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California prosecutors ramp up investigation of Trump as Mueller report is reviewed

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President Donald Trump. (AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

Along with investigators in New York, Los Angeles prosecutors have also joined in on probes into President Donald Trump.

The New York Times reported that California prosecutors have taken part in inquiries about the president’s inaugural fund, according to sources briefed on the investigation.

“The Justice Department continues to investigate the business and political dealings of Elliott Broidy, a top fund-raiser for Mr. Trump’s campaign and inauguration, who tried to use his access to the Trump team to boost his businesses,” the Times reported, adding that “federal investigators in Los Angeles have also taken part in the inquiry.”

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The report enumerated the investigations into the president that are continuing to take place in the wake of the submission of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to the Justice Department.

Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC, for instance, “will handle the prosecution of the Trump political adviser Roger J. Stone Jr., who was charged as part of Mr. Mueller’s investigation.”

New York authorities are separately “pursuing several investigations focused on the president, his associates and his business,” including a mortgage fraud case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and “civil inquiries into the Trump Organization’s insurance practices, real estate deals, and whether the family’s charitable foundation violated tax laws.”

Prosecutors in Brooklyn are also looking into Trump inaugural committee donations and the Middle East ties of the committee’s chairman, Trump’s longtime friend Tom Barrack who in 2018 was interviewed by Mueller, people briefed on the discussion told the Times.

Read the entire report via the Times.

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Moon may be richer in water than thought — and it could help propel humans farther from earth

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There may be far more water on the Moon than previously thought, according to two studies published Monday raising the tantalising prospect that astronauts on future space missions could find refreshment -- and maybe even fuel -- on the lunar surface.

The Moon was believed to be bone dry until around a decade ago when a series of findings suggested that our nearest celestial neighbour has traces of water trapped in the surface.

Two new studies published in Nature Astronomy on Monday suggest there could be much more water than previously thought, including ice stored in permanently shadowed "cold traps" at lunar polar regions.

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Asymptomatic coronaagvirus sufferers lose antibodies sooner: study

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Asymptomatic coronavirus sufferers appear to lose detectable antibodies sooner than people who have exhibited Covid-19 symptoms, according to one of the biggest studies of its kind in Britain published on Tuesday.

The findings by Imperial College London and market research firm Ipsos Mori also suggest the loss of antibodies was slower in 18–24 year-olds compared to those aged 75 and over.

Overall, samples from hundreds of thousands of people across England between mid-June and late September showed the prevalence of virus antibodies fell by more than a quarter.

The research, commissioned by the British government and published Tuesday by Imperial, indicates people's immune response to Covid-19 reduces over time following infection.

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Early voting to be hit by heavy rain and flooding as Hurricane Zeta barrels towards the Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near Louisiana's border with Mississippi on Wednesday evening as campaigns work to get supporters to the polls and convince any undecided voters to back their candidate.

"Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect," the National Hurricane Center warned.

"Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding," the center explained.

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