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North Korea: US Marine arrested in connection with violent raid of embassy in Madrid, sources say
News ImageA former US Marine who was allegedly involved in a raid of the North Korean embassy in Madrid has been arrested, according to sources familiar with the case.Christopher Ahn was arrested on Thursday in connection with the incident, when a group of at least 10 people stormed into the embassy, restrained and physically beat some personnel and held them hostage for hours in February.Spanish investigators have said the group stole computers and hard drives before fleeing to the United States, where they shared the stolen material with the FBI.US federal agents also reportedly raided the apartment of Adrian Hong, the leader of self-styled human right group Cheollima Civil Defence, this week in relation to the investigation.Cheollima Civil Defence, which is seeking to overthrow North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has claimed responsibility for the incident but denied that they used violence.Mr Ahn is thought to be the first person arrested in relation to the raid.A Spanish judicial source said the stolen material has been returned to the North Korean embassy, two weeks after the FBI sent it to the Spanish court investigating the raid.The incident came just days before the second summit between Donald Trump and Mr Kim, which resulted in a failure to come to agreement about the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.North Koreas foreign ministry denounced the incident as a grave terrorist attack and suggested that the FBI was involved.The US State Department has denied that accusation.Cheollima Civil Defence has said the incident was not an attack and claimed it had been invited into the embassy.We were invited into the embassy, and contrary to reports, no one was gagged or beaten, the group wrote on their website.Out of respect for the host nation of Spain, no weapons were used. All occupants in the embassy were treated with dignity and necessary caution.The group also claimed that the US government was not involved with the incident until after the event.However, a judge for Spains National Court has accused the group of violently beating embassy officials and putting them in shackles and flanges.The judge also said three members of the group took an official into the embassy basement and tried to persuade him to defect from North Korea.Although documents released by the Spanish court said several members, including Mr Hong, had fled to the United States, their whereabouts are unclear.The court is seeking their extradition.Agencies contributed to this report
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:27:00 -0400
Islamic State behind attack on Saudi security north of Riyadh: Arabiya TV
News ImageThe assailants who attacked a state security building northwest of Riyadh on Sunday are Saudi militants who belong to Islamic State, Saudi-owned Arabiya TV said in a tweet, citing its own correspondent. Saudi state media said authorities thwarted the attack by four militants targeting the Mabaheth (domestic intelligence) station in Zulfi, a small city about 250 km (155 miles) northwest of the capital Riyadh. There has been no Islamic State claim of responsibility for the attack so far, and the authorities did not officially identify the assailants.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:14:15 -0400
110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from Syria
News ImagePRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United States.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:34:18 -0400
'Time is short': Why experts warn Russian meddling detailed in Mueller report could happen again
News ImageThe cyberattacks and other methods the Russians used to meddle in U.S. elections are the latest weapons in their years-long campaign to sow discord.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:23:20 -0400
Authorities say investigation into murder of two Indiana schoolgirls is going in 'new direction'
News ImageIndiana State Police say they will announce new information about the deaths of Abigail Williams and Liberty German who were found dead on a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana in 2017.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:13:22 -0400
PHOTOS: Bonnets, costumes on display in New York City's Easter Parade
News ImageThe fancy hats and finery were out and on display for New York City's annual Easter extravaganza. Participants in the annual Easter Parade made their way along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday in a procession of the wild and whimsical. The annual event is a New York City tradition that goes back well over a century, when the wealthy would get dressed in their best and go out for a stroll after Easter church services.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 17:19:32 -0400
Coloradans mark 20th anniversary of a dark day: Columbine shooting
News ImageIt has been 20 years since two heavily armed young men in dark trenchcoats entered a Colorado high school and launched a bloody attack that seared the word "Columbine" into the American psyche, forever transforming the debate on gun rights and school violence. As people on Saturday prepared to mark the anniversary of the massacre in Littleton, Colorado -- in which teenaged shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 Columbine High School students and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves -- there were words of grief and loss and anger. School shootings, once almost unheard of, have become a tragic feature of American life -- requiring all schools to tighten security, forcing even six-year-olds to take part in traumatic "live-shooter" drills.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:29:21 -0400
Tesla says investigating incident of parked car exploding in Shanghai
News ImageU.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc on Monday said it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding. The video was widely shared on China's Twitter-like Weibo, with the hashtag "Tesla self-ignites" becoming one of the most-read topics on the platform, being viewed over five million times. It showed a parked Tesla S starting to emit smoke from its bonnet before exploding and bursting into flames, damaging surrounding cars.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 22:39:47 -0400
The Army Passed on This Glock Gun (And It Could Be Your Gain)
News ImageThe ultimate Glock?The Army may have chosen Sig Sauers P320 for its Modular Handgun System program over Glocks offerings, but that doesnt mean you have to: Glock plans on releasing a civilian variant of its 9mm Glock 19 pistol to civilian buyers this month, the company announced today.(This article by Jared Keller originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)Glocks commercial pistol, dubbed the 19X, is the companys first stab at a crossover model, combining the Glock 17 frame with a Glock 19 barrel. With a marksman barrel and ambidextrous slide-stop levers, the pistol is designed to be as versatile as it is powerful, almost like a [1911] Commander-style situation where youve got the shorter barrel with the full-sized grip frame, as national sales manager Bob Radecki told Army Times on Jan. 2.The new 9mm Glock 19X from Glock
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0400
FBI arrests member of rightwing militia accused of detaining migrants
News ImageLarry Mitchell Hopkins accused of illegal weapons possession after videos apparently showed men stopping migrants in New MexicoMen including Jim Benvie, a spokesman for the militia calling itself the United Constitutional Patriots, share cigarettes while patrolling the US-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico last month. Photograph: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty ImagesA member of an armed rightwing militia group accused of illegally detaining migrants at the US-Mexico border has been arrested, officials said on Saturday.The FBI arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, for alleged unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition , days after his group posted videos that appeared to show armed men stopping migrants at the border in New Mexico, ordering them to sit on the ground and coordinating with US border patrol agents to have them taken into custody.Todays arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes, the New Mexico attorney general, Hector Balderas, said in a statement.On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called for an investigation into the pro-Trump, anti-immigrant men who have been patrolling the border and calling themselves the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP).The ACLU in New Mexico described the group as an armed fascist militia organization made up of vigilantes, saying they were working to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum and had directly made illegal arrests and held migrants at gunpoint.Hopkins role in the group was unclear, and it was also not clear if he was facing any charges directly related to the videos of the men stopping migrants. The New Mexico attorney generals office described Hopkins as a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families and labeled him an armed individual detaining migrants at the border.An FBI statement on the arrest did not mention the militia group or the detention of migrants, but noted that Hopkins has also gone by the name Johnny Horton Jr and that he was due to appear in court on Monday.In one video posted last Monday night by Jim Benvie, a member of the armed group, it appeared the men were ordering around dozens of migrants, including many children, and telling them to sit. Benvie narrated: Theres no border patrol here. This is us.The men appeared to call border patrol agents, who later were seen. The ACLU, in a letter to state officials, said the group had targeted nearly 300 migrants in Sunland Park, New Mexico, which is along the Mexico border and adjacent to El Paso, Texas.The militia members advocated for Trumps proposed border wall on the video streams and echoed the presidents anti-migrant rhetoric, warning of an invasion.There have also been concerns that the men, who wear military-style clothes, could be misrepresenting themselves as border patrol agents. In another video, Benvie filmed himself stopping a group of four adults and three children and said border patrol as he approached, before calling for another member of his group to join him. In an apparent call to border patrol, one man said: Hello, Ive got seven over here.The UCP has previously presented itself as a group of volunteers aiding border patrol and supporting Trump. In recent years, there have been numerous reports of an increase in paramilitary groups and xenophobic activists surveilling the border, working with US agents and targeting undocumented people.The UCP has not responded to the Guardians requests for comment.On Thursday, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said border patrol welcomes assistance from the community but does not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands.The Daily Beast reported that Hopkins has a history of pushing far-right conspiracies and has a conviction for impersonating an officer and felony firearm possession. He could not be reached on Saturday and it was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.Stephanie Corte, an immigrant rights campaign strategist with the ACLU in New Mexico, said her group was still trying to make contact with the detained migrants and was uncertain if any had been released.Our next focus is to try to get their story and making sure they feel safe to tell their story of being held at gunpoint, she told the Guardian, adding that the ACLU would explore legal options.She said she hoped authorities would work to make sure this does not happen again.We absolutely believe that this was completely unlawful, she said. Were hoping those involved will be brought to justice.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 16:51:42 -0400
Tiger attacks Kansas zoo keeper after 'error' brought two together
Tiger attacks Kansas zoo keeper after 'error' brought two togetherThe zoo keeper was alert and awake when she was rushed to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, city of Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said by phone. The victim, the primary tiger keeper at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center, was in the predator's outdoor habitat when she was attacked, zoo director Brendan Wiley said at a news conference. Somehow, the 7-year-old male tiger named Sanjiv entered the habitat, which is never supposed to happen when a person is present, Wiley said.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:26:37 -0400
Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution
News ImageJERUSALEM (AP) Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead?
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 02:13:36 -0400
'We don't know if it's enough': $1 billion may not cover Notre Dame Cathedral rebuilding costs after fire
News ImageAn international surge in donations may not yet cover the rebuilding costs of Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral, officials say.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:32:07 -0400
President attends Easter service following slew of tweets
News ImagePALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump on Easter morning offered condolences to the people of Sri Lanka, continued his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and attended service at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea near his Florida estate.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:42:28 -0400
SpaceX test accident in Florida sends a massive plume of smoke into the sky
News ImageA SpaceX Crew Dragon experienced an "anomaly" during ground tests that manifested as a column of smoke rising from the spacecraft's thrusters. The Crew Dragons were expected to fly with astronauts aboard later in the year, and it is currently unclear whether recent tests could delay that.&> Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly at Cape Canaveral https://t.co/W4Cj2bcN6y via @Florida_Today&> &> -- Code Tripping (@Code_Tripping) April 21, 2019Though few details are available, SpaceX did release a statement to SpaceNews confirming the incident."Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a spokesperson told SpaceNews. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand."Images from Cape Canaveral show a column of smoke visible from local beaches. The ground test anomaly came from an engine test, specifically the SuperDraco engines which provide power for astronauts to get to safety during an aborted launch.Beyond fire and smoke, the anomaly even showed up on radar:&> Dragon's static fire anomaly was big enough to show up on radar! SpaceX CrewDragon FLwx LowCC (Non-meteorological radar signature) pic.twitter.com/WpebHEo6Az&> &> -- Jabes (@GISRockstar) April 20, 2019NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also shared a statement to Twitter:&> NASA has been notified about the results of the @SpaceX Static Fire Test and the anomaly that occurred during the final test. We will work closely to ensure we safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program. pic.twitter.com/yE2J5yGzA7&> &> -- Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) April 21, 2019 WATCH: NASA's Administrator Jim Bridenstine warns India's anti-satellite test could be dangerous for the ISS
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:08:37 -0400
Columbine massacre remembered, twenty years on
News ImageTwelve students and a teacher were killed on April 20, 1999, when two teenagers armed with an assortment of weapons and home-made bombs went on the rampage at the school, whose name has become synonymous with school shootings. Only last year, 17 students and staff were killed when an ex-pupil went on the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, while 27 people, mostly children, were killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012 and 32 at Virginia Tech university in 2007.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:58:52 -0400
Army Vet Sues Company That Made 'Defective' Earplugs for the Military
News ImageA Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.(This article by Haley Britzky originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)Sgt. Scott D. Rowe, who served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2004, told the Houston Chronicle that he's "never at peace" from the "high-pitched frequency" he hears every day, as a result of the earplugs he received from 3M Company. Rowe told the Chronicle that 3M "lied," and "took our well-being for jeopardy while we're out there protecting the country."Rowe says in his lawsuit that 3M was aware of the defects in earplugs when it acquired the company that originally developed them, Aearo Technologies, in 2008. He says, according to the Chronicle, that the earplugs were made too short, which makes them difficult to be put deeply into the ear canal, causing the earplug to loosen and sound to get in around them.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 19:00:00 -0400
Easter Sunday Bombs in Sri Lanka Target Christians and Tourists, Kill Hundreds
News ImageREUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawatteA series of coordinated bomb blasts at churches and hotels across Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and left hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in one of the worst bouts of violence in the island nation since civil war ended a decade ago.Four luxury hotels and three Catholic churches were among the highly populated areas that were targeted, according to the Associated Press. Officials told the AP that at least two of the blasts were carried out by suicide bombers. Late Sunday, Sri Lankas Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena said authorities apprehended several people suspected of being involved in the attacks, according to the Associated Press. Three police officers were reportedly killed during operations to arrest the suspects.A further improvised device was found at Bandaranaike International Airport by the Sri Lankan Air Force overnight Sunday. A PVC pipe which was six feet in length containing explosives in it was discovered, Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne told Sri Lankas main newspaper the Sunday Times.Two senior intelligence officials told The Daily Beast that a Sri Lankan police official had alerted security officials in an advisory ten days ago about a threat on churches though it remains unseen what, if any, safety measures were taken to protect worshipers. The document, which has been reviewed by The Daily Beast is written in Sinhala, but is dated April 11 and clearly states in English in all caps, Information of an alleged plan attack. Sri Lankas prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said he had not been informed, underscoring tensions within the government, the New York Times reported. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the calculated attacks.Both the Associated Press and AFP quoted local Sri Lankan intelligence officials that they had received warnings that terrorist elements, including the radical Islamic organization NTJ, would carry out a suicide attack in certain churches during Easter. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement Sunday confirming that several Americans had been killed in the attacks. While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several U.S. citizens were among those killed, he wrote in a statement. These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism.Officials told the Associated Press that at least nine foreigners are among those killed in Colombo, including two people who are dual citizens of the United States and the U.K. At least one American is among those reported missing, the news site said citing the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The dead include one Portuguese citizen and two U.K. citizens, the ministry said. Chinese State Media has confirmed death of one of its citizens, per the AP. All of the foreigners were killed in attacks on hotels.Emergency officials were still combing through the bomb sites for victims as night set in Sunday, but more tourists and foreign nationals are considered to be among the dead. The New York Times reports that the deadliest attack occurred at 8:45 a.m. at the St. Sebastian Catholic Church in the city of Negombo about 20 miles from the capital city of Colombo. Survivors posted photos on social media and described seeing bodies blown to bits, with flesh splattered on the church walls. It was a river of blood, a witness named N. A. Sumanapala, t0ld the Times. The priest came out and he was covered in blood.The Catholic churches of St. Anthonys Shrine in Colombo and the Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern side of the island were also bombed, according to reports. Pope Francis, who visited the country four years ago to minister to the island nations Christian minority, expressed his condolences in his Easter Sunday mass in St. Peters Square in Rome. I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence, he said. I entrust to the Lord all those who were tragically killed and pray for the injured and all those who are suffering as a result of this dramatic event.Local media showed images of damage at the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels. One report showed the second-floor restaurant of the Shangri-La gutted. Sri Lanka has not seen such violence since the end of a 26-year civil war that ended over a decade ago. Then, rebels from the Tamil Tigers sought independence from the countrys Sinhala Buddhist majority. Sri Lankas prime minsiter Ranil Wickremesinghe called for calm on Twitter. I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong, he wrote. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.The BBC reported that British nationals were among the injured. Prime Minister Theresa May called the attacks truly appalling adding no one should ever have to practice their faith in fear.U.S. President Donald Trump also tweeted his condolences, The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!The attacks sent officials around the world into high gear taking precautions at churches in preparation for Easter celebrations. A spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed to The Daily Beast that the department has ramped up domestic security measures in the wake of the attacks, and that officers will be visiting all houses of worship, with a focus Sunday on those offering Easter services. With reporting from Pervaiz Shallwani and Victoria AlbertRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 08:23:21 -0400
UPDATE 2-Syria's Assad discusses peace talks, Tartus port with Russians
UPDATE 2-Syria's Assad discusses peace talks, Tartus port with RussiansBEIRUT/MOSCOW, April 20 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met senior officials from his strongest ally Russia in Damascus on Friday and Saturday to discuss upcoming peace talks, renting out Tartus port and trade between the two countries, state media in Syria reported. Russia has helped Assad's forces to take back most of the country but the eight-year-long war continues. Swathes of the northeast and northwest are out of his control, while sanctions and a fuel shortage are constricting the economy.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:44:20 -0400
The 8 best deals and sales you can get online this Sunday
The 8 best deals and sales you can get online this SundayWhat better way to relax and recharge than with some retail therapy?
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:32:53 -0400
This tiny RC car could absolutely destroy your car in a race
News ImageA 0-to-60 mph time of under three seconds is something that all but the most wealthy supercar owners are ever likely to enjoy. A 0-to-100 mph time of just over five seconds? Well now we're in territory that few production automobiles have ever dared tread, but it's all in a day's work for RC enthusiasts who seek to achieve the most ludicrous speeds with their high-tech toys.A recent video posted by YouTuber Innovation RC clearly demonstrates just how insane RC cars can be, with one of the pint-sized speed demons hitting an absolutely absurd speed of 124 mph in less than eight seconds, all while hauling a not-super-light action camera and traveling over what seems to be a fairly rough surface.Radio-controlled vehicles used to be near the top of every kid's wishlist, and perhaps some of them still are, but these aren't your grandfather's RC toys. These tiny cars are built with performance in mind, and enthusiasts regularly modify them in an effort to push the hardware to its absolute limit. They can set you back several hundreds of dollars, and that's without any additional tuning or upgrades. But they're fast... really, really fast.Just check this out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpdRrPYcEVsThat's 124 mph while hauling a camera that, if I had to guess, doesn't look like the most aerodynamic thing in the world. Not to mention the fact that the pavement being raced on here appears to be anything but smooth. It's easy to imagine this little car topping out at much higher speeds under ideal conditions, but it's still an incredibly impressive run considering the circumstances.In fact, in a subsequent video the same car can be seen hitting a top speed of 133 mph, though without a GoPro on board it's a little bit less interesting to watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo_oCzCHCxMI want one. No, no. I need one.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:27:51 -0400
NKorea issues mild criticism of Bolton over media interview
News ImageSEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea on Saturday issued a relatively mild criticism of White House national security adviser John Bolton for calling on North Korea to show more evidence of its disarmament commitment before a possible third leaders' summit.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:14:57 -0400
Giuliani rails against Mueller report as Democrats mull Trump impeachment
News Image* Trump lawyer: Nothing wrong with information from Russians * Teflon Don: how Trump the mafia boss fought the law and won * Opinion: Moral squalor, not impeachment, will remove TrumpDonald and Melania Trump arrive at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea church for Easter services in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty ImagesAs the White House mounted a furious assault on the Mueller report and critics of a president not found to have conspired with Russia but not cleared of obstruction of justice, the chair of the House judiciary committee said obstruction, if proven, would be [an] impeachable offence.Trumps personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani toured the Sunday talk shows, arguing with interviewers in a series of chaotic encounters.On Fox News Sunday, he claimed Robert Muellers 448-page report, which was released with redactions on Thursday, was full of calumny, lies and distortion.On CNNs State of the Union, the former New York mayor called one of Muellers lawyers a hitman and claimed the special counsels team came close to torturing people in questioning and confining Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, who was convicted and sentenced on financial charges.Asked on NBCs Meet the Press why Trump was so angry at Mueller and former White House counsel Don McGahn, a key witness, Giuliani replied: Because they tried to frame him.&> Theres nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. It depends on where it came from&> &> Rudy GiulianiThe first volume of Muellers report concerns Russian election interference and the Trump campaigns warm reception to offers of assistance including an infamous June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.Giuliani told CNN: Theres nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. It depends on where it came from.On ABCs This Week, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who previously called the inquiry a a political proctology exam, took a different tone, saying: The campaign I managed in those last few months did not welcome help from Russia. In fact, I dont recall getting, being offered help from Russia. It would have been a ridiculous prospect.In his second volume, Mueller considers potential obstruction of justice by Trump or his campaign, of which 11 instances are listed. He passed judgment on the issue to Congress.House judiciary committee chair Jerrold Nadler told NBC that if evidence shows Trump obstructed justice, some of this would be impeachable, yes. He added that Democrats plan to go where the evidence leads.Democrats remain split on impeachment, which would begin in the House they control but almost certainly fail in the Republican Senate. Some fear it would galvanise Trumps supporters and win him sympathy among independents.On Fox, House intelligence chair Adam Schiff said to impeach or not to impeach was going to be a very consequential decision and one Im going to reserve judgment on until we have a chance to fully deliberate on it.Oversight chair Elijah Cummings told CBSs Face the Nation he could foresee [impeachment] possibly coming. But he said: We have to be very careful here. The American people, a lot of them clearly still dont believe that President Trump is doing things to destroy our democracy and has done a lot of things very poorly.He also said he thought history would smile upon us for standing up for the constitution.&> The American people, a lot of them clearly still dont believe President Trump is doing things to destroy our democracy&> &> Elijah CummingsGiuliani fiercely attacked McGahn, who is cited by Mueller in descriptions of orders from Trump to fire the special counsel, which McGahn did not do.McGahns recollections were wrong, Giuliani said on CNN, claiming the experienced lawyer was confused [and] cannot be relied upon. Mueller depicts McGahn taking notes of meetings with Trump, a practice Trump is said to have questioned. The Trump campaign has severed links with the law firm to which McGahn returned.An incensed Giuliani made the hitman claim about Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor Trump allies claim is too close to the Clintons.I have no problem with investigating Russian interference in the election, Giuliani said, adding: The reality is, you think this is the first time the Russians have interfered with a presidential election?Special counsel Robert Mueller and his wife Ann Cabell Standish leave St Johns Episcopal Church in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/APGiuliani was pressed on criticism of Trump by the 2012 Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, who said he was sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the president.Stop the bull, stop this pious act, Giuliani said, adding: Who says [taking information from Russians is] even illegal? And then does the information turn out to be false, by the way?Referring to Democratic party emails hacked by Russia and obtained by WikiLeaks, he said: The information that was gleaned and disseminated, every newspaper printed it. Why did the Washington Post print the information that came from a foreign source, when they knew it was hacked? Arent they just as wrong for doing that as the campaign wanting to use it?Of Giulianis claim there was nothing wrong with taking information from Russians, former US attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump in 2017, told CNN: Thats an extraordinary statement and I would hope he would retract it.Giuliani ran against Romney for the 2008 Republican nomination, both losing to John McCain. Asked if he would have accepted such information, Giuliani said: I probably wouldnt. I wasnt asked. I would have advised, just out of excess of caution, dont do it. He also accused Romney of doing things very similar, although he did not elaborate.Asked if Trump thought Russian interference helped him win, Giuliani told NBC: Whether he did or he didnt, I think its quite clear that there are a lot of factors that go into any election and the reality is he was elected president.Conway told ABC Trump didnt need WikiLeaks. We had Wisconsin. He won because he was the better candidate.Trump has repeatedly claimed Muellers investigation exonerated him, which it did not, and called the inquiry a hoax. He continued to tweet on Sunday, from his club in Florida.Attending church, the president was asked if he felt betrayed by staffers who spoke to Mueller. According to the White House pool report, he clearly heard the question but just smiled and turned away.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 13:11:03 -0400
'House of horrors': California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing their children
News ImageDavid and Louise Turpin, who pleaded guilty in February to torture and false imprisonment, are eligible for parole after 25 years.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 13:49:38 -0400
Converse introduces trans-themed shoes for Pride and Twitter is happy for once
News ImageBrands sometimes go too hard during Pride season. Every once in a while, however, they get it right.The year 2019 has already brought us one *actually good* example. Converse recently introduced its LGBTQ Pride sneaker line, which now includes sneakers modeled after the Transgender Pride flag.This is the first time Converse has ever had a trans-specific sneaker.SEE ALSO: Mapping state-by-state tech trends: Most popular dating appsThe trans-specific sneakers currently retail for $80. Customers can also customize their own rainbow Pride shoes and add Trans Pride flair.Regardless of how you feel about corporate participation during gay Pride, this is a huge symbolic step forward. Advocates for the trans community have long complained that gay and lesbian people dominate the LGBTQ movement.Recognizing the trans community as a separate -- though equally sneaker-worthy community -- is emblematic of a larger cultural shift.Trans people are clearly moving into the public spotlight, and they can show that (if Converse is their thing) on their feet.Twitter was largely enthusiastic about the move.&> TransIsBeautiful &> Thank you @Converse for making a trans PRIDE shoe this year! &> My 11 year-old-son is ECSTATIC! pic.twitter.com/E6lcqIEvfA&> &> -- Rachel Q. Lyons (@RachelQLyons) April 15, 2019&> CONVERSE HAS A NEW PRIDE COLLECTION THAT INCLUDES TRANS PRIDE SNEAKERS FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!!!!!! &> &> SHOP HERE: https://t.co/afn0Gc9nwy (affiliate link) pic.twitter.com/TptVcjY87E&> &> -- Alysse Dalessandro (@readytostare) April 19, 2019&> I thought "which of my trans friends would rock Converse decked out in the colors of the trans flag," and then immediately realized the answer was "all of them." pic.twitter.com/E5NPDfPgMY&> &> -- Aram Vartian (@vartian) April 19, 2019&> Me, looking at the chuck taylor pride collection for this year: *not super impressed* &> Converse: we have trans shoes now &> Me, out loud: DAMMIT pic.twitter.com/oqzpDUqaOD&> &> -- Rowan Adventurezone (@politebotanist) April 20, 2019&> Y'all let me know when @converse lets me put trans flags on these (and they come in my size). pic.twitter.com/3ZOq9Y6rss&> &> -- Xan (@AlexandriaDVine) April 20, 2019&> Look! You can make them with the pride base but then add trans pride touches. I'm in love! pic.twitter.com/bGtajM2QjF&> &> -- We'll Have A Gay Old Time (@IssaMeBrianO) April 19, 2019This Twitter user perhaps said it best.&> Fuckin converse put the Trans flag on some shoes like.....yes fine I will buy them you stupid brand, ill bow to capitalism just this once&> &> -- Thank you gay dad (@Darius_lives) April 19, 2019Happy incredibly early Pride, everyone! WATCH: Meet the 10-year-old drag kid shaping the future of drag youth
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:19:48 -0400
Take a Look at the SW1911 Gun: Smith & Wessons Very Own 1911 Pistol
News ImageOne of the oldest gun companies in America produces its own take on one of the most exemplary handgun designs in U.S. history.Smith & Wessons series of handguns based on the 1911 platform stays true to the guns roots while adding in a number of features desirable to modern firearms enthusiasts. The company produces a full line of 1911s, from traditional to contemporary, catering to collectors and duty carriers, in a full range of sizes.The 1911 pistol was invented by prolific small arms designer John Moses Browning in the early twentieth century. Browning paired the pistol with his new .45 Automatic Colt Pistol cartridge, a large, heavy subsonic cartridge that delivered upwards of 400 foot-pounds of energy on target. The pairing of a semi-automatic pistol capable of holding eight rounds with the .45 ACP manstopper round was in response to reports that U.S.-issue revolvers in .38 Long Colt often failed to stop Filipino insurgents in close quarters combat.Although the 1911 missed the Philippine Insurrection, it was well positioned to enter World War I on the side of the U.S. military. The American Expeditionary Force issued the 1911 in large numbers where they fought in the trenches of World War I. Minor changes in the design resulted in the 1911A1 designation during the 1920s. More than a million pistols were produced for U.S. and allied forces during World War II, enough that the armed services kept the 1911 in frontline service well into the 1980s.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:37:00 -0400
Convicted Texas murderer Edward Howard Bell dies while serving murder sentence
News ImageA spokesperson with TDCJ said the 80-year-old convicted murderer died after collapsing at the Pack Unit facility.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 15:53:18 -0400
Turkish opposition leader safe after attack at soldier's funeral
News ImageKemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) that pulled off victories in the March 31 vote, had attended a funeral for one of four Turkish soldiers killed on Friday in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, whose AK Party wants the election results annulled in Istanbul, had repeatedly warned during last month's campaign that PKK members were among the CHP's list of candidates. The PKK clashes in the country's southeast on Friday prompted several pro-government newspapers to tie the soldiers' deaths to the CHP.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:55:56 -0400
Walmart, Whole Foods and Sears are open Easter Sunday. Find out where else you can shop.
Walmart, Whole Foods and Sears are open Easter Sunday. Find out where else you can shop.If you forget a key ingredient for your Easter meal, you have some options. Walmart is open, but Target is closed.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 15:11:27 -0400
10 deals you dont want to miss on Sunday: $8 wireless charger, $10 Philips Hue bulbs, Instant Pot, more
News ImageHappy Easter, everyone! Before you run off to hunt Easter eggs and celebrate with family, we've got some truly terrific daily deals for you to check out. Highlights from Sunday's roundup include a fast wireless charging pad for $8.49 that sold out in hours the last time we covered it, Philips Hue white LED smart bulbs for an all-time low of $10 a piece when you buy a 4-pack, SanDisk 128GB microSD cards back down to an all-time low of $19.99, top-selling true wireless earbuds for only $25.49, a huge $40 discount on one of the most popular Instant Pot multi-use cookers, $40 off an excellent Ninja air fryer, Amazon's insanely popular Fire TV Stick for just $29.99, $30 off a Ring camera and Echo Dot bundle, and plenty more. See all of today's top deals below.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 07:27:08 -0400
Hopes, fears as Ukraine braces for comedian president
News ImageAnna, a 24-year-old from the government-held eastern port city, said her vote was going to Volodymyr Zelensky -- a comedian with no political experience who is the favourite to win the presidency. Anna said incumbent Petro Poroshenko, 53, had done "nothing tangible for us" after being elected shortly after a popular uprising in 2014. Others disagree, praising Poroshenko for securing an Orthodox Church independent of Moscow and containing the fighting in the country's east.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 07:18:57 -0400
The Latest: Trump expresses anger at Mueller report
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's report and President Donald Trump (all times local):
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:03:01 -0400
Feud Could Reportedly Drive Harry And Meghan to Africa
News ImageRichard Martin-Roberts/Getty ImagesPrince Harry, Meghan Markle and their new baby could move to Africa for two to three years in 2020, in an attempt to defuse the bitter feud with William and Kate that has dogged them in recent months, a bombshell report in Britains Sunday Times is claiming.The princes advisers are said to have been working on a bespoke role for the couple which will combine work in their role as Commonwealth youth ambassadors, charity work and the job of promoting Britain.The Sunday Times story was not immediately published on the papers website, but began to circulate on Saturday night after the paper released its front page on social media.The report names two senior advisers as involved in the planning of the trip including Sir Christopher Geidt, the Queens former private secretary who was ousted by Prince Charles in a bitter power struggle.The paper suggests that the reported feud between Harry and Meghan and William and Kate could be part of the motivation for the move, saying it would give them a chance to enjoy a break from the divisions that have riven the royal household in recent months.The Sunday Times notes that Prince Harry has spent a considerable amount of time in Lesotho and previously referred to the country as his second home. He has a good relationship with the impoverished countrys crown prince. He and Meghan have also visited Botswana twice.The Sunday Times shocking report also claims that there were discussions about whether to make Harry governor-general of Australia or Canada, but these were rejected as impractical.A source tells the Sunday Times; Discussions are at an early stage but the plan is to find a new way of using their soft power abilities, most likely in Africa.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 19:04:28 -0400
Score an entire suite of creative design apps for only $40
News ImageWe're not about to make assumptions here, but we'd wager that the starving artist myth is partially perpetuated by the fact that design programs are so darn expensive. A subscription to a single app alone can sometimes require you to fork out hundreds of dollars you don't have. We don't know about you, but that's plain robbery.You don't have to put yourself in the red just to score apps that will help you perform a variety of design jobs. The Corel Creative Mac Bundle includes an entire creative design app suite from one of the leading software makers with a few surprise bonuses. And you only have to pay $40 to get the whole set.Check out what's in store: Toast 17 TitaniumThe ultimate DVD burning software, Toast 17 Titanium lets you turn videos into professional-looking discs. It comes equipped with a feature-rich digital media suite that includes screen recording, movie editing tools, and media browser. AfterShot Pro 3RAW images aren't the easiest things to edit and manipulate, but this app makes the process feel like a cakewalk. On top of converting RAW files into editable images without inflicting damage, it also boasts a medley of editing tools you can take advantage of to enhance your shots. Painter Essentials 6Create lifelike artworks with this app that features a selection that's chock-full of realistic painting tools and effects. With just a few clicks, it can help you transform a photo into a painting infused with realism. WinZipNobody has the time to wait for hours when sending files. WinZip compresses data with bank-level AES encryption so you can send and receive files faster and more securely. ParticleShopThis powerful brush plugin for Photoshop and AfterShot 3 breathes new life into your masterpieces with fluid, artistic strokes that are a breeze to use. It features 11 different custom brushes, all of which you can incorporate on your creations to take them to the next level.Usually valued at $309.95, grab the Corel Creative Mac Bundle on sale for only $39.99 -- a savings of 87%. Image: Pexels The Corel Creative Mac Bundle -- $39.99 See Details
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:00:00 -0400
Roman Polanski sues the Academy after being kicked out of the Oscars 'without warning'
News ImageRoman Polanski is suing the Academy after being kicked out of the Oscars organisation. The Chinatown director was ejected from the Academy along with Bill Cosby in 2018. A lawyer for the long-time fugitive filmmaker said that he was expelled "without warning" and with no chance to respond. Polanski's lawyer filed a writ at the Los Angeles Superior Court and will pursue legal action against the film institution on grounds that the famed director's expulsion was unfair. But the Academy responded hours later and said in a statement its removal of Polanski from its ranks was "fair and reasonable" and it will not reverse the decision. It said in a statement: "The procedures taken to expel Mr Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate." Polanski, who has been on the run for decades following a sexual abuse case, was told of his ejection in a letter citing the need to respect "human dignity". Representing the long-time Academy member, lawyer Harland Braun has also written to the Oscars overseers on behalf of Polanski. Documents say the intention of legal action is to "redress the Academy's improper administrative action" to "summarily expel" Polanski. Braun told the Press Association: "If you notice, we are litigating the fairness of their procedure. "They threw him out without warning and without giving him a chance to respond.There was not even any notice of why, after 40 years, on the same day as Cosby. "Give me a break." Polanski was voted out of the Academy in May of 2018, receiving an unsigned letter from the organisation. The director has been a fugitive from US justice since 1978, following accusations of a sexual offence. A letter, made available by to the court, cites the need to uphold respect for "human dignity" as the motivation for the action taken in 2018. It states: "The board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy's values of respect and human dignity, and is categorically opposed to any form of abuse and harassment." Braun claims in his writ that: "The Academy failed to comply with its own rules, polices, and regulations" when it ejected Polanski. The director fled to France in 1978 after being arrested and charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl in the US.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:57:46 -0400
Check Out These Dangerous Looking Chinese Assault Rifles (There's A Problem)
News ImageTo hear Chinese state media tell it, the soldiers of the Peoples Liberation Army will go into battle in the future wearing an array of high-tech gizmos. In their hands will be enormous weapons combining a rifle with a 20-millimeter grenade launcher akin to the old and cancelled American OICW. On top of that, they will have heads-up displays and networked positioning systems so Chinese troops can monitor each other digitally, almost like a video game.It looks impressive, and Chinese announcements of the system have circulated in the press with varying degrees of skepticism and hyperbole. A more skeptical take recently came from the military news wire Shephard Media, which pointed out that China is claiming the 20-millimeter hybrid weapon, dubbed QTS-11, can fire airbursting grenades lethal within a radius of 7.7 meters.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 18:00:00 -0400
Northern Ireland leaders urge calm as police arrest two over journalist's killing
News ImageLyra McKee, 29, an award-winning journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead on Thursday as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid. Northern Ireland's political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, issued a joint call for calm. "This is a time for calm heads." McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 07:09:06 -0400
Cardi B rejects plea deal in strip club brawl case, facing up to one year in jail
News ImageCardi B rejected a deal to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count in strip club brawl, even though it would keep her out of jail.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 13:51:17 -0400
Mexico draws weapons on American soldiers on U.S. side of border
News ImageTwo American soldiers conducting routine surveillance north of the Rio Grande were confronted by Mexican troops who believed they were south of the border, according to defense officials.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 08:27:37 -0400
Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule
News ImageEgyptians started voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region. Voters were being asked to back amendments to the constitution to allow Sisi, 64, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life. At a polling station in Manyal, a Cairo suburb overlooking the Nile, Mohamed Abdel Salam, 45, told AFP he fully supported the changes.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:51:17 -0400
Schiff Says Democrats Will Debate Impeachment
News Image(Bloomberg) -- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that the Democrats will discuss whether to begin impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump after progressives ratcheted up the pressure on a reluctant party leadership.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 11:15:31 -0400
Is 4/20 on the way to becoming marijuana's Hallmark holiday?
News ImageOnce an underground celebration of weed smoking, the annual event is turning into big business in the era of legalizationTyler Shumway of Aurora, Colorado, lights up a joint at 420pm in Civic Center Park on 20 April 2012 in Denver. Photograph: Marc Piscotty/Getty ImagesToday may be the day that marijuana officially loses its cool. April 20, 4/20, the once underground national holiday for dope smokers, appears to have sold out to The Man.The origins of 4/20 are as disputed as the last pack of gummy bears after a long smoking session. Some say it was once police code for marijuana smoking in progress apparently untrue and others claim it was invented by high school stoners in Marin county, California, who would meet at 4.20pm to get high.No matter what the origins its big business for a rapidly growing industry the Black Friday of getting high.Sign up for the US morning briefingThis years 4/20 falls on a Saturday and is expected to be the biggest sales day yet for legal marijuana, exceeding an 111% sales spike record last year. Stoners will gather at Denvers Civic Center Park to celebrate, with clouds of marijuana smoke drifting over the crowds, some still in tie-dye and preaching cosmic one-ness.4/20 doesnt have a Hallmark card yet but it cant be far off. Of the hundreds of tie-in promotions this year, Lyft is offering a $4.20 credit on a single ride in Colorado and in select cities in the US and Canada. The fast-food chain Carls Jr is using a Denver outlet to test a hamburger infused with CBD oil.But there is a serious side to it. This year the ice-cream maker Ben & Jerrys is calling on consumers to pressure lawmakers to expunge prior marijuana convictions for anyone arrested for smoking pot. Considering those arrests are four times more likely to affect African Americans, the social justice implications are clear.According to Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist at Golden Gate University, 4/20 is on its way to becoming a mainstream national holiday and thats largely a function of the booming marijuana business. Arcview, a cannabis investment and market research firm, estimates US retail sales of cannabis products jumped to $10.5bn last year, a threefold increase from 2017.Its still a celebration of marijuana but the conversation has been expanded by brands that tie into the cannabis industry and for marketers to tie into something that has a coolness to it, Yarrow says. That conversation, she adds, is increasingly focused on people wondering what role cannabis may play in their life.The stoner dude mentality is still there but there is another that is more focused on marijuanas medicinal properties and thats growing in stature, said Yarrow.The marijuana business could soon be dwarfed by the market for products using CBD, a cannabis compound from the hemp plant that supposedly has health benefits but doesnt get you high.CBD, which is not listed as a controlled substance, can now be found in candies, coffee and other food, drinks and dietary supplements, along with perfume, lotions, creams and soap.Gus Dabais stands outside his Sidewalk Wellness store in San Francisco, where CBD oil-infused products are popular items. Photograph: Eric Risberg/APAccording to Louis Zerobnick, a veteran Colorado cannabis promoter, the CBD industry has the potential to become a far larger business than an industry based on THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. As it is, he says, the marijuana industry has moved far beyond its hippie-stoner roots and is increasingly dominated by big industry and big banking.A lot of the old hippies arent going to make it in this new industry. Although theyre responsible for it, and did the activism to make it happen, you find that marijuana companies want to bring in people who have worked in other government-regulated industries. Thats the level of professionalism thats now required to turn it into a real business, said Zerobnick.Zerobnick thinks 4/20 could one day exceed the size of other semi-official holidays, including Valentines Day and Halloween. Its a national, non-denominational, non-racial holiday mostly celebrated by getting high, Zerobnick said, reeling off events scheduled in Florida, Chicago and the High Times Cannabis Cup in California. For people who use cannabis 4/20 is as big as Christmas.And in the meantime Big Business is moving in to harsh the original stoners buzz. John Boehner, the permatanned former Republican speaker of the House, is a director of one of the USs largest cannabis businesses, Acreage Holdings. Coca-Cola has joint venture with a cannabis company that could lead to Coke High. Big tobacco is waiting in the wings.The 4/20 the counterculture pioneers who campaigned for legalization may well be wondering if there is a high price for a legal high.We dont necessarily like it but everybody knows it, says Zerobnick. At the same time that a lot of old hippies wont make it, he says, many could become billionaires when theyre bought out and their strains turned into commercial success.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 01:00:16 -0400
Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering children
Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering childrenMeghan McCain isn't mincing words when it comes to her take on anti-vaxxers, taking to Twitter Friday to send a message about their "stupidity."
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:48:58 -0400
Pakistan says Iran-based group carried out deadly attack
News ImageISLAMABAD (AP) A group of militants crossed the border from neighboring Iran earlier this week and carried out a deadly attack against Pakistan armed forces in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing 14, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:02:23 -0400
This pricey CBD sheet mask is a fun skincare one-off
News ImageThe internet is so full of CBD content these days that Lord Jones peppermint tincture is practically oozing from its pores. Now, the (non-psychoactive) cannabinoid is increasingly showing up in beauty products, including mascara, serums, and body soaps.Among the options is the cannabis company Beboe's new CBD line, Beboe Therapies. There's a sheet mask ($78 for a pack of five) and a serum ($148), both of which are available on the Beboe Therapies website. I gave the sheet mask a spin.Before we get started, a quick reminder on CBD: There's a ton more research to be done on its actual effects and benefits, but we do know, as Mashable culture reporter Morgan Sung reported in March, that it affects the body's CB2 receptors. This means it won't give you a "high" feeling, but it is likely to reduce inflammation.Image: Beboe TherapiesSEE ALSO: Aloe Bud is a self-care app for self-care app skepticsThat anti-inflammatory component is the key here: The mask is intended to, according to the company's website, "calm the skin while supporting skin cell renewal, moisturization, brightening, and toning." As someone who struggles with intermittent acne and redness, this seemed like a great proposition. But does it do its job? What's in there?Aside from 50mg of CBD, each mask is formulated with vitamin C, ceramides, plant-extracted AHAs, niacinamide, vitamin E, aloe, glycerin, and algae extract. It does not contain parabens, silicone, preservatives, phthalate, gluten, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, mineral oil, or palm oil -- though it does contain a small amount of lavender and copaiba oils for fragrance. The mask does smell amazing: fresh, soothing, and botanical.The mask itself is made of cloth, which is pleasantly sturdy and easy to apply. Blessedly, it also doesn't instantly slide off like a lot of sheet masks (although this would become a problem down the line). This sets it apart from my favorite face mask ever -- the otherwise perfect Benton Snail Bee mask that I have to secure with my glasses.The instructions did ask that I remove a "liner" before applying the mask, but neither I nor my roommate could find any such liner to peel away. Does "liner" just mean the packaging? No idea, but don't spend your precious time looking for this ghost liner, as it does not exist. The processBeboe recommends wearing the mask for 30 minutes, then massaging excess product into your skin. They suggest using these 30 minutes to "call your mother," which is a nice idea. Unfortunately, my mom was already asleep, so I spent my 30 minutes half-watching Schitt's Creek and using my roommate's Portrait Mode to take mirror selfies. Similar concept!Yes, hi, I'm here for the murder?Image: Chloe Bryan/MashableThe mask stayed on very well for about 15 minutes, then curled away at the sides once its contents had started to transfer from the fabric to the desiccated post-winter sponge that was my face. I had a difficult time keeping it on for the last five minutes. Perhaps next time, I will simply accept my fate and take it off early. The resultsAfter 30 minutes, I removed the mask, patted in the excess serum, then dabbed any remaining product from the mask (there was not very much) onto the backs of my hands (hot tip). Right away, I noticed that my skin appeared slightly less red. It was also extremely dewy, but that was probably because it was covered in fresh, wet lotion. After everything absorbed fully, though, my face felt truly smooth -- like, featuring Rob Thomas smooth. It stayed that way until I went to bed two hours later.The next day, my skin's appearance was pretty much back to normal. It still felt fairly smooth, though.Also worth noting: I have very sensitive skin, but the mask didn't break me out. Everyone's skin has different triggers for irritation, obviously, but I generally stick to a simple four-step routine (cleanser, essence, moisturizer, sunscreen) and this mask didn't instigate acne disaster. Is it worth it, though?So the mask was good. I enjoyed the mask. But that doesn't change the fact that, at $78 for a five-pack, each mask costs about $15.60. That's a steep price to pay for a single sheet mask, especially when there are some very soothing options out there -- full of the great non-CBD ingredients in these masks -- for much less.If there's a CBD enthusiast in your life, these would make a phenomenal and just-luxurious-enough gift. If that CBD enthusiast is you, even better. Beboe recommends using the mask 1-2 times per week, but that's ... a real investment. You're probably better off treating it like a treat.And if it makes you feel a little relaxed? All the better. WATCH: Kim Kardashian wants a 'zen-like CBD-themed' baby shower
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Stealth Bomber (1940s Style): Check Out the YB-49 Flying Wing
News ImageAlthough the YB-49 never reached full production, experience with the frame helped validate the concept which now dominates international thinking on strategic bomber design.As the United States approached World War II, it enjoyed the luxury of many innovative aircraft companies, and a ton of money to spend. Part of this bounty went to pursuit aircraft, part to tactical attack planes, and part to long-range bombers. This last generated one of the most interesting failures ever to emerge from the U.S. aviation industry; the Northrop YB-49 flying wing bomber.The Flying WingEarly aviation engineers appreciated the potential for a flying wing design. A flying wing, which minimizes fuselage and usually eliminates the tail, reduces many of the aerodynamic compromises associated with a normal fuselage, reducing overall drag. However, many of these features enhance stability, meaning that a flying wing often lacks the stability of a traditional airframe. This makes the aircraft more difficult to fly, especially before the advent of fly-by-wire technology. A flying wing can also struggle with creating space for crew, payload, and defensive armament, as any of these can reduce the aerodynamic advantages than the shape offers.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:00:00 -0400
British woman killed, three other people kidnapped in northern Nigeria
News ImageKidnappings are rampant in Nigeria, where both locals and foreigners are targeted mostly for ransom. The British High Commission named the woman as Faye Mooney and said it was aware of the incident that happened late on Friday but added it would not speculate on the motive or nature of attack. Mooney was employed in Nigeria by a non-governmental organization called Mercy Corps.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:34:23 -0400
Watch Steve Jobs prank call Starbucks live on stage during the very first iPhone event
News ImageSteve Jobs is known for a lot of things. He was an incredible businessman, a world-class salesman, and he was obviously quite the visionary. When listing Jobs's top qualities, however, his sense of humor doesn't typically come up. Jobs was a terrific showman though, and the little jokes he cracked here and there during Apple's press conferences always helped keep things light. This was actually a very important yet underappreciated element of Apple's strategy during product announcements. The company's marketing has always revolved around hyperbole (It's magic! It's all screen!). In an advertisement that you see here and there in passing, that's fine. When you're watching a press conference and every other sentence is about how magical, revolutionary, and groundbreaking Apple products are, a little levity or comic relief is a must.Everyone remembers Apple's big first-generation iPhone announcement event back in 2007. There were so many iconic moments in that presentation, which saw the unveiling of a device that would quite literally flip the smartphone industry on its head. One moment in particular was the subject of a recent Reddit thread though, and we want to share it because it's something most people likely forgot all about.There are so many killer features introduced by the iPhone that we now take for granted, and several of them pertain to maps. It might seem like Google Maps and all of its great functionality has been available on smartphones forever, but mobile mapping would still be a disaster to this day had it not been for the iPhone. The mapping experience that Apple created while guiding Google was truly revolutionary, and Steve Jobs discussed it at length during the first iPhone event back in January 2007.There were plenty of cool features Jobs covered during his presentation, but something pretty funny went down when he was covering the Maps app's ability to let users search for and call businesses. Jobs ended up making the first ever prank call from an iPhone, and he did it live on stage at the Moscone Center. Whether you watched live or this is the first time you've ever heard about it, it's definitely worth watching in the video embedded below (via Reddit).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd6dQmN-mPw
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:01:33 -0400
Armed civilians are detaining migrants at the border. The ACLU wants them investigated
News ImageThe United Constitutional Patriots is patrolling the border area, armed with weapons and searching for migrants.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:01:53 -0400
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