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David Ortiz's family members post heartwarming Father's Day messages

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:56

David Ortiz's family members post heartwarming Father's Day messagesSunday marked one week since former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz wasshot in the back at close range in his native Dominican Republic

Gun 'Van Gogh killed himself with' to be auctioned

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:53

Gun 'Van Gogh killed himself with' to be auctionedThe revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself is to go under the hammer Wednesday at a Paris auction house.

Intense Garlic Hack Has Captivated the Internet and People Have Never Been More Pumped to Peel

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:53

Intense Garlic Hack Has Captivated the Internet and People Have Never Been More Pumped to PeelThis is a life-changing hack for garlic lovers

McConnell Plans Vote on $4.5 Billion Bill to Address Humanitarian Crisis at Border

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:44

McConnell Plans Vote on $4.5 Billion Bill to Address Humanitarian Crisis at BorderSenator Mitch McConnell said Monday that he plans to hold a vote on a bill that would allocate $4.5 billion toward mitigating the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border."I'm going to bring it up freestanding next week and see if they really aren't interested in dealing with this mass of humanity that we have to take care of at the border," the majority leader said in an interview with Fox News, referencing Democrats' opposition to funding for President Trump's border wall. "What's the objection? This is not about the wall but about the humanitarian crisis."The bill includes $3.3 billion to care for unaccompanied minors, improve shelters, and process new arrivals. Another $1.1 billion would go toward increasing the number of detention beds and funding more investigative work, both of which goals have sparked controversy among Democrats."I think it's safe to say the president is getting more cooperation out of Mexico than he is out of congressional Democrats," McConnell said, adding that his colleagues across the aisle "reflexively" oppose any policy Trump supports.He also promised that Republicans are not abandoning their intention to build Trump's long-promised wall."We want to build a wall. We think the president has made a good case for that," he said. "That's not what this is about. This is just the humanitarian part of the problem on our side of the border."“This crisis is threatening lives on both sides of the border and is unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” the White House warned in a letter to Congress last month. “If Congress fails to provide HHS this additional funding, the expected continuation of current trends may require HHS to divert significant resources from other programs that serve vulnerable populations – such as refugees and victims of trafficking and torture.”

Best Tech Deals in June 2019

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:22

Best Tech Deals in June 2019Amazon Deals | Walmart Deals | Apple Deals | TV Deals | Gaming Deals | Laptop DealsGood news if you're updating your arsenal of gadgets this month. As the spring season comes to an end, prices on all things tech continue to fall just in time for the summer. Big retailers from Amazon to Walmart are offering some of the best deals we've ever seen on everything from smart home devices to game consoles. Meanwhile, ThinkGeek is having a moving sale, so everything is 50% off sitewide via coupon, "MOVINGDAY" this week. Shop ThinkGeek's Entire Sale Get ready to block your calendar for Amazon's big shopping event next month. Soon we'll be gathering the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals. For the time being, here are some of the best tech deals we're seeing right now. Amazon Hardware DealsAmazon is currently offering many of its proprietary devices at discounted pricing. * Echo Input for $19.99 ($15 off)  * Fire HD 10 Tablet for $119.99 ($30 off)  * Echo Show (2nd Gen) for $179.99 ($50 off) * Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for $29.99 ($10 off)  * Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote for $39.99 ($10 off) * Fire HD 8 Tablet w/ Show Mode Charging Dock for $79.99 ($40 off) * Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle for $139.97 ($50 off)  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (Rainbow) for $49.99 ($20 off)  * Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker for $29.99 ($20 off)  * Echo (2nd Gen) for $64.99 ($35 off) * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)   * Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader for $99.99 ($30 off)  * Kindle Oasis e-Reader for $199.99 ($50 off)  * All-new Kindle e-Reader (2019) for $69.99 ($20 off)  * Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle for $140 ($50 off)  * Fire HD 8 Tablet  for $59.99 ($20 off)  * Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet (2-Pack) for $194.99 ($65 off) * Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (2-Pack) for $299.98 ($100 off)  * Echo Plus (2nd Gen) with Philips Hue Bulb for $119.99 ($45 off)  * All-New Fire 7 Tablet w/ $10 Appstore Credit for $49.99 ($10 off)  * Echo Spot Smart Alarm Clock (2-Pack) for $219.98 ($40 off)  * Ring Smart Lighting Spotlights (2-pack) for $99.99 ($30 off) Top Tech Deals Right Now * Shop ThinkGeek's Entire Sale  * Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (Wi-Fi, 512GB) for $699 ($450 off)  * Apple 9.7-inch iPad for $249 ($81 off) * Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) GPS for $339 ($60 off)  * Bose QuietComfort 35 2 Wireless Headphones for $299 ($50 off) also at Walmart * Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones for $298 ($52 off)  * Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones for $229.97 ($120 off) * Acer Aspire 3 15.6-inch Laptop for $399 ($100 off) * Jabra Elite 65T Wireless Earbuds for $149.99 ($20 off via coupon, "JUNE20SAVE") TV Deals * Toshiba 55-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV for $349.99 ($100 off)  * TCL 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV for $1,399.99 ($500 off)  * Samsung 49-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $747.99 ($252 off) * Vizio 50-inch 4K HDR Smart TV for $259.99 ($140 off)  * Hisense 65-inch 4K Roku Smart TV for $498 ($150 off)  * Samsung 65-inch Q60 QLED 4K Smart TV for $1,397.99 ($400 off)  Tech Under $50 * Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $49.99 ($20 off) also at Best Buy  * Choetech Gravity Charging Car Phone Mount for $16.99 via coupon, "HRLT7DRT")  * Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote for $29.99 ($10 off) * Fire TV Stick 4K w/ Alexa Voice Remote for $39.99 ($10 off)  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (Rainbow) for $49.99 ($20 off)  * Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker for $29.99 ($20 off)  * Echo Input for $19.99 ($15 off)  * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)   * SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD Card for $11 ($14 off)  * Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds for $44.99 ($15 off)    Smartwatch Deals * Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) GPS for $339 ($60 off)  * Garmin Approach S60 Golf Watch for $349.98 ($50 off) also at Amazon  * Fitbit Versa for $179.95 ($20 off)  * Fitbit Charge 3 for $119.95 ($30 off)  * Fitbit Ionic for $195 ($55 off)  * Fossil Gen 4 Explorist HR Smartwatch for $199 ($76 off)  * Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Smartwatch for $179 ($76 off)  * Fitbit Ionic Watch for $199.95 ($50 off)  * Garmin Fenix 5S Plus for $599.99 ($200 off) also at Best Buy  * Garmin Fenix 5X Plus for $649.99 ($150 off) also at Best Buy  * Garmin Fenix 5 for $349.99 ($150 off) also at Best Buy Unlocked Phones * Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB Unlocked for $499.99 ($250 off) [NEW] * Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked (Not Pink) for $749.99 ($250 off) [NEW] * Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB Unlocked for $635 ($365 off) [NEW] * Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB Unlocked  for $699.99 via on-page coupon ($200 off) * Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128GB Unlocked for $799.99 via on-page coupon ($200 off)  * Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked for $779.99 ($220 off)  * Apple iPhone SE 32GB Unlocked for $249 ($100 off) Cameras * Nikon Coolpix B500 Compact Camera for $224 ($76 off)  * Nikon D3500 DSLR 2 Lens Camera Bundle for $446.95 ($400 off) also at Focus Camera  * Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera w/ 16-50mm Lens for $498 ($152 off) * Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) for $398 ($152 off) * Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera w/ 15-45mm Lens for $399 ($200 off) also at Amazon * Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera for $229 ($150 off) * Panasonic Lumix LX10 4K Digital Camera for $497.99 ($202 off) Games and Consoles * MS Xbox One S 1TB Console for $169 ($131 off) at Newegg via eBay  * MS Xbox One X 1TB Division 2 Bundle on sale for $399 ($100 off)  * MS Xbox One S 1TB Fortnite Battle Royale SE Bundle for $249 ($51 off) * Sony PS4 Pro 1TB Console for $349.99 ($50 off)  * Sony PSVR Mega Blood + Truth Everybody's Golf Bundle for $299.99 ($50 off)  * Sony PS4 1TB Slim Days of Play Console (Steel Black) for $299.99 (Limited Edition) * Sony PS4 Slim 1TB Marvel's Spider-Man Bundle for $328 ($32 off) at Walmart  * Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition for PS4 for $30 ($50 off)

Supreme Court rules against Republicans in Virginia dispute over use of race in drawing election maps

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:08

Supreme Court rules against Republicans in Virginia dispute over use of race in drawing election mapsThe Supreme Court ruled in a case involving the use of race in drawing maps for Virginia's state legislative districts.

UPDATE 1-U.S. pedestrian, bicyclist deaths rise in 2018 -report

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:02

UPDATE 1-U.S. pedestrian, bicyclist deaths rise in 2018 -reportU.S. pedestrian and bicyclist deaths rose in 2018 while overall traffic deaths fell 1% in 2018 to 36,750, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a preliminary report Monday. The auto safety agency said it did not know the cause of the overall decline but has said a dramatic increase in traffic deaths in 2016 was the result of more people killed on foot, bicycle or motorcycle. In 2018, the agency said pedestrian deaths were projected please to rise 4 percent and bicyclist deaths by 10 percent.

The Latest: Airbus is ready for autonomous planes; are you?

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:59

  Airbus is ready for autonomous planes; are you?The chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all — and is working on winning over regulators and travelers to the idea. Christian Scherer also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035. While the company is still far from ready to churn out battery-operated jumbo jets, Scherer said Airbus already has "the technology for autonomous flying" and for planes flown by just one pilot.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits back at Trump after he misquotes her in tweet defending him against impeachment

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:33

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits back at Trump after he misquotes her in tweet defending him against impeachmentAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Donald Trump’s “bluff” after he misquoted her in a tweet defending himself against growing calls for his impeachment.The Democratic congresswoman told broadcaster ABC that the Democrats have “a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump” if the party does not have a candidate in 2020 who will fight for “true transformational change” in people's lives.In a tweet posted on Sunday, Mr Trump used an edited version of Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s quote to hit back at those calling for his impeachment.“'I think we have a very real risk of losing the Presidency to Donald Trump,'" tweeted Trump, citing Ms Ocasio-Cortez's quote. “I agree, and that is the only reason they play the impeach card, which cannot be legally used!”In response, the New York congresswoman tweeted: “Mr. President, you’re from Queens. You may fool the rest of the country, but I'll call your bluff any day of the week.“Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the President obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas & more.”She concluded her response with “Bye” and a waving-hand emoji.The back-and-forth between Mr Trump and Ms Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter comes as dozens of Democrats call to impeach the president, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has quashed the prospect of impeachment for now.In her interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl, Ms Ocasio-Cortez said Mr Trump's recent Oval Office meeting with George Stephanopoulos was the latest indication of why Mr Trump should be held accountable to “the rule of law.” During the meeting, the US president acknowledged he would consider accepting information on his political opponents from a foreign government.“I think every day that passes, the pressure to impeach grows and I think that it's justifiable, I think the evidence continues to come in,” she said.“I believe that with the president now saying he is willing to break the law to win re-election, that transcends partisanship, it transcends party lines, and this is now about the rule of law in the United States of America.”Her sentiment is reflective of a recent spike among Democratic voters pushing for impeachment. A poll released on Sunday from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 48 per cent of Democratic voters back impeachment, up from 30 per cent last month. But the poll found that the nation remains largely divided on the issue, with Republican and independent voters opposing impeachment hearings.Mr Trump's tweet quoting the New York congresswoman came towards the end of a busy Sunday for him on Twitter. This saw him sending Father's Day wishes even to his “worst and most vicious critics, of which there are fewer and fewer”, sharing a video of lawmakers and pundits doubting his 2016 campaign and congratulating golfer Gary Woodland for winning the US Open.The US president also thanked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for inaugurating Trump Heights, Israel's newest town on the Golan Heights. The town is located in the same area that Trump recognised in March as being part of sovereign Israel.Ms Ocasio-Cortez also commented on the candidacy of former vice president Joe Biden on Sunday, saying that he still has some work to do to change his behaviour towards women.Asked whether she believes Mr Biden understands some of the concerns that have been raised regarding his behaviour, she said: “I think that's something that he has to kind of show the electorate."You know, I think that it is an issue where there is a struggle; I'll be completely honest.”When asked whether Mr Trump would be re-elected if the Democrats do not nominate someone who identifies as a true progressive, Ms Ocasio-Cortez warned against electing a president who advocated for “half-measures”, such as someone who would not fight for a $15 minimum wage, a tuition-free college initiative or advancing women's rights. She reiterated her concern of what that would mean for 2020.“I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency,” she said.Washington Post

Prime Day came early for the best-selling Instant Pot, which is down to its lowest price of 2019

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:07

Prime Day came early for the best-selling Instant Pot, which is down to its lowest price of 2019Is your old multi-cooker showing its age? Or perhaps you haven't yet gotten yourself an Instant Pot to see what all the fuss is about. Whatever the case may be, today is your lucky day because Prime Day pretty much just came early for the largest version of Instant Pot's best-selling model. That's right, the Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker normally costs $140 but today it's all the way down to $84.99, the lowest price of 2019. Definitely get one before this deal is done!Here's some important info from the product page: * Duo 8 Quart, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle * Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button * Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food * Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time * UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors * Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz, Power: 1200 watts

Rock blasts cause quake near China-North Korea border

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:03

Rock blasts cause quake near China-North Korea borderTwo explosions detonated to crush rocks in northeast China caused a small earthquake near the North Korean border on Monday, local authorities said. The explosions were set off by Jilin Longye Blasting Company due to the "manufacturing needs" of the rock-crushing facility, said the Hunchun city government through its official Twitter-like Weibo. Earthquakes at the border can raise alarm due to nuclear tests in North Korea that have caused tremors in China in the past.

Four retirement scenarios and how new legislation could help

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:01

Four retirement scenarios and how new legislation could helpWashington is looking at some key changes as part of a bipartisan retirement bill called the SECURE Act. The bill passed the House in May.

Boeing's 737 Max Could Take to the Skies Again — But With a Different Name

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:55

Boeing's 737 Max Could Take to the Skies Again — But With a Different NameThe jetliner is still grounded worldwide months after two fatal crashes

Boeing CEO calls handling of 737 Max crashes a 'mistake,' vows improvements

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:49

Boeing CEO calls handling of 737 Max crashes a 'mistake,' vows improvementsBoeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg calls his company's handling of two software-related crashes of the 737 Max aircraft a 'mistake.'

U.S.-North Korea Summit Proves to Be All Talk, No Seoul

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:48

U.S.-North Korea Summit Proves to Be All Talk, No SeoulMoon Jae-in was a very busy man last week. He spent three days in Northern Europe with a large host of dignitaries and very important people. During that time he engaged in a “hackathon” with the Finlandian president, held talks with the Norwegian prime minister, and attended a state dinner with the king and queen of Sweden. It was an opportunity for the South Korean president to play the statesman and escape the rough-and-tumble politics of Seoul for at least a few days.Moon, however, has a big problem. He has staked his five-year tenure in large part on transforming inter-Korean relations and turning the page on seven decades of animus on the Korean Peninsula. So, he can’t escape the North Korea file for long—even when he is in the Nordic.In fact, Moon delivered two speeches during his three-day trip, which were heavily devoted to his peace project with the North. His June 14 address to the Swedish parliament, in which Moon predicted that the “international society will immediately respond if North Korea puts forth sincere efforts” towards denuclearization, was a public plea to knock some sense into the North Korean elite. By pushing Pyongyang into fulfilling its obligations in the letter and spirit of the three inter-Korean summits last year, Moon was sending a very basic message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: we are in this thing together, so help me help you.

Daring maneuver brings NASA’s orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever before

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:44

Daring maneuver brings NASA’s orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever beforeNASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the space rock known as Bennu since the start of the year. It caught up with the asteroid in late December of 2018 and successfully inserted itself into orbit around the object around New Year's day. There have been several "firsts" along the way, but its latest maneuver is the most daring yet, and it allowed the spacecraft to break yet another record.A recent tweak to its orbit has brought the probe to an orbit of just 680 meters, or around 2,230 feet from the asteroid's surface. This is now the closest that any manmade spacecraft has orbited any planetary body.It's a stellar achievement for NASA, but it's worth noting that the previous record was actually already held by the OSIRIS-REx probe. What NASA did was break its own record and set itself even farther ahead from any competition to come in the future.This new orbit, which the research team calls the Orbital B phase, will give scientists a better understanding of the asteroid's surface and hopefully allow NASA to choose a suitable location where the probe can briefly snag a sample of its material.Actually pulling off such a daring maneuver will be incredibly risky, and nobody is quite sure if the spacecraft can make it happen. This is due in large part to the incredibly messy surface of Bennu, which surprised scientists when they got their first close look. The asteroid's surface is littered with debris ranging from tiny pebbles to massive boulders, and the spacecraft's handlers now have to find the safest place on the rock from which to gather a sample.Assuming it pulls off the sample grab, the probe will then leave Bennu and return to Earth with the sample material stowed safely for scientists on Earth to examine.

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Expand Double-Jeopardy Protections

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:29

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Expand Double-Jeopardy Protections(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that a state and the federal government can press separate prosecutions over the same conduct, ruling in a case that might have extended the impact of President Donald Trump’s pardon power.The justices, voting 7-2, left intact the “separate sovereigns” doctrine, a decades-old rule that limits the scope of the constitutional ban on double jeopardy. Elimination of the separate-sovereigns rule would have meant that a presidential pardon might block some state charges as well.The case was being watched for any possible impact on Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman. Manafort has been sentenced to a total of 7 1/2 years in prison in two federal cases, and he is now facing New York state charges for residential mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records.Trump hasn’t ruled out a pardon of Manafort, though he said March 13 it’s “not something on my mind.”The case before the court involved Terance Gamble, who said his constitutional rights were violated when he was charged under both Alabama and federal law for possessing a gun as a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty to the state charges, then sought to have his federal indictment dismissed.‘Not An Exception’The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment says that no one shall “be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” The separate-sovereigns doctrine is often considered an exception to the double-jeopardy clause.Writing for the court Monday, Justice Samuel Alito said the separate-sovereigns rule “is not an exception at all” but instead “follows from the text that defines that right in the first place.”“An ‘offence’ is defined by a law, and each law is defined by a sovereign,” Alito wrote. “So where there are two sovereigns, there are two laws, and two ‘offences.’”An unusual pairing of justices, liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg and conservative Neil Gorsuch, dissented. Justice Clarence Thomas, who in 2016 called for reexamination of the doctrine, said in a concurring opinion that his views had shifted.“I agree that the historical record does not bear out my initial skepticism of the dual-sovereignty doctrine,” Thomas wrote.In recent decades, federal prosecutors have invoked the separate-sovereigns doctrine to press civil rights charges against people who have already faced state criminal charges. In 1993, a federal jury found two Los Angeles police officers guilty in the beating of Rodney King even though they had already been acquitted of state charges.The case is Gamble v. United States, 17-646.(Updates with excerpts from opinions starting in seventh paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at, Laurie Asséo, Wendy BenjaminsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Supreme Court allows Virginia to block mining of nation's largest uranium deposit

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:26

Supreme Court allows Virginia to block mining of nation's largest uranium depositThe Supreme Court ruled in a dispute between Virginia and companies that wanted to mine the nation's largest deposit of uranium.

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