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US government scientists correct Trump over climate change statements: 'Winter storms don't prove global warming isn't happening'

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:36

Donald Trump has again appeared to fundamentally misunderstand climate change by suggesting extreme cold weather in the US is evidence global warming does not exist. “In the beautiful Midwest, wind chill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded,” Mr Trump tweeted late on Monday evening. It follows a number of recent tweets by the president expressing gleeful disregard for the scientific consensus that holds human carbon emissions responsible for recent global temperature increases.

Young boy found after being lost for days in the woods says he made friends with a bear

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:29

Kids say the darndest things, and a young boy who was lost for three days in a heavily wooded area of North Carolina is spinning a yarn that is leaving investigators baffled. Casey Hathaway was reportedly playing with other children in his grandmother's backyard when he wandered into a nearby woods and disappeared from view. Nobody could find the young boy, and authorities and volunteers scoured the woods for three days before he was eventually found alive. Having endured chilly temperatures and heavy rain, the boy was still in good health, but he says he didn't make it through the ordeal alone. "He made a comment about having a friend while he was in the woods -- his friend was a bear," on of the investigators, Maj. David McFadyen of the Craven County Sheriff's Office, told CNN in an interview. "In the emergency room he started talking about what happened in the woods and he said he had a friend that was a bear with him while he was in the woods." The youngster likely had a rather uncomfortable time while he was lost in the woods, as nighttime temperatures dropped as low as 20 degrees and two inches of rain fell during the three days he was missing. As for whether or not a bear actually joined him, authorities can't say for certain one way or the other. Authorities note that there are indeed bears in the area, but nobody involved in the search for the boy reported seeing one while combing the woods. The boy was found in a tangle of vines, according to investigators, and while he was cold he was otherwise unharmed. Search party members could hear him calling out for his mother, which helped them locate him. Police say the young boy will be interviewed -- or at least questioned to the extent that one can question a three-year-old -- in order to get a better idea of how he survived, and perhaps they'll learn a little bit more about his bear friend in the process.

Polar vortex to bring AccuWeather RealFeel temperatures of -50 F or below

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:19

As brutally cold air invades the Midwest and Northeast this week, some areas could see AccuWeather RealFeel temperatures dip below -50 F.

Aetna customers can get a free Apple Watch just for keeping close tabs on their health

Macworld - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:56

Apple is getting serious about the Apple Watch’s health benefits. Starting this spring, Apple and Aetna are teaming up to offer a new watchOS app that “is designed to give you real ways to be healthier so you can hit achievable goals—and earn rewards when you do.” And if you don’t have an Apple Watch, Aetna will give you one to try it out.

According to Aetna’s description of the app, Attain works something like Apple’s own Activity app. The app will establish daily and weekly goals as well as nutrition challenges and sleep schedules based on your health history, which will then become prompts throughout the day. It’ll also let you know when you’re due for a check-up, flu shot, and prescription refill so you can stay on top of your care. Aetna also says the app will help track down preferred labs and testing centers and spotlight the lowest-cost options based on your plan.

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Apple's handling of scary FaceTime spying bug shows that privacy is a right when it's good PR

Macworld - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:19

In the span of about an hour last night, things went from bad to worse for Apple. What started with the report of a seemingly unbelievable bug ended with the disabling of one of the premium features of iOS 12 as Apple scrambled to save face and prevent an epic privacy snafu.

Here’s what happened: After a tip, 9to5Mac exposed a weird FaceTime bug that let callers eavesdrop on the people they were calling, whether or not the person on the other end picked up or was even aware a call was coming in. The process isn’t exactly easy, involving adding your own number to a Group FaceTime call after dialing, but it’s not something out of the realm of inadvertently implementing it either.

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Chris Christie says he told Trump to stop tweeting about Russia probe: 'You're making this worse'

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:14

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he has repeatedly told Trump not to tweet about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

AP-NORC poll: President Trump's marks on the economy slip

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:08

The new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows the 35-day partial government shutdown took a toll on Trump's overall performance ratings. While presidential approval has fluctuated only slightly throughout Trump's two years in office, he neared his lowest marks this month, slipping from December. The poll finds 34 percent of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, compared with 65 percent who disapprove.

Pregnant Lyft driver in third trimester stabbed to death by passenger, police say

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:06

A Lyft rider in suburban Phoenix stabbed his pregnant driver, killing the woman and her unborn child before stealing her vehicle and driving nearly 150 miles before being arrested near the California line, authorities said Monday.

Dutch Cabinet Gets Emergency Powers in Case of No-Deal Brexit

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:55

A majority of lawmakers in the parliament’s lower house in The Hague granted the cabinet a six month period -- rather than a year as the government had proposed -- to use special powers as the country of about 17 million prepares for the eventuality of the U.K. leaving the European Union without a divorce agreement. Under the new legislation, the government will have to submit emergency measures to parliament within ten weeks after implementing them. If the government fails to submit within the set time-frame, the measures will be scrapped.

PG&E files for bankruptcy amid California wildfire lawsuits, citing billions in claims

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:16

The utility filed bankruptcy documents despite investigators determining last week that its equipment was not to blame for a 2017 fire that killed 22.

Free bacon, bacon and more bacon: McDonald's, Wendy's go whole hog on what Americans love

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:12

From free Wendy's Baconators to free bacon from McDonald's for one hour, bacon is the sizzling hot choice for fast-food chains now.

Mnuchin says Huawei case 'separate' from U.S.-China trade talks

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:57

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Tuesday he expected to see significant progress in trade talks with Chinese officials this week and that U.S. charges against telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd were a separate issue. "Those are separate issues, and that's a separate dialogue," Mnuchin said in an interview with Fox Business Network. "So those are not part of trade discussions.

Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for sharp tax increases on the wealthy: 'We've had it as high as 90 percent'

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:50

“Through Her Eyes” is a new weekly half-hour show hosted by humanitarian and women’s rights activist Zainab Salbi that aims to explore a hot button news issue through the lens of a female newsmaker. Weeks after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., made headlines by calling for a top marginal income tax rate of 70 percent in an interview with “60 Minutes,” her fellow freshman congresswoman, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., suggested that the rich could pay even more. “There are a few things that we can do,” Rep. Omar said in an interview with “Through Her Eyes.” “One of them, is that we can increase the taxes that people are paying who are the extremely wealthy in our communities.

It’s not too late to get the most popular Instant Pot at its lowest price of 2019

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:38

Did you miss the big Instant Pot sale we told our readers about on Monday? More than a thousand of our readers took advantage of this killer Amazon deal, which slashes the best-selling Instant Pot model on the planet to the lowest price of 2019. We thought the deal might sell out pretty quickly, but it turns out that Amazon has more inventory than expected for this sale. That means if you haven't already snagged a $100 Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker for just $79.95, it's not too late! Here are some key details from the product page: * Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle * Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button * Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food * Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time.Product Dimensions: 14.17 x 14.84 x 13.31 inches * UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors.Accessories include, stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz

Phone Giant Plays a Cunning Game Over Huawei Ban

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:20

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- If Deutsche Telekom AG is to be believed, a ban on equipment from Huawei Technologies Co. would slow down its rollout of 5G  networks by two years. Even though such an embargo would be a huge burden for the German phone giant, there are factors that might lessen the pain. A delay to its 5G plans might even be welcome.

Woman rages after being seated next to ‘big’ passengers on United Airlines plane: ‘I eat salad, okay?’

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:00

A woman was reportedly thrown off a flight after raging against “big” passengers she claimed she was wedged between in a middle seat. The outburst was filmed and later shared online by Norma Rodgers, one of the passengers on the receiving end of the woman’s insults, and has since been viewed more than one million times. Footage of the incident shows the passenger complaining about being seated between Ms Rodgers and a man she had been travelling with, named only as Mac.

Four letter words: This year’s flop

Macworld - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 07:00

When writing about Apple, it’s always important to find the fail first and lead with that.

Writing for The Motley Fool, Ashraf Eassa says “Apple’s iPhone XS Looks Like a Flop in the United States.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Mickey.)

Over the course of fiscal 2018, Apple’s iPhone X proved to be a successful product.

It was! And, yet, here’s Eassa’s colleague at The Motley Fool, Evan Niu, all the way back in November of 2017:

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Japan's biggest airline orders $4.3 bln worth of jets

Top Stories - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 06:04

Japan's ANA Holdings Inc said it would order 38 planes worth $4.33 billion from Boeing and Airbus to support its Asia growth strategy. Justin Solomon reports.


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