French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron’s unique love story
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and his wife have an unusual relationship, and the French seem to like it just fine.
04/22/2017 - 03:39 PM
Full Pelosi Interview: Trump Is Showing 'Weakness' With Wall
In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tells Chuck Todd that Democrats unite around a variety of issues, but stand opposed to the president's border wall plan.
04/23/2017 - 02:15 AM
Trump: Mexico will pay for the border wall — ‘eventually’ and ‘in some form’
The president says he may not approve a government funding bill this week if it does not include funding for a “badly needed border wall” that he claims Mexico, “in some form,” will “eventually” pay for.
04/23/2017 - 03:43 PM
Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel came to a standstill on Monday as people stopped in their tracks for a two-minute siren that wailed across the country in remembrance of the Holocaust's 6 million Jewish victims.
04/24/2017 - 06:23 AM
Remembering ‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran, an Icon from the 70s Generation
For nearly a decade, millions watched little Joanie Cunningham grow up on “Happy Days.” She died Saturday afternoon at just 56 years old.
04/23/2017 - 12:21 PM
Egypt's Sisi visits Saudi Arabia as tensions ease
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he landed Sunday in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension. Salman, surrounded by key Saudi officials, greeted Sisi as he stepped off the plane in the capital Riyadh and hosted him for lunch, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The two Arab leaders then had talks during which they "reviewed the strong and brotherly relations as well as cooperation between their two countries" and regional issues, the agency said.
04/23/2017 - 10:47 AM
CNN’s Camerota: ‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me’
The “New Day” host revealed Sunday that the former Fox News chief propositioned her early in her career at the top-rated cable news network. Ailes, through his attorney, called the claims “unsubstantiated and false.”
04/23/2017 - 02:14 PM
Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for Trump
The Powerhouse Roundtable debates President Trump's progress as we approach 100 days in office.
04/23/2017 - 12:40 PM
Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goats
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets.
04/23/2017 - 03:49 PM
Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began
By Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye. Obama will meet youth leaders and promote community organizing near the same South Side neighborhoods where his own activism blossomed and propelled him to two terms in the White House that ended with Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as Obama’s first White House chief of staff, said that he was proud that Obama picked Chicago to make his last speech as president and the first in his post-presidency.
04/23/2017 - 09:41 AM
Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident
Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier. Emergency crews managed on Saturday to collect half of the roughly 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of diesel that spilled into the ocean, the regional government said. Three coast guard boats were on Sunday working to break up the slick -- which is three kilometres long and half a kilometre wide -- to help the diesel evaporate, it added.
04/23/2017 - 06:58 AM
North Korea says ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier
By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.
04/23/2017 - 09:34 AM
Sirens and silence as Israel remembers Holocaust
Israelis stood silent and sirens rang out for two minutes on Monday as the country held its annual remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Israeli radio and television stations have aired testimony, documentaries and films on the genocide carried out by the Nazis since Sunday night. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to destroy those who call for the destruction of Israel in a speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial to mark the start of commemorations on Sunday night.
04/24/2017 - 04:15 AM
The Latest: California police ask for help to find boy
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a missing boy whose father was found passed out in a Los Angeles County park (all times local):
04/23/2017 - 08:27 PM
Apple is getting serious about self-driving cars
Though Apple's plans to develop and manufacture a branded car may currently be on hold, the company's plans to research and develop self-driving car technologies appears to be moving forward. Just about a week after Apple obtained a permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state of California, Business Insider filed a public-records request and managed to gain access to materials accompanying Apple's permit application. The filed documents provide us with some interesting new information regarding Apple's training program for its nascent self-driving car initiative.
According to training materials which correspond to software Apple calls the "Apple Automated System", it appears that Apple engineers have been busy developing a suite of software and hardware sensors designed to assist a car drive with the flow of traffic while avoiding other vehicles and pedestrians.
According to the training packet, the car that Apple's staffers are using to test the self-driving technology is outfitted with consumer video game gear such as a Logitech steering wheel and pedals to actuate drive by wire.
Whereas Apple's earlier car efforts seemed to entail hiring hundreds of employees with vast automotive experience across all aspects of the car development and manufacturing process, it stands to reason that Apple, for the time being, has decided to primarily focus its attention on self-driving technologies.
With cars boasting Apple's mysterious autonomous software having been approved for use on the road, California law holds that the drivers/passengers overseeing the testing must be sufficiently trained and ready to assume control of the wheel at any moment.
Apple applied for a permit for six drivers to drive three Lexus RX450h SUVs. Apple's drivers, named in the application, are mostly Ph.D.s specializing in machine learning, some of whom previously worked for companies like Bosch and Tesla, according to their LinkedIn profiles.
Apple said its vehicles would be able to capture and store "relevant data before a collision occurs" in its application.
That Apple is exploring self-driving technologies may not be all that surprising, but the more interesting question is if it really matters. As it stands now, we can only presume that Apple's progress with its own technology isn't anywhere close to matching what established automakers and a myriad of start-up companies have already developed. Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Apple's foray into the self-driving world will ever yield a marketable product or if it will simply become an Apple research initiative that never sees the light of day.
Apple's full permit application can be viewed over here via AppleInsider.
04/22/2017 - 06:02 PM
Elizabeth Thomas Reunites With Family
The 15-year-old Tennessee teen was allegedly kidnapped by ex-teacher Tad Cummins.
04/23/2017 - 02:02 AM
Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave
Tiny wooden figurines have stood upright "weaving" at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds. The discovery of the miniature scene astonished archaeologists, who were surveying an area slated for subway construction in Chengdu, a city in China's southwestern Sichuan province, in 2013. The looms may be small — the largest is about the size of a child's toy piano — but they're the earliest evidence on record of looms that could be used to weave patterns, the researchers said.
04/24/2017 - 09:01 AM
France's rejected mainstream unites behind Macron for runoff
PARIS (AP) — France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united Monday to urge voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in the presidential runoff and to reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism.
04/24/2017 - 11:52 AM
Gunmen wound celebrated conservationist Gallmann in Kenya
By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - Gunmen wounded Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park on Sunday in the latest of a string of attacks during land invasions in drought-stricken northern Kenya, which residents say are intensifying as August polls approach. Gallmann, who was played by Kim Basinger in the 2000 film of her book, was going to inspect fresh damage to her property after invaders burned down a retreat there on Saturday. The gunmen shot her, but Gallmann was saved when rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service intervened and fought off the attackers.
04/23/2017 - 12:56 PM
ESPN Is an Albatross For Walt Disney Co (DIS) Stock
Published reports indicate that cable channel ESPN is preparing another round of cuts to its on-air talent, as parent company Walt Disney Co (ticker: DIS) continues to try to right the ship at the popular network. Traditional cable TV viewers have flocked to cheaper alternatives, and Disney is still trying to solve its ESPN problem. ESPN is expected to cut 40 jobs starting on May 1, including radio hosts, on-air personalities and writers.
04/24/2017 - 11:04 AM
'Silent protest' over 20 deaths in Venezuela
Dressed in white, Venezuelan protesters opposed to President Nicolas Maduro marched in silence in several cities to pay respects to 20 people killed in three weeks of unrest. Unlike demonstrations in recent days, the rallies in Caracas, Maracaibo, Barquisimeto and San Cristobal passed with no major violence reported between protesters and police. For the first time since the turmoil in the streets started at the beginning of April, the demonstrators were able to cross Caracas, including several districts loyal to Maduro and his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.
04/22/2017 - 10:29 PM
Lawyer representing United passenger takes on American Airlines
The lawyer representing Dr. David Dao, who was dragged from a United Airlines plane, said he will also represent a woman whose clash with an American Airlines flight attendant went viral over the weekend. Thomas Demetrio told CNBC on Monday that he will represent both passengers whose recent confrontations with airline and airport employees sparked global outrage and prompted a nationwide conversation over U.S. carriers' treatment of passengers. The video is a microcosm of what's wrong with the airline industry today," Demetrio said in an interview with CNBC.
04/24/2017 - 10:30 AM
14-Year-Old Allegedly Shot In The Head By Teenage Boys Makes Remarkable Recovery: 'I Am Tougher Than A Bullet'
The boys could be tried as adults, according to reports.
04/22/2017 - 04:08 PM
2017 Honda Civic Type R sets Nürburgring lap record
The all-new version of the Honda Civic Type R was always going to make a big slash when it was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, but the Honda has now proved it has just as much substance as it undoubtedly has style. The Civic Type R has always been renowned for outstanding performance, but this model, which set the new record and was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic's development program, really has set a new benchmark for the Type R and for its rivals. This development car set a time of 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds, which is almost seven seconds faster than the previous generation Civic Type R managed.
04/24/2017 - 08:56 AM
McDonald's braces for the apocalypse with chic new uniforms
Hey — if the world's going to end, McDonald's at least wants its employees to look good. The fast food chain has officially chosen some dark, dismal, soul sucking new employee uniforms that really just scream: "Ba da ba ba bah, we're doomed!" SEE ALSO: Instagram bait: Why Starbucks put a unicorn meme on its menu According to a press release, McDonald's is collaborating with designers Waraire Boswell and Bindu Rivas to develop the new collections, which are set to appear behind counters in the U.S. in April. The new, more modern uniforms are grey and black and were reportedly created based on feedback from employees and customers. "Our new collections focus on comfort, fit, functionality and contemporary professionalism, delivering a uniform that crew and managers will feel comfortable to work in and proud to wear," McDonald’s Senior Director of HR, Jez Langhorn, said in the release. Image: mcdonald's Image: mcdonald'sOkay, cool. But in all honesty, what with the recent political chaos and the word "dystopia" inspiring timely book clubs, McDonald's probably decided it was time to switch things up, stifle its stale, happy go lucky yellow, red, and white color scheme, and make an effort to fit in. So far, it seems as though customers aren't
exactly lovin' it, and instead, many people are trolling the burger joint's dark denim aprons with glorious memes. Meanwhile at new @McDonalds uniform showcase pic.twitter.com/scvDZzE1cd — Charles FLEXavier (@BIGGSEXXXY77) April 22, 2017 What do you think of the new McDonalds uniforms, designed by the resident Death Star uniform person pic.twitter.com/fnyQzLquAy — Anthony (@Ant_DC) April 22, 2017 The new uniform for #McDonalds - serving storm troopers on a Death Star in a Galaxy far far away. pic.twitter.com/UJ3QuRRSbG — Max Willson (@max_willson95) April 22, 2017 The new McDonalds uniform looks like people tryna lure customers into buying& keeping them hostage soon after they are done purchasing — SumbulNadeem (@SumbulxNadeem) April 22, 2017 New McDonald's uniform looks like the Empire won.Now when you wanna get a meal there you'll have to start with your First Order. #mcdonalds pic.twitter.com/swM8G7g5RE — Brad Grandrino (@spookygonzo) April 22, 2017 The new Empire inspired @mcdonalds uniform. A post shared by Ed Galvez (@edgalvez) on Apr 22, 2017 at 4:23pm PDT "As a former McDonald’s crew member myself, I understand the design and functionality needs of the next generation of McDonald’s uniforms, and I was personally inspired to design a look and feel that gives restaurant employees a greater level of confidence," Boswell said. Updating the restaurant's uniforms is reportedly just one way McDonald’s plans to increase focus on employees. What's next? Personalized light-sabers? WATCH: Snack and game worry-free with this handy desktop mop
04/23/2017 - 03:04 PM
2 Key Things Cassini Discovered On Mission To Saturn
Cassini will end on Sept. 15 with the probe plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, where it will burn up.
04/24/2017 - 08:00 AM
France begins presidential vote in test for populism
PARIS (AP) — Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world and a vote on the future of Europe.
04/23/2017 - 07:18 AM
March for Science draws big crowds, clever signs across U.S.
By Lacey Johnson and Lisa Fernandez WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a "celebration of science" to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. Demonstrators carried signs like "There Is No Planet B," "No One Is Above Peer Review," "Revenge of the Nerds" and "Make Science Great Again," a play on U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign promise to "Make America Great Again." Other signs featured mathematical formulas in a display of geek humor. While the events were non-partisan according to organizers, many marchers were in effect protesting Trump's proposal to sharply cut federal science and research budgets and his administration's skepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming.
04/22/2017 - 08:12 PM
AG Sessions 'can't imagine' Dems shutting down government over border wall funding
George Stephanopoulos interviews the U.S. attorney general in his first Sunday show interview since joining the Trump administration.
04/23/2017 - 09:44 AM
Brooklyn moves to help minor offenders avoid deportation
The public prosecutor's office in the New York borough of Brooklyn will change the way it deals with minor infractions by undocumented immigrants to lessen their risk of expulsion under the Trump administration, it said Monday.
04/24/2017 - 12:35 PM
US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia
DJIBOUTI (AP) — Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday.
04/23/2017 - 02:40 PM
4-Year-Old Marks Seventh Child To Die From Drug Overdose In One County
His death was likely caused by heroine or prescription pain medication, according to authorities.
04/23/2017 - 10:42 AM
Revised Mazda2 gets significant updates
Despite having been in production now for more than two decades, it's probably fair to say the Mazda2 isn't the best-known or best-loved model in Mazda's range, but the manufacturer is giving it some significant updates to try to challenge that perception. The current model is part of the car's fourth-generation, and it's sold around the globe under a number of different names and by several different manufacturers. The refreshed Mazda2 range goes on sale from June 1, and all variants will now feature Mazda's G-Vectoring Control technology, along with a number of detailed improvements to the car's suspension and steering to deliver improved levels of comfort and a more responsive feel for the driver.
04/24/2017 - 06:46 AM
How a New Credit Card Can Boost Your Credit Score
Many people are wary of applying for a new credit card because they've heard that their credit score takes a hit when they do it. The truth is that if you play your cards right (pun intended), that credit score ding (typically about five points that lasts two years) will hardly even matter. It will be outweighed by the new card's positive effects on your credit score, which result primarily from your credit utilization rate.
04/24/2017 - 10:40 AM
Should The Bible Be Taught In Schools?
A lawsuit alleges that the few who opted out of a bible class at one school were harassed and discriminated against.
04/22/2017 - 08:00 PM
American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident
NEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane.
04/22/2017 - 07:48 PM
Saudi Arabia restores civil service and military allowances
Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a royal decree on Saturday restoring financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut under austerity measures. "The royal order returns all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses to civil servants and military staff," said the decree, broadcast on state-run Ekhbariya TV. In September Saudi Arabia cut ministers' salaries by 20 percent and scaled back financial perks for public sector employees in one of the energy-rich kingdom's most drastic measures to save money at a time of low oil prices.
04/22/2017 - 07:13 PM
Hollande urges French voters to block Le Pen
French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged voters to reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen in next month's presidential runoff against pro-EU candidate Emmanuel Macron. Macron is the clear favourite to become France's youngest-ever president after topping Sunday's first round of voting with 24.01 percent of votes, ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen on 21.30 percent, according to final results. The vote revealed a country deeply divided, with 39-year-old Macron, an advocate of open borders and free trade, leading the vote in cities and Le Pen topping the polls in rural areas that feel left behind by globalisation.
04/24/2017 - 12:58 PM
Arkansas plans to execute two convicts Monday
The state of Arkansas plans to execute two inmates on Monday evening, which would make it the first U.S. state in 17 years to put a pair of convicts to death on the same day. A flurry of last-minute legal appeals at both the state and federal level are expected, though their likelihood of success may have diminished with the recent appointment of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. The high court cleared the way last week for Arkansas to hold its first execution in 12 years and the state carried out the death penalty on convicted murderer Ledell Lee.
04/24/2017 - 01:04 AM
Militants ambush convoy with off-duty Iraq soldiers, kill 10
BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants in Iraq ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20, officials said on Monday.
04/24/2017 - 06:06 AM
Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid
"There's no reason not to include her," said Nichole Sullivan of her sister-in-law to be, who suffered a traumatic brain injury.
04/23/2017 - 02:56 PM
Bill Gates didn’t let his kids use cell phones until they turned 14
While most young kids and teenagers spend hours upon hours glued to tablets and smartphones, Bill Gates' children had a markedly different experience growing up. During a recent interview with the Mirror, the former Microsoft CEO said that when his children were growing up, he limited their exposure to the addicting glow of digital screens.
"We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour," Gates said. Also interesting is that Gates -- whose children currently range in age from 14 to 20 -- didn't even give his kids access to cell phones until they turned 14. And even then, using cell phones while the family was having dinner was expressly prohibited.
"You’re always looking at how [smartphones] can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess," Gates added. All that said, it's hard to feel bad for the Gates children given that Bill Gates -- with an estimated net worth of $86.9 billion -- is the world's richest man. And with the Gates children growing up in a house that's worth upwards of $125 million, I'm sure they're well acquainted with some of the most luxurious creature comforts the world has to offer.
What we really want to know, though, is if the Gates children were ever granted access to Apple products. If we go back in time a bit, you might recall that Melinda gates back in 2013 made headlines when she said that her children receive Windows products even though they sometimes clamor for Apple devices. "Of course they ask [for Apple products]," Gates said, "but they get Windows technology. The wealth from our family came from Microsoft so why would we invest in a competitor." A few years earlier, Gates expressed a similar sentiment during an interview with Vogue, noting that her kids were not allowed to use either iPhones or iPods.
It's actually a brilliant parenting strategy when you think about it. If you're not allowed to have a smartphone until you're 14, and if your time on the device is limited once you finally get one, you'll probably be content with any device you can get your hands on. Alas, the same couldn't always be said for Melinda Gates who, in the same Vogue interview, said that she sometimes feels pangs of jealousy for iPhone owners.
“Every now and then I look at my friends and say 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone’,” Gates said. Of course, given how far iPhone competitors have come since then, we imagine that the Gates family is doing just fine in a presumably Apple-less world.
04/23/2017 - 02:07 PM
Philips posts sevenfold jump in profits in Q1
Dutch electronics giant Philips on Monday posted a sevenfold leap in first quarter profits after spinning off its lighting business last year. The year-earlier figure had been down some 63 percent, due mainly to taxes linked to its efforts to divest the lighting business. Growth was mostly due to sales of specialised medical equipment, up some three percent.
04/24/2017 - 03:53 AM
How Elon Musk Started SpaceX
The entrepreneur starts off by defining a goal and understanding what that goal is and why it is a good and valid goal.
04/23/2017 - 09:00 PM
Search continues for missing boy after father's arrest in South Pasadena
Authorities are searching for a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing after his father was found unconscious at a park in South Pasadena Saturday morning.
04/24/2017 - 02:26 AM
Iranian candidate says nuclear deal failed to lift sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian presidential candidate said Sunday the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers has failed to lift sanctions or improve the country's economy.
04/23/2017 - 02:42 PM
Tears of joy and frustration after French election count
Emmanuel Macron's youthful supporters wept tears of joy and shouted themselves hoarse on Sunday as projections from France's presidential election suggested their champion was well on track for power. Similar jubilation played out at the headquarters of the far-right National Front (FN), whose leader Marine Le Pen brought the party to the presidential runoff for just the second time in its history. For supporters of the conservative Republicans and far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed), there was bitterness at a dream left unfulfilled.
04/23/2017 - 05:40 PM
Police injured in protests against right-wing AfD party congress
Two police officers were injured and a police car was set ablaze during protests in Cologne on Saturday, police said, as some 600 delegates of the deeply divided anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party met to discuss policy for September's national elections. AfD co-chief Frauke Petry suffered a crushing blow at the start of the congress when delegates voted down her motion calling for efforts to forge alliances with other parties in future rather than seeking to be a long-term opposition force.
04/22/2017 - 04:20 PM
Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's family turned out Monday for a private funeral to say their farewells to the former NFL star, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over by the time he is buried.
04/24/2017 - 01:29 PM
Abu Sayyaf militants behead kidnapped Philippine soldier: army
A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf militants was found beheaded, the military said on Sunday, hours after government troops killed three more members of the Islamic State-linked group in a clash elsewhere. The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army's 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 meters away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said. Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu.
04/23/2017 - 08:01 AM
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