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Taking a Closer Look at Japan's Futuristic Attack Submarine

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:40

The sleek underwater warship will ensure the country is defended by the best non-nuclear submarines around.

Houston infant dies with 90-plus fractures; parents charged

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:34

The parents of a Houston newborn who suffered a cracked skull and more than 90 fractures just days after being brought home from the hospital were arrested in their daughter's death, according to police and Harris County prosecutors. Jazmine Robin, who was born prematurely, was 10 weeks old when she died July 15, 12 days after leaving the hospital, prosecutors said Monday. "The evidence shows that Baby Jazmine fell victim to the very people who were supposed to protect her the most in this world," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.

Border Patrol chief resigns as migrant children are sent back to Texas camp

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:19

About 100 migrant children who were moved Monday from a detention facility where conditions had been described as “unconscionable” were moved back to the camp on Tuesday as border chief John Sanders announced he was stepping down.

PG&E cuts down stunned homeowner's trees for fire mitigation

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:08

A Pleasant Hill man thought he had an agreement with PG&E to trim his trees. Here's what happened when he saw PG&E crews chopping them down instead.

Acting CBP Chief to Resign amid Backlash over Treatment of Detained Migrants

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:51

John Sanders, the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will resign in the coming weeks as the public outcry over the treatment of detained migrants at the southern border continues to escalate, the New York Times reported Tuesday.Sanders has served as CBP commissioner since President Trump appointed Kevin McAleenan to serve as acting secretary of homeland security following the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen in April.News of the resignation comes as harrowing reports of unsanitary conditions at CBP holding facilities continue to emerge.More than 300 children were removed from a CBP holding facility outside El Paso, Texas on Tuesday after a group of lawyers visiting the facility said children there hadn't been bathed in days and often went to bed hungry, the Associated Press reported.The attorneys' reports added increased urgency to administration officials' requests for additional funding to adequately shelter and provide medical care to the record 144,000 asylum-seekers who arrived at the border in the month of May, and those who continue to arrive each day.In response to those calls, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will vote this week on a $4.5 billion aid package designed to allocate more resources to CBP and the Department of Health and Human Services, which assumes responsibility for detained migrants after they are processed by CBP.If passed, the funding will go toward increased manpower, medical care, and courtroom space to facilitate the processing of asylum claims. But the legislation's passage has been imperiled by a companion bill, advanced by House Democrats, that places restrictions on allocating funding toward Department of Defense enforcement mechanisms and increased detention beds, and instead calls for more counselors and other humanitarian measures.The White House criticized the House bill on Tuesday, saying it would “hamstring” enforcement capabilities, thereby increasing the population of asylum-seekers currently overwhelming federal resources.“After ignoring the Administration’s request for desperately needed funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border for over a month, and despite the efforts of the House minority, the House majority has put forward a partisan bill that underfunds necessary accounts and seeks to take advantage of the current crisis by inserting policy provisions that would make our country less safe,” the White House’s Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. “Because this bill does not provide adequate funding to meet the current crisis, and because it contains partisan provisions designed to hamstring the Administration’s border enforcement efforts, the Administration opposes its passage.”Update 5:06p.m.: Mark Morgan, acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, will replace John Sanders as Border Patrol chief, the Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon.

Here’s Your Chance To Own A Very Rare Factory 1969 Z28 Camaro

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:48

You’ll be hard pressed to find a first-generation Camaro is this close to original condition! Representing the last year run of the first-generation of the F-Body platform, this 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 is a numbers matching car with a lot of important things to note about it. Outside of being from one of the most desirable eras of the nameplate, it’s also sporting a rare color and low mileage. The best thing about this car is that it’s ready for a new home from Sunnyside Classics. This Camaro has a mere 17,800 miles on the clock since new, and has plenty of life left in it as a street machine, or a show car. Tagged with the original X33, D80  Z28 callouts, this original Z28 has never been messed with. Of the approximate 165,000 Camaros made in 1969, only 20,302 were produced as Z28s, and who knows how many are even left on the road, and even less than that would be in this mileage and condition. More to Read...First Battle Of The Builders Champ 1969 CamaroNow's Your Chance To Own A 2019 Petty’s Garage Warrior MustangAdding to the rarity of this being a 1968 Camaro Z28 trim, is the fact that the car is also a 10 Black Paint coded car with hounds tooth interior - making this a very rare gem. According to the ad, and sourced by Camaro Research Group, only about 2-percent of the Z28s that left the factory in 1969 were black, so we’re done to around 400 ever made like this. Otherwise, the car is in excellent condition as it sits, with only one repaint done, and completely solid panels. The engine is correct to the factory stamped code, as are the transmission and rearend. It also has block 3970010, head 3927186, 12 Bolt with 4:10 gears, power steering, power brakes, and chambered exhaust. This car will not last long on the market, so check it out now.

2021 Ford Bronco to Get 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Engine, according to an Online Parts Configurator

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:30

Multi-line retailer Canadian Tire inadvertently revealed the future Bronco's engine on its website.

Miss Hooters Tennessee finalist arrested, accused of trashing boyfriend's house after breakup

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:25

Madison Rogers, Miss Hooters Tennessee contestant, faces burglary and vandalism charges after police said she destroyed part of ex-boyfriend's house.

Iran: US botched retaliatory cyberattack, faces 'crushing response' to drones

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:23

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks ahead of a planned announcement of new economic sanctions targeting Iran.

Replica clock find sparks hope for Notre-Dame restoration

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:16

An accidental discovery of a 19th-century clock in a dusty church storage room in Paris has sparked hopes that it can be used to replace a timepiece destroyed in the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral. The ruined clock in Notre-Dame, which measured two metres (6.5 feet) across, was located beneath the roof and spire of the Gothic monument which crashed down in the blaze that stunned France in April. Then French clockmaker Jean-Baptiste Viot stumbled across an almost identical version while completing an inventory last month at Saint Trinite church in northern Paris, four kilometres (2.5 miles) away from Notre-Dame.

Skydiving plane in Hawaii crash was involved in previous terrifying incident

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:58

The skydiving plane that crashed in Hawaii on Friday, killing all 11 aboard, had been involved in a terrifying incident before that.

Hackers linked to China stole private data from wireless telcos around the world

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:44

For a few years now, high-ranking US intelligence officials warned that Huawei is a security threat for America and its allies. Its networking equipment can allegedly be used for spying operations against the West, and Huawei has been contesting these reports for as many years. However, these security concerns are the basis of the recent bans against the Chinese conglomerate. The company can't do business with US companies, and it can't provide telecom equipment in the US. Add to that the complex US-China trade war, and it's easy to see why Huawei has been in the spotlight lately.But just as Huawei is trying to fix these issues and improve its image in dealings with other countries, a scathing report from a cybersecurity company tells us that a group of hackers tied to the Chinese government has been hacking more than a dozen global telecommunication companies for years, and stealing large amounts of personal and corporate data. The report doesn't implicate Huawei in any way but makes it clear that a nation-state is responsible for the cyber heist, with China being the likeliest candidate.Cybereason says the attackers compromised companies in more than 30 countries over the past few years with sophisticated attacks that were aimed at obtaining permanent access to data, copying personal data, and avoiding detection, Reuters reports. These attacks occurred in stages, with the hackers changing strategies for different missions and adapting to avoid being discovered by cybersecurity teams."For this level of sophistication, it's not a criminal group. It is a government that has capabilities that can do this kind of attack," Cybereason CEO Lior Div said. "They built a perfect espionage environment," the exec added. "They could grab information as they please on the targets that they are interested in."The security company did not name the carriers that were affected or the countries they operate in, but Reuters says people familiar with Chinese hacking operations claim Beijing was increasingly targeting telcos in Western Europe.The object of the "Operation Soft Cell" hacks was to steal data related to the calls that certain targets may have made. The data includes device details, physical locations, device vendors and versions, as well as the sources, destinations, and durations of calls, as Cybereason explains in a blog post.The fact the hackers weren't looking to steal money is an indication that it's the kind of cyber attack a nation-state would pull off. And the hackers were able to extract quite a lot of data. In some cases, they compromised the target's entire active directory, which means "compromising every single username and password in the organization, along with other personally identifiable information, billing data, call detail records, credentials, email servers, geo-location of users, and more."Cybereason says hacking group APT10, associated with the Chinese government, is the likely culprit behind the hack. Meanwhile, China has denied everything. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said that he was not aware of the report, adding that "we would never allow anyone to engage in such activities on Chinese soil or using Chinese infrastructure."

Toy Car for a Grown Up: 2013 Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:36

This special edition of the Camaro has just 824 miles on its odometer.There’s a somewhat common sentiment in the automotive world stating that when people get older, their toys only get bigger. A good example of this is the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition, which adds stylistic influence from the renowned toy maker to a muscle car with a V8 engine and a manual transmission. Mutual Enterprises in Springfield, Massachusetts offers this limited-production Camaro for sale, noting that the vehicle’s single owner was a collector. What makes the Hot Wheels Edition special? First, there’s the striking Kinetic Blue exterior paint color, which definitely isn’t going to divert any attention away from this muscle car. Additionally, there are exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels and various bits of Hot Wheels badging.Inside the cabin, you’ll find a black leather interior with red stitching, and of course, there are Hot Wheels logos embroidered into the seats. Because Chevrolet based this example on the SS trim, it also features a heads up information display.Incredibly, this Camaro only has 824 miles on the odometer.The Hot Wheels Edition was available as either a 2LT V6 or a 2SS V8 model. Luckily for potential buyers, this example is the latter, with its 6.2-liter V8 engine pairing to a manual transmission to drive the rear wheels. Also, the vehicle features a dual mode exhaust, which was a factory option.Mutual Enterprises is asking $34,995 for this special edition Camaro, which seems like a pretty stellar deal, considering the car cost over $37,000 new and the Hot Wheels option package was $6,995 itself. Would you add some miles to this full-size fun toy, or would you continue to treat it as a collectible?  Read More... Boosted 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Murders Tires 2018 Dodge Demon Could Be Yours

Mueller could face 2 subpoenas to testify before Congress

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:14

The House Intelligence and Judiciary committees are both eyeing subpoenas to the former special counsel.

Jussie Smollett: Chicago police share previously unseen video of rope around actor's neck

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:34

In video shared by Chicago police, Jussie Smollett is seen wearing a noose, and men are seen buying supplies to carry out the allegedly-staged attack.

2018 Dodge Demon Could Be Yours

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:23

The Demon is a truly wicked modern classic muscle car. Few cars, modern or from any time period, can match the pure attitude of this 2018 Dodge Demon. While the pictures certainly make it apparent this is no regular Dodge Challenger, to see one in person you get the full effect. Even people who don’t normally pay attention to cars will stop and notice this one. It’s loud and the exterior screams aggression. This is the ride you want to turn heads and draw loads of stares. You have Petty’s Garage to thank for the opportunity to own this car.The powertrain setup on the Demon is the stuff of legends. Out of the factory the 2.7-liter supercharger gulps tons of air. It feeds the 6.2-liter V8 engine with glee, pushing a peak 808-horsepower. It gets even better with a 3.09:1 gearing for the rear, dual fuel pumps, and so much more. NHRA certified it as the world’s fastest production car for the quarter mile with a time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph.Adding to the sinister nature of this car is the all-black exterior. The silky smooth paint job showcases the super wide ram air intake in the hood, the fender bulges, and even make the red Demon logos just in front of the doors jump out. An absence of brightwork almost screams at onlookers that they should be in awe to behold such a muscle machine.Of course, Petty’s Garage has added some extra goodies to a car that’s already loaded, making it that much sweeter. You get a Petty’s Garage rear racing spoiler and custom painted graphics. In addition, the car rolls on custom 20-inch wheels with Continental tires for an even more compelling setup.You can’t go wrong investing in a Demon. People lined up for the opportunity to buy one when it was announced, thanks to plenty of press about the crazy horsepower output and other details. It’s a car people will remember fondly for some time. This particular 2018 Dodge Demon is Number 0043 off the production line. More American Cars 2016 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Gets Petty’s Power Upgrade Pristine 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 On The Market

Turkey's leader vows to heed 'messages' of Istanbul election

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:12

Addressing legislators from his ruling party in Parliament, Erdogan again congratulated opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu who garnered 54.21% of the vote in Istanbul on Sunday to become Istanbul's mayor. Erdogan had previously congratulated Imamoglu in a tweet.

NATO calls on Russia to destroy new missile, warns of response

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:46

On Tuesday, NATO urged Russia to destroy a new missile to save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.

Would U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Lose a War to Iran?

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 07:50

The recent oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman reinforce the need to reestablish a highly visible U.S. naval deterrent in the Middle East. For eight months last year, no aircraft carrier strike group plied the region, the longest such interruption this millennium. With the United States needing a more robust posture against Iran and confronting renewed challenges in Asia and Europe, several immediate measures and concerted longer-term efforts are critical to ensure America has the carriers it needs.The requirement to maintain carrier presence in the Middle East is a critical part of a broader national security strategy, in which U.S. global security interests necessitate a worldwide force presence. Indeed, the Navy's mission demands remain as high as those of the Cold War, calling on ships to be everywhere seemingly at once, but today's fleet is less than half the size it was 30 years ago.During the Obama administration, a “rebalance” supposedly allowed the Pentagon to focus on Asia and Europe while washing its hands of the Middle East. In reality, we never effectively rebalanced forces in the Indo-Pacific, and the situation on the ground forced us to remain deeply involved in the Middle East. Now with a growing Iranian threat, it would be imprudent to suddenly abandon the region, even as we face renewed challenges in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean.Indeed, Iran’s threat to the region continues growing as its recent attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman demonstrate. Its reliance on violent sectarianism helps fuel Sunni extremist groups like ISIS. This also places Tehran’s proxies on the borders of key U.S. allies. Beginning next year, Tehran can start upgrading its conventional and missile arsenals as U.N. arms embargoes expire. It is also threatening to resume progress toward nuclear weapons.The Trump Administration is pursuing robust sanctions, but these alone are likely insufficient to prevent Tehran’s aggression and reassure our regional allies.Credible forward deployed military capability – like a carrier strike group – provides real options for American policymakers. Last month’s intelligence suggesting Iran was ready to move against U.S. interests in the Middle East demonstrates how the absence of such forces could embolden Iran. Responding to this intelligence, the prompt movement of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group into the region has dramatically increased the U.S. force posture. Effective deterrence of Iran will require persistent, visible, and credible military capability.A combination of far-reaching and short-term policy changes can address this challenge.