The Latest: Trump at ceremony for Americans killed in Syria
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Dover Air Force Base (all times local):
01/19/2019 - 01:17 PM
Tornado causes significant damage in downtown Wetumpka, Alabama
Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis said a senior center is severely damaged and the police department also was damaged.
01/19/2019 - 08:13 PM
Mexico fuel pipeline blast kills 71, witnesses describe horror
Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in the field where the explosion occurred on Friday evening by the town of Tlahuelilpan in the state of Hidalgo, in one of the deadliest incidents to hit Mexico's troubled oil infrastructure in years. A number of people at the scene told Reuters that local shortages in gasoline supply since Lopez Obrador launched a drive to stamp out fuel theft had encouraged the rush to the gushing pipeline. "Everyone came to see if they could get a bit of gasoline for their car, there isn't any in the gas stations," said farmer Isaias Garcia, 50.
01/19/2019 - 06:30 PM
4 Arizona Women Convicted for Leaving Water for Migrants
"If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?”
01/20/2019 - 12:46 PM
Divided over leadership, but united in goals, women march and rally in New York
Women in New York City on Saturday could march, rally or protest in a variety of locations under different auspices, but the messages, and even one of the messengers, were similar.
01/19/2019 - 07:35 PM
US spy satellite launched into orbit from California
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying a U.S. spy satellite lifted off Saturday from California.
01/19/2019 - 05:24 PM
Why the stock market is headed for a swift recovery
Everywhere I look, people seek negatives and ignore positives. When that happens, better times lie ahead for the stock market.
01/20/2019 - 07:01 AM
Congo opposition leader declares himself president as court upholds election result
Congo's political standoff deepend on Sunday after the top court backed the contested presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, then his main rival rejected the ruling, called for protests and declared himself leader. As Mr Tshisekedi's supporters celebrated the ruling in the streets of Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, runner-up Martin Fayulu said the decision had opened the way to a “constitutional coup d'etat”, raising fears of more violence. Rwandan President Paul Kagame - the chair of the African Union which has said it has “serious concerns” about the vote and called for the results to be delayed - was due to arrive in Kinshasa with an AU delegation to discuss the crisis on Monday. Last month's delayed election was meant to mark the first democratic transfer of power in the vast central African country, where conflicts have regularly destabilised the region. Felix Tshisekedi, leader of Congolese main opposition party, the UDPS Credit: BAZ RATNER But monitors pointed to major flaws in the poll. Unrest over the vote has already killed 34 people, wounded 59 and led to 241 “arbitrary arrests” in the past week, according to the U.N. human rights office. In the early hours of Sunday, the Constitutional Court ruled that a legal challenge to the result filed by Fayulu was inadmissible. “Felix Tshisekedi will become the fifth president of the republic,” government spokesman Lambert Mende said as he welcomed the judgement. Mr Fayulu issued statements dismissing the ruling. “The constitutional court has just confirmed that it serves a dictatorial regime ... by validating false results, (and enabling) a constitutional coup d'etat,” he said in one. “I am now considering myself as the sole legitimate President of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” he added in another statement. He called for people to mount peaceful demonstrations - though the streets of the capital were calm on Sunday afternoon. Mr Fayulu says Mr Tshisekedi and outgoing President Joseph Kabila made a deal to cheat him out of a more than 60-percent win - an accusation they both dismiss. The provisional results, announced on Jan. 10, showed Mr Tshisekedi winning with a slim margin over Fayulu. In a speech, Mr Tshisekedi welcomed the victory and said he would seek to mend divisions in the country. “This is the end of one fight and the start of another in which I will enlist all the Congolese people: a fight for well-being, for a Congo that wins,” he said. The Southern African Development Community (SADC), a bloc which includes South Africa and Angola, congratulated Tshisekedi and called for a peaceful transfer of power. “SADC calls upon all Congolese to accept the outcome, and consolidate democracy and maintain a peaceful and stable environment following the landmark elections,” it said. On Thursday, SADC eased pressure on Congolese authorities by backing off earlier calls for a recount. Independent monitors flagged major problems with the election, including faulty voting machines and polling stations where many were unable to vote. The Catholic Church, which had a 40,000-strong team of observers, denounced the provisional result. A tally from the church reviewed by Reuters from about 70 percent of polling stations suggested a victory of 62 percent for Mr Fayulu, a former Exxon Mobil country manager. MrTshisekedi and Mr Ramazani were virtually neck-and-neck second place with 16.93 percent and 16.88 percent, respectively. Congo - which was ruled by kleptocratic dictator Mobutu Sese Seko for 32 years before tumbling into chaos and war in the late 1990s - is a vital source of copper and other metals, including cobalt.
01/20/2019 - 08:54 AM
E-cigarettes could be banned in US, FDA says
E-cigarettes and vaping products face an "existential threat" in the US if their use among young people continues to rise, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned. Scott Gottlieb spoke on Friday at a public hearing in Maryland focused on eliminating the use of "electronic cigarette and other tobacco product use" among American youth, at a time when the agency has threatened stores selling e-cigarettes to minors and seized thousands of documents from Juul Labs, the maker of a popular vaporising product, during a surprise inspection of the company's corporate headquarters. If the youth use continues to rise, and we see significant increases in use in 2019, on top of the dramatic rise in 2018, the entire category will face an existential threat,” Mr Gottlieb said.
01/19/2019 - 01:46 PM
Trump attends repatriation of four Americans killed in Syria
Trump flew to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, where they walked slowly up the cargo ramp of the grey C-17 cargo plane that had brought home the remains. Trump and the rest of his delegation, which included senior army and navy officers, emerged from the plane after several minutes to stand at attention, saluting.
01/19/2019 - 03:46 PM
Airlines already canceling flights into Monday from Winter Storm Harper
Flight headaches were on the rise Saturday as a winter storm moved toward the Northeast. Cancellations spiked into the thousands, with more likely.
01/20/2019 - 09:52 AM
Christian Schools Like Karen Pence's Are The Real Threat To Academic Freedom
Last week, the "second lady" of the United States, Karen Pence, went to work
01/20/2019 - 07:00 AM
Merkel's Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new era
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies elected a new leader Saturday, a change that offers Germany's center-right a chance to move past their persistent bickering over recent years.
01/19/2019 - 09:12 AM
The First 1500 Toyota Supra Buyers Get This Special Launch Edition
With visual tweaks and a commemorative plaque, this car is a bid to make the new 2020 Supra more collectible.
01/20/2019 - 09:04 AM
Police fire tear gas as Greeks protest against Macedonia name deal
Central Athens turned into a sea of people holding blue and white Greek flags as thousands came from all over the country to rally against the accord to name the ex-Yugoslav state North Macedonia. Many Greeks believe the name Macedonia implies a territorial claim over their country's own northern region of that name. The issue evokes strong emotions among Greeks who consider Macedonia, the ancient kingdom ruled by Alexander the Great, to be an integral part of their homeland and heritage.
01/20/2019 - 12:29 PM
Girl, 12, dies when snow fort collapses on her outside Rothem Church in Arlington Heights
A 12-year-old girl died Sunday after a snow fort collapsed on her in Arlington Heights, police said.
01/20/2019 - 08:57 PM
2 dead after 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Chile's coast
Damage has been reported after a strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck near Coquimbo in central Chile, prompting a tsunami warning that was canceled a short time later, officials say.
01/19/2019 - 09:36 PM
Prince Philip 'could be sent on driving awareness course' as police investigate crash
The Duke of Edinburgh could be sent on a drivers’ awareness course, it has emerged, as police continue to investigate a crash which left two women hospitalised. The Duke, 97, is understood to have no intention of giving up driving, having been photographed on public roads driving a new car less than 48 hours after the accident. He is understood to be complying with a Norfolk Police investigation, which will see him interviewed about what happened. Two women, aged 45 and 28, will also be asked for their recollections of the accident, after their Kia Carens collided with the Duke’s Land Rover Freelander on the A149 on Thursday. Both police and palace have emphasised that the investigation will be conducted in the same way as any other traffic accident, despite one of the involved parties being married to the Queen. That process would see him interviewed in the coming days, before police officers recommend whether to proceed with charging anyone involved. The scene of the crash, on the A149 at Sandringham The Duke has already passed an eye test as part of the investigation, celebrating by defiantly driving himself around the public roads near to Sandringham alone less than 48 hours after the accident. He was caught on camera driving in dark glasses without wearing a seatbelt, in a gesture that has been criticised by onlookers. A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: “We are aware of the photograph. “Suitable words of advice have been given to the driver and this is in line with our standard response when being made aware of or receiving such images showing this type of offence.” The law states that drivers can be fined up to £500 if caught without a seatbelt. The Duke of Edinburgh drives the Queen and Barack and Michelle Obama during their visit to Windsor Credit: Geoff Pugh If the Duke was found to be at fault for the Sandringham accident, he could be charged with driving without due care and attention, which carries a maximum penalty of nine points on a driving record and a £5,000 fine. It is thought unlikely that a prosecution would come to court. A police source said yesterday that non-royal drivers involved in a similar collision would more likely be offered a drivers’ awareness course, with improving their motoring skills considered more in the public interest than a court case. The Duke reportedly said "I'm such a fool" after being pulled from his wrecked Land Rover Freelander on Thursday after it flipped on its side following the collision with a Kia close to Sandringham. Witnesses claim he had told police at the scene he had been “dazzled” by the low sun at 2.45pm. A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: “As is standard procedure with injury collisions, the incident will be investigated and any appropriate action taken.”
01/20/2019 - 03:00 PM
Syria says air defence responds to Israeli raids
Syrian air defences on Sunday responded to Israeli air raids in the south of the country, state news agency SANA reported quoting a military source. The air defence systems "prevented Israeli air strikes from achieving their objectives in the south" of the country, the report said without giving further details. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the region targeted was south of Damascus near the Kisweh area.
01/19/2019 - 07:28 PM
Trump thanks Mueller for disputing Buzzfeed report that claims president directed Cohen to lie
Trump blasts BuzzFeed News report and the media in general over a Michael Cohen story.
01/19/2019 - 03:49 PM
10 ways to make your binge-watch as comfortable as possible
In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal.
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Binge-watching is basically an endurance sport, so you need to be sure you're prepared. After all, if you're going to watch You until your eyes fall out (recommended), why not make the experience as pleasant as possible?
That means paying close attention to the conditions under which you watch: the couch, the temperature, the vibe, and (most importantly) the snacks.
Some hot tips:
## 1\. Assemble your snacks before the binge-watch begins
To truly maximize your experience, I recommend selecting one salty snack, one sweet snack, and one wild-card snack. Some suggestions from my colleagues, whose tastes range from great to truly horrifying:
* Sno-Caps in popcorn
* Plain Lay's chips and Greek yogurt
* Chocolate-covered pretzels
* Trader Joe's olive oil popcorn
* Literally a ham-and-cheese sandwich dipped in orange juice (cursed)
* Celery and peanut butter
* Peanut butter straight from the jar
Note: you can always sub in pizza for any category (or all three).
## 2\. Keep no less than three beverages in front of you at all times
One of the beverages should be water. For the other two, I like to choose a large, gulp-able beverage -- like Gatorade or, if I am feeling brave, seltzer -- as well as a fancy, small beverage, like a blood orange San Pellegrino or one of those high-end lemonades with cursive lettering on the bottle.
SEE ALSO: Watching your favorite TV show a million times isn't compulsive. It's a comfort binge.
## 3\. Get up every hour to stretch
You don't have to do a full yoga class, but it's nice to remind your body that it is, in fact, capable of movement.
> Netflix: are you still watching?
> Me: pic.twitter.com/yUbJ6KjVct
> -- sara reinis (@SaraReinis) March 7, 2018
## 4\. Consider the two-blanket approach
I have radiators in my apartment and do not control my own heat, which means that sometimes my living room is 1,000 degrees. This is too hot. If I open the window, though (see #7), it becomes too cold. That's why I prefer to have two blankets near me when I binge-watch: one thick blanket for the cold times and one thinner cotton blanket for the medium times. During the hot times, I use no blanket at all.
## 5\. Consider your spinal column
If you need to bring a bed pillow onto the couch for back support, so be it. If you're binge-watching in bed, consider acquiring a backrest pillow. Maybe one ... with a cupholder?
## 6\. If you're watching a show featuring heavy subject matter, take more breaks
While there is certainly no shame in binge-watching, it can have adverse effects on your mental health -- especially if the show you choose deals with emotionally fraught topics. In these cases, treat yourself to a few more breaks than you normally would. We're not saying go outside (imagine!), but maybe do a few more stretches, check in with your friends, and drink some extra water.
## 7\. Open a window
Let your binge-watching farts (different than regular farts) fly freely into the atmosphere.
## 8\. Text people about what you're watching
If you do not have a binge-watching partner literally sitting next to you, it can be fun to live-text the show with a fellow binge-watcher in another location. It also reminds you that you have friends. Crucial!
What you should not do, however, is send texts about the show to someone who has not seen the whole show yet. Avoid committing this friendship crime at all costs.
> When Netflix freezes to ask if you're still watching and you see yourself reflected in the screen pic.twitter.com/tDdSSN6PR5
> -- Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) February 16, 2018
## 9\. Switch positions
When you have a nest, you have a nest, so switching rooms isn't necessary. But alternating between sitting up and lying down, or even just lying down on the other end of the couch, can be kinda nice. After all, lying down in a second location is a fun twist on lying down.
## 10\. Respect the air
If you've chosen some really good snacks (and also haven't left the couch for six hours), the room can start to smell a little ... rank. That's when it's time to light a candle.
On the off-chance Gilmore Girls is your binge-watch, there is a Gilmore Girls candle designed to burn in tandem with the 2016 revival. There are also Stranger Things-themed candles. Or you could just burn a regular one. It's your binge-watch, after all!
## WATCH: Netflix is raising its prices
01/20/2019 - 10:00 AM
The Latest: Bitter cold freezes US regions hit by storm
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the winter storm moving across the country (all times local):
01/20/2019 - 09:16 PM
Ghosn awaits fate after vowing to stay in Japan if bailed
Carlos Ghosn will learn his fate Monday as a Tokyo court rules on his bail request after he vowed to remain in Japan if released and offered to provide more collateral. The ousted Nissan boss has pleaded for bail after languishing in custody for 64 days as he fights charges of financial misconduct that he strenuously denies. "As the court considers my bail application, I want to emphasise that I will reside in Japan and respect any and all bail conditions the Court concludes are warranted," Ghosn said in a statement released by his US-based representatives.
01/21/2019 - 01:28 AM
ProSieben sees pressure easing as Netflix raises prices
ProSiebenSat.1 Media believes that price increases by U.S. streaming giant Netflix could ease competitive pressures on the German group's core TV business and is bullish on growth at its e-commerce arm, CEO Max Conze said. Conze took the helm at the Munich-based broadcaster last June but has had a rough welcome from investors who have sent its shares to seven-year lows on doubts that he can revive its ailing free-to-air TV business. The former CEO of UK appliances company Dyson told Reuters that plans to relaunch a German streaming venture in cooperation with Discovery Inc, public broadcaster ZDF, publisher Axel Springer and possibly others were on track for late summer.
01/20/2019 - 01:33 PM
US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremists
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday said it had carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia in months, killing 52 al-Shabab extremists after a "large group" mounted an attack on Somali forces.
01/19/2019 - 04:34 PM
After the storm: Dangerous stretch of subzero AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to grip northeastern US
A polar plunge of brutal cold has descended on the northeastern United States, which can threaten lives and complicate travel and cleanup efforts following the weekend snowstorm.
01/20/2019 - 04:54 PM
One-pot pumpkin and chickpea stew
This works well with butternut squash, or parsnip – any of the hearty, fleshy winter gourds and root veg in season at the moment. It couldn't be easier to make – just throw everything in and leave it to cook. SERVES Four INGREDIENTS 400g pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and diced 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped 1 tsp grated fresh ginger Juice and zest of 1 orange Pinch each of ground cumin, ground coriander and chilli flakes 200ml plain yogurt, seasoned Chopped coriander, to serve Toasted pitta bread, to serve METHOD Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6. Add all the ingredients, except the yogurt, coriander and pitta, to a large ovenproof dish. Season and mix well. Place in the hot oven and cook for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender. Check halfway through cooking that it is not drying out – add a dash of water if so. Remove from the oven and scatter over the chopped coriander. Serve with the seasoned yogurt and toasted pitta bread. Angela Hartnett's one-pot wonders
01/20/2019 - 03:00 AM
Woman fabricates attempted kidnapping story to Long Island police to cover up how baby was injured
Police on Long Island said a woman fabricated a story about an attempted kidnapping in order to cover up how her 1-year-old son was injured.
01/19/2019 - 10:35 PM
Trump offers a deal on immigration and shutdown, and it hits a wall
On Day 29 of the government shutdown, President Trump promised he would “break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward," but based on the reaction from Democrats, his proposal fell on deaf ears.
01/19/2019 - 09:46 PM
Coming Soon: Is Boeing's 'New' F-15X Fighter Really Joining the Air Force?
Brace yourselves: the Department of Defense is eyeing a brand new variant of the storied F-15 Eagle to rule the skies, the U.S. military’s first purchase of the storied aircraft in more than 15 years.
01/20/2019 - 05:13 AM
One person dies in a crash as winter snowstorm slams Midwest before sweeping East
Forecasters warn of near-blizzard conditions in some areas, with up to 6 inches of snow in New York City.
01/19/2019 - 06:50 PM
Women march for safe streets after murder of Israeli student
Thousands of protesters have marched in Australia calling for an end to violence against women, days after the murder of an Israeli student in Melbourne. Demonstrators called for streets to be made safe for women after the body of 21-year-old Aiia Maasarwe was found in bushes near a tram stop on Wednesday. The weekend rallies -- held in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra -- are part of the Women's March campaign, first held in January 2017 in the United States and around the world.
01/20/2019 - 03:55 AM
Coffee clash brewing in China: startup Luckin takes on Starbucks
When Starbucks came to China two decades ago it promised to open a new store every 15 hours. Now a homegrown rival, Luckin Coffee, plans to build a high tech-driven shop every three and a half hours to dethrone the US giant. The Chinese upstart is burning through millions of dollars to lure customers with steep discounts, challenging Starbucks' dominance by targeting office workers and students who prefer to have their java on-the-go or delivered to their doorstep.
01/19/2019 - 10:40 PM
Lebanon uses Arab summit to call for Syrian refugees' return
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories.
01/20/2019 - 12:08 PM
Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in Syria
Syria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution to its devastating eight-year war as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Saturday. "I think now that we have an opportunity, because nearly in Syria we have a ceasefire now, in the northeast of Syria and the north of Syria, and the efforts of fighting terrorism has achieved good results," Nasr Hariri told Reuters in an interview in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based. Hariri, the opposition's chief negotiator in U.N. peace talks, met with the newly appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday.
01/19/2019 - 08:29 AM
Get Prepped for the Camping Days Ahead With REI's Clearance Sale
Hiking gear, backpacks, and campsite upgrades are all part of REI's clearance sale.
01/20/2019 - 03:11 PM
Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Jan. 20)
We don't get many slow weeks when it comes to Netflix releases, but this week certainly counts. With just ten shows and movies on the docket (nine of which are Netflix originals), there's a decent chance that nothing here will really stand out for you. Personally, I will be delving into the final six episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as soon as they go live, since it's one of the two or three best sitcoms on the service.
If you're a fan of serial killers (well, not a fan, but you know what I mean), Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes should be on your radar as well. And all I now about Polar is that it features Mad Mikkelsen with an eye patch, so I'll probably check it out. And hey, at least nothing is leaving the streaming service this week!
Here is the complete list of the Netflix arrivals and departures for the week of January 20th, 2019:
### Monday, January 21st
* Justice-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
### Thursday, January 24th
* Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
* Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
### Friday, January 25th
* Animas-- NETFLIX FILM
* Black Earth Rising-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
* Club de Cuervos: Season 4-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
* Kingdom-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
* Medici: The Magnificent-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
* Polar-- NETFLIX FILM
* Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 Part 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
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* Nothing is leaving Netflix!
We'll be back next week with another full slate of shows, movies, and specials coming and going from the streaming service. In the meantime, check out the complete lists of arriving content and departing content.
01/20/2019 - 09:41 AM
Graham says he'll ask Trump to meet Pakistan, Afghan leaders
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that he will urge President Donald Trump to meet with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan so that they can devise a plan to end Afghanistan's 17-year war, the U.S.'s longest military engagement.
01/20/2019 - 12:03 PM
U.S. students mock Native American after rally
A diocese in Kentucky apologized on Saturday after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys' high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington, D.C.
01/20/2019 - 01:54 PM
Photos: Deadly winter storm blankets Midwest, Northeast, knocks out power, grounds flights
A major winter storm moved across the Midwest and Northeast this weekend, blanketing areas of the region with snow and bringing some of the coldest temperatures of the season.
01/20/2019 - 05:38 PM
5 Terrifying Ways to Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier
Here are five problems that the next generation of aircraft-carrier architects will need to worry about.
01/19/2019 - 05:16 AM
In Jerusalem's Old City, conflict means buyer and seller beware
In an alley in Jerusalem's Old City, a three-storey building has become a symbol of Palestinian fears they are losing precious ground in the historic area. Adeeb Joudeh al-Husseini says he did nothing wrong, but even his status as a member of one of Jerusalem's most prominent Palestinian families did not shield him from the blowback. The 55-year-old was accused of being behind the sale of the Mamluk-style building in the Old City's Muslim quarter to Israeli settlers -- something most Palestinians consider treason.
01/19/2019 - 10:50 PM
This Week: Results from Ford Motor and Starbucks; home sales
A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:
01/21/2019 - 01:15 AM
Here’s What’s Open and Closed on Martin Luther King Day
On January 21, 2019, Americans all over will most likely have the day off
01/20/2019 - 06:00 AM
How do you draw an X? Twitter is divided over it.
Draw an X. I'll wait.
Now, how did you go about it? The left stroke first, downward, then the right, or the right stroke first, upward? Turns out there are multiple ways.
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The question of how folks instinctively draw an X has gone viral, thanks to a thread by Twitter user @SMASEY. It's divided Twitter in a way we haven't seen since the whole Yanny/Laurel debate of 2018.
"Which way do you draw an X?" she asked, presenting eight possibilities, each showing a different colour for the first stroke and arrows indicating the direction of the strokes.
> Also this is so interesting to me - which way do you draw an X? Colored line being the first stroke pic.twitter.com/a0WTl8WT7P
> -- sixers smasey (@SMASEY) January 20, 2019
Some people were confident in their answer, others less so. Many, like myself, weren't even really aware there were multiple ways to draw an X -- for the record, I'm a seven.
> There are other ways? https://t.co/2P1ibE2tLZ
> -- Hannah Wilks (@newballsplease) January 20, 2019
> Why would I finish opposite to where my pen needs to go next? https://t.co/FRFdAmnBYy
> -- Steve Curtis (@curtisteve) January 20, 2019
> Is there anyone who doesn't do a 7/8? https://t.co/FUaYYzsgwv
> -- Ngonidzashe (@Ngonijay95) January 20, 2019
> People who draw bottom to top are also the ones that put their toilet paper on the holder the wrong way.
> -- Eddie (@NinjaJenssen) January 20, 2019
> Depending on if you're right or left handed it should be 7 or 8. What kind of sick person draws an X any other way https://t.co/tBqkafRUD5
> -- Aokiji クザン (@DukeOfZamunda) January 20, 2019
> me realising there are other ways to draw an 'x'
> -- Shego (@LadyBellatrix) January 20, 2019
> sat here testing myself pic.twitter.com/3B9RQETgSC
> -- ً (@bcfchxrry) January 20, 2019
Which way do you X?
## WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is giving Twitter classes to fellow Democrats
01/20/2019 - 07:06 PM
FDA: Another blood pressure drug, irbesartan, recalled over cancer-causing impurity
Eight lots of the blood pressure-lowering drugs irbesartan and irbesartan HCTZ are recalled after testing reveals a carcinogen
01/19/2019 - 05:17 AM
Families in Afghanistan's north seek shelter as Taliban ups pressure
By Abdul Matin Sahak MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Dozens of families displaced from their homes in the northern province of Sar-e Pul by Taliban pressure have arrived in the provincial capital, as the insurgents have tightened their grip around the city, residents and officials said. Taliban fighters have been threatening oil fields around the city of Sar-e Pul as they have stepped up operations with the apparent aim of strengthening their position during peace talks with U.S. officials. ...
01/20/2019 - 04:01 AM
Model in Russian court apologizes for US election claim
MOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian model and self-styled sex instructor who last year claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election said Saturday that she apologizes to a Russian tycoon for the claim and won't say more about the matter.
01/19/2019 - 01:19 PM
Winter storm to hit U.S. northeast with up to two feet of snow
The Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings or advisories for a swath of the eastern United States that is home to 100 million people, said meteorologist Rich Otto of the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.
01/19/2019 - 03:13 PM
Wall Street wary of progressive Democrats on the House finance committee
Wall Street is bunkering down for a wave of intense scrutiny as a group of progressive Democrats, including social media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have joined a powerful House of Representatives committee overseeing banking activities. "It's a huge victory," said Ocasio-Cortez, at 29 the youngest member of Congress and a self-described socialist -- a word that shocks conservatives, who brandish it as a dire threat. Ocasio-Cortez, often referred to by her initials AOC, will bring public attention to the ordinarily drab committee via her strong social media presence that includes 2.5 million followers on Twitter.
01/19/2019 - 08:26 PM
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