Aamer Madhani and Andrew Wolfson USA TODAY Published 9:48 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 If gun rights activist Cody Wilson gets his way in his ongoing legal battle, soon anybody – including convicted felons and the mentally ill – with a few raw materials and access to an industrial 3D printer could build a plastic firearm, gun-control advocates say. But will people, particularly a criminal or someone else intent on carrying out violence, bother to make the effort? Tech experts and stakeholders in the gun-control debate are divided on whether the emergence of 3D-printed plastic guns presents an immediate new safety threat to U.S communities. A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday placed a temporary injunction until Aug. 10 against Wilson from publishing his blueprints on his website, Defcad.com. Some 3D print experts, however, say even if Wilson wins his battle, the plastic gun is, at least at this point, not a practical weapon. “It’s not feasible to print … [Read more...] about 3D-printed guns might be inevitable. But are they a practical weapon of choice for criminals?
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Top story: ‘Placed himself and his money above the law’ Hello, I’m Warren Murray. Happy Yorkshire Day – more on that further down. The former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort enriched himself with a “secret income” from consulting for pro-Russian groups in Ukraine, a court has heard. In the first trial to arise from the Trump-Russia investigation, Manafort is accused of funnelling more than $60m through offshore accounts and hiding a “significant” portion of it from US tax collectors. It funded fast cars, “fancy clothes” and other indulgences including a $21,000 watch, a $15,000 jacket made of ostrich and more than $6m worth of property paid for in cash. “He got whatever he wanted,” assistant US attorney Uzo Asonye told the jury. “No tax law, no banking law … Paul Manafort lied to his bookkeeper, he lied to his tax preparer, he lied to the IRS, he lied to multiple financial institutions – all in … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Manafort money trail leads to court
Denmark’s burqa ban, and big US newspaper retells the story of the “American St Nick”. Delano’s breakfast briefing for Wednesday. IPhone sales boost Apple earnings Apple has posted better than expected results, driven by sales of higher end iPhones, reported the Financial Times and Reuters. The tech firm sold 41.3m iPhones during its fiscal third quarter, with an average selling price of $724, which was $30 more than expected. Total revenues were $53.3bn, a gain of 17% compared to the same quarter last year. Apple shares rose 4% in after-hours trading. Vivendi puts Universal stake on the market The French media group Vivendi said it would sell up to half of Universal Music Group, said CNN and Variety. Vivendi has previously estimated the music group to be worth $40bn; Goldman Sachs put the figure at $23.5bn last year. Universal is home to artists such as Lady Gaga and U2. Facebook finds disinformation campaign Facebook removed 32 Facebook pages and Instagram … [Read more...] about Apple earnings, Facebook deletions, Aeromexico crash
Donald Trump has suggested Theresa May is not delivering the Brexit that British people voted for as he warned her against staying too closely tied to the EU. On the first day of the US President’s four-day visit to the UK, he delivered a typically outspoken assessment of Mrs May’s Chequers agreement, describing it as a “different route” from the one demanded by the EU Referendum. “I’ve been reading a lot about Brexit over the last couple of days," the President said. "It seems to be turning a little bit differently, where they’re getting at least partially involved back with the European Union." Asked whether he believed Mrs May's plan amounted to a hard Brexit, Mr Trump replied: "I would say that Brexit is Brexit - the people voted to break it up so I would imagine that’s what they’ll do. “But maybe they’re taking a little bit of a different route. So I don’t know if that’s what they voted … [Read more...] about Theresa May makes Brexit trade deal pitch to Donald Trump at Blenheim Palace dinner
Donald Trump is set to arrive in Britain on Thursday afternoon for a highly controversial visit, flying into a whirlwind of protests against him as Theresa May pushes for a post-Brexit trade deal with America. After sparking a new firestorm on the international stage with allies at a Nato summit, the US president begins a four-day trip to the UK that is expected to leave taxpayers with a police and security bill of up to £10 million. Mrs May will host Mr Trump, and his wife Melania, at a lavish dinner at Blenheim Palace on Thursday evening, just days after the US president said the UK was in "turmoil" following the Cabinet resignations triggered by the Prime Minister's Brexit plans. Sources close to Mr Trump have told The Telegraph that he is a supporter of a hard Brexit and could publicly voice support for a clean break with Brussels if asked in a move that would pile pressure on the Prime Minister. Ahead of the visit, … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s visit to UK: President to arrive as Theresa May pushes for post-Brexit trade deal