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James Mattis listens during a meeting with President Trump in 2017. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified on Wednesday during Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' criminal trial, saying that he was misled to believe the company had developed a technology that could scan health issues with drops of blood, AP reports.

State of play: Prosecutors presented Mattis' testimony to support their allegations that Holmes lied to investors about having a business relationship with the Pentagon, per the Wall Street Journal.

  • Mattis joined the Theranos board in 2013 and invested $85,000 of his own money into the company, shortly after retiring from the military. He said that he believed that the technology could help save the lives of troops on the battlefield.

What they're saying: "There just came a point where I didn’t know what to believe about Theranos anymore," Mattis said, per the Journal.

  • Mattis said that after Holmes showed him the technology, he "did not want to miss an opportunity."

Catch up quick: A series of stories from the Journal revealed that Theranos' technology did not work as advertised, which led several investors to sue the company.

What to watch: Other Theranos board members include former Cabinet members and CEOs, AP notes. Some are expected to testify during the trial, which is scheduled to continue until December.

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Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer but picked up a new rival.