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  • Trump Denies Pelosi Plane to Visit U.S. Troops in Shutdown Spat

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    “In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Trump said in a letter to Pelosi, a day after she suggested he postpone his State of the Union speech scheduled for Jan. 29.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:53:06 -0500
  • In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections

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    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.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:11:52 -0500
  • American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:34:00 -0500
  • Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay views

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

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:53:02 -0500
  • Enes Kanter: Turkey 'seeking arrest' of New York Knicks player

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    Turkish prosecutors are seeking the arrest and extradition of New York Knicks enter Enes Kanter, accusing him pf being a member of an "armed terrorist group". Mr Kanter is accused of ties to Fethullah Gulen, who Turkish authorities allege is behind the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016, the Daily Sabah reported. Mr Gulen has repeatedly denied any involved in the failed coup.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:20:00 -0500
  • Group of 247 immigrants arrested at US border

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    U.S. Border Patrol agents in New Mexico say a group of nearly 250 immigrants are in custody after turning themselves in to authorities at the Antelope Wells Port of Entry. (Jan. 17)

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:04:54 -0500
  • Iconic US retailer Sears saved from the brink - for now: reports

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    Historic but failing US retail chain Sears got a reprieve on Wednesday after a billionaire hedge fund manager won an auction to keep the remaining stores alive -- for now, according to reports. Edward Lampert, who steered the company into bankruptcy last year in order to restructure it, won the bid to buy the remaining assets, beating out others who would have killed off the brand, according to news reports. The deal with Lampert's ESL hedge fund could keep up to 50,000 people in work and 425 stores open, but requires approval from a bankruptcy court.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:46:30 -0500
  • See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos

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    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:58:00 -0500
  • David Webb’s White Privilege

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    Areva Martin, a CNN “analyst” — whatever in hell that means anno Domini 2019 — was in the middle of a spirited exchange with the conservative talk-radio host David Webb about racial preferences in hiring. Webb argued — as conservatives of many different races argue! — that race should not be a factor in such decisions, which should be based strictly on qualifications. “That’s a whole ’nother long conversation about white privilege,” she sniffed.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 06:30:50 -0500
  • EPA Nominee Wheeler Defends Rollbacks While Pressed on Climate

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    Wheeler, a former energy lobbyist who has served as acting administrator for six months, did not mention global warming in his opening remarks to the Environment and Public Works Committee, instead touting agency deregulatory efforts he said would spare businesses some $1.8 billion in compliance costs. “How does it happen that the nominee to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency does not mention the words climate change at a time when the scientific community thinks climate change is the greatest environmental crisis facing the planet?” asked Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:42:28 -0500
  • Backstop 'means to an end' of avoiding hard border: Irish PM

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    Ireland's prime minister pledged to defend the contentious Brexit "backstop" but said it was important to remember that the insurance mechanism was a means to an end of avoiding the return of a hard customs border on the island of Ireland. The Brexit divorce deal was resoundingly defeated by British lawmakers on Tuesday, with much of the opposition centered on the "backstop" requirement for the British province of Northern Ireland to stay closely aligned to EU rules to eliminate the need for border checks with EU member Ireland. The Irish government joined the European Union's executive in insisting that the divorce deal with the bloc was not open for renegotiation and urged London to come up with solutions that both they and the European Union can accept.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:40:09 -0500
  • White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarks

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy are "abhorrent," the White House said Wednesday as bipartisan condemnation of King continued.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:04:45 -0500
  • Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to know

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    When you're a frequent traveler, it's almost self-sabotage to not join some

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:05:01 -0500
  • What to Know About the 2020 Toyota Supra

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    It's the return of the almighty Supra, but this Japanese car has a German flair.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:05:00 -0500
  • Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in Baltimore

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    A data connectivity issue with Southwest Airlines phones and computer systems Tuesday resulted in delayed flights to and from BWI.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:39:27 -0500
  • Russia, US in war of words over arms treaty

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    Russia on Wednesday accused Washington of being uncooperative on efforts to save a crucial arms control treaty, only to be accused by the US of dishonesty. Tensions have raged for months over the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) signed in 1987 by then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. US President Donald Trump has promised to walk away from the agreement and President Vladimir Putin threatened a new arms race, saying Europe would be its main victim.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:01:07 -0500
  • Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

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    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.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:36:34 -0500
  • How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

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    A toddler, still strapped into a car safety seat, survived a fall out of a moving vehicle this week on a Minnesota road—providing a chilling reminder of the importance of proper car seat installa...

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:39:10 -0500
  • Trump told to ‘resign or be impeached’ if reports he instructed attorney Cohen to lie to congress are proven

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    Donald Trump is facing calls to “resign or be impeached”, if reports he instructed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow can be verified. The president is under pressure after two law enforcement officials involved in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion in the 2016 US election claimed to have obtained evidence of possible obstruction. Several Democrats have urged Congress to seek clarification of what evidence the special counsel may hold on the matter, with one calling for Mr Trump to be removed if the claims, first published by Buzzfeed News, are proven.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:05:00 -0500
  • Break in Pacific storms for California to aid mudslide, damage cleanup

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    A much-needed break from the storms touting inches of rain and feet of snow will begin in some areas on Friday and expand to much of the Pacific coast by next week.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:11:24 -0500
  • Mexican Airline Trolls Americans With Ad About Debate Over the Wall

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    Aeroméxico, Mexico’s large airline, is taking on the border debate in their own way: by trying to convince Americans to visit Mexico.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:33:27 -0500
  • Factbox: UK PM May's Brexit next steps: Nothing has changed, or new approach?

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    Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined a collaborative approach to finding a new Brexit deal after her agreement was crushed by parliament on Tuesday in the biggest defeat for a British government in modern times. Before meetings can begin, May has to first defeat an attempt to topple her government, in the form of a no- confidence vote brought forward by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Immediately after Tuesday's 432 to 202 defeat was announced, May stood up in parliament and said: "I will then hold meetings with my colleagues, our confidence and supply partner the Democratic Unionist Party, and senior parliamentarians from across the House to identify what would be required to secure the backing of the House.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:56:29 -0500
  • Burkina Faso: Body of Canadian found days after abduction

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports of his kidnapping by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:29:45 -0500
  • Mega Gallery: Every Photo from 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

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    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:40:00 -0500
  • Senate Cancels Recess Amid Shutdown, But Lets Members Stay Home

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    GOP leaders said Thursday there will be no Senate votes on Friday or next week, although the chamber will formally be in session during what had been a planned Martin Luther King recess. Senators are being told to be ready to return for votes if there’s any agreement to reopen the government, said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking GOP leader. “We’ll be in session, but votes will be contingent on whether there is something we can vote on,” Thune said.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:15:06 -0500
  • 7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rent

    Homebase Abroad shares some of its most alluring vacation rentals in Tuscany.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:16:10 -0500
  • Ford forecasts $112 mn Q4 loss amid restructuring costs

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    Ford said Wednesday it expected to post a $112 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 as the automaker implements a massive restructuring in the United States and Europe. For the full year, Ford will post a net profit of $3.7 billion, less than half the 2017 result. Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $1.30 across the year, right at the lower end of its $1.30-1.50 estimate in October.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:10:57 -0500
  • Mike Pence amends claim that 'ISIS has been defeated' following deadly attack on U.S. troops

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    The same day that ISIS fighters in Syria claimed responsibility for a deadly bomb attack, Vice President Mike Pence echoed the president's assessment that the group had been vanquished.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:53:10 -0500
  • California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:51:09 -0500
  • 'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redhead

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    Prince Harry got a big surprise on Monday when a 4-year-old red-head presented him with a special sign. 

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:45:00 -0500
  • U.S. Representative Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panel

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    U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, part of a new crop of Democrats swept into office this year on a stronger liberal platform, said she is poised to serve on a key congressional panel overseeing Wall Street, a potential setback for the financial services industry. "I'm looking forward to digging into the student loan crisis, examining for-profit prisons/ICE detention, and exploring the development of public & postal banking," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted late Tuesday. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to sit on this committee as a freshman." Other incoming progressive Democrats, including Katie Porter, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, are also expected to secure spots on the committee, Politico reported.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:10:35 -0500
  • NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spotted fresh rainfall on Saturn’s moon Titan

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    NASA's Cassini orbiter has been dead for well over a year now, but its incredible discoveries continue to trickle in as researchers pore over data and images it collected while it was active. Consequently, studies focused on the orbiter's findings continue to crop up on a regular basis, such as a recent study from University of Idaho in Moscow doctoral student Rajani Dhingra, who, along with her colleagues, found evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in an image taken on June 7th, 2016. This indicates that summer had arrived on the moon's northern hemisphere later than climate models had predicted. "The whole Titan community has been looking forward to seeing clouds and rains on Titan's north pole, indicating the start of the northern summer, but despite what the climate models had predicted, we weren't even seeing any clouds," said Dhingra, lead author of the study. "People called it the curious case of missing clouds." Dhingra and her colleagues spotted a reflective feature near the north pole of Titan in the aforementioned image -- a feature which covered approximately 46,332 square miles -- which had never appeared before, and didn't appear when Cassini passed by again. Dhingra concluded that the reflective nature of the feature was due to sunlight reflecting off of a wet surface, which she believes was the result of a methane rainfall event. This is the first time summer rainfall has ever been observed on Titan. While Earth experiences four seasons over the course of a year, a single season on Titan lasts seven Earth years. When Cassini reached Titan, clouds and rainfall were observed in the southern hemisphere, signaling a southern summer. Climate models predicted the rain would move to the northern hemisphere "leading up to the northern summer solstice in 2017," but the clouds still hadn't appeared by 2016. The images above should help reseachers understand why this was the case. We want our model predictions to match our observations. This rainfall detection proves Cassini's climate follows the theoretical climate models we know of," Dhingra said. "Summer is happening. It was delayed, but it's happening. We will have to figure out what caused the delay, though."

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:39:41 -0500
  • This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the baby

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    Umbilical cords are not usually part of the traditional manicure experience.  Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule. Russian nail artist Nail Sunny recently shared intricate nail art featuring a detailed chair (with stirrups) and a little woman in a pink hospital gown.  The nail appears to be giving birth. > View this post on Instagram > > Baby birth -❤️ or ? Video by @edo_movs #nailsunnytutorial > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:49am PST SEE ALSO: 'Nail Art History' Puts a Museum at Your Fingertips Once the chair and body (made of gel) are affixed neatly to the nail, "the baby" is born. A scalpel reaches into the frame and quite literally plucks a little acrylic baby from beneath the woman's gown.  Next, the umbilical cord is cut with a pair of tweezers and the newborn gel baby is placed with its gel mother. It's all very surreal.  Nail Sunny is no stranger to impractically eye-catching nails. Scroll through the page long enough and you'll find hookah nails (real smoke!), salt bae nails (real steak!), and Grinch nails (synthetic green fur!). > View this post on Instagram > > @world_record_egg challenge Let's set a world record together and get the most liked video post on Instagram PLEASE LIKE THIS VIDEO @nail_sunny #NAILSUNNYTUTORIAL p.s. Конечно же мы не могли не отреагировать на событие сегодняшнего дня , которое перевернуло жизнь @kyliejenner #guinnessworldrecord #wlrldrecordegg #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #worldrecords video by @edo_movs > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:44am PST > View this post on Instagram > > Yes or no ? > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 12, 2019 at 10:10am PST The account often documents the process it took to make the nails. Plus, the video clips are set to top 40 music, so don't worry about providing a playlist.  Now we just want to see the recipient of the manicure open a can of soda. ## WATCH: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:31:18 -0500
  • U.S. Calls Canadian’s Death Sentence in China ‘Politically Motivated’

    Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaking to reporters near Montreal, said Canada is in a “difficult moment” after the arrest of a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive last month in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition request. Nine days after that, a Canadian diplomat and a businessman were seized separately by state security officers in China.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:38:43 -0500
  • New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suites

    Virgin Voyages, the new cruise line backed by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will have some of the biggest suites at sea.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:50:47 -0500
  • BMW unveils 2020 7 Series sedan with controversial redesign

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    While the interior design and mechanics haven't significantly changed in the latest version of the BMW 7 Series, the exterior received a serious facelift that is leaving some fans confused and a few disappointed. BMW officially unveiled the latest 7 Series luxury sedan Wednesday with a redesign that the company says gives it a "confident presence" while some onlookers are giving it a mediocre review. The focal point of the new design is the inflated, trademark 7 Series kidney grille placed on a two-inch taller front end which has grown about 40 percent since the last generation, an expansion that already hasn't been welcomed very warmly.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:31:48 -0500
  • Trump-Putin meeting secrecy presents 'very damning picture'

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    President Donald Trump took his interpreter’s notes afterwards and ordered him not to disclose what he heard to anyone. Later that night, at a dinner, Mr Trump pulled up a seat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk without any American witnesses at all. Most recently, they chatted in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after Mr Trump said they would not meet because of Russian aggression.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:18:00 -0500
  • Falling tree kills man as storm lashes California

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:43:46 -0500
  • UK PM May reaches out to rivals in Brexit deadlock

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    May said she was "disappointed" by Corbyn's decision and stressed that "our door remains open". Ian Blackford of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said his party would only participate if she were prepared to consider delaying Brexit, ruling out a "no deal" and the option of holding a second referendum. The prime minister is working to the tightest-possible deadline as Britain prepares to leave the bloc that for half a century defined its economic and political relations with the rest of the world.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 01:55:57 -0500
  • Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong references

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    TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - One of China's top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world's 500 largest companies had used "incorrect labels" for Taiwan and 53 had errors in the way they referred to Hong Kong, according to China's Legal Daily newspaper.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:28:07 -0500
  • Amazon is offering rare discounts on the most popular Apple Watch Series 4 models

    If you've been searching for a good deal on a new Apple Watch Series 4, you've undoubtedly come to the same conclusion as everyone else: there are none. Apple's fourth-generation smartwatch is simply too new to see any big discounts. But if you're a true bargain hunter who refuses to pay full price for anything, we've got some good news. Amazon is offering a rare discount on several of Apple's most popular Series 4 models right now. You can save $15 on the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 44mm) or the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 40mm), which is the best deal you'll find right now. Want cellular, too? Don't worry because the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) and the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) are discounted as well. Here are the highlights from the product page: * GPS + Cellular * Over 30% larger display and 50% louder speaker * Electrical and optical heart sensors * Digital Crown with haptic feedback * S4 SiP with faster 64-bit dual-core processor * Improved accelerometer and gyroscope for fall detection * Swimproof

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:44:25 -0500
  • Shopping for a weighted blanket? Walmart has them on sale for as low as $59.99 — that's over $100 off.

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    2019 really just might be the year that people stop complaining about being single. Weighted blankets, while not new to the world of therapy and disabilities, have mainstream folk practicing self care in a way that probably wasn't expected to be backed by research: cuddling. Want to put the hype to the test? Walmart has the best-selling NEX weighted blankets on sale for up to $189 off today, bringing the 40 x 60-inch and 60 x 80-inch blankets to $59.99 and $94.99, respectively.  Weighted blankets are notoriously expensive, with the tiny cheap ones usually retailing at $100 minimum. If you've been contemplating making the jump, here's your sign. SEE ALSO: Best online mattresses, ranked: Casper, Nectar, Leesa, and more Before these magical pieces of fabric made it to self care Twitter (with the help of the popular Kickstarter campaign for Gravity Blanket in 2017), weighted blankets were known for aiding therapy patients like veterans with PTSD, people with disabilities like autism, or children with ADD. The blankets are so heavy that they reduce movement and friction, working to prevent things like over-arousal of the nervous system or panic attacks. Whether it's a significant other, roommate, pet, or even your mom, we can all agree that the pressure from someone's physical presence is seriously comforting. This is referred to Deep Touch Pressure Simulation, and NEX's 15-pound blankets mimic that. > Anybody: H- > Me: let me tell you about how my weighted blanket changed my life > > -- Cecil Price "Old So-and-So" Walden (@pricewalden) January 3, 2019 Some people have found that the cozy sensation associated with a weighted blanket could actually help reduce anxiety, depression, insomnia, or can even help you get in the zone to meditate. It's why babies will stop crying once they're swaddled, and why getting a hug when you're sad somehow makes it better. It's all the positive brain chemical stuff that comes with cuddling, minus the possibility of getting ghosted. The only downside? If you thought getting out of a cozy bed on a 30-degree morning was hard now, just wait until you have a 15-pound blanket begging you to stay and snug. Regularly a nauseating $249, you can save $154 on the smaller blanket and get it for $59.99 or save $189 on the bigger blanket and get it for $94.99. Image: nex Save $189 on the NEX Weighted Blanket (40 x 60 inches, 15 pounds) -- $59.99 See Details Image: NEX Save $154 on the NEX Weighted Blanket (60 x 80 inches, 15 pounds) -- $94.99 See Details

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:04:06 -0500
  • SAS soldier hailed as a hero after charging into gunfire to take down terrorists in Nairobi hotel

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    A member of the SAS helped save hundreds of lives when he charged into gunfire to rescue civilians trapped during a terrorist attack in Nairobi. A mission mounted by Kenyan forces on Wednesday ended a 20-hour assault on 14 Riverside, a luxury hotel and office complex in one of the city's most affluent districts, killing at least five of the perpetrators. The number of those killed at the DusitD2 complex rose to 21, with the discovery of six more bodies at the scene and the death of a wounded police officer, said Joseph Boinnet, inspector-general of Kenyan police. Twenty-eight people were hurt and taken to the hospital, he said. At least one Briton was killed and one other badly wounded, amid fears the true death toll could be higher after the Kenyan Red Cross disclosed that as many as 50 people remained unaccounted for. The unidentified SAS soldier, reportedly in Kenya to train and mentor local special forces, often appeared to be at the forefront of the operation, frequently pictured bringing civilians to safety.   The soldier, carrying his special forces C8 Diemaco rifle, enters the compound alongside Kenyan security forces Credit: AFP Although on non-combat deployment, he raced to the scene within the first hour of the attack, wearing body armour over civilian clothes and a balaclava to cover his face.  In one photograph from the scene, he carries the limp, bleeding body of a victim. Another shows the soldier bursting into the hotel complex with his special forces issue C8 Diemaco rifle drawn.  He reportedly worked with US Navy Seals, operating under Kenyan command, during the mission. British special forces, who regularly train the equivalent troops of foreign nations, are not meant to engage in any direct combat on such missions.  However, the Telegraph understands that no action is to be taken against the SAS man who acted in Kenya, and that his decision to involve himself in the life-saving operation is considered to be a fine example of the ethos of British Special Forces.    The SAS soldier evacuates an injured woman from the scene in Nairobi Five years ago in Nairobi a bungled security operation was blamed for prolonging a terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall, during which 67 people were killed. Lessons appear to have been learnt. On Wednesday multiple security units, acting under the command of the head of a feared paramilitary unit, mounted a sustained counterassault, clearing the complex building by building. It was unclear if other British personnel were involved. A second British security officer, stationed in a getaway vehicle outside the complex during the first phase of the counterattack on Tuesday afternoon confirmed his involvement but declined to give details, only saying: “We are part of an ongoing operation”.  More than 800 people were caught up in the incident, many of them either hotel guests or workers at the local headquarters of multinational corporations housed in the complex’s five office blocks. A British national named as Luke Potter was confirmed among the dead. An employee of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, set up by the philanthropist and Labour peer Lord Sainsbury, he had only recently arrived in Nairobi. Luke Potter, the British man among at least 14 people killed in a militant attack at a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi. Credit: PA At least one other Briton, believed to have been with Mr Potter, was among the wounded after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. She was described as being in a critical but stable condition by friends. Those still trapped in the latter stages of the siege told terrifying stories of their ordeal. Cherop Rotich, a secretary, said she had hidden in an office lavatory as gunmen prowled the corridor outside, kicking at doors and taunting their intended victims.  “I honestly thought I was not going to get out alive,” she said, shortly after being led out of the complex. Others told of how they fled restaurant tables and business meetings as the gunmen, with bandoliers strapped to their chests, fired at random.  Even when rescue came, the danger persisted. Survivors led out of the complex by police officers on Wednesday morning said they had come under sniper fire. Security forces help civilians flee the scene as cars burn behind Credit:  Ben Curtis/ AP Worried about the impact of terror attacks on Kenya’s tourism sector, government officials have a history of playing down the number of victims of terror attacks.  President Kenyatta has yet to fulfill a promise to hold a commission of inquiry into the 2013 Westgate attack, which saw accusations that army personnel sent in to kill the Jihadists instead engaged in a drunken looting spree before blowing up part of the mall to cover their tracks. Dominic Troulan, a former British special forces officer attached to the Foreign Office, engaged terrorists amid the chaos, helping to free many civilians. He was later awarded the George Cross. Mr Kenyatta on Wednesday pledged to hunt down those responsible for the attack, responsibility for which was claimed by al-Shabaab, a Somali Islamist outfit affiliated to al-Qaeda. “We will seek every person involved in planning, funding and executing this heinous act,” he said in a sombre address to the nation. Nairobi attack Under British and American tutelage, Kenyan intelligence gathering on al-Shabaab activities has improved in recent years. Last February, a mass attack on an unknown Nairobi target was thwarted after a vehicle filled with weapons and explosives was intercepted on the road from Somalia to the Kenyan capital. But there has been quiet criticism after recent warnings of an impending attack, passed onto Kenya by Western intelligence agencies, allegedly did not meet a sufficiently serious response. However, Kenyan security forces were placed on high alert in October after the country's intelligence service received reports of an impending attack on government buildings in Nairobi. A Kenyan security source said that the picture was unclear, however, and that the identity of targets kept changing. Yet it was also becoming apparent that the terrorists had staked out the Riverside complex for some time. Reuben Kimani, a barista in the hotel that bore the brunt of the attack, said he recognised one of the gunmen because he had served him coffee on several occasions.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:31:03 -0500
  • These are the 10 most collectible cars of the Detroit auto show's past 30 years

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    As the Detroit auto show begins this week, we look back at the most collectible cars of the event's past 30 years.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:26:02 -0500
  • Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect's father: 'All I care about' is Jayme's family

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    The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who was kidnapped after her parents were killed in October said Wednesday that he appreciates the sympathy being expressed by the suspect's father.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:13:36 -0500
  • Trump Postpones Pelosi’s Overseas Trip after She Calls on Him to Delay SOTU

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    President Trump on Thursday postponed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s upcoming international trip due to the ongoing government shutdown — the same justification Pelosi provided when asking that the president delay his State of the Union address. In a letter sent to Pelosi’s office on Thursday, Trump suggested that her upcoming trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan, which he characterized as a “public relations event,” should be cancelled so that the speaker could remain in Washington to negotiate a compromise that would end the historically lengthy government shutdown. Staffers and lawmakers were en route to board a military jet and begin the trip on Thursday afternoon when Trump released the letter.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:02:03 -0500
  • More snow! Airlines expand change fees as new storms approach

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    Airlines are waiving change fees as two more winter storms are set to move across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast from Thursday into the weekend.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:31:59 -0500
  • 10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself

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    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:50:00 -0500
  • Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question

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    Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information. Representative Carolyn Maloney, a senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters that she is re-introducing her bill, which was ignored by Republicans in 2017-2018 when they controlled the House of Representatives.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:59:27 -0500
  • China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night

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    A cotton seedling that sprouted on the moon has been left to die as China's historic lunar lander continues a freezing night-time nap that will last as long as two earth weeks, scientists said. The Chinese space agency announced earlier this week that the seed had germinated inside a special canister aboard the Chang'e-4 probe, after the spacecraft on January 3 made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon. The mini biosphere -- which operated for over 212 hours -- was shut down as planned on Saturday, said Chongqing University, which designed the experiment.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:22:00 -0500
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