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Pro-EU UK Conservative lawmaker puts forward legislation for second Brexit referendum
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:22:24 -0500

Pro-EU UK Conservative lawmaker puts forward legislation for second Brexit referendumLONDON (Reuters) - A member of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party on Wednesday submitted legislation making provisions for a second referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union. The bill submitted by Dominic Grieve, who has previously called for a second referendum, is unlikely to make much progress through the legislative process as it depends on government support, and May is opposed to another public vote. The symbolic presentation of the bill was conducted without debate. ...


Iran state TV presenter arrested by FBI and moved to Washington DC, say reports
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:56:49 -0500

Iran state TV presenter arrested by FBI and moved to Washington DC, say reportsAn American-born journalist working for Iran‘s state TV broadcaster has reportedly been arrested after flying into the US. Press TV interrupted its broadcast on Wednesday to report Marzieh Hashemi was arrested after she arrived at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday. The English-language Iranian broadcaster, citing family members, said its TV presenter and documentary film maker was taken into FBI custody and brought to Washington, DC.


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.


40 mph mudslides, floods, blizzards, 6 feet of snow, 110 mph winds: California nightmare
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:21:19 -0500

40 mph mudslides, floods, blizzards, 6 feet of snow, 110 mph winds: California nightmareMudslides and flooding were closing roads in California as heavy rains and snow were forecast deep into the week.


China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:22:00 -0500

China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar nightA cotton seedling that sprouted on the moon has been left to die as China's historic lunar lander continues a freezing night-time nap that will last as long as two earth weeks, scientists said. The Chinese space agency announced earlier this week that the seed had germinated inside a special canister aboard the Chang'e-4 probe, after the spacecraft on January 3 made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon. The mini biosphere -- which operated for over 212 hours -- was shut down as planned on Saturday, said Chongqing University, which designed the experiment.


In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:11:52 -0500

In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 electionsMillions of people took part in the women's marches in Washington and other cities in the United States and abroad on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Republican president was sworn in. Vanessa Wruble, a co-founder of the original Women's March on Washington who left to start March On, a separate grassroots coalition, said the movement has evolved from being a reaction to Trump's presidency. Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is using its #WomensWave marches in Washington and elsewhere on Saturday to roll out a 10-part policy platform that includes raising the federal minimum wage and protecting reproductive rights.


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


Kenya attack: At least six killed in Nairobi hotel complex terror siege
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:29:21 -0500

Kenya attack: At least six killed in Nairobi hotel complex terror siegeIslamist terrorists detonated explosives and fired automatic weapons as they mounted a deadly attack on a hotel and business complex frequented by Westerners in Nairobi on Tuesday. Six people have been confirmed killed in the attack, while a Kenyan police officer told reporters 15 bodies had been taken to the mortuary. A mortuary worker added that identification papers indicated that 11 were Kenyan, one was American and one was British, while the other two did not have documents on them. Nationalities of the dead remain unconfirmed. Hundreds more remained trapped inside buildings  16 hours after the attack began. Local security forces freed scores of civilians as they fought their way into the grounds of 14 Riverside, a compound housing a hotel, restaurant, bars and office blocks in the city’s Westlands district.  But the reported six gunmen were still in control of parts of the five-star Dusit Hotel, part of a Thai-owned international chain that appeared to be the chief target of the attackers. The Somali militant group al-Shabaab, which has longstanding ties to al-Qaeda, claimed credit for the attack, revisiting the city in which they killed 67 people during an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in 2013. Cars are seen on fire at the scene of explosions and gunshots in Nairobi Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Just as at Westgate, barely a mile way, this was a carefully chosen target designed to bring terror to one of the prosperous parts of an increasingly prosperous city and target Westerners and rich Kenyans alike. Several multinational firms, from America’s Colgate Palmolive to the German chemical giant BASF housed their local headquarters at 14 Riverside. Several British firms were also based there, the consultancy groups Control Risks and Adam Smith International among them. From the outset it was clear that this was a highly sophisticated attack. A suicide bomber blew himself up close to the entrance as two vehicles carrying the attackers breached a security barrier, regarded as one of the most efficient in Nairobi, at the entrance to the complex. Some of the attackers, lobbing grenades and firing automatic rifles, reportedly killed several people at the Secret Garden restaurant, a spot popular for business meetings close to the restaurant, before continuing on to the Dusit hotel.  “There was a big bang and then a lot of gunfire, up to 100 shots or more,” said Philip Coulson, a lawyer working in a nearby office block. “Later, I saw people fleeing and others being carried out with looks of pain or anguish on their face.” Terrified office workers in the complex’s five blocks, said to house more than 1,000 employees, hid under desks and barricaded doors. Others, caught in the open, ran frantically for cover.  “Run, run!” one man shouted from behind a low wall as colleagues stumbled on lawns and crawled along the ground in a desperate bid for safety as shots rang out. “Down! Down!” Extremists launched a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital  Credit: AP Photo/Brian Inganga Kenya’s security forces earned an ignominious reputation during the Westgate attack, after army units were accused of opening fire on their police colleagues, killing the officer in charge and then embarking on a looting spree. But this time, the initial response appeared more professional and coordinated. Army and police units, assisted by emergency crews, were quick to seal off the perimeter and rescue people from the office blocks, at least some of which appeared to be ignored by the attackers. Many were rescued within hours, fleeing under armed guard with their hands in the air before streaming in their scores across a footbridge to the safety of a nearby university campus. Everywhere signs of extreme emotion were visible. Shaking and often weeping, some survivors — mostly Kenyan, but some Westerners too — embraced anxious relatives waiting outside the police cordon. Others sank to the ground and gave thanks to God. Security forces at the scene in Nairobi Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis “After the first blast, after we saw the restaurant had been blown up, we ran and hid under tables,” said Elizabeth Maina, an employee at AC Nielsen, an American global research firm housed in the Belgravia building close to the entrance. “There was shooting everywhere. We called and sent messages to the police. After an hour, we saw men in uniforms and plain clothes enter the room. They shouted ‘police, police’ and led us out.” Workers in office blocks, with plenty of hiding places and lockable doors, were always more likely to survive. Those in the hotel, whose foyer opens out onto a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, would have had much less of a chance — as their attackers surely knew. Just how high the death toll could be is unlikely to become clear until the attack is over, although witnesses said they saw at least five bodies and reported body parts strewn on the ground outside the hotel. “There was no time to count the dead but it is true that there are people who have died,” said one police officer involved in the operation. A woman is reunited with her family after her evacuation from DusitD2 compound Credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images Kenya has long been in al-Shabaab’s sights, even before it sent troops across the border into Somalia in 2011 in an attempt to root out the militants behind the abductions of Western tourists on the Kenyan coast, Britons among them.  In 1998, an al Qaeda attack, which involved a number of Somalis, on the American embassy in Nairobi killed more than 200 people. The number of attacks soared after 2011.  Westgate aside, 147 students were killed in an attack on a university in the northern town in Garissa in 2015 while scores more had previously died when suspected al Shabaab militants struck at villages on the northern Kenyan coast. Improved intelligence, aided by tactical and training support from Britain, has seen a halt to large-scale attacks since 2015, although often deadly ambushes on Kenyan forces near the Somali border remain frequent. Despite mounting domestic opposition and al-Shabaab attacks on their bases, Kenyan forces remain in Somalia. The attack on 14 Riverside came on the third anniversary of an al-Shabaab attack on a Kenyan military base in the Somali town of El Adde. Kenya has refused to release details of the death toll, but analysts say they believe more than 140 Kenyan soldiers were killed.


Venus-Jupiter conjunction: Set your alarm for this celestial meet-up on Tuesday morning
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:15:24 -0500

Venus-Jupiter conjunction: Set your alarm for this celestial meet-up on Tuesday morningJupiter and Venus will shine bright together before dawn on Tuesday in an astronomical event known as a conjunction.


Manchin Calls Pelosi’s Request for SOTU Postponement the ‘Wrong Approach’
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:57:42 -0500

Manchin Calls Pelosi’s Request for SOTU Postponement the ‘Wrong Approach’Democratic senator Joe Manchin said Wednesday that he thinks House speaker Nancy Pelosi made the wrong move in asking President Trump to postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened, or give the address from the Oval Office instead of the capitol. “I’m not sure what her intentions are,” Manchin said on NBC. “I have the utmost respect for Speaker Pelosi. Pelosi cited security concerns in a letter to Trump on Wednesday asking that  he postpone the State of the Union address to Congress until the government reopens, or deliver it from the Oval Office instead.


Angel families call on Democrats to back President Trump's border wall
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:09:11 -0500

Angel families call on Democrats to back President Trump's border wallAngel mom Agnes Gibboney weighs in on the importance of border security to families like her's.


Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay views
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:53:02 -0500

Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay viewsA week after announcing her presidential candidacy, the representative from Hawaii releases a video apology.


More snow! Airlines expand change fees as new storms approach
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:31:59 -0500

More snow! Airlines expand change fees as new storms approachAirlines are waiving change fees as two more winter storms are set to move across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast from Thursday into the weekend.


Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:54:58 -0500

Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threatsHSINCHU, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary.


Backstop 'means to an end' of avoiding hard border: Irish PM
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:40:09 -0500

Backstop 'means to an end' of avoiding hard border: Irish PMIreland's prime minister pledged to defend the contentious Brexit "backstop" but said it was important to remember that the insurance mechanism was a means to an end of avoiding the return of a hard customs border on the island of Ireland. The Brexit divorce deal was resoundingly defeated by British lawmakers on Tuesday, with much of the opposition centered on the "backstop" requirement for the British province of Northern Ireland to stay closely aligned to EU rules to eliminate the need for border checks with EU member Ireland. The Irish government joined the European Union's executive in insisting that the divorce deal with the bloc was not open for renegotiation and urged London to come up with solutions that both they and the European Union can accept.


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


Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hears
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:15:24 -0500

Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hearsFormer Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $100 million bribe from drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a former collaborator told the kingpin's trial. Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian who is now collaborating with US prosecutors in the Chapo trial, made the statement under examination from defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. "Mr. Guzman paid a bribe of $100 million to President Pena Nieto,?" the lawyer asked.


Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:36:34 -0500

Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy lawApple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation - a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.


Al-Qaeda Hotel Attack Kills 21, Shaking Kenya Economy Pillar
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:41:41 -0500

Al-Qaeda Hotel Attack Kills 21, Shaking Kenya Economy PillarUsing hand grenades, automatic rifles and a suicide-bomber, the militants stormed 14 Riverside in Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon, a venue popular with business travelers and Kenya’s elites and home to offices of companies including Pernod Ricard SA and Dow Chemical East Africa Ltd. That precipitated an 18-hour siege around the DusitD2 hotel, which President Uhuru Kenyatta said ended about 9 a.m. Wednesday with the attackers dead. Somalia-based al-Shabaab took responsibility for the assault, the latest in a recent wave of jihadist strikes across Africa, including in Nigeria and Mali, which a loose coalition of African, Western and United Nation troops are struggling to stop. It’s al-Shabaab’s first significant assault in Kenya since it killed 147 people at a northeastern university in April 2015 and echoed a September 2013 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall that left 67 dead and rocked the tourism industry.


BMW unveils 2020 7 Series sedan with controversial redesign
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:31:48 -0500

BMW unveils 2020 7 Series sedan with controversial redesignWhile the interior design and mechanics haven't significantly changed in the latest version of the BMW 7 Series, the exterior received a serious facelift that is leaving some fans confused and a few disappointed. BMW officially unveiled the latest 7 Series luxury sedan Wednesday with a redesign that the company says gives it a "confident presence" while some onlookers are giving it a mediocre review. The focal point of the new design is the inflated, trademark 7 Series kidney grille placed on a two-inch taller front end which has grown about 40 percent since the last generation, an expansion that already hasn't been welcomed very warmly.



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