Apr 7, 2018

Brazil's ex-president Lula surrenders for prison sentence

Lula with supporters earlier today. Photo: Carla Carniel / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former president and current presidential frontrunner, surrendered to authorities today to begin serving a 12-year sentence on corruption charges, per the NYT. Lula, as he is popularly known, is one of a number of prominent Brazilian politicians engulfed in a massive kickback scandal.

Why it matters: Lula's imprisonment removes the top contender for Brazil's presidency from the race and could heighten political tensions in a nation still relatively new to democracy.

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53 people in the U.S. diagnosed with coronavirus

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53 people have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus in the U.S., an increase in cases largely driven by the repatriation of American citizens from the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Japan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.

The big picture: As more countries experience community-wide transmission, CDC official Dr. Nancy Messonnier told reporters that it's now a question of when the same will happen in the U.S. — and how many citizens will develop a severe illness.

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Exclusive: Global trust in the tech industry is slipping

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The backlash against Big Tech has long flourished among pundits and policymakers, but a new survey suggests it's beginning to show up in popular opinion as well.

Driving the news: New data from Edelman out Tuesday finds that trust in tech companies is declining and that people trust cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence less than they do the industry overall.

"It was 30 years ago, get over it": Mike Bloomberg's partner brushes off NDA concerns

Diana Taylor at a Mike Bloomberg event last month. Photo: Ron Adar/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Diana Taylor, Mike Bloomberg's longtime partner, dismissed the concerns surrounding non-disclosure agreements used at his company, Bloomberg LP, telling CBS News that she would say to those bothered by the allegations, "It was 30 years ago, get over it."

Why it matters: Democratic candidates have used the NDAs as a talking point against Bloomberg, calling on him to allow women to speak about the reported sexual harassment and gender discrimination they faced while working for him.