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  • New Zealand marks one week since mosque attack with prayers, scarves

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:54:25 -0400

    New Zealand marks one week since mosque attack with prayers, scarvesPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern will lead thousands of mourners expected to gather at a park in front of the Al Noor mosque, where most of the victims died, for a prayer followed by two minutes of silence. Ardern, who has labeled the attack as terrorism, announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws on Thursday. The prime minister is expected to be accompanied in the Christchurch prayers with community leaders and other foreign dignitaries.


  • I hope Joe Biden runs for president. After Donald Trump, we need a compassionate leader.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:15:04 -0400

    I hope Joe Biden runs for president. After Donald Trump, we need a compassionate leader.Biden is the greatest threat and contrast to Trump. He doesn't have to pretend to show empathy. He doesn’t need a note card prompting him to care.


  • FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 safety certification in wake of crashes

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:28:53 -0400

    FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 safety certification in wake of crashesThe FBI has joined the widening criminal probe into how Boeing's 737 Max 8 jets were deemed as safe in the months before two of them crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia,


  • Loesch: CNN's gun control townhall was an embarrassing display of bias

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:00:20 -0400

    Loesch: CNN's gun control townhall was an embarrassing display of biasCNN townhall on gun control wins award; radio host Dana Loesch on the hostility she faced during the townhall.


  • Unprecedented spring flooding possible, US forecasters say

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:39:27 -0400

    Unprecedented spring flooding possible, US forecasters sayThe stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday.


  • Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sources

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 20:37:31 -0400

    Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sourcesMaduro's government has since 2014 used financial operations known as gold swaps to use its international reserves to gain access to cash after a slump in oil revenues left it struggling to obtain hard currency. Under the terms of the 2015 deal with Citigroup's Citibank, Venezuela was due to repay $1.1 billion of the loan on March 11, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Citibank plans to sell the gold held as a guarantee - which has a market value of roughly $1.358 billion - to recover the first tranche of the loan and will deposit the excess of roughly $258 million in a bank account in New York, two of the sources said.


  • Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:19:00 -0400

    Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri LankaGlyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic. A California court on Tuesday found that Roundup was a "substantial factor" in Edwin Hardeman, 70, getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after spraying the weedkiller on his garden for decades.


  • Fox News contributor called ‘complete moron’ for falsely saying US was first to end slavery

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:35:04 -0400

    Fox News contributor called ‘complete moron’ for falsely saying US was first to end slaveryFox News contributor Katie Pavlich attempted to counter Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call to discuss the injustices of slavery, and its lasting systemic impact on generations of African-Americans, by claiming that the United States does not get “enough credit” for ending slavery. While discussing reparations to descendents of enslaved people on Fox News’ "Outnumbered" on Tuesday, Ms Pavlich claimed that the US was the first country to abolish slavery. “They keep blaming America for the sin of slavery but the truth is, throughout human history, slavery existed, and America came along as the first country to end it within 150 years,” she said.


  • These Are the World’s Happiest (and Most Miserable) Countries

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 04:04:37 -0400

    These Are the World’s Happiest (and Most Miserable) CountriesAccording to the report published on Wednesday, Finland has witnessed modest but steady gains since 2014, and the country is now “significantly ahead” of other countries in the top 10, the researchers said. The data “offer the world’s governments and individuals the opportunity to rethink public policies as well as individual life choices, to raise happiness and well-being,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.


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  • Australian fury as Erdogan invokes Gallipoli after Christchurch massacre

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 05:36:26 -0400

    Australian fury as Erdogan invokes Gallipoli after Christchurch massacreRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has sparked a diplomatic confrontation with Australia and New Zealand over the Christchurch massacre by threatening that anti-Muslim Westerners would be sent home “in coffins” like those killed the Battle of Gallipoli.  The Turkish leader has made the killings in New Zealand a centre-piece of his political campaign ahead of local elections at the end of the month and has been playing footage of the mass killing before crowds at his rallies.    In a speech near the site where thousands of New Zealander and Australian troops were buried after the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli, Mr Erdogan said the Christchurch shooter and the First World War soldiers were both motivated by anti-Islamic sentiments.  “Your grandfathers came and saw that we're here. Then some of them walked back, while others left in coffins,” Mr Erdogan said. “If you come with the same intention, we'll be waiting for you.” His comments were met with fury in Australia, where Scott Morrison, the prime minister, summoned Turkey’s ambassador and demanded that Mr Erdogan retract his remarks.  “Remarks have been made by the Turkish President Erdogan that I consider highly offensive to Australians, and highly reckless in this very sensitive environment,” Mr Morrison said. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would consider 'all options' in reviewing ties  Credit: Getty "I will wait to see what the response is from the Turkish government before taking further action, but I can tell you that all options are on the table.” Mr Morrison said Australia was reviewing its travel advice for Turkey. Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders are expected in Turkey on April 25 to commemorate Anzac Day, marking the first landings in Gallipoli.  Around 8,000 Australians and nearly 3,000 New Zealanders were killed during the disastrous year-long campaign against Ottoman forces, which was overseen by Winston Churchill. Around 130,000 were killed in total on both sides.  Mr Morrison said Mr Erdogan’s comments violated a pledge made by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, who reportedly said “after having lost their lives on this land [the fallen soldiers] have become our sons as well.” New Zealand mosque massacre - In pictures Mr Erdogan had already been sharply rebuked by New Zealand for his comments and for using gruesome video shot by the Christchurch mosque gunman as an election campaign prop. New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday that such politicisation of the massacre "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad, and it’s totally unfair". Mr Peters announced on Tuesday that he would be travelling to Turkey this week at Istanbul’s request to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. “Our deputy prime minister will be confronting those comments in Turkey,” Ms Ardern told reporters in Christchurch. “He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face.” Turkey's Vice-President Fuat Oktay (R) and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C) speak to the media after visiting Al Noor mosque in Christchurch Credit: Getty Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, said she was dispatching her deputy prime minister, Winston Peters, to Turkey to confront Mr Erdogan’s comments about the massacre which left 50 people dead at the hands of a white supremacist gunman.  “Our deputy prime minister will be confronting those comments in Turkey,” Ms Ardern said in Christchurch. “He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face.” Mr Erdogan earlier threatened that if “If New Zealand fails to hold the attacker accountable, one way or another we will hold him to account.” However, in a comment piece in the Washington Post, Mr Erdogan praised Ms Ardern for showing “courage, leadership and sincerity”. He called on all Western leaders to follow her example and "embrace Muslims living in their respective countries”. He also said there was no difference between the hateful ideology of Brenton Tarrant, the mosque gunman, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  Mr Erdogan has made a habit of provoking fights with foreign governments ahead of elections as a way of whipping up his base of nationalist voters.  Ahead of a referendum to change Turkey’s constitution in 2017, Mr Erdogan accused Dutch and German ministers of being Nazis. He expelled Israel’s ambassador from Ankara a month before the 2018 presidential elections.  Mr Erdogan often presents himself as a global champion of Muslims facing repression, from the occupied Palestinian territories to western China, where up to 1 million Uighur Muslims are believed to be detained by the Chinese government.  Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.


  • Justice Clarence Thomas breaks three-year silence in Mississippi case about racial bias in jury selection

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:04:36 -0400

    Justice Clarence Thomas breaks three-year silence in Mississippi case about racial bias in jury selectionThe Supreme Court's senior justice, who seldom speaks during oral argument, broke a three-year silence to ask questions in a race discrimination case.


  • The Supreme Court Ruled That Immigrants With a Criminal Past Can Be Detained Years After Serving Time

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 04:28:12 -0400

    The Supreme Court Ruled That Immigrants With a Criminal Past Can Be Detained Years After Serving TimeThe 5-4 ruling gives the federal government the power to detain immigrants with a criminal past years after they finish serving time


  • Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid rising floodwaters in Midwestern U.S.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:08:39 -0400

    Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid rising floodwaters in Midwestern U.S.Flooding triggered by last week's so-called "bomb cyclone" storm has already inflicted damage estimated at nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, killed at least four people in Nebraska and Iowa and left a man missing below Nebraska's collapsed Spencer Dam. "The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure," Governor Mike Parson said in issuing his emergency declaration. "We will continue to work closely with our local partners to assess needs and provide resources to help as Missourians continue this flood fight and as we work to assist one another," Parson said.


  • The Latest: Ethiopian airline defends pilots' training

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:17:50 -0400

    The Latest: Ethiopian airline defends pilots' trainingNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the Ethiopian plane crash (all times local):


  • 'Generation Nazarbayev' jokes, hopes after Kazakh leader resigns

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:04:11 -0400

    'Generation Nazarbayev' jokes, hopes after Kazakh leader resignsPeople under 30 in Kazakhstan have only known one leader -- Nursultan Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation this week after shepherding the country from the Soviet era. "The word 'Nazarbayev' means something like the word 'parent'," said 18-year-old film student Madi Makanov, who lives in the country's largest city Almaty. Kazakhstan has a young population, with around 40 percent of people under 24, according to estimates based on UN figures.


  • Jared Kushner: Trump's son-in-law uses WhatsApp and personal email for official White House business, attorney says

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:30:00 -0400

    Jared Kushner: Trump's son-in-law uses WhatsApp and personal email for official White House business, attorney saysJared Kushner uses private messaging apps and personal email to communicate about official Trump administration matters with foreign leaders – a violation of a laws governing White House records - a congressional committee has been told. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic congressman who heads the House of Representative’s oversight committee, said the lawyer of the president’s son-in-law.


  • Aggressive Instagramming is ruining Southern California's super bloom

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:30:43 -0400

    Aggressive Instagramming is ruining Southern California's super bloomPeople trampled California's poppies for the 'gram, and ruined it for the rest of us. Fields of fiery "super bloom" poppies are lighting up the hills of Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore, a city about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Thanks to uncommonly heavy rains this winter, much of Southern California is seeing a massive burst of wildflower blooms across the state. The poppies in Walker Canyon are so lush, they can be seen from space. > Superbloom visible from space - California poppies (orange) near Lake Elsinore, CA > > [15 March 2019; Sentinel-2 satellite; https://t.co/fy8NaGcTwN] pic.twitter.com/ZdSqCvjbuY> > -- Zack Labe (@ZLabe) March 18, 2019With the bloom came hordes of influencers, mommy bloggers, and YouTubers, all eager to snap a few photos of themselves sitting among the flowers.But it's making life absolute hell for Lake Elsinore, which has a population of 60,000. On Sunday, about 100,000 visited Walker Canyon, overwhelming Lake Elsinore and creating the traffic of nightmares. Since the poppies went viral -- even getting their own Twitter moment --the city has tried to cope with the flood of visitors by closing, then reopening, then closing the fields. SEE ALSO: Death Valley, the driest place in North America, is now a sea of yellow flowersIn a Facebook post over the weekend, the city of Lake Elsinore closed Walker Canyon because "the situation has escalated beyond our available resources." The city also closed the highway ramps leading to the canyon because traffic was so bad. By Monday, Walker Canyon was open to the public again, albeit with "extremely limited" parking. Explaining that it is "not feasible" to keep visitors out, the city stated that "this is something unlike anything we have ever experienced in our city and may never again." "Lake Elsinore is the destination for so many unique and incredible features," the Facebook post said. "And this attraction has brought thousands of people from around the world to not only see our city, but to shop in our stores and dine in our restaurants."But by noon, Mayor Steve Manos asked people to come another time because the fields were so full. "As you can see behind me, there are a large number of people here again," Manos said in an Instagram video recorded in front of the blooms. "We've expended lots of resources over the weekend ... But we are full." He added that the city just didn't have the resources to keep Walker Canyon closed because of the sheer amount of people sneaking in and parking on the freeway. Never underestimate the tenacity of an Instagram devotee.> View this post on Instagram> > SuperBloom Update: Steve Manos, Lake Elsinore Mayor provides update regarding why City was forced to reopen Walker Canyon and encourages visitors to choose other options. Walker Canyon is full. City is evaluating all options. We must remain flexible to this once in a lifetime opportunity and crisis facing our city.> > A post shared by City of Lake Elsinore (@cityoflakeelsinore) on Mar 18, 2019 at 12:02pm PDTManos is hopeful that the city will figure out a solution, though. "We've gone through fires and floods, we'll get through the flowers," he told CBS This Morning. By Tuesday afternoon, Lake Elsinore once again closed the freeway ramps in both directions. In a Facebook post citing "severe congestion," the city said that the decision was made by California Highway Patrol, not the city. In the meantime, here are some photos of the super bloom if you can't (or consciously won't) see them in person. > View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Momo Twins ~ Leia & Lauren (@leialauren) on Mar 18, 2019 at 10:20pm PDT> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by ⠀ ⠀⠀J i m e n a R e n o (@renosaurio) on Mar 18, 2019 at 8:04am PDT> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Gerd Ludwig (@gerdludwig) on Mar 19, 2019 at 12:51pm PDT> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by J E S S (@jess.wandering) on Mar 14, 2019 at 8:30am PDT> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Lil' Sawyer the Labradoodle (@sawyertheminidood) on Mar 19, 2019 at 7:26am PDTAnd don't forget that if you do end up visiting, stick to the wildflower etiquette guide.   WATCH: Elon Musk did it - Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 is finally finally finally here


  • Don’t leave home without this tiny Apple Watch travel charger, currently down to its lowest price

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:25:38 -0400

    Don’t leave home without this tiny Apple Watch travel charger, currently down to its lowest priceYou would never travel without your Apple Watch, of course, but wouldn't you love it if you could travel without the Apple Watch's mile-long charging cable? Clip the 5% coupon on the Amazon page and use the exclusive coupon code BGRSAVING15 when you check out, and you'll get the UGREEN Apple Watch Travel Charger for an all-time low of just $32.79. This essential accessory is tiny enough to fit on a keychain and it has an MFi certified wireless charging disc just like the charger that came with your Apple Watch. Definitely pick one up before these sales end.Here's some additional information from the product page: * Apple MFi Certified: Built-in MFI certified (PPID: 219693-0102) magnetic wireless charging module, combine MagSafe technology with inductive charging; Compatible for all 44mm 42mm 40mm 38mm Apple Watch Series 4 3 2 1, Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Nike plus, Apple Watch Hermes, Apple Watch Edition; * Cable-free Charging: No extra charging cables are needed---saves you from the hassles of tangling cables! Simply plug it into a wall charger/power bank or any other USB charging devices and charging is on the go! * Original Charging Speed: Offers a fast original charging speed for your Apple watch series 4 3 2 1; This apple watch charger cable only takes 2h to fully charge your Apple watch; * Portable and Compact: Lightweight and portable apple watch charger is a perfect accessory for your apple watch. With lanyard design, you can hang it on your bag or put it in your pocket. * Multiple Protections: Built-in over current, over voltage, short circuit and over temperature protection, offers you a safe environment for both watch and the charger.


  • Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk show

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:53:52 -0400

    Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk showLate-night TV host Samantha Bee ripped into the growing field of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls Wednesday night. The 'Full Frontal' host commented on everything from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign slogan, to former Vice President Joe Biden not making a decision on his third potential presidential run. The TBS star also went after former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.


  • New Zealand Prime Minister announces immediate ban on all assault weapons

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:07:27 -0400

    New Zealand Prime Minister announces immediate ban on all assault weaponsNew Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country's worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday. In the immediate aftermath of Friday's shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, Ms Ardern labelled the attack as terrorism and said New Zealand's gun laws would change. "On 15 March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place," Ms Ardern told a new conference. “All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." Ms Ardern said she expects the new laws to be in place by April 11 and a buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons. The buyback would cost up to NZ$200 million ($138 million), she said. All military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles would be banned, along with parts used to convert weapons into MSSAs and all high-capacity magazines. Under existing New Zealand gun laws, A-category weapons can be semi-automatic but limited to seven shots. Live-streamed video of a gunman in one of the mosques showed a semi-automatic weapon with a large magazine. Australia banned semi-automatic weapons and launched a gun buy-back after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were gunned down. Ms Ardern said that similar to Australia, the new gun laws will allow for strictly enforced exemptions for farmers to conduct pest control and animal welfare. "I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride." Floral tributes to those who were gunned down at the two mosques are seen against a wall bordering the Botanical Garden in Christchurch Credit:  MARTY MELVILLE/AFP New Zealand, a country of less than 5 million people, has an estimated 1.2-1.5 million firearms, around 13,500 of them MSSA type weapons. Most farmers in the Pacific country own guns, which they use for killing pests such as possums and rabbits, and for putting down injured stock. Recreational hunting of deer, pigs and goats is popular for sport and food, while gun clubs and shooting ranges dot the country. That has created a powerful lobby which has thwarted previously attempts to tighten gun laws after other mass shootings in New Zealand and overseas. Federated Farmers, which represent thousands of farmers, said it supported the change. "This will not be popular among some of our members but...we believe this is the only practicable solution," Federated Farmers Rural Security spokesman Miles Anderson said in a statement. The changes exclude two general classes of firearms which are commonly used for hunting, pest control, stock management on farms, and duck shooting. "I have a military style weapon. But to be fair, I don't really use it, I don't really need it," said Noel Womersley, who slaughters cattle for small farmers around Christchurch. "So I'm quite happy to hand mine over, to be fair." Ms Ardern said the next tranche of reforms will cover the firearm registry and licencing. Also on Thursday, police said they'd inadvertently charged Tarrant with the murder of a person who is still alive. Police said in a statement they had apologized to the person incorrectly named on the document and would change the charge sheet. They said the charge remains valid, so there was no chance the suspect would be released as a result of the error. Police did not offer further details of what went wrong or make anybody available for an interview. The name of the person on the charging sheet has been suppressed by court order. Officials said more charges against Tarrant would follow. Tarrant, 28, is next scheduled to appear in court on April 5, and Bush said investigations into him were continuing. Police have said they are certain Tarrant was the only gunman but are still investigating whether he had support.


  • Hezbollah sanctions harming Lebanon, says President Aoun

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:48:06 -0400

    Hezbollah sanctions harming Lebanon, says President AounU.S. sanctions on Hezbollah are harming Lebanon as a whole, President Michel Aoun said on Thursday ahead of a visit to the country by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The United States deems the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah group a terrorist organization and has been steadily increasing financial sanctions against it as part of efforts to counter Iran. Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah has a large armed militia that has helped Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his eight-year war against rebels, but it is also a political party in Lebanon with seats in the parliament and cabinet.


  • Nebraska underwater: 74 cities, 65 counties declare emergencies as flooding envelops state

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:34:42 -0400

    Nebraska underwater: 74 cities, 65 counties declare emergencies as flooding envelops stateSeventy-four cities, 65 counties and four tribal areas in Nebraska declared states of emergency Tuesday as swaths of the Midwest battled flooding rivers.


  • Lion Air Pilots Were Checking the 737 Max 8's Handbook Right Before the Plane Crashed

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 15:24:00 -0400

    Lion Air Pilots Were Checking the 737 Max 8's Handbook Right Before the Plane CrashedThe pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 looked to a handbook for guidance as the plane plummeted.


  • Trump slams Russia probe but says report should be public

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:26:52 -0400

    Trump slams Russia probe but says report should be publicPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday launched a prolonged attack on the integrity of a huge probe into whether he or his election campaign colluded with Russia or obstructed justice -- but did say that the final report should be released. "If you want to let them see it, let them see it," Trump said of the report, which independent special prosecutor Robert Mueller is believed to be close to finishing. Trump has been investigated for almost two years, following suspicions that he or his team had improper ties to Moscow.


  • Correction: Mob Shooting story

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:01:25 -0400

    Correction: Mob Shooting storyNEW YORK (AP) — In a story March 16 about an arrest in the killing of a reputed Gambino crime boss, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the victim was born. Francesco Cali was born in New York City, not in Sicily.


  • 'I want to set the record straight': Jared Kushner's father comes to his defense in op-ed

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:40:55 -0400

    'I want to set the record straight': Jared Kushner's father comes to his defense in op-edThe father of Jared Kushner authored an opinion piece in the Washington Post pushing back against accusations of corruption and conflicts of interest.


  • See Photos of the New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:14:00 -0400

    See Photos of the New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe


  • USC Just Named a New President. Here's What She Said About the Admissions Scandal

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 22:03:54 -0400

    USC Just Named a New President. Here's What She Said About the Admissions Scandal"I am not afraid about taking on challenges," Carol Folt said.


  • New Zealand Bans Assault Rifles in Wake of Deadly Attacks

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:43:25 -0400

    New Zealand Bans Assault Rifles in Wake of Deadly AttacksThe ban takes immediate effect to prevent stockpiling of firearms while the legislation is being drafted, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters on Thursday. Further changes in gun laws to tighten licensing and increase controls over ammunition will be made in coming months. “I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride,” she said.


  • Netanyahu says Iran has 'sensitive information' on rival, Tehran denies hack

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:38:05 -0400

    Netanyahu says Iran has 'sensitive information' on rival, Tehran denies hackWithout providing any evidence or details, Netanyahu said Iran had gleaned "sensitive information". Polls put Netanyahu's right-wing Likud and Gantz's centrist Blue and White party neck-and-neck, with election day three weeks away. Iran denied that its intelligence services had hacked Gantz's phone.


  • Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floods

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 23:34:53 -0400

    Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floodsVice President Mike Pence in Nebraska on Tuesday took stock of the devastation unleashed across the U.S. Midwest by floods that have killed four people, left one missing and caused more than a billion dollars in damage to crops, livestock and roads. The way communities come together and people volunteer to put themselves in harm's way to help others," Pence said Tuesday in Omaha, according to an official statement. Pence also said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is working to expedite a request from Nebraska's governor for a federal emergency declaration, which will provide more aid to the state.


  • Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuit

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:18:00 -0400

    Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuitA descendant of enslaved people has sued Harvard University, alleging that the Ivy League institution has “shamelessly” profited from photos of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, claims that Harvard has ignored requests to surrender images of a man named Renty, whom she says is her great-great-great grandfather, and his daughter Delia. Lanier is suing Harvard for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of the images, asking the university to return the photos to her, pay unspecified damages, and recognise her ancestry.


  • Venezuelans Are Dying Amid America's Foreign Policy Fumbles

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 05:32:00 -0400

    Venezuelans Are Dying Amid America's Foreign Policy FumblesThe least Washington can do is to open its arms to desperate people fleeing the horrors of socialism.


  • Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex trafficking

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:05:57 -0400

    Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex traffickingThose who buy sex have more power and privilege than those who sell it. There's a disgusting imbalance in every commercial sex interaction.


  • Danish MP told her baby not welcome in parliament

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:06:34 -0400

    Danish MP told her baby not welcome in parliamentA Danish MP said on Tuesday she was ordered to remove her infant daughter from parliament's chamber, sparking surprise in a country often hailed as a pioneer in women's rights. "You are not welcome with your baby in the parliament's chamber," speaker Pia Kjaersgaard, an outspoken former leader of the far-right Danish People's Party, allegedly told MP Mette Abildgaard. "I didn't ask for permission to bring her since I had previously seen another colleague bring a child into the chamber without any problems," Ms Abildgaard, whose Conservative party is part of the ruling centre-right coalition, wrote on Facebook. Ms Abildgaard, who is in her 30s, said she found herself in an exceptional situation with her five-month-old daughter, and had never brought her into the chamber before. But she said the infant was "in a good mood and had a pacifier in her mouth." Mette Abildgaard responded to the incident on Facebook Ms Kjaersgaard passed the message to an assistant, who then asked Ms Abildgaard to remove the baby from the room. Ms Abildgaard handed the child to an assistant and returned to the chamber to vote. "MPs should be in the chamber, not babies or children," insisted Ms Kjaersgaard when questioned by news agency Ritzau. She said clear rules would be issued on the subject. The Scandinavian country is often held up as a champion of gender equality and women's rights, and as a child and family-centred nation with generous parental leave. Ms Abildgaard noted that she was entitled to a year's maternity leave with full pay, but that she had chosen to return to work. Her Facebook post garnered more than 600 comments within the space of a few hours. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds her baby after speaking at the UN General Assembly Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri "A chamber that represents mothers, fathers and babies ought to be open to mothers, fathers and babies," one person wrote. In 2016, an Icelandic lawmaker made headlines after breastfeeding her infant while speaking at the podium in parliament. And in September, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became a symbol for working mothers when she brought her baby to the UN General Assembly in New York.


  • Google slapped with massive $1.7 billion antitrust fine – its third in three years

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:17:45 -0400

    Google slapped with massive $1.7 billion antitrust fine – its third in three yearsReports a few days ago said that Google would receive a new massive fine in Europe, and the EU on Wednesday delivered its latest ruling against the tech giant. This time around we're looking at a €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) antitrust fine as a result of illegal practices in Google's AdSense business.The EU says that Google abused its dominant position again, this time concerning its AdSense business. The company did it for more than a decade, the European Commission explained, preventing AdSense customers from inking advertising deals with rivals. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager had this to say alongside the judgement:> Today the Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for illegal misuse of its dominant position in the market for the brokering of online search adverts. Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. The misconduct lasted over 10 years and denied other companies the possibility to compete on the merits and to innovate - and consumers the benefits of competition.Google was slapped with a €4.3 billion ($4.88 billion) antitrust fine last year related to Android, and a €2.4 billion ($2.73 billion) fine the year before for its search business. In total, Google is looking at fines totalling €8.2 billion ($9.31 billion) from the EU in just the last three years. The company has appealed the previous two rulings, and it's likely to do it again with this new fine.What's interesting is that Google earlier this week announced a massive change for Android in Europe that's meant to appease an earlier ruling by the Commission. Users will soon see prompts that will allow them to select the default Internet browser and search engine on their Android devices. That doesn't mean the previous fine relating to Google's Android platform will go away, of course.The EU's full ruling on the AdSense antitrust case is available at this link.


  • Devin Nunes sued a Twitter account dedicated to a cow. Now it has more followers than he does

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:06:09 -0400

    Devin Nunes sued a Twitter account dedicated to a cow. Now it has more followers than he doesRep. Devin Nunes filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and a number of parody accounts. Now, one dedicated to a cow has, um, mooved past him.


  • Syrian refugee father and son laid to rest as New Zealand burials start

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:26:18 -0400

    Syrian refugee father and son laid to rest as New Zealand burials startA Syrian refugee and his son who fled the chaos of their homeland only to meet tragedy in New Zealand were buried on Wednesday in the first funerals of those killed in the mosque massacres. Hundreds of mostly Muslim mourners gathered at a cemetery in the southern city of Christchurch to lay to rest Khalid Mustafa and his 15-year-old son Hamza, who were among 50 people slaughtered at two mosques by an Australian white supremacist. The pair had fled to New Zealand seeking sanctuary from the Syrian maelstrom but died in last Friday's hail of bullets, a bitter irony that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called "gutting".


  • View Photos of the 2019 BMW X7

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:01:00 -0400

    View Photos of the 2019 BMW X7


  • Flooding will continue into next week in storm-ravaged Midwest

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:50:52 -0400

    Flooding will continue into next week in storm-ravaged MidwestFloods driven by rain and melting snow have affected several states, with four people killed and one missing after storms.


  • 2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunners

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:29:50 -0400

    2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunnersA new poll has revealed early gains for Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke in the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — but they’re still far from being the frontrunners at this stage in the game. Joe Biden, the former vice president who has yet to formally announce his candidacy, has been leading the pack in a slate of polls putting him ahead of his lesser known potential opponents. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is now tied with Mr Biden at 26 per cent of total support from Democratic voters, however, according to a new Emerson poll released on Wednesday.


  • Border Patrol Releases Migrants, Citing Lack of Space in Detention Centers

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:57:18 -0400

    Border Patrol Releases Migrants, Citing Lack of Space in Detention CentersU.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Tuesday released 50 migrants recently detained at the border near Mcallen, Texas due to a lack of space in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers they would otherwise be sent to while awaiting their asylum hearings.CPB officials told the Los Angeles Times that the migrants released Tuesday represent just the first wave of a group of hundreds whom they will be forced to release in the coming days due to a lack of resources.Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Diaz said the 50 migrants were given notices to appear in court and released to local charities after their processing center in McAllen was overwhelmed by the number of migrants arriving each day.“It is a crisis,” an unnamed CPB official told the Times. “It’s not a self-proclaimed crisis.”The unnamed official's assessment of the situation at the border echoes those of President Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who have raised alarms in recent months about the particular challenges posed by the high numbers of Central American families arriving at the border every day.“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security earlier this month. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”“Over 60 percent of the current flow are family units and unaccompanied alien children, and 60 percent are non-Mexican,” she added, likely referencing the provision in U.S. immigration law that requires asylum-seekers native to non-contiguous countries be allowed to remain in the U.S. while their asylum applications are adjudicated.


  • Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 23:22:12 -0400

    Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarksSYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday tensions between his country and Turkey had eased after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said comments by the Turkish leader that sparked the row had been taken out of context.


  • Delta declared America's best airline: The Points Guy

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 05:16:46 -0400

    Delta declared America's best airline: The Points GuyDelta Air Lines tops a new list of the best -- and worst -- airlines in America for its impressive on-time performance and network of lounges. 


  • US STOCKS-Tech powers Wall Street's recovery; banks reel under Fed's dovish stance

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:03:05 -0400

    US STOCKS-Tech powers Wall Street's recovery; banks reel under Fed's dovish stanceA tech rally led by Apple Inc pushed Wall Street's main indexes higher on Thursday, offseting losses in U.S. lenders after the Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates this year. In a big shift to their outlook, policymakers said the Fed's benchmark overnight interest rate was likely to remain at current levels at least through this year and flagged an expected slowdown in the economy.


  • Poll: Americans say even the legal breaks for college admission rig the system

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:17:14 -0400

    Poll: Americans say even the legal breaks for college admission rig the systemA USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll finds wide suspicion of college admissions and opposition to legal preferences for alums, athletes and minorities.


  • 11-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder Appointed Public Defender

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:57:40 -0400

    11-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder Appointed Public DefenderAn 11-year-old charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder made his first court appearance in Memphis.


  • Christchurch Muslims protected as they pray following mass haka

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:17:40 -0400

    Christchurch Muslims protected as they pray following mass hakaMuslims praying in front of the one of the Christchurch mosques attacked by a white supremacist were protected on Wednesday evening by locals, moments after hundreds performed a mass haka. As men, women and children prayed and prostrated, dozens of locals silently stood behind them, their arms interlinked. Moments earlier a crowd of hundreds thumped their chests, stomped their feet and stuck out their tongues for a haka dance, their Maori cries echoing across the park towards the bloodstained mosque.


  • Missouri towns prepare for deluge as floods move downstream

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:13:45 -0400

    Missouri towns prepare for deluge as floods move downstreamA string of small Missouri towns on Wednesday prepared for the next deluge along the snow-melt-swollen Missouri River after flooding wreaked nearly $1.5 billion in damage in Nebraska, killing at least four people and leaving another man missing. High water unleashed by last week's late-winter storm and swiftly melting snow this week has already inundated a large swath of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River, North America's longest river. The Missouri River's next big flood crest was due to hit St. Joseph, Missouri, about 55 miles (89 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri, and Atchison, Kansas, a short distance downstream, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman James Lowe said on a briefing call.