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Once-dead compact pickup is poised for a comeback: Ford, Hyundai, maybe even VW jump in
The next evolution of the pickup wars: Several automakers are suddenly reviving the long-lost compact pickup, which perished earlier this century.
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Iran says its armed forces are not a regional threat
President Hassan Rouhani said Iran's armed forces did not pose a threat to its neighbors as he addressed a display on Thursday of Iran's latest military equipment, including domestically produced fighter jets and Russian-made missile systems. The parade to mark Army Day came as U.S. President Donald Trump pursues his drive to contain Iran's power in the Middle East by means of sanctions. Thousands of soldiers marched past Rouhani and top military commanders at the parade in Tehran marking Army Day while new Iranian-built fighter jets flew overhead.
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Why the Mueller Report Shouldn't Be the Final Word on Trump, Russia and Obstruction of Justice
There is much that future investigations could still uncover
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Climate protests close London bridge; 570 arrests in 4 days
LONDON (AP) — Climate protesters are once again trying to shut down parts of London to urge residents to do more to protect the Earth from rising temperatures.
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How the U.S. Navy Sunk Imperial Japan's Top Secret Aircraft Carrier
“No doubt he intends to act as a decoy at some point to lure away our screening destroyers. That accomplished, his comrades can approach Shinano unopposed. We must guard against any such ploy,” grumbled the thoughtful skipper.The first torpedo struck farthest aft. Over the next 30 seconds three more warheads detonated against the massive aircraft carrier’s hull, working their way forward. The explosions and instant flooding immediately killed scores of men, many asleep in their bunks.As tons of seawater cascaded into the wounded colossus, men below deck could see the extent of the damage, were seized with panic, and stampeded topside. The missiles had hit 10 feet below the water line, and on the bridge and upper levels the commander and his officers were not yet aware of how sorely they were hurt. Many had survived earlier torpedo attacks, and aboard less formidable vessels than this one. Even as their gargantuan ship began to list, they remained optimistic.“Expressing the Flavor of an Ancient Samurai”
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Israel destroys family apartments of Palestinian accused of murderer
Israeli forces destroyed two apartments in the occupied West Bank on Friday that housed the family of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli woman in February, the army said.
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Pope presides over Good Friday prayer service
Pope Francis held the traditional liturgy of the Passion inside St Peter's Basilica on the afternoon of Good Friday. (April 19)
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China's Nightmare: How the U.S. Navy Could Sink Its Prized Aircraft Carriers
That’s a rough analogy to today. Fortress China is festooned with airfields and mobile antiship weaponry able to strike hundreds of miles out to sea. Yes, the U.S. Navy remains stronger than the PLA Navy in open-sea battle. A fleet-on-fleet engagement isolated from shore-based reinforcements would probably go America’s way. But that hypothetical result may not make much difference since the two navies are more likely to join battle in confined Asian waters than on the open ocean.Ah, yes, the “carrier-killer.” China is forever touting the array of guided missiles its weaponeers have devised to pummel U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). Most prominent among them are its DF-21D and DF-26 antiship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made a mainstay of China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) defenses.(This first appeared several years ago.)Beijing has made believers of important audiences, including the scribes who toil away at the Pentagon producing estimates of Chinese martial might. Indeed, the most recent annual report on Chinese military power states matter-of-factly that the PLA can now use DF-21Ds to “attack ships, including aircraft carriers,” more than nine hundred statute miles from China’s shorelines.
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‘I Still Have Nightmares’: Tortured Turpin Children Speak at Parents’ Sentencing in ‘House of Horrors’ Case
Damian Dovarganes/ReutersThe children of David and Louise Turpin shared emotional statements in court Friday as their parents were sentenced to life in prison for torturing, starving, and holding them hostage for years.In February, the California couple pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court to torture and dependent abuse as well as several counts of false imprisonment, child endangerment, and adult abuse in the “house of horrors” case that shocked the country. The abuse came to light in January 2018, when their 17-year-old daughter escaped from their Perris home and used her brother’s cellphone to call 911.“My parents took my whole life from me but now I’m taking my life back,” one of the couple’s 13 children, identified as Jane Doe 4, tearfully said in court. “I’m a fighter, I’m strong and I’m shooting through life like a rocket.”Before the hearing, the judge allowed the victims to speak under the guise of anonymity.“I’m in college now and living independently,” the daughter added. “I love hanging out with my friends and life is great. I believe everything happens for a reason. Life may have been bad, but it made me strong. I fought to become the person I am.”Prosecutors allege the Turpins abused 12 of their 13 children, routinely shackling, beating, and starving them in an act of torture and neglect so severe it stunted the growth of some of the kids. Two of the Turpin daughters are now unable to bear children as a result of the abuse. The siblings, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, were isolated from the outside world in their home about 60 miles outside of Los Angeles and were denied showers, medical care, and sometimes even food, prosecutors said. As punishment, the children were tied up for “weeks or even months at a time,” Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said.When authorities arrived to the house after the daughter’s call, she didn’t know what month it was or what the word medication meant. She claimed she hadn’t been bathed in months. “I cannot describe in words what we went through growing up. Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that had happened, such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten. But that is the past and this is now,” one of the couple’s sons said Friday, adding that he loves his parents and now forgives them for “a lot of the things that they did to us.”On Friday, Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Schwartz sentenced the pair to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years for their “selfish, cruel and inhumane” treatment, a ruling previously agreed upon with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. “The only reason your punishment is less than the maximum is that you took responsibility and spared your children the harm of reliving it,” Schwartz said in court. The parents had an opportunity to speak before the sentencing, each showing remorse for their actions and tearfully asking their children for forgiveness.“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to hurt my children,” Louise Turpin said. “I love them more than they could ever imagine.”David Turpin broke down in tears before he addressed the court, prompting his attorney to read his hand-written statement, which expressed hope his children will “remain” close since their parents will “not be with them.” “I thank God for all of my children,” the father’s statement read, adding that he is sorry “if I’ve done anything to cause them harm.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame's bees survive cathedral blaze
PARIS (AP) — Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame's smallest official residents — some 180,000 bees — somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral's ancient wooden roof.
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Galaxy Fold units keep mysteriously breaking, while the iPhone XS survives a shark bite
If you've paid attention to tech industry news to any degree over the past day or two, you're no doubt aware that Samsung is dealing with a bit of unpleasant scrutiny at the moment over reports of early units of its forthcoming Galaxy Fold phone mysteriously breaking. Definitely a bad look for Samsung and suggestive that the company may have rushed its first foldable handset into production, or that there may at least have been some issues around quality control. It was hard not to be reminded of those reports about Galaxy Folds breaking after a day or so of normal usage while watching the behind-the-scenes video that complements Apple's latest "Shot on iPhone" commercial. At one point in the behind-the-scenes footage, which you can watch above, one of the filmmakers is shown basically helpless when a shark snatches up his iPhone. With the phone secure in the shark's jaws, the filmmaker swims after him and ends up successfully retrieving it. And the phone appears to be fine after that. For the new commercial, titled Don't Mess with Mother, Apple hired production company Camp4 Collective to showcase the iPhone XS's video capabilities while capturing scenes from mother nature. The outtakes video includes scenes from a volcano, in the water with sharks and on mountains, the whole thing giving off a thrilling, "you are there" vibe. At one point, we see a monkey playing with and scrutinizing an iPhone. The idea is apparently that iPhones can capture images and video of stunning quality in nature, with the inadvertent reminder that they can withstand some tough elements too. Just something to think about as we get closer to the April 26 launch date that Samsung has decided to stick to for its ridiculously expensive foldable phone that it's still hoping people will take a chance on, despite the easy breakage some reviewers have experienced.
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Amazon sale shaves $50 off the newest iPad, up to $300 off iPad Pro
Whether you're looking for a great tablet at a cheap price or a high-end iPad Pro to replace your laptop, today is the day to pull the trigger. Amazon is running great sales on every current-generation iPad tablet, starting with the Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB) at a $50 discount. The deepest discount you'll find is on the Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi, 512GB), which can be had right now for a whopping $300 less than you'll pay at the Apple store. You can also save big on 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets in all capacities though, so check out these deals before they're done. Apple iPad * 9.7-inch Retina display * A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture * Touch ID fingerprint sensor * 8MP camera with 1080p video and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera * 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO * Up to 10 hours of battery life * Two speaker audio.Bluetooth 4.2 technology Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch) * 10.5-inch Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and wide color * A10X Fusion chip * Touch ID fingerprint sensor * 12MP back camera, 7MP FaceTime HD front camera * Four speaker audio * 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE cellular data * Up to 10 hours of battery life Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) * 11-Inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with Promotion, true Tone, and wide Color * A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine * Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay * 12MP back camera, 7MP TrueDepth front camera * Four speaker Audio with wider Stereo sound * 802\. 11AC Wi-Fi and gigabit-class LTE cellular data * Up to 10 hours of battery life * USB-C connector for charging and accessories * iOS 12 with group FaceTime, shared augmented reality experiences, screen time, and more Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) * 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with Promotion, True Tone, and wide color * A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine * Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay * 12MP back camera, 7MP True Depth front camera * Four speaker audio with wider stereo sound * 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit-class LTE cellular data * Up to 10 hours of battery life * USB-C connector for charging and accessories * iOS 12 with Group FaceTime, shared augmented reality experiences, Screen Time, and more
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New York City police say man accused of attempted arson at St. Patrick's Cathedral had booked flight to Italy
Authorities say Marc Lamparello walked into St. Patrick's with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters just two days after a fire almost destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral.
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In Bosnia, 'master' blacksmith had to shoe an egg
Kreševo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (AFP) - To be worthy of the title of master, a blacksmith in Kresevo in central Bosnia had to perform a delicate task -- shoe an egg without breaking it. It's an Easter tradition requiring a blacksmith to decorate an egg shell by nailing on it a miniature iron horseshoe. Now Stjepan Biletic wants to have this ancient know-how recognised by UNESCO as part of the world's cultural heritage.
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Two top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor's office
Two top deputies to the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case are resigning.
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Man Arrested at St. Patrick's Cathedral with Gas Cans, Lighters had Ticket to Rome: Police
A New Jersey man who was arrested after he tried to enter St. Patrick's Cathedral with several gallons of gasoline and lighters on Wednesday night, was also arrested at a church in New Jersey Monday night, and had booked a one-way ticket to Rome, police said.
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It’s Not All About Trump. The Mueller Report Has a Message for You, Too
Don't just skip to the obstruction of justice section
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Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.
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Elizabeth Warren becomes first 2020 candidate to call for Trump's impeachment
The Massachusetts senator is the most senior Democrat to call for the start of impeachment proceedings against TrumpWarren’s remarks make her one of the most prominent Democratic voices to advocate for impeachment. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/ReutersElizabeth Warren on Friday became the most senior Democrat, and the first 2020 presidential candidate, to call for the start of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump following the release of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign. “To ignore a president’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways,” the Democratic senator from Massachusetts said in a statement Friday, one day after the release of a redacted version of a 448-page summary of Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation.“The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States,” Warren said.> Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.> > — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 19, 2019Mueller did not make a conclusion about whether the president unlawfully obstructed justice, but did outline nearly a dozen cases in which the president had attempted to stop the inquiry or narrow its scope.Warren’s remarks make her one of the most prominent Democratic voices to advocate for impeachment, joining congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib. Those progressive House members have pushed a formal impeachment resolution.Backers of impeachment have argued that the Democrats have a legal and ethical responsibility to launch the proceedings and continue the investigation into Trump and the question of obstruction of justice. Other Democrats fear that it would be politically unwise to begin the impeachment process close to the 2020 presidential election, raising concerns that a protracted political battle could alienate some voters and arguing that voters ultimately care more about issues like heathcare and the economy. Some have said they are also wary of vice-president Mike Pence replacing the president, given Pence’s conservative political record.The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has repeatedly said she is not in favor of impeachment. In March, Pelosi said the process would be “so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path”. She did not shift her stance after the release of the Mueller report this week.Some Democrats have instead focused on their calls to have Mueller testify before Congress and for the justice department to release an unredacted version of the report.So far, Warren is the only Democrat running for president in 2020 to formally call for impeachment hearings. Though Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, indicated earlier on Friday that he would support Congress opening impeachment proceedings. “It would be perfectly reasonable for Congress to open up impeachment hearings”, Castro told CNN.Both senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker argued it was too soon to talk about impeachment. “I think that there is definitely a conversation to be had on that subject, but first I want to hear from Bob Mueller.” Harris said.Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend mayor, said there was “evidence that this president deserves to be impeached”, but that it was up to Congress to make that decision.The former representative Beto O’Rourke argued he believed voters cared more about policy discussions, telling reporters, “I don’t know that impeachment and those proceedings in the House and potential trial in the Senate is going to answer those questions for people.”
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UPDATE 1-Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate
The two men vying to be Ukraine's next president traded insults in a raucous debate on Friday in front of thousands of supporters before an election that could put a comedian with no political experience in charge of a country at war. The debate, held in a hulking football stadium, was one of the last opportunities for incumbent President Petro Poroshenko to try to overhaul a significant lead in the opinion polls enjoyed by his challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comic. At stake in Sunday's election is the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Moscow following 2014 protests that caused Poroshenko's Kremlin-backed predecessor to flee into exile, and foreshadowed Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
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Rudy Giuliani says Mueller report contains inaccuracies about Trump's conduct
President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani says the Mueller report was not fairly written.
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Give Notre Dame a Modern Roof the Alt-Right Will Hate
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos from GettyWhen the most famous Gothic cathedral in the world burned this week—smoke and flames billowing out from the spire—I took to Twitter to join the chorus of voices who expressed their heartfelt loss. As a historian, I am all too aware of how vulnerable the remains of the Middle Ages are, and a seemingly eternal building such as Notre Dame is no exception.Once the fire was under control, and eventually extinguished, the extent of the damage became clear. The outer roof was destroyed, and the spire had collapsed, crushing the inner medieval mason vault as it fell. But apart from where the spire came crashing through, the medieval structures seem to have held, as have the cathedral’s rose windows.The challenge that now lies ahead is restoring what was lost, and the debate about how this should be done has already started. Should the spire be reconstructed? What materials should be used? Should it look like something from the Middle Ages, or not?If you ask me, in honor of Notre Dame’s history, the new roof needs to be a brand new design, representative of today and not of the past. Why? Well, the restoration and preservation of historical buildings is based on an idea that there is an original state of things that can be reached if later additions and influences are done away with.The idea of there being an ‘original state of things’ is also what dominates the worldview of the far right, who use their interpretation of the Middle Ages as a template for how they believe society should be.While Notre Dame was burning, conspiracy theories began to surface, and declarations were made of the fire portending the end of Western civilization and its Judeo-Christian values. Instead, what was happening was the destruction of a medieval past that has, in all honesty, never existed.Western civilization is a term that grew out of the creation of history as a topic of study at the universities in England, Germany, and France in the nineteenth century. In her book History. Why It Matters, historian Lynn Hunt states that “history grew as an academic discipline in tandem with nationalism and a growing conviction of European superiority over the rest of the world.” This conviction led to the West “being portrayed as the source of technical innovation and cultural advancement,” also known as “modernity.”The origins of “modernity” were found in a distorted interpretation of the Middle Ages, which medievalist Dorothy Kim traces to the German Völkisch movement, also in the nineteenth century. According to Kim, this movement “rewrote history, drawing from folklore such as that of Brothers Grimm, medieval epics and a dedication to racial white supremacy.”From these two developments, the term “Western civilization” emerged in the 1890s, but it didn’t come into everyday use until the twentieth century was well underway. According to philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, the term “west” is used in contrast to something else. During the age of Imperialism it was used in contrast to Asia; during the Cold War in contrast to Communist Europe and the Soviet Union; and today to Latin America, Africa, and Asia (also known as “the Global South”), and the Muslim world. Looking at the world from this point of view, “west” and “western civilization” come to mean the United States, Europe, and Christianity.This brings us to the notion of Judeo-Christian values, where once again the Middle Ages are used to make an argument that actually misrepresents the time period. In the eyes of those who promote the ideas of Western civilization and so-called Judeo-Christian values, the Middle Ages stand out as the ideal time period when Europe was a white society united in a homogenous Christian culture led by one single Christian institution.Such a view of the Middle Ages is inaccurate. In fact, what is considered to be European culture, in the past and today, is an amalgamation of impulses from all over the world. During the Middle Ages, Europe communicated closely with Africa, Asia, and the Middle East using networks that were several thousand years old. Important to keep in mind is that at this point in time, Europe was located at the periphery of the world economic system, whose center lay in the civilizations surrounding the Indian Ocean.Even though the Catholic Church was the dominating religious institution in the Middle Ages, it did not have monopoly on religion. Medieval Europe was the home of Orthodox Christians, Jews, pagans, and Muslims. The idea of a shared Judeo-Christian medieval origin is immediately contradicted by what we know of the Church’s persecution of the Jews living in medieval Europe, perhaps best illustrated by the two sculptures known as Ecclesia and Sinagoga, visible on the façade of Notre Dame itself. These two sculptures represent Christianity’s triumph over Judaism and were a common sight during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.History is an ongoing process of human activity. Notre Dame is an example of history being a living, breathing thing. History is not static, and neither is Notre Dame. Or as medievalist Lisa Fagin Davis puts it, “Nothing makes it from the Middle Ages to the 21st century without being transformed along the way.”Within Notre Dame, we find the accumulation of nine centuries of history. The art, the relics, and the religious objects, whose fate concerned so many while the fire was raging, represent every century of the cathedral’s existence. The spire that fell into a sea of flames on April 16 was a nineteenth-century addition by Gothic revivalist architect Eugéne Emmanuelle Viollet-le-Duc after the roof had been without a spire for 50 years.As a historian who works with material culture, I am well aware of the challenges that come with working on historical buildings, especially those that have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Nevertheless, Notre Dame’s new roof should be a representation of the architecture of the first decades of the twenty-first century, more in the spirit of the pyramid at the Louvre than the spire that no longer defines the Paris city silhouette.An acknowledgement of Notre Dame as the result of worldwide impulses across the centuries can be found in the French government’s decision to put out a global call for architects to participate in a competition to rebuild Notre Dame. In the words of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the new roof of the cathedral needs to be “adapted to the techniques and challenges of our era,” and is called for by “the evolution of heritage.”A roof of that kind would be a reflection of an event that has added a new scar to an already battle-hardened building.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mueller Exposes Erik Prince’s Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyErik Prince, the Trumpworld associate and founder of the private military firm Blackwater, told Congress all sorts of things about his rendezvous with a powerful Moscow financial titan.  Many of those things weren’t true, Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed in his report, released on Thursday.Prince said he didn’t know who he was meeting on his trip to a remote Indian Ocean island in January 2017, just days before the inauguration of President Trump. Not true.Prince said the meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of one of Russia’s sovereign wealth funds, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, was a chance encounter. Not true.Prince said they talked mostly about minerals and energy. Not true.Prince denied he was acting as a Trumpworld emissary when he met with Dmitriev. Mueller’s report seems to indicate that is also not true.Oh, and Dmitriev’s representatives claimed in a Kremlin propaganda outlet that The Daily Beast’s reporting on his participation in the Seychelles and his conversations with Prince was some kind of “smear campaign.” The reporting matched Mueller’s report. It was true.How this impacts Prince’s future is unclear. Prince was interviewed by the Special Counsel under a proffer agreement, according to the Mueller report. The terms of that agreement have not been made public. But during a recent interview with Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hassan—an interview in which Prince did a fair amount of fibbing—he said that he was not worried about possible punitive action from the special counsel’s office. Lawmakers have previously asserted that they believed Prince lied to them during his testimony and have discussed the possibility of bringing Prince back in for questioning.Prince did not comment for this story. Representatives for Dmitriev did not respond to a request for comment.“I didn’t fly there [to the Seychelles] to meet any Russian guy,” Prince insisted during his November 2017 testimony. In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Prince added that he was “there on business meeting with Emirati officials,” adding that he did not remember the name of the “fund manager” he met on the island. But Prince did know about Dmitriev before his meeting in the Seychelles, the Mueller report shows. Days before the Seychelles meeting, Prince went to New York for “lunchtime and dinner meetings” with George Nader, an emissary of the UAE and, later, a witness in the Russia investigation. “Nader and Prince discussed Dmitriev,” the Mueller report said. “Nader sent Prince a link to a Wikipedia entry about Dmitriev.”The Daily Beast has previously reported extensively on the Seychelles meeting between Dmitriev and Prince, including the details of their conversation. The Beast was the first to report on a memo that Dmitriev drafted that outlined a how the Russians perceived building a new relationship with the U.S. under a Trump administration. That memo outlined how Washington and the Kremlin could work together in fighting ISIS in Syria, building peace in Ukraine, and cooperating on investments.Nader had assured Dmitriev that Prince wielded influence in the Trump administration, according to the Mueller report. Nader told the Special Counsel’s office that Prince had told him Trump strategist Steve Bannon was aware of the meeting in the Seychelles, the report said. “And Prince acknowledged that it was fair for Nader to think that Prince would pass information on to the Transition Team,” the report added. (Prince has previously denied that he acted as a representative of the Trump team while in the Seychelles).There were two separate meetings in the Seychelles (though Prince said there was only one). The initial meeting lasted about 45 minutes, according to the report. And although Prince told lawmakers that the talks were mostly about minerals, oil, and gas, at least one of those conversations included an extensive discussion about U.S.-Russia relations.  Prince sent two text messages to Bannon about the meetings while he was in the Seychelles, but Mueller’s team said in the report they could not read the messages because they were no longer on the devices when examined.Prince also apparently met Bannon following his trip to the Seychelles to discuss the meeting he had with Dmitriev. “Prince told the Office that he explained to Bannon that Dmitriev was the head of a Russian sovereign wealth fund and was interested in improving relations between the United States and Russia,” the report said. “Prince also believed he provided Bannon with Dmitriev's contact information.” Bannon denied to the special counsel’s office having spoken to Prince about Dmitriev or the meeting. The Special Counsel’s office outlines in great detail the expansive list of Trumpworld figures that had contact with Russians during the campaign and into the early days of the administration. But only a few sections of the report deal with Trumpworld associates communicating with representatives of the Russian government. Mueller’s description of Dmitriev and his interaction with Trumpworld paints the clearest picture to date of how members of the Russian government—beyond Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak’s conversations with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn—attempted to gain inroads with the Trump administration.According to the report, Dmitriev and the fund he ran, the Russia Direct Investment Fund, were a focal point for Mueller in part because Dmitriev was described to the office by witnesses of having a direct link to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  “Dmitriev reported directly to Putin and frequently referred to Putin as his ’boss,’ ” the report said. (That’s something Dmitriev’s representatives vehemently denied after The Daily Beast first revealed it in October of 2018.) Dmitriev had been in touch with Nader, who had developed extensive contacts with the incoming Trump administration, before the 2016 presidential election.“Putin wanted Dmitriev to be in charge of both the financial and the political relationship between Russia and the Gulf states, in part because Dmitriev had been educated in the West and spoke English fluently,” the report said. Dmitriev contacted Nader in the days after Trump’s election to try and start building a relationship with the incoming administration and asked for meetings with transition team members, Nader told the special counsel’s office. Dmitriev was also introduced to Rick Gerson, a hedge fund manager and a close friend of Jared Kushner. Gerson, though he had no formal role, assisted the transition in setting up meetings with officials. Gerson and Dmitriev met during the transition period, according to the report, and Dmitriev told Gerson that Putin had asked him  “to develop and execute a reconciliation plan between the United States and Russia,” the report said. According to Mueller’s team, that plan was memorialized in a memo, as first reported by The Daily Beast, following Dmitriev’s meeting Prince in the Seychelles. Gerson sent it on to Kushner who then passed it on to then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Bannon.“Mr. Gerson told the Special Counsel all that he knew about everything related to their [RDIF’s] work and all of that appears in this report,” a spokesperson for Gerson said. “As previously stated, neither Mr. Gerson nor his firm engaged in any business with the RDIF.” Gerson later told Dmitriev that the memo had played “an important role” in a call between President Trump and President Putin on January 28, 2017. RDIF has repeatedly pushed back against The Daily Beast’s reporting on Dmitriev, RDIF and the Seychelles, calling the outlet’s reporting a “smear campaign” in an article by Sputnik, a Russian state-owned outlet. It is unclear if Dmitriev or his fund are still in intimate contact with the administration. The RDIF is currently subject to sectoral sanctions by the U.S. Treasury. Since his Seychelles meeting, Prince has spent time peddling a plan for the war in Afghanistan to Trump administration officials. There’s no evidence to suggest that plan has moved forward.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Never-before-heard 911 call released as parents who tortured kids face sentencing
The parents who garnered national attention for torturing most of their 13 captive children will face a judge for sentencing.
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Federal opioid pill bust reveals doctors trading pills for sex, dentists pulling good teeth
They're all accused of illegally prescribing pain meds, but charges against these medical professionals are the most shocking from this week's sweep.
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In Notre-Dame's shadow, a 'village' faces uncertain future
The owners of restaurants and souvenir stores, flower stalls and gourmet food markets in an area known to residents simply as the "village", they have all been forced to close since Monday's devastating fire at the UNESCO World Heritage landmark. Few at the gathering Thursday morning in the Quasimodo cafe -- named after the hunchback in Victor Hugo's celebrated novel set at the cathedral -- seemed optimistic about the chances of re-opening in the near future. Police are letting only residents and business owners onto the River Seine island known as the Ile de la Cite where the cathedral stands, choking off the tourist traffic that is their lifeblood.
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Turpin children speak of love and nightmares in court statements
Four statements were read in court while five more were delivered to their parents to read in private.
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Notre Dame fire raises fears for UK's crumbling Parliament
LONDON (AP) — For some Britons who watched Notre Dame burn so fiercely in Paris, the horror was mixed with apprehension. What happened to the French landmark this week could easily befall the Houses of Parliament in London.
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Mueller Report Details Trump’s Attempts to Influence Probe
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report details ten “incidents” in which President Trump sought to curtail or otherwise affect the direction of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.Mueller's report outlines the president's attempts to intervene in the special-counsel probe to bring it to a premature conclusion or to affect the public perception of it by manipulating government officials' statements. It stops short, however, of making a prosecutorial determination regarding whether Trump obstructed justice — a decision it indicates is best left to Congress.“The incidents were often carried out through one-on-one meetings in which the President sought to use his official power outside of usual channels,” the report reads. “These actions ranged from efforts to remove the Special Counsel and to reverse the effect of the Attorney General’s recusal; to the attempted use of official power to limit the scope of the investigation; to direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony. Viewing the acts collectively can help to illuminate their significance.”The most prominent example of Trump's attempted intervention in the special counsel probe is his directing White House Counsel Don McGahn to remove Mueller. McGahn, according to the report, flatly refused to do so and threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive. McGahn then refused Trump's directive to state publicly that he had not been ordered to remove the special counsel.In another example provided in the report, Trump urged then-attorney general Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the probe, to reassert control over it, telling the former Alabama senator that he'd be considered a “hero” for doing so.Trump also asked his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to ask Sessions to say publicly that the investigation was “very unfair” to the president. Lewandowski was uncomfortable with the task, so he asked another White House official, Rick Dearborn, to deliver the message, but Dearborn never complied.In an effort to contain the fallout from the FBI's investigation into Russian contacts between his campaign and Russia, which gave rise to Mueller's investigation, Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey in January 2017 to stop investigating national-security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.Comey, as he testified before Congress, refused to comply with that request. Trump fired Comey shortly thereafter in part, as he later admitted, over Comey's refusal to say publicly that he was not personally under investigation for colluding with Russia to sway the election in his favor.The reluctance to follow Trump's orders exhibited by Lewandowski, McGahn, and Comey largely explains why Trump failed in his efforts to prematurely end or otherwise constrain the FBI investigation into his campaign, according to the report.“The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report reads.Attorney General William Barr announced Thursday morning that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded based on the report that Trump could not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. Barr based that assessment both on Trump's motivations for intervening, which he said were not "corrupt" but rather stemmed from his frustration with the process, and on his interpretation of whether a president can be indicted for exercising control over executive-branch officials, which, he admitted, differed from Mueller's “legal theories” on the matter.
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26 Stunning Pieces of Jewelry Mom Will Never Want to Take Off
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Never-before-heard 911 call released as parents who tortured kids face sentencing
The parents who garnered national attention for torturing most of their 13 captive children will face a judge for sentencing.
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Trump’s Obsession With Self-Preservation Laid Bare by Mueller Report
The special counsel documented attempts to conceal Trump’s behavior and suppress the probe. The president asked his White House attorney to lie to the public, and applauded his press secretary, Sarah Sanders, after a briefing in which she made false statements about the firing of former FBI director James Comey. “The president’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the special counsel wrote.
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What We Learned—and Didn’t Learn—From the Mueller Report
The document sheds new light on Mueller’s exhaustive investigation into whether Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election and whether the president obstructed justice. Did Trump conspire in Russia’s efforts to help him? Mueller found sweeping Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including numerous contacts with Trump campaign officials and an extensive social media campaign, but couldn’t establish that any American conspired in those efforts.
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NFL defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's college degree withheld for $1 debt
Chicago Bears defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tweeted Thursday that the University of Alabama is holding his degree, which he earned in 2018, over a $1 unpaid debt. It's unclear why Clinton-Dix owes Alabama a single dollar but he should have no problem finding the pocket change as he recently signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Bears in the offseason.
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Lawyer: abused children 'humbled that people care
A California couple who pleaded guilty to years of torture and abuse of 12 of their 13 children have been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 25 years. An attorney says the children are moving on with their lives. (April 19)
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How Not to Obstruct Justice
It confirms, for anyone left doubting, that Russia did indeed meddle in the 2016 election. It did not find evidence showing that President Donald Trump and his associates engaged in any criminal conspiracy with Russia in their meddling.
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Trump claims 'game over' on Mueller report as Democrats say game on
Document threatens to reopen debate over impeachment and raises questions on the futures of William Barr and Sarah SandersMueller report released – live updatesSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contribution Donald Trump’s claims of vindication after the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday were quickly drowned out by furious Democrats, who pointed to a wealth of evidence the president attempted to obstruct justice and demanded fresh hearings into potentially criminal conduct. Republican hopes of drawing a line under the affair were dashed as the bombshell document threatened to reopen debate over Trump’s impeachment and raised questions over the futures of William Barr, the attorney general, and Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, both accused of misleading the public. The gravity of the situation was apparent as the president left for his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Thursday afternoon. Instead of taking a victory lap, as some had expected, he uncharacteristically ignored questions from reporters as he boarded the Marine One helicopter on the White House south lawn. Even so, timing of the report was fortunate for Trump, with Congress not in session and Washington winding down for Easter. Initial reaction was perhaps preordained by a four-page summary released by Barr last month and offered a textbook example of Washington’s bitter partisanship and polarisation. Republicans circled the wagons and reiterated their claims of exoneration. Speaking at the White House, Trump said: “This should never happen to another president again. This hoax – it should never happen to another president again.” He added on Twitter: “GAME OVER” with a photoshopped image from Game of Thrones. And later, apparently responding to the finding that he tried to remove Mueller, he suggested that he would have been within his legal right to do so. “I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted,” he tweeted. “I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!” White House staff including lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Kellyanne Conway rallied around. Conway told reporters: “We’re accepting apologies today, too, for anybody who feels the grace in offering them.” Sign up for the US morning briefing There was also a preview of how Trump will attempt to use the report in next year’s presidential election, arguing that it was cooked up by Democrats and anti-Trump officials in an attempt to thwart his supporters. His re-election campaign said in a statement: “Now the tables have turned, and it’s time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation into President Trump, motivated by political retribution and based on no evidence whatsoever.” But if the White House hopes the nation is ready to move on, it is likely to be disappointed. Mueller offered plenty of fodder for Democrats and other critics of the president, including detailing how the Trump campaign was receptive to Russian help, and how the president repeatedly attempted to obstruct justice and had to be saved from himself by those around him. Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff, the respective chairmen of the House judiciary and intelligence committees, wrote to Mueller requesting that he testify on Capitol Hill. Schiff tweeted: “Regardless of whether the obstructive acts described by Mueller was criminal or whether the litany of illicit contacts with Russia rose to the level of conspiracy, they’re dishonest, unethical, and unpatriotic. Mueller’s report is not a vindication of Trump, but a condemnation.” The Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal said he would support a subpoena for the full, unredacted report. “This report is a detailed, deeply damning portrait of criminal wrongdoing and national scandal. President Trump and his associates sold out our democracy and welcomed help through Russia’s illegal actions during the 2016 campaign,” he added. There was also sharp criticism of Barr, who held a news conference early on Thursday before the report’s publication and attempted to put a positive spin on it. William Barr speaks at a press conference on the release of Robert Mueller’s report at the Department of Justice in Washington DC on 18 April. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, and the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said in a joint statement that Barr “deliberately distorted significant portions” of the report. “Special Counsel Mueller’s report paints a disturbing picture of a president who has been weaving a web of deceit, lies and improper behavior and acting as if the law doesn’t apply to him,” they continued. Schumer and Pelosi joined the calls for Mueller to testify to Congress and said it is “imperative” for the rest of the report and underlying documents to be made available. With Mueller and Barr now effectively passing the baton on to Congress, some Democrats may even reconsider whether to push for Trump’s impeachment, although Republican control of the Senate could make that a messy and inconclusive process. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, noted that the report includes the apparent invitation: “Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the president’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office.” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York agreed: “Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the president.” She added that she would be signing on to the congresswoman’s Rashida Tlaib’s impeachment resolution. But senior Democrats maintained their cautious position on impeachment, which they fear could backfire. The House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, told CNN: “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point. Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement.” The political fallout could also consume Sanders who, after FBI director James Comey’s firing in May 2017, denied that he commanded widespread support within the agency. Sanders later admitted to Mueller’s team that this was a “slip of the tongue”. The LGBTQ campaign group GLAAD demanded Sanders’ resignation, stating: “The White House press secretary’s role is to keep the public informed about the most powerful office in the world. The position shouldn’t be held by someone who lies to the press.”
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George Papadopoulos 'impressed' and 'shocked' that Mueller told the truth about him in report
The former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who was caught in the crosshairs of the Russia probe reacts to the report.
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House Democrats Issue Subpoena for Full Mueller Report
The first official step in what will likely be a lengthy legal battle
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Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report
The number of Americans who approve of President Trump dropped 3 points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report.
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Never-before-heard 911 call released as parents who tortured kids face sentencing
The parents who garnered national attention for torturing most of their 13 captive children will face a judge for sentencing.
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The key unanswered questions from the Mueller report
Almost two-thirds of the section on Russian hacking is redacted and the special counsel refrained from deciding whether Trump committed a crimeMueller report latest – live updatesSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contribution Robert Mueller’s 448-page report includes significant redactions. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The public release of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday finally brought into the open key findings from the two-year investigation into Russian interference in the US election. The special counsel team found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow but disclosed damning revelations about Donald Trump’s repeated attempts to interfere with the Russia investigation and possible obstruction of justice. But the 448-page report includes substantial redactions – on the subject of Russian hacking, nearly two-thirds of the section is blacked out. Those redactions, as well as Mueller’s decision to punt on the question of whether Trump committed a crime, raise a series of fresh questions about the conduct of Trump and his aides.  Relationship between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks Investigators established that WikiLeaks, the website founded by Julian Assange, was the forum for publishing thousands of Democratic party emails that had been hacked by the Russians. The indictment of the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone also drew a link between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, suggesting Stone had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks disclosures were forthcoming and reported back to a high-ranking Trump campaign official. The Mueller report states that the Trump campaign “showed interest in WikiLeaks’s releases of hacked materials throughout the summer and fall of 2016”, noting that Trump claimed to know about the forthcoming release of emails. It is then heavily redacted, citing potential harm to an ongoing matter. A subsection in the report titled “Contacts with the Campaign about WikiLeaks” names several Trump associates – the campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and the president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen – but is largely blacked out. Notably, the redactions cover the release of emails hacked from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, which were published by WikiLeaks less than an hour after the Washington Post unearthed a 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about groping and kissing women without their consent. The redactions leave the public without a full view of what exactly transpired between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, the extent of their communications and whether there was coordination around the dissemination of emails. It also remains unclear how the hacked emails were transferred to WikiLeaks by the Russians. Mueller was unable to fully investigate Carter Page or George Papadopoulos Two former Trump campaign foreign policy aides have been central to the investigation due to their contacts with the Russians. George Papadopoulos was offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton by a foreign agent and sought (unsuccessfully) to arrange meetings between Trump and Vladimir Putin; and Carter Page was believed to be acting as a foreign agent, prompting the FBI to seek a court-approved warrant to surveil him. Trump’s team has downplayed the role both men played in the 2016 campaign, but the Mueller report says some mysteries remain about their activities. The report states that the special counsel was “not fully able to explore” the nature of Papadopoulos’ contact with Sergei Millian, a US citizen and native of Belarus. (Millian refused to cooperate with investigators.) The special counsel said Millian claimed to have “insider knowledge and direct access to the top hierarchy in Russian politics”. Investigators separately scrutinized a trip Page took to Moscow in July of 2016, where he delivered two speeches criticizing US policy toward Russia. Page met with several friends and associates, according to the report, and informed Trump campaign officials of “strong support” for the then candidate Trump within the Russian government. What follows are redactions and an admission by the special counsel that aspects of Page’s travel to Russia are still unknown: “The Office was unable to obtain additional evidence or testimony about who Page may have met or communicated with in Moscow; thus, Page’s activities in Russia – as described in his emails with the Campaign – were not fully explained.” Trump repeatedly sought to interfere with the Russia investigation – so was it a crime? Arguably the most confounding aspect of the report, to many observers, is that Mueller did not make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice. The special counsel investigated 11 episodes of possible obstruction that spanned Trump’s actions as president and his campaign’s efforts to obscure its contacts with the Russians during the 2016 campaign. But Mueller left it to Congress to determine whether Trump’s conduct was criminal. Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School, said Mueller’s decision to punt stemmed from three factors: the understanding within the justice department that a sitting president cannot be indicted; Mueller’s inability to interview Trump in person and confirm that the president did, in fact, have “corrupt intent”; and the “leeway” granted to presidents on hiring and firing personnel. “He threw this into Congress’s lap,” Levinson said. “I read the structure and substance of the report as a subtle wink and a nod to Congress to say, ‘Here’s some useful information for you … now you can do something with this if you’d like.’” The report also made clear that the summary provided by the attorney general, William Barr, sought to minimize concerns over Trump’s conduct. Levinson said she was “surprised by the depth and breadth of the evidence that’s laid out” pointing to obstruction.
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These 12 Films Feature Notre-Dame Cathedral in All Its Glory
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White House reacts to Nadler subpoenaing complete Mueller report
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley calls the Democrats' continued efforts to target President Trump after the release of the Mueller report 'absolutely ridiculous.'
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Nurse had no idea she had stage 4 esophageal cancer until she was coughing up blood
Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez sits down with a stage 4 esophageal cancer survivor to talk about the rare but deadly disease and what new innovative treatment helped to put her in remission for the last five years.
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'Pitch Perfect' stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin announce split
A joint statement from Anna Camp and Skylar Astin says the decision to separate was one "made mutually and amicably."
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Let Us Cheer You On
CheerMeOn and celebrate accomplishments, milestones and wins -- no matter how big or small -- with others who understand their importance. All are welcome here, we only ask that you spread kindness, love and encouragement. Let’s root for each other.
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Diamond & Silk: Left-wing media have lost all credibility with Mueller probe
Fox Nation personalities Diamond and Silk say the media deceived and misled the American public for two years on the Russia investigation.
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A call for impeachment exposes Democratic divisions
A growing number of Democrats are calling President Trump to be impeached, but House leadership and some of the 2020 presidential candidates oppose the push.
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Some Microsoft employees allege policies 'discriminate' against Asians, white men
Debate is raging at Microsoft after some employees questioned the company's push to recruit more women and minorities on an internal message board.
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Russia’s Mueller Report: If Putin Did It, He Did It for You
Alexander Nemenov/REUTERSRussian state-TV viewers on Thursday were delivered a different conclusion from Robert Mueller’s report: Putin always wins. And now everyday Russians are going to win, too.In the rest of the world, the Justice Department’s redacted version of the special counsel’s report concluded Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election “in sweeping and systematic fashion.” He identified numerous links between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, establishing that “the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”On Friday, the Kremlin issued a scathing response, feigning disappointment with the investigation’s quality, questioning whether it was a waste of taxpayers’ money, and falsely claiming the report doesn’t contain “a single piece of evidence” of Russian intervention in 2016.Willfully ignoring Mueller’s conclusions, Russian government officials appeared greatly encouraged by the lack of further indictments stemming from the investigation. Parroting President Trump’s narrative, state-media outlet RT on Thursday posted the link to Mueller’s report, prefaced by: “SPOILER ALERT: No ‘collusion’” “Collusion” has no legal definition and is not a federal crime—therefore, the Mueller report did not make a determination on “collusion.”Unburdened by the facts, Russian state-TV hosts and experts were happy to repeat Trump’s mantra—“No collusion, no obstruction”—throughout the investigation.They seem further emboldened by the recent visit by Fiona Hill, a Trump adviser who held talks in Moscow on April 17 with several Russian officials. U.S. Special Envoy on North Korea Steven Biegun is also in Moscow this week, ahead of the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Vladimir Soloviev, host of Russian state-TV shows Moscow. Kremlin. Putin and The Evening, proudly surmised that Americans can’t solve any problems without Moscow, and are “wavering” and ready to talk. The host and experts jointly concluded that Trump’s hands seem to be untied, because the Mueller investigation’s ending has opened a new era of diplomatic relations between the White House and the Kremlin.Collusion and obstruction denials aside, there were begrudging acknowledgments that the Mueller report did indeed confirm Moscow’s campaign of election interference.Nevertheless, Kremlin-controlled state media on Thursday was encouraging its audiences with the notion that economic sanctions have now been exhausted and will soon be replaced with conciliatory gestures. Average Russians are being sold on the idea that Putin’s long-term strategy is bound to pay off. According to the Russian state TV, Putin always wins—even when he loses. That trusty narrative also surfaced in the special counsel’s investigation. Heavily redacted sections of Mueller’s report revealed that “at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2016, news reports stated that candidate Clinton had called President-elect Trump to concede,” prompting an unnamed individual, who traveled to New York alongside the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, to send a message to the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev. The message was simple: “Putin has won.”This line of thinking wasn’t limited to communications taking place behind the scenes. In recent years, Russian state media has made a habit out of boasting about the Kremlin’s successful influence operation, brazenly asserting “Trump is ours,” mocking the American intelligence community for sleeping “while Russia elected a new U.S. president,” and joking that U.S. lawmakers traveled to Russia “to make deals with our hackers so they can rig the midterms in favor of Trump’s team.” In line with Trump’s “locker-room talk” explanations, the Kremlin’s mouthpieces have consistently claimed these statements are meant only as jokes or sarcasm. In reality, they represent a thinly veiled pride at the reach and success of Russia’s ongoing info-ops against the U.S. Experts say a coordinated online disinformation campaign targeting 2020 elections is already underway, using techniques developed and refined by the Kremlin during the U.S. presidential elections in 2016.Evgeny Popov, the host of 60 Minutes, the most popular state TV program in Russia as of 2018, is defiant about the findings in the Mueller report. Popov tells me: “Soon, we will help you elect Trump once again. Just like the last time. Get ready!”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Florida man arrested for threatening members of U.S. Congress
(Reuters) - U.S. officials arrested a South Florida man on Friday for leaving racist and obscenity-laden voicemails with three Democratic members of Congress that defended U.S. President Donald Trump and directed ire at U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar.
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Kremlin: No proof in Mueller's report of Russian meddling
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin argued on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page report has not offered any credible evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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Admitted Russian agent Butina asks U.S. court to be lenient
Maria Butina, who has admitted to working as a Russian agent to infiltrate an influential U.S. gun rights group and make inroads with conservative activists and Republicans, asked the court to sentence her to time served ahead of her April 26 sentencing, according to court documents. Butina, 30, a former graduate student at American University who publicly advocated for gun rights, pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiring to act as a foreign agent for Russia. "Although Maria has committed a serious offense, just punishment does not require additional incarceration," her attorneys argue in a sentencing memo filed on Friday.
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Iconic Salt Lake Temple closing for major 4-year renovation
An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years for a major renovation to help it withstand earthquakes and be more welcoming to visitors, leaders said Friday. The Salt Lake Temple will close Dec. 29 to update the stately granite building and surrounding square, including elements that emphasize the life of Jesus Christ, church President Russell M. Nelson said. The building and square at the heart of Utah's capital city is one of the state's top tourist destinations, though only church members in good standing can go inside the building used for marriages and other religious ceremonies.
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'Britain's Notre-Dame' tells fiery tale of restored glory
Thirty-five years ago it was York Minster in northern England that went up in flames. Chunks of timber soon came crashing down and John David, a stonemason, had to halt his rescue of the sacred treasures trapped inside one of Britain's most famous churches.
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Fullerton plane crash: Pilot killed in fiery small-plane crash at Fullerton Airport
The pilot was killed in a fiery crash of a small plane Thursday at the Fullerton airport.
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Affordable Workhorses: The Best Used Trucks You Can Buy
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Will the Democrats’ obsession over the Mueller report damage the party’s chances in 2020?
Republican strategist Ned Ryun debates Democratic strategist Jonathan Harris on 'Fox & Friends First.'
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Stephen Colbert Tears Into Trump's Mueller Report Response: 'That's Not How an Innocent Person Reacts'
"I'm guessing that's not how an innocent person reacts"
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Analysis: Mueller paints a damning portrait of the president
WASHINGTON (AP) — To Donald Trump, the start of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looked alarmingly like the end of his presidency. So he tried to stop it.
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Second death in Novartis gene therapy trials under investigation
Novartis has filed for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the gene therapy, Zolgensma, and a decision is expected within weeks. The FDA submission was based on findings from a trial of 15 babies treated with Zolgensma. One patient died from respiratory failure, which was deemed by the investigator and an independent monitor to be unrelated to the gene therapy.
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Down in the polls, Ukraine leader begs for second chance
Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko begged for forgiveness and a second chance Thursday as polls showed him facing all-but-certain defeat three days ahead of a presidential vote. In a dramatic televised address, Poroshenko pleaded with voters to support him over Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience who has surged ahead in the polls. What did not work out hurts the most," Poroshenko said.
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Rod Rosenstein stares blankly into the distance at Mueller report press conference
Attorney general William Barr held a press conference Thursday morning to discuss the long-awaited Mueller report, a move which has been criticized by Democrats as unnecessary and "inappropriate." Next to him stood deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who spent most of the conference staring intensely into the middle distance.Remember when Chris Christie stood next to Trump during a rally and looked like he'd just woken up on a submarine to hell? This was kind of like that. Several people made "Sound of Silence" jokes.> madame tousseau's new rod rosenstein figure looks pretty lifelike> > -- Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) April 18, 2019SEE ALSO: Pete Buttigieg's new influencer handbook is an extremely online way to campaign> Blink twice if you are ok Rod Rosenstein> > -- Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) April 18, 2019> why is rod rosenstein looking directly at me> > -- Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 18, 2019> Rod Rosenstein looks like he was added later in photoshop pic.twitter.com/xdnmEl8FkR> > -- Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) April 18, 2019> ♪♫ hello darkness my old friend ♫♪ pic.twitter.com/7mdiuK7VWe> > -- Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) April 18, 2019> when the LSD kicks in on live TV pic.twitter.com/HpYHrRmf7a> > -- chelsea adelaine hassler (@chelseaadelaine) April 18, 2019Now that Rosenstein's time at the Justice Department is drawing to a close, perhaps he can pivot to competitive staring contests. We have never seen a human person blink so little. WATCH: Should we abolish the Constitution?
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Congress subpoenas full Mueller report, escalating battle with Trump’s Justice Department
House Democrats issued a subpoena Friday for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference, a day after Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the nearly 450-page document. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said in a statement he expects the Justice Department to comply by 1 May. “It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward,” he said. The subpoena has escalated a confrontation resulting between Congress and the Justice Department in the wake of the explosive report. Mr Barr, an appointee of Donald Trump, has been criticised for his handling of the report after the special counsel concluded its investigation, including his decision to hold a press conference defending the president hours before it was released to the public. While the special counsel declined to prosecute Mr Trump on obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate the president, all but leaving the question to Congress.Mr Mueller’s report provides fresh evidence of the president’s interference in the Russia investigation and challenges lawmakers to respond. The risks for both parties are clear if they duck the responsibility or prolong an inquiry that, rather than coming to a close, may be just beginning.“My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice,” Mr Nadler said in the statement.But the committee’s top Republican, Doug Collins of Georgia, said the subpoena was “wildly overbroad” and that Mr Trump already declined to assert executive privilege in a move of “unprecedented openness.” Mr Collins said Nadler was rushing the process for political gain.“This is politically convenient,” Mr Collins said, allowing the chairman “to grandstand and rail against the attorney general for not cooperating on an impossible timeline.”The attorney general sent Congress a redacted version of the report, blacking out several types of material, including classified information, material pertaining to ongoing investigations and grand jury evidence.Mr Nadler said he is open to working with the department “to reach a reasonable accommodation for access to these materials, however I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in the dark, as they grapple with their duties of legislation, oversight and constitutional accountability.”The materials are due the day Mr Barr is scheduled to testify before a Senate committee and one day before the attorney general is set to appear before Mr Nadler’s committee. The chairmen also has summoned Mr Mueller to testify.The Associated Press contributed to this report
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What I've Changed in My Life After Being Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes
The author shares how she has changed her lifestyle to help herself cope with type 2 diabetes.
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9 Things You Think Could Be Arthritis—But Aren't
Your joints are achy, stiff, and swollen. Run-of-the-mill arthritis might be to blame. But so could these other lookalike conditions.
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The Scary Reason You Shouldn't Reuse Cooking Oil
A recent study on the effects of reheated cooking oil on the body draws an alarming conclusion. You may never look at fast food French fries the same way again.
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10 Strange Arthritis Treatments That May Actually Work
Achy joints making you miserable? If your go-to arthritis treatment isn't providing relief, consider one of these alternative therapies.
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Attorney General William Barr faces a political firestorm after release of the Mueller report
President Trump's new attorney general is facing sharp criticism for his handling of the release of the special counsel's final Trump-Russia report.
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Mueller report: House issues subpoena for full unredacted version
Jerry Nadler issues subpoena for Robert Mueller’s full report and the underlying documents ‘to make informed decisions’ * Mueller report latest – live updates * Support the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contributionThe House judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler, on Friday issued a subpoena for the full, unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign.The subpoena seeks not only the “complete and unredacted” report, but also all of the underlying documents referenced in it, including grand jury evidence. The New York Democrat said on Good Morning America that the information was necessary “to make informed decisions” on what happens next.Nadler’s committee, which has the power to launch impeachment proceedings, voted in early April to authorize the subpoena for the report after the attorney general, William Barr, outlined the categories he intended to shield.The 448-page summary of Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation concluded without reaching a verdict on whether the president illegally obstructed justice. But the report catalogues nearly a dozen instances in which Trump attempts to stop the investigation, narrow its scope or influence witnesses involved in the inquiry. Mueller cited legal constraints which prevent the justice department from charging a sitting president with obstruction of justice – and suggested a final say on the matter may lie with Congress.Trump, who left Washington for a long weekend at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida after the release of the report, tweeted on Friday to say parts of the “Crazy Mueller Report” were “total bullshit”.The subpoena came as Democrats vowed to continue investigating Donald Trump a day after the report was made public, revealing striking new details about the president’s effort to thwart a federal inquiry he believed threatened his presidency.Shortly after a redacted version of the exhaustive report was released to the public on Thursday, Nadler said it outlined “disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice” and the “responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions”.Nadler’s sweeping request instructs Barr to hand over “all documents obtained and investigative materials created” by Mueller’s office. It sets Barr a deadline of 1 May, a day before Barr is set to testify before the committee Nadler heads in Congress.This document haul, amounting to all the work created over 22 months by the special counsel’s 19 attorneys and almost 40 other investigators, could well run to more than a million pages.Mueller’s team interviewed about 500 people, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas and obtained hundreds more court orders for records of electronic communications.Barr may decide to fight the request, which would mean Nadler’s committee has to go to court to request that the subpoena be enforced. It is possible that the dispute could eventually reach the US supreme court.In a statement on Friday, Nadler said he was willing to work with the justice department to “reach a reasonable accommodation” but stressed he would not accept a situation that “leaves most of Congress in the dark”.In a letter to colleagues, the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, declared: “Congress will not be silent.”Sign up for the US morning briefing Republicans viscerally disagreed with the assessment that Congress should pick up where Mueller left off.“Democrats want to keep searching for imaginary evidence that supports their claims, but it is simply not there,” said the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy. “It is time to move on.”But far from turning the page on the investigation, Democrats are opening a new, bitterly partisan chapter. Facing them now is an issue that has already sharply divided the party along ideological and generation lines: impeachment.Democratic leaders see more risk than reward in initiating an impeachment inquiry, especially after Mueller said he found “insufficient evidence” to conclude that Trump conspired with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Without that support, Republicans are unlikely to break with the president, as they did with Richard Nixon after Watergate.“Unless [there’s] a bipartisan conclusion, an impeachment would be doomed to failure,” the House intelligence committee chairman, Adam Schiff, said on CNN. “I continue to think that a failed impeachment is not in the national interest.”A partisan endeavor could risk repeating what Democrats widely view as a historic overreach by Republicans, when they pursued impeachment against Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. Democrats fear that a divisive and unpopular impeachment battle would galvanize Trump’s supporters – as it did for Clinton 21 years ago - and would swamp the party’s policy agenda that they believe is crucial to unseating Trump in the 2020 election and holding on to their majority in the House of Representatives.Still, if the House did move forward with articles of impeachment, every Senate Democrat and 20 Senate Republicans would have to vote to remove Trump from office – an unlikely scenario at this stage.The House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, told CNN that impeachment was “not worthwhile” with a presidential election 18 months away. Nadler said that impeachment hearings were “one possibility” but that it was “too early” to discuss it.“We will have to go follow the evidence where it leads,” he said. “And I don’t know exactly where it will lead.”But in a sign that the issue is far from settled, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most vocal and high-profile members of Congress, said she would sign on to an impeachment proposal offered by her fellow freshman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.Though there are few signs Democrats are preparing to move forward with impeachment, the report has opened several potential avenues for congressional inquiry that are all but certain to consume Washington for at least the next several months.Barr said he was required by law to redact certain pieces of information, including evidence collected as part of a grand jury investigation. He has offered to meet with some congressional leaders to review a less redacted version of the report.Still, Democrats have excoriated Barr for his handling of the release of the Mueller report, accusing him of “deliberately” distorting its findings to protect Trump.Ahead of the public release of the report, Barr held a press conference to assert that Trump’s actions did not meet the legal threshold for obstruction of justice. He repeatedly invoked Trump’s own language – including “no collusion” – to defend him. His performance led some Democrats to call for his resignation.
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Children of California 'house of horrors' parents beg judge for more lenient sentence
The children of a California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing them in a case that has shocked the US said they "forgive" their parents as they begged the judge for a more lenient sentence.  David and Louise Turpin's 13 children were discovered malnourished, shackled to their beds and living in filthy conditions when their 17-year-old daughter escaped the home and raised the alarm last January. "I love both of my parents so much," said one of the daughters, in a statement read by her brother at a sentencing hearing on Friday. The comments were echoed by some of the other children, with one asking for a lighter sentence because "they believed everything they did was to protect us". The couple, who pleaded guilty to 14 charges including child abuse and torture in February, have been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. Investigators said all but one of the children - the baby - was abused Credit: UPI / Barcroft Images  The California "house of horrors" case, as it came to be known, shocked the US after the scale of the abuse was laid bare last year. When police entered the property in Perris, California they said it was covered in filth and the stench of human waste was overwhelming. The Turpins' offspring, who ranged from 2 - 29 years old at the time, were so severely malnourished they required urgent treatment for severe muscle wastage and neurological conditions. At least two girls have been left unable to bear children.  The deeply religious couple told the court they believed God had called on them to have so many children. Louise Turpin, left, listens to her attorney, Jeff Moore, during a sentencing hearing Friday Credit: AP Mrs Turpin, 50, wept as the first public statements from some of the children, who alternately spoke of love for their parents and what they had suffered. None of the children were publicly identified. One of the girls pleaded for a lenient sentence, saying her parents believed "God put it into their hearts" to home school the 13 children but were unable to cope.  Another said: "Life may have been bad but it made me strong. I fought to become the person that I am. I saw my dad change my mom. They almost changed me, but I realised what was happening. ... I'm a fighter, I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket." David Turpin, left, listens to his attorney during a sentencing hearing Friday Credit: AP Ahead of his sentence, Mr Turpin, 57, told the judge he never intended to harm his children, saying: "My homeschooling and discipline had good intentions".  "I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children. I love my children so much," Ms Turpin said. Judge Bernard Schwartz told the couple they had delayed their children's "emotional, mental and physical development" as he jailed them on Friday. "You have severed the ability to interact and raise the children that you created and brought into this world," he said.   The court had previously heard how the children were only allowed to shower once a year and were mainly kept in their rooms except for meals, which had been reduced from three to one per day.  Other than an occasional family trip to Las Vegas or Disneyland, they rarely left the home. They slept during the day and were active a few hours at night. Although the couple filed paperwork with the state to home school their children, learning was limited.  "We don't really do school. I haven't finished first grade," the 17-year-old said, according to Deputy Manuel Campos. Investigators found that the toddler had not been abused, but all of the children were hospitalised after they were discovered. The seven adult children were living together and attending university in February when their parents pleaded guilty.
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Rep. Nadler issues subpoena for full unredacted Mueller report
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler subpoenas Attorney General Bill Barr and the Justice Department for the complete Mueller report and all related documents. Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tom Dupree reacts.
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Space as a business: What Hides Beyond the Rockets Launches
Spaceships are no longer romantically surf the Universe but pragmatically sawing it in pieces. The “entrance ticket” to the solar system costs hundreds of millions.
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How To Build a Wind Tester
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The Latest: Lawyer: Shackled children want normal adulthoods
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a California couple who starved and abused a dozen of their children for years (all times local):
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Lockheed Martin joins the discussion about cloud computing services in space
Is the final frontier the next frontier for cloud computing? One of the presentations planned for Amazon's re:MARS conference in June suggests that Lockheed Martin is putting serious thought into the idea of space-based cloud services. The presentation, titled "Solving Earth's Biggest Problems With a Cloud in Space," features Yvonne Hodge, vice president and chief information officer at Lockheed Martin Space. Just because an executive is talking about the subject doesn't necessarily mean the aerospace giant has a plan in the works. But the concept would fit in nicely with Lockheed Martin's previously announced partnership with Amazon on AWS Ground… Read More
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View Photos of the Aston Martin DBS 59 Special Edition
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As Notre-Dame money rolls in, some eyebrows raised over rush of funds
People on social media, both in France and abroad, have expressed frustration that other disasters - from the Syrian and Iraq refugee crisis to the Grenfell Tower fire in London - have not received anything like the same degree of support. The first major donation to Notre-Dame came from Francois-Henri Pinault, the billionaire head of luxury goods group Kering that owns fashion brands Gucci and Saint Laurent. Pinault, 56, a celebrity figure in part because he is married to actress Salma Hayek, pledged 100 million euros ($113 million) as the blaze was still raging - a decision dictated by emotion, a spokeswoman for his family's holding company said.
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Ex-White House Lawyer Cobb Says Mueller Did a ‘Professional Job’
Cobb, who oversaw the White House response to the investigation for almost a year, said Mueller and his team took an overly broad view of obstruction. “They came to the right conclusion in affirmatively exonerating the president of the underlying crime of collusion and electing not to find misconduct in connection with obstruction,” said Cobb.
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Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade
Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years. This flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks, according to reports collected through last week and released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some experts likened the unusual double waves to having two different flu seasons compressed, back-to-back, into one.
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2 Top Aides Leaving Kim Foxx's Office Amid Jussie Smollett Fallout
Embattled Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is losing two top deputies amid the fallout from the Jussie Smollett case.
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How Sonar Discovered a 16th Century Shipwreck by Accident
A team of scavengers discovered one of the oldest known shipwrecks, filled with tons of copper, entirely coincidentally.
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Turpin case: Newly released 911 call reveals chilling moment tortured daughter turned parents in
A newly released 911 call reveals the moment a teenage girl sought help aftershe and her siblings endured years of severe abuse at the hands of theirparents in their Perris, Calif
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Man arrested with petrol tanks entering New York cathedral was philosophy teacher who booked one-way ticket to Rome
Marc Lamparello’s story seemed off from the start.It was nearly 8pm on Wednesday when Mr Lamparello, a 37-year-old graduate student and lecturer on philosophy, entered St Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan toting two gasoline cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.Hours before, he had purchased a $2,800 (£2,150), one-way plane ticket to Rome, which was set to depart the next day.Mr Lamparello was about 20 feet into the church when ushers approached him and said he could not be inside the building with the cans of gasoline, police said.He explained that he was trying to take a shortcut through the iconic sanctuary to reach his van, which he claimed had run out of gas.Mr Lamparello’s gold minivan, though, turned out not to be out of fuel, police said, and a stroll through St Patrick’s was hardly a shortcut.Denied entry, Mr Lamparello left the sanctuary, sloshing gasoline on the floor as he went, police said. He was stopped outside the church by police officers, who noticed the twin gas cans.The incident came just before Easter and two days after a devastating fire tore through the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.Mr Lamparello, who has addresses in New Jersey and in Brooklyn, was taken into custody on Wednesday night and questioned by detectives, including officers from the Police Department’s intelligence division and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.He was being held on charges of attempted arson and reckless endangerment, senior police officials said.But on Thursday afternoon, he was transported from the Midtown North Precinct to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said, and it remained unclear when he would appear in court.It was the second church-related arrest this week for Mr Lamparello.On Monday night, he was arrested inside Newark, New Jersey’s Sacred Heart Cathedral after he refused to leave the sanctuary.He told officers the church was a house of God and should be open at all hours before throwing himself on the floor and vowing to stay.“[He] said, ‘If you want me to leave, you’ll have to take me out in handcuffs',” Armando B Fontoura, the Essex County sheriff, said. He described Mr Lamparello as “very respectful”, if obstinate.Mr Lamparello was taken to a police station that evening and charged with resisting arrest, defiant trespassing and interfering with the administration of law.He was evaluated by emergency medical technicians, who found nothing wrong with him, Sheriff Fontoura said.His mother escorted him that night from the precinct to his parents’ home in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, he said.It remains unclear what may have driven Mr Lamparello to go to St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday. Police officials would not say what, if any, motive he disclosed to officers.“There doesn’t appear to be any connection to a terror group,” said John Miller, the Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.Mr Lamparello is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the City University of New York. His mother told New Jersey authorities he had an apartment in New York City.He was a 2004 graduate of Boston College and was listed as teaching courses at Brooklyn College this spring. Police said Mr Lamparello also taught at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.He had written and published a book, Reason and Counterpoint, in 2016. His online biography on Amazon.com suggests an interest in questions of religion and higher powers; it said he was working on a book-length project that would wrestle with the existence of God.At least one of the courses he has taught, Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy, touched on religion.The course included “such topics as the nature and scope of knowledge, meaning and verification, the existence of God, determinism and free will, the mind-body problem, and the nature of moral judgments,” according to an online course description for Brooklyn College.The New York Times
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GOP Sen. Mitt Romney: 'I am sickened' over Trump's conduct revealed in Mueller report
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said the conduct by President Donald Trump and his campaign outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report left him "sickened" and "appalled"
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Yes, there’s a full moon tonight, but it won’t be pink
If you're an aspiring skywatcher looking for a good reason to stay up past your bedtime and gaze into the cosmos, I have good news: Friday, April 19th will feature a full moon. However, if you're eagerly anticipating tonight's full moon because it carries the nickname "Pink Moon," I have a devastating truth to reveal: It won't be pink.Tonight's full moon -- or "Full Pink Moon" or "Pink Full Moon" or whatever you see it called around the web and beyond -- carries its nicknamed not based on its actual color, but rather because it's the first full moon of April, when lovely pink flowers known as ground phlox first begin to bloom. Yeah, it's kind of a bummer.The Pink Moon follows the trend of naming moons based on agricultural schedules set by early farmers that used cues from the Moon for a variety of things, according to the Farmers' Almanac. It's said that lunar cycles helped Native American farmers track the changes in season, though there's some dispute over which tribes actually used which naming conventions, and how widespread the practice was.Nevertheless, these old labels have seeped into our popular culture and are now used widely. Hence, we know all about the Harvest Moon, Wolf Moon, Pink Moon, Beaver Moon, and the like.Regardless of how much stock you put into the naming schemes, tonight's full moon will probably be worth your time to check out. We're just a few days past perigee, the point where the Moon is closest to Earth, so it'll appear large and bright in the night sky, as long as the weather cooperates. Just don't expect it to be pink.
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Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war. Assad met envoy Alexander Lavrentiev from key ally Russia in Damascus to discuss the negotiations due April 25-26 in Kazakhstan. Iran and Russia are the major supporters of the Syrian regime, and along with rebel backer Turkey have sponsored repeated rounds of talks in the Central Asian nation.
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How to find your dream car at the 2019 New York International Auto Show
Are you feeling stressed looking for your next car at the dealership? Well, look no further because the New York International Auto Show is back in the Big Apple!
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Mystery man in viral photo taken hour before Notre Dame Cathedral fire identified
The photo was shared Monday with thousands of retweets searching for the mystery man.
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Which of These Classics is Your Favorite Easter Candy?
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Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman pleads guilty in New York sex cult case
Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman pleaded guilty on Friday to harboring an illegal immigrant and enabling credit card fraud as part of an alleged sex cult based in upstate New York.     Bronfman, 40, entered her plea to the two criminal counts before U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.
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Carter Page Is Mr. Clean
However implausible it may seem now, there was a time when Carter Page was treated like a dangerous character. So much so that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was specifically tasked with investigating the one-time foreign-policy adviser to candidate Donald Trump.After naming Mueller special counsel, Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein penned two secret memoranda detailing Mueller’s powers and focus. Rosenstein told him he “had been authorized since his appointment to investigate allegations that three Trump campaign officials — Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and George Papadopoulos — ‘committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.’" Page was not just tagged as an explicit target of Mueller’s probe; he was first on the list. Given what soon befell Manafort and Papadopoulos, one might have expected Page to be wearing the new black. And yet, not only is Carter Page a free man, Mueller never even managed to get him on an overdue parking ticket. The question isn’t so much what happened as what didn’t.If anyone should have been prosecutable, it should have been Page — if he had committed any crime, that is. For starters, the FBI had Page under surveillance and all of his communications in their possession for a full year. How many political players could survive such colonoscopic scrutiny?Add to this that Page behaved in ways that would have made it easy for any aggressive prosecutor to go after him. He allowed himself to be interviewed by the FBI repeatedly. He testified before a grand jury. He not only raised red flags, he waved them: Having been excoriated for his July 2016 trip to Moscow, where he gave a Putin-friendly speech, he went back to Moscow in December and tried to drum up some business. He appeared before Congress and made bold claims under oath.Consider his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017: “Whereas I have never done anything wrong in Russia, no documents, records, electronically stored information including email,  communication,  recordings, data and tangible things could reasonably lead to the discovery of any facts within the investigation's publicly announced parameters as it relates to actions by the Russian government.” If Mueller had anything at all on Page, nothing would have been easier than to add a lying-to-Congress charge to the indictment.Nor is Page the sort of evil genius who would be needed to outwit some of the DOJ’s top lawyers. Read the transcript of Page’s House testimony and you’ll be struck by the witness’s odd and awkward responses. Trying to be his own lawyer, he keeps making legalistic distinctions, such as whether his contact with someone had been a “meeting” or a “greeting.” Page makes the mistake of talking about being careful rather than actually being careful. Being a careful deponent is rather like being a pilot with the right stuff. If you talk about having the right stuff, you don’t have it; if you testify you’re being cautious with your answers, you’re not being nearly careful enough.Even the Republican members quickly lost patience with Page: “You seem to draw a distinction between a meeting, a greeting, a conversation, and you hearing a speech,” said Representative Trey Gowdy. “So to the extent you may have said that you have met with senior members of Russian Government or legislators in Russia, were those meetings, greetings, conversations, or were you sitting in the audience listening?”Gowdy was referring not only to Page’s reliance on inconsequential legalisms, but also to his unfortunate habit of self-puffery. Page would take information he heard in a speech and present it to the Trump campaign as though he had learned it in a private conversation. For example, as Mueller puts it, “In communications with Campaign officials, Page also repeatedly touted his high-level contacts in Russia and his ability to forge connections between candidate Trump and senior Russian governmental officials.” Talk up your “high-level contacts in Russia” enough and people might just start to suspect that you’re a little too tight with Russian officials. Well, that, or a certain sort of political operative might get the idea to spread suspicion about you.* * *Page was in a bad enough position: Abandoned and shunned by Team Trump and annoying to Capitol Hill Republicans, Page was short on allies to help him contend with the Mueller squad. So what did he do? He painted a prosecutorial target on his back by refusing to accept Mueller’s enterprise as legitimate. Loudly and relentlessly he declared that the entire investigation was the outgrowth of a fraud perpetrated by Clinton operatives. Page demanded that what he calls the “dodgy dossier” itself be investigated.That is a task the special counsel showed no interest in, though it was easily within the scope of Mueller’s mandate. Instead the special counsel did his best to prop up the FISA warrants against Page as perfectly normal and legitimate. Mueller writes, in a long footnote at the bottom of page 183, that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court “issued warrants based on a finding of probable cause to believe that Page was an agent of a foreign power.” Mueller is unconcerned by the thin and politicized evidence used to obtain those warrants: “The FISC’s probable-cause finding was based on a different (and lower) standard than the one governing the [Special Counsel] Office's decision whether to bring charges against Page,” Mueller writes. The Special Counsel needed “admissible evidence [that] would likely be sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Page acted as an agent of the Russian Federation during the period at issue.” To issue its surveillance warrants, according to Mueller, the FISC needed only to meet the lowest of standards — “a fair probability.”Thus does Mueller achieve two things at once: He maintains that the FISA warrants were handled properly; and he insinuates he could have found Page guilty, if only the standard of proof weren’t so daunting. (Someone might remind the great and powerful Mueller of Justice Edward Douglass White’s opinion in 1895’s Coffin et al. v. the United States: “The principle that there is a presumption of innocence in favor of the accused is the undoubted law, axiomatic and elementary, and its enforcement lies at the foundation of the administration of our criminal law.”)There’s no room for presumption of innocence when the FBI is making the accusations needed to get a FISA warrant. The first of the four FISA applications declared that “the FBI believes that the Russian Government’s efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with Candidate 1’s [Donald Trump’s] campaign.” The second warrant to surveil Page was secured in January 2017. The judge was told that “the FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian Government.” The third and fourth warrant applications declared “The target of this application is an agent of a foreign power.” These were big claims. The Mueller report shows, even if grudgingly, that those claims were false.* * *Much has been made — and rightly so — about the FBI and DOJ’s lack of candor in describing dossier author Christopher Steele as a reliable source. But let’s put that aside for a moment and look at what, from the dossier, the FBI used in all four of its FISA applications. During a July 2016 trip to Moscow to give a speech, “the FBI has learned that Page met with at least two Russian officials.” Steele was the source and “reported that Page had a secret meeting with Igor Sechin, who is the President of Rosneft [a Russian energy company] and a close associate to Russian President Putin.” Page was also said to have met someone named Igor Divyekin secretly to discuss “kompromat” the Kremlin had on Hillary Clinton.What ever happened to Igor Divyekin? He appears nowhere in Mueller’s report. You can be sure that had Page had any contact or communication with Divyekin, it would have been scooped up in the 24/7 surveillance of Page. And you can be doubly sure that any such evidence would have been front and center in a criminal-conspiracy case. Instead, Divyekin simply disappears. Sechin gets a similar treatment. In interviews on the Hill and with the FBI, Page acknowledges he spoke with an old friend who works for Sechin, but scoffed at the notion he could have met secretly with the oil tycoon. There is no proof offered by Mueller for the dossier claim that Page met secretly with Sechin. Indeed, the allegation itself doesn’t even appear in the Mueller report.This is particularly telling as the Sechin claim had been central to the conspiracy narrative invented by Christopher Steele and flogged all over Washington by Fusion GPS. A writer savvy about Russia, Julia Ioffe, started working on an article about Page for Politico in the summer before the presidential election. Inclined to sneer at the amateurism of the Trump team, her working theory was that Page was a nobody trying to climb the greasy pole by inflating his credentials. But soon she was presented with an alternative take: “As I started looking into Page, I began getting calls from two separate ‘corporate investigators’ digging into what they claim are all kinds of shady connections Page has to all kinds of  shady Russians,” she wrote. “Both claimed to me that the FBI was investigating Page for allegedly meeting with Igor Sechin.”Ioffe didn’t buy it. She knew enough about Russia not to be taken in by the fanciful stories Fusion GPS was peddling. “Was Page the shadowy messenger between the Kremlin and Trump Tower,” Ioffe asked, “or was he the nebbishy, not-very-successful man trying to profit” from being on a list of Trump advisers? She concluded that “whatever game the Russians were running, Page was firmly in the latter camp.”Had the FBI been less credulous, maybe a smidgen more sophisticated, or perhaps just less eager to hobble Trump, they might have easily come to the same conclusion. It would have saved everyone a  lot of bother.The special counsel was explicitly tasked with investigating Carter Page and given every tool —from wiretaps to grand-jury subpoenas — to get the job done. By contrast, Page ran through his savings and was reduced to being his own lawyer. With the odds stacked so profoundly against him, if there were anything to the stories told in the dossier, Page would not have been in any position to escape justice. That Robert Mueller had to grudgingly admit he had no proof Page had committed any crime is the most compelling rebuke to the collusion canard.He may be goofy. He may be indiscreet. His views on Putin may be those of a Russophilic spaniel. But for all that, Carter Page may be the squeaky-cleanest man in America.
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Putin's Use of Tycoons as Trump Emissaries Exposed by Mueller
The exchange recorded in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, in which the name of Kirill Dmitriev’s contact has been redacted, captures the jubilation among Kremlin insiders over Trump’s victory following what U.S. intelligence said was a campaign of Russian interference designed to help the underdog. Mueller’s report, which includes details of Dmitriev’s private correspondence and an interview with billionaire investor Petr Aven, offers a rare glimpse into how President Vladimir Putin uses leading businessmen to act as informal Kremlin emissaries, meeting regularly with them to give directions.
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Iconic Salt Lake Temple closing for major 4-year renovation
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years for a major renovation to help it withstand earthquakes and be more welcoming to visitors, leaders said Friday.
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Doctors assessing when Madeira bus crash survivors can fly home to Germany
The bus - carrying 55 tourists and a tour guide - veered off a steep road in the coastal town of Canico on Wednesday, and came to a halt next to a house, killing 29 Germans and injuring 27, including the Portuguese driver and tour guide. Portugal's public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the accident. Heiko Maas, Germany's foreign minister, landed in Madeira on Thursday evening with a team of doctors, psychologists and consular officials to meet those affected.
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After the Mueller report — what comes next?
What happened: Attorney General William Barr has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report on his probe into Russia’s effort to influence the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump’s campaign was involved. The 448-page document included many revelations, including, as Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff reports, that Trump committed “multiple acts” aimed at obstructing the investigation but was saved from being charged with a crime in part because his top aides refused to carry out his orders. What’s being debated and what comes next: All eyes are now on Congress, and lawmakers are now tasked with deciding whether to pursue impeachment proceedings or whether they should close the book and look forward.
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Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll
The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll. The poll, conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, is the first national survey to measure the response from the American public after the U.S. Justice Department released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report that recounted numerous occasions in which Trump may have interfered with the investigation. In his report, Mueller said his investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign had coordinated with Russians.
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Newt Gingrich: Mueller report shows a president that obeyed the law and did what was right
Former House speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich breaks down his biggest takeaways from the Mueller report.
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North Macedonia’s election: a victory for Western diplomacy?
The newborn Republic of North Macedonia is unique in a part of the world where nationalist strongmen, religious extremists, and organized criminals are amassing ever greater influence. “We are the most successful story in the region,” says Bujar Osmani, deputy prime minister for European affairs. Less partisan observers point to flaws in North Macedonia’s democratic credentials, but there is no doubt that “everyone perceives Macedonia as a positive story,” agrees Uranija Pirovska, head of the local Helsinki Committee, a human rights watchdog.
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It sure looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a piece of junk
Remember a little over 7 months ago when I told you that you shouldn't get excited about Samsung's first foldable phone? Well, here we are.Samsung has plenty of strong suits. It is the top-selling smartphone vendor in the world, after all. It makes gorgeous AMOLED screens for mobile devices. The company also makes some of the best components in the world and has a booming chip business. One thing Samsung is not good at, however, is first-generation products. In fact, "not good" is far too kind... Samsung is awful at designing first-generation products.We've seen it time and time again. Samsung's strength is refinement, as evidenced by its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphone lines. Early generations were terrible, plasticky iPhone copycats. Now Samsung's current-generation flagship phones are market leaders in so many ways. The Galaxy S10+ might be the best all-around Android phone I've ever tested, and the Note 10 sounds like it will be even more impressive. But the Galaxy Fold is nothing short of an absolute disaster, just like I said it would be. In fact, the only way the Galaxy Fold launch could possibly be any worse is if batteries start exploding like they did back in 2016 when Samsung had to cancel production of its Galaxy Note 7 and recall every single phone it sold.It's official: the first widely available smartphone with a foldable display is a piece of junk. Feel free to check it out when it hits store shelves next Friday. But for the love of whatever or whomever you pray to, don't buy one.Yesterday I briefly touched on the huge new issues facing Samsung's Galaxy Fold. The company gave out phones to bloggers for review, and a shockingly high percentage of those phones are breaking. Anything above a 0% failure rate would be shocking for review units of a new smartphone, to be frank, and a quick search yielded more bloggers complaining of broken phones than bloggers who said their Fold units were working fine. That's insane.Many of the issues we've been hearing about stem from the fact that the Galaxy Fold appears to have a screen protector pre-applied on the display. As with all Android phones that ship with cheap plasticky screen protectors, the first thing reviewers did when they got the phones was peel it off. The problem, as we now know, is that Samsung failed to tell most of them that the plastic layer in question is actually an integral part of the display. Long story short, peeling it off breaks the phone.https://twitter.com/MKBHD/status/1118580472576118787Now, there are a few glaring issues here. First, can you imagine a company being so horrible at design that it's going to sell a $2,000 smartphone with an integral plastic film on the screen that can easily be peeled off? Can you imagine a company being so naive as to think that some customers won't end up peeling it off even with better messaging? And what happens when the phone has been used for a while and the adhesive at the edges of that film inevitably begins to peel on its own?This is one of the worst smartphone design decisions I have ever seen. It's absolutely unforgivable.Then there were other bloggers who found that the screens on their Galaxy Fold review units were malfunctioning without having touched that stupid film at all. That's right, the displays are spontaneously breaking on a new smartphone that has one major selling point: the display. The foldable OLED screen on the Galaxy Fold is literally the only thing about the phone that is exciting. And it's breaking for no discernible reason.Here's the thing: the Galaxy Fold would be a horrible phone even if it didn't have these issues. The design is terrible, with a giant notch bitten out of the top corner for the front-facing cameras. And I do mean GIANT, as you can see in the image above. On top of that, the crease at the center of the display is visible while you use the phone, it doesn't fold all the way closed, it's uncomfortably thick in your pocket, and the outer screen is ridiculously tiny with giant bezels above and blow it.This phone is junk.The idea of foldable smartphones is cool and exciting, but it absolutely is not ready for primetime right now. The Galaxy Fold never should have seen the light of day. Samsung rushed to be the first company with a widely available foldable smartphone, which is nothing new for Samsung. It often rushes to be first with a new type of product, and the results are garbage each and every time.Maybe Huawei will have better luck in a couple of months when it releases the Mate X. It certainly sports a far better design than the Galaxy Fold, and the construction seemed vastly superior when we played with it briefly at MWC 2019. But we won't know for certain until we get our hands on a review unit.In the meantime, do yourself a favor and keep your wallet in your pocket when the Galaxy Fold is released next week.
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Oklahoma City bombing 'Survivor Tree' DNA to live on
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA — and the spirit — of a tree that has symbolized hope in the 24 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history shook the city to its core.
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Man Charged With Trying to Set St. Patrick’s on Fire Was Arrested at Newark Cathedral Days Earlier
TIMOTHY A. CLARYDays before a 37-year-old philosophy professor allegedly tried to set fire to the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the heart of Manhattan, he was arrested for refusing to leave a church in New Jersey—setting off a bizarre 48 hours for a man who previously had little interaction with law enforcement.According to an arrest report of the incident at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart obtained by The Daily Beast, Marc Lamparello was charged Monday night after he refused orders from an Essex County Deputy Sheriff to leave the Newark church.The cathedral was closing and Lamparello, who was seated in a pew according to the report, allegedly told a sheriff who asked him to leave: “If you want me to leave tonight, you’re gonna have to handcuff me and arrest me tonight and take me to jail.”A few moments later, as two sheriffs tried to get him to leave, Lamparello apparently threw himself onto a pew and yelled “no.” Then, as officers tried to take him into custody, he resisted, and at one point threw himself onto the church floor, stating, “I’m not leaving. God wants me here. I know all the sins the priests have committed.” Details of the arrest emerged as authorities in New York charged Lamparello Thursday afternoon with attempted arson, reckless endangerment, and city code violations related to illegally transporting flammable materials in public places. It was not clear when Lamparello would be arraigned. He was transported Thursday afternoon to the psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital for evaluation, police said.Police are still working to determine Lamparello’s motive, but John Miller, the head of the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau, said investigators with the NYPD and FBI in New York reviewed the case throughout the night and determined there “doesn’t appear to be any connection to any terrorist group or any terrorist related intent here.”But, Miller added that based on Lamparello’s movements and the fact he had gasoline, lighter fluid that is used for igniting a grill, and a bag filled with lighters, police believe he was planning to set fire inside St. Patrick’s“There is significant reason to doubt the veracity of his statements and his intent with those items seem to be to set a fire,” he said.Police were particularly concerned since the incident took place days after an accidental fire destroyed parts of Notre Dame in Paris.“You would have to say from our standpoint...there was certainly attention to that when  he showed up at an iconic church,” Miller said, adding that he could not say that Lamparello made any statements related to the Notre Dame fire.The charges capped a bizarre two days for Lamparello, who teaches philosophy and published a book on the subject titled Reason and Counterpoint, in 2016. Before Monday his only run-ins with the law included a drug possession charge in 2005, a senior law-enforcement official said.Lamparello has worked as a professor at several colleges and universities, including Brooklyn College, Seton Hall University, and Lehman College, where he is a part-time online professor lecturer and PhD candidate in the philosophy department. The schools confirmed Lamparello’s previous or current employment.“We are aware that an individual was arrested last night after an incident at St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” Lehman College spokesperson Sarah Ramsey said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “The individual was hired at Lehman College during this academic year and was a part-time online instructor this semester.”After his arrest, however, Lehman confirmed that it will terminate Lamparello’s employment with the college.The New Jersey native has ties to the Catholic Church. As recently as 2013, Lamparello was the music director at St. Joseph’s Church in East Rutherford, New Jersey, according to a church bulletin posted online. Church bulletins suggest he was in the role for at least three years, beginning in 2011. The church did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.It all seemed to unravel around 10:30 p.m. Monday when he was approached by police in Newark. According to the arrest report in New Jersey, Lamparello was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction and released after being evaluated by medics that responded to the scene. Lamparello did not have any flammable materials in New Jersey, police said.Miller said police determined that Lamparello has homes in both New York and New Jersey but had been living in a hotel the past few days.Investigators also learned that on Wednesday morning before he left for New York, Lamparello booked a $2,800 flight to Italy that would have departed at 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Miller said.The NYPD determined that Lamparello arrived in the area near St. Patrick’s around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Miller said. Surveillance video from the area and security cameras at the building show his van circling the block as well as getting in and out of the vehicle.Around 7.55 p.m., Miller said he returned to the van, opened a back door and took out the two cans of gasoline, two containers of lighter fluid, and a bag filled with lighters. About a minute later, he entered St. Patrick’s Cathedral through the front door and walked about 20 feet before he was confronted by a church usher. “He is approached by the usher, who is working at the front door, who tells him he cannot proceed into the cathedral with these items,” Miller said. “When he puts it down, some of it spills on the floor. He picks it up and leaves.”The usher then alerted members of the NYPD’s counterterrorism bureau who were stationed outside. Two officers followed Lamparello down 50th Street and engaged him in a conversation for “some time” in an effort to vet his story and locate his vehicle, Miller said.“He explains that he was trying to locate his vehicle, that his vehicle was out of gas,” Miller said. “That’s why he possessed the gasoline. At this point he is walking away from his vehicle, which is parked on Fifth Avenue, and not towards it.”The officers determined that Lamparello’s van was not out of gas or located in the direction that he was heading and arrested him for questioning, Miller said.Concerned, members of the joint terrorism task force, which includes the FBI and the NYPD, questioned Lamparello through the night, before determining that the incident appeared to be isolated.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll
The poll, conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, is the first national survey to measure the response from the American public after the U.S. Justice Department released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report that recounted numerous occasions in which Trump may have interfered with the investigation. In his report, Mueller said his investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign had coordinated with Russians. The poll found that 50 percent of Americans agreed that “Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election,” and 58 percent agreed that the president “tried to stop investigations into Russian influence on his administration.” Forty percent said they thought Trump should be impeached, while 42 percent said he should not.
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On Good Friday, pope hears harrowing stories of human trafficking
The meditations read out by speakers during the 14 "stations of the cross" which commemorate the last hours of Jesus' life were written by Sister Eugenia Bonetti, an 80-year-old Italian nun who has won multiple awards for her work with trafficked women and children. Francis has made defense of migrants a key feature of his pontificate and has clashed over the immigration with politicians such as U.S. President Donald Trump and Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini who leads the anti-immigrant League party and has closed Italy's ports to rescue ships operated by charities. Bonetti's were among the most graphic and emotional ever read at the service.
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Romney 'sickened' by Trump administration 'dishonesty' exposed by Mueller report
The senator from Utah becomes the first Republican lawmaker to criticize the president in the wake of the release of the report.
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Columbine Was the First of Three School Shooting for This Colorado Officer
Arvada Police Deputy Chief A.J. DeAndrea has responded to three school shootings during his watch. For him, the violence at Columbine was only the beginning.
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Mueller report: Donald Trump failed us as commander-in-chief
A president who takes seriously his oath would be in shock to realize the astonishing level of penetration of his inner circle by agents of Russia.
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Officials: South Carolina school girl died of natural causes
WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities said Friday that the death of a fifth grade girl at school last month was due to natural causes and not a fight with another student, which they described as lasting only seconds. But the family of the girl disagreed, saying she was repeatedly antagonized by the other student.
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Top Democrats in Congress reject Barr's proposal to limit Mueller report access
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Friday rejected Attorney General William Barr's proposal to allow them access to a less-redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report. In an April 19 letter to the attorney general, six Democratic lawmakers led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer instead reiterated their demand for Barr to release the unredacted Mueller report to Congress. ...
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Yes, Kim Kardashian West wants to be a lawyer. And that's only a good thing.
She used her status to free inmates and push reform. Slamming the celebrity mogul's efforts doesn't make people woke, it makes them shallow.
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Samsung to inspect Galaxy Fold phones after reviewer complaints
Samsung announced Thursday it will inspect units of its highly anticipated folding smartphone after some reviewers reported screen damage. A handful of US-based reporters were given the flagship Galaxy Fold phones, priced at $1,980, ahead of the model's official release next week, and they reported screen issues within days of using the devices. "The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in," Bloomberg's Mark Gunman tweeted.
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France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre-Dame
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre-Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore up the still fragile cathedral. Some 600 firefighters worked throughout the night Monday to put out the fire at the Paris landmark and prevent an even worse disaster, in a blaze that felled the spire and destroyed two-thirds of its roof. A prayer vigil was held at another of Paris's landmark churches, the Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart), on Thursday which was due to remain open all night.
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Kim Foxx's chief ethics officer, integrity unit director resign following Smollett controversy
Two top deputies in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office submit their resignations after charges are dropped in the Jussie Smollett case; Matt Finn reports on the details.
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Why frustrated Ukrainians may elect a comedian as president
Election billboards across Ukraine feature a stern-jawed incumbent President Petro Poroshenko facing off with his main opponent in second-round voting for the presidency this Sunday. Ukrainians seem ready to overwhelmingly elect a political novice, a comedian whose main claim to fame is that he played a president on TV, when they cast ballots this Sunday. According to the latest survey, carried out by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), 72% of decided voters plan to vote for Mr. Zelenskiy, with just 25% choosing Mr. Poroshenko.
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BlackBerry Messenger or BBM to be shut down for consumers on May 31
The mobile messaging service BBM, one of the last remnants from BlackBerry’s heyday is about to be closed for consumers.
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Venezuela's Guaido calls for 'largest march in history' to oust Maduro
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Friday called on supporters to take to the streets on May 1 for what he called "the largest march in the history" of the South American country to keep the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to leave power. Guaido, the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who in January invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency on the basis that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate, reiterated his call for the country's armed forces to take his side in the three-month power struggle. "They will need to listen to the people saying: enough," Guaido told a crowd gathered at a plaza in eastern Caracas, setting the date for the march for May 1, International Workers' Day.
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Donald Trump Is Weak and Afraid. The Mueller Report Proves It
The President is not the man his supporters think he is, writes David French
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Trump's 'total and complete exoneration' turns out to be fake news
The president returned to his portrayal of Robert Mueller's report as "fabricated & totally untrue."
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After Mueller report, the pressure shifts to Congress
One day after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report, the focus is shifting to Capitol Hill, with many observers suggesting it’s now Congress’s duty to pick up where the special counsel left off. “That’s their duty,” agrees John Yoo, a former Department of Justice deputy assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush.
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Trump's plan to put immigrants in sanctuary cities exposes real ugliness in both parties
Thanks to Trump’s plan to give these so-called sanctuary cities what they claim they want, we see both parties for who they really are. And it’s ugly.
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3-Year-Old Born With Backward Legs Walks for the First Time in Emotional Viral Video
A "miracle" surgery changed this little girl's life. 
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South Carolina fifth grader in school fight died of natural causes; no charges will be filed
Officials said the 10-year-old died from a preexisting condition called arteriovenous malformation, and there was no evidence trauma led to her death.
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When saying no to a president saves democracy
Few Americans will read the public portions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Congress will now decide if the president did obstruct justice. Mr. Mueller praises some of those around Mr. Trump for standing up for rule of law.
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Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border fire: army
Israel on Friday struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip with tank and aircraft fire after troops were shot at on the Israeli side of the border, the army said. The Israeli military said in a statement that "no injuries to soldiers were reported" after its troops came under fire. Palestinian security sources in Hamas-ruled Gaza told AFP that the Israeli strikes hit Hamas military observation posts at three locations along the frontier.
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Beyoncé's 'I Gotta Go Home' Is Your Exit Strategy for Every Situation
As demonstrated in 'Homecoming'
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Mueller finds no conspiracy, but extensive Trump-Russia contacts
Ultimately, Mueller determined the various contacts either didn't amount to criminal behavior or would be difficult to prove in court, even if people in Trump's orbit sometimes displayed a willingness to accept Russian help, the report showed. Trump and his allies, who derided the Mueller probe as a political "witch hunt", portrayed the report as vindication. "The bottom line is the president is exonerated and the campaign is exonerated of collusion," said Michael Caputo, a former adviser to Trump's campaign.
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US 'House of Horrors' parents jailed for torture, abuse
A California couple were jailed for at least 25 years on Friday after admitting to imprisoning and torturing 12 of their 13 children in a grisly "House of Horrors" case that shocked the world. David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 50, had pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts -- including cruelty, false imprisonment, child abuse and torture of their children aged three to 30. In an emotionally wrenching hearing, several of the children professed continued love for their parents, from Perris, in Riverside County, 70 miles (112 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.
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Mom Is Tirelessly Raising Awareness About Her Daughter's Rare, Life-Threatening Disease
Seven-year-old Trinity underwent dozens of tests before being diagnosed with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC), an ultra-rare disease believed to affect only one in every 50,000-100,000 children worldwide.
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The 4 Most Damaging Myths About Kids, Screen Time, and Technology
Screens can be good or bad for kids. It all depends on how active parents are in managing the time their kids spend in front of them.
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Want to Live Longer? Science Says to Do These 5 Things
These habits can improve your health and lifespan
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Anger followed Notre Dame grief for yellow vest protesters
PARIS (AP) — For many yellow vest protesters, the stinging sadness that came with the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has quickly given way to boiling anger.
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Top Gene-Sequencing Stocks for 2019
These next-generation companies are working on game-changing ways to obtain and profit from genetic insight.
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Judge Orders Florida To Start Treating Inmates With Hepatitis C
The state was reportedly neglecting to treat patients with the disease due to the cost of the drugs that cure it.
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2020 Vision: Candidates weigh in on Mueller report — and on Barr
Most focused on Attorney General William Barr’s conduct — and not one mentioned impeachment.
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Three world-class climbers presumed dead in Canadian avalanche
Three renowned professional alpinists are missing and presumed dead after an avalanche in the Rocky Mountains.
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Behold, the very bizarre Facebook auto-captions from NASA launch
"And we have lift off the guitarist G 11 mission." Huh?  The closed captions on Facebook might need a bit of tweaking after a NASA video displayed some peculiar subtitles. The video in question is the Wednesday launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket, carrying a Cygnus cargo freighter destined for the International Space Station, done in conjunction with NASA. As Ars Technica pointed out, the captions leave a lot to be desired.  Watch the original video below with the captions turned on.  In case you missed it, here are a few of the more choice errors made in the captions.  In this case, the caption should have read, "and we have lift off of the Antares NG-11 mission." Close but still not quite right; the correct caption would be "core pressurization looks good." While this one may make some sense if you're watching with just captions, it's still not the correct caption, which should have read, "TVC is nominal." Yeah, these are kind of silly. But it's also kind of a big deal that Facebook can't get these captions correct. After all, Facebook previously made a big to-do about using these live video captions for hearing impaired users. It can't always be perfect, but it should be a bit better than this.  We reached out to Facebook to see what causes these kinds of errors and what might be done to fix them. In the meantime, just use a bit of caution when watching these Facebook videos and if a caption seems too silly to be accurate, it probably is.  Hope that guitarist G 11 makes it back from space. WATCH: Meet Katie Bouman, one of the scientists who helped capture the first black hole image
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Behold, the very bizarre Facebook auto-captions from NASA launch
"And we have lift off the guitarist G 11 mission." Huh? The closed captions on Facebook might need a bit of tweaking after a NASA video displayed some peculiar subtitles.The video in question is the Wednesday launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket, carrying a Cygnus cargo freighter destined for the International Space Station, done in conjunction with NASA. As Ars Technica pointed out, the captions leave a lot to be desired. Watch the original video below with the captions turned on. In case you missed it, here are a few of the more choice errors made in the captions. In this case, the caption should have read, "and we have lift off of the Antares NG-11 mission." Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Space, Nasa, and Science
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Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter
BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus.
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Notre-Dame paintings removed amid lead pollution fears
French art experts headed into the stricken Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to remove all the remaining paintings on Friday despite warnings from an environmental group that the site could be a toxic health threat. Officials from the culture ministry were allowed into the 850-year-old landmark to begin retrieving the artworks after fire service officials declared the scorched structure safe enough to go inside. Firefighters and engineering experts have been working on the fragile landmark since a devastating blaze on Monday night, erecting scaffolding and other wooden supports to stop any of the stonework collapsing.
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Mueller Report Showed Donald Trump Was Fixated on Finding Hillary Clinton's Emails
Mueller’s report showed Trump associates working to disseminate hacked material
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Pete Buttigieg to Seth Meyers: Mueller Report Won’t ‘Change Much’ for Trump
NBCFor all of the damning revelations about President Donald Trump and those who surround him in the long-awaited release of the Mueller report on Thursday, at least one major Democratic presidential candidate doesn’t think it will change the calculus for 2020. Mayor Pete Buttigieg sat down with Seth Meyers on NBC’s Late Night and appeared to downplay its impact when the host asked him for his initial reactions. Buttigieg predicted that even though it confirmed “we have a president who acts in a self-serving way” and engaged in behavior that was “at best unethical” and “legally problematic, to put it charitably” that “politically” he doesn’t “think it will change much” for Trump.“It’s one more reminder that if we really want to send Trumpism into the history books, the best thing we can do is defeat it decisively at the ballot box in 2020,” he added. As the crowd cheered wildly, Meyers joked, “I’m very good at judging how the audience feels about something and they’re split right down the middle on that one.” The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who served as a Naval Intelligence Officer, took more offense at the way President Trump has routinely dismissed and disregarded military intelligence while trying to frame himself as a bigger supporter of the military than Democrats are. “To see the way that intelligence is being politicized, to see the way that military families are being used as props by this president is demoralizing,” Buttigieg said. “And it’s one more reason why it might not be a bad idea to have someone in the White House who actually served.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Ebola worker killed at hospital in eastern DR Congo
A health worker fighting an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo was killed Friday in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The attack is the latest in a string of assaults on teams grappling with a near nine-month-old Ebola outbreak that has claimed almost 850 lives. "The @WHO family lost a dear colleague in the hospital attack in Butembo, #DRC, today," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet.
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Doctor and Musician Henrik Widegren Releases Album, 'Medical Melodies and Surgical Songs'
Swedish doctor and musician Henrik Widegren released a new album, "Medical Melodies and Surgical Songs." It includes the single "Never Google Your Symptoms."
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Bobcat survives deadly wildfire, has 4 kittens in California
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a young bobcat captured, collared and released a day before a massive, deadly wildfire has given birth to four kittens.
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The Mueller Report Shows Why the Trump Campaign Was Such an Easy Target for Russia
Dozens of Russian individuals, directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin, contacted at least 17 Trump campaign officials and advisors.
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Observers say they saw Jesus in cathedral flames
Some people say they saw Jesus in the fire that badly damaged Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday.
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Pills for Sex: Feds Charge Dozens of Doctors in Illegal Opioid Prescription Busts
John Moore/GettyMore than 50 medical professionals were charged by the Department of Justice on Wednesday with illegally distributing more than 32 million opioid pills, including one doctor who allegedly exchanged pills for sexual favors and a dentist who “unnecessarily” pulled patients’ teeth to justify prescribing the highly addictive drugs.The charges are the result of a widespread investigation conducted by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, created last year to target a region of the country that’s been particularly ravaged by the ongoing opioid epidemic, which has already claimed tens of thousands of American lives. Investigators and confidential informants infiltrated suspicious clinics, using cameras and tape recorders to capture the alleged crimes, The Washington Post reports. “That is the equivalent of one opioid dose for every man, woman and child in the five states in the region that we’ve been targeting,” said Brian Benczowski, an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s criminal division. “If these medical professionals behave like drug dealers, you can rest assured that the Justice Department is going to treat them like drug dealers.”As a result of the investigation, 31 doctors were charged, alongside seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners, seven other licensed medical professionals, and seven others, the DOJ said in a press release. The charges include unlawful distribution or dispensing of controlled substances by a medical professional, health-care fraud, and conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud. A whopping 32 people face charges in Tennessee, including one doctor, the self-branded “Rock Doc,” who was accused of exchanging the highly addictive drugs for sexual favors. In just three years, the press release states, the Rock Doc allegedly prescribed “500,000 hydrocodone pills, 300,000 oxycodone pills, 1,500 fentanyl patches, and more than 600,000 benzodiazepine pills,” sometimes in exchange for sexual favors, and sometimes in “powerful and dangerous” combinations. Similar charges were brought against a doctor in Alabama, who stands accused of recruiting prostitutes and other young women with whom he’d had sexual relationships to become his patients—and opening up his home for their illicit drug use. Another Alabama doctor allegedly doled out prescriptions to patients he knew to be addicts, collecting a “concierge fee” of $50 per visit or $600 a year. Yet another is accused of handing out “excessive” quantities of drugs to some patients that amounted to up to 15 pills a day. In the Eastern District of Kentucky, a dentist stands accused of pulling patients’ teeth unnecessarily to justify prescribing opioids. A doctor was accused in the same district of prescribing opioids to his Facebook friends, who would come to his home to pick up their doses. That doctor also allegedly signed off on prescriptions for his office manager, who would deliver opioids to patients’ home in exchange for cash. In Ohio, six people were charged, including a doctor who was believed at one time to be the highest prescriber of controlled substances in the state, and several others who allegedly ran a “pill mill” in Dayton that gave out 1.75 million pills between October 2015 and October 2017 alone. This isn’t the first time federal prosecutors have gone after illegal narcotics schemes. Last summer, the Justice Department charged 162 people—including 76 doctors—with prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous drugs. Federal officials say this is just the beginning. “Today’s takedown demonstrates the FBI’s unwavering commitment to working alongside our Strike Force partners, including the HHS-OIG and DEA, to fight the opioid epidemic and related criminal activity in the Appalachian region,” FBI Executive Assistant Director Hess said in the press release. “We will not stand by and allow the harmful and oftentimes deadly practice of over-prescribing highly addictive drugs to continue unchecked. The FBI will pursue medical personnel who misuse their positions of trust to blatantly disregard others’ very lives for their own financial gain.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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History Shows 'Sanctuary Cities' Can Thrive With Influx of Immigrants
U.S. President Donald Trump's consideration of sending immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities represented by Democrats is more than possible retaliation against his political opponents. It also evokes an event nearly 40 years ago that to this day shapes the partisan debates in the United States and other countries about the impact of immigration. Some economists say low-skilled immigrants from poor countries can hurt low-skilled native workers, while others say such an influx can bolster a local economy.
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Albany Law, SUNY Poly Launch Interdisciplinary ‘Innovation Clinic’ to Commercialize Tech
With a new partnership, law and engineering students at the New York-based colleges will work in tandem to take technology from the lab to the marketplace.
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In divided America, Mueller report hardens the most strident
"Hmm, seems like there's a lot of gray area here," said Eileen O’Brien, 65, of Clearwater, Florida, reading aloud a line about the findings falling short of a criminal case. "Legally wrong and morally wrong are two different things." The release of the long-anticipated report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 election landed in a stridently divided America: one side convinced Trump acted improperly, the other adamant that the investigation was a politically driven farce. Mueller built an extensive case that Trump committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, though he did not exonerate the president.
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Jerry Nadler issues 8-page subpoena for unredacted Mueller report, including underlying documents
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler takes the next step in what is shaping up to be a lengthy political and legal battle between Democrats and Republicans over the Mueller report; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
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Columbine principal, haunted by 20-year-old massacre, still recites victims' names
Each morning for the last two decades, Frank DeAngelis has recited aloud the names of the 13 people killed at Columbine High School, where he served as principal during the 1999 massacre that marked a modern era of mass school shootings. On April 20, 1999, two heavily armed Columbine students stormed the school in suburban Denver, killing 12 classmates and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. At the time, it was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
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Bieber, Ariana Grande join Lil Dicky for Earth Day video
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Leonardo DiCaprio have joined rapper-comedian Lil Dicky on a new song and video aimed at bringing awareness to climate change and Earth Day, which is Monday.
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8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes
You may be able to do more than you think.
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An 11-Year-Old Girl Died From an Allergic Reaction to Toothpaste—Now Her Mother Is Speaking Out
Here's what she wants all parents to know. 
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Trump was ‘fighting for his political life,’ his former lawyer says, explaining attacks on Mueller
In 2017 and 2018, Cobb played a pivotal role in organizing the White House response to the Mueller investigation, negotiating agreements to turn over documents and allow interviews with White House officials.
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In war-torn Syria, an ancestor of Notre-Dame still stands
An arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: a 5th century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of France's famed Notre-Dame cathedral. Hemmed by the village of Qalb Lozeh (Arabic for Heart of the Almond), the cathedral which goes by the same name is widely hailed as Syria's finest example of Byzantine-era architecture.
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Man who mailed white powder to Trump's sons gets probation
A Massachusetts man was sentenced on Friday to five years of probation after admitting he mailed threatening letters filled with a suspicious white powder to several prominent people, including U.S. President Donald Trump's sons. Federal prosecutors in Boston had sought three years in prison for Daniel Frisiello, 25, of Beverly, Massachusetts, whose hoax letters included one in February 2018 addressed to Donald Trump Jr. Trump's then-wife, Vanessa, opened the letter and was taken to the hospital. Investigators later determined the powder sent to Trump's eldest son's home was harmless, as was the substance contained in an earlier letter Frisiello sent during the 2016 presidential campaign to the Republican president's son Eric Trump.
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House subpoena for Mueller report escalates investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel's Robert Mueller's report as Congress escalates its investigation of President Donald Trump.
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Appeals court upholds California 'sanctuary state' bill
A US appeals court on Thursday upheld a California "sanctuary state" bill that blocks state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities. The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in San Francisco, unanimously ruled to uphold Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police and sheriffs from collaborating with immigration authorities. "SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government's immigration enforcement efforts," said Judge Milan Smith in the ruling.
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Aircraft Carrier Alliance: Will Britain Build India a New Queen Elizabeth-Class Carrier?
Will India’s next aircraft carrier be a British design?British defense contractor BAE Systems is offering a Queen Elizabeth-class design as a contender for India’s third aircraft carrier, which will be built in India.“BAE Systems has begun discussions with India regarding the potential for basing development of the second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-2) project on the successful Queen Elizabeth Class design,” said a BAE statement. “The design is adaptable to offer either ski jump or catapult launch and can be modified to meet Indian Navy and local industry requirements.”India currently operates one aircraft carrier, the 45,000-ton Vikramaditya, which is actually the former Soviet carrier Admiral Gorshkov. That ship has been plagued by engine problems as well as reliability issues with its MiG-29K fighters.Under construction is India’s first indigenous carrier, the 40,000-ton Vikrant, while is scheduled to go to sea in 2020. But as is often the case with Indian-built defense projects, the vessel has suffered from problems such as massive cost overruns and disputes with Russian contractors who are supplying materials for the Indian-built ship.
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Venezuela congress to weigh 2020 PDVSA bond payment next week
Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly expects to vote on making a $71 million bond interest payment when it meets next week, a lawmaker and a member of state-run oil company PDVSA's ad-hoc board of directors said. Payment would protect U.S. refiner Citgo, PDVSA's crown jewel overseas asset, from potential seizure by creditors. Alejandro Grisanti, an economist appointed to the ad-hoc PDVSA board by the National Assembly last week, said the board was "sparing no effort" to make the payment on PDVSA's 2020 bond, which is backed by half the shares in Cigto.
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Don't Wait to Book Summer Air Travel | 737 Max
737 Max Fallout: Don't Wait to Book Summer Air Travel If you’re thinking of taking a summer vacation but haven’t yet booked your airline tickets, here’s one bit of advice: This is not the year t...
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'Britain's Notre-Dame' tells fiery tale of restored glory
Thirty-five years ago it was York Minster in northern England that went up in flames. Chunks of timber soon came crashing down and John David, a stonemason, had to halt his rescue of the sacred treasures trapped inside one of Britain's most famous churches.
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Best Robot Vacuums For Your Home
Kiss your mop and broom goodbye.
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Mueller report shows ‘fake news’ repeatedly came from Trump, not the media
If special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation makes one thing clear, it’s that many of the news reports that President Donald Trump branded as “fake news“ were, in fact, very real news indeed.While Mr Mueller’s report didn’t establish a criminal conspiracy and was “unable” to conclude that obstruction of justice occurred – contrary to hours of speculation among cable-news pundits during Mr Mueller’s long investigation – it also largely validated news accounts that Trump dismissed or disparaged.Instead, at least in the Mueller team’s analysis, the fake news seems to have flowed not from the media but from the other direction.His report, released Thursday, cites multiple instances in which Trump and White House aides misled or lied to journalists or in public statements as the investigation was unfolding.On the day of Mr Mueller’s appointment, in May 2017, for example, White House aides said Trump reacted calmly to the news.In fact, according to Mr Mueller’s report, Trump’s first reaction was anything but calm.According to notes taken by an aide, Trump responded by saying: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f***ed ... This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters repeatedly in May 2017 that she personally had heard from “countless members of the FBI” that they were “grateful and thankful” to Trump for firing FBI director James Comey.That never happened, Mr Mueller said. He wrote that Ms Sanders later acknowledged to investigators that her comments were “not founded on anything”.Trump also dictated a press statement saying that he had fired Mr Comey based on the recommendations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.But Mr Mueller found that Trump had already decided to fire James Comey before Gen Rosenstein had weighed in.Mr Trump backed down and later publicly acknowledged he intended to fire Mr Comey regardless of Gen Rosenstein’s memo after unnamed Justice Department officials “made clear to him” that they would “resist” the bogus justification, Mr Mueller said.Incoming White House aides also lied about press accounts they knew were accurate.Former national security adviser Michael Flynn directed an aide, KT McFarland, to call Washington Post columnist David Ignatius during the presidential transition in January 2017 and deny Mr Ignatius’ reporting about Mr Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.Ms McFarland “knew she was providing false information” when she called Mr Ignatius to dispute his surmise that Mr Flynn had discussed removing sanctions on Russia with Sergey Kislyak. (Prompted by Ms McFarland’s call, The Post updated the column to note that a “Trump official” denied that Mr Flynn discussed sanctions.)Mr Trump and his aides also knocked down an accurate New York Times story in May 2017 reporting that the president had asked Mr Comey for loyalty during a private dinner several months before his firing.Mr Trump even lied about who invited whom to dinner:He told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in an interview that month Mr Comey had asked for it because “he wanted to stay on”. Mr Mueller found evidence that the president extended the invitation to Mr Comey on 27 January.On the eve of Mr Comey’s testimony to Congress that May, Mr Trump sought to raise questions about his credibility, when – as Mr Mueller found – it was Trump’s credibility that was questionable.At the time, Trump tweeted, “James Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversation before he starts leaking to the press!”Mr Comey’s contemporaneous accounts of his meeting with Mr Trump and corroboration from his FBI colleagues also show that another New York Times story, branded as “fake news” by the president, was true.The Times reported that Trump had asked Mr Comey to end the investigation of Mr Flynn; Mr Mueller found “substantial evidence” that this was true, despite Mr Trump publicly saying otherwise.Mr Trump also tried to persuade then-White House Counsel Donald McGahn to deny stories in The Washington Post and the Times in early 2018 that Trump had asked Mr McGahn to fire Mr Mueller about seven months earlier.Mr McGahn refused repeatedly to undercut the stories because he knew they were “accurate in reporting on the President’s effort to have the Special Counsel removed”.Mr Mueller noted that Trump “challenged” his lawyer for taking notes of their conversation.“Why do you take notes?” he asked Mr McGahn, according to the report. “Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.”Mr McGahn said he kept notes because he is a “real lawyer” and to establish a record.Mr Trump replied, “I’ve had a lot of great lawyers, like Roy Cohn. He did not take notes.’’Mr Cohn, who was chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy, during Mr McCarthy’s communist-hunting hearings in the 1950s, was disbarred by a New York court in 1986 because of “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation”.The Washington Post’ - additional reporting by Margaret Sullivan
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Robert Mueller Told Congress They Can Prosecute the President. Now It Gets Ugly
Rather than reaching to bring down a democratically elected President, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has deferred to Congress.
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A Flight Attendant Is Reportedly In a 'Deep Coma' After Contracting Measles
She has inflammation of the brain
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From Trump Tower to WikiLeaks, the Mueller report offers window into Trump campaign, presidency
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report gives a behind-the-scenes account of some of the notable events of Donald Trump's campaign and presidency.
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5 Facts to Know That Could Help You Avoid Food Poisoning
Stay out of the Danger Zone.Read More...
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Three mountaineers presumed dead in Canada avalanche
Three world-renowned professional mountaineers -- two Austrians and an American -- were missing and presumed dead after an avalanche on a western Canadian summit, the country's national parks agency said Thursday. American Jess Roskelley, 36, and Austrians Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, went missing Tuesday evening in Banff National Park, according to media reports.
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Alibaba head's remarks spark debate over China working hours
Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma has long been an example of how the power of big dreams, strong leadership and sheer elbow grease can create massive fortunes in China's go-go economy. Ma is one of China's richest men and his comments brought both condemnation and support as China's maturing economy enters a period of slower growth — and young people look to escape the drudgery their parents often had to endure. The debate has exposed contradictions in modern Chinese society, where the Communist Party was officially founded on improving conditions for workers and peasants but also calls for huge sacrifices to build a powerful and prosperous nation.
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Prosecutors want Felicity Huffman to serve 4-10 months in college bribery case
Court documents show that prosecutors will recommend the "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman's sentence be on the lower end of 4-10 months.
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Lil Dicky drops the music video of his environmental anthem, "Earth"
The American comedian-rapper released the song and the accompanying animated video on Friday -- just three days before Earth Day. Produced by Benny Blanco and Cashmere, "Earth" is a desperate call to save the environment, advocating for climate-change action. This call to action features the vocals of more than 30 A-list artists, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sia, Wiz Khalifa and Ed Sheeran.
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Swedish climate activist Thunberg admits she might be 'very naive'
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg wants to fix climate change and hopes for world peace, but acknowledges that she might be being "very naive". Thunberg, 16, has brought her campaign against rising global temperatures to Rome this week, meeting Pope Francis, addressing Italian parliamentarians and joining a student protest on Friday in a city-center square. Thunberg shot to prominence last August with weekly sit-ins on the cobblestones in front of Stockholm's Parliament House with her "school strike for climate" sign.
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This 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Restomod Is A Showstopper
Case and point, this 1957 Cadillac Eldorado SeVille restomod currently listed by Streetside Classics. Finished in Bright Ruby Red and detailed with polished chrome work elevates this iconic design to new levels. Its creators were careful not to detract away from the timeless styling of the Eldorado, and have instead exaggerated its highly fashionable character.
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Lil Dicky’s New Song “Earth” Needs a Kids’ Version ASAP
The rapper's new song "Earth" is a little too explicit for kids, but the message is critical. So can we please get a kids' version?!
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What the Mueller report tells us about Trump, Russia and obstruction
The special counsel found 11 instances in which Trump and his campaign’s actions may have amounted to obstruction of justice * Mueller report latest – live updates * Support the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contribution The special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was made public on Thursday, examining potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow and whether Donald Trump obstructed justice.The special counsel found 10 episodes in which Trump’s own actions may have amounted to obstruction of justice, detailing several instances in which the president’s demands to interfere with the investigation were blocked by his aides. And in a separate instance, it was found there were additional efforts by the Trump campaign before the election to obscure its contacts with Russian figures.The report separately examined the repeated contacts between the Trump campaign and individuals with ties to the Russian government. While Mueller did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy, investigators made clear the Trump campaign was “receptive” to offers of assistance from the Russians.Here are the key takeaways:default Obstruction inquiry finds numerous ‘episodes’ involving TrumpMueller investigated 10 instances in which Trump sought to use the power of the presidency to obstruct justice by either personally interfering with the Russia investigation or directing his aides to do so. They included Trump’s request that the then FBI director, James Comey, drop the investigation of the former national security adviser Michael Flynn; Trump’s attempts to stop the then attorney general Jeff Sessions’ recusal from overseeing the Russia investigation; Trump’s demand that the special counsel’s investigation be limited to election meddling only; and Trump’s efforts behind the scenes to fire Mueller.“The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful,” the report states, “but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”In other words, Mueller ultimately did not definitively conclude that Trump obstructed justice, but it was not for a lack of trying. Mueller made clear he was not exonerating Trump of obstruction, writing:> The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgment. At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards however we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.Mueller separately noted that as a candidate, Trump repeatedly denied any connections to Russia even as his business was pursuing a potential real estate deal in Moscow. Trump also voiced skepticism that Russia had hacked Democratic party emails “at the same time as he and other Campaign advisors privately sought information … about any future planned WikiLeaks releases”, the report states. Trump campaign was ‘receptive’ to help from the RussiansAlthough Mueller did not find evidence amounting to a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow, the report makes clear that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election “in a sweeping and systematic fashion”. It also notes that Russia was keen for Trump to win the 2016 election, beating Hillary Clinton. “The investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome.”Investigators found multiple ties between the Trump campaign and the Russians, which were described as follows:> The Russian contacts consisted of business connections, offers of assistance to the Campaign, invitations for candidate Trump and Putin to meet in person, invitations for Campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government to meet, and policy positions seeking improved U.S.-Russian relations. Some of the earliest contacts dated back to 2015 and were in connection to a potential real estate project, known as Trump Tower Moscow and negotiated by the Trump Organization. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen was convicted in part for lying to Congress about the timeline and nature of those discussions, which reportedly entailed gifting Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a $50m penthouse. The project ultimately did not come to fruition.Among the most notable early contacts with the Russians was through the Trump campaign’s foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, who learned that the Kremlin had “dirt” on Clinton “in the form of thousands of emails”. Although Mueller did not prove that the contacts resulted in collusion, the report states that the Trump campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts”.> The investigation established multiple links between Trump Campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government. Those links included Russian offers of assistance to the Campaign. In some instances , the Campaign was receptive to the offer, while in other instances the Campaign officials shied away. Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities. Trump believed Mueller’s appointment would end his presidencyOne of the most damning revelations in the 400-plus-page report is how Trump reacted to the appointment of a special counsel. Mueller was appointed by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, on 17 May 2017, following the recusal of Sessions and the firing of Comey.Trump was informed of Mueller’s appointment by Sessions while in the midst of conducting interviews for a new FBI director. According to notes written by Jody Hunt, who served at the time as Sessions’ chief of staff, Trump did not take the news well:> When Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.’Trump then “became angry” and lambasted his attorney general for recusing himself from the investigation after it was revealed Sessions misled Congress about his own contacts with the Russians. “How could you let this happen, Jeff?” Trump asked Sessions. According to Sessions’ recollection, Trump then told him: “You were supposed to protect me,” or words to that effect.> The President returned to the consequences of the appointment and said, ‘Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.’ Mueller could not prove Donald Trump Jr ‘willfully’ violated the lawMuch was made of Donald Trump Jr’s role in arranging the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York with the prospect of receiving incriminating information about Clinton. (According to emails released by the president’s eldest son, when informed of an effort by the Russian government to help elect his father, Trump Jr said: “If it’s what you say I love it.”)Participants included Trump Jr; the president’s son-in-law and senior campaign adviser Jared Kushner; the then campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The Mueller report states that Trump Jr had informed top campaign officials and Trump family members in advance that “he had a lead on negative information about the Clinton Foundation”.The 9 June 2016 meeting, according to the report, raised “difficult statutory and constitutional questions” relating to “schemes involving the solicitation or receipt of assistance from foreign sources”. But the special counsel ultimately concluded that they could not prove Trump Jr or other participants were knowingly in violation of the law: > The Office ultimately concluded that, even if the principal legal questions were resolved favorably to the government, a prosecution would encounter difficulties proving that Campaign officials or individuals connected to the Campaign willfully violated the law. > Sarah Sanders admitted she lied to press about Comey’s firingThe White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, has long come under fire for making public statements that are untruthful or misleading. But her role in covering up Trump’s motivations for firing Comey were laid bare in the report, which cited how her statements at a press briefing days after the FBI’s firing were at odds with the facts. Sanders insisted at the briefing that Trump fired Comey at the justice department’s recommendation and repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that rank-and-file members of the FBI had lost confidence in Comey. Sanders acknowledged to the special counsel’s office that her assertion “was not founded on anything”.According to the Mueller report, Trump actually decided to fire Comey before hearing the recommendation of the justice department and further pointed to the Russia investigation in his rationale:> The day after firing Comey, the President told Russian officials that he had ‘faced great pressure because of Russia’, which had been ‘taken off’ by Comey’s firing. Mueller lays out case for Congress to investigate Trump on obstructionThe attorney general, William Barr, made his own determination that the special counsel lacked sufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. He also said he did not know if Mueller intended for Congress to be the arbiter of the matter.Mueller, in fact, left little room for interpretation on Congress’s authority to evaluate the evidence and reach its own decision on obstruction:“We concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” the report states, adding: > The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.
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Lou Dobbs Claims Mueller Report Was ‘Conspiracy’ to Overthrow Trump
Fox BusinessFollowing the release of the redacted Mueller report which detailed President Trump’s numerous attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation, Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs followed Team Trump’s playbook of claiming the report vindicated Trump but is also full of deceptive lies.In fact, Dobbs–who Trump regularly patches into Oval Office meetings– took it one step further, declaring on Thursday night that the special counsel report and investigation were a “conspiracy to overthrow” Trump and constituted “war.”During a Lou Dobbs Tonight segment on the fallout from the report, Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said that Trump “has committed a crime” which is “surviving everything the swamp has thrown at him” and “being able to still be himself.” She went on to to say Trump needs to use the rest of his time in office–which she said would go three terms if she had her way–to expose the “corrupt nature of the swamp.”Dobbs took the opportunity to rail against the Democratic Party before turning his direction back to the Mueller report, tying the two together. (Earlier in the broadcast, he said that everyone involved with the Russia investigation “should be in orange jumpsuits.”)“This is a war,” he exclaimed. “The president likes to call it a hoax but this was a conspiracy to overthrow the President of the United States. And, this is bad stuff, and to your point, any other person in the White House would have folded up like a cheap lawn chair amongst the last several presidents.”Bruce replied that Trump is the right person for this moment in history, comparing him to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, prompting Dobbs to invoke God into the equation.“Pastor Robert Jeffress always talks about this president–God sent this president,” he said. “He is a person of providence. And I’ll tell you the evidence is accumulating mightily to support the pastor's views.”Jeffress and Dobbs aren’t the only prominent conservatives who believe Trump was chosen by God to be president. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said recently that it’s “possible” Trump was sent by God to save the Jewish people from Iran.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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RPT-For Notre-Dame, lessons from a fire-damaged New York cathedral
Before the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris can begin, engineers may have to tap nearly every stone in the cathedral and listen for subtle sounds of damage, according to specialists who repaired one of the largest cathedrals in the world in New York after a devastating 2001 fire. French President Emmanuel Macron's vow to restore the Paris landmark within five years after a fire consumed Notre-Dame's roof and toppled its spire on Monday may prove unrealistic, they said. "Everything is done in 'cathedral time,'" said James Patterson, director of facilities and capital projects at St. John's on Manhattan's Upper West Side near Columbia University.
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This is the last photo Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander captured before it was smashed into oblivion
Last week's attempted lunar lander by SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft didn't quite go as planned. Actually, that's putting it mildly; it totally crashed. Nevertheless, the privately funded mission accomplished a number of firsts, and returned some lovely images from its descent as an added bonus.First we were treated to a view from high above the lunar surface -- a selfie of sorts -- and then, shortly after the crash, a second image emerged that appeared to be the last thing that the lander saw and sent back to Earth before it died.Now there's an entirely new wrinkle, with SpaceIL revealing that the lander snapped another picture that nobody had seen before, and this is the actual last thing it saw before slamming into the Moon at a speed of over 300 miles per hour.https://twitter.com/TeamSpaceIL/status/1118430821520683008It's a pretty fantastic shot, offering a detailed look at the lunar surface at a distance of roughly nine miles. That being said, it's not totally clear why it took a few days for this last photo to surface, especially considering the spacecraft was obliterated when it struck the Moon and obviously wasn't sending back observations after it was destroyed.Whatever the case, it's neat to see it now, and SpaceIL has already made it clear that it intends to successfully land a spacecraft on the Moon even after this first attempt came up a little bit short.An announcement was made shortly after the end of the first Beresheet mission that "Beresheet 2.0" was already in preliminary planning, and SpaceIL would immediately begin working towards its next effort to land a spacecraft on the Moon without destroying it. We don't know when that mission might come to fruition, but it likely won't take nearly as long as SpaceIL's first attempt, given all the work the company has already done on space-ready tech.
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'This is the end of my presidency'
From the Mueller report to the Trump "Game of Thrones" tweet, heres' Thursday's news.
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Main points of Mueller report
These are some of the main points from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The 400-page document deals primarily with whether any members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to get him elected and whether the president sought to obstruct justice. "The Special Counsel's investigation established that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election principally through two operations.
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Is there an ideal time to work out?
Two studies published in Cell Metabolism confirm the impact of our sleep cycle on athletic performance. "It's quite well known that almost every aspect of our physiology and metabolism is dictated by the circadian clock. Directed by Paolo Sassone-Corsi, of UC Irvine's Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism, the first study used mice on treadmills to observe the mechanisms of processes like glycolysis (the metabolization of sugars into energy) and the oxidation of lipids (the burning of fat).
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French climate activists in sit-in to denounce 'republic of polluters'
Hundreds of French activists on Friday staged a sit-in outside top energy companies in Paris, describing France as the "republic of polluters", as part of a international civil disobedience campaign on climate change. Some two thousand environmental activists in total assembled at the La Defense business district in a bid to block access to to the headquarters of energy giant Total, electricity firm EDF as well as bank Societe Generale and France's Ministry for Ecological Transition.
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Chikungunya Virus Is the Mosquito-Transmitted Disease You Probably Don't Know About—but Should
You might encounter the virus while traveling.
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Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade
NEW YORK (AP) — Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.
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Robert Mueller, the enigma who held Trump's fate in his hands
After nearly two years of leading one of the most politically charged investigations the United States has seen, into whether President Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia, Robert Mueller remains an enigma. It details numerous questionable contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, while deciding they did not add up to criminal conspiracy.
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Sony’s $300 Sound Base is under $240 today on Amazon
If you want to add outstanding Sony sound to your TV without spending an arm and a leg, you've definitely got to check out the Sony HT-XT2 2.1 Channel Sound Base. This great unit sits on your media console and then your TV sits on top. It includes all the speakers you need in one enclosure, including a built-in subwoofer. And if you want true surround sound, adding two wireless rear channel speakers couldn't be easier! It's a bargain at $300, but you can save some cash if you pick one up today on Amazon.Here's the important info from the product page: * One-piece speaker with built-in subwoofer that fits nicely under your TV, Play music wirelessly via Bluetooth Control easily with SongPal app. * Easily add wireless surround sound speakers, Enjoy wireless multi-room listening, Control your TV and sound bar with a single remote via HDMI ARC connection * Google Cast ready for easy streaming of your favorite music apps, Music playback via USB. Chromecast built-in and spotify compatible for more music accessibility
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The Mueller Report Is Embarrassing for Trump. But It Doesn't Call Into Question His 2016 Win
Quantifying the impact of Russia's influence operation is extremely difficult
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Stadium debate ahead of Ukraine presidential runoff
A comedian tipped to take over Ukraine's presidency and his incumbent rival go head-to-head in an extraordinary stadium debate Friday, as campaigning reaches its grand finale before a weekend vote. Some 60,000 spectators are expected to attend the first and only policy head-to-head of the campaign, set to take place in Kiev's Olympic Stadium amid beefed-up security. The debate will bring to a close a race that at times descended into farce as the candidates exchanged insults and underwent drug tests at Zelensky's insistence.
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'Not here for selfies', activist Greta tells political world
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg rebuked the ruling classes Friday at a demonstration in Italy, insisting youths fighting for climate justice were not fodder for self-complacent selfies. "In the last six months, millions of school children, not least in Italy, have been school striking for the climate. There is no political change whatsoever in sight," Thunberg said.
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Flight attendant in coma after catching measles on plane from New York
A flight attendant for El Al, Israel's national airline, is comatose after becoming ill with measles on a flight from New York City to Tel Aviv, according to the country's Ministry of Health.The woman, 43, is suffering from the measles-related complication of encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, according to Eyal Basson, a spokesman for Israel's Health Ministry.The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the condition affects 1 out of every 1,000 people who get the measles virus, but is more common in children younger than five and adults older than 20.It can cause permanent brain damage, deafness or death.Israeli health officials warned people who were on board El Al flight 002 – which left John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City on 26 March and landed in Israel a day later – to seek medical care if they developed a fever, often the first sign of the highly contagious disease.Symptoms, which may also include a runny nose, cough, bloodshot eyes, sensitivity to light and a dark red rash, usually appear from 10 to 14 days after exposure to measles, with a possible range of 6 to 21 days.Measles is considered among the most contagious viruses in the world.Unlike influenza pathogens, which spread when a person sneezes or coughs but then fall, the measles virus remains suspended in air, “like really light dust particles”, allowing the pathogens to linger and float for up to two hours, said Dr Martin Cetron, director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the CDC.Influenza is spread by an exponent of two, meaning each person who gets it is likely to infect two others in a setting where people haven’t been immunised, he said.Measles is likely to be spread to between nine and 19 people who are not immunised, depending on the setting and the herd immunity of those nearby, he said.Israeli health officials sent a letter to the country’s airlines recommending that all staff be immunised with two doses of the vaccine against measles.“The airlines have initiated implementation of the recommendation,” it said. El Al airlines said only that it operates in accordance with directives of the Health Ministry and declined further comment.Taylor Garland, a spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, a union representing nearly 50,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines, said: “Our hearts are with our El Al sister who is battling this disease and our thoughts are with her for a full recovery."Her suffering should give the public and crew urgency to heed the recommendations of health officials.”From 1 January to 1 April, 555 cases of measles were confirmed in the United States.This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, the CDC reported. In 2014, 667 cases were reported.The CDC recommends that all people who are able to receive two doses of MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella.Infants who are travelling internationally should get their first dose at six months to 11 months of age.All children should be vaccinated at 12 to 15 months of age, and again from four to six years. Teens and adults also should also be up-to-date with their vaccinations.The vaccination status of the El Al flight attendant couldn’t be confirmed because of her hospitalisation, but her mother said she’d received all the recommended vaccinations, according to Basson.Between 1971 and 1977, however, the recommendation in Israel was for only one vaccination against measles. The current recommendation for adults, including travellers abroad, is for two doses.There have been two fatalities in Israel from the measles in the past six months, the first deaths from the disease in 15 years.According to news reports there have been 3,600 cases of the measles in Israel in the past year, primarily among the ultra-Orthodox.The International Air Transport Association, the trade association for the world’s airlines, said it does not track which airlines might require vaccinations against measles, but most countries have laws forbidding employers from insisting that employees receive immunisations.An employee of Cathay Pacific flew on nine flights while potentially contagious with measles between 8-16 March to cities that included Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore and Bangkok, the Hong Kong Department of Health reported.The Health Department said the employee, a 41-year-old man, was hospitalised in a stable condition. Hong Kong news reports said he was a pilot.Cathay Pacific didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.New York Times
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'Still alive!': Notre Dame's 180,000 bees survive cathedral fire
The 180,000 bees live in three hives on Notre Dame's roof as part of an effort since 2013 to help prevent bee die-off.
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Mueller report: Trump said 'this is the end of my presidency', and other key findings from special counsel's investigation
The release of the 400-page, redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible links to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is one of the most eagerly-awaited events of his first term.Following the release of attorney general William Barr’s summary of the report last month, many have been waiting for a more detailed look at Mr Mueller’s findings. There have been particular questions still lingering over the issue of possible obstruction of justice by Mr Trump since the release of that summary.Here are the key points in the report, which has been split into two volumes.The first section covered the issue of Russian election interference and the second dealswith the evidence surrounding possible obstruction.The instances of possible obstruction by the presidentMr Mueller’s report makes clear that he did not feel able to pass a traditional legal judgement on whether Mr Trump obstructed justice, but the report “does not exonerate him” with a number of episodes of possible obstruction examined. There were at least 10 such episodes, such of which will be explained in greater detail later in this article. They include: * The Trump campaign’s response to reports about Russian support for the would-be president * Conduct involving FBI Director James Comey, who initially led the Russia investigation until Mr Trump fired him in May 2017, and former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn * Mr Trump’s reaction to the Russia investigation as it was taking place – including angry tweets deriding the investigation * The president’s termination of Mr Comey * The appointment of Mr Mueller special counsel and efforts to remove him. This includes attempts to have White House lawyer Don McGahn deny that Mr Trump ordered him to have Mr Mueller removed[[gallery-0]] * Efforts to curtail Mr Mueller’s investigation * Efforts to prevent public disclosure of evidence that could prove useful to the investigation * Further efforts to have the attorney general take control of the Russia investigation * Conduct towards Mr Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and another redacted individual * Conduct involving Mr Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael CohenMr Mueller’s says at the start of the report: “A statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there no evidence of the facts.”Mr Barr and attorney general Rod Rosenstein have decided that none of this evidence passes the threshold required to bring a criminal case.The investigation team involved dozens of investigators and lawyers At its height, the investigation had 19 attorneys, five from private practice, and 14 from the Department of Justice. There was also a number of other lawyers used to shift possible evidence. There were also three paralegal staff, nine administrative staff and more than 40 other FBI workers. There were 500 witnesses, 80 of whom were out in front of a grand jury.Trump thought he was “f*****” after Mr Mueller was appointedThe president did not react too kindly to Mr Mueller being given the job as special counsel by Mr Rosenstein. The president is said to have “slumped back in his chair and said: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f*****.”Trump’s campaign ‘expected’ help from Russia but nobody conspired The report concludes that Russia definitely interfered in the 2016 election, but there was no conspiring between those on Trump’s team and people connected to Russia – despite a number of “links” between individuals.Here is what the report says: “[T]he investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”The investigation was slowed by messages being deleted, including by Trump campaign officials As well as numerous guilty pleas from a number of people over lies told to Congress and the FBI during the Muller investigation, the report also registers the seeming frustration of the Mueller team that a number of potentially useful communications were deleted by those investigated. This included some people in the Trump campaign.“Some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated – including some associated with the Trump campaign – deleted relevant communications or communicated… using applications that feature encryption,” the report says.Mueller chose not to subpoena TrumpThe report states that the written responses by the president to questions from investigators were “inadequate”, including that possible questions over obstruction of justice being left unanswered.However Mr Mueller said that due to the “late stage” of the investigation at the time, calling the president for testimony would cause a “substantial delay” and therefore one would not be issued.Trump’s attempts to fire Mr Mueller and influence Jeff Sessions were stoppedMr Mueller reports that aides and advisors in the White House refused to “carry out orders” from the president, preventing him from influencing the special counsel’s investigation through there own efforts.“The president’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report says.White House counsel Don McGahn received a phone call at home from Mr Trump on 17 June, 2017 directing him to call Mr Rosenstein and tell him Mr Mueller “had conflicts of interest and must be removed.” Mr McGahn is said to have refused and responded he would “rather resign”. In another section, a message from Mr Trump to then-attorney Jeff Sessions about limiting the special counsel’s investigation to “future election interference” was not passed on as the White House official involved, Rick Dearborn “was uncomfortable with the task”.Mueller decided not to prosecute Trump Jr or Jared Kushner over Trump Tower meetingMr Mueller decided that prosecuting either Donald Trump Jr, or White House advisor, and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner over actions in accepting and attending a meeting in June 2016 at Trump Tower with a Russian national who promised damaging information about election rival Hillary Clinton.Investigators could not prove Trump Jr or the other campaign officials at the meeting “willfully” violated the law.The other Trump official at the meeting was campaign chair Paul Manafort, who agreed to meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The special counsel concluded that prosecuting the campaign officials present for campaign-finance violations would be too difficult to pursue.Mueller has left door open for Congress to investigateAs part of the special counsel’s constitutional justification for its own investigation, it also points out that Congress can also apply obstruction laws in investigating and impeaching a sitting president.“The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the president’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law,” the report states.
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Does Mueller Think Trump’s Guilty? Read Closely
In his letter of March 24, Barr made much of the fact that Mueller decided he couldn’t bring criminal conspiracy charges against President Donald Trump, some of his family members and his political advisers. Despite ample evidence of frequent and purposeful contacts between Team Trump and scammers, spies, emissaries and opportunists going to bat for Russia and themselves, none of it pulled together as a coordinated, single-minded, law-breaking effort.
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House Democrat Nadler sees evidence of obstruction in Mueller report
U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report outlines "disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct." "The report concluded there was 'substantial evidence' that President Trump attempted to prevent an investigation into his campaign and his own conduct," Nadler, a New York Democrat, said in a statement released hours after a redacted version of the report was made public. Nadler also said the report shows Mueller chose not to pursue charges, partly because of a Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted.
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LAX travelers again warned of measles and urged to get vaccinated, after third case hits airport
Travelers who were at the airport April 3 could be at risk for developing measles, which can be present up to 21 days after exposure.
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Someone Is Trying To Sell a Baby T. Rex Skeleton on eBay for $2.95 Million
And paleontologists aren't happy about it.
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Doctors Brushed Off My Symptoms Until I Was Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer at 24
After years of unexplained pain, Amanda Kabbabe discovered she had a melon-size tumor.
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Police close in on Oxford Circus climate change protest, carrying activists away
Police have begun carrying and leading activists away from the protest in Oxford Circus in an apparent escalation of force. Specialist officers entered the ring of police around the pink boat that has formed the focal point of the Extinction Rebellion protest since Monday Many officers wore hi-vis jackets with "protester removal team" written on them while others wire harnesses and carried boxes of equipment and protective visors. One woman was carried out the cordons by four officers and a man led away by two more. The increased police activity follows criticism of their attitude towards the protesters after some officers were seen dancing and skateboarding in the streets. An Extinction Rebellion climate change protestor is arrested by police during a demonstration at Oxford Circus in London Credit: Rex Ken Marsh,  chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, admitted it had taken several days to form an appropriate policy to deal with the largely middle class, non violent activists because it was an "alien" situation for most of them. "We are having to adjust to that, we are having to deal with the circumstances that are put in front of my colleagues, but be very robust so we can start clearing the streets and you will see that starting to happen today," he told the BBC. As police formed cordons to stop further people joining the protests, a planned action at Heathrow was abandoned and the small gaggle of teenagers that had gathered to wave banners, moved on. Earlier, Dame Emma Thompson, addressed the crowd from the pink boat after flying back to London from LA to join the protest, declaring that the planet was "in serious trouble". Young climate change activists hold a banner outside Heathrow Airport Credit: Simon Dawson/Reuters "We have much, much less time than we thought," she said. "I have seen the evidence for myself and I really care about my children and grandchildren enough to want to be here today to stand with the next generation." She said climate change is "the most pressing and urgent problem of our time, in the history of the human race" and described the failure to make supermarket plastic bags illegal as "psychotic". Climate protestors hold a demo outside Heathrow Airport  Credit: Peter Summers/Getty The actress went on: "I have watched successive governments sign successive agreements on climate change over the years. "And then I have seen then absolutely and utterly ignore the agreements that they have made because they are not legally binding. "So I am here because I want to support the young people who started this movement because I am deeply inspired by the young people who finally turned around and told my generation and yours that we have signally failed." Dame Emma, who had previously said she wanted to be arrested, then left the protest but told activists she was sorry she had to go. Climate change activists protest outside Heathrow Airport Credit: REUTERS/Simon Dawson She said it was the police's decision to expend manpower at a non-violent protest. "If they choose to close down a non-violent protest by using their police... that's their decision," she said. "If that causes difficulties then that's their problem and their decision."." The protest is part of wider demonstrations around London organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion (XR), which has blocked routes around Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Waterloo Bridge since Monday. Emma Thompson addresses the crowds at Oxford Circus Credit: Frank Augstein/AP Home Secretary Sajid Javid has urged police to use the "full force of the law" to deal with illegal Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrations as they enter a fifth day. More than 500 protesters had been arrested by Thursday night as activists continued to ignore orders to leave roadblocks at Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Parliament Square. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London who has been accused of “aggravating” the climate protests, said he was "extremely concerned" about the possible disruption. "This is extremely dangerous, illegal and is putting an unacceptable toll on our police force and our city," he said. More than 1,000 officers have been deployed daily to deal with the protest. Some have been asked to work 12-hour shifts, while rest days and leave has been cancelled. The Met said the protests were putting a strain on policing in the capital with officers diverted away from their "core local duties". After a briefing from Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, the Home Secretary said: "I totally condemn any protesters who are stepping outside the boundaries of the law". "They have no right to cause misery for the millions of people who are trying to lead their daily lives. Unlawful behaviour will not be tolerated. "I expect the police to take a firm stance and use the full force of the law. They have my full backing in doing so." Mass arrests for obstructing the highway and breaching the Section 14 order that prohibits protests apart from at Marble Arch do not appear to have deterred protesters and so far 10 people have been charged with those offences. A further three people who were charged by British Transport Police appeared in court on Thursday morning. Who are Extinction Rebellion? Cathy Eastburn, 51, Mark Ovland, 35, and Luke Watson, 29, were remanded in custody over their alleged involvement in obstructing trains at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday morning. Organisers said they expected even more people to join the protests and warned they would continue until their demands were met. The group wants the Government to declare a climate emergency and take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
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Bone which increases arthritis risk on the rise, scientists find, as better nutrition could be to blame
A bone which increases the risk of arthritis is increasingly prevalent among humans, scientists have found, as they reveal better nutrition could be to blame. The fabella, a small bone in the knee once lost to human evolution, has made a surprising resurgence over the last century. The bone, which linked to knee problems and pain, is buried in a tendon behind the knee, and was once rare in humans. It is thought of as pointless by doctors, yet those who have arthritis appear more likely to be in possession of a fabella. However researchers from Imperial College London have now found that fabellae are becoming more common in humans. The fabella is found in the tissues behind the kneecap  Credit: TELEMMGLPICT000194679020.jpeg /TELEMMGLPICT000194679020.jpeg  Their results, which spanned more than 21,000 knee studies over 150 years and across 27 countries, showed that between 1918 and 2018, the rate of fabellae occurrence in humans increased more than threefold. The scientists' analysis showed that in 1918, fabellae were present in 11% of the world population, and by 2018, they were present in 39%. The analysis was published last week in the Journal of Anatomy. Dr Michael Berthaume, from Imperial’s Department of Bioengineering, and the report’s lead author, said: “We don’t know what the fabella’s function is – nobody has ever looked into it!” “The fabella is a sesamoid bone, meaning it grows in the tendon of a muscle – the kneecap, for instance, is the largest sesamoid bone in the human body. “The fabella may behave like other sesamoid bones to help reduce friction within tendons, redirecting muscle forces, or, as in the case of the kneecap, increasing the mechanical force of that muscle,” Dr Berthaume added. “Or it could be doing nothing at all.” The earliest records that researchers analysed, from 1875, showed that fabellae were found in 17.9 per cent of the population. A statistical model was then created which predicted its prevalence rate. Expert view | What is rheumatoid arthritis? The researchers made their estimations using X-rays, medical scans and medical journals' findings from a growing world population. Around 1% of the population in the UK has Rheumatoid Arthritis - equating to more than 400,000 people. People with osteoarthritis of the knee are twice as likely to have a fabella than people without osteoarthritis ­ however, it is unknown if the fabella causes osteoarthritis in the knee, and if so, how. It can also cause pain and discomfort on its own, and can get in the way of knee replacement surgery. Dr Berthaume said: “We are taught the human skeleton contains 206 bones, but our study challenges this. The fabella is a bone that has no apparent function and causes pain and discomfort to some and might require removal if it causes problems. “Perhaps the fabella will soon be known as the appendix of the skeleton.” As humans evolved from great apes and monkeys, the fabella appeared to have been lost. However researchers believe it could be making a come back as a result of healthier diets. “We found evidence of fabella resurgence across the world, and one of the few environmental changes that have affected most countries in the world is better nutrition,” Dr Berthaume. “The average human, today, is better nourished, meaning we are taller and heavier. This came with longer shinbones and larger calf muscles – changes which both put the knee under increasing pressure. This could explain why fabellae are more common now than they once were.”
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Sonar Anomaly Leads to Discovery of 500-Year-Old Shipwreck in North Sea
Salvagers looking for steel shipping containers at the bottom of the North Sea have discovered a 500-year-old Dutch shipwreck holding a cargo of tons of copper.The searchers were using ship-borne sonar to find steel containers that fell from the ship MSC Zoe during a storm in January, when they spotted something on the seafloor north of the Dutch island of Terschelling.Thinking the sonar anomaly might be a sunken shipping container, they sent down a mechanical grab -- and brought up instead some timbers from the 16th-century shipwreck, and almost five tons (4,700 kilograms) of its precious cargo of copper plates. [Mayday! 17 Mysterious Shipwrecks You Can See on Google Earth]Martijn Manders, who heads the international maritime archaeology program for the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, told Live Science that the shipwreck could be the oldest yet found in the Dutch waters of the North Sea.The recovered timbers showed the 100-foot-long (30 meters) ship was built in the 1540s, around the time that the medieval Dutch method of building ships' hulls with overlapping planks, known as "clinker," was being replaced with the more advanced "carvel" style of flat planks nailed to a wooden frame.The timbers show the wrecked ship was built in the 16th century, when Dutch shipbuilders began to make a new type of larger and more seaworthy hull. Netherlands Cultural Heritage AgencyThe carvel style, learned from the Mediterranean, was needed to make bigger ships with hulls that leaked less easily in heavy waves, and would be used in later centuries by large Dutch ships sailing and trading around the world.The newly discovered shipwreck could be a "missing link" in Dutch shipbuilding, Manders said. The timbers show that it was built by using a temporary framework of small outer planks, which were an intermediate step between traditional shipbuilding techniques and the new carvel style. Copper for coinsArchaeologists think that the ship was journeying from the Baltic Sea and was bound for Antwerp (now in Belgium, but in the early 1500s was in the Netherlands) when it sank. The cargo of copper on board could represent one of the earliest uses of copper for coins in Europe.The plates of copper from the ship's cargo are stamped with the marks of the wealthy Fugger family of Germany, and were destined to be made into coins in the Netherlands. Netherlands Cultural Heritage AgencyStamps on the copper plates showed they that had been produced by the wealthy Fugger family of Germany, Manders said, adding that chemical tests on the metal showed it was identical to the first copper coins used in the Netherlands.Cities in the Netherlands were early adopters of copper coins in the 16th century, when the currency was first introduced as an affordable alternative to payments in gold and silver coins and by barter, he said.The shipwreck, therefore, represents three key developments in Dutch history: a pivotal change in shipbuilding techniques, the growth of the Dutch economy after the 1500s, and the introduction of copper coinage. "So we have three things that make this such an exceptional ship, without having dived on the ship yet," Manders said.The timbers brought up by the salvage grab from the seafloor showed no evidence of infestation with shipworm and were in remarkably good condition, he said. Maritime archaeologists hope to make their first dives to the wreck this summer. Until then, the shipwreck site is being watched by the Dutch coast guard. * The 20 Most Mysterious Shipwrecks Ever * 30 of the World's Most Valuable Treasures That Are Still Missing * Stunning Photos Capture Eerie Underwater ShipwrecksOriginal article on Live Science.
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Driver with STAYUMBL license plate, notorious for cutting people off around Durham, charged in incident with bus
The STAYUMBL license plate is notorious on the road and social media. Folks say the driver behind the wheel will speed up, cut people off and then slam on her brakes, sometimes causing a crash.
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Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive.
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'More damning than all those reports': Watergate, Whitewater officials react to Mueller report
Those involved in high-profile investigations into past presidents had a lot to say about special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
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Senior Democrat Steny Hoyer: Impeachment of Donald Trump 'not worthwhile' at this point
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called impeachment proceedings against President Trump "not worthwhile," despite details in the special counsel report that Democrats called damning.
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Mueller report offers road map on obstruction. Despite Barr, Congress may use it.
If Congress punts, Trump could face obstruction charges from a future attorney general. The statute of limitations lasts until at least January 2022.
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Alibaba head's remarks spark debate over China working hours
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma has long been an example of how the power of big dreams, strong leadership and sheer elbow grease can create massive fortunes in China's go-go economy.
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9 Spectacular Hotels Designed by the World’s Most Famous Architects
Sleep with a starchitect in these architectural marvels.
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Post-mortem upgrade: Hurricane Michael now Category 5 storm
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to posthumously upgrade it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday.
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Trump ordered Michael Flynn to find Clinton’s emails during campaign, Mueller report finds
Donald Trump ordered the man who would later serve briefly as his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to find thousands of missing emails from Hillary Clinton’s computer server at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign, the special counsel’s report revealed on Thursday.The episode is among the closest that investigators came to uncovering an instance in which Mr Trump himself appeared to use whatever means necessary to locate the messages.However, it stops short of saying he encouraged a breach of his opponent’s computers, networks or email accounts.Trump had insisted at the time that he was only joking when he encouraged Russian hackers to find and disclose 30,000 deleted emails from Ms Clinton’s servers.But behind the scenes, Trump was serious, according to the report by special counsel Robert Mueller.It said that Mr Flynn, by then a retired three-star Army intelligence officer, told the investigators “that Trump made this request repeatedly, and Flynn subsequently contacted multiple people in an effort to obtain the emails”.As it turned out, Russia’s military intelligence unit and supporters of Mr Trump’s campaign had — apparently independently — sought the email trove, convinced that it contained embarrassing material that could prove decisive on election day.Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state had been the focus of a lengthy investigation by the FBI, and Mr Trump, calling his campaign opponent “Crooked Hillary”, was eager to turn attention to her actions.Moscow’s most intense efforts came just five hours after Trump first signalled his desire by declaring in Florida in July 2016, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing”.Skilled Russian attackers working for two different military units of Russia’s GRU intelligence agency — one called Unit 26165, another Unit 74455 — went to work on exactly that task.Mr Mueller’s investigators never cracked the mystery of how they knew, within hours, which servers and accounts to try to breach.They failed. But Trump’s deputy campaign manager, Rick Gates, was so certain that the emails would soon be on the way that by late summer 2016, he was “planning a press strategy, a communications campaign and messaging based on the possible release of Clinton emails by WikiLeaks”.The picture of those and other hacking efforts that emerged from Mr Mueller’s report is, not surprisingly, a complex mix of political desires in Moscow and New York, and a complex series of computer breaches that, at times, the Russians carried out with remarkable precision.Mr Mueller concluded that “the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion”, and for nearly 200 pages it lays out details of that effort.Because there will never be the equivalent of a 9/11 Commission report on perhaps the most famous and consequential state-sponsored attempt to hack an election, the report will stand as the final word on what happened, even if it does not address how to prevent future breaches.Meanwhile, a candidate who understood very little about how computers and networks operate was clamouring for the leak of data from Clinton’s private server, the special counsel’s investigation found.Mr Mueller found no evidence that Russians and the Trump campaign worked together, and that while the Russians easily infiltrated the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, they appeared to have a difficult time doing so with Clinton’s own personal server.The account of those efforts may be the closest the nation comes to understanding the details of the largest cyber-operation ever initiated against a US election.Mueller found that Russian military intelligence units and Trump’s campaign found themselves working opposite ends of a mutually beneficial, but uncoordinated, effort.“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts,” the report concludes, there was no finding that any “member of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government”.When General Flynn received the request from Trump, he contacted Barbara Ledeen, a former Senate staff member close to the retired general, and Peter Smith, an investment adviser.The investigators concluded that as early as December 2015, long before the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee became known, Ms Ledeen had sent a 25-page proposal to Smith about how to obtain what she believed were “classified emails” that had already been “purloined by our enemies”. The exchange was included in emails the special counsel obtained during the investigation.Ms Ledeen urged a search of public sources, in hopes that some of the Clinton emails had been leaked by foreign intelligence services that she believed had perhaps already extracted them from Ms Clinton’s server in Chappaqua, New York.If that failed, she wanted to make contact with “various foreign services” to see if any of them had cracked the server.After initially turning down the idea, Mr Smith eventually had a change of heart, the report states, after Trump’s requests in July 2016.Ms Ledeen later contended she had found a trove of the emails on what she termed the “dark web” — referring to parts of the web that are not searchable, and that are often used for criminal activity.But it turned out that the trove was “not authentic”, the report says, prompting a more fevered search.Mr Smith wrote in one message that “all 33k deleted emails” would be released by 1 Nov on WikiLeaks, a week before the election. They never appeared.Trump continued to insist that Russia was unlikely to have been responsible for any of the hacking activity around the 2016 campaign.After meeting President Vladimir Putin of Russia for the first time in Hamburg, Germany, in 2017, Mr Trump called a reporter and noted that Mr Putin had denied being behind the breaches, quoting him as saying, “If we did, we wouldn’t have gotten caught, because we’re professionals’.’Trump said he believed that explanation, “because they are some of the best in the world”.Mr Mueller’s report concluded that they were good but ultimately failed to cover their tracks.The New York Times
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Three renowned climbers feared killed in major avalanche in Canada
Three renowned mountain climbers are feared to have died after an avalanche in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer were attempting to scale a challenging route up the east face of Howse Peak in Alberta's Banff National Park, Canadian officials said.The group was last heard from on Tuesday morning, when Mr Roskelley spoke to his father, John Roskelley, himself a world-renowned climber.Search efforts began on Wednesday when the climbers failed to check in as planned, and Parks Canada said a helicopter crew saw evidence of several large-scale avalanches which had engulfed climbing equipment.Stephen Holeczi, Parks Canada’s visitor safety specialist, said there was “strong evidence” all three climbers had been killed, without going into further detail.Mr Holeczi said the avalanche that hit the group rated three on a five-point scale, roughly strong enough to destroy a small building, or uproot several trees.John Roskelley said the group had been attempting a route that was first conquered only in 2000.“It's just one of those routes where you have to have the right conditions or it turns into a nightmare. This is one of those trips where it turned into a nightmare,” he told Washington newspaper The Spokane-Review.The elder Mr Roskelley said he had climbed the 10,810-foot Howse Peak himself in the past and would travel to Canada in an attempt to help with the recovery effort.The area where the climbers were presumed to have got into trouble was “above a basin”, he said. “There must have been a lot of snow that came down and got them off the face. “When you're climbing mountains, danger is not too far away...It's terrible for my wife and I,” he said. “But it's even worse for his wife." The younger Mr Roskelley, 36, was most famous for having climbed Mount Everest in 2003 at the age of 20, then becoming the youngest American to have scaled the world’s highest peak. His father John joined him on that climb.Mr Lama, 28, was the subject of a documentary film in 2014 about his attempt to free-climb the Compressor Route on the Cerro Torre mountain in Patagonia, something never achieved before.His father was a mountain guide from Nepal, and he won numerous climbing competitions as a teenager.Mr Auer, 35, grew up near the Dolomites in Austria and was best known for completing the first ascent of the south face on Nilgiri South in Nepal.The North Face, which sponsored the trio, said in a statement that the group were “missing, and local search and rescue has assumed the worst”.“We are doing everything we can to support their families, friends and community during this difficult time,” the firm said.
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Mueller reveals Trump's staff, associates sometimes ignored him
It also revealed that Trump's staff and associates frequently ignored the president - disregarding his orders and hoping he just wouldn't ask again. FIRING MUELLER Trump called White House Chief Counsel Don McGahn twice and told him to tell Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that Mueller should be removed. "Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the Special Counsel," McGahn recalled Trump telling him.
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White House says Trump spoke to Libyan commander Haftar on Monday
The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Monday to Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar and discussed "ongoing counterterrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya." The statement said Trump "recognized Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system." On Thursday, mortar bombs crashed down on a suburb of Tripoli, almost hitting a clinic, after two weeks of an offensive by Haftar's eastern troops on the Libyan capital, which is held by an internationally recognized government.
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Vladimir Putin's team doesn't like Robert Mueller's report on election interference, Trump
Kremlin seeks to downplay the findings of the special counsel on Russia's election activity in the United States.
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Amazon, Google agree to allow each other's streaming apps
Amazon and Google announced Thursday they had agreed to allow each other's streaming media applications to work on their platforms, ending a spat over video between the tech giants. The companies said in a statement that the official YouTube apps will be available on Amazon's Fire TV in the coming months, allowing users of the Amazon platform to access the music videos, movies, shows and other content from the Google-owned service. The agreement also enables Amazon Prime members streaming to Chromecast or using Android TV devices to access Amazon's video content.
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Trump attacks ‘total bull****’ in ‘the Crazy Mueller Report’
President Trump on Friday lashed out at the damning portrayal of his presidency in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, attacking witnesses who gave the special counsel notes to back up their testimony.
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Mueller Signal on Obstruction: Congress Should Take On Trump
Throughout his report, Mueller signals clearly that he thinks Congress should settle that question, not the attorney general. At one point, Mueller said he wanted to be certain he didn’t take actions that would “preempt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct” -- a hint that came complete with a footnote referring to impeachment.
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Trio of North Face climbers presumed dead in avalanche at Canada's Banff park
American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer were attempting to climb Howse Peak in Canada's Banff National Park, officials say.
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Sanders defends her Comey lie as ‘slip of the tongue.’ Then she lies again.
After the Robert Mueller’s special counsel report revealed she had lied about the reaction to James Comey’s firing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders went on a Friday morning media blitz attempting to reestablish her credibility. It resulted in her telling more lies.
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Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference
ROME (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally of several thousand young people in Rome's Piazza del Popolo they should aim that when they are older they can say they did everything they could to help the climate.
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Check Out the D-21: A Mach 3 Drone the U.S. Used to Spy on China's Nuclear Weapons
Surviving D-21s reside at several U.S. museums. China recovered the wreck of one self-destructed D-21 and put it on display in Beijing.Between 1969 and 1971, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office deployed super-fast spy drones over China in an abortive attempt to spy on Beijing's nuclear program.The NRO on March 21, 2019 declassified scores of five-decade-old records documenting the development, deployment and termination of the "Tagboard" drone system.(This first appeared last month.)Tagboard's air vehicle was the Lockheed-made D-21 drone. It was an impressive example of brute-force, mid-century engineering.Made of titanium and weighing 12 tons, the 19-feet-wingspan D-21 in its early forms launched from atop a special variant of the A-12, the CIA's version of the Mach-3 SR-71. The A-12 in essence was the booster for the drone, climbing to 80,000 feet of altitude and accelerating to Mach 3.3 before separating from the pilotless vehicle.The D-21's ramjet engine took over, allowing it to cruise at three times the speed of sound for as far as 3,000 miles. A 300-pound Hycon HR 335 camera peering through the drone's lower fuselage could capture 5,600 exposures covering an area 16 miles wide and 3,900 miles long.
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Donald Trump denounces 'Crazy Mueller Report,' calls statements about him 'fabricated' and 'untrue'
President Trump referred to parts of the report as "bulls---," but did not elaborate.
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Ukraine election: The president vs. guy who plays one on TV
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday is a battle between a billionaire tycoon who rode anti-Russian protests to the nation's top office five years ago and a comedian who plays a president in a TV sitcom. Improbably, the actor appears poised to win.
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The Latest: Columbine moves ahead with memorial events
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a woman believed to have posed a threat to schools in Colorado (all times local):
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Samsung's foldable phone breaks as reporters test it
Samsung to inspect phone units as reports indicate the phone broke or became dented just two days after use.
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Mueller’s Reminder That Silicon Valley Isn’t Ready for the Next Election
Trump really was working on a Trump Tower Moscow project through at least June 2016. A Russian lawyer really met with campaign officials, including Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr., after promising an intermediary to deliver "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary."Others will weigh in on what it all means for the Trump presidency.
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Woman, 23, left partially paralyzed after suffering stroke from cracking neck
A 23-year-old paramedic is speaking out after a neck crack caused a major artery in her spine to rupture, resulting in a stroke.
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Notre Dame rector: "Computer glitch" possible fire culprit
PARIS (AP) — A "computer glitch" may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral's rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements.
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India's population skews young, which may sway its elections
NEW DELHI (AP) — Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy.
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The Problem with the Mueller Report
So much for collusion. The media conversation has now officially moved on from the obsession of the last two years to obstruction of justice.That’s because the first volume of the voluminous Mueller report, the half devoted to what was supposed to be the underlying crime of a Trump conspiracy with Russia, came up completely empty. It tells us very little that’s new. There’s no particularly sinister information about Carter Page, the bit player the FBI repeatedly told the FISA court was probably a Russian agent. The operators who portrayed themselves as closest to WikiLeaks or Russia were usually braggarts and liars exaggerating their importance. Nothing came of the infamous Trump Tower meeting. Paul Manafort wasn’t at the center of conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, but operating in his greedy self-interest.The Trump campaign was amateurish and without scruple in exploiting the WikiLeaks disclosures, but we all could have agreed on that long ago, without a years-long special-counsel investigation. Indeed, given how unlikely collusion always was and how far the evidence gathered by Mueller is from showing  it, one wonders why the special counsel couldn’t have issued an interim report long ago, dispelling the persistent — and poisonous — idea that Trump was about to be proven a traitor.The business end of the Mueller report is the second volume, on obstruction. The investigation ended up following the typical pattern of special-counsel probes on a much larger scale — fixating on process crimes even when there is no underlying offense. Only in this case, the target was the president of the United States.The report implicitly picks an argument with Attorney General William Barr over the question whether a president can obstruct justice in the course of exercising his lawful powers. We are inclined to Barr’s view that he can’t. Regardless, the case against Trump is ambiguous, as even Mueller acknowledges.The firing of FBI Director James Comey was almost certainly motivated by the president’s frustration that the FBI director wouldn’t say publicly that he wasn’t under investigation, indeed creating the opposite public impression. Some of Trump’s deceptions were for public consumption, not to influence the investigation. Trump’s attempts to fire Mueller and get then-attorney general Jeff Sessions to curtail the investigation came to nothing.Finally, despite Trump's hatred for the investigation, his White House cooperated with it fully.None of this is to deny the report’s distressing portrayal of how President Trump operates. He avoids potentially disastrous missteps, such as firing Mueller, when his aides ignore him and he fails to follow up. His dishonesty constantly creates dilemmas for those around him, forcing them to choose between lying for him or defying him. No president of the United States should ever applaud people for refusing to cooperate with prosecutors, or call someone who cooperates a “rat.” Most White House scandals involve presidents getting ill served by overly zealous, norm-defying advisers. In this episode, Trump flipped the script.But Mueller wasn’t charged with establishing whether or not Trump is a normal president. It is bizarre that such a damning depiction of the chief executive was produced by an inferior officer of the executive branch. It is even more bizarre that Mueller punted on whether the president had committed a crime — leaving the question to the Justice Department that was supposed to be too conflicted to undertake the Russia investigation via the usual channels — and yet still laid out a quasi-indictment of the president, perhaps as a catalyst to an impeachment inquiry in Congress.We have never been fans of special-counsel investigations, which often lack proportion and take up politically charged questions best left to politically accountable bodies. Nothing about the Mueller probe changes our view.
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Israel destroys family apartments of accused Palestinian killer
Israeli forces destroyed two apartments in the occupied West Bank on Friday that housed the family of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli woman in February, the army said. Some clashes broke out between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces during the operation, AFP journalists reported.
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Easy Bruising: Why Does It Happen
Easy bruising—Get the facts about what causes it and when it's a sign of a problem.
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How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds
Unless you stop them, weeds are going to grow in your lawn. Here's what you need to do.
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Ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn Emerges as Key Obstruction Witness
McGahn, who talked to investigators for some two dozen hours and appears more than 500 times in the report, described Trump’s actions and thinking around attempts to fire Mueller and pressure former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to intervene in the probe, as well as the ouster of James Comey and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Mueller described McGahn as a credible witness with no motive to lie who had a "clear recollection" of events.
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SanDisk 200GB microSD cards are down to $25 and you’re crazy if you don’t get one
Samsung microSD cards have been on sale for a while, and you definitely got a great deal for yourself if you picked one up recently. If you didn't, however, you're about to enjoy an even better deal. SanDisk's class-leading Ultra microSD card series is on sale right now on Amazon, and the star of the show is definitely the $38 SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC UHS-I Card, which is on sale right now for just $25. 128GB is the most popular size and it's on sale right now for $19.99, but we would definitely spend another $5 for the extra 56% capacity. There's no telling how long these prices will stick around though, so hurry!Here are the bullet points from the product page: * Ideal for Android-based smartphones and tablets * Transfer read speeds of up to 100MB/s (Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device, interface, usage conditions and other factors.) * Rated A1 for faster app performance (Results may vary based on host device, app type and other factors.) * UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback (Full HD (1920x1080) video support may vary based upon host device, file attributes, and other factors.) * Shockproof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and X-ray-proof (Card only). Operating temperature- -13ºF to 185ºF (-25ºC to 85ºC).Storage temperature- -40ºF to 185ºF (-40ºC to 85ºC) * 10-year limited manufacturer warranty
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The Mueller investigation: If Donald Trump didn't break the law, he surely bent it
If the president didn't obstruct justice, it wasn't for a lack of trying: Our view
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Trump's lapdog: Today's Toon
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North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test
North Korea's state news agency said Kwon Jong Gun, in charge of U.S. affairs at the foreign ministry, had warned that no one could predict what would happen if Washington did not abandon the "root cause" that compelled Pyongyang to develop nuclear weapons. The statement came shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new tactical guided weapon, North Korea's first weapon test since a summit between him and Trump broke down in late February. U.S. officials appeared to play down both developments, with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan telling reporters at the Pentagon that while there had been a test, it was "not a ballistic missile." A spokeswoman for the State Department said it was aware of the report about Pompeo and added: "The United States remains ready to engage North Korea in a constructive negotiation." Despite the summit breakdown, North Korea had maintained a freeze in nuclear and ballistic missile testing in place since 2017,and Trump has repeatedly pointed to that as an important outcome from a year of engagement with Pyongyang.
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‘Just Come Home’: Father’s Last Words for Daughter Who Died in Columbine-Related Manhunt
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Colorado Police / Jefferson County Police DeptGardi Pais begged his Columbine-obsessed daughter to “just come home,” hours before she was found dead in the foothills outside Denver, during a manhunt for threats she made related to the infamous Colorado school shooting. Sol Pais was found dead by a “self inflicted gunshot wound” near the base of Mount Evans on Wednesday following a two-day manhunt, law enforcement said. Authorities previously said Pais, 18, was “extremely dangerous” because she purchased a shotgun after arriving in Denver “infatuated” with the 1999 massacre. “Please just come home, Sol,” Gardi Pais told his daughter in an interview with The Daily Beast, hours before her death. “Everyone is looking for you and we just want to make sure you are OK and don’t do anything you will regret. This whole situation has been a nightmare, I don’t know why she would do this.”The FBI said she “made threats to commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area,” prompting a statewide manhunt days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting, in which 13 people died. On Wednesday, Sol’s father confirmed his daughter’s interest in Columbine, but said it was “nothing that stood out as dangerous.”“She may have a mental problem,” he said, though he didn’t elaborate. “Sol never really had too many friends growing up and when we moved to Miami she didn't branch out. She kept to herself a lot,” describing her as a “quiet soul.”Pais was seen by her family on Sunday afternoon and reported missing on Monday, the Surfside Police Department said. Her father said it was not “out of the ordinary” for his daughter to wander off sometimes. “She kept to herself and sometimes that meant she would leave for hours at a time,” he said. “This is a bad dream I never could imagine she would do something like this.”Over the past year online, Pais wrote she felt unhappy and predicted her life was nearing its end. “I think this story’s almost/completely done,” she wrote in an entry dated June 2018 viewed by The Daily Beast. Around the same time, she wrote about her wish to get a gun. Last month, she inquired about Colorado’s firearm laws on a gun forum for what she said was an upcoming trip. Through it all she appeared to idolize Dylan Klebold, who killed himself after murdering teachers and students in Columbine. (Klebold’s accomplice, Eric Harris, also killed himself.) Twenty years after the Columbine High School massacre, the shooting endures as an icon of infatuation and inspiration. It has become the subject of a dark fascination by some online “true crime” communities that upload pictures of school shooters and serial killers. And while some of the writers say they have an academic interest in killers, others treat the murderers like rockstars.More ominously, Columbine has become a template for other school shootings and attacks. Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza was obsessed with Columbine, his online records show. The man who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University in 2007 name-checked the Columbine killers in his manifesto. In 2015, police arrested three people who glamorized the Columbine perpetrators for planning a mass-shooting at a Halifax, Nova Scotia mall. In December, the FBI arrested an Ohio couple who visited the Columbine High School campus for also allegedly planning a mass murder. The pair were allegedly caught taking pictures of the school. “We are not a place to come visit if you are not a student. We are not a tourist attraction. We are not a place to come gain inspiration,” Jeffco Schools safety director John McDonald said on Wednesday. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mueller report: ‘Beyond implausible’ Trump team was unaware of Russian election interference, says legal expert
With the release of the Mueller investigation on Thursday, albeit in lightly redacted form, there are now as many questions as there are answers.And while the investigation did not find evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, it uncovered “multiple links between Trump campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government”. The Independent spoke to legal expert and writer Colin Kalmbacher, who had much to say about Mr Mueller’s findings. The report highlighted that multiple members of the Trump campaign received some form of communication from Russian officials. Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, Alex van der Zwaan, Konstantin Kilimnik, and 25 Russian nationals were indicted by the Special Counsel. On that, Mr Kalmbacher said that: “It’s beyond implausible the Trump Administration was unaware of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any sleight-of-hand responses from administration officials that downplay such knowledge are not only off-base but, because they’re so ridiculous, also read as suspect.”President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, and other campaign officials have touted the claim of “no collusion” as the Special Counsel was “unable” to come to the conclusion that the group “willfully” violated the law in the case of the Trump Tower meeting, or intentionally colluded with Russia, but could not prove overall that justice was not obstructed. Mr Kalmbacher said that "it is imperative to differentiate between: (1) Russian government actors; and (2) non-governmental actors. Mr Mueller’s redacted report – and years’ worth of public knowledge – have established that highly placed Trump 2016 campaign officials made contact with Russian nationals not directly affiliated with the Russian Federation.” “In other words, obviously the Trump campaign had contacts with Russians but there’s nothing immoral, illegal or otherwise untoward about that. Only the most irresponsible and reckless – and almost certainly incorrect – reporting has suggested that Trump campaign apparatchiks actually had conspiratorial meetings with Russian Federation agents keyed toward cheating Donald Trump across the finish line by way of razor-thin margins in the Midwestern United States.” “As far as the latter is concerned, if I were summing up the extent of the Trump campaign’s efforts with Russian Federation agents, I’d have to emphasise the Mueller report's bottom-line finding that 'the investigation did not establish such coordination.'"As for the charges laid against Manafort in Virginia? They weren't linked to collusion at all. Mr Kalmbacher said: “I covered the Manafort trial in Virginia in person. This was all fairly run-of-the-mill gilded upper crust tax evasion and bank fraud. In other words: the story of American wealth. It would have been nice if the Manafort prosecution led to an American Spring focused on uprooting the methods by which the wealthy and well-connected game our system: but that’s not where things were headed. Manafort, the president's former campaign manager, was in March sentenced to nearly four years in prison on tax and bank fraud."You could prosecute most people who make over six figures for the same kind of stuff Manafort was convicted of in Virginia – but our system is actually set up to facilitate white collar crime – and none of that had anything directly to do with politics; he was interested in finding ways to launder his money earned in Ukraine, sure. But even these white collar crimes were fairly pedestrian stuff: lying on his taxes, hiding income, inflating assets. Is this the kind of thing society really thinks people should be caged for?”The section on Trump Campaign and the Dissemination of Hacked Materials begins with: “The Trump Campaign showed interested in WikiLeaks’s releases of hacked materials throughout the summer of 2016,” and is mostly redacted from that point.The report states “On July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks posted thousands of internal DNC documents revealing information about the Clinton Campaign. Within days, there was public reporting that US Intelligence agencies had “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the DNC.”Was Mr Mueller aware that the Trump campaign knew the emails were going to be released before they were? Mr Kalmbacher believes so.He replied, “Well, yes. But that’s hardly surprising – and not the least bit incriminating – because Wikileaks themselves teased the existence of the leaks before they were released.”Continuing, he added: “This is one of the more hare-brained episodes in the entire Russiagate drama. The idea that a hatchet man like Roger Stone had access to some secret pool of knowledge or that he was buddying around with Julian Assange in a bid to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. It’s absolutely ridiculous. There’s no need for grand designs or cloak-and-dagger espionage. We’re not dealing with a Graham Greene character here. Anyone on either side of the equation should think twice about romancing Roger Stone. He’s not a scheming mastermind or a windswept hero. The Trump campaign knew about potentially harmful Clinton-related releases because Roger Stone was capable of using a Twitter account.”The report notes that "Beginning in June 2016, [redacted] forecast to senior Campaign officials that WikiLeaks would release information damaging to candidate Clinton. WikiLeaks‘s first release came in July 2016.’" "What an interesting coincidence," said Mr Kalmbacher. "Except that it’s not interesting whatsoever.”“Wikileaks publically teased the forthcoming release of Clinton-centric data in May of 2016. May comes before June. The real story here – and the revealing piece of information – is why it took Roger Stone at least two weeks to alert his superiors about this impending release. That’s hardly expert timing or even great ability to read for comprehension. But, of course, it’s not Roger Stone’s timing or reading comprehension that’s important here. The key point: the narrative of Stone’s scheming nefariousness is almost completely fictitious.”As for the legal implications of the report? “Most of the report on this subject is redacted. So, there are, presumably legal implications and I’d imagine the lines dedicated to those implications outline some of the still-working parts in the ongoing Stone prosecution.”Mr Kalmbacher continued: “More directly: don’t be so stupid as to lie about non-crimes. Other than that, no. There’s nothing illegal about relying on Wikileaks for campaign dirt. Wikileaks is a publishing company. They provide information – they do journalism – that powerful people do not like."Mr Mueller has decided to not prosecute those involved with the Trump tower meeting (Donald J Trump Jr, Manafort, and Jared Kushner) despite Mr Trump Jr setting up the meeting due to the offer of “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father” as there was no proof that they “willfully” violated the law. But which campaign law is this based on, and what exactly about their behaviour didn't violate it? “This is based on 11 CFR 110.20. I’ve actually written about why Mr Mueller wouldn’t charge Trump Jr. over this meeting before. Turns out my prediction was half right. Mr Mueller, like most lawyers, has a habit of arguing with himself. In essence he decided not to prosecute Trump Jr. for two reasons: (1) it would be hard to classify opposition research as “a thing of value” and this would have been the first time in US history that such an effort would have been made; and (2) because of a tick (feature or bug?) in campaign finance law, ignorance of the law actually is an excuse and here, Mr Mueller determined that Trump Jr. was not familiar with the intricacies of campaign finance law. Who really is, though? Campaign Legal Center – that’s about it. "Mr Mueller is a conservative Republican whose interests and loyalties are pretty clear – he wasn’t there to rock the boat or make precedent. So, it’s no surprise that he didn’t go after the 45th president’s oldest son.”Finally, why did none of this add up to collusion? “Collusion was almost always never going to be proved or shown simply because it’s not the legal term of art applicable here.” He continued: “Collusion only exists in antitrust law in the US. I can’t recall exactly when or how it transposed itself into our cultural lexicon but it’s basically been used as a smokescreen."Mueller obviously can’t prove something that’s entirely inapplicable. But, again, prosecutors can easily prove conspiracy if they want to. They can easily prove campaign finance crimes if they want to. They can easily go after regulatory infractions a la Manafort if they want to.”“The decision not to charge here was a conscious one not to create controversy because the case, if charged, would have, simply, ruined people’s lives. And, it seems, Mueller didn’t deem that damage equivalent to the potential crimes he probably saw."
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8 Things We Learned From Beyoncé's New Netflix Documentary Homecoming
From her strict diet to her pregnancy to her goals as a performer
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We Drive It: The 2019 Roush Ford F-150 SC
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Measles Crisis: Judge Dismisses Parents’ Suit Against NYC
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyA New York judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought against the city’s Department of Health by five parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.The dismissal shores up an emergency order declaring the city’s measles outbreak a public health emergency. In addition to mandating the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for children in zip codes affected by the crisis, it threatened parents with fines of up to $1,000.There have been 329 confirmed cases of the viral illness, mostly among observant Jews in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. “The unvarnished truth is that these diagnoses represent the most significant spike in incidences of measles in the United States in many years and that the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is at its epicenter,” Kings County Supreme Court justice Lawrence Knipel wrote.Knipel debunked the parents’ arguments, concluding that their medical objections to vaccines ran counter to scientific evidence; their religious objections weren’t supported by doctrine, and were only relevant to school admissions; and their moral objections, such as their insistence on informed consent for vaccines, were misplaced.“A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire,” he wrote. “Vaccination is known to extinguish the fire of contagion.”Jay Begun, founder of Kindercare Pediatrics in Williamsburg and an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai, said the dismissal was a victory for the community.“Now more people will be encouraged to immunize their children, and it will create a safer environment for everyone,” he said. “This proves that the greater good trumps the marginal opinions of a small segment of the population.”But, he added, when it comes to enforcing the order, “the less punitive the better and the more educational the better.”One Hasidic father, who asked that his name not be shared in order to protect his privacy, felt that the dismissal was a step toward safety for his community.“It is still scary to go out with the kids in Williamsburg, but hopefully this will help turn around the situation,” he said.Robert Krakow, the parents’ attorney and a frequent representative of parents who claim their children were injured by vaccines, said he wasn’t particularly surprised by the judge’s decision.Krakow claimed that a new version of the order presented during the hearing said the city could fine parents per day, as opposed to only once, for refusing to vaccinate their children.“Wouldn’t you expect, when the city handed over the order and said the criminal provisions are removed, that they would also highlight any significant changes?” he said. “I didn’t hear them say anything about fines per day. Let’s just say we’re investigating it.”The decision came on the same day that the Health Department announced it had issued summonses to three parents for not vaccinating their children. The department also shut down four yeshivas for not complying with its order that unvaccinated students be forbidden from attending. A daycare that was shut down earlier this week, United Talmudical Academy, reopened today under close supervision by the Health Department.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Woman claims to spot Jesus in photo of fire at Notre Dame Cathedral
A woman who was reading about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire on Monday couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted a religious figure in a photo of the historic church's flaming roof.
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Chris Wallace: Trump owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to his staff who didn't do what he told them to
According to the Mueller report, President Trump repeatedly directed staff to do things that may have interfered with the Russia investigation, but no one pursued them.
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Thousands of protesters back in Algeria's streets, demanding radical reform
ALGIERS (Reuters) - - Thousands of demonstrators returned to Algeria's streets on Friday to press demands for wholesale democratic change well beyond former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation after six weeks of mass protests, witnesses said. Parliament named an interim president and a July 4 election date was set in a transition the powerful military endorsed. Thousands of protesters gathered anew in city centers around Algeria demanding root-and-branch reforms - including political pluralism and crackdowns on corruption and cronyism, witnesses said, and more were expected after Friday prayers.
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‘No Evidence’ Trump Was Aware of Don Jr.’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation failed to produce evidence that then-candidate Trump was aware son Donald Trump Jr. and other high-ranking campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton in June 2016, according to the special counsel's report released Thursday.Trump Jr., campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and at least five other people met with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in Manhattan in order to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton. After news of the meeting broke a year later, in July 2017, Trump dictated a statement to be released on Trump Jr.'s behalf in which he falsely claimed the meeting was held to discuss sanctions that restricted Americans' adoption of Russian children.“The president then dictated a statement to [then-White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope] Hicks that said the meeting was about Russian adoption (which the president had twice been told was discussed at the meeting). The statement dictated by the president did not mention the offer of derogatory information about Clinton,” the report reads.After learning that his emails related to the meeting had been obtained by the New York Times, Trump Jr. admitted that the meeting was held to gain dirt on Clinton but said that it quickly concluded after it became clear that Veselnitskaya did not have any such information and instead wanted to voice her opposition to sanctions leveled against corrupt Russian businessmen.Trump Jr. has also maintained that his father was unaware of the meeting at the time it took place. The special counsel's investigation, which relied on 2,800 subpoenas, 500 witness interviews, and millions of pages of documents, failed to produce evidence that Trump Jr.'s claims regarding his father's lack of knowledge and Veselnitskaya's failure to produce the damaging information were false.“[There is] no documentary evidence showing that [Donald Trump] was aware of the [June 2016 Trump Tower] meeting-or its Russian connection-before it occurred,” reads the 400-page report.Mueller ultimately decided not to charge Trump Jr. and the other attendees with campaign-finance violations related to the meeting because prosecutors would likely be unable “to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the June 9 meeting participants had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful.”
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Trump fumes after Bernie Sanders drew big ratings at Fox News town hall
Bernie Sanders drew big ratings and rave reviews for his Fox News town hall on Monday night. And President Trump apparently isn’t happy about his favorite cable network's role in it.
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Supreme Court girds for fight over Trump census citizenship question
A sign on its front door in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood of the borough of Queens warns law enforcement officers not to enter without a warrant. Its colorful lobby is filled with butterfly-shaped placards made for protests against the hardline immigration policies of President Donald Trump, a fellow New Yorker. Its latest fight is to contest the Trump administration's contentious plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which the group has called a "racist attempt to intimidate, undercount immigrants." The plan's legality will be tested on Tuesday in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has a 5-4 conservative majority.
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Did a Russian Made S-200 Missile Strike an Israeli F-35 Back in 2017?
As The Drive summed up rather neatly, “Although we cannot rule the possibility out entirely, as Freud would say—sometimes a bird strike is just a bird strike.”Did a Russian anti-aircraft missile hit one of Israel’s new F-35 stealth fighters back in late 2017?Pro-Russian media are claiming that an Israeli F-35I was hit and damaged by a Russian-made S-200 surface-to-air missile during an Israeli air strike in Syria earlier this month. Israel says one of its F-35s was damaged—after colliding with a bird.(NOTE: This first appeared in October of last year.)The story begins on October 16, when Israel announced that its aircraft had struck a Syrian SAM battery near Damascus that had fired two hours earlier on Israeli reconnaissance planes flying over Lebanon. The attack damaged the missile battery, and no Israeli aircraft were hit, according to Israel. Coincidentally or not, the incident happened the same day that Russia’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, arrived in Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.Recommended: Could the Battleship Make a Comeback?
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Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe: attorney general
US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that President Donald Trump took no action to thwart the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference, ahead of the long-awaited release of the final investigation report. The politically charged case over whether or not Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow -- and whether the president sought to derail that probe -- has captivated Washington for the better part of two years. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI, was appointed to investigate the extent of Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election and tilt it in Trump's favor.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Trump must be impeached over Mueller report obstruction of justice findings
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the Mueller report has convinced her that Donald Trump must be impeached.The Congresswoman said she had resisted calling for the president to undergo investigation, and that she would rather work on other priorities, but that the behaviour detailed in the newly released report had forced her to back calls for his removal.Ms Ocasio-Cortez said she took "no pleasure" in the discussion, "but the report squarely puts this on our doorstep".The stance puts her at odds with more senior Democrat colleagues. House speaker Nancy Pelosi last month said impeaching Mr Trump would "divide the country" and that he is "not worth it".But Ms Ocasio-Cortez claimed the report clearly pointed to wrondoing on the president's part and that Congress must investigate."Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the president," she wrote on Twitter."It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution."As such, I’ll be signing onto Rashida Tlaib's impeachment resolution."She acknowledged the proceedings were likely to run into problems with objections from the Senate and elsewhere. But she said she was unable to justify backing the investigation all the same."While I understand the political reality of the Senate and election considerations, upon reading this DoJ report, which explicitly names Congress in determining obstruction, I cannot see a reason for us to abdicate from our constitutionally mandated responsibility to investigate."She wrote on Twitter that she would rather be working on other priotities but that she had no choice but to give it her backing."Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment. I didn’t campaign on it, and rarely discuss it unprompted."We all prefer working on our priorities: pushing Medicare for All, tackling student loans, and a Green New Deal."But the report squarely puts this on our doorstep."Fellow new Congresswoman Ilhan Omar also said she had been convinced to back the impeachment of Donald Trump."Impeachment is part of our constitutional responsibility," she wrote on Twitter. We have an obligation to investigate whether the President committed impeachable offenses", pointing to "obstruction of justice, violating the Emoluments Clause, collusion, and abuse of power" as possible avenues for investigation.
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Schiff: Facts in Mueller report are 'damning'
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says Attorney General William Barr did a "grave disservice" to the country by misrepresenting significant parts of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. (April 18)
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Robert Mueller Made One Mistake: He Trusted Bill Barr
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyTwo days before the 50th anniversary of Robert Mueller being seriously wounded while leading his platoon against a numerically superior enemy in Vietnam, his latest service to the nation was released—in the form of the Special Counsel’s Report.In a morning press conference before the release, Attorney General William Barr seemed to give a friend of three decades his due after two years of lies and slander by our president.“I would also like to thank Special Counsel Mueller for his service and the thoroughness of his investigation, particularly his work exposing the nature of Russia’s attempts to interfere in our electoral process,” Barr said.A few breaths later, Barr committed one of the great public betrayals of our history.The country’s most senior law enforcement officer actually sought to justify President Trump’s mendacious attacks against Mueller and the investigation he had been appointed to conduct.“As the special counsel’s report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks,” Barr said.In fact, the report acknowledges no such thing.What the report does demonstrate is that Mueller conducted an exceedingly fair, determinedly thorough investigation.Just as he had on the battlefield a half century ago, Mueller performed brilliantly.His one mistake was to trust his supposed friend Barr.To call Barr a human hedgehog would be unfair if the resemblance were confined to his appearance. But he also shares a hedgehog’s unique “self-anointing,” a behavior that involves licking an object whose smell the creature finds attractive until it works up a froth that it then rubs on itself.Barr must have worked up considerable froth in the presence of the president. He smelled like pure Trump on March 24, when he offered a four-page document that was was supposed to be an honest appraisal of the evidence Mueller so carefully gathered under such trying circumstances.Barr reeked of The Donald when he subsequently spoke of the FBI “spying” on the Trump campaign. During his public betrayal of Mueller at Thursday’s press conference, Barr twice said there was “no collusion.” He implicitly excused even Trump’s demonstrable lies concerning an effort to fire Mueller because of fictitious “conflicts.”As he exonerated Trump, Barr failed to note that page two of Volume II of the very document he was releasing states, “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”The report further states, “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.”Mueller apparently did not foresee that Barr would effectively see Trump exonerated anyway. Mueller also did not likely anticipate that when releasing the report, Barr would say Trump’s behavior must be put “in context” and accepted.The report documents that Trump lied, lied, and lied again—and pressured his subordinates to do the same.The true source of the frustration and anger that Barr describes was partly the refusal of several staffers to be as unprincipled as their president.The most prominent of those who stood up to the president was White House Counsel Don McGahn, nephew of the late Atlantic City lawyer/fixer Paddy McGahn. The uncle cleared the way for Trump’s casinos and the nephew might therefore have been expected to be situationally flexible. But the uncle was also a thrice-wounded Marine and recipient of the Navy Cross. The report describes the nephew as responding more like a Marine than a fixer/lawyer.The big test for Don McGahn came after Trump instructed him to have Mueller fired for supposed “conflicts,” in June 2017. Mueller would subsequently find himself in the bizarre position of investigating an attempt to stop him from investigating. “The president cited as conflicts that Mueller had interviewed for the FBI Director position shortly before being appointed as special counsel, that he had worked for a law firm that represented people affiliated with the president, and that Mueller had disputed certain fees relating to his membership in a Trump golf course in Northern Virginia,” the report notes.The report adds that Steve Bannon told Trump the purported conflicts were “ridiculous.” Mueller had never been interviewed for the FBI Director. He had not represented any Trump people, even if others at his very large law firm had. As for the supposed golf course fee dispute, the report says:“In October 2011, Mueller resigned his family’s membership from Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, in a letter that noted that, ‘We live in the District and find that we are unable to make full use of the Club,’ and that inquired ‘whether we would be entitled to a refund of a portion of our initial membership fee,’ which was paid in 1994.”The report adds, “About two weeks later , the controller of the club responded that the Muellers’ resignation would be effective Oct. 31, 2011, and that they would be ‘placed on a waitlist to be refunded on a first resigned / first refunded basis...’ The Muellers have not had further contact with the club.”McGahn said he would quit rather than fire Mueller on fictitious grounds, and went so far as to pack up his office. Trump relented, and that might have been that, had the “fake news” not reported the truth.“In early 2018, the press reported that the president had directed McGahn to have the special counsel removed in June 2017 and that McGahn had threatened to resign rather than carry out the order,” the report says. “The president reacted to the news stories by directing White House officials to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed. McGahn told those officials that the media reports were accurate in stating that the president had directed McGahn to have the special counsel removed. The president then met with McGahn in the Oval Office and again pressured him to deny the reports.”The report continues, “The president asked McGahn whether he would ‘do a correction,’ and McGahn said no.“The president also asked McGahn in the meeting why he had told Special Counsel’s Office investigators that the president had told him to have the special counsel removed. McGahn responded that he had to, and that his conversations with the president were not protected by attorney-client privilege.”Trump inquired about McGahn’s habit of jotting down what was said during meetings with him. The report says, “The president then asked, ‘What about these notes? Why do you take notes? Lawyers don't take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.’ McGahn responded that he keeps notes because he is a ‘real lawyer’ and explained that notes create a record and are not a bad thing. The president said, ‘I’ve had a lot of great lawyers, like Roy Cohn. He did not take notes.’”Anybody who was around Roy Cohn knew that he did not want to be hampered by a record and that he always sought to make the truth whatever best suited him at the moment. And Cohn was not just Trump’s lawyer; he was young Donald’s mentor.**https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-reads-once-again-from-roy-cohns-mccarthyite-playbookTo read the litany of Trump’s lies as detailed in the Mueller report is to feel that Cohn’s spirit has risen from the crypt in Queens that he shares with his mother. Trump also lies about the successful firing of FBI Director James Comey. Then there are the lies about the Mueller investigation itself. The report describes a moment on the south lawn last August: “In an impromptu exchange with reporters that lasted approximately five minutes, the president twice called the special counsel’s investigation a ‘rigged witch hunt.’”So said the president who sought to rig the firing of a resolutely honest prosecutor.At another moment, the report says, “The president described the special counsel’s investigation as ‘a witch hunt that ends in disgrace.’”The actual disgrace belongs to Trump and to Barr. In assuming the scent of the president, the human hedgehog seems to have also assumed the scent of Trump’s mentor. Cohn spoke endlessly about loyalty, but was always ready to betray a friend.In Barr’s case, that is Mueller, whose only big mistake in the investigation was trusting him. It’s nearly 50 years since Mueller led his platoon from potential disaster, despite a bullet wound to the thigh. This is one of the qualities that has long made America great. Barr, and Trump, and his truth-indifferent supporters, all owe Mueller an apologyRead more at The Daily Beast.
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How Mueller made his no-call on Trump and obstruction
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a punt that will be examined for years, if not decades.
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U.S. refiners planning major plant overhauls in second quarter
U.S. oil refiners are planning a heavy slate of plant overhauls in the second quarter, with total production this month off 8.5 percent compared with the start of the year, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Early spring and winter traditionally are heavy periods for U.S. refinery maintenance. This year's maintenance schedule and higher crude prices helped push U.S. gasoline prices to a national average of $2.83 a gallon last week, up 26 percent since the start of the year, according to data from the American Automobile Association.
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Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private cargo ship brought food galore to the International Space Station on Friday.
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Video: large group of migrants crosses into US
U.S. Border Patrol officials say 360 migrants have surrendered to agents in Arizona. Border Patrol camera operators spotted the group Tuesday morning. Authorities say most were women and children from Central America. (April 17)
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California couple faces sentencing in severe child abuse case
A Southern California couple who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from grim, headline-making accusations they beat, starved and shackled their 13 children in the family's home were due to be sentenced on Friday to 25 years to life in prison. David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Turpin, 50, agreed to the long prison terms as part of an agreement with Riverside County prosecutors that saw them plead guilty in February to torture, child abuse and false imprisonment charges. The sentencing marks the culmination of a criminal case that has convulsed the community of Perris, California, some 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, since an emaciated 17-year-old girl climbed out of a window of the family's home and called 911.
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Pelosi declines to comment on possibility of Trump impeachment
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday declined to comment on whether Congress might launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, saying it was not appropriate to criticize him while abroad. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election provided extensive details on Trump's efforts to thwart the probe, but Democratic party leaders have played down talk of impeachment just 18 months before the 2020 presidential election. "Whatever the issue and challenge that we face, the Congress of the United States will honor its oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, to protect our democracy," Pelosi told journalists in Belfast when asked about possible impeachment proceedings.
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Kremlin says Mueller report shows no evidence of Russian meddling
The Kremlin said on Friday U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report did not contain any evidence the Russian state had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mueller's report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to tilt the election in Trump's favor. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow regretted the Mueller report was having an impact on its relations with Washington.
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Russia shrugs off Mueller report: agencies
Russia's foreign ministry on Friday dismissed the findings of the long-awaited report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said it had failed to present any evidence of Russian meddling in U.S. elections, Russian news agencies reported. Mueller's report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to tilt the election in Trump's favor. The report did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia.
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Real Housewives' husband Joe Giudice loses immigration appeal
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" husband Joe Giudice has lost his appeal to avoid deportation to Italy
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What the Mueller report on the Russia investigation says about Vice President Mike Pence
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report provides new details about Michael Flynn's firing after lying to Vice President Mike Pence.
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Car smashes into pedestrians in Tokyo, killing 2 on bicycle
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police say a car driven by an 87-year-old man has smashed into pedestrians at a Tokyo intersection, killing a woman and a girl on a bicycle and overturning a garbage truck. Eight people were reportedly injured.
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Severe weather ramps up across central US
AccuWeather estimates that 118 million people are at risk during the next round of severe weather.
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Climate change protesters block access to French multinationals
Climate activists blocked hundreds of employees from entering the headquarters of French bank Societe Generale, state-run utility EDF and oil giant Total on Friday, environmental group Greenpeace said. Greenpeace said it was protesting against the companies links to the oil and gas industry, which the group says is a driving force in global warming. Some protesters taped themselves together while others cuffed themselves with plastic ties to metal poles to make it harder for police to dislodge them.
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Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Ore., and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 53 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, Wa...
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Mother's Day Crafts Your Kid Can Make That are Adorable and Useful (Everybody Wins!)
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Trump offered help of 'great experts on renovation' to rebuild Notre Dame
President Trump said he spoke to Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and offered help of “great experts on renovation.”
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Barnes & Noble offers free downloadable copy of the Mueller Report upon release
Nook e-reader customers can pre-order "The Mueller Report" and have it downloaded upon release of the report Thursday.
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Foxconn says it remains committed to Wisconsin investment project
Taiwan's Foxconn said on Friday it remains committed to its contract to build a display plant and tech research facilities in Wisconsin, days after the U.S. state's governor said he wanted to renegotiate the deal. Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who inherited a deal to give Foxconn $4 billion in tax breaks and other incentives when he took office in January, said on Wednesday he wanted renegotiation because the firm is not expected to reach its job creation goals for the state. Foxconn's proposed 20-million-square-foot Wisconsin campus, announced at a White House ceremony in 2017, marks the largest greenfield investment by a foreign-based company in U.S. history and was praised by President Donald Trump as proof of his ability to revive American manufacturing.
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Weeping teenage climate activists in peaceful protest near London's Heathrow
Teenage protesters staged an emotional protest at political inaction on climate change near London's Heathrow Airport on Friday, a further day of actions that have caused transport snarl-ups in the British capital. The Extinction Rebellion group of climate-change campaigners stood weeping and singing in a peaceful roadside protest less than a mile from Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3. Around a dozen teenagers, some as young as 13, held a banner which read "Are we the last generation?" The group has called for non-violent civil disobedience to push the British government to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025 and to stop what it calls a global climate crisis.
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Nintendo shares jump 17 percent after Tencent wins key China Switch sales approval
Nintendo's U.S.-listed shares rose 12 percent overnight after the Chinese province of Guangdong allowed Tencent to distribute the Switch console with a test version of the "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe" game. It remains unknown when the console may go on sale in China, with games needing to clear a separate approval process. Gaming industry leader Tencent is trying to recover from a lengthy game approval freeze in China last year.
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Key takeaways from Robert Mueller's Russia report
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may not have obstructed justice, but it wasn't for lack of trying.
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Ann Coulter says she’d vote for Bernie Sanders if he returned to a 2007 immigration position
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said she could support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) if he returned to his earlier stance on immigration.
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Second wave of twisters in U.S. South turns deadly as storm pushes east
One person was killed after a tree fell on his vehicle in Neshoba County, Mississippi, Thursday afternoon, the local paper, the Neshoba Democrat, reported. A second death was reported in St. Clair County, Mississippi, after a tree fell on a home, late Thursday, according to AccuWeather. A third death was reported late Thursday in the Wattsville community, north of Pell City, Alabama, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported, after a tree fell on a home.
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Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Ore., and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 53 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, Wa...
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Jussie Smollett update: Kim Foxx's texts and emails raise more questions about recusal
Although Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx publicly recused herself from the Jussie Smollett case, she still sent to texts to lead prosecutors in charge, and an email from one of her supervisors raises further questions about her authority over the case.
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View Photos of the Volkswagen I.D. Buggy
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'Oh my God. This is terrible.': Top quotes from special counsel Robert Mueller's report
"Lawyers don't take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes," Trump told counsel Don McGahn, who replied he did because he's a "real lawyer."
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Expansive New Kingdom tomb unveiled in Egypt's Luxor
Archaeologists on Thursday unveiled an unusually large tomb on Luxor's west bank dated to ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty. The 3,500-year-old, 450-square-metre (540-square-yard) tomb contains 18 entrance gates and is believed to have belonged to a nobleman named Shedsu-Djehuty. The nobleman was the royal master of seals for ancient Egyptian kings of Upper and Lower Egypt, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.
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Report: Likely cause of Notre Dame Cathedral fire an electrical short-circuit
An electrical short-circuit most likely sparked the inferno at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a French police official told the Associated Press.
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Local members of Congress and the public react to Mueller report
Residents in Philadelphia are reacting to the release of the highly anticipated 448-page Mueller report.
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Mueller drops obstruction dilemma on Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's now up to Congress to decide what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's findings about President Donald Trump.
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There Is Only 1 Way To Make the F-22 and F-35 Better: Stealth Refueling Tankers
The Air Force has additional ideas for making its future tankers more survival, including incorporating active protection systems to shoot down incoming missiles—yes, possibly with lasers. Another concept, however, would involve using next-generation radar jammers that employ a cognitive intelligence system to automatically adjust frequencies to keep up with frequency-agile radars. Such jammers could obscure or even misrepresent the position of an aircraft on radar. The Pentagon also would like its next-generation tankers to feature more autonomation to reduce the number of necessary crew and speed up the refueling process.The United States has devoted billions of dollars to building stealth fighters, stealth bombers, stealth cruise missiles and stealth spy drones. Surely a stealth tanker for refueling aircraft midflight would be an extravagance too much?(This first appeared late last year.)However, the concept of a stealth tanker is not as absurd you’d think for one simple reason: the Pentagon’s F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters, which it has made the lynchpin of its twenty-first century air warfare strategy, simply can’t fly far enough.
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'Mueller report absolutely does not clear the president': Opinionline
Opinion writers from around the country react to the Mueller report
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Sears sues Lampert, claiming he looted company and drove it into bankruptcy
Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime Chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments, and former directors including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, accusing them of allowing the retailer to be looted of billions of dollars before its October 2018 bankruptcy. The lawsuit, made public on Thursday, was filed by the restructuring team winding down what remains of the pre-bankruptcy Sears following Lampert's $5.2 billion purchase in February of most of its assets. Sears accused Lampert of ordering the creation of bogus financial plans showing the retailer would turn itself around even as it racked up huge losses, enabling the transfer of five major assets including Land's End and Sears Hometown Outlet for his benefit.
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Rapper Kodak Black arrested in New York on drug, weapons charges
Black, 21, was stopped on Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge headed back into the United States from Canada, the New York State Police said in a release. Black's real name is Bill Kapri, and he is a resident of Miramar, Florida. Black was released on Thursday afternoon from the Niagara County Jail on $20,000 bail, multiple media accounts have reported, including CNN.
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What do Kim Foxx's text messages about the Jussie Smollett case reveal about our criminal justice system?
Reaction and analysis on 'Fox & Friends First.'
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Mueller report gives Democrats political ammunition but they are split on how to use it
Mueller's 448-page report, the product of a 22-month investigation, built a broad case that Trump had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, although it did not exonerate him. Mueller noted Congress has the power to address whether Trump violated the law, and Democrats quickly vowed to steam ahead with congressional investigations of the president. "Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment.
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Here Are All the Ways Trump May Have Obstructed Justice
Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigated a number of ways in which President Donald Trump have have attempted to obstruct justice.
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Sarah Sanders: Media meltdown over Mueller report is truly astonishing
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reacts to Mueller report findings on 'Hannity.'
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President Trump claims victory, says Mueller report exonerates him
While the Mueller report confirms there was no evidence of collusion with the Russians by the president or his campaign in 2016, it was less charitable on the subject of obstruction of justice; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.
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Microsoft’s new Surface Hub 2 is $9,000, or you can turn any TV into a giant touchscreen for $272
The new Surface Hub 2 from Microsoft was announced well over a year ago, and now it finally has pricing and a release date. If you want one when it hits the street this coming June, you'll have to part with a whopping $9,000. The Surface Hub 2 is awesome, don't get us wrong, but is it really worth $9 grand even if you're spending your company's money? Whether you're working with your company's budget or your own, we've got another option for you that costs a minuscule fraction of the price of the new Surface Hub. It's called the Touchjet WAVE Virtual Touchscreen TV System, and it turns any TV up to 65 inches into a massive touchscreen in seconds. Definitely check it out -- especially right now while it's on sale!Here's some important info from the product page: * Please refer to the user manual for setup instructions. If there are issues, please contact Touchjet Customer Service at 415-579-3399 for assistance. * Virtual Touchscreen - Touchjet WAVE adds a virtual touchscreen onto flat screen TVs and display monitors up to 65" (smart TV is not required). * Simple Connection - Simply attach the WAVE to the top of your TV and plug the WAVE into your TV via HDMI. * Giant Tablet - The WAVE is preloaded with the Android OS, Wi-Fi and it comes preloaded with apps so that you can start enjoying right out of the box. * Work View / Class Time - Flip through your presentation directly on the big screen just like John King on cnn. * Streaming - Stream your favorite shows and movies on Netflix or your favorite streaming app without having to connect to other devices. * Support - Please download the Touchjet App onto your smart device (iOS and Android) for step-by-step instructions. * Connect, Collaborate, and Share - With WAVE, bring presentation and education apps, and connect individual tablets to the big touchscreen. An affordable alternative to IWB and giant tablets.
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Dismay as Trump vetoes bill to end US support for war in Yemen
Politicians decry Trump’s decision to continue US involvement in it as a cynical move and missed opportunity for humanitarian helpDonald Trump called the resolution ‘an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities’. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/APDonald Trump has vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.The Senate had passed a bipartisan resolution on 13 March in a 54-to-46 vote, in a move that was largely seen as a rebuke of Trump’s alliance with the Saudi forces leading military action in Yemen. The House voted on the resolution in early April, passing it with 247 votes to 175.“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump wrote in explaining his veto.The US provides billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.But as the war drags on, members of Congress have expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014.Trump’s veto, the second of his presidency, led to outpourings of dismay from politicians and NGOs. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, called on him to “put peace before politics”. She called the Yemen conflict a “horrific humanitarian crisis that challenges the conscience of the entire world” and decried Trump’s decision to continue US involvement in it as a cynical move.Senator Bernie Sanders, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said: “I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bipartisan resolution to end US involvement in the horrific war in Yemen. The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian help, not more bombs.”The California congressman Ro Khanna, a Democrat, added: “From a president elected on the promise of putting a stop to our endless wars, this veto is a painful missed opportunity.” Khanna argued the bill marked a step forward, despite the veto. “It sends a clear signal to the Saudis that they need to lift their blockade and allow humanitarian assistance into Yemen if they care about their relationship with Congress,” Khanna said.The fighting in the Arab world’s poorest country has left millions suffering from shortages of food and medical care and has pushed the country to the brink of famine.David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who now heads the International Rescue Committee, denounced the veto as “morally wrong and strategically wrongheaded”. In a statement he said Yemen was at “breaking point with 10m people on the brink of famine”.Oxfam America said the veto would not stop the campaign to end US support for the Saudi military action. “America stands with Yemen. This fight is far from over,” the global humanitarian aid group said in a tweet.Many lawmakers have grown uneasy with Trump’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia.Lawmakers criticized the president for failing to condemn the country for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and had written critically about the kingdom. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October and never came out. Intelligence agencies said the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was complicit in the killing.
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Lil Dicky Drops Star-Studded Music Video Featuring Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus
Lil Dicky Drops Star-Studded Music Video Featuring Justin Bieber
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Lori Loughlin 'very afraid' of a college admissions scandal trial
The prospect of actually going to trial in connection to the college admissions scandal is "terrifying" for actress Lori Loughlin, and the scandal has "destroyed" her family, insiders say.
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What the Mueller report says about Trump-Russia contacts
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweeping two-year investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller identified numerous contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign officials and Russians. But the evidence that his team uncovered during the Russia probe that shadowed Trump's presidency didn't rise to the level of a chargeable crime, he said.
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Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end
VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades.
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Full text of Mueller's questions and Trump's answers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller's written questions and Donald Trump's written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel's office and the president.
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Collusion, obstruction of justice, redactions: How the Mueller report uses these legal terms
The terms have been used frequently throughout Mueller's investigation and subsequent report, leading to confusion about the actual definitions.
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Trump Draws HBO Rebuke After Tweeting ‘Game of Thrones’ Meme
Trump has previously referenced the hit show in his tweets, including a famous warning that “sanctions are coming” after announcing his plans to increase penalties on Iran. It was advice Trump didn’t always take.
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Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
“Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.
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Mueller report: press secretary Sarah Sanders admitted to lying to reporters
Sanders said her claim that countless members of the FBI opposed former director James Comey was ‘not founded on anything’ The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington DC on 4 April 2019. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images After Trump fired James Comey, the White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders repeatedly claimed in live press briefings that the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in the FBI director, and that “we’ve heard from countless members of the FBI” who did not support him. Those statements had no basis in fact, Sanders later admitted in interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. The redacted version of the special counsel’s report released on Thursday included multiple examples of Trump’s current and former press secretaries making false claims to journalists, particularly in the days after Comey’s firing. Sanders, the current White House press secretary, told the special counsel’s office that a statement she had made to journalists about the Comey’s lack of support within the FBI “was not founded on anything”. Sanders’ claim on 10 May 2017, the day after Comey was fired, that “countless members of the FBI” opposed Comey was “a slip of the tongue”, Sanders told the special counsel’s office in an interview last year. Sanders repeated that “slip of the tongue” during a press briefing the following day, when skeptical White House reporters questioned her on her claim that Comey did not have support within the FBI’s rank and file. One reporter asked what basis the White House had for that conclusion, given that the FBI’s acting director had publicly said that Comey still had the support among the FBI’s agents. “I can speak to my own personal experience,” Sanders told the White House press. “I’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president’s decision.” She went on: “I’ve certainly heard from a large number of individuals. And that’s just myself. And I don’t know that many people in the FBI.” “You personally have talked to countless officials, employees, since this happened?” another reporter asked later. “Correct,” Sanders said. “I mean, really?” the second reporter asked. “Between like, email, text messages – absolutely,” Sanders said. “Fifty? Sixty? Seventy?” the reporter asked. “Look, we’re not going to get into a numbers game. I have heard from a large number of individuals that work at the FBI that said they’re very happy with the president’s decision. I don’t know what else I can say.” Mueller's report said Sarah Huckabee Sanders told investigators she made comments to reporters that were "not founded on anything." Here's that moment pic.twitter.com/cqrnTqKDLa— POLITICO (@politico) April 18, 2019 A year later, in interviews with the special counsel’s office, Sanders said “that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made ‘in the heat of the moment’ that was not founded on anything”. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary at the time, also made a false claim to reporters about Comey’s firing, telling journalists that night Comey was fired that the decision to fire him “was all” Rosenstein. Rosenstein said in an interview with the special counsel’s office that he had told other justice department officials that night that he would not participate in putting out a “false story” that Comey’s firing had been his idea. Sanders replaced Spicer as White House press secretary in July 2017. A year ago, when comedian Michelle Wolfe mocked Sanders for lying at the White House Correspondents Dinner, the comments about Sanders sparked outrage and condemnation for conservatives, as well as criticism from some national political reporters. Spicer called the criticism “disgusting”. “Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited,” the comedian had said. “I’m not really sure what we’re going to get, you know? A press briefing, a bunch of lies or [being] divided into softball teams.” Wolfe also called Sanders “very resourceful.” “She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies,” the comedian said. The White House Correspondents Association backed away from Wolfe’s comments in response to criticism, calling her monologue “not in the spirit” of the association. The White House’s public press briefings to journalists have become increasingly rare and increasingly brief, another issue of concern for the American press.
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Mueller Left a Strong Hint on Obstruction
The crucial sentence appears in Volume 2 of the report, which is focused on obstruction of justice. Volume 1, which catalogs Russia’s systemic efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election and to help defeat Hillary Clinton and to elect Trump, is exhaustive and alarming – and relatively straightforward. The analysis begins by outlining the considerations that guided the special counsel’s investigation of possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
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Mueller report: President Trump tried to impede Russia inquiry but aides ignored his orders
Special counsel Robert Mueller detailed episodes in which President Trump sought to frustrate the investigation of Russian election interference.
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Storms again roar across South, killing 2 in Mississippi
Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central Mississippi, although they won't be sure until damage is surveyed. Heavy winds also were reported in Louisiana earlier in the day and in central Alabama as the system quickly pushed eastward.
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Yahoo News exclusive video shows extensive fire damage inside Notre Dame Cathedral
Exclusive video obtained by Yahoo News shows Notre Dame Cathedral’s world-famous stained-glass windows, which survived the fire, and the Paris sky visible above where the wooden roof was destroyed.
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Mueller report takeaways: Trump didn't collude but Obama blew it bigtime on Russia
Donald Trump, use Mueller report as election security roadmap; Democrats, drop impeachment and work on 2020; and Rep. Adam Schiff, you should resign.
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Judge upholds New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order
A Brooklyn judge on Thursday ruled against a group of parents who challenged New York City's recently imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, rejecting their arguments that the city's public health authority exceeded its authority. In a six-page decision rendered hours after a hearing on the matter, Judge Lawrence Knipel denied the parents' petition seeking to lift the vaccination order, imposed last week to stem the worst measles outbreak to hit the city since 1991. The judge sided with municipal health officials who defended the order as a rare but necessary step to contain a surge in the highly contagious disease that has infected at least 329 people so far, most of them children from Orthodox Jewish communities in the borough of Brooklyn.
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Woman 'infatuated' by Columbine shooting found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound
Police said the woman, Sol Pais, 18, traveled from Miami to Colorado and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition.
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Lori Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli never enrolled in USC, took parents' tuition cash
Mossimo Giannulli took his parents' tuition money for University of Southern California (USC) but never actually enrolled, according to reports.
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Team Trump: The Mueller Report Is Vindication—and Riddled With ‘Lies’
Joshua Roberts/GettyDonald Trump’s ardent defenders had a new line of defense after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s hotly anticipated report came out on Thursday, detailing the president’s repeated attempts to interfere in the probe.A whole lot of lines, actually.The report still exonerated the president, they stressed, but it was also laden with errors, if not outright lies—particularly the parts about estranged Trump ex-fixer Michael Cohen. And even if those claims were correct, that wouldn’t matter, since he never actually managed to obstruct anything—and even if he had obstructed something, he would have been well within his rights. Oh, and in the end, it was all Barack Obama’s fault. Though Mueller ultimately punted on answering that question, his 400-plus-page report detailed ten episodes in which the president appeared to meddle with the Mueller’s probe. And though the report noted it “did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government,” investigators did establish “multiple links between Trump Campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government.”But prominent members of Team Trump shrugged that off on Thursday. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called it “the best day since he got elected.” Not too far from the West Wing, Trump’s outside legal team—which set up shop for the big day at the offices of the American Center for Law & Justice—also declared victory and defended Trump’s behavior.“There are a lot of disputes about recollection, and how [different] people saw things, but so what? It didn’t happen,” said Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, regarding obstruction of justice allegations. “He didn’t do it, [even though] he had every right to fire Mueller—as long as he replaced Mueller with someone else, and as long as he didn’t do it with coercion, or anything like that…If it’s done with an innocent motive, meaning you’re doing your job and getting rid of someone who’s a bad FBI director [like James Comey] or a bad special counsel…you’re allowed to do it.”Giuliani, reiterating his belief in Trump’s innocence, added, “Nothing was hidden, burned, destroyed, thrown away by the president. So it’s very tough to conclude that someone committed obstruction [and] Mueller couldn’t do it…They couldn’t [even] cobble together a charge.”This was merely part of the latest Trumpworld attempt to barrel through a crisis that has plagued this president for almost two years. By the end of this week, everyone in Trump’s inner sanctum had a similar refrain: The boss isn’t guilty, but even if he had done it, it wouldn’t be illegal.Well before the Mueller report was made public, and before Attorney General William Barr delivered his remarks to the press on Thursday, Giuliani knew what was coming. Jay Sekulow, another one of Trump’s personal attorneys, confirmed to The Daily Beast on Thursday morning that he, Giuliani, and Jane and Martin Raskin (all members of the president’s outside legal team) were welcomed into the Department of Justice to view a version of Mueller’s report ahead of its release—on Tuesday late afternoon, and again on Wednesday. Sekulow said the team had “put in a formal request” late last week, which Barr approved. To Trump’s current and former lawyers, however, Mueller’s report isn’t simply exonerating—it’s also problematic.“For example, half of what they attribute to [Trump’s former fixer and lawyer Michael] Cohen is lies,” Giuliani alleged, going after one of his recurring enemies. “I don’t know why they even put in a Cohen section. A lot of that report is extremely unfair.”John Dowd, an attorney who represented Trump for nearly a year in the 21-month-long investigation, took exception to one of his cameos in the report. In late 2017, after the president’s fired national security adviser Michael Flynn withdrew from a joint defense agreement and started cooperating with investigators, “the President’s personal counsel” left a voicemail for Flynn’s lawyers “reminding them of the President’s warm feelings towards Flynn,” according to the report. On this message, the unnamed counsel—who appears to be Dowd—asked for a “heads up” if Flynn knew any “information that implicates the President,” the report reads. When Flynn’s lawyer responded that Flynn could no longer share that kind of information, “the President's personal counsel was indignant and vocal in his disagreement,” according to the Mueller report. Trump’s “personal counsel said he would make sure that the President knew that Flynn’s actions reflected ‘hostility’ towards the President.” “There was no hostility on my part,” Dowd said on Thursday. “We understood that they had a strong case and thought that they could talk the [special counsel] out of any charges. We didn’t understand there’d be any charges. And I first learned about the Joint Defense conclusion in the press. I called him and that was it. I did not get upset, nor was I upset. I was supporting Gen. Flynn.”Regarding the Mueller report’s characterization of his tone and intent, Dowd replied, “That’s not true. That’s false.” Trump’s former attorney also insisted that Mueller’s team “never raised [this subject] with me and I saw [Mueller’s colleague] Jim Quarles every week and Bob Mueller once a month.”Conway, for her part, trumpeted Mueller’s findings as a pure vindication of the president and those around him, even as she attempted to dismiss findings that could be politically tricky for the president, or give lie to the administration’s previous public statements on the matter.Asked by reporters about Mueller’s findings that Trump tried, on numerous occasions, to hinder the Special Counsel’s investigation, Conway shot back, “that’s punditry, that’s not sophisticated legal analysis.” She added that she was “using my very expensive law degree today.”And while many of Trump’s prospective 2020 Democratic opponents have been hesitant to harp on the Russia issue on the campaign trail, Trump’s counselor nevertheless took the opportunity to ding the Democratic presidential field with the special counsel’s findings.“You have fifteen, eighteen people running for president and not a single message doesn't involve Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump,” Conway said. “The Democrats have nothing,” she added. “They banked everything on this.”Heading into the holiday weekend, President Trump jetted off to Mar-a-Lago, his private Florida getaway, to mark Easter and keep celebrating. “‘Donald Trump was being framed, he fought back. That is not Obstruction,’” the president tweeted on the way to his club, live-tweeting a comment made on Fox News by Trump-loving host Jesse Watters. “I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!”As Trump closed out his Thursday, he appeared both in a good spirits and focused on cable news. According to one of his personal attorneys, that’s exactly how he began his Thursday, as well.Giuliani told The Daily Beast that both he and Sekulow spoke by phone to the president twice on Thursday, shortly before and then after the report’s release. Trump was in a “great mood,” per Giuliani, and both lawyers briefed the president on which TV news programs—on CNN, on Fox—they would appear on through Easter Sunday. “We always tell him what shows we’re going to be doing,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Cheap solar panels power consumer appliance boom in North Korea
Electricity shortages have been a perennial concern for North Korea, and leader Kim Jong Un has called for greater use of renewable energy as part of his drive for self-sufficiency as sanctions have ratcheted higher in response to the country's nuclear and missile programs. Now ever more households, factories and businesses are equipped with solar panels, leading to a greater variety of home electronics products available in increasingly common private markets known as jangmadang, defectors and recent visitors say. Among the hottest selling items are water purifiers, hair straighteners and electric bicycles, mostly from China but some made in North Korea or even smuggled in from South Korea.
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US appeals court rejects Trump administration lawsuit, upholds most of California's sanctuary laws
A federal appeals court upheld California's sanctuary state law, ruling it does not interfere with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
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Mueller Report: Assange Smeared Seth Rich to Cover for Russians
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photo by GettyJulian Assange not only knew that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer wasn’t his source for thousands of hacked party emails, he was in active contact with his real sources in Russia’s GRU months after Seth Rich’s death. At the same time he was publicly working to shift blame onto the slain staffer “to obscure the source of the materials he was releasing,”  Special Counsel Robert Mueller asserts in his final report on Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.“After the U.S. intelligence community publicly announced its assessment that Russia was behind the hacking operation, Assange continued to deny that the Clinton materials released by WikiLeaks had come from Russian hacking,” the report reads. “According to media reports, Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an ‘inside job,’  and purported to have ‘physical proof’ that Russians did not give materials to Assange.” Thursday’s long-anticipated release adds new details about Assange’s interactions with the officers in Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate. Still, it leaves one question unanswered: Why was Assange so determined to exonerate the Russian intelligence agents who gave him the material?As laid out by Mueller, Assange’s involvement in Russia’s election interference began with a June 14, 2016 direct message to WikiLeaks’ Twitter account from “DC Leaks,” one of the false fronts created by the Russians to launder their hacked material.“You announced your organization was preparing to publish more Hillary's emails,” the message read, according to Mueller’s report. “We are ready to support you. We have some sensitive information too, in particular, her financial documents. Let's do it together. What do you think about publishing our info at the same moment? Thank you.”A week later, WikiLeaks reached out to a second GRU persona, Guccifer 2.0, and pitched WikiLeaks as the best outlet for the hacked material. On July 14, 2016,  GRU officers used a Guccifer 2.0 email address to send WikiLeaks an encrypted one-gigabyte file named “wk dnc link I .txt.gpg.” Assange confirmed receipt, and on July 22 he published 20,000  DNC emails stolen during the GRU’s breach.By then, it was no secret where the documents came from. The computer security firm CrowdStrike had already published its technical report on the DNC breach, which laid out a trail leading directly to Moscow and the GRU. Analysts at ThreatConnect independently presented evidence that Guccifer 2.0 and DC Leaks were fictional creations of that agency.But rather than refuse to comment on his sources, as he’s done in other cases, Assange used his platform to deny that he got the material from Russians, and make statements at an alternative theory. On August 9, 2016, WikiLeaks’ Twitter feed announced a $20,000 reward for “information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.”For some, the cryptic tweet was their first introduction to a grim and fantastical conspiracy theory rooted in a real-life tragedy that occurred the early morning of July 10, 2016 on a Washington DC sidewalk.Rich was a 27-year-old DNC staffer when he was gunned down in what police have described as a robbery gone wrong. The unsolved murder timed shortly before Assange’s DNC leaks spoke volumes to inhabitants of the far right wing fringe, where it’s long been an article of faith that Hillary Clinton has her enemies killed.Assange fanned the flames even higher on August 25, 2016, when he was asked in a television interview, "Why are you so interested in Seth Rich's killer?""We're very interested in anything that might be a threat to alleged Wikileaks sources,” Assange answered. “If there's someone who's potentially connected to our publication, and that person has been murdered in suspicious circumstances, it doesn't necessarily mean that the two are connected. But it is a very serious matter .. that type of allegation is very serious, as it's taken very seriously by us."Assange never came out and said it, but his “ statements about Rich implied falsely that he had been the source of the stolen DNC emails,” Mueller notes.With Assange behind it, the Seth Rich hoax moved into the almost-mainstream, spawning a quickly-retracted report on Fox News, and a series of “investigations” by Assange ally Sean Hannity. It also wreaked havoc in the lives of Rich’s surviving family, particularly his anguished parents who later begged perpetrators of the charade “to give us peace, and to give law enforcement the time and space to do the investigation they need to solve our son's murder.”Even as he was ruthlessly framing Rich to protect himself, the GRU, or both, Assange was privately communicating with his real sources to arrange the transfer of the second election leak, material the GRU stole from John Podesta’s Gmail account. The Mueller report quotes from cryptic emails and messages exchanged between WikiLeaks and the GRU accounts in September 2016, and based on metadata, Mueller suspects the transfer occurred on September 19. But the actual transmittal of the massive Podesta haul evidently took place in a channel that Mueller couldn’t crack. The report notes the possibility that, this time, the files were simply carried into the Ecuadorian Embassy by one of Assange’s visitors.“Both the GRU and WikiLeaks sought to hide their communications, which has limited the Office's ability to collect all of the communications between them,” the report notes. “The Office cannot rule out that stolen documents were transferred to WikiLeaks through intermediaries who visited during the summer of 2016.”In the end, the most charitable interpretation of Assange’s “dissembling” as Mueller calls it, in the Seth Rich hoax is that he genuinely couldn’t rule out the possibility that Rich was his source. The Mueller report demolished that final moral refuge. Rich had been dead four days when Assange received the DNC files.WikiLeaks reacted to the Mueller report Thursday with a Trump-like tweet claiming vindication. “WikiLeaks has always been confident that this investigation would vindicate our groundbreaking publishing of the 2016 materials which it has,” the group wrote. Adding a cavieth calling for “full transparency” from the Justice Department. “We disapprove of the large redactions,” WikiLeaks wrote, “which permit conspiracy theories to abound.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mueller report lifts curtain on White House chaos as aides ignore, manage Trump
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report painted a vivid picture of chaos inside the White House as the president scrambled to react to the probe.
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Democratic congressman on next steps after release of Mueller report
Rep. Eric Swalwell says he will call on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to resign.
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If You Get a Pounding Headache Every Month Like Clockwork, You Need to Read This
It's bad enough that once a month women have to deal with unpleasant period symptoms like cramps, mood swings, and bloating, but if you find that your head begins to pound just before you start - or shortly after - your hormones are probably to blame for that, too. "Most women who suffer from headaches during their period are suffering from menstrual migraines," G.
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U.S. launches four-state study to find ways to reduce opioid overdose deaths
The National Institutes of Health will award grants to research sites in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said at a news conference to unveil the plan. Prescription opioid pain treatments and drugs like heroin and the more potent fentanyl were responsible for 47,600 U.S. deaths in 2017, according to government figures, with only a small decline last year, according to provisional data. The plan calls for the research centers to work with at least 15 communities hard hit by the crisis to measure how integrating prevention, treatment and recovery interventions can reduce overdoses.
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George Conway calls for impeachment: ‘Trump is a cancer on the presidency’
George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, believes the Mueller report is so “damning” for President Trump, he should be impeached immediately.
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Mueller Report’s Unwritten Chapter: Why Russians Were Courting Trump World
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe Mueller report answers lots of questions but leaves one big one lingering: Why were so many Russians so eager to ingratiate themselves with Trump World?The report is in one sense a story of meetings, pitches, and introductions that were entertained but ultimately unfulfilled. “In some instances, the Campaign was receptive to the offers” of Russian help, “while in other instances the Campaign officials shied away," the report says. In any case, no one broke the law with a criminal conspiracy. Special counsel Robert Mueller reaffirmed the intelligence community’s conclusions that the Russian government directed an online campaign of hacking and trolling to help Donald Trump in 2016. What’s less clear are the intentions of the many Russians who reached out to the Trump campaign offline and whether they were well-connected covert emissaries of the Kremlin or just hucksters trying to latch onto the coattails of a potential president.  Parsing the motivations of the various Russian supplicants is difficult in part because many of them were a mirror image of their counterparts in Trump World: D-listers in their own political hierarchy for whom the line between state policy and personal gain is unclear. In previous court filings and in the special counsel’s final report, prosecutors wrote that the FBI believes Konstantin Kilimnik, a former partner in Paul Manafort’s consulting business in Ukraine who had worked for the Soviet army as a translator in the 1980s, has “ties to Russian intelligence.” Kilimnik held a Russian diplomatic passport as recently as 1997, and a number of his former associates relayed their belief that the dual Russian-Ukrainian national was, at least at some point, a spy.Kilimnik, the report reveals, received not just a single briefing from Manafort on Trump campaign polling and messaging strategy in August 2016 but continuous updates via text messages from Manafort’s aide Rick Gates. In turn, Kilimnik passed along a peace plan for Ukraine that Manafort himself recognized as a “backdoor” to recognizing Russia’s de facto annexation of rebel-held parts of the country. Prosecutors concluded they could “not reliably determine” why Manafort passed along the polling data. Viewed in one light, it certainly can appear as though Kilimnik, a former intelligence officer, was a mere cutout for Manafort to pass Trump campaign information to the Russian government. But prosecutors couldn’t determine what Kilimnik did with the information, and both Manafort and Gates suggested an alternate explanation for the exchange: money.Manafort had run afoul of Oleg Deripaska, a wealthy Russian oligarch, when an investment fund  he tanked lost Deripaska millions and prompted a lawsuit. The report says Manafort had been trying to get back in his good graces ever since he’d taken a job at the Trump campaign. At the Aug. 2, 2016, meeting where Manafort had raised polling and fielded a peace plan, he also discussed the possibility that Deripaska could drop the lawsuit filed after the collapse of the investment fund. Kilimnik, in that sense, was Manafort’s way to kiss up to Deripaska again.Deripaska’s deep pockets and litigiousness may have drawn Manafort’s focus, but he’s more than just a money man. The Trump administration sanctioned him in 2018 for acting as a representative of the Russian government. His aide, Victor Boyarkin, who the report says ferried messages to Manafort via Kilimnik, is a former GRU officer whom the Treasury Department sanctioned for “providing Russian financial support to a Montenegrin political party ahead of Montenegro’s 2016 elections” shortly before Russia allegedly tried to pull off a coup in the country. Deripaska’s interest in Manafort may have not been just money either. In January 2017, the report says Manafort traveled to Madrid to meet a Deripaska aide and discuss “recreating [the] old friendship” between the two men but also “global politics.” Manafort sent an email to Trump’s incoming deputy national security adviser, K.T. McFarland, when he got back to the U.S. three days later about “important information” he had picked up “on my travels over the last month.” Manafort claimed it was about Cuba; the special counsel’s office couldn’t say whether that was true. In any case, no one appears to have followed up.Not all of the Russians pitching the Trump campaign had sinister backgrounds in the spy world.When the special counsel’s office charged Michael Cohen with lying to Congress, it offered the tantalizing detail that he had met with someone who promised “political synergy” from the Russian government and the ability to set up a meeting with President Vladimir Putin and then candidate Trump. Stripped of his anonymity, synergy man seems a far less impressive operator. Mueller’s final report identifies him as Dmitry Klokov, the director of public relations for a Russian electrical transmission company who had once been a spokesperson for a former Russian energy minister. If he could’ve set up a Putin meeting, he didn’t try very hard—Cohen dumped him after a few phone calls.  Or Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer at the center of the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016. The Trump side of that meeting’s intentions were obvious enough from Donald Trump Jr.’s exclamation of “I love it” when Veselnitskaya claimed that she had dirt on the Clintons compliments of the Russian government. Her hints at government sources have since been borne out by an indictment in New York that alleges that she lied about ghostwriting correspondence for Russian officials to send to their American counterparts. And her clients—wealthy Russians who’ve had money seized on corruption charges—have interests that dovetail directly with one of Moscow’s most pressing foreign policy priorities: the removal of sanctions against Russian nationals and companies. So was she representing her clients at that meeting or the broader interests of the Kremlin? Mueller doesn’t say, but the bait she offered—unsupported allegations about money laundering she couldn’t connect to Hillary Clinton—was far short of tempting. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Banks ordered to disclose bondholder information to Puerto Rico board
A judge on Thursday ordered banks to comply with a request from Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board to disclose customer information related to certain debt issued by the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth. The ruling boosts a potential effort by the board to recover billions of dollars in payments made to bondholders should a federal court hearing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy cases choose to invalidate disputed debt issued by the government and its agencies. U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein's order said "good cause exists" to grant the board's motion, which seeks to compel banks to submit bondholder names and addresses along with Puerto Rico debt payments the bondholders received between 2013 and 2017.
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How Mueller's decision on obstruction helped save Trump
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed new details about Trump's attempts to impede his investigation on Thursday. Democrats said on Thursday the report contained disturbing evidence of wrongdoing by Trump that could fuel congressional investigations. Some legal experts echoed that view.
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The Mueller Report, Explained: Balance of Power Extra
To hear Attorney General William Barr tell it, Special Counsel Robert Mueller didn't find a smoking gun that showed President Donald Trump obstructed justice. To hear Trump tell it, Mueller’s report represented a “complete and total” exoneration. The public heard directly from Mueller for the first time today, when most of the findings of his 22-month probe were unveiled.
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Trump campaign was an eager beneficiary of Russian election help, Mueller report concludes
The special counsel's final report report paints picture of a campaign eager to benefit from Russian interference.
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The Mueller Report Is Out (And Barr Goes to Bat for Trump)
A day nearly three years in the making, when the FBI first began whispering of Russian connections to the Donald Trump presidential campaign in the summer of 2016, has finally arrived. This morning Attorney General William Barr hosted a press conference, joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, where he explained the process of the releasing the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.“I’m committed to ensuring the greatest degree possible of transparency concerning the special counsel’s investigation, consistent with the law,” said Barr. The attorney general gave high praise for his deputy, who had helped oversee the investigation since the beginning in May 2017. Barr thanked Rosenstein, who was often on the receiving end of the president’s public criticism, for his help and service. Barr also praised Mueller for his further uncovering of Russian interference in the presidential election.
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Trump spoke with Abu Dhabi crown prince on Thursday: White House
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Thursday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, the White House said in a statement. The two leaders discussed Washington's "continued support for the United Arab Emirates' national defense, strengthening alliances in the region, and the impact of the Administration’s crippling sanctions on Iran," the statement said. "They also spoke about UAE’s contributions to the global energy markets as a reliable supplier of oil," it said.
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Trump-Mueller report: Explosive document reveals '11 instances of possible obstruction' as Democrats attack 'partisan' handling
The explosive, and much-anticipated, release of the Mueller report has come.Just after attorney general William Barr stood behind a podium and largely seemed to defend Donald Trump, the damaging report was released, showing that Mr Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller multiple times and that he said he thought his presidency was "f****d" after the special counsel was appointed.Mr Barr has declined to prosecute Mr Trump for obstruction, a decision he announced last year. But, the special counsel investigation highlights an incredible amount of damaging nuance to that decision.And, Democrats were quick to challenge the assumption that Mr Trump did not commit a crime, or that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.Instead, the 400 page document detailed dozens of interactions between the Trump campaign and Russian officials seeking to flip members of the Trump team. In addition, the report detailed a shocking propensity for White House officials to disregard the president when it comes to the Russia investigation — and that willingness to ignore the president could be a saving grace for Mr Trump.According to the report, Mr Trump attempted repeatedly to get his staff to force Mr Mueller's firing. Those staff members just ignored him, though.There's a lot to unpack — and we've done most of that work for you below.Please read along for the updates we posted throughout the day — from Mr Barr's press conference, to the shocking revelations of the report, to the reaction as Washington transitioned into its next phase of the Trump presidency:Please allow the blog a moment to load.
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Mueller report leaves Democrats in a quandary
Billionaire Tom Steyer, who has pumped millions of dollars of his own money into a campaign calling for Trump’s removal from office, told Reuters that lawmakers in the Democratic-led House of Representatives should begin the process of impeaching Trump, a Republican, based on the evidence amassed by Mueller. Mueller found no evidence of collusion between members of Trump's campaign and Russians, despite numerous contacts, but he amassed a wealth of evidence he said showed the president had sought to impede or control the FBI investigation. Democratic strategists said Democrats in the House, spurred on by progressives in the chamber, would continue their congressional investigations into Trump, but that Democratic presidential candidates, who hope to appeal to moderates and independents next year, are likely to take a less aggressive approach.
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Mueller report finds no collusion, lists Trump questionable actions
The nearly 500-page, lightly redacted report, provides the first, in-depth look at the nearly two-year investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from the Justice Department.
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Doctors Finally Figure Out What's Causing the Mysterious AFM Illness Among Kids
ShutterstockFederal researchers have confirmed for the first time a frightening polio-like condition that strikes children can be caused by a respiratory infection called enterovirus D68—a step toward unraveling the mystery of the paralyzing illness.Scientists have long suspected a link between enterovirus acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) but a study published by the Centers for Disease Control on Thursday revealed that doctors had found D68 in an afflicted child’s spinal fluid.“This is the first true confirmation that we've had,” Dr. Heidi Moline, lead author, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.AFM is a neurological condition that affects the spinal cord’s gray matter and damages nerves and muscle-movement coordination. The symptoms are similar to polio: sudden onset of  facial drooping, limb weakness, and an inability to speak.The disease first came to public attention when it was found in 2014 in Colorado. Cases were eventually confirmed in 120 people in 34 states, and two years later, there were 149 cases occurred in 41 states. In 2018 there were 228 confirmed cases across 41 states. Researchers believed that either  enterovirus D68 or A71, viruses in the same family as polio, were attacking the nervous system, instigating AFM.In the study published Thursday, a team in Minnesota, working in tandem with the CDC, followed six children, ages 1 through 9, who were hospitalized between Sept.r 19 and Oct. 1 of last year. AFM was confirmed in each.D68 was found in the spinal fluid of one of the six children, a girl who reportedly lost all motor function and remains in the hospital. The researchers told the Star-Tribune that they presumed D68 is likely the cause of AFM for the other five children in the cluster, one of whom tested positive for D68 on a nasal swab.Although significant, the research results don’t mean D68 is the sole culprit. Other viruses that have not yet been detected, or something else in the environment, might play a role.Clearly not every child exposed to D68 develops AFM and researchers have not figured out why some children get it and others in the same environment don’t. Beyond age, the pool of AFM sufferers doesn’t share many characteristics. They live in different places. Some are boys and some are girls. Some have underlying health conditions, while others do not. Some report common cold symptoms while others report more symptoms like headaches and vomiting before the paralysis sets in.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mueller report warning: Russia won in 2016 by making Americans question our democracy
Though Russian efforts in the 2016 election leaned mostly pro-Trump and anti-Clinton, the real interests being served were those of the Kremlin.
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23andMe gene test might falsely reassure some people of breast cancer risk: Study
Since 2010, 23andMe has charged people to test themselves for potentially harmful gene mutations, such as those in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which, when mutated, can dramatically increase a person’s risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer. This presents a problem: As many as 94% of people carrying a BRCA mutation may receive a false-negative if they take the stripped-down test 23andMe offers, according to a recent study. Dr. Pamela Munster, an oncologist and director of the Center for BRCA Research at UC San Francisco Medical Center, is one person who received one of these false-negatives.
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Exclusive: Venezuela skirts U.S. sanctions by funneling oil sales via Russia
President Nicolas Maduro is funneling cashflow from Venezuelan oil sales through Russian state energy giant Rosneft as he seeks to evade U.S. sanctions designed to oust him from power, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters. The sales are the latest sign of the growing dependence of Venezuela's cash-strapped government on Russia as the United States tightens a financial noose around Maduro, who it describes as a dictator. With its economy reeling from years of recession and a sharp decline in oil production, Venezuela was already struggling to finance imports and government spending before Washington imposed tough restrictions on state oil company PDVSA in January.
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St. Patrick's Cathedral arrest: Man had 2 gas cans, prior arrest and 1-way ticket to Rome
Marc Lamparello, 37, was also arrested on Monday after he allegedly refused to leave Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark. Police say he had a one-way ticket booked for Thursday night from Newark to Rome.
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Crude oil touted as health cure in Azerbaijan
Immersed up to her neck in a dark viscous liquid, Sulfiya smiles in delight, confident that the fetid substance will cure her painful condition. Sulfiya, a Russian woman in her 60s, has travelled to Azerbaijan's north-western city of Naftalan in the hope that crude oil baths at a local sanatorium will end her years of suffering from polyarthritis, a disease affecting the joints. "This is so pleasant," she enthuses, despite the reek of engine oil.
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Sarah Sanders admits she lied about FBI trust in Comey - and other false statements revealed in Mueller report
Bold statements made in public by members of President Trump's administration were shown to be lies under the harsh light of Mueller probe.
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In Notre-Dame's shadow, a 'village' faces uncertain future
Few at the gathering Thursday morning in the Quasimodo cafe -- named after the hunchback in Victor Hugo's celebrated novel set at the cathedral -- seemed optimistic about the chances of re-opening in the near future. Police are letting only residents and business owners onto the River Seine island known as the Ile de la Cite where the cathedral stands, choking off the tourist traffic that is their lifeblood. "We usually have lots of tourists, more than 500 a day, but now there's nobody," said Virginie Aranda, who has a stall at the flower market on the Ile de la Cite.
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North Korea wants Pompeo out of talks; Kremlin announces an April visit by Kim Jong Un
North Korea's Kim Jong Un oversaw testing of a new "tactical guided weapon," KCNA reported, a move that comes as talks with Donald Trump have soured.
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Rep. Doug Collins on release of the Mueller report: Good day for transparency, bad day for Democrats
When special counsel Robert Mueller's report didn't produce the story they wanted, Democrats attacked the character of Attorney General William Barr, says Georgia Congressman Doug Collins, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.
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37 charged in 22 months: a timeline of the Mueller investigation
Compared to previous independent prosecutor investigations, Special Counsel Robert Mueller moved with uncommon speed in the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Over 22 months he issued charges against 34 individuals, including six Trump associates, and three companies. - May 17: Four months after Trump took office, Mueller, now 74, is named to lead the Russia meddling and collusion investigation.
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Detail-minded architect left guide for restoring Notre Dame
CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France (AP) — Eugene Viollet-le-Duc is still the man to go to when it comes to restoring Notre Dame, even though he died nearly 140 years ago.
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2020 Lincoln Corsair Preview
All-New 2020 Lincoln Corsair Gains Interior Glamour and Tech Lincoln unveiled its all-new Corsair at the New York International Auto Show this week, replacing the MKC luxury compact SUV. But thi...
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Tom Dupree, John Yoo break down key findings from Mueller report
The Justice Department releases the 400-page redacted Mueller report to Congress and the American people; reaction and analysis from Tom Dupree and John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorneys general under President George W. Bush.
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Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some of Samsung's new, almost $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.
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Thousands of Peruvians say goodbye to ex-president following suicide
Garcia shot himself in the head on Wednesday to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America's largest graft scandal. Friends, allies and leaders across the political spectrum paid homage to Garcia at the headquarters of his APRA party, one of Latin America's oldest political parties, and one which twice helped usher Garcia to the presidency. Vizcarra ordered flags to be flown at half mast at the country's Congress and other public buildings to honor the ex-President and former lawmaker.
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US shrugs as North Korea demands Pompeo exit talks
Donald Trump has said he's in love with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea on Thursday demanded that the United States remove the secretary of state from future negotiations after Pompeo apparently encouraged Trump to stand firm and walk away from a summit with Kim in Hanoi in February. The State Department offered a low-key initial response, with a spokesman saying the United States "remains ready to engage North Korea in a constructive negotiation" but not commenting directly.
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For Notre-Dame, lessons from a fire-damaged New York cathedral
Before the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris can begin, engineers may have to tap nearly every stone in the cathedral and listen for subtle sounds of damage, according to specialists who repaired one of the largest cathedrals in the world in New York after a devastating 2001 fire. French President Emmanuel Macron's vow to restore the Paris landmark within five years after a fire consumed Notre-Dame's roof and toppled its spire on Monday may prove unrealistic, they said. "Everything is done in 'cathedral time,'" said James Patterson, director of facilities and capital projects at St. John's on Manhattan's Upper West Side near Columbia University.
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Meteor from a Solar System Light Years Away May Have Hit Earth
Meteor from a Solar System Light Years Away May Have Hit Earth
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U.S., Russia say cannot support a U.N. call for Libya truce: diplomats
Russia objects to the British-drafted resolution blaming eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar for the latest flare-up in violence when his Libyan National Army (LNA) advanced to the outskirts of Tripoli earlier this month, diplomats said. The United States gave no reason for its position on the draft resolution, which would also call on countries with influence over the warring parties to ensure compliance and for unconditional humanitarian aid access in Libya, which has been gripped by anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011. The United States' U.N. mission declined to comment and the Russian U.N. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Notre-Dame: 'Assassin's Creed Unity' free for a week
With its detailed historical recreation of Paris's grand and recently damaged cathedral, Notre-Dame, "Assassin's Creed Unity" is free for a week and its publisher is committing €500,000 (US$562,400) to reconstruction efforts. Headquartered just outside of Paris, French video game publisher and studio network Ubisoft is responding to April 15's Notre-Dame fire by pledging a sum of half a million euros (US$562k) to the proposed reconstruction of the cultural and religious building, while giving away "Assassin's Creed Unity" on PC until April 25, 2019. The 2014 video game, eighth in a now 12-year-old franchise, was set during the 1790s, during which time the French Revolution took place.
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Notre Dame Isn't the First Historic Building to Be Rebuilt After Burning Down. Here Are 6 Others
The massive fire that engulfed Paris' landmark Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, causing the monument's iconic spire to collapse, highlighted the difficulty in protecting historical…
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Intelsat says satellite made by Boeing fails
Satellite operator Intelsat S.A. said on Thursday one of its satellites made by Boeing Co has failed due to an anomaly related to its propulsion system. The company, which disclosed a service outage on its 29e satellite on April 10, said a failure review board has been convened with Boeing to complete an analysis of the cause of the anomaly. On April 7, the 29e propulsion system experienced damage, and while working to recover the satellite a second anomaly occurred, after which efforts to save the satellite were unsuccessful, the company said.
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Sarah Sanders admits to Mueller she made ‘unfounded’ statements for Trump
Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed to Special Counsel Robert Mueller what many of her critics have long claimed: she misled the American public while working for Donald Trump. The White House press secretary revealed in her conversations with prosecutors that she inaccurately claimed to have received from FBI members in the wake of the president’s decision to fire ex-FBI Director James Comey. At the time, Ms Sanders said she was receiving messages from “countless members of the FBI” that said they had lost confidence in the ex-FBI director. In her conversations with the special counsel’s office, however, it was determined Ms Sanders’ claims were “not founded on anything.” Ms Sanders instead described her false statement as a “slip of the tongue,” also revealing she spoke to the president shortly after the press briefing in which she lied for Mr Trump. He told her that she did a “good job,” the report said, “and did not point out any inaccuracies in her comments.” The massive, 448-page report was released Thursday with a significant level of redactions. > .@SHSanders45 says "countless" FBI agents have contacted WH to say they'd lost confidence in Comey. We've heard otherwise. pic.twitter.com/ztWnebQ5Jy> > — Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) > > May 10, 2017Ms Sanders “told the press after Comey’s termination that the White House had heard from ‘countless’ FBI agents who had lost confidence in Comey,” the report states. “But the evidence does not support those claims. The President told Comey at their 27 January dinner that ‘the people of the FBI really like [him],’ no evidence suggests that the President heard otherwise before deciding to terminate Comey, and Sanders acknowledged to investigators that her comments were not founded on anything.”House Democrats are now calling on Mr Mueller to testify by May 23, describing the attorney general’s decision to withhold a full version of the report as “regrettable, but no longer surprising.” Congress’ two top Democrats say the special counsel’s report “appears to undercut” Mr Barr’s assertion that it lacked sufficient evidence to conclude that Mr Trump obstructed justice.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said there’s a big difference between Mr Barr’s description of Mr Mueller’s report and what the document actually reveals. Their joint statement suggests that Democrats are prepared to press the obstruction issue even as the presidential election season approaches.Meanwhile, Mr Barr announced his intention to provide a small group of lawmakers with a report including fewer reductions than the one released Thursday. Additional reporting by AP
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Mueller report: Findings prove Donald Trump never colluded with Russia, obstructed justice
As far as collusion and subsequent allegations of obstruction by Donald Trump, there never was more to this would-be scandal than political innuendo.
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Columbine community moves ahead, awaits details on teen
A Colorado community changed forever by the attack that killed 13 people at Columbine High School moved ahead Thursday with ceremonies marking the anniversary of the tragedy while awaiting more details on what led a Florida teen "infatuated" with the shooting to buy a shotgun and kill herself in the snowy foothills nearby. Many questions remained unanswered about 18-year-old Sol Pais, but a friend disputed the contention by authorities that she posed a threat. Adrianna Pete painted a complex picture of Pais, saying she was deeply troubled, lonely and often talked about suicide but was also brilliant, kind and a talented artist who loved to draw.
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Mueller report is an admission of the 'depth of Trump's ignorance': 10 best reader responses so far
Our readers sound off on special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report and President Donald Trump's role in Russian interference in US elections.
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Samsung has a mess with the nearly $2,000 Galaxy Fold: Screens are breaking, reviewers say
Samsung is facing a fiasco only days before its $1,980 Galaxy Fold hybrid device is going on sale. The problem: the high-priced phones are breaking.
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Madeira, Portugal's tourist pearl in the Atlantic
Portugal's Madeira islands, where 29 Germans were killed in a bus crash Wednesday, are a favourite European holiday spot and famously the birthplace of soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The archipelago is particularly prized among German tourists who made up more than 28 percent of the 1.3 million visitors in 2017, just behind the nearly 29 percent from Britain, according to official statistics. Closer to Africa than Europe, Madeira lies 500 kilometres (300 miles) off the coast of Morocco and is about 1,000 km southwest of Lisbon.
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Blackout: much of the Mueller report could be redacted
The final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation on Thursday could leave much of the public unsatisfied because it could be heavily redacted, stripped of significant evidence and testimony that the investigators gathered. Attorney General Bill Barr made clear he will edit out large parts of Mueller's 400-page final report on his investigation of President Donald Trump and Russian election meddling. Removed elements will include information from US intelligence used in the probe, information on ongoing investigations, and information on targets of Mueller's team that never gelled and, if made public, could unfairly hurt them.
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How 'Assassin's Creed' could help with the restoration of Notre-Dame
After a devastating fire caused major damage to the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Moday, donations have poured in from around the globe. While money certainly helps, the church also needs a concrete plan on how to restore the damaged portions of the building, and Assassin's Creed could be its saving grace.The Notre-Dame Cathedral was featured as a fully explorable building in the 2014 Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed Unity, which is set in Paris during the French Revolution. Developers on the game spent 14 months recreating Notre-Dame for the digital world, a Ubisoft spokesperson told Mashable, with the structure becoming the game's benchmark landmark for both player navigation and the visual standards of the game.SEE ALSO: The most striking newspaper tributes to Notre-DameAlthough the Unity version of Notre-Dame represents the cathedral as it was in the late 1700s, it is still an impressive representation of the church as it looked right before the fire damaged the majority of its wooden structures and could be helpful as a reference in the restoration of the building.In a statement regarding its involvement in the restoration process of Notre-Dame, an Ubisoft spokesperson said that the company is willing to help in any way it can, although the digital model of the building isn't quite one to one with the real thing."It is important to keep in mind that what we did for the game was not a scientific reconstruction but rather an artistic vision," the spokesperson said. "While we wanted to be very precise with details, there are some differences in terms of scale and with some elements. That being said, we would be more than happy to lend our expertise in any way that we can to help with these efforts."While at the moment Ubisoft has not been recruited by the church to help with restoration, the company did donate €500,000 to restoration efforts and has made Assassin's Creed Unity free to play.> In solidarity with everyone moved by Monday's events we're donating to the restoration of Notre-Dame & giving you the chance to play @AssassinsCreed Unity on Uplay for free. > > Details below:> > -- Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 17, 2019There's one other recreation of the Notre-Dame Cathedral that could aid in its reconstruction -- that of Vasser College architecture historian Andrew Tallon.According to CBS News, Tallon spent years recreating the cathedral using photographs and laser technology, collecting a "billion points of data" on the structure which could be a key resource in the reconstruction. WATCH: How Assassin's Creed II brought historical tourism to gaming -- Games to Play Before You Die
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The Mueller report is here and so are the 'Harm to Ongoing Matter' memes
Robert Mueller's highly anticipated report is finally public, but it's littered with redactions from Attorney General William Barr that are unexpectedly labeled, "Harm to Ongoing Matter."People anticipated there could be some heavy redactions, but after the lengthy report was published, it became apparent that dozens of lines, and even entire pages, were blacked out with the words "Harm to Ongoing Matter" or HOM for short.After scrolling through the report and seeing the phrase used over and over again, people couldn't resist calling out the overuse, and Twitter turned into a trove of "HOM" jokes.> I didn't know Roger Stone's nickname was "Harm to Ongoing Matter"> > -- Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 18, 2019> HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the poem > > HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the book > > HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the band > > HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the musical > > HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the existential philosophy > > HARM TO ONGOING MATTER: the Guy Fieri restaurant> > -- Matt Gallagher (@MattGallagher0) April 18, 2019> Kazimir Malevich's "Harm to Ongoing Matter," 2019 pic.twitter.com/yOxeDKmNCj> > -- uɐɯlǝıɥ⊥ ɯɐS (@samthielman) April 18, 2019> "Harm to Ongoing Matter" should be the name of the report pic.twitter.com/HoVnBGgHls> > -- Phillip Pyle, II (@pippyle2) April 18, 2019> Harm To Ongoing Matter better be the name of a political punk band by the end of the month.> > -- Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) April 18, 2019> "Harm to Ongoing Matter" is my new band name. pic.twitter.com/Oahh4G36VV> > -- Patrick Tucker (@DefTechPat) April 18, 2019> All haters will now be referred to as a harm to an ongoing matter pic.twitter.com/e0S9XTVJvk> > -- Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) April 18, 2019> These redactions are tempting me to harm some ongoing matter. pic.twitter.com/jJyQmqz5bj> > -- Mike Pesca (@pescami) April 18, 2019> 2016: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! > > 2020: HARM TO ONGOING MATTER! pic.twitter.com/CtYLl7TUJE> > -- david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) April 18, 2019> Me when someone asks to hang out but I'm too stressed pic.twitter.com/qsUEFcmsAQ> > -- Nicole Gallucci (@nicolemichele5) April 18, 2019> Harm to Ongoing Matter seems like a pretty good summary of the world right now> > -- Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein) April 18, 2019> tag urself i'm harm to ongoing matter> > -- AJ (@ajchavar) April 18, 2019You can read the full report -- in all its "Harm to Ongoing Matter" glory here. WATCH: Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's receiving more death threats
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President Trump Told Mueller He Was Just Joking When He Asked Russia to Hack Hillary Clinton
President Donald Trump told Robert Mueller that when he publicly asked Russia to hack Clinton it was "in jest and sarcastically."
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NHS warns against bank holiday DIY, with men far more likely than women to suffer an injury
First, health chiefs warned of the perils of Easter eggs - which stood accused of fuelling Britain’s obesity crisis. Now millions of DIY- enthusiasts are being cautioned to take care before indulging in another bank holiday tradition - the home improvement, Health officials today urged those tempted to pick up their power tools this weekend to think twice, in case they end up in hospital. And they warned that men are far more likely than women to end up suffering injruies from powertools, lawnmowers, or toppling off ladders. Data for England shows there were 4,764 admissions to NHS hospitals in 2017/18 for injuries from drills and other power tools - up 7 per cent on the 4,446 three years earlier. A further 6,372 admissions were for people ending up in hospital after tumbling from a ladder, while 519 admissions involved an accident with a lawnmower. Separate figures on patients seen by hospital consultants show that men were far more likely than women to end up suffering such accidents. In the 12 months to March, there were 7,400 occasions when men needed consultant care after being injured by a lawnmower or tool, compared with fewer than 1,200 women. Consultants also had to assist men around 5,000 times after they fell from a ladder, compared with 1,260 cases involving women. Health officials said growing numbers were injuring themselves after being inspired by TV programmes such as DIY SOS, Grand Designs, and 60 Minute Makeover. The statistics were compiled by NHS Digital. The four day Easter weekend is one of the busiest for A&E; departments, with patients often turning to hospitals if their local GP practice is closed. Today health officials urged those suffering from a minor injury to consider alternatives to A&E;, including urgent treatment centres, and the 111 phone and online service. Dr Cliff Mann, NHS national clinical adviser for Accident & Emergency (A&E;), urged people tempted by DIY to be careful. He said: "While there are plenty of ways to come a cropper with your DIY, fortunately there are also plenty of places to get help from the NHS this bank holiday. "Urgent treatment centres can provide convenient access to care for anyone who needs it, while tens of thousands more appointments will be available in GP practices over the long weekend than last Easter, while high street pharmacists can also offer expert help as part of our long-term plan for the NHS. "If you are unsure where to turn, advice is available online and over the phone from the NHS 111 service." Last month, the Royal Society of Public Health urged shops to stop putting Easter eggs so early, saying increasingly aggressive sales tactics were fuelling the obesity crisis. The organisation found that one in four people at eaten at least one full-sized chocolate egg, almost a month before Easter. The most common DIY accidents, and how to avoid them Tumbling from a ladder - 6,372 hospital admissions annually. Experts advise to keep three points of contact - either one hand and two feet or both hands and one foot should be in contact with the ladder at all times. Don’t carry a load which could cause you to lose balance Injuries from drills and other power tools - 4,800 admissions per year. Wear safety goggles and thick gloves and turn off the drill before changing drill bits, say manufacturers Mower mishaps - 519 people a year land up in hospital. Wear long trousers, shoes and avoid wet grass, and use an RCD socket adaptor to stop power to the machine in the event of a power surge, Flymo advises
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Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: Investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused Paris blaze, AP reports
An official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing investigation, said investigators still don't have the green light to work in the cathedral.
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Mueller Spells Out Trump’s ‘Multiple Acts’ to Undermine Russia Probe
“We concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice," he said in his report sent to Congress on Thursday. The 448-page report summarizing Mueller’s 22-month investigation cited actions including Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and efforts to have former Attorney General Jeff Sessions take control of the investigation.
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Tech startups Pinterest, Zoom soar in Wall Street debut
Pinterest got off to a flying start on Wall Street Thursday in the market debut for the San Francisco-based visual discovery service, a positive sign for the wave of Silicon Valley firms planning stock listings. Pinterest shares leapt 28 percent in early afternoon trade at $24.16 after its initial public offering (IPO) which raised some $1.4 billion. The jump was a positive sign for other venture-backed Silicon Valley firms after a stumble for ride-hailing firm Lyft, which has lost some 20 percent since its market debut last month.
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'RHONJ' husband Joe Giudice deportation appeal dismissed by ICE
Joe Giudice's team has filed filed a petition for a federal court to review the decision.
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'Assassin's Creed' game set in Notre-Dame offered free for a week
The French maker of the blockbuster game "Assassin's Creed Unity", which takes place inside the Notre-Dame cathedral, said Thursday it was offering the title for free for a week to give players a peek inside the fire-scarred monument. "We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame," Ubisoft said in a statement, announcing that it would give the game away for free on PC between April 17 and April 25. Ubisoft also pledged 500,000 euros ($563,012) towards the restoration and reconstruction of the cathedral, joining a long list of companies and business tycoons that have promised help totalling over 850 million euros so far.
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Scammers preying on Notre-Dame donors, France warns
Fraudsters are taking advantage of the Notre-Dame fire to fool donors into handing over cash believing they are helping to rebuild the gutted Paris cathedral, officials have warned. The French Heritage Foundation, which has so far collected more than 13 million euros ($14.5 million) from individual donors to help restore the gothic landmark, said any phone or email appeals were fake. "A number of scams have been flagged to us both in France and abroad," the foundation said Wednesday, insisting it issues no appeals by phone, mail or email for donations.
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Pictures and podcasts: royal fans old and new await Baby Sussex
Books about the British royal family lie on the table around which the 41-year-old's labrador, named Windsor, plays with his favorite toy - a squeaky crown. Hatrick has long been a royal fan - he remembers his mother looking for somewhere to watch Prince Charles marry Diana Spencer while on holiday in a remote seaside cottage in 1981 and avidly read about Tudor monarchs as a teenager. Hatrick, who works in security, has hosted royal-themed parties: last May he decorated a pub with balloons and bunting and ordered a cake to celebrate Harry marrying American actress Meghan in a televised wedding watched by millions.
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India's Struggling Jet Airways Has Grounded All Flights
India’s Jet Airways announced Wednesday that it will be cancelling all flights due to a lack of funding.
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Chem professor on leave after Nazi gas chamber exam question
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A chemistry professor whose exam question asked students to calculate the lethal dose of a poisonous gas used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust has taken a leave of absence, Middlebury College said.
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APNewsBreak: Ivanka Trump says she passed on World Bank job
ABIDJIAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump says her father asked her if she was interested in the job of World Bank chief but she passed on it.
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'I do not recall': Read Trump's written answers to Mueller on Russian contacts, Trump Tower meeting
The report noted that Robert Mueller's office tried for a year to interview Trump as part of its investigation, noting that the president was a "subject" of the investigation.
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Justice Fell Short After Mueller Report. Congress Can Finish the Job.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWell, after all that, the bad news is that this changes nothing.And the good news? This changes nothing.Donald Trump is not going to be perp-walked out of Mar-a-Lago next weekend. Trump defenders and Julian Assange acolytes and deep-state paranoiacs can crow. On the other hand, the Mueller Report has plenty of chapter and verse on sleazy behavior by Trump and his subordinates—and, interestingly, it documents some incidents where subordinates refused to do sleazy things Trump clearly wanted them to do. It does not clear Trump. Here’s the last sentence of text of the whole thing, on page 180 of Volume II, the obstruction part: “Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”If that sounds wishy-washy, it should, and it reflects the structure of the whole thing. Take the section on Trump’s firing of James Comey. The report does come down on the side of saying that the official reason for Comey’s firing, the Rod Rosenstein memo that cited the FBI director’s mishandling of the Clinton email investigation, was nonsense. It cites what Trump said to Lester Holt on NBC, that he fired Comey over Russia. Then (Volume II, page 74), it takes up the question of whether the firing constituted obstruction.“Firing Comey,” the report says, “would qualify as an obstructive act if it had the natural and probable effect of interfering with or impeding the investigation.” It seems obvious that that was the intent. Trump was mad that Comey wouldn’t say publicly that Trump personally was not under investigation, and Trump was clearly enraged about the investigation itself. Why else would he fire the guy?But then, in the next paragraph, the report says: “The anticipated effect of removing the FBI director, however, would not necessarily be to prevent or impede the FBI from continuing its investigation.” In other words, Comey wasn’t conducting the investigation single-handedly, so firing him didn’t impede it!Well, maybe that’s what the letter of the law says. But it’s not what common sense says. The report is like that over and over again. Act A would qualify as an obstructive act if A, B, and C conditions are met. We found considerable evidence that A, B, and C conditions were met. However, they weren’t met enough for us to identify a clear crime.And that’s where the report has left us, more or less where we were before it hit, with a few damning new details and the certainty that the courts aren’t going to resolve this. So now what?This is what I meant above when I wrote that the good news is that nothing changes. Democrats should still pursue their investigations. They need to get Bill Barr, who dirtied himself further Thursday morning in breathtaking ways, back up on the Hill. They need to hear from Mueller. They need to keep pushing for an unredacted or less-redacted report—huge chunks of the Wikileaks section in particular are blacked out—as Jerry Nadler vowed they would do at his press conference Thursday afternoon. The report suggests that that’s what Mueller wants. A key sentence, Volume II, page 8: “The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President 's corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.” In other words: Keep at it, Jerry!But: The Democrats who’ve been engaging in impeachment talk should follow their leaders and cool it. This report says plenty of bad stuff about Trump. The public will drink it in and will, I think, come to basically the right conclusions. Trump did a lot of fishy things--maybe, out of some combination of good lawyering and stupid luck, just on the good side of the law. No one outside of MAGAville is going to read this as a clean bill of health.In other words, the Democrats can win the spin on this report in the coming days—there’s enough there. But if they use this to start howling for impeachment—which barely more than one third of the public supports right now—they’re going to blow it. I understand all the arguments against the one I’m making. But picture this. The House votes articles of impeachment along strict party lines sometime this fall. Then, a year from now, or 15 months from now—and Mitch McConnell would time this exquisitely; say, the week before the Republican convention—the Senate votes to acquit on all charges, which it would do. That’s a gift to Trump, and perhaps even more so, to the Republicans running for Senate in all those red states where Democrats need to win if they’re going to have a chance of recapturing the chamber (North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia). It could well help reelect Trump. Are articles of impeachment that are doomed to fail in the Senate anyway worth four more years of Trump and McConnell, and possibly two more right-wing Supreme Court justices, and the death of Obamacare, and all the rest?This isn’t a movie. No one’s going to break down on the witness stand and confess everything. It’s also not a moot court competition, where the law reigns supreme and people decide things on the merits. It’s politics, at its most gruesome. Unassailable legal arguments don’t win you a political fight.That does not mean Democrats should drop all this and stick to preexisting conditions. As I said above, Mueller gave them a lot of material. This was no witch hunt. There are witches. The Democrats should haul them all before Congress. They need to push hard on every door this report opened, from Trump Tower to Erik Prince to Hope Hicks and the emails and everything else that’s there. They need to make sure the American people know that Trump said “I don’t remember” 30 times and refused to testify. They need to keep putting pressure on the administration. They need to ask smart and tough questions, hold the high ground and hold politically vulnerable Republicans to account for ceding it to stand with Trump. A clearer verdict on obstruction of justice may someday emerge.Mueller kicked it to Congress. Now Congress has to do its job. Aggressively—but smartly.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mueller report: A corrupt, unpatriotic president, a stark impeachment choice for Democrats
We have to decide if we're willing to go on with a president who was elected with Russian help and tried 10 times to obstruct a probe into that help.
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Ubisoft offers Notre-Dame-themed Assassin's Creed game for free
The fire that devastated the nine-century old monument on Monday has raised a wave of enthusiasm in France and abroad, pushing people to donate for its reconstruction and pushing Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" novel up the top-selling book charts. "We stand in solidarity with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused," Ubisoft said on its website. The game is set in 1789 Paris and players are part of a secret society of hit men roaming the city chasing victims from a rival group.
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France's 'yellow vest' protesters banned from Notre-Dame: police
For their 23rd consecutive Saturday protest, France's yellow vests have been told they will be banned from the area around Paris's fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral. The ban will be in place all day Saturday, a police statement said, following Monday's devastating fire at the world famous landmark. "No protest demonstration can be held" in the area due to the fragility of the building, the statement said.
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My Husband Thought I Was Having a Heart Attack. It Was This Common Postpartum Problem Instead.
Why aren't doctors alerting women to this painful medical condition?
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Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German tourists
Caniço (Portugal) (AFP) - Portugal and Germany mourned on Thursday after 29 German tourists died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the tourist island of Madeira. Frankfurt-based tour operator Trendtours said 51 of its customers were involved in the accident.
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Mueller report summary: Every detail in the explosive Trump-Russia investigation document
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report has finally been released to the public — and we're beginning to get a sense of what's inside. The Department of Justice released a redacted version of the report into Russian interference in the 2016 election Thursday following a press conference held by Attorney General William Barr. The Independent's Chris Riotta, Victoria Gagliardo-Silver and Lily Puckett reviewed the report, finding numerous examples of inappropriate contacts between Russian operatives and members of the Trump campaign throughout the 2016 presidential election, as well as extensive business discussions between Mr Trump and his associates to discuss a major real estate project in Moscow as he was running for the White House. Mr Trump’s efforts to influence the Russia investigation “were mostly unsuccessful,” according to the report, but that was because the people surrounding the president “declined to carry out orders to accede to his requests.”Mr Mueller’s report details instances by several officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, former White House counsel Don McGahn and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, ignoring or refusing the president's requests to interfere in the investigation.The most heavily redacted portion of the report appears in its first section, which covers Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and examines contacts between Russian representatives and the Trump campaign. The report concludes there was no criminal culpability by Trump aides.Several pages in that first section are almost entirely blacked out. The report’s second section, examining possible obstruction by Mr Trump, appeared more lightly redacted.The Justice Department’s careful excisions begin as early as the fourth page of the report.Mr Barr said he was withholding grand jury and classified information as well as portions relating to ongoing investigation and the privacy or reputation of uncharged “peripheral” people.In referencing an oligarch who headed up a team of Russian tech experts who used US social media to exploit American political controversies, Justice officials blacked out details about the man’s ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Additional reporting by AP. Check out The Independent's initial live-read of the document below.Please allow a moment for the liveblog to load
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Rep. Debbie Dingell responds to Jerry Nadler's decision to subpoena full Mueller report, underlying materials
As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Nadler has the right to issue subpoena, says Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
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Here's Everything That's Open and What's Closed on Easter 2019
Wondering where to get eggs on Easter Sunday 2019? Don't worry, we know!
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More store closings coming: Pier 1 Imports could close up to 145 more stores
After closing 30 stores last fiscal year, Pier 1 said it is looking to close as many as 145 more locations.
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Mueller revealed 'disturbing evidence' of Trump obstruction: senior Democrat
Senior Democrats said Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report revealed a two-year campaign of obstruction by President Donald Trump, and vowed to hold him accountable. "Even in its incomplete form, the Mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct," said Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday released the redacted 400-page report after already announcing that it showed no proof that Trump colluded with Russian intelligence to tilt the 2016 presidential election.
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Hannity: Left's tin foil hat conspiracy theories are over
Mueller report to be released to Congress with minimal redactions.
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What the Mueller report is and isn't: The fog begins to lift
President Donald Trump cursing and declaring “this is the end my presidency!” when he heard of special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment. Trump campaign adviser Erik Prince traveling to the Seychelles Islands to perhaps build a communications backchannel with Russian officials. Trump telling White House counsel Don McGahn to deny that he’d tried to fire special counsel Mueller – and Mr. McGahn refusing, because he had.
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Explainer: Five ways Trump's moves to stem border surge have hit hurdles
Meanwhile, the flow of migrants seeking asylum or a better life in the United States continues to swell. On Wednesday, the acting director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan visited the Texas border to underscore the administration's concerns about a growing crisis. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Thursday that the agency would set up two temporary tent facilities in Texas to process migrants, each with a capacity to hold up to 500 people.
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U.S. court upholds most of California's 'sanctuary' migrant laws
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco largely affirmed a July ruling from a lower court, which had found the California laws do not conflict with federal immigration rules. The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Judge rejects challenge of New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order
A Brooklyn judge on Thursday denied a petition seeking to lift New York City's recently-imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, dismissing a court challenge brought by an anonymous group of parents who argued the order was unconstitutional. The judge sided with municipal health authorities who issued the order last week, calling it a rare but necessary step to contain the worst measles outbreak to hit the city since 1991.
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Ivanka Trump’s Russian contacts included a Kremlin-linked fashion blogger
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a top White House adviser, was involved in several of the contacts between Russia and the commander-in-chief’s inner circle.
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Royal baby 2019 due date: The Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy updates, predicted gender and latest news
The Duchess of Sussex once described motherhood as being on her “bucket list”,  the Duke of Sussex frequently confessed he would love to have children, and the rest is royally romantic history.  The newlyweds, who married in Windsor last May, are just weeks away from welcoming their first child, who will be seventh in line to the throne. As the nation waits for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's eighth great grandchild to arrive, please enjoy everything we know about royal baby Sussex so far, and what we know about how the Duchess plans to give birth. When is the Royal baby due date? Though Kensington Palace have only publicly declared that the royal baby is due in the spring, nine-month pregnant Meghan let slip that she is due at the end of April or early May during an engagement in Birkenhead earlier this year. The couple announced their pregnancy to family and friends at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October, just days before their royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in the spring Credit: PA This means he or she could easily be born on the same day as their great-grandmother (yes, the Queen), who will celebrate turning 93 on April 21. The recent launch of Harry and Meghan's Instagram account, @sussexroyal, has led many to believe the royal baby will come very shortly. Royal baby gender - girl or boy? If the couple do know the gender, they're keeping it very quiet. They recently said they'd be “thrilled” with a baby boy or girl. There were rumours the Duchess was planning to bring up their child gender neutral, although those rumours have been denied. The current odds, courtesy of William Hill, are: Girl - 4/7 Boy - 5/4 A look back at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby photos Where will Meghan give birth? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to keep plans for the birth of their baby private, they have confirmed, as they decide they will not undertake a Lindo Wing-style appearance to show their new arrival to the watching world.  The Duke and Duchess said they would be "celebrating privately as a new family" after the birth as a first priority.  While photographs of the baby will be taken in the following days, the family of three will not greet members of the public in the same way as the Cambridges and other members of the Royal Family have done.  Instead, they are likely to follow in the footsteps of the Queen with hopes for a home birth, expected to be at their new home in Windsor. The palace are expected to issue a short written announcement confirming the Duchess is in labour, with a second to follow upon the safe arrival of the baby, giving details of its sex, weight and time of birth.  It is understood that photographs of the baby, taken in Windsor, will be issued later, when he or she is a few days old. The couple are also likely to utilise their Sussex Royal Instagram page to share news and images of their choice.  Earlier this year, reports suggested Meghan may opt for an NHS hospital in Surrey, Frimley Park, just 15 miles from their new home Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate. Meghan's birth plans differ starkly from the Duchess of Cambridge who gave birth to all three of her children at the Lindo private maternity unit at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. Princess Diana gave birth to Harry there in 1984.  Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles leave the Lindo Wing with Prince Harry in 1984 Credit: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images) What sort of birth is Meghan planning? The Duchess has reportedly appointed her own delivery team to oversee the birth - which could well be a home delivery.  If she does deliver Baby Sussex at Frogmore Cottage, she would be following in the footsteps of the Queen, whose four children were born at either Buckingham Palace or Clarence House. An "unnamed female doctor" will apparently lead the team instead of Royal Household gynaecologists Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, the Mail on Sunday reported. Meghan has broken from royal tradition by not appointing the Royal Household gynaecologists because she does not want "the men in suits" to supervise the birth. "Meghan said she doesn’t want the men in suits. She was adamant that she wanted her own people. It did leave a few of us a little baffled," a source was quoted as saying. Frimley Park vs the Lindo Wing  If reports of a home birth are incorrect, Meghan may end up giving birth at NHS-managed Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, which does not offer private care to any patient in their 938 beds. It was, however, one of only three hospitals rated 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission in 2015. There are 14 labour rooms in the general ward and they handle thousands of births each year, including the births of Earl Edward and Countess Sophie of Wessex's two children as well as Chris Evans and wife Natasha Shishmanian's twins in 2018. While most women who give birth at Frimley Park leave within 12 hours, private postnatal rooms are available for £100 a night. For a little bit of 'Lindo', Meghan could also stay in one of the hospital's four birthing rooms (in The Mulberry Birth Centre), which boast a “homely environment” for “birth without medical intervention”. It's in stark comparison to the £6,000-a-night Lindo Wing, favourited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which offers a “five-star” birthing experience with expectant mothers accommodated in spacious private rooms with en-suite bathrooms.  The first night in Lindo wing costs £5,900 (for the 'normal' delivery package) and every additional night is charged at £1,175. Read more about the Lindo Wing here. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Paddington's Lindo Wing with their third child, Prince Louis in April 2018 Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images What will the royal baby be called? There is much suspense as to what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will call their baby. The youngster will be born into the British royal family, where tradition is an intrinsic part of the Windsors' lives. If they go classic, possibilities include Alice, Mary, Elizabeth or Victoria for a girl, and Philip, Frederick, Charles, Arthur, Edward or James for a boy. Of course, the pair are also forward-thinking royals and the Duchess has her own American upbringing to draw on.  Canadian-born Autumn Phillips, and husband Peter Phillips, opted for a non-traditional name for their daughter Savannah - the Queen's first great-grandchild - in 2010. In the US, the most popular name for a baby girl is Emma and Liam for a baby boy. In the UK, the most popular name for a girl born in 2017 was Olivia and, for a boy,  Oliver. In short, it's anyone's guess. Royal baby 2019 | Meghan and Harry are expecting their first child Where will the baby fall in the line of succession? Seventh in line, which means it's highly unlikely the child will ever be monarch.  The baby will have three cousins: Prince George (a future king), Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - all of whom are further up the line of succession. It is a safe bet that the throne will stay on the Cambridge side of the family. The baby will bump Harry's uncle, the Duke of York, into eighth place in the line of succession.  His daughters - Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie - will move into ninth and 10th place. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex - the Queen's youngest son, drops out of the top 10 for the first time to 11th in line. The Royal Family Tree (fix) What title will the new royal baby have?  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby will not be a prince nor a princess unless the Queen steps in. King George V - Harry's great great grandfather - limited titles within the royal family in 1917. This means the couple's first born, as a great-grandchild of the sovereign, is too far down the line of succession to be an HRH. George V declared that: "the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms." The eldest son and heir apparent of a duke can use one of his father's lesser grade peerage titles by courtesy, according to Debrett's. With this in mind, a first son of Harry's would become Earl of Dumbarton - one of the subsidiary titles Harry received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding. A daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons Lord (first name) Mounbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Rabat, late February 2019 Credit: PA Will the baby have dual citizenship? The Duke and Duchess could apply for their child to have dual US-UK citizenship. The Duchess is in the process of becoming a British citizen but it is not known whether she will hold dual nationality, and at present is still a US citizen. According to the American Embassy in the UK, a child born outside of the US and in wedlock to a US citizen parent and a non US citizen parent, may acquire US citizenship at birth if the US parent lived in America for five years - two of which were after the age of 14. Where will the family live?  The Duke and Duchess have now moved out of Kensington Palace and into their new home Frogmore Cottage. The couple are settling into their new life away from London on the Windsor Estate, having carried out extensive £3 million renovations to the house. The Sussexes have lived at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace since their engagement and following their wedding. Work on the listed property in Berkshire - including changing it from staff apartments into one mansion - overran and it was reported that the couple made constant design changes, meaning the builders fell behind schedule. The duke and duchess, who will foot the bill for furnishings, are said to have hired former Soho House interior designer Vicky Charles to transform their new pad. Frogmore Cottage Will the Sussex's hire a nanny? Most likely. Harry has been close to all his nannies and it is likely he and Meghan will arrange for a nanny to care for their baby while they are on official engagements.  Kate and William have the help of their full-time live-in nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. Meghan's close friend Jessica Mulroney had two nannies to help her with her twin boys and younger daughter. The couple will almost certainly call upon the help of Meghan's mother Doria Ragland who will no doubt make frequent visits to London from her Los Angeles home to visit her grandchild. Read more about what it's really like to be a royal nanny here. Who will be godparents? ​Loyal friends of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex look set to be asked to be godparents to the couple's first baby. Harry and Meghan are predicted to turn to their confidantes, many of whom had VIP seats in the Quire of St George's Chapel at the royal wedding last May, and whose children were their pageboys or bridesmaids. Royal infants usually have more than the standard three godparents.​ ​Prince Louis has six, future king Prince George has seven and Princess Charlotte has five. So who might be asked to be ​​Baby Sussex's godparents? ​​Meghan's stylist and best friend, Jessica Mulroney is expected to play an important part in the ​​baby's life.​ ​She supported Meghan in the difficult days leading up to the wedding amid the turmoil caused by the absence of her father, Thomas Markle.​ ​ Jessica Mulroney Credit: Getty Images The duchess's close friend, Benita Litt runs her own brand agency and helps others to start businesses.​ ​Meghan has spent Christmas with the Litt family in the past.​ ​She is godmother to Mrs Litt's daughters, Rylan and Remi, and also chose them to be her bridesmaids. Tennis champion Serena Williams is said to have hosted Meghan's lavish ​​baby shower in the £57,400-a-night penthouse of the Mark Hotel in New York City.​ ​The pair have been friends since 2010. And who from Harry's side?  The van Cutsems have been long-standing family pals of Harry, William and the Prince of Wales for many years.​ ​Harry might pick Major Nicholas van Cutsem, whose daughter Florence was a bridesmaid at the ​​royal wedding and is Harry's goddaughter.​ ​ Tom "Skippy" Inskip has long been considered Harry's wingman and was at his side during his partying days and Guy Pelly​, dubbed the ​​​​royal court jester for his wild ways could also be considered. Guy, whose family are wealthy Kent landowners, has settled down in recent years, marrying American hotel heiress Elizabeth "Lizzy" Wilson.​ ​ Royal christenings through the years, in pictures Who will the royal baby grow up with? Baby Sussex will have an important bond with his or her cousins, growing up together with the shared experience of the upsides and downsides of being part of one of the world's most famous families. The child will be a first cousin of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The youngster will also have a host of second cousins - all great-grandchildren of the Queen. Days will be spent at the polo with Peter and Autumn Phillips' fun-loving children Savannah and Isla, and Zara and Mike Tindall's cheeky daughter Mia and her younger sister Lena. Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Prince George and Isla Philips at Trooping The Colour in 2018 Credit:  Getty Images Europe What happened at Meghan's New York baby shower? In February, Meghan embarked on a "private" five-day trip to New York without any royal aides which ended with a luxurious baby shower at The Mark Hotel on New York's Upper East Side. Abigail Spencer, the actress who played 'Scottie' alongside the Duchess in legal drama Suits, was one of the first guests to be photographed walking through the front door. Other celebrity guests included Amal Clooney, CBS news anchor Gayle King, stylist Jessica Mulroney, and Misha Nonoo. The baby shower - which reportedly cost over £100,000 - was partially funded by tennis ace Serena Williams, who paid to host it in The Mark's penthouse suite. Other reported extravagances include a performance by Kanye West’s favourite harpist, a candy floss machine and £150 steaks. The Duchess rounded off her New York trip with a three and a half hour night out with her best friends, leaving her hotel just before 7pm and heading to the trendy Ralph Lauren Polo Bar. What about charitable donations? Harry and Meghan have asked the public to donate to four children's charities, instead of sending royal baby gifts. The suggested charities are the Lunchbox Fund, Well Child, Baby2Baby and Little Village. The royal couple have thanked royal fans for "making a real difference" by donating. A post on their @SussexRoyal Instagram account said: "On behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much." The message added: "Their royal highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support - the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! "YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have a made a real difference." Did they have a babymoon? The royal parents-to-be reportedly spent three nights at Heckfield Place, the transformed five-star Georgian manor house in Hampshire, ahead of the arrival of their first child. The couple apparently stayed in the Long Room at the luxury hotel, where chef Skye Gyngell runs the kitchen using ingredients from the ground. Read more about Heckfield Place here. Keep up to date with the Royal family by signing up to our weekly newsletter, Your Royal Appointment.
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Trump Tower meeting: Why Mueller didn't prosecute Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and others
As the highly anticipated Mueller Report was released, we gained some insight as to why the Special Counsel’s team declined to prosecute Donald Trump Jr. Mr Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and others had participated in the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June of 2016 where a Russian lawyer claimed they had dirt on the Clinton campaign, “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”Mr. Trump Jr was offered “very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump,” to which he replied, “if it’s what you say I love it.” President Trump claimed to not know of the meeting, although his former lawyer Michael Cohen has said differently. Hope Hicks, then communications director, and Jared Kushner were instructed to mislead the public regarding the meeting.The group was not charged as there was no proof that they “willfully” violated the law.The report says “Taking into account the high burden to establish a culpable mental state in a campaign-finance prosecution and the difficulty in establishing the required valuation, the office decided not to pursue criminal campaign-finance charges against Trump Jr. or other campaign officials for the events culminating in the June 9 meeting.”The Special Counsel’s team explained “The office ultimately concluded that, even if the principal legal questions were resolved favourably to the government, a prosecution would encounter difficulties proving that campaign officials or individuals connected to the campaign willfully violated the law.”
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Robert Mueller report: Key findings from special counsel's Trump investigation
Donald Trump attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller after expressing fears the probe would “end” his presidency, according to the newly released Mueller report.  The order, which came just weeks after Mr Mueller had been appointed in May 2017, was among a string of incidents of alleged obstruction of justice recounted in detail by the Mueller report.  Mr Mueller, who was tasked with looking into Russian election meddling in the 2016 campaign, makes clear in the report that he was not exonerating Mr Trump over obstruction of justice.  The 448-page report was released on Thursday. The full findings are still emerging as journalists and congressmen scour the full document.  Here are the key pieces of information that have emerged so far. Russia's carried out "systematic" election meddling but Trump campaign did not cooperate The Kremlin used the Internet Research Agency (IRA) to carry out an operation to undermine the US electoral system which began in 2014. Through the IRA, the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential in “sweeping and systematic fashion” to aid Donald Trump and harm Hillary Clinton, the report states. Tweets from an IRA account was quoted or retweeted by Trump campaign officials and surrogates, including Donald Trump Jnr, Eric Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale and Michael Flynn. However while Mr Mueller found that the Trump campaign “expected" to benefit from Russia's hacking, he did not establish that the Trump campaign "coordinated or conspired with the Russian government". Trump attempted to fire Mueller When Mr Trump learned of Robert Mueller's appointment he told attorney general Jeff Sessions: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f---ed.” Mr Trump later attempted to get Mr Mueller fired, the report states. Mr Trump called the White House counsel Don McGahn and directed him to tell Rod Rosenstein, who was overseeing the investigation, to fire the special counsel. On more than one occasion the president told the White House counsel "Mueller must go". Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel after FBI director James Comey was fired Credit: AP Mr McGahn refused, saying he would "rather resign" than trigger a "potential Saturday Night Massacre", a reference to President Richard Nixon's round of firings during the Watergate investigation. Mueller said Trump's answers were "inadequate" but decided not to subpoena him The special counsel said Mr Trump’s written answers, submitted instead of an in-person interview, were considered "inadequate”. But the special counsel decided not to subpoena the president because it would involve a long legal fight and "create a substantial delay" at a late stage in the investigation. Mueller investigated 11 episodes of potential obstruction by Trump Mr Mueller spells out in minute detail 11 episodes involving the president that raised questions when it came to potential obstruction of justice, including Mr Trump ordering the removal of Mr Mueller. Other incidents of alleged obstruction probed in detail included Mr Trump’s firing of James Comey, the FBI director, and his attempts to limit the Russia investigation's remit. The report states: “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.” Mr Mueller eventually decided not to come to a conclusion on whether Mr Trump had obstructed justice, instead handing the decision to the Justice Department, which in turn decided to bring no charge.  Mueller decided not to prosecute president's son The investigation decided not to prosecute the president's son, Donald Jnr, and other members of the campaign for campaign finance violations over their infamous Trump Tower meeting because they couldn't prove they had criminal intent. "Taking into account the high burden to establish a culpable mental state in a campaign-finance prosecution and the difficulty in establishing the required valuation, the Office decided not to pursue criminal campaign-finance charges against Trump Jr. or other campaign officials for the events culminating in the June 9 meeting," Mr Mueller states. Donald Trump Jnr Credit: Getty He added: "A prosecution would encounter difficulties proving that Campaign officials or individuals connected to the Campaign willfully violated the law." The report also notes that when journalists learned that a Russian lawyer had proposed the June meeting and offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump edited Donald Jnr's response to the reporters admitting those facts. Mr Trump also repeatedly instructed officials, including communications director Hope Hicks, not to make public emails connected to the Trump Tower meeting. However, Mr Trump did not try to conceal the emails from the special counsel. Mueller looked into 'pee tape' claims from Steele dossier Mr Mueller's team looked into rumours that the Russians had taped Mr Trump watching prostitutes urinate in a Moscow hotel room in 2013. The alleged incident was mentioned in a dossier on Mr Trump compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Mr Mueller's report states that there were tapes relating to Mr Trump's 2013 trip to Russia but it is unclear whether they refer to the alleged tapes or indeed even feature the president. Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who compiled a dossier on Donald Trump Credit: PA The report states: "On October 30, 2016, Michael Cohen received a text from Russian businessman Giorgi Rtskhiladze that said, 'Stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know...' Mr Rtskhiladze said 'tapes' referred to compromising tapes of Trump rumored to be held by persons associated with the Russian real estate conglomerate Crocus Group, which had helped host the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Russia. Cohen said he spoke to Trump about the issue after receiving the texts from Rtskhiladze. Rtskhiladze said he was told the tapes were fake, but he did not communicate that to Cohen."
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9 Weird Facts About Your Uterus Every Woman Needs to Know
The powers of this reproductive organ go beyond pregnancy.
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Donald Trump's lawyers reviewed Mueller report before its public release, AG Barr says
Attorney General William Barr confirmed President Trump's attorneys requested and were allowed to view a redacted version before the report's release.
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Bereft Catholics to be greeted by 'ephemeral wooden' Notre-Dame in front of the charred original
Catholics and tourists who can no longer approach Notre-Dame after Monday’s devastating fire will be consoled by an “ephemeral cathedral” made of wood until the stricken cathedral reopens, its chief priest has announced. Notre-Dame’s 12 million annual visitors will still be able to marvel at Europe’s most visited historic building from the outside, but Monseigneur Patrick Chauvet said for the faithful something more was needed. “We mustn’t say ‘the cathedral is closed for five years’ and that’s it,” he told CSNews TV. The prospect led him to ask the question: “Can I not build an ephemeral cathedral on the esplanade (in front of Notre Dame)?” Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has backed the idea, he said. The wooden “cathedral” will host priests who will be able to address the crowds during reconstruction works, which President Emmanuel Macron said wanted to be complete within five years. As experts continued to assess the damage to the building, which lost its roof and “forest” of ancient wooden beams, along with its famed spire, President Macron led a day of tribute to the Paris firefighters who saved the Gothic edifice from collapse and rescued its treasures from the flames. They were to be awarded a special gold medal for “bravery and devotion”. Later, Paris town hall will stage a ceremony in the firefighters’ honour, with a Bach concert, two giant banners and readings from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. More than 400 firefighters took part in the nine-hour fight to save the 12th-century cathedral.  Despite a delay reportedly due to a computer glitch in the fire alarm sending security agents to the wrong part of the cathedral, its iconic towers, rose windows, huge organ and artworks were saved thanks to the quick and valiant work of Paris firemen. The building was only minutes from burning to the ground in a "chain-reaction collapse", said Jose Vaz de Matos, a fire expert with France's culture ministry. Miraculously, no one was killed in the fire, which occurred during a Mass. “The worst has been avoided,” said Franck Riester, the culture minister. But he warned that there was still a risk of collapse of three weak spots. “The main structure is out of danger but three areas remain fragile,” he told BFM TV. While the upper level and northern gable had been secured overnight, the western gable between the two bell towers remains “extremely weakened”, he warned. Another weak spot is the corner of the southern belfry, where the intense heat from the fire had turned the stone “crumbly”. The vault is also not out of danger. “Scaffolding will be installed to remove the debris from the vault because if it rains, water will gather and weigh down on it,” he said. With around €900 million (£780m) already donated to rebuild the cathedral from around the world, officials warned that fraudsters are taking advantage of the Notre-Dame fire to fool well-wishers into handing over cash. The French Heritage Foundation, which has so far collected more than €13 million from individual donors, said: "A number of scams have been flagged to us both in France and abroad.” It urged people to donate only to official sites.
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Madeira bus crash: 29 people dead after tourist coach overturns on Portuguese island
A tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal's Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring 27 others, local authorities said. The bus carrying 55 people rolled down a steep hillside after veering off the road on a bend east of the capital, Funchal, and struck at least one house, local mayor Filipe Sousa told cable news channel SIC.  "I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people," he said. Pedro Calado, vice president of Madeira's regional government, told a news conference that the injured, including the Portuguese driver and a local tour guide, were taken to a local hospital. He did not say whether anyone not on the bus was among the victims. He declined to provide a breakdown of the victims' nationalities, but Mr Sousa said the bus was carrying a group of German tourists. Emergency services inspect the scene of a tourist bus crash in Canico, Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal, 17 April 2019 Credit:  HOMEM GOUVEIA/REX Those injured were taken to a hospital in Funchal, the capital city of Madeira. Three of the injured underwent surgery, 23 were under observation and two were discharged. There were no children among the victims, the hospital said. A regional civil protection official said the tourists involved in the accident were aged between 40 and 50 years old. Germany's Bild daily also reported that many of the tourists were retirees, and those killed included 18 women and 11 men. The deadly accident took place at 6.30 pm near a botanical garden in the hotel district in Canixo, a quiet coastal community in the south-east of Madeira known as Canixo de Baixo.   At least 14 ambulances were said to be at the scene, next to Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden.   Residents said the weather was fine at the time of the accident, which happened in daylight in the early evening. Authorities said they were investigating the possible cause. A man receives medical assistance after the crash  Credit: AFP A receptionist at Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden, which is a hotel set in a large expense of landscaped botanical gardens, confirmed the incident had happened very near the hotel but said it did not involve any hotel guests.   Local television showed distressing images of bodies scattered over the rural hillside next to the Atlantic Ocean, while the walking wounded were seen being helped away from the scene by emergency responders. Several survivors were sat by the side of the road. Madeira is a popular vacation destination for Europeans.  A video grab obtained from drone footage shows the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed in Canico, on the Portuguese island of Madeira Credit: AFP Portuguese president Marcelo Sousa is heading to Madeira on a Portuguese Air Force plane. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said in a tweet that he had sent condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "I learned of this tragic accident in Madeira with deep sorrow," he said. Mrs Merkel's spokesman said "terrible news is reaching us from Madeira." Steffen Seibert said on Twitter that "we are in deepest sorrow over all those who lost their lives in the bus crash." He added: "Our thoughts are with the injured." Germany's foreign ministry said its embassy in Portugal's capital, Lisbon, was in contact with local authorities in Madeira. Mr Seibert said the government had set up a telephone hotline for people worried about family members. Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.
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Key Democrat Says Impeachment ‘One Possibility’ From Mueller Report
While saying it’s too soon to reach a conclusion, the New York Democrat said at a news conference that there are multiple avenues House committees might take as they pursue their own investigations of Trump and his administration. Nadler, whose panel would oversee an impeachment process, said Mueller’s findings outline evidence that the president obstructed justice.
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Iran's Rouhani urges Mideast states to "drive back Zionism"
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to "drive back Zionism", saying Israel and its US ally were the root causes of the region's problems. "The region’s nations have lived alongside each other for centuries and never had a problem... If there is a problem, it is caused by others," Rouhani said in an Army Day address. "If we have a problem in the region today, its roots are either with Zionism or America's arrogance," Rouhani said.
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Wait, So Those Pimples On My Butt Aren't Actually Pimples?
How to keep that smooth AF.
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India's millions of young voters can swing national election
With nearly two-thirds of India's population below 35, and more than 15 million first-time voters aged 18 and 19, young men and women have the power to swing the national vote in any direction. Ambitious, aspirational and impatient for change, young voters — at least in India's capital — are less focused on issues such as caste and religion than older generations, according to interviews with The Associated Press. Current Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be the favorite, riding a wave of Hindu nationalism that peaked after India's air force attacked an alleged militant base in Pakistan to avenge a suicide attack that killed more than 40 soldiers in disputed Kashmir.
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Climate Change: the Facts review: David Attenborough's superb documentary offers hope for climate crisis
There was something appealingly robust about the title Climate Change: the Facts (BBC One), especially for a film presented by David Attenborough. At a time when public debate seems to be getting ever more hysterical, it’s good to be presented with something you can trust. And we all trust Attenborough. His effect on us is extraordinary. We were warned for years about the danger plastic posed to our oceans. But it wasn’t until last year, when Attenborough offered some shocking evidence of marine life being devastated by plastic in Blue Planet II, that many individuals felt the need to do anything about it. A report out this week cited the programme as a major contributing factor to a significant drop in disposable plastic usage in Britain in the past 12 months. The fact is, when Attenborough declares “right now we are facing our greatest threat in thousands of years” and attributes it to climate change, we are all more likely to listen. And, no matter how many times we have heard similar arguments, when Attenborough asserts that “if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies”, we are all a little bit more likely to try, at least, to do something to combat it. Katey Walter Anthony in  Alaska, USA Credit: BBC As for the facts, they were laid out plainly and concisely, and illustrated vividly. How the planet’s rising temperature is impacting the “delicate network” of life on Earth. The devastating effect that deforestation and agricultural production are having on the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and why that matters. The massively increased rate of polar ice loss over the past two decades and why it is threatening to become catastrophic. And so much more. It was all very stark – but not entirely. Part of Attenborough’s assurance is that he is never without hope. The message underlined in the film’s final 20 minutes was that it is not too late. “There is still time if we act now with determination and urgency,” said Sir David, giving examples of progress already made. He closed by emphasising the role young people can play in pushing climate change to the top of the agenda, highlighting Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl who initiated a global wave of “school climate strikes” recently. It was an inspired note on which to end a superb film, guaranteed to make more of us look responsibly to the future. What did you think of Climate Change: the Facts? Tell us in the comments section below.
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QAnon Believers Crushed After Mueller Report Fails to Lead to Hillary Clinton’s Arrest
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos by GettyWhile most of Donald Trump’s allies braced for the release on Thursday of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, believers in the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory approached the long-awaited publication with a sense of thrill. For years, QAnon fans have been mocked for believing that Mueller was secretly in league with the president, working hand-in-hand to uncover Satanic rituals committed by top Democrats before shipping them off to Guantanamo Bay. They had been told it was ridiculous to base their entire political worldview on a series of anonymous clues posted on internet message boards — including one that claimed Hillary Clinton was secretly arrested in October 2017.Now, after all the chanting and waving of “Q” signs at Trump rallies, their hour of vindication was at hand.Liz Crokin, a leading QAnon promoter, predicted on Wednesday that Mueller’s report would uncover leading Democrats committing crimes that are “punishable by death.” “I think the Mueller Report will reveal some indicators that the real crimes that took places were committed by Hillary Clinton, Obama, and some of their associates,” Crokin told The Daily Beast. Crokin wasn’t alone. “Patriots’ Soapbox,” a 24-hour YouTube livestream devoted to decoding QAnon clues, urged viewers to check back Thursday for a “BIG day.” Joe Masepoes, a QAnon promoter whose pro-QAnon videos have been shared by celebrities like former baseball star Curt Schilling, urged his followers to “be here tomorrow.”But when the Mueller report arrived on Thursday morning, it contained none of the bombshell, global pedophile cabal-destroying revelations QAnon fans had predicted. Instead, it detailed the a Russian campaign of electoral subterfuge that benefit Trump’s election efforts along with repeated attempts by the president to impede investigations into his conduct. Unhappy QAnon believers were left to grapple with the letdown. As the report’s lack of QAnon proofs became clear, the Patriots’ Soapbox livestream quickly moved on to other topics like human trafficking. The channel’s viewers weren’t fooled, though. The comment section quickly filled up with disappointed QAnon fans. On Voat, a Reddit-style forum alternative popular with QAnon fans, believers lamented the fact that they had been duped again. “Trump is toast,” said one poster who said he wouldn’t vote in 2020 after the disappointment. “Lied to us to extend his re-election. Good luck Q peeps. I'm done here.”This isn’t the first time QAnon loyalists have been promised confirmation of their bizarre ideas, only to be disappointed. In June 2018, “Q” — the anonymous person or group of people behind the vague clues that have been strung into QAnon — had promised that a Department of Justice inspector general report would bring down Clinton. That report didn’t include the revelations QAnon believers were promised either. One angry, armed QAnon believer responded to that let-down by shutting down a bridge near the Hoover Dam with an improvised armored truck. While QAnon believers grappled with what the Mueller report actually meant, the movement’s foes—including those in Trumpworld—took the opportunity to gloat. Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka, whose frequent attacks on QAnon have made him a top enemy of Q-heads, took to Twitter on Thursday to urge QAnon believers to “LeaveTheCult.”“As of this morning: Q and QAnon are dead,” Gorka tweeted.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Ordered White House Counsel to Tell Acting AG ‘Mueller Has to Go’
President Trump tried unsuccessfully to have the Justice Department fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to the redacted version of Mueller's final report released Thursday.White House Counsel Don McGahn told Mueller's investigators that in June 2017, a month to the day after Mueller was appointed, Trump called McGahn and  ordered him to tell the acting attorney general "Mueller has to go," according to the report.McGahn refused the president's request, later telling White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter that he had planned to resign rather than follow through on the order. However, he said he had not told Trump specifically that he planned to quit.Seven months later, in January 2018, Trump's efforts to have McGahn initiate the process of terminating Mueller were splashed across the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post, frustrating the president, who called McGahn into the Oval Office for a private meeting."Fake news, folks. Fake news. A typical New York Times fake story," Trump said at the time.Trump made "repeated attempts to get McGahn to change his story," and asked him to put out a statement and later a letter refuting the news stories, both requests McGahn refused, objecting that the media reports were correct, the Mueller report says. McGahn also "shrugged off" the idea Trump might fire him, saying "the optics would be terrible if the President followed through with firing him on that basis."Porter told the special counsel that he recalled Trump saying of McGahn, "If he doesn't write a letter, then maybe I'll have to get rid of him." Porter added that Trump referred to McGahn as a "lying bastard" who had leaked to the press to boost his own reputation.Trump also complained about McGahn's interview with Mueller's team and asked him why he had told the investigators about being directed to have the special counsel removed. He criticized McGahn's note-taking habit as well, telling him, "Lawyers don't take notes."McGahn later told the special counsel that Trump said to him, "I never said to fire Mueller. I never said 'fire. ' This story doesn't look good. You need to correct this. You're the White House counsel."The president argued during the Oval Office meeting that he had meant for McGahn to raise the issue of Mueller's conflicts of interest with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and leave the decision to Rosenstein, but McGahn responded that that was not how he had understood Trump's directive."The President's personal counsel called McGahn's counsel and relayed that the president was 'fine' with McGahn" after the meeting, the report said."Substantial evidence indicates that in repeatedly urging McGahn to dispute that he was ordered to have the Special Counsel terminated, the President acted for the purpose of influencing McGahn's account in order to deflect or prevent further scrutiny of the President's conduct towards the investigation," the report concluded.
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Evacuation plan saved most of Notre-Dame's treasures: insurance adjuster
Insurance adjuster Michel Honore, the director of fine art at Sedgwick, has been given the task of assessing any damage to the cathedral's "Trésor" or treasure. The contingency evacuation plan included putting priorities on objects for removal, Honore told Reuters, adding "the plan itself worked perfectly and was adhered to the letter and that is why the contents lost is not as severe as might have been feared". More modern items also include a gift to the cathedral from Pope John Paul II. "One of the first items to come out was the crown of thorns and the remnants of the crucifix.
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Pictures and podcasts: royal fans old and new await Baby Sussex
Books about the British royal family lie on the table around which the 41-year-old's labrador, named Windsor, plays with his favourite toy - a squeaky crown. Hatrick has long been a royal fan - he remembers his mother looking for somewhere to watch Prince Charles marry Diana Spencer while on holiday in a remote seaside cottage in 1981 and avidly read about Tudor monarchs as a teenager. Hatrick, who works in security, has hosted royal-themed parties: last May he decorated a pub with balloons and bunting and ordered a cake to celebrate Harry marrying American actress Meghan in a televised wedding watched by millions.
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Officials pay tribute to victims of Madeira tourist bus crash
The bus - carrying 55 tourists, a guide and a driver - veered off a steep road in the coastal town of Canico, near Madeira's capital city, Funchal, and came to a halt next to a house, which was damaged in the crash, authorities said. Portugal's public prosecutor's office opened an investigation into the accident, the cause of which authorities said they could not yet determine. Heiko Maas, Germany's foreign minister, landed in Madeira on Thursday evening with a team of doctors, psychologists and consular officials to meet those affected and thank Portugal for its help.
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Former Sears company sues ex-CEO Lampert, Treasury's Steven Mnuchin over 'asset stripping'
The company that owned Sears and Kmart has sued its ex-CEO Eddie Lampert and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over accusations of "asset stripping."
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Trump thought Mueller would 'end' his presidency and other takeaways from the Mueller report
Although the probe "did not establish that members of Trump campaign conspired" with the Russians, it identified "numerous links" between them.
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'End of my presidency': Trump reacts to special counsel appointment
US President Donald Trump reacted with dismay when told a special counsel had been appointed to look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Mueller report published Thursday. Trump was informed on May 17, 2017 of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel by then-attorney general Jeff Sessions, the report said. "When Sessions told the president that a special counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God.
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Problems That Get in the Way of Healthy Eating
Don't Let These Problems Get in the Way of Healthy Eating Healthy eating can be difficult for anyone, but it’s particularly challenging as we get older. The diet of the average American older th...
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Problems That Get in the Way of Healthy Eating
Don't Let These Problems Get in the Way of Healthy Eating Healthy eating can be difficult for anyone, but it’s particularly challenging as we get older. The diet of the average American older th...
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Mumps Outbreak Confirmed at Indiana University with Majority of Cases Linked to One Fraternity
Mumps Outbreak Confirmed Indiana University Linked to Fraternity
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Bret Baier on Mueller report: A Barr cover-up might be the worst cover-up of all time
It's hard to believe that Attorney General Bill Barr would be that far out on a limb on his conclusions if it wasn't backed up in the pages of the Mueller Report, 'Special Report' anchor Bret Baier says.
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'Pillars of Earth' author Follett mourns Notre-Dame
The author of what may be the world's most popular book about a cathedral told AFP that watching Notre-Dame being eaten up by flames made him feel like someone was dying. British writer Ken Follett's 1989 historical novel "The Pillars of the Earth" sold tens of millions of copies and spent 18 weeks atop The New York Times best sellers' list. Its story about the construction of a 12th-century cathedral in a fictional English town traces the same era as that in which Notre-Dame assumed its majestic place in the heart of Paris.
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U.S. attorney general to hold Mueller report news conference on Thursday
Attorney General William Barr will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) on Thursday to discuss the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel nearly two years ago, will also attend the news conference, the department said in a statement. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt," said in a radio interview on Wednesday he may hold a news conference after Barr.
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Woman With Cancer Writes Her Own Obituary Sharing Sweet Message for Loved Ones
Bailey Jean Matheson wrote her own obituary before she died of cancer, thanking her loved ones and expressing gratitude for her life.
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This 35-Year-Old Woman Who Died of Cancer Wrote Her Own Obituary, and Now It’s Going Viral
“35 years may not seem long, but damn it was good!”
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Climate-change protesters say they will target London's Heathrow Airport
Extinction Rebellion has blocked several locations in central London in recent days after it staged a semi-nude protest in parliament earlier this month. London's police force said it had canceled some officers' leave and was calling in assistance from other forces to deal with protesters who were causing "unacceptable" disruption. Extinction Rebellion sent a message to media titled "Statement on the Extinction Rebellion Heathrow Action Tomorrow" but the body of the message did not give further protest details.
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Giant Meteor Explodes Over East Coast
The green fireball was seen by hundreds of people from Vermont to South Carolina.
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U.S. launches four-state study to find ways to reduce opioid overdose deaths
The National Institutes of Health will award grants to research sites in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said at a news conference to unveil the plan. Prescription opioid pain treatments and drugs like heroin and the more potent fentanyl were responsible for 47,600 U.S. deaths in 2017, according to government figures, with only a small decline last year, according to provisional data.
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Banks ordered to disclose bondholder information to Puerto Rico board
A judge on Thursday ordered banks to comply with a request from Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board to disclose customer information related to certain debt issued by the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth. The ruling boosts a potential effort by the board to recover billions of dollars in payments made to bondholders should a federal court hearing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy cases choose to invalidate disputed debt issued by the government and its agencies. U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein's order said "good cause exists" to grant the board's motion, which seeks to compel banks to submit bondholder names and addresses along with Puerto Rico debt payments the bondholders received between 2013 and 2017.
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Debate rages on over no-kill policy at Long Beach animal shelter
A heartfelt fight in Long Beach to save as many animals as possible at the city's animal shelter continued at a special city council meeting Tuesday.
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Louis Farrakhan defends Rep. Omar’s 9/11 remarks
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan defended Rep. Ilhan Omar’s description of the Sept.11 attacks Monday by dismissing the attacks as a false-flag operation designed to draw the U.S. into Middle Eastern conflicts.
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Kia reveals its HabaNiro SUV. What exactly is hot and spicy about it?
Kia's HabaNiro concept is a fully-electric, all-wheel drive, 4-seater with an all-electric range of more than 300 miles, according to Kia.
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Trump ‘Tried to Control’ the Russia Probe: Mueller in His Own Words
(Bloomberg) -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller says his investigation doesn’t entirely clear President Donald Trump of wrongdoing, laying out 10 instances of obstruction by the president, with an analysis of each.
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Amber Alert issued for 15-year-old girl last seen with mother wanted for Carson murder
MISSING GIRL: Authorities are looking for a 15-year-old girl who was last seen with her mother and another man who are wanted suspects in a Southern California murder investigation.
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'The President Was Frustrated.' Here's Why Attorney General Barr Believes Trump Did Not Obstruct Justice
Attorney General William Barr said Thursday morning that he did not believe Trump met the legal standard for obstruction of justice.
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Notre Dame fire raises fears for UK's crumbling Parliament
For some Britons who watched Notre Dame burn so fiercely in Paris, the horror was mixed with apprehension. What happened to the French landmark this week could easily befall the Houses of Parliament in London. The seat of Britain's government is a crumbling, leaky, rodent-infested fire trap that fire wardens must patrol around the clock to avoid an inferno.
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Workarounds Reshape the Car World
Americans still buy station wagons, only by another name.
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Factbox: New revelations from the Mueller report
U.S. President Donald Trump believed the appointment of a special counsel to take over an active federal investigation would spell the end of his presidency, according to Mueller's report. When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump of Mueller's appointment on May 17, 2017, the report said, Trump slumped back in his chair and said: "Oh my God. Trump asked Sessions, whom he had berated for months for recusing himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the election: "How could you let this happen, Jeff?" and told Sessions he had let him down.
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'I'm F-cked.' How President Trump Reacted to Robert Mueller's Appointment
"This is the end of my Presidency"
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28 killed on Portuguese island of Madeira as tourist bus plunges off embankment and hits a house
A bus carrying German tourists plunged off an embankment on the Portuguese island of Madeira, leaving 28 dead.
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AOC responds to Mueller report by accusing of Republican's 'double standards on impeachment'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has responded to the publication of the Mueller report by accusing Republicans of double standards on the issue of impeachment.As the White House and Republicans sought to claim the special counsel’s report contained no evidence of criminal wrongdoing and that Democrats had no grounds to try and impeach Donald Trump, she tweeted a video that contained several members of the GOP explaining why they had censured Bill Clinton two decades ago.Among them was senator Orrin Hatch who said of Mr Clinton’s 1998 impeachment by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives: “This great nation can tolerate a president who makes mistakes."But it cannot tolerate one who makes a mistake and then breaks the law to cover it up. Any other citizen would be prosecuted for these crimes.” Mitch McConnell, how the Republican leader of the senate, said in the months leading up to Mr Clinton’s impeachment: “Our nation is indeed at a crossroads. Will we pursue the search for truth or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth?"I am of course referring to the investigation into serious allegations of illegal conduct by the president of the United States.”Lindsay Graham, a senator from South Carolina and a staunch defender of the president, said 20 years ago of Mr Clinton: “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job [as president] in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.”The New York congresswoman posted the video with the words “Throwback Thursday”
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'I'm F-cked.' How President Trump Reacted to Robert Mueller's Appointment
"This is the end of my Presidency"
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Fox News denied access to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez town hall on veterans' health care
Organizers of the Protect Veterans Health Care at the VA town hall in New York featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tell Fox News that the event was at capacity, but video from inside the building tells a different story. 'Fox & Friends Weekend' co-host and veteran Pete Hegseth sounds off on the rejection.
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Astronomers find droplets of water released by meteoroid strikes on the moon
It turns out that impacts by small meteoroids frequently propel dust as well as water droplets into the atmosphere, where a NASA spacecraft spotted them. Planetary scientists Mehdi Benna of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Dana Hurley of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and their team found the evidence of water with the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).
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Sol Wisenburg: Trump did some very embarrassing things, but nothing comes close to criminal obstruction
Former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenburg draws his conclusions from what he's read so far in the obstruction of justice part of the Mueller report.
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Japan extradites father, son charged by U.S. in $1.5 billion Ponzi scheme
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the extradition of Junzo Suzuki and Paul Suzuki five months after the conviction of Edwin Fujinaga, the former chief executive of MRI International Inc and accused ringleader of the scheme. Junzo Suzuki, 70, and Paul Suzuki, 40, were each charged in July 2015 with 17 mail and wire fraud counts related to MRI, where they worked as Asia-Pacific executive vice president and general manager for Japan operations, respectively.
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People think Instant Pot is pricey, but the company’s sous vide cooker is half as much as rivals
Instant Pot multi-use cookers might be a bit pricey compared to rival products, but they're worth every penny and then some when you consider how often you use them. While Instant Pot is indeed on the high end of the spectrum when it comes to multi-use cooker prices, the company has another product that's actually much less expensive than similar devices from rivals. Check out the Instant Pot SSV800 Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator, which is on sale for $70 today on Amazon. It doesn't connect to your smartphone like a $200 Joule, but why would you even want to bother controlling your sous vide cooker with a smartphone anyway?Here's more info from the product page: * Creates Quality Dishes - Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator prepares high-end restaurant quality dishes at home, turning home cooks into gourmet chefs * Consistent Cooking - Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator creates and maintains an even and accurately controlled cooking water-bath for perfect cooking results each and every time * Sous vide cooks easily, cooking times range from 10 minutes to 72 hours and temperature ranges from 104F - 195F / 40C - 90C * Easy-to-Use - Easy-to-read display, touch-screen digital controls, lightweight stainless steel with a rubber coating on the handle. * Active Pump System - Accu Slim Sous Vide Circulates water without relying on convection currents, resulting in uniformly heated water bath free of hot or cool spots. * Includes a 12V DC motor - Extremely quietly and has enhanced durability in comparison to standard AC motors used. Motor stops when removed from the water. * Clamps securely - To the 6 and 8 Quart inner pot either in or out of the Instant Pot, and can be used with or without an Instant Pot. * Easy-to-clean - Secure stand up design and removable stainless steel skirt, almost no cleaning required, simply wash and air dry the skirt * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz
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UPDATE 1-Sears sues Lampert, claiming he looted assets and drove it into bankruptcy
Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime former chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments and others like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, claiming they illegally siphoned billions of dollars of assets from the retailer before it went bankrupt. The lawsuit, made public on Thursday, was filed by the restructuring team winding down Sears' bankruptcy estate and suing on behalf of creditors, many of whom blame Lampert for the retailer's downfall. The complaint seeks the repayment of "billions of dollars of value looted from Sears," including while it was in what Lampert would later call a "death spiral" where it sold core assets to meet daily expenses with no real plan for becoming profitable.
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'A good day': Trump claims victory with Mueller report out
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before the world glimpsed the redacted version of the special counsel's report , President Donald Trump tried once more to frame the moment as a political victory.
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For America’s poorest communities, opportunity knocks
Across the United States, at least 1 in 10 people live in low-income, distressed communities. Most have been hit by shifts in global trade, technology, or government priorities. Despite a decade of economic growth since the Great Recession, these places have been left behind, forcing many residents to commute long distances to earn a decent wage.
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How Arya Stark Actress Maisie Williams Sat In Bed Eating Food with Her On-Screen Sister During Her Depressive Phases
Alberto E. RodriguezSophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, broke down in tears as she told a podcast how she was overwhelmed by her sudden fame, and even considered suicide as a result. She told Dr Phil’s podcast, Phil in the Blanks, how she fell into a depressive spiral with her friend and co-star Maisie Williams, who plays her sister Arya in the hit series which came back for its eighth and final series this week. She said the two of them would often sit inside after gruelling filming schedules, eating food in bed. “Maisie is just a year younger than me and we were growing up together. She was my best friend, and she was the only one I really told about everything. I think being friends with each other was quite destructive because we were going through the same thing.“We would get home from set, go to a Tesco, a little supermarket across the road, and just buy food. We’d go back to our room and eat it in bed. We never socialized for a couple of years.”Turner was 13 when she was cast in the role of Sansa and she became fixated with the criticism she received from trolls, who called her “fat” and “a bad actress.”“I would just believe it,” Turner said. “I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious.”As Turner’s depression progressed, she said, “I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn’t want to see them ... I would cry and cry and cry. Just having to change and put on clothes, I said, ‘I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.’”Turner told Dr. Phil that she had experienced suicidal thoughts from a young age and broke down in tears when Dr. Phil said teenage girls in America were committing suicide because of depression and low self-esteem.“People shouldn't be ashamed of it,” Turner said, wiping away tears. “So many people are kind of plagued with depression or anxiety or body issues. More people than people realize. If people just opened up to their friends and family, it would be OK. All you have to do is to speak to someone, and you can get the help that you need.”Turner said that she is on the road to recovery thanks to a work break, and the help of a therapist and medication. She also praised her fiance, 29-year-old Joe Jonas, for boosting her self-esteem.“I’m now with someone that makes me realize, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose, and when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you realize why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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New York City Passes Historic Climate Legislation
The nation's largest and most economically influential city passed a historicbill Thursday capping climate-changing pollution from big buildings andmandating unprecedented cuts to greenhouse gases
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Chris Wallace: Release of Mueller report will let Americans judge whether or not they're troubled by findings
While it seems 'cut and dry' that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, the case for obstruction of justice will be more of a judgment call, says Chris Wallace, anchor of 'Fox News Sunday.'
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Read the Mueller report: The full Trump-Russia investigation document
The Mueller report has been released, with 400 pages of slightly redacted material detailing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.While attorney general William Barr has said that the report found no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia in that effort, plenty of questions remain.Beyond collusion, the investigation looked into whether the president sought to obstruct justice by firing former FBI James Comey over his investigation into Russian meddling — a firing that spurred the creation of the Mueller investigation itself.The report was delivered to Congress on Thursday morning shortly after Mr Barr conducted a press conference in Washington, where he doubled down on his decision to declare that there was insufficient evidence of that obstruction. That decision came even though he said the report found ten potential instances where obstruction occurred.Mueller report by on ScribdAfter being released to Congress, the report was made available on the special counsel's website. That website, and the report, can be accessed here. The Independent's live blog of the report can be found here.While the Mueller report made available publicly has been redacted for various reasons, Mr Barr said on Thursday that he would make an un-redacted version of the report available to Congress.The redacted version, he said, will have notes indicating why information was kept back. But, he also said that the White House did not assert executive privilege.
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Mumps Cases At Indiana University More Than Double In A Week Amid Outbreak
As of Thursday morning, there are 17 mumps cases at the Bloomington campus, upfrom seven last week
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Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild
Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday. Speaking to France's CNews television channel Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said: "We mustn't say 'the cathedral is closed for five years and that's it'. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo had backed the idea and agreed to give over part of the esplanade to the church for a wooden structure, he said.
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DC synagogue accused in lawsuit of enabling 'systemic and regular' sexual abuse at preschool
Families of eight children say a teacher at a prominent Jewish preschool in Washington repeatedly sexually abused their kids over the past two years.
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Chris Wallace: Democrats will come down very sharply on Barr concluding there was no obstruction of justice
'Fox News Sunday' anchor Chris Wallace says Attorney General Bill Barr seemed to almost be acting as President Trump's defense counselor during his remarks on the release of the Mueller report.
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McDonald's pulls Signature Crafted burgers, doubles down on Quarter Pounders
McDonald's Corp said it would remove costlier, premium burgers from its menus in favor of its more popular Quarter Pounders, shifting its focus to simpler and quickly-served burgers. The company said its new deluxe and bacon Quarter Pounders received good feedback and it would continue to focus on such items. "It (the removal) probably has more to do about the process of cooking the burger in McDonald's than it does what the consumer is saying about the food," said Howard Penney, a managing director at Hedgeye Risk Management.
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US imposes sanctions on Venezuela's central bank
The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against Venezuela's central bank in its latest effort to strangle President Nicolas Maduro's cash flow. In a hard-hitting speech in Miami largely devoted to Cuba, National Security Advisor John Bolton also unveiled measures against a third leftist government in Latin America, Nicaragua, with sanctions against President Daniel Ortega's son. The United States said it would forbid all Americans' dealings and block any US assets of the Central Bank of Venezuela as well as its director, Iliana Josefa Ruzza Teran, saying they were key conduits for funding Maduro's government.
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The biggest revelations in the Mueller report
Key takeaways from the 448-page and moderately redacted special counsel report.
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Leg Cramps at Night: Why You Get Them and When to See a Doctor
Leg cramps at night: here's the scoop on everything you need to know about the condition that affects nearly 30 percent of American adults.
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A robot that kind of looks like Wall-E’s big brother helped save Notre Dame
Notre Dame was reportedly only about 15 to 30 minutes away from a fire completely destroying the historic cathedral earlier this week when Paris firefighters decided to play their last hand. Commander Jean-Claude Gallet knew it was time to send their very best firefighter into the heart of the blaze in a last-ditch effort to save the building.Needless to say, a lot was riding on Colossus, an 1,100-pound tank of a robot that can spray more than 660 gallons of water a minute, as he rumbled toward the cathedral.Colossus, manufactured by a French company called Shark Robotics, took aim at the cathedral's stone walls. According to Gallet, it was the heroically named Colossus robot -- fighting the fire from the inside that tore through the structure as the world watched in horror -- that saved the day. And made it less critical for firefighters to enter the building and risk their own lives."Time was against us, the wind was against us and we had to get the upper hand," Gabriel Plus, a spokesman for the Paris fire brigade, told The Times of London. "The priority we set was to save the two belfries. Imagine if the timber of the belfries had been weakened and the bells had collapsed. That was really our fear. In the beginning, it was not impossible to imagine that the cathedral structure could collapse."The Colossus robot, according to Shark Robotics, is 2.5 feet wide and a little more than 5 feet long. It can be controlled via joystick from as far as 1,000 feet away, it can crawl up stairs and it can withstand not only water and fire but even thermal radiation, according to the company.Lithium ion batteries also allow it to last for as much as eight hours.According to the company, Colossus is deployed with the Paris Firefighter Brigade as well as a variety of other French regional services. Its presence allowed the Paris firefighters to act quickly when they'd previously been weighing a decision they didn't know how to answer -- should they direct the firefighters on hand toward saving the roof from fire? Or focus on keeping the flames from spreading throughout the structure?Complicating matters was the fact the wind was blowing, and a police drone flying above the cathedral didn't reveal much in the way of actionable information.Reliance on the Colossus robot during this incident, of course, has already sparked talk of relying on such machines even more in dangerous settings that involves fires or other elements. Companies and individuals from around the world have already started pledging funds to help rebuild the 855-year-old cathedral, but it's certainly worth highlighting the fact that it's able to rebuilt and saved at all thanks to a quick-acting, talented firefighter that also happens to be a robot.
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Americans' energy use surging despite climate change concern
Surging use of climate-changing fossil fuels has driven Americans' energy consumption to a record high. A report this week from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says Americans burned 4% more energy overall in 2018 compared to the year before. A boom in cheap natural gas helped drive the increase, with natural gas consumption jumping 10% from the previous year.
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Trump sought to obstruct Mueller — but White House aides wouldn't do it, report finds
But when faced with Trump’s demands that they protect him and shut down the Russia probe, the president’s minions repeatedly disobeyed him, the report states.
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John Solomon on the post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on collusion investigators
The Hill executive vice president John Solomon and 'The Russia Hoax' author Gregg Jarrett discuss their Mueller report predictions.
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Refused U.S. Visa Eight Times, Zoom CEO Is Now a Billionaire
The U.S. government denied his visa application -- eight times. After two years of rejection, Yuan finally made it to the U.S. and is now the major shareholder of video conference services firm Zoom Video Communications Inc., which raised $751 million in an initial public offering Wednesday. Yuan, 49, and his family sold stock worth $57 million, based on Zoom’s IPO price of $36 a share.
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This Type of Mammogram Could "Significantly Reduce" Unnecessary Cancer Scares
Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) can more clearly identify cancer and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies.
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Woman, 35, Who Died of Cancer Writes Her Own Obituary: Life 'Was Good!'
Woman Who Died of Cancer Wrote Her Own Obituary: Life 'Was Good!'
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A Living 'Balloon on a String' Discovered in the Deepest Part of the Indian Ocean
The depths of the Indian Ocean are home to some bizarre creatures -- including one that looks like a balloon on a string.Explorers captured a video of this gelatinous creature in a recent dive to the Java Trench, the bottommost part of the Indian Ocean. This dive was one of many in the Five Deeps Expedition, during which the crew aimed to reach the deepest part of all five of the world's oceans."We were just watching the video back and saw the thing come out of the darkness," said Alan Jamieson, the chief scientist on the expedition and a senior lecturer at Newcastle University in the U.K. "It drifted right towards the camera... and then drifted off again." [In Photos: Spooky Deep-Sea Creatures]With its long appendage, "almost like a tentacle that holds onto something," it looked like a balloon on a string, he added.After a literature search, Jamieson found a group in Japan that had described something similar about 20 years ago -- a species of stalked ascidian or sea squirt. But there were key differences between the newly found creature and the one described in the literature -- the latter had filaments coming off the top of its head, whereas this one doesn't, he said.There's a "high probability" of this being a new species, since there's no record of such a creature that far down at over 6,500 meters (21,300 feet) he said.This creature likely anchors itself to the seafloor with its long tentacle, perhaps to keep still in a seismically active seafloor, he said. (Trenches are "seismically active" because they are dips on the seafloor where one tectonic plate is pushed beneath another). As for why the tentacle is so long, Jamieson suggested it might help the creature filter feed up to 3.3 feet (1 meter) above the seafloor.Because the deepest parts of four out of the five oceans have never been visited by humans before, "it's not a big surprise to our science team that we're spotting some creatures that we are pretty sure are new species," said the creator of the expedition Victor Vescovo, an explorer and businessman, who makes the first dive down to the depths, typically solo, in a small titanium-and-glass sphere submersible.But not all of the critters they came across were alien to the members of the crew.They saw more familiar creatures such as starfish and sea cucumbers and several hadal snailfish -- palm-size, pinkish, tadpole-like critters with small black eyes and semitransparent bodies, through which their liver is clearly visible.These snailfish "may not be a new species [because they] look much the same," but it's kind of "interesting" that we have seen it in the deep part of every ocean so far, Jamieson said. Before they visited the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, the team members dove down to the trenches of the Atlantic Ocean and the Southern Ocean around Antarctica -- both of which are home to similar snailfish.Of all three of the oceans, the Indian Ocean seems to be the one most dense with life, Vescovo said. But, it's also the one that's very undersampled. There's "hardly any record at all," of the creatures down there, Jamieson added.The members of the research group hope to analyze some of the videos and photos they took down in the depths of our world and publish some findings about their research. In addition, their dives are being filmed for a Discovery Channel documentary series set to air toward the end of the year.The next stop, in two weeks, is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest part of any of the oceans. This trench is the only one that has been explored by humans -- but only twice before, Vescovo said. U.S. Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard first dove down to the trench back in 1960 and Canadian explorer and filmmaker James Cameron set the record for going the deepest in 2012. * In Photos: The Wonders of the Deep Sea * Deep-Sea Creepy Crawlies: Images of Acorn Worms * Images: Cameron's Dive to Earth's Deepest SpotOriginally published on Live Science.
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Exclusive: Venezuela skirts U.S. sanctions by funneling oil sales via Russia
President Nicolas Maduro is funneling cashflow from Venezuelan oil sales through Russian state energy giant Rosneft as he seeks to evade U.S. sanctions designed to oust him from power, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters. The sales are the latest sign of the growing dependence of Venezuela's cash-strapped government on Russia as the United States tightens a financial noose around Maduro, who it describes as a dictator. With its economy reeling from years of recession and a sharp decline in oil production, Venezuela was already struggling to finance imports and government spending before Washington imposed tough restrictions on state oil company PDVSA in January.
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Nadler Announces Subpoena for Full Mueller Report and Underlying Evidence
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photo by Getty / ShutterstockHouse Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said Thursday that he would issue a subpoena seeking Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury information and underlying evidence following the Department of Justice’s release of the heavily redacted Mueller report."Because Congress requires this material in order to perform our constitutionally-mandated responsibilities, I will issue a subpoena for the full report and the underlying materials,” Nadler said Thursday. The Justice Department is expected to reject the subpoena, setting up a legal fight that could go all the way to the Supreme Court.The move by Nadler comes after weeks of demands by Democrats on Capitol Hill that Attorney General William Barr give Congress the full, unredacted report and its accompanying documents.  Barr refused to do so, saying in Hill testimony earlier this month he was working with Mueller to redact classified information, grand jury information, and any information that would hurt the reputation of individuals who were not charged. The report, which was released Thursday morning, lays out in more than 360 pages what the special counsel’s office found during its two-year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The document says that Mueller’s team did not find any evidence of collusion or coordination by members of the Trump campaign, or any American, with Russia’s efforts to interfere in the election. It also says that the special counsel’s office chose not to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. The report is peckered with redactions of information related to grand jury testimony.Hours before the release of the Mueller report Thursday, Barr said in a press conference that he would present a fuller report to certain members of Congress but asserted that he would leave grand jury information redacted.“I believe that this accommodation, together with my upcoming testimony before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, will satisfy any need Congress has for information regarding the Special Counsel's investigation,” Barr said.Democrats began their fight for the release of the full report immediately following the end of Mueller’s investigation last month when Barr released a memo, initially described as a summary,  of the special counsel’s findings.Barr told Congress in that memo that Mueller’s office did not draw a conclusion on whether Trump had obstructed justice. Barr wrote he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence was not sufficient to establish the president had committed an offense. Since then  it has been reported that some of Mueller’s investigators felt that the report was more damaging to Trump than Barr reflected in his letter.Democratic staffers on the Hill met behind closed doors this week with members about how best to tackle the redactions in the Mueller report both from a legal and public relations standpoint. Members of the House Intelligence Committee were warned, for example, not to analyze the Mueller report live on television following its release, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversations. the House Judiciary Committee, too, discussed ways to pressure Barr and the DOJ to release the report’s findings, even if in a classified setting.Meanwhile, several House committees are pursuing investigations into Trump and his associates. The judiciary committee is seeking records from more than 80 individuals who were connected to the Mueller investigation. The intelligence committee is carrying out its investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, with a specific focus on money laundering. The committee has also said it is looking to bring back Trump associates for further questions about their work on or related to Trump’s campaign.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mueller Report Refutes Buzzfeed Claim That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie to Congress
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report contradicts a high-profile Buzzfeed News story that indicated Mueller's team had evidence President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.Cohen pled guilty to lying to Congress last year after it was revealed that he told lawmakers that conversations about the construction of a Moscow Trump Tower ended in January 2016, when they actually continued for months thereafter and involved Trump personally.A January 18 Buzzfeed story claimed that Cohen told the Mueller's team that Trump “personally instructed him” to mislead lawmakers “in order to obscure Trump’s involvement” in the Moscow Trump Tower project.Buzzfeed touted Cohen's supposed testimony as “the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia.”The report's authors claimed the special counsel learned of Trump's directive through “interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents” and later from Cohen himself.Mueller's report, however, directly refutes those claims.“Cohen said that he and the President did not explicitly discuss whether Cohen’s testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow project would be or was false, and the President did not direct him to provide false testimony. Cohen also said he did not tell the President about the specifics of his planned testimony,” the report reads.Mueller's team did acknowledge in the report that Trump knew Cohen's testimony was false but stipulated that the “evidence available to us does not establish that the President directed or aided Cohen’s false testimony.”The special counsel took the rare step of issuing a statement in response to the Buzzfeed story in which they said the descriptions of Michael Cohen's testimony were “inaccurate.”The reporters responsible for the story have continued to stand behind it despite the special counsel's statement.
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View Photos of the 2020 Kia Stinger GTS Special Edition
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Woman Connected To Colorado School Threats Is Dead, FBI Says
The woman at the center of a massive manhunt for allegedly making threats against schools in the Denver metro area is dead, the FBI confirmed Wednesday morning.
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On American hard drives, a precise 3-D model of Notre-Dame
At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3-D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece. The precious data is the work of Andrew Tallon, a Francophile American art professor who loved medieval architecture and was passionate about Gothic cathedrals.
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Trump tweets Game of Thrones-themed poster as Mueller report press conference ends
Donald Trump has tweeted a Game of Thrones-themed poster just moments after a press conference by the attorney general derided by critics as an attempt to protect the president ahead of Mueller report's release."No collusion, no obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats - GAME OVER," reads the message, which is written in font similar to that used on the popular HBO fantasy drama. The poster, which features an image of Mr Trump turned away and surrounded by smoke, appears an attempt by the president to pre-empt the upcoming release of Robert Mueller's report on the Trump campaign's links to Russia, and whether the president obstructed justice. William Barr, the attorney general, had just seconds earlier finished taking questions from reporters following a speech in which he repeatedly parroted Mr Trump's line that the special counsel probe had found "no collusion". More follows…
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As Notre-Dame money rolls in, some eyebrows raised over rush of funds
Pledged donations from billionaires, companies and citizens for the restoration of fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral are approaching 900 million euros.
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Despite Evidence, Robert Mueller Would Not Say Whether Trump Obstructed Justice. Here's Why
Special Counsel Robert Mueller found significant evidence that Donald Trump may have obstructed justice, but he declined to charge him based on his view of…
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The Pentagon Is Making the Number of U.S. Nukes a Secret Again
The size of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal is once again a state secret. Why?
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Southern California tickled by tiny tremors every 3 minutes
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a whole lot of shakin' going on in Southern California — 10 times more than seismologists had thought. But most of those earthquakes are so tiny that no one feels them.
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There's Now a Cure for Bubble Boy Disease—Here's What That Means
The treatment for the rare and life-threatening condition takes just 10 days.
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NASA's 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, has died.
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Russian interference, confirmed by the Mueller report, has been going on since Cold War
The Mueller report shows how Russia sought to undermine our election system the same way they’ve spread disinformation since the Cold War.
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If you have a Galaxy S10 or any other recent Samsung flagship, you need this discounted accessory
Samsung's flagship smartphones are the best-selling premium Android phones in the world. They're packed full of so many great features out the box that it's no mystery why so many people buy them. But there's one feature hiding inside your phone that isn't available out of the box, because you need a special accessory to unlock it. If you have a Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8+, or Galaxy S8, do yourself a favor and pick up a Samsung DeX Pad Desktop Experience Dock while they're discounted on Amazon. This awesome accessory instantly transforms your Samsung phone into a full-fledged desktop computer, and you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.Here are the highlights from the product page: * Built in fan to keep your phone cool while docked * Multiple connection ports: 2 x USB-A 2.0, USB-C charging, HDMI output, Includes Fast Charge wall charger, USB-C cable and HDMI cable * Fast charging is available when Fast Charge mode is selected and using provided wall charger and cables. If a non-Samsung or Samsung charger below 15 W (9 V, 1.67 A) is used, DeX Pad may not operate or may be damaged. * US Version includes: Fast Charge Wall Charger, USB-C Cable, HDMI Cable, and Quick Start Guide
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Notre-Dame Will Be Rebuilt—Now Begins the Debate over Its Aesthetic Fate
The French government has announced an international competition to rebuild Notre-Dame's iconic spire: Should it be a representation of the past, or a contemporary tribute to the cathedral's longevity?
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Extinction Rebellion: the green movement with global ambitions
Activists climb atop buses, glue themselves to buildings and block traffic as Extinction Rebellion expands its campaign of civil disobedience. The climate change pressure group has become a household name in Britain this week amid protests that have brought key parts of the capital to a standstill and seen hundreds arrested. The organisation, formed by academics in Britain last year alongside off-shoots in dozens of other countries, vows an unrelenting tide of protest until governments act more forcefully over climate change.
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Nadler prepares subpoena for full Mueller report
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he will seek grand jury information, setting up a legal battle with the Justice Department.
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Top Democrat Jerrold Nadler says Mueller report shows why Congress needs to hear from him
Democrats say Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report shows why Congress needs to hear from him directly about whether President Trump obstructed justice.
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New York Auto Show: What's the missing 'smaller piece' that Hyundai is rolling out?
At the New York Auto Show, Hyundai introduced its 2020 Venue, the latest SUV to join its growing product lineup alongside Kona, Tucson & Santa Fe.
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These carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting will be a hit at Easter brunch
Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy yournever-ending craving for food content through quick, beautiful videos for theat-home foodie
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Abby Lee Miller Sheds Light on Cancer Misdiagnosis in Powerful Spinal Scar Photo
“I came in twice with the same symptoms? Why didn’t somebody listen to me, the patient?”
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NASA just sent robotic ‘bees’ to the International Space Station
Do robots have a place in the future of crewed space missions? NASA thinks so, and it's not the only one. Late last year the ESA launched a robotic assistant known as "CIMON" (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) to the ISS to help astronauts with a variety of tasks ranging from schedule keeping to basic maintenance.This week, NASA joined the fray with a pair of floating robots that are just now headed to the International Space Station. NASA calls them "Astrobees" and they're designed to streamline daily activities for the ISS crew. Yes, we're truly living in the future."Astrobee, NASA's new free-flying robotic system, will help astronauts reduce time they spend on routine duties, leaving them to focus more on the things that only humans can do," NASA explains. "Working autonomously or via remote control by astronauts, flight controllers or researchers on the ground, the robots are designed to complete tasks such as taking inventory, documenting experiments conducted by astronauts with their built-in cameras or working together to move cargo throughout the station."NASA envisions using the robots from back on Earth to survey parts of the space station and observe various activities happening on board. Eventually, NASA hopes that robots will become integral parts of space station crews, carrying out tasks and completing chores so that human astronauts are freed up to conduct science in their limited time in space.The two Astrobee robots were sent into space along with a whole bunch of other ISS supplies and experiments on a Cygnus spacecraft which launched on Wednesday. The Cygnus resupply ship is unique in that it allows for cargo to be loaded just a day before the spacecraft lifts off, as opposed to the several-day lead time required by other resupply missions.This short time between loading and launch allows NASA to send time-sensitive experiments into space without worrying about delays that could dramatically affect the condition of the experiments and materials once they reach the space station.
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Sarah Sanders invented story about FBI agents’ reaction to Comey firing, Mueller report says
The press secretary told reporters that Trump had heard from "countless" members of the FBI who had lost confidence in Comey. But in her testimony to federal investigators, Sanders admitted she made that up.
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NASA Found the Oldest Molecules in the Universe
Helium hydride has been hiding for 13 billion years. Scientists finally found it.
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Former DOJ attorney expects Democrats to leak Mueller report redactions within hours of its release
Democrat lawmakers who will get to see the Mueller report without certain redactions 'cannot be trusted' to keep them secret, former attorney for the Department of Justice Christian Adams says.
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New York Auto Show hits and misses: 4 winners, 4 losers from the show floor
The Subaru Outback was a hit, but the Mazda CX-5 diesel? Not so much. Here's our list of hits and misses from the 2019 New York Auto Show.
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Top Democrats say Mueller report undercuts Barr claims on Trump obstruction
The two top Democrats in Congress said on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report undercuts claims by Attorney General William Barr that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice in the federal Russia probe. "The differences are stark between what Attorney General Barr said on obstruction and what Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller said on obstruction," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
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Notre Dame fire: Why should France rebuild cathedral? Embers of Christianity still burn.
God is not dead in Europe, but many are no longer following Him. Notre Dame Cathedral 's shell remains, in the hope that the structure may be rebuilt.
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Mueller report: Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller after he was appointed special counsel - 'I'm f***ed'
Donald Trump – who in public has always swaggeringly denied either colluding with Russia or obstructing justice – believed he was "f***ed" after the appointment of a special investigator.As the president told an audience at the White House he was having a good day, "It was called no collusion, no obstruction" – the publication of Robert Mueller's report revealed Mr Trump has not always been so confident. Indeed, he believed Mr Mueller's appointment marked the end of his presidency and tried to have him fired, or else the probe halted, something White House lawyers pushed back on.The report also confirmed that while Mr Mueller found no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, despite it being aware Moscow was likely trying to help the reality television star’s candidacy, it did not not exonerate him on the question of whether he obstructed the efforts of justice.“The evidence we obtained about the president's actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” he wrote.Attorney general William Barr told a press conference on Thursday that he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, had taken the decision that Mr Mueller’s did not constitute an obstruction of justice.Yet, Mr Mueller’s report contains 10 instances that he and his team examined as possible breaches either of protocol of legality. He provided evidence to find both for and against such a finding.For instance, the report noted, in June 2017, Mr Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to tell the then-acting attorney general, Jeff Sessions, that Mr Mueller had conflicts of interest and must be removed, Reuters noted.It also said there was “substantial evidence” the president fired James Comey as FBI director in 2017 due to his “unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation”.It also said there was some “some evidence” suggesting Mr Trump knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's controversial calls with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office, but evidence was “inconclusive” and could not be used to establish intent to obstruct.The report said Nr Trump directed former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to ask Mr Sessions to reconsider the decision to recuse himself from the probe and say the Russia investigation was “very unfair”.Indeed, large chunks of Mr Mueller’s report detail the president’s efforts to halt the investigation into Russia’s alleged election interference and possible collusion.When Mr Sessions told the president about his appointment in the spring of 2017, an appointment made following Mr Trump’s firing of Mr Comey, he was said to have slumped into his chair and declared: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f***ed.”He then turned to the one time Alabama senator who had joined his cabinet as chief law enforcement and legal officer, and blamed him. “How could you let this happen, Jeff,” he said. “You were supposed to protect me.” He added: “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won' t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”Such was the president’s determination to halt the process, he telephoned Mr McGahn, who left the White House in October 2018, and asked him to intervene. Mr McGahn told Mr Mueller’s team he was told by the president: “Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be special counsel.“Mueller has to go” and: “Call me back when you do it.”Mr Mueller concluded that while there was no evidence that members of the president's 2016 campaign team actively colluded with Russia, it found that both group shared a common goal in securing Mr Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.The report said: “Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
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Woman accused of making threats against Columbine high school found dead
Sol Pais, 18, who was described as armed and ‘infatuated’ with the Colorado school shooting, apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot woundA police vehicle sits outside a high school as some Denver area schools closed during the police search for an armed woman in Littleton, Colorado. Photograph: Rick Wilking/ReutersThe young woman being hunted in Colorado after making threats against Columbine high school just days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting there was found dead by police on Thursday, apparently as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, law enforcement officials said.Sol Pais, 18, who authorities said had traveled to the Denver area on Monday from her home in Florida, had been declared armed and dangerous on Tuesday after purchasing a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. She was hunted down in a forested campground in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, west of Denver, late morning on Wednesday.At first the FBI put out a statement on Twitter declaring she was “no longer a threat to the community”. Then law enforcement later confirmed that she was dead.> UPDATE: THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY. More information to follow shortly. FindSol> > — FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019Pais was said to be obsessed with the 1999 school shooting of students and teachers at the high school in Littleton, near Denver, which killed 13. The two students who perpetrated the massacre died, in addition to their victims.Schools in and around Denver were closed on Wednesday after she made unspecified threats.The anniversary of the Columbine high school shooting is on Saturday. The tragedy ushered in the modern era of repeated US school shootings.Just a few minutes before its tweet that Pais was no longer a threat, the FBI had said that it was searching in the area of Mount Evans, west of Denver, and images on television showed investigators in snowy forest, aided by a snowcat vehicle with caterpillar tracks.> We can confirm there is investigative activity around the base of Mt. Evans. The investigation is active and ongoing. More information will follow soon. FindSol> > — FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019The Jefferson county sheriff, Jeff Shrader, held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, during which he said it had appeared that Pais had killed herself.She was found dead as police closed in, but Shrader said: “I don’t believe they were in active pursuit at the time she died.”He said he believed Pais had purchased the weapon legally after arriving in Colorado from Florida, where she lived near Miami, and from where she was reported missing on Monday by her parents.Police were searching her home in Surfside, Florida, on Wednesday, and schools in the Denver area were put into lockdown on Tuesday and then closed on Wednesday while she was still at large in the area, following unspecified threats.Shrader said Pais’s body was found “not far from Columbine”. The school is in Littleton, near Denver, and the woman was in densely wooded snowy hillside terrain, at a campground in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in the Arapahoe national forest.She was said to have had a fascination with the Columbine school shooting and its perpetrators.“Looking at school shooters there are some real indicators, the fact that she purchased a plane ticket and made this pilgrimage here. There is no evidence that she was [seen] on the Columbine property, but the fact of her history and the fact that she bought a firearm indicate that she was a threat,” said John McDonald, executive director of the Jefferson county department of school safety.The sheriff said it was not clear what, if anything, Pais would have been charged with if she had been captured.“She would have been subject to being taken into custody for a mental health check, 72 hours holding and treatment, to assess the threat,” Shrader said.Frank DeAngelis, the former principal of Columbine high school who was in charge on the day of the massacre in 1999 and has been there ever since, said that when the alarm was sounded about the threat on Tuesday, the school employed its lockdown system “like clockwork”.“The kids knew exactly what to do. There was help there. It was much more reassuring than it was 20 years ago,” he said on Wednesday.
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12 'Embarrassing' Symptoms of POTS We Don't Talk About
The Mighty community shares 12 "embarrassing" symptoms of POTS that aren't talked about enough.
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Kombucha health benefits: Here's what science says
Kombucha, an ancient fizzy drink with origins in East Asia, has been shown to possess many health benefits, including increasing good bacteria in the gut.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I invited Barr to the Bronx to talk climate change. He said no.
Ocasio-Cortez continued to tease a Kentucky Republican lawmaker for backpedaling on his invitation for her to visit the Bluegrass State.
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Warnings, watches issued as strong storms enter Southeast
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Forecasters warned about tornadoes and other violent weather Thursday as a front that unleashed twisters and hail in the lower Midwest moved into the storm-weary Southeast.
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Barr: White House Hasn’t Seen Unredacted Report, Didn’t Suggest Redactions
Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that President Trump and his lawyers offered no input on any of the redactions in the version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report that will be released to Congress."Because the White House voluntarily cooperated with the special counsel's investigation, significant portions of the report contain material over which the President could have asserted privilege. And he would have been well within his rights to do so.""The president confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the special counsel's report," Barr said at a press conference at the Justice Department hours before the redacted report is to be released to Congress. "No material has been redacted based on executive privilege. The president's personal lawyers were not permitted to make, and did not request, any redactions."The president's personal lawyers were granted a request to read the redacted version of the report earlier this week, which is allowed under the Ethics in Government Act, Barr said, but they have not seen the unredacted version.Barr submitted a four-page summary of the nearly 400-page report to Congress in March stating that Mueller had found no collusion between the Trump team and the Kremlin, but had left open the question of whether the president had obstructed justice during the investigation.Democrats have called on the attorney general to testify to Congress over what they believe is his "partisan handling" of the report.Barr identified four categories of information that will be redacted in the version of the report released to Congress: grand-jury information, classified information, material that would compromise ongoing prosecutions, and material that affects peripheral third parties. A more-complete version, with only grand-jury information redacted, will be made available to a limited group of lawmakers, Barr said."Given the limited nature of the redactions, I believe that the publicly released report will allow every American to understand the results of the special counsel's investigation," the attorney general said. "Nevertheless, in an effort to accommodate congressional requests, we will make available to a bipartisan group of leaders from several congressional committees a version of the report with all redactions removed except those relating to grand-jury information. Thus, these members of Congress will be able to see all of the redacted material for themselves -- with the limited exception of that which, by law, cannot be shared."
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Foxconn's Gou's close China links could weigh on Taiwan election chances
While Foxconn chairman Terry Gou enters Taiwan's rancorous political arena free of any political baggage, he could yet find himself weighed down by connections to Beijing forged during his pragmatic commercial rise. Gou, 68, announced on Wednesday that he would contest Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, seeking to represent the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party - a vote that comes after a period of increasing tension between Beijing and the self-ruled island. The network of Gou, Taiwan's richest person, also includes extensive U.S. connections, including a friendship with President Donald Trump.
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Erdogan says to keep up election challenge but Turkey must move on
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday his AK Party would keep up its challenge to the Istanbul election results after the main opposition candidate became mayor, but Turkey needed to end debate on the issue and focus on issues like the economy. After 17 days of objections and recounts, the secularist opposition Republican People's Party new mayor Ekrem Imamoglu took office on Wednesday, despite a pending request by the AKP to annul and repeat mayoral elections in Istanbul. When the YSK (High Election Board) says the last word, the matter will be closed for us," Erdogan said a speech at a union confederation event.
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New ISS astronaut assignments mean Christina Koch will break a huge NASA record
A few weeks back, NASA had anticipated conducting the first all-female spacewalk with astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClaine on the International Space Station. Unfortunately, due to some last-minute preference changes with McClaine's space suit sizing the spacewalk was instead conducted by NASA's Nick Hague and Koch, but it looks like Koch may indeed get her name in the record books anyway.In a new announcement from NASA, Koch has received an extension to her scheduled stay aboard the International Space Station. She'll now spend a whopping 328 days in space, meaning that she won't be returning to Earth until 2020. This will make her the first woman to have stayed in space continuously for that amount of time, beating out the previous 288-day record of retired astronaut Peggy Whitson.Koch called the extension "amazing" in an interview shortly after NASA made the announcement. "To be able to contribute to [the mission] and to give my best, every day, to that for as long as possible is a true honor and a dream come true," Koch said.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBngQcySHdUNASA's other record holder, astronaut Scott Kelly, spent the most consecutive days in space of any astronaut at 340. However, no member of NASA holds a candle to Russia's Valery Polyakov who spent an incredible 438 days in space in a single stint aboard the Mir space station in the mid 1990s.Nevertheless, getting your name in the NASA record books is no easy feat, and Koch seems eager to do just that."Astronauts demonstrate amazing resilience and adaptability in response to long duration spaceflight exposure," NASA's Jennifer Fogarty said in a statement. "This will enable successful exploration missions with healthy, performance-ready astronauts. NASA is looking to build on what we have learned with additional astronauts in space for more than 250 days. Christina's extended mission will provide additional data for NASA's Human Research Program and continue to support future missions to the Moon and Mars."
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Mortars land on Tripoli suburb as two-week battle rages on
The shelling came a day after seven people were killed when Grad rockets hit a densely populated district of Tripoli, which the eastern Libyan forces of commander Khalifa Haftar have been trying to take, deepening the chaos that has plagued the oil-producing nation since 2011. The Libyan National Army (LNA) of Benghazi-based Haftar has become bogged down in the southern suburbs of the capital. Locals blamed Haftar's forces for the shelling, saying the rockets had been fired from the direction of his positions south of the capital.
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Israeli team: human error may have caused spacecraft crash
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing says human error may have caused the spacecraft to crash into the moon.
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20 Genius Garage Organization Ideas to Keep Your Life in Order
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Mueller report quotes Trump’s reaction to Russia investigation: ‘I’m f***ed'
Thursday as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released, President Trump said he was “having a good day.” This is terrible,” Trump told former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sessions’ of staff Jody Hunt when he learned about Mueller’s appointment.
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Mueller Report: Trump asked aides to help find Clinton’s ‘missing’ emails
Donald Trump personally directed his advisors and contacts to help find former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “missing” 30,000 emails, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
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Trump curses Mueller appointment: 'This is the end of my presidency'
U.S. President Donald Trump believed the appointment of a special counsel to take over the federal probe of Russian interference into the 2016 election would spell the end of his presidency, according to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed Trump of Mueller's appointment in May 2017, the report said, Trump slumped back in his chair and said: "Oh my God.
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Donations for gutted Brazil museum a fraction of Notre-Dame's
As donations for the restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral top $900,000, the director of Brazil's devastated National Museum can only hope for such deep pockets in his own country. Nearly eight months after a faulty air conditioning system sparked a fire that gutted Latin America's main natural history museum and destroyed most of its collection, just $280,000 or so has been raised for its reconstruction. "We are very happy for the extremely positive reaction of French society and we hope that following this example Brazilian businesses and millionaires will start to send us their donations," Alexander Kellner, director of the Rio de Janeiro-based museum, told AFP.
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Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation in College Cheating Scandal
Frazer Harrison/GettyJust days after Lori Loughlin pleaded not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam, media reports suggest one of her daughters could be next to face a criminal probe.Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are each accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering after allegedly paying $500,000 for each of their daughters to be USC rowing recruits despite neither being active in the sport. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison term.Their eldest daughter, Isabella Giannulli, 20, deleted her popular Instagram account late Wednesday just as reports surfaced that she received a formal letter from prosecutors that could lead to potential charges.The Daily Mail reports that Loughlin’s daughter received a letter of intent from federal prosecutors in Massachusetts in early April as part of the ongoing Operation Varsity Blues investigation. Last week, the Wall Street Journal also reported that several students had received ‘target letters’ from federal investigators in cases where the student may have been complicit. Several students whose parents are accused of buying or bribing officials to ensure their children’s college admission have been suspended, but so far none have been criminally charged. The Daily Mail, quoting an unnamed source, reported that Loughlin’s daughter had received a letter. “It is a not-so-veiled threat. [The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts] is making it pretty clear that they have evidence that very strongly suggests she knew of the illegal plot.”Loughlin’s younger daughter Olivia Jade, 19, who is also implicated in the ordeal, still has her very popular Instagram account up though she has not posted anything since Feb. 28. This week the famous couple rejected a plea bargain that would have potentially kept them from serving jail time in exchange for a guilty plea. An associate of Loughlin told CNN that she felt she had to plead not guilty. “Lori doesn’t understand why she’s getting so much criticism for pleading not guilty,” the friend told CNN. “People must not realize that she had no choice. The plea deal has been taken off the table, and this is the only way they've been told she and Mossimo can avoid jail time and get another plea. They are hoping justice will prevail.”Felicity Huffman, who is one of 13 parents accused in the scandal, did enter a guilty plea this week along with several other parents embroiled in the scandal. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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A Columbine obsession turns deadly
Sol Pais, Beyonce, opioids and more of Wednesday's top news.
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Donald Trump reacts to Mueller report: 'It’s called no collusion, no obstruction'
Attorney General William Barr released redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page report to Congress and the public on Thursday.
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Here's What Outgoing USAF Secretary Says the Air Force Needs To Do To Win the Future
"Future advantage will go to those who create the best technologies and who integrate and field them in creative operational ways that provide military advantages."
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6 Common UTI Symptoms Women Need To Know About
Pelvic pain and a strong need to pee are just some of the warning signs.
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Ditch Plastic And Sip Your Drinks With These Planet-Friendly Metal Straws
Now on sale for over 70% off.
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Bee-wildering! Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival
Some 200,000 bees inhabiting hives in Notre-Dame cathedral survived the inferno that engulfed the heritage landmark in a miraculous escape, their beekeeper said Thursday. Until this morning, I had had no news," said beekeeper Nicolas Geant who looks after the hives which are kept on top of a sacristry that adjoins the cathedral. It has become increasingly customary in the French capital for bee hives to be introduced at seemingly unlikely locations, including also at the Paris Opera.
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Mueller report: Democratic leadership slams Barr’s ‘indefensible partisan spin’ and demands testimony
Democratic leadership in Congress has slammed attorney general William Barr for his “irresponsible” and “partisan” handling of the Mueller report, and has demanded public testimony regarding the investigation into Donald Trump as soon as possible.In a joint statement ahead of Mr Barr’s planned press conference and the report’s expected release on Thursday, speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer demanded that the attorney speak truth to the American people.“Attorney general Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” the statement read.The statement continued: “We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible. The American people deserve to hear the truth.”Mr Barr’s planned press conference comes roughly a month after the Justice Department received the Mueller report from the special counsel’s office, and after the attorney general released a four page letter to Congress summarising the report.In that letter, Mr Barr wrote that the investigation had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential campaign. The attorney general also said in that letter that the special counsel had failed to reach a conclusion on the question of Mr Trump’s obstruction of justice.The letter was immediately decried by Democrats in Congress, who questioned whether Mr Barr was accurately describing the evidence against the president, or if he was helping to spin the media narrative around the report.Mr Barr subsequently testified before Congress, where he largely refused to divulge further details about the Mueller report, but offers his opinion that the FBI had spied on the Trump campaign.The attorney general’s office also reportedly briefed the White House on the Mueller report before its release to Congress, leading to further concerns that the Justice Department was not acting independently.
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AG William Barr on Mueller report: ‘President Trump faced an unprecedented situation’
On Thurs, April 18, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference at the Department of Justice before a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report was released.
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Canada says considering options after U.S. decision on Cuba
Canada is considering its options after a U.S. decision to lift a long-standing ban against U.S. citizens filing lawsuits against foreign companies that use properties seized by Cuba’s Communist government since the 1959 revolution, Canada's foreign minister said on Wednesday. "Canada is deeply disappointed with today's (U.S.) announcement.
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Republican rescinds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's invite to meet coal miners after it completely backfires
A Republican lawmaker’s invitation for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to meet with coal miners in his home state of Kentucky backfired completely after the progressive Washington newcomer accepted without hesitation. Ms Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to serve in the US House of Representatives, has served as a lightning rod across party lines for her Green New Deal resolution, which seeks to provide a comprehensive response to the global threat of climate change. Andy Barr, the Kentucky Republican who initially invited the 29-year-old congresswoman to his state, said at the time that local coal miners would tell her “what the Green New Deal would mean for their families, their paychecks,” while suggesting the resolution could destroy their industry. To his apparent surprise, the first-term Democrat from New York immediately accepted his invitation, saying she would be “happy” to meet the coal miners and noted her resolution provides pension payments for those who have worked in the mining industry. “We want a just transition to make sure we are investing in jobs across those swaths of the country,” she said in her response to Mr Barr’s invitation. Suddenly, that invite appears to include some caveats. In order to accompany her on a trip to meet with local coal miners, Mr Barr demanded an apology from Ms Ocasio-Cortez towards Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican she has criticised for sharing a false tweet that claimed Ilhan Omar denied the attacks on September 11, 2001 were an act of terror. Ms Ocasio-Cortez has defended the Minnesota Democrat after conservatives and Donald Trump spread false and misleading information about her. On Wednesday, it did not appear she was about to back down from that position.“Luckily, we still have open borders with Kentucky,” Corbin Trent, a spokesperson for Ms Ocasio-Cortez, told The Courier-Journal. “We don’t need Congressman Barr to meet with coal miners and have a town hall,” he added, “though we’d love his participation if we do.” > GOP’s getting scared that up close, their constituents will realize I’m fighting harder for their healthcare than their own Reps https://t.co/TVSafpJWEd> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) > > April 16, 2019As GQ Magazine reported Wednesday, Kentucky Republicans are now publicly voicing their opposition to Ms Ocasio-Cortez headed to the Bluegrass State. “I think we need to be very prepared when we debate her on issues that we're having a hard time with,” James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, told local news outlets, warning “Republicans are making a mistake picking on her.” Responding to his comments on Twitter, the lawmaker wrote, “GOP’s getting scared that up close, their constituents will realize I’m fighting harder for their healthcare than their own Reps.”
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Paloma Contreras Launches Linen, Lighting, and Decor Collection with Williams Sonoma Home
The interior designer brings her classic yet contemporary touch to her first product collaboration, a 19-piece series with the retailer
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Rod Rosenstein looked deadpan as William Barr spoke. And Twitter took note
Rod Rosenstein stood with a deadpan expression as Attorney General William Barr briefed reporters on special counsel Robert Muller's report
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Pilots Say American Airlines Plane Rolled on Its Own and Hit a Sign During Takeoff
American Airlines pilots flying an Airbus A321 say it banked on its own during takeoff, causing a strike to the plane's left wing. The incident is now under investigation.
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UK condemns U.S. application of Cuba sanctions to foreign companies
Britain said it was concerned by new attempts by the United States to require foreign companies to abide by U.S. sanctions on Cuba that have been rejected by Britain and other European countries. "The extraterritorial application of ... sanctions, which we consider to be illegal under international law, threaten to harm UK and EU companies doing legitimate business in Cuba by exposing them to liability in U.S. courts," Britain's foreign office said in a statement on Thursday.
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Time-lapse shots of Notre-Dame spire may yield clues on blaze
Europe Echafaudage was one of five companies contracted to restore Notre-Dame's 90-metre (295-foot) spire, which collapsed in the blaze, crashing through the cathedral's vaulted ceiling. Footage from the camera, which was placed on the northern belltower and is now in the hands of investigators, shows the first smoke coming out of the spire's base, Marc Eskenazi, a representative for Europe Echafaudage, told Reuters. At a reception for many of the 400 firefighters who extinguished Monday's blaze, President Emmanuel Macron said he had spoken to Pope Francis by phone and that the pontiff would visit France "at a time of his convenience".
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A Measles Complication Has Left an Israeli Flight Attendant in a Coma for 10 Days—Here's Why
With fewer people getting vaccinated, measles is on the rise.
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Factbox: Long-awaited Mueller report is finally out. Now what?
Barr subsequently concluded that Trump did not commit the crime, but Mueller's report recounted 10 episodes involving Trump and evaluated whether obstruction of justice occurred. Here are likely next steps in a saga that has dogged Trump since his election and is likely to continue into 2020 as he seeks re-election: 2020 ELECTIONS Trump may try to campaign on the Mueller investigation, which many fellow Republicans think was an effort by the FBI to unseat him. Trump wasted no time trying to get the political edge on Thursday.
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Ukraine's presidential candidate pledges NATO referendum
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The comedian who is odds-on favorite in Ukraine's presidential election promised Thursday to hold a nationwide referendum on joining NATO only after building a national consensus on the issue.
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Factbox: Key quotes from Special Counsel Mueller's report
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his nearly two-year investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia or attempted to obstruct probes. "When (former Attorney General Jeff) Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God.
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April's Pink Moon Will Illuminate the Sky on Good Friday This Year
A highlight of this year's Easter season.
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The Mueller report becomes public Thursday. Here are six things to look for.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report is the product of an investigation that spanned two years and left many unanswered questions.
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Trump security adviser Bolton unveils new U.S. sanctions to pressure Cuba, Venezuela
U.S. national security adviser John Bolton announced a series of new sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela on Wednesday as the Trump administration sought to boost pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and the countries that support him.
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William Barr Just Ensured He'll Stay Front and Center in the Mueller Report Debate
Attorney General William Barr used his Mueller report press conference to give an emphatic defense of President Donald Trump. Here's what it will mean for Barr.
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White House counsel refused Trump's order to fire Mueller - report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House counsel Don McGahn refused to carry out President Donald Trump's order to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller "for fear of being seen as triggering another 'Saturday night massacre,'" according to Mueller's report. Trump had wanted Mueller removed in June 2017 on the grounds of conflict of interest, the report said. (Writing by Bill Trott Editing by xxxx xxxxx)
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Judge Napolitano: Democrats will use anything they can from the Mueller report to undermine Trump
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains what Democrats may be after next after the release of the redacted Mueller report.
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Fact You May Not Know: America Has Nuked Itself 1,032 Times
A handful of nuclear tests were conducted in Alaska, or more specifically the Aleutian island of Amchitka. The first test, in October 1965, was designed to test nuclear detection techniques and had a yield of eighty kilotons. A second test occurred four years later, and had a yield of one megaton, or one thousand kilotons. The third and largest test, Cannikin, was a test of the Spartan antiballistic-missile warhead and had a yield of less than five megatons.Nuclear weapons have a mysterious quality. Their power is measured in plainly visible blast pressure and thermal energy common to many weapons, but also invisible yet equally destructive radiation and electromagnetic pulse. Between 1945 and 1992, the United States conducted 1,032 nuclear tests seeking to get the measure of these enigmatic weapons. Many of these tests would be today be considered unnecessary, overly dangerous and just plain bizarre. These tests, undertaken on the atomic frontier, gathered much information about these weapons—enough to cease actual use testing—yet scarred the land and left many Americans with long-term health problems.(This first appeared several years ago.)
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U.S. weekly jobless claims lowest since 1969; unemployment rolls shrink
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell to more than a 49-1/2-year low last week, pointing to sustained strength in the economy. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 192,000 for the week ended April 13, the lowest level since September 1969, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.
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`Not in My School, Not Here`: Officials Applaud Student`s Reaction After Friend Comes to School with Gun
School district leaders and local authorities are applauding the response made by a student at Lehi Junior High after a classmate had brought a handgun to school.
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These Are the Health Companies at Risk in the ‘Medicare for All’ Debate
Health insurers and now hospitals have led the sector-wide plunge even as policy analyst like Veda’s Spencer Perlman argue that Medicare for All has a slim shot at becoming law. “There may be more pain to come but the worst of it may be behind us (let’s hope),” Evercore ISI equity analyst Ross Muken told clients in a note.
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INTERVIEW-Airbus sells longer-range A321, expects quick end to Boeing crisis
Airbus sales chief Christian Scherer said it is selling longer-range versions of its A321, while signaling a shift away from chasing market share at any cost and predicting Boeing will emerge quickly from the grounding of its rival 737 MAX. Scherer, who took on the top sales role in September, told Reuters that Airbus is seeing more demand for longer-range versions of roughly 200-seat planes previously used for medium-haul routes, blurring boundaries with bigger jets.
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Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day
President Donald Trump, backed by his attorney general, declared himself fully vindicated Thursday in the investigation into Russian election meddling and alleged collusion with his campaign -- before the long-awaited full probe report was made public. "Game Over," Trump tweeted, using a "Game of Thrones" style montage that pictured him standing in dramatic fog. Just about an hour later, the Justice Department released the full -- though redacted -- report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which nevertheless raised questions about Trump's actions, saying investigators were "unable" to clear him of obstruction.
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North Korea's Kim to meet Putin as tensions rise with US
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang spiked higher. The Kremlin announced the talks just hours after North Korea launched a blistering attack on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, demanding he be removed from negotiations over its banned nuclear programme.
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Clovis Focuses on Rubraca Label Expansion, Competition Stiff
Although sales of Clovis' (CLVS) Rubraca improved in the fourth quarter of 2018, the drug may face significant competition going forward. Clovis is also evaluating Rubrca for other cancer indications.
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James Corden Does Heartwarming Special ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for Super Fan With Childhood Cancer
James Corden made a 12-year-old cancer patient’s dream come true with her own special version of “Carpool Karaoke.” “The Late Late Show” host flew Vara Gordon and her mother Emily from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Los Angeles on Tuesday. The show provided them with hotel accommodations in Hollywood and invited them to a taping later […] The post James Corden Does Heartwarming Special ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for Super Fan With Childhood Cancer appeared first on The Blast.
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Protesters converge on Sudan defense ministry sit-in to demand civilian rule
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people headed to a sit-in outside Sudan's defense ministry on Thursday to demand that a transitional military council hand power to civilians, a Reuters witness said. Protesters chanted "Freedom and revolution are the choice of the people" and "Civilian rule, civilian rule". (Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Aidan Lewis)
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‘Fox & Friends’ Applauds Barr’s Mueller Report Rollout: ‘Transparency at Its Finest’
Fox & Friends, the president’s most loyal morning show, on Thursday lauded Attorney General William Barr for opting to hold a press conference hours ahead of releasing the much-anticipated report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.The Department of Justice has said that Barr will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday to talk about the findings of the probe, which investigated ties between President Trump and Russians who meddled in the 2016 election. Officials will hand over the color-code redacted report to Congress on compact discs, between 11 a.m. and noon on Thursday. The report will be posted online for the public at an unspecified time afterward.“What more can he do?” Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked. “Transparency at its finest, but still the Democrats aren’t happy.”She’s right—the Democrats aren’t happy. Many lawmakers have taken issue with the fact that Barr’s press conference will take place before anyone has had the chance to read the report—thus maximizing the administration’s ability to spin it in advance, and potentially avoid any tough questions.“Bill Barr sent a letter purporting to summarize Mueller’s conclusions,” tweeted Rep. Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee. “He took it upon himself to reach a conclusion on obstruction. He adopted the President’s ‘spying’ smears. Now, he will spin a report no one has read. My advice: Wait to read Mueller’s words for yourself.Meanwhile Rep. Jerry Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, chimed in: “Attorney General Barr wrote to me on April 1: ‘I do not believe it would be in the public’s interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report.’ I agree. So why is the AG holding a press conference tomorrow morning to go over the Mueller report?” Back on the curvy couch, Judge Andrew Napolitano at first complained about the delay but then said: “It’s been two years, we can wait a few more hours.”“Would I like to be at the press conference? Yeah,” Napolitano said. “Would you like to have read the report before the press conference? This is just his style. I actually give him credit for doing that. Except that I’m here at 5 in the morning here to read this thing and now I find out I’m not going to get it until like 11 or 11:30.”Ed Henry, filling in for Friends co-host Steve Doocy, added: “But he’s going to testify probably in the next few weeks anyway after everyone’s had a chance to read the report. It seems like it’s just partisanship.“He’s putting it out there!”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Trump lifts ban on U.S. lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba
The major policy shift, which the State Department said could draw hundreds of thousands of legal claims worth tens of billion of dollars, is intended to intensify pressure on Havana at a time Washington is demanding an end to Cuban support for Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro. "Any person or company doing business in Cuba should heed this announcement," Pompeo said at a news conference. "Cuba’s behavior in the Western Hemisphere undermines the security and stability of countries throughout the region, which directly threatens United States national security interests," he said.
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Pelosi, Schumer Call for Mueller Testimony ‘as Soon as Possible’
“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible,” the two said in a joint statement.
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Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says
Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president. The report said that in June 2017, Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to call the acting attorney general and say that Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest. For all of that, Mueller said in his report that he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed criminal obstruction of justice.
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Sentencing of Man in Killing of NYC Jogger Postponed Amid Jury Misconduct Allegations
The sentencing of Chanel Lewis, who is convicted in the killing and sexual assault Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, was postponed Wednesday amid allegations of jury misconduct.
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Lost sea creatures wash up in California as melting ice caps ‘open door’ for mass northern migration, scientists believe
The Pacific Ocean off the California coast is mixed up, and so are many of the animals that live there.The violet, thumbnail-size snails washing up here in Horseshoe Cove have never been seen this far north.By-the-wind sailors, a tiny relative of warm-water jellyfish, sprinkle the tideline by the dozen.And in the tide pools along the cove’s rocky arms, as harbour seals about to pup look languidly on, a slow-motion battle is underway between native Giant Green and Starburst anemones, a species common in Mexico.The southern visitors are bludgeoning their northern hosts with poisonous white-tipped tentacles.Then there are the whales.As many as five at a time have been foraging in the San Francisco Bay, the vast inlet about an hour south of here along the wild Sonoma and Marin coasts.The number is far larger than in a normal year, when one or two might wander in beneath the Golden Gate Bridge for a day or two at most.These whales now are staying for as long as a month. And, for the first time ever, there are two species in the bay at the same time – greys and humpbacks, both usually speeding north to their Bering Sea feeding grounds this time of year.Instead, whale-watching boats are having more luck in the opaque waters off Berkeley on the bay’s eastern edge than in the open ocean.Three greys have also washed up dead on bay shores in recent weeks, their stomachs empty.“Our guess is that they are super hungry, maybe looking for a little food before continuing north,” said Bill Keener, a marine mammal biologist who has been tracking whales, dolphins and porpoises in the bay for decades as head of Golden Gate Cetacean Research.“But why are they staying this long? We can’t really figure out what these guys are doing.” The likely culprits: “the blob” and “the boy”Five years ago, the Gulf of Alaska warmed to record temperatures, likely due to a sudden acceleration in the melting of Arctic sea ice.Usually, a cold southern current flows along California.That year, the warm “blob” spread down the coast and, instead of blocking tropical species from moving north, it served as a balmy welcome to a variety of animals far from home.Then came El Niño, the roughly once-a-decade temperate current that flows north and east from the equatorial Pacific to the California coast.The two warm-water events came together – one rare but understood, one unprecedented and baffling – to form an ocean heat wave whose real-time and lingering effects may have permanently scrambled California’s coastal ecosystem.“This was like opening a door temporarily for southern species to move northward,” said Eric Sanford, a professor of biological sciences who runs a lab here at the Bodega Marine Laboratory of University of California, Davis.“And the longer you hold the door open, the more opportunity you give southern species to move north.”The door was not just ajar but wide open for several years.Today, there are still pockets of unusually warm water off California, doggy doors that continue to beckon tropical species that are strangers to its usually chilly 840-mile coastline.Last year, scientists identified a yellow-bellied sea snake that had washed up on Newport Beach in Orange County, the first time the tropical species had been found in California in a non-El Niño year.Then, last month, an olive Ridley sea turtle was spotted by lobster fishermen off Capistrano Beach, in part because a sea gull was resting on its back.The turtle migrates on warm currents, one of which may have swept it so far north.Things got even weirder a few-hours’ drive north in Santa Barbara County, where a hoodwinker sunfish washed up last month.The fish, about 7 feet long and weighing a ton, is among the more bizarre-looking creatures of the sea.So, too, was its place of death: a hoodwinker had not been seen in the northern hemisphere for more than a century.“These extreme events exaggerate the rate of change that is taking place in our oceans,” said Jacqueline Sones, the research coordinator at the Bodega Marine Reserve, referring to the back-to-back blob-El Nino phenomenon.“And if you have more of these extreme events, you will see an even greater rate of change.”Dr Sones and Dr Sanford, research partners as well as spouses, published a paper with several other scientists in Nature last month that identified 67 marine species now pushing the northern boundary of their commonly known habitat.Of those, 37 species had never been found as far north as Bodega Bay, a seaside town best known in popular culture as the place where Alfred Hitchcock filmed The Birds. Another 21 species had only been found so far north during El Niño years or during other unusual warm-water events – boundary pushing that Ms Sones tracks in part through her blog, where she posts be-on-the-lookout photos of species for those even farther north to identify.The findings suggest that some of these species are here to stay, a relocation that Mr Sanford and Ms Sones do not necessarily believe is a bad thing but one with uncertain long-term effects.“This really is a striking barometer of change,” said Sanford, who has been at the bluff-top lab here for 14 years. “That’s a short window of time. Our oceans are changing pretty quickly.” Following the foodThe consequences are also visible in the well-scrubbed pens of the Marine Mammal Centre, a laboratory, emergency-response centre and hospital that sits atop a Cold War-era Nike missile installation in the Marin Headlands just north of San Francisco.The hospital – the largest of its kind in the world – is bracing for its busy season.In the past two weeks, the number of patients has doubled to 90.Most are northern elephant seals, many of them weak from malnourishment and about a third the size they should be three or so months into life.At the hospital, they live in spacious pens – clean seawater pools in the middle – where they are fed, tested and given medicine when needed.The place is a mad chorus of yelps and groans, a whirl of cleaning and feeding and transporting patients from pens to exams in four-wheeled “seal barrows”.Before release into the rough Pacific, the seals attend “fish school”, hands-on coursework that teaches them how to find and capture food in the open ocean.In the hospital, they collectively consume a half-ton of herring a day.“It’s very obvious to us when the cycle gets thrown off,” said Shawn Johnson, the centre’s director of veterinary science. “We’re basically on the front lines of ocean health, and mammals are very sensitive to even minor changes in the ocean’s health.”In 2015, at the ocean heat wave’s peak, the hospital, which monitors 600 miles of California coastline, took in 1,800 seals and sea lions. That was three times the average.While the numbers have declined since then, they remain higher than pre-blob days.The centre receives 10,000 calls each year on its rescue hotline from as far away as San Luis Obispo County, hundreds of miles to the south.On this day, three elephant seals – named Dayzend, Yazzy and Washbean by the emergency crews – are scheduled for rescue.The reason for the continuing high numbers is the mystery around food.Even before the blob, the supply of anchovies and sardines, the staple of many marine mammal diets, was low and declining. The warming served as a wild card.Many of the seals and sea lions breed on the Channel Islands, a protected chain that runs off Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. They then roam for food in the summer months with sardines as their prime prey.But sardines remain scarce, even though they are considered a warmer-water fish.Studies have found that adult seals and sea lions are travelling much farther for food, leaving pups to fend for themselves closer to shore. Many end up in hospital.Elliott Hazen, a research ecologist with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Centre in Monterey, California, said “a lot of signals point to the fact there is just not enough food to support some of these sea lion habitats”.“Part of what was so unique about the blob is that it was warming we had never seen before, so there was no antecedent to compare it to,” Dr Hazen said. “And it may be true that not all warm water is equal in its effect on fisheries.”What have rebounded are anchovies, a dietary staple of the humpback, which has the rare ability to feed on small fish and krill. But anchovies are behaving differently, too.Dr Hazen said the fish are moving closer to shore, maintaining a density that is appealing to humpbacks, which are becoming increasingly reliant on anchovy as part of their diet.This may explain why humpbacks, not seen in San Francisco Bay until three years ago, are moving in now. Skinny whalesThe Pacific was calm on a recent morning, a chilly breeze scalloping the surface, lit by sunlight fighting through low clouds.Lands End park sloped into the sea on the far side of the bay’s opening, and from high in the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge appeared below with the city skyline in the middle distance.Just off Kirby Cove, a spout rose from the smooth sea. Then a humpback leapt, breaching momentarily, before a several-minute dive for food.The uncommon is now common, the wait for a whale sighting from land just minutes long.But the close-to-shore migrations in search of food have increased risks to the whales.Of the 11 recorded whale deaths in the region last year, the vast majority were the result of the animals being hit by ships or entangled in fishing nets.Those dangers are amplified this year. But Keener, the marine mammal biologist who tracks whales in the bay, is equally concerned by the bizarre grey whale behaviour and appearance.“We’re just seeing a big number of skinny whales,” he said.Grey whales, once endangered, have made a remarkable recovery in the past half-century.They are still a “threatened” species, mostly because of the dangers posed by nets off the California coast.As their numbers have risen, though, their food has declined with increased demand and as varying ocean temperatures may be pushing krill outside of migration routes.In the San Francisco Bay, the greys are hanging around Angel Island, once the main point of entry for Asian immigrants arriving on American shores.The undeveloped island sits off Tiburon, among the most sought-after real estate in a region of sought-after real estate, where residents can now whale-watch from living rooms.The high-speed commuter boat from San Francisco’s Ferry Building to Larkspur now must navigate around whales, something it has never had to do.Dr Keener’s phone buzzed with a photo from a friend who operates a whale-watching boat in the bay. It was a picture of his “fish finder,” which provides a kind of MRI of the water near a boat. This one showed thick red bands of anchovy just east of Alcatraz.The carcass of a grey had also washed up that day even farther east. A team from the Marine Mammal Centre would head there a few hours later, performing the necropsy and then letting it decompose into nutrients for other animals stalking the bay for food.“They just keep heading east,” Keener said. “And that is a really bad sign.”The Washington Post
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A Pink Moon Arrives on Friday — Here's What That Means for You
Full moons aren't just beautiful — they're the end of the lunar cycle, and a time to reflect on what's happened over the past 28 days. Here's what Friday's Pink Moon means for you.
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This Is How HIV Is Being Used by Doctors to Cure Children Suffering from 'Bubble Boy' Disease
How HIV Is Being Used to Cure Children with 'Bubble Boy' Disease
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Family Suing After 29-Year-Old Man Dies of Brain-Eating Parasite After Swimming in a Wave Pool
29-Year-Old Man Dies of Brain-Eating Parasite After Swimming in a Wave Pool
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New York Auto Show: Kia debuts ‘hot' and ‘spicy' fully-electric concept
On Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, Kia unveiled the HabaNiro, aka "The Everything Car."
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The Latest: Portugal confirms 29 Germans killed on Madeira
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on the deadly bus crash on Portuguese island of Madeira (all times local):
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Nancy Pelosi claims 'everything is at stake' in 2020 election
Democrats are trying to position themselves as the party of change ahead of the 2020 presidential election, says Fox News contributor Karl Rove, former deputy White House chief of staff.
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New York City defends measles vaccination order in court
New York City's Department of Health defended its mandatory measles vaccination order in a state court on Thursday after a group of anonymous Brooklyn parents sued, arguing that the order was unconstitutional. The outbreak has infected 329 people so far, most of them children from Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. The order, which was extended this week, requires unvaccinated people living in certain affected Brooklyn neighborhoods to get the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine if they cannot otherwise demonstrate immunity to measles, or face a $1,000 fine.
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Instant View: Reaction to Mueller's report on Russia's role in 2016 U.S. election
"The results of the investigation are a total victory for the President. After a 17-month investigation, testimony from some 500 witnesses, the issuance of 2,800 subpoenas, the execution of nearly 500 search warrants, early morning raids, the examination of more than 1.4 million pages of documents, and the unprecedented cooperation of the President, it is clear there was no criminal wrongdoing. "The nation is fortunate to have an experienced leader like Bill Barr in place to ensure maximum possible transparency while carefully protecting classified material and legally restricted grand jury information.
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Report says Trump foresaw end of presidency when told of special counsel investigation: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions "this is the end of my presidency" when Sessions told him a special counsel was being appointed to investigation links between his campaign and Russia, the special counsel's report said.
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Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.
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The Best Portable Hammocks You Can Take Anywhere
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US doctors, pharmacists charged in crackdown on opioid prescriptions
The US Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against 60 people, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists alleged to have illegally written hundreds of thousands of prescriptions for opioids that have underpinned the country's addiction crisis. Most of the charges involved health professionals in the Appalachia region, where poverty is deep and doctors and pharmacies pumped out millions of highly addictive pills for years without controls. A doctor who was charged in Tennessee called himself the "Roc Doc" and traded prescriptions for sex as he prescribed 800,000 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills and 600,000 benzodiazepine tablets over three years, the Justice Department said.
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Pinterest's shares soar 25 percent in market debut
(Reuters) - Shares of online scrapbook company Pinterest Inc surged 25 percent in their debut, giving it a market capitalization of $15.8 billion and signaling increased investor appetite for new tech listings, ahead of the much-awaited debut of Uber Technologies. The offering of 75 million shares was priced at $19, above the expected range of $15 and $17, and raised $1.4 billion in net proceeds. The social-scrapbooking website allows users to search for various topics, from home improvement projects to travel tips, with results often showing handy infographics. ...
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Redaction memes are helping us cope with our Mueller anxiety
At long last, the day has come. A copy of the Mueller report is expected to be released to the general public shortly, and while the American people wait they've decided to pass the time by making comfort memes.Attorney General William Barr is set to release some 400-pages of findings from Mueller's Special Counsel investigation into Donald Trump and his administration's involvement with Russia, but there's a catch: parts of the report will be redacted.The report is said to be "lightly redacted," but having seen the massive redacted portions in the Special Counsel's sentencing memo on Michael Flynn last year, people are rightfully skeptical. As they wonder whether or not the report will be presented with an absurd amount of blacked out text, people are preparing for a potential let down with some jokes.SEE ALSO: Trump said he 'won' the Mueller report, Stephen Colbert isn't so sureWhile you wait for the highly anticipated report to drop, please enjoy some memes.> Ladies, if he: > > -███████ > -███████ > -███████ > > He's not your man. He's Attorney General Bill Barr.> > -- marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) April 17, 2019> just █████ ██ ███████ ████. ███ ███ remember > ██████ that ████████ > today ███ is ████████ > probably ████ going to ███ suck ██ on ███ ███ here> > -- Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 18, 2019> EXCLUSIVE!! A page of the redacted MuellerReport has been LEAKED! Have a sneak peek below pic.twitter.com/WzcwioUZb5> > -- Joseph Burke (@jf_burke) April 18, 2019> The redacted MuellerReport is out! And this is what it reveals... > > pic.twitter.com/2C9djnIPZ3> > -- MackMajor (@MrMackMajor) April 18, 2019> Got my hands on an exclusive preview of Thursday's Mueller Report release pic.twitter.com/YYA1X92emo> > -- Adir Hu Farted? (@Pale_0ntologist) April 15, 2019> Preview of the MuellerReport pic.twitter.com/E7nkisDXkF> > -- Corina Garcia (@Bellarinaa) April 18, 2019> More from Barr's lightly redacted Mueller Report: ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️M⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️A⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️G⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️A⬛️⬛️> > -- Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) April 18, 2019> Preview of the incoming Mueller report... pic.twitter.com/Y690e5IWhk> > -- Adam Endale (@adamendale) April 18, 2019> Barr's redacted version of Sonnet 18.... pic.twitter.com/0YeFQ8KYJX> > -- Michael Bazzett (@MikhailBazharov) April 18, 2019> The (redacted) report. > > The response to the (redacted) report. > > The response to the response to the (redacted) report. > > The distraction from the (redacted) report. > > Today is going to be quite a day. > > Listen *carefully* to what is --and isn't -- said. Be wise word consumers.> > -- Joanne Freeman (@jbf1755) April 18, 2019This investigation has been ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ exhausting. WATCH: Trump wants astronauts back on the moon by 2024
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Pelosi, Schumer Call on Mueller to Testify Publicly Over ‘Partisan’ Handling of Mueller Report
The Democratic leaders in the House and Senate called Thursday for Attorney General William Barr to testify publicly before Congress about what they called his "regrettably partisan handling" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report on the Russia investigation.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requested in a joint statement that attorney general testify to both chambers "as soon as possible."“Attorney General Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” Schumer and Pelosi said.“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible. The American people deserve to hear the truth.”Barr is scheduled to give a press conference later Thursday morning just before he submits a redacted version of the report to lawmakers, after which it will be released to the public through the special counsel's website.Earlier this month, Barr described in testimony to a House Appropriations subcommittee the four categories of information in Mueller’s final report that will be redacted. The Justice Department will redact grand-jury information, information that would reveal intelligence sources and methods, information that affects the privacy of “peripheral players” not charged as a result of the investigation, and information that would compromise ongoing prosecutions, Barr said.The attorney general in March submitted a four-page outline to Congress of the almost 400-page report’s conclusions, stating that Mueller had found no collusion between the Trump team and the Kremlin but that the special counsel left open the question of whether the president had obstructed justice during the investigation. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there was not enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction.
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Trump as Mueller report is released: ‘I’m having a good day’
At a previously scheduled event for “Wounded Warriors” at the White House, President Trump made his first public remarks on the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. “This should never happen to another president again,” continued Trump about Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. President Donald Trump speaks at a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride event in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Washington.
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‘It’s a report he did for me:' Barr shoots down questions over handling of Mueller probe
Attorney General William Barr ended his press conference about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday morning after a testy exchange with reporters who questioned him about the notion he was trying to “protect” President Trump.
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Senate leader McConnell calls for raising minimum age to buy tobacco products
U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products, including vaping devices, to 21 from 18 to curb their "epidemic" use among teens. McConnell said https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=C7912202-0742-4404-8775-8836F261DDEF the bill would be introduced in May. Shares of Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc, which owns a 35 percent stake in e-cigarette maker Juul, fell 3 percent on the news. Philip Morris International and U.S-listed shares of British American Tobacco were also trading lower.
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As Samsung’s Galaxy Fold implodes, the foldable Mate X is looking better and better
It's a good thing Samsung decided to unveil its foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone at a standalone press conference ahead of Mobile World Congress back in February. Phones with folding screens are all pretty new and exciting right now, but one of Samsung's biggest rivals unveiled its take on the folding form factor and blew the Galaxy Fold out of the water in the process. Had both new handsets been announced at MWC 2019, the comparisons would have undoubtedly been even worse for Samsung.Samsung made a number of questionable design choices with its first folding smartphone. From a taste perspective, the biggest question is whether the tiny outer screen with huge bezels, the gap when the device is folded closed, or the massive corner notch on the large inner display is the most offensive aspect of the phone's design. But the biggest issue with the new Galaxy Fold might not be the design, but rather the execution.By now you've undoubtedly seen all the commotion surrounding the early Galaxy Fold review units Samsung sent out. In a nutshell, bloggers are having all sorts of problems with the screen on the Galaxy Fold. Considering the $2,000 phone's biggest selling point is its folding screen, this is obviously a disaster.The biggest issues seems to stem from a misunderstanding resulting from poor packaging and communication on Samsung's part. Many Android phones ship with pre-applied screen protectors and it appeared as though that was the case with the Galaxy Fold. As it turns out, that plastic layer was actually part of the screen, so when reviewers removed it their phones began to malfunction. It's always nice when part of your $2,000 phone's screen can be peeled away with ease...Separately, other reviewers seem to have found that the screen on the Galaxy Fold malfunctions even when that cheap plasticky film isn't removed. You'll find a small sampling of tweets below with examples of both situations.https://twitter.com/markgurman/status/1118574467255418880https://twitter.com/CaseyNewton/status/1118586169141293056https://twitter.com/robotodd/status/1118845740116320257https://twitter.com/MKBHD/status/1118580472576118787Here is Samsung's response to the fiasco:> A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.> > Separately, a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display causing damage to the screen. The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers.It's unclear how "limited" that "limited number" is, but a quick search only yielded two or three bloggers who aren't complaining about display issues with their Galaxy Fold review units. Ouch.I was on vacation while all this went down, so I've been catching up on it along with everyone else. As it so happens, I also came across a video this morning that people interested in the Galaxy Fold should probably check out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj0eR09MqPMThis is one of the first and most in-depth videos I've seen of the upcoming new Huawei Mate X. That's right, the Huawei phone that outshined Samsung's Galaxy Fold last quarter is looking even better now in light of all these issues we're seeing with Galaxy Fold review units. The Mate X is set to be released this coming June, and it'll cost about $600 more than the Galaxy Fold. If you're an early adopter willing to spend $2,000 on a foldable smartphone though, you might as well wait and spend $2,600 on a phone with a vastly superior design that might night break two days after you start using it.
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Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk
NEW YORK (AP) — Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to avoid that fate.
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'Democratic socialists' Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib prefer socialism to democracy
“Democratic socialism” turned out to be a chimera, and today’s “democratic socialists,” care more for socialism than democracy.
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Best destinations for a cheap summer vacation
Here are some wonderful destinations for cheap summer adventures, plus other ways to cut your vacation costs.
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Read Attorney General William Barr's Full Remarks Ahead of the Mueller Report Release
Democrats criticized the press conference and called for Mueller to testify
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Govt opponent confirmed as Istanbul mayor, objection pending
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Wednesday confirmed the opposition's candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, as the mayor of Istanbul, ending more than two weeks of recounts of the March 31 vote demanded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. All eyes however, were turned toward Turkey's top electoral body, which has yet to consider a ruling party request for the vote in Istanbul to be invalidated and for the election to be repeated.
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Mueller report says 'substantial evidence' Trump's firing of FBI head linked to investigation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller said there is "substantial evidence" that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey due to his "unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation."
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Mueller report says Trump asked White House counsel to intervene with Justice Dept
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump repeatedly asked White House counsel Don McGahn to intervene with the U.S. Justice Department after former FBI Director James Comey disclosed the investigation of the Trump campaign to Congress, according the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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Trump says Muller report found 'no collusion, no obstruction'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was a "having a good day" following the release of the Mueller report, adding, "It's called no collusion, no obstruction."
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Full text: The Mueller report
On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr released special counsel Robert Muellert’s redacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 election — and whether President Trump obstructed his probe.
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Full text: The Mueller report
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Sporadic violence as millions vote in second phase of India's mammoth election
The Election Commission said 66 percent of more than 155 million eligible Indians had voted, as per provisional data, in 95 constituencies in 12 states. Results of the election to India's 545-member parliament are expected on May 23. In focus are the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where the main opposition Congress party and its allies need to win big if they hope to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from securing a second straight term.
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Many older U.S. gun owners don't store firearms safely
Only 33 percent of people in households with firearms reported that all guns were kept locked and unloaded. "There is some evidence that safe storage of firearms can mitigate the risk of suicide in homes of older adults with dementia or depressive symptoms," said lead study author Erin Morgan of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition, 12 percent of the older adults in the study reported experiencing memory loss in the previous year.
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In his report, Mueller says Congress could take action on Trump obstruction
The special counsel says "Congress has the authority to prohibit a president's corrupt use of his authority."
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Mueller report PDF download link: How to get explosive Trump document – and why it could be one of the most read files ever
The full text of the Mueller report has been released – and could trigger one of the biggest rushes to download a document ever seen.The 400-page document can be found here and reveals the key findings of a two-year investigation into Donald Trump by Robert Mueller, rocking Washington as soon as it was released.The report was first discussed in a press conference by Trump's attorney general William Barr. It was then be delivered to Congress on CDs, in keeping with the organisation's slightly archaic way of delivering documents.But when it came to the public, it arrive in the form of a PDF, uploaded to the Justice Department website in the first instance.The rush of internet traffic to the site is expected to be significant. Though the US government should have made preparations for such high interest, it is nonetheless possible that the website might not work quickly or at all when it first drops.But it will almost certainly be passed around other websites and hosting services as soon as it is made available, meaning that it should be accessible in some form.Barnes & Noble is offering the full report as an ebook, free to download for owners of its Nook ereader. "This is a PDF/direct replica of historic The Mueller Report as released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Barr redactions and all, and it is essential reading for all Americans on both sides of the aisle," the overview on its website reads.The retailer said people can pre-order it now from the website and suggested it will arrive as soon as it is released.The report will be widely distributed after it is released, meaning that it will probably be made available for other ereaders, too. Anyone giving away the report should be doing so for free, so while it is likely that links and versions of the PDF will be sold online, such listings are best avoided.When the Starr Report, the final findings of an investigation into Bill Clinton, were published in 1998, they swiftly became one of the most popular documents of all time.Some 12 per cent of all Americans – 20 million people – headed to the internet to look at the document, according to polling reported by CNN at the time. "It's probably the single highest number of people who have ever used the computer to access a single document," David Webber of the Frank Lutz polling company said then.That time around, the file was made available over seven different US government websites, in an attempt to spread the load. Though those websites and the news organisations that covered the release were swamped by the traffic, the internet nonetheless continued to work, reports at the time said.
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Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame
France's culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor. Some of France's biggest companies and billionaires, including luxury goods tycoons Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault, have pledged amounts of 100 million euros or more to rebuild the landmark after it was gutted by fire on Monday evening. The vast sums have drawn fire in a country where wealth inequality and the plight of the low-income households have been highlighted during five months of demonstrations by "yellow vest" protesters.
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Factbox: Five things Attorney General Barr revealed about the Mueller report
Barr repeated his finding that President Donald Trump's election campaign did not collude with Russia. Here are five new things we learned: TRUMP ANGER In determining whether Trump obstructed justice, Barr said the president's anger at the time he took office was a factor. "There is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks," Barr said.
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Apple is still interested in self-driving cars as it explores ‘revolutionary’ LIDAR sensor design
Apple's automotive initiative, unofficially dubbed Project Titan, appears to still be alive and kicking. According to a report from Reuters, Apple is currently looking into advanced lidar sensor technology that "would be smaller, cheaper and more easily mass produced than current technology."What's more, the report relays that Apple, in addition to exploring third-party solutions, also has a team of engineers working on developing an Apple-branded lidar sensor.While it remains to be seen if anything comes of Apple's exploration, the larger point here is that Apple still has grand ambitions in the automotive space. This may come as something of a surprise given the series of layoffs Apple's Project Titan has endured over the past few years.Just about three months ago, for instance, word surfaced that Apple cut upwards of 200 employees from the Project Titan team. Far more than a rumor, Apple at the time confirmed the cuts and issued the following statement to various media outlets:> We have an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at Apple. As the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019, some groups are being moved to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple.> > We continue to believe there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute, and that this is the most ambitious machine learning project ever.At this point, it will be fascinating to see what, if anything, ever comes out of Project Titan. As far as we can tell, Apple has abandoned any desire to design and release a car from the ground-up and has instead opted to focus on self-driving car technologies.To this end, Tim Cook himself acknowledged this nearly two years ago when he told Bloomberg: "We're focusing on autonomous systems. It's a core technology that we view as very important. It's probably one of the most difficult A.I. projects actually to work on."
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Ivanka Trump unveils $2 million boost for ICoast women
Trump visited a cocoa plantation in Adzope, north of Abidjan, before taking part in the first West African summit on female entrepreneurship in the country's economic capital. Ivory Coast is the world's leading producer of cocoa. "When you empower women, they uplift their families, their communities, and the whole country prospers," Trump said.
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Apple insider claims 2019 iPhones will feature a ton of major camera upgrades
The 2019 iPhone models are slowly beginning to take shape, as yet another research note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that Apple's next flagship phones will feature 12-megapixel front-facing TrueDepth cameras. This is a notable upgrade from the 7-megapixel cameras that appeared on the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.In addition to the upgraded front-facing camera, Kuo reiterates that both the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone (successor to the iPhone XS Max) and the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone (successor to the XS) will feature triple-lens rear cameras, while the 6.1-inch LCD model (successor to the XR) will have a dual-lens rear camera.In addition to the megapixel upgrades, Kuo also believes that one of the cameras in the triple-camera system will be a super-wide camera, and that all of the lenses on the follow-ups to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will have use "black lens-coating technologies" to help them blend in better with the device.Here's the relevant quote about the cameras from Kuo's report, shared by MacRumors on Thursday morning:> We forecast the camera upgrade will be one of the new 2H19 iPhone's major selling points. Critical spec upgrades are as follows. (1) Rear cameras of 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch LCD will likely upgrade to triple-camera and dual-camera, respectively. A super-wide camera will be newly adopted by the triple-camera system, which is equipped with the 12MP/1um CIS provided exclusively by Sony. (2) The front camera of all three new iPhone models will likely upgrade to 12MP CIS+5P lens (vs. current 7MP CIS+4P lens).At this point, the analysts and leakers appear to have reached a consensus on the triple-lens cameras coming to the more expensive 2019 iPhone models. All that's left are the details, some of which are now coming to light.
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Barr: Mueller Found ‘No Evidence of Any Collusion‘ Between Trump Campaign and Russia
Attorney General William Barr said that special counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation produced “no evidence of any collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia during a press conference Thursday held hours before the release of the special counsel report.“After two years of investigation the special counsel did confirm Russian meddling in 2016 campaign but no evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Barr said.Barr's categorical description puts to rest the suggestion by many of the president's critics that, while Barr's summary of the report made clear that Mueller could not prove criminal coordination beyond a reasonable doubt, his report would likely include evidence of wrongdoing.The special counsel report, Barr explained, features two sections related to Russian interference: one dealing with the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency (IRA), which worked to disseminate political disinformation on social media, and another addressing the hacking of internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails by Russian intelligence.According to Barr's description of Mueller's findings, no one associated with the Trump campaign, or any American, coordinated with the Russians to further either operation.“The special counsel found no evidence that any Americans – including anyone associated with the Trump campaign – conspired or coordinated with the Russian government or the IRA in carrying out this illegal scheme.” Barr said. “Put another way, the Special Counsel found no 'collusion' by any Americans in the IRA’s illegal activity.”Barr went on to directly addressed the allegation that someone associated with the Trump campaign, namely political operative Roger Stone, coordinated with Wikileaks to time the release of hacked DNC emails for maximum political effect.“The Special Counsel’s investigation also examined Russian efforts to publish stolen emails and documents on the internet.  The Special Counsel found that, after the GRU disseminated some of the stolen materials through its own controlled entities, DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the GRU transferred some of the stolen materials to Wikileaks for publication,” he said.“Wikileaks then made a series of document dumps.  The Special Counsel also investigated whether any member or affiliate of the Trump campaign encouraged or otherwise played a role in these dissemination efforts," he continued. "Under applicable law, publication of these types of materials would not be criminal unless the publisher also participated in the underlying hacking conspiracy.  Here too, the Special Counsel’s report did not find that any person associated with the Trump campaign illegally participated in the dissemination of the materials.“Stone has long maintained that his communications with Trump campaign officials regarding Wikileaks' activities, which were seized upon by critics who believe he coordinated with the operation, were merely speculative and not based on any inside information.
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Roche's (RHHBY) Q1 Sales Strong on Solid Demand for New Drugs
Roche's (RHHBY) performance in the first quarter of 2019 is driven by solid strength of new drugs, which more than offset competition from biosimilars.
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Trump Tweets ‘Game Over’ After Barr Briefing on Mueller Report
Trump has previously referenced the hit show in his tweets, including a famous warning that “Sanctions are Coming” after announcing his plans to increase penalties on Iran. For over a year, Trump’s lawyers have warned him that his tweets and public statements could create legal jeopardy for him or prolong the investigation. It was advice Trump didn’t always take.
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During The Full Pink Moon In Libra, Let Pleasure Be Your Guide
This Friday brings us an astrological event known as the Pink Moon — but the moon won’t actually be pink. The full moon gets a different name each month (based on Algonquin naming traditions), and a full moon in April is called a Pink Moon. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the Pink Moon earned its name because it coincides with the appearance of flowers called wild ground phlox, known as “moss pink" for their color.
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Walmart's Nintendo Switch Bundle Is Back. This Time With a USB-C Accessory in Tow.
Your choice of two systems, five games, and related accessories-saving you nearly $70 in the process.
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Declining U.S. market ratchets up competition for SUV sales
Falling U.S. new vehicle sales through the rest of 2019 and into 2020 will bring more intense competition in the increasingly crowded market for SUVs and a continued decline in passenger car sales, executives and economists said at this week's auto show in New York. The new SUVs at this week's auto show included models from Toyota Motor Corp, Ford Motor Co, Subaru Corp, Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai Motor Co. After a long bull run, U.S. auto sales are expected to fall about 3 percent to 16.8 million units.
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India holds new vote amid violence and protests
Millions of voters across India cast ballots in the second round of the world's biggest election Thursday amid violence and protests that highlighted the intensity of animosity in the campaign. With more than a month to go before the marathon ends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kept up a punishing schedule of rallies as he seeks a second term, while opposition leader Rahul Gandhi maintained attacks on the right wing Hindu nationalist government. Voting went ahead in 95 of India's 543 constituencies, most of it peacefully, but with noticeable blackspots.
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Five things to look for in Mueller's Trump-Russia report
The Justice Department plans to release the nearly 400-page report today, with portions blacked out to protect certain types of sensitive information.
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Is populism waning in Germany? The steady rise of The Greens party
As is the case in many countries across Europe, the past few years have seen significant growth in the political far right in Germany. It has proven a galvanizing force for Germany’s Greens party, which has become the country’s second largest according to recent polls. While sticking to its environmentalist ideas, The Greens have added an iron core of pragmatism that has made the party a formidable power broker in a rapidly morphing political landscape.
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Opioid crisis: US doctors accused of trading prescriptions for sex and cash in major scandal
Scores of medical professionals across seven states were charged by federal prosecutors on Wednesday with schemes to illegally distribute millions of pain pills — in some cases exchanging opioid prescriptions for sex, in others for cash with an added “concierge fee”, and in one case routinely prescribing opioids to friends on Facebook.Officials called the case the “single largest prescription opioid law enforcement operation in history”.The indictments, unsealed in federal court in Cincinnati on Wednesday, accuse 60 people, including 31 doctors, seven pharmacists and eight nurses of involvement in the schemes, which included opioid prescriptions issued for gratuitous medical procedures like unnecessary tooth-pulling.In some cases doctors simply handed out signed blank prescription forms.“These cases involve approximately 350,000 opioid prescriptions and more than 32 million pills — the equivalent of a dose of opioids for every man, woman and child across the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia combined,” Brian Benczkowski, an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s criminal division, said at a news conference.Most of the charges were filed against people in those five states; one person was charged in Pennsylvania and one in Louisiana.Nationally, more than 70,000 deaths in 2017 were attributed to drug overdoses, with about one-quarter of them caused by prescription opioids.States wholly or partly in Appalachia recorded some of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths that year: West Virginia was first in the nation, Ohio second and Kentucky fifth.“The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.Prosecutors accused the medical professionals who were charged on Wednesday of conducting a wide range of schemes.Some involved small leagues of doctors and their office staffs, while in other cases, people acted alone, according to the indictments.Some doctors performed unneeded medical procedures to justify the pills they prescribed, prosecutors said, while others simply passed out prescriptions without going to the trouble of disguising their purpose.One of the doctors facing charges in Ohio had at one time prescribed more controlled substances than anyone else in the state, prosecutors said.A pharmacy in Dayton, Ohio, was accused of dispensing more than 1.75 million pills.And a doctor in Tennessee who called himself the “Rock Doc” was accused of prescribing hundreds of thousands of pills in exchange for sex.A doctor in Alabama, federal prosecutors said, “allegedly recruited prostitutes and other young women with whom he had sexual relationships” to become his patients, and allowed them to use illicit drugs at his home.In some cases, the quantity of drugs prescribed to the same patients at short intervals indicated that they could have been taking as many as 15 pills a day, prosecutors said.The charges announced Wednesday include unlawful distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud.Prosecutors said that the charges could result in sentences of up to 50 years in prison.The indictments stem from four months of investigative work by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Task Force, a group of prosecutors, federal agents and data analysts that was created in December 2018 to find patterns suggesting that doctors were prescribing inordinately high numbers of pain pills, and then follow up with traditional law enforcement techniques, including the use of informants and undercover investigators.Cases like this have been prosecuted before, including a Justice Department operation in June that resulted in charges against 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, for fraudulently prescribing and distributing opioids.Those cases were handled within the larger health fraud unit at the Justice Department.The Appalachian task force is different, Benczkowski said, because it is exclusively concerned with corrupt medical professionals, and is “doing it in a region of the country that is probably the hardest hit.”The New York Times
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Mueller Report: How we got here and where we’re going
The Mueller report is almost here. Months before election night, Russian hackers worked to steal emails and documents from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
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Washington braced for release of redacted Mueller report
Long-awaited document to be released on Thursday could shed light on details of evidence gathered during two-year Trump-Russia investigationMueller report release – live updatesSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism that brings clarity at this critical moment in American history. Make a contribution Robert Mueller was appointed almost two years ago to investigate potential ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP Almost two years after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate potential ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the American people will finally read his report on Thursday – albeit in redacted form. The public release of the 400-page Mueller report marks a significant moment for a country on tenterhooks over what the former FBI director has uncovered. It marks the first time that US citizens and members of Congress will be able to hear from the special counsel directly rather than through the lens of his Department of Justice bosses or the media. In the lead-up to the report’s release, the White House was in a defensive crouch. Justice department officials provided lawyers close to Trump with briefings on the content of the report in advance of its release, the New York Times reported Wednesday, assisting the White House in the preparation of a rebuttal to a document that Trump previously claimed had “totally exonerated” him. The redacted report will be delivered to Congress by the Department of Justice some time between 11am and noon US east coast time, in the old-style form of CDs, and then released generally on the DoJ website after that. True to the controversy that has dogged the report since its inception, William Barr, the attorney general, has infuriated Democrats by announcing that he will hold a news conference before they lay hands on the document, at 9.30am ET. Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House judiciary committee, called a news conference late Wednesday to criticize the multi-step rollout and to accuse Barr of attempting to prejudice the public reception of the report in favor of the White House. “The fact that the attorney general is not releasing even the redacted report to Congress until after his press conference will again result in the report being presented in his own words, rather than in the words of special counsel Robert Mueller,” Nadler said. “The central concern here is that attorney general Barr is not allowing the facts of the Mueller report to speak for themselves, but is instead trying to bake in the narrative about the report to the benefit of the White House.” Trump could emerge to make public comments on the report at any time on Thursday. He has one public engagement at 10.30AM in Washington and later in the day is due to travel to his private resort club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife, Melania, for a long weekend over Easter. Mueller was appointed in May 2017. How revelatory the document is will depend on the extent of its redactions. Since the report was handed on 21 March to the recently appointed US attorney general, he has been busily obscuring parts of it from public and congressional view. Barr has insisted the redactions are necessary for legal reasons involving material gathered secretly by a grand jury and evidence in other continuing criminal cases. According to the Washington Post, the redactions are likely to be “light”. But Democrats remain suspicious, given the fact that Barr was handpicked by Trump to head the justice department and the speed with which he rushed out a four-page summary of the Mueller report – a summary that was generally favorable to the president. One of the most important questions that will be raised by Thursday’s release is whether Barr’s brief summary is true to Mueller’s original report. Democratic leaders in Congress are unlikely in any case to be satisfied until they have seen the complete, unredacted version. Nadler has indicated that he will subpoena the justice department for the full document potentially as soon as Friday. As an indication of how far the wrangling is from being over, the Democratic leaders in Congress, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, expressed their determination to call Mueller himself to Capitol Hill for questioning about his report and its handling. They said: “We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible.” There will be much riding on what emerges from the report. Criminal charges have been ruled out after Barr said that he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, had decided there was insufficient evidence to establish that Trump had committed obstruction of justice. It remains a possibility, though unlikely, that Democratic leaders in the House will see material in the report that merits the framing of impeachment charges against the president. The Mueller report could still provide political ammunition against Trump as the president seeks re-election in next year’s presidential contest. White House lawyers have been preparing for days for Thursday’s publication. Though it is understood that no copy of the report has been seen in advance, according to the New York Times justice department officials have been briefing the legal team on its conclusions. The White House is expected to issue its own report as a riposte to the official one some time soon. The Mueller report is expected to fall into two clear sections. The first will look at Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race and the question of any involvement in that effort by the Trump campaign. The second part will deal with obstruction of justice allegations.
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Exclusive: Dispute flares among U.S. officials over Trump administration Iran arms control report - sources
U.S. President Donald Trump is intensifying a drive to contain Iran's power in the Middle East, which has raised fears that his administration wants to topple the Tehran government or lay the groundwork to justify military action. The administration says it is trying to halt Iranian "malign behavior" in its support for Islamist militants in the region and denies seeking the overthrow of the Islamic republic's government. The clash among U.S. officials emerged on Tuesday when the State Department posted on its website, and then removed, an unclassified version of an annual report to Congress assessing compliance with arms control agreements that the sources saw as skewed against Iran.
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Samsung's Ambitious Galaxy Fold Smartphone Is Already Breaking, Reviewers Say
Several tech reviewers are having problems with the ambitious foldable phone
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Porsche CEO Eyes Cooperation With Chinese Technology Giants
Country-specific features for voice recognition, navigation and integration of the ubiquitous WeChat messaging service will be developed locally, Porsche Chief Executive Officer Oliver Blume said in an interview in Shanghai this week. The manufacturer also signed an agreement to expand its research cooperation with Tongji University on Wednesday.
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ICE’s Bakkt Has Issues. A N.Y. Crypto License Might Fix Them.
Now, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange is turning to state watchdogs to get the project over the goal line. ICE’s plan is to create a highly regulated Bitcoin ecosystem that would encourage pension funds, endowments and other institutions to invest more money in the space, and make it much easier for consumers to buy products with the cryptocurrency. The venture, announced to much fanfare in August, has lined up big-name backers, including Starbucks Inc. and Microsoft Inc.
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Goldman Works Out Best Times to Enter, Exit Earnings Trades
“The five days preceding the earnings day offer the most attractive days to access liquidity in a single stock,” Goldman strategists led by John Marshall wrote in a note. The study comes as Goldman has seen an improvement in broad liquidity metrics over the last three months after declines to multi-year lows at the end of 2018. In a research note in December, strategists led by Marshall and Rocky Fishman said the divergence between 2018’s heightened equity volatility and relative economic stability can be explained in large part by illiquidity.
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There Will Be a Full 'Pink Moon' on Friday — But What Is It?
Full 'Pink Moon': What to Know
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Hyundai unveils seventh and smallest SUV in the lineup yet
On Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai finally unveiled the compact but "bold" 2020 Venue that it has been teasing for weeks. To prepare for the launch of the 2020 Venue, Hyundai has been publishing teaser images of the model's name badge, design sketches, and even photographs of millennials partying on a rooftop. On Wednesday, the entry SUV finally made its debut in New York.
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Samsung Galaxy Fold's screen malfunctions after a day, some reviewers say
Samsung's new Galaxy Fold, a splashy $1,980 phone that opens into a tablet, is malfunctioning for some journalist reviewers after only a day or two of use, according to posts on social media on Wednesday. The Galaxy Fold officially goes on sale on April 26 in the United States. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd did not respond to several requests for comment.
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Why Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Is So Deadly—and Why Doctors Are Still Hopeful
Newly diagnosed Alex Trebek acknowledged the disease's poor prognosis but has vowed to keep working.
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Researchers find fossil in desk drawer of ancient giant 'lion' that roamed 20 million years ago in Kenya
A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said on Thursday A team from Ohio University found the lower jaw, teeth and other bones of a new species, Simbakubwa kutokaafrika - Swahili for “big African lion” -  in 2010 in a desk drawer in Nairobi museum.   They calculated the predator would have weighed up to 1,500 kilogrammes and could have fed upon the elephant-like creatures that lived there at the time. “Based on its massive teeth, Simbakubwa was a specialised hyper-carnivore that was significantly larger than the modern lion and possibly larger than a polar bear,” said Matthew Borths, from Duke University, who co-led the research with Ohio University. An artist's impression of the creature shows a giant big-cat-like hunter with stripey fur and gigantic teeth.  The mammal next to an average-sized man, for scale Credit: Mauricio Anton/Handout via REUTERS Simbakubwa was a member of a group called hyaenodonts that appeared 62 million years ago, 4 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs paved the way for mammalian dominance, and went extinct 9 million years ago. Hyaenodonts preceded carnivore groups like cats, bears, hyenas and wolves, and were closely related to none of them. “At first glance, it would have looked like a gigantic hyena or long-tailed wolf with a head that was a little too big for its body. I imagine something like the 'wargs' from 'Lord of the Rings,'” said  Mr Borths, referring to fictional monstrous wolves. Simbakubwa's name means “big lion” in Swahili though it was not a cat. It was the largest predator in its ecosystem, a fragmented forest inhabited by early apes, hippo relatives and elephant relatives. “It was not an animal built for long efficient runs across open ground. Instead, its foot was flexed. Carnivores with this posture tend to be ambush hunters like tigers rather than pursuit hunters like wolves,” Mr Borths said.
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Billionaires face 'yellow vest' scorn over Notre-Dame pledges
Billionaire French tycoons faced a mounting backlash on Wednesday over tax breaks on their huge donations to restore Notre-Dame, as Yellow Vest protestors said the hundreds of millions of euros should be spent on tackling France's social problems. The contributions to the cathedral's renovation approached €900 million (£780m) on Wednesday as the owners of Chanel and Dior stepped forward with donations along with Disney and the technology giant Apple. However, the outpouring of cash has angered supporters of France's Yellow Vest movement, which noted that President Emmanuel Macron's "rich friends" stood to receive major tax breaks linked to donations in support of the public good and restoring national treasures.  They also pointed out that the sudden willingness of wealthy businesses to turn out their pockets showed that money was available to boost the French government's coffers. French corporations are eligible for a 60-percent tax rebate on cultural donations.  “There is growing anger on social media over the inertia of big corporations over social misery while they are showing themselves capable of mobilising a crazy amount of cash overnight for Notre Dame," said Ingrid Levavasseur, one of the founding members of the Yellow Vests. Benjamin Cauchy, a spokesman for the Yellow Vests, added: “It’s fine that the oligarchy is paying for Notre Dame. Good consciences do not hide misery and austerity.” The Yellow Vests say they will be holding more demonstrations against Mr Macron this Saturday despite the Notre-Dame catastrophe. Previous protests have led to violent clashes on the streets of French towns and cities with riot police. Anti-government protesters at the Place de la Republique Square during yellow-vest protests in Paris Credit: Arina Lebedeva/TASS Stung by such criticism, Francois-Henri Pinault, the billionaire CEO of the Kering luxury goods empire, announced he would forfeit his rebate on the €100m he has pledged. "The donation for Notre-Dame of Paris will not be the object of any tax deduction. Indeed, the Pinault family considers that it is out of the question to make French taxpayers shoulder the burden," he said in a statement. The government said the 60 per cent tax break would remain unchanged but increased the rebate to 75 percent on individual donations for Notre-Dame of up to €1,000.  The French president has called the fire an opportunity for the nation to show unity and that now is "not a time for politics." "It is up to us to convert this disaster into an opportunity to come together, having deeply reflected on what we have been and what we have to be and become better than we are. It is up to us to find the thread of our national project," he said in a television address earlier this week.   Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.
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Trump celebrates Mueller report with another 'Game of Thrones' meme
President Trump has embraced “Game of Thrones” yet again.
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Time-lapse shots of Notre-Dame spire may yield clues on blaze
Footage from the camera, which was placed on the northern bell tower, and is now in the hands of investigators.
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The Royal Navy Wants Robotic Submarines (Here's Why That Matters)
The U.K. Ministry of Defense in April 2019 launched a $3.3-million competition to begin developing a large, robotic submarine.The contest could lead to the acquisition of an operational autonomous sub for the Royal Navy -- and could help the British fleet partially to fill the undersea gap resulting from deep cuts to its sub force.The ministry asked industry by June 2019 to submit proposals for an extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle, or XLUUV.“The Royal Navy says that contract will have two stages, a one-year long research, design and refit stage and a testing and trialing stage,” U.K. Defense Journal explained. “In the latter stage it is expected that the system will be tested in representative environments for extended periods; the sea trials in stage two may be up to two years long.”The government’s request for proposals sketched three different operational scenarios for the possible, future robo-sub.In the covert intelligence-gathering role, the XLUUV “is tasked to gather covert intelligence of traffic transiting in a maritime operational area,” according to the RFP.
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President Donald Trump tweets 'Game Over' after AG Barr said Robert Mueller's report found 'no collusion'
President Donald Trump tweets just hours before release of the Robert Mueller report.
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Climate Change: The Next Great Risk to Munis Is Already Here
An increasing number of states and local governments are including climate change in their list of risks investors should consider before buying their bonds. BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, says that within a decade, more than 15 percent of debt in the S&P National Municipal Bond Index will come from regions that could suffer losses from climate change adding up to as much as 1 percent of gross domestic product annually.
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There's a Tiny, Bright Magnetar Photobombing Our Galaxy's Supermassive Black Hole
There's a bright magnetar photobombing the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, frustrating astronomers' efforts to study the black hole -- called Sagittarius A* -- using X-ray telescopes.SagA* is the nearest known supermassive black hole to Earth. And while it's far smaller, quieter and dimmer than the recently imaged black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 87, it still represents one of the best opportunities astronomers have for understanding how black holes behave and interact with their surrounding environments. But back in 2013, a magnetar -- an ultradense star (also called a neutron star) wrapped in powerful magnetic fields -- between SagA* and Earth lit up, and ever since has been messing with efforts to observe the black hole using X-ray telescopes."We think of this as maybe a shattering of the neutron star surface, or some really violent event on the neutron star that causes it to get very, very bright and then fade slowly over time," said Daryl Haggard, a physicist at McGill University in Montreal who studies SagA* and the galactic center. [3 Huge Questions the Black Hole Image Didn't Answer]Magnetars are tiny objects, part of a class of stars often comparable in size to Manhattan island. Before the little star lit up, it didn't give any sign that it was even there.In 2013, that changed. At the time, Haggard was part of a team observing SagA* using X-ray telescope data to see how the black hole would interact with G2 -- a big, gassy object that was due to pass very close to the black hole. Black holes don't emit any light, but the hot gas orbiting just outside their event hoizons does. SagA*'s surrounding cloud usually glows only faintly, but researchers hoped that as G2 crashed through it the result would be some interesting X-ray flashes.Then, on April 24 of 2013, a cascade of surprising data started coming in from their telescopes. The first telescope to notice the sudden change was Swift, an orbital NASA telescope."We were watching the supermassive black hole, trying to pick up a little bit of a signature in the X-ray wavelengths from this interaction, and then BANG, the magnetar went off," she told Live Science, clapping her hands together for emphasis.There was a bright flash of X-ray light. At first, astronomers thought they were seeing some new and unprecedented behavior from the black hole, possibly a massive flare, Haggard said. Most X-ray observatories don't have the resolution to distinguish between two objects, especially with the magnetar flaring that brightly.The two objects are quite far apart in physical space, about 2 trillion miles (3.2 trillion kilometers), or a third of a light-year. Telescopes regularly see other, closer stars around the black hole as distinct objects. But it happens to be that SagA* and the magnetar (named SGR 1745-2900) are angled such that from the perspective of Earth they're nearly on top of one another, just 2.4 arcseconds apart in the sky. (The whole sky is 1,296,000 arcseconds around.)Most X-ray observatories see them as pretty much a single object, Haggard said.An image from the Swift X-Ray observatory shows the two X-ray sources look like a single object. NASA"Initially, the big excitement was, 'Holy cow, SagA* just went nuts!' It would have been the brightest flare we'd ever seen from the supermassive black hole," she said, referring to the flare of X-ray light.But on April 26, 2013, NuSTAR, another NASA orbital X-ray telescope, picked up something funny in the bright flare: a sort of ticking, pulsing quality to the light, with peaks every 3.76 seconds. That's not the sort of behavior they would expect from the gas clouds around a black hole, even in its most excited state, Haggard said. [9 Ideas About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind]Three days later, on April 29, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the sharpest telescope of its kind in space, resolved the image well enough to see that there were in fact two X-ray sources: the bright, flickering new light, and the comparatively dimmer glow of the gas around a quiescent SagA*.A close-up from Chandra (right) shows that when SagA* was quiescent in 2013, it was barely visible as a few extra photons on the upper right side of the magnetar. When the black hole flared, as it does periodically, it was more visible (left). Chandra X-Ray ObservatoryAs a team of observers reported in The Astrophysical Journal in May of that year, that pulsing was characteristic of a bright point on a rapidly spinning star pointing toward and away from Earth like a sped-up lighthouse. Astrophysicists realized they were seeing a magnetar."Depending on your perspective, it was either a complete pain or a completely awesome new discovery," Haggard said.Over time, the magnetar's glow has faded, albeit more slowly than is typical. These days, Haggard said, it's about equal in X-ray brightness to the glow of the black hole's surrounding hot gas, allowing Chandra to more easily distinguish the two. Still, she said, they look a bit like the two headlights of a car that are so far away they've started to blend into one. It's not easy for even Chandra to tell which X-ray photons are coming from the hot gas around the black hole, and which from the magnetar.A 2014 image shows how the slowly-dimming magnetar is allowing SagA* to peek out again. Chandra X-Ray ObservatoryFor observers of the galactic center, Haggard said, this sort of issue is typical. There's such a dense, bright cloud of hot material in the area, she said, that any observation requires carefully sorting out good data from junk. The magnetar has become just one more frustration for SagA* observers to deal with. * Spaced Out! 101 Astronomy Images That Will Blow Your Mind * The 11 Biggest Unanswered Questions About Dark Matter * Stephen Hawking's Most Far-Out Ideas About Black HolesOriginally published on Live Science.
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Here's What Scotland's Dogs Looked Like 4,500 Years Ago
The re-created, three-dimensional face of a dog that lived 4,500 years ago in Scotland is so realistic, you almost want to reach out and pet its thick fur.Besides melting the hearts of animal lovers, this dog -- whose skull was found in an elaborate Neolithic burial at Cuween Hill in the Orkney islands, an archipelago off Scotland's northeastern coast -- has surprised scientists. That's because this furball looks remarkably like a wolf, even though it was likely domesticated.The dog was the size of a large collie and resembled, in some of its features, a European gray wolf, Alison Sheridan, principal archaeological research curator in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland, where the skull is stored, said in a statement.Sheridan added that the skull and reconstruction could reveal details not only "about ceremonial practices and the symbolic significance of the dog in late Neolithic Orkney, but also about the appearance of domestic dogs in the third millennium B.C." [Gallery: Brand-New Baby Wolves]These days, domesticated dogs tend to have more prominent, raised foreheads than wolves do, Jack Tseng, a functional anatomist at the University at Buffalo, previously told Live Science. Moreover, domestic dogs tend to have shorter faces and more crowded teeth as a result of that, he said. Other research has shown that domesticated dogs tend to have floppier ears, smaller brains, shorter curly tails and lighter and blotchy coats than wild wolves do.The Cuween dog looks similar to a wolf, the reconstruction shows. Copyright Historic Environment ScotlandResearchers have known about the Neolithic dog since 1901, when 24 dog skulls were discovered at the Cuween Hill burial. However, this is the first time one of the skulls has been "brought to life" with forensic reconstruction.Previous research on the Cuween Hill site revealed that the dog remains were placed in the burial chamber there more than 500 years after the original tomb was constructed, indicating that these dogs were buried for ritualistic purposes, the archaeologists said.To create an accurate 3D model of this particular dog, staff members put the skull in a CT scanner at Edinburgh University's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. This scan, in turn, gave them enough data to print a 3D model, which forensic artist Amy Thornton used to shape Fido's head.Just as she would a human facial re-creation, Thornton created the dog's likeness by building up muscle, skin and hair on top of the 3D-printed skull. "This brought its own set of challenges, as there is much less existing data relating to average tissue depths in canine skulls compared to humans," Thornton said in the statement. Even so, "the resulting model gives us a fascinating glimpse at this ancient animal," she said.Dogs were clearly important in Neolithic Orkney. These ancient people likely kept them as trained pets and guard dogs, and may have even taught them how to herd sheep, said Steve Farrar, an interpretation manager at Historic Environment Scotland."Maybe dogs were their symbol or totem; perhaps, they thought of themselves as the 'dog people,'" Farrar said in the statement.Visitors can see the Neolithic dog's reconstructed, furry head in Orkney later this year.The Cuween Hill chambered cairn. (A cairn is a stone mound that serves as a memorial or landmark.) Copyright Historic Environment Scotland * Photos: The Reconstruction of Teen Who Lived 9,000 Years Ago * Photos: Canine Catacomb Was Tribute to Ancient Death God * Photos: See the Ancient Faces of a Man-Bun Wearing Bloke and a Neanderthal WomanOriginally published on Live Science.
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The $8 fast wireless charging pad people went crazy for is back in stock… but it’ll sell out soon
Wireless chargers can cost as much as $50 if you buy them from big brands. Of course you follow the BGR Deals team, so you know that you can get the same quality for a fraction of the price on Amazon. We covered a crazy sale last week that got you the 4.5-star rated Seneo 10W Fast Wireless Charging Pad for just $8.49, but it quickly sold out. Well guess what: it's back! This sale is definitely going to sell out quickly yet again, so hurry up if you want to get in on the action.Here's more info from the product page: * 【WORLD-LEADING WIRELESS CHARGER BRAND】As the leader of wireless charger industry, Seneo focuses on the innovation of design and technology to provide the best wireless charging experience to customer from all over the world. Seneo has sold more than 2,000,000 wireless chargers and always be committed to offer FIVE YEARS WARRANTY to our friendly customers * 【10W & 7.5W FAST WIRELESS CHARGER】Compatible with any phones that support fast charging or Qi-Enabled. 7.5W fast wireless charging speed is for iPhone Xs/Xs Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus and 10W wireless charging speed for Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S9+/S8/S8+/Note9/8/S7/S7 Edge/S6 Edge+/Note5, 5W for New Airpods/Galaxy Buds, google Pixel 3/3XL, Lg V30 and all Qi-enabled Cell Phones * 【MULTIPLE PROTECTION & NOTE】Qi certified and adopted with exclusive technology of ATB (Automatic Temperature Balance), wireless charging speed is up to 15% faster than others; With temperature protection, input voltage protection, input current protection, short circuit protection and other multiple safety protection. The mobile phone should be away from any extra metal objects to effectively prevent the phone from overheating * 【SLEEP-FRIENDLY】Intelligent LED indicator to indicate the charging status for safe charging. The green light is moderate in brightness when charging, so that you can easily find your phone in the dark and it will not disturb your sleep * 【PACKAGE & WARRANTY】Package contains 1 x Wireless Charger, 1 x 3.3ft Micro USB Cable, 1 x User Manner. Your satisfaction is our first goal. Ev