Justice Department Recommends 3-to-4 Years for Roger Stone

U.S. says talks with Taliban continue over specifics of reduction of violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Talks between the United States and the Taliban in Doha continue over the specifics of a reduction in violence, a State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday, hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani he had a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In a post on Twitter, Ghani said Pompeo had informed him in the telephone call that the Taliban had made a proposal “with regards to bringing a significant and enduring reduction in violence.”

Bed Bath & Beyond stock tanks after retailer warns of ‘short-term pain’

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. BBBY, +3.92% shares plunged 16% in the extended session Tuesday after the retailer reported preliminary fiscal fourth quarter results that showed a 5.4% drop in same-store sales. The retailer pinned the sales decline on slower store traffic combined with "inventory management issues," and more promotions and markdowns. "We are experiencing short-term pain in our efforts to stabilize the business, including the pressures of store traffic trends coupled with our own executional challenges," Chief Executive Mark Tritton said in a statement. "However, we did achieve a notable positive shift in sales in our digital channels during this period, with growth of approximately 20%," he said. The company can solidify that growth while it addresses "the broader stabilization of our business," he said. Bed Bath & Beyond said it will report full results on April 15. The shares ended the regular trading day up 3.9%.

New Hampshire votes in first primary with Buttigieg, Sanders in close race: live blog

New Hampshire Democrats are voting in the nation’s first primary on Tuesday, and MarketWatch will be providing live updates throughout the evening as results come in and a winner is called.

Polls are giving the advantage to Bernie Sanders in what’s become a battle between the Vermont senator and Pete Buttigieg. The former mayor of South Bend. Ind., was trailing Sanders in the latest average of New Hampshire polls by about 7 points. Former Vice President Joe Biden has already left the state, after saying last Friday he didn’t expect to do well.

Stocks DJIA, +0.00% face a potential “win-win-win” with Sanders in the lead, according to Wall Street analysts. Read more election and market analysis and also check out what New Hampshire Democrats had to say ahead of the primary.

U.S. says China’s Huawei can gain ‘back door’ access to mobile networks around the world

U.S. officials say Huawei Technologies Co. can covertly access mobile-phone networks around the world through “back doors” designed for use by law enforcement, as Washington tries to persuade allies to exclude the Chinese company from their networks.

Intelligence shows Huawei has had this secret capability for more than a decade, U.S. officials said. Huawei rejected the allegations.

The U.S. kept the intelligence highly classified until late last year, when American officials provided details to allies including the U.K. and Germany, according to officials from the three countries. That was a tactical turnabout by the U.S., which in the past had argued that it didn’t need to produce hard evidence of the threat it says Huawei poses to nations’ security.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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Nasdaq short interest slips 2% in late January

NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Short interest on the Nasdaq dipped 2% in late January, the exchange said on Tuesday.

As of Jan. 31, short interest slipped to about 9.077 billion shares, compared with 9.260 billion shares as of Jan. 15.

Investors who sell securities “short” borrow shares and then sell them, in expectations that the stock will fall so they can buy the shares back at a lower price, return them to the lender and pocket the difference.

Shorting can also be part of a hedging strategy. (Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch Editing by Leslie Adler)

The Most Surprising Fact About Every American President

With Presidents’ Day nearing, it’s important to take a moment and reflect on those who have served as the chief executive of our country. And while you may be well-versed in textbook facts about each president, you may have never heard of some of their pet peeves, quirks, and pastimes.

For example, did you know Abraham Lincoln was a near-undefeated wrestler? And Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, liked having his scalp massaged with petroleum jelly while he enjoyed breakfast in bed?

To identify the weirdest fact about every president, the team at 24/7 Tempo researched a slew of sources, including the official website of the White House, whitehouse.gov, biography.com, San Francisco-based public media outlet KQED, The History Channel’s website history.com, National Public Radio (NPR), the Smithsonian magazine, and an online library of facts called FactRetriever.

Click here to read a weird fact about every U.S. president

Justice Department Recommends 3-to-4 Years for Roger Stone

The U.S. Department of Justice made a new, more lenient sentencing recommendation for Trump confidant Roger Stone, after the president tweeted earlier that a possible 9-year prison was “very unfair.”

In a filing Tuesday, prosecutors suggested Stone receive a sentence of between 3 and 4 years for lying to congress and other crimes.