Ukraine anger as Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine
Russia 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
A 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
Border 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
While 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.
"Let's have an exchange. I'm ready to do it," he said.
04/25/2019 - 03:30 AM
AP EXCLUSIVE: At Walmart, using AI to watch the store
LEVITTOWN, 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
The 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
A 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
Elizabeth Warren assures She the People forum that America is ready for woman president
The senator from Massachusetts delivers a strong performance at a gathering organized by women of color activists.
04/24/2019 - 06:42 PM
N.Korea's Kim to Putin: US acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talks
North 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
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04/24/2019 - 03:04 PM
Texts between the FBI's Strzok and Page draw investigator focus
Nine 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
UPDATE 3-Trump denies telling White House counsel to fire Mueller from Russia probe
U.S. President Donald Trump denied on Thursday that he had ordered then-White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller from the Russia investigation, moving to undermine McGahn's credibility ahead of a possible congressional testimony. Trump's move appears to be part of an effort by the White House to push back on attempts by congressional Democrats to pursue investigations related to Mueller's probe into Russian election interference in 2016 and possible obstruction of justice by Trump. "As has been incorrectly reported by the Fake News Media, I never told then White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, even though I had the legal right to do so.
04/25/2019 - 08:22 AM
Militia group 'commander' Larry Mitchell Hopkins attacked in New Mexico jail
Officials said they're investigating an assault on Larry Mitchell Hopkins that occurred Monday at the Doña Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces.
04/25/2019 - 05:46 AM
In Mexico, migrants turn to 'The Beast' after highway raids
IXTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — The train known as "The Beast" is once again rumbling through the night loaded with people headed toward the U.S. border after a raid on a migrant caravan threatened to end the practice of massive highway marches through Mexico
04/24/2019 - 07:01 PM
13-year-old Houston girl dies after fight at middle school
A 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
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
Joe Biden's voting record weakened his presidential hopes before, but experts say it may crush him in 2020
Joe 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
Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fears
Hundreds 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
U.S. adds another Chinese e-commerce site to 'notorious' list for IP protection
The 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
The U.S. Navy Wants Frigates That Can Pack a Punch
The 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
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04/24/2019 - 05:33 PM
Hillary Clinton Tells Congress to Treat Mueller Like Watergate
(Bloomberg) -- Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that Congress should begin a Watergate-style investigation into President Donald Trump’s attempts to obstruct Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election that she lost.
04/24/2019 - 06:19 PM
#FeelingCute challenge: Texas prison guards fired after probe into 'inappropriate' posts
The trend often involves uniformed workers posting selfies coupled with captions joking about what their work day may entail.
04/24/2019 - 09:55 PM
Southwest CEO 'not happy' about Max crisis but backs Boeing
DALLAS (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
UPDATE 3-Visa profit jumps, lower cross-border volume weighs on shares
Visa 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
O'Rourke might halt new oil and gas drilling on federal land
RENO, 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
Sri Lanka says radical leader killed in suicide hotel attack
An 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
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
Chevrolet Prepares for C8 Corvette Production by Adding Workers at Bowling Green Factory
GM is adding more than 400 jobs and a second shift in preparation for the next-gen Corvette.
04/25/2019 - 03:42 PM
This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra Will Break All The Necks
This 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
Trump mad over losing Twitter followers, White House confirms
The 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
Former Texas tennis coach pleads guilty in court in college admissions scandal
Michael 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
Schools curb students' appetites for Grubhub, Uber Eats deliveries during school day
Kids 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
US STOCKS-S&P 500 hovers below record highs on mixed earnings
U.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
NRA sues Los Angeles over law requiring disclosure of ties to gun group
Los Angeles was accused of trying to "silence NRA's voice, as well as the voices of all those who dare oppose the city's broad gun-control agenda."
04/24/2019 - 12:54 PM
Sri Lanka shakes up top security posts after deadly bombings
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president shook up the country's top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, his office said Wednesday.
04/24/2019 - 02:17 PM
Puzzles and Games Are the New Coffee-Table Books
04/25/2019 - 11:15 AM
Baking this barbecue brisket makes it deliciously tender
Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy yournever-ending craving for food content through quick, beautiful videos for theat-home foodie
04/25/2019 - 11:18 AM
Ford adds Pre-Collision Assist car tech to a shopping cart
For the third product Ford developed as part of its recently launched 'Interventions' initiative to use automobile technology in non-automotive products, it applied Pre-Collision Assist technology, a safety feature that's available for most Ford models, to a shopping cart. In December, Ford kicked off their 'Interventions' initiative, designed to apply automotive tech to products outside of the automobile industry. The first product unveiled was the Quiet Kennel, which took the Active Noise Cancellation tech from the Ford Edge and integrated it into a chic doghouse just in time for New Year's Eve fireworks.
04/25/2019 - 11:54 AM
Trump says sending 'armed soldiers' to US-Mexico border
President 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
Grassed up: Facebook leads Myanmar police to weed-growing Americans
Myanmar 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
Boeing 737 Max: Southwest preps for return, expects some traveler anxiety
Airline executives concede some travelers will be concerned after the plane's grounding but say they don't think it will be a "massive issue.''
04/26/2019 - 09:27 AM
Intel cuts forecast as China data centre sales remain weak
Intel 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
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
Police: Man killed baby after learning he wasn't the dad
MEMPHIS, 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
May Taps Chinese Telecom Giant to Help Build 5G Network Despite U.S. Objections
Prime Minister Theresa May will allow the Chinese telecom giant Huawei to build certain "non-core" components of the U.K.'s 5G data network despite warnings from U.S. officials that the move would compromise British security.The decision, which was announced Tuesday at a meeting of the U.K.'s National Security Council, was made over the objections of Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson and a number of other cabinet ministers concerned about how it would affect relations with the U.S.The move, first reported by the Daily Telegraph, comes after May's government announced it would send a high-level diplomatic delegation to Beijing to celebrate Britain's involvement in China's influence-expanding Belt and Road Initiative. The U.S. opted not to send a delegation.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned U.S. allies not to give Huawei access to their data networks in February.“If a country adopts this [Huawei technology] and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won’t be able to share information with them, we won’t be able to work alongside them,” he said. “In some cases there’s risk — we won’t even be able to co-locate American resources, an American embassy, an American military outpost.”Proponents of cooperation with Huawei argue that the "non-core" components Huawei will provide merely facilitate the passage of the data from one piece of hardware to the next and cannot be used to compromise information.Australia and New Zealand -- which, along with Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., are members of the Five Eyes security alliance -- have announced that they will block Huawei from accessing their networks.A group of Republican lawmakers, led by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, has pushed aggressively for further sanctions against Chinese telecom companies on the grounds that such companies steal American intellectual property.“It’s a mistake. I’ve told that to the White House, I’ve told that to the president, and I’m going to tell him again. ZTE has nothing to do with trade, nothing. The Chinese use their telecom companies to spy on us,” Rubio said last year when asked about President Trump's decision to rescind sanctions on the Chinese telecom company ZTE as part of broader trade negotiations.“They are trying to put us out of business. They steal our secrets, they reverse engineer the things that we do,” he continued. “Their goal is to dominate telecommunications and all technology in the world and they are doing it by stealing from us. We should not be helping them.”
04/24/2019 - 11:13 AM
Sony Just Unveiled a 98-Inch 8K TV That Costs $70,000
The 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
6 Things You Should Know About Groupon
At a time when many Americans were feeling the financial pain of the Great Recession, Groupon promised deeply discounted limited-time offers on everything from fine dining to car detailing. Founded in 2008, the daily deals website had a legion of devoted followers. Laura Jones of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, was one of those fans.
04/25/2019 - 01:27 PM
Conway: Executive privilege on the table for Trump
Kelley Anne Conway, counselor to the president, said Wednesday that 'executive privilege is on the table' for the president as Congress pushes to continue the Russia investigation. (April 24)
04/24/2019 - 01:45 PM
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