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The Latest: Carnival to pay $20M for cruise pollution

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:40

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Carnival Cruises-Pollution (all times local):

U.S. to sell 34 surveillance drones to allies in South China Sea region

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:40

The Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four U.S. allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer "tiptoe" around Chinese behavior in Asia. Shanahan did not directly name China when making accusations of "actors" destabilizing the region in a speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday but went on to say the United States would not ignore Chinese behavior. The Pentagon announced on Friday it would sell 34 ScanEagle drones, made by Boeing Co. to the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam for a total of $47 million.

EXPLAINER-U.S. dependence on China's rare earth: Trade war vulnerability

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:23

Rare earth elements are used in a wide range of consumer products, from iPhones to electric car motors, as well as military jet engines, satellites and lasers. Rising tensions between the United States and China have sparked concerns that Beijing could use its dominant position as a supplier of rare earths for leverage in the trade war between the two global economic powers. China supplied 80% of the rare earths imported by the United States from 2014 to 2017.

House Judiciary Committee Launches Antitrust Investigation of Tech Giants

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:59

Bill ClarkThe House Judiciary Committee is launching an antitrust investigation into major tech companies like Google and Amazon, moving Congress closer to legislative action against the tech giants. “This is really about ‘how do we get competition back in this space?’” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who will lead the investigation as head of the antitrust subcommittee, told reporters on Monday.The antitrust investigation represents a new headache for the tech giants, which have faced increased congressional pressure over the past two years. The investigation will include depositions, public hearings, and document requests, according to Cicilline. The investigation will also likely feature hearing with the CEOs of the major tech companies, while offering private interviews for witnesses worried that the tech giants would go after them.“There can be economic retaliation and real costs for people that will come forward,” Cicicilline said.  The committee will likely produce a report and recommendations, according to Cicilline, who hopes to get some kind of legislative action finished before the congressional session ends in January 2021.“People seem to have forgotten that there’s a reason that we have the antitrust statute,” Cicilline said. Users Flee Facebook Over Privacy Concerns. Facebook’s Solution? All-Seeing Eye.While Cicilline claimed the investigation isn’t about specific companies, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook have already been notified by the committee. Cicilline highlighted Google’s control of 90 percent of search engine use and Amazon’s control of half of online commerce as potential topics for investigation. Cicilline also cited Twitter’s 2017 decision to shut down short-form video app Vine as a move that could have hurt consumer choice. Cicilline also repeatedly slammed Facebook, describing the company as “engaged in pretty bad conduct” and labelling it a “repeat offender” for its data privacy issues and the proliferation of political misinformation on the platform. “These large technology platforms — particularly Facebook — cannot be trusted to regulate itself,” Cicilline said. The tech companies did not respond to requests for comment. In the past, they have given political donations to the members of the committee now tasked with investigating them. Fifteen of the committee's Democrats received a combined $152,000 last cycle from the political action committees of Google, Facebook, and Amazon (unlike those three, Apple does not have a corporate PAC). Those same companies donated $74,000 to ten Judiciary Republicans last cycle.Massive Google Outage Turned Smart Homes Into ZombiesCicilline said Congress and regulators had initially been reluctant to interfere with tech giants out of fear of stifling technological innovations — an approach he wants to change.“I think what we’ve learned is that actually there are some pretty serious dangers that are presented with the bigness of these online platforms,” Cicilline said. According to Cicilline, the Judiciary investigation will also cover Google and Facebook’s massive shares of digital ad spending,which has drastically reduced ad sales for media companies. “This is about whether or not our democracy will survive, fundamentally,” Cicilline said. The Judiciary announcement comes as the Justice Department reportedly prepares an antitrust investigation into Google and the Federal Trade Commission receives jurisdiction over Facebook for its own potential antitrust case. But Cicilline said he didn’t trust the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission to adequately handle antitrust issues during the Trump administration. “I don’t have a lot of confidence, frankly, that these agencies will get the job done,” Cicilline said. While House Republicans have held hearings on allegations that tech giants have been biased against Republicans, Cicilline said his investigation wouldn’t cover those claims. Cicilline complained that one hearing starring pro-Trump commentators “Diamond & Silk,” which occurred when Republicans ran the judiciary committee, “made you feel like you were in a Saturday Night Live skit.”“I don’t think there’s any evidence to support the claim that there’s anti-conservative bias at all,” Cicilline said.  ‘Fox & Friends’ Pundits Label Rep. Steve Cohen’s William Barr Chicken Stunt RacistWith reporting by Lachlan MarkayRead more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.

Every New Hybrid Car Available in 2019

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:48

10 Important Ages For Retirement Planning

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:33

Each type of retirement benefit has a different eligibility age. Your age plays a big role in how much you can expect to receive from Social Security and what you need to do to avoid retirement account penalties. Remember to factor these important ages into your retirement plan.

House Dems to hold Barr, Ross in contempt over census question

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:24

The Oversight Committee wants key documents by Thursday.

Racism allegations lead U.S. smoothie chain to require staff training

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:43

Smoothie King, a U.S. chain of shops specializing in blended fruit and vegetable drinks, said on Monday that it was temporarily shutting two of its North Carolina stores after workers used racial slurs on receipts to describe customers. "We have zero tolerance for any action where a guest is disrespected and we have taken immediate and decisive action," Smoothie King Franchises Inc said in an emailed statement. The events are the latest example of a major U.S. retailer in recent months requiring employees to undergo training in response to racist incidents at its stores.

UPDATE 2-Kinder Morgan says no impact to Carson oil storage facility after fire

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:38

Kinder Morgan Inc said on Monday that there was no impact to its crude and petroleum products storage facility in Carson, California after a fire on its truck rack earlier in the day. "There are no impacts to the facility beyond the truck rack. The fire was extinguished, which also injured a truck driver, and the crude and petroleum products storage terminal in Carson was evacuated, the company said earlier.

The Latest: Woman in missing mom case posts bail

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:13

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of a Connecticut mother of five (all times local):

NRA takes a dig at Gillibrand: 'She'll say anything' to get ahead

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:44

The tweet comes after the presidential hopeful's remarks on the NRA at a Sunday Fox News town hall.

Flavor-packed chicken tacos can be made in your Dutch oven

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:44

Braising in a Dutch oven is often used for long, slow cooking, but it's also well suited for quick weeknight-friendly dinners like this flavor-packed chicken taco filling.

A one-pot Swiss chard dish that's hearty and flavorful

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:43

This quick one-pot approach to cooking Swiss chard results in a hearty, flavorful and versatile side dish.

Trump starts UK state visit with war of words, calling London mayor 'stone cold loser'

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:35

A state visit is one of the highest honors the U.K. government can bestow on a foreign leader. Trump began his by insulting London's mayor.

U.S. EPA is sued for ousting scientists from advisory committees

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:23

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was sued on Monday by a nonprofit over a recent directive banning many scientists from panels that advise the agency on scientific matters. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC said the Oct. 31, 2017 directive from Wheeler's predecessor Scott Pruitt upended decades of EPA practices "for no good reason" and without required public comment.

Apple introduces iPadOS with new UI and much more

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:06

With WWDC 2019 finally upon us, Apple is at long last ready to reveal all of the software refinements, improvements, and new features it's been working on for the last year. As in previous years, Apple at WWDC will introduce notable updates across the entirety of its software line, including tvOS, watchOS, macOS, and of course, iOS. Apple's WWDC keynote kicked off not too long ago, and we've already seen some intriguing updates regarding tvOS, watchOS, and of course, a number of iOS improvements -- including Dark Mode -- designed to enhance the user experience across the board. Per usual, though, Apple had a few tricks up its sleeve. Just a few moments ago, Apple introduced iPadOS, a completely rethought OS to enhance the entirety of the iPad user experience. The overarching benefits of iPadOS is that it brings the iPad user experience that much closer towards a traditional desktop experience. In short, users with iPadOS will have more control and flexibility than ever before. The homescreen on the iPad with iPadOS looks similar but the alignment of icons is a bit more condensed. If you swipe to the right, you're presented with a view of useful widgets. Some other new features include a column view for Files, iCloud drive folder sharing, USB drive and SD card support, improved text editing, and desktop-class browsing to Safari which includes 30 new keyboard shortcuts and a download manager. To the latter point, browsing the web on mobile Safari on the web will yield a desktop version of a site, not a stripped down mobile version. A look at the homescreen with the widget view open can be seen below. Apple also introduced multi-window support from within applications, > iPad users can now work with multiple files and documents from the same app simultaneously with updates to Split View, or can quickly view and switch between multiple apps in Slide Over. For example, customers can compose an email while viewing another email side by side or access multiple apps like Messages or Calendar with just a swipe. App Exposé provides a quick view of just the open windows for any one app with a simple tap.Regarding the revamped Files app, Apple notes: > The Files app is a central place to quickly access and manage documents, and with iPadOS, it gets even better with iCloud Drive support for folder sharing. Anyone with access to a shared folder will see it in iCloud Drive and will always have the ability to access the latest version. iPadOS also supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app. A new Column View with high-resolution previews helps users navigate directories, while support for Quick Actions such as mark up, rotate and create PDF make it easy to be more productive on iPad. iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip, and new keyboard shortcuts.There are also some welcome UI additions when it comes to selecting text, navigating through a long document, and cut, copy, and paste actions.

Scouted: You Can Get the No. 1 Best-Selling Instant Pot on Amazon for a Rare $55 Today

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:00

Here at Scouted, we love sharing all the myriad kitchen upgrades and improvements we come across. That means getting the word out that the No.1 best selling pressure cooker on Amazon — the three-quart Instant Pot DUO Plus Mini 9-in-1 — is on sale today only for $55 (39% off). How To Make Your Kitchen Better, From Knives to Pots and PansWe haven’t seen a discount like this since late 2018 so it’s certainly a rare opportunity to get such a lauded kitchen upgrade at such an affordable price. Nearly 38,000 reviewers left the compact Instant Pot a 4.6-star average rating. From speeding up any kind of cooking with pressure to slow cooking, steaming, sauteeing, sterilizing, or simply keeping food warm, this stainless steel marvel is a Scouted reader favorite. The Instant Pot's display will, of course, keep you updated on cooking timers and pressure options but also lets you easily choose any of several preset cooking options that automatically adjust heat and pressure during the process so all you have to concern yourself with is the meal-to-come. And cleaning is a breeze as the stainless steel pot you cook in can be lifted right out of the base and cleaned. Wondering what options for cooking open up to you with an Instant Pot? We’ve got you covered with a guide to the most highly-rated Instant Pot cookbooks. This sale ends tonight and the price will nearly double so don’t wait long to grab these savings. Scouted is internet shopping with a pulse. Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter for even more recommendations and exclusive content. Please note that if you buy something featured in one of our posts, The Daily Beast may collect a share of sales.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.

Apple reveals iOS 13, with enhancements like a much-requested dark mode

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 13:34

One of the more highly anticipated iterations of Apple's annual developers conference is underway this morning in San Jose, California, with this year's WWDC giving Apple the opportunity to show off everything from new software for all of its major platforms -- in addition to offering up some surprises. Like the news, leaked right before the start of Monday's event, that Apple is going to split iOS essentially in half and formulating a new version specific to the iPad.The company just showed off iOS 13 on stage, which -- it's now official -- will include the much-anticipated dark mode feature.When the new version of the iPhone maker's mobile operating system arrives this fall, you'll be able to switch the native design and color scheme to a darker mode that doesn't strain your eyes as much. Apps like News, Maps and even the mobile keyboard will be switchable to the forthcoming dark mode, according to a presentation this morning from Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi.One new ios 13 feature that got an especially enthusiastic reaction from the crowd in San Jose is "Sign in with Apple," which lets you sign in to an app without inadvertently opening the door to those apps quietly accessing your personal data. You can even choose to hide your email from the app when it asks for your email. you choose to hide your email, Apple will in that case actually create a randomized email address that forwards information to your actual email account. It's important to point out -- apps will need to enable "Sign in with Apple" support, and Apple allowing customers to stay a little more anonymous might mean some (or many?) apps may not want to give up being able to access the customer data they want. Stay tuned on that front.Other new features coming to iOS 13 include the ability to have separate iCloud accounts for your work and personal lives, as well as the iPhone automatically sending unknown and possible spam callers to voicemail.Here are some of the other new features coming, as mentioned by Apple in a news release following today's keynote: * Reminders has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders, with more ways to organize and keep track of them. With deeper integration with Messages, it's also easy to tag someone in a reminder so that it surfaces when the user messages with that person. * Messages can automatically share a user's name and photo, or customized Memoji or Animoji, to easily identify who is in the Messages thread. Memoji are automatically made into sticker packs built into the iOS keyboard, so they can be used in Messages, Mail and other apps. Memoji also feature new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings and accessories. * Siri has a new, more natural voice, and Siri Shortcuts now supports Suggested Automations that provide personalized routines for things like heading to work or going to the gym. * CarPlay gets its biggest update ever with a new Dashboard to view music, maps and more in a single view, plus a new Calendar app and Siri support for third-party navigation and audio apps. * HomePod can distinguish voices from anyone in the home to deliver personal requests, including messages, music and more. Live radio also gives Siri access to over 100,000 radio stations from iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, and a new sleep timer turns off music after a set amount of time. * Text Editing is enhanced, making scrolling documents, moving the cursor and selecting text faster and more accurate. * Health includes new ways to track, visualize and predict a woman's menstrual cycle. * Location Services controls give users more choices for how they share location data with apps, including a new one-time location option and more information on when apps are using location in the background. * Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock.

5 of the Best Stocks to Buy for June

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 13:26

Volatility returned to the stock market in May, as trade war fears, which had been ebbing for much of 2019, began to flow once more. The S&P 500 fell more than 6% in the month as talks between the U.S. and China took a marked turn for the worse and President Donald Trump ramped up protectionist rhetoric on Twitter.