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Trump as Mueller report is released: 'I'm having a good day'
News ImageAt a previously scheduled White House event on Thursday, President Trump made his first public remarks on the release of special counsel Robert Muellers report.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:44:05 -0400
Time-lapse shots of Notre-Dame spire may yield clues on blaze
News ImageEurope Echafaudage was one of five companies contracted to restore Notre-Dame's 90-metre (295-foot) spire, which collapsed in the blaze, crashing through the cathedral's vaulted ceiling. Footage from the camera, which was placed on the northern belltower and is now in the hands of investigators, shows the first smoke coming out of the spire's base, Marc Eskenazi, a representative for Europe Echafaudage, told Reuters. At a reception for many of the 400 firefighters who extinguished Monday's blaze, President Emmanuel Macron said he had spoken to Pope Francis by phone and that the pontiff would visit France "at a time of his convenience".
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:57:24 -0400
Lori Loughlins Daughter Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation in College Cheating Scandal
News ImageFrazer Harrison/GettyJust days after Lori Loughlin pleaded not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam, media reports suggest one of her daughters could be next to face a criminal probe.Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are each accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering after allegedly paying $500,000 for each of their daughters to be USC rowing recruits despite neither being active in the sport. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison term.Their eldest daughter, Isabella Giannulli, 20, deleted her popular Instagram account late Wednesday just as reports surfaced that she received a formal letter from prosecutors that could lead to potential charges.The Daily Mail reports that Loughlins daughter received a letter of intent from federal prosecutors in Massachusetts in early April as part of the ongoing Operation Varsity Blues investigation. Last week, the Wall Street Journal also reported that several students had received target letters from federal investigators in cases where the student may have been complicit. Several students whose parents are accused of buying or bribing officials to ensure their childrens college admission have been suspended, but so far none have been criminally charged. The Daily Mail, quoting an unnamed source, reported that Loughlins daughter had received a letter. It is a not-so-veiled threat. [The U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Massachusetts] is making it pretty clear that they have evidence that very strongly suggests she knew of the illegal plot.Loughlins younger daughter Olivia Jade, 19, who is also implicated in the ordeal, still has her very popular Instagram account up though she has not posted anything since Feb. 28. This week the famous couple rejected a plea bargain that would have potentially kept them from serving jail time in exchange for a guilty plea. An associate of Loughlin told CNN that she felt she had to plead not guilty. Lori doesnt understand why shes getting so much criticism for pleading not guilty, the friend told CNN. People must not realize that she had no choice. The plea deal has been taken off the table, and this is the only way they've been told she and Mossimo can avoid jail time and get another plea. They are hoping justice will prevail.Felicity Huffman, who is one of 13 parents accused in the scandal, did enter a guilty plea this week along with several other parents embroiled in the scandal. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:11:16 -0400
Bereft Catholics to be greeted by 'ephemeral wooden' Notre-Dame in front of the charred original
News ImageCatholics and tourists who can no longer approach Notre-Dameafter Mondays devastating fire will be consoled by an ephemeral cathedral made of wood until the stricken cathedral reopens, its chief priest has announced. Notre-Dames 12 million annual visitors will still be able to marvel at Europes most visited historic building from the outside, but Monseigneur Patrick Chauvet said for the faithful something more was needed. We mustnt say the cathedral is closed for five years and thats it, he told CSNews TV. The prospect led him to ask the question: Can I not build an ephemeral cathedral on the esplanade (in front of Notre Dame)? Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has backed the idea, he said. The wooden cathedral will host priests who will be able to address the crowds during reconstruction works, which President Emmanuel Macron said wanted to be complete within five years. As experts continued to assess the damage to the building, which lost its roof and forest of ancient wooden beams, along with its famed spire, President Macron led a day of tribute to the Paris firefighters who saved the Gothic edifice from collapse and rescued its treasures from the flames. They were to be awarded a special gold medal for bravery and devotion. Later, Paris town hall will stage a ceremony in the firefighters honour, with a Bach concert, two giant banners and readings from Victor Hugos The Hunchback of Notre Dame. More than 400 firefighters took part in the nine-hour fight to save the 12th-century cathedral. Despite a delay reportedly due to a computer glitch in the fire alarm sending security agents to the wrong part of the cathedral, its iconic towers, rose windows, huge organ and artworks were saved thanks to the quick and valiant work of Paris firemen. The building was only minutes from burning to the ground in a "chain-reaction collapse", said Jose Vaz de Matos, a fire expert with France's culture ministry. Miraculously, no one was killed in the fire, which occurred during a Mass. The worst has been avoided, said Franck Riester, the culture minister. But he warned that there was still a risk of collapse of three weak spots. The main structure is out of danger but three areas remain fragile, he told BFM TV. While the upper level and northern gable had been secured overnight, the western gable between the two bell towers remains extremely weakened, he warned. Another weak spot is the corner of the southern belfry, where the intense heat from the fire had turned the stone crumbly. The vault is also not out of danger. Scaffolding will be installed to remove the debris from the vault because if it rains, water will gather and weigh down on it, he said. With around 900 million (780m) already donated to rebuild the cathedral from around the world, officials warned that fraudsters are taking advantage of the Notre-Dame fire to fool well-wishers into handing over cash. The French Heritage Foundation, which has so far collected more than 13 million from individual donors, said: "A number of scams have been flagged to us both in France and abroad. It urged people to donate only to official sites.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:55:58 -0400
Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border fire: army
News ImageIsrael on Friday struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip with tank and aircraft fire after troops were shot at on the Israeli side of the border, the army said. The Israeli military said in a statement that "no injuries to soldiers were reported" after its troops came under fire. Palestinian security sources in Hamas-ruled Gaza told AFP that the Israeli strikes hit Hamas military observation posts at three locations along the frontier.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:29:24 -0400
The Latest: Portugal confirms 29 Germans killed on Madeira
News ImageLISBON, Portugal (AP) The Latest on the deadly bus crash on Portuguese island of Madeira (all times local):
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:10:10 -0400
Views of the Notre Dame Cathedral before, after, and during blaze
News ImageThe beloved landmark has been declared saved after suffering extensive damage
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:30:34 -0400
The Latest: Columbine moves ahead with memorial events
News ImageLITTLETON, Colo. (AP) The Latest on the investigation of a woman believed to have posed a threat to schools in Colorado (all times local):
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:54:26 -0400
New York Auto Show: Kia debuts hot' and spicy' fully-electric concept
News ImageOn Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, Kia unveiled the HabaNiro, aka "The Everything Car."
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:59:07 -0400
Mueller report: House issues subpoena for full unredacted version
News ImageJerry Nadler issues subpoena for Robert Muellers full report and the underlying documents to make informed decisions * Mueller report latest live updates * Support the Guardians independent journalism and make a contributionThe House judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler, on Friday issued a subpoena for the full, unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign.The subpoena seeks not only the complete and unredacted report, but also all of the underlying documents referenced in it, including grand jury evidence. The New York Democrat said on Good Morning America that the information was necessary to make informed decisions on what happens next.Nadlers committee, which has the power to launch impeachment proceedings, voted in early April to authorize the subpoena for the report after the attorney general, William Barr, outlined the categories he intended to shield.The 448-page summary of Muellers nearly two-year investigation concluded without reaching a verdict on whether the president illegally obstructed justice. But the report catalogues nearly a dozen instances in which Trump attempts to stop the investigation, narrow its scope or influence witnesses involved in the inquiry. Mueller cited legal constraints which prevent the justice department from charging a sitting president with obstruction of justice and suggested a final say on the matter may lie with Congress.Trump, who left Washington for a long weekend at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida after the release of the report, tweeted on Friday to say parts of the Crazy Mueller Report were total bullshit.The subpoena came as Democrats vowed to continue investigating Donald Trump a day after the report was made public, revealing striking new details about the presidents effort to thwart a federal inquiry he believed threatened his presidency.Shortly after a redacted version of the exhaustive report was released to the public on Thursday, Nadler said it outlined disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and the responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions.Nadlers sweeping request instructs Barr to hand over all documents obtained and investigative materials created by Muellers office. It sets Barr a deadline of 1 May, a day before Barr is set to testify before the committee Nadler heads in Congress.This document haul, amounting to all the work created over 22 months by the special counsels 19 attorneys and almost 40 other investigators, could well run to more than a million pages.Muellers team interviewed about 500 people, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas and obtained hundreds more court orders for records of electronic communications.Barr may decide to fight the request, which would mean Nadlers committee has to go to court to request that the subpoena be enforced. It is possible that the dispute could eventually reach the US supreme court.In a statement on Friday, Nadler said he was willing to work with the justice department to reach a reasonable accommodation but stressed he would not accept a situation that leaves most of Congress in the dark.In a letter to colleagues, the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, declared: Congress will not be silent.Sign up for the US morning briefing Republicans viscerally disagreed with the assessment that Congress should pick up where Mueller left off.Democrats want to keep searching for imaginary evidence that supports their claims, but it is simply not there, said the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy. It is time to move on.But far from turning the page on the investigation, Democrats are opening a new, bitterly partisan chapter. Facing them now is an issue that has already sharply divided the party along ideological and generation lines: impeachment.Democratic leaders see more risk than reward in initiating an impeachment inquiry, especially after Mueller said he found insufficient evidence to conclude that Trump conspired with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Without that support, Republicans are unlikely to break with the president, as they did with Richard Nixon after Watergate.Unless [theres] a bipartisan conclusion, an impeachment would be doomed to failure, the House intelligence committee chairman, Adam Schiff, said on CNN. I continue to think that a failed impeachment is not in the national interest.A partisan endeavor could risk repeating what Democrats widely view as a historic overreach by Republicans, when they pursued impeachment against Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. Democrats fear that a divisive and unpopular impeachment battle would galvanize Trumps supporters as it did for Clinton 21 years ago - and would swamp the partys policy agenda that they believe is crucial to unseating Trump in the 2020 election and holding on to their majority in the House of Representatives.Still, if the House did move forward with articles of impeachment, every Senate Democrat and 20 Senate Republicans would have to vote to remove Trump from office an unlikely scenario at this stage.The House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, told CNN that impeachment was not worthwhile with a presidential election 18 months away. Nadler said that impeachment hearings were one possibility but that it was too early to discuss it.We will have to go follow the evidence where it leads, he said. And I dont know exactly where it will lead.But in a sign that the issue is far from settled, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most vocal and high-profile members of Congress, said she would sign on to an impeachment proposal offered by her fellow freshman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.Though there are few signs Democrats are preparing to move forward with impeachment, the report has opened several potential avenues for congressional inquiry that are all but certain to consume Washington for at least the next several months.Barr said he was required by law to redact certain pieces of information, including evidence collected as part of a grand jury investigation. He has offered to meet with some congressional leaders to review a less redacted version of the report.Still, Democrats have excoriated Barr for his handling of the release of the Mueller report, accusing him of deliberately distorting its findings to protect Trump.Ahead of the public release of the report, Barr held a press conference to assert that Trumps actions did not meet the legal threshold for obstruction of justice. He repeatedly invoked Trumps own language including no collusion to defend him. His performance led some Democrats to call for his resignation.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:23:36 -0400
UPDATE 2-Sears sues Lampert, claiming he looted assets and drove it into bankruptcy
News ImageSears Holdings Corp sued longtime former Chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments and others like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, claiming they illegally siphoned billions of dollars of assets from the retailer before it went bankrupt. The lawsuit, made public on Thursday, was filed by the restructuring team winding down Sears' bankruptcy estate and suing on behalf of creditors, many of whom blame Lampert for the retailer's downfall. The complaint seeks the repayment of "billions of dollars of value looted from Sears," including while it was in what Lampert would later call a "death spiral" where it sold core assets to meet daily expenses with no real plan for becoming profitable.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:52:36 -0400
Driver with STAYUMBL license plate, notorious for cutting people off around Durham, charged in incident with bus
News ImageThe STAYUMBL license plate is notorious on the road and social media. Folks say the driver behind the wheel will speed up, cut people off and then slam on her brakes, sometimes causing a crash.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:15:19 -0400
Opioid crisis: US doctors accused of trading prescriptions for sex and cash in major scandal
News ImageScores of medical professionals across seven states were charged by federal prosecutors on Wednesday with schemes to illegally distribute millions of pain pills in some cases exchanging opioid prescriptions for sex, in others for cash with an added concierge fee, and in one case routinely prescribing opioids to friends on Facebook.Officials called the case the single largest prescription opioid law enforcement operation in history.The indictments, unsealed in federal court in Cincinnati on Wednesday, accuse 60 people, including 31 doctors, seven pharmacists and eight nurses of involvement in the schemes, which included opioid prescriptions issued for gratuitous medical procedures like unnecessary tooth-pulling.In some cases doctors simply handed out signed blank prescription forms.These cases involve approximately 350,000 opioid prescriptions and more than 32 million pills the equivalent of a dose of opioids for every man, woman and child across the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia combined, Brian Benczkowski, an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Departments criminal division, said at a news conference.Most of the charges were filed against people in those five states; one person was charged in Pennsylvania and one in Louisiana.Nationally, more than 70,000 deaths in 2017 were attributed to drug overdoses, with about one-quarter of them caused by prescription opioids.States wholly or partly in Appalachia recorded some of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths that year: West Virginia was first in the nation, Ohio second and Kentucky fifth.The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region, Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.Prosecutors accused the medical professionals who were charged on Wednesday of conducting a wide range of schemes.Some involved small leagues of doctors and their office staffs, while in other cases, people acted alone, according to the indictments.Some doctors performed unneeded medical procedures to justify the pills they prescribed, prosecutors said, while others simply passed out prescriptions without going to the trouble of disguising their purpose.One of the doctors facing charges in Ohio had at one time prescribed more controlled substances than anyone else in the state, prosecutors said.A pharmacy in Dayton, Ohio, was accused of dispensing more than 1.75 million pills.And a doctor in Tennessee who called himself the Rock Doc was accused of prescribing hundreds of thousands of pills in exchange for sex.A doctor in Alabama, federal prosecutors said, allegedly recruited prostitutes and other young women with whom he had sexual relationships to become his patients, and allowed them to use illicit drugs at his home.In some cases, the quantity of drugs prescribed to the same patients at short intervals indicated that they could have been taking as many as 15 pills a day, prosecutors said.The charges announced Wednesday include unlawful distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud.Prosecutors said that the charges could result in sentences of up to 50 years in prison.The indictments stem from four months of investigative work by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Task Force, a group of prosecutors, federal agents and data analysts that was created in December 2018 to find patterns suggesting that doctors were prescribing inordinately high numbers of pain pills, and then follow up with traditional law enforcement techniques, including the use of informants and undercover investigators.Cases like this have been prosecuted before, including a Justice Department operation in June that resulted in charges against 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, for fraudulently prescribing and distributing opioids.Those cases were handled within the larger health fraud unit at the Justice Department.The Appalachian task force is different, Benczkowski said, because it is exclusively concerned with corrupt medical professionals, and is doing it in a region of the country that is probably the hardest hit.The New York Times
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:25:24 -0400
Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks
News ImageSyrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war. Assad met envoy Alexander Lavrentiev from key ally Russia in Damascus to discuss the negotiations due April 25-26 in Kazakhstan. Iran and Russia are the major supporters of the Syrian regime, and along with rebel backer Turkey have sponsored repeated rounds of talks in the Central Asian nation.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:31:18 -0400
Here's What's Open and Closed on Easter 2019
News ImageWondering where to get eggs on Easter Sunday 2019? Don't worry, we know!
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:05:37 -0400
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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:01:00 -0400
Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire
News ImagePARIS (AP) Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:59:47 -0400
How Pete Buttigieg handled anti-gay protesters shouting about Sodom and Gomorrah at Iowa rally
News Image"The good news is, the condition of my soul is in the handsof God, but the Iowa caucuses are up to you," Buttigieg responded, pointing at the crowd.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:24:20 -0400
Mueller report: Donald Trump attempted to have Russia investigation's special counsel fired
News ImageKey findings from special counsel's Trump investigation Redacted report finds Russians 'did not have cooperation of President' Trump tweets 'GAME OVER' and says 'I'm having a good day' Mueller found Trump's answers 'inadequate' but decided against subpoena Democrats decry 'partisan effort to spin Mueller report' Analysis: Mueller's report shows how Donald Trump was saved from himself Donald Trump ordered the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller after expressing fears the Russia probe would end his presidency, the newly released Mueller report concluded. The US president phoned his White House legal counsel weeks after Mr Mueller had been appointed to lead the Russian election meddling investigation and said he had to go. The order, which ultimately was not acted upon, was one of 11 incidents of alleged obstruction of justice which Mr Mueller recounted in detail in his 448-page report, released with redactions on Thursday. Other controversial episodes included Mr Trump attempting to limit the Russia probes remit and trying to put one of his cabinet members back in charge of the investigation. Mr Mueller did not clear the president over obstruction of justice, instead handing that decision on to Mr Trump's Justice Department who in turn decided not to bring charges. "If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state, Mr Muellers report concluded. "Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude thatthe President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. The obstruction of justice findings formed only half of Mr Muellers report, with volume one looking at Russian election meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign the original reason for the probe. Those findings were much more categoric for the president. Mr Mueller concluded that neither Mr Trump nor his campaign advisers conspired with Russia during the 2016 campaign. Mr Mueller found that figures linked to the Russian government made a "systematic" attempt to influence the election, both by hacking Democratic Party emails and spreading disinformation to US voters. Mr Mueller did find that the Trump campaign had "expected" to benefit electorally from "information stolen and released through Russian efforts" and in some instances figures were receptive to offers. However he concluded no crime had been committed, saying that the Trump campaign had not "coordinated or conspired with the Russian government". TOLD YA!!! Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 18, 2019 Mr Trump had proclaimed victory even before the report was published, tweeting an image in the style of TV show Game of Thrones with the words GAME OVER. The presidents lawyers called the report a total victory, adding: This vindication of the President is an important step forward for the country and a strong reminder that this type of abuse must never be permitted to occur again. Leading Democrats criticised the administrations handling of the report which saw Mr Trumps attorney general giving a press conference before publication but remained largely silent on its contents. Findings in volume two of the report, about Mr Trumps actions towards the probe and whether they amounted to obstruction of justice, contained many new details. It recounted how Mr Trump said after Mr Mueller was appointed in May 2017: Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. Im f-----. In total 11 separate incidents of alleged obstruction were looked at, many of which had been reported before, giving detailed accounts of what happened and whether it could amount to a crime. One involved Mr Trump calling Don McGahn, at the time his White House counsel, and ordering him to remove Mr Mueller.The report says that in June 2017, The Washington Post reported that Mr Mueller was investigating whether the president himself had obstructed justice. The following Saturday, Mr Trump called Mr McGahn twice and urged him to tell the man overseeing the probe Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general that Mr Mueller had conflicts of interest. Mr McGahn recalled Mr Trump telling him in the second call that Mueller had to go. Instead of following the direction Mr McGahn prepared to resign, but was persuaded not to by senior advisers. Another incident recounted in the report described how Mr Trump met with Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, alone in the White House. During the meeting Mr Trump is said to have dictated a message meant for Jeff Sessions, his then attorney general, attempting to limit the probes scope to Russian meddling in future elections only. Robert Mueller Credit: AP In a third instant, Mr Trump ordered Mr McGahn to issue a statement denying he had been ordered to get rid of Mr Mueller by the president after the press got wind of the story. He refused to do so. Mr Mueller ultimately concluded that Mr Trumps attempts to limit the investigation were largely unsuccessful because those people ordered by the president to take certain steps decided not to do so. There were also new details in volume one, which looked at Russia election interference. A key focus of the investigation was a meeting on June 9, 2016 between senior campaign figures, including Donald Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. Mr Mueller said emails setting up the meeting showed "that the campaign anticipated receiving information from Russia that could assist candidate Trump's electoral prospects". However, he concluded the meeting did not rise to the level of a criminal conspiracy to collude with Russia. He said the "evidence was not sufficient to charge any campaign official" with being an unregistered agent of the Russian government, or with campaign finance violations. The Mueller report also found that the Trump campaign had been tipped off before the election about the presence of potentially damaging Russian tapes from when he visited for the Miss Universe Pageant. It is unclear what the tapes were said to show. William Barr, the US attorney general, used a press conference earlier in the day to explain Mr Trumps actions towards the investigation, saying that the president had been frustrated and angered. Attending an event in the White House on Thursday, Mr Trump said: "I'm having a good day. It'scalled 'No collusion, no obstruction'." 8:38PM Democrats won't pursue impeachment The two most senior Democrats in Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer have issued a joint statement criticisingthe administrations handling of thereport. They said there are "stark" differences between what Mr Barr and Mr Mueller have said about obstruction of justice. As we continue to review the report, one thing is clear: AG Barr presented a conclusion that @realDonaldTrump did not obstruct justice while the MuellerReport appears to undercut that finding. pic.twitter.com/mHCzGc8RGT Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 18, 2019 However,Democrats have indicated they would not pursue impeachment of Mr Trump based on the Mueller report. Steny Hoyer, the Democrat leader in the House of Representatives, said: "Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point. "Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment." 8:31PM Trump's personal legal team reviewed report The president's personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said he was not briefed on the Mueller report but was able to review it in a secure room in the Department of Justice. 8:04PM Democrat: Mueller report a 'road map' for Congress Congressman Jerry Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has just held a press conference.He accused attorney general Bill Barr of undermining"an unsettling willingness to undermine his own department in order to protect President Trump. He said it was disingenuous and misleading of Mr Barr to say Mr Trump is clear of wrongdoing. Mr Nadlertold reporters in New York that Mr Mueller probably wrote the report with the intent of providing Congress a road map for future action, but the congressman said it was "too early" to talk about impeachment. 6:20PM HBO unimpressed by Trump tweet HBO responds to Trump's GoT-themed tweet: Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes. https://t.co/KOZ17dXhkz Brian Fung (@b_fung) April 18, 2019 6:19PM Russia: 'Mueller investigation is a bad TV series' Alec Luhn in Moscow reports: Russian state television has finally picked up on the Mueller report, covering it in its second story on the six o'clock newsafter Vladimir Putin discussing new road projects with the Moscow governorand comparing the investigation to a "bad television series". "There was no collusion. Prosecutor general William Barr confirmed that neither Trump nor any other Americans had any agreements with Russia," the state television anchor began. "The US press has claimed every day for two years that Trump colluded with Russia, it was as if you could be shot for expressing any other opinion. Russia was of course to blame for everything, but in fact neither Trump nor any other American was involved with Russian. This conclusion cost Americans $25 million. In reality, the Mueller commission didn't find anything." "In the United States they think Russia interfered in the election, but Trump had nothing to do with this," the channel's correspondent in Washington told viewers. A Kremlin spokesman, when asked whether Mr Putin will be told about the Mueller report, said: "First we have to flip through the document to understand if there's anything there worth analysing." 5:40PM Trump campaign says 'investigate' those who started the Russia probe Brad Parscale, Mr Trump's 2020 campaign manager, has issued a statement. He said: "President Trump has been fully and completely exonerated yet again. Now the tables have turned, and its time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation into President Trump, motivated by political retribution and based on no evidence whatsoever. "Now that the collusion and obstruction conspiracy theories have been exposed for the pathetic hoaxes they always were, the Obama-era department of justice and FBI must answer for their misdeeds, and the scam that they perpetrated against the American people. Justice will be served." 5:33PM Why Mueller decided not to prosecute Trump Jnr The investigation decided not to prosecute the president's son, Donald Jnr, and other members of the campaign for campaign finance violations over their infamous Trump Tower meeting because they couldn't prove their "mental state". "Taking into account the high burden to establish a culpable mental state in a campaign-finance prosecution and the difficulty in establishing the required valuation, the Office decided not to pursue criminal campaign-finance charges against Trump Jr. or other campaign officials for the events culminating in the June 9 meeting." Mr Mueller added: "Aprosecution would encounter difficulties proving that Campaign officials or individuals connected to the Campaign willfully violated the law." The report also notes that when journalists learned that a Russian lawyer had proposed the June meeting and offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump edited Donald Jnr's response to the reporters admitting those facts. Instead, Donald Jnr's statement claimed the meeting had been about adoptions. He later acknowledged the real reason butdescribed it as "opposition research". Mr Trump's personal lawyer "repeatedly denied the president had played any role" to journalist, the report states. 5:16PM Trump attempted to fire Mueller Mr Trump called then White House counsel Don McGahn in June 2017 and directed him to call the acting attorney general and say Mr Mueller"had conflicts of interest and must be removed". Mr McGahn refused to do so, saying he would "rather resign". 5:05PM Russians targeted Clinton within hours of Trump appeal Mueller says Russian intelligence targeted Clintons personal office within five hours of Trump publicly requesting it on July 27, 2016 John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) April 18, 2019 5:00PM Trump: 'I'm f----d' after Mueller appointment After Mr Mueller's appointment Donald Trump said: ''I'm f----d'. According to the report, Mr Trump was devastated when Mr Mueller was appointed as special counsel. He told attorney general Jeff Sessions: "Oh my God this is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I' m f----d. How could you let this happen Jeff? "Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won't be able to do anything. "This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me." 4:49PM Mueller 'unable' to conclude Donald Trump was 'not guilty of obstruction' Mr Mueller said in his investigation report he was unable to declare Mr Trump not guilty of obstruction of justice based on the evidence. He wrote: "If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. "Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment." BREAKING: Mueller said he lacked confidence to clear Donald Trump of obstruction of justice but suggested Congress could take action on at least 10 instances where the president sought to interfere with the probe. Mike Dorning (@MikeDorning) April 18, 2019 4:47PM House Democrats call for Mueller to testify before them Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has "formally invited" MrMueller to testify before the committee. "After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barrs political spin," Mr Schiff says. The House Intelligence Committee has formally invited Special Counsel Mueller to testify on the counterintelligence investigation. After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barrs political spin. pic.twitter.com/PWIXvl7MLv Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 18, 2019 Republicans have hit back, saying it is time to "move on". House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's statement: "It is time to move on." Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) April 18, 2019 4:44PM Russia investigation sparked 14 other probes Mr Mueller referred 14 investigations to other state prosecutors, including one of Mr Trump's former lawyerMichael Cohen and one involvingPresident Obama's former White House counsel Greg Craig. The other 12 investigations have been redacted. 4:41PM Mueller found Trump's answers 'inadequate' but decided against subpoena Mr Mueller's team considered Mr Trump's written answers "inadequate",but decided against issuingasubpoena for an in-person interview because it would delay the investigation, the report reveals. The special counsel wrote in the report: "We made the decision in view of the substantial delay that such an investigative step would likely produce at a late stage in our investigation". "We had sufficient evidence to understand relevant events and to make certain assessments without the President's testimony." The report also states that although the Office of Legal Council has concludeda sitting president cannot be prosecuted, "a criminal investigation during a Presidents term is permissible." The report also highlights that the OLC legal opinion recognises that Mr Trump "does not have immunity" after he leaves office. 4:26PM Mueller report released to public A redacted version of the special counsel's report has been released to the public. You can find all 448 pages here. 4:22PM Trump: I'm having a 'good day' Donald Trump says he is having a 'good day'.Attending an event for Wounded Warriors the president said: "I'm having a good day. Its' called 'No collusion, no obstruction'. "There never was there never will be. This should never happen to another president again, this hoax." President Donald Trump at the White House today Credit: AP 4:05PM Pelosi: 'staggering partisan effort to spin Mueller report' Nancy Pelosi, the DemocratHouse Speaker, says: "AG Barr has confirmed the staggering partisan effort by the Trump admin to spin the public's view" of the Mueller report. 3:56PM Russia says it is not concerned by Mueller report Alec Luhn in Moscow writes: Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian president is not following the publication of the Mueller report. "For us this isn't an issue, it's not a topic of interest, it's not a topic of fear, it's not a topic of concern. All these reports by Mueller and other reports about this until today have not brought anything besides superficial, unprofessional statements. We have lots of other important, interesting, fruitful and constructive affairs, so we prefer to concentrate on that," Mr Peskov said. Specifically, Mr Putin was shown on state TV meeting with the governor of the Moscow region to discuss the development of the road system today.At the same time, Mr Peskov confirmed that Mr Trump's security council Russia advisor Fiona Hill did indeed visit Moscow, as was reported by a Russian newspaper this morning. She met in the Kremlin with top Putin advisor Sergei Ushakov to discuss "questions of bilateral relations" when she was in Moscow on April 16-17, he said. He said she did not discuss a possible meeting between Trump and Putin. 3:23PM Trump: 'Game over' Mr Barr concludes his 22-minute press conference which was full of positive news for the president. As he took questions Mr Barr was asked to defend himself against accusations that he was spinning the report on Mr Trump's behalf. Mr Barr dismissed the question and brought the q&a; session to a close shortly afterwards. Meanwhile Mr Trump, who was watching the conference live from the White House, tweeted "no obstruction, no collusion. Game over" with a Game of Thrones inspired image of himself. pic.twitter.com/222atp7wuB Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019 3:12PM Barr says Trump had 'non-corrupt motives' and 'cooperated fully' Mr Barr says: "Evidence of non-corrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the president had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation. "There is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks." He went on to say: "The White House fully cooperated with the special counsel's investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims." He saysnone of the redactions in the report were made due to executive privilege, a legal doctrine that allows the president to withhold information from other government branches. The White House counsel was given an opportunity to read the report before publication. 3:03PM 10 episodes of Trump obstruction of justice Mr Barr says Mr Muellerexamined ten episodes pertaining to President Trump and obstruction of justice. The report "recounts ten episodes involving the president and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offence". But he added that he and Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, had decided "the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offence." We do not yet know what these episodes relate to but the firing of FBI director James Comey is likely to be one of them. At the time, the Trump administration said they were taking the action because of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. However, Mr Trump later admitted in an NBC interview that "this Russia thing" was on his mind when he fired him. 3:00PM Trump faced 'unprecedented situation' Mr Barr says "in assessing the president's actions discussed in the report, it is important to bear in mind the context. President Trump faced an unprecedented situation". "As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinising his conduct before and after taking office, and the conduct of some of his associates. At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president's personal culpability." 2:42PM Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, AG says Attorney General Bill Barr began by talking about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He said: "I am sure all Americans share my concern about the Russian attempt to interfere in our investigation. Thanks to the special counsel's investigation we now know that the Russians did not have the co-operation of President Trump orthe Trump campaign. " 2:39PM Barr and Rosenstein 'disagreed' with Mueller on obstruction of justice Attorney General Bill Barr opens his press conferenceby stating he is "committed to ensuring the greatest degree of transparency. Mr Barr says he will deliver a redacted copy of the Mueller report to Congress at 11am (4pm UK) andthe report will then be posted the departments website. William Barr speaks about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report Credit: AP Volume 1 of Mr Muellers report focuses on the question of Trump-Russia collusion, Mr Barr says. Going on to say it "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government. He went on tothank his deputy Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the Russia investigation, for staying on to see its conclusion. However he went on to say that he and Mr Rosenstein disagreed with some of Mr Mueller's "legal theories" about obstruction of justice. 2:37PM 'No collusion - no obstruction!' President Donald Trump has posted his own video cut of the last two years. No Collusion - No Obstruction! pic.twitter.com/diggF8V3hl Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019 2:30PM 5am texts from Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, has been up since the crack of dawn briefing the press on the White House's take on the report. Ready to rumble, Mr Giuliani texted the Washington Post in anticipation of the Mueller report, adding the counter-report his team has been preparing is "30 or so pages without appendix. 2:26PM Robert Mueller may be called to Congress House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Wednesday he would "probably find it useful" to call Robert Mueller and members of his team to testify after reading a redacted version of the report. Mr Nadler also criticised the attorney general for trying to "bake in the narrative" of the report to the benefit of the White House. Late Wednesday, Mr Nadler joined the chairs of four other House committees in calling for William Barr to cancel his news conference. But Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, defended Mr Barr and accused Democrats of "trying to spin the report." Mr Collins said MrBarr had done "nothing unilaterally," saying he had worked with Mr Rosenstein and Mr Muellers team "step by step." Democrats have vowed to fight in court for the disclosure of the additional information from the report and say they have subpoenas ready to go if it is heavily redacted.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:45:16 -0400
UPDATE 3-Schlumberger posts profit drop, sees international spending rising
UPDATE 3-Schlumberger posts profit drop, sees international spending risingOilfield services provider Schlumberger NV on Thursday forecast rising international and offshore exploration spending this year, after posting a 20 percent drop in first-quarter profit due to weak North American demand. The oilfield services sector bellwether said it expects a 7 to 8 percent increase in investments by oil producers in markets outside North America, citing a 20 percent increase last quarter in offshore rig counts and growing exploration activity in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:24:58 -0400
Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix
News ImageBoeing has conducted a final test flight of a 737 MAX model with an updated anti-stall system prior to its certification by aviation authorities, the aerospace manufacturer said Wednesday. CEO Dennis Muilenberg tweeted a video where he said the test flight was carried out on Tuesday, adding that test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Investigators have zeroed in on the system as a factor behind the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in October and in March respectively, killing nearly 350 people in total.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:08:17 -0400
NFL defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's college degree withheld for $1 debt
News ImageChicago Bears defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tweeted Thursday that the University of Alabama is holding his degree, which he earned in 2018, over a $1 unpaid debt. It's unclear why Clinton-Dix owes Alabama a single dollar but he should have no problem finding the pocket change as he recently signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Bears in the offseason.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:43:43 -0400
Appeals court upholds California 'sanctuary state' bill
News ImageA US appeals court on Thursday upheld a California "sanctuary state" bill that blocks state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities. The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in San Francisco, unanimously ruled to uphold Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police and sheriffs from collaborating with immigration authorities. "SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government's immigration enforcement efforts," said Judge Milan Smith in the ruling.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:35:20 -0400
Thousands of Peruvians say goodbye to ex-president following suicide
News ImageGarcia shot himself in the head on Wednesday to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America's largest graft scandal. Friends, allies and leaders across the political spectrum paid homage to Garcia at the headquarters of his APRA party, one of Latin America's oldest political parties, and one which twice helped usher Garcia to the presidency. Vizcarra ordered flags to be flown at half mast at the country's Congress and other public buildings to honor the ex-President and former lawmaker.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:16:28 -0400
Fossil hunter tries to sell baby T-Rex skeleton on eBay for 2.25m, enraging scientists
News ImageA fossil hunters attempt to sell a young Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on eBay for $2.95 million (2.25 million) set off a furore among scientists who warned that it needed to be studied, not sold to the highest bidder.The skeletons owner, Alan Detrich, defended his decision to try to sell the 15-foot fossil to a wealthy private collector, arguing that it could still be subject to research.Its very hard to reach a billionaire, he said Wednesday, noting that he hoped a wealthy bidder from Europe or Asia would emerge. Putting it on eBay is one way to do it.That outlook has angered scientists who have questioned why Mr Detrich lent the skeleton to the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum two years ago, saying that putting it on public view was part of a strategy to sell the specimen to a rich investor.Mr Detrich has tried to capitalise on the museums good faith by using the exhibition and scientific attention as selling points on eBay, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology said in a letter last week.It added: These events undermine the scientific process for studying past life as well as the prospect for future generations to share the natural heritage of our planet.The skeleton, believed to be a four-year-old T-Rex, was displayed at the museum until recently and has been returned to Mr Detrich.The museum asked that Mr Detrich remove all references to the museum from the original eBay listing, which advertises the fossils 21-inch skull and 12 teeth in the lower jaw. The fossil hunter complied.Most Likely the Only BABY T-Rex in the World! the ad reads. Its a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX.Mr Detrich, who lives in Overbrook, Kansas, said he hoped the exposure from the eBay sale would attract a billionaire wealthy enough to pay his $2.95 million price tag. He did not inform the museum of the sale, he said, but did offer to give it a cast of the specimen.He said he agreed to lend the fossil to the museum two years ago after he and his brother, Robert, unearthed it in 2013 on property he leased near Jordan, Montana, where he hunts for fossils.Mr Detrich said it was not the first time he had received pushback from the scientific community for selling fossils.In 1999, he sought to sell a T-Rex skeleton on eBay for $5.8 million (4.5 million) and was unsuccessful after pranksters flooded the auction with fake bids. He said he wanted the juvenile skeleton to be studied even if it ended up with a wealthy collector.Mr Detrich, who said he is in his 70s, began hunting fossils three decades ago.He is also a sculptor who creates religious iconography and other works from dinosaur bones, petrified wood and steel. During the interview, he pointed out that he was voted one of People magazines Top Bachelors in 2001.Leonard Krishtalka, the director of the museum, declined to be interviewed.But Anne Tangeman, a spokeswoman for the museum, said in an email: Our intent was to keep the specimen in the museum sphere to be enjoyed by visitors until it was sold to a museum.She added, We learned early last week that the owner had abruptly listed the specimen for sale on eBay without prior warning or checking with us.Mr Detrich said he had recently tried to find a museum to buy the skeleton but had no luck.That caused a rift with the Kansas museum, he said, because the original eBay listing made it appear as if the museum was promoting the sale to a wealthy investor. It was not.Early this month, Mr Detrich said, he received an email from Krishtalka balking at the eBay sale.He said, What are you doing? Mr Detrich recalled.Well, I own this thing, Mr Detrich said of the T-Rex. It is mine. I can do whatever I want. So far, he has not received any bids.The New York TImes
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:37:30 -0400
Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas
News ImageKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:47:05 -0400
Some Microsoft employees allege policies 'discriminate' against Asians, white men
News ImageDebate is raging at Microsoft after some employees questioned the company's push to recruit more women and minorities on an internal message board.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 21:01:38 -0400
Mueller Reports Unwritten Chapter: Why Russians Were Courting Trump World
News ImagePhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe Mueller report answers lots of questions but leaves one big one lingering: Why were so many Russians so eager to ingratiate themselves with Trump World?The report is in one sense a story of meetings, pitches, and introductions that were entertained but ultimately unfulfilled. In some instances, the Campaign was receptive to the offers of Russian help, while in other instances the Campaign officials shied away," the report says. In any case, no one broke the law with a criminal conspiracy. Special counsel Robert Mueller reaffirmed the intelligence communitys conclusions that the Russian government directed an online campaign of hacking and trolling to help Donald Trump in 2016. Whats less clear are the intentions of the many Russians who reached out to the Trump campaign offline and whether they were well-connected covert emissaries of the Kremlin or just hucksters trying to latch onto the coattails of a potential president. Parsing the motivations of the various Russian supplicants is difficult in part because many of them were a mirror image of their counterparts in Trump World: D-listers in their own political hierarchy for whom the line between state policy and personal gain is unclear. In previous court filings and in the special counsels final report, prosecutors wrote that the FBI believes Konstantin Kilimnik, a former partner in Paul Manaforts consulting business in Ukraine who had worked for the Soviet army as a translator in the 1980s, has ties to Russian intelligence. Kilimnik held a Russian diplomatic passport as recently as 1997, and a number of his former associates relayed their belief that the dual Russian-Ukrainian national was, at least at some point, a spy.Kilimnik, the report reveals, received not just a single briefing from Manafort on Trump campaign polling and messaging strategy in August 2016 but continuous updates via text messages from Manaforts aide Rick Gates. In turn, Kilimnik passed along a peace plan for Ukraine that Manafort himself recognized as a backdoor to recognizing Russias de facto annexation of rebel-held parts of the country. Prosecutors concluded they could not reliably determine why Manafort passed along the polling data. Viewed in one light, it certainly can appear as though Kilimnik, a former intelligence officer, was a mere cutout for Manafort to pass Trump campaign information to the Russian government. But prosecutors couldnt determine what Kilimnik did with the information, and both Manafort and Gates suggested an alternate explanation for the exchange: money.Manafort had run afoul of Oleg Deripaska, a wealthy Russian oligarch, when an investment fund he tanked lost Deripaska millions and prompted a lawsuit. The report says Manafort had been trying to get back in his good graces ever since hed taken a job at the Trump campaign. At the Aug. 2, 2016, meeting where Manafort had raised polling and fielded a peace plan, he also discussed the possibility that Deripaska could drop the lawsuit filed after the collapse of the investment fund. Kilimnik, in that sense, was Manaforts way to kiss up to Deripaska again.Deripaskas deep pockets and litigiousness may have drawn Manaforts focus, but hes more than just a money man. The Trump administration sanctioned him in 2018 for acting as a representative of the Russian government. His aide, Victor Boyarkin, who the report says ferried messages to Manafort via Kilimnik, is a former GRU officer whom the Treasury Department sanctioned for providing Russian financial support to a Montenegrin political party ahead of Montenegros 2016 elections shortly before Russia allegedly tried to pull off a coup in the country. Deripaskas interest in Manafort may have not been just money either. In January 2017, the report says Manafort traveled to Madrid to meet a Deripaska aide and discuss recreating [the] old friendship between the two men but also global politics. Manafort sent an email to Trumps incoming deputy national security adviser, K.T. McFarland, when he got back to the U.S. three days later about important information he had picked up on my travels over the last month. Manafort claimed it was about Cuba; the special counsels office couldnt say whether that was true. In any case, no one appears to have followed up.Not all of the Russians pitching the Trump campaign had sinister backgrounds in the spy world.When the special counsels office charged Michael Cohen with lying to Congress, it offered the tantalizing detail that he had met with someone who promised political synergy from the Russian government and the ability to set up a meeting with President Vladimir Putin and then candidate Trump. Stripped of his anonymity, synergy man seems a far less impressive operator. Muellers final report identifies him as Dmitry Klokov, the director of public relations for a Russian electrical transmission company who had once been a spokesperson for a former Russian energy minister. If he couldve set up a Putin meeting, he didnt try very hardCohen dumped him after a few phone calls. Or Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer at the center of the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016. The Trump side of that meetings intentions were obvious enough from Donald Trump Jr.s exclamation of I love it when Veselnitskaya claimed that she had dirt on the Clintons compliments of the Russian government. Her hints at government sources have since been borne out by an indictment in New York that alleges that she lied about ghostwriting correspondence for Russian officials to send to their American counterparts. And her clientswealthy Russians whove had money seized on corruption chargeshave interests that dovetail directly with one of Moscows most pressing foreign policy priorities: the removal of sanctions against Russian nationals and companies. So was she representing her clients at that meeting or the broader interests of the Kremlin? Mueller doesnt say, but the bait she offeredunsupported allegations about money laundering she couldnt connect to Hillary Clintonwas far short of tempting. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:32:16 -0400
Hyundai unveils seventh and smallest SUV in the lineup yet
News ImageOn Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai finally unveiled the compact but "bold" 2020 Venue that it has been teasing for weeks. To prepare for the launch of the 2020 Venue, Hyundai has been publishing teaser images of the model's name badge, design sketches, and even photographs of millennials partying on a rooftop. On Wednesday, the entry SUV finally made its debutin New York.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:27:09 -0400
The $8 fast wireless charging pad people went crazy for is back in stock but itll sell out soon
News ImageWireless chargers can cost as much as $50 if you buy them from big brands. Of course you follow the BGR Deals team, so you know that you can get the same quality for a fraction of the price on Amazon. We covered a crazy sale last week that got you the 4.5-star rated Seneo 10W Fast Wireless Charging Pad for just $8.49, but it quickly sold out. Well guess what: it's back! This sale is definitely going to sell out quickly yet again, so hurry up if you want to get in on the action.Here's more info from the product page: * WORLD-LEADING WIRELESS CHARGER BRANDAs the leader of wireless charger industry, Seneo focuses on the innovation of design and technology to provide the best wireless charging experience to customer from all over the world. Seneo has sold more than 2,000,000 wireless chargers and always be committed to offer FIVE YEARS WARRANTY to our friendly customers * 10W & 7.5W FAST WIRELESS CHARGERCompatible with any phones that support fast charging or Qi-Enabled. 7.5W fast wireless charging speed is for iPhone Xs/Xs Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus and 10W wireless charging speed for Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S9+/S8/S8+/Note9/8/S7/S7 Edge/S6 Edge+/Note5, 5W for New Airpods/Galaxy Buds, google Pixel 3/3XL, Lg V30 and all Qi-enabled Cell Phones * MULTIPLE PROTECTION & NOTEQi certified and adopted with exclusive technology of ATB (Automatic Temperature Balance), wireless charging speed is up to 15% faster than others; With temperature protection, input voltage protection, input current protection, short circuit protection and other multiple safety protection. The mobile phone should be away from any extra metal objects to effectively prevent the phone from overheating * SLEEP-FRIENDLYIntelligent LED indicator to indicate the charging status for safe charging. The green light is moderate in brightness when charging, so that you can easily find your phone in the dark and it will not disturb your sleep * PACKAGE & WARRANTYPackage contains 1 x Wireless Charger, 1 x 3.3ft Micro USB Cable, 1 x User Manner. Your satisfaction is our first goal. Every wireless charger includes a 45 days money back and 5 YEARS warranty (No AC Adapter)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:54:25 -0400
Iran's Rouhani calls on Mideast states to 'drive back Zionism'
News ImageIran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to "drive back Zionism", in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic's archfoe Israel. Speaking flanked by top generals before troops began their annual march-past, Rouhani also sought to reassure the region that the weaponry on display was for defensive purposes and not a threat.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:09:57 -0400
Sporadic violence as millions vote in second phase of India's mammoth election
News ImageThe Election Commission said 66 percent of more than 155 million eligible Indians had voted, as per provisional data, in 95 constituencies in 12 states. Results of the election to India's 545-member parliament are expected on May 23. In focus are the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where the main opposition Congress party and its allies need to win big if they hope to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from securing a second straight term.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:24:48 -0400
Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame
News ImageFrance's culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor. Some of France's biggest companies and billionaires, including luxury goods tycoons Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault, have pledged amounts of 100 million euros or more to rebuild the landmark after it was gutted by fire on Monday evening. The vast sums have drawn fire in a country where wealth inequality and the plight of the low-income households have been highlighted during five months of demonstrations by "yellow vest" protesters.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:41:44 -0400
Alibaba head's remarks spark debate over China working hours
News ImageBEIJING (AP) Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma has long been an example of how the power of big dreams, strong leadership and sheer elbow grease can create massive fortunes in China's go-go economy.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:55:29 -0400
Best destinations for a cheap summer vacation
Best destinations for a cheap summer vacationHere are some wonderful destinations for cheap summer adventures, plus other ways to cut your vacation costs.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:49:04 -0400
Mueller report offers road map on obstruction. Despite Barr, Congress may use it.
News ImageIf Congress punts, Trump could face obstruction charges from a future attorney general. The statute of limitations lasts until at least January 2022.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:31:15 -0400
Columbine focuses on healing as questions loom after manhunt
News ImageLITTLETON, Colo. (AP) A Colorado community changed forever by the attack that killed 13 people at Columbine High School moved ahead Thursday with ceremonies marking the anniversary of the tragedy while awaiting more details on what led a Florida teen "infatuated" with the shooting to buy a shotgun and kill herself in the snowy foothills nearby.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:26:02 -0400
2020 Lincoln Corsair Preview
News ImageNews ImageAll-New 2020 Lincoln Corsair Gains Interior Glamour and Tech Lincoln unveiled its all-new Corsair at the New York International Auto Show this week, replacing the MKC luxury compact SUV. But thi...

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:41:08 -0400
Microsofts new Surface Hub 2 is $9,000, or you can turn any TV into a giant touchscreen for $272
Microsofts new Surface Hub 2 is $9,000, or you can turn any TV into a giant touchscreen for $272The new Surface Hub 2 from Microsoft was announced well over a year ago, and now it finally has pricing and a release date. If you want one when it hits the street this coming June, you'll have to part with a whopping $9,000. The Surface Hub 2 is awesome, don't get us wrong, but is it really worth $9 grand even if you're spending your company's money? Whether you're working with your company's budget or your own, we've got another option for you that costs a minuscule fraction of the price of the new Surface Hub. It's called the Touchjet WAVE Virtual Touchscreen TV System, and it turns any TV up to 65 inches into a massive touchscreen in seconds. Definitely check it out -- especially right now while it's on sale!Here's some important info from the product page: * Please refer to the user manual for setup instructions. If there are issues, please contact Touchjet Customer Service at 415-579-3399 for assistance. * Virtual Touchscreen - Touchjet WAVE adds a virtual touchscreen onto flat screen TVs and display monitors up to 65" (smart TV is not required). * Simple Connection - Simply attach the WAVE to the top of your TV and plug the WAVE into your TV via HDMI. * Giant Tablet - The WAVE is preloaded with the Android OS, Wi-Fi and it comes preloaded with apps so that you can start enjoying right out of the box. * Work View / Class Time - Flip through your presentation directly on the big screen just like John King on cnn. * Streaming - Stream your favorite shows and movies on Netflix or your favorite streaming app without having to connect to other devices. * Support - Please download the Touchjet App onto your smart device (iOS and Android) for step-by-step instructions. * Connect, Collaborate, and Share - With WAVE, bring presentation and education apps, and connect individual tablets to the big touchscreen. An affordable alternative to IWB and giant tablets.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:17:14 -0400
U.S. court upholds most of California's 'sanctuary' migrant laws
News ImageThe U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement, "We continue to prove in California that the rule of law not only stands for something but that people cannot act outside of it." Scores of Democrat-controlled cities and counties have adopted policies to limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, making them a target for President Donald Trump.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:14:29 -0400
Down in the polls, Ukraine leader begs for second chance
News ImageUkrainian leader Petro Poroshenko begged for forgiveness and a second chance Thursday as polls showed him facing all-but-certain defeat three days ahead of a presidential vote. In a dramatic televised address, Poroshenko pleaded with voters to support him over Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience who has surged ahead in the polls. What did not work out hurts the most," Poroshenko said.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:16:52 -0400
Measles Crisis: Judge Dismisses Parents Suit Against NYC
News ImagePhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyA New York judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought against the citys Department of Health by five parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.The dismissal shores up an emergency order declaring the citys measles outbreak a public health emergency. In addition to mandating the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for children in zip codes affected by the crisis, it threatened parents with fines of up to $1,000.There have been 329 confirmed cases of the viral illness, mostly among observant Jews in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The unvarnished truth is that these diagnoses represent the most significant spike in incidences of measles in the United States in many years and that the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is at its epicenter, Kings County Supreme Court justice Lawrence Knipel wrote.Knipel debunked the parents arguments, concluding that their medical objections to vaccines ran counter to scientific evidence; their religious objections werent supported by doctrine, and were only relevant to school admissions; and their moral objections, such as their insistence on informed consent for vaccines, were misplaced.A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire, he wrote. Vaccination is known to extinguish the fire of contagion.Jay Begun, founder of Kindercare Pediatrics in Williamsburg and an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai, said the dismissal was a victory for the community.Now more people will be encouraged to immunize their children, and it will create a safer environment for everyone, he said. This proves that the greater good trumps the marginal opinions of a small segment of the population.But, he added, when it comes to enforcing the order, the less punitive the better and the more educational the better.One Hasidic father, who asked that his name not be shared in order to protect his privacy, felt that the dismissal was a step toward safety for his community.It is still scary to go out with the kids in Williamsburg, but hopefully this will help turn around the situation, he said.Robert Krakow, the parents attorney and a frequent representative of parents who claim their children were injured by vaccines, said he wasnt particularly surprised by the judges decision.Krakow claimed that a new version of the order presented during the hearing said the city could fine parents per day, as opposed to only once, for refusing to vaccinate their children.Wouldnt you expect, when the city handed over the order and said the criminal provisions are removed, that they would also highlight any significant changes? he said. I didnt hear them say anything about fines per day. Lets just say were investigating it.The decision came on the same day that the Health Department announced it had issued summonses to three parents for not vaccinating their children. The department also shut down four yeshivas for not complying with its order that unvaccinated students be forbidden from attending. A daycare that was shut down earlier this week, United Talmudical Academy, reopened today under close supervision by the Health Department.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 04:48:03 -0400
How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds
News ImageUnless you stop them, weeds are going to grow in your lawn. Here's what you need to do.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:30:00 -0400
New York Auto Show hits and misses: 4 winners, 4 losers from the show floor
News ImageThe Subaru Outback was a hit, but the Mazda CX-5 diesel? Not so much. Here's our list of hits and misses from the 2019 New York Auto Show.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:27:43 -0400
Nurse had no idea she had stage 4 esophageal cancer until she was coughing up blood
News ImageFox News Dr. Manny Alvarez sits down with a stage 4 esophageal cancer survivor to talk about the rare but deadly disease and what new innovative treatment helped to put her in remission for the last five years.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:09:01 -0400
Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe: attorney general
News ImageUS Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that President Donald Trump took no action to thwart the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference, ahead of the long-awaited release of the final investigation report. The politically charged case over whether or not Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow -- and whether the president sought to derail that probe -- has captivated Washington for the better part of two years. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI, was appointed to investigate the extent of Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election and tilt it in Trump's favor.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:36:29 -0400
This 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Restomod Is A Showstopper
News ImageCase and point, this 1957 Cadillac Eldorado SeVille restomod currently listed by Streetside Classics. Finished in Bright Ruby Red and detailed with polished chrome work elevates this iconic design to new levels. Its creators were careful not to detract away from the timeless styling of the Eldorado, and have instead exaggerated its highly fashionable character.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:16:02 -0400
People think Instant Pot is pricey, but the companys sous vide cooker is half as much as rivals
People think Instant Pot is pricey, but the companys sous vide cooker is half as much as rivalsInstant Pot multi-use cookers might be a bit pricey compared to rival products, but they're worth every penny and then some when you consider how often you use them. While Instant Pot is indeed on the high end of the spectrum when it comes to multi-use cooker prices, the company has another product that's actually much less expensive than similar devices from rivals. Check out the Instant Pot SSV800 Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator, which is on sale for $70 today on Amazon. It doesn't connect to your smartphone like a $200 Joule, but why would you even want to bother controlling your sous vide cooker with a smartphone anyway?Here's more info from the product page: * Creates Quality Dishes - Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator prepares high-end restaurant quality dishes at home, turning home cooks into gourmet chefs * Consistent Cooking - Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator creates and maintains an even and accurately controlled cooking water-bath for perfect cooking results each and every time * Sous vide cooks easily, cooking times range from 10 minutes to 72 hours and temperature ranges from 104F - 195F / 40C - 90C * Easy-to-Use - Easy-to-read display, touch-screen digital controls, lightweight stainless steel with a rubber coating on the handle. * Active Pump System - Accu Slim Sous Vide Circulates water without relying on convection currents, resulting in uniformly heated water bath free of hot or cool spots. * Includes a 12V DC motor - Extremely quietly and has enhanced durability in comparison to standard AC motors used. Motor stops when removed from the water. * Clamps securely - To the 6 and 8 Quart inner pot either in or out of the Instant Pot, and can be used with or without an Instant Pot. * Easy-to-clean - Secure stand up design and removable stainless steel skirt, almost no cleaning required, simply wash and air dry the skirt * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:53:52 -0400
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