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|Senate Widens Scope of Trump-Russia Probe
Congressman Jim Himes discusses another night of blockbuster news on the Trump-Russia investigation and the scope of the investigation into the Donald Trump campaign.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:25 PM
|Representative — and defendant — Greg Gianforte: How will it work?
After his victory, Gianforte apologized to Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs by name and vowed to never embarrass fellow Montanans again.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:49 PM
|Fitbit Unravels Man’s Story About Wife’s Murder
Richard Dabate appeared in court Friday, pleading not guilty to the charge that he murdered his wife Connie in 2015. He told police that an intruder shot her, but her Fitbit tells a different story.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:41 AM
|Fallen Navy pilot's children hug as remains brought home
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Deborah Crosby touched her father's flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday — ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 8:16 PM
|Introducing T-Mobile 'Digits'
Customers are now able to access one phone number on multiple devices or multiple numbers on one device.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:24 AM
|Melania Trump Takes the World Stage
From turning heads in a Dolce and Gabbana coat to joking with the Pope, here’s a look at some of Melania Trump’s most memorable moments on her first trip overseas as the First Lady.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:51 AM
|TSA Is Testing a Change That Could Make Airport Security Even Slower
Travelers at some U.S. airports are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:37 AM
|Sputnik's White House correspondent quits, claiming they would rather have 'propagandists' than 'real journalists'
Sputnik’s White House correspondent, Andrew Feinberg, has quit the Russian-state news organisation, claiming they would rather have “propagandists” than “real journalists”. Mr Feinberg, has taken to social media to give full details about his reasoning for resigning and has claimed he was forced to chase stories that were contrary to the facts on the ground. “Seems Sputnik isn't happy with real journalists.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 7:53 AM
|Iraq forces launch broad attack on IS holdouts in Mosul
Iraqi forces have launched a broad assault on parts of battleground second city Mosul still held by the Islamic State group, the military announced on Saturday. The offensive is the latest push in the more than seven-month battle to retake Mosul, a linchpin in IS's now crumbling attempt to establish a cross-border jihadist "state". Multiple security forces units are attacking "what remains of the unliberated areas" on the west bank of the River Tigris, the Joint Operations Command said in a statement.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 11:30 AM
|Lawsuit: Zillow ‘Zestimates’ Are Wrong, Preventing Homes from Selling
Zillow estimates values for 110 million homes across America as “zestimates,” but many have questioned the company’s accuracy, including one homeowner who claims she can’t sell her home because of it.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:46 AM
|G7 leaders divided on climate change, closer on trade issues
By John Irish and Crispian Balmer TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - Under pressure from Group of Seven allies, U.S. President Donald Trump backed a pledge to fight protectionism on Saturday, but refused to endorse a global climate change accord, saying he needed more time to decide. The summit of G7 wealthy nations pitted Trump against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues, with European diplomats frustrated at having to revisit questions they had hoped were long settled. "We are satisfied by how things went," said Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, while acknowledging splits with Washington in some areas.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 2:36 PM
|Judge Overturns Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo's Life Sentences
Judge Raymond Jackson cited the Supreme Court rule of 2012, which states that juveniles cannot be given life sentences, while overturning the original verdict in Malvo's case.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 4:11 AM
|The Latest: Alabama raced clock to execute inmate
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's execution of inmate Tommy Arthur (all times local):
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:39 PM
|NOLA Mayor: Monuments ‘Signs of Oppression for 67% of My City'
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains his decision to remove Confederate monuments from the city in an interview to air Sunday on Meet the Press.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 8:42 AM
|Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish Polish-born Cold War strategist and former top aide to US president Jimmy Carter, has died, his family said. He was 89.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 1:11 PM
|GM sued over excess emissions in Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel
Today's auto news headlines read like a warped version of Oprah Winfrey's infamous car giveaway: "You're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! And you're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! Everyone's getting sued for excess diesel emissions!" We say that because General Motors is now being sued for excess diesel emissions.
Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al The suit filed in Detroit's federal court yesterday alleges that GM illegally outfitted 705,000 pickups with defeat devices similar to those deployed by Volkswagen in 11 million cars worldwide, including 565,000 registered in the U.S. The suit covers 2011-2016 models of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel. Unlike the lawsuit filed earlier this week against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this one comes from consumers, not the U.S. Department of Justice. It alleges that GM employed at least three defeat devices that allowed trucks to emit up to five times the legal limit of pollutants while on the road but to keep emissions within legal limits during regulatory tests.
Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al alleges that GM broke a number of racketeering and consumer protection laws. Plaintiffs seek a wide range of compensation, including payouts for lost resale value and buybacks of their vehicles. They're also seeking punitive damages against the automaker. Interestingly, the suit also names German supplier Bosch as a defendant. If the case goes to trial, that could be significant, since Bosch was very closely linked to the Volkswagen scandal. If you follow car news, it probably won't surprise you to learn that plaintiffs in the GM case are represented in part by Hagens Berman law firm, which has been a key player in the Dieselgate settlement and many other auto-related suits. GM has issued a brief statement about the lawsuit that reads, in full:
"These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations." It's worth noting that this is one of at least two cases being brought by consumers against GM over its diesel vehicles--the other involving emissions in the Chevrolet Cruze diesel.
Our take Who will prevail? We can't say because, much to some of our mothers' chagrin, we're not lawyers. However, we do know that the case puts GM in an awkward position. If the case goes to trial, it might prove GM's innocence, but GM's name would remain in the headlines for months and potentially years. Being associated with a high-profile case related to diesel emissions fraud at this time in history wouldn't do much for GM's diesel sales. That's a real problem, as GM appears to have banked on cornering the diesel market as other automakers retreat. On the other hand, settling this case (and the one involving the Cruze for that matter) out of court wouldn't do anything to exonerate GM. However, in terms of publicity, it might be for the best. Either way, shareholders will want GM to put the case to rest as soon as possible: stock prices took a plunge yesterday after the lawsuit was filed, though some of that value could be regained in trading today.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 10:41 AM
|Credit Myths That Cost You Money
Credit scores are confusing. You can pay off your student loans and see your credit score drop. You can add significant credit card debt and see your score soar. It's no wonder there are so many misconceptions about how to build or improve credit.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 10:10 AM
|US-led Syria strikes kills scores of relatives of IS fighters
Dozens of relatives of Islamic State group fighters were killed Friday in Syria in US-led strikes, regime or Russian raids, after the UN urged nations striking the jihadists to protect civilians. Raids by the US-led coalition have pounded IS positions across Iraq and Syria since the jihadist group claimed responsibility for the devastating bombing of a concert in Manchester on Monday. Scores of civilians, many of them families of IS members, have been killed in bombing raids in recent days on the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, held by IS since 2014.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:22 PM
|Sponsors abandon Puerto Rican parade in NY after nationalist honored
Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, was convicted in 1981 of numerous charges, along with other members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), who sought to secure Puerto Rican independence from the United States. Rivera's sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama, and the prisoner was freed this month.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:51 PM
|US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ‘refuses to hold Ramadan event’ in break with tradition
Donald Trump’s Secretary of State has refused to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, seemingly breaking with a long bipartisan tradition. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either the reception or an iftar dinner to break the day’s fast during Ramadan. Mr Tillerson turned down a request from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host the Eid reception, two unnamed US officials said.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 8:41 AM
|Texas nurse suspected of killing as many as 60 babies
A Texas nurse jailed for killing a baby more than 30 years ago has been charged with the murder of another infant, and could be behind the deaths of as many as 60 babies, officials said Friday. Genene Jones, 66, "is pure evil and justice warrants that she be held accountable for the crimes she committed," said Nico LaHood, district attorney for Bexar County in Texas. "Our Office will attempt to account for every child whose life was stolen by the actions of Jones.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:01 PM
|Anti-India protests hit Kashmir after top rebel is killed
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — One civilian was killed and dozens of others injured Saturday after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the killing of a prominent rebel commander and his associate in a gunbattle with government forces in the disputed region.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 10:28 AM
|Why The Price Of Oil Is Falling
Crude oil's rally came to an end this week on fears that too much oil will continue to be a problem.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 6:00 AM
|Meet the Overly Enthusiastic 'Price is Right' Contestant Who Just Broke the Plinko Record
Ryan Belz even led a chant of his own name while dropping discs for the show's most popular game.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:34 PM
|NASA’s newest photo of Jupiter will blow your mind
Lately, NASA's Cassini orbiter has been delivering some stunning photos from its trips around Saturn, but that's not the only fancy camera floating around a nearby planet. The agency's Juno spacecraft has been hanging out around Jupiter for nearly a year now, and it just delivered one of the most jaw-dropping glimpses of the gas giant that we've ever seen.
This is Jupiter's south pole, and like most of the rest of the planet, it's absolutely covered in massive storms, electricity, and swirling masses of clouds that stretch for hundreds and hundreds of miles. The image is absolutely stunning, and it took and incredible amount of work to make it happen.
What you're seeing is actually a composite of several different photos taken at different times so that the entirety of the south pole was illuminated by daylight. The photos used to make the image were collected during three separate orbits of Juno, each of which takes nearly two months to complete.
Juno has already revealed a great deal about Jupiter in its short time in orbit, and some of the information it is telling scientists is leaving them both surprised and amazed. The colossal, Earth-sized storms on its poles are one of the more shocking features that researchers are still trying to figure out.
“We're puzzled as to how they could be formed, how stable the configuration is, and why Jupiter’s north pole doesn't look like the south pole,” Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton says. “We're questioning whether this is a dynamic system, and are we seeing just one stage, and over the next year, we're going to watch it disappear, or is this a stable configuration and these storms are circulating around one another?”
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:38 PM
|How to Maintain and Repair Your Gas Grill
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Whether you’ve been using it all year or haven’t touched it in months, you should give your grill the once-over before t...
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 9:25 AM
|The Republican healthcare bill: what's next in challenge to Obamacare?
Paul Ryan has embraced the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican health bill. Republicans rushed an updated version of their healthcare plan through the House of Representatives earlier this month without knowing how much it would cost or how many people would lose insurance as a result. This week, the nonpartisan congressional budget office released its assessment – and the accounting was bleak.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:16 AM
|South Korea says contact resumed with vessel off Somalia, crew safe
South Korea said on Saturday it has resumed contact with a distressed fishing vessel that feared it was being followed by a suspected pirate vessel off the waters of Somalia, and that the 3 Koreans and 18 Indonesians on board were safe. The South Korean military had dispatched its anti-piracy naval unit after communication with the Mongolian squid fishing vessel was cut when it requested help after midnight on Friday. The vessel's South Korean captain confirmed the safety of the three South Koreans, the foreign ministry said in the statement.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 6:59 AM
|Trump Is Playing the International Strategy Game Like a Novice Among Experts
An “America first” policy risks leaving America alone.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:07 AM
|A day of grief in a city of pain
A native of south side Chicago, Spencer Leak Sr. has watched as his hometown and the neighborhoods where he grew up have been ripped apart by homicides in recent years, the results of an explosion of gun violence police have struggled to contain. Last year, according to the Chicago Tribune, 781 people were killed—a massive jump over 2015 when there were 492 recorded homicides. Leak has more insight into Chicago’s violence than most.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 10:06 AM
|Texas teacher laughs as she hands out ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award to 7th-grader
During an end-of-the-year awards ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Tex., a teacher gave Lizeth Villanueva an award for “most likely to become a terrorist.” The seventh-grade student’s mom is going great lengths to make sure the teacher gets fired.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:22 PM
|Judge: No Confederate flag T-shirt in officer's retrial
CINCINNATI (AP) — The jury in the murder retrial of a white Ohio police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist will not see the officer's undershirt depicting a Confederate battle flag, because a judge ruled Friday that the garment is too prejudicial.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:39 PM
|Philippine military bomb Islamist militants in urban battle
Philippine security forces dropped more bombs Saturday on a southern city where they have been battling Islamist militants for five days, vowing no let up despite the start of Ramadan. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the southern third of the Philippines in response to the clashes, which have claimed at least 48 lives and he has said are part of a campaign by the Islamic State group to establish a local caliphate. "We have identified where they are consolidating so we are doing surgical air strikes to destroy the local terrorist group," local military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera told AFP.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 1:31 AM
|Texas 'angel of death' nurse charged again in baby killing spree
A former Texas nurse known as the "angel of death" for allegedly having killed up to 60 babies was served a new murder warrant linking her to the death of an infant boy more than 30 years ago, a district attorney said on Friday. Genene Jones, 66, was sentenced to 99 years in prison after being convicted of giving a fatal overdose to 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in 1982. "She has been suspected in dozens of infant deaths, she has only been held accountable for one," Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood told reporters on Friday.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:49 PM
|Could a Fidget Spinner Endanger Your Child? The Possible Hidden Hazards of the Popular Toy
A girl nearly died when a piece of a fidget spinner became lodged in her throat.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:42 PM
|'What you need to know': Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner now a focus of FBI Russian investigation.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:06 PM
|China says fighter jets' intercept of US plane 'safe'
China on Sunday denied the Pentagon's charge that an encounter between Chinese fighters and a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea was "unsafe and unprofessional". Tensions between the two economic superpowers have risen in recent years over the disputed waterway, which China claims almost in full despite counter-claims from other Asian nations. Chinese J-10 warplanes intercepted a US Navy P-3 that was operating in international airspace Wednesday, according to Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross.
POSTED MAY 28, 2017 2:48 AM
|G7 summit: Donald Trump calls Germans 'bad, very bad' and vows to curb foreign car imports
Donald Trump has attacked Germans for being “bad, very bad” and vowed to limit US car imports from the country. At a meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday Mr Trump reportedly said: “Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised Germany's large trade surplus with the US, which he said hurts US manufacturers.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 7:30 AM
|A Solar Eclipse In Space Looks Pretty Cool, Photos Captured By NASA Craft Show
A NASA craft that studies the sun captured a partial solar eclipse on Thursday.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:57 AM
|The BMW 8-Series Is the Return of the Big BMW
The coupe is still alive. Long live the coupe.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:39 AM
|Mortuary chief 'proud' of how Glenn's remains were treated
DOVER, Del. (AP) — As Air Force officials investigate allegations that inspectors were invited to view the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn at Dover Air Force Base, a military mortuary chief said Friday that Glenn's remains were treated with "impeccable care."
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:47 PM
|Islamist militants kill 19 in south Philippines: army
Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85. The violence prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat of militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.
POSTED MAY 28, 2017 12:32 AM
|Shaking hands with President Trump
Of President Trump’s many idiosyncrasies, one that stands out is his aggressive style of shaking hands, which many have experienced since he took office. His handshakes have become an event to watch in and of themselves as he makes the rounds meeting world leaders.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:15 PM
|Mother charged with involuntary manslaughter after accidentally smothering son as she slept
A mother has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after she allegedly smothered her child while they slept next to each other. Arissa Ward, 23, called police in Middleton, Pennsylvania, on 30 December last year after finding her infant son unresponsive on the couch next to her where they had been sleeping. The coroner also found traces of marijuana in the child’s system as Ms Ward had been breastfeeding.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 6:04 PM
|BlackBerry, Qualcomm decide on final amount to resolve royalty dispute
Canada's BlackBerry Ltd said on Friday that U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has agreed to pay the software maker $940 million, including interest and legal fees, to settle a royalty dispute. Qualcomm had said in April that it would have to refund BlackBerry $814.9 million, plus interest and attorneys' fees, in an arbitration over royalties for certain past sales. The dispute between the two companies started in 2016 following Qualcomm's agreement to cap certain royalties applied to payments made by BlackBerry under a licensing deal.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 8:56 AM
|Researchers force AI to teach itself how to beat ‘Super Mario Bros’
Most of the times you hear about AI it's in context related to virtual assistants, or maybe even the virtual driver piloting a self-driving car, but training an artificial mind to fetch the weather report or do a lap around the block is a bit different than teaching it to teach itself. A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have been working on just that, and in a newly published paper the group reveals the tool they used to keep their self-taught AI motivated: Super Mario Bros.
Teaching an AI to do what you want it to do can be a complex and tedious process. Typically, AI are trained using a reward-based system, where a positive outcome is reinforced and eventually the algorithm has enough feedback that it knows what to do and what not to do. But rather than relying on that method, the AI in this case was built to be driven on by curiosity above all else.
"Idea is to train agent with intrinsic curiosity-based motivation (ICM) when external rewards from environment are sparse," the paper's authors explained. "Surprisingly, you can use ICM even when there are no rewards available from the environment, in which case, agent learns to explore only out of curiosity: 'RL without rewards'."
To test the AI's ability to learn from its own actions, the team tasked it with playing the first level of the NES classic Super Mario Bros. Through repeated trials and failures, the AI learned that jumped on enemies kills them, and that jumping over gaps is required in order to progress. Eventually, the AI beat the level, and the applied what it learned to the next stage, even without being told to do so.
The team found that learning out of curiosity ended up being a more efficient method of training overall, and plans to test its new teaching style in other applications, including robotics, soon.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 8:01 PM
|Defiant Congress Sparks Showdown With Trump Over Saudi Arms Deal
Though the opposition may be largely symbolic, lawmakers are clearly growing tired of unconditional support for the Gulf kingdom.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:40 PM
|Disney's Guardians Of The Galaxy Menu Is Epic
Summer plans right here.
POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:32 AM
|Egypt launches air raids in Libya after Christians killed
By Ahmed Aboulenein MINYA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian fighter jets carried out strikes on Friday directed at camps in Libya which Cairo says have been training militants who killed dozens of Christians earlier in the day. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he had ordered strikes against what he called terrorist camps, declaring in a televised address that states that sponsored terrorism would be punished. Egyptian military sources said six strikes took place near Derna in eastern Libya at around sundown, hours after masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery in southern Egypt, killing 29 and wounding 24.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 3:43 AM
|US nuclear lab's future up in the air after recent fire
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recent fire has put a national laboratory's ability to operate safely into question.
POSTED MAY 27, 2017 2:53 PM