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Alex Jones' 'Free Speech' Shouldn't Be Your Primary Concern

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:23

After Apple, YouTube, Facebook and other companies removed or banned some of

Alex Jones' 'Free Speech' Shouldn't Be Your Primary Concern

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:23

After Apple, YouTube, Facebook and other companies removed or banned some of

How Ford Celebrated the 10 Millionth Mustang

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:20

quite the milestone

Steph Curry Helps Raise More Than $21,000 For Nia Wilson's Family

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:08

NBA star Steph Curry helped raise more than $21,000 for the family of Nia

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks Why U.S. Funds 'Unlimited War' But Not 'Medicare For All'

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:03

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued Wednesday that Congress seems to have no money

The Latest: Life with parole for son in fatal stabbings

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:02

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a teenager who was convicted in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings (all times local):

Florida Tourist Dies After Being Punched by Man He Apparently Mistook for Uber Driver

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:59

The driver fled and remains at large.

California police chief pens open letter saying he is ‘disgusted’ son was involved in attack on elderly Sikh man

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:57

A California police chief has penned an open letter saying he was “disgusted” to learn his estranged son was allegedly involved in an attack on an elderly Sikh man. Sahbit Singh Natt, 71, can be seen on security camera footage being beaten by two suspects while on his morning walk in Manteca, California. One of the suspects has been identified as Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister’s son, Tyrone.

Punch up your PC audio! Logitech's powerful Z623 speaker system is $80, its lowest price ever

Macworld - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:24

The tinny speakers embedded in your computer’s monitor just don’t cut it. A good home speaker system adds punch to your audio, providing immersive, full-bodied sound in movies, music, games, and more. And today, the powerful Logitech Z623 2.1-channel home speaker system is $80, down from a list price of $150 and a standard selling price north of $100. This is the lowest price these ultra-popular speakers have ever been.

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Harley Looking for a Guide to Come and Take it By the Hand

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:01

Harley Looking for a Guide to Come and Take it By the Hand The company is willing to learn how to make small bikes, all it needs is someone willing to teach it Harley-Davidson dropped a bomb last week when it announced a series of measures to diversify

Tourists could be made to file past Rome's Trevi Fountain on one-way route in bid to control overcrowding

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:53

Tourists could be made to file past the Trevi Fountain on a designated pathway rather than linger at their leisure as officials in Rome warn that overcrowding at the monument has got out of hand. The Baroque monument was catapulted to fame by the 1960 film La Dolce Vita but the days when visitors could admire it in relative solitude – let alone wade into waist-deep it as Anita Ekberg did in the Federico Fellini classic – are long gone. Nowadays the fountain, and the piazza in which it is located, is packed with tourists night and day. Visitors clamber over the flanks of the imposing monument, drop melting ice cream on its travertine stone and dangle their feet in the water to cool off during the summer months. The tourist hordes attract a small army of itinerant vendors peddling selfie sticks, postcards and fridge magnets, as well as street artists dressed as Roman centurions and legionaries. “We’re looking at the idea of having a route which would allow tourists to see the Trevi Fountain but without stopping,” Andrea Coia, a city councilor, told La Repubblica newspaper. The aim would be to replace the current free-for-all with controlled access to the fountain Credit: Maremagnum The aim would be to replace the current free-for-all with controlled access to the fountain, “because the situation has become unlivable”, said Mr Coia, a member of the populist Five Star Movement. A similar proposal was trialed last July but dropped a couple of months later. If revived on a permanent basis, the city would deploy police officers to make sure visitors stick to the route and walk in the same direction. There might just be time to toss a coin into the water over the left shoulder – a popular ritual that supposedly guarantees you will return to the Eternal City one day. A woman tosses a coin into the Trevi fountain in Rome. Legend has it that tossing a coin over one's shoulder into the fountain ensures a return visit Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP Sabrina Alfonsi, a municipal representative, cautiously welcomed the idea but said the piazza needed to remain accessible to local residents. “It needs to be a piazza that belongs to the whole city, a living place,” she said. Celebrated as one of Rome’s must-see attractions, the Trevi Fountain also proves irresistible to drunks, exhibitionists and sweaty tourists longing for a refreshing dip during the torrid heat of the summer. Two years ago, a British woman named Delilah Jay waded into the fountain in an evening dress, in imitation of Ms Ekberg’s scene with Italian heartthrob Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita. She blew kisses to crowds of tourists but was then apprehended by police officers and fined €450.  A police officer tells tourists not to eat or sit on the rim of the fountain Credit: EPA In March, two Scottish rugby fans were each fined €450 after celebrating Scotland’s victory over Italy in the Six Nations tournament by plunging into the fountain. The men, one of whom was wearing a kilt as he performed a leisurely breast-stroke through the frigid water, were also hauled out by police. Consisting of a grand central arch, marble pillars and allegorical figures surrounded by gushing water, the Trevi Fountain was completed in 1762 after 30 years of work. Standing at the centre of the whole tableau is a statue of the god Oceanus commanding a chariot pulled by horses.

Clashes after Argentine lawmakers reject bill to legalize abortion

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:42

Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure. After the vote, small groups of protesters clashed with police, throwing firebombs and setting up flaming barricades. Police officers responded with tear gas.

Amazon's 32GB Fire HD 8 Tablet is only $60 today, nearly 50% off

Macworld - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:35
For 48 hours only, Amazon's dropped the price of the 32GB Fire HD 8 Tablet to $60.

Volkswagen announces bigger, better Grand California camper

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:22

Volkswagen has just revealed a bigger, better version of the California, called the Grand California. This model will be no surprise to camper van enthusiasts, because it's essentially a production version of the California XXL concept that made its debut last year.

Moving the goal posts: Amazon is always ahead

Macworld - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:00

Apple made it to a $1 trillion valuation last week, beating out Amazon and making a whole bunch of people really mad about it.

Writing for USA Today, Jefferson Graham says “Apple can thank iPhone a trillion times, but it has Amazon to worry about.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter.)

Apple crossed the magic line on Wall Street on Thursday to become the first U.S. company worth $1 trillion.

That’s an interesting milestone for a company thought to be coasting on ideas left over by the late Steve Jobs, a firm that hadn't innovated in years.

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Death toll rises to 319 from Lombok earthquake, as 5.9-magnitude aftershock causes panic among evacuees 

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:59

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from an earlier quake topped 300. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among the wreckage from Sunday's quake. It was the strongest of some 355 aftershocks that have rattled the island since Sunday, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok's Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed. A woman wearing a motorbike helmet was seen crying with her two daughters in her arms. An Indonesian woman cries next to her children shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9 Credit: ADEK BERRY/ AFP "We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong," witness Sri Laksmi told AFP. "People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic." The aftershock comes just four days after a devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Lombok, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions in the north and west. An Indonesian man tries to calm a woman shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9  Credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP The death toll from the first earthquake rose dramatically on Thursday.  "The latest update is that 319 people died," said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. A further 1,400 are seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced. 'Exceptionally destructive' Local authorities, international relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake. Aid begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions, officials said midday Thursday, but many people displaced by the quake still lack basic supplies. In some parts of northern Lombok, survivors can be seen standing on the road with cardboard boxes asking for donations and food. "We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's earthquake was exceptionally destructive," Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement. "I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed." Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9 Credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island. There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers. Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of one mosque in Lading Lading village, while at least one body has been spotted under the rubble in Pemenang. Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP. Waiting for aid  Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns. Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields, and makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured. Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17. There is a dire need for medical staff and "long-term aid", especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said. Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. A man inspects the ruin of his house destroyed by an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia Credit: Firdia Lisnawati/ AP "There has been no help at all here," said 36-year-old Multazam, staying with hundreds of others under tarpaulins on a dry paddy field outside West Pemenang village. "We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby," he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine. The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island. A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung. Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries. "We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place," Wibowo told AFP. Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

Death toll rises to 259 from Sunday's quake in Indonesia's Lombok island

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:59

The number of confirmed deaths from a strong earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and would rise as more victims are found in the rubble, the disaster mitigation agency said. This number will continue increasing as rescue teams continue to find victims under collapsed buildings," the agency said in a statement on Thursday.

Video: The mountain where classic Land Rovers are life and death

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:13

In brand’s 70th year, a team from Solihull visits town of Maneybhanjang to witness how classic Land Rovers are relied on when no other vehicle can manage

Trump Is Piling Sanctions on Iran. Here's How the Tactic Could Backfire

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:10

The U.S. remains an economic superpower, but there are now many more countries with the strength and resilience to shrug off U.S. pressure.

Kids' travel nightmare

Top Stories - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:07

Two angry Florida parents are asking why an airline neglected to notify them after their unaccompanied children's flight was diverted to different destination. ABC News' Maggie Rulli reports.


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