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Biden regrets not being president, but stands behind decision not to run

Biden regrets not being president, but stands behind decision not to runFormer Vice President Joe Biden admits that when he looks at the White House, he can’t help but wonder what could have been.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 3:05 PM

Full Mulvaney: 'Washington Won' On GOP Health Bill Fallout

Full Mulvaney: 'Washington Won' On GOP Health Bill FalloutIn an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney talked to Chuck Todd about Pres. Trump’s efforts on the GOP healthcare bill after the decision to pull it before the vote.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 9:05 AM

‘The least of these’: Meals on Wheels, the Trump budget and the struggle over Matthew 25:40

‘The least of these’: Meals on Wheels, the Trump budget and the struggle over Matthew 25:40The sainted Mother Teresa herself was fond of quoting the verse to explain why she devoted her life to serving the poor. Matthew 25:40, it turns out, is a famously difficult and controversial passage, the subject of at least one book, numerous articles and contentious disagreements among biblical scholars.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 12:00 PM

UK targets WhatsApp encryption after London attack

UK targets WhatsApp encryption after London attackThe British government said Sunday that its security services must have access to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp, as it revealed that the service was used by the man behind the parliament attack. Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old Briton who killed four people in a rampage in Westminster on Wednesday before being shot dead, reportedly used the Facebook-owned service moments before the assault. Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News it was "completely unacceptable" that police and security services had not been able to crack the heavily encrypted service.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 12:25 PM

Former Penn State President Found Guilty of Child Endangerment

Former Penn State President Found Guilty of Child EndangermentThe university’s former president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday on a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The charges came five years after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing young boys.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 6:41 PM

Cincinnati nightclub shooting

Cincinnati nightclub shootingGunfire erupted early Sunday inside a crowded Cincinnati nightclub after a dispute broke out among several men, killing one man and injuring 15 other people, authorities said. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said one of the wounded was in “extremely critical condition.” A hospital spokeswoman said two victims were listed in critical condition, but she had no other details. Police began receiving calls at 1:30 a.m. about gunshots at the club near the Ohio River east of downtown Cincinnati.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 10:59 AM

Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike

Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrikeWASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 11:24 PM

Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news?

Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news?Infowars owner and long-time conspiracy theorist Alex Jones admitted that his site falsely reported and commented on the debunked “Pizzagate” controversy, a theory that alleged that Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, had played a role in a child-sex-trafficking ring that also involved Hillary Clinton. Apologizing to the restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, Mr. Jones issued a statement Friday. “I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees,” he said.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 11:44 AM

Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher ground

Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher groundBy Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland, where authorities urged 30,000 people to evacuate low lying areas most at risk from tidal surges and winds of up to 300 km per hour (185 mph). Cyclone Debbie is expected to gather strength before making landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a category four storm, just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level. The growing alarm persuaded the state government on Monday to warn some 25,000 people living in parts of Mackay, a city 950 kilometers (590 miles) north of the state capital Brisbane, to head south to higher ground.

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:06 AM

Trump ally Stone offers to testify in Russian meddling probe

Trump ally Stone offers to testify in Russian meddling probeBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, said on Sunday he has offered to testify before a congressional committee investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and ties to the Trump campaign. Stone, an informal adviser to Trump, told ABC's "This Week" he had not received a reply from the House of Representatives intelligence committee on his offer of public testimony. Along with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has also offered to appear before the panel, Stone was among the Trump associates whose communications and financial transactions were being examined by the FBI and others as part of a larger investigation into possible links with Russian officials, according to a Jan. 20 report in the New York Times.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 1:12 PM

3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern Philippines

3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines military said Monday they have rescued three more Malaysian tugboat crewmen held hostage by Muslim militants for eight months in the south of the country.

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:12 AM

Officer is Found Guilty in Shooting Death of 6-Year-Old Boy With Autism

Officer is Found Guilty in Shooting Death of 6-Year-Old Boy With AutismJeremy Mardis was shot to death while in his dad's car in 2015.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 2:16 PM

Bulgaria's Borisov seeks third time lucky

Bulgaria's Borisov seeks third time luckyBulgaria's comeback king Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle on Monday to build a stable coalition government following an election win that will see him crowned prime minister for a third time. Official results showed GERB will hold 95 of 240 parliamentary seats -- 11 more than in the outgoing administration. The burly Borisov, a former firefighter and bodyguard, saw off a stiff challenge from the Moscow-friendly Socialist Party (BSP), which garnered 27 percent and more than doubled their MPs to 80.

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 9:22 AM

Tesla’s Model 3 dashboard won’t be as futuristic as we hoped

Tesla’s Model 3 dashboard won’t be as futuristic as we hoped

This past Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dashed the hopes and dreams of prospective Model 3 owners with just a few simple tweets. Tempering expectations, Musk emphasized that Tesla's upcoming Model 3 will not be more advanced -- in any capacity -- than the company's flagship Model S.

"Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S [with] less range & power & fewer features," Musk said. "Model S has more advanced technology." Musk later added that the Model 3 will not feature the elegant "auto extend handles" Tesla introduced on the Model S.

While Muks's comments here might seem obvious, the reality is that some of the hype and speculation surrounding the Model 3 had reached bizarre levels in recent months. Case in point: because the Model 3 prototype Tesla unveiled last year lacked an instrument panel with traditional gauges for items like speed, range and other pertinent information, many Tesla enthusiasts began wondering if Tesla had some special plan for the dashboard, with many believing that a heads up display (HUD) on the windshield was an inevitability.

As a quick reminder, here's a photo of the Model 3 interior taken from the company's special event last year. As is evident below, the only location a driver can access information is the 15-inch touchscreen in the center console.

In another shot, we can see that Model 3 drivers will have to divert their eyes to the upper left hand corner of the display in order to ascertain their current speed.

Alas, Tesla doesn't have any secret plans to implement some advanced HUD on the Model 3. In a tweet addressing the matter, Musk said that as cars become more autonomous, the need for a suite of information at the ready becomes less of an issue.

Still, we're still a long ways off before fully self driving cars become commonplace. In turn, it remains to be seen if the Model 3 design in its current incarnation is perhaps too far ahead of its time. Besides, autonomous driving features for the Model 3 will cost extra, meaning that not every Model 3 on the road will be able to take advantage of the vehicle's self-driving capabilities.

One question about the Model 3 that remains unanswered is whether or not can expect any changes to the car's steering wheel design. This past April, Musk boasted that the final design will be akin to a spaceship.

To answer that, we'll probably have to wait until next July when Tesla is planning the next phase of its Model 3 reveal.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 2:41 PM

Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche

Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalancheAn avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more. More than 100 troops were deployed in a major rescue mission after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo. A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were on a three-day mountaineering expedition when disaster struck.

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 7:04 AM

China's Premier Li arrives in New Zealand for talks

China's Premier Li arrives in New Zealand for talksWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's premier has arrived in New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 4:07 AM

This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017

This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017Speed through the highlights from the latest "This Week."

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 12:36 PM

Australia braces for 'very destructive' cyclone

Australia braces for 'very destructive' cycloneAustralians are bracing for the worst cyclone in the country's northeast in several years, with residents evacuated and schools closed amid forecasts of destructive winds and rain. Cyclone Debbie has been forming off the coast of Queensland state in recent days, the official Bureau of Meteorology said Sunday, with its "very destructive core" expected to hit land early Tuesday morning. "The very destructive core of Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently expected to cross the coast between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning, most likely as a category four tropical cyclone, with wind gusts up to 260 kmh (162 mph) near the centre.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 1:30 AM

Syrian opposition 'fed up with terrorists', seeks help against Assad

Syrian opposition 'fed up with terrorists', seeks help against AssadBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition rejects terrorism and is "fed up" with banned militants but they cannot be stopped if Syria continues evicting populations of besieged areas, opposition negotiator Basma Kodmani said on Sunday. Syria's government has always cited the fight against terrorism to justify its part in a six-year war that has killed hundreds of thousands, and brands all its opponents and their backers as terrorists and sponsors of terror. The opposition's chief negotiator Nasr al-Hariri, who is trying to negotiate an end the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, began this month by saying its stance against terrorism was proven on the battlefield and not mere words.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 3:53 PM

Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions

Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctionsTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 1:14 PM

Woman Stunned to Get Her Stolen Wallet Back 8 Years Later... With $141 Still Inside

Woman Stunned to Get Her Stolen Wallet Back 8 Years Later... With $141 Still InsideIncredibly, Courtney Connolly desperately needed $140 to enter a competition this summer.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 1:30 PM

United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight

United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight"The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel," the airline said on Twitter as the incident Thanwent viral on social media. In another tweet made in response to a question from a social media user, the airline said: "Casual attire for ticketed passengers is fine. United pass travelers are company employees or family members of employees.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 6:30 PM

With asylum grant, did the US just reward hate speech?

With asylum grant, did the US just reward hate speech?When Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, passed away in 2015, 16-year-old Amos Yee made an obscenity-filled YouTube video denouncing the late leader as a “tyrant.” That and other postings earned him a four-week jail sentence for “wounding religious feelings and obscenity.” Not long after, he earned another six-week sentence for derogatory comments on Islam and Christianity. On Friday, US Immigration Judge Samuel B. Cole granted asylum to Mr. Yee, now 18, who flew to Chicago in December. “His prosecution, detention, and general maltreatment at the hands of the Singapore authorities constitute persecution,” Judge Cole ruled.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 5:07 PM

Vegas Strip shooting

Vegas Strip shootingAuthorities say a Montana man was shot and killed on a Las Vegas bus before the gunman barricaded himself in the vehicle, shutting down the Strip for hours.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 6:06 PM

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in AsiaA 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface last week nearly three years after it capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the nation as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters. More than 300 people — most of whom were students on a high school trip — died when the Sewol sank on April 16, 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about long-ignored public safety and regulatory failures.

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:52 AM

Apple's Claims That Hacking Tools Are Outdated Are False, Whistleblower Site Says

Apple's Claims That Hacking Tools Are Outdated Are False, Whistleblower Site SaysWikiLeaks has been slowly releasing the CIA hacking tools, created to spy on people through smart televisions, smartphones and other household technological devices.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 4:54 PM

Longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone on the president's agenda

Longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone on the president's agendaGeorge Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Roger Stone on "This Week."

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 10:08 AM

Iraqis remove bodies from rubble in west Mosul

Iraqis remove bodies from rubble in west MosulIraqi civil defence forces and volunteers removed bodies from the rubble of houses on Sunday in a west Mosul area where air strikes reportedly took a devastating toll on civilians. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still trapped, caught between advancing Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group jihadists that they are fighting to defeat. Iraqi officials and witnesses said air strikes killed civilians in the Mosul al-Jadida area in recent days, but the number of victims -- said by some to number in the hundreds -- could not be independently confirmed.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 3:15 PM

Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern Plains

Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern PlainsTULSA, Okla. (AP) — Golf ball-sized hail and powerful winds are expected to roll through parts of the Southern Plains late Sunday, marking the latest round of turbulent weather across the Midwest and South, forecasters said.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 7:47 PM

Five months later, Samsung is finally about to kill every remaining Note 7 phone

Five months later, Samsung is finally about to kill every remaining Note 7 phone

When it was released last fall, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was the hottest Android phone the world had ever seen. Unfortunately though, the Galaxy Note 7 was literally the hottest Android phone the world had ever seen. A poor battery design caused dozens of phones to explode while being charged — and in some cases, while unplugged and in use — causing property damage and even injuring some users in the process. As a result, Samsung was forced to issue an unprecedented global recall, asking everyone around the world who purchased the phone to return or exchange it as soon as possible.

Most of the potentially destructive smartphones have been collected by now. Since the phone was so impressive, however, a small percentage of holdouts have refused to give up their precious Note 7 handsets. We're not sure why Samsung waited as long as it did, but the company is finally taking its final step in ensuring that the Note 7 cannot do anymore damage.

According to South Korean news site Yonhap News, Samsung will take steps next week to completely disable any remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that may still be in use. The company said some time ago that 97% of all Note 7 phones have been reclaimed by the company. With more than 1 million handsets sold before Samsung discontinued the phone, however, that leaves tens of thousands of Note 7 handsets still in users' hands.

According to the report, Samsung plans to issue a mandatory software update that will completely prevent any remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices from holding a charge. As a result, the phones will no longer be able to power on unless they are plugged in. Samsung and its carrier partners issued a similar software update in the US late last year and in early 2017, and now any remaining markets where the Note 7 might still be in use will get the update.

Diehard Samsung fans who were holding onto their Note 7 phones won't have to wait very long before their soon-to-be crippled Note 7 phones are replaced. Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship phones on Wednesday, and they'll be released about a month later.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 11:19 AM

White House threatens to bypass hardline conservatives on tax reform

White House threatens to bypass hardline conservatives on tax reformBy Lindsay Dunsmuir and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform. The threat by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to build a broad coalition on tax reform that could include moderate Democrats came as the Republican head of the tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives said he hoped to move a tax bill through his panel this spring. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said his committee had been working on tax reform in parallel with the failed healthcare reform push.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 1:03 PM

Why is Colorado risking hundreds of millions to protect its marijuana industry?

Why is Colorado risking hundreds of millions to protect its marijuana industry?Colorado's state legislature is considering an unusual plan to defend the state's marijuana industry from a federal crackdown under the Trump administration. The bill would allow growers and sellers to reclassify their recreational marijuana as medical “based on a business need due to a change in local, state, or federal law or enforcement policy.” The strategy is meant to keep marijuana businesses afloat if the federal government comes after them, even if it means the state losing hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. The bill represents a shift in how states might respond to what marijuana advocates say are an over-simplification of cannabis policy by the Trump administration.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 11:58 AM

UK police still believe London attacker was acting alone

UK police still believe London attacker was acting aloneBritish anti-terrorism police said on Saturday they still believe the man who launched a deadly attack outside parliament this week was acting alone but conceded they may never understand his motive. British-born Islamic convert Khalid Masood, 52, was shot dead after killing four people including a policemen in a rampage on Wednesday when he rammed his car into pedestrians and tried to force his way into the parliament building in central London. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and police inquiries since have concentrated on whether Masood was acting with accomplices.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 8:01 PM

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against IranDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture his loved ones.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 9:07 AM

Malaysia Could Soon Analyze Its Own Black Boxes

Malaysia Could Soon Analyze Its Own Black BoxesDeputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi announced Thursday that Malaysia intended to create a laboratory with the capability to analyze flight recorders.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 12:40 PM

Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume imports

Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume importsBrasília (AFP) - Brazil won a major victory Saturday in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, with key markets China, Egypt and Chile lifting their bans on its products. The three countries, which had totally closed their markets to Brazilian meat at the beginning of the week, said they would open them to all but imports from the 21 Brazilian processing plants under investigation. About 20 countries this week -- including the European Union, Japan and Mexico -- closed fully or partially their doors to Brazilian meat imports, whose sales brought in more than $13 billion to the Brazilian economy in 2016.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 4:32 PM

UN to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban

UN to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons banMore than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban on Monday over objections from the major nuclear powers. Some 123 UN members announced in October that they would launch the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding nuclear ban treaty, even as most of the world's declared and undeclared nuclear powers voted against the talks. Britain, France, Israel, Russia and the United States voted no, while China, India and Pakistan abstained.

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 1:35 AM

3 dead, 1 injured in Mexico prison riot

3 dead, 1 injured in Mexico prison riotMEXICO CITY (AP) — A fight between inmates at a northern Mexican prison left three inmates dead and one injured, authorities said Saturday.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 2:19 PM

After United Airlines incident, women share stories of being shamed for their clothing

After United Airlines incident, women share stories of being shamed for their clothingIn response to United Airline's legging-gate, women are speaking out.  Two young girls wearing leggings were banned from a flight on Sunday morning due to a violation of the airline's internal dress code. The situation, which was live-tweeted by activist Shannon Watts, sparked outrage from thousands on social media who called out the company for policing the girls' attire.   Author Dana Schwartz was one of those that spoke out against United Airlines, and asked women on Twitter to share their stories of feeling "embarrassed" or "sexualized" for the first time because of what they wore.  SEE ALSO: United Airlines bans 2 girls with leggings from flight because they weren't 'properly clothed' Ladies, when was the first time you were made to feel embarrassed and sexualized for what you wore? I was in 5th grade, shorts too short. — Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 26, 2017 "It was the 2nd to last day of school. HOT out. I was a beanpole, everything was short on me. They made me call my mom to bring pants," she recalled. "AND THEN when you DO grow up you reach the fun point when you're embarrassed to go out with your dad in public bc people think you're dating," Schwartz explained.  These tweets sparked countless stories from women sharing similar experiences.  @DanaSchwartzzz "We must! We must! We must increase our bust! The bigger the better, the tighter the sweater, the boys depend on us!" (2) — RealMarjo (@RealMarjo) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz early example, though not the first: when my male boss told me (14) that I'd be really hot when I was 16 — Rani Molla (@ranimolla) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz 4th or 5th grade. Gray leggings were inappropriate. Nothing else was clean, but I didn't tell them that — Erin El Issa (@Erin_El_Issa) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz 5th grade: dance pants were too tight for school. 8th grade: friend & I wore matching tube socks & skirts. Forced to change. — Jordon Cloud Rahmil (@jordoncloud) March 26, 2017 In my HS girls had to wear oversized t-shirts that said "I violated the dress code" if tank tops/leggings/etc. were deemed "inappropriate" — Laura Wagner (@Laura_M_Wagner) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz 3rd grade. My arms are really long, and the hem of my shorts wasn't far enough down. — dan stevens real fan (@whas2001) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz at 14, was told small town moms were gossiping about me because I showed 1" of my midriff. hadn't even kissed a boy ever. — Alyssa Galella (@woodlandalyssa) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz I almost didn't get to partipate in my 8th grade graduation because my dress had straps that showed 2 much shoulder. 1981. — Cami MacNamara (@webcami) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz I once heard a church mom ask my little sisters if they were going to "dress modest this summer, or like your sister Emily" — Emily Joy (@emilyjoypoetry) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz Age 10, end-of-year dance recital, they measured us at the beginning of the year & refused to let us wear bras for dance — TofuForBrains (@TofuForBrains) March 26, 2017 @DanaSchwartzzz First day of high school sent home for wearing dress with thin straps that revealed I had no bra straps. Didn't need a bra! — MosaicMoods ☮️ (@DianaMaus) March 26, 2017 Carina MacKenzie summed up the majority of stories on the thread pretty succinctly:  @DanaSchwartzzz I honestly don't ever remember NOT feeling that way. — Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) March 26, 2017 WATCH: Airbus is redefining the future of flying.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 4:12 PM

Republican lawmaker quits conservative House group over healthcare conflict

Republican lawmaker quits conservative House group over healthcare conflictRepublican U.S. Representative Ted Poe resigned from the House Freedom Caucus on Sunday over the conservative legislative group's role in sinking a healthcare overhaul championed by President Donald Trump. "Leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective member of Congress." Poe was in favor of the Republican legislation, but the Freedom Caucus argued the proposal did not go far enough in repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. The Freedom Caucus, consisting of the House of Representatives' most conservative members, was instrumental in dealing Trump a stunning political setback on Friday when Republican House leaders pulled the healthcare legislation, derailing a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 6:42 PM

North Korea's Latest Nuclear Test?

North Korea's Latest Nuclear Test?Satellite images of North Korea's nuclear test site showed significant changes, according to a report that cited U.S. officials.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 7:08 AM

Vietnamese detainee dies in Japan's immigration center: sources

Vietnamese detainee dies in Japan's immigration center: sourcesBy Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man held in a Japanese immigration detention center died on Saturday, six people told Reuters, drawing fresh attention to conditions in the country's detention system. The man died at the East Japan Immigration Center in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, according to activists, a lawyer and a detainee held at the facility. The deceased man was named Van Huan Nguyen and was one of more than 11,000 refugees that the country took in over the three decades to 2005 in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, according to two of the sources.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 4:37 AM

Egypt sentences 56 in migrant boat disaster case to prison

Egypt sentences 56 in migrant boat disaster case to prisonCAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 56 defendants Sunday in the case of a boat carrying migrants that capsized off the coastal city of Rosetta in September, killing more than 200 people.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 3:27 PM

Photos of the day - March 26, 2017

Photos of the day - March 26, 2017A man waves traditional daggers, or jambiyas, as he attends with supporters of the Houthi movement and Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a rally to mark the two-year anniversary since the military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition, in Sanaa, Yemen; police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia; Balinese people carry giant effigies in the form of the devil, whose local name is “Ogoh-ogoh,” during a parade before Nyepi Day, the Balinese Day of Silence, marking the Balinese Hindu New Year in Gianyar, a regency in Bali, Indonesia. ...

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 5:00 PM

What happened today in France's presidential race

What happened today in France's presidential raceWith 29 days to go before the first round of France's two-stage presidential election, outgoing head of state Francois Hollande has urged candidates to keep faith with the European Union even as Britain prepares to leave the bloc. Conservative candidate Francois Fillon, under pressure over allegations of fake parliamentary jobs for the family which have hit his poll ratings, received a chaotic reception on a trip to the southern Basque region where some protesters pelted him with eggs. Fillon, who has accused Hollande of helping foment a smear campaign against him amid claims his wife was on the public payroll but did little for her salary, ran the gauntlet in the small town of Cambo-les-Bains.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 1:56 PM

Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores

Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scoresBEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes hit a women's prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country's worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 2:22 PM

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth HourThe Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.

POSTED MARCH 25, 2017 9:52 PM

Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun

Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun

Anyone who's played a futuristic shooter since the dawn of video games knows that when you see something called a "railgun" you're in for a real treat. Well, the US Navy built a railgun of its very own, and it just showed off its remarkably powerful creation in a new video of its test firing.

Railguns like the one the Navy has built trade chemical propellants like gunpowder for the sheer power of electricity, generating extremely strong magnetic fields to push a projectile down a set of rails and out the end of the barrel. It might not sound particularly efficient, but the speeds that railgun projectiles can achieve put traditional cannons to shame. The Navy's massive weapon, for example, launches its rounds at a whopping 4,500 mph.

Additionally, the projectiles launched by the railgun do their damage not by exploding, but simply by striking their target while moving at such a high speed, quite literally tearing apart anything they come into contact with.

For most of their history, railguns have been more fiction than science, and their practicality and reliability has repeatedly been questioned over time. The size of the device itself is typically massive, owing to the large and complex electronic components required to supply the necessary power. However, there are also some pretty fantastic benefits of the non-explosive rounds, such as much less chance of unexploded ordnance causing problems either on the ship or vehicle firing the weapon, or on the battlefield after a skirmish has ended.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 1:47 PM

Facebook, Messenger To Become Obsolete To Some Users Next Week

Facebook, Messenger To Become Obsolete To Some Users Next WeekA new report is saying that Facebook and Facebook Messenger will become unusable to some users by the end of this month.

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 7:31 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Opinion: Why Is Zurich Seeking Shareholder Permission to Raise Money?
Zurich Insurance Group AG wants more freedom from its shareholders to raise money quickly. That’s odd. Switzerland’s largest insurer has no capital hole that needs filling. The move suggests newish CEO Mario Greco may be concerned about missing out on …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 2:01 PM
Owners of Diner in New Jersey Admit Setting Fire for Insurance Money
The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance. Sussex County prosecutors say 49-year-old Tina Diakos and 40-year-old Ozkan Cengiz pleaded guilty to arson on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the pair said business at the …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 1:25 PM
Vermont Lawmakers Say Businesses Should See $28M Reduction in Expenses
Vermont businesses should see a $28 million reduction in expenses this year from lower workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance costs. Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson tells the Rutland Herald the state Department of Labor projected there will be a $76 million …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 1:21 PM
Uber Tells U.S. Appeals Court in New York Customers Must Arbitrate Disputes
A U.S. appeals court in New York on Friday weighed arguments over whether Uber Technologies Inc. customers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its popular taxi hailing service. The case could have wider implications for internet …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 1:17 PM
Insurers, Victims Sue Saudi Arabia Over Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks
Saudi Arabia is facing a renewed $6 billion lawsuit by dozens of insurers seeking to hold it responsible for business and property damage caused by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The lawsuit filed late Thursday in the U.S. District Court …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:02 PM
London Keeps Mantle as #1 Finance Center Despite Brexit Uncertainties: Survey
London has retained the mantle as the world’s top financial center, though uncertainty about the implications of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union saw its lead over Asian rivals narrow, according to a study. New York held on to …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 11:44 AM
Caribbean Cat Facility CCRIF Donates $100,000 to Belize to Aid Rainfall Tracking
Belize SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) is providing US$100,000 to the government of Belize to purchase 40-50 automatic weather stations that will provide the Meteorological Service of Belize with access to real-time rainfall data. The weather stations will …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 11:18 AM
Broker THB and CNA Hardy Partner to Provide Global Industrial Cyber Solution
London-based broker THB, CNA Hardy and cyber security specialist Waterfall Security Solutions have entered into a partnership to provide a cyber security protection package for industrial businesses globally. The package, distributed exclusively through THB, includes CNA Hardy’s cyber technology and cyber …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 10:35 AM
As China Liberalizes Financial Sector, It Seeks ‘Better Treatment’ Abroad
People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan said the country is preparing to further open its financial sector, and that doing so will involve negotiations over how other nations treat Chinese investors. Areas of potential liberalization include banking, insurance, investment …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 9:49 AM
China’s Ping An to Invest $100M a Year in Japan in Diversification Bid
Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. plans to invest $100 million a year in Japanese companies as it seeks to diversify its investments outside of China. China’s second-largest insurer will put money with private equity funds that invest in sectors including …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 8:51 AM
Great American Insurance Group Promotes Kornesczuk
Great American Insurance Group has promoted Jane Kornesczuk to divisional president of its Executive Liability Division. The division is based in Schaumburg, Ill. Kornesczuk joined Great American in 1990 as a senior underwriter. She was named chief underwriting officer of …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 5:44 AM
Kansas Amusement Ride Safety Bill in the Works
Members of a Kansas House committee are pushing to ramp up oversight of temporary and permanent amusement park rides after a lawmaker’s son was killed on a waterslide last year, but the bill that would allow it to happen could …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 5:38 AM
Oklahoma Senate OKs Impaired Driver Accountability Bill
The Oklahoma Senate has unanimously passed legislation to change how first-time driving under the influence (DUI) offenses are handled in Oklahoma. Senate Bill 643, also known as the Impaired Driver Elimination Act 2 (IDEA2), is strongly supported by Mothers Against …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 5:32 AM
Officials: Kansas Apartment Blaze Caused $23M to $25M in Damage
Officials in a Kansas City suburb where a fire destroyed a multimillion-dollar apartment building under construction and spread to about two dozen homes estimate the blaze caused between $23 million and $25 million in damage. The Kansas City Star reports …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 5:24 AM
4 Million Driving Jobs at Risk from Autonomous Vehicles: Report
As many as four million truck, bus, delivery and taxi driving jobs could be lost if fully autonomous vehicle technology is adopted in a short period of time, according to a new report. With more than 30 companies—including automakers BMW, Daimler …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 5:00 AM
How Republicans Can Unravel Obamacare Without Repealing It
Republicans may have failed to overthrow Obamacare last week, but there are plenty of ways they can chip away at it. The Trump administration has already begun using its regulatory authority to water down less prominent aspects of the 2010 …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 5:00 AM
North Carolina Regulator Calls 13.8% Auto Rate Hike Unwarranted
The North Carolina Rate Bureau’s request for an auto rate hike of 13.8 percent is not justified based on the data submitted, according to a statement from the North Carolina Department of Insurance. The decision, made by Commissioner Mike Causey …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:54 AM
Alabama Supreme Court: Passenger Injured in Car Chase Can’t Sue City, Police
A woman who was hurt in a car crash that ended a police chase more than three years ago can’t sue the officers or the suburban Birmingham city where it occurred, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. The justices unanimously …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:33 AM
The Hanover Launches Professional Liability Risk Management Portal
The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. has launched a new online portal featuring risk management tools for the professional liability industry. HanoverProRisk offers articles, templates, risk bulletins and seminars focused on the needs of agents and customers. Resources on the site …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:10 AM
Bradenton Insurance of West Florida Partners With Baldwin Risk Partners
Baldwin Risk Partners, a Tampa, Fla.-based insurance distribution holding company, has partnered with Bradenton Insurance LLC, of Bradenton, Fla., adding the agency to its group of companies. Bradenton Insurance has been a local independent insurance agency on the west coast …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:03 AM
Grandstaff Joins Florida-Based SUNZ as CFO, Executive Vice President
SUNZ Holdings of Bradenton, Fla., has appointed Michael W. Grandstaff to the position of chief financial officer and executive vice president of SUNZ Holdings, and chief financial officer of SUNZ Insurance Co. Grandstaff will report directly to Steven F. Herrig, …

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:00 AM
AIG Executives Hope Meetings Reassure Analysts, Investors
American International Group Inc. executives have been meeting with investors and analysts to build confidence in the insurer and its turnaround plan amid uncertainty over a replacement for outgoing Chief Executive Officer Peter Hancock. Chief Financial Officer Sid Sankaran, commercial insurance head …

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 10:24 PM
Uber Halts Autonomous Vehicle Testing After Arizona Accident
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. In a photo posted on Twitter, …

POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 10:15 PM
EPIC Acquires The Capacity Group in New Jersey
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has acquired the Capacity Group of Companies in Mahwah, N.J. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of EPIC, the firm will now operate as The Capacity Group – an EPIC Company, and …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 8:25 PM
Robots Could Steal 32% of Jobs in UK Financial Services by 2030: PwC
Approximately 32 percent of existing UK jobs in financial services and insurance could be automated by robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) over the next 15 years, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. And other industries are even more at …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:48 PM
Florida Homes Threatened by Fast-Moving Brush Fire
Florida Forest Service officials say a 400-acre brush fire has forced the evacuation of a neighborhood and threatened or burned up to 15 homes. Nassau County Emergency Management Director Billy Estop ordered residents of the neighborhood near the Georgia line …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:43 PM
Ohio’s Norman-Spencer Agency Adds Nonprofit Division
Norman-Spencer Agency Inc., based in Dayton, Ohio, has launched a new Nonprofit Division. This division offers three unique insurance programs — food distribution and thrift stores, foundations and grant making, and housing and shelters. Honoring its commitment to communities and …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:39 PM
Amended Iowa Workers’ Comp Overhaul Advanced to Senate
Republicans in the Iowa House passed a bill to overhaul how workers in the state are compensated for on-the-job injuries, though they backed off some key proposals amid internal concern over the extent of the changes. The GOP-majority chamber voted …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 4:17 PM
Oregon’s 1st Recreational Marijuana Recall Issued after High Pesticide Level
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued its first recall of recreational marijuana after samples of a type of pot were found to contain a level of pesticide residue above the state limit. The Blue Magoo marijuana was sold at Buds …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:03 PM
Writer Sues Disney in California over Animated Film ‘Zootopia’
A screenwriter and producer has sued Walt Disney Pictures on claiming the studio copied his ideas to create the Oscar-winning animated film “Zootopia.” Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include work on film adaptations of “Total Recall,” “Minority Report” and “Big …

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 3:00 PM

Agent & Broker

The millennial claims writer: Training a new generation
Grammar, punctuation and word choice still matter in claims

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 7:00 AM
One simple trick for writing great marketing emails
Writing marketing copy or emails may be one of the most challenging tasks you’ll encounter as an insurance agent or financial advisor. Here's a trick.

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 6:30 AM
Is the insurance industry ready for self-driving boats?
Self-driving cars have become a reality, even though their use isn't widespread — yet. Can self-driving boats be far behind?

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 6:15 AM
Top 10 personal auto carriers for 2016, as ranked by NAIC
Which personal auto carriers saw their market share decrease? Which personal auto carriers saw their direct premiums written go up? NAIC has them all ranked.

POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:01 AM
Court upholds insurer's request to rescind policies of insured who misrepresented residence, where vehicles garaged
A federal district court in Maine has ruled that an insurance company could rescind auto policies it issued to an insured who represented that he lived in Maine, when he actually lived and garaged his vehicles in Massachusetts.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:30 AM
Here's how to leverage online client reviews [infographic]
The digital age has provided each of us with the power to fire off a potentially business-killing social media comment or online review just as fast as we can tap or type.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:15 AM
Data obstacles hamper cyber insurance growth
Insurers may need to change their traditional underwriting approach to meet bullish forecasts for cyber coverage sales.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:00 AM
Hail, water and wind are top auto perils between March and May
Farmers Insurance has dug deep into historical auto claims data to determine the most common hazards drivers face during the spring season.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2017 6:00 AM
Another tornado record's in sight for U.S. as thunderstorms boom
Another wave of tornado-spawning thunderstorms is set to rip across the Great Plains and South this week, putting the U.S. within reach of a record year for life-threatening twisters.

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 5:10 PM
Lloyd's underwrites insurance for Amazon sellers worried about being suspended
Insurance carriers are increasingly offering niche policies that protect customers against unusual risks.

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 1:00 PM
Determining the fate of soft-surface items
Determining the fate of soft contents after a catastrophe involves more than an educated guess.

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 6:00 AM
Homeowners' exclusion precluded 'collapse' coverage where home 'remained upright,' Illinois court holds
Insureds filed a lawsuit against Travelers to recover losses after their home’s foundation was compromised during a remodel.

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 6:00 AM
Top 15 homeowners' insurance carriers for 2016, as ranked by NAIC
Direct premiums written among the top 25 homeowners' insurance providers totaled $91.3 billion in 2016, compared with $89 billion in 2015 and $86.7 billion in 2014.

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 12:01 AM
Duck Creek policy and billing software support GEICO modernization initiative
Duck Creek Technologies and GEICO on Tuesday publicly announced their new partnership, a move the insurer said will improve its online customer experience while streamlining policy administration.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 1:23 PM
When does a commercial policy provide insurance coverage for extra expenses?
If your office building is damaged in a fire, or your property is damaged in a severe storm, you may have expenses you didn't plan on. Are you covered?

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 6:00 AM
Why insurance agency M&A deals fail
There are many factors that go into mergers and acquisitions, beyond the basic issue of price. Here are some of them.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 5:30 AM
13 'no sale' signals to look for with your clients
Salespeople are always looking for buying signals and often miss the warning signs when all is not well.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 5:30 AM
10 extreme weather events of 2016
Flooding contributed to much of the country’s disasters.

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 12:01 AM
NY regulators to property insurers: Develop disaster preparedness courses for consumers
NY State's insurance regulators want carriers to develop courses for consumers on how to protect their property in case of a natural disaster.

POSTED MARCH 21, 2017 12:00 PM

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