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'I wanna be dead': Teen obsessed with Columbine posted dark thoughts online

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:50

The Florida teenager whose purported fascination with the 1999 Columbine school massacre sparked a massive hunt for her this week appears to have kept an online journal peppered with violent imagery and awash in despair, anger and suicidal thoughts. An online journal written by someone who identified herself as "Sol Pais" - the teenager who authorities said was found dead on Wednesday - included entries that alluded to "plans" that would lead to the author's death, though they did not describe specific threats against others. Pais, 18, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday, authorities said, days after she traveled to Denver from her home in Florida and bought a shotgun ahead of Saturday's 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado.


An iPhone 8 body with updated specs could be a hit, but it’s no iPhone SE

Macworld - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:30

Despite the relative unpopularity of small-screened phones throughout the world, there remains a strong cry among diehard fans for a new iPhone SE. A dedicated cadre of iPhone users simply want a small phone at a lower price, with modern technology inside.

If a new report from Economic Daily News is true, there is no new iPhone SE in the works—at least, not in the current 4-inch form factor—but there may be a similar “new wine in old bottles” product on the horizon.

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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Macworld - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:29
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.

NTSB investigating American Airlines JFK flight that 'struck an object' at takeoff

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:20

The plane reportedly tipped in strong wind, and a wingtip hit a runway marker during takeoff.


Netanyahu formally named next Israeli PM

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:45

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday formally handed Benjamin Netanyahu his letter of appointment to start building a coalition government following last week's general election. In a televised ceremony, Rivlin told Netanyahu that in consultations with all parties elected to the incoming 120-seat parliament, "65 MPs recommended you". Rivlin had sounded out delegations from political parties on Monday and Tuesday.


Ivanka Trump unveils $2 million boost for ICoast women

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:29

Trump visited a cocoa plantation in Adzope, north of Abidjan, before taking part in the first West African summit on female entrepreneurship in the country's economic capital. Ivory Coast is the world's leading producer of cocoa. "When you empower women, they uplift their families, their communities, and the whole country prospers," Trump said.


Debate rages on over no-kill policy at Long Beach animal shelter

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:13

A heartfelt fight in Long Beach to save as many animals as possible at the city's animal shelter continued at a special city council meeting Tuesday.


Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

Macworld - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:05
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

Israel's president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:39

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in a new government dominated by religious and nationalist parties in the coming weeks.


Woman accused of making threats against Columbine high school found dead

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:20

Sol Pais, 18, who was described as armed and ‘infatuated’ with the Colorado school shooting, apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot woundA police vehicle sits outside a high school as some Denver area schools closed during the police search for an armed woman in Littleton, Colorado. Photograph: Rick Wilking/ReutersThe young woman being hunted in Colorado after making threats against Columbine high school just days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting there was found dead by police on Thursday, apparently as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, law enforcement officials said.Sol Pais, 18, who authorities said had traveled to the Denver area on Monday from her home in Florida, had been declared armed and dangerous on Tuesday after purchasing a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. She was hunted down in a forested campground in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, west of Denver, late morning on Wednesday.At first the FBI put out a statement on Twitter declaring she was “no longer a threat to the community”. Then law enforcement later confirmed that she was dead.> UPDATE: THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY. More information to follow shortly. FindSol> > — FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019Pais was said to be obsessed with the 1999 school shooting of students and teachers at the high school in Littleton, near Denver, which killed 13. The two students who perpetrated the massacre died, in addition to their victims.Schools in and around Denver were closed on Wednesday after she made unspecified threats.The anniversary of the Columbine high school shooting is on Saturday. The tragedy ushered in the modern era of repeated US school shootings.Just a few minutes before its tweet that Pais was no longer a threat, the FBI had said that it was searching in the area of Mount Evans, west of Denver, and images on television showed investigators in snowy forest, aided by a snowcat vehicle with caterpillar tracks.> We can confirm there is investigative activity around the base of Mt. Evans. The investigation is active and ongoing. More information will follow soon. FindSol> > — FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019The Jefferson county sheriff, Jeff Shrader, held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, during which he said it had appeared that Pais had killed herself.She was found dead as police closed in, but Shrader said: “I don’t believe they were in active pursuit at the time she died.”He said he believed Pais had purchased the weapon legally after arriving in Colorado from Florida, where she lived near Miami, and from where she was reported missing on Monday by her parents.Police were searching her home in Surfside, Florida, on Wednesday, and schools in the Denver area were put into lockdown on Tuesday and then closed on Wednesday while she was still at large in the area, following unspecified threats.Shrader said Pais’s body was found “not far from Columbine”. The school is in Littleton, near Denver, and the woman was in densely wooded snowy hillside terrain, at a campground in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in the Arapahoe national forest.She was said to have had a fascination with the Columbine school shooting and its perpetrators.“Looking at school shooters there are some real indicators, the fact that she purchased a plane ticket and made this pilgrimage here. There is no evidence that she was [seen] on the Columbine property, but the fact of her history and the fact that she bought a firearm indicate that she was a threat,” said John McDonald, executive director of the Jefferson county department of school safety.The sheriff said it was not clear what, if anything, Pais would have been charged with if she had been captured.“She would have been subject to being taken into custody for a mental health check, 72 hours holding and treatment, to assess the threat,” Shrader said.Frank DeAngelis, the former principal of Columbine high school who was in charge on the day of the massacre in 1999 and has been there ever since, said that when the alarm was sounded about the threat on Tuesday, the school employed its lockdown system “like clockwork”.“The kids knew exactly what to do. There was help there. It was much more reassuring than it was 20 years ago,” he said on Wednesday.


Redesigned 2020 Ford Escape Adds Tech, Loses Weight

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:47

The 2020 Ford Escape was revealed ahead of the New York International Auto Show. We have since seen it in person at the major new-car event in the Big Apple. The totally redesigned compact SUV ge...


Why closing the U.S.-Mexico border would be 'catastrophic' for this Texas city

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:38

Trump's threat to seal the border has sent jolts of alarm across the U.S.-Mexico border, but few places feel it more acutely than Laredo, Texas.


Report: Apple to combine Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps, develop Tile-like like tracker

Macworld - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:37

Where other tech companies seem hell-bent on secretly tracking you and everything you do, Apple may be set to flip the script and give you the ability to track all your stuff.

At least, that seems to be the case if a new report from 9to5Mac is true. Citing “people familiar with its development,” the report claims that Apple is working on a project code-named “GreenTorch” that will combine Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps. Engineers at Apple are apparently already testing the new app.

The combined app won’t cut any features from the existing apps, and in fact will expand them a little. A new capability called “Find Network” will allow your devices to be tracked even if not connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi network. Presumably, this would work the way Tile trackers do: using an iBeacon-like Bluetooth network of Apple devices.

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Opposition candidate the official winner in tight Istanbul vote

Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:30

Turkish election authorities on Wednesday confirmed opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu's win over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP candidate after a recount of last month's disputed Istanbul election. Thousands of cheering supporters greeted Imamoglu outside the Istanbul town hall after he received his mandate certificate, though electoral authorities must still rule on an AKP appeal for a rerun over alleged irregularities in its narrow Istanbul defeat. "This is a new dawn for Istanbul," Imamoglu told the chanting crowds from the roof of a campaign bus.


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Top Stories - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:00


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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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?

Top Stories - 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.


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