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Sanders calls Obama’s $400K Wall Street speaking fee ‘unfortunate’

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:08 | Yahoo News

Sanders calls Obama’s $400K Wall Street speaking fee ‘unfortunate’Though he praised the former president, Sanders also repeated criticisms from his campaign about the influence of Wall Street over Washington.

Trump signs spending bill to avert government shutdown — for one week

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:13 | Yahoo News

Trump signs spending bill to avert government shutdown — for one weekThe House passed a continuing resolution, or "CR," giving Congress until next Friday to hammer out a spending deal for the rest of the fiscal year.

4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:27 | Associated Press

4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurneyVARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died.

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:29 | Reuters

Turkey blocks access to WikipediaBy Can Sezer and David Dolan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has blocked online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security. The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey's Western allies, who say Ankara has sharply curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year's failed coup. "After technical analysis and legal consideration ... an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia. ...

‘I thought it would be easier’: Trump assesses his first 100 days

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:58 | Yahoo News

‘I thought it would be easier’: Trump assesses his first 100 daysOn the cusp of his 100th day in office, President Trump went on a media blitz this week, granting interviews to a number of outlets reflecting on his first months in the nation’s highest office. In addition to an interview with the Associated Press that attracted attention for all the “unintelligible” lines in the transcript, Trump spoke to the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters about everything from his flip-flop on withdrawing from NAFTA to his surprise about the difficulties of his job. “I loved my previous life,” Trump told Reuters. “I had so many things going.

Apple Trying To Persuade California DMV To Change Self-Driving Rules

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:04 | International Business Times

Apple Trying To Persuade California DMV To Change Self-Driving RulesThe tech giant also wants the state’s restriction on using self-driving vehicles without a human driver to be removed.

Woman, 66, is fifth victim to die in Stockholm truck attack

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:08 | Associated Press

Woman, 66, is fifth victim to die in Stockholm truck attackSTOCKHOLM (AP) — A woman in her 60s who was injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, Swedish authorities said Friday, raising the death toll to five.

Tad Cummins' Wife Says She Warned Her Husband About Getting Too Close to Teen

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:37 | Inside Edition

Tad Cummins' Wife Says She Warned Her Husband About Getting Too Close to TeenJill Cummins says the girl was like a daughter to her.

Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passes

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:46 | The Independent

Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passesTwo conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House. “Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House,” Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the picture.

Elon Musk just unveiled the first photo of Tesla’s upcoming semi-truck

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:33 | BGR News

Elon Musk just unveiled the first photo of Tesla’s upcoming semi-truckEarlier today, Elon Musk delivered an engrossing TED Talk under the following umbrella theme: The Future You. While TED Talks have arguably reached a saturation point these days, any time Musk is given a platform to discuss his vision for the future, it's always worth paying attention to. While Musk's talk was predictably far-ranging, he did take some time to not only confirm the development of a Tesla semi-truck, but to also give us a teaser photo of what the company's all-electric semi-truck is going to look like. Before we get to the photo, it's worth noting that Musk earlier this month promised that the company was planning to hold an unveiling event this September. And teasing the vehicle like only Musk knows how, he added that the "team has done an amazing job" while adding that the final design is "seriously next level." When addressing Tesla's truck plans during today's TED Talk, Musk went even further, boasting that a prototype of the vehicle has already been built and that it drives "like a sports car." Below is the teaser photo Musk unveiled earlier today. Aside from the semi-truck mentioned above, Tesla has plans to release a slew of other vehicles over the next few years, including a brand new Roadster, a crossover version of the Model 3 dubbed the Model Y, and a pickup truck. In fact, Musk at one point went so far as to say that Tesla would be stupid not to release a pickup truck, a reasonable assessment given that the 3 top-selling vehicles in the United States this past year were all pickup trucks.

Trump's big EPA website change should make you furious

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:23 | Mashable

Trump's big EPA website change should make you furiousYet another fear among scientists and climate activists has become reality in the era of Trump. Decades of research and data about carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, and more was hidden from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website by the Trump administration late Friday as the sprawling climate change webpage goes under "review."  Adding insult to injury, this comes on the eve of the People's Climate March.  Climate change activists have been wringing their hands ever since Inauguration Day, fearing that the new administration would do something just like this. The EPA has been chipping away at climate change mentions on its website since January, but Friday's takedown is the biggest, and most disturbing step yet.  SEE ALSO: In ultimate insult, Trump rolls back EPA's climate policies from within the EPA The webpage, which has been in existence for more than 20 years, explained what climate change is, what caused it and how it affects your health, among other things. In contrast to what Trump and his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, have said about climate change (they don't believe it's man-made), the webpage notes many times how humans have contributed to climate change.  "Research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20th century. Rather, it is extremely likely that human activities have been the dominant cause of that warming," the webpage read, according to an archived version captured before Friday. Starting Friday evening, going to and sent visitors to a landing page that said, "This page is being updated." In an agency statement about the website changes, there's no mention of removing all the content, even if temporarily.  "The process, which involves updating language to reflect the approach of new leadership, is intended to ensure that the public can use the website to understand the agency's current efforts," the EPA's statement reads, adding in the last line that "content related to climate and regulation is also under review." At the very end of a Friday news dump: @EPA might take climate change information off its website — Timothy Cama (@Timothy_Cama) April 28, 2017 While the climate landing page was down, certain climate-related sections could still be found through a Google search. For example, a section about climate indicators was still live as of Friday evening. "While it remains to be seen how information and information access will change as the EPA site is updated, it is concerning that this overhaul was not announced until the same day that pages like the Climate Change page, which serve as important public resources, were already becoming unavailable," said the Environmental Data and Governance Website Tracking Initiative, a nonprofit group closely tracking changes to climate information across the federal government, in a statement.  "The timing of this overhaul cuts off availability when access to trusted information about the science behind climate change will be necessary to enable a conversation about our changing climate," the group stated. Trump has made climate denying statements in the past, calling global warming a hoax. More recently he walked them back, claiming that climate change was naturally occurring and not man-made. Trump's EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, is a noted climate-change denier.  The administration is seeking to make deep cuts to the EPA's budget and personnel, potential involving thousands of layoffs and the gutting of its climate science programs, which could leave few qualified people left to update the climate science page in the next few years. The scientific findings presented on the EPA climate change website were used by many in the media and the scientific community to contradict claims Pruitt made in a CNBC interview on March 9, in which he said that carbon dioxide does not act as a "control knob," or thermostat, on the planet's climate:  "I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," Pruitt said. "But we don't know that yet, as far as... we need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis," he said.  On eve of #climatemarch, Trump EPA releases quiet, mumbling press release signaling censorship of climate change content from EPA website. — John Walke (@jwalkenrdc) April 28, 2017 The EPA's inspector general is investigating whether Pruitt's statement's violated agency policy because they departed so much from the agency's own scientific findings.  The EPA has a link back to an archived view of the site from before Trump took office on Jan. 19. That's exactly one day before Trump took over. But more recent archived versions of the site are available, such as this screenshot of the climate page from March 17. Earlier Friday, Trump signed an executive order that expands offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, something the Obama administration fought to curtail. The administration has been working to roll back Obama's other climate change programs, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which would restrict greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  The website review may be aimed at bringing the site in line with such an agenda, but any editing of scientific information would run counter to the history of the site and the mission of the EPA.  Information about the website changes have been murky, with the administration's statement leaving much to be desired in terms of detail. There's no timeline on when the changes will be made either. Climate activists have already begun voicing their concerns on social media, and this is sure to fire them up as they ready for Saturday's big climate march.  Mashable science editor Andrew Freedman contributed reporting for this story. WATCH: Hero with a drone spots a shark circling below 3 oblivious surfers

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calls academic and media elites ‘America’s greatest threat’

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:55 | Yahoo News Video

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calls academic and media elites ‘America’s greatest threat’Executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre spoke ahead of President Trump at an NRA meeting and said academic and media elites are “America’s greatest domestic threats.”

Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:53 | Reuters

Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quitBy Andrew Osborn and Svetlana Reiter MOSCOW (Reuters) - Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. Saturday's protest in the capital -- called "We're sick of him" -- was organized by the Open Russia movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Venezuela defies international powers, Trump weighs in

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:46 | AFP

Venezuela defies international powers, Trump weighs inVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday intensified his row with foreign powers that he accuses of plotting to overthrow him. "I am proud to say I took the decision... to free our country from interventionism," Maduro said in a speech on Thursday. "We are free of the OAS and we will never return," he added.

Today's Horoscope

Aries Horoscope for Saturday, April 29, 2017

There is a whirlwind of activity in that brain of yours! You realize early in the day that you have much too much energy for the little box that contains you. Try to get rid of the jitters by participating in some type of physical exercise, Aries. If nothing else, get outside and run around the block. You are brimming over with solutions, but it`s not yet time to share the wild ideas inspired by the current Moon phase.
Your progress can be measured by other people`s reactions today, Taurus. Try to watch your step, not the clock. The audience at this command performance thinks that your time onstage has only just begun. The more you do, the more they want. The good news is that you have someone who can help you. Turn to him or her when you feel yourself faltering. You may not be able to sing a solo, but you still get most of the applause.

You`ve been tending to other people`s ailments so much lately that you may not realize how your own mental or physical health has deteriorated. Now is the time to begin healing yourself, Gemini. It`s normal to start with the obvious, but don`t be afraid to seek medical attention if you need it. Stress is often at the root of many problems. A relaxing soak in the tub or a soothing massage could be the only elixir you are in need of.
If you don`t have what it takes to make yourself happy, chances are good that someone you know does! Friends conspire to spring a surprise or grant a favor when you least expect it. Don`t hold yourself back from getting what you want in an effort to be polite -- you deserve your happiness as much as the next person. There`s no rush in your quest for the perfect life, Cancer. You have a few days to become the ideal version of yourself that you always carry around in secret.

Loners and free thinkers do better when they pay lip service to the idea of loyalty. Sometimes you have to do things that are against your nature for the sake of appearances. Try to get it into your head that the customer is always right, even when he or she is clearly wrong. If you must make your stand, do it at a more appropriate time. Put your ego on the shelf for the moment. Enjoy your vacation from the spotlight; even celebrities need a break!
No one has to know that you are taking the easy way out, Virgo! By doing exactly what you should be doing, you seem to be a genius. By following your current path, you can inspire those who are distracted or have low expectations. Throughout the day, you serve as an excellent example of what one can achieve with little or no effort. If you can harness the power of invisible forces, you should find a way to make them available to everyone.

You`ve been going at breakneck speeds for so long that you`ve forgotten where the brakes are. Do whatever it takes to lighten your workload today, Libra. Turn your attention away from work and onto your social calendar. The light at the end of the tunnel is coming from a party that you`d love to attend. A change of clothes and heart transform you from the tough cookie that you`ve been for the last few days. Ah, so this is what it`s like to have fun!
Throw your inhibitions to the wind, Scorp. Be the first person in your group to go someplace dangerous and do something daring. When testing your own limits, you`re likely to pass with flying colors. If others want to come along but are afraid to join in, they`ll just have to settle for being spectators. This is your show, and you can expect the reviews of it to be excellent. This is one time when you don`t care if you make a spectacle of yourself.

Your choices are quite limited today, Sagittarius. Unless you`re involved in the purely creative, expect a slow day. Deep currents and rogue winds drag you from your appointed rounds. Hang onto your temper in a collision between frustrated travelers. Let others make you feel good about yourself; you have certainly done the same for them over the years. Relax at home tonight if you`re not in the mood for a noisy gathering.
You are surprised to learn that the impression you had of someone was all wrong. A bonding experience breaks down walls of loneliness and hostility, making it possible for you to actually become friends with one of your enemies. Try to be patient if you receive the constant praise of someone whose life you just saved. Until the party settles down, all rules and routines are suspended. This is one strange day that you are sure to remember for years to come, Capricorn.

There may be some minor setbacks at the office that aren`t obvious at first. You may walk into someone else`s trap or inadvertently blunder into a tricky situation, which you`ll wish you had never witnessed in the first place. Taking sides is the easy way out. It`s better to remain neutral and have everyone be a little peeved with you until things blow over. Someone might not appreciate your special talents, but that doesn`t mean that you shouldn`t try to utilize them.
Even if the sun isn`t shining today, you are. You slept deliciously well last night and are tackling all your tasks with gusto. Those around you may remark that you are really on today, and you may be handed a chance to win a promotion or to enhance your status at work. Office mates and superiors may appreciate your vision, and the board of directors could give you their nod of approval. Try to win the favor of friends and acquaintances that can help you begin some daring plans.