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White House vows to continue funding Obamacare, averting showdown with Democrats

White House vows to continue funding Obamacare, averting showdown with DemocratsThe White House has assured Democrats it will continue to fund a key portion of Obamacare, clearing the way for negotiations on a series of spending bills to avoid a government shutdown, according to two sources familiar with the decision. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had demanded that Congress pay for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies — which lower health care costs for 7 million people — as part of the emerging spending bill.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 4:46 PM

United CEO blames ‘system failure’ for Dao dragging, expresses condolences for giant rabbit death

United CEO blames ‘system failure’ for Dao dragging, expresses condolences for giant rabbit deathUnited CEO Oscar Munoz said David Dao incident was a “system failure,” and also apologized for the death of a giant rabbit that died following a recent flight.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 10:29 AM

Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets death

Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets deathMILFORD, Pa. (AP) — With his victim's two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 5:05 PM

Exclusive: Russian spokeswoman on ‘ridiculous’ airstrikes in Syria, French election, fake news and dangers for gays in Chechnya

Exclusive: Russian spokeswoman on ‘ridiculous’ airstrikes in Syria, French election, fake news and dangers for gays in ChechnyaOn Wednesday, April 26, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, about fake news, the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, President Trump, Russian influence on the French election and the dangers faced by gay men in Chechnya.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 5:07 PM

ACLU defends Coulter after Berkeley speech cancellation

ACLU defends Coulter after Berkeley speech cancellation“For the future of our democracy, we must protect bigoted speech from government censorship,” stated David Cole, head of the ACLU, in Coulter's defense.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 9:46 AM

Tributes for Taiwanese trekker lost in Nepal tragedy

Tributes for Taiwanese trekker lost in Nepal tragedyA Taiwanese trekker is recovering in hospital after rescuers found him and his dead girlfriend on a mountainside in Nepal where they were stranded for 47 days, surviving on only water and salt after their food ran out. Liu Chen-chun, 18,​ died just three days before the rescue team located the couple in northwest Nepal, but her boyfriend managed to survive despite losing 30 kilos (66 pounds) during the ordeal. A severely malnourished Liang Sheng-yueh, 20, was being treated in hospital in Kathmandu, where he was airlifted after being rescued from the remote region.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 6:58 AM

Delta Passenger Claims He Was Booted From Flight Because He Had to Use the Bathroom

Delta Passenger Claims He Was Booted From Flight Because He Had to Use the BathroomThe delayed flight returned to the gate when he got back to his seat, and he was asked to get off the plane.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:58 PM

Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders but his message of peace comes as Egypt's Coptic Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. Below are some facts about Egypt's Coptic Christians: -- The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of oldest in the world.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 4:17 AM

Elizabeth Warren: I’m ‘troubled’ by Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee

Elizabeth Warren: I’m ‘troubled’ by Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking feeMassachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that she’s troubled by former President Barack Obama’s accepting a $400,000 speaking fee from a Wall Street firm. Obama accepted a $400,000 fee from the investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald to speak at a health care conference in September.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:45 PM

Sobering visualizations reveal how sea level rise could transform cities in your lifetime

Sobering visualizations reveal how sea level rise could transform cities in your lifetimeUntil recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. It would be problematic, of course, but manageable, particularly in industrialized nations like the U.S. However, troubling indications from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets show that melting is taking place faster than previously thought and that entire glaciers — if not portions of the ice sheets themselves — are destabilizing. This has scientists increasingly worried that the consensus sea level rise estimates are too conservative. With sea level rise, as with other climate impacts, the uncertainties tend to skew toward the more severe end of the scale. So, it's time to consider some worst-case scenarios. SEE ALSO: Trump White House reveals it's 'not familiar' with well-studied costs of global warming Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published an extreme high-end sea level rise scenario, showing 10 to 12 feet of sea level rise by 2100 around the U.S., compared to the previously published global average — which is closer to 8 feet — in that time period.  The research and journalism group Climate Central took this projection and plotted out the stark ramifications in painstaking, and  terrifying, detail.  The bottom line finding?  "By the end of the century, oceans could submerge land [that's] home to more than 12 million Americans and $2 trillion in property," according to Ben Strauss, who leads the sea level rise program at Climate Central.  Here's what major cities would look like with so much sea level rise: New York CityImage: CLIMATE CENTRAL New Orleans: Gone.Image: CLIMATE CENTRAL San Francisco International AirportImage: CLIMATE CENTRAL Bienvenido a Miami.Image: CLIMATE CENTRALIn an online report, Climate Central states that the impacts of such a high amount of sea level rise "would be devastating."  For example, Cape Canaveral, which is a crown jewel for NASA and now the private sector space industry, would be swallowed up by the Atlantic. Major universities, including MIT, would be underwater, as would President Trump's "southern White House" of Mar-a-Lago. In the West, San Francisco would be hard-hit, with San Francisco International Airport completely submerged. "More than 99 percent of today’s population in 252 coastal towns and cities would have their homes submerged, and property of more than half the population in 479 additional communities would also be underwater," the analysis, which has not been peer-reviewed, found.  Image: climate centralIn New York City, the average high tide would be a staggering 2 feet higher than the flood level experienced during Hurricane Sandy. More than 800,000 people would be flooded out of New York City alone.  Although the findings pertain to sea level rise through the end of the century, in reality sea levels would keep rising long after that, with a total increase of about 30 feet by 2200 for all coastal states, Climate Central found.  As for how likely this extreme scenario really is, here's what the report says:  "The extreme scenario is considered unlikely, but it is plausible. NOAA’s report and Antarctic research suggest that deep and rapid cuts to heat-trapping pollution would greatly reduce its chances."  More specifically, the NOAA projection says this high-end outlook has just a 0.1 percent chance of occurring under a scenario in which we keep emitting greenhouse gases at about the current rate. While a 1-in-1,000 chance outcome might seem nearly impossible to occur, recent events suggest otherwise.  For example, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Mid-Atlantic in 2012 while following a track that was virtually unprecedented in storm history. In addition, California is estimated to have had just a 1 percent chance of climbing out of its deep drought in a one to two-year period, and it did just that this winter.  Also, Donald Trump is president, people.  Robert Kopp, a sea level rise researcher at Rutgers University, whose projections formed the basis of the NOAA scenarios, said it's difficult to put exact odds on the extreme scenario.  "I would say that our knowledge about marine ice-sheet instability is too deeply uncertain for us to answer that question right now," Kopp said in an email. "We can come up with a physically plausible pathway that gets us to 2.5 meters [or 8.2 feet], we know it is more likely under higher emissions, but we don't have a good way of putting a probability on it." A paper published in the journal Nature in March found that if emissions of global warming pollutants peak in the next few years and are then reduced quickly thereafter, then there is a good chance that the melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet would be drastically curtailed.  However, with the U.S., which is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, backing away from making significant cuts under the Paris Climate Agreement, adhering to such an ambitious timetable is looking less realistic.  Image: climate centralIn order for NOAA's extreme scenario, and therefore Climate Central's maps, to turn into reality, there would need to be decades more of sustained high emissions of greenhouse gases plus more melting from Antarctica than is currently anticipated.  However, recent studies have raised questions about Antarctica's stability, as mild ocean waters eat away at floating ice shelves from below, freeing up glaciers well inland to flow faster into the sea.  "What's new is that we used to think 6- to 7 feet was the max *plausible* or *possible* sea level rise this century, and now we've roughly doubled that," Strauss said in an email. "The new Antarctic science says it's plausible."  "If you were to survey ice sheet experts today, instead of something like 5 to 10 years ago, I suspect you'd get a significantly higher probability than 0.1 percent," he said.  A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change last week found that sea level rise could prompt a wave of internal migration within the U.S., especially as people move from the hardest-hit states such as Florida, Louisiana and New York. It's long been known that Florida is ground zero for sea level rise impacts, but the Climate Central projections are even more pessimistic. The report shows that a whopping 5.6 million Floridians would be at risk before the end of the century under an extreme sea level rise scenario, about double the amount simulated in the study last week. WATCH: Serene underwater footage shows whale's-eye view of Antarctica




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 3:46 PM

APNewsBreak: Plot to kill gang boss a lie, witness now says

APNewsBreak: Plot to kill gang boss a lie, witness now saysRENO, Nev. (AP) — The star witness who helped convict the triggerman who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 says he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 6:59 PM

Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein on Trump-Russia investigation: 'Oh my god, there's a cover-up going on'

Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein on Trump-Russia investigation: 'Oh my god, there's a cover-up going on'Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says that the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could end up revealing a “cover-up” of alleged connections between President Donald Trump's team and Russia. “There, he is central to what the FBI believes is a cover-up going on among people close to the president of the United States about what happened with the Trump campaign and Russia,” Mr Bernstein, who is now a CNN commentator, said.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 4:21 PM

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman Grows Bigger, Gains Power, and Adds Practicality

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman Grows Bigger, Gains Power, and Adds PracticalityA model from the Mini brand is unmistakable, no matter the guise, version, or body style. Some may consider the all-new 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman—the biggest Mini yet—an SUV, but the model embo...




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 3:22 PM

U.S. says failure to act on North Korea could be catastrophic

U.S. says failure to act on North Korea could be catastrophicBy Michelle Nichols and Lesley Wroughton UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. Security Council that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side." Tillerson urged the 15-member body to act before North Korea does and called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 12:41 PM

NASA spacecraft survives dive through Saturn's rings

NASA spacecraft survives dive through Saturn's ringsAn unmanned NASA spacecraft has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again with Earth, the US space agency said Thursday. Cassini skimmed closer than any previous spacecraft to the sixth planet from the Sun, and lived to tell the tale, sending back a signal that arrived early Thursday at 0656 GMT, about 20 hours after the crossing took place. "No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 10:25 AM

1992 ‘Rodney King riots' – A look back at L.A. in flames

1992 ‘Rodney King riots' – A look back at L.A. in flamesThe 1992 Los Angeles riots began on April 29, 1992, after the acquittal of four LAPD police officers on trial for the beating of motorist Rodney King. Video of his treatment after a March 3, 1991, traffic stop drew international attention. Civil unrest, which included violence and looting, broke out on the streets of Los Angeles.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 12:08 PM

Body of Missing Toddler Found Under Couch in Family's Home, Death Deemed 'Suspicious:' Report

Body of Missing Toddler Found Under Couch in Family's Home, Death Deemed 'Suspicious:' ReportSemaj Crosby had been playing with other children in an Illinois yard not far from her home when the 16-month-old girl vanished.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:09 PM

Democrats Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Democrats Introduce $15 Minimum Wage BillVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the Democrats to push for legislation raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 1:33 AM

This may be Apple’s first brand new iOS device since 2015

This may be Apple’s first brand new iOS device since 2015

The rumors saying that Apple is working on a Siri-based Amazon Echo rival are back, with a noted insider saying that Apple is currently finalizing the design for the unnamed product.

“Apple is currently finalizing designs for their Alexa competitor, expected to be marketed as a Siri/AirPlay device,” Sonny Dickson said on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/SonnyDickson/status/857584682677829633

Dickson, who has a decent track record when leaking details about unreleased Apple products (especially iPhones) also said the upcoming Echo rival is “believed to carry some form of Beats technology, and is expected to run [an iOS variant].”

The insider did not mention anything about an actual launch date for the product, or a price.

Amazon’s Echo is currently the most popular voice-based home assistant product out there. Earlier this week, Amazon unveiled a new Echo gadget, the Echo Look that comes with a built-in camera. Amazon’s Alexa assistant, the AI brains of the Echo line of devices, is available in other non-Amazon devices as well, with more third-party companies interested in integrating the service into their products.

https://twitter.com/SonnyDickson/status/857584905982693379

Google is looking to turn its Home device into an equally popular gadget, although Amazon’s lead can’t be contested for the time being.

A Time report in February said that Apple had no interest in making a device that would compete against Amazon Echo and Google Home. However, given the increased popularity of these home devices, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple come out with a competitive product that would offer Siri functionality at home.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 1:14 PM

Mother of Hawaii boy missing for 20 years released from jail

Mother of Hawaii boy missing for 20 years released from jailHONOLULU (AP) — The parents of a Hawaii six-year-old boy who disappeared 20 years ago had long been suspects, but without a body, there never has been any concrete confirmation that the child known as "Peter Boy" was dead until his mother pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year and agreed to testify against her husband.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 8:28 PM

Battling ISIS in Hatra, Iraq, and more: April 26 in photos

Battling ISIS in Hatra, Iraq, and more: April 26 in photosIraqi paramilitary troops fire toward Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, near Mosul, Iraq; the robes of Pope Francis are blown over his head by a gust of wind as he delivers his homily during the weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City; and demonstrators in Minsk, Belarus, mark the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 4:09 PM

Trump administration's hardline immigration stance in Supreme Court case could see Melania Trump deported

Trump administration's hardline immigration stance in Supreme Court case could see Melania Trump deportedThe argument that even an "immaterial" error on official paperwork can justify deportation, put forward by the Trump administration in a recent Supreme Court case, would be sufficient to deport the President's wife, Melania. The First Lady of the United States reportedly failed to disclose earnings from nearly two months of illegal work in the USA on a visitor's visa, and subsequently failed to mention the offence on immigration documents. A Serbian woman was recently deported for failing to disclose her husband's history in the military, thus setting a technical precedent for deporting Ms Trump, as Slate reports.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 5:17 AM

Russia's Putin, Japan's Abe call for talks, calm with North Korea

Russia's Putin, Japan's Abe call for talks, calm with North KoreaRussian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called on North Korea and other countries to avoid behaviour or rhetoric that could increase tensions around Pyongyang's nuclear programme. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow after holding talks, Putin and Abe said they had agreed to cooperate closely to try to help defuse tensions around the secretive Asian state and that both wanted to see a resumption of six-party international talks with North Korea. "In my opinion, and in the opinion of the prime minister, the situation on the Korean peninsula has unfortunately got a lot worse," said Putin.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 1:06 PM

Sheryl Sandberg's mother-in-law stuns her by encouraging her to remarry

Sheryl Sandberg's mother-in-law stuns her by encouraging her to remarryWhile Sheryl Sandberg and her mother-in-law, Paula Goldberg, were cleaning out Dave Goldberg’s closet after he passed away, Goldberg said something that stunned Sandberg. "You are not only going to live, but you are going to get remarried one day — and I am going to be there to celebrate with you," she said.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 5:05 PM

French tourist attacked by shark in New Zealand

French tourist attacked by shark in New ZealandA French tourist survived a rare shark attack in New Zealand on Thursday, suffering only moderate injuries, rescuers and locals said. The woman, aged in her 20s, was bodyboarding in the afternoon at Curio Bay in the South Island when the shark attacked her leg, St John Ambulance said. Nick Smart, who runs the Caitlin Surf School, said the woman was in the water with friends when the shark attacked "out of nowhere".




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 2:26 AM

Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: Cops

Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: CopsMarinna Rollins can be heard laughing as she and her boyfriend took turns shooting her service dog, authorities said.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 6:01 PM

Top official's son calls out his dad as Venezuela quits OAS

Top official's son calls out his dad as Venezuela quits OASCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The son of Venezuela's top human rights official is urging his father to prevent further bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes as officials defy international criticism by withdrawing from the Organization of American States.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 7:50 PM

The BMW M550d xDrive Touring Is the Quad-Turbo Diesel Wagon of Your Dreams

The BMW M550d xDrive Touring Is the Quad-Turbo Diesel Wagon of Your DreamsAnd no, it's probably not coming to America.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 2:15 PM

Tad Cummins Admits To Wife He Slept With Elizabeth Thomas

Tad Cummins Admits To Wife He Slept With Elizabeth ThomasTad Cummins' wife said he admitted to her he slept with Tennessee teen he is accused of kidnapping in Maury County.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 12:36 AM

New iPhone 8 leak suggests Apple won’t use the design everyone hates

New iPhone 8 leak suggests Apple won’t use the design everyone hates

We're still more than four months away from seeing Apple unveil its next-generation iPhone 8, but you wouldn't know it. There's already a ton of buzz surrounding Apple's upcoming new iPhones, which will reportedly include three different models this time around. In addition to the completely redesigned iPhone 8, we're also expecting Apple to launch updated iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models. Interestingly, the updated "S" iPhones this year may feature major hardware updates for the first time ever; Apple typically reuses its iPhone housings for "S" devices, but the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus may get new glass backs to facilitate wireless charging.

Of course, no one really cares about the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus right now. That's right, everyone's attention is focused on the completely redesigned iPhone 8. Apple's new design, however, is a hotly debated topic right now.

While nothing is confirmed at this point, it's safe to say the iPhone 8 will in fact sport a new design. Solid sources with very good track records report that the new phone will feature 2.5D glass on the front and back, with a stainless steel mid-frame sandwiched between them. The front will feature a new OLED display with a vastly improved screen-to-body ratio, but things get a little hazy after that.

We know with near certainty that, like Samsung, Apple will do away with the iPhone 8's physical home button. According to some leaks, the next-gen iPhone will feature a fingerprint sensor that's embedded beneath the screen. But other leaks suggest Apple will relocate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of the phone because it won't be able to mass-produce enough iPhones with embedded sensors.

A Touch ID scanner on the back of the phone would probably be easier to manufacture, which means Apple would likely have no problem launching the phone in September. The only drawback, of course, would be a massive step backward in terms of user experience. As we recently saw, everyone hates the iPhone 8 design with the fingerprint scanner on the back.

The more desirable scenario that has been suggested by leakers is that Apple will indeed embed the Touch ID sensor beneath the iPhone 8's display, but it will delay the phone's release until October or possibly November as it works through manufacturing issues. Having to wait an extra month or two would certainly annoy eager Apple fans, but it's still probably a better option than an iPhone with the fingerprint scanner on the back.

Today, a new leak from a reliable source may bring good news. Twitter user KK Sneak Leaks has several genuine leaks under his belt, and on Friday he posted a new photo of a third-party iPhone 8 case. As you can clearly see, there is no opening on this case for a rear-facing fingerprint reader.

While there's nothing to say that the design of this case accurately depicts Apple's iPhone 8, this particular Twitter user has well-connected sources. As such, it's entirely possible that we're looking at Apple's final iPhone 8 design. It'll be a while before anything is confirmed, but this new leak could definitely be good news.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 10:56 AM

Bernie Sanders says it is 'likely' he would have beaten Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders says it is 'likely' he would have beaten Donald TrumpSenator Bernie Sanders has said it is “likely” he would have beaten Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but that “it doesn’t matter” now that Mr Trump is president. Trump understood that, by the way, and that's why he said, 'The whole system sucks. Mr Sanders has been an outspoken critic of the president's policy on the environment, healthcare, the economy, and a host of other issues.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 3:59 PM

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coastA Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said. The rescued crew members of the Russian ship Liman were in good health after the collision with the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H, Turkey's Transport Minister Ahmed Arslan said. The incident took place in fog and low visibility 18 miles (29 km) from Kilyos village on the Black Sea coast just north of Istanbul.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:19 PM

This Woman Had the Best Response to a Man Who Told Her to "Cover Up" While Breastfeeding

This Woman Had the Best Response to a Man Who Told Her to "Cover Up" While BreastfeedingShe knew her rights and refused to back down.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 2:14 PM

Liberal US firebrand Warren 'troubled' by Obama Wall St fee

Liberal US firebrand Warren 'troubled' by Obama Wall St feeBarack Obama faced criticism Thursday from his fellow Democrat, the firebrand Senator Elizabeth Warren, who expressed concern about reports that the former US president will receive a $400,000 speaking fee from a Wall Street investment firm. "Well, I was troubled by that," Warren said on the Sirius XM radio show "Alter Family Politics" when asked about Obama receiving in a day the same amount as his annual presidential salary. President Donald Trump's predecessor has agreed to speak at a Wall Street health care conference hosted in September by the investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, according to Fox Business.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:49 PM

Prosecutor will not charge officers who shot man 19 times

Prosecutor will not charge officers who shot man 19 timesSUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Three police officers who shot a black man 19 times were cleared of charges Wednesday because the man had a gun when he was killed, a prosecutor said.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 4:25 PM

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy warBEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:43 PM

Can the Hennessey Exorcist drive out the Dodge Demon?

Can the Hennessey Exorcist drive out the Dodge Demon?Texas tuner extraordinaire Hennessey Performance wants to give anyone considering snapping up the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon cause for concern. At the New York International Auto Show, Dodge confounded expectations with an 840hp street-legal drag car called the Demon. Based on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and set to be offered as either a full turnkey car or as a conversion for existing ZL1 owners, the Exorcist has a totally overhauled engine complete with ported cylinder heads, new valves, a new camshaft, a high-flow supercharger, plus new exhaust system.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 5:28 AM

Boy, 17, Arrested In Shooting Death Of His 13-Year-Old Sister: Cops

Boy, 17, Arrested In Shooting Death Of His 13-Year-Old Sister: CopsThe Florida brother told authorities it was an accident.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 9:13 AM

Google Will Mark Any HTTP Pages That Record User Data As 'Not Secure'

Google Will Mark Any HTTP Pages That Record User Data As 'Not Secure'Google plans to mark HTTP sites that record user information as "Not Secure" in its Google Chrome browser, as well as labeling all HTTP sites as unsecure when visited in incognito mode.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 6:02 PM

First-ever photos of Apple’s self-driving test car surface online

First-ever photos of Apple’s self-driving test car surface online

After many months shrouded in secrecy, concrete information regarding Apple's plans in the automotive space are finally starting to leak out. While Apple's initial plans may have centered on developing and manufacturing an Apple-branded car from scratch, Apple in recent months is said to have narrowed the scope of Project Titan to focus more on autonomous vehicle technology.

Far from idle speculation, Apple earlier this month applied for and received a permit to test driverless cars in the state of California. And a few months before that, Apple penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicating that it is "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation" and that they are "excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."

More recently, details from Apple's permit application to the California DMV emerged and revealed that Apple outfitted three Lexus vehicles with self-driving software and hardware.

Earlier this afternoon, Bloomberg obtained photos of the Lexus vehicles Apple has outfitted with a wide array of sensors.

The white Lexus RX450h SUV emerged from an Apple facility this week and was kitted out with an array of sensors, according to a person who saw the vehicle and provided photos to Bloomberg News. The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.'s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos.

Two such photos are featured below.

And below is a shot of the cars from the back.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 6:48 PM

College student credits his Apple Watch for saving his life

College student credits his Apple Watch for saving his lifeCasey Bennett knew that by pressing down the side button of his Apple Watch it would dial 911 and text his emergency contact.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 6:30 AM

Venezuela to withdraw from OAS, denounces campaign by Washington

Venezuela to withdraw from OAS, denounces campaign by WashingtonVenezuela said on Wednesday it was withdrawing from the Organization of American States, deepening the diplomatic isolation of the socialist-run nation that is already out of step with Latin America's steady shift to the right. Critics of President Nicolas Maduro have said Venezuela could be expelled from the group, accusing his government of eroding the country's democracy by delaying elections and refusing to respect the opposition-led Congress. Venezuela said the move was a response to a Washington-backed campaign against the ruling Socialist Party that is meant to trample on the sovereignty of Venezuela, the United States' principal ideological adversary in the region.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 7:43 PM

Le Pen says voters must choose 'for or against' France

Le Pen says voters must choose 'for or against' FranceFar-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen delivered a ferocious attack Thursday on her globalist rival Emmanuel Macron, saying voters faced a choice "for or against France". The candidates' starkly differing visions on France's future are at the heart of the May 7 election run-off -- with Macron, a 39-year-old former banker embracing free trade and the EU, while Le Pen wants to seal France's borders and quit the euro. "The country Mr Macron wants is no longer France, it's a space, a wasteland, a trading room where there are only consumers and producers," Le Pen told a cheering crowd of some 4,000 supporters in the Riviera city of Nice, a rightwing stronghold.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 5:55 PM

Boris Johnson says UK likely to strike Syria if asked by US

Boris Johnson says UK likely to strike Syria if asked by USLONDON (AP) — Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that the U.K. will probably join the United States in further military action against Syria if asked to do so, whether or not Parliament gets a vote on it.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 7:53 AM

North Korea releases video footage of simulated attack blowing up the White House

North Korea releases video footage of simulated attack blowing up the White HouseNorth Korea has released a propaganda film featuring simulated attacks on the White House and US aircraft carriers, amid heightened tensions between the countries. It comes shortly after the US announced that it was sending warships to the Korean peninsula and Donald Trump said a fresh wave of American sanctions would be imposed on the secretive Communist state in an attempt to isolate it economically. The two and a half minute film begins with scenes of North Korea’s latest military parade to mark the 105th birthday of late state founder Kim Il-Sung on 15 April where it displayed a range of ballistic missiles.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:24 PM

Thai Red Bull heir threatened with arrest after latest no-show

Thai Red Bull heir threatened with arrest after latest no-showThai prosecutors vowed Thursday to seek the first arrest warrant for the heir to the Red Bull fortune after he dodged the latest summons to hear charges over a 2012 hit-and-run in his Ferrari that left a policeman dead. The threat comes after years of public anger over the lack of progress in a case that critics say highlights the impunity enjoyed by Thailand's wealthy and well-connected. Worayuth Yoovidhya, whose nickname is "Boss", was 27 when he allegedly smashed his Ferrari into a police officer in the early hours of the morning, dragging the body for several hundred metres before fleeing the scene of the crash.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 7:09 AM

2017 Chevrolet SS Manual

2017 Chevrolet SS ManualFans' last chance at Chevy's pushrod V-8 rear-wheel-drive sedan.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 6:46 PM

Report: T-Mobile wants to change the way you buy and pay for smartphones

Report: T-Mobile wants to change the way you buy and pay for smartphones

The war of the mobile carriers has been well-documented, but no carrier has caused quite as much of a stir in recent years as T-Mobile. The "Uncarrier" has continued to add customers at a blistering pace, and according to Android Authority, T-Mobile is preparing to shake up the market once again.

Marketing material shared with Android Authority reportedly indicates that T-Mobile is preparing to introduce its own device and will pair it with a commitment-free plan that includes a lifetime warranty and insurance. If you break the phone, T-Mobile will replace it -- no questions asked.

Additionally, in the time since Android Authority's report ran on Thursday, a source has confirmed to BGR that there are plans for a replacement to the company's Jump on Demand program, which would involve partnering with a phone manufacturer to make the T-Mobile smartphone.

Android Authority doesn't know much about the phone itself, but expects it to be a value proposition rather than a $600+ flagship device. All we can do is speculate, but it wouldn't be a stretch for HTC or Huawei to partner with the carrier to bring a T-Mobile phone to the market.

There's no current timeline for this next Uncarrier move to be announced, but the information provided to Android Authority suggests that T-Mobile could unveil the new plan and the branded device in Q3. Other than our own source's confirmation, we have no concrete proof that this will be the next initiative from T-Mobile, but considering how much the carrier would be able to charge for the convenience of a plan that let users replace their phone at any time, we're cautiously optimistic about this rumor.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 6:11 PM

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