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London Mayor Sadiq Khan dismisses Trump Jr.’s Twitter jab following attack
10:01 AM, 03.23.2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan dismisses Trump Jr.’s Twitter jab following attackLondon Mayor Sadiq Khan declined to respond to an insult from U.S. President Trump’s son hours after a terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday. “You have to be kidding me?!” Trump Jr. wrote. Trump Jr. mischaracterized Khan’s statements as if he had said that terrorism is an inevitable consequence of living in a big city and that nothing could be done.


 
Bernie Sanders Voting Against Gorsuch Nomination
10:13 AM, 03.23.2017

Bernie Sanders Voting Against Gorsuch NominationSen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., discusses the health care debate and says President Trump "doesn't always tell the truth." Sanders also talks about the Russia investigation and Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.


 
Trump supporter: My husband is being deported Friday
01:34 PM, 03.23.2017

Trump supporter: My husband is being deported FridayAs a popular Indiana restaurant owner faces deportation under President Trump’s immigration directives, his family becomes the latest in a series of Trump supporters to find campaign promises affecting their lives. According to a report from Indiana Public Radio, Roberto Beristain’s family said he’s expected to be deported on Friday and has already been moved from the detention facility in Wisconsin where they had been visiting him. Beristain is the owner of Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Ind., which he purchased from his sister-in-law earlier this month after eight years of working at the restaurant.


 
Sunken South Korean ferry slowly emerges three years after disaster
02:17 AM, 03.23.2017

Sunken South Korean ferry slowly emerges three years after disasterBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, slowly emerged from a gray sea on Thursday, a somber reminder of a tragedy that traumatized the country. "We can't help but feel stunned seeing the ship being raised," Lee Kum-hee, whose daughter Cho Eun-hwa was one of the nine, told reporters. "The work needs to be done very cautiously," Lee Cheol-jo, an official at the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries, which is in charge of the operation, told a briefing.


 
Pelosi Proclaims 'Victory' After GOP Yanks Health Bill
02:29 PM, 03.24.2017

Pelosi Proclaims 'Victory' After GOP Yanks Health BillHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls Republicans decision to pull their bill to repeal Obamacare a "victory for the American people."


 
White Man From Maryland Stabbed A Black Man To Death In New York
04:39 AM, 03.23.2017

White Man From Maryland Stabbed A Black Man To Death In New YorkAnother racist hate crime took place in New York City where a white man from Maryland traveled till New York with the intention of killing African Americans.


 
Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs trouble
03:23 PM, 03.24.2017

Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs troubleNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.


 
White House ‘confident’ about health care vote despite delay
02:46 PM, 03.23.2017

White House ‘confident’ about health care vote despite delayThe White House said a House floor vote on the GOP health care bill was postponed simply for scheduling reasons on Thursday and officials remain “confident” it will pass. Shortly after news of the delay broke, White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the vote was put off to avoid holding it in the wee hours of Friday morning. “We are going to start the debate tonight on the vote as planned,” Sanders said.


 
Matt Damon is Empowering Women
08:27 PM, 03.22.2017

Matt Damon is Empowering WomenMatt Damon is more than just an actor, he's a father, husband and also an activist. Damon has faith, seeing his own children, that the environment is top of mind with the next generation.


 
Time magazine presses Trump on his slew of evidence-free and false claims
08:22 AM, 03.23.2017

Time magazine presses Trump on his slew of evidence-free and false claimsPresident Trump says he doesn’t necessarily need facts before making such evidence-free claims as, say, former President Barack Obama’s wiretapping the phones at Trump Tower, because they’ve later been proved right. “I’m a very instinctual person,” Trump told Time magazine’s Michael Scherer in a phone interview from the Oval Office on Wednesday. The president offered a list things he says he “predicted” would happen, including Brexit, Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal, Bernie Sanders’ loss in the Democratic primary — even his false suggestion that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden the night before.


 
At least 50 killed by armed men in CAfrica: locals
03:20 PM, 03.24.2017

At least 50 killed by armed men in CAfrica: localsAt least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured since Tuesday after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes told AFP. "The provisional toll of the attacks in the Agoudou Manga, Yasseneme and Ngouyanza is at least 50 dead. Dozens more have been injured," said Isaac Arata-Naba, an Agoudou Manga resident.


 
The Mud Day in Israel
08:16 AM, 03.24.2017

The Mud Day in IsraelThe Mud Day, an international sports event is produced by a leading French sports organization, A.S.O., that is well known for its top productions: Le Tour de France and the Dakar Rally. More than 150,000 people have participated in Mud Days in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain. Now it’s Israel’s turn to host the 13-kilometer race, with 22 mud-filled obstacles to overcome. (The Mud Day Israel)


 
Chuck Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Neil Gorsuch
05:12 AM, 03.23.2017

Chuck Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Neil GorsuchRepublicans have said they will change Senate rules to end the 60-vote floor for voting on Supreme Court nominees if Democrats block President Donald Trump’s nominee. “If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes—a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees and President Bush’s nominees—the answer is not to change the rules, it’s to change the nominee,” Schumer said.


 
Nunes: 'There Was No Wiretapping of Trump Tower'
08:37 AM, 03.24.2017

Nunes: 'There Was No Wiretapping of Trump Tower'House Intel Chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif., tells reporters "there was no wiretapping of Trump Tower. That did not happen."


 
4 Killed Including Police Officer After Domestic Dispute Turns into Deadly Shooting Spree
07:29 AM, 03.23.2017

4 Killed Including Police Officer After Domestic Dispute Turns into Deadly Shooting SpreeA suspect has been detained in the shootings at a law firm, bank branch and apartment complex Wednesday.


 
Florida man's book burning sparks wildfire, destroys homes: officials
08:57 AM, 03.23.2017

Florida man's book burning sparks wildfire, destroys homes: officialsThe blaze started on Wednesday afternoon after the unidentified man burned books and magazines outside his home near Bryceville, about 20 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida Forest Service spokeswoman Annaleasa Winter told Reuters by telephone. It is against Florida law to burn household garbage.


 
Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic school
08:59 AM, 03.23.2017

Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic schoolTOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife to a school run by a group of ultranationalist educators, the group's leader told Parliament on Thursday, while also suggesting there was "political influence" in a land-buying scandal involving the school.


 
Think your groceries are expensive? Japan has $27,000 melons.
09:40 AM, 03.23.2017

Think your groceries are expensive? Japan has $27,000 melons.Imagine going into a high-end luxury store filled with sparkling display cases, security at every turn and an attentive staff and finding not expensive jewelry but...fruit encased in the glass. In Sembikiya, Japan's oldest fruit shop, fruit is treated and sold like an elaborate gift. And this is no ordinary fruit. Sembikiya sells anything from heart-shaped watermelons to ping-pong ball sized "Ruby Roman" grapes to giant strawberries that are a bit more expensive than your average box of sad market fruit. SEE ALSO: People can't believe a supermarket is selling a single boxed strawberry for $22 Words can't describe how delicious this Melon was.  #GinzaSembikiya #Sembikiya by mango… http://t.co/7zPrWz6VU7 pic.twitter.com/eNNBohRVYR — InstaKyoto (@InstaKyoto) April 4, 2015 A post shared by @puapupupu on Jan 31, 2017 at 4:50pm PST According to CNN, cultivating these luxury fruits involves meticulous and labor-intensive practices. Although the way Japanese farmers grow these beauties is a secret, it was revealed that sometimes it takes 45 days to grow one strawberry and usually sell for 500,000 yen ($4,395) each. The strawberries even have a special name -  Bijin-hime, which means "beautiful princess". ONE STRAWBERRY is $4,395. And if you think that's just a bit beyond your fruit budget, in 2016 a premium Hokkaido cantaloupe sold for a record $27,240 (3 million yen) at an auction.   Expensive fruit isn't unique to Sembikiya, though. According to the Semikiya website, fruit is given as gifts to people who are important to you on special occasions. Soyeon Shim, dean of the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told CNN, Besides being a symbol of respect, the Japanese see fruit in spiritual terms, regularly offering it to the gods at home alters.  A post shared by ingingkiku (@ingingkiku) on Oct 23, 2016 at 4:21am PDT A piece of fruit this magnificent isn't sold in some regular cardboard box. The fruit is wrapped in packaging that, of course, matches is luxury. CNN reports that single strawberries are sold in packages that resemble jewelry boxes, while melons are sold in ornate wooden boxes.  A post shared by Cecilia Schena (@ceciliaske) on Aug 7, 2016 at 4:32am PDT To consumers, according to CNN, the expense represents quality and some say that they even taste better than normal-priced fruit.  Seeing as though one strawberry is more than four month's rent, we'll stick to our small, slightly mushy, questionable fruit. We'll admire these from afar. [H/T: CNN] WATCH: This nail polish is made from prosecco — making you both sparkly and tipsy


 
Rick Perry, the man in charge of America’s nukes, weighs in on Texas A&M student election
08:58 AM, 03.23.2017

Rick Perry, the man in charge of America’s nukes, weighs in on Texas A&M student electionSecretary of Energy Rick Perry, the man in charge of America’s supply of nuclear weapons, took the time Wednesday to criticize Texas A&M’s election for student body president. Perry’s complaint was about the process by which Bobby Brooks, who would become the first openly gay student president in the university’s history, won the election last month. Brooks finished 750 votes behind Robert McIntosh, the son of a prominent GOP fundraiser, but McIntosh was disqualified after he was found to violate a campaign finance rule over some glow sticks used in a campaign video. McIntosh had overcome an earlier disqualification stemming from anonymous charges of voter intimidation when the Student Government Association’s Judicial Court dismissed those complaints after an investigation.


 
Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits
09:52 AM, 03.23.2017

Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profitsA carry-on ban by Washington and London for laptops on flights from some airports will hit the profits of affected airlines, especially the lucrative business class segments of Gulf carriers, analysts said Thursday. Washington decided to ban electronic devices bigger than mobile phones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in seven Middle Eastern countries and Turkey.


 
Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring
06:12 AM, 03.23.2017

Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiringHospitals typically lay out multi-year operating plans that prioritize investments, such as new clinics, medical wings, technology or other projects that help draw in more patients and increase revenue. Denver Health Medical Center, for example, opened a new $26.9 million clinic in the city's southwest in 2016 to provide care to an area lacking in health services and saw more patients within six months than it had expected over two years. The health system planned to build or remodel five more facilities based on the new clinic's success.


 
Democrat Joe Manchin cautions against Gorsuch filibuster: ‘What goes around comes around’
01:55 PM, 03.23.2017

Democrat Joe Manchin cautions against Gorsuch filibuster: ‘What goes around comes around’Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that he would not join a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, arguing that the integrity of the Senate needs to be preserved. Manchin, a conservative Democrat and key vote, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that Senate decorum needs to be preserved and that it started to fall apart in 2013 when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid instituted the so-called nuclear option.


 
Student hospitalized after crash involving school bus on I-295
01:29 PM, 03.24.2017

Student hospitalized after crash involving school bus on I-295New Jersey State Police tell Action News a female student was hospitalized after a crash involving a school bus and an SUV.


 
4 Killed Including A Police Officer In Wisconsin
09:32 PM, 03.22.2017

4 Killed Including A Police Officer In WisconsinPolice confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody. However, they did not release the names of the people involved and killed during the shootings in Wisconsin.


 
GOP Sen. Roberts: I ‘deeply regret’ quip about insurance coverage for mammograms
01:11 PM, 03.23.2017

GOP Sen. Roberts: I ‘deeply regret’ quip about insurance coverage for mammogramsSenate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks at Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue’s confirmation hearing. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., expressed remorse Thursday for making a sarcastic comment implying that coverage for mammograms shouldn’t be a requirement for the GOP’s insurance plan. Mammograms are essential to women’s health & I never intended to indicate otherwise,” he tweeted.


 
North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated
09:05 AM, 03.24.2017

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimatedBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.


 
Judge orders trial for Argentina ex-president
12:05 PM, 03.23.2017

Judge orders trial for Argentina ex-presidentA judge on Thursday ordered Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner to stand trial on charges of financial mismanagement. A string of cases targeting Kirchner and her rival, current President Mauricio Macri, are clouding Argentine politics ahead of mid-term elections later this year. Kirchner is accused of ordering the central bank to sell dollar futures at artificially low prices, causing Argentina to lose hundreds of millions.


 
Latest North Korean Missile Test Ends in Failure
11:21 AM, 03.23.2017

Latest North Korean Missile Test Ends in FailureThe missile "appears to have exploded within seconds of launch."


 
Hackers still threaten a remote wipe of iPhones, despite Apple’s statement
03:37 PM, 03.23.2017

Hackers still threaten a remote wipe of iPhones, despite Apple’s statement

After news had emerged earlier this week that a hacker group called Turkish Crime Family (TCF) is holding millions of Apple ID accounts for ransom, Apple said that its servers and databases were not hacked. Instead, the company said that hackers may be using user databases acquired from massive data breaches that affected other parties, such as LinkedIn.

Since the initial disclosure, the TCF reached out to media to provide additional details about their anti-Apple quest, explaining some of their reasoning behind the attack.

In an email from a TCF domain to BGR that was likely distributed to other members of the media, the hackers say they’re still committed to unleashing the attack come April 7th, unless Apple pays up.

The message, which reads like an ad-hoc press release coming from a hackers startup — the email does come from a “press” email account — explains that the report that said the hackers want $75,000 in ransom is false. The hackers also claim that all the communication with Apple was done via ICQ, and all the chats were kept private.

“[We] requested $100,000 for each of our members which is 7 in total or $1 million worth in iTunes vouchers for instant resale at 60% of the original gift card value + Some private stuff that we have agreed not to publicize as we believe it may ruin Turkish Crime Family and Apple relations,” the hackers say. “The second thing is worth more to us than money.”

The hackers say that Apple will force users to reset their passwords to stop them and avoid “serious server issues and customer complaints.”

The TCF group claims it can reset some 2,550 iPhones per minute per server, which amounts to over 38 million accounts per hour. As for the number of affected accounts, it was bumped “from 519 million to 627 to then 717 million.” A Twitter account for the group mentioned that 200 million iCloud accounts will be factory reset.

https://twitter.com/turkcrimefamily/status/844225625909051393

Why are they targeting Apple? Well, strangely enough, this appears to be some sort of retaliation for the recent measures the Department of Justice has taken against the four hackers that breached Yahoo in 2014, an attack that may have affected more than 500 million users.

“We're doing this because we can, and mainly to spread awareness for Karim Baratov and Kerem Albayrak which both are being detained for the Yahoo hack and one of them is most probably facing heavy sentencing in America,” the hackers said. “Kerem Albayrak on the other hand is being accused of listing the Yahoo database for sale online.”

The group says this isn’t a political attack, and that the TCF is a new criminal organization with a lot of resources and power. “This is just the start,” they say. They even have a media department.

The attack on Yahoo was actually a military operation conducted by Russia, the FBI’s investigation proved, so it’s strange to see the hackers claim this isn’t political.

Is this threat real? That remains to be seen. I think it's rather unlikely for this massive remote iPhone wipe to happen. Not because Apple confirmed its servers were not hacked but because of this whole messy PR campaign coming from the hackers. But fo yourself a favor and change your Apple ID password especially if you’ve been using it for any of the online services that were hacked in recent years.


 
Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. general
11:57 AM, 03.23.2017

Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. generalBy Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan. "I've seen the influence of Russia of late - increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.


 
German candymaker Haribo to build plant in Wisconsin
02:03 PM, 03.23.2017

German candymaker Haribo to build plant in WisconsinMADISON, Wis. (AP) — German candymaker Haribo, which is known for its brightly colored gummy bears and bow tie-wearing gold bear mascot, plans to build its first North American factory in southeastern Wisconsin not far from Chicago, Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday.


 
WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers
10:53 AM, 03.23.2017

WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computersThe Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks. In its second release allegedly from the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency has been able since 2008 to insert it bugs onto new and unused iPhones by intervening in Apple's supply and distribution network. The release follows the initial publication on March 9 by the anti-secrecy group of thousands of pages of instructions and code from what it called the entire CIA arsenal of hacking tools.


 
Missing D.C. Girls Could Be Human Trafficking Victims
08:22 AM, 03.24.2017

Missing D.C. Girls Could Be Human Trafficking VictimsSome officials are calling for an investigation into the disappearances, while police maintain there is nothing unusual about them.


 
Hot air balloons over Turkey's Cappadocia
07:16 AM, 03.23.2017

Hot air balloons over Turkey's CappadociaSince 1988, hot air balloons have filled the skies over the historic Cappadocia region in Nevsehir, Turkey, contributing to the region’s tourism industry. Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its chimney rocks, hot air balloon trips, underground cities and boutique hotels carved into rocks.


 
North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit
02:08 PM, 03.24.2017

North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permitThe law, which takes effect on Aug. 1, mandates that gun owners only need a North Dakota driver's license or state identification card for at least a year before they can carry a concealed firearm in public. Under current regulations, applicants must take a test to obtain a permit which entails fees of more than $100.


 
Minnesota marijuana oil sent to New York stirs anger
03:38 PM, 03.23.2017

Minnesota marijuana oil sent to New York stirs angerST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on one of the state's medical marijuana companies whose former executives have been charged with illegally shipping $500,000 of marijuana oils to New York, pushing legislation allowing regulators to revoke the manufacturer's license and levy a huge fine.


 
Pete Souza joins chorus gloating over Trumpcare failure with epic Instagram
03:15 PM, 03.24.2017

Pete Souza joins chorus gloating over Trumpcare failure with epic InstagramThe schadenfreude online when Trumpcare collapsed for a second time was deafening. However, amid all the resurfaced Trump tweets and Art of the Deal jokes one troll stood out once again. Pete Souza, Obama's official White House photographer, added another Instagram post to his mammoth shade collection against Trump after the news broke Friday. SEE ALSO: Obama's official White House photographer is Insta-trolling Trump This time, Souza shared a photo of Obama and Mike Pence from 2010 — and the caption was devastating. "Before voting on the Affordable Care Act in 2010, President Obama met with many members of Congress on both side of the aisle over the course of many months," he wrote. "This picture was taken at the end of a multiple hours-long meeting with the entire Republican House caucus in which he responded to dozens of questions and critiques. It was carried live on cable TV." In other words, Obama knew that healthcare was — you know — complicated, and worked hard with Republicans and Democrats, in the glare of the media, to get the ACA pushed through. An approach that differs, you may say, from Trump's efforts this week. Before voting on the Affordable Care Act in 2010, President Obama met with many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle over the course of many months. This picture was taken at the end of a multiple hours-long meeting with the entire Republican House caucus in which he responded to dozens of questions and critiques. It was carried live on cable TV. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Mar 24, 2017 at 1:40pm PDT Of course, Souza's lesson to Trump is a bit late now. WATCH: Trump never has to buy sunglasses again because Obama's photographer will shade him forever


 
Amber Alert issued after car stolen w/ 2 boys inside in Cathedral City
01:26 AM, 03.24.2017

Amber Alert issued after car stolen w/ 2 boys inside in Cathedral CityAn Amber Alert was issued Thursday for two boys - ages 1 and 2 - who were inside a car that was stolen by a suspect in Cathedral City.


 
Amid deepening ties, Chinese troops join Pakistan Day parade
04:07 AM, 03.23.2017

Amid deepening ties, Chinese troops join Pakistan Day paradeChinese, Saudi and Turkish troops for the first time joined the Pakistan Day parade in the capital Islamabad on Thursday, in a sign of deepening ties. Before Pakistan showed off long-range rockets, tanks and other military hardware, armed Chinese troops marched past Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the chief of Pakistan's powerful military. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said it was the first time Chinese troops participated in a parade in a foreign country, terming it a "historic event", with the two countries embarking on building vast infrastructure together.


 
29 inmates tunnel out of northern Mexico prison
04:25 PM, 03.23.2017

29 inmates tunnel out of northern Mexico prisonMEXICO CITY (AP) — A group of 29 inmates have tunneled their way out of a prison in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas, authorities said Thursday.


 
Tillerson alias emails from his ExxonMobil era prove elusive
11:27 PM, 03.22.2017

Tillerson alias emails from his ExxonMobil era prove elusiveEmails sent under a pseudonym by current US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he was still CEO of ExxonMobil, and which are sought by a court, cannot be produced, lawyers for the oil giant said. According to a letter dated March 21 and sent Wednesday by ExxonMobil to AFP, these emails, sent under the name Wayne Tracker, cannot be recovered for the period from September 5, 2014 to November 28, 2014. The letter is addressed to the Supreme Court of the State of New York as part of an investigation opened in November 2015 by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.


 
Quotes To Celebrate National Puppy Day
03:20 AM, 03.23.2017

Quotes To Celebrate National Puppy DayThursday is National Puppy Day, a well-deserved tribute to man’s (and woman’s) furry best friend.


 
15 under 15: Rising stars in cybersecurity
03:43 PM, 03.23.2017

15 under 15: Rising stars in cybersecurityEverything in their lives is captured in silicon chips and chronicled on Facebook. Turns out, CyFi had unearthed a new class of previously undisclosed security weaknesses, otherwise known as zero days, spanning across all mobile devices.


 
Soros-funded charities targeted by Trump-inspired crackdown in East Europe
04:48 AM, 03.23.2017

Soros-funded charities targeted by Trump-inspired crackdown in East EuropeBy Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - When his government lost a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights last week over its detention and expulsion of two migrants from Bangladesh, Hungary's rightwing prime minister blamed the usual suspect: a billionaire in New York. "It is a collusion of human traffickers, Brussels bureaucrats and the organizations that work in Hungary financed by foreign money," Viktor Orban told public radio on Friday. "Let's call a spade a spade: George Soros finances them." Across former Communist states of east and central Europe, leaders with a hardline bent have turned their wrath in recent months against Soros, a Hungarian-American financier who funds liberal charities and non-governmental organizations worldwide through his Open Society Foundations (OSF).


 
Police: Parents delay help for wounded boy to scrub evidence
09:07 PM, 03.22.2017

Police: Parents delay help for wounded boy to scrub evidencePHOENIX (AP) — The parents of a 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head in their Phoenix home put off calling 911 as they cleaned up evidence in multiple rooms of the house, police said Wednesday, calling it a case that "shocks your conscience."


 
Queueing to survive: Long lines and short on supplies in Venezuela
11:12 AM, 03.23.2017

Queueing to survive: Long lines and short on supplies in VenezuelaVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s hours-long televised visits to clinics and schools are meant to soften his image, but foes say they instead highlight his disconnect from a national economic crisis in which millions of people are missing meals.


 
World leaders stand with Britain after London attack
04:34 AM, 03.23.2017

World leaders stand with Britain after London attackWorld leaders have unanimously condemned the attack in the heart of London by a man who was shot dead by armed police, with many saying they stand with Britain. Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as "sick and depraved", saying the assailant chose the site as an assault on Britain's democratic values. President Francois Hollande sent a message of "support to the British people" after the attack, in which three French high school students were wounded.


 
Erdogan says Turkey will review EU ties after April referendum
01:31 PM, 03.23.2017

Erdogan says Turkey will review EU ties after April referendumBy Ece Toksabay and Nick Tattersall ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will review all political and administrative ties with the European Union after an April referendum, including a deal to curb illegal migration, but will maintain economic relations with the bloc, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. In an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Erdogan said everything "from A to Z" in Turkey's relations with Europe would be reviewed after the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes that would extend his powers.


 
ISPs can now sell your browsing history without permission, thanks to the Senate
11:42 AM, 03.23.2017

ISPs can now sell your browsing history without permission, thanks to the Senate

The US Senate has voted to overturn consumer privacy laws enacted last year by the FCC. The rules, which forced internet service providers to actually get permission before selling your data, were overturned using the little-used Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal said before the vote that "This resolution is a direct attack on consumer rights, on privacy, on rules that afford basic protection against intrusive and illegal interference with consumers' use of social media sites and websites that often they talk for granted." Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.

Assuming that this resolution passes through the House, which seems likely at this point, your broadband and wireless internet service provider will have free reign to collect and sell personal data along to third parties. That information may include (but is not limited to!) location, financial, healthcare and browsing data scraped from customers. As a result of the ruling, you can expect ISPs to begin collecting this data by default. Some ISPs may choose to include an opt-out from data collection in account settings.

The privacy rules were adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last October, under Obama-era chairman Tom Wheeler. The new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is trying to rebrand the Commission as a technological regulator that manages things like spectrum, with the minimum possible amount of regulation of the telecoms industry as a whole.

That might sound like an ideal situation for light-touch regulation, but with the wireless and cable industries both operating as powerful oligopolies, consumers will be left with zero protection against price-gouging, no advocate for net neutrality, and as today demonstrates, far less control over their own data.


 
Smuggled Month-Old Lion Cub Found Hidden Among 2,245 Parrots and 4 Cats
11:40 AM, 03.23.2017

Smuggled Month-Old Lion Cub Found Hidden Among 2,245 Parrots and 4 CatsThe 1-month-old lion was inside a bag hidden between cages of other animals, officials said.


 
 
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