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Former Israeli government minister charged with spying for Iran

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:39

A former Israeli government minister, once imprisoned for trying to smuggle drugs, is back behind bars after being charged with spying for archenemy Iran, the country's internal security agency said Monday. The Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency, said Gonen Segev was extradited from Guinea and arrested upon arrival in Israel last month on suspicion of "committing offenses of assisting the enemy in war and spying against the state of Israel." It said Mr Segev, a former energy minister, acted as an agent for Iranian intelligence and relayed information "connected to the energy market and security sites in Israel including buildings and officials in political and security organizations." Lawyers representing Mr Segev issued a statement that did not reject or accept the accusations, only saying that the indictment "portrays a different picture" than what the Shin Bet says. Mr Segev, who served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the mid-1990s, was arrested in 2004 for attempting to smuggle 32,000 Ecstasy tablets from the Netherlands to Israel using an expired diplomatic passport.  Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin speaks with former energy minister Gonen Segev Credit: REUTERS/GPO A former doctor whose medical license was revoked, Mr Segev was released from prison in 2007 and had been living in Africa in recent years. The Shin Bet said Mr Segev met with his operators twice in Iran, and also met with Iranian agents in hotels and apartments around the world. Mr Segev was given a "secret communications system to encrypt messages" with his operators. The statement said that Mr Segev maintained connections with Israeli civilians who had ties to the country's security and foreign relations. It said he acted to connect them with Iranian agents who posed as businessmen. Israel and Iran are bitter enemies, and the allegations against Mr Segev are extremely grave. Israel considers Iran to be its biggest threat, citing Iranian calls for Israel's destruction, Iran's support for hostile militant groups like Hezbollah and its development of long-range missiles.


Re-Boot: The All-New VW Jetta Plays a Little Golf

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:26

The Golf with a trunk returns, sort of.


Democratic Lawmakers Call On DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen To Resign

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:16

Several Democratic lawmakers said Monday that Department of Homeland Security


Texas deputy arrested on allegation of child sexual assault

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:07

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in South Texas is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and threatening the child's mother with deportation if she reported him, authorities said.


The Latest: Inspector general: FBI employees aren't perfect

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an inspector general report that criticizes the FBI and Justice Department (all times local):


Senate candidate's first campaign ad depicts Trump administration as literal dumpster fire

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:48

Richard Painter, a former White House ethics attorney under President George W. Bush who is running for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota as a Democrat, is taking his pointed criticism of President Trump straight to voters.


Dunkin' Donuts Sign Asks Customers To Snitch On Workers Not Speaking English

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:19

A Dunkin Donuts in Baltimore is under fire for posting a sign offering


Get a 10.5-inch iPad Pro for just $550 today at Best Buy

Macworld - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:55

We’ve seen a lot of deals for the 9.7-inch iPad (both this year’s or last year’s) over the past several weeks, but we’ve seen very little discount love for the iPad Pro. Happily, that changes today over at Best Buy, where the retailer is offering anywhere from $100 to $150 on various iPad Pro models. While this offer lasts, you can get the 10.5-inch tablet in a host of colors for as little as $550.

To get that awesome of a price, you’ll have to pick up the 64GB model, which is available in space gray, silver, gold, and rose gold. The discount isn’t as steep with this model, though, as Best Buy is only taking off $100. 

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Apple adds secure emergency location features to get ahead of smartphones' 911 problems

Macworld - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:53

Apple made a big deal about our digital well-being when it unveiled iOS 12 at WWDC, but there’s one feature it didn't discuss that could have even greater life-saving benefits.

In a press release Monday, the company outlined how iPhones running iOS 12 will be able to share location data automatically and securely with first responders when you dial 911. Apple says this will help reduce emergency response times by providing faster and more accurate information that circumvents “outdated, landline-era infrastructure.”

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California ER Doctor Suspended After Video Shows Her Berating Patient: 'Are You Dead Sir?'

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:42

Dr. Beth Keegstra thought the patient, Samuel Bardwell, was trying to score prescription drugs.


Pot growers refuse to let go of dream after Kilauea volcano erupts

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:38

Dale Altman and his grandson Josh Doran live on a 5-acre (2-hectare) plot atop a hill on Hawaii’s Big Island by the erupting Kilauea volcano, where they grow medical marijuana.


Extreme volcanic eruptions could explain mysterious rock formation on Mars

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:23

Could a volcanic eruption be the key to unlocking the mysterious geological history of Mars? Back in the 1960s, NASA's Mariner spacecraft discovered an extremely large and unusually soft rock formation. The makeup of the mass, now known as the Medusa Fossae formation, stumped researchers for decades because they were never able to determine how it got there.  SEE ALSO: Tiny NASA satellite bound for Mars snaps photo of Earth from thousands of miles away But now, new research seems to answer that question — and maybe many others.  More than 3 billion years ago, extreme volcanic eruptions on Mars dropped the huge deposit near the Martian equator, according to the new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. A 13-kilometer (8-mile) diameter crater being infilled by the Medusae Fossae Formation.Image: High Resolution Stereo Camera/European Space AgencyThe Medusa Fossae is about one fifth the size of the United States.  “This is a massive deposit, not only on a Martian scale, but also in terms of the solar system, because we do not know of any other deposit that is like this,” planetary scientist Lujendra Ojha, the lead author of the new study, said in a statement. Ojha and his colleagues used gravity data from spacecraft orbiting Mars to measure the formation density. Through this, they were able to determine that the rock was unusually porous, allowing them to rule out other potential compositions like ice.  On a basic level, the formation is a bunch of hills and mounds of sedimentary rock but because much of Mars’s history is shrouded in mystery, a finding like this is huge.  An isolated hill in the Medusae Fossae Formation. The effect of wind erosion on this hill is evident by its streamlined shape.Image: High Resolution Stereo Camera/European Space Agency.Eruptions of the magnitude suggested by the study would also have an enormous impact on the planet's climate as well. A considerable amount of “climate-altering” gases like hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide accompany most volcanic eruptions and would have spit out enough water to cover the red planet in a global ocean, the study says.  These findings paint a better picture of what habitability on Mars would look like, as well as the usefulness of gravity surveys.  “Future gravity surveys could help distinguish between ice, sediments and igneous rocks in the upper crust of the planet,” co-author and planetary scientist Kevin Lewis explained.   WATCH: NASA is attempting to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time


MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

Macworld - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:00

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

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Rising seas could flood 300,000 US homes and make coastal communities ‘unviable’

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:17

Hundreds of thousands of homes in the United States could face persistent flooding as climate change pushes sea levels higher, according to a new report. Sea level rise is expected to be one of the most tangible effects of a changing climate, as accumulating greenhouse gases fuel a steady rise in global temperatures that in turn raise the level of oceans - threatening low-lying and coastal areas. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists quantified the risk by comparing areas already known to be at high flood risk against data from the real estate website Zillow.


Texas sheriff deputy charged for child abuse after allegedly blackmailing undocumented mother with deportation

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:51

A Texas sheriff’s deputy has been accused of sexually assaulting an undocumented immigrant’s child, and blackmailing the mother with potential deportation to keep her quiet about the attacks. Jose Nunez, 47, is being held on charges of “super aggravated sexual assault” after the mother sought help at a fire department for her 4-year-old child, who had reportedly been crying out in pain. “The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” Javier Salazar, the Bexar County Sheriff, said during a press conference announcing the charges and circumstances.


Trump: 'The United States will not be a migrant camp'

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:27

President Trump on Monday again tried to shift blame for his administration’s controversial policy of separating immigrant families at the border to Democrats.


Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:02

TOKYO (AP) — Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday evening after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city, killing four people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires.


Toyota confirms production of 986bhp GR Super Sport

Top Stories - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:58

Since the Toyota MR2 went out of production in 2007 there hasn't been much evidence of sportiness in the Japanese automaker's lineup beyond the somewhat underpowered GT86, but that's about to change in a big way as it's now been confirmed a production version of the 986 horsepower GR Super Sport is in the pipeline. At the moment we only have images of the concept first shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January of this year, but news of a production version was released by Toyota on the eve of the Les Mans 24 hour race. This isn't the first time Toyota has looked at building a production Le Mans racer, because in 1998 the company brought us the GT-One (TS020) Le Mans Prototype where a road-going concept was produced with a view towards building a handful of production models.


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