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Working-class Mexicans don’t want Central American immigrants, either. Here's why.

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 07:05

Before you call them hypocrites, there's a good reason why poverty-stricken Mexicans don't want Central Americans in their country.

Some US women are taking reproductive matters into their own hands: They're ordering abortion pills by mail

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 01:24

As access to abortion providers in the USA shrinks and legal restrictions pile up, women who seek abortions order pills online.

US-China trade spat, Iran tensions to dominate weighty G20

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 22:16

The trade battle between the US and China, and fears that spiralling tensions with Iran could erupt into conflict are poised to dominate a high-stakes G20 summit from Friday. With hotspots North Korea and Venezuela and a slowing world economy also high on the agenda, the two-day gathering of leaders from the world's group of 20 leading nations in Osaka, Japan, could be one of the most pivotal in years, analysts say. Trump last week sparked hopes for a detente in the long-running trade war when he said he would hold "extended" talks with Xi after a "very good telephone conversation".

Feds: Rep. Duncan Hunter paid for affairs with campaign cash

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 21:04

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing late Monday detailed allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs with five women following an indictment last year charging Hunter and his wife with misspending more than $200,000 in campaign funds on trips and other personal expenses. Margaret Hunter, who served as the six-term congressman's campaign chairwoman, pleaded guilty this month to one count of corruption and agreed to testify against her husband.

Watch Out, Russia and China: The Navy Has a New Plan to Kill Your Submarines

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 21:00

Small said the Navy is ultimately looking for a “family of systems.”Should an enemy submarine surface well beyond undersea or surface drone detection range and send intelligence to attack platforms - US Navy platforms could be vulnerable in some instances. Fortified by targeting data from well beyond the horizon, enemy subs, planes and ships might, in this case, be well-positioned for a coordinated strike.However, should an interwoven web of Navy surveillance assets track and share vital information, coordinated surface, air and undersea drones could sustain an unprecedented advantage -- and a new attack synergy could actually begin to transform maritime warfare.Enemy mines, surface ships, small boats and submarines might be detected more quickly, but, perhaps of greater importance, cross-domain drone connectivity would completely change the sensor-to-shooter kill chain. With this in mind, Navy weapons developers have put this initiative on the fast track, with the hope of rapidly networking its fleet of surface, air and undersea drones.Submarine hunting with Textron’s Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) is already breaking through to a new level of detection and attack technology, laying a foundation of progress from which to build toward a new horizon of the desired interconnected maritime drone combat. This new level of multi-domain drone networking was described at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space Symposium by Capt. Pete Small, Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Small said this is now being advanced through a collaborative effort between Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Air Systems Command.“In the command and control area we are looking to standardize protocols across UUVs, USV and UAVs,” Small said. Using common protocol standards and flexible architecture, the Navy plans to solidify what Small called “a smattering of manned and unmanned systems, satellites and ground stations communicating with the right interfaces.”Surface radio or GPS signals, coupled with various kinds of sonar or low-frequency undersea communications, form the foundation for emerging kinds of networking which bring the prospect of a new era of interconnectivity. Also, DARPA and BAE Systems are now working on an emerging GPS-like undersea networking technology as well.“You might have a destroyer that needs to operate a UUV and a USV and link back to a shore-based command and control center. You have got to have common protocols. Every unmanned system is a little different and has its own requirements. Ships and subs have different elements. You need commonality for platform integration,” Small said.

FedEx loses $2 billion, warns of headwinds in coming year

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 20:10

FedEx Corp. posted weak quarterly results in its core express business and warned Tuesday that its profit in the year ahead will be hurt by slowing growth in the world economy and the decision to drop a contract with retail giant Amazon. The delivery company reported a quarterly loss of nearly $2 billion. FedEx started a new fiscal year this month, and Chief Financial Officer Alan Graf said the company's performance, especially at FedEx Express, is being hurt by continued weakness in global trade and industrial production.

A Martian methane belch melts away

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 20:05

NASA's Curiosity Rover last week detected the highest ever levels of the colorless, odorless gas over the course of its seven year mission on the Red Planet, raising hopes it could be evidence of the existence of microbial life. Scientists have tracked a seasonal rise and fall in background methane levels but haven't been able to establish a pattern for the transient plumes. "We're more motivated than ever to keep measuring and put our brains together to figure out how methane behaves in the Martian atmosphere," said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity's project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Microsoft might beat Apple to market with an ARM-powered laptop

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 19:06

Apple is expected to replace Intel chips that typically power MacBooks with ARM-based creations of its own, and we keep seeing rumors pointing in that direction. But while Apple hasn't confirmed that it's working on A-series processors that could deliver desktop-grade performance, its partner (and rival) Qualcomm has already launched a bunch of ARM processors that can run Windows.The latest one is the Snapdragon 8cx that has been engineered specifically for notebook use. And that's the platform Microsoft might use on an upcoming Surface laptop.Windows Central's Zac Bowden said on Twitter that the latest Surface codename to keep an eye out for is "Excalibur," which is reportedly powered by an 8cx processor: a couple of months ago, we saw a Snapdragon 8cx laptop at Computex 2019, meant to demo 5G connectivity on notebooks. Qualcomm, of course, is also pushing its 5G chips, which power several of the 5G smartphones that are available in stores, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.At the time, Qualcomm partnered with Lenovo on the "Project Limitless" device, although we have no idea when this laptop will launch. Microsoft, on the other hand, is already rumored to be working on dual-display and foldable devices, with a foldable Surface tablet/laptop expected in the first half of 2020. It's unclear whether the Excalibur is related to any of these products. However, using a Snapdragon 8cx platform, complete with 5G connectivity on a foldable device, makes a great deal of sense.Intel chips have powered all of Microsoft's Surface models to date. Many future Surface laptops will likely continue to rely on Intel chips, but having Microsoft launch an ARM-based Surface would put even more pressure on Intel, as well as signal to other vendors that Windows on ARM is a real alternative.As for Apple, the company is expected to deliver a novel 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall, although the laptop will probably run on Intel chips. Other MacBook lines will also see refreshes, but there's no indication that an ARM-based MacBook will launch this year.

Relative: Gunman killed 4, self over jealousy of in-laws

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 17:06

A man who family members in California say shot four relatives to death before taking his own life was upset his wife was able to get visas for her relatives to travel from Vietnam to the United States, a relative said Tuesday. To Van Khuat said 66-year-old Chi Dinh Ta had recently called him and told him he planned to kill his in-laws, who had recently arrived in San Jose from Asia. Ta had been seething with jealousy because he was not able to bring his own family from Vietnam, Khuat said.

Baby rescued from plastic bag in Georgia

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:49

Georgia sheriff's office realeased dramatic body-cam video showing the rescue of a newborn girl who was found alive inside a plastic bag in the woods. (June 25)

Man slashes own throat in court during trial for murder of Tinder date

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:11

A man accused of killing his roommate’s Tinder date slashed his own neck during the murder trial on Monday while screaming in the courtroom. Aubrey Trail, a 52-year-old from Nebraska, yelled “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all” before swiping something across his neck.Deputies rushed to help Mr Trail as he lay bleeding on the floor. Mr Trail was referring to his 25-year-old former roommate Bailey Boswell when he cut himself. The two have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe. It was unclear how badly Mr Trail was injured during the incident. The judge presiding over the case ordered the jury to return on Tuesday morning.Authorities said Mr Trail has suffered declining health while in custody. He reportedly had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.Ms Loofe went missing in November 2017 after going on a date with Mr Boswell, who she reportedly met on the dating app Tinder. Mr Trail was Mr Boswell’s roommate at the time of the alleged murder.Prosecutors have said the two men planned Ms Loofe’s abduction and killing. Mr Trail’s attorneys have argued her death was the result of an accident that occurred during a consensual sex fantasy. Mr Boswell is still awaiting trial.Additional reporting by AP

Driver in horrific motorcycle crash pleads not guilty as details emerge

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:10

A pickup driver accused of slamming into a group of motorcycles entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in New Hampshire on 7 counts of negligent homicide.

Taj Ma Garaj Collection Being Sold Without Reserve

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:10

The single day sale through RM Sotheby’s is set for September 28th in Ohio. Well-know late car collector, John Dixon’s, collection of more than 30 highly sought after Porsches and Volkswagens is soon going under the hammer with no reserve set in the Taj Ma Garaj Collection. The auction is happening in Dayton, OH, and will feature over 350 lots of automobila and collectibles. John Dixon’s obsession with the Porsche models started when he was passed by a 911 in his muscle car in high school - from there, he was blown away by the car. He bought his own Porsche a year later, and really got serious about his car collection in the 90s. The Taj Ma Garaj collection is now considered to be one of the most eclectic Porsche and Volkswagen collections, along with Porsche unobtainium, rare literature, collectibles, engines, and an assortment of arcade ephemera. The collection was opened by John to thousands of visitors and enthusiasts over the years.“RM Sotheby’s is honored to present the Taj Ma Garaj Collection on behalf of John’s beloved wife Vickie and the Dixon family,” says Senior Car Specialist Donnie Gould, RM Sotheby’s. “The Taj Ma Garaj building is truly a Porsche enthusiast’s heaven. John Dixon was as knowledgeable about his cars as he was passionate, and what he has assembled represents sought-after high watermarks in Porsche production, alongside cars like a wrought-iron Beetle that are just plain fun. We look forward to presenting the Collection this fall and welcoming fellow Porsche collectors from far and wide.”Offered in the lots are:A 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet by Gläser, chassis no. 12355 (Est. $375,000 - $425,000) A 1957 Porsche 356 A Carrera GT Speedster Coachwork by Reutter, chassis no. 83622, (Est. $1,500,000 - $2,000,000) A 1967 Porsche 911 S Coupe, chassis no. 305860 S, (Est. $350,000 - $450,000) An exceedingly rare 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport, chassis no. WP0ZZZ93ZBS710038, (Est. $250,000 - $350,000) A 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo, chassis no.  WP0AC2996VS375198, (Est. $225,000 - $275,000) A 1953 Porsche 356 Limousine Custom, chassis no. 50146, (Est. $150,000 - $250,000) The Taj Ma Garaj collection is a Porsche lover’s dream, and it’s being offered up on behalf of John’s beloved wife Vickie and the Dixon family. It is sure to grab the attention of enthusiasts all over the world this September in Ohio. Source: RM Sotheby’s Read More... Porsche Featured At 64th Annual Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance Rothmans Replica: 1983 Porsche 911 SC Safari

Iran President Hassan Rouhani calls new US sanctions 'outrageous and idiotic'

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 15:19

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 'outrageous and idiotic.'

US border chief resigns amid outcry over treatment of migrant children

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:59

The acting commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, John Sanders, is resigning and will leave his post on July 5, amid an outcry over the treatment of detained migrant children. His departure comes amid mounting public backlash over alarmingly unsanitary conditions at an overcrowded migrant facility in Clint, Texas where the discovery of poor care and lack of access to showers or clean clothing prompted the relocation of 250 detained children. The situation has led immigration activists and Democrats to step up criticism of President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policies. Mr Sanders, whose resignation was first reported by The New York Times, has led the agency since April, when Mr Trump reshuffled the management of US immigration agencies under the Department of Homeland Security. Before taking over CBP, he was the agency's chief operating officer and had also been the Transportation Security Administration's chief technology officer. A temporary detention facility in Clint, Texas Credit: AFP Mr Trump said he had not ask for Mr Sanders to quit, calling him a good man and saying he did not know why he decided to resign. Dealing with a surge of migrants at the US -Mexico border has been a priority for Mr Trump - but the president has proven unable to push most of his goals through Congress. On Tuesday, Democrats in the House of Representatives said they plan to approve $4.5 billion (£3.5 billion) in emergency funding to address the crisis caused by the migrant surge, but the measure has drawn a veto threat from Mr Trump. "This week we have to solve the humanitarian crisis," Hakeem Jeffries, chair of the House Democratic Caucus Chairman said, predicting that the funding package would pass the House with a "strong Democratic vote." But lawmakers were also rushing to add language before the vote to mandate better health and nutrition standards at border facilities. The changes were being made after some liberal Democrats expressed alarm that not enough was being done to improve conditions at the border, where the number of migrants apprehended surged in May to the highest level since 2006.

Rothmans Replica: 1983 Porsche 911 SC Safari

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:58

While it may be a replica of the real deal, this 911 SC is ready for rallying.One of the coolest things about the 1980s was production-based racecars, which were born in order to satisfy motorsport homologation requirements. Nowadays, these vehicles are extremely valuable, due to the fact that many of them were purposefully used and driven hard.Porsche’s iconic 911 is one of these vehicles where ownership is expensive, with many examples being restoration items that are usually reserved for collectors. However, this 1983 Porsche 911 SC is both restored and ready for hard driving, as it is a replica of the Rothman East African Safari 911SCRS racecar.Trissl Sports Cars in Florence, Alabama offers this unique Porsche for sale. When the car arrived with them, it needed a full restoration after sitting in a field for 20 years. At that point, they decided to pay tribute to one of their favorite racecars of all time.Martin’s Classic Cars in Huntsville, AL rebuilt the 3.0-liter engine, and it features upgrades such as ported and polished heads from Ollie’s Engineering, an improved carburetor, Dougherty Camshafts, and race cams. Additionally, the transmission received a reseal and it utilizes a lightweight clutch kit. Trissl believes that there are around 100 miles on the engine build, but they do not have sufficient documentation to prove this, so the vehicle is sold with the true miles unknown.Vintage Auto Craft in Nashville, TN handled the paint on this Porsche, using pictures and measurements from the original Rothmans car to perfect its look. They also custom fabricated the TRE Motorsports front oil cooler to work with the factory front bumper, and sourced a rear lightweight Porsche wing and molded it to the factory trunk lid. TRE Motorsports also created a custom Hella light pod for the front of the vehicle, while Freddie Louis Auto Accessories from Huntsville, AL tackled the exterior graphics.Last but not least, this 911 rides on the factory Fuchs wheels and also features tires tread set up for usage in snow and ice. The brake system consists of Bremtek Racing parts, while TRE Motorsports cooked up a set of custom-made Bilstein coilovers.The asking price for this rally-ready 911 is $123,942, which certainly makes it harder to justify putting this Porsche through its paces. What would you do with this beautiful Porsche? Read More... Could The Singer DLS Be The Greatest Porsche 911 Ever Made? 1983 Porsche 911 SC Formerly Owned By Alton Brown Is For Sale

Here’s what Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2 could look like

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:48

If you rewind the clock back a bit to before Samsung's disastrous aborted launch of its Galaxy Fold smartphone that was supposed to have been in April, you may recall the company's lofty ambitious that looked beyond the first iteration of this new device. We were hearing estimates last year that Samsung wanted to start the Galaxy Fold's initial production run at a minimum of 1 million units and that the Fold also wouldn't be a one-off. That the company, in other words, was hoping to release a new version of the foldable phone every year, the same way it does with its Galaxy flagship devices.Fast forward to today. We still don't know when Samsung will try again for a release the Galaxy Fold, but it does appear the company is still thinking beyond it, in terms of other foldable devices.A new report out of Korea sheds light on future Samsung foldable smartphones, noting that at least two new foldables are currently in the works.In terms of the design, one of them -- perhaps the Galaxy Fold 2 -- is mentioned as folding vertically, with a sort of clamshell form factor and sporting a 6.7-inch OLED display. It's rumored to be set for a 2020 launch, which of course should be taken with a grain of salt since we still don't have Samsung's first try at this new kind of device yet.According to the report, this next foldable will be differentiated from what Samsung was trying to do with the original Galaxy Fold, which was an attempt to combine elements of a smartphone and tablet. The focus this next time around will supposedly be on "portability," and it will fold inward.The other thing this new report stresses is that foldables are still very much a part of Samsung's long-term product roadmap. The company will even reportedly house these devices within a new product family and use them as a possible new vehicle for energizing the somewhat stagnant smartphone market, thanks to customers that have gotten too-used to boring rectangular slabs that, at a high level, look and operate pretty similarly these days.All in all, certainly interesting, but look. Samsung is nothing if not an incredibly ambitious consumer electronics giant, and it's good to see an appetite for experimentation. We still need to see a lot more evidence, however, before we'll be convinced that mainstream users will regard foldable smartphones as The Next Big Thing. Best of luck, though!

Jeremy Hunt rules Britain out of US-Iran war as Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani exchange insults

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:42

Donald Trump threatened Iran with “obliteration” after the country’s president questioned his mental health for imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader.  The exchange of insults came as Britain ruled itself out of a potential war between the two sides.  Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, told the Commons on Tuesday: "The US is our closest ally, we talk to them the whole time, we consider any requests that they say carefully, but I cannot envisage any situation where they request or we agree to any moves to go to war. "The message we are sending with our partners in the European Union particularly the French and the Germans is that with respect to Iran's nuclear programme, this is a crucial week.” Mr Trump signed an executive order imposing financial sanctions on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's head of state, and several senior military commanders on Monday in retaliation for the downing of a US surveillance drone last week. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ws placed under fresh US sanctions on Monday US officials said they expected to sanction Javad Zarif, the foreign minister, in the near future. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, simultaneously said the US was ready for talks with Iran without pre-conditions.  Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, said in a televised address on Tuesday that the mixed messages showed the White House had “lost its mind.” "You sanction the foreign minister simultaneously with a request for talks," he said in a televised address. "The White House is afflicted by mental disability and does not know what to do." There was debate about whether the Persian word used by Mr Rouhani was better rendered as "retardation".  An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said separately that the sanctions against Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s head of state, breached international practice and meant “closing the door to diplomacy.” In an apparent response to Mr Rouhani, Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words “nice” or “compassion,” they never have.” The US has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 and May 12 Credit: Iranian Students' News Agency, ISNA He went on: “Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!” The sanctions were the latest measure in a campaign of “maximum pressure” that US officials say is designed to force Iran to accept re-writing the 2015 nuclear deal with more restrictive terms.  Mr Trump pulled the United States out of the deal, which offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program, in May 2018.  Iran's economy has been hit hard by renewed US sanctions, but it has ruled out revisiting the 2015 agreement.  Iran has said it expects its low enriched uranium stocks to exceed the limit set by a 2015 nuclear deal by Friday because the US is no longer buying the excess.  It has also said it will incrementally relinquish other commitments under deal from July 7 unless the EU, Britain, France, and Germany  - the European signatories to the agreement - find a way to allow it to sell oil and access the revenues.     Over the past two months tensions have led to military confrontation, with the US and its allies blaming Iran for mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, mortar attacks on US facilities in Iraq, and missile strikes against Saudi Arabia by Yemeni Houthi rebels.  Last week Mr Trump said he ordered but then cancelled military strikes on Iran after it shot down a US surveillance drone last.

Ex-priest dies months into imprisonment for raping boys

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:42

A former Catholic priest who pleaded guilty last year to raping two boys decades earlier has died just several months into a 20-year prison sentence in South Carolina. Wayland Yoder Brown, 75, died at a hospital June 8 from what appear to be natural causes, South Carolina Corrections Department spokeswoman Chrysti Shain said Tuesday. The ex-priest had been imprisoned since his guilty plea last October.

9 Oil Stocks to Buy When Oil Prices Are Low

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:41

Bank of America analyst Doug Leggate recently lowered his oil price forecast for the second half of 2019 from $68 per barrel to $63, but Leggate says there are still plenty of value opportunities among oil stocks today. Here are nine oil stocks Leggate recommends. Leggate says Exxon has the strongest project pipeline of any oil major, including developments in Guyana and the U.S. Permian Basin.