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Indictment: Waterslide in fatal accident was 'deadly weapon'

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 18:36

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas waterslide hyped as the world's highest was a "deadly weapon" that had already injured more than a dozen people before a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on it in 2016, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday that charges the water park operator and an executive with involuntary manslaughter.

If The Law Says Scott Walker Has To Call Early Elections, The GOP Will Rewrite It

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 18:21

A day after a judge said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was violating state

Syrian army celebrates as rebels quit most of their Ghouta stronghold

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 16:57

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels left one besieged enclave on Friday and agreed to abandon another, leaving only the city of Douma still in insurgent hands in eastern Ghouta after a month-long army assault to drive them from the stronghold near Damascus. It brings President Bashar al-Assad to the cusp of his biggest victory over the rebels since driving them from Aleppo in December 2016, though they remain entrenched in areas of northwestern and southwestern Syria. The offensive to capture the towns and villages on the outskirts of the capital, which began on Feb. 18 with a massive bombardment, has brought 90 percent of eastern Ghouta back under government control.

Apple proposes nine new accessibility emojis

Macworld - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 16:22

Apple has proposed nine new emoji to the Unicode consortium for inclusion in the standard set of images. If accepted, they will appear Emoji 12.0, which is scheduled for release early in 2019. 

In itself, that’s not a big deal, but Apple’s focus here is laudable. All nine emoji are aimed at better representation for people with disabilities. Apple makes its intentions clear in its proposal letter to the Unicode Consortium.

One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability. The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities.

The new emoji would represent some of the most common disabilities. They are:

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Report: Apple is working on a foldable iPhone for 2020

Macworld - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 14:21

Remember #Bendgate? When buyers of the iPhone 6 Plus found that a thin aluminum phone can warp under stress? Well, if a Wall Street analyst is to be believed, Apple is working to produce an iPhone you’re supposed to bend.

CNBC has reported that Apple intends to introduce a radically new iPhone in 2020. It is based on a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan, which says:

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Save over $1,000 on a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with free AppleCare+

Macworld - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:57

You rarely see the AppleCare+ protection plan included with deals on Apple products, but that’s exactly what B&H is including with its latest sale of the previous-generation 15.4-inch 2.9GHz MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Even better, the free AppleCare+ plan keeps you protected for three years. Right there, that's a savings of $379.

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Amazon's best smart speaker, Echo Show, is $150 off when you buy two

Macworld - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:21

An Amazon Echo with Alexa can infuse your home with information, entertainment, and smart hub capabilities, all controllable by your voice. The most feature-packed Echo usually costs a pretty penny, but Amazon’s running a deal where if you buy two Echo Shows, it’ll knock $150 off the total. Putting a pair in your cart should automatically apply the discount.

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US imposes sanctions on Iranians for hacking

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:20

The Mabna Institute "engaged in the theft of personal identifiers and economic resources for private financial gain" and for the benefit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the US Treasury Department said. The two founders of the Mabna Institute were among the 10 people whose assets are subject to US seizure, it said. The Justice Department said nine of the 10 had been indicted separately for conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and other crimes.

A budget MacBook is coming, but it reportedly won't debut at Apple’s ‘Field Trip’ event

Macworld - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:20

With just days to go until Apple takes the stage at a school auditorium in Chicago for its next event, Bloomberg is spilling the beans on what’s going to be announced. According to the site’s well-placed sources, a cheaper iPad is on the way but a new MacBook Air probably isn’t.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that the event will predictively focus on education-related news, with a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad leading the way. Apple released the current non-Pro iPad last March with a retina screen and a price tag of $329. Gurman doesn’t say if the new model will bring any design changes, but presumably there will be internal upgrades to the processor and other specs.

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Latest: Shooting victim dies after removal of life support

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:05

GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a southern Maryland school (all times local):

A backpack with a USB charge port and a free Lightning cable is on sale for under $20

Macworld - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:54

If you’ve got a laptop, one key piece of gear you’ll need is a bag to carry it in. Today, an Amazon third-party marketplace seller is offering a backpack with built-in charging port for $18.90. This item usually sells for about $26 so you’re saving $7 or so. A sub-$20 price tag for a solid backpack with USB charging is a handy deal even if it’s not a massive drop from the normal price.

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Four-year-old child accidentally shoots baby at Texas home, police say

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:09

A nearby resident in the city of Temple said he saw a police officer carrying a “lifeless-looking” baby out to an ambulance. “The police officer carried [the infant] out,” witness Bradley Martin said. Temple Police Department's criminal investigations division is working on the case.

Austin Bomber Is A Terrorist Of Our Own Making

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 08:57

It's been a hell of a few weeks here in Austin, Texas, and the last one was

Vietnam halts South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 07:30

By James Pearson and Henning Gloystein HANOI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Vietnam has halted an oil drilling project in the "Red Emperor" block off its southeastern coast licensed to Spanish energy firm Repsol following pressure from China, three sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Friday. It would be the second time in less than a year that Vietnam has had to suspend a major oil development in the busy South China Sea waterway under pressure from China. A source with direct knowledge of the situation said government ministries in Vietnam had paused the project while the decision-making politburo debates whether to suspend or indefinitely terminate the contract.

This Old Donald Trump Tweet About Bush-Era Officials Has Not Aged Well

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:37

President Donald Trump's appointment of hawkish former UN ambassador John

2019 VW Touareg Adds Tech And Luxury While Slashing Weight

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:26

The most technologically advanced Volkswagen has arrived, complete with a 15-inch touchscreen.

Shark alert as more than 130 beached whales die in Western Australia

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:18

At least 135 short-finned pilot whales died after a mass beaching in Western Australia - with fears the carcasses will attract sharks - as rescuers worked to herd those still alive back out to sea. The stranding of 150 whales at Hamelin Bay, around 195 miles south of Perth, was spotted by a commercial fisherman at daybreak. Locals and tourists are being warned to stay out of the water due to a likely increase in sharks attracted by the dead whales. Western Australia state’s Parks and Wildlife Service said its staff were on site and assessing the health and well-being of the 15 still alive. "Most of the whales beached themselves on dry land overnight and have not survived," said incident controller Jeremy Chick who added they they were awaiting support and equipment to help in a rescue attempt." Stranded whales on the beach at Hamelin Bay Credit: REUTERS He added: "The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea. "The main objectives are to ensure the safety of staff and volunteers as well as the whales’ greatest chance of survival." Melissa Lay, manager at the Hamelin Bay Holiday Park, told Reuters on the phone that it was the second masse stranding she had witnessed during her 15 years in the area. "There are some that are still alive but barely," Lay said. "The last time it happened, none survived." Locals and tourists were being warned to stay out of the water due to a likely increase in sharks attracted by the dead whales. People there for the peak salmon fishing season were also advised to stay out of the shallows. When they beach, short-finned pilot whales do so en masse as they travel in their hundreds Credit: Reuters "It is possible the dead and dying animals will act as an attractant, which could lead to sharks coming close into shore along this stretch of coast," the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said in a statement. It added: "While it's not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the stranding incident is resolved." Short-finned pilot whales inhabit tropical and subtropical waters and are often seen in the hundreds and when they beach, it is usually en masse. The stranding happened at Hamelin Bay, around 200 miles south of Perth The reason why mass strandings occur is still unknown. There are many theories including the shape of the coastline being a contributing factor, whales responding to distress calls from other whales, or groups following a leader into shore. The largest mass stranding in Australia’s west was at Dunsborough in 1996 when 320 long-finned pilot whales came ashore. All but 20 survived.

Smoky condo fire in Vietnam kills at least 13, injures 28

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:34

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Residents startled awake by loud noise and smoke signaled for help with lit mobile phones and crawled onto cranes from their balconies to escape a fire Friday at a large condominium complex in southern Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City. At least 13 people were killed and 28 injured, with police saying it was unclear if anyone was missing.

Chinese navy to carry out combat drills in South China Sea

Top Stories - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:15

China's navy will carry out combat drills in the South China Sea, the military's official newspaper said on Friday, describing the move as part of regular annual exercises. Taiwan's defense ministry said this week it had shadowed a Chinese aircraft carrier group traversing the Taiwan Strait in a southwesterly direction - meaning into the disputed South China Sea - in what Taiwan judged to be a drill. China's navy and air force frequently carry out drills in the South China Sea, where the government has been building man-made islands and constructing airstrips and other facilities, unnerving the region.


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