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  • Some in GOP split with White House on Russia sanctions news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost a dozen Senate Republicans broke with the White House Tuesday on Russia, voting to move forward on a resolution that would maintain sanctions on companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:44:38 -0500
  • El Chapo trial: Joaquín Guzman paid former Mexican president $100m bribe, witness claims news

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, a witness has claimed in court. Alex Cifuentes, who has said he was a close associate of Guzman for years, discussed the alleged bribe as part of the accused Mexcan drug lord’s trial. Mr Pena Nieto, commonly known by his initials EPN, was president of Mexico from December 2012 until November 2018.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:58:00 -0500
  • Striking Los Angeles teachers picket in rain with no deal imminent

    Students arriving at some 900 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were met by their teachers carrying laminated picket signs in the city's first teachers' strike in three decades. "It's an existential battle for the future of public education," teacher Mike Finn told Reuters outside John Marshall High School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. Officials for the LAUSD, which serves mostly working-class families who would lack child care if classes were canceled, kept schools open, staffed by administrators and substitute teachers.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:24:48 -0500
  • Hottest vehicles at Detroit auto show: Shelby GT, electric SUV, Kia SUV news

    The Ford Shebly GT 500, Toyota Supra and Kia Telluride generate buzz at the Detroit auto show.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:51:47 -0500
  • PG&E, utility tied to California wildfires, to file for bankruptcy news

    Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility company that has been tied to deadly wildfires in California, said Monday it plans to file for bankruptcy protection at the end of the month. The San Francisco-based company said its decision to reorganize under Chapter 11 is linked to more than $30 billion in claims it is facing over the so-called 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California -- the deadliest in the state's modern history -- that left 86 people dead. The utility has also been sued over blazes in 2017 that devastated the wine region in Northern California and left more than 40 people dead.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:45:24 -0500
  • Hyundai Is Letting Federal Employees Defer Car-Loan Payments during Government Shutdown news

    Hyundai joins several other automakers in giving short-term relief to furloughed federal workers.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:34:00 -0500
  • New York's Gillibrand Takes First Step Toward Presidential Race news

    Gillibrand plans to make stops this weekend in Iowa, where caucuses a little more than a year from now will mark the start of the nominating race. Gillibrand has positioned herself as a leader of the #MeToo movement. “I’ll fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own, which is why I believe health care should be a right and not a privilege,” Gillibrand said, listing her reasons for running.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:43:57 -0500
  • F-22 vs. F-35: Which Stealth Fighter Wins in a Shootout? news

    The U.S. Air Force’s original plan was for the F-22 to be its high-end air superiority fighter while the F-35 was designed to be primarily an air-to-ground strike aircraft, but one which could defend itself.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:00:00 -0500
  • Snowstorms to be followed by Arctic outbreak in eastern half of nation news

    Following a pair of snowstorms set to deliver a one-two punch to the midwestern and northeastern United States into this weekend, the coldest air so far this winter season has its sights set on the eastern half of the nation.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:13:04 -0500
  • AP Explains: Who are al-Shabab attackers of Kenya hotel? news

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The overnight attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi that left 14 dead was quickly claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which has targeted Kenya with several devastating assaults in recent years, leaving hundreds dead. Here's a look at the group which has been called the deadliest in Africa:

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:42:44 -0500
  • Suspect shot by police dies after standoff at New Jersey UPS facility

    A 39-year-old gunman opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc facility in New Jersey and held two employees hostage for hours on Monday before police fatally shot him, officials said. William Owens barricaded himself and two women inside the sorting facility in Logan Township and police sent a heavily armed SWAT team to the location, about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of downtown Philadelphia, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office said in a statement. The gunman apparently had known at least one of the women, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore told reporters.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:47:58 -0500
  • Trump orders 300 burgers for White House banquet, says he bought 1,000 then praises ‘tall, handsome quarterback’ news

    Amid a government shutdown now in its 25th day – the longest in history – many presidential staff remain furloughed, forcing Mr Trump to set the menu for the visit of the Clemson Tigers, who won the national championship last year. Mr Trump, a fast food lover, said he even paid for their meal himself.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:11:00 -0500
  • Latest: California governor urges end to LA teacher strike news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a strike by Los Angeles teachers (all times local):

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:37:55 -0500
  • Ford forecasts $112 mn Q4 loss amid restructuring costs news

    Ford said Wednesday it expected to post a $112 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 as the automaker implements a massive restructuring in the United States and Europe. For the full year, Ford will post a net profit of $3.7 billion, less than half the 2017 result. Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $1.30 across the year, right at the lower end of its $1.30-1.50 estimate in October.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:10:57 -0500
  • Pro Party Hosts Always Have These Candles on Hand

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    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:01:28 -0500
  • Jamie Dimon says shutdown could reduce economic growth to zero this quarter if it continues news

    Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase CEO, said that the partial government shutdown could sap all growth from the U.S. economy.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:57:39 -0500
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono challenges William Barr to follow Jeff Sessions' example, recuse himself from overseeing Mueller probe news

    During the Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump's pick to be the next attorney general, Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono says 'these are not normal times' and President Trump wants his attorney general to protect him.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:16:51 -0500
  • Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony news

    Recognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of progressivism. In case you hadn’t seen or heard: Parent company Procter & Gamble launched a Gillette ad campaign blanket-demonizing men as ogres and bullies. At home and at work, in the boardroom, on the playground, and even while barbecuing in the backyard, Gillette sees nothing but testosterone-driven trouble.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:30:40 -0500
  • Brexit deal vote: UK parliament's feuding factions news

    London (AFP) - The British parliament is split into cross-party factions over the EU divorce deal.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:11:34 -0500
  • Hours after U.S. troops killed in Syria, Pence says Islamic State defeated news

    Pence did not mention the attack in his address to 184 chiefs of U.S. diplomatic missions who gather annually in Washington from around the world to discuss foreign policy strategy. "The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated," Pence told the U.S. ambassadors and other senior American diplomats, referring to Islamic State. In separate statements later, both the White House and Pence condemned the attack and expressed sympathy for the deaths of the U.S. personnel.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:55:49 -0500
  • Two Republicans Push ‘Border Bonds’ to Let Americans Finance a Wall news

    Representatives Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Andy Harris of Maryland, both members of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the Border Bonds for America Act of 2019 -- a law that would allow Americans to buy such securities from the U.S. The money would be put in a trust fund and used just to build a wall along the nearly 2,000 mile (3,200 kilometer) border. The tactic echoes the Liberty Bond program, which appealed to Americans’ sense of patriotism to raise funds during World War I.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:12:56 -0500
  • Storm could set off mudslides in fire-scarred California news

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Light showers fell on parts of Northern California bracing for heavy rain and strong winds Wednesday that could unleash mudslides on communities struggling after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:38:46 -0500
  • 911 call log reveals details of Jayme Closs' escape from Jake Patterson news

    A transcript of the 911 call reveals further details of teen's dramatic escape after 88 days missing.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:59:09 -0500
  • What Ford and Volkswagen's Tie-Up on Trucks Means for the Ranger in America news

    Ford and VW formalize an alliance to build pickups and vans, but don’t expect the Amarok to make it to the U.S.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:06:00 -0500
  • Delta growth to slow further in first quarter as shutdown weighs news

    Delta Air Lines Inc on Tuesday forecast a further decline in revenue growth per mile flown in the first quarter, hit by a partial government shutdown.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:03:22 -0500
  • Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per cent news

    Venezuela‘s president has raised the country’s minimum wage by 300 per cent as part of routine wage increases as his government battles hyperinflation. Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum wage to 18,000 bolivars, around £5.20, per month amid an economy suffering from annual inflation nearing two million per cent. Mr Maduro announced his economic plans at the start of his second, disputed, term on Monday, as calls increased for him to surrender power.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:16:00 -0500
  • Fortnite left players exposed to 'massive invasion of privacy' news

    Children playing Fortnite were exposed to a potential “massive invasion of privacy” thanks to an oversight in the game’s security, researchers have revealed.  The popular shooting game enjoyed by more than 80 million people around the world left users vulnerable to a flaw that if exploited, allowed hackers to steal virtual currency and read private conversations online. The bug was fixed in mid-December, according to researchers who shared their findings with Fortnite's developer, Epic Games. To take control, the researchers sent a message to their victim over social media including a malicious link.  Once clicked, the user’s Fortnite authentication token - code that confirms a user is logged in - could be captured by the attacker without the user entering their username or password.  “Fortnite is one of the most popular games played mainly by kids. These flaws provided the ability for a massive invasion of privacy,” said Oded Vanunu, head of products vulnerability research for Check Point, who found they were able to access target accounts.  Fortnite | Read more It comes as the police’s fraud arm warned that scammers are using the multiplayer Battle Royale-style game to trick young players into handing over their parents’ bank details.  Criminals are increasingly targeting children on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube with adverts claiming to offer free "V-bucks", a currency used to buy extras like character outfits.  After clicking the link, victims can be asked questions about their account, which the perpetrator uses to log in, and steal credit or debit card details that are stored there. Fortnite fever has gripped the nation since it launched in July 2017, with parents growing concerned that their children have become "addicted" to the multiplayer title.  Users could protect themselves in future using  by turning on two-factor authentication which prompts the player to enter a security code sent to their email address upon logging in. Epic Games have been contacted for comment.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:00:00 -0500
  • Brexit in dates: From Leave shock to parliament's historic vote news

    From the shock Brexit referendum result to Tuesday's momentous vote on Theresa May's unpopular divorce deal with the European Union, here are the milestones on Britain's rocky road out of the bloc after 46 years. It prompts the resignation the next day of Conservative prime minister David Cameron, who had called the referendum and led the campaign to remain in the EU. In a race to replace Cameron, key Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson does not put himself forward as expected and May, the interior minister who had backed remaining in the bloc, becomes prime minister on July 13.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:15:26 -0500
  • The Supra's Back! This is the Full History of Toyota's Sports Coupe

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    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:43:00 -0500
  • Barr pledges to allow Mueller to finish Russia report and to release 'as much as I can' news

    William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Robert Mueller is involved in a “witch hunt” and, if confirmed, would pledge to allow the special counsel to complete the Russia investigation without interference.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:47:06 -0500
  • No. of no-show airport security screeners soars in shutdown news

    ATLANTA (AP) — The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:50:39 -0500
  • Say it ain't snow: 2 winter storms, then an Arctic blast from the 'fractured' polar vortex news

    Any hopes we had for a mild end to January appear over. A pair of winter storms will dump snow and ice across the central and eastern U.S. over the next several days.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:40:33 -0500
  • 2020 Ford Explorer Gets Evolutionary, High-Tech Redesign news

    Ford has completely redesigned the Explorer for 2020, but you might not realize it from the photos. The exterior styling is so familiar that it would be easy to overlook the extensive re-engineer...

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:28:41 -0500
  • New York Pastor`s Son Charged with Raping His Teenage Daughter news

    Community members are demanding the Progressive Baptist Church be shut down after the Bishop`s son was arrested for allegedly raping his daughter on church property.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:45:51 -0500
  • Venezuela's Maduro offers few fresh ideas as economy circles drain news

    After promising ambitious economic measures ahead of Monday's speech, Maduro's proposals included a 300 percent minimum wage hike, dialogue with business leaders, and increased use of an inexistent state-backed cryptocurrency. There is nothing there that allows one to think that Venezuela will exit the deep crisis it's experiencing," said Asdrubal Oliveros, director of Caracas-based consultancy Ecoanalitica, on Twitter. The socialist government, they say, funds wage hikes by increasing the country's monetary supply, causing inflation to accelerate and negating any benefit an increase in the minimum wage could bring for Venezuelans.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:54:23 -0500
  • The top 5 benefits that make the American Express Platinum Card a must-have news

    BGR has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. BGR and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers. With large banks like JP Morgan and American Express poised to start significantly changing up how they structure rewards associated with premium credit cards, consumers may find it trickier than ever these days to figure out how to wade through the choices of plastic available to them and come to a decision. These kinds of cards, in particular, come with generally high fees to go along with the abundance of perks. Large financial institutions have historically enticed borrowers to spring for their most luxe credit options by offering incentives like free air travel and tons of points, though as The Wall Street Journal reported in recent days some banks are now looking to tweak that model -- changing up the rewards so that you get less on the front end and you're induced to actually use the cards more to get the benefits over the long term. All of which is to say, when you consider all of the above and the various options on the market available to you, there are several reasons why the Platinum Card® from American Express is a smart choice for consumers who want the best mix of price and rewards. Here's some of what it offers. An impressive domestic lounge network One of the easiest reasons to cite for why it's worth it to spring for the Amex Platinum Card is the lounge access you're afforded. This card gets you into any of the more than 30 Delta Sky Clubs around the globe plus American Express' own luxurious Centurion Lounges -- which also happen to be multiplying. Examples include the new 12,500-square-foot Centurion Lounge at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's Terminal D that opened in the fall and which offers a full bar menu that features local wines and beer as well as a menu with Texas-themed dishes. In all, this card unlocks access to more than 1,200 airport lounges across 130 countries. The Platinum Card's Priority Pass membership also makes free food and drinks available at a growing number of airport restaurants and bars, so this benefit definitely helps take the sting out of getting hit with a long layover between flights. Tons of points, baby! The Platinum card is also offering a whopping 60,000-point bonus that kicks in once you make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of your card membership. By one estimate, those points are worth up to $1,200 according to The Points Guy's recent valuation, and come on top of the card's other benefits like lounge access. When you book through an airline or via American Express Travel, you can earn 5 points for every dollar you spend on flights and hotels. This particular benefit has also been singled out for praise as being the best offering in its category among all cards, given that the 5x multiple on points for airfare can be earned even when you book through any airline - whereas you need to book through Amex Travel to get the 5 points for every dollar benefit. A combined up to $400 in airline fee and Uber credits Among the other ways this card's benefits more than offset that $550 fee each year, you also get up to $200 airline fee credit that can pay for everything from checked bag fees to in-flight food and drink purchases. The only caveat is you have to choose one airline each year that you'll direct your fee credit to, but it's a small price to pay. And as if that wasn't enough, Amex is also throwing in up to $200 in Uber savings each year. It's structured as a $15 Uber credit each month, with up to an additional $20 extra in December - which, while frequent travelers will have no problem using that up quickly, is still one more welcome perk to have. You've got to connect the card to your Uber app, and the monthly benefit is of the use-it-or-lose-it variety, but don't worry. If you don't have need of an Uber ride during a particular month, you can always use that month's credit on an UberEats delivery, instead. Complimentary premium status and memberships galore, from hotels to car rentals The Amex Platinum also has a ton of hotel-related perks alone that will quickly offset the costs that rack up from frequent travel, including complimentary gold status at Hilton and Starwood Hotels, which lets you enjoy benefits at hotels and resorts within the Hilton chain and which can also be matched with Marriott Gold status. Likewise, Platinum card members can also upgrade to Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Elite Status without having to meet any minimum stay requirements. And as if that wasn't enough, other elite member benefits include being given an enhanced room at check-in, when available. For car rentals, it's the same story. You get complimentary elite status with brands like Avis and Hertz, giving you the ability to take advantage of free membership in premium car rental programs that include special upgrades and discounts. The verdict: As the industry-leading charge card, the Platinum Card from American Express is the quintessential credit card. It's not even hard to not only over the card's annual fee, but actually come out ahead. If you travel a lot during the course of a year, or even if you're only on the road and hopping flights sporadically here and there, the Amex Platinum Card definitely is worthy of serious consideration. Benefits span beyond travel, like the card's stellar purchase protection, which reimburses you if you use it to buy an item that's later lost, stolen or damaged accidentally. Amex will cover you for the amount you paid, up to $10,000 per item with a $50,000 yearly maximum, for starters. You'll get plenty of use out of this card, in other words, and then some.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:28:31 -0500
  • Palestinians launch bid for full UN membership news

    The Palestinians will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations even though such a move will be blocked by the United States, the Palestinian foreign minister said Tuesday. The Palestinians have the status of non-member observer state at the world body and full membership would amount to international recognition of Palestinian statehood. Any request to become a UN member-state must first be approved by the Security Council, where the United States has veto power, before it is endorsed by the General Assembly.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:17:54 -0500
  • A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series

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    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:55:00 -0500
  • Barr Say He, Not Mueller, May Write the Public Report on Russia Probe news

    “I will commit to providing as much information as I can consistent with the regulations” on special counsels, Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department, said Tuesday in the first of two days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barr, 68, has been through the confirmation process before and served as attorney general in the 1990s.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:58:03 -0500
  • No One Is More Elated About Meghan Markle Than This Kid news

    This kid had the most relatable reaction ever

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:50:15 -0500
  • Report: Gymboree preparing to file for bankruptcy and close all 900 of its stores

    Kids' clothing retailer Gymboree is reportedly filing for bankruptcy and plans to close all 900 of its stores.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:07:37 -0500
  • Motorists left stranded on snow-clogged I-5 in Southern California as storm wreaks havoc, triggers mudslides news

    Emergency officials called for evacuations near several burn scar areas in Southern California as a powerful storm wreaked havoc with travel on Monday.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:18:35 -0500
  • Latest: Utah mall says false alarm blared during shooting news

    MURRAY, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a Utah mall that wounded two people (all times local):

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:23:23 -0500
  • Britain's May says she will respond quickly after key Brexit vote news

    British Prime Minister Theresa May told her senior ministers she would respond quickly to Tuesday's evening's vote in parliament on her proposed Brexit deal, her spokesman said. Asked by reporters if she would quit if, as widely expected, she lost the vote, the spokesman said May was determined to deliver the will of public and take Britain out of the EU.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:38:57 -0500
  • David Webb speaks out after being accused of 'white privilege' by a CNN legal analyst who didn't know he was black news

    Sirius XM radio and Fox Nation host David Webb reacts to CNN legal analyst Areva Martin accusing him of 'white privilege' during a debate on his radio show.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:45:47 -0500
  • At Detroit auto show, the future of cars is... in the future news

    The Detroit auto show kicked off this week with glitzy, high-production value debuts of mostly sports cars, giant trucks and SUVs -- new versions of age-old themes. At the booth of Velodyne LiDAR, which makes laser scanning automotive eyes, a giant monitor showed the surrounding environment just as an autonomous car might see it: full of dots and circles. Something as simple as bug splatter can frustrate the laser eyes' ability to see.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:34:09 -0500
  • Kosovars remember 45 killed by Serb forces 20 years ago news

    RECAK, Kosovo (AP) — Thousands gathered Tuesday in the southern Kosovo village of Recak to mark 20 years since 45 ethnic Albanians were slain by Serb forces in a mass killing that sparked international anger.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:10:27 -0500
  • Pelosi Knows How to Play Chicken. Trump Doesn’t. news

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck back on Wednesday by postponing Trump’s trip to Capitol Hill for the State of the Union Speech. Pelosi even suggested that Trump might want to consider reviving the pre-Wilsonian tradition of submitting a report in writing instead of a televised speech.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:03:02 -0500
  • Boeing's F-15X Could Be a Killer in the Sky (But It Won't Have Stealth) news

    Is that a problem?

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:00:00 -0500
  • Sears, Kmart may survive: Eddie Lampert wins Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction news

    Sears Holdings could escape its brush with annihilation after the retailer's chairman and largest investor prevailed in an auction.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:43:42 -0500
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