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Poll: Half of Americans say Trump is victim of a 'witch hunt' as trust in Mueller erodes

Poll: Half of Americans say Trump is victim of a 'witch hunt' as trust in Mueller erodesAs the Russia report seems near, a USA TODAY/Suffolk poll finds half of Americans agree Trump is the victim of a 'witch hunt;' trust in Mueller erodes



03/18/2019 - 11:50 AM

 

Gunman kills three in Dutch tram, police hunt for Turkish man

Gunman kills three in Dutch tram, police hunt for Turkish manDutch authorities raised the terrorism threat in Utrecht province to its highest level, schools were told to shut their doors and paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure and also at mosques. Prime Minister Mark Rutte convened crisis talks, saying he was deeply concerned about the incident, which came three days after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. "Our country has today been shocked by an attack in Utrecht... A terrorist motive cannot be excluded," Rutte said in a statement to the media.



03/18/2019 - 11:26 AM

 

UN envoy says Hamas violently suppressed Gaza protests

UN envoy says Hamas violently suppressed Gaza protestsA United Nations envoy condemned Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas on Sunday, accusing the group of violently suppressing peaceful protests. Since Thursday hundreds of Palestinians have taken to the streets in multiple locations throughout the Gaza Strip, protesting the rising cost of living in the Palestinian enclave. "I strongly condemn the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past three days," UN envoy to Israel and the Palestinian territories Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement.



03/17/2019 - 09:42 AM

 

College admissions scandal: Does attending an elite school mean you'll earn more money?

College admissions scandal: Does attending an elite school mean you'll earn more money?The college admissions scandal comes down to money. Graduating from elite schools translates into better jobs and higher salaries, most people think.



03/16/2019 - 03:52 PM

 

New Zealand's biggest online classifieds site bans sale of semi-automatic guns

New Zealand's biggest online classifieds site bans sale of semi-automatic gunsIn the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack, New Zealand is looking to step up on gun control.It's led to the country's biggest online marketplace, Trade Me, stopping the sale of semi-automatic firearms until it receives further instruction from the government.SEE ALSO: Facebook has removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shooting, but questions remain"We have listened to public sentiment following Friday's terrorist attack in Christchurch and decided to remove all semi-automatic firearms sales and parts associated with those weapons today," Trade Me's statement reads.The company said it would aim to remove listings for semi-automatic firearms by the end of Monday. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pledged that the country's gun laws "will change" following the tragedy, and said on Monday she would start discussing the issue within the government."Rightly ... people are asking the question 'why is it that someone with a firearms licence in New Zealand can obtain a military-style semi-automatic weapon?'" Ardern told Radio NZ.The New Zealand Police Association has backed the action on the country's gun laws."Jacinda Ardern has said emphatically that New Zealand's gun laws will change and that now is the time for that change," Police Association president Chris Cahill said in a statement online."I absolutely agree with her and I believe many New Zealanders will be aghast that in our country someone can amass a cache of weapons like that discovered in this Christchurch tragedy."Unlike neighbouring Australia, whose famously strong gun policy resulted in a ban on semi-automatic firearms, New Zealand allows private possession, as long as the owner is approved by police and licensed. As per Gunpolicy.org, New Zealand has double the guns per person than Australia, and the number of privately-owned guns is estimated to be at 1.5 million. There have also been calls for a gun register, which isn't required in New Zealand for most firearms, according to the BBC. WATCH: Delete Facebook says WhatsApp co-founder



03/17/2019 - 11:14 PM

 

5 things to know about Boeing's problems over new airplane

5 things to know about Boeing's problems over new airplaneInvestigators at a lab in France and a field in Ethiopia are looking for clues into the second deadly accident involving Boeing's newest jetliner, while DNA testing has started to identify the remains of victims.



03/16/2019 - 05:06 PM

 

PHOTOS: Possible terror attack on tram in Netherlands leaves 3 dead

PHOTOS: Possible terror attack on tram in Netherlands leaves 3 deadDutch security forces were hunting for a 37-year-old Turkish man suspected of having shot several people, one of them possibly fatally, on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday, in what authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack.



03/18/2019 - 10:05 AM

 

Australia bans tour by alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos over New Zealand massacre remarks

Australia bans tour by alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos over New Zealand massacre remarksAustralia — home of the suspected gunman in the killing of at least 50 people at a New Zealand mosque — has banned right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos from touring over his social media response to the  massacre.



03/16/2019 - 05:07 PM

 

Liberal activists who ambushed Chelsea Clinton write an op-ed to explain why they confronted her

Liberal activists who ambushed Chelsea Clinton write an op-ed to explain why they confronted herChelsea Clinton apologizes for slamming Rep. Ilhan Omar's anti-Semitic remarks when she was confronted about New Zealand.



03/17/2019 - 10:31 AM

 

Joe Biden (almost) announces he is running for president

Joe Biden (almost) announces he is running for presidentThe vice president indicated he was "running" before correcting himself and saying, "I didn't mean it!"



03/16/2019 - 08:49 PM

 

Convicted French cardinal meets pope after saying he would resign

Convicted French cardinal meets pope after saying he would resignPhilippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted this month of failing to report sexual abuse allegations, met Pope Francis on Monday after saying he planned to resign as archbishop of Lyon. Barbarin, 68, the highest-profile cleric to be caught up in the child sex abuse scandal inside the French Church, was handed a six-month suspended prison sentence on March 7. Barbarin is appealing against the verdict.



03/18/2019 - 07:47 AM

 

Traders say 80 businesses hit in 'yellow vest' rampage

Traders say 80 businesses hit in 'yellow vest' rampageSome 80 shops and businesses on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris were vandalised this weekend when "yellow vest" protesters went on the rampage, with about 20 looted or torched, retailers said on Sunday. Saturday's demonstrations were characterised by a sharp increase in violence after weeks of dwindling turnout, with hooded protesters looting and torching shops along the famed avenue. It was the 18th consecutive weekend of demonstrations which began in mid-November as a protest against fuel price hikes but have since morphed into a potent anti-government movement.



03/16/2019 - 08:06 PM

 

View Photos of the 2020 Cadillac CT5

View Photos of the 2020 Cadillac CT5



03/18/2019 - 12:16 AM

 

New Zealand prepares to bury victims of terror attack on its Muslim community

New Zealand prepares to bury victims of terror attack on its Muslim communityThe stricken Muslim community of Christchurch was preparing to bury its dead after the far right terrorist attack on two mosques which stunned New Zealand. Graves for the victims of the worst mass shooting in the country’s history were being dug on Saturday, in anticipation of their bodies being released by the authorities. Workmen using diggers carefully prepared the ground in a quiet corner of Memorial Park Cemetery, with colleagues erecting a cloth over a fence to preserve the dignity of their work on part of the site set aside for Muslim burials, the graves facing Mecca. A few hours earlier Brenton Tarrant, the Australian national accused of the rampage, appeared in court in Christchurch, where he made a white supremacist gesture with his hand while flanked by two police officers. The 28-year-old was charged with one initial count of murder but more are expected to follow and he was remanded in custody until April 5. Christchurch residents outside the Al Noor mosque, where 41 worshippers were shot dead Credit: Jorge Silva/Reuters Police believe Tarrant was responsible for both the attack on the Al Noor mosque and the shooting at the Linwood Islamic Centre a short drive away. Fifty people were killed. A further 36, mostly men, are being treated for injuries at the city’s main hospital, the youngest a boy of two. Two people remain in a critical condition, including a four-year-old girl who was taken to Auckland’s Starship Hospital. Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, said yesterday the country’s gun laws would be tightened, with regulations around semi-automatic weapons, such as the ones allegedly used by Tarrant, "one of the issues" the government would consider. Minister David Parker confirmed that Semi Automatic weapons will be banned in New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/zVOAuyalZk— Kenny Williams (@Ohheykenny) March 16, 2019 Praising the bravery of two rural police officers who detained Tarrant at gunpoint as he allegedly tried to flee from the scene of the shootings, Ardern said he would have gone on target more victims. "It was absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack,” she said. Among Tarrant’s alleged victims were children, the elderly, recently arrived refugees and long settled migrants who had built a new life in a country one of them had described as "a slice of paradise". Daoud Nabi, a 71-year-old retired engineer who migrated from Afghanistan to New Zealand following the Soviet invasion, was the first to die on what Ardern would later call the country’s “darkest day.” In the grisly video allegedly filmed by Tarrant and streamed live online during the attack, the pensioner can be heard saying “hello brother” as he approached the gunman at the entrance to the Al Noor mosque. How Tarrant's hate spread across social media There were reports that Mr Nabi stepped in front of someone else to confront Tarrant, taking the bullets for himself. His son Omar, 43, said that was completely in character for his father, who had believed New Zealand to be a "slice of paradise." “Just helping people is his main thing. It makes me feel like he wanted other people to live,” he said. “To die in the masjid, in the mosque, if something like this happens the golden gates open for you.” At just three-years-old Mucad Ibrahim is thought to have been the youngest victim of the massacre. He had gone to the Al Noor mosque with his father and older brother Abdi, but was lost in the melee when the firing started. Abdi described his little brother as "energetic, playful and liked to smile and laugh a lot", confessing he felt nothing but “hatred” for his killer. Barely a year older than Mucad was Abdullahi Dirie, who was photographed cradled in a man’s arms outside the mosque after being fatally shot. His father and four siblings survived the attack. Abdullahi’s family had made their home in New Zealand after fleeing Somalia in the mid-1990s as refugees. His uncle Abdulrahman Hashi, 60, a preacher at Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis, said: “You cannot imagine how I feel. He was the youngest in the family. This is a problem of extremism. Some people think the Muslims in their country are part of that, but these are innocent people.” The family of Khaled Mustafa thought they had found safety in New Zealand after fleeing the bloody chaos of Syria only a few months ago. But he too became a victim of hatred when he was shot dead while praying with his two sons, Hamza, who is now missing feared dead and Zaid, 13, who is recovering from a six-hour operation on his wounds. Ali Akil, a spokesman for Syrian Solidarity New Zealand, said Mr Mustafa's wife and daughter, who were not at the mosque on Friday, were in "total shock, devastation and horror". He added: “They survived atrocities and arrived here in a safe haven only to be killed in the most atrocious way.." Among those also feared killed was a sports loving teenager described by his family as "a regular, typical, Kiwi kid." Sayyad Milne, who had dreams of playing football professionally, had gone to the Al Noor mosque with his mother Noraini. She managed to flee but Sayyad was cut down as the terrorist made his way through the building. Brydie Henry, Sayyad's half sister, said she was "devastated" by the attack. "They were good people, just living good lives. It's just awful," she added. Hosne Ara Parvin, 42, who moved to New Zealand from Bangladesh, is reported to have taken the full force of the bullets after leaping in front of the gunman to shield her husband Farid Uddin, who was in a wheelchair. Naeem Rashid, a Pakistani-born teacher, also tried to rush the gunman, but died later of his wounds. His son, 22-year-old Talha Naeem, a civil engineering graduate, was among those killed. Mr Rashid’s wife and Naeem’s mother Ambreen said: “I still can't understand or believe why and how this happened. But, I know that my husband is a hero. He always helped people and even in his last moments, he did what he could to help others." Khaja Mohiuddin, a chef, described how a fellow worshipper saved people by tackling the gunman while he and about 15 others hid at the Linwood mosque. He said: “The guy was there with us and said ‘we have to do something”, so he ran and just pulled the gun down.” One of Mr Mohiuddin's friends was killed, shot through the head. Two others are seriously injured, one with a collarbone “ripped off”, the other shot in the shoulder. New Zealand mosque massacre - In pictures While Prime Minister Ardern has vowed to change New Zealand’s gun laws, for Mr Mohiuddin it is too late. “That doesn’t return our loved ones. I know I have lost someone about whom I care, and my two other friends, I do not know for how many months they will be on a bed," he said. "It will not return their time nor my mate’s life back.," he said. Others feared killed were Mohammad Atta Alayan, Palestinian refugee who helped raise funds to build the mosque and Haroon Mahmood, a PhD student from Pakistan, who had two young children. Khaled Mustafa, Syrian refugee who fled Isil, was shot while praying. New Zealand futsal goalkeeper Atta Elayyan, 33, was also killed, as was retired engineer Ali Elmadani, who migrated from the United Arab Emirates in 1998. His daughter Maha Elmadani said: "My Dad always told us to be strong and patient so that's what we are all trying to do. For his sake. He considered New Zealand home and never thought something like this would happen here." The city of Christchurch once again bears the hallmarks of compassion that residents leaned on to help them through the dark months after the earthquake of February 2011 that claimed 185 lives. Opposite the hospital a row of traffic cones was adorned with flowers, while a nearby safety barrier was littered with bouquets. Terror in New Zealand | Read more A poster adorned with angels, butterflies and flowers read: “In loveing (sic) memory of all the beautiful Muslims who had their whole beautiful lives ripped away. We love you all and we know you are in a better place now. We will always walk with you side by side.” Lianne Dalziel, the Mayor of Christchurch said the killings were an “act of cowardice” by a “terrorist” who came to the city with “hate in his heart”. She added: “I want us not to be divided by what has happened, because hate divides. I want us to be united, and that’s what love and compassion and kindness are all about. “I believe that we can, because of our previous experience, recover from this. We can recover in a way that we will be stronger than we were before.” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said this morning that the death toll has risen to 50 after investigators found another body at one of the mosques.  "Security around mosques will continue until Police believe there is no threat," he said. Two other people, a man and a woman, arrested soon after the shootings were not linked to the gunman. The woman had been released without charge, the man has been charged with firearm offences.    A list of those killed in the shootings had now been compiled and families had been advised. Mr Bush said the bodies have not yet been returned to the families as police need to determine the cause of death for each one.   "We have been working pathologist and coroners, and the chief coroner, on that and we have to be clear on cause of death and the identity before we can do that. "We are so aware of the cultural and religious needs so we are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible," Mr Bush added. The Police chief also said that it was "obvious" that a modified weapon had been used.



03/17/2019 - 05:24 AM

 

Ethiopian Airlines black boxes show similarities to Lion Air crash: ministry

Ethiopian Airlines black boxes show similarities to Lion Air crash: ministryBoth planes were Boeing 737 MAX 8s, and both crashed minutes after take-off after pilots reported flight control problems. Concern over the plane's safety caused aviation authorities worldwide to ground the model, wiping billions of dollars off Boeing's market value. Investigators are trying to determine why the aircraft plunged into a field shortly after take off from Addis Ababa, searching for possible similarities to an October Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.



03/17/2019 - 05:01 PM

 

The Latest: O'Rourke sticks with coffee on St. Patrick's Day

The Latest: O'Rourke sticks with coffee on St. Patrick's DayDUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local):



03/17/2019 - 11:42 AM

 

Why waiting 3 more years for Social Security benefits will help this 66-year-old

Why waiting 3 more years for Social Security benefits will help this 66-year-oldBy working another few years, a 66-year-old will avoid tapping an $80,000 nest egg.



03/18/2019 - 09:01 AM

 

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: $11 SanDisk microSD, Fire TV Stick sale, Instant Pots, more

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: $11 SanDisk microSD, Fire TV Stick sale, Instant Pots, moreSundays are meant for rest and relaxation, but you can still find a few minutes to save big on some of the hottest products around. Highlights from today's roundup include all-time low prices on Anker's best fast wireless charging pad AND the company's best fast wireless charging stand, a rare sale that gets you a year of PlayStation Plus for just $45, the lowest prices of the year on Amazon's Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K, a 64GB SanDisk microSD card for only $11 and change, a 128GB Samsung microSD card for $21, discounts on two different Instant Pots, and more. Check out all of today's best bargains below.



03/17/2019 - 07:29 AM

 

South Korea Says It's Considering Holding Talks With North Korea

South Korea Says It's Considering Holding Talks With North KoreaSouth Korea’s Blue House presidential office confirmed a Yonhap News Agency report that it’s mulling a meeting with its reclusive neighbor. Both the U.S. and North Korea “absolutely don’t want” to revert to the situation before 2017 when there was conflict and confrontation, Yonhap cited an unidentified high-level official at the Blue House as saying. U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked away from the negotiation table in February without a plan to denuclearize Pyongyang.



03/17/2019 - 05:35 AM

 

Gambino murder sparks Mafia rumor mill: ‘A couple of guys got to get killed now’

Gambino murder sparks Mafia rumor mill: ‘A couple of guys got to get killed now’Gambino boss Frank Cali, killed Wednesday, was the first made man in the crime family to be whacked in decades.



03/17/2019 - 09:13 PM

 

Donald Trump Jr defends Chelsea Clinton after students blame her for Christchurch mosque terror attack

Donald Trump Jr defends Chelsea Clinton after students blame her for Christchurch mosque terror attackDonald Trump Jr has come to the defence of Chelsea Clinton after students in New York launched an astonishing verbal attack on the heavily pregnant former first daughter blaming her for the Christchurch mosques massacre. The president’s son tweeted: “It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. “We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate.



03/17/2019 - 11:02 AM

 

Buy a Purple mattress and get some sheets for free

Buy a Purple mattress and get some sheets for freeMattresses in a box have exploded in popularity in the past few years. They give you the fresh feeling of a new bed without the hassle of getting it home from the store. Purple is one of these boxed bedding companies, but their mattresses stand out -- rather than foam or springs, Purple uses Smart Comfort Grid technology for its sleepers.SEE ALSO: These are the best mattresses of 2019The grid design is optimized when covered with Purple sheets that are stretchy enough to flex with the mattress. Now until March 25, Purple is actually giving away free sets of sheets when you purchase a mattress. That's a value of up to $129.Purple mattresses are designed for comfort as they are specially engineered to relieve pressure and keep you cool while you sleep. The grid design adjusts to your body's movements and pressure points and leaves room for air to flow through the mattress.Check out their promo video below:Purple sheets are made from a bamboo-based material making them soft, stretchy, and breathable. Plus the fitted sheets are made with a heavy-duty elastic so you don't have to put up a fight trying to keep them in place.Purple sheets come in four colors: White, slate, sand, and purple (obviously) and range in size from twin to split king. Image: purple Get a free pair of sheets when you purchase a mattress from Purple See Details



03/17/2019 - 05:00 AM

 

Saudi crown prince approved 'intervention' against dissidents: report

Saudi crown prince approved 'intervention' against dissidents: reportMore than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, The New York Times reported on Sunday. American officials referred to it as the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group, the Times said. At least some of the clandestine missions were carried out by members of the team that killed and dismembered Khashoggi in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, suggesting his murder was part of a wider campaign against dissidents, the report said, citing the US officials and associates of some Saudi victims.



03/17/2019 - 10:28 PM

 

Mesut Ozil sparks new political row over wedding invite for Turkish president

Mesut Ozil sparks new political row over wedding invite for Turkish presidentThe footballer Mesut Özil has become embroiled in a new political row in Germany over reports he asked Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, to be guest of honour at his wedding. The Arsenal star resigned from the German national team last year claiming he was a victim of racism after coming under fire over his public support for Mr Erdoğan . German politicians spoke out after he was pictured with his fiancee, Amine Gulse, meeting Mr Erdoğan at Istanbul airport last week. “The fact this is still going on will disappoint a lot of football fans, including me,” Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told reporters. Bild, Germany’s highest-selling newspaper, carried reports of the wedding invitation on its front page. Last year's extraordinary political row which culminated in one of Germany’s biggest football stars quitting the national team began when Özil and Ilkay Gündoğan, another player of Turkish descent, posed for photographs with Mr Erdoğan in London. Özil's decision to pose alongside Mr Erdoğan last year set off a political row that culminated in his retirement from the German national team Credit: KAYHAN OZER/AFP Several Germans were being held in Turkey at the time as part of the regime’s crackdown on opposition and press freedom, and the footballer's decision to pose alongside the Turkish president caused widespread public anger in Germany. Many blamed the controversy for Germany’s poor performance in the World Cup, and Özil  subsequently announced his retirement from the national team on Twitter, writing: “If we win, I’m German. If we lose, I’m an immigrant." A third-generation German whose grandparents immigrated from Turkey, Özil defended his decision to pose with Mr Erdoğan as “respecting the highest office of my family's country”. He announced his engagement to Ms Gulse, a former Miss Turkey, earlier this year. “Everyone can invite whoever he likes to his wedding, and of course this also applies to Mesut Özil,” said Cem Özdemir of the Green Party, Germany’s highest-profile politician of Turkish heritage. “But both current and former national players are role models and must ask themselves whether they live up to that role if they indulge autocrats who enrich themselves at the expense of their country and make their opponents disappear in dungeons. I think that is inappropriate.”



03/18/2019 - 10:44 AM

 

Israeli rabbi, wounded in Palestinian attack, dies: hospital

Israeli rabbi, wounded in Palestinian attack, dies: hospitalAn Israeli rabbi died on Monday of wounds from a Palestinian attack a day earlier in the occupied West Bank in which a soldier was killed - an incident that played into Israeli politics three weeks before a national election. The rabbi, Achiad Ettinger, 47, was a father of 12 and a resident of a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. A spokeswoman at Beilinson hospital near Tel Aviv announced Ettinger's death.



03/18/2019 - 06:12 AM

 

The Latest: New Zealand's biggest gun show is canceled

The Latest: New Zealand's  biggest gun show is canceledCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local):



03/17/2019 - 09:44 PM

 

Boeing 'finalizing' anti-stall update after Ethiopia crash

Boeing 'finalizing' anti-stall update after Ethiopia crashBoeing is finalizing a software update and pilot training linked to the MCAS anti-stalling feature, under scrutiny after two 737 Max 8 crashes, the company's CEO said on Sunday. "Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs," the US-based aircraft manufacturer's president and CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, said in a statement.



03/17/2019 - 05:21 PM

 

Trump attacks McCain, who died last year, over dossier leak

Trump attacks McCain, who died last year, over dossier leakRecently unsealed court documents show that an associate of McCain, former State Department diplomat David Kramer, shared copies of the dossier with BuzzFeed and other media outlets -- AFTER the election.



03/17/2019 - 11:23 AM

 

Bear cubs found along Highway 96 in South Lake Tahoe may have been poached

Bear cubs found along Highway 96 in South Lake Tahoe may have been poachedBABY BEARS: Wildlife officials say they believe someone illegally separated the cubs from their mother and left the young animals along the highway.



03/16/2019 - 04:27 PM

 

Burger King launches coffee subscription service to customers for $5 per month

Burger King launches coffee subscription service to customers for $5 per monthThe subscription service will be offered across the United States except in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.



03/18/2019 - 10:58 AM

 

The U.S. Navy Had a Weird, Hand-Cranked Grenade Launcher

The U.S. Navy Had a Weird, Hand-Cranked Grenade LauncherBut the old-school design set the stage for weapons still in use today.



03/16/2019 - 04:00 PM

 

NASA administrator Bridenstine wants everyone to know he still has faith in the SLS

NASA administrator Bridenstine wants everyone to know he still has faith in the SLSWell, that certainly didn't take long! Just a day after NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine alluded to the possibility of flying the new Orion crew capsule's first experimental trip around the Moon using a pair of commercial rockets instead of NASA's own Space Launch System which is still in development, he's issued a new statement assuring everyone that the SLS is still a major part of NASA's future.In a new memo sent to all NASA employees and contractors, Bridenstine clarifies his statement and reassures everyone that NASA still very much anticipates the SLS rocket platform to be its next big thing.The original plan was for NASA to have both the Orion spacecraft and the SLS rocket system ready to test by mid 2020. The two would pair up for Orion's first test flight around the Moon with no crew on board. It's become clear in recent months that while Orion will likely meet its launch window, the SLS is falling behind.A potential solution, Bridenstine said earlier this week, would be to use a pair of commercial rockets to send Orion into Earth orbit and then around the Moon. This left some questioning what the first run of the SLS hardware might be used for once it's completed."Our goal would be to test Orion in lunar orbit in 2020 and free up the first SLS for the launch of habitation or other hardware in 2021," the administrator explained in the memo. "This would get us back on schedule for a crewed lunar orbital mission in 2022 with the added bonus of a lunar destination for our astronauts."None of this is set in stone yet, of course, and NASA says it's going to take around two weeks to study the feasibility of shifting the timeline and using commercial rockets in place of the first SLS rocket hardware. We'll know whether NASA intends to move forward with the new plan soon.



03/17/2019 - 02:07 PM

 

Photos of the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8

Photos of the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8



03/18/2019 - 10:53 AM

 

French President Macron considers banning protests on Champs Elysees: official

French President Macron considers banning protests on Champs Elysees: officialFrench President Emmanuel Macron is considering banning all demonstrations on the Champs Elysees after "yellow vest" rioters wrecked the iconic Parisian avenue last weekend, an official from the president's office said on Monday. On Saturday, protesters related with the "yellow vest" movement burned down the famous Fouquet's restaurant on the Champs Elysees as well as several newspaper stands, a Longchamp luxury goods shop and vehicles. Following Saturday's riots, that were reminiscent of violent clashes last December on the Champs Elysees between protesters and police, Macron summoned a meeting with the interior and justice ministers on Monday.



03/18/2019 - 05:33 AM

 

Mourners pay tribute to New Zealand victims, await burials

Mourners pay tribute to New Zealand victims, await burialsCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people paid tribute Sunday at makeshift memorials to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies.



03/17/2019 - 06:51 PM

 

Funerals for Ethiopia crash victims but little to bury

Funerals for Ethiopia crash victims but little to buryEthiopians were holding funerals Sunday for friends and relatives who perished in last week's Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all onboard and saw the worldwide grounding of the Boeing aircraft involved. Families in 35 nations were left bereaved when the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft plummeted from the sky just minutes into its flight to Nairobi last Sunday, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board. One week after the crash, relatives of the 17 Ethiopian victims gathered with hundreds of others at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, sobbing and holding portraits of their loved ones as an Ethiopian Orthodox priest said the last rites.



03/17/2019 - 09:19 AM

 

Trump news – LIVE: President rails at Joe Biden as 2020 announcement looms, after New Zealand terror complaint and angry attack on dead war hero

Trump news – LIVE: President rails at Joe Biden as 2020 announcement looms, after New Zealand terror complaint and angry attack on dead war heroDonald Trump hit out at an array of targets on Twitter over the weekend, calling on Fox News to restore anchor Judge Jeanine Pirro after she was suspended for making Islamophobic remarks, retweeting a theory the UK is to blame for the Russia investigation and even criticising the late senator John McCain.



03/18/2019 - 11:53 AM

 

737 MAX disaster pushes Boeing into crisis mode

737 MAX disaster pushes Boeing into crisis modeAfter a second air disaster involving the 737 MAX 8, aviation giant Boeing swung into crisis mode, losing $25 billion of market capitalization and suffering a severe hit to its reputation. The tragedy of the Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday, in which all 157 people on board perished, renewed fears about the safety of the plane, and led to it being grounded worldwide -- although the US decision was not made for three days. "It's been a rough week for them," said Matt Yemma, a crisis communication specialist at Peaks Strategies, based in Connecticut.



03/17/2019 - 11:03 AM

 

Whoa. Pi has been calculated out to 31.4 trillion decimals, Google announces on Pi Day

Whoa. Pi has been calculated out to 31.4 trillion decimals, Google announces on Pi DayGoogle employee Emma Haruka Iwao, with the help of the company's cloud computing platform, set a world record calculating Pi to 31.4 trillion digits.



03/17/2019 - 01:36 PM

 

PHOTOS: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City

PHOTOS: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York CityNew York City is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, bringing together hundreds of thousands of marchers in one of the largest American celebrations of Irish heritage.



03/16/2019 - 08:08 PM

 

Today is your last day to get Anker’s best fast wireless charger at its lowest price, just $16.79

Today is your last day to get Anker’s best fast wireless charger at its lowest price, just $16.79If you want a high-quality fast wireless charger at the lowest price possible, Anker's best fast wireless charging pad is down to just $12.59 today after you clip the 10% coupon on the Amazon page. But if you have an iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone X, or any recent Android phone with face unlock, there's another sale you'll definitely want to take advantage of. The Anker PowerWave 10W Fast Wireless Charging Stand holds your phone upright on your desk so face unlock works without you even having to touch your phone. It's well worth the $24 retail price, but it's on sale right now at an all-time low of just $16.79. That sale is scheduled to end today, however, so you'd better grab a few while you still can!Here's some more info from the product page: * The Anker Advantage: Join the 30+ million powered by our leading technology. * The Need for Speed: A high-efficiency chipset provides 10W high-speed charging for Samsung Galaxy, while iPhones get a boosted 5W charge that's 10% faster than other wireless chargers. * Non-Slip, Yes Slim: A slimline profile provides an aesthetically pleasing complement to your desk, while the TPU surface prevents slipping and sliding. * Case Friendly: Don't fumble with your phone case. PowerWave transmits charging power directly through protective cases. Metal attachments or cards may interfere with charging. * What You Get: PowerWave Pad, 3 ft Micro USB Cable, welcome guide, worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service. (no AC Adapter)



03/18/2019 - 07:54 AM

 

BlackRock Sees Emerging Stocks Almost Recouping Last Year's Loss

BlackRock Sees Emerging Stocks Almost Recouping Last Year's LossIn the face of slowing global growth, the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise rates this year, causing the dollar to weaken and improving the flows into emerging markets, said Fraser, global emerging-market equities fund manager. “Markets should recoup most, if not all, of their losses from last year,” Fraser, who is based in Hong Kong and helped manage the firm’s approximately $40 billion of active EM equities as of the end of 2018, said in a phone interview.



03/17/2019 - 06:00 PM

 

UK's Labour will force confidence motion if May's deal fails: Corbyn

UK's Labour will force confidence motion if May's deal fails: CorbynBritain's opposition Labour Party would force a confidence vote in Theresa May's government if the prime minister loses another vote on her Brexit withdrawal deal, leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday. May is expected to put her divorce deal with the European Union before parliament for a third time this week, after lawmakers crushed it twice before. "We've had one confidence vote already," Corbyn told Sky News.



03/17/2019 - 06:25 AM

 

Students look to love at New Zealand school hit by tragedy

Students look to love at New Zealand school hit by tragedyCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Three students from Cashmere High School were at the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayers when a gunman started shooting. When classes resume Monday, none will be there.



03/17/2019 - 10:17 PM

 

Volunteers fly in to wash the dead in New Zealand

Volunteers fly in to wash the dead in New ZealandKamran Nasir was in a finance lecture in Australia when a gunman slaughtered 50 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Within hours he had joined a band of about 60 volunteers on their way to wash the dead victims, in the somber aftermath of New Zealand's worst modern mass shooting spree. "We got this text – they need volunteers," Nasir, 35, told Reuters.



03/18/2019 - 11:50 AM

 

In July 1950, North Korea Defeated the United States Army. What You Need To Know.

In July 1950, North Korea Defeated the United States Army. What You Need To Know.Could it happen again?



03/17/2019 - 05:00 AM

 

US aviation agency defends its vetting of plane involved in crashes

US aviation agency defends its vetting of plane involved in crashesThe US agency that regulates civil aviation said Sunday it followed "standard" procedures in certifying the Boeing jetliner whose anti-stall systems have come under scrutiny after disastrous crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. "The 737 MAX certification program followed the FAA's standard certification process," the Federal Aviation Administration said in an email to AFP.



03/17/2019 - 08:22 PM

 

Take a ride on Southwest Airline's first flight to Hawaii

Take a ride on Southwest Airline's first flight to HawaiiSouthwest Airlines celebrated its inaugural Hawaiian flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, with a blessing, hula dancers and more.



03/18/2019 - 09:32 AM

 

View Every Angle of the 2019 Volvo XC40 T4 in Photos

View Every Angle of the 2019 Volvo XC40 T4 in Photos



03/18/2019 - 11:59 AM

 

Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL look stunning in these new renders

Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL look stunning in these new rendersThis is already shaping up to be a very exciting year for smartphone fans. Well, it would be more accurate to say that 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Android smartphone fans. Apple's upcoming new iPhone 11 handsets are pretty much expected to be another round of "S" upgrades at this point. According to reports from the most accurate Apple insider on the planet, Apple's is sticking to the same notch design it introduced back in 2017 for this year's new iPhone models. They'll sport new cameras and some other new features along with performance upgrades, but the look will supposedly be about the same. Meanwhile, Android phone makers have finally decided to stop copying Apple -- for now, at least -- and come up with some exciting new designs of their own.Smartphone makers are trying all sorts of new ways to inch closer to all-screen smartphone designs. They're all stopgap solutions to tide us over while we wait for nifty new tech that allows cameras and other sensors to be hidden out of sight underneath a phone's display. In the meantime, companies are launching phones with pop-up cameras, slide-out cameras, and hole-punch cameras like the new Galaxy S10 line. It's that last design Google reportedly ended up choosing for its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, and now the company's supposed leaked designs for its Pixel 4 lineup have been mocked up in fantastic new renders.Last week, a leaked sketch was said to have revealed the design of Google's upcoming Pixel 4 XL flagship phone. The sketch seemed a bit, well, sketchy... but subsequent reports suggested that it might be accurate. Now, a graphic designer who goes by @PhoneDesigner on Twitter took the ball and ran with it, using that leak and other rumors to mock up Google's new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. In a word, the look stunning.https://twitter.com/PhoneDesigner/status/1106640786848911361https://twitter.com/PhoneDesigner/status/1106641399846498304https://twitter.com/PhoneDesigner/status/1106646117674958848Here's a closer look at a few of those images:As you can see, there are two slightly different designs Google is rumored to be using this year. The smaller Pixel 4 is said to have a single-lens rear camera along with a single-lens selfie camera. Meanwhile, the larger Pixel 4 XL is shown with a dual-lens selfie camera, and it's believed to be Google's first Pixel phone with a dual-lens rear camera. Both new handsets will reportedly make use of the new "hole-punch" camera design, where round or oblong holes are cut out of the screen to make room for front-facing camera lenses. It takes up less screen real estate than the traditional notch design Apple popularized with the iPhone X, so the results have higher screen-to-body ratios.Google's new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL designs have yet to be confirmed, but Android fans are in for a real treat if these concept renders end up being accurate. Google has historically been way behind the times with its Pixel phone designs, but a Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL that looks like these phones would fit perfectly among other phones that will be released this year. Google isn't expected to launch its new Pixel 4 lineup until sometime in October, however, so we have quite a while to wait before the phones' designs are confirmed.



03/18/2019 - 08:17 AM

 

 

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