @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS accounts, and other national politicians, media members and stock traders pretty much have to follow him as part of their job. His tweets have even moved markets (although Wall Street seems to be wisening up), and last week, Trump said Twitter was integral in getting him elected.

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Mexico warns firms not in their interest to build border wall

Mexico’s government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best “interests” to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.

While some Mexican companies stand to potentially benefit from the controversial infrastructure project, residents south of the border view the wall and Trump’s repeated calls to have Mexico pay for it as offensive. That is putting public pressure on firms to abstain from participating.

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Border wall fight: California considers divesting pensions from companies building wall between U.S. and Mexico

Three California Democrats have a warning for contractors who sign up for President Donald Trump’s border-wall construction project between the U.S. and Mexico: Build it, and we will divest from your company.

In the latest act of resistance against the Trump administration, the state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force the state to drop its pension investments in any companies involved in the project.

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AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to “greatly benefit the Putin Government,” The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.

Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin’s government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse.

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Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – envoy

North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

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Trump tax cut doubts hit global stocks, lift yen versus dollar

U.S. shares recovered from five-week lows on Wednesday following a downturn on concerns over potential delays to President Donald Trump’s pro-growth policies, while European shares ended lower and safe-haven gold, U.S. Treasuries, and the yen rallied on those worries.

The benchmark U.S. S&P 500 stock index notched its first gain in five sessions after briefly hitting its lowest since Feb. 15. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares hit a roughly two-week low, however, as investors increasingly worried whether Trump would be able to push ahead with pro-growth policies.

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Stock market falls 1.2%, ending longest streak of calm since 1995

Wall Street finally got what it’s been fearing: a big down day in the stock market.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index suffered its worst day of the year Tuesday. It closed down more than 1% for the first time since Oct. 11, or 110 trading sessions, ending its longest streak of calm since 1995, according to data compiled by Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial. It fell 29.45 points, or 1.24%, to close at 2344.02, lowering its gain for the year to 4.7%. The Dow Jones industrial average also fell — sliding nearly 238 points, its biggest one-day point and percentage loss since Sept. 13.

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