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McConnell on Jon Stewart: 'I don't know why he's all bent out of shape' over 9/11 victims' fund

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:23

 'I don't know why he's all bent out of shape' over 9/11 victims' fundThe Senate majority leader says he can’t understand why the former “Daily Show” host is angry over the handling of health care funding for 9/11 victims.


Safety and pollution top of the agenda as Paris Air Show opens

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:18

Safety and pollution top of the agenda as Paris Air Show opensAviation executives descended on the Paris Air Show on Monday with pledges to improve transparency over plane safety in the wake of the Boeing 737 MAX crisis and to reduce emissions. With passenger traffic slowing this year, the atmosphere at the fair, where arch-rivals Boeing and Airbus vie for aircraft orders, was markedly less self-congratulatory than in recent years. President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the event at Le Bourget airport after flying in on a hulking grey Airbus A330 refuelling tanker operated by the French Air Force.


Dominican Republic deaths: Tourist becomes eighth American to mysteriously die at Caribbean holiday destination

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:13

 Tourist becomes eighth American to mysteriously die at Caribbean holiday destinationThe FBI has been called in to help investigate the deaths of eight American tourists in the Dominican Republic.One possible line of inquiry reportedly being looked into is whether bootleg alcohol is to blame for the spate of deaths and illnesses in resorts at the popular Caribbean holiday destination.Some of those who died are reported to have consumed alcohol from the minibar in their hotel room before their deaths – however it is not known whether there is any connection at this stage.Officials in the Dominican Republic have said the deaths over the last year are isolated incidents and that the country is still a safe destination.Leyla Cox, 53, became the eighth American to die on the island after she was found dead in her hotel room at Excellence Resort in Punta Cana on 10 June, just a day after her birthday, her family said.The MRI technician’s son Will Cox said his family did not know the cause of his mother’s death and that her body had not yet been returned to her home in Staten Island, New York.Bride-to-be Yvette Monique Sport, 51, of Pennsylvania, was the first tourist to die after drinking from a minibar at Bahia Principe hotel in Punta Cana in June 2018.A month later, David Harrison, 45, of Maryland, died from an apparent heart attack at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.In April this year, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, from California, reportedly fell ill and died four days later after drinking a whisky at the same Hard Rock Hotel. That same month, John Corcoran, the 60-year-old brother of TV star Barbara Corcoran, who appears on America’s version of Dragons’ Den, died from an apparent heart attack while holidaying on the island.In May, Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvania, checked into the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville with her husband.She is said to have fallen ill after having a drink from the minibar in their room and died a short while later.Five days later, Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were found dead in their room in neighbouring Grand Bahia Principe resort.Excess fluid in the lungs was listed among the causes of their deaths in preliminary reports, according to NBC news.The US embassy in the Dominican Republic said the FBI had been called in to carry out toxicology reports, but that the results could take up to 30 days.It said in a statement last week: “These incidents are tragic and we offer our deepest condolences to those personally impacted.“Dominican authorities have asked for FBI assistance for further toxicology analysis on the recent Bahia Principe, La Romana, cases and our FBI colleagues tell us that those results may take up to 30 days. “We ask everyone to be patient while these investigations run their course.”Francisco Garcia, the country’s tourism minister, called the deaths “isolated incidents” earlier this month and said that the Dominican Republic was a “safe destination”.


Bill Cosby's post as 'America's Dad' on Father's Day sparks anger online

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:57

Bill Cosby's post as 'America's Dad' on Father's Day sparks anger online"Hey, Hey, Hey...It's America's Dad... I know it's late, but to all of the Dads... It's an honor to be called a Father, so let's make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose - strengthening our families and communities," Cosby posted on Instagram late Sunday night. Cosby, 81, who last year was convicted of drugging and sexually attacking former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand in 2004, requested the message be posted after he gave a Father's Day speech to fellow inmates at maximum-security SCI Phoenix facility outside Philadelphia, where he is serving a 3- to 10-year sentence.


Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong leaves jail, vows to join protests

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:53

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong leaves jail, vows to join protestsLeading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong walked free from prison Monday and vowed to join historic anti-government protests rocking the finance hub, as activists kept up pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader. Organisers said some two million people -- more than a quarter of the population -- marched in tropical heat on Sunday calling for the resignation of chief executive Carrie Lam and protesting against a bill that would have allowed extraditions to the Chinese mainland. Police commissioner Stephen Lo said late Monday that only "some people" had rioted on that day, appearing to back down from previous comments from Lam, who described the June 12 protest as an "organised riot".


VIDEO: Flight attendant, beverage cart smash into ceiling during violent turbulence

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:40

 Flight attendant, beverage cart smash into ceiling during violent turbulencePassengers on a flight to France got tossed around in the air over the weekend in a terrifying bout of turbulence captured on video.


Today’s best deals: $7 Alexa smart plugs, $13 color smart lights, $25 Fire TV Stick, $15 Wi-Fi extender, more

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:35

 $7 Alexa smart plugs, $13 color smart lights, $25 Fire TV Stick, $15 Wi-Fi extender, moreWe're kicking off the new week with a phenomenal roundup of the best daily deals we could find. Highlights include top-rated Alexa and Google enabled smart plugs for just over $7 a piece when you buy a 4-pack and clip the $3 coupon, renewed Fire TV Sticks for $24.99, the best-selling TP-Link Wi-Fi range extender on Amazon for just $14.99, brand new iPads at their lowest prices of all time, the Apple Watch Series 3 in both sizes at all-time low prices, $13 color LED smart light bulbs that are just as good as $50 Philips Hue bulbs, a 10W fast wireless charging stand for only $8.99, $70 Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers for just $49.99 a piece, the best-selling Instant Pot at its lowest price of 2019, 12 months of PlayStation Plus for $39.99 instead of $60, and more. Check out all of today's best deals below.


Today’s best deals: $7 Alexa smart plugs, $13 color smart lights, $25 Fire TV Stick, $15 Wi-Fi extender, more

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:35

 $7 Alexa smart plugs, $13 color smart lights, $25 Fire TV Stick, $15 Wi-Fi extender, moreWe're kicking off the new week with a phenomenal roundup of the best daily deals we could find. Highlights include top-rated Alexa and Google enabled smart plugs for just over $7 a piece when you buy a 4-pack and clip the $3 coupon, renewed Fire TV Sticks for $24.99, the best-selling TP-Link Wi-Fi range extender on Amazon for just $14.99, brand new iPads at their lowest prices of all time, the Apple Watch Series 3 in both sizes at all-time low prices, $13 color LED smart light bulbs that are just as good as $50 Philips Hue bulbs, a 10W fast wireless charging stand for only $8.99, $70 Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers for just $49.99 a piece, the best-selling Instant Pot at its lowest price of 2019, 12 months of PlayStation Plus for $39.99 instead of $60, and more. Check out all of today's best deals below.


Qatar to distribute new Gaza aid funds: official

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:34

 officialGulf state Qatar is set to distribute more than $10 million in aid to thousands of cash-strapped Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, a Qatari official said on Monday. The money was brought into the Hamas-controlled enclave Sunday evening by the Qatari ambassador to Gaza and is expected to be distributed Monday or Tuesday, the official said on condition of anonymity. Another $15 million would be provided for infrastructure and cash-for-work projects, the official said.


The Latest: Hong Kong police seek to defuse public anger

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:23

 Hong Kong police seek to defuse public angerHong Kong's police commissioner says only people who committed violence will be charged with rioting during clashes between police and protesters outside the legislature on Wednesday, in an apparent attempt to defuse widespread public anger over aggressive police tactics. It included the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and steel batons against protesters who removed barriers. Protesters in Hong Kong have gathered outside the office of the city's leader, demanding that she resign for her handling of an unpopular extradition bill.


Ethiopian Airlines rejects 'pilot error' claim in US

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:14

Ethiopian Airlines rejects 'pilot error' claim in USA US politician who blamed pilot error for contributing to the deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX flown by Ethiopian Airlines was "seriously misinformed", the carrier's boss has said. Republican Sam Graves told a House of Representatives hearing last month that "facts" in investigations after crashes in both Ethiopia and Indonesia "reveal pilot error as a factor in these tragically fatal accidents". The 737 MAX 8 is currently grounded worldwide after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in March, killing all 157 people onboard and drawing scrutiny to the new Boeing model's anti-stall system.


Insider claims Apple will launch 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch 5G iPhone models next year

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:12

Insider claims Apple will launch 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch 5G iPhone models next yearLeaks concerning this fall's upcoming iPhone models continue to trickle out at a steady pace, but some analysts are already looking ahead to 2020. In a research note shared with AnTuTu (via MacRumors), TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed new details about the prospective 2020 smartphone lineup from Apple.According to Kuo, Apple will once again release three iPhone models in 2020, but will make significant changes to the designs of the high-end models. The successors to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will supposedly feature 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch displays, respectively, and will both support 5G. The iPhone 11R follow-up will retain a 6.1-inch display, but Kuo believes that all three models will have OLED screens in 2020.Furthermore, Kuo says that every iPhone model will support 5G by 2021, and that Qualcomm will be Apple's primary supplier of 5G modems initially. By 2022 or 2023, though, Apple should have its own 5G modem ready, which would reduce its reliance on Qualcomm (with which Apple recently reached a major settlement agreement).A vast majority of the credible leaks concerning this year's iPhone models suggest that Apple will stick to the familiar notch design for at least one more year. It's hard to see Apple opting for any of the current design alternatives, such as the pop-up camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro or the hole-punch camera of the Galaxy S10. But by 2020, perhaps the prospect of embedding a camera and the necessary sensors beneath the display will be less daunting.Regardless, if Kuo's report is on point, the design of the 2020 iPhone models will be the most significant departure for the smartphone line since the iPhone X was introduced in 2017. The addition of a 5.4-inch model will undoubtedly be a welcome change for those who find the standard iPhone X and XS to be too large as well.


U.S. Supreme Court Orders New Look at Clash Over Gay-Wedding Cake

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:04

U.S. Supreme Court Orders New Look at Clash Over Gay-Wedding Cake(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ordered reconsideration of a $135,000 award against an Oregon bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case that revived a fractious debate over religious rights and equal treatment.After more than three months of deliberation, the justices Monday set aside the award and told an Oregon state appeals court to revisit the case in light of a 2018 Supreme Court ruling in a similar fight from Colorado. The Supreme Court resolved that case narrowly -- and avoided the core constitutional questions -- by saying Colorado officials had shown animus toward the baker’s religious views.The latest case involves “Sweetcakes by Melissa,” a now-closed Portland-area bakery owned by Melissa and Aaron Klein. The Kleins, who are Christian, cited religious grounds when they refused to provide a cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in 2013.The Bowman-Cryers filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the state’s civil rights watchdog, which found the bakers in violation of a state anti-discrimination law and awarded the two women $135,000. An Oregon state appeals court upheld the award.The Kleins say the state violated their speech and religious freedoms. They said the ruling “will chill expression and enlarge the power of bureaucrats to force unwilling speakers to participate in rituals and to promote ideologies of all kinds that violate their creeds and their consciences.”The Kleins, who paid the penalty plus interest in 2015, say the dispute forced them to close their business. The couple benefited from a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $350,000, according to a report at the time.‘Months of Delay’Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said the lower court applied “well-established First Amendment principles to conclude that a bakery open to the public did not have a constitutional right to discriminate against customers on the basis of the customers’ sexual orientation.”The Supreme Court took an unusually long time to decide how to handle the case before settling on what is often a routine step. The appeal was scheduled for possible discussion at the justices’ private conference 13 times.The Supreme Court didn’t spell out precisely what concerns it had about the award. But the Oregon court’s reconsideration is likely to focus on the role of Brad Avakian, whose position as commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries made him the key decision maker in the case.Shortly after the Bowman-Cryers filed their complaint, Avakian posted a news article about the dispute on Facebook, along with the comment: “Everyone has a right to their religious beliefs, but that doesn’t mean they can disobey laws already in place. Having one set of rules for everybody ensures that people are treated fairly as they go about their daily lives.” Avakian didn’t specifically comment on the dispute between Sweetcakes and the Bowman-Cryers.In upholding the award, an Oregon state appeals court said Avakian’s comments “fall short of the kinds of statements that reflect prejudgment of the facts or an impermissibly closed-minded view of law or policy so as to indicate that he, as a decision maker, cannot be impartial.”The case is Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, 18-547.(Describes delay in second paragraph, issue for reconsideration starting in ninth 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 jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie Asséo, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Man killed in Corona, California Costco shooting non-verbal, mentally disabled, relatives say

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:00

Man killed in Corona, California Costco shooting non-verbal, mentally disabled, relatives sayThe Los Angeles Police Department is launching its own investigation into the deadly shooting involving one of its officers inside a Costco Wholesale store in Corona.


Iraq looking at options in case Gulf oil route cut: spokesman

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:28

 spokesmanIraq is looking at contingency plans in case spiralling US-Iran tensions cut off its oil exports through the Gulf, a ministry spokesman said Monday, as observers warned a rupture would be "disastrous". The US has accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers last week in the Gulf of Oman, sparking concerns that global shipments through the key waterway could be threatened. Iraq, the second-largest oil producer among the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is drawing up an action plan in case of further escalation, according to oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad.


Drunk woman drives Power Wheels toy truck down road, South Carolina police say

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:27

Drunk woman drives Power Wheels toy truck down road, South Carolina police sayA South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck.


600 people on Monsanto 'watch lists' in Germany, France: Bayer

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:12

 BayerUS seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto kept lists of around 600 key pro- and anti-pesticides figures in Germany and France alone, its German parent company Bayer said Monday amid a widening probe. Bayer has admitted the lists covered politicians, journalists and others across seven European countries and in Brussels. "Update on Monsanto stakeholder lists: until the end of last week, the firm hired by Bayer contacted all the people on the German and French lists," Bayer's press department tweeted.


U.S. 'probably had excellent presidents who were gay,' Buttigieg says

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:12

U.S. 'probably had excellent presidents who were gay,' Buttigieg saysIf South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg wins the 2020 election, he’ll be the first openly gay man to serve as president. But he says he’s “almost certain” he wouldn’t be the first gay president in U.S. history.


Mexico vows crackdown on human smugglers, aims to finish border guard reinforcement

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:08

Mexico vows crackdown on human smugglers, aims to finish border guard reinforcementMexico will fully deploy National Guard forces on its southern border with Guatemala this week and will crack down on human smugglers after nearly 800 people were found in transport containers headed for the U.S. border, officials said on Monday. Under a deal signed 10 days ago with Washington, Mexico has promised to send 6,000 National Guard members to control the flow of migrants into the country from Central America. The deal gave Mexico 45 days to palpably cut the number of migrants traveling through its territory to the United States.


Possible measles exposure reported at Durham school, coffee shop

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:07

Possible measles exposure reported at Durham school, coffee shopDurham officials have informed residents of a possible exposure of measles happening within the community.


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