FBI Agents Raid Michael Cohen, Trump's Personal Attorney; Scientists Block Gene That Causes Alzheimer; Japanese Man Recognized as World's Oldest at 112; Investigators Give Updates on Austin Bombings; Updates With iPhone Batteries; Delta, Best Buy, Others Hacked By Third-Party App; List of "Dirtiest" and "Cleanest" Fruits and Produce
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, April 10. Ready for news?
Yesterday (Monday) morning, FBI agents raided the New York City office and hotel of President Trump’s personal lawyer of over ten years, Michael Cohen.
They went in with search warrants from a referral by Special Counsel Mueller, who appears to have found some information and notified federal prosecutors in New York.
FBI agents took business records, tax records, emails, and documents — also information related to his $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.
Reports say FBI is looking at possible bank fraud and wire fraud.
President Trump was mad about this, saying this was a disgrace, an attack on our country, and said many told him he should fire Mueller.
This morning he tweeted twice about the raid, saying “attorney-client privilege is dead” and that this was a “TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!”
Last week news reporters asked President Trump on Air Force One if he knew about Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. Trump said said “no” and that they would have to ask Cohen why he made the payment.
The payment was for Stormy to sign a non-disclosure agreement to not talk about her sexual relationship with Trump in 2006. It was paid 12 days before the 2016 election. The timing has caused some organizations to file complaints with the FEC -- Federal Election Commission saying it is a violation of FEC laws.
Federal prosecutors have asked the Trump Organization to turn over records related to the $130,000 payment to Stormy.
This is a serious situation for Cohen, since to obtain a search warrant, prosecutors must show a federal judge that there is probable cause for the raid, that there is high chance of finding evidence of criminal activity.
The other time FBI agents raided a person within the Mueller investigation is former Trump presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort in July. He was later indicted with money laundering and tax fraud crimes.
Today news broke that FBI agents at Manafort’s home were not just looking at his finances, they were looking at his contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign.
A team of scientists in California say they successfully blocked a gene that causes Alzheimer’s disease.
These experiments were done on cell collections in a laboratory, not on humans.
What the scientists did was to identify a protein associated to the dangerous gene the appears to be associated with Alzheimer's, apoE4.
They prevented it from breaking down into fragments and damaging nerve cells in the brain, which appears to cause the disease.
The apoE4 gene only breaks down if it is misshapen and not of a normal shape.
Around 10 to 15% of people have this specific gene. Most of us have the normal shape, but if it isn’t, then we are at risk of it breaking down.
So with this new study, it is possible it will lead to a new drug that can stop the breakdown.
One man from Japan has been recognized as the world’s oldest man. He is 112. His name is Masazo Nonaka.
Guinness World Records gave him a “certificate” of verification.
He worked in his youth as a farmer and lumberjack, then was in charge of a hot spring inn owned by his family. He would often take dips in the water.
I’m sure that hot springs will increase in popularity now with people thinking it’ll make them live longer!
Masazo is currently the oldest man after the previous oldest man died at 113 two months ago. His name is Francisco N. Olivera, from Spain.
The Japanese man is not the oldest person, but the oldest man. The “oldest person” is a Japanese woman, Nabi Tajima, who is 117.
She became the oldest woman after a Jamaican woman, Violet Moss-Brown, died in September at 117.
Yesterday there was a press conference in Austin where investigators gave updates on the Austin bombings. An ASL interpreter was present.
Federal agents said they still don’t know the bomber/terrorist Mark Conditt’s motive. They don’t know the reason he did the bombings. They said there are no more suspects and they don’t think there are any more bombs out there.
An affidavit for an arrest warrant said Conditt built seven bombs, with parts he bought from hardware stores.
One of the bombs, in a package at a FedEx building near San Antonio, had a PVC pipe casing with a metal pipe inside of it, surrounded by shrapnel. It had a trigger designed to explode if someone opened the box flap.
It had a battery holder with a snap connector. So that’s how he built the bombs.
The one in FedEx appears to be the same kind of bombs that killed two men, Anthony House (39) and Draylen Mason (17), who died after they opened what appeared to be package boxes. A 75-year old woman was seriously injured when she opened a package.
Investigators said Conditt also bought a sign from a Home Depot store that said, “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here.” He used it for his tripwire bomb, hiding the bomb behind the sign. The explosion injured two men.
Investigators are still going through Conditt’s computer records.
Last year Apple received a lot of criticism from customers when they discovered that an update forced older iPhones to slow down.
Apple said that this was because the batteries in the older iPhones were degrading and are not able to store as much power. They said this can lead to unexpected crashes, so that’s why they were making the iPhones run slower. It caused quite a stir.
Recently Apple released a new update, iOS 11.3, which adds a new section in settings called Battery Health. This section will tell you about the health and longevity of your iPhone and will allow you to prevent your phone from being slowed down.
Apple says the throttling applies to iPhone 6 through 7 Plus including SE models. Apple says the newer iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are designed better and can manage the battery life better.
If you notice your iPhone running slowly, you can update to the latest software. Check it out.
If you have an iPhone 6 or later, you can can replace your battery at any Apple store for $29.
Last Thursday Delta Airlines announced that one company they contracted with to run their website’s chat feature had been hacked last fall.
The company is 7.ai. They also do work with Sears, Kmart, Best Buy, and several other big companies.
Delta said they were informed on March 28th about the hack. Sears found out at the same time.
Both times the hackers had access to customers’ credit card information.
Delta said hundreds of thousands of customer transactions were exposed – but only for purchases between September 26 and October 12, 2017.
Delta said that the hackers only had access to credit-card information, not identity-related information (like passport numbers). Delta has removed the chat feature from their website and will contact customers who may have been impacted by the hack. They have also set up a helpline for concerned customers.
On Saturday, Kmart and Best Buy said they also were affected. Best Buy is now offering free services to customers to protect them against credit-card fraud.
All of the companies affected have not confirmed that customer’s credit card information was stolen. They just said that hackers had the opportunity to steal it.
This is a big concern because many other companies used the same chat feature from 7.ai: American Express, AT&T, Citi, eBay, Famers Insurance and Hilton, among others.
So far, American Express and Farmers Insurance have confirmed they were not impacted by the hack. We’ll see about the others.
A nonprofit organization, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), has released a list of the 12 dirtiest fruits and vegetables as a warning on pesticides contamination.
The top four: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, and apples.
EWG said one strawberry sample had 22 different pesticide residues and that one-third of all “normal” — not organic — strawberries had 10 or more pesticides.
For spinach, 97% of “normal” spinach had pesticide residues.
For nectarines, 94% of samples had two or more pesticides, with one sample having 15.
For apples, 90% of “normal” apples had pesticide residues, with 80% of them having a type that is banned in Europe.
The next six are grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, and celery.
Pesticides are used by farmers to kill insects, plants, molds, and rodents. EWG said almost 70% of all “normal” fruits and vegetables had pesticides.
The food tests were done by the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on over 38,000 fruits and vegetables that were not organic.
EWG is encouraging people to buy organic, saying pesticides can harm children’s bodies. If not, they recommend rinsing food under tap water for at least 30 seconds or cook it to reduce the amount of pesticides.
They also released a “Clean 15” with fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticides.
The top ten are avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbages, onions, sweet frozen peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, and eggplants.
You can check out the link at the transcript for more information.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!