‘Forget Robert Mueller’ — How the wife of soccer superstar Wayne Rooney used false Instagram stories to identify a leaker

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson to meet tomorrow in final push to reach a Brexit deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will make one final push to get a Brexit deal across the line by flying to England for a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson tomorrow.

Mr Varadkar and the UK Prime Minister are to meet behind closed doors in the North West of England.

It is not expected they will take any questions from the media or make a joint statement as is normal when two prime ministers meet.

More to follow…

Turkey dollar bonds fall after military pushes into Syria

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Turkey’s sovereign dollar bonds came under pressure on Wednesday after the country’s military launched a cross border operation into Syria against Kurdish fighters.

Longer-dated issues suffered the biggest declines, with the 2045 bond slipping 0.7 cents to a two week low, Tradeweb data showed. (Reporting by Karin Strohecker; Editing by Tom Arnold)

Trey Gowdy to join Trump team in battle against impeachment by House

Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has been tapped to serve as outside counsel to President Donald Trump as the House impeachment inquiry expands.

That’s according to an administration official who spoke late Tuesday on condition of anonymity to discuss internal legal matters.

Gowdy is a former South Carolina congressman who did not seek re-election last year to the seat he had held for eight years. He signed in January to begin serving as a Fox News contributor.

Gowdy was the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. He led the congressional investigation of former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Key Words (April 2018): Trey Gowdy: ‘I don’t have a lot to show for the last seven years’

Reports earlier in the day had indicated that Gowdy had rebuffed the White House effort to retain his services.

Read on: Critics question motive and sobriety of White House letter ripping impeachment inquiry as illegitimate

Iraqi Prime Minister announces three days of mourning for those killed in protests

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday announced three days of mourning starting Thursday for those killed in the protests, his office said in a statement.

At least 110 people have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded in the capital Baghdad and in the south, since security forces started cracking down on demonstrators protesting over corruption and unemployment. The dead include at least nine members of the security forces.

European Economics Preview: Eurozone Final PMI, Retail Sales Data Due

Final Purchasing Managers’ survey data and retail sales from euro area are due on Thursday, headlining a busy day for European economic news.

At 3.00 am ET, consumer and producer prices are due from Turkey. In the meantime, Hungary’s retail sales data is due.

At 3.15 am ET, Markit releases Spain’s services PMI survey results. Economists expect the index to drop to 53.9 in September from 54.3 in August.

At 3.45 am ET, Italy’s composite PMI data is due. The PMI reading is expected to fall to the neutral 50 level in September.

Thereafter, final PMI figures are due from France and Germany and 3.50 am and 3.55 am ET, respectively.

At 4.00 am ET, IHS Markit publishes final euro area PMI data. The composite indicator is seen at 50.4 in September, unchanged from flash estimate.

At 4.30 am ET, IHS Markit is scheduled to issue UK services PMI results. The index is seen easing to 50.3 in September from 50.6 in August.

At 5.00 am ET, Eurostat releases euro area retail sales and producer prices figures. Retail sales are forecast to grow 0.3 percent on month in August, reversing a 0.6 percent drop in July.

Johnson & Johnson Has a Lot on Its Hands After $8 Billion Court Ruling

The announcement that a jury has awarded $8 billion in damages to a man accusing Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) of failing to warn about the side effects of one of its antipsycotic drugs had the drugmaker’s share price lower on Wednesday.

The claim is in regards to Johnson & Johnson failing to warn that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could cause young men to grow breasts.

Some are calling this amount excessive, especially since the plaintiff already has been awarded $680,000 in compensatory damages over these claims.

As a result, some investors are afraid that Johnson & Johnson could now be exposed to more lawsuits over Risperdal, among other pieces of its portfolio, including talcum powder and opioid treatments.

According to a recent filing, the company faces some 13,400 lawsuits tied to Risperdal, which allege the drug caused a condition called gynecomastia in boys, in which breast tissue becomes enlarged.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Risperdal in 2002 to treat schizophrenia, but it was not cleared for use in children until 2006.

For now, analysts seem to believe that this award is disproportionate and will be reduced.

Johnson & Johnson shares traded down 2% to $129.22 on Wednesday, in a 52-week range of $121.00 to $148.99. The consensus price target is $149.35.

‘Forget Robert Mueller’ — How the wife of soccer superstar Wayne Rooney used false Instagram stories to identify a leaker

If only Wayne Rooney had been as effective as captain of England’s long-suffering national soccer team as his wife has proven to be as an internet sleuth.

In what one appreciative fan dubbed worthy of a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting, Coleen Rooney used a cunning social-media trap to determine that the wife of another famed British soccer player has been leaking fake stories to The Sun about her.

Rooney, dubbed “WAGatha Christie” for her detective work (WAG refers to the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes), explained in a tweet how she found Rebekah Vardy to be the villain in this very-2019 mystery.

As you can see by the likes, the tweet went viral.

Even before this whole thing blew up on social media, Vardy, the wife of England national Jamie Vardy, was already well-known for her appearances on the British daytime talk show “Loose Women,” and also for her role in the popular 2017 series, “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”

And, oh yeah, for posts like this:

Vardy, for her part, quickly took to Instagram to deny the allegations, blaming other people who have had access to her account.

And with that, TwitterTWTR, -0.57%was off and running:

If you missed all this drama, don’t fret — it’ll soon be streamable: