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Mother testifies about horror of finding kids slain by nanny

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:56

NEW YORK (AP) — The Manhattan apartment was eerily quiet for a home with three little kids. The only light glowed from a bathroom. That's where Marina Krim found her two children — covered in blood, slaughtered by the family's trusted nanny.

16 Tweets That Will Make All Introverts Say 'Me'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:40

If you’re an introvert, you likely value your alone time. You think before you speak. You’d much rather socialize one-on-one than in a group. A phone call is probably your worst nightmare. But most of all, you are silently strong.

New York mother says finding slain children was a 'nightmare'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:22

After opening statements in which the prosecution described the grisly killings and the defense urged jurors to find the nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, not guilty by reason of insanity, the mother of the slain children appeared as the first witness. Marina Krim recounted going home to her luxury apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Oct. 25, 2012, only to discover her daughter Lucia, 6, nicknamed Lulu, and son Leo, 2, stabbed to death. Ortega, 55, on trial for two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder, planned the killing, waiting to be alone with the children and using the family's kitchen knives, said Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Courtney Groves.

CEO of gunmaker that produced Florida shooter's weapon: 'I share nation's grief'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:08

American Outdoor Brands’ profit fell sharply over the three months ending 31 January, it reported. James Debney, the British-born chief executive of the company that made the rifle used by the gunman in the school shooting in Florida last month, on Thursday said he “shared the nation’s grief” over the massacre. Announcing American Outdoor Brands’ (AOB) latest results, Debney called the shooting, which killed 17 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, an “incomprehensible loss of life” but said the company would continue to support the right of Americans to carry firearms.

Putin debuts animation of Russia striking Florida with nuclear missiles

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:44

President Vladimir Putin made a new claim that Russia's nuclear capabilities could reach the coast of Florida.

Gun control hopes dashed as lawmakers signal shift to banking reform

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:42

In just three weeks, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to march on Washington to demand Congress act to prevent gun violence, in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre last month. There was a flurry of activity on Capitol Hill and a sense of urgency in both parties that inaction was no longer an option in the face of public outrage, led by the Florida students who survived the attack.

U.S. Ambassador To Mexico Becomes Latest Senior Official To Resign Under Trump

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:25

Roberta Jacobson will resign from her post as U.S. ambassador to Mexico after just over two years on the job, she announced Thursday. The Trump administration has not named a successor. The State Department’s third-ranking official, Tom Shannon, announced his departure last month.

2019 GMC Sierra Revealed: Diesel Power and a Carbon-Fiber Bed

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:20

The new Sierra has a few tricks all its own.

Georgia Lawmakers Pass Bill Punishing Delta For Cutting Ties With NRA

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:05

Georgia lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday effectively punishing Delta Air Lines for its decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The state’s House and Senate passed a major a tax bill, which Republican lawmakers had amended to remove a sales tax exemption on jet fuel, The Associated Press reported. Delta, which is based in Atlanta, would have been the primary airline to benefit from the exemption.

West Virginia Teacher Strike Heads Into Uncharted Territory

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:53

The statewide strike by teachers and other school workers in West Virginia stretched into its second week on Thursday, as protesters filled the state Capitol for a sixth straight workday with no clear end to the work stoppage in sight. The standoff between workers and legislators appeared all but resolved just two days earlier, when Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced a deal with union leaders to hike pay for teachers and state employees. In a remarkable turn, workers bucked union leadership and vowed to return to the picket lines, carrying out what amounted to a wildcat strike. Schools in all 55 counties stayed closed on Thursday, a day Justice had expected everyone to return to work after a one-day “cooling off” period on Wednesday.

The Latest: At UN body, Britain focuses on E Ghouta violence

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:47

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on developments regarding Syria (all times local):

India trip controversy follows Trudeau back to Canada

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:42

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced persistent criticism Thursday over a convicted Sikh extremist's attendance at a Canadian event in Mumbai, nearly a week after the premier's return from a trip to India. Opposition parties and editorialists heaped scorn on the prime minister and his Liberal government over the "fiasco" that dogged Trudeau during his first official visit to India to drum up trade and investment. Canadian-Indian businessman Jaspal Atwal was sentenced in Canada to 20 years in prison for a 1986 assassination attempt on an Indian politician, as part of a violent campaign to establish an independent Sikh state of Khalistan.

Automakers battered in February as US sales drop

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:21

Most automakers were battered in February as American consumers pulled back on new car purchases, a continued hangover from the brisk sales pace last year, according to data released Thursday. The three American auto giants reported sales declines: 6.9 percent year-over-year for GM and Ford, and one percent for Fiat Chrysler's US subsidiary. Most other major car makers in the US market saw sales drop last month, but Toyota bucked the trend with a 4.5 percent boost.

Massachusetts can sue federal student loan servicer, judge rules

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:04

Massachusetts' attorney general can move forward with a lawsuit alleging that one of the largest student loan servicers in the United States has engaged in practices that have undermined a federal debt forgiveness program, a state court judge has ruled. Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Salinger in a decision released on Thursday denied Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistant Agency's motion to dismiss Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's lawsuit.

Abortion to be illegal? Mike Pence’s prediction enrages Newsroom readers

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:21

“It looks like they only care about people before they are born.” “This is the zealot we have to look forward to if Mueller does actually bring down Trump.” “Abortions have always occurred and always will.” Vice President Mike Pence made a startling prediction about legal abortion, saying it would end in “our time.” His remark has fired up thousands of Newsroom commenters. Pence made the statement while at a luncheon hosted by the anti-abortion organization Susan B. Anthony List & Life Issues Institute. In his speech he said, “If all of us do all we can, we can once again, in our time, restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law.” The majority of the more than 15,000 comments on HuffPost’s article express outrage: “His personal beliefs are his personal beliefs not a basis for policy,” one reader declared. Many that don’t agree with abortion said they still “think that they should be available and safe.” The vice president, known for his anti-choice stance, described President Trump as the “most pro-life president in American history” and said the administration would continue to push measures to restrict abortion. What do you think of the future that Pence envisions? Join the conversation in Newsroom.

Puerto Rico power grid snaps, nearly 1 million in the dark

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:02

Puerto Rico's power grid broke down again on Thursday, leaving some 800,000 customers without power, as the US Caribbean possession struggles to recover five months after Hurricane Maria slammed the island. Justo Gonzalez, head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), said that one of the island's main transmission lines was out of service. The government-owned utility has 1.5 customers out of a population of 3.5 million -- not counting the 500,000 Puerto Ricans who left since Maria struck on September 20, 2017.

McDonald's Szechuan sauce is impossible to get -- and its causing an uproar on the internet

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:49

The McDonald’s Szechuan sauce, a teriyaki-like dipping sauce that was released in 1998 in promotion with the movie ‘Mulan’, is a prime — if not THE prime — example of just that. Featured on an episode of popular adult cartoon 'Rick and Morty' in 2017, the once sought-after sauce surged in demand and hype, eventually leading to McDonald’s releasing batches of the condiment in limited amounts last October.

Ben Carson Cancels $31,000 Furniture Order After Ethics Questions

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:23

WASHINGTON ― Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Thursday that he would cancel an order for an expensive furniture set for his government office after it sparked ethics concerns and controversy in light of the agency’s proposed budget cuts. Carson told CNN that he initially wasn’t aware of the purchase.

Mom of slain medical student calls daughter a 'warm person'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:08

BOSTON (AP) — A medical student stabbed to death in a Massachusetts library was "The Little Engine That Could," her mother said Thursday.