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  • Donald Trump's week of living dangerously

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    From bad economic news to the ongoing government shutdown to bombshell reports that he directed his lawyer to lie to Congress, it has been a week to forget for the president.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:57:59 -0500
  • Divers in Hawaii may have been swimming with biggest great white shark on record

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    Divers in Hawaii spotted several giant great white sharks off the coast of Oahu, including possibly one of the largest on record named Deep Blue.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:20:55 -0500
  • Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:06:20 -0500
  • 'Thousands' more children separated from parents at US border in 2017-18

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    Thousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border from 2017-2018 than originally admitted by President Donald Trump's administration, an official report said Thursday. The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was given responsibility for the children, said the total number separated under the administration's "zero-tolerance policy" toward illegal immigrants remains unknown.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:40:58 -0500
  • Mexico fuel pipeline blast kills 66, witnesses describe horror

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    Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in the field where the explosion occurred on Friday evening by the town of Tlahuelilpan in the state of Hidalgo, in one of the deadliest incidents to hit Mexico's troubled oil infrastructure in years. A number of people at the scene told Reuters that local shortages in gasoline supply since Lopez Obrador launched a drive to stamp out fuel theft had encouraged the rush to the gushing pipeline. "Everyone came to see if they could get a bit of gasoline for their car, there isn't any in the gas stations," said farmer Isaias Garcia, 50.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 16:22:48 -0500
  • Mexican airline trolls Americans with brilliant ad

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    While the debate over immigration and a border wall between the United States and Mexico has helped grind the U.S. federal government to a halt, Mexico's national airline, AeroMexico, is trolling Americans with a new ad called "DNA Discounts." The ad features purported residents of Wharton, Texas, a town about 60 miles southwest of Houston, professing a variety of opinions about Mexico and its citizens. The ad also drops some knowledge about the long history of immigration from Mexico to the U.S., and notes that many in southern and southwestern states have a touch of Mexican DNA. Things get flipped when the airline reveals it's offering flight discounts to Americans, including those Wharton residents, based on the amount of Mexican DNA they have (i.e., 18 percent DNA equals an 18 percent discount). That certainly turns opinions around. As one recipient says, "I love discounts!" Of course, it's such a brilliant ad, it's hard to tell if those Wharton residents are real or just actors and if this whole DNA discount thing is real  or satirical. Aeromexico, which has gotten political before, isn't saying much, but we've reached out for comment and will update this post when we hear back.  Either way, it's a brilliant gambit that undermines the vitriol so many Americans have expressed at our neighbors to the south, and does so without ever directly mentioning the political turmoil, the wall, or even President Trump. Instead, it directs that energy at a sense of shared community, including the tagline, "There are no borders within us." Not a bad way to spread a powerful message.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:53:33 -0500
  • Calabasas campground murder: Family of Tristan Beaudette file $90M claim over his death

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    The family of the man shot and killed while camping with his daughters at Malibu Creek State Park has filed a $90 million claim over his death.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:10:06 -0500
  • China's Worst F-35 and Aircraft Carrier Nightmare Is About to Come True

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    Japan's cabinet on Dec. 18, 2018 approved a plan to modify the Japanese navy's two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to embark F-35B stealth fighters.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:01:00 -0500
  • Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 Fleet

    The Air Force’s F-16s that were in service since 1998 will retire soon after 2030, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post the same day. Singapore has an annual defense budget of S$14.76 billion ($10.9 billion), the Straits Times reported in March 2018.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:58:29 -0500
  • State of emergency declared in Pennsylvania, New Jersey as Midwest, Northeast rush to finalize snowstorm preparations

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    A major snowstorm is moving through the Midwest into the Northeast through this weekend, dumping mass amounts of snow and creating treacherous travel. Local officials warn communities to prepare ahead of the dangerous winter storm.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:53:48 -0500
  • Law firm linked to Paul Manafort's Ukranian lobbying campaign agrees to pay $4.6 million

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    Law firm linked to Paul Manafort's Ukranian lobbying campaign strikes deal with Justice; agrees to pay $4.6 million.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:36:19 -0500
  • The Latest: Officer to plead not guilty after man's death

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against a white Nashville police officer who shot and killed an armed black man who was fleeing (all times local):

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:09:05 -0500
  • Israel demolishes home of accused Palestinian killer

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    Israeli forces demolished the West Bank home on Friday of a Palestinian accused of the fatal September stabbing of an Israeli-American. Residents of the town of Yata, near the flashpoint city of Hebron, said that troops arrived at the home of Khalil Jabareen and were met by stone-throwing Palestinians. The Israeli army said the structure destroyed was an apartment where Jabareen lived.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:47:13 -0500
  • Queen Elizabeth's husband Philip, 97, recovers after crashing, rolling Land Rover

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    Minor injuries in other car, which had a baby on board.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:59:00 -0500
  • Merkel's Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new era

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    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies elected a new leader Saturday, a change that offers Germany's center-right a chance to move past their persistent bickering over recent years.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:12:55 -0500
  • Netflix tidying guru sparks charity shop boom

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    A Netflix tidying guru has sparked a charity shop boom, as branches of Salvation Army, Scope and the British Heart Foundation have said she has led to increase in donations. It comes as decluttering expert Marie Kondo has rapidly risen to fame with her "KonMari" household organisation method, which promises to provide not only a de-cluttered house, but also a clean mind.  Through her hit Netflix show she is teaching those with messy tendencies to get their homes in order by throwing out old and unwanted items to create a calmer home environment. Many people following the craze claim her various techniques have helped their mental health, and are adamant that a clean and organised home helps them feel calm.  Charity shops across the country said they had seen donations of clothes double over the past few weeks since Ms Kondo's show was released on the streaming service.  Marie Kondo, the author of the international best-seller, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," became famous for advising readers to transform their lives by sifting through all their belongings, one by one, embracing those that "spark joy" and bidding a fond but hasty farewell to the rest Credit: Natsuno Ichigo They say they are able to identify items which have come from people who have watched the show as they are folded according to her "signature fold", which sees items placed upright to reduce creasing. For example, according to the method socks should be lain flat as a pair, with one sock on top of the other. The toe is folded inward about an inch from the top, then into to the centre, and then in half so it stands upright. A branch manager for disability charity Scope also said she was able to recognize items donated by KonMari fans due to their immaculate presentation on arrival at the store, adding that the folding hack had led to more donations due to more space being available inside plastic sacks.  The Salvation Army said that although shops usually experience an increase in donations after Christmas, shop managers had seen a larger than usual volume of donations.   It comes amid a decline in charity shops across the UK with numbers down by more than 100 in first half of 2018, according to Third Sector magazine. Yorkshire and Humber was the only region that saw more charity shops open than close, it said.  Charity shops have come under criticism in recent years for pricing items for middle class bargain hunters, rather than the poorest people in society who rely on cheap second hand clothing to dress themselves.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:38:44 -0500
  • US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat of new Chinese missiles

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    The US Navy could still send an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait in spite of Chinese military technology advances which pose a greater threat to American warships than ever before, the US chief of naval operations has said. Such an operation would inevitably increase the risk of military conflict between the world's largest superpowers, which are currently locked in an escalating trade war and ongoing disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway, which separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, three times last year, but has not dispatched a carrier in more than 10 years.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:47:00 -0500
  • TSA officers open up about what the government shutdown is doing to their families

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    Shutdown threatens the financial security of TSA agents across the country, including at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:22:11 -0500
  • Chevy Pulls Commercial Claiming Superior Reliability

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    A consumer group challenges the automaker's small-print disclaimer-who's right?

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:22:00 -0500
  • Airlines already canceling flights into Monday from Winter Storm Harper

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    Flight headaches were on the rise Saturday as a winter storm moved toward the Northeast. Cancellations spiked into the thousands, with more likely.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 14:00:05 -0500
  • The Latest: Police chief calls 14-year-old's death 'tragic'

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    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a 14-year-old burglary suspect in Arizona (all times local):

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:59:23 -0500
  • Democrat vows to probe Trump lawyer's alleged lies to Congress

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    A top Democrat in the US Congress has vowed to look into a report that President Donald Trump ordered his personal attorney to lie to Congress to hide dealings with Russia. Adam Schiff, who heads the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives, was reacting to a report late Thursday by the online site BuzzFeed that Trump ordered lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress in 2017 about talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:10:09 -0500
  • Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in Syria

    Syria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution to its devastating eight-year war as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Saturday. "I think now that we have an opportunity, because nearly in Syria we have a ceasefire now, in the northeast of Syria and the north of Syria, and the efforts of fighting terrorism has achieved good results," Nasr Hariri told Reuters in an interview in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based. Hariri, the opposition's chief negotiator in U.N. peace talks, met with the newly appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 08:29:59 -0500
  • Special counsel's office: Buzzfeed's report 'not accurate'

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    Special counsel's office issues rare public statement to dispute Buzzfeed report; reaction from former assistant U.S. attorney Andrew McCarthy.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:21:54 -0500
  • Prince Philip crash: Police frustrated that speed cameras were not installed on the Norfolk road three years ago

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    Speed cameras should have been installed three years ago on the road where the Duke of Edinburgh crashed in Norfolk, but disgruntled police say that councillors delayed the scheme. Back in 2016, local police and Norfolk County Council agreed to fund and erect speed cameras along the A149 between Castle Rising and Snettisham - the stretch of road where Prince Philip’s Land Rover collided with a 28-year-old mother’s Kia. But according to the Eastern Daily Press, local county councillors requested further consultation with their communities and the chance to explore alternatives, so a decision was made to suspend the scheme. The paper reported that Stuart Dark, a former Met Police officer, Andrew Jamieson and Michael Chenery had sought reassurances that the cameras would not be a “cash cow” and that there should be a better process for involving councillors. This move irked Norfolk Constabulary, who said in a statement: “We have continuously been in support of road safety improvements on the A149 between Castle Rising and Snettisham. Duke of Edinburgh car crash near Sandringham Estate “In 2016, the decision to fund and proceed with the scheme was agreed by the Safety Camera Partnership Board, which is a multi-agency partnership of the police, Norfolk County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. “As with all such schemes there is an appropriate process to follow which can be lengthy, however at every stage we have expressed a strong desire to proceed with the implementation of average speed cameras in a bid to improve road safety. “Following concerns raised by councillors, a decision was made by the county council to suspend the scheme. “This decision was not agreed to by the police and was against the expressed wishes of the chief constable, clearly outlined in a letter to the county council in September 2018.” Only on Friday, after Prince Philip’s crash, did the new cameras - and a reduction in the speed limit along the road, from 60mph to 50mph - get rubber stamped by the council. Police are investigating the car crash in which the Duke of Edinburgh was left bleeding and two women were hospitalised, but there is no suggestion that either car was travelling over the speed limit The Duke's car was seen to "tumble" across a road near the Sandringham Estate following the collision, with an eyewitness reporting that he was helped from his car before immediately asking whether others were "alright". Prince Philip crash: 1. The Crash Prince Philip crash sequence: 2. Traveling in the Kia Prince Philip crash sequence: 3. The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip crash sequence: 4. First to respond to the incident Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “We have been looking closely into the safety of the A149 for some time. "A detailed report was submitted to Environment, Development and Transport Committee by Norfolk County Council officers last week along with a recommendation to approve, at today’s meeting, the implementation of a 50mph speed limit and to install road safety cameras. “Based on the report and our dedication to the safety of the people in Norfolk, the committee has agreed to reduce the speed limit of the A149 to 50mph on two sections of the road and approved the Norfolk Camera Safety Partnership scheme to install road safety cameras along the road.” A spokesperson for Norfolk constabulary said: “While it is regrettable there has been a delay, we fully welcome today’s decision by the environment, development and transport committee to approve the scheme.”

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 07:00:00 -0500
  • Mnuchin Seeks China Tariff Relief, WSJ Says; Treasury Denies It

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    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is a proponent of easing up on tariffs, while U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has reservations about the idea, the newspaper reported Thursday, citing unnamed people close to the discussions. The Treasury Department disputed that reporting. Neither Mnuchin nor Lighthizer has made any recommendations with respect to tariffs or other parts of the negotiations with China, according to a Treasury spokesperson working with the administration’s trade team who characterized the talks as an ongoing process.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:09:31 -0500
  • What is open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

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    Federal offices usually closed on the third Monday of every January to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:38:52 -0500
  • Save $34 on the Instant Pot of air fryers

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    It has now gotten to the point where I actually cannot remember what life was like before I got my Oster Dura Ceramic Air Fryer. Seriously, I use it at least once a week. It's by far the best air fryer we've ever tested here at BGR, but it's also so much more than that. It's a roaster, a grill, it can saute, and it can even bake. It's basically the Instant Pot of air fryers, and it's back in stock right now on Amazon. This model will cost $160 if you buy it direct from Oster, but Amazon's offering it right now for just $129, or $125.95 if you clip the on-site coupon! Here's what you need to know from the product page: * This Oster air fryer air-fries to the perfect crispiness for the taste and texture of fried food, using only a tablespoon or less of oil for a healthier alternative * Hot air fryer has a titanium-infused coating that cooks food 30% faster and is 8 times more durable than regular nonstick coatings; it's also PTFE- and PFOA-free, and easy to clean * Dual cooking method uses a tilt motion, fan assisted convection, and radiated heat conduction- heating elements above and below the bowl-to expose food to circulating heat, and cook it evenly * LCD screen lets you set cooking time and temperature; unit shuts off automatically when food is done * Large, 3 liter capacity lets you cook more at a time

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:52:57 -0500
  • More snow! Airlines expand change fees as new storms approach

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    Airlines are waiving change fees as two more winter storms are set to move across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast from Thursday into the weekend.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:31:59 -0500
  • California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:51:09 -0500
  • Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

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    Saturn's rings are younger than scientists thought and appeared within the last 10 to 100 million years, according to research published Thursday based on findings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today. Astronomers have long believed the rings could be young, and perhaps formed by collisions between the moons of Saturn or by a comet that shattered in close proximity to the planet.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:14:57 -0500
  • Trump blocks Pelosi trip as tensions mount over U.S. government shutdown

    In the meantime, the Trump administration continued to try to mitigate the shutdown's impact. The State Department said it would call its furloughed employees back to work next week for national security reasons. Pelosi had been scheduled to travel on a military aircraft as part of a congressional delegation to Belgium, where NATO is based, and Afghanistan to visit American troops stationed there.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:05:46 -0500
  • The Winter Show Modernizes the Antique Fair with Creative, Colorful Booths—and an App

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    Last night's colorful, lively opening party was proof of antiques' staying power

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:21:54 -0500
  • The New 2020 GMC Sierra HD Will Be a Reskinned Silverado HD

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    As usual, the GMC will come with extra chrome and an in-your-face grille.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:30:00 -0500
  • China Offers a Path to Eliminate U.S. Trade Imbalance, Sources Say

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    The offer, made during talks in Beijing earlier this month, was met with skepticism by U.S. negotiators who nonetheless asked the Chinese to do even better, demanding that the imbalance be cleared in the next two years, the people said. Economists who’ve studied the trade relationship argue it would be hard to eliminate the gap, which they say is sustained in large part by U.S. demand for Chinese products. U.S. stocks extended gains and the dollar rose following the news.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:47:29 -0500
  • Students appear to perform Nazi salute in 'sickening' photo, superintendent says

    High school officials in Indiana are investigating after a picture posted on social media appeared to show students using a Nazi salute.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:53:36 -0500
  • This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the baby

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    Umbilical cords are not usually part of the traditional manicure experience.  Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule. Russian nail artist Nail Sunny recently shared intricate nail art featuring a detailed chair (with stirrups) and a little woman in a pink hospital gown.  The nail appears to be giving birth. > View this post on Instagram > > Baby birth -❤️ or ? Video by @edo_movs #nailsunnytutorial > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:49am PST SEE ALSO: 'Nail Art History' Puts a Museum at Your Fingertips Once the chair and body (made of gel) are affixed neatly to the nail, "the baby" is born. A scalpel reaches into the frame and quite literally plucks a little acrylic baby from beneath the woman's gown.  Next, the umbilical cord is cut with a pair of tweezers and the newborn gel baby is placed with its gel mother. It's all very surreal.  Nail Sunny is no stranger to impractically eye-catching nails. Scroll through the page long enough and you'll find hookah nails (real smoke!), salt bae nails (real steak!), and Grinch nails (synthetic green fur!). > View this post on Instagram > > @world_record_egg challenge Let's set a world record together and get the most liked video post on Instagram PLEASE LIKE THIS VIDEO @nail_sunny #NAILSUNNYTUTORIAL p.s. Конечно же мы не могли не отреагировать на событие сегодняшнего дня , которое перевернуло жизнь @kyliejenner #guinnessworldrecord #wlrldrecordegg #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #worldrecords video by @edo_movs > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:44am PST > View this post on Instagram > > Yes or no ? > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 12, 2019 at 10:10am PST The account often documents the process it took to make the nails. Plus, the video clips are set to top 40 music, so don't worry about providing a playlist.  Now we just want to see the recipient of the manicure open a can of soda. ## WATCH: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:31:18 -0500
  • Friday TSA status: Long lines in Seattle, Atlanta as holiday weekend kicks off

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    The TSA said it expects a busy travel weekend due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:42:03 -0500
  • Kenyan authorities investigate local role in Nairobi attack

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    Officials have released few details about the five-man assault team that carried out Tuesday's siege at the dusitD2 hotel complex, an attack that killed 21 people and was claimed by al Shabaab, a Somalia-based al Qaeda affiliate. How did he get to where he is?" said a private security official in Kenya, who asked not to be identified for operational reasons. "If al Shabaab can replicate this model, then there is a fundamental problem." All five assailants were killed in Tuesday's attack, the country's president said in a televised address the next morning.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:08:49 -0500
  • What to buy every month in 2019

    A new year brings an expectation to set the perfect resolution.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:47:24 -0500
  • Shutdown and border security: Trump promises 'major' announcement

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    US President Donald Trump said Saturday he would make a "major announcement" later in the day on the government shutdown that has halted many government services, as Democrats reportedly made a new offer aimed at ending the bitter partisan standoff over immigration and border security. "It will be an important statement," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before leaving on a short trip to Delaware to pay tribute to four Americans killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Syria. While suggestions of "major" announcements can be overblown, Trump's comments follow a New York Times report that Democrats have added more than $1 billion to their previous offer of $1.3 billion for new border security -- one of the first signs of possible movement after weeks of rancor between the president and opposition Democrats.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 14:08:53 -0500
  • I carried my dying daughter to term. It was a lesson in love many didn't understand

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    We live in a culture that believes unlimited freedom of choice is what it means to be human. But what if real freedom is the ability to choose love?

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:11:09 -0500
  • Tesla Is Cutting 3150 Jobs to Increase Model 3 Production

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    Elon Musk told employees about the cuts in a letter posted online.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:57:00 -0500
  • How to Get a Mortgage With Bad Credit

    A bad credit score could add an extra wrinkle or two to the mortgage approval process. "While getting a mortgage with bad credit is not always easy or optimal, it's still possible under certain conditions," says Daniela Andreevska, content marketing director at Mashvisor, a real estate data analytics company. A better question might be whether you should get a mortgage with bad credit.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:00 -0500
  • Asia's richest man to take on Amazon boss Jeff Bezos in India's booming e-commerce sector

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    Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, is set to take on Amazon's Jeff Bezos in India as the billionaire magnate launches his own rival e-commerce venture in the world's second most populous country. Reliance Industries, the Mumbai-headquartered conglomerate owned by Mr Ambani, is drawing up plans to roll out its online shopping services to 1.2m retail businesses in western India as competition to grab a share of India’s fast-developing e-commerce industry intensifies. Mr Ambani, who controls a $43 billion fortune in petrochemicals, energy, telecoms and textiles, is planning a push into the e-commerce space by adopting new technologies such as augmented reality to create an “immersive shopping experience” and compete with the likes of Amazon and homegrown competitor Flipkart. The e-commerce plans from the businessman will involve the combination of his mobile network operator Jio, which has 280m subscribers, with his additional mobile phone and physical retail ventures. Reliance Retail, first launched in 2006, serves over 3.5m customers per week through a network of local shops, supermarkets and wholesale cash and carry outlets in more than 6500 Indian cities and towns. It currently owns over 13m square feet of retail space, though a new wave of online retail in India is taking the company into new territory. The trio of Reliance Industries’ businesses will combine to bring Indian merchants online. “Jio and Reliance Retail will launch a unique new commerce platform to empower and enrich our [1.2m] small retailers and shopkeepers in Gujarat,” Mr Ambani said at an event on Friday. Technology intelligence - newsletter promo - EOA In India, e-commerce has seen mass adoption as smartphone penetration and improved internet connectivity through 4G networks has boosted consumer appetite beyond cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, a subsidiary trust of India’s department of commerce, the online retail market is expected to grow to $200bn by 2026, up from $38.5bn in 2017. Online retail sales for 2018 are expected to rise as much as 31pc to $32.7bn, with growth being driven by more companies looking to tap into the Indian market. So far, India's booming e-commerce market has largely been a duopoly between Amazon and Flipkart, a domestic rival based in the southern technology hub of Bangalore which was started by two former Amazon employees. Wal-Mart paid a $16bn to acquire a controlling share in Flipkart last year in the biggest foreign direct investment in India's history. Flipkart has also received billions of dollars in funding from Softbank of Japan and Tiger Global. Amazon, which first launched its online retail platform in India more than five years ago with a limited selection of products on offer such as books and films, has committed $5bn to its Indian operation. But the two US-controlled companies which dominate the market - Amazon and Flipkart - are facing  growing pressure. With a general election due in May, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled new rules designed to protect small shopkeepers from online competition by restricting the level of discounting which the online giants can offer customers. Mr Ambani sought to harness concerns that India should support the emergence of domestic champions in e-commerce. "Today, we have to collectively launch a new movement against data colonisation. For India to succeed in this data-driven revolution, we will have to migrate the control and ownership of Indian data back to India - in other words, Indian wealth back to every Indian," he said.  Amazon is continuing to expand its Indian operation, where it is currently advertising for 660 open roles in its Bangalore office alone - the second most worldwide after Seattle. The company also has 450 open positions in Hyderabad, according to media reports.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:05:53 -0500
  • Royal Caribbean bans man who jumped from cruise ship

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    Royal Caribbean International says it's issued a lifetime ban for a Canadian man who jumped off a cruise ship in the Bahamas.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:21:24 -0500
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard starts off 2020 campaign apologizing for past LGBTQ remarks

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    Less than a week into her campaign for president, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard issued a lengthy apology for her past comments.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:10:48 -0500
  • Canada dismisses China's warning of repercussions over Huawei ban

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    Canada's government on Friday dismissed China's warning of repercussions if Ottawa banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to 5G networks, saying it would not compromise on security. China's ambassador to Canada issued the threat on Thursday as relations between the two nations continued to deteriorate after a senior Huawei executive was arrested in Vancouver last month on a U.S. extradition warrant. China has also detained two Canadians.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:38:51 -0500
  • Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:07:52 -0500
  • Russian court extends detention of Belarussian model

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    A Belarusian model who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with the Trump election campaign, had her detention in Moscow extended by three days by a Russian court on Saturday. Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, has been held for questioning since Thursday after she was deported from Thailand as part of a group convicted of participating in a "sex training course". "The court has decided to extend her detention by 72 hours," judge Natalya Borissenkova was cited as stating by the Ria Novosti news agency.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:56:25 -0500
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