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  1. Hong Kong police fire rubber bullets as extradition bill protests turn to chaos Hong Kong police fire rubber bullets as extradition bill protests turn to chaos By James Pomfret and Clare Jim Reuters HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles on Wednesday as protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial descended into violent chaos. Tens of thousands of protesters had gathered peacefully outside the Chinese-ruled city's legislature before tempers flared, some charging police with umbrellas. Police warned them back, saying: "We will use force." Ambulances sped toward the protest area as panic spread through the crowd, with many people trying to flee the stinging tear gas, according to a Reuters witness. More than 10 people were wounded in the clashes, Cable TV reported. Police used pepper spray, tear gas and batons to force crowds back. Some shops put up their shutters at the nearby IFC, one of Hong Kong's tallest buildings. Civil Human Rights Front, which organized a protest on Sunday that it estimated saw more than a million people take to the streets in protest against the extradition bill, accused police of using unnecessary violence. The protesters, most of them young people dressed in black, had erected barricades as they prepared to hunker down for an extended occupation of the area, in scenes reminiscent of pro-democracy "Occupy" protests that gridlocked the former British colony in 2014. The violence had died down by early evening under light rain, but tens of thousands still jammed the streets in and around Lung Wo Road, a main east-west artery near the offices of embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. "Didn't we say at the end of the Umbrella movement we would be back?" pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said, referring to the name often used for the 2014 demonstrations, whose trademark was the yellow umbrella. "Now we are back!" she said as supporters echoed her words. Others once again called for Lam to step down. CHINESE MEDDLING Opposition to the bill on Sunday triggered Hong Kong's biggest political demonstration since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "once country, two systems" deal guaranteeing it special autonomy, including freedom of assembly, free press and independent judiciary. But many accuse China of extensive meddling since, including obstruction of democratic reforms, interference with local elections and of being behind the disappearance of five Hong Kong-based booksellers, starting in 2015, who specialized in works critical of Chinese leaders. Lam has vowed to press ahead with the legislation despite deep concerns in the Asian financial hub, including among business leaders, that it could undermine those freedoms and investor confidence and erode the city's competitive advantages. The government said debate on the bill that was due to take place in the city's 70-seat Legislative Council on Wednesday would be delayed until further notice. The legislature is controlled by a pro-Beijing majority. "We won't leave till they scrap the law," said one young man wearing a black mask and gloves. "Carrie Lam has underestimated us. We won't let her get away with this." Financial markets were hit. The benchmark Hang Seng Index closed 1.7% lower, having lost as much as 2% in the afternoon, while Chinese companies in Hong Kong ended down 1.2%. (For a live blog of protests coverage, click https://reut.rs/2Iajtez) Britain urged the Hong Kong government to "pause and reflect" on the extradition bill and said it must protect its rights, freedoms and autonomy. "I urge the Hong Kong government to listen to the concerns of its people and its friends in the international community and to pause and reflect on these controversial measures," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. China reiterated its support for the legislation. "Any actions that harm Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability are opposed by mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters. Asked about rumors that more Chinese security forces were going to be sent to Hong Kong, Geng said that was “fake news”. The rally was within sight of the Hong Kong garrison of China's People's Liberation Army, whose presence in the city has been one of the most sensitive elements of the 1997 handover. FOOD, GOGGLES AND BRICKS The protesters, who skipped work, school or university to join the rally, rallied just a stone's throw from the heart of the financial center, where glittering skyscrapers house the offices of some of the world's biggest companies, including HSBC. Lam has sought to soothe public concerns about the bill and said her administration was creating additional amendments to the bill, including safeguarding human rights. Under the proposed law, Hong Kong residents, as well as foreign and Chinese nationals living or traveling through the city, would all be at risk if they were wanted on the mainland. The failure of the 2014 protests to wrest concessions on democracy from Beijing, coupled with the prosecutions of at least 100 mostly young protesters, initially discouraged many from returning to the streets. That changed on Sunday. Human rights groups have repeatedly cited the alleged use of torture, arbitrary detentions, forced confessions and problems accessing lawyers in China, where courts are controlled by the Communist Party, as reasons why the Hong Kong bill should not proceed. China denies accusations that it tramples on human rights and official media said this week "foreign forces" were trying to damage China by creating chaos over the extradition bill. (Reporting by Clare Jim, James Pomfret, Greg Torode, Jessie Pang, Twinnie Siu, Jennifer Hughes, Felix Tam, Vimvam Tong, Thomas Peter, and Joyce Zhou; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard and Gao Liangping in Beijing; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree and Nick Macfie; Editing by Robert Birsel and Clarence Fernandez)
  2. Trump promises Kim Jong Un protection from CIA spying Yahoo News David Knowles Jun 11th 2019 5:44PM President Trump promised he wouldn’t allow the CIA to use spies against North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un after reports surfaced that Kim’s half brother had been a U.S. intelligence asset before he was assassinated in Malaysia. Kim Jong Nam was killed in February 2017 — allegedly while he was en route to meet a CIA contact — by two women who sprayed a nerve agent in his face. U.S. officials quickly placed the blame for the killing on North Korea. Trump, speaking to reporters on the White House lawn Tuesday before leaving on a campaign trip to Iowa, was asked about Kim Jong Nam’s spying, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t know, I have not heard about that,” the president said, before contradicting himself and assuring Kim Jong Un that his administration wouldn’t do anything so underhanded. “I saw the information about the CIA with respect to his brother or half brother, and I would tell him that would not happen under my auspices, that’s for sure,” Trump said. “I wouldn’t let that happen under my auspices.” 18 PHOTOS Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi See Gallery The president, as he has in the past, lavished praise on Kim and expressed gratitude for his friendship. “I just received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un. I can’t show you the letter, obviously, but it was very personal, very warm, very nice letter,” Trump said. “North Korea, under his leadership, has great potential,” Trump continued. A deal to denuclearize North Korea has proven elusive to Trump, despite two high-profile summits with Kim. In February, Trump walked out of his second round of meetings with Kim without reaching an agreement. Still, Trump offered compliments to the dictator, calling their relationship “very strong” and describing Kim as “quite a guy and quite a character.” Less than two months after the failed summit in Vietnam, North Korea resumed testing new weapons. Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe to our other newsletters Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time. On Tuesday, Trump once again had far more negative things to say about Democratic political rival Joe Biden — who has been sharply critical of North Korea — than he did about Kim. While he described Kim as someone “who gets it,” he blasted Biden as “a dummy.”
  3. More U.S. millennials subscribe to video games than traditional pay TV More U.S. millennials subscribe to video games than traditional pay TV: survey By Hilary Russ Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) - More American millennials now subscribe to a video game service than to a traditional paid television service, according to a survey on Monday, as consumers favor new forms of entertainment that are shifting the broader media landscape. About 53% of people born between 1983 and 1996 now pay for gaming services, versus 51% who pay for television, according to a survey from the accounting and professional services firm Deloitte. That is compared with Deloitte's survey last year, in which paid subscriptions among millennials were 44% for video games and 52% for television. Paid television through cable, satellite or fiber - for instance Comcast Corp's Xfinity, Dish Network Corp or AT&T Inc's U-verse TV - has been challenged by changing viewer habits, particularly the rise of direct-to-consumer streaming services. At the same time, video games and e-sports have soared in popularity, giving rise to an industry of competitive professional and amateur games watched in person and online by fans, alongside more casual gaming on mobile phones. Players can subscribe to games like World of Warcraft from Activision Blizzard Inc. Riot Games Inc, a unit of Tencent Holdings Ltd , is working on a streaming mobile version of its hit League of Legends desktop game. Electronic Arts Inc offers subscriptions to its games - which include FIFA 18, Madden NFL 19, The Sims 4, Star Wars Battlefront II and more - for Microsoft Corp's Xbox and Sony Corp's PlayStation. In March, Alphabet Inc's Google unveiled Stadia, its new browser-based video game streaming service to launch this year through its cloud technology. The same month, Apple Inc also introduced a new digital video game subscription service called Apple Arcade. Kevin Westcott, who leads Deloitte's U.S. telecom, media and entertainment practice, said increased game consumption comes as more people fill their spare time playing on mobile devices instead of reading and other activities. Gaming can provide social ties and communities of fans and players. "Gaming companies have also been developing more compelling content and interaction with their consumers," Westcott said in an email. Deloitte's 13th annual digital media trends survey was fielded by an independent research firm from December 2018 to February 2019 online among 2,003 U.S. consumers. (The story removes typographical error in paragraph 3.) (Reporting by Hilary Russ; Additional reporting by Helen Coster; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) 06/10/2019 20:57 © Copyright Reuters Ltd. All rights reserved.
  4. U.S. appeals court to revisit Led Zeppelin 'Stairway' decision By Jonathan Stempel Reuters (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court decided on Monday to review its recent decision regarding whether Led Zeppelin stole the opening guitar riff for its 1971 anthem "Stairway to Heaven," but the plaintiff's lawyer still expects a retrial to go forward. The rock band, lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page had been accused of copyright infringement for stealing the riff from "Taurus," a song written in 1967 by the guitarist Randy Wolfe of the lesser-known band Spirit. A jury in Los Angeles ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin in June 2016, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 last September that errors by the trial judge required a new trial. Francis Malofiy, a lawyer for the trustee representing Wolfe's estate, said the 11-judge appeals court panel that will reconsider the case under Monday's order will focus on whether to broaden copyright protection for "Taurus." He said the three-judge panel erred in deciding that a sheet music "deposit copy" of "Taurus," rather than sound recordings by Spirit, defined the scope of what could be copyrighted under the federal 1909 Copyright Act. "It deals with an iconic song that defined a generation," said Malofiy, a lawyer at Francis Alexander. He said the trustee, Michael Skidmore, will get a new trial "no matter what." A lawyer for Led Zeppelin had no immediate comment. Led Zeppelin had sought a broader rehearing by the appeals court. Malofiy said the court never asked him to respond, as would be required under its rules before granting the band's request. The lawsuit is among the music industry's most closely watched copyright cases, potentially exposing Plant and Page to millions of dollars of damages. Wolfe drowned in 1997. The case is Skidmore v Led Zeppelin et al, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 16-56057. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler) 06/11/2019 2:15
  5. Ten U.S. states sue to stop Sprint-T-Mobile deal, saying consumers will be hurt By Diane Bartz and David Shepardson Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten states led by New York and California filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to stop T-Mobile US Inc's $26 billion purchase of Sprint Corp, warning that consumer prices will jump due to reduced competition. The complaint comes as the U.S. Justice Department is close to making a final decision on the merger, which would reduce the number of nationwide wireless carriers to three from four. The all-Democratic attorneys general from the 10 states, including Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia and Wisconsin, say the reduced competition would cost Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers more than $4.5 billion annually, according to the complaint. "When it comes to corporate power, bigger is not always better," New York Attorney General Letitia James said at a news conference. "To many upstate New Yorkers, (the carriers) still struggle with 3G," she said, adding that there is nothing in the merger that will guarantee more towers and coverage for certain communities. James said the lawsuit was not filed to influence the Justice Department's decision on the merger, adding that negotiations were ongoing among the states, the Justice Department and the carriers. James also said her office did not notify Justice before the states filed the lawsuit, adding it was not required for them to do so. State attorneys general often participate in lawsuits aimed at stopping mergers but rarely go it alone. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. "This is the third time T-Mobile has tried to merge and shrink the market to three players," said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. "Every time they’ve tried they’ve been blocked or forced to walk away because of opposition from the government… Opposition that’s based on the same concerns laid out in our lawsuit today." T-Mobile, whose parent company is Deutsche Telekom AG, and Sprint, controlled by Japan's SoftBank Group Ltd, did not comment. A spokeswoman for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai declined to comment. The Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment. Shares of Sprint dropped 6.2% to $6.56 while T-Mobile was down 1.4% at $75.28. WAITING ON DOJ The T-Mobile/Sprint deal has won the backing of a majority of the FCC. The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division staff has recommended the agency block the deal, but no final decision has been made. Calling the proposed merger "anti-competitive, anti-worker and anti-consumer," Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said the Justice Department "must follow the leadership of State AGs" who are fighting back for consumers. "Saying no to this deal should be easy," Blumenthal said in a tweet. While AT&T and Verizon dominate the overall U.S. wireless market, T-Mobile is the most popular among customers who make less than $75,000 per year, and Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand counts 83 percent of its users in that income range, according to Kagan, S&P Global Market Intelligence data. As part of their push to win regulatory approval, T-Mobile and Sprint have pledged not to raise rates for three years. The companies have also offered to sell Boost to reduce the combined company's market share in the prepaid business. They have also indicated they were considering divesting wireless spectrum. The states' complaint also said that divesting Boost would not resolve competitive concerns since Boost would be dependent on another carrier to provide network access, meaning that it is not independent. The two companies have been in regular contact with regulators as they lobby for approval. Sprint Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure and John Legere, his counterpart at T-Mobile, met with Justice Department officials on Monday, according to a source familiar with the matter. If the states' lawsuit goes forward, the courts would have the last say, not the Justice Department, Blair Levin, an analyst with New Street Research, said in a note on Tuesday. The next two big steps will be determining the position of Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, and the identity of the judge assigned to the states' lawsuit, Levin wrote. (Reporting by Diane Bartz, David Shepardson, Karen Freifeld; additional reporting by Angela Moon and Sheila Dang in New York; editing by Chris Sanders, Steve Orlofsky, Jeffrey Benkoe and Dan Grebler) 06/11/2019 19:50 © Copyright Reuters Ltd. All rights reserved.
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    Beef On Weck

    Thinly sliced roast beef served on a kaiser roll that is seasoned with coarse salt and caraway seeds – a Buffalo tradition. Being from Buffalo I thought it was only fitting that I do a recipe that originated in Buffalo, Beef On Weck. Beef On Weck is thinly sliced roast beef on a kummelweck roll. Kummelweck rolls are kaiser rolls that are topped with coarse salt and caraway seeds. There are restaurants in the area that are known for their Beef On Weck. These restaurants have been around for years and draw in weekly patrons just to dine on these delicious sandwiches. I remember when we were living out of the area and I would mention this sandwich to someone and they would have no idea what I was talking about. So to capture a bit (or bite) of home I would have them over for dinner and cook them Beef On Weck. I also loved cooking it because there is a distinct smell that lingers in the kitchen when the beef cooks. The smell always transported me back to Buffalo and I would remember Sunday dinner with my great grandmother. She always cooked it slow throughout the day. I would walk in to her house and I would immediately capture the smell of the beef cooking, and I couldn’t wait to eat. Typically this would be cooked slowly in the oven at 325 or 350 degrees for several hours. This is also good to put in the crock pot and let cook all day. Being a busy mom and wanting to provide my meat and potato husband with his weekly dose of beef I don’t always have all day to let it cook while chasing two babies. I have an improvised version that gets the beef cooked quicker and is just as tasty. This is a great sandwich to prepare for a picnic or BBQ. The meat can actually be made ahead of time and warmed up the next day so there is worry free cooking when entertaining guests. These sandwiches are also good cold too. Enjoy a taste of Buffalo! Beef On Weck Prep time 15 mins Cook time 1 hour 30 mins Total time 1 hour 45 mins Beef on Weck - a Buffalo tradition. Serves: 6-8 servings Ingredients Rolls 8 kaiser rolls or hard rolls 2 large egg whites 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons caraway Seeds Roast Beef 3-4lb top round roast 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ cup distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar Instructions Preheat oven at 350 degrees. In a small bowl mix together kosher salt and caraway seeds. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush each roll with egg whites and sprinkle the tops with salt and caraway seed mixture. Set each roll on cookie sheet. Bake rolls for 3 minutes until top has set. Remove from oven and set aside. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Brush roast with vinegar and rub roast with salt and pepper. Set roast on rack in a roasting pan. Cook roast for 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and let cook for an additional 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1½ hours basting occasionally. Use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature of roast. Cook until roast is 130 degrees for rare, 140-150 for medium, 155 for medium well, 160 for well done. Let roast sit for 10 minutes to rest. While meat is resting, strain pan drippings in to bowl. Serve as au jus or add flour and water to make gravy. Thinly carve meat and toss in au jus. Add desired amount of meat to rolls and serve. Serve with optional horseradish and a pickle on the side. Notes Alternative cooking methods -- For all day slow cooking, cook at 325 degrees until roast reaches desired temperature or cook in the crock pot on low for 8-10 hours.
  7. Mikes_GERMAN STYLE HORSERADDISH WITH BEETS Beets with Horseradish ingredients 2 1/2 pounds beets without their greens (5 1/2 pounds with greens), trimmed, leaving 2 inches of the stem ends intact 1/2 cup finely grated peeled fresh horseradish or 1/3 cup drained bottled horseradish 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 3 tablespoons water Preparation In a kettle cover the beets by 2 inches with cold water, bring the water to a boil, and simmer the beets, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes, or until they are tender. Drain the beets and under cold water slip off and discard the skins and stems. Cut the beets into wedges, in a bowl combine them well with the horseradish, the sugar, the vinegar, the water, and salt and pepper to taste, and let them marinate, covered and chilled, for at least 8 hours and up to 3 days.
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