Gianforte wins Montana special House election despite being charged with assault
Republican Greg Gianforte claimed a narrow victory in Montana’s special election for the state’s at-large congressional seat, defeating Democrat Rob Quist one day after being charged with misdemeanor assault.
05/26/2017 - 12:47 AM
Sea Lion Attack: Child Victim’s Father Speaks Out
The father told the CBC that his family was not feeding the sea lion when it dragged his daughter underwater, but did confirm that his daughter is being treated for a possible infection.
05/25/2017 - 11:51 AM
GOP senators urge Trump to make ‘clean exit’ from Paris Agreement
A group high-profile Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are calling on President Trump to make a “clean break” from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
05/25/2017 - 12:30 PM
The Latest: California guards recovering after mass attack
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a mass assault on guards at a California state prison (all times local):
05/25/2017 - 06:04 PM
Lawsuit: Zillow ‘Zestimates’ Are Wrong, Preventing Homes from Selling
Zillow estimates values for 110 million homes across America as “zestimates,” but many have questioned the company’s accuracy, including one homeowner who claims she can’t sell her home because of it.
05/26/2017 - 11:46 AM
G7 masks, Zuckerberg, volcano and more — it happened today: May 25 in pictures
Protesters wear masks depicting the leaders of the G7 countries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during Harvard University commencement exercises and more of today’s news from around the world in pictures.
05/25/2017 - 03:19 PM
Man Charged With Trying to Bite Flight Attendant, Jumping Out of Plane: Cops
Tun Lon Sein tried to bite a flight attendant's hand to get to the plane's service door.
05/26/2017 - 01:56 PM
Hamas executes three over commander's murder
The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas executed three people in the Gaza Strip on Thursday over the assassination of one of its military leaders allegedly on behalf of Israel. Two men were hanged to death in Gaza City over the killing of Mazen Faqha in March, while a third was executed by firing squad, said an AFP correspondent who attended the executions.
05/25/2017 - 12:19 PM
Texas teacher laughs as she hands out ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award to 7th-grader
During an end-of-the-year awards ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Tex., a teacher gave Lizeth Villanueva an award for “most likely to become a terrorist.” The seventh-grade student’s mom is going great lengths to make sure the teacher gets fired.
05/26/2017 - 12:22 PM
‘Knuckles turning white’: Macron is a match for the Trump power handshake
Of President Trump’s many idiosyncrasies, one that stands out is his aggressive style of shaking hands, which he has bestowed upon various world leaders since taking office. Trump and the newly elected Macron met in Brussels before a NATO summit and held the customary photo op, complete with an intense handshake.
05/25/2017 - 12:39 PM
Three New Undisclosed Kushner-Russia Contacts
Ned Parker, Reuters reporter, talks about the discovery of yet more undisclosed contacts between Donald Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Russia officials and the questions this behavior raises.
05/26/2017 - 02:35 PM
How Do Muslims Fast On Ramadan?
Ramadan starts this week, and Muslims across the globe are preparing for the holy month during which they fast from sunrise to sunset.
05/26/2017 - 10:00 AM
Police: Man hurling racial slurs kills 2, injures 1 on train
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two people died Friday and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab, police said.
05/27/2017 - 12:31 AM
Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congress
By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Decried by protesters as "murderers" defending a dictator, Venezuela's military insisted on Thursday it was not taking sides in the national political turmoil, though it did back socialist President Nicolas Maduro's controversial plan for a new congress. The armed forces' National Guard unit has played a pivotal role in two months of unrest rocking Venezuela, often blocking marches and using teargas and water cannons to fight youths hurling stones and Molotov cocktails. At least 57 people have been killed, including one National Guard member and two policemen.
05/25/2017 - 03:21 PM
Christian school bans 'immoral' pregnant teenager from attending her own graduation
A pregnant teenager - an honour student with straights As - has been branded “immoral” by her school and told she cannot attend its graduation ceremony. Officials at Heritage Academy, a private Christian school in Maryland, said Maddi Runkles, 18, was not welcome at the event because she had to be held “accountable for her immorality”. “Maddi is being disciplined, not because she’s pregnant, but because she was immoral,” David Hobbs, the school administrator, said in a statement.
05/25/2017 - 05:03 PM
Fallen Navy pilot's children hug as remains brought home
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Deborah Crosby touched her father's flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday — ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War.
05/26/2017 - 08:16 PM
El Salvador captures escaped female killer "Boss"
Security forces in El Salvador on Thursday captured the female leader of a hit-squad-for-hire two weeks after she escaped from a Guatemalan prison where she was serving a 94-year sentence, officials said. Marixa Lemus, a 45-year-old Guatemalan who went by the nickname "The Boss," was arrested in the west of El Salvador near the Guatemalan border. Lemus had escaped her military-run prison north of Guatemala City on May 11.
05/25/2017 - 06:30 PM
GM sued over excess emissions in Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel
Today's auto news headlines read like a warped version of Oprah Winfrey's infamous car giveaway: "You're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! And you're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! Everyone's getting sued for excess diesel emissions!" We say that because General Motors is now being sued for excess diesel emissions.
Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al The suit filed in Detroit's federal court yesterday alleges that GM illegally outfitted 705,000 pickups with defeat devices similar to those deployed by Volkswagen in 11 million cars worldwide, including 565,000 registered in the U.S. The suit covers 2011-2016 models of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel. Unlike the lawsuit filed earlier this week against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this one comes from consumers, not the U.S. Department of Justice. It alleges that GM employed at least three defeat devices that allowed trucks to emit up to five times the legal limit of pollutants while on the road but to keep emissions within legal limits during regulatory tests.
Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al alleges that GM broke a number of racketeering and consumer protection laws. Plaintiffs seek a wide range of compensation, including payouts for lost resale value and buybacks of their vehicles. They're also seeking punitive damages against the automaker. Interestingly, the suit also names German supplier Bosch as a defendant. If the case goes to trial, that could be significant, since Bosch was very closely linked to the Volkswagen scandal. If you follow car news, it probably won't surprise you to learn that plaintiffs in the GM case are represented in part by Hagens Berman law firm, which has been a key player in the Dieselgate settlement and many other auto-related suits. GM has issued a brief statement about the lawsuit that reads, in full:
"These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations." It's worth noting that this is one of at least two cases being brought by consumers against GM over its diesel vehicles--the other involving emissions in the Chevrolet Cruze diesel.
Our take Who will prevail? We can't say because, much to some of our mothers' chagrin, we're not lawyers. However, we do know that the case puts GM in an awkward position. If the case goes to trial, it might prove GM's innocence, but GM's name would remain in the headlines for months and potentially years. Being associated with a high-profile case related to diesel emissions fraud at this time in history wouldn't do much for GM's diesel sales. That's a real problem, as GM appears to have banked on cornering the diesel market as other automakers retreat. On the other hand, settling this case (and the one involving the Cruze for that matter) out of court wouldn't do anything to exonerate GM. However, in terms of publicity, it might be for the best. Either way, shareholders will want GM to put the case to rest as soon as possible: stock prices took a plunge yesterday after the lawsuit was filed, though some of that value could be regained in trading today.
05/26/2017 - 10:41 AM
NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: Moscow
Russia on Friday accused NATO of increasing the threat of conflict, insisting attempts by the US-led alliance to curb Moscow have left ties at their lowest ebb since the USSR collapsed. "At present NATO-Russian relations are at their worst since the end of the Cold War," the foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement. The ministry said NATO was pursuing a policy of "containment" towards Russia that has seen it bolster its forces along the country's border in eastern Europe.
05/26/2017 - 06:49 AM
Trump Is Playing the International Strategy Game Like a Novice Among Experts
An “America first” policy risks leaving America alone.
05/26/2017 - 11:07 AM
Thousands in Britain honor two mothers killed in Manchester attack
Several thousand people turned out on Friday to mourn two mothers from the same town who were killed by a suicide bomber while waiting to collect their teenage daughters from a Ariana Grande concert in the northern English city of Manchester. Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 47, from Royton near Manchester, were among the 22 people killed by bomber Salman Abedi as they waited for their daughters in a foyer outside the concert. A Reuters photographer at the scene said several thousand people were gathering in a park at Royton, some holding pink balloons to honor "Royton's girls".
05/26/2017 - 02:19 PM
Woman jumps onto the hood of moving car to prevent carjacking at petrol station
A Wisconsin woman has become a viral sensation after she jumped on the hood of her own moving car to prevent a carjacking. Melissa Smith, 27, was printing her receipt at a petrol station in Milwaukee when a stranger jumped into her car and began driving away. “I had my, ‘Oh no this isn’t happening to me today moment,’” Ms Smith told local news station WISN 12.
05/25/2017 - 06:02 PM
Bernie Sanders and MIck Mulvaney battle over estate tax
At a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took part in a spirited exchange with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over details of President Trump's proposed budget.
05/25/2017 - 10:44 AM
Joy Duggar Wedding Details
Here is everything we know about Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth’s wedding day so far.
05/26/2017 - 09:10 AM
The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votes
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the assault case against Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a Thursday special election. (all times local):
05/25/2017 - 02:06 PM
Billy Cosby Breaks His Silence as Final Juror Picked in His Sexual Assault Trial
Opening arguments are set to begin June 5.
05/25/2017 - 12:31 PM
Cat visits every national park
This adventurous feline really is an outdoors cat — as he is currently making his way around every national park in the United States.
05/26/2017 - 10:53 AM
US-led Syria strikes kills scores of relatives of IS fighters
Dozens of relatives of Islamic State group fighters were killed Friday in Syria in US-led strikes, regime or Russian raids, after the UN urged nations striking the jihadists to protect civilians. Raids by the US-led coalition have pounded IS positions across Iraq and Syria since the jihadist group claimed responsibility for the devastating bombing of a concert in Manchester on Monday. Scores of civilians, many of them families of IS members, have been killed in bombing raids in recent days on the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, held by IS since 2014.
05/26/2017 - 03:22 PM
The Latest: Coroner's office IDs skydiver as California man
LODI, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a skydiving death in Northern California (all times local):
05/25/2017 - 04:36 PM
Credit Myths That Cost You Money
Credit scores are confusing. You can pay off your student loans and see your credit score drop. You can add significant credit card debt and see your score soar. It's no wonder there are so many misconceptions about how to build or improve credit.
05/26/2017 - 10:10 AM
Donald Trump links mass immigration to Manchester terror attack despite bomber being British-born
Donald Trump appeared to link large-scale immigration to the terror attack in Manchester, even though bomber Salman Abedi was born in Britain. “My travels and meetings have given me renewed hope that nations of many faiths can unite to defeat terrorism, a common threat to all of humanity,” he said in a speech during which he also berated those Nato members who had failed to contribute their fair share of the alliance’s costs. During his election campaign, Mr Trump repeatedly called for tougher screening of immigrants to the US, even though the process for refugees from countries such as Syria or Somalia can take up to five years.
05/25/2017 - 02:33 PM
BMW Concept 8-series: Eight Is Greater than Six
This shapely coupe concept previews the replacement for the 6-series.
05/25/2017 - 01:20 PM
Chris Cornell Had Fresh Track Marks On His Arm: Report
While authorities ruled the Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman took his own life last week Thursday, his family raised doubts over the findings.
05/26/2017 - 01:41 AM
Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane: U.S. officials
Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the U.S. P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Hong Kong in international airspace when the Chinese aircraft carried out the unsafe intercept. One Chinese aircraft flew in front of the American plane, restricting its ability to maneuver.
05/26/2017 - 03:28 PM
The Latest: Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Alabama prisoner Tommy Arthur (all times local):
05/26/2017 - 01:22 AM
'What you need to know': Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner now a focus of FBI Russian investigation.
05/26/2017 - 02:06 PM
Day Care Worker Arrested After Death of 8-Month-Old Girl
Leah Walden faces multiple charges related to the death of Reese Bowman.
05/25/2017 - 04:46 PM
Anti-India protests hit Kashmir after top rebel is killed
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — One civilian was killed and dozens of others injured Saturday after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the killing of a prominent rebel commander and his associate in a gunbattle with government forces in the disputed region.
05/27/2017 - 07:08 AM
What It Takes to Get Accepted Into the Ivy League
Many students dream of attending one of the colleges in the elite Ivy League for their undergraduate education.
05/25/2017 - 08:00 AM
Donald Trump vows to find and punish source of 'deeply troubling' Manchester attack leaks
Donald Trump has called the US leaks of evidence relating to the Manchester attack investigation “deeply troubling” and has vowed “to get to the bottom” of them. Mr Trump appeared to be trying to halt an escalating diplomatic spat with the UK, with Theresa May having made clear that the “trust” between the two nations was at stake as a number of senior political and police figures expressed their dismay at the release of such sensitive information. Mr Trump said he had instructed the Department of Justice to launch a full investigation into the leaks and “if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”.
05/25/2017 - 10:38 AM
Smooth waves bursting with color give inside view of surfer’s paradise
Ever wondered what Hawaii’s famous waves look like from the inside? Photographer and non- commissioned officer in the United States Army, Marco Mitre shares the beauty of the shore on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
05/25/2017 - 11:32 AM
Here's Why Bitcoin Prices Are Skyrocketing
Cryptocurrency... so hot right now. Bitcoin surges above $2,700. Economic shifts in China are one of many factors propelling cryptocurrency to record-breaking prices.
05/25/2017 - 01:28 PM
Up to 600,000 immigrants in U.S. South may have path to legal status: analysis
A statistical review of immigrant screenings done by Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) determined that around 15 percent of the 4 million illegal immigrants in seven southern U.S. states had grounds to apply for legal status based on fears of persecution in their homeland, family ties or other factors. The percentage of the 11 million illegal immigrants across the country who might be eligible to stay in the United States could be even higher, according to University of California at San Diego political scientist Tom Wong, who conducted the analysis for CLINIC. "As we ramp up immigration enforcement in the United States, we should take this figure and remind ourselves that we shouldn't deport first and then ask questions," Wong said in a telephone interview.
05/25/2017 - 09:19 PM
Report yields new details in 2014 Yosemite air tanker crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2014 fatal crash of an air tanker fighting a forest fire in Yosemite National Park came just after the pilot was warned to avoid a tree to the right but then struck trees to the left, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.
05/25/2017 - 09:16 PM
Verizon may have just made the world’s most pointless thing
Someone, somewhere, deep in the bowels of Verizon's marketing department, has apparently read a study saying that the Internet of Things is going to be the next iPhone. This noble Brand Crusader decided that Verizon should be a Thought Leader in this category, and directed the captive team of engineers to make a Product that demonstrates Verizon's commitment to the IoT.
But unfortunately, no one stopped along the way to think about whether this is a thing that anyone will want to buy.
It's called the SmartHub, and it's a 4G LTE modem that turns Verizon's wireless network into a local Wi-Fi network. Verizon positions it as a router for the "smart home," which means it's supposed to connect all your Nests and your Hue bulbs and smart salt shakers to the internet so they can send you endless push notifications.
The SmartHub will do that. But you know what else will do that just fine? Your home Wi-Fi network, which comes in over a cable and is probably faster, more reliable, and far cheaper per gigabyte than Verizon's LTE solution.
Sure, there are definitely people out there who don't have a fixed-line broadband connection. Depending on the year, about 65-70% of all homes have a broadband connection. But I'm willing to make a purely speculative bet that 99.9% of people who have a $200 Wi-Fi connected thermostat also have a home broadband connection. Statistically speaking, most people who don't have home broadband are either poor (in which case they can't afford smart home gadgets), renters who are moving frequently (who aren't allowed to install smart home gadgets), or old (in which case they won't understand why their thermostat now needs an app).
There will be a time in the future, after millimeter-wave 5G becomes common and wireless internet becomes cheap, when you might want to replace your fixed-line broadband with a wireless service. But that day is not today, and no person with a smart home setup is going to run it off an expensive, capacity-limited wireless connection.
Verizon did not return a request to explain who the hell the SmartHub is for.
05/25/2017 - 08:00 PM
'Racially motivated' fight leaves Arizona prison on lockdown
PHOENIX (AP) — A privately run prison in Arizona remained on lockdown Thursday after four inmates were injured in a brawl involving about 80 prisoners that authorities had to use pepper spray to break up.
05/25/2017 - 08:36 PM
How to Maintain and Repair Your Gas Grill
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Whether you’ve been using it all year or haven’t touched it in months, you should give your grill the once-over before t...
05/26/2017 - 09:25 AM
Feel the power of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket test in new video
SpaceX is marching ever closer to launching a brand new, huge rocket for the first time this summer. A new video released by the Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company shows a test firing of one of the boosters that will be used for a Falcon Heavy rocket launch. SEE ALSO: SpaceX's most recent rocket landing looks like something out of science fiction The "side booster" will eventually be strapped onto the main stage of the Falcon Heavy to help give it the extreme power it needs to fly heavy payloads to orbit and beyond. Static fire test of a Falcon Heavy side booster completed in McGregor, TX last week. This booster previously launched Thaicom 8. pic.twitter.com/nWrNCXtu13 — SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 25, 2017 SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is designed to be the company's most powerful rocket yet. In total, the rocket will be outfitted with two side boosters and a main booster. This is the second Falcon Heavy test video released this year. The company showed off a test of its core Falcon Heavy stage in another video put out earlier this month. The booster tested in Texas last week has already been to space. Falcon Heavy is this times three. One way or another, launch is guaranteed to be exciting ... https://t.co/FPUNALj0Hd — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 25, 2017 SpaceX used this booster to launch the Thaicom 8 communications satellite to orbit in May 2016. The company landed the booster back on a drone ship floating in the ocean after sending the payload on its way. The booster after it landed back on a drone ship in 2016.Image: spacexSpaceX has big plans for the rest of the year. The company is gearing up for its first Falcon Heavy launch this summer and it plans to launch multiple Falcon 9 missions in the second half of 2017. The company also aims to launch two people on a circumnavigation of the moon in 2018. In 2020, SpaceX is aiming to send its first robotic mission to Mars. WATCH: SpaceX did something amazing over the weekend
05/25/2017 - 02:01 PM
US rules out easing sanctions on Russia
Washington will not ease sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and may even get tougher on Moscow, the White House said Friday, ending uncertainty over the US position on the thorny issue. "We are not lowering our sanctions on Russia," Gary Cohn, US President Donald Trump's top economic advisor, told reporters at the G7 summit of leading industrialised nations in Sicily.
05/26/2017 - 01:38 PM
Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking three years in power, on Friday inaugurated the country's longest bridge that spans the vast Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam. The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola-Sadiya bridge, strong enough to carry a 60-tonne battle tank, will reduce travel times from Assam to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh whose territory is partly claimed by China. "The inauguration of the bridge marks the end of a long wait for the people of this area," Modi's office quoted him as saying in a speech, adding the bridge "opens the door for economic development on a big scale".
05/26/2017 - 04:01 AM
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