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Ex-members of religious group mixed on Barrett nomination

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s affiliation with the Christian community People of Praise is drawing scrutiny because of what former members and observers describe as its ultraconservative views on women. Her defenders say scrutinizing her beliefs and relationship to the mostly Catholic organization is akin to anti-religious bigotry.

But in interviews with a dozen former members of the organization and graduates of the schools it runs, most told The Associated Press that Barrett’s association with the group should be examined when the Senate takes up her nomination beginning Monday.

Some were proud and excited that one of their own could soon be on the high court, in a position to roll back abortion rights.

Others were deeply concerned about that threat, and also about the community’s teachings on gender, gay rights, and other social issues. They also raised flags about what they describe as the organization’s authoritarian structure.

Some wondered why Barrett has not disclosed or even acknowledged her connection to People of Praise and why the group appeared to try to hide her affiliation by from its website.

“I don’t think membership in the group is disqualifying,” said Rachel Coleman, who left the community in 2010. “I think that she needs to be open about it and transparent about it.”

The AP Barrett and her family have to the community, including that listed her as being one of the organization’s “handmaids,” now called a “woman leader.” She was a trustee of the group’s Trinity Schools, and , lived in a house .

People of Praise is not a church, but a faith community. It grew out of the Catholic charismatic movement rooted in Pentecostalism that began in the late 1960s. The movement emphasizes a personal relationship with Jesus and can include baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in

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Google Gets Mixed Reception in High Court Clash With Oracle

(Bloomberg) — Alphabet Inc.’s Google got a mixed reception at the U.S. Supreme Court as it sought to overturn a ruling that could force the company to pay billions of dollars for improperly using Oracle Corp.’s copyrighted code in the Android operating system.

a sign hanging from a wire fence: The Google Inc. logo hangs illuminated over the company's exhibition stand at the Dmexco digital marketing conference in Cologne, Germany, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Dmexco is a two-day global business and digital economy innovation platform, attracting the industry's most important personalities and corporate decision-makers.

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The Google Inc. logo hangs illuminated over the company’s exhibition stand at the Dmexco digital marketing conference in Cologne, Germany, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Dmexco is a two-day global business and digital economy innovation platform, attracting the industry’s most important personalities and corporate decision-makers.

Holding a low-tech telephone session in one of the biggest software fights in American history, the justices on Wednesday questioned Google’s contention that it had no way to replicate the code without forcing millions of software developers to learn a new programming language.


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Justice Neil Gorsuch told Google’s lawyer that Apple Inc. and other companies have “come up with phones that work just fine without engaging in this kind of copying.”

But Gorsuch also raised the possibility of returning the case to a federal appeals court for another look at Google’s contention that it engaged in legitimate “fair use” of Oracle’s Java programming language.

Oracle says it’s entitled to at least $8.8 billion in damages. A jury found that Google’s code copying was a legitimate fair use, but a federal appeals court reversed that finding.

The court’s ruling, due by July, promises to reshape the legal protections for software, particularly the interfaces that let programs and devices communicate with one another. The case could change how programmers develop new applications and operating systems for devices critical to everyday living, including mobile phones and computers.

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The argument was scheduled for an hour but went on more than 90 minutes as the justices peppered

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A Mixed Bag For Retailers

Alexa, when is Amazon Prime Day? We finally got the answer this week, as Amazon announced its annual “Prime Day” sales event will kick off at midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, October 13, and run through Wednesday, October 14. Prime Day came to life on July 15, 2015, as a way to celebrate Amazon’s 20th birthday, offering deep discounts to Prime members across a wide variety of categories. Each year, the event has grown larger. In 2019, Prime members worldwide purchased more than 175 million items, resulting in sales that surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Amazon’s own Echo and Fire branded products have typically been the bestselling products, often enticing customers to purchase Amazon Prime memberships.

Historically, the annual event has taken place in Summer, however, this year, Prime Day was delayed due to COVID-19. With Prime Day taking place in October, it is expected to impact holiday spending this year significantly.

Predicting consumer spending for this holiday season has been top of mind for most retailers and brands this year, as COVID-19 has introduced substantial uncertainty into the 2020 holiday season. Most publicly-traded retailers have withdrawn their guidance for Q4, citing considerable uncertainty. The chief economist for the National Retail Federation (NRF), Jack Kleinhenz, says, “I am cautiously optimistic about the fourth quarter in terms of the economy and consumer spending, but the outlook is clouded with uncertainty pivoting on COVID-19 infection rates.”

Traditionally, the Thanksgiving Day weekend kicks off holiday spending in the U.S., as millions of shoppers line up Friday morning to earn Black Friday doorbuster deals, followed by even more consumers shopping online the following