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Prosecutors: Agent called migrants savages before hitting 1

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:26

 Agent called migrants savages before hitting 1PHOENIX (AP) — A Border Patrol agent in Arizona sent texts calling immigrants "savages" and "subhuman" the month before using his patrol vehicle to knock over a Guatemalan man who was trying to flee, prosecutors say.


Trump says war would lead to 'end' of Iran

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:23

Trump says war would lead to 'end' of IranPresident Donald Trump says Iran would face its 'official end' if a war broke out between the two countries.


US lawmakers clash on Iran intelligence before briefing

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:04

US lawmakers clash on Iran intelligence before briefingUS lawmakers clashed Monday over intelligence on Iran, with an ally of President Donald Trump accusing Tehran of provocations that could draw a military response, ahead of a classified briefing on the tensions. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, will head Tuesday to the US Capitol to apprise lawmakers from both chambers on the latest developments, an administration official said. Senior officials already briefed a key group of eight lawmakers on Thursday but Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, called for a wider meeting with all elected lawmakers.


US judge backs Democrats' request for Trump financial records

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:57

US judge backs Democrats' request for Trump financial recordsA US federal judge on Monday denied President Donald Trump's efforts to quash a subpoena from Democratic lawmakers to release years of financial documents dating from before his time in the White House. The decision marked the first time that US courts have waded into the conflict pitting the president against the Democrats who, riding on their newfound majority in the House of Representatives, have opened a raft of probes into Trump. Trump, who says he is the victim of "harassment," has refused to cooperate in the investigations focused on his tax returns, his finances or matters related to Russian efforts to tip the 2016 election in his favor.


Proposed Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint Moves a Step Closer to Completion

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:44

Proposed Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint Moves a Step Closer to CompletionA year after proposing a $26 billion merger, T-Mobile and Sprint now have the backing of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, but consumer advocates remain wary of the deal, warning that it could lead to reduc...


Eiffel Tower climber in custody after daring ascent

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:38

Eiffel Tower climber in custody after daring ascentRescuers successfully talked down a man who scaled the upper heights of the Eiffel Tower on Monday, forcing the monument's evacuation, and handed him over to police. Television channels ran live shots as rescuers perched on the 324-metre (1,063-foot) tower's wrought-iron struts, just below the highest viewing platform, tried to persuade the unknown man to give himself up. The lattice tower, named after its designer and builder Gustave Eiffel, is one of the world's most recognisable landmarks.


T-Mobile-Sprint deal clears FCC hurdle: Will you pay more for your cellular plan?

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:25

 Will you pay more for your cellular plan?The pending $26-billion T-Mobile-Sprint merger cleared a major regulatory hurdle when the FCC gave its blessing. Will consumers embrace the union too?


'I don't feel safe': Alabama newspapers publish letters by women on abortion ban

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:02

 Alabama newspapers publish letters by women on abortion banThree local publications devoted their Sunday editions to essays from women, ranging from fear to grappling with personal beliefs People walk to the Alabama state capitol during the March for Reproductive Freedom against the state’s new abortion law, in Montgomery, Alabama, on 19 May. Photograph: Michael Spooneybarger/Reuters Three major Alabama newspapers devoted their Sunday editions to letters from women across the state, offering an expansive look into the reactions after a nearly all-male state legislature passed the nation’s strictest abortion ban last week. The Alabama Media Group, which operates the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times and the Mobile Press-Register, filled their Sunday papers with 200 essays from Alabama women of various backgrounds, ages and political leanings. The essays were also available as a package online under the title “It’s time to hear Alabama’s women”. Though the state was “the talk of the nation last week”, wrote Alabama Media Group’s vice-president, Kelly Ann Scott, in an introduction to the series, “missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state”. Scott continued that in less than 24 hours, more than 200 Alabama women wrote in with their perspectives. We asked women across the state to share their experiences and thoughts on what it's like to be a woman in Alabama today. Today, we share their stories with you.It’s time to hear Alabama’s women https://t.co/e3TMlMtJvc pic.twitter.com/uarBG2MENF— AL.com (@aldotcom) May 19, 2019 “They are women who live here, and some who have left,” she said. “Those who have prayed for this very law, and those who now live in fear. Mothers, trying to understand the message this law sends to their daughters and sons. And women who are angry that a majority of men in the state legislature spoke for them.” All 25 Alabama senate votes in favor of the ban, which criminalizes almost all abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest, came from white men (the four women of the state senate voted against). Alabama’s female governor, Kay Ivey, signed the bill into law Wednesday night. Several groups, including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, have promised to sue, probably tying up the law in court for months. The essays illustrate a range of feeling and frustration over the law’s passage. Some women expressed anger at what they called the hypocrisy of the legislature’s “pro-life” position. “If they really believed every life was precious, they wouldn’t have allowed Alabamians to die at an alarming rate from accidents, childbirth and preventable medical conditions,” wrote Tabitha Isner, who is running for chair of the Alabama Democratic party. Ala Rep. want you to interpret this new abortion law as proof that they will go to any length to save lives...They care about life, but they care about it less than they do their 2nd amendment rights,” from Ala. Democratic Party chair candidate @TabithaK https://t.co/EcDwnyZXnB— Abbey Crain (@AbbeyCrain) May 19, 2019 “This abortion ban puts myself, my friends and future generations in danger. Not to mention any victims of sexual assault or rape,” said Isabel Hope, a teenager in Tuscaloosa. “I don’t feel safe walking alone ever. How am I supposed to feel knowing that if something were to happen, I would have no options?” Others grappled with their personal beliefs and the implications of the ban, which will disproportionately impact low-income and black women. “I am pro-life, yet I still find it problematic to legally force my personal views upon others, particularly when I know economic disenfranchisement and systemic racism await too many black children once they are born,” wrote Idrissa Snider. “These issues plague the quality of life for black children every day in our state. “Pro-life for Black women means our children are granted just as much of an opportunity to thrive and succeed in this country as others — once they are here.I am pro-life, yet I still find it problematic to legally force my personal views upon others...” https://t.co/yJGkPR3g9w— Abbey Crain (@AbbeyCrain) May 19, 2019 One woman, Rachel Hauser, wrote that the ban’s passage compelled her to share the story of her sexual assault for the first time. “If I had become pregnant from that incident, I would have had an abortion,” she said, noting that she was “thankful” to have the option of emergency contraception at the time. In her introduction, Scott said the Alabama Media Group was restricting online comments on the essays to keep their voices “heard instead of debated”. “No one should ignore their voices,” she said.


Scouted: The Sleek, Black Stainless Steel Version of the 6QT Instant Pot LUX60 Is on Sale for $50

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:00

 The Sleek, Black Stainless Steel Version of the 6QT Instant Pot LUX60 Is on Sale for $50Right now, you can add the sleek, black stainless steel edition of the 6QT Instant Pot LUX60 to your kitchen while it’s on sale for $50. That’s a savings of 50% on a gadget that could easily replace half of the other things you use in your kitchen on a regular basis.What’s so great about this Instant Pot? I mean, just look at it. It’s like the original Instant Pot’s cool teen brother. It’s like the original Instant Pot got a makeover montage in an early-Aughts romcom. You get everything the Instant Pot has to offer, from the pressure cooker to the rice cooker to the steamer. It’s still the six-in-one gadget you love, just with a black stainless steel outside, and it’s on sale. If the original super shiny Instant Pot clashed with your aesthetic, this is the version for you. Want one that makes a bit more of a statement? You can get a red stainless steel version for $60.Scouted is internet shopping with a pulse. Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter for even more recommendations and exclusive content. Please note that if you buy something featured in one of our posts, The Daily Beast may collect a share of sales.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.


Boeing Had Big Plans to Build Its Very Own F-35 (And Flopped)

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:59

Boeing Had Big Plans to Build Its Very Own F-35 (And Flopped)The fundamental issue with the Joint Strike Fighter was that is was always an overambitious program to replace multiple specialized types with one aircraft in the hope that it could perform every role equally well. The result is predictably a jack-of-all-trades but master of none.On October 26, 2001, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Lockheed Martin’s X-35 had won the Joint Strike Fighter contest over Boeing’s X-32.(This first appeared in late 2015.)The win secured Lockheed’s future as the manufacturer for all of America’s fifth-generation fighter platforms. But Lockheed’s resultant F-35 has suffered myriad delay, technical glitches, unrecoverable technical shortfalls and massive cost overruns. Already the largest ever defense program with an estimated price tag of $233 billion in 2001 for a total of 2,866 aircraft, the F-35 program is now estimated to cost more than $391 billion for 2,457 jets, according to the Government Accountability Office.Moreover, while the short-takeoff vertical landing F-35B was originally projected to achieve initial operational capability with the U.S. Marines in 2010, it only reached that milestone in 2015—five years late. Meanwhile, the conventional F-35A and the F-35C carrier variant were both slated to achieve initial operational capability with Block 3 software in 2012—but that software block is now scheduled to be delivered for operational testing in 2017 at the earliest.


Ford to cut 7,000 jobs, 10% of global salaried staff 

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:53

Ford to cut 7,000 jobs, 10% of global salaried staff Ford plans to cut 7,000 jobs, or 10 percent of its global salaried workforce, as part of a reorganization as it revamps its vehicle offerings, the company said Monday. The downsizing will involve some layoffs and reassignments of white-collar staff and should be complete by the end of August, a Ford spokeswoman said. Ford has been phasing out most sedan models in the United States as more consumers have opted for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.


New York paper suggests Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should run for mayor

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:50

New York paper suggests Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should run for mayorSpeculation swirls about who should succeed Bill de Blasio as New York City mayor; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.'


US intelligence chiefs shared classified info with tech execs about doing business with China

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:33

US intelligence chiefs shared classified info with tech execs about doing business with ChinaThe trade war with China has reached new heights in the past few weeks, as the Trump administration recently announced that US companies will be banned from buying equipment from certain Chinese companies. Huawei's name wasn't explicitly mentioned, but it was obviously implied that China's biggest tech company is included on the list. Separately, the US government also issued a ban that prevents Huawei from dealing with US tech companies, whether it's for parts procurement or software licenses. The first effects of that decision are already here, as Google has already said it will comply with the ban, effectively revoking Huawei's access to the version of Android that everybody wants. Several chipmakers, including Intel and Qualcomm, have also reportedly cut ties with Huawei for the time being.On top of that, a report reveals that top officials from the US intelligence community have been meeting with tech execs, universities, and trade organizations to brief them about the security perils related to doing business with China.The briefings began last October and have been held in California and Washington, The Financial Times reports (via The Verge), with US intelligence informing those in attendance about the cyber threats and the theft of intellectual property risks that come with dealing with China.Among those giving the briefings was Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, the report notes. The meetings reportedly included the sharing of classified information, which is an unusual element for such meetings. It's unclear what kind of information was shared with tech execs during these meetings, and what companies attended them.Republican Senator Marco Rubio, one of the politicians who organized the meetings, confirmed their existence. "The Chinese government and Communist party pose the greatest long-term threat to US economic and national security," Rubio said. "It's important that US companies, universities, and trade organizations understand fully that threat."


The Latest: UN rejects Russian attempt to meet on Ukraine

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:28

 UN rejects Russian attempt to meet on UkraineKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukrainian politics (all times local):


Second opinion on DJI Osmo Action, the GoPro killer

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:25

Second opinion on DJI Osmo Action, the GoPro killerA second take on a quick review shows settings that have too many options and can't be read well in bright sunlight. But camera offers many great features.


Mountain region of Slovakia named best destination in Europe 2019: Lonely Planet

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:16

 Lonely PlanetA wild, rugged, mountainous region of Slovakia dotted with plunging waterfalls and lakes and hiking trails has been named the top European destination of 2019 by the travel experts at Lonely Planet. 


NASA’s Juno just discovered that Jupiter and Earth have something important in common

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:10

NASA’s Juno just discovered that Jupiter and Earth have something important in commonNASA's Juno spacecraft has delivered some of the most stunning glimpses of the gas giant that mankind has ever seen, but it's also taught scientists a lot about how the planet works. We now know that its storms stretch far deeper into the planet than previously assumed and that Jupiter's lightning is a lot like the kind we see here on Earth.Now, data gathered from Juno has shed light on another aspect of Jupiter that seems a lot like Earth. In a new paper published in Nature Astronomy, scientists reveal that Juno's readings of Jupiter's magnetic field differ from observations made by past missions. This suggests that the planet's magnetic field is actually changing in small but important ways, much like the shifts we see in Earth's own magnetic field.For the study, NASA scientists compared recent readings of Jupiter's magnetic field with data that was gathered years prior from missions including Voyage and Pioneer. Juno's multiple passes of Jupiter using its magnetometer have provided a wealth of information regarding the planet's magnetic field as it exists today, and the researchers quickly noticed the differences."Finding something as minute as these changes in something so immense as Jupiter's magnetic field was a challenge," Juno scientist Kimee Moore said in a statement. "Having a baseline of close-up observations over four decades long provided us with just enough data to confirm that Jupiter's magnetic field does indeed change over time."Those small changes indicate that Jupiter experiences a phenomenon known as secular variation, which also happens here on Earth. On our own planet, secular variation is attributed to changes happening deep below the surface, and on Jupiter, it's believed that intense winds far below the cloud tops are the engine that drives the changes.It's an important discovery for scientists who are still striving to learn more about Earth's own magnetic field, and the Juno team plans to continue tracking the changes in Jupiter's magnetism in the future.


GMC Limits the Sierra's New CarbonPro Bed to a Pricey Option Package

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:51

GMC Limits the Sierra's New CarbonPro Bed to a Pricey Option PackageThe carbon-composite bed in the 2019 GMC Sierra will be available on a limited basis this summer and more widely in the 2020 model.


GOP Rep. Justin Amash holds ground on Trump impeachment

Yahoo News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:49

GOP Rep. Justin Amash holds ground on Trump impeachmentRep. Justin Amash disputed several talking points that Republicans, including Trump, have used as reasons the president did not commit obstruction.


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