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  • Marines commandant protests US border deployments, wall

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    America's top marine warned that deployments to the US-Mexico border and President Donald Trump's plan for a wall pose an "unacceptable risk" to the force, according to documents revealed Thursday by The Los Angeles Times. In memos addressed to acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan and Navy secretary Richard Spencer, General Robert Neller wrote that he had been forced to cancel or reduce exercises in five countries. Marines will miss exercises in Indonesia, Scotland and Mongolia, and their participation in joint exercises in Australia and South Korea will be reduced, Neller said in the documents dated March 18 and 19.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:20:37 -0400
  • Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront city

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    Record 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.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:18:32 -0400
  • Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuit

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    A descendant of enslaved people has sued Harvard University, alleging that the Ivy League institution has “shamelessly” profited from photos of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, claims that Harvard has ignored requests to surrender images of a man named Renty, whom she says is her great-great-great grandfather, and his daughter Delia. Lanier is suing Harvard for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of the images, asking the university to return the photos to her, pay unspecified damages, and recognise her ancestry.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:18:00 -0400
  • The Latest: DA disagrees with verdict, respects process

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    PITTSBURGH (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):

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 22:34:07 -0400
  • Sanders: ‘We Must Follow New Zealand’s Lead’ on Assault-Rifle Ban

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    Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Thursday praised New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern for immediately banning military-style semi-automatic weapons in response to the Christchurch mosque shootings, and suggested the executive action should serve as a blueprint for the U.S.> This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur> > -- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 21, 2019The ban, which applies to semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that can be equipped with detachable magazines capable of holding more than five rounds, went into immediate effect Thursday to prevent stockpiling, and legislation codifying it is expected to pass Parliament in the coming days. Once the bill passes, New Zealanders will be granted a buyback period, after which they will be fined and jailed for up to three years if found in possession of a banned weapon.“On 15 March, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will, too,” Ardern said Thursday. “We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”Gun ownership is popular in New Zealand but there is no right to self defense codified in the country's laws.The announcement comes just six days after a 28-year-old Australian man killed 50 people and injured 40 others while rampaging through two mosques in Christchurch. The second shooting, at the Linwood mosque, was interrupted after one congregant retrieved his firearm from his house and returned to confront the attacker.While the exact weapon used in the attack remains unknown, images of the weapon appear to show an AR-15, a widely available semi-automatic rifle.Prior to the attack, the shooter published an extensive manifesto online that was replete with white-nationalist propaganda and mentioned stirring controversy around the U.S. gun-control debate as one motive for the massacre.Sanders, who was criticized by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic primaries for being too moderate on the issue of gun control, has in recent years embraced the Democratic establishment's insistence on banning assault rifles outright.Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), who has helped lead Democrats' gun-control efforts since the Sandy Hook massacre, also praised Ardern's swift action in a Thursday tweet.> See. It’s not that hard. https://t.co/6nTAYmHjnb> > -- Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 21, 2019

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:12:05 -0400
  • Bringing the Sting: The U.S. Navy Is Getting New F/A-18E/F Super Hornets

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    The Super Hornets would be the first new-build examples of the Block III variant of the F/A-18E/F. The Block III flies farther and carries more weapons than an older F/A-18E/F can do and also is stealthier than earlier Super Hornet models are.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0400
  • JetBlue pilots who drugged and raped flight attendants continued working for airline without repercussion, lawsuit says

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    Three female flight attendants claim they were drugged and two of them raped by two JetBlue pilots during a layover in Puerto Rico, a new lawsuit filed this week in New York federal court has claimed. At least one of the female flight attendants said she was forced to work with one of the accused pilots after the alleged rape. After making their way to a beach in Puerto Rico near the hotel they were staying during their layover in May of last year, the women were offered sips from one of the flight attendant’s alcoholic beverages.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:20:53 -0400
  • Tax refunds are $3 smaller on average versus last year after seventh week of filing season

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    After three weeks of rising tax refunds, the average tax refund is $3 less than a year ago.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:02:37 -0400
  • T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint merger

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    T-Mobile on Thursday unveiled a limited home internet service that it plans to pilot for 50,000 mobile customers at $50 a month, with the company promising it could build on that, and eventually offer a lot more once its $26.5 billion merger with Sprint finally goes through.For now, the new invitation-only service will focus on areas where the carrier can deliver high-speed internet access to connect up to 50,000 homes in rural and underserved parts of the country. Once it merges with Sprint, however, T-Mobile says it should be able to cover more than half of the US with broadband service by 2024.This seems to be one attempt by T-Mobile to push back against critics of the proposed merger who worry it will leave customers with less choice and the potential for prices to rise. "We're walking the walk and laying the foundation for a world where we can take the fight to Big Cable on behalf of consumers and offer real choice, competition and savings to Americans nationwide," T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the home broadband pilot.The service will be offered only in areas where T-Mobile expects to deliver speeds of around 50 Mbps through fixed unlimited wireless service over LTE, with no data caps. The carrier points to one economist's estimate that showed while customers today pay around $80 a month for wired in-home broadband service, "the new T-Mobile will save customers up to $13.65 billion a year on home broadband by 2024".As context for why it decided to pursue the new service, T-Mobile went on to note in its announcement that almost half of Americans today have no competitive choice for high-speed in-home broadband. "The New T-Mobile," the company declares, "will be armed with spectrum and network assets that will build the highest capacity wireless network in US history, covering millions with 5G, not just a few people in a few blocks of a few cities like the other guys."If you're eligible to participate in the home broadband pilot, T-Mobile plans to start sending out invitations by email and regular mail this week.We mentioned T-Mobile's pending merger with Sprint, and it's also worth pointing out, as a reminder, that it's still under review by federal regulators. T-Mobile has said it feels optimistic everything will be approved in the first half of this year.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:04:04 -0400
  • 'You are a child,' McCain's youngest daughter tells Trump, breaking public silence

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    Bridget McCain tweeted: “Unfortunately, you could not be counted on to be courteous, as you are a child in the most important role the world knows.”

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:59:46 -0400
  • See Photos of the New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:14:00 -0400
  • 'Inland Oceans' from One of Southern Hemisphere's Worst Storms Seen from Space

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    A deadly cyclone that hit southern Africa left extensive flooding that looked like "inland oceans" in images from space taken just days after the storm made landfall.Sentinel-1, a satellite mission that's part of the European Union's Earth-observation program, Copernicus, captured imagery on March 19 that showed far-reaching floodwaters around Mozambique's town of Beira on the coast of the Indian Ocean.Cyclone Idai could turn out to be "one of the worst weather-related disasters" in the Southern Hemisphere, said Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization.In Mozambique, at least 1,000 people are feared dead and tens of thousands have lost their homes, according to the United Nations, after the cyclone made landfall on March 14, bringing heavy rainfall, a storm surge and strong winds of up to 105 mph (170 km/h). Malawi and Zimbabwe were also severely affected as Idai continued traveling west as a tropical storm. [Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit]Cyclone Idai seen from space on March 13, 2019, west of Madagascar and heading for Mozambique. ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGOHerve Verhoosel of the U.N. World Food Program said that the flooding in Mozambique from above looks like "inland oceans extending for miles and miles."This is a major humanitarian emergency that is getting bigger by the hour," Verhoosel said Tuesday (March 19). According to the Red Cross, 90 percent of Beira, which has a population of about 600,000, has been damaged or destroyed.With communication lines and roads wrecked, rescue efforts have been slow and many people remain cut off from aid.Sentinel-1 is tasked with, in part, mapping flooded areas -- like the recent flooding in the Midwest -- to help relief efforts in such situations.According to the European Space Agency, the images acquired before and after the storm offer immediate information to first responders on the extent of flooding and the location of the affected areas; eventually, that satellite data could also be used to assess environmental and property damage.The first Sentinel-1 satellite launched in 2014, and the second launched in 2016. The pair of polar-orbiting satellites have radar instruments that can "see" in the dark, as well as through clouds and rain.Sentinel-1 has also provided imagery to map flash floods in Laos and to show that an island where the Bangladesh government wants to house Rohingya Muslims is vulnerable to frequent flooding and cyclones. * Rainbow Rivers: See Gorgeous Maps of the World's Waterways * The Strangest Places on Earth (Photos) * Earth's 8 Biggest MysteriesOriginally published on Live Science.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:46:00 -0400
  • UCLA soccer coach charged in admissions fraud scandal resigns

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    The University of California, Los Angeles' men's soccer coach, Jorge Salcedo, who is among those charged in the biggest college admissions fraud scheme ever uncovered in the United States, resigned his post on Thursday, school officials said. Salcedo was one of nine current or former college coaches, as well as an associate athletic director, who were charged by federal prosecutors in Boston on March 12 in connection with the fraud scheme that has captured national attention. University officials confirmed Salcedo's resignation to Reuters on Friday, and said that they had no additional comment.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:27:43 -0400
  • No more indictments expected in Mueller probe, ABC News reports

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    The White House, Congress, and the American public are all still waiting for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:53:52 -0400
  • Venezuela arrests Guaido aide for 'terrorism' in defiance of US

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    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime defied the US on Thursday to arrest a top aide of opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington recognizes as the crisis-hit country's interim leader. The United States has repeatedly warned Maduro's government against arresting Guaido or his close aides, saying it would face unspecified repercussions.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 22:57:02 -0400
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

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    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 05:57:24 -0400
  • 'A gift sent from the heavens': Nebraska pals find fridge full of beer during flood cleanup

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    Kyle Simpson and Gayland Stouffer had spent the day cleaning up from flooding in Nebraska when a fridge appeared in the distance. It was full of beer.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:14:32 -0400
  • Seats aboard JetBlue now feature most legroom of any US airline

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    Long-legged flyers may be interested to learn that JetBlue's newest cabin redesign now features the most legroom of any US airline for economy-class cabins. 

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:54:27 -0400
  • Kellyanne Conway says Trump is 'protective of me' in feud with her husband

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    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Thursday continued to defend her boss, President Trump, who called her husband, George, a “whack job” whose feud with Trump is “doing a tremendous disservice to a wonderful wife.”

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:12:57 -0400
  • Economic Inequality: What It Is and How It Impacts You

    It's nearly impossible to read the news these days without running across mentions of economic inequality. In recent months, politicians have debated the merits of raising marginal tax rates on the wealthy, a move proponents say could reduce economic inequalities. Likewise, economic inequality takes center stage when columnists discuss the extreme riches of some of today's business owners, like Jeff Bezos, who could purchase every home in Austin, Texas, according to real estate brokerage Redfin.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:00:00 -0400
  • Which Subcompact Crossovers and SUVs are Best? Here Are All 17, Ranked

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    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:31:00 -0400
  • 'We are one' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence

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    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:21:59 -0400
  • Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cyclone

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    Cyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest -- has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). > And for better comparison a GIF animation of the images showing the Mozambique flood before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th) Mozambique Copernicus Sentinel-1️ Better quality GIF https://t.co/h8608N8so5 MozambiqueFloods MozambiqueFloods2019 RemoteSensing Beira Idai pic.twitter.com/d9hOmdiBbp> > -- Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) March 21, 2019The destruction is particularly severe around Mozambique's fourth largest city, Beira. SEE ALSO: The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use"The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed," said the Red Cross's Jamie LeSueur, who is working in the region. > The latest delineation maps for Mozambique: > ✴️Nhantaze: 24,837.7 ha (248 sq km) flooded > ✴️Macorreia: 9,862.5 ha (98.6 sq km) flooded > Maps and geospatial data: https://t.co/w3uo4SPyREMozambiqueFloods Idai IdaiCyclone pic.twitter.com/0siHZhW6hM> > -- Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) March 21, 2019Though there's little evidence showing that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 21st century.What's more, cyclones, like any big storm today, can now carry more water: The world has warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 Celsius, over the last century, and for every 1 degree C of warming the atmosphere holds seven percent more water. > This just in: shocking footage from our team via helicopter that has just arrived in Beira, Mozambique. The devastation is widespread with barely a house intact following CycloneIdaipic.twitter.com/BnyqVIJ9YF> > -- IFRC Africa (@IFRCAfrica) March 17, 2019Since the 1960s, only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger have hit Mozambique, according to Weather.com.When the total number of fatalities are confirmed and the great inland sea dissipates, Idai's rampage may end up being the worst storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere, the EU noted.  WATCH: Jordan Peele explains the childhood experience that made him love horror

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:08:58 -0400
  • US places new sanctions on DR Congo poll commission officials

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    The United States on Friday placed new sanctions on three Democratic Republic of Congo officials who monitored last year's poll, including electoral commission head Corneille Nangaa. The US Treasury sanctions also target commission vice president Norbert Basengezi and Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi, a son of Basengezi who is an adviser to Nangaa. Washington accuses the trio of corruption and of obstructing democracy in December’s presidential election.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:04:22 -0400
  • ACLU sues FBI for records related to black extremists report

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the FBI on Thursday for records related to a divisive 2017 report that said black extremists were on the rise following the shooting deaths of several African-Americans.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:08:36 -0400
  • Why did the Dow plunge? Banks and tech stocks drag down market

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    U.S. stocks moved broadly lower on Wall Street Friday, dragged down by banks and industrial companies.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:39:56 -0400
  • More Misconceptions about College

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    Now that we’ve all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let’s get some perspective.While the numbers of high-school graduates heading off to college have increased in recent years, the percentages graduating with a four-year degree have not increased much. Many students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college, drop out before receiving a degree. (They cannot drop out of student-loan payments, though.)Data from the Lumina Foundation show that among Americans aged 25–64, 52.4 percent have no more than a high-school diploma (though 15.4 percent of them attended college for a while). An additional 5.2 percent received a certificate of some kind, and 9.2 percent obtained an associate’s degree. What most people think of when you say “college” is a four-year institution. Only 21.1 percent received bachelor’s degrees, and another 12.2 percent also earned graduate degrees. Adding the last two categories brings the fraction of Americans with college or graduate degrees to just over one-third.While most of the conversation in the past week has focused on highly selective colleges such as Yale and Penn, it’s important to remember that only a small number of America’s colleges are selective. As FiveThirtyEight has reported, more than 75 percent of undergrads attend colleges that accept at least half of all applicants. The number who attend selective colleges -- i.e., schools that accept 25 percent or fewer — is just 4 percent. And the number who attend schools in the very top tier, colleges that reject 90 percent or more, can be counted on your fingers and toes. You can probably guess most of them. (Though not all. On this U.S. News list, Pomona College came in at No. 11, and the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute came in first.) Less than 1 percent of college students attend these elite schools.Most students attend commuter schools, which tend to be community colleges. Even among those at four-year institutions, almost 25 percent attend part-time. Half of college students are also working, not getting plastered at frat parties.There’s a healthy debate in policy circles about whether our current cultural preoccupation with college for all is a good thing. Some people who are funneled toward college might be a better fit for vocational training, apprenticeships, or other life paths; and while there is no doubt about the association between college completion and higher income, there is uncertainty about the causal relationship.Rather than gnash our collective teeth about whether Jason or Jessica can get into MIT, we might want to focus on all students, those who are headed for college and those who are not. Every student in elementary and high school should be learning about the “success sequence.” The phrase was introduced by Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution and has lately been reinforced with a study by W. Bradford Wilcox and Wendy Wang of the Institute for Family Studies.What they’ve found is that students have it within their power to virtually guarantee a middle- or upper-class income if they follow three steps. Those three basics are 1) finish high school, 2) get a full-time job, and 3) get married before having children. Young people who follow all three steps have only a 3 percent likelihood of living in poverty when they reach young adulthood. Eighty-six percent of Millennials who put marriage first had incomes in the middle or upper third, compared with 53 percent who had children before marriage. The success sequence works for those born into poverty, too. Seventy-one percent of Millennials who grew up in the bottom third of the income distribution were in the middle or upper third by young adulthood if they followed the three steps. Among African Americans, 76 percent who followed the success sequence achieved the middle class or above, and among Hispanics, the percentage was 81 percent.With all of the emphasis on a tiny sliver of the top 1 percent of students, most young people can get the impression that they are doomed to a lesser life. In fact, avoiding a few pitfalls like dropping out of high school, having a baby out of wedlock, and failing to find employment is a ticket to success.There’s a bias among writer types to pay attention to Princeton and Columbia. But that’s not really where the action is in helping most Americans.© 2019 Creators.com

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:30:41 -0400
  • In a gift to Netanyahu, Trump tweets U.S. support for Israel annexing Golan

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    President Trump on Thursday reversed a long-standing American policy that treated Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights as temporary.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:19:52 -0400
  • School shooting survivor stricken by 'survivor's guilt' takes own life

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    A teenager who survived the Parkland school shooting in Florida has killed herself while struggling with survivors' guilt, local media reported Friday. Sydney Aiello, 19, was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last February 14 when a former student opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon, killing 14 students and three staff members. Among the dead were two of Aiello's best friends, Meadow Pollack and Joaquin Oliver.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:05:19 -0400
  • Remains of Missing WWII Pilot Returned Family in Utah

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    The remains of a World War II pilot who disappeared 74 years ago while flying a mission over Germany were returned to his family in Utah.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:01:20 -0400
  • U.S. pressure on Hezbollah, Iran is working, Pompeo says in Beirut

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    Lebanese politicians who met Pompeo, including President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil -- all political allies of Hezbollah -- said they had told him the group was part and parcel of Lebanese politics. "From our side, we confirmed as far as we are concerned Hezbollah is a Lebanese party -- not terrorist -- with MPs elected by the Lebanese people and with a lot of popular support," Bassil said as he stood alongside Pompeo after their meeting. Pompeo, who is touring the Middle East to drum up support for Washington's harder line against Iran, cited a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah this month asking the group's supporters for funds as evidence U.S. pressure was working.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:07:21 -0400
  • Correction: Southern Flood Threat story

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    In a story March 21 about the U.S. flooding outlook, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a weather forecaster. He is Kevin Low, not Lao.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:07:03 -0400
  • Facebook Stopped Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah in Midterms

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    Political news in a Utah congressional district wasn’t coming from inside the U.S. -- a mismatch Facebook had tuned its software algorithms to detect. A data scientist in the election-monitoring center at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, inspected the activity manually and discovered, at 11:47 a.m., that the source spreading the content was an ad farm in Bangladesh. The slides, viewed by Bloomberg News, show in detail how Facebook has improved its process for rooting out bad actors using tactics similar to those Russian operatives used in 2016.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex trafficking

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    Those who buy sex have more power and privilege than those who sell it. There's a disgusting imbalance in every commercial sex interaction.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:05:57 -0400
  • New Zealand women wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims after Christchurch mosque shootings

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    A week after a gunman opened fire at two mosques that left 50 people dead, women across New Zealand showed solidarity with Muslims Friday by wearing headscarves.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:03:36 -0400
  • 10 Great Reasons to Buy Apple Stock

    Apple stock's price target is going up. After a rough start to 2019 that included a guidance cut and multiple analyst downgrades, Apple (ticker: AAPL) stock has bounced back and appears to once again be on the right track. Investors appear optimistic about an end to the trade war with China that the company blamed for its guidance cut.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:48:31 -0400
  • Donald Trump scraps North Korea sanctions 24 hours after his own administration announces move

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    Donald Trump said on Friday that he would lift economic sanctions linked to North Korea which his own administration had announced just 24 hours earlier.  In a bizarre public about-turn, the US president tweeted that he would withdraw the sanctions despite two members of his cabinet endorsing them on Thursday.  His comment appeared to refer to the US Treasury’s action against two Chinese shipping companies who were punished for helping North Korea evade existing sanctions.  It was the first time fresh sanctions over North Korea had been imposed since Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un’s talks in Vietnam collapsed without a deal on denuclearisation last month.  Mr Trump tweeted: It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2019 The US president’s reference to “today” triggered confusion. No new action that matched the description was announced on Friday and it appeared he was actually discussing Thursday's move.  No detailed explanation was given for the change of heart. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said: “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.” The about-turn was embarrassing given that both Steven Mnuchin, the US Treasury secretary, and John Bolton, the White House national security adviser, endorsed the sanctions on Thursday.   The renewed tension comes less than a month after Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met in Hanoi Credit: White House Photo/Shealah Craighead/Handout   Mr Bolton, who is believed to have pushed for a tougher line on Pyongyang since joining the White House, had tweeted that the sanctions amounted to “important actions”.  Mr Mnuchin was quoted in a government press release saying: “Treasury will continue to enforce our sanctions, and we are making it explicitly clear that shipping companies employing deceptive tactics to mask illicit trade with North Korea expose themselves to great risk.” One possible cause for the change in US position was North Korea’s decision to pull out of an inter-Korean liaison office on Friday – a step back for dialogue with South Korea.  The move came a week after Choe Son-hui, Pyongyang’s vice foreign minister, threatened to pull out of nuclear negotiations with the US, citing a lack of American steps to match disarmament measures the North took last year.   The US has ramped up the pressure on North Korea by drafting additional sanctions Credit: ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images   Friday's withdrawal from the office, which was opened last September in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, represents a major setback for Moon Jae-in, the South’s president. He had been seeking improved relations with Pyongyang alongside the nuclear talks between the North and the US. Mr Moon's office said on Friday that his national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, had convened an emergency meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the withdrawal. The US Treasury’s initial announcement froze the US property and interests of two companies which it said “used deceptive practices” to help North Korea obtain oil and other goods banned under United Nations sanctions. Pyongyang has signalled its anger at the renewed pressure. On Thursday, an article in Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers’ Party of Korea, said the nation would rather “starve or freeze to death” than give up its “self-esteem”.      Progress to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons has stalled since two days of talks between Mr Trump and Kim were held in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, last month.  Despite upbeat comments from both leaders throughout the summit both sides hit an impasse, with Pyongyang insisting all sanctions imposed since 2016 were lifted in turn for the destruction of a key nuclear complex.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:25:52 -0400
  • US-backed forces press offensive against IS Syria enclave

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    US-backed forces pressed an offensive against the Islamic State group in its last redoubt in Syria on Thursday, denying reports the jihadist enclave had fallen. "Mopping up operations continue in Baghouz camp," the command of the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a brief statement. The SDF, which launched a final assault against the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria on February 9, denied reports that the IS enclave had completely fallen to its forces.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:44:03 -0400
  • Ram Rebel TRX Pickup Spied, Likely to Get the Supercharged Hellcat V-8

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    Looks like the Ford F-150 Raptor isn't going to have the sandbox to itself anymore.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:11:00 -0400
  • Druze on Golan Heights reject Trump backing for Israeli sovereignty

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    The fertile hillsides of the Israeli-occupied Golan are scattered with villages inhabited by 22,000 Druze, an Arab minority who practice an offshoot of Islam. Many still have relatives on the Syrian side of the fortified boundary. In Majdal Shams, older residents remember being part of Syria before Israel captured most of the heights in the 1967 Middle East war, occupying and later annexing it in 1981.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:30:02 -0400
  • CNN takes over a week to report Covington lawsuit

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    What happened to 'facts first'? Reaction from former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:57:30 -0400
  • PG&E objects to judge's proposals to prevent wildfires

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pushed back Friday on a U.S. judge's revised proposals to prevent the utility's equipment from causing more wildfires, saying it could not "monitor every tree at every moment of every day" to ensure they don't pose a threat to its electric lines in violation of California laws.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:57:51 -0400
  • Facebook Employees Had Access to 'Hundreds of Millions' of Users' Passwords

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    Facebook on Thursday confirmed that it had improperly secured “hundreds of millions” of user passwords, leaving them open to be viewed.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:39:49 -0400
  • We examined the gun laws of a dozen countries to show how they compare to New Zealand's new ban on semi-automatic weapons

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    The approach to gun laws in each of the 12 countries varies widely depending on whether owning a gun is considered a right or a privilege.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:51:49 -0400
  • Strengthen Your Retirement Security in 7 Steps

    Retirement security is the ability to live a comfortable retirement without the burden of financial stress. Early planning is the best way to ensure a financially secure retirement, but not everyone has the luxury of time to prepare. The financial decisions you make in the years approaching retirement will have a significant impact on your retirement security.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:47:19 -0400
  • Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid rising floodwaters in Midwestern U.S.

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    Flooding triggered by last week's so-called "bomb cyclone" storm has already inflicted damage estimated at nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, killed at least four people in Nebraska and Iowa and left a man missing below Nebraska's collapsed Spencer Dam. "The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure," Governor Mike Parson said in issuing his emergency declaration. "We will continue to work closely with our local partners to assess needs and provide resources to help as Missourians continue this flood fight and as we work to assist one another," Parson said.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:08:39 -0400
  • Watchdog Probing Boeing, FAA to Testify to Senate Aviation Panel

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    Calvin Scovel, the Transportation Department’s inspector general, will testify along with FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell and National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt, the Senate Commerce Committee said on its website. The committee also intends to hear from Boeing executives, pilots and other aviation industry groups in a second hearing in the near future, the panel said.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:21:58 -0400
  • Besieged May pleads with EU to help save her Brexit plan

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    A dogged but isolated Prime Minister Theresa May headed back to Brussels on Thursday to beg for more time to deliver her Brexit plan, but EU leaders are likely to refuse her request for a three-month postponement. Instead, as the 28 heads of government meet for their spring summit, they will tell her that if she can win over British lawmakers to back her withdrawal agreement next week, she can have until May 22 to get Britain's house in order. Time is tight, but there will be no final decision on a Brexit date in Brussels on Thursday, and May seemed only to have hurt her own efforts to persuade more MPs to back the withdrawal agreement when she blamed them for the impasse in an eve-of-summit speech.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:53:24 -0400
  • See How Snøhetta’s Architecture Brought the Best of Scandinavian Design to the World

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    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:21:20 -0400
  • Palestinian official: Israel kills unarmed man in West Bank

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The governor of the West Bank city of Bethlehem said Thursday that Israeli soldiers shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian man who was trying to aid another near the city.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:13:59 -0400
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