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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.


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.


Father of Jake Patterson has a letter for Jayme Closs' family

Father of Jake Patterson has a letter for Jayme Closs' familyThe father of Jake Patterson says he has a letter for Jayme Closs' family. Patterson is accused of kidnapping Jayme, 13, and killing her parents.


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.


Ocasio-Cortez Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall Street

Ocasio-Cortez Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall StreetThe New York lawmaker, who has become a sensation among progressives, will almost certainly join the House Financial Services Committee after a group of fellow Democrats on the party’s steering committee voted to recommend her for the panel on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter. Two other recently elected progressive Democrats, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Katie Porter of California, are also likely to join the panel, said the people said, who requested anonymity because the names of the new members have not yet been announced. Tulsi Gabbard, a lawmaker from Hawaii who says she plans to run for president in 2020, is also poised to join, the people said.


Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Where the investigations related to President Trump standWhere the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him:


Michigan State names new interim president

Michigan State names new interim presidentMichigan State University’s board says interim president John Engler’s resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler announced his resignation amid fallout from the case of convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar (Jan. 17)


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Netflix Price Hike Points to the Changing Math of Cord Cutting

Netflix Price Hike Points to the Changing Math of Cord CuttingHere's some bad news for those looking forward to the season 3 premiere of “Stranger Things”: The demogorgon isn't the only thing on the rise. Netflix is planning to boost prices for all of its m...


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


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.


Mega Gallery: Every Photo from 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

Mega Gallery: Every Photo from 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs


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.


California mother charged in stabbing death of 2-year-old son

California mother charged in stabbing death of 2-year-old sonA Covina woman has been charged with stabbing her own 2-year-old son to death, officials said Wednesday.


Get ready: Taco Bell's Nacho Fries are coming back January 24

Get ready: Taco Bell's Nacho Fries are coming back January 24It's been nearly a year since Taco Bell released its popular Nacho Fries nationwide. The menu item returns January 24.


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.


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.


U.S. House, including Steve King, votes to condemn his racist statements

U.S. House, including Steve King, votes to condemn his racist statements(Corrects name in paragraph 10 of this Jan. 15 story to Liz Cheney.) By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a resolution disapproving statements made by Representative Steve King that were roundly criticized as racist, and King himself voted in favor of it. King, a Republican who represents a conservative district in Iowa, gave a media interview earlier this month in which he questioned why "white supremacy" is considered offensive. King himself voted in favor of the resolution, which referred to his remarks, because he said his comments were taken out of context and he too condemns white supremacy and racism.


Goldman Sachs, Bank of America rock earnings

Goldman Sachs, Bank of America rock earningsGoldman Sachs reported better-than-expected profits on Wednesday despite higher legal costs as it works through the 1MDB scandal, while Bank of America's earnings were lifted by higher interest rates. Goldman reported mixed operational performance across its trading, investing and lending businesses, while Bank of America saw its profits triple compared to a year earlier. Goldman Chief Executive David Solomon described conditions in the real economy as "quite robust," echoing other bank executives who downplayed as exaggerated the economic worries that have roiled markets in recent weeks.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Poll shows federal workers don't prefer a border wall to getting paid

Poll shows federal workers don't prefer a border wall to getting paidThe president has claimed repeatedly that many federal workers directly impacted by the partial U.S. government shutdown support his demand for a border wall. But a new poll of government employees shows that few actually do.


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.


'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...


Russia and Japan 'far from partners': Lavrov

Russia and Japan 'far from partners': LavrovRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Moscow and Tokyo are still "far from being partners" despite renewed efforts to resolve a decades-old conflict over disputed islands. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are to meet in Moscow next Tuesday for talks on the strategic Kuril islands seized by the Soviet army in the final days of World War II. Lavrov, speaking during an annual conference, set a confrontational tone however.


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.


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.


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

Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talksSome 30,000 Los Angeles teachers on strike for higher pay, smaller classes and more staff walked picket lines in the rain for a second day on Tuesday as Mayor Eric Garcetti embraced their cause while trying to nudge the two sides back to the bargaining table. The walkout, with teachers garbed mostly in red braving two days of rainy weather to stage mass rallies downtown, has shattered 30 years of labor peace by Los Angeles teachers but has not completely idled schools.


7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rent

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


EPA Nominee Wheeler Defends Rollbacks While Pressed on Climate

EPA Nominee Wheeler Defends Rollbacks While Pressed on ClimateWheeler, a former energy lobbyist who has served as acting administrator for six months, did not mention global warming in his opening remarks to the Environment and Public Works Committee, instead touting agency deregulatory efforts he said would spare businesses some $1.8 billion in compliance costs. “How does it happen that the nominee to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency does not mention the words climate change at a time when the scientific community thinks climate change is the greatest environmental crisis facing the planet?” asked Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats.


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):


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


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


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


Kirsten Gillibrand: Democrat senator and Trump critic enters 2020 presidential race

Kirsten Gillibrand: Democrat senator and Trump critic enters 2020 presidential raceSenator Kirsten Gillibrand used an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to announce she was formally entering the race to become president in 2020 – the latest high profile Democrat to enter what will become a crowded field. “I’m going to run for president of the United States, because as a young mom I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own,” she said, when asked if she had any news to share with the audience. The formation of the exploratory committee will allow her to legally begin fundraising and organising her campaign, as she seeks to carve out a distinct presence in a field of candidates that could reach two dozen.


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.


Can Cadillac ever get its groove back?

Can Cadillac ever get its groove back?For many Americans, Cadillac is an adjective for something luxurious. But does it still apply to the cars?