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Angry Trump insists not in a 'rage' over row with Democrats
Thu, 23 May 2019 11:27:22 -0400

Angry Trump insists not in a 'rage' over row with DemocratsAn angry President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he was not in a "rage" when he abruptly canceled a meeting with top Democrats at the White House. Despite 24 hours of furious tweets and a hastily arranged press event at which he expressed bitterness at Democrats, Trump explained he'd been unflappable Wednesday while blowing up the meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer. "I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media," Trump said in a tweet.


AP Was There: The roots of the 'American Taliban'
Thu, 23 May 2019 15:45:48 -0400

AP Was There: The roots of the 'American Taliban'SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This story was first published on Dec. 21, 2001, when AP journalist Justin Pritchard reported on the American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh's journey to the Taliban front lines. We are reprinting the story now to mark Lindh's release after nearly two decades in prison.


India's Modi begins talks for new cabinet after big election win
Fri, 24 May 2019 00:20:49 -0400

India's Modi begins talks for new cabinet after big election winOfficial data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party had won 296 of the 542 seats up for grabs and was ahead in seven more, up from the 282 it won in 2014. The BJP would have the first back-to-back majority in the lower house of parliament for a single party since 1984. After a rancorous and a polarizing election campaign, the focus shifts back to an economy that is slowing, even as the U.S.-China trade war rages and global oil prices tick higher.


The New Assange Indictment Endangers Journalism
Thu, 23 May 2019 18:10:13 -0400

The New Assange Indictment Endangers JournalismThe original indictment charged Assange with computer hacking on the novel theory that he coached Private Chelsea Manning on how to crack passwords on Department of Defense computers that stored the reams of secret diplomatic cables Wikileaks eventually published. The government could win that case against Assange without criminalizing the receipt of classified information.


'Here we go again.' Federal judge blocks Mississippi's 'heartbeat' abortion law
Fri, 24 May 2019 20:04:01 -0400

'Here we go again.' Federal judge blocks Mississippi's 'heartbeat' abortion lawThe law would have banned abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat is detected.


Amazon is blowing out renewed MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, today only
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:51:44 -0400

Amazon is blowing out renewed MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, today onlyWe wouldn't exactly call the Touch Bar a revolutionary addition to Apple's MacBook Pro line. That said, it actually is pretty awesome to have an OLED strip above your keyboard that constantly morphs to give you access to all the functions you need. If you've got Touch Bars on the brain but you've been unwilling to cough up the extra cash to get one, today is your lucky day. Amazon is running a one-day Gold Box deal on renewed MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, and the prices are crazy. There's obviously limited inventory of each model though, so you'll need to hurry up if you don't want to miss out.Here are the key details from the product page: * This product has been tested and certified to work and look like new, with minimal to no signs of wear, by a manufacturer or specialized third-party seller approved by Amazon. The product is backed by a 1-Year Woot Warranty, and may arrive in a generic brown or white box. * 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors * Quad-Core Intel Core i5-8259U 2.3GHz processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache * 256GB PCI-E based flash memory storage; 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory * Integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 processor that shares memory with the system for an amazing experience * Built-in FaceTime HD camera for video chatting; Built-in stereo speakers along with omnidirectional microphone, headphone port * 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth 5.0 technology for connecting with peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and cell phones. * Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures


Hawaii woman missing for 2 weeks rescued from Maui forest
Sat, 25 May 2019 01:39:20 -0400

Hawaii woman missing for 2 weeks rescued from Maui forestWAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago.


PHOTOS: Violent tornado rips through Missouri
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:15:04 -0400

PHOTOS: Violent tornado rips through MissouriA powerful tornado swept across Missouri, killing several people as it knocked down power lines and trees, smashed windows and left streets strewn with debris, officials said on Thursday.


Oman trying to reduce U.S.-Iran tensions: foreign ministry tweet
Fri, 24 May 2019 03:15:57 -0400

Oman trying to reduce U.S.-Iran tensions: foreign ministry tweetOman is trying "with other parties" to reduce tensions between the United States and Iran, the Omani Foreign Ministry tweeted on Friday. The tweet cited Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, who met on Monday in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Oman maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran and has previously been an important go-between for the two countries, which severed diplomatic relations in 1980.


George Conway mocks Trump on ‘cover-ups’ by tweeting Stormy Daniels payment check
Thu, 23 May 2019 14:27:45 -0400

George Conway mocks Trump on ‘cover-ups’ by tweeting Stormy Daniels payment checkThe husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted the image of a check that Michael Cohen says was part of a $130,000 hush-money payment to the porn star.


Facebook accused of leaving 'broken children' in wake of its commercial aims, abuse inquiry hears
Fri, 24 May 2019 12:26:12 -0400

Facebook accused of leaving 'broken children' in wake of its commercial aims, abuse inquiry hearsFacebook has been accused of leaving 'broken children' as collateral damage in the wake of their commercial aims, the child sex abuse inquiry has heard. Barrister William Chapman, representing the victims of abuse at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), said social media companies were not preventing paedophiles reaching children as it was “contrary to their business model” and that their apps needed to be “fundamentally redesigned”. Police also warned that tech firms were going ahead with plans to encrypt more features "in the certain knowledge" it would lead to more children being abused. The warnings came as the inquiry’s hearing into online child abuse drew to a close yesterday. Over the last fortnight IICSA has heard evidence from Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google about their efforts to combat child abuse online. Giving his closing statement, Mr Chapman singled out Facebook as the “unacceptable face of social media”, citing that over half of reported grooming offences in 2017 and 2018 related to the company or its Instagram and WhatsApp apps. William Chapman giving his closing address to the inquiry He said that social networks scanned for evidence of abuse after it happened and that they now needed to change their business model to stop abusers easily contacting children. Mr Chapman said: “What they will not do, because it is contrary to their business model, is to restrict the opportunities for abuse before it takes place.” He added: “They leave behind broken children like so much collateral damage. “Money, they say, is no object but none you heard from has a dedicated budget to tackling this problem.” Among the recommendations being made to the inquiry on behalf of victims are for tech companies pay compensation to those abused via their services and that a new criminal offence be made of posing online as a child online without a reasonable excuse. Mr Chapman also accused tech companies of not giving the inquiry a “straight answer” about the scale of abuse on their sites and selectively releasing figures without context. Earlier in the hearing Microsoft failed to provide figures for how many children had been groomed on its live chat services Xbox Live and Skype and Facebook was similarly unable to say how many registered sex offenders had been caught using its services. “It is not acceptable to hide the extent of the problem on your platform in a black box out of which you prick pinholes for others to see only hints of the full horror within," said Mr Chapman. Later in the hearing, Debra Powell QC, speaking for the National Police Chiefs Council, warned that tech giants' plans to make ever more services encrypted would lead to more children being abused. Last month Facebook announced plans to add end-to-end encryption to its 1.3 billion-user Messenger service, meaning not even it will be able to see the content of messages. Ms Powell said: “Currently many technology companies are building in and offering to their users ever greater privacy protections, including end-to-end encryption, in the certain knowledge that this will make the detection and prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation more difficult. “The inevitable result must be that more children will be abused and exploited and that their ordeals will go on for longer before the perpetrators can be caught, if they are caught at all.”


India's Modi and Pakistan PM highlight need for 'peace,' after vote
Thu, 23 May 2019 14:38:32 -0400

India's Modi and Pakistan PM highlight need for 'peace,' after voteIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani rival Imran Khan sent messages highlighting the need for "peace" Thursday after Modi's hawkish party won a new term in power. While the nuclear-armed rivals launched cross-border air strikes at each other barely three months ago, some analysts say the return of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a new landslide could help peace prospects. Khan congratulated Modi on the win by the BJP, which has long taken a strong anti-Pakistan stance.


UPDATE 1-U.S. FAA meets with air regulators on fate of Boeing 737 MAX
Thu, 23 May 2019 11:58:03 -0400

UPDATE 1-U.S. FAA meets with air regulators on fate of Boeing 737 MAXThe Federal Aviation Administration is meeting with international air regulators from around the world on Thursday to determine what is needed to return the grounded Boeing Co 737 MAX to return it to service. The agency will summarize the status of three major ongoing reviews of the 737 MAX and give an update of the recertification process and shed light on Boeing's proposed revisions to its software and pilot training. Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell said on Thursday he thought travelers in the United States and around the world would respect any eventual decision by the FAA to return the plane to service.


View Photos of the 2019 Opel Corsa-e
Thu, 23 May 2019 15:59:00 -0400

View Photos of the 2019 Opel Corsa-e


Across US, women have unequal access to abortion
Thu, 23 May 2019 16:20:10 -0400

Across US, women have unequal access to abortionWhile abortion is legal nationwide, Americans have unequal access to the procedure, depending on their location in the United States and how much they are able to spend. The disparities are great indeed, from the more than 150 abortion clinics available in the most populous state of California, to only one in states like Mississippi in the South or Missouri in the Midwest. State laws also vary widely on other matters like speed limits for drivers and marriage age requirements, but the Supreme Court has set a "minimum standard throughout the entire country," noted Meg Penrose, of the Texas A&M School of Law.


Download these 5 apps before your next trip
Fri, 24 May 2019 07:30:02 -0400

Download these 5 apps before your next tripThere are millions of apps available for your phone, but you can't take all of them on your next trip. So which travel apps should you pack?


The Latest: Runaway barges cause 'minimal' damage to dam
Thu, 23 May 2019 21:03:07 -0400

The Latest: Runaway barges cause 'minimal' damage to damJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States (all times local):


McAleenan: We need to address issue of families crossing the border
Thu, 23 May 2019 22:28:25 -0400

McAleenan: We need to address issue of families crossing the borderActing DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan discusses the ongoing immigration crisis at the border on 'The Ingraham Angle.'


Trump grants William Barr full access to state secrets for review of Russian interference investigation
Fri, 24 May 2019 05:02:58 -0400

Trump grants William Barr full access to state secrets for review of Russian interference investigationPresident Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr “full and complete authority” to declassify government secrets, issuing a memorandum late on Thursday that orders US intelligence agencies to co-operate promptly with Barr’s audit of the investigation into Russia’s election interference in 2016.The president’s move gives General Barr broad powers to unveil carefully guarded intelligence secrets about the Russia investigation, which the attorney general requested to allow him to quickly carry out his review, according to the memo.“Today’s action will ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” the White House said in an accompanying statement, which Mr Trump then tweeted.The president has labelled the investigation of his campaign a “political witch hunt”.His Republican allies in Congress who have reviewed some of the related files argue that the FBI investigation was opened based on flimsy and questionable evidence of wrongdoing, and that surveillance of campaign advisers to Mr Trump was improper.“This is candidly part of the president wanting to make sure the American people have the entire story of what went on and what will be construed by most people as improper activity within the FBI.It’s also the very first step in rectifying and repairing the damage done by certain people at the FBI,” said Mark Meadows, one of the president’s biggest defenders on Capitol Hill.Mr Meadows said he discussed with the president how granting General Barr this authority would provide answers about whether the investigation was biased.Conservative lawmakers, such as Mr Meadows, have insisted to friends in the administration that declassifying these documents will help Mr Trump protect his presidency and further distance himself from any political fallout from the Russia investigation, according to multiple people involved in those discussions.The move is likely to further anger Democrats who have said that Mr Barr is using his position as the nation’s top law enforcement official to aggressively protect the president and attack his critics.Adam Schiff, who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee leads one of the ongoing congressional investigations of President Trump, called the action “un-American”.President Trump and Mr Barr, Mr Schiff said in a statement on Thursday night, are conspiring to “weaponise law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies”. ‬The president is the government’s highest authority over whether national secrets remain classified.His order gives Mr Barr significant authority over agencies that typically hold their secrets close and don’t declassify them easily.While the memo states Mr Barr should consult with the head of an agency before declassifying its secrets, it also demands that he get prompt responses and documents from the intelligence community.Jeremy Bash, a former chief of staff at the CIA during the Obama administration, warned that, with his directive, President Trump was entering “dangerous territory”.“Stripping the intelligence leaders of their ability to control information about sources and methods, and handing that power to political actors, could cause human agents to question whether their identity will be protected,” Mr Bash said.General Barr has tapped John Durham, the US attorney for the District of Connecticut, to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.Separately, the Justice Department inspector general is examining the handling of various aspects of the case. Mr Barr has said the inspector general’s work is expected to be completed in May or June.President Trump’s memo highlights how much he has grown to trust Mr Barr.Mr Barr has said “spying” was conducted by the government against the Trump campaign – an accusation Trump has levelled repeatedly but that current and former FBI officials have denied.Mr Barr has been criticised by former FBI director James Comey and other former law enforcement officials for using the phrase “spying” to discuss how investigators monitored some Trump campaign advisers who had extensive contacts with Russians.His critics argue that General Barr is parroting the president’s loaded wording, when surveillance was a proper part of a counterintelligence investigation looking at whether Russians were trying to influence Mr Trump’s campaign aides.The Washington Post


Georgia police K-9 dies chasing suspect in 90-degree weather
Fri, 24 May 2019 09:20:54 -0400

Georgia police K-9 dies chasing suspect in 90-degree weatherA police K-9 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, died Thursday after chasing a suspect in 90-degree heat.



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