Apr 11, 2019

CNN: Bezos to meet with federal prosecutors about National Enquirer claims

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Photo: Leonard Ortiz/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is slated to meet with federal prosecutors in New York as early as next week to discuss his claim that Saudi Arabia was behind an infamous National Enquirer report that included intimate text messages and exposed his extramarital affair, CNN reports Wednesday.

Details: Citing sources familiar with the matter, CNN reported that prosecutors at the Southern District of New York are looking to obtain access to Bezos's electronic devices to examine the allegations made by Bezos's private investigators. His attorneys and investigators have reportedly provided federal authorities with documents and other material relating to the investigation, but not his devices. A spokesman for American Median Inc., the tabloid's parent company, told CNN: "American Media does not have, nor have we ever had, any editorial or financial ties to Saudi Arabia."

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The pandemic shows why we're never ready for the big one

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases passed 1 million on Friday, two words sum up the U.S. response to the coronavirus: not enough. Not enough hospital beds, not enough ventilators, not enough protective equipment. Not enough preparation.

Why it matters: COVID-19 has demonstrated our normal defenses aren't enough in the face of a low-probability, but high-consequence catastrophe.

U.S. coronavirus updates: New York reports record 630 deaths in 24 hours

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New York reported 630 new deaths in 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday — an "all-time increase" that beat the previous day's record of 562 deaths in a single day.

The big picture: As expected, COVID-19 death tolls are rising in the U.S., killing more than 7,100 people in total, and over 1,000 in 24 hours alone. The CDC is recommending Americans wear face coverings in public to help stop the spread, marking a significant change in messaging from the Trump administration.

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World coronavirus updates: Spain tracks more cases than Italy

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Spain overtook Italy in its number of coronavirus cases on Saturday, as the global death toll surpassed 60,000, per Johns Hopkins data.

The latest: About half the planet's population is on lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis. Fatalities are exponentially increasing across Europe, with roughly half of deaths worldwide located in Italy and Spain.

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