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People Have Taken Notice of Lawyer Steve Castor’s Grocery Bag at the Impeachment Hearing

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 11:30

The Republican lawyer made a very practical choice of briefcase.


Court to hear resentencing bid in Arizona death penalty case

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 11:29

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday by an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a new sentencing trial, arguing the horrific physical abuse that he suffered as a child wasn’t fully considered when he was first sentenced. The appeal of James Erin McKinney could affect as many as 15 of Arizona's 104 death row inmates. Attorneys say the Arizona courts used an unconstitutional test in examining the mitigating factors considered during the sentencing trials of the inmates.


Man wearing reindeer slippers tips woman out of wheelchair on train as he tries to steal it

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 11:12

A man has been arrested after a would-be thief tipped a woman out of her wheelchair on a train and attempted to steal it.CCTV footage of the incident shows a man dressed in a red jacket and reindeer slippers, who lept out of his seat and grabbed the handles of the wheelchair as the train approached a station.


Milo, the cat who went missing at Dulles airport in October, is reunited with owner

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 11:09

"Guess who’s home for the holidays!" wrote Molly McFadden, who has been reunited with Milo the cat, who went missing at Dulles Airport in October.


NASA says core stage of next Moon rocket now ready

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 11:05

NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency's head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in 2024 despite being beset by delays. The Space Launch System (SLS) is the tallest rocket ever built at a towering 212 feet (65 meters), the equivalent of a 20-story building. It is also the most powerful, designed to reach a record-breaking speed of Mach 23 before separating from its upper stage, the Orion crew capsule.


Serial rapist given 33 life sentences after UK rampage while wrongly free

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:59

A convicted burglar who assaulted and raped women and children during a two-week rampage across Britain while wrongly free from jail was given 33 life sentences on Monday, with the judge saying he would never cease to be a danger to society. Joseph McCann, 34, was convicted of 37 offences relating to 11 victims aged between 11 and 71, committed in April and May this year. Sentencing him at London's Old Bailey Court, judge Andrew Edis said he was "a coward, a violent bully and a paedophile".


U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:56

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a convicted murderer who filed a civil rights lawsuit because Texas prison officials denied her request to be considered for gender reassignment surgery. The justices let stand a lower court's decision to reject the claim by inmate Vanessa Lynn Gibson that denying the surgery request violated the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Gibson, 41, who is transgender and also goes by the name Scott in court papers, was assigned male at birth and has lived as a female since age 15.


Kosovo files IS terror charges against man, wife and mother

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:39

Kosovo prosecutors filed terrorism charges Monday against three ethnic Albanians who returned to the small European country in May after allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. Prosecutors said the three are a man, his wife and his mother.


Saudi who killed 3 sailors was infuriated by ‘Pornstache’ nickname

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:24

The Saudi air force trainee who killed three sailors at a U.S. Navy base last week reportedly made an official complaint about being called “Pornstache” by one of his instructors.


U.S. Supreme Court rejects Arizona opioid case against Purdue, Sackler family

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:54

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a novel case by Arizona seeking to recover billions of dollars that the state has said that members of the Sackler family - owners of Purdue Pharma LP - funneled out of the OxyContin maker before the company filed for bankruptcy in September. The justices declined to take the rare step of allowing Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to pursue a case directly with the Supreme Court on the role the drugmaker played in the U.S. opioid epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans annually in recent years. The lawsuit accused eight Sackler family members of funneling $4 billion out of Purdue from 2008 to 2016 despite being aware that the company faced massive potential liabilities over its marketing of opioid medications.


U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Berkeley cell phone law

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:46

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 cell phone retailers to tell customers of certain radiation risks. The justices left in place a July 2019 decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to block the 2015 regulation that industry group CTIA appealed. CTIA said the regulation violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects free speech rights, because the government, without the necessary justification that supports other types of regulations, is forcing retailers to spread a message they disagree with.


Apple gets Golden Globes love with three huge Apple TV+ nominations

Macworld - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:43

Apple may be one the newest players when it comes to the streaming world, but that’s not stopping it from picking up some major recognition. The Golden Globes announced its 2020 nominations Monday morning, and Apple picked up three huge nominations in its first try.

All three nominations are for The Morning Show, and they’re the biggest the show could get: It’s up for Best Drama, and both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon received Best Actress nominations. Aniston and Witherspoon each have a Golden Globe win to their name for Friends and Walk the Line, respectively.

As expected, the categories are tough. Witherspoon is up against her own show and co-star in Pretty Little Lies, and perennial favorite The Crown is also represented. Here is the full list of nominees in each category:

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A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:34

"We know who committed the crimes and it wasn't Trump. Trump is innocent!" the pro-Trump InfoWars protester yelled as he was escorted out of the room.


Wisconsin Guard leader resigns in wake of sex assault review

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:32

The commander of the Wisconsin National Guard agreed to resign at Gov. Tony Evers' request Monday, following the release of a scathing federal report that found the Guard defied federal law, regulations and policies for years over the handling of soldiers' sexual assault and harassment complaints. The report from the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., found the Guard allowed internal investigations in defiance of federal law as well as Department of Defense and bureau policy; investigators falsely presented themselves as working for the federal bureau; case records were mismanaged; and Guard sexual assault response policies were not in compliance with federal regulations for more than five years.


'Truth Be Told' review: Wait for the podcast

Macworld - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:30

Apple products pop up so often in some Apple TV+ productions that we wouldn’t advise playing a drinking game based on spotting them. Truth Be Told, though, may be the first show to pair those cameos with a heavily implied PSA: Folks, please secure your iPhones with a passcode. If only a character had locked her phone like Tim Cook and his privacy-focused friends designed them to, then Truth Be Told’s story might have screeched to a dead end only a couple of episodes in. For anyone who knows who’s paying the bills here, the message is so obvious that it comes off as contrived. Unfortunately, that’s a word that works for so many other elements of Apple’s watchable but aggressively “okay” crime drama.

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Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:01

(Bloomberg) -- President Jair Bolsonaro said trade with Argentina “will remain the same” despite his animosity with President-elect Alberto Fernandez but didn’t confirm whether Brazil will send a high-ranking representative to his inauguration in Buenos Aires.Asked whether he had changed plans to send Citizenzhip Minister Osmar Terra to Fernandez’s swearing-in, Bolsonaro on Monday said he’s analyzing Argentina’s guest list before deciding whether to send an official to the Dec. 10 ceremony.Over the weekend, the Brazilian president ordered Terra’s trip to Buenos Aires to be canceled and opted to send no cabinet member to the inauguration of his political adversary, according to a Brazilian official with direct knowledge of the matter.For now, Brazil’s ambassador to Argentina, Sergio Danese, will represent the government at the event, according to the presidency’s press office.Relations between Brazil and Argentina, which are traditionally political and trade allies, have worsened in recent weeks amid an ideological clash between Fernandez’s left-wing movement and Bolsonaro’s hard-right administration. The spat has also raised prospects that Latin America’s largest economy may pull out of the Mercosur customs union - which counts Brazil and Argentina as its two largest members - if differences persist.Citizenship MinisterHours after his election victory, Fernandez set the stage for the first diplomatic tiff between the two countries by calling for the release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a leftist icon and Bolsonaro adversary. Bolsonaro said he wouldn’t call Fernandez to congratulate him and wouldn’t attend the Argentine presidential inauguration, marking the first time in recent history for a Brazilian head of state.Read more: Bolsonaro to Skip Fernandez Inauguration as Argentina Spat GrowsNewspaper Clarin reported that Bolsonaro changed plans to send Terra to Buenos Aires because he was annoyed by a Brazilian delegation led by lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, which met Fernandez in Argentina last week.Bolsonaro was aware of the delegation’s travel plans, Clarin reported Maia as saying. Terra had been preparing to meet with both Fernandez and outgoing President Mauricio Macri, as well as local business leaders.To contact the reporters on this story: Murilo Fagundes in Brasilia at mfagundes3@bloomberg.net;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at wbrandimarte@bloomberg.net, Matthew MalinowskiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


5-Year-Old Carries Baby in Subzero Cold After They Are Abandoned, Police Say

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:17

A 5-year-old, wearing just socks and light clothing, carried an 18-month-old through subzero temperatures in the Yukon Flats of Alaska after the power went out at the home where they had been left alone, according to the authorities.The power failure scared the older child, who then carried the baby to a home about half a mile away in Venetie, Alaska, Tuesday, the Alaska State Department of Public Safety said in a statement Friday.At the time, the temperature was about 31 degrees below zero, officials said, and both children suffered unspecified injuries from the cold. It was not immediately clear how the younger child had been dressed.The children are expected to make a full recovery, Ken Marsh, a department spokesman, said Sunday.To reach the remote community, which has a population of 166 and is nearly 150 miles north of Fairbanks in interior Alaska, troopers had to charter a plane, Marsh said."It took 12 to 16 hours for them to actually get there," he said. "Fortunately, we were confident that the children were in good hands because a neighbor had taken them in and we had spoken with the neighbor."An investigation led to the arrest of Julie Peter, 37, who was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, officials said.Efforts to reach Peter were unsuccessful.The investigation revealed she had "deserted" the children in her home with no adult supervision, officials said. It was not clear whether Peter was related to the children or if the children were related to each other.Officials did not release the details of those relationships because the victims were minors, Marsh said.Venetie experiences extreme temperatures throughout the year but especially in the winter.From November to March, the temperature typically dips below zero and extended periods of temperatures of minus 50 to minus 60 degrees are common, according to the Tanana Chiefs Conference, an Alaska Native nonprofit that serves the 42 villages of interior Alaska.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


How to delete autosaved file versions in macOS

Macworld - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:00

In a number of Apple Mac apps (including Preview, Pages, and Keynote), macOS added the quiet feature of retaining older versions of document you modify. This versioning feature doesn’t require Time Machine, even though it looks a lot like that feature and service. You don’t even have to enable it—it just works in apps that support it. You can access past versions via File > Revert To > Browse All Versions.

These apps store a version every hour while you’re working on it, or more frequently if major changes are made. There’s no hard-and-fast rule about how far back these versions are stored. They tend to take up fairly little space, because Apple relies on storing just the differences between two files, which for most editing involves very little overhead.

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Too much of a Greta thing? Activist urges focus on others

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 07:38

With dozens of cameras pointing at her across a room full of reporters, celebrity teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg had an unexpected message: Look the other way. “Our stories have been told over and over again,” the 16-year-old Swede said, explaining why she and prominent German activist Luisa Neubauer would be handing over the stage at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid to other young activists. “It’s really about them,” Thunberg added of the young activists from developing countries already facing the effects of climate change, including violent storms, droughts and rising sea levels.


Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?

Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 07:05

Depends if it actually happened.


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