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Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker more than $1.2 million

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:27

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before joining the Justice Department, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker earned more than $1.2 million from a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn't disclose its donors, according to the nonprofit's tax filings. Whitaker's earnings represented a sizable chunk of the charity's revenue.


Macworld's December Digital Magazine: iPhone XS and XS Max reviewed

Macworld - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 20:37

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the December issue

In the December issue you can read our reviews of the new iPhone XS and XS Max. If you’ve waited to buy one, it may be time for older iPhone owners to jump on the X bandwagon. Also, don’t miss out Apple Watch Series 4 review and find out what makes it the biggest upgrade yet.

In this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How to download the personal data that Apple collects from you

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US troops limited to batons on Mexico border

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 20:12

US troops stationed on the border with Mexico ahead of the expected arrival of a Central American migrant caravans can intervene to quell violence but will be armed only with batons, Defense Minister Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. The White House has given almost 5,800 troops posted along the frontier guidance that they can come to the aid of any Customs and Border Protection agents who come under attack, Mattis told reporters. In all, some 8,000 migrants are currently crossing Mexico in several caravans, according to the Mexican interior ministry.


Far-Right Conspiracy Theorist Laura Loomer Banned From Twitter After Attacking Muslim Congresswoman

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 20:02

Far-right figure Laura Loomer was banned by Twitter on Wednesday after attacking newly elected Democratic representative Ilhan Omar. According to Loomer, she was banned by the social media site after tweeting about the Minnesota politician. “Isn’t it ironic how the twitter moment used to celebrate ‘women, LGBTQ, and minorities’ is a picture of Ilhan Omar?” Loomer wrote.


Trump's Thanksgiving

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 18:59

The president plans to spend the holiday at Mar-A-Lago.


Black Friday deals: Best smart-home discounts

Macworld - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 18:11
Get smart

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The future is now. Just look at all the new and nifty ways our homes can do more for us. From regulating temperatures, to operating our lights, to keeping us secure and responding to a variety of our commands.

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Colts Neck Fire: Brother Charged With Arson, More Details Emerge About Quadruple Homicide

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:59

The brother of the man who was found dead outside his Colts Neck home yesterday has been charged with aggravated arson. Paul J. Caneiro, 51, was arrested and placed into custody at Monmouth County jail for attempting to burn down his own house in Ocean Township, New Jersey. According to USA Today, Paul Caneiro allegedly tried to burn down his Tilton Drive home “using gasoline and igniting the gasoline causing the residence to catch fire while his wife and two daughters were inside.” None of his family were reported injured as a result of the blaze.


‘Email Is The Key To Prosecuting Just About Everyone,’ Ivanka Trump Wrote In Her Book

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:58

“My friend Andrew Cuomo, New York’s great attorney general, tells me that email is the key to prosecuting just about everyone these days,” Ivanka Trump wrote in her 2009 self-help book The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, according to Raw Story. “People can be so incredibly slapdash with their electronic messages, as if they were some modern version of smoke signals that can disappear without a trace.”


Donald Trump Lashes Out At Chief Justice John Roberts Over Immigration Rulings

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:16

President Donald Trump lashed out at Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday


Chief justice responds to Trump's judiciary criticism

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:27

John Roberts defends an independent judiciary, The New York Times reports that Trump wanted to prosecute Clinton and Comey, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi cuts a deal in an attempt to become House speaker.


Trump's whitewashing of brutal Saudi killing denounced by both parties

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:11

The president puts a price on moral values, and members of Congress aren't happy about it.


CDC says U.S. abortion rate plunged in decade ending 2015

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:52

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that statistics for 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, show the abortion rate was 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. Teens aged 15 to 19 experienced a greater decrease than older women, with the rate falling 54 percent from 2006 to 2015, the CDC said. "This decrease in abortion rate was greater than the decreases for women in any older age group," the CDC said in a statement.


Meet the 5 Best Smith & Wesson Handguns Ever Made

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:11

What would you choose? 


5 Times Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Critiqued The Mueller Investigation On CNN

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:03

Before Matt Whitaker was tapped to replace his boss, former Attorney General


AP Explains: The hunt for missing, dead in California fire

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:47

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Given the size and scope of the devastation after a deadly wildfire swept Northern California, experts say the search to find the missing and identify victims could take months.


​Khloe Kardashian Reveals Her Biggest Struggle With Breastfeeding​

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:24

Khloe Kardashian recently opened up about a problem so many mothers can relate


Saudi Arabia Allegedly Tortured Women's Rights Activists Before Khashoggi Murder

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:23

In the wake of the brutal torture and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal


This rally-honed Renault R8 Gordini is a long way from home

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:04

We don't think the Renault 8 Gordini was designed with Californian coastal highways in mind – but that's exactly where this rally-inspired classic has ended up


Star Trek-style 'ionic wind' plane hailed as most significant advance in flight since the Wright brothers 

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:00

A revolutionary Star Trek-style electric plane that flies silently and has no moving parts has completed its first test flight, in what is being hailed as one of the most significant advances in flight since the early experiments of the Wright brother more than 100 years ago. The battery-powered plane, which was developed and tested by engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, is not kept in flight by propellers or a turbine but by an ionic wind system. The 16ft aircraft is completely silent and colliding electrically charged air molecules provide the thrust needed to make it fly, opening the door to new generation of emissions-free passenger aircraft and silent drones. Professor Steven Barrett, lead researcher on the project at MIT in Massachusetts, told the Telegraph that the plane’s first flight, which is detailed in the journal Nature, was “super exciting”. The battery-powered plane, which was developed and tested by engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is powered by an ionic wind system He said: “This is the first time an aeroplane with no moving parts has flown. It’s taken nine years of work to get here, and it’s a hundred years since the ionic wind was first discovered”. In the tests, the battery-powered unmanned aircraft, that weighs just five pounds, managed sustained flights of 197 ft in an MIT gym hall. Professor Barrett was inspired to launch the project after watching sci-fi series Star Trek as a child. He was especially impressed by the show's futuristic shuttle crafts that skimmed through space with "just a blue glow and silently glide". The project was inspired by the shuttlecraft featued in sci-fi series Star Trek Credit: Sportsphoto Agency "This made me think, in the long-term future, planes shouldn't have propellers and turbines," he said. "They should be more like the shuttles in Star Trek." Ionic wind, also known as electroaerodynamic thrust, was first identified in the 1920s and explored by scientists and engineers in the US and at Britain’s Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough in the 1960s, but they were only able to produce very low levels of thrust, insufficient for flight. To overcome this obstacle, the MIT test aircraft carries an array of thin wires strung beneath the front end of its wings. A high voltage current passed through the wires via a lightweight power converter strips negatively charged electrons from surrounding air molecules. This produces a cloud of positively charged ionised air molecules that are attracted to another set of negatively charged wires at the back of the plane, like a giant magnet attracting iron filings As they flow towards the negative charge, the ions collide millions of times with other air molecules, creating the thrust that pushes the aircraft forward. How ionic wind is generated One of the biggest challenges faced by the MIT team was designing a power supply that would generate 40,000 volts from the plane's battery output, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in adapting the technology for large-scale commercial use. Prof Barrett told the Telegraph that while it will take “several decades” for the technology to be advanced enough to power passenger aircraft, unmanned aircraft with wingspan of up to 80 ft will be possible in the "nearer term". The silent aircraft has obvious applications as a stealth drone, as it would not be detected by infrared scanners. Defence giant Lockheed Martin has reportedly already expressed interest in the project. Guy Gratton, an aerospace engineer and visiting professor at Cranfield University, said: “It's clearly very early days: but the team at MIT have done something we never previously knew was possible, in using accelerated ionised gas to propel an aircraft.   “Aeronautical engineers around the world are already trying hard to find ways to use electric propulsion, and this technology will offer something else that in the future may allow manned and unmanned aircraft to be more efficient, and non-polluting.”


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