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In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of "The Post" at The Newseum in Washington. United Nations experts on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, have called for "immediate investigation" by the United States into information they received that suggests that Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's WhatsApp account. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)

U.N. says Jeff Bezos’ phone may have been hacked by Saudis

- Associated Press

United Nations experts Wednesday called for an “immediate investigation” by the United States and others into information they received that suggests that Jeff Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s WhatsApp account.

President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking during a campaign rally at the Huntington Center, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

- Associated Press

The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations.

Police cars escort an ambulance after a shooter open fire inside the Pensacola Air Base, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Pensacola, Fla.   The US Navy is confirming that a shooter is dead and several injured after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.  (Tony Giberson/ Pensacola News Journal via AP)

Pensacola hit with cyberattack days after shooting

- Associated Press

Federal authorities are investigating a cyberattack on the city of Pensacola, Florida, home to the naval air station where a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight others on Friday.

In this Nov. 7, 2012, photo, U.S. and Chinese national flags are hung outside a hotel during the U.S. Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) ** FILE **

China exploiting U.S. schools to steal research, Senate report finds

- The Washington Times

China has built its economy in part on research funded by taxpayers in the U.S., then siphoned across the Pacific Ocean by academics recruited by Beijing to act as double agents, stealing intellectual property from their American universities, a bipartisan Senate report revealed Monday.

In this Oct. 29, 2019, photo, Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Chad Wolf speaks during a meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF), in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Chad Wolf sworn in as acting DHS chief

- The Washington Times

Chad Wolf was sworn in Wednesday as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, hours after the Senate confirmed him to a lower position at the department.

U.S. seeks to blacklist Chinese artificial intelligence firms

- Associated Press

The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology that the U.S. says is being used to repress China’s Muslim minority groups.

In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the Facebook logo on a screen at Nasdaq in Time Square, New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

EU court: Facebook can be forced to remove content worldwide

- Associated Press

The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that individual member countries can force Facebook to remove what they regard as unlawful material from the social network all over the world — a decision experts say could hinder free speech online and put a heavy burden on tech companies.