President Trump says U.S. should recognize Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights

President Trump says U.S. should recognize Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan HeightsTrump's controversial move is sure to inflame tension in the Middle East. He said in a Tweet that the territory is critical to Israel's security.


Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selection

Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selectionU.S. Supreme Court justices appeared poised to side with a black Mississippi death row inmate put on trial six times for a 1996 quadruple murder who accused a prosecutor of repeatedly blocking black potential jurors, though the court's only black member sounded skeptical. Justice Clarence Thomas, who had not posed a question during an oral argument in three years, asked several in the case involving Curtis Flowers, 48, who has argued that his constitutional right to a fair trial was violated. Thomas, an idiosyncratic conservative and only the second African American ever appointed to the court, signaled through his questions he might vote against Flowers, who otherwise drew broad support among the other justices, both liberal and conservative.


Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuit

Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuitA descendant of enslaved people has sued Harvard University, alleging that the Ivy League institution has “shamelessly” profited from photos of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, claims that Harvard has ignored requests to surrender images of a man named Renty, whom she says is her great-great-great grandfather, and his daughter Delia. Lanier is suing Harvard for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of the images, asking the university to return the photos to her, pay unspecified damages, and recognise her ancestry.


New Zealand Bans Assault Rifles in Wake of Deadly Attacks

New Zealand Bans Assault Rifles in Wake of Deadly AttacksThe ban takes immediate effect to prevent stockpiling of firearms while the legislation is being drafted, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters on Thursday. Further changes in gun laws to tighten licensing and increase controls over ammunition will be made in coming months. “I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride,” she said.


Brew craft beer at home with the PicoBrew brewing machine — on sale for $150 off at Best Buy

Brew craft beer at home with the PicoBrew brewing machine — on sale for $150 off at Best BuyIf you're of drinking age, you've probably noticed a boom in craft beer over the last couple years. Breweries are thriving and we're reaping the rewards by having a surplus of craft beverages to choose from. In fact, craft brewing has become so popular that it's now conveniently accessible to make at home. Traditional brewing has been readily available for some time, but PicoBrew takes the guesswork out, which is great for beginners and pros alike.From now until March 23, get the PicoBrew Pico Model C brewing machine for $150 off at Best Buy, bringing the price down to $249.Pico Model C brings the taproom to your home by equipping you to brew award-winning beers from more than 170 breweries around the world without needing complex equipment and supplies.Sort of like a meal kit delivery service, PicoBrew pre-packages all the ingredients you'll need to create the brew of your choosing. Bonus: Ingredients are all-natural and the PicoPak that encases them is made from a compostable sugar cane husk.PicoBrew has a wide selection of beer recipes to choose from, or you can completely customize your own based on which flavors you want to experience in your brew. The brewing machine automatically detects recipes from the PicoPaks and allows you to adjust the alcohol by volume and bitterness before beginning the brew process.Brewing takes two hours with Pico Model C, and then your creation will need to ferment and carbonate for about seven to 10 days. After that, you're free to enjoy the delicious craft beer you concocted -- the Pico Model C yields five liters of beer per brew.If you consider yourself a beer enthusiast, you need this machine, so snatch it up while it's on sale for $249 at Best Buy. Image: picobrew Save $150 on the PicoBrew Pico Model C brewing machine at Best Buy See Details


Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sources

Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sourcesMaduro's government has since 2014 used financial operations known as gold swaps to use its international reserves to gain access to cash after a slump in oil revenues left it struggling to obtain hard currency. Under the terms of the 2015 deal with Citigroup's Citibank, Venezuela was due to repay $1.1 billion of the loan on March 11, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Citibank plans to sell the gold held as a guarantee - which has a market value of roughly $1.358 billion - to recover the first tranche of the loan and will deposit the excess of roughly $258 million in a bank account in New York, two of the sources said.


Pound rises on Brexit delay; economic gloom hits European stocks

Pound rises on Brexit delay; economic gloom hits European stocksSterling rose further Friday after Brussels gave Britain a Brexit deadline extension, but stocks dived as fresh economic gloom gripped trading floors.


Bringing the Sting: The U.S. Navy Is Getting New F/A-18E/F Super Hornets

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The Latest: Ethiopian airline defends pilots' training

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Trump visits tank factory and renews attack on war hero McCain

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Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconduct

Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconductA report identifies 395 Catholic clergy members in Illinois who have been accused of sexual misconduct.


USC Just Named a New President. Here's What She Said About the Admissions Scandal

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See Photos of the New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

See Photos of the New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe


Sanders: ‘We Must Follow New Zealand’s Lead’ on Assault-Rifle Ban

Sanders: ‘We Must Follow New Zealand’s Lead’ on Assault-Rifle BanSenator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Thursday praised New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern for immediately banning military-style semi-automatic weapons in response to the Christchurch mosque shootings, and suggested the executive action should serve as a blueprint for the U.S.> This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur> > -- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 21, 2019The ban, which applies to semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that can be equipped with detachable magazines capable of holding more than five rounds, went into immediate effect Thursday to prevent stockpiling, and legislation codifying it is expected to pass Parliament in the coming days. Once the bill passes, New Zealanders will be granted a buyback period, after which they will be fined and jailed for up to three years if found in possession of a banned weapon.“On 15 March, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will, too,” Ardern said Thursday. “We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”Gun ownership is popular in New Zealand but there is no right to self defense codified in the country's laws.The announcement comes just six days after a 28-year-old Australian man killed 50 people and injured 40 others while rampaging through two mosques in Christchurch. The second shooting, at the Linwood mosque, was interrupted after one congregant retrieved his firearm from his house and returned to confront the attacker.While the exact weapon used in the attack remains unknown, images of the weapon appear to show an AR-15, a widely available semi-automatic rifle.Prior to the attack, the shooter published an extensive manifesto online that was replete with white-nationalist propaganda and mentioned stirring controversy around the U.S. gun-control debate as one motive for the massacre.Sanders, who was criticized by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic primaries for being too moderate on the issue of gun control, has in recent years embraced the Democratic establishment's insistence on banning assault rifles outright.Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), who has helped lead Democrats' gun-control efforts since the Sandy Hook massacre, also praised Ardern's swift action in a Thursday tweet.> See. It’s not that hard. https://t.co/6nTAYmHjnb> > -- Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 21, 2019


Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cyclone

Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cycloneCyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest -- has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). > And for better comparison a GIF animation of the images showing the Mozambique flood before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th) Mozambique Copernicus Sentinel-1️ Better quality GIF https://t.co/h8608N8so5 MozambiqueFloods MozambiqueFloods2019 RemoteSensing Beira Idai pic.twitter.com/d9hOmdiBbp> > -- Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) March 21, 2019The destruction is particularly severe around Mozambique's fourth largest city, Beira. SEE ALSO: The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use"The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed," said the Red Cross's Jamie LeSueur, who is working in the region. > The latest delineation maps for Mozambique: > ✴️Nhantaze: 24,837.7 ha (248 sq km) flooded > ✴️Macorreia: 9,862.5 ha (98.6 sq km) flooded > Maps and geospatial data: https://t.co/w3uo4SPyREMozambiqueFloods Idai IdaiCyclone pic.twitter.com/0siHZhW6hM> > -- Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) March 21, 2019Though there's little evidence showing that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 21st century.What's more, cyclones, like any big storm today, can now carry more water: The world has warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 Celsius, over the last century, and for every 1 degree C of warming the atmosphere holds seven percent more water. > This just in: shocking footage from our team via helicopter that has just arrived in Beira, Mozambique. The devastation is widespread with barely a house intact following CycloneIdaipic.twitter.com/BnyqVIJ9YF> > -- IFRC Africa (@IFRCAfrica) March 17, 2019Since the 1960s, only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger have hit Mozambique, according to Weather.com.When the total number of fatalities are confirmed and the great inland sea dissipates, Idai's rampage may end up being the worst storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere, the EU noted.  WATCH: Jordan Peele explains the childhood experience that made him love horror


Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk show

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Biden building 2020 White House campaign ahead of expected bid: sources

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After crashes, Boeing rolls out safety feature previously sold as option

After crashes, Boeing rolls out safety feature previously sold as optionBoeing's 737 MAX aircraft will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system suspected in October's fatal crash in Indonesia, an industry source told AFP Thursday, standardizing a feature previously sold as an optional extra. The development comes as the manufacturer struggles to cope with the fallout from both the Indonesia crash and another in Ethiopia this month, which have cast a spotlight on the safety certification process and shaken confidence in a plane that is crucial to its future plans. Known as a "disagree light," this safety feature will become standard and is among the modifications the company will present to US authorities and clients in the coming days, the source said on condition of anonymity.


The bread crumb papers: Why Cohen document dump should worry Donald Trump and others

The bread crumb papers: Why Cohen document dump should worry Donald Trump and othersRedactions can be used to avoid alerting a defendant before he's charged or tipping off suspects in a pending investigation. Who might that apply to?


'A gift sent from the heavens': Nebraska pals find fridge full of beer during flood cleanup

'A gift sent from the heavens': Nebraska pals find fridge full of beer during flood cleanupKyle Simpson and Gayland Stouffer had spent the day cleaning up from flooding in Nebraska when a fridge appeared in the distance. It was full of beer.


The Latest: Defense expert supports cop who shot black teen

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Brexit End Likely to Be Based on a Customs Union, JPMorgan Says

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Love it or Hate it?: China Is Studying Russia's New Su-57 Stealth Fighter

Love it or Hate it?: China Is Studying Russia's New Su-57 Stealth FighterThe Su-57's overall capability is "not bad at all," Global Times paraphrased Wang as saying.


New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims

New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victimsThe Muslim call to prayer sounded out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. We are one," she said in a short speech, followed by two minutes of silence. Ms Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. The country is under heightened security alert since the attack, and police said on Friday they were investigating a threat made against Ms Ardern on Twitter. Jacinda Ardern announced a swift national crackdown on guns Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva New Zealand Herald reported that a Twitter post containing a photo of a gun and captioned "You are next" was sent to the prime minister. Reuters could not verify this independently. The report said the account was suspended. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with one murder following the Christchurch attack and was remanded without a plea. He is due back in court on April 5, when police said he was likely to face more charges. Most victims of New Zealand's worst mass shooting were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. New Zealand mosque massacre - In pictures "We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us," Imam Gamal Fouda told the crowd at the Al Noor mosque, many wearing headscarves in support of the grieving Muslim community. "To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered the seeds of hope," he said in prayers broadcast nationally. Tens of thousands of people paid their respects around the country with some forming human chains in front of mosques. Others said silent prayers at schools, cafes and even offices. Relatives and other mourners thronged into a Christchurch cemetery where 26 victims of the attack, and one person who died in a car crash that was unrelated to the mosque shooting, were laid to rest in a mass burial. “This is a special janazah. We don’t do these every day," one mourner said over a microphone, referring to an Islamic funeral prayer. "We don’t bury 27 of our brothers and sisters every day.” Fifty people were killed, and dozens were injured in Christchurch Credit: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images The first to be laid to rest was Naeem Rashid, who was hailed as a hero, killed trying to tackle the gunman at the Al Noor mosque. Ms Ardern, surrounded by ministers and security officials at Hagley Park, wore a black headscarf and a black suit. Female police at the park also wore headscarves, with a red rose on their uniforms. In a powerful speech that lasted about 20 minutes, Mr Fouda said through its love and compassion, New Zealand was unbreakable. "We are here in our hundreds and thousands unified for one purpose – that hate will be undone, and love will redeem us," he said. He thanked Ardern for her compassion, saying: "It has been a lesson for world leaders." Mr Fouda also denounced Islamophobia, saying it had killed people. "Islamophobia is real. It is a targeted campaign to influence people to dehumanise and irrationally fear Muslims. To fear what we wear, to fear the choice of food we eat, to fear the way we pray and to fear the way we practice our faith," he said. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population. Many women wore headscarves in New Zealand as a sign of support to the community, and a headscarfforharmony movement was trending on Twitter. "We are wearing headscarves showing our support, love and solidarity, and hope that by everybody doing this it will demonstrate to Muslim women ... that they are one with us," said Robyn Molony, 65, with a group of friends wearing headscarves at Hagley Park. Residents of Christchurch are still recovering from a devastating earthquake that hit in 2011, killing 185 and injuring thousands. "Since the earthquakes, we’ve gone through a lot as a city and we’re a lot more caring and looking out for one another,” said James Sheehan, 62.


T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint merger

T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint mergerT-Mobile on Thursday unveiled a limited home internet service that it plans to pilot for 50,000 mobile customers at $50 a month, with the company promising it could build on that, and eventually offer a lot more once its $26.5 billion merger with Sprint finally goes through.For now, the new invitation-only service will focus on areas where the carrier can deliver high-speed internet access to connect up to 50,000 homes in rural and underserved parts of the country. Once it merges with Sprint, however, T-Mobile says it should be able to cover more than half of the US with broadband service by 2024.This seems to be one attempt by T-Mobile to push back against critics of the proposed merger who worry it will leave customers with less choice and the potential for prices to rise. "We're walking the walk and laying the foundation for a world where we can take the fight to Big Cable on behalf of consumers and offer real choice, competition and savings to Americans nationwide," T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the home broadband pilot.The service will be offered only in areas where T-Mobile expects to deliver speeds of around 50 Mbps through fixed unlimited wireless service over LTE, with no data caps. The carrier points to one economist's estimate that showed while customers today pay around $80 a month for wired in-home broadband service, "the new T-Mobile will save customers up to $13.65 billion a year on home broadband by 2024".As context for why it decided to pursue the new service, T-Mobile went on to note in its announcement that almost half of Americans today have no competitive choice for high-speed in-home broadband. "The New T-Mobile," the company declares, "will be armed with spectrum and network assets that will build the highest capacity wireless network in US history, covering millions with 5G, not just a few people in a few blocks of a few cities like the other guys."If you're eligible to participate in the home broadband pilot, T-Mobile plans to start sending out invitations by email and regular mail this week.We mentioned T-Mobile's pending merger with Sprint, and it's also worth pointing out, as a reminder, that it's still under review by federal regulators. T-Mobile has said it feels optimistic everything will be approved in the first half of this year.


Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank: Palestinian medics; Israel reviewing

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank: Palestinian medics; Israel reviewingA Palestinian was killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medics said, and the military announced on Thursday that a soldier had discharged his weapon and it was reviewing the incident. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of its crews treated a man with two bullet wounds at an Israeli military roadblock near the city of Bethlehem on Wednesday and that Israeli forces had shot him. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man as a 26-year-old from Bethlehem and said another Palestinian had also been shot and critically wounded.


In Jerusalem, Pompeo takes a jab at US Democrats on anti-Semitism

In Jerusalem, Pompeo takes a jab at US Democrats on anti-SemitismJerusalem (AFP) - Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo issued a thinly veiled jab at US Democrats over anti-Semitism on Wednesday, following controversial comments by a Muslim congresswoman over American support for Israel.


Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid rising floodwaters in Midwestern U.S.

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid rising floodwaters in Midwestern U.S.Flooding triggered by last week's so-called "bomb cyclone" storm has already inflicted damage estimated at nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, killed at least four people in Nebraska and Iowa and left a man missing below Nebraska's collapsed Spencer Dam. "The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure," Governor Mike Parson said in issuing his emergency declaration. "We will continue to work closely with our local partners to assess needs and provide resources to help as Missourians continue this flood fight and as we work to assist one another," Parson said.


Poll: Americans say even the legal breaks for college admission rig the system

Poll: Americans say even the legal breaks for college admission rig the systemA USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll finds wide suspicion of college admissions and opposition to legal preferences for alums, athletes and minorities.


Correction: Mob Shooting story

Correction: Mob Shooting storyTOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — In some versions of a story March 18 about a court hearing over the killing of a reputed Gambino crime boss, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the victim was born. Francesco Cali was born in New York City, not in Sicily.


See How Snøhetta’s Architecture Brought the Best of Scandinavian Design to the World

See How Snøhetta’s Architecture Brought the Best of Scandinavian Design to the World


Facebook Stopped Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah in Midterms

Facebook Stopped Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah in MidtermsPolitical news in a Utah congressional district wasn’t coming from inside the U.S. -- a mismatch Facebook had tuned its software algorithms to detect. A data scientist in the election-monitoring center at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, inspected the activity manually and discovered, at 11:47 a.m., that the source spreading the content was an ad farm in Bangladesh. The slides, viewed by Bloomberg News, show in detail how Facebook has improved its process for rooting out bad actors using tactics similar to those Russian operatives used in 2016.


The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted BoeingThe Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.


`Confusing` Sign May Have Caused Deadly Charter Bus Crash in Virginia

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2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunners

2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunnersA new poll has revealed early gains for Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke in the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — but they’re still far from being the frontrunners at this stage in the game. Joe Biden, the former vice president who has yet to formally announce his candidacy, has been leading the pack in a slate of polls putting him ahead of his lesser known potential opponents. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is now tied with Mr Biden at 26 per cent of total support from Democratic voters, however, according to a new Emerson poll released on Wednesday.


Venezuela arrests Guaido aide for 'terrorism' in defiance of US

Venezuela arrests Guaido aide for 'terrorism' in defiance of USVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime defied the US on Thursday to arrest a top aide of opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington recognizes as the crisis-hit country's interim leader. The United States has repeatedly warned Maduro's government against arresting Guaido or his close aides, saying it would face unspecified repercussions.


Woman randomly punched in head in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Woman randomly punched in head in Crown Heights, BrooklynThe suspect walked up to the 27-year-old woman and suddenly punched her right in the head.


Missouri towns prepare for deluge as floods move downstream

Missouri towns prepare for deluge as floods move downstreamA string of small Missouri towns on Wednesday prepared for the next deluge along the snow-melt-swollen Missouri River after flooding wreaked nearly $1.5 billion in damage in Nebraska, killing at least four people and leaving another man missing. High water unleashed by last week's late-winter storm and swiftly melting snow this week has already inundated a large swath of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River, North America's longest river. The Missouri River's next big flood crest was due to hit St. Joseph, Missouri, about 55 miles (89 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri, and Atchison, Kansas, a short distance downstream, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman James Lowe said on a briefing call.


'Humiliated and ashamed': Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

'Humiliated and ashamed': Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, sentenced to nearly 4 years in prisonPaul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, must pay more than $24 million in fines and restitution. He faces more prison time next week.


New Zealand prays, falls silent, a week after mosque massacres

New Zealand prays, falls silent, a week after mosque massacresThe Muslim call to prayer rang out across New Zealand on Friday followed by two minutes of nationwide silence to mark a week since a white supremacist gunned down 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. As the call was broadcast around the country, thousands -- including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and wounded survivors -- stood in a park opposite the mosque where the killing began, as the nation of 4.5 million came to a standstill. New Zealand is still in shock following the killings by alleged shooter Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian national who had hoped to foment an ethnic war with his attacks.


On heels of scandals, USC announces new president

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Watchdog Probing Boeing, FAA to Testify to Senate Aviation Panel

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Seats aboard JetBlue now feature most legroom of any US airline

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Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minute

Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minuteBrace yourself: AOC and Hillary Clinton have joined forces on Twitter to create a clapback so powerful that you may need to take a some deep breaths to compose yourself.It went down on Thursday night, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a very straightforward "But his WhatsApp," after it was alleged that Jared Kushner had been communicating with foreign officials using WhatsApp. > But his WhatsApp https://t.co/kLO3ZHvdbO> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019Kushner's behavior is obviously problematic on any number of levels, not least of which is that his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, ran his campaign against Hillary Clinton almost exclusively on the charge that she'd used a private email server while she was secretary of state. Lock her up, etc. AOC's tweet was a twist on the well-worn "But her emails" meme, which pops up on political Twitter every time the Trump administration does something shady. So it was especially potent when Hillary herself replied to AOC's tweet with a succinctly satisfying, "Tell me about it."> Tell me about it.> > -- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 22, 2019That's the stuff. Hillary is no dummy and no doubt knew this was exactly the kind of thing that AOC's sizable social media fanbase would go wild over. And, of course, AOC had the reaction that pretty much all of us had, which was to freak out in a reply tweet to Hill.> !!!> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019We can only hope that this exchange is the beginning of a long-lasting friendship between to the two Democratic icons -- and that they exclusively communicate using the encrypted messaging app Signal so that none of us ever have to hear about it again.


Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates so far

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Indonesia's Garuda asks to cancel 737 MAX order it had been reconsidering before Ethiopia crash

Indonesia's Garuda asks to cancel 737 MAX order it had been reconsidering before Ethiopia crashGaruda is the first airline to publicly confirm plans to scrap an order for the jets after the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. "Many passengers told us they were afraid to get on a MAX 8," Garuda CEO Ari Askhara told Reuters on Friday. Analysts last week said the grounding of the 737 MAX fleet could give some airlines a good excuse to delay or cancel purchases, saving cash on their balance sheets.


Apple’s event on Monday could revolutionize the way we watch TV

Apple’s event on Monday could revolutionize the way we watch TVNext week, Apple will hold a special media event in California where the company is expected to, at long last, unveil its brand new TV service. The event should be particularly interesting given that we've seen all sorts of information, at often times conflicting, regarding Apple's plans in the media space.What we do know is that Apple has been investing a lot of money into developing original TV programming, but what remains unclear is how Apple plans to make said content available. Will it be free to all iOS users? Or, perhaps, will it be available as part of a broad and all-encompassing plan that includes the company's rumored digital publication subscription service? At the core, though, Apple's overarching plans in the TV space remain a bit hazy.Shedding a bit more light on the new service -- with some sketchy rumors claiming it will be called Front Row \-- Peter Kafka of Recode relays that Apple's TV ambitions will not currently entail taking on industry heavyweights like Netflix and Hulu."Instead," Kafka writes, "Apple's main focus -- at least for now -- will be helping other people sell streaming video subscriptions, and taking a cut of the transaction. Apple may also sell its own shows, at least as part of a bundle of other services. But for now, Apple's original shows and movies should be considered very expensive giveaways, not the core product."One of the more intriguing strategies we may see from Apple involves offering users the ability to sign up for a bundle of premium channels at a discount. Imagine, for example, being able to sign up for a HBO and Showtime bundle at a cost that is less than what one would pay signing up for them individually. It's a novel strategy, but it's worth noting that Netflix recently indicated it won't be part of Apple's TV initiative.Still, such a service has the potential to be a huge game-changer, especially when we take the massive iOS user base into account. In effect, Apple would be the gatekeeper for all subscription services. Users could simply pay Apple a subscription fee for access to all the other subscription services. Personally, for example, I've never been a Starz subscriber; but if I could get a Stars/Showtime/HBO bundle at a discount, that all of a sudden becomes an attractive proposition.All that said, it's probably wise for Apple not to take on Netflix head-on at this point. After all, who would pay a monthly subscription fee for a TV service with just about two dozen offerings to choose from. Truth be told, if Apple really wants to compete with Netflix -- and at this point there's no indication that this is the company's strategy -- it would have to strike licensing deals with a multitude of third-party content creators. Recall, some of Netflix's most popular shows like The Office and Friends are not Netflix originals.


Which Subcompact Crossovers and SUVs are Best? Here Are All 17, Ranked

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Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex trafficking

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Energy giants spent $1bn on climate lobbying, PR since Paris: watchdog

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President Trump says U.S. should recognize Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights

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Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selection

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Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuit

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New Zealand Bans Assault Rifles in Wake of Deadly Attacks

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Brew craft beer at home with the PicoBrew brewing machine — on sale for $150 off at Best Buy

Brew craft beer at home with the PicoBrew brewing machine — on sale for $150 off at Best BuyIf you're of drinking age, you've probably noticed a boom in craft beer over the last couple years. Breweries are thriving and we're reaping the rewards by having a surplus of craft beverages to choose from. In fact, craft brewing has become so popular that it's now conveniently accessible to make at home. Traditional brewing has been readily available for some time, but PicoBrew takes the guesswork out, which is great for beginners and pros alike.From now until March 23, get the PicoBrew Pico Model C brewing machine for $150 off at Best Buy, bringing the price down to $249.Pico Model C brings the taproom to your home by equipping you to brew award-winning beers from more than 170 breweries around the world without needing complex equipment and supplies.Sort of like a meal kit delivery service, PicoBrew pre-packages all the ingredients you'll need to create the brew of your choosing. Bonus: Ingredients are all-natural and the PicoPak that encases them is made from a compostable sugar cane husk.PicoBrew has a wide selection of beer recipes to choose from, or you can completely customize your own based on which flavors you want to experience in your brew. The brewing machine automatically detects recipes from the PicoPaks and allows you to adjust the alcohol by volume and bitterness before beginning the brew process.Brewing takes two hours with Pico Model C, and then your creation will need to ferment and carbonate for about seven to 10 days. After that, you're free to enjoy the delicious craft beer you concocted -- the Pico Model C yields five liters of beer per brew.If you consider yourself a beer enthusiast, you need this machine, so snatch it up while it's on sale for $249 at Best Buy. Image: picobrew Save $150 on the PicoBrew Pico Model C brewing machine at Best Buy See Details


Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sources

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Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cyclone

Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cycloneCyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest -- has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). > And for better comparison a GIF animation of the images showing the Mozambique flood before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th) Mozambique Copernicus Sentinel-1️ Better quality GIF https://t.co/h8608N8so5 MozambiqueFloods MozambiqueFloods2019 RemoteSensing Beira Idai pic.twitter.com/d9hOmdiBbp> > -- Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) March 21, 2019The destruction is particularly severe around Mozambique's fourth largest city, Beira. SEE ALSO: The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use"The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed," said the Red Cross's Jamie LeSueur, who is working in the region. > The latest delineation maps for Mozambique: > ✴️Nhantaze: 24,837.7 ha (248 sq km) flooded > ✴️Macorreia: 9,862.5 ha (98.6 sq km) flooded > Maps and geospatial data: https://t.co/w3uo4SPyREMozambiqueFloods Idai IdaiCyclone pic.twitter.com/0siHZhW6hM> > -- Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) March 21, 2019Though there's little evidence showing that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 21st century.What's more, cyclones, like any big storm today, can now carry more water: The world has warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 Celsius, over the last century, and for every 1 degree C of warming the atmosphere holds seven percent more water. > This just in: shocking footage from our team via helicopter that has just arrived in Beira, Mozambique. The devastation is widespread with barely a house intact following CycloneIdaipic.twitter.com/BnyqVIJ9YF> > -- IFRC Africa (@IFRCAfrica) March 17, 2019Since the 1960s, only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger have hit Mozambique, according to Weather.com.When the total number of fatalities are confirmed and the great inland sea dissipates, Idai's rampage may end up being the worst storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere, the EU noted.  WATCH: Jordan Peele explains the childhood experience that made him love horror


Samantha Bee skewers Democratic 2020 hopefuls on late-night talk show

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After crashes, Boeing rolls out safety feature previously sold as option

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The Latest: Defense expert supports cop who shot black teen

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Brexit End Likely to Be Based on a Customs Union, JPMorgan Says

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New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims

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T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint merger

T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint mergerT-Mobile on Thursday unveiled a limited home internet service that it plans to pilot for 50,000 mobile customers at $50 a month, with the company promising it could build on that, and eventually offer a lot more once its $26.5 billion merger with Sprint finally goes through.For now, the new invitation-only service will focus on areas where the carrier can deliver high-speed internet access to connect up to 50,000 homes in rural and underserved parts of the country. Once it merges with Sprint, however, T-Mobile says it should be able to cover more than half of the US with broadband service by 2024.This seems to be one attempt by T-Mobile to push back against critics of the proposed merger who worry it will leave customers with less choice and the potential for prices to rise. "We're walking the walk and laying the foundation for a world where we can take the fight to Big Cable on behalf of consumers and offer real choice, competition and savings to Americans nationwide," T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the home broadband pilot.The service will be offered only in areas where T-Mobile expects to deliver speeds of around 50 Mbps through fixed unlimited wireless service over LTE, with no data caps. The carrier points to one economist's estimate that showed while customers today pay around $80 a month for wired in-home broadband service, "the new T-Mobile will save customers up to $13.65 billion a year on home broadband by 2024".As context for why it decided to pursue the new service, T-Mobile went on to note in its announcement that almost half of Americans today have no competitive choice for high-speed in-home broadband. "The New T-Mobile," the company declares, "will be armed with spectrum and network assets that will build the highest capacity wireless network in US history, covering millions with 5G, not just a few people in a few blocks of a few cities like the other guys."If you're eligible to participate in the home broadband pilot, T-Mobile plans to start sending out invitations by email and regular mail this week.We mentioned T-Mobile's pending merger with Sprint, and it's also worth pointing out, as a reminder, that it's still under review by federal regulators. T-Mobile has said it feels optimistic everything will be approved in the first half of this year.


Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank: Palestinian medics; Israel reviewing

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In Jerusalem, Pompeo takes a jab at US Democrats on anti-Semitism

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Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid rising floodwaters in Midwestern U.S.

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Poll: Americans say even the legal breaks for college admission rig the system

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Correction: Mob Shooting story

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See How Snøhetta’s Architecture Brought the Best of Scandinavian Design to the World

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Facebook Stopped Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah in Midterms

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The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

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2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunners

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Venezuela arrests Guaido aide for 'terrorism' in defiance of US

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Woman randomly punched in head in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

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Missouri towns prepare for deluge as floods move downstream

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'Humiliated and ashamed': Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

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New Zealand prays, falls silent, a week after mosque massacres

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On heels of scandals, USC announces new president

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Watchdog Probing Boeing, FAA to Testify to Senate Aviation Panel

Watchdog Probing Boeing, FAA to Testify to Senate Aviation PanelCalvin Scovel, the Transportation Department’s inspector general, will testify along with FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell and National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt, the Senate Commerce Committee said on its website. The committee also intends to hear from Boeing executives, pilots and other aviation industry groups in a second hearing in the near future, the panel said.


Seats aboard JetBlue now feature most legroom of any US airline

Seats aboard JetBlue now feature most legroom of any US airlineLong-legged flyers may be interested to learn that JetBlue's newest cabin redesign now features the most legroom of any US airline for economy-class cabins. 


Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minute

Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minuteBrace yourself: AOC and Hillary Clinton have joined forces on Twitter to create a clapback so powerful that you may need to take a some deep breaths to compose yourself.It went down on Thursday night, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a very straightforward "But his WhatsApp," after it was alleged that Jared Kushner had been communicating with foreign officials using WhatsApp. > But his WhatsApp https://t.co/kLO3ZHvdbO> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019Kushner's behavior is obviously problematic on any number of levels, not least of which is that his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, ran his campaign against Hillary Clinton almost exclusively on the charge that she'd used a private email server while she was secretary of state. Lock her up, etc. AOC's tweet was a twist on the well-worn "But her emails" meme, which pops up on political Twitter every time the Trump administration does something shady. So it was especially potent when Hillary herself replied to AOC's tweet with a succinctly satisfying, "Tell me about it."> Tell me about it.> > -- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 22, 2019That's the stuff. Hillary is no dummy and no doubt knew this was exactly the kind of thing that AOC's sizable social media fanbase would go wild over. And, of course, AOC had the reaction that pretty much all of us had, which was to freak out in a reply tweet to Hill.> !!!> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019We can only hope that this exchange is the beginning of a long-lasting friendship between to the two Democratic icons -- and that they exclusively communicate using the encrypted messaging app Signal so that none of us ever have to hear about it again.


Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates so far

Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates so farThe 2020 field has become crowded in recent weeks. Here's a look at who has announced their candidacy or opened an exploratory committee in the hunt for the presidency.


Indonesia's Garuda asks to cancel 737 MAX order it had been reconsidering before Ethiopia crash

Indonesia's Garuda asks to cancel 737 MAX order it had been reconsidering before Ethiopia crashGaruda is the first airline to publicly confirm plans to scrap an order for the jets after the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. "Many passengers told us they were afraid to get on a MAX 8," Garuda CEO Ari Askhara told Reuters on Friday. Analysts last week said the grounding of the 737 MAX fleet could give some airlines a good excuse to delay or cancel purchases, saving cash on their balance sheets.


Apple’s event on Monday could revolutionize the way we watch TV

Apple’s event on Monday could revolutionize the way we watch TVNext week, Apple will hold a special media event in California where the company is expected to, at long last, unveil its brand new TV service. The event should be particularly interesting given that we've seen all sorts of information, at often times conflicting, regarding Apple's plans in the media space.What we do know is that Apple has been investing a lot of money into developing original TV programming, but what remains unclear is how Apple plans to make said content available. Will it be free to all iOS users? Or, perhaps, will it be available as part of a broad and all-encompassing plan that includes the company's rumored digital publication subscription service? At the core, though, Apple's overarching plans in the TV space remain a bit hazy.Shedding a bit more light on the new service -- with some sketchy rumors claiming it will be called Front Row \-- Peter Kafka of Recode relays that Apple's TV ambitions will not currently entail taking on industry heavyweights like Netflix and Hulu."Instead," Kafka writes, "Apple's main focus -- at least for now -- will be helping other people sell streaming video subscriptions, and taking a cut of the transaction. Apple may also sell its own shows, at least as part of a bundle of other services. But for now, Apple's original shows and movies should be considered very expensive giveaways, not the core product."One of the more intriguing strategies we may see from Apple involves offering users the ability to sign up for a bundle of premium channels at a discount. Imagine, for example, being able to sign up for a HBO and Showtime bundle at a cost that is less than what one would pay signing up for them individually. It's a novel strategy, but it's worth noting that Netflix recently indicated it won't be part of Apple's TV initiative.Still, such a service has the potential to be a huge game-changer, especially when we take the massive iOS user base into account. In effect, Apple would be the gatekeeper for all subscription services. Users could simply pay Apple a subscription fee for access to all the other subscription services. Personally, for example, I've never been a Starz subscriber; but if I could get a Stars/Showtime/HBO bundle at a discount, that all of a sudden becomes an attractive proposition.All that said, it's probably wise for Apple not to take on Netflix head-on at this point. After all, who would pay a monthly subscription fee for a TV service with just about two dozen offerings to choose from. Truth be told, if Apple really wants to compete with Netflix -- and at this point there's no indication that this is the company's strategy -- it would have to strike licensing deals with a multitude of third-party content creators. Recall, some of Netflix's most popular shows like The Office and Friends are not Netflix originals.


Which Subcompact Crossovers and SUVs are Best? Here Are All 17, Ranked

Which Subcompact Crossovers and SUVs are Best? Here Are All 17, Ranked


Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex trafficking

Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex traffickingThose who buy sex have more power and privilege than those who sell it. There's a disgusting imbalance in every commercial sex interaction.


Energy giants spent $1bn on climate lobbying, PR since Paris: watchdog

Energy giants spent $1bn on climate lobbying, PR since Paris: watchdogThe five largest publicly listed oil and gas majors have spent $1 billion since the 2015 Paris climate deal on public relations or lobbying that is "overwhelmingly in conflict" with the landmark accord's goals, a watchdog said Friday. Despite outwardly committing to support the Paris agreement and its aim to limit global temperature rises, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Total spend a total of $200 million a year on efforts "to operate and expand fossil fuel operations," according to InfluenceMap, a pro-transparency monitor. Two of the companies -- Shell and Chevron -- said they rejected the watchdog's findings.