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
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
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
Trump fumes about supposedly ‘fake’ polls giving him a dismal approval rating
The president continues to rant about a pair of new surveys that show he is approaching his 100th day in office with the lowest approval rating of any president in more than 70 years.
04/24/2017 - 09:18 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
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
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
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
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
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04/24/2017 - 03:08 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
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
Donald Trump attacks UN officials over North Korea and Syria 'failures' as they sit beside him
Donald Trump has called the Security Council’s inaction against Syria's President Bashar al Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons as a “failure” while they were sitting next to him after a White House luncheon. The president said he is “disappointed” because the “UN doesn’t like to take on problems and said the 15 member countries of the Security Council have remained “blindfolded” for decades to taking action on threats like North Korea. Sources told The Independent that the Security Council also met with members of Congress for coffee and discussed North Korea, Syria, and what Mr Trump called "big reforms" to the UN that certain US legislators and Mr Trump would like to see.
04/24/2017 - 08:03 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
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
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
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
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
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
N. Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill
Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a massive conventional firing drill, Seoul said, as a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea amid tensions over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions. Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army. The South's Yonhap news agency cited a government source as saying the exercise was the North's "largest ever" and was presumed to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un.
04/25/2017 - 07:40 AM
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: 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
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
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
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04/25/2017 - 11:39 AM
Macron, Le Pen attend ceremony for slain policeman
The two candidates vying to become France's next president attended a sombre ceremony Tuesday honouring the policeman killed on the Champs Elysees, as they ramp up a campaign marked by security jitters. Centrist politician Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen stood grim-faced among hundreds of mourners as Xavier Jugele's gay partner delivered a moving eulogy to the 37-year-old officer slain in the shooting claimed by the Islamic State group on the most famous street in Paris just days before the first round of the election. "I suffer without hatred," Etienne Cardiles said at the ceremony led by outgoing President Francois Hollande in the elegant courtyard of the Paris police headquarters.
04/25/2017 - 07:07 AM
The Latest: Spokesman says inmate apologized to director
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local):
04/25/2017 - 01:26 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
Afghan defense chief quits over attack; U.S. warns of 'another tough year'
By Idrees Ali and Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's defense minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest Taliban attack on a military base, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was "under no illusions" about the problems facing the country. Mattis, visiting as the United States looks to craft a new Afghanistan strategy, held talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, officials and U.S. commanders, who want more troops.
04/24/2017 - 11:51 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
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
Barack Obama to 'make $400k' for his Wall Street speech
Barack Obama has reportedly agreed to speak at a Wall Street conference for almost half a million dollars. The former President, who left the White House almost 100 days ago, is said to be appearing at Cantor Fitzgeralds LP’s healthcare conference as a keynote speaker in September. Mr Obama’s reported speech fee is nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton has charged private companies for similar style events.
04/25/2017 - 05:55 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
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
Khamenei urges presidential hopefuls to focus on Iran
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Tuesday on candidates for next month's presidential election not to look to other countries as examples for progress. The May 19 election will see incumbent moderate Hassan Rouhani face off against two highly-touted conservative rivals. Speaking at a meeting of ambassadors from Muslim nations in Tehran, Khamenei encouraged candidates "not to look abroad (but) to pin hope on the capabilities of the nation for progress".
04/25/2017 - 06:02 AM
2017 Honda Civic Type R sets Nürburgring lap record
The all-new version of the Honda Civic Type R was always going to make a big slash when it was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, but the Honda has now proved it has just as much substance as it undoubtedly has style. The Civic Type R has always been renowned for outstanding performance, but this model, which set the new record and was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic's development program, really has set a new benchmark for the Type R and for its rivals. This development car set a time of 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds, which is almost seven seconds faster than the previous generation Civic Type R managed.
04/24/2017 - 08:56 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
US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday.
04/24/2017 - 02:43 PM
CNN anchor alleges Fox News ex-CEO Roger Ailes also harassed her
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television journalist Alisyn Camerota said on Sunday she was a target of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes when she worked at Fox News, joining other former colleagues at the cable channel who have accused their ex-boss of inappropriate behavior. Camerota, now co-host of CNN's "New Day," told that network's Brian Stelter in an interview that Ailes suggested they might have to get to "know each other better" at a hotel if she wanted to succeed at Fox News. "I remember thinking, 'Is this it?'" In the interview with Stelter, Camerota expanded on comments she made last week on her own show, when she said she had experienced "emotional harassment" at Fox and the culture at the network made it impossible to stop.
04/23/2017 - 03:00 PM
Last words haunt surviving teen's sentencing in fatal fire
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — In the last moments of his 14-year life, Joe Phillips dialed his friend's cellphone, cursing in panic. He was trapped by flames that had gotten out of control during what had been a summer afternoon of mischief inside a vacant building.
04/25/2017 - 01:24 PM
US Supreme Court opts to leave CIA 'torture report' secret
The US Supreme Court on Monday turned back an appeal by rights groups seeking to make public a damning report on the CIA's post-September 11 torture program, ensuring it will remain secret. The court rebuffed arguments from the American Civil Liberties Union that the highly classified report, compiled in 2014 by the Senate Intelligence Committee, should be released based on US government transparency rules. "We are disappointed by this major setback for government transparency and accountability.
04/24/2017 - 05:16 PM
Ancient Stone Carvings Show Comet Caused Climate Change
Scientists matched up stone carvings of a comet strike with ancient star formations to date and link the artwork to a devastating climate change that influenced human civilization.
04/24/2017 - 12:54 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
Brooklyn moves to help minor offenders avoid deportation
The public prosecutor's office in the New York borough of Brooklyn will change the way it deals with minor infractions by undocumented immigrants to lessen their risk of expulsion under the Trump administration, it said Monday.
04/24/2017 - 12:35 PM
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04/24/2017 - 03:18 PM
Revised Mazda2 gets significant updates
Despite having been in production now for more than two decades, it's probably fair to say the Mazda2 isn't the best-known or best-loved model in Mazda's range, but the manufacturer is giving it some significant updates to try to challenge that perception. The current model is part of the car's fourth-generation, and it's sold around the globe under a number of different names and by several different manufacturers. The refreshed Mazda2 range goes on sale from June 1, and all variants will now feature Mazda's G-Vectoring Control technology, along with a number of detailed improvements to the car's suspension and steering to deliver improved levels of comfort and a more responsive feel for the driver.
04/24/2017 - 06:46 AM
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