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Student Dies After Falling 40 Feet in Bell Tower at Fordham University

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 15:27

A Fordham University student died after she fell 40 feet from the top of the school's bell tower early Sunday, according to an email sent out by the university.

Man accused of throwing boy at Minnesota mall first sought to kill an adult: prosecutors

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 15:20

Emmanuel Aranda, who police said has a history of mental issues and arrests on relatively minor charges, went to the mall last Thursday and left without following through on his plan, the Hennepin County Attorney's office said in a statement. In a GoFundMe post that has so far raised more than $570,000 for the child's medical expenses, a friend of the family identified as Noah Hanneman of Woodbury, Minnesota, said on Sunday that the boy, whom he identified by his first name Landon, was still fighting for his life. Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, will face attempted premeditated first-degree murder charges when he makes his first court appearance on Tuesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.

Canada: police hunt hitman disguised as delivery person who shot woman

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:56

Suspect injured woman with a crossbow in a ‘premeditated, targeted’ attack, police say, in November 2018Police say the bow and arrows used in the attack are designed for hunting big game like moose. Photograph: Chris Helgren/ReutersPolice in Canada are hunting a suspected hitman who they say disguised himself as a delivery person to carry out a “premeditated, targeted and isolated attack” on a woman, gravely injuring her with a crossbow.Details of a brazen murder attempt were released to the public Monday morning by police in Mississauga, Ontario. The attack on the 44-year-old woman occurred late on 7 November 2018 in an area north of Toronto.In black-and-white home surveillance footage, a man is seen carrying a large cardboard box on the victim’s front porch. Dressed in a baseball cap, hooded sweatshirt and dark gloves, the man awkwardly holds the large rectangular box, which police say concealed the crossbow.After a brief conversation, he fires the weapon and flees in a dark pickup truck. The front door is seen closing as the suspect runs away.Despite her substantial injuries, the woman was able to phone emergency responders. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she has remained for months.“The injuries that she sustained were absolutely devastating,” Det Sgt Jim Kettles of Peel police told reporters. “It involved damage to a lot of her internal organs. She’ll be in recovery phase for the rest of her life … Her life will never be the same.”The woman got a “direct look” at the man who attacked her, but was unable to identify him.“This was most definitely a targeted type of attack,” Kettles said, adding that “the crossbow was never removed from the box” during the encounter.At the press conference, police displayed a similar crossbow and arrows to the ones used in the attack, which are designed for hunting big game like moose. The choice of weapon was meant to “inflict the maximum amount of damage possible”, said police, who were able to recover one of the arrows at the scene of the crime.“Comments made to the victim [by the suspect] indicate the victim was targeted and that the suspect may have carried out the attack at the request of another individual,” said Supt Heather Raymor. “It is clear that this attack was meant to end the victim’s life.”Police have not released a motive for the attack. Kettles said the shoes and baseball hat worn by the suspect were unique – and the suspect did not conceal his face, giving investigators a number of potential clues. “We are open to anything at this point and we are looking at all possible investigative avenues,” he said.

Redacted Mueller report to be released Thursday

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:49

A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian meddling in the US election will be released Thursday, the Justice Department said as President Donald Trump again lashed out at the most politically explosive probe in modern US history. The report could feature allegations that Trump tried to obstruct the investigation, although Attorney General Bill Barr has said there is not sufficient evidence to establish he committed such a crime. Mueller himself has offered no conclusion on this, according to a brief summary of the report from Barr, who was handpicked by Trump.

Democrats request documents on White House 'sanctuary city' idea

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:24

Top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday demanded documents from the Trump administration over a White House proposal to release migrants from detention and transport them to "sanctuary cities." U.S. media reported on Thursday the administration had considered the idea, which would send migrants and asylum seekers who had crossed the U.S. border with Mexico to districts represented by Democratic lawmakers. Sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions that generally refuse to use their resources to help enforce federal immigration laws against undocumented immigrants that could lead to deportations. Since many of these jurisdictions are represented by Democrats, critics saw the plan as a way to taunt Democrats by dangling the possibility of an influx of illegal immigrants into their communities.

Israel's president starts consultations on prime minister nomination

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:14

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's nomination seemed virtually ensured after his right-wing Likud won the largest number of parliamentary seats in the April 9 ballot, and his closest rival, Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White party, conceded defeat. President Reuven Rivlin said he would announce his choice on Wednesday after meeting with all of the parties that captured seats in the 120-member Knesset. Under Israeli law, after consultations with the parties the president taps a legislator whom he believes has the best chance of forming a government, delegating 28 days, with a two-week extension if necessary, to complete the task.

Prosecutors Rule Out Arson at Paris' Famous Notre Dame Cathedral as Firefighters Extinguish Blaze

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 13:50

Blaze causes widespread damage but firefighters say the structure has been saved

iOS 13 rumored to be a massive overhaul with dark mode, new gestures, and multi-window apps for the iPad

Macworld - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:55

With just two months to go until Apple’s expected unveiling of iOS 13 at WWDC19 on June 3, 9to5Mac published a report from “people familiar with the development of the operating system,” and if accurate, the iPhone and iPad are in for some major changes this fall, including several of the features we’ve been clamoring to see.

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Netanyahu is Israel's Master Incrementalist

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:23

Not since Abraham Lincoln defeated George McClellan has a democratically elected leader been faced with an election campaign against one of his own recent chiefs of staff—and won. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu defeated not only a party led by former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, but also the two other former IDF chiefs of staff Gantz was running with. In April 9 elections Netanyahu vanquished them all, expanding the size of his Likud party in Israel’s Knesset from thirty to thirty-six seats, virtually ensuring that he will form Israel’s next government. He has now been in power ten years and this will be the fifth government he has led.Netanyahu’s ability to achieve such longevity in Israel’s politics is due to his reading of the shifts taking place in Israeli society and also the constant pattern of opponents underestimating his qualities. By holding on to power, Netanyahu will also cement his legacy of incrementalism when it comes to Israeli foreign policy and the conflict with the Palestinians. Instinctually pragmatic, conservative and cynical, Netanyahu has consistently asserted that any peace in the Middle East must be based on security for Israel.

Microsoft reveals Outlook hackers were able to gain access to private emails

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:00

In the latest of a seemingly endless string of high-profile hacks, Microsoft confirmed to TechCrunch over the weekend that a "limited" number of people who use Microsoft's email platforms -- including Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail -- had their accounts compromised. Microsoft sent an email to the affected users last Friday, alerting them that hackers had potentially been able to access a trove of information, including the subject lines of their emails and the names of the people they've emailed, "but not the content of any e-mails or attachments."As serious as this sounds, the hack was even worse than Microsoft first let on, as Motherboard reported on Sunday that the hackers were indeed able to access actual emails from "a large number of Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail email accounts." A source described the attack before Microsoft released its statement, and then provided screenshots to prove it. Microsoft then confirmed to Motherboard that some email content had been accessed.According to Motherboard, Microsoft sent a separate email alert to about 6% of the affected users, informing them that their email content had been compromised. The breach apparently stemmed from a faulty customer support tool which allowed hackers to access any email account that wasn't a corporate account. Although the source claims this went on for at least six months, Microsoft says the hackers had access from January 1st to March 28th.Here's the full statement from Microsoft's Information Protection and Governance team regarding the hack:> Microsoft recently became aware of an issue involving unauthorized access to some customers' web-based email accounts by cybercriminals. We addressed this scheme by disabling the compromised credentials to the limited set of targeted accounts, while also blocking the perpetrators' access. A limited number of consumer accounts were impacted, and we have notified all impacted customers. Out of an abundance of caution, we also increased detection and monitoring to further protect affected accounts.The fact that Microsoft did not announce publicly that hackers were able to access and read private emails sent by Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail users is incredibly troubling. It took Motherboard showing photographic evidence to the company before an admission came out. And while 6% might not sound like a lot, Microsoft still hasn't revealed how many accounts were affected by the Outlook hack in total.

US terror label for Iran Revolutionary Guard takes effect

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. terrorism label for Iran's Revolutionary Guard formally took effect on Monday, amid a battle between the Trump administration and some in Congress over waivers on oil and nuclear sanctions that are due to expire or be extended early next month.

Ecuador's president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:48

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a center for spying, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno told Britain's Guardian newspaper. London police dragged Assange out of the embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information. Assange's relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno's personal life.

Pelosi: AOC’s Progressive Faction Is ‘Like Five People’

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:19

House speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the progressive faction of her caucus led by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as "like five people."In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, Pelosi was asked whether she could unify the “self-described socialists" and the "moderates" among House Democrats.“By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to go down the mainstream,” she responded.“But it doesn't look like that. It looks as if it's fractured. You have these wings– AOC, and her group on one side,” interviewer Lesley Stahl continued.“That’s like five people,” Pelosi replied.“The progressive group is more than five,” Stahl said.“I’m a progressive,” Pelosi said.Pelosi, 79, and Ocasio-Cortez, 29, have not clashed openly but have occasionally thrown shade at each other since the latter's ascension to Congress earlier this year. In February, the speaker dismissed Ocasio-Cortez's signature proposal, the Green New Deal, as the "green dream, or whatever they call it." She also referenced the freshman congresswoman's huge social-media following earlier this month during a discussion about the importance of being unified and working with the other side of the aisle.“While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what's important is that we have large numbers of votes on the floor of the House,” Pelosi said.Pelosi has, however, also allied with Ocasio-Cortez at times. Last month, the most powerful woman in Congress tweeted out the cover of Rolling Stone showing a photo of herself, Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Representative Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, saying the magazine cover is "worth millions of dreams to women and girls across America."

'It has to stop': Omar says Trump encourages violence, hate

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It has to stop."

Tax Day, Boston Marathon and Bernie Sanders: 5 things you need to know Monday

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:42

From Tax Day extensions to Bernie Sanders' tax returns, here's what you need to know Monday

A Major Moment Took Place in the Crypts Beneath Winterfell. Here's the Real History Behind the Key Game of Thrones Location

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:31

What the real medieval past can tell us about the resting place of the Kings in the North

Today’s best deals: $10 Philips Hue bulbs, $8 wireless charging pad, Fire TV stick, SanDisk sale, more

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:30

Happy Tax Day! Okay fine, so it's not a very happy day, but at least you've got a refund coming, and you can put those funds to good use with some truly fantastic daily deals that we've rounded up. Highlights include all-time low pricing of just $10 each when you by a 4-pack of Philips Hue white LED bulbs, a fast wireless charging pad for iPhones and Androids for just $7.64 when you clip the 10% coupon, Bluetooth tracker tags like Tiles for just $5 a piece, $10 off the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K, $30 off the most popular 6-quart Instant Pot model, $40 off the most popular 8-quart Instant Pot model, killer prices on a bunch of different SanDisk digital storage products like a SanDisk 128GB Extreme microSD UHS-I Card for only $22 and a SanDisk 64GB Cruzer Force Flash Drive for $9.99, and plenty more. Check out all of today's top deals below.

Nearly 150 killed in battle for Libya's Tripoli: WHO

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:24

At least 147 people have been killed and 614 wounded in the offensive launched on April 4 by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar to take the capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization said Monday. The clashes have displaced more than 18,000 people, according to the latest figures from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Fighting broke out as Haftar's forces sought to take control of Tripoli from loyalists of the internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) which is based in the capital.

What If Winter Lasted for Years Like It Does on 'Game of Thrones'?

Top Stories - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:08

Winter is not coming to the northern hemisphere -- and we have our planet's tilt to thank.Earth's axis is slightly tilted as it rotates around the sun. This means that the sun's rays don't hit our planet equally: If the rays directly hit the northern hemisphere, it spells winter for the southern hemisphere, and vice versa. Because the Earth is titled, as it orbits the sun, certain latitudes of the planet receive more or less sunlight during each season. [5 Real-Life Inspirations for 'Game of Thrones' Characters]But what if the seasons -- and specifically, winter -- lasted for years on our planet like they do on "Game of Thrones"?It depends on how it happened, said Christopher Walcek, a senior research associate at the University of Alabany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. In other words, to answer the question, you'd need to know what caused winter to last for years.It could happen (though it wouldn't) if our planet fell into an orbit farther from the sun (nope) or stopped orbiting entirely in mid-February (this might happen… just kidding).Let's say the latter happened, and the northern hemisphere wound up permanently tilted away from the sun.In that case, in the northern hemisphere, the days would be short, the nights would long -- and you'd have a high frequency of snow storms. Because the warmer weather wouldn't roll around to melt the snow, it would begin to accumulate, Walcek told Live Science.After just a couple of years, lingering winter weather would cause major ecosystem changes, he said.Deciduous trees and plants that normally sprout in the spring wouldn't do so; this would have ramifications for the rest of the food chain. "Bears and squirrels wouldn't be able to eat and would starve, deer would similarly be culled," Walcek said.As animals adjusted to reduced sunlight and availability of energy, "populations of [every species] would be reduced to a much lower level," he said.For example, many animals spend the months of winter preserving their energy through various means as food becomes scarce.Take frogs and turtles. They survive the winter season by lowering their metabolic rate so that they don't need to eat. These animals pretty much become "behaviorally inactive" during this time, said Jon Costanzo, an adjunct professor of biology at Miami University. But "there are limits to how long they can survive without feeding," he said.If winter went on and on, frogs and turtles would deplete their energy reserves and, being unable to feed, die of starvation. Or, metabolic waste products that accumulate in the body during the winter would build up, reaching toxic levels."Frogs and turtles that live in seasonally cold places are very well-adapted to survive the winter, even a particularly long one," Costanzo told Live Science. "However, it is doubtful that they could survive a hibernation that lasts multiple years."Winter in Westeros is long, but it does usually end after a couple of years. But what if our world just got stuck on winter, and the cold lasted for millennia?That would look like an ice age, Walcek said. But even ice ages have seasons, so let's imagine a seasonless ice age.Within hundreds of thousands of years, huge ice sheets and glaciers would form over massive parts of land, and would plow over villages and valleys, the researcher said. "If you stop [the Earth's rotation] in the middle of February, here in the northern hemisphere, probably within about a thousand years you'd see huge ice sheets form over Europe and over Canada."Places like New York City would likely be on the edge of an ice sheet. There would be "huge changes to the whole food chain of every animal and plant," Walcek said. People would take more to hunting, leaving behind hopes of growing plants under packs of snow, he said.But physics won't allow this to happen so... happy spring!Editor's note: This article was corrected on April 14 to clarify that the Earth's tilt does not change as it rotates the sun. * Photos: 33 Stunning Locations Where 'Game of Thrones' Was Filmed * Move Over, 'Game of Thrones,' Here Are 9 Real-Life 'Dragons' * Winter: The Coldest SeasonOriginally published on Live Science.


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