Buffett: We’re not going to leverage up Berkshire

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett speaks at the 2019 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. Buffett discusses the risks of taking on leverage and alternative investments.

  • Elise Stefanik, newest star of Trumpworld, has turned impeachment into a fundraising boon
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    Elise Stefanik, newest star of Trumpworld, has turned impeachment into a fundraising boon

    The Stefanik campaign's YouTube page — which features the campaign logo — also contains several videos from the impeachment inquiry. The clips have titles like “Adam Schiff Refuses to yield to Stefanik at Impeachment Hearing Day 2. A complaint regarding Stefanik's use of impeachment footage was filed by Susan Delehanty, a Stefanik constituent who lives in the Adirondack Mountains region of New York, and sent to Omar Ashmawy, chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics, on Dec. 9.

  • Man gets life for kidnapping stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years
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    Man gets life for kidnapping stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years

    An Oklahoma man convicted of kidnapping his stepdaughter as a child and holding her in captivity for nearly 20 years has been sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said Tuesday. A federal jury found Henri Michelle Piette guilty in June of kidnapping and traveling with intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile following a seven-day trial that detailed the horrific conditions Rosalynn McGinnis endured. Piette repeatedly raped and abused her and fathered her nine children during the nearly two-decade ordeal, which began when Piette kidnapped her in 1997, when she was 12 years old.

  • Laura Bassett Accuses MSNBC Host Chris Matthews of Sexually Harassing Her in 2016
    The Daily Beast

    Laura Bassett Accuses MSNBC Host Chris Matthews of Sexually Harassing Her in 2016

    Days after MSNBC host Chris Matthews came under fire for his sexist run-in with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), columnist Laura Bassett claimed in a piece for GQ that the veteran MSNBC personality sexually harassed her in 2016—something she had previously written about in 2017 without revealing Matthews' name. According to Bassett, the married MSNBC host approached her when she was in a make-up chair prior to appearing on his show to talk about—ironically enough—the sexual-assault allegations made against then-nominee Donald Trump. Bassett writes that the remark caused her to nervously laugh.

  • 210 people have reportedly died from coronavirus in Iran, but the government is saying the death toll is only 34
    Business Insider

    210 people have reportedly died from coronavirus in Iran, but the government is saying the death toll is only 34

    The death toll in Iran from coronavirus could be far higher than the government is letting on. BBC News reported that 210 people have died, per hospital sources, while the official government number is 34. Iran has the highest mortality rate from coronavirus in the world.

  • 25 Glass Coffee Tables for Any and Every Living Room
    Architectural Digest

    25 Glass Coffee Tables for Any and Every Living Room

    Could we be any clearer? Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says minister
    Reuters

    Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says minister

    Islamist militant groups in Nigeria have begun targeting Christians in an attempt to provoke a religious war, the information minister said on Thursday. Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have killed around 35,000 people and displaced at least two million in the past decade, driven first by Boko Haram and more recently by its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). Information Minister Lai Mohammed said jihadist groups in the northeast of the country have now adopted a "deliberate policy of attacking Christians."

  • Betsy DeVos orders probe after USA TODAY finds college evidently without faculty, students
    USA TODAY

    Betsy DeVos orders probe after USA TODAY finds college evidently without faculty, students

    The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation after a USA TODAY report showed an accredited college apparently had no faculty or students. The college investigated by USA TODAY, Reagan National University, was approved by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools. It has a history of approving several for-profit universities that suddenly closed, such as ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges in the mid-2010s.

  • Bloomberg

    EU Walks Turkey Tightrope With Limited Sanctions on Drilling

    The EU asset freezes and travel bans on two employees of Turkish Petroleum Corp. make good on the bloc's months-long vow to counter Turkey's oil and natural-gas exploration in waters that are part of the exclusive economic zone of member country Cyprus. The sanctions also are the first of their kind in response to the actions of a nation seeking to join the EU. “Hanging in the balance is a possible influx of Syrian refugees into Europe,” said Michael Emerson of the CEPS think tank in the Belgian capital.

  • Barclays bankers acquitted over fraud charges in Qatar deal
    Associated Press

    Barclays bankers acquitted over fraud charges in Qatar deal

    Three former Barclays bankers were cleared Friday of fraud over a 4 billion-pound ($5.2 billion) investment deal with Qatar at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008. The three men — Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath — were acquitted after a five-month trial at London's Old Bailey. The case was brought by Britain's Serious Fraud Office, which had accused the three men of hiding the true nature of the fundraising plan with Qatar from authorities and other shareholders.

  • Kim warns of 'serious consequences' if virus reaches North Korea
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    Kim warns of 'serious consequences' if virus reaches North Korea

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the "serious consequences" of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country, state media reported Saturday. The impoverished nation, with a weak and ill-equipped healthcare system, has closed its borders to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. Kim told a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea that the fight against the virus was a "crucial state affair for the defence of the people" that required maximum discipline, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

  • Lori Vallow's niece denies knowing whereabouts of missing kids
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    Lori Vallow's niece denies knowing whereabouts of missing kids

    The niece of Lori Vallow, the Idaho mother arrested in connection to the disappearance of her son and daughter, denies knowing where the missing children are. Attorneys for the niece, Melani Boudreaux Pawlowski, said in a press release that she "strenuously denies" allegations she knows the whereabouts of Vallow's son, Joshua, 7, and her daughter, Tylee Ryan, 17. The children were last seen in September. Pawlowski's denial comes after her ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux, alleged in court documents that she knew where the children were.

  • Stock markets are headed for a 40 percent plunge, says economist who predicted financial crisis
    The Week

    Stock markets are headed for a 40 percent plunge, says economist who predicted financial crisis

    While one expert warned fallout from the global coronavirus outbreak could be "worse than the financial crisis" of 2008, the economist who correctly predicted that very crisis is now saying the idea of a major global recession "doesn't sound too farfetched." Nouriel Roubini, a New York University business professor and market prognosticator who foretold the housing bubble burst, told Yahoo Finance on Friday to expect "severe" consequences as the coronavirus continues to rattle markets. Roubini, who is often nicknamed Dr. Doom for his frequent pessimistic predictions, also saw doom and gloom for Trump's future as president as a result of any economic strife.

  • Iran Can’t Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It’s Trying Hard—and Putting the World in Danger
    The Daily Beast

    Iran Can’t Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It’s Trying Hard—and Putting the World in Danger

    Iran's deputy health minister was drenched in sweat at the press conference on Monday where he vehemently denied Tehran was covering up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak. The irony of Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi's case would be funny almost, were Iran's conspicuous bungling of the coronavirus threat not a menace to the whole region and, indeed, to the world. As The Daily Beast's partner publication, IranWire, revealed in an exclusive report Thursday, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has tried to address the epidemic by telling doctors to shut up about it, much as Chinese authorities in Wuhan did, disastrously, when the disease was just starting to spread last December.

  • Dozens of Turkish soldiers killed in airstrike in Syria
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    Dozens of Turkish soldiers killed in airstrike in Syria

    At least 33 Turkish military personnel have been killed in an airstrike in Syria's Idlib province, in a dramatic escalation in the battle for control of the country's last opposition stronghold.

  • Dubai's ruler loses appeal to stop publication of judgments in UK court battle with ex-wife
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    Dubai's ruler loses appeal to stop publication of judgments in UK court battle with ex-wife

    London's Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that two judgments in the legal battle between Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and his former wife over the wardship of their two children should be made public. Mohammed had said that the judgments of Andrew McFarlane, president of London's High Court Family Division, in the case involving Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, half-sister of Jordan's King Abdullah, were wrong in law and should not be publicized. "The unanimous decision of the court is that these appeals should be dismissed," said Justice Nicholas Underhill, vice-president of the Court of Appeal.

  • Coronavirus updates: WHO increases risk to 'very high,' tells governments to 'wake up'
    USA TODAY

    Coronavirus updates: WHO increases risk to 'very high,' tells governments to 'wake up'

    Here's what travel insurance will cover and NOT cover State Department, CDC: Avoid or reconsider travel to Italy On Friday, both the State Department and CDC elevated their travel advisories after the number of cases in that country more than doubled over the course of one week, increasing from 270 to 655. The CDC raised Italy to level 3 ("Avoid non-essential travel – widespread community transmission"), its most severe warning, noting that "older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease." The State Department raised its Italy advisory one step to its second-highest level, 3 ("Reconsider travel").

  • Inside the 'horrifying' 4-star hotel in Tenerife, where hundreds of guests have been quarantined after coronavirus cases in the resort
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    Inside the 'horrifying' 4-star hotel in Tenerife, where hundreds of guests have been quarantined after coronavirus cases in the resort

    Hundreds of tourists at a plush hotel in Tenerife have been put on lockdown after a doctor visiting from Italy's Lombardy region tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Guests at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace have described a chaotic response to the outbreak and have complained about the conflicting advice given by authorities and hotel staff. While some have chosen to remain in their rooms, others are wandering around hotel grounds and have been seen relaxing by the pool in face masks.

  • Turkey moves ahead with its threats to send refugees to EU
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    Turkey moves ahead with its threats to send refugees to EU

    Hundreds of refugees and migrants in Turkey have begun heading for the country's land and sea borders with Greece, buoyed by Turkish officials' statements indicating they will not be hindered from crossing the frontier to head into Europe. The move comes a day after a deadly Syrian airstrike that killed more than 30 Turkish troops in Idlib, Syria, where Turkey has been engaged since 2016. WHO ARE THE REFUGEES OR MIGRANTS IN TURKEY?

  • Top Democrat signals Sanders needs majority to claim nomination
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    Top Democrat signals Sanders needs majority to claim nomination

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday signaled to Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders that he would need an outright majority of delegates, not just a plurality, to win the party's presidential nomination. Washington's top Democrat declined to say whether she would support the candidacy of Sanders -- flagbearer for the left-wing -- if he arrived at the party convention in July with the most delegates among the candidates, but still short of a majority. Sanders is battling moderate rivals including former vice president Joe Biden and rising challenger Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, to see who faces President Donald Trump in November's election.

  • An Oklahoma man thought there were squirrels in his attic, but strange noises turned out to be a homeless man living in his house
    INSIDER

    An Oklahoma man thought there were squirrels in his attic, but strange noises turned out to be a homeless man living in his house

    An Oklahoma City man went to investigate noises he heard coming from his attic Wednesday morning, figuring they were being made by an animal. An Oklahoma City man was in for a big surprise when on Wednesday he found a homeless man living in his attic. The unidentified homeowner told police that he heard noises coming from the attic recently that sounded like a squirrel had made the space its home for the winter, KOCO reports.

  • Trump Pardon Won’t Erase Arpaio’s Criminal Past in Comeback Bid
    Bloomberg

    Trump Pardon Won’t Erase Arpaio’s Criminal Past in Comeback Bid

    The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday refused to expunge the criminal contempt finding made against Arpaio for defying a judge's orders related to his crackdown on undocumented immigrants. A month after the verdict, he became the first person to be pardoned by President Donald Trump. The three appellate judges, one who was appointed by Trump and two by George W. Bush, were unanimous that Arpaio's guilty verdict had no legal consequence because technically he was never convicted.

  • Shocking: China and the CIA Both Helped Saudi Arabia Get Their Own Ballistic Missiles
    The National Interest

    Shocking: China and the CIA Both Helped Saudi Arabia Get Their Own Ballistic Missiles

    Key point: Saudi Arabia wanted long-range missiles and it got them. You would be hard pressed to find two more determined foes of Iran other than Saudi Arabia and Israel. The latter country has long been perturbed by bellicose anti-Israeli rhetoric from Tehran, and has unleashed hundreds of air strikes and artillery bombardments targeting Iran's efforts to arm Hezbollah forces in Lebanon and Syria.

  • UC Santa Cruz fires 54 graduate students participating in months-long strike
    The Guardian

    UC Santa Cruz fires 54 graduate students participating in months-long strike

    The University of California, Santa Cruz, issued termination letters on Friday to 54 graduate students who have been waging a months-long strike for a cost-of-living-adjustment amid soaring rents. The firings came as graduate students at the University of California, Davis, and University of California, Santa Barbara, began their own cost-of-living strikes in solidarity. One of their demands is that all UC Santa Cruz graduate workers who participated in strike activities be restored to full employment status.

  • Baltimore ex-mayor sentenced to three years in prison in children's book fraud scheme
    Reuters

    Baltimore ex-mayor sentenced to three years in prison in children's book fraud scheme

    Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh was sentenced on Thursday to three years in federal prison for fraud and tax evasion schemes involving bogus sales of her children's book series. U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow ordered Pugh, who served for three years as mayor of Maryland's largest city, to surrender no later than April 13. "This could not have come at a worse time for the city," the judge said in an apparent reference to Baltimore's struggle to overcome its dark history of government kickbacks, police corruption and steep murder rate.

  • Shooter at Milwaukee Molson Coors had a long-running dispute with a co-worker
    USA TODAY

    Shooter at Milwaukee Molson Coors had a long-running dispute with a co-worker

    The man who opened fire at the Molson Coors plant Wednesday, killing five co-workers and himself, had been involved in a long-running dispute with a co-worker that boiled over, according to law enforcement and brewery sources who spoke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Anthony N. Ferrill, 51, had worked as an electrician for more than 20 years, about 17 of them at Molson Coors, according to multiple sources and online employment records. A co-worker who asked not to be identified for fear of being disciplined said that Ferrill believed he was being discriminated against because he was African-American and that he frequently argued with at least one of the victims, a fellow electrician.