|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Trump: I never asked Michael Cohen to commit crimes|
President Trump, who once denied knowing about the hush-money payments, now suggests his former lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen should’ve known what they were doing was illegal.
|Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - At least $9bn in insurance claims from California fires|
Insurance claims from the recent devastating California wildfires that killed at least 89 people and destroyed 19,000 homes and businesses have reached at least $9 billion, the state's insurance commissioner said Wednesday. "The devastating wildfires of 2018 were the deadliest and costliest wildfire catastrophes in California's history," said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Most of the insurance payouts -- some $7 billion -- concern the Camp Fire in Northern California, which wiped out the town of Paradise and killed 86 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in recent California history.
|Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 4th conviction in Los Angeles murder of Chinese student|
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the beating death of a University of Southern California graduate student from China.
|Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S., free Huawei exec|
SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada should distance itself from U.S. "hegemonism" and grant unconditional freedom to Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of China's Huawei detained in Vancouver on Washington's request, state-owned tabloid Global Times said in a Thursday editorial. Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, has been accused by U.S. prosecutors of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating sanctions. The United States needs to make a formal extradition request within 60 days of her arrest, which a Canadian judge will weigh to determine whether the case against Meng is strong enough.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Pope-appointed missionary travels US to do good|
Father Jim Sichko had a calling and it wasn't just to God. It was to, well, everybody. Pope Francis named the Kentucky-based priest to a newly created fleet of Papal Missionaries, ministers who travel the world offering acts of mercy. (Dec. 14)
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - AD and LIFEWTR Celebrate the Opening of The Haas Brothers: Ferngully at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami|
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Porsche presents EV ‘FastCharge' solution|
The automaker Porsche has presented a prototype charging station in Germany with an output of up to 450kW. It can be used by electric models of all brands compatible with the European standard Type 2 variant of the widely used Combined Charging System (CCS). Increasing the available charge capacity to up to 450kW considerably reduces the charging time, in turn increasing the number of vehicles able to use the technology in a given space of time.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Cash deposited in Robinhood's 3% checking and savings isn't insured, SIPC says|
Cash in Robinhood's new checking and savings products that were rolled out this week is not insured by the Securities Investor Protection Corp.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Using one of the worst passwords of 2018 is a great way to get hacked|
No matter how much we read about hacks and data breaches and the importance of taking solid security precautions, one of the unchangeable truths of the world is that people on average are absolutely terrible when it comes to choosing passwords. We use the same ones over and over, to the delight of hackers, and the ones we come up with tend to be pathetically easy so that we're able to remember them.
SplashData is out with its eighth annual compilation of the Worst Passwords of the Year, a ranking it produces after evaluating more than 5 million passwords that have been leaked on the Internet. If you use any of these, we can't stress this enough. As SplashData puts it themselves, anyone using any of these passwords is putting themselves "at substantial risk of being hacked and having their identities stolen."
A few notes about this list: 2018 was the fifth straight year that saw these passwords in the Number 1 and 2 spots for being the absolute worst: "123456," and "password." The five worst passwords after those 2? They're all just numerical strings.
SplashData is a provider of password management applications TeamsID, Gpass, and SplashID. "Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online," says SplashData CEO Morgan Slain. "It's a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks such as Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year."
Without further ado, here's SplashData's "Worst Passwords of 2018" list:
SplashData estimates almost 10% of people have used at least one of these 25 passwords and that some 3% of people have used the worst password, 123456.
Here are some tips from SplashData on how to be better at password security:
1\. Use passphrases of twelve characters or more with mixed types of characters.
2\. Use a different password for each of your logins. That way, if a hacker gets access to one of your passwords, they will not be able to use it to access other sites.
3\. Protect your assets and personal identity by using a password manager to organize passwords, generate secure random passwords, and automatically log into websites.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Yes, he really said that. What Trump gets about his presidency that critics don't.|
When Trump flouts the conventions of the office, he’s winning with his core voters. It doesn’t matter what he’s saying — what matters is that he’s making the rest of us howl in indignation.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - PHOTOS: French police kill suspect in Strasbourg Christmas market attack|
The gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg was shot dead by French police on Thursday as the Islamic State jihadist group claimed him as one of its “soldiers”.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Man who sexually assaulted woman on flight while she slept is jailed for nine years|
Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 34, was also sitting next to his wife on the overnight flight in January. Ramamoorthy had molested the victim while unbuttoning her blouse and unzipping her trousers as she slept. US attorney Matthew Schneider said: “Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on aeroplanes.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest|
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Latest on the violence in the West Bank (all times local):
|Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion|
Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Man quits his job with epic rant over the store's PA|
A disgruntled employee at a Canadian Walmart decided that he wasn’t going to
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Delaying Brexit Beyond March Is Easier Than You Might Think|
(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to save her Brexit deal and the danger of the U.K. crashing out of the European Union is on the rise. How hard would it be to delay Britain’s departure date?
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Former Baylor fraternity president accused of rape is banned from graduation, University of Texas campus|
Jacob Anderson, accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student, has been banned from University of Texas at Dallas, but will receive a degree.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - US airliner turned back after human heart left on board|
A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Seattle to Dallas was turned back mid-flight after it was discovered that a human heart had been left on board, officials said Thursday. The plane had was over eastern Idaho -- around 600 miles (950 kilometers) into the journey -- when staff discovered the "life critical cargo shipment," meant for delivery back in a Seattle hospital after being transported from California. "Once we realized the error we immediately worked to return to Seattle," airline spokesman Dan Landson told AFP.
|Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Middle School Student Dumps Trump From His Name After Relentless Bullying|
A middle school student in Delaware has been allowed to change his surname
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 20 Financial New Year's Resolutions for 2019|
Nearly one-third of Americans plan to make a money resolution for 2019, according to a Fidelity Investments survey, with 48 percent of them planning to save more, 29 percent aiming to pay down debt and 15 percent aspiring to spend less. Identify financial goals. Before you can make progress toward any financial goals, identify what they are.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Plot Thickens for Carlos Ghosn: Financial Charges Filed in Japan, But Renault Declares He Did Nothing Wrong in France|
In Japan, the former Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi chief faces as much as 10 years in prison, while Renault keeps him on as chairman and CEO after finding he did not break French finance laws.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Yemen's warring parties agree ceasefire in Hodeidah, says UN chief|
Talks in Sweden between Yemen's warring parties on Thursday led to a major breakthrough in blunting a devastating war that has killed thousands and driven the country to famine, with both sides agreeing on a ceasefire in a key port that acts as a lifeline for millions. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced that the Iran-linked Houthi rebels, who control Hodeidah port, had reached a ceasefire there with the Saudi-led coalition that was massing troops in the Red Sea city ahead of a final push into the port. In a statement released near the end of peace talks this week in Sweden, Mr Guterres said that UN troops would be dispatched to Hodeidah, where the organisation will also help distribute much-needed aid. The ceasefire will hold both in the city of Hodeidah, which is the principal life-line for two-thirds of the country, and the broader province, the UN chief added. A "mutual understanding" was also struck in the nation's embattled third city of Taiz, although few details were released . There was no agreement, however, on ending the fighting elsewhere in Yemen. Nor has a deal been struck on a political framework or the reopening of the rebel-held Sanaa airport. Further talks on those subjects are due in early 2019. Rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (C) holds a press conference together with members of the delegation following the peace consultations in Sweden Credit: AFP Mr Guterres thanked both delegations, saying "real progress" had been made towards ending the conflict. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt had flown to Sweden on Thursday to back mounting pressure on both sides to reach an agreement. He met the Houthi rebels for the first time when he hosted meetings with them and the Saudi-backed government, the Foreign Office said in a statement. “Today’s agreement in Stockholm between the Yemeni Government and the Houthis is an important step towards ending the conflict in Yemen - the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. “We have been working with the United Nations to bring the two sides in this terrible conflict together for the first time in years, including through constructive talks with key Saudis and Emiratis during my recent visits, and regular discussions with Oman." The US senate voted on Wednesday to press ahead with a resolution ending US military support to the Saudis and their allies in Yemen. On Wednesday, the UK-based observer group Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLEDP) said the official UN death toll of 10,000 was likely a vast underestimate. Its own survey put the toll at more than 60,000. The war, launched by Saudi Arabia and its allies in 2015 after the Houthis overran much of Yemen, has come under increased scrutiny in recent months, particularly after Saudi agents murdered columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul government. The US senate voted on Wednesday to to end US military support to the Saudis and their allies in Yemen, a significant blow to President Trump who has stood firmly by Riyadh. All the main Yemeni factions, and Saudi-backed coalition, have been accused of rights violations including torture. The Saudi-led coalition sparked an international outcry following an air strike on a bus that killed dozens of children in August.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - The 6 Best Smartwatches of 2018|
|Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Jailed former Venezuela oil minister dies in state custody|
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nelson Martinez, the jailed former head of Venezuela's state-run oil giant PDVSA who was arrested last year as part of anti-corruption purge, died in state custody Wednesday, authorities said.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Israel to approve thousands of unauthorized West Bank settler homes|
Israel is to authorize thousands of the settler homes built illegally in the occupied West Bank, some of them decades ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. The move is likely to please pro-settler members of Netanyahu's right-wing coalition while angering Palestinians, who want the West Bank as part of a future state. "Arranging the rights for the homes allows thousands of residents to be provided with infrastructure of public buildings, educational and religious buildings," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine|
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.
|Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - China detains second Canadian in fallout from Dec. 1 arrest of tech executive Meng Wanzhou|
The Chinese government confirmed on Thursday that Michael Spavor was under investigation by the Dandong Bureau of Chinese State Security for "suspicion of jeopardizing China's national security," Chinese newspaper Global Times reported.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Mueller rebukes Flynn, saying he knew better than to lie to FBI|
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn knew better than to lie to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he was not warned that lying to federal agents was a crime, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. The rebuke by Special Counsel Robert Mueller came after Flynn's lawyers argued that the lack of an explicit warning before an interview with FBI agents in January 2017 should be a mitigating factor in his sentencing on Tuesday. "A sitting National Security Adviser, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents," Mueller's office said in a court filing.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Tijuana official: Some caravan migrants breaking into homes|
Tijuana delegate Genaro Lopez on the impact the migrant caravan is having on the city.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - European flight route most likely to experience delays? Mykonos to London Gatwick|
Flyers traveling through UK airports are more likely to suffer flight delays and cancellations compared to other transit hubs in Europe, says a new report on the 50 most disrupted flight routes in the region.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia|
Kosovo on Friday passed laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a US-backed move that prompted outrage in Serbia, which does not recognise its former province's independence. Kosovo has been guarded by NATO-led peacekeeping troops since it broke away from Belgrade in a bloody separatist war in 1998-99. Now, new legislation will transform a small crisis-response outfit, the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), into an defence army with 5,000 troops.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 1984 Bertone Ramarro Corvette: The concept we forgot|
Named after a green lizard, this Chevrolet Corvette C4 with sliding doors was born in Italy and looks futuristic to this day
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Markets Right Now: S&P 500 sinks to lowest level since April|
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Brazil take first step in program to join nuclear-powered sub club|
President Michel Temer and his right-wing successor, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, both pressed the button that lowered into the sea the 1,700-ton submarine named Riachuelo at a Rio de Janeiro naval base. Temer's wife, Marcela, had christened the vessel, by smashing a champagne bottle against its hull. The submarines being built by the Brazilian Navy in partnership with France's defense company Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, are a modified version of the Scorpene class diesel-powered submarine.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Motorists nab cash spilled by armored truck, causing crashes|
An armored truck spilled cash on a New Jersey highway Thursday, leading to two crashes as drivers "went a little bit crazy," stopping their cars and scrambling to grab the swirling money.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - China Says Canada's Huawei Arrest Has ‘Aroused Public Anger’|
“The Canadian government at the request of the U.S. side wrongly detained the Chinese citizen,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. The decision to arrest Meng earlier this month to aid a U.S. extradition effort has made Canada the focus of China’s ire, even as President Donald Trump’s trade war sits at the center of the dispute.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Health care law is alive despite Trump's 2-year drive to kill it. So sign up for insurance.|
The Affordable Care Act is down but not out under Trump, and sorely needed given new realities of more chronic conditions and less employer insurance.
|Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Love Triangle, Not Alligators, Caused Florida Man's Death, Confessed Killer Testifies|
A Florida man testified this week about fatally shooting his best friend ― who
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Cadillac's 3-row XT6 SUV loses camouflage for Detroit Auto Show|
Cadillac confirmed this week that the forthcoming XT6 crossover SUV will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The Caddy that we got a camouflaged sneak peek at a couple months ago has been confirmed for the Detroit Auto Show in January according to Automotive News. The XT6 SUV is expected to fill the vacancy in the Cadillac portfolio between the midsize XT5 crossover and the full-size Escalade, featuring three-rows of sets like its bigger sibling.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Iran urges West to end 'absurdities' on missiles|
Iran on Thursday urged the United States and its allies to stop their "absurd" accusations about Iranian missile tests, a day after Washington urged the UN to adopt punitive measures against Tehran. "US & allies should cease their hypocritical absurdities abt Iran's missiles," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. Beneath the text, Zarif published a graphic detailing arms exports to Saudi Arabia from 2013 to 2017 using figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Best Holiday TV Deals|
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|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Betsy DeVos cancels $150 million of student loan debt|
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos canceled $150 million of student loan debt after losing a battle in court.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - U.S.-backed Syrian forces close to seizing town from Islamic State: spokeswoman|
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Hajin is the last big town Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The SDF, spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has battled to eliminate the jihadists there for several months.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report|
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency focusing on AIDS said he would leave the job six months early, bowing to apparent pressure just a week after independent experts looking into sexual harassment blasted the "defective leadership" at UNAIDS. At least one major donor reportedly threatened to halt its funding.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Ministers Push Theresa May to Test Different Brexits Before Christmas|
Pro-European ministers in Theresa May’s Cabinet are plotting to secure a Brexit they can live with. Once it’s clear that no one’s first option commands enough support, the idea is that May’s deal -- which is widely loathed -- might then look like a reasonable compromise with a decent chance of success, according to two Cabinet ministers. May -- who survived a leadership challenge on Wednesday -- doesn’t like the plan as it could have unforeseen consequences, according to one of the people.
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Shamir Shah Creates a Serene Model Unit With Global References at the Kent|
|Friday, December 14, 2018 - Montana man pleads guilty to killing 2, putting them in acid|
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing two people to death, including a teenage girl, dismembering their bodies and then trying to dissolve them in tubs filled with acid in the basement of a home.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - On criminal justice reform, policy prevails over politics|
The First Step Act is expected to be passed by the Senate soon and then to be signed by President Trump, reversing more than two decades of tough-on-crime policies.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Due to fly WOW Air next year? Your trip might be canceled|
The struggling budget carrier says holiday flights will not be affected. Flight cuts will begin in January. Affected passengers will be notified.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018 - VW teases Detroit-bound 2020 Passat with sketches|
The collection of teaser sketches of the upcoming 2020 VW Passat show that the model is just getting some upgrades rather than a complete redesign. Volkswagen shared some sketches this week of the next Passat ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut in January. Car publication Auto Blog, who saw the car in the flesh but wasn't allowed to take pictures, said that the teased images accurately portray the real deal which is basically a "bigger, taller Jetta." VW stated that every body panel has been upgraded for the new model, despite its resemblance to the last generation.