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Jared Kushner: Trump's son-in-law uses WhatsApp and personal email for official White House business, attorney says

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:30

Jared Kushner uses private messaging apps and personal email to communicate about official Trump administration matters with foreign leaders – a violation of a laws governing White House records - a congressional committee has been told. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic congressman who heads the House of Representative’s oversight committee, said the lawyer of the president’s son-in-law.

Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuit

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:18

A descendant of enslaved people has sued Harvard University, alleging that the Ivy League institution has “shamelessly” profited from photos of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, claims that Harvard has ignored requests to surrender images of a man named Renty, whom she says is her great-great-great grandfather, and his daughter Delia. Lanier is suing Harvard for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of the images, asking the university to return the photos to her, pay unspecified damages, and recognise her ancestry.

What City Living Is Really Like, According to IKEA's Research for Its First NYC Store

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:40

New Yorkers, mark your calendars: the IKEA Planning Studio opens in Midtown on April 15

'I hope we have enough butter': Costco selling gigantic lobster claws at some stores, shoppers say

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:24

Giant tubs of macaroni and cheese, move over. Massive lobster claws have been spots at some Costco Wholesale clubs.

Economic Inequality: What It Is and How It Impacts You

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:00

It's nearly impossible to read the news these days without running across mentions of economic inequality. In recent months, politicians have debated the merits of raising marginal tax rates on the wealthy, a move proponents say could reduce economic inequalities. Likewise, economic inequality takes center stage when columnists discuss the extreme riches of some of today's business owners, like Jeff Bezos, who could purchase every home in Austin, Texas, according to real estate brokerage Redfin.

Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex trafficking

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:05

Those who buy sex have more power and privilege than those who sell it. There's a disgusting imbalance in every commercial sex interaction.

'Change Is Closer Than We Think.' Inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Unlikely Rise

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 05:55

Every 10 minutes or so, someone knocks on the big wooden door of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office on Capitol Hill. The noise makes staffers stiffen. It’s…

How the Deadly 737 Crashes Are Raising Major Questions About Boeing and the FAA's Safety Practices

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 05:46

Investigators probe the FAA and Boeing after two deadly crashes

Palestinian official: Israel kills unarmed man in West Bank

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:13

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The governor of the West Bank city of Bethlehem said Thursday that Israeli soldiers shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian man who was trying to aid another near the city.

New Zealand bans assault weapons within days of massacre

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:21

New Zealand imposed a ban on assault weapons Thursday, moving swiftly following the Christchurch massacre and triggering renewed calls from leading American politicians for gun controls in the United States. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons were now banned with immediate effect, making good on a pledge to the country of the military-style weapons used in last week's slaughter of 50 people.

Some Pickups Lag in Passenger Crash Protection

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:01

Crash Tests Show Some Pickup Trucks Lag in Passenger Protection Most pickup trucks fall short when it comes to protecting passengers in certain types of crashes, according to new findings from t...

Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 23:22

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday tensions between his country and Turkey had eased after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said comments by the Turkish leader that sparked the row had been taken out of context.

Love it or Hate it?: China Is Studying Russia's New Su-57 Stealth Fighter

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 23:00

The Su-57's overall capability is "not bad at all," Global Times paraphrased Wang as saying.

Police, tradesmen rush to prepare ravaged mosque for Friday prayers

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 22:58

New Zealand police and tradesmen are working intensively in the hope of readying the Al Noor mosque to hold Friday prayers, just a week after it was the centre of a racist shooting which left 50 dead. "Police have been working relentlessly, doing everything in our power to gather all appropriate evidence from what are active crime scenes so we can allow people to return to the mosques as quickly as possible," a police spokesman said, referring to Al Noor and a second mosque in Christchurch attacked by the gunman. An army of carpenters, glaziers, gardeners and carpet layers could be seen entering the Al Noor grounds Thursday and the police spokesman said they were trying to return the mosque to its original state.

Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconduct

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 22:54

A report identifies 395 Catholic clergy members in Illinois who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

USC Just Named a New President. Here's What She Said About the Admissions Scandal

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 22:03

"I am not afraid about taking on challenges," Carol Folt said.

US woman sues Harvard over 'slave ancestor' pictures

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 21:49

A US woman who says she is descended from slaves who were photographed in 1850 by a racist Harvard University professor on Wednesday sued the university over the "exploitation" of the images of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier filed suit in the northeastern state of Massachusetts over the photographs taken in South Carolina of a slave and his daughter, known only by their first names: Renty -- the patriarch of her family -- and Delia. The images, thought to be the earliest known photographs of American slaves, are currently in a museum at the university near Boston.

'I want to set the record straight': Jared Kushner's father comes to his defense in op-ed

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 21:40

The father of Jared Kushner authored an opinion piece in the Washington Post pushing back against accusations of corruption and conflicts of interest.

Loesch: CNN's gun control townhall was an embarrassing display of bias

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 21:00

CNN townhall on gun control wins award; radio host Dana Loesch on the hostility she faced during the townhall.

Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sources

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:37

Maduro's government has since 2014 used financial operations known as gold swaps to use its international reserves to gain access to cash after a slump in oil revenues left it struggling to obtain hard currency. Under the terms of the 2015 deal with Citigroup's Citibank, Venezuela was due to repay $1.1 billion of the loan on March 11, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Citibank plans to sell the gold held as a guarantee - which has a market value of roughly $1.358 billion - to recover the first tranche of the loan and will deposit the excess of roughly $258 million in a bank account in New York, two of the sources said.