‘Obliteration’ could still come to Iran, Trump warns

‘Obliteration’ could still come to Iran, Trump warnsDespite calling off a military strike against Iran, the U.S. is still poised to hit Iran hard after weeks of mounting tensions between the two countries, President Trump said on Sunday.


White House on lockdown with reporters being moved to press briefing room, reports say

White House on lockdown with reporters being moved to press briefing room, reports sayThe White House was put under lockdown on Monday morning, according to reporters who cover the administration. Journalists posted messages on social media announcing the lockdown as they were assembled in the White House press briefing room, where they have not had a briefing in nearly 100 days. “We are literally locked in here,” wrote Megan Pratz, a reporter for Cheddar. “We can’t see much but Secret Service officers just ran across the lawn.”The Secret Service posted a statement on Twitter minutes later saying the agency was “responding to an incident involving a suspicious package located on Pennsylvania Ave.”Nearby pedestrian traffic routes were closed on Monday, the Secret Service added. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. > Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers are responding to an incident involving a suspicious package located on Pennsylvania Ave. Pedestrian traffic is closed along Pennsylvania Ave. between 15th and 17th streets to include Lafayette Park. pic.twitter.com/t7veePoDb7> > — U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) > > June 24, 2019More follows…


The Latest: NTSB investigates deadly Hawaii skydiving crash

The Latest: NTSB investigates deadly Hawaii skydiving crashThe National Transportation Safety Board says it will examine repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that crashed and killed 11 people on Oahu's North Shore. The NTSB's Jennifer Homendy told reporters at the crash site Sunday that those and other records will all become part of the investigation and final report. Some details are starting to be released about the 11 victims who died when a plane carrying sky divers crashed near a small airport on the North Shore of Oahu.


Democratic White House candidates face grilling on abortion

Democratic White House candidates face grilling on abortionDemocrats running for US president in next year's election sat down with voters on Saturday to outline their stance on abortion, a long-simmering issue newly inflamed by attempts to curtail it nationwide. With abortion now among the most-discussed topics in the presidential race, the candidates aimed to impress an audience cheering "Who decides? "If you're not pro-choice, you're not getting my vote," declared 34-year-old Jennifer Egor, who traveled to the forum held in the South Carolina state capital Columbia.


Stunning giant squid captured on video in US waters for first time

Stunning giant squid captured on video in US waters for first timeThe video, which lasts less than 30 seconds and was taken about 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, shows a giant squid in U.S. waters.


1967 Ford Mustang Keeps Things Authentic

1967 Ford Mustang Keeps Things AuthenticIn a sea of restomods, this pony keeps things original throughout. It’s always refreshing to see people go to great lengths to bring an old classic back to its original form. That’s what this 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback S-Code is all about. Actually, the full-rotisserie restoration process didn’t just match the pony’s original specs, the craftsmanship rises to a higher level. This absolutely stunning machine comes to market via Vanguard Motor Sales.Thanks to the professional restoration, this fastback is bathed in the original Brittney Blue paint, which is absolutely silky smooth. All the body panels are straight, the trim and badges are all in top shape, there’s zero sign of pitting or curb rash on the wheels, and the black interior is of at least showroom quality if not better, just like the rest of the car. In fact, the radio and speaker have been rebuilt, showing just how painstaking the restoration process was.  More American Cars Is It Time To Buy Your Dream DeLorean DMC-12? Live Like A Rocker Driving A Customized 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Somebody Needs To Preserve This 1984 Pontiac Fiero Indy Pace Car Edition Own This Exceptional Low Mileage 2005 Ford GT The mechanicals are all original and correct. A Ford 390ci FE V8 is mated up to a Toploader 4-speed manual transmission. Both the air cleaner and carburetor are original, so you get an authentic experience. Power is sent to a Ford 9-inch rear. With a heavy-duty suspension upgrade, handling is excellent. The factory Extra Cooling Package makes this ride that much nicer, especially if you live in an especially hot climate. Power disk brakes provide consistent stopping power.Plenty of upgrades originally included in the car make the interior a little nice. There’s the Deluxe Steering Wheel, plus the Sport Deck Rear Seat, the Interior Décor Group, tinted windows, Deluxe Seat Belts, and an AM radio.With only two owners who know each other, this Ford Mustang has been exceptionally cared for throughout its lifetime. All work was completed in 2017 by Desert Classic Mustangs, which is located in Tempe, Arizona. While there are others like this around, finding one in this kind of condition is a rarity, to say the least. Classic Mustangs will only continue to appreciate in value, thanks to their broad appeal and legendary reputation worldwide.


Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia

Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia(Bloomberg) -- Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he underestimated the challenges of governing the country before his shock election victory last year.“I underestimated because we were on the outside and we didn’t get any information on what was happening on the inside,” Mahathir said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin in Bangkok at the 5th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit. “We are having a very tough time dealing with damages in the finances as well as the crimes that were committed.”Here are some key comments from the interview:1MDBGoldman Sachs offered “a little compensation” versus the “huge killing” it made, Mahathir said, noting he was unsure where the money lost from the 1MDB scandal has gone.The scandal surrounding 1MDB sprawls from the U.S. to Switzerland, reaching the highest levels of Malaysian politics while ensnaring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in its first criminal case. Mahathir has raised the amount he wants to recoup from 1MDB to $7 billion after previously saying he sought $4.5 billion that U.S. prosecutors estimated went missing from the state fund. So far, the Southeast Asian country has brought back less than $500 million.Mahathir said in May he was awaiting a response from Goldman Sachs before deciding whether to take legal action against the bank over “too high” fees on 1MDB bond sales. Malaysia had already announced criminal charges against Goldman in December, accusing the lender of misleading investors when it knew that funds raised from the $6.5 billion bond offer it arranged would be misappropriated. The bank said it will defend against the allegations.ChinaMahathir disagreed he was sending a message to the U.S. by taking China’s side on certain issues. It’s “free speech,” he said. “I don’t like the old idea of cooking something up in the West and then asking us to accept them. China is a bit more sensitive to our feelings.”On the resumed multi-billion dollar rail project, he said: “We were able to renegotiate the terms of the contract. It is quite obvious that the contract was overpriced.,” he said. The government considered dropping the project altogether “but did not want to pay huge compensation on it.”The project will now cost 44 billion ringgit ($10.7 billion) instead of the original 65.5 billion ringgit, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office in April.SuccessionLast May, Mahathir led Malaysia to its first change in government since its independence from Britain in 1957. The country is set for another political shift as he is expected to hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim, who said Mahathir had made it “very clear” that Anwar would get the top seat by May next year.Mahathir said he will hand over to Anwar in “a year or so.” He doesn’t want to leave Malaysia in shambles, he said, pointing to the state of the country when his predecessor Najib Razak was ousted.“I made a promise, I keep my promise,” Mahathir said. When asked why he was reluctant to set a date for the handover, Mahathir said it was because “there may be something I need to do before I step down,” noting he wanted to fix Malaysia’s debt.When asked whether he had changed, Mahathir replied: “I don’t know, I’m still myself. Well I want to work for the country. I don’t have much of a future so the last thing I want to do is to go away leaving the country in shambles, like the previous one.”EconomyMahathir has trimmed state spending to narrow the budget deficit to 3.4% of gross domestic product this year, from a five-year high of 3.7% last year. Fiscal recovery remains fragile as the government spends billions rescuing troubled institutions from the Hajj fund to an agency overseeing farmers. His administration replaced a sweeping goods-and-services tax with a more targeted consumption tax last year, and is now counting on state oil company dividends to support revenue.The government would be careful in choosing buyers for beleaguered national carrier Malaysian Airlines Bhd, he said Friday, noting: “If there is a good offer, we will consider.”(Updates with Mahathir comment in 14th paragraph. An earlier version of this story corrected a quote in 3rd and 11th paragraphs from story that moved on Friday.)To contact the reporters on this story: Yudith Ho in Kuala Lumpur at yho35@bloomberg.net;Anisah Shukry in Kuala Lumpur at ashukry2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelines

Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelinesFive underwater pipelines have been damaged and put out of order after a sabotage attack off the coastal town of Banias, Syria's oil ministry said Sunday. The damage was discovered after divers checked to see what was behind an oil leakage, the ministry said. Banias is home to one of Syria's two oil refineries.


One Dead, 10 Injured in South Bend Pub Shooting

One Dead, 10 Injured in South Bend Pub ShootingSergio Flores/ReutersOne person has died and at least 10 people have been injured after a gunman opened fire at local pub in South Bend, Indiana, police said Sunday morning. Local police and the Metro Homicide squad were called to a reported mass shooting at 2 a.m. at Kelly’s Pub in South Bend, Indiana. Local news ABC 57 reports that several victims were taken to area hospitals with gunshot wounds. There is no information on the shooter or motive for the crime. South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to give a town hall meeting on Sunday to address concerns after a police shooting last week. This story is developing. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Trump imposes new U.S. sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, other top officials

Trump imposes new U.S. sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, other top officialsWASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials with new U.S. sanctions on Monday, looking for a fresh blow to Iran's economy after Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone. With tensions running high between the two countries, Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions, which U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said would lock billions of dollars more in Iranian assets. Trump told reporters the sanctions were in part a response to last week's downing of a U.S. drone by Iran, but would have happened anyway.


View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class

View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class


White supremacist who killed woman after driving car into Charlottesville protesters begs judge to show him ‘mercy’

White supremacist who killed woman after driving car into Charlottesville protesters begs judge to show him ‘mercy’The self-avowed white supremacist who ploughed his car into protesters opposing a far-right rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison.James Alex Fields Jr’s legal team has argued in a new sentencing memo that the 22-year-old defendant should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness.Fields has pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in relation to the Charlottesville attack and is set to be sentenced on 28 June.“No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this Court should find that retribution has limits,” his attorneys wrote in a court document submitted on Friday.Fields’ attorneys said that giving him something less than a life sentence would be akin to an “expression of mercy” and a “conviction that no individual is wholly defined by their worst moments”.The attorneys highlighted his difficult upbringing and history of mental illness, but many of the details were redacted. The document did reveal he was raised by a paraplegic single mother and suffered “trauma” by growing up knowing his Jewish grandfather had murdered his grandmother before committing suicide.In their own sentencing memo, prosecutors said Fields had shown no remorse since he drove the car into the counter-demonstrators on 12 August, 2017, killing anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and injuring others protesting against the white nationalists.They argued that Fields deserves a life sentence, adding that would help deter others from committing “similar acts of domestic terrorism”.Prosecutors focused on years of documented racist and antisemitic behaviour by Fields, which they said included keeping a picture of Adolf Hitler on his bedside table. They also said that he was recorded on a jail phone call making disparaging remarks about Ms Heyer’s mother as recently as last month.They also argued that while Fields has a history of mental illness issues, it did not excuse his behaviour in a way that would demand a lenient sentence. “Any mental health concerns raised by the defendant do not overcome the defendant’s demonstrated lack of remorse and his prior history of substantial racial animus,” prosecutors wrote.Under a plea deal, federal prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty against Fields after he pleaded in March to federal hate crime charges and admitted that he intentionally drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters.The charges he pleaded guilty to call for life in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.In December last year he was convicted in a Virginia court of first-degree murder and other state charges for killing Ms Heyer and injuring others who were protesting. Sentencing on the state charges is scheduled for next month.The 2017 rally drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hundreds of counter-protesters demonstrated against the white nationalists.Donald Trump infamously said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the clashes in the Virginia city.Additional reporting by AP


Israeli F-16s Smashed a Syrian Missile Complex (And Russia Held Its Fire)

Israeli F-16s Smashed a Syrian Missile Complex (And Russia Held Its Fire)“Due to the special nature of the system, and that the Russians are likely to have supplied only a few missiles to equip the launchers, I don’t think SAA will ever use it soon. The IAF has been using the tactic of saturating the attacked area with various kinds of missiles and bombs. It is not economical to use the S-300 against such an attack.”At 2:30 in the morning on April 13, 2019, around a dozen missiles tore over the night sky of Hama province, Syria, launched by Israeli F-16 jets flying over Lebanon.(This first appeared several weeks ago.)In response, short-range Syrian air missiles arced into the night sky trailing plumes of fire from their rocket motors. One or two can be seen exploding mid-air, possibly having have hit their target.However, as has happened in over 200 other Israeli air strikes on targets in Syria, the defensive fire proved inadequate. The weapons struck three Syrian targets.The first was a training base called the “Academy.” A second site was reportedly a storage facility for surface-to-surface missile launchers located near the Masyaf National Hospital. Afterward, the pro-Assad Al-Masdar news agency published a picture of an annihilated M-600 Tishereen ballistic missile launcher.The M-600 is a Syrian license-manufactured version of the Iranian Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile, a type Tehran has used for missile strikes on targets in Syria, Iraq and Israel since 2017.The third and hardest hit site was a missile manufacturing facility belonging to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center near Masyaf, Syria. The SSSRC is dedicated to procuring sanctioned chemical weapons and ballistic missile technology from abroad for Damascus. The gated facility, for which you can see a satellite photo here, adjoined two compounds believed to house Syrian and Iranian troops.Before-and-after satellite photos show that around three-quarters of the facility was reduced to flattened rubble by the bombs. The Syrian government claimed six personnel were injured in the attack, while independent observers reported seventeen to twenty-one injured, and possibly some deaths amongst Iranian forces.The North Korean Connection?


Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign up

Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign upTSA, trying to boost enrollment in the expedited security program, is studying options including a shorter, cheaper membership and mobile enrollment.


Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gathering

Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gatheringSheriff's deputies broke up a large gathering of street racers who had taken over a parking lot in Corona, authorities said.


Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boatItaly's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he would hold the Netherlands and the European Union "responsible" for the fate of 42 migrants that Rome has blocked from disembarking at Italian ports for over a week. The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12. While 11 of those on board the Sea-Watch have been allowed to disembark -- including two pregnant women -- the vessel has been denied permission to dock in Italy.


Report: Dubai plane that crashed followed others too closely

Report: Dubai plane that crashed followed others too closelyA plane involved in a fatal crash that killed four people working on improvements at Dubai International Airport had followed other larger aircraft landing there too closely as air traffic controllers offered inconsistent warnings about the hazard, a preliminary investigative report released Sunday found. The May 16 crash of the Diamond DA62 saw the aircraft roll upside-down in air and smash into a park near the airport at high speed, killing the three Britons and one South African on board, according to the report by the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority. The twin propeller-engine light aircraft first lost control in the wake of a Thai Airways Airbus A350 landing at Dubai's airport, the world's busiest for international travel.


Thomas Roberts on Stonewall 50: ‘I Want LGBTQ Kids to Know It’s OK. It’s OK to Be Different, and OK to Be Gay’

Thomas Roberts on Stonewall 50: ‘I Want LGBTQ Kids to Know It’s OK. It’s OK to Be Different, and OK to Be Gay’Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.Thomas RobertsJournalistWhen/how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of them?I learned of the Stonewall Riots in 2006-2007. It was shortly after coming out publicly. I was utterly impressed at the bravery protesters showed. They put it all on the line for us.  The Stonewall Riots: What Really Happened, What Didn’t, and What Became MythWhat is their significance for you?Without Stonewall where would we be today? It was the spark.How far have we LGBT people come since 1969?Since 1969 we’ve come out of the shadows of shame and intolerance. In 50 years the LGBTQ community is a force to be reckon with, but we still have battles ahead. And it’s not solely on LGBTQ rights. We need to show up wherever people are marginalized and oppressed. We need to show up when we aren’t personally the sole beneficiaries.What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?I’d love to see an LGBTQ President. And I believe in my lifetime we just might. But in the meantime I want LGBTQ kids to know it’s OK. It’s OK to be different. It’s OK to be gay. The world is a big and wonderful place... eventually we all find our peace. However, it doesn’t come without ups and downs. There will be high highs and low lows. Keep going. It will all be OK. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


U.S. cyber attacks on Iranian targets not successful, Iran minister says

U.S. cyber attacks on Iranian targets not successful, Iran minister saysU.S. cyber attacks against Iranian targets have not been successful, Iran's telecoms minister said on Monday, after reports that the Pentagon had launched a long-planned cyber attack to disable his country's rocket launch systems. Tension is running high between longtime foes Iran and the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he called off a military strike to retaliate for Iran's downing of a U.S. drone.


Best Tech Deals in June 2019

Best Tech Deals in June 2019Amazon Deals | Walmart Deals | Apple Deals | TV Deals | Gaming Deals | Laptop Deals Upgrading your gadgets on a budget this month? Luckily, retailers are currently offering some the best deals we've seen on a variety of tech products. So if you can't afford to wait for Amazon Prime Day to bargain shop, you've come to the right place. We're rounding up the best tech deals on every thing from smart home devices to game consoles. Amazon continues to discount its best Kindle ever. For a limited time, the Kindle Oasis eReader is on sale for $199.99 ($50 off). Best Buy also offers this same Kindle Oasis deal.    It features a 7-inch high-res anti-glare display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and Audible built-in. With 8GB of onboard storage, you'll have ample room for magazines, comics, newspapers, and audiobooks. It's also waterproof so you can read at the beach, by the pool or in the bathtub.  Need more storage? Amazon also offers the 32GB model Kindle Oasis for $229.99 ($50 off). With Amazon's big shopping holiday just a few weeks away, 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. * Amazon Echo Alexa Voice Remote for $19.99 ($10 off)  * Kindle Oasis 8GB eReader for $199.99 ($50 off) * Kindle Oasis 32GB eReader for $229.99 ($50 off)  * Echo (2nd Gen) 2-Pack for $119.98 ($80 off) * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)  * Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker (2-Pack) for $59.98 ($40 off)  * Echo Plus (2nd Gen) with Philips Hue Bulb for $149.99 ($15 off)  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (2-Pack) for $109.98 ($30 off)  * Fire HD 8 Tablet (3-Pack) for $179.97 ($60 off)  * Fire HD 10 Tablet (3-Pack) for $329.97 ($120 off) * Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (2-Pack) for $299.98 ($100 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 * Google Home Hub Smart Display for $60 ($60 off via coupon, "SAVE15", ends 6/25) [NEW] * Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones for $227 ($123 off) PRICE DROP] * Acer A715 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop for $699.99 ($300 off via coupon, "EMCTBUD45", ends 6/24)  * Jabra Elite 65T Wireless Earbuds for $149.99 ($20 off via coupon, "JUNESAVE19") * Dell Vostro 14 3000 Laptop for $299 ($481 off via coupon, "SMLBIZ299")  * Beats EP On-Ear Headphones for $74 ($56 off)  * Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop for $749.99 ($249 off) * Shop ThinkGeek's Entire Sale  * Apple 9.7-inch iPad for $249 ($80 off) TV Deals * RCA 43-inch 4K UHD LED TV for $159.99 ($240 off) * Sharp 40-inch FHD LED TV for $129.99 ($50 off)  * Samsung 49-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $797.99 ($202 off) * Vizio 50-inch 4K HDR Smart TV for $259.99 ($140 off)  * Hisense 65-inch 4K Roku Smart TV for $498 ($150 off)  * TCL 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV for $1,399.99 ($200 off)  * Samsung 65-inch Q60 QLED 4K Smart TV for $1,397.99 ($400 off)  Tech Under $50 * SanDisk 200GB Ultra microSD Card for $24 ($9 off) [NEW] * Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds for $44.99 ($15 off) * Choetech Gravity Charging Car Phone Mount for $16.99 via coupon, "HRLT7DRT")  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (Rainbow) for $49.99 ($20 off) )  * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)      Smartwatch Deals * Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch for $167 ($133 off) [PRICE DROP] * Fitbit Alta HR for $75 ($115 off) * Garmin Vívoactive 3 (GPS) Smartwatch for $210 ($70 off) * Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) 38mm for $199 ($80 off)  * Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS/LTE) 42mm for $329 ($80 off)  * Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Smartwatch for $179 ($76 off)  Unlocked Phones * Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked (Not Pink) for $749 ($251 off)  * Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB Unlocked for $699 ($301 off)  * 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  * 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) Games and Consoles * Cyberpunk 2077 Preorder for PS4 or Xbox One for $50 ($10 off) [NEW] * MS Xbox One S 1TB Console for $199.99 ($100 off) at Newegg via eBay  * MS Xbox One X 1TB Division 2 Bundle for $375 ($124 off) [PRICE DROP] * 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 $331 ($29 off) at Walmart  * Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition for PS4 for $27 ($53 off)


Postal worker gunned down while delivering mail in Louisiana, police say

Postal worker gunned down while delivering mail in Louisiana, police sayA mailman died Saturday after he was shot multiple times while on his mail route, the Shreveport Police Department confirmed.


Istanbul Revote Pits Erdogan's Party Against Deposed Challenger

Istanbul Revote Pits Erdogan's Party Against Deposed Challenger(Bloomberg) -- Polls are open again in Istanbul as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party tries to extend its quarter century of rule in Turkey’s biggest city after forcing a controversial rerun of a mayoral election.More than 10 million people are eligible to vote, and the candidates put a priority on getting some of the 1.7 million who didn’t cast ballots in the last round to go to the polls on Sunday.The March 31 tally, overturned on appeal to the elections board, gave the opposition challenger, CHP’s Ekrem Imamoglu, a margin of only about 14,000 votes over a former prime minister and candidate of the ruling AK Party, Binali Yildirim.Gizem Konak, 26, said she’s always supported the pro-Kurdish HDP party -- until now.“This time I voted for Imamoglu,” she said in Kucukcekmece, a suburb of Istanbul. “This guy may be the only one to unite opposition parties under one roof in so many years. I think Imamoglu has the potential to change the destiny of this country.”The AK Party’s narrow defeat in March laid bare new vulnerabilities Erdogan faces after 16 years of increasingly authoritarian rule. With Turkey’s economy reeling, it was a stinging slap in the president’s hometown just a year after he was re-elected with sweeping new powers.Polls can’t be published within the last 10 days before the vote but earlier surveys suggested that Imamoglu, a former Istanbul district leader, was in the lead. Erdogan has said he’d accept the results of the vote.Days before the election, Imamoglu received critical support from a prominent Kurdish politician who’s been in prison since 2016 on terrorism-related charges he denies. Selahattin Demirtas, the former HDP leader, called on voters to support Imamoglu instead of voting for “revenge, hatred or grudges” in Turkey’s acutely polarized political climate.Turkey Orders Istanbul Vote Rerun After Erdogan Rejects DefeatDefeat in the nation’s commercial hub, home to about a fifth of Turkey’s more than 82 million people, would strip Erdogan’s party of a major source of patronage and handouts. By some estimates, the city absorbs a quarter of all public investment and accounts for a third of the country’s $748 billion economy.‘Correct Decision’“I believe the voters will make the correct decision for Istanbul,” Erdogan said after casting his vote on Sunday.After the board’s decision in May, the lira weakened the most in emerging markets and stocks were battered as investors fretted over what they saw as the erosion of the rule of law. Although unemployment has stabilized, the economy remains in distress.Erdogan’s party had already lost the capital, Ankara, and some other big cities in the March balloting as inflation, unemployment and a plunge in the lira took their toll. But he refused to concede defeat in Istanbul, crying voter fraud, and Turkey’s top election board concurred.Turkey Nailbiter Is Market’s Worst Nightmare, No Matter Who WinsIn a last-ditch effort to tar Imamoglu, Erdogan alleged on Tuesday that he was backed by enemy forces: the U.S.-based preacher the president accuses of mounting a failed 2016 coup attempt against him, and a party Erdogan sees as the political wing of the autonomy-seeking Kurdish PKK group Turkey’s been battling since the 1980s.Erdogan also called for prosecuting Imamoglu for allegedly insulting a provincial governor. The Turkish leader himself lost his seat as the mayor of Istanbul after he was imprisoned for four months in 1999 for reciting an Islamic poem deemed a threat to Turkey’s secular order.“Like how my mayoralty was nullified, so could his be canceled if he’s sentenced” long enough, Erdogan said.An Imamoglu win could touch off an early presidential vote to prevent his gaining political traction, said Murat Gezici, head of the Gezici polling company.It could “create political havoc within the ruling AK party, possibly leading to the formation of new political parties and bringing about early elections later this year or early next,” Gezici said.\--With assistance from Cagan Koc and Taylan Bilgic.To contact the reporters on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at shacaoglu@bloomberg.net;Firat Kozok in Ankara at fkozok@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Onur Ant at oant@bloomberg.net, Paul Abelsky, Nicholas LarkinFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Take a Peak: Meet the YF-22A Stealth Fighter (This Became the F-22 Raptor)

Take a Peak: Meet the YF-22A Stealth Fighter (This Became the F-22 Raptor)The interesting photo in this post shows F-22 less known older brother, the YF-22A. Actually, the YF-22A was the Raptor’s technology demonstrator. This fighter, in fact, was Lockheed Martin’s design for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Competition for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) where it was picked over its competitor, the Nothrop YF-23A.As we have already explained the origins of the ATF program trace back to late 1970s, when a new generation of Soviet fighters and Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) prompted the USAF to find a replacement for the F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter.The Advanced Tactical Fighter entered the Demonstration and Validation phase in 1986. The prototype aircraft (YF-22A and YF-23A) both completed their first flights in late 1990.The extensive flight tests conducted demonstrated that the YF-23A (named Black Widow II) was stealthier and faster while the YF-22A (named Lightning II) was more agile.The YF-23A, emphasized stealth characteristics: in fact to lessen weight and increase stealth, Northrop decided against using thrust vectoring for aerodynamic control as was used on the Lockheed YF-22A. Northrop built two YF-23A prototypes.Eventually, the YF-22A was selected as best of the two and the engineering and manufacturing development effort began in 1991 with the development contract assigned to Lockheed/Boeing.The aircraft received approval to enter low rate initial production (LRIP) in 2001. Initial operational and test evaluation by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center was successfully completed in 2004. Based on the maturity of design and other factors the program received approval for full rate production in 2005 and today the F-22A Raptor is USAF’s air dominance fighter.The F-22A was introduced Dec. 15, 2005, and a total of 187 operational aircraft were built. The last Raptor was delivered to the Air Force in 2012.This first appeared in Aviation Geek Club here.


Chevy’s 2020 Silverado 1500 3.0L Duramax Is the Brand’s Ultrasmooth Answer to the Half-Ton Diesel Truck Wars

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Georgian protesters slam 'Putinism' as Moscow tensions soar

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Hotel owner sues insurance company after Vegas mass shooting

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The Best Travel Mugs to Keep Your Coffee Hot (or Cold)

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U.S. explores requiring domestic 5G equipment to be made outside China: WSJ

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Constitutional law scholar Michael McConnell on the checks and balances between Congress and the president

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'Officer down! Officer down!' Chilling footage reveals deadly shootout in Sacramento

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Iran reports previous incident with 'spy drone' in May

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Apple was right again: Here’s why a Galaxy Note 10 without a microSD slot isn’t a big deal

Apple was right again: Here’s why a Galaxy Note 10 without a microSD slot isn’t a big dealLike its predecessors, the Galaxy Note 10 is hardly a well-kept secret. We already have renders based on leaked designs and we know almost everything there is to know about the handset. For example, the phone will feature Sound-on-Display technology, which means the entire screen works as a front speaker, but it won't have a headphone jack. The top speaker, 3.5mm port, and Bixby buttons aren't the only things Samsung removed from the phone, though. A brand new Note 10 rumor says the entry-level version of the handset will lack a microSD slot as well. This would be such a massive deal if it were to happen back in August 2015. But the Note 10 is hardly the Note 5, and expandable storage on a high-end Android phone shouldn't be considered a must-have feature anymore.Max Weinbach from xda-developers took to Twitter to post a few things he had learned from a source with access to the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro, and that's where the news comes from:https://twitter.com/mweinbachXDA/status/1142181764695281665As you can see in these tweets, he seems to have confirmed many of the current Note 10 leaks out there aside from the headphone jack, which may actually still be in the picture.https://twitter.com/mweinbachXDA/status/1142182209002102784Weinbach says the Note 10 Pro will have expandable storage, whereas the Note 10 will not. That would be a strange thing for Samsung to do, but the larger dimensions of the Note 10 would explain why Samsung might do it. Also, Samsung likes money too, so it would definitely welcome your extra cash for versions with more internal storage.When Samsung did the same thing with the Note 5 a few years ago, the cheapest version of the phone shipped with 32GB of storage. But Samsung flagships now start at 128GB of memory, which is a significant upgrade -- that goes for the Note 9 and the Galaxy S10. Add to that USB-C connectivity and speedy internet support (up to 5G), and you'd have more ways to move data at high speeds and free up your local storage than we had four years ago.Yes, Samsung brought the microSD card back after backlash from consumers. But the absence of microSD storage shouldn't be a deal-breaker in 2019. By the way, the Galaxy Fold that's still delayed would have shipped without a microSD slot too, but the foldable phone packs speedier storage. And built-in flash memory is always faster than expandable storage.Finally, by removing ports and buttons from its flagship phones, Samsung might be able to manufacture more durable handsets than before. Sooner or later, the microSD card is bound to disappear from more flagship devices, not just Samsung's. The iPhone never supported microSD cards, and Google's Pixel doesn't do it either. OnePlus has been selling phones without microSD support for years, well before significantly bumping up onboard storage, and Android fans have been buying them like crazy.


Flynn's sentencing delayed again so new lawyer can study up

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US economic plan for Mideast peace met by harsh criticism

US economic plan for Mideast peace met by harsh criticismWhen the Trump administration cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid for Palestinians last year, the Parents Circle, a coexistence group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families, lost 30% of its budget overnight. While U.S. allies in the region have been cool to the plan ahead of a launching conference in Bahrain this week, former U.S. diplomats and Mideast experts criticized it for recycling past proposals, making unrealistic projections and ignoring Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank. The White House on Saturday unveiled the $50 billion plan, saying it would seek to raise the cash for a series of investment and infrastructure projects to support its much-anticipated but still unreleased Middle East peace plan.


'0-0-0-0' lottery drawing breaks North Carolina record with $7.8 million in winnings

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Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by police

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Trump warns he’s not ‘prepared to lose’ reelection

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Friend of missing college student MacKenzie Lueck: 'I am almost positive that something is wrong'

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Bogus Brexit murder plot and other lies planted online by Russian accounts: study

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Vietnam jails US citizen for 'state overthrow' attempt

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The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Follows Its Kia Brother down the Value Path

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Follows Its Kia Brother down the Value PathThis new Hyundai three-row SUV doesn’t share the Telluride's styling but offers the same value.


Microsoft to launch a foldable Surface tablet with native Android app support

Microsoft to launch a foldable Surface tablet with native Android app supportLong before the Galaxy Fold was unveiled, we kept hearing rumors that Microsoft was working on a foldable device of its own, a pocketable Surface Phone-like gadget that would run a special version of Windows 10. More recently, we heard that Microsoft has shown off a dual-screen Surface device behind closed doors, which means the company appears to be going forward with this project. A new rumor now tells us exactly what to expect from this folding Surface device in terms of specs, revealing that Microsoft plans to have Android apps run natively on the new Windows machine.The foldable Surface tablet will pack a 9-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, according to IHS Markit's Jeff Lin. He also told Forbes that Apple will launch the 16-inch MacBook Pro in September. Citing supply chain info, Lin told Forbes that the new Microsoft product is due next year, sometime in the first half of 2020.The tablet will run Windows Core OS, the new Windows 10 version with a dual display UI, and it'll pack an Intel 10nm Lakefield chip. The foldable Surface will also feature always-on connectivity thanks to support for either LTE or 5G -- it's unclear if it'll support phone features, in which case we'd be talking about a real Surface Phone.Most importantly, the device will run Android Apps natively. And interestingly enough, it'll supposedly have iCloud support in Windows 10. It's currently unclear whether the tablet will have Google Play installed, which would imply a Google-Microsoft deal, or whether Microsoft is creating an Android app store of its own.We have no other details about the foldable Surface, but we'll point out Microsoft isn't the only company working on bigger foldable devices. Lenovo just demoed one recently, and it might release it before Microsoft launches the new foldable Surface.Meanwhile, the Galaxy Fold is still coming, while the Huawei Mate X has now been pushed back to September.


Mexico officials detain more migrants as crackdown steps up

Mexico officials detain more migrants as crackdown steps upAuthorities reinforced efforts over the weekend to deter Central Americans and others from crossing Mexico to reach the United States, detaining migrants in the south and stationing National Guardsmen along the Rio Grande in the north. In Arriaga, a town in the southern state of Chiapas, The Associated Press saw about 100 migrants bused to detention Sunday, while Milenio TV reported that 146 more were pulled from a private home in the central state of Queretaro and more than 100 were taken away from a hotel in the Gulf state of Veracruz. Pressured by the U.S., Mexico's government has deployed some 6,000 agents of the National Guard, its new militarized policing force, along its southern and northern borders this month.


Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, more

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Weird: India Sent a Really Old MiG-21 to Battle an U.S. Made F-16. Why?

Weird: India Sent a Really Old MiG-21 to Battle an U.S. Made F-16. Why?On Feb. 26, 2019 Indian planes crossed the line of control at India's border with Pakistan and bombed what New Dehli described as a terrorist training camp near Balakot.The Indian air force defended its decision to send old MiG-21 fighters up against much more modern Pakistani F-16s during recent aerial skirmishes.(This first appeared in March 2019.)Several days of aerial fighting followed the bombing raid. On Feb. 27, 2019, Pakistani F-16s and other planes crossed the line of control to attack Indian forces, New Delhi claimed.Indian MiG-21s and other fighters intercepted the Pakistanis and shot down one F-16, killing its pilot, according to the Indian government. Islamabad claimed its forces shot down two MiG-21s, but New Delhi copped to losing just one jet.Pakistani forces captured the MiG-21 pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, and held him for two days before handing him over to Indian officials.India's MiG-21s, while featuring some key upgrades, still are more than 30 years old. The Pakistani F-16 that the Indians shot down reportedly was a Block 52D model that Islamabad in 2005 ordered from the United States."The MiG-21 is in our inventory, why will we not use it?" Indian Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa rhetorically asked reporters when questioned about the aerial disparity.To be fair, India in the 1990s upgraded its MiG-21s to the "Bison" standard with Western-style avionics, a new radar and radar warning receiver and compatibility with modern weapons. "[It] has got better weapons system, better air-to-air missiles," Dhanoa pointed out.But the main reason India sent the MiG-21 into battle is that the type is still one of the most numerous in Indian air force service. "We fight with all the aircraft in our inventory," Dhanoa said.Indeed, the aerial battle in which the MiG-21 and F-16 were shot down involved, on both sides, mixed formations of old and new fighters."The MiG-21 that was shot down on Feb. 27, 2019, was part of a formation of eight Indian fighters which included four Sukhoi 30s, two upgraded Mirage 2000s and two MiG-21 Bisons that were dispatched to engage a package of 24 [Pakistani air force] jets that included eight F-16s, four Mirage III aircraft, four JF-17 Thunders," David Cenciotti reported at The Aviationist.India for years has been struggling to replace a large fleet of old, Russian-made warplanes. In 2018 the Indian air force operated 244 1960s-vintage MiG-21s and 84 MiG-27s that are only slightly younger.The MiG-21s, in particular, are accident-prone. Since the first of 874 MiG-21s entered Indian service in 1963, around 490 have crashed, killing around 200 pilots.


Trump news – live: President imposes 'hard hitting' sanctions on Iran as White House put on lock down

Trump news – live: President imposes 'hard hitting' sanctions on Iran as White House put on lock downDonald Trump is facing criticism on multiple fronts as the week begins, including escalating tensions with Iran and domestic outcry over the treatment of migrant children held in “filthy” border detention centres. Meanwhile, questions have been raised after documents were released showing the president's transition team "red flagged" the appointed of a senior general for a top administration post over his opposition to the use of torture.After postponing the mass deportation of immigrants at the request of Democrats over the weekend, the president gave an interview to NBC’s Meet the Press in which he fielded questions about possible Russian election hacking in 2020, the state of the US economy, and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is meanwhile in Saudi Arabia this week to address tensions in the Middle East, threatening “significant” new sanctions against Tehran while expressing an interest in opening talks with the regime.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load


REI's Fourth of July Sale Has Arrived — Here Are The Best Deals

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Eldorado Resorts takes on bigger rivals with $8.5 billion Caesars buy

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Three months on, landless IS still a threat in Syria

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Goodwood Festival of Speed: upcoming new car debuts

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‘Obliteration’ could still come to Iran, Trump warns

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White House on lockdown with reporters being moved to press briefing room, reports say

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The Latest: NTSB investigates deadly Hawaii skydiving crash

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Democratic White House candidates face grilling on abortion

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Stunning giant squid captured on video in US waters for first time

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1967 Ford Mustang Keeps Things Authentic

1967 Ford Mustang Keeps Things AuthenticIn a sea of restomods, this pony keeps things original throughout. It’s always refreshing to see people go to great lengths to bring an old classic back to its original form. That’s what this 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback S-Code is all about. Actually, the full-rotisserie restoration process didn’t just match the pony’s original specs, the craftsmanship rises to a higher level. This absolutely stunning machine comes to market via Vanguard Motor Sales.Thanks to the professional restoration, this fastback is bathed in the original Brittney Blue paint, which is absolutely silky smooth. All the body panels are straight, the trim and badges are all in top shape, there’s zero sign of pitting or curb rash on the wheels, and the black interior is of at least showroom quality if not better, just like the rest of the car. In fact, the radio and speaker have been rebuilt, showing just how painstaking the restoration process was.  More American Cars Is It Time To Buy Your Dream DeLorean DMC-12? Live Like A Rocker Driving A Customized 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Somebody Needs To Preserve This 1984 Pontiac Fiero Indy Pace Car Edition Own This Exceptional Low Mileage 2005 Ford GT The mechanicals are all original and correct. A Ford 390ci FE V8 is mated up to a Toploader 4-speed manual transmission. Both the air cleaner and carburetor are original, so you get an authentic experience. Power is sent to a Ford 9-inch rear. With a heavy-duty suspension upgrade, handling is excellent. The factory Extra Cooling Package makes this ride that much nicer, especially if you live in an especially hot climate. Power disk brakes provide consistent stopping power.Plenty of upgrades originally included in the car make the interior a little nice. There’s the Deluxe Steering Wheel, plus the Sport Deck Rear Seat, the Interior Décor Group, tinted windows, Deluxe Seat Belts, and an AM radio.With only two owners who know each other, this Ford Mustang has been exceptionally cared for throughout its lifetime. All work was completed in 2017 by Desert Classic Mustangs, which is located in Tempe, Arizona. While there are others like this around, finding one in this kind of condition is a rarity, to say the least. Classic Mustangs will only continue to appreciate in value, thanks to their broad appeal and legendary reputation worldwide.


Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia

Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia(Bloomberg) -- Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he underestimated the challenges of governing the country before his shock election victory last year.“I underestimated because we were on the outside and we didn’t get any information on what was happening on the inside,” Mahathir said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin in Bangkok at the 5th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit. “We are having a very tough time dealing with damages in the finances as well as the crimes that were committed.”Here are some key comments from the interview:1MDBGoldman Sachs offered “a little compensation” versus the “huge killing” it made, Mahathir said, noting he was unsure where the money lost from the 1MDB scandal has gone.The scandal surrounding 1MDB sprawls from the U.S. to Switzerland, reaching the highest levels of Malaysian politics while ensnaring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in its first criminal case. Mahathir has raised the amount he wants to recoup from 1MDB to $7 billion after previously saying he sought $4.5 billion that U.S. prosecutors estimated went missing from the state fund. So far, the Southeast Asian country has brought back less than $500 million.Mahathir said in May he was awaiting a response from Goldman Sachs before deciding whether to take legal action against the bank over “too high” fees on 1MDB bond sales. Malaysia had already announced criminal charges against Goldman in December, accusing the lender of misleading investors when it knew that funds raised from the $6.5 billion bond offer it arranged would be misappropriated. The bank said it will defend against the allegations.ChinaMahathir disagreed he was sending a message to the U.S. by taking China’s side on certain issues. It’s “free speech,” he said. “I don’t like the old idea of cooking something up in the West and then asking us to accept them. China is a bit more sensitive to our feelings.”On the resumed multi-billion dollar rail project, he said: “We were able to renegotiate the terms of the contract. It is quite obvious that the contract was overpriced.,” he said. The government considered dropping the project altogether “but did not want to pay huge compensation on it.”The project will now cost 44 billion ringgit ($10.7 billion) instead of the original 65.5 billion ringgit, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office in April.SuccessionLast May, Mahathir led Malaysia to its first change in government since its independence from Britain in 1957. The country is set for another political shift as he is expected to hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim, who said Mahathir had made it “very clear” that Anwar would get the top seat by May next year.Mahathir said he will hand over to Anwar in “a year or so.” He doesn’t want to leave Malaysia in shambles, he said, pointing to the state of the country when his predecessor Najib Razak was ousted.“I made a promise, I keep my promise,” Mahathir said. When asked why he was reluctant to set a date for the handover, Mahathir said it was because “there may be something I need to do before I step down,” noting he wanted to fix Malaysia’s debt.When asked whether he had changed, Mahathir replied: “I don’t know, I’m still myself. Well I want to work for the country. I don’t have much of a future so the last thing I want to do is to go away leaving the country in shambles, like the previous one.”EconomyMahathir has trimmed state spending to narrow the budget deficit to 3.4% of gross domestic product this year, from a five-year high of 3.7% last year. Fiscal recovery remains fragile as the government spends billions rescuing troubled institutions from the Hajj fund to an agency overseeing farmers. His administration replaced a sweeping goods-and-services tax with a more targeted consumption tax last year, and is now counting on state oil company dividends to support revenue.The government would be careful in choosing buyers for beleaguered national carrier Malaysian Airlines Bhd, he said Friday, noting: “If there is a good offer, we will consider.”(Updates with Mahathir comment in 14th paragraph. An earlier version of this story corrected a quote in 3rd and 11th paragraphs from story that moved on Friday.)To contact the reporters on this story: Yudith Ho in Kuala Lumpur at yho35@bloomberg.net;Anisah Shukry in Kuala Lumpur at ashukry2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelines

Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelinesFive underwater pipelines have been damaged and put out of order after a sabotage attack off the coastal town of Banias, Syria's oil ministry said Sunday. The damage was discovered after divers checked to see what was behind an oil leakage, the ministry said. Banias is home to one of Syria's two oil refineries.


One Dead, 10 Injured in South Bend Pub Shooting

One Dead, 10 Injured in South Bend Pub ShootingSergio Flores/ReutersOne person has died and at least 10 people have been injured after a gunman opened fire at local pub in South Bend, Indiana, police said Sunday morning. Local police and the Metro Homicide squad were called to a reported mass shooting at 2 a.m. at Kelly’s Pub in South Bend, Indiana. Local news ABC 57 reports that several victims were taken to area hospitals with gunshot wounds. There is no information on the shooter or motive for the crime. South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to give a town hall meeting on Sunday to address concerns after a police shooting last week. This story is developing. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Trump imposes new U.S. sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, other top officials

Trump imposes new U.S. sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, other top officialsWASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials with new U.S. sanctions on Monday, looking for a fresh blow to Iran's economy after Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone. With tensions running high between the two countries, Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions, which U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said would lock billions of dollars more in Iranian assets. Trump told reporters the sanctions were in part a response to last week's downing of a U.S. drone by Iran, but would have happened anyway.


View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class

View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class


White supremacist who killed woman after driving car into Charlottesville protesters begs judge to show him ‘mercy’

White supremacist who killed woman after driving car into Charlottesville protesters begs judge to show him ‘mercy’The self-avowed white supremacist who ploughed his car into protesters opposing a far-right rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison.James Alex Fields Jr’s legal team has argued in a new sentencing memo that the 22-year-old defendant should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness.Fields has pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in relation to the Charlottesville attack and is set to be sentenced on 28 June.“No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this Court should find that retribution has limits,” his attorneys wrote in a court document submitted on Friday.Fields’ attorneys said that giving him something less than a life sentence would be akin to an “expression of mercy” and a “conviction that no individual is wholly defined by their worst moments”.The attorneys highlighted his difficult upbringing and history of mental illness, but many of the details were redacted. The document did reveal he was raised by a paraplegic single mother and suffered “trauma” by growing up knowing his Jewish grandfather had murdered his grandmother before committing suicide.In their own sentencing memo, prosecutors said Fields had shown no remorse since he drove the car into the counter-demonstrators on 12 August, 2017, killing anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and injuring others protesting against the white nationalists.They argued that Fields deserves a life sentence, adding that would help deter others from committing “similar acts of domestic terrorism”.Prosecutors focused on years of documented racist and antisemitic behaviour by Fields, which they said included keeping a picture of Adolf Hitler on his bedside table. They also said that he was recorded on a jail phone call making disparaging remarks about Ms Heyer’s mother as recently as last month.They also argued that while Fields has a history of mental illness issues, it did not excuse his behaviour in a way that would demand a lenient sentence. “Any mental health concerns raised by the defendant do not overcome the defendant’s demonstrated lack of remorse and his prior history of substantial racial animus,” prosecutors wrote.Under a plea deal, federal prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty against Fields after he pleaded in March to federal hate crime charges and admitted that he intentionally drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters.The charges he pleaded guilty to call for life in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.In December last year he was convicted in a Virginia court of first-degree murder and other state charges for killing Ms Heyer and injuring others who were protesting. Sentencing on the state charges is scheduled for next month.The 2017 rally drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hundreds of counter-protesters demonstrated against the white nationalists.Donald Trump infamously said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the clashes in the Virginia city.Additional reporting by AP


Israeli F-16s Smashed a Syrian Missile Complex (And Russia Held Its Fire)

Israeli F-16s Smashed a Syrian Missile Complex (And Russia Held Its Fire)“Due to the special nature of the system, and that the Russians are likely to have supplied only a few missiles to equip the launchers, I don’t think SAA will ever use it soon. The IAF has been using the tactic of saturating the attacked area with various kinds of missiles and bombs. It is not economical to use the S-300 against such an attack.”At 2:30 in the morning on April 13, 2019, around a dozen missiles tore over the night sky of Hama province, Syria, launched by Israeli F-16 jets flying over Lebanon.(This first appeared several weeks ago.)In response, short-range Syrian air missiles arced into the night sky trailing plumes of fire from their rocket motors. One or two can be seen exploding mid-air, possibly having have hit their target.However, as has happened in over 200 other Israeli air strikes on targets in Syria, the defensive fire proved inadequate. The weapons struck three Syrian targets.The first was a training base called the “Academy.” A second site was reportedly a storage facility for surface-to-surface missile launchers located near the Masyaf National Hospital. Afterward, the pro-Assad Al-Masdar news agency published a picture of an annihilated M-600 Tishereen ballistic missile launcher.The M-600 is a Syrian license-manufactured version of the Iranian Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile, a type Tehran has used for missile strikes on targets in Syria, Iraq and Israel since 2017.The third and hardest hit site was a missile manufacturing facility belonging to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center near Masyaf, Syria. The SSSRC is dedicated to procuring sanctioned chemical weapons and ballistic missile technology from abroad for Damascus. The gated facility, for which you can see a satellite photo here, adjoined two compounds believed to house Syrian and Iranian troops.Before-and-after satellite photos show that around three-quarters of the facility was reduced to flattened rubble by the bombs. The Syrian government claimed six personnel were injured in the attack, while independent observers reported seventeen to twenty-one injured, and possibly some deaths amongst Iranian forces.The North Korean Connection?


Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign up

Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign upTSA, trying to boost enrollment in the expedited security program, is studying options including a shorter, cheaper membership and mobile enrollment.


Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gathering

Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gatheringSheriff's deputies broke up a large gathering of street racers who had taken over a parking lot in Corona, authorities said.


Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boatItaly's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he would hold the Netherlands and the European Union "responsible" for the fate of 42 migrants that Rome has blocked from disembarking at Italian ports for over a week. The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12. While 11 of those on board the Sea-Watch have been allowed to disembark -- including two pregnant women -- the vessel has been denied permission to dock in Italy.


Report: Dubai plane that crashed followed others too closely

Report: Dubai plane that crashed followed others too closelyA plane involved in a fatal crash that killed four people working on improvements at Dubai International Airport had followed other larger aircraft landing there too closely as air traffic controllers offered inconsistent warnings about the hazard, a preliminary investigative report released Sunday found. The May 16 crash of the Diamond DA62 saw the aircraft roll upside-down in air and smash into a park near the airport at high speed, killing the three Britons and one South African on board, according to the report by the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority. The twin propeller-engine light aircraft first lost control in the wake of a Thai Airways Airbus A350 landing at Dubai's airport, the world's busiest for international travel.


Thomas Roberts on Stonewall 50: ‘I Want LGBTQ Kids to Know It’s OK. It’s OK to Be Different, and OK to Be Gay’

Thomas Roberts on Stonewall 50: ‘I Want LGBTQ Kids to Know It’s OK. It’s OK to Be Different, and OK to Be Gay’Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.Thomas RobertsJournalistWhen/how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of them?I learned of the Stonewall Riots in 2006-2007. It was shortly after coming out publicly. I was utterly impressed at the bravery protesters showed. They put it all on the line for us.  The Stonewall Riots: What Really Happened, What Didn’t, and What Became MythWhat is their significance for you?Without Stonewall where would we be today? It was the spark.How far have we LGBT people come since 1969?Since 1969 we’ve come out of the shadows of shame and intolerance. In 50 years the LGBTQ community is a force to be reckon with, but we still have battles ahead. And it’s not solely on LGBTQ rights. We need to show up wherever people are marginalized and oppressed. We need to show up when we aren’t personally the sole beneficiaries.What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?I’d love to see an LGBTQ President. And I believe in my lifetime we just might. But in the meantime I want LGBTQ kids to know it’s OK. It’s OK to be different. It’s OK to be gay. The world is a big and wonderful place... eventually we all find our peace. However, it doesn’t come without ups and downs. There will be high highs and low lows. Keep going. It will all be OK. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


U.S. cyber attacks on Iranian targets not successful, Iran minister says

U.S. cyber attacks on Iranian targets not successful, Iran minister saysU.S. cyber attacks against Iranian targets have not been successful, Iran's telecoms minister said on Monday, after reports that the Pentagon had launched a long-planned cyber attack to disable his country's rocket launch systems. Tension is running high between longtime foes Iran and the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he called off a military strike to retaliate for Iran's downing of a U.S. drone.


Best Tech Deals in June 2019

Best Tech Deals in June 2019Amazon Deals | Walmart Deals | Apple Deals | TV Deals | Gaming Deals | Laptop Deals Upgrading your gadgets on a budget this month? Luckily, retailers are currently offering some the best deals we've seen on a variety of tech products. So if you can't afford to wait for Amazon Prime Day to bargain shop, you've come to the right place. We're rounding up the best tech deals on every thing from smart home devices to game consoles. Amazon continues to discount its best Kindle ever. For a limited time, the Kindle Oasis eReader is on sale for $199.99 ($50 off). Best Buy also offers this same Kindle Oasis deal.    It features a 7-inch high-res anti-glare display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and Audible built-in. With 8GB of onboard storage, you'll have ample room for magazines, comics, newspapers, and audiobooks. It's also waterproof so you can read at the beach, by the pool or in the bathtub.  Need more storage? Amazon also offers the 32GB model Kindle Oasis for $229.99 ($50 off). With Amazon's big shopping holiday just a few weeks away, 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. * Amazon Echo Alexa Voice Remote for $19.99 ($10 off)  * Kindle Oasis 8GB eReader for $199.99 ($50 off) * Kindle Oasis 32GB eReader for $229.99 ($50 off)  * Echo (2nd Gen) 2-Pack for $119.98 ($80 off) * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)  * Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker (2-Pack) for $59.98 ($40 off)  * Echo Plus (2nd Gen) with Philips Hue Bulb for $149.99 ($15 off)  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (2-Pack) for $109.98 ($30 off)  * Fire HD 8 Tablet (3-Pack) for $179.97 ($60 off)  * Fire HD 10 Tablet (3-Pack) for $329.97 ($120 off) * Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (2-Pack) for $299.98 ($100 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 * Google Home Hub Smart Display for $60 ($60 off via coupon, "SAVE15", ends 6/25) [NEW] * Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones for $227 ($123 off) PRICE DROP] * Acer A715 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop for $699.99 ($300 off via coupon, "EMCTBUD45", ends 6/24)  * Jabra Elite 65T Wireless Earbuds for $149.99 ($20 off via coupon, "JUNESAVE19") * Dell Vostro 14 3000 Laptop for $299 ($481 off via coupon, "SMLBIZ299")  * Beats EP On-Ear Headphones for $74 ($56 off)  * Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop for $749.99 ($249 off) * Shop ThinkGeek's Entire Sale  * Apple 9.7-inch iPad for $249 ($80 off) TV Deals * RCA 43-inch 4K UHD LED TV for $159.99 ($240 off) * Sharp 40-inch FHD LED TV for $129.99 ($50 off)  * Samsung 49-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $797.99 ($202 off) * Vizio 50-inch 4K HDR Smart TV for $259.99 ($140 off)  * Hisense 65-inch 4K Roku Smart TV for $498 ($150 off)  * TCL 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV for $1,399.99 ($200 off)  * Samsung 65-inch Q60 QLED 4K Smart TV for $1,397.99 ($400 off)  Tech Under $50 * SanDisk 200GB Ultra microSD Card for $24 ($9 off) [NEW] * Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds for $44.99 ($15 off) * Choetech Gravity Charging Car Phone Mount for $16.99 via coupon, "HRLT7DRT")  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (Rainbow) for $49.99 ($20 off) )  * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)      Smartwatch Deals * Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch for $167 ($133 off) [PRICE DROP] * Fitbit Alta HR for $75 ($115 off) * Garmin Vívoactive 3 (GPS) Smartwatch for $210 ($70 off) * Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) 38mm for $199 ($80 off)  * Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS/LTE) 42mm for $329 ($80 off)  * Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Smartwatch for $179 ($76 off)  Unlocked Phones * Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked (Not Pink) for $749 ($251 off)  * Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB Unlocked for $699 ($301 off)  * 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  * 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) Games and Consoles * Cyberpunk 2077 Preorder for PS4 or Xbox One for $50 ($10 off) [NEW] * MS Xbox One S 1TB Console for $199.99 ($100 off) at Newegg via eBay  * MS Xbox One X 1TB Division 2 Bundle for $375 ($124 off) [PRICE DROP] * 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 $331 ($29 off) at Walmart  * Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition for PS4 for $27 ($53 off)


Postal worker gunned down while delivering mail in Louisiana, police say

Postal worker gunned down while delivering mail in Louisiana, police sayA mailman died Saturday after he was shot multiple times while on his mail route, the Shreveport Police Department confirmed.


Istanbul Revote Pits Erdogan's Party Against Deposed Challenger

Istanbul Revote Pits Erdogan's Party Against Deposed Challenger(Bloomberg) -- Polls are open again in Istanbul as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party tries to extend its quarter century of rule in Turkey’s biggest city after forcing a controversial rerun of a mayoral election.More than 10 million people are eligible to vote, and the candidates put a priority on getting some of the 1.7 million who didn’t cast ballots in the last round to go to the polls on Sunday.The March 31 tally, overturned on appeal to the elections board, gave the opposition challenger, CHP’s Ekrem Imamoglu, a margin of only about 14,000 votes over a former prime minister and candidate of the ruling AK Party, Binali Yildirim.Gizem Konak, 26, said she’s always supported the pro-Kurdish HDP party -- until now.“This time I voted for Imamoglu,” she said in Kucukcekmece, a suburb of Istanbul. “This guy may be the only one to unite opposition parties under one roof in so many years. I think Imamoglu has the potential to change the destiny of this country.”The AK Party’s narrow defeat in March laid bare new vulnerabilities Erdogan faces after 16 years of increasingly authoritarian rule. With Turkey’s economy reeling, it was a stinging slap in the president’s hometown just a year after he was re-elected with sweeping new powers.Polls can’t be published within the last 10 days before the vote but earlier surveys suggested that Imamoglu, a former Istanbul district leader, was in the lead. Erdogan has said he’d accept the results of the vote.Days before the election, Imamoglu received critical support from a prominent Kurdish politician who’s been in prison since 2016 on terrorism-related charges he denies. Selahattin Demirtas, the former HDP leader, called on voters to support Imamoglu instead of voting for “revenge, hatred or grudges” in Turkey’s acutely polarized political climate.Turkey Orders Istanbul Vote Rerun After Erdogan Rejects DefeatDefeat in the nation’s commercial hub, home to about a fifth of Turkey’s more than 82 million people, would strip Erdogan’s party of a major source of patronage and handouts. By some estimates, the city absorbs a quarter of all public investment and accounts for a third of the country’s $748 billion economy.‘Correct Decision’“I believe the voters will make the correct decision for Istanbul,” Erdogan said after casting his vote on Sunday.After the board’s decision in May, the lira weakened the most in emerging markets and stocks were battered as investors fretted over what they saw as the erosion of the rule of law. Although unemployment has stabilized, the economy remains in distress.Erdogan’s party had already lost the capital, Ankara, and some other big cities in the March balloting as inflation, unemployment and a plunge in the lira took their toll. But he refused to concede defeat in Istanbul, crying voter fraud, and Turkey’s top election board concurred.Turkey Nailbiter Is Market’s Worst Nightmare, No Matter Who WinsIn a last-ditch effort to tar Imamoglu, Erdogan alleged on Tuesday that he was backed by enemy forces: the U.S.-based preacher the president accuses of mounting a failed 2016 coup attempt against him, and a party Erdogan sees as the political wing of the autonomy-seeking Kurdish PKK group Turkey’s been battling since the 1980s.Erdogan also called for prosecuting Imamoglu for allegedly insulting a provincial governor. The Turkish leader himself lost his seat as the mayor of Istanbul after he was imprisoned for four months in 1999 for reciting an Islamic poem deemed a threat to Turkey’s secular order.“Like how my mayoralty was nullified, so could his be canceled if he’s sentenced” long enough, Erdogan said.An Imamoglu win could touch off an early presidential vote to prevent his gaining political traction, said Murat Gezici, head of the Gezici polling company.It could “create political havoc within the ruling AK party, possibly leading to the formation of new political parties and bringing about early elections later this year or early next,” Gezici said.\--With assistance from Cagan Koc and Taylan Bilgic.To contact the reporters on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at shacaoglu@bloomberg.net;Firat Kozok in Ankara at fkozok@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Onur Ant at oant@bloomberg.net, Paul Abelsky, Nicholas LarkinFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Take a Peak: Meet the YF-22A Stealth Fighter (This Became the F-22 Raptor)

Take a Peak: Meet the YF-22A Stealth Fighter (This Became the F-22 Raptor)The interesting photo in this post shows F-22 less known older brother, the YF-22A. Actually, the YF-22A was the Raptor’s technology demonstrator. This fighter, in fact, was Lockheed Martin’s design for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Competition for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) where it was picked over its competitor, the Nothrop YF-23A.As we have already explained the origins of the ATF program trace back to late 1970s, when a new generation of Soviet fighters and Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) prompted the USAF to find a replacement for the F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter.The Advanced Tactical Fighter entered the Demonstration and Validation phase in 1986. The prototype aircraft (YF-22A and YF-23A) both completed their first flights in late 1990.The extensive flight tests conducted demonstrated that the YF-23A (named Black Widow II) was stealthier and faster while the YF-22A (named Lightning II) was more agile.The YF-23A, emphasized stealth characteristics: in fact to lessen weight and increase stealth, Northrop decided against using thrust vectoring for aerodynamic control as was used on the Lockheed YF-22A. Northrop built two YF-23A prototypes.Eventually, the YF-22A was selected as best of the two and the engineering and manufacturing development effort began in 1991 with the development contract assigned to Lockheed/Boeing.The aircraft received approval to enter low rate initial production (LRIP) in 2001. Initial operational and test evaluation by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center was successfully completed in 2004. Based on the maturity of design and other factors the program received approval for full rate production in 2005 and today the F-22A Raptor is USAF’s air dominance fighter.The F-22A was introduced Dec. 15, 2005, and a total of 187 operational aircraft were built. The last Raptor was delivered to the Air Force in 2012.This first appeared in Aviation Geek Club here.


Chevy’s 2020 Silverado 1500 3.0L Duramax Is the Brand’s Ultrasmooth Answer to the Half-Ton Diesel Truck Wars

Chevy’s 2020 Silverado 1500 3.0L Duramax Is the Brand’s Ultrasmooth Answer to the Half-Ton Diesel Truck WarsRefined and quiet, Chevy's Duramax inline-six is the latest light-duty diesel in the segment.


Georgian protesters slam 'Putinism' as Moscow tensions soar

Georgian protesters slam 'Putinism' as Moscow tensions soarSeveral thousand protesters took to the streets of Georgian capital Tbilisi for a fourth day on Sunday as tensions rose between Moscow and its ex-Soviet neighbour. Some protest placards took aim at Bidzina Ivanishvili, the oligarch leader of the ruling party, believed by many to be the power behind the scenes in the Western-backed country of 3.7 million people. Others slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin who in response to the protests has banned Russian airlines from flying to Georgia and Georgian air carriers travelling to Russia.


Hotel owner sues insurance company after Vegas mass shooting

Hotel owner sues insurance company after Vegas mass shootingMore than 4,000 people are seeking damages from MGM Resorts International related to the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that left 58 people dead, the casino giant said in a lawsuit alleging its insurance company has failed to pay promised legal costs. Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts alleges breach-of-contract and accuses Illinois-based Zurich American Insurance Co. of failing to pay defense costs for damage claims stemming from the 2017 shooting. MGM Resorts owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, where the shooter opened fire from a 32nd-floor window, and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue where country music concert-goers died and more than 850 people were injured.


The Best Travel Mugs to Keep Your Coffee Hot (or Cold)

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U.S. explores requiring domestic 5G equipment to be made outside China: WSJ

U.S. explores requiring domestic 5G equipment to be made outside China: WSJAs part of a 150-day review that started after cybersecurity concerns in the United States, officials are asking telecom equipment makers if they can develop U.S.-bound hardware including cellular-tower electronics as well as routers and switches, and software outside of China, the WSJ reported. In May, the Trump administration took aim at China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, banning the firm from buying vital U.S. technology without special approval and effectively barring its equipment from U.S. telecom networks on national security grounds.


Constitutional law scholar Michael McConnell on the checks and balances between Congress and the president

Constitutional law scholar Michael McConnell on the checks and balances between Congress and the presidentConstitutional law scholar and former Circuit Court Judge Michael McConnell on impeachment and misuse of the constitution.


'Officer down! Officer down!' Chilling footage reveals deadly shootout in Sacramento

'Officer down! Officer down!' Chilling footage reveals deadly shootout in SacramentoA hearing is Monday for the man accused of killing a rookie Sacramento police officer in a fierce shootout captured on the bodycam of a fellow officer.


Iran reports previous incident with 'spy drone' in May

Iran reports previous incident with 'spy drone' in MayIran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted a map on Sunday showing a border incident with a "spy drone" encroaching its airspace in late May. Days after Iran shot down another US drone it said had entered its territory, Zarif said the US-made MQ9 Reaper -- also widely used for carrying out military strikes -- had entered Iranian airspace on May 26.


Apple was right again: Here’s why a Galaxy Note 10 without a microSD slot isn’t a big deal

Apple was right again: Here’s why a Galaxy Note 10 without a microSD slot isn’t a big dealLike its predecessors, the Galaxy Note 10 is hardly a well-kept secret. We already have renders based on leaked designs and we know almost everything there is to know about the handset. For example, the phone will feature Sound-on-Display technology, which means the entire screen works as a front speaker, but it won't have a headphone jack. The top speaker, 3.5mm port, and Bixby buttons aren't the only things Samsung removed from the phone, though. A brand new Note 10 rumor says the entry-level version of the handset will lack a microSD slot as well. This would be such a massive deal if it were to happen back in August 2015. But the Note 10 is hardly the Note 5, and expandable storage on a high-end Android phone shouldn't be considered a must-have feature anymore.Max Weinbach from xda-developers took to Twitter to post a few things he had learned from a source with access to the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro, and that's where the news comes from:https://twitter.com/mweinbachXDA/status/1142181764695281665As you can see in these tweets, he seems to have confirmed many of the current Note 10 leaks out there aside from the headphone jack, which may actually still be in the picture.https://twitter.com/mweinbachXDA/status/1142182209002102784Weinbach says the Note 10 Pro will have expandable storage, whereas the Note 10 will not. That would be a strange thing for Samsung to do, but the larger dimensions of the Note 10 would explain why Samsung might do it. Also, Samsung likes money too, so it would definitely welcome your extra cash for versions with more internal storage.When Samsung did the same thing with the Note 5 a few years ago, the cheapest version of the phone shipped with 32GB of storage. But Samsung flagships now start at 128GB of memory, which is a significant upgrade -- that goes for the Note 9 and the Galaxy S10. Add to that USB-C connectivity and speedy internet support (up to 5G), and you'd have more ways to move data at high speeds and free up your local storage than we had four years ago.Yes, Samsung brought the microSD card back after backlash from consumers. But the absence of microSD storage shouldn't be a deal-breaker in 2019. By the way, the Galaxy Fold that's still delayed would have shipped without a microSD slot too, but the foldable phone packs speedier storage. And built-in flash memory is always faster than expandable storage.Finally, by removing ports and buttons from its flagship phones, Samsung might be able to manufacture more durable handsets than before. Sooner or later, the microSD card is bound to disappear from more flagship devices, not just Samsung's. The iPhone never supported microSD cards, and Google's Pixel doesn't do it either. OnePlus has been selling phones without microSD support for years, well before significantly bumping up onboard storage, and Android fans have been buying them like crazy.


Flynn's sentencing delayed again so new lawyer can study up

Flynn's sentencing delayed again so new lawyer can study upThe lawyer, Sidney Powell, said she needed the extra time to work her way through three hard drives delivered from Flynn’s former lawyers.


US economic plan for Mideast peace met by harsh criticism

US economic plan for Mideast peace met by harsh criticismWhen the Trump administration cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid for Palestinians last year, the Parents Circle, a coexistence group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families, lost 30% of its budget overnight. While U.S. allies in the region have been cool to the plan ahead of a launching conference in Bahrain this week, former U.S. diplomats and Mideast experts criticized it for recycling past proposals, making unrealistic projections and ignoring Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank. The White House on Saturday unveiled the $50 billion plan, saying it would seek to raise the cash for a series of investment and infrastructure projects to support its much-anticipated but still unreleased Middle East peace plan.


'0-0-0-0' lottery drawing breaks North Carolina record with $7.8 million in winnings

'0-0-0-0' lottery drawing breaks North Carolina record with $7.8 million in winningsIn the largest amount ever won in a single drawing in the game –  $7.8 million – 2,014 winning tickets were sold in Saturday's Carolina Pick 4.


Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by police

Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by policeSometimes, when life in the wild all gets a bit much, a clean cupboard in a warm home is a much more inviting place for a nap.A black bear broke into a family house, locked itself into a laundry room and then went to sleep on the wardrobe shelf, defying all efforts to lure it out.Police were unable at first to reach the furry intruder because it had managed to bolt the door from the inside as it ripped apart the homeowners’ belongings.When officers knocked on the window to wake the bear, it just yawned, they said.Eventually, they managed to unlock the door to allow wildlife experts to tranquillise the animal to get it out and return it to the wild.The homeowners, in Butler Creek in the US state of Montana, were alarmed to find the animal had barricaded itself in during the night.The Missoula County sheriff’s office posted on social media: “Wow!!! What a day!”They explained: “When deputies arrived, they discovered this black bear had opened the door to the mudroom of this residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside.“After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.“When deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door.“Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.”Officers added: “The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities.”Residents were warned to lock up their homes as the bear had reportedly tried at least two other doors.


Trump warns he’s not ‘prepared to lose’ reelection

Trump warns he’s not ‘prepared to lose’ reelectionPresident Trump declared that he is not “prepared to lose” reelection in 2020, saying he does not believe the official results of the popular vote count from his first election.


Friend of missing college student MacKenzie Lueck: 'I am almost positive that something is wrong'

Friend of missing college student MacKenzie Lueck: 'I am almost positive that something is wrong'A college student from El Segundo in Southern California has been missing for nearly a week since she returned to school in Utah.


Bogus Brexit murder plot and other lies planted online by Russian accounts: study

Bogus Brexit murder plot and other lies planted online by Russian accounts: studyIn August 2018, Spanish authorities uncovered a plot by anti-Brexit campaigners to assassinate leading Brexiteer and now favorite to be Britain's next prime minister, Boris Johnson. The effort employed scores of accounts posting in at least six languages on platforms including Facebook and Twitter, as well as multiple other blogging sites and forums. The aim was to "divide, discredit, and distract" Western countries by planting false information about topics ranging from alleged British meddling in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections to Irish paramilitary involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England last year.


Vietnam jails US citizen for 'state overthrow' attempt

Vietnam jails US citizen for 'state overthrow' attemptA US citizen was sentenced Monday to 12 years in Vietnamese prison for "attempting to overthrow the state", a lawyer and state media said, as the one-party country squeezes dissent. Vietnamese-American Michael Nguyen was detained in July last year while travelling in the country with two activists, who were also arrested. The trio were accused of setting up a group to prepare armed protest and the occupation of official "headquarters" in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, according to state-run news site VnExpress.


The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Follows Its Kia Brother down the Value Path

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Follows Its Kia Brother down the Value PathThis new Hyundai three-row SUV doesn’t share the Telluride's styling but offers the same value.


Microsoft to launch a foldable Surface tablet with native Android app support

Microsoft to launch a foldable Surface tablet with native Android app supportLong before the Galaxy Fold was unveiled, we kept hearing rumors that Microsoft was working on a foldable device of its own, a pocketable Surface Phone-like gadget that would run a special version of Windows 10. More recently, we heard that Microsoft has shown off a dual-screen Surface device behind closed doors, which means the company appears to be going forward with this project. A new rumor now tells us exactly what to expect from this folding Surface device in terms of specs, revealing that Microsoft plans to have Android apps run natively on the new Windows machine.The foldable Surface tablet will pack a 9-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, according to IHS Markit's Jeff Lin. He also told Forbes that Apple will launch the 16-inch MacBook Pro in September. Citing supply chain info, Lin told Forbes that the new Microsoft product is due next year, sometime in the first half of 2020.The tablet will run Windows Core OS, the new Windows 10 version with a dual display UI, and it'll pack an Intel 10nm Lakefield chip. The foldable Surface will also feature always-on connectivity thanks to support for either LTE or 5G -- it's unclear if it'll support phone features, in which case we'd be talking about a real Surface Phone.Most importantly, the device will run Android Apps natively. And interestingly enough, it'll supposedly have iCloud support in Windows 10. It's currently unclear whether the tablet will have Google Play installed, which would imply a Google-Microsoft deal, or whether Microsoft is creating an Android app store of its own.We have no other details about the foldable Surface, but we'll point out Microsoft isn't the only company working on bigger foldable devices. Lenovo just demoed one recently, and it might release it before Microsoft launches the new foldable Surface.Meanwhile, the Galaxy Fold is still coming, while the Huawei Mate X has now been pushed back to September.


Mexico officials detain more migrants as crackdown steps up

Mexico officials detain more migrants as crackdown steps upAuthorities reinforced efforts over the weekend to deter Central Americans and others from crossing Mexico to reach the United States, detaining migrants in the south and stationing National Guardsmen along the Rio Grande in the north. In Arriaga, a town in the southern state of Chiapas, The Associated Press saw about 100 migrants bused to detention Sunday, while Milenio TV reported that 146 more were pulled from a private home in the central state of Queretaro and more than 100 were taken away from a hotel in the Gulf state of Veracruz. Pressured by the U.S., Mexico's government has deployed some 6,000 agents of the National Guard, its new militarized policing force, along its southern and northern borders this month.


Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, more

Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, moreHere's what happens when emergency strikes on the high seas, from norovirus on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Coast Guard airlifts from Carnival Pride.


Weird: India Sent a Really Old MiG-21 to Battle an U.S. Made F-16. Why?

Weird: India Sent a Really Old MiG-21 to Battle an U.S. Made F-16. Why?On Feb. 26, 2019 Indian planes crossed the line of control at India's border with Pakistan and bombed what New Dehli described as a terrorist training camp near Balakot.The Indian air force defended its decision to send old MiG-21 fighters up against much more modern Pakistani F-16s during recent aerial skirmishes.(This first appeared in March 2019.)Several days of aerial fighting followed the bombing raid. On Feb. 27, 2019, Pakistani F-16s and other planes crossed the line of control to attack Indian forces, New Delhi claimed.Indian MiG-21s and other fighters intercepted the Pakistanis and shot down one F-16, killing its pilot, according to the Indian government. Islamabad claimed its forces shot down two MiG-21s, but New Delhi copped to losing just one jet.Pakistani forces captured the MiG-21 pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, and held him for two days before handing him over to Indian officials.India's MiG-21s, while featuring some key upgrades, still are more than 30 years old. The Pakistani F-16 that the Indians shot down reportedly was a Block 52D model that Islamabad in 2005 ordered from the United States."The MiG-21 is in our inventory, why will we not use it?" Indian Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa rhetorically asked reporters when questioned about the aerial disparity.To be fair, India in the 1990s upgraded its MiG-21s to the "Bison" standard with Western-style avionics, a new radar and radar warning receiver and compatibility with modern weapons. "[It] has got better weapons system, better air-to-air missiles," Dhanoa pointed out.But the main reason India sent the MiG-21 into battle is that the type is still one of the most numerous in Indian air force service. "We fight with all the aircraft in our inventory," Dhanoa said.Indeed, the aerial battle in which the MiG-21 and F-16 were shot down involved, on both sides, mixed formations of old and new fighters."The MiG-21 that was shot down on Feb. 27, 2019, was part of a formation of eight Indian fighters which included four Sukhoi 30s, two upgraded Mirage 2000s and two MiG-21 Bisons that were dispatched to engage a package of 24 [Pakistani air force] jets that included eight F-16s, four Mirage III aircraft, four JF-17 Thunders," David Cenciotti reported at The Aviationist.India for years has been struggling to replace a large fleet of old, Russian-made warplanes. In 2018 the Indian air force operated 244 1960s-vintage MiG-21s and 84 MiG-27s that are only slightly younger.The MiG-21s, in particular, are accident-prone. Since the first of 874 MiG-21s entered Indian service in 1963, around 490 have crashed, killing around 200 pilots.


Trump news – live: President imposes 'hard hitting' sanctions on Iran as White House put on lock down

Trump news – live: President imposes 'hard hitting' sanctions on Iran as White House put on lock downDonald Trump is facing criticism on multiple fronts as the week begins, including escalating tensions with Iran and domestic outcry over the treatment of migrant children held in “filthy” border detention centres. Meanwhile, questions have been raised after documents were released showing the president's transition team "red flagged" the appointed of a senior general for a top administration post over his opposition to the use of torture.After postponing the mass deportation of immigrants at the request of Democrats over the weekend, the president gave an interview to NBC’s Meet the Press in which he fielded questions about possible Russian election hacking in 2020, the state of the US economy, and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is meanwhile in Saudi Arabia this week to address tensions in the Middle East, threatening “significant” new sanctions against Tehran while expressing an interest in opening talks with the regime.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load


REI's Fourth of July Sale Has Arrived — Here Are The Best Deals

REI's Fourth of July Sale Has Arrived — Here Are The Best Deals


Eldorado Resorts takes on bigger rivals with $8.5 billion Caesars buy

Eldorado Resorts takes on bigger rivals with $8.5 billion Caesars buyThe deal comes more than three months after Caesars agreed to give billionaire investor Carl Icahn three board seats to his representatives and a say on the selection of its next chief executive officer. Shares of Caesars, up 47% this year, rose 11.4% to $14.51 at mid-afternoon, while Eldorado's stock, which has increased 41.4% year to date, fell 13.2% to $44.45. Eldorado has made a series of acquisitions over the past few years including a $1.85 billion deal for Icahn-backed Tropicana Entertainment in 2018 and a $1.7 billion deal for Isle of Capri Casinos in 2017, strengthening its free cash flow and earnings per share.


Three months on, landless IS still a threat in Syria

Three months on, landless IS still a threat in SyriaThe Islamic State group may have lost its "caliphate", but three months later, experts have warned the jihadists are still attacking fighters and fields in Syria to show they remain relevant. The Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had expelled the extremists from their last patch of land in eastern Syria on March 23, after a months-long campaign backed by air strikes of a US-led coalition. The Kurdish-Arab alliance taking control of the riverside village of Baghouz spelt the end of the jihadist proto-state declared in 2014 in large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.


Goodwood Festival of Speed: upcoming new car debuts

Goodwood Festival of Speed: upcoming new car debutsThe Goodwood Festival of Speed isn't just an opportunity for automobile manufacturers to show off their cars' muscles, it's also an opportunity for them to debut new vehicles. With the UK's annual Goodwood Festival of Speed just over a week away, car companies from across the world have begun teasing the models that will debut at the event. A couple of weeks ago, Lexus announced that it would be launching a production version of the LC convertible concept that was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January.