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More than 56 tons of ground beef recalled in E. coli outbreak, now spanning 10 states

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 08:07

A Georgia meat producer is recalling 113,424 pounds of ground beef, over concerns of an E. coli outbreak that officials have expanded ten states.

Tuscan paradise where da Vinci's genius bloomed

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 07:37

Butterflies flutter around centuries-old olive groves in Vinci, the Tuscan village where Leonardo da Vinci was born and honed his inventor skills as a child by studying the local flora and fauna. Locals preparing to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death say little has changed among the vineyards, lush fields and brooks that appeared in his art. "The landscapes, impressions and interests that influenced Leonardo throughout his life remain almost intact," Roberta Barsanti, director of the Leonardian Museum of Vinci, told AFP.

U.K. Conservatives Still Seeking Brexit Deal Before EU Election

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 07:10

Theresa May is still pursuing a Brexit deal that would get the U.K. out of the European Union before elections next month. With negotiations with the opposition Labour Party set to continue next week, there’s still time for Parliament to settle on a deal before the May 23 vote, Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said in an interview with the BBC on Sunday.

Iran warns could shut Hormuz Strait if tensions grow

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 07:05

Iran's top general warned Sunday Tehran could close the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping route if it faces more "hostility", news agency ISNA said, as the US tightens up sanctions. "We are not after closing the Strait of Hormuz but if the hostility of enemies increase, we will be able to do so," armed forces chief of staff Mohammad Bagheri told semi-official ISNA. The statement came after Washington said on Monday it would start imposing sanctions on countries such as India, China and Turkey that buy Iranian oil.

Russia vs. Israel: How a War in the Middle East Could Happen

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 07:00

As the IDF official said, “We have proven over more than 70 years as a sovereign state that you don’t push us around.”Could Israeli air strikes in Syria trigger war between Israel and Russia?(This first appeared several weeks ago.)Israel remains determined to continue pounding Iranian forces in Syria in a bid to keep Tehran’s forces away from Israel’s northern border. At the same time, Russia has thousands of troops in Syria that could be caught in the crossfire—or even become belligerents if Moscow tires of its Syrian ally being pummeled.And if Israel and Russia come to blows, would Israel’s big brother—the United States—feel compelled to intervene?Not that Jerusalem or Moscow are eager for such a fight. “Neither of us desire a military confrontation,” a senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official told me during a recent interview in Jerusalem. “It would be detrimental to both sides.”Yet Israel’s policy boils down to this: it will do whatever it sees as necessary to eject Iranian forces from Syria. And if Russia doesn’t like it, then that’s just the price of ensuring that Syria doesn’t become another Iranian rocket base on Israel’s border.Relations between Jerusalem and Moscow are far warmer than during the Cold War. The result is a strange embrace reminiscent of the U.S.-Soviet detente of the 1970s. On the surface, a certain friendliness and desire for cooperation.  Yet beneath the smiles is wariness, suspicion and a clash of fundamental interests.

North Korea vs. the F-35 Stealth Fighter (Who Wins? Who Dies?)

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 04:59

Alternatively, the F-35A might be assigned to dangerous suppression or destruction of enemy air defenses (SEAD/DEAD) missions. The stealth and onboard jamming capabilities of the F-35 would make it more survivable than the ROKAF’s 4th generation aircraft in such a role.The ROKAF, South Korea’s Air Force received their first F-35A fighter jets in April 2019. The ROKAF hopes to eventually buy forty F-35As and should have ten F-35As by the end of the year.(This first appeared several weeks ago.)But how do these aircraft fit into the ROKAF’s existing fleet of aircraft? What role could they play in countering the North Korean KPAF?The ROKAF already fields a variety of advanced American fighters, including over one hundred KF-16Cs and around 60 F-15K Slam Eagles. The KF-16C is fully integrated with the American AMRAAM air-to-air missile, which the ROKAF fields in the AIM-120C-5 and AIM-120C-7 variants.The combination of the KF-16C and AMRAAM vastly outclasses the majority of fighters the KPAF can field. The bulk of the KPAF fighter fleet is built out of MiG-21 variants and the J-7 fighter, which can only mount short-range infrared air-to-air missiles. KF-16Cs could just fire AMRAAMs, turn around and bug out before the KPAF MiGs lock on, though individual conditions could dictate engagement at shorter ranges.

China urges UK not to discriminate against Huawei in 5G development

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 04:02

China on Sunday warned Britain not to discriminate against companies involved in developing the 5G network and to resist pressure from other countries over whether it should work with Huawei Technologies. Huawei, the world's biggest telecoms equipment maker, is under intense scrutiny after the United States told allies not to use the company's technology because of fears it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying. Huawei has denied this.

San Diego synagogue shooting: Suspect John Earnest 'praised Christchurch shooter' before deadly attack

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 01:00

A 19-year-old man armed with an assault-style rifle opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday, killing one woman inside and wounding three others in a "hate crime" on the last day of Passover. The suspect John Earnest fled in a car and called 911 shortly afterward to say he was involved in the shooting at Chabad of Poway, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said. When an officer reached him on a roadway, "the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody," Mr Nisleit said. The officer found an AR-type rifle in the front passenger seat. Poway Mayor Steve Vaus characterised the shooting as a "hate crime," saying his assessment was based on statements uttered by the gunman when he entered the synagogue. US President Donald Trump said the country stood in solidarity with the Jewish community after the attack, which came exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.. "Tonight, America's heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting in California, just happened," he told supporters at a rally in Wisconsin. Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California. God bless you all. Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019 "Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate which must be defeated." Friends told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the woman killed in the shooting was Lori Kaye, 60, of Poway. Witnesses said she jumped in front of the synagogue's founding rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, who was wounded in the index fingers on both hands, the newspaper reported. Others injured were Noya Dahan, 8, hit with shrapnel in the face and leg, and Almong Peretz, 34, who was shot in the leg as he ushered children in a playroom to safety, the Union-Tribune reported. Authorities say they were reviewing copies of the suspect's social media posts. A San Diego Police officer keeps aim on the house thought to be the home of 19 year-old John T. Earnest, who is a suspect in the shooting of several people in a Poway synagogue Credit: AP San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said Earnest had no prior arrests. However, he said authorities were establishing the legitimacy of an anti-Semitic open letter he apparently published on a far-right message board hours before the attack. "We have copies of his social media posts and his open letter and we'll be reviewing those to determine the legitimacy of it and how it plays in to the investigation," he said. The manifesto is reportedly similar to one posted on the same message board by Brenton Tarrant, a white supremacist who was behind the March 15 mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead. The hate-filled letter lauds Tarrant's actions and that of the Pittsburgh shooter and claims responsibility for a fire at a mosque in California a week after the Christchurch shootings. There was no known threat after Earnest was detained, but authorities boosted patrols at places of worship as a precaution, Mr Nisleit said. Neighbours and media members gather outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue Credit: AP An off-duty Border Patrol agent inside the synagogue in the city of Poway, just over 20 miles north of San Diego, opened fire as the shooter fled but didn't hit him, Mr Gore said. Minoo Anvari told CNN that she's a member of Chabad of Poway and her husband was inside during the shooting. She said he called to tell her the shooter was shouting and cursing and she called the shooting "unbelievable" in a peaceful and tight-knit community. "We are strong, we are united, they can't break us," she said. Christopher Folts, a nearby resident, said on CNN he heard six to seven gunshots, then a man yelling, followed by six to seven more shots. A car, allegedly used by the gunman who killed one at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, is pictured, few hundred feet from the Interstate 15 off-ramp north of San Diego Credit: Reuters Cantor Caitlin Bromberg of Ner Tamid Synagogue, down the street from the shooting scene, said her congregation learned of the shooting at the end of their Passover services and that they were heading to Chabad of Poway to show support and help. "We are horrified and upset, and we want them to know we are thinking of them," Ms Bromberg told The Los Angeles Times, adding that she has not heard from Chabad of Poway leadership because they would not normally use the phone during the Sabbath. "They would only do that on emergency basis, if they do it at all," Ms Bromberg told the newspaper. Passover began on April 19 and was ending on Saturday. In Pittsburgh, a truck driver who authorities say expressed hatred of Jews has been charged in the October 27 rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue. He's pleaded not guilty.  Saturday's Passover violence followed a recent spate of deadly attacks on houses of worship around the world. Suicide bombings during Easter Sunday services at several churches in Sri Lanka killed more than 250 people. Weeks earlier a gunman who opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand left 49 people dead and more than 40 wounded, some as they knelt in prayer.

Crane collapse kills four, injures three in Seattle

Top Stories - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 00:26

A giant construction crane operating at the site of a future Google campus collapsed from the roof of a building and toppled across a Seattle intersection on Saturday, killing four people and injuring three others, authorities and local media said. The crane collapse occurred in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time, crushing five cars and damaging a sixth at the intersection of Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street, the Seattle Fire Department said. Four other individuals were evaluated on the scene by medics and three of them - a 27-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman and a 4-month-old infant girl - were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the fire department said.

IS says its fighters behind police clashes in Sri Lanka

Top Stories - Sat, 04/27/2019 - 22:41

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for three men who blew themselves up in clashes with Sri Lankan police, the militant group said in a statement. The men set off explosives after an hour-long gun battle with police Saturday, inside what was believed to be a jihadist hideout near the eastern town of Kalmunai, in the latest fallout from the Easter attacks. In a statement posted Saturday by the IS propaganda unit the Amaq News Agency, IS said the three men were part of the Islamic State group and detonated their bombs after the fight with police.

How to manage apps in the app drawer for Messages in iOS

Macworld - Sat, 04/27/2019 - 09:00

When you are typing a message in Messages, that row of colored icons at the top of the keyboard (just above the QWERTY row), is called the app drawer. The app drawer allows you to access different assets that you can use in your messages. For example, if you want to use a sticker, you can tap on the sticker pack in the app drawer, and a selection of stickers will appear.

The app drawer is an important part of the Messages interface, so it’s a good idea to customize it based on your usage. There are a few ways you can do this, which we’ll cover here.

Before we begin, you should know that the app drawer is divided into two sections. The first section is called the Favorites section. If you swipe the app drawer to the left, you’ll see a line at the end of Favorites. Then you’ll find the second section, called More Apps.

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