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MI5 to review handling of London Bridge attacker



The UK’s domestic security service, MI5, is assessing whether the risk from Islamist terror networks has increased in the wake of Friday’s London Bridge attack, which left two Britons dead and three more injured.

Alongside an internal inquiry into the management of the attacker Usman Khan, who was shot dead by police at the scene of the attack, MI5 is also reviewing the wider effect on jihadi groups in the UK who may now be emboldened to act. This is standard practice after any terror event, officials insisted.

Khan was a former terrorist convicted of involvement in a 2010 plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange and set up a military training camp in Pakistan. He served half of a 16-year sentence, before being released last December.

Friday’s attack killed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23. Both were attending an event organised by Learning Together, a project based at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology aimed at aiding prisoners’ rehabilitation through providing them with higher education.

The incident has raised serious questions over the way he was being monitored by the probation service, police and security officials.

Khan had apparently presented himself as a reformed character in the 11 months since leaving prison.

It was at a “Learning Together” event in London on Friday that Khan suddenly embarked on a stabbing attack on fellow delegates while wearing a hoax suicide vest. At the time he was still fitted with an electronic tag, as part of his management by probation services.

According to UK officials, Khan was one of around 3,000 individuals subject to “live investigation” by security services, and was under low-level monitoring which was standard for recently released terror offenders.

His behaviour, both in prison and post-release, did not give rise to any concerns that he was a risk to the public, a UK official said. Neither did the security services come across any intelligence suggesting any renewed terrorist intent.

As a result, he was likely to have been considered a level three threat, on a scale of one to four. Those designated as level four are still in prison, so present the lowest risk of conducting an attack, while those judged to be a level one risk display credible links to attack planning. Level three individuals are watched to determine whether they still pose a threat.

“You can’t monitor your way out of a problem like this,” one official told the Financial Times. “We can only legally monitor someone if there is clear intelligence that they are doing something of concern.”

MI5’s internal inquiry into last week’s attack comes two years after an official report carried out by the UK’s former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson, found that the Security Service could have prevented the Manchester Arena bombing which killed 22 people in May 2017.

Lord Anderson’s report also found that the ringleader of the 2017 London Bridge attack, Khuram Butt, was actively under investigation at the time of the attack.

In a statement on Monday, MI5’s director-general Andrew Parker said his agency had been “disgusted” by the latest atrocity to hit the streets of the UK.

“Our thoughts are with the victims, families and all those affected by this senseless act,” Sir Andrew said.

Counter-terror police are now seeking out Khan’s allies in the Stock Exchange attack plot — a group of radicals originally inspired by Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary.

Of the eight men jailed alongside Khan, six have now been released. Nazam Hussain, one of Khan’s co-conspirators, was arrested and recalled to prison on “suspicion of preparing terrorist acts” on Sunday evening.

On Monday, a man was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for breaching reporting requirements under anti-terror laws. Yahya Rashid, 23, of north London, had been arrested on Sunday and charged with failing without a reasonable excuse to notify police of his telephone number and email address under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008. He pleaded guilty to both offences. He was also recalled to prison for breaching the licence under which he had been released after a previous terror conviction in 2015 and will have to serve the remainder of that five-year sentence before starting the new sentence. The Metropolitan Police said Rashid’s offences were not linked to Friday’s attack.

The Ministry of Justice announced at the weekend a wider review into the licence conditions for 74 terrorist offenders who have been released from prison.

The justice secretary Robert Buckland told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday that the review was more than a paper exercise and that the National Probation Service — the government-run service that monitors high-risk offenders in England and Wales — would be meeting all of them this week.

“It’s not just a paper exercise — it’s a real-life exercise,” he said.

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Jets RB Bell (illness) misses practice again By Reuters



New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell was sent home and missed his second consecutive day of practice due to illness.

His status for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins is in doubt and he is listed as questionable on the injury report. With 589 rushing yards on 183 carries, Bell’s 3.2-yard average is a career low. His total of 55 catches ranks second on the Jets this season.

“I think I’ll have more information probably by (Saturday),” head coach Adam Gase said. “We’ll see how he feels. The biggest thing was get him checked out and get him out of the building so nobody else gets sick.”

Illness also has affected tight end Ryan Griffin and cornerback Maurice Canady this week, but they’re expected to play Sunday.

–Without a kicker, the New England Patriots are ready to welcome back Nick Folk if he can show he is recovered from an emergency appendectomy last week, according to an NFL Network report.

Folk was reportedly back at practice with the Patriots on Friday trying to show he is healthy enough to deliver in Sunday’s key game against the Kansas City Chiefs. But he remained a free agent at the start of the day.

After three games as the Patriots’ kicker, Folk was cut last week after his appendix procedure, with speculation that he would return when healthy. New England brought in Kai Forbath to kick against the Houston Texans on Sunday, but he was cut after going 1 of 1 on field goals and 1 of 2 on extra points in a 28-22 defeat.

–Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle has agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Colts, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the extension is worth more than $21 million — plus incentives that boost the contract’s total to $24 million.

Doyle had six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He has 36 receptions for 377 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games this season.

–Oakland Raiders right tackle Trent Brown has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced.

Brown sustained a pectoral injury in last Sunday’s 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Brandon Parker will start in Brown’s place. He will be backed up by David Sharpe.

–San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford will be back in the lineup Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Ford has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and was a limited participant in practice this week, but Shanahan said the six-year veteran was on pace to play this weekend in New Orleans.

–Chiefs running back Damien Williams (NYSE:) has been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the New England Patriots.

Williams injured his ribs in Kansas City’s 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City on Nov. 18 and has not played since.

–Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his fifth straight game this Sunday when Detroit (3-8-1) visits the Minnesota Vikings (8-4).

The 31-year-old Stafford is still recovering from a back injury sustained during the Lions’ Week 9 loss at the Oakland Raiders.

–Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton have been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Vinatieri, who is dealing with an ailing knee, will miss his first game due to injury since 2009. Hilton is nursing a calf injury.

–Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Olsen sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Washington Redskins defensive end Ryan Anderson in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 29-21 setback last Sunday.

–Field Level Media

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PG&E announces $13.5B settlement in California wildfires – PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG)



PG&E (NYSE:PCG) says it reached a settlement with victims of the 2017 northern California wildfires and the 2018 Camp Fire which obliterated the town of Paradise, agreeing to pay them $13.5B in damages.

The settlement will resolve all claims arising from those fires, including the 2017 Tubbs Fire, as well as all claims arising from the 2015 Butte Fire and 2016 Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland.

Under the settlement, PG&E will pay half of the $13.5B in cash and half in stock, a major concession to fire victims who were concerned the utility’s stock could be too risky.

But the deal is seen as a win for the company, which has been wooing fire victims away from a rival Chapter 11 plan proposed by bondholders led by Elliott Management.

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