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A59-year-old chemist has been convicted in connection with stealing trade secrets, according to the Justice Department, which noted that the woman is an American citizen.

“Following a twelve-day trial, Dr. Xiaorong You, aka Shannon You, 59, of Lansing, Michigan, was convicted of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic espionage, and wire fraud,” a press release states.

Based on court documents and evidence put forward during the trial, the woman stole the trade secrets, which cost almost $120 million to create, to start a business in China.

“According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, You stole valuable trade secrets related to formulations for bisphenol-A-free (BPA-free) coatings for the inside of beverage cans. You was granted access to the trade secrets while working at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, and Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. The stolen trade secrets belonged to major chemical and coating companies including Akzo-Nobel, BASF, Dow Chemical, PPG, Toyochem, Sherwin Williams, and Eastman Chemical Company, and cost nearly $120,000,000 to develop.

“According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, You stole the trade secrets to set up a new BPA-free coating company in China. You and her Chinese corporate partner, Weihai Jinhong Group, received millions of dollars in Chinese government grants to support the new company (including a Thousand Talents Plan award). Documents related to You’s Thousand Talents Program application were admitted at trial; those documents, and other evidence presented at trial, showed the defendant’s intent to benefit not only Weihai Jinhong Group, but also the governments of China, the Chinese province of Shandong, and the Chinese city of Weihai, as well as her intent to benefit the Chinese Communist Party,” the DOJ noted.

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WHO knew but denied allegations about sexual misconduct by male staffers in Congo, report

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The World Health Organization knew but denied allegations about sexual misconduct by male staffers in Congo, according to an Associated Press investigation published Wednesday.

The wire service reports the claims were reported to senior Who officials and were allegedly committed by the staffers during an Ebola epidemic in 2019 in the region.

After the incidents became public in 2019, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared outrage, and emergencies Director Dr. Michael Ryan said, “We have no more information than you have.”

However, WHO officials appeared to know about the claim based on a review of internal emails. They show WHO directors were so alarmed by the reported abuse that they crafted an anti-sexual exploitation strategy. However, staffers were uncertain if the strategies did enough.

A senior manager, Dr. Michel Yao, received emailed complaints about two doctors accused of sexual misconduct agains women in the region but did not fire either. The investigation was unable to determine if Yao had forwarded the findings to more senior WHO officials.

Many other women have come forward claiming offers of jobs for sex or being denied jobs due to denying sexual favors to WHO officials.

The Associated Press has identified two Who doctors in connection with the alleged abuse – Drs. Boubacar Diallo and Jean-Paul Ngandu.

In addition, a WHO staffer and three Ebola experts working in the region during the outbreak separately told management about general sex abuse concerns related to Diallo but were told not to take the matter further, the report states.

Eight top officials privately acknowledged that the WHO had failed to effectively tackle sexual misconduct allegations in the Congo during the Ebola epidemic, describing it as systemic, the Associated Press investigative report also found. 

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Six victims are dead in the wake of a shooting at a birthday party in Colorado

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Six victims are dead in the wake of a shooting incident at a Colorado residence, according to authorities.

The Colorado Springs Police Department said that when officers arrived at the Canterbury Mobile Home Park they found six dead adults. A wounded individual who was taken to the hospital later died, bringing the total death toll to seven including the six victims and the suspect, who killed himself.

The incident appears to have occurred at a birthday party that was for one of the shooting victims. The shooting was perpetrated by the boyfriend of one of the now-deceased women. Authorities are still probing to find a motive.

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‘Boogaloo Bois’ member pleads guilty in connection with attempt to supply material support to Hamas

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Amember of the “Boogaloo Bois” has pleaded guilty in connection with attempting to supply material support to the foreign terror group Hamas.

Michael Solomon “pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization,” according to the Justice Department. “According to court documents, Michael Solomon, 31, of New Brighton, Minn., was a member of the ‘Boogaloo Bois,’ a group of individuals who espouse violent anti-government sentiments. In late May 2020, the FBI initiated an investigation into Solomon and co-defendant Benjamin Ryan Teeter, both members of the ‘Boogaloo Bois,’ and a sub-group called the ‘Boojahideen,'” the DOJ said.

The two individuals engaged with a confidential human source who they thought belonged to Hamas as well as an undercover FBI worker they also thought was a Hamas member. 

“According to court documents, on June 10, 2020, Solomon and Teeter met with a confidential human source (CHS), whom the defendants believed to be a member of Hamas. During this meeting, Solomon and Teeter proposed assisting Hamas as a means of furthering the goals of the Boogaloo Bois,” the DOJ noted. “On June 28, 2020, Solomon, Teeter and the CHS met an undercover employee of the FBI (UCE) that Solomon believed was a member of Hamas. During this meeting, Solomon and Teeter proposed manufacturing suppressors, untraceable firearms and fully automatic firearms for Hamas.”

Solomon and Teeter made several suppressors and gave them to the two individuals they believed belonged to Hamas — they also intended to make and supply even more suppressors.

“On July 6, 2020, Solomon and Teeter purchased a drill press for the purpose of manufacturing suppressors for Hamas. Solomon admitted that he and Teeter had planned to use the drill press to also manufacture suppressors for members of the Boogaloo Bois. Solomon and Teeter brought the drill press to Solomon’s home and later used the drill press to manufacture five suppressors,” the press release said. “On July 30, 2020, Solomon and Teeter delivered the suppressors to the CHS and UCE believing those devices would be used by the militant wing of Hamas. During that meeting, the defendants agreed to manufacture additional suppressors for Hamas believing that the next batch of suppressors would be used against Israeli and U.S. military personnel overseas,” the DOJ noted.

“Solomon admitted that he and Teeter again met the UCE on Aug. 29, 2020. During this meeting, the defendants gave the UCE a 3-D printed ‘auto sear’ believing that the auto sear would be used by Hamas to convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic rifles. At this time, Solomon and Teeter agreed to obtain, and did obtain, another order of auto sears for the CHS and the UCE,” according to the DOJ.

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