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Sri Lanka admits 'major' lapse over deadly Islamist blasts
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:25:29 -0400

Sri Lanka admits 'major' lapse over deadly Islamist blastsSri Lanka's government on Wednesday acknowledged "major" lapses over its failure to prevent the horrific Easter attacks that killed more than 350 people, despite prior intelligence warnings. Overnight, security forces using newly granted powers under the country's state of emergency arrested 18 more suspects in connection with the attack, as the toll rose to 359. Police have so far arrested 58 people, all Sri Lankans, and security remains heavy, with bomb squads carrying out several controlled explosions of suspect packages on Wednesday.

Self-styled citizen border patrol abandons New Mexico camp: police
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:28:38 -0400

Self-styled citizen border patrol abandons New Mexico camp: policeSUNLAND PARK, N.M./TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - An armed group that has been stopping migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border honored a request to leave their camp in New Mexico on Tuesday and appeared to be heading home, the local police chief said. The group's leader Larry Hopkins appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday to face firearms charges following his arrest on Saturday by the FBI. Sunland Park, New Mexico, Police Chief Javier Guerra said the group left their campsite outside the town following a request by the Union Pacific Railroad, which said they had trespassed on its land.

'NRA in crisis' ad campaign launched ahead of gun group's annual convention
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:16:25 -0400

'NRA in crisis' ad campaign launched ahead of gun group's annual conventionOn the eve of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, Everytown for Gun Safety has unveiled a new ad campaign that argues the organization is “becoming more fringe and more toxic to the Americans it has long claimed to represent.”

Jared Kushner Does Not 'Dispute' Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi's Death
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:43:59 -0400

Jared Kushner Does Not 'Dispute' Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi's DeathKushner said he urged the Crown Prince to “be as transparent as possible”

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viral
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:00:35 -0400

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viralA group of anti-Islam protesters gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C. One woman's reaction: 'I smiled in the face of bigotry.'

Elizabeth Warren assures She the People forum that America is ready for woman president
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:42:37 -0400

Elizabeth Warren assures She the People forum that America is ready for woman presidentThe senator from Massachusetts delivers a strong performance at a gathering organized by women of color activists.

13-year-old Houston girl dies after fight at middle school
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:14:53 -0400

13-year-old Houston girl dies after fight at middle schoolA 13-year-old girl who was placed on life support after being attacked bythree other girls has died, according to ABC 13

Armed N.Zealand police to deploy for Anzac day, royal visit
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:12:55 -0400

Armed N.Zealand police to deploy for Anzac day, royal visitArmed police will patrol Anzac Day services across New Zealand Thursday in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks, as thousands honour the country's war dead and Britain's Prince William arrives on a visit. Frontline officers have historically been unarmed in New Zealand, although this policy was changed following last month's shootings that left 50 worshippers dead until the terrorism threat level was lowered last week. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there are no specific security threats for Thursday's memorial services.

Video leak shows Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max designs side by side
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:12:17 -0400

Video leak shows Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max designs side by sideJust a few short months ago, Apple's next-generation iPhone 11 lineup was shaping up to be one of the most boring iPhone updates in recent history. It couldn't be the most boring iPhone update, since there's no way Apple will be able to top the iPhone XS in that department. Thankfully, a few new reports from well-placed sources over the past few weeks have painted a much more compelling picture of the iPhone 11. While the overall design of Apple's upcoming new iPhone lineup will remain largely unchanged, we've seen more and more news of big upgrades lately. Most recently, the world's top Apple insider reported that Apple's iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will both feature triple-lens rear cameras that pack all sorts of new tricks, while the iPhone 11R (or whatever Apple ends up calling it) will sport an upgraded dual-lens camera. On top of all that, Apple has big things planned for iOS 13 and some of the details surrounding the company's upcoming new mobile software update have already leaked.Long story short, 2019 is looking a bit brighter for Apple fans than it was a couple of months ago. iPhone owners who don't plan to upgrade to a new phone will still have a pretty huge software update to look forward to in September (or in June, if they're brave enough to install the early beta versions following WWDC 2019). Meanwhile, people who do upgrade will apparently get an updated design, plenty more power, and a massive camera upgrade that's much-needed, considering how far Apple has fallen behind the likes of Google and Huawei in this crucial area. If you're wondering what all that will look like when it comes together, a new leak that just hit the web this morning is just what the doctor ordered. The video in question shows Apple's final iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max designs side by side, and it shows what they'll look like in real life as opposed to just pictures.Remember back in 2016 when Apple released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? They used the exact same designs as the iPhone 6s series that came before them, and the iPhone 6 series that came before that. In order to make up for that, Apple introduced some sleek new finishes, a bunch of new features, and an upgraded dual-lens camera on the larger iPhone 7 Plus. It worked quite will for the company -- Apple sold a record 78.29 million iPhones in the holiday quarter following the iPhone 7's release. That's a record that still stands to this day.It appears as though Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup is going to follow the same pattern as far as design and features are concerned. From afar, the iPhone 11 will look just like the iPhone X that was released two years before it. The iPhone 7 from 2016 looked just like the iPhone 6 from 2014. But leaks have shown us that Apple is planning a huge upgrade for the iPhone 11's camera, and reports from insiders suggest a few important design changes such as a new finish and new frosted glass on the back.It will still be a while before we know exactly what Apple has in store for us in 2019, but a new leak gives us a very good idea of what to expect. Using schematics that had previously leaked from a factory set to manufacture Apple's upcoming iPhone 11 series phones, 3D printed dummy models of the upcoming iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max have made their way to Alibaba. Japanese Apple news blog Mac Otakara recently purchased a pair, and on Thursday the blog posted a video of them in action.Again, these are not actually Apple's upcoming new iPhones. That said, they are models that were built to scale using schematics that are believed to be accurate, so they're almost certainly a very good representation of what we can expect from the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max when they're announced in September. The video showing the mockups is embedded below.

The Latest: Sri Lanka revises down death toll from attack
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 13:13:19 -0400

The Latest: Sri Lanka revises down death toll from attackCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local):

Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jail
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:40:09 -0400

Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jailLarry Hopkins, 69, whose group of self-styled citizen border cops drew condemnation from civil liberties advocates, suffered broken ribs in the beating by fellow inmates on Tuesday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to his attorney, Kelly O'Connell. Hopkins was arrested on Saturday by the FBI on an outstanding warrant accusing him of being a felon in illegal possession of firearms, a charge dating back to a 2017 search of his home. The detention facility, about 200 miles south of Albuquerque, confirmed that Hopkins was "the alleged victim" of a Tuesday night attack and said the incident was under investigation.

Trump's Iran Moves Threaten to Take Dangerous Turn, Zarif Warns
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:08:09 -0400

Trump's Iran Moves Threaten to Take Dangerous Turn, Zarif WarnsSpeaking two days after the U.S. said it will let waivers to a handful of governments still importing Iranian oil expire, exposing them to sanctions, Zarif said Wednesday that he thinks that Trump wants to force Tehran to the negotiating table but is being pushed toward a potential military conflict by some of his advisers and regional allies -- a “B Team” of officials that he said includes the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and National Security Advisor John Bolton. “President Trump’s aim is to bring us to our knees and talk,” Zarif said at the Asia Society in New York.

Check Out This Picture: You Are Looking at the Greatest Aircraft Carrier Ever
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:00:00 -0400

Check Out This Picture: You Are Looking at the Greatest Aircraft Carrier EverShortly before USS Enterprise went to the breakers, a new ship bearing the name was laid down; CVN-65, the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier. The latter USS Enterprise served for fifty years, before decommissioning in 2012. Another USS Enterprise, CVN-80, is scheduled for completion by 2025.In May 1938, the U.S. Navy commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the seventh ship to bear the name in American service. The second of three sisters, Enterprise made a central—perhaps the central—contribution to the war effort in 1942. The U.S. Navy began 1942 with six fleet carriers (excluding the small Ranger, which served in the Atlantic). Over the course of the year, Japanese aircraft and submarines would sink four of those carriers and put a fifth (USS Saratoga) out of action for long periods of time. Enterprise fought with distinction in most of the major battles of 1942, and survived to contribute for the rest of the war.(This first appeared several years ago.)In short, USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the finest ship ever to serve in the U.S. Navy.Construction

'Mars quake': Here's what the first tremor on the red planet sounds like
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:15:02 -0400

'Mars quake': Here's what the first tremor on the red planet sounds likeThe first "Marsquake" has been detected. The finding "officially kicks off a new field: Martian seismology!," said Bruce Banerdt of NASA.

In-Depth Photos of Our Long-Term 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:04:00 -0400

In-Depth Photos of Our Long-Term 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo

Battle of Mogadishu veteran responds to Ilhan Omar's criticism of 'Black Hawk Down' mission
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:08:08 -0400

Battle of Mogadishu veteran responds to Ilhan Omar's criticism of 'Black Hawk Down' missionIn a resurfaced tweet, Rep. Ilhan Omar claims U.S. forces killed 'thousands' of Somalis during the 1993 mission; reaction from retired Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb, who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu.

House Dems Schedule First Ever ‘Medicare for All’ Hearing
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:11:18 -0400

House Dems Schedule First Ever ‘Medicare for All’ HearingHouse Democrats have scheduled the first ever hearing for Medicare for All legislation for next week, as the proposal is becoming a litmus test for Democratic 2020 presidential candidates.The "Medicare for All Act" will be considered by the House Rules Committee next Tuesday and by the House Budget Committee at a later date. However, the two primary health care committees, Ways and Means as well as Energy and Commerce, have so far been reluctant to consider the proposal."It’s a serious proposal that deserves serious consideration on Capitol Hill as we work toward universal coverage,” said Representative James McGovern, who chairs the Rules committee.Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell introduced the legislation, which has more than 100 House co-sponsors, fewer than the proposal has had in previous years.  The bill would cover disability, prescription drugs, mental health, maternal care, vision, dental, and substance-abuse care, would scrap Medicare’s age requirement, and would not charge patients copays, premiums, or deductibles. It does not detail how the program’s cost would be covered.Speaker Nancy Pelosi has encouraged committees to hold hearings on Medicare for All but has not attached her name to the proposal.“That is, administratively, the simplest thing to do, but to convert to it? Thirty trillion dollars. Now, how do you pay for that?,” Pelosi remarked in February.Analysts estimated other versions of the legislation, such as Senator Bernie Sanders' Senate bill, would cost in the ballpark of $32 trillion.Sanders was one of the first Democratic heavyweights to back the sweeping health care overhaul, which would transfer all U.S. residents to a government health care plan and essentially eliminate the private health insurance market.The democratic socialist and presidential candidate has since propelled the issue to the front of the 2020 presidential debate, impelling other contenders for the Democratic nomination to state where they stand on the proposal.

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might already have a new release date – and that’s awful news
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:17:13 -0400

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might already have a new release date – and that’s awful newsSamsung's Galaxy Fold launch is now nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. Who could have seen this coming... 7 months ago? The last thing a company wants to do when it's about to release a first-of-its-kind product is give consumers any doubt that it's a high-quality product. Well, Samsung went far beyond giving consumers a bit of doubt -- it showed us in the clearest possible light that the Galaxy Fold is a piece of junk. We have now lost count of how many Galaxy Fold review units broke shortly after being sent to bloggers to review, but suffice it to say the figure is painfully high. It was so high, in fact, that Samsung decided to cancel the phone's release this Friday so it can investigate the issues that have been causing the Galaxy Fold's display to break. That's right, we said "issues," as in plural. It's not just one problem that has been causing the screens to malfunction, it's several.The biggest problem appears to be the fact that the phone's foldable OLED screen has a thin plastic layer on top with exposed edges, so it looks like a screen protector you would find pre-applied on many Android phones. It's not a screen protector though, and if you pull it off the display will break. You read that correctly: this is a $2,000 phone with an exposed display layer that peels right off. But the displays on some review units broke even with that top layer intact, so Samsung clearly has some work to do before the Galaxy Fold can see the light of day again. As it turns out, however, the Galaxy Fold might already have a new release date... and that could be very bad news for anyone who plans to buy one.With the Galaxy Fold release date having been scheduled for this Friday, April 26th, Samsung has undoubtedly manufactured quite a few handsets at this point. Our guess is the figure is well into the hundreds of thousands. On top of that, many of those phones have likely already been shipped to Samsung's various partners in launch markets around the world. Now, we know that all those phones are junk, but we still don't know exactly why. Neither does Samsung, since the company is still in the process of collecting all the broken review units and investigating potential causes of the various different failures we saw.And yet despite the fact that Samsung doesn't yet know why its Galaxy Fold phones were breaking, the company may already have shared an updated release date with partners. If true, Samsung is putting the cart ahead of the horse and we have little to no confidence that the company is truly doing everything in its power to fix the phone's problems ahead of release. you can see in the tweet embedded above, AT&T has been sending emails to customers who had pre-ordered the Galaxy Fold to let them know it will not ship on time. That is obviously a good thing. What's not so good, however, is the fact that there is already a revised ship date in that email: June 13th. How can AT&T tell customers when their orders will ship if Samsung doesn't even know what it has to do in order to fix all the Galaxy Fold units that have already been built?Either AT&T pulled a random date out of thin air and decided to share that fake ship date with its customers, or Samsung as already supplied an updated release date (which appears to be Friday, June 14th) with its partners. If the latter is the case, it will have done this without knowing for certain that it can fix the Galaxy Fold's problems and have the modified units shipped back to partners in time for the phone's new release.It's crazy to think that Samsung rushed out a product that it has been working on for many years at this point, but that's exactly what happened -- and now it looks like it might be happening again. The company already has a horrible track record with first-generation products, as we've said time and time again. This is doubly true when it doesn't have a similar product from Apple that it can copy. Just look at how terrible the company's smartphones were before Samsung decided to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. In fact, rumor has it that Samsung rushed out the Galaxy Fold before it was ready in an effort to prove that it can innovate and release exciting new products without copying Apple. Oops.The Galaxy Fold is a brand new device in a brand new category. It's poised to be the first widely available smartphone in the world with a foldable display. If this AT&T email is legitimate and Samsung already has a new release date despite not yet knowing what it'll have to do to fix the phone's poor design and shoddy construction, the Galaxy Fold is also poised to still be a piece of junk when it hits store shelves in June.

CCTV shows bomber calmly entering Sri Lanka church
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:37:36 -0400

CCTV shows bomber calmly entering Sri Lanka churchChilling CCTV footage has emerged showing a suicide bomber calmly patting a child on the head and shoulder moments before he walked into a packed Sri Lankan church, unleashing carnage. The images capture the final seconds of serenity before the calm was shattered with a series of coordinated attacks that would between them claim more than 350 lives at six sites across Sri Lanka. Security camera footage from outside St Sebastian's Church in Negombo shows a bearded man in a light blue shirt, navy trousers and sandals appear on a pathway and cross a courtyard outside the church.

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries 'aggressor state'
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:57:08 -0400

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries 'aggressor state'Russia's move is an early test for the Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who won a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential election and has pledged to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. Zelenskiy said Putin's action showed Russia was waging war in Ukraine and brought the two sides no closer to peace. Outgoing President Petro Poroshenko said Russia might try to annex the Donbass region.