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‘That’s how dictators get started’: McCain, critics blast Trump’s view of the media as ‘the enemy’

‘That’s how dictators get started’: McCain, critics blast Trump’s view of the media as ‘the enemy’Critics on both sides of the aisle are blasting President Trump’s assertion that the media is “the enemy of the American people” — and comparing his escalated attack on the press to that of a dictator. “That’s how dictators get started,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in an interview that aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. McCain stopped short of calling Trump one.



02/19/2017 - 12:56 PM

 

Ex-cop says Duterte paid him, others to kill crime suspects

Ex-cop says Duterte paid him, others to kill crime suspectsMANILA, Philippines (AP) — A retired Philippine police officer said Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was a mayor, ordered and paid him and other members of a so-called liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents, including a kidnapping suspect, his family and a critical radio commentator.



02/20/2017 - 04:51 AM

 

A controversial executive order leads to internment camps

A controversial executive order leads to internment campsOn this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued his most-controversial executive order, an act that sent more than 100,000 people to government-controlled facilities because of their ethnicity.



02/19/2017 - 11:00 AM

 

First-Grade Teacher Suspended Over 'Illegal Aliens' Post: School District

First-Grade Teacher Suspended Over 'Illegal Aliens' Post: School DistrictThe elementary school teacher advocated reporting undocumented immigrants, according to school district officials, who suspended her.



02/20/2017 - 08:45 PM

 

Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout

Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailoutMongolia has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $5.5 billion bailout package, officials announced, as the debt-wracked country tries to stabilise its economy. The landlocked north Asian nation has been hit hard by a more than 50 percent fall over the past five years in the price of copper, its main export. Billions of dollars' worth of natural resources lie buried beneath Mongolia's sprawling steppes, but development has been delayed for years and slowing growth in its biggest customer China has hobbled the economy.



02/20/2017 - 01:07 AM

 

Fresh ceasefire appears to hold for now in eastern Ukraine

Fresh ceasefire appears to hold for now in eastern UkraineBy Pavel Polityuk AVDIYIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists appeared to be respecting a new ceasefire attempt on Monday after international powers called for shelling to stop and for the withdrawal of banned heavy weapons. In recent weeks, the area around the government-held town of Avdiyivka has seen some of the heaviest artillery fire of the past two years, refocusing global attention on a simmering conflict that has strained relations between Russia and the West. Violence has since lessened, but the close proximity of the opposing sides and continued use of heavy weapons prompted the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine to call on Sunday for renewed efforts to implement the terms of the much-violated Minsk peace agreement of 2015.



02/20/2017 - 07:47 AM

 

Shocker! World’s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

Shocker! World’s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

The world's first race on a professional track involving self-driving cars ended, not surprisingly, with a crash. As part of the Roborace competition held in Buenos Aires over the weekend, one of the two self-driving Devbot vehicles involved in the race slammed into a wall after miscalculating a particularly sharp turn.

While the Devbot vehicles weren't going all out, they weren't exactly driving at a leisurely pace either. At their best, both cars were driving in excess of 100 MPH, with one reaching a top speed of 115 MPH at one point.

In addition to racing around the track at high speeds, it's worth noting that each car can communicate with the other as to prevent them from crashing into each other. Unfortunately, the racetrack wall proved to be an insurmountable foe.

As for the software malfunction that caused the crash, Roborace's Justin Cooke explained what happened in an interview with the BBC:

One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier.

It's actually fantastic for us because the more we see these moments the more we are able to learn and understand what was the thinking behind the computer and its data.

Indeed, for as far along as self-driving software and hardware has progressed, it's clear that there's still a lot of work to be done before self-driving cars can replace human drivers completely across all driving environments.

While the DevBot vehicles are designed such that they "can be driven by a human or a computer", the versions used in the race over the weekend did not have any humans inside. Photos of the crash can be seen here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSbSUeKEj00



02/20/2017 - 02:40 PM

 

Kim Dotcom Eligible For US Extradition

Kim Dotcom Eligible For US ExtraditionThe New Zealand High Court said, however, that the extradition is not based on copyright grounds, and Dotcom’s legal team is “confident” the decision will be reversed.



02/20/2017 - 06:07 AM

 

Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50,000, donates the money to young people

Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50,000, donates the money to young peopleFinding out that the fiver in your wallet is worth thousands of pounds is a dream-come-true for some — but not everyone. A Northern Irish woman who discovered a rare £5 note worth £50,000 ($62,317) has given the note to charity because she says she has no use for the money.  SEE ALSO: Some lucky duck got a £5 note 'worth £50,000' in a Christmas card The note is one of just four ultra-rare notes worth £50,000 in circulation in the UK. The note — which is engraved with a special Jane Austen inscription — is the third one to be snapped up, leaving just one left. The woman who discovered the note contacted the gallery founded by Graham Short — the artist who engraved the notes — stating her wish to donate the note to charity. "£5 note enclosed, I don't need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people," reads the letter sent to the gallery by the donor, who prefers to remain anonymous.  Image: graham short "The lady who found the note has surprised us all by sending it to the gallery and asking that it be used to help young people," reads a blog post on Short's website.  According to the post, the proceeds from the note will be donated to children's charity Children in Need.   "Currently contacting outlets connected to Children in Need to try and give this to a good cause so we honour the request of the lucky woman who originally discovered the note," the post continues. BONUS: This keychain can take away that annoying jingle your keys make



02/20/2017 - 08:05 AM

 

Car bomb blast in Somalia marketplace

Car bomb blast in Somalia marketplaceA car bomb blast at a marketplace Somalia’s capital has killed at least 20 people and injured 50 others, said a local Somali official. The blast by a car bomb parked near a restaurant went off at a busy time when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market, said district commissioner Ahmed Abdulle. Mohamed Haji, a butcher who suffered shrapnel wounds, pointed at a clothes shop devastated by the blast.



02/19/2017 - 11:02 AM

 

Toughening penalties if pets are harmed during crimes

Toughening penalties if pets are harmed during crimesFLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) — When Denise Krohn came home to find her goldendoodle Kirby bleeding on the kitchen floor, she at first thought it was a terrible accident. But she soon realized that her home had been ransacked, and that her other dog, Quigley, was lying dead on his favorite blanket in the living room.



02/19/2017 - 05:53 PM

 

New Homeland Security guidelines aggressively crack down on illegal immigration

New Homeland Security guidelines aggressively crack down on illegal immigrationUnder the new guidelines, outlined in a pair of memos, the agency plans to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests, and speed up deportation hearings – directives that would replace nearly all guidelines put in place by previous administrations. Since taking office in January, President Trump has come under fire for what immigrant rights advocates have denounced as unprecedented action against undocumented people in the United States.



02/19/2017 - 01:12 PM

 

Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One Another

Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One AnotherPolice said alcohol was a factor in the crash.



02/19/2017 - 01:37 PM

 

Leftist hopes to avoid runoff in tense Ecuador vote

Leftist hopes to avoid runoff in tense Ecuador voteLeftist Lenin Moreno crossed his fingers Monday for outright victory in Ecuador's presidential vote as impatience grew over a delay in publishing full results that could force a runoff. Sunday's election was a test of the legacy of outgoing President Rafael Correa, Moreno's more hardline ally and an outspoken critic of the United States. Moreno, 63, hoped to top 40 percent of the vote with a 10-point lead.



02/20/2017 - 02:44 PM

 

General known for sharp questions will be Trump's new top security adviser

General known for sharp questions will be Trump's new top security adviserWEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors. McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how the officer, whose Army career stalled at times for his questioning of authority, would deal with a White House that has not welcomed criticism. "He is highly respected by everybody in the military and we're very honored to have him," Trump told reporters in West Palm Beach where he spent the weekend.



02/20/2017 - 05:09 PM

 

Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars

Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving carsATLANTA (AP) — Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology.



02/20/2017 - 11:27 AM

 

Explosive blog post details ‘abhorrent’ sexism at Uber

Explosive blog post details ‘abhorrent’ sexism at Uber

In a blog post published Sunday, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Riggetti details her experiences working for the company. Sadly, given she's a female engineer working at a thrusting, big-name Silicon Valley startup, the experiences are exactly what you'd expect.

In the post, Riggetti details numerous instances of overt sexist behaviour. She reportedly sent evidence, including email and chat logs to HR, but ran into a brick wall multiple times. In the end, she says that her attempts to quietly report sexist behaviour were turned against her:

I forwarded this absurd chain of emails to HR, and they requested to meet with me shortly after. I don't know what I expected after all of my earlier encounters with them, but this one was more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. The HR rep began the meeting by asking me if I had noticed that *I* was the common theme in all of the reports I had been making, and that if I had ever considered that I might be the problem. I pointed out that everything I had reported came with extensive documentation and I clearly wasn't the instigator (or even a main character) in the majority of them - she countered by saying that there was absolutely no record in HR of any of the incidents I was claiming I had reported (which, of course, was a lie, and I reminded her I had email and chat records to prove it was a lie). She then asked me if women engineers at Uber were friends and talked a lot, and then asked me how often we communicated, what we talked about, what email addresses we used to communicate, which chat rooms we frequented, etc. -  an absurd and insulting request that I refused to comply with. When I pointed out how few women were in SRE, she recounted with a story about how sometimes certain people of certain genders and ethnic backgrounds were better suited for some jobs than others, so I shouldn't be surprised by the gender ratios in engineering. Our meeting ended with her berating me about keeping email records of things, and told me it was unprofessional to report things via email to HR.

Beyond the reports to HR, Riggetti also details a company overrun with internal politics and management problems:

In the background, there was a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management in the infrastructure engineering organization. It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job. No attempts were made by these managers to hide what they were doing: they boasted about it in meetings, told their direct reports about it, and the like.

Shortly after the blog post was published, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick issued a statement promising a (secret, internal) investigation into the matter, and reaffirmed Uber's committment to a equitable workplace where everyone isn't trying to stab each other in the back:

"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber -- and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."

This isn't the first time that Uber has run into human resources problems within its internal teams and management. In 2014, an Uber exec famously suggested digging up dirt on journalists to discredit them. That statement came in response to a journalist who had accused Uber of sexism once again.

More recently, #DeleteUber trended on Twitter after Uber removed surge pricing at JFK airport during a taxi strike -- a strike that was in protest of President Trump's Muslim travel ban. The same hashtag is trending again tonight following Riggetti's blog post.



02/19/2017 - 07:46 PM

 

Beta Shows Off New Trials Models

Beta Shows Off New Trials ModelsBeta Shows Off New Trials Models Italian off-road manufacturer Beta has unveiled a number of new and updated Evo Factory range of Trials models. The new line-up features two-stroke 125, 250 and 300cc engines and a 300cc 4-stroke. Beta says the Factory



02/20/2017 - 11:45 AM

 

Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk

Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monkBy Cod Satrusayang and Aukkaraporn Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Monks and police scuffled on Monday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges. The standoff at the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand's junta since it took power in 2014. Police said they would try to avoid violence while threatening arrest for followers of the sprawling temple who have defied orders to leave and instead flocked there, hampering the search for 72-year-old Phra Dhammachayo.



02/20/2017 - 06:25 AM

 

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle aheadPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Plug your noses and ready your "Juche fertilizer." It's time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.



02/19/2017 - 08:38 PM

 

Ukraine rebels accuse OSCE of aiding Kiev forces

Ukraine rebels accuse OSCE of aiding Kiev forcesUkraine's Russian-backed insurgents on Friday accused a top official in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of aiding Kiev's forces in the 34-month war. A separatist leader made the accusation at a joint news conference in the rebel-controlled city of Lugansk with Alexander Hug -- the principal deputy chief of the group's special monitoring mission to Ukraine --- who denied the claim. The OSCE is a Cold-war era body drawn up to ensure peace in Europe.



02/19/2017 - 06:23 AM

 

Don’t Look Now, But There’s Another Greek Debt Crisis Brewing

Don’t Look Now, But There’s Another Greek Debt Crisis BrewingTalks over Athens’ debt burden threaten to spill into European election season.



02/20/2017 - 07:00 AM

 

Mar-A-Lago Is Now ‘The Southern White House’

Mar-A-Lago Is Now ‘The Southern White House’President Donald Trump referred to his Florida property as the “Southern White House” as he tweeted he had a number of meetings lined up at the resort over the weekend.



02/19/2017 - 07:18 AM

 

Traffic study ranks Los Angeles as world's most clogged city

Traffic study ranks Los Angeles as world's most clogged cityDETROIT (AP) — When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world.



02/20/2017 - 01:14 AM

 

SpaceX celebrates successful launch from historic NASA launch pad in Florida

SpaceX celebrates successful launch from historic NASA launch pad in FloridaThe private company's newest rocket was sent with supplies to the International Space Station.



02/20/2017 - 04:35 AM

 

This new iPhone 8 feature might end up blowing our minds

This new iPhone 8 feature might end up blowing our minds

Amid rumors that the iPhone 8 will incorporate advanced facial recognition features, the Hebrew-language website Calcalist (via Times of Israel) is reporting that Apple recently acquired Realface, an up-and-coming Israeli startup with impressive real-time facial recognition software.

Lending credence to rumors that the iPhone 8 may forgo the use of Touch ID in favor of facial recognition, Realface's software is said to be sophisticated enough such that it can reliably be used as a foundation for mobile-based biometric authentication.

As is often the case when Apple acquires a company, Realface's web presence has already been wiped from the web. Still, thanks to the magic of Google, we were able to poke around and dig up some intriguing nuggets of information about the company's promising technology.

Realface boasts that it's AI software rests upon deep learning methods and is so reliable and quick that the end-result is an absolutely seamless user experience.

"Our technology provides our customers and end-users with the highest level of authentication and security available on all platforms," says Realface. "We have proprietary IP in the field of frictionless face recognition and effective learnings from facial features." Incidentally, Realface's technology is also capable of filtering out photos of faces and advanced sculptures designed to trick the software into thinking that a device's camera is honed in on an actual human face.

Further, Realface claims that its software can recognize faces with a 99.67% success rate, an impressive figure that is even higher than the average 97.5% success rate exhibited by humans. To this point, a profile on Realface from last year relays that the company's technology is so advanced that it can even distinguish between identical twins with alarming and impressive accuracy.

Below is a quick and dirty demo of the software in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNlkxGmIgW0

What's particularly interesting is that Realface's technology is not only capable of discerning individual faces, but can also analyze specific facial expressions as a means to determine a user's mood. If this sounds somewhat familiar, Apple last year acquired Emotient, a company with similar AI technology of its own.

Now as for what Apple is planning to do with its growing portfolio of AI-based facial recognition software, well, that's the million dollar question. While initial speculation centered on Apple rolling out augmented reality features, perhaps similar to what the beloved MSQRD app does, more recent rumblings suggest that Apple wants to position facial recognition as a means to identify users and securely authorize sensitive transactions. Again, there are even reports that facial recognition might ultimately serve as a replacement for Touch ID.

While this seems far-fetched, Ming Chi-Kuo -- an analyst with the best track record regarding Apple rumors -- seems to think otherwise. In a recently issued research note, Kuo claims that the iPhone 8's rumored edgeless design cannot, for whatever reason, coexist peacefully with Touch ID. Consequently, Kuo relays that Apple wants to eventually replace Touch ID with a facial recognition solution.

When it comes to Apple, the old adage that when there's smoke, there's fire is generally true. That being the case, it stands to reason that facial recognition will be a huge and incredibly exciting component of the iPhone 8 user experience.



02/20/2017 - 09:33 AM

 

‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times Square

‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times SquareRussell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier hosted a large demonstration in Times Square on Sunday in response to Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.



02/19/2017 - 02:34 PM

 

Turkey puts 47 on trial for 'coup plot to kill Erdogan'

Turkey puts 47 on trial for 'coup plot to kill Erdogan'One of the nearly 50 suspects in an alleged plot to assassinate Turkey's president admitted involvement in the botched July 15 putsch bid as the mass trial opened Monday. Forty-four suspects, mainly soldiers, are under arrest over the alleged plot to kill Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while three others still on the run are being tried in absentia at the court in the southern city of Mugla. Onlookers heckled the accused as they stepped out of the buses that took them from prison, shouting "we want the death penalty!" and "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest").



02/20/2017 - 11:02 AM

 

Solar-powered Africa “never more possible and less expensive”: energy chief

Solar-powered Africa “never more possible and less expensive”:  energy chiefBy Maina Waruru ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need for electricity on a continent where many are still without it, means solar has huge potential in Africa, said Adnan Amin, the director general of IRENA. “Africa’s solar potential is enormous,” he said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.



02/20/2017 - 05:16 AM

 

Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SAfrica killings'

Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SAfrica killings'Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa. "This is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria," a senior presidential aide on foreign affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in an emailed statement. There was no independent verification of the claimed number of deaths, which may have been the result of wider criminal activities rather than anti-immigrant sentiment.



02/20/2017 - 11:27 AM

 

Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protests

Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protestsIndonesian Islamist groups on Monday called on the government to suspend the Christian governor of the capital and for the courts to convict him of blasphemy, demands they will make again at a rally outside parliament on Tuesday. Islamist groups have held two big rallies since November against the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for insulting the Koran, and in the midst of an election in which he hopes to win a second term. "Our demands to parliament are that they urge the government to suspend Purnama ... and urge the Supreme Court and judges to detain him and impose the maximum sentence," said Muhammad al Khaththath of the Islamic People's Forum.



02/20/2017 - 03:04 AM

 

Governor's proposed gun permit fees come under fire

Governor's proposed gun permit fees come under fireHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun rights supporters and state Republican lawmakers are fighting huge gun permit fee increases proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying they would price many people out of being able to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.



02/19/2017 - 07:31 AM

 

2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATIC

2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATICA perfectly restrained chauffeur-mobile.



02/20/2017 - 03:15 PM

 

Los Angeles named the most gridlocked city in the world

Los Angeles named the most gridlocked city in the worldLos Angeles has topped the INRIX Global Congestion Ranking to be named the most gridlocked city in the world. Los Angeles took the number one spot after the results revealed that in 2016 drivers in the city spent 104 hours in congestion during peak time periods, followed by Moscow (91 hours), New York (89 hours), San Francisco (83 hours) and Bogota (80 hours). The US was also named the most congested developed country in the world, with the country accounting for 11 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion and with drivers on average spending 42 hours a year in traffic during peak times.



02/20/2017 - 07:08 AM

 

Police expand search for suspect in 2 Indiana girls' deaths

Police expand search for suspect in 2 Indiana girls' deathsDELPHI, Ind. (AP) — Authorities said Monday they are expanding the search for a suspect in the killings of two girls who were found dead near a northern Indiana trail last week.



02/20/2017 - 01:50 PM

 

NASA Has Made A Huge Discovery About Planets Outside Our Solar System

NASA Has Made A Huge Discovery About Planets Outside Our Solar SystemExoplanets are widely believed to be the best hope of finding life elsewhere in the universe. 



02/20/2017 - 03:56 PM

 

Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holiday

Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holidayPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The United States on Monday marks Presidents Day, a holiday that's taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as President Donald Trump — to the dismay of some and delight of others — upends traditional notions of the office.



02/19/2017 - 02:46 PM

 

‘Not My President’s Day’ protests break out across the U.S.

‘Not My President’s Day’ protests break out across the U.S.On President’s Day, thousands of people in cities around the country turned out in protest of President Trump at rallies dubbed "Not My President's Day." The protesters took to the streets to declare their opposition to President Trump’s policies.



02/20/2017 - 06:42 PM

 

Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000

Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced. Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat. The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000.



02/19/2017 - 04:26 PM

 

Ex-president's supporters arrested as tensions flare in Gambia

Ex-president's supporters arrested as tensions flare in GambiaGambian police said they arrested 51 people in a former stronghold of ex-president Yahya Jammeh for harassing followers of new leader Adama Barrow, amid lingering tensions following Jammeh's flight into exile. Jammeh narrowly lost a Dec. 1 election to Barrow after 22 years of authoritarian rule. Jammeh initially refused to step down but fled to Equatorial Guinea last month as international military forces descended on the capital Banjul to uphold the election result.



02/20/2017 - 10:36 AM

 

Police Build Kitty Condo for Stray Cat That Has Been Visiting Department For Years

Police Build Kitty Condo for Stray Cat That Has Been Visiting Department For YearsOne officer spent several nights working on the condo.



02/19/2017 - 03:57 PM

 

Global arms trade highest since Cold War: study

Global arms trade highest since Cold War: studyWorldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday. Between 2012-2016, arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 percent of global imports, a 7.7 rise compared to the previous 2007-2011 period, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). "Transfer of major weapons in 2012-16 reached their highest volume for any five-year period since the end of" the Cold War, the independent institute said in a statement.



02/19/2017 - 06:11 PM

 

AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of Coding

AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of CodingOne of the most intriguing robot kits at this year's show, UBTech's AstroBot kit can be built into one of three different characters and programmed using a simple mobile app. Available this spring for $199, AstroBot can be built as either a treaded robot that looks a bit like Walle, a humanoid-style robot or a wheeled vehicle. An infrared sensor keeps AstroBot from bumping into objects as it moves around.



02/19/2017 - 06:00 PM

 

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrantsPRESIDIO, Texas (AP) — Two hunters accused in a shooting on a remote Texas ranch near the Mexican border had told authorities that they were attacked by immigrants who had entered the country illegally.



02/19/2017 - 11:05 AM

 

The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on MarsElon Musk isn't the only person who wants to build a city on Mars. Now the United Arab Emirates has announced that it wants to establish a "mini-city" on the red planet by 2117.  UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained the monarchy's Mars plans in a series of tweets on Feb. 14. SEE ALSO: Dubai is bringing the world its first rotating skyscraper "The project, to be named 'Mars 2117,' integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars involving international cooperation," Sheikh Mohammed said. "Mars 2117" is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge. pic.twitter.com/IExtnpiO2B — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 "Mars 2117 includes a major space sciences focus in our universities. We're building a space pioneering passion among our young people."  It makes sense for officials to use this project to inspire young people: They're the ones who will probably do the vast majority of the work.  If the UAE wants to have a fully-functioning city on Mars in 100 years, it will have to be a multi-generational effort that will span many decades, given the incipient state of the nation's space program and current global capabilities as well.  The "Mars 2117" project will develop an Emirati and international team of scientists to push the human exploration of Mars in years to come. pic.twitter.com/5ujxvyC8As — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 In the time between now and 2117, the UAE, with an international partnership of researchers, will start trying to find a faster mode of transportation to the red planet, and figure out what food and shelter should be on the cold, dry world. "'Mars 2117' is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge," Sheikh Mohammed said. The UAE has already put the world on notice that the oil-rich nation has aspirations beyond our home planet, having previously announced its plan to send a robotic mission to Mars in 2015. That uncrewed spacecraft, called Hope, would fly to the red planet in 2020 and make it into orbit there in 2021.  The project, to be named "Mars 2117", integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars involving international cooperation. pic.twitter.com/v27jA3K3pS — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 Musk's SpaceX is also working toward creating a city on Mars, though the commercial space company's timeline isn't exactly clear.  Musk claims that SpaceX is working toward sending its first people to Mars by 2024, about a decade before NASA is expected to send their first crewed mission to the vicinity of Mars.  That said, the company's plans are still a bit murky when it comes to the timeline for actually creating its city, aiming for sometime in the 2060s. Musk thinks there will be plenty of people who want to leave Earth behind. We aspire in the coming century to develop science, technology and our youth's passion for knowledge. This project is driven by that vision. pic.twitter.com/4QibJjtiM2 — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 "Not everyone will want to go. In fact, I think a relatively small number of people from Earth would want to go, but enough would want to go and who could afford the trip that it would happen," Musk said during a speech in September 2016. Neither SpaceX nor the UAE can get to Mars alone, however.   Both need to have international and private partners that will help make a city on Mars a reality within their timeframes.  It's unclear if the monarchy and the private company will team up on their Mars ambitions, but Musk did say that he's open to public and private partnerships for the mission. BONUS: Obama plans to send humans to Mars by 2030s



02/19/2017 - 01:00 PM

 

Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interference

Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interferenceMUNICH (AP) — A senior U.S. Republican senator on Sunday urged President Donald Trump to take action against Russia over allegations that Moscow interfered in the election that brought him to power.



02/19/2017 - 05:44 AM

 

South Africa's Gordhan sees difficult political year for ruling ANC

South Africa's Gordhan sees difficult political year for ruling ANCSouth African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday he sees a "difficult political year" for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) but that he saw "green shoots" of growth in an economy that is barely growing. The ANC has a major policy conference at the end of June and late this year will pick a new party leader to replace President Jacob Zuma as its candidate when his second term ends in 2019. In an interview with the eNCA TV news channel before the unveiling of his annual budget on Wednesday, Gordhan said: "We seem to be improving slightly on the growth side, seeing some green shoots which we will describe for you on Wednesday." "At the same time we have our challenges," he said, including: "A difficult political year for the ruling party which will create its own dynamics." Asked about fraud charges that were brought against him last year and then dropped, Gordhan said: "That kind of abuse is totally unacceptable in our kind of young democracy." That saga unsettled markets and led to speculation that Zuma and his allies wanted to remove Gordhan, who commands huge respect among investors.



02/20/2017 - 04:05 PM

 

Shanghai stocks climb in Asian market rally

Shanghai stocks climb in Asian market rallyShanghai stocks closed more than one percent higher on Monday, with traders buoyed by reports that China's official pension funds may start investing, as markets across Asia saw modest gains. Tokyo stocks overcame early losses to end modestly higher as yen weakness prompted late bargain-hunting. Shanghai gained 1.18 percent after a Chinese media report that a first tranche of investment into China stocks by official pension funds was expected as early as this week.



02/20/2017 - 04:49 AM

 

Parts of South Sudan experiencing famine: government official

Parts of South Sudan experiencing famine: government officialBy Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - Parts of war-ravaged South Sudan have been hit by famine, a government official said on Monday, saying nearly half the country's population would lack reliable access to affordable food by July. Oil-rich South Sudan has been mired in civil war since 2013, when President Salva Kii fired his deputy. Since then the fighting has increasingly split the country along ethnic lines, leading the United Nations to warn of a potential genocide.



02/20/2017 - 04:03 AM

 

 

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