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  • The Trump team's Mueller report game plan: Read the report quickly and put out responses news

    Aides and lawyers to President Trump will be assigned sections of Mueller's report to digest, so they can quickly craft statements and talking points.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:54:28 -0400
  • Donations for gutted Brazil museum a fraction of Notre-Dame's news

    As donations for the restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral top $900,000, the director of Brazil's devastated National Museum can only hope for such deep pockets in his own country. Nearly eight months after a faulty air conditioning system sparked a fire that gutted Latin America's main natural history museum and destroyed most of its collection, just $280,000 or so has been raised for its reconstruction. "We are very happy for the extremely positive reaction of French society and we hope that following this example Brazilian businesses and millionaires will start to send us their donations," Alexander Kellner, director of the Rio de Janeiro-based museum, told AFP.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:20:26 -0400
  • Man accused of tossing boy off Mall of America balcony ordered held without bond news

    In his first court appearance since Friday's incident, when he allegedly dropped the boy nearly 40 feet (12 meters), Emmanuel Aranda was charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney's office spokesman Chuck Laszewski said. Prosecutors had asked for bail to be set at $2 million, but Hennepin Country District Court Judge Jeannice Reding reserved her decision on the request, ordering Aranda held in lieu of $2 million bond until a May 14 hearing, Laszewski said. Aranda, 24, who lives in Minneapolis, did not enter a plea, Laszewski added.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:38:00 -0400
  • Ocasio-Cortez backs boycott of New York Post over cover attacking Ilhan Omar news

    The freshman Democrat voices her support for a boycott of one of her hometown newspapers.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:48:42 -0400
  • Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report news

    Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and, a report said on Thursday. The US e-commerce pioneer will maintain other operations in China such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kindle e-books and cross-border teams that help ship goods from Chinese merchants to customers abroad, Bloomberg News said, citing unidentified people familiar with the plans. An Amazon spokesperson did not explicitly confirm plans to throw in the towel on domestic e-commerce, but said the company was looking to focus more on cross-border sales.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 03:15:32 -0400
  • The 6 Best Cars and Concepts From the New York Auto Show

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    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:04:00 -0400
  • Fox News attacks Bernie Sanders day after he embarrasses network with Medicare for All support news

    Not even 24 hours after a crowd in Pennsylvania shocked Fox News hosts by expressing overwhelming support for Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, the cable network has punched back at the Vermont senator.After the crowd in Pennsylvania supported Mr Sanders during the town hall event by indicating they would switch over to public health plans, “Fox and Friends” — the network’s morning talk show — brought in a tax expert who expressed some major reservations about Mr Sanders’ plans to reimagine the American economy.“If you look at healthcare, free tuition, family leave, child care – those proposals will all have a price tag of over $20,000 per taxpayer,” Maya MacGuineas, the president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said, discussing a study by the group from the 2016 campaign.Mr Sanders has acknowledged that his controversial plan would be expensive, but has claimed that the system he would put in place — a virtual overhaul of the US healthcare system — would ultimately save the US money through lowered healthcare costs.But detractors have attacked the plan, and others like it proposed by Mr Sanders, as too expensive and without a clear funding source. The presidential candidate has said he would pay for the plans at least in part by raising taxes on the ultra wealthy in America.Ms MacGuineas continued: “I don't know whether they plan to finance all of that or add that to the very large national debt, but the costs are certainly high. I know trillion is kind of hard to get your arms around. But when you bring it down per taxpayer, we are talking more than $20,000 increase in taxes.”The guest on “Fox and Friends” wasn’t the only critic of Mr Sanders’ appearance during the Fox News town hall, when moderator Brett Baier was met with cheers when he asked the Pennsylvania crowd if they’d support Mr Sanders’ Medicare for All.In a tweet, Mr Trump seemed to suggest that Mr Sanders’ appearance was a betrayal to him form the conservative news outlet.“So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the “audience was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?” Mr Trump tweeted, referring to the former Democratic strategist who is now a contributor at the network.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:32:16 -0400
  • Redesigned 2020 Ford Escape Adds Tech, Loses Weight news

    The 2020 Ford Escape was revealed ahead of the New York International Auto Show. We have since seen it in person at the major new-car event in the Big Apple. The totally redesigned compact SUV ge...

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:47:43 -0400
  • Porsche Collection Destroyed in Explosion news

    A large explosion rocked Durham, North Carolina on 10 April 2019, something that sadly claimed the life of one individual and injured 15. The building itself also contained one of America’s largest Porsche collections according to the Charlotte Observer. The rather unassuming red brick building didn’t boast about the treasures within, but video from the Charlotte Observer revealed a huge hole in the roof and the charred remains of what appears to be a 550 Spyder amongst other less identifiable wreckage.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:56:27 -0400
  • Driver of car and 6 victims hit in North Philadelphia all being investigated, police say news

    Philadelphia police are saying arrests could potentially be on the way for some of the 6 people who were hit by a speeding Buick in North Philadelphia Tuesday.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:56:18 -0400
  • Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vetoed a resolution passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:09:01 -0400
  • FBI seeks woman 'infatuated with Columbine' in Colorado schools threat news

    "We consider her a credible threat to the community,"said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the Denver office, Dean Phillips, at a news briefing. Earlier Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office issued a warning, calling the woman they identified as Sol Pais, 18 of Florida, as "extremely dangerous." Phillips said the local FBI were notified by the FBI's Miami office that Pais made verbal threats and had traveled to Colorado.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:49:31 -0400
  • How Did Notre Dame Come to Be So Neglected? news

    With Notre Dame still smoldering, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild the great cathedral and called for donors. France’s luxury industry led the way, with Bernard Arnault, the billionaire founder of the LVMH fashion conglomerate, promising 200 million euros ($226 million) and Francois Pinault of rival fashion group Kering 100 million euros. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo offered money from city coffers and promised to organize an international donor conference.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:10:43 -0400
  • Instagram accounts of Iran Guards commanders blocked news

    The Instagram accounts of several Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders have been blocked, the Tabnak news website reported Tuesday, with the photo-sharing website saying it was complying with US sanctions. The United States announced on April 8 that it has placed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the ideological army of the Islamic republic, on their list of "foreign terrorist organisations". Tabnak, a site close to Iranian conservatives, said Instagram blocked the accounts of Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, Major General Mohammad Bagheri and Major General Ghassem Soleimani.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:29:52 -0400
  • GoFundMe campaign raises more than $700,000 for boy thrown off mall balcony news

    A GoFundMe campaign for a 5-year-old boy who was tossed over a third-floorbalcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota has raised over $700,000

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:41:23 -0400
  • Pete Buttigieg: Outrage over anti-gay protestors dressed as 2020 candidate 'whipping Jesus on a cross' news

    Pete Buttigieg has been confronted by anti-gay hecklers along the campaign trail this week, with demonstrations taking a bizarre turn at an Iowa rally. A notorious anti-abortion activist dressed as the Indiana mayor began whipping a man wearing a costume of Jesus Christ near a Marshalltown campaign stop Wednesday morning, a day after that same protestor attempted to interrupt another event held by Mr Buttigieg.That man, Randall Terry, can be seen in a video captured by freelance Getty Images video producer Marcus DiPaola donning a “Mayor Pete” sign around his neck as he whips the other demonstrator, who is holding a cross on his back. A third protestor dressed as the devil can be heard shouting on a loudspeaker, “Yes, more blood, Peter!” and “Every vote is a lash on the back of Christ.” Mr Buttigieg has remained notably calm throughout each of the heckling attempts, receiving attention for his thoughtful responses to the issue of his sexuality and how it plays into voters opinions of him. His audiences have also typically kicked in with support, drowning out the noise with chants and cheers.When Mr Terry began shouting at the mayor's Des Moines rally Tuesday night, Mr Buttigieg responded, “The good news is, the condition of my soul is in the hands of God."“But the Iowa caucuses are up to you,” he added, pointing to the crowd. The mayor also harkened back to his own religious views during a separate heckling event at another Tuesday rally.As a heckler shouted claims about Mr Buttigieg supporting “the murder of unborn babies,” the 2020 candidate joked that “coffee after church gets a little rowdy sometimes.” “That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator,” Mr Buttigieg said, as the man was escorted out of the room by security. “I view it differently. We ought to be able to view it differently.”Mr Terry is a controversial figure, described as an “attention seeker” who travels cross country to participate in spectacles like the Wednesday morning demonstration. The anti-abortion group he previously founded, called Operation Rescue, reportedly cut all ties with him nearly 18 years ago and considers him too radical to have any sort of relationship.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:55:12 -0400
  • 'Operationally suitable': Federal Aviation Administration backs training on Boeing's 737 Max revisions news

    The Flight Standardization Board's preliminary report recommends training on the controversial anti-stalling system for all 737 Max pilots

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:39:44 -0400
  • North Korea sends hit squads after defectors from its secret police news

    North Korea has dispatched teams to neighbouring China to track down and kill, if necessary, as many as seven members of the Ministry of State Security who have fled in a snowballing series of defections, according to dissident media.  The crisis in the ranks of North Korea’s secret police agency can be traced back to immediately after the failure of the Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, and US President Donald Trump in late February, reported the Daily NK, citing reports from its network of undercover “citizen reporters” in North Korea and China.  In early March, three MSS officials based in the Chinese city of Shenyang concluded that the secret bank accounts that they were using under fake Chinese names had been compromised and they were under surveillance.  The three men emptied the accounts of “significant amounts of money” that they were reportedly charged with using to procure technology and other items that are banned under United Nations sanctions and disappeared.  A number of other agents of the MSS - widely considered the most brutal unit in the North and responsible for ensuring that defectors are caught and punished, as well as operating the regime’s network of concentration camps - have also since disappeared in China, according to officials of South Korea’s intelligence agencies.  North Korea stepped up its search for the men in mid-March after a senior MSS official based in Pyongyang fled with his family through the Chinese border city of Dandong. The official apparently had little choice but to escape out of concern that he would be held responsible for the defections of his subordinates in China.  The MSS has put together a team from its headquarters in Pyongyang and dispatched it to Liaoning Province, along with agents from the Reconnaissance General Bureau and operatives already in China.  “The Reconnaissance General Bureau agents were ordered ‘not to return’ until the defectors are caught and the agents should ‘kill them if they can’t be caught’ “, the media outlet quoted one of its sources in Pyongyang as saying.  The disappearance of officials widely considered to be the trusted elite in North Korean society, along with the defection of a number of diplomats in recent months, hints at growing disaffection with those charged with propping up Mr Kim’s regime.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 23:33:12 -0400
  • The Royal Navy Wants Robotic Submarines (Here's Why That Matters) news

    The U.K. Ministry of Defense in April 2019 launched a $3.3-million competition to begin developing a large, robotic submarine.The contest could lead to the acquisition of an operational autonomous sub for the Royal Navy -- and could help the British fleet partially to fill the undersea gap resulting from deep cuts to its sub force.The ministry asked industry by June 2019 to submit proposals for an extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle, or XLUUV.“The Royal Navy says that contract will have two stages, a one-year long research, design and refit stage and a testing and trialing stage,” U.K. Defense Journal explained. “In the latter stage it is expected that the system will be tested in representative environments for extended periods; the sea trials in stage two may be up to two years long.”The government’s request for proposals sketched three different operational scenarios for the possible, future robo-sub.In the covert intelligence-gathering role, the XLUUV “is tasked to gather covert intelligence of traffic transiting in a maritime operational area,” according to the RFP.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:13:00 -0400
  • Trump allies say they're 'not concerned' about the Mueller report news

    Ahead of the scheduled Thursday morning release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, allies of President Trump have a simple message: Move along, nothing to see here.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 20:48:31 -0400
  • UPDATE 3-Schlumberger posts profit drop, sees international spending rising

    Oilfield services provider Schlumberger NV on Thursday forecast rising international and offshore exploration spending this year, after posting a 20 percent drop in first-quarter profit due to weak North American demand. The oilfield services sector bellwether said it expects a 7 to 8 percent increase in investments by oil producers in markets outside North America, citing a 20 percent increase last quarter in offshore rig counts and growing exploration activity in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:24:58 -0400
  • Notre Dame's Bell Towers Would Have Fallen Without Swift Action, Paris Fire Officials Say news

    Firefighters who rushed to Notre Dame after flames engulfed the cathedral were focused on saving its famed bell towers

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:56:03 -0400
  • Iran's Rouhani calls on Mideast states to 'drive back Zionism' news

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to "drive back Zionism", in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic's archfoe Israel. Speaking flanked by top generals before troops began their annual march-past, Rouhani also sought to reassure the region that the weaponry on display was for defensive purposes and not a threat.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:09:57 -0400
  • Portugal says all 29 dead in bus crash were German news

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — All the 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island were German, Portugal's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:30:57 -0400
  • 3 charged in prostitution bust at massage parlor in Durham County news

    Three people are facing charges for alleged illegal activity at a massage parlor in Durham County.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:17:36 -0400
  • 20-year-old college student falls 100 feet off cliff to her death news

    A 20-year-old college student plummeted 100 feet to her death off a cliffduring a school trip last weekend

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:21:29 -0400
  • New York man accused of threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar remains behind bars news

    Two Rochester-area men charged with threats against Muslims remained behind bars after detention hearings were postponed Wednesday.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:13:51 -0400
  • 2020 Nissan GT-R Adds Track-Ready Upgrades and 50th Anniversary Edition news

    Godzilla loses weight, learns new tricks, and turns 50.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:00:00 -0400
  • Sarah Sanders invented story about FBI agents' reaction to Comey firing, Mueller report says news

    The then-deputy press secretary told reporters that Trump had heard from "countless" members of the FBI who had lost confidence in Comey. But in her testimony to federal investigators, Sanders admitted she made that up.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:59:25 -0400
  • UPDATE 4-U.S. Justice Department tells T-Mobile, Sprint it has concerns about merger deal -sources

    The U.S. Justice Department has told T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp it has concerns about their proposed $26 billion merger in its current structure, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, although no final decision has been made. Sprint shares fell about 9 percent after the bell as investors increased bets the deal would not be completed following a Wall Street Journal report the merger is unlikely to be approved as currently structured. Shares of T-Mobile fell 4 percent.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:59:02 -0400
  • EU threatens to tax $20 billion of US goods over Boeing aid news

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has drawn up a list of $20 billion worth of U.S. products it could tax in an escalating feud over plane industry subsidies, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:57:58 -0400
  • Iran Rouhani says floods revealed 'vicious' nature of US news

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the United States' reaction to floods that killed dozens of people had revealed Washington's "vicious" nature. At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused billions of dollars worth of damage since March 19. Iran's Red Crescent has repeatedly complained that US banking sanctions re-imposed last year make it impossible to receive donations from outside the country.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:50:51 -0400
  • Construction fire also destroyed Fall River's Notre Dame news

    BOSTON (AP) — For Fall River resident Roland Masse, the images of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burning Monday brought immediate flashbacks to an eerily similar church inferno he escaped decades ago.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:25:22 -0400
  • 13 Outdoor Products That Will Help You Come in Under Budget

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    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:19:12 -0400
  • Is This Bank Chasing Away Conservatives? news

    I have been a Chase Bank customer for years. Who knows how much longer it’ll be? Will the company’s thought police come for me next? How about you? If you are a non-leftist who does business with the financial giant owned by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., you need to ask questions and get answers.On Tuesday, investigative journalist James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas team released a disturbing new video on the runaround that Chase officials gave Texas conservative entrepreneur Enrique Tarrio about his canceled account. Big business may very well be enabling America’s very own version of the Chinese social-credit system in which political dissent is flagged, shunned, punished, and eradicated.First, some background:Tarrio is a young, peaceful, Afro-Cuban freethinker and chairman of the Proud Boys organization. In February 2019, the Texas Trump supporter received a letter from Chase Bank informing him that “after careful consideration,” the financial institution could “no longer support” his banking account. The notice followed a hit piece against minorities who support the president by The Daily Beast, a reliable echo chamber for the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center smear machine.Tarrio was subsequently kicked off Chase’s payment processor, which he used to sell patriotic and pro-Trump T-shirts. Next, he was deplatformed from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Airbnb, FirstData, Square, Stripe, and PayPal before losing his bank accounts. When I asked on Twitter in February why we can’t have just one financial institution that doesn’t cave to social-justice warriors, the official Chase Twitter account tweeted me back:“Hi Michelle, this article is inaccurate. We did not close his personal account. We do not close accounts based on political affiliation.”I pointed out that Chase’s letter clearly stated that the company had closed his account. “So if not for political reasons,” I asked, “why, ‘after careful consideration,’ did you close his account?” The social-media manager of Chase’s corporate Twitter account, previously so eager to spill the tea, replied: “For privacy reasons, we can’t say more.”Thanks to Project Veritas, we now know more. Undercover audio and video exposed how: * One Chase employee blamed “clerical” issues for Tarrio’s account cancellation. * Another stated: “I see nothing that indicates any reason why the account should be closed. I don’t see any outstanding transactions or anything ridiculous.” * Another explained: “Chase is not involved with any like, you know, alt-right people or anything.” Those with “no moral character” are people that “the bank usually doesn’t get involved with in any business relationships, period.” * Several repeated a company line in Tarrio’s mysterious file: “Decision is not reversible.”Others who received Chase shutdown notices so far in 2019: conservative Rebel Media contributor Martina Markota and U.S. Army combat vet and vocal Trump supporter Joe Biggs. Were Markota’s and Biggs’s removals “clerical” errors or unfounded, or were they based on an ideological litmus test disguised as a “moral character” assessment?More questions arise:How exactly is J.P. Morgan Chase’s $500,000 donation last year to the SPLC left-wing operatives being put to use?Why did the company embrace a known defamation racket whose stated mission is to “destroy” its political enemies on the right?What comment does Chase have now that SPLC’s top leaders have been purged amid internal accusations of intolerance and discrimination within the walls of the notorious Poverty Palace?Does Chase keep tabs on high-profile conservative customers’ political speech on social-media platforms?Is Chase operating from the same playbook as Paypal, which is booting off conservatives in consultation with the SPLC? One of its most recent victims: Luke Rohlfing, a young reporter for, who had exposed how the payment processor was allowing Open Borders Inc. heavyweight Pueblo Sin Fronteras to raise money for illegal-immigrant caravans conspiring to break our immigration laws -- even though Paypal’s own terms of service state clearly that users may not engage in any activities that “violate any law, statute, ordinance, or regulation.”Tarrio warns of the speech-squelching pattern emerging across Silicon Valley and on Wall Street: “First we get silenced on social media, then Paypal, then I get debanked. It’s a very dangerous trend.”As for Chase Bank, I sent all my questions to chief communications officer Patricia Wexler, who challenged the authenticity of one of the employees recorded by Veritas (O’Keefe showed proof of the Chase New York media relations number dialed and had audio of the employee identifying himself as a Chase rep) and ignored the substance of the report.Evasion and denial are surefire ways to lose business. Is it Chase Bank or Chase Away Bank? Inquiring customers would like to know.© 2019 Creators.comEditor's Note: This article has been emended since its initial posting.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:30:56 -0400
  • Ola Bini: Wikileaks collaborator and Assange ally accused of plotting to blackmail Ecuador president faces 'threats in jail', parents say news

    The parents of a Swedish programmer who was an early ally of Julian Assange and Wikileaks and who has now been accused of trying to blackmail Ecuador’s president, is facing threats in jail, his parents have claimed.Ola Bini, 36, was arrested last Thursday in Ecuador, hours after Mr Assange was detained by police in London who entered the Ecuadorian embassy. Mr Assange was charged with skipping bail by a London judge, while the US charged him with conspiring with whistleblower Chelsea Manning to hack a US computer. Defenders of Mr Assange say the US is trying to punish the Wikileaks founder for exposing embarrassing and damaging information about Washington’s actions, including the behaviour of its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.Prosecutors in Ecuador, have said they intend to charge Mr Bini, a longtime Wikileaks defender, with seeking to blackmail Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno, who turned against Mr Assange and invited the British authorities to enter the embassy last week and arrest him.On Tuesday, Mr Bini’s parents, Dag Gustafsson and Gorel Bini, professed their son’s innocence and said they would remain in Ecuador until he was released. “We want to say that Ola is not feeling safe, because of some threats inside,” Mr Gustafsson told reporters.His wife added: “Right now, he’s ok. But he’s worried.”Last week, Ecuador’s interior minister Maria Paula Romo, told local media the Swedish coder, who has long worked with social justice groups, had been arrested for “investigative purposes”.“For several years now, one of the key members of this WikiLeaks organisation and a person close to Mr Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador, and we have sufficient evidence that he has been collaborating with the destabilisation attempts against the government,” she said.According to the Associated Press, she added: “It’s up to the justice system to determine if he committed a crime. But we can’t allow Ecuador to become a centre for piracy and spying. That period in our history is over.”Ms Romo said Bini had travelled at least 12 times to meet with Assange at the London embassy. She said he was also in Venezuela earlier this year at around the same time as a close aide to Mr Moreno’s former mentor turned arch enemy, Rafael Correa. Mr Correa, a former president who frequently criticised the US, had initially offered asylum to Mr Assange.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:19:00 -0400
  • View Photos of the Refreshed 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV and Coupe

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    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:45:00 -0400
  • Why closing the U.S.-Mexico border would be 'catastrophic' for this Texas city news

    Trump's threat to seal the border has sent jolts of alarm across the U.S.-Mexico border, but few places feel it more acutely than Laredo, Texas.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:38:09 -0400
  • Report: Israeli flight attendant, boy in comas with measles news

    Israeli media say a 43-year-old flight attendant for Israel's El Al airline and a 10-year-old boy are in comas after contracting measles.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:33:12 -0400
  • Comedian Zelenskiy keeps Ukraine presidential poll lead news

    KIEV (Reuters) - Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, has kept his lead in Ukraine's presidential election race, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday. The poll by research body Reiting showed Zelenskiy on 57.9 percent of votes and incumbent Petro Poroshenko on 21.7 percent. Reiting polled 3,000 voters in all regions, except annexed Crimea, from April 12 to 16. The previous poll made by Reiting in April 5-10 gave Zelenskiy 61 percent of votes while Poroshenko received 24 percent. ...

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:43:23 -0400
  • US North Korea envoy in Moscow as Russia plans for Kim-Putin talks news

    The US special envoy for North Korea was due in Moscow on Wednesday as the Kremlin said it was preparing for possible talks between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Media reports said the first summit between the two leaders could come as early as next week. "Active preparations for a potential meeting are underway," Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said in comments reported by news agencies.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:24:29 -0400
  • Warnings, watches issued as strong storms enter Southeast news

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Forecasters warned about tornadoes and other violent weather Thursday as a front that unleashed twisters and hail in the lower Midwest moved into the storm-weary Southeast.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:59:56 -0400
  • French President Macron hopes to rebuild Notre-Dame in five years news

    Macron devoted a brief prime-time televised address to Monday's catastrophic blaze in the heart of the capital, again postponing planned remarks on his response to months of anti-government protests. "We will rebuild Notre-Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it," Macron said. It is up to us to find the thread of our national project." "This is not a time for politics," added Macron, who had cancelled a speech planned on Monday evening on the response to the "yellow vest" protests.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:12:26 -0400
  • 2020 Highlander makes world premiere in New York news

    For the 2020 model year, Toyota transitioned the Highlander onto the TNGA-K Platform, a new foundation that's shared with several other recent models in the company's portfolio. In terms of entertainment and media-oriented technology, all Highlander trims come standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Alexa In-Car compatibility, Waze, SiriusXM, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Two powertrain options are available for the Highlander: a V6 engine offering 22 MPG combined fuel economy or a hybrid engine offering 34 MPG combined fuel economy.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:08:03 -0400
  • Pete Buttigieg’s Abortion Extremism Hurts His Religious Appeal news

    With every passing day, it seems we see yet another piece about South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg’s progressive Christianity. His faith is going to shake the race. He’s going to challenge the GOP monopoly on “God talk.” Here, for example, is the opening paragraph of an NBC News analysis posted yesterday afternoon:> Religious conservatives who have long been a reliable voting bloc for Republicans are grappling with a new challenge in Pete Buttigieg: how to respond to a Democratic presidential candidate who is leaning into the discussion about faith and its role in political life.I’ll agree that there are religious conservatives who are “grappling” with a challenge from Buttigieg, but that challenge is theological and cultural, not political. Buttigieg’s religious arguments have triggered important online debates about the differences between mainline and Evangelical Christianity, about when religious teachings should influence public policy, and about how to interpret the history of the gay-marriage debate.But religious conservatives are not grappling with the key political question — whether any meaningful number of Evangelicals or conservative Catholics would cross the aisle to cast a ballot for Mayor Pete. The reason is simple. Buttigieg is a pro-choice extremist, and no pro-choice extremist will ever meaningfully compete for the conservative Christian vote.In fact, in at least one key way, Buttigieg’s record on abortion is even worse than that of his Democratic peers. He is of course in lockstep agreement with them on support for late-term abortion, and he made that clear last month on Morning Joe:> .@PeteButtigieg explains his support for late-term abortion bills in New York and Virginia: > > ”When we’re talking about some of those situations covered by that law … the involvement of a male government official like me is not helpful.”> > -- Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) March 31, 2019But he’s done what many of them have not — he’s actually blocked a crisis-pregnancy center from opening at its chosen location. He not only supports abortion rights, he’s taken action against law-abiding Americans who merely wanted to make the case for life.Last April, Buttigieg vetoed a rezoning plan that would have permitted a crisis-pregnancy center to open next door to a proposed abortion clinic. In his statement justifying the veto, Buttigieg said, “I don’t think it would be responsible to situate two groups, literally right next to each other, in a neighborhood, that have diametrically opposed views on the most divisive social issue of our time.”And so, given the conflict, he chose to privilege the abortion clinic’s location over the pregnancy center. Thankfully, the center found a new location across the street from the proposed clinic — a location that didn’t require a rezoning vote. But that does not excuse or justify Buttigieg’s veto. He favored abortion rights over pro-life speech, and he likely violated the Constitution in doing so.While Buttigieg, to his credit, did not demonize his opponents in the South Bend dispute ( “Many people that I respect and admire and appreciate have very passionate and very opposite views on what is the right thing to do,” he said of the dispute), actions speak louder than words. And this action echoes a dangerous Democratic trend in pro-choice governance: the attack against pro-life pregnancy clinics.Across the United States, progressive legislatures have passed laws aimed at crisis-pregnancy centers, including a California law the Supreme Court struck down just last summer. Buttigieg hasn’t gone as far as California, which actually required pro-life pregnancy centers to promote state-funded free and low-cost abortions. But he had an opportunity to fully respect the constitutional rights of his pro-life opponents, and he chose not to do so.Many young Evangelicals, including young Evangelical activists, are divided over matters such as same-sex marriage. Some believe Obergefell v. Hodges was wrongly decided, others support legal recognition of same-sex marriage so long as the state doesn’t interfere with the church’s ability to define marriage according to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. Others support same-sex marriage constitutionally and theologically.These same young Christians are often appalled that their older brothers and sisters in the faith have so easily overlooked Donald Trump’s multitude of sins. But they will not support politicians who support legal protections for late-term abortions. They won’t. The will not support politicians who don’t go beyond “respecting” pro-life Americans to also protecting their rights to free speech with the same vigor that they protect the First Amendment rights of pro-choice Americans.In the summer of 2016, I had hours of conversations with anguished Evangelical activists. They did not like Donald Trump. They could not believe the hypocrisy of some pastors defending a man whom they’d condemn if he had a “D” by his name. But they also could not believe that the Democrats wouldn’t compromise at all on abortion, not even in the third trimester. More than one person told me of this issue, “If only they’d moderate a little, I’d consider crossing the aisle. But they won’t, so I can’t.”Those words will still be true in 2020, and while Buttigieg’s lack of overt hostility to pro-life citizens is welcome — and conversations about America’s competing Christian world views are interesting — he has zero appeal to religious conservatives so long as he holds to the Democratic party line on the right of a woman to hire a doctor to kill a viable, living unborn baby. There is nothing to “grapple” with. There is no “challenge.” There are lines that Christian conservatives must not — and will not — cross.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:53:22 -0400
  • Verizon just made it more expensive to activate or upgrade a phone in-store news

    Verizon appears to be incentivizing consumers to make purchases online rather than at one of its brick-and-mortar retail stores, as CNET reports that the mobile carrier is lowering activation and upgrade fees on its site and in its My Verizon app from $30 to $20 starting this Thursday. Alternatively, if you prefer a "full-service experience" at a Verizon store, you'll now have to pay $40 to activate a line or upgrade to a new device.CNET's report doesn't include many details about this new policy, and as The Verge points out, Verizon's fees often go up or down depending on a variety of factors, such as if you're on a prepaid or monthly plan, or if you're activating a new line or just upgrading to a new phone. Unless Verizon sends out a news release ahead of this purported price change, we'll have to wait until later this week to see how it will be implemented.Provided that you are willing to go through with the process of activating a line or upgrading to a new device on the Verizon website or on the My Verizon app, the price is actually lower at Verizon than at its competitors. AT&T charges $25 to bring a new phone over to its network (or $45 for a two-year plan, which only applies to certain phones), Sprint charges $30, and T-Mobile claims that it doesn't have an activation fee at all, but will still make you pay $25 for a SIM starter kit (which you will need to activate your phone on their network).So, while charging an addition $10 for a "full-service experience" at a brick-and-mortar store might be ludicrous, the price cut of the activation and upgrade fee for online customers is a welcome one.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:58:42 -0400
  • Mueller report PDF download link: How to read the explosive Trump document – and why it could be one of the most read files ever news

    The full text of the Mueller report has been released – and could trigger one of the biggest rushes to download a document ever seen.The 400-page document can be found here and reveals the key findings of a two-year investigation into Donald Trump by Robert Mueller, rocking Washington as soon as it was released.The report was first discussed in a press conference by Trump's attorney general William Barr. It was then be delivered to Congress on CDs, in keeping with the organisation's slightly archaic way of delivering documents.But when it came to the public, it arrive in the form of a PDF, uploaded to the Justice Department website in the first instance.The rush of internet traffic to the site is expected to be significant. Though the US government should have made preparations for such high interest, it is nonetheless possible that the website might not work quickly or at all when it first drops.But it will almost certainly be passed around other websites and hosting services as soon as it is made available, meaning that it should be accessible in some form.Barnes & Noble is offering the full report as an ebook, free to download for owners of its Nook ereader. "This is a PDF/direct replica of historic The Mueller Report as released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Barr redactions and all, and it is essential reading for all Americans on both sides of the aisle," the overview on its website reads.The retailer said people can pre-order it now from the website and suggested it will arrive as soon as it is released.The report will be widely distributed after it is released, meaning that it will probably be made available for other ereaders, too. Anyone giving away the report should be doing so for free, so while it is likely that links and versions of the PDF will be sold online, such listings are best avoided.When the Starr Report, the final findings of an investigation into Bill Clinton, were published in 1998, they swiftly became one of the most popular documents of all time.Some 12 per cent of all Americans – 20 million people – headed to the internet to look at the document, according to polling reported by CNN at the time. "It's probably the single highest number of people who have ever used the computer to access a single document," David Webber of the Frank Lutz polling company said then.That time around, the file was made available over seven different US government websites, in an attempt to spread the load. Though those websites and the news organisations that covered the release were swamped by the traffic, the internet nonetheless continued to work, reports at the time said.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:25:00 -0400
  • 'In the blink of an eye': USA TODAY was there when Nipsey Hussle vigil turned to chaos news

    USA TODAY reporter Harrison Hill was among hundreds of people gathered at a makeshift memorial for Nipsey Hussle Monday, right as it turned violent.

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:33:07 -0400
  • Bernie’s Fox News Town Hall Was a Ratings Smash. More Dems May Follow Him There. news

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Monday evening Fox News town hall event was the most-watched town hall event of the 2020 campaign thus far, according to early Nielsen data. And at least four other Democratic candidates are open to participating in one of their own. According to early Nielsen data, more than 2.5 million viewers tuned in to hear Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” make his case on Fox News during the 6:30pm hour, prior to primetime. That total viewership bested CNN’s Bernie Sanders town hall event from back in February; and it doubled MSNBC’s during the same time period on Monday evening, and nearly tripled CNN’s. The prior town hall ratings record for the 2020 cycle was a CNN-hosted event with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), which drew 1.95 million total viewers. Additionally, per Nielsen, Fox’s Sanders event brought in 489,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54—a key demographic for cable-news advertisers—trouncing CNN’s 281,000 tally and MSNBC’s 208,000.The event, which took place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, saw the Vermont senator discuss a wide range of topics and occasionally spar with moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. The Democratic National Committee banned the network from hosting one of its sanctioned debates, citing a New Yorker report on the network’s close ties to President Trump. But the success of Sanders’ town hall event—both in terms of ratings and the headlines generated—comes as at least three other presidential campaigns consider being involved in a similar event.South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is in talks to participate in a Fox News town hall, a campaign aide told The Daily Beast, and he had been prior to the airing of Sanders’ event. Meanwhile, the campaign for Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)—the latest entry into the crowded Democratic contest—said “he’s willing to do a Fox town hall, and we expect to start discussions with the network soon regarding a time and place.” Discussions about doing so have not yet begun, according to the campaign but Swalwell had previously told The Daily Beast that he makes efforts to appear on the network. Julia Krieger, communications director for Rep. Tim Ryan’s (D-OH) presidential campaign said that he is also “willing to do a town hall with Fox News,” adding that “the campaign has reached out proactively to the network to express interest in this type of forum.” She said that the network had also reached out to them.And Jennifer Fiore, a senior adviser to Julián Castro's campaign, told The Daily Beast that they are in conversations with the network as well."He’s been a red state mayor and has always campaigned hard for every single vote on both sides of the aisle and will do the same thing in his campaign for president of the United States because everybody counts," she said. The network had previously said they hoped the DNC would reconsider its position on hosting a debate on Fox.“We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate,” said Bill Sammon, Fox News’ senior vice president and D.C. managing editor. “They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters.”Update 6:25 P.M.: This story was updated to reflect an additional statement from Castro's campaign. —Andrew Kirell and Scott Bixby contributed reporting.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:56:29 -0400
  • Ukraine presidential candidates finally agree debate news

    Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday finally agreed to a debate to close a presidential campaign that has at times descended into farce. Poroshenko originally called the event for last Sunday but Zelensky was a no-show, leading the incumbent to hold a one-man debate next to an empty podium at a Kiev stadium. With Zelensky scoring 72 percent support to Poroshenko's 25, according to the most recent opinion poll, this could be the last chance the incumbent has to boost his flagging campaign.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:43:37 -0400
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