Day: July 14, 2020

Trump administration drops plan to deport international students in online-only classes

Two of the country’s top universities won a major victory over the Trump administration on Tuesday, after the government agreed to halt its plan to deport international college students who only use online courses to study this fall.

The decision marks a stunning retreat for the Trump administration, which left schools and students reeling following a July 6 announcement that spurred lawsuits and condemnation from a growing list of states, schools, politicians, labor unions and tech sector giants. That included the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which announced it was “pleased that the Department of Homeland Security rescinded its ill-conceived policy regarding international students” following the decision.

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued both DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week, days after the government warned schools it would begin to reinstate tight restrictions on the number of online classes foreign students are allowed to take while

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Chainlink’s Interest, Ethereum’s ‘ReGenesis’ and Crypto Taxes

Binance announced the rollout of its crypto debit card, the U.K.’s central bank is thinking hard about a digital currency and the taxman cometh. Here’s the story:

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AML Compliance
BitGo is offering API support for the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) “Travel Rule,” which stipulates the originators and beneficiaries of financial transactions over $1,000 be identified and that their personal data must “travel” with those transactions. BitGo’s offering seeks to remove the headache of identifying wallets and transferring personally identifiable information between clients that use the San Francisco-based firm’s technology or custodial services.

Related: First Mover: Bitcoiners Not Worried Fed Money Printer Has Stopped Going ‘Brrrr’

Binance Card
Binance has announced the first major rollout

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Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty in Epstein Sex Trafficking Ring Charges

Mark Mainz/Getty Images
Mark Mainz/Getty Images

A federal judge denied bail to Jeffrey Epstein’s accused madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls in the financier’s sex-trafficking scheme.

On Tuesday afternoon, Maxwell appeared at the arraignment, initial scheduling conference and bail hearing remotely via video conference from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. She pleaded not guilty.

U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan set Maxwell’s trial for July 12, 2021 and said that given Maxwell’s significant wealth and foreign connections, “no combination of conditions could reasonably ensure her presence at court. The risks are too great.”

Assistant U.S. prosecutor Alison Moe argued the 58-year-old British socialite has “the ability and willingness to live off the grid indefinitely” and wasn’t candid with the court or a pretrial services officer about her financial means, listing less than $1 million in her accounts and zero monthly income. “She has not earned the

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Ghislaine Maxwell Is Denied Bail After Pleading Not Guilty in Epstein Sex Trafficking Ring Charges

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Mark Mainz/Getty Images

Jeffrey Epstein’s accused madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, was denied bail Tuesday after she pleaded not guilty to recruiting and grooming underage girls in the financier’s sex-trafficking scheme.

On Tuesday afternoon, Maxwell appeared at the arraignment, initial scheduling conference and bail hearing remotely via video conference from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan set Maxwell’s trial for July 12, 2021. Assistant U.S. prosecutor Alison Moe said the trial would take two weeks, including another week set aside for jury selection.

Moe said discovery in the case would include search warrant returns, subpoena returns including business records, photographs and searches from electronic devices. It also will include prior investigative files from the FBI, relating to Epstein’s 2007 criminal case in the Southern District of Florida.

Maxwell was arrested July 2 at a luxurious New Hampshire hideaway she’d purchased for nearly $1 million in cash

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Loss of international students could damage US economy, experts say, as Trump seeks visa restrictions

The world of higher education, already struggling to cope amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was rocked last week when the Trump administration issued a regulation that would prevent international students from entering the country in addition to compelling thousands already in the U.S. to leave if enrolled in schools that plan to teach exclusively online in the fall.

“These students and their families have invested so much hope and money — in some cases, their families’ life savings — to get an American education,” Kavita Daiya, an associate professor of English at George Washington University, told ABC News. “By being here, they bring so much talent and knowledge to our communities. To force them to leave is to betray the promise of opportunity and fairness that undergirds American higher education.”

It could also cost the U.S. tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

MORE: Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration

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A New Scripted Happy Endings Reunion Is Finally Happening

Some ah-mah-zing news to brighten up your 2020: Happy Endings is finally getting a reunion.

Happy Endings stars Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr., Casey Wilson and a special surprise guest will reunite and perform new scripted material from the writers of the series. The special is titled “And The Pandemmy Goes To…” and it will drop on Sony Pictures Television’s YouTube page. Following the event, there will be a special live fan question and answer session with the cast. Fans can submit their questions using #AskHappyEndings and tag @HappyEndings.

Every (Virtual) Heartwarming Cast Reunion That’s Lifting Our Spirits

The reunion is to raise money and awareness for Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, and José Andrés‘ World Central Kitchen supporting Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 relief efforts.

“For years, the people (and multiple networks) have spoken:

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Opening border could ‘waste’ Canada’s efforts, vaccine may not be available until 2021, health official warns

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 107,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 14

1:15 p.m.: Spikes in COVID-19 cases ‘almost inevitable’

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said

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11 of the biggest myths about coronavirus, according to the World Health Organisation

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Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began making headlines across the world, there has been confusing and sometimes conflicting advice. Should we wear masks, should we not; does wearing gloves help; can the virus be spread from pets to humans – the list goes on.

Despite the plethora of information about the Covid-19 outbreak, the main guidance has largely remained the same for several months, albeit with slight updates: maintain social distancing guidelines, wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and isolate at home if you start exhibiting symptoms including a high fever; a new, continuous cough or a loss or changed sense of smell and taste.

Amid the guidelines issued by governments and health organisations, myths concerning the virus have also been spreading, making it difficult for some members of the public to discern truth from fiction.

On the website for the World Health Organisation (WHO), it lists some

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The ultimate guide to coverings you need to shop in England

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

It was announced yesterday that from 24 July, face coverings will be mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

On 14 July health secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “We want to give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops,” while noting the disproportionate impact that the pandemic has had on shop workers.

“The death rate

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The Porn World Exposes Mia Khalifa

via Instagram
via Instagram

After a three-month stint in porn, Mia Khalifa called it quits. Given her limited experience in porn, with only a dozen scenes to her credit, disappearing back into civilian life was a reasonable expectation—or would have been, if the Lebanese-born star hadn’t become a global sensation at 21 years old for wearing a hijab in a XXX scene. Singled out by Islamic extremists, Khalifa received death threats and could no longer travel to certain countries safely but shrewdly used that same notoriety catapult herself into the top-tier of porn, achieving a level of status and recognition most women spend years of hard work and hundreds of scenes to get to.

According to Khalifa, the notoriety limited her traditional workplace options, ultimately forcing her back into becoming Mia Khalifa.

“A lot of people in the industry are vehemently angry with her for making all this money off the

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