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China's Just Gave the World a Preview of Its Naval Future

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:32

Chinese papers and military buffs are hailing the historic rendezvous of the two seagoing airbases, relishing the picture-perfect occasion of two huge vessels moored alongside each other. Liaoning is back at her homeport of Dalian in the northeastern Chinese province it is named after for scheduled maintenance as well as R&R for her crew, having spent the majority of the first half of the year at sea. The last time Liaoning was in dry-dock was in May 2014, in the same berth where the Soviet-era vessel was retrofitted.


VTech VM3251 Expandable Digital Video Baby Monitor review: providing parents peace of mind

Macworld - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:30
With built-in lullabies, room temperature monitoring, and a multi-camera "patrol" mode, this easy-to-use baby monitor is the next best thing to a night nurse.

Fifty Afghan Taliban leaders killed in rocket strike, U.S. military says

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:12

More than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in an artillery strike on a meeting in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday, as fighting continued across the country. Details of last week's operation emerged as fighting continued in other parts of Afghanistan, where the Taliban, aiming to restore their version of hardline Islamic law, launched their annual spring offensive last month. There were also serious incidents in Takhar province in the north, in Loghar, east of the capital, and Kandahar in the south, keeping up a pattern of attacks across the country.


Roseanne Returns To Twitter To Push More Racism

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:11

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Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac review: A performance jump makes it far more reliable

Macworld - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:00

If you look at the lab ratings for Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, you could easily assume that the software package nails its focus on malware protection. It received the highest possible detection scores from AV-TEST and AV Comparatives: 100 percent from AV-TEST for detection of macOS potentially unwanted applications (PUA), and above 99 percent for identifying Windows malware.

But those scores don’t tell the whole story. When I tested version 6.1 of this software, Bitdefender fared poorly against downloaded and decompressed macOS malware. However, after that review, Bitdefender released version 6.2, which adds 200MB of free VPN service as part of the subscription price. An update fixes one of the bugs we found, the company says, and I confirmed that. Accordingly, we've opted to review this updated version due to timing and the fix for a bug we found significant.

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China plane makes emergency landing after window cracks

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 06:55

An airplane flying from China to Vietnam turned back to make an emergency landing after cracks appeared in a window, just two weeks after another airliner's cockpit window broke mid-flight in the country, state media said Wednesday. The Beijing Capital Airlines flight bound for Nha Trang in southern Vietnam with 211 people aboard returned to the eastern city of Hangzhou around an hour after take-off on Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency said. Several disgruntled passengers refused to board an alternative flight because they considered the compensation too low and were upset that the airline did not offer an apology, it said.


Japanese whaling programme slaughtered 122 pregnant minke whales on ‘barbaric and illegal’ hunt

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 06:35

Animal rights activists have expressed outrage after a report on Japan’s “scientific whaling” programme showed that more than two-thirds of the female minke whales harpooned in the Southern Ocean earlier this year were pregnant females. The report, submitted to a meeting of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission in Slovenia earlier this month, also showed that 53 of the 333 whales slaughtered were juvenile animals. “The killing of 122 pregnant whales is a shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan’s whale hunt”, said Alexia Wellbelove, of the Australia branch of Humane Society International. “It is further demonstration, if needed, of the truly gruesome and unnecessary nature of whaling operations, especially when non-lethal surveys have been shown to be sufficient for scientific needs”, she said. Activists accuse Tokyo of ignoring a ruling in 2014 by the International Court of Justice, in The Hague, that Japan’s whaling was a commercial exercise rather than a scientific research programme and that it had to halt. Japanese whaling vessel the Nisshin Maru returns to the Shimonoseki port in southwestern Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on March 31, 2017, after it and two other vessels hunted 333 minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean Tokyo, which provides large subsidies to keep its domestic whaling industry afloat, responded by adding new research procedures and resuming operations in 2015 with a quota of 333 minke whales. To protect itself from further legal challenges, Japan also withdrew its recognition of the International Court of Justice as an arbiter of disputes over whales. Whale meat used to be an important source of nutrition for the Japanese but little is consumed by the general public today. Instead, whale meat is served in school meals and a handful of specialist restaurants, with the rest frozen or used as pet food. A spokesman for the environmental group Sea Shepherd said it appeared that the Japanese whaling fleet had been “targeting pregnant females, for some reason”. Bob Brown, the former head of the Australian Green Party and founder of an environmental foundation, told The Telegraph that the harpooning of pregnant whales was “barbaric and illegal”. “These are the most gentle of whales and people go to the Great Barrier Reef just to rub noses with these creatures”, he said. “Then they fall pregnant, go to the Southern Ocean and get harpooned by the Japanese while the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the US and everywhere else sit on their hands and say this criminal behaviour is okay because the Japanese government is funding it. “The leaders who are today failing to take action have the blood of these innocent whales on their hands,” he said. “This is an international disgrace and an environmental crime”.


The 20 best games for Mac

Macworld - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 06:30
The best games for your MacBook and iMac

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If there’s one good thing about the relative scarcity of games on the Mac, it’s that we often get the best games when we do get them. Sure, you’ll find a few stinkers, but the fact remains that many developers don’t even consider porting their creations—and they’re almost always ports—over to Apple’s desktop system unless they think they have a chance of surviving between brushed aluminum and a Retina display. In fact, there are enough quality games on Mac that I could easily rattle out a list with 30 more, but ain’t nobody got time for that. For our money (and yours), these are the best.

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WWDC 2018: What to expect from Apple’s big event

Macworld - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 06:00

Apple holds multiple events throughout the year, but two stand out above all others: the unveiling of new iPhones (typically in September), and the Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer. Known simply as WWDC, the week-long event focuses on the people who make all the apps and services we enjoy on our iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches.

While most of WWDC is centered around developer sessions, the week kicks off with a big keynote presentation that is must-watch viewing for any Apple fan. Apple’s top execs preview the company’s upcoming operating systems and often reveal new services and products. Here’s what we expect to see this year, as well as helpful links to watch the keynote yourself. We’ll have continuing coverage of all the hot news out of WWDC beginning on June 4.

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Who Is Kim Yong Chol? North Korea’s 'Go-To Diplomat' And Ex-Spy Chief Headed To U.S.

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:37

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's top


Fast lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano closes highway

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:29

By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - Fast-moving lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced officials to close part of a highway on Tuesday, and they warned that sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers carried by the wind could injure eyes and lungs. As lava crossed Highway 132, officials shut a stretch of road from Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners and told residents who had not evacuated to leave the area immediately. The lava flow destroyed a farm where Kevin Hopkins and partners raise tropical fish and the ornamental carp known as koi.


Blasts, gunfire as militants attack interior ministry in Kabul

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:20

Militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the interior ministry in Kabul Wednesday, days after the Taliban vowed to target military and intelligence centres in the Afghan capital. Special forces were on the scene, a security source told AFP, after an explosion at a checkpoint leading to the compound. "We can confirm an explosion and gunfire at the first checkpoint of the interior ministry building.


Family of saved boy thank Malian 'Spider-Man' Mamoudou Gassama, as 'true hero' receives French residency

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:02

The family of a small boy found hanging from a balcony in Paris have expressed heartfelt thanks to the Malian migrant who saved him. "He's truly a hero," the boy's grandmother said of Mamoudou Gassama, who climbed four floors before a crowd of well-wishers to pluck the child from danger. The four-year-old's father, who had allegedly left him in their flat to go shopping, and then stayed out longer than planned to play Pokemon Go, faces charges of child neglect. The daring rescue, which has earned him the nickname of Spider-Man, saw Mr Gassama become an overnight national hero and he was offered French citizenship. President Emmanuel Macron awarded him a medal for bravery after inviting him to the Elysée Palace on Monday and offered him a job in the fire brigade. “Thank you France. That’s all I can say,” said Mr Gassama after coming out of the state prefecture in of Bobigny, north or Paris, where he was handed a residency permit while awaiting full citizenship. It transpires that the boy had left Réunion, the French Indian Ocean island, where his mother and grandmother live, only three weeks ago for Paris to join his father, who works in the capital. His mother and the couple's second child were due to join them in June. The boy had already fallen one or two floors before somehow managing to grab hold of the fourth-floor balcony, as he is said to have pointed upwards when a resident in the neighbouring fourth-floor flat asked where he came from. His mother told Antenne Réunion that the boy's father had little experience looking after him on his own and that this was not the first time he had left him alone. "I can't justify what my husband did. People will say it could have happened to anyone and it has happened to other people. My son was just lucky," she said. Speaking of Mr Gassama’s act, she said: “If I were to meet him, I think I would say what everyone is saying: thank you, thank you!” “At any rate, I wouldn’t have been able to go one better than the president. He has been recompensed for his act.” There have been questions over why a man on the balcony of the neighbouring fourth-floor flat couldn’t simply pull him to safety. Mamoudou Gassam rescues young child from building in Paris  Credit: Telegraph But the neighbour told Le Parisien that he could only hold the boy’s hand but not pull him up because there was a divider separating the two balconies and he feared dropping him. "I didn't want to take the risk of letting go of his hand, I thought it better to do things step by step," he said. The child had been wearing a Spiderman outfit, he said, and was bleeding from his toe and had a torn nail. The boy was briefly taken into care by French authorities while police questioned his father, who was reportedly devastated, but social services concluded that the child risked no further imminent danger so gave him back custody. However, the father faces charges of failing in one's legal duty as a parent, punishable by a maximum two years in prison and a fine of €30,000 (£26,000). His mother is also due to be interviewed by social workers in Réunion. Emmanuel Macron awarded Mamadou Gassama a special medal and diploma for bravery and devotion Credit: POOL As for Mr Gassama, the 22-year-old left his native Mali in West Africa as a teenager in 2013, according to Le Monde. He crossed the Sahara desert through Burkina Faso, Niger and Libya and then traversed the Mediterranean to Italy in 2014 at his second attempt.  His first bid failed when he was intercepted at sea by police. He told Mr Macron that he had travelled to France because he did not know anyone in Italy and his brother had been living in France for many years. According to Le Figaro, he has been living in squalid migrant lodgings in Montreuil, east of Paris, with three brothers and several cousins.


Mississippi Delta: Still the heart of poverty

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:00

Photos: Yahoo News national correspondent Holly Bailey journeyed to the Mississippi Delta to find lingering poverty and racial disparities that profoundly moved both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy fifty years earlier.


Evacuation orders canceled in North Carolina after officials deem Lake Tahoma Dam safe

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:58

Heavy rainfall led to a landslide that compromised the Lake Tahoma Dam in western North Carolina early Wednesday morning.


Two Belgian policewomen shot dead: What we know

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 02:49

A gunman killed two female police officers and a man in a parked car in the eastern Belgian city of Liege, before he was shot dead by police. The assailant is suspected of being radicalised in prison by Islamist militants. - At around 10:30 am (0830 GMT), a man followed two female police officers in Liege, stabbed them several times, then grabbed their firearms and shot them both dead.


Don't let lava stop you from visiting Hawaii

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 01:34

The images are downright apocalyptic. With plumes of ash and glowing lava, the area around Mount Kilauea looks more like Mordor than a tropical paradise.  That hasn't been great for tourism. National Park System economist Lynne Koontz told the New York Times the local economy is losing $455,000 per day. SEE ALSO: Can I roast a marshmallow over lava? Still, if you've got a plane ticket to Hawaii, there's no need to cancel your trip — you'll probably be fine.  First of all, the Big Island of Hawaii is, well, big. The volcano is erupting on a tiny corner of an island that measures more than 4,000 square miles, which is more than double the area of the entire state of Delaware. Most of the big resorts are in Kona, on the island's west side. That's about 100 miles from the volcano.  Concord University volcanologist Janine Krippner put the danger in perspective in this tweet:  The #Kilauea eruption is affecting people. People are losing their homes. This is serious. But this is a big island and this eruption is being exaggerated just a little, don't ya think?Thank you, who ever made this image: pic.twitter.com/O6MJxY4N5q — Dr Janine Krippner (@janinekrippner) May 23, 2018 As a tourist, you'd have to go out of your way to be affected by the lava. Also, the state of Hawaii is made up of eight main islands, which are separated by large swaths of the Pacific Ocean.  Hawaii is actually pretty spread out.Image: Google Honolulu, on Oahu, is located more than 200 miles from the volcano. That's farther than New York City is from Boston.  Kauai — the lush Garden Isle of Hawaii — is even farther. (Most of the island was unscathed by the floods that hit in April, although some communities are still in need of aid.)  Now, if you are going to the Big Island, you'll have to cancel your trip to the closed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The eastern part of the island around Mount Kilauea is indeed dangerous. In Pahoa, a man trying to save his friend's house from fire was hit by a red-hot "lava bomb" that snapped the bones in his leg. The Leilani Estates community has been hit especially hard. Avoid this area.Image: USGSAnother problem: Kilauea is releasing vapor, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide into the air, which can lead to volcanic smog, aka "vog." Vog can irritate eyes and cause respiratory problems, especially in people with pre-existing respiratory conditions and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Krippner said in an email.  So far, most of the vog has blown offshore, although it can travel to the western side of the Big Island and even other islands if the conditions are right. The University of Hawaii's Vog Measurement and Prediction Project (VMAP) is a useful tool for monitoring the spread of vog.  The threat of vog — and "laze," a toxic haze created when lava hits seawater — is higher the closer you are to active fissures. Obviously, if there's lava flowing nearby, you're going to want to stay away.  None of this is to diminish the need for humanitarian and government aid in Hawaii. More than 70 houses and other buildings have been destroyed and more than 2,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes.  But overblown fears could damage Hawaii's already hurting tourism industry.  "I don’t think people should be largely concerned if they are healthy, listening to the authorities ... and if they are prepared ahead of time," said Krippner.  (Tourists would be wise to bookmark the sites for the USGS and Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.) "If I had travel plans to Hawai’i," she said, "I would still be going." WATCH: Exploring volcanoes with robots: a day in the life of Carolyn Parcheta


Was Starbucks' Racial Bias Training Effective? Here's What These Employees Thought

Top Stories - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:01

“I was angry we had to educate people on how to not be racist"


Celebrities, activists, and Barr react to 'Roseanne' news

Top Stories - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 23:42

Reaction to ABC's cancellation of its hit reboot of "Roseanne" after star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet that referred to former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes":


GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy Contradicts Trump On 'Informant' Claim

Top Stories - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 23:19

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said


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