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Why Is Trump Sending More Troops and Firepower to the Middle East? That's Classified
News ImageThe Trump Administration has spent the past month ringing alarm bells over Iran, yet government officials have shown very little evidence.
Fri, 24 May 2019 22:08:50 -0400
Life in prison for 'evil' loner who kidnapped US teen, killed parents
News ImageCalling him the "embodiment of evil," a US judge on Friday sentenced a 21-year-old man to life in prison for murdering a couple in their home in order to kidnap their 13-year-old daughter. Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in March to first degree murder and kidnapping for shooting dead James and Denise Closs in their rural Wisconsin home last October. In handing down the maximum sentence of life without parole, Judge James Babler rejected defense attorneys' pleas for the possibility of parole in several decades' time.
Fri, 24 May 2019 17:28:34 -0400
Groups sue over Alabama abortion law; judge blocks Mississippi ban
News ImageThe lawsuit is one of several the groups have filed or are preparing to file against states that recently passed strict anti-abortion measures in an effort to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that guarantees a woman's constitutional right to abortion. On Friday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, signed a bill into law that bans abortion beginning in the eighth week of pregnancy. In Mississippi, a federal judge blocked a law that would ban abortions once an embryonic heartbeat is detected, which can occur at six weeks after conception.
Fri, 24 May 2019 18:59:34 -0400
51 attorneys general call on Betsy DeVos to cancel up to 42,000 disabled veterans' student debts
News Image"As a nation, we have a moral obligation to assist those who have put their lives on the line to defend us," the attorneys general wrote.
Sat, 25 May 2019 14:58:13 -0400
Eating Way Too Much Rice Almost Doomed Japan's Imperial Navy
News ImageAfter the war, the Emergency Beriberi Investigative Committee investigated the diseases devastation of Japanese ranks. Worried about the composition of the committee and fully aware of Takakis success, the emperor stepped in. The armys beriberi problem can be effectively prevented if the army provides a staple of barley and rice, the emperor stated.In August 1882 in Incheon Bay near Seoul, four Japanese warships were locked in a tense stand-off with two Chinese warships that had brought troops to quell a revolt on the Korean peninsula.On paper, the Japanese flotilla outnumbered the Chinese, but the hulls of the Japanese ships hid a deadly secret. Less than half of their crews could man their stations.The Korean peninsula erupted into conflict on July 23. A soldiers protest against ill treatment, unpaid wages and poor provisions turned into widespread mutiny. Ousted from power, the former regent of the king set the mutineers upon the governmentand against the Japanese advisers working to modernize the Korean army.
Sun, 26 May 2019 00:30:00 -0400
Yoga teacher found alive after 17 days lost in Hawaii forest
News ImageAmanda Eller, 35, went hiking in Maui's Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8 but became lost when she walked deeper in the reserve, which covers more than 2,000 acres, instead of heading back to her car as she believed. "Sure enough, God willing, she was right there," Javier Canetellops, a search coordinator who was in the helicopter, told reporters.
Sat, 25 May 2019 14:37:40 -0400
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Sat, 25 May 2019 16:19:40 -0400
Scouted: The 10 Best Memorial Day Mattress Sales, According to Experts
News ImageMemorial Day Weekend is famous for the many mattress sales it surfaces and this year is no exception. To help you sift through all of your options, we teamed up with the expert reviewers over at Mattress Advisor to help us break down each of the best mattress deals around right now. Using a 6-point testing procedure and 8-point evaluation* in their Mattress Lab for every single mattress, they gave us some tips on what Scouted readers should know and keep in mind as theyre shopping this Memorial Day weekend for the greatest savings and highest quality mattress. Below we put together each of the sales with how much youll be saving, the codes you need to use for discounts, and insights into the mattresses themselves. Save up to $200 on mattresses at HelixSave up to $200 on mattresses at Helix: Use code MDW100 to get $100 off and two free Dream Pillows with any mattress purchase. Use code MDW150 to get $150 off any order of $1,250 and up (and get the free pillows). Use code MDW200 to get $200 off any order of $1,750 and up (and yes, free pillows). Heres why the Mattress Advisor reviewers scored the Helix Midnight mattress 8.9 out of 10: Helix is the perfect solution for couples. If youre sharing your bed with a sleeping partner, you have the option to choose a dual comfort mattress (which personalizes each side of the bed based on test results). Are you a hot sleeper? If so, you can upgrade the outer cover of your Helix mattress to the Ultra-Cool knit cover to keep you from waking up in those midnight sweats. Get up to 25% off sitewide at Brooklyn BeddingGet up to 25% off sitewide at Brooklyn Bedding: Use code MEMORIAL25. MA reviewers scored the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress 8.9: Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are the real deal they're made with quality materials and built to last. The Aurora is available in three firmness levels to provide a personalized level of comfort and support. This mattress is one of the coolest (temperature wise) mattresses we have ever had in the Mattress Lab. Even weeks after unboxing, it was still cool to the touch. Even though Brooklyn Bedding has retail locations, they still own the manufacturing process from start to finish and sell their mattresses directly to customers.Ive Been Sleeping on Brooklyn Beddings Hybrid Mattress for a Month. Its the Best Sleep Ive Ever Had.Get $125 off mattresses and two free pillows at NectarGet $125 off mattresses and two free pillows at Nectar: The Nectar is a solid memory foam mattress at an unbeatable price it's consistently our top recommendation for a best value mattress. MA reviewers scored Nectar 8.7: The Nectar mattress has a pretty happy (and well-rested) fan base they have overwhelmingly positive reviews and fewer than 3% of customers end up returning their Nectar mattress. Nectars proprietary cover is specifically designed to keep out dust mites.Nectar is so confident that they make the best mattress for the price that they offer a lifetime warranty and trial period that lasts an entire year.Save up to $700 on select mattresses and get a $300 gift with any purchase at TEMPUR-PedicSave up to $700 on select mattresses and get a $300 gift with any purchase at TEMPUR-Pedic: We love the TEMPUR-breeze model it's a great option for people who sleep hot but still want the contouring support of memory foam. MA reviewers scored the TEMPUR-breeze 8.2: The TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze is a slightly plush hybrid mattress made with four layers of foam and coils. Its designed to offer a cool and breathable sleep surface for people who tend to sleep hot.Save up to $200 on mattresses at Nest BeddingSave up to $200 on mattresses at Nest Bedding: Use code SUMMERNEST to get $200 off the Alexander Signature Hybrid, the Alexander Signature, and the Hybrid Latex. MA reviewers scored Alexander Signature Hybrid 8.5: [its] made of four premium layers, including foam and pocket coils which offer great cooling properties, comfort, and edge support. They add that another factor to consider is that Nest Bedding offers six different types of mattresses, so if the Alexander Signature Hybrid doesnt end up working for you, theyll help you easily exchange it for one of their other mattresses.Save up to $100 on mattress and get free sheets at PurpleSave up to $100 on mattress and get free sheets at Purple: The MA reviewers told us they have never seen this widespread a sale run at Purple, making it a rare offer. MA reviewers scored the Purple Mattress 8.5: Purple's mattresses are great at cradling pressure points, which is a plus for side sleepers or people who suffer from back and joint pain. Whats more, they really like that the beds great for pressure relief, motion isolation and natural airflow that keeps you cool.Scouted readers get $75 off their order at SaatvaScouted readers get $75 off their order at Saatva: Saatva mattresses are the definition of affordable American luxury. Their beds are handmade with quality, eco-friendly materials. MA reviewers scored the Saatva Mattress 8.7: Saatva is one of those mattresses that has all the bells and whistles: Its customizable, made with quality materials, and its eco-friendly (although not 100% green). This mattress is known for having great edge and lumbar support. When you buy a Saatva mattress, you can customize the height, firmness, and size of your mattress, as well as the height of your foundation.Get 15% off mattresses and two free pillows at LeesaGet 15% off mattresses and two free pillows at Leesa: The Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress is great for side sleepers because of its pressure-relieving properties and is a luxury mattress made with pocket springs and memory foam. It provides the same great pressure relief as the Leesa with some additional bounce. MA reviewers scored the Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress 9.4: The Leesa Hybrid mattress is known for its responsive surface and pressure relieving abilities making it a great option for combination sleepers or sleepers with back pain given its pressure relieving abilities. Since the Leesa Hybrid mattress is topped with a layer of foam, youll get better motion isolation than a traditional innerspring mattress alone.Save 20% sitewide and get two free pillows at Bear MattressSave 20% sitewide and get two free pillows at Bear Mattress: Use code MD20. MA reviewers scored the Bear Mattress 8.6: The Bear Hybrid mattress is a good choice for people who want comfort and support in their mattress. Bear is a great mattress for athletes or people with active lifestyles because of its pressure relieving properties, cooling properties, and muscle recovery technology.Get 15% off mattresses and 30% off bedding at Allswell: Use code SUMMER.Get 15% off mattresses and 30% off bedding at Allswell: Use code SUMMER. MA reviewers scored the Luxe Hybrid Mattress 8.6: Allswells Luxe Hybrid mattress is a medium-firm hybrid mattress made with three layers of memory foam and hundreds of individually wrapped coils. With Allswell, you can complete your entire bedding look with curated bedding accessories inspired by well-known interior designers. The products needed to recreate each style will be added to your cart with the click of a button. Additional mattress sales to check out: * Save up to $700 on mattresses at Mattress Firm * Get $200 off mattresses and free in-home delivery (usually $400) at Eight SleepSleep Tech Now Lets You Regulate Body Temperature While You Sleep With The New Eight Sleep Pod*Learn more about the Mattress Advisor review process and the 6-point testing procedure and 8-point evaluation they conduct in their Mattress Lab for every single mattress.Scouted is internet shopping with a pulse. Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter for even more recommendations and exclusive content. Please note that if you buy something featured in one of our posts, The Daily Beast may collect a share of salesRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Sat, 25 May 2019 01:00:00 -0400
Police hunt suspect after explosion in French city of Lyon
News ImageLYON, France (AP) French police on Saturday hunted a suspect believed to have deposited a paper bag containing a device that exploded Friday, wounding 13 people on a busy pedestrian street in the city of Lyon.
Sat, 25 May 2019 11:06:44 -0400
US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districts
News ImageBAGHDAD (AP) For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he tells them he can only sell if they pay in Iraqi currency. They often walk out, disappointed.
Sun, 26 May 2019 05:53:43 -0400
Modi meets mum, 95, after Indian election landslide
News ImageIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped in on Sunday on his 95-year-old mother after his election landslide, a day ahead of a victory rally in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. Modi, 68, told his 47.6 million Twitter followers that he wanted to "seek blessings" from his mother Hiraba Modi in his home state of Gujarat in western India after his massive win. "The coming five years are going to be unprecedented for India as well as the world.
Sun, 26 May 2019 12:46:40 -0400
Violence and disruption against abortion clinics at highest rates since 1999
News ImageViolence and disruption against abortion clinics in the US increased to its highest levels since the 1990s last year, a report by the National Abortion Federation has found.The increase in violence was attributed, at least in part, to president Donald Trump and his administrations rhetoric.The report noted a significant increase in obstruction, vandalism, and trespassing, with 1,135 incidents of trespassing recorded in 2018 - the most since the NAF began tracking the crime in 1999.There were also 3,038 instances of obstruction, a 78 per cent increase compared to the previous year, and nearly 100,000 instances of picketing.Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of president Trump, vice president Pence, and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services, said Dr Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, who serves as interim president and CEO of NAF.She added: Demonising health care providers and women who rely on them for abortion care has become one of the go-to tactics for anti-choice politicians. Those lies have consequences and it is not the anti-choice politicians who are facing those consequences; it is those who are denied abortion care and the providers targeted by threats, harassment, and violence who are. It is time for the demonizing of abortion providers and their patients to end.Given the political climate and the increase in hate incidents throughout the country, it is more important than ever that law enforcement and prosecutors appropriately respond to anti-abortion criminal activity.The study did note a decrease in stalking, burglary, assault, and battery against abortion providers.It comes during a fresh wave of anti-abortion legislation such as the Alabama abortion ban, which is currently being contested in a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, and heartbeat bills which ban elective abortion after a foetal heartbeat is detectable.As a foetal heartbeat is first detectable at six weeks - a point where many pregnant people may not even know they are pregnant - these initiatives are seen as a back-door abortion ban and are also being contested in court. Politicians in support of banning abortion hope these cases will rise to the Supreme Court of the United States and lead to an overturning of Roe V Wade, which set the precedent for elective abortion until the end of the second trimester in the US.
Sat, 25 May 2019 12:16:00 -0400
Iran's foreign minister: U.S. troop move to Middle East dangerous for international peace
News ImageIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the U.S. decision to deploy more troops to the Middle East in response to the perceived threat from Iran was extremely dangerous for peace.
Sat, 25 May 2019 16:00:50 -0400
The Glock 36: A Really Big Gun in a Small Package
News ImageUntil recently, the most common compact .45 caliber handgun was of a type known as the Officers model. A derivative of the 1911A1 Government, in 2011 it was finally superseded by an even lighter pistolthe Glock 36. Chambered in .45 ACP and following the same winning formula as previous Glocks, the model 36 could be the best compact single stack .45 on the market today.The 1911 .45 caliber pistol, designed by John Moses Browning, was one of the most successful pistols of all time. Adopted by the U.S. Armed Forces in time for World War I, it served on through World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the waning years of the Cold War. The slab-sided, all-steel pistol was large, heavy, and imposing, but it was also durable and could last for decades. Colts Manufacturing subsequently developed and released a smaller and lighter version, the Colt Commander, but it failed to gain traction to replace the original 1911A1.
Fri, 24 May 2019 23:00:00 -0400
Kurdish MPs, prisoners end hunger strike in Turkey
Kurdish MPs, prisoners end hunger strike in TurkeyThe decision removed a source of tension in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey after Ankara let Ocalan meet his lawyers this month for the first time since 2011, triggering speculation about possible fresh efforts to end conflict in the region. Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Guven began a hunger strike in November in a bid to end Ocalan's years of isolation by securing him regular access to his family and lawyers. "Comrades who have committed themselves to hunger strikes and death fasts, I expect you to end your protest," Ocalan said in a statement read out by one of his lawyers at a news conference in Istanbul on Sunday morning.
Sun, 26 May 2019 10:07:44 -0400
RPT-Hong Kong protestors demand China be held to account for 1989 Tiananmen crackdown
RPT-Hong Kong protestors demand China be held to account for 1989 Tiananmen crackdownThousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday as part of annual demonstrations demanding that China be held accountable for its democracy crackdown in and around Tiananmen Square three decades ago. Human rights groups and witnesses say that hundreds, perhaps thousands, died in the bloodshed as Chinese tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square and soldiers fired on student-led democracy protesters, beginning on the night of June 3, 1989. The Tiananmen crackdown is a taboo subject in China and authorities have refused to accept full accountability or release the death toll.
Sun, 26 May 2019 08:08:20 -0400
First American Financial Data Leak Exposed Millions of Mortgage-Related Files
News ImageThe leak of hundreds of millions of records by real estate title insurance company First American Financial could put the most private personal information of many American consumers at risk. The...
Fri, 24 May 2019 22:31:56 -0400
Congregants grapple with church shooter once their colleague
News ImageNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Minister Joey Spann watched Friday as 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson was convicted of first-degree murder for killing one person and wounding seven others when he sprayed Spann's church and its congregants with bullets in 2017.
Sat, 25 May 2019 01:25:21 -0400
Judge blocks Trump from building sections of border wall
News ImageSAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from building key sections of his border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, delivering what may prove a temporary setback on one of his highest priorities.
Sat, 25 May 2019 16:21:13 -0400
Hogan Gidley challenges Democrats to produce evidence of a 'cover-up'
News ImageWhite House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley responds to accusations from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Sat, 25 May 2019 21:45:22 -0400
Iran state TV fires managers over 'insult' to Sunnis
News ImageIranian state TV has fired two channel managers over a live programme deemed insulting to Sunni Muslims, it said in a statement Sunday. The sackings at Channel 5 came after a broadcast on May 20 celebrating the birthday of the second imam in Shiite Islam, Hassan ibn Ali. During the programme, religious chanter and story-teller Ahmad Qadami recited a eulogy that "insulted the sanctities of Sunni Muslims", according to official news agency IRNA.
Sun, 26 May 2019 11:04:17 -0400
Florida state Representative says God has told him to rewrite abortion bill with no exceptions
News ImageA Florida state representative told a group that God told him to a rewrite an abortion bill without exceptions for rape or incest.In a speech given to Women for Responsible Legislation group in Pensacola, Florida, state representative Mike Hill said God spoke directly to him about a restrictive abortion bill he had previously tried and failed to pass in Floridas legislature."As plain as day, God spoke to me, Mr Hill, a Republican, told the group. He said 'that wasn't my bill,' talking about the heartbeat detection bill that I filed. He said 'that wasn't my bill.'"I knew immediately what he was talking about, the state representative confirmed.The bill which Mr Hill, and, allegedly, God, were referring to would have restricted abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Mr Hills proposed version of the ban, which is currently sweeping the nation in various forms, included exceptions for rape, incest, medical emergency, human trafficking, and domestic violence. Mr Hill told the group he included the exception in hopes of getting the bill passed, but the proposed law died before getting a committee hearing, which he lamented was more focused on "health care, transportation, and the Everglades" than his attempt at an abortion ban, according to the Pensacola News Journal.Mr Hill says hes currently working on a new bill, with outside help."[God] said, 'you remove those exceptions and you file it again.' And I said 'yes Lord, I will'," Mr Hill said. "It's coming back. It's coming back. We are going to file that bill without any exceptions, just like what we saw passed in Alabama."On Friday, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood sued the state of Alabama for its unconstitutional abortion ban. Representatives of the ACLU of Alabama told The Independent on Thursday that they expect the legal fight to take around three years. Abortion remains legal in the state for now.
Fri, 24 May 2019 18:26:59 -0400
This $8.99 iPhone case is perfect for people who hate iPhone cases
This $8.99 iPhone case is perfect for people who hate iPhone casesSome people are happy to spend hundreds or even more than $1,000 on an iPhone and then roll the dice by not protecting it with a case. We can totally understand not wanting to ruin Apple's design with a big, bulky case, but you can still protect your phone from scratches. Check out the TOZO Ultra-Thin Hard Cover for iPhone, which is only $8.99 on Amazon. It's paper thin so it won't really help with drops, but it'll do a great job of stopping scratches and swirls that would otherwise be inevitable.Here's more info from the product page: * Thin Like Naked- 0.35mm World Thinest protect Hard case. Maximum keep your iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max slim and provide scratch protection. * Concise Designed- Semi Transparent, Simple, Elegant * MATTE FACE - with matte optical texture, anti-glare(reduced reflection),reducing fingerprints or grease buildup. * CAMERA RAISED - Camera hole ring raised protective layer, provide cell phone camera detail protection. * PERFECT FIT - Specially designed for iPhone (2018 models), has precise cutouts for speakers, charging ports and buttons.
Sat, 25 May 2019 10:33:08 -0400
Germany in push to resurrect Afghan talks with Taliban
News ImageWhile the Taliban have been talking with U.S. officials since October about a withdrawal of international troops, they have so far refused formal talks with the Western-backed government, which they dismiss as a "puppet" regime. Berlin's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, has visited Kabul for talks with the Afghan government and met Taliban officials in Doha at least twice this month. "The current chance for a process towards a more peaceful Afghanistan should not be missed.
Sun, 26 May 2019 07:00:38 -0400
Get the Charming Look of the Kentucky Getaway
Get the Charming Look of the Kentucky Getaway
Sun, 26 May 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Race to succeed UK PM May centers on 'no deal' Brexit battle
News ImageMay said on Friday she was quitting over her failure to deliver Brexit, potentially opening the way for a new leader who could seek a more divisive split with the European Union and lead to confrontation with the bloc or a possible parliamentary election. Setting out their pitch to the Conservative Party's largely pro-Brexit membership who will decide the outcome of the contest, four of the leadership hopefuls have said Britain must leave the EU on Oct. 31 even if this means a no-deal Brexit. "If you're not willing to walk away from a negotiation, it doesn't focus the mind of the other side ... I will not ask for an extension." Fellow contenders Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom both made similar comments on Sunday, while former foreign minister Boris Johnson, the favorite to replace May, said on Friday: "We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal." Gove, a leading campaigner for Brexit during the 2016 referendum campaign and a candidate in the Conservative leadership contest that May ultimately won, told reporters on Sunday that he planned to run again.
Sun, 26 May 2019 16:01:06 -0400
New US charges against Assange may slow extradition from UK
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) A new indictment against Julian Assange could further delay what was already expected to be a protracted battle to get the WikiLeaks founder out of a London jail cell and into a U.S. court, opening the door for his legal team to argue that the Espionage Act charges are political and thus not covered by an extradition treaty between the two countries.
Fri, 24 May 2019 17:24:43 -0400
How the Alabama abortion law is roiling Democratic and Republican politics
News ImageThe divisive issue of abortion is not only widening the gulf between Democrats and Republicans, its also sowing division within the parties.
Sun, 26 May 2019 08:17:30 -0400
Scouted: These Portable Bluetooth Speakers Have a 4.9-Star Average Rating and Are On Sale Right Now
News ImageThe folks at one of Scouted readers favorite electronics brands Anker has repackaged their extremely highly rated Bluetooth speakers into a perfect Fathers Day gift and marked down the price by 23%. The Soundcore Flare portable speakers, which play multi-directional sound and sync to each other for custom style surround sound, are $50 right now (thats the lowest price theyve ever been) and come with a limited edition travel case. The enhanced bass, all-around 360-degree sound, and LEDs that phase, pulse, and shine in sync with your music, got reviewers to rate the Flares 4.9 stars, on average a rare occurrence to be that well-liked. Use code ILOVEFATHER to trigger the discount at checkout and give your dad a pair of portable speakers that are easy to use, modern, and which will supplant a lack of entertainment at any family get together or party for many years to come.Scouted is internet shopping with a pulse. Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter for even more recommendations and exclusive content. Please note that if you buy something featured in one of our posts, The Daily Beast may collect a share of sales.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Sat, 25 May 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Renault in team-up talks with Fiat Chrysler: reports
News ImageFrench carmaker Renault is in talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with the long-term prize a world-leading alliance including Japan's Nissan and Mitsubishi, reports say. The Wall Street Journal said the talks were "wide-ranging" and could include Renault and Fiat Chrysler "joining large portions of their businesses". Contacted by AFP, neither Renault nor Fiat would comment.
Sun, 26 May 2019 03:57:38 -0400
Rouhani says Iran could hold referendum on nuclear programme as tensions with US rise
News ImageIrans president Hassan Rouhani has suggested that the Islamic Republic could hold a public referendum on its nuclear programme, in the wake of rising tensions in the Persian Gulf. "Article 59 of the Constitution (referendum) is a deadlock breaker ... and could be a problem-solver at any junction," the semi-official news agency ILNA quoted Rouhani as saying late on Saturday. The statement followed Mr Rouhanis public dressing-downby Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his handling of the countrys fast-unravelling nuclear deal. In recent weeks, Mr Rouhani responded to a new round of crippling US economic sanctions against Tehran by threatening to walk away from terms of the 2015 agreement, which the US withdrew from last year. This approach appears to have pushed the country uncomfortably close to military confrontation with the US. Since US President Donald Trump withdrew, his government has dialled up pressure on Iran by blocking global oil exports and stoking long-simmeringtensions in the region. Citing an unnamed threat against American troops in the Middle East, the US sent warships and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf earlier this month, further escalating the potential for conflict. Tehran has described the US buildup of troops and material as psychological warfare and a political game. While many in Irans leadership have insisted they do not want a war with the US, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneis public chastising of the Islamic Republics president reflects his more hawkish position. Ayatollah Khamenei has long maintained the view that Iranian negotiators surrendered too much in the deal. Last summer, he said they had trespassed the red lines that had been set and that the country owed the little it had thanks to his advice to Mr Rouhani. Without this guidance, the ayatollah said, we would have given up more. Mr Rouhanis move to put a referendum on the table could help him settle this internal dispute without losing face and provide political cover for whichever path voters backed. The Iranian public has been broadly supportive of the nuclear deal and its attendant possibilities for economic growth. The countrys middle classes in particular have been exhausted by years of sanctions and currency depreciation. But there is also an alternate view that sees a referendum as a device to offer Iranian leadership a pathway back to enrichment. Iran has held three referendums since its 1979 Islamic revolution, the first to approve the set-up of an Islamic Republic and the second to approve and amend the constitution. Mr Rouhani said he proposed a third, on the nuclear issue, to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei back in 2004 while negotiating the nuclear deal.
Sun, 26 May 2019 12:04:19 -0400
One U.S. Battleship Fired 65,000 .50 Caliber Rounds During Pearl Harbor
News ImageWearing his dungarees, Winsett ran the 50 yards back to the ship and his battle station, a .50-caliber machine gun facing toward the bow on the starboard side. He still believed it was just another drill. As soon as the stations were manned, Condition YOKE (Enemy Is Probable) was set by Captain C.M. Cooke, Jr.On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, Gunners Mate Russell Winsett, 19, awoke at 5 am as he did most mornings. As he went topside he could see that the weather was like almost every December day in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, sunny blue skies with a few white puffy clouds.This was a day Winsett was looking forward to. He thought to himself, Its gonna be a beautiful day to visit the island with my cousin, his wife, and three kids. Winsett had met his relative William Pope several months earlier when his family wrote and told him that he had a distant cousin also stationed at Pearl Harbor. Winsett had found the ship William was serving on, contacted him, and they met for a short visit. The next day his cousin went on a two-month cruise. Winsett was looking forward to reconnecting with his family member and getting to meet his wife and kids while taking in the sights of Hawaii. It was a long way from home for this Alabama farm boy.
Fri, 24 May 2019 21:00:00 -0400
UPDATE 2-Teva Pharm to pay Oklahoma $85 mln to settle opioid claims
UPDATE 2-Teva Pharm to pay Oklahoma $85 mln to settle opioid claimsBOSTON/JERUSALEM, May 26 (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Sunday it had agreed to pay an $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma days before the company was set to face trial over allegations that it and other drugmakers helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic. Teva, the world's largest generic drugmaker, said the settlement "does not establish any wrongdoing on the part of the company" and denied contributing to opioid abuse in Oklahoma. Claims against Teva focused on the branded opioid products Actiq and Fentora as well as generic painkillers it produced.
Sun, 26 May 2019 12:29:34 -0400
Immaculate 1992 Land Rover Discovery 200tdi Will Cost You $17k
News ImageBuying a first-generation Land Rover Discovery used to be cheap. The Land Rover Discovery has endured hard times in the used car marketplace. As the Range Rover Classic has quickly become one of the most desirable, sought after and expensive collector cars on the planet, those of more rational or peasant status have turned to the humbled Discovery in search of everyday practicality with up-coming collector car status.
Sat, 25 May 2019 04:22:13 -0400
Houthi leader says drone attacks a response to spurned Yemen peace moves
Houthi leader says drone attacks a response to spurned Yemen peace movesA leader of Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Sunday it had resumed drone strikes deep inside Saudi Arabia this month in response to what he called the Saudi-led coalition's spurning of "peace initiatives" by his group. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi dismissed Saudi accusations that the attacks had been carried out on the orders on Iran - at a time of growing tension between Tehran and Riyadh alongside its Western and regional allies. Saudi Arabia, leading a Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition, intervened in neighboring Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from power in the capital Sanaa.
Sun, 26 May 2019 14:14:52 -0400
Utah climber, 4 others die on Mount Everest
News ImageKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) An American climber who fulfilled his dream of climbing the highest mountains on each of the seven continents died of probable altitude sickness on the way down from Mount Everest, mountaineering officials said.
Fri, 24 May 2019 21:43:30 -0400
Trump row with Democrats takes harsh turn with impeachment at stake
News ImageUS President Donald Trump doubled down Friday on his claim of an "attempted coup" against him as his battle with Democratic foes entered a vicious new phase of personal insults and strong-arm tactics. Hovering over it all: the looming question of whether or not the Republican leader will be impeached -- "the big I-word," as Trump put it recently. The president said he has given his attorney general wide latitude to declassify intelligence information as he probes the origins of the government's investigation into Trump's 2016 campaign ties to Russia.
Fri, 24 May 2019 17:44:28 -0400
MacBook Pro teardown dives into Apples efforts to improve its keyboard design
News ImageAfter years of controversy and deserved criticism, Apple earlier this week introduced a refreshed MacBook Pro with a slightly tweaked design that, we can only hope, will address longstanding complaints about the butterfly-switch keyboard originally introduced in 2016.At this point, it's been well-documented that the MacBook Pro keyboard is prone to failure if even the slightest piece of dust wedges itself underneath the keys. As recently as last month, Apple acknowledged that some users were still experiencing problems with their "third-generation butterfly keyboard." And while not a widespread issue by any means, it's simply unacceptable for this type of issue to arise on a notebook as pricey as a MacBook Pro.With the latest iteration of the MacBook Pro, Apple can hopefully put all keyboard-related criticisms in the rearview mirror. As Apple explained to a handful of publications this week, the new MacBook Pro keyboard employs "new materials" designed to lower the incidence of keys not performing or registering twice after a single press.In light of that, iFixit recently did what it does best: it tore apart a brand new MacBook Pro to better understand the steps Apple is taking to improve overall keyboard performance and reliability. The iFixit folks did uncover a new transparent material on the keyboard switch made out of nylon, though they weren't entirely sure what "problem Apple's engineers tried to solve using this updated material."The full teardown -- which touches on a number of other slight design changes -- can be viewed over here and is well worth checking out for anyone with an interest in how Apple's notebooks are put together and how everything looks when torn apart.Keyboard tweaks aside, Apple's new MacBook Pro refresh features 13 and 15-inch models and boast 8th and 9th-gen Intel Core processors."MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever," Apple's press release reads in part.As is to be expected, the new MacBook Pro models don't come cheap, with the entry-level models starting at $1,799 and $2,399, respectively.
Fri, 24 May 2019 21:34:14 -0400
'Jeopardy!': James Holzhauer hits $2 million mark, inches closer to Ken Jennings' record
News Image"Jeopardy!" winner James Holzhauer hit another major milestone Friday with his latest victory.
Sat, 25 May 2019 11:03:13 -0400
India's Economy Needs Tougher Reform. How Will Modi Use His Election Mandate?
News ImagePrime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a historic second five-year term with a single-party majority for the Bharatiya Janata Party this week. He campaigned
Sat, 25 May 2019 14:46:31 -0400
Baghdad offers to mediate with US as Iran's FM visits Iraq
News ImageBAGHDAD (AP) Iraq's parliament speaker said Saturday that Baghdad is ready to mediate between the United States and Iran if it is asked to do so.
Sat, 25 May 2019 15:54:44 -0400
UPDATE 2-Fiat Chrysler in tie-up talks with Renault - sources
News ImageMILAN/PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler and Renault are in talks on a comprehensive global tie-up that could address some of the main weaknesses of both carmakers, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters on Saturday. The talks are at an advanced stage, the sources said. The Financial Times earlier reported that FCA and Renault were discussing a deal to forge "extensive ties" to tackle structural challenges facing the global auto industry.
Sat, 25 May 2019 15:13:32 -0400
Be All You Can Be: All of the Reasons People Join the U.S. Army
News ImageAll the reasons why.Americans join the Army for plenty of reasons: for country, family, and honor. According to a new study of enlisted soldiers, however, a core motivation is relatively simple: for money.A RAND Corporation exhaustive survey of 81 soldiers between E-1 and E-4 suggests that the choice to enlist is influenced by two overlapping factors: institutional ones like family and duty, and occupational ones like professional development and job stability.(This article by James Clark originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)But while 37% of soldiers identified cited both institutional and occupational reasons for joining the Army, a full 46% said they enlisted due to purely occupational reasons; only 9% said they joined for entirely institutional ones. (Interestingly, those who did cite service as a calling were mostly medics.)
Sat, 25 May 2019 17:47:00 -0400
French Authorities Investigating Lyon Explosion as Potential Terror Attack
News ImageFrench authorities are treating an explosion in the city of Lyon on Friday evening as a possible terror attack.The explosionof what investigators believe was a parcel bomb filled with screws, nuts, and bolts injured seven people, including an eight-year-old girl, around 5:30 p.m. local time in a busy shopping area on Rue Victor Hugo. No one died in the blast. Authorities are searching for a male cyclist between 30 and 35who was seen putting the parcel on the street outside a bakery, his face reportedly concealed by a mask and dark glasses.French interior minister Christophe Castaner said security will be upped in public areas. President Emmanuel Macron called the disaster an "attack" and said,"As far as I can say there are no victims there are wounded.""Tonight I think of the wounded in the explosion in Lyon, their families affected by the violence that has befallen their loved ones in the street, and all of Lyon. We are by your side," Macron wrote on Twitter.Over 250 people have died in France as a result of terrorist attacks in the last four years.
Fri, 24 May 2019 17:21:39 -0400
Dating scam artist from California had 20 alleged victims in 8 states
News ImageAlleged victims of a social media "Don Juan" are emerging from across the nation as LAPD widens its fraud investigation of Wilson Edward Jackson.
Sat, 25 May 2019 15:44:35 -0400
Subpoenas for Trump financial records on hold pending appeal -court filing
Subpoenas for Trump financial records on hold pending appeal -court filingDeutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp will not have to immediately hand over the financial records of U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization, according to a court filing on Saturday. The filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York followed an appeal submitted on Friday by Trump and his affiliates against an existing order from a federal judge allowing the banks to hand over financial records to Democratic lawmakers. Amid an ongoing legal battle between the Republican president and Democrats in Congress, the agreement to hold off for now on enforcing the subpoenas for Trump's financial records was a rare accord between Trump's attorneys, the banks and the House Intelligence and the Financial Services Committees.
Sat, 25 May 2019 17:36:17 -0400
OnePlus 7 Pro users report ghost touches that occur without any input
News ImageIt should be an exceptional week for OnePlus, considering the stellar response the OnePlus 7 Pro got after launch and the fact that the young smartphone vendor just launched its first ever 5G phone. However, OnePlus is already being forced to put out fires.OnePlus addressed criticism that it's misleading users with its 3x zoom claims earlier this week, but now, some users have discovered a more serious issue that might actually impact their overall experience, as this one concerns the sophisticated OnePlus 7 Pro display.The OnePlus 7 Pro features a brand new design, complete with an all-screen display that features no notches or holes. The screen is also curved on the sides, which will remind some people of Samsung's phones. But, more importantly, the Pro features a 90Hz display that doesn't have many rivals. What that means for users is that they should get an even better, smoother Android experience than on competing flagships.But it turns out that some OnePlus 7 Pro displays register ghost touches, which is as annoying as it sounds. As you can see in the following video, the display registers touches that don't actually happen, and reacts accordingly, producing the results you'd expect to see on the screen had you pressed the same buttons:'s a thread on the matter over on the OnePlus forums, and Android Central confirms it's been able to replicate the issue on one of its test units:&> It's only happened a couple of times in my four days with the handset so far, the first time in WhatsApp for about 5 seconds, not a big deal. The second time it happened, it lasted about 2 minutes and was affecting every app I was in, including the home screen. It makes navigating and typing on the keyboard incredibly difficult as the phone thinks you're tapping away on something else.It's unclear at this time what is causing the issue. Hopefully, it's not the hardware, in which case a software update should fix things. If you're experiencing similar issues, your best bet is to exchange yours for a new one.
Fri, 24 May 2019 18:04:42 -0400
Novartis gets US approval for $2.1 million gene therapy
News ImageSwiss pharmaceutical company Novartis on Friday announced it had received US regulatory approval for a gene therapy that treats a rare childhood disorder and has a price tag of $2.1 million, making it the most expensive drug in history. The company said Zolgensma was a one-time treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that affects about 1 in 10,000 births and which results in death or the need for permanent ventilation by the age of two in 90 percent of cases. Novartis defended the pricing by saying that gene therapy was a transformative new type of treatment and was 50 percent cheaper than current treatments.
Fri, 24 May 2019 22:47:04 -0400
Fernndez-Fernndez: Argentine pair launch presidential bid
News ImageBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) With a message of unity, former Argentine President Cristina Fernndez and running mate Alberto Fernndez kicked off their election campaign Saturday, almost a week after the ex-leader stunned the country by saying she was running for vice president.
Sat, 25 May 2019 22:11:37 -0400
Iran says US troop boost 'threat to international peace'
News ImageIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday a US decision to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East is a "threat to international peace," state media reported. "Increased US presence in our region is very dangerous and a threat to international peace and security and must be confronted," Zarif told the official IRNA news agency before heading home from a visit to Pakistan. Washington says the reinforcements, which come after the deployment earlier this month of an aircraft carrier task force, B-52 bombers, an amphibious assault ship and a missile defence system, are in response to a "campaign" of recent attacks approved by Iran's top leadership.
Sat, 25 May 2019 04:45:06 -0400
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