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- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard starts off 2020 campaign apologizing for past LGBTQ remarks - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:10:48 -0500
Less than a week into her campaign for president, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard issued a lengthy apology for her past comments.
- Steve King faces increasing pressure to resign after 'white supremacy' remarks - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:07:09 -0500
Rep. Steve King’s base of support, including in his home state of Iowa, continues to erode after comments he made appearing to praise white supremacy were published in the New York Times. Des Moines is not located in King’s district.
- An All-Electric Ford F-150 Pickup Truck Is Happening - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:40:00 -0500
A hybridized truck is in the cards from Ford, too; both will likely appear once the F-150 gets redesigned.
- Kenya police detain nine in connection with deadly hotel attack - Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:32:22 -0500
Kenyan detectives have arrested nine suspects in connection with a Somali militant attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex that killed 21 people, police said on Friday, indicating the search for possible accomplices in the raid is gathering pace. President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday evening that a 20-hour siege had ended with security forces killing five militants who had stormed the hotel complex, forcing hundreds of people into terrifying escapes. "The detectives are looking for a woman suspected to have ferried weapons from Kiunga through the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi," a police official who did not wish to be named said, referring to a region near the Somali border.
- AP Explains: Trump says wall will stop drugs, facts differ - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:41:18 -0500
PHOENIX (AP) — In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico.
- Aeromexico ad campaign trolls anti-Mexican sentiment in US with DNA discounts - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:45:13 -0500
Mexican airline Aeromexico is offering DNA discounts to U.S. travelers based on their percentage of Mexican heritage.
- Enes Kanter: Turkey 'seeking arrest' of New York Knicks player - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:20:00 -0500
Turkish prosecutors are seeking the arrest and extradition of New York Knicks enter Enes Kanter, accusing him pf being a member of an "armed terrorist group". Mr Kanter is accused of ties to Fethullah Gulen, who Turkish authorities allege is behind the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016, the Daily Sabah reported. Mr Gulen has repeatedly denied any involved in the failed coup.
- Iconic US retailer Sears saved from the brink - for now: reports - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:46:30 -0500
Historic but failing US retail chain Sears got a reprieve on Wednesday after a billionaire hedge fund manager won an auction to keep the remaining stores alive -- for now, according to reports. Edward Lampert, who steered the company into bankruptcy last year in order to restructure it, won the bid to buy the remaining assets, beating out others who would have killed off the brand, according to news reports. The deal with Lampert's ESL hedge fund could keep up to 50,000 people in work and 425 stores open, but requires approval from a bankruptcy court.
- 6 Tax Breaks for Homeowners - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:32:26 -0500
Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which takes effect for tax filings for the 2018 calendar year, standard deduction increases will likely mean far fewer Americans will need to itemize their returns to receive the maximum amount of money back. If you currently own a home, are considering purchasing one or have made changes to your mortgage, it's important to know how your tax return may be affected. Here's a breakdown of tax breaks available to homeowners who itemize.
- U.S. Calls Canadian’s Death Sentence in China ‘Politically Motivated’ - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:38:43 -0500
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaking to reporters near Montreal, said Canada is in a “difficult moment” after the arrest of a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive last month in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition request. Nine days after that, a Canadian diplomat and a businessman were seized separately by state security officers in China.
- Iran state TV presenter arrested by FBI and moved to Washington DC, say reports - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:56:49 -0500
An American-born journalist working for Iran‘s state TV broadcaster has reportedly been arrested after flying into the US. Press TV interrupted its broadcast on Wednesday to report Marzieh Hashemi was arrested after she arrived at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday. The English-language Iranian broadcaster, citing family members, said its TV presenter and documentary film maker was taken into FBI custody and brought to Washington, DC.
- Trump missile defense review calls North Korea 'extraordinary threat' - Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:14:24 -0500
The open acknowledgment in the Missile Defense Review of U.S. plans to counter Russian and Chinese technological advances likely will alarm those nations. It marked a departure from the approach taken by Republican Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, to tamp down concerns by major nuclear powers about expanding U.S. missile defenses. "Our goal is simple: To ensure we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States - anywhere, anytime, anyplace," Trump said at the Pentagon.
- Illinois parents get 25 years in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he died - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:17:37 -0500
An Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds when he died.
- Burkina Faso: Body of Canadian found days after abduction - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:29:45 -0500
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports of his kidnapping by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday.
- 40 mph mudslides, floods, blizzards, 6 feet of snow, 110 mph winds: California nightmare - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:21:19 -0500
Mudslides and flooding were closing roads in California as heavy rains and snow were forecast deep into the week.
- Mike Pence amends claim that 'ISIS has been defeated' following deadly attack on U.S. troops - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:53:10 -0500
The same day that ISIS fighters in Syria claimed responsibility for a deadly bomb attack, Vice President Mike Pence echoed the president's assessment that the group had been vanquished.
- 10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:50:00 -0500
- Goldman Sachs, Bank of America rock earnings - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:31:34 -0500
Goldman Sachs reported better-than-expected profits on Wednesday despite higher legal costs as it works through the 1MDB scandal, while Bank of America's earnings were lifted by higher interest rates. Goldman reported mixed operational performance across its trading, investing and lending businesses, while Bank of America saw its profits triple compared to a year earlier. Goldman Chief Executive David Solomon described conditions in the real economy as "quite robust," echoing other bank executives who downplayed as exaggerated the economic worries that have roiled markets in recent weeks.
- Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:36:34 -0500
Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation - a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.
- Oxford University suspends funding from China's Huawei - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:37:15 -0500
The University of Oxford said on Thursday it has stopped accepting funding from China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, after scrutiny over the company's relationship with China’s government. "Oxford University decided on January 8 this year that it will not pursue new funding opportunities with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related group companies at present," the university said in a statement. "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei.
- Mnuchin Seeks China Tariff Relief, WSJ Says; Treasury Denies It - Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:09:31 -0500
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is a proponent of easing up on tariffs, while U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has reservations about the idea, the newspaper reported Thursday, citing unnamed people close to the discussions. The Treasury Department disputed that reporting. Neither Mnuchin nor Lighthizer has made any recommendations with respect to tariffs or other parts of the negotiations with China, according to a Treasury spokesperson working with the administration’s trade team who characterized the talks as an ongoing process.
- Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to know - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:05:01 -0500
When you're a frequent traveler, it's almost self-sabotage to not join some
- Kidnap suspect's lawyers: Confession problematic for defense - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:37:20 -0500
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents acknowledged Wednesday that they're starting the case at a disadvantage after their client gave detectives a detailed confession and said they're not sure he can get a fair trial in the state.
- More snow! Airlines expand change fees as new storms approach - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:31:59 -0500
Airlines are waiving change fees as two more winter storms are set to move across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast from Thursday into the weekend.
- Tour Dominic West and Catherine Fitzgerald's Historic Home - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:00:00 -0500
- Trump cancels Pelosi trip to Brussels and Afghanistan after she suggests State of the Union delay - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:40:00 -0500
Donald Trump has cancelled speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s overseas trip to Brussels and Afghanistan, saying in a letter that he thinks it is best that she stay in Washington to continue discussions to reopen the federal government. The president announced his decision in a letter to Ms Pelosi on Thursday, just a day after Ms Pelosi sent her own letter asking Mr Trump to either postpone his 2019 State of the Union, or else deliver it in writing because of security concerns posed by the shutdown.
- Russia, US in war of words over arms treaty - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:01:07 -0500
Russia on Wednesday accused Washington of being uncooperative on efforts to save a crucial arms control treaty, only to be accused by the US of dishonesty. Tensions have raged for months over the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) signed in 1987 by then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. US President Donald Trump has promised to walk away from the agreement and President Vladimir Putin threatened a new arms race, saying Europe would be its main victim.
- Amazon is offering rare discounts on the most popular Apple Watch Series 4 models - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:44:25 -0500
If you've been searching for a good deal on a new Apple Watch Series 4, you've undoubtedly come to the same conclusion as everyone else: there are none. Apple's fourth-generation smartwatch is simply too new to see any big discounts. But if you're a true bargain hunter who refuses to pay full price for anything, we've got some good news. Amazon is offering a rare discount on several of Apple's most popular Series 4 models right now. You can save $15 on the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 44mm) or the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 40mm), which is the best deal you'll find right now. Want cellular, too? Don't worry because the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) and the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) are discounted as well. Here are the highlights from the product page: * GPS + Cellular * Over 30% larger display and 50% louder speaker * Electrical and optical heart sensors * Digital Crown with haptic feedback * S4 SiP with faster 64-bit dual-core processor * Improved accelerometer and gyroscope for fall detection * Swimproof
- In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:11:52 -0500
Millions of people took part in the women's marches in Washington and other cities in the United States and abroad on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Republican president was sworn in. Vanessa Wruble, a co-founder of the original Women's March on Washington who left to start March On, a separate grassroots coalition, said the movement has evolved from being a reaction to Trump's presidency. Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is using its #WomensWave marches in Washington and elsewhere on Saturday to roll out a 10-part policy platform that includes raising the federal minimum wage and protecting reproductive rights.
- The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New Screen - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:32:00 -0500
Minor changes are coming to Hyundai's hybrid Ioniq hatchback.
- 'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redhead - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:45:00 -0500
Prince Harry got a big surprise on Monday when a 4-year-old red-head presented him with a special sign.
- Schism leads to dueling women's march events in NYC - Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:04:34 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — Conflicts over control, inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism will mean that women protesting on the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington are faced with competing demonstrations this weekend in New York City.
- 'Where's Mitch?' Dems look to deliver letter - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:58:52 -0500
New House Democrats walked across the Capitol from the House to the Senate side to call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass bills that would reopen parts of the government. (Jan. 16)
- California storms: At least five people killed after heavy rain and snow cause devastation - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:18:48 -0500
At least five people have died in severe rain and snowstorms that blanketed parts of California with at least five feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains this week, besides triggering flooding and mudslides, officials said. Forecasters expect the bitter weather to push eastwards into the Rockies and US Midwest through the weekend, while the California Highway Patrol said rain-slicked highways led to two fatal accidents that killed four people. A family of three, including a one-year-old baby, died in El Dorado County on Tuesday, after their car spun across a rain-soaked freeway to hit another car, the San Francisco Chronicle said.
- Cohen's Poll-Rigging Claim Among Many That Could Embarrass Trump - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:43:52 -0500
The ex-fixer is scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7, when Democrats hope he will spill embarrassing details from his time working for Trump. Cohen, who recently pleaded guilty to nine felonies and is due to serve a three-year prison sentence, was responding to a story in the Wall Street Journal, which said that Cohen paid thousands of dollars to a small technology company to fix polls that ran on CNBC’s website and the influential Drudge Report. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
- UK PM May reaches out to rivals in Brexit deadlock - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 01:55:57 -0500
May said she was "disappointed" by Corbyn's decision and stressed that "our door remains open". Ian Blackford of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said his party would only participate if she were prepared to consider delaying Brexit, ruling out a "no deal" and the option of holding a second referendum. The prime minister is working to the tightest-possible deadline as Britain prepares to leave the bloc that for half a century defined its economic and political relations with the rest of the world.
- Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in Baltimore - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:39:27 -0500
A data connectivity issue with Southwest Airlines phones and computer systems Tuesday resulted in delayed flights to and from BWI.
- Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: Anadolu - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:40:31 -0500
Turkish prosecutors are seeking the extradition of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter over his links to the U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said. Kanter, a vocal critic of President Tayyip Erdogan, was indicted by a Turkish court last year over alleged membership of an "armed terrorist group" after being contacted repeatedly by people close to Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. Anadolu said on Tuesday prosecutors had sought the issue of a "red notice" for Kanter, an Interpol request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.
- BMW unveils 2020 7 Series sedan with controversial redesign - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:31:48 -0500
While the interior design and mechanics haven't significantly changed in the latest version of the BMW 7 Series, the exterior received a serious facelift that is leaving some fans confused and a few disappointed. BMW officially unveiled the latest 7 Series luxury sedan Wednesday with a redesign that the company says gives it a "confident presence" while some onlookers are giving it a mediocre review. The focal point of the new design is the inflated, trademark 7 Series kidney grille placed on a two-inch taller front end which has grown about 40 percent since the last generation, an expansion that already hasn't been welcomed very warmly.
- Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:59:27 -0500
Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information. Representative Carolyn Maloney, a senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters that she is re-introducing her bill, which was ignored by Republicans in 2017-2018 when they controlled the House of Representatives.
- Markets Right Now: Banks lead stock gains on Wall Street - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:07:32 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
- New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suites - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:50:47 -0500
Virgin Voyages, the new cruise line backed by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will have some of the biggest suites at sea.
- Falling tree kills man as storm lashes California - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:43:46 -0500
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said.
- Trump told to ‘resign or be impeached’ if reports he instructed attorney Cohen to lie to congress are proven - Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:05:00 -0500
Donald Trump is facing calls to “resign or be impeached”, if reports he instructed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow can be verified. The president is under pressure after two law enforcement officials involved in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion in the 2016 US election claimed to have obtained evidence of possible obstruction. Several Democrats have urged Congress to seek clarification of what information the special counsel may hold on the matter, with one calling for Mr Trump to be removed if the claims, first published by Buzzfeed News, are proven.
- Tunnel through an Australian mountain? No problem, says Elon Musk - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:19:57 -0500
Australia could become a test ground for another of Elon Musk's massive infrastructure projects after the maverick billionaire tweeted a "bargain" price to build a tunnel through a mountain to solve Sydney's traffic woes. Musk in 2017 made a Twitter pitch -- and followed through with the offer -- to build what was the world's biggest battery in an Australian state to solve its severe energy crisis. The entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla has most recently turned his sights on tackling city traffic via low-cost tunnels created by his Boring Company, and in December unveiled a sample project near Los Angeles.
- EU Said to Consider Extension of Many Months: Brexit Update - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:35:54 -0500
(Bloomberg) -- The U.K. stands at its most dangerous crossroads in decades after Parliament emphatically rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal, and will vote later on whether to oust her government.
- The 20 Coolest Real-Life Cars You Can Buy in Lego Form - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:21:00 -0500
- 7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rent - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:16:10 -0500
Homebase Abroad shares some of its most alluring vacation rentals in Tuscany.
- Portugal promises no visas for Britons in any no-deal Brexit - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:24:51 -0500
Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 but parliament's rejection this week of Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement with Brussels has thrown those plans into chaos and opened up a range of outcomes, from quitting with no agreement on future relations to halting Brexit altogether. "At this moment we do not even know what the United Kingdom wants," Siza Vieira told Reuters in an interview late on Wednesday. "In the absence of an alternative proposal by the United Kingdom, what every (EU) member state is doing is adopting measures that allow them to react to a unilateral circumstance." Even without a Brexit deal, British citizens living in Portugal would retain rights including access to healthcare.
- California mother charged in stabbing death of 2-year-old son - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:02:47 -0500
A Covina woman has been charged with stabbing her own 2-year-old son to death, officials said Wednesday.