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Ukraine shivers as Russia refuses to deliver gas

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 09:22

Ukraine on Friday urged schools to close and factories to cut production after Russia refused to restart natural gas deliveries, while residents shivered as the country strained to save on gas supplies. Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine were supposed to restart on Thursday following a foreign court ruling aimed at ending years of disputes between Kiev and Moscow, including two halts to Russian gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine.

'The Internet Is The Only Place We Simultaneously Desire Fame And Anonymity'

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 09:17

The shower isn’t just a place to sing. Separated from our cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.

Trump trades Twitter jabs with 'Alex' Baldwin

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 09:01

President Trump lashed out at Alec Baldwin in a typo-ridden tweet early Friday morning about the actor's recent assertion that he is tired of playing Trump on NBC's "Saturday Night Live.."

U.S. Allies Threaten Retaliation Over Trump's Tariffs Announcement

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:48

Many of America’s top trade partners bristled at the news that President Donald Trump plans to impose tariffs of 10 percent on aluminum and 25 percent on steel imports next week. Trump announced the new measures during a meeting with industry executives at the White House Thursday. Canada called the tariffs “unacceptable” and “inappropriate,” saying it hoped to receive an exemption from the policy, though the president plans to offer zero exemptions, according to The New York Times.

The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:47

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 280-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:47

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 280-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy.

Silicon Valley police use decoy bus to hunt people shooting BB gun at coaches carrying Apple and Google workers

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:46

California police are using decoy “bait buses” to try to catch attackers who have been firing BB guns at coaches taking Google, Apple and other tech company workers from their San Francisco homes to their Silicon Valley offices. The motive for the attacks is unclear, but previously the luxury coaches – known by the catch-all term ‘Google buses’ - have been the target of peaceful protests by those who blame the influx of thousands of tech workers on gentrification and unaffordable rents in San Francisco. On January 16 alone, five buses were hit as they carried Apple and Google employees along the Interstate 280 highway between the city and San Francisco Bay area’s Silicon Valley.

What's killing more pedestrians: smartphones or legal weed?

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:00

There were roughly 6,000 pedestrians killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2017. That's the same high level of pedestrian fatalities as was recorded in 2016, up from about 5,400 in 2015. In fact the number has been climbing since 2009, with only the smallest of dips in 2013. Now, it doesn't take a genius to see the main change in our society since 2009. Just look out of your window and you're likely to see a zombified walker staring at her smartphone, or maybe a driver sneaking an illegal look at a black rectangle.  SEE ALSO: Put your smartphone away, you're missing the entire history of you Some 80 percent of us now own smartphones, compared to a mere 17 percent in 2009. It's a sea change in society and we're still grappling with the implications.  But that didn't stop the Governors Highway Safety Association from sneaking another possible cause into its latest pedestrian deaths report: the fact that seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use.  The report was careful to say that it wasn't "making a direct correlation or claiming a definitive link" between legal weed and pedestrian deaths. Nevertheless, the New York Times was on it. The Grey Lady conjured up a headline that managed to look both schoolmarmish and clickbait-ish: "When pedestrian deaths are up, is marijuana to blame?" Hey, I'm just asking.  Even Fox News managed to avoid the anti-marijuana clickbait approach in its headline on the report. But the Times — home to self-hating former stoner David Brooks and Maureen Dowd, who wrote a widely derided column about gobbling up marijuana edibles in Colorado without asking about proper dose levels — has a disturbing tendency to grasp for any reefer madness angle it can find. SEE ALSO: Vermont just legalized marijuana. Here's why that's so important. Yes, pedestrian deaths are increasing at a slightly faster rate in the eight legalized states (Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Colorado, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts) plus Washington, D.C. But further down the Times piece, we discover that we're not really dealing with statistically significant numbers: there are almost no pedestrian deaths in weed-legal Alaska or Maine, and a mere four extra in Colorado.  We also discover that in the first half of 2017, the states with the most  pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people were Arizona, New Mexico, Delaware, Louisiana, and Florida. None of those states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Which means that you could just as easily make a pro-pot argument from these numbers. When pedestrian deaths are up, should more states allow recreational marijuana?  After all, plenty of pot users will tell you they get more aware of their surroundings when high — not to mention jumpy, paranoid, and more likely to think a car is heading in their direction when it isn't.  Other important questions that both the Times and the GHSA failed to ask: Is the rate of smartphone adoption growing faster than average in those eight legalized states, which are generally wealthier than the average? Could that account for the difference, perhaps? And is there a significantly higher number of pot smokers in legal states, rather than just people transitioning from getting America's No. 1 cash crop illegally?  And at a time when the U.S. Attorney General is threatening to roll back the Obama administration's tolerant approach to state-level legalization, is this kind of scare headline irresponsible in the extreme? Dig into the report and you'll find another interesting and largely ignored explanation: There are simply more pedestrians in our streets. More of us are discovering the joys (and the health benefits) of walking to work.  And yet the infrastructure itself has hardly changed. There's no great national public works effort afoot to widen our sidewalks or strengthen our curbs or build more structures, such as parklets, that put some space between walkers and drivers.  Or, y'know, more street lamps, since 75 percent of all pedestrian deaths take place at night. It isn't just democracy that dies in darkness.  Perhaps the New York Times should worry more about lights and less about lighting up. 

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 11 including 3 aid workers in Nigeria attack

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 07:43

By Paul Carsten ABUJA (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 11 people including three aid workers in an attack on a military facility in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state late on Thursday, according to two security reports seen by Reuters. The raid in the town of Rann marks the latest high-profile attack by militants in the northeast, coming less than two weeks after militants abducted 110 girls from a school in the town of Dapchi in neighbouring Yobe state. The United Nations confirmed three aid workers, all Nigerian nationals, were killed in the attack in Rann, near the Cameroon border, and said a female nurse was missing, feared abducted.

Jimmy Kimmel's Wife Says His Pancake Art Is 'Making My Life Hell'

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 07:30

Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the Oscars for the second straight year on Sunday, but he’s already earning bad reviews from his wife for his performances at breakfast. Kimmel began making “normal” pancakes about a year ago, and graduated to “realistic, totally edible portrayals” of beloved children’s characters and other fun shapes, she wrote. “The adorable pancakes my husband, Jimmy Kimmel, cooks for our kids are making my life hell,” the headline reads.

The best—and worst—Netflix original movies

Macworld - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 07:30
Netflix has produced a considerable number of films. Our guide will help you decide which ones are worth watching, and which are to be avoided.

Seventh-Grader Who Killed Himself in School Bathroom Planned to Shoot Others, Police Say

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 07:20

A boy who shot and killed himself inside an Ohio middle school restroom was planning to shoot others before changing his mind, police said

Cryptocurrency gave young South Koreans a glimmer of hope, now dashed

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 07:00

For Juwon Park, cryptocurrency investment represented a 'life raft' to escape drowning in debt and one day move out of her parents' home. But she wasn't counting on the South Korean government's plans to regulate the market.

Massive Anti-Gun Rally Bumped From National Mall For Talent Show

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 06:24

The National Park Service has refused a permit for the March for Our Lives anti-gun rally at the National Mall in Washington so that part of the space can be used instead for a student talent show. Organizers of the March 24 protest are now seeking a permit to use Pennsylvania Avenue on a route that would take them from the Capitol to Trump International Hotel, NBC-4 reported. The massive anti-gun rally, spearheaded by survivors of the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people, is expected to draw 500,000 marchers.

Mueller asking if Kushner's business interests influenced Trump foreign policy

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 06:22

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has asked witnesses about Kushner's efforts to secure financing for his family's real estate properties in an effort to determine if they later influenced Trump's foreign policy.

Turkish airstrike kills pro-government gunmen in north Syria

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 06:10

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's air force hit two positions of pro-government Syrian fighters deployed last week in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, killing and wounding a number of fighters in an escalation of violence in a region where Turkey has been on the offensive for more than a month, Syrian activists said Friday.

Democrat reiterates doubts about Jared Kushner's loyalty to the U.S.

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:00

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said he was “absolutely” impugning Jared Kushner’s patriotism when he tweeted Wednesday that “we don’t know where his loyalties lie” — whether to America or “bailing out his and his family’s debts.”

Tucker Carlson Turns On Trump: 'Imagine If Barack Obama Had Said That'

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 04:50

“Imagine if Barack Obama had said that,” Carlson said. Carlson said Obama would’ve been “denounced as a dictator” for making such a comment. “We would have denounced him first, trust me,” Carlson said. “Congress would be talking impeachment right now.

'We’re Gonna Do What International Law Says We Can Do.' Aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 04:11

TIME tours one of America's biggest warships as it prepares for a historic Vietnam port call

New TV Ad Demands Trump Drop His Ban On Transgender Troops

Top Stories - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:10

The Human Rights Campaign and other LGBTQ advocacy groups are launching a television ad campaign across the nation Friday demanding that “impulsive president” Donald Trump drop his attempt to ban transgender service members in the military. The total ban on transgender troops demanded by Trump last summer is currently blocked by federal court rulings and has been criticized by military leaders. “An impulsive president tweets that transgender Americans won’t be allowed to serve,” the ad says.


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