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Kansas and Nebraska leaders welcome NRA convention after Dallas officials warning

Kansas and Nebraska leaders welcome NRA convention after Dallas officials warning

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Video NRA's Wayne LaPierre defends Second Amendment at CPAC CEO of the National Rifle Association warns against potential post-Parkland gun-grab; Peter Doocy reports from CPAC. Leaders in Kansas and Nebraska are each opening their doors to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention after a top Dallas official suggested the gun rights group find a different host city. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, took to Twitter on Friday to say that he and other residents in the Cornhusker State “love our constitutional rights” and welcome the convection in their state. I’ve already reached out to the @NRA and urged them to bring the #NRA convention to #KS. Kansans love our right to keep and bear arms. Kansas is the most pro-gun stat...
Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join a "single market a la carte" The UK's approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on "pure illusion", Donald Tusk says.The European Council president told a news conference in Brussels that the UK was still trying to "cherry pick" its future relationship with the EU.Mr Tusk said he could only go on media reports of Brexit talks at the PM's country retreat Chequers on Thursday.Theresa May is set to deliver a key speech setting out British ambitions on Friday of next week. EU leaders split on spending after Brexit Laura Kuenssberg - a happy ending? The customs union explained in 45 seconds Labour's policy 'evolves' on customs union M...
Meeting That Gates Admits Lying About Matches Rohrabacher Dinner

Meeting That Gates Admits Lying About Matches Rohrabacher Dinner

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Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates just admitted to lying to U.S. investigators about a March 19, 2013, meeting between his boss, Paul Manafort, and an unidentified U.S. congressman. Public filings show a meeting that day between Manafort and Dana Rohrabacher, a Russia-friendly Republican congressman from California.Gates pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy against the U.S. and making false statements about a meeting that day. In a criminal information unsealed Friday, he admitted that he’d withheld that the meeting included a discussion of Ukraine, where he and Manafort had done political consulting work.Gates and Manafort were charged in October with money laundering and failing to register foreign lobbying work with the U.S. government. Since then, Special Counsel Robert ...
Las Vegas airport offers weed disposal bins for travelers who are holding

Las Vegas airport offers weed disposal bins for travelers who are holding

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The bins, or amnesty boxes, were installed last week in response to September's new ordinances on carrying pot onto Department of Aviation-owned properties.  (AP/Regina Garcia Cano) PLANE OVERSHOOTS RUNWAY AT NIGERIAN AIRPORT, SKIDS OFF INTO BUSHES Spokeswoman Crews added that the amnesty boxes will be monitored to prevent tampering. “The drawer pulls out; you drop your stuff in and you close it. You can’t really get your hand in there. If you start tampering with them, you’d be detected pretty quickly,” she told the Sun. A contractor has also been hired to collect and dispose of the receptacles’ contents multiple times per week. The county aviation department said it plans to install at least seven additional amnesty boxe...
Actress Emma Chambers dies aged 53

Actress Emma Chambers dies aged 53

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVicar of Dibley's Alice Tinker: "I can't believe it's not butter" British actress Emma Chambers has died aged 53, her agency has confirmed. Known for playing Alice Tinker in the BBC's The Vicar of Dibley, the Doncaster-born star also had roles in Notting Hill and the TV adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit.Her agency said Chambers, who died from natural causes on Wednesday evening, would be "greatly missed".It said: "Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many".Chambers is survived by her husband, fellow actor Ian Dunn. Report End of Twitter post by @emmafreud Image caption Chambers was known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, alongside Dawn French ...
Apple Plans Upgrades to Popular AirPods Headphones

Apple Plans Upgrades to Popular AirPods Headphones

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Apple Inc., seeking to bolster its wearables business, is working on upgrades to its wireless AirPods headphones, according to people familiar with the matter.Like with its mobile devices -- the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch -- Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardware features. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is working on a new version for release as soon as this year with an upgraded wireless chip, the people said. A subsequent model for as early as next year is planned to be water resistant, they added, asking not to be identified discussing private product plans.The model coming as early as this year will let people summon Apple’s Siri digital assistant without physically tapping the headphones by saying "Hey Siri." The function...
Mum jailed for murdering baby son

Mum jailed for murdering baby son

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Baby murder accused 'could not stop' Baby murder accused 'had depression' Mother 'smiled after killing baby' Mr Justice Clive Lewis said Turtle suffered from a personality disorder which reduced her culpability and he was not sure she had meant to kill him.He said James was a baby deserving of his mother's protection but "instead you suffocated him".In a victim impact statement read out in court James's grandmother Kathleen Hughes described Turtle as "pure evil" and said she did not deserve forgiveness. The trial had heard how Turtle stopped James breathing on three occasions within a 10-day period, including when she was left alone with him in hospital. Then on 9 June 2016 she suffocated her son again, this time he did not recover, and died in hospital four days later from brain damag...
NRA Used A GIF Of Amy Poehler On Twitter. She Told Them To F**k Off.

NRA Used A GIF Of Amy Poehler On Twitter. She Told Them To F**k Off.

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The choice did not go down well. Twitter/NRA “Amy isn’t on Twitter, but she texted me a message: ’Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?” Schur wrote. Nick Offerman, who also starred in the NBC comedy, penned a sharply worded takedown of his own. “Take it down and also please eat shit,” he added.  Adam Scott, who played Knope’s husband Ben Wyatt on the sitcom, also fired back. She also took heat from Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel after she claimed that she was “fighting” for survivors of the high school shooting. Download
Manafort, Gates indicted on new tax and bank fraud charges

Manafort, Gates indicted on new tax and bank fraud charges

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Video Manafort, Gates indicted on new tax and bank fraud charges Special Counsel Robert Mueller files a 32-count indictment Thursday hitting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Washington. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a 32-count indictment Thursday hitting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates with fresh charges of tax evasion and bank fraud. Manafort is specifically charged with five counts related to filing false income tax returns and four counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts. Gates is accused of 11 counts related to filing false income tax returns and three counts of failure to report foreign bank and fina...
Apple in Talks to Buy Cobalt Directly From Miners

Apple in Talks to Buy Cobalt Directly From Miners

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Apple Inc. is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter, seeking to ensure it will have enough of the key battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom. The iPhone maker is one of the world’s largest end users of cobalt for the batteries in its gadgets, but until now it has left the business of buying the metal to the companies that make its batteries.The talks show that the tech giant is keen to ensure that cobalt supplies for its iPhone and iPad batteries are sufficient, with the rapid growth in battery demand for electric vehicles threatening to create a shortage of the raw material. About a quarter of global cobalt production is used in smartph...
Barracks ‘worse than the frontline’

Barracks ‘worse than the frontline’

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The BBC has seen letters sent by some to their commanding officer complaining about the conditions they've had to endure. One says "I've never had a hot shower in my block". Another says "the block and rooms are freezing", while several warn of "low morale". The BBC has also spoken to two soldiers who live on the base and came to us to voice their frustrations. We have used aliases to protect their identity. 'All-round depressing'Susan told us she'd served on the frontline in Afghanistan living in a tent and she said even that has "better facilities to wash and shower" than her barracks in Aldershot. "Being back in the UK", she said, "with no hot water and heating is just a disgrace". Janet says: "Prisoners get treated better than us and we've committed no crime". She says hot water and...
Even Pat Robertson Is Calling For Stricter Gun Control Laws

Even Pat Robertson Is Calling For Stricter Gun Control Laws

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“I’ve got no opposition whatsoever to shooting, but for heaven’s sakes, I don’t think that the general population needs to have automatic weapons,” Robertson said on “The 700 Club” on Tuesday.  Robertson, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, asked for a ban on “bump stocks,” which allow semiautomatic weapons to fire as rapidly as machine guns. Weapons with bump stocks were used last year by Stephen Paddock during the Las Vegas shooting, which left 58 people dead and hundreds injured.  “If somebody is seeing a psychiatrist, is on medication, he or she needs to be prohibited from being turned loose on the general population,” he said. “It’s just got to be, y’know, ...
Trump’s solution to school shootings: arm teachers with guns

Trump’s solution to school shootings: arm teachers with guns

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It is the gun, its the person behind the gun and its about helping people before they ever reach that point, said a mother whose son died at Sandy Hook elementaryDonald Trump has said he will consider a proposal to arm school teachers in an attempt to prevent mass shootings, a move certain to prove fiercely divisive. The US president, holding a listening session at the White House with survivors of last weeks an armed security guard on site but he did not get the chance to engage the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, on the sprawling campus. In May 2016, during the presidential election, Trump tweeted: Crooked Hillary [Clinton] said that I want guns brought into the school classroom. Wrong! Donald Trump with notes during a listening session with high school students and teac...
Billy Graham remembered as ‘faithful,’ ‘most important evangelist’ by religious leaders

Billy Graham remembered as ‘faithful,’ ‘most important evangelist’ by religious leaders

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Video Billy Graham's death: Political and religious leaders react Rev. Billy Graham, Christian Evangelist and spiritual adviser, has died at age 99. Both political and religious leaders took to social media to pay their respects to the man who was called a 'Pastor to the Presidents.' After Rev. Billy Graham's death at the age of 99, pastors, authors and faith leaders alike remembered the evangelist as someone with great humility and a passion for the Bible's teachings.  Some praised Graham – who preached to more than 200 million people in his lifetime – as "the most important evangelist since the Apostle Paul” and “one of the most faithful followers of Jesus.” Others recalled the impact he had on their faith or that of loved ones...
Canadian Ice Dancers Make History, Winning Gold In Pyeongchang

Canadian Ice Dancers Make History, Winning Gold In Pyeongchang

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Virtue and Moir completed two breathtaking routines on Tuesday, with a short dance set to Latin, samba and cha-cha music. Their free dance portion was set to a medley from the film “Moulin Rouge,” and the duo were elated as the final notes rang out and the arena erupted into applause. After winning their first gold last week in the team event, Moir said his teammates worked hard to bring home Canada’s first such medal of the Games. With Tuesday’s win, Moir and Virtue now each have five Olympic medals, more than any other figure skaters.
How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out

How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out

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As students rise up to demand gun control the right aims to take them down, along with anyone who offers them supportAfter Parklands mass shooting, the wind seems to have changed. Students are speaking out, demanding that politicians act. And theyre getting some traction. Many strange and distracted online response to the massacre. speech which attacked the president directly, calling out the funding he has received from the National Rifle Association. Today, many of them are making their way in buses to the Florida State House to demand change. The survivors are not elementary school students, or public employees, either shielded from media intrusion or disbarred from speaking out. They are confident young adults, many of them media savvy, and more than capable of matching the president ...
Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly

Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly

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Democrat Linda Belcher, a former public school teacher and state lawmaker, defeated Republican Rebecca Johnson, 68 percent to 32 percent. Belcher is no stranger to the 49th District, which is in Bullitt County, just south of Louisville. Belcher represented the district from 2009 to 2012 and again from 2014 to January 2017, after being defeated in the 2016 election by a narrow margin. The special election was prompted by the December death of then-state Rep. Dan Johnson, a Republican. Johnson took his own life after denying allegations that he had molested a 17-year-old girl at a church where he had served as a pastor. Belcher did not provide details of her policy proposals on her campaign website. But in an Election Day Facebook post, Belcher vowed that a vote for her was a vote fo...
AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

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Policy-makers and technical researchers to work together to understand and prepare for the malicious use of AIA realisation that, while AI has many positive applications, it is a dual-use technology and AI researchers and engineers should be mindful of and proactive about the potential for its misuseBest practices that can and should be learned from disciplines with a longer history of handling dual use risks, such as computer securityAn active expansion of the range of stakeholders engaging with, preventing and mitigating the risks of malicious use of AISpeaking to the BBC, Shahar Avin, from Cambridge University's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, explained that the report concentrated on areas of AI that were available now or likely to be available within five years, rather th...
American accused of stealing terra-cotta warrior’s thumb must be ‘severely’ punished, China says

American accused of stealing terra-cotta warrior’s thumb must be ‘severely’ punished, China says

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Video China's Terracotta Army under ancient Greek influence? Experts believe China's Terracotta Army was influenced by ancient Greek sculptors, traveled to China 1,500 years before Marco Polo's famous journey to Asia China is reportedly demanding a 24-year-old American man face "severe punishment" for allegedly snapping off the left thumb of a $4.5 million ancient terra-cotta warrior statue on display at a Philadelphia museum. Michael Rohana, 24, was charged with theft and concealment of a major artwork last week and released on bail, the BBC reported. The director of the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center, which loaned the sacred statues to the Franklin Institute, lashed out at the museum, however, for its “careless” guarding of the ...