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Penguin Random House has won in a bidding war for a pair of books by Barack and Michelle Obama.The books are likely to be released in 2018, but there are no official publication dates yet. The publishing house announced the book deal last Tuesday night. CEO Markus Dohle said it would work with the former first couple to “make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance.”

The Financial Times reported that auction between several prominent book publishers had surpassed the $60 million mark. It is speculative as to  how much Penguin Random House ultimately paid for the two books. The parties involved declined to comment on the terms of the deal.  But the FT said it amounted to “a record sum for US presidential memoirs.”

According to the publishers announcement, the Obamas “plan to donate a significant portion of their author proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation.”

Additionally, Penguin Random House will donate one million books “in the Obama family’s name.The couple’s books will be published separately, but publishing houses vied for the rights to the books together. Their Lawyer and literary agent Bob Barnett, represented the couple in the joint book deal.

Former President Obama’s past books were published by Penguin Random House, so the new deal continues a two-decade-long relationship.

Books by the Obamas are virtually guaranteed to be best-sellers, selling millions of copies and generating weeks of media attention.Book industry bidding wars get competitive for other reasons as well. The opportunity to be in business with a famous figure like a former president is a factor.

George W. Bush reportedly received about $10 million for the rights to to his memoir from Crown publishing company.

China’s New Robo Cop


China had unveiled a robotic crime fighter known as the AnBot at the Chongqing International Tech Fair this April. This was developed by the National Defense University to enhance the country’s anti-terrorism and anti-riot measures. The droid will patrol the departure hall of terminal three of the airport, reports the People’s Daily Online. The robot is to help relieve the pressure off airport police in their daily patrols and save human resources. AnBot can work around-the-clock and deter suspects with sound and light, and react to emergencies with an electric riot fork. The security robot is equipped with four high-definition digital cameras, which it can use to snap pictures of travellers’ faces, and then send them immediately to human co-workers for further analysis. It is capable of autonomous patrols, intelligent monitoring and auto recharging.

New York Bill would Require Driver To Submit Phone In Accident


 A device called “textalyzer” designed to help the authorities determine whether someone involved in a motor vehicle accident was unlawfully driving while distracted.

The roadside technology is being developed by Cellebrite, the Israeli firm that many believe assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in cracking the iPhone at the center of a heated decryption battle with Apple.

 The first-of-its-kind legislation proposes in New York, that drivers involved in accidents would have to submit their phone to roadside testing from a textalyzer to determine whether the driver was using a mobile phone ahead of a crash. To bypass the Fourth Amendment right to privacy, the textalyzer allegedly would keep conversations, contacts, numbers, photos, and application data private. It will solely say whether the phone was in use prior to a motor-vehicle mishap. Further analysis, which might require a warrant, could be necessary to determine whether such usage was via hands-free dashboard technology and to confirm the original finding.

The legislation was prompted by intense lobbying from the group Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORCs). The son of its co-founder, Ben Lieberman, was killed in 2011 by a distracted driver in New York. The proposed law has been dubbed “Evan’s Law” in memory of 19-year-old Evan Lieberman.”Cellebrite has been leading the adoption of field mobile forensics solutions by law enforcement for years.

The law, which is before the New York Senate Transportation Committee, would recast the motor-vehicle driving law to make it so that motorists give “implied consent” for “determining whether the operator of a motor vehicle was using a mobile telephone or portable electronic device at or near the time of the accident or collision, which provides the grounds for such testing. Police will inform motorists involved in an accident that “the person’s license or permit to drive and any non-resident operating privilege shall be immediately suspended and subsequently revoked should the driver refuse to acquiesce to such field test.”

Almost Transgender Library Employee Plans To Sue For Surgery



Library employee Rachel Dovel has been transitioning from male to female over the past two years. February of last year, she changed her name legally from Nathan and has come out as transgender. Now, she says she needs gender confirmation surgery to complete her transition and match her physical traits with the gender she identifies with. The library’s insurance doesn’t cover that procedure. The library’s 7 board trustees say they haven’t made a decision one way or the other about the coverage and say they’re not trying to discriminate against Dovel. The board will consider whether or not to acquire trans-inclusive benefits in August. The coverage will cost a little more than the library’s current plan, though advocates say that price increase is minimal. Dovel says that after a year-long fight to get the surgery, the end of the summer is too long to wait..

 Dovel’s attorney says they are prepared to file a federal gender-discrimination lawsuit against the library. Rachel’s case against the library will be a case of first impression in the country, meaning no employer in the United States has refused to offer coverage for gender confirmation surgery, leading their employee to file a federal lawsuit,” Dovel’s attorney Josh Langdon said at a news conference April 12 in front of the downtown library. “Just like Obergefell v. Hodges, Cincinnati will literally make history with Rachel’s case.”

Dovel, who works processing books for circulation, has been with the library for more than a decade. Dovel initially sought to have the surgery under the library’s health insurance policy. But she was informed that the policy under Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield did not offer coverage for the procedure. Dovel and attorneys challenged Anthem, saying the fact it did not offer the coverage violated gender discrimination clauses under the Affordable Care Act. The insurance company eventually complied, offering supplemental coverage for transgender care, including the procedure Dovel would like to receive. However, the library has yet to purchase that coverage.

A number of local corporations already offer such coverage, including Macy’s and Kroger. Trans advocates say procedures like the one Dovel is seeking are vital.

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Vatican Secrets To Be Revealed Thursday

Two new blockbuster books containing leaked documents about the Vatican’s internal financial operations, set for release this coming Thursday. The books”Avarice: The Papers that Reveal Wealth, Scandals and Secrets in the Church of Francis” and “Via Crucis”,  were written by Italian journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, respectively.

Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi’s “Merchants in the Temple” follows his blockbuster 2012 book, “His Holiness,” based on confidential papal correspondence corruption and political intrigue in the Vatican. The Vatileaks scandal that ensued resulted in the conviction of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler for leaking the documents, and some say, to Benedict’s historic resignation. Both book promise to reveal scores of previously secret Vatican documents. The Vatican announced on Monday that two people, Spanish Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui, had been detained on suspicion of having leaked confidential documents used in the new books. The priest is in a jail cell in the custody of Vatican police, known as “gendarmeria,” while Chaoqui was released on Sunday after assisting the authorities in their investigation. Chaoqui is said to be cooperating in the probe.

Chaoqui is an independent PR consultant, while Vallejo is secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, an office that formerly reviewed the work of all offices of the Vatican that manage finances. Vallejo is Spanish and Chaoqui Italian/Moroccan, so the Vatican might need help from authorities in those two countries if it decides to pursue criminal charges. Vallejo and Chaoqui are accused of collaborating with Italian journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi for their upcoming books, “Avarice: The Papers that Reveal Wealth, Scandals and Secrets in the Church of Francis” and “Via Crucis,” respectively.The two detainees are father Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, 54, who is Spanish, and the Italian-Moroccan Francesca Chaoqui, 33. both were members of the Pontifical Commission established on Pope Francis’ order to investigate the Church’s finances. Vallejo and Chaoqui were arrested after a months-long investigation into the dissemination of “news and confidential documents” to the writers of the soon to be released books.They will both be judged under the Law of the Vatican State, officials said.The two books, in the Vatican statement, said that “this time, as in the past, they’re the result of a serious betrayal of the pope’s trust,” and defined the books as “an operation to take advantage of a serious unlawful release of confidential documents. Italian news reports said the Vatican’s gendarmeria, or police force, were investigating who had tampered with the computer of the Vatican’s auditor general, Libero Milone, a layman.

The Vatican’s press statement said Chaouqui, 33, was released after spending one night in jail in exchange for her cooperation with investigations. Meanwhile, the position of Spanish prelate Msgr. Balda, 54, is still being examined by the Promoter of Justice.

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Spanish father Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda (L) and Francesca Chaoqui (R) were part of a commission set up to investigate the Church

Spanish father Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda (L) and Francesca Chaoqui (R) were part of a commission set up to investigate the Church’s finances. | Photo: Twitter (Famiglia Cristiana)


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