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Venezuela shuts border with Caribbean islands ahead of aid efforts

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:24

Maduro has rejected offers of foreign aid, denying there are widespread shortages and insisting that the country's economic problems are the result of sanctions by Washington. Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by dozens countries as the legitimate head of state, has said that food and medicine provided in part by the United States will enter Venezuela by land and sea on Saturday. The closure blocks movement of boats and aircraft between the western Venezuelan coastal state of Falcon and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, said Vice Admiral Vladimir Quintero, who heads a military unit in Falcon.

Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?

Macworld - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:18
Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to find your own personal meteorologist.

Ford Deals a Blow to Bolsonaro With Plan to Shutter Brazil Plant

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:08

The automaker expects to record $460 million in charges related to exiting the heavy-truck business in all of South America, according to a statement. It’s halting production this year at its São Bernardo do Campo assembly plant, which employs almost 2,800 workers building Cargo, F-4000 and F-350 trucks, plus the Fiesta small car. “We know this action will have a major impact on our employees in São Bernardo and we will be working closely with all our stakeholders on the next steps,” Lyle Watters, Ford of South America’s president, said in the statement.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, February 20, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific

Macworld - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:00

On this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we talk about analyst Ming Chi-Kuo and his predictions for the Mac, iPhone Apple Watch, and more. We also talk about your comments, and your questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon. This is episode 641.

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This week, we're moving our broadcast time to Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Pacific. The Macworld Podcast usually broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:20

A powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.

The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:36

Hint: It's going to transform your backyard BBQ setup

Airlines begin waiving change fees for new winter storm

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 13:06

Southwest Airlines had already started waiving rebooking fees ahead of the new storm. It’s likely that others would do the same as forecasts solidified.

Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

Macworld - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:53
Is Sling TV better than Hulu, or should cord-cutters subscribe to PlayStation Vue? Or YouTube TV? We compare all the TV streaming services, and one rises to the top.

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:40

Warren Buffett is wheeling and dealing. The most anticipated 13-F filing each quarter is that of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B). Here are seven stocks Buffett has been buying and selling according to this month's filing.

US weather latest: Powerful coast-to-coast storm to blast Americans with snow, ice and torrential rain

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:58

A powerful storm is expected to hit up to 200 million Americans with snow, ice and torrential rain, over the coming week. About 60 per cent of the US will likely to be hit by wintry weather on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather, an American media company that provides commercial weather forecasting services worldwide. It said the storm will develop over the western Gulf of Mexico before moving northwards.

Bernie Sanders Admits Mistakes in Dealing With Sexism Allegations as He Launches Bid for Presidency

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:48

Bernie Sanders used his first interview since announcing that he would be running for President in 2020 to address some of the doubts that plagued…

This Is How the Kashmir Terrorist Attack Could Start a Major War

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:47

The recent violence in Kashmir has provoked New Delhi.

Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:28

A man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:09

A Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday for pulling a gun on a couple who were wearing the Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he reportedly pulled the gun in a Kentucky Sam’s Club store amid an argument, according to his arrest citation. Phillips allegedly told the woman, "It's a good day to die, b****," and exchanged obscene hand gestures with the man. He said he did so because of their hats.Phillips, who wore a hat indicating he was a military veteran, has a concealed-carry permit for his gun.The incident comes amid the continuing controversy over Empire actor Jussie Smollett's claim that he was beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans, which has been increasingly scrutinized as a possible hoax.

New York couple together 81 years dies days apart during Valentine's Day week

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:03

"I prayed for years, when it's their time to go, please take them together. I didn't want either one of them to have that broken heart."

Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:59

"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon today. Just don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soulFor people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more.Image: vitamixNix the guesswork even more with Vitamix's new digital timer, which decides what the optimal blending time is for you to get perfect textures without having to experiment. If you know what you're doing, there's a programmable timer that will blend for the time you've entered and stop automatically.All of your options are displayed across a scratch-resistant touchscreen, with a self-cleaning option available to get you off the hook afterwards.Regularly $699.95, you can save $159.60 and get it for $540.35. Image: vitamix Save $160 on the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender (64 oz) -- $540.35 See Details

Bernie Sanders 2020: veteran Left-winger will face crowded field of copycats for Democratic nomination

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:57

So, Bernie is in. Four years after his remarkable rise from relative political obscurity to almost upsetting Hillary Clinton’s march to the Democratic nomination, he is back for another go.  His strengths as a 2020 presidential candidate come from what happened during that first try. He has a network of political activists embedded in key states who have been pushing his case since he came up short.  He has name recognition and a clear political identity, something many of his rivals in a packed field of more than a dozen likely candidates will need to carve out in the coming months.  Mr Sanders also has proven heft when it comes to fund raising. He picked up more than $100 million (£77 million) from donors who gave less than $200 each during his last presidential bid – numbers that aren’t to be sniffed at.  The young Democrat voters drawn to his Left-wing policies also appear to still be drifting that way. A Gallup poll in 2016 found Democrats felt more positively about socialism than capitalism.  I'm running for president. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country. Say you're in: https://t.co/KOTx0WZqRfpic.twitter.com/T1TLH0rm26— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019 But there is one big challenge for Mr Sanders – this time he is not alone. At least half a dozen candidates are looking to ride the same progressive wave that he surfed so successfully in 2016.  That much is clear when you look at the policies with which he is most clearly identified. Medicare for all - a proposal to give every American government-paid healthcare - has been one of his big rallying cries for years. He introduced a bill proposing it in 2017.  But four other presidential rivals – the senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris – all co-signed the bill and are backing versions of the same idea. In 2016, Mr Sanders called climate change “the single greatest threat facing our planet”. But the Green New Deal he wants adopted is being pushed by others too, including Ms Harris and Ms Gillibrand.  His vocal attacks on Wall Street and calls for free college tuition helped set him apart from Mrs Clinton in 2016. Yet this time round Ms Warren, perhaps the candidate who most overlaps with him in terms of policy, is hammering away at both issues.  Plus another feature of Mr Sanders’ last campaign – his reluctance to take corporate donations to fund his bid for the White House – is now commonplace among the 2020 pack.  There are weaknesses too. In the MeToo world, allegations of sexual harassment from his 2016 campaign, which led to Mr Sanders issuing an apology, could put off some voters.  At 77, Mr Sanders is five years older than Donald Trump, and this will be focused on, as will his electability at a time when the Democrat base appears to prioritise finding a candidate who can beat the current US president above other qualities.  Bernie Sanders at a health care rally in 2017 San Francisco, California Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Mr Sanders will also be hoping to improve his standing with African-American voters, a demographic that preferred Mrs Clinton over him last time round. In 2016, Mr Sanders was the change candidate. Despite the historic nature of Mrs Clinton’s candidacy, her perception as the embodiment of the establishment helped fuel his campaign.  In 2020, it will be much harder to play that card. Among Mr Sanders’ rivals are people seeking to be the first black woman, gay man and Latino candidate to be US president.  Early polls suggest Mr Sanders is well positioned - he tends to come second after Joe Biden, the former US vice president. And last time he won more than 13 million votes in the primaries, which is no mean feat.  But 2020 is not 2016. This is not a two-horse race but a free-for-all, with plenty of candidates looking to occupy turf long staked out by Mr Sanders. He is no longer the only progressive in town.

Alabama editor who called for lynchings by Klan should quit, senators say

Top Stories - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:23

Officials in Alabama are calling for a small-town newspaper editor to resign because of an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize Washington, D.C.


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