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Accused serial killer and border patrol agent planned to 'commit suicide by cop' after murders, police say

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:18

New details have emerged surrounding Juan David Ortiz, the US Border Patrol supervisor accused of murdering multiple women in a vicious killing spree across Texas. Mr Ortiz "was going to try to commit suicide by cop," according to Webb County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Federico Garza. The chief deputy told reporters Mr Ortiz "took advantage of this community, he had the trust of most of his victims, and he took that opportunity to commit this crime".


How To Help People Affected By Hurricane Florence

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 16:22

The tropical storm known as Florence has unleashed torrents of rain on the


Assad Has Won and America Must Go

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 16:22

What does Washington think it can accomplish in Syria?


Forget tariffs, Apple highest luxury tax ever has already pushed prices to the breaking point

Macworld - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:39

Update 09/17/18: This article has been updated with a report that Apple Watch and AirPods will be exempt from the latest round of tariffs.

By now, everyone’s had a chance to check out the new iPhones and Apple Watches, study the differences, read reactions, and figure out which one they’re going to buy. And Apple has no doubt already sold millions of millions of them since pre-orders went live early Friday morning.

If you bought one, you might have noticed something: you’re paying more. In some cases a lot more. Apple’s newest iPhone and Apple Watch lineup are its most expensive ever—as Tim Cook would say, “by far”—and based on the latest pre-order shipping estimates, customers so far seem more than happy to pay them. In fact, if you order a 512GB iPhone Xs Max right now, you probably won’t get it until October. The same goes for the new Apple Watch, even the sky-high Hermes models.

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watchOS 5: Walkie-talkie, workout improvements, Podcasts, and a smarter Siri

Macworld - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:31

At the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple took the wraps off the latest version of its Apple Watch operating system: watchOS 5. Apple has made big improvements to its wearables platform with each major new release, and it looks like watchOS 5 will be no exception. It doesn’t give us everything we hoped for, but with neat new features like Walkie-Talkie, workout improvements, better notifications, and smart Siri changes, it should further Apple’s already substantial lead in the smartwatch category.

Here are all the major features of watchOS 5, and instructions on how to get it on your Apple Watch.

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Trump Defends Brett Kavanaugh Amid Attempted Sexual Assault Allegation

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:22

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his Supreme Court nominee Brett


Democrats Welcome Chris Collins’ Decision To Stay On Ballot

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:22

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) plans to seek re-election despite being indicted


Kings Plaza fire: At least 21 injured as firefighters tackle blaze at Brooklyn shopping centre parking lot

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:54

Firefighters are tackling a massive fire that spread through a parking garage in Brooklyn, New York. The fire began before 9:00 a.m. local time near the Kings Plaza shopping centre in Brooklyn, erupting from a two-alarm to a seven-alarm emergency within an hour. Police and fire department officials did not respond to enquiries, and it was not immediately clear whether police suspected criminal intent or wrongdoing.


Coca-Cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:37

Coca-Cola said Monday it is studying the use of a key ingredient in marijuana in "wellness beverages," as a growing number of mainstream companies develop cannabis-infused drinks. "We have no interest in marijuana or cannabis," Coca-Cola said in a statement. Cannabidiol is a chemical in marijuana that does not have the intoxicating effects of THC, the major active ingredient that causes the "high." It has been used to treat epilepsy and other maladies.


Why Idlib matters and the obstacles Assad faces there

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:34

The Syrian conflict has turned toward the northwestern Idlib region, where government preparations for a Russian-backed offensive have sparked a concerted Turkish diplomatic bid to prevent an attack. A major assault in Idlib, home to some three million people, could be more deadly and destructive than any other in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people since 2011. The U.N. is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe.


The Shortcuts app for iOS 12 is now available—make sure you grab it!

Macworld - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:30

One of iOS 12’s greatest new features is Siri Shortcuts: the ability for apps to tie into Siri by letting you make custom Siri phrases to perform in-app actions. Siri may still have a long way to go on answering general questions, but this sort of customizable deep tie-in with apps makes it a lot more useful.

Going hand-in-hand with that feature is a new app from Apple called Shortcuts. If you’re familiar with Automator on the Mac, this is essentially the iOS equivalent of that. You use the app to create step-by-step series of automated actions, tying together multiple phone features and various inputs into a single script you can summon with a custom Siri phrase.

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iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 are now available

Macworld - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:16

Following months of beta testing, Apple has released its latest operating systems for mobile, TV, and Apple Watch to the general public. Get ready for an afternoon of downloading and device restarts as you update your gear to iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5.

The latest Mac operating system, macOS Mojave, is scheduled for release on Monday, September 24.

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US, Russia clash at UN over North Korea sanctions

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:59

The United States on Monday accused Russia of "cheating" on UN sanctions against North Korea with plans for a railway project, oil transfers and ongoing business dealings with Pyongyang. Russia shot back and charged that Washington was blocking steps to foster cooperation between North and South Korea and using a UN sanctions committee "as a select channel to punish" North Korea.


Rising floodwaters, potential dam failures threaten North Carolina communities in Florence's wake

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:16

Some communities in North Carolina are now faced with rising floodwaters and potential dam failures in Florence’s wake.


Barn-find Porsche 901 makes post-restoration debut

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:06

An early production run Porsche 901 spent decades rotting away in a barn. After three years of restoration, it's driving again, competing in the Hamburg-Berlin Classic rally


How to help Florence victims

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00

Five ways you can contribute to storm relief efforts right now.


U.S. pushes back national wireless alert test to Oct. 3

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:40

The test message was originally scheduled for 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT)on Thursday but is being pushed back to the same time on Oct. 3 because of response efforts to Tropical Depression Florence, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement. FEMA, which will send the alert, said last week that the messages would bear the headline “Presidential Alert,” and that phones will make a loud tone and have a special vibration. The test has been scheduled to ensure that the alert system would work in the event of a national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users will not be able to opt out.


Why Meghan Markle Is Throwing Her Support Behind a Charity Cookbook

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:32

Titled "Together Our Community Cookbook," it gathers 50 recipes from around the world.


Power up everything for just $17 with this deal on Sabrent's 10-port desktop USB charger

Macworld - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:32

Finding an open outlet to charge multiple devices can be a pain, even in your own house. That's where multi-port USB chargers can save the day, and today you can get one big enough to charge everything in your house for cheap: Amazon is selling Sabrent's 10-port desktop USB charger for just $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $45 and just pennies off an all-time low.

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Pentagon chief in Skopje over Russia bid 'to sway' name change vote

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:12

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Skopje on Monday to throw his support behind a 'yes' vote in Macedonia's upcoming referendum on a name change and to counter "Russian influence" against the move. Slated for September 30, the vote will ask Macedonians whether they want to change the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, in a move which could open the door to NATO and EU membership. The referendum follows a landmark agreement between Athens and Skopje in June which sought to break the stalemate that has poisoned their relations since 1991 and hobbled Macedonia's integration with the West.


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