US businesses getting hammered by Venezuela crisis
The political and economic crisis in Venezuela is costing US companies dearly, as General Motors can attest following the unexpected nationalization of its plant there. The big auto-maker shut down its operations in Venezuela and laid off its 2,700 workers after the government on Wednesday seized the plant, which had been idle because of the chaotic market environment. GM isn't the only US business to be walloped by Venezuela's crisis.
14-Year-Old Allegedly Shot In The Head By Teenage Boys Makes Remarkable Recovery: 'I Am Tougher Than A Bullet'
The boys could be tried as adults, according to reports.
Trump visits wounded U.S. service members at military hospital
President Donald Trump visited wounded U.S. service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday, his first visit as president to the armed forces hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington. Accompanied by his wife, Melania, Trump awarded Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos the Purple Heart, the medal given to members of the U.S. military wounded or killed in battle. Barrientos was injured in Afghanistan on March 17 when an Afghan soldier opened fire inside a base in Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers.
Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions?
For decades, being a coal miner has come with a deal: Work in dangerous, unpleasant conditions for years, and in exchange, get lifelong health-care benefits and a decent pension. Now, though, part of that deal is jeopardy, as the funds that provide those benefits have dwindled.
Flight Attendant Suspended After Confrontation On Video
Witnesses say the flight attendant ripped the baby stroller out of a mother’s hands — striking the woman and nearly striking the child — leading to the conflict.
Best animal friendships
They really are friends fur-ever! These adorable animals have struck up the most unlikely friendships in the animal kingdom. From a pig and a cat to a baby goat and a dog, these are companions you never thought you’d see.
Tiffany Trump Parties With Bella Thorne In New York City
Tiffany Trump was pictured in the Dream Downtown with 19-year-old actress and other friends.
Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon
PHOENIX (AP) — The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission.
Parole denied for Brinks heist getaway driver Judith Clark
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former Weather Underground radical who drove a getaway car in a bungled 1981 Brinks armored-car robbery that left three people dead was denied parole on Friday despite the fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised her behavior as a prisoner when he commuted her sentence last year.
Taliban kill 'more than 50' Afghan troops in army base attack
Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) (AFP) - Taliban militants wearing Afghan army uniforms killed at least 50 soldiers in a gun and suicide attack at a base in northern Afghanistan, the US military said, as the extremists ramp up their campaign against beleaguered government forces. Two of the attackers blew themselves up and seven were killed in the assault near Mazar-i-Sharif city on Friday which lasted several hours and targeted soldiers at a mosque and dining facility, the Afghan defence ministry said. A US military spokesman said "more than 50" Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack claimed by the Taliban, while Afghan officials put the death toll at eight with 11 wounded.
Pyongyang drivers scramble as gas stations limit services
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Car users in Pyongyang are scrambling to fill up their tanks as gas stations begin limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage.
A Transgender Surgical Journey
A patient and a provider share their personal stories.
Champs-Elysees gunman had long criminal record, praised IS
PARIS (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a police officer on the famed Champs-Elysees just days before the French presidential vote spent 14 years in prison, including for attacking other officers, Frances's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Friday — a lengthy criminal history that gave a jolt to an already nail-biting election and fueled growing security concerns.
Man who made his living killing African wildlife gets eaten by African wildlife
Scott Van Zyl made his living taking wealthy clients on "safaris" for the sole purpose of bringing home trophies like leopards, zebras, wildebeests and even lions. Now, investigators in Zimbabwe believe that Van Zyl ended up on the wrong end of the predator-prey relationship, and DNA tests have confirmed that he was attacked, killed, and eaten by crocodiles while on a hunting trip.
Van Zyl, who ran SS Pro Safaris, offered specials for hunters to spend a week or more on his hunting lands which border nature preserves, with the promise of killing up to seven different species for $9,000. He also offered other hunting expeditions with targets like elephants and giraffes, though specifics for those, including prices, aren't listed on the company's site. Photos of clients holding the bodies of several rare species are posted on Van Zyl's site, along with the motto "Stop whining, go hunting."
The circumstances surrounding his death are spotty, but reports suggest that Van Zyl and a second hunter and a pack of dogs. The two men split up, choosing to travel on foot alone, but when the dogs returned to the base camp without Van Zyl, his companion knew something was wrong.
His footprints were tracked to a riverbank where searchers found his backpack as well as several large Nile crocodiles. Authorities killed the crocs after getting clearance to do so and subsequently discovered human remains inside the stomach of one of them. Tests of the remains matched Van Zyl. The incident is just one of a handful of fatal crocodile attacks tallied so far in 2017 alone.
Homes Evacuated in Florida Brush Fire
A central Florida subdivision has been evacuated due to a brush fire that has, so far, claimed at least five thousand acres. (April 21)
U.S. identifies, charges Israeli teen accused of Jewish threats
Michael Ron David Kadar, 18, who has dual citizenship and lives in Israel, made at least 245 threatening telephone calls between Jan. 4 and March 7, many targeting Jewish community centers in the United States, according to the Florida complaint. Kadar also appears linked to more than 240 hoax threats called into schools in the United States and Canada between August and December 2015, forcing thousands of students to be evacuated, according to the Georgia complaint.
IS claims deadly attack on FSB office in Russia
The Islamic State jihadist group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack Friday on an office of Russia's main domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, in the country's far east, a US-based monitoring group said. According to the text translated into English by the SITE monitoring group, the source said an IS "fighter" attacked an FSB office in Khabarovsk, killing three people and wounding others. Russian officials say two people were killed in the incident -- an FSB employee and a civilian.
Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 12 people were killed overnight during looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday.
Keep evidence from ex-NFLer Hernandez's prison suicide: judge
A Massachusetts state judge on Friday ordered prison officials to preserve any evidence collected from the cell of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, according to court documents, two days after he was found dead of an apparent suicide. Lawyers for Hernandez's family had sought the ruling to ensure they can conduct their own investigation into his death at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. A lawyer for the state correction department told Superior Court Judge Thomas McGuire in New Bedford, Massachusetts, that the maximum-security prison was already keeping any evidence, making a formal order unnecessary, the Boston Globe reported on Friday.
Obama's photographer takes down Sarah Palin with one very classy Instagram photo
Pete Souza is back at it again with the Instagram shade, and this time he's coming for Sarah Palin and her famous band of sidekicks. Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and Kid Rock (
author's note: ⁉️ ⁉️ ⁉️) hung out with President Trump on Thursday. And afterward, the former Alaskan governor shared photos of her visit on Facebook, thanking Trump for the invite. But one picture in particular caught Souza's eye. Standing before Hillary Clinton's official White House portrait, the very mature Palin, Nugent, and Kid Rock posed in very mature ways. SEE ALSO: Trump never has to buy sunglasses again because Obama's photographer will shade him forever Palin, in her off-the-shoulder top, is seen pointing to the portrait with an extraordinarily salty "huh, remember her?" look on her face. Nugent appears to be giving Clinton the old heave-ho hand signal. And Kid Rock? Well, despite the fact that he doesn't seem to be aware a photograph is being taken, he still has his arms crossed. Very classy. But for those peeved by the photograph, have no fear. Obama's heroic photographer is here
with the shade. Digging deep into his nostalgic archives, Souza responded to Palin's photo by sharing a snapshot of Obama and his former White House chief of staff, Bill Daley, sitting together beneath Ronald Reagan's official White House portrait. Being respectful. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:22pm PDT Without even mentioning Palin's name, Souza got his message across with a short caption: "Being respectful." So simple. So effective. WATCH: Eric Trump is now a front-runner for the Most Oblivious Thing Ever Said About the Internet by Anyone, Anywhere
Tad Cummins Ordered Cialis While on the Run With Teen, Criminal Complaint Reveals
The ex-teacher filled a prescription for the erectile dysfunction meds, and rented a hotel room with a queen-sized bed, the just-released complaint says.
Accused Fresno gunman’s arraignment delayed after courtroom outburst
Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, had been scheduled for an initial court appearance on murder charges stemming from the death of Motel 6 security guard Carl Williams when the postponed the proceedings, said Steve Wright of the Fresno County District Attorney's Office. The judge also ordered Muhammad, who goes by the nickname Black Jesus, to undergo a mental competency exam by court-appointed physician at the request of a public defender appointed to represent him, Eric Christensen. Prosecutors have not yet filed charges against Muhammad in connection with the shooting rampage, in which he is accused of shooting three white men in quick succession in downtown Fresno on Tuesday.
Mexico sees 2,020 killings in March, worst month since 2011
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has surpassed 2,000 homicides in a month for the first time since the summer of 2011 and had more killings in the first quarter of 2017 than in the start of any year in at least two decades, according to data released Friday.
Toddler Hospitalized After Being Attacked by Dog While Playing Outside: 'He's Very Shaken'
The child, who is 2 years old, was left with scratches and puncture wounds across his cheek and neck, a photo posted to Twitter shows.
U.S. will not give Exxon permission to drill in Russia
The unusually direct statement served to clarify that the United States would maintain a tough stance on sanctions against Moscow. "In consultation with President Donald J. Trump, the Treasury Department will not be issuing waivers to U.S. companies, including Exxon, authorizing drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions," Mnuchin said in a statement.
Hunting party held hostage in Iraq since 2015 freed
By Tom Finn and Ulf Laessing DOHA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Twenty-six Qataris, including members of the Gulf state's ruling royal family and two Saudis, were freed on Friday after being kidnapped and held in Iraq for nearly a year and a half, Qatari officials said. Qatar-based Al Jazeera television showed Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani greeting the men with hugs as they arrived in Doha on Friday on a private jet from Baghdad.
Ronald Reagan’s son defends O’Reilly, asks if men should ‘sue for sexual arousal’
Michael Reagan speaks at a rally for Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle in 2010. Michael Reagan, son of late President Ronald Reagan, defended disgraced Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who was ousted this week after advertisers boycotted the show en masse amid a sexual harassment scandal. The firestorm started after the New York Times revealed that O’Reilly and the network had shelled out $13 million in settlements to various women who had accused him of sexual harassment.
Russian Planes Buzz Alaska Four Nights in a Row
U.S. and Canadian jets scramble to intercept Russian bombers and surveillance planes that keep inching closer to Alaska.
Trump takes executive actions on tax at Treasury Department
President signs two presidential memoranda and one executive order
Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearing
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as he was ushered into a cramped courtroom for his first appearance before a judge.
Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 US election - documents
By Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [https://en.riss.ru/], after the election.
If the U.S. Could Prosecute Assange, It Would Have Already Done So
Trump’s team has gone from cheerleading WikiLeaks to excoriating it in a matter of months, just as the Russiagate investigation heats up.
Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote looms
President Trump predicted on Friday that a deadly shooting on the famed Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris would have “a big effect” on French elections.
Barack Obama returns
Chicago (AFP) - Having largely remained silent since Donald Trump succeeded him as US president in January, Barack Obama will make his first public appearance on Monday in his adopted hometown of Chicago.
Alaskan village fights for survival as island disappears
Joe McCarthy of Global Citizen talks about his recent journey to the remote village of Kivalina where climate change is threatening the community's very existence.
Elon Musk Wants To Link Human Brains With Computers With His New Company, Neuralink
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is now heading another company, Neuralink, which wants to connect human brains with computers.
Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 more
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation's most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976.
Man Beats Tiny Yorkie to Death for Vomiting in His Car: Cops
Sigman Hernandez, 40, allegedly confessed to the violent crime after turning himself in to Miami Beach police.
Bill Gates has some surprising technology restrictions for his kids
Take a moment to imagine the childhood lives of Bill Gates' three kids. You're picturing joyful children leaping and lounging upon heaps of all the coolest and newest tech, right? Shockingly, you're wrong. Bill Gates, technology giant and co-founder of Microsoft, had pretty surprising technology restrictions for his kids. Gates and his wife Melinda banned their three children from owning cell phones until they were age 14 - even though they argued all their
friends had them. (Classic.) SEE ALSO: Professor brings her kid to class dressed as Godzilla and everyone loved it Image: DI NOLFI/EPA/REX/ShutterstockAccording to 2016 research by Influence Central, the average age for a child to get their first cell phone is 10 years old, down from 12 in 2012. So in the scheme of things, the Gates kids were really on the
late side for tech. Who would have thought!? Once the children finally got their phones, their parents strictly regulated their usage - notably banning all phones from the dinner table. "We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour," Gates told
. Surprisingly, Gates isn't the only tech mastermind to limit his children's technology usage. In a 2014 article titled "Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent," the Apple founder told a
New York Times
reporter that his children had not yet used the iPad, and that, "We limit how much technology our kids use at home." Kids, hide your cell phones. WATCH: Someone combined the best parts of the Kindle and iPad
You have one day left to save big on the Nest Thermostat and the Ecobee3
Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, and there are a number of different ways you can celebrate it. But did you know that there’s one thing you can do to celebrate Earth Day and save money at the same time? Smart thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ecobee3 Thermostat conserve a tremendous amount of money by adapting your heating and air conditioning based on things like the time of day, the temperature outside, and even your location. You end up saving tons of money on your utility bills each month, but you also conserve resources in the process.
Right now, through the end of the day on Earth Day tomorrow, the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ecobee3 are both on sale at a deep discount on Amazon. Trust us, you definitely don’t want to let this Earth Day deal pass you by.
Nest Learning Thermostat
- Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
- Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.
- Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.
- Farsight: When Nest spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.
- Energy History: Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.
- Nest Leaf: You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.
Ecobee3 Thermostat with Sensor
- Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- Smart, really smart - intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment based on your home's unique energy profile, the weather outside, and thousands of other data points to make sure you're comfortable at all times
- Knows you have a life - senses whether anyone's home and which rooms are occupied, delivering comfort when you're at home and saving you energy and money when you're not
- Lowers your energy bills - ecobee saves homeowners an average of 23%* annually, paying for itself in energy savings (*Learn more at ecobee.com/savings)
- Homekit-enabled Ecobee3 - the world's first homekit-enabled smart thermostat - is an evolution of our previous Ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat.
Barack Obama To Make First Public Appearance
The former president was set to speak at the University of Chicago to make his first public appearance since January 20.
Spate of attacks masks a weakening Islamic State: experts
The steady drip of jihadist attacks in Europe, including the slaying of a policeman on Paris's world-famous Champs Elysees Thursday, might give the impression the Islamic State group is thriving -- but experts say that's wrong. Under the pressure of the international coalition in Iraq and Syria as well as improved efforts by intelligence services, IS has seen its ability to mount complex, group attacks weaken. While a large-scale strike remains a possibility, "the deadly tenacity of Daesh (IS) against France poorly masks a continuing degradation of its ability to strike our nation," Jean-Pierre Filiu, a researcher at Paris's Sciences Po university, wrote on his blog Friday.
You should probably get this juicer on Amazon for less than $40 instead of a $400 Juicero
Look, there's a whole lot of drama surrounding Juicero's pricey Wi-Fi connected juicer right now, but a lot of it is hot air. Everyone knew from the start that this was a premium product with a high-end price aimed at high-end clientele. Now, people are complaining about the fact that you don't need the juicer to squeeze the bags. It's true. You don't. You also don't need a $2,000 coffee maker to brew a cup. To each his own, as they say.
If you want a high-quality juicer and you don't care about all the bells and whistles of a Juicero, we've got just the thing. Amazon is selling the BLACK+DECKER JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor for just $34.94 right now, and it's the best-selling juicer on the site. Definitely pick one up while you can.
Here are some highlights from the product page:
- A high quality strainer and stainless steel blades, pulp is separated out while nothing but natural, nutritious juice is effortlessly strained into the 300-ml pitcher below
- 400 watts of power plus a stainless steel cutter and strainer juices all your favorite fruits and vegetables with ease
- Large, integrated pulp container reduces space taken on counter
- Custom juice cup makes measuring, pouring and serving easy, Dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup a breeze
- Measures 13 by 9 by 9-inch; 2-year limited warranty
Clinton knocks Trump on LGBT rights
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the annual LGBT Center dinner on April 20, 2017, in New York City. The Center gave Clinton its Trailblazer Award. Clinton was receiving an award at a fundraiser for The Center, an LGBT community center in New York City, where she made the critical remarks.
4 Tips For Retirement Savings
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Police officers shot on Champs-Élysées in Paris
After a fatal shooting on the Champs Élysées in Paris Thursday, the avenue was swarmed by police. We have photos.