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Illinois factory gunman killed five victims after being fired  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:27

Illinois factory gunman killed five victims after being firedThe gunman who killed five co-workers and wounded five police officers at an Illinois factory was a violent felon who had just been fired, and the plant manager and a young intern were among his victims, authorities said on Saturday. Gary Martin, 45, armed himself with a handgun, which he owned illegally, before reporting for a meeting on Friday at the Henry Pratt Company where his employment was terminated, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters. Martin had bought the gun he used, a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a laser sight, in 2014 before authorities realized he had a prior felony conviction, Ziman said.


Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census data  » 
16 Feb 2019, 20:15

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census dataAn internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from encrypted data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The Census Bureau is now scrapping its old data shielding technique for a state-of-the-art method that Abowd claimed is far better than Google's or Apple's. Some former agency chiefs fear the potential privacy problem will add to the worries that people will avoid answering or lie on the once-every-10 year survey because of the Trump administration's attempt to add a much-debated citizenship question.


US 'tells India it respects its right to self-defence' after cross-border militant attack kills 44 paramilitary police  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:35

US 'tells India it respects its right to self-defence' after cross-border militant attack kills 44 paramilitary policeThe US has supported India’s right to “self defence” against cross-border terrorism after an attack claimed by Pakistan-based militants killed at least 44 police officers in the disputed territory of Kashmir. In comments that will please Indian hawks but also raise fears that tensions between India and Pakistan could escalate yet further, US national security advisor John Bolton reportedly told his counterpart in Delhi, that America “offered all assistance to India” to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. Mr Bolton and Ajit Doval also “resolved to hold Pakistan to account for its obligations under UN resolutions”, India’s foreign ministry said in a statement.


Vatican defrocks ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after finding him guilty of sexual crimes  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:20

Vatican defrocks ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after finding him guilty of sexual crimesFormer U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked by Pope Francis after Vatican officials found him guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said Saturday.


Iran general says Pakistan backs group behind suicide bomb  » 
16 Feb 2019, 9:00

Iran general says Pakistan backs group behind suicide bombIran's Revolutionary Guards accused "Pakistan's security forces" of supporting the perpetrators of a suicide bombing that killed 27 troops on Wednesday, in remarks state TV aired Saturday. "Pakistan's government, who has housed these anti-revolutionaries and threats to Islam, knows where they are and they are supported by Pakistan's security forces," said Revolutionary Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist group Jaish al-Adl ("Army of Justice").


`Going Away Party` for School Shutting Down Because of Student`s Death Causes Controversy  » 
16 Feb 2019, 4:00

`Going Away Party` for School Shutting Down Because of Student`s Death Causes ControversySome parents are outraged a California school for kids with special needs is holding a "going away party" after one of its own students died after being restrained by staff.


Southwest declares operations 'emergency' amid labor dispute with mechanics  » 
16 Feb 2019, 2:00

Southwest declares operations 'emergency' amid labor dispute with mechanicsThe airline sent a strongly worded memo to mechanics ordering all hands on deck in response to a higher than usual number of planes out of service.


Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison  » 
16 Feb 2019, 1:54

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prisonWASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday.


5 killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse  » 
15 Feb 2019, 23:57

5 killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouseA gunman opened fire in an industrial warehouse in Aurora, Ill., on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain.


Dash Cam Footage Shows Utah Police Chief`s DUI Arrest  » 
15 Feb 2019, 23:53

Dash Cam Footage Shows Utah Police Chief`s DUI ArrestThe Utah Highway Patrol has released dash camera video from a DUI stop that led to the arrest of the Mantua Police Chief.


It Looks Like the Land Rover Discovery SVX Is Dead  » 
15 Feb 2019, 22:54

It Looks Like the Land Rover Discovery SVX Is DeadThis looks like another miss from Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.


This Is the Best Weekend to Buy a New Mattress  » 
15 Feb 2019, 21:29

This Is the Best Weekend to Buy a New Mattress


Family of IS teen appeals to UK to help bring her home  » 
15 Feb 2019, 21:22

Family of IS teen appeals to UK to help bring her homeLONDON (AP) — The family of a pregnant British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group urged the government Friday to help bring her home.


Airlines to begin adding new gender option for 'non-binary' flyers  » 
15 Feb 2019, 21:03

Airlines to begin adding new gender option for 'non-binary' flyersSome U.S. airlines are on track to add a new gender option for “non-binary” passengers amid evolving best-practices suggestions for the industry.


US police arrest two 'potential suspects' in TV actor attack probe  » 
15 Feb 2019, 20:02

US police arrest two 'potential suspects' in TV actor attack probeTwo "potential suspects" were under arrest and being interrogated in the probe of a black, openly gay US television actor's report that he was assaulted in a hate crime, police said Friday. Actor Jussie Smollett, of the television program "Empire," reported the late night incident to police on January 29. The 36-year-old said two men beat him while he was walking on the streets of downtown Chicago at around 2:00 am, and yelled racial and homophobic slurs.


After Auschwitz visit, Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism  » 
15 Feb 2019, 19:46

After Auschwitz visit, Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like anti-SemitismAfter visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, Pence said the Nazi death camp had made him more determined to confront Tehran, saying it was "breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe." Iran's ancient Jewish community has slumped to an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 from 85,000 at the time of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but is believed to be the biggest in the Middle East outside Israel. Pence, who said he was deeply moved by his Auschwitz visit, cited Iran's stated desire to destroy Israel as justification for singling out the country, rather than focusing on anti-Semitism across the Middle East. Iranian Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said in January Iran's strategy was to wipe "the Zionist regime" (Israel) off the political map, Iran's state TV reported.


The 20 Most Powerful Crossovers and SUVs You Can Buy in 2019  » 
15 Feb 2019, 19:35

The 20 Most Powerful Crossovers and SUVs You Can Buy in 2019


Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-campaign manager should serve at least 20 years, special counsel Robert Mueller recommends  » 
15 Feb 2019, 19:33

Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-campaign manager should serve at least 20 years, special counsel Robert Mueller recommendsDonald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort should serve at least 20 years in prison, Robert Mueller has recommended. In requesting what will effectively be a life sentence for the 69-year-old, Mr Mueller also asked a judge that he push ahead with sentencing for the man who served as Mr Trump’s campaign manager for just a few months in the summer of 2016. “Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing on Friday night.


NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays  » 
15 Feb 2019, 19:00

NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delaysThe U.S. space agency has since had to rely on Russia's Roscosmos program to ferry astronauts to the orbital space station at a cost of roughly $80 million per seat, NASA has said. After 2019 there are no seats available on the spacecraft for U.S. crew, and a NASA advisory panel recommended on Friday that the U.S. space program develop a contingency plan to guarantee access to the station in case technical problems delay Boeing and SpaceX any further. A NASA spokesman on Friday characterized a solicitation request NASA filed on Wednesday as a contingency plan.


Stacey Abrams calls voter suppression 'the crisis of our day'  » 
15 Feb 2019, 18:33

Stacey Abrams calls voter suppression 'the crisis of our day'Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said Friday that “voter suppression … has to be considered the crisis of our day,” a clear rebuke to Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border.


BofA Says a ‘Real’ Trade Deal Could Vault S&P 500 to Record High  » 
15 Feb 2019, 18:23

BofA Says a ‘Real’ Trade Deal Could Vault S&P 500 to Record HighThe firm’s model on corporate earnings and equity valuations suggests that the market has priced in “a partial deal,” one where only some of the issues get resolved in favor of corporate America, according to strategists led by Savita Subramanian. In a best-case scenario, the S&P 500 could climb 5 percent to 10 percent when a “real deal” is struck. Companies from 3M Co. to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. have slashed their guidance this year, citing either trade tensions or weakening demand in China.


During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she dies  » 
15 Feb 2019, 18:11

During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she diesA second-grader wrote a chilling note to her parents on her arm during school lockdown.


IS teen's wish to return stirs UK debate over jihadi brides  » 
15 Feb 2019, 17:51

IS teen's wish to return stirs UK debate over jihadi bridesA pregnant London schoolgirl's wish to return home after joining the Islamic State group in Syria splintered Britain on Friday as reports emerged of more UK women fleeing the war zone. Shamima Begum's fate has prompted soul searching in Britain since she and two friends created international headlines by running away to join the terror network in 2015. Home Secretary Sajid Javid told The Times newspaper that people like Begum "were full of hate for our country".


20 Palestinians wounded in border clashes: Gaza ministry  » 
15 Feb 2019, 17:28

20 Palestinians wounded in border clashes: Gaza ministryPalestinian medical officials said that 20 Gazans were wounded Friday by Israeli fire during weekly clashes on the border, while Israeli police said one officer was hurt by an explosive device. "Twenty injuries by the Israeli occupation forces with live ammunition," the Hamas-controlled Gaza health ministry said in a statement. The Israeli army said that 11,000 "rioters and demonstrators" gathered at several points along the border barrier, with people throwing rocks at soldiers and the fence, as well as "several explosive devices and grenades" aimed at the troops.


Watch a space harpoon impale a piece of space debris  » 
15 Feb 2019, 16:52

Watch a space harpoon impale a piece of space debrisThe U.S. government tracks 500,000 chunks and bits of space junk as they hurtle around Earth. Some 20,000 of these objects are larger than a softball.To clean up the growing mess, scientists at the University of Surrey have previously tested a net to catch chunks of debris. Now, they've successfully tested out a harpoon.The video below, released Friday by the university's space center, shows a test of the experimental RemoveDEBRIS satellite as it unleashes a harpoon at a piece of solar panel, held out on a 1.5-meter boom.The harpoon clearly impales its target. "This is RemoveDEBRIS' most demanding experiment and the fact that it was a success is testament to all involved," Guglielmo Aglietti, director of the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey, said in a statement. Next, the RemoveDEBRIS team -- made up of a group of international collaborators -- is planning its final experiment: responsibly destroying the satellite.In March, the RemoveDEBRIS satellite will "inflate a sail that will drag the satellite into Earth's atmosphere where it will be destroyed," the university said a statement. This is how the group intends to vaporize the future dangerous debris it catches. SEE ALSO: Trump fails to block NASA's carbon sleuth from going to spaceHuman space debris hurtles around Earth faster than a speeding bullet, with debris often traveling at 17,500 mph, or faster. The threat of collisions is always present, though in some orbits the odds of an impact are significantly lower than others. The International Space Station, for instance, is in a relatively debris-free orbit, but even here there is the threat of "natural debris" -- micrometeors -- pummeling the space station.Other orbits have considerably more debris spinning around Earth. In 2009, a derelict Russian satellite slammed into a functional Iridium telecommunication satellite at 26,000 mph, resulting in an estimated 200,000 bits of debris. In 2007, the Chinese launched a missile at an old weather satellite, spraying shrapnel into Earth's orbit.This risk amplifies as more satellites are rocketed into space. SpaceX now has government-approved plans to launch thousands of its Starlink satellites into orbit -- perhaps by the mid-2020's, should they amass money for the pricey program. This would double or triple the number of satellites in orbit."It is unprecedented," said Kessler, NASA's former senior scientist for orbital debris research told Mashable. "The sheer number, that's the problem."Kessler has long warned about the potential of catastrophic chain reactions in Earth's orbit, wherein one collision creates enough weaponized debris to create a cycle of destruction. Designs to harpoon dangerous chunks of debris are just being tested in space today, but the technology could prove critical as Earth's orbit grows increasingly trafficked with large, metallic satellites.   WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


Supermoon? Snow Moon? Full moon? Whatever you call it, a lunar spectacle is coming soon  » 
15 Feb 2019, 16:47

Supermoon? Snow Moon? Full moon? Whatever you call it, a lunar spectacle is coming soonWhether you call it full, snow or super, the biggest, brightest moon of the year is coming to a sky near you Tuesday.


US Facebook fine over privacy could be in billions: reports  » 
15 Feb 2019, 16:03

US Facebook fine over privacy could be in billions: reportsA US investigation into privacy violations by Facebook could result in a record fine running to billions of dollars, media reports said Friday. The Federal Trade Commission is negotiating the terms of the penalty stemming from its investigation into whether Facebook violated a 2011 settlement with the regulator on protecting user data, the Washington Post and New York Times said, citing unnamed sources. The FTC reopened its investigation following revelations last year that personal data from tens of millions of Facebook users was hijacked by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica as it worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign.


IMF Prepares for Maduro's Exit as Cash Shortage Bites  » 
15 Feb 2019, 15:48

IMF Prepares for Maduro's Exit as Cash Shortage BitesThe dynamic toward a transition under Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, should accelerate as Venezuela’s cash dwindles with India the only remaining buyer for its oil, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The U.S. and several dozen of its allies have recognized Guaido, who has mounted a challenge to Maduro’s administration, as Venezuela’s interim president.


US sanctions Venezuela officials close to 'former President' Maduro  » 
15 Feb 2019, 15:43

US sanctions Venezuela officials close to 'former President' MaduroThe US Treasury announced Friday it was imposing sanctions on five intelligence and security officials close to crisis-hit Venezuela's "former" President Nicolas Maduro. Among the five men is Manuel Quevedo, described by the Treasury as the "illegitimate" president of Venezuela's state-owned oil firm, PDVSA.


Polestar teases next-gen electric car again ahead of Geneva launch  » 
15 Feb 2019, 15:39

Polestar teases next-gen electric car again ahead of Geneva launchJust two weeks before the official online reveal on February 27, Volvo's Polestar gave us another glimpse of the Polestar 2 just a couple of weeks after the first announcement. While the latest official teaser of the Polestar 2 isn't nearly as informational as the first announcement made a few weeks ago, we have still been graced by another image of a discernible part of the exterior body: the top, left-hand side of the rear end. The white Polestar logo blends into the white body to avoid distracting onlookers from the snappy and chic design.


United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub  » 
15 Feb 2019, 15:17

United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hubUnited Airlines will add three new domestic routes at its Denver hub, all of which will go head-to-head against budget rival Frontier Airlines.


2020 Vision: Buckle up, America! It’s gonna be a long, crowded campaign  » 
15 Feb 2019, 15:13

2020 Vision: Buckle up, America! It’s gonna be a long, crowded campaignCandidates are crowding into the race, and to judge by this week's developments, the 2020 presidential cycle will make the last one seem tranquil.


Isil bride Shamima Begum has a legal right to return to the UK, head of MI6 says  » 
15 Feb 2019, 14:45

Isil bride Shamima Begum has a legal right to return to the UK, head of MI6 saysThe British Islamic State (Isil) bride Shamima Begum has a legal right to return to the UK the Head of MI6 has said. The Director General of MI6 has said that British citizens have a right to return home from Syria, even though they may still present a threat to national security. Alex Younger, the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service - better known as MI6 - said he was "very concerned" about returning British nationals that had fought for or supported the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Speaking ahead of the Munich Security Conference which started on Friday, Mr Younger said: "All experience tells us that once someone's put themselves in that sort of position they are likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them potentially very dangerous. "Anyone who has put themselves in this situation can expect to be questioned and investigated and potentially prosecuted if they return to our jurisdiction." When asked about the case of Ms Begum, the heavily pregnant 19-year-old Londoner who travelled to Syria four years ago to become an Isil bride and who now wants to return to the UK to have her baby, Mr Younger said: "British nationals have a right to come to the UK." Kadiza Sultana, left, Shamima Begum, center, and Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport Credit: Metropolitan Police Britain’s intelligence chief cautioned about showing triumphalism at the demise of Isil, saying such an approach led to hubris. "The military defeat of the caliphate does not represent the end of the terrorist threat that we face," he said. "You can’t use military force to kill and idea." Mr Younger warned that Isil was already in the process of trying to grow elsewhere around the world, even as its fighters are defeated in Syria, and that the threat from al-Qaeda had not been completely extinguished. He said: "Daesh [Isil] is a resilient organisation and it is reorganising, returning to its natural state as an asymmetric transnational terrorist organisation. We see it morphing, spreading out. "Al-Qaeda...has undergone a certain resurgence as a result of the degradation of Daesh and it is a force that should also be taken seriously. It is definitely not done out, and is something we should remain focused on." Mr Younger was keen to stress the "strength and unconditional nature of the UK security offer" and said Brexit would not harm enduring partnerships. "Britain’s commitment to the security of the European continent is unconditional," he said. "Our aim is to strengthen our security partnerships in Europe, alongside our other intelligence partnerships across the globe, because that is the inescapable logic of a world of increasingly international hybrid threats." The ability to "operationalise" partnerships with other intelligence organisations was critical in preserving our way of life, he said, and was used to great effect after the nerve-agent attack in Salisbury last year. Referring to the intelligence sharing relationships with France and Germany he said: "There are people alive in our three countries today because of terrorist attack plans that we have successfully disrupted, showing the value and importance of cooperation to all sides. This is not a one-way street." "Even in the past year...people’s lives have been saved in all of our countries as a result of this cooperation. The counter terrorist machine is working as it should. Bombs haven’t gone off as a result of our capacity to exchange data with each other. "Brexit doesn’t fundamentally alter those relationships."


Bentley Bentayga Speed: an SUV as luxurious as it is powerful  » 
15 Feb 2019, 14:40

Bentley Bentayga Speed: an SUV as luxurious as it is powerfulOn Thursday Bentley unveiled the Bentayga Speed, an SUV with a top speed of 190 mph and 0- 62mph acceleration time of 3.9 seconds. Bentley celebrated its Valentine's Day by announcing what it calls the "world's fastest, most luxurious SUV:" the Bentayga Speed.


Cardinal expects 'significant progress' at sex abuse summit  » 
15 Feb 2019, 14:18

Cardinal expects 'significant progress' at sex abuse summitDETROIT (AP) — The U.S. archbishop helping to organize next week's summit of the world's bishops at the Vatican on sexual abuse by clergy said Thursday he expects to make "significant progress" in responding to the scandal that's riven the church, and that lay Catholics will help to hold the hierarchy accountable.


Amazon's New York City Deal Was Killed By a Cocktail of Hubris and Miscalculations  » 
15 Feb 2019, 13:52

Amazon's New York City Deal Was Killed By a Cocktail of Hubris and MiscalculationsIt's a huge loss for Amazon


Our Favorite Eco-friendly Finds Put Sustainable Materials to Stylish Use  » 
15 Feb 2019, 13:00

Our Favorite Eco-friendly Finds Put Sustainable Materials to Stylish Use


UK PM May will fall if she relies on opposition to pass Brexit deal: lawmaker  » 
15 Feb 2019, 7:35

UK PM May will fall if she relies on opposition to pass Brexit deal: lawmakerBritish Prime Minister Theresa May's government will collapse if she relies on the opposition Labour Party to pass her Brexit deal, an influential pro-Brexit lawmaker said on Friday. Steve Baker said the Northern Irish party whose 10 members of parliament props up Britain's government would withdraw support for the government because they are opposed to the inclusion of the so-called Irish border backstop.


Denver teachers back at work after winning deal with raises  » 
15 Feb 2019, 5:30

Denver teachers back at work after winning deal with raisesDENVER (AP) — Denver teachers ended a three-day walkout and returned to their classrooms Thursday, greeted by hugs and high-fives, after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay, the latest win in a national movement by educators to raise their wages and advocate for changes in schools.


Kashmir car bomb kills 44; India demands Pakistan act against militants  » 
15 Feb 2019, 4:46

Kashmir car bomb kills 44; India demands Pakistan act against militantsThe Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. The Indian government accused Pakistan of letting militant groups operate from its soil and called on it to take action. Kashmir is a Muslim-majority region at the heart of decades of hostility between India and Pakistan.


Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides  » 
15 Feb 2019, 3:43

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslidesSAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year.


U.S. court dismisses Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against Greenpeace  » 
15 Feb 2019, 3:07

U.S. court dismisses Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against GreenpeaceETP had sued https://reut.rs/2SASoIv Greenpeace and other environmental groups in 2017, accusing them of racketeering and defamation with the aim of blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the lawsuit, ETP argued that the environmental groups' actions and negative publicity against it, its sister company Energy Transfer Equity LP and other firms caused billions of dollars in damages.


Tax Refund Data Puts Mnuchin in Hot Seat to Explain GOP Law  » 
15 Feb 2019, 1:02

Tax Refund Data Puts Mnuchin in Hot Seat to Explain GOP LawThe number of tax refunds issued so far this year -- in the first tax filings since the 2017 tax overhaul was enacted -- fell nearly 16 percent to 11.4 million, compared with 13.5 million at the same point in the filing season last year, according to Treasury data published on Thursday. The data, which reflects only the first two weeks of the filing season, has irritated taxpayers who discovered that their refund was smaller than last year’s because the new law altered available deductions and credits and revised withholding tables. “Most people are seeing the benefits of the tax cut in larger paychecks throughout the year, instead of tax refunds that are the result of people overpaying the government,” the Treasury said in a statement Thursday.


Parkland shooting victims are remembered in silence  » 
15 Feb 2019, 0:26

Parkland shooting victims are remembered in silencePARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and other schools across the U.S. bowed their heads in a moment of silence and took part in volunteer projects Thursday to mark the anniversary of the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives. But for many Parkland students, the tragedy was still so raw they couldn't bring themselves to set foot in the building.


U.S. sends first families to Mexico to await asylum, rights groups sue  » 
14 Feb 2019, 23:55

U.S. sends first families to Mexico to await asylum, rights groups sueFive families with a total of 16 people, including children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, arrived in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Wednesday, according to a person who works in migration for the Mexican government, who asked not to be named. In late January, the United States began sending non-Mexican migrants who had crossed at the U.S. border with Mexico back to Mexico to wait as their asylum requests are processed, a program called Migrant Protection Protocols. Rights groups say the program endangers asylum seekers by forcing them to remain in regions of Mexico experiencing record levels of violence.


Sunken WWII U.S. carrier discovered in Pacific  » 
14 Feb 2019, 23:44

Sunken WWII U.S. carrier discovered in PacificAt a depth of nearly 17,500 feet, a research vessel funded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen has discovered the wreckage of an American aircraft carrier sunk in the South Pacific during World War II. (Feb. 14)


Republican Senators Express Disapproval With Border Funding Bill and National Emergency Declaration  » 
14 Feb 2019, 23:41

Republican Senators Express Disapproval With Border Funding Bill and National Emergency DeclarationSeveral Republican senators expressed disapproval Thursday at Congress's border funding deal as well as President Trump's plan to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for a border wall."I’m disappointed with both the massive, bloated, secretive bill that just passed and with the president’s intention to declare an emergency to build a wall," Senator Rand Paul wrote on Twitter."I, too, want stronger border security, including a wall in some areas. But how we do things matters. Over 1,000 pages dropped in the middle of the night and extraconstitutional executive actions are wrong, no matter which party does them," the libertarian Kentucky Republican added.President Trump announced Thursday that he plans to sign the compromise border funding bill that does not include the $5.7 billion in wall funding he requested. He will also declare a national emergency, the White House said."President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.Other Republican senators also criticized the president's plan, including Susan Collins of Maine and Marco Rubio of Florida."We have a crisis at our southern border, but no crisis justifies violating the Constitution," Rubio said in a statement.Collins called declaring a national emergency "a mistake on the part of the President and of"dubious constitutionality.""Such a declaration would undermine the role of Congress and the appropriations process," she continued.Democrats predictably panned the decision, calling it an abuse of power by the president."We will review our options, we'll be prepared to respond appropriately to it," Democratic House Speaker Pelosi said. "If the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people."Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer came out even stronger against the move, calling it "a lawless act – a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for the wall."


The Republican hypocrisy over Ilhan Omar's comment: Today's talker  » 
14 Feb 2019, 22:48

The Republican hypocrisy over Ilhan Omar's comment: Today's talkerDoes a guy who enables Donald Trump have the right to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar for making a rude comment? Asks columnist EJ Montini.


Best Presidents Day TV Deals  » 
14 Feb 2019, 22:46

Best Presidents Day TV DealsConsumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers. When you shop through retailer links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission—100% of the fees w...


Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'  » 
14 Feb 2019, 22:28

Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam asked lawmakers Thursday to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on issues of equity" as he tries to move past a blackface scandal that nearly ended his governorship.


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Samsung gives up on Blu-ray players in the U.S.  » 
16 Feb 2019, 22:04

Samsung gives up on Blu-ray players in the U.S.Samsung is throwing in the towel on Blu-ray players, in the U.S. at least."Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market," the company told CNET, in response to an earlier report in Forbes. SEE ALSO: Welp, we now know almost everything about Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineupThat doesn't mean you can't still get your hands on a Samsung Blu-ray player -- retailers have plenty of older models in stock by the look of it -- but if you were holding out for a new high-end player you'll have to go with another brand. As Engadget points out, there were already good reasons to opt for one of Samsung's competitors, anyway. Namely, that Samsung doesn't support Dolby Vision (it uses a different HDR standard). Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Samsung, Tech, and Consumer Tech


Vivendi's Operating Profit Surges in 2018  » 
16 Feb 2019, 22:02

Vivendi's Operating Profit Surges in 2018Improvements in nearly all of its operating units drove strong cash flow for the media titan.


Interview With Crypto ‘Optimist’ Brian Kelly: Bitcoin Is Still 50 Percent Undervalued  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:52

Interview With Crypto ‘Optimist’ Brian Kelly: Bitcoin Is Still 50 Percent Undervalued


NVIDIA Earnings: A Train Wreck, but the Market Was Relieved Guidance Wasn't Worse  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:40

NVIDIA Earnings: A Train Wreck, but the Market Was Relieved Guidance Wasn't WorseThe GPU specialist's revenue declined 24%, EPS plunged 48%, and adjusted EPS plummeted 53% year over year.


More U.S.-Sent Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela Lands in Colombia  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:38

More U.S.-Sent Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela Lands in ColombiaU.S. military airplanes loaded with food, medicine and hygiene kits took off from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Miami and landed at the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday. The aid now sits alongside relief supplies that arrived on Feb. 8.


Widow with MS sells home after being denied late husband's pension. It's all because of a missing form  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:35

Widow with MS sells home after being denied late husband's pension. It's all because of a missing formAfter her husband died suddenly, a New Mexico woman was left unable to claim a pension she needed.


Could General Electric Be a Millionaire Maker Stock?  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:32

Could General Electric Be a Millionaire Maker Stock?The quick answer is yes, but the long answer is the one that you really need to consider...


Could Brookfield Renewable Partners Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:31

Could Brookfield Renewable Partners Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?This renewable-energy stock could have the power to enrich investors.


UK airline flybmi collapses under fuel costs, Brexit pressures  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:27

UK airline flybmi collapses under fuel costs, Brexit pressuresBritish regional airline flybmi announced on Saturday it had ceased operations and was filing for administration, blaming spikes in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit. Parent company British Midland Regional Limited said it had cancelled all flights with immediate effect, and would not be able to purchase, rearrange or reschedule any bookings on behalf of customers. Flybmi, based in the East Midlands region of England, operated 17 aircraft on routes to 25 European cities, and had 376 employees based in Britain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.


Why Did CenturyLink Decide to Cut Its Dividend?  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:27

Why Did CenturyLink Decide to Cut Its Dividend?CenturyLink surprised investors with the decision to cut its dividend, even though the distribution was well-covered by free cash flow. Here’s management’s thinking.


Thousands mark 3 months of France's 'yellow vest' protests  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:23

Thousands mark 3 months of France's 'yellow vest' protestsTens of thousands of "yellow vest" protesters marched across France on Saturday, three months since the movement began, and in a week that has seen growing international concern at police treatment of the protesters. Demonstrating for the 14th consecutive weekend, 41,500 people turned out across the country, according to the interior ministry, well down on the 282,000 peak during the protests' early weeks. A ministry statement said 5,000 people protested in Paris but march organisers put the numbers far higher.


3 Injured After False Alarm Of Shooting At 'Hamilton' Show Leads To Chaos  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:22

3 Injured After False Alarm Of Shooting At 'Hamilton' Show Leads To ChaosThree people were injured at a San Francisco performance of "Hamilton" onFriday night after audience members panicked, thinking that a mass shootingwas taking place


Why the SEC’s ‘ICO Guide’ Paints a Dark Picture for Cryptocurrency in 2019  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:20

Why the SEC’s ‘ICO Guide’ Paints a Dark Picture for Cryptocurrency in 2019This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission tweeted out its guidelines for those launching and investing in ICOs, although many would say that over a year on from the peak of the cryptocurrency boom, the guidelines amount to too little, too late. That said, the document still throws up several points of contention, including a rather gloomy outlook for cryptocurrency exchanges – even decentralized ones – and at least one possible violation of the First Amendment on the part of the SEC. Cryptocurrency Promotion: A Knife’s Edge The SEC defines a security as: “A token or offering that promotes the


How the Marshall Islands Envisions Its National Digital Currency Dubbed ‘Sovereign’  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:18

How the Marshall Islands Envisions Its National Digital Currency Dubbed ‘Sovereign’On Jan. 10, 2019, the team behind a national cryptocurrency for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) — dubbed the Sovereign (SOV) — revealed that the coin is still being actively developed, despite previous disagreements among government officials, as well as reservations expressed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United States Treasury Department on the subject. The idea behind the SOV project lies in the RMI government's pursuance of "manifesting our [the RMI’s] national liberty,” as well as the creation of an alternative state currency to the U.S. dollar, which the small island nation has been using for decades. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is an island country located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean and consists of 29 atolls and five individual islands, amounting to about 1,225 islands.


This 1 Thing Plagues 64% of Workers Today  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:16

This 1 Thing Plagues 64% of Workers TodayAnd employers need to nip it in the bud.


Far-right to get seats in Spanish parliament: opinion polls  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:12

Far-right to get seats in Spanish parliament: opinion pollsFar-right lawmakers are set to be elected to Spain's parliament for the first time in nearly four decades, two opinion polls showed on Saturday, forecasting that no single party would get a majority in a snap election on April 28. Spain's Socialists, who were in power since June with a minority government, are set to gain more seats than any other party but fall well short of a majority, the surveys showed. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called the early election on Friday after Catalan pro-independence parties who had previously backed him joined opposition parties in defeating his 2019 budget bill this week.


3 Things to Know About Social Security if You’re Divorced  » 
16 Feb 2019, 21:00

3 Things to Know About Social Security if You’re DivorcedEven if you're no longer married, a spousal benefit could help maximize your Social Security benefits during retirement.


Amazon pays zero federal taxes for second year in succession despite doubling profits, says new report  » 
16 Feb 2019, 20:49

Amazon pays zero federal taxes for second year in succession despite doubling profits, says new reportAmazon has paid zero federal taxes for the second year in succession, despite a doubling of its profits, according to a new report. Although the tech giant founded by Jeff Bezos saw its profits grow from $5.6bn (£4.3bn) in 2017 to $11.2bn (£8.7bn) in 2018, it will actually receive a tax rebate of $129m (£100m). “The company’s newest corporate filing reveals that, far from paying the statutory 21 per cent income tax rate on its US income in 2018, Amazon reported a federal income tax rebate of $129m,” said the report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), which describes itself as a “non-partisan, non-profit think thank”, based in Washington DC.


Joe Biden says will decide soon whether to run for presidency  » 
16 Feb 2019, 20:47

Joe Biden says will decide soon whether to run for presidencyFormer U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said on Saturday he had not yet decided whether to run for president in 2020 but would do so "in the near term". More than two dozen Democrats could ultimately opt to run for president, creating a crowded field hoping to challenge President Donald Trump. Biden, who served two terms as vice president after decades in the U.S. Senate, would have the advantage of name recognition should he enter the race.


10 Reasons to Buy Atlassian Stock and Never Sell  » 
16 Feb 2019, 20:30

10 Reasons to Buy Atlassian Stock and Never SellThe second is -- by my estimation -- the most important.


South African Burger King Owner Dumps Dunkin' Donuts  » 
16 Feb 2019, 20:00

South African Burger King Owner Dumps Dunkin' DonutsSouth African Burger King Owner Dumps Dunkin' Donuts


Someone Please Let Jamie Dimon Know That His New Cryptocurrency is a Fraud  » 
16 Feb 2019, 20:00

Someone Please Let Jamie Dimon Know That His New Cryptocurrency is a FraudJP Morgan Chase and Co. announced Thursday it would be the first major institutional bank to release its own cryptocurrency. Its new JPM Coin is an almost shockingly impotent reaction to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by the United States’ largest bank. Jamie Dimon Gets a New Toy Newsflash: Bitcoin Basher Jamie Dimon & JP Morgan Just Launched Their Own Cryptocurrency https://t.co/VciDixDldH — CCN.com (@CryptoCoinsNews) February 14, 2019 JP Morgan says you can now give them a dollar, and they’ll give you a JPM Coin, which you can redeem for your dollar with them any time. So they’re using JPM Coin


Is This The Tipping Point For Electric Vehicles?  » 
16 Feb 2019, 20:00

Is This The Tipping Point For Electric Vehicles?A new report suggests that electric vehicle adoption may be at a tipping point, thanks to lower production costs and growing commercial incentives


Better Buy: Microsoft vs. Alphabet  » 
16 Feb 2019, 20:00

Better Buy: Microsoft vs. AlphabetWhich of these tech giants is the best investment today?


Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:59

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apartNEW YORK (AP) — In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange.


Canada's Freeland pushes end of steel, aluminum tariffs in meeting with Pelosi  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:48

Canada's Freeland pushes end of steel, aluminum tariffs in meeting with PelosiCanadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Saturday she had made clear in a meeting with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Munich Security Conference the importance of the U.S. lifting tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada. Freeland said that while Canada is now focused on its domestic ratification process for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal, it remains strongly opposed to the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum. "The Canada position is now that we have concluded (USMCA) that is all the more reason why the tariffs must be lifted," she said on a conference call with reporters.


4 Overlooked Tax Deductions That Could Save You Big Bucks  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:33

4 Overlooked Tax Deductions That Could Save You Big BucksTax filing time is fast approaching, and at this time of year it's important to keep in mind all of the tax deductions that can help improve your bottom line.


24 bodies retrieved from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine: report  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:29

24 bodies retrieved from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine: reportRescue workers retrieved 24 bodies and eight survivors Saturday from two flooded gold mines in Zimbabwe where officials fear dozens more illegal miners are still trapped, state television reported. "Eight of the trapped minors have been rescued ... while 24 bodies have been retrieved to date as rescue efforts continue at Battlefields Mine," the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported. The two disused mines are situated near the town of Kadoma, 145 kilometres (90 miles) southwest of the capital Harare.


'Don’t think this is an emergency': Warren attacks Trump order in South Carolina campaign stop  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:25

'Don’t think this is an emergency': Warren attacks Trump order in South Carolina campaign stopAbout 800 people gathered at a Greenville, South Carolina, community center on Saturday for Elizabeth Warren's campaign event in her White House bid.


Vatican defrocks ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after finding him guilty of sexual crimes  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:20

Vatican defrocks ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after finding him guilty of sexual crimesFormer U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked by Pope Francis after Vatican officials found him guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said Saturday.


A Closer Look at eBay's Payments Opportunity  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:15

A Closer Look at eBay's Payments OpportunityThe early results are promising, but there's a lot of opportunity left.


Boeing Will Build the Navy's New Autonomous Submarine  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:03

Boeing Will Build the Navy's New Autonomous SubmarineThe company's defense arm notches a high-tech win.


Now Might Be the Time to Buy These High-Yield Stocks  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:02

Now Might Be the Time to Buy These High-Yield StocksExxon, Tanger, and General Mills are working through tough spots, but investors willing to think long term can pick up their fat yields now.


Apple Needs Netflix and HBO More Than They Need It  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:00

Apple Needs Netflix and HBO More Than They Need ItApple is having a hard time getting big media companies on board with its video and news services.


Everything Goes Wrong for Billionaire's Successor at Stock Fund  » 
16 Feb 2019, 19:00

Everything Goes Wrong for Billionaire's Successor at Stock FundClifford isn’t flinching, keeping faith with a value-investing approach that’s been the bedrock of the company from the start, betting on beaten down and “unfashionable” companies on global equity markets like banks in Italy and Austria to turn around performance. When Clifford left Bankers Trust with Neilson to set up Platinum in 1994, they lured backing from George Soros to their new international share fund.


Albanian protesters attack PM's office to demand he quits  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:57

Albanian protesters attack PM's office to demand he quitsSeveral people, including journalists, were hurt as police fired tear gas to push back the protesters, some of whom were residents angry over the planned demolition of homes to make way for the highway around Tirana. During four hours of unrest, they attacked two large art installations outside the office of Prime Minister Edi Rama, an artist and former basketball player elected in 2013. Saturday's unrest erupted after a group of protesters broke away from a rally by several thousand opposition demonstrators who had gathered earlier in the day to demand Rama step down and call an election.


Ann Coulter after Trump's order: ‘The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot’  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:45

Ann Coulter after Trump's order: ‘The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot’President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he was declaring a national emergency wasn't received well by all Republicans, none more vocal than Ann Coulter.


Nuclear Fears Haunt Leaders With U.S.-Russian Arms Pact's Demise  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:45

Nuclear Fears Haunt Leaders With U.S.-Russian Arms Pact's DemiseThe U.S. and its allies are laying the groundwork to deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Europe for the first time since they were banned in a 1987 treaty, a move that would prompt a tit-for-tat Russian response. With a second nuclear pact likely to expire in two years, the risks of confrontation are growing. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s top civilian, evoked a Cold War-style threat of nuclear destruction at a global conference of security and defense officials in Munich, the baroque German metropolis that’s one of Europe’s richest cities.


Uber Drags New York City into Court over Draconian Cap on Ride-Hail Drivers  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:45

Uber Drags New York City into Court over Draconian Cap on Ride-Hail DriversUber is suing New York, seeking to overturn the city’s year-long cap on new licenses for ride-hailing vehicles. The company said it’s suing the city because it’s worried that the temporary restriction could become a permanent draconian measure. 12-Month Cap Was Imposed To Curb Congestion In its February 15 lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court, Uber claims the city is punishing it with a “ban first, study later” approach that’s anti-competitive and hurts customers who live outside of Manhattan. “The City chose to significantly restrict service, growth, and competition by the for-hire vehicle industry, which will have a disproportionate


Trump declared a national emergency over a border wall. What happens next?  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:32

Trump declared a national emergency over a border wall. What happens next?After weeks of threatening to declare a national emergency for his controversial border wall, President Trump finally did so. Here's what will come next.


'Zombie' deer disease is in 24 states and thousands of infected deer are eaten each year, expert warns  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:32

'Zombie' deer disease is in 24 states and thousands of infected deer are eaten each year, expert warns"We are in an unknown territory situation," infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm said of Chronic wasting disease.


57 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2019  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:25

57 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2019Long-term income investors know that yield isn't everything when it comes to dividend stocks. Steadily rising payouts pay off down the road, too.Not only do rising dividends lift the yield on an investor's original cost basis, they're indicative of a firm's ability to withstand the economy's - and the market's - inevitable ups and downs."Dividend growers tend to be quality franchises built to weather diverse market environments," BlackRock portfolio manager Tony DeSpirito and now-retired BlackRock PM Robert Shearer wrote in a 2015 report. "If you think about it, these are generally high-quality businesses with ample free cash flow, and that's precisely what's needed to grow the dividend. So you have a very attractive combination of quality franchises, solid balance sheets and positive trends in cash flow and earnings."The Dividend Aristocrats are companies in Standard & Poor's 500-stock index that have raised their payouts every year for at least 25 consecutive years. They are a host of household names that offer size, longevity and familiarity, providing comfort amid market uncertainty.Here are the current 57 Dividend Aristocrats - including several new faces that were just added in January 2019. These have been among the best dividend stocks for income growth over the past few decades, and they're a great place to start if you're looking to add new dividend holdings to your long-term portfolios. SEE ALSO: 20 Top Stock Picks the Analysts Love for 2019


LG's V50 ThinQ could be the first 5G phone announced for the U.S.  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:16

LG's V50 ThinQ could be the first 5G phone announced for the U.S.5G phones -- real ones you can actually buy soon -- are coming.OnePlus and Samsung have already pledged to release 5G smartphones sometime in 2019, but LG might beat everyone to launching one first if a newly leaked image of its alleged 5G-ready V50 ThinQ ends up being real.SEE ALSO: Sprint files lawsuit against AT&T for misleading people with its fake 5G networkPhone leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass aka @evleaks published an image of what he claims is the LG V50 ThinQ. The successor to the V40 ThinQ will reportedly be one of the first phones capable of connecting faster 5G wireless networks and is likely to be announced at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 24 during LG's press conference. Read more...More about Mobile, Android, Lg, Sprint, and Leaks


18 Dividend Aristocrats That Have Gone on Deep Discount  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:10

18 Dividend Aristocrats That Have Gone on Deep DiscountThe Dividend Aristocrats fared better than many other stocks during 2018. This group of dividend royalty delivered a 3.3% decline for the year including income, less than the 4.4% drop for the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index.The Dividend Aristocrats, for the uninitiated, are a subset of the S&P; 500 that have increased their annual dividends without interruption for at least 25 consecutive years. And these 50-plus superstar dividend stocks are noteworthy for several reasons: * Their yields are generally higher than the index, averaging 2.5% throughout 2018 versus 1.9% for the S&P; 500. * They've also outperformed over the longer term. During the 10-year period ending Sept. 30, 2018, the Aristocrats returned approximately 13.6% annually, compared to 12% for the S&P; 500. * Risk also was lower. Volatility of returns (as measured by standard deviation) averaged 13.6% for Dividend Aristocrats versus 14.4% for S&P; 500 stocks.However, sometimes even great stocks get knocked back a little. These 18 Dividend Aristocrats have posted double-digit price declines over the past year, with most of them still recovering from the fourth-quarter broad-market drubbing. The upside for any investors considering putting new money to work in these dividend stocks: Many are close to multiyear lows, and several yield more than 3%. SEE ALSO: 101 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond


Dunkin Brands Talks Espresso Opportunities and Growing Pains  » 
16 Feb 2019, 18:00

Dunkin Brands Talks Espresso Opportunities and Growing PainsThe chain's growth hit a bump last quarter, but executives remain optimistic about the bigger picture.


Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes  » 
16 Feb 2019, 17:57

Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes‘Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on January 29.Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. “Celebrities, lawmakers rally behind Jussie Smollett in wake of brutal attack,” reported ABC News. “Jussie Smollett Performs at Troubadour Just Days After Chicago Attack: ‘I Had to Be Here Tonight’” read a Los Angeles Times headline. Many commenters linked the alleged attack to larger alleged sicknesses: “The racist, homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is far-right America’s endgame,” tweeted GQ, in a sentiment echoed by many others.Possibly it might be wise to establish whether an incident actually happened before leaping to conclusions about it. Remember Covington? Oh, right, that was almost a whole month ago.The certain tone of the reports about an attack that Jussie Smollett may or may not have suffered was notable given the strange circumstances surrounding the actor’s claims. The Times would have been on firm ground if it simply added six letters — “says he” — between the words “Empire” and “was attacked.” And the Times is generally wary of publishing as fact information that may or may not turn out to be true. So why put their reputation at risk by abandoning normal practice? I and many others expressed doubt that any attack had transpired the way Smollett described it.This week Chicago’s ABC7 News reported that “multiple sources,” presumably in the Chicago Police Department, had called the alleged attack “staged” by Smollett and two accomplices. CBS2 News and the Chicago Tribune made similar reports. A spokesman for the CPD rushed to say that the sources cited were “uninformed and inaccurate.”That there might be more to this story than met the eye seemed evident from the outset. Who walks around Chicago on a frigid night with a rope and a bottle of bleach looking for gay black men to attack — but then suddenly turns and runs away from the victim without doing him much injury or robbing him?Yet Cory Booker went on Twitter to say, “The vicious attack on Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching.” Joe Biden: “What happened today to Jussie Smollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts.” Kamala Harris: “This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”One progressive reaction to the reports from Chicago that the Jussie Smollett case might be a hoax is simple dejection. Our friends on the left are saddened that a gay black man perhaps wasn’t viciously beaten up by Trump-loving thugs.No, that’s not quite right, they protest: We’re upset because we all know that lots of gay people are getting attacked all over this country, and the publicity attending this story will make people discount these important true stories. The subtext is: We’re upset that the Right is winning another cultural battle.But where is this epidemic of gay-bashing? The example people cite is Matthew Shepard. A mini-industry of books, plays, television docudramas and documentaries, and a charitable foundation was built around the case of the 21-year-old student tortured and beaten to death in Laramie, Wyo.Shepard was killed 21 years ago. That’s it? One definitive, well-established case? Back in the Clinton era? Oh, and Shepard probably wasn’t killed for being gay in the first place. The FBI has lately started logging hate crimes. It came up with a log of 7,000 incidents of all kinds, in the entire country, in the supposed nightmare first year of the Trump administration, 2017. That’s every kind of hate crime, starting with graffiti vandalism. The incidence rate is in the range of 0.00002 percent.A Twitter friend writes that all purely self-reported hate crimes should be presumed hoaxes. I certainly wouldn’t want the police to think that way, but for those of us who are merely outside observers such as journalists and politicians, reported hate crimes that have the structure of perfectly crafted narratives should be regarded with skepticism until proven true. The media tend to lose interest in hate-crime hoaxes once they’re unmasked, but as a glance at fakehatecrimes.org will show, there are a lot of liars out there.Journalists whose priors align with those of activists ought to be doubly careful about taking at face value claims that seem wobbly, for the good of their own reputations. But it’s not just as a journalist that I doubted Smollett’s version(s) of events. I doubted it as an American. I decline to look at Chicago (or Kentucky, or Oklahoma, or anywhere else) and put much credence in the idea that vicious Trump-loving attackers are roaming around looking for minorities to assault.Note that it doesn’t matter who the president might be; progressives always think that there’s a hate-crime crisis and always link it to whatever political narrative they’re currently bewailing. When President Obama was in office, it was “See? Elements of this country are so racist that having a black man in charge is causing them to lose their minds and go out on the rampage.”How dismal it must be to be a progressive, to rest your political purview on extremely dark assumptions about the nature of the American psyche. Note that progressives also believe that, owing to nefarious right-wingers, Miami will shortly disappear beneath the waves (when you ask them why people are still buying waterfront condos with 30-year-mortgages they simply get angry) and that birth control will shortly be banned or, in the alternative, that women will be forced into becoming baby factories for Christian cultists à la The Handmaid’s Tale. No matter what the era or who is in charge, disaster always looms, and any weird anecdote that supports the larger doom narrative is eagerly, even devoutly, believed.


Floors collapse at Russian university in St. Petersburg  » 
16 Feb 2019, 17:40

Floors collapse at Russian university in St. PetersburgST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Part of the roof and several floors of university building in Russia's second-largest city collapsed Saturday, but officials say there were no casualties.


Houston Billionaire Tilman Fertitta Buys Caesars Stock  » 
16 Feb 2019, 17:24

Houston Billionaire Tilman Fertitta Buys Caesars StockFertitta remains interested in a possible combination with Caesars, but he hasn’t proposed one again. Investor Carl Icahn is pushing for a sale of Caesars after amassing a 10 percent stake plus an additional 10 percent economic interest through swaps, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because it wasn’t public.


Disarmament efforts must include China as well as US, Russia: Merkel  » 
16 Feb 2019, 17:14

Disarmament efforts must include China as well as US, Russia: MerkelChina must be involved in international disarmament efforts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, amid rising concern about Beijing's missile arsenal and the suspension of a key US-Russia arms treaty. Fears that the web of agreements limiting the proliferation of nuclear warheads and other weapons could be in jeopardy have grown since Washington and Moscow announced their withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.


Why Is Macy's Closing So Many Seattle and Bay Area Stores?  » 
16 Feb 2019, 17:05

Why Is Macy's Closing So Many Seattle and Bay Area Stores?Changing consumer behavior and high real estate values have led Macy's to downsize in these fast-growing regions.





Technology

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018  » 
13 Jan 2018, 13:36

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


The weirdest tech of CES 2018  » 
12 Jan 2018, 21:04

The weirdest tech of CES 2018Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.


Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio  » 
12 Jan 2018, 19:02

Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audioAt CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.


Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you  » 
12 Jan 2018, 18:23

Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill youHonda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.


Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city  » 
12 Jan 2018, 17:17

Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed cityAt CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.


Intel wants this drone to fly you around  » 
12 Jan 2018, 16:04

Intel wants this drone to fly you aroundIntel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.


AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’  » 
11 Jan 2018, 21:15

AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.


Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018  » 
11 Jan 2018, 18:09

Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.


What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018  » 
11 Jan 2018, 15:45

What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.


Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur  » 
2 Nov 2017, 18:48

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial SlurThe daughter's name is Nicarri.


Twitter tests longer character limit  » 
28 Sep 2017, 17:43

Twitter tests longer character limitYou may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...


Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free  » 
26 Sep 2017, 10:31

Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for freeMac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.


Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects  » 
19 Sep 2017, 18:54

Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effectsWant to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?


Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launch  » 
12 Sep 2017, 13:48

Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launchApple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...


The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone  » 
11 Sep 2017, 17:13

The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhoneApple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.


Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11  » 
9 Sep 2017, 12:32

Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.


Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked  » 
8 Sep 2017, 22:15

Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hackedEquifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.


The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone  » 
8 Sep 2017, 16:57

The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhoneApple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations  » 
7 Sep 2017, 19:13

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectationsSamsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.


Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post  » 
6 Sep 2017, 19:05

Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook postYahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.


4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US  » 
6 Sep 2017, 18:09

4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the USThere are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.


Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display  » 
5 Sep 2017, 18:44

Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K displayMore laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.


The most important iPhone features ever  » 
5 Sep 2017, 14:23

The most important iPhone features everApple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.


Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history  » 
1 Sep 2017, 15:21

Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is historyHope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”


'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity  » 
1 Sep 2017, 13:00

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.


Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.  » 
30 Aug 2017, 21:26

Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.


Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch  » 
30 Aug 2017, 20:03

Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatchSamsung's new Gear Sport is a fitness-centric smartwatch aimed squarely at the Apple Watch.


The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign  » 
30 Aug 2017, 19:56

The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesignThis is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!


Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR  » 
28 Aug 2017, 20:53

Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VRMicrosoft is bringing VR to the masses with its low-cost headsets.


Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news  » 
28 Aug 2017, 15:05

Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake newsFacebook is taking its crackdown on fake news even further.


Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch  » 
28 Aug 2017, 13:07

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple WatchFitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.


Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO  » 
28 Aug 2017, 1:10

Meet Uber's pick for its next CEOExpedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to take on the role of Uber CEO.


Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts  » 
25 Aug 2017, 20:06

Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcriptsBelieve it or not, YouTube creates a written transcript for every single video. Just click More and Transcript and boom!


Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet  » 
23 Aug 2017, 15:00

Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big betSamsung is bringing the Galaxy Note brand back from the brink with the Galaxy Note 8. But can it bury the ghosts of the Note 7?


The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone  » 
18 Aug 2017, 19:49

The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhoneThe Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.


Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech  » 
17 Aug 2017, 16:14

Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home techThe Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.


Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement  » 
15 Aug 2017, 20:32

Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvementQualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.


How companies leave your data online without your knowledge  » 
15 Aug 2017, 15:57

How companies leave your data online without your knowledgeYour private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.


Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’  » 
14 Aug 2017, 20:24

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.


Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders  » 
14 Aug 2017, 20:09

Pogue's Basics: Alexa remindersAmazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.


NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book  » 
13 Aug 2017, 14:00

NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this bookAn alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won't fall into that category.


How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer  » 
10 Aug 2017, 18:47

How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographerApple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.


Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless  » 
9 Aug 2017, 15:17

Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawlessMotorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.


The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and Target  » 
3 Aug 2017, 18:50

The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and TargetIf you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.


Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics  » 
3 Aug 2017, 15:37

Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basicsLego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.


A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers  » 
2 Aug 2017, 16:24

A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumersA new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.






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