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Trump says reelection 'easier' if he is impeached

Trump says reelection 'easier' if he is impeachedUS President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday his chances of retaining the White House in 2020 would be strengthened if Democratic lawmakers start impeachment proceedings against him. "So impeachment's a very unfair thing because nothing that I did was wrong. The Democrats are split over whether Trump should be impeached after the Mueller Report into Russian interference in the 2016 election outlined numerous contacts between his campaign and Russians, as well as evidence that the president tried on several occasions to stymie the investigation.



06/23/2019 - 11:29 AM

 

Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; man seeks mercy

Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; man seeks mercyThe avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing memo submitted in court documents Friday that the defendant should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness.



06/23/2019 - 10:47 AM

 

Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by police

Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by policeSometimes, when life in the wild all gets a bit much, a clean cupboard in a warm home is a much more inviting place for a nap.A black bear broke into a family house, locked itself into a laundry room and then went to sleep on the wardrobe shelf, defying all efforts to lure it out.Police were unable at first to reach the furry intruder because it had managed to bolt the door from the inside as it ripped apart the homeowners’ belongings.When officers knocked on the window to wake the bear, it just yawned, they said.Eventually, they managed to unlock the door to allow wildlife experts to tranquillise the animal to get it out and return it to the wild.The homeowners, in Butler Creek in the US state of Montana, were alarmed to find the animal had barricaded itself in during the night.The Missoula County sheriff’s office posted on social media: “Wow!!! What a day!”They explained: “When deputies arrived, they discovered this black bear had opened the door to the mudroom of this residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside.“After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.“When deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door.“Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.”Officers added: “The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities.”Residents were warned to lock up their homes as the bear had reportedly tried at least two other doors.



06/23/2019 - 01:04 PM

 

Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gathering

Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gatheringSheriff's deputies broke up a large gathering of street racers who had taken over a parking lot in Corona, authorities said.



06/23/2019 - 07:17 PM

 

One Dead, 10 Injured in South Bend Pub Shooting

One Dead, 10 Injured in South Bend Pub ShootingSergio Flores/ReutersOne person has died and at least 10 people have been injured after a gunman opened fire at local pub in South Bend, Indiana, police said Sunday morning. Local police and the Metro Homicide squad were called to a reported mass shooting at 2 a.m. at Kelly’s Pub in South Bend, Indiana. Local news ABC 57 reports that several victims were taken to area hospitals with gunshot wounds. There is no information on the shooter or motive for the crime. South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to give a town hall meeting on Sunday to address concerns after a police shooting last week. This story is developing. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



06/23/2019 - 08:14 AM

 

Oregon Governor Orders State Police to Find GOP State Senators Avoiding a Climate Vote

Oregon Governor Orders State Police to Find GOP State Senators Avoiding a Climate Vote“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” a Republican state senator said



06/22/2019 - 11:36 AM

 

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View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class



06/23/2019 - 06:01 PM

 

Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia

Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia(Bloomberg) -- Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he underestimated the challenges of governing the country before his shock election victory last year.“I underestimated because we were on the outside and we didn’t get any information on what was happening on the inside,” Mahathir said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin in Bangkok at the 5th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit. “We are having a very tough time dealing with damages in the finances as well as the crimes that were committed.”Here are some key comments from the interview:1MDBGoldman Sachs offered “a little compensation” versus the “huge killing” it made, Mahathir said, noting he was unsure where the money lost from the 1MDB scandal has gone.The scandal surrounding 1MDB sprawls from the U.S. to Switzerland, reaching the highest levels of Malaysian politics while ensnaring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in its first criminal case. Mahathir has raised the amount he wants to recoup from 1MDB to $7 billion after previously saying he sought $4.5 billion that U.S. prosecutors estimated went missing from the state fund. So far, the Southeast Asian country has brought back less than $500 million.Mahathir said in May he was awaiting a response from Goldman Sachs before deciding whether to take legal action against the bank over “too high” fees on 1MDB bond sales. Malaysia had already announced criminal charges against Goldman in December, accusing the lender of misleading investors when it knew that funds raised from the $6.5 billion bond offer it arranged would be misappropriated. The bank said it will defend against the allegations.ChinaMahathir disagreed he was sending a message to the U.S. by taking China’s side on certain issues. It’s “free speech,” he said. “I don’t like the old idea of cooking something up in the West and then asking us to accept them. China is a bit more sensitive to our feelings.”On the resumed multi-billion dollar rail project, he said: “We were able to renegotiate the terms of the contract. It is quite obvious that the contract was overpriced.,” he said. The government considered dropping the project altogether “but did not want to pay huge compensation on it.”The project will now cost 44 billion ringgit ($10.7 billion) instead of the original 65.5 billion ringgit, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office in April.SuccessionLast May, Mahathir led Malaysia to its first change in government since its independence from Britain in 1957. The country is set for another political shift as he is expected to hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim, who said Mahathir had made it “very clear” that Anwar would get the top seat by May next year.Mahathir said he will hand over to Anwar in “a year or so.” He doesn’t want to leave Malaysia in shambles, he said, pointing to the state of the country when his predecessor Najib Razak was ousted.“I made a promise, I keep my promise,” Mahathir said. When asked why he was reluctant to set a date for the handover, Mahathir said it was because “there may be something I need to do before I step down,” noting he wanted to fix Malaysia’s debt.When asked whether he had changed, Mahathir replied: “I don’t know, I’m still myself. Well I want to work for the country. I don’t have much of a future so the last thing I want to do is to go away leaving the country in shambles, like the previous one.”EconomyMahathir has trimmed state spending to narrow the budget deficit to 3.4% of gross domestic product this year, from a five-year high of 3.7% last year. Fiscal recovery remains fragile as the government spends billions rescuing troubled institutions from the Hajj fund to an agency overseeing farmers. His administration replaced a sweeping goods-and-services tax with a more targeted consumption tax last year, and is now counting on state oil company dividends to support revenue.The government would be careful in choosing buyers for beleaguered national carrier Malaysian Airlines Bhd, he said Friday, noting: “If there is a good offer, we will consider.”(Updates with Mahathir comment in 14th paragraph. An earlier version of this story corrected a quote in 3rd and 11th paragraphs from story that moved on Friday.)To contact the reporters on this story: Yudith Ho in Kuala Lumpur at yho35@bloomberg.net;Anisah Shukry in Kuala Lumpur at ashukry2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



06/24/2019 - 01:50 AM

 

UPDATE 1-Iran, Venezuela may complicate global oil deal talks - Kazakhstan

UPDATE 1-Iran, Venezuela may complicate global oil deal talks - KazakhstanTalks between OPEC and its allies next month about whether to extend their pact on cutting oil supplies "won't be easy" and may be complicated by the situation facing Iran and Venezuela, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other large oil producers, including Russia and Kazakhstan, meet in Vienna on July 1-2 to discuss whether the oil output deal, which expires after June 30, should be continued. Kazakhstan wanted the deal extended into the second half of the year, he said, describing the oil price in a range of $60-$70 per barrel as "suitable".



06/24/2019 - 03:29 AM

 

Trump vows more sanctions on Iran, says military action is still 'on the table'

Trump vows more sanctions on Iran, says military action is still 'on the table'President Donald Trump said Saturday that the United States will place additional sanctions on Iran in a bid to force Tehran to the bargaining table and warned that possible military action against Iran is still "on the table."



06/22/2019 - 03:33 PM

 

Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelines

Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelinesFive underwater pipelines have been damaged and put out of order after a sabotage attack off the coastal town of Banias, Syria's oil ministry said Sunday. The damage was discovered after divers checked to see what was behind an oil leakage, the ministry said. Banias is home to one of Syria's two oil refineries.



06/23/2019 - 02:40 PM

 

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boatItaly's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he would hold the Netherlands and the European Union "responsible" for the fate of 42 migrants that Rome has blocked from disembarking at Italian ports for over a week. The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12. While 11 of those on board the Sea-Watch have been allowed to disembark -- including two pregnant women -- the vessel has been denied permission to dock in Italy.



06/23/2019 - 12:00 PM

 

Nasa's Curiosity rover detects methane in latest hint at life on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover detects methane in latest hint at life on MarsNasa's Curiosity rover has detected another methane "spike" on Mars, in what could be a sign of alien life on the red planet. According to the New York Times, which obtained an email about the discovery written by senior scientists at Nasa, the rover detected "startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air." The detection of methane hints at an even greater discovery - life on Mars - as the gas is often generated by microbes underground known as methanogens,which can survive without oxygen. "Given this surprising result, we’ve reorganized the weekend to run a follow-up experiment, " wrote scientist Ashwin R. Vasavada  in the email published by the New York Times. It is not the first time Nasa's robot has detected methane levels on the planet, and scientists are still not sure whether the gas is caused by living microbes.  This is because geothermal reactions, with no biological life involved, can also create methane.  When Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012 it could find barely any traces of methane, with less than one part per billion in the atmosphere.  Then in 2013 the rover detected a sudden increase in methane levels, with seven parts methane per billion, which endured for several months and then vanished.  The most recent discovery of Methane is 21 parts per billion, three times higher than the "spike" in 2013.  While increased methane levels measured by @MarsCuriosity are exciting, as possible indicators for life, it’s important to remember this is an early science result. To maintain scientific integrity, the science team will continue to analyze the data before confirming results. pic.twitter.com/zSrONQHuc5— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 22, 2019 Scientists are also not ruling out the possibility that the methane was not recent, having been trapped underground for millions of years, and only now is gradually emerging through cracks in the surface.  Thomas Zurbuchen, from Nasa's science mission directorate, advised people not to jump to any conclusions about the methane detection in a message on Twitter.  "While increased methane levels measured by Mars Curiosity are exciting, as possible indicators for life, it's important to remember this is an early science result," he wrote.  "To maintain scientific integrity, the science team will continue to analyse the data before confirming results."



06/23/2019 - 08:36 AM

 

University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Missing for Nearly a Week After Taking Lyft

University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Missing for Nearly a Week After Taking LyftSLC Police DepartmentMackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student, texted her parents on June 17 to let them know she had landed safely at the Salt Lake City airport, her father told Fox News. Nobody has heard from her in the week since. According to police, Lueck landed home from a trip around 1 a.m. She then ordered a Lyft to an unfamiliar address in North Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to friends, Lueck’s phone has been off since she went missing, her car is still at her home, and her luggage hasn’t been found. She has not shown up to work, or class, since that early morning ride. Lueck's dad told local Fox station KTSU his daughter texted he and his wife to tell them her flight landed around 1 a.m. on Monday, June 17. Her family officially reported her missing that Thursday.Though Lueck has been missing for nearly a week, and police are investigating her disappearance, a formal search party has not been set up, the Tribune reports. In a press release issued by the Salt Lake City police department on Saturday, investigators said they have not “discovered any information that would lead us to believe that Mackenzie has been harmed or is in danger at this time.” In the same release, police also said “detectives are concerned for Mackenzie’s welfare.” Lyft has been working with Utah police to help trace Lueck's last known whereabouts, the Tribune reports.The ride share company told Fox News that the car’s route showed no irregularities, Lueck was successfully dropped off at her desired destination, and the driver began picking up more passengers immediately after her ride was complete. Authorities said they've been in contact with Lueck's apparent driver, but have not provided details of their account. “We’ve confirmed with Lyft, the app, that’s where she requested to go, and with the driver that that’s where she did go,” Salt Lake City Police Sargeant Brandon Shearer told ABC News. Shearer said the driver and Lyft have been cooperative. Lyft told Fox News in a statement on Sunday that they “recognize how scary this must be for those who know and love Ms. Lueck... The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigations.”Lueck, who reportedly goes by “Kenzie,” is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, according to the Tribune. Her sorority sister Ashley Fine has been organizing volunteers to help in the informal search. Fine told The Salt Lake Tribune she does not know why her friend, who does not have a significant other, would have taken a ride to the address in North Salt Lake, instead of going directly to her home. As part of the community effort to find her, Lueck's friends organized a postering event at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday. A Facebook page with over 2,000 members has also been set up to help spread the word about her disappearance.“Everyone thinks that there’s danger in this story,” Fine told a local abc news affiliate. “Things aren’t adding up. She had another trip planned,” Fine said. “She’s making those plans with friends and family to have plans for the future. I don’t think she would hurt herself or anything like that... If you’re in a bad situation, please reach out... We’re really concerned for you.”Anyone with information about Lueck’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000 and reference case No. 19-111129.This is a developing story.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



06/23/2019 - 04:45 PM

 

For Dems, there's no chickening out at Clyburn's fish fry

For Dems, there's no chickening out at Clyburn's fish fryCrowds snaked out the lot of the amphitheater, waiting for a free meal and a chance to hear 21 Democrats make their presidential pitch. What could go wrong?



06/22/2019 - 11:08 AM

 

Migrant detention conditions in Texas 'the worst I've ever seen', admits Republican after reports of lice-infested children sleeping on floors

Migrant detention conditions in Texas 'the worst I've ever seen', admits Republican after reports of lice-infested children sleeping on floorsConditions in Texas migrant detention centres are the “worst I’ve ever seen”, a Republican from the state has admitted, after reports from lawyers suggested children were enduring lice infestations, flu infections and nights sleeping on cold concrete floors.Representative Michael McCaul added that “at a minimum”, Congress should create a humanitarian aid package for young people being held near the US-Mexico border. He blamed a lack of action by politicians for the filthy conditions.Speaking on CBS’s Face The Nation programme, he said: “I’ve been down there throughout my 15 years in Congress and before that, as a federal prosecutor. This is the worst I’ve ever seen it, and it has to be taken care of.”He would vote for a “compassionate, humanitarian package” whether or not it was tied to wider border security measures, he said.It came after a lawyer working with migrant children detained at Border Patrol facilities in Texas raised concerns for their welfare.Warren Binford said she had met children who had been held for weeks at a time – when the limit is 72 hours – with hundreds living together in a windowless warehouse at one base in Clint, in El Paso county.Families were separated and older children made to care for younger ones, she told the New Yorker magazine. “The United States is taking children away from their family unit and reclassifying them as unaccompanied children.“But they were not unaccompanied children. And some of them were separated from their parents.”She added: “We received reports from children of a lice outbreak in one of the cells where there were about twenty-five children, and what they told us is that six of the children were found to have lice.“They were given a lice shampoo, and the other children were given two combs and told to share those two combs ... which is something you never do with a lice outbreak.“One of the combs was lost, and Border Patrol agents got so mad that they took away the children’s blankets and mats. They weren’t allowed to sleep on the beds, and they had to sleep on the floor ... as punishment.”Some children had not been able to shower or brush their teeth for some days, Ms Binford told the magazine, while some had caught flu.At the weekend, Mr Trump delayed a planned migration crackdown in 10 major cities “at the request of Democrats”, in order to give politicians a chance to resolve the border issue that has plagued his presidency.Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids designed to snare families who had been served with deportation orders were put back two weeks.



06/23/2019 - 05:57 PM

 

Feds probe 'quality' of repairs on plane in Hawaii crash

Feds probe 'quality' of repairs on plane in Hawaii crashFederal investigators will review repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that became inverted before crashing shortly after takeoff on Oahu's North Shore, killing all 11 people on board in the deadliest civil aviation accident since 2011. Repairs were then made to get the plane back into service, National Transportation Safety Board officials said at a news conference Sunday. "We will be looking at the quality of those repairs and whether it was inspected and whether it was airworthy," the NTSB's Jennifer Homendy said.



06/24/2019 - 12:28 AM

 

UPDATE 4-Yemen's Houthis hit Saudi airport, killing one, wounding 21 - Saudi-led coalition

UPDATE 4-Yemen's Houthis hit Saudi airport, killing one, wounding 21 - Saudi-led coalitionYemen's Houthi movement launched an attack on Abha civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Sunday that killed one person and wounded 21 others, the Saudi-led coalition battling the group in Yemen said. Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV earlier said that the Iran-aligned movement had targeted Abha and Jizan airports in the south of the kingdom with drones attacks. "A terrorist attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeted Abha airport, killing a Syrian resident and wounding 21 civilians," the coalition said in a statement carried on Saudi state television.



06/23/2019 - 02:50 PM

 

Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, more

Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, moreHere's what happens when emergency strikes on the high seas, from norovirus on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Coast Guard airlifts from Carnival Pride.



06/24/2019 - 08:59 AM

 

Hunt steps up attacks on Johnson in UK leadership contest

Hunt steps up attacks on Johnson in UK leadership contestForeign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stepped up his attacks Monday on front-runner Boris Johnson in the race to become Britain's next prime minister, challenging him to face public scrutiny amid the fallout from a reported quarrel with his girlfriend that prompted a police visit. Writing in the Times of London, Hunt said Johnson needs to earn the public's trust by facing television debates before 160,000 Conservative Party members vote on which one of them should lead the party. "Don't be a coward, Boris," Hunt wrote.



06/24/2019 - 07:05 AM

 

Iran reports previous incident with 'spy drone' in May

Iran reports previous incident with 'spy drone' in MayIran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted a map on Sunday showing a border incident with a "spy drone" encroaching its airspace in late May. Days after Iran shot down another US drone it said had entered its territory, Zarif said the US-made MQ9 Reaper -- also widely used for carrying out military strikes -- had entered Iranian airspace on May 26.



06/23/2019 - 09:11 AM

 

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: $8 wireless charger, $79 soundbar, AirPods 2 and iPad deals, more

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: $8 wireless charger, $79 soundbar, AirPods 2 and iPad deals, moreSunday's daily deals roundup is so good, you won't even know what hit you. Highlights include an awesome smartwatch with 30-day battery life for just $79.99, the upgraded faster version of Amazon's best-selling Wi-Fi range extender for just $24.99, the first big discount on AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case, brand new Apple iPads starting at just $249, nearly $100 off the excellent Roomba 690 robot vacuum with Alexa support, a terrific Vizio soundbar for just $78.99, multi-color LED smart light bulbs for $15 a piece, a wireless keyboard you never need to charge for $39.99, a fast wireless charging pad for only $8.49, and more. See all of today's best bargains below.



06/23/2019 - 07:32 AM

 

Thomas Roberts on Stonewall 50: ‘I Want LGBTQ Kids to Know It’s OK. It’s OK to Be Different, and OK to Be Gay’

Thomas Roberts on Stonewall 50: ‘I Want LGBTQ Kids to Know It’s OK. It’s OK to Be Different, and OK to Be Gay’Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.Thomas RobertsJournalistWhen/how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of them?I learned of the Stonewall Riots in 2006-2007. It was shortly after coming out publicly. I was utterly impressed at the bravery protesters showed. They put it all on the line for us.  The Stonewall Riots: What Really Happened, What Didn’t, and What Became MythWhat is their significance for you?Without Stonewall where would we be today? It was the spark.How far have we LGBT people come since 1969?Since 1969 we’ve come out of the shadows of shame and intolerance. In 50 years the LGBTQ community is a force to be reckon with, but we still have battles ahead. And it’s not solely on LGBTQ rights. We need to show up wherever people are marginalized and oppressed. We need to show up when we aren’t personally the sole beneficiaries.What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?I’d love to see an LGBTQ President. And I believe in my lifetime we just might. But in the meantime I want LGBTQ kids to know it’s OK. It’s OK to be different. It’s OK to be gay. The world is a big and wonderful place... eventually we all find our peace. However, it doesn’t come without ups and downs. There will be high highs and low lows. Keep going. It will all be OK. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



06/22/2019 - 10:28 PM

 

Trump says he ‘may’ bring up election interference with Putin

Trump says he ‘may’ bring up election interference with Putin“I may if you'd like me to do it, I'll do that,” he told Chuck Todd.



06/23/2019 - 09:24 AM

 

Chevy’s 2020 Silverado 1500 3.0L Duramax Is the Brand’s Ultrasmooth Answer to the Half-Ton Diesel Truck Wars

Chevy’s 2020 Silverado 1500 3.0L Duramax Is the Brand’s Ultrasmooth Answer to the Half-Ton Diesel Truck WarsRefined and quiet, Chevy's Duramax inline-six is the latest light-duty diesel in the segment.



06/23/2019 - 12:01 AM

 

The Latest: Company linked to motorcycle crash cooperating

The Latest: Company linked to motorcycle crash cooperatingThe owner of a company that employs the truck driver identified as involved in a deadly collision with motorcycles says he can't reach the driver. Dartanyan Gasanov is the owner of Westfield Transport of Springfield, Massachusetts.



06/22/2019 - 09:10 PM

 

Pakistan foreign minister says trust must be rebuilt with Afghanistan

Pakistan foreign minister says trust must be rebuilt with AfghanistanPakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday called for trust to be rebuilt between Islamabad and Kabul as Pakistan began a new initiative to bolster a faltering peace process aiming to end Afghanistan's lengthy civil war. Pakistan on Saturday hosted a conference to bring together more than 50 Afghan leaders, including politicians and tribal elders, but there were no representatives of the Afghan Taliban militants, who have been fighting for years to expel foreign forces and defeat the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been strained in recent years amid long-standing allegations by Kabul and Washington that Pakistan has been sheltering the Taliban militants since U.S.-led forces removed them from power in 2001, something Islamabad denies.



06/22/2019 - 11:52 AM

 

8 Can't-Miss Towns Near Great Driving Roads

8 Can't-Miss Towns Near Great Driving Roads



06/23/2019 - 04:00 PM

 

Dad of Maleah Davis, slain 4-year-old, shares photos of her 'My Little Pony'-themed casket

Dad of Maleah Davis, slain 4-year-old, shares photos of her 'My Little Pony'-themed casketThe father of Maleah Davis, the 4-year-old whose remains were found in Arkansas earlier this month, posted photos of 'My Little Pony'-themed casket.



06/23/2019 - 05:17 PM

 

The fat bear cams are back in business

The fat bear cams are back in businessIt's high time to devour 4,500-calorie salmon.The live webcams along Katmai National Park's Brooks River -- set in remote Alaska and operated by the wildlife streamers explore.org -- just came online for the 2019 season. For the next few months brown bears will wolf down copious amounts of salmon as they fatten up, some in extreme ways, in preparation for the winter's long, callous hibernation.The bears grew impressively fat in 2018, and global viewers may witness a similar plumping up of the ravenous omnivores this summer and fall. Bear 409, also known as "Beadnose," was crowned the park's Fat Bear Week champion last October, after a remarkable transformation."Bears benefitted from the abundance of fish," said ecologist Mike Fitz, a former park ranger at Katmai National Park who now reports on bear activity for explore.org. "Nearly every one at Brooks River last fall was fat or extremely fat."> BearCam is now LIVE. What are you waiting for? https://t.co/s57727MRTp pic.twitter.com/nNTJSk0wiF> > -- explore.org (@exploreorg) June 22, 2019Fitz is pleased the bears have started their return to the river. Each bear has its own tales of victory, defeat, and hardship. It's a natural, live-streamed drama, set in the unforgiving wilderness."Watching bears and salmon always reminds me that these animals live in a changing, competitive world where survival and success are not guaranteed," said Fitz.As of June 22, explore.org had turned on five webcams, though seven cameras will eventually stream live from the Alaskan subarctic this winter.The salmon run really ramps up in early July -- so don't be discouraged if the cams aren't yet teeming with bears. Still, bears can already be watched fishing for salmon at the now world-famous Brooks River falls.  Bears to watch for this summerKatmai's park rangers and biologists get to know the webcam bears quite well, because many bears prudently return to the salmon-rich river each year -- and some return for decades.Fitz has already spotted a few usual culprits along the Brooks River, and noted some particularly intriguing developments to look out for this summer:1\. Bear 856An aggressive Bear 856, on right.Image: NPs / Mike FitzThis tough bruiser earned the title as the Brooks River's most dominant bear last year. Since 2011, bear 856 has forced other big bears out the most desirable fishing spots, and lesser bears often flee from his very presence. But, in 2017, bear 856 appeared weak and lost his claim of supreme dominance to the younger male bear 32, or "Chunk."Will bear 856 still reign as king in 2019?"We watched 856 regain his status as the river's most dominant bear last year, but each year I wonder if he'll be able to maintain that rank," said Fitz. "He's not getting any younger and there are several other large bears to contend with."Bear 503Bear 503Image: npsBear 503 has had perhaps the most dramatic history of any Brooks River bear. In the summer of 2014, as a 1.5-year-old bear, his mother abandoned him, leaving bear 503 helpless -- and likely to soon starve to death.But bear 503 did not die. He was, to the amazement of park rangers, adopted by another bear, and has since grown into a large, healthy bear.Perhaps 503, like bear 856, will mature into one of the more dominant males this summer.SEE ALSO: A big red reason not to dig a mine in Alaska's fat bear country"He's grown a lot during the intervening years and has been largely playful and tolerant of other bears," noted Fitz. "Five-zero-three still has a lot of growing in the next few years and even 856 played with other bears when he was younger, but I wonder how he will behave as his priorities change and he matures into a fully grown bear."Bear 402Bear 402 and cubs in 2018.Image: nps / Mike FitzBear 402 arrived at the Brooks River with a rare four newly-born cubs in 2018. It's challenging for cubs to survive their first year, amid dangerous males, competition for food, and the harshness of the Alaskan wild. Bear 856, for example, killed a cub last summer.The question that looms large is how many of 402's cubs will survive?"I'm curious to know whether all of her cubs survived the winter and spring," said Fitz. "We've seen a few other instances of bears with litters of four at Brooks River, but no mother has successfully weaned a litter of four, generally losing one or more cubs before their second year."Don't forget...Beyond these well-known characters, the bears' diligent webcam watchers will almost certainly look for 2018's conspicuously fat omnivores, the likes of bear 409, bear 747, and old Otis (bear 480).But, let us not forget the foundational reason why any bears are there at all: the hefty salmon. Bounties of the fish have come to spawn in Katmai's river and streams. Yet along the way, some will meet the claws of the ravenous bears, who consume the salmons' fatty brains, skin, and vivid red flesh."Salmon make the ultimate sacrifice in order to reproduce and without them, Katmai's ecosystem would be impoverished," said Fitz. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?



06/23/2019 - 11:17 AM

 

Man arrested month after woman jumps from window to escape brutal 6-hour rape

Man arrested month after woman jumps from window to escape brutal 6-hour rapeA month later, police arrested the man accused of raping a woman for six hours.



06/22/2019 - 01:53 PM

 

Meghan Markle Remodels the Engagement Ring Given to Her by Prince Harry for a Way Fancier Look

Meghan Markle Remodels the Engagement Ring Given to Her by Prince Harry for a Way Fancier LookWPA Pool“What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,” Prince Harry is said to have dramatically declared in the run-up to the royal wedding.In this case, it seems, what Meghan wanted was a fancier engagement ring, and now that’s exactly what she has got.Eagle-eyed photo editors at Britain’s Sun newspaper have observed that Meghan has significantly upgraded the engagement ring given to her by Prince Harry.In its original configuration, the ring featured a thick gold band strung with a row of three diamonds.Harry said at the time: “The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s her favorite, and the main stone itself is sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection, to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”Botswana holds special memories for Harry and Meghan as they spent her 36th birthday there, ahead of their engagement.Resetting an engagement ring, although sometimes awkward, is far from unheard of. Many is the stylish woman who, finding herself confronted with a less-than-perfect and very expensive engagement ring designed by her perhaps less aesthetically attuned husband, has decided to remodel.And The Sun, squinting over pictures of the princess taken at the Trooping of the Colour this month, has concluded that Meghan has done exactly this, resetting the stones on a much thinner, diamond-studded gold band.Meghan was observed to have ditched her engagement ring toward the end of her pregnancy, leading to speculation that her fingers had swollen, and it now appears this might be when the work on the jewelry was done.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



06/24/2019 - 06:22 AM

 

Trump news – live: President blasted for vetoing general’s appointment because he opposes torture, as Kellyanne Conway faces subpoena

Trump news – live: President blasted for vetoing general’s appointment because he opposes torture, as Kellyanne Conway faces subpoenaDonald Trump is facing criticism on multiple fronts as the week begins, juggling conflict with Iran with outcry over the treatment of children in “filthy” border detention centres and the leaking of documents revealing he vetoed the appointed of a senior general over his opposition to the use of torture.After postponing the mass deportation of immigrants at the request of Democrats over the weekend, the president gave an interview to NBC’s Meet the Press in which he struggled with questions about possible Russian election hacking in 2020, the state of the US economy and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is meanwhile in Saudi Arabia to address tensions in the Middle East, threatening “significant” new sanctions against Tehran while expressing an interest in opening talks with the regime.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



06/24/2019 - 06:42 AM

 

Debate in Germany over tie-up between Merkel's CDU and far-right

Debate in Germany over tie-up between Merkel's CDU and far-rightUntil now, a possible tie-up between any of Germany's mainstream parties and the rising far-right AfD movement has always been strictly seen as a political taboo. One possibility is an alliance with the fiercely anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), at least at a regional level. Local elections in three states in the east of the country where polls suggest that the AfD could become the strongest political force -- Saxony, Brandenburg and Thuringia -- are forcing the CDU to rethink its stance.



06/23/2019 - 08:32 PM

 

Hotel owner sues insurance company after Vegas mass shooting

Hotel owner sues insurance company after Vegas mass shootingMore than 4,000 people are seeking damages from MGM Resorts International related to the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that left 58 people dead, the casino giant said in a lawsuit alleging its insurance company has failed to pay promised legal costs. Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts alleges breach-of-contract and accuses Illinois-based Zurich American Insurance Co. of failing to pay defense costs for damage claims stemming from the 2017 shooting. MGM Resorts owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, where the shooter opened fire from a 32nd-floor window, and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue where country music concert-goers died and more than 850 people were injured.



06/22/2019 - 05:01 PM

 

Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul

Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in IstanbulTurkey's main opposition claimed a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul's re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a new beginning in the country's largest city. Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), was leading with 54% of votes versus 45% for Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said. The election was Istanbul's second in three months after results of an initial March vote were scrapped, setting up the do-over as a test of Turks' ability to check what many saw as their president's increasingly authoritarian power.



06/22/2019 - 10:08 PM

 

This top-rated fast wireless charger is somehow only $6.99 right now on Amazon

This top-rated fast wireless charger is somehow only $6.99 right now on AmazonI don't care what smartphone you use... if it supports wireless charging, there's a deal on Amazon right now that you definitely need to take advantage of. The PeohZarr Qi-Certified 10W Fast Wireless Charger is one of the best-rated wireless chargers on Amazon. It supports three different wireless charging speeds -- standard 5W charging, 7.5W fast wireless charging for iPhones, and 10W fast wireless charging for Samsung and other Android phones -- and it also has a nifty feature that stops the charging indicator light from glowing after a few seconds so it doesn't bug you while you're sleeping. Our readers flock to this awesome wireless charger by the hundreds when it goes on sale for $10, and right now it's on sale for an all-time low of $6.99. Hurry!Here are the highlights from the product page: * 【TOP SPEED & QI CERTIFIED】With the specially-designed chip and latest power solution, This wireless charger has ever a remarkable charging efficiency up to 85%, 20%-30% higher than regular chargers. * 【10W, 7.5W, 5W CHARGING MODES】10W fast charge mode for Samsung, 7.5W fast charge mode for iPhone, 5W mode for all Qi-enabled devices. Fast charge requires QC 2.0/3.0 adapter (Not Included) * 【NEVER HEAT UP】The built-in chip of wireless phone charger and porous design provides temperature control, never worry about overheated temperature will damage your phone battery. * 【MULTIPLE PROTECTIONS】With our innovative tech, any abnormal condition like over-voltage and short-circuit can be detected, corresponding measures will be taken to protect your phone 100% safe. * 【SLEEP FRIENDLY】 The LED of the Qi charger breathes 5 times at the beginning and then stays off, no reminder after fully charged either, this design brings you a soundly sleep without any disturb. * 【NO RISK FOR YOUR MONEY】You will get a 3-year warranty and 1-year no questions asked money back guarantee. Feel free to contact us if you have any request, we will solve your problem within 24 hours! * 【READ USER MANUAL CAREFULLY】Incorrect methods you place device on the wireless charging pad might lead to heating of the charger and flash of indicator all the time. Manual will help you. * 【CARRY IT TO TRAVEL】With 2.36oz weight and compact body. It is easy to take the Qi fast charger to everywhere. Its surface is anti-scratch. Feel free to put it in your pocket or bag with no worries. * 【QUALITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN PRICE】 We will not sacrifice quality for price! Every part of our 10W wireless charger is made of selected superb materials. You will prefer quality to price, right? * 【ANTI-SLIP DESIGN】Both sides feature anti-slip design. Neither would it slip from your desk, nor would your phone slip off from the wireless charging pad. Totally no worry about your device.



06/24/2019 - 08:40 AM

 

Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign up

Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign upTSA, trying to boost enrollment in the expedited security program, is studying options including a shorter, cheaper membership and mobile enrollment.



06/23/2019 - 11:19 AM

 

Report: Dubai plane that crashed followed others too closely

Report: Dubai plane that crashed followed others too closelyA plane involved in a fatal crash that killed four people working on improvements at Dubai International Airport had followed other larger aircraft landing there too closely as air traffic controllers offered inconsistent warnings about the hazard, a preliminary investigative report released Sunday found. The May 16 crash of the Diamond DA62 saw the aircraft roll upside-down in air and smash into a park near the airport at high speed, killing the three Britons and one South African on board, according to the report by the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority. The twin propeller-engine light aircraft first lost control in the wake of a Thai Airways Airbus A350 landing at Dubai's airport, the world's busiest for international travel.



06/23/2019 - 09:23 AM

 

Suspects Accused of Abducting, Sexually Assaulting Woman in Virginia Deny Allegations from Behind Bars

Suspects Accused of Abducting, Sexually Assaulting Woman in Virginia Deny Allegations from Behind BarsIn a jailhouse interview, two of the people accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman in Henrico County called the victim`s allegations untrue.



06/22/2019 - 12:18 PM

 

Navy SEALs Testify Their Chief Shot Girl, Man in Iraq

Navy SEALs Testify Their Chief Shot Girl, Man in IraqMike Blake/ReutersSAN DIEGO NAVAL BASE, Calif.—Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward R. “Eddie” Gallagher, a 20-year veteran of the Navy, fatally shot a man and a young girl in Iraq during separate incidents in 2017, two of his fellow SEALS told a military court Friday afternoon. He also admonished snipers for failing to kill the man who had been walking along a river path.Gallagher, 40, is on trial and facing seven criminal counts, including attempted murder for allegedly shooting the man and girl, and for premeditated murder for allegedly fatally stabbing a wounded, teenage ISIS fighter captured by Iraqi military forces in early May 2017.Neither of the SEALs who testified said they actually saw Gallagher fire the fatal shots, and his defense attorney put blame for their deaths on ISIS fighters likely operating near the SEALs’ sniper positions in Mosul.The testimony came a day after a medic who was with Gallagher shocked the court by testifying that he may have been the one who killed the girl. The decorated SEAL has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include additional violations of general orders. He is alleged to have posed for photos with the dead ISIS fighter's corpse and he is accused of obstructing justice when he tried to stop some from reporting his actions during an Iraq deployment with SEAL Team 7's Alpha Platoon. Gallagher's defense team claims that he’s being unfairly prosecuted and targeted by junior SEALs jealous of his reputation and with personal vendettas against him.Gallagher's general court-martial began Tuesday before Judge Navy Capt. Aaron Rugh and a seven-member jury comprised of four senior enlisted Marines, a Marine chief warrant officer, a Navy SEAL chief and a Navy commander. All the jurors have combat experience. A conviction on any of the charges requires a two-thirds vote. The trial is expected to run at least through next week.Gallagher wore his gold Trident pin above several rows of ribbons on his chest to court. He sat at a table in front of his wife, friends and family, and was flanked by five members of his defense team, including Marc Mukasey, who has served as President Trump’s personal attorney and Tim Parlatore, his lead defense attorney.Witness Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Dalton Tolbert avoided looking at Gallagher except when asked to point out if the SEAL chief was in the room. In questioning by a Navy prosecutor Friday afternoon, Tolbert testified that both civilian shootings came as sniper teams with Alpha Platoon manned positions on towers, or damaged buildings, north and south of the Tigris River near a bridge crossing. The platoon with the Coronado, Calif.-based SEAL team had the mandate to observe and thwart any ISIS activity, which included keeping an eye out for any fighters who'd venture to the riverbanks for water or respite. Sometimes, he said, the snipers would fire warning shots to scare civilians from the area.From his sniper post north of the river, Tolbert said he saw a man dressed run across the path toward a nearby building. He was dressed in traditional white garb that differed from what ISIS fighters usually wore. “That's when I saw a red mark on his back after hearing a shot,” he told the court. “Over the radio, I hear, ‘You guys missed him but I got him’,” Tolbert said. “It sounded like Chief Gallagher.”The incident involving the girl happened sometime in June 2017, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Joshua Vriens told the court. Through his scope he told the court he saw four girls, about 12 to 14 years old, each wearing dressings and flowered hijabs. One of the girls, shot in the stomach, shrieked and fell on her right knee as two of the girls ran off and the fourth, in a gray dress, grabbed and dragged the wounded girl over a berm and out of sight, he said.Prosecutors asked if he had heard shots prior to the girls scrambling away. “I heard them from the north tower,” Vriens said, adding, “It was apparent the shot came from our direction.” He said that the immediate area of Mosul had been cleared previously and ISIS units remained active a bit further to the east. But when questioned by Parlatore, Vriens said Gallagher was about 850 meters from the girl.The court also heard that Gallagher purposely stabbed a young ISIS fighter in the neck after the wounded teenager was brought to the SEALs by Iraqi forces. Defense attorneys have argued that he rendered aid, along with several others. On Thursday, a platoon member shocked the court when he testified that he, and not Gallagher, may have caused the young ISIS fighter’s death to put him out of his misery. Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Corey Scott testified that after he saw Gallagher stick his knife in the ISIS fighter's neck, he decided to asphyxiate the teenager by closing the breathing tube with his thumb and save him from a worse fate at the hands of the Iraqis, according to the Associated Press.“I knew he was going to die anyway, and I wanted to save him from waking up to whatever would happen to him,” Scott, a trained medic or hospital corpsman testifying with a grant of immunity, told the court. The identity of the ISIS fighter isn’t known, and a body was never recovered. “He was in the (Iraqi) custody the entire time,” Palatore said. Navy SEALs would have treated and stabilized him to “potentially get some intelligence out of him.”Vriens testified he wasn’t present when the ISIS fighter died. But he testified that he was in the platoon's tactical operations room when another SEAL was looking at a photo on a computer of a teenager with dark hair who “looked like he was concussed... It looked like he had a 1,000-yard stare.” He said that Gallagher walked in the room and was asked, “is this your guy?” Vriens said. Gallagher then told them, “I stabbed him in the side, then grabbed him by the hair and I looked him in the eye and I stabbed him in the neck.”The Navy’s case against Gallagher also has been rocked in recent months by allegations that the Navy’s secretive special operations community is a hotbed for personal vendettas after Naval Criminal Investigative Service documents and SEALs' statements were leaked to several journalists.  The Navy's original prosecution team is accused of embedding emails with a software tracker directed at the defense team and journalist Carl Prine, editor of the Navy Times, to help determine the source of the leaks.On Friday, much of the defense's line of questioning of Tolbert and Vriens centered on a meeting that several platoon members had with Gallagher hours after the ISIS fighter's death. The court also saw evidence including text messages sent among a group of SEALs called the “Sewing Circle” which included platoon members opposed of war crimes who were apparently at odds with a group Gallagher belonged to known as the “Real Brotherhood.” Defense attorneys have criticized the government's investigation and have painted several SEALs who have testified against Gallagher as weak operators and liars stretching the truth for their own benefit.“We’re feeling pretty good about this,” Parlatore said during a short news conference outside the courtroom building after Friday's afternoon session concluded at the naval base. “These younger millennials feel they were just there to be able to say that they’re SEALs, they went to Mosul and they could get out and go on to their future careers with that 'former Navy SEAL' tagline on their bio.”Parlatore said the younger SEALS avoided conflict. “It’s surprising the things that they shied away from in this case,” said Parlatore, who served as a former naval officer before becoming an attorney. “They were there to clear Mosul, to fight this war. But these guys were more concerned with staying back, staying under cover and then blaming the chief.” Prosecutors have not made any public statements outside of court since the trial began.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



06/22/2019 - 12:33 PM

 

Mike Pompeo embarks on last-minute Middle East trip to build anti-Iran alliance

Mike Pompeo embarks on last-minute Middle East trip to build anti-Iran allianceSecretary of State Mike Pompeo said he wants to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in the Middle East, following a week of crisis that saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran. Mr Pompeo spoke Sunday as he left Washington for Saudi Arabia, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Sunni Arab allies that are alarmed by Shia Iran's increasing assertiveness and are working to limit its influence in the region. His stops in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi were hastily arranged late last week as additions to a trip to India from where he will join Donald Trump, the US president, in Japan for the G20 summit and South Korea. But they were not announced until immediately before his departure in a sign of fast-moving and unpredictable developments. "We'll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned, and how we can build out a global coalition, a coalition not only throughout the Gulf states, but in Asia and in Europe, that understands this challenge as it is prepared to push back against the world's largest state sponsor of terror," Mr Pompeo said about Iran. But even as Mr Pompeo delivered his tough talk, he echoed Mr Trump and Mike Pence, the vice president, in saying the US is prepared to negotiate with Iran, without preconditions, in a bid to ease tensions. At a glance | Key players in Tehran Those tensions have been mounting since Mr Trump last year withdrew the US from a global nuclear deal with Iran and began pressuring Tehran with economic sanctions. A fresh round of Iran sanctions is to be announced Monday in a bid to force the Iranian leadership into talks. "They know precisely how to find us," Mr Pompeo said. It was a week of topsy-turvy pronouncements on US policy toward Iran that careened between the bellicose, the conciliatory and back again after Iran shot down an American military drone and boasted it would not bow to Washington's pressure. Mr Trump initially said Iran had made a "very big mistake" and that it was "hard to believe" that shooting down the drone on Thursday was not intentional. He later said he thought it was an unintentional act carried out by a "loose and stupid" Iranian and called off retaliatory military strikes against Iran. On Saturday, Mr Trump reversed himself and claimed that Iran had acted "knowingly." Iran indecision | How Trump is being pulled in opposing directions by those who have his ear But Mr Trump also said over the weekend that he appreciated Iran's decision to not shoot down a manned US spy plane, and he opined about eventually becoming Iran's "best friend" if Tehran ultimately agrees to abandon its drive to build nuclear weapons and he helps the country turn around its crippled economy. Then Mr Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, stepped in Sunday with a blunt warning from Jerusalem, where he was traveling. Mr Bolton said Iran should not "mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness" after Mr Trump called off the military strike. Mr Trump said he backed away from the planned strikes after learning that about 150 people would be killed, but he said the military option remained. A longtime Iran hawk, Mr Bolton emphasised that the US reserved the right to attack at a later point. "No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East. As President Trump said on Friday our military is rebuilt, new and ready to go," Mr Bolton said during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, himself a longtime and outspoken Iran critic.



06/24/2019 - 04:21 AM

 

The Best Travel Mugs to Keep Your Coffee Hot (or Cold)

The Best Travel Mugs to Keep Your Coffee Hot (or Cold)



06/23/2019 - 02:00 PM

 

Three months on, landless IS still a threat in Syria

Three months on, landless IS still a threat in SyriaThe Islamic State group may have lost its "caliphate", but three months later, experts have warned the jihadists are still attacking fighters and fields in Syria to show they remain relevant. The Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had expelled the extremists from their last patch of land in eastern Syria on March 23, after a months-long campaign backed by air strikes of a US-led coalition. The Kurdish-Arab alliance taking control of the riverside village of Baghouz spelt the end of the jihadist proto-state declared in 2014 in large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.



06/24/2019 - 06:58 AM

 

Arab ministers to discuss financial support for Palestinian Authority -agency

Arab ministers to discuss financial support for Palestinian Authority -agencyArab finance ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss helping the Palestinian Authority cope with a deepening cash crunch amid a persistent dispute with Israel over payments to families of jailed and deceased militants. The meeting comes ahead of a U.S.-led economic conference in Bahrain expected to call for a $50 billion global investment fund for the Palestinians, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon which the Palestinian Authority is boycotting. The Palestinian Authority sees the economic conference as an attempt to circumvent its demands for the creation of a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital.



06/22/2019 - 04:26 PM

 

Fresh Pixel 4 leak gives us another look at Google’s unreleased flagship

Fresh Pixel 4 leak gives us another look at Google’s unreleased flagshipGoogle's upcoming new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are the worst-kept secret in all of tech right now because, well, they're really not a secret at all anymore. Once a set of Pixel 4 design files was stolen from the factory where Google's new Pixel phones will be manufactured, renders showing the phone's new design were posted on the web. Rather than just sit idly by while it's new smartphone design is tossed around the internet like every other smartphone maker does, Google bizarrely decided to officially reveal the new design for the back of the Pixel 4. You can see Google's official reveal in the image at the top of this post, and it looks exactly like we thought it would following that early leak.Of course, just because Google posted an image of the back of its upcoming Pixel 4 doesn't mean the rumor mill is just going to pack it up and go home. There's still plenty of information that hasn't been confirmed and gadget fans won't be happy until everything is out in the open. We still have a long wait ahead of us before Google's new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL hit store shelves this fall, but the leaks will undoubtedly keep flowing between now and then. Case in point: A new set of Pixel 4 renders was posted by an industry insider, and they show the pure Android phone from a few more angles than Google was willing to share with its official teaser.In case you missed last week's leak, let's revisit it for a moment:As you can see, these renders of the Pixel 4 were likely made by a third-party accessory maker with access to the same stolen design files that were used to create the first set of renders that hit the web. Apart from the creative colors and the notch at the top of the display in that first image (the actual phones will reportedly have normal bezels above the screens, like it's 2016), they're likely a good representation of what we can expect from Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL later this year.If you want another look at the Pixel 4 in a color that will actually see the light of day later this year, don't worry because we've got you covered. Twitter user @xiaomishka has posted accurate renders of unreleased smartphones in the past, and he's back with a new look at the Pixel 4.https://twitter.com/xiaomishka/status/1142055559836962816Here's a closer look at that image:The renders appear to have been made by the same accessory maker that leaked the renders we saw last week, and they're pretty spot on as far as what we expect from Google later this year. Both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to be announced in early October with a release to follow within a couple of weeks.



06/24/2019 - 08:17 AM

 

'Not all country boys are bigots': Photo of duct tape Pride flag on truck goes viral

'Not all country boys are bigots': Photo of duct tape Pride flag on truck goes viralCody Barlow missed Tulsa's Pride parade but he did not miss out on the chance to show his support as an LGBTQ ally. He decorated his truck for Pride.



06/22/2019 - 01:26 PM

 

Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunchesA floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom that broke apart late last year was sent back to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this week after four months of repair. A ship towed the U-shaped barrier from San Francisco to the patch in September to trap the plastic.



06/22/2019 - 08:30 PM

 

The multi-millionaire anti-vax couple bankrolling groups scaremongering about immunisation

The multi-millionaire anti-vax couple bankrolling groups scaremongering about immunisationA wealthy New York couple has contributed more than $3 million to the anti-vaccine movement through groups that stoke fears about immunisations online and at live events.Hedge fund manager and philanthropist Bernard Selz and his wife, Lisa, have long donated to organisations focused on the arts, culture, education and the environment. But seven years ago, their private foundation embraced a very different cause: groups that question the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.How the Selzes came to support anti-vaccine ideas is unknown, but their financial impact has been enormous.Their money has gone to a handful of determined individuals who have played a prominent role role in spreading doubt and misinformation about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.The groups' false claims linking vaccines to autism and other ailments, while downplaying the risks of measles, have led growing numbers of parents to shun the shots. As a result, health officials have said, the potentially deadly disease has surged to at least 1,044 cases in the US this year, the highest number in nearly three decades. The Selz Foundation provides roughly three-quarters of the funding for the Informed Consent Action Network, a three-year-old charity that describes its mission as promoting drug and vaccine safety and parental choice in vaccine decisions.Lisa Selz serves as the group's president, but its public face and chief executive is Del Bigtree, a former daytime television show producer who draws big crowds to public events.Mr Bigtree has no medical credentials but claims he is an expert on vaccine safety and promotes the idea that government officials have colluded with the pharmaceutical industry to cover up grievous harms from the drugs.In recent weeks, Mr Bigtree has headlined forums in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County, New York, both areas confronting large measles outbreaks."They should be allowed to have the measles if they want the measles," Mr Bigtree told reporters outside the Brooklyn meeting on 4 June. "It's crazy that there's this level of intensity around a trivial childhood illness."Thanks largely to the Selzes's donations, ICAN is now the best-funded among a trio of organisations that have amplified concerns about vaccines. ICAN brought in $1.4m in revenue in 2017, with just over $1m supplied by the Selz Foundation, according to tax filings.The Selzes and the groups they support are hardly the only purveyors of anti-vaccine ideas. Environmental attorney Robert F Kennedy Jr, a nephew of the late president, runs the Children's Health Defence, a charity that promotes a similar agenda; it brought in $727,000 in 2017, according to tax filings.Barbara Loe Fisher, who says her son was injured by vaccines, runs a Virginia-based nonprofit that combats legislative efforts to tighten vaccine requirements. Her group, the National Vaccine Information Centre, brings in about $1m a year, according to its 2018 tax documents.Although they are separately organised, the three groups reinforce one another's efforts. Mr Kennedy and Mr Bigtree often appear together at public events, while ICAN's website includes a link to Ms Fisher's group. Mr Bigtree's weekly livestream broadcast, which ICAN promotes, frequently features Mr Kennedy. New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, who has battled the nation's single worst measles outbreak since October, said she never heard of the Selzes."But I do know the science and the science is clear – the MMR vaccine prevents measles," she said, using the common acronym for the vaccine that prevents measles, mumps and rubella. "Any suggestion to the contrary is a threat to the health and well-being of New Yorkers."The Selzes did not respond to emails or phone messages. A woman who answered the telephone at the couple's home on Manhattan's Upper East Side declined to identify herself. "There's nothing to say," she said before hanging up.Bernard Selz, 79, has more than 40 years experience in the securities industry and runs Selz Capital, a hedge fund that holds a portfolio valued at more than $500m, according to recent filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission.Lisa Pagliaro Selz, 68, worked for Manufacturers Hanover Trust and Tiffany and Co. Since 1993, she has helped manage the Selz Foundation "with a focus on humanitarian, educational, geriatric, homeopathic, animal causes and the arts," according to a news release issued by LaGuardia Community College Foundation, where she was a board member from 2011 to 2016.The Selzes' sons – both young adults – declined to comment. Friends and family members reached by The Washington Post said they were unable to shed light on the Selzes' philanthropic choices. "This is a topic we don't discuss," said Marilyn Skony Stamm, a business executive and close friend of Lisa Selz. "We have differing opinions." Ms Stamm declined to elaborate, except to say that she values her friendship with the Selzes, whom she called "an incredibly philanthropic family."Most vexing to public health officials are Mr Bigtree's efforts to downplay the seriousness of measles. At one point, Mr Bigtree said he would be "ecstatic" if his two unvaccinated children, ages 5 and 10, got sick. "We haven't had a death in decades from this disease," he said at the Brooklyn forum. Mr Bigtree told The Washington Post that his remarks are backed by "peer-reviewed science or articles by reputable medical authorities"."I can say that virtually every one of our grandparents survived the measles or we wouldn't be here," he said. "They also never spoke of it as being dangerous... I have no fear of the measles."In fact, the last confirmed US death from measles was four years ago, when a 28-year-old woman died in Washington state. Meanwhile, hundreds of people have died of measles this year in other countries, including Madagascar, Ukraine and the Philippines. Before 1963, when the vaccine was introduced to the United States, 3 million to 4 million Americans were infected each year, with thousands developing complications that led to hospitalisation or lifelong disability. Approximately 400 to 500 people died every year. Today, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one to three children out of 1,000 infected with measles will die from complications. Mr Bigtree, who has appearances booked through the end of the summer, dismisses such projections as government fear-mongering to advance the interests of the drug industry.Washington Post



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