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Someone Is Trying To Sell a Baby T. Rex Skeleton on eBay for $2.95 Million

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:33

Someone Is Trying To Sell a Baby T. Rex Skeleton on eBay for $2.95 MillionAnd paleontologists aren't happy about it.

Turpin case: Newly released 911 call reveals chilling moment tortured daughter turned parents in

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:32

 Newly released 911 call reveals chilling moment tortured daughter turned parents inA newly released 911 call reveals the moment a teenage girl sought help aftershe and her siblings endured years of severe abuse at the hands of theirparents in their Perris, Calif

In war-torn Syria, an ancestor of Notre-Dame still stands

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:25

In war-torn Syria, an ancestor of Notre-Dame still standsAn arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: a 5th century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of France's famed Notre-Dame cathedral. Hemmed by the village of Qalb Lozeh (Arabic for Heart of the Almond), the cathedral which goes by the same name is widely hailed as Syria's finest example of Byzantine-era architecture.

Want to Live Longer? Science Says to Do These 5 Things

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:00

Want to Live Longer? Science Says to Do These 5 ThingsThese habits can improve your health and lifespan

'Britain's Notre-Dame' tells fiery tale of restored glory

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:58

'Britain's Notre-Dame' tells fiery tale of restored gloryThirty-five years ago it was York Minster in northern England that went up in flames. Chunks of timber soon came crashing down and John David, a stonemason, had to halt his rescue of the sacred treasures trapped inside one of Britain's most famous churches.

Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame's bees survive cathedral blaze

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:55

 Notre Dame's bees survive cathedral blazePARIS (AP) — Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame's smallest official residents — some 180,000 bees — somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral's ancient wooden roof.

Mueller report leaves shadow over Trump presidency. Can he escape it?

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:47

Mueller report leaves shadow over Trump presidency. Can he escape it?Democrats ramped up their rhetoric after Robert Mueller's report, kicking off a fresh fight over an investigation Donald Trump wants to leave behind.

Sorry, Huawei: The iPhone 11 will extend Apple’s lead as the smartphone camera king

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:36

 The iPhone 11 will extend Apple’s lead as the smartphone camera kingRecently, the smartphone world has been dazzled by Android devices that take extraordinarily stellar photos in seemingly impossible low-light conditions. Huawei's P30 Pro, in particular, manages to capture incredibly detailed photos in poor lighting conditions. Google's Night Sight mode on its Pixel phones, meanwhile, delivers pretty astonishing results in low-light environments as well.As a result, I admit that I was perhaps a bit hasty in assuming that Apple, with the iPhone 11 release looming overhead, must play catch-up in order to compete with devices like the P30 and Google Pixel. The reality, though, is that the hoopla surrounding devices like the P30 Pro can often be so exciting as to make us forget there are, in fact, many ways one can measure camera performance across a specific smartphone. Put simply, a device like the P30 Pro, for all of its low-light magic, may actually have to catch up to the iPhone as opposed to the other way around.This point was made abundantly clear when PhoneArena recently tested the iPhone XS against Samsung's Galaxy S10+ and Huawei's P30 Pro. What made this particular test so interesting is that photos were taken in optimal lighting conditions. When the dust settled, the iPhone XS absolutely demolished the Huawei P30 Pro in overall picture quality.This is a telling metric because, let's face it, most photos are taken in relatively decent lighting conditions. Truth be told, most users don't even think to take photos in overwhelmingly dark environments. Consequently, a device that takes higher quality photos in more typical shooting environments is clearly preferable to a device that takes subpar photos in the same environment, its low-light capabilities notwithstanding.PhoneArena observed:> The important takeaway is the very low score that the Huawei P30 Pro got: often, it got less than 10% of the votes, which really shows that pictures that it produces are not nearly as likable as the ones from the Galaxy and the iPhone. In other words, we do have a winner, but the bigger news is that the loser was so far behind.> > While many analysts have called the Huawei P30 Pro the best camera ever, these results show that the reality is not quite as simple.In short, it's important to judge a smartphone camera by the full extent of its capabilities as opposed to making sweeping conclusions based on solely one metric.So where does this leave Apple?Well, the notion that Apple's current iPhone lineup -- with the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max -- is behind the curve is seemingly misguided. And with the iPhone 11 release now just a few months away, Apple appears poised to make yet another huge leap forward in the realm of smartphone photography. Just yesterday, word surfaced that Apple's iPhone 11 models will feature vastly improved camera technology. Specifically, the both successors to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will incorporate a triple-camera scheme on the back of the device. Meanwhile, the entry-level iPhone 11 will reportedly boast a dual-lens camera.The P30 Pro from Huawei is undoubtedly a cool and sleek device with some compelling features, but it's hard to take it seriously as a legit threat to the iPhone -- with respect to mobile photography -- when it can seemingly only put Apple to shame in a rather limited use-case scenario.

Mueller report: House issues subpoena for full unredacted version

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:23

 House issues subpoena for full unredacted versionJerry Nadler issues subpoena for Robert Mueller’s full report and the underlying documents ‘to make informed decisions’ * Mueller report latest – live updates * Support the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contributionThe House judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler, on Friday issued a subpoena for the full, unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign.The subpoena seeks not only the “complete and unredacted” report, but also all of the underlying documents referenced in it, including grand jury evidence. The New York Democrat said on Good Morning America that the information was necessary “to make informed decisions” on what happens next.Nadler’s committee, which has the power to launch impeachment proceedings, voted in early April to authorize the subpoena for the report after the attorney general, William Barr, outlined the categories he intended to shield.The 448-page summary of Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation concluded without reaching a verdict on whether the president illegally obstructed justice. But the report catalogues nearly a dozen instances in which Trump attempts to stop the investigation, narrow its scope or influence witnesses involved in the inquiry. Mueller cited legal constraints which prevent the justice department from charging a sitting president with obstruction of justice – and suggested a final say on the matter may lie with Congress.Trump, who left Washington for a long weekend at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida after the release of the report, tweeted on Friday to say parts of the “Crazy Mueller Report” were “total bullshit”.The subpoena came as Democrats vowed to continue investigating Donald Trump a day after the report was made public, revealing striking new details about the president’s effort to thwart a federal inquiry he believed threatened his presidency.Shortly after a redacted version of the exhaustive report was released to the public on Thursday, Nadler said it outlined “disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice” and the “responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions”.Nadler’s sweeping request instructs Barr to hand over “all documents obtained and investigative materials created” by Mueller’s office. It sets Barr a deadline of 1 May, a day before Barr is set to testify before the committee Nadler heads in Congress.This document haul, amounting to all the work created over 22 months by the special counsel’s 19 attorneys and almost 40 other investigators, could well run to more than a million pages.Mueller’s team interviewed about 500 people, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas and obtained hundreds more court orders for records of electronic communications.Barr may decide to fight the request, which would mean Nadler’s committee has to go to court to request that the subpoena be enforced. It is possible that the dispute could eventually reach the US supreme court.In a statement on Friday, Nadler said he was willing to work with the justice department to “reach a reasonable accommodation” but stressed he would not accept a situation that “leaves most of Congress in the dark”.In a letter to colleagues, the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, declared: “Congress will not be silent.”Sign up for the US morning briefing Republicans viscerally disagreed with the assessment that Congress should pick up where Mueller left off.“Democrats want to keep searching for imaginary evidence that supports their claims, but it is simply not there,” said the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy. “It is time to move on.”But far from turning the page on the investigation, Democrats are opening a new, bitterly partisan chapter. Facing them now is an issue that has already sharply divided the party along ideological and generation lines: impeachment.Democratic leaders see more risk than reward in initiating an impeachment inquiry, especially after Mueller said he found “insufficient evidence” to conclude that Trump conspired with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Without that support, Republicans are unlikely to break with the president, as they did with Richard Nixon after Watergate.“Unless [there’s] a bipartisan conclusion, an impeachment would be doomed to failure,” the House intelligence committee chairman, Adam Schiff, said on CNN. “I continue to think that a failed impeachment is not in the national interest.”A partisan endeavor could risk repeating what Democrats widely view as a historic overreach by Republicans, when they pursued impeachment against Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. Democrats fear that a divisive and unpopular impeachment battle would galvanize Trump’s supporters – as it did for Clinton 21 years ago - and would swamp the party’s policy agenda that they believe is crucial to unseating Trump in the 2020 election and holding on to their majority in the House of Representatives.Still, if the House did move forward with articles of impeachment, every Senate Democrat and 20 Senate Republicans would have to vote to remove Trump from office – an unlikely scenario at this stage.The House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, told CNN that impeachment was “not worthwhile” with a presidential election 18 months away. Nadler said that impeachment hearings were “one possibility” but that it was “too early” to discuss it.“We will have to go follow the evidence where it leads,” he said. “And I don’t know exactly where it will lead.”But in a sign that the issue is far from settled, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most vocal and high-profile members of Congress, said she would sign on to an impeachment proposal offered by her fellow freshman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.Though there are few signs Democrats are preparing to move forward with impeachment, the report has opened several potential avenues for congressional inquiry that are all but certain to consume Washington for at least the next several months.Barr said he was required by law to redact certain pieces of information, including evidence collected as part of a grand jury investigation. He has offered to meet with some congressional leaders to review a less redacted version of the report.Still, Democrats have excoriated Barr for his handling of the release of the Mueller report, accusing him of “deliberately” distorting its findings to protect Trump.Ahead of the public release of the report, Barr held a press conference to assert that Trump’s actions did not meet the legal threshold for obstruction of justice. He repeatedly invoked Trump’s own language – including “no collusion” – to defend him. His performance led some Democrats to call for his resignation.

Former Sears company sues ex-CEO Lampert, Treasury's Steven Mnuchin over 'asset stripping'

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:05

Former Sears company sues ex-CEO Lampert, Treasury's Steven Mnuchin over 'asset stripping'The company that owned Sears and Kmart has sued its ex-CEO Eddie Lampert and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over accusations of "asset stripping."

It sure looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a piece of junk

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:46

It sure looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a piece of junkRemember a little over 7 months ago when I told you that you shouldn't get excited about Samsung's first foldable phone? Well, here we are.Samsung has plenty of strong suits. It is the top-selling smartphone vendor in the world, after all. It makes gorgeous AMOLED screens for mobile devices. The company also makes some of the best components in the world and has a booming chip business. One thing Samsung is not good at, however, is first-generation products. In fact, "not good" is far too kind... Samsung is awful at designing first-generation products.We've seen it time and time again. Samsung's strength is refinement, as evidenced by its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphone lines. Early generations were terrible, plasticky iPhone copycats. Now Samsung's current-generation flagship phones are market leaders in so many ways. The Galaxy S10+ might be the best all-around Android phone I've ever tested, and the Note 10 sounds like it will be even more impressive. But the Galaxy Fold is nothing short of an absolute disaster, just like I said it would be. In fact, the only way the Galaxy Fold launch could possibly be any worse is if batteries start exploding like they did back in 2016 when Samsung had to cancel production of its Galaxy Note 7 and recall every single phone it sold.It's official: the first widely available smartphone with a foldable display is a piece of junk. Feel free to check it out when it hits store shelves next Friday. But for the love of whatever or whomever you pray to, don't buy one.Yesterday I briefly touched on the huge new issues facing Samsung's Galaxy Fold. The company gave out phones to bloggers for review, and a shockingly high percentage of those phones are breaking. Anything above a 0% failure rate would be shocking for review units of a new smartphone, to be frank, and a quick search yielded more bloggers complaining of broken phones than bloggers who said their Fold units were working fine. That's insane.Many of the issues we've been hearing about stem from the fact that the Galaxy Fold appears to have a screen protector pre-applied on the display. As with all Android phones that ship with cheap plasticky screen protectors, the first thing reviewers did when they got the phones was peel it off. The problem, as we now know, is that Samsung failed to tell most of them that the plastic layer in question is actually an integral part of the display. Long story short, peeling it off breaks the phone., there are a few glaring issues here. First, can you imagine a company being so horrible at design that it's going to sell a $2,000 smartphone with an integral plastic film on the screen that can easily be peeled off? Can you imagine a company being so naive as to think that some customers won't end up peeling it off even with better messaging? And what happens when the phone has been used for a while and the adhesive at the edges of that film inevitably begins to peel on its own?This is one of the worst smartphone design decisions I have ever seen. It's absolutely unforgivable.Then there were other bloggers who found that the screens on their Galaxy Fold review units were malfunctioning without having touched that stupid film at all. That's right, the displays are spontaneously breaking on a new smartphone that has one major selling point: the display. The foldable OLED screen on the Galaxy Fold is literally the only thing about the phone that is exciting. And it's breaking for no discernible reason.Here's the thing: the Galaxy Fold would be a horrible phone even if it didn't have these issues. The design is terrible, with a giant notch bitten out of the top corner for the front-facing cameras. And I do mean GIANT, as you can see in the image above. On top of that, the crease at the center of the display is visible while you use the phone, it doesn't fold all the way closed, it's uncomfortably thick in your pocket, and the outer screen is ridiculously tiny with giant bezels above and blow it.This phone is junk.The idea of foldable smartphones is cool and exciting, but it absolutely is not ready for primetime right now. The Galaxy Fold never should have seen the light of day. Samsung rushed to be the first company with a widely available foldable smartphone, which is nothing new for Samsung. It often rushes to be first with a new type of product, and the results are garbage each and every time.Maybe Huawei will have better luck in a couple of months when it releases the Mate X. It certainly sports a far better design than the Galaxy Fold, and the construction seemed vastly superior when we played with it briefly at MWC 2019. But we won't know for certain until we get our hands on a review unit.In the meantime, do yourself a favor and keep your wallet in your pocket when the Galaxy Fold is released next week.

Mueller report: A corrupt, unpatriotic president, a stark impeachment choice for Democrats

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:38

 A corrupt, unpatriotic president, a stark impeachment choice for DemocratsWe have to decide if we're willing to go on with a president who was elected with Russian help and tried 10 times to obstruct a probe into that help.

How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:30

How to Get Rid of Lawn WeedsUnless you stop them, weeds are going to grow in your lawn. Here's what you need to do.

Aircraft Carrier Alliance: Will Britain Build India a New Queen Elizabeth-Class Carrier?

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:24

 Will Britain Build India a New Queen Elizabeth-Class Carrier?Will India’s next aircraft carrier be a British design?British defense contractor BAE Systems is offering a Queen Elizabeth-class design as a contender for India’s third aircraft carrier, which will be built in India.“BAE Systems has begun discussions with India regarding the potential for basing development of the second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-2) project on the successful Queen Elizabeth Class design,” said a BAE statement. “The design is adaptable to offer either ski jump or catapult launch and can be modified to meet Indian Navy and local industry requirements.”India currently operates one aircraft carrier, the 45,000-ton Vikramaditya, which is actually the former Soviet carrier Admiral Gorshkov. That ship has been plagued by engine problems as well as reliability issues with its MiG-29K fighters.Under construction is India’s first indigenous carrier, the 40,000-ton Vikrant, while is scheduled to go to sea in 2020. But as is often the case with Indian-built defense projects, the vessel has suffered from problems such as massive cost overruns and disputes with Russian contractors who are supplying materials for the Indian-built ship.

Driver with STAYUMBL license plate, notorious for cutting people off around Durham, charged in incident with bus

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:15

Driver with STAYUMBL license plate, notorious for cutting people off around Durham, charged in incident with busThe STAYUMBL license plate is notorious on the road and social media. Folks say the driver behind the wheel will speed up, cut people off and then slam on her brakes, sometimes causing a crash.

Doctors assessing when Madeira bus crash survivors can fly home to Germany

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:12

Doctors assessing when Madeira bus crash survivors can fly home to GermanyThe bus - carrying 55 tourists and a tour guide - veered off a steep road in the coastal town of Canico on Wednesday, and came to a halt next to a house, killing 29 Germans and injuring 27, including the Portuguese driver and tour guide. Portugal's public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the accident. Heiko Maas, Germany's foreign minister, landed in Madeira on Thursday evening with a team of doctors, psychologists and consular officials to meet those affected.

The Latest: Columbine moves ahead with memorial events

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:54

 Columbine moves ahead with memorial eventsLITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a woman believed to have posed a threat to schools in Colorado (all times local):

AP PHOTOS: Czech believers revive Easter rattling procession

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:53

 Czech believers revive Easter rattling processionCESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Participants in black suits with white masks are marching in the southern Czech city of Ceske Budejovice, beating drums and pushing small carts in a revival of an Easter tradition.

Alibaba head's remarks spark debate over China working hours

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:55

Alibaba head's remarks spark debate over China working hoursBEIJING (AP) — Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma has long been an example of how the power of big dreams, strong leadership and sheer elbow grease can create massive fortunes in China's go-go economy.

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