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European Parliament President: No Brexit progress in meeting with UK's Johnson
LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – President of the European Parliament David Sassoli said he made no progress towards a Brexit deal during a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging Britain to come back with serious proposals for an agreement.
“I came here in the confident hope of hearing proposals which could take negotiations forward. However, I must note that there has been no progress,” he said in a statement issued after his meeting in London.
Bipartisan Senate report indicates Russian election-interference efforts have only increased since 2016
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is recommending the Trump administration form an interagency task force to monitor the use of social-media platforms by foreign governments for signs of interference in elections.
The recommendation is in a report released Tuesday by the Senate intelligence committee, which has been investigating Russia’s efforts to use social media to sow discord and influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
Lawmakers say the Russian effort was part of a “broader, sophisticated, and ongoing information warfare campaign” and that Russian activities increased rather than decreased following the 2016 election.
From the archives (December 2018): Russia used every major social network to aid Trump, Senate report finds
It’s the second report released by the committee as part of its investigation into Russian interference. The first focused on efforts by Russians agents to target state and local election systems.
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California utilities may cut power to 700,000 customers due to fire risk
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With windy, dry weather in the forecast, California utilities are considering shutting off power to more than 700,000 customers to try to prevent wildfires ignited by electrical equipment.
Southern California Edison’s website showed Tuesday that more than 106,000 customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts.
That’s in addition to the more than 600,000 customers that Pacific Gas & ElectricPCG, -3.48% announced a day earlier could be affected.
The largest numbers of potentially affected SoCal Edison customers are in Los Angeles County and to the east in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Also under consideration are areas to the west in Ventura County and to the north in Kern, Tulare, Inyo and Mono counties.
On Monday, Pacific Gas & Electric announced possible blackouts in 30 northern and central counties starting Wednesday.