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1 dead, 15 injured in Cincinnati nightclub gunfight
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:07:02 +0100

1 dead, 15 injured in Cincinnati nightclub gunfightCINCINNATI (AP) — A gunfight broke out inside a crowded Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday, leaving one man dead and 15 others wounded after a dispute among several patrons escalated into a shootout, authorities said.


NCAA Final Four: It’s Pacific Northwest vs. the Carolinas
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:59:20 +0100

Sasquatch vs. barbecue? Pouring rain vs. stifling humidity? Whichever description you prefer, it’ll be the Pacific Northwest vs. the Carolinas in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The Wall Street Journal: OPEC urges members to uphold oil production cuts
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:09:38 +0100

OPEC officials on Sunday urged member nations to cut their oil production in line with an agreement last year, warning that the petroleum market would remain depressed if they didn’t.

The Wall Street Journal: House conservatives say Obamacare repeal effort is not over
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:51:00 +0100

The head of the most conservative Republican House faction sought to deflect blame Sunday for last week’s stunning collapse of a White House-backed health-care measure, saying the lawmakers hadn’t given up on trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The Wall Street Journal: This CEO made $46 million in a month, but his yearly pay is a mystery
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:38:23 +0100

Johnson Controls won’t say how much it paid its chief executive for 11 of the months he ran the publicly traded company last fiscal year, taking advantage of a loophole in pay-disclosure regulations.

The Wall Street Journal: U.K. officials lash out at tech companies in wake of latest terror attack
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:17:58 +0100

British officials tore into technology companies for what they said was profiting from terrorist propaganda and offering secret places to communicate, in strong criticism of Silicon Valley days after a terrorist rampage outside Parliament left four people dead.

The Wall Street Journal: Iraq blames Islamic State, not U.S. airstrike, for Mosul civilian deaths
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:32:30 +0100

The Iraqi military said Sunday a blast that killed scores of civilians in western Mosul was triggered by an Islamic State booby trap, contradicting local officials and residents who claimed a U.S.-led coalition airstrike caused the deaths.

The Wall Street Journal: Merkel’s party wins surprise victory in German state election
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:22:24 +0100

Germany kicked off its election year on Sunday with an unexpected big victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party in a state vote, according to initial results, dealing a blow to the rival center-left Social Democrats.

Market Extra: Wall Street fear threatens a dramatic comeback in the stock market
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:19:22 +0100

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

The Wall Street Journal: Pro-China candidate Carrie Lam to be Hong Kong’s next leader
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:11:51 +0100

Hong Kong’s electoral committee picked a staunchly pro-China candidate to lead the city in voting that underscored Beijing’s growing political influence on the former British colony.

Photos of the day - March 26, 2017
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:00:38 +0100

Photos of the day - March 26, 2017A man waves traditional daggers, or jambiyas, as he attends with supporters of the Houthi movement and Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a rally to mark the two-year anniversary since the military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition, in Sanaa, Yemen; police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia; Balinese people carry giant effigies in the form of the devil, whose local name is “Ogoh-ogoh,” during a parade before Nyepi Day, the Balinese Day of Silence, marking the Balinese Hindu New Year in Gianyar, a regency in Bali, Indonesia. ...


The Wall Street Journal: Apple scores victory in iPhone patent case in China
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:00:10 +0100

A Chinese court has overturned a ruling against Apple Inc. over iPhone patents, a win for the tech giant in one of its toughest markets.

Conflicting casualty figures a week after Iraq Mosul blast
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:30:28 +0100

Conflicting casualty figures a week after Iraq Mosul blastBy Hamuda Hassan and John Davison MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Conflicting accounts emerged on Sunday about an explosion in Iraq's Mosul a week ago after a U.S.-led coalition strike against Islamic State that local officials say collapsed buildings, killing and burying many people. Iraq's military said 61 bodies had been recovered from a destroyed building that Islamic State had booby-trapped in west Mosul, but that there was no sign the building had been hit by a coalition air strike. "Civil defense has extracted and buried 160 bodies up to this moment." What happened on March 17 remains unclear and details are difficult to confirm as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State to recapture the densely populated parts of the western half of Mosul, the militant group's last stronghold in Iraq.


After United Airlines incident, women share stories of being shamed for their clothing
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:12:04 +0100

After United Airlines incident, women share stories of being shamed for their clothingIn response to United Airline's legging-gate, women are speaking out.  Two young girls wearing leggings were banned from a flight on Sunday morning due to a violation of the airline's internal dress code. The situation, which was live-tweeted by activist Shannon Watts, sparked outrage from thousands on social media who called out the company for policing the girls' attire.   Author Dana Schwartz was one of those that spoke out against United Airlines, and asked women on Twitter to share their stories of feeling "embarrassed" or "sexualized" for the first time because of what they wore.  SEE ALSO: United Airlines bans 2 girls with leggings from flight because they weren't 'properly clothed' Ladies, when was the first time you were made to feel embarrassed and sexualized for what you wore? I was in 5th grade, shorts too short. — Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 26, 2017 "It was the 2nd to last day of school. HOT out. I was a beanpole, everything was short on me. They made me call my mom to bring pants," she recalled. "AND THEN when you DO grow up you reach the fun point when you're embarrassed to go out with your dad in public bc people think you're dating," Schwartz explained.  These tweets sparked countless stories from women sharing similar experiences.  @DanaSchwartzzz "We must! We must! We must increase our bust! The bigger the better, the tighter the sweater, the boys depend on us!" (2) — RealMarjo (@RealMarjo) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz early example, though not the first: when my male boss told me (14) that I'd be really hot when I was 16 — Rani Molla (@ranimolla) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz 4th or 5th grade. Gray leggings were inappropriate. Nothing else was clean, but I didn't tell them that — Erin El Issa (@Erin_El_Issa) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz 5th grade: dance pants were too tight for school. 8th grade: friend & I wore matching tube socks & skirts. Forced to change. — Jordon Cloud Rahmil (@jordoncloud) March 26, 2017 In my HS girls had to wear oversized t-shirts that said "I violated the dress code" if tank tops/leggings/etc. were deemed "inappropriate" https://t.co/DC7KB4pnQ4 — Laura Wagner (@Laura_M_Wagner) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz 3rd grade. My arms are really long, and the hem of my shorts wasn't far enough down. — dan stevens real fan (@whas2001) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz at 14, was told small town moms were gossiping about me because I showed 1" of my midriff. hadn't even kissed a boy ever. — Alyssa Galella (@woodlandalyssa) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz I almost didn't get to partipate in my 8th grade graduation because my dress had straps that showed 2 much shoulder. 1981. pic.twitter.com/QXHnPNRZcV — Cami MacNamara (@webcami) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz I once heard a church mom ask my little sisters if they were going to "dress modest this summer, or like your sister Emily" — Emily Joy (@emilyjoypoetry) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz Age 10, end-of-year dance recital, they measured us at the beginning of the year & refused to let us wear bras for dance — TofuForBrains (@TofuForBrains) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz First day of high school sent home for wearing dress with thin straps that revealed I had no bra straps. Didn't need a bra! — MosaicMoods ☮️ (@DianaMaus) March 26, 2017 Carina MacKenzie summed up the majority of stories on the thread pretty succinctly:  @DanaSchwartzzz I honestly don't ever remember NOT feeling that way. — Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) March 26, 2017 WATCH: Airbus is redefining the future of flying.


Protests nationwide bring thousands to Russia's streets
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:08:55 +0100

Protests nationwide bring thousands to Russia's streetsRussia’s opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic.


France's Le Pen says the EU 'will die', globalists to be defeated
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:56:03 +0100

France's Le Pen says the EU 'will die', globalists to be defeatedBy Michaela Cabrera LILLE, France (Reuters) - The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday, promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets underway. Buoyed by the unexpected election of Donald Trump in the United States and by Britain's vote to leave the EU, the leader of the eurosceptic and anti-immigrant National Front (FN) party, told the rally in Lille that the French election would be the next step in what she called a global rebellion of the people. "The European Union will die because the people do not want it anymore ... arrogant and hegemonic empires are destined to perish," Le Pen said to loud cheers and applause.


Tesla’s Model 3 dashboard won’t be as futuristic as we hoped
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:41:17 +0100

Tesla’s Model 3 dashboard won’t be as futuristic as we hoped

This past Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dashed the hopes and dreams of prospective Model 3 owners with just a few simple tweets. Tempering expectations, Musk emphasized that Tesla's upcoming Model 3 will not be more advanced -- in any capacity -- than the company's flagship Model S.

"Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S [with] less range & power & fewer features," Musk said. "Model S has more advanced technology." Musk later added that the Model 3 will not feature the elegant "auto extend handles" Tesla introduced on the Model S.

While Muks's comments here might seem obvious, the reality is that some of the hype and speculation surrounding the Model 3 had reached bizarre levels in recent months. Case in point: because the Model 3 prototype Tesla unveiled last year lacked an instrument panel with traditional gauges for items like speed, range and other pertinent information, many Tesla enthusiasts began wondering if Tesla had some special plan for the dashboard, with many believing that a heads up display (HUD) on the windshield was an inevitability.

As a quick reminder, here's a photo of the Model 3 interior taken from the company's special event last year. As is evident below, the only location a driver can access information is the 15-inch touchscreen in the center console.

In another shot, we can see that Model 3 drivers will have to divert their eyes to the upper left hand corner of the display in order to ascertain their current speed.

Alas, Tesla doesn't have any secret plans to implement some advanced HUD on the Model 3. In a tweet addressing the matter, Musk said that as cars become more autonomous, the need for a suite of information at the ready becomes less of an issue.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845285846936825856

Still, we're still a long ways off before fully self driving cars become commonplace. In turn, it remains to be seen if the Model 3 design in its current incarnation is perhaps too far ahead of its time. Besides, autonomous driving features for the Model 3 will cost extra, meaning that not every Model 3 on the road will be able to take advantage of the vehicle's self-driving capabilities.

One question about the Model 3 that remains unanswered is whether or not can expect any changes to the car's steering wheel design. This past April, Musk boasted that the final design will be akin to a spaceship.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/716729420078133248

To answer that, we'll probably have to wait until next July when Tesla is planning the next phase of its Model 3 reveal.


Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:47:22 +0100

Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun

Anyone who's played a futuristic shooter since the dawn of video games knows that when you see something called a "railgun" you're in for a real treat. Well, the US Navy built a railgun of its very own, and it just showed off its remarkably powerful creation in a new video of its test firing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=106&v=Pi-BDIu_umo

Railguns like the one the Navy has built trade chemical propellants like gunpowder for the sheer power of electricity, generating extremely strong magnetic fields to push a projectile down a set of rails and out the end of the barrel. It might not sound particularly efficient, but the speeds that railgun projectiles can achieve put traditional cannons to shame. The Navy's massive weapon, for example, launches its rounds at a whopping 4,500 mph.

Additionally, the projectiles launched by the railgun do their damage not by exploding, but simply by striking their target while moving at such a high speed, quite literally tearing apart anything they come into contact with.

For most of their history, railguns have been more fiction than science, and their practicality and reliability has repeatedly been questioned over time. The size of the device itself is typically massive, owing to the large and complex electronic components required to supply the necessary power. However, there are also some pretty fantastic benefits of the non-explosive rounds, such as much less chance of unexploded ordnance causing problems either on the ship or vehicle firing the weapon, or on the battlefield after a skirmish has ended.


GOP health care bill fails before vote
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:40:16 +0100

GOP health care bill fails before voteGeorge Stephanopoulos reports the latest on President Donald Trump's monumental week.


This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:36:45 +0100

This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017Speed through the highlights from the latest "This Week."


‘The least of these’: Meals on Wheels, the Trump budget and the struggle over Matthew 25:40
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:00:22 +0100

‘The least of these’: Meals on Wheels, the Trump budget and the struggle over Matthew 25:40The sainted Mother Teresa herself was fond of quoting the verse to explain why she devoted her life to serving the poor. Matthew 25:40, it turns out, is a famously difficult and controversial passage, the subject of at least one book, numerous articles and contentious disagreements among biblical scholars.


Five months later, Samsung is finally about to kill every remaining Note 7 phone
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:19:42 +0100

Five months later, Samsung is finally about to kill every remaining Note 7 phone

When it was released last fall, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was the hottest Android phone the world had ever seen. Unfortunately though, the Galaxy Note 7 was literally the hottest Android phone the world had ever seen. A poor battery design caused dozens of phones to explode while being charged — and in some cases, while unplugged and in use — causing property damage and even injuring some users in the process. As a result, Samsung was forced to issue an unprecedented global recall, asking everyone around the world who purchased the phone to return or exchange it as soon as possible.

Most of the potentially destructive smartphones have been collected by now. Since the phone was so impressive, however, a small percentage of holdouts have refused to give up their precious Note 7 handsets. We're not sure why Samsung waited as long as it did, but the company is finally taking its final step in ensuring that the Note 7 cannot do anymore damage.

According to South Korean news site Yonhap News, Samsung will take steps next week to completely disable any remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that may still be in use. The company said some time ago that 97% of all Note 7 phones have been reclaimed by the company. With more than 1 million handsets sold before Samsung discontinued the phone, however, that leaves tens of thousands of Note 7 handsets still in users' hands.

According to the report, Samsung plans to issue a mandatory software update that will completely prevent any remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices from holding a charge. As a result, the phones will no longer be able to power on unless they are plugged in. Samsung and its carrier partners issued a similar software update in the US late last year and in early 2017, and now any remaining markets where the Note 7 might still be in use will get the update.

Diehard Samsung fans who were holding onto their Note 7 phones won't have to wait very long before their soon-to-be crippled Note 7 phones are replaced. Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship phones on Wednesday, and they'll be released about a month later.


Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets on conflict anniversary
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:11:24 +0100

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets on conflict anniversaryHundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Sunday in a show of support for the insurgents, two years after a Gulf coalition intervened against the rebels. The Iran-backed Huthi rebels staged a show of force over the weekend with the mass rally in Sanaa and a symbolic court ruling against Yemen's embattled president, whose troops are supported by the Saudi-led Gulf coalition. Crowds converged on Sabeen Square in Sanaa, raising banners in protest against the Saudi-led intervention and chanting a vow to "resist to the end".


April The Giraffe Defying The Odds
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:12:54 +0100

April The Giraffe Defying The OddsThe pregnant was expected to go into labor weeks ago, but is yet to show signs of active labor.


Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:24:12 +0100

Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrikeWASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.


Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:52:13 +0100

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth HourThe Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.


UK police still believe London attacker was acting alone
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:01:15 +0000

UK police still believe London attacker was acting aloneBritish anti-terrorism police said on Saturday they still believe the man who launched a deadly attack outside parliament this week was acting alone but conceded they may never understand his motive. British-born Islamic convert Khalid Masood, 52, was shot dead after killing four people including a policemen in a rampage on Wednesday when he rammed his car into pedestrians and tried to force his way into the parliament building in central London. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and police inquiries since have concentrated on whether Masood was acting with accomplices.


Arctic Marines? an Inside Look at the American Marines Training in the Harshest Elements
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:46:30 +0000

Arctic Marines? an Inside Look at the American Marines Training in the Harshest ElementsNBC Nightly News went to northern Norway where American marines are training with Norwegian and British troops this month in Operation Joint Viking — a show of force just a few hundred miles from Russia’s border.


Former Penn State President Found Guilty of Child Endangerment
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:41:01 +0000

Former Penn State President Found Guilty of Child EndangermentThe university’s former president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday on a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The charges came five years after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing young boys.


After Stinging Defeat Over Healthcare Bill, White House Moves Ahead to Tax Reform
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:31:50 +0000

After Stinging Defeat Over Healthcare Bill, White House Moves Ahead to Tax ReformVice President Mike Pence addressed supporters in West Virginia and President Trump tweeted that Obamacare would “explode” — but both seemed ready to move to another signature campaign promise: tax reform.


Photos of the day - March 25, 2017
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:55:40 +0000

Photos of the day - March 25, 2017A woman dressed as “Europa" performs during a rally in Berlin marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome; a woman, pushed to the ground by police, tries to defends herself as the police detain an activist during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus; Pope Francis waves to the faithful from the Popemobile in Milan, Italy, as Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, looks on, after the Angelus in Duomo Square. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)


Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:22:28 +0000

Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scoresBEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes hit a women's prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country's worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said.


3 dead, 1 injured in Mexico prison riot
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:19:09 +0000

3 dead, 1 injured in Mexico prison riotMEXICO CITY (AP) — A fight between inmates at a northern Mexican prison left three inmates dead and one injured, authorities said Saturday.


What happened today in France's presidential race
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:56:19 +0000

What happened today in France's presidential raceWith 29 days to go before the first round of France's two-stage presidential election, outgoing head of state Francois Hollande has urged candidates to keep faith with the European Union even as Britain prepares to leave the bloc. Conservative candidate Francois Fillon, under pressure over allegations of fake parliamentary jobs for the family which have hit his poll ratings, received a chaotic reception on a trip to the southern Basque region where some protesters pelted him with eggs. Fillon, who has accused Hollande of helping foment a smear campaign against him amid claims his wife was on the public payroll but did little for her salary, ran the gauntlet in the small town of Cambo-les-Bains.


Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police: Officials
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:51:21 +0000

Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police: OfficialsBENI, Congo (AP) — A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in an increasingly violent region where the U.N. is searching for missing American and Swedish investigators, a local official said Saturday.


More Americans reach for a daily coffee in 2017: NCA
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:48:51 +0000

More Americans reach for a daily coffee in 2017: NCAMore Americans are drinking a daily cup of coffee in 2017, a reversal of four years of declines, as gourmet brews gain in popularity, according to an industry group's report released on Saturday. "More of us are drinking coffee, and younger consumers appear to be leading the charge," said National Coffee Association USA (NCA) Chief Executive Officer Bill Murray. "A steadily growing taste for gourmet varieties is also driving a wider trend toward specialty beverages," he said.


Malaysia Could Soon Analyze Its Own Black Boxes
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:40:01 +0000

Malaysia Could Soon Analyze Its Own Black BoxesDeputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi announced Thursday that Malaysia intended to create a laboratory with the capability to analyze flight recorders.


US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:58:43 +0000

US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen bloggerCHICAGO (AP) — A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled.


Ex-guerrilla leader vows to keep fight for East Timor unity
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:08:55 +0000

Ex-guerrilla leader vows to keep fight for East Timor unityDILI, East Timor (AP) — A former guerrilla fighter vowed Saturday to keep peace and unity as East Timor's new president, delivering a victory speech after the final tally showed he was on course to win the election.


Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights group
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:27:23 +0000

Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights groupDAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai region for nearly two weeks, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.


North Korea Threatens US Over Preemptive Strike
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:00:01 +0000

North Korea Threatens US Over Preemptive StrikeKim Jong Un's regime said the U.S. should be prepared for “catastrophic consequences” if it attempts to engage Pyongyang.


Weary flyers shrug as Middle East laptop ban takes off
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:18:51 +0000

Weary flyers shrug as Middle East laptop ban takes offA controversial ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain went into effect Saturday -- with less fanfare and frustration than expected. At Dubai International, one of the world's busiest hubs, flag carrier Emirates dispatched staff to guide passengers through one of the most intense travel weekends of the year.


Major nations responsible for keeping world peace: China vice premier
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:20:38 +0000

Major nations responsible for keeping world peace: China vice premierThe world's major nations are responsible for maintaining global peace, and all countries should remain committed to a road of stable and peaceful development, China's Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said on Saturday. Earlier this month, Pyongyang launched four ballistic missiles in response to joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, which it regards as preparation to war. "Large countries have the responsibility to maintain global peace, should increase strategic dialogue, increase mutual trust, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns," Zhang said at the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia in southern China's Hainan province.


'Prove you are leaders of Europe,' Tusk tells Rome summit
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:20:21 +0000

'Prove you are leaders of Europe,' Tusk tells Rome summitEU President Donald Tusk called for leadership to steer Europe out of crisis at a special summit in Rome on Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaties. "Prove today that you are the leaders of Europe, that you can care for this great legacy we inherited from the heroes of European integration 60 years ago," former Polish prime minister Tusk said in a speech. Twenty-seven leaders are meeting without British Prime Minister Theresa May to celebrate the signing of the European Union's founding Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957.


Erdogan's tussle with Europe, The shame of the world, Regional support for Venezuela is vital, Scotland's place in the United Kingdom, US reengagement in the Middle East
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:00:03 +0000

Erdogan's tussle with Europe, The shame of the world, Regional support for Venezuela is vital, Scotland's place in the United Kingdom, US reengagement in the Middle East“It is a matter of grave concern that, according to a UN estimate, twenty million people are facing starvation in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria...," states an editorial. "It is indeed disturbing to note that man-made disasters like war and famine continue to bleed nations while international politics fails to come to a consensus on how to reach a stasis in parts of the Middle East, Northeast Nigeria and vast swathes of Somalia.... We urge the international community to infuse immediate aid to these four war-torn and famine ravaged countries.... It is indeed appalling that in this era of globalisation and scientific breakthroughs, fellow human beings should die of hunger.... The shame is on us all.


Readers write: Immigration path, talent at home, science knowledge
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:00:02 +0000

Readers write: Immigration path, talent at home, science knowledgeRegarding the Feb. 22 editorial, “Trump’s mixed message on immigration: An opening for a deal?” (CSMonitor.com): Three cheers for the Monitor editorial staff. Immigration was not my priority issue. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?


Lebanon university settles US lawsuit over Hezbollah
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:45:02 +0000

Lebanon university settles US lawsuit over HezbollahA Lebanese university will pay $700,000 to settle a US lawsuit over allegations it provided "material support" to entities linked to Hezbollah, US officials said. The American University of Beirut confirmed in a statement Friday it was settling the lawsuit, which charged it had violated the terms of grants it received from US Agency for International Development (USAID). The US Attorney's Office in Manhattan announced the deal on Thursday, saying AUB would be required to pay the US government $700,000 (650,000 euros) and revise its internal policies to ensure future compliance with US law.


Dialysis supplies dwindle for besieged Syrians
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:28:32 +0000

Dialysis supplies dwindle for besieged SyriansDania, 14, was writhing in pain ahead of her first ever dialysis session. Renal insufficiency limits the kidney's ability to filter waste out of the bloodstream or regulate hormones, and is typically treated with several dialysis sessions per week.


Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:30:07 +0000

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police departmentBRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs.


Venezuela's Maduro asks U.N. to help ease medicine shortages
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:57:58 +0000

Venezuela's Maduro asks U.N. to help ease medicine shortagesVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday he has asked the United Nations to help the South American nation alleviate medicine shortages, which have become increasingly severe as the oil-producing nation's economic crisis accelerates. Maduro did not specify the type of aid he requested, although he stressed that the U.N. has knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. Maduro earlier on Friday met with Jessica Faieta, Assistant Administrator and Director of the U.N. Development Program, according to state television.


High school rape in US fuels Trump-era debate on immigration
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:55:50 +0000

High school rape in US fuels Trump-era debate on immigrationA rape at a Washington area high school has drawn intense scrutiny as part of the immigration debate launched under President Donald Trump, since the two alleged attackers are Latinos who entered the United States illegally. The attack feeds perfectly into the Trump narrative that the United States has porous borders and does not give priority to native-born Americans, and that unauthorized immigrants mean more and more violent crime. Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez Milian, 18, are accused of brutally raping a 14-year-old classmate in a bathroom during school hours.


Pope heads to Milan hinterland to rally poor
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:44:52 +0000

Pope heads to Milan hinterland to rally poorPope Francis visits Milan Saturday where he will meet families on a housing estate, nap in a prison and hold a mass for hundreds of thousands of believers in nearby Monza. Bells in church towers across over 1,000 diocese will ring out when Francis gets off the plane at Milan-Linate airport outside the northern Italian city at 0800 GMT (7am). The Argentine will make his first stop at the Case Bianche (White Houses), a run-down, soulless collection of concrete tower blocks from the 70s on the fringe of a wealthy city better known for its football clubs and fashion weeks.


Louisiana deputy marshal convicted of manslaughter in boy's death
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:33:30 +0000

Louisiana deputy marshal convicted of manslaughter in boy's deathA Louisiana jury convicted a deputy marshal of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter on Friday in the killing of a 6-year-old boy during a volley of gunfire after chasing his father's car in 2015. Derrick Stafford, 33, was found guilty by 10-2 jury vote in a Marksville, Louisiana, courtroom, more than a year after he and another deputy opened fire on Chris Few's Kia SUV after a two-mile pursuit. Few's son, Jeremy Mardis, 6, who was inside the vehicle, was shot and killed and Few was wounded.


Sacramento man arrested in killing of 2 adults, 2 juveniles
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:28:52 +0000

Sacramento man arrested in killing of 2 adults, 2 juvenilesSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police arrested a 56-year-old man who works for the state Friday on suspicion that he killed two adults and two children in a quiet Northern California neighborhood.


University of Texas survey: 1 in 7 female students raped
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:25:50 +0000

University of Texas survey: 1 in 7 female students rapedAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly 15 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin reported being raped in a survey released by officials at the 50,000-student campus Friday.


South Korea's sunken Sewol a step closer to reaching port
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:16:31 +0000

South Korea's sunken Sewol a step closer to reaching portSouth Korea's sunken Sewol ferry has been successfully hauled onto a giant heavy lifting ship, officials said Saturday, a step towards returning the vessel to port. Nearly three years after it went down killing more than 300 people, the wreck was safely placed onto a semi-submersible ship that will finally bring it to shore. "The vessel was successfully loaded onto the semi-submersible as of 4:10 a.m. (1910 GMT)," completing one of the most delicate stages of the salvage operation, said Lee Cheol-Jo, a Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries official in charge of the salvage.


House Intel Dem: Canceled Hearing 'Real Blow to Investigation'
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:42:49 +0000

House Intel Dem: Canceled Hearing 'Real Blow to Investigation'House Intel member Jim Himes hits Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for canceling a public hearing that would further investigate the Trump team's possible ties to Russia.


Schumer On Gorsuch: Wrong Time, Wrong Nominee
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:37:26 +0000

Schumer On Gorsuch: Wrong Time, Wrong NomineeSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talks with Rachel Maddow about why Senate Democrats should oppose Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, and why the confirmation should be postponed until investigations of Donald Trump are resolved.


Defense argues no forensic evidence ties woman to mom's murder: Part 4
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:55:23 +0000

Defense argues no forensic evidence ties woman to mom's murder: Part 4"Noura's blood was not at the crime scene. And Jennifer's blood was not on Noura," says defense attorney Valerie Corder.


This is the secret to unclogging sinks and drains anywhere in your house
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:46:27 +0000

This is the secret to unclogging sinks and drains anywhere in your house

Okay, first things first: there is no miracle product that instantly clears any and every clogged drain. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Do you really think you pour some liquid down the drain in your sink and miraculously clear a fist-sized ball of hair in a matter of minutes? Newsflash... there's not. If you have a very bad clog, you need to snake your drain. It's the only way to handle it. To clear normal clogs and gross odors that happen during the course of normal wear and tear though, these is a secret to unclogging drains and keeping things smelling fresh: Sani Sticks.

Drop one of these sticks down your drain to take care of average clogs and embarrassing odors in a matter of hours. Then, drop a new stick down each drain once every month to prevent clogs and odors in the future. Each stick includes enzymes and other ingredients found in a septic tank to break down waste and keep things clear. $17 gets you a pack of 48 Sani Sticks, and it'll be the best $17 you've ever spent.

Some highlights from the product page:

  • Sani Sticks drain sticks eliminate embarrassing odors from drains and prevent clogged sinks
  • Save money on plumbers and drain snakes as powerful enzymes break down oil and grease to keep drains free and clear
  • Sani Sticks drain deodorizer and cleaners are thin, round and only 6.3 inches long and 100 percent safe for plumbing and septic tanks with no toxic chemicals
  • Avoid embarrassing smells and nasty water buildup in sinks and showers with just one Sani Stick per month
  • Keep your drains clean and odor-free, all year long with Sani Sticks as part of your cleaning supplies


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