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Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:00


EU, Canada warn of reprisals as US targets foreign interests in Cuba

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:59

The European Union and Canada warned Wednesday of reprisals after the United States for the first time allowed lawsuits against foreign companies operating in Cuba, including EU and Canadian firms. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Washington will on May 2 end routine wavers to the 1996 Helms-Burton act and allow for lawsuits over property seized by Cuba. "The EU and Canada consider the extraterritorial application of unilateral Cuba-related measures contrary to international law," they said in a joint statement from Brussels.


Driver of car and 6 victims hit in North Philadelphia all being investigated, police say

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:56

Philadelphia police are saying arrests could potentially be on the way for some of the 6 people who were hit by a speeding Buick in North Philadelphia Tuesday.


The cause of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire remains unknown. Everything else is a rumor

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:42

French officials have ruled out arson and terror-related motives, but conspiracy theorists are spreading misinformation about the Notre Dame fire.


Notre Dame: Could America's historic landmarks be devastated by such a catastrophic fire?

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:52

From Independence Hall to the National Cathedral, key U.S. sites are protected by sophisticated fire and safety systems.


GoFundMe campaign raises more than $700,000 for boy thrown off mall balcony

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:41

A GoFundMe campaign for a 5-year-old boy who was tossed over a third-floorbalcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota has raised over $700,000


Apple rumored to launch a refreshed iPhone 8 with upgraded specs next March

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:11

Apple is expected to launch three new "iPhone 11" models this fall, which will be the successors to the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. But new reports claim that Apple could also unveil additional devices meant to court smartphone buyers who are either looking for cheaper iPhones or want smaller phones.A report a few days ago said that an iPhone SE successor is in the works \-- a device that would feature an iPhone XS-like design. A new report out of Asia, meanwhile, describes a more familiar smartphone design, one that Apple is expected to recycle come March 2020: An iPhone 8 refresh.We'll call it iPhone 8s, as the Economic Daily News doesn't mention an actual product name. The report, however, provides several details about the upcoming iPhone 8 refresh.The iPhone 8s would apparently have the same design as the iPhone 8, complete with Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the front and single-lens camera on the back. But the device will have the same hardware as the upcoming 2019 iPhone flagships, including an A13 processor. Other specs include 128GB of base memory, a Full HD 4.7-inch display, and a new PCB design.The new handset would sell for $649, the report notes, targeting a price point that Apple ignored in recent years.By refreshing the iPhone 8, Apple would be in a position where it could still sell phones featuring a classic design to customers who are interested in compact iPhone designs featuring fingerprint sensors instead of Face ID. The iPhone 8 is as big as the iPhone X and XS in terms of overall size, but it has a smaller screen (4.7-inch vs. 5.8-inch) due to its bezels. Also, a $650 iPhone could help Apple compete better against Chinese smartphone makers in several Asian markets, where it's becoming increasingly difficult to sell expensive flagships (like the iPhone XS).If all these new reports turn out to be accurate, Apple may end up selling up to five new iPhones in the span of a few months, including the 2019 iPhone XS and XR models, the rumored iPhone SE 2, and this iPhone 8 refresh.


Trump and Netanyahu Are Breaking the Bond Between American Jews and Israel

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:06

"For many American Jews, though, the status quo is not a victory," writes Eisner


Verizon just made it more expensive to activate or upgrade a phone in-store

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:58

Verizon appears to be incentivizing consumers to make purchases online rather than at one of its brick-and-mortar retail stores, as CNET reports that the mobile carrier is lowering activation and upgrade fees on its site and in its My Verizon app from $30 to $20 starting this Thursday. Alternatively, if you prefer a "full-service experience" at a Verizon store, you'll now have to pay $40 to activate a line or upgrade to a new device.CNET's report doesn't include many details about this new policy, and as The Verge points out, Verizon's fees often go up or down depending on a variety of factors, such as if you're on a prepaid or monthly plan, or if you're activating a new line or just upgrading to a new phone. Unless Verizon sends out a news release ahead of this purported price change, we'll have to wait until later this week to see how it will be implemented.Provided that you are willing to go through with the process of activating a line or upgrading to a new device on the Verizon website or on the My Verizon app, the price is actually lower at Verizon than at its competitors. AT&T charges $25 to bring a new phone over to its network (or $45 for a two-year plan, which only applies to certain phones), Sprint charges $30, and T-Mobile claims that it doesn't have an activation fee at all, but will still make you pay $25 for a SIM starter kit (which you will need to activate your phone on their network).So, while charging an addition $10 for a "full-service experience" at a brick-and-mortar store might be ludicrous, the price cut of the activation and upgrade fee for online customers is a welcome one.


20-year-old college student falls 100 feet off cliff to her death

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:21

A 20-year-old college student plummeted 100 feet to her death off a cliffduring a school trip last weekend


The Royal Navy Wants Robotic Submarines (Here's Why That Matters)

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:13

The U.K. Ministry of Defense in April 2019 launched a $3.3-million competition to begin developing a large, robotic submarine.The contest could lead to the acquisition of an operational autonomous sub for the Royal Navy -- and could help the British fleet partially to fill the undersea gap resulting from deep cuts to its sub force.The ministry asked industry by June 2019 to submit proposals for an extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle, or XLUUV.“The Royal Navy says that contract will have two stages, a one-year long research, design and refit stage and a testing and trialing stage,” U.K. Defense Journal explained. “In the latter stage it is expected that the system will be tested in representative environments for extended periods; the sea trials in stage two may be up to two years long.”The government’s request for proposals sketched three different operational scenarios for the possible, future robo-sub.In the covert intelligence-gathering role, the XLUUV “is tasked to gather covert intelligence of traffic transiting in a maritime operational area,” according to the RFP.


EU threatens to tax $20 billion of US goods over Boeing aid

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:57

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has drawn up a list of $20 billion worth of U.S. products it could tax in an escalating feud over plane industry subsidies, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday.


Iran Rouhani says floods revealed 'vicious' nature of US

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:50

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the United States' reaction to floods that killed dozens of people had revealed Washington's "vicious" nature. At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused billions of dollars worth of damage since March 19. Iran's Red Crescent has repeatedly complained that US banking sanctions re-imposed last year make it impossible to receive donations from outside the country.


7 High-Risk, High-Reward Stocks to Buy

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:49

The biggest investing winners are the ones that aren't afraid to take a risk on companies with huge long-term growth potential. Here are seven high-risk stocks to buy that could generate big returns, as rated by Bank of America analysts. Since the beginning of 2018, the stock of semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices rallied from $9 to a high of more than $34, then fell back to $16 and shot up to about $30.


Why Isn't American Express Accepted Everywhere?

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:35

It has a lot to do with the fees credit card companies charge merchants when you make a purchase. Some merchants choose to not accept cards that charge higher swipe fees than others, like American Express. While the notion that American Express swipe fees are significantly higher than other credit card companies' swipe fees may be a bit of a myth, the fact is American Express has a lower acceptance rate than other card networks.


Jussie Smollett purposely misled police by saying assailants were white, lawsuit alleges

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:16

"Empire” actor Jussie Smollett purposely attempted to mislead police by falsely describing the men who he said attacked him on a cold January night as white men, the city of Chicago claimed in a civil lawsuit filed Thursday.


'What's with @FoxNews?': Trump fumes after Bernie Sanders town hall

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:11

Bernie Sanders drew big ratings and rave reviews for his Fox News town hall on Monday night. And President Trump isn’t happy about it.


Porsche Collection Destroyed in Explosion

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:56

A large explosion rocked Durham, North Carolina on 10 April 2019, something that sadly claimed the life of one individual and injured 15. The building itself also contained one of America’s largest Porsche collections according to the Charlotte Observer. The rather unassuming red brick building didn’t boast about the treasures within, but video from the Charlotte Observer revealed a huge hole in the roof and the charred remains of what appears to be a 550 Spyder amongst other less identifiable wreckage.


Trump-Mueller report: 'Breakdown-level anxiety' among White House aides concerned release will out them to president

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:51

White House officials are reportedly suffering “breakdown-level” anxiety over whether the Mueller report will expose them as a source of damaging information about Donald Trump. More than a dozen current and former administration personnel cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia, according to NBC News. The report is expected to be made public in redacted form by attorney general William Barr on Thursday, following pressure from Congress to release the findings in full. Some officials and their lawyers have allegedly asked the Justice Department to clarify if the report will make their identities obvious out of fear over Mr Trump or his allies’ reaction if it reveals they criticised the president or revealed negative information about him.“They got asked questions and told the truth, and now they’re worried the wrath will follow,” a former Trump official told NBC. One person close to the White House told NBC News there was “breakdown-level anxiety” among current and former officials who spoke with Mr Mueller’s office at the direction of the president’s legal team. The Justice Department has not specified a time and provided no insight into how much of Mr Mueller’s report will be redacted upon release on 18 April, but the president is already ramping up his attacks on those involved in the probe. “The Mueller Report, which was written by 18 Angry Democrats who also happen to be Trump Haters (and Clinton Supporters), should have focused on the people who SPIED on my 2016 Campaign, and others who fabricated the whole Russia Hoax,” Mr Trump falsely tweeted on Monday. In fact, Mr Mueller is a registered Republican and there is no suggestion his team engaged in a partisan investigation. Mr Trump on Wednesday doubled down on this claims, wrongly claiming the Russia probe was initiated by “dirty cops” and Hillary Clinton. Mr Barr, in a four-page summary to Congress last month, reported Mr Mueller had cleared Mr Trump and his campaign of colluding with Russia, but said the former FBI director had steered clear of ruling on whether the president obstructed justice. Mr Trump claimed the investigation exonerated him on both counts, something that was not true. He also pressed Mr Barr to launch an investigation into why the FBI began its probe of members of his campaign team, claiming he was the victim of an “attempted coup”.


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