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  • DNC chair candidates spar on future of party as race tightens - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:46:11 -0500
    The two most prominent candidates to lead the Democratic Party appeared to agree with each other on most of the issues in a CNN debate Wednesday night, while outsider candidates and the moderators needled them about how sharply the party should focus on President Donald Trump and whether sitting Democratic officeholders should be primaried in 2018.

  • Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:35:20 -0500
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race.

  • Le Pen top aide put under formal investigation - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:42:16 -0500
    The chief of staff of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation on Wednesday after a day of questioning over the alleged misuse of EU funds to pay parliamentary assistants, a judicial source said. Catherine Griset was taken into custody for questioning along with Le Pen's bodyguard Thierry Legier, who was later released without being put under investigation, according to the source. In reaction to the news, Le Pen said that she formally denied any wrongdoing in a case that she said was being used to undermine her campaign.

  • The Russian Foreign Ministry Wants to Truth Squad ‘Fake News’ - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:52:26 -0500
    The article puts forward information that very much corresponds to reality.

  • Pakistan on edge as eight killed in fresh Lahore bomb blast - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:05:16 -0500
    At least eight people were killed and 28 injured after a bomb ripped through Pakistan's Lahore Thursday, officials said, the tenth attack in just under a fortnight pointing to a resurgence in Islamist violence. The blast, the second to hit the provincial capital this month, crumpled cars and sent panic rippling through the city after a wave of attacks across Pakistan killed more than 130 people. "My God, my God, I saw so many bodies," said Imtiaz Ali, a barber in a Toni&Guy hair salon opposite the blast site in the posh Defence Housing Authority suburb of the city, replete with upscale boutiques and cafes.

  • Seeing Double? Puppy Born in Shelter Has Bizarre Image of Herself on Left Ear - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:25:00 -0500
    "We had put up a picture of her trying to get her adopted, and someone commented, 'Oh look, she's got a dog on her ear,'" said a shelter representative.

  • Philippines: If China builds on shoal, it would strain ties - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:20:19 -0500
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday any move by China to transform a Manila-claimed shoal into an island would be a "game-changer" in blossoming relations, although he added that Beijing has pledged not to undertake any construction in the strategically located area of the South China Sea.

  • What Is LTE-U? FCC Green Lights First LTE-For-Unlicensed Devices - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:51:31 -0500
    The Federal Communications Commission authorized the use of LTE-U, a technology that promises improved connections for mobile carriers. Some critics warn it could interfere with Wi-Fi networks.

  • In photos: The world's best beaches 2017, according to TripAdvisor travelers - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:47:52 -0500


  • Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hall - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:21:58 -0500
    ON THE TOWN. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas held a town hall for the ages in Springdale, Ark., Wednesday night, drawing pointed questions from an Obamacare supporter, a Lutheran pastor, a descendent of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a 7-year-old boy.

  • Texas to feral pigs: It's time for the 'hog apocalypse' to begin - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:33:14 -0500
    Texas has a new plan for its 2.5 million feral hogs: total annihilation.  Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide — called "Kaput Feral Hog Lure" — for statewide use. "The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon," Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: First human-pig chimeras created, sparking hopes for transplantable organs — and debate "This solution is long overdue," he added. "Wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years." Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each year to agricultural businesses by tearing up crops and pastures, knocking down fences and ruining equipment. The so-called hog lure is derived from warfarin, a blood-thinning agent that's also used to kill rats and mice in homes and buildings. Animals don't die immediately from eating the odorless, tasteless chemical. That would be too kind. Instead, they keep eating it until the anti-clotting properties cause them to bleed to death internally. This week, Miller approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code that allows landowners and agricultural producers to use Kaput — essentially warfarin-laced pellets — to keep feral hogs off their property.  Not on my watch, hogs. Image: mark thompson/Getty Images Proponents of the hog toxicant, including the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, say it's an effective tool because it's only strong enough to kill the swine, and not other wildlife populations or livestock. In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered Kaput's hog bait under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, a move that made the product available for general use. Still, environmentalists and hog hunters alike staunchly oppose using warfarin to stamp out Texas's feral pig problem. Pigs poop, after all, and other animals could ingest the warfarin along the way. Some Texans hunt the pigs for sport and food, and they're worried about eating poisoned swine. "For Texas to introduce a poison into the equation is a bad decision in our opinion and could likely contaminate humans who unknowingly process and eat feral hogs," the Texas Hog Hunters Association said in a petition to block the rule change. MIke and his big ole boar from yesterday. Lamar county Texas — TX Hog Hunters Assn. (@texashoghunters) February 14, 2017 Louisiana might become the next state to use Kaput to quell its feral hog population, which worries state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour. He said local black bears and raccoons could easily lift the lid to the cages containing the warfarin-laced pellets. "We do have very serious concerns about non-target species," LaCour told the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.  "When the hogs eat, they're going to drop crumbs on the outside, where small rodents can get them and not only intoxicate themselves but also birds of prey that eat them. Since the poison will be on the landscape for weeks on end, the chances of these birds eating multiple affected animals is pretty good," he told the newspaper. The pesticide's manufacturer, Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., assures the pesticide is safe for humans and wildlife — just not for feral pigs. 

  • Ex-Hong Kong leader jailed in fall from 'such a height' - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:49:02 -0500
    By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, making him the most senior city official to serve time behind bars in a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law. The sentence brings an ignominious end to what had been a long and stellar career for Tsang before and after the 1997 handover to Chinese control, service that saw him knighted by the outgoing British colonial rulers. "Never in my judicial career have I seen a man falling from such a height," said High Court justice Andrew Chan in passing sentence.

  • Kim killing: Vietnam suspect was country girl, say neighbours - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:20:41 -0500
    The Vietnamese suspect in the killing of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother was renowned for her fashion, funky hairstyles and foreign boyfriends, say family members shocked at the link between their poor rice-farming village and a crime that has gripped the world. Doan Thi Huong gained notoriety last week after Malaysian police shared CCTV images of the 28-year-old at a Kuala Lumpur airport -- wearing a top emblazoned with "LOL" -- shortly after the February 13 assassination of Kim Jong-Nam. Houng's arrest has caused fevered interest inside Vietnam, despite attempts by security officials in the communist nation to control the information flow.

  • Trump team to change transgender policy - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:30:12 -0500
    Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s Supreme Court correspondent, explains the Trump administration’s policy change about transgendered students and how courts play an important role in the issue.

  • Women in sports ad strikes nerve in Arab world - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:53:05 -0500
    An online commercial released by Nike this week that showed Arab women fencing, boxing and spinning on ice-skates has stirred controversy over its attempt to smash stereotypes about women leading home-bound lives in the conservative region. Maybe they'll say you exceeded all expectations." Within 48 hours the video was shared 75,000 times on Twitter and viewed almost 400,000 times on YouTube. "An ad (which) touches on the insecurities of women in a society digs deeper and becomes an empowerment tool rather than just a product," Sara al-Zawqari, a spokeswoman for the International Red Cross in Iraq, wrote on her Twitter page.

  • US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:35:48 -0500
    BEIJING (AP) — An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.

  • Spicer says angry town halls are hybrid of upset people and professional protesters - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:58:23 -0500
    In the White House press briefing, Sean Spicer downplays increasing protests on health care at GOP town halls across the country.

  • Norwegian Air launches $65 flights between the US and UK - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:24:17 -0500
    New pair of shoes? Or transatlantic flight from the UK to the US? That's the new conundrum at travelers' disposal, with this week's launch of bottom-of-the-barrel fares by Norwegian Air, which is offering flights for as low as $65 USD one-way. 

  • Tillerson and Kelly’s Visit to Mexico Went About as Well as You’d Expect - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:49:05 -0500
    Trump calls it a “tough trip.”

  • Police End 'High-Five Fridays' Amid Complaints - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:02:02 -0500
    A Massachusetts police department started the program in December to establish a positive relationship with youth in the community.

  • Britain's top court backs government on immigration income test - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:29:30 -0500
    By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top court backed a government attempt to limit immigration by ruling on Wednesday that an income test for those who want to bring their non-European spouses to the UK is acceptable and does not infringe human rights. Prime Minister Theresa May introduced a rule in 2012 when she was interior minister that Britons who wanted to bring spouses from outside the European Economic Area to the UK had to be earning at least 18,600 pounds ($23,170) a year. The Supreme Court said the minimum income requirement had caused significant hardship to many, but ruled that in principle it was not inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Turkey-backed Syria rebels seize battleground town from IS - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:36:00 -0500
    Al-Bab (Syria) (AFP) - Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said Thursday they had fully captured the town of Al-Bab from the Islamic State group, marking a key defeat for the jihadists after weeks of heavy fighting. As Ankara said its allies now had "near complete control" of the town, a fresh round of peace talks opened between the Syrian opposition and regime in Geneva. Al-Bab, just 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Turkish border, was the last IS stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.

  • Couple with Down Syndrome to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary: 'I've Never Seen Love Like It' - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:59:00 -0500
    Defying criticism, a couple with Down syndrome has been married for nearly 22 years.

  • 2017 Jeep Compass - Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500
    Better than before, and that's no backhanded compliment.

  • SpaceX makes good on space station delivery a little late - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:31:21 -0500
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day.

  • The Best Keyboards For Serious Typists - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:32:52 -0500


  • One Android company wants to use smartphones to make PCs truly dead - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:08:58 -0500
    Android is an operating system that’s supposed to power smartphones, tablets, cars, wearables, and other gadgets. But it’s not an OS meant to take over your primary PC. Or is it? Recent reports indicate that Google has some great plans for Android, including turning the OS into a platform that can run on any device, laptops and desktops included. Even Samsung is heading in that direction on its own, as the Galaxy S8 is rumored to come with a special accessory that can be used to connect the smartphone to an external display. But until any of these plans get official, there’s an Android company based in China that’s already doing novel things with Google’s mobile OS. Jide Technologies, which makes its Android-based, Windows-like Remix OS, is ready for the next big thing: Turning Android smartphones into full-fledged computers. We talked about Remix OS in the past, a free OS that lets you install Android on any Windows or Mac to offer you a Windows-like user interface and overall experience. The best part is that you still get to use the same apps you downloaded from Google Play on a bigger screen, complete with modified UI elements for the larger display real estate. But Jide is ready to move forward with an even bolder plan. Rather than installing Remix on your desktop, you could install Remix OS on Mobile (ROM) on your smartphone, and then just connect it to a display or TV. That’s Remix Singularity in action: That certainly sounds great, at least on paper. ROM will be “as close to stock Android as possible,” Jide co-founder David Ko told The Verge in an interview. “But imagine when you get back to your office or study, you connect your phone, and it turns into a PC mode, just like a laptop or desktop.” Yes, that sounds amazing in theory. In practice. ROM will not ship with Google Play preloaded, so users will have to sideload the app to get their Play apps working on bigger screen. Furthermore, Jide needs partners to agree to have ROM installed on their devices, something that might not coincide with their contractual obligations to Google. Finally, there’s the hardware factor. You’d probably need a rather powerful mobile device to drive a great ROM experience on a monitor. But Jide is primarily targeting first-time Android users who won’t all have the means to afford a powerful enough device. That said, Remix Singularity definitely sounds exciting, so we’ll just have to wait to see it in action.

  • The Latest: Wis. gov tells conservatives 'go big, go bold' - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:51:12 -0500
    OXON HILL, Maryland (AP) — The Latest on the Conservative Political Action Conference (all times local):

  • 2 Teens Allegedly Shot Girl, 14, and Left Her to Die After Planned Robbery: Cops - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:55:00 -0500
    She was found hours after being shot.

  • U.S. reverses Obama-era move to phase out private prisons - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:00:07 -0500
    The U.S. Justice Department has reversed an order by the Obama administration to phase out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons. In a memo made public on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Obama policy impaired the government's ability to meet the future needs of the federal prison system. The Obama administration said in August 2016 it planned a gradual phase-out of private prisons by letting contracts expire or by scaling them back to a level consistent with recent declines in the U.S. prison population.

  • China Closely Watching US Navy Ship In South China Sea - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:27:06 -0500
    China's defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang urged America to maintain sovereignty, and said it respects freedom of navigation for all countries in disputed waters.

  • Apple says new California headquarters to open in April - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:22:01 -0500
    (Reuters) - Apple's sprawling new campus, dubbed "Apple Park," will open in April, the iPhone maker said on Wednesday. Although the first wave of employees will begin moving into the new Cupertino, California, headquarters this spring, it will take about six months for all of the 12,000-plus workers to make the transition, Apple said. Apple also said the 1,000-seat theater at its futuristic headquarters will be named for its late co-founder, Steve Jobs, who helped design the 175-acre campus before his death in 2011.

  • New Volkswagen eGolf offers more power and more range - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:15:42 -0500
    VW has announced that the latest-generation plug-in electric Golf will come with an EPA-estimated range of 125 miles (200km) when it goes on sale in the US this spring. Despite a more potent motor, the car can go further on a single charge because of improved and more efficient battery chemistry.

  • DAPL protesters refuse to leave camp ground - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:56:35 -0500
    ABC News' Phillip Mena reports from the area where protesters are refusing to leave as they reach their deadline.

  • SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:17:45 -0500
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA's historic moon pad.

  • Is this the next ‘iPhone killer’? - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:29:18 -0500
    In just a few days, a number of Android smartphone makers will unveil their best new devices, including various flagship handsets designed to compete directly with Apple’s latest iPhone. The Galaxy S8 will not be one of them, as Samsung had to postpone the phone’s launch to the end of March following the Galaxy Note 7 recall. The Galaxy S8’s absence might not be felt, however, as LG is about to launch a brand new flagship that looks nothing like its predecessor. But the LG G6 might not necessarily be the next Android flagship looking to compete against the iPhone 7, as Huawei plans to unveil a brand new Android handset of its own. And a new leak shows us exactly what the Huawei P10 will look like. Obtained by Evan Blass, who has posted a variety of MWC-related leaks on his Twitter account, the following image looks like the press render of the upcoming Huawei phone. The P10 is a slim device that looks like the iPhone from a distance. It’s got a metal back, antenna lines, curved corners, and round edges. It’s pretty much what most smartphones look like these days. But the Huawei P10 might have some neat tricks up its sleeve, including a dual camera setup on the back complete with Leica technology. The phone also seems to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, which appears to be present on the bottom. Earlier reports suggested the new Huawei phone will come in two versions, including a regular P10 and a P10 Plus version. The phone is also expected to feature up to 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage, but nothing is confirmed just yet. Luckily, Huawei’s event is just a few days away, at which point we’ll know more about it next Android-based iPhone rival.

  • Wiping a North Carolina town off the map? - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:40:10 -0500
    North Carolina lawmakers are considering a proposed bill that could wipe one town off the state map.

  • US promises Mexico no mass deportations or military force - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:40:06 -0500
    US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly promised Thursday "no mass deportations" or military force against immigrants in the United States despite a crackdown on those in the country illegally. "There will be no, repeat no mass deportations", Kelly told a news conference in Mexico City after meeting with Mexican ministers. The meetings aimed to calm diplomatic tensions with Mexico, which has been targeted by President Donald Trump with a hard line on trade and immigration.

  • Off-Duty Cop Fires Shot During Scuffle With Boy, 13, Sparking Widespread Outrage - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:38:00 -0500
    Video of the confrontation encouraged hundreds to swarm Anaheim, Calif., streets.

  • Young Immigrants Are Too Afraid To Apply For College In California - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:39:33 -0500
    President Donald Trump has ordered his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively.

  • Illinois state worker union members approve strike if needed - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:39:16 -0500
    Illinois could face a shutdown of its state government after its biggest labor union representing state workers said on Thursday its members overwhelmingly voted in favor of a strike. Just over 80 percent of members voted in favor of allowing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike if "no other path forward can be found" in reaching a new contract with the state, said Roberta Lynch, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31. The union's 38,000 members, who include prison guards, healthcare providers for veterans and the disabled, child welfare investigators, state highway workers and others, have been without a contract since July 2015.

  • Lexus is America's most reliable car brand...again - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:18:09 -0500
    For the sixth year in a row Toyota's luxury marque has topped the annual JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study. With an overall average score of 110, Lexus is once again the most reliable marque in the US, however this year it tied with Porsche. Away from luxury carmakers, Toyota came out top of the mainstream marques (and third overall) with a score of 123, just ahead of Buick (126) and Mercedes-Benz (131).

  • You Probably Shouldn't Be Taking That Probiotic, This Digestive Expert Says - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:37:57 -0500
    As a dietitian who's worked in a gastroenterology practice for the better part of a decade, one of the most common questions my patients ask me is, "Should I take a probiotic supplement?" More often than not, my answer is "no." This surprises most people. The relatively poor condition of the modern American gut microbiota -- that complex ecosystem of microscopic bacteria and yeasts that inhabits our intestines -- is being linked to all manner of health issues, from obesity and metabolic diseases to depression and autoimmune disease. The typical conclusion based on these compelling health headlines is that taking pills full of "probiotic" bacteria is an essential component to basic health maintenance -- no less important than brushing your teeth or washing your hands.

  • Airbus profit dives on problems with A400M military jet - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:09:24 -0500
    PARIS (AP) — Surprise new costs for the long-troubled Airbus A400M military jet sent the European plane maker's profits plunging last year and will weigh on the company's financial prospects through next year, even as it forecast a rise in aircraft deliveries and demand.

  • Amazon’s $20 Netgear router deal is back - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:54:52 -0500
    If you need to blanket a massive house with lightning-fast Wi-Fi, this is not the solution for you. Head on over to our big in-depth mesh networking system comparison and you'll find what you're looking for. But if you need a solid router that offers fast data speeds and more than enough coverage for an apartment or a small to medium-sized home, you'll be excited to learn that Amazon is once again offering the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Router with High Power 5dBi External Antennas for just $19.99. This terrific and affordable router has a 4-star rating from nearly 7,700 customer reviews, so you know it'll get the job done. And for a penny under $20, you really can't go wrong. Here are a few key takeaways from the product page: N300 Wi-Fi speed for faster downloads & Internet gaming 5dBi antennas for improved Wi-Fi coverage. NOTE: This product comes with an ethernet cable. Manage your home network with NETGEAR genie Use Push-N-Connect to add devices to your WiFi network with a push of a button GUEST NETWORK ACCESS for separate & secure WiFi access for guests SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS for highest level wireless security with WPA/WPA2 4 MB flash and 32 MB RAM, Five (5) (1 WAN, 4 LAN) Fast Ethernet ports This version of the product will have 'WNR2020-200PAS' stickered on box

  • The 2018 Range Rover Velar Is a Glass Roof With Some Car Attached - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:42:25 -0500
    And it shares its name with the first Range Rover prototype.

  • Pence, Bannon appeal for conservatives to unite behind Trump - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:41:37 -0500
    By Richard Cowan and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials urged conservative activists on Thursday to set aside differences and unite behind President Donald Trump's agenda stressing tough trade and immigration policies. Addressing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in suburban Maryland, outside Washington, Pence rallied the large group of Republicans who helped elect Trump on Nov. 8. Trump was due to address CPAC on Friday.

  • Nigeria summons South Africa ambassador over anti-immigrant violence - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:39:58 -0500
    Nigeria on Thursday said it had summoned South Africa's top diplomat to register its fears about a fresh wave of violence against immigrants near Johannesburg and Pretoria. Junior foreign minister Bukar Ibrahim said the high commissioner would be "informed of (the) government's concerns on the situation" and asked to ensure action was taken. "The Federal Government of Nigeria strongly urges the South African Government to take all necessary measures to protect the lives and property of foreigners living and working in South Africa," he added in a statement.

  • Google Cracked SHA-1 Encryption: What Does It Mean? - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:21:23 -0500
    Google has cracked the code for the the SHA-1 algorithm, which is a crucial aspect of the internet's security. This likely means SHA-1's encryption usefulness has come to an end.

  • Man convicted of throwing baby son off bridge to his death - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:36:00 -0500
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man charged with throwing his baby son off a 90-foot-high bridge to his death was convicted of murder on Wednesday.

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