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  • Worry about US-SKorea alliance grows before Trump-Kim summit news

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As President Donald Trump seeks a nuclear deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam, some in Seoul are wondering if the fate of Washington's decades-long military alliance with South Korea could be at stake.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:14:45 -0500
  • At Pope's abuse summit, Church seeks to fix 'systematic failures' news

    Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Oswald Gracias of Mumbai spoke on the second day of a conference of some 200 senior Church officials convened by Pope Francis to confront what he has called the scourge of sexual abuse by the clergy. Various aspects of the sexual abuse crisis made 2018 the worst year for the pope since his election in 2013. Last week, Theodore McCarrick, once a powerful cardinal in the U.S. Church, was dismissed from the priesthood after the Vatican found him guilty of sexual abuse of minors and adults over decades.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:53:44 -0500
  • Two killed as Venezuela aid showdown turns violent news

    Ureña (Venezuela) (AFP) - A high-risk operation to get humanitarian aid into Venezuela descended into deadly chaos Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro's security forces fired on demonstrators and aid trucks were set ablaze. Two people, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed in clashes with security forces that left more than 300 people wounded at various border crossings. Despite a blockade by Maduro, opposition leader Juan Guaido had set a Saturday deadline for the delivery of food and medical aid stockpiled in Colombia and Brazil.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 20:58:57 -0500
  • Southwest Airlines flights temporarily grounded due to computer outage news

    Southwest temporarily grounded flights early Friday due to a computer glitch. The airline has been plagued by flight cancellations this week.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:52:47 -0500
  • Should 'ISIS brides' be allowed to return home? news

    Two young women -- Hoda Muthana from the U.S. and Shamima Begum from Britain -- have ignited a debate about youths who left their countries to join the Islamic State but now want to come home. Here's where things stand.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:58 -0500
  • Airlines admit having cameras installed on back of passengers’ seats news

    Three of the world’s biggest airlines have admitted some of their planes have cameras installed on the backs of passenger seats. American Airlines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have new seat-back entertainment systems that include cameras. Companies that make the entertainment systems are fitting them with cameras to offer passengers options such as seat-to-seat video conferencing, according to an American Airlines spokesman.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:28:00 -0500
  • Saudi Sisters Stranded for Months in Hong Kong After Fleeing the Kingdom, Rights Group Says news

    They were trying to seek asylum in Australia but were stopped in Hong Kong

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 05:13:00 -0500
  • A 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Is the Latest to Be Immortalized in Legos news

    The Lego Creator Ford Mustang kit includes 1471 pieces.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:00:00 -0500
  • Decision time, not extra time, EU Brexit negotiator says news

    Brexit talks now require a "decision" rather than going into "extra time", the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Friday as the clock runs down on March 29 when Britain is set to leave the block, with or without an exit deal. Brussels however appears open to adopting a more ambitious political declaration that would set a roadmap for negotiating close EU-UK trade ties during a transition period after March 29.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:15:29 -0500
  • Girl banned from wearing MAGA hat claims school is violating her First Amendment rights news

    A California high school student who was banned from wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat on campus is challenging her school district for impinging on her First Amendment rights. Maddie Mueller, who attends Clovis North High School in Fresno, is a member of Valley Patriots. The conservative activist group asked its affiliates to wear the well-known hat bearing Donald Trump's campaign motto on Wednesday.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 07:31:51 -0500
  • Police say they have identified a potential suspect in the assault on a conservative activist on Berkeley campus news

    Reaction from founder and president of Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:08:49 -0500
  • As 2020 candidates turn left, some Democrats worry about the center news

    Party activists have been energized as Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and other candidates endorsed plans to provide Medicare coverage to every American, some form of tuition-free college, a national $15 minimum wage and the so-called “Green New Deal” advocated by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Some Democrats fear the argument has potency.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 06:06:47 -0500
  • The Roman Farce news

    Pope Francis is conducting his extraordinary summit with cardinals on the problem of sexual abuse in the Church. And we can expect it will go nowhere.The summit is happening in light of two events outside of it. The first was Pope Francis’s recent laicization of the former cardinal archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, a man who was notorious for his sexual abuse of seminarians and other priests, while at the same time he was the public-relations face of the Church’s response to sexual abuse and cover-up in the early 2000s. McCarrick was finally publicly exposed when an investigation into his abuse of a minor became public last year.The second is the publication of a sensationalist book by sociologist Frédéric Martel, In the Closet of the Vatican, which claims to document the sexual hypocrisy at the top of the Roman Catholic Church. The book is fascinating because it relies on scores of interviews with cardinals and is written in a loose, gossipy style. Some of the pope’s trusted confidantes were sources for the book. We’ll come back to that in a minute.These two events also reveal the problems inherent to Pope Francis’s summit. The laicization of McCarrick is held up as a victory of accountability, even justice, but actually amounts to a public-relations move. McCarrick was not afforded the normal forms of defense given to men in his position. And far from solving the McCarrick issue, his laicization avoids the main question: How did McCarrick rise to his position while “everyone knew” of his sordid reputation? Why was he able to maneuver around the restrictions put on him by Benedict XVI? Why did Francis make him an informal adviser in his anxious desire to reshape the American episcopate? And how is it that his associates (co-conspirators?) continue to rise in the Church? Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who lived and worked with McCarrick for years (and claims to have noticed nothing unusual), was recently appointed cardinal camerlengo, who will govern the Vatican during the next interregnum.Francis’s preferred bishops have also been promoting their own line on the abuse crisis at the summit. In their eyes, the problem is not rampant immorality, a network of moral blackmail, and moral conspiracy but what they call “clericalism.” The term is used in two senses. The first, the one that makes it plausible to some as a problem, is the idea that bishops and priests protect each other. That’s true. But what Francis’s men mean by clericalism is the idea of a Church where a hierarchical priesthood plays a role in safeguarding the Church’s traditional doctrine. They believe that this conception of the priesthood, as having real moral responsibility for handing on the faith as they received it, makes priests irresponsible. It is in this way that they transmute the failure of bishops to exercise authority to remove abusive priests into a problem of “excessive authority.” And thus sexual immorality is blamed, not just on moral and doctrinal conservatives, but on moral and doctrinal conservatism itself.Then there is the matter of the book, which replicates the same error. Martel’s methodology for determining whether certain churchmen are gay is to stereotype them. Churchmen whom he deems to oppose homosexuality too much are deemed homosexual themselves. This logic does not apply, however, to Pope Francis, who has occasionally urged gay men to leave the priesthood or not enter it at all. Francis is held up as a hero to Martel. But the influence of Francis’s inner circle is evident in the choice of targets.Martel meets with the German conservative cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller and insinuates that the cardinal’s “perfumed voice” gives him away as a homosexual. Pope Benedict XVI is deemed a homosexual because he likes opera. The traditionalist cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is deemed homosexual or even transsexual because he prefers the Church’s most elaborate vestments. Just as the Vatican summit limits its scope to avoid addressing the culture of abuse in seminaries, so Martel avoids discussing the documented abuse at the seminary of the so-called “vice pope,” Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga.Martel’s preferred story is one of moral hypocrisy. That may be a real moral problem for some churchmen. But because this is Martel’s bias, he is incapable of looking at the crisis through the lens of moral indifference, moral lassitude, and moral cronyism, which are the major factors in the crisis of sexual abuse and predation in the Church.That Martel was helped in this sordid endeavor of cover-up and baseless accusation by the pope’s closest advisers should be a source of immense scandal to those in the Church and outside it. He likes opera. He must be gay. He likes vestments. Must be gay. He has a pleasant voice. Gay. This is the kind of moral enlightenment that Pope Francis’s allies have brought to the Church? The only stereotype that Martel doesn’t use is the one about men who engage in constant salacious sexual gossip and speculation, as it would indict all his sources.The book is trash. The supposed justice meted to McCarrick amounts to a cover-up. The pope’s summit is trash and a coverup. These men do not fear the justice of God or men. All their training in theology, and their great insight about man’s depravity, is the schoolyard taunt “Whoever smelt it, dealt it.” To hell with them all.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:15:42 -0500
  • Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change news

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a group of San Francisco Bay Area students squared off over climate change in a sometimes tense exchange captured on video and widely shared on social media.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:50:46 -0500
  • 2019 10Best Cars

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    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:52:00 -0500
  • Venezuela sea aid bid puts quiet Curacao in spotlight news

    Willemstad, Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) (AFP) - A sleepy island best known for beaches and a blue liquor named after it has become the focus of a tense bid to bring aid by sea to Venezuela, in the face of warnings that the country's military will block it. A plane carrying private donations of food and medical aid from Venezuelans in Florida landed on Curacao -- population 150,000 -- which lies 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Venezuela's coast. Venezuelans on the island were preparing Friday to transfer the goods to the nearby seaport where they said a ship was ready to take it to Venezuela.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:11:44 -0500
  • Cargo jet with three on board crashes near Houston airport news

    A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard disintegrated after crashing Saturday into a bay east of the city, according to a Texas sheriff. Witnesses told emergency personnel that the twin-engine plane "went in nose first," leaving a debris field three-quarters of a mile long in Trinity Bay, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said. "It's probably a crash that nobody would survive," he said, referring to the scene as "total devastation." Witnesses said they heard the plane's engines surging and that the craft turned sharply before falling into a nosedive, Hawthorne said. Aerial footage shows emergency personnel walking along a spit of marshland flecked by debris that extends into the water. The remnants of the jet The sheriff said recovering pieces of the plane, its black box containing flight data records and any remains of the people on board will be difficult in muddy marshland that extends to about 5 feet deep in the area. Air boats are needed to access the area. The plane had departed from Miami and was likely only minutes away from landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert after officials lost radar and radio contact with Atlas Air Flight 3591 when it was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of the airport, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said. The Coast Guard dispatched boats and at least one helicopter to assist in the search for survivors. A dive team with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be tasked with finding the black box, Hawthorne said. Trinity Bay is just north of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. FAA investigators are traveling to the scene as are authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board, which will lead the investigation.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:07:45 -0500
  • Twitter rips PETA for criticizing Steve Irwin's Google doodle on the late conservationist's birthday

    Steve Irwin would have turned 57 on Friday, and to honor "The Crocodile Hunter" host, Google changed the logo its search page, which PETA criticized.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:58:23 -0500
  • Pakistan military warns India against 'misadventure' news

    Pakistan's military warned India on Friday against "misadventure", saying it was capable of responding to any threats as tensions simmer between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. "We hope you will not mess up with us," military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told a press briefing in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, the second such message Pakistan has sent to New Delhi in as many days. Tensions have risen in the days following a suicide attack in Kashmir that killed 41 Indian paramilitaries and was claimed by Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), based in Pakistan.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:47:58 -0500
  • Robert Kraft 'categorically' denies soliciting sex at spa after police said he was filmed twice in the act news

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has “categorically” denied soliciting sex at a spa in Florida after police said he was filmed doing so twice. Mr Kraft, 77, faces two counts of soliciting sex from a prostitute. The billionaire is one of two dozen men who were arrested for allegedly paying $59 (£45) for a half-hour and $79 (£60) for an hour of sex at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:57:14 -0500
  • 2020 Vision: Bernie Sanders launches, like a rocket news

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders jumps into the race, raises $6 million and immediately mixes it up with the president.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:23:20 -0500
  • Ford launches probe into actual emissions of its vehicles news

    Ford has launched an investigation into the actual emissions of its vehicles after employees reported errors in data given to authorities, the automaker said. "In September, a handful of employees raised a concern... regarding the analytical modeling that is part of our US fuel economy and emissions compliance process," Kim Pittel, an executive responsible for sustainability, environment and safety engineering, said in a statement released late Thursday. "We have hired an outside firm to conduct an investigation" into specifications used in testing and "applications to certify emissions and fuel economy," Pittel said.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:15:35 -0500
  • North Korea's Kim begins long train trip to Vietnam for summit with Trump: report news

    The reports of Kim's departure from North Korea came after Vietnam announced that Kim would make an official visit in "coming days", as the Southeast Asian country prepares to host the summit with Trump on Wednesday and Thursday. Trump and Kim will meet in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, eight months after their historic summit in Singapore in June - the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader - at which they pledged to work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The Trump administration has pressed North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, which threatens the United States, before it can expect any concessions.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 09:16:07 -0500
  • The Latest: US ambassador: Protect children, stop sex abuse news

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' sex abuse summit at the Vatican (all times local):

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:23:35 -0500
  • Maduro’s Troops Kill Two in Border Clash over Humanitarian Aid news

    Venezuelan troops on Friday killed two indigenous villagers attempting to block their convoy from reaching the Venezuela–Brazil border, where, the villagers believed, the troops planned to prevent humanitarian aid from entering the country.The troop convoy entered the indigenous village of Kumarakapay and fired on a group of residents attempting to block their path, killing one woman, Zoraida Rodriguez, and one man, Roland Garcia, and injuring many others, community leaders told the New York Post.Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro has closed the country's border with Brazil and has threatened to do the same to the Colombian border in order to prevent desperately needed stockpiles of food and medical supplies from entering the country. Maduro has cast the humanitarian aid donated by the U.S. and other nations as a political ploy meant to impugn his credibility, and has even claimed the aid is intended to serve as a pretext for foreign invasion.Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, who is recently recognized by the U.S. and some 30 other nations as the country's rightful head of state, condemned Maduro and the troops that remain loyal to him in a Friday tweet.“The result of this crime: 12 injured and one dead,” Guaidó wrote. “You must decide which side you are on in this definitive hour. To all the military: between today and tomorrow, you will define how you want to be remembered.”Guaidó, in his words of warning, referenced the caravan of volunteers who have vowed to escort vehicles carrying humanitarian aid across the border from Colombia on Saturday.Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), who as a lawmaker representing a large Latin American constituency has helped lead U.S. diplomatic efforts in the region, predicted Wednesday that Venezuelan troops would refuse to violently suppress the caravan if ordered to do so Saturday.“Saturday’s a day when we’re going to find a lot about the Maduro regime,” Rubio told Bloomberg in a telephone interview. “I have reason to believe that rank-and-file military are not going to violently suppress aid workers.”“There’s already significant resistance” by rank-and-file troops, causing military leaders to doubt “whether the people under their command are going to do what they’re asking them to do,” Rubio added.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:18:45 -0500
  • Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for less than $40 at Best Buy news

    When you get home from a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour bent over a hot stove making dinner. Yeah you can pop something in a slow cooker before you leave for your day, but that takes advanced planning and sometimes you just don't have the time or energy for that. With a pressure cooker, you can just toss ingredients in like a slow cooker, but the food cooks in a fraction of the time. You've probably heard the craze about Instant Pots, but those can run a bit pricey. The Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker does virtually the same thing as an Instant Pot at a lower price point. Right now you can snag the Insignia pressure cooker for $39.99 at Best Buy, a savings of $80.The multi-function cooker has 12 one-touch preset programs for easy operation. Some of these options include keep warm, slow cook, steak/meat, rice/risotto, cake, and more. You can cook almost anything in a multi-function cooker. If you're skeptical about jumping full throttle into the multi-cooker world, the Insignia is a good starter option because it has the same sort of functionality as the name-brand pricier models. You'll get similar features as the Instant Pot DUO Plus which will cost you $139.95 at Amazon. That's $100 more than you'll drop on the Insignia. Best Buy reviewer Websaver writes:Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for $39.99 at Best Buy. Image: insignia Save $80 on the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker at Best Buy See Details

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:39:38 -0500
  • View Photos of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2.7T Four-Cylinder

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    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:09:00 -0500
  • Virginia GOP leader pushes for investigation into Lt. Gov. Fairfax news

    Republicans from the state's House of Delegates announce a hearing into sexual assault allegations against Virginia's Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax; Gillian Turner reports.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:19:11 -0500
  • U.S. Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot could face more charges

    A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing a cache of weapons and plotting to attack Democratic politicians and journalists was ordered held for two weeks on Thursday while federal prosecutors consider charging him with more crimes. Chris Hasson, 49, appeared in a burgundy jumpsuit but did not speak during a brief hearing in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland. "There is an intent to murder innocent civilians," U.S. Attorney Jennifer Sykes told Judge Charles Day.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:11:19 -0500
  • Kelly Knight Craft: Trump nominates businesswoman who donated $2m to his election campaign for UN ambassador role news

    Donald Trump has nominated Kelly Knight Craft – a Republican businesswoman and now diplomat who donated $2m to his 2016 campaign – to represent America at the UN. A week after state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, Mr Trump’s first choice to replace Nikki Haley in the role of what is considered the country’s second most senior diplomat, withdraw from contention, the president said he was pleased to name Ms Craft for the role. A businesswoman who was also appointed by George W Bush as an alternate delegate to the UN, where she focussed on Africa, Ms Craft was in the summer of 2017 confirmed as the US’s ambassador to Canada, the first woman to hold that job.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:22:00 -0500
  • Buffett, mum on a successor, dreams of 'elephant-sized' acquisition news

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has yet to name a successor and at age 88 still dreams of making an "elephant-sized" acquisition, he said in his annual letter to shareholders. The letter to shareholders of Buffett's holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, is considered a must-read on Wall Street, distilling the views of the "Oracle of Omaha" on the state of the economy and the wisdom of investing in this or that investment product. "In the years ahead, we hope to move much of our excess liquidity into businesses that Berkshire will permanently own," he said.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 20:39:21 -0500
  • Pakistan reimposes ban on Islamist charities linked to militant leader

    Pakistan has re-instated a ban on two charities linked to the founder of an Islamist militant group that has carried out attacks in India, the interior ministry said on Friday. The ban comes as Pakistan faces international pressure to act against militant groups, amid escalating tension with its nuclear-armed neighbor, India, following a suicide bomb attack on Indian police in the disputed region of Kashmir. The attack, in which 40 Indian paramilitary troops were killed, was claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 04:54:19 -0500
  • The Latest: Part of I-10 closed because of snow news

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on winter weather in the U.S. Southwest (all times local):

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:28:18 -0500
  • Relatives of US oil industry ‘hostages’ in Venezuela make emotional appeal for their release news

    The six men – five US citizens and one permanent resident, and all employees of Citgo, the US subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-run Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) – were detained in November 2017 after being called to Caracas from Houston for a meeting. President Nicolas Maduro went on television to denounce them as “traitors”, saying: “They’re properly behind bars, and they should go to the worst prison in Venezuela.” Asdrubal Chavez, a cousin of the late president, was appointed company’s new president. For 16 months, the relatives of the Venezuelan Americans, who have become known as the Citgo 6, were advised to remain silent.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:38:00 -0500
  • Google improving Maps and Search to fight the opioid crisis news

    On Thursday Google announced that it is making it easier to locate drug disposal locations year-round with enhanced opioid-related query results. Since 2017, the opioid crisis has been officially a public health emergency with Google queries for "medication disposal near me" reaching an all-time high on the platform just last month. In response, the company has improved Maps and Search results of queries like "drug drop off near me" or "medication disposal near me" to display permanent disposal locations, typically pharmacies (like Walgreens or CVS Health), hospitals, or government buildings, where you can discard unused and unneeded medications.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:09:04 -0500
  • Colombia demolishes drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's former home news

    Colombia has demolished an infamous apartment building which was once home to Pablo Escobar after concerns it had become a tourist destination. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:25:57 -0500
  • Kid reporter confronts officer who threatened to arrest her near Arizona-Mexico border news

    Kid reporter Hilde Lysiak uploaded a YouTube video that shows her confronting a law enforcement officer who threatened to throw her in jail.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:34:41 -0500
  • Coast Guard officer, self-described white nationalist, planned terror attack to 'kill almost every last person,' feds say news

    A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist planned a domestic terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:13:59 -0500
  • Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change news

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn't so much "fire and fury" and millions dead. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get everything it wants while giving up very little, even as the mercurial leaders trumpet a blockbuster nuclear success.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 20:28:59 -0500
  • Warren Buffett's Message to Washington: Bipartisanship Works news

    “Our country’s almost unbelievable prosperity has been gained in a bipartisan manner,” he wrote in his annual letter to shareholders as he traced the growth of U.S. economy over the last 230 years. The billionaire investor’s annual letter, which ran 13 pages this year and quoted Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Wren, typically goes beyond Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s results to discuss investing principles and his and business partner Charlie Munger’s thoughts on a wide range of topics. Buffett has taken a careful approach to the political conversation since the 2016 election.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 09:39:42 -0500
  • Tesla rolls out Model 3 in China ahead of schedule in sales push news

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has started delivering Model 3 cars in China slightly ahead of schedule, as it looks to revive its sales that have been hit hard by Sino-U.S. trade tensions. The California-based firm has already adjusted prices and added a cheaper Model 3 variant to its line-up to make its U.S.-made cars more affordable in China amid high import tariffs. It had initially projected a March start for Model 3 deliveries in China - the world's biggest auto market where overall car sales contracted in 2018 for the first time in more than two decades.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 02:28:27 -0500
  • Masood Azhar, militant leader at the heart of the Kashmir crisis news

    For eight days in 1999 the world watched in horror as hijackers diverted an Indian Airlines flight to Afghanistan and held the passengers hostage, the drama ending only when Delhi agreed to release three Kashmiri militants. Nearly 20 years later, India is still paying the price for that decision. One of the militants freed was Masood Azhar, who later went on to found Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the militant group which claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in three decades in Indian-held Kashmir.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:00:09 -0500
  • Why North Carolina's Election Fraud Hurts American Democracy news

    The North Carolina State Board of Elections ordered a new election in the state's Ninth Congressional District.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:04:34 -0500
  • Milan fashion week: catwalk beauty looks from day two news

    Day two of Milan Fashion Week was all about classic red lipstick and glossy hair. At Fendi, the models had the front sections of their hair gelled into a wet-look texture and combed forward to curl off to one side of the forehead, forming a modern twist on the '50s quiff. The lipstick took on a fiery, orange-red hue at Emporio Armani, where it was teamed with feathery, uneven bangs and dramatic blusher for a raffish result.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:40:30 -0500
  • Check Out Every Photo of the 2020 Volvo XC90 R-Design

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    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:17:00 -0500
  • CORRECTED: Microsoft workers demand it drop $480 million U.S. Army contract news

    The organising effort, described to Reuters by three Microsoft workers, offers the latest example in the last year of tech employees protesting cooperation with governments on emerging technologies. Microsoft won a contract in November to supply the Army with at least 2,500 prototypes of augmented reality headsets, which digitally displays contextual information in front of a user's eyes. In a petition to Microsoft executives, posted on Twitter, workers said they "did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used." They called on the company to develop "a public-facing acceptable use policy" for its technology and an external review board to publicly enforce it.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:30:54 -0500
  • India seeks to control rivers into Pakistan as punishment

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it is building dams to stop its share of water from flowing into Pakistan-controlled Kashmir as it seeks to punish its longtime rival for an attack on paramilitary soldiers last week that left 40 dead.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 02:48:20 -0500
  • Mueller: Former Trump campaign chief broke law 'repeatedly and brazenly' news

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said in a sentencing memo released Saturday that President Donald Trump's former campaign director Paul Manafort was a "bold" criminal who "repeatedly and brazenly" broke the law. Manafort, 69, who pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges, faces sentencing on March 13. It said he violated the law for years and his sentence "must take into account the gravity of this conduct," to deter both Manafort and anyone who would commit similar crimes.

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:59:25 -0500
  • Procter & Gamble backs the eradication of animal testing news

    Personal care giant Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is taking a bold stance against animal testing. The conglomerate, which counts Olay, Pantene and SK-II among its brands, has teamed up with the animal protection organization the Humane Society International (HSI) to back its #BeCrueltyFree campaign fighting to ban animal testing for cosmetics in all major global beauty markets by the year 2023. P&G will lend its support to the campaign -- which has been running since 2012 -- via joint education and capacity-building programs for non-animal alternatives as well as by continuing to explore animal-free approaches to safety assessment, and advocating for legislative change in key markets.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:32:24 -0500
  • U.S. judge will not block Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health venture's new hire news

    A federal judge on Friday declined to block a UnitedHealth Group Inc unit's former executive from working at a new healthcare venture launched by Inc, Berkshire Hathaway Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The decision by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf in Boston came in a lawsuit closely watched in the industry for clues about the future plans of the venture, which was announced in January 2018 with a goal of lowering healthcare costs. UnitedHealth's Optum unit had sought a court order blocking David Smith from working at the venture, saying he could share trade secrets that would give it a competitive advantage.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:12:21 -0500
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