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Ukraine anger as Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Ukraine anger as Russia eases citizenship rules in east UkraineRussia on Wednesday made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports, drawing swift condemnation from Kiev only three days after it elected a new president. President Vladimir Putin signed the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels. The conflict between the Ukrainian government and breakaway rebels began after Moscow annexed Kiev's Crimea peninsula in 2014.



04/24/2019 - 12:54 PM

 

Boy thrown off balcony at Mall of America miraculously suffered 'zero brain damage,' pastor says

Boy thrown off balcony at Mall of America miraculously suffered 'zero brain damage,' pastor saysA stranger "looking for someone to kill" threw a 5-year-old off a balcony at Mall of America. The boy is showing "zero evidence of brain damage."



04/24/2019 - 10:05 AM

 

Three-year-old boy found alone near US border with name and number written on his shoes

Three-year-old boy found alone near US border with name and number written on his shoesBorder Patrol agents found a three-year-old boy alone in a field in Texas after likely being abandoned by smugglers at the southern border, authorities said. US Customs and Border Protection said that the boy’s name and a phone number were written on his shoes when agents found him on Tuesday morning. The agency said it is trying to reach the boy’s family and that the boy “does not speak well enough to communicate.” The boy was crying and in distress when the agents found him near Brownsville, according to NBC. Brownsville is at the eastern edge of the US-Mexico border in South Texas.The child will likely be sent to a facility for unaccompanied minors operated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Border Patrol apprehended nearly 9,000 unaccompanied minors in March and more than 20,000 since January, as border crossings surged compared to recent levels. Most minors are usually teenagers from Central America who travel north on their own, but some are young children who arrived with an adult relative or a human smuggler. And parents carrying infants or holding the hands of young children arrive daily . That surge of families has put pressure on the Border Patrol, which says it doesn’t have the staff or facilities to care for hundreds of children at a time. While US authorities have ended the large-scale family separations that spurred outrage last year, the Border Patrol says it still must take children from adults who are not biological parents or legal guardians or when it suspects fraud or neglect.Agency officials said this month that from April 2018 through most of March, the Border Patrol identified more than 3,100 parents and children whom it accused of making “fraudulent claims.” During a March visit to the Border Patrol’s main processing centre in McAllen, reporters from The Associated Press saw a 4-year-old boy sitting with adult staff watching cartoons. Authorities said the adult who brought the boy wasn’t his parent and had a criminal record.AP



04/24/2019 - 03:39 PM

 

After rocky start, Joe Biden launches his presidential campaign

After rocky start, Joe Biden launches his presidential campaignWhile the former vice president is immediately one of the frontrunners in the 2020 race, Biden has stumbled on his way to the head of the pack.



04/25/2019 - 06:38 AM

 

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes a Prisoner Swap With the U.S.

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes a Prisoner Swap With the U.S."Let's have an exchange. I'm ready to do it," he said.



04/25/2019 - 03:30 AM

 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Bernie in backing voting rights for prisoners

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Bernie in backing voting rights for prisonersStepping into the debate over whether imprisoned felons should be allowed to vote, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed the idea and advised opponents they risked “looking completely + utterly out of touch with the reality [of] our prison system.”



04/25/2019 - 01:52 PM

 

AP EXCLUSIVE: At Walmart, using AI to watch the store

AP EXCLUSIVE: At Walmart, using AI to watch the storeLEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Inside one of Walmart's busiest Neighborhood Market grocery stores, high resolution cameras suspended from the ceiling point to a table of bananas. They can tell how ripe the bananas are from their color.



04/25/2019 - 02:58 AM

 

Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth Fighter

Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth FighterThe Chinese—like the Russians—have formidable electronic attack capabilities including DRFM jammers.The U.S. Air Force has as a tiny fleet of 186 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters. That’s all that survived out of 187 production aircraft (195 jets if developmental airframes are included) that were built out of the 750 that were originally planned. Of those 186 remaining Raptors, only 123 are “combat-coded” aircraft with another twenty that are classified as backup aircraft inventory machines. The rest are test and training assets.But even if 186 aircraft remain in the Air Force’s inventory—not all of those fighters are operational. At least two—possibly more—jets are not currently flyable. One test aircraft—tail 91-4006—at Edward Air Force Base (AFB) in California has avionics that are so old; it’s not worth bothering to fly it anymore. Another aircraft—02-4037—was badly damaged in a belly landing at Tyndall AFB, Fla. It’s going to take at least four years and $98 million to repair the damage. The Air Force has also had trouble with repairing other F-22s due to snafus with retrieving improperly stored production tooling for the jet.This first appeared in October 2015.



04/25/2019 - 09:00 PM

 

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viral

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



04/25/2019 - 10:00 AM

 

N.Korea's Kim to Putin: US acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talks

N.Korea's Kim to Putin: US acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talksNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un accused the US of acting in "bad faith" at his summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, Pyongyang's state media said Friday after he secured Moscow's backing in his standoff with Donald Trump. Kim and Putin met Thursday in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok for their first summit -- squarely aimed at countering US influence with Pyongyang and Washington deadlocked over the North's nuclear arsenal.



04/26/2019 - 01:12 AM

 

Elizabeth Warren assures She the People forum that America is ready for woman president

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



04/24/2019 - 06:42 PM

 

Jenna Bush Hager reveals she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy: It was 'very isolating'

Jenna Bush Hager reveals she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy: It was 'very isolating'Jenna Bush Hager is overjoyed to be expecting her third child, but says she's all too familiar with the "pain" that comes with pregnancy complications.



04/25/2019 - 10:52 AM

 

Who were the Sri Lanka bombers? Everything we know so far about the Easter Sunday attacks

Who were the Sri Lanka bombers? Everything we know so far about the Easter Sunday attacksEaster Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed 359 people and wounded hundreds more, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago. The explosions, some of which officials said were suicide bomb attacks, led to an immediate clampdown, with the government declaring a curfew and blocking access to most major social media and messaging sites. What happened? The powerful blasts - six in quick succession and then two more hours later - wrought devastation, including at the capital's well-known St Anthony's Shrine, a historic Catholic Church. The three hotels hit in the initial attacks were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. pic gallery The first six explosions were all reported within a short period in the morning just as church services were starting. Hours later there were two further attacks in the outskirts of Colombo. Police the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Who were the victims? The death toll rose to 359 on Wednesday after several people died of their injuries overnight, a police spokesman said. There were hundreds of people injured in hospitals. There were eight British citizens killed in the attack, two of whom had dual US nationality. Ben Nicholson said his wife Anita, 42, son Alex, 14, and daughter Annabel, 11, had been killed as they sat at a table for breakfast in the Shangri-la Hotel in Colombo on Easter Sunday. "Mercifully, all three of them died instantly and with no pain or suffering," Mr Nicholson said.  Ben Nicholson (right) with the other members of his family who were killed  Daniel Linsey, 19 and his younger sister Amelie, 15, were having breakfast with their father Matthew at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel when the suicide bomber struck. Dr Sally Bradley and her husband Bill Harrop were staying in the Cinnamon Grand Hotel when one of the seven suicide bombers struck. The Manchester couple had been living in the Australian city of Perth since 2013 where Dr Bradley was practising medicine, but were due to return to the UK soon. Read more | Sri Lanka attacks Lorraine Campbell, 55, was staying at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo when it was targeted by suicide bombers during a series of co-ordinated attacks on Easter Sunday.  Ms Campbell, from Manchester, was in Sri Lanka on a business trip and was living in Dubai at the time of her death. Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said she lost a relative in the attacks. "It is all so devastating," she wrote on Twitter. "Solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka." The first American victim of the Sri Lanka terror attack has been named as 40-year-old Dieter Kowalski.  Mr Kowalski, from Denver, Colorado, checked into the luxury Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo just hours before it was targeted by the bombers.  Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said the nationalities of 11 foreigners killed in the Easter Sunday blasts have been verified. Three Indians, one Portuguese and two Turkish nationals were killed, while a further nine foreigners were also reported missing. A Dutch national and a Chinese national also have been reported among the victims. Read more about the victims.  Who was behind the attacks? Sri Lankan authorities have blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaat, whose leader, alternately named Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his incendiary online speeches. On Wednesday, junior defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the attackers had broken away from National Towheed Jamaat and another group, which he identified only as "JMI." The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Authorities remain unsure of the group's involvement, though authorities are investigating whether foreign militants advised, funded or guided the local bombers. All of the bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but authorities suspect foreign links, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a news conference. Who were the attackers? Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed One of the masterminds behind the Sri Lanka suicide bombings, Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed lived in London and spent a year at Kingston University on an aerospace engineering course, The Telegraph can disclose. The Islamic State terrorist spent a year at the university in south west London in the academic year 2006 to 2007, according to well-placed sources, before travelling to Melbourne in Australia for a postgraduate course. Intelligence agents are now combing through connections made in the UK to examine whether he could have been radicalised in this country - and whether he could have been in contact with jihadists at that time. A group of men claiming to be the the Sri Lanka bomb attackers appear in an Isil propaganda video Jameel Mohamed is thought to have died in the blast at the Tropical Inn in Dehiwala, a suburb in Colombo, in a second wave of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday. Two people were killed when he detonated the bomb at the guesthouse near the zoo, five hours after the first wave. The former Kingston University student’s expertise in aerospace and mechanical engineering will inevitably raise questions over whether he could have been the chief bomb-maker involved in the operation. It may also explain why he was not involved in the first wave of attacks and that he acted after the net began closing in. Inshaf Ahamed Ibrahim Ibrahim, 33, blew himself up at the Cinnamon Grand just before 9am local time in a third-floor restaurant. He is believed to have been “brainwashed” by his radical younger brother, the Telegraph can disclose. Security services are understood to be examining his links to Britain after a source confirmed he had travelled to the UK frequently in recent years. Documents show that Inshaf was a successful businessman who acted as export director at his father’s spice firm, but also ran a copper factory. In 2016 he was pictured accepting a Presidential Export Award alongside his father at a ceremony in Colombo. Sri Lankan suicide bomber Inshaf Ahamad, pictured far right alongside his successful businessman father Mohamed Ibrahim in 2016 Credit: Daily News Neighbours said he was married to the daughter of a wealthy jeweller, drove upmarket cars and wore Western fashions. A source at the spice firm told the Telegraph that Inshaf had been “totally normal” until around three years ago, when he began to fall under the influence of his younger brother. Ilham Ibrahim The younger brother of Inshaf killed himself when he detonated a suicide bomb at the Shangri-La Hotel, also in the capital Colombo. As police raided their mansion, in an exclusive and wealthy part of Colombo, hours later, Ilham's pregnant wife Fatima also detonated a bomb, killing herself, her three children and three officers. Ilham Ibrahim The brothers belonged to one of the wealthiest Muslim families in the capital, with connections to the country's business and political elite. Their father is Mohamed Ibrahim, a prominent businessman who runs Colombo-based Ishana Exports, described on its website as the "largest exporter of spices from Sri Lanka since 2006."  Ilham, who was younger, was described as more aloof, awkward and more overtly religious.  “Ilham is one of the directors of the business but later he stopped being involved and only stayed at home," a source at the spice firm told the Telegraph. “He was the one who brainwashed Inshaf and took him to their group.” How did Sri Lanka react? The government beefed up security and imposed an immediate and indefinite curfew across the country. It also put in place a "temporary" ban on social media platforms "in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread". Security at Colombo's airport was also enhanced, according to Sri Lankan Airlines, which advised its passengers to arrive four hours before their flights. It added that passengers with passports and tickets will be able to reach the airport during the curfew. he front page of a Sri Lankan newspaper, showing coverage of the Easter Sunday blasts, hangs at a newsstand in Colombo  Credit: AFP The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called on Sri Lanka's government to "mercilessly" punish those responsible "because only animals can behave like that." Two Muslim groups in Sri Lanka also condemned the church attacks. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said it mourned the loss of innocent people in the blasts by extremists who seek to divide religious and ethnic groups. The All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama a body of Muslim clerics, said targeting Christian places of worship cannot be accepted. Embassies in Sri Lanka have warned their citizens to shelter in place. Here is a round-up of the world's reaction to the atrocity.



04/25/2019 - 04:05 AM

 

Grassed up: Facebook leads Myanmar police to weed-growing Americans

Grassed up: Facebook leads Myanmar police to weed-growing AmericansMyanmar police have arrested one American and two locals after photos on Facebook led them to a huge plantation of towering marijuana plants near Mandalay. Pictures of the fields of weed started circulating on the platform last week -- a rare sight online in a country where police photos of seized heroin and methamphetamine are far more common. Police raided the 20-acre site in Ngunzun township Monday to find nearly 350,000 marijuana plants -- some up to two metres tall -- 380 kilograms of seeds and 270 kilograms of marijuana, the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) announced Wednesday.



04/25/2019 - 02:57 AM

 

U.S. adds another Chinese e-commerce site to 'notorious' list for IP protection

U.S. adds another Chinese e-commerce site to 'notorious' list for IP protectionThe U.S. Trade Representative said on Thursday it has added Pinduoduo.com, China's third-largest e-commerce platform, to its "notorious markets" list for a proliferation of counterfeit products, as the agency also called out China as a priority to watch for intellectual property rights concerns. In its annual review of trading partners' protection of intellectual properties rights and so-called "notorious markets," the U.S. Trade Representative said 36 countries warranted additional bilateral engagement over these issues. The agency kept China on the list and lifted Saudi Arabia up as a priority.



04/25/2019 - 11:00 AM

 

High crimes, misdemeanors are impeachable and hard to define

High crimes, misdemeanors are impeachable and hard to defineWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday promising to fight any effort by House Democrats to impeach him for, in the Constitution's vague words, "high crimes and misdemeanors." Trump said that "not only are there no 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors,' there are no Crimes by me at all."



04/24/2019 - 06:10 PM

 

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

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



04/24/2019 - 03:04 PM

 

13-year-old Houston girl dies after fight at middle school

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



04/24/2019 - 02:14 PM

 

Joe Biden's voting record weakened his presidential hopes before, but experts say it may crush him in 2020

Joe Biden's voting record weakened his presidential hopes before, but experts say it may crush him in 2020Joe Biden might appear the most likely Democrat to win the primaries and take on Donald Trump in 2020 — but the 76-year-old politician may be facing his greatest uphill battle yet as he tries to reconcile his past with voters calling for a progressive future. For each of his political flaws there seems to be a younger, fresher Democrat lacking similar baggage. Whereas Mr Biden voted to support legislation the National Rifle Association (NRA) hailed in 1986 as “the law that saved gun rights” in America, Kamala Harris proposed this week a slate of aggressive executive actions on gun control reform that she would take if Congress fails to act within her first 100 days in the Oval Office.Mr Biden’s record also includes longstanding support, dating back to 1999, for the Bankruptcy Reform Act, a bill critics said made it more difficult for students to release college-related debts. Elizabeth Warren, in comparison, recently called for debt-free college and massive student loan cancellations. A 39-year-old Mr Biden also voted in favour of an amendment allowing individual states to overturn Roe v Wade in 1982, while the 46-year-old Beto O’Rourke speaks eloquently and unabashedly about his support for pro-choice abortion policies, even in his deeply red home state where the issue remains taboo.“There’s plenty of fodder for all of [Mr Biden’s] opponents to jump on,” Tobe Berkovitz, a professor at Boston University whose spent 30 years as a Democratic political media consultant, told The Independent.“He is somewhat the frontrunner … and he also has perhaps the most amorphous record because he was in the Senate so long, he was the vice president — so there are going to be plenty of things these campaigns can find as a weakness at the current time in his record.” Yet as one of the highest-polling Democrats to throw his hat in the ring this season, Mr Biden still remains popular across the country for his brand of centrist politics, and reports indicate he will run on a message of unity and moving the country forward. Mr Biden says he’s changed his stance on a range of issues — and in many ways he has. Former President Barack Obama tasked him with spearheading the former administration’s efforts surrounding gun control, and he earned an “F” from the NRA. He also was one of the highest-profile Democrats to support marriage equality, before the Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in 2015. He’s previously rebuked his own past in some cases, acknowledging his “regret” over his handling of the Anita Hill hearings in 1991 as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I wish I could have done something — I opposed Clarence Thomas’ nomination, and I voted against him,” he said in a recent statement. “But I also realized that there was a real and perceived problem the Committee faced: There were a bunch of white guys.”Mr Biden seemingly foreshadowed how he might address the controversies from his past in a March speech.“I’m told I get criticised by the ‘New Left,’” he said. “I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the … anybody who would run.” Other facets of his past could also seriously diminish his shot in 2020, after multiple women accused Mr Biden in recent months of inappropriate touching along the campaign trail in past years. He has not been accused of sexual assault. In an Op-Ed, HuffPost’s Washington Bureau Chief Amanda Terkel wrote: “Biden is the wrong guy to bear the standard of any party purporting to speak for victims of unaccountable power.” “The newly energized women under the Democratic tent may not want a relic from the pre-woke era to be their standard-bearer,” she wrote.Mr Biden also faces a bounty of criticism over his handling of racial issues, including his support for desegregating schools while previously referring to integration as “the most racist concept you can come up with.” When announcing the end of his first presidential candidacy in September 1987, Mr Biden blamed “the exaggerated shadow” of his past mistakes for obscuring “the essence” of his campaign. He also expressed frustration with “the environment of presidential politics that makes it so difficult for the American people to measure the whole of Joe Biden and not just the misstatements that I have made.” “There will be many opportunities for me to run for President again,” he said at the time. Whether that opportunity has already come and gone for Mr Biden, however, will soon be far more evident.“What he has to do is what Obama did very effectively multiple times,” Mr Berkovitz said. “Go to the thesaurus, look up five synonyms for ‘evolved,’ and sprinkle them through all of his presentations.”



04/25/2019 - 07:41 AM

 

Russian DNA: How the F-35 Was Partly Inspired By This Old Russian Fighter

Russian DNA: How the F-35 Was Partly Inspired By This Old Russian FighterThe Yak-141 Freestyle may not technically count as a predecessor to the F-35, but the JSF does seem to have at least some Russian DNA floating around its engine design — and as the F-35 came to fruition in the United States, the Yak-141 Freestyle died a quiet death in Russia. However, if a resurgent Russian defense industry chooses to move forward with a carrier-based VTOL aircraft, at least one Russian legislator has called for the Yak-141 to be revived, most likely with a stealthier new look for a new Cold War.For all the yelling and shouting over the Department of Defense’s much-maligned F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, there’s an unusual, often overlooked footnote in the trillion-dollar project’s history: its origins as an experimental Soviet fighter that only fell into Lockheed Martin’s lap because a desperate Russian aerospace company needed some cold, hard cash.Before the F-35, there was the Yak-141 ‘Freestyle’ multi-role vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighter born during a tumultuous period in Russian military history. Though the Yak-141’s first flight in 1987 was a revolutionary contribution to the development of VTOL systems, the hovering death bird was largely developed as the Soviet Union came apart at the seams, and the newly-broke Russian military was in no position to continue development of the new aircraft after the Berlin Wall.(This first appeared in 2018.)



04/25/2019 - 08:30 PM

 

#FeelingCute challenge: Texas prison guards fired after probe into 'inappropriate' posts

#FeelingCute challenge: Texas prison guards fired after probe into 'inappropriate' postsThe trend often involves uniformed workers posting selfies coupled with captions joking about what their work day may entail.



04/24/2019 - 09:55 PM

 

Prince Harry Just Made a Surprise Appearance With Kate Middleton

Prince Harry Just Made a Surprise Appearance With Kate MiddletonThe royals appeared at Anzac Day services at Westminster Abbey



04/25/2019 - 11:41 AM

 

Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fears

Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fearsHundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday. At least 359 people died in Sunday's coordinated suicide blasts, including more than 100 Christians attending mass at St Sebastian's church in Negombo on the island's west coast. The attacks have been condemned by leaders of the country's Muslim minority who have said mosques will not bury the bombers, and the community has been left in fear of a backlash.



04/25/2019 - 09:27 AM

 

UPDATE 3-Visa profit jumps, lower cross-border volume weighs on shares

UPDATE 3-Visa profit jumps, lower cross-border volume weighs on sharesVisa Inc reported higher expenses and lower spending by people using its cards abroad on Wednesday even as increased overall consumer spending drove quarterly profit 14 percent higher. Shares of the company were trading lower after the bell as investors worried over a slide in cross-border volume growth, which measures the value of transactions made on a Visa card outside a customer's home country. The company and its rival Mastercard had recently come under fire for charging high fees on tourist cards in the European Union.



04/24/2019 - 04:22 PM

 

Iran minister: Trump's aim is talks, Bolton wants conflict

Iran minister: Trump's aim is talks, Bolton wants conflictNEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump's aim "is to bring us to our knees to talk" — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want "regime change at the very least" and the "disintegration of Iran."



04/24/2019 - 06:11 PM

 

Never ending Mueller report: Today's Toon

Never ending Mueller report: Today's ToonWant to keep up with USA TODAY's editorial cartoons? Bookmark this page. We'll update it frequently.



04/25/2019 - 10:29 PM

 

Texts between the FBI's Strzok and Page draw investigator focus

Texts between the FBI's Strzok and Page draw investigator focusNine days after the presidential election, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged texts that Fox News has learned are under new scrutiny by congressional investigators reviewing the genesis of the Russia probe; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.



04/25/2019 - 06:16 PM

 

O'Rourke might halt new oil and gas drilling on federal land

O'Rourke might halt new oil and gas drilling on federal landRENO, Nev. (AP) — Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke said Thursday he's willing to consider a moratorium on new leases to drill for oil and gas on federal lands as a way to help combat climate change.



04/25/2019 - 10:00 PM

 

The U.S. Navy Wants Frigates That Can Pack a Punch

The U.S. Navy Wants Frigates That Can Pack a PunchThe Navy soon could select a shipyard to build the new class of frigate starting in 2020.The U.S. Navy might tweak its force-structure goals in order to boost the number of frigates.That's what Vice Adm. Bill Merz, the deputy chief of naval operations, told a House of Representatives subcommittee on March 27, 2019. "We’re expecting a pretty hard look at the mix of ships this year," Merz said, according to USNI News.In rewriting the force-structure plan to include more small surface combatants, the Navy could signal its intention to acquire larger numbers of smaller ships at the expense of bigger ships.This first appeared in earlier in April 2019.The idea would be to distribute U.S. naval power across a greater number of less-expensive vessels, reversing a decades-long trend toward larger, and fewer U.S. warships."We know we are heavy on large surface combatants, and we’d like to adjust that to a more appropriate mix, especially with the lethality we’re seeing coming along with the frigate," Merz said.



04/25/2019 - 12:00 AM

 

Former Texas tennis coach pleads guilty in court in college admissions scandal

Former Texas tennis coach pleads guilty in court in college admissions scandalMichael Center, a former tennis coach at the University of Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal.



04/25/2019 - 09:44 AM

 

Don't Throw A Memorial Day BBQ Without These Recipes

Don't Throw A Memorial Day BBQ Without These Recipes



04/24/2019 - 05:33 PM

 

Sri Lanka says radical leader killed in suicide hotel attack

Sri Lanka says radical leader killed in suicide hotel attackAn extremist leader at the heart of Sri Lanka's Easter suicide bombings died in the attacks, the country's president said Friday as security forces guarded mosques for weekly prayers amid fears of reprisal strikes. While security forces stepped up a hunt for followers of the Islamic State group, Sri Lanka's police chief resigned over the intelligence failures exposed by the attacks on three churches and three hotels which left 253 dead. President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters that Zahran Hashim, head of a local extremist group, was one of two attackers killed at one of the Colombo luxury hotels hit on Sunday.



04/26/2019 - 07:40 AM

 

US STOCKS-S&P 500 hovers below record highs on mixed earnings

US STOCKS-S&P 500 hovers below record highs on mixed earningsU.S. stocks hovered below their all-time highs on Wednesday, as investors digested a mixed batch of earnings reports and losses in energy stocks limited gains on the indexes. The S&P 500 is 0.3% below its record high of 2,940.91 hit in late September.



04/24/2019 - 01:07 PM

 

Trump mad over losing Twitter followers, White House confirms

Trump mad over losing Twitter followers, White House confirmsThe White House has confirmed reports that President Trump spent much of his Tuesday meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey complaining about losing social media followers.



04/24/2019 - 12:48 PM

 

Warren’s College-Loan Plan Is a Decent Start

Warren’s College-Loan Plan Is a Decent StartThe proposal has three basic components — making public universities free, providing more funding for historically black colleges and universities, and cancelling large amounts of student debt. The idea of free public universities is something I’ve argued against in the past. Warren’s plan would use government funding to replace the lost tuition, but this system might not allow universities to increase their expenditures in the future to meet the needs of research or educational-quality improvements.



04/25/2019 - 10:30 AM

 

Chevrolet Prepares for C8 Corvette Production by Adding Workers at Bowling Green Factory

Chevrolet Prepares for C8 Corvette Production by Adding Workers at Bowling Green FactoryGM is adding more than 400 jobs and a second shift in preparation for the next-gen Corvette.



04/25/2019 - 03:42 PM

 

Southwest CEO 'not happy' about Max crisis but backs Boeing

Southwest CEO 'not happy' about Max crisis but backs BoeingDALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines executives acknowledge they are upset with Boeing over the grounding of its 737 Max jetliner, a move that has caused the airline to cancel thousands of flights.



04/25/2019 - 05:14 PM

 

Could the inspector general's FISA probe derail Democrats' impeachment plans?

Could the inspector general's FISA probe derail Democrats' impeachment plans?Former Whitewater Independent Counsel Sol Wisenberg expects a hard-hitting report from Michael Horowitz.



04/25/2019 - 08:02 AM

 

Puzzles and Games Are the New Coffee-Table Books

Puzzles and Games Are the New Coffee-Table Books



04/25/2019 - 11:15 AM

 

A widow was eating alone when 3 young men invited her to their table in a now-viral act of kindness

A widow was eating alone when 3 young men invited her to their table in a now-viral act of kindnessThe woman had lost her husband and that the next day would have been their 60th anniversary.



04/25/2019 - 05:02 AM

 

We're standing up to the gun lobby and the NRA is losing power: Eric Swalwell

We're standing up to the gun lobby and the NRA is losing power: Eric SwalwellAmericans deserve a president who will put their safety above gun company profits. I'm the only candidate calling to ban and buy back assault weapons.



04/25/2019 - 05:00 AM

 

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries 'aggressor state'

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



04/24/2019 - 08:26 PM

 

Trump says sending 'armed soldiers' to US-Mexico border

Trump says sending 'armed soldiers' to US-Mexico borderPresident Donald Trump said Wednesday the US is sending armed soldiers to the southern border after Mexican soldiers recently "pulled guns" on US troops. Trump appeared to be referring to an April 13 incident in which Mexican troops reportedly questioned and pointed their weapons at two US troops conducting surveillance on the border.



04/24/2019 - 11:04 AM

 

Police: Man killed baby after learning he wasn't the dad

Police: Man killed baby after learning he wasn't the dadMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man beat an infant to death after discovering that he wasn't the child's father, police said.



04/24/2019 - 06:22 PM

 

Come on a Guided Tour of Where F-35 Stealth Fighters are Born

Come on a Guided Tour of Where F-35 Stealth Fighters are BornFlynn explained that the stealth engineering contributing to the F-35 has some origins as far back as the Gulf War-era F-117 NightHawk. “With the F-117, we learned how to embed antennas in the leading edge of the airplane. This concept went right into the F-22,” Flynn added.(Ft. Worth, Texas) -- Filled with stacks of fuselage panels, engine components and a wide assortment of pipes, electronics and avionics, the sprawling F-35 construction facility in Ft. Worth, Texas, resembles a small city filled with engineers, mechanics, electricians and airplanes at various stages of construction.This first appeared earlier in April 2019.While some stations include vertically-hanging airplane wings, rudders, pipes and intricate collections of wires running through the fuselage, others contain little more than an assortment of seemingly disconnected small parts. Farther along the mile-long construction strip, heavily trafficked by workers, builders and engineers, there are bays with nearly completed F-35 with a light-green exterior. These “about to be finished” F-35s, roll into a separate environmentally-controlled hanger where they await a final coat of blended gray paint - giving the aircraft its color.



04/24/2019 - 10:00 PM

 

Intel cuts forecast as China data centre sales remain weak

Intel cuts forecast as China data centre sales remain weakIntel said China's economy was consuming fewer microchips than it had expected, adding to concerns that an industry wide slowdown could persist until the end of 2019. Intel's outlook follows a similar warning earlier this week from chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc , whose broad lineup of products makes it a proxy for the industry chip industry. Intel marginally beat Wall Street targets for revenue and profit in the fiscal first quarter, but sales in the data centre group unit fell 6.3% to $4.9 billion, hit by weakness in China as customers worked through stockpiles of chips purchased last year.



04/25/2019 - 06:48 PM

 

This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra Will Break All The Necks

This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra Will Break All The NecksThis may be a replica, but it’s the only one licensed by Shelby. This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra has the sleek, instantly recognizable looks of the original Shelby Cobra, making it a standout in a sea of cool cars.



04/24/2019 - 02:50 PM

 

Schools curb students' appetites for Grubhub, Uber Eats deliveries during school day

Schools curb students' appetites for Grubhub, Uber Eats deliveries during school dayKids like food delivered via apps such as DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats, but schools worry about safety concerns and class disruptions.



04/25/2019 - 02:04 PM

 

Sony Just Unveiled a 98-Inch 8K TV That Costs $70,000

Sony Just Unveiled a 98-Inch 8K TV That Costs $70,000The television, which costs more than a 2019 Audi A7, is optimized to handle the 33 million pixels the 8K outputs



04/25/2019 - 03:23 PM

 

The Latest: Sri Lanka revises down death toll from attack

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



04/25/2019 - 01:13 PM

 

 

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