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  US senator says Saudi crown prince must be 'dealt with' over Khashoggi murder   Sat, 19 Jan 2019 06:21:55 -0500

US senator says Saudi crown prince must be 'dealt with' over Khashoggi murderA key US senator on Saturday said the Saudi crown prince was responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder and must be "dealt with", as he threatened new sanctions. Republican Lindsey Graham, an influential ally of President Donald Trump, has previously said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the grisly killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi in October. "I have concluded that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States cannot move forward until MBS has been dealt with," Graham said, using the initials for the crown prince.



  Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:13:31 -0500

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglectRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — On a cold winter's night earlier this month, a convoy of 10 Israeli armored jeeps drove into the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah and parked in front of the Palestinian police headquarters.



  Winter storm disturbs travel as it rolls toward U.S. Midwest, Northeast   Sat, 19 Jan 2019 04:05:33 -0500

Winter storm disturbs travel as it rolls toward U.S. Midwest, NortheastA major winter storm was expected to clobber a large swath of the northern United States with heavy snow, gusty winds and frigid temperatures making travel difficult and dangerous starting on Friday and through the weekend, forecasters said. The storm system will dump 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) of snow in the Plains and Midwest on Friday night and Saturday and as it moves east at least a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in several advisories. The system was expected to also bring freezing rain, wind gusts of 35 miles (56 km) per hour and quickly dropping temperatures that will to dip into the teens and even below zero Fahrenheit in several areas, the service said.



  Netflix tidying guru sparks charity shop boom   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:38:44 -0500

Netflix tidying guru sparks charity shop boomA Netflix tidying guru has sparked a charity shop boom, as branches of Salvation Army, Scope and the British Heart Foundation have said she has led to increase in donations. It comes as decluttering expert Marie Kondo has rapidly risen to fame with her "KonMari" household organisation method, which promises to provide not only a de-cluttered house, but also a clean mind.  Through her hit Netflix show she is teaching those with messy tendencies to get their homes in order by throwing out old and unwanted items to create a calmer home environment. Many people following the craze claim her various techniques have helped their mental health, and are adamant that a clean and organised home helps them feel calm.  Charity shops across the country said they had seen donations of clothes double over the past few weeks since Ms Kondo's show was released on the streaming service.  Marie Kondo, the author of the international best-seller, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," became famous for advising readers to transform their lives by sifting through all their belongings, one by one, embracing those that "spark joy" and bidding a fond but hasty farewell to the rest Credit: Natsuno Ichigo They say they are able to identify items which have come from people who have watched the show as they are folded according to her "signature fold", which sees items placed upright to reduce creasing. For example, according to the method socks should be lain flat as a pair, with one sock on top of the other. The toe is folded inward about an inch from the top, then into to the centre, and then in half so it stands upright. A branch manager for disability charity Scope also said she was able to recognize items donated by KonMari fans due to their immaculate presentation on arrival at the store, adding that the folding hack had led to more donations due to more space being available inside plastic sacks.  The Salvation Army said that although shops usually experience an increase in donations after Christmas, shop managers had seen a larger than usual volume of donations.   It comes amid a decline in charity shops across the UK with numbers down by more than 100 in first half of 2018, according to Third Sector magazine. Yorkshire and Humber was the only region that saw more charity shops open than close, it said.  Charity shops have come under criticism in recent years for pricing items for middle class bargain hunters, rather than the poorest people in society who rely on cheap second hand clothing to dress themselves.



  The Latest: Police chief calls 14-year-old's death 'tragic'   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:59:23 -0500

The Latest: Police chief calls 14-year-old's death 'tragic'TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a 14-year-old burglary suspect in Arizona (all times local):



  Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay views   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:53:02 -0500

Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay viewsA week after announcing her presidential candidacy, the representative from Hawaii releases a video apology.



  Mexican airline trolls Americans with brilliant ad   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:53:33 -0500

Mexican airline trolls Americans with brilliant adWhile the debate over immigration and a border wall between the United States and Mexico has helped grind the U.S. federal government to a halt, Mexico's national airline, AeroMexico, is trolling Americans with a new ad called "DNA Discounts." The ad features purported residents of Wharton, Texas, a town about 60 miles southwest of Houston, professing a variety of opinions about Mexico and its citizens. The ad also drops some knowledge about the long history of immigration from Mexico to the U.S., and notes that many in southern and southwestern states have a touch of Mexican DNA. Things get flipped when the airline reveals it's offering flight discounts to Americans, including those Wharton residents, based on the amount of Mexican DNA they have (i.e., 18 percent DNA equals an 18 percent discount). That certainly turns opinions around. As one recipient says, "I love discounts!" Of course, it's such a brilliant ad, it's hard to tell if those Wharton residents are real or just actors and if this whole DNA discount thing is real  or satirical. Aeromexico, which has gotten political before, isn't saying much, but we've reached out for comment and will update this post when we hear back.  Either way, it's a brilliant gambit that undermines the vitriol so many Americans have expressed at our neighbors to the south, and does so without ever directly mentioning the political turmoil, the wall, or even President Trump. Instead, it directs that energy at a sense of shared community, including the tagline, "There are no borders within us." Not a bad way to spread a powerful message.



  10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:50:00 -0500

10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself



  Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 Fleet   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:58:29 -0500

Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 FleetThe Air Force’s F-16s that were in service since 1998 will retire soon after 2030, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post the same day. Singapore has an annual defense budget of S$14.76 billion ($10.9 billion), the Straits Times reported in March 2018.



  US prosecutors say criminals going free due to shutdown   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:58:34 -0500

US prosecutors say criminals going free due to shutdownFederal prosecutors in the United States said Friday that investigations are being disrupted and criminals going free due to the four-week-old partial shutdown of the government. "The government's capacity to secure justice is becoming compromised by the government shutdown," said the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys in a statement.



  What is open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:38:52 -0500

What is open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?Federal offices usually closed on the third Monday of every January to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.



  Photos: At least 6 fatalities reported as intense storms slam California   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:04:24 -0500

Photos: At least 6 fatalities reported as intense storms slam CaliforniaAmid a relentless series of storms, a powerful storm has been wreaking havoc in California from Wednesday into Thursday, further raising concerns of flooding, mudslides and avalanches.



  Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in Syria   Sat, 19 Jan 2019 08:29:59 -0500

Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in SyriaSyria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution to its devastating eight-year war as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Saturday. "I think now that we have an opportunity, because nearly in Syria we have a ceasefire now, in the northeast of Syria and the north of Syria, and the efforts of fighting terrorism has achieved good results," Nasr Hariri told Reuters in an interview in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based. Hariri, the opposition's chief negotiator in U.N. peace talks, met with the newly appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday.



  The Latest: Officer to plead not guilty after man's death   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:09:05 -0500

The Latest: Officer to plead not guilty after man's deathNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against a white Nashville police officer who shot and killed an armed black man who was fleeing (all times local):



  Why did Democrats vote for a barrier along the southern border in 2013, but won’t now?   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:42:18 -0500

Why did Democrats vote for a barrier along the southern border in 2013, but won’t now?Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief under former President Barack Obama Mark Morgan says that the border wall needs to be built.



  2020 prospect Sen. Klobuchar: It's 'difficult to imagine' voting for Trump AG pick   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:11:38 -0500

2020 prospect Sen. Klobuchar: It's 'difficult to imagine' voting for Trump AG pickMinnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar — a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and prospective Democratic candidate for president in 2020 — says it is “very difficult to imagine” she will vote to confirm nominee William Barr as attorney general in light of his refusal to commit to releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation. While saying she still wants to finish reviewing the transcript of this week’s confirmation hearing before making a final decision, she criticized the nominee for his equivocation during this week’s confirmation hearing on two key issues relating to the Russia probe. “He wouldn’t say he would follow the ethics advice of career lawyers in the department when it came to recusal regarding the Russia investigation, and also he didn’t 100 percent commit — not even 80 percent commit — to making the report public,” Klobuchar said.



  Man makes terrifying jump from 11th story cruise ship balcony   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:08:39 -0500

Man makes terrifying jump from 11th story cruise ship balconyRoyal Caribbean has banned a group of thrill seekers after one of the men



  Prince Philip crash: As Duke takes delivery of another Land Rover, will he be back on the road soon?   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:50:24 -0500

Prince Philip crash: As Duke takes delivery of another Land Rover, will he be back on the road soon?A replacement Land Rover, previously driven by the Duke of Edinburgh, has been delivered to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, hours after his car was involved in a horror crash. A black Land Rover Freelander was driven into Sandringham inside a delivery truck on Friday morning. The Land Rover is the same model as the one Prince Philip, 97, was driving in yesterday's crash, which also involved a Kia. It is believed to be the same car he has been seen driving near to Balmoral in September 2018, with a shared number plate.  Armed police were on hand as the replacement vehicle was delivered to Sandringham, where Prince Phillip is now recovering. The delivery driver backed the Land Rover out of the van, then drove it through the gates of the Sandringham estate. The Duke was not injured in yesterday's crash, and was checked over by a doctor as a precaution. The two people in the other car involved in the crash were taken to hospital and treated for "minor injuries" and then discharged. Police supervise the unloading of the car Credit: Geoff Robinson The Land Rover driven by the Duke in the accident was towed away after the crash which saw the car overturn and the windscreen smash. Photographs appeared to show the air bags deployed, with heavy scratches down the sides of the vehicle.  The accident will be "investigated and any appropriate action taken", Norfolk Constabulary has said. Norfolk Police said they were following standard procedure where a road traffic collision resulted in injuries. Eyewitness Roy Warne has described how Philip asked if "everybody else was all right" in the aftermath of an accident which saw his car "tumbling" over the road. "The driver of the Kia, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee while the passenger, a 45-year-old woman, sustained a broken wrist," said police in a statement. The aftermath of the crash "Both casualties were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and were discharged last night. "Police can also confirm a nine-month-old baby boy was in the Kia at the time of the incident and was uninjured. "The male driver of the Land Rover was uninjured. "Both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings." The police are expected to take statements from the Duke, the female driver of the Kia involved in the crash and any other relevant witnesses during their investigation. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on any changes to the Duke's health, after some witnesses said the Queen's consort had been left "very, very shocked" after the accident. Yesterday, a spokesman said he suffered "no injuries".  Duke of Edinburgh car crash near Sandringham Estate Asked if he held a driving licence, a spokeswoman said: "The duke has got a driving licence and follows all the usual DVLA procedures."



  Oxford University suspends funding from China's Huawei   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:37:15 -0500

Oxford University suspends funding from China's HuaweiThe University of Oxford said on Thursday it has stopped accepting funding from China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, after scrutiny over the company's relationship with China’s government. "Oxford University decided on January 8 this year that it will not pursue new funding opportunities with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related group companies at present," the university said in a statement. "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei.



  Students appear to perform Nazi salute in 'sickening' photo, superintendent says   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:53:36 -0500

Students appear to perform Nazi salute in 'sickening' photo, superintendent saysHigh school officials in Indiana are investigating after a picture posted on social media appeared to show students using a Nazi salute.



  State of emergency declared in Pennsylvania, New Jersey as Midwest, Northeast rush to finalize snowstorm preparations   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:53:48 -0500

State of emergency declared in Pennsylvania, New Jersey as  Midwest, Northeast rush to finalize snowstorm preparationsA major snowstorm is moving through the Midwest into the Northeast through this weekend, dumping mass amounts of snow and creating treacherous travel. Local officials warn communities to prepare ahead of the dangerous winter storm.



  Calabasas campground murder: Family of Tristan Beaudette file $90M claim over his death   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:10:06 -0500

Calabasas campground murder: Family of Tristan Beaudette file $90M claim over his deathThe family of the man shot and killed while camping with his daughters at Malibu Creek State Park has filed a $90 million claim over his death.



  Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:06:20 -0500

Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attackNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses.



  US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat of new Chinese missiles   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:47:00 -0500

US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat of new Chinese missilesThe US Navy could still send an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait in spite of Chinese military technology advances which pose a greater threat to American warships than ever before, the US chief of naval operations has said. Such an operation would inevitably increase the risk of military conflict between the world's largest superpowers, which are currently locked in an escalating trade war and ongoing disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway, which separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, three times last year, but has not dispatched a carrier in more than 10 years.



  Trump Says He Appreciates Mueller Knocking Down BuzzFeed Story   Sat, 19 Jan 2019 11:21:41 -0500

Trump Says He Appreciates Mueller Knocking Down BuzzFeed StoryMueller’s team late Friday rejected a story by BuzzFeed News published a day earlier that said Trump had instructed his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. “It was a totally phony story, and I appreciate the special counsel coming out with a statement last night,” Trump told reporters on Saturday as he prepared to board Marine One at the White House.



  On day Jayme escaped, suspect sought job _ with dodgy resume   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:51:40 -0500

On day Jayme escaped, suspect sought job _ with dodgy resumeBARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped, calling himself an "honest guy" even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience.



  Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:36:34 -0500

Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy lawApple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation - a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.



  Prince Phillip Was Involved in a Car Crash That Overturned His Range Rover   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:02:23 -0500

Prince Phillip Was Involved in a Car Crash That Overturned His Range RoverThe Duke of Edinburgh was not injured



  Divers in Hawaii may have been swimming with biggest great white shark on record   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:20:55 -0500

Divers in Hawaii may have been swimming with biggest great white shark on recordDivers in Hawaii spotted several giant great white sharks off the coast of Oahu, including possibly one of the largest on record named Deep Blue.



  Canada dismisses China's warning of repercussions over Huawei ban   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:38:51 -0500

Canada dismisses China's warning of repercussions over Huawei banCanada's government on Friday dismissed China's warning of repercussions if Ottawa banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to 5G networks, saying it would not compromise on security. China's ambassador to Canada issued the threat on Thursday as relations between the two nations continued to deteriorate after a senior Huawei executive was arrested in Vancouver last month on a U.S. extradition warrant. China has also detained two Canadians.



  Chevy Pulls Commercial Claiming Superior Reliability   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:22:00 -0500

Chevy Pulls Commercial Claiming Superior ReliabilityA consumer group challenges the automaker's small-print disclaimer-who's right?



  Chicago ex-cop sentenced to nearly seven years over teen shooting   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:52:04 -0500

Chicago ex-cop sentenced to nearly seven years over teen shootingWashington (AFP) - A white former Chicago police officer was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on Friday for fatally shooting a black teenager in 2014, an incident that triggered months of protests in the city.



  The Coolest Real-Life Lego Cars You Can Buy   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:21:00 -0500

The Coolest Real-Life Lego Cars You Can Buy



  Trump promises system to shoot down missiles ‘anywhere, anytime’ after Pentagon defence strategy review   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:51:00 -0500

Trump promises system to shoot down missiles ‘anywhere, anytime’ after Pentagon defence strategy reviewThe vast vision Mr Trump articulated – which included shielding every city in the country and protecting against all types of missile threats, regardless of type or origin – went far beyond the more modest plans the Pentagon set out in a new missile defence strategy released at the same time. In his remarks, Mr Trump promised an expansive and likely impossible system that harked back to Reagan's initial goal of rendering missiles essentially obsolete with technologies that would intercept and destroy them.



  California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:51:09 -0500

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 daysSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness.



  SAS hero of Nairobi terror attack in line to receive George Cross   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:53:29 -0500

SAS hero of Nairobi terror attack in line to receive George CrossThe SAS soldier who saved “dozens of lives” in the Nairobi hotel massacre is in line to receive the George Cross for his “remarkable bravery”. The trooper was off-duty when he dashed to the scene of intense fighting after Islamist terrorists laid siege to the DusitD2 five-star hotel. At least 21 people were killed in a drawn-out assault that saw hundreds of civilians trapped in the hotel complex.  A well-placed source said the SAS man - understood to be a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer - will be recommended for one of the highest medals for gallantry and likely the George Cross. Only the Victoria Cross is more prestigious.  Just two George Medals - the civilian equivalent of the George cross - were awarded last year while the last George Cross was handed out in June 2017 to Dominic Troulan for his bravery in the Westgate Mall terrorist attack, that also took place in Nairobi. The identity of the SAS soldier is being kept secret in line with Military of Defence protocol not to name members of the Special Forces. The medal will be given secretly and with no fanfare for fear of revealing the soldier’s identity. The senior military source said: “This man has shown remarkable bravery. He has saved dozens of lives. You can fully expect him to receive one of the highest gallantry awards and most likely the George Cross. It won’t be announced. It will be given to him secretly.” There are fears that the soldier's extraordinary actions may have compromised his personal security because photographs and videos of him pulling civilians to safety have been published and broadcast around the world. He wore a balaclava as he fought the al-Shabaab terrorists in a gun battle.  On Thursday police in Kenya arrested the wife and mother of one of the jihadists as they launched a manhunt for the mastermind behind the attack. The SAS soldier enters the DusitD12 hotel alongside Kenyan special forces Credit: AFP Investigators said they had been able to identify one of the five gunmen involved in the assault through a mobile telephone left on his corpse.  They named him as Ali Salim Gichunge. Police said they had detained his wife Violet after discovering that she had posted an advertisement on Facebook attempting to sell many of their household goods the day before Tuesday’s attack. “We are moving out of Nairobi this week so it is a quick sale,” she wrote. “Prices slightly negotiable.”  Neighbours described the couple, who moved to the outskirts of Nairobi in October, as quiet and fond of cats, local newspapers reported. Police said they had arrested a total of 11 people, including Ms Gichunge’s mother Mariam. The Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and adheres to a violent and rigid interpretation of Islam, on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the assault.  Kenyan special forces protect people at the scene Credit: AFP Over the past six years, the movement has launched numerous attacks on Kenya and is fighting a low-level insurgency in the northeast of the country close to the Somali border.  But in a statement it also sought to justify this week’s slaughter on a decision by Donald Trump, the American president, to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in defiance of Palestinian claims to a share of the city. Tracking down the al-Shabaab commanders behind the assault will be far from easy, however. Kenya mounted an invasion of southern Somalia to hunt down the jihadists in 2011 but with little success. Even though US forces stationed in Africa say they killed 300 al Shabaab fighters in air and missile strikes last year, the group has remained remarkably resilient.



  Illinois parents get 25 years in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he died   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:17:37 -0500

Illinois parents get 25 years in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he diedAn Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds when he died.



  Omaha airport reopens after Southwest Airlines plane goes off runway   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:11:25 -0500

Omaha airport reopens after Southwest Airlines plane goes off runwayThe airport tweeted out a statement Friday afternoon about the incident, and followed up with several additional tweets.



  Mnuchin Seeks China Tariff Relief, WSJ Says; Treasury Denies It   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:09:31 -0500

Mnuchin Seeks China Tariff Relief, WSJ Says; Treasury Denies ItTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is a proponent of easing up on tariffs, while U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has reservations about the idea, the newspaper reported Thursday, citing unnamed people close to the discussions. The Treasury Department disputed that reporting. Neither Mnuchin nor Lighthizer has made any recommendations with respect to tariffs or other parts of the negotiations with China, according to a Treasury spokesperson working with the administration’s trade team who characterized the talks as an ongoing process.



  Save $34 on the Instant Pot of air fryers   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:52:57 -0500

Save $34 on the Instant Pot of air fryersIt has now gotten to the point where I actually cannot remember what life was like before I got my Oster Dura Ceramic Air Fryer. Seriously, I use it at least once a week. It's by far the best air fryer we've ever tested here at BGR, but it's also so much more than that. It's a roaster, a grill, it can saute, and it can even bake. It's basically the Instant Pot of air fryers, and it's back in stock right now on Amazon. This model will cost $160 if you buy it direct from Oster, but Amazon's offering it right now for just $129, or $125.95 if you clip the on-site coupon! Here's what you need to know from the product page: * This Oster air fryer air-fries to the perfect crispiness for the taste and texture of fried food, using only a tablespoon or less of oil for a healthier alternative * Hot air fryer has a titanium-infused coating that cooks food 30% faster and is 8 times more durable than regular nonstick coatings; it's also PTFE- and PFOA-free, and easy to clean * Dual cooking method uses a tilt motion, fan assisted convection, and radiated heat conduction- heating elements above and below the bowl-to expose food to circulating heat, and cook it evenly * LCD screen lets you set cooking time and temperature; unit shuts off automatically when food is done * Large, 3 liter capacity lets you cook more at a time



  Lampert wins Sears bankruptcy auction with $5.2B bid   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:32:15 -0500

Lampert wins Sears bankruptcy auction with $5.2B bidSears Holdings Corp Chairman Eddie Lampert won a bankruptcy auction to buy the once iconic U.S. retailer, Sears said on Thursday.



  This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the baby   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:31:18 -0500

This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the babyUmbilical cords are not usually part of the traditional manicure experience.  Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule. Russian nail artist Nail Sunny recently shared intricate nail art featuring a detailed chair (with stirrups) and a little woman in a pink hospital gown.  The nail appears to be giving birth. > View this post on Instagram > > Baby birth -❤️ or ? Video by @edo_movs #nailsunnytutorial > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:49am PST SEE ALSO: 'Nail Art History' Puts a Museum at Your Fingertips Once the chair and body (made of gel) are affixed neatly to the nail, "the baby" is born. A scalpel reaches into the frame and quite literally plucks a little acrylic baby from beneath the woman's gown.  Next, the umbilical cord is cut with a pair of tweezers and the newborn gel baby is placed with its gel mother. It's all very surreal.  Nail Sunny is no stranger to impractically eye-catching nails. Scroll through the page long enough and you'll find hookah nails (real smoke!), salt bae nails (real steak!), and Grinch nails (synthetic green fur!). > View this post on Instagram > > @world_record_egg challenge Let's set a world record together and get the most liked video post on Instagram PLEASE LIKE THIS VIDEO @nail_sunny #NAILSUNNYTUTORIAL p.s. Конечно же мы не могли не отреагировать на событие сегодняшнего дня , которое перевернуло жизнь @kyliejenner #guinnessworldrecord #wlrldrecordegg #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #worldrecords video by @edo_movs > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:44am PST > View this post on Instagram > > Yes or no ? > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 12, 2019 at 10:10am PST The account often documents the process it took to make the nails. Plus, the video clips are set to top 40 music, so don't worry about providing a playlist.  Now we just want to see the recipient of the manicure open a can of soda. ## WATCH: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you



  EU sets out plans for 'limited' US trade deal   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:52:06 -0500

EU sets out plans for 'limited' US trade dealThe EU on Friday published its negotiating plans for a free trade deal with the United States, part of an effort to avert a trade war with US President Donald Trump. Negotiating a trade deal was included in a transatlantic truce secured last year after the US slapped tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, alarming the world. The effort is also part of an effort to stop Trump from slapping tariffs on European car imports, a danger that has especially unnerved export powerhouse Germany.



  Man convicted in the brutal death of Morgan Freeman's granddaughter sentenced   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:41:14 -0500

Man convicted in the brutal death of Morgan Freeman's granddaughter sentencedLamar Davenport was sentenced for fatally stabbing E'Dena Hines outside her New York apartment in 2015.



  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first House speech breaks online viewing records   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:10:43 -0500

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first House speech breaks online viewing recordsAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s first speech on the floor of Congress broke digital viewing records for C-SPAN, Capitol Hill’s public affairs network, garnering over a million views on Twitter in roughly 12 hours. The progressive freshman Gouse member took to the floor on Wednesday to decry Donald Trump’s demands for border wall funding to be included in the next federal spending bill — a battle that has spurred the longest government shutdown in American history. “The truth of this shutdown is that it's actually not about a wall,” the New York Democrat said.



  What to buy every month in 2019   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:47:24 -0500

What to buy every month in 2019A new year brings an expectation to set the perfect resolution.



  The New 2020 GMC Sierra HD Will Be a Reskinned Silverado HD   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:30:00 -0500

The New 2020 GMC Sierra HD Will Be a Reskinned Silverado HDAs usual, the GMC will come with extra chrome and an in-your-face grille.



  May Said to Promise Brexiteers She Won't Cave: Brexit Update   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:31:27 -0500

May Said to Promise Brexiteers She Won't Cave: Brexit Update(Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story. 



  I carried my dying daughter to term. It was a lesson in love many didn't understand   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:11:09 -0500

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  Asia's richest man to take on Amazon boss Jeff Bezos in India's booming e-commerce sector   Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:05:53 -0500

Asia's richest man to take on Amazon boss Jeff Bezos in India's booming e-commerce sectorMukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, is set to take on Amazon's Jeff Bezos in India as the billionaire magnate launches his own rival e-commerce venture in the world's second most populous country. Reliance Industries, the Mumbai-headquartered conglomerate owned by Mr Ambani, is drawing up plans to roll out its online shopping services to 1.2m retail businesses in western India as competition to grab a share of India’s fast-developing e-commerce industry intensifies. Mr Ambani, who controls a $43 billion fortune in petrochemicals, energy, telecoms and textiles, is planning a push into the e-commerce space by adopting new technologies such as augmented reality to create an “immersive shopping experience” and compete with the likes of Amazon and homegrown competitor Flipkart. The e-commerce plans from the businessman will involve the combination of his mobile network operator Jio, which has 280m subscribers, with his additional mobile phone and physical retail ventures. Reliance Retail, first launched in 2006, serves over 3.5m customers per week through a network of local shops, supermarkets and wholesale cash and carry outlets in more than 6500 Indian cities and towns. It currently owns over 13m square feet of retail space, though a new wave of online retail in India is taking the company into new territory. The trio of Reliance Industries’ businesses will combine to bring Indian merchants online. “Jio and Reliance Retail will launch a unique new commerce platform to empower and enrich our [1.2m] small retailers and shopkeepers in Gujarat,” Mr Ambani said at an event on Friday. Technology intelligence - newsletter promo - EOA In India, e-commerce has seen mass adoption as smartphone penetration and improved internet connectivity through 4G networks has boosted consumer appetite beyond cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, a subsidiary trust of India’s department of commerce, the online retail market is expected to grow to $200bn by 2026, up from $38.5bn in 2017. Online retail sales for 2018 are expected to rise as much as 31pc to $32.7bn, with growth being driven by more companies looking to tap into the Indian market. So far, India's booming e-commerce market has largely been a duopoly between Amazon and Flipkart, a domestic rival based in the southern technology hub of Bangalore which was started by two former Amazon employees. Wal-Mart paid a $16bn to acquire a controlling share in Flipkart last year in the biggest foreign direct investment in India's history. Flipkart has also received billions of dollars in funding from Softbank of Japan and Tiger Global. Amazon, which first launched its online retail platform in India more than five years ago with a limited selection of products on offer such as books and films, has committed $5bn to its Indian operation. But the two US-controlled companies which dominate the market - Amazon and Flipkart - are facing  growing pressure. With a general election due in May, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled new rules designed to protect small shopkeepers from online competition by restricting the level of discounting which the online giants can offer customers. Mr Ambani sought to harness concerns that India should support the emergence of domestic champions in e-commerce. "Today, we have to collectively launch a new movement against data colonisation. For India to succeed in this data-driven revolution, we will have to migrate the control and ownership of Indian data back to India - in other words, Indian wealth back to every Indian," he said.  Amazon is continuing to expand its Indian operation, where it is currently advertising for 660 open roles in its Bangalore office alone - the second most worldwide after Seattle. The company also has 450 open positions in Hyderabad, according to media reports.