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February 19, 2019

House oversight committee finds Trump appointees work as nuclear shills for Saudi

A new report from the House Oversight and Reform Committee released on Tuesday shows that President Donald Trump’s appointees were working to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia while also pushing to circumvent non-proliferation standards that would prevent the country from building nuclear weapons. The report follows a trail of money between Saudi Arabia and several people […]
February 19, 2019

States cite Trump’s own words in challenging national emergency declaration

Sixteen states, led by California, are challenging President Donald Trump over his decision to bypass Congress and enact a national emergency to build wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Federal District Court Monday, attorneys general from each state argued it would be unconstitutional for the president to build his […]
February 19, 2019

Here’s what you should know about the Austrian chancellor Trump is meeting

On Wednesday, the White House will host one of Europe’s rising political stars; the 32-year-old Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz. Since becoming head of state after a knife-edge election in 2017, Kurz has endeared himself to conservatives around the globe with his youthful charm and vehement opposition to the European Union’s immigration policies. Richard Grenell, […]
February 19, 2019

Catholic mom sues after Trump-backed foster care agency calls her the wrong kind of Christian

Last month, the Trump administration issued a waiver allowing a South Carolina foster care agency to discriminate in accordance with its Protestant religious beliefs. Now, a Catholic foster care parent is challenging the exemption after the agency discriminated against her because of her faith. In a lawsuit filed by Americans United for Separation of Church […]
February 19, 2019

Chief Justice Roberts tells right-wing judges to slow their roll

On Tuesday, Chief Justice John Roberts signaled, for the second time in less than two weeks, that he’s not going to let overeager conservative judges willfully ignore the Supreme Court’s precedents — even if Roberts himself disagrees with those precedents. The first such signal came 12 days ago, when Roberts unexpectedly voted with his liberal […]
February 19, 2019

The last congressional race of the 2018 election could finally be decided this week

The North Carolina state elections board is considering whether to call a new election or declare a winner in the state’s 9th District, where the general election last November was stained by allegations of fraud. In a hearing that began Monday, state elections director Kim Strach said Leslie McCraw Dowless Jr., a political operative working […]

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February 15, 2019

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February 14, 2019

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February 14, 2019

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February 13, 2019

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February 20, 2019

Khloé Kardashian And Tristan Thompson Have Reportedly Split After Yet Another Cheating Scandal

Khloe Kardashian has reportedly broken up with Tristan Thompson after he was allegedly caught cheating on her with Jordyn Woods.
February 20, 2019

Brexit: What do Birmingham’s Number 11 bus passengers think?

Passengers on Birmingham's famous Number 11 route tell us how they feel about Brexit.
February 20, 2019

Guy gets tattoo to honor NASA’s Opportunity rover, but there’s one big problem

NASA's Opportunity rover had a long, eventful stay on Mars, but unfortunately those days are now behind us. The rover has been officially declared dead after a dust storm last year caused its batteries to remain dry and cold, preventing it from waking back up. There's been several heartfelt tributes to the robot over the past few days, and the scientific community is mourning the loss of Opportunity (or "Oppy" as it's been affectionately nicknamed) in various ways. One such tribute recently gained a lot of attention on social media, and for all the wrong reasons. Author and journalist Charles Finch posted a photo of what appears to be a genuine tattoo of a NASA rover along with the phrase "My battery is low and it's getting dark." It's not his tattoo, but whoever got it probably has some regrets. https://twitter.com/CharlesFinch/status/1096874433904439297 The phrase actually originated in a tweet that has since been misattributed to NASA. In truth, the line was written by a Twitter user to summarize the last information Opportunity sent back to Earth. It's an emotional quote, but the rover obviously didn't converse with its handlers so much as it simply sent back readings on its power level and the amount of sun hitting its solar panels. That alone might be enough to make one question the wisdom of such a tattoo, but it gets so much worse. You see, the rover depicted in the detailed ink drawing isn't actually Opportunity at all. You'll notice the lack of solar panels as a dead giveaway that this is actually an image of NASA's much younger Curiosity rover, which still happens to be alive and well on Mars today. The quote, which hints at the plight the Opportunity rover was experiencing as the dust storm swallowed Mars, eventually resulting in the rover's death, doesn't really apply to Curiosity at all. The latter rover does have batteries but its onboard nuclear power source eliminates the need for solar panels at all, and the rover doesn't need the Sun to function. It's an unfortunate circumstance for the unnamed individual who received the tattoo, but it's a nice reminder to double check things before getting inked.
February 20, 2019

West Virginia legislature kills bill to expand private, charter schools because of striking teachers

Hours into their strike Tuesday, educators in West Virginia secured a win when the state legislature killed a controversial bill that would have provided charter and private school vouchers to their state. The latest direct action from West Virginia teachers comes one year after they took to the picket lines for nine days and successfully […]
February 20, 2019

ISIS bride who wants UK return ‘to have British citizenship revoked’

British teenager Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join ISIS in 2015 and has expressed a wish to return home, is to be stripped of her UK citizenship, her family's lawyer said Tuesday.
February 20, 2019

Marvel TV president pens letter to fans, includes subtle dig at Netflix

The Hollywood Reporter is out with a piece today that announces what it describes as the "start of the new streaming world order," which may sound a bit dramatic, but is a reference to the unsurprising completion of Netflix's purge of original Marvel TV series from its platform. The motivation for the piece was the announcement yesterday of the cancellation of the final two Marvel series on Netflix -- The Punisher, the second season of which will mark the series finale, and Jessica Jones, which still has a third season on the way to Netflix that will serve as its last. However, fans shouldn't necessarily lose heart, as there's still reason to hope the heroes from at least some of these and other cancelled Marvel shows may yet live on. As evidence, we present an open letter published by Marvel TV president Jeph Loeb, who penned a sort of goodbye letter that thanks fans for their support of Marvel's series on Netflix. Earlier Marvel series Netflix had already cancelled include Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil and The Defenders. "It had never been done before," Jeph's letter begins, which you can read in full here. "Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then... "...they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City. We called them The Defenders. And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in!" He notes that Marvel assembled teams to write, produce, direct, edit and score 13 seasons and 161 one-hour episodes of television. And that everyone involved in the process "loved every minute of it." Without calling out Netflix by name, though, the letter then goes on to take a subtle dig at the streaming giant as it draws to a close -- while also hinting that there's more along these lines to come. Jeph writes, "Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters... but you know Marvel better than that. As Matthew Murdock's Dad once said, 'The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it's how he gets back up.' To be continued...!" How he "gets back up," eh? It will certainly be interesting to see whether that last comment refers to the possibility that these shows live on, are resurrected, or the characters factor in somehow to new programming that ends up on Disney+. That's, of course, the Netflix rival that Disney is preparing to launch later this year, which will be a home for streaming content from brands under the Disney corporate umbrella -- which includes Marvel.
February 20, 2019

Gender pay gap grows at hundreds of big firms

The pay gap has widened at 40% of firms that have revealed their figures ahead of the deadline.
February 20, 2019

Asthma: Young people in the UK ‘more likely to die’

The UK lags behind other wealthy nations across a number of health indicators, a report finds.
February 19, 2019

U.S. settles with Teva over keeping generic drugs off market

The U.S. government has reached a settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd over charges that its agreements with rivals impeded consumer access to lower-priced generic drugs.
February 19, 2019

Exclusive: Fed’s Williams says new economic outlook necessary for rate hikes

New York Fed President John Williams on Tuesday said he was comfortable with the level U.S. interest rates are at now and that he sees no need to raise them again unless economic growth or inflation shifts to an unexpectedly higher gear.
February 19, 2019

Michael B. Jordan, Elsie Fisher, And More Snubbed Actors To Present At The Oscars

Michael B. Jordan, Elsie Fisher, Pharrell Williams, and more join the list of presenters for the 91st annual Academy Awards.
February 19, 2019

Huawei founder strikes defiant tone in interview, says the US ‘can’t crush us’

In his first interview since the arrest of his daughter in December, Huawei's until-now reclusive founder struck a defiant tone in response to questions from the BBC -- with the billionaire businessman promising the news service that there's "no way the US can crush us." "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced," Ren Zhengei told the BBC, adding that "Even if (the US can) persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit. "If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine. And if the North goes dark, there is still the South. America doesn't represent the world. America only represents a portion of the world." It was his first such interview in recent months and something of a defiant response in the wake of continued US pressure on allies to shun Huawei products and technology. It also comes just two months after Ren's daughter, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada at the behest of US authorities over a litany of fraud-related accusations.

The US in recent weeks also made public a series of criminal charges against Huawei, which many Western governments like the US assume is a de facto arm of the Chinese government. In response to that point, Ren has granted his first TV interview with an American journalist which will air on Wednesday during CBS This Morning, with Ren offering this response to the show's co-host Bianna Golodryga when she asked if Huawei works with the Chinese government:

"For the past 30 years," he said, according to pre-released notes from CBS about the interview, "we have never done that, and the next 30 years to come, we will never do that." What about the government adding backdoors into your products, perhaps without your knowledge? "It is not possible," Ren replied. "Because across our entire organization, we've stressed once and again that we will never do that. If we did have that, with America's advanced technology, they would found that already. So that proves we do not have it ... Hypotheses are not evidence. Evidence is based on facts. If you have doubts or concerns, it's normal." Such public interactions may be starting to have at least a small effect in the company's favor. In recent days, for example, British intelligence officials seemed to break from their US counterparts, offering that they suspect they'll be able to manage any cybersecurity concerns while using Huawei products like its 5G equipment. Huawei is also pressing forward with its business plans, despite the spate of bad news: https://twitter.com/HuaweiMobile/status/1097684284352094208 The company will be unveiling its 2019 P30 Android phones at an event in Paris next month, as the tweet above and teaser video reveals.
February 19, 2019

New gestures might make Android Q look more like iOS than ever

When Google unveiled Android Pie last year, it also introduced new navigation gestures that looked a lot like what Apple did in IOS 11 for the iPhone X. The iPhone without a home button needed a new set of gestures that would allow users to get back to the home screen, open the multitasking panel, and shut down apps. Unlike iOS, which needed the new gestures, Android would have worked perfectly without the change. After all, Google kept the three-button menu in place on Android for years, even on devices that lacked physical home buttons. Come this year, Google will further refine the navigation gestures, a new leak revealed, which will make Android Q devices behave a lot like the iPhone. Many people have rightly pointed out that Apple’s gestures implementation isn’t original itself, as it looks a lot like what was available for the long-dead webOS mobile platform. But this doesn’t change the fact that Google appeared to be interested in following in Apple’s footsteps as soon as the iPhone X came out. And, per xda-developers’ findings, Google’s new gestures will give Android Q a more iPhone-like gesture navigation. The best thing about the new gestures tweaks, as seen in the video below, concerns the back button, which is going away. You’ll still have the functionality in place: You’ll just have to slide to the left on the pill-shaped virtual button to go back. But the whole thing will look a lot neater than before. Rather than having an unsightly back button next to the home button, you’ll only get the pill button in the middle. Just like the iPhone. Also different in Android Q, at least in this leaked build, is the animation for going back to the previous app. The transition from the current to the last app is smoother and looks more iPhone-like than before. The following video shows the differences between Android Pie and Android Q gestures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCM2SR5pDn4 That said, there’s no guarantee Google will actually use these new gestures inside Android Q. The new operating system will probably be available to developers around March, before the public beta launches in May. The final version of Android Q will likely be available on Pixel devices this summer.
February 19, 2019

A Reminder That Only 5 Women Have Ever Been Nominated For Best Director At The Oscars

A look at the five women who have been nominated for Best Director at the The Oscars.