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Missouri River towns face deluge as floods move downstream

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:36

A string of small Missouri towns prepared for the next deluge along the raging Missouri River on Wednesday after flooding wreaked nearly $1.5 billion in damage in Nebraska, killing at least four people and leaving another man missing. High water unleashed by last week's late-winter storm and melting snow has already inundated a large swath of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River, North America's longest river. The Missouri River's next major flood crest was forecast to hit St. Joseph, Missouri, at 6 a.m. on Friday and Kansas City, Missouri, 55 miles (88 km) to the south, about 24 hours later, said Mike Glasch of the Omaha District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Chief of staff to Venezuela's Guaido arrested

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:07

Venezuelan intelligence officers Thursday arrested the chief of staff of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader recognized by the US and other countries as interim leader, Guaido and the opposition-ruled congress said on Twitter. Roberto Marrero was grabbed by SEBIN officers when they staged a pre-dawn raid on his Caracas home, according to Guaido and a recorded voice message by Marrero published on social media. The United States has repeatedly warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government against arresting Guaido or his aides, and Washington's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly called for Marrero's release.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump's slam on McCain ignores who aided vets

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's posthumous slam on Sen. John McCain flips reality on its head when it comes to who gave veterans the option to see a private doctor at public expense.


The Latest: Minnesota to help Nebraska flood fight

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:41

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Midwest flooding (all times local):


FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 safety certification in wake of crashes

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:28

The FBI has joined the widening criminal probe into how Boeing's 737 Max 8 jets were deemed as safe in the months before two of them crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia,


Missouri towns prepare for deluge as floods move downstream

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:13

A string of small Missouri towns on Wednesday prepared for the next deluge along the snow-melt-swollen Missouri River after flooding wreaked nearly $1.5 billion in damage in Nebraska, killing at least four people and leaving another man missing. High water unleashed by last week's late-winter storm and swiftly melting snow this week has already inundated a large swath of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River, North America's longest river. The Missouri River's next big flood crest was due to hit St. Joseph, Missouri, about 55 miles (89 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri, and Atchison, Kansas, a short distance downstream, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman James Lowe said on a briefing call.


AT&T CEO says China's Huawei hinders carriers from shifting suppliers for 5G

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:06

"If you have deployed Huawei as your 4G network, Huawei is not allowing interoperability to 5G -- meaning if you are 4G, you are stuck with Huawei for 5G," said Stephenson at a speech in Washington. Stephenson said the U.S. government could do a better job explaining the security risks of Huawei. "The biggest risk is not that the Chinese government might listen in on our conversations or mine our data if we use their equipment," Stephenson said.


Devin Nunes sued a Twitter account dedicated to a cow. Now it has more followers than he does

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:06

Rep. Devin Nunes filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and a number of parody accounts. Now, one dedicated to a cow has, um, mooved past him.


Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israeli gunfire: Palestinian medics

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 18:43

A Palestinian was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday by what a Palestinian ambulance service said was Israeli army gunfire. The Israeli military said it was checking the report. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of its crews treated a man with two bullet wounds at an Israeli military roadblock near the city of Bethlehem and that Israeli forces had shot him.


McCain's widow, daughter punch back at Trump's Twitter tirade

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 18:37

Speaking on Wednesday to an employee at an Ohio factory that makes military tanks, Trump again hammered McCain. “So I have to be honest, I’ve never liked him much,” Trump said. On Wednesday she said the president had reached "a new, bizarre low - attacking someone who is not here is a new low." She also said, "If I had told my dad ... he would think it is so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death." Barely six months after McCain's death, Trump started the latest exchange between himself and the McCain clan on Sunday in a blast of Tweets, including one that attacked "'last in his class' (Annapolis) John McCain." A spokeswoman for Meghan McCain said she was not immediately available for further comment.


Fight against robocalls continues as AT&T, Comcast complete test of verified call

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 17:43

The fight against robocalls can even bring telecom rivals together.


Jury finding upends Bayer's Roundup defense strategy: experts

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 17:39

Bayer shares tumbled more than 12 percent on Wednesday after a unanimous jury in San Francisco federal court found Roundup to be a "substantial factor" in causing California resident Edwin Hardeman's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The jury decision was a blow to Bayer after the judge in the Hardeman case, at the company's request, had split the trial, severely limiting evidence plaintiffs could present in the first phase. Tuesday's defeat on terms considered advantageous to Bayer sets up the second phase to be even tougher and limits the grounds on which the company could appeal any final verdict, the experts said.


Amazon has wired earbuds for $9.75 with more than 37,000 5-star ratings

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 17:02

If you're looking for a new pair of Bluetooth earbuds, we cover great deals on excellent options all the time. But not everyone wants wireless headphones, and if you fit into that category then this deal is for you. The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120-K In-Ear Earbud Headphones offer crystal clear sound, a comfortable fit, and a wire so you don't ever have to worry about charging them. They have more than 37,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, and they cost less than $10!Here's more info from the product page: * WIRED IN-EAR HEADPHONES - Perfect for exercising; With three sets of earpads (S/M/L), headphones stay in your ears while keeping surrounding noise out * ERGOFIT DESIGN FOR PERFECT FIT- Ultra-soft ErgoFit in-ear earbud headphones conform instantly to your ears (S/M/L earpads included for a perfect fit) * SMARTPHONE COMPATIBLE- Panasonic in-ear headphones with integrated microphone and remote are compatible with Apple (iPhone / iPod / iPad), Android and Blackberry Audio devices * IN-EAR STEREO AUDIO - Tonally balanced audio with crisp highs and deep low notes, plus wider frequency response and lively sound quality for recorded audio * EXTENDED HEADPHONE CORD - Long, 3.6-ft cord threads comfortably through clothing and bags making it easy to connect


Correction: Mob Shooting story

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:53

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — In some versions of a story March 18 about a court hearing over the killing of a reputed Gambino crime boss, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the victim was born. Francesco Cali was born in New York City, not in Sicily.


Trump visits tank factory and renews attack on war hero McCain

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:35

The president complains that he was never thanked for giving McCain the "kind of funeral he wanted."


Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates so far

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:07

The 2020 field has become crowded in recent weeks. Here's a look at who has announced their candidacy or opened an exploratory committee in the hunt for the presidency.


Biden building 2020 White House campaign ahead of expected bid: sources

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:38

Biden has told supporters and former staff that he will run, according to one source who has knowledge of discussions. Biden and his aides also have reached out to donors and potential bundlers - people who volunteer to raise money on behalf of the candidate - to assess support, according to another source. A third source with direct knowledge of Biden's plans offered a caveat, saying the former vice president was very close to running, but "it’s not 100 percent." “We’re leaning into that moment” when Biden gives the green light, the source said.


'Our Darkest of Days.' New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Reflects on How The Country Can Move Forward

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:29

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has garnered international praise for her empathetic but defiant response in the wake of the terror attacks on two…


Lion Air Pilots Were Checking the 737 Max 8's Handbook Right Before the Plane Crashed

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:24

The pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 looked to a handbook for guidance as the plane plummeted.


Kentucky Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Abortions Based on Unborn’s Sex, Race, or Disabilities

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:06

Kentucky governor Matt Bevin on Tuesday signed a bill that bans abortions chosen on the basis of an unborn child's sex, race, or disability.A court filing in the U.S. District Court in Louisville indicated that the governor has signed the bill, which included an "emergency clause" stipulating that it would go into effect immediately.Physicians must now certify in writing that the patient did not request the abortion for a reason related to the baby's sex, race, or disabilities. Flouting the new law puts doctors at risk of losing their medical license or being prosecuted for a felony, although the mother of the unborn child would not be targeted.The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the bill in federal court as an unconstitutional restriction on a woman's right to abortion.“Instituting laws that instantly affect critical patient care should not be a cat-and-mouse game,” the group said, asking that it be notified when the bill is signed.Another new law that bans abortions after about six weeks or when a heartbeat can be detected forced Kentucky's sole abortion clinic, EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, to cancel some appointments on Friday until a federal judge intervened.“EMW and its abortionists have responded with a novel claim: Women have a constitutional right to undergo race-based abortions, gender-based abortions, and disability-based abortions. In plaintiffs’ view, somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment’s penumbra lies a protection for eugenics,” the governor's lawyer M. Stephen Pitt wrote in defending the ban on eugenics-based abortions. “This is a perverse distortion of Roe v. Wade.”


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