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Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city, kills one

Top Stories - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 02:10

One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the center of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which broke out around 3:20 a.m. at the teak-and-stone Kandawgyi Palace Hotel overlooking a picturesque inner-city lake, authorities told Reuters. An unidentified body was found in a guest room and two people were injured, said Htay Lwin, a spokesman of hotel owner Htoo Group.


Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma police officer in 4th murder trial

Top Stories - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 01:02

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter late Wednesday in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn't decide whether to find him guilty of murder.


Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down Haters

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 23:46

Southwest Airlines on Wednesday celebrated its first “unmanned” flight on the company’s new fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.


Kelly 'Disgusted' His Son's Death Was Politicized

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:45

The president mentioned Kelly's son, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.


Switching from iOS to Android, Face ID security, the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit, and your comments & questions: Macworld Podcast episode 578

Macworld - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:35

The news is slow in Apple Land this week, so episode 578 of the Macworld Podcast is a bit of a smorgasbord of topics. Macworld’s Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, and Dan Masaoka talk about their experiences of switching from iPhones to Android phones… and why they switched back (or are still on the fence!). The KRACK Wi-Fi exploit is still a big problem, but luckily Apple is working on it—we explain why it’s important and what you can do. And Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s vice president of public policy for the Americas, addressed some privacy concerns surrounding Face ID (spoiler alert: it’s pretty secure).

Bonus topics: The plausibility of a “foldable” iPhone, and TechHive’s review of the Sonos One smart speaker. 

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List of missing people shrinking as California fires ease

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:08

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of people missing in the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in California history peaked at more than 2,000 in the hardest hit county but now stands at 50, with authorities believing nearly all of them will be found alive.


Is Niger Trump's Benghazi?

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:06

Senator John McCain said the Trump administration is not being upfront about what happened in Niger.


School Investigating Video Of Cheerleaders Giggling And Chanting Racial Slurs

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:51

A disturbing video featuring five white teens gleefully taking turns chanting a racial slur has launched an investigation in a Utah school district.


Woman Claims Delta Stopped Her From Singing National Anthem For Slain Soldier

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:40

A Georgia doctor claims that Delta Air Lines prevented her from singing the national anthem to honor a slain soldier whose casket was on her plane.


Texas judge postpones execution of 'tourniquet killer'

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:27

A Texas judge, acting on requests from prosecutors, halted the planned execution on Wednesday of a man known as the "tourniquet killer" for the grisly method used to murder five girls and young women in the Houston area whom he also raped. The order from Harris County Judge Maria Jackson to put a 90-day stay on the execution was issued a few hours before Anthony Shore, 55, was set to be put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT). District attorneys in Harris County, which includes Houston, and neighboring Montgomery County, requested the stay to examine Shore's claim that another death row inmate tried to persuade him to take the blame for a murder for which the other inmate had been convicted.


No Plans to Withdraw U.S. Troops Even After ISIS Defeat

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:07

A 'tactical campaign masquerading as strategy' needs to find one now.


Reddit user reveals what the 2017 Starbucks holiday cups supposedly look like

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:17

It may only be October, but Starbucks is already on their Christmas game.


Jeff Sessions shifts ground on Russia contacts under Senate questioning

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:54

Jeff Sessions agreed that there was a significant difference between answering ‘no’ to whether he had discussed particular issues with Russians and answering ‘I do not recall’. The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has given a new account of his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election, conceding it was possible that they had discussed Donald Trump’s policy positions. Under intense questioning by the Senate judiciary committee, Sessions departed from his previous blanket denials about contacts with Russian officials, saying he did “not recall” elements of the conversations in three meetings in 2016 with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and conceded for the first time that substantive issues may have been discussed.


Mom's incredible hack for getting her child to take medicine goes viral

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:29

No matter the flavor, from orange to grape, we have vivid memories of being force-fed a spoonful, only to quickly chase it down with a glass of milk or a treat. England's Helena Lee was trying to feed her newborn Calpol when she remembered reading about this trick -- all you need is a bottle and syringe.


Apple's Self-Driving Car Setup Captured on Video, and It's Gigantic

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:32

The company's project comes to life.


The Internet Couldn't Get Enough Of Gucci Mane And Keyshia Ka'oir's Luxurious Wedding

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:33

Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir threw the wedding of the year Tuesday night.


GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:30

proposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.


Kenyan election head: No guarantee vote will be free and fair

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:29

By Duncan Miriri and Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - The head of Kenya's election commission said on Wednesday he could not guarantee next week's presidential election will be free and fair, citing interference from politicians and threats of violence against his colleagues. Wafula Chebukati's statement came hours after another commission member resigned and left the country, saying she and her staff had been repeatedly threatened. "Ironically, the very people, political leaders, who are supposed to build the nation have become the greatest threat to the peace and stability of the nation," Chebukati told journalists.


Zimbabwe First Lady sues in dispute over $1.35 million ring: state media

Top Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:24

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday. Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party and seen as a potential successor to her husband, is nicknamed "Gucci Grace" for her reputed dedication to shopping. The Herald, a government-controlled newspaper, reported that Grace was suing businessman Jamal Hamed after a deal to have Hamed supply the First Lady with a diamond ring turned sour.


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