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Some Microsoft employees allege policies 'discriminate' against Asians, white men

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:01

Some Microsoft employees allege policies 'discriminate' against Asians, white menDebate is raging at Microsoft after some employees questioned the company's push to recruit more women and minorities on an internal message board.


Elizabeth Warren becomes first 2020 candidate to call for Trump's impeachment

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:01

Elizabeth Warren becomes first 2020 candidate to call for Trump's impeachmentThe Massachusetts senator is the most senior Democrat to call for the start of impeachment proceedings against TrumpWarren’s remarks make her one of the most prominent Democratic voices to advocate for impeachment. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/ReutersElizabeth Warren on Friday became the most senior Democrat, and the first 2020 presidential candidate, to call for the start of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump following the release of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign. “To ignore a president’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways,” the Democratic senator from Massachusetts said in a statement Friday, one day after the release of a redacted version of a 448-page summary of Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation.“The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States,” Warren said.> Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.> > — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 19, 2019Mueller did not make a conclusion about whether the president unlawfully obstructed justice, but did outline nearly a dozen cases in which the president had attempted to stop the inquiry or narrow its scope.Warren’s remarks make her one of the most prominent Democratic voices to advocate for impeachment, joining congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib. Those progressive House members have pushed a formal impeachment resolution.Backers of impeachment have argued that the Democrats have a legal and ethical responsibility to launch the proceedings and continue the investigation into Trump and the question of obstruction of justice. Other Democrats fear that it would be politically unwise to begin the impeachment process close to the 2020 presidential election, raising concerns that a protracted political battle could alienate some voters and arguing that voters ultimately care more about issues like heathcare and the economy. Some have said they are also wary of vice-president Mike Pence replacing the president, given Pence’s conservative political record.The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has repeatedly said she is not in favor of impeachment. In March, Pelosi said the process would be “so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path”. She did not shift her stance after the release of the Mueller report this week.Some Democrats have instead focused on their calls to have Mueller testify before Congress and for the justice department to release an unredacted version of the report.So far, Warren is the only Democrat running for president in 2020 to formally call for impeachment hearings. Though Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, indicated earlier on Friday that he would support Congress opening impeachment proceedings. “It would be perfectly reasonable for Congress to open up impeachment hearings”, Castro told CNN.Both senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker argued it was too soon to talk about impeachment. “I think that there is definitely a conversation to be had on that subject, but first I want to hear from Bob Mueller.” Harris said.Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend mayor, said there was “evidence that this president deserves to be impeached”, but that it was up to Congress to make that decision.The former representative Beto O’Rourke argued he believed voters cared more about policy discussions, telling reporters, “I don’t know that impeachment and those proceedings in the House and potential trial in the Senate is going to answer those questions for people.”


Avoid these Android apps like the plague

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:08

Avoid these Android apps like the plagueRevelations about apps from the Google Play Store sneaking past available protections and collecting gobs of user data without permission are nothing new, but a new investigation has revealed an especially troubling pattern of behavior among one particular set of apps.A BuzzFeed analysis recently found that several Android apps that happen to be among the most-downloaded on the Google Play Store may in fact have been sharing data they collect with the Chinese government. One of the apps in question, a selfie app, has been downloaded more than 50 million times and all of them have reportedly been "committing large-scale ad fraud and abusing user permissions," according to the report.Some of the apps in question include: * Total Cleaner * Smart Cooler * Selfie Camera * WaWaYaYa * AIO Flashlight * Samsung TV Remote ControlThe main problem here seems to stem from developers exploiting the Google Play Store's rules and procedures to hide who they are and to offer up apps that aggressively abuse user permissions and commit ad fraud. Among the collection of apps Buzzfeed found that fit this bill are the TV remote app that says it "might" use the microphone in your phone to record sounds while you watch TV, a Chinese-language app for kids that sends personal data to servers in China, and a flashlight app that you'd think would be pretty basic but nevertheless asks for dozens of sketchy permissions.A Lifehacker followup to BuzzFeed's investigation notes the apps in question have been downloaded close to a combined 100 million times, thanks in part to the developers hiding their country of origin and who owns the app. One of the things that should have been a giveaway with apps like these, though, is that they asked users for permission to use everything from a user's location data to their phone sensors as well as personal contact information.Consider one of the apps we mentioned above. As BuzzFeed notes, the Selfie Camera app had been downloaded more than 50 million times from the Google Play store, and it also maintained a 4.5-star rating after thousands of reviews. In 2017, the report continues, Google highlighted it as one of the most popular new apps in the UK \-- all of which, you'd think, would seem to give it a stamp of approval.The app, however, was found to have code that fraudulently clicks on ads without the user realizing it, something that gobbles up data and drains the phone battery (Google banned the app, and several others, after BuzzFeed's report was published).To keep yourself safe, Lifehacker offers the reminder to be on the lookout for apps that include a high number of permissions, and especially permissions that seem weird for the app to have in the first place. The AIO Flashlight app we mentioned above, for example, asked for almost three dozen permissions, when a simple flashlight app would only need probably a fraction of that number to operate.


Democrats make legal bid for all Russia probe evidence, Trump poll numbers drop

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:41

Democrats make legal bid for all Russia probe evidence, Trump poll numbers dropCongressional Democrats took legal action on Friday to gain access to all of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's evidence from his inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as the probe's findings dented President Donald Trump's poll ratings. The number of Americans who approve of Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a redacted version of Mueller's report on Thursday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online opinion poll. While Mueller ultimately decided not to charge Trump with a crime such as obstruction of justice, he also said the investigation did not exonerate the president, either.


Officials: South Carolina school girl died of natural causes

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:45

 South Carolina school girl died of natural causesWALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities said Friday that the death of a fifth grade girl at school last month was due to natural causes and not a fight with another student, which they described as lasting only seconds. But the family of the girl disagreed, saying she was repeatedly antagonized by the other student.


The Day a U.S. Navy Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier Almost Sunk Off California

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:43

The Day a U.S. Navy Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier Almost Sunk Off CaliforniaThe drowned island tore a sixty-foot-long gash in the side of the Enterprise’s torpedo-resistant hull. Three of the four giant propellers were totaled and the port keel gone.Spend some time with Google Earth, an atlas or a globe and you will see that California, for peoples used to the Atlantic, was indeed the far side of the world well into the nineteenth century. What is now one of the most populated, navalized coastlines on Earth remained poorly known even to mariners.(This first appeared in 2015.)Somehow such mystery lingers, for once the world’s most powerful warship nearly wrecked herself upon a drowned island one hundred miles west of San Diego. Chris Dixon, who masterfully chronicled the origin of giant-wave surfing in his 2011 book Ghost Wave, surfaced this sea story of the USS Enterprise’s 1985 encounter with the Cortes Bank, where rock, water and wind collide to form sea monsters.(Recommended: Is It Time to Bring Back the Battleships?)The Channel Islands of Southern California make up the visible heights of a vast submerged mountainous region nearly the size of the Sierra Nevada—the Southern California Borderland. Reaching from Point Conception to the north coast of Baja California and stretching hundreds of miles out to sea, the Borderland forms a huge landscape of peaks, ridges and basins up to a mile deep.


Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:42

Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller reportThe number of Americans who approve of President Trump dropped 3 points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report.


Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:31

Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talksSyrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war. Assad met envoy Alexander Lavrentiev from key ally Russia in Damascus to discuss the negotiations due April 25-26 in Kazakhstan. Iran and Russia are the major supporters of the Syrian regime, and along with rebel backer Turkey have sponsored repeated rounds of talks in the Central Asian nation.


5 Times the Mueller Report Showed Trump and His Associates Didn't Tell the Truth

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:01

5 Times the Mueller Report Showed Trump and His Associates Didn't Tell the TruthFrom the Trump Tower meeting to James Comey's firing


The Latest: Crown of Thorns presented at Paris service

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:41

 Crown of Thorns presented at Paris servicePARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):


Mueller report strengthens resolves on both sides of political spectrum

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:35

Mueller report strengthens resolves on both sides of political spectrum"Hmm, seems like there's a lot of gray area here," said Eileen O’Brien, 65, of Clearwater, Florida, reading aloud a line about the findings falling short of a criminal case. "Legally wrong and morally wrong are two different things." The release of the long-anticipated report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 election landed in a stridently divided America: one side convinced Trump acted improperly, the other adamant that the investigation was a politically driven farce. Mueller built an extensive case that Trump committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, though he did not exonerate the president.


What a Watergate Expert Thinks of the Mueller Report

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:33

What a Watergate Expert Thinks of the Mueller Report"I was just struck by how many echoes there were"


Robert Mueller Was Wrong. President Trump Can Be Indicted

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:26

Robert Mueller Was Wrong. President Trump Can Be IndictedAccording to a lawyer whose decades-old case was central to Mueller's decision


NFL defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's college degree withheld for $1 debt

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:43

NFL defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's college degree withheld for $1 debtChicago Bears defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tweeted Thursday that the University of Alabama is holding his degree, which he earned in 2018, over a $1 unpaid debt. It's unclear why Clinton-Dix owes Alabama a single dollar but he should have no problem finding the pocket change as he recently signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Bears in the offseason.


How To Build a Wind Tester

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:41

How To Build a Wind Tester


NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:11

 A look at what didn't happen this weekA roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:


Two top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor's office

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:04

Two top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor's officeTwo top deputies to the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case are resigning.


The Quick Read About… Ukraine’s Run-Off Presidential Elections

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:00

The Quick Read About… Ukraine’s Run-Off Presidential ElectionsHere's what you need to know about the Ukrainian presidential election run-off between insider candidate and a popular comedian.


Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:34

Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debateThe debate, held in a hulking football stadium, was one of the last opportunities for incumbent President Petro Poroshenko to try to overhaul a significant lead in the opinion polls enjoyed by his challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comic. At stake in Sunday's election is the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Moscow following 2014 protests that caused Poroshenko's Kremlin-backed predecessor to flee into exile, and foreshadowed Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Zelenskiy, 41, who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, tried to cast Poroshenko, 53, as a rich out-of-touch leader who has overseen corruption and failed to end the war.


Spy game? Can China's Huawei be trusted with our 5G?

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:10

Spy game? Can China's Huawei be trusted with our 5G?Depending on whom you believe, Huawei is either a key provider of cellular equipment in the transition to 5G, or a Chinese agent of espionage


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