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French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron’s unique love story

French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron’s unique love storyFrench presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and his wife have an unusual relationship, and the French seem to like it just fine.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 3:39 PM

Full Pelosi Interview: Trump Is Showing 'Weakness' With Wall

Full Pelosi Interview: Trump Is Showing 'Weakness' With WallIn an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tells Chuck Todd that Democrats unite around a variety of issues, but stand opposed to the president's border wall plan.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:15 AM

Nearing 100 Days, Trump's Approval at Historic Lows

Nearing 100 Days, Trump's Approval at Historic LowsIn the latest NBC News/WSJ poll, President Trump's approval rating sits at historic lows so early in a new administration.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:01 AM

CNN’s Camerota: ‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me’

CNN’s Camerota: ‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me’The “New Day” host revealed Sunday that the former Fox News chief propositioned her early in her career at the top-rated cable news network. Ailes, through his attorney, called the claims “unsubstantiated and false.”

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:14 PM

Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance DayJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel came to a standstill on Monday as people stopped in their tracks for a two-minute siren that wailed across the country in remembrance of the Holocaust's 6 million Jewish victims.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:23 AM

Arkansas plans to execute two convicts Monday

Arkansas plans to execute two convicts MondayThe state of Arkansas plans to execute two inmates on Monday evening, which would make it the first U.S. state in 17 years to put a pair of convicts to death on the same day. A flurry of last-minute legal appeals at both the state and federal level are expected, though their likelihood of success may have diminished with the recent appointment of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. The high court cleared the way last week for Arkansas to hold its first execution in 12 years and the state carried out the death penalty on convicted murderer Ledell Lee.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:04 AM

Remembering ‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran, an Icon from the 70s Generation

Remembering ‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran, an Icon from the 70s GenerationFor nearly a decade, millions watched little Joanie Cunningham grow up on “Happy Days.” She died Saturday afternoon at just 56 years old.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:21 PM

Australia, New Zealand hit back at North Korea threat

Australia, New Zealand hit back at North Korea threatAustralia and New Zealand stiffened their rhetoric against North Korea Sunday after the isolated state threatened Canberra with a nuclear strike, urging it to think twice before "blindly and zealously toeing the US line". The move comes as US Vice President Mike Pence wraps up an Asia tour, which has included visits to South Korea, Japan and Australia partly to reassure allies amid fears that Pyongyang may be readying for a sixth nuclear test. "If Australia persists in following the US' moves to isolate and stifle North Korea... this will be a suicidal act," a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called the hermit state a "serious threat".

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:59 AM

Ms. Frizzle spotted at Science Marches across the globe

Ms. Frizzle spotted at Science Marches across the globeThe Magic School Bus took some very important field trips this Earth Day, making stops at Marches for Science across the world. As science lovers joined together at more than 500 events on Saturday to get their voices heard, everyone's favorite eccentric, fictional science teacher, Ms. Frizzle, became a prominent symbol in the resistance. Dozens of science fans dressed up like The Friz and repped The Magic School Bus signs, proving even our most magical childhood dreams can come true if we're willing to "Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!" SEE ALSO: Doctor Who himself makes an appearance at the March for Science in London With Frizzle's red hair, unbeatable scientific style, and signature statement earrings, the references from the classic educational cartoon were hard to miss. From the United States to Aukland, New Zealand, women set out to remind the world why science matters so much by donning galactic patterns galore, making colorful signs, and even showing some love for Frizzle's pet lizard, Lizzy. Ms. Frizzle made an appearance at the #marchforscience in #denver — Danika Worthington (@Dani_Worth) April 22, 2017 SOMEONE DRESSED UP AS MS. FRIZZLE FROM THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS I WANNA CRY  — Bae Area Waitress (@BayAreaWaitress) April 22, 2017 "We use our knowledge of science to preserve and protect our cultural heritage." - Tessa DePersio, an MS in art conservation — Chris D'Angelo (@c_m_dangelo) April 22, 2017 #marchforscience: Why yes that IS Ms. Frizzle from the #TheMagicSchoolBus series as Lady Liberty — Shefali S. Kulkarni (@shefalikulkarni) April 22, 2017 this is what democracy looks like!! #marchforscience — Annie Zhang (@wecomefromstars) April 22, 2017 Miss Frizzle & Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus at today's Madison #ScienceMarch.#EarthDay — MTEA (@MTEAunion) April 22, 2017 Young scientists gather for the #ScienceMarch in DC. They are energetic despite the rain — Kayla Epstein (@KaylaEpstein) April 22, 2017 OMG we met Ms. Frizzle at the #marchforscience — HOUMAN RIGHTS ORG (@houmanrights) April 22, 2017 My kid made his own #ScienceMarch Sign @BillNye is my guy. Guess you can tell the kid is from Chicago. He also met Ms. Frizzle! — Steve Sullivan (@SquirrelSully) April 22, 2017 Ms. Frizzle made it to the Nashville #MarchForScience ! — Joe Zackular (@joeyzacks) April 22, 2017 Go science! #ScienceMarch Auckland — Jesse Mulligan (@JesseMulligan) April 22, 2017 Ms. Frizzle AND her magic school bus #marchforscience ! @hssonline @TeenVogue has the icons right! #RockingHistoriansofSci — Conevery Valencius (@Conevery) April 22, 2017 Hey, #msfrizzle! #marchforscience — Mallory Johns (@mmsuperflyjr) April 22, 2017 — Rachel Feltman (@RachelFeltman) April 22, 2017 Science is the coolest. WATCH: An all-electric flying car just made its first flight and it's as cool as it sounds

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 1:53 PM

French Election: Centrist Macron, Far-Right Le Pen Emerge Victorious

French Election: Centrist Macron, Far-Right Le Pen Emerge VictoriousFor the first time in French history, no mainstream candidate will be on the ballot: May's runoff will be between the pro-EU independent candidate Emmanuel Macron and the EU skeptic far-right populist Marine Le Pen.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:03 PM

Bernie Sanders Aims To Revamp Democratic Party

Bernie Sanders Aims To Revamp Democratic PartyThe Vermont senator kicked off a cross-country tour aimed at sparking change within the party.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 6:00 AM

Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident

Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accidentSpanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier. Emergency crews managed on Saturday to collect half of the roughly 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of diesel that spilled into the ocean, the regional government said. Three coast guard boats were on Sunday working to break up the slick -- which is three kilometres long and half a kilometre wide -- to help the diesel evaporate, it added.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 6:58 AM

Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goats

Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goatsBELFAST, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 3:49 PM

14-Year-Old Allegedly Shot In The Head By Teenage Boys Makes Remarkable Recovery: 'I Am Tougher Than A Bullet'

14-Year-Old Allegedly Shot In The Head By Teenage Boys Makes Remarkable Recovery: 'I Am Tougher Than A Bullet'The boys could be tried as adults, according to reports.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 4:08 PM

Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for Trump

Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for TrumpThe Powerhouse Roundtable debates President Trump's progress as we approach 100 days in office.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:40 PM

Abu Sayyaf militants behead kidnapped Philippine soldier: army

Abu Sayyaf militants behead kidnapped Philippine soldier: armyA Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf militants was found beheaded, the military said on Sunday, hours after government troops killed three more members of the Islamic State-linked group in a clash elsewhere. The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army's 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 meters away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said. Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 8:01 AM

Japanese demand for nuclear shelters, purifiers surges as North Korea tension mounts

Japanese demand for nuclear shelters, purifiers surges as North Korea tension mountsBy Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions. A small company that specializes in building nuclear shelters, generally under people's houses, has received eight orders in April alone compared with six orders during a typical year. The company, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, based in Kobe, western Japan, also has sold out of 50 Swiss-made air purifiers, which are said to keep out radiation and poisonous gas, and is trying to get more, said Nobuko Oribe, the company's director.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:49 AM

Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave

Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient GraveTiny wooden figurines have stood upright "weaving" at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds. The discovery of the miniature scene astonished archaeologists, who were surveying an area slated for subway construction in Chengdu, a city in China's southwestern Sichuan province, in 2013. The looms may be small — the largest is about the size of a child's toy piano — but they're the earliest evidence on record of looms that could be used to weave patterns, the researchers said.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:01 AM

American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incidentNEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 7:48 PM

Melenchon, France's failed hard-left presidential candidate

Melenchon, France's failed hard-left presidential candidateJean-Luc Melenchon, who crashed out of France's unpredictable presidential election Sunday, is a fiery Communist-backed eurosceptic who had vowed to return "power to the people". Melenchon had enjoyed a late surge ahead of the first-round vote in an election marked by widespread disillusionment with the political class. Observers said strong debate performances showcasing a more temperate but still quick-witted Melenchon had helped propel him into serious contention.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 3:04 PM

Burt Reynolds: Why Hillary would have been a good president even though he voted for Trump

Burt Reynolds: Why Hillary would have been a good president even though he voted for TrumpBurt Reynolds spoke with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about the 2016 election, including his thoughts on Hillary Clinton and why he voted for President Donald Trump.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:15 PM

Elizabeth Thomas Reunites With Family

Elizabeth Thomas Reunites With FamilyThe 15-year-old Tennessee teen was allegedly kidnapped by ex-teacher Tad Cummins.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:02 AM

Justices turn away appeal from Houston man shot by police

Justices turn away appeal from Houston man shot by policeWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Houston man shot in the back by police during a traffic stop, prompting Justice Sonia Sotomayor to complain of a "disturbing trend" in how the high court deals with cases alleging police misconduct.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:26 PM

Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid

Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid"There's no reason not to include her," said Nichole Sullivan of her sister-in-law to be, who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:56 PM

'Silent protest' over 20 deaths in Venezuela

'Silent protest' over 20 deaths in VenezuelaDressed in white, Venezuelan protesters opposed to President Nicolas Maduro marched in silence in several cities to pay respects to 20 people killed in three weeks of unrest. Unlike demonstrations in recent days, the rallies in Caracas, Maracaibo, Barquisimeto and San Cristobal passed with no major violence reported between protesters and police. For the first time since the turmoil in the streets started at the beginning of April, the demonstrators were able to cross Caracas, including several districts loyal to Maduro and his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 10:29 PM

Saudi Arabia restores civil service and military allowances

Saudi Arabia restores civil service and military allowancesSaudi Arabia's King Salman issued a royal decree on Saturday restoring financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut under austerity measures. "The royal order returns all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses to civil servants and military staff," said the decree, broadcast on state-run Ekhbariya TV. In September Saudi Arabia cut ministers' salaries by 20 percent and scaled back financial perks for public sector employees in one of the energy-rich kingdom's most drastic measures to save money at a time of low oil prices.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 7:13 PM

ESPN Is an Albatross For Walt Disney Co (DIS) Stock

ESPN Is an Albatross For Walt Disney Co (DIS) StockPublished reports indicate that cable channel ESPN is preparing another round of cuts to its on-air talent, as parent company Walt Disney Co (ticker: DIS) continues to try to right the ship at the popular network. Traditional cable TV viewers have flocked to cheaper alternatives, and Disney is still trying to solve its ESPN problem. ESPN is expected to cut 40 jobs starting on May 1, including radio hosts, on-air personalities and writers.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 11:04 AM

McDonald's braces for the apocalypse with chic new uniforms

McDonald's braces for the apocalypse with chic new uniformsHey — if the world's going to end, McDonald's at least wants its employees to look good. The fast food chain has officially chosen some dark, dismal, soul sucking new employee uniforms that really just scream: "Ba da ba ba bah, we're doomed!"  SEE ALSO: Instagram bait: Why Starbucks put a unicorn meme on its menu According to a press release, McDonald's is collaborating with designers Waraire Boswell and Bindu Rivas to develop the new collections, which are set to appear behind counters in the U.S. in April. The new, more modern uniforms are grey and black and were reportedly created based on feedback from employees and customers. "Our new collections focus on comfort, fit, functionality and contemporary professionalism, delivering a uniform that crew and managers will feel comfortable to work in and proud to wear," McDonald’s Senior Director of HR, Jez Langhorn, said in the release. Image: mcdonald's Image: mcdonald'sOkay, cool. But in all honesty, what with the recent political chaos and the word "dystopia" inspiring timely book clubs, McDonald's probably decided it was time to switch things up, stifle its stale, happy go lucky yellow, red, and white color scheme, and make an effort to fit in. So far, it seems as though customers aren't exactly lovin' it, and instead, many people are trolling the burger joint's dark denim aprons with glorious memes. Meanwhile at new @McDonalds uniform showcase — Charles FLEXavier (@BIGGSEXXXY77) April 22, 2017   What do you think of the new McDonalds uniforms, designed by the resident Death Star uniform person — Anthony (@Ant_DC) April 22, 2017 The new uniform for #McDonalds - serving storm troopers on a Death Star in a Galaxy far far away. — Max Willson (@max_willson95) April 22, 2017 The new McDonalds uniform looks like people tryna lure customers into buying& keeping them hostage soon after they are done purchasing — SumbulNadeem (@SumbulxNadeem) April 22, 2017 New McDonald's uniform looks like the Empire won.Now when you wanna get a meal there you'll have to start with your First Order. #mcdonalds — Brad Grandrino (@spookygonzo) April 22, 2017 The new Empire inspired @mcdonalds uniform. A post shared by Ed Galvez (@edgalvez) on Apr 22, 2017 at 4:23pm PDT "As a former McDonald’s crew member myself, I understand the design and functionality needs of the next generation of McDonald’s uniforms, and I was personally inspired to design a look and feel that gives restaurant employees a greater level of confidence," Boswell said. Updating the restaurant's uniforms is reportedly just one way McDonald’s plans to increase focus on employees. What's next? Personalized light-sabers?  WATCH: Snack and game worry-free with this handy desktop mop

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 3:04 PM

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from SaturnNASA and its spectacular space hardware often spend so much time checking out our planetary neighbors that we forget Earth offers some pretty cool photo ops as well. A brand new photo released by NASA is a great reminder of that, and it was shot all the way from Saturn, courtesy of the always reliable Cassini spacecraft just before it's scheduled to begin the most harrowing part of its entire years-long mission. The photo, which shows the Earth as a tiny bright dot in a black sea of space, was shot at a distance of 870 million miles. If you zoom in on the original photo you can even make out the Moon as a smaller dot to the left of our planet. The most spectacular part of the image is the fact that it was shot from between Saturn's rings, with the bold A ring seen above the Earth and bright F ring creeping into the original photo at the bottom. It's a great shot, but it's also somewhat bittersweet when you consider Cassini's immediate future. The craft is scheduled to begin its "Grand Finale" dives shortly, in which it will fly recklessly through Saturn's rings a total of 22 times until, on its final approach, it flies directly into the planet itself. That final act will destroy the spacecraft, which has already achieved far more than scientists could have ever hoped when it was launched way back in 1997. That last fateful dive is slated for September 15th, 2017.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 3:00 PM

France begins presidential vote in test for populism

France begins presidential vote in test for populismPARIS (AP) — Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world and a vote on the future of Europe.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 7:18 AM

2017 Honda Civic Type R sets Nürburgring lap record

2017 Honda Civic Type R sets Nürburgring lap recordThe all-new version of the Honda Civic Type R was always going to make a big slash when it was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, but the Honda has now proved it has just as much substance as it undoubtedly has style. The Civic Type R has always been renowned for outstanding performance, but this model, which set the new record and was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic's development program, really has set a new benchmark for the Type R and for its rivals. This development car set a time of 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds, which is almost seven seconds faster than the previous generation Civic Type R managed.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 8:56 AM

Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral

Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeralBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's family turned out Monday for a private funeral to say their farewells to the former NFL star, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over by the time he is buried.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:29 PM

Xi urges 'restraint' over N. Korea as US carrier approaches

Xi urges 'restraint' over N. Korea as US carrier approachesChinese President Xi Jinping urged "restraint" over North Korea in a phone call with Donald Trump Monday, as Japan joined exercises with an American supercarrier heading to the Korean peninsula. The US leader has repeatedly called on China, the North's sole major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang, as tensions in the region soar amid speculation it will conduct another nuclear test. "(China) hopes that the relevant parties can maintain restraint and avoid actions that would increase tensions in the Korean peninsula," Xi said, according to the foreign ministry.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:50 AM

Should The Bible Be Taught In Schools?

Should The Bible Be Taught In Schools?A lawsuit alleges that the few who opted out of a bible class at one school were harassed and discriminated against.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 8:00 PM

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all beganBy Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye. Obama will meet youth leaders and promote community organizing near the same South Side neighborhoods where his own activism blossomed and propelled him to two terms in the White House that ended with Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as Obama’s first White House chief of staff, said that he was proud that Obama picked Chicago to make his last speech as president and the first in his post-presidency.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 9:41 AM

How a New Credit Card Can Boost Your Credit Score

How a New Credit Card Can Boost Your Credit ScoreMany people are wary of applying for a new credit card because they've heard that their credit score takes a hit when they do it. The truth is that if you play your cards right (pun intended), that credit score ding (typically about five points that lasts two years) will hardly even matter. It will be outweighed by the new card's positive effects on your credit score, which result primarily from your credit utilization rate.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 10:40 AM

Egypt's Sisi visits Saudi Arabia as tensions ease

Egypt's Sisi visits Saudi Arabia as tensions easeEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he landed Sunday in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension. Salman, surrounded by key Saudi officials, greeted Sisi as he stepped off the plane in the capital Riyadh and hosted him for lunch, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The two Arab leaders then had talks during which they "reviewed the strong and brotherly relations as well as cooperation between their two countries" and regional issues, the agency said.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 10:47 AM

Bill Gates didn’t let his kids use cell phones until they turned 14

Bill Gates didn’t let his kids use cell phones until they turned 14

While most young kids and teenagers spend hours upon hours glued to tablets and smartphones, Bill Gates' children had a markedly different experience growing up. During a recent interview with the Mirror, the former Microsoft CEO said that when his children were growing up, he limited their exposure to the addicting glow of digital screens.

"We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour," Gates said. Also interesting is that Gates -- whose children currently range in age from 14 to 20 -- didn't even give his kids access to cell phones until they turned 14. And even then, using cell phones while the family was having dinner was expressly prohibited.

"You’re always looking at how [smartphones] can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess," Gates added. All that said, it's hard to feel bad for the Gates children given that Bill Gates -- with an estimated net worth of $86.9 billion -- is the world's richest man. And with the Gates children growing up in a house that's worth upwards of $125 million, I'm sure they're well acquainted with some of the most luxurious creature comforts the world has to offer.

What we really want to know, though, is if the Gates children were ever granted access to Apple products. If we go back in time a bit, you might recall that Melinda gates back in 2013 made headlines when she said that her children receive Windows products even though they sometimes clamor for Apple devices. "Of course they ask [for Apple products]," Gates said, "but they get Windows technology. The wealth from our family came from Microsoft so why would we invest in a competitor." A few years earlier, Gates expressed a similar sentiment during an interview with Vogue, noting that her kids were not allowed to use either iPhones or iPods.

It's actually a brilliant parenting strategy when you think about it. If you're not allowed to have a smartphone until you're 14, and if your time on the device is limited once you finally get one, you'll probably be content with any device you can get your hands on. Alas, the same couldn't always be said for Melinda Gates who, in the same Vogue interview, said that she sometimes feels pangs of jealousy for iPhone owners.

“Every now and then I look at my friends and say 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone’,” Gates said. Of course, given how far iPhone competitors have come since then, we imagine that the Gates family is doing just fine in a presumably Apple-less world.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:07 PM

French election will be 'major test' for populism

French election will be 'major test' for populismABC News' Foreign Correspondent Alexander Marquardt reports about the French election.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:42 PM

US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia

US officials say pirates have returned to waters off SomaliaDJIBOUTI (AP) — Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:40 PM

4-Year-Old Marks Seventh Child To Die From Drug Overdose In One County

4-Year-Old Marks Seventh Child To Die From Drug Overdose In One CountyHis death was likely caused by heroine or prescription pain medication, according to authorities.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 10:42 AM

Revised Mazda2 gets significant updates

Revised Mazda2 gets significant updatesDespite having been in production now for more than two decades, it's probably fair to say the Mazda2 isn't the best-known or best-loved model in Mazda's range, but the manufacturer is giving it some significant updates to try to challenge that perception. The current model is part of the car's fourth-generation, and it's sold around the globe under a number of different names and by several different manufacturers. The refreshed Mazda2 range goes on sale from June 1, and all variants will now feature Mazda's G-Vectoring Control technology, along with a number of detailed improvements to the car's suspension and steering to deliver improved levels of comfort and a more responsive feel for the driver.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:46 AM

UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit

UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visitBERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California at Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn't find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 10:46 PM

Trump says Mexico 'eventually' will pay for border wall

Trump says Mexico 'eventually' will pay for border wallPresident Donald Trump said on Sunday he expected Mexico to pay for the wall he has promised to build along the southern border, resuscitating a campaign promise that roiled U.S. relations with Mexico in the first week of his presidency. "Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall," Trump said in a Twitter post. Trump returned to his Mexico demand on a morning in which he simultaneously tried to pressure congressional Democrats to include funding for the border wall in must-pass spending legislation needed to keep the U.S. government open beyond Friday.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 3:23 PM

Galaxy Note 8 May Be Launched At IFA 2017

Galaxy Note 8 May Be Launched At IFA 2017IFA Executive Director Jens Heithecker said in a press briefing the show in Berlin would be a better place for Samsung to launch the upcoming flagship device than the company's own event.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 12:02 AM

Brooklyn moves to help minor offenders avoid deportation

Brooklyn moves to help minor offenders avoid deportationThe public prosecutor's office in the New York borough of Brooklyn will change the way it deals with minor infractions by undocumented immigrants to lessen their risk of expulsion under the Trump administration, it said Monday.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 12:35 PM

Tesla is doubling the size of its charging network

Tesla is doubling the size of its charging network

The biggest complaint about electric cars has always been that there's nowhere to juice up. Well, that excuse just died if you own a Tesla. The company just announced plans to double the size of its charging network by the end of the year, promising more chargers at current locations, and new Supercharger sites for all those Model 3s that should be hitting the road.

According to Tesla's plans, the number of Superchargers available globally will double by the end of the year, from 5,000 currently to a total of 10,000. In the US, there's a planned Supercharger increase of 150 percent. The upgrades will be spread out between new sites along highways, capacity increases to existing sites, and more Supercharger locations in urban areas.

Currently, the Supercharger network exists to facilitate long road trips. Superchargers are Tesla-branded chargers that only work with Tesla vehicles, and are capable of charging Teslas much faster than any other kind of charger. Tesla has a network of charging stations along most major US highways, which allows owners to travel distances well in excess of the car's 200-mile range, without needing to stop overnight to charge.

With a flood of new vehicles expected to hit the roads when the Model 3 starts being delivered, the capacity improvements will be necessary to keep congestion down at Superchargers. Already, Tesla has begun seeing congestion at some stations, and it's had to start charging new Tesla owners for charging. Previously, charging at a Supercharger was free for Tesla owners.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 12:58 PM

Tears of joy and frustration after French election count

Tears of joy and frustration after French election countEmmanuel Macron's youthful supporters wept tears of joy and shouted themselves hoarse on Sunday as projections from France's presidential election suggested their champion was well on track for power. Similar jubilation played out at the headquarters of the far-right National Front (FN), whose leader Marine Le Pen brought the party to the presidential runoff for just the second time in its history. For supporters of the conservative Republicans and far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed), there was bitterness at a dream left unfulfilled.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 5:40 PM

Militants ambush convoy with off-duty Iraq soldiers, kill 10

Militants ambush convoy with off-duty Iraq soldiers, kill 10BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants in Iraq ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20, officials said on Monday.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:06 AM

S.African faces trial over axe slaying of his wealthy family

S.African faces trial over axe slaying of his wealthy familyIn a case that has gripped South Africa, the 22-year-old scion of a wealthy family goes on trial in Cape Town on Monday, accused of slaughtering his family in a frenzied axe attack. The case has also made headlines internationally, as police failed to arrest anyone for the grisly killings until Henri van Breda handed himself in. Van Breda is alleged to have killed his brother Rudi and parents Martin and Teresa and left his sister Marli struggling with nightmarish injuries.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:16 AM

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Feds Grant $5.9M to West Virginia for Drug Addiction Fight
West Virginia will receive $5.9 million from the federal government to help fight drug addiction. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the grant Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:58 PM
Residents in Southwest Florida Evacuated as Brush Fires Spread
Brush fires are threatening more than 2,000 homes in southwest Florida, and the Florida National Guard is helping to evacuate residents. Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Friday that he deployed the guard and five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:53 PM
1st Farmer Lawsuit Against Syngenta over China Trade Begins in Minnesota
The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:39 PM
Tens of Thousands of Turkeys Killed in Iowa, South Dakota Fires
More than 25,000 turkeys have been killed in separate fires at farms in Iowa and South Dakota A fire at a turkey farm south of Wapello, Iowa, killed about 10,700 juvenile turkeys and caused about $300,000 in damages to the …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:37 PM
Texas Father, Son Charged in Alleged $16M Insurance Scam
Prosecutors say a Texas father and son have been charged in an alleged $16 million hearing aids insurance scam using American Airlines workers. A federal grand jury in Dallas indicted 66-year-old Terry Lynn Anderson and 36-year-old Rocky Freeland Anderson. They …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:35 PM
Sherman Named President of Michigan’s Acrisure
Acrisure LLC, a national retail consulting and insurance broker based in Caledonia, Mich., has named D. Michael Sherman as president. Sherman joined Acrisure in January as a strategic advisor, bringing more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:33 PM
MJ Insurance Adds Parker, Slusser to Risk Management Team in Indianapolis
Indiana-based MJ Insurance, has welcomed two new additions to the risk management department in its Indianapolis headquarters, Aaron Parker and Jon Slusser. Parker joins the MJ team as a client executive, responsible for the overall client experience — creating and …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:32 PM
Smith Joins Sales, Marketing Team at Crystal & Co. in Houston
Matthew Smith has been named a director within the national sales and marketing team in the Houston office of the national insurance brokerage firm, Crystal & Company. He is responsible for business development and expanding client relationships. Smith previously served …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:30 PM
Despite Opposition, Controversial Insurance Bill Moving in Texas Legislature
Note: This story originally appeared in the Texas Tribune Texas property owners could face new hurdles when they try to sue their insurer over storm claims under controversial legislation being cheered by groups seeking curbs on lawsuits but jeered by …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:27 PM
Small Quake Rattles Northwestern Colorado
A minor earthquake rattled homes in northwestern Colorado over the weekend. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports the magnitude 3.7 quake hit just before noon Saturday. The epicenter was 2.5 miles northwest of Rangely, a town of about 2,000 …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:08 PM
Feds Will Use Fires to Lower Washington Wildfire Risks
To reduce the risks of wildfires, federal officials this spring are planning to conduct controlled burns on more than 9,000 acres of land in Washington state forests. The Seattle Times reported the fires planned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:05 PM
Minor Temblor Reported off Bay in Washington
A small earthquake struck near Port Townsend in Admiralty Bay. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the earthquake happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday between Port Townsend and Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island. The 3.1-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:02 PM
Everest Joins California Workers’ Comp Rating Bureau Governing Committee
The Everest National Insurance Co. has joined the Governing Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. The WCIRB Governing Committee is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the management of the affairs of the WCIRB. The WCIRB …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 2:52 PM
Supreme Court Rejects GM Use of Bankruptcy to Block Ignition Lawsuits
General Motors Co.’s bid to block hundreds of lawsuits, potentially worth billions of dollars, over a deadly ignition-switch defect broke down on Monday when the Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal claiming the suits were barred by the No. …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 2:04 PM
Massachusetts Lawmakers Debate Pot Regulators’ Independence
Recreational marijuana may be legal for adults in Massachusetts but who ultimately will be in charge of regulating and enforcing the new law remains the subject of behind-the-scenes maneuvering on Beacon Hill. A legislative committee created to review and potentially make revisions …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 2:01 PM
Uber, Lyft Opposing Vermont Bill with New Requirements
Popular ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are opposing a Vermont bill that would require the companies to greatly increase their insurance coverage for personal injuries when drivers are between rides. The Burlington Free Press reports that the bill would …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:27 PM
New York Passes $153B Budget Including Workers’ Comp Reforms
The New York State Senate in April passed its $153 billion 2017-2018 state budget that includes reforms to workers’ compensation in the state. These reforms serve to help businesses, local governments and not-for-profits save money while also enhancing protections for …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:20 PM
RIMS 2017: Why Cyber Should be Treated as Standalone Insurance
Treating cyber risk as a standalone insurance market holds the promise of unlocking the potential for meaningful coverage for both insurers and buyers, according to a new report by JLT Re and JLT Specialty Limited. According to the report released …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:20 PM
JLT Specialty USA Hires Beecher Carlson’s Nolan in Massachusetts
JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), has appointed Molly Nolan as senior vice president. Nolan comes to JLT with more than 20 years’ experience in providing insurance services for complex property accounts. She …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:09 PM
China & India Lead U.S. in Renewable Energy Targets: Allianz
Renewable power investments will need to rapidly grow in the coming two decades to be in line with the Paris Agreement climate goals, according to the Allianz Climate & Energy Monitor Deep Dive, which aims to inform investors and policymakers …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 12:49 PM
AXIS Re & China’s Renmin University Offer Actuarial Scholarship
Bermuda-based AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. announced the launch of the “AXIS Re Actuarial Scholarship” in partnership with Renmin University in China. The scholarship fund will provide financial assistance to actuarial students in Renmin’s School of Statistics to help develop their …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 11:01 AM
UK’s Aviva Buys Remaining 50% Share in Vietnam Joint Venture
Aviva plc has acquired VietinBank’s entire 50 percent shareholding in its life insurance joint venture VietinBank Aviva Life Insurance Ltd. Aviva also has signed a new distribution agreement with VietinBank to sell life and health insurance products through VietinBank’s network …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 10:37 AM
U.K. Has 1st Day Without Burning Coal for Power Since 1880s
The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc. “Friday 21st April 2017 was the first 24-hour period since the …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 10:16 AM
Neon Appoints Sirius’ Sethi as Senior D&F Underwriter
Neon has appointed Catherine Sethi as senior underwriter in its Property Direct & Facultative (D&F) team. Based in London, Sethi will report to Sam Yates, who joined Neon recently to lead the expansion and growth of its London property D&F …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:36 AM
Hamilton Re to Buy Canopius’ Excess Casualty Renewal Rights
Hamilton Re, the Bermuda-based platform of Hamilton Insurance Group, announced it has agreed to acquire the renewal rights to Canopius Underwriting Bermuda Ltd.’s excess casualty insurance book of business. The transaction is expected to close mid-year. In addition, Sompo Canopius …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:18 AM
Society Must Prepare for Disruptive New Techologies, Warns Alibaba Chairman
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Chairman Jack Ma said society should prepare for decades of pain as the internet disrupts the economy. The world must change education systems and establish how to work with robots to help soften the blow caused by automation …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 8:41 AM
At Least 2 Bidders Interested in IDB Unit, Tel-Aviv-Based Clal Insurance
Eduardo Elsztain, the Argentine real estate developer who controls Israeli conglomerate IDB Development Corp., said he has at least two bidders for the company’s insurance unit, Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd. Elsztain is fighting a sale of the company in …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 7:58 AM
Tesla Pushes Back on Class Action Alleging Its Autopilot Software Is Dangerous
Tesla Inc. is facing its first legal challenge over self-driving technology in a case alleging the electric carmaker sold 47,000 vehicles with Autopilot software that’s “dangerously defective” when engaged. Drivers have “become beta testers of half-baked software that renders Tesla …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:00 AM
AIG Study Shows How, Why M&A Insurance Claims Frequency Is Rising
The frequency of insurance claims surrounding mergers and acquisitions (M&As) is rising as large deals prove risky and the average payout on the most severe category of claims tops $20 million, according to an American International Group, Inc. study. AIG’s Global …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:00 AM
States to Get $485 Million for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
The federal government will provide states nearly half a billion dollars for prevention and treatment programs aimed at confronting the opioid epidemic, which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price described last week as a “crisis.” Price made the announcement …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:00 AM

Agent & Broker

Hurricane Matthew breaks records, Aon report shows
Hurricane Matthew made landfall over 6 months ago, but the insurance industry is still reeling from its numerous record-breaking effects.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:40 PM
Execs look to artificial intelligence (AI) for insurance revolution
Insurance industry leaders are convinced artificial intelligence (AI) will 'revolutionize the customer experience and empower agents, brokers and employees,' according to a new report.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 6:30 AM
Does your homeowners' policy cover these three things?
A concerning number of homeowners don’t fully understand their policies. Here are three things they may think are covered, but aren’t.

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:30 AM
People on the move in the P&C insurance industry: April 21, 2017
News from Ric Insurance General Agency, Keystone Insurers Group, Chubb and more.

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 11:00 AM
Willis Towers Watson appoints new head of broking, North America
Willis Towers Watson has appointed Joe Peiser as head of broking, North America, part of its corporate risk and broking segment.

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 10:32 AM
Judith Vaughan, The Institutes director of content development, passes away
Judith Vaughan had more than 20 years of experience in claims and risk management for international organizations.

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 9:51 AM
Best eco-friendly cars for Earth Day 2017
Do you know which models are most recommended for your environmenally conscious auto insurance clients?

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 6:30 AM
Was a letter saying ‘notify your professional liability carrier’ a claim?
Does merely receiving a letter notifying you of a potential claim mean you should contact your malpractice carrier?

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 6:15 AM
3 ways to successfully leverage your young insurance advisors
Hiring and retaining young talent that fit the culture and needs of your firm can be crucial for long-term success.

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 6:00 AM
The ethics of ingenuity
Over the last five decades, major changes in the way property, casualty and marine claims are investigated have undergone many developments.

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 5:30 AM
6 tips for employers to make workplaces pet-friendly
According to Pets Best Insurance Services, here are a few ways employers and employees can make their offices more friendly to Fido and Fluffy.

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 12:01 AM
Is Brian Duperreault among AIG's options for CEO role?
American International Group Inc. is weighing a plan to hire Brian Duperreault as the company’s seventh chief executive officer since 2005, according to people familiar with the board’s deliberations.

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 4:56 PM
Chubb appoints COO of North America major accounts division
Chubb has appointed Matt Merna COO of its North America major accounts division.

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 11:47 AM
NFIP challenges & reform options from the American Academy of Actuaries
Congress will need to consider many complex and highly technical issues as it debates reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program which expires September 2017.

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 6:30 AM
Insuring against design failures and professional risks
Every risk requires due diligence to mitigate the consequences of a catastrophic failure.

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 6:00 AM
Overall insurance labor demand looks strong, according to jobs board survey
In spite of all of the upheaval and angst in some parts of the insurance industry, the industry as a whole has 'a lot of jobs.'

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 6:00 AM
Study finds support for marijuana legalization, but its future is still cloudy
Questions abound about P&C coverage, drug-testing of employees, and whether driving after using marijuana qualifies as driving under the influence.

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 6:00 AM
6 factors impacting identity theft risks
A new risk assessment tool analyzes the identity threat landscape.

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 12:01 AM
Insurance customers need to get used to talking to machines
About two-thirds of insurers already use artificial intelligence-based 'virtual assistants,' according to a survey by Accenture Plc.

POSTED APRIL 19, 2017 12:02 PM

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