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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
Trump lawyer attacks Mueller report, sees nothing wrong in taking Russian info
News ImageDonald Trump's top lawyer on Sunday attacked "calumny, lies and distortions" in the Mueller investigation report, and said there is "nothing wrong" with taking hacked information from Russia. Rudy Giuliani mounted a combative defense of the president in Sunday talk show appearances that took aim at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators, the evidence they amassed and the witnesses they cited.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:25:32 -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
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
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
In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal
News ImageFrench Catholics on Sunday celebrated Easter mass in Paris in the shadow of the badly burned Notre-Dame Cathedral, praying that the landmark monument -- and along with it the entire Catholic Church -- can be renewed. The fire at Notre-Dame six days earlier destroyed the cathedral's spire and two-thirds of its roof. Deprived of access to Notre-Dame, regular worshippers instead lined up patiently to celebrate Easter Sunday mass a short walk away, on the Right Bank of the Seine at Saint-Eustache church.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 20:39:23 -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 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)> &> -- 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.> &> -- 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
Sri Lanka Imposes Curfew After Easter Sunday Bombings Kill 207
News ImageThe government imposed an island-wide curfew as security forces try to maintain law and order and investigate the attacks. No one has claimed responsibility for the six coordinated explosions that took place at 8:45 a.m. local time mainly in the capital Colombo, and separate blasts later in the day. Sri Lanka had previously received warnings of possible church attacks, but not on hotels, Defence SecretaryHemasiri Fernandosaid on Sunday, noting some of the explosions were suicide bombings.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 08:06:53 -0400
UPDATE 2-Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in Paris
UPDATE 2-Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in ParisClashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence. Dozens of black-hooded demonstrators threw rocks at police and some set fire to scooters and trash cans in the center of the French capital, according to Reuters TV footage. Some officers also marched toward demonstrators to control the crowd and funnel it to Paris' Place de la Republique, where most of the demonstrators were contained in the late afternoon.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:51:02 -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
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
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
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
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
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
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:'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: want one. No, no. I need one.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:27:51 -0400
Top US Democrat says party will decide soon on impeachment
News ImageRepresentative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said that since Republicans control the Senate -- and would likely block an effort to oust Trump -- Democrats face a quandary after special counsel Robert Mueller found no coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign but cited 10 episodes of potential obstruction involving Trump. The mixed message from the 448-page Mueller report has left Democrats weighing difficult options.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 11:20:34 -0400
Ukrainian TV Comic Wins Presidency in Landslide, Exit Poll Shows
News ImageVolodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old TV comic whos tapped into fury at the political class, got 73 percent of ballots, an exit poll showed. Incumbent Petro Poroshenko garnered 26 percent and conceded defeat. Zelenskiys triumph owes a lot to his newcomer status and comes despite a campaign thats been heavy on style with only a sprinkling of policy proposals.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 15:03:13 -0400
Video catches woman tossing 7 newborn puppies into Coachella dumpster in 90-degree weather
News ImageThe puppies were just 3-days old and left tied up in a plastic bag in 90+ degree weather.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 17:41:45 -0400
Columbine honors 13 lost with community service, ceremony
News ImageLITTLETON, Colo. (AP) Community members in suburban Denver marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Saturday with a remembrance ceremony that celebrated the school's survival and by volunteering at shelters, doing neighborhood cleanup projects and laying flowers and cards at a memorial to the 13 people killed.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 05:18:38 -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
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
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!> &> -- Rachel Q. Lyons (@RachelQLyons) April 15, 2019&> CONVERSE HAS A NEW PRIDE COLLECTION THAT INCLUDES TRANS PRIDE SNEAKERS FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!!!!!! &> &> SHOP HERE: (affiliate link)> &> -- 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."> &> -- 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> &> -- 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).> &> -- Xan (@AlexandriaDVine) April 20, 2019&> Look! You can make them with the pride base but then add trans pride touches. I'm in love!> &> -- 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
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
FAA sets multi-nation review of Boeing's troubled Max planes
News ImageThe US Federal Aviation Administration is planning what it calls a comprehensive multi-nation review of the control systems of the Boeing 737 Max airliner to include experts from nine civil aviation authorities. The review will "evaluate aspects of the 737 Max automated flight-control system, including its design and pilots' interaction with the system, to determine its compliance with all applicable regulations and to identify future enhancements that might be needed," the agency said. Boeing Max planes -- the aerospace firm's all-time best-seller -- have been grounded worldwide since then, while engineers and investigators seek the exact causes of the crashes.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 20:21:38 -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
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
Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight
News ImageA mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year, the private company and NASA announced. 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 SpaceX spokesman said in a statement.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:06:22 -0400
Church apologizes after video shows cleric inviting kids to spit, slap and cut him for Easter lesson
News ImageAn associate pastor at Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio, invited abuse from youths, including spitting, slapping, and allegedly cutting.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:58:37 -0400
Target's car seat trade-in event returns April 22 with a discount for bringing in old seat
News ImageTarget's popular car seat trade-in event returns April 22. For bringing in an old car seat, get a coupon for 20% off baby items.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 17:15:58 -0400
Iraq court sentences four to death for joining IS
Iraq court sentences four to death for joining ISAn Iraqi court has sentenced four people to death by hanging for belonging to the Islamic State militant group and committing terrorist crimes in Iraq and Syria, a judiciary statement said on Sunday. The four men, wanted by Iraqi authorities, were handed to Iraq by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the statement said.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 07:15:02 -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
The Secret Is Out: The U.S. Air Force Has Russian MiG-29s To Dogfight
News ImageSoviet-built jets are likely to be expensive to maintain in the United States. But if a contractor is willing to bear the cost and it benefits the Air Force to buy those services, it might be a worthy venture.As the United States Air Force continues its struggle with fielding enough aggressor aircraft for its combat aircraft crews to train against, contractors are stepping up to the plate.(This first appeared in late 2017.)In some cases, contractors are able to field remarkable aircraft that provide an exceptionally authentic replication of enemy aircraft. Such is the case of Air USAthe company has managed to acquire three two-seat trainer versions of the MikoyanMiG-29UBFulcrum.The Air USA MIG 29 fleet was imported directly from a former Soviet Union nation. All aircraft are equipped with authentic former Soviet Union manufactured parts, the company states onits website. Air USA MIG 29 aircraft are capable of performing any air to air mission providing excellent training and flight test opportunitiesRecommended: Uzi: The Israeli Machine Gun That Conquered the WorldRecommended: The M4: The Gun U.S. Army Loves to Go to War With
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:00:00 -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
Facebook Has Assembled aSmall Army of Fact-Checkers. Too Small.
News ImageThis is Boom Live, one of seven tiny fact-checking firms at the heart of Facebooks efforts to rebuild some of its credibility during Indias elections. Based on the early tallies, more than 60 percent of Indias 900 million eligible voters are expected to cast ballots between now and May 19, as the center-left Congress Party tries to seize power from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. As in other elections around the world, paid hacks and party zealots are churning out propaganda on Facebook and the companys WhatsApp messenger, along with Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and other ubiquitous communication channels.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 19:00:00 -0400
I've warned that impeachment talk is dangerous, but the time has come: Laurence Tribe
News ImageThe consequential decision to impeach should not be made lightly. But Mueller's damning report is an invitation that Congress shouldn't refuse.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 03:15:09 -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
US arrests rightwing militia member said to detain migrants
News ImageThe FBI has arrested a member of an armed rightwing militia group accused of illegally detaining migrants at the US-Mexico border, officials said Saturday. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 70, was arrested for illegal possession of a weapon. "Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes," he added.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 22:54:40 -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
Khamenei appoints new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards
News ImageIrans top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the chief commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, state TV reported on Sunday, days after the United States designated the group a foreign terrorist organization. The TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brigadier General Hossein Salami. "The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari," it said.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:03:57 -0400
Duke and Duchess of Sussex 'to work in Africa' as they map out new life as a family
News ImageThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex are considering a major move to work in Africa after the birth of their first child, as the Duke and his older brother map out their separate working lives. The Duke and Duchess, who are already president and vice-president of the Queens Commonwealth Trust, have been in discussions with advisers over a bespoke international role for the next phase of their work in the Royal Family. Planning is in its earliest stages, as the couple await the birth of their first child and the life changes that will bring, with their team considering how they can best make a positive impact in the Commonwealth. The move will be viewed as both symptom and cause of the recent formal split in the young royal household of Kensington Palace, with Prince William and Prince Harry working increasingly differently amid rumours of a rift. While Prince William prepares to one day become Prince of Wales and then King, Prince Harry and his wife have built a platform of celebrityallies and social media followers that will ensure them global interest in their next move. Meghan in Rwanda with charity World Vision in 2017 Credit: PA Growing concern of tensionbetween the two brothers wasnot aided today by their appearance at St Georges Chapel, Windsor, for the Easter Mattins service, where the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex did not exchange a word in view of the public. Instead, the Duke of Sussex appeared in good spirits as he arrived at church with Peter and Autumn Phillips and left with Zara and Mike Tindall, while the Cambridges walked together as theRoyal Family gathered to celebrate the 93rd birthday of the Queen. A spokesman for the Sussexes said: "Any future plans for the duke and duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles. "The duke will continue to fulfil his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador." The Sunday Times has reported that a formal plan to move the couple to work overseas is being drawn up by Sir David Manning, a former special adviser on constitutional and international affairs to both Dukes. Lord Geidt, the Queen's former private secretary and chairman of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, has also been involved, with Simon Case, the Duke of Cambridges private secretary, expected to be pivotal in negotiating the details of any move with the government, it said. Such a position would be designed to "harness" the star-power of the couple while keeping them within the foldof the Royal Family, it is claimed. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Botswana in 2017 Credit: Instagram The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have long been expected to focus their working lives on the wider Commonwealth, after making clear their support for its young people around the world. While posts in Canada and Australia have also been considered, it is understood that a country in Africa is the front runner for a period of sustained, long-term work. The couple are unlikely to make a permanent move abroad, with options under discussion currently including recurring trips to one region for several months at a time to allow them to undertake meaningful work in a community. Such a plan could see them change the tried-and-tested royal schedule of taking several high-profile, one-off visits to different countries each year at the request of the government, designed to build relationships between Britain and the rest of the world. Prince Harry has previously spoken of his deep affinity to the continent of Africa, having spent time in Lesotho in his 20s, founding HIV charity Sentebale, and calling Botswana his "second home". Royal baby Sussex | Read more He and the then-Meghan Markle spent time in Botswana while they were dating, with Prince Harry introducing her to elephant conservation work in 2017. A source said an African country was considered an ideal fit for the types of causes the couple want to focus on, which have so far included womens empowerment, education and young people. Any plans to work overseas would be designed to make use of the couples global status, while balancing the need for them to work in support of the Queen and to benefit Britain. Aides will also need to navigate both significant security issues and the shadow of colonialism, requiring a role which could not be open to accusations of a visiting Duke and Duchess patronising Commonwealth citizens. Discussions are said to be in the very earliest stages, with the safe arrival of the Sussexs first baby being their top priority in the coming days. Newsletter Promotion - Royal Appointment - in article Once the couple have settled in as a new family of three, a source said, they will then "map out the long-term strategy for their working lives over the next few years". A royal source said the Duke of Cambridge would continue to be fully supportive of his brother as the pair set out on their separate working lives.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:14:34 -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
Coachella Security Guards Allege Inhumane Treatment: People Over Here Are Starving
News ImageMatt Winkelmeyer/GettyEvery year, music lovers and miscellaneous basics flood Indio, California, for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Coachella is known for its huge headlining artists and general aura of douchebaggerythe stereotypical festival-goer is a rich kid sporting a headdress and a fanny pack, scouring the desert for good times and even better Instagram opportunities. Of course, these highly mocked caricatures only make up part of the story. The festival is also populated with an army of staffers who arent in Indio to party. This contingent includes security guards who work long days in high heat confiscating contraband, protecting talent, and generally attempting to ensure that everyone survives the weekend. Its an important job, and an appealing one for fans and entertainment world-adjacent security professionals. Antonio Cannady, a screenwriter based in Los Angeles, told The Daily Beast that he heard about a company based in Long Beach that was hiring security for Coachella. So I went down there and applied and then we had this little quick orientation. It wasnt much of an interview, it was like a cattle call, cause we go inside this room and everybodys standing up. Its hot, were all sweating. But they talked it up like its Coachella, this big music festival. And they were like, yeah, its going to be like camping, so bring a tent and a sleeping bag or whatever.Cannady, who sent The Daily Beast a written account of his experience at Coachella, wrote, Fast-forward a few weeks later and Im at the BMW Nationwide Security loading into a bus with about thirty-five people, all people of color. After a four-hour bus ride, his report continued, We all unloaded with our luggage and checked in with reps for the Staff Pro, one of the main security companies contracted by Goldenvoice [a subsidiary of AEG] who provided us with a one-page document; basically, giving us instructions on how not to die from heat stroke. The Daily Beast reviewed a photo of Cannadys Coachella badge, which lists both Staff Pro and BMW. He told The Daily Beast that, What Staff Pro has done is provided the grounds for their subcontracted companies. When we clock in, its all done through Staff Pro. We wear Staff Pro uniforms. We wear Staff Pro creds. They pay BMW and BMW pays us. When reached for comment Allied Universal, the parent company of Staff Pro, initially told The Daily Beast that Staff Pro does not subcontract out to private security companies for Coachella. However, they later reversed their position, writing in an email that, All our Staff Pro/Allied Universal security professionals (including the security staff who are subcontracted) are offered the same resources.In a written statement, Allied Universal elaborated on these alleged resources, saying, The Staff Pro security professionals hired for the Coachella event are offered the resources needed in order to make sure that we uphold the highest standards in working conditions for each and every employee. Located on a grassy field area at the event, we offer a camp ground that includes seating, picnic tables, charging stations as well as shower facilities. In addition, each security professional is provided pallets of water and catered food. For those security professionals who work the night shift, we offer a large air-conditioned tent that is blacked out from the sun so they can sleep during the day. HandoutWhile Cannady certainly wasnt expecting luxurious accommodations, he was taken aback by the condition of the campground, writing, We were all ushered into a large, smelly, humid tent floored in grass. Although BMW Security had advised the security guards to bring a tent, air mattress, and a blanket with them, Cannady explained that, This was easier said than done, with some security guards obviously stricken with poverty and arriving with pretty much nothing. Workers without their own tents slept in a large communal tent. Cannadys account continued, A lot of folks arrived destitute and had no choice but to sleep on a ground that felt like you were sleeping on a slab of concrete. I for one was one of those people that slept on the ground the first couple of nights. The next morning my body felt like I was a lineman for the New England Patriots. It ached just that bad. At night, the temperatures dropped into the low-60s, and the moisture moved in saturating the grass that was also your bed. So, those of us without an air mattress or a blanket were forced to use cardboard boxes and aluminum foil as a barrier between themselves and an insect-infested, cold, moist ground.He added, This was a situation that if you could not afford to bring the needed supplies, then you were screwed and for the most part on your own.HandoutSpeaking on the phone with The Daily Beast from Coachella, Cannady explained that, People over here are starving, losing weight because were not being fed properly. Its just a lot of messed up stuff thats going on. A security guard with another company, who asked to be referred to by his nickname, Chowderr, confirmed in a conversation with The Daily Beast that it was not uncommon for workers to complain of being underfed and hungry: If youre not coming stockpiled and prepared, youre going to be hurting for maybe a couple of days at a time. The Daily Beast reviewed a photo of Chowderrs 2019 Coachella security badge, which labels him as a Staff Pro employee, and also lists the smaller security company that hired him. The Daily Beast also reviewed an email to Chowderr from that company, Parker Security Services, confirming his employment with them. Like Cannady, he was advised to bring a sleeping bag and a tent. So we get here, we set up our tents and whatnot, he recalled, Its about 80-degree weather, really hot. I think my biggest problem is they didnt really let us know about the wind problems that they have here. When they did let us know, it was already likepeople came back from work and their tents were destroyed. A lot of people didnt know that wind does that to the tents out here. There was no warning, there was really no assistance.They dont supply you with anythingthe most that theyll supply you with is if they kick someone out, theyll give you their tent. Thats literally itBesides that, its a big lot of non-communication. It could be set up way better. We know that people who run this have the money. Were not asking for five-star treatment or anything like that. Its just a whole mess. Chowderr compared the food that is provided to security guards to jailThats kind of what its like, not in the quality of how good it is, but in terms of you literally get one portion off of a 13-hour shiftlike, what is this? What is this going to do? In follow-up texts to The Daily Beast, he elaborated on that portion, saying that Staff Pro provides a scoop or two of whatever it is they have. Cannady observed that different companies appeared to provide different resources to their staffers. We were told we would be fed but we were not told what minimum we would be.For example, the company Im with provided a small bowl of pork and beans yesterday. That was it! So if you didnt go to work or had your own food, then thats all you ate.He continued: Multiple meals were providedsometimes. Hit-or-miss with these companies. Our company provides bag lunches but sometimes they only consist of a can of tuna and/or a single sandwich. Staff Pro is SO inconsistent. If they feed us, its a small single serving before we head into the field. This food is gone/burned off halfway through your shift and then youre stuck. In his written account, Cannady emphasized that, If it wasnt for BMW providing meals until we got our first paycheck, which was two weeks later, then most of the crew would have been screwed. Sadly, other security guards with other companies were not as lucky. HandoutCannady, in his written statement, called on Coachella to allocate food budgets to properly feed guards for at least two weeks until they receive their first pay checks. Some people arrive destitute, proper meals are essential. This burden should not fall on small subcontracted security companies because all cant afford to do it. He told The Daily Beast that he would also urge them to provide aircraft hangars for lodging, complete with cots and blankets, because no one should be sleeping on that horrid ground in that horrid tent or dealing with sand storms where your tent is blown away. Cannady has also alleged a racial divide with regard to working conditions for security personnel. On my campground there are like three or four companies, all minority-owned by black folks, he explained. Now if you go across the field like I showed in the pictures, those are majority-white folks on different campgrounds. The photos show a row of buildings, which Cannady labels as their lot, juxtaposed with our lot: a smattering of tents. Different security companies also pay different hourly wages, according to employees. Cannady, who was hired by BMW, wrote that, Those bussed in to work Coachella for the entire month of April are only paid $12 dollars an hour and are required to work 12-16 shifts during the event. Chowderr said that he is paid $14 an hour, but added, I dont understand how we dont all get paid at least $15 minimum. Some of these postsWhen I got here, they said youre supposed to work thirteen hours, youll be in the sun, you cannot sit, you cannot move. And Im like, well, how do you expect me to just stand here for thirteen hours straight in the sun and not have a chair for me?The owner of a private security company, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution from Staff Pro, told The Daily Beast that his company was subcontracted by Staff Pro for Coachella for many years. He said that his company last worked with Staff Pro in 2017, and that I wouldnt want to do business with them again. He recalled a hectic working environment at the festival and a logistical nightmare, explaining, The thing was, sometimes youd show up with 20, 25 people and theyd send away, you know, 10, 15 people because theyve already met their numbers. So its not always, if you send 25, theyre going to clock in 25. And in my opinion, its always been a favoritism game too with [the various subcontracted security companies]It becomes a vicious toxic environment and I dont want to do it no more.When it comes to food and water and things like that, they may provide that stuff, but it runs out pretty quickly, he continued. Or there may not be enough of it.Chowderr told The Daily Beast that he had had difficulty accessing food and other resources, mainly because Walmart runs were offered inconsistently. Some days I didnt eat. Like one day I did a 16 [hour shift], I did 10 a.m to 2:30 a.m., and then theyre like, okay, were going to do a Walmart run in the morning. How can I do Walmart runs in the morning if Im at work for you guys? Then when I get off, theyre like, no more Walmart runs, but I need to go to Walmart to get supplies and food and something to eat! So that makes it hard. He added that Walmart runs appeared to be cancelled during show days, noting, They dont tell us this by the way, they are just cancelled until the following week, so if you dont have a car or know anybody with oneYesterday I walked about 4 miles to Walmart to pick up some things for show day. Concert goers are reflected in the sunglasses of a security guard as "The Specials" perform at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, April 16, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - GM1E64H0VBE01ReutersAccording to Chowderr, show days bring in an influx of even more security guards, further aggravating the perceived lack of organization, communication and resources. He specifically referenced the portable showers, saying that they hold five people at a time, while there are over 300 guards on my lot. He continued, When the hot water is gone we have to wait until they refill it with hot water and we dont even know when that will be. There are lines and sometimes people are late for work or didnt make it because of the showers.If you dont respect your guards, and you dont have these basic things, youre not doing what you need to as a company to support a big event like this, Chowderr warned. When asked what happens when security guards complain, Chowderr claimed, [They] try to shoo you away, say theyll get back to you or that it is what it is. Cannady told The Daily Beast that he has asked other guards why they dont speak up, and been told that, We dont want to get in trouble. We dont want to get fired. He added that quitting in protest would present many of the bused-in guards with a new challengefinding a way back to LA.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:08:13 -0400
Outrage after some French protesters urge police suicides
News ImagePARIS (AP) With French police suicides on the rise, Paris authorities are investigating yellow vest protesters who encouraged police to kill themselves.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:11:57 -0400
Rep. Norman on Mueller report: Democrats don't like the message so they're trying to kill the messenger
News ImageHouse Democrats issue subpoena for the full Mueller report; reaction and analysis from South Carolina Congressman Ralph Norman, Republican member of the House Oversight Committee.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:45:44 -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
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
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
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