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Chelsea Manning to Be Released Early as Obama Commutes Sentence
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:26:57 GMT

The Army intelligence analyst convicted in a 2010 leak of security documents is set to be freed this May instead of in 2045.

Chelsea Manning Describes Bleak Life in a Men’s Prison
published: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:19:40 GMT

The former Army intelligence analyst who disclosed files to WikiLeaks hopes to be allowed to move ahead with her gender reassignment and her life.

Obama Pardons James Cartwright, General Who Lied to F.B.I. in Leak Case
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:06:33 GMT

The move saves General Cartwright, a retired Marine officer, from a possible prison sentence for lying about discussing Iran’s nuclear program with reporters.

Obama Commutes Sentence of F.A.L.N. Member Oscar Lopez Rivera
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:53:51 GMT

Mr. Lopez Rivera was serving 70 years in prison on numerous charges, including seditious conspiracy for plotting to overthrow the government.

White House Memo: Trump Entering White House Unbent and Unpopular
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:13:18 GMT

President-elect Donald J. Trump will take office with less popular support than any new president in modern times, according to an array of polls.

President-Elect Trump, Back in Washington, Resembles Candidate Trump
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:58:59 GMT

Mr. Trump, who had been away from the capital for more than a month, looked forward to a biker-aided inauguration, then returned to Trump Tower.

Lawmakers Boycott Trump Inauguration
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:54:23 GMT

More than 50 Democratic lawmakers say they will not attend President-elect Donald J. Trump's inauguration after he criticized Representative John Lewis.

Health Law Repeal Could Cost 18 Million Their Insurance, Study Finds
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:17:42 GMT

The Congressional Budget Office said 18 million people would lose their insurance in the first year, with that number and costs rising over 10 years.

Fear Spurs Support for Health Law as Republicans Work to Repeal It
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:06:47 GMT

Thousands of people are speaking out in support of the Affordable Care Act by sharing testimonials with Congress and holding rallies across the country.

Feature: Joe Biden: ‘I Wish to Hell I’d Just Kept Saying the Exact Same Thing’
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:03 GMT

The vice president looks back — and forward.

Critic's Notebook: Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:08:09 GMT

In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.

The Run-Up: Obama’s Last Battle: His Legacy
published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:53:39 GMT

We speak with former Representative Barney Frank and New York Times colleagues about how Barack Obama will be remembered.

Betsy DeVos’s Education Hearing Erupts Into Partisan Debate
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:16:22 GMT

A Senate hearing for Ms. DeVos, a billionaire who did not attend public schools or send her children to them, became a debate over how to spend public money on education.

Commerce Pick Wilbur Ross to Divest at Least 80 Holdings
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:58:29 GMT

Mr. Ross, a billionaire, is likely to face questions at his confirmation hearing Wednesday about his career buying and remaking troubled companies.

What Should Senators Ask Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Nominee? Here’s What Readers Said
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:04 GMT

More than 2,000 readers submitted questions on climate change, industry influence and other topics for Mr. Pruitt, who goes before a Senate panel Wednesday.

Nominee for Interior Vows to Preserve, and Develop, Public Lands
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:03:46 GMT

At his confirmation hearing, Ryan Zinke tried to balance the importance of preserving public lands, and using them for energy development, like mining and logging.

Republicans Look to Reince Priebus, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Bring Stability
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:07:07 GMT

Party leaders hope Mr. Priebus will transform the new president’s storm-the-gates campaign into a normal, functional White House.

Former ‘Apprentice’ Contestant Files Defamation Suit Against Trump
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:28:00 GMT

Summer Zervos and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, announced the lawsuit against the president-elect, alleging that he defamed her when he accused her of fabricating the assault.

Angst Simmers in Washington as Trump Presidency Nears
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:32:27 GMT

The nation’s capital is used to presidential transitions, but it seems particularly unsteady and on edge with Donald J. Trump about to enter the White House.

Putin Says Accusations in Trump Dossier Are ‘Clearly Fake’
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:16:53 GMT

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia dismissed the allegations in a political memo and said the effort to compile such a document was further evidence of the political decay of the West

By Announcing New Jobs, Corporations Help Themselves Too
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:17:36 GMT

In promoting plans to add jobs, some of which have long been in the works, companies help position themselves favorably with the Trump administration.

In ‘Brexit’ Speech, Theresa May Outlines Clean Break for U.K.
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:13:08 GMT

In long-awaited remarks, the British prime minister emphasized regaining control of immigration, even if it means losing E.U. trading advantages.

4 Quotes From Theresa May’s Speech and What They Mean
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:04:16 GMT

The prime minister’s remarks on exiting the European Union were her first public outline of how Britain plans to leave the bloc.

‘A Moment to Build a Truly Global Britain’
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:27:16 GMT

In a long-awaited speech, Prime Minister Theresa May defined the broad objectives, but not the details, of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Challenges Await Antonio Tajani, the European Parliament’s New President
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:00:10 GMT

Mr. Tajani was elected president of the European Parliament as the organization confronts tests to its relevance.

As Support for E.U. Flags Elsewhere, Bulgaria Sees Its Benefits
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:03:55 GMT

While much of Europe has complained about the European Union, Bulgarians paint a different picture, with the Balkan country viewing the bloc as a major positive.

News Analysis: In Era of Trump, China’s President Champions Economic Globalization
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:08:13 GMT

Before the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi Jinping spurned protectionism while implicitly rebuking Donald J. Trump, president-elect of the United States.

U.S.-Trained Official May Shape China’s Response to Trump on Trade
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:01:02 GMT

Liu He, the top economic adviser to President Xi Jinping, has argued for more open markets. But his agenda could be overwhelmed by fears of fallout from a trade war.

Brexit, Chelsea Manning: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:56:07 GMT

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Europe Edition: Brexit, Chelsea Manning, Davos: Your Wednesday Briefing
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:09:10 GMT

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Solve a bite-size crossword in just a few minutes.

Run-Up Since Election Slows as Investors Consider Risks
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:45:41 GMT

Investors are concerned about a dollar that has gained too much in value, the potential for trade wars and whether Donald J. Trump can keep his promise to cut taxes.

Nigerian Jet Mistakenly Bombs Refugee Camp, Killing Scores
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:29:35 GMT

The bombing struck a government-run camp in Rann, near the Cameroonian and Chadian borders, an area where Boko Haram had recently increased attacks.

Tour Trump’s Childhood Home
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:02:10 GMT

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s childhood home in Queens is up for auction. Take a tour of the home that he lived in until age 4.

Wife of Orlando Gunman Is Charged Under Antiterrorism Laws
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:49:14 GMT

The indictment against Noor Zahi Salman said that she aided her husband, Omar Mateen, by providing material support in the planning of the attack at Pulse nightclub.

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Is Called Off After Nearly 3 Years
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:22:29 GMT

The decision ends the deep-sea scouring of the southern Indian Ocean, ensuring that one of the great aviation mysteries will remain unsolved for the foreseeable future.

Veteran Times Reporter Denied Entry to Turkey
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:22:08 GMT

The action against Rod Nordland, a longtime foreign correspondent, appeared to be part of a broader crackdown against the domestic and foreign press.

New York Times Study Calls for Rapid Change in Newsroom
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Among the broad recommendations of an internal report are increasing training and hiring for digital roles and reducing the layers of editing.

The New Health Care: Why Medical Advice Seems to Change So Frequently
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:00:02 GMT

Take your medical news and recommendations with a dose of healthy skepticism, especially regarding nutrition.

Museum Trustee, a Trump Donor, Supports Groups That Deny Climate Change
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:05:33 GMT

A leader of the American Museum of Natural History has been using her family’s millions to finance organizations that some say undermine the museum’s mission.

Russian Dissident Artist Will Seek Asylum in France
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:51:43 GMT

The authorities in Russia questioned the performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner after an actress accused them of sexual assault.

Gender Inequality: Republican Men Say It’s a Better Time to Be a Woman Than a Man
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:58:18 GMT

A survey shows 82 percent of women feel sexism is a problem today, while men underestimate the sexism felt by the women in their lives.

On Tennis: At Australian Open, Americans’ Strength Is in Numbers, and Youth
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:18:06 GMT

Aside from the Williams sisters, no U.S. woman has played in a major final since 2005, and no man has won one since 2003, but the nation had the most players in each draw in Melbourne.

Rising Stars Try to Jolt Russian Men’s Tennis Game Back to Life
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:34:55 GMT

Marat who? Hope for a future No. 1 from the country is stirring again thanks to Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev and others.

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Second Old Master Painting a Fake, Sotheby’s Says in Lawsuit
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:26:41 GMT

Signs of a widening old masters’ forgery case after scientific testing of paint from “St. Jerome.”

Suspect Arrested in Orlando Officer’s Killing
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:34:49 GMT

Markeith Loyd was captured at an abandoned house in Orlando, Fla., where he was wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, the police chief said.

Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:34:55 GMT

Mr. Scarfo purged two dozen fellow mobsters during his reign in Philadelphia and South Jersey and milked casino profits in Atlantic City.

Insult Tonya Pinkins? She Got There First.
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:40:24 GMT

The actress finds herself the subject of taunts. She knows the culprit.

New Culture Hot Spot in New York: The 2nd Avenue Subway
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:01:52 GMT

Three stations recently opened on the Upper East Side, drawing people eager to check out the architecture and the public art.

Transition Television, From PBS and CNN
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:11:05 GMT

One program documents the national division, another examines the delicate transfer of power.

In N.F.L. Betting, Patriots Are Closest to Being a Sure Thing
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:11:06 GMT

Despite being favored in 15 of 16 games, New England was 13-3 against the spread this season, the best record in the N.F.L.

Review: ‘Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire,’ Portrait of an Artist in Chaos
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:42:49 GMT

Tony Palmer’s documentary follows this singer-songwriter in an early phase of his career, during a somewhat disordered 1972 European tour.

Explorer: Hiking in a Forest Born Out of Mount Fuji’s Lava
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:01:20 GMT

The Aokigahara forest, on 12 square miles created from an eruption in 864, inspires an almost reverential fear in Japan and, increasingly, filmmakers beyond it.

Pendant Found in Nazi Death Camp Ruins May Have Anne Frank Link
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:24 GMT

The item, which belonged to Karoline Cohn, 14, was discovered recently at the Sobibor camp in Poland and is similar to one owned by Anne Frank.

The Neediest Cases: After Retirement, Finding a ‘Second Career’ as a Volunteer
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:12:53 GMT

There are 2,500 volunteers in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, working with 350 nonprofits and helping people manage their finances and apply for public assistance.


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Obama shortens sentence of Manning, who gave secrets to WikiLeaks
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:22:50 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush hospitalized: media
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:34:25 -0500

(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU television reported on Wednesday, citing his office chief of staff.

Despite showman reputation, Trump inauguration shaping up as low-key
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:31:21 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump made his name with opulent hotels and a dramatic reality TV show, but his inauguration on Friday as the 45th U.S. president is shaping up as a more understated affair, with big names in entertainment staying away.

Woman sues Trump in New York for defamation over sexual assault denial
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:15:28 -0500

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One of about a dozen women who previously accused President-elect Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances filed a lawsuit against him in New York on Tuesday, alleging he had made false and defamatory statements about her in rejecting the accusation, causing her emotional and economic harm.

Asia stocks hover near three-month highs; sterling in spotlight
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:11:10 -0500

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stock markets stabilized near three-month highs on Wednesday, helped by Hong Kong and Chinese shares, as investors judged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's concerns over a stronger dollar to be beneficial to some of the regional bourses.

Trump's U.N. pick to echo his criticism of world body, offer some praise
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:07:47 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador will echo his condemnation of the world body's treatment of Israel at her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, although offering some praise for an organization the president-elect has disparaged.

Senate Democrats ask Trump attorney general pick to recuse himself from Russia probes
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:15:51 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nine Democratic senators asked President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, on Tuesday to recuse himself from any FBI or Justice Department investigation into Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Britain to leave EU market as May sets 'hard Brexit' course
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:09:28 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday in a decisive speech that set a course for a clean break with the world's largest trading bloc.

Xi says world needs China, U.S. to have stable relationship
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:26:02 -0500

BEIJING (Reuters) - The world needs China and the United States to have a stable and cooperative relationship, Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, just days before new uncertainty looms with Donald Trump taking office as president.

Quarter of Republicans would keep Obamacare: Reuters/Ipsos poll
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:26:50 -0500

NEW YORK (Reuters) - About a quarter of U.S. Republicans do not want to see Obamacare repealed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.


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Why Obama commuted Manning's sentence and gave WikiLeaks a win
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:43:16 GMT

It must have stuck in President Barack Obama's craw to deliver a win for WikiLeaks.

Who is Chelsea Manning?
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:59:14 GMT

U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her role in leaking government documents to WikiLeaks.

White House: No Snowden clemency request
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:17:51 GMT

More than a million supporters of Edward Snowden have petitioned President Barack Obama to pardon him, but the former National Security Agency contractor hasn't submitted the required documents for clemency, according to the White House.

Who has Trump's ear?
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:31:56 GMT

During the campaign, Donald Trump's inner circle was so small, it fit on his election night stage.

Orlando police shooting suspect in custody, officials say
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:21:54 GMT

Suspected cop killer Markeith Loyd has been captured and is in custody, according to a tweet from the Orlando Police Department's verified Twitter account. Media has been told to stand by for a press conference. Loyd is suspected of killing police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton last week when she tried to approach him at an Orlando-area Walmart.

Quest: Decision to end MH370 search is incomprehensible
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:52:12 GMT

It is nearly three years since Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared.

What happens if Turkey passes Erdogan's 'power bill'?
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:47:36 GMT

Obama cuts sentences of hundreds of drug offenders
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:18:44 GMT

President Barack Obama reduced or eliminated the sentences for hundreds more non-violent drug offenders on Tuesday, likely his final acts of clemency while in office.

DeVos: Trump's leaked comments describe sexual assault
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:04:42 GMT

Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, said at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday night that she would consider actions the President-elect described on a 2005 hot mic tape released during the 2016 campaign to be sexual assault.

DeVos: Grizzlies can determine school gun laws
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:37:51 GMT

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary nominee, said it should be up to states whether guns are allowed in schools. She cited grizzly bear protection as part of her answer.

Trump's new world disorder
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:53:37 GMT

Donald Trump is turning the world upside down.

Watergate reporter: Unverified dossier garbage
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:58:41 GMT

Award-winning journalist Bob Woodward criticizes the Russia dossier that was presented to President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump Commerce pick keeping some of his empire
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:57:02 GMT

Wilbur Ross has agreed to sell some -- but not all -- of his sprawling web of assets should the billionaire be confirmed as Donald Trump's Commerce secretary.

Michigan governor's brief mention of Flint in speech outrages congressman
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:45:45 GMT

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder mentioned the Flint water crisis 34 minutes into his "State of the State" address Tuesday. For Rep. Dan Kildee, whose congressional district includes the city, that 34-minute wait was too long.

Obama pops in final White House briefing
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:44:15 GMT

President Obama makes a surprise appearance as Press Secretary Josh Earnest delivers his final White House briefing.

800-pound gator caught on camera
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:45:07 GMT

Florida residents caught a giant gator on camera. Experts say it could be 12-14 feet long and up to 800 pounds.

Grandmother recalls kidnapping of newborn 18 years ago
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:43:19 GMT

Relatives of Kamiyah Mobley, who was snatched from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital room just hours after she was born 18 years ago, are still celebrating the news that she was found alive a few hours away, living with a woman she thought was her real mother.

These Democrats aren't attending Trump's inauguration
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:36:59 GMT

More than two dozen Democratic lawmakers are boycotting President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, particularly after revelations of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election and his rebuke of civil rights icon John Lewis on Saturday. No senators have said they are boycotting.

Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:52:33 GMT

President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning and pardoned James Cartwright.

Trump education pick pushes vouchers, parries questions over ethics
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:39:29 GMT

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Education Department, stood firm about her long held beliefs that parents -- not the government -- should be able to choose where to send children to school, pledging Tuesday to push voucher programs should she be confirmed to lead the nation's education system.

WikiLeaks celebrates Chelsea Manning's commutation
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:23:26 GMT

WikiLeaks celebrated Tuesday's news that President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, hailing it as a "VICTORY" on Twitter.

Trump's EPA pick took hands-off approach to environmental crisis
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:06:57 GMT

Oklahoma is one of the more unlikely places in the United States to experience earthquakes. But in the six years that Scott Pruitt has served as the state's attorney general, Oklahoma has been rattled by hundreds of quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 and greater, with some areas facing the same level of risk as high-hazard parts of California.

After Trump comes in, Obama is going here
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:45:18 GMT

President Barack Obama plans to travel to the Palm Springs area after the inauguration Friday, two sources familiar with his plans confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

Obama marks final press briefing of his White House
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:53:21 GMT

President Barack Obama bid a public farewell to his press secretary Tuesday, dropping into Josh Earnest's final daily briefing to lavish praise upon his spokesman.

Dems won't commit to confirm some of Trump's top Cabinet picks
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:26:55 GMT

Senate Republicans are pressing their Democratic counterparts for help confirming at least seven Cabinet nominees in the hours after Donald Trump is sworn in as President Friday.

CIA publishes nearly 13 million pages its history online
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:13:40 GMT

The Central Intelligence Agency has published nearly 13 million pages of declassified documents online -- documents that previously were physically accessible only from four computer terminals at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

Janet Napolitano hospitalized due to cancer treatments
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:42:28 GMT

Former Obama Cabinet secretary Janet Napolitano has been hospitalized after complications developed during her most recent cancer treatment.

Van Jones: Police don't kick in doors at Yale
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:02:21 GMT

Van Jones joins Conan to talk about prison reform and the effect of incarceration on the 2016 election.

Interior nominee grilled on Trump's sexual assault comments
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:36:32 GMT

President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of interior nominee faced tough questions Tuesday about his and Trump's views on sexual assault during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Trump nominee says climate change is 'indisputable'
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:20:52 GMT

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department pledged Tuesday to review Obama administration actions limiting oil and gas drilling in Alaska and said he does not believe climate change is a hoax.

Sanders grills Trump nominee on GOP donations
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:09:20 GMT

Sen. Bernie Sanders grilled Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, on her family's donations to the GOP.

Trump: John Lewis boycotted prior inaugurations
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:39:32 GMT

Donald Trump said Rep. John Lewis is "wrong" to suggest that the President-elect's inauguration is the first he will boycott such an event, citing the Georgia congressman also protested the first inauguration of George W. Bush.

Ft. Lauderdale shooter says he carried out attack for ISIS
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:13:57 GMT

Esteban Santiago, the man charged with killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this month, told FBI agents that he had carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS, FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo testified at Santiago's bond hearing Tuesday.

Woman accused of kidnapping 18 years ago is extradited, charged
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:11:53 GMT

The woman accused of snatching an infant girl from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital 18 years ago and raising the child as her own was extradited to the state Tuesday and charged with kidnapping, authorities said.

Gym roof collapses during game
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:40:24 GMT

Video captured the moment a gymnasium roof began collapsing above dozens of players and spectators.

Schumer says Trump Cabinet pick may have broken the law
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:15:17 GMT

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Donald Trump's pick to quarterback the replacement of Obamacare, Tom Price, might have broken the law with a questionable stock purchase.

Price invested in firm, then introduced bill to help it
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:04:55 GMT

Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.

Opinion: The Republicans should party while they can
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:47:11 GMT

The party is in rapture. It's on the verge of controlling the White House, the House and the Senate. After eight years of misery, it will inaugurate a new president who has realigned the electorate. Dominance seems assured. Despite the chilly January temperatures, there's not a cloud in the political skies on that brisk Inauguration Day.

Do presidents age faster?
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:19:53 GMT

Do presidents really age two years for every one year in office? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on white hair in the White House.

Poll: Trump enters office with historically low approval rating
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:39:34 GMT

Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president.

Farewell Ringling Bros., but the circus isn't dead
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:20:51 GMT

On Saturday, January 14, employees at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus received a shocking announcement after evening performances at Orlando and Miami. Representatives of Feld Entertainment, the show's parent company, revealed that the circus would shut down forever in May. Less than 24 hours later, the venerable Big Apple Circus announced that it would sell off its assets in a bankruptcy auction on February 7.

Putin: People spreading fake news "worse than prostitutes"
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:49:41 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that a damning dossier on US President-elect Donald Trump was "false" and dismissed allegations that his country's security services had been monitoring him as "rubbish."

17% of GOP think US intel's Russia assessment is correct
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:05:24 GMT

Allegations that Russia's government sought to influence the US presidential election have captured the attention of a vast majority of the American public, but there is little agreement on whether the allegations are true, or how the new president will handle the country going forward, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.

The first underwater museum in Europe
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:45:01 GMT

People can dive 45-feet deep to experience The Museo Atlntico of Lanzarote which features more than 300 figurative works.

UK Parliament to vote on Brexit
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:35:25 GMT

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to say that Britain will not adopt a "half in, half-out" approach to the European Union, indicating that a hard Brexit is on the cards.

Can Brexit be undone?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:53:18 GMT

British Prime Minister Theresa May has set out her vision for Britain outside the European Union, making it clear she will pursue what critics have called a "hard Brexit."

Search for MH370 called off
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:10:40 GMT

The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been suspended nearly three years after it vanished without a trace over the Indian Ocean, according to a joint statement from Chinese, Australian and Malaysian officials.

Families sad, angry to hear MH370 search ending
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:42:32 GMT

The decision to end the underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "nothing short of irresponsible," according to a support group for family members of those who disappeared along with the doomed 777.

Nigerian fighter jet strikes refugees, aid workers in Borno
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:38:35 GMT

A Nigerian fighter jet misfired during an operation Tuesday, striking refugees at a camp in Borno state for the internally displaced, as well as aid workers with the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to Nigerian officials and the Red Cross.

Shark in captivity gives birth without male
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:11:15 GMT

A zebra shark at the Reef HQ Aquarium in Australia has given birth to three offspring without contact with a mate.

Donald Trump's childhood home heads to auction
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:38:53 GMT

The house that Donald Trump called home during his earliest years is up for sale -- again.

Movers begin loading Obamas' belongings into new home
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:03:00 GMT

President Barack Obama's stay at the White House doesn't officially end until Friday, but he's already getting a head start on moving into his new home.

Obama pushes through controversial moves before Trump
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:17:03 GMT

A flurry of actions from the President Barack Obama's White House, first noted by CNN in late December, seem designed specifically to help enshrine his legacy and potentially foil some policy priorities of his successor. And the outgoing Democrats have not slowed down as they get ready to hand over the keys of the White House to Donald Trump and Republicans on Friday at noon.

Obama appoints former White House staffers to posts
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:54:20 GMT

President Barack Obama, on his final Tuesday in office, appointed soon-to-be former staffers and supporters to administration posts, including senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

Final days inside the Obama White House
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:11:43 GMT

When President Barack Obama emerged to greet a massive, cheering audience at the cavernous McCormick Place convention center in Chicago on January 10, he was looking to the path ahead and reflecting about the legacy he was leaving behind.

Happy 95th birthday, Betty White!
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:32:37 GMT

In honor of Betty White's birthday, here are five things you may not know about "The Golden Girls" star.

Donald Trump tweets at wrong Ivanka -- and she hits back
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:18:14 GMT

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted at the wrong Ivanka on Monday night, and the British woman on the receiving end of his praise has hit back.

Twitter officially shuts down Vine card
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:01:26 GMT

Vine's six seconds of fame are about to come to an end.

NFL denies giving Lady Gaga a gag order
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:47:36 GMT

The NFL denies it gave singer Lady Gaga instructions to avoid political commentary during her upcoming Super Bowl halftime show, according to a statement from the organization.

'God Bless the USA' singer 'not going to say no' to inauguration
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:57:14 GMT

Country music star Lee Greenwood, best known for his song "God Bless the USA," defended his decision to perform at the "Make America Great Again!" concert just a day before President Elect's Donald Trump's inauguration, saying he had not received backlash from his fans.

Trump wrote inauguration speech himself
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:18:21 GMT

President-elect Trump has written his inauguration address draft himself, two senior Trump transition officials told CNN Tuesday.

Here's Donald Trump's inaugural lunch menu
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:52:39 GMT

The 2017 Inaugural Luncheon Menu

600-year-old Buddha statue emerges from lake
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:25:29 GMT

An ancient Buddha statue has been discovered under the water of a reservoir in China's Jiangxi Province - and there may be more archaeological discoveries.

Weather forecast for Trump's inauguration looks gloomy
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:25:06 GMT

It might literally rain on Donald Trump's parade.

The $85,000 inauguration package you were looking for
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:02:25 GMT

Washington-area hotels are deep into preparations for this weekend's inauguration festivities, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to descend on the Capitol.

Clue may lead to new D.B. Cooper details
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:20:14 GMT

A group of amateur investigators say a clip-on tie that was left behind on the plane that D.B. Cooper hijacked back in 1971 may lead to new details.

Feminist against abortion: Why exclude me from a women's march?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:41:50 GMT

I did not vote for President-Elect Donald Trump and continue to question his fitness to serve. Thus I am unsurprised that hundreds of thousands of women would want to protest his election this coming Saturday, the day after the inauguration. I am surprised, however, that the leaders of the Women's March on Washington—and most feminists today—are so unwilling to listen to an alternative feminist perspective, one with deep roots in feminist history and a good deal to offer to women today.

Abortions in the US have dropped to a historic low
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:39:12 GMT

The abortion rate in the US has fallen to its lowest level since Roe v. Wade legalized the procedure, a new report finds.

GOP in the dark on health care plan
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:00:06 GMT

Republican lawmakers are in the dark about President-elect Donald Trump's plan to repeal Obamacare and are frustrated he is emphasizing "insurance for everybody," three senior GOP sources told CNN on Tuesday.

Repealing Obamacare without replacement strips 18 million of insurance
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:48:12 GMT

Repealing major Obamacare provisions without a replacement plan in place would quickly strip 18 million Americans of their insurance and cause premiums to skyrocket, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.


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Obama commutes Manning sentence
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:56:46 GMT

The Wikileaks source will walk free in May, but critics call the clemency "a grave mistake".

Nigeria air strike error kills dozens in refugee camp
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:36:00 GMT

Scores are killed when a military jet targets a refugee camp, thinking it was Boko Haram militants.

Three-person IVF baby for infertile couple
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:53:17 GMT

Infertile couple in Ukraine use three-person IVF to have a baby girl after more than a decade of trying.

Trump sued for defamation by former Apprentice Summer Zervos
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:43:54 GMT

Former Apprentice contestant says Donald Trump is a "misogynist" who "debased and denigrated" her.

Flight MH370: Another search still possible, Australia says
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:16:31 GMT

Australia says the search for MH370 could resume one day, but only with "credible new evidence".

Italy convicts eight South Americans in Plan Condor trial
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:30:56 GMT

An Italian court sentences the group over the disappearance of Italian nationals in the 70s and 80s.

European Parliament election: Antonio Tajani new president
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:09:44 GMT

Italian conservative wins after his EPP group allies with liberals to counter rising populism.

Gambia state of emergency declared
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:45:52 GMT

President Yahya Jammeh is meant to hand over power to Adama Barrow on Thursday.

Mohamed Aboutrika: Egypt adds ex-footballer to terror list
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:42:12 GMT

Former national football star Mohamed Aboutrika is accused of funding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

European vegetables: 'Perfect storm' raises prices
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:50:46 GMT

The impact of wet and cold weather means yields in Spain and Italy are much lower and prices higher.

Australian horses deadlier than snakes
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:50:14 GMT

Horses killed more people in Australia in recent years than venomous animals combined, data shows.

Syrian conflict: What's left of Aleppo's Great Mosque?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:13:58 GMT

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen has visited the site of Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque to see what's left after the war in Syria.

Manning 'should not have spent a single day in prison' - Greenwald
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:46:13 GMT

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden leaks on secret US surveillance, says Chelsea Manning "did a great deal of public good".

Trump's views are '100% different' to Putin's, says Alexey Navalny
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:44:23 GMT

Russia’s main opposition leader Alexey Navalny says Mr Trump's attitude towards Mr Putin is "strange".

'Inspiring, determined, kind': Who are these London schoolgirls describing?
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:02:17 GMT

Some of the British schoolgirls who met Michelle Obama in 2015 pay tribute to the outgoing US first lady.

Tsukiji fish seller: 'My family has sold tuna for 170 years'
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:09:01 GMT

As Tokyo's legendary fish market prepares to move, a third-generation tuna seller tells his story.

US President Barack Obama: Nine African highlights
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:40:28 GMT

As President Obama's presidency comes to an end, BBC Africa looks back at his most significant visits to the continent.

Green-eyed girl: Photo 'caused problems'
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:58:41 GMT

National Geographic Afghan 'cover girl' speaks exclusively to the BBC about life back in her homeland.

Colo, the oldest gorilla in captivity, dies aged 60
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:56:30 GMT

Western lowland gorilla dies in her sleep at a zoo in the US less than a month after her birthday.

Dancing With The Stars: Hughie Maughan in fake tan storm
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:28:50 GMT

Hughie Maughan sends viewers into a spin with the intensity of his fake tan on a TV dance show.

Russian region debates Nutcracker 'occult' row
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:12:47 GMT

Officials in Siberian region are to debate a religious row over The Nutcracker ballet.

Sweden midwives offer training for car births
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:59:59 GMT

Midwives in Solleftea are preparing for the closure of the town's maternity ward.

Samoa minister defends new rules on old cars
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:12:16 GMT

Cars more than eight years old can no longer be imported under new law.

Mud hut periods
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:20:28 GMT

BBC Nepali reporter Krishnamaya on that tradition that forces menstruating women into outhouses.

Golden idea
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:21:51 GMT

Internet entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan is going to award $8m per year to education projects.

Enduring lessons
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:48:30 GMT

How Australia's deadliest train crash - 40 years ago on Wednesday - reshaped its response to disasters.

Awaiting the cut
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:32:38 GMT

The dark mood inside the iconic Tsukiji fish market ahead of a controversial move to a new location.

Love to the rescue
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:40:10 GMT

Melissa Dohme was viciously stabbed more than 30 times by her ex-boyfriend. She survived against all the odds and found love in an unexpected place.

'Nobody's people'
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:35:51 GMT

In 1991, the world's largest refugee camp opened in Kenya to shelter Somalis fleeing war.

MH370 mystery
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:04:10 GMT

Mystery around flight MH370 may remain after the search was halted, as the BBC's Anna Jones reports.

McDosa to go
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:10:05 GMT

The BBC's in-house cartoonist, Kirtish Bhatt, on McDonald's bid to become "more Indian".


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The Wall Street Journal: Most Americans think Trump’s tweets are a bad idea: poll
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:33:56 GMT

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that a strong majority believes that the president-elect’s prolific use of Twitter is a bad idea.

Market Extra: ‘Textbook short squeeze’ for the pound — analysts assess May’s Brexit plans
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:24:07 GMT

Here are initial reactions from analysts to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s much-anticipated speech signaling a so-called hard Brexit.

The Margin: This is the Churchill speech that Theresa May gave Trump a copy of
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:23:41 GMT

What do you give a billionaire president-elect for Christmas? For U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, the answer to that question was a copy of her predecessors’s historic speech on Christmas Eve 1941.

In One Chart: How long post-election rallies last after Inauguration Day — in one S&P chart
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:22:06 GMT

This chart illustrates the average post-election advance when a party reclaims the White House, going back to Eisenhower’s time.

The Tell: Brexwhat? Why Brexit won’t necessarily kill London’s fintech scene
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:18:56 GMT

You’ve probably heard that Brexit easily could kill London as a financial hub. But some fintech leaders see upside in the EU referendum result, while others argue it will take more time to see whether the vote actually ends up wrecking the sector.

Futures Movers: Oil prices edge up on production-cut optimism
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:38:36 GMT

Hopes that global oil producers will stick to their word and cut the supply glut continues to drive oil prices higher. A weaker dollar might help.

Currencies: Bargain hunters push the dollar higher after Trump-inspired rout
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:22:01 GMT

Dip buying appeared to have given support to the dollar’s downside after President-elect Donald Trump’s remarks suggesting he favors a weaker currency.

Known Unknowns: Trump is waving adios to the longstanding ‘strong dollar policy’
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:55:26 GMT

Don’t expect Donald Trump to pay any heed to the strong dollar policy that’s been in place since the Clinton administration.

The Wall Street Journal: Brenda Barnes, former Sara Lee CEO, dies at 63
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:21:03 GMT

Brenda Barnes, a former chief executive of Sara Lee Corp. who became a symbol of the hard choices women face juggling work and family life, died Tuesday, her family said.

Asia Markets: Asian stocks mixed as investors warily await Trump
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:09:11 GMT

Asian markets were broadly lower Wednesday, following drops overnight in U.S. stocks on worries about the economic impact of the policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday.

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Indian court acquits actor Salman Khan of using illegal arms
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:49:07 -0500

FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, Bollywood actor Salman Khan attends a promotional event for his upcoming movie 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' in Mumbai, India. An Indian court has on Wednesday, Jan.18, 2017 acquitted top Bollywood star Khan of the charge of using unlicensed arms while hunting for rare blackbucks in a western India wildlife preserve 18 years ago. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)NEW DELHI (AP) — Top Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted Wednesday of the charge of using unlicensed arms while hunting for rare blackbucks in a wildlife preserve 18 years ago.


Seoul court considers arrest of Samsung de facto head
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:41:57 -0500

Lee Jae-yong, center, a vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. is questioned by reporters upon his arrival at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, for a hearing Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The Seoul Central District Court will decide whether to arrest Lee after prosecutors requested the arrest earlier this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court is considering whether to approve the arrest of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, one of the country's wealthiest business leaders, on charges of bribery and other offenses.


Gambian President Jammeh declares state of emergency
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:31:37 -0500

FILE PHOTO - Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita IslandGambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election last month. State televison said the emergency would prevent a power vacuum while the supreme court rules on Jammeh's petition challenging the election result. Regional leaders have threatened to intervene militarily if Jammeh does not step down and on Tuesday a senior Nigerian army source said Nigeria and other West African states were preparing a military force.


British tour operator evacuating 1,000 Gambia holidaymakers
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:25:51 -0500

Tourists walk past a cafe on the street in BanjulBritish tour operator Thomas Cook started evacuating nearly 1,000 holidaymakers from Gambia on Wednesday after President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on his final day in office, increasing the chances of civil unrest. In a statement on its website, Thomas Cook said it had activated its contingency plans and was laying on extra flights in the next 48 hours to remove 985 package tour customers from the tiny West African nation. It was also trying to contact a further 2,500 'flight only' tourists in Gambia to arrange for their departure on the earliest available flight, it said.


Nigerian air force kills 52 in strike on refugee camp: MSF
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:24:37 -0500

Injured people are comforted at the site after a bombing attack of an internally displaced persons camp in RannBy Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's air force killed at least 52 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a refugee camp in the country's northeast on Tuesday, a spokesman from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said after the military earlier disclosed the strike was meant to target Boko Haram militants. MSF said the strike occurred in Rann in Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadist group's seven-year-long bid to create an Islamic caliphate. Nigerian General Lucky Irabor, a regional military commander, located the incident at Kala Balge, a district that includes Rann.


Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaker Manning
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:20:53 -0500

Chelsea Manning, seen in an undated photo, was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses after admitting to handing classified documents over to WikiLeaksUS President Barack Obama slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks. Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others -- including 29-year-old Manning, who will now be released in May -- in one of his final acts as president. Manning was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses, after admitting to the leak of 700,000 sensitive military and diplomatic documents.


Finance industry's "worst case" on Brexit spurs contingency plans
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:20:35 -0500

(This January 17 story has been refiled to add dropped word in first paragraph) By Anjuli Davies and Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's financial services sector will accelerate plans to move some business overseas after Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday the country will quit the European Union's single market. Businesses have been calling for clarity on what Britain's relationship with Europe will be before deciding how to reshape their operations, but most major firms are now set to relocate some business to ensure they can still trade with Europe. London's future as Europe's financial centre is one of the biggest issues in Brexit talks because it is Britain's largest export sector and biggest source of corporate tax revenue.

Federer reaches 3rd round in return at Australian Open
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:15:30 -0500

Switzerland's Roger Federer makes a backhand return to United States' Noah Rubin during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer relied on his Grand Slam experience during the most important points to beat Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday, maintaining his record of never failing to reach the third round at the 18 Australian Opens he's contested.


Caroline Kennedy boosted US-Japan ties as US ambassador
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:14:52 -0500

FILE - In this March 28, 2014, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Japan's Central League professional baseball opening game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Kennedy is stepping down Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) — Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa.


Business group: China preparing to retaliate on trade
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:09:46 -0500

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015, file photo, the Space Needle towers in the background beyond a container ship anchored in Elliott Bay near downtown Seattle. A board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, Lester Ross, says China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump carries out promises to impose sanctions on Chinese goods. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)BEIJING (AP) — China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump raises duties on Chinese goods and already has toughened its stance, an American business group said Wednesday.


Nathan Chen leads the way at US figure skating championships
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:07:26 -0500

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2016, file photo, Nathan Chen of the United States, competes in the men's short program at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating final in Marseille, southern France. The 17-year-old's revelatory performance at last month's Grand Prix final in France has made him American figure skating's bright new star. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The pain in his hip is gone. All that's left is a surgical screw and a scar.


Mexico's Caribbean coast rocked by new deadly shooting
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:54:39 -0500

Police and soldiers take cover during an attack by gunmen on the Quintana Roo state prosecutor's office in Cancun, Mexico, which left four people deadCancn (Mexico) (AFP) - Mexico's Mayan Riviera was rocked by a second shooting in two days, leaving a total of nine people dead in a major tourist destination that had avoided the violence plaguing other regions. Three gunmen and a police officer died as the Quintana Roo state prosecutor's office in Cancun came under fire in broad daylight on Tuesday and police shot back, Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez said. Five other assailants were detained, Gonzalez said.


Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:53:16 -0500

FILE - In this July 29, 2015, file photo, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane known as a "flaperon" on the shore of Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. While search crews spent years trawling in futility through a remote patch of the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, people wandering along beaches on the other side of the ocean began spotting debris that washed ashore. Those pieces provided key information and raised questions whether Malaysia, Australia and China - who funded the hunt for the underwater wreckage - missed key opportunities by failing to organize coastal searches for plane parts. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie, File)SYDNEY (AP) — Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years' worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible — and arguably most important — clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs themselves.


Clashes over illegal Arab building in Israel, 1 killed
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:48:08 -0500

JERUSALEM (AP) — At least one Israeli Arab has been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in southern Israel during a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes.

Mavericks edge Bulls, Spurs and Raptors win
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:38:17 -0500

Basketball - Mavs edge Bulls, Spurs and Raptors winDallas forward Wesley Matthews drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 11.8 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Mavericks spoiled Chicago guard Dwyane Wade's 35th birthday with a 99-98 NBA victory over the Bulls. Wade missed at the buzzer and the Bulls fell to the Mavericks for the second time this season -- after absorbing a 25-point defeat last month in Dallas. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, Seth Curry had 18 and JJ Barea added 12 for the Mavericks, who notched their third straight win.


William Hilliard, former Oregonian editor, dies at 89
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:30:01 -0500

In this 1994, William A. Hilliard poses for a photo. Hilliard, a former editor of The Oregonian and a national pioneer who paved the way for minorities in journalism, has died. He was 89. (Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — William A. Hilliard, who became the first black reporter at The Oregonian newspaper and later its editor in a pioneering 42-year career, has died at age 89.


Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:30:00 -0500

Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather daysWASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.


Asian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slide
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:18:47 -0500

Asian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slideAsian shares were mixed Wednesday following a sharp correction overnight in the dollar that sapped investor momentum. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index recouped earlier losses, rising 0.4 ...


California finishes safety review of wells after blowout
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:18:03 -0500

A California natural gas storage facility where a blowout spewed methane for nearly four months has completed a safety review required to resume operations, though it might never return to full capacity, ...

Asia stocks hover near three-month highs; sterling in spotlight
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:11:10 -0500

Pedestrians stand in front of an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in TokyoAsian stock markets stabilized near three-month highs on Wednesday, helped by Hong Kong and Chinese shares, as investors judged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's concerns over a stronger dollar to be beneficial to some of the regional bourses. Short-covering also helped, especially in China , which tumbled more than 4 percent last week, as traders took some money off the table before Trump's inauguration on Friday. In Asia, MSCI's ex-Japan Asia-Pacific shares index rose 0.4 percent, just shy of a three-month high hit last Thursday.


Mom charged with taking her kids 3 decades ago to face judge
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:03:52 -0500

CORRECTS FROM LEINA TO LIANA- This booking photo released by the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office shows Elaine Yates. Two sisters who disappeared from Rhode Island with their mother Elaine Yates in 1985 have been located in the Houston area, and their mother was charged with snatching them, police announced Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Yates, who had been living in Houston under the name Liana Waldberg, was arrested on Monday, Jan. 16, without incident and faces arraignment Wednesday in Rhode Island on a fugitive charge. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office via AP)WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A mother charged with snatching her two daughters from Rhode Island in 1985 is scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday after police found the three living in the Houston area.


UN report: Asian growth outlook bright despite uncertainty
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:01:33 -0500

BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations report says Asia's economic outlook for 2017 is strong despite slowing global growth due to sluggish international trade and investment.

China 2016 growth slides to 26-year low: AFP poll
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:49:19 -0500

China's crucial manufacturing sector is struggling in the face of sagging global demand for the nation's products and excess industrial capacity left over from an infrastructure boomChina's growth slipped to its slowest rate in more than a quarter of a century in 2016, an AFP survey has forecast, as analysts see mounting risks for the world's number two economy with Donald Trump heading for the White House. While the Asian giant is a key engine of the global economy, affecting businesses and employment across the planet, its leaders are trying to shift from reliance on exports and infrastructure investment as a growth driver to consumer spending. Added to that is a volatile yuan, large-scale capital flight and a mounting concerns about a rapid surge in debt levels after Beijing flooded the market with credit to maintain growth in the face of a sluggish global economy.


Oregon strength coach suspended after players hospitalized
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:45:14 -0500

The University of Oregon suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week.

Gambia leader, pressured to go, declares state of emergency
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:40:51 -0500

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh shows his inked finger before voting in Banjul, Gambia. Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month.


Back-to-back shootings shake Mexico's tourism jewels
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:27:00 -0500

Soldiers walk inside Plaza Las Americas mall following reports of gunfire in Cancun, Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Gunmen attacked the state prosecutor's office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, ratcheting up tensions just a day after a deadly shooting at a music festival in a nearby town. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico's Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government.


Australia defends end of MH370 hunt; investigation continues
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:26:27 -0500

FILE - In this March 6, 2016, file photo, well wishes are written on a wall of hope during a remembrance event for the ill fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia said Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 that the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had officially been suspended after crews finished their fruitless sweep of the 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) search zone west of Australia. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials defended their suspension of the fruitless deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, insisting on Wednesday that the enormous costs involved played no role in their decision to halt the nearly three-year hunt.


Many happy returns for birthday girl Kerber at Australian Open
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:24:46 -0500

Germany's Angelique Kerber hits a return against compatriot Carina Witthoeft during their Australian Open secong round match, in Melbourne, on January 18, 2017Defending champion Angelique Kerber celebrated her 29th birthday with a gritty win at the Australian Open on Wednesday -- and was rewarded by fans serenading her on centre court. The top seed beat 89th-ranked fellow German Carina Witthoeft but the round two win was far from gift-wrapped and Kerber had to overcome a second-set stutter before taking it 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2. As an impromptu rendition of "Happy Birthday" rang out, Kerber, who will next play Czech Kristyna Pliskova, said she was still getting to grips with being world number one.


DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:19:45 -0500

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.


Nishikori eases into Australian Open third round
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:13:39 -0500

Kei Nishikori of Japan hits a return against Jeremy Chardy of France during their Australian Open second round match, in Melbourne, on January 18, 2017Japan's Kei Nishikori urged Asia's young tennis players to head to Europe or the United States to realise their potential after reaching the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The fifth seed, who toiled for over three-and-a-half hours in a first-round five-setter with Andrey Kuznetsov, won 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in just over two hours against 72nd-ranked Chardy. It was Nishikori's fourth straight victory over the Frenchman and earned him a place in the third round in Melbourne for the seventh year in a row.


Harden's triple-double not enough for Rockets
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:58:47 -0500

Miami point guard Goran Dragic scored 21 points, pulled down eight rebounds and handed out eight assists as the Heat posted a 109-103 win over Houston on January 17, 2017The Miami Heat withstood Houston star James Harden's 40-point triple-double on Tuesday to upend the Rockets 109-103 and snap a four-game NBA losing streak. Harden, who had six turnovers, had added 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 13th triple-double of the season. "At least it wasn't 60," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra quipped of Harden's gaudy points total.


Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:57:51 -0500

Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame votingThe cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s. Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election ...


From field to factory: Vietnam's globalisation winners
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:48:39 -0500

Since Ford opened its doors 20 years ago in Hai Duong, Vietnam, the area has morphed from an agrarian backwater into an industrial zone peppered with foreign-owned factories Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan grew up on a small plot of land in rural Vietnam, with just enough food to eat, few new clothes and no disposable income. Today she works in a Ford factory assembling cars from Chinese, Thai, American and European parts, her children drink imported milk and Coca Cola and she holidays with her family -- winners of the globalisation lottery. "Before children didn't have a lot of clothes or food, but life improved after their parents got factory jobs," Loan, 36, told AFP at the Ford plant near Hanoi.


Trump Interior nominee would consider more drilling on federal land
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:45:37 -0500

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke arrives for a meeting at Trump Tower in New YorkBy Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of Interior, on Tuesday said he would consider an expansion of energy drilling and mining on federal lands but would ensure sensitive areas remain protected. The former Navy SEAL sought to outline a measured approach to the job of managing America’s national parks, forests and tribal lands during a four-hour Senate confirmation hearing that was mostly cordial, lacking some of the hot-tempered grilling that has marked other sessions to vet Trump’s cabinet nominees. "Yes," he said in response to a question from Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska about whether he would review drilling curbs imposed by President Barack Obama's administration in her state, home to vast petroleum deposits both onshore and beneath Arctic waters.


Venus rolls back years to reach Australian Open third round
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:43:50 -0500

Venus Williams of the US celebrates after defeating Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele in their Australian Open second round match, in Melbourne, on January 18, 2017Venus Williams rolled back the years to move smoothly into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday despite an elbow injury that forced her out of the doubles competition. The 13th seed, an eight-time quarter-finalist or better in Melbourne, won 6-3, 6-2 against Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele, who has never been beyond round two. Williams, the oldest player in the women's draw at 36, will next play China's Duan Yingying, who beat American Varvara Lepchenko.


Secret Service settles racial discrimination lawsuit
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:23:57 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in promotion practices by the agency that protects the president.

Trump meets with Supreme Court candidate
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:23:17 -0500

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, Judge William Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, moderates a panel discussion during the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, less than two weeks before he is expected to announce his choice for the nation’s highest court. Pryor met with Trump in New York on Jan. 14, said two people familiar with the meeting. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, less than two weeks before he is expected to announce his choice for the nation's highest court.


4 dead in new shooting in Mexico's Caribbean resort region
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:19:04 -0500

4 dead in new shooting in Mexico's Caribbean resort regionGunmen attacked the state prosecutors' office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, and authorities said four people were killed, ratcheting up tensions just a day after a shooting at a music festival ...


The Latest: Tony Orlando to perform at an inaugural ball
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:55:16 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during the presidential inaugural Chairman's Global Dinner, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):


The Latest: DeVos says unwanted kissing is sexual assault
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:52:54 -0500

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos arrives before testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST):



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Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:27:00 GMT

Manning, the transgender former Army intelligence officer, was sentenced to 35 years in a male military prison for giving classified information to Wikileaks. While in prison, Manning attempted suicide multiple times, prompting supporters and activists to plead with the president for her pardon. Manning, who could go free May 17, is among the 209 inmates whose sentences Obama commuted on Tuesday.

Big Names Get a Measure of Mercy From President Obama
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:31:30 GMT

James Cartwright, who faced a prison sentence for telling a reporter about the secret Stuxnet program, is among those who got a presidential pardon.

Trump Enters Office With Historically Low Rating
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:59:00 GMT

Trump starts with the lowest-ever ratings for an incoming president, but also with some signs of increasing optimism for the country.

Dear Mr. President: Letters From the American People
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:17:00 GMT

From immigration to women's rights, Dear Mr. President gives Americans a chance to tell President Trump about themselves and their expectations.

Here's How Far Cryonics Has Come in 50 Years
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:10:00 GMT

An experiment half a century ago created an industry that specializes in freezing the dead. Many scientists think the chance of reviving them is slim.

Betsy DeVos Won't Rule Out Defunding Public Schools
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:38:48 GMT

In a testy confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos left open the possibility that she would privatize or strip funding from public schools as education secretary. Pressed on the matter, DeVos said, 'I look forward, if confirmed, to working with you to talk about how we address the needs of all parents and all students.'

Americans to Trump: Enough With the Tweets
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Only nine percent say they strongly support his use of the 140-character medium to announce policy positions and express his personal point of view.

Secret Service Settles Discrimination Suit for $24 Million
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:18:00 GMT

As part of the agreement, the Secret Service admitted no wrongdoing in the suit, which was filed 16 years and two presidents ago.

Is Obamacare a Scapegoat for All Health Care Woes?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:00:00 GMT

'Obamacare' was such a catchy nickname for the 2010 health care reform law. But it gave a handy, partisan whipping boy for complaints.

Trump Accuser Files Defamation Suit Against President-Elect
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:12:09 GMT

A woman who previously accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct has filed a defamation lawsuit against the president-elect.

They Expected for Her To Die, But Now She's Back Home and Back to Life
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:02:00 GMT

Two months ago, Eloise Barnette's family was saying goodbye after taking her off life support, but the 75-year-old great-grandmother had other plans.

Suspected Orlando Cop Killer Markeith Loyd in Custody
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:42:00 GMT

Markeith Loyd's name was added to U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list earlier Tuesday in the death of Orlando police Sgt. Debra Clayton.

Why Are So Many Companies Suddenly Making Job Announcements?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

Companies eager to avoid becoming the target of a Trump Twitter attack by are preemptively — or retroactively — announcing U.S. job creation plans.

9 Things Trump Has Said That Might Make Putin Smile
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:55:22 GMT

A selection of quotes from the president-elect.

D.C. Braces for Historic Protests at Trump's Inauguration
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:24:00 GMT

Tens of thousands of protesters are preparing to take to the streets of Washington D.C. during the 45th president's inauguration week.

Trump to Germany: You Bring Your Cars Here, You Pay 35 Percent Tax
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:15:00 GMT

Already taking aim at Mexico, President-elect Donald Trump is now warning he might enact a 35 percent tax on Canadian and German cars.

Gene Cernan, Last Astronaut on the Moon, Dies at 82
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:52:00 GMT

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon, has died with relatives by his side at a Houston hospital.

This Lawless Market Town Is a Disneyland for Gun Lovers
published: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:07:36 GMT

Want a knock-off Beretta or AK-47 that's "guaranteed" to be as good as the original at a fraction of the cost? Check out Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan.

Obama Leaves Behind a Tainted Legacy on Immigration
published: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:04:00 GMT

Obama leaves behind a mixed legacy on immigration — hope for young immigrants tinged by political impasse and the shadow of deportations.

This Was President Obama's 'Biggest Disappointment'
published: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT

President Obama discusses the limits of presidential power and his efforts to push forward gun safety legislation.


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Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction. Credit United States Army. WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison ...
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DeVos dodges toughest questions about public school plans - Politico
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Republican philanthropist Betsy DeVos pledged Tuesday that she would be “a strong advocate for great public schools,” if confirmed as Donald Trump's Education secretary. But when pressed by Democrats, she wouldn't commit to keeping federal funding ...
Betsy DeVos, Trump's education pick, lauded as bold reformer, called unfit for jobWashington Post
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Orlando Police capture suspected cop killer Markeith Loyd - New York Daily News
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Orlando Police capture suspected cop killer Markeith Loyd
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Orlando Police said they have captured the fugitive accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and the sergeant shot while attempting to bring him into custody. “We've got him!,” the department's Twitter page posted Tuesday, more than a week after ...
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Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race-bias case brought by black agents - Washington Post
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Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race-bias case brought by black agents
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The Secret Service agreed Tuesday to pay $24 million to settle a two-decade-old case in which more than 100 black agents alleged that the agency fostered a racist culture and routinely promoted white agents over more qualified African Americans, ...
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Former 'Apprentice' Contestant Files Defamation Suit Against Trump - New York Times
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Feds: McKesson Agrees To Pay $150M In Pill Shipment Case - CBS Local
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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say McKesson Corp. has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that the drug wholesaler failed to detect and report pharmacies' suspicious orders of prescription pain pills. The U.S. Justice ...

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Anti-Trump protesters are in downtown D.C. causing road closures, three days before Inauguration Day. On Tuesday evening, anti-Trump protesters kicked a march to the Trump Hotel. The protest caused road closures on K Street ...

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LITTLE ELM, Texas - Police confirm the suspect who shot and killed a Little Elm police officer was found dead in his home after a 7-hour standoff Tuesday. Detective Jerry Walker and other officers responded to 1400 block of Turtle Cove around 3 p.m ...

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Sassy Zuckerberg touts Facebook's power to defend Oculus in court - Mashable
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To love yourself

A Christian Science perspective: Yielding to God’s love shows us what we really are.

Repealing Obamacare without a replacement could leave 18 million Americans uninsured

Spotlighting potential perils for Republicans, a report Tuesday immediately became a flashing hazard light for this year's effort by Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers to annul Obama's law and — in a more complicated challenge — institute their own alternative.

Interior Secretary nominee Rep. Ryan Zinke talks climate change at confirmation hearing

In contradicting Trump, Rep. Ryan Zinke cited Glacier National Park in his home state as a prime example of the effects of climate change, noting that glaciers there have receded in his lifetime and even from one visit to the next.

Trump isn't the first president to distrust US intelligence

Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford all resented the CIA, but they learned to work with it when unexpected crises hit.

Obama grants clemency to Chelsea Manning, taking decades off the former soldier's sentence

A former Army intelligence analyst, Manning has been serving a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 classified government and military documents to WikiLeaks, along with some battlefield video.

Widow of Orlando nightclub shooter charged: What does it mean to aid and abet a terrorist?

Noor Salman, whose husband Omar Mateen rampaged through an LGBT nightclub last summer, killing 49, faces the possibility of life in prison.

Is an inauguration performance a political statement?

Some say the participation of high-profile musicians in Donald Trump's presidential inauguration concert implicitly supports the president-elect and his rhetoric. Others don't see it that way. 

Breaking the fall of trust in institutions

A global survey shows a sharp decline of trust in government, business, and other institutions. Rebuilding trust starts with qualities that lessen the fear of rapid change or end corrupt practices.

Machines learn to find patterns in quantum chaos

An Australian team has taught a program to predict the future of an unstable quantum system.

Apple-cranberry salsa

Bright and refreshing this fresh fruit salsa makes a delicious and healthy appetizer snack.

Income inequality: The good, the bad, and how to tackle it

Populism in the West is bringing concerns over economic inequality – and scrutiny over how to ameliorate it – to the forefront. Will nationalist leaders respond?

What Wal-Mart's higher wages, better training mean for US retail

Wal-Mart's plan to pay higher wages and invest more in training suggest a major shift in its business model. But to succeed, America's largest private employer may need to overcome steep mistrust from labor unions.

What history tells us about why 81 whales died in Florida stranding

Officials say that the false killer whales died after becoming stranded in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the Florida Everglades, but are searching for clues as to why they swam ashore. 

Surprise! Endangered shark hatches fatherless babies (+video)

In a switch that could help save her species, Leonie, a zebra shark at Australia's Reef HQ Aquarium, has become the first shark observed shifting from sexual to asexual reproduction, hatching three eggs containing offspring that carry only her DNA.

Theresa May’s Brexit plan takes shape (+video)

In late June, 52 percent of the British public voted to leave the European Union. In a speech today, British PM Theresa May laid out her exit strategy.

General Motors announces plans to invest $1 billion in US factories

The Detroit automaker said that it will create or keep 7,000 jobs, including 5,000 new positions in auto-financing and technology development.

Tobacco companies announce $49-billion merger – will others follow?

British American Tobacco is set to take over Reynolds American, Inc., creating the world's biggest listed tobacco company.

Trump threatens German automakers with 35 percent tariff (+video)

In an interview with German newspaper Bild published Monday, the president-elect said that he warned would impose a border tax of 35 percent on vehicles imported to the US market.

Arizona ethnic studies bill and what it means to be American

An Arizona bill that would ban ethnic studies and social justice classes at state universities revives an enduring – and increasingly partisan – debate about what it means for the US to be a multicultural nation.

Search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane suspended: When is it OK to stop looking? (+video)

After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was abandoned on Tuesday, as crews completed their search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, finding no traces of the plane. 

Emissions cheating goes global: France and Britain also investigating automakers

With US headlines about the latest on emissions cheating from Volkswagen, and now an investigation of Fiat Chrysler, the past week has not been a great one for diesel cars. Now, two automakers are subject to diesel investigations in Europe.

North Dakota bill would protect drivers who hit protesters obstructing traffic

State GOP Rep. Keith Kempenich is pushing legislation that would exempt from liability drivers who unintentionally injure or kill pedestrians obstructing traffic on public roads.

Kosovo views Serbian rail link as 'provocation,' blocks train

Authorities in Pristina view Serbia's decision to open a railway link to northern Kosovo as a violation of the disputed territory's sovereignty.

'Big Little Lies': Reese Witherspoon riffs on Hollywood and the 'Smurfette Syndrome'

The actress stars in the upcoming HBO miniseries 'Big Little Lies,' which co-stars Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz. 'It’s so refreshing to spend time with all of these women,' Witherspoon said of the project.

German court declines to ban Nazi-like political party (+video)

Germany's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) bore similarities to Adolf Hitler's Nazi party, but opted not to ban it, saying that it was too weak to endanger democracy.

Does greater school choice lead to less segregation?

Statistics suggest that charter schools and vouchers aren't a solution to segregated schools. In some cases, they can actually make it worse. 

Amid plagiarism scandal, Monica Crowley bows out of national security post

The political commentator and foreign policy adviser had been picked by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

Bankrupt retail innovator American Apparel begins layoffs

Known for its provocative ads and its commitment to keeping its manufacturing operations in the United States, the now-bankrupt retailer American Apparel says that it has started to lay off its staff.

British scientists tie the tightest knot ever

Researchers at the University of Manchester hope their chemically produced, three-strand molecular knot will some day form the foundation for very light and strong materials.

'Hidden Figures' tops box office as non-franchise, female-led movie continues to dominate (+video)

'Hidden,' the story of African-American women whose calculations helped launch John Glenn into space, came in at number one at the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Mone.

How a new campaign seeks to ensure a future for cocoa production in Ghana, a chocolate epicenter

Ghana is the second largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans, after Côte d’Ivoire. One campaign wants to make sure that cacao farming remains a productive source of income for Ghanaian farmers, and of tasty treats for chocolate lovers, long into the future. 

Inside the belly of Russia's 'propaganda machine': A visit to RT news channel

US security services have fingered the channel as a key player in the Kremlin's efforts to sway Western politics. But inside its offices, RT seems a far cry from what the US says it is – and what it aspires to be.

Study: US abortions now at lowest rate since Roe v. Wade

A survey released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute found that the annual number of abortions in the United States has dropped to the lowest rate since 1974. 

Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon, hailed as a 'patriot and a pioneer'

Eugene Cernan, who in 1972 was the most recent man to set foot on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission, died on Monday.

Oxfam: World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest half

A report from the antipoverty nonprofit Oxfam found that just eight people, all men, possess as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population.

As peace talks loom, Syrian refugees see little future in going home

Talks aimed at building on a current cease-fire are slated to begin in Kazakhstan Jan. 23. At a refugee camp in eastern Lebanon, Syrians say numerous obstacles stand in the way of returning to their homes.

Martin Luther King's son aims to bridge divide between Trump, Lewis

President-elect Donald Trump told the son of the slain civil rights leader that he intends to represent all Americans.

Truth and fake news

A Christian Science perspective: Understanding God as good helps correct any false ‘news’ about what we truly are.

In Asheville, volunteer computer programmers seek to help the most vulnerable

Among other projects in the past year, members of Code for Asheville have lent their expertise to address issues involving formerly incarcerated people and homeless individuals.

Turned away by traditional refinance lenders? Here's how federal lending programs can help.

Two new federal refinance options are meant for borrowers with high loan-to-value ratios.


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Doctor AI: Good news, I'm better at predicting when you'll die of a heart attack. Bad news is...
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You're still gonna die, probably

Artificial intelligence can predict better than real doctors when patients with serious heart disorders are likely to die. That's according to a paper published this week in Radiology.…

Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:19:13 GMT

Akatsuki probe finds huge thing lurking in planet's clouds

An enormous, mysteriously stationary structure high over the surface of Venus may be the largest gravity wave in the Solar System, according to Japanese astronomers.…

You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:03:59 GMT

Intel taps IoT tech to gather stats on shoppers

Intel promises to provide real-world retailers with the same analytics as online stores, with the release of a new internet-of-things retail platform.…

Solaris 12 disappears from Oracle's roadmap
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:53:17 GMT

Instead we're getting version '11.next', 'SPARC.next' and a Big Red SPARC IaaS

In late 2016, The Register received credible-but-ultimately-unverifiable reports that Oracle was scaling back Solaris development, perhaps with significant sackings. We chose not to publish because Oracle denied the specific allegations we'd received.…

Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:39:10 GMT

Cloud giant's staff party leaves little to imagination

Video China's biggest internet biz Tencent has apologized after women employees were filmed on their knees in front of male coworkers in a raunchy end-of-year party game.…

100 Gbps link to Europe lights up to delight researchers
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:19:11 GMT

AEConnect cable expands university research networking

Researchers are getting another 100 Gbps of dedicated connectivity between America and Europe, courtesy of a link on the AEConnect cable activated by Indiana University.…

IPv6 vulnerable to fragmentation attacks that threaten core internet routers
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:02:09 GMT

Net boffins float RFC to fix the protocol before things turn nasty

A trio of 'net experts argues that a key IPv6 protocol needs fixing to get rid of a fragmentation attack vector against routers in large-scale core networks.…

Hacker cracks Facebook with remote code execution bug
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:28:06 GMT

ImageMagick exploit earns chap US$40k bug bounty

Facebook has paid US$40,000 to vulnerability hunter Andrew Leonov for disclosing how the hacker gained remote code execution on its servers through the widely-reported ImageMagick flaw.…

Ransomware scum infect cancer non-profit
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:58:04 GMT

Net scum lowers bar.

Ransomware scum have hit a new low by infecting a not-for-profit cancer services organisation.…

What's big and red and needs 270 security patches?
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:38:47 GMT

Oracle software, that's what

Oracle has revealed its quarterly Critical Patch Update Advisory for January 2017, which offers users a buffet of 270 fixes to apply.…

SOHOpeless routers offer hard-coded credentials and command injection bugs
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:01:12 GMT

Researcher says Zyxel and Billion kit in Thailand, and probably beyond, are rotten

Yet again, home routers are the home of SOHOpelessness: Zyxel and Billion units distributed in Thailand by TrueOnline have backdoors, and the researcher who found the flaw says the vendors have ignored his attempts to notify them.…

Toshiba may sell silicon biz to contain fallout of nuke plant problems
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:42 GMT

Japanese company's foray into fission has been a fiscal flop that a RAM plant sale could fix

A troubled nuclear power station strategy in the USA has Toshiba considering the partial sale of its Japanese semiconductor business.…

Kill it with fire: US-CERT urges admins to firewall off Windows SMB
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:58:13 GMT

Shadow Brokers may have loosed a zero-day so you're better safe than sorry

The US computer emergency readiness team is recommending organisations ditch old versions of the Windows SMB protocol and firewall off access to file servers – after a potential zero-day exploit was released by the Shadow Brokers hacking group.…

Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:19:29 GMT

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg grilled over the now-$3bn VR acquisition

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg shed new light on the social network's 2014 acquisition of Oculus VR Tuesday in a Dallas federal court.…

Australia's Department of Social Services pushing ahead with data-matching plans
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:54:45 GMT

Midyear data release hopes to crowd source academic data-matching brainpower

The Centrelink “robo-debt” debacle hasn't dimmed the Australian government's enthusiasm for data-matching as a policy tool.…

HPE gobbles SimpliVity for US$650m – well below recent valuations
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:44:10 GMT

Hyperconverged unicorn loses its horn

As predicted by The Register last September, HPE has announced it will acquire hyperconverged contender SimpliVity for US$650m in cash.…

US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:29:04 GMT

Snapdragon biz broke monopoly laws, FTC claims in bombshell lawsuit

America's trade watchdog the FTC has sued Qualcomm, alleging the California-based biz trampled over US laws on fair competition.…

Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:09:46 GMT

Pack your bags Julian, you're off to America, right?

In the final days of his administration, President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's remaining sentence, meaning she'll be free on May 17, or shortly afterwards.…

Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:49:59 GMT

Can we just go ahead and call it 'the Samsung device' now?

Researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a method for building fire-extinguishing materials into standard lithium-ion batteries.…

Valley techies to protest outside Palantir – Trump adviser's creepy citizen database biz
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:50:58 GMT

Thiel's upstart has the info needed for a Muslim registry

Silicon Valley engineers will protest outside the headquarters of data analytics firm Palantir Technologies Wednesday, demanding greater transparency over how its databases may be used by the incoming Trump Administration.…

Top tip: Boost your supercomputing powers at ISC 2017
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:22:31 GMT

If you work in any HPC field, don't miss the Frankfurt conference

Promo Catch up with the latest developments in high-performance computing at the five-day 2017 ISC conference and exhibition in Frankfurt June 18-22. The theme is high-performance computing, systems and networking, as well as HPC applications in scientific and commercial environments.…

Veeam vaunts its va-va-voom as 2016 revenues unveiled
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:03:12 GMT

As if backup competition happens to someone else

It's news but kind of expected; Veeam has seen almost 30 per cent year-on-year growth in its final 2016 quarter, and full-year revenues of $607.4m. Veeam on.…

WANdisco stuffs IBM-boosted deal cash wads into its flared trouser pockets
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:37:08 GMT

Hoping to replicate Big Blue deal with additional partners

WANdisco's OEM selling deal with IBM has brought home the Big Blue bacon with total bookings up 72 per cent year-on-year to $15.5m.…

Credential-stuffers enjoy up to 2% attack success rate – report
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:29:12 GMT

It's kinda easy when all the passwords are 1234567

Hackers achieve a success rate of 0.1 to 2 per cent when reusing stolen credentials to access other sites, according to a new study by Shape Security.…

Multi-silo data-sucker Alluxio inks deal with Dell EMC
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:14:13 GMT

Follows startup's agreement with Huawei

Alluxio, the multi-silo Big Data access accelerating startup which did a deal with Huawei last year, has signed a similar one with Dell EMC for its ECS product.…

Mega UK hospitals trust Barts says IT borkage was due to trojan – not ransomware
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:03:39 GMT

Oh, well, that's all right then

Barts Health NHS Trust has blamed the disruption of its IT systems last Friday on a trojan horse infection and not ransomware.…

Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:25:12 GMT

London base in global expansion

Oracle will open a cloud region in the UK that's based in London and plans to have three data centres serving the region by mid-2017.…

Seagate hauls out fat form factor throwback hard drive
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:05:54 GMT

Bulky, low-capacity spinner built for SMBs

It's back to the future for the latest Seagate large form factor disk with a low capacity.…

Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:53:31 GMT

The real plan's under wraps?

Analysis The reality of red tape might mean the UK’s exit from the EU will take longer, and be softer, than the Prime Minister outlined today.…

Continuous Lifecycle London: Keynote, workshops announced
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:33:10 GMT

CD luminary Dave Farley to take the stage

REG EVENTS The agenda for Continuous Lifecycle is filling up, with four workshops confirmed, and our first keynote speaker revealed.…

Blighty's lords want more details on adult website check plans
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:58:07 GMT

Need to give it a good, proper scrutinising, don't you?

A House of Lords committee has called for greater detail on how the UK government intends to introduce online porn age verification plans in the Digital Economy Bill.…

Ex-Nokia IoT bods Cumulocity join hands with Teleena
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:39:12 GMT

Partnership will plug LoRa and general IoTness

Dutch Internet of Things wrangler Teleena has teamed up with Nokia-born IoT software spinoff Cumulocity to offer an end-to-end IoT service.…

Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:06:12 GMT

It had to happen sooner or sooner.... price parity with the US dollar

Apple has confirmed to developers it is raising app store prices by up to a third, more than countering any downward currency swing in the British pound since the Brexit vote in June.…

Admins rejoice. Microsoft brings Azure Automation to the UK
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:54:13 GMT

Makes its Brentrance in the South and West regions

Microsoft's slow rollout of the full suite of Azure tools in the UK has taken another step forwards today, with Automation arriving in both of its UK regions.…

Ransomware brutes smacked 1 in 3 NHS trusts last year
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:27:11 GMT

One was hit 19 times over 12 months

A third (30 per cent) of NHS trusts have been infected by ransomware, with one – the Imperial College Healthcare in London – suffering 19 attacks in just 12 months.…

Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:01:06 GMT

Or why the customer isn't always right

Engineers and designers hate committee-led engineering and design, hence the proverbial joke about the camel. And ZTE's effort to allow passing strangers to design and brand a new mobile device perhaps illustrates why.…

AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:32:08 GMT

Yeah, just don't worry about the 100k plus you've tossed on the bonfire Meg

Cynics might say Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is on thin ice when discussing job preservation in the era of AI and robotics given her own track record, but that was the thrust of her speech at Davos.…

CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:08:05 GMT

Calls for benefits of foreign workers to be recognised

Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.…

OpenIO, blind nano-nodes and coffee cup detection
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:51:15 GMT

What you don’t know, you can’t look for - obviously

Interview In a story about ARM-powered, Ethernet-addressed, object storing disk drives, I said such drives couldn’t carry out image searches at a drive-level because they would be operating "blindfolded". OpenIO says “Rubbish” to that in a blog it wrote ( I exaggerate.)…

Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:02:40 GMT

Driving assistant gives self-drivers a bit of Lip(Net)

When Nvidia popped the bonnet on its Co-Pilot "backseat driver" AI at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, most onlookers were struck by its ability to lip-read while tracking CES-going "motorists'" actions within the "car".…

Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:09:07 GMT

Social giant works both sides of news street

National elections in the UK and US, and Britain's 2016 referendum on membership of the EU demonstrated the growing power of social media to swing views and win votes.…

Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:43:12 GMT

Make a cup of tea - or a mocha - before you read this if you want a long and happy life

A cup of tea, coffee or even a mocha could extend your life, new research shows.…

Power Systems running IBM's VIOS virtualisation need a patch and reboot
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:18:08 GMT

Unless you're willing to tolerate the chance of data corruption

IBM on Saturday slipped out news of a nasty bug in its VIOS, its Virtual I/O Server that offers virtualisation services on Power Systems under AIX.…

Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:58:09 GMT

FUDalicious post argues ancient security features are just too risky

Microsoft Germany has argued that Windows 7 is no longer "fit" to be used in business.…

Search for MH370 called off after new theory about resting place is ruled out
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:38:04 GMT

Australia, Malaysia and China say no new information on plane's location has been found

Australia, Malaysia and China have suspended the search for missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370.…

Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:20:14 GMT

It's 2017 and developers are still doing really dumb things

A security firm has reverse engineered 16,000 Android apps on Google's Play store and found that over 304 contain sensitive secret keys.…

Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:54:13 GMT

Then hoovered out users' personal data, stole identities galore and spent up big

Update Dutch police are this week warning 20,000 users that their email accounts were hacked after a malicious web developer left backdoors in the sites he built.…

Auto emissions 'cheatware' scandal sparks war of words between Italy, Germany
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:33:10 GMT

EPA's allegations against Fiat Chrysler become sweary international incident

The latest “cheatware” scandal to rock the auto industry has escalated to cause inter-government tension, with Germany and Italy trading snipes over Fiat Chrysler's claims about emissions.…

Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:07 GMT

And fails: the launcher's second stage failed to ignite so it ditched into the sea

From plants to pocket-sized radios, Japan has a long history of miniaturisation, but its first attempt to shrink a satellite-launching rocket has ended with the launcher ditching into the sea.…

Docker adds continuous integration to DataKit
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:03:07 GMT

Your code tested as soon as you send it to GitHub

Here's a handy tool from Docker's GitHub repository: a continuous integration library to help manage DataKit projects.…


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published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:09:59 +0000
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Donald Trump gets new species of moth named after him - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:09:59 +0000

Commentary: An evolutionary biologist decides that his new moth discovery resembles the president-elect.

This AI scheduler is perfect for people who hate arranging meetings - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:09:25 +0000

Singapore-based Mimetic.ai's Evie is an AI that understands natural language and helps you with the thankless chore of setting up meetings.

Verizon said to have 'thousands' of Note 7s still in use - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:06:33 +0000

To persuade people to stop using the recalled handset, the carrier plans to reroute all non-911 outgoing calls to its customer service reps.

Grand Theft Mario? YouTuber drops Mario into Liberty City - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:53:23 +0000

We don't want a realistic Mario game (like, ever). But this video is pretty hilarious.

Qualcomm forced Apple into exclusive chip deal, FTC says - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:11:54 +0000

Lawsuit accuses the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips of maintaining a monopoly that extracted high royalty fees and weakened competition.

Governments suck at social media, but you deserve some blame - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:02:01 +0000

Officials are failing to reach citizens on social media, says a new report, which is fueling distrust in governments.

Zuckerberg takes the stand to defend Oculus - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:30:41 +0000

The Facebook CEO, giving testimony in a lawsuit over the virtual reality technology, describes a rushed and fraught deal nearly three years ago.

Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars' heading to Netflix - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:12:45 +0000

The comedian will also record two new standup shows and help create other programs for the video-streaming service.

Taylor Swift impersonator (age 7) divides the web - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:12:31 +0000

Commentary: More than 2 million YouTubers have already tuned in to 7-year-old Xia Vigor performing on a TV show. But is her performance wonderful or the opposite?

Inverted aquarium lets fish see above the water line - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:07:25 +0000

A whole new world comes into perspective for fish with their own personal above-the-surface glass viewing towers.

Mini brings John Cooper Works performance to Countryman crossover - Roadshow
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:00:03 +0000

Why? Because it could, that's why!

Happy 95th birthday, Betty White! Celebrate with 5 fun videos - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:21:39 +0000

Clips from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Golden Girls" and other sources help remind us why the actress and social media darling is an American treasure.

An S Pen stylus on the Galaxy S8 makes no sense, despite rumors - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:44:03 +0000

Commentary: A rumored phone case hints that the S Pen may show up on the Galaxy S8, but that doesn't fit with what we know of Samsung's Galaxy and Note phones.

Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted by Obama - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:10:12 +0000

President Barack Obama shortens Chelsea Manning's prison sentence by 28 years.

What will Valve's Gabe Newell say in an AMA? Find out today - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:13:32 +0000

You can ask Gabe Newell anything you want on Reddit this afternoon. Many people are excited to see what the blunt video game billionaire says.

School employee fired after tweet joking about student's spelling - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:01:36 +0000

Commentary: In Maryland, the woman in charge of a public school system's Twitter account finds that using wit may be frowned on by authority.

Chewbacca rips off arm in deleted 'Force Awakens' scene - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:48:32 +0000

No one messes with the Millennium Falcon without first going through one angry Wookiee.

How a mom and her kids built a home from YouTube tutorials - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:39:36 +0000

After leaving a difficult marriage, Cara Brookins, a mother of four, constructed her family a house -- and a new life.

Microsoft acquires 3D specialist Simplygon - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:18:18 +0000

The move is part of Microsoft's "3D for everyone" strategy, which will take center stage in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update.

Evernote's new app: Fewer taps, more color and better speed - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:43:44 +0000

An update to Evernote's iOS app brings a minimalist interface and easier-to-use features.

When will Alexa and Google Assistant appear in speakers that actually sound good? - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:58:09 +0000

The Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers are great at reading the weather, but can't spin a tune to save their digital lives. How long till someone makes a talking speaker that really sings?

Pagani teases topless Huayra before Geneva debut - Roadshow
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:55:18 +0000

Only a select few have seen the car already, and no, we aren't among them.

Solve this puzzle and win a job at Dyson - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:49:41 +0000

Dyson Smart Rooms is a "Crystal Maze"-style pop-up to find new software engineers.

Don't be fooled: Nintendo Switch doesn't come with the Joy-Con Charging Grip - CNET
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:28:10 +0000

Prepare to pay more.

Google Drive stuck in traffic for many users right now - CNET
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:27:53 +0000

A number of people across the US are experiencing issues accessing their Google Drive and Docs.


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NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: NASA wants humans and robots to work together as teams. To ensure that, the space agency's autonomous robotics group is currently developing new technology to improve how humans explore the solar system, and how robots can help. When NASA began working with remotely operated robots several years ago, Fong said the scientists needed a piece of software that would allow them to look at terrain and sensor data coming from autonomous robots. That led to the creation of VERVE, a "3D robot user interface," which allows scientists to see and grasp the three-dimensional world of remotely operated robots. VERVE has been used with NASA's K10 planetary rovers (a prototype mobile robot that can travel bumpy terrain), with its K-Rex planetary rovers (robot to determine soil moisture), with SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites) on the International Space Station (ISS), and with the new robot Astrobee (a robot that can fly around the ISS). In 2013, NASA carried out a series of tests with astronauts on the ISS, during which astronauts who were flying 200 miles above Earth remotely operated the K10 planetary rover in California. Because of time delay, astronauts can't just "joystick a robot," said Maria Bualat, deputy lead of intelligent robotics group at the NASA Ames Research Center. "You need a robot that can operate on its own, complete tasks on its own," she said. "On the other hand, you still want the human in the loop, because the human brings a lot of experience and very powerful cognitive ability that can deal with issues that the autonomy's not quite ready to handle." That's why, according to NASA, human capabilities and robotic capabilities comprise a powerful combination.

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AI Can Predict When Patients Will Die From Heart Failure 'With 80% Accuracy'

New submitter drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: Scientists say they have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program that is capable of predicting when patients with a serious heart disorder will die with an 80% accuracy rate. Researchers from the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) believe the software will allow doctors to better treat patients with pulmonary hypertension by determining how aggressive their treatment needs to be. The researchers' program assessed the outlook of 250 patients based on blood test results and MRI scans of their hearts. It then used the data to create a virtual 3D heart of each patient which, combined with the health records of "hundreds" of previous patients, allowed it to learn which characteristics indicated fatal heart failure within five years. The LMS scientists claim that the software was able to accurately predict patients who would still be alive after a year around 80% of the time. The computer was able to analyze patients "in seconds," promising to dramatically reduce the time it takes doctors to identify the most at-risk individuals and ensure they "give the right treatment to the right patients, at the right time." Dr Declan O'Regan, one the lead researchers from LMS, said: "This is the first time computers have interpreted heart scans to accurately predict how long patients will live. It could transform the way doctors treat heart patients. The researchers now hope to field-test the technology in hospitals in London in order to verify the data obtained from their trials, which have been published in the medical journal Radiology.

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Google Maps Starts Showing Parking Availability For Some Users

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in August, Cody found strings in his teardown of Google Maps v9.34 beta that hinted at an upcoming display of parking difficulty. The option may have crept up for some users since then, but now we have our first glance into how the feature will work since it has started showing up for more users on Maps v9.44 beta. Parking availability will be shown as a small rounded P icon next to your route duration estimate when you search for driving directions, followed by more descriptive text. As Cody's teardown showed, there are three levels to look for: Limited, Medium, and Easy. Limited parking will get the P icon to turn red. Once you start driving toward your destination, you can expand the directions to get a more descriptive explanation of the parking situation. Our tipster tells us that according to his tests, parking availability shows up for public destinations like malls and airports and various attractions. The option doesn't seem to be live for everyone on Maps v9.44 beta (APK Mirror link), so you may need to be patient to see it on your phone.

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US Antitrust Agency Sues Qualcomm Over Patent Licensing

Qualcomm shares have plunged after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company on Tuesday, accusing the company of using "anticompetitive" tactics to maintain its monopoly on a key semiconductor used in mobile phones. Reuters reports: The FTC, which works with the Justice Department to enforce antitrust law, said that San Diego-based Qualcomm used its dominant position as a supplier of certain phone chips to impose "onerous" supply and licensing terms on cellphone manufacturers and to weaken competitors. Qualcomm said in a statement that it would "vigorously contest" the complaint and denied FTC allegations that it threatened to withhold chips in order to collect unreasonable licensing fees. In its complaint, the FTC said the patents that Qualcomm sought to license are standard essential patents, which means that the industry uses them widely and they are supposed to be licensed on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. The FTC complaint also accused Qualcomm of refusing to license some standard essential patents to rival chipmakers, and of entering into an exclusive deal with Apple Inc. The FTC asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose to order Qualcomm to end these practices.

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AT&T Shuts Down 2G Network, Ends Cellular Connectivity For Original iPhone

ATT yesterday announced that its 2G wireless network was officially shut down on January 1, 2017. Since the network is no longer active, it means that, as the Verge points out, the original first-generation iPhone (also known as the iPhone 2G) will no longer receive cellular service from ATT's network. If you still happen to use an iPhone 2G, it may be time to upgrade or list it on eBay. Mac Rumors reports: Few people appear to have been using the original iPhone as there were no complaints from iPhone owners two weeks ago when the network was shuttered, but going forward, customers who keep the device as part of a collection will only be able to use it on WiFi. Originally released in June of 2007 and discontinued in 2008, the first iPhone was made obsolete by Apple back in 2013, and it has not received software updates since the 2009 release of iPhone OS 3, later renamed iOS 3. According to ATT, shutting down its 2G network frees up valuable spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G. ATT says the spectrum will be repurposed for LTE.

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Blockchain Technology Could Save Banks $12 Billion a Year

Mickeycaskill quotes a report from Silicon.co.uk: Accenture research has found Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce infrastructure costs by an average of 30 percent for eight of the world's ten biggest banks. That equates to annual cost savings of $8-12 billion. The findings of the "Banking on Blockchain: A Value Analysis for Investment Banks" report are based on an analysis of granular cost data from the eight banks to identify exactly where value could be achieved. A vast amount of cost for today's investment banks comes from complex data reconciliation and confirmation processes with their clients and counterparts, as banks maintain independent databases of transactions and customer information. However, Blockchain would enable banks to move to a shared, distributed database that spans multiple organizations. It has become increasingly obvious in recent months that blockchain will be key to the future of the banking industry, with the majority of banks expected to adopt the technology within the next three years.

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Verizon Looking To Buy Comcast or Charter, Says Report

"Two well-placed sources" told The New York Post that Verizon is considering purchasing a big cable company to help it grow demand for its wireless data products. The source said the most likely targets would be "Charter or Comcast." New York Post reports: Verizon Chief Executive Lowell McAdam may be getting ready to answer rival ATT's moves to buy DirecTV and Time Warner. To be sure, Verizon is not in talks with any cable company and may not ever make such a move. Still, McAdam has been under pressure recently with Verizon's deal to acquire Yahoo still a question mark months after two major hacks of the internet portal were revealed. The wireless giants operate on 4G wireless networks but are preparing to become a real alternative to the cable company with phone, TV and data services. To do that more effectively, the phone companies are pouring money into 5G connections that can work with cable systems to provide more stable coverage for consumers. McAdam has already given Wall Street analysts and investors big hints that he's looking at a combination with, say, a Charter Communications. In a mid-December meeting with Wall Street analysts, McAdam said a get-together between the two "makes industrial sense." Three weeks later, at CES, his comments to friends make it clear that cable distribution is a path he is exploring, perhaps more seriously than first thought. "For regulatory reasons, Verizon can't dominate in FiOS and cable, so it appears to have to set its sights on cable," an industry source said. Charter could be a seller under the right conditions, the source added, emphasizing that Malone and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge are just getting going on their vision for Charter.

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Ambulances In Sweden Will Be Able To Hijack Car Radios During Emergencies

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: The Swedish government wants to make it impossible to be caught off guard by a speeding ambulance. Sure, their sirens are loud -- but soon they'll be able to take over your car's radio. Swedish students at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a way for emergency vehicles to transit radio signals to warn other vehicles of an approaching truck. It's called the EVAM System, according to Phys.org, and it's designed to send a signal over a specific FM radio band that'll interrupt music or radio and display a test message over the system's tuner display -- so long as the car is equipped with a Radio Data System (RDS). The number of crashes caused by muted sirens is on the rise, Florian Curinga, one of the students working on the project, said. That's because of improved sound insulation in cars. Emergency vehicles in Stockholm will begin testing the system this year. The EVAM System can also predict how far in advance the message needs to be broadcast, depending on traffic speed, according to Phys.org. It may also be helpful in warning drivers about upcoming accidents, the students added. EVAM will work on two-thirds of all vehicles on the road, Curinga said. All drivers need to do is have their radio systems turned on. If a message is broadcast then, they'll see it -- and hear it -- from the tuner.

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President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence

The New York Times is reporting that President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence. What this translates to is a reduced sentence for Manning, from 35 years to just over seven years. Since Manning has already served a majority of those years, she is due to be released from federal custody on May 17th. The Verge reports: While serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, Manning leaked more than 700,000 documents to Wikileaks, including video of a 2007 airstrike in Baghdad that killed two Reuters employees. In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her role in the leak and has been held at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth for the past three years. Julian Assange, who has long been sought by U.S. and EU authorities for extradition on Swedish rape charges, had previously pledged to surrender himself to U.S. authorities if Manning was pardoned. Born Bradley Manning, Chelsea announced her gender transition the day after the verdict was handed down. "I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female," she said in a statement. "Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible." Obtaining the resulting medical treatments was extremely difficult for Manning, and was the subject of significant and sustained activism. After a lawsuit, Manning was approved for hormone therapy in 2015. In September 2016, she launched a hunger strike, demanding access to gender reassignment surgery; the military complied five days later.

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Porn Pirates Exploit Well-Known Loophole To Upload Raunchy Videos On YouTube

Adult video websites appear to be exploiting a YouTube loophole to host explicit material on the platform. An anonymous reader shares a report on The Next Web: A number of adult streaming websites have begun using a known backdoor that ultimately makes it possible to store infringing material on Google's servers -- entirely free of charge. To pull this off, the pirates essentially take advantage of YouTube's option to upload content without sharing it publicly, which effectively allows them to embed the videos on their websites and bypass Google's Content-ID takedown system. This means the content remains unlisted on YouTube and is served directly from the GoogleVideo.com domain instead. While the move hasn't gone unnoticed by the porn industry, California-based adult content-maker Dreamroom Productions claims it has made it much harder for producers to hunt down and flag infringing material, since the videos are not shared publicly.

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Uber Sues City of Seattle To Block Landmark Driver Union Ordinance

Seattle's landmark law that lets drivers for ride-hailing companies decide if they want to bargain collectively was set to go into effect today, but an Uber subsidiary has sued to block key rules of the ordinance governing which drivers get to vote on unionization and other key rules. From a report: Uber subsidiary Rasier filed a petition in King County Superior Court Tuesday to block recently-published rules from Seattle's department of Finance and Administrative Services that cover issues like which drivers get a say in whether they want to unionize, working conditions subject to bargaining and how an organization gets certified to represent drivers exclusively. In court documents, Uber called the city's process flawed and asked the court to suspend the new rules. Uber wants the city to go back and tweak the rules so that they better reflect driver conditions in the ride-hailing industry. "The City failed to provide comprehensive rules and disregarded the facts and circumstances of drivers and the industry," according to Uber's petition. "Moreover, the Cityâ(TM)s rules are inconsistent with fundamental labor law principles ensuring every worker has a voice in whether to be represented by a labor organization."

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Netflix is 'Killing' DVD Sales, Research Finds

Netflix has become the go-to destination for many movie and TV fans. The service is bringing in billions for copyright holders, but it also has a downside. New research shows that the availability of content on Netflix can severely hurt physical disc sales, which traditionally have been the industry's largest revenue source. From a report: A new study published by researchers from Hong Kong universities provides some empirical evidence on this issue. Through a natural experiment, they looked at the interplay between Netflix availability and DVD sales in the United States. The experiment took place when the Epix entertainment network, which distributes movies and TV-shows from major studios including Paramount and Lionsgate, left Netflix for Hulu in 2015. Since Hulu has a much smaller market share, these videos no longer reached a large part of the audience. At least not by default. The researchers used difference to examine the effect on DVD sales, while controlling for various other variables. The results, published in a paper this week, show that DVD sales increased significantly after the content was taken off Netflix, almost by a quarter. "Our difference-in-difference analyses show that the decline in the streaming availability of Epix's content leads to a 24.7% increase in their DVD sales in the three months after the event," the paper reads.

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Toshiba Might Spin Off Its Semiconductor Business

Toshiba is considering spinning off its semiconductor business and selling a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, the Nikkei financial daily reported on Wednesday. From the report: Toshiba will sell a roughly 20% interest in the unit for about 200 billion yen-300 billion yen ($1.77 billion-$2.66 billion) while retaining a majority stake, the newspaper reported. Besides Western Digital, U.S. investment funds are also showing interest in Toshiba's semiconductor business, the Nikkei reported, sources familiar with the matter.

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Windows 10 Privacy Changes Appease Watchdogs, But Still No Data 'Off-Switch'

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced several privacy changes in Windows 10, but it didn't give users an option to completely opt-out of data-collection feature. The announcement came at a time to coincide with a statement by the Swiss data protection and privacy regulator, the FDPIC, which last week said it would drop its threats of a lawsuit after the company "agreed to implement" a string of recommendations it made last year. The news closed the books on an investigation that began in 2015, shortly after Windows 10 was released. Though the Swiss appear satisfied, other critics are waiting for more. The French data protection watchdog, the CNIL, was equally unimpressed by Microsoft's actions, and it served the company with a notice in July to demand that it clean up its privacy settings. In an email, the CNIL said that the changes "seem to comply" with its complaint, but it's "now analyzing more in [sic] details Microsoft answers in order to know whether all the failures underlined in the formal notice do now comply with the law." ZDNet adds: Microsoft still hasn't said exactly what gets collected as part of the basic level of collection, except that the data is used to improve its software and services down the line; a reasonable ask -- but one that nonetheless lacks specifics. Microsoft said it wants users to "trust" it. And while the likelihood that the company is doing anything nefarious with users' information is frankly unlikely, the running risk is that the data could somehow be turned over to a government agency or even stolen by hackers is inescapable. That risk alone is enough for many to want to keep what's on their computer in their homes. While changing the privacy controls is a move in the right direction, it's still short of what many have called for. By ignoring the biggest privacy complaint from its consumer users -- the ability to switch off data collection altogether -- Microsoft has favored the "just enough" approach to appease the regulators. Without a way to truly opt-out, Microsoft's repeated pledge (eight times in the blog post, no less) to give its users "control" of their data comes off as a hollow soundbite.

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Safari Users Unable to Play Newer 4K Video On YouTube in Native Resolution

It appears Google recently turned on VP9 codec on YouTube for delivering 4K video. However, because of this, Safari users are unable to watch videos uploaded to the service since early December in full 4K resolution. From a report: Specifically, YouTube appears to be storing video on its servers using either the more efficient VP9 codec or the older H.264 codec. Safari only supports the latter, which explains why recently uploaded 4K videos are only able to be viewed in up to 1440p. Funnily enough, the same videos can be streamed by Safari in native 4K as long as they're embedded in another website, suggesting that the VP9 codec support requirement only applies to videos viewed directly on YouTube's website. Until Apple updates Safari to support the VP9 codec, Mac users who want to access newer 4K video on YouTube in native 2160p resolution are advised to use a different browser.John Gruber of DaringFireball writes, "I'm curious what Google's thinking is here. My guess: a subtle nudge to get more Mac users to switch from Safari to Chrome. 4K playback is going to require H.264 support if they want it to work on iOS, though."

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Ford’s 2018 Mustang Gets Shapelier and High-Techier
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Ford’s 2018 Mustang Gets Shapelier and High-Techier
Better aero, smarter computer. The post Ford’s 2018 Mustang Gets Shapelier and High-Techier appeared first on WIRED.

Obama Will Free Chelsea Manning, a Final Ceasefire in His War on Leakers
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:49:21 +0000

Obama Will Free Chelsea Manning, a Final Ceasefire in His War on Leakers
Obama prosecuted more leakers to the press under the Espionage Act than all other presidents combined; a dangerous precedent for Trump. The post Obama Will Free Chelsea Manning, a Final Ceasefire in His War on Leakers appeared first on WIRED.

So What Exactly Is the Design Industry Anyway?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:18 +0000

So What Exactly Is the Design Industry Anyway?
Google and AIGA surveyed 9,000 designers about their work. Here's what they heard back. The post So What Exactly Is the Design Industry Anyway? appeared first on WIRED.

Did LeBron James Flop? Here’s What Physics Says
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:04:55 +0000

Did LeBron James Flop? Here’s What Physics Says
In a recent game, it appears that Draymond hit LeBron. But did LeBron flop? Here is a physics analysis. The post Did LeBron James Flop? Here's What Physics Says appeared first on WIRED.

Santa Clarita Diet Trailer: Drew Barrymore Is a Funny Zombie
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:28:22 +0000

Santa Clarita Diet Trailer: Drew Barrymore Is a Funny Zombie
Eat your heart out, other zombie comedies. The post Santa Clarita Diet Trailer: Drew Barrymore Is a Funny Zombie appeared first on WIRED.

Evernote’s New App Is More Than an Update—It’s a Reboot
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Evernote’s New App Is More Than an Update—It’s a Reboot
A note-taking company is trying to become something much bigger and more powerful. The post Evernote's New App Is More Than an Update—It's a Reboot appeared first on WIRED.

One Indian State’s Grand Plan to Get 23 Million People Online
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00:22 +0000

One Indian State’s Grand Plan to Get 23 Million People Online
The state of Telangana is doing something unprecedented in India: Bringing broadband internet to every home in the region. The post One Indian State’s Grand Plan to Get 23 Million People Online appeared first on WIRED.

The Man in the Zebra Suit Knows the Secret of the Stripes
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:26 +0000

The Man in the Zebra Suit Knows the Secret of the Stripes
Tim Caro has spent 20 years trying to figure out why zebras have stripes. And he finally has an answer. The post The Man in the Zebra Suit Knows the Secret of the Stripes appeared first on WIRED.

Tech’s Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:00:49 +0000

Tech’s Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World
Personalized learning has taken off in high-powered charter schools. Now proponents are faced with figuring out how to make it work for everyone. The post Tech's Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World appeared first on WIRED.

Norway’s Reindeer Police Are Here to Save the Day
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:00:47 +0000

Norway’s Reindeer Police Are Here to Save the Day
Meet the people who follow around reindeer all day. Yes really. The post Norway’s Reindeer Police Are Here to Save the Day appeared first on WIRED.


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Priyanka Chopra Hospitalized After Sustaining Injury on Set of Quantico
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:30:00 GMT

Priyanka ChopraUPDATE: Priyanka Chopra is getting back to normal following her hospitalization. "Priyanka returned to work on Monday morning," her rep shared with E! News. "While she is...

Teen Wolf Finally Reveals Stiles' First Name and It's Definitely Unexpected
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:26:33 GMT

Teen Wolf, Dylan O'BrienMischief managed. Teen Wolf finally solved one of its biggest mysteries in the Jan. 17 episode, finally revealing Stiles' (Dylan O'Brien) real first name, and it's safe to say...

Kendall Jenner and A$AP Rocky Shop for Diamond Jewelry With Tyga and Kylie Jenner in New York City
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:45:48 GMT

Kendall Jenner, A$AP Rocky, Kylie Jenner, TygaRetail therapy never hurt anyone, especially if it's near New York City's diamond district. While enjoying another trip in the Big Apple Tuesday, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner...

4 Times Jamie Dornan Said Laters, Baby to His Christian Grey Persona
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Jamie DornanThe truth is there's about fifty shades of gray between Jamie Dornan and Christian Grey. While the actor has done a great job with bringing readers' favorite S&M entrepreneur...

Chrisley Knows Best's Savannah Chrisley Breaks Her Silence After Surviving Serious Car Accident
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Savanah Chrisley, Car Accident Savannah Chrisley is counting her blessings after surviving a frightening car accident. Hours after E! News confirmed the Chrisley Knows Best star fractured her vertebrae and experienced...

Get Your First Behind the Scenes Look at Lady Gaga's Super Bowl Halftime Show
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Lady GagaLady Gaga won't hold anything back during her 2017 Super Bowl halftime performance. Music fans were treated to the first behind the scenes look at the pop sensation's rehearsal...

New TV Series About Selena Quintanilla's Life in the Works
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:07:46 GMT

Selena Quintanilla-PerezMara Celeste Arrars spent many years investigating the death of singer Selena Quintanilla. After years of interviews with people closely involved in the star's life, the Emmy...

What Does Justin Bieber Think About Selena Gomez & The Weeknd's New Romance? Watch to Find Out!
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:02:47 GMT

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, The WeekndSelena Gomez and The Weeknd's relationship has everyone talking, even her ex Justin Bieber! Last week, the "Good For You" singer was spotted packing on the PDA with her new...

Matthew McConaughey Says "Alright, Alright" to On-Screen Body Transformations, But What About Butt Doubles?
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Gold, Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas HowardRegardless of the transformation, Matthew McConaughey can't help but look alright, alright. While taking on the role of gold prospector Kenny Wells in the upcoming movie Gold, the...

Puffer Jackets: How to Style Your Down Coat Like Kendall Jenner
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ESC: Puffer Jackets, Kendall JennerThe inevitable outer layer isn't always the most flattering. If you live in (or are just visiting) below-freezing temperatures, it can often feel like all sense of personal style gets...

Chrisley Knows Best Star Savannah Chrisley Suffering From Fractured Vertebrae and More Injuries After Serious Car Accident
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Savannah Chrisley, NYFWSavannah Chrisley was involved in a frightening car accident yesterday, and the reality star's father is sharing an exclusive update with E! News about how she's doing. In a...

Meet the Power Couples Taking Over Hollywood in 2017
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Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, The WeekndWhen you think of Hollywood power couples, the same names have come to mind for the last several years: Jay Z and Beyonc, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds and Blake...

Inside Aaron Rodgers' ''Complicated'' Relationship With His Family: How a Close Bond Formed Over Football & Faith Ended Up Broken
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Aaron RodgersAaron Rodgers' parents say they haven't talked to their NFL star son for more than two years. They may not even have his cell phone number. Presumably those closest to Rodgers,...

53 Brand-New Beauty Products You'll Want to Try, Stat
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ESC: New BeautyThe New Year festivities may be over--but you can still use it as an excuse to restock your beauty arsenal. New makeup, hair and skin-care products abound from January to March! Which...

Kate Middleton Doesn't Believe Prince William Could Run a Marathon, Plus 3 More Times She (Lovingly) Shut Him Down
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:42:04 GMT

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Kate MiddletonWho knew?! Kate Middleton has a sassy side. It's no secret that the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William love poking fun at each other, but over the years, Kate has proven that...

Alicia Keys Wears Makeup for the First Time in Nearly a Year for Allure
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Alicia Keys, Allure MagazineAlicia Keys has dared to bare her au naturel face for nearly a year now, but the 15-time Grammy winner opted for a touch of makeup for her Allure photo shoot. Although she appears make-up...

Andy Cohen Spills the Tea About the Drunkest Celebrity Guests Watch What Happens Live Has Ever Seen
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Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens LiveAndy Cohen doesn't expect the celebrity guests on Watch What Happens Live to hold anything back when they sit down for an interview on the Bravo late-night chatfest, and, in turn, he's not...

Wedding Plans Are the Last Thing on Serena Williams' Mind, But Tennis Star Is Totally Smitten With Fianc Alexis Ohanian
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Serena Williams, Alexis OhanianSerena Williams isn't shopping florists, tasting wedding cakes and picking color schemes... yet. The all-star tennis player is sweeping the Australian Open right now, and during a...

Urban Myth or Real-Life Tiff: How Did These Famous Feuds Really Start?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:35:12 GMT

Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, The Simple lifeThere's two sides to every story, but when it comes to celebrity feuds, even both sides can get a bit foggy. In Tinseltown, spats are as frequent as Instagram selfies and organic...

Jennifer Lopez's Moody New Shades of Blue Photos Will Get You Ready for Season 2
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:18:32 GMT

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Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:09:00 -0500

Reason not disclosed but his chief of staff tells CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV he's "doing fine"

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence
published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:23:18 -0500

Chelsea Manning was convicted in 2013 in military court of providing to WikiLeaks more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents

Creativity "can't be coded": Business leaders urge new thinking in age of AI
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:11:24 -0500

Business leaders at Davos weigh in on how artificial intelligence is transforming the jobs market worldwide

A president and a journalist: 17 interviews
published: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:45:35 -0500

A conversation with Steve Kroft about his 17 "60 Minutes" interviews with President Obama, and executive producer Jeff Fager's memories from behind the scenes

Suspect in fatal shooting of Orlando police sergeant captured
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:24:42 -0500

More than 1 in 5 ER patients socked by surprise medical bills, study shows
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:41:57 -0500

North Texas police detective fatally shot answering call of armed man
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:56:56 -0500

Which Dems Are Boycotting The Inauguration?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:22:53 -0500

More than 40 lawmakers won't attend the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th president

Betsy DeVos cites grizzlies in Wy. when asked about guns in schools
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:57:51 -0500

Interior nominee Ryan Zinke doesn't believe climate change is hoax
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:46:29 -0500

Maine Gov. LePage calls on NAACP to “apologize to the white people"
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:21:25 -0500

Federal watchdog: U.S. government spending "unsustainable"
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:29:01 -0500

Rhode Island sisters taken in 1985 found alive
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:08:19 -0500

Obama pardons retired Gen. James Cartwright for lying during leak probe
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:28:17 -0500

Former Klan Grand Dragon apologizes to MLK’s daughter
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:46:29 -0500

Richest NFL team owners
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Any given NFL franchise is valued, on average, at $2 billion, so it should come as no surprise that most of the league's owners claim over $1 billion in net worth

Second death in California likely linked to meningitis
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:10:14 -0500

Report: Suspected Istanbul nightclub gunman was on wanted list
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:44:05 -0500

Painting depicting cop as pig firing gun removed from Capitol display
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:31:12 -0500

3 dead after gunmen attack state prosecutors’ office in Cancun
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:20:38 -0500

Report: 3 Oregon football players hospitalized following intense workouts
published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:38:37 -0500

Pit bulls attack kids on way to school, killing one
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:18:34 -0500

Last 12 men to set foot on the moon
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:52:00 -0500

NASA's Apollo space program stretched from 1961 to 1972, culminating in a dozen men walking on the moon in its final years

Mexican governor: Kids given water instead of chemo at state-run hospitals
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:53:01 -0500

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:09:07 -0500

America's most valuable home? White House by a landslide
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:11:46 -0500

Report: Man made medieval weapon to threaten wife
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:27:42 -0500

Mysterious Planet Nine may be a captured "rogue" world
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:55:32 -0500

Police: Woman sold sick dogs for fake rescue charity
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:37:19 -0500

Weapons discovered by TSA
published: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:52:16 -0500

The airport security agency said everything from loaded handguns to grenades to sword canes are regularly found in America's airport check-in lines

Mom sentenced for death of toddler found in ravine
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:28:01 -0500

Prince Harry introduces Meghan Markle to Kate Middleton
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:20:43 -0500

Mariah Carey and Elton John perform at a wedding
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:43:35 -0500

Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley welcome baby boy
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:13:39 -0500

Behind the scenes at Davos 2017
published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:45:32 -0500

The Swiss resort town readies for the 47th annual influx of global policymakers, business leaders and heads of state

How Matt Damon's nonprofit aims to end water crisis
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:30:06 -0500

Actor's Water.org taps sponsors and "microfinancing" to bring safe water and sanitation to homes in developing countries

Meet the 8 men who are wealthier than half the globe
published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:08:54 -0500

The very richest of the very rich, this smattering of multi-billionaires controls more wealth than do 3.6 billion people

Which Dem lawmakers are skipping Trump's inauguration?
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:28:21 -0500

Thus far, over 40 Democratic members of Congress are saying they won't be there when he takes oath of office

Trump to be sworn in with two Bibles
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:15:03 -0500

One was used by Lincoln

Trump official hints at inaugural address approach, comments on Tom Price
published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:49:37 -0500

Tom Barrack sat down for an interview Tuesday with "CBS This Morning"