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'What you need to know': Jared Kushner

'What you need to know': Jared Kushner Jared Kushner now a focus of FBI Russian investigation.


US rules out easing sanctions on Russia

US rules out easing sanctions on Russia Washington will not ease sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and may even get tougher on Moscow, the White House said Friday, ending uncertainty over the US position on the thorny issue. "We are not lowering our sanctions on Russia," Gary Cohn, US President Donald Trump's top economic advisor, told reporters at the G7 summit of leading industrialised nations in Sicily.


Ramadan 2017: Donald Trump issues statement mentioning terrorism in almost every sentence

Ramadan 2017: Donald Trump issues statement mentioning terrorism in almost every sentence Donald Trump has issued his first statement commemorating Ramadan as president, and fit mentions of terrorism into nearly half of it. Mr Bush at that time wrote of the diversity in Muslim communities, and of the teachings of Islam to be charitable, extend mercy, and search for peace.


Mother of Manchester attack victim pays tribute to daughter with a tattoo

Mother of Manchester attack victim pays tribute to daughter with a tattoo The mother of a 15-year-old schoolgirl who was killed in the Manchester suicide attack attended a vigil on Friday bearing a fresh tattoo of her daughter's name on her chest. Family and classmates attended the vigil for Olivia Campbell who was one of 22 victims in Monday's attack at an Ariana Grande concert, at Tottington high school in Bury, 8 miles (13 km) north of Manchester city center.


Cat visits every national park

Cat visits every national park This adventurous feline really is an outdoors cat — as he is currently making his way around every national park in the United States.


GM sued over excess emissions in Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel

GM sued over excess emissions in Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel Today's auto news headlines read like a warped version of Oprah Winfrey's infamous car giveaway: "You're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! And you're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! Everyone's getting sued for excess diesel emissions!" We say that because General Motors is now being sued for excess diesel emissions.  Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al The suit filed in Detroit's federal court yesterday alleges that GM illegally outfitted 705,000 pickups with defeat devices similar to those deployed by Volkswagen in 11 million cars worldwide, including 565,000 registered in the U.S. The suit covers 2011-2016 models of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel. Unlike the lawsuit filed earlier this week against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this one comes from consumers, not the U.S. Department of Justice. It alleges that GM employed at least three defeat devices that allowed trucks to emit up to five times the legal limit of pollutants while on the road but to keep emissions within legal limits during regulatory tests.  Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al alleges that GM broke a number of racketeering and consumer protection laws. Plaintiffs seek a wide range of compensation, including payouts for lost resale value and buybacks of their vehicles. They're also seeking punitive damages against the automaker. Interestingly, the suit also names German supplier Bosch as a defendant. If the case goes to trial, that could be significant, since Bosch was very closely linked to the Volkswagen scandal. If you follow car news, it probably won't surprise you to learn that plaintiffs in the GM case are represented in part by Hagens Berman law firm, which has been a key player in the Dieselgate settlement and many other auto-related suits. GM has issued a brief statement about the lawsuit that reads, in full: "These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations." It's worth noting that this is one of at least two cases being brought by consumers against GM over its diesel vehicles--the other involving emissions in the Chevrolet Cruze diesel. Our take Who will prevail? We can't say because, much to some of our mothers' chagrin, we're not lawyers. However, we do know that the case puts GM in an awkward position. If the case goes to trial, it might prove GM's innocence, but GM's name would remain in the headlines for months and potentially years. Being associated with a high-profile case related to diesel emissions fraud at this time in history wouldn't do much for GM's diesel sales. That's a real problem, as GM appears to have banked on cornering the diesel market as other automakers retreat. On the other hand, settling this case (and the one involving the Cruze for that matter) out of court wouldn't do anything to exonerate GM. However, in terms of publicity, it might be for the best. Either way, shareholders will want GM to put the case to rest as soon as possible: stock prices took a plunge yesterday after the lawsuit was filed, though some of that value could be regained in trading today.


Credit Myths That Cost You Money

Credit Myths That Cost You Money Credit scores are confusing. You can pay off your student loans and see your credit score drop. You can add significant credit card debt and see your score soar. It's no wonder there are so many misconceptions about how to build or improve credit.


How to Maintain and Repair Your Gas Grill

How to Maintain and Repair Your Gas Grill Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Whether you’ve been using it all year or haven’t touched it in months, you should give your grill the once-over before t...


Attack on Egypt Christians kills 26

Attack on Egypt Christians kills 26 Masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 26 people, officials said. The assailants sprayed the bus headed for Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province with gunfire before fleeing, provincial governor Essam el-Bedawi told state television. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that 26 people were killed and another 25 wounded.


G7 summit: Donald Trump calls Germans 'bad, very bad' and vows to curb foreign car imports

G7 summit: Donald Trump calls Germans 'bad, very bad' and vows to curb foreign car imports Donald Trump has attacked Germans for being “bad, very bad” and vowed to limit US car imports from the country. At a meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday Mr Trump reportedly said: “Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised Germany's large trade surplus with the US, which he said hurts US manufacturers.


NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: Moscow

NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: Moscow Russia on Friday accused NATO of increasing the threat of conflict, insisting attempts by the US-led alliance to curb Moscow have left ties at their lowest ebb since the USSR collapsed. "At present NATO-Russian relations are at their worst since the end of the Cold War," the foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement. The ministry said NATO was pursuing a policy of "containment" towards Russia that has seen it bolster its forces along the country's border in eastern Europe.


US prisoner executed in eighth date with death

US prisoner executed in eighth date with death Tommy Arthur was executed late Thursday after his eighth, and final, rendezvous with the US state of Alabama's capital punishment system. The 75-year-old was given a lethal injection after the US Supreme Court allowed the execution to proceed by denying the inmate's stay requests. Arthur's death ends a legal saga spanning more than three decades in which he became known by some as the Houdini of death row, managing to evade his final sentence seven times.


Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An inmate once called the "Houdini" of Alabama's death row for escaping seven past execution dates through legal challenges was put to death early Friday for a 1982 murder-for-hire shooting.


Chris Cornell Had Fresh Track Marks On His Arm: Report

Chris Cornell Had Fresh Track Marks On His Arm: Report While authorities ruled the Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman took his own life last week Thursday, his family raised doubts over the findings.


The Latest: Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

The Latest: Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Alabama prisoner Tommy Arthur (all times local):


DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches

DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches Launching satellites into orbit could get a lot cheaper thanks to an experimental space plane.  SEE ALSO: NASA's new space fabric looks like chain mail and can protect astronauts This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed the design for the XS-1, which is set to be built by Boeing. The hypersonic aircraft would launch vertically, deploy a second stage to carry a satellite into orbit, and then land like a normal airplane.  Although the aircraft is still in the concept phase, DARPA believes the final result will be a vehicle that will provide "short-notice, low-cost access to space" for both military and commercial use. Initial tests of the XS-1 technology will attempt 10 flights over the course of 10 days with the ultimate goal being routine low-Earth orbit flights for around $5 million or less per launch. (Currently, it costs SpaceX about $62 million to launch its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit.) "We're delighted to see this truly futuristic capability coming closer to reality," DARPA's Brad Tousley said in a statement on the agency's website. "Demonstration of aircraft-like, on-demand, and routine access to space is important for meeting critical Defense Department needs and could help open the door to a range of next-generation commercial opportunities." And while this futuristic space plane and the opportunities it may afford sound exciting, actual flight tests aren't scheduled to happen until 2020. For now, you'll have to use the concept video (above) to imagine this very near future of space travel.  WATCH:


San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times

San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities released a report Thursday detailing the manhunt and shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino attack in December 2015.


Report yields new details in 2014 Yosemite air tanker crash

Report yields new details in 2014 Yosemite air tanker crash LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2014 fatal crash of an air tanker fighting a forest fire in Yosemite National Park came just after the pilot was warned to avoid a tree to the right but then struck trees to the left, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.


Verizon may have just made the world’s most pointless thing

Verizon may have just made the world’s most pointless thing

Someone, somewhere, deep in the bowels of Verizon's marketing department, has apparently read a study saying that the Internet of Things is going to be the next iPhone. This noble Brand Crusader decided that Verizon should be a Thought Leader in this category, and directed the captive team of engineers to make a Product that demonstrates Verizon's commitment to the IoT.

But unfortunately, no one stopped along the way to think about whether this is a thing that anyone will want to buy.

It's called the SmartHub, and it's a 4G LTE modem that turns Verizon's wireless network into a local Wi-Fi network. Verizon positions it as a router for the "smart home," which means it's supposed to connect all your Nests and your Hue bulbs and smart salt shakers to the internet so they can send you endless push notifications.

The SmartHub will do that. But you know what else will do that just fine? Your home Wi-Fi network, which comes in over a cable and is probably faster, more reliable, and far cheaper per gigabyte than Verizon's LTE solution.

Sure, there are definitely people out there who don't have a fixed-line broadband connection. Depending on the year, about 65-70% of all homes have a broadband connection. But I'm willing to make a purely speculative bet that 99.9% of people who have a $200 Wi-Fi connected thermostat also have a home broadband connection. Statistically speaking, most people who don't have home broadband are either poor (in which case they can't afford smart home gadgets), renters who are moving frequently (who aren't allowed to install smart home gadgets), or old (in which case they won't understand why their thermostat now needs an app).

There will be a time in the future, after millimeter-wave 5G becomes common and wireless internet becomes cheap, when you might want to replace your fixed-line broadband with a wireless service. But that day is not today, and no person with a smart home setup is going to run it off an expensive, capacity-limited wireless connection.

Verizon did not return a request to explain who the hell the SmartHub is for.


The Latest: California guards recovering after mass attack

The Latest: California guards recovering after mass attack SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a mass assault on guards at a California state prison (all times local):


Woman jumps onto the hood of moving car to prevent carjacking at petrol station

Woman jumps onto the hood of moving car to prevent carjacking at petrol station A Wisconsin woman has become a viral sensation after she jumped on the hood of her own moving car to prevent a carjacking. Melissa Smith, 27, was printing her receipt at a petrol station in Milwaukee when a stranger jumped into her car and began driving away. “I had my, ‘Oh no this isn’t happening to me today moment,’” Ms Smith told local news station WISN 12.


Sen. Rob Portman on 4th circuit court ruling against Trump’s travel ban

Sen. Rob Portman on 4th circuit court ruling against Trump’s travel ban Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) about an appeals court upholding the decision to block President Trump’s travel ban.


Day care worker charged with killing baby in recorded attack

Day care worker charged with killing baby in recorded attack BALTIMORE (AP) — A day care worker in Maryland was captured on video "torturing" an 8-month-old girl who later died, authorities said Thursday. She has been charged with murder.


The Latest: Coroner's office IDs skydiver as California man

The Latest: Coroner's office IDs skydiver as California man LODI, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a skydiving death in Northern California (all times local):


Scientists Watch Star Collapse Into Black Hole

Scientists Watch Star Collapse Into Black Hole A star suffered an epic fail when it quietly collapsed into a black hole instead of exploding in a brilliant supernova.


NASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter

NASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing stunning new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers said Thursday. A NASA statement described the planet as "a complex, gigantic, turbulent world" that is far different than scientists previously thought. Two papers in the journal Science and 44 papers in Geophysical Research Letters describe a trove of discoveries made since Juno began orbiting Jupiter last year.


Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congress

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congress By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Decried by protesters as "murderers" defending a dictator, Venezuela's military insisted on Thursday it was not taking sides in the national political turmoil, though it did back socialist President Nicolas Maduro's controversial plan for a new congress. The armed forces' National Guard unit has played a pivotal role in two months of unrest rocking Venezuela, often blocking marches and using teargas and water cannons to fight youths hurling stones and Molotov cocktails. At least 57 people have been killed, including one National Guard member and two policemen.


G7 masks, Zuckerberg, volcano and more — it happened today: May 25 in pictures

G7 masks, Zuckerberg, volcano and more — it happened today: May 25 in pictures Protesters wear masks depicting the leaders of the G7 countries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during Harvard University commencement exercises and more of today’s news from around the world in pictures.


Pit Bull Formerly on Euthanasia List Now a Top K9 Agent With Police Department

Pit Bull Formerly on Euthanasia List Now a Top K9 Agent With Police Department "All he needed was a chance," cops said.


Donald Trump links mass immigration to Manchester terror attack despite bomber being British-born

Donald Trump links mass immigration to Manchester terror attack despite bomber being British-born Donald Trump appeared to link large-scale immigration to the terror attack in Manchester, even though bomber Salman Abedi was born in Britain. “My travels and meetings have given me renewed hope that nations of many faiths can unite to defeat terrorism, a common threat to all of humanity,” he said in a speech during which he also berated those Nato members who had failed to contribute their fair share of the alliance’s costs. During his election campaign, Mr Trump repeatedly called for tougher screening of immigrants to the US, even though the process for refugees from countries such as Syria or Somalia can take up to five years.


Here's Why Bitcoin Prices Are Skyrocketing

Here's Why Bitcoin Prices Are Skyrocketing Cryptocurrency... so hot right now. Bitcoin surges above $2,700. Economic shifts in China are one of many factors propelling cryptocurrency to record-breaking prices.


BMW Concept 8-series: Eight Is Greater than Six

BMW Concept 8-series: Eight Is Greater than Six This shapely coupe concept previews the replacement for the 6-series.


US deaths from Alzheimer's soar 55 percent since 1999

US deaths from Alzheimer's soar 55 percent since 1999 Deaths from Alzheimer's in America have soared 55 percent since 1999, as the burden of this fatal form of dementia grows and the population ages, a federal health report said Thursday. The study in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report spanned 1999 to 2014. Experts say the data shows more caregivers are needed, along with more resources to help people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.


Billy Cosby Breaks His Silence as Final Juror Picked in His Sexual Assault Trial

Billy Cosby Breaks His Silence as Final Juror Picked in His Sexual Assault Trial Opening arguments are set to begin June 5.


GOP senators urge Trump to make ‘clean exit’ from Paris Agreement

GOP senators urge Trump to make ‘clean exit’ from Paris Agreement A group high-profile Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are calling on President Trump to make a “clean break” from the Paris Agreement on climate change.


Hamas executes three over commander's murder

Hamas executes three over commander's murder The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas executed three people in the Gaza Strip on Thursday over the assassination of one of its military leaders allegedly on behalf of Israel. Two men were hanged to death in Gaza City over the killing of Mazen Faqha in March, while a third was executed by firing squad, said an AFP correspondent who attended the executions.


Officials: Manchester bomber passed through Germany, Turkey

Officials: Manchester bomber passed through Germany, Turkey BERLIN (AP) — The suspected bomber in the concert attack in Britain passed through Germany and Turkey before the attack, authorities said Thursday.


Sea Lion Attack: Child Victim’s Father Speaks Out

Sea Lion Attack: Child Victim’s Father Speaks Out The father told the CBC that his family was not feeding the sea lion when it dragged his daughter underwater, but did confirm that his daughter is being treated for a possible infection.


Pres. Trump Criticizes NATO Allies on Defense Spending in Brussels Speech

Pres. Trump Criticizes NATO Allies on Defense Spending in Brussels Speech In a speech at NATO headquarters Thursday, the president threatened ties between the US and its European allies, saying fellow NATO countries were not meeting financial obligations.


Smooth waves bursting with color give inside view of surfer’s paradise

Smooth waves bursting with color give inside view of surfer’s paradise Ever wondered what Hawaii’s famous waves look like from the inside? Photographer and non- commissioned officer in the United States Army, Marco Mitre shares the beauty of the shore on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.


Montana special election: Voters go to the polls while Republican candidate Greg Gianforte is charged with assault

Montana special election: Voters go to the polls while Republican candidate Greg Gianforte is charged with assault Voters are going to the polls in a closely watched special election, in which one of the candidates has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking a journalist. The contest for Montana’s only congressional seat was triggered after the sitting House Representative, Ryan Zinke, quit his job to become Donald Trump’s secretary of the Interior Department.


Bernie Sanders and MIck Mulvaney battle over estate tax

Bernie Sanders and MIck Mulvaney battle over estate tax At a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took part in a spirited exchange with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over details of President Trump's proposed budget.


Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in US

Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in US SIESTA KEY, Fla. (AP) — The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten's fur — all because it's comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz.


Indian police arrest 150 from Modi's party in Kolkata clashes

Indian police arrest 150 from Modi's party in Kolkata clashes Indian police arrested around 150 people protesting against a breakdown in law and order in the eastern city of Kolkata on Thursday, after street battles broke out during a march to police headquarters and police cars were set ablaze. Regional and national leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged the march to protest against a perceived deterioration in security in the state of West Bengal, which is ruled by a rival left-wing party. West Bengal, with a population of nearly 100 million, has a long history of political violence.


Everest rescuers retrieve bodies of two Indian climbers

Everest rescuers retrieve bodies of two Indian climbers Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of two Indian climbers who died on Mount Everest last year but whose remains could not be moved due to bad weather, an official said Thursday. A team of Nepali climbers retrieved the bodies of Goutam Ghosh and Paresh Nath from the balcony, an area just below the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain. Ghosh's remains were only located this year by other climbers on the mountain.


Syrian force urges Raqqa jihadists to surrender by end-May

Syrian force urges Raqqa jihadists to surrender by end-May A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias promised on Thursday that no harm would come to Islamic State fighters in Raqqa who turned themselves in by the end of the month, calling on them to lay down their arms ahead of an expected assault on the city. The Syrian Democratic Forces, which groups Kurdish and Arab fighters, has advanced to within a few kilometers (miles) of Raqqa city at the nearest point, in an offensive that got underway in November to encircle and capture the city. The SDF, which includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia, said earlier this month it expects to launch the final assault on Raqqa in early summer.


The Latest: Army trucks roll deeper into Philippine city

The Latest: Army trucks roll deeper into Philippine city MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on the siege of a Philippine city that led President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the south (all times local):


Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate in Montana special election, allegedly body-slams reporter

Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate in Montana special election, allegedly body-slams reporter On the eve of a special election to fill Montana’s House seat, the Republican candidate allegedly assaulted a journalist.


Local Hero: Girl, 12, Rescues 4-Year-Old Neighbor From Alleged Abduction: Cops

Local Hero: Girl, 12, Rescues 4-Year-Old Neighbor From Alleged Abduction: Cops A 4-year-old girl was being led away by a man gripping her hand, according to a 12-year-old neighbor who pulled the child away and took her home.


California highway to be closed for months after Big Sur landslide

California highway to be closed for months after Big Sur landslide A section of highway winding along California's breathtaking Big Sur coastline will probably remain closed for months by damage from a massive landslide unleashed by a rain-soaked hillside over the Pacific, state transportation officials said on Wednesday. After the wettest winter on record in the state, the collapse marked the third major closure in Big Sur, a roughly 76-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway that hugs California's rugged Central Coast between Cambria and Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Big Sur portion of State Route 1 is designated as a National Scenic Byway for its spectacular coastal vistas and is famed as one of the longest stretches of largely undeveloped shoreline in the continental United States.