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  • Despite Evidence, Robert Mueller Would Not Say Whether Trump Obstructed Justice. Here's Why news

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller found significant evidence that Donald Trump may have obstructed justice, but he declined to charge him based on his view of…

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:37:10 -0400
  • The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Isn't Even Out Yet, and There's Already a Factory Trim Package for It news

    Hey buddy, wanna buy a really nice Porsche Design watch? It comes with a car.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:42:00 -0400
  • Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks news

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war. Assad met envoy Alexander Lavrentiev from key ally Russia in Damascus to discuss the negotiations due April 25-26 in Kazakhstan. Iran and Russia are the major supporters of the Syrian regime, and along with rebel backer Turkey have sponsored repeated rounds of talks in the Central Asian nation.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:31:18 -0400
  • Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized, firefighters leave news

    PARIS (AP) — Architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters were leaving the site Friday night, a fire service official said.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:32:18 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

    The two men vying to be Ukraine's next president traded insults in a raucous debate on Friday in front of thousands of supporters before an election that could put a comedian with no political experience in charge of a country at war. The debate, held in a hulking football stadium, was one of the last opportunities for incumbent President Petro Poroshenko to try to overhaul a significant lead in the opinion polls enjoyed by his challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comic. At stake in Sunday's election is the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Moscow following 2014 protests that caused Poroshenko's Kremlin-backed predecessor to flee into exile, and foreshadowed Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:25:01 -0400
  • Some Microsoft employees allege policies 'discriminate' against Asians, white men

    Debate is raging at Microsoft after some employees questioned the company's push to recruit more women and minorities on an internal message board.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 21:01:38 -0400
  • How the U.S. Navy Sunk Imperial Japan's Top Secret Aircraft Carrier news

    “No doubt he intends to act as a decoy at some point to lure away our screening destroyers. That accomplished, his comrades can approach Shinano unopposed. We must guard against any such ploy,” grumbled the thoughtful skipper.The first torpedo struck farthest aft. Over the next 30 seconds three more warheads detonated against the massive aircraft carrier’s hull, working their way forward. The explosions and instant flooding immediately killed scores of men, many asleep in their bunks.As tons of seawater cascaded into the wounded colossus, men below deck could see the extent of the damage, were seized with panic, and stampeded topside. The missiles had hit 10 feet below the water line, and on the bridge and upper levels the commander and his officers were not yet aware of how sorely they were hurt. Many had survived earlier torpedo attacks, and aboard less formidable vessels than this one. Even as their gargantuan ship began to list, they remained optimistic.“Expressing the Flavor of an Ancient Samurai”

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:00:00 -0400
  • Israel destroys family apartments of accused Palestinian killer news

    Israeli forces destroyed two apartments in the occupied West Bank on Friday that housed the family of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli woman in February, the army said. Some clashes broke out between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces during the operation, AFP journalists reported.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:50:53 -0400
  • 2020 Lincoln Corsair Preview news

    All-New 2020 Lincoln Corsair Gains Interior Glamour and Tech Lincoln unveiled its all-new Corsair at the New York International Auto Show this week, replacing the MKC luxury compact SUV. But thi...

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:41:08 -0400
  • President Trump Told Mueller He Was Just Joking When He Asked Russia to Hack Hillary Clinton news

    President Donald Trump told Robert Mueller that when he publicly asked Russia to hack Clinton it was "in jest and sarcastically."

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:16:30 -0400
  • View Photos of the Volkswagen I.D. Buggy

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    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:01:00 -0400
  • NFL defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's college degree withheld for $1 debt news

    Chicago Bears defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tweeted Thursday that the University of Alabama is holding his degree, which he earned in 2018, over a $1 unpaid debt. It's unclear why Clinton-Dix owes Alabama a single dollar but he should have no problem finding the pocket change as he recently signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Bears in the offseason.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:43:43 -0400
  • Journalist who covered Columbine reflects on lives unlived news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel. Rachel. Isaiah.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:05:06 -0400
  • French interior minister warns of yellow-vest riots on Saturday news

    The French interior minister warned on Friday that violence could flare up on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests, as authorities banned marches around the fire-gutted Notre-Dame cathedral. The warning comes after weeks of relative calm, with the marches attracting declining numbers as yellow-vest protesters waited for President Emmanuel Macron's expected response to their various demands which include lower taxes and more government services. Christophe Castaner, the interior minister, said domestic intelligence services had informed him of a potential return of rioters intent on wreaking havoc in Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier and Bordeaux, in a repeat of violent protests on March 16.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:59:29 -0400
  • 'Still alive!': Notre Dame's 180,000 bees survive cathedral fire news

    The 180,000 bees live in three hives on Notre Dame's roof as part of an effort since 2013 to help prevent bee die-off.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:41:18 -0400
  • U.S. arrests former Marine connected to North Korea embassy raid in Spain news

    Christopher Ahn was arrested and is expected to be arraigned on Friday in federal court in Los Angles, according to a law enforcement official and a source close to the group. The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment. In April, investigators said the intruders, self-professed members of a group seeking the overthrow of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, removed computers and hard drives from the embassy before fleeing to the United States, where they handed the material to the FBI.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:11:47 -0400
  • Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German tourists news

    Caniço (Portugal) (AFP) - Portugal and Germany mourned on Thursday after 29 German tourists died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the tourist island of Madeira. Trendtour said the bus had been hired by a local operator and crashed off the road "for a reason still unknown".

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:31:31 -0400
  • A Flight Attendant Is Reportedly In a 'Deep Coma' After Contracting Measles news

    She has inflammation of the brain

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:36:42 -0400
  • Trump sought to obstruct Mueller — but White House aides wouldn't do it, report finds news

    But when faced with Trump’s demands that they protect him and shut down the Russia probe, the president’s minions repeatedly disobeyed him, the report states.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:00:27 -0400
  • The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr news

    Democrats and their media partners owe Bill Barr an apology. He won’t get one, it goes without saying.Just to recap, the attorney general was accused of misrepresenting Mueller’s report; of providing a false summary of the report; of plotting to use grand-jury law and other secrecy provisions as a pretext to redact most of the report; and of calling an extraordinary press conference in order to exculpate the president by projecting a fraudulent version of the report.These accusations were slanderously false.Barr made Mueller’s bottom-line findings available on a Sunday, March 24, less than two full days after receiving the report from Mueller late on a Friday. Now that the 448-page tome is public, it is easy to see that it could not possibly have been redacted, in keeping with federal law, without a weeks-long review process.If Barr had issued nothing while that painstaking process went on, he’d have been vilified for a cover-up. Instead, he quickly and accurately reported Mueller’s findings . . . and was of course vilified for purportedly lying about what the report said -- notwithstanding that Mueller, no wallflower, was cooperating in the redaction process and would obviously not have abided a fictional account of his work.Barr’s brief account could not have been a false summary because he never undertook to summarize the report. He simply communicated Mueller’s bottom line -- yes, Russia meddled; no, Trump was not complicit in a criminal conspiracy; and hand-wringing on obstruction, leaving it to Barr to make the final call.Barr maintained that it would violate federal law if he provided grand-jury material to Congress, so he would have to withhold it. Democrats went ballistic . . . but within days, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that grand-jury materials must be kept secret unless they fall under an exception prescribed in Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e) -- which does not have an exception for disclosure to Congress. Instead of bloviating, Democrats could simply have proposed an amendment to Rule 6(e) that would have permitted the disclosure, but that would have been an implicit concession that Barr was right. They need Barr to be perceived as not just wrong but corrupt. That’s the strategy.The attorney general insisted that redactions for grand-jury and other legitimate purposes would be kept to a bare minimum, that he would be as transparent as possible while still honoring the law, protecting vital defense secrets, and respecting the privacy of people who came up only peripherally in the investigation. Yet Democrats bellowed that it was Watergate! all over again, and Barr was Rosemary Woods.Then we got the report. The redactions, as promised, are minimal. The basis for each is explained. In context, the black-outs are apparently sensible and unobjectionable. Yet Barr went an extra mile, making a less redacted version (with only grand-jury material excised) available to bipartisan leaders of several congressional committees.As you’d expect, to keep up the scandal pretense, House Democrats are nevertheless pressing ahead with their subpoena for the full report . . . as America yawns.And cover-up? While it is pretty obvious that intelligence about Russia (unrelated to Trump) was blocked out, no effort was made to scrub from the report behavior by the president that is dishonest, conniving, and -- in the view of Special Counsel Mueller -- on the cusp of criminal obstruction.Remember now, the president said he would leave disclosure issues to the attorney general. The regulations call for a confidential report from the special counsel to the AG. There was no requirement that the AG publicize the report. The withholding of the report could have been justified legally under Justice Department rules against public comment on the evidence against uncharged persons, and by the classified nature of the overarching counterintelligence investigation of Russia’s interference in the election. The report, however, was released.Moreover, the most unsavory evidence of presidential misconduct came from the president’s own White House counsel -- meaning it could have been withheld not just from Congress and the public but also from Mueller on executive-privilege and attorney–client-privilege grounds. Remember the Clinton emails investigation -- recall how Mrs. Clinton inserted lawyers in her every activity, and then the Obama Justice Department dutifully tied the FBI’s hands on the rationale that basic investigative steps would have risked transgressing attorney–client privilege? By contrast, the Trump White House and Barr did not assert privilege claims; as a result, testimony damaging to the president was freely given to the prosecutor and congressional Democrats.Finally, there is the press conference, which Democrats limned as an artifice to defraud. In reality, the Justice Department customarily calls press conferences and issues press releases at the drop of a hat. Here, there was actual need for it. The release of the report, despite the absence of charges and the lack of a legal disclosure requirement, was extraordinary. The redactions and the process of making them had to be explained. The report was so lengthy and suffused with legal esoterica that it was entirely appropriate to summarize it for the public -- something the Justice Department often does for charging instruments that are less than a 20th of the size of Mueller’s magnum opus. Most important, Mueller did not resolve one of the main questions he was appointed to answer: Whether the president should be charged with obstruction. That meant Barr had to resolve it, which by itself was a good enough reason for a press conference.Democrats claim Barr’s determination on obstruction was the equivalent of acting as Trump’s defense lawyer. But the only way for any prosecutor to assess the question of whether a suspect had corrupt intent is to catalogue the evidence that cuts against it -- since, if corrupt intent cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, there can be no criminal case. Barr did not claim that Trump had conducted himself admirably; he said that proving corrupt intent would have been difficult, if not impossible, thanks to (a) the president’s extensive cooperation with the investigation (making White House witnesses available, disclosing over a million documents, asserting no claim of privilege) and (b) the non-corrupt thinking that fueled the president’s frustration (i.e., his belief that his presidency was being destroyed by a bogus collusion allegation). That Democrats do not like this outcome does not make it wrong.Under no legal compulsion to do so, Attorney General Barr has provided Congress with the full, at times gory details drawn from Mueller’s aggressive investigation. Though it cleared the president of the vacant collusion allegation that Democrats peddled for two years, the report could be grist for a House impeachment push on the issue of obstruction.Some cover-up.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:59:54 -0400
  • How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds news

    Unless you stop them, weeds are going to grow in your lawn. Here's what you need to do.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:30:00 -0400
  • People think Instant Pot is pricey, but the company’s sous vide cooker is half as much as rivals

    Instant Pot multi-use cookers might be a bit pricey compared to rival products, but they're worth every penny and then some when you consider how often you use them. While Instant Pot is indeed on the high end of the spectrum when it comes to multi-use cooker prices, the company has another product that's actually much less expensive than similar devices from rivals. Check out the Instant Pot SSV800 Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator, which is on sale for $70 today on Amazon. It doesn't connect to your smartphone like a $200 Joule, but why would you even want to bother controlling your sous vide cooker with a smartphone anyway?Here's more info from the product page: * Creates Quality Dishes - Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator prepares high-end restaurant quality dishes at home, turning home cooks into gourmet chefs * Consistent Cooking - Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator creates and maintains an even and accurately controlled cooking water-bath for perfect cooking results each and every time * Sous vide cooks easily, cooking times range from 10 minutes to 72 hours and temperature ranges from 104F - 195F / 40C - 90C * Easy-to-Use - Easy-to-read display, touch-screen digital controls, lightweight stainless steel with a rubber coating on the handle. * Active Pump System - Accu Slim Sous Vide Circulates water without relying on convection currents, resulting in uniformly heated water bath free of hot or cool spots. * Includes a 12V DC motor - Extremely quietly and has enhanced durability in comparison to standard AC motors used. Motor stops when removed from the water. * Clamps securely - To the 6 and 8 Quart inner pot either in or out of the Instant Pot, and can be used with or without an Instant Pot. * Easy-to-clean - Secure stand up design and removable stainless steel skirt, almost no cleaning required, simply wash and air dry the skirt * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:53:52 -0400
  • The Latest: Columbine moves ahead with memorial events news

    LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a woman believed to have posed a threat to schools in Colorado (all times local):

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:54:26 -0400
  • 'Raining fire': Firsthand accounts from the Notre Dame Cathedral blaze news

    As Notre Dame burned, organist Johann Vexo and worshipers calmly filed out halfway through a reading of the Gospels.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:59:49 -0400
  • U.S. court upholds most of California's 'sanctuary' migrant laws news

    The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement, "We continue to prove in California that the rule of law not only stands for something but that people cannot act outside of it." Scores of Democrat-controlled cities and counties have adopted policies to limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, making them a target for President Donald Trump.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:14:29 -0400
  • US 'House of Horrors' parents jailed for torture, abuse news

    A California couple were jailed for at least 25 years on Friday after admitting to imprisoning and torturing 12 of their 13 children in a grisly "House of Horrors" case that shocked the world. David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 50, had pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts -- including cruelty, false imprisonment, child abuse and torture of their children aged three to 30. In an emotionally wrenching hearing, several of the children professed continued love for their parents, from Perris, in Riverside County, 70 miles (112 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:56:09 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Sears sues Lampert, claiming he looted assets and drove it into bankruptcy

    Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime former Chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments and others like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, claiming they illegally siphoned billions of dollars of assets from the retailer before it went bankrupt. The lawsuit, made public on Thursday, was filed by the restructuring team winding down Sears' bankruptcy estate and suing on behalf of creditors, many of whom blame Lampert for the retailer's downfall. The complaint seeks the repayment of "billions of dollars of value looted from Sears," including while it was in what Lampert would later call a "death spiral" where it sold core assets to meet daily expenses with no real plan for becoming profitable.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:52:36 -0400
  • Mueller report is not the end of Trump's affair with Russia news

    The chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee was in London last year asking questions about people who have been investigating Donald Trump. One of his key targets was Christopher Steele who had written the explosive dossier on Trump and the Kremlin which had resulted in the issue getting massive publicity.Devin Nunes was particularly keen on who the former MI6 officer had contacts with in the FBI and Justice Department. He asked to meet the head of MI6, Alex Younger, his counterparts at MI5, Andrew Parker, and GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming. Although it was far from unusual for the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to meet the heads of Britain’s security establishment, all three refused because, it is said, they were wary, according to officials, of his motives. He had to do instead, with, Theresa May’s deputy National Security Advisor, Madeleine Alessandri.The visit by Mr Nunes, who was part of Trump’s transition team, was at a particularly difficult time for the President with the court appearances of his personal lawyer and consiglieri Michael Cohen and former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.Mr Nunes had to recuse himself for a while from the investigation after being caught out making secret visits to the White House. The Republican controlled House Committee published its report in Spring last year, with dissenting notes from the Democrat members, and it was seen as whitewash of Trump.Mr Nunes is no longer the chair of the Intelligence Committee in the Democrat controlled House, it is Adam Schiff, the former deputy chairman who has been a vociferous advocate for investigation. This is a man who can do Trump a great deal of damage, a man he could perhaps have tried to mend fences with, instead the President referred to him in a tweet as Adam ‘Schitt’ just after he took over the post.The House Intelligence Committee, under Schiff, said today that it has requested Robert Mueller to testify and it has reopened its investigation into Mr Trump. The Mueller Report reveals that one reason why the Special Counsel did not conclude whether Mr Trump was guilty of obstruction was Justice Department policy that a sitting President could not be prosecuted for a crime. This, a number of analysts has pointed out, leaves it to Congress to make the Constitutional decision whether Mr Trump can be charged.This House inquiry is possibly the most hawkish in keeping after Mr Trump, but there about 20 different continuing probes into Mr Trump, his family and associates, by Congressional Committees and Federal and State prosecutors. And no fewer than 14 of these inquiries have received information gathered by the Special Counsel’s team and passed on because it did not fit in with the focus of their task.Just 48 hours before Attorney General William Barr gave his press conference claiming that Trump has been cleared, a performance for which he was criticised for acting like the President’s Defence Attorney, House Democrats were issuing subpoenas for information from Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions in their investigation of the Mr Trump.The President, we know from redacted copies of the Mueller Report, declared when told of the appointment of a Special Counsel “slumped back in his chair and said ‘Oh my God’. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency, I’m f****d.”The 675 day inquiry may be over, but Trump and his supporters have long complained that Mueller was going beyond his remit, now the President’s critics know that what he gathered has not been wasted but taken up by other investigators.The Special Counsel, we have seen, pointed to “ten episodes” in which Mr Trump engaged in potential obstruction of justice. Barr insisted that there was no evidence to bring charges and reiterated that there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump team.But the Mueller Report also states that Mr Trump ordered a number of his team, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lawyer Don McGahn, and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, to sabotage the Russia inquiry including -- but they refused.The current ongoing investigations are looking for evidence of both collusion and obstruction. The Democrats who have launched investigations maintain that just because the President failed in his attempts to obstruct justice, does not absolve him from possible charges of conspiracy to obstruct.The House Intelligence Committee has expanded its scope by looking in particular at Russian organised crime. This is in response to claims that Russian loans which Mr Trump received when Western financial institutions after one of his bankruptcies were, in fact, illicit funds being laundered. Other lines of inquiry being pursued by the Committee include the extent of contacts between the Trump team and Russia; influence on Mr Trump and his coterie from other foreign states and whether Trump obstructed justice.One of the key events which emerged during the Mueller investigation was a meeting at Trump Tower, New York, between the President’s son Donald Trump junior, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, his then campaign manager Paul Manafort and a group of Russians, some of them with links to the country’s security apparatus. The meeting was allegedly arranged so that the Russians could pass on damaging. Michael Cohen claims that Donald Trump knew about the meeting despite his denials that was the case. The Mueller Report states that Trump directed aides on multiple occasions not to disclose emails setting up the meeting, and Trump himself dictated a misleading statement. But the Special Counsel concluded that President’s actions were not criminal acts. Report also states that it did not prosecute Donald junior and others because it could not be proved that they had “wilfully” violated the law.The damage to Hillary Clinton’s campaign through the hacking of her and Democrat party emails is another avenue the House Committee is said to be taking. The Information was stolen, according to Mueller indictments, by Russian military intelligence officers from GRU some of whom were in touch with WikiLeaks which then made it public. The Committee is said to be looking at allegations that WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange who is now in police custody in London after being arrested at the Ecuadoran embassy where he had been granted asylum for seven years.Some of continuing investigations into Trump are examining what took place from the very start of his Presidency. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) is examining the finances of Trump’s inauguration committee which took in and spent $ 107 million. The FBI raised concern about some of the Russians who appeared at the event and other eastern European connections. Sam Patten, an associate of Mr Manafort has admitted that he helped a Ukrainian businessman put $ 50,000 into the inauguration.Prosecutors subpoenaed a range of documents from the Committee with apparent particular interest in money donated with connection to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Israel, states which have financial ties with Trump or his son-in-law Jared Kushner. They are also believed to be looking at claims that China and Qatar also targeted Kushner who is a White House senior advisor.Mr Mueller passed on information to New York attorneys about Mr Manafort, they are now looking at whether Paul Manafort, when chairman of the Trump campaign, illegally coordinated with a super PAC, Rebuilding America Now, and whether the PAC received money from Qatar and other Middle-Eastern countries. Michael Cohen has testified to Congress that prosecutors from the district are examining his communications with Trump and Trump’s representatives following FBI raids on his offices in April 2018.Investigations by New York City are New York State, and New York Attorney General’s office are looking at Trump’s finances after the New York Times reported that he had benefited from more than $ 400 million in various tax schemes. And the New York Attorney General has charged the Trump Foundation with “violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the Presidential campaign “. The Attorney General has said, after being given the go-ahead by a judge that he is expanding his inquiries into Trump’s broader business activities.The Attorney Generals for Maryland and District of Columbia have sent subpoenas to the Trump Organisation over the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution which bars the President from accepting payments from foreign governments while in Office. This is expected to yield evidence that various countries have done deals with Trump’s business such as how the Saudi government booked more than 500 rooms in Trump’s hotel in Washington in the months after the election.So this is not the end of the affair as far as Trump and Russia are concerned, not even the beginning of the end. Information Mueller has provided has helped to start other investigations into Trump, and the what is revealed in the Report, even with its redactions, will be of great help in deciding whether the US President really was the Moscovian candidate for the White House.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:33:00 -0400
  • China's Nightmare: How the U.S. Navy Could Sink Its Prized Aircraft Carriers news

    That’s a rough analogy to today. Fortress China is festooned with airfields and mobile antiship weaponry able to strike hundreds of miles out to sea. Yes, the U.S. Navy remains stronger than the PLA Navy in open-sea battle. A fleet-on-fleet engagement isolated from shore-based reinforcements would probably go America’s way. But that hypothetical result may not make much difference since the two navies are more likely to join battle in confined Asian waters than on the open ocean.Ah, yes, the “carrier-killer.” China is forever touting the array of guided missiles its weaponeers have devised to pummel U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). Most prominent among them are its DF-21D and DF-26 antiship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made a mainstay of China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) defenses.(This first appeared several years ago.)Beijing has made believers of important audiences, including the scribes who toil away at the Pentagon producing estimates of Chinese martial might. Indeed, the most recent annual report on Chinese military power states matter-of-factly that the PLA can now use DF-21Ds to “attack ships, including aircraft carriers,” more than nine hundred statute miles from China’s shorelines.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:55:00 -0400
  • Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering children

    Meghan McCain isn't mincing words when it comes to her take on anti-vaxxers, taking to Twitter Friday to send a message about their "stupidity."

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:39:56 -0400
  • Speed test between the US Galaxy S10 and the global version might surprise you news

    Every year, Samsung releases two versions of its flagship phones: One with a Qualcomm processor, and one with its own Exynos processor. This is once again the case for the Galaxy S10, which comes equipped with the Snapdragon 855 in the United States, and the Exynos 9820 in several other regions around the world.In past years, the Exynos chipset has often outperformed Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon, but there were signs early on that Samsung's new processor might struggle to match Qualcomm's in 2019. As it turns out, the Snapdragon 855's impressive benchmark scores did indeed translate over to real-world usage, as PhoneBuff shows in a video featuring a speed test that pits the Snapdragon Galaxy S10 against the Exynos Galaxy S10.As in his other speed test videos, the self-proclaiming PhoneBuff has both phones open sixteen apps consecutively, while waiting for each of them to load before moving on to the next. Although most of the apps opened at about the same speed on both phones, the Snapdragon S10 was never slower than the Exynos S10. Any time there was a discrepancy, the phone with the Snapdragon processor came out on top:, due to the benchmarks, this shouldn't surprise anyone, but after lagging behind in previous years, it's nice to know that American Android fans are getting the "better" version of the phone this time around. That said, phones are so ridiculously fast at this point, that the differences between top-of-the-line processors are going to be minuscule (as demonstrated by the twelve second difference above), but at least we know we're not missing out this time.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:01:46 -0400
  • Driver with STAYUMBL license plate, notorious for cutting people off around Durham, charged in incident with bus news

    The STAYUMBL license plate is notorious on the road and social media. Folks say the driver behind the wheel will speed up, cut people off and then slam on her brakes, sometimes causing a crash.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:15:19 -0400
  • 8 Things We Learned Driving the Roush Ford F-150 SC, a Pickup Truck on Steroids

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    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:00:00 -0400
  • Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire news

    PARIS (AP) — Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:59:47 -0400
  • Suicide bombers in deadly attack on Afghan ministry news

    Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in a deadly, hours-long assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital. The Taliban said it had "nothing to do" with the attack, which left some 2,000 people stranded in the tall office building for hours at the start of the Afghan work week. "As a result of today's explosion/attack in Kabul city, two people have been martyred (killed) and 6 others are wounded," the health ministry spokesman wrote in a tweet, adding 3 of the injured were women.

    Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:10:30 -0400
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    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:54:00 -0400
  • William Barr: the attorney general who has the president's back news

    Barr is under fire for defending Trump ahead of the Mueller report release, but he has a record of keeping the long arm of the law out of the White HouseMueller report latest – live updatesSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contribution William Barr served for just over a year as attorney general under George HW Bush. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters When significant portions of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report finally came to light on Thursday, politics observers reeled at its second volume – a 180-page, densely packed synopsis of conduct by Donald Trump that might amount to criminal obstruction of justice. The initial shock of the allegations – that Trump ordered Mueller’s firing, and then told White House lawyers to conceal that order; that Trump sought to hijack oversight of the Mueller probe; that Trump sought to sway Mueller’s witnesses – soon focused attention on the attorney general, William Barr. Barr, along with the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, was responsible for the decision not to prosecute Trump, despite the preponderance of evidence gathered by Mueller. “The attorney general did a grave disservice to the country,” Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said in a news conference after the release of the report. “The attorney general is not the president’s personal lawyer, although he may feel he is.” Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, went farther. “OUR Attorney General acts as Trump’s defense attorney,” Swalwell tweeted. “He can’t represent both. Barr must resign.” But to those familiar with Barr and his career, there never was much question as to whether an obstruction-of-justice charge – or any other charge – against the president would materialize, no matter how high the mountain of evidence. Before Trump picked him to lead the justice department last year, Barr had established a 40-year track record as a Washington insider known, on one hand, for strict criminal justice views – but on the other for arguing the long arm of the law should not reach too far into the White House. Sign up for the US morning briefing Barr’s handling of the Mueller report rollout on Thursday seemed sure to cement that legacy. An hour before passing the report to Congress, Barr convened a news conference to describe the contents of the report. At the news conference, Barr quoted from the Mueller report – highly selectively, it turned out. “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Barr said. But those words were only the end of a sentence that began like this: “Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts …” Chuck Rosenberg, a former federal prosecutor who had defended Barr based in part on Barr’s track record as attorney general under George HW Bush, said that Barr’s conduct Thursday was indefensible. William Barr speaks at a press conference on the Mueller report’s release. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters “Barr has gone too far into tank for the president of the United States,” Rosenberg told MSNBC. “I am disappointed. I am chagrined. And I … may just be flat out wrong about Bill Barr being a principled institutionalist.” Other critics frowned at the pains Barr took at the news conference to plead for sympathy with Trump’s state of mind. “In assessing the president’s actions discussed in the report it is important to bear in mind the context,” Barr said. “There is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks.” The former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah tweeted: “Barr sounded like a defense lawyer. Literally.” She added: “Defense lawyers often say ‘the government didn’t prove’ to focus juries away from what prosecutors did show. That’s what Barr’s whole statement was.” Warnings about how Barr might handle the Mueller report began to circulate as soon as Trump announced his appointment last December. The journalist Luppe Luppen pointed to a June 2017 interview in which Barr called the obstruction investigation “asinine”. Barr expanded on that view in an ostensibly unsolicited June 2018 memo to the justice department arguing Mueller’s investigation of Trump for alleged obstruction of justice was “fatally misconceived”. That memo seemed to foreclose any idea that as attorney general, Barr would recommend prosecution of the president, analysts said. “The new Barr memo makes it clear that his view is outside the mainstream even of conservative, basic unitary executive theory,” Neil Kinkopf, a Georgia State University law professor who worked in the Office of Legal Counsel during the Clinton administration, told the Guardian in January. “It goes beyond that, to the point where it comes very close to putting the president above the law.” Barr, 68, was born in New York City and graduated with honors in 1977 from the George Washington University Law School. He worked in the Central Intelligence Agency and on Ronald Reagan’s domestic policy staff before getting a top justice department job under the first president Bush. As attorney general for just over a year in the early 1990s, Barr was known as an immigration hardliner. According to a 1992 CBS News report that called him “a tough guy who’s not afraid to ruffle feathers”, Barr hired hundreds of new border guards and swore in some of them himself “to underscore he meant business”. At the end of the first Bush administration, Barr recommended pardons for top-level Reagan officials caught up in the Iran-Contra affair. To some ears, that recommendation was echoed in Barr’s 2018 memo in which he sought to draw limits around the criminal liability of White House officials. But Barr’s support for Trump went beyond legal theorizing, and included a public campaign in print. In a 2017 Washington Post op-ed, a year before his attorney general nomination, Barr argued in favor of the firing of the former FBI director James Comey. The editorial described a formal chain of command within the justice department, which Barr said Comey violated. “It is not surprising that Trump would be inclined to make a fresh start at the bureau,” Barr wrote.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 01:00:45 -0400
  • Thousands of Peruvians say goodbye to ex-president following suicide news

    Garcia shot himself in the head on Wednesday to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America's largest graft scandal. Friends, allies and leaders across the political spectrum paid homage to Garcia at the headquarters of his APRA party, one of Latin America's oldest political parties, and one which twice helped usher Garcia to the presidency. Vizcarra ordered flags to be flown at half mast at the country's Congress and other public buildings to honor the ex-President and former lawmaker.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:16:28 -0400
  • Roman Polanski sues Oscars academy seeking reinstatement after 'improper' expulsion news

    Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski sues to get back in to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, after it expelled him last year.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 20:48:53 -0400
  • Google is making it easier for Android users in Europe to pick a new browser news

    We've known for a while now that Google offered Android users in Europe a different experience than international customers, and that's because the European Union really wants Google to behave a lot less like a monopoly than before. Google lost three major anti-trust cases in the region, including one that concerns Android.The European Commission slapped Google with three multi-billion fines in each case, which Google has contested. But the company agreed to make changes to its business models, and the changes also concern its mobile operating system. We know now what changes are in place for Android in Europe.Google explained in a new blog post on the matter that Android users in Europe will get search app and browser options, and showed the world what those prompts will look like.The new screens will be shown the first time a user opens Google Play after receiving an update. We're looking at two screens, one for search and one for browsers, as follows below.Each screen will present the user five apps, including the ones that are installed. The apps that are not installed will show up based on their popularity, but they'll show up in a randomized order.A third screen will be shown to users when they install a search app. Google will ask whether they want to change Chrome's default search engine the next time they open the browser.These screens will show up on both existing and new Android phones in Europe in the coming weeks, Google explained, and their implementation will "evolve" over time.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:03:04 -0400
  • Appeals court upholds California 'sanctuary state' bill news

    A US appeals court on Thursday upheld a California "sanctuary state" bill that blocks state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities. The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in San Francisco, unanimously ruled to uphold Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police and sheriffs from collaborating with immigration authorities. "SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government's immigration enforcement efforts," said Judge Milan Smith in the ruling.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:35:20 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Tesla's Elon Musk, SEC get another week to work out deal on Twitter use

    Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will get another week to settle a dispute over Musk's use of Twitter, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Nathan had been asked to hold Musk in contempt over a Feb. 19 tweet that the SEC said violated an earlier settlement with the agency. The SEC sued Musk last year after he tweeted on Aug. 7 that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private at $420 per share.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:30:40 -0400
  • Columbine focuses on healing as questions loom after manhunt news

    LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado community changed forever by the attack that killed 13 people at Columbine High School moved ahead Thursday with ceremonies marking the anniversary of the tragedy while awaiting more details on what led a Florida teen "infatuated" with the shooting to buy a shotgun and kill herself in the snowy foothills nearby.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:26:02 -0400
  • France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre-Dame news

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre-Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore up the still fragile cathedral. Some 600 firefighters worked throughout the night Monday to put out the fire at the Paris landmark and prevent an even worse disaster, in a blaze that felled the spire and destroyed two-thirds of its roof. A prayer vigil was held at another of Paris's landmark churches, the Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart), on Thursday which was due to remain open all night.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:01:29 -0400
  • Someone Is Trying To Sell a Baby T. Rex Skeleton on eBay for $2.95 Million news

    And paleontologists aren't happy about it.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:33:00 -0400
  • Nurse had no idea she had stage 4 esophageal cancer until she was coughing up blood news

    Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez sits down with a stage 4 esophageal cancer survivor to talk about the rare but deadly disease and what new innovative treatment helped to put her in remission for the last five years.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:09:01 -0400
  • Mueller report: Findings prove Donald Trump never colluded with Russia, obstructed justice news

    As far as collusion and subsequent allegations of obstruction by Donald Trump, there never was more to this would-be scandal than political innuendo.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:27:29 -0400
  • Walmart, Whole Foods and Sears are open Easter Sunday. Find out where else you can shop.

    If you forget a key ingredient for your Easter meal, you have some options. Walmart is open, but Target is closed.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:59:22 -0400
  • In Bosnia, 'master' blacksmith had to shoe an egg news

    To be worthy of the title of master, a blacksmith in Kresevo in central Bosnia had to perform a delicate task -- shoe an egg without breaking it. It's an Easter tradition requiring a blacksmith to decorate an egg shell by nailing on it a miniature iron horseshoe. Now Stjepan Biletic wants to have this ancient know-how recognised by UNESCO as part of the world's cultural heritage.

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:25:12 -0400
  • UPDATE 6-Afghan communications ministry attacked, seven killed

    At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban. The attack began shortly before midday when a suicide bomb was detonated at the entrance to the multi-story building housing the ministry in a busy commercial area of the city, followed up by gunfire which could be heard over a mile away. The area around the building was sealed off by police as at least three attackers battled security forces for several hours before the attack was finally suppressed in the late afternoon, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

    Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:50:46 -0400
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