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'Alt-right' leader loses gym membership after confrontation

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:16:50 -0400

A leading figure in the "alt-right" movement had his gym membership revoked after a Georgetown University professor confronted him during a workout and called him a neo-Nazi.



Former Neo-Nazi Who Converted To Islam Kills Roommates For Disrespecting Muslim Faith

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:19:10 -0400

"This wouldn't have happened if your country didn't bomb my country," Devon Arthurs told police.



Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:31:32 -0400

At least 22 people were killed and more than 100 injured in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday and two U.S. officials said a suicide bomber was suspected.



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be regretting forcing his ministers to meet Donald Trump

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:55:00 -0400

The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to strong-arm reluctant members of his government into greeting Donald Trump at the airport ‚?? but several of them managed to embarrass him within minutes of the US president's arrival. On learning that they would have to cancel existing work commitments to travel from Jerusalem and undergo lengthy security checks just to witness the event from the sidelines, several ministers reportedly told Mr Netanyahu in Sunday‚??s weekly cabinet meeting they had decided not to attend. Shortly afterwards, his office issued instructions demanding the presence of all government ministers.



Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Carving Found in Looting Hole

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:41:00 -0400

Egyptian authorities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an image of a pharaoh. In the city of Abydos, antiquities authorities say they were inspecting an old two-story, mud-brick house when they found that the owner had excavated a hole in the floor. The block was at the bottom of the hole, about 13 feet (4 meters) below the floor, according to an announcement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.



Shelby unveils Super Snake F-150 Pickup with $96,880 price tag

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:35:31 -0400

After all, Shelby is wholly synonymous with the legendary Mustang. Not only has the F-Series been America's favorite truck range for four decades now, the full-size, light-duty F-150 is the biggest-selling vehicle in the United States.



The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump‚??s trip to Saudi Arabia

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:01:02 -0400

The most celebrated image featured Trump, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman with their hands on a glowing white orb.



Man dies after contracting botulism from Northern California gas station's nacho cheese

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:38:25 -0400

The family of a man battling a severe case of botulism after eating food at a Sacramento-area gas station says he has passed away. Martin Galindo was one of five confirmed cases of the rare disease, which officials say appears to have come from nacho cheese sauce.



Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The final performance

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:03:43 -0400

With laughter, hugs and tears ‚?? and the requisite death-defying stunts ‚?? the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. ‚??We are, forevermore, the Greatest Show on Earth,‚?Ě boomed Johnathan Lee Iverson, who has been the ringmaster since 1999. It was an emotional 2 1/2 hours for those who worked on the circus.



Massive slide covers stretch of iconic California highway

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:03:11 -0400

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) ‚?? A massive new landslide along California's iconic coastal Highway 1 has buried the road under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt, the latest hit in winter of crippling slides and flooding.



Engineering Student With No Female Friends Has All Male Bridesmaids

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:41:00 -0400

Rebeca Abrantes had a dilemma: what does a bride do when all her friends are men?



Prosecutor: Bullet meant for suicide killed another person

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:53:10 -0400

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ‚?? Alaska authorities found one shell casing after a man tried to shoot and kill himself but the bullet passed through his head and took the life of his girlfriend, a prosecutor said Monday.



UAE minister sees chance for Iran to reset 'troubled' ties with neighbors

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:44:07 -0400

A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Sunday the re-election of moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could be a chance for Tehran to reset "its troubled relations" with its neighbors. Relations between Gulf Arab states, including the UAE, have been strained over fears that Tehran was interfering in their affairs, including in Syria and Yemen, fomenting unrest and sectarian tensions. Tehran denies these allegations.



Teenagers Who Stole Car And Killed 6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Capital Murder

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:34:50 -0400

Prosecutors could seek the death penalty in the case.



India fires on Pakistani military posts, army says

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:38 -0400

India announced Tuesday it had fired mortars at Pakistani army posts across their disputed border in Kashmir, a rare public disclosure of such a pre-emptive assault against its neighbour. Troops fired at military camps in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir which were being used to harbour militants, an Indian army spokesman said. "As part of our counter-terror operations, punitive fire assaults across LoC (Line of Control, the de facto border) are being undertaken by the Indian army," Major-General Ashok Narula told a briefing in New Delhi.



Fresh Venezuela clashes after man set alight

Tue, 23 May 2017 02:20:26 -0400

Doctors rallied in Venezuela Monday in the latest street protests against President Nicolas Maduro, as a young man lay in hospital after being set on fire by an angry crowd. Three people were killed, all of them by gunshot wounds, in violent riots in late president Hugo Chavez's home state of Barinas -- bringing the death toll to 51 as the unrest entered its eighth week, the public prosecution service said. An AFP reporter saw demonstrators burn a government office and a police car in the western town of Barinas in the state of the same name.



Echo Dot, Amazon‚??s most affordable Alexa speaker, has never been cheaper than it is today

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:56:16 -0400

Amazon's various hardware products go on sale from time to time, but the company often gives shoppers an opportunity to save even more money by purchasing refurbished devices. For example, the $180 Amazon Echo can be had for $135 right now if you buy a refurbished model. Amazon's refurbs are fully protected by warranties, so you really have nothing to lose ‚?? and right now there's a sale going on refurbished Echo Dots that drops the device to its lowest price ever. Normally available for a $5 discount, Amazon slashed another $7 off the price of the Echo Dot refurb today. That brings the cost down to just $37.99, which is the lowest price ever.

Here are some key details from Amazon's Echo Dot product page:

  • A Certified Refurbished Echo Dot is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new
  • Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and more
  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
  • Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
  • Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
  • Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer; Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, and more



U.S. Supreme Court tosses Republican-drawn North Carolina voting districts

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:10:30 -0400

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Republicans in North Carolina unlawfully took race into consideration when drawing congressional district boundaries, concentrating black voters in an improper bid to diminish their overall political clout. The justices upheld a lower court's February 2016 ruling that threw out two majority-black U.S. House of Representatives districts because Republican lawmakers improperly used race as a factor when redrawing the legislative map after the 2010 census. "The North Carolina Republican legislature tried to rig congressional elections by drawing unconstitutional districts that discriminated against African-Americans and that's wrong," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat took office in January, said in a statement.



Trump, paws, protests and more ‚?? it happened today: May 22 in pictures

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:34:37 -0400

President Trump visits the Western Wall, protests in Kashmir and more of today‚??s news from around the world in pictures.



Newfound ‚??alien megastructure‚?? star leaves scientists baffled

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:00:11 -0400

You're forgiven if the name KIC 8462852 doesn't ring a bell. It's a far-off object, thought to be a star, which was only just discovered in late 2015, but it's already managed to totally confuse researchers in its extremely brief stint on the scientific stage. The star has continually exhibited extremely odd behavior, and has been repeatedly observed experiencing huge dips in brightness that don't seem to have any readily available explanation. Now, the star has been spotted performing the same dimming trick as it has in the past, and scientists are throwing out some extremely wild theories. 

KIC 8462852, otherwise known as "Tabby's Star" or "Boyajian's Star" depending on where you look, was caught in the act this past weekend, dimming in brightness by about three percent, which is a large enough change to be easily detected. Normally, the dimming of a star at regular intervals would indicate the presence of a planet in orbit, but there doesn't seem to be any pattern to the of dimming exhibited by KIC 8462852.

Researchers have thrown forth many possible explanations, including other, non-planetary celestial bodies passing in front of the star which are obscuring our line of sight, such as comets, and even the possibility that whatever is floating around the star isn't a naturally-occurring object at all, but instead a massive alien structure. As the research and observations continue, scientists around the globe are hoping that spectral readings will give them a clue as to what, if anything, passed in front of the star. Whatever the object happens to be, it's an exciting time for sky-gazers.



Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next month

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:09:10 -0400

Apple will unveil the next big thing for its various software operating systems at WWDC 2017, including iOS 11 and the next macOS major update. But the iPhone maker is also tipped to launch a variety of new products at the show, including the Siri speaker, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and new MacBooks. A new report says that Apple is indeed expected to launch new laptops this quarter, and there‚??s reason to be excited. In a new research note to customers, TrendForce said that notebooks are having a little moment,¬†again. Shipments for the first quarter of the year grew by 6.1% compared to last year, totaling around 37.81 million. That‚??s a 15.6% decline from the Christmas quarter, but still an impressive result for the period. Apple placed fifth in TrendForce's top, with 3.4 million MacBook laptops shipped during the period ‚?? that marks a 15.8% decline compared to the December quarter, but a 15.4% increase compared to last year. TrendForce quotes the MacBook Pro with TouchBar as the device that contributed significantly to the overall shipments. Similarly, the researchers believe the 12-inch MacBook will help Apple ship 10% more laptops in the second quarter of this year than last year. That‚??s because Apple reportedly plans to launch a new version of the 12-inch MacBook that will feature a new processor. The report notes that promotional pricing for some older models might also be in order. A previous report said that Apple will update the MacBook Pro as well, even if it only launched a new model in late 2016. TrendForce makes no mention of other MacBook updates for the quarter.



American Doctor, 50, Dies While Trying to Climb Mount Everest

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:59:00 -0400

Two years ago, Dr. Roland Yearwood from Alabama, survived an avalanche while climbing Everest.



Dad of Times Square crash victim leaves note at her memorial

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:58:03 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) ‚?? The father of a Michigan tourist killed by an out-of-control driver in Times Square left a note at a memorial for his daughter, thanking New Yorkers for their support and saying her loss was a hole in his heart "that can never be filled."



Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawl

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:50:38 -0400

Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. A brawl erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence during Erdogan's visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. Turkey blamed the violence on demonstrators linked to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party while Washington's police chief described the incident as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.



China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, Airbus

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:37:03 -0400

China and Russia on Monday launched an ambitious project to jointly develop a long-haul jet to challenge Boeing and Airbus, just two weeks after the successful test flight of the first made-in-China large passenger plane. State-run Chinese manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said they formally established the previously announced joint venture in Shanghai on Monday.



Babysitter Charged After Children, 9 and 6 Years Old, Take Her Car And Crash It

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:09:00 -0400

They also found drugs in the car.



Big game hunter crushed to death by falling elephant that was fatally shot

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:26:59 -0400

Theunis Botha, a trophy hunter, died Friday in Zimbabwe.



Real-world 5G test is 120 times faster than home broadband ‚?? in a moving car

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:44:28 -0400

We've heard so many times that companies are going to start testing 5G networks "soon" that it's actually surprising when a test really takes place. But don't let all noise around 5G diminish from a new test by Verizon and Ericsson, which achieved a 6.4Gbps connection in a car being driven around a racetrack. The test happened in a car so that it could be gratuitously pegged to the Indy 500 race next weekend. But conducting a speed test in a moving vehicle really is a significant real-world milestone. It's easy enough to get insane transmission speeds in a controlled lab environment, using a bunch of big antennas aimed at each other. But taking that connection out into the real world, and putting it on top of a moving target, is a very different proposition. The raw speed is the headline figure that demands attention here. 6.4Gbps is fast -- about 120 times faster than the average home broadband connection, which is about 50Mbps. It's whole orders of magnitude faster than you need to stream multiple 4K videos, so it's simply unnecessary for most people right now. More impressive is actually the latency, the time it takes for packets of data to travel to and from your device. A normal latency on a good 4G connection right now is about 50 milliseconds, which is fast enough for web browsing and video streaming, but makes high-speed tasks like online gaming more difficult. The trial 5G connection had an undisclosed "extremely low latency," likely in the single digits. It's fast enough that the human eyes can barely perceive a difference, which was demonstrated by blacking the car out, and driving around the course using a pair of virtual-reality goggles, fed a video stream over 5G. The 5G network is just a test for now, but the applications Verizon tried out here are likely to be important down the line. Autonomous cars and virtual reality are two of the best use cases for 5G right now, as both demand huge amounts of data with extremely low latency to work.



Towering Rock Once Hidden Beneath Earth Seen from Space

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:11:00 -0400

It's no wonder this abrupt landform is the center of a Navajo legend involving a giant bird that turned to stone ‚?? it's impossible to look at the sheer cliffs without wondering what created them. A new view of Shiprock from space offers a few hints. Leading toward the rugged rock formation in San Juan County is a dark dike, a part of the volcano that created the 1,969-foot-tall (600 meters) cliff formation.



Texas bathroom bill could expose secrets of transgender kids

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:49:05 -0400

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ‚?? Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends.



Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on a White House tightrope

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:20:38 -0400

Sanders‚?? meteoric rise within the Trump administration has, paradoxically, put her in one of the most precarious positions in a wildly unstable White House.



$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:05:25 -0400

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ‚?? A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday.



New Details About Aaron Hernandez's Prison Time Emerge

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:31:45 -0400

Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, April 19.



Mother from Peru granted stay from deportation

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:48:24 -0400

DENVER (AP) ‚?? A mother of two children who sought sanctuary at a Quaker meeting house in Denver to avoid U.S. immigration authorities has been granted a temporary stay from deportation.



First US customer gets keys to Lamborghini Centenario

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:11:55 -0400

On a sliding scale, collecting a new minivan is probably towards the lower end of excitement levels, while something like a new luxury SUV is probably a lot higher up the scale. The manufacturer has promised all the Centenario's other US buyers will get their cars before the end of this year. The Lamborghini Centenario is a special model produced by the legendary Italian supercar builder to celebrate the 100th birthday of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.



Parents Arrested After Allegedly Forcing 5-Year-Old To Drink Mouthwash Because He Was Thirsty

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:02:00 -0400

Their kids were reportedly abused all the time.



Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removal

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:19:40 -0400

A Mississippi state lawmaker who called for the lynching of Louisiana officials for removing pro-slavery era monuments apologized on Monday after his comments sparked a firestorm of criticism. Republican Representative Karl Oliver had taken to Facebook on Saturday to criticize the removal of monuments in New Orleans that city leaders deemed racially offensive. The last of the four statues, of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was taken down on Friday.



China and Japan Have Started Harvesting Methane Ice From the Seafloor

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:30:44 -0400

That's not great news for the planet.



Mike Pence's Commencement Speech Boycotted by Notre Dame Students

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:39:19 -0400

The staff at Notre Dame did not stand in the way as more than 100 students chose to peacefully leave their own graduation to protest commencement speaker selection.



The Latest: US 'disappointed' Taiwan not at WHO assembly

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:02:58 -0400

GENEVA (AP) ‚?? The Latest on the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva (all times local):



Body positively identified as missing Duke student

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:53:53 -0400

Authorities said they have found the body of a Duke University student who had been missing for nearly a week.



Iran accuses U.S. of 'Iranophobia', arming 'dangerous terrorists'

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:26:04 -0400

Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East and of spreading "Iranophobia" aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported. "Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president ... tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump ended a visit to Tehran's arch-foe Saudi Arabia where arms deals worth almost $110 billion were signed.



The Seth Rich ‚??Scandal‚?? Shows That Fox News Is Morally Bankrupt

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:18:17 -0400

The network I once respected as a necessary antidote to liberal media now peddles craven lies and Russian disinformation.



UN urges Indonesia to free jailed Jakarta governor

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:11:31 -0400

The United Nations pressed Indonesia on Monday to release Jakarta's jailed Christian governor and repeal blasphemy laws which they say undermine religious freedom in the Muslim-majority nation. The call came as the family of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy, which had been submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier. A group of UN human rights experts urged Indonesia to free the 50-year-old and repeal the blasphemy laws, which critics say have been repeatedly used to target religious minorities in recent years.



Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:16:01 -0400

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia on Monday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation's foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The five-day trip will cement a dramatic improvement in relations with Russia since Duterte came to power last year and began unravelling his country's decades-long alliances with the United States, which he accuses of hypocrisy and bullying. "Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy.



Terrifying Video Shows Sea Lion Dragging Young Girl Into Water

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:29:00 -0400

Her quick-thinking grandfather jumped into the water and got her out, bringing her back to safety.



Trump on sharing intelligence with Russians: I never said ‚??Israel‚??

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:45:15 -0400

President Trump seemed to confirm during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he had given some Israeli intelligence to top Russian diplomats.



Trump becomes first sitting US president to visit Western Wall

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:19:13 -0400

Putting his hand against one of the most sacred sites in Judaism, Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall in the disputed city of Jerusalem. Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of US and international precedent. Security was tight, with the usually bustling Old City, where the Western Wall is located, essentially on lockdown and the plaza leading to the site cleared.



See Last Instagram Picture Of Nicky Hayden And Fiancée

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:13:37 -0400

After news of his death broke, fans sent their condolences to Marin on Instagram.