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Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jail

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 21:40

Larry Hopkins, 69, whose group of self-styled citizen border cops drew condemnation from civil liberties advocates, suffered broken ribs in the beating by fellow inmates on Tuesday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to his attorney, Kelly O'Connell. Hopkins was arrested on Saturday by the FBI on an outstanding warrant accusing him of being a felon in illegal possession of firearms, a charge dating back to a 2017 search of his home. The detention facility, about 200 miles south of Albuquerque, confirmed that Hopkins was "the alleged victim" of a Tuesday night attack and said the incident was under investigation.

The Latest: Kim upbeat on eve of 1st summit with Putin

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 21:20

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the summit between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un (all times local):

An elderly widow was eating alone when 3 young men invited her to their table in a now-viral act of kindness

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 20:09

A young man from Alabama is reminding people to go visit their grandparents after his story about dining with an elderly widow went viral.

Barr Will Testify on Mueller Report Next Week to Senate

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 19:09

Attorney General William Barr will testify next week on Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee and answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's final report, released last week.Barr will appear at 10am on May 1 before the Senate committee, chaired by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, according to a press release from the committee. He is expected to testify to the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee the next day.The redacted version of Mueller's report, which sent shockwaves through Washington when it was released Thursday, concluded that “the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges” related to the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia but left up to Congress the decision of whether to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.Lawmakers will likely grill Barr on the origins of the probe, including the infamous "Steele Dossier," as well has his claim to Congress earlier this month that “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign.“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” Barr told Congress earlier this month.The attorney general has been excoriated by Democrats for handling the report in a way that they say unfairly favors the president, from his four-page summary of the 448-page report to his decision to hold a press conference before instead of after the report's release, which they said misrepresented the gravity of Mueller's findings.During his press conference minutes prior to the rollout of the report, Barr said Trump was “frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks” to the press.

13-year-old girl dies after being jumped by classmates in Texas

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:35

A 13-year-old Texas girl has died after slipping into a coma following a fight with two teens who jumped her as she walked home from school - including one assailant who kicked her in the head, the girl's mother said.

Family Members Ordered to Face Trial After Teen Found Starving in Barn

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:42

Two suspects charged after a teenage boy was found starving on a property near Meeker, Oklahoma were bound over for trial on charges of child neglect, but not child abuse.

UPDATE 3-Visa profit jumps, lower cross-border volume weighs on shares

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:22

Visa Inc reported higher expenses and lower spending by people using its cards abroad on Wednesday even as increased overall consumer spending drove quarterly profit 14 percent higher. Shares of the company were trading lower after the bell as investors worried over a slide in cross-border volume growth, which measures the value of transactions made on a Visa card outside a customer's home country. The company and its rival Mastercard had recently come under fire for charging high fees on tourist cards in the European Union.

Global groundings of Boeing 737 Max lower company's profit, revenue in first quarter

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:31

Boeing's first-quarter revenue and profit took a hit from the global groundings of its 737 Max jets following two fatal crashes.

How to cancel an app subscription on iPhone or iPad

Macworld - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:53

Signing up for a subscription service like Apple News+ through iOS is kind of fun. A menu pops pop, you activate Face ID or Touch ID, and the world’s most satisfying ding lets you know your purchase was successful. It’s simplicity itself.

As for unsubscribing? That’s not so simple, but it’s better than it used to be. For years Apple would make you venture into depths of the Settings app that you probably never even knew existed in order to find your list of subscriptions, and you can still take that route if you wish. Now, though, Apple now lets you access your subscriptions directly through the App Store app. It’s still not incredibly intuitive, but it’s a massive improvement over the hoops we had to jump through.

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This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra Will Break All The Necks

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:50

This may be a replica, but it’s the only one licensed by Shelby. This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra has the sleek, instantly recognizable looks of the original Shelby Cobra, making it a standout in a sea of cool cars.

Sri Lanka shakes up top security posts after deadly bombings

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:17

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president shook up the country's top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, his office said Wednesday.

US STOCKS-S&P 500 hovers below record highs on mixed earnings

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 13:07

U.S. stocks hovered below their all-time highs on Wednesday, as investors digested a mixed batch of earnings reports and losses in energy stocks limited gains on the indexes. The S&P 500 is 0.3% below its record high of 2,940.91 hit in late September.

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Macworld - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:31
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Macworld - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:22
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Trump praises AOC about VA healthcare — before completely contradicting her

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:11

Donald Trump has praised Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter over comments she made last week about the Department of Veterans Affairs — while simultaneously undermining her stance on the issue of privatising health care for US veterans. The president claimed the agency “is doing great” thanks to his administration in a tweet, seemingly undermining the fundamental point the 29-year-old lawmaker was making during a town hall event in New York. Mr Trump supported at least a portion of the congresswoman’s statements surrounding veterans’ health care in America, writing Wednesday, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is correct, the VA is not broken, it is doing great. But that is only because of the Trump administration.” Ms Ocasio-Cortez was speaking out against efforts by the Republican Party to privatise the VA — the second largest federal department following Defence — when she said at a town hall event in New York, “When it comes to the VA, all I can think of is that classic refrain that my parents always told me growing up, which is that, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’” “That is their opening approach that we have seen when it comes to privatisation,” she continued. “the idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimised, tinkered with, until — until we don’t even recognise it anymore.”More follows...

Flying Southwest to Hawaii: Coconut rum, snack packs and 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:12

USA TODAY flew to Hawaii on Southwest Airlines and back on Hawaiian Airlines to compare the experience.

Ford invests $500 mn in electric vehicle startup Rivian

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:43

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it was investing $500 million in Rivian as part of a strategic partnership with the startup developing electric pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. The tieup will enable Ford to develop its own branded electric vehicle using Rivian's "flexible skateboard platform," according to a statement from the two companies. "As we continue in our transformation of Ford with new forms of intelligent vehicles and propulsion, this partnership with Rivian brings a fresh approach to both," said Jim Hackett, Ford president and chief executive.

See this Aircraft Carrier? It Was One of the Worst To Ever Set Sail.

Top Stories - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:33

On September 15th, 1942 USS Wasp was struck by three torpedoes from the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-19. Wasp at first though survivable and was even able to remain under her own power, but gasoline fires swept through the ship and made her recovery impossible. After five hours the order was given to abandon ship, and Wasp was scuttled by three torpedoes fired by the destroyer USS Lansdowne. Of the ship’s 2,247 crew, 193 were killed and 366 wounded.(This first appeared last month.)The U.S. Navy rose to prominence during World War II from just one of many major naval powers to the undisputed greatest in just four short years. This was in large part due to the expansion and effective use of its aircraft carrier fleet. Although most American flattops that fought in the war were highly successful designs one, USS Wasp, was fatally compromised by the need to conform to international treaty obligations. The result was a carrier that was quickly sunk early on in the war, making only a modest contribution to the overall effort.A Treaty Like No Other: One of the most ambitious conventional arms control treaties ever signed was the Washington Naval Treaty. The multinational treaty was negotiated between 1921 and 1922 and resulted in limits in the size of individual warships and the overall tonnage of the navies of the United Kingdom, United States, Italy, and France.

The Mac is becoming more like iOS—and I think I like it

Macworld - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 07:00

I fell in love with the Mac nearly 30 years ago, in the fall of 1989. It’s been the center of my tech world ever since, and I’ve been writing about it professionally for 25 years. And yet these past months, I’ve noticed something strange creeping into my thoughts occasionally while I sit at my desk working on my iMac Pro: iOS does this better.

It’s disconcerting, after three decades, to suddenly find that manipulation of files and folders in the Finder has gone from being business as usual to seeming like it’s more fuss and effort than is necessary. And yet that’s where I am now, thanks to a couple of years of using an iPad Pro rather than a MacBook Air whenever I’m away from my desk. The iPad, she has infected me. And I fear there is no cure.

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