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The Latest: Black teen's family stoic as white cop acquitted

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 21:48

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local):

PG&E objects to judge's proposals to prevent wildfires

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 20:57

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pushed back Friday on a U.S. judge's revised proposals to prevent the utility's equipment from causing more wildfires, saying it could not "monitor every tree at every moment of every day" to ensure they don't pose a threat to its electric lines in violation of California laws.

Missouri River flooding forces evacuation of 7,500 from waterfront city

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:18

Record floodwaters that submerged vast stretches of Nebraska and Iowa farmland along America's longest river reached a new crest on Friday at the waterfront city of St. Joseph, Missouri, forcing chaotic evacuations of thousands from low-lying areas. With emergency sirens blaring as the Missouri River rose to the top of the three-story-high levee wall in St. Joseph, about 55 miles (88 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri, sheriff's deputies rushed door-to-door urging residents to flee to higher ground.

School shooting survivor stricken by 'survivor's guilt' takes own life

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:05

A teenager who survived the Parkland school shooting in Florida has killed herself while struggling with survivors' guilt, local media reported Friday. Sydney Aiello, 19, was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last February 14 when a former student opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon, killing 14 students and three staff members. Among the dead were two of Aiello's best friends, Meadow Pollack and Joaquin Oliver.

Tax refunds are $3 smaller on average versus last year after seventh week of filing season

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:02

After three weeks of rising tax refunds, the average tax refund is $3 less than a year ago.

Brazilian ex-president remains silent under questioning

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:01

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer remained silent when questioned by investigators Friday, a day after he was arrested as part of the country's sprawling Car Wash corruption probe.

We examined the gun laws of a dozen countries to show how they compare to New Zealand's new ban on semi-automatic weapons

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:51

The approach to gun laws in each of the 12 countries varies widely depending on whether owning a gun is considered a right or a privilege.

Robocalls: AT&T CEO gets spam call alert on his Apple Watch during a live interview

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:49

At an Economic Club event in Washington, DC, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was interrupted on stage by a robocall.

Google rival wants more details about Google's Android proposal

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:41

Seznam, which attracts as much advertising spend as Google in the Czech Republic, took its grievance to the European Commission nearly three years ago. It subsequently joined lobbying group FairSearch whose complaint triggered the European Commission's investigation into Google's mobile operating system Android which ultimately led to a record 4.34 billion euro ($4.9 billion) fine. Seznam is losing market share because of Google's search engine installed by default on mobiles," said Michal Feix, Seznam's former chief executive and now a partner at a consultancy advising the company.

Correction: Southern Flood Threat story

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:07

In a story March 21 about the U.S. flooding outlook, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a weather forecaster. He is Kevin Low, not Lao.

Strengthen Your Retirement Security in 7 Steps

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:47

Retirement security is the ability to live a comfortable retirement without the burden of financial stress. Early planning is the best way to ensure a financially secure retirement, but not everyone has the luxury of time to prepare. The financial decisions you make in the years approaching retirement will have a significant impact on your retirement security.

JetBlue pilots who drugged and raped flight attendants continued working for airline without repercussion, lawsuit says

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 13:20

Three female flight attendants claim they were drugged and two of them raped by two JetBlue pilots during a layover in Puerto Rico, a new lawsuit filed this week in New York federal court has claimed. At least one of the female flight attendants said she was forced to work with one of the accused pilots after the alleged rape. After making their way to a beach in Puerto Rico near the hotel they were staying during their layover in May of last year, the women were offered sips from one of the flight attendant’s alcoholic beverages.

Economic gloom hits world stock markets

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 12:47

Worries about economic growth prospects hit global stock markets on Friday, causing sharp price drops on both sides of the Atlantic.

20+ Adorable Spring-Inspired Desserts

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:18

Who was Renty? The story of the slave whose racist photos have triggered a lawsuit against Harvard

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:14

The photos of Renty and his daughter Delia, taken in nude in 1850 against their will for a Harvard University professor, are now the subject of a lawsuit that Tamara Lanier has filed this week.

UPDATE 2-U.S. sanctions Iran's nuclear research unit, urges Tehran to negotiate

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:07

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on 14 people and 17 entities connected to an Iranian research organization it said had played a central role in the country's past nuclear weapons effort and which remains active. Among those designated for sanctions was the Shahid Karimi group, which works on missile and explosive-related projects for Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, and four associated individuals, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a Statement. The United States charges that the organization, known by its Farsi acronym SPND, oversees nuclear-relevant research for Iran and is active in the training of new scientists.

Fox and Friends co-host criticises Trump for attacks on John McCain: ‘It makes absolutely no sense’

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:07

Co-host Brian Kilmeade went after Mr Trump on Thursday for the jabs, saying that the president diverted attention away from his accomplishments in order to unearth his feud with a dead man. “The problem is he swapped his own message by going after George Conway and in that speech inexplicably segueing to go after John McCain,” Mr Kilmeade said Thursday morning, reviewing a speech Mr Trump made in Ohio where he attacked the late senator and the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.

'Inland Oceans' from One of Southern Hemisphere's Worst Storms Seen from Space

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 09:46

A deadly cyclone that hit southern Africa left extensive flooding that looked like "inland oceans" in images from space taken just days after the storm made landfall.Sentinel-1, a satellite mission that's part of the European Union's Earth-observation program, Copernicus, captured imagery on March 19 that showed far-reaching floodwaters around Mozambique's town of Beira on the coast of the Indian Ocean.Cyclone Idai could turn out to be "one of the worst weather-related disasters" in the Southern Hemisphere, said Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization.In Mozambique, at least 1,000 people are feared dead and tens of thousands have lost their homes, according to the United Nations, after the cyclone made landfall on March 14, bringing heavy rainfall, a storm surge and strong winds of up to 105 mph (170 km/h). Malawi and Zimbabwe were also severely affected as Idai continued traveling west as a tropical storm. [Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit]Cyclone Idai seen from space on March 13, 2019, west of Madagascar and heading for Mozambique. ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGOHerve Verhoosel of the U.N. World Food Program said that the flooding in Mozambique from above looks like "inland oceans extending for miles and miles."This is a major humanitarian emergency that is getting bigger by the hour," Verhoosel said Tuesday (March 19). According to the Red Cross, 90 percent of Beira, which has a population of about 600,000, has been damaged or destroyed.With communication lines and roads wrecked, rescue efforts have been slow and many people remain cut off from aid.Sentinel-1 is tasked with, in part, mapping flooded areas -- like the recent flooding in the Midwest -- to help relief efforts in such situations.According to the European Space Agency, the images acquired before and after the storm offer immediate information to first responders on the extent of flooding and the location of the affected areas; eventually, that satellite data could also be used to assess environmental and property damage.The first Sentinel-1 satellite launched in 2014, and the second launched in 2016. The pair of polar-orbiting satellites have radar instruments that can "see" in the dark, as well as through clouds and rain.Sentinel-1 has also provided imagery to map flash floods in Laos and to show that an island where the Bangladesh government wants to house Rohingya Muslims is vulnerable to frequent flooding and cyclones. * Rainbow Rivers: See Gorgeous Maps of the World's Waterways * The Strangest Places on Earth (Photos) * Earth's 8 Biggest MysteriesOriginally published on Live Science.

Why is Trump’s Golan Heights announcement controversial?

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 09:36

What is the Golan Heights and what is its current status? The Golan Heights is a narrow strip of mountainous land, roughly 1,800sq km, bordering Syria, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. It has officially been recognised as part of Syria since 1944 – when the country was recognised as an independent republic – but was captured by Israeli forces in the 1967 Six-Day War, thereafter becoming Israeli-occupied territory.

Midwest flooding shuts down nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 09:15

Rail lines are washed out, and corn in storage is flood-damaged.