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Future of airport security on show in London
A shoe scanner that works on passengers queuing at airport security is on show in London.
YouTube suspends ads on Tommy Robinson channel
The suspension has been imposed because the channel had broken rules governing adverts, YouTube says.
Facebook tackles Russians making fake news stories
The pages campaigned for months creating and sharing stories that were fake, said Facebook.
Fake BBC News page used to promote Bitcoin-themed scheme
The public is warned of an email-based campaign that uses a fake BBC News article to seek funds.
Domino's Pizza app must be accessible to blind people
A blind man had complained that he was unable to change toppings or complete his order online.
US 'probes Huawei for trade secret theft'
The investigation, reported by US media, adds to pressure facing the Chinese technology giant.
GCHQ sets up all-female cyber-training classes
The UK's intelligence services say there are too few young women working in cyber-security.
Roku U-turn over streaming Alex Jones's InfoWars
Roku bans Alex Jones after initially defending its decision to stream the conspiracy theorist's channel.
Nike's phone-controlled self-lacing trainers
Trainers which tighten or loosen automatically are Nike's latest nod to Back to the Future technology.
Racing game Forza pulls dances amid Fortnite legal action
Microsoft-owned Forza removes dances as Fortnite faces fresh legal action over dance moves.
Sofia Coppola to direct Bill Murray in Apple's first film
On the Rocks, starring Bill Murray, will be the tech giant's first venture into feature film-making.
Google Maps deterring outback tourists, say small firms
Australian authorities complain that Google Maps wrongly makes remote destinations seem inaccessible.
Upskirting to be crime after Lords back bill
A woman took her campaign to MPs after a man took pictures of her at a gig in London's Hyde Park.
London Uber fares go up after electric car charge
The fee will add about 45p to the average London journey, the ride-hailing firm says.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei denies firm poses spying risk
The 74-year-old says China has never asked it to share "improper information" about its clients.
Driverless car laser ruined camera
A man took a photo of a lidar sensor system on display at a tech fair and found pink dots on all his photos afterwards.
Proposals for drones to fly at night and over crowds in US
US proposals for relaxing drone laws are in stark contrast to the UK, which plans to tighten rules.
CES 2019: Virtual reality shoes are exhausting to use
A pair of shoes that allows owners to walk about in virtual reality worlds proves exhausting to use.
Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row
A scooter firm has apologised after issuing a journalist with legal threats over an article about its scooters.
Tidal streaming data figures investigated by Norway
Music streaming service Tidal's data is under investigation in Norway over claims some of its listener numbers were inflated.
Netflix's Bird Box film contains footage of Lac-Megantic disaster
Two Netflix productions used stock images of the Lac-Megantic rail disaster in a fictional context.
University switches off social media to help student well-being
A university is switching off its social media channels to promote a healthier online culture.
Virtual cities: Designing the metropolises of the future
How 3D software supercharged with real-time data can simulate complex designs before they're built.
Smartwatches: Switzerland's friend or foe?
The Swiss watch industry faced a near-death experience from quartz products. Is the smartwatch a similar threat?
The truth behind Blue Whale 'suicide challenge'
A global online game was blamed for numerous suicides. But it isn't quite what it seems.
CES 2019: 'I feel my sanity draining away'
The biggest show in tech is nearing its close - but how did attendees react this year?
The former homeless man bringing web access to the Bronx
People without internet access have fewer life chances than those that do. How can we close the gap?
The drone pilot whose maps are saving lives in Zanzibar
Drones are being used to map previously unmapped areas in Africa to the benefit of its citizens.
CES 2019: RaceFit suit shows you how to exercise
The RaceFit suit uses sensors to track and analyse your movements as you exercise.
CES 2019: LG's see-through and vibrating OLED TVs
The South Korean firm is demoing its latest TV display technologies at the CES tech expo.
How to know if a bot has sent an email from your account
Adding a fake email address to your account could alert you if a bot has access to your account.
Click: Gaming in 2019
Marc Cieslak looks ahead to some of the video games that will be making news in 2019.
Ace Combat 7: Can it match flying in real-life?
The latest version of the game has a new VR mode for more realistic aerial acrobatics.
Laser shoes made for Parkinson's patients
People with Parkinson's can freeze when they walk but laser shoes are helping them to keep moving.
The ultrasound scan you can do yourself
A US company has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and costs $2,000 (£1,555).
CES 2019: The sat nav of the future has arrived
A car dashboard that can display directions and points of interest as holograms has been developed.
Detroit auto show: Supercharged cars dazzle on debut
Power and speed took centre stage in Detroit as carmakers showed off new additions to their line up.
CES 2019: Wristband 'can control' your body temperature
BBC Click's Nick Kwek goes into sub-zero temperatures to test a wristband that can warm you up.

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Cleaning New York's filthy harbor with one billion oysters
The New York Harbor for years has been polluted and depleted of marine life. But one nonprofit is working to clean the murky water and revive its long-lost ecosystem — one oyster at a time.
Microsoft is investing $500 million to tackle Seattle housing crisis
Microsoft, which is headquartered in the Seattle region, said it will partner with nonprofit groups to address "the affordable housing crisis." The money will go toward building new homes and preserving existing housing.
Facebook takes down anti-NATO pages linked to Russian news agency Sputnik
Facebook removed hundreds of pages on Thursday it said posed as independent news sites in eastern Europe and elsewhere but were actually run by employees at Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik.
SpaceX ditches plans to develop Mars spaceship at Los Angeles port
SpaceX has abandoned plans to open up shop at the Port of Los Angeles.
Snap exodus continues: CFO out after less than a year
Snap is losing another high-profile executive. Chief Financial Officer Tim Stone told Snap on Tuesday that he was leaving the company, just eight months after moving to Snap from Amazon.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is an Apple fan and wants to live forever
A rare discussion with foreign media is shedding new light on the tech tycoon.
Huawei's founder praises Trump and denies claims his company spies for China
Huawei's reclusive founder has denied allegations that his telecoms company spies for the Chinese government.
How Alexa knows the difference between a breaking window and a wine glass
For Amazon, getting Alexa's new security-guard feature to work meant literally breaking a lot of windows.
Alibaba's 'City Brain' is slashing congestion in its hometown
Alibaba is using artificial intelligence to coordinate more than 1,000 road signals around Hangzhou with the aim of preventing or easing gridlock.
Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland on spying charges
A Huawei executive arrested in Poland on charges of spying for China has been fired by the Chinese tech company.
SpaceX to lay off 10% of its workers
SpaceX is laying off 10% of its 6,000-person workforce as it tackles two hugely expensive projects.
The gadgets of the future know everything wrong with you right now
The gadgets at CES 2019 don't just tell us about the future. They are a window into who we are right now and what we think is wrong with our lives.
SpaceX launches final batch of next-generation satellites
SpaceX completed a major upgrade to a key telecommunications satellite network on Friday after two years of launches.
A 5G world is coming. Tech companies at CES show they're ready
More companies are sharing ambitious plans about how we'll live in a 5G world.
Shareholder sues Alphabet board over handling of harassment
An Alphabet shareholder is suing the company's board of directors, claiming it helped cover up allegations of sexual misconduct by former Google executives.
What Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos' divorce could mean for Amazon
Shortly after they were married, MacKenzie Bezos drove her husband, Jeff, across the country from New York to Seattle while he typed out a business plan for what would become Amazon.
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Tesla drops cheapest versions of the Model S and Model X
Time is running out to buy the cheapest versions of the Tesla Model S and Model X luxury cars.
Rollable TVs and butler robots: Gadgets that caught our eye at CES 2019
A visit to CES, the annual consumer electronics show, is like wandering through 2.7 million square feet of a SkyMall catalog.

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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


The weirdest tech of CES 2018

The weirdest tech of CES 2018Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.


Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio

Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audioAt CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.


Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you

Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill youHonda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.


Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city

Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed cityAt CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.


Intel wants this drone to fly you around

Intel wants this drone to fly you aroundIntel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.


AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’

AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.


Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018

Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.


What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018

What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.


Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial SlurThe daughter's name is Nicarri.


Twitter tests longer character limit

Twitter tests longer character limitYou may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...


Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free

Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for freeMac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.


Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects

Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effectsWant to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?


Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launch

Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launchApple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...


The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone

The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhoneApple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.


Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11

Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.


Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked

Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hackedEquifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.


The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone

The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhoneApple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectationsSamsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.


Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post

Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook postYahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.


4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US

4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the USThere are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.


Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display

Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K displayMore laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.


The most important iPhone features ever

The most important iPhone features everApple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.


Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is historyHope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”


'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.


Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.


Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch

Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatchSamsung's new Gear Sport is a fitness-centric smartwatch aimed squarely at the Apple Watch.


The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign

The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesignThis is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!


Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR

Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VRMicrosoft is bringing VR to the masses with its low-cost headsets.


Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news

Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake newsFacebook is taking its crackdown on fake news even further.


Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple WatchFitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.


Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO

Meet Uber's pick for its next CEOExpedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to take on the role of Uber CEO.


Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts

Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcriptsBelieve it or not, YouTube creates a written transcript for every single video. Just click More and Transcript and boom!


Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet

Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big betSamsung is bringing the Galaxy Note brand back from the brink with the Galaxy Note 8. But can it bury the ghosts of the Note 7?


The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone

The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhoneThe Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.


Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech

Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home techThe Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.


Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement

Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvementQualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.


How companies leave your data online without your knowledge

How companies leave your data online without your knowledgeYour private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.


Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.


Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders

Pogue's Basics: Alexa remindersAmazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.


NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book

NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this bookAn alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won't fall into that category.


How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer

How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographerApple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.


Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless

Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawlessMotorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.


The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and Target

The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and TargetIf you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.


Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics

Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basicsLego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.


A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers

A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumersA new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.


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Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay views

Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay viewsA week after announcing her presidential candidacy, the representative from Hawaii releases a video apology.


American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to USNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness.


Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia's Rusal fails in Senate

Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia's Rusal fails in SenateSenators voted 57-42 to end debate on the measure, as 11 of Trump's fellow Republicans broke from party leaders to join Democrats in favor of the resolution, amid questions about Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. To keep the administration from lifting the sanctions, the measure must pass both the House and Senate and muster the two-thirds majority needed in both chambers to override an expected Trump veto. Many members of Congress have been questioning the U.S. Treasury Department's decision in December to ease sanctions imposed in April on the core businesses of Deripaska - Rusal, its parent, En+ , and power firm EuroSibEnergo - watering down the toughest penalties imposed on Russian entities since Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.


Acting AG Whitaker to testify before Congress in a hearing likely centered on Russia probe

Acting AG Whitaker to testify before Congress in a hearing likely centered on Russia probeActing Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is scheduled to testify before Congress next month.


Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachersLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as thousands of teachers walked picket lines for a second day Tuesday, joined for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools.


Venus-Jupiter conjunction: Set your alarm for this celestial meet-up on Tuesday morning

Venus-Jupiter conjunction: Set your alarm for this celestial meet-up on Tuesday morningJupiter and Venus will shine bright together before dawn on Tuesday in an astronomical event known as a conjunction.


House Democrats vows to vote for a border barrier because that's what her constituents want

House Democrats vows to vote for a border barrier because that's what her constituents wantAre there any signs other Democrats will break from the establishment line? Congresswoman Katie Hill explains her reasons for supporting Trump's physical border barrier


Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy lawApple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation - a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.


A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series

A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez teaches fellow Democrats how to use Twitter

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez teaches fellow Democrats how to use TwitterSuch is the hope, at least, of Democrats on Capitol Hill, who have undergone a class in how to tweet more effectively, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the veritable Twitter superpower. “With @AOC, @RepDebDingell, @jahimes, @davidcicilline, @RepCartwright & @Twitter representatives at training session on Twitter for Democratic Members of Congress,” tweeted California congressman Ted Lieu, after the lesson. Nobody in the Democratic party – Michelle and Barack Obama included – has as much Twitter power as the 29-year-old congresswoman of New York’s 14th district.


David Webb’s White Privilege

David Webb’s White PrivilegeAreva Martin, a CNN “analyst” — whatever in hell that means anno Domini 2019 — was in the middle of a spirited exchange with the conservative talk-radio host David Webb about racial preferences in hiring. Webb argued — as conservatives of many different races argue! — that race should not be a factor in such decisions, which should be based strictly on qualifications. “That’s a whole ’nother long conversation about white privilege,” she sniffed.


U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities growThe senior U.S. defense intelligence official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not predict that China's military, known as the People's Liberation Army (PLA), would take such a step but said such a possibility was the top worry as China expands and modernizes its military capabilities. "The biggest concern is that ... they are getting to a point where the PLA leadership may actually tell Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities," the official said, referring to China's president. Pressed on whether the official was referring to Chinese confidence in its capabilities to be able to successfully win a battle with Taiwan, the official said, "Well, specifically that would be the most concerning to me." Taiwan is only one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, including a trade war between the countries, U.S. sanctions on the Chinese military, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.


More snow! Airlines waive change fees as new storms approach

More snow! Airlines waive change fees as new storms approachAirlines are waiving change fees as two more winter storms are set to move across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast from Thursday into the weekend.


White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarks

White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarksWASHINGTON (AP) — Comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy are "abhorrent," the White House said Wednesday as bipartisan condemnation of King continued.


Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to know

Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to knowWhen you're a frequent traveler, it's almost self-sabotage to not join some


Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hears

Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hearsFormer Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $100 million bribe from drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a former collaborator told the kingpin's trial. Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian who is now collaborating with US prosecutors in the Chapo trial, made the statement under examination from defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. "Mr. Guzman paid a bribe of $100 million to President Pena Nieto,?" the lawyer asked.


In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections

In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 electionsMillions of people took part in the women's marches in Washington and other cities in the United States and abroad on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Republican president was sworn in. Vanessa Wruble, a co-founder of the original Women's March on Washington who left to start March On, a separate grassroots coalition, said the movement has evolved from being a reaction to Trump's presidency. Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is using its #WomensWave marches in Washington and elsewhere on Saturday to roll out a 10-part policy platform that includes raising the federal minimum wage and protecting reproductive rights.


What to Know About the 2020 Toyota Supra

What to Know About the 2020 Toyota SupraIt's the return of the almighty Supra, but this Japanese car has a German flair.


Mike Pence amends claim that 'ISIS has been defeated' following deadly attack on U.S. troops

Mike Pence amends claim that 'ISIS has been defeated' following deadly attack on U.S. troopsThe same day that ISIS fighters in Syria claimed responsibility for a deadly bomb attack, Vice President Mike Pence echoed the president's assessment that the group had been vanquished.


Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony

Procter & Gamble’s Toxic SanctimonyRecognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of progressivism. In case you hadn’t seen or heard: Parent company Procter & Gamble launched a Gillette ad campaign blanket-demonizing men as ogres and bullies. At home and at work, in the boardroom, on the playground, and even while barbecuing in the backyard, Gillette sees nothing but testosterone-driven trouble.


Oxford University suspends funding from China's Huawei

Oxford University suspends funding from China's HuaweiThe University of Oxford said on Thursday it has stopped accepting funding from China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, after scrutiny over the company's relationship with China’s government. "Oxford University decided on January 8 this year that it will not pursue new funding opportunities with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related group companies at present," the university said in a statement. "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei.


Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in Baltimore

Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in BaltimoreA data connectivity issue with Southwest Airlines phones and computer systems Tuesday resulted in delayed flights to and from BWI.


Markets Right Now: Banks lead stock gains on Wall Street

Markets Right Now: Banks lead stock gains on Wall StreetNEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):


10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself

10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself


Kenya Forces Battle to End Attack as Death Toll Climbs

Kenya Forces Battle to End Attack as Death Toll ClimbsExplosions and heavy gunfire were heard early on Wednesday morning as security officers engaged the assailants at the Dusit Hotel on the outskirts of the city center, the Nairobi-based Daily Nation newspaper reported.


Break in Pacific storms for California to aid mudslide, damage cleanup

Break in Pacific storms for California to aid mudslide, damage cleanupA much-needed break from the storms touting inches of rain and feet of snow will begin in some areas on Friday and expand to much of the Pacific coast by next week.


Ford Is Making an Electric F-150, and That's Just the Beginning

Ford Is Making an Electric F-150, and That's Just the BeginningFord pledges to build an all-electric version of its top-selling F-150 truck. It won't be alone.


Nancy Pelosi's Suggestion That President Trump Deliver the State of the Union in a Letter Has 112 Years of Precedent

Nancy Pelosi's Suggestion That President Trump Deliver the State of the Union in a Letter Has 112 Years of PrecedentThe address was delivered as a letter to Congress for 112 years


A new migrant caravan heads for U.S. border

A new migrant caravan heads for U.S. borderSeveral hundred Honduran migrants have crossed the border with Guatemala, as part of a new migrant caravan headed for the U.S. border. Jayson Albano reports.


Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: Anadolu

Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: AnadoluTurkish prosecutors are seeking the extradition of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter over his links to the U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said. Kanter, a vocal critic of President Tayyip Erdogan, was indicted by a Turkish court last year over alleged membership of an "armed terrorist group" after being contacted repeatedly by people close to Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. Anadolu said on Tuesday prosecutors had sought the issue of a "red notice" for Kanter, an Interpol request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.


7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rent

7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rentHomebase Abroad shares some of its most alluring vacation rentals in Tuscany.


The Latest: Sheriff defends Jayme Closs 911 response

The Latest: Sheriff defends Jayme Closs 911 responseBARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and the killing of her parents (all times local):


The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New Screen

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New ScreenMinor changes are coming to Hyundai's hybrid Ioniq hatchback.


Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing MaduroVenezuela's opposition-controlled but powerless National Assembly stepped up its battle with President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday by offering an amnesty to anyone from the military who joins it in disavowing the socialist leader. The "amnesty law" would extend also to civilian government officials who collaborate "in the restitution of constitutional order," parliament said. The row between the legislature and Maduro has intensified since the socialist leader was sworn in last week for a second term of office in the crisis-hit country, after he won snap elections in May that were boycotted by the opposition and dismissed by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States as a fraud.


'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redhead

'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redheadPrince Harry got a big surprise on Monday when a 4-year-old red-head presented him with a special sign. 


How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation MistakesA toddler, still strapped into a car safety seat, survived a fall out of a moving vehicle this week on a Minnesota road—providing a chilling reminder of the importance of proper car seat installa...


Pelosi Says She ‘Doesn’t Care’ After DHS Contradicts Claim that SOTU Should be Cancelled

Pelosi Says She ‘Doesn’t Care’ After DHS Contradicts Claim that SOTU Should be CancelledSpeaker Nancy Pelosi reacted with ambivalence Wednesday night after the Department of Homeland Security contradicted her claim that the upcoming State of the Union address should be cancelled due to security concerns resulting from the ongoing government shutdown. “I don’t care what they said,” Pelosi told reporters when asked about the secret service’s claim that they cold secure the House chamber for President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union speech. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back Wednesday afternoon after Pelosi sent a letter to Trump asking him to deliver the State of the Union in writing, or delay it until the record government shutdown is resolved and the requisite agencies are better able to secure the venue.


See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos

See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos


China's envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussions

China's envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussionsChina's envoy to Canada on Thursday warned Ottawa there would be repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks, the latest blast in a deepening bilateral dispute. Ambassador Lu Shaye, speaking at a news conference, did not give details. Canada is currently studying the security implications of 5G networks, but unlike some allies has not announced Huawei equipment will be excluded.


'Blockbuster' storm heads east, could drop 40 inches of snow. Then an Arctic blast will freeze 200 million

'Blockbuster' storm heads east, could drop 40 inches of snow. Then an Arctic blast will freeze 200 millionMudslides and flooding closed roads in California as heavy rains and snow were forecast.


This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the baby

This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the babyUmbilical cords are not usually part of the traditional manicure experience.  Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule. Russian nail artist Nail Sunny recently shared intricate nail art featuring a detailed chair (with stirrups) and a little woman in a pink hospital gown.  The nail appears to be giving birth. > View this post on Instagram > > Baby birth -❤️ or ? Video by @edo_movs #nailsunnytutorial > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:49am PST SEE ALSO: 'Nail Art History' Puts a Museum at Your Fingertips Once the chair and body (made of gel) are affixed neatly to the nail, "the baby" is born. A scalpel reaches into the frame and quite literally plucks a little acrylic baby from beneath the woman's gown.  Next, the umbilical cord is cut with a pair of tweezers and the newborn gel baby is placed with its gel mother. It's all very surreal.  Nail Sunny is no stranger to impractically eye-catching nails. Scroll through the page long enough and you'll find hookah nails (real smoke!), salt bae nails (real steak!), and Grinch nails (synthetic green fur!). > View this post on Instagram > > @world_record_egg challenge Let's set a world record together and get the most liked video post on Instagram PLEASE LIKE THIS VIDEO @nail_sunny #NAILSUNNYTUTORIAL p.s. Конечно же мы не могли не отреагировать на событие сегодняшнего дня , которое перевернуло жизнь @kyliejenner #guinnessworldrecord #wlrldrecordegg #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #worldrecords video by @edo_movs > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:44am PST > View this post on Instagram > > Yes or no ? > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 12, 2019 at 10:10am PST The account often documents the process it took to make the nails. Plus, the video clips are set to top 40 music, so don't worry about providing a playlist.  Now we just want to see the recipient of the manicure open a can of soda. ## WATCH: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you


NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spotted fresh rainfall on Saturn’s moon Titan

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spotted fresh rainfall on Saturn’s moon TitanNASA's Cassini orbiter has been dead for well over a year now, but its incredible discoveries continue to trickle in as researchers pore over data and images it collected while it was active. Consequently, studies focused on the orbiter's findings continue to crop up on a regular basis, such as a recent study from University of Idaho in Moscow doctoral student Rajani Dhingra, who, along with her colleagues, found evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in an image taken on June 7th, 2016. This indicates that summer had arrived on the moon's northern hemisphere later than climate models had predicted. "The whole Titan community has been looking forward to seeing clouds and rains on Titan's north pole, indicating the start of the northern summer, but despite what the climate models had predicted, we weren't even seeing any clouds," said Dhingra, lead author of the study. "People called it the curious case of missing clouds." Dhingra and her colleagues spotted a reflective feature near the north pole of Titan in the aforementioned image -- a feature which covered approximately 46,332 square miles -- which had never appeared before, and didn't appear when Cassini passed by again. Dhingra concluded that the reflective nature of the feature was due to sunlight reflecting off of a wet surface, which she believes was the result of a methane rainfall event. This is the first time summer rainfall has ever been observed on Titan. While Earth experiences four seasons over the course of a year, a single season on Titan lasts seven Earth years. When Cassini reached Titan, clouds and rainfall were observed in the southern hemisphere, signaling a southern summer. Climate models predicted the rain would move to the northern hemisphere "leading up to the northern summer solstice in 2017," but the clouds still hadn't appeared by 2016. The images above should help reseachers understand why this was the case. We want our model predictions to match our observations. This rainfall detection proves Cassini's climate follows the theoretical climate models we know of," Dhingra said. "Summer is happening. It was delayed, but it's happening. We will have to figure out what caused the delay, though."


The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Kenya attack

The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Kenya attackNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local):


Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect's father: 'All I care about' is Jayme's family

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Ford forecasts $112 mn Q4 loss amid restructuring costs

Ford forecasts $112 mn Q4 loss amid restructuring costsFord said Wednesday it expected to post a $112 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 as the automaker implements a massive restructuring in the United States and Europe. For the full year, Ford will post a net profit of $3.7 billion, less than half the 2017 result. Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $1.30 across the year, right at the lower end of its $1.30-1.50 estimate in October.


Paul Manafort: Trump's disgraced campaign chief said he was placing people in administration, court filing says

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Netflix Price Hike Points to the Changing Math of Cord Cutting

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Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question

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New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suites

New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suitesVirgin Voyages, the new cruise line backed by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will have some of the biggest suites at sea.


California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

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Pelosi Says She ‘Doesn’t Care’ After DHS Contradicts Claim that SOTU Should be Cancelled

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Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks

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PHOTOS: Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attack

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American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use

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Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony

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In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections

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40 mph mudslides, floods, blizzards, 6 feet of snow, 110 mph winds: California nightmare

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House Democrats vows to vote for a border barrier because that's what her constituents want

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Mike Pence amends claim that 'ISIS has been defeated' following deadly attack on U.S. troops

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China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night

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Kenya attack: At least six killed in Nairobi hotel complex terror siege

Kenya attack: At least six killed in Nairobi hotel complex terror siegeIslamist terrorists detonated explosives and fired automatic weapons as they mounted a deadly attack on a hotel and business complex frequented by Westerners in Nairobi on Tuesday. Six people have been confirmed killed in the attack, while a Kenyan police officer told reporters 15 bodies had been taken to the mortuary. A mortuary worker added that identification papers indicated that 11 were Kenyan, one was American and one was British, while the other two did not have documents on them. Nationalities of the dead remain unconfirmed. Hundreds more remained trapped inside buildings  16 hours after the attack began. Local security forces freed scores of civilians as they fought their way into the grounds of 14 Riverside, a compound housing a hotel, restaurant, bars and office blocks in the city’s Westlands district.  But the reported six gunmen were still in control of parts of the five-star Dusit Hotel, part of a Thai-owned international chain that appeared to be the chief target of the attackers. The Somali militant group al-Shabaab, which has longstanding ties to al-Qaeda, claimed credit for the attack, revisiting the city in which they killed 67 people during an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in 2013. Cars are seen on fire at the scene of explosions and gunshots in Nairobi Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Just as at Westgate, barely a mile way, this was a carefully chosen target designed to bring terror to one of the prosperous parts of an increasingly prosperous city and target Westerners and rich Kenyans alike. Several multinational firms, from America’s Colgate Palmolive to the German chemical giant BASF housed their local headquarters at 14 Riverside. Several British firms were also based there, the consultancy groups Control Risks and Adam Smith International among them. From the outset it was clear that this was a highly sophisticated attack. A suicide bomber blew himself up close to the entrance as two vehicles carrying the attackers breached a security barrier, regarded as one of the most efficient in Nairobi, at the entrance to the complex. Some of the attackers, lobbing grenades and firing automatic rifles, reportedly killed several people at the Secret Garden restaurant, a spot popular for business meetings close to the restaurant, before continuing on to the Dusit hotel.  “There was a big bang and then a lot of gunfire, up to 100 shots or more,” said Philip Coulson, a lawyer working in a nearby office block. “Later, I saw people fleeing and others being carried out with looks of pain or anguish on their face.” Terrified office workers in the complex’s five blocks, said to house more than 1,000 employees, hid under desks and barricaded doors. Others, caught in the open, ran frantically for cover.  “Run, run!” one man shouted from behind a low wall as colleagues stumbled on lawns and crawled along the ground in a desperate bid for safety as shots rang out. “Down! Down!” Extremists launched a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital  Credit: AP Photo/Brian Inganga Kenya’s security forces earned an ignominious reputation during the Westgate attack, after army units were accused of opening fire on their police colleagues, killing the officer in charge and then embarking on a looting spree. But this time, the initial response appeared more professional and coordinated. Army and police units, assisted by emergency crews, were quick to seal off the perimeter and rescue people from the office blocks, at least some of which appeared to be ignored by the attackers. Many were rescued within hours, fleeing under armed guard with their hands in the air before streaming in their scores across a footbridge to the safety of a nearby university campus. Everywhere signs of extreme emotion were visible. Shaking and often weeping, some survivors — mostly Kenyan, but some Westerners too — embraced anxious relatives waiting outside the police cordon. Others sank to the ground and gave thanks to God. Security forces at the scene in Nairobi Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis “After the first blast, after we saw the restaurant had been blown up, we ran and hid under tables,” said Elizabeth Maina, an employee at AC Nielsen, an American global research firm housed in the Belgravia building close to the entrance. “There was shooting everywhere. We called and sent messages to the police. After an hour, we saw men in uniforms and plain clothes enter the room. They shouted ‘police, police’ and led us out.” Workers in office blocks, with plenty of hiding places and lockable doors, were always more likely to survive. Those in the hotel, whose foyer opens out onto a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, would have had much less of a chance — as their attackers surely knew. Just how high the death toll could be is unlikely to become clear until the attack is over, although witnesses said they saw at least five bodies and reported body parts strewn on the ground outside the hotel. “There was no time to count the dead but it is true that there are people who have died,” said one police officer involved in the operation. A woman is reunited with her family after her evacuation from DusitD2 compound Credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images Kenya has long been in al-Shabaab’s sights, even before it sent troops across the border into Somalia in 2011 in an attempt to root out the militants behind the abductions of Western tourists on the Kenyan coast, Britons among them.  In 1998, an al Qaeda attack, which involved a number of Somalis, on the American embassy in Nairobi killed more than 200 people. The number of attacks soared after 2011.  Westgate aside, 147 students were killed in an attack on a university in the northern town in Garissa in 2015 while scores more had previously died when suspected al Shabaab militants struck at villages on the northern Kenyan coast. Improved intelligence, aided by tactical and training support from Britain, has seen a halt to large-scale attacks since 2015, although often deadly ambushes on Kenyan forces near the Somali border remain frequent. Despite mounting domestic opposition and al-Shabaab attacks on their bases, Kenyan forces remain in Somalia. The attack on 14 Riverside came on the third anniversary of an al-Shabaab attack on a Kenyan military base in the Somali town of El Adde. Kenya has refused to release details of the death toll, but analysts say they believe more than 140 Kenyan soldiers were killed.


White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarks

White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarksWASHINGTON (AP) — Comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy are "abhorrent," the White House said Wednesday as bipartisan condemnation of King continued.


Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to know

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US air traffic controllers say system ‘eroding’ beneath them due to government shutdown

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A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series

A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series


More snow! Airlines waive change fees as new storms approach

More snow! Airlines waive change fees as new storms approachAirlines are waiving change fees as two more winter storms are set to move across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast from Thursday into the weekend.


Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: Anadolu

Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: AnadoluTurkish prosecutors are seeking the extradition of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter over his links to the U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said. Kanter, a vocal critic of President Tayyip Erdogan, was indicted by a Turkish court last year over alleged membership of an "armed terrorist group" after being contacted repeatedly by people close to Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. Anadolu said on Tuesday prosecutors had sought the issue of a "red notice" for Kanter, an Interpol request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.


Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay views

Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay viewsA week after announcing her presidential candidacy, the representative from Hawaii releases a video apology.


Oxford University suspends funding from China's Huawei

Oxford University suspends funding from China's HuaweiThe University of Oxford said on Thursday it has stopped accepting funding from China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, after scrutiny over the company's relationship with China’s government. "Oxford University decided on January 8 this year that it will not pursue new funding opportunities with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related group companies at present," the university said in a statement. "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei.


David Webb’s White Privilege

David Webb’s White PrivilegeAreva Martin, a CNN “analyst” — whatever in hell that means anno Domini 2019 — was in the middle of a spirited exchange with the conservative talk-radio host David Webb about racial preferences in hiring. Webb argued — as conservatives of many different races argue! — that race should not be a factor in such decisions, which should be based strictly on qualifications. “That’s a whole ’nother long conversation about white privilege,” she sniffed.


House Republicans join rebuke of Trump for easing Russia sanctions

House Republicans join rebuke of Trump for easing Russia sanctionsMore than 130 US House Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in opposing the easing of sanctions against an ally of Russia's Vladimir Putin, dealing a rebuke to President Donald Trump's administration. The Democratic-controlled chamber overwhelmingly voted 362 to 53 approving the bill that would block the Treasury Department's December move to lift sanctions on companies connected to Oleg Deripaska. The oligarch was targeted last year as part of US congressional efforts to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential race.


Markets Right Now: Banks lead stock gains on Wall Street

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10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself

10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself


A new migrant caravan heads for U.S. border

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Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in Baltimore

Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in BaltimoreA data connectivity issue with Southwest Airlines phones and computer systems Tuesday resulted in delayed flights to and from BWI.


Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy lawApple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation - a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.


Senate Cancels Recess Amid Shutdown, But Lets Members Stay Home

Senate Cancels Recess Amid Shutdown, But Lets Members Stay HomeGOP leaders said Thursday there will be no Senate votes on Friday or next week, although the chamber will formally be in session during what had been a planned Martin Luther King recess. Senators are being told to be ready to return for votes if there’s any agreement to reopen the government, said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking GOP leader. “We’ll be in session, but votes will be contingent on whether there is something we can vote on,” Thune said.


U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities growThe senior U.S. defense intelligence official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not predict that China's military, known as the People's Liberation Army (PLA), would take such a step but said such a possibility was the top worry as China expands and modernizes its military capabilities. "The biggest concern is that ... they are getting to a point where the PLA leadership may actually tell Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities," the official said, referring to China's president. Pressed on whether the official was referring to Chinese confidence in its capabilities to be able to successfully win a battle with Taiwan, the official said, "Well, specifically that would be the most concerning to me." Taiwan is only one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, including a trade war between the countries, U.S. sanctions on the Chinese military, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.


Falling tree kills man as storm lashes California

Falling tree kills man as storm lashes CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said.


Ford Is Making an Electric F-150, and That's Just the Beginning

Ford Is Making an Electric F-150, and That's Just the BeginningFord pledges to build an all-electric version of its top-selling F-150 truck. It won't be alone.


Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hears

Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hearsFormer Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $100 million bribe from drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a former collaborator told the kingpin's trial. Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian who is now collaborating with US prosecutors in the Chapo trial, made the statement under examination from defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. "Mr. Guzman paid a bribe of $100 million to President Pena Nieto,?" the lawyer asked.


The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New Screen

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How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

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7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rent

7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rentHomebase Abroad shares some of its most alluring vacation rentals in Tuscany.


'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redhead

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Pelosi tells Trump to postpone State of the Union over record-long government shutdown

Pelosi tells Trump to postpone State of the Union over record-long government shutdownThe speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has asked Donald Trump to postpone his annual State of the Union address amid a government shutdown now into its 26th day. The move could deny the president the grandeur of the annual platform, which he is likely to use to criticise Ms Pelosi and Democrats over the shutdown. Democrats have said they will not sanction $5.7bn (£4.4bn) funding for Mr Trump’s proposed border wall which the president has made a central demand for reopening the government.


Pres. Trump denies Nancy Pelosi aircraft for planned trip abroad, citing government shutdown

Pres. Trump denies Nancy Pelosi aircraft for planned trip abroad, citing government shutdownTrump wrote a letter to Pelosi informing her that her trip had been postponed and would be rescheduled after the shutdown.


California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warning

California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warningLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pacific storm that brought fears of dangerous mudslides and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada was less fierce than expected but hundreds of homes in fire-scarred California areas remained under evacuation orders as more rain was expected.


See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos

See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos


Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong references

Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong referencesTAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - One of China's top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world's 500 largest companies had used "incorrect labels" for Taiwan and 53 had errors in the way they referred to Hong Kong, according to China's Legal Daily newspaper.


May Wins Confidence Vote and Opens Cross-Party Brexit Talks

May Wins Confidence Vote and Opens Cross-Party Brexit TalksU.K. leader Theresa May survived an attempt to oust her government and immediately opened talks with rival political parties in an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock, as time runs out to reach a deal. The prime minister fought off the threat of a national election and won the right to continue running the country when the House of Commons voted 325 to 306 against a motion of “no confidence” in her administration. May invited other party leaders, who back keeping much closer ties to the European Union, for talks tonight to discuss how to forge a compromise Brexit plan that Parliament can support.


Ford forecasts $112 mn Q4 loss amid restructuring costs

Ford forecasts $112 mn Q4 loss amid restructuring costsFord said Wednesday it expected to post a $112 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 as the automaker implements a massive restructuring in the United States and Europe. For the full year, Ford will post a net profit of $3.7 billion, less than half the 2017 result. Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $1.30 across the year, right at the lower end of its $1.30-1.50 estimate in October.


New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suites

New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suitesVirgin Voyages, the new cruise line backed by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will have some of the biggest suites at sea.


This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the baby

This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the babyUmbilical cords are not usually part of the traditional manicure experience.  Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule. Russian nail artist Nail Sunny recently shared intricate nail art featuring a detailed chair (with stirrups) and a little woman in a pink hospital gown.  The nail appears to be giving birth. > View this post on Instagram > > Baby birth -❤️ or ? Video by @edo_movs #nailsunnytutorial > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:49am PST SEE ALSO: 'Nail Art History' Puts a Museum at Your Fingertips Once the chair and body (made of gel) are affixed neatly to the nail, "the baby" is born. A scalpel reaches into the frame and quite literally plucks a little acrylic baby from beneath the woman's gown.  Next, the umbilical cord is cut with a pair of tweezers and the newborn gel baby is placed with its gel mother. It's all very surreal.  Nail Sunny is no stranger to impractically eye-catching nails. Scroll through the page long enough and you'll find hookah nails (real smoke!), salt bae nails (real steak!), and Grinch nails (synthetic green fur!). > View this post on Instagram > > @world_record_egg challenge Let's set a world record together and get the most liked video post on Instagram PLEASE LIKE THIS VIDEO @nail_sunny #NAILSUNNYTUTORIAL p.s. Конечно же мы не могли не отреагировать на событие сегодняшнего дня , которое перевернуло жизнь @kyliejenner #guinnessworldrecord #wlrldrecordegg #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #worldrecords video by @edo_movs > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:44am PST > View this post on Instagram > > Yes or no ? > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 12, 2019 at 10:10am PST The account often documents the process it took to make the nails. Plus, the video clips are set to top 40 music, so don't worry about providing a playlist.  Now we just want to see the recipient of the manicure open a can of soda. ## WATCH: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you


5 reasons Trump may want a shutdown that have nothing to do with a wall

5 reasons Trump may want a shutdown that have nothing to do with a wallClearly, Trump must enjoy having a big chunk of our government closed. Besides a border wall fight, what else is he getting out of this mess? A lot.


Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question

Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship questionDemocrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information. Representative Carolyn Maloney, a senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters that she is re-introducing her bill, which was ignored by Republicans in 2017-2018 when they controlled the House of Representatives.


Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

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Break in Pacific storms for California to aid mudslide, damage cleanup

Break in Pacific storms for California to aid mudslide, damage cleanupA much-needed break from the storms touting inches of rain and feet of snow will begin in some areas on Friday and expand to much of the Pacific coast by next week.


Your favorite salmon recipe just got SO much better

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Pelosi Says She ‘Doesn’t Care’ After DHS Contradicts Claim that SOTU Should be Cancelled

Pelosi Says She ‘Doesn’t Care’ After DHS Contradicts Claim that SOTU Should be CancelledSpeaker Nancy Pelosi reacted with ambivalence Wednesday night after the Department of Homeland Security contradicted her claim that the upcoming State of the Union address should be cancelled due to security concerns resulting from the ongoing government shutdown. “I don’t care what they said,” Pelosi told reporters when asked about the secret service’s claim that they cold secure the House chamber for President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union speech. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back Wednesday afternoon after Pelosi sent a letter to Trump asking him to deliver the State of the Union in writing, or delay it until the record government shutdown is resolved and the requisite agencies are better able to secure the venue.


Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks

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PHOTOS: Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attack

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American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use

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Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony

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In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections

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40 mph mudslides, floods, blizzards, 6 feet of snow, 110 mph winds: California nightmare

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House Democrats vows to vote for a border barrier because that's what her constituents want

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Mike Pence amends claim that 'ISIS has been defeated' following deadly attack on U.S. troops

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China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night

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Kenya attack: At least six killed in Nairobi hotel complex terror siege

Kenya attack: At least six killed in Nairobi hotel complex terror siegeIslamist terrorists detonated explosives and fired automatic weapons as they mounted a deadly attack on a hotel and business complex frequented by Westerners in Nairobi on Tuesday. Six people have been confirmed killed in the attack, while a Kenyan police officer told reporters 15 bodies had been taken to the mortuary. A mortuary worker added that identification papers indicated that 11 were Kenyan, one was American and one was British, while the other two did not have documents on them. Nationalities of the dead remain unconfirmed. Hundreds more remained trapped inside buildings  16 hours after the attack began. Local security forces freed scores of civilians as they fought their way into the grounds of 14 Riverside, a compound housing a hotel, restaurant, bars and office blocks in the city’s Westlands district.  But the reported six gunmen were still in control of parts of the five-star Dusit Hotel, part of a Thai-owned international chain that appeared to be the chief target of the attackers. The Somali militant group al-Shabaab, which has longstanding ties to al-Qaeda, claimed credit for the attack, revisiting the city in which they killed 67 people during an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in 2013. Cars are seen on fire at the scene of explosions and gunshots in Nairobi Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Just as at Westgate, barely a mile way, this was a carefully chosen target designed to bring terror to one of the prosperous parts of an increasingly prosperous city and target Westerners and rich Kenyans alike. Several multinational firms, from America’s Colgate Palmolive to the German chemical giant BASF housed their local headquarters at 14 Riverside. Several British firms were also based there, the consultancy groups Control Risks and Adam Smith International among them. From the outset it was clear that this was a highly sophisticated attack. A suicide bomber blew himself up close to the entrance as two vehicles carrying the attackers breached a security barrier, regarded as one of the most efficient in Nairobi, at the entrance to the complex. Some of the attackers, lobbing grenades and firing automatic rifles, reportedly killed several people at the Secret Garden restaurant, a spot popular for business meetings close to the restaurant, before continuing on to the Dusit hotel.  “There was a big bang and then a lot of gunfire, up to 100 shots or more,” said Philip Coulson, a lawyer working in a nearby office block. “Later, I saw people fleeing and others being carried out with looks of pain or anguish on their face.” Terrified office workers in the complex’s five blocks, said to house more than 1,000 employees, hid under desks and barricaded doors. Others, caught in the open, ran frantically for cover.  “Run, run!” one man shouted from behind a low wall as colleagues stumbled on lawns and crawled along the ground in a desperate bid for safety as shots rang out. “Down! Down!” Extremists launched a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital  Credit: AP Photo/Brian Inganga Kenya’s security forces earned an ignominious reputation during the Westgate attack, after army units were accused of opening fire on their police colleagues, killing the officer in charge and then embarking on a looting spree. But this time, the initial response appeared more professional and coordinated. Army and police units, assisted by emergency crews, were quick to seal off the perimeter and rescue people from the office blocks, at least some of which appeared to be ignored by the attackers. Many were rescued within hours, fleeing under armed guard with their hands in the air before streaming in their scores across a footbridge to the safety of a nearby university campus. Everywhere signs of extreme emotion were visible. Shaking and often weeping, some survivors — mostly Kenyan, but some Westerners too — embraced anxious relatives waiting outside the police cordon. Others sank to the ground and gave thanks to God. Security forces at the scene in Nairobi Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis “After the first blast, after we saw the restaurant had been blown up, we ran and hid under tables,” said Elizabeth Maina, an employee at AC Nielsen, an American global research firm housed in the Belgravia building close to the entrance. “There was shooting everywhere. We called and sent messages to the police. After an hour, we saw men in uniforms and plain clothes enter the room. They shouted ‘police, police’ and led us out.” Workers in office blocks, with plenty of hiding places and lockable doors, were always more likely to survive. Those in the hotel, whose foyer opens out onto a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, would have had much less of a chance — as their attackers surely knew. Just how high the death toll could be is unlikely to become clear until the attack is over, although witnesses said they saw at least five bodies and reported body parts strewn on the ground outside the hotel. “There was no time to count the dead but it is true that there are people who have died,” said one police officer involved in the operation. A woman is reunited with her family after her evacuation from DusitD2 compound Credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images Kenya has long been in al-Shabaab’s sights, even before it sent troops across the border into Somalia in 2011 in an attempt to root out the militants behind the abductions of Western tourists on the Kenyan coast, Britons among them.  In 1998, an al Qaeda attack, which involved a number of Somalis, on the American embassy in Nairobi killed more than 200 people. The number of attacks soared after 2011.  Westgate aside, 147 students were killed in an attack on a university in the northern town in Garissa in 2015 while scores more had previously died when suspected al Shabaab militants struck at villages on the northern Kenyan coast. Improved intelligence, aided by tactical and training support from Britain, has seen a halt to large-scale attacks since 2015, although often deadly ambushes on Kenyan forces near the Somali border remain frequent. Despite mounting domestic opposition and al-Shabaab attacks on their bases, Kenyan forces remain in Somalia. The attack on 14 Riverside came on the third anniversary of an al-Shabaab attack on a Kenyan military base in the Somali town of El Adde. Kenya has refused to release details of the death toll, but analysts say they believe more than 140 Kenyan soldiers were killed.


White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarks

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Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to know

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US air traffic controllers say system ‘eroding’ beneath them due to government shutdown

US air traffic controllers say system ‘eroding’ beneath them due to government shutdownFederal air traffic controllers have warned that the government shutdown is going to make travel delays worse given its dwindling workforce, which has already suffered from record low employment rates in recent years. With the federal closure well into its fourth week, officials with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) say that dysfunction in Washington is causing undue stress for their members who already have precious little room for error in their jobs. Without money coming in, air traffic controllers who have been required to come to work and oversee the delicate dance between planes as they take off, land, and taxi at high speeds must now also worry about whether they have money to pay for their mortgages and child care payments.


A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series

A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series


More snow! Airlines waive change fees as new storms approach

More snow! Airlines waive change fees as new storms approachAirlines are waiving change fees as two more winter storms are set to move across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast from Thursday into the weekend.


Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: Anadolu

Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: AnadoluTurkish prosecutors are seeking the extradition of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter over his links to the U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said. Kanter, a vocal critic of President Tayyip Erdogan, was indicted by a Turkish court last year over alleged membership of an "armed terrorist group" after being contacted repeatedly by people close to Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. Anadolu said on Tuesday prosecutors had sought the issue of a "red notice" for Kanter, an Interpol request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.


Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay views

Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay viewsA week after announcing her presidential candidacy, the representative from Hawaii releases a video apology.


Oxford University suspends funding from China's Huawei

Oxford University suspends funding from China's HuaweiThe University of Oxford said on Thursday it has stopped accepting funding from China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, after scrutiny over the company's relationship with China’s government. "Oxford University decided on January 8 this year that it will not pursue new funding opportunities with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related group companies at present," the university said in a statement. "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei.


David Webb’s White Privilege

David Webb’s White PrivilegeAreva Martin, a CNN “analyst” — whatever in hell that means anno Domini 2019 — was in the middle of a spirited exchange with the conservative talk-radio host David Webb about racial preferences in hiring. Webb argued — as conservatives of many different races argue! — that race should not be a factor in such decisions, which should be based strictly on qualifications. “That’s a whole ’nother long conversation about white privilege,” she sniffed.


House Republicans join rebuke of Trump for easing Russia sanctions

House Republicans join rebuke of Trump for easing Russia sanctionsMore than 130 US House Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in opposing the easing of sanctions against an ally of Russia's Vladimir Putin, dealing a rebuke to President Donald Trump's administration. The Democratic-controlled chamber overwhelmingly voted 362 to 53 approving the bill that would block the Treasury Department's December move to lift sanctions on companies connected to Oleg Deripaska. The oligarch was targeted last year as part of US congressional efforts to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential race.


Markets Right Now: Banks lead stock gains on Wall Street

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10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself

10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself


A new migrant caravan heads for U.S. border

A new migrant caravan heads for U.S. borderSeveral hundred Honduran migrants have crossed the border with Guatemala, as part of a new migrant caravan headed for the U.S. border. Jayson Albano reports.


Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in Baltimore

Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in BaltimoreA data connectivity issue with Southwest Airlines phones and computer systems Tuesday resulted in delayed flights to and from BWI.


Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy lawApple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation - a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.


Senate Cancels Recess Amid Shutdown, But Lets Members Stay Home

Senate Cancels Recess Amid Shutdown, But Lets Members Stay HomeGOP leaders said Thursday there will be no Senate votes on Friday or next week, although the chamber will formally be in session during what had been a planned Martin Luther King recess. Senators are being told to be ready to return for votes if there’s any agreement to reopen the government, said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking GOP leader. “We’ll be in session, but votes will be contingent on whether there is something we can vote on,” Thune said.


U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities growThe senior U.S. defense intelligence official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not predict that China's military, known as the People's Liberation Army (PLA), would take such a step but said such a possibility was the top worry as China expands and modernizes its military capabilities. "The biggest concern is that ... they are getting to a point where the PLA leadership may actually tell Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities," the official said, referring to China's president. Pressed on whether the official was referring to Chinese confidence in its capabilities to be able to successfully win a battle with Taiwan, the official said, "Well, specifically that would be the most concerning to me." Taiwan is only one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, including a trade war between the countries, U.S. sanctions on the Chinese military, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.


Falling tree kills man as storm lashes California

Falling tree kills man as storm lashes CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said.


Ford Is Making an Electric F-150, and That's Just the Beginning

Ford Is Making an Electric F-150, and That's Just the BeginningFord pledges to build an all-electric version of its top-selling F-150 truck. It won't be alone.


Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hears

Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hearsFormer Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $100 million bribe from drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a former collaborator told the kingpin's trial. Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian who is now collaborating with US prosecutors in the Chapo trial, made the statement under examination from defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. "Mr. Guzman paid a bribe of $100 million to President Pena Nieto,?" the lawyer asked.


The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New Screen

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New ScreenMinor changes are coming to Hyundai's hybrid Ioniq hatchback.


How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

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7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rent

7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rentHomebase Abroad shares some of its most alluring vacation rentals in Tuscany.


'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redhead

'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redheadPrince Harry got a big surprise on Monday when a 4-year-old red-head presented him with a special sign. 


Pelosi tells Trump to postpone State of the Union over record-long government shutdown

Pelosi tells Trump to postpone State of the Union over record-long government shutdownThe speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has asked Donald Trump to postpone his annual State of the Union address amid a government shutdown now into its 26th day. The move could deny the president the grandeur of the annual platform, which he is likely to use to criticise Ms Pelosi and Democrats over the shutdown. Democrats have said they will not sanction $5.7bn (£4.4bn) funding for Mr Trump’s proposed border wall which the president has made a central demand for reopening the government.


Pres. Trump denies Nancy Pelosi aircraft for planned trip abroad, citing government shutdown

Pres. Trump denies Nancy Pelosi aircraft for planned trip abroad, citing government shutdownTrump wrote a letter to Pelosi informing her that her trip had been postponed and would be rescheduled after the shutdown.


California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warning

California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warningLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pacific storm that brought fears of dangerous mudslides and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada was less fierce than expected but hundreds of homes in fire-scarred California areas remained under evacuation orders as more rain was expected.


See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos

See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos


Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong references

Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong referencesTAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - One of China's top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world's 500 largest companies had used "incorrect labels" for Taiwan and 53 had errors in the way they referred to Hong Kong, according to China's Legal Daily newspaper.


May Wins Confidence Vote and Opens Cross-Party Brexit Talks

May Wins Confidence Vote and Opens Cross-Party Brexit TalksU.K. leader Theresa May survived an attempt to oust her government and immediately opened talks with rival political parties in an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock, as time runs out to reach a deal. The prime minister fought off the threat of a national election and won the right to continue running the country when the House of Commons voted 325 to 306 against a motion of “no confidence” in her administration. May invited other party leaders, who back keeping much closer ties to the European Union, for talks tonight to discuss how to forge a compromise Brexit plan that Parliament can support.


Ford forecasts $112 mn Q4 loss amid restructuring costs

Ford forecasts $112 mn Q4 loss amid restructuring costsFord said Wednesday it expected to post a $112 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 as the automaker implements a massive restructuring in the United States and Europe. For the full year, Ford will post a net profit of $3.7 billion, less than half the 2017 result. Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $1.30 across the year, right at the lower end of its $1.30-1.50 estimate in October.


New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suites

New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suitesVirgin Voyages, the new cruise line backed by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will have some of the biggest suites at sea.


This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the baby

This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the babyUmbilical cords are not usually part of the traditional manicure experience.  Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule. Russian nail artist Nail Sunny recently shared intricate nail art featuring a detailed chair (with stirrups) and a little woman in a pink hospital gown.  The nail appears to be giving birth. > View this post on Instagram > > Baby birth -❤️ or ? Video by @edo_movs #nailsunnytutorial > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:49am PST SEE ALSO: 'Nail Art History' Puts a Museum at Your Fingertips Once the chair and body (made of gel) are affixed neatly to the nail, "the baby" is born. A scalpel reaches into the frame and quite literally plucks a little acrylic baby from beneath the woman's gown.  Next, the umbilical cord is cut with a pair of tweezers and the newborn gel baby is placed with its gel mother. It's all very surreal.  Nail Sunny is no stranger to impractically eye-catching nails. Scroll through the page long enough and you'll find hookah nails (real smoke!), salt bae nails (real steak!), and Grinch nails (synthetic green fur!). > View this post on Instagram > > @world_record_egg challenge Let's set a world record together and get the most liked video post on Instagram PLEASE LIKE THIS VIDEO @nail_sunny #NAILSUNNYTUTORIAL p.s. Конечно же мы не могли не отреагировать на событие сегодняшнего дня , которое перевернуло жизнь @kyliejenner #guinnessworldrecord #wlrldrecordegg #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #worldrecords video by @edo_movs > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:44am PST > View this post on Instagram > > Yes or no ? > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 12, 2019 at 10:10am PST The account often documents the process it took to make the nails. Plus, the video clips are set to top 40 music, so don't worry about providing a playlist.  Now we just want to see the recipient of the manicure open a can of soda. ## WATCH: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you


5 reasons Trump may want a shutdown that have nothing to do with a wall

5 reasons Trump may want a shutdown that have nothing to do with a wallClearly, Trump must enjoy having a big chunk of our government closed. Besides a border wall fight, what else is he getting out of this mess? A lot.


Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question

Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship questionDemocrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information. Representative Carolyn Maloney, a senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters that she is re-introducing her bill, which was ignored by Republicans in 2017-2018 when they controlled the House of Representatives.


Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachersLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as thousands of teachers walked picket lines for a second day Tuesday, joined for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools.


Break in Pacific storms for California to aid mudslide, damage cleanup

Break in Pacific storms for California to aid mudslide, damage cleanupA much-needed break from the storms touting inches of rain and feet of snow will begin in some areas on Friday and expand to much of the Pacific coast by next week.


Your favorite salmon recipe just got SO much better

Your favorite salmon recipe just got SO much betterWelcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your


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