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Appeals court upholds California 'sanctuary state' bill

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 22:35

A US appeals court on Thursday upheld a California "sanctuary state" bill that blocks state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities. The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in San Francisco, unanimously ruled to uphold Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police and sheriffs from collaborating with immigration authorities. "SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government's immigration enforcement efforts," said Judge Milan Smith in the ruling.


Banks ordered to disclose bondholder information to Puerto Rico board

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 22:11

A judge on Thursday ordered banks to comply with a request from Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board to disclose customer information related to certain debt issued by the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth. The ruling boosts a potential effort by the board to recover billions of dollars in payments made to bondholders should a federal court hearing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy cases choose to invalidate disputed debt issued by the government and its agencies. U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein's order said "good cause exists" to grant the board's motion, which seeks to compel banks to submit bondholder names and addresses along with Puerto Rico debt payments the bondholders received between 2013 and 2017.


A backpack with a flexible screen? Sure, Sony, why not

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 22:05

The race among consumer electronics giants to develop all manner of screens that flex and fold -- and to attach them to phones, tablets and more -- is starting to get a bit extreme.We saw over the past 24 hours, for example, the results of Samsung rushing to be the first with a foldable smartphone, with reports from several high-profile reviewers and journalists that their Galaxy Folds easily broke after just a day of usage. We've also covered myriad plans and patents from other tech companies that likewise want to rush into the flexible game, and now along comes Sony with a patent for a flexible display that can be attached to a bag -- like a handbag, or backpack.Ladies and gentleman, we've either reached peak flexible display or are very close to it.The Sony patent, published towards the end of March, was spotted by Dutch tech news blog LetsGoDigital, which reports that it depicts a bag with a flexible display module. The display also uses the same kind of "electronic paper" screen found in e-readers, which tends to require less power and background lighting. It's also thinner and more flexible than a typical LCD display.In terms of other aspects of the design, the bag is shown including a switch that can either be a button or a slider. It would allow the user to change what's shown on the display.The design also calls for both an "automatic" and "manual" mode, which are exactly what those suggest. Those would control what's shown on the display. Additionally, the screen connects to the bag through multiple removable contact points, so you can use the bag for, you know, things that don't involve screens.As the LetsGoDigital report notes, this is not the first example of a bag with a display. Last year, for example, the Pix backpack was released that showed animated patterns on it. Whether or not Sony ever does anything with this patent, meanwhile, it does serve as one more reminder that we're going to start seeing flexible screens pretty much everywhere now, even if manufacturers don't totally know what to do with them yet.


Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 21:59

PARIS (AP) — Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.


Storms again roar across South, killing 1 in Mississippi

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 21:55

LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing a Mississippi man and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.


Donald Trump reacts to Mueller report: 'It’s called no collusion, no obstruction'

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 20:25

Attorney General William Barr released redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page report to Congress and the public on Thursday.


The Latest: Report links Senate intel chair to White House

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 19:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia and President Donald Trump (all times local):


Trump took steps to fire Mueller, stop probe after campaign welcomed Russian dirt on Clinton, Mueller report says

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:25

The Justice Department released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's final report, capping a two-year inquiry.


U.S. court upholds most of California's 'sanctuary' migrant laws

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:14

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement, "We continue to prove in California that the rule of law not only stands for something but that people cannot act outside of it." Scores of Democrat-controlled cities and counties have adopted policies to limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, making them a target for President Donald Trump.


Banks ordered to disclose bondholder information to Puerto Rico board

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:43

A judge on Thursday ordered banks to comply with a request from Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board to disclose customer information related to certain debt issued by the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth. The ruling boosts a potential effort by the board to recover billions of dollars in payments made to bondholders should a federal court hearing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy cases choose to invalidate disputed debt issued by the government and its agencies. U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein's order said "good cause exists" to grant the board's motion, which seeks to compel banks to submit bondholder names and addresses along with Puerto Rico debt payments the bondholders received between 2013 and 2017.


Detail-minded architect left guide for restoring Notre Dame

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:36

CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France (AP) — Eugene Viollet-le-Duc is still the man to go to when it comes to restoring Notre Dame, even though he died nearly 140 years ago.


Man who carried gas cans into NY cathedral charged with attempted arson

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:21

Wednesday's incident occurred two days after a massive fire severely damaged the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, causing global shock and sorrow. A New York City Police Department official said Marc Lamparello, a New Jersey resident, was charged with second-degree attempted arson, second-degree reckless endangerment and trespassing after he entered the Roman Catholic cathedral in midtown Manhattan just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday and was confronted by a security guard. As Lamparello turned to leave the cathedral, police said, gasoline spilled from the cans he was carrying, causing cathedral staff to alert police officers stationed outside the church.


Thousands of Peruvians say goodbye to ex-president following suicide

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:16

Garcia shot himself in the head on Wednesday to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America's largest graft scandal. Friends, allies and leaders across the political spectrum paid homage to Garcia at the headquarters of his APRA party, one of Latin America's oldest political parties, and one which twice helped usher Garcia to the presidency. Vizcarra ordered flags to be flown at half mast at the country's Congress and other public buildings to honor the ex-President and former lawmaker.


2020 Lincoln Corsair Preview

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:41

All-New 2020 Lincoln Corsair Gains Interior Glamour and Tech Lincoln unveiled its all-new Corsair at the New York International Auto Show this week, replacing the MKC luxury compact SUV. But thi...


Update: Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees

Macworld - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:30
Facebook confirms that user passwords from Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram were being stored in a readable format on Facebook servers. Hundreds of millions of accounts will be notified accordingly.

'RHONJ' husband Joe Giudice deportation appeal dismissed by ICE

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:57

Joe Giudice's team has filed filed a petition for a federal court to review the decision.


How robots helped the French save Notre Dame Cathedral

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:28

Drones and a firefighting robot named Colossus help extinguish the dramatic blaze at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.


In Notre-Dame's shadow, a 'village' faces uncertain future

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:27

Few at the gathering Thursday morning in the Quasimodo cafe -- named after the hunchback in Victor Hugo's celebrated novel set at the cathedral -- seemed optimistic about the chances of re-opening in the near future. Police are letting only residents and business owners onto the River Seine island known as the Ile de la Cite where the cathedral stands, choking off the tourist traffic that is their lifeblood. "We usually have lots of tourists, more than 500 a day, but now there's nobody," said Virginie Aranda, who has a stall at the flower market on the Ile de la Cite.


UPDATE 2-Sears sues Lampert, claiming he looted assets and drove it into bankruptcy

Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:52

Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime former Chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments and others like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, claiming they illegally siphoned billions of dollars of assets from the retailer before it went bankrupt. The lawsuit, made public on Thursday, was filed by the restructuring team winding down Sears' bankruptcy estate and suing on behalf of creditors, many of whom blame Lampert for the retailer's downfall. The complaint seeks the repayment of "billions of dollars of value looted from Sears," including while it was in what Lampert would later call a "death spiral" where it sold core assets to meet daily expenses with no real plan for becoming profitable.


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