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How the Alabama abortion law is roiling Democratic and Republican politics

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 17:47

The divisive issue of abortion is not only widening the gulf between Democrats and Republicans, it’s also sowing division within the parties.

On world stage, Trump backs North Korea's scathing criticism of Biden

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 17:00

"Well, Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. Trump's comments on the world stage reinforced a tweet that he sent on Saturday with a similar message and drew renewed criticism of the president back home. North Korea's state-run news agency issued a stinging attack last week on Biden, who has been critical of the isolated state.

Trump's Japan trip: President blasts Biden, Democrats, Mueller while bringing politics to world stage

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 16:44

Trump doubled down on his criticism of Democrat Joe Biden, telling an international audience he agree with an insult from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Trump campaign: Federal prosecutors investigating large donation made by real estate mogul

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 15:30

An investigation into the finances of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has drawn attention and scrutiny to a massive donation of $1m (£790,000). Real estate mogul Franklin Haney, a known political donor, gave the hefty sum to Mr Trump at the same time that the developer was seeking approval and government support in purchasing the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant, which lies unfinished in Alabama.Mr Haney, two years later, has yet to close the deal.His donation to Mr Trump’s inaugural committee is being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York, whose search is focused, in part, on if those who handed cash to the committee received any benefits in return.Prosecutors also are exploring if foreign nationals unlawfully donated funds to the committee. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan issued a subpoena last year demanding an array of financial records, including any “communications regarding or relating to the possibility of donations by foreign nationals.”Mr Trump’s inaugural committee has denied any wrongdoing and claims all funds are accounted for. The president’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had allegedly given the prosecutors information on Mr Haney and his son and business associate, Frank Haney Jr, regarding the nuclear plant project, according to an anonymous source that spoke to ABC.Mr Haney had briefly hired Cohen, who is now serving a three year sentence for tax evasion, campaign finance violations and lying to congress, for his assistance in obtaining money for the power plant project from potential investors. This is not the first time Mr Haney, 79, has faced allegations his political donations were an attempt at gaining influence. Mr Haney has been investigated by the US House Republicans in the past for his donations and political influence on the Clinton Administration, which moved the Federal Communications Commission into a building that would benefit the businessman, but the Justice Department declined to pursue the matter. Mr Haney was charged in 1999 with funnelling about $100,000 in illegal contributions to President Bill Clinton, then-Vice President Al Gore and other politicians, but was ultimately acquitted.

Huawei founder: Without Apple, ‘we would not see the beauty of this world’

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 14:42

As calls have mounted in China for the central government to officially retaliate against Apple as a way to strike back over US trade tensions and over the increasing ostracization of Huawei, the billionaire founder of one of China's leading consumer electronics brands insists he's squarely against going that route.In a new interview with Bloomberg, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei was effusive in his praise of the iPhone maker, describing Apple per a translation of his remarks as "my teacher" and that "As a student, why should I oppose my teacher? I would never do that.""Apple is the world's leading company," Zhengfei continued during the interview, which also touched on the emergency maneuvers Huawei is taking to deal with being cut off from smartphone component suppliers, as well as from Google. "If there were no Apple, there would be no mobile internet. If there was no Apple to help show us the world, we would not see the beauty of this world."His praise of the company followed a question he was asked about whether he thought China hitting at Apple might be a kind of ace in the hole for the government, given how important a market China is for Apple. "That will not happen, first of all," Zhengfei insisted. "And second of all, if that happens, I'll be the first to protest. Apple is my teacher (and) it is advancing in front of us."As we and others have reported on for more than a week now, the US officially blacklisted Huawei back on May 17, accusing it of being basically a proxy for Chinese authorities in Beijing. In light of that action, Google then followed suit and promptly cut off Huawei from access to its Android mobile operating system, which in turn was followed by Huawei being further cut off from component suppliers.That sequence of events has been described as crippling, and perhaps worse, for the number two smartphone vendor in the world which had been vocal about wanting to ascend to the top of the industry in relatively short order.Naturally, Zhengfei decided to level some blistering criticism at President Trump, over his role in prolonging the US trade tensions as well as the decision to blacklist Huawei. Zhengfei had tried a different route a few months ago, praising Trump as "a great president," but is now apparently switching tactics. "I see his tweets and think it's laughable because they're self-contradictory," the Huawei boss told Bloomberg. "How did he become a master of the art of the deal?"And about the contention that Huawei aggressively steals technology, Zhengfei added this:"I stole the American technologies from tomorrow. The U.S. doesn't even have those technologies. We are ahead of the U.S. If we were behind, there would be no need for Trump to strenuously attack us."

Apple may release an iPhone SE 2 with a brand new design next year

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 14:21

The iPhone SE has long been a sleeper hit for Apple, with Tim Cook noting a few years ago that demand for the compact device was surprisingly strong and even higher than Apple's own internal projections."We're thrilled with the response that we've seen on it," Cook said during an earnings conference call in 2016. "It is clear that there is a demand there even much beyond what we thought. That is really why we have the constraint that we have."Hardly a surprise, the iPhone SE filled an important gap in the company's iPhone lineup to the extent that it offered users an affordable device with advanced features in a compact form factor. For as great as Apple's flagships are, the simple reality is that many people find Apple's latest iPhone models unwieldy. For example, the iPhone XR -- which is Apple's entry-level model this year -- is closer in size to the iPhone 6 Plus than it is to the iPhone 6.With that said, Apple unceremoniously discontinued the iPhone SE last year when it rolled out its 2018 iPhone lineup. The move was initially met with excitement as folks assumed that an iPhone SE successor was on the way. But as the weeks and months rolled on, word began to surface that Apple had no immediate plans to resurrect the beloved SE line.As it stands now, Apple offers up no options for users who prefer a smartphone with a small form factor. And even if you manage to pick up a used iPhone SE or a brand new one during an unexpected flash sale, the iPhone SE is more than three years old at this point and boasts hardware that initially debuted on the 2015 iPhone 6s.Put simply, it's time for Apple to release an iPhone SE 2.The good news is that Apple may not have forgotten about the iPhone SE line. According to a new investor note from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis (via MacRumors), there's a chance that Apple will release an iPhone SE 2 with iPhone 8 internals sometime in early 2020. Curtis' remarks were based off of conversations he recently had with some of Apple's suppliers overseas.Notably, previous iPhone SE 2 rumors relayed that the device will abandon Touch ID and incorporate Face ID instead, all within an edgeless 4.8-inch display. To this point, the concept video below imagines what an iPhone SE with an iPhone X-inspired design would look like.

Powerful EF3 tornado kills 2, injures 29 in Oklahoma town recovering from flooding

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 14:09

A deadly tornado ripped through an Oklahoma City suburb Saturday night, destroying a motel and causing massive damage.

You can actually get a 4K TV on Amazon right now for $199.99

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 14:00

Last week, Amazon has a one-day Gold Box deal that slashed the price of the Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - Fire TV Edition to just $199.99. That's right, a penny under $200 for a top-rated 43-inch 4K TV with Amazon's beloved Fire TV software built right in! The deal must have done pretty well, because Amazon has already brought it back -- and the 50-inch and 55-inch models are both discounted, as well. There's no telling how long these deals will be around though, so get in on the action while you still can.Here are the bullet points from the product page: * Insignia 4K UHD Smart TV - Fire TV Edition delivers true-to-life 4K Ultra HD picture quality with over 8 million pixels for stunning clarity, deep contrast, and vivid colors. * With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more. * Fire TV Edition seamlessly integrates live over-the-air TV and streaming channels on a unified home screen (HD antenna required). * Easily control your TV with the included Voice Remote with Alexa--plus, launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more, using just your voice. * Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 38.2" x 22.5" x 3.2", TV with stand: 38.2" x 24.3" x 8.9". Multiple device input/output options: 3 HDMI including 1 with ARC, USB, composite input, antenna/cable input, digital output (optical), audio output, Ethernet.

The Dogfighter: Why Russia's Su-35 Fighter Won't Be An Easy Target for Anyone

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 14:00

The maneuverability of the Su-35 makes it an unsurpassed dogfighter. However, future aerial clashes using the latest missiles (R-77s, Meteors, AIM-120s) could potentially take place over enormous ranges, while even short-range combat may involve all-aspect missiles like the AIM-9X and R-74 that don’t require pointing the aircraft at the target. Nonetheless, the Su-35’s speed (which contributes to a missile’s velocity) and large load-carrying abilities mean it can hold its own in beyond-visual-range combat. Meanwhile, the Flanker-E’s agility and electronic countermeasures may help it evade opposing missiles.The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the top Russian air-superiority fighter in service today, and represents the pinnacle of fourth-generation jet fighter design. It will remain so until Russia succeeds in bringing its fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter into production.Distinguished by its unrivaled maneuverability, most of the Su-35’s electronics and weapons capabilities have caught up with those of Western equivalents, like the F-15 Eagle. But while it may be a deadly adversary to F-15s, Eurofighters and Rafales, the big question mark remains how effectively it can contend with fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the F-22 and F-35.(This first appeared several years ago.)HistoryThe Su-35 is an evolution of the Su-27 Flanker, a late Cold War design intended to match the F-15 in concept: a heavy twin-engine multirole fighter combining excellent speed and weapons loadout with dogfighting agility.

When it comes to abortion, conservative women aren't a monolith

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:58

Nearly one in four women in the USA will have an abortion by age 45 – obviously, not all of them share the same political views.

This 100 Year Old Gun Might Out Last Any Glock or Sig Sauer

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:47

More than a century after its introduction, how much longer can the 1911 go on? As a pairing of high-powered bullet and frame, it’s difficult to beat. Other manufacturers including Glock and Springfield Armory have come out with competing .45 ACP designs that also have lasting appeal.The 1911 is one of the most notorious handguns in history and easily the most famous in America, having seen action in every U.S. conflict since World War I. One of the most successful product designs ever, the 1911 has achieved something rare in the world of machines: immortality. Over a hundred years old, it remains largely unchanged.What Apple is to consumer electronics, John Browning was to late 19th and early 20th century firearms. The 1911 is his most famous design. The typical 1911 is 8.25 inches from tip to tail and weighs 2.49 pounds empty — about as much as a trade paperback book. The 1911 is made of steel, steel and more steel, and takes a magazine that holds seven bullets.The 1911 has seen service in World War I, Mexico, Haiti, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic (twice), Lebanon, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iran, Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War, the Iraq War and Afghanistan. It has chased bad men from Pancho Villa to Osama Bin Laden.

Police searching for missing 5-year-old Utah girl. Her uncle is in custody

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:41

The Logan Police Department continued their search Sunday, alongside officials from the FBI, for Elizabeth Jessica Shelley, a missing 5-year-old girl.

'I went the extra $5,000': Despite a cooling housing market, buyers bust their budgets

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:38

U.S. homebuyers are topping their spending limits because prices are still climbing and inventory remains relatively low.

'War-Monger': North Korea Reportedly Has Choice Words For John Bolton

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:38

North Korea reportedly described national security advisor John Bolton as a “war monger” and “human defect” for his criticism of the state’s latest missile tests.The comments came from an anonymous North Korean Foreign Ministry representative Monday after Bolton called the country’s short-range missile testing a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, the Associated Press reported Monday.“It will be fit to call Bolton not a security adviser striving for security but a security-destroying adviser who is wrecking peace and security,” the spokesperson said, according to AP. “It is not at all strange that perverse words always come out from the mouth of a structurally defective guy, and such a human defect deserves an earlier vanishing.” Bolton, accompanying President Donald Trump on his visit to Japan, told reporters Saturday that there is “no doubt” about the May 4 and 9 missile tests contravening the U.N. resolutions, according to AP. Bolton suggested the actions demonstrate that sanctions against North Korea should not be removed.But Trump seemed to take a different approach in his response to the missile launch, tweeting that “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some people, and others, but not me.”

French far-right makes big demands on Macron after small win

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 13:25

PARIS (AP) — If French far-right leader Marine Le Pen gets her wish, her National Rally party, victorious in the European Parliament election, will force a dissolution of France's own parliament and lure opponents to her cause. But there's one major roadblock: French President Emmanuel Macron .

Asus debuts laptop with three screens and a full-size mechanical keyboard

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 11:14

Just a day before Computex 2019 in Taiwan opens to the public, Asus showed off some new hardware. The ZenBook Pro Duo complete with three displays -- two of which are touch screens -- and still enough space for a full-size mechanical keyboard. If you can imagine the Touch Bar on an Apple Macbook Pro extending halfway down the base and thus pushing the keyboard right down to the edge of the computer, you can essentially grasp the design of Asus's latest launch: the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo.

Today’s best deals: Fire TV Stick for $29.99, $25 true wireless earbuds, big Apple Watch Series 4 sale, more

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 10:41

There are all kinds of big sales happening for Memorial Day 2019, but you don't even have to leave your home to get the best deals. Highlights from today's daily deals roundup include the best-selling $40 Fire TV Stick for $29.99, the upgraded $50 Fire TV Stick 4K for $39.99, $20 off Apple's new AirPods 2 (order now to lock in the discount even though they're out of stock), best-selling true wireless earbuds on sale for just $25.49, tons of different Apple Watch Series 4 models all on sale at their lowest prices ever, a one-day deal on the popular Eufy RoboVac 12 robot vacuum that cuts the price to just $168, up to $100 off already affordable 4K TVs with built-in Fire TV software, an awesome electric toothbrush bundle for $28, killer prices on SanDisk microSD cards, and plenty more. See all of today's top deals below.

Salvini Pulls Rank After Trouncing Five Star in EU Vote

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 09:26

The deputy premier said the next phase will be focused on cutting taxes -- the priority of his pro-business party, the League -- and insisted he won’t let European Union rules prevent him from delivering fiscal stimulus to the economy. Five Star saw its share of the vote sink to 17% and was pushed into third place by the center-left Democratic Party. Five Star chief Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s other deputy premier, said his party’s senior leadership hasn’t asked him to resign in the wake of the result.

Italy's Salvini says vote win is mandate to change EU budget rules

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 08:42

Salvini's party won 34.3% of the vote at Sunday's election, doubling the score of its ally in the ruling coalition, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which took just 17.1% and was pushed into third place by the center left. "The time has come to totally re-discuss old and outdated rules that have hurt Europe. Salvini, who spent much of the election campaign promising deep tax cuts in possible defiance of EU fiscal rules, showed no sign of backing down.

Kremlin rebuffs call to release Ukrainian sailors

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 07:01

The Kremlin on Monday rebuffed a call by an international maritime tribunal for Russia to release 24 Ukrainian sailors, saying the court had no jurisdiction over the strait where Russian security forces captured them. The Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Saturday said Moscow should release the sailors immediately and that both nations should refrain from taking any action that might aggravate the dispute. The Russian navy captured the Ukrainian sailors and their three vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, on Nov. 25, 2018, after opening fire on them.