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U.S. political activist linked to Russian agent charged with money laundering, fraud

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 21:57

A conservative U.S. political activist romantically linked to admitted Russian agent Maria Butina has been indicted by a federal grand jury on wire fraud and money laundering charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota said on Wednesday. Paul Erickson, 56, was indicted on 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges in an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno, the office said in a statement. Erickson's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump, honoring Holocaust survivors, seems blind to events of today

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 21:26

President Trump honored Holocaust survivors in his State of the Union speech. But many could have been saved if the U.S. had opened its doors to refugees from Europe before World War II.

Venezuela military barricades bridge in attempt to block aid

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:02

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Venezuelan military barricaded a bridge at a key border crossing with Colombia, issuing a challenge Wednesday to a U.S.-backed effort by the opposition to bring humanitarian aid into a nation plagued by shortages of food and medicine.

Democrat Schiff draws Trump ire with House intel probes

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:50

A day after the Republican president warned Democrats against "ridiculous partisan investigations" in his annual State of the Union address, Schiff said they would not be intimidated. The committee voted to provide transcripts of testimony it took behind closed doors in its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to the special counsel for use in any prosecutions, something Schiff promised to do last month after a second Trump associate was charged with lying to Congress. Schiff has said that an area of particular interest related to investigations of Trump are allegations that Russians might possess financial leverage over him.

Venezuelan army moves to block aid shipments, sparking US anger

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:07

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido warned the army of its responsibilities on Wednesday after soldiers blocked a key border bridge, sparking angry demands from the United States to allow desperately needed humanitarian aid to enter the country. Venezuela's army had to choose between "a dictatorship that does not have an iota of humanity, or to side with the constitution" from which he takes his legitimacy, Guaido said in an interview on Colombian radio. "The Maduro regime must LET THE AID REACH THE STARVING PEOPLE," Pompeo said in a tweet.

Black man slain by police: Protest after officer is cleared

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:06

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The parents of a black man killed by a police officer who mistook him for a shooter at a shopping mall joined chanting protesters outside the Alabama attorney general's office Wednesday, a day after the state cleared the officer of wrongdoing.

Missing Woman Found Dead in New Jersey Home; Son, 2 Others Charged: Police

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:50

A missing woman has been found dead in her New Jersey home, and her son and two others have been arrested for allegedly concealing her body, police said Wednesday.

National Organization for Women Calls on Fairfax to Resign

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:49

The National Organization for Women (NOW) called on Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax to resign Wednesday in response to the sexual assault allegation leveled against him earlier this week. “Dr. Vanessa Tyson has made the brave decision to come forward and reveal in her own words what happened between her and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

U.S. banks weigh whether to embrace or avoid progressive firebrand Ocasio-Cortez

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:48

Barely a month into the new Congress, financial lobbyists in Washington are already strategizing how to handle the star power of rookie Democrat lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Democratic Socialist and Wall Street critic joined the 60-member House Financial Services Committee in mid-January and more than a dozen lobbyists interviewed by Reuters say the 29-year-old activist and former bartender is too high-profile to ignore. Richard Hunt, chief executive of the Consumer Bankers Association, said he had not encountered a lawmaker like Ocasio-Cortez in more than 20 years in Washington.

How to download your Flickr photo library and transfer it to Google Photos or iCloud Photo library

Macworld - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:45

Editor's note: USA Today reports that SmugMug extended the deadline to March 12 for users to download their images from Flickr before they are deleted.

For much of its time under Yahoo, Flickr suffered benign neglect, even though a small team of developers kept it alive and advanced in often tiny increments. After 13 years, Yahoo finally made a solid decision about Flickr, its photo-hosting website: It sold it. 

SmugMug, the professional photography oriented company, bought Flickr in April 2018. On November 1, 2018, SmugMug announced changes to its free and paid (or “Pro”) tier. SmugMug said that the 1TB of storage that Yahoo gave free-tier users is not sustainable and that plan is over. Now, SmugMug will let free-tier users retain 1,000 images and videos of any size (even at the maximum 200MB per image).

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UK's May set to delay second parliament vote on Brexit deal: report

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:38

British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to delay the second parliament vote on her Brexit deal until the end of February, the Telegraph newspaper reported late on Wednesday. Last month, British lawmakers rejected May's original deal that set out the terms by which Britain would exit the European Union. The vote on a new deal is now being planned for the week beginning Feb. 25, just over a month before Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, according to the report.

Tusk’s ‘Place in Hell’ Jibe Reflects Fear and Frustration in Brussels

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:30

A longer-than-scheduled, bad-tempered phone call between May and Tusk a week ago prompted a surge of concern in EU circles that May is unable to get any divorce deal through Parliament, according to European officials who declined to be named. Tusk was horrified that May was still asking the EU for solutions to end the impasse rather than coming up with credible ones of her own. May visits Brussels on Thursday as part of her efforts to get the EU to change the most controversial part of the divorce deal -- the Irish border backstop.

El Chapo jury ends 3rd day of deliberations without verdict

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:24

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors at the trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman ended their third day of deliberations at his U.S. trial Wednesday without a verdict after asking whether killing someone over personal beef could be part of a drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Dad thanks kind stranger who entertained his daughter in the airport

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:15

A former U.S. Marine from Las Vegas couldn't stop gushing about the kindness his 16-month-old daughter received from a stranger.

Venezuela opposition plans to get oil money from U.S. fund

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:46

The fund would receive income accrued by state-run oil firm PDVSA's U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum Corp since last month, when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, opposition legislator Carlos Paparoni told Reuters. Guadio, head of Venezuela's National Assembly, last month declared himself to be the South American country's interim ruler.

These are the 230 new emojis coming to your iPhone and Mac in 2019

Macworld - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:30

How are new emojis made?

Emojis are defined by a group called the Unicode Consortium, comprised of representatives from a number of hardware and software companies. They agree on updates to the Unicode Standard, which is a common means of encoding and representing text in digital formats. It's the foundation of transmitting and displaying text on nearly all modern digital platforms.

Emojis are a part of the Unicode standard, and the group gets together each year to decide which new icons will be added to the official list. On February 5, Unicode announced that the Emoji 12.0 list has been finalized and is ready for implementation.

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Southwest's Hawaii flight tests continue: Honolulu-Dallas is today

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:25

Southwest Flight 8725 marks the return of the aircraft the carrier flew from California to Honolulu a day earlier, part of an 'ETOPS' certification effort.

The Latest: 2 arrested at protest over black man's shooting

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:25

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a black man in an Alabama shopping mall (all times local):

Best Stick Vacuums of 2019

Top Stories - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:07

“In the past few years, stick vacuum suction has gotten a lot stronger, especially in battery-powered stick vacuums,” says Frank Rizzi, a senior Consumer Reports test-lab engineer who tests vacuu...


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