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Two S.African farmers found guilty in 'coffin assault' case

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:10

A South African judge on Friday found two white farmers guilty of attempted murder after they filmed themselves forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, both wearing jackets and ties, were also found guilty of kidnap, intimidation and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Two clips of footage taken on their mobile phones showed the assailants shoving Mlotshwa down into the wooden coffin and pressing the lid closed with their boots as he begged for his life.


Human Remains In Natalee Holloway Case Are Caucasian, Forensic Scientist Confirms

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:42

The remains were confirmed to be human and of European descent.


Just 14 Percent of Britons Want Camilla to Be Queen: Prince Charles' Image Suffers as World Remembers Princess Diana

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:17

As 20th Anniversary Of Princess Diana Approaches, Charles Reminded Of That Difficult Period's Negative Legacy


Britain will not pay 'a penny more' than it thinks right to leave EU: Boris Johnson

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:59

Britain will pay "not a penny more, not a penny less" than what the government thinks its legal obligations are to the European Union as the country leaves the bloc, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. Talking to BBC Radio Four, Johnson said his comment that the EU could "go whistle" on its demands for payment was in response to being asked whether Britain would pay "100 billion euros or pounds", and not a suggestion that the government would not pay.


101 Years of America's National Parks

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:58

America's National Park Service turns 101 today. Here's a look at some of the beautiful sites NPS oversees.


Wait. Is the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Dead?

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:28

Wait. Is the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Dead? (In)famous model absent from 2018 line up In all the excitement of Harley-Davidson unveiling 17 new models this week (that’s their official count) it appears many of us didn’t think much about models in the Milwaukee


Grace Mugabe makes first public appearance since South Africa assault charge

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:21

Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, on Friday made her first public appearance since leaving South Africa where she was charged with assault. The wife of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, a potential successor to the president, was granted diplomatic immunity and left South Africa on Sunday. The Mugabes attended a farming fair in Harare, where Grace was seen smiling and talking with exhibitors.


Neighbors Arrested, Newborn Baby Found Days After Woman, 22, Vanished While 8 Months Pregnant

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:03

North Dakota police investigating Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind's disappearance made the startling discovery Thursday.


Cuba's Elian Gonzalez hopes for family reconciliation

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:37

Elian Gonzalez, who was once at the center of an international custody battle between his Cuban father and relatives in Miami, has held out an olive branch to his family living in the United States. The 23-year-old was just six when the vessel carrying his mother and others capsized off the coast of Florida in November 1999, leaving Elian -- who was able to grab onto a car inner tube -- the sole survivor. Speaking in an interview with CNN that was broadcast Thursday ahead of a documentary by CNN Films that re-examines his story, he said he'd like to put the bitter past behind him.


Mattis: Russia Uses Violence To Redraw Map of Europe

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:09

Mattis hinted that the U.S. could send defensive weapons to Ukraine.


iOS and macOS: What does the future hold?

Macworld - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:00

It’s easy to get so focused on the details on the present that we miss the obvious questions about the future. When John Siracusa wrote about the dangers of Mac OS X getting old in 2005, that operating system had only been around for five years—but he wasn’t wrong that Apple would need to address major shortcomings in the operating system in the long term.

So with iOS riding high (and serving as the basis for pretty much every major Apple platform that isn’t the Mac), it’s hard to imagine what comes next. And yet some tweets by Steve Troughton-Smith made my eyes pop open. After linking to a fascinating Ars Technica story about Fuschia, Google’s next-generation operating system project, Troughton-Smith wrote: “We’re far enough into the age of mobile that the big players are designing the OSes that’ll follow it-surprised if Apple isn’t doing same. It’s not so crazy to think that Apple would want to replace both iOS and macOS with something new and more unified. Post-XNU [the Kernel that runs iOS and macOS], post-BSD [Unix, the underpinnings of iOS and macOS].”

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iOS and macOS: What does the future hold?

Macworld - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:00

It’s easy to get so focused on the details on the present that we miss the obvious questions about the future. When John Siracusa wrote about the dangers of Mac OS X getting old in 2005, that operating system had only been around for five years—but he wasn’t wrong that Apple would need to address major shortcomings in the operating system in the long term.

So with iOS riding high (and serving as the basis for pretty much every major Apple platform that isn’t the Mac), it’s hard to imagine what comes next. And yet some tweets by Steve Troughton-Smith made my eyes pop open. After linking to a fascinating Ars Technica story about Fuschia, Google’s next-generation operating system project, Troughton-Smith wrote: “We’re far enough into the age of mobile that the big players are designing the OSes that’ll follow it-surprised if Apple isn’t doing same. It’s not so crazy to think that Apple would want to replace both iOS and macOS with something new and more unified. Post-XNU [the Kernel that runs iOS and macOS], post-BSD [Unix, the underpinnings of iOS and macOS].”

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Scientists have managed to film the adorable super deep-sea snailfish in 4K

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:52

One Japanese organisation has gone where no one else has before. The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has filmed a snailfish at a depth of 8,178 meters (26,830 ft) in the Mariana Trench — a record depth for capturing a fish in video footage. SEE ALSO: This newly discovered jellyfish looks like something out of 'Avatar' "We've set a world record for filming a fish at an accurately measured depth," JAMSTEC senior research scientist, Kazumasa Oguri, told the Japan Times. The video was taken with 4K cameras mounted on JAMSTEC's deep-sea research vessel. The purplish-looking Mariana snailfish, who is believed to have visited the trench to feed, was caught on camera, likely attracted by the bait that the scientists placed. These deep sea creatures are known to swim in waters deeper than 7,000 metres. The Japanese institution narrowly beat out efforts by a Chinese academy earlier this year. The Chinese Academy of Sciences had in April filmed a fish at a depth of 8,152 meters in the same trench. According to scientists, it is unlikely that any fish can survive in the oceans at a depth beyond 8,200 metres.  No fish has ever been discovered beyond this point.  WATCH: These smart rings let you make color-specific music on any surface


Macau enlists Chinese army as authorities struggle with typhoon fallout

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:10

By Venus Wu and Farah Master MACAU (Reuters) - Chinese People's Liberation Army troops were deployed on the streets of Macau on Friday to help clean up in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon and amid mounting criticism authorities were unprepared for the severity of the storm. Macau public broadcaster, TDM, reported some 1,000 Chinese PLA troops left their Macau barracks to assist in the recovery. Chinese troops are rarely seen on Macau streets.


Navy IDs 2 dead, 8 missing sailors from the USS John McCain

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:07

The U.S. Navy has found the remains of two of the 10 sailors missing after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.


Dump Truck Overturns After Knocking Over Highway Signal In Viral Video

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 04:57

The top end of the raised truck bed hits a highway sign in the viral video that had garnered over 7 million views on Facebook at the time of publishing this story.


White supremacist becomes first white man in Florida to be executed for killing black man

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 04:42

The state of Florida on Thursday executed its first death row inmate in nearly two years, using a lethal injection cocktail that had never been tried before in the United States and putting to death the first white man convicted of killing a black man. Mark Asay, 53, was sentenced to death in 1988 for a racially motivated double murder in Jacksonville, Florida a year earlier. He became the first white man in state history to be executed for killing a black man. Since the state reinstated death sentences in 1976, 20 black men have been executed for killing white victims, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The execution was carried out at 6:22 pm (22.22 GMT), the Florida Department of Corrections said. For his last meal, Asay ordered fried pork chops, fried ham, fries, vanilla swirl ice cream and Coca-Cola, authorities said. He did not make a final statement. Earlier this month, the Florida Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Asay, who had challenged the state's plan to employ a lethal injection cocktail that includes etomidate, an anesthetic never before used in carrying out an execution in the US. It replaces another drug, midazolam, which has been the subject of significant legal wrangling. According to critics, midazolam does not always adequately sedate prisoners, therefore subjecting them to excessive suffering. Corrections department spokeswoman Ashley Cook told AFP the department "follows the law and carries out the sentence of the court." "This is the department's most solemn duty and the foremost objective of the lethal injection procedure is a humane and dignified process," Cook said. Asay was the first prisoner to be executed in Florida since January 2016, before the state's supreme court ruled that Florida executions were unconstitutional because judges were granted powers that should be reserved for juries. He also was the first white man convicted of killing a black man to be executed in the state since Florida reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). Since then, the state has executed 92 inmates - 20 of them black inmates who had at least one white victim. Fifty-four others were white inmates who had white victims, according to DPIC data. Prosecutors say Asay fatally shot Robert Lee Booker, an African American, after making racist remarks. He killed his other victim, Robert McDowell, who has been identified as white and Hispanic and was apparently dressed as a woman, after making a deal to pay him for sex. Difficult to administer Janssen, a pharmaceutical division of the company Johnson & Johnson, developed etomidate and has objected to its use in executions. "Janssen discovers and develops medical innovations to save and enhance lives," spokesman Greg Panico told The Washington Post. "We do not condone the use of our medicines in lethal injections for capital punishment." Etomidate is difficult to administer and can cause severe irritation and burns if used incorrectly, warned Jonathan Groner, a professor of surgery at Ohio State University who is against the death penalty. Groner said administering the drug particularly "hurts when it's being injected if the veins are damaged - and a lot of people on death row have damaged veins because they're either old or they have an IV drug abuse history."


Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra 'has fled Thailand', sources claim after verdict no-show

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 04:12

Ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled Thailand, sources close to her said on Friday, as the Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant after she failed to attend the court for the verdict in a negligence case brought against her by the ruling junta. "She has definitely left Thailand," one of the sources, who is also a member of the Shinawatra's Puea Thai Party, told Reuters. He declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of Yingluck. Another source confirmed that she had gone. The sources did not give details of her current whereabouts. Lawyers of former Yingluck Shinawatra are surrounded by media reporters after she failed to appear the Supreme Court on Friday Credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images Yingluck missed a court appearance on Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant and the kingdom's junta to step up border controls. Thousands of supporters - outnumbered by security forces - waited from dawn for a glimpse of Thailand's first female prime minister, but she did not show, prompting fevered speculation that she may have joined her billionaire brother Thaksin in self-exile. "Her lawyer said she is sick and asked to delay the ruling... the court does not believe she is sick... and has decided to issue an arrest warrant," fearing she may flee the country, lead judge Cheep Chulamon told the court, rescheduling the verdict to September 27. Supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra react while wait for her at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand  Credit: REUTERS Thailand is deeply divided between the Shinawatras and their political base, which is mainly drawn from the rural poor, and a royalist army-aligned elite, who loathe the clan and refuse to cede power to democratic governments. Yingluck's government was removed by a military coup in 2014. If convicted for negligence over a flagship rice subsidy policy, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a life ban from politics. "I just learned that she did not show up (at court)," junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters. "I have ordered border checkpoints to be stepped up," he said, including local and major routes out of the country. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to deliver closing statements in her trial at the beginning of August Credit: EPA Mystery over Yingluck's whereabouts was compounded by a parade of lawyers who brushed off suggestions that she has already fled the country - possibly to Singapore. "I was told at 8am that she was sick from Meniere's disease and felt vertigo, so she asked the court to postpone," her lawyer Norawit Larleng, told a throng of reporters outside the court. He added "I don't know," when asked whether she was still in Thailand. Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra also a former premier, fled Thailand in 2008 before he was convicted of graft and handed a two year jail term. He has not returned since and his Thai passport has been revoked. He is believed to use a Montenegrin passport to travel between homes in Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Thaksin remains a galvanising force for his party and a canny political operator. The clan have clung on in Thailand's treacherous political game for more than a decade despite two coups, deadly protests, a cascade of legal cases and asset seizures. A conviction - and jail - for Yingluck, 50, would be a gut punch to the Shinawatra political dynasty. Billionaires and generals Yingluck's flagship rice subsidy poured cash on her family's rural political heartland, paying up to twice the market rate for the grain. But it was beset by graft and led to billions of dollars of losses. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying she is the victim of a "subtle political game." To many supporters Yingluck is finally emerging from her elder brother's shadow, drawing on a star quality throughout her 18 month trial absent amongst the gloomy cast of ageing generals who rule Thailand. Rumours of her flight were met with understanding from supporters who lingered outside the court. "The Thai prime minister has done her best, she has sacrificed a lot," said 64-year-old Seksan Chalitaporn. "Now the people have to fight for themselves." If she has escaped, some of Yingluck's enemies will rue the chance to convict and sentence a leading figure from a dynasty accused of graft and nepotism. Supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra wait for her at the Supreme Court in Bangkok Credit: REUTERS In a Facebook post on Thursday Yingluck asked her followers to stay home to avoid any incidents stoked by people with "ill-intention against the country and us". The Shinawatra family emerged as a political force in 2001 when billionaire patriarch Thaksin swept to power. He jump-started the economy and provided the most extensive pro-poor welfare schemes in Thai history. But critics accused him of using political power to further his business interests. He remains loathed by the Bangkok royalist elite but cherished by the rural poor. A coup toppled him in 2006 and he fled overseas. Historically the Shinawatras have been able to mobilise huge crowds of supporters - known as the "Red Shirts" - to take to the streets when the family's political fortunes have waned. But three years of repressive junta rule has successfully quashed any widespread opposition to the military for now. The country's democratic future also looks bleak, with a junta-scripted constitution severely cramping the power of any future elected governments. The junta has trailed elections for next year, but the timetable has repeatedly slipped.


Pilot Freaks Out Passengers With Storm Warnings, Report Says

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 04:05

Several United Airlines passengers reportedly had a harrowing time Tuesday when they got a tornado warning from their pilot instead of a welcome message.


Trudeau forced to backtrack on open invitation to refugees

Top Stories - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 02:19

Justin Trudeau has been criticised for his broad welcoming message to migrants. Justin Trudeau has sought to temper the notion that Canada is a guaranteed safe haven for those fleeing the threat of deportation in the United States, as his government faces criticism that its refugee-friendly messaging has given “false hope” to the thousands of asylum seekers streaming into Canada from the US. Since the start of the year, more than 11,300 people have crossed into Canada by foot from the US.


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