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Pelosi slams Trump administration for delaying Harriet Tubman on $20 bill: 'An insult to the hopes of millions'

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 13:47

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out the Trump administration’s decision to delay putting former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, calling it “an insult to the hopes of millions.”

Woman whose dead babies were found in home cleared of murder

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 13:32

A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where authorities found the remains of three babies was cleared Thursday of second-degree murder, but was convicted of lesser charges. Judge Janet Kenton-Walker said prosecutors did not prove that 35-year-old Erika Murray caused the death of one of the babies whom she had been charged with killing and hiding in her home filled with rodents, dead animals, dirty diapers and trash. Kenton-Walker called the case "senseless" and "tragic," but said she had to be guided by the evidence rather than her emotions.

Starving polar bear found in Russian city after traveling hundreds of miles

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:45

A starving polar bear was found this week in Norilsk, Russia, far from its usual hunting grounds.

This wireless charger has a smart feature every model should have, and it’s on sale for $9

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:59

I've been using RAVPower wireless chargers for a while, and I love them... on my desk. On the table next to my bed, however, there's one thing about my RAVPower charger that I hate: the little LED indicator keeps fading on and off all night long to indicate that my phone is charging. It's super annoying, but I've just been too lazy to replace it -- until now. Amazon is running a great sale on the BEZALEL Slim Wireless Charging Pad that drops the price to just $8.99. It has a nice sleek design, but the real selling point for me was the fact that the charging indicator shuts off after a few seconds so you can sleep in peace!Here are the bullet points from the product page: * 【Small footprint & Superior Safety】 BEZALEL Qi5 slim wireless charging pad - ultra slim, small footprint and full CE, FCC, and RoHS certification. * 【Full Qi Compatibility】 Compatible with all Qi-certified devices, including iPhone XS/XR/XS Max, iPhone X/8/8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8/5, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+/S8/S8+/S7/S7 edge/S6/S6 edge/S6 edge+/S6 active, LG G6/G7/V30/V30S/V35/V40 (US version), Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ3 (not for XZ2 compact), Google Pixel 3/3 XL. ★ CAUTION: Phone case cannot have any ring attachment, credit card, metal or magnetic sticker. This might cause overheating and affect the wireless charging process. * 【Sleep Friendly】 The LED indicator will glow few seconds to confirm charging is underway and the LED will stop glowing as it enters sleep mode. * 【Elegantly Simple Solution】 Simply connect it to a power source and place your Qi-enabled device in the center of the pad to start charging. * 【Satisfaction Guaranteed】 12-month warranty. Friendly customer service. Contact us via live chat or contact form on Bezalel website.

9/11 first responder who testified with Jon Stewart in Congress enters hospice care

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:33

"I’m now in hospice, because there is nothing else the doctors can do to fight the cancer," wrote Alvarez on Facebook.

Apple’s AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case just got its first big discount on Amazon

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:15

At $200, Apple's new AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case is definitely a tall order. But at $179.99, it's a no-brainer when the standard AirPods 2 version costs just $20 less. AirPods 2 is Apple's latest and greatest cord-free earphones, and the wireless charging case gives users the same convenient way to charge them as Apple's latest iPhones. Now, this killer combo just got its first big discount on Amazon. Hurry though, because there's no telling how long this deal will last!Here's the key info from the product page: * Automatically on, automatically connected * Easy setup for all your Apple devices * Quick access to Siri by saying "Hey Siri" * Double-tap to play or skip forward * New Apple H1 headphone chip delivers faster wireless connection to your devices * Charges quickly in the case * Case can be charged either wirelessly using a Qi-compatible charging mat or using the Lightning connector * Rich, high-quality audio and voice * Seamless switching between devices * Listen and talk all day with multiple charges from the Wireless Charging Case

Top Democrat Pelosi: U.S. has no appetite to go to war with Iran

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:01

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday the United States has no appetite to go to war with Iran, after Tehran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone in the Gulf region. "I think it's a dangerous situation," Pelosi said.

Trump says Iran's 'unprovoked attack' on U.S. drone was likely not intentional

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:55

Iran’s latest shootdown of a U.S. military drone appears to fit exactly the scenario that a senior U.S. general warned earlier this week would trigger an American military response, dragging the United States into a military conflict the Trump administration has said it does not want.

A 12-foot alligator was found on a Florida highway: 'He wasn't happy'

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:47

The 463-pound alligator was suffering from injuries after being hit in the head by a semi-truck on Interstate 10. It was later euthanized.

Putin promises brighter future as marathon phone-in takes gloomy turn

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:38

Russians turned to President Vladimir Putin with fears over squeezed incomes and civil liberties during a four-hour annual phone-in Thursday, but the longtime leader insisted a brighter future was ahead. The marathon event -- to which viewers this year submitted some two million questions online and via telephone -- came with Putin's approval ratings in decline. Putin claimed there was "no proof" of Russia's involvement.

Galaxy Note 10 tipped to pack a camera feature no other phone has

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:10

The Galaxy Note 10 already has a rumored announcement date, and we're getting quite close to the launch of one of the most exciting phones of the second half of 2019. That also means more of its secrets will be spilled in the coming weeks, long before Samsung takes the stage in New York to introduce the handset. Just the other day we learned that the phone will feature a screen technology that only one other phone has, an LG phone that's nowhere near as popular as the Note 10 will be. That's a Sound on Display (SoD) screen the Note 10 will reportedly get, which turns the entire display into a speaker. As a result, there's no need for the regular earpiece at the top of the phone, so the bezels can be made even thinner. The display will not be the only unique trick the Note 10 will offer buyers though, as a new leak details an even more exciting feature that Samsung will introduce on the Galaxy Note 10.Ice Universe is a well-known Samsung insider in some circles, the circles that follow smartphone rumors closely. The leaker said on Twitter that Samsung China engineers revealed a detail about the Note 10 camera that should have probably been kept secret. Rather than equipping the phone's main camera with a dual-aperture lens as is the case with previous flagships, Samsung's new Note 10 phones will have a three-stage variable aperture: f1.5, f1.8, and f2.4.'s something that hasn't been done before and might give Samsung an edge over competitors.Older Galaxy flagships including the Galaxy S10 support f1.5 and f2.4 apertures, with the Note 10 supposedly getting a stop in between those, f1.8. As SamMobile explains, the new aperture could be useful to reduce overexposure in intermediate cases between low-light (f1.5) and bright (f2.4) conditions.A different report said earlier this week that the Note 10 might be getting another notable camera upgrade, front and rear Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors that would enable 3D face recognition, improve bokeh in portrait shots, and help with AR/VR apps.

China's Economic Expansion is a Shot Across the Bow at Russia

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:44

In Ancient Rome, the arrival of a conquering general from the front meant either a rapid change of political scenery or as much pomp and circumstance as could be drawn from its seven hills. With the lengths to which the Italian government went through to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping last March to inaugurate Italy’s joining of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, Romans may very well have asked themselves if both outcomes were taking place simultaneously. Outside of Italy, however, enthusiasm for the visit was more restrained. Even some of Italy’s closest European Union partners saw Italy as a modern-day Trojan Horse, betraying trans-Atlantic ideals for Chinese patronage.Whatever their views on the visit, both Western press and policy circles overwhelmingly focused on what the trip meant for the EU rather than assessing Beijing’s motives. The Chinese angle went beyond co-opting a G7 member into its belt and road initiative. Beijing’s first successful foray into securing an EU investor partner for its BRI is not just an economic victory for Beijing, but a powerful warning shot to the Kremlin that China will not allow Russia to envelop parts of Europe spinning off the illiberal axis all on its own.

Polo club frequented by Prince William and Harry in row with neighbours over plans to double capacity

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:10

A polo club frequented by the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex is embroiled in a planning row with neighbours over plans to double its capacity to 10,000 people. Residents believe the proposal will bring huge crowds that will cause extra noise and blight the area, and have complained to the council. The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Winkfield submitted the plans to the Bracknell Forest Council licensing panel. A decision is yet to be made. Yet one resident fumed: "I object to this application on the grounds that increasing the capacity of the premises is likely to have a negative impact on the prevention of public nuisance licensing objective. "Because a larger audience requires greater sound volume to penetrate both the greater area and the greater hubbub of chatter by the people attending. "We can hear the noise from their entertainments and are disturbed by it at night even though we live over half a mile away." Another said there would be a "significant increase" in traffic as well as the "major increase" in noise. In particular they said it would be a problem when loud music bands play on long summer nights after the polo. Prince Charles became a patron of the 220 acre polo club - just a stones throw from Windsor Castle - after it opened in 1985. This then led to both his sons playing regularly there. Just last July the Duke of Sussex shared a passionate kiss with his new wife, the Duchess of Sussex, after a game. He scored twice as his team won 5-4. The council panel was set to make a decision last night [Thurs]. It currently has an alcohol licence and can play music until 2am.

Dominican Republic deaths: What we know, including two more US tourists incidents

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:52

Here's everything we know about tourist deaths and concerning incidents in the Dominican Republic so far.

EU to extend economic sanctions on Russia until 2020

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:39

European Union leaders will decide on Thursday to prolong until the end of January 2020 economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine and call on Moscow to help bring to justice those guilty of shooting down a passenger plane there in 2014. The EU slapped sanctions on Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and went on to support rebels fighting Kiev troops in the east of the country. The downing there in July 2014 of a Malaysian passenger plane marked another turning point for the EU's response to the crisis.

Airbus Vows to Fight Boeing for a Massive Jet Order That Could Mark the 737 Max's Turnaround

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:36

British Airways' owner said it would purchase 200 737 Max aircraft, which are still grounded

Russia and China Go War Against America. Here's What Could Happen Next.

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:25

Could Beijing and Moscow coordinate a pair of crises that would drive two separate U.S. military responses?The United States discarded its oft-misunderstood “two war” doctrine, intended as a template for providing the means to fight two regional wars simultaneously, late last decade. Designed to deter North Korea from launching a war while the United States was involved in fighting against Iran or Iraq (or vice versa,) the idea helped give form to the Department of Defense’s procurement, logistical and basing strategies in the post–Cold War, when the United States no longer needed to face down the Soviet threat. The United States backed away from the doctrine because of changes in the international system, including the rising power of China and the proliferation of highly effective terrorist networks.But what if the United States had to fight two wars today, and not against states like North Korea and Iran? What if China and Russia sufficiently coordinated with one another to engage in simultaneous hostilities in the Pacific and in Europe?This first appeared in August 2017.Political Coordination

The best selling Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon are down to $14.99, an all-time low

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:54

At this point we're starting to think that nothing will ever knock the Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones off the top of Amazon's best-sellers list in the Bluetooth earbuds category. They've been there for nearly 2 years already, and sales like the one happening today will go a long way to keep them there for another 2 years. Clip the 5% coupon on Amazon and use the promo code D2MP088R at checkout, and you can pick up a pair of these awesome wireless earbuds for just $14.99. That's an all-time low, but this deal won't last long so hurry!Here's more info from the product page: * HD Bass Sound: With well tuned driver, advanced CSR chip and Bluetooth 4.1 technology, Mpow flame sport earbuds produce richer bass stereo sound with reinforced clarity, as well as faster pairing and enhanced wireless connection. * Long-lasting 7-9 Hours Playtime: Powerful battery offers 7-9 Hours of superior audio performance or hands-free phone conversation after charging for just 1.5 Hours. (Note: 1. Mpow flame has 12V over-voltage hardware cut off, 1a over-current restored fuse to achieve safe charging. 2. Please use charging cable provided, or certified brand charging cable. 3. We don't recommend using fast charging.) * IPX7 Waterproof Headphones: Mpow flame wireless headphones have reliable water & sweat-proof Nano-coating for worry-free use and improved durability in intense workouts or exercises in light rain. Perfect for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, exercises, gym, fitness, traveling and etc. * Enhanced Comfort & Secure Fit: Four different sizes of eartips (XS, S, M, L), one memory foam eartip and one optional wire clip are included for different ear canals and necks. A carrying case is provided for better portability. (Note: Please choose the most suitable eartips for your ears.) * CVC 6.0 Noise Cancelling Mic: With built-in CVC 6.0 noise canceling microphone, Mpow flame bluetooth headphones offer crystal clear sound quantity for hands-free calling. 18 Month Warranty: Every Mpow product includes a 45 days money-back guarantee & 18-month warranty.