Ex-Freedom Caucus member: Some in the group ‘would vote no against the Ten Commandments’
One of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus has resigned in protest of the hard-line conservative group’s opposition to the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, said that both President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan reached out to the caucus and made changes to the GOP health care proposal several times. “No matter what changes were made, the goalposts kept getting moved,” Poe said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
03/27/2017 - 11:34 AM
Biden regrets not being president, but stands behind decision not to run
Former Vice President Joe Biden admits that when he looks at the White House, he can’t help but wonder what could have been.
03/26/2017 - 03:05 PM
Driver Shoots, Kills Police Officer In Oklahoma
Police said the driver fled Officer Justin Terney began checking with dispatchers to see if there were any outstanding warrants.
03/27/2017 - 03:04 PM
'Dreamer' immigrant in Oregon detained by US authorities
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who had been allowed to stay in the U.S. because he was brought illegally into the country as a child was detained Sunday by immigration agents, activists said.
03/26/2017 - 10:44 PM
Man Gets 'Pantsed' by Fence While Trying to Escape During Alleged Burglary
The suspect has since been arrested, according to reports.
03/27/2017 - 03:29 PM
Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news?
Infowars owner and long-time conspiracy theorist Alex Jones admitted that his site falsely reported and commented on the debunked “Pizzagate” controversy, a theory that alleged that Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, had played a role in a child-sex-trafficking ring that also involved Hillary Clinton. Apologizing to the restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, Mr. Jones issued a statement Friday. “I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees,” he said.
03/26/2017 - 11:44 AM
Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’
Jeb Bush says President Trump’s evidence-free claims are kneecapping his first 100 days in the White House. “He should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand,” Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on Miami’s WFOR-TV. During the bruising campaign, Bush was a prominent critic of Trump — who in turn relentlessly mocked the former Florida governor.
03/27/2017 - 09:27 AM
Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche
An avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more. More than 100 troops were deployed in a major rescue mission after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo. A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were on a three-day mountaineering expedition when disaster struck.
03/27/2017 - 07:04 AM
Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher ground
By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland, where authorities urged 30,000 people to evacuate low lying areas most at risk from tidal surges and winds of up to 300 km per hour (185 mph). Cyclone Debbie is expected to gather strength before making landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a category four storm, just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level. The growing alarm persuaded the state government on Monday to warn some 25,000 people living in parts of Mackay, a city 950 kilometers (590 miles) north of the state capital Brisbane, to head south to higher ground.
03/27/2017 - 04:06 AM
As U.S. Airstrikes Rise, So Do Allegations of Civilian Deaths
A massive bombing in Mosul that may have killed as many as 200 people tops a growing list of sites where the U.S. is accused of bombing civilians.
03/27/2017 - 03:59 PM
Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: You’re bad for America
Ted Koppel says Fox News host Sean Hannity is bad for America. On “CBS Sunday Morning,” the veteran newsman told Hannity that the audience he attracts is unable to distinguish between the divisive political rhetoric that marked the 2016 presidential campaign and the truth. “You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts,” Koppel told Hannity.
03/26/2017 - 03:47 PM
Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and Mandela prison mate
South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela, was feted as a humble liberation hero who shunned the power and glory that came with freedom. Unlike many struggle veterans, Kathrada, who was imprisoned on Robben Island, never held public political office after the fall of apartheid and Mandela's election as president in 1994. When Mandela left office in 1999, after serving a single four-year term, Kathrada also stepped away from politics -- immersing himself in activism through his Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
03/28/2017 - 02:50 AM
This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017
Speed through the highlights from the latest "This Week."
03/26/2017 - 12:36 PM
'Still one of us': 92-year-old gets Purple Heart from WWII
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A 92-year-old North Carolina man has finally received the Purple Heart he earned more than 70 years ago while fighting in Belgium during World War II.
03/26/2017 - 05:34 PM
3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines military said Monday they have rescued three more Malaysian tugboat crewmen held hostage by Muslim militants for eight months in the south of the country.
03/27/2017 - 12:12 AM
There’s a compelling new reason to buy your iPhone from T-Mobile
Choosing where to buy a new iPhone isn't as simple as it might seem. Third-party stores or carriers might give you a better monetary deal than buying an iPhone from the Apple Store, but you're also going to have to deal with yearly contracts, bill credits, or the hassle of unlocking the device if you switch networks.
But all the details aside, T-Mobile is hoping that its latest offering can make the decision much simpler. As of right now, if you buy an iPhone on T-Mobile and opt for extra device insurance, you'll also get AppleCare included in the price.
The AppleCare isn't free with all new iPhones from T-Mobile, but rather it's an additional service you get with T-Mobile's Premium Device Protection. That's just an insurance program that T-Mobile offers on devices. It runs $12 per month, and offers theft and loss protection on your phone. It's a good option if you're prone to losing your device altogether, but the deductibles are high, and it doesn't offer much help with common problems like a cracked screen or water damage (thanks to those high deductibles).
So T-Mobile's new offering bundles the normal insurance, offered by Assurant, with the Apple-provided AppleCare that you know and love. Assurant keeps covering theft and loss, while AppleCare gets you different benefits like live support, cheap screens, and battery repairs.
For anyone who was already on T-Mobile's insurance, or thinking about buying a phone protected by it, this is obviously good news. You're getting more coverage for the same amount of money, and knowing it's Apple-provided coverage means you're not going to have to spend weeks arguing with a weird third-party insurance company.
03/27/2017 - 06:22 PM
Musk Says Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Will Be Quicker Than Model S P100D
The Tesla CEO also tweeted out new details on the upcoming, affordable Model 3 sedan.
03/27/2017 - 12:02 PM
Photos of the day - March 26, 2017
A man waves traditional daggers, or jambiyas, as he attends with supporters of the Houthi movement and Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a rally to mark the two-year anniversary since the military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition, in Sanaa, Yemen; police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia; Balinese people carry giant effigies in the form of the devil, whose local name is “Ogoh-ogoh,” during a parade before Nyepi Day, the Balinese Day of Silence, marking the Balinese Hindu New Year in Gianyar, a regency in Bali, Indonesia. ...
03/26/2017 - 05:00 PM
Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'
Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km (1,500 mile) border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, Pakistan's army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries. Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for a spate of attacks at home in recent months, urging Kabul to eradicate "sanctuaries" for militants. Citing the attacks, Islamabad earlier this month temporarily shut the main crossing points along the colonial-era Durand Line border, drawn up in 1893 and rejected by Afghanistan.
03/27/2017 - 03:00 AM
Who Is the Russian Banker Who Met With Jared Kushner?
He trained at the FSB academy and runs a bank that boasts the Russian prime minister as a supervisory board member.
03/27/2017 - 11:56 AM
One killed, 15 wounded in Ohio nightclub shooting
Gunfire erupted in a crowded Ohio nightclub early Sunday after a personal dispute boiled over, killing one person and wounding at least 15 as partygoers scattered into the night, authorities said. The gunmen remained at large following the shooting at the Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati that Police Chief Eliot Isaac said was packed with revelers. "Several local men got into some type of dispute inside the bar and it escalated into shots being fired from several individuals," Isaac told reporters.
03/26/2017 - 01:50 PM
Qatar Airways chief says laptop ban not designed to hurt Gulf carriers
By Tom Finn LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar Airways' chief executive said on Monday he did not believe the ban on carrying most electronics in the cabins of passenger flights to the United States from eight Muslim majority countries was designed to hurt Gulf airlines. The U.S. introduced new security measures on March 25 banning electronics larger than a mobile phone from passenger cabins on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, including Qatar.
03/27/2017 - 03:26 PM
Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern Plains
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Golf ball-sized hail and powerful winds are expected to roll through parts of the Southern Plains late Sunday, marking the latest round of turbulent weather across the Midwest and South, forecasters said.
03/26/2017 - 07:47 PM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface last week nearly three years after it capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the nation as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters. More than 300 people — most of whom were students on a high school trip — died when the Sewol sank on April 16, 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about long-ignored public safety and regulatory failures.
03/27/2017 - 12:52 AM
13 Places the Royals Like to Vacation
From a castle in Scotland to the coast of Greece, here are thirteen places the royals like to vacation.
03/27/2017 - 06:13 PM
Nokia 6, 5 And 3 Releasing In US, HMD Global Confirms
HMD Global has confirmed that its trio of new Android smartphones will come to the U.S. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet if the 3310 reboot will be heading to the country.
03/26/2017 - 07:24 PM
BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) Finds Life After Smartphones
What is BlackBerry Ltd (ticker: BBRY)? This was an easy question around the turn of the decade when BlackBerry was a leader in smartphone operating system market share. This was an easy question even when the Apple ( AAPL) iPhone started to eat that share, but BlackBerry still stood out as the businessman's smartphone.
03/27/2017 - 09:41 AM
Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally on California beach
Supporters of President Trump holding a rally on a popular Southern California beach clashed with counter-protesters on Saturday and four people were arrested, law enforcement said. Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally. Four counter-protesters were arrested, three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery, Kevin Pearsall, a spokesman for the California State Parks Police said on Saturday evening.
03/26/2017 - 07:14 AM
Northern Irish parties fail to solve spat in time
Northern Ireland's squabbling parties have abandoned talks to form a power-sharing government before Monday's deadline to resolve their bitter political differences. The main two parties in the British province said no deal would be reached by the 4:00pm (1500 GMT) cut-off, following a snap election triggered by the bad blood between them. James Brokenshire, Britain's Northern Ireland minister, must decide what to do next, with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein unable to work together.
03/26/2017 - 08:45 PM
Gunfire in crowded Ohio nightclub kills one, wounds 15
By Joe Wessels CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early Sunday morning, killing one person and injuring 15 others, as an apparent argument that may have started earlier in the day turned violent, authorities said. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said there was no evidence of "a terrorist attack," as with last year's Pulse nightclub slaughter in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. "However to the victims, what difference does it make?" Cranley said.
03/26/2017 - 12:51 PM
United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight
"The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel," the airline said on Twitter as the incident Thanwent viral on social media. In another tweet made in response to a question from a social media user, the airline said: "Casual attire for ticketed passengers is fine. United pass travelers are company employees or family members of employees.
03/26/2017 - 06:30 PM
Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum
BERLIN (AP) — Thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum before dawn Monday and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of dollars, police said.
03/27/2017 - 10:54 AM
Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S.
03/26/2017 - 01:14 PM
US stocks mixed as tax bill hopes offset health setback
New York (AFP) - US stocks finished mixed again, shrugging off early weakness as investors welcomed President Donald Trump's efforts to pivot to tax reform after flopping on health policy.
03/27/2017 - 04:19 PM
It’s probably time to admit the Galaxy S8 design is better than Apple’s iPhone 7 design
It seems like a lifetime ago at this point but believe it or not, Samsung's flagship smartphones used to be pretty... awful. Samsung's displays were always incredible and its flagship phones always offered the best Android performance money could buy, but the company's designs were not very good at all. And the materials Samsung used for the phones' housings was the worst part. While Apple and other companies were using glass and aluminum for their phones, Samsung insisted on using thin plastic that felt flimsy and cheap. Can you believe this was the back of a $640 smartphone?
Of course, that all feels like a distant memory because Samsung's more recent smartphones have been premium through and through. Galaxy S6 started the trend, and the company's designs have been continuously refined with the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. As good as Samsung's designs have gotten, however, even hardcore Android fans were willing to admit that Apple still had the edge. With the Galaxy S8, however, it's probably time to admit that the tide is turning.
As Apple looks to breathe new life into its old iPhone designs by adding new matte black, Jet Black and red color options, Samsung is getting ready to release the sleekest and most stunning smartphone the world has ever seen. Sorry, Apple fans, but it's time to face facts: the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus sport a design that is now almost three years old. Meanwhile, the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sport a design that is flat-out incredible.
We've seen it a number of times now. BGR exclusively published some of the first live shots nearly a month ago, and photos and renders have been flooding the internet ever since. Following a massive rush of leaks this past weekend, graphic designer Benjamin Geskin posted a simple image that does an outstanding job of showing just how far Samsung has come in its smartphone rivalry with Apple.
The image above shows leaked Galaxy S8 and S8+ renders sandwiched between renders of the iPhone 7 on the left, and the iPhone 7 Plus on the right. A few important things are immediately apparent.
First, Samsung's stunning Galaxy S8 and S8+ designs get closer than any mass-market smartphone has ever come to achieving the all-screen design smartphone users are clamoring for. Look closely and you can see that the smaller Galaxy S8, which is about the same width but slightly taller than the iPhone 7, has a larger display than the massive iPhone 7 Plus.
Then, you can see that the Galaxy S8+ is roughly the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus, and yet it packs a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display compared to the 5.5-inch screen on the Apple phablet. That's a 13% larger screen in a phone that's about the same size. Couple that with a sleek design that features curved edges on the front and back of the phones, and you've got handsets that look better and feel better than Apple's latest iPhones.
Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Wednesday, and both phones are expected to be released on either April 21st or April 28th. Meanwhile, Apple's big iPhone redesign won't hit store shelves until mid-September at the earliest.
03/27/2017 - 10:43 AM
Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap
A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds.
03/27/2017 - 11:57 AM
5 Easy Ways to Make Fast Cash
For aluminum cans, you'll generally get 40 cents per pound, and maybe 50 cents a pound if you bring in 100 pounds or more. If you have old computer equipment, you could also recycle that for money -- not much, though.
03/27/2017 - 09:00 AM
Alexei Navalny: Russia's web-savvy anti-corruption campaigner
Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has cemented his status as leader of Russia's opposition movement by organising the largest unauthorised protest in recent years against President Vladimir Putin's rule. The clean-cut 40-year-old lawyer, who has harnessed the power of the Internet to get his message to young and educated Russians, was arrested at Sunday's demonstration in Moscow and sentenced to 15 days behind bars for his alleged insubordination to police. Last year, in his most ambitious move yet, he announced he would run for president in 2018, an election that Putin is expected to dominate.
03/27/2017 - 09:14 AM
The Gross Reason You Need to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher Once a Year
Spring cleaning season is here!
03/27/2017 - 12:04 PM
Singapore jails couple for starving Filipino domestic helper
A Singapore court jailed a couple on Monday for starving their Filipino domestic helper, a case that highlighted what rights groups say is a common complaint in the wealthy city-state. Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, 40, weighed just 29.4 kg (65 lb) in April 2014 after being given too little to eat for about 15 months, prosecutors said. Lim Choon Hong was jailed for three weeks and fined S$10,000 ($7,200), while his wife, Chong Sui Foon, got three months with no fine.
03/27/2017 - 11:38 AM
Hong Kong police arrest more 2014 democracy protest leaders
HONG KONG (AP) — A day after Hong Kong picked a new Beijing-backed leader, police launched a fresh round of arrests of student leaders and other prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests.
03/27/2017 - 11:13 AM
Venezuela seeks to stymie OAS meeting, vows 'severe' response
By Diego Oré and Lesley Wroughton CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Venezuela called on Monday for the suspension of an Organization of American States meeting intended to air regional concerns over the OPEC nation's economic crisis and democratic standards. The Washington-based OAS is due to debate Venezuela on Tuesday after its secretary-general, Luis Almagro, said the country should be suspended from the regional bloc if it does not hold elections. Last week, 14 nations urged elections and freedom of jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government, turning up the pressure after authorities thwarted a referendum on him last year and postponed local polls.
03/27/2017 - 04:24 PM
Samsung is going to put the Galaxy Note 7 back on sale
After Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 for the second time, we all assumed it was gone for good. As the old saying goes: recalled once, shame on you, recalled twice, maybe just stop and consider if you should be selling the product in the first place.
So after the second recall, Samsung confirmed that it was pulling Note 7 devices off shelves, stopping production, and writing off the entire debacle. That created a new problem, however: what to do with the millions of expensive, non-recyclable phones littering up a Samsung warehouse somewhere.
After significant pressure from Greenpeace and other ecological organizations, Samsung has outlined exactly what it's planning on doing with all the leftover Galaxy Note 7 handsets. Some will be scrapped, with any useful parts harvested, and metals extracted in an eco-friendly way before the remains are trashed. But for an unspecified other number of handsets, Samsung is planning on refurbishing them and selling them back to consumers, or using them as rental phones. In other words, the Galaxy Note 7 isn't dead yet.
Samsung isn't giving details yet, but a statement issued today does seems to confirm that this is a very real thing, and not some last-minute plan:
Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand. The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly.
For remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices, components such as semiconductors and camera modules shall be detached by companies specializing in such services and used for test sample production purposes.
Finally, for left over component recycling, Samsung shall first extract precious metals, such as copper, nickel, gold and silver by utilizing eco-friendly companies specializing in such processes.
The fact that Samsung hasn't started working on regulatory approval yet means we're probably not going to see some major international launch of refurbished Galaxy Note 7s. Between the upcoming Galaxy S8 launch this spring, and a new Galaxy Note 8 this fall, Samsung wouldn't want a big product launch of last year's phone to serve as a distraction. Much more likely is that the refurbished phones are used as loaner devices during product repairs, or sold in less lucrative markets at a discount.
03/27/2017 - 12:47 PM
Historian, journalist and activist Roger Wilkins dies at 85
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Wilkins, a historian, journalist and activist who held a key civil rights post in President Lyndon Johnson's administration and helped The Washington Post win a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage, died Sunday, relatives said. He was 85.
03/27/2017 - 04:02 PM
April The Giraffe's Fetus Shows Increased Activity
The pregnant giraffe's fetus was “extremely quiet” on Sunday morning but its activity increased later in the day, according to the zoo that houses April.
03/27/2017 - 04:38 AM
EU clears merger of US chemicals giants Dow and DuPont
The EU on Monday approved a $130 billion mega-merger of US agro-chemicals giants Dow Chemical and DuPont, paving the way for major consolidation in a sensitive sector for farmers and the environment. The decision by antitrust regulators was subject to Dupont selling "major parts" of its global pesticides business, said the European Commission, the EU's executive arm. "Due to significant commitments on products and the worldwide research and development organisation, the merger of Dow and Dupont can be approved," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.
03/27/2017 - 09:26 AM
Pentagon Weighs More Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen
As the administration debates how to confront Iran, some in the Pentagon favor ratcheting up support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign against Tehran-backed Houthi rebels.
03/26/2017 - 05:58 PM
Archaeologists Reconstruct Face of Medieval Man Who Died 700 Years Ago
The medieval man was buried along with hundreds of others in a graveyard underneath what is now the Old Divinity School building of St. John's College at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. By studying his remains and piecing together his facial features and biological history, archeologists said they hope to understand the lives of anonymous poor people in the 13th century. "Most historical records are about well-off people and especially their financial and legal transactions," study lead researcher John Robb, a professor of archaeology at the University of Cambridge, said in a statement.
03/27/2017 - 10:40 AM
The Latest: Bridge case defendants seek to avoid prison time
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on pre-sentencing court filings for two convicted ex-aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie (all times local):
03/27/2017 - 07:54 PM
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