Obama makes first public remarks since leaving office
Leading a panel discussion at the University of Chicago, the former president said that he is hoping to inspire young leaders and “help them take a crack at changing the world.”
04/24/2017 - 01:26 PM
Dao attorney: Client was dragged like ‘sack of potatoes,’ apology from CEO wouldn’t help
Thomas Demetrio, the lawyer for injured United passenger David Dao, said the airline’s CEO had a chance to apologize but instead called Dao belligerent.
04/24/2017 - 11:23 AM
Pres. Trump's Threat to Congress Fails
President Trump lost his first fight over health care and Monday night he appeared to back off threats to force Democrats and Republicans to pay for the border wall. Fmr. GOP Congressman David Jolly and MNSBC's Joy Reid join Lawrence O'Donnell.
04/24/2017 - 03:40 PM
A look at the procedures and history of multiple executions
Arkansas on Monday became the first state since 2000 to carry out a double execution. Two convicted murderers, Jack Jones and Marcel Williams, were put to death as part of an accelerated schedule because one of the state's lethal injection drugs expires at the end of April. A look at the procedures of multiple executions and their history in the U.S.:
04/25/2017 - 01:47 AM
Death Penalty Countdown: One Family Waits for Execution Day in Arkansas
Just miles away from death row in Arkansas, Genie Boren waits for the scheduled execution date of her husband’s killer, Kenneth Williams. Williams is one of the previously eight scheduled executions in a 10 day span in Arkansas.
04/24/2017 - 06:09 AM
Lawyer for Philippines hit-man files complaint against Duterte at ICC
By Clare Baldwin and Stephanie van den Berg HONG KONG/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Philippines lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday against President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials, accusing them of mass murder in a nationwide anti-drugs crackdown. Attorney Jude Sabio said in the 77-page complaint that Duterte "repeatedly, unchangingly and continuously" committed crimes against humanity and that under him, killing drug suspects and other criminals has become "best practice". Sabio is the lawyer for Edgar Matobato, a man who has testified in the Philippines Senate that he was part of a hit squad that operated on Duterte's orders.
04/24/2017 - 08:51 AM
Trump’s ‘big, beautiful wall’ collides with Congress
President Trump backed off his demand that Congress pay for a wall spanning the entire U.S.-Mexico border in a crucial spending bill that must pass by Friday night to keep the government funded.
04/25/2017 - 06:28 AM
Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ann Coulter is now at the center of a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday against the University of California, Berkeley by students who say the school is violating their right to free speech by canceling the conservative pundit's speaking event on campus this week.
04/24/2017 - 06:44 PM
Off-Duty NYPD Officer Critically Injures 2 Women While Drunk Behind the Wheel: Cops
Neville Smith, 32, rear-ended a Honda as he merged onto a highway before dawn Sunday.
04/24/2017 - 02:24 PM
‘Better you than me’: Trump commends astronauts for converting urine into drinking water
In a video call with space station astronaut Peggy Whitson, President Trump congratulated her on her record-setting 535th day in space.
04/24/2017 - 11:31 AM
How Exercise Can Benefit Your Brain
Aerobic exercise, resistance training (such as weight lifting), and tai chi can all boost brain function in people older than 50, concludes a review published today in the British Journal of Spor...
04/24/2017 - 06:33 PM
Ukraine opens terror probe after OSCE medic killed
Ukraine opened a terror investigation Monday into a mine blast that killed an American medic from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's monitoring team in the country's rebel-held east. The OSCE suffered its first casualty in the three-year war in Europe's backyard after an armoured vehicle hit a landmine Sunday in the Russian-backed separatist fiefdom of Lugansk.
04/24/2017 - 09:17 AM
Gov. Kasich on President Trump and cable news
Ohio Governor John Kasich talks to Katie Couric about President Trump's obsession with cable news.
04/24/2017 - 05:19 PM
The Latest: Group decries the way statues are being removed
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans. (all times local):
04/24/2017 - 12:08 PM
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04/24/2017 - 03:08 PM
Former Haiti coup leader pleads guilty in U.S. drug case
The leader of a 2004 coup that toppled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide pleaded guilty on Monday to a money laundering charge related to an international drug trafficking scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Guy Philippe, 49, admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering stemming from his receipt of cash payments tied to narcotics sales in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Justice Department said. Prosecutors said Philippe, a former high-ranking official in the Haitian National Police, received more than $1.5 million of bribe payments to ensure the safe transit of drug shipments.
04/24/2017 - 04:57 PM
Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a "very good businessman."
04/24/2017 - 10:07 AM
3-Year-Old Boy Dies After Car Window Closes on His Neck
A toddler died after his neck became stuck in a car's power window, police said.
04/24/2017 - 08:37 PM
North Korea stages large-scale artillery drill as U.S. submarine docks in South
By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed toward Korean waters and as top envoys for North Korea policy from South Korea, Japan and the United States met in Tokyo.
04/25/2017 - 05:03 AM
The latest attempt at a flying car doesn’t really look like a car
Forget about self-driving cars for a second and imagine yourself “driving” a flying car. It may happen as soon as this year, as at least one company is looking to deploy a commercial version of a mini helicopter that you’d be able to fly yourself. However, it’ll be a few years until these flying cars will be allowed to merge with regular car traffic — if that will ever happen.
Kitty Hawk, a company that’s backed up by Google legend Larry Page, plans to launch the Flyer by the end of the year. You can already sign up for a three-year membership that costs $100 and will net you $2,000 off of the retail price. However, it’s unclear at this time how much the Flyer itself will cost.
For the time being, the Flyer won’t be allowed on public roads. Or above them. The device operates in the FAR 103 Ultralight Category of US FAA regulations, which means you won’t need a pilot’s license and may be flown in uncongested areas for recreational purposes.
The Kitty Hawk test flying car that was recently used in California “looked like something Luke Skywalker would have built out of spare parts,” according to The New York Times.
“It was an open-seated, 220-pound contraption with room for one person, powered by eight battery-powered propellers that howled as loudly as a speedboat,” the report notes.
The final version of the Flyer will likely be more quieter when it launches, though it might not look like a car at all.
The Times says that Page isn’t the only entrepreneur chasing this dream. There are plenty of companies in the US and around the world looking to develop flying cars. Airbus is one of the most prominent rivals, given their extensive expertise in making things fly.
In addition to regulation and safety, there’s one other concern that needs addressing before such devices become commercially available: battery life. It’s unclear how long a Kitty Hawk drone would be able to fly.
A video below shows Page’s flying contraption in action. And this is how it feels like riding one. Meanwhile, I can’t but wonder how much we’ll have to wait for self-driving flying cars to arrive.
04/24/2017 - 07:20 PM
Turkish strike in Iraq kills six Kurdish security forces: official
Turkish air strikes targeting local armed groups in northern Iraq killed six members of Kurdish security forces in an apparent accident on Tuesday, a senior official said. "Six people were martyred, five from the peshmerga and the sixth from asayish," Lieutenant General Jabbar Yawar, secretary general of the peshmerga ministry in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish government, told AFP. "Nine others were also wounded by the air strike on the Sinjar mountain," he said, in reference to a northwestern region of Iraq which is the main hub of the Yazidi minority.
04/25/2017 - 05:34 AM
State Department Gets New Spokesperson From ‘Fox and Friends’
Out with the old, in with the president’s favorite cable programming.
04/24/2017 - 03:34 PM
2 suspects dead after author, conservationist shot in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two suspects were killed by security agencies after the shooting of Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann, Kenya's Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Monday.
04/24/2017 - 08:19 AM
ESPN Is an Albatross For Walt Disney Co (DIS) Stock
Published reports indicate that cable channel ESPN is preparing another round of cuts to its on-air talent, as parent company Walt Disney Co (ticker: DIS) continues to try to right the ship at the popular network. Traditional cable TV viewers have flocked to cheaper alternatives, and Disney is still trying to solve its ESPN problem. ESPN is expected to cut 40 jobs starting on May 1, including radio hosts, on-air personalities and writers.
04/24/2017 - 11:04 AM
The Latest: Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student (all times local):
04/24/2017 - 06:14 PM
China's quota threat charges up electric car market
China's electric-car market is already the world's biggest, but a government proposal to introduce "new energy" vehicle quotas for automakers is further charging it up. With the threat of the measure looming, major manufacturers at the annual auto show in Shanghai are announcing big plans to boost their electric vehicle (EV) offerings in China. Volvo has confirmed it will introduce its first 100-percent electric car in China in 2019, while Ford will market its first hybrid vehicle in early 2018 and envisions 70 percent of all Ford cars available in China will have electric options by 2025.
04/24/2017 - 11:08 AM
Teen hacker accused of threatening US Jewish centers, Delaware lawmaker, Boston Celtics
Israel indicted an 18-year-old American-Israeli Jew on Monday for a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States that stoked fears of a rising wave of anti-Semitism and threatening a Delaware state senator.
04/24/2017 - 11:33 PM
Voices from overseas: People from around the world consider Trump's first 100 days
It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe. Donald Trump campaigned on an “America First” platform, but has found himself as president drawn into thorny geopolitical complexities aplenty in the first 100 days of his administration.
04/25/2017 - 09:23 AM
Pulse-Pounding Video Shows Girl Falling Out of Church Bus
The 4-year-old suffered a broken jaw and is the process of recovering.
04/24/2017 - 05:18 PM
Three die in Venezuela protests
Three people were killed in Venezuela on Monday in renewed violence, raising the death toll in three weeks of massive demonstrations against leftwing President Nicolas Maduro to 24, officials said. Several others were seriously injured and "between life and death," said public defender Tarek William Saab. The latest casualties come on a day anti-Maduro demonstrators blocked major roads in the South American nation.
04/25/2017 - 12:07 AM
Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. Capitol
Two dozen red-hatted protesters gathered on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Monday to call for easing federal marijuana laws, but police snuffed out the party by arresting four of them after they lit up joints. The activists, who carried marijuana-leaf flags and a sign saying "Let DC Tax and Regulate Marijuana," were calling for coast-to-coast legalization of the recreational use of marijuana and protections for those who use cannabis for medical reasons. The protest included the recitation of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian and Rastafarian prayers on the lawn outside the domed national landmark.
04/24/2017 - 05:00 PM
Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goats
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets.
04/23/2017 - 03:49 PM
Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave
Tiny wooden figurines have stood upright "weaving" at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds. The discovery of the miniature scene astonished archaeologists, who were surveying an area slated for subway construction in Chengdu, a city in China's southwestern Sichuan province, in 2013. The looms may be small — the largest is about the size of a child's toy piano — but they're the earliest evidence on record of looms that could be used to weave patterns, the researchers said.
04/24/2017 - 09:01 AM
The Latest: Mistrial declared for 4 in Cliven Bundy standoff
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of six men charged in an armed standoff with federal agents (all times local):
04/24/2017 - 04:13 PM
Watch the 2017 Honda Civic Type R Set a New FWD Nurburgring Lap Record
With a 7:43.80 lap time, the 306-horsepower turbocharged Type R snatches front-drive victory from the hottest VW GTI.
04/25/2017 - 11:57 AM
How to Know If You're Underfunded in Your Retirement Account
Reports of American workers being short on their retirement funds are rampant. The National Institute on Retirement Security frames the "underfunded" issue in real dollar terms, noting that retirement savings are "dangerously low", and the U.S. retirement savings deficit is between $6.8 and $14 trillion. Yes, too many Americans are underfunded in the retirement accounts -- but how do you know exactly how much you're underfunded?
04/25/2017 - 09:30 AM
World powers round on Donald Trump at UN over climate change
China, the UK, the European Union and Brazil have all filed questions at the United Nations about the United States’ policies on climate change amid international concern that Donald Trump will withdraw the US from the historic Paris Agreement. While the Trump administration’s plans remain unclear, there have been suggestions the US could face trade tariffs if its greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to increase while the rest of the world makes substantial cuts.
04/25/2017 - 08:19 AM
Comcast knows you’ll pay anything for good Wi-Fi
A new survey commissioned by Comcast has ranked apartment-dweller's need for good internet, relative to other niceties like basic hygiene. The conclusion seems to be that good Wi-Fi and high-speed internet are viewed as being the most critical.
Comcast probably commissioned this survey to show how relevant its brand is to millennials or something, but the only actual truth to be found is this: Comcast knows that you will put up with basically anything to get good internet, so it's going to squeeze you for every last penny.
The survey polled 2015 building managers and developers in the US about what features are the most important for prospective renters. A majority (59%) had either Wi-Fi access or fast internet as the most important feature, comfortably beating out a washer-dryer in unit as the must-have.
This isn't so much a statement on the value of technology as it is a stunning indictment of broadband technology in the US. In a supposedly technology-literate, competitive, first-world country, access to the internet should be a given. But thanks to the oligopoly of cable companies that control access to the internet with very little regional competition, you're often left with little or no choice of cable providers. That means that if Verizon or Comcast only choose to supply your building with a 10Mbps, you're out of luck.
So really, this survey just confirms to Comcast an important fact about its customers: it doesn't matter how bad the customer service is or if it flat-out calls its customers idiots: you don't have any choice and you need internet, so pucker up, lucky consumers.
04/24/2017 - 05:44 PM
American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine
An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday. It marked the first loss for the security body's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) since Europe's only current war broke out more than three years ago. The OSCE's announcement about the US monitor's death saw Kiev and the insurgents quickly trade blame over who was at fault for one of the most diplomatically sensitive episodes in a conflict that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.
04/23/2017 - 10:43 PM
Scots don't want another independence vote: Kantar poll
Most Scottish voters do not want another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom and support for secession itself appears to have weakened, according to a Kantar survey. Scots voted by a wide margin to stick with the European Union in last June's referendum, clashing with the UK as a whole which voted to leave. Scotland's devolved government, run by the Scottish National Party (SNP), says this means the country should be given a new chance to decide whether it wants to split from the UK.
04/24/2017 - 07:04 PM
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04/25/2017 - 11:39 AM
Tomb Full of Mummies Unearthed at Luxor
Several mummies and more than 1,000 figurines have been discovered at an ancient cemetery located at Luxor in Egypt, archaeologists reported. A team of archaeologists with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities uncovered the funerary complex during the ministry's ongoing excavations at the site. The funerary complex contains multiple tombs that were originally built for a man named Userhat, who was a judge in Luxor sometime during what modern-day archaeologists call Egypt's New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.) period, the ministry said in a statement.
04/24/2017 - 09:01 AM
Police ambush killer's mother begs for his life
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers made an emotional appeal for her son's life Monday, telling jurors who are weighing the death penalty for him, "I want my son to be saved."
04/24/2017 - 06:28 PM
Tesla Supercharger Network: More Chargers In More Locations For 2017
Tesla will be adding more chargers to its Supercharger network by the end of 2017.
04/24/2017 - 04:35 PM
Analysis: A Le Pen wins more acceptance than ever in France
PARIS (AP) — When France last put a Le Pen onto the threshold of the presidential Elysee Palace, one step from power, it could write off the 2002 election shock as a mere accident.
04/24/2017 - 12:49 PM
Xi urges 'restraint' over N. Korea as US carrier approaches
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged "restraint" over North Korea in a phone call with Donald Trump Monday, as Japan joined exercises with an American supercarrier heading to the Korean peninsula. The US leader has repeatedly called on China, the North's sole major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang, as tensions in the region soar amid speculation it will conduct another nuclear test. "(China) hopes that the relevant parties can maintain restraint and avoid actions that would increase tensions in the Korean peninsula," Xi said, according to the foreign ministry.
04/24/2017 - 05:50 AM
Nature throws humanity a softball, provides bugs that digest plastic
Mother Earth is one seriously gracious host. Humanity has done little else to the planet that produced us than completely destroy it at every turn. We dump toxic oil into oceans, irreversibly alter the climate, drive species into extinction, and pile heaps of trash everywhere we can find space for it. Nature owes us nothing, but it still finds a way to help us save our own hides on a regular basis. The latest example? How about a caterpillar that eats and breaks down the one thing humans have created that pollutes for centuries before decomposing on its own: plastic.
Plastic is everywhere, and as far as the Earth is concerned it absolutely sucks. Scientists believe it can take anywhere from 400 to 1,000 years for common disposable plastic products like bags, bottles, and containers to break down after being thrown into a landfill — or flying out of your car window and into a ditch. That's a long, long time, and it makes plastic a particularly bad pollutant. Now, researchers believe they've stumbled upon a natural plastic decomposition tool that has been crawling around right under our feet, in the form of Galleria mellonella, the greater wax moth.
Scientists from Cambridge University just discovered that the moth's larva can actually eat and break down plastic in a similar way to beeswax, which the moth regularly consumes. Its digestive system breaks up the chemical bonds of polyethylene and makes the insects a powerful tool against the seemingly unending flood of plastic waste around the globe.
Unfortunately, solving the problems of plastic pollution isn't as simple as dumping a bunch of moth larva into landfills; scientists first have to fully study and detail the unique process in the bug's gut that is giving it its remarkable power. Once researchers know exactly how the moth is performing its trick they could apply that knowledge to large-scale efforts to biodegrade junk plastic in places where it causes the most problems, such as the ocean and other pollution hot spots.
04/24/2017 - 10:04 PM
South Africa's Ramaphosa backs graft probe of Zuma's government
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he wants allegations of influence-peddling in government investigated, lending his support to a probe called for by the anti-graft watchdog but which President Jacob Zuma has so far ignored. Ramaphosa is considered a likely candidate for president when the ruling African National Congress elects its new leaders later this year, but he has not formally announced his intention to stand. The nation's Public Protector in November called on Zuma to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry within 30 days to examine alleged "state capture" in his government, but Zuma has not yet appointed a commission, challenging the report in court instead.
04/24/2017 - 02:57 AM
Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid
"There's no reason not to include her," said Nichole Sullivan of her sister-in-law to be, who suffered a traumatic brain injury.
04/23/2017 - 02:56 PM
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