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Fired by Trump over Twitter, Tillerson doesn't thank him

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:06

Hours after President Trump announced his firing over Twitter, outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday left the former real estate entrepreneur off the list of people he praised and thanked in a brief speech about his accomplishments and the future of his department. Tillerson, looking and sounding defeated as he delivered an eight-minute farewell, said he was delegating his duties to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, effective at the end of the day, and formally ending his own watch as the top U.S. diplomat at the end of the month. The former Exxon chief told reporters in the State Department briefing room that Trump had telephoned him from Air Force One a little after noon — some five hours after the president announced to the world that Tillerson was out, to be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Ryan Zinke Spars With Senators Over Use Of Private Planes

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:06

WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday swung back at critics

WWDC 2018 will be held from June 4-8 in San Jose

Macworld - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:00

Apple has taken the wraps off this year's WWDC website, and opened registration for developers. The developer conference will be held from June 4 to June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, just as it was in 2017. 

Developers can register to attend starting today, for the price of $1,599. Registration will remain open until March 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple will also make up to 350 student scholarships available.

All of Apple's big WWDC announcements happen during the keynote on the morning of June 4. This year, we expect to hear about iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and new Mac hardware including updated Mac laptops and maybe even the new Mac Pro. Apple's big iPhone announcements are typically held for an event in September, but we may be treated to a launch of new iPad Pro models, sporting an A11X chip and maybe even Face ID.

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Threat To Iran Deal Grows With Rex Tillerson’s Ouster

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:16

WASHINGTON ― When President Donald Trump floated pulling the United States out

'No Excuse' for Leaving Gun in High School Locker Room, Sheriff Says

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:14

"I have no excuse for my lack of responsibility with this matter"

Prosecutors drop 27 cases worked on by police officer filmed attacking black man

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:05

Prosecutors have dropped 27 criminal cases worked on by a white police officer who was filmed appearing to attack a black man during an arrest. US media reports said footage showed North Carolina officer Christopher Hickman choking and beating Johnnie Rush, who had been accused of jaywalking, and telling him he was “going to get f***ed up”. Mr Hickman, 31, was arrested and charged with assault by strangulation after the video emerged last week.

Apple's event calendar: When is the next Apple event?

Macworld - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:42

Updated 03/12/18: Apple has announced that WWDC will take place in San Jose on June 4-8.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds it own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

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Charlottesville car attack witness sues Alex Jones, others

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:18

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former State Department official who became the target of harassment after posting a video showing the car attack during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville sued right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and others Tuesday.

Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists begin two days of theater

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:14

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Mauser came to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday dressed in gray Vans sneakers, the same ones his 15-year-old son Daniel wore when he was killed by two gunmen at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 along with a dozen other people. Mauser was one of a handful of gun control activists and volunteers who braved a frigid March morning to lay out about 7,000 pairs of shoes on the U.S. Capitol lawn as a makeshift memorial to American children killed by gun violence. "There's nobody in those shoes, it's like the emptiness in our hearts from gun violence," said Mauser, 66, of Littleton, Colorado.

Russian broadcaster RT could be forced off UK TV over spy crisis

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:09

Britain's media regulator Ofcom said Russian broadcaster RT could lose its UK license if Theresa May's government determines that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England this month. RT, or Russia Today, is a round-the-clock news network that is funded by Vladimir Putin's government. With tensions growing between London and Moscow over the attack on Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, some lawmakers have said RT should be blocked in Britain.

Joy Behar of 'The View' apologizes for Christianity comment

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:08

NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar of "The View" apologized Tuesday for suggesting mental illness was behind claims by people that Jesus Christ talks to them, in remarks made on her show last month about Vice President Mike Pence.

Google guru Page tests flying taxis in New Zealand

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:06

Self-piloted flying taxis are being tested in New Zealand as part of a project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page that supporters say will revolutionise personal transport. New Zealand regulators on Tuesday approved plans for Zephyr Airworks, a subsidiary of Page's company Kitty Hawk, to develop and test the futuristic air taxis. Known as Cora, the electric aircraft has a dozen lift fans on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.

Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigation

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:03

Counter terrorism police have launched an investigation into the ‘unexplained’ death of a Russian business partner of Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Putin’s arch enemy. Nikolai Grushkov, 69, was found dead at his home in New Malden in south London on Monday evening.  Grushkov was the closest aide to Berezovsky who died in mysterious circumstances in 2013 at his home in Surrey. The death of Grushkov just eight days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent who sold state secrets to MI6, will cause alarm although Scotland yard has insisted there is no evidence to suggest the two incidents are linked. Friends of Berezovsky insist he was murdered on president Putin’s order. The metropolitan Police said in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon: “An investigation is underway following the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston borough. The home in New Malden Credit:  Ben Stevens/ i-Images Picture Agency “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46pm on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden. “Officers attended and next of kin have been informed. Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place. “A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky Credit: Sang Tan /AP “The death is currently being treated as an unexplained. If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided. “At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had. “There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury.” Nikolai Glushkov: The businessman twice charged with fraud in Russia Mr Glushkov left Russia after a Moscow court sentenced him to a two-year suspended sentence for fraud in 2006.  In March last year, he was handed a second eight-year sentence in absentia and a one million Russian Ruble fine for allegedly defrauding Aeroflot of $122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s. Mr Glushkov denied all the charges against him. In 2016, he told Russian media that Aeroflot was attempting to sue him in a civil case in the High Court in London.  Russian spy poisoning | Read more Bereaved friends speak of his life and work Vasily Trunin, a friend and apparent former colleague, wrote on Facebook: "Every time we get on a new, up-to-date plane made by Aeroflot, one of the best airlines in Europe, we can remember Kolya (Nikolai) Glushkov, who was one of the few people who managed to pull an airline out of the Soviet backwater. "A shame, a great shame. He was a good friend." He told the Telegraph that he met the former Aeroflot manager in London and that he had been a close friend of Mr Berezovsky and Badri Patarkatsishvili.   "I saw Boris and Badri a lot at that time and observed their friendship with Nikolai. He really was a very good friend of theirs." Nikolai Glushkov before he left Russia Paying tribute to Mr Glushkov, he said: "I heard many positive reviews about his organizational skills, his understanding of building production processes." Another friend wrote that Mr Glushkov was the "best person [he] ever worked for". Alexander Goldfarb, a Russian-American activist who has campaigned for justice for Alexander Litvinenko, wrote that he was saddened by the death.

Companies Are Disclosing How Much Less They Pay Workers Than Executives

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:00

WASHINGTON ― A moment that corporate executives may have dreaded for years has

Spy poisoning: UK considers 'full range' of retaliation

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:17

Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that Britain is considering a "full range" of retaliatory measures if it concludes that Russia was responsible for a nerve agent attack in an English city. Options mooted in recent days include the expulsion of Russian diplomats, a retaliatory cyber attack and asset seizures of Russian nationals suspected of human rights abuses, as well as possible joint international action with the EU or NATO. "The UK can convince EU countries to adopt sanctions against Russia, but it will be difficult," Sam Greene, head of the Russian Institute at King's College London, told AFP.

What lies ahead for the State Department under Mike Pompeo?

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:57

Unlike Rex Tillerson, CIA Director Mike Pompeo gets along well with Pres. Trump. But will any policies change?

This magnetic dashboard phone mount is under $10 today

Macworld - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:36

If you’re someone who uses your phone in the car—and, honestly, who doesn’t?—a convenient way to keep it hands-free and at the ready is a magnetic mount. Right now, Amazon is offering a pretty solid deal for the KEKU Magnetic Car Cell Phone Mount, which comes in a two-pack and is on sale now for $9.99.

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The scientist who leaked Russia's Novichok 'conspiracy'

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:40

Dissident Soviet scientist Vil Mirzayanov gained notoriety in the 1990s when he blew the cover on Moscow's secret experimentation with Novichok, the nerve gas used in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain. Mirzayanov had worked for almost three decades in the Soviet Union at the State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology. After he was fired in 1992, he and another scientist wrote a newspaper article revealing how the government had developed deadly chemical compounds known as Novichok -- or "newcomer" in English.

Moscow to London: Let us examine nerve agent used in spy poisoning

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:13

Russia will only respond to a British demand it provide answers about the nerve agent that poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal if London lets Moscow analyze the substance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning in England of Skripal and his daughter using a military-grade nerve agent that was part of the Novichok group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military.

Trump's New CIA Director Helped Oversee Controversial Torture Program

Top Stories - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:12

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he had chosen Deputy CIA


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