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China's envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussions

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:28

China's envoy to Canada on Thursday warned Ottawa there would be repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks, the latest blast in a deepening bilateral dispute. Ambassador Lu Shaye, speaking at a news conference, did not give details. Canada is currently studying the security implications of 5G networks, but unlike some allies has not announced Huawei equipment will be excluded.


Can Nancy Pelosi delay Trump’s State of the Union address amid government shutdown?

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:19

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address, initially scheduled for 29 January, for as long as the partial government shutdown continues. In a letter she sent to the president on Wednesday, Ms Pelosi suggested that Mr Trump reschedules his address, deliver it from the Oval Office, or perhaps send it over in written form to Capitol Hill, citing that the government shutdown compromises security arrangements for the event. The government shutdown is reaching it’s 27th day, the longest federal closer in American history, impacting more than 800,000 federal employees, including some currently out of work, and others forced to work without pay.


The Latest: California storm cancels Santa Anita horse races

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first House speech breaks online viewing records

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:10

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s first speech on the floor of Congress broke digital viewing records for C-SPAN, Capitol Hill’s public affairs network, garnering over a million views on Twitter in roughly 12 hours. The progressive freshman Gouse member took to the floor on Wednesday to decry Donald Trump’s demands for border wall funding to be included in the next federal spending bill — a battle that has spurred the longest government shutdown in American history. “The truth of this shutdown is that it's actually not about a wall,” the New York Democrat said.


Why did Democrats vote for a barrier along the southern border in 2013, but won’t now?

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:42

Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief under former President Barack Obama Mark Morgan says that the border wall needs to be built.


Violent Sex Offender Arrested Again After Woman Says He Forced Her into Prostitution

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:17

A violent sex offender in Memphis was taken into custody again after a woman claimed she was the victim of sex trafficking.


On day Jayme escaped, suspect sought job _ with dodgy resume

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:51

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped, calling himself an "honest guy" even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience.


In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:11

Millions of people took part in the women's marches in Washington and other cities in the United States and abroad on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Republican president was sworn in. Vanessa Wruble, a co-founder of the original Women's March on Washington who left to start March On, a separate grassroots coalition, said the movement has evolved from being a reaction to Trump's presidency. Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is using its #WomensWave marches in Washington and elsewhere on Saturday to roll out a 10-part policy platform that includes raising the federal minimum wage and protecting reproductive rights.


How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Macworld - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:00

Updated 1/17/19 to reflect the inventory changes in the store.

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay views

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:53

A week after announcing her presidential candidacy, the representative from Hawaii releases a video apology.


Scientists: Saturn spent billions of years without its rings

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:48

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Saturn may have flown solo for billions of years — almost its entire existence — before getting its stunning set of rings, a new study suggests.


Illinois parents get 25 years in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he died

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:17

An Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds when he died.


Photos: At least 6 fatalities reported as intense storms slam California

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:04

Amid a relentless series of storms, a powerful storm has been wreaking havoc in California from Wednesday into Thursday, further raising concerns of flooding, mudslides and avalanches.


Oxford University suspends funding from China's Huawei

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:37

The University of Oxford said on Thursday it has stopped accepting funding from China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, after scrutiny over the company's relationship with China’s government. "Oxford University decided on January 8 this year that it will not pursue new funding opportunities with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related group companies at present," the university said in a statement. "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei.


Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:36

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation - a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.


Facebook blocks accounts linked to Russian state-owned Sputnik

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:18

In a separate statement, Sputnik attacked the social network for a decision it said was political and amounted to censorship of seven Facebook pages belonging to its news hubs in neighboring countries. Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post https://bit.ly/2W1h9LR it had unearthed two separate operations which originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries across eastern Europe and the other specific to Ukraine. The social media company said it had taken down about 364 Facebook pages and accounts operating in Baltic Sea states, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and parts of Europe, and that the pages were linked to employees of Sputnik.


Trump Pushes for Funding to Expand U.S. Missile Defense Program

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:49

“Our goal is simple: to ensure we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States,” Trump said Thursday in a speech at the Pentagon. The review, Trump said, calls for 20 new ground-based interceptors in Alaska as well as new radar and sensors to detect missiles.


An All-Electric Ford F-150 Pickup Truck Is Happening

Top Stories - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:40

A hybridized truck is in the cards from Ford, too; both will likely appear once the F-150 gets redesigned.


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