WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED II

Small cap stocks are in the ‘early innings’ of a record run, a Wall Street veteran says

CNBC - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:00
B. Riley FBR's Art Hogan suggests the small cap stock win streak is just starting.

Volcano's gassy, glassy 'laze' a new threat for Hawaii

CNBC - 13 min ago
Authorities warned that lava flows reaching the Pacific Ocean could produce noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam, and tiny, glass-like particles.

London is a 'laundromat' for Russia's dirty money, UK report warns

CNBC - 42 min ago
London is being used as a "base for the corrupt assets" of individuals linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin, the U.K.'s foreign affairs committee said in a report published Monday.

A.I. to be used as a 'new weapon' in the UK's fight against cancer

CNBC - 1 hour ago
Theresa May will lay out plans for the U.K. to use artificial intelligence in the diagnosis of chronic diseases.

President Nicolas Maduro was declared

CNN - 1 hour 44 min ago
President Nicolas Maduro was declared the winner of Venezuela's presidential election Sunday, in a vote that has been criticized both inside and outside of the country.

Be careful if China cuts you a check, says former US trade official

CNBC - 2 hours ago
U.S. should focus on structural changes in China rather than the massive trade imbalance, a former U.S. official said.

Ryanair CEO says some airlines will not 'survive' the winter due to elevated oil prices

CNBC - 2 hours 20 min ago
The chief of budget airline Ryanair said Monday he fully expects some of his European rivals to file for bankruptcy over the coming months.

China-style state-led growth won't work in Africa, former Nigeria finance minister warns

CNBC - 2 hours 49 min ago
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks about China's economic partnership with African countries.

Italy's next prime minister could be a mostly unknown law professor

CNBC - 2 hours 57 min ago
Italy's Five Star Movement (M5S) and Lega party have reportedly agreed on who the next prime minister should be.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spews toxic glass cloud

SKY NEWS - 3 hours 3 min ago
Authorities in Hawaii have warned people to stay away from dangerous "laze" fumes as molten lava from the Kilauea volcano reaches the Pacific Ocean.

The Fed is an open book, but foreign trade and security are the wild cards

CNBC - 4 hours 13 min ago
America's domestic demand will drive trade deficits to new highs, fueling tensions with trade partners, Michael Ivanovitch writes.

Mourners Pack Texas Mosque for Funeral of Slain Pakistani Student

VOICE OF AMERICA - 4 hours 27 min ago
Mourners on Sunday packed a mosque in Stafford, Texas, about 59 kilometers away from the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School that killed 10 people. One of Friday's victims was 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh who wanted to learn about the American culture and share her own.  While in the United States, Sabika had two host families.  “We did not have children. She was the first one who called us mom and dad. She was literally like a daughter to us,” said Pakistan American Uzma Parveen, who was Sabika's first host mother. WATCH: Funeral service Friends said while in the United States, Sabika experienced American culture, including going to prom. They said she had big dreams and her interests ranged from being a diplomat to being a businesswoman.  “She wanted to be everyone and the only regret that she wanted to be famous. Not like that. I don’t want to see her picture on the TV like that. I don’t want to see that she was one of the victims,” said a tearful Parveen. Also attending this funeral is Gerri Manlove, the local coordinator of the American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation's Academic Year in America program. She remembers texting Sabika the day of the shooting and never getting a response. “She and two other students and a teacher hid in the classroom. They found a closet. But the boy found them,” Manlove said. The "boy" is accused gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student of Santa Fe High School. He was arrested and charged with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant. “If anybody listens to me, I have only one appeal. Please do something. No children should be taken away from parents. It hurts. Believe me, it hurts. One metal detector could have saved her. Just one,” Parveen said. "Have a metal detector like you have at the airport. Have the kids wear a uniform or something similar to a uniform -- something where you can detect that they’re not wearing trench coats and so forth," Manlove added.  Manlove said Sabika was looking forward to going home in a few weeks, at the end of Ramadan. “When she started Ramadan and started fasting, my family did that with her because we did things together,” said Jason Cogburn, Sabika's second host father who spoke at the funeral.  “She was the most beautiful loving person I’ve ever met,” said host sister Jaelyn Cogburn, who was close to Sabika and remembered crying, knowing Sabika was going back to Pakistan soon. ​Dignitaries who attended the funeral included Houston's mayor as well as federal lawmakers, who presented an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to Sabika's family and accepted by Aisha Farooqui, the Consul General of Pakistan in Houston. The families and friends touched by Sabika said knowing her has changed their lives permanently. For that they are thankful to her parents in Pakistan. “Thank you for sharing such a wonderful daughter with us, with me and with Rashad. Thank you so much. We are with you in your grief. We are not going to be the same people anymore,” Parveen said. After the funeral, Sabika's remains were flown back to her home in Pakistan.

One in five 'initial coin offerings' may be frauds — but investors are bullish on them anyway

CNBC - 5 hours 2 min ago
Despite growing regulatory scrutiny, the money raised in initial coin offerings keeps growing. So what is an ICO?

Mourners Pack Texas Mosque for Funeral of Slain Pakistani Student

VOICE OF AMERICA - 5 hours 3 min ago
Mourners packed a mosque in Stafford, Texas, about 59 kilometers away from the mass school shooting Friday that killed 10 people. One of the victims was a Pakistani exchange student who wanted to learn about the American culture and share her own. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee reports from her funeral.

Ireland, Enthusiastic About Gay Rights, Frets Over Abortion

NEW YORK TIMES - 5 hours 41 min ago
While the once-profound influence of the Catholic Church has faded, abortion is an exception, leaving the results of the coming referendum unpredictable.

UK is 'turning blind eye' to Putin's 'dirty money'

SKY NEWS - 6 hours 7 min ago
Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his allies are continuing to use London as a base for their "corrupt assets", according to a Foreign Affairs Committee report.

Tell us what you think: Which sector needs the most regulation?

CNBC - 6 hours 14 min ago
In this week's Trader Poll, we want to know which area you think requires the most attention from regulators.

Venezuela's President Maduro wins presidential vote, election board says

CNBC - 6 hours 25 min ago
Turnout at the election was just 46.1 percent, the election board said, down from the 80 percent in 2013.

China's space ambitions continue with reported launch of satellite to explore far side of the moon

CNBC - 6 hours 49 min ago
China launched a relay satellite designed to establish a communication link and a planned lunar probe.

Maduro Wins Venezuela Election Amid Widespread Disillusionment

NEW YORK TIMES - 6 hours 56 min ago
President Nicolás Maduro won a second term as president of Venezuela, a country in the midst of a historic economic collapse. Voter turnout appeared to be extremely low amid calls for a boycott.

Hillary Clinton to Yale's Class of 2018: resilience will get America through tumultuous times

CNBC - 7 hours 40 min ago
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tells Yale grads they possess traits that will get them through "tumultuous" times.

New Eruptions Injure Man in Hawaii

VOICE OF AMERICA - 7 hours 42 min ago
Lava sputtering from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has inflicted serious injuries to a resident of the Big Island and is posing new threats as it flows toward the Pacific Ocean. An unnamed man was reportedly hit by a “lava spatter” as he sat on the balcony of his property in the town of Pahoa on Saturday. Officials also fear that lava streams from the latest eruptions could block major evacuation routes. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.

This free hack could help cash-strapped entrepreneurs compete with big brands

CNBC - 7 hours 57 min ago
It's a trick that can help you get into the heads of consumers, says Supernova's co-founder Emily Hamilton.

Starbucks: No Purchase Necessary to Access Stores

VOICE OF AMERICA - 7 hours 57 min ago
Coffee giant Starbucks says anyone is welcome to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don't buy anything, according to a new policy announced over the weekend. Previously, it was left to individual store managers to decide whether people could access Starbucks premises without making a purchase. "We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome,'' Starbucks said in a statement. The company has asked employees to follow established procedure when dealing with "disruptive behaviors," and are still asked to call 911 in case of "immediate threat or danger" to customers or employees. The change comes after two black men who went to a Philadelphia store last month and did not buy anything; they told the store manager they were waiting for a friend to join them. They were asked to leave and an employee called police, which led to their arrest, prompting protests and accusations of racism. The April 12 incident, video of which was posted on social media, was a major embarrassment for the coffee chain. After the attention garnered by the arrests, Starbucks decided to close more than 8,000 of its U.S. stores on the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias training for its employees. The men who were arrested settled with Starbucks earlier this month for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education for each of them. They also reached a deal with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from city officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.  

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, Reported Hospitalized

NEW YORK TIMES - 8 hours 4 min ago
Palestinian officials and doctors gave conflicting accounts of the condition of Mr. Abbas, who is 82.

'Abortion was never an option for us'

SKY NEWS - 8 hours 37 min ago
In the lead up to Ireland's referendum on abortion on Friday, we take a look at those affected by the issue on both sides of the debate.

Trump Grappling With Risks of Proceeding With North Korea Meeting

NEW YORK TIMES - 8 hours 37 min ago
President Trump was surprised and angered by a statement issued by the North’s chief nuclear negotiator, who declared that the country would not swap its nuclear weapons capability for economic aid.

'They gave us back our baby in a box'

SKY NEWS - 9 hours 18 min ago
As those on both sides of Ireland's abortion debate continue to campaign on the issue, those directly affected have been sharing their stories.

Man shot dead as police search for missing woman

SKY NEWS - 9 hours 38 min ago
A 24-year-old woman remains missing after a man was shot dead by police investigating a suspected abduction.

Texas Muslims Mourn Pakistani Exchange Student Slain in School Shooting

VOICE OF AMERICA - 9 hours 45 min ago
Houston's Muslim community gathered to offer prayers Sunday at the funeral service for a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at her southeast Texas high school. About 1,000 people, many with Pakistani roots and wearing traditional Muslim dress, converged on an Islamic center in Stafford to honor Sabika Sheikh, whose body was brought by hearse to the somber service from Santa Fe, the nearby small rural town where a student killed 10 people including eight students. Among the mourners was the late teen's first cousin who lives in the United States. She said Sheikh's relatives are completely devastated. "The family back home, we are in touch with them. They're crying every moment. Her mother is in denial right now," Shaheera al-Basid, a graduate student in the U.S. capital Washington, told AFP at the funeral service. "It's a shock we need our entire life to recover from," the 26-year-old added. Men lined up in rows offered traditional mourning prayers as Sheikh's coffin, draped in the green and white flag of Pakistan, was brought into a small, cramped sanctuary. Sheikh had been due to return home in mere weeks, in time for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. 'Shock' "It's a shock, it's so sad," said realtor Ike Samad, 67, who was born in Pakistan but has lived here most of his adult life and raised his children as Americans. "I came here just like her, as a student," he recalled. "God forbid that could have happened to me when I was here. As a parent, it is just devastating." Samad also addressed the painful irony that a young woman from a country that many Americans associated with the war on terror in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington was killed in a country that millions around the world see as a bastion of freedom. The attacks were a "tragedy, and tragedy sometimes teaches you life," he said. "But it also revisits, and in this case very close to here." Several Pakistani-American youths also attended the funeral service, including Danyal Zakaria of nearby Sugar Land, Texas. The 17-year-old said it was "truly mind-blowing" that an exchange student his age could be cut down in cold blood at a US school. "This nation is known to be safe," he said. "If America is not safe, then where is?"  

Russian Billionaire’s U.K. Visa Delayed Amid Diplomatic Tensions

NEW YORK TIMES - 11 hours 17 min ago
Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea, missed its final soccer match after his visa expired. It’s unclear if his troubles are a bureaucratic hiccup or if Britain is clamping down.

US Aid Chief to Myanmar: Take 'Concrete Steps' on Rohingya Rights

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:50
The U.S. government's aid chief urged Myanmar on Sunday to take concrete steps" to guarantee the rights of Rohingya Muslims and to show sincerity in that endeavor in order to encourage hundreds of thousands who have fled the country to return. Mark Green, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ended his three-day visit to Myanmar touring Rohingya and Rakhine communities in western Rakhine State, including a camp for displaced Rohingya people. Green said the refugees, whom he met during the previous leg of the trip in camps in Bangladesh, are fearful and while they want to return, they are asking for their rights and security to be guaranteed before making the decision to come back. "That reinforces the importance here of clear signs of sincerity of the government's stated position of welcoming back Rohingya in a safe, secure and dignified manner," Green told reporters. "We would strongly encourage the government to take those concrete steps which are a demonstration of the ability for Rohingya to return under those conditions," Green said. He said the government could show the refugees in Bangladesh it is sincere by taking "clear actions" with the tens of thousands of Rohingya displaced in previous bouts of violence now stuck in crowded camps in squalid conditions in Rakhine. Green said he was "struck by the sense of hopelessness that so many Muslims nearby feel - the lack of access to health care, education, ability to move, access to livelihoods ... that kind of hopelessness is obviously disturbing -- it's also something that has to be addressed." Green has said the United States would provide $44 million in additional aid for the Rohingya and vulnerable populations in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape an army crackdown since August, launched in response to Rohingya insurgent attacks. Refugees have reported murder, rape and arson by Myanmar troops. Washington has called the army response ethnic cleansing -- a charge Myanmar denies, saying its security forces have been waging a legitimate counterinsurgency operation against "Bengali terrorists." After meeting Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyitaw and civil society leaders in the main city Yangon on Friday and Saturday, Green met local government officials in Rakhine and toured villages and camps over the weekend. On Sunday, he went to Muslim and Buddhist villages in the Rathedaung township in the north of the violence-torn state. He then met camp leaders in Thet Kae Pyin camp for nearly 6,000 Rohingya, a short drive from state capital Sittwe. "We don't have the luxury of time. We really do need all of us to see positive steps forward and we stand ready to help," Green said.

Once Hated by U.S. and Tied to Iran, Is Sadr Now ‘Face of Reform’ in Iraq?

NEW YORK TIMES - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:22
Moktada al-Sadr, the upset winner of Iraq’s election, has undergone a reinvention, from a militant Shiite to an anticorruption champion whose “Iraq First” message appeals across religious divides.

A fund manager sees ‘inconvenient truths’ in the market, predicting a shift as inflation gains

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:16
Mayflower Advisors' Larry Glazer warns a "new paradigm" is coming to Wall Street.

Mueller's office said to tell Giuliani that the Trump-Russia probe will wrap up by September

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:03
Robert Mueller's office may complete its probe into alleged ties between Russia and President Trump by September 1st.

A nation divided: Ireland's abortion dilemma

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:50
Ireland is at a crossroads: On 25 May the Irish people will decide whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment and end a constitutional ban on abortion.

A Royal Window Into a Newly Minted Duchess

NEW YORK TIMES - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:47
“I am proud to be a woman and a feminist,” says the Duchess of Sussex, a.k.a. the American-born Meghan Markle, who married Prince Harry.

Over 10,000 Moroccans Protest U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

NEW YORK TIMES - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:39
Chanting “death to Israel,” marchers carried Palestinian flags and placards that called Jerusalem “Palestine’s eternal capital.”

Washington Digests US-China Trade Announcement

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:20
Washington is digesting China’s stated intention to purchase more American goods and reduce the trade imbalance between the two countries. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, last week’s talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators did not yield specific commitments from Beijing in dollar figures, sparking criticism from some lawmakers in Washington.

An author explains how to be a 'nice girl' at work without being a pushover

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:00
Start-up investor and media executive Fran Hauser wants to change the perception of the word "nice" with her new book.

Friends, Families Mourn Texas School Shooting Victims

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:50
Many parents, families and friends of the victims of Friday's shooting at a school in the state of Texas attended church services on Sunday, grieving the 10 people who were killed just two days earlier. Texas Governor Greg Abbott attended a service at Arcadia First Baptist Church in Santa Fe on Sunday, hugging mourning parishioners. Three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people at a school in Parkland, Florida, ignited student-led calls for stronger gun control laws, a shooter killed 10 people, most of them students, at the Santa Fe High School in Texas. On Sunday morning, Texas' Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick linked gun violence to violent video games and social media, saying that the United States has "devalued life." "Whether it's through abortion, whether it's the breakup of families, through violent movies, and particularly violent video games," Patrick told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday morning, insisting that arming teachers, a controversial solution proposed by many gun rights activists, is necessary. Fred Guttenberg, a parent of one of the children killed in Parkland in February, called the comments "idiotic" and "moronic," calling instead for stricter gun control laws. Texas officials charged a 17-year-old with capital murder following the deadly shooting Santa Fe High School.   Students said the gunman, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a school junior, opened fire before 8 a.m. Friday at Santa Fe High School. Texas Governor Abbott said police found explosive devices, including a fire bomb, at the suspected shooter's home and in a vehicle, as well as around the high school where the shooting took place.   Abbot said the suspect, who is in custody and waived his right to remain silent, originally intended to commit suicide following the shooting but told law enforcement after he was arrested that he didn't have the courage to go through with it. The governor said two guns were used in the attack, a shotgun and a .38 revolver. He said both guns were owned by the suspect's father, but said it was not clear whether the father knew his son had taken the guns. Among the victims are a substitute teacher and a foreign exchange student. Santa Fe is located in southeastern Texas between the cities of Houston and Galveston.  

Trump pulls back from trade war with China

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:15
The US has pulled back from starting a trade war with China that could have sent shockwaves through the global economy.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport is a bargain hatchback that lacks performance

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:00
The Hyundai Elantra GT Sport is a lovely little hatchback. Stylish on the outside and extremely well-appointed within, it’s a smart choice that merits consideration if you’re looking for a small hatchback with a bit more power.

Trump to demand an investigation into suspected FBI surveillance of his 2016 campaign

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:53
President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would demand an investigation into whether the FBI had placed surveillance on his 2016 campaign — and whether such activity was ordered by his predecessor.

New incentives for hospitals are improving quality of care for patients at home

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:38
New York resident Rodney Nelson says his 77-year-old mother wanted to maintain her independence.

GE nears $20 billion deal to merge transportation unit with Wabtec, sources tell Reuters

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:35
General Electric is nearing a deal to merge its transportation business, which manufactures train engines, with Wabtec Corp

The Mafia Reporter With a Police Escort (and the 200 Journalists Like Him)

NEW YORK TIMES - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:29
Paolo Borrometi is among scores of Italian journalists under police protection after their reporting angered crime figures. “That doesn’t happen in other countries,” says a press freedom advocate.

Jim Cramer to the Class of 2018: 'It is okay to fail, but it is not okay to quit'

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:18
The CNBC "Mad Money" host urged Bucknell University students to push past failure.

Pakistan Has Just One New Polio Case, but Isn’t Declaring Victory Yet

NEW YORK TIMES - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:17
The country has come tantalizingly close to eradicating the virus in recent years, only to be foiled by instability, mistrust and attacks on vaccinators.

Trump Rails Against Russia Probe

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:07
President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of complaints Sunday about the year-long investigation into whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia and if he obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. "Things are really getting ridiculous," Trump complained in one of six Twitter remarks, asking at what point the investigation will end, calling it a "soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt."     He contended that investigators have "found no Collussion [sic] with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption" in the campaign of his Democratic challenger two years ago, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The U.S. leader said the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller "has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the world" and its connections to the Trump campaign. Trump said Mueller, who was authorized to investigate related matters he uncovered as he probed Russia's meddling in the election aimed at helping Trump win, "should easily be able" to extend the inquiries into the congressional elections in November where he and his team "can put some hurt on the Republican Party." He added, "Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam."   Mueller's investigation shows no hint of ending any time soon. He has indicted numerous Russian individuals and entities for interference in the U.S. election through the creation of fake news stories commenting on contentious American issues and secured guilty pleas from three Trump campaign associates who are now cooperating with prosecutors in the ongoing investigation. Trump on Sunday also claimed that the the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country's top law enforcement agency, has been "hard charging (except in the case of Democrats)" and ignored a string of accusations against Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and a Washington lobbyist linked to Democrats. Trump's Sunday tweets followed one on Saturday about the FBI and its parent agency, the Department of Justice, infiltrating his campaign through the use of an informant who made contact with three Trump associates before passing on information to the FBI. Several news agencies have identified the informant as Stefan Halper, a 73-year-old American-born professor at Britain's University of Cambridge who worked decades ago in three Republican administrations in the U.S. "If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal," Trump said. Before Halper's name surfaced, Trump had called the use of the informant the "all time biggest political scandal."                          

REgional Australia, PArt 1 of 2: A Booming Economy With a Tragic Price

NEW YORK TIMES - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:00
Australia is a breadbasket to the world and a globalization success story. So why are its farmers killing themselves?

Here's why women's sneakers sales are growing at a rapid clip

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:00
With increased options across all shoe categories, women are choosing comfort. Sneaker sales grew 37 percent in 2017, while high heels fell 11 percent in the same period.

Airlines get higher fuel bills just as busy summer flying season approaches

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:38
Airlines are having to shell out more for jet fuel, just ahead of the busy summer travel season.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg, EU Lawyers Locked in Negotiations

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:37
Facebook and European Union officials were locked in high-stakes negotiations Sunday over whether founder Mark Zuckerberg will appear Tuesday before EU lawmakers to discuss the site’s impact on the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of Europeans, as well as Facebook’s impact on elections on both sides of the Atlantic and the spreading of fake news. Being debated is whether the meeting would be held after EU Parliament President Antonio Tajanibe agreed to have it live-streamed on the internet and not held behind closed-doors, as previously agreed. The leaders of all eight political blocs in the parliament have insisted the format be changed. Lawmakers say it would be deeply damaging for Zuckerberg, if he pulls out simply because they want him to hold what they say is the equivalent of a “Facebook Live.” Claude Moraes, chairman of the EU parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs panel, warned Zuckerberg will have to go into greater detail than he did in his testimony before U.S. Senate and Congressional panels last month on the “issues of algorithmic targeting, and political manipulation” and on Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica. Facebook shared with the British firm the data of millions of Americans and Europeans, which was subsequently used for election campaigning purposes. Facebook did not return calls from VOA asking about whether Zuckerberg’s meeting with EU lawmakers would still go ahead. “EU governments are absolutely aware that every election now is tainted. We want to get to the heart of this,” said Moraes. EU lawmakers say Zuckerberg’s appearance is all the more important as he has declined to appear before national European parliaments, including Britain’s House of Commons. Terrorist connections Zuckerberg is likely also to be pressed on why Facebook is still being used by extremists to connect with each other and to recruit. Much of the focus in recent weeks on Facebook has been about general issues over its management of users’ data, but analysts are warning the social-media site is enabling a deadly form of social networking and isn’t doing enough to disrupt it. “Facebook’s data management practices have potentially served the networking purposes of terrorists,” said the Counter Extremism Project, nonprofit research group, in a statement. “CEP’s findings regularly debunk Facebook’s claims of content moderation. This week, a video made by the pro-ISIS al-Taqwa media group was found that includes news footage from attacks in the West and calls for further violence, encouraging the viewer to attack civilians and ‘kill them by any means or method," according to CEP CEP researchers say Facebook’s “suggested friends” feature helps extremists connect to each other and is “enabling a deadly form of social networking.” “Worldwide, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, there has been a spike of militant activity on social media channels ... Encrypted messaging apps like Facebook-owned WhatsApp are well known mechanisms used by terrorists to communicate, plot and plan attacks, a practice that is tragically continuing,” CEP says. New rules Aside from the EU parliament, Zuckerberg has agreed to be interviewed onstage Thursday at a major tech conference in Paris, and is scheduled to have lunch with French president Emmanuel Macron during the week. His visit comes as the British government is threatening social-media companies with a tax to pay for efforts to counter online crime. According to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper, British ministers have instructed officials to carry out research into a new “social media levy” on internet companies. Culture Minister Matt Hancock indicated Sunday the British government is beginning to move away from allowing the internet companies to regulate themselves and is ready to impose requirements on them, which if approved by parliament will make Britain the “safest place in the world” to be online. A new code of practice aimed at confronting social-media bullying and to clear the internet of intimidating or humiliating online content could be included in the legislation, say officials. Other measures being considered include rules that have to be followed by traditional broadcasters that prevent certain ads being targeted at children. Hancock said work with social-media companies to protect users had made progress, but the performance of the industry overall has been mixed, he added. Hancock said, “Digital technology is overwhelmingly a force for good across the world and we must always champion innovation and change for the better."  

As California's homelessness grows, the crisis emerges as a major issue in state's gubernatorial race

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:00
California's chronic homelessness problem has emerged as major issue in this year's governor's race in the state.

US, China Back Away from Tariff War

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:52
The U.S. and China said Sunday they have agreed to back away from imposing tough new tariffs on each other's exports, a day after reaching an accord calling for Beijing to buy more American goods to "substantially reduce" the huge U.S. trade deficit with China. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News the world's two biggest economic powers "have made very meaningful progress and we agreed on a framework" to resolve trade issues. "So right now we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework." China's state-run news agency Xinhua quoted Vice-Premier Liu He, who led Chinese negotiators in trade talks in Washington this past week, as saying, "The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other." Liu said the agreement was a "necessity." But he added: "At the same time it must be realized that unfreezing the ice cannot be done in a day, solving the structural problems of the economic and trade relations between the two countries will take time." U.S. President Donald Trump had threatened to impose new tariffs on $150 billion worth of Chinese imports and Beijing had responded that it would do the same on American goods. Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross would soon go to Beijing to negotiate on how China might buy more American goods to reduce the huge U.S. trade deficit with Beijing, which last year totaled $375 billion. Although the U.S. has said it wants to reduce the trade deficit by $200 billion annually, Saturday's agreement mentioned no specific number. Kudlow told ABC News, "You can't predict these numbers. We've made a lot of progress. You can see where we're going next. As tariffs come down, the barriers come down, there will be more American exports." Kudlow said Ross will be "looking into a number of areas where we're going to have greatly significant increases" in U.S. exports, including energy, liquefied natural gas, agriculture and manufacturing. He said any agreement reached will be "good for American exports and good for Chinese growth." Mnuchin predicted a 35 to 40 percent increase in U.S. agricultural exports to China and a doubling of energy purchases over the next three to five years. "We have specific targets," he said. "I am not going to publicly disclose what they are. They go industry by industry." One contentious point of conflict between the two trading points is the fate of ZTE, the giant technology Chinese company that has bought American-made components to build its consumer electronic devices. The U.S. fined ZTE $1.2 billion last year for violating American bans on trade with Iran and North Korea. But ZTE said recently it was shutting down its manufacturing operations because it could no longer buy the American parts after the U.S. imposed a seven-year ban on the sale of the components. However, Trump, at the behest of Chinese President Xi Jinping, a week ago "instructed" Ross to intervene to save the company and prevent the loss of Chinese jobs. Even so, Kudlow said, "Do not expect ZTE to get off scot free. Ain't going to happen."

The fight to leave the 'open air prison' of Gaza

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:27
Uniformed officials scream at a desperate group of men and women trying to force their way into an indoor football stadium in the Gaza town of Rafah on the border with Egypt.

Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper's latest investing move is the Carolina Panthers

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:01
David Tepper is widely considered one of the brightest minds on Wall Street, leaving many wondering how the hedge fund guru may be using the Panthers as a long-term investment play.

More states are starting tax-advantaged savings accounts aimed at first-time home buyers

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:00
A growing number of states are creating tax-advantaged savings accounts aimed at first-time home buyers.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin declares US-China trade war 'on hold' as both sides work toward agreement

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:48
The US and China have agreed to drop their tariff threats on billions of dollars worth of each country's goods

How to record the screen on your Mac

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:32
CNBC will walk you through how to take a screenshot on your Mac and even how to record video of your Mac's display.

Vacation searches are up, signaling a strong economy and comfort with employment status

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:26
The U.S. economy seems to be on solid footing according to one unusual indicator: vacation searches on the internet.

Itu Aba Journal: Island or Rock? Taiwan Defends Its Claim in South China Sea

NEW YORK TIMES - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:13
China and Taiwan share claims to the South China Sea, but a visit to Taiwan’s “island” shows how they diverge in exercising control.

'Reforming' Saudi Arabia detains female activists

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:01
Saudi Arabia has arrested at least seven prominent women's rights activists - just a few weeks before the ban on women driving is formally lifted in the Kingdom.

Meghan's royal bio is up and notes her 'proud feminist' credentials

CNN - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:48
For Harry and Meghan, it was the morning after the night before. For the rest of Britain, it was a day to reflect on an electrifying wedding that's being hailed as a transformative moment for the British monarchy.

Netflix’s DVD business is still alive and profitable, by a small margin

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:30
Netflix's DVD-rental service, DVD.com, is still in operation and is profitable.

Pope Francis Names 14 Choices for New Cardinals

NEW YORK TIMES - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:27
Prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, and the Vatican official in charge of aid for Rome’s homeless and poor, are among those to be elevated on June 29.

Narrow support for abortion ahead of Irish referendum

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:19
There is narrow support for abortion on request for women up to 12 weeks into pregnancy in the Republic of Ireland as the referendum approaches, a Sky Data poll has revealed.

What next for record-breaking Everest Sherpa?

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:12
A Sherpa guide who has scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time has returned from the record-breaking trip and told friends he is not done yet.

Tips from pro gamers on mastering Fortnite, the hottest game on the internet

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:00
"Fortnite" is the hottest game on the internet, surpassing "Minecraft."

Why the VA became a lightning rod for controversy

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:00
The VA has been accused of being too bureaucratic. But it hasn’t always been struggling. So just when did things go so wrong for the VA?

Iraq’s al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 14:09
Muqtada al-Sadr says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first.

Lava Fountaining 100 Meters High From Hawaii's Kilauea

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:29
A stream of lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano threatens to block a key Hawaii highway that serves as an escape route for coastal residents as two of 22 fissures had merged. Aerial footage from the U.S. Geological Survey shot on Saturday showed a wide flow of fast-moving lava advancing to the southeast at rates of over 270 meters per hour. The flow was nearly 2.4 kilometers from the ocean, scientists said. The footage also showed lava fountaining about 100 meters high at one of the fissures. As magma destroyed four more homes, it was expected to hit Highway 137 overnight if it kept up its rate and direction of flow, according to the County of Hawaii's Civil Defense Agency said. Authorities are trying to open up a road that was blocked by lava in 2014 to serve as an alternative escape route should Highway 137 or another exit route, Highway 130, be blocked. The Hawaii National Guard has warned of mandatory evacuations if more roads were blocked. Two neighborhoods with nearly 2,000 people were forced to evacuate as lava claimed 40 structures. Since the first fissure opened on May 3, lava had been mostly spattering up and collecting at the edges of the cracks in the ground. However, fresher magma is now coming up and flowing faster and farther. Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world and one of five on the Big Island. It began erupting on May 3, forcing some 2,000 people to evacuate as lava claimed 40 homes. Scientists do not anticipate fatalities in the event of a large eruption since most of the exposed residential communities have already been evacuated and the southeastern part of the island where the volcano is located is sparsely populated. Most of the Big Island and the rest of the state's island chain has not been affected by the volcanic activity. Officials say flights to and from the Big Island and the rest of the state have not been impacted. County officials, however, have been urging area residents to be ready for possible evacuation, as scientists believe the volcanic activity may precede a major eruption similar to one that rocked the island in the mid-1920s.

American Inventors You've Never Heard Of

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:17
Edison did it. Eastman did it. And so did Steve Jobs. They invented products that changed our lives. But for every well-known inventor there are many other, less recognizable individuals whose innovative products have greatly impacted our world. Fifteen of those trailblazing men and women -- both past and present -- were recently honored for their unique contributions in a special ceremony at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, which is nestled in a corner of the vast atrium of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office building in Alexandria, Virginia. Augmented reality Stan Honey was honored for inventing a graphics systems that makes it easier for television viewers around the world to see key moments during live sporting events… such as sailing, car racing and American football. “What we do is we superimpose graphic elements like yellow lines into the real world, correctly positioned so that they can reveal something that's important to a game that is otherwise hard to see,” he said. The graphics make those yellow lines look like they’re actually on the field, Honey explained, but "they’re keyed underneath the athletes... so it looks like it's on the grass, but in fact if you were in the stadium of course, it's not actually there!” In sports like football, Honey pointed out, the graphics are used "for the 'first down' line." In baseball, to show "where the balls go through the strike zone or miss the strike zone," and in sailing they're used "to show who's ahead, who's behind, where the laylines are, what the wind direction is."   "Any sport that has something that's really important and hard to see can benefit from graphics that are inserted into the real world,” he added. WATCH: Julie Taboh's video report Lasting beauty “Curiosity and exploration are the essential starting points of innovation,” says inductee Sumita Mitra. She credits her life-long love of learning to her parents and teachers; “They taught me how to learn… and if you know how to learn, you can learn anything.” Mitra put her learning skills to full use when she discovered that using nanoparticles can strengthen dental composites while helping teeth maintain their natural look. She was looking for “beauty that lasts,” she said, and decided “nanoparticle technology would be the right ticket to create something to meet these objectives.” Rini Paiva, who oversees the selection committee at the National Inventors Hall of Fame, noted that more than 600 million restorations take place every year using Mitra’s technology. Gallery of icons The annual selection process is very competitive, say Paiva, "because there are a lot of terrific inventors out there and our job is really to look for the ones who have had the most impact on our world.” Each year, as a select group of inventors are inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, they're presented with hexagonal-shaped plaques inscribed with their name, invention and patent number. Those simple but symbolic awards become part of a permanent collection that now stands at more than 560. Five of the 2018 inductees were recognized for their contributions posthumously, their awards accepted by their respective representatives. Temperature controls Mary Engle Pennington, who died at the age of 80 in 1952, was a pioneer in the safe preservation, handling, storage and transportation of perishable foods, which impacted the health and well-being of generations of Americans. She was recognized for her numerous accomplishments, including her discovery of a way to refrigerate train cars, allowing perishable foods to be safely moved from one place to another. In 1895, Warren Johnson introduced the first multi-zone automatic temperature control system commercially feasible for widespread application. The Johnson System of Temperature Regulation was used in commercial buildings, offices, and schools, and also installed in the U.S. Capitol Building, the Smithsonian, the New York Stock Exchange, West Point Military Academy, and the home of Andrew Carnegie. In 2008, it was designated an ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Johnson's innovations and the company he co-founded, Johnson Controls, helped launch the multi-billion-dollar building controls industry. The real deal Established in 1973 in partnership with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum provides numerous displays and interactive exhibits on patents and the patent process, and the inductees and their patented inventions.   There’s a model of Thomas Edison’s light bulb, George Eastman's hand-held cameras, and replicas of Ford Mustangs from 1965 and 2015 -- split down the middle to show how the iconic car has changed over 50 years. Visitors can also learn about trademarks, (think NIKE’s Swoosh logo), how to detect the real from the fake, (counterfeit designer handbags and accessories were hard to tell apart from the genuine article), and match characters, colors, and even sounds, to their respective brands. Future inventors Rini Paiva notes that while the museum is dedicated to honoring the greatest innovative minds from the past and present, it is also committed to its educational intiatives through its partnership with 1,300 schools and districts nationwide. “Our museum does share the stories of the inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, but beyond that it really shows people what we can do through our education programs, really in encouraging young people to pursue STEM fields, and also in the power of intellectual property." Education merges with the symbolic presence of some of the world's most innovative minds whose examples of American ingenuity serve to inform and inspire others who may follow in their paths.

Trump, Moon Discuss Keeping US-N.Korean Summit on Track

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:03
The leaders of the U.S. and South Korea Sunday discussed ways to keep the upcoming U.S.- North Korea summit on track. During a 20-minute telephone conversation, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump exchanged views about how best to deal with the seeming roadblocks the North has thrown into what would be historic talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore. The June meeting would be a first for the leaders of the two countries. Yoon Young-chan, President Moon's senior press secretary said in a statement that "The two leaders exchanged opinions of various actions taken by North Korea recently." Trump and Moon are scheduled to meet Tuesday in Washington. North Korea threatened last week to pull out of the June summit because of South Korea's ongoing military exercises with the U.S., calling the exercises an invasion rehearsal. In addition, the North's Red Cross is now demanding the return of 12 North Korean restaurant workers who have been in the South since 2016. The North says the return of the women would demonstrate the South's willingness to improve relations with the North. The North has accused the South of abducting the women. The South, however, has said previously that it has confirmed the women's free will in resettling in the South.          

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:12
Two friends on a mountain bike ride 30 miles east of Seattle were attacked by the animal.

Playboy model and son fall to their deaths from hotel

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:06
A Playboy model and her seven-year-old son have died after falling from a New York hotel penthouse suite, police have said.

Santa Fe Students Cope in Wake of High School Shooting

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:45
Brandy Kraft and Dylan Mittelsted have a few things in common. They’re both 17 years old, work as cashiers at Arlan’s market, and now they both share a trauma teenagers should never experience. “As soon as I get to work it’s head to the restroom bawl my eyes out until I’m ready to put on the work face and make people smile,” a stone-faced Mittelsted said, trying hard to contain his emotions. At the next register, Brandy Kraft tries to smile at the customers, but it has not been easy because she knew some of the 10 victims, killed in the shooting. “It’s really scary to be in a community where you feel safe and then all that’s taken away from you just in the blink of an eye. A lot of my friends, very close friends and some of my Girl Scout friends were killed,” Kraft said. Mittelsted said he needed to come to work the day after the mass shooting at his high school in Santa Fe, Texas. “At this point I need to distract myself from it all because there are people who got hurt, people that died. I wasn’t one of them so I should be grateful for the life that I live and not curl up in my bed and think ‘what if,’” he said.   WATCH: Santa Fe Students Cope in Wake of High School Mass Shooting Not a fire alarm He recounted what happened Friday morning when he heard the fire alarm. He and his friends at first thought it was a fire drill. “Once we got out those doors, the teachers were screaming ‘run.’ We started running across the road. We knew it wasn’t a fire,” he said. Mittelsted said surviving a school shooting is finally sinking in, because the day it happened he was only thinking of the safety of his brother and girlfriend. “The way it’s affecting me now is, I don’t know how I’m feeling. It feels like I’m somewhat numb,” he said. “Other times I hear a siren when there is nothing in the background. It’s frightening really.” ​Make a difference, raise awareness Kraft knew the accused shooter, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is now in jail, charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer. “What Dimitri did was not right,” she said. “I still can’t even imagine him doing this even though that he did it. It still feels like a big nightmare. He was always the laid-back, quiet one, you know, kind of kept to himself in class. He wouldn’t raise his hand for questions or anything. He’d do his work. He’d get things done, but he’d always kept to himself,” Kraft said. Feeling helpless, Kraft wants to make a difference and raise awareness about school shootings. She said there should be better gun laws. “See I’m not from Texas. I’m actually from North Dakota, and when I first came here nine years ago I could see that everybody loved their guns, and I respected that. It’s for their safety. But when somebody abuses that, I feel unsafe because you never know. A customer can come in and they have a hidden handgun. You never know. I came to work today because I know this is kind of tough to say but life does go on,” she said. Kraft and Mittelsted are coping with the trauma in different ways. “I try to look on the positive side. I try and smile every single day just to brighten my mood maybe brighten somebody else’s day. I try to say how’s your day? Are you OK?” Kraft said. “Time. Time is the only thing that’s going to help me right now,” Mittelsted said.

Santa Fe Students Cope in Wake of High School Mass Shooting

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:44
The day after the mass shooting at a Texas high school in the small town of Santa Fe, the students who survived are living through the painful aftermath. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee spoke to a couple of them who decided that working is the best way to cope.

South Korea's LG Group chairman dies from illness at 73

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:37
Koo Bon-moo passed away on Sunday after a year-long battle with brain disease.

South Korea, US to work closely on summit after Pyongyang's about-face

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:24
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held discussions on Sunday.

EU could compensate firms hit by US sanctions over Iran - French minister

CNBC - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:13
Bruno Le Maire referred to EU rules going back to 1996 which he said could allow the EU to intervene.

School gunman 'spared friends' to tell his story

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 10:35
The suspect in a US school shooting that left 10 people dead spared his friends so they could tell his story, police say.

Actress accuses director Luc Besson of rape

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 10:35
French filmmaker Luc Besson - known for movies including The Fifth Element and Leon - has been accused of raping an actress in Paris.

Cougar mauls cyclist to death and wounds another

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 08:30
A cougar has been killed by authorities in Seattle after it mauled a mountain biker to death and wounded another.

Special Career Law Enforcement Day for NYC Muslim Youth

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 07:32
During a unique career fair in Brooklyn, state and federal law enforcement agencies, from the New York Police Department to the FBI, connected with the city’s Muslim youth to tell them about career opportunities. The event was organized by a New York-based nonprofit. VOA reporter Aunshuman Apte spoke with the agency representatives, organizers and attendees about the event’s importance and impact.

3-D Printed Practice Organs Smooth Toddler's Transplant

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 07:18
A sick toddler is thriving thanks to his father's kidney and a practice surgery using 3-D printed organs. VOA's Steve Baragona explains.

For GOP, Immigration a Fraught Issue as Midterms Approach

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 07:09
The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows how problematic and risky the issue can be for a party that needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress. GOP leaders thought they had found a way by Friday morning to make the party’s warring conservative and moderate wings happy on an issue that has bedeviled them for years. Conservatives would get a vote by late June on an immigration bill that parrots many of President Donald Trump’s hard-right immigration views, including reductions in legal immigration and opening the door to his proposed wall with Mexico. Centrists would have a chance to craft a more moderate alternative with the White House and Democrats and get a vote on that, too. ​Farm bill hostage But it all blew up as conservatives decided they didn’t like that offer and rebelled. By lunchtime Friday, many were among the 30 Republicans who joined Democrats and scuttled a sweeping farm and food bill, a humiliating setback for the House’s GOP leaders, particularly for lame-duck Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The conservatives essentially took the agriculture bill hostage. They said they were unwilling to let the farm measure pass unless they first got assurances that when the House addresses immigration in coming weeks, leaders would not help an overly permissive version pass. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., a leader of the moderates, said his group would try to write a bill that would let young “Dreamer” immigrants in the U.S. illegally stay permanently — a position anathema to conservatives — and toughen border security. A moderate immigration package “disavows what the last election was about and what the majority of the American people want, and the people in this body know it,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa. He’s a member of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, many of whose members opposed the farm bill. “It’s all about timing unfortunately and leverage, and the farm bill was just a casualty, unfortunately,” Perry said. Denham and his allies were also unwilling to back down. He told reporters that the conservatives “broke that agreement,” and his group would pursue bipartisan legislation. “I’m disappointed in some colleagues who asked for a concession, got the concession and then took down a bill anyway,” Denham said in a slap at the Freedom Caucus. Denham said the concession was a promised vote on the conservative immigration bill by June, though conservatives said they never agreed to that. Such internal bickering is the opposite of what the GOP needs as the party struggles to fend off Democratic efforts to capture House control in November. Democrats need to gain 23 seats to win a majority, and a spate of Democratic special election victories and polling data suggests they have a solid chance of achieving that. Republican leaders and strategists think their winning formula is to focus on an economy that has been gaining strength and tax cuts the GOP says is putting more money in people’s wallets. Immigration is a distraction from that message — and worse. On one side are conservatives from Republican strongholds, where many voters consider helping immigrants stay in the U.S. to be amnesty. On the other are GOP moderates, often representing districts with many constituents who are Hispanic, moderate suburbanites or are tied to the agriculture industry, which relies heavily on migrant workers. 20 Republicans A look at the 20 Republicans who have signed a petition by GOP moderates aimed at forcing House votes on four immigration bills is instructive. Of the 20, nine are from districts whose Hispanic populations exceed 18 percent, the proportion of the entire U.S. that is Hispanic. Denham’s Central California district is 40 percent Hispanic, while five others’ constituencies are at least two-thirds Hispanic. In addition, 11 of the 20 represent districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried over Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The petition drive, led by Denham and GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo, whose South Florida district is 70 percent Hispanic, is opposed by party leaders because the winning bill probably would be a compromise backed by all Democrats and a few dozen Republicans. That would enrage conservatives, perhaps prompting a rebellion that could cost House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his goal of succeeding Ryan as speaker. Long odds to become law All that trouble would be for legislation that still faces long odds of becoming law. Even if a formula is discovered that could pass the House, it could run aground in the Senate, where four immigration bills died in February and Democrats can use the filibuster to scuttle any bill they dislike. Those defeats led Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to say he wouldn’t revisit immigration unless a bill arose that could actually pass this chamber. Trump’s willingness to sign immigration legislation also remains in question after a year that has seen his stance on the issue veer unpredictably. Audience members hold signs reading "DISAGREE" as U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., speaks during a town hall meeting, March 18, 2017, in Red Lion, Pa. Perry's event turned contentious in his conservative south-central Pennsylvania district over questions about his support for President Donald Trump's budget proposal and immigration plans and for undoing former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Cougar Attacks in Washington State; 1 Dead, 1 Hurt

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 06:37
One man was killed and another seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state, officials said. Authorities said the two men were on a morning bike ride in the foothills near North Bend when the attack occurred. The town is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Seattle. The mountain lion ran into the woods and officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Game later tracked it down and killed it, said Capt. Alan Myers of the state’s Fish & Wildlife Police. The 31-year-old survivor was taken to a hospital in Seattle. He was initially listed in serious condition in the emergency room but was alert and talking; his condition was later upgraded to satisfactory, The Seattle Times reported. A search and rescue team was dispatched to recover the body of the deceased man. KIRO-TV reported that the injured man called 911 shortly before 11 a.m. and shouted, “Can you hear me? Help!” and then the call hung up. Authorities found the cougar standing over the body of the dead biker, the station reported. It wasn’t immediately clear if the two victims were biking together or separately. In the last 100 years in North America, roughly 25 fatalities and 95 nonfatal cougar attacks have been reported, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife said, but there was only one other fatal attack in the state. However, more attacks have been reported in the western United States and Canada over the past 20 years than in the previous 80 years.

Fresh lava flow could block Hawaii escape path

SKY NEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:56
Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is dangerously oozing towards a major road that serves as an escape route for coastal residents.

Meghan debuts Stella McCartney gown for evening reception

CNN - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 04:38
The Duchess of Sussex made an appearance Saturday evening ahead of her second wedding reception in a bespoke gown designed by Stella McCartney.

Hawaii Lava Engulfs More Homes as Ash Plume Ascends

VOICE OF AMERICA - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 01:34
New, fast-moving lava poured from the flank of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Saturday, destroying four more homes on the Big Island after a second explosive eruption shot a nearly two-mile-high ash plume from the crater. Molten rock from two huge cracks formed a single channel and traveled 1,000 feet in under an hour, twice the speed of previous flows of older lava that have torn through homes, roads and tropical forest for over two weeks, the County of Hawaii's Civil Defense Agency said. The new lava, which is flowing east underground from the sinking lava lake at Kilauea's summit, is expected to create more voluminous flows that travel farther, threatening homes and a coastal road that is a key exit route for around 2,000 residents. "There is much more stuff coming out of the ground and it's going to produce flows that will move much farther away," said U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall on a conference call with reporters. Up at the volcano's summit, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east, the second large explosive eruption occurred around midnight, with winds blowing ash onto communities southwest of the crater, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported. Scientists expect Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, to experience a series of explosive eruptions that could spread ash and volcanic smog across the Big Island, the southernmost of the Hawaiian archipelago. That could pose a hazard to jet engines if it blows into aircraft routes around 30,000 feet (9,144 meters). There have been no reported injuries or deaths since the lava crossed a road on Friday near the Leilani Gardens housing development in lower Puna district, cutting off around 40 homes and forcing the helicopter evacuation of four residents by the Hawaii National Guard, authorities said. Around 2,000 residents of Leilani Estates and Laipuna Gardens housing areas have faced mandatory evacuations because of at least 22 volcanic cracks that have opened since May 3. Many thousands more residents of the area have voluntarily left their homes because of life-threatening levels of toxic sulfur dioxide gas spewing from vents in the volcanic fissures. Another 2,000 residents of coastal communities may face compulsory evacuation if lava from the fissures blocks the oceanside Highway 137.

The family of suspected Houston school shooter express shock over rampage

CNBC - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 23:44
The shooting was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida.

Elon Musk teases new specifications for Tesla's embattled Model 3, calling it 'amazing'

CNBC - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 23:16
Elon Musk hinted on Saturday at working on new bells and whistles for Tesla's Model 3.

Why growth may be the Fed’s Achilles' heel on its path to higher rates, one market watcher says

CNBC - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 23:00
The Fed is set to raise rates in June. Beyond that, the central bank's options are limited by one critical factor.

Fashion experts weigh in on Meghan's wedding gown

CNN - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 22:34
Meghan Markle has arrived at St. George's Chapel to marry Prince Harry in a white bridal gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.

Virtual reality is finally ready for normal people, and the $200 Facebook Oculus Go is your ticket

CNBC - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 22:29
CNBC's Todd Haselton reviews the $200 Facebook Oculus Go virtual reality headset.

Social media was supposed to 'bring the world closer together.' Instead it's making us pettier

CNBC - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 22:28
As in-the-moment posts become more popular, they create digital receipts of our white lies.

Gunmen Attack Church in Russia’s Chechnya Region, Killing 3

NEW YORK TIMES - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 22:22
Four gunmen stormed a Russian Orthodox church in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya on Saturday, before being killed by security forces.

Gunman shouted 'surprise' before Texas school shooting

SKY NEWS - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 22:17
The teenager accused of killing 10 people at a Texas high school exchanged "a lot of firepower" with police before he surrendered, a county official has said.

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