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Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:59

A spunky and useful vehicle.


Supreme Court rejects a challenge to free speech about Berkeley cellphone law

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:31

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a free speech challenge brought by a trade group against a regulation issued by the California city of Berkeley that requires cellphone retailers to tell customers of certain radiation risks.


Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 09:57

More cities are criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping in public, a new report shows, amid an increase in Americans living on the streets.


New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classes

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 09:52

In a new twist in the "Varsity Blues" admissions scandal, a California woman agreed to plead guilty to paying $9,000 to have someone take online classes for her son so he could graduate from Georgetown.


Belgian boy, 9, terminates his studies at a Dutch university

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 09:46

A 9-year-old Belgian boy who was on track to become the world's youngest university graduate has terminated his studies at the Dutch university of Eindhoven following a dispute over his possible graduation date.


Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court Testimony

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 09:46

A Planned Parenthood employee told a San Francisco court that she had planned to "move forward" with the sale of fetal livers at $750 each.Tram Nguyen, a healthcare administrator at Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, testified in March that she wanted to sell fetal livers for $750 each as well as combinations of fetal livers and fetal thymi at $1,600 each, the Daily Caller reported Monday.Her testimony came as part of the ongoing lawsuits against pro-life investigator David Daleiden, who who went undercover several years ago to record abortion industry executives discussing and haggling over their procurement fetal body parts for researchers. Planned Parenthood sued Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in 2016.Nguyen, who said she performed administrative duties but would also assist abortionists in the operating room, forwarded an email to her supervisor regarding her Planned Parenthood affiliate's offer to provide Daleiden's fake fetal research company with fetal livers for $750 each and a fetal liver and a thymus for $1600 each.“FYI, we are still trying to move forward with this,” Nguyen wrote in an email to her supervisor, Dyann Santos, according to Attorney Paul Jonna's statement in court.“Do you want to do this,” Santos responded.“Yes, ma’am,” Nguyen wrote back.“I know I wanted to move forward with it,” Nguyen told the court. “There were emails — from what I recall earlier, there were emails in between. Again, I’m not — I don’t make decisions on the agreements. So I  can’t tell you that I saw this and agreed with the compensation or agreed with the agreement that was sent.”On Friday, a San Francisco judge ruled that the criminal trial may move forward against Daleiden, 30, and Sandra Merritt, 64, who are charged with nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of illegal taping.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.


Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 09:30

A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to terms including life in prison after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017. Abror Azimov, a 29-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia's second biggest city to life in prison for organising and participating in a terrorist group. The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.


Does Apple ID two-factor work if you leave the country?

Macworld - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 08:00

Cellular carriers around the world have increasingly let us bring our phone number with us when we travel outside our home country without paying truly exorbitant rates—sometimes they even include more than minimal levels of voice, texting, and data in our basic service plans or for a small fee.

But if you’re traveling beyond the land in which your phone number is a local or national call and swapping a SIM or other module on arrival to obtain a local number and data service, what happens when Apple prompts you to enter a second authentication factor for your Apple ID account? You’ll be fine, but I recommend setting up a fail-safe backup before you travel.

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Fact check: Combative impeachment hearing draws too-simple answers

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 07:26

Debating the grounds for impeachment, Republicans said there's nothing here. Democrats said it's a slam dunk.


The unwearable lightness of being: Apple’s market success

Macworld - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 07:00

Remember wearables?

Of course you don’t. After all, it was allll the way back in 2014. Who can even remember what happened last week, what with all the goings on and such?

If you somehow could remember 2014 or if there was some way to, oh, say, go back and look at what was being written back in 2014 (crazy, The Macalope knows), you might be surprised.

In addition to [losing] its innovative edge, Apple risks missing the huge opportunity that exists in the fast-growing wearable space if it doesn’t come out with something soon…

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EZVIZ C1C Indoor Wi-Fi Camera review: a full-featured budget security camera

Macworld - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 06:00
For just $20, you get solid security in a simple package.

TP-Link Kasa Filament Smart Bulb review: Models KL50 and KL60 both deliver quality light, but neither is very bright

Macworld - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 06:00
These smart(ish) vintage-style bulbs offer Wi-Fi connectivity.

The mystery of Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 05:00

Meet Christianné Allen, the 20-year-old college student who speaks for President's Trump's personal lawyer.


Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 04:25

Here's how they compare.


China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 04:15

China is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges in what is widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday that the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law." Such trials are usually carried out behind closed doors and convictions are virtually assured. Beijing detained Kovrig and Spavor last December, days after Meng, whose father is Huawei's founder, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities who want her on fraud charges.


Qatar Sends Premier to Riyadh Summit in Sign of Diplomatic Thaw

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 03:56

(Bloomberg) -- Qatar sent its prime minister to an annual gathering of Gulf Arab monarchs in the Saudi capital Tuesday, signaling progress in ending the 30-month regional rift though not enough for the country’s ruler to attend.Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani will lead Qatar’s delegation at the request of the emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, according to a statement carried by the state-run Qatar News Agency.Speculation that a breakthrough in the unprecedented showdown in the Gulf was imminent swirled after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed to take part in a regional soccer tournament in Doha earlier this month. Qatar’s foreign minister also said talks with Saudi Arabia may yield positive results.The three Gulf monarchies and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist groups, a charge it has repeatedly denied.While the prime minister attended an emergency Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia this year to discuss attacks on oil targets, the country has mostly sent lower-level representatives to regional meetings since the embargo.Read: Qatar’s Emir Said Unlikely to Attend Gulf Summit in Riyadh (1)Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service, said he’s “personally disappointed” that Sheikh Tamim decided to skip the meeting, but said the kingdom was working to engage with Qatar.“The initiative to bring the Qatar dispute to an end has been Saudi Arabia’s,” he told Bloomberg TV’s Anna Edwards and Matthew Miller in an interview. “We are the ones who are pushing for Qatar to come back to our fold.”The recent participation by Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Bahrain in the Gulf Cup soccer tournament in Doha “was a sign that these three countries are willing to engage with Qatar,” Prince Turki said.Still, a series of tit-for-tat Twitter exchanges between officials from Qatar and the U.A.E., which has been a staunch proponent of the embargo, showed that deep differences remained.On Tuesday, in an apparent response to a tweet by the Qatari emir’s brother, U.A.E. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash suggested that Qatar would have to “reverse incorrect policies” and “abide by covenants, regain its credibility and stop supporting extremism.”(Updates with details throughout)\--With assistance from Alaa Shahine.To contact the reporters on this story: Simone Foxman in Doha at sfoxman4@bloomberg.net;Abbas Al Lawati in Dubai at aallawati6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Alaa Shahine, Amy TeibelFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilege

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 03:15

Acknowledge the original sin, but also that white men risked their lives to end slavery and a black man led the way to gay marriage equality.


Suu Kyi in court as genocide case set out against Myanmar

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 01:37

Mass rapes, the burning alive of Muslim Rohingya families in their homes and the killing with knives of dozens of children were described by Gambia's legal team as it set out its genocide case against Myanmar at the U.N.'s highest court on Tuesday. Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, looked on impassively as the alleged atrocities were detailed on the first of three days of hearings at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The case was instituted by Gambia against Buddhist-majority Myanmar in November.


Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 00:08

Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public education and expanding health care coverage.


Hong Kong's leader unbowed after massive weekend protest

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 22:17

Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday again ruled out further concessions to protesters who marched peacefully in their hundreds of thousands this past weekend, days before she is to travel to Beijing for regularly scheduled meetings with Communist Party leaders. The six-month protest movement has five demands, including that the leader of the semi-autonomous city and lawmakers all be directly elected and that police actions against protesters be independently investigated. “As for other demands, we really have to stick by certain important principles," she said.


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