Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:59:27 -0500

Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship questionDemocrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information. Representative Carolyn Maloney, a senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters that she is re-introducing her bill, which was ignored by Republicans in 2017-2018 when they controlled the House of Representatives.


Belarusian model who claimed Trump info arrested in Moscow
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:51:04 -0500

Belarusian model who claimed Trump info arrested in MoscowMOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian interference in the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was arrested immediately upon her arrival in Moscow on Thursday following deportation from Thailand.


Powerful California storms prompt flooding, mudslides and avalanches warnings
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:04:24 -0500

Powerful California storms prompt flooding, mudslides and avalanches warningsAmid a relentless series of storms, a powerful storm has been wreaking havoc in California from Wednesday into Thursday, further raising concerns of flooding, mudslides and avalanches.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:34:39 -0500

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter useThe lesson comes as a generational divide between members of Congress and the tech platforms they oversee has been on full display.


Brits in Spain see glimmer of hope in UK Brexit vote drubbing
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:54:20 -0500

Brits in Spain see glimmer of hope in UK Brexit vote drubbingJávea (Spain) (AFP) - On the sun-drenched eastern coast of Spain where British pensioners and business-owners are uncertain for their futures as Brexit ticks closer, the crushing parliamentary defeat of Theresa May's EU divorce deal has sparked a glimmer of hope. "This might not happen," Lyle Starritt told AFP, the day after May suffered a historic drubbing in the House of Commons on Tuesday, when MPs rejected the deal she struck with the European Union. Britons interviewed by AFP, all of whom were keen on Britain staying in the EU, also said they were confident that even if Brexit takes place Madrid would preserve their rights, providing London reciprocates for Spaniards living in Britain.


Fortnite left players exposed to 'massive invasion of privacy'
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:00:00 -0500

Fortnite left players exposed to 'massive invasion of privacy'Children playing Fortnite were exposed to a potential “massive invasion of privacy” thanks to an oversight in the game’s security, researchers have revealed.  The popular shooting game enjoyed by more than 80 million people around the world left users vulnerable to a flaw that if exploited, allowed hackers to steal virtual currency and read private conversations online. The bug was fixed in mid-December, according to researchers who shared their findings with Fortnite's developer, Epic Games. To take control, the researchers sent a message to their victim over social media including a malicious link.  Once clicked, the user’s Fortnite authentication token - code that confirms a user is logged in - could be captured by the attacker without the user entering their username or password.  “Fortnite is one of the most popular games played mainly by kids. These flaws provided the ability for a massive invasion of privacy,” said Oded Vanunu, head of products vulnerability research for Check Point, who found they were able to access target accounts.  Fortnite | Read more It comes as the police’s fraud arm warned that scammers are using the multiplayer Battle Royale-style game to trick young players into handing over their parents’ bank details.  Criminals are increasingly targeting children on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube with adverts claiming to offer free "V-bucks", a currency used to buy extras like character outfits.  After clicking the link, victims can be asked questions about their account, which the perpetrator uses to log in, and steal credit or debit card details that are stored there. Fortnite fever has gripped the nation since it launched in July 2017, with parents growing concerned that their children have become "addicted" to the multiplayer title.  Users could protect themselves in future using  by turning on two-factor authentication which prompts the player to enter a security code sent to their email address upon logging in. Epic Games have been contacted for comment.


Michigan State names new interim president
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:07:45 -0500

Michigan State names new interim presidentMichigan State University’s board says interim president John Engler’s resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler announced his resignation amid fallout from the case of convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar (Jan. 17)


Ocasio-Cortez Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall Street
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:24:01 -0500

Ocasio-Cortez Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall StreetThe New York lawmaker, who has become a sensation among progressives, will almost certainly join the House Financial Services Committee after a group of fellow Democrats on the party’s steering committee voted to recommend her for the panel on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter. Two other recently elected progressive Democrats, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Katie Porter of California, are also likely to join the panel, said the people said, who requested anonymity because the names of the new members have not yet been announced. Tulsi Gabbard, a lawmaker from Hawaii who says she plans to run for president in 2020, is also poised to join, the people said.


See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:58:00 -0500

See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos


U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:26:22 -0500

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities growThe senior U.S. defense intelligence official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not predict that China's military, known as the People's Liberation Army (PLA), would take such a step but said such a possibility was the top worry as China expands and modernizes its military capabilities. "The biggest concern is that ... they are getting to a point where the PLA leadership may actually tell Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities," the official said, referring to China's president. Pressed on whether the official was referring to Chinese confidence in its capabilities to be able to successfully win a battle with Taiwan, the official said, "Well, specifically that would be the most concerning to me." Taiwan is only one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, including a trade war between the countries, U.S. sanctions on the Chinese military, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.


Complaint in Closs case could be road map for prosecution
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:13:57 -0500

Complaint in Closs case could be road map for prosecutionMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The criminal complaint charging a Wisconsin man with abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents laid out the case in detail and offered a possible road map for how prosecutors will seek a conviction in the girl's 88-day ordeal.


Mike Pence amends claim that 'ISIS has been defeated' following deadly attack on U.S. troops
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:53:10 -0500

Mike Pence amends claim that 'ISIS has been defeated' following deadly attack on U.S. troopsThe same day that ISIS fighters in Syria claimed responsibility for a deadly bomb attack, Vice President Mike Pence echoed the president's assessment that the group had been vanquished.


'Blockbuster' storm heads east, could drop 40 inches of snow. Then an Arctic blast will freeze 200 million
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:08:45 -0500

'Blockbuster' storm heads east, could drop 40 inches of snow. Then an Arctic blast will freeze 200 millionMudslides and flooding closed roads in California as heavy rains and snow were forecast.


'Enough is Enough.' How European Media Responded to the Brexit Deal Defeat
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:57:09 -0500

'Enough is Enough.' How European Media Responded to the Brexit Deal Defeat"Enough is enough," the French daily Le Monde wrote in an editorial. "The time has come for them to make up their minds."


HHS IG: Thousands More Migrant Children May Have Been Separated from Parents
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:19:07 -0500

HHS IG: Thousands More Migrant Children May Have Been Separated from Parents“It is not yet clear whether [HHS’s] recent changes are sufficient to ensure consistent and accurate data about separated children, and the lack of detail in information received from [immigration authorities] continues to pose challenges,” the report said.


Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to know
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:05:01 -0500

Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to knowWhen you're a frequent traveler, it's almost self-sabotage to not join some


McDonald's loses 'Big Mac' trademark case to Irish chain Supermac's
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:08:26 -0500

McDonald's loses 'Big Mac' trademark case to Irish chain Supermac'sMcDonald's Corp has lost its rights to the trademark 'Big Mac' in a European Union case ruling in favour of Ireland-based fast-food chain Supermac's.


Plans revealed for a massive atom smasher that dwarfs the Large Hadron Collider
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:32:08 -0500

Plans revealed for a massive atom smasher that dwarfs the Large Hadron ColliderThe famous Large Hadron Collider, an insanely massive particle accelerator that's helped scientists crack some of the most deeply hidden mysteries of the universe, is about to be dwarfed by an atom smasher that's much bigger and more powerful. European physicists have just unveiled their proposal for the construction of a new particle smasher that calls for a 62-mile circular collider costing roughly the equivalent of $10 billion. Plans for the so-called Future Circular Collider were revealed Tuesday in a report by officials associated with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known by its acronym of CERN. Among other things, they're proposing that the collection of 23 member nations which currently comprise CERN would likewise oversee this next-generation accelerator. An accelerator, we should note, that would be four times bigger and up to 10 times more powerful than today's Large Hadron Collider, which is part of a particle accelerator facility on the French-Swiss border and which helped scientists in 2012 confirm the existence of the so-called God particle, the Higgs boson. It's a particle that gives mass to electrons and protons, which scientists regard as a kind of building block for the world as part of their so-called Standard Model. That's a body of knowledge describing some of the most basic forces at work in the physical world. Ironically, this highly sought after class of particles can reveal such depth of understanding about the world around us -- but the particles are also so small that it takes insanely massive machines to wrench them loose, in a manner of speaking, enough for scientists to be able to study them. The way the Large Hadron Collider works involves a loop of superconducting magnets that shoot streams of protons at each other fast enough for these key particles to emerge from the impact. And among the questions scientists hope these kinds of machine can answer are things like why gravity is so weak compared to other forces. As if on cue, meanwhile, China has plans to build its own version of one of these machines. According to a report from ScienceAlert, its creation could be operational by the 2030s and present "a head start (on) the multiple collisions needed to amass the enormous bank of statistics necessary for finding flaws in the Standard Model. Japan is also taking a look at building a particle collider." The ScienceAlert report also makes clear that there's no guarantee this new collider in Europe will ever get built. The Large Hadron Collider apparently hasn't produced enough fodder for scientific discoveries yet to satisfy some officials that the need is there and investment is warranted for the development of a new collider.


Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:11:08 -0500

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing MaduroVenezuela's opposition-controlled but powerless National Assembly stepped up its battle with President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday by offering an amnesty to anyone from the military who joins it in disavowing the socialist leader. The "amnesty law" would extend also to civilian government officials who collaborate "in the restitution of constitutional order," parliament said. The row between the legislature and Maduro has intensified since the socialist leader was sworn in last week for a second term of office in the crisis-hit country, after he won snap elections in May that were boycotted by the opposition and dismissed by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States as a fraud.


The Latest: Grandfather: Suspect 'backed off from crowds'
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:34:51 -0500

The Latest: Grandfather: Suspect 'backed off from crowds'BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of 13-year-old Jayme Closs (all times local):


New migrant caravan travelling to US from Honduras adding to tensions over border
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:11:00 -0500

New migrant caravan travelling to US from Honduras adding to tensions over borderHonduran Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez said that between 800 and 1,000 people were travelling together and headed towards the Agua Caliente border crossing into Guatemala. Hundreds of Honduran refugees and migrants also left a bus station in the northern city of San Pedro Sula and moved along to join the caravan. The first groups to leave included many women and children who got onto buses destined for the Guatemalan border.


Sears, Kmart may survive: Eddie Lampert wins Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:43:42 -0500

Sears, Kmart may survive: Eddie Lampert wins Chapter 11 bankruptcy auctionSears Holdings could escape its brush with annihilation after the retailer's chairman and largest investor prevailed in an auction.


California storms kill at least 5 as flooding fears rise
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:54:02 -0500

California storms kill at least 5 as flooding fears riseSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Heavy rain, snow and wind pummeled much of California Thursday, causing at least five deaths, leaving thousands without power and forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes.


May Wins Confidence Vote and Opens Cross-Party Brexit Talks
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:21:38 -0500

May Wins Confidence Vote and Opens Cross-Party Brexit TalksU.K. leader Theresa May survived an attempt to oust her government and immediately opened talks with rival political parties in an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock, as time runs out to reach a deal. The prime minister fought off the threat of a national election and won the right to continue running the country when the House of Commons voted 325 to 306 against a motion of “no confidence” in her administration. May invited other party leaders, who back keeping much closer ties to the European Union, for talks tonight to discuss how to forge a compromise Brexit plan that Parliament can support.


Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:30:40 -0500

Procter & Gamble’s Toxic SanctimonyRecognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of progressivism. In case you hadn’t seen or heard: Parent company Procter & Gamble launched a Gillette ad campaign blanket-demonizing men as ogres and bullies. At home and at work, in the boardroom, on the playground, and even while barbecuing in the backyard, Gillette sees nothing but testosterone-driven trouble.


Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:16:46 -0500

Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talksSome 30,000 Los Angeles teachers on strike for higher pay, smaller classes and more staff walked picket lines in the rain for a second day on Tuesday as Mayor Eric Garcetti embraced their cause while trying to nudge the two sides back to the bargaining table. The walkout, with teachers garbed mostly in red braving two days of rainy weather to stage mass rallies downtown, has shattered 30 years of labor peace by Los Angeles teachers but has not completely idled schools.


Netflix Price Hike Points to the Changing Math of Cord Cutting
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:46:09 -0500

Netflix Price Hike Points to the Changing Math of Cord CuttingHere's some bad news for those looking forward to the season 3 premiere of “Stranger Things”: The demogorgon isn't the only thing on the rise. Netflix is planning to boost prices for all of its m...


Rep. Wenstrup on a State of the Union during a shutdown: Americans need to hear from the president
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:35:56 -0500

Rep. Wenstrup on a State of the Union during a shutdown: Americans need to hear from the presidentRepublican Congressman Brad Wenstrup from Ohio says Speaker Pelosi's request for President Trump to postpone the State of the Union address makes no sense.


A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:55:00 -0500

A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series


Steve King faces increasing pressure to resign after 'white supremacy' remarks
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:07:09 -0500

Steve King faces increasing pressure to resign after 'white supremacy' remarksRep. Steve King’s base of support, including in his home state of Iowa, continues to erode after comments he made appearing to praise white supremacy were published in the New York Times. Des Moines is not located in King’s district.



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