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Dad of Maleah Davis, slain 4-year-old, shares photos of her 'My Little Pony'-themed casket

Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 17:22

The father of Maleah Davis, the 4-year-old whose remains were found in Arkansas earlier this month, posted photos of 'My Little Pony'-themed casket.


India warships sent to strategic Gulf waters: navy

Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 17:13

India has sent warships and stepped up aerial surveillance in strategic Gulf waters, the Press Trust of India reported on Thursday, with global tensions rising in the region. "INS Chennai and INS Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations," the navy said, quoted by PTI. The aim is "to re-assure the Indian-flagged vessels operating/transiting through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, following the maritime security incidents in the region," the navy said.


The Weird and Wonderful Hats of Royal Ascot 2019

Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 16:09

Toby Melville/ReutersWho's paying attention to horses with fabulous hats like these?A guest on day three, Ladies Day, of Royal Ascot at the Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2019 in Ascot, England. Royals and horse lovers alike gather for the annual horse racing event, donning the most fashionable—and bizarre—hats.Chris Jackson/GettyAction Images via ReutersBryn Lennon/GettyBryn Lennon/GettyChris Jackson/GettyAction Images via ReutersAction Images via ReutersJonathan Brady/ReutersReutersReutersReutersReutersAction Images via ReutersRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Roy Moore announces new Senate campaign

Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 15:57

Roy Moore’s announcement that he would once again run for the U.S. Senate in Alabama sent a shudder through the Republican Party and raised a question: Could the GOP have avoided this scenario by uniting early around a credible consensus candidate?


NRA Suspends Two Leaders Amid Accusations of Coup Attempt

Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 15:46

(Bloomberg) -- The National Rifle Association suspended its top lobbyist and one of his deputies, adding further turmoil to the gun-rights group’s leadership ranks as it wages legal battles on multiple fronts and prepares for a bruising 2020 election cycle.The NRA confirmed Thursday that it had suspended Chris Cox, the lobbying chief who was viewed widely as a future leader of the group, and his deputy chief of staff, Scott Christman.The moves came after Oliver North, the former NRA board president, was ousted from the organization in April after it accused him of leading an attempted coup against Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA who has long served as the organization’s leader. North alleged that LaPierre used the group to enrich himself. As part of the infighting, the NRA sued Ackerman McQueen Inc., its longtime advertising firm, and in turn Ackerman cut ties with the group.On Wednesday night, the NRA filed a lawsuit against North arguing that he didn’t have the right to legal fees from the NRA. The lawsuit says that Cox, described as a “likely successor” to lead the organization, participated in the failed bid to oust LaPierre.The leadership struggle came to a head on April 24, according to the lawsuit. That’s when North talked to a LaPierre aide by phone and threatened to reveal unflattering details about LaPierre’s travel and clothing expenses unless he resigned and supported “North’s continued tenure as president,” according to the complaint, which calls the exchange an extortion.North also promised to arrange an “excellent retirement” for LaPierre through Ackerman McQueen if he resigned, the NRA claims.The NRA filed its suit against Ackerman McQueen in mid-April, claiming it refused to turn over details about North’s contract with the advertising firm. Last month, the NRA sued again, claiming Ackerman McQueen engineered the failed coup attempt by leaking damaging information to undermine NRA leaders.The firm fired back with a breach-of-contract countersuit, claiming that the NRA was just trying to get out of its service agreement with the firm and that it had provided all the information sought by the gun group.North was aided in his efforts against LaPierre by NRA board member Dan Boren, a former congressman who’s now a top executive for Chickasaw Nation, a major Ackerman McQueen client, according to the NRA complaint filed on Wednesday. Boren “helped to choreograph the ultimatum they presented to Mr. LaPierre,” it said.In emails obtained by the NRA, Boren “admitted his knowledge that Ackerman may have been invoicing the NRA for full salaries of employees who were actually working on the Chickasaw Nation account.” Those emails also show that Cox was an “errant fiduciary” who “participated in the Ackerman/North/Boren conspiracy,” the NRA claims.The complaint asks a judge to declare that the NRA shouldn’t be required to cover North’s legal fees for subpoenas arising from its litigation with Ackerman McQueen and from a Senate Finance Committee request for information. North’s attorney had demanded that the NRA cover his legal fees for the congressional probe and for “any other inquiries” that he “may receive” in the future, it said.Cox’s suspension was reported earlier by the New York Times. Cox’s spokeswoman told the Times that he played no role in the coup attempt.The suspensions throw the group’s political operation into turmoil just days after President Donald Trump announced his re-election bid. The NRA spent heavily to support Trump during the 2016 race, and Cox has met with the president multiple times during his tenure. Speaking at the NRA’s annual meeting this year, Trump was introduced by Cox rather than LaPierre.A lawyer for North, Brendan Sullivan, declined to comment and said he would respond in a court filing.As the group’s chief lobbyist, Cox oversaw nine different divisions, including federal, state, and local government affairs. “Cox develops and executes independent political campaigns and legislative initiatives. He also serves as the Association’s principal contact with the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the White House and federal agencies,” the NRA Foundation wrote on its website in a profile of Cox.To contact the reporters on this story: Polly Mosendz in New York at pmosendz@bloomberg.net;Neil Weinberg in New York at nweinberg2@bloomberg.net;David Voreacos in New York at dvoreacos@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeffrey D Grocott at jgrocott2@bloomberg.net, David S. JoachimFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


2 killed when semitrailers explode on Wisconsin interstate

Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 15:16

Two semitrailers exploded into flames Wednesday on an interstate in southeastern Wisconsin, killing both drivers and setting other vehicles on fire, authorities said.


Downed drone was some 34 km (21 miles) from Iran coast: US general

Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 14:37

A US spy drone was some 34 kilometers (21 miles) from the nearest point in Iran when it was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile Thursday, a US general said. "This dangerous and escalatory attack was irresponsible and occurred in the vicinity of established air corridors between Dubai, UAE, and Oman, possibly endangering innocent civilians," said Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella, who commands US air forces in the region. The Pentagon released a graphic pinpointing the position of the drone on a map of the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic passage through which much of the world's oil passes.


Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Macworld - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 13:50
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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.


Apple issues voluntary recall of 15-inch MacBook Pro

Macworld - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 13:11

Apple on Thursday announced a voluntary recall for owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. If you bought such a laptop between September 2015 and February 2017, it could have a battery that is at risk of overheating. Apple will replace the battery in these laptops for free.

To see if your laptop is part of the recall, click on the Apple () menu and select About This Mac. In the overview section of the About This Mac window that appears, you should see the operating system as the main header. Just underneath that is the listing for your Mac. If it says, “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015),” take note of the serial number. Then go to Apple’s website and submit the serial number to see if your 15-inch MacBook Pro is part of the recall.

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

Top Stories - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:45

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


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is now available in the U.S. and U.K.

Macworld - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:45

After weeks of beta testing in Australia and New Zealand, the next big “walk around in the real world, collecting and battling things” game from the makers of Pokémon Go finally got an official release date earlier this week. That date? June 21 in the U.S. and U.K., with additional countries to follow.

Surprise! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is available now, a day early, in the App Store. It’s free with in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $99.99, because of course it is. You’ll need at least an iPhone 5s or later and iOS 10 or later to play.

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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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.


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