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Harris pressed to get more personal about why she's running

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 06:30

Kamala Harris nodded knowingly when a black woman at a weekend candidate forum recounted watching her mother face racial discrimination during her childhood. "You and I have a similar experience growing up," said Harris, the California senator and former prosecutor who would be the first black woman elected president. It was the kind of moment some Harris advisers and allies have been waiting for: the blending of Harris' polished political resume with a revealing glimpse at the forces that have shaped her life and her vision for the presidency.

New-gen Raspberry Pi out now from $35

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 05:57

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled the fourth-generation version of its famous compact and affordable single-board computer. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is out now, priced from $35.

Iran air defence missiles must be taken seriously: experts

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 05:24

The shooting down last week of a sophisticated US drone by an Iranian missile demonstrates that Tehran's air defence capabilities can pose a challenge to US air superiority, experts say. The Global Hawk, an advanced US navy surveillance drone, was flying at high altitude -- it can reach 60,000 feet (18 kilometres) -- early Friday local time when it was struck by a ground-to-air missile by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards. "The shooting down of the drone shows Iran is revealing a capability and choosing to message it to the United States," said Becca Wasser, an analyst at Rand Corp.

Trump is tiring of Mulvaney

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 05:03

But the president is unlikely to replace his acting chief of staff for the foreseeable future, because finding a fourth chief of staff would be a heavy lift.

Susan Collins of Maine is the last New England Republican in Congress. But for how long?

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 05:00

Collins has served in the Senate for 22 years, but her opponents hope one vote can pull her down: the one she cast for Brett Kavanaugh.

BMW vows to rev up electric car rollout

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:42

German high-end carmaker BMW said Tuesday it would accelerate its plans to build new electric models, as the whole industry comes under pressure to meet strict emissions regulations. The Munich-based manufacturer will offer 25 electrified vehicles in 2023, "two years earlier than originally planned," chief executive Harald Krueger said in a statement. Of those, more than half will be all-electric while the remainder will be hybrids, BMW said.

Pete Buttigieg: I’m Proud to Be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in a Tradition That Goes Back to Stonewall

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:39

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is running to be the Democratic Party’s candidate in the 2020 presidential election. If successful, he would be the first openly gay president of the United States.Buttigieg did not respond to these four questions sent to him by The Daily Beast: When and how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots and what did you make of them? What is their significance for you? How far have LGBT people come since 1969? What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?Bill T. Jones: We Must Work Harder to Connect Stonewall to the World’s Other Liberation StrugglesInstead, Buttigieg sent this statement:“In the 50 years since Stonewall, it’s been extraordinary to see the awakening of the LGBTQ+ community. As the first out elected official running for president, it’s hard to believe how quickly these changes have come to our society, but also hard to live with just how much work remains ahead of us. “And in those 50 years we’ve seen a remarkable transformation: the awakening of an identity that learned how to exert political force and issue a moral call for our nation to do better when it comes to equality. I’m proud to be a part of that, standing on the shoulders of giants in a tradition that goes back to Stonewall and before, and I’m eager for the gains to be made on the road ahead.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

FedEx sues US government over shipment restrictions

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:09

American logistics giant FedEx sued the US government on Monday, saying Washington's restrictions on exports and imports due to growing trade disputes and sanctions created an "impossible burden" for delivery firms. The announcement of the lawsuit comes as Beijing and Washington face off in a trade war that has seen both sides exchange steep tariffs on hundreds of billions in exports. A statement by the delivery firm said the restrictions placed "an unreasonable burden on FedEx to police the millions of shipments that transit our network every day" or face heavy fines.

SpaceX Is Launching 152 Human Remains Into Space

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 22:30

The third launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy features a variety of payloads from science experiments and satellites, but along for the ride are more than 150 humans, well a small part of them.Celestis, a company that has been sending symbolic portions of human remains on space flights since 1997, has partnered with General Atomics to hitch a ride on the Orbital Test Bed satellite alongside NASA’s new Deep Space Atomic Clock, a solar array for the U.S. Air Force and other customers.The remains of 152 individuals have been installed on the small satellite, which is slated to orbit the Earth for 25 years.The cost advertised for the trip to space, dubbed the Heritage Flight, on is $4,995 a person.Celestis also advertises its Earth Rise Service for $2,495, in which cremated remains or DNA get sent into zero G space and return to Earth. The Heritage Flight is the next level up, the Earth Orbit service.Beyond that is the Luna Service to the moon’s surface and Voyager Service into deep space for $12,500 each.This will be the 16th overall launch for Celestis, and the seventh into Earth orbit. The company did send the remains of one person to the moon in 1998.It worked with friends of planetary geologist Eugene Shoemaker to place some of his remains on the NASA Lunar Prospector, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 6, 1998 and made impact on the moon on July 31, 1999.A second lunar surface flight is planned for 2020 with Celestis contracting with the company Lunar Express, a commercial company approved by the U.S. for a lunar landing mission.A deep space mission is also in the works, and included on that flight will be some of the remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.The four-hour window for tonight’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch from Kennedy Space Center opens at 11:30 p.m. and closes at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.This article by War is Boring originally appeared at War is Boring.Image: Reuters.

Supreme Court Rules That 'Scandalous' and 'Immoral' Names Can Be Trademarked

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 19:07

The Supreme Court ruled that streetwear clothing line "FUCT" can trademark its name in a 6-3 ruling.

Chinese victim's family distraught over loss

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 18:39

The family of a Chinese scholar who was abducted and killed was distraught at a news conference following the conviction of the suspect on Monday. The family's lawyer said the family can't imagine how they will live their lives without her. (June 24)

The Latest: Suspect in police killing wears bandage to court

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 18:15

A California man charged in the killing a rookie Sacramento police officer made his first court appearance wearing a gauze pad covering what officials say was a self-inflicted injury. Adel Ramos was appointed a public defender during Monday's five-minute hearing. The 45-year-old Ramos faces a murder charge that could bring him the death penalty in the killing of 26-year-old Officer Tara O'Sullivan.

The Latest: Driver denies previous drunken driving charge

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:17

A lawyer for the driver of a pickup truck in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire says his client denies being intoxicated when he was charged with drunken driving in Connecticut last month. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on May 11 in a Walmart parking lot in East Windsor, Connecticut.

What's an advanced Russian warship doing in Havana harbor?

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:11

One of the Russian navy's most advanced warships entered Havana's harbor Monday and docked at the port used until this month by U.S. cruise lines. Here are some questions and answers about the Admiral Gorshkov's travels through the Caribbean. WHAT IS THE ADMIRAL GORSHKOV?

Student debt a 'life sentence' for millions of Americans

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 16:51

Haley Walters is five years away from earning her law degree. If everything goes according to plan, she will be under a mountain of $100,000 in student debt by the time she enters the work force. Like millions of Americans, Walters is paying a steep price for an education that will likely weigh her down financially for much of her adult life.

SpaceX is about to launch the ashes of 152 people into space

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 14:34

SpaceX may be yet to launch any living human astronauts into space, but the remains of over 150 people are going to get the ride of their afterlives on Monday night thanks to the company's Falcon Heavy rocket. Among the various satellites and instruments being carried into orbit by SpaceX this evening is a collection of "spaceflight memorials" by a company called Celestis.Celestis offers a rather unique service in that it provides a way for family members to send the remains of their loved ones into space as a tribute and memorial. In this case, the company bought space aboard the Falcon Heavy and will be carrying out the wishes of many of its clients at once, sending the cremated remains of 152 people into Earth orbit.During tonight's launch -- assuming it proceeds during its scheduled launch window -- the human remains will be released into orbit aboard one of two dozen satellites the Falcon Heavy is hauling.Among those included in tonight's launch -- Celestis calls them "participants" -- are former NASA astronaut Bill Pogue, Japanese professional basketball star Masaru Tomita, and spaceflight historian Dr. James M. Busby. The full list of 152 individuals, and their memorials, is available online.Believe it or not, this isn't the first time that Celestis has sent human remains into space -- in fact, it's not even close. The company has successfully completed 15 launches already, sending the ashes of celebrities like Star Trek "Scotty" actor James Doohan and scientist Eugene Shoemaker into space in decades past.Tonight's Falcon Heavy launch is scheduled to take place at 11:30 p.m. EDT tonight (Monday, June 24th). Following the launch, Celestis will actually be hosting its own "Memorial Service" live stream to honor all of the individuals that were carried skyward. You can watch that live stream starting a couple of hours after the launch via the live stream window below.

Oman denies sending US message to Iran

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 14:06

The sultanate of Oman denied Monday that it had sent a message from the United States to Iran after the Islamic republic shot down a US drone in the Gulf. Media reports late last week said Muscat had sent a message to Tehran from US President Donald Trump, warning the Islamic republic of an impending American attack. A military strike ordered in retaliation for the downing of the US drone was called off by Trump at the last minute.

You can download the first iOS 13 public beta on iPhone and iPad right now

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 13:47

The future of Apple's mobile operating system has arrived for everyone who wants to test it today, as the first public beta for iOS 13 is now available for iPhone (as is the public beta for iPadOS). The rollout comes just a week after the second beta was seeded to developers, and now everyone is going to get a chance to test it.Providing you own a compatible device (a list of which we've conveniently included below), you can grab the public beta from Apple's beta website right now. Head over to that link, then either sign up or sign in to your account to gain access to both the iOS 13 public beta and the brand new iPadOS public beta as well.If you watched Apple's WWDC keynote, you know about all the highlights of iOS 13, including new features like Dark Mode, a redesigned volume HUD, a new Reminders app, and plenty of performance enhancements. It's not really a massive overhaul, but it appears to address many pain points of earlier releases without trying to fix anything that wasn't broken. That said, keep in mind that this is just a beta, and there will be issues.Here's the full list of compatible devices that will run iOS 13, if you're thinking about downloading the beta: * iPhone XS * iPhone XS Max * iPhone XR * iPhone X * iPhone 8 * iPhone 8 Plus * iPhone 7 * iPhone 7 Plus * iPhone 6s * iPhone 6s Plus * iPhone 6 * iPhone 6 Plus * iPhone SE * 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation * 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation * 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation * 10.5-inch iPad Pro * 9.7-inch iPad Pro * iPad Air 3rd generation * iPad Air 2 * iPad 6th generation * iPad 5th generation * iPad mini 5th generation * iPad mini 4 * iPod touch 7th generationiOS 13 will launch in full this fall alongside the next generation of iPhone models.

Three children, one woman found dead near river in South Texas; FBI investigating

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:55

Border Patrol's discovery of four bodies on Sunday near the Rio Grande river in South Texas prompted the FBI's involvement.