Stocks gain…Undercover spy exposed…Bezos saga
SINGAPORE (AP) – World markets generally climbed Monday as traders kept a lookout for developments ahead of a new round of trade talks between American and Chinese officials in Beijing this week. Futures point to opening gains on Wall Street. Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell below $52.50 per barrel. The dollar rose against the yen and the euro.
LONDON (AP) – The Associated Press has learned that at least six individuals involved in lawsuits against an Israeli spyware company have been targeted by mysterious operatives who the six claim are trying to discredit them. Two of the individuals are cybersecurity researchers looking into the NSO Group and three are lawyers involved in lawsuits that allege that NSO sold its spyware to governments with questionable human rights records. The targets told the AP that the covert agents tried to goad them into making racist and anti-Israel remarks or revealing sensitive information.
WASHINGTON (AP) – An attorney for the head of the tabloid’s parent company says the National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Elkan Abromowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said on Sunday a “reliable source” well-known to Bezos and his mistress provided the story about the billionaire’s extramarital affair. Bezos has said AMI threatened to publish explicit photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.
DENVER (AP) – Teachers in Colorado’s capital are planning to strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. The teachers union and Denver Public Schools met Saturday in an attempt to reach a new contract after more than a year of negotiations, but both sides left disappointed. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association released a statement after the meeting saying the district’s proposal lacks transparency and “pushes for failed incentives for some over meaningful base salary for all.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is looking at how to respond to a public push for stricter regulation of chemicals found on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. There’s growing evidence that long-term exposure to the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, can be dangerous, even in tiny amounts. The Environmental Protection Agency is looking at how to respond to a public push for stricter regulation of the chemicals, in production since the 1940s. A decision is expected soon.