Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Are bots gaming the 'Cancel Brexit' petition?
Questions have been asked about whether all the 3m signatures on the petition are genuine.
Facebook staff 'flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought'
Facebook says concerns raised about data-scraping were not related to the previously reported scandal.
Security flaw put RBS customers at risk of cyber-attack
Software designed to prevent cyber-attacks had a bug that could have let hackers get at machines.
Autonomous shuttle to be tested in New York City
The self-driving shuttle will be available to workers at a large site in Brooklyn.
Health apps pose 'unprecedented' privacy risks
Data is being shared with companies, including Amazon and Google, a study of popular apps finds.
Millions of Facebook passwords exposed internally
Developers working for Facebook logged the passwords in plain text as they wrote code for the site.
Uber 'picks New York Stock Exchange' for stock listing
The firm's public stock offering is expected in the coming months and may be one of the biggest in 2019.
Huawei ban would delay 5G rollout: Three
The boss of mobile operator Three said he was confident the Chinese firm was not a threat to customers.
Christchurch shootings: 'Bad actors' helped attack videos spread online
Edited clips were continually uploaded to help defeat automatic detection systems, says Facebook
Arrests shut down illegal TV streaming gang
The gang behind the net TV services offered access to hundreds of channels in 30 countries.
Artificial intelligence: Algorithms face scrutiny over potential bias
Artificial intelligence used in the justice and financial systems is to be investigated.
Oculus releases updated Rift VR headset
The updated flagship headset has sharper displays but still needs to be tethered to a PC to work.
Korea spycam porn: 1,600 fall victim and four men arrested
Four men allegedly filmed 1,600 guests in 30 South Korean hotels and sold the footage online.
'Cancel Brexit' petition passes 2m signatures on Parliament site
A call to revoke Article 50 generates the fastest ever rate of signatures on Parliament's website.
Apple's new AirPods have Siri built-in
The new earphones also have longer battery life and a chip that can better maintain a wireless connection.
Instagram eating disorder content 'out of control'
Psychiatrists raise concerns as the BBC finds children are swapping extreme images of weight loss.
US mum 'abused kids who performed on family YouTube channel'
The woman, whose children performed on the Fantastic Adventures channel, denies charges of child abuse.
Facebook settles job discrimination case
The social media giant bans targeting ads for jobs, accommodation or credit on the basis of gender, age or postcode.
£36 iPhone XR ad criticised
Advertising body criticises a Black Friday promotion for iPhones, following complaints from the public.
Google tweaks search after EU competition scrutiny
Rival companies' price comparison results will be displayed more prominently thanks to the changes.
PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats
Ministers call for payments companies to block essay writing firms, in a bid to beat university cheats.
Huge aluminium plants hit by 'severe' ransomware attack
The Norwegian firm, which employs 35,000 people worldwide, has switched to manual controls at some plants.
Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites
The trackers, used to monitor user behaviour online, were found on thousands of official web pages.
US politician Devin Nunes sues Twitter over insults
A Republican congressman said the platform didn't crack down on "defamatory" tweets.
The SEC calls for new contempt sanctions for Elon Musk
US financial regulator has called for sanctions after Mr Musk tweeted without seeking Tesla's approval.
Snapchat under scrutiny from MPs over 'addictive' streaks
Executives promise to examine a Snapchat feature which has been criticised as potentially addictive.
Vote Leave fined over thousands of unsolicited texts
The group could not prove that everybody who received its promotional message had consented.
Facebook: New Zealand attack video viewed 4,000 times
Facebook says 4,000 people viewed the original attack video and fewer than 200 watched it live.
MySpace admits losing 12 years' worth of music uploads
The social network has apologised for losing the data during a server migration.
Ocado sales hit by warehouse fire
The firm had more orders per week, but their average size was slightly lower.
UK space internet firm OneWeb ready for lift-off
OneWeb secures new funding enabling it to speed up plans for a global high-speed broadband network.
Christchurch shootings: Sajid Javid warns tech giants over footage
The home secretary says firms "must do more" after the New Zealand attack was shown live on Facebook.
WorldPay payments firm in $43bn sale to US rival
Payment processor WorldPay, once part of RBS bank, is sold to Fidelity National Information Services.
Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage
Why was a video of the shootings shared on social media and what can be done about the wider threat?
Hong Kong subway trains collide amid new signal system trials
Two trains collide during a new signal system trial, threatening travel disruption for millions.
How swarming drones will change warfare
Flocks of airborne robots are being developed, able to collaborate and overwhelm enemy defences.
Musk adds new Model Y to electric car line-up
The new mass-market electric vehicle has a base price of $39,000 and a 230-mile range.
First look at Samsung S10 and Fold phones
The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones goes hands-on with the new phones in Samsung's Galaxy range.
The basketball coverage directed and filmed by AI
The British Basketball League is testing a new way of filming games that picks the action using AI.
Haidilao: Robots staff China's top hotpot chain
Robot waiters and chefs form the future of hotpot chain Haidilao.
How Spatial and augmented reality could change work
The software allows people to chat and share images, videos and 3D models in augmented reality.
San Francisco moves to ban e-cigarettes until health effects known
The law would halt sales until vaping's health effects are fully evaluated by US regulators.
Tokyo 2020: Robots to feature at Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to revolutionise the way spectators experience sporting events - by introducing robots
How do you know where your olive oil really comes from?
New technologies are helping track the provenance of food throughout the supply chain.
George the Poet: Social media gives poets 'a fair shot'
George the Poet says social media propelled his career and made poetry more accessible.
Can you murder a robot?
Does it matter if we hurt a robot? And should we have rules to make sure they don't hurt us?
Why are Venezuelans seeking refuge in crypto-currencies?
As Venezuela staggers under political and economic crises, its citizens are embracing digital money.
Can AI help spice up your life?
How AI is helping to come up with new weird and wonderful spice combinations.
Drones: Six positive ways they can be used
Extended drone no-fly zones have come into force around airports, but the technology isn't all bad.
Meet Tengai, the job interview robot who won't judge you
Employers can make unconscious - and unfair - judgements about interviewees within a few seconds.
‘I sold my wedding presents to set up my company’
How tech firm Twilio was able to survive the global financial crisis and grow into a $14bn business.
How quantum sensing is changing the way we see the world
Quantum sensing could let us see what's underground, detect diseases earlier, even track a submarine.
If you die early, how will your children remember you?
Gaby Eirew has made it her mission to help parents leave precious video memories for children, in case they die young.
Massive Attack album stored in a painting using DNA
The album Mezzanine by Massive Attack has been stored using genetic information for the first time.
Post-apocalyptic video game Days Gone Days previewed
Marc Cieslak looks at the new survival video game Days Gone which is released on 26 April 2019.
‘Breathing’ robot pillow could aid sleep and other news
BBC Click’s Paul Carter looks at some of the best tech news stories of the week.
Could 5G and mixed reality transform the catwalk?
A mixed reality fashion show including computer animated skulls, tigers and lightning has taken place.
AI turns scribbles into masterpieces and other news
BBC Click's Omar Mehtab looks at some of the best tech news stories of the week.
'My anorexia really loved Instagram'
One woman who has overcome anorexia says Instagram didn't cause her eating disorder, but it made it worse.
Future transport: How will we get around in 2050?
The push for cleaner air will mean more electric vehicles that are driverless and shared, according to experts.
All aboard the driverless bus in Greater Manchester
Developers hope driverless technology could be used in public transport within five years.
Gum shield helps spot signs of concussion
Fitted with sensors to monitor head trauma the device feeds real-time data to nearby medical staff.
Insect inspired winged drone makes a buzz and other news
BBC Click’s Lara Lewington looks at some of the best tech news stories of the week.

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This 24-year-old finds unreleased features in your favorite apps
Jane Manchun Wong spends her free time reverse engineering popular apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Airbnb and others, to find new features and security vulnerabilities.
How Twitter's algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric
Through a new feature, Twitter may at times end up amplifying inflammatory political rhetoric, misinformation, conspiracy theories, and flat out lies to its users.
How 5G will transform manufacturing
5G networks that transform entertainment, communication and transportation may still be years away. But in manufacturing, the technology is already making a difference.
Tesla is accusing a former employee of stealing self-driving tech and giving it to a Chinese rival
Tesla is accusing a former employee of stealing intellectual property worth hundreds of millions of dollars and sharing it with Xiaopeng Motors.
Big banks are using AI to keep out of trouble
Doing business with the wrong kind of client can be extremely costly for banks.
Facebook staff had access to hundreds of millions of people's passwords
Facebook is back with another mea culpa.
Vaccine misinformation flourishes on Facebook and Instagram weeks after promised crackdown
Misinformation about vaccines continues to thrive on Facebook and Instagram weeks after the companies vowed to reduce its distribution on their platforms.
Apple announces new AirPods with wireless charging case, better battery life and 'Hey Siri'
Apple's new AirPods feature a wireless charging case, improved battery life and hands-free access to its Siri voice assistant.
Tencent profit plunges 32% but its gaming business is recovering
Tencent reported a 32% plunge in fourth quarter profit, hurt by costs related to the listing of its music streaming subsidiary, but its gaming business is showing signs of recovery.
Facebook: Our AI failed to catch the New Zealand shooter video
Facebook acknowledges its systems failed to catch the livestream video of the New Zealand mosque attack, shedding new light on how the company became aware of the video.
Peloton sued over use of songs in workout videos
Peloton is being sued for alleged copyright infringement related to the use of certain songs in its workout videos.
The world is coming after Silicon Valley. Tech companies must evolve to survive
The world is coming after Silicon Valley. Tech faces serious threats to its business. Companies could be broken up. People could flee the services.
Mark Zuckerberg's new Facebook plan could make it harder to stop spread of violent videos
Facebook's privacy plan to end-to-end encryption on its various messaging platforms could make it harder to stop the spread of certain videos.
How Europe is forcing Google to change
Europe has gone after Google with tough new regulations, court battles and massive antitrust fines, forcing the company to change how it does business in the lucrative market.
How parents are talking to kids about violent content online
When live-streamed video of the New Zealand mosque massacre surfaced on social media sites last week, Joey Fortman, the founder of lifestyle site RealityMoms, sat down with her husband to discuss how to talk about the topic with their two sons, ages 6 and 10.
Europe hits Google with a third, $1.7 billion antitrust fine
Europe has slapped Google with another big antitrust fine, the third in a series of billion-dollar penalties the US tech giant has faced for hindering competition.
A city in South Korea has designed new technology that alerts distracted smartphone users they are approaching traffic. CNN's Michael Holmes has the details.
Facebook settles lawsuits alleging discriminatory ads
Facebook is settling several lawsuits that alleged its advertising platform allowed for discrimination in ads about housing, employment and credit.

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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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Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minute

Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minuteBrace yourself: AOC and Hillary Clinton have joined forces on Twitter to create a clapback so powerful that you may need to take a some deep breaths to compose yourself.It went down on Thursday night, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a very straightforward "But his WhatsApp," after it was alleged that Jared Kushner had been communicating with foreign officials using WhatsApp. > But his WhatsApp https://t.co/kLO3ZHvdbO> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019Kushner's behavior is obviously problematic on any number of levels, not least of which is that his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, ran his campaign against Hillary Clinton almost exclusively on the charge that she'd used a private email server while she was secretary of state. Lock her up, etc. AOC's tweet was a twist on the well-worn "But her emails" meme, which pops up on political Twitter every time the Trump administration does something shady. So it was especially potent when Hillary herself replied to AOC's tweet with a succinctly satisfying, "Tell me about it."> Tell me about it.> > -- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 22, 2019That's the stuff. Hillary is no dummy and no doubt knew this was exactly the kind of thing that AOC's sizable social media fanbase would go wild over. And, of course, AOC had the reaction that pretty much all of us had, which was to freak out in a reply tweet to Hill.> !!!> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019We can only hope that this exchange is the beginning of a long-lasting friendship between to the two Democratic icons -- and that they exclusively communicate using the encrypted messaging app Signal so that none of us ever have to hear about it again.


Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sources

Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sourcesMaduro's government has since 2014 used financial operations known as gold swaps to use its international reserves to gain access to cash after a slump in oil revenues left it struggling to obtain hard currency. Under the terms of the 2015 deal with Citigroup's Citibank, Venezuela was due to repay $1.1 billion of the loan on March 11, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Citibank plans to sell the gold held as a guarantee - which has a market value of roughly $1.358 billion - to recover the first tranche of the loan and will deposit the excess of roughly $258 million in a bank account in New York, two of the sources said.


Justice Clarence Thomas breaks three-year silence in Mississippi case about racial bias in jury selection

Justice Clarence Thomas breaks three-year silence in Mississippi case about racial bias in jury selectionThe Supreme Court's senior justice, who seldom speaks during oral argument, broke a three-year silence to ask questions in a race discrimination case.


Indonesia's Garuda says to cancel 49-jet Boeing 737 deal after crashes

Indonesia's Garuda says to cancel 49-jet Boeing 737 deal after crashesIndonesia's national carrier Garuda has told Boeing it will cancel a multi-billion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after two fatal crashes involving the plane, in what is thought to be the first formal cancellation for the model. "We have sent a letter to Boeing requesting that the order be cancelled," Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said. "The reason is that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have lost trust and no longer have the confidence" in the plane, he said, adding that the airline was awaiting a response from Boeing.


The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan Heights

The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan HeightsJERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Israel (all times local):


Bringing the Sting: The U.S. Navy Is Getting New F/A-18E/F Super Hornets

Bringing the Sting: The U.S. Navy Is Getting New F/A-18E/F Super HornetsThe Super Hornets would be the first new-build examples of the Block III variant of the F/A-18E/F. The Block III flies farther and carries more weapons than an older F/A-18E/F can do and also is stealthier than earlier Super Hornet models are.


Harvard University sued over allegedly profiting from what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves

Harvard University sued over allegedly profiting from what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slavesA direct descendant of a slave featured in photos owned by Harvard is seeking an unspecified amount of damages from the university. She's also demanding Harvard give her family the images.


Brexit End Likely to Be Based on a Customs Union, JPMorgan Says

Brexit End Likely to Be Based on a Customs Union, JPMorgan Says(Bloomberg) -- The realities of the Brexit situation indicate that the U.K. is going to end up with “something that’s founded on a customs union” with the European Union, according to Karen Ward, chief market strategist for Europe, Middle East and Africa at JPMorgan Asset Management.


New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims

New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victimsThe Muslim call to prayer sounded out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. We are one," she said in a short speech, followed by two minutes of silence. Ms Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. The country is under heightened security alert since the attack, and police said on Friday they were investigating a threat made against Ms Ardern on Twitter. Jacinda Ardern announced a swift national crackdown on guns Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva New Zealand Herald reported that a Twitter post containing a photo of a gun and captioned "You are next" was sent to the prime minister. Reuters could not verify this independently. The report said the account was suspended. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with one murder following the Christchurch attack and was remanded without a plea. He is due back in court on April 5, when police said he was likely to face more charges. Most victims of New Zealand's worst mass shooting were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. New Zealand mosque massacre - In pictures "We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us," Imam Gamal Fouda told the crowd at the Al Noor mosque, many wearing headscarves in support of the grieving Muslim community. "To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered the seeds of hope," he said in prayers broadcast nationally. Tens of thousands of people paid their respects around the country with some forming human chains in front of mosques. Others said silent prayers at schools, cafes and even offices. Relatives and other mourners thronged into a Christchurch cemetery where 26 victims of the attack, and one person who died in a car crash that was unrelated to the mosque shooting, were laid to rest in a mass burial. “This is a special janazah. We don’t do these every day," one mourner said over a microphone, referring to an Islamic funeral prayer. "We don’t bury 27 of our brothers and sisters every day.” Fifty people were killed, and dozens were injured in Christchurch Credit: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images The first to be laid to rest was Naeem Rashid, who was hailed as a hero, killed trying to tackle the gunman at the Al Noor mosque. Ms Ardern, surrounded by ministers and security officials at Hagley Park, wore a black headscarf and a black suit. Female police at the park also wore headscarves, with a red rose on their uniforms. In a powerful speech that lasted about 20 minutes, Mr Fouda said through its love and compassion, New Zealand was unbreakable. "We are here in our hundreds and thousands unified for one purpose – that hate will be undone, and love will redeem us," he said. He thanked Ardern for her compassion, saying: "It has been a lesson for world leaders." Mr Fouda also denounced Islamophobia, saying it had killed people. "Islamophobia is real. It is a targeted campaign to influence people to dehumanise and irrationally fear Muslims. To fear what we wear, to fear the choice of food we eat, to fear the way we pray and to fear the way we practice our faith," he said. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population. Many women wore headscarves in New Zealand as a sign of support to the community, and a headscarfforharmony movement was trending on Twitter. "We are wearing headscarves showing our support, love and solidarity, and hope that by everybody doing this it will demonstrate to Muslim women ... that they are one with us," said Robyn Molony, 65, with a group of friends wearing headscarves at Hagley Park. Residents of Christchurch are still recovering from a devastating earthquake that hit in 2011, killing 185 and injuring thousands. "Since the earthquakes, we’ve gone through a lot as a city and we’re a lot more caring and looking out for one another,” said James Sheehan, 62.


2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunners

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UK's May urges lawmakers to back her Brexit deal now

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Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Fox News for 'Latina thing' segment

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See Photos of the New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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US' Pompeo boosts Israel prime minister ahead of election

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CNN takes over a week to report Covington lawsuit

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'It looked like an ocean': Severe Midwest flooding could last all spring

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Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconduct

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The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

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Victory over Islamic State to be announced after enclave searched: SDF

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New Zealand bans all assault weapons after mosque shootings, prime minister says

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T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint merger

T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint mergerT-Mobile on Thursday unveiled a limited home internet service that it plans to pilot for 50,000 mobile customers at $50 a month, with the company promising it could build on that, and eventually offer a lot more once its $26.5 billion merger with Sprint finally goes through.For now, the new invitation-only service will focus on areas where the carrier can deliver high-speed internet access to connect up to 50,000 homes in rural and underserved parts of the country. Once it merges with Sprint, however, T-Mobile says it should be able to cover more than half of the US with broadband service by 2024.This seems to be one attempt by T-Mobile to push back against critics of the proposed merger who worry it will leave customers with less choice and the potential for prices to rise. "We're walking the walk and laying the foundation for a world where we can take the fight to Big Cable on behalf of consumers and offer real choice, competition and savings to Americans nationwide," T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the home broadband pilot.The service will be offered only in areas where T-Mobile expects to deliver speeds of around 50 Mbps through fixed unlimited wireless service over LTE, with no data caps. The carrier points to one economist's estimate that showed while customers today pay around $80 a month for wired in-home broadband service, "the new T-Mobile will save customers up to $13.65 billion a year on home broadband by 2024".As context for why it decided to pursue the new service, T-Mobile went on to note in its announcement that almost half of Americans today have no competitive choice for high-speed in-home broadband. "The New T-Mobile," the company declares, "will be armed with spectrum and network assets that will build the highest capacity wireless network in US history, covering millions with 5G, not just a few people in a few blocks of a few cities like the other guys."If you're eligible to participate in the home broadband pilot, T-Mobile plans to start sending out invitations by email and regular mail this week.We mentioned T-Mobile's pending merger with Sprint, and it's also worth pointing out, as a reminder, that it's still under review by federal regulators. T-Mobile has said it feels optimistic everything will be approved in the first half of this year.


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More Misconceptions about College

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Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cyclone

Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cycloneCyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest -- has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). > And for better comparison a GIF animation of the images showing the Mozambique flood before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th) Mozambique Copernicus Sentinel-1️ Better quality GIF https://t.co/h8608N8so5 MozambiqueFloods MozambiqueFloods2019 RemoteSensing Beira Idai pic.twitter.com/d9hOmdiBbp> > -- Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) March 21, 2019The destruction is particularly severe around Mozambique's fourth largest city, Beira. SEE ALSO: The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use"The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed," said the Red Cross's Jamie LeSueur, who is working in the region. > The latest delineation maps for Mozambique: > ✴️Nhantaze: 24,837.7 ha (248 sq km) flooded > ✴️Macorreia: 9,862.5 ha (98.6 sq km) flooded > Maps and geospatial data: https://t.co/w3uo4SPyREMozambiqueFloods Idai IdaiCyclone pic.twitter.com/0siHZhW6hM> > -- Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) March 21, 2019Though there's little evidence showing that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 21st century.What's more, cyclones, like any big storm today, can now carry more water: The world has warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 Celsius, over the last century, and for every 1 degree C of warming the atmosphere holds seven percent more water. > This just in: shocking footage from our team via helicopter that has just arrived in Beira, Mozambique. The devastation is widespread with barely a house intact following CycloneIdaipic.twitter.com/BnyqVIJ9YF> > -- IFRC Africa (@IFRCAfrica) March 17, 2019Since the 1960s, only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger have hit Mozambique, according to Weather.com.When the total number of fatalities are confirmed and the great inland sea dissipates, Idai's rampage may end up being the worst storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere, the EU noted.  WATCH: Jordan Peele explains the childhood experience that made him love horror


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Palestinian official: Israel kills unarmed man in West Bank

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Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

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Australian PM welcomes 'moderation' from Turkey's Erdogan

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Apple’s event on Monday could revolutionize the way we watch TV

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'New bizarre low': Trump faces backlash after reviving McCain attacks

'New bizarre low': Trump faces backlash after reviving McCain attacksRepublicans such as Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney defended the late senator after the president said he ‘never liked’ himDonald Trump renewed attacks on the late senator John McCain, stating he “never liked” the Arizona Republican and “probably never will”.The president faced widespread backlash for reviving his criticism of McCain, who died of brain cancer last year.While Trump shared a notoriously contentious relationship with McCain, Republicans balked at Trump’s willingness to engage in posthumous attacks on the decorated war veteran. Some audience members in Ohio were members of the military.“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump said of McCain while touring a tank manufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio. “I don’t care about this. I didn’t get a thank you, that’s OK.”Trump returned to broadsides against McCain seven months after his death, amid reports in conservative media outlets that McCain was allegedly responsible for leaking the infamous Russia dossier, compiled by the British ex-spy Christopher Steele. The dossier detailed Trump’s ties to Moscow.In a tweet on Sunday, Trump criticised McCain for his role in the Russia investigation and voiced frustration with his deciding vote against the repeal of Obamacare in 2017.Trump also raised McCain’s healthcare vote during a joint appearance at the White House with the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, telling reporters he was “very unhappy that [McCain] didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know”.“They got to a vote, and he said thumbs down,” Trump said. “I think that’s disgraceful.”McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, hit back on Wednesday on ABC’s daytime talkshow The View, where she serves as a co-host.“If I had told my dad: ‘Seven months after you’re dead you’re going to be dominating the news and all over Twitter,’ he would think it’s hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death as well,” she said.“This is a new bizarre low. I will say attacking someone who isn’t here is a bizarre low,” she added.Trump’s comments also drew backlash from Republicans in Congress, who defended McCain as a “hero” after initially remaining silent.“I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better. I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world,” Senator Johnny Isakson, from Georgia, said in an interview.“Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us.” Isakson called the comments “deplorable”.Senator Martha McSally, the Republican appointed to fill McCain’s seat following his death, tweeted: “John McCain is an American hero and I am thankful for his life of service and legacy to our country and Arizona.“Everyone should give him and his family the respect, admiration, and peace they deserve,” she added.Senator Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest friends who has also emerged as a vocal ally of Trump’s, said his comments “hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Senator McCain”.“I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God,” the Utah senator Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter.Trump first feuded with McCain during the 2016 campaign, after he mocked the senator for being held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. McCain, who faced re-election in the Senate the same year, declined to endorse Trump even after he became the Republican presidential nominee.McCain continued to speak out against Trump until his death, delivering a speech in which he decried “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in a thinly veiled reference to the president.Trump was not invited to McCain’s funeral last year, which featured speeches by former presidents, including George W Bush and Barack Obama. Trump was not mentioned by name, but a stark contrast was drawn to his brand of politics.McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, later explained the family’s decision to not invite Trump as a means of ensuring the ceremony would be conducted “with dignity”.“Even though it was a very public funeral, we are still a family,” McCain said in an interview with the BBC. “It was important to me that we kept it respectful and calm and not politicize it.”


Fight against robocalls continues as AT&T, Comcast complete test of verified call

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Kentucky Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Abortions Based on Unborn’s Sex, Race, or Disabilities

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Midwest flooding shuts down nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

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Poll: Americans say even the legal breaks for college admission rig the system

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Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido says senior aide was kidnapped by intelligence agents

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Correction: Mob Shooting story

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Besieged May pleads with EU to help save her Brexit plan

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Which Subcompact Crossovers and SUVs are Best? Here Are All 17, Ranked

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Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk show

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Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minute

Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minuteBrace yourself: AOC and Hillary Clinton have joined forces on Twitter to create a clapback so powerful that you may need to take a some deep breaths to compose yourself.It went down on Thursday night, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a very straightforward "But his WhatsApp," after it was alleged that Jared Kushner had been communicating with foreign officials using WhatsApp. > But his WhatsApp https://t.co/kLO3ZHvdbO> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019Kushner's behavior is obviously problematic on any number of levels, not least of which is that his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, ran his campaign against Hillary Clinton almost exclusively on the charge that she'd used a private email server while she was secretary of state. Lock her up, etc. AOC's tweet was a twist on the well-worn "But her emails" meme, which pops up on political Twitter every time the Trump administration does something shady. So it was especially potent when Hillary herself replied to AOC's tweet with a succinctly satisfying, "Tell me about it."> Tell me about it.> > -- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 22, 2019That's the stuff. Hillary is no dummy and no doubt knew this was exactly the kind of thing that AOC's sizable social media fanbase would go wild over. And, of course, AOC had the reaction that pretty much all of us had, which was to freak out in a reply tweet to Hill.> !!!> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019We can only hope that this exchange is the beginning of a long-lasting friendship between to the two Democratic icons -- and that they exclusively communicate using the encrypted messaging app Signal so that none of us ever have to hear about it again.


Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sources

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Justice Clarence Thomas breaks three-year silence in Mississippi case about racial bias in jury selection

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Indonesia's Garuda says to cancel 49-jet Boeing 737 deal after crashes

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The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan Heights

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Bringing the Sting: The U.S. Navy Is Getting New F/A-18E/F Super Hornets

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Harvard University sued over allegedly profiting from what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves

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Brexit End Likely to Be Based on a Customs Union, JPMorgan Says

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New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims

New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victimsThe Muslim call to prayer sounded out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. We are one," she said in a short speech, followed by two minutes of silence. Ms Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. The country is under heightened security alert since the attack, and police said on Friday they were investigating a threat made against Ms Ardern on Twitter. Jacinda Ardern announced a swift national crackdown on guns Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva New Zealand Herald reported that a Twitter post containing a photo of a gun and captioned "You are next" was sent to the prime minister. Reuters could not verify this independently. The report said the account was suspended. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with one murder following the Christchurch attack and was remanded without a plea. He is due back in court on April 5, when police said he was likely to face more charges. Most victims of New Zealand's worst mass shooting were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. New Zealand mosque massacre - In pictures "We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us," Imam Gamal Fouda told the crowd at the Al Noor mosque, many wearing headscarves in support of the grieving Muslim community. "To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered the seeds of hope," he said in prayers broadcast nationally. Tens of thousands of people paid their respects around the country with some forming human chains in front of mosques. Others said silent prayers at schools, cafes and even offices. Relatives and other mourners thronged into a Christchurch cemetery where 26 victims of the attack, and one person who died in a car crash that was unrelated to the mosque shooting, were laid to rest in a mass burial. “This is a special janazah. We don’t do these every day," one mourner said over a microphone, referring to an Islamic funeral prayer. "We don’t bury 27 of our brothers and sisters every day.” Fifty people were killed, and dozens were injured in Christchurch Credit: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images The first to be laid to rest was Naeem Rashid, who was hailed as a hero, killed trying to tackle the gunman at the Al Noor mosque. Ms Ardern, surrounded by ministers and security officials at Hagley Park, wore a black headscarf and a black suit. Female police at the park also wore headscarves, with a red rose on their uniforms. In a powerful speech that lasted about 20 minutes, Mr Fouda said through its love and compassion, New Zealand was unbreakable. "We are here in our hundreds and thousands unified for one purpose – that hate will be undone, and love will redeem us," he said. He thanked Ardern for her compassion, saying: "It has been a lesson for world leaders." Mr Fouda also denounced Islamophobia, saying it had killed people. "Islamophobia is real. It is a targeted campaign to influence people to dehumanise and irrationally fear Muslims. To fear what we wear, to fear the choice of food we eat, to fear the way we pray and to fear the way we practice our faith," he said. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population. Many women wore headscarves in New Zealand as a sign of support to the community, and a headscarfforharmony movement was trending on Twitter. "We are wearing headscarves showing our support, love and solidarity, and hope that by everybody doing this it will demonstrate to Muslim women ... that they are one with us," said Robyn Molony, 65, with a group of friends wearing headscarves at Hagley Park. Residents of Christchurch are still recovering from a devastating earthquake that hit in 2011, killing 185 and injuring thousands. "Since the earthquakes, we’ve gone through a lot as a city and we’re a lot more caring and looking out for one another,” said James Sheehan, 62.


2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunners

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UK's May urges lawmakers to back her Brexit deal now

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Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Fox News for 'Latina thing' segment

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See Photos of the New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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US' Pompeo boosts Israel prime minister ahead of election

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Some Pickups Lag in Passenger Crash Protection

Some Pickups Lag in Passenger Crash ProtectionCrash Tests Show Some Pickup Trucks Lag in Passenger Protection Most pickup trucks fall short when it comes to protecting passengers in certain types of crashes, according to new findings from t...


CNN takes over a week to report Covington lawsuit

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'It looked like an ocean': Severe Midwest flooding could last all spring

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Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconduct

Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconductA report identifies 395 Catholic clergy members in Illinois who have been accused of sexual misconduct.


The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted BoeingThe Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.


Victory over Islamic State to be announced after enclave searched: SDF

Victory over Islamic State to be announced after enclave searched: SDFU.S.-backed Syrian forces were sweeping on Thursday through the final enclave that had been held by Islamic State fighters, and said they would declare the group defeated once a search for hidden mines and jihadist holdouts was complete. "Our forces are still conducting combing and search operations and as soon as they are finished we will announce the liberation," Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, said in a note to journalists. Bali told Reuters the operation included sweeping for mines and combing for fighters still hidden in trenches and tunnels dug beneath Baghouz, the last patch of Islamic State territory.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez receives so many death threats her staff performs visitor risk assessments

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Economic gloom hits world stock markets

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In a gift to Netanyahu, Trump tweets U.S. support for Israel annexing Golan

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New Zealand bans all assault weapons after mosque shootings, prime minister says

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Facebook Stopped Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah in Midterms

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The Latest: Forecasters: 'historic' flooding could hit South

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See How Snøhetta’s Architecture Brought the Best of Scandinavian Design to the World

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Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates so far

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Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selection

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Bernie Sanders urges US to follow New Zealand's lead in banning assault weapons: 'This is what real action looks like'

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T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint merger

T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint mergerT-Mobile on Thursday unveiled a limited home internet service that it plans to pilot for 50,000 mobile customers at $50 a month, with the company promising it could build on that, and eventually offer a lot more once its $26.5 billion merger with Sprint finally goes through.For now, the new invitation-only service will focus on areas where the carrier can deliver high-speed internet access to connect up to 50,000 homes in rural and underserved parts of the country. Once it merges with Sprint, however, T-Mobile says it should be able to cover more than half of the US with broadband service by 2024.This seems to be one attempt by T-Mobile to push back against critics of the proposed merger who worry it will leave customers with less choice and the potential for prices to rise. "We're walking the walk and laying the foundation for a world where we can take the fight to Big Cable on behalf of consumers and offer real choice, competition and savings to Americans nationwide," T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the home broadband pilot.The service will be offered only in areas where T-Mobile expects to deliver speeds of around 50 Mbps through fixed unlimited wireless service over LTE, with no data caps. The carrier points to one economist's estimate that showed while customers today pay around $80 a month for wired in-home broadband service, "the new T-Mobile will save customers up to $13.65 billion a year on home broadband by 2024".As context for why it decided to pursue the new service, T-Mobile went on to note in its announcement that almost half of Americans today have no competitive choice for high-speed in-home broadband. "The New T-Mobile," the company declares, "will be armed with spectrum and network assets that will build the highest capacity wireless network in US history, covering millions with 5G, not just a few people in a few blocks of a few cities like the other guys."If you're eligible to participate in the home broadband pilot, T-Mobile plans to start sending out invitations by email and regular mail this week.We mentioned T-Mobile's pending merger with Sprint, and it's also worth pointing out, as a reminder, that it's still under review by federal regulators. T-Mobile has said it feels optimistic everything will be approved in the first half of this year.


President Trump's latest executive order is a shot in the campus free speech wars

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Seats aboard JetBlue now feature most legroom of any US airline

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More Misconceptions about College

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Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cyclone

Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cycloneCyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest -- has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). > And for better comparison a GIF animation of the images showing the Mozambique flood before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th) Mozambique Copernicus Sentinel-1️ Better quality GIF https://t.co/h8608N8so5 MozambiqueFloods MozambiqueFloods2019 RemoteSensing Beira Idai pic.twitter.com/d9hOmdiBbp> > -- Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) March 21, 2019The destruction is particularly severe around Mozambique's fourth largest city, Beira. SEE ALSO: The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use"The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed," said the Red Cross's Jamie LeSueur, who is working in the region. > The latest delineation maps for Mozambique: > ✴️Nhantaze: 24,837.7 ha (248 sq km) flooded > ✴️Macorreia: 9,862.5 ha (98.6 sq km) flooded > Maps and geospatial data: https://t.co/w3uo4SPyREMozambiqueFloods Idai IdaiCyclone pic.twitter.com/0siHZhW6hM> > -- Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) March 21, 2019Though there's little evidence showing that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 21st century.What's more, cyclones, like any big storm today, can now carry more water: The world has warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 Celsius, over the last century, and for every 1 degree C of warming the atmosphere holds seven percent more water. > This just in: shocking footage from our team via helicopter that has just arrived in Beira, Mozambique. The devastation is widespread with barely a house intact following CycloneIdaipic.twitter.com/BnyqVIJ9YF> > -- IFRC Africa (@IFRCAfrica) March 17, 2019Since the 1960s, only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger have hit Mozambique, according to Weather.com.When the total number of fatalities are confirmed and the great inland sea dissipates, Idai's rampage may end up being the worst storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere, the EU noted.  WATCH: Jordan Peele explains the childhood experience that made him love horror


WRAPUP 3-Indonesian airline cancels Boeing order, citing passenger fear

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Palestinian official: Israel kills unarmed man in West Bank

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Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

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Australian PM welcomes 'moderation' from Turkey's Erdogan

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Apple’s event on Monday could revolutionize the way we watch TV

Apple’s event on Monday could revolutionize the way we watch TVNext week, Apple will hold a special media event in California where the company is expected to, at long last, unveil its brand new TV service. The event should be particularly interesting given that we've seen all sorts of information, at often times conflicting, regarding Apple's plans in the media space.What we do know is that Apple has been investing a lot of money into developing original TV programming, but what remains unclear is how Apple plans to make said content available. Will it be free to all iOS users? Or, perhaps, will it be available as part of a broad and all-encompassing plan that includes the company's rumored digital publication subscription service? At the core, though, Apple's overarching plans in the TV space remain a bit hazy.Shedding a bit more light on the new service -- with some sketchy rumors claiming it will be called Front Row \-- Peter Kafka of Recode relays that Apple's TV ambitions will not currently entail taking on industry heavyweights like Netflix and Hulu."Instead," Kafka writes, "Apple's main focus -- at least for now -- will be helping other people sell streaming video subscriptions, and taking a cut of the transaction. Apple may also sell its own shows, at least as part of a bundle of other services. But for now, Apple's original shows and movies should be considered very expensive giveaways, not the core product."One of the more intriguing strategies we may see from Apple involves offering users the ability to sign up for a bundle of premium channels at a discount. Imagine, for example, being able to sign up for a HBO and Showtime bundle at a cost that is less than what one would pay signing up for them individually. It's a novel strategy, but it's worth noting that Netflix recently indicated it won't be part of Apple's TV initiative.Still, such a service has the potential to be a huge game-changer, especially when we take the massive iOS user base into account. In effect, Apple would be the gatekeeper for all subscription services. Users could simply pay Apple a subscription fee for access to all the other subscription services. Personally, for example, I've never been a Starz subscriber; but if I could get a Stars/Showtime/HBO bundle at a discount, that all of a sudden becomes an attractive proposition.All that said, it's probably wise for Apple not to take on Netflix head-on at this point. After all, who would pay a monthly subscription fee for a TV service with just about two dozen offerings to choose from. Truth be told, if Apple really wants to compete with Netflix -- and at this point there's no indication that this is the company's strategy -- it would have to strike licensing deals with a multitude of third-party content creators. Recall, some of Netflix's most popular shows like The Office and Friends are not Netflix originals.


'New bizarre low': Trump faces backlash after reviving McCain attacks

'New bizarre low': Trump faces backlash after reviving McCain attacksRepublicans such as Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney defended the late senator after the president said he ‘never liked’ himDonald Trump renewed attacks on the late senator John McCain, stating he “never liked” the Arizona Republican and “probably never will”.The president faced widespread backlash for reviving his criticism of McCain, who died of brain cancer last year.While Trump shared a notoriously contentious relationship with McCain, Republicans balked at Trump’s willingness to engage in posthumous attacks on the decorated war veteran. Some audience members in Ohio were members of the military.“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump said of McCain while touring a tank manufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio. “I don’t care about this. I didn’t get a thank you, that’s OK.”Trump returned to broadsides against McCain seven months after his death, amid reports in conservative media outlets that McCain was allegedly responsible for leaking the infamous Russia dossier, compiled by the British ex-spy Christopher Steele. The dossier detailed Trump’s ties to Moscow.In a tweet on Sunday, Trump criticised McCain for his role in the Russia investigation and voiced frustration with his deciding vote against the repeal of Obamacare in 2017.Trump also raised McCain’s healthcare vote during a joint appearance at the White House with the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, telling reporters he was “very unhappy that [McCain] didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know”.“They got to a vote, and he said thumbs down,” Trump said. “I think that’s disgraceful.”McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, hit back on Wednesday on ABC’s daytime talkshow The View, where she serves as a co-host.“If I had told my dad: ‘Seven months after you’re dead you’re going to be dominating the news and all over Twitter,’ he would think it’s hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death as well,” she said.“This is a new bizarre low. I will say attacking someone who isn’t here is a bizarre low,” she added.Trump’s comments also drew backlash from Republicans in Congress, who defended McCain as a “hero” after initially remaining silent.“I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better. I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world,” Senator Johnny Isakson, from Georgia, said in an interview.“Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us.” Isakson called the comments “deplorable”.Senator Martha McSally, the Republican appointed to fill McCain’s seat following his death, tweeted: “John McCain is an American hero and I am thankful for his life of service and legacy to our country and Arizona.“Everyone should give him and his family the respect, admiration, and peace they deserve,” she added.Senator Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest friends who has also emerged as a vocal ally of Trump’s, said his comments “hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Senator McCain”.“I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God,” the Utah senator Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter.Trump first feuded with McCain during the 2016 campaign, after he mocked the senator for being held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. McCain, who faced re-election in the Senate the same year, declined to endorse Trump even after he became the Republican presidential nominee.McCain continued to speak out against Trump until his death, delivering a speech in which he decried “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in a thinly veiled reference to the president.Trump was not invited to McCain’s funeral last year, which featured speeches by former presidents, including George W Bush and Barack Obama. Trump was not mentioned by name, but a stark contrast was drawn to his brand of politics.McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, later explained the family’s decision to not invite Trump as a means of ensuring the ceremony would be conducted “with dignity”.“Even though it was a very public funeral, we are still a family,” McCain said in an interview with the BBC. “It was important to me that we kept it respectful and calm and not politicize it.”


Fight against robocalls continues as AT&T, Comcast complete test of verified call

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Kentucky Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Abortions Based on Unborn’s Sex, Race, or Disabilities

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Midwest flooding shuts down nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

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Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido says senior aide was kidnapped by intelligence agents

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Besieged May pleads with EU to help save her Brexit plan

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Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk show

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Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minute

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Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sources

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President Trump's latest executive order is a shot in the campus free speech wars

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US team seeks to provide water, hygiene in cyclone-hit Mozambique

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Brexit End Likely to Be Based on a Customs Union, JPMorgan Says

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See Spy Photos of the Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid

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McCain's widow, daughter punch back at Trump's Twitter tirade

McCain's widow, daughter punch back at Trump's Twitter tiradeSpeaking on Wednesday to an employee at an Ohio factory that makes military tanks, Trump again hammered McCain. “So I have to be honest, I’ve never liked him much,” Trump said. On Wednesday she said the president had reached "a new, bizarre low - attacking someone who is not here is a new low." She also said, "If I had told my dad ... he would think it is so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death." Barely six months after McCain's death, Trump started the latest exchange between himself and the McCain clan on Sunday in a blast of Tweets, including one that attacked "'last in his class' (Annapolis) John McCain." A spokeswoman for Meghan McCain said she was not immediately available for further comment.


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UC Berkeley students attend as President Trump signs executive order to protect free speech on college campuses

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Sanders: ‘We Must Follow New Zealand’s Lead’ on Assault-Rifle Ban

Sanders: ‘We Must Follow New Zealand’s Lead’ on Assault-Rifle BanSenator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Thursday praised New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern for immediately banning military-style semi-automatic weapons in response to the Christchurch mosque shootings, and suggested the executive action should serve as a blueprint for the U.S.> This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur> > -- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 21, 2019The ban, which applies to semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that can be equipped with detachable magazines capable of holding more than five rounds, went into immediate effect Thursday to prevent stockpiling, and legislation codifying it is expected to pass Parliament in the coming days. Once the bill passes, New Zealanders will be granted a buyback period, after which they will be fined and jailed for up to three years if found in possession of a banned weapon.“On 15 March, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will, too,” Ardern said Thursday. “We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”Gun ownership is popular in New Zealand but there is no right to self defense codified in the country's laws.The announcement comes just six days after a 28-year-old Australian man killed 50 people and injured 40 others while rampaging through two mosques in Christchurch. The second shooting, at the Linwood mosque, was interrupted after one congregant retrieved his firearm from his house and returned to confront the attacker.While the exact weapon used in the attack remains unknown, images of the weapon appear to show an AR-15, a widely available semi-automatic rifle.Prior to the attack, the shooter published an extensive manifesto online that was replete with white-nationalist propaganda and mentioned stirring controversy around the U.S. gun-control debate as one motive for the massacre.Sanders, who was criticized by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic primaries for being too moderate on the issue of gun control, has in recent years embraced the Democratic establishment's insistence on banning assault rifles outright.Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), who has helped lead Democrats' gun-control efforts since the Sandy Hook massacre, also praised Ardern's swift action in a Thursday tweet.> See. It’s not that hard. https://t.co/6nTAYmHjnb> > -- Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 21, 2019


Palestinian official: Israel kills unarmed man in West Bank

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Indonesia's Garuda says to cancel 49-jet Boeing 737 deal after crashes

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Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cyclone

Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cycloneCyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest -- has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). > And for better comparison a GIF animation of the images showing the Mozambique flood before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th) Mozambique Copernicus Sentinel-1️ Better quality GIF https://t.co/h8608N8so5 MozambiqueFloods MozambiqueFloods2019 RemoteSensing Beira Idai pic.twitter.com/d9hOmdiBbp> > -- Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) March 21, 2019The destruction is particularly severe around Mozambique's fourth largest city, Beira. SEE ALSO: The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use"The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed," said the Red Cross's Jamie LeSueur, who is working in the region. > The latest delineation maps for Mozambique: > ✴️Nhantaze: 24,837.7 ha (248 sq km) flooded > ✴️Macorreia: 9,862.5 ha (98.6 sq km) flooded > Maps and geospatial data: https://t.co/w3uo4SPyREMozambiqueFloods Idai IdaiCyclone pic.twitter.com/0siHZhW6hM> > -- Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) March 21, 2019Though there's little evidence showing that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 21st century.What's more, cyclones, like any big storm today, can now carry more water: The world has warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 Celsius, over the last century, and for every 1 degree C of warming the atmosphere holds seven percent more water. > This just in: shocking footage from our team via helicopter that has just arrived in Beira, Mozambique. The devastation is widespread with barely a house intact following CycloneIdaipic.twitter.com/BnyqVIJ9YF> > -- IFRC Africa (@IFRCAfrica) March 17, 2019Since the 1960s, only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger have hit Mozambique, according to Weather.com.When the total number of fatalities are confirmed and the great inland sea dissipates, Idai's rampage may end up being the worst storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere, the EU noted.  WATCH: Jordan Peele explains the childhood experience that made him love horror


Facebook Stopped Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah in Midterms

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CNN takes over a week to report Covington lawsuit

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AT&T CEO says China's Huawei hinders carriers from shifting suppliers for 5G

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Kellyanne Conway says Trump is 'protective of me' in feud with her husband

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New Zealand women wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims after Christchurch mosque shootings

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Victory over Islamic State to be announced after enclave searched: SDF

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Economic gloom hits world stock markets

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See Photos of the New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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US' Pompeo boosts Israel prime minister ahead of election

US' Pompeo boosts Israel prime minister ahead of electionJERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the White House's warm ties with Israel during a visit to the country and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel's prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign.


More Misconceptions about College

More Misconceptions about CollegeNow that we’ve all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let’s get some perspective.While the numbers of high-school graduates heading off to college have increased in recent years, the percentages graduating with a four-year degree have not increased much. Many students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college, drop out before receiving a degree. (They cannot drop out of student-loan payments, though.)Data from the Lumina Foundation show that among Americans aged 25–64, 52.4 percent have no more than a high-school diploma (though 15.4 percent of them attended college for a while). An additional 5.2 percent received a certificate of some kind, and 9.2 percent obtained an associate’s degree. What most people think of when you say “college” is a four-year institution. Only 21.1 percent received bachelor’s degrees, and another 12.2 percent also earned graduate degrees. Adding the last two categories brings the fraction of Americans with college or graduate degrees to just over one-third.While most of the conversation in the past week has focused on highly selective colleges such as Yale and Penn, it’s important to remember that only a small number of America’s colleges are selective. As FiveThirtyEight has reported, more than 75 percent of undergrads attend colleges that accept at least half of all applicants. The number who attend selective colleges -- i.e., schools that accept 25 percent or fewer — is just 4 percent. And the number who attend schools in the very top tier, colleges that reject 90 percent or more, can be counted on your fingers and toes. You can probably guess most of them. (Though not all. On this U.S. News list, Pomona College came in at No. 11, and the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute came in first.) Less than 1 percent of college students attend these elite schools.Most students attend commuter schools, which tend to be community colleges. Even among those at four-year institutions, almost 25 percent attend part-time. Half of college students are also working, not getting plastered at frat parties.There’s a healthy debate in policy circles about whether our current cultural preoccupation with college for all is a good thing. Some people who are funneled toward college might be a better fit for vocational training, apprenticeships, or other life paths; and while there is no doubt about the association between college completion and higher income, there is uncertainty about the causal relationship.Rather than gnash our collective teeth about whether Jason or Jessica can get into MIT, we might want to focus on all students, those who are headed for college and those who are not. Every student in elementary and high school should be learning about the “success sequence.” The phrase was introduced by Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution and has lately been reinforced with a study by W. Bradford Wilcox and Wendy Wang of the Institute for Family Studies.What they’ve found is that students have it within their power to virtually guarantee a middle- or upper-class income if they follow three steps. Those three basics are 1) finish high school, 2) get a full-time job, and 3) get married before having children. Young people who follow all three steps have only a 3 percent likelihood of living in poverty when they reach young adulthood. Eighty-six percent of Millennials who put marriage first had incomes in the middle or upper third, compared with 53 percent who had children before marriage. The success sequence works for those born into poverty, too. Seventy-one percent of Millennials who grew up in the bottom third of the income distribution were in the middle or upper third by young adulthood if they followed the three steps. Among African Americans, 76 percent who followed the success sequence achieved the middle class or above, and among Hispanics, the percentage was 81 percent.With all of the emphasis on a tiny sliver of the top 1 percent of students, most young people can get the impression that they are doomed to a lesser life. In fact, avoiding a few pitfalls like dropping out of high school, having a baby out of wedlock, and failing to find employment is a ticket to success.There’s a bias among writer types to pay attention to Princeton and Columbia. But that’s not really where the action is in helping most Americans.© 2019 Creators.com


'We are one' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence

'We are one' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silencePrime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles.


2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunners

2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunnersA new poll has revealed early gains for Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke in the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — but they’re still far from being the frontrunners at this stage in the game. Joe Biden, the former vice president who has yet to formally announce his candidacy, has been leading the pack in a slate of polls putting him ahead of his lesser known potential opponents. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is now tied with Mr Biden at 26 per cent of total support from Democratic voters, however, according to a new Emerson poll released on Wednesday.


Seats aboard JetBlue now feature most legroom of any US airline

Seats aboard JetBlue now feature most legroom of any US airlineLong-legged flyers may be interested to learn that JetBlue's newest cabin redesign now features the most legroom of any US airline for economy-class cabins. 


Firearm deaths of US school-age children at 'epidemic' levels, study says

Firearm deaths of US school-age children at 'epidemic' levels, study saysA new study announced an alarming increase in the number of firearm deaths of school-age children in the United States:  38,942 in those 5 to 18 years old from 1999 to 2017.


Amazon has wired earbuds for $9.75 with more than 37,000 5-star ratings

Amazon has wired earbuds for $9.75 with more than 37,000 5-star ratingsIf you're looking for a new pair of Bluetooth earbuds, we cover great deals on excellent options all the time. But not everyone wants wireless headphones, and if you fit into that category then this deal is for you. The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120-K In-Ear Earbud Headphones offer crystal clear sound, a comfortable fit, and a wire so you don't ever have to worry about charging them. They have more than 37,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, and they cost less than $10!Here's more info from the product page: * WIRED IN-EAR HEADPHONES - Perfect for exercising; With three sets of earpads (S/M/L), headphones stay in your ears while keeping surrounding noise out * ERGOFIT DESIGN FOR PERFECT FIT- Ultra-soft ErgoFit in-ear earbud headphones conform instantly to your ears (S/M/L earpads included for a perfect fit) * SMARTPHONE COMPATIBLE- Panasonic in-ear headphones with integrated microphone and remote are compatible with Apple (iPhone / iPod / iPad), Android and Blackberry Audio devices * IN-EAR STEREO AUDIO - Tonally balanced audio with crisp highs and deep low notes, plus wider frequency response and lively sound quality for recorded audio * EXTENDED HEADPHONE CORD - Long, 3.6-ft cord threads comfortably through clothing and bags making it easy to connect


Energy giants spent $1bn on climate lobbying, PR since Paris: watchdog

Energy giants spent $1bn on climate lobbying, PR since Paris: watchdogThe five largest publicly listed oil and gas majors have spent $1 billion since the 2015 Paris climate deal on public relations or lobbying that is "overwhelmingly in conflict" with the landmark accord's goals, a watchdog said Friday. Despite outwardly committing to support the Paris agreement and its aim to limit global temperature rises, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Total spend a total of $200 million a year on efforts "to operate and expand fossil fuel operations," according to InfluenceMap, a pro-transparency monitor. Two of the companies -- Shell and Chevron -- said they rejected the watchdog's findings.


Economic Inequality: What It Is and How It Impacts You

Economic Inequality: What It Is and How It Impacts YouIt's nearly impossible to read the news these days without running across mentions of economic inequality. In recent months, politicians have debated the merits of raising marginal tax rates on the wealthy, a move proponents say could reduce economic inequalities. Likewise, economic inequality takes center stage when columnists discuss the extreme riches of some of today's business owners, like Jeff Bezos, who could purchase every home in Austin, Texas, according to real estate brokerage Redfin.


Venezuelan forces kidnap opposition leader Juan Guaido's chief of staff in raid

Venezuelan forces kidnap opposition leader Juan Guaido's chief of staff in raidVenezuelan armed intelligence officers descended on the apartment of Roberto Marrero, a lawyer and top adviser to opposition leader Juan Guaido.


Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk show

Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk showLate-night TV host Samantha Bee ripped into the growing field of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls Wednesday night. The 'Full Frontal' host commented on everything from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign slogan, to former Vice President Joe Biden not making a decision on his third potential presidential run. The TBS star also went after former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.


Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selection

Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selectionU.S. Supreme Court justices appeared poised to side with a black Mississippi death row inmate put on trial six times for a 1996 quadruple murder who accused a prosecutor of repeatedly blocking black potential jurors, though the court's only black member sounded skeptical. Justice Clarence Thomas, who had not posed a question during an oral argument in three years, asked several in the case involving Curtis Flowers, 48, who has argued that his constitutional right to a fair trial was violated. Thomas, an idiosyncratic conservative and only the second African American ever appointed to the court, signaled through his questions he might vote against Flowers, who otherwise drew broad support among the other justices, both liberal and conservative.


Political spending by Abrams' nonprofit could pose problems

Political spending by Abrams' nonprofit could pose problemsWASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of months, Stacey Abrams has gone from losing the Georgia governor's race to being a heavily recruited Democratic star, urged to run for Senate and mentioned as a possible presidential contender.


'Change Is Closer Than We Think.' Inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Unlikely Rise

'Change Is Closer Than We Think.' Inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Unlikely RiseRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the second-most talked-about politician in America, after President Trump. Here's how she ascended.


Kentucky Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Abortions Based on Unborn’s Sex, Race, or Disabilities

Kentucky Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Abortions Based on Unborn’s Sex, Race, or DisabilitiesKentucky governor Matt Bevin on Tuesday signed a bill that bans abortions chosen on the basis of an unborn child's sex, race, or disability.A court filing in the U.S. District Court in Louisville indicated that the governor has signed the bill, which included an "emergency clause" stipulating that it would go into effect immediately.Physicians must now certify in writing that the patient did not request the abortion for a reason related to the baby's sex, race, or disabilities. Flouting the new law puts doctors at risk of losing their medical license or being prosecuted for a felony, although the mother of the unborn child would not be targeted.The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the bill in federal court as an unconstitutional restriction on a woman's right to abortion.“Instituting laws that instantly affect critical patient care should not be a cat-and-mouse game,” the group said, asking that it be notified when the bill is signed.Another new law that bans abortions after about six weeks or when a heartbeat can be detected forced Kentucky's sole abortion clinic, EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, to cancel some appointments on Friday until a federal judge intervened.“EMW and its abortionists have responded with a novel claim: Women have a constitutional right to undergo race-based abortions, gender-based abortions, and disability-based abortions. In plaintiffs’ view, somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment’s penumbra lies a protection for eugenics,” the governor's lawyer M. Stephen Pitt wrote in defending the ban on eugenics-based abortions. “This is a perverse distortion of Roe v. Wade.”


See How Snøhetta’s Architecture Brought the Best of Scandinavian Design to the World

See How Snøhetta’s Architecture Brought the Best of Scandinavian Design to the World


Midwest flooding shuts down nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

Midwest flooding shuts down nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol productionRail lines are washed out, and corn in storage is flood-damaged.


New Zealand bans assault weapons within days of massacre

New Zealand bans assault weapons within days of massacreNew Zealand imposed a ban on assault weapons Thursday, moving swiftly following the Christchurch massacre and triggering renewed calls from leading American politicians for gun controls in the United States. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons were now banned with immediate effect, making good on a pledge to the country of the military-style weapons used in last week's slaughter of 50 people.


'I want to set the record straight': Jared Kushner's father comes to his defense in op-ed

'I want to set the record straight': Jared Kushner's father comes to his defense in op-edThe father of Jared Kushner authored an opinion piece in the Washington Post pushing back against accusations of corruption and conflicts of interest.


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LiveScore is a sports notification application on upcoming matches and scores of the ongoing matches.

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