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Weather hampers efforts to inspect Indonesia tsunami volcano

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 07:49

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Bad weather and a massive ash column hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said Friday the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January.

Rep. Louie Gohmert: Democrats have some liability to those harmed at the southern border, Pelosi owes an apology

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 07:15

Republican lawmaker applies his legal background to the border funding battle in Washington.

Best iPhone screen protectors: Keep your screen flawless

Macworld - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 07:00

Screen protectors can be a nuisance to get on your iPhone, but they’re essential for protecting your iPhone’s screen from drops and scratches.

A countless amount of screen protectors exist on the market today, and many of them are frustratingly poor quality. So we did the heavy lifting and found some of the best that money can buy.

How we reviewed: We did two things to test these screen protectors. First, we applied them to make if they fit well and didn’t bubble excessively. Then, we used a sharp pair of scissors to see if they resisted scratches.

Without further ado, here are our favorite screen protectors for the iPhone.

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3 Surprising Resolutions for a Healthy New Year

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:02

If you’re like many Americans, your New Year’s resolutions may involve eating healthier foods and getting more exercise. Those are worthy goals. Only about half of adults get the 150 minutes of m...

DHS chief heads to southern border following deaths of migrant kids in federal custody

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen travel to El Paso to see how the agency is doing medical screenings and review conditions.

Calendar whirls: Presenting all the best movies to stream this New Year’s Eve weekend

Macworld - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00
Here are 12 great movies to watch while you ring in the New Year.

Reolink Go review: 4G LTE connectivity and heavy weatherization lets you install this security cam anywhere

Macworld - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00
This home security camera connects to T-Mobile's LTE network, so you can set it up just about anywhere—no router required.

What to expect from Apple in 2019

Macworld - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00

Seems like just yesterday I was running down what to look for in 2018, but the Earth has made it around the sun once again, which means that we’re once again poised to embark upon a new year of Apple news.

While there are some things that we can always reasonably expect from Apple in any given year—a new iPhone, probably at least one iPad revision, and some new Macs—2019 is unusual in that we already have several strong indications of announcements to expect from the company. Here’s a quick look at several things that I’m keeping an eye over the next twelve months.

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Syrian surprise: How Trump's phone call changed the war

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 05:26

In the phone call two weeks ago, Trump had been expected to deliver a standard warning to the Turkish president over his plan to launch a crossborder attack targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, U.S. officials say. Instead, in the course of the conversation Trump reshaped U.S. policy in the Middle East, abandoning a quarter of Syrian territory and handing Ankara the job of finishing off Islamic State in Syria. "Trump asked: 'If we withdraw our soldiers, can you clean up ISIS?'", a Turkish official told Reuters.

Flood concerns to mount in eastern US as soaking rain, storms continue into Friday night

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 04:54

A slow-moving batch of rain and locally gusty thunderstorms will enhance the risk of flash flooding from the Southeast to the mid-Atlantic into Friday night.

No aliens: NY transformer explosion lights sky, knocks power

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:46

NEW YORK (AP) — A transformer explosion at an electrical plant set the skies above New York City ablaze in an eerie, pulsing blue light Thursday night, causing scattered power outages, delaying flights and sparking a social media storm of jokes about an alien invasion.

Someone drilled through the International Space Station from the inside, astronaut says

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:43

Someone appears to have drilled a hole in the International Space Station from the inside, according to a member of its crew. One of the Russian cosmonauts who explored the strange gap found in the outside of a capsule attached to the International Space Station said Russian law enforcement is now looking to understand how the opening was drilled from inside the spacecraft. Sergei Prokopyev said investigators were looking at samples he and crewmate Oleg Kononenko collected during a 12 December spacewalk.

Bright light in big city mystifies New Yorkers after transformer fire

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:37

"There was a boom and a bang and a flash of light," said Jim Long, a spokesman for Fire Department New York. The blue flashes that briefly lit up the night sky in the Astoria area of Queens, New York, shortly after 9 p.m. (0200 GMT) were caused by a power surge and electrical "arching" and sparked a transformer explosion and a small fire, said Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump makes false claim to troops about pay

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 00:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first visit to U.S. troops in a conflict zone, President Donald Trump drew cheers when he told troops he won them their first raise in 10 years and suggested it was a whopping one. Neither is true.

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 23:54

BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Oil prices jump, but oversupply worries persist

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 21:27

Brent crude was up $1.18, or 2.26 percent, at $53.34 a barrel at 0219 GMT, having earlier risen as much as 3.1 percent. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, were at $45.62 a barrel, up 2.26 percent, or $1.01, after earlier rising 3.6 percent. Oil prices fell to their lowest in more than a year on Thursday, a day after their biggest one-day rally in two years, pulled down by worries about the global economy and a supply glut.

U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for missing cruise crew member

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 21:02

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday it has suspended its search for a British crew member who went overboard from a Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The crews searched for about 83 hours, covering 3,707 square miles, the U.S. Coast Guard said, adding it has been in touch with the family of the man. "Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 20:39

Japan has made good on years of threats by bolting the International Whaling Commission, but its decision may also offer a way out of tensions that looked inextricable. Japan, which calls whaling part of its cultural heritage, said Wednesday it would withdraw from the seven-decade-old commission which since 1986 has banned commercial killing of the ocean giants. Australia and New Zealand have been outraged by Japan's incursions into waters they consider a whale sanctuary and activists harassed the whalers in often dangerous chases.

Search for missing British cruise ship entertainer suspended

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 20:31

The United States Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing British cruise ship entertainer. In a statement, the coast guard said it had ended the search for 20-year-old Arron Hough at about 2.30pm on Thursday, two days after he reportedly went overboard. Crews searched for approximately 83 hours and covered more than 3,700 square miles, the statement added. Commander Christopher Douglas, Coast Guard Sector San Juan chief of response, said: "We've been in contact with members of Mr Hough's family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them. "Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly." Aaron Hough went missing from the ship on Christmas Day Credit: Facebook Mr Hough, from Sunderland, disappeared from the Royal Caribbean ship on Christmas Day. The vessel, named Harmony Of The Seas, was 267 miles (430km) north-west of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, at the time and was travelling to Philipsburg, St Maarten. The last CCTV footage available of Mr Hough showed him heading on to the ship's deck at around 4am, according to a statement issued by Royal Caribbean. However, staff on board the ship only realised he was missing when he did not report to work later that day. The United States Coast Guard was alerted to Mr Hough's disappearance at 1.45pm. Royal Caribbean and the coast guard were unable to confirm how far the ship had travelled during that time.

The Latest: Flooding rains fall in Louisiana, Mississippi

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 20:17

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on storms and flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi (all times local):


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