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  • UPDATE 1-Democrat Gillibrand calls Trump 'coward' as she launches 2020 bid outside his NY hotel      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 15:47:09 -0400

    UPDATE 1-Democrat Gillibrand calls Trump 'coward' as she launches 2020 bid outside his NY hotelDemocratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered a fiery repudiation of U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday at the doorstep of one of his most famous properties, making it clear she will not pull her punches in seeking to replace him. "President Trump is tearing apart the moral fabric of this country," Gillibrand declared to hundreds of supporters, with Trump International Hotel and Tower - which she called a "shrine to greed, division and vanity" - as a backdrop in midtown Manhattan. The speech, the first since Gillibrand formally launched her 2020 campaign last week, and its location were intended to show voters that she will attack Trump directly, in contrast to some Democratic rivals who have hesitated to focus on the Republican president early in the 2020 campaign.


    UPDATE 1-Democrat Gillibrand calls Trump 'coward' as she launches 2020 bid outside his NY hotelDemocratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered a fiery repudiation of U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday at the doorstep of one of his most famous properties, making it clear she will not pull her punches in seeking to replace him. "President Trump is tearing apart the moral fabric of this country," Gillibrand declared to hundreds of supporters, with Trump International Hotel and Tower - which she called a "shrine to greed, division and vanity" - as a backdrop in midtown Manhattan. The speech, the first since Gillibrand formally launched her 2020 campaign last week, and its location were intended to show voters that she will attack Trump directly, in contrast to some Democratic rivals who have hesitated to focus on the Republican president early in the 2020 campaign.


     

  • 'Hope that man never sleeps': Mom of black teen Antwon Rose slams white police officer's acquittal in son's killing      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:45:05 -0400

    'Hope that man never sleeps': Mom of black teen Antwon Rose slams white police officer's acquittal in son's killingThe mother of an unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by a white police officer vowed to keep fighting for justice after the officer's acquittal.


    'Hope that man never sleeps': Mom of black teen Antwon Rose slams white police officer's acquittal in son's killingThe mother of an unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by a white police officer vowed to keep fighting for justice after the officer's acquittal.


     

  • Republican leader McConnell welcomes more information on Russia probe      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:19:42 -0400

    Republican leader McConnell welcomes more information on Russia probeThe U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was disturbed by Russia's ongoing efforts to interfere with U.S. democracy and looked forward to reviewing additional information from the special counsel's report, which was summarized by Attorney General William Barr. "I appreciate the Attorney General’s commitment to continue to review the record in this matter over the coming days, in conjunction with Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller, with the goal of producing as much information as possible, consistent with the law. I look forward to reviewing that information," McConnell said in a statement.


    Republican leader McConnell welcomes more information on Russia probeThe U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was disturbed by Russia's ongoing efforts to interfere with U.S. democracy and looked forward to reviewing additional information from the special counsel's report, which was summarized by Attorney General William Barr. "I appreciate the Attorney General’s commitment to continue to review the record in this matter over the coming days, in conjunction with Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller, with the goal of producing as much information as possible, consistent with the law. I look forward to reviewing that information," McConnell said in a statement.


     

  • A Retired Brigadier General's Lessons from the War in Afghanistan      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 18:30:00 -0400

    A Retired Brigadier General's Lessons from the War in AfghanistanAmerica's top brass can no longer operate under the assumption that every problem is the responsibility of the U.S. military.


    A Retired Brigadier General's Lessons from the War in AfghanistanAmerica's top brass can no longer operate under the assumption that every problem is the responsibility of the U.S. military.


     

  • Kamala Harris Calls for U.S. Spending Hike to Boost Teacher Pay      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:52:37 -0400

    Kamala Harris Calls for U.S. Spending Hike to Boost Teacher PayThe California senator will tell the Texas Southern University College Democrats in Houston that she’d seek to fully close the pay gap for public school teachers in her first term as president, according to a campaign aide who wasn’t authorized to discuss the plan publicly. Harris’s campaign cited a study by the progressive-leaning Economic Policy Institute that found that elementary, middle, and secondary public school teachers earn 11.1 percent less than similar college graduates, even after accounting for benefits, according to 2017 data. The candidate’s call comes amid a flurry of policy ideas from a large Democratic presidential field aimed at mitigating rising inequality and expanding the safety net.


    Kamala Harris Calls for U.S. Spending Hike to Boost Teacher PayThe California senator will tell the Texas Southern University College Democrats in Houston that she’d seek to fully close the pay gap for public school teachers in her first term as president, according to a campaign aide who wasn’t authorized to discuss the plan publicly. Harris’s campaign cited a study by the progressive-leaning Economic Policy Institute that found that elementary, middle, and secondary public school teachers earn 11.1 percent less than similar college graduates, even after accounting for benefits, according to 2017 data. The candidate’s call comes amid a flurry of policy ideas from a large Democratic presidential field aimed at mitigating rising inequality and expanding the safety net.


     

  • Thousands of Brexit protesters flood the streets of London calling for new referendum      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:27:47 -0400

    Thousands of Brexit protesters flood the streets of London calling for new referendumAs the tire fire that is Theresa May's handling of Brexit continues to burn, a crowd pegged at around a million people flooded the streets of London on Saturday, protesting the disastrous policy and calling on a new referendum. SEE ALSO: John Oliver shares his thoughts on Brexit and we honestly don't know whether to laugh or cryWhile the option of a second referendum on Brexit was once seen as highly unlikely, there's now a semblance of hope for those backing the vote. Prime Minister May has bungled the process and is faced with a variety of dubious options, including a yet-again delayed exit or even a no-deal Brexit that would have serious ramifications.Dubbed "Put It To The People," Saturday's march saw around a million people participate, organizers said. The event also included a rally in front of Parliament. London Mayor Sadiq Khan was among those marching and he was scheduled to speak at the post-march rally. > And we're off! > > Here in London, thousands of people from across our city and country have come together with @peoplesvote_uk to send a clear message: > > Enough is enough - it's time to give the British public the final say on Brexit. PeoplesVote PutItToThePeople pic.twitter.com/wJzXF4UB6N> > -- Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 23, 2019The swarm of people in London was in direct contrast to the much smaller "March to Leave," a two-week trek of pro-leave protesters led by Nigel Farage, walking from Sunderland with the aim of arriving in London on Friday, March 29, the originally planned Brexit date. > Compare and contrast PutitothePeopleMarch pic.twitter.com/spc9sRNrxn> > -- Steve Lapsley (@stevelapsl) March 23, 2019In London, though, the streets were flooded with protesters holding quippy signs and marching in costume, all part of the growing movement to demand a new vote over leaving the EU. > Unicorn makes an entrancePutitothePeopleMarch > ⁦@sloumarsh⁩ pic.twitter.com/8dzJtPA8yi> > -- Paul Johnson (@paul__johnson) March 23, 2019Even superheroes backed the second vote protest.Image: Getty ImagesOne of many, many clever signs seen in London during Saturday's protest.Image: Getty ImagesThe movement to remain in the EU got a big boost in visibility earlier in the week when an online petition calling for revoking Article 50, the law that outlines how countries can exit the EU, gained so many signatures (now at 4.4 million) that it crashed the government's petition website. Organizers pegged the crowd at just over a million participants.Image: Getty ImagesEven dogs joined the march.Image: Getty ImagesTo say the Brexit process has been a disaster is putting it mildly, as can be seen by the fact that Prime Minister May is the target of both aforementioned protests that take opposing sides. It's reflective of the infighting that's taken place in Parliament, leaving that body of government in a deadlock with no plan in place for an exit. Despite Saturday's enormous protest, odds of a second referendum are still long thanks to the hurdles that need to be cleared -- including approval from that deadlocked Parliament, a decision on what, exactly, the referendum would be a vote on, and negotiating a timetable on the vote. Madness is an understatement when it comes to the Brexit messImage: Getty ImagesLondon was flooded Saturday with protesters and their signs, calling on a new Brexit vote as Teresa May flirts with disaster.Image: Getty ImagesFor now, it's a wait-and-see situation for everyone. The EU has given May until April 12 to get a deal passed by Parliament. The protesters were not kind to May.Image: Getty ImagesFailure to get a deal done will mean either a no-deal Brexit or May will have to propose yet another alternative before that deadline. And, with that, yet another journey into the unknown for the UK.  WATCH: Google fined $1.7 Billion by European Union for handicapping competitors


    Thousands of Brexit protesters flood the streets of London calling for new referendumAs the tire fire that is Theresa May's handling of Brexit continues to burn, a crowd pegged at around a million people flooded the streets of London on Saturday, protesting the disastrous policy and calling on a new referendum. SEE ALSO: John Oliver shares his thoughts on Brexit and we honestly don't know whether to laugh or cryWhile the option of a second referendum on Brexit was once seen as highly unlikely, there's now a semblance of hope for those backing the vote. Prime Minister May has bungled the process and is faced with a variety of dubious options, including a yet-again delayed exit or even a no-deal Brexit that would have serious ramifications.Dubbed "Put It To The People," Saturday's march saw around a million people participate, organizers said. The event also included a rally in front of Parliament. London Mayor Sadiq Khan was among those marching and he was scheduled to speak at the post-march rally. > And we're off! > > Here in London, thousands of people from across our city and country have come together with @peoplesvote_uk to send a clear message: > > Enough is enough - it's time to give the British public the final say on Brexit. PeoplesVote PutItToThePeople pic.twitter.com/wJzXF4UB6N> > -- Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 23, 2019The swarm of people in London was in direct contrast to the much smaller "March to Leave," a two-week trek of pro-leave protesters led by Nigel Farage, walking from Sunderland with the aim of arriving in London on Friday, March 29, the originally planned Brexit date. > Compare and contrast PutitothePeopleMarch pic.twitter.com/spc9sRNrxn> > -- Steve Lapsley (@stevelapsl) March 23, 2019In London, though, the streets were flooded with protesters holding quippy signs and marching in costume, all part of the growing movement to demand a new vote over leaving the EU. > Unicorn makes an entrancePutitothePeopleMarch > ⁦@sloumarsh⁩ pic.twitter.com/8dzJtPA8yi> > -- Paul Johnson (@paul__johnson) March 23, 2019Even superheroes backed the second vote protest.Image: Getty ImagesOne of many, many clever signs seen in London during Saturday's protest.Image: Getty ImagesThe movement to remain in the EU got a big boost in visibility earlier in the week when an online petition calling for revoking Article 50, the law that outlines how countries can exit the EU, gained so many signatures (now at 4.4 million) that it crashed the government's petition website. Organizers pegged the crowd at just over a million participants.Image: Getty ImagesEven dogs joined the march.Image: Getty ImagesTo say the Brexit process has been a disaster is putting it mildly, as can be seen by the fact that Prime Minister May is the target of both aforementioned protests that take opposing sides. It's reflective of the infighting that's taken place in Parliament, leaving that body of government in a deadlock with no plan in place for an exit. Despite Saturday's enormous protest, odds of a second referendum are still long thanks to the hurdles that need to be cleared -- including approval from that deadlocked Parliament, a decision on what, exactly, the referendum would be a vote on, and negotiating a timetable on the vote. Madness is an understatement when it comes to the Brexit messImage: Getty ImagesLondon was flooded Saturday with protesters and their signs, calling on a new Brexit vote as Teresa May flirts with disaster.Image: Getty ImagesFor now, it's a wait-and-see situation for everyone. The EU has given May until April 12 to get a deal passed by Parliament. The protesters were not kind to May.Image: Getty ImagesFailure to get a deal done will mean either a no-deal Brexit or May will have to propose yet another alternative before that deadline. And, with that, yet another journey into the unknown for the UK.  WATCH: Google fined $1.7 Billion by European Union for handicapping competitors


     

  • The Latest: Flight attendant 'just so happy' to be free      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 22:29:36 -0400

    The Latest: Flight attendant 'just so happy' to be freeHOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a flight attendant detained by U.S. immigration authorities (all times local):


    The Latest: Flight attendant 'just so happy' to be freeHOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a flight attendant detained by U.S. immigration authorities (all times local):


     

  • IRS Loosens Tax Penalty for Millions      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:22:49 -0400

    IRS Loosens Tax Penalty for MillionsThe IRS said Friday that because of changes and confusion caused by the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it will penalize fewer taxpayers who didn't withhold enough federal taxes in 2018. Before the ru...


    IRS Loosens Tax Penalty for MillionsThe IRS said Friday that because of changes and confusion caused by the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it will penalize fewer taxpayers who didn't withhold enough federal taxes in 2018. Before the ru...


     

  • Tour the 2019 AD Apartment      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:33:58 -0400

    Tour the 2019 AD Apartment


    Tour the 2019 AD Apartment


     

  • 2020 Democrats respond to Mueller report: ‘It is beyond a shadow of doubt that Trump sought to obstruct justice’      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:37:00 -0400

    2020 Democrats respond to Mueller report: ‘It is beyond a shadow of doubt that Trump sought to obstruct justice’Democratic presidential candidates have issued calls for transparency over the findings of the Mueller report, and made it clear they believe Donald Trump is guilty of wrongdoing. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was delivered to the Justice Department on Friday and is now in the hands of attorney general William Barr. “It is beyond a shadow of doubt that, once in office, the president of the United States sought to obstruct justice,” former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke said during a campaign stop in South Carolina.


    2020 Democrats respond to Mueller report: ‘It is beyond a shadow of doubt that Trump sought to obstruct justice’Democratic presidential candidates have issued calls for transparency over the findings of the Mueller report, and made it clear they believe Donald Trump is guilty of wrongdoing. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was delivered to the Justice Department on Friday and is now in the hands of attorney general William Barr. “It is beyond a shadow of doubt that, once in office, the president of the United States sought to obstruct justice,” former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke said during a campaign stop in South Carolina.


     

  • Search for missing 8-month-old is now classified as a homicide, Indianapolis police say      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 19:25:52 -0400

    Search for missing 8-month-old is now classified as a homicide, Indianapolis police sayIndianapolis police Chief Bryan Roach provided an update on the disappearance of 8-month-old Amiah Robertson.


    Search for missing 8-month-old is now classified as a homicide, Indianapolis police sayIndianapolis police Chief Bryan Roach provided an update on the disappearance of 8-month-old Amiah Robertson.


     

  • Israeli ex-spy who helped capture Nazi mastermind Eichmann dies at 92      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:40:59 -0400

    Israeli ex-spy who helped capture Nazi mastermind Eichmann dies at 92Rafi Eitan, a former Israeli minister and veteran spy who led the operation to capture fugitive Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, died on Saturday at the age of 92. "We have lost a brave fighter whose contribution to Israel's security will be taught for generations to come," President Reuven Rivlin said. Eitan died after being hospitalized in Tel Aviv, YNET news website and other Israeli media reported.


    Israeli ex-spy who helped capture Nazi mastermind Eichmann dies at 92Rafi Eitan, a former Israeli minister and veteran spy who led the operation to capture fugitive Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, died on Saturday at the age of 92. "We have lost a brave fighter whose contribution to Israel's security will be taught for generations to come," President Reuven Rivlin said. Eitan died after being hospitalized in Tel Aviv, YNET news website and other Israeli media reported.


     

  • Christchurch mosques reopen after attacks as New Zealand 'marches for love'      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 02:17:27 -0400

    Christchurch mosques reopen after attacks as New Zealand 'marches for love'Smelling of fresh paint, the two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch where a gunman killed 50 worshippers last week reopened their doors on Saturday, with many survivors among the first to walk in and pray for those who died. At the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 of the victims were killed by a suspected white supremacist, prayers resumed with armed police on site, but no graphic reminders of the mass shooting, New Zealand's worst. Aden Diriye, who lost his 3-year-old son, Mucad Ibrahim, in the attack, came back to the mosque with his friends. "I am very happy," he said after praying. "Allah is great to us. I was back as soon as we rebuilt, to pray." Most victims of the shooting, which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern quickly denounced as a terrorist attack, were migrants or refugees and their deaths reverberated around the Islamic world. Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, who visited the Al Noor mosque, said the attack assailed human dignity. "This is a moment of deep anguish for all of us, all of humanity," he said. Police said they were reopening the nearby Linwood mosque, the second to be attacked during Friday prayers last week, as well. New Zealand has been under heightened security alert since the attack with Ardern moving quickly with a new tough law banning some of the guns used in the March 15 shooting.  Ashif Shaikh, who was in the Al Noor mosque on the day of the massacre in which two of his housemates were killed and who came back on Saturday, said he would not be deterred. "It is the place where we pray, where we meet, we'll be back, yeah," he said. A woman embraces a boy at the "March for Love"  Credit: Mark Baker/AP Earlier on Saturday, about 3,000 people walked through Christchurch in a "march for love" as the city seeks to heal from its tragedy. Carrying placards with signs such as "He wanted to divide us, he only made us stronger", "Muslims welcome, racists not", and "Kia Kaha" - Maori for 'stay strong', people walked mostly in silence or softly sang a Maori hymn of peace. "We feel like hate has brought a lot of darkness at times like this and love is the strongest cure to light the city out of that darkness," said Manaia Butler, 16, one of the student organisers of the march. New Zealand and Ardern have been widely praised for the outpouring of empathy and unity in response to the attacks. Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, thanked Ardern on Twitter late on Friday. He posted a photo of Dubai's Burj Khalifaworld, the world's tallest building, lit up with an enlarged image of Ardern embracing a woman and the Arabic word "salam" and the English translation "peace" above them. "Thank you @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world," he said on Twitter. New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks' martyrs. Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world. pic.twitter.com/9LDvH0ybhD— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 22, 2019 Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's 4.8-million population, a 2013 census showed, most of whom were born overseas. On Friday, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast nationwide on television and radio and about 20,000 people attended a prayer service in the park opposite Al Noor mosque in a show of solidarity. Many women have also donned headscarves to show their support. In Mecca, Islam's holiest site, a special prayer was held after the Friday sermon for the victims of the attack, according to the Saudi news website Sabq. Most of the dead were laid to rest at a mass burial in Christchurch on Friday, when 26 victims were interred. Others have been buried at private ceremonies, or repatriated to their home countries for funerals. Shahadat Hossain, whose brother Mojammel Haque was killed in the attack, told Reuters he would bring his body back to Bangladesh. "I don't know when our family will be able to come out of this grief," he said.


    Christchurch mosques reopen after attacks as New Zealand 'marches for love'Smelling of fresh paint, the two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch where a gunman killed 50 worshippers last week reopened their doors on Saturday, with many survivors among the first to walk in and pray for those who died. At the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 of the victims were killed by a suspected white supremacist, prayers resumed with armed police on site, but no graphic reminders of the mass shooting, New Zealand's worst. Aden Diriye, who lost his 3-year-old son, Mucad Ibrahim, in the attack, came back to the mosque with his friends. "I am very happy," he said after praying. "Allah is great to us. I was back as soon as we rebuilt, to pray." Most victims of the shooting, which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern quickly denounced as a terrorist attack, were migrants or refugees and their deaths reverberated around the Islamic world. Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, who visited the Al Noor mosque, said the attack assailed human dignity. "This is a moment of deep anguish for all of us, all of humanity," he said. Police said they were reopening the nearby Linwood mosque, the second to be attacked during Friday prayers last week, as well. New Zealand has been under heightened security alert since the attack with Ardern moving quickly with a new tough law banning some of the guns used in the March 15 shooting.  Ashif Shaikh, who was in the Al Noor mosque on the day of the massacre in which two of his housemates were killed and who came back on Saturday, said he would not be deterred. "It is the place where we pray, where we meet, we'll be back, yeah," he said. A woman embraces a boy at the "March for Love"  Credit: Mark Baker/AP Earlier on Saturday, about 3,000 people walked through Christchurch in a "march for love" as the city seeks to heal from its tragedy. Carrying placards with signs such as "He wanted to divide us, he only made us stronger", "Muslims welcome, racists not", and "Kia Kaha" - Maori for 'stay strong', people walked mostly in silence or softly sang a Maori hymn of peace. "We feel like hate has brought a lot of darkness at times like this and love is the strongest cure to light the city out of that darkness," said Manaia Butler, 16, one of the student organisers of the march. New Zealand and Ardern have been widely praised for the outpouring of empathy and unity in response to the attacks. Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, thanked Ardern on Twitter late on Friday. He posted a photo of Dubai's Burj Khalifaworld, the world's tallest building, lit up with an enlarged image of Ardern embracing a woman and the Arabic word "salam" and the English translation "peace" above them. "Thank you @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world," he said on Twitter. New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks' martyrs. Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world. pic.twitter.com/9LDvH0ybhD— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 22, 2019 Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's 4.8-million population, a 2013 census showed, most of whom were born overseas. On Friday, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast nationwide on television and radio and about 20,000 people attended a prayer service in the park opposite Al Noor mosque in a show of solidarity. Many women have also donned headscarves to show their support. In Mecca, Islam's holiest site, a special prayer was held after the Friday sermon for the victims of the attack, according to the Saudi news website Sabq. Most of the dead were laid to rest at a mass burial in Christchurch on Friday, when 26 victims were interred. Others have been buried at private ceremonies, or repatriated to their home countries for funerals. Shahadat Hossain, whose brother Mojammel Haque was killed in the attack, told Reuters he would bring his body back to Bangladesh. "I don't know when our family will be able to come out of this grief," he said.


     

  • Facebook Is Accused of Knowing Cambridge Mined Its User Data      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:53:21 -0400

    Facebook Is Accused of Knowing Cambridge Mined Its User DataD.C. Assistant Deputy Attorney General Jimmy Rock made the claim while arguing against the social network’s bid to dismiss the district’s consumer protection lawsuit against it. District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine sued Facebook in December, accusing it of allowing Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan to gain access to the personal information of some 70 million Americans, 340,000 of whom live in the capital.


    Facebook Is Accused of Knowing Cambridge Mined Its User DataD.C. Assistant Deputy Attorney General Jimmy Rock made the claim while arguing against the social network’s bid to dismiss the district’s consumer protection lawsuit against it. District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine sued Facebook in December, accusing it of allowing Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan to gain access to the personal information of some 70 million Americans, 340,000 of whom live in the capital.


     

  • Some remains of Guatemala volcano victims unidentified: official      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 19:28:32 -0400

    Some remains of Guatemala volcano victims unidentified: officialGuatemalan investigators have been unable to identify about 110 pieces of remains from victims of a volcanic eruption that killed 202 people and left 229 missing last June, a forensic official said Saturday. After months of testing, which included sending some samples abroad, about 110 remains cannot be identified, said the head of the National Forensic Sciences Office, Fanuel Garcia. "We have all of them and we are holding on to them, awaiting a time to carry out a collective burial," he said of the unidentified remains.


    Some remains of Guatemala volcano victims unidentified: officialGuatemalan investigators have been unable to identify about 110 pieces of remains from victims of a volcanic eruption that killed 202 people and left 229 missing last June, a forensic official said Saturday. After months of testing, which included sending some samples abroad, about 110 remains cannot be identified, said the head of the National Forensic Sciences Office, Fanuel Garcia. "We have all of them and we are holding on to them, awaiting a time to carry out a collective burial," he said of the unidentified remains.


     

  • Judge scrutinizes Trump's policy shift on asylum seekers      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:46:37 -0400

    Judge scrutinizes Trump's policy shift on asylum seekersSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge appeared skeptical Friday of one of the key arguments that civil liberties groups have made to try to block the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico until their cases are heard.


    Judge scrutinizes Trump's policy shift on asylum seekersSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge appeared skeptical Friday of one of the key arguments that civil liberties groups have made to try to block the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico until their cases are heard.


     

  • Cruise ship off Norway issues mayday, begins evacuating 1,300 passengers and crew      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 08:58:47 -0400

    Cruise ship off Norway issues mayday, begins evacuating 1,300 passengers and crewA cruise ship with engine problems has sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast and is making plans to evacuate its 1,300 passengers and crew.


    Cruise ship off Norway issues mayday, begins evacuating 1,300 passengers and crewA cruise ship with engine problems has sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast and is making plans to evacuate its 1,300 passengers and crew.


     

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts gives an update on flooding damage in Nebraska      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 00:56:54 -0400

    Gov. Pete Ricketts gives an update on flooding damage in NebraskaMassive flooding sweeps through the Midwest causing damage to thousands of homes and businesses.


    Gov. Pete Ricketts gives an update on flooding damage in NebraskaMassive flooding sweeps through the Midwest causing damage to thousands of homes and businesses.


     

  • Why Donald Trump shouldn't celebrate the Robert Mueller report      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 07:58:01 -0400

    Why Donald Trump shouldn't celebrate the Robert Mueller reportWe don't know if Mueller's report will hold an impeachment crosshair. But Trump has fed us a steady diet of corruption that Democrats should highlight.


    Why Donald Trump shouldn't celebrate the Robert Mueller reportWe don't know if Mueller's report will hold an impeachment crosshair. But Trump has fed us a steady diet of corruption that Democrats should highlight.


     

  • FEMA Released Personal Info of 2.3 Million Hurricane and Wildfire Survivors, Watchdog Says      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:04:34 -0400

    FEMA Released Personal Info of 2.3 Million Hurricane and Wildfire Survivors, Watchdog SaysPotentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft


    FEMA Released Personal Info of 2.3 Million Hurricane and Wildfire Survivors, Watchdog SaysPotentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft


     

  • U.S. airlines visit Boeing as FAA awaits 737 MAX upgrades      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 19:45:42 -0400

    U.S. airlines visit Boeing as FAA awaits 737 MAX upgradesThe factory visits indicated Boeing may be near completing a software patch for its newest 737 following a Lion Air crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia last October. This month, a second deadly crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines MAX in Addis Ababa triggered the fleet's worldwide grounding. Boeing has come under global scrutiny along with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency that must approve the software fix and new training.


    U.S. airlines visit Boeing as FAA awaits 737 MAX upgradesThe factory visits indicated Boeing may be near completing a software patch for its newest 737 following a Lion Air crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia last October. This month, a second deadly crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines MAX in Addis Ababa triggered the fleet's worldwide grounding. Boeing has come under global scrutiny along with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency that must approve the software fix and new training.


     

  • Isil 'totally eliminated' in Syria: Caliphate destroyed in final stronghold      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 06:06:35 -0400

    Isil 'totally eliminated' in Syria: Caliphate destroyed in final strongholdThe last pocket of Islamic State territory has fallen, Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, marking the end of the group's "caliphate" four-and-a-half years after it was declared. "Total elimination of (the) so-called caliphate", Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, wrote on Twitter. "The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished." The SDF had Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) cornered in a patch of land smaller than one-mile-square in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz, before finally dealing them defeat. A small number of Isil fighters, most of them foreign, refused to surrender and fought to the last.  Fighters of the SDF dance as they celebrate near the Omar oil field in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province after announcing the total elimination of Isil Credit: AFP An unfathomable number of people - mostly women and children related to Isil members - have streamed out of Baghuz in the past weeks. The Kurdish-led SDF said its fighters were surprised by the amount of civilians - which in the end totalled more than 60,000 and forced them to slow their advance. For the last week, the SDF and US-led coalition has been pummeling the Baghuz pocket in the hope of bringing the battle to an end. Syrians on social media criticised the coalition for its heavy use of air strikes, after graphic photographs emerged purporting to show the charred bodies of women and children, as well as piles of corpses littering Baghuz. Isil had been given several chances by the SDF to evacuate out of safe passages. Those left at the end had rejected the offers and had effectively been using their families as human shields. There is no accurate estimate of how many were killed in the final stand. The end of Isil | Read more The battle took 1,737 days - four times longer than the liberation of western Europe from the Nazis. It took 100,000 bombs, two national armies, a band of militias, the might of the US, British and French air forces and a coalition of nearly 70 countries to defeat the jihadists. During their height they controlled territory spanning two countries that was roughly the size of Britain, imposing a radical and unforgiving interpretation of Islam over nearly 10 million people. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared an end to modern countries and called on supporters to join their jihadist utopia. Tens of thousands from all over the world came to live in the self-declared caliphate - the first in modern times. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gesture the "V" for victory sign as they come back from the frontline in the Islamic State group's last remaining position in the village of Baghuz Credit: AFP Isil used their base in Syria and Iraq as launchpad for attacks around the globe, including the Paris attacks in 2015 which killed more than 130 people. At the same time, they began terrorising those they ruled over, carrying out large-scale massacres and public executions. While the battle may be over, questions still remain; such as the whereabouts of Baghdadi and the fate of a number of high-profile hostages including captured British journalist John Cantlie. There are rumours Baghdadi could be hiding out in the Anbar desert in western Iraq. While Isil has now lost all the urban territory they once held, it continues to have a presence in the desert of both Syria and Iraq. Photo Dispatch: The final days of the Isil caliphate Isil declared in an audio message from its spokesman this week that the group would not be weakened by any defeat in Baghuz and urged its followers across Syria to attack the SDF elsewhere in the country. "Avenge the blood of your brothers and sisters.. set up the )explosive) devices and deploy the snipers," said Abu Hassan al-Muhajir. The SDF too has warned the end of the physical caliphate did not mark the end of Isil. Isil sleeper cells have stepped up attacks on SDF forces in recent weeks, attacking areas where once they controlled. Local Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces fear a return of Isil once the US withdraws most of its 2,000 forces in April. US intelligence agencies have warned that the jihadists would likely resurge in Syria within six to 12 months and regain limited territory if sustained pressure is not maintained. Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees US military operations in the Middle East as commander of Central Command, told Congress earlier this month that extremism in Iraq and Syria is a "generational problem." Iraqi Special Forces soldiers surveyed the aftermath of an Isil suicide car bomb that managed to reach their lines in the Andalus neighbourhood, one of the last areas to be liberated in east Mosul Credit: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times  Indeed it is not one that will likely be solved quickly. Tens of thousands of Isil suspects and their families are in prisons and camps in Iraq and Syria. Many have not been formally accused, others have been deemed guilty by association. It was in overcrowded camps like these that Baghdadi and a cadre of like-minded extremists formed a group that would later morph into Isil. The last to leave the final holdout expressed few regrets about how their jihadist project turned out, many continuing to pledge allegiance to a ruined caliphate they had already reconciled to losing. "Don't think we are surrendering," one woman leaving Baghuz told the Telegraph, "we are saving ourselves to rise again."


    Isil 'totally eliminated' in Syria: Caliphate destroyed in final strongholdThe last pocket of Islamic State territory has fallen, Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, marking the end of the group's "caliphate" four-and-a-half years after it was declared. "Total elimination of (the) so-called caliphate", Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, wrote on Twitter. "The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished." The SDF had Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) cornered in a patch of land smaller than one-mile-square in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz, before finally dealing them defeat. A small number of Isil fighters, most of them foreign, refused to surrender and fought to the last.  Fighters of the SDF dance as they celebrate near the Omar oil field in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province after announcing the total elimination of Isil Credit: AFP An unfathomable number of people - mostly women and children related to Isil members - have streamed out of Baghuz in the past weeks. The Kurdish-led SDF said its fighters were surprised by the amount of civilians - which in the end totalled more than 60,000 and forced them to slow their advance. For the last week, the SDF and US-led coalition has been pummeling the Baghuz pocket in the hope of bringing the battle to an end. Syrians on social media criticised the coalition for its heavy use of air strikes, after graphic photographs emerged purporting to show the charred bodies of women and children, as well as piles of corpses littering Baghuz. Isil had been given several chances by the SDF to evacuate out of safe passages. Those left at the end had rejected the offers and had effectively been using their families as human shields. There is no accurate estimate of how many were killed in the final stand. The end of Isil | Read more The battle took 1,737 days - four times longer than the liberation of western Europe from the Nazis. It took 100,000 bombs, two national armies, a band of militias, the might of the US, British and French air forces and a coalition of nearly 70 countries to defeat the jihadists. During their height they controlled territory spanning two countries that was roughly the size of Britain, imposing a radical and unforgiving interpretation of Islam over nearly 10 million people. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared an end to modern countries and called on supporters to join their jihadist utopia. Tens of thousands from all over the world came to live in the self-declared caliphate - the first in modern times. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gesture the "V" for victory sign as they come back from the frontline in the Islamic State group's last remaining position in the village of Baghuz Credit: AFP Isil used their base in Syria and Iraq as launchpad for attacks around the globe, including the Paris attacks in 2015 which killed more than 130 people. At the same time, they began terrorising those they ruled over, carrying out large-scale massacres and public executions. While the battle may be over, questions still remain; such as the whereabouts of Baghdadi and the fate of a number of high-profile hostages including captured British journalist John Cantlie. There are rumours Baghdadi could be hiding out in the Anbar desert in western Iraq. While Isil has now lost all the urban territory they once held, it continues to have a presence in the desert of both Syria and Iraq. Photo Dispatch: The final days of the Isil caliphate Isil declared in an audio message from its spokesman this week that the group would not be weakened by any defeat in Baghuz and urged its followers across Syria to attack the SDF elsewhere in the country. "Avenge the blood of your brothers and sisters.. set up the )explosive) devices and deploy the snipers," said Abu Hassan al-Muhajir. The SDF too has warned the end of the physical caliphate did not mark the end of Isil. Isil sleeper cells have stepped up attacks on SDF forces in recent weeks, attacking areas where once they controlled. Local Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces fear a return of Isil once the US withdraws most of its 2,000 forces in April. US intelligence agencies have warned that the jihadists would likely resurge in Syria within six to 12 months and regain limited territory if sustained pressure is not maintained. Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees US military operations in the Middle East as commander of Central Command, told Congress earlier this month that extremism in Iraq and Syria is a "generational problem." Iraqi Special Forces soldiers surveyed the aftermath of an Isil suicide car bomb that managed to reach their lines in the Andalus neighbourhood, one of the last areas to be liberated in east Mosul Credit: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times  Indeed it is not one that will likely be solved quickly. Tens of thousands of Isil suspects and their families are in prisons and camps in Iraq and Syria. Many have not been formally accused, others have been deemed guilty by association. It was in overcrowded camps like these that Baghdadi and a cadre of like-minded extremists formed a group that would later morph into Isil. The last to leave the final holdout expressed few regrets about how their jihadist project turned out, many continuing to pledge allegiance to a ruined caliphate they had already reconciled to losing. "Don't think we are surrendering," one woman leaving Baghuz told the Telegraph, "we are saving ourselves to rise again."


     

  • 10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Bose sound bar, Philips Hue bulbs, true wireless earbuds, more      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 07:37:18 -0400

    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Bose sound bar, Philips Hue bulbs, true wireless earbuds, moreWe've got another great roundup of daily deals to help you enjoy what's left of your weekend, and the stars of the show are definitely white Philips Hue LED bulbs for $12 a piece and $15 off color Philips Hue LED bulbs. Other top deals on Sunday include a rare chance to save on 12-month PlayStation Plus membership codes, the best fast wireless charging pad we've ever tested for only $13.29, an extra 10% off a compact Bose sound bar that's already surprisingly affordable, all-time low prices on lightning-fast Samsung EVO microSD cards in two different sizes, Anker's best true-wireless earphones at their lowest price yet, $250 off a powerful Dell laptop when you buy a refurb, and more. Check out all of today's top deals below.


    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Bose sound bar, Philips Hue bulbs, true wireless earbuds, moreWe've got another great roundup of daily deals to help you enjoy what's left of your weekend, and the stars of the show are definitely white Philips Hue LED bulbs for $12 a piece and $15 off color Philips Hue LED bulbs. Other top deals on Sunday include a rare chance to save on 12-month PlayStation Plus membership codes, the best fast wireless charging pad we've ever tested for only $13.29, an extra 10% off a compact Bose sound bar that's already surprisingly affordable, all-time low prices on lightning-fast Samsung EVO microSD cards in two different sizes, Anker's best true-wireless earphones at their lowest price yet, $250 off a powerful Dell laptop when you buy a refurb, and more. Check out all of today's top deals below.


     

  • India's Jet grounds seven more planes amid shutdown fears      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 05:35:32 -0400

    India's Jet grounds seven more planes amid shutdown fearsIndia's debt-laden Jet Airways has grounded seven more planes after failing to pay for its aircraft leases, heaping pressure on its founder as a ballooning crisis threatens its survival.


    India's Jet grounds seven more planes amid shutdown fearsIndia's debt-laden Jet Airways has grounded seven more planes after failing to pay for its aircraft leases, heaping pressure on its founder as a ballooning crisis threatens its survival.


     

  • Protests held in Pittsburgh after cop cleared in shooting      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 20:48:06 -0400

    Protests held in Pittsburgh after cop cleared in shootingPITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh.


    Protests held in Pittsburgh after cop cleared in shootingPITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh.


     

  • Anti-Brexit Rally Draws 1 Million Protesters Demanding New Vote      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:00:47 -0400

    Anti-Brexit Rally Draws 1 Million Protesters Demanding New VoteAn estimated 1 million anti-Brexit protesters rallied alongside leading politicians in central London on Saturday to demand a second referendum on the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union. Marchers clogged the streets of central London as they walked from Hyde Park to Parliament Square to hear from the opposition Labour Party mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and deputy Labour leader Tom Watson.


    Anti-Brexit Rally Draws 1 Million Protesters Demanding New VoteAn estimated 1 million anti-Brexit protesters rallied alongside leading politicians in central London on Saturday to demand a second referendum on the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union. Marchers clogged the streets of central London as they walked from Hyde Park to Parliament Square to hear from the opposition Labour Party mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and deputy Labour leader Tom Watson.


     

  • Passengers airlifted from cruise ship stranded off Norway - UGC      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:11:44 -0400

    Passengers airlifted from cruise ship stranded off Norway - UGCThe Viking Sky vessel, which has about 1,300 passengers and crew on board, had sent out a mayday signal as it had been drifting towards land. Rough cut (no reporter narration)


    Passengers airlifted from cruise ship stranded off Norway - UGCThe Viking Sky vessel, which has about 1,300 passengers and crew on board, had sent out a mayday signal as it had been drifting towards land. Rough cut (no reporter narration)


     

  • Mueller files report with attorney general — with no details made public      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:21:32 -0400

    Mueller files report with attorney general — with no details made publicSpecial counsel Robert Mueller submitted a confidential report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr late Friday afternoon. The Justice Department provided no details on Mueller’s findings or conclusions.


    Mueller files report with attorney general — with no details made publicSpecial counsel Robert Mueller submitted a confidential report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr late Friday afternoon. The Justice Department provided no details on Mueller’s findings or conclusions.


     

  • Robert Kraft Apologizes Amid Prostitution Scandal: 'I Have Extraordinary Respect for Women'      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 15:38:36 -0400

    Robert Kraft Apologizes Amid Prostitution Scandal: 'I Have Extraordinary Respect for Women'The Patriots owner said he was 'truly sorry'


    Robert Kraft Apologizes Amid Prostitution Scandal: 'I Have Extraordinary Respect for Women'The Patriots owner said he was 'truly sorry'


     

  • Ethiopian Airlines questions Boeing's 'aggressive' software      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:49:40 -0400

    Ethiopian Airlines questions Boeing's 'aggressive' softwareAn Ethiopian Airlines executive questioned whether Boeing had told pilots enough about "aggressive" software that pushes a plane's nose down, a focus of investigation into a deadly crash in Ethiopia this month. Comments by the CEO and vice president of the airline this weekend will fuel a debate over the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft, two of which have crashed in similar circumstances in the last five months. Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's most profitable airline, has robustly defended its own safety record, training and procedures after the crash on March 10 that killed 157 people.


    Ethiopian Airlines questions Boeing's 'aggressive' softwareAn Ethiopian Airlines executive questioned whether Boeing had told pilots enough about "aggressive" software that pushes a plane's nose down, a focus of investigation into a deadly crash in Ethiopia this month. Comments by the CEO and vice president of the airline this weekend will fuel a debate over the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft, two of which have crashed in similar circumstances in the last five months. Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's most profitable airline, has robustly defended its own safety record, training and procedures after the crash on March 10 that killed 157 people.


     

  • Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront city      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:18:32 -0400

    Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront cityRecord floodwaters that submerged vast stretches of Nebraska and Iowa farmland along America's longest river reached a new crest on Friday at the waterfront city of St. Joseph, Missouri, forcing chaotic evacuations of thousands from low-lying areas. With emergency sirens blaring as the Missouri River rose to the top of the three-story-high levee wall in St. Joseph, about 55 miles (88 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri, sheriff's deputies rushed door-to-door urging residents to flee to higher ground.


    Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront cityRecord floodwaters that submerged vast stretches of Nebraska and Iowa farmland along America's longest river reached a new crest on Friday at the waterfront city of St. Joseph, Missouri, forcing chaotic evacuations of thousands from low-lying areas. With emergency sirens blaring as the Missouri River rose to the top of the three-story-high levee wall in St. Joseph, about 55 miles (88 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri, sheriff's deputies rushed door-to-door urging residents to flee to higher ground.


     

  • 10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $12 Philips Hue bulbs, $16 headphones, Roomba sale, more      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 07:38:34 -0400

    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $12 Philips Hue bulbs, $16 headphones, Roomba sale, moreWelcome to a special weekend edition of our daily deals roundups, where we scour the web to find the 10 best deals of the day. Highlight from today's list include the best fast wireless charging pad we've ever tested for only $13.29, a rare opportunity to score a 12-month PlayStation Plus membership digital code for just $44.99 instead of $60 (they're stackable so buy a few!), Philips Hue white A19 LED bulbs for only $12 a piece, the best-selling Wi-Fi range extender on Amazon for just $25, blazing-fast Samsung EVO 128GB microSD cards for $19.99, awesome $60 Anker true wireless earbuds on sale for $49.99, the best-selling Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon's entire site for just $15.99, Fire 7 tablets for only $34.99 if you're a Prime subscriber, a one-day sale on the excellent Roomba 640 robot vacuum, another one-day sale on a Hamilton Beach coffee maker that uses pods, and more. Check out all of Saturday's best deals below.


    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $12 Philips Hue bulbs, $16 headphones, Roomba sale, moreWelcome to a special weekend edition of our daily deals roundups, where we scour the web to find the 10 best deals of the day. Highlight from today's list include the best fast wireless charging pad we've ever tested for only $13.29, a rare opportunity to score a 12-month PlayStation Plus membership digital code for just $44.99 instead of $60 (they're stackable so buy a few!), Philips Hue white A19 LED bulbs for only $12 a piece, the best-selling Wi-Fi range extender on Amazon for just $25, blazing-fast Samsung EVO 128GB microSD cards for $19.99, awesome $60 Anker true wireless earbuds on sale for $49.99, the best-selling Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon's entire site for just $15.99, Fire 7 tablets for only $34.99 if you're a Prime subscriber, a one-day sale on the excellent Roomba 640 robot vacuum, another one-day sale on a Hamilton Beach coffee maker that uses pods, and more. Check out all of Saturday's best deals below.


     

  • Maduro accuses US of financing mercenary 'plot' against him      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 17:54:21 -0400

    Maduro accuses US of financing mercenary 'plot' against himPresident Nicolas Maduro on Saturday accused the United States of using frozen Venezuelan funds to bankroll mercenaries to assassinate him in a "plot" he said was directed by opposition leader Juan Guaido. "We have dismantled a plan organized personally by the diabolical puppet to kill me," Maduro told thousands of supporters in Caracas, referring to Guaido, who is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries.


    Maduro accuses US of financing mercenary 'plot' against himPresident Nicolas Maduro on Saturday accused the United States of using frozen Venezuelan funds to bankroll mercenaries to assassinate him in a "plot" he said was directed by opposition leader Juan Guaido. "We have dismantled a plan organized personally by the diabolical puppet to kill me," Maduro told thousands of supporters in Caracas, referring to Guaido, who is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries.


     

  • The Latest: DA disagrees with verdict, respects process      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 22:34:07 -0400

    The Latest: DA disagrees with verdict, respects processPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local):


    The Latest: DA disagrees with verdict, respects processPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local):


     

  • It Looks Like the Dodge Charger Is Getting a Widebody Variant      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 23:00:00 -0400

    It Looks Like the Dodge Charger Is Getting a Widebody VariantDodge shows off a "concept" version of its muscle sedan with a widebody setup like its Challenger sibling.


    It Looks Like the Dodge Charger Is Getting a Widebody VariantDodge shows off a "concept" version of its muscle sedan with a widebody setup like its Challenger sibling.


     

  • Billionaire Tshuva May Herald Next Step in Israel-Egypt Ties      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:47:24 -0400

    Billionaire Tshuva May Herald Next Step in Israel-Egypt TiesAcquiring a piece of either the Idku or Damietta facilities, operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Spain’s Union Fenosa SA, respectively, is among the various routes possible for the Egyptian deal, the company said in its annual report on Sunday. Should Delek pull off the purchase, it would be the strongest signal yet that Israel and Egypt are moving beyond security cooperation and toward deeper economic ties. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi didn’t even mention Israel when he celebrated a $15 billion deal in 2018 between the nations.


    Billionaire Tshuva May Herald Next Step in Israel-Egypt TiesAcquiring a piece of either the Idku or Damietta facilities, operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Spain’s Union Fenosa SA, respectively, is among the various routes possible for the Egyptian deal, the company said in its annual report on Sunday. Should Delek pull off the purchase, it would be the strongest signal yet that Israel and Egypt are moving beyond security cooperation and toward deeper economic ties. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi didn’t even mention Israel when he celebrated a $15 billion deal in 2018 between the nations.


     

  • Waiting for the Mueller report: Justice Department could reveal conclusions of Russia inquiry on Sunday      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 09:36:30 -0400

    Waiting for the Mueller report: Justice Department could reveal conclusions of Russia inquiry on SundayThe "principal conclusions" of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on President Trump and Russian election interference could reach Congress Sunday.


    Waiting for the Mueller report: Justice Department could reveal conclusions of Russia inquiry on SundayThe "principal conclusions" of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on President Trump and Russian election interference could reach Congress Sunday.


     

  • Save up to 30% off bed and bath must-haves during The Home Depot’s Spring Savings      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:53:23 -0400

    Save up to 30% off bed and bath must-haves during The Home Depot’s Spring SavingsIt's been a loong winter with way too much time spent binge-watching in bed. All the more reason to strip those stale sheets, replace your threadbare towels, and hit up The Home Depot's online-only Spring Savings.  Think high-quality basics: super-soft sheets, bath mats, and towels that aren't adorned with weird bleach stains. In other words: bedding and bath essentials that make you feel like a grown-up. Below, find a look to match your style and then shop The Home Depot's Spring Savings. Image: The Home Depot Save up to 30% on bed and bath essentials at The Home Depot through April 3rd See Details Grown up neutralsImage: The Home DepotA neutral color palette opens up even the smallest studio in a big way. You can play with pops of color, experiment with textures, or layer crisp whites with neutrals for a sophisticated Instagram backdrop. To get this dressed-to-impress look, start with a crisp white duvet and pair with some sweet flax sheets. Breezy bohoImage: The Home DepotThis laid-back look is a breeze to create. For bedding, opt for cool blues in a breathable fabric like this linen duvet set. Add some throw pillows in sunset tones that remind you of the Pacific Ocean, then bring cabana vibes to your bathroom with aqua towels, a bathmat, and shower curtain. And of course, the more houseplants the better! Pattern playerImage: the home depotWhether you're a graphic designer or an Insta-artist, adding bold patterns to your space screams creative genius. Go bold with a chevron duvet set, then add some contrasting geometric sheets. Next, hang some funky towels in your bathroom. The trick is to mix hues and shapes that seem like they shouldn't work together -- but somehow do. It's all part of your mystery. Image: The Home Depot Save up to 30% on bed and bath at The Home Depot through April 3rd See Details


    Save up to 30% off bed and bath must-haves during The Home Depot’s Spring SavingsIt's been a loong winter with way too much time spent binge-watching in bed. All the more reason to strip those stale sheets, replace your threadbare towels, and hit up The Home Depot's online-only Spring Savings.  Think high-quality basics: super-soft sheets, bath mats, and towels that aren't adorned with weird bleach stains. In other words: bedding and bath essentials that make you feel like a grown-up. Below, find a look to match your style and then shop The Home Depot's Spring Savings. Image: The Home Depot Save up to 30% on bed and bath essentials at The Home Depot through April 3rd See Details Grown up neutralsImage: The Home DepotA neutral color palette opens up even the smallest studio in a big way. You can play with pops of color, experiment with textures, or layer crisp whites with neutrals for a sophisticated Instagram backdrop. To get this dressed-to-impress look, start with a crisp white duvet and pair with some sweet flax sheets. Breezy bohoImage: The Home DepotThis laid-back look is a breeze to create. For bedding, opt for cool blues in a breathable fabric like this linen duvet set. Add some throw pillows in sunset tones that remind you of the Pacific Ocean, then bring cabana vibes to your bathroom with aqua towels, a bathmat, and shower curtain. And of course, the more houseplants the better! Pattern playerImage: the home depotWhether you're a graphic designer or an Insta-artist, adding bold patterns to your space screams creative genius. Go bold with a chevron duvet set, then add some contrasting geometric sheets. Next, hang some funky towels in your bathroom. The trick is to mix hues and shapes that seem like they shouldn't work together -- but somehow do. It's all part of your mystery. Image: The Home Depot Save up to 30% on bed and bath at The Home Depot through April 3rd See Details


     

  • 2019 BMW X7 Is Luxurious, Large, and In Charge      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 06:00:03 -0400

    2019 BMW X7 Is Luxurious, Large, and In ChargeThe new 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s first large three-row luxury SUV. Until now, the only BMW that offered three rows was the X5, which has a very small optional seat that's barely fit ...


    2019 BMW X7 Is Luxurious, Large, and In ChargeThe new 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s first large three-row luxury SUV. Until now, the only BMW that offered three rows was the X5, which has a very small optional seat that's barely fit ...


     

  • Two blasts kill four at Afghan stadium celebration      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 06:00:22 -0400

    Two blasts kill four at Afghan stadium celebrationThe blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration in the southern city that was attended by nearly 1,000 people. The governor of Helmand province, Mohammad Yasin Khan, was knocked over by the blasts, but suffered only superficial injuries, a spokesman said. The blasts appeared to have been caused by planted explosives.


    Two blasts kill four at Afghan stadium celebrationThe blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration in the southern city that was attended by nearly 1,000 people. The governor of Helmand province, Mohammad Yasin Khan, was knocked over by the blasts, but suffered only superficial injuries, a spokesman said. The blasts appeared to have been caused by planted explosives.


     

  • HPD sergeant in custody in connection with shooting of Pearland ISD librarian, sources say      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:56:57 -0400

    HPD sergeant in custody in connection with shooting of Pearland ISD librarian, sources sayAuthorities have identified the victim as Pearland ISD educator, Belinda Hernandez.


    HPD sergeant in custody in connection with shooting of Pearland ISD librarian, sources sayAuthorities have identified the victim as Pearland ISD educator, Belinda Hernandez.


     

  • Apple's Tim Cook urges China to continue to open up its economy      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 06:03:26 -0400

    Apple's Tim Cook urges China to continue to open up its economyApple chief executive Tim Cook on Saturday urged China to keep opening up its economy as local rivals bit into the profits of the US tech giant caught in the crosshairs of a trade spat between Beijing and Washington. "We have seen China continue to change and evolve... We encourage China to continue to open up," he said during a speech at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing on Saturday. Apple in January revealed that it took a hit in the "Greater China" region, where revenue plunged almost 27 percent in the most recent quarter.


    Apple's Tim Cook urges China to continue to open up its economyApple chief executive Tim Cook on Saturday urged China to keep opening up its economy as local rivals bit into the profits of the US tech giant caught in the crosshairs of a trade spat between Beijing and Washington. "We have seen China continue to change and evolve... We encourage China to continue to open up," he said during a speech at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing on Saturday. Apple in January revealed that it took a hit in the "Greater China" region, where revenue plunged almost 27 percent in the most recent quarter.


     

  • UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:07:05 -0400

    UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sitesNEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers."


    UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sitesNEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers."


     

  • 7 of our favorite March Madness-inspired recipes      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 17:24:00 -0400

    7 of our favorite March Madness-inspired recipesHere we pulled some of our most savory and cheesy recipes to get you througheach major game


    7 of our favorite March Madness-inspired recipesHere we pulled some of our most savory and cheesy recipes to get you througheach major game


     

  • The fight is not over, but Daesh no longer has land to call their own      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 13:16:50 -0400

    The fight is not over, but Daesh no longer has land to call their ownOn Saturday we marked a turning point in our fight against the Daesh fanatics with the liberation of the last vestiges of land held under their brutal rule. At one point these barbaric extremists controlled territory roughly the size of the United Kingdom and had advanced to within a few miles of the gates of Baghdad. But in the last few days they have been rooted out of their last enclave along the Euphrates and their so-called caliphate destroyed. I pay tribute to all our Armed Forces and allies who have helped fight Daesh. They have hunted down this nihilistic death-cult night and day. Our RAF Tornados, Typhoons, and Reaper have struck almost 2,000 times – eliminating terrorists, overwhelming their headquarters and cutting off their supplies. It is fitting that Tornado is ending its illustrious career with this achievement. There is the work of others which should not go unrecognised. The crews who tirelessly flew our Reaper drones. Last month I announced they will now receive the Operation Shader medal, without clasp. This is the first time our Reaper crews have received such recognition. Our troops on the ground have – as part of the Coalition – also helped train some 90,000 Iraqis in everything from bridge-building to defusing bombs. We also pay tribute to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Peshmerga and the Iraqi security forces who sustained heavy casualties to liberate 7.7 million people from Daesh’s tyranny. Those British nationals who turned their back on our country to fight for Daesh made a fatal mistake. They should expect to bear the full force of the law for their actions in the country where they have committed crimes. So today we mark a major milestone but we also count the cost. Mercifully, there have been very few deaths of British and allied personnel and hostages. But we feel each one of those very keenly. Our sympathies go to their families and friends for their loss. They did not die in vain. Their bravery is to be commended for ensuring the UK’s national security by tackling this threat. No-one will ever forget the damage and destruction wrought by Daesh’s barbarism. Their frenzy of violence has left behind a trail of destruction: innocents sold into slavery, thousands dead, millions displaced and some of the world’s greatest cultural treasures sacked. It was imperative that we acted. But we cannot say this fight is over. The terrorists are as much an evil ideology as a geographical entity. We’ve always known that cutting off one head of the snake could lead to others springing up elsewhere. We’re painfully aware of the threat these extremists still pose whether to Iraq, the wider region or to our own shores. That’s why the next phase of our campaign is well underway. The UK is helping the Iraqis rebuild their homeland so they can remain free from Daesh. It is continuing to provide vital humanitarian aid in Syria where we have already committed more than £2.7 billion. And it is continuing to champion a political settlement which, ultimately, will be the only way to achieve lasting peace in the region But, above all, it means continuing to do everything in our power, alongside the Global Coalition against Daesh, to check the spread of insurgency and draw the sting from its poisonous ideology. As I said to RUSI recently, a Global Britain must to be ready to intervene, using all the hard power at our disposal to defend the international rules-based system. And we are well placed to do that. Our Armed Forces will remain deployed in the region, to provide continuing assistance to the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Iraqi security forces against any attempt by Daesh to re-establish an active presence.  We have world-class F35 stealth fighters, we have an aircraft carrier that is the most powerful surface vessel ever to leave our shores and new sophisticated equipment coming into play. Not only will we fight this evil ideology on land but in the cyber sphere where the UK heads the Global Coalition Communications Cell, working to reduce the impact of Daesh’s ability to use propaganda to recruit, inspire and incite supporters.  None of this will be easy. Daesh is the evil of our generation and we must be prepared to stay the course. In the past five years, our Armed Forces, alongside our allies have turned the tide. Daesh no longer has land to call their own. But we will not rest until the danger they pose to our people is ended once and for all.


    The fight is not over, but Daesh no longer has land to call their ownOn Saturday we marked a turning point in our fight against the Daesh fanatics with the liberation of the last vestiges of land held under their brutal rule. At one point these barbaric extremists controlled territory roughly the size of the United Kingdom and had advanced to within a few miles of the gates of Baghdad. But in the last few days they have been rooted out of their last enclave along the Euphrates and their so-called caliphate destroyed. I pay tribute to all our Armed Forces and allies who have helped fight Daesh. They have hunted down this nihilistic death-cult night and day. Our RAF Tornados, Typhoons, and Reaper have struck almost 2,000 times – eliminating terrorists, overwhelming their headquarters and cutting off their supplies. It is fitting that Tornado is ending its illustrious career with this achievement. There is the work of others which should not go unrecognised. The crews who tirelessly flew our Reaper drones. Last month I announced they will now receive the Operation Shader medal, without clasp. This is the first time our Reaper crews have received such recognition. Our troops on the ground have – as part of the Coalition – also helped train some 90,000 Iraqis in everything from bridge-building to defusing bombs. We also pay tribute to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Peshmerga and the Iraqi security forces who sustained heavy casualties to liberate 7.7 million people from Daesh’s tyranny. Those British nationals who turned their back on our country to fight for Daesh made a fatal mistake. They should expect to bear the full force of the law for their actions in the country where they have committed crimes. So today we mark a major milestone but we also count the cost. Mercifully, there have been very few deaths of British and allied personnel and hostages. But we feel each one of those very keenly. Our sympathies go to their families and friends for their loss. They did not die in vain. Their bravery is to be commended for ensuring the UK’s national security by tackling this threat. No-one will ever forget the damage and destruction wrought by Daesh’s barbarism. Their frenzy of violence has left behind a trail of destruction: innocents sold into slavery, thousands dead, millions displaced and some of the world’s greatest cultural treasures sacked. It was imperative that we acted. But we cannot say this fight is over. The terrorists are as much an evil ideology as a geographical entity. We’ve always known that cutting off one head of the snake could lead to others springing up elsewhere. We’re painfully aware of the threat these extremists still pose whether to Iraq, the wider region or to our own shores. That’s why the next phase of our campaign is well underway. The UK is helping the Iraqis rebuild their homeland so they can remain free from Daesh. It is continuing to provide vital humanitarian aid in Syria where we have already committed more than £2.7 billion. And it is continuing to champion a political settlement which, ultimately, will be the only way to achieve lasting peace in the region But, above all, it means continuing to do everything in our power, alongside the Global Coalition against Daesh, to check the spread of insurgency and draw the sting from its poisonous ideology. As I said to RUSI recently, a Global Britain must to be ready to intervene, using all the hard power at our disposal to defend the international rules-based system. And we are well placed to do that. Our Armed Forces will remain deployed in the region, to provide continuing assistance to the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Iraqi security forces against any attempt by Daesh to re-establish an active presence.  We have world-class F35 stealth fighters, we have an aircraft carrier that is the most powerful surface vessel ever to leave our shores and new sophisticated equipment coming into play. Not only will we fight this evil ideology on land but in the cyber sphere where the UK heads the Global Coalition Communications Cell, working to reduce the impact of Daesh’s ability to use propaganda to recruit, inspire and incite supporters.  None of this will be easy. Daesh is the evil of our generation and we must be prepared to stay the course. In the past five years, our Armed Forces, alongside our allies have turned the tide. Daesh no longer has land to call their own. But we will not rest until the danger they pose to our people is ended once and for all.


     

  • Mueller did not find Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says      Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:48:34 -0400

    Mueller did not find Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says* William Barr sends four-page letter to Congress * Special counsel does not clear Trump of obstruction of justice * Mueller report – live updates * Support the Guardian’s independent journalismSpecial counsel Robert Mueller was unable to draw a conclusion ‘one way or the other’ over whether Trump obstructed justice during the investigation. Photograph: Cliff Owen/APSpecial counsel Robert Mueller found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, according to letter delivered to Congress on Sunday by the US attorney general.The letter from William Barr also revealed Mueller was unable to draw a conclusion “one way or the other” on whether Trump or anyone in the White House obstructed justice during the investigation.Barr quoted directly from Mueller’s report which states, with regards to obstruction: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”Mueller has filed no further indictments following an almost two year-long investigation that has seen some of Trump’s closest advisers criminally prosecuted and convicted.The first page of William Barr’s letter. Photograph: HANDOUT/ReutersAs Mueller was unable to draw a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, it was left to Barr and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, both appointed by Trump, to decide not to pursue charges.Barr described the evidence for obstruction as “not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense”. Furthermore, Barr insisted in his letter the decision not to prosecute was not made based on any limitations related to the indictment of a sitting president.At just four pages long, the letter offered a small snapshot of Mueller’s extensive investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, which the letter reveals involved more than 2,800 subpoenas, almost 500 search warrants and interviews with around 500 witnesses.The attorney general faces increasingly bipartisan calls to release the Mueller report in full, as well as the evidence underlying it. Some Democrats have signalled they will use subpoena powers to obtain the full document, and may also call Mueller to testify before Congress.Barr made clear he is prepared to release some parts of the report due to “the public interest in this matter”. He also pledged to consult with Mueller to quickly identify parts of the report that should be made public. But the attorney general did not specify how much will be released.Immediately after the letter was released the New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House judiciary committee, vowed to bring Barr before his panel. Nadler cited the decision not to pursue obstruction of justice as evidence of “very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the justice department”.Nonetheless, the summary was immediately seized on by Trump and his allies to claim victory.Speaking to reporters as he returned from a weekend of golf at his private club in south Florida, a jubilant president described the report as “a complete and total exoneration” – despite the inconclusive findings on obstruction of justice.“It’s a shame that our country had to go through this, to be honest it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this for, before I even got elected it began,” Trump said, from the tarmac by Air Force One. “This was an illegal take-down that failed.”In an emailed statement to the Guardian, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, himself at the centre of the investigation after accepting a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on the Clinton campaign, said Barr’s letter proved “what those of use with sane minds have known all along, there was ZERO collusion with Russia”.Trump Jr continued: “Sadly, instead of apologizing for needlessly destabilizing the country in a transparent attempt to delegitimize the 2016 election, it’s clear that the Collusion Truthers in the media and the Democrat [sic] party are only going to double down on their sick and twisted conspiracy theories moving forward.”Donald Trump walks to talk to the media before boarding Air Force One in Florida. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/APIt seems likely the president will now seek to turn the Mueller investigation to his advantage in the 2020 presidential election, suggesting it shows he won the 2016 contest fairly and that desperate opponents will do anything to thwart him. But the decision by Barr and Rosenstein that the president did not obstruct justice – and their decision to make any such conclusion rather than leave it to Congress – is likely to cause intense controversy for years to come.Barr was nominated by Trump to be attorney general after he sent the justice department a private memo sharply criticising Mueller’s investigation and arguing that the special counsel should even not be allowed to question Trump about potential obstruction.Trump did not sit down for an interview with Mueller, instead providing written answers to questions.In May 2017, it was Rosenstein who wrote the memo to Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, justifying the firing of James Comey, the FBI director. Trump’s firing of Comey was central to allegations that he may have obstructed justice.Fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has claimed Rosenstein said he was ordered to write that memo. * Additional reporting by Ben Jacobs in Washington


    Mueller did not find Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says* William Barr sends four-page letter to Congress * Special counsel does not clear Trump of obstruction of justice * Mueller report – live updates * Support the Guardian’s independent journalismSpecial counsel Robert Mueller was unable to draw a conclusion ‘one way or the other’ over whether Trump obstructed justice during the investigation. Photograph: Cliff Owen/APSpecial counsel Robert Mueller found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, according to letter delivered to Congress on Sunday by the US attorney general.The letter from William Barr also revealed Mueller was unable to draw a conclusion “one way or the other” on whether Trump or anyone in the White House obstructed justice during the investigation.Barr quoted directly from Mueller’s report which states, with regards to obstruction: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”Mueller has filed no further indictments following an almost two year-long investigation that has seen some of Trump’s closest advisers criminally prosecuted and convicted.The first page of William Barr’s letter. Photograph: HANDOUT/ReutersAs Mueller was unable to draw a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, it was left to Barr and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, both appointed by Trump, to decide not to pursue charges.Barr described the evidence for obstruction as “not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense”. Furthermore, Barr insisted in his letter the decision not to prosecute was not made based on any limitations related to the indictment of a sitting president.At just four pages long, the letter offered a small snapshot of Mueller’s extensive investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, which the letter reveals involved more than 2,800 subpoenas, almost 500 search warrants and interviews with around 500 witnesses.The attorney general faces increasingly bipartisan calls to release the Mueller report in full, as well as the evidence underlying it. Some Democrats have signalled they will use subpoena powers to obtain the full document, and may also call Mueller to testify before Congress.Barr made clear he is prepared to release some parts of the report due to “the public interest in this matter”. He also pledged to consult with Mueller to quickly identify parts of the report that should be made public. But the attorney general did not specify how much will be released.Immediately after the letter was released the New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House judiciary committee, vowed to bring Barr before his panel. Nadler cited the decision not to pursue obstruction of justice as evidence of “very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the justice department”.Nonetheless, the summary was immediately seized on by Trump and his allies to claim victory.Speaking to reporters as he returned from a weekend of golf at his private club in south Florida, a jubilant president described the report as “a complete and total exoneration” – despite the inconclusive findings on obstruction of justice.“It’s a shame that our country had to go through this, to be honest it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this for, before I even got elected it began,” Trump said, from the tarmac by Air Force One. “This was an illegal take-down that failed.”In an emailed statement to the Guardian, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, himself at the centre of the investigation after accepting a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on the Clinton campaign, said Barr’s letter proved “what those of use with sane minds have known all along, there was ZERO collusion with Russia”.Trump Jr continued: “Sadly, instead of apologizing for needlessly destabilizing the country in a transparent attempt to delegitimize the 2016 election, it’s clear that the Collusion Truthers in the media and the Democrat [sic] party are only going to double down on their sick and twisted conspiracy theories moving forward.”Donald Trump walks to talk to the media before boarding Air Force One in Florida. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/APIt seems likely the president will now seek to turn the Mueller investigation to his advantage in the 2020 presidential election, suggesting it shows he won the 2016 contest fairly and that desperate opponents will do anything to thwart him. But the decision by Barr and Rosenstein that the president did not obstruct justice – and their decision to make any such conclusion rather than leave it to Congress – is likely to cause intense controversy for years to come.Barr was nominated by Trump to be attorney general after he sent the justice department a private memo sharply criticising Mueller’s investigation and arguing that the special counsel should even not be allowed to question Trump about potential obstruction.Trump did not sit down for an interview with Mueller, instead providing written answers to questions.In May 2017, it was Rosenstein who wrote the memo to Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, justifying the firing of James Comey, the FBI director. Trump’s firing of Comey was central to allegations that he may have obstructed justice.Fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has claimed Rosenstein said he was ordered to write that memo. * Additional reporting by Ben Jacobs in Washington


     

  • Why did the Dow plunge? Banks and tech stocks drag down market      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:39:56 -0400

    Why did the Dow plunge? Banks and tech stocks drag down marketU.S. stocks moved broadly lower on Wall Street Friday, dragged down by banks and industrial companies.


    Why did the Dow plunge? Banks and tech stocks drag down marketU.S. stocks moved broadly lower on Wall Street Friday, dragged down by banks and industrial companies.


     

  • U.S. lawmaker seeks Boeing whistleblowers, some MAX 737 orders in jeopardy      Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:24:35 -0400

    U.S. lawmaker seeks Boeing whistleblowers, some MAX 737 orders in jeopardyBoeing and the FAA are under global regulatory scrutiny over software and training on the signature aircraft. Boeing risked losing a $6 billion order for the jet on Friday, its first since the world's entire fleet was grounded last week. American Airlines pilots were preparing to test Boeing's planned software upgrade for an anti-stall system on MAX simulators this weekend, saying they want their own safety guarantees on the software fix.


    U.S. lawmaker seeks Boeing whistleblowers, some MAX 737 orders in jeopardyBoeing and the FAA are under global regulatory scrutiny over software and training on the signature aircraft. Boeing risked losing a $6 billion order for the jet on Friday, its first since the world's entire fleet was grounded last week. American Airlines pilots were preparing to test Boeing's planned software upgrade for an anti-stall system on MAX simulators this weekend, saying they want their own safety guarantees on the software fix.


     

  • Lakers G Ball fires family friend after $1.5M goes missing      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:50:59 -0400

    Lakers G Ball fires family friend after $1.5M goes missingLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said he no longer is working with a family friend after $1.5 million from Ball's personal and business bank accounts apparently remains missing. The second-year player told ESPN that the man, Alan Foster, "used his access to my business and personal finances to enrich himself. Foster owns 16.3 percent of the family's Big Baller Brand and also has managed the family companies.


    Lakers G Ball fires family friend after $1.5M goes missingLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said he no longer is working with a family friend after $1.5 million from Ball's personal and business bank accounts apparently remains missing. The second-year player told ESPN that the man, Alan Foster, "used his access to my business and personal finances to enrich himself. Foster owns 16.3 percent of the family's Big Baller Brand and also has managed the family companies.


     

  • Mozambique cyclone death toll climbs to 417: government      Sat, 23 Mar 2019 06:48:07 -0400

    Mozambique cyclone death toll climbs to 417: governmentThe death toll in Mozambique has climbed to 417 after a cyclone devastated swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometres (miles), the government said Saturday. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe. "At this time 417 deaths have been recorded," Lands and Environment Minister Celso Correia told reporters in the port city of Beira.


    Mozambique cyclone death toll climbs to 417: governmentThe death toll in Mozambique has climbed to 417 after a cyclone devastated swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometres (miles), the government said Saturday. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe. "At this time 417 deaths have been recorded," Lands and Environment Minister Celso Correia told reporters in the port city of Beira.


     



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