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Flynn’s former top deputy: I was ‘apoplectic’ when I learned about RT payment

Flynn’s former top deputy: I was ‘apoplectic’ when I learned about RT paymentThe Defense Department is investigating whether retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, violated federal ethics rules.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 1:50 PM

Sean Spicer says Obama administration was responsible for Michael Flynn’s vetting

Sean Spicer says Obama administration was responsible for Michael Flynn’s vettingWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer attempted Thursday to shift blame to the Obama administration for its role in vetting retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser dismissed by President Trump. Spicer argued that the Trump transition team didn’t vet Flynn’s appointment because he already held a security clearance at the time. “My only point is that when Gen. Flynn came into the White House, he had an active security clearance that was issued during the Obama administration with all the information that’s being discussed that occurred in 2015,” Spicer said at the daily press briefing.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:29 PM

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

Delta Kicks Out Passenger From Flight Because He Used The Loo

Delta Kicks Out Passenger From Flight Because He Used The LooKima Hamilton, a passenger aboard a Delta Airlines flight 2035 from Atlanta to Milwaukee was removed from the flight because he needed to use the restroom urgently.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 6:41 AM

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

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 2:22 PM

US warship fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Gulf

US warship fires warning flare at Iran vessel in GulfA US warship has fired a warning flare at an Iranian Revolutionary Guards vessel that refused to maintain distance in Gulf waters, a US spokesman said Wednesday. Guided-missile destroyer the USS Mahan had an "unprofessional interaction" with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessel on Monday in the international waters of the Gulf, US Navy spokesman Lieutenant Rick Chernitzer told AFP. Chernitzer said the Iranian vessel came within 1,100 yards (1,005 metres) of the destroyer, prompting the US Navy to issue warning messages, twice blast the internationally recognised five-whistle danger signal and deploy "a flare to determine the Iranian vessel's intentions".




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 9:54 AM

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

A Growing -- and Deadly -- Problem on America’s Roads

A Growing -- and Deadly -- Problem on America’s RoadsFor the first time, drugged driving is to blame for more traffic fatalities involving drivers than drunk driving, a new report reveals.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 12:17 PM

2 US soldiers killed fighting Isis in Afghanistan region hit by 'mother of all bombs'

2 US soldiers killed fighting Isis in Afghanistan region hit by 'mother of all bombs'Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said that the US personnel were killed overnight in the Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan. Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump confirmed to The Independent that the soldiers were killed while fighting Isis-Khorosan, the local affiliate of the terror group. This is the "same general area" - southern Nangarhar province - where the massive ordnance air blast, dubbed the "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) was dropped earlier this month, Mr Stump said.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 10:32 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

Fourth and final Arkansas inmate Kenneth Williams executed

Fourth and final Arkansas inmate Kenneth Williams executedKenneth Williams’ attorneys have appealed to US supreme court to stop his execution on grounds of intellectual disability. Arkansas has carried out its fourth execution within a week, bringing to a troubling end the state’s controversial attempt to run a “conveyor belt of death” in an aggressive burst of killings unseen in the US for more than half a century. Kenneth Williams was pronounced dead at 11.05pm local time at the end of a 13-minute lethal injection that resulted in disturbing signs of distress on the part of the prisoner.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:01 AM

S. Korea disputes Trump comments on missile system, trade

S. Korea disputes Trump comments on missile system, tradeSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Contradicting U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korea said Friday it has no plan to renegotiate a bilateral trade deal with the U.S., or to pay for the U.S. missile defense system being deployed on its territory.




POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 2:41 AM

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

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

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

AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitors

AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitorsPRIPYAT, Ukraine (AP) — A bulletin board in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat still bears an edition of the Sovietsky Patriot newspaper, dated three days before the nuclear explosion that turned the city into one of the world's most baleful ghost towns.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 11:26 AM

United Airlines reaches settlement with David Dao after doctor was violently dragged off flight

United Airlines reaches settlement with David Dao after doctor was violently dragged off flightUnited Airlines has a reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum with the passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight earlier this month. Dr David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor, was taken to hospital after Chicago aviation police dragged him from the plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from the city's O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky. "I hope he becomes a poster child for all of us, someone’s got to," Thomas Demetri, Dr Dao's attorney, said during a press conference on Thursday.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 3:31 PM

Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong

Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong KongNine democracy protesters were arrested in Hong Kong Thursday over an anti-Beijing rally in the latest swoop by police as activists say they are being persecuted. Concerns are growing that the semi-autonomous city's freedoms are under threat from Beijing, fuelling calls from some groups for greater autonomy or even a complete split from China. Pro-independence activists Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung were arrested and charged Wednesday over causing chaos in the legislature after being barred from taking up their seats as lawmakers last year.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 5:25 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

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

Donald Trump says he is 'absolutely' considering breaking up 9th Circuit court after blocked executive orders

Donald Trump says he is 'absolutely' considering breaking up 9th Circuit court after blocked executive ordersDonald Trump is reportedly considering disbanding the US ninth circuit of appeals after court judges blocked two of his executive orders. Mr Trump said he was "absolutely" considering proposals to breakup the "outrageous" court. "Absolutely, I have," Mr Trump told the Washington Examiner of considering breakup proposals.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 5:40 PM

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.

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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.

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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

Campus free speech battle erupts in Berkeley

Campus free speech battle erupts in BerkeleyABC's Maggie Rulli reports on Ann Coulter and UC Berkeley engaging in the latest battle over free speech on U.S. college campuses.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:54 AM

Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza's electricity

Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza's electricityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for a decade. Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday told Israel it would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory, whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 8:33 AM

US test launches unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile

US test launches unarmed intercontinental ballistic missileVANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California early Wednesday in a test of the weapon system that is part of the U.S. nuclear force.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 5:24 PM

Now you can eat a BBQ-flavored PayDay, because America

Now you can eat a BBQ-flavored PayDay, because AmericaAmericans have always loved candy bars. Now, candy bars will be loving America right back. The Hershey Company has announced that it will be rolling out special editions of their most popular candy — Kit Kat, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, and PayDay just to name a few — nationally under the theme "Taste of America." The collection of candy has new flavors "inspired by the unique tastes of iconic, U.S. summer destinations," states the official press release. Six states will be honored with the Hershey's treatment: California, Georgia, New York, Hawaii, Texas, and Florida. And what exactly will the flavors be? SEE ALSO: These green juice gummies are the GOOP of candy Image: the hershey company Image: the hershey company Image: the hershey company Image: the hershey company California will be represented by a strawberry-flavored Kit Kat, which is supposed to transport you to the California Strawberry Festival, a relatively unknown event that apparently defines summer in California. Georgia gets a honey-roasted peanut butter Reese's, which Hershey's insists will have "a hint of floral, amber, and molasses." We guess peach doesn't mix too well with peanut butter and chocolate. New York will be captured in a cherry cheesecake version of Hershey's regular chocolate bar, while Hawaii gets coconut-almond-flavored Hershey's Kisses. Image: the hershey company Image: the hershey company Alligator-laden Florida is lucky enough to be represented by two different fruity Twizzler flavors: key lime pie and orange cream pop. And that brings us to the last state in Hershey's tour of what represents America — Texas. Image: the hershey companyThanks to Texas and the Hershey Company's ingenuity, BBQ-flavored PayDays will exist in this world. The press release says these candy bars "combine the tang of bold BBQ-seasoned peanuts surrounding a chewy caramel center for a unique, Texas-inspired flavor." To each their own, we suppose, but honestly no thank you. This is one taste of America we very much could do without. If you are interested in eating your way through America via candy, these limited-time candy bars are available now. WATCH: This machine knows how to sort your Skittles by color




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 6:49 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

A Telecom Merger Frenzy Is Coming

A Telecom Merger Frenzy Is ComingTelecom investors should be gearing up for a potential wave of mergers and acquisitions in coming months. According to T-Mobile ( TMUS) CEO John Legere, a number of companies will likely be looking to make strategic deals, including T-Mobile. Earlier in April, a Federal Communications Commission auction of U.S. government wireless airwaves that began last year finally came to a close.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 10:19 AM

The Latest: Police say woman in pit had reported harassment

The Latest: Police say woman in pit had reported harassmentBLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a woman found in a pit in her neighbor's shed (all times local):




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 5:10 PM

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

Please let this iPhone wireless charging feature actually exist

Please let this iPhone wireless charging feature actually exist

It may not happen with this year’s iPhone 8, but Apple dreams of charging its future products with the help of conventional Wi-Fi routers or even other Apple products. The technology would not only offer a way for various devices to potentially be used as wireless chargers but would also fix the most annoying thing about wireless charging nowadays: You still have to place a device in the proximity of a charging mat or device.

Early iPhone 8 rumors suggested the iPhone will feature wireless charging powers unlike anything currently seen on mobile devices. That’s long-range wireless charging support that would allow an iPhone owner to keep using a device while the battery would recharge wirelessly. Multiple reports have shot down that rumor, and more recent leaks do not mention anything about long-range support, although the iPhone 8 is still expected to feature wireless charging.

The US Patent & Trademark Office, meanwhile, published on Thursday an Apple patent application titled Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas that describes antenna technology that would support simultaneous wireless charging and Wi-Fi support on a device.

First discovered by Apple Insider, the patent doesn’t specifically mention the iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. And the drawings do not show anything resembling any of these devices. But the patent’s wording indicates that the wireless charging technology described herein can apply to a variety of Apple gadgets, not just the iPhone.

Apple's choice of words practically covers any device currently made by Apple, but also future gadgets that are yet to be unveiled:

Device 10A and/or device 10B may be a computing device such as a laptop computer, a computer monitor containing an embedded computer, a tablet computer, a cellular telephone, a media player, or other handheld or portable electronic device, a smaller device such as a wrist-watch device, a pendant device, a headphone or earpiece device, a device embedded in eyeglasses or other equipment worn on a user's head, or other wearable or miniature device, a television, a computer display that does not contain an embedded computer, a gaming device, a navigation device, an embedded system such as a system in which electronic equipment with a display is mounted in a kiosk or automobile, equipment that implements the functionality of two or more of these devices, or other electronic equipment.

What’s interesting about this type of ambiguous language is that it also seem to indicate that Apple may be thinking about peer-to-peer wireless charging. For example, a MacBook connected to a power source might recharge an iPhone in the future. The technology might even allow iPhone owners to share battery power in the future.

The patent explains that the devices may communicate wirelessly over Wi-Fi or cellular connection and that the same frequencies used for getting online or connecting to a carrier’s network might also be used for wirelessly charging a battery or providing energy to a device.

The patent describes dual-frequency dual-polarization patch antennas that “may be used in beam steering arrays” and which may be used for “wireless power transfer at microwave frequencies or other frequencies and may be used to support millimeter wave communications.”

What’s interesting about these patch antennas is that they would be flat components placed over a flat metal surface inside a device. Earlier this week, a leaked iPhone 8 schematic showed what seemed to be the location of the phone’s future wireless charging coil — see that big patch under the Apple logo in the image above?

Again, there’s nothing to suggest the iPhone 8 will sport such wireless charging tech. Even if the iPhone 8 would support it, you’d still need a second device to sport the same time of hardware so that long-range wireless charging would actually work.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 3:16 PM

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport: sources

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport: sourcesBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Angus McDowall AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said. The Israeli military said later that one of its Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries intercepted a target over the Golan Heights that Israeli media described as an unmanned drone. It was the second Israeli interception of a target coming from Syria in the past few weeks.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 1:52 PM

Activists: Mexican who sought refuge in US church detained

Activists: Mexican who sought refuge in US church detainedDENVER (AP) — A Mexican man who once sought sanctuary from deportation in a Colorado church was detained by federal immigration agents Wednesday morning as he went to a warehouse to get tile to install on a job, his wife said Wednesday.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 8:26 PM

Mom lets daughter's school know her 10-year-old is 'done' with homework

Mom lets daughter's school know her 10-year-old is 'done' with homeworkMaking tough calls for your children is a vital aspect of parenting. One brave mother stepped up to the parenting plate for her child, sharing an email she sent to her daughter's school explaining that her 10 year old is "done with homework" because of the undue stress it causes. SEE ALSO: Instead of telling women who might get pregnant they can't drink, study suggests trusting them Bunmi Laditan, a mom blogger in Quebec, explained on Facebook that she told her daughter's school that her child would be "drastically reducing" the homework she'd be completing, but that she "was trying to be polite because [her daughter is] finished." “I just sent an email to her school letting her know she’s all done,” the mother wrote. "Over the past four years I've noticed her getting more and more stressed when it comes to school," the troubled mother wrote, "And by stressed I mean chest pains, waking up early, and dreading school in general." Laditan explained that her daughter often does homework until 6:30 p.m., with little to no time to relax after dinner. “Is family time not important?” she wrote, “Is time spent just being a child relaxing at home not important? Or should she become some kind of junior workaholic at 10 years old?" “Children need downtime after school the same way adults need downtime after work. They need to play with their siblings," she continued. Laditan later commented on her own post to further explain her point of view. Image: bunmi laditan/facebookThe mother clarified that she wasn’t blaming her daughter’s "incredible" teachers, and that she simply feels the system isn’t working for her child. “I can’t watch her unravel anymore and be filled with so much stress at age 10,” she explained. Parents, teachers, and even therapists sounded off in the post's comment section in support of Laditan, relating similar experiences with children in their own lives. Image: kim tang/facebook Image: Katie chavarria/facebook Image: Erin avirett/facebook Image: jamie ellam davis/facebookSeems like this mom might be on to something. WATCH: This NYU student went undercover as a worker in a Chinese iPhone factory




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:17 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

Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion Police

Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion PoliceAlexa, do these pants make me look fat? Amazon's newest voice-powered device, the Echo Look, is a $199 Wi-Fi connected camera that you can use to check out how you look in your favorite outfits. When you say "Alexa, take a picture" or "Alexa, take a video," the Echo Look will snap a shot of you, and then upload it to the Echo Look app, where you can review what you're wearing and what you've worn in the past.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 4:39 PM

Ukraine feels the heat over Trump’s links to Russia

Ukraine feels the heat over Trump’s links to RussiaThe death of an American member of an international monitoring team in eastern Ukraine in a landmine blast, which also injured a Czech colleague, is the latest act of lethal violence putting enormous stress on the country’s fragile ceasefire. The response of the US State Department has, so far, been restrained, praising the courage of the monitors, expressing “shock and sadness”, and urging Russia to use its influence with the eastern separatists to allow a “full, transparent and timely investigation” to take place. Every move by the US in Ukraine is being watched anxiously by the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 11:00 AM

Verizon wins a network test that isn’t about speed

Verizon wins a network test that isn’t about speed

Normally, Verizon wins tests and comparisons based on its network coverage and only its network coverage. But to mix things up a little, Tom's Guide decided to compare basic customer service experiences across all the major postpaid and prepaid carriers, and Verizon ran away with first place.

The Tom's Guide testing involved comparing the ease of access and quality of support across all the different platforms. So, they tried phone support, online chat, and even social media help to generate one total score for each carrier.

Verizon came in first place, followed by T-Mobile and AT&T. Cricket managed to squeeze Sprint out of the top four, and prepaid carriers rounded out the rest of the rankings. It's no surprise that the postpaid carriers dominated here, as one of the reasons prepaid carriers can offer cheap contracts is by cutting corners on customer service.

The Tom's Guide testing is likely accurate for ranking how easy it is to find information and talk to a representative, but other surveys paint a different picture when it comes to overall satisfaction with customer service. The most recent Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, which polls customers and asks them about their experiences, ranked T-Mobile's customer care as the best in the industry.

But even that doesn't guarantee you happy experiences: T-Mobile relies heavily on bill credits to give customers promised discounts, free lines, or discounts on smartphones, and T-Mobile forums are overrun with people complaining about the bill credit system. In addition, T-Mobile receives far more complaints than other carriers to the Federal Trade Commission about fraudulent bill cramming, and former T-Mobile employees have alleged that certain stores operate illegal sales tactics to inflate numbers and commissions.

Ultimately, it's difficult to assign one number to evaluate customer service across a giant company. The Tom's Guide testing is good for knowing which company has the longest hold times, or the worst phone system. But with all the different kinds of problems that customer service teams have to deal with, ranging from billing issues to smartphone software updates or problems with call quality, don't just assume that the company that scores best on one test will be #1 when dealing with your particular issue.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 3:37 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

'Enormous progress' in U.S.-Mexico ties: Mexican foreign minister

'Enormous progress' in U.S.-Mexico ties: Mexican foreign ministerRelations between the United States and Mexico have seen "enormous progress" during the first months of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday. Videgaray said the call, which was initiated by Pena Nieto and lasted about 20 minutes, focused exclusively on the looming talks over NAFTA's "renegotiation and modernization.” He noted that Trump wanted to see the talks accelerated.




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 11:24 AM

Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest

Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrestVenezuela says it is quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government's handling of a deadly political crisis. The announcement late Wednesday raised international tension over Venezuela, where unrest has left 28 people dead this month. Echoed by the United States and European Union, the OAS has led an international chorus of concern over the economic and political chaos in the major oil-exporting country.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 10:19 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

Here are some good cats and dogs who are working their summer haircuts

Here are some good cats and dogs who are working their summer haircutsIt's that time of year again. Temperatures are rising, the sun is spending a little more time outside, and pets everywhere are making the world more glamorous with their summer haircuts. Now, not all pets need a summer cut. Many shed naturally in the summer anyway, and a multi-layered coat often serves as insulation to help them stay cool. But in some cases, a trim helps — with the added bonus of being extremely cute. SEE ALSO: Dogs, ranked Enjoy: A post shared by Wilson Fields (@wiiilsonthegolden) on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:49am PDT A post shared by Pita (@livinlapitaloca) on Apr 24, 2017 at 3:28pm PDT A post shared by Pawmyheart Mobilepetspa (@pawmyheart_petspa) on Apr 21, 2017 at 4:24pm PDT A post shared by Tofu and Gertrude (@tofuandgertrude) on Apr 10, 2017 at 9:47am PDT A post shared by Mochi The Havapoo (@mochiliciouspoo) on Apr 16, 2017 at 10:47am PDT A post shared by Werekit Ouwt (@glennbetter) on Apr 22, 2017 at 6:42am PDT Decided to take a few extra inches off today ✂️ #freshdoodsdo yea or nay!? ☀️ A post shared by Samson The Goldendoodle (f1b) (@samsonthedood) on Apr 18, 2017 at 11:22am PDT Please stay tuned for more. WATCH: Sensitive dog refuses to get up until street performer's song is finished




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 1:12 PM

Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘You can’t trust this president’

Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘You can’t trust this president’Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga asked Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., about President Trump’s new tax plan. She said, “We don’t know what it means.” Waters went on to say, about Trump’s policy positions, “You can’t trust this president. When he comes out with one thing, he’ll change the next day.” She continued: “He backed off of China. He said that they were currency manipulators. He had chocolate cake with President Xi, and all of a sudden, they’re not currency manipulators.”




POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:33 PM

AT&T to Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5G

AT&T to Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5GAT&T is using some wordsmithing to deliver to you faster Internet speeds. This week, the wireless carrier announced plans to deliver what it's calling the "5G Evolution" network to more than 20 markets by the end of the year. Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's GuideFor starters, to call AT&T's move a 5G rollout would be a bad idea.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2017 7:30 PM

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

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