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Chipotle receives subpoena related to Ohio illness incident

Chipotle receives subpoena related to Ohio illness incident Over the past three years, the company has faced a number of subpoenas regarding sicknesses linked to its restaurants following an E. Coli, salmonella and norovirus outbreaks at the company's outlets dating back to late 2015 that affected hundreds across several states. The latest subpoena is the fourth and is part of an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California. Last August, a type of bacteria found in meat and pre-cooked food left at unsafe temperatures was responsible for making hundreds of people ill in a Powell, Ohio restaurant.


Floods stall fertilizer shipments in latest blow to U.S. farmers

Floods stall fertilizer shipments in latest blow to U.S. farmers Farm supplier CHS Inc has dozens of loaded barges trapped on the flood-swollen Mississippi River near St. Louis - about 500 miles from the company's two Minnesota distribution hubs. The barges can't move - or get crucial nutrients to corn farmers for the spring planting season - because river locks on the main U.S. artery for grain and fertilizer have been shuttered for weeks. High water presents a hazard for boats, barges and lock equipment.


Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes a Prisoner Swap With the U.S.

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes a Prisoner Swap With the U.S. "Let's have an exchange. I'm ready to do it," he said.


Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean War

Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean War SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an intriguing twist to the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea, which appeared to hit a wall after a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump collapsed in February.


Trump immigration plan may increase visas for highly skilled workers: sources

Trump immigration plan may increase visas for highly skilled workers: sources Kushner is expected to present the comprehensive plan next week to President Donald Trump, who will decide whether to adopt it as his official position or send it back for changes, the sources said. The plan does not propose ways to address young people who came to the United States illegally as children who were protected by former President Barack Obama in the 2014 program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or those people who have Temporary Protected Status, the sources said. Democrats, whose support the White House would need to advance any kind of immigration legislation through Congress, have insisted that the DACA recipients be protected.


R. Kelly's accuser wins judgment in suit singer failed to answer

R. Kelly's accuser wins judgment in suit singer failed to answer The woman, who accused Kelly of repeatedly having sex with her when she was 16 years old, filed the case in Chicago in February, a day before Kelly was arrested on 10 charges of sexual abuse. A Chicago judge on Tuesday entered a default ruling against Kelly, according to court records, after he did not respond to the lawsuit and missed the hearing. Kelly's criminal defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, said he was not involved in the civil litigation and declined to comment.


Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fight

Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fight America's opioid epidemic, especially damaging in rural areas where Trump is popular, has been a focus for the Republican president. On Tuesday, the government charged drug distributor Rochester Drug Co-operative Inc and company executives for their role in fueling the epidemic.


#FeelingCute challenge: Texas prison guards fired after probe into 'inappropriate' posts

#FeelingCute challenge: Texas prison guards fired after probe into 'inappropriate' posts The trend often involves uniformed workers posting selfies coupled with captions joking about what their work day may entail.


Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jail

Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jail Larry Hopkins, 69, whose group of self-styled citizen border cops drew condemnation from civil liberties advocates, suffered broken ribs in the beating by fellow inmates on Tuesday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to his attorney, Kelly O'Connell. Hopkins was arrested on Saturday by the FBI on an outstanding warrant accusing him of being a felon in illegal possession of firearms, a charge dating back to a 2017 search of his home. The detention facility, about 200 miles south of Albuquerque, confirmed that Hopkins was "the alleged victim" of a Tuesday night attack and said the incident was under investigation.


White supremacist executed in Texas for dragging death of black man

White supremacist executed in Texas for dragging death of black man John William "Bill" King, 44, was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m. (0008 GMT Thursday) at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement. King, along with Shawn Berry and Lawrence Brewer, was accused of kidnapping Byrd while he hitchhiked in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998.


Putin Confronts New Ukraine Leader With Rebel Zone Passports

Putin Confronts New Ukraine Leader With Rebel Zone Passports “This is yet more proof of Russia’s real role as an aggressor state that’s waging a war against Ukraine,” President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office said on Facebook after the order was posted on the Kremlin website Wednesday. Ukraine “is counting on increasing diplomatic and sanction pressure” by the international community against Russia, it added.


Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a decade ago point to early warning signs of fundamentalism taking root among a sliver of the country's Muslims.


Sri Lanka Catholic churches halt public services over security fears

Sri Lanka Catholic churches halt public services over security fears Sri Lanka's Catholic church suspended all public services over security fears on Thursday, as thousands of troops joined the hunt for suspects in deadly Easter bombings that killed nearly 360 people. Authorities made fresh arrests and stepped up security measures as the government faced pressure over its failure to act on Indian intelligence warnings before the suicide bombers blew themselves up in luxury hotels and churches packed with Easter Sunday worshippers. A senior Catholic priest told AFP that all public services were being suspended and all churches closed "on the advice of security forces".


U.S. measles cases hit highest level since eradication in 2000

U.S. measles cases hit highest level since eradication in 2000 The United States has confirmed 695 measles cases so far this year, the highest level since the country declared it had eliminated the virus in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The resurgence, which public health officials blamed in part on the spread of misinformation about the safety of vaccines, has been concentrated mainly in Washington state and New York with outbreaks that began late last year. "The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States," the CDC warned in a statement.


U.S. measles cases at highest since elimination in 2000: CDC

U.S. measles cases at highest since elimination in 2000: CDC The United States has confirmed 695 measles cases so far this year, the highest incidence recorded since the country declared it had eliminated the virus in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The resurgence of the contagious disease is linked mainly to large outbreaks in Washington state and two in New York that began late last year, the agency said in a statement. "The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States," the agency's statement warned.


New Trump immigration plan may increase visas for highly-skilled workers

New Trump immigration plan may increase visas for highly-skilled workers Kushner is expected to present the comprehensive plan next week to President Donald Trump, who will decide whether to adopt it as his official position or send it back for changes, the sources said. The plan does not propose ways to address young people who came to the United States illegally as children who were protected by President Barack Obama in the 2014 program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or those people who have Temporary Protected Status, the sources said. Democrats, whose support the White House would need to advance any kind of immigration legislation through Congress, have insisted that the DACA recipients be protected.


Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fight

Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fight U.S. President Donald Trump touted progress in the fight against opioid abuse on Wednesday and promised to hold drugmakers accountable for their part in the crisis, a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives. America's opioid epidemic, especially damaging in rural areas where Trump is popular, has been a focus for the Republican president. On Tuesday, the government charged drug distributor Rochester Drug Co-operative Inc and company executives for their role in fueling the epidemic.


U.S. measles cases at its highest since elimination in 2000: CDC

U.S. measles cases at its highest since elimination in 2000: CDC (Reuters) - The United States has recorded 695 measles cases from 22 states as of April 24, the largest number of cases reported in the country since measles was eliminated in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.


Body of missing Illinois boy found in shallow grave, parents arrested

Body of missing Illinois boy found in shallow grave, parents arrested The remains of Andrew "AJ" Freund, wrapped in plastic, were found in a community near his home town of Crystal Lake, based on information provided to investigators by his mother and father, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Tom Kotlowski said in a statement. "To AJ's family, it is our hope that you may have some solace in knowing that AJ is no longer suffering and his killers have been brought to justice," Kotlowski said in the statement. "To AJ, we know you are at peace playing in heaven's playground and are happy you no longer have to suffer," he said.


Deutsche Bank handing over Trump loan documents: source

Deutsche Bank handing over Trump loan documents: source Deutsche Bank has begun to provide documents on financing for some of President Donald Trump's projects to New York State authorities, a source familiar with the matter told AFP on Wednesday. In mid-March, New York Attorney General Letitia James subpoenaed the German bank, demanding records related to loans and lines of credit granted to the Trump Organization. The money was intended to finance projects such as Trump hotels in Washington, DC, Miami and Chicago, another source told AFP last month on the condition of anonymity.


Family Members Ordered to Face Trial After Teen Found Starving in Barn

Family Members Ordered to Face Trial After Teen Found Starving in Barn Two suspects charged after a teenage boy was found starving on a property near Meeker, Oklahoma were bound over for trial on charges of child neglect, but not child abuse.


High-resolution Pixel 3a leak reveals the design of Google’s next phone

High-resolution Pixel 3a leak reveals the design of Google’s next phone Much like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold before it, Google's Pixel 3a appears to have leaked in full ahead of its unveiling next month. On Wednesday morning, VentureBeat's Evan Blass piled on with a leak of his own -- a high-resolution Pixel 3a render that gives us our clearest look yet at the midrange phone.As previous leaks revealed, the Pixel 3a is a blast from the past, with a design more reminiscent of the phones that came before the iPhone X than the phones that have made their debut over the last 12 to 18 months. No notches, no triple-lens camera, no in-display fingerprint sensor -- the Pixel 3a forgoes all of the modern design advances that the industry has adopted in favor of a classic design that basically mirrors that of the Pixel 3.The design alone won't entice any smartphone fanatics that want to owe the latest, greatest device (providing it isn't so flawed that it has to be delayed indefinitely). But with a simple design and midrange specs, Google will be able to offer a quality Android phone for a competitive price, as Samsung does with its Galaxy A series.https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1120938099318693888Due to various leaks over the past several months (including one from Google itself), we think we know what will be contained within the Pixel 3a and the larger Pixel 3a XL as well. The Pixel 3a is expected to feature a 5.6-inch display at 2,200 x 1,080 and a Snapdragon 670 CPU, while the Pixel 3a XL will boast a 6-inch display at 2,160 x 1,080 and a Snapdragon 710 CPU. Both phones will have 4GB of RAM and the Pixel Visual Core software.Google will announce the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on May 7th, which is the date Google I/O 2019 kicks off.


NRA sues Los Angeles over law requiring disclosure of ties to gun rights group

NRA sues Los Angeles over law requiring disclosure of ties to gun rights group Los Angeles was accused of trying to "silence NRA's voice, as well as the voices of all those who dare oppose the city's broad gun-control agenda," by cutting off revenue streams the group needs to advocate for the right to bear arms. At issue was an ordinance that took effect on April 1, requiring companies that want city contracts to disclose NRA contracts or sponsorships. The NRA said the law is unconstitutional because it violates its First Amendment right to free speech and association, and its 14th Amendment right to equal protection.


Ex-University of Texas tennis coach in college admissions scandal pleads guilty

Ex-University of Texas tennis coach in college admissions scandal pleads guilty The former head coach of the men's tennis team at the University of Texas at Austin pleaded guilty on Wednesday as part of deal to cooperate with prosecutors in their ongoing investigation of the U.S. college admissions scandal. Michael Center, 55, is among several sports coaches at universities including Yale and Georgetown who federal prosecutors in Boston say took bribes to designate students as fake athletic recruits as part of a $25 million scheme. Prosecutors have charged 50 people, including the actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, with participating in the scheme, which involved using bribery and cheating to help wealthy parents' children gain admission to universities.


Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jail

Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jail The leader of an armed group that spent two months detaining migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, drawing condemnation from civil liberties advocates, was hospitalized after he was attacked in jail, his lawyer and authorities said. Larry Hopkins, 69, was in a hospital with broken ribs after being attacked on Tuesday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces in southern New Mexico, his attorney, Kelly O'Connell, said. The detention center confirmed on Wednesday that Hopkins, a federal detainee, was "the alleged victim" of a Tuesday night attack and that the incident was under investigation.


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This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra Will Break All The Necks

This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra Will Break All The Necks This may be a replica, but it’s the only one licensed by Shelby. This 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra has the sleek, instantly recognizable looks of the original Shelby Cobra, making it a standout in a sea of cool cars.


Boeing axes 210 orders after India's Jet stops flying

Boeing axes 210 orders after India's Jet stops flying Boeing Co removed 210 aircraft from its order backlog and took an impairment charge over customer financing losses on Wednesday following the near-collapse of India's Jet Airways. Under recent changes in accounting rules, Boeing hives off orders that no longer meet its criteria for recognizing revenue into a separate category, while defending contractual claims. Boeing finance director Greg Smith confirmed the adjustment was related to financial problems at Jet Airways, which halted all flight operations indefinitely on April 17 after its lenders rejected a plea for emergency funds.


Trump says sending 'armed soldiers' to US-Mexico border

Trump says sending 'armed soldiers' to US-Mexico border President Donald Trump said Wednesday the US is sending armed soldiers to the southern border after Mexican soldiers recently "pulled guns" on US troops, escalating his war of words with Mexico on immigration. Trump was apparently referring to an April 13 incident in which Mexican troops reportedly questioned and pointed their weapons at two US troops conducting surveillance on the border.


U.S. State Dept ex-employee pleads guilty to conspiring with Chinese agents: Justice Dept

U.S. State Dept ex-employee pleads guilty to conspiring with Chinese agents: Justice Dept A former U.S. State Department employee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring with Chinese agents, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. The employee, Candace Claiborne, had been accused of lying to law enforcement officers and hiding extensive contacts and gifts from the Chinese agents in exchange for providing them with internal State Department documents, according to the Justice Department. The gifts included cash, international vacations, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, a fully furnished apartment and a monthly stipend provided directly to Claiborne and an unnamed close family member of hers, the Justice Department said.


US STOCKS-S&P 500 hovers below record highs on mixed earnings

US STOCKS-S&P 500 hovers below record highs on mixed earnings U.S. stocks hovered below their all-time highs on Wednesday, as investors digested a mixed batch of earnings reports and losses in energy stocks limited gains on the indexes. The S&P 500 is 0.3% below its record high of 2,940.91 hit in late September.


Trump praises AOC about VA healthcare — before completely contradicting her

Trump praises AOC about VA healthcare — before completely contradicting her Donald Trump has praised Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter over comments she made last week about the Department of Veterans Affairs — while simultaneously undermining her stance on the issue of privatising health care for US veterans. The president claimed the agency “is doing great” thanks to his administration in a tweet, seemingly undermining the fundamental point the 29-year-old lawmaker was making during a town hall event in New York. Mr Trump supported at least a portion of the congresswoman’s statements surrounding veterans’ health care in America, writing Wednesday, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is correct, the VA is not broken, it is doing great. But that is only because of the Trump administration.” Ms Ocasio-Cortez was speaking out against efforts by the Republican Party to privatise the VA — the second largest federal department following Defence — when she said at a town hall event in New York, “When it comes to the VA, all I can think of is that classic refrain that my parents always told me growing up, which is that, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’” “That is their opening approach that we have seen when it comes to privatisation,” she continued. “the idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimised, tinkered with, until — until we don’t even recognise it anymore.”More follows...


Watch: Man uses grocery bag as mask during robbery, removes it to carry loot

Watch: Man uses grocery bag as mask during robbery, removes it to carry loot An Australian criminal has internet users scratching their heads after surveillance video caught him outing himself during an armed robbery.


U.S. top court buttresses company power to arbitrate disputes

U.S. top court buttresses company power to arbitrate disputes In a decision that could further help companies limit damages in disputes with workers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against a California man who was the victim of an online scam and sought to bring claims against his employer on behalf of a group of workers instead of just himself. In a 5-4 decision with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent, the court overturned a lower court ruling that had allowed for the collective arbitration of the workers' claims against lighting retailer Lamps Plus, Inc. Lamps Plus warehouse employee Frank Varela filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of current and former employees accusing it of negligence, breach of contract and invasion of privacy after a hacker obtained his and other workers' personal information from the company.


Best Tech Deals in April 2019

Best Tech Deals in April 2019 Amazon Deals | Walmart Deals | Apple Deals | TV Deals | Gaming Deals | Laptop Deals | iPhone Deals With the smorgasbord of spring sales to be had this month, now's a great time to shop for gadgets. Bargain hunters who want to get an early start on buying the perfect gifts for mom or grads can score some solid deals on everything from laptops to game consoles.  If you're shopping for a new 4K TV on a budget, Walmart currently has the Vizio 65-inch 4K UHD HDR Smart LED TV on sale for $649.99. Normally priced at $1,000, that's a whopping $350 off its regular selling price. It's the lowest price we've ever seen for this smart TV and is also $170 cheaper than Vizio's direct sale price.  It features a stunning 2160p resolution display, Dolby Vision HDR and Google Chromecast built-in. Moreover, it's Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatible, so you can find and stream content using just your voice. Whether you're upgrading to a 4K Smart TV or purchasing your first smart device, here are the best tech deals in April. Amazon Hardware DealsAmazon is currently offering many of its branded devices at discounted pricing. * Echo Dot 3rd (2-Pack) for $80 ($20 off) * Echo Show (2nd Gen) w/ Free Smart Bulb for $230 ($15 off)  * Echo Dot Kids Edition + Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $150 ($50 off) * Echo Dot Kids Edition + Fire 7 Kids Edition for $130 ($40 off) * Echo Show 2nd Gen (2-Pack) for $360 ($100 off)  * Echo 2nd Generation (2-Pack) for $170 ($30 off) * Echo Plus 2nd Gen w/ Hue Bulb for $150 ($15 off)  * All-new Kindle Essentials Bundle for $125 ($45 off)  * All-new Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle for $170 ($20 off) * All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet w/ Show Mode Dock for $105 ($15 off) * Ring Video Doorbell 2 w/ Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $199 ($50 off) * Ring Spotlight Wireless Cam w/ Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $199 ($50 off)  * Ring Spotlight Wired Cam Wired w/ Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $199 ($50 off) * Ring Stick-Up Wireless Cam w/ Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $180 ($50 off)  * Ring Stick-Up Wired Cam w/ Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $180 ($80 off)  * Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit w/ Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $199 ($50 off) * Ring Floodlight Cam w/ Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $249 ($50 off)  * Ring Smart Lighting Spotlights (2-pack) for $100 ($30 off)  * 20 Percent off AmazonBasics Computer Accessories  Top Tech Deals Right Now * Asus TUF 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop for $694 ($305 off, via coupon, "EMCTYVW25")  * LG 27-inch FHD IPS Gaming Monitor for $130 ($99 off via coupon, "SYNC") * Apple MacBook 12-inch (2017, Gold) for $999 ($600 off)  * Acer Aspire 3 Laptop for $399 ($100 off, Core i5/4GB/1TB)  * Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 64GB for $530 ($120 off)  * Apple iPad Air 2019 (Wi-Fi, 64GB) for $479 ($20 off)  * Apple iPad 9.7-inch (Wi-Fi, 32GB) for $280 ($49 off)  * Apple AirPods Earbuds (1st Gen) for $147 ($12 off) TV Deals * Insignia 55-inch 4K UHD Fire Edition Smart TV for $250 ($180 off) [NEW] * TCL 65-Inch 4K UHD Roku Smart for $819 ($181 off) also at Walmart  * RCA 55-inch 4K UHD Roku Smart TV w/ HDR for $320 ($480 off) * Vizio 50-inch 4K UHD Smart TV w/ HDR for $298 ($200 off)  * Sharp 65-inch 4K Smart TV for $500 ($300 off)  * Samsung 43-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $698 ($102 off) * Samsung 49-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $898 ($102 off)  * Samsung 55-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $1,098 ($100 off)  * Samsung 65-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $1,598 ($200 off) * Samsung 75-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $2,798 ($202 off)  Tech Under $50 * Redragon K552 LED Gaming Keyboard for $35 ($25 off) [NEW] * Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse for $40 ($40 off)  * Anker 5-in-1 USB C Hub for $27 ($19 off)  * MS Xbox Wireless Controller (White) for $44 ($16 off) * SanDisk 128GB Extreme microSD Card for $22 ($47 off) * SanDisk Ultra Flair 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $7 ($8 off) * SanDisk Cruzer 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $9 ($31 off) * Netgear WiFi Range Extender for $25 ($22 off) Smartwatch Deals * Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) for $199 ($80 off)  * Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 42mm) for $229 ($80 off)  * Fitbit Ionic GPS Smartwatch for $218 ($52 off)  * Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch for $130 ($120 off)  * Garmin Approach X40 Activity Tracker for $173 ($77 off)  * Garmin Vivofit 3 Activity Tracker for $58 ($45 off)  Phones * Samsung Galaxy S9 Unlocked 64GB for $519 ($81 off) * Google Pixel 3 64GB (Verizon) for $499.92 ($300 off)  * Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Unlocked for $709 ($291 off)  * Apple iPhone SE Unlocked for $249 ($100 off) Cameras * Panasonic Lumix 4K Point-and-Shoot Camera for $250 ($150 off)  * Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera for $249 ($130 off) * Blink XT Home Security 2 Camera System for $140 ($90 off)  * Blink XT Home Security Camera System for $80 ($50 off)  * Arlo Wireless 4-Camera Home Security System for $250 ($200 off)  Games and Consoles * MS Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield V Bundle for $230 ($70 off) [NEW] * MS Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle for $200 ($100 off) * Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch for $50 ($10 off) * Call of Duty: Black Ops for PS4 for $28 ($32 off)  * Kingdom Hearts 3 for PS4 for $37 ($23 off)  * Kingdom Heart 3 for Xbox One for $40 ($20 off)  * Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4 for $38 ($22 off) also at Amazon * Far Cry New Dawn for Xbox One for $24 ($16 off)  * Up to $50 off Xbox One Games at Microsoft


Flying Southwest to Hawaii: Coconut rum, snack packs and 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'

Flying Southwest to Hawaii: Coconut rum, snack packs and 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' USA TODAY flew to Hawaii on Southwest Airlines and back on Hawaiian Airlines to compare the experience.


U.S. federal judge to block Trump's new abortion rule: media, activists

U.S. federal judge to block Trump's new abortion rule: media, activists A federal judge in the U.S. state of Oregon will block a move by the Trump administration to cut off federal money to family planning clinics that offer abortion or refer women to abortion providers, activists and media reports said late on Tuesday. President Donald Trump's new Title X rule, set to take effect in May, would halt government funds for Planned Parenthood clinics that subsidize birth control for low-income women, and other clinics that provide abortions. Critics say the plan is aimed at fulfilling Trump's campaign pledge to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides abortions and other health services for women.


Fire mostly contained after ethanol train derailment in Texas: Union Pacific

Fire mostly contained after ethanol train derailment in Texas: Union Pacific (Reuters) - A fire that broke out early Wednesday after 25 cars of a Union Pacific train hauling ethanol derailed at Fort Worth, Texas, has been "mostly contained", a company spokeswoman said.


See this Aircraft Carrier? It Was One of the Worst To Ever Set Sail.

See this Aircraft Carrier? It Was One of the Worst To Ever Set Sail. On September 15th, 1942 USS Wasp was struck by three torpedoes from the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-19. Wasp at first though survivable and was even able to remain under her own power, but gasoline fires swept through the ship and made her recovery impossible. After five hours the order was given to abandon ship, and Wasp was scuttled by three torpedoes fired by the destroyer USS Lansdowne. Of the ship’s 2,247 crew, 193 were killed and 366 wounded.(This first appeared last month.)The U.S. Navy rose to prominence during World War II from just one of many major naval powers to the undisputed greatest in just four short years. This was in large part due to the expansion and effective use of its aircraft carrier fleet. Although most American flattops that fought in the war were highly successful designs one, USS Wasp, was fatally compromised by the need to conform to international treaty obligations. The result was a carrier that was quickly sunk early on in the war, making only a modest contribution to the overall effort.A Treaty Like No Other: One of the most ambitious conventional arms control treaties ever signed was the Washington Naval Treaty. The multinational treaty was negotiated between 1921 and 1922 and resulted in limits in the size of individual warships and the overall tonnage of the navies of the United Kingdom, United States, Italy, and France.


Tesla Model S and X get new drivetrains, longer range

Tesla Model S and X get new drivetrains, longer range Without changing or upgrading the battery, Tesla has updated the Model S and Model X to increase each vehicle's driving range to 370 miles and 325 miles respectively. On Tuesday, Tesla announced that it has upgraded the powertrains of the Model S liftback and Model X SUV to increase the range by 10 percent for each, and significantly improve the power and torque for all model variants. The new drive unit technology increases the drivetrain efficiency by 93 percent, according to Tesla.


Sri Lanka suicide bomber 'studied in the UK', defence minister announces as death toll rises to 359

Sri Lanka suicide bomber 'studied in the UK', defence minister announces as death toll rises to 359 One of the bombers in the Sri Lankan Easter Sunday attacks studied in the UK and Australia, the country’s deputy defence minister revealed on Wednesday. “We believe one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his postgraduate in Australia, before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka,” said Ruwan Wijewardene, without naming the suspect. He said one of the bombers was a woman. He told a press conference in the capital, Colombo, that most of the suicide bombers were “well-educated and come from middle or upper-middle class,” adding that they were “financially quite independent.” Some held law degrees,” he added. Mr Wijewardene’s comments came as the police confirmed that the death toll for Sunday’s massacre had risen to 359. The attacks were claimed on Tuesday by the Islamic State militant group, which did not give any evidence to support its claim. If true, it would make it one of the worst attacks linked to the group outside Iraq and Syria. The deputy defence minister said that 60 people “have been arrested on possible links to the attacks” and 32 of those are still in custody. All are Sri Lankan. Among those assisting police, reported India’s First Post, is Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim, a wealthy spice trader and pillar of the Sri Lankan business community, whose two sons Imsath Ahmed Ibrahim, 33, and Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim, 31 allegedly bombed the breakfast buffets at the Cinnamon Grand and Shangri La hotels. Indian intelligence sources told the website that a third son Ijas Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, was also reportedly asked about the attack. Police are understood to be investigating possible links to overseas jihadist networks and training camps that had been hidden on a remote compound near Wanathawilluwa, on the island’s west coast. The compound, believed to be linked to the chief suspects in the Easter Sunday bombings, the National Thawheed Jamaath group, was raided by police in January. Police outside the home of Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim, a wealthy spice trader and pillar of the Sri Lankan business community Credit:  Sam Tarling Officers found 100kg of military grade explosives and arrested four suspects, all of whom were released on bail. One Sri Lankan minister alleged on Monday that political pressure had been applied to free them. Outside the Ibrahim family home in Colombo, neighbours told The Telegraph that Imsath was the business brains and Ilham was more aloof and awkward. "Imsath was the best of the sons. He runs the business and he drives good cars and wears Western brands,” said one neighbour. "Ilham was not so bright and not well educated." At a copper factory owned by Imsath in the Colombo suburb of Wellampitiya, workers said they had not seen him for a week. Sri Lankan staff and supervisors at Colossus Ltd had been arrested for questioning leaving only abandoned Bangladeshi migrant workers. A Bangladeshi worker walks through a copper reclamation factory owned by Insaf Ibrahim, a suspected bomber, along with his brother Ilham Credit:  Sam Tarling Police had repeatedly visited, but the factory was open and not cordoned off. "We are very scared and only want to get back home, but we have no money," said one worker. Since the attacks, the Sri Lankan authorities have admitted they failed to act on precise intelligence from India that extremists were plotting to bomb churches. On Tuesday, Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan President, said warnings had not been shared with him and promised "stern action". He used a late night televised address late to pledge he would completely restructure the police and security forces in coming weeks. Read more | Sri Lanka attacks "The security officials who got the intelligence report from a foreign nation did not share it with me. I have decided to take stern action against these officials,” he said. In an alarming claim, Lakshman Kiriella, the leader of the parliament, alleged that senior officials had deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks.  "Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully. Information was there, but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions," he told fellow MPs.  "Somebody is controlling these top intelligence officials," he said. "The Security Council is doing politics. We need to investigate this." Separately, Sarath Fonseka, former army chief and minister of regional development, asserted that the attacks "must have been planned for at least 7-8 years." Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency and launched a desperate hunt to avert more attacks. Security officials from the UK, UAE and US have arrived to assist.  Alaina Teplitz, the US ambassador to Sri Lanka, warned that the danger was not yet over. "We had no prior knowledge of these attacks," Ambassador Alaina Teplitz, Washington's ambassador to Colombo, told reporters in Colombo. "We believe there are ongoing terrorist plots. Terrorists can strike without warning. Typical venues are large gatherings, public spaces. A high-level intelligence official in Sri Lanka told CNN that the NTJ was planning a second wave of attacks across Sri Lanka.


SanDisk 128GB microSD cards are back down to $19.99, the lowest price ever

SanDisk 128GB microSD cards are back down to $19.99, the lowest price ever Amazon was running a sale that dropped SanDisk's 200GB microSD cards to an all time low, and if you missed it we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the sale is over, although 200GB cards are still a good value at the current discounted price of $32. We wouldn't recommend buying one at that price though, and that's where the good news comes in: SanDisk 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Cards are currently available on Amazon at an all-time low price of just $19.99. That's an insanely good price on the best-selling size, so grab one or two before this deal is done.Here are the highlights from the product page: * Ideal for Android-based smartphones and tablets * Transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s** * Rated A1 for faster app performance3 and UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback1 * Shockproof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and X-ray-proof2


White supremacist to be executed in Texas for dragging death of black man

White supremacist to be executed in Texas for dragging death of black man John William "Bill" King, 44, is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) by lethal injection at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville. King along with Shawn Berry and Lawrence Brewer were accused of kidnapping Byrd while he hitchhiked in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998.


Elizabeth Warren's plan to end student debt is glorious. We can make it a reality

Elizabeth Warren's plan to end student debt is glorious. We can make it a reality We fully support the 2020 nominee’s student debt relief proposal. But to make it happen, we’ll need to kick our efforts into higher gear ‘Elizabeth Warren’s proposal is a stunning, visionary plan that would transform our educational system and dramatically improve millions of people’s lives.’ Photograph: Rick Bowmer/AP This week, Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, announced a proposal to cancel student debt for millions of people and make public college free. This is a stunning, visionary plan that would transform our educational system and dramatically improve millions of people’s lives. But like every other progressive proposal now being touted by presidential hopefuls, from Medicare for All to the Green New Deal, the call for debt relief and free education first came from the grassroots. And if we want a real student debt jubilee to actually happen – to go from policy paper to reality – the grassroots will need to continue to push for it. Fortunately, it’s a battle that can be won. Raising our voices is how we got this far. Ten years ago, student debt, even as it soared, was not seen as a serious issue. Writers including Tamara Draut and Anya Kamenetz were early to sound the alarm, exposing young people’s disproportionate indebtedness as a structural issue. Scholars such as Darrick Hamilton and Tressie McMillan Cottom would later go on to document the racially disparate impact of student loans, which burden women and people of color most of all. But it took the Occupy Wall Street movement to make public how profoundly the pinch of monthly payments was felt by an entire generation. Sign up to receive the latest US opinion pieces every weekday In April 2012 a group of Occupiers organized a “1T Day” protest to mark the day student debt in America surpassed $1tn. Seven years later, that number has ballooned to more than $1.5tn. That protest represented a watershed moment, the point when student debt went from being a personal problem to a political one, the result of decades of disinvestment in public colleges and universities that turned education into a consumer product instead of a public good. Some of the organizers of that event would go on to help launch the Debt Collective, a union for debtors that I co-founded. We kicked things off with the Rolling Jubilee fund, a public education campaign that bought and cancelled more than $30m in medical, student debt, payday loans and private probation debts. Then, in 2015, the Debt Collective launched the country’s first student debt strike. Since the strike was announced, we have won more than $1bn (and counting) in student debt cancellation for people who attended fraudulent for-profit colleges. Our team accomplished this by building a membership base of for-profit borrowers themselves. These debtors, a multiracial group of working-class people from across the country, led a campaign to pressure the Department of Education to cancel their loans. Their victory – and the fact that our primary demand of a debt jubilee and free college is now on Warren’s platform – demonstrates the power of grassroots organizing. The precedent-setting significance of the Debt Collective’s work is clear and cannot be overstated: Warren knows that student loans can be cancelled because they already have been on a smaller scale for for-profit college borrowers. That said, Warren’s plan, as bold as it is, is hardly inevitable. Her proposal of canceling student debt and ensuring free college seems contingent on the passage of a millionaire’s tax that, barring a miracle, is likely to be stymied by an intransigent Congress. In order to win a jubilee, then, we will have to kick our grassroots efforts into a higher gear. Debtors must continue to fight for their rights and advocate for the best possible solutions. We are preparing to do just that. Since 2016, along with our partners at Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Student Lending, we have been working out a roadmap that would allow all federal student loans to be cancelled without waiting for Congress to act. Congress, it turns out, has already given administrative agencies the power to cancel debts. Just as the Securities and Exchange Commission can cut low-dollar deals with banks that break the law, for example, the secretary of education can settle with debtors for a fraction of what they owe or suspend the collection of student debt altogether. When it was first given the power to issue and collect student loans in 1958, the Department of Education also received the power to “compromise, waive, or release any right” to collect on them. And when the Higher Education Act of 1965 made student loan authorities permanent, it solidified their power to compromise. Nothing in the law prevents the secretary of education from using compromise and settlement authority to address the worst effects of decades of failed higher education policy. But only a movement with that as its goal can get us there. Student debt abolition and free college would be a win-win for the entire country To win a jubilee, we need a movement focused on motivating candidates to commit to using the full powers available to them in office to address this emergency and stop collections on all student loans. While millionaires and billionaires should be taxed at a much higher rate, in the short term we should not let a Congress bought off by the super-rich prevent us from doing what’s right and legal – and economically beneficial. Indeed, student debt abolition and free college would be a win-win for the entire country. Not only would debtors get relief, academic research shows it would be a significant stimulus that might “supercharge” the economy and help address the racial wealth gap. Money currently used to pay back loans with interest would be redirected to other goods and services. But the win would be more profound than just an economic boost. Education could finally be a public good and not a commodity (or worse, a debt trap). This transformation would help inaugurate a new political vision that redefines liberty as the ability to freely access the social services that we all need to survive and thrive. The Debt Collective has been leading this fight for years – and our growing membership will continue to do so. Grassroots organizing is what got us this far, and it’s the only thing that can get us to the finish line: an end to student debt and free public college for everyone, once and for all. Astra Taylor is a writer, organizer, and documentarian. Her books include the American Book Award winner The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age and Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone. Her most recent film is What Is Democracy?


Trump 'repeatedly complains about Obama having more Twitter followers than him'

Trump 'repeatedly complains about Obama having more Twitter followers than him' Donald Trump has reportedly complained multiple times about having fewer Twitter followers than Barack Obama. In a White House meeting with Twitter chief Jack Dorsey on Tuesday, the US president allegedly complained about followers he had lost, and suggested it was part of an anti-Trump agenda by the company.According to sources familiar with the conversation who spoke to US media, Mr Trump said other conservatives had complained to him they were experiencing similar problems on the platform.The Daily Beast also reported sources close to Mr Trump revealed the president has grumbled repeatedly about how Mr Obama has more Twitter followers than he does, despite – by his own assessment – being far better than his predecessor at tweeting. Mr Trump’s conversation with Mr Dorsey came just hours after the president baselessly accused Twitter of being “very discriminatory” towards Republicans and of playing “political games”. Mr Dorsey reportedly reassured Mr Trump his company was only deleting fake accounts, and like other users, the president’s account periodically sheds followers when Twitter removes them.The meeting came as news broke that Twitter had deactivated roughly 5,000 pro-Trump bots on the platform that pushed out disinformation last week alongside the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s influence in the 2016 election.Later on Tuesday, Mr Trump tweeted: “Great meeting this afternoon at the [White House] with [Mr Dorsey] from [Twitter]. “Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!”Mr Trump, an avid Twitter user, has in recent months attacked the US tech industry, and has threatened to regulate Facebook, Google and Twitter over what he perceives as censorship of conservatives.The president’s fixation with social media numbers, particularly in relation to Mr Obama, echoes his apparent fury over the fact he attracted far fewer people to his inauguration in 2017. Mr Trump repeatedly claimed falsely he had a larger crowd than Mr Obama did, and government documents revealed the White House went so far as to edit images of his inauguration to make it look larger.The White House has been contacted for comment.


Check Out This Picture: You Are Looking at the Greatest Aircraft Carrier Ever

Check Out This Picture: You Are Looking at the Greatest Aircraft Carrier Ever Shortly before USS Enterprise went to the breakers, a new ship bearing the name was laid down; CVN-65, the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier. The latter USS Enterprise served for fifty years, before decommissioning in 2012. Another USS Enterprise, CVN-80, is scheduled for completion by 2025.In May 1938, the U.S. Navy commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the seventh ship to bear the name in American service. The second of three sisters, Enterprise made a central—perhaps the central—contribution to the war effort in 1942. The U.S. Navy began 1942 with six fleet carriers (excluding the small Ranger, which served in the Atlantic). Over the course of the year, Japanese aircraft and submarines would sink four of those carriers and put a fifth (USS Saratoga) out of action for long periods of time. Enterprise fought with distinction in most of the major battles of 1942, and survived to contribute for the rest of the war.(This first appeared several years ago.)In short, USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the finest ship ever to serve in the U.S. Navy.Construction


Self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol unravels after leader's arrest

Self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol unravels after leader's arrest SUNLAND PARK, N.M./TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - A group of armed Americans who have been stopping migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border abandoned their New Mexico camp on Tuesday, days after its leader was arrested and allies deserted them during a storm of criticism. The abrupt departure of the paramilitary group, the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), followed allegations they had kidnapped migrants and an ultimatum by the Union Pacific Railroad for them to leave the area in 30 minutes after the company accused the group of trespassing. Larry Hopkins, leader of the UCP, appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday to face firearms charges following his arrest by the FBI at the weekend.


Self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol unravels after leader's arrest

Self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol unravels after leader's arrest SUNLAND PARK, N.M./TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - A group of armed Americans who have been stopping migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border abandoned their New Mexico camp on Tuesday, days after its leader was arrested and allies deserted them during a storm of criticism. The abrupt departure of the paramilitary group, the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), followed allegations they had kidnapped migrants and an ultimatum by the Union Pacific Railroad for them to leave the area in 30 minutes after the company accused the group of trespassing. Larry Hopkins, leader of the UCP, appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday to face firearms charges following his arrest by the FBI at the weekend.


ST Engineering wins up to $1.9 billion contract to build icebreakers for U.S. Navy

ST Engineering wins up to $1.9 billion contract to build icebreakers for U.S. Navy Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd said on Wednesday it has won a contract worth up to $1.94 billion to build as many as three icebreaker ships for the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Department of the Navy awarded VT Halter Marine, ST Engineering's shipbuilding business in Mississippi, a $746 million contract for the detail design and construction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) polar security cutter, the Singapore-based company said in a statement. The first ship is due for delivery in 2024, said ST Engineering.


TIME CEO Edward Felsenthal Toasts 'People Who Do the Impossible' at TIME 100 Gala

TIME CEO Edward Felsenthal Toasts 'People Who Do the Impossible' at TIME 100 Gala "That's what the TIME 100 is, you're people who do the impossible"