Kyle Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse

Kenosha gunman, Kyle Rittenhouse Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Trump administration directed federal law enforcement officials to note that Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen charged with killing two protesters in Kenosha, Wis., sought “to help defend small business owners,” according to a leaked memo obtained by NBC News.

The internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) talking points reportedly instructed law enforcement officials to make comments “sympathetic” to Rittenhouse, who was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon.

The leaked DHS talking points urged officials to make public comments noting that Rittenhouse “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners.”

“Kyle was seen being chased and attacked by rioters before allegedly shooting three of them, killing two,” the memo said. “Subsequent video has emerged reportedly showing that there were ‘multiple

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(Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia’s warning to OPEC+ cheaters and short-sellers alike helped oil prices stage their biggest weekly rally since June, despite a grim start to the week as industry heavyweights painted a troubling demand picture for the petroleum complex.

Futures in New York rose 10% this week following a show of determination by Saudi Arabia, the most influential nation in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, to defend the market on Thursday. The Saudis hinted they’re prepared for new production cuts, and lambasted OPEC+ members that have cheated on production quotas.

Prices briefly fell as much as 1.6% on Friday following an announcement from Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar that he will allow crude production and exports to resume. But while Haftar reached the agreement with the country’s deputy premier, it was unclear whether the deal that excluded the National Oil Co. would actually restart exports.

“Depending on Libyan

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By David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Two senior Boeing Co

executives who oversaw the development of the 737 MAX defended the company’s decisions on a key cockpit system later tied to two fatal crashes, according to testimony before congressional investigators seen by Reuters.

Michael Teal, then 737 MAX chief product engineer, and Keith Leverkuhn, who was vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, were questioned separately by investigators for the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in May.

“I don’t consider the development of the airplane to be a failure,” Leverkuhn told investigators for the House panel that is to release a final report next week on its investigation into the development of the plane, grounded since March 2019 after two crashes killed 346 people.

Leverkuhn defended the decision to tie a new safety system on the MAX, called MCAS, to a single sensor

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a sign on the side of a building: FILE PHOTO: An office building with Westpac logo is seen in Sydney

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FILE PHOTO: An office building with Westpac logo is seen in Sydney

(Reuters) – Westpac Banking Corp said on Thursday it would not defend itself in civil proceedings launched by Australia’s corporate regulator over fees charged to more than 400 clients.

The decision represents a small win for the regulator, which lost an appeal in June in a closely watched lawsuit against the scandal-hit bank for flouting the law on some home loan approvals.

In a statement, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) said two bank units, BT Funds Management and Asgard Capital Management, allegedly charged financial adviser fees to 404 customers and gave misleading account statements.

Between Sept. 2014 and August 2017, Asgard charged customers about A$130,006 ($93,383) for financial advice, despite requests to stop and even after the service ended, while account statements from BT omitted ‘adviser fees’ but added them to a separate

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(Bloomberg) —

OPEC and its allies have achieved the oil-market equivalent of a high-wire act: increasing supply even as demand remains depleted, without crashing prices.

Whether they can successfully continue the balancing act is unclear.

The coalition of producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia is restoring some of the vast quantities of crude halted during the depths of the coronavirus crisis. So far the supply boost hasn’t derailed oil’s fragile recovery, which has seen prices climb to a five-month high.

But the outlook for fuel demand has deteriorated as the pandemic crushes international travel, and new outbreaks of the disease are weighing on the economic recovery. On Wednesday, key OPEC+ members will meet to consider how to safe-guard their recent success.

“They need to be very vigilant,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at consultant Energy Aspects Ltd. “Because you can get a demand pullback, and they just need

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