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Wal-Mart is beating the pants off Amazon in apparel, and they’re fighting to keep it that way
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:14:12 +0000

Both Wal-Mart and Amazon are making a strategic push in fashion, a huge sales arena for e-commerce players.

Capitol Report: A trillion dollars in tax cuts is riding on the House health bill
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:10:54 +0000

You’ll love the Republican health-care bill if you like tax cuts. The American Health Care Act would be a big one — to the tune of nearly $1 trillion over the next decade.

Most young people don’t use Tinder for sex or love — here’s why they really use it
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:09:48 +0000

All that swiping on dating apps pays off, but not for reasons you might suspect.

Market Extra: Stock market’s old friend, volatility, threatens to make a glorious return
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:08:56 +0000

Measures of risk are rearing their heads back up, with the CBOE Volatility Index trending higher.

Market Extra: Here’s why financial markets are obsessed with the health-care vote
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:08:46 +0000

Investors are looking to the looming health care vote to answer questions about stocks and other financial markets.

Trump slump? Toronto’s schools won’t be sending their children on trips to the U.S.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:54:27 +0000

These Canadian students add to the reported ‘Trump slump’ in tourism.

Currencies: Dollar steadies ahead of health-care vote; on track for weekly decline
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:12:36 +0000

The U.S. dollar weakens against the euro on Friday and looks on pace to post a third straight weekly drop, ahead of a vote on a Republican health-care bill that

Metals Stocks: Gold climbs for second week in a row
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:07:15 +0000

Gold prices climb on Friday to log a second weekly gain in a row as demand for assets perceived as risky wane and as the U.S. dollar taps their lowest levels in about seven weeks.

Futures Movers: Oil prices ready for 3rd weekly loss in a month
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:06:37 +0000

Oil prices edge up Friday, but are set to log their third weekly loss in a month, as traders continue to weigh signs of OPEC-led cutbacks in global crude production against data pointing to the likelihood of further gains in U.S. output.

Encore: This is how the Republican health-care bill will affect the elderly
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:49:47 +0000

States will bear a growing burden of the health costs for an aging population.

The Mud Day in Israel
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:16:52 +0000

The Mud Day in IsraelThe Mud Day, an international sports event is produced by a leading French sports organization, A.S.O., that is well known for its top productions: Le Tour de France and the Dakar Rally. More than 150,000 people have participated in Mud Days in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain. Now it’s Israel’s turn to host the 13-kilometer race, with 22 mud-filled obstacles to overcome. (The Mud Day Israel)


Amber Alert issued after car stolen w/ 2 boys inside in Cathedral City
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:26:24 +0000

Amber Alert issued after car stolen w/ 2 boys inside in Cathedral CityAn Amber Alert was issued Thursday for two boys - ages 1 and 2 - who were inside a car that was stolen by a suspect in Cathedral City.


Hackers still threaten a remote wipe of iPhones, despite Apple’s statement
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:37:29 +0000

Hackers still threaten a remote wipe of iPhones, despite Apple’s statement

After news had emerged earlier this week that a hacker group called Turkish Crime Family (TCF) is holding millions of Apple ID accounts for ransom, Apple said that its servers and databases were not hacked. Instead, the company said that hackers may be using user databases acquired from massive data breaches that affected other parties, such as LinkedIn.

Since the initial disclosure, the TCF reached out to media to provide additional details about their anti-Apple quest, explaining some of their reasoning behind the attack.

In an email from a TCF domain to BGR that was likely distributed to other members of the media, the hackers say they’re still committed to unleashing the attack come April 7th, unless Apple pays up.

The message, which reads like an ad-hoc press release coming from a hackers startup — the email does come from a “press” email account — explains that the report that said the hackers want $75,000 in ransom is false. The hackers also claim that all the communication with Apple was done via ICQ, and all the chats were kept private.

“[We] requested $100,000 for each of our members which is 7 in total or $1 million worth in iTunes vouchers for instant resale at 60% of the original gift card value + Some private stuff that we have agreed not to publicize as we believe it may ruin Turkish Crime Family and Apple relations,” the hackers say. “The second thing is worth more to us than money.”

The hackers say that Apple will force users to reset their passwords to stop them and avoid “serious server issues and customer complaints.”

The TCF group claims it can reset some 2,550 iPhones per minute per server, which amounts to over 38 million accounts per hour. As for the number of affected accounts, it was bumped “from 519 million to 627 to then 717 million.” A Twitter account for the group mentioned that 200 million iCloud accounts will be factory reset.

https://twitter.com/turkcrimefamily/status/844225625909051393

Why are they targeting Apple? Well, strangely enough, this appears to be some sort of retaliation for the recent measures the Department of Justice has taken against the four hackers that breached Yahoo in 2014, an attack that may have affected more than 500 million users.

“We're doing this because we can, and mainly to spread awareness for Karim Baratov and Kerem Albayrak which both are being detained for the Yahoo hack and one of them is most probably facing heavy sentencing in America,” the hackers said. “Kerem Albayrak on the other hand is being accused of listing the Yahoo database for sale online.”

The group says this isn’t a political attack, and that the TCF is a new criminal organization with a lot of resources and power. “This is just the start,” they say. They even have a media department.

The attack on Yahoo was actually a military operation conducted by Russia, the FBI’s investigation proved, so it’s strange to see the hackers claim this isn’t political.

Is this threat real? That remains to be seen. I think it's rather unlikely for this massive remote iPhone wipe to happen. Not because Apple confirmed its servers were not hacked but because of this whole messy PR campaign coming from the hackers. But fo yourself a favor and change your Apple ID password especially if you’ve been using it for any of the online services that were hacked in recent years.


Man held for driving car at crowd in Belgium's Antwerp
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:31:12 +0000

Man held for driving car at crowd in Belgium's AntwerpBelgian security forces arrested a man Thursday after he drove into a shopping area at high speed in the port city of Antwerp, officials said. Authorities found a rifle and bladed weapons in the car after the suspect, identified by prosecutors as 39-year-old Mohamed R., tried to flee and was detained in the northern city. The man was "under the influence of something" but it was not clear what substance, a source close to the investigation told AFP.


German candymaker Haribo to build plant in Wisconsin
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:03:54 +0000

German candymaker Haribo to build plant in WisconsinMADISON, Wis. (AP) — German candymaker Haribo, which is known for its brightly colored gummy bears and bow tie-wearing gold bear mascot, plans to build its first North American factory in southeastern Wisconsin not far from Chicago, Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday.


Trump supporter: My husband is being deported Friday
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:34:39 +0000

Trump supporter: My husband is being deported FridayAs a popular Indiana restaurant owner faces deportation under President Trump’s immigration directives, his family becomes the latest in a series of Trump supporters to find campaign promises affecting their lives. According to a report from Indiana Public Radio, Roberto Beristain’s family said he’s expected to be deported on Friday and has already been moved from the detention facility in Wisconsin where they had been visiting him. Beristain is the owner of Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Ind., which he purchased from his sister-in-law earlier this month after eight years of working at the restaurant.


Top-Rated Robot Vac Just Dropped to $186
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:18:02 +0000

Top-Rated Robot Vac Just Dropped to $186Robot vacuums have been around for over a decade, but the market has generally belonged to iRobot, whose floor-cleaning bots can cost as much as $899.


Most mutations in cancer are random DNA mistakes: study
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:10:15 +0000

Most mutations in cancer are random DNA mistakes: studyWhat causes cancer? A new study published Thursday suggests that cells make random mistakes while dividing, accounting for most of the mutations in tumors, rather than family history or environmental factors. The report in the journal Science was authored by the same team that led a controversial study in January 2015 that said random DNA mutations, or in other words just "bad luck," is often to blame for cancer.


Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. general
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:57:08 +0000

Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. generalBy Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan. "I've seen the influence of Russia of late - increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.


Infant's Rare 'Parasitic Twin' Successfully Removed with Surgery
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:38:00 +0000

Infant's Rare 'Parasitic Twin' Successfully Removed with SurgeryA 10-month-old girl who was born with a rare "parasitic twin" attached to her body has undergone a successful surgery to separate her from this underdeveloped twin. The infant, named Dominique, was born with the lower half of her twin's body — including legs and feet — protruding from her upper back and neck, according to information released from Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, the facility where the surgery was performed. To receive the medical care she needed, she traveled from her home in Ivory Coast, a country in West Africa, to the United States.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan dismisses Trump Jr.’s Twitter jab following attack
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:01:40 +0000

London Mayor Sadiq Khan dismisses Trump Jr.’s Twitter jab following attackLondon Mayor Sadiq Khan declined to respond to an insult from U.S. President Trump’s son hours after a terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday. “You have to be kidding me?!” Trump Jr. wrote. Trump Jr. mischaracterized Khan’s statements as if he had said that terrorism is an inevitable consequence of living in a big city and that nothing could be done.


Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:52:33 +0000

Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profitsA carry-on ban by Washington and London for laptops on flights from some airports will hit the profits of affected airlines, especially the lucrative business class segments of Gulf carriers, analysts said Thursday. Washington decided to ban electronic devices bigger than mobile phones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in seven Middle Eastern countries and Turkey.


Think your groceries are expensive? Japan has $27,000 melons.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:40:09 +0000

Think your groceries are expensive? Japan has $27,000 melons.Imagine going into a high-end luxury store filled with sparkling display cases, security at every turn and an attentive staff and finding not expensive jewelry but...fruit encased in the glass. In Sembikiya, Japan's oldest fruit shop, fruit is treated and sold like an elaborate gift. And this is no ordinary fruit. Sembikiya sells anything from heart-shaped watermelons to ping-pong ball sized "Ruby Roman" grapes to giant strawberries that are a bit more expensive than your average box of sad market fruit. SEE ALSO: People can't believe a supermarket is selling a single boxed strawberry for $22 Words can't describe how delicious this Melon was.  #GinzaSembikiya #Sembikiya by mango… http://t.co/7zPrWz6VU7 pic.twitter.com/eNNBohRVYR — InstaKyoto (@InstaKyoto) April 4, 2015 A post shared by @puapupupu on Jan 31, 2017 at 4:50pm PST According to CNN, cultivating these luxury fruits involves meticulous and labor-intensive practices. Although the way Japanese farmers grow these beauties is a secret, it was revealed that sometimes it takes 45 days to grow one strawberry and usually sell for 500,000 yen ($4,395) each. The strawberries even have a special name -  Bijin-hime, which means "beautiful princess". ONE STRAWBERRY is $4,395. And if you think that's just a bit beyond your fruit budget, in 2016 a premium Hokkaido cantaloupe sold for a record $27,240 (3 million yen) at an auction.   Expensive fruit isn't unique to Sembikiya, though. According to the Semikiya website, fruit is given as gifts to people who are important to you on special occasions. Soyeon Shim, dean of the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told CNN, Besides being a symbol of respect, the Japanese see fruit in spiritual terms, regularly offering it to the gods at home alters.  A post shared by ingingkiku (@ingingkiku) on Oct 23, 2016 at 4:21am PDT A piece of fruit this magnificent isn't sold in some regular cardboard box. The fruit is wrapped in packaging that, of course, matches is luxury. CNN reports that single strawberries are sold in packages that resemble jewelry boxes, while melons are sold in ornate wooden boxes.  A post shared by Cecilia Schena (@ceciliaske) on Aug 7, 2016 at 4:32am PDT To consumers, according to CNN, the expense represents quality and some say that they even taste better than normal-priced fruit.  Seeing as though one strawberry is more than four month's rent, we'll stick to our small, slightly mushy, questionable fruit. We'll admire these from afar. [H/T: CNN] WATCH: This nail polish is made from prosecco — making you both sparkly and tipsy


Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:17:45 +0000

Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screeningWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters. Social media screening is now done fairly rarely by consular officials, one of the former officials said.


Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic school
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:59:09 +0000

Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic schoolTOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife to a school run by a group of ultranationalist educators, the group's leader told Parliament on Thursday, while also suggesting there was "political influence" in a land-buying scandal involving the school.


Rick Perry, the man in charge of America’s nukes, weighs in on Texas A&M student election
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:58:25 +0000

Rick Perry, the man in charge of America’s nukes, weighs in on Texas A&M student electionSecretary of Energy Rick Perry, the man in charge of America’s supply of nuclear weapons, took the time Wednesday to criticize Texas A&M’s election for student body president. Perry’s complaint was about the process by which Bobby Brooks, who would become the first openly gay student president in the university’s history, won the election last month. Brooks finished 750 votes behind Robert McIntosh, the son of a prominent GOP fundraiser, but McIntosh was disqualified after he was found to violate a campaign finance rule over some glow sticks used in a campaign video. McIntosh had overcome an earlier disqualification stemming from anonymous charges of voter intimidation when the Student Government Association’s Judicial Court dismissed those complaints after an investigation.


Jewish youth arrested in Israel over anti-Semitic threats abroad
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:48:58 +0000

Jewish youth arrested in Israel over anti-Semitic threats abroadA Jewish youth was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of anti-Semitic threats in countries around the world, police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the suspect was "a resident of the south (of Israel) from the Jewish community". "The investigation began in several countries at the same time, in which dozens of threatening calls were received at public places, events, synagogues and community buildings that caused panic and disrupted events and activities in various organisations," a police statement said.


Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in north
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:53:12 +0000

Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in northKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban captured a key district center in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday while in the country's north, an officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine policemen, officials said.


Police officer, three others killed in Wisconsin shooting: reports
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:08:31 +0000

Police officer, three others killed in Wisconsin shooting: reportsA police officer and three other people were killed in a string of shootings, including at a bank and a law firm, in central Wisconsin following what police referred to as domestic incident, media reported on Wednesday. A suspect was taken into custody by police at an apartment building in Weston, a community of 15,000 about 90 miles (140 km) west of Green Bay, in the wake of the shootings, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper reported. The incident began with a "domestic situation," the Journal Sentinel reported, citing a press release from the Rothschild Police Department.


5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:04:50 +0000

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British ParliamentLONDON (AP) — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."


April The Giraffe 'Bit Moody' As Labor Delayed
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:05 +0000

April The Giraffe 'Bit Moody' As Labor DelayedKeepers believe April's mood change "is a good thing" while the animal's "back end continues to progress to our satisfaction."


US suspects N Korea in $81 mn Bangladesh theft: report
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:50:01 +0000

US suspects N Korea in $81 mn Bangladesh theft: reportUS federal prosecutors suspect the North Korean government directed last year's theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, according to a media report Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal said prosecutors were developing cases showing Chinese middlemen helped the North Korean government orchestrate the enormous theft from the Bangladesh central bank. In February 2016, thieves transferred the funds from Bangladesh's account at the New York Fed to accounts in the Philippines using authenticated international bank access codes in the SWIFT system, not by hacking the bank.


Police: White sword killer went to NY to attack black people
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:53:36 +0000

Police: White sword killer went to NY to attack black peopleNEW YORK (AP) — A white U.S. Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday.


Texas Dad Throws His Daughter a $6 Million Party
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:37 +0000

Texas Dad Throws His Daughter a $6 Million PartyOne girl’s Sweet 16 cost her dad a sweet $6 million!


You can now use Google Maps to show people exactly where you are
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:57:58 +0000

You can now use Google Maps to show people exactly where you are

Google Maps is the undisputed champion of mobile navigation and it's an extremely powerful tool for helping you find locations, but what about people? The search giant wants that to be just as easy and, as long as you're cool with it, you can now use Google Maps to share your real-time location with whoever you choose, and for however long you want. 

The feature isn't live for everyone just yet, but it's coming very soon to all iOS and Android users. Google describes its functionality — the new feature doesn't have a name, by the way — thusly:

Whenever you want to let someone know where you are, just open the side menu or tap the blue dot that represents where you are. Tap “Share location” and then select who to share with and how long to share—and you're done! You can share your real-time location with your Google contacts, or even share with friends and family by sending a link on your favorite messenger apps.

But the feature does more than just show someone where you are; if you're headed to a specific destination and are using Google Maps to navigate you, they'll also see your expected arrival time. In this case, sharing automatically ends whenever you make it to wherever you're headed. Google suggests a few use cases where such a tool would be helpful, including  when you're running late for work or some other commitment, or to give friends and family a look at where you are during vacations or work trips.


Immigrant whose daughter appealed to pope requests asylum in U.S.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:51:39 +0000

Immigrant whose daughter appealed to pope requests asylum in U.S.A Mexican immigrant whose daughter appealed to Pope Francis three years ago to stop his deportation from the United States requested asylum at a federal court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Mario Vargas-Lopez's attorney argued the 45-year-old could be the victim of violence if he is deported to Mexico because of the international attention his case has received. "People in Mexico know who he is, and he might be targeted for ransom and extortion," attorney Alex Galvez said in a phone interview after the hearing.


7 Richard Simmons Quotes We Love
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:41:17 +0000

7 Richard Simmons Quotes We LoveRichards Simmons took the fitness world by storm over three decades ago, with his inspiring story of weight loss and believing in himself. Watch the video to revisit all the times he reminded us to love yourself.


The Latest: Gorsuch flatters senators as questioning wraps
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:40:21 +0000

The Latest: Gorsuch flatters senators as questioning wrapsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch: (all times EDT):


GOP Health Insurance Plan Hits Older People Hardest
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:18:37 +0000

GOP Health Insurance Plan Hits Older People HardestHelen Bell, a 59-year-old former hospital worker, suffers from several chronic conditions that often land her in the hospital and require frequent doctor visits and expensive medications. But hea...


White man who wanted to harm blacks arrested in New York stabbing: police
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:07:33 +0000

White man who wanted to harm blacks arrested in New York stabbing: policeA white man who police said traveled to New York City to harm black people turned himself in with knives in his pocket at a Manhattan police station on Wednesday, a day after authorities say he fatally stabbed a black man on a city sidewalk. James Harris Jackson, 28, told police he left his home in Baltimore on Friday and took the bus to New York "because it is the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement," Bill Aubrey, a deputy chief at the New York Police Department, told reporters. On Monday night, Jackson crossed paths with Timothy Caughman, a black man who was rummaging through garbage on a sidewalk in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, according to police.


Tim Kaine on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:58:00 +0000

Tim Kaine on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 electionOn Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Senator Tim Kaine speaks with Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric about the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as the revelations from Rep. Devin Nunes about alleged communications collection of President Trump prior to the inauguration.


Trump Meets With Congressional Black Caucus
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:34:35 +0000

Trump Meets With Congressional Black CaucusMultiple CBC members arrived to the White House equipped with books entitled, "We Have a Lot To Lose."


911 call: Mom tried to resuscitate unresponsive twin babies
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:33:54 +0000

911 call: Mom tried to resuscitate unresponsive twin babiesLINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — The mother of twin baby girls who were found dead in an apartment can be heard screaming on a 911 call that they "are not breathing and both are purple."


Can you tally up world progress?
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:28:54 +0000

Can you tally up world progress?When the cold war ended a quarter century ago, and with it the division of the world into two “camps,” the United Nations decided to start measuring the progress of humanity as a whole. The hope behind such alternative indicators is that an attempt to measure something might help reveal what causes it or could push it along.


After ISIS: For Iraqis, reconciliation in Mosul will be challenging, and vital
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:17:50 +0000

After ISIS: For Iraqis, reconciliation in Mosul will be challenging, and vitalThe colonel is a quintessential Iraqi military man: shaved head, bushy black mustache, and very proud of how the Iraqi Army has rebuilt and “proved it is professional” in the fight to oust the Islamic State from Mosul. Like many in Iraq, the colonel is wary that the challenges of reconciliation and winning the peace in Mosul and across the complex ethnic mosaic of Nineveh Province will be harder than winning the war. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State?


Teacher Accused of Sexual Relations With Student Smiled in Mugshot Because She's Innocent: Lawyer
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:11:00 +0000

Teacher Accused of Sexual Relations With Student Smiled in Mugshot Because She's Innocent: LawyerSarah Fowlkes was pictured grinning in her mugshot.


Justice Department Sees Drop In Cases Against Corrupt Officials
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:07:40 +0000

Justice Department Sees Drop In Cases Against Corrupt OfficialsGovernment corruption has been in general decline over the past two decades, but the trend might've been difficult for the average American to notice.


Billionaire raises questions about Putin critic’s mysterious fall
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:57:34 +0000

Billionaire raises questions about Putin critic’s mysterious fallA U.K.-based billionaire is raising pointed questions about the most recent in a series of mysterious accidents, illnesses and muggings to befall critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin: lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov’s fall from a window of his fourth-floor apartment near Moscow earlier this week. “People don’t just go falling out of their apartments,” Bill Browder, the American-born CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga Wednesday. Browder, whose net worth is estimated at around $4 billion, is the grandson of longtime American Communist Party leader Earl Browder, and a former ally turned vocal critic of Putin.


South Korea raises sunken ferry: Yonhap
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:47:53 +0000

South Korea raises sunken ferry: YonhapSalvage operators raised part of South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry early Thursday, Yonhap news agency reported, nearly three years after the disaster killed more than 300 people and dealt a crippling blow to now-ousted president Park Geun-Hye. "As of 3:45 am (1845 GMT Wednesday), part of the Sewol's structure, which is believed to be its stabilizer, can be seen above the water with the naked eye," an official from the Oceans and Fisheries Ministry was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency. The vessel was lying more than 40 metres (130 feet) below the waves off southwestern South Korea and the operation, originally scheduled for last year, had been pushed back several times because of adverse weather.


2018 Toyota Sienna: Updated Looks and Tech to Match the Updated Powertrain
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:46:00 +0000

2018 Toyota Sienna: Updated Looks and Tech to Match the Updated PowertrainNew face and new tech for Toyota's preeminent people mover.


What we know about Trump team Russia links – and why that matters
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:29:51 +0000

What we know about Trump team Russia links – and why that mattersPaul Manafort was Donald Trump’s campaign manager for months in 2016. Mr. Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday at his daily briefing. Ditto longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page.


White House all in before crucial health care vote: 'There is no Plan B'
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:05:51 +0000

White House all in before crucial health care vote: 'There is no Plan B'On what could be the eve of a crucial health care vote and with the reported numbers still seemingly unfavorable, the White House remained confident that the American Health Care Act would pass the House on Thursday. “Piece by piece, member by member, we’re getting there, and we’re getting much closer,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday of gathering the votes necessary to repeal Obamacare. The White House team did have some success on Wednesday, flipping Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., to a “yes” vote after assuring him that they supported his proposed amendment, which would deny health care credits to undocumented immigrants.


Puerto Rico governor, bondholders divided on PREPA deal
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:04:25 +0000

Puerto Rico governor, bondholders divided on PREPA dealPuerto Rico's governor told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday the island's struggling power utility, PREPA, could undergo an in-court restructuring process akin to U.S. bankruptcy if a consensual deal with creditors cannot be achieved. Governor Ricardo Rossello said at a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing his administration would prefer a consensual deal to bankruptcy, as lawmakers questioned him about delays in completing a $9 billion restructuring at PREPA. The hearing showcased growing discord between Rossello's administration and PREPA's creditors, which seemed to concern the committee in charge of leading Congress' response to Puerto Rico's ongoing crisis.


Photos of the day - March 22, 2017
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:03:29 +0000

Photos of the day - March 22, 2017A peek at Boris in Washington; members of a Chinese honor guard salute caskets of Korean War dead; heavy snowfall in Northumberland, England; and people embrace during anniversary service for Brussels suicide attacks victims.


Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellers
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:29:18 +0000

Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellersTravellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation. From Saturday, passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in any device larger than a smartphone, including laptops and tablets. The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted via explosives planted in electronic devices.


Wisconsin man who threatened to kill Obama loses appeal
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:25:54 +0000

Wisconsin man who threatened to kill Obama loses appealThe 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Wednesday rejected Brian Dutcher's request that his January 2016 jury conviction be set aside because of a lack of evidence. Dutcher, 56, of Tomah, said he had been unable to carry out his threat, having been armed only with a slingshot, and no one took him seriously. Dutcher had written on Facebook that he planned to attend a July 2, 2015 event in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where Obama was giving a speech, and hoped to "get a clear shot at the pretend president.


Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widow
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:23:23 +0000

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widowMore than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman's employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. Southern District of Florida accused the security firm that hired shooter Omar Mateen of ignoring his comments supporting violence prior to the rampage that killed 49 and injured dozens at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The lawsuit accuses Mateen's widow, Noor Salman, of conspiring in the attack by assisting with his purchase of firearms and surveillance of the Pulse nightclub.


As Gorsuch is testifying, Supreme Court undermines his decision in school disabilities case
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:13:57 +0000

As Gorsuch is testifying, Supreme Court undermines his decision in school disabilities caseSenate Democrats seized on a Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday morning — less than an hour into the third day of the confirmation hearing for nominee Neil Gorsuch — to question the judgment of President Trump’s choice to fill the empty seat on the high court. The unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District expanded the obligations of public-school districts to provide an adequate education to disabled students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a standard that Gorsuch had used to decide a similar case in 2008, Thompson School District v. Luke P.


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