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Group defends article on Henry Ford's anti-Semitic views

Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 14:18

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area historical group is protesting a mayor's decision to stop it from sending out the latest issue of its publication, which delves into Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford's anti-Semitism.


Meghan Markle wrote uplifting notes on bananas bound for sex workers in need

Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:58

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is giving back to the community and adding her own personal touch along the way. On Friday, she and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, visited the One25 organization in Bristol, which works to "reach out to women trapped in or vulnerable to street sex-work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction." During the unplanned visit, the Duchess helped volunteers pack bags of food for women in need. As they went about the work, she spontaneously decided to leave an uplifting, handwritten note in each package.  "Do you have a Sharpie marker? I have an idea," she can be heard asking in a video shared by reporter Omid Scobie. She then proceeded to write empowering affirmations on the skins of bananas. > During their visit Meghan asked for a sharpie to write messages of affirmation on items of food that will tonight be handed out to women by @One25Charity's mobile van service. She was inspired by a cafeteria manager at a school in Virginia who had done the same last year. pic.twitter.com/AZwuhSKTzA > > -- Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 1, 2019 SEE ALSO: 14 of the biggest royal family moments from 2018 The Duchess explained she was inspired to write messages like "You are loved," "You are strong,"  "You are special," and "You are brave" on the bananas after seeing someone do a similar project in the United States. Image: Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images Image: TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images "I saw this project that someone had started somewhere in the States, this school lunch program, where on each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation or something to make the kids feel really empowered," she explained to volunteers at the One25 organization, noting how she thought the small gesture was lovely. The Duchess appeared to be really enjoying her time at One25, even joking that she's "in charge of the banana messaging." > While packing lunches for @One25Charity's outreach service, The Duchess of Sussex had an idea to write positive messages on banana skins... pic.twitter.com/Fwm6arfc25 > > -- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 1, 2019 Meghan and Harry also met with many of the people who work to make One25 successful, and One25 CEO Anna Smith told BAZAAR.com how grateful she was for the visit. > During their visit they met with volunteers, drop-in coordinators, mentors and execs from the charity. CEO Anna Smith: "The women we support are often hidden from society and this visit shines a light on the enormous challenges they face and the incredible strength they have." pic.twitter.com/oGOTYim8LG > > -- Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 1, 2019 "That really touched me--and I'm not even a royalist," Smith said about Meghan's banana notes. "She was just watching the food being packed up and suddenly decided she wanted to write these beautiful messages on every banana they had there." "She had clearly listened and heard what we are all about -- that we don't judge, we simply offer the service and unconditional love. She totally got it." ## WATCH: Meghan Markle is the reigning queen of Google


Super Bowl LIII, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Groundhog Day: 5 things to know this weekend

Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 08:24

The Rams and Patriots square off in Super Bowl LIII, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam faces resignation calls and more things to start your weekend.


This video shows the hilarity of teaching parents how to use technology

Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 08:00

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. * * * While there are plenty of differences between Millennials and Gen Z, as digital natives we can all relate to one thing -- being the in-house IT department for our parents.  We've all been there: When your mom wants to change her Facebook profile pic, you're the expert. But one wrong click and suddenly -- you've broken her entire phone, all her photos are gone, and it's somehow your fault.  SEE ALSO: Facebook to teens: Plz laugh at these old memes YouTuber Gus Johnson captures this hilarious juxtaposition of youth frustration versus parental struggle in his video titled "helping mom use the ipad." Watching the video threw me straight back into circular conversations I've gone through with my own mom, who's a big fan of calling all Apple products "iPods," and referring to everything from the remote, to her phone, as "el tiki-tiki." In the sketch, the son, named Sven, attempts to show his mother how to navigate apps like Facebook and YouTube. Hilariously accusatory, the mother cries out, "Where did all my stuff go?" and "Get me back to Facebook!".  Sven, like most of us teaching our parents technology, barely has any time to explain before the mom accidentally touches something and goes into a tizzy. When the mother frantically yells "don't tell me, just show me!" and then a second later, "don't show me, just tell me!"-- I felt it in my soul.  Gus Johnson's other sketch videos on his channel are worth the watch, as many of them also focus on the cringe-inducing realness of everyday life. Highlights include not wanting to wear a jack in winter, cracking your joints, and how every cat acts at 3 AM.  ## WATCH: 6 tech myths that live on in 2019


Trump steps up attacks on Pelosi for opposing border wall funds

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 20:54

The Republican president also said there is a "good chance" he will follow through on his previous threats to bypass the U.S. Congress and declare a national emergency to obtain funding for a wall. Trump, known for personal attacks on critics and political adversaries, made his comments a week after agreeing to end a 35-day partial government shutdown without getting the $5.7 billion he had demanded from Congress to help build the wall. Trump, in an interview with CBS News, called Pelosi "very rigid" and said she was trying to "win a political point" by opposing his demands to fund the wall.


GM to lay off about 4,000 salaried workers: source

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 20:22

General Motors is expected to lay off about 4,000 salaried workers under a reorganization announced late last year, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The layoffs are part of a cost-cutting plan GM announced in November, which will slash 15 percent of its salaried and contract staff and shutter seven plants, including five in North America. Media reports estimated the total job cuts of salaried staff and union workers at about 14,000, including about 6,000 union workers.


Top US cardinal let priest accused of sexual abuse lead Mass

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 18:18

HOUSTON (AP) — The cardinal who leads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops allowed a priest to celebrate Mass the same day his name was among those released on a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse.


Isis 'could reclaim territory in months' after US military withdraws, Pentagon warns

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:23

Isis could regain its lost territory in a matter of months after troops withdraw from Syria, according to a draft Pentagon report. Donald Trump announced last month that the US would withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria on the grounds the militant group no longer pose a threat. It claims Isis is determined to rebuild a physical caliphate, NBC News reported.


Snopes pulls out of fact-checking partnership with Facebook

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:22

The statement did not elaborate but Snopes vice president Vinny Green told the media education group Poynter the partnership was excessively labor intensive, requiring manual updates to fact checks by its staff of 16. Snopes said it agreed to partner with Facebook "without financial benefit to ourselves," but added that it faces increasing financial difficulties. Snopes partnered with Facebook in 2016 on fact-checking and has been one of many global organizations that have agreements with the social network to help it fight misinformation.


Donald Trump to call for 'unity' in State of the Union address to Democratic House

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:22

Speech will be divided into various areas, including immigration, trade, health care and infrastructure.


Judge warns Roger Stone: Russia probe charges not a 'book tour' and considers issuing gag order

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:10

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Friday she was considering imposing a gag order on President Donald Trump's longtime political adviser.


Super Bowl: Missing businessman stole $750k from community including his mum in ticket scam

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:03

A Georgia businessman is missing after allegedly scamming his friends, family, and mother out of $750,000 in exchange for non-existent Super Bowl tickets before skipping town. Ketan Shah, a businessman described as “squeaky-clean” by one of his victims, apparently left his Gwinnett County town after staging the months-long scam, which involved taking large sums of money from roughly a dozen people while promising tickets to the upcoming game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. Among those who found themselves allegedly falling victim to Mr Shah was his own mother, who reached out to police after losing $36,000 in her son’s scam, but did not file charges.


7 Ways to Profit From Payment Stocks

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:49

Bank of America's best payment stocks to buy. In a new report, Kupferberg says long-term structural growth drivers in the payments industry are as strong as ever. Here are Bank of America's seven top payment stocks to buy.


Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Macworld - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:15
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Honda Covers the Civic Type R and NSX in Gold for Australian Anniversary

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:52

For Honda's 50th anniversary in Oz, even the company's premium lawnmower gets the Midas touch.


Mike Pence tells Venezuelan exiles in Miami: 'This is no time for dialogue. This is time for action'

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:47

Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, has said that Venezuela needs “action” rather than dialogue, rallying Venezuelan exiles in Miami to the cause of “interim president” Juan Guaido and demanding that President Nicolas Maduro step down. Mr Pence told the Florida gathering that “all options are on the table”, and warned Mr Maduro “not to test the resolve of the United States”. “This is no time for dialogue. This is time for action," he said. "The time has come to end the Maduro dictatorship once and for all.” Removing Mr Maduro has been a priority for Mr Trump right from the beginning of his presidency, but has become an obsession for the White House since Mr Guaido, president of the national assembly, declared himself “interim president” on January 23. Mike Pence addressing Venezuelan exiles in Miami On Friday John Bolton, the national security adviser and one of the most strident Venezuela hawks, attempted to reduce the temperature somewhat, saying he did not believe US military intervention was imminent. He reacted angrily to reports that Mr Maduro was planning to send 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in coming days, in return for euros in cash. Oil sanctions announced by the US last week are hitting hard, and Mr Maduro is becoming increasingly desperate to find means of keeping his regime afloat – including accessing $1.5 billion of gold kept in the Bank of England’s vaults. “Not only does Maduro require foreign paramilitary support to keep remaining threads of a failed dictatorship, but reports show he is flying out Venezuelan assets by the plane full,” Mr Bolton tweeted. “Is he stealing resources from the people to pay for Russian intervention?” Venezuelan exiles listen to Mike Pence in Miami on Friday Mr Guaidohas urged his supporters to take to the streets on Saturday and demand the resignation of Mr Maduro, who is clinging to power with the support of Russia, China and Iran. Mr Maduro, 56, on Friday tweeted a video of himself inspecting troops. The military, which has so far remained largely loyal, is seen as holding the key to Mr Maduro’s future. Mr Guaido has appealed to the forces to defect, and wrote an open letter to soldiers offering amnesty – which many of them publicly burnt. Comandos de Alto Vuelo dispuestos a defender la Patria con la misma valentía de nuestros Libertadores. ¡Dios los Bendiga Muchachos! pic.twitter.com/5Dh3QzVXUi— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 1, 2019 The 35-year-old published an open letter to Mexico and Uruguay, turning down their offer of mediation in talks with Mr Maduro and saying he would only consider talks “when the usurpation is over”. He argues that Mr Maduro’s May election was fraudulent, and so the end of his term, in January, marked the end of his legitimate rule. He insists that, with the presidency “vacant”, he, as the president of the national assembly, becomes under the constitution the “interim president”. Juan Guaido with his 20-month-old daughter at his home in Caracas, which was visited by Venezuelan police on Friday Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, expressed dismay at Mr Guaido’s position, siding instead with his friend Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, president of Mexico, and criticising the British foreign secretary for calling for further sanctions. “The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans. Jeremy Hunt's call for more sanctions on Venezuela is wrong. We oppose outside interference in Venezuela, whether from the US or anywhere else. “There needs to be dialogue and a negotiated settlement to overcome the crisis.” The European Parliament officially recognised Mr Guaido on Thursday, and urged the European Union to follow suit. A series of European countries, among them Britain, Spain, France and Germany, have set a deadline for Sunday for Mr Maduro to call elections, or else they will join the US, Canada, Australia, Israel and many Latin American nations in recognising Mr Guaido. Pro-Maduro protesters holding up a poster of the late Hugo Chavez take to the streets of Caracas on Thursday Francisco Sucre, the head of the international committee of Venezuela’s national assembly, on Friday called on Mr Maduro to step down. Speaking in Spain, at the end of a trip designed to rally support for Mr Guaido, he said that the "international contact group" announced on Thursday by the EU's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, "should help to cease the usurpation of power by Maduro and establish a transitional government until new elections." He added: "There is no possible discussion here, Maduro has to leave." He said Venezuela, under Mr Guaido, welcomes the EU's involvement "because we are going to need its cooperation during the initial stages of the recovery of our country." "Power is evaporating from Maduro's hands with the passing of the hours," he said. "We have been contacted by diplomatic workers across Europe who are ready to take a step forward, but they are waiting for the right moment."


In U.S. Midwest, 19F feels like heat wave after days of brutal cold

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:23

In Chicago, where the mercury dipped as low as minus 22 Fahrenheit (minus 30 Celsius) earlier this week, temperatures of 19F (minus 7C) on Friday morning felt positively balmy for some in the nation's third-largest city. "Today's wonderful because it's not below zero," said Mary Crissie, 47, who said she closed her deli franchise in the Loop, Chicago's downtown financial district, on Wednesday. "The Loop was a ghost town." Temperatures from southern New England to the Upper Midwest should reach the mid-40s to low 50s Fahrenheit through the weekend and Monday, forecasters said, after a record-breaking cold snap that stopped mail deliveries in some parts of the Midwest and shuttered schools and businesses.


12 Shopping Apps and Sites to Score the Best Price

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 14:46

If you want to forgo driving from store to store to find the best grocery deals, use the free Basket app to save on your next shopping trip. You can even help other grocery shoppers pinpoint the best bargains by listing the products and the corresponding store discounts you find through the app. You may associate Walmart with deeply discounted prices, but neglecting to take the extra step of comparison shopping is a mistake.


Toyota, Nissan sales fall, but Fiat Chrysler, Honda post gains despite polar vortex

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 14:01

American car shoppers appeared largely unfazed by wintry weather and the government shutdown in January, as they kept buying vehicles at a good clip.


After Nigerian army abandoned town, Boko Haram slaughtered at least 60

Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:53

It came two weeks after Boko Haram had overrun the same town, driving out Nigerian soldiers and signaling its re-emergence as a force capable of capturing army bases. The bloodshed is a challenge for President Muhammadu Buhari in particular as he seeks a second successive four-year term in an election on Feb. 16, having been elected in 2015 partly on a promise to restore security. A Nigerian army spokesman denied that troops had left the town and that Boko Haram had killed the people.


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