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Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:56:02 -0400

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Pentagon Opens Investigation Into Whether U.S. Airstrikes Killed 200 Civilians in Mosul

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:42:40 -0400

(image) Senior military and defense officials are investigating reports that scores of civilians — potentially nearly 200 — were killed in a U.S. airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week.



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Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:24:12 -0400

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



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Former Penn State President Found Guilty of Child Endangerment

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:41:01 -0400

(image) The university’s former president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday on a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The charges came five years after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing young boys.



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Trump Blames Democrats, Far Right For Health Care Defeat

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:06:33 -0400

(image) Rep. Ted Poe resigned from the Freedom Caucus, saying just refusing to pass legislation is no way to move the country forward.



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

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:44:58 -0400

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





Photos of the day - March 26, 2017

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:00:38 -0400

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





Lebanon university settles US lawsuit over Hezbollah

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:45:02 -0400

(image) A Lebanese university will pay $700,000 to settle a US lawsuit over allegations it provided "material support" to entities linked to Hezbollah, US officials said. The American University of Beirut confirmed in a statement Friday it was settling the lawsuit, which charged it had violated the terms of grants it received from US Agency for International Development (USAID). The US Attorney's Office in Manhattan announced the deal on Thursday, saying AUB would be required to pay the US government $700,000 (650,000 euros) and revise its internal policies to ensure future compliance with US law.



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Major nations responsible for keeping world peace: China vice premier

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:20:38 -0400

(image) The world's major nations are responsible for maintaining global peace, and all countries should remain committed to a road of stable and peaceful development, China's Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said on Saturday. Earlier this month, Pyongyang launched four ballistic missiles in response to joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, which it regards as preparation to war. "Large countries have the responsibility to maintain global peace, should increase strategic dialogue, increase mutual trust, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns," Zhang said at the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia in southern China's Hainan province.



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Arctic Marines? an Inside Look at the American Marines Training in the Harshest Elements

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:46:30 -0400

(image) NBC Nightly News went to northern Norway where American marines are training with Norwegian and British troops this month in Operation Joint Viking — a show of force just a few hundred miles from Russia’s border.



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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:52:00 -0400

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



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Dialysis supplies dwindle for besieged Syrians

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:28:32 -0400

(image) Dania, 14, was writhing in pain ahead of her first ever dialysis session. Renal insufficiency limits the kidney's ability to filter waste out of the bloodstream or regulate hormones, and is typically treated with several dialysis sessions per week.



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

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:53:34 -0400

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



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Egypt sentences 56 in migrant boat disaster case to prison

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:27:11 -0400

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





Trump and the question of truth

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:08:21 -0400

(image) Just three months after Time magazine chose Donald Trump as 2016 Person of the Year, it has published a cover story – with the headline “Is Truth Dead?” – that charges the president is a “strategic misleader.” The article details many of Mr. Trump’s unproven accusations but then concludes his strategy will decline. News outlets now fact-check other media.





North Korea Threatens US Over Preemptive Strike

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400

(image) Kim Jong Un's regime said the U.S. should be prepared for “catastrophic consequences” if it attempts to engage Pyongyang.



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Australia braces for 'very destructive' cyclone

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:30:07 -0400

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



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Weary flyers shrug as Middle East laptop ban takes off

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:18:51 -0400

(image) A controversial ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain went into effect Saturday -- with less fanfare and frustration than expected. At Dubai International, one of the world's busiest hubs, flag carrier Emirates dispatched staff to guide passengers through one of the most intense travel weekends of the year.



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Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:07:04 -0400

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



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Philippines rescues three Malaysians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:07:53 -0400

(image) Philippine troops have rescued three Malaysians held captive by Abu Sayyaf rebels, the military said on Monday, the second such operation in four days as security forces step up offensives against the notorious Islamist group. The three men were kidnapped from a ship eight months ago, and their rescue means no other Malaysians are currently held hostage as two others were rescued at sea last week. The military said the three Malaysians were rescued on Jolo island in the southern Philippines on Sunday but gave no details of the operation.





Evacuation of Syrian Homs rebels delayed: governor

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:21:18 -0400

(image) The second phase of an evacuation of Syrian rebels in Homs as part of a deal to surrender the city's last insurgent pocket of al-Waer to the government has been delayed until Monday, a senior official and a war monitor said on Saturday. Homs Province governor Talal Barazi was cited by city officials in a message to Reuters as saying the operation would continue on Monday after having earlier said it would go ahead as planned on Saturday. The war monitor said the evacuation was being postponed because of the fighting that began on Tuesday in Hama province between rebels and the army.



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3 dead, 1 injured in Mexico prison riot

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:19:09 -0400

(image) MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fight between inmates at a northern Mexican prison left three inmates dead and one injured, authorities said Saturday.





Erdogan's tussle with Europe, The shame of the world, Regional support for Venezuela is vital, Scotland's place in the United Kingdom, US reengagement in the Middle East

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:00:03 -0400

(image) “It is a matter of grave concern that, according to a UN estimate, twenty million people are facing starvation in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria...," states an editorial. "It is indeed disturbing to note that man-made disasters like war and famine continue to bleed nations while international politics fails to come to a consensus on how to reach a stasis in parts of the Middle East, Northeast Nigeria and vast swathes of Somalia.... We urge the international community to infuse immediate aid to these four war-torn and famine ravaged countries.... It is indeed appalling that in this era of globalisation and scientific breakthroughs, fellow human beings should die of hunger.... The shame is on us all.





Malaysia Could Soon Analyze Its Own Black Boxes

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:40:01 -0400

(image) Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi announced Thursday that Malaysia intended to create a laboratory with the capability to analyze flight recorders.



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'Prove you are leaders of Europe,' Tusk tells Rome summit

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:20:21 -0400

(image) EU President Donald Tusk called for leadership to steer Europe out of crisis at a special summit in Rome on Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaties. "Prove today that you are the leaders of Europe, that you can care for this great legacy we inherited from the heroes of European integration 60 years ago," former Polish prime minister Tusk said in a speech. Twenty-seven leaders are meeting without British Prime Minister Theresa May to celebrate the signing of the European Union's founding Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957.



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Uber grounds self-driving cars after accident

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:09:40 -0400

(image) Uber has grounded its fleet of self-driving cars pending an investigation into the crash of an Uber autonomous vehicle in Arizona, a spokesperson for the car-hailing service said Sunday. No one was seriously injured in the accident which occurred Friday in Tempe, Arizona while the vehicle -- a Volvo SUV -- was in self-driving mode, the company said. "We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle," the Uber spokesperson said.



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Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vessel

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:14:48 -0400

(image) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Salvage crews towed a corroded 6,800-ton South Korean ferry and loaded it onto a semi-submersible transport vessel Saturday, completing what was seen as the most difficult part of the massive effort to bring the ship back to shore nearly three years after it sank.



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Galaxy S7 Just Hit Lowest Price Yet

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:44:02 -0400

(image) The Galaxy S8 is almost here, and you know what that means. The deals are starting to roll in for the Galaxy S7, which is still a great smartphone pick.The Galaxy S7 is still an awesome Android phone. Credit: Sam Rutherford



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New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:54:07 -0400

(image) With a skyline crowded with ever-more luxury towers, the construction of another Manhattan skyscraper wouldn't normally be remarkable. Planned just after deadly Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York in October 2012 -- sounding another alarm about the mounting effects of climate change -- it was designed with new threats in mind, reflecting how the real estate world is evolving to account for global warming, in contrast to President Donald Trump's moves to roll back environmental protection. The huge storm killed more than 40 people in New York, paralyzing the US financial capital for days.



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Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally on California beach

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:14:58 -0400

(image) Supporters of President Trump holding a rally on a popular Southern California beach clashed with counter-protesters on Saturday and four people were arrested, law enforcement said. Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally. Four counter-protesters were arrested, three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery, Kevin Pearsall, a spokesman for the California State Parks Police said on Saturday evening.





Berkeley killing renews debate over gender pronouns

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:42:27 -0400

(image) BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California, Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular elementary-school teacher.



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France's Le Pen says the EU 'will die', globalists to be defeated

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:56:03 -0400

(image) By Michaela Cabrera LILLE, France (Reuters) - The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday, promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets underway. Buoyed by the unexpected election of Donald Trump in the United States and by Britain's vote to leave the EU, the leader of the eurosceptic and anti-immigrant National Front (FN) party, told the rally in Lille that the French election would be the next step in what she called a global rebellion of the people. "The European Union will die because the people do not want it anymore ... arrogant and hegemonic empires are destined to perish," Le Pen said to loud cheers and applause.



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Readers write: Immigration path, talent at home, science knowledge

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:00:02 -0400

(image) Regarding the Feb. 22 editorial, “Trump’s mixed message on immigration: An opening for a deal?” (CSMonitor.com): Three cheers for the Monitor editorial staff. Immigration was not my priority issue. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?





Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:47:22 -0400

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=106&v=Pi-BDIu_umo

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

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

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



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'Still one of us': 92-year-old gets Purple Heart from WWII

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:34:48 -0400

(image) FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A 92-year-old North Carolina man has finally received the Purple Heart he earned more than 70 years ago while fighting in Belgium during World War II.



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Vietnamese detainee dies in Japan's immigration center: sources

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:37:34 -0400

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



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Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:52:13 -0400

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



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Photos of the day - March 25, 2017

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:55:40 -0400

(image) A woman dressed as “Europa" performs during a rally in Berlin marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome; a woman, pushed to the ground by police, tries to defends herself as the police detain an activist during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus; Pope Francis waves to the faithful from the Popemobile in Milan, Italy, as Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, looks on, after the Angelus in Duomo Square. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)





Police arrest Virginia man dressed as 'The Joker'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:09:13 -0400

(image) Investigators in Virginia arrested him after worried calls came in about a man wearing a costumer and carrying a sword on Friday.



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Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights group

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:27:23 -0400

(image) DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai region for nearly two weeks, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.



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What happened today in France's presidential race

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:56:19 -0400

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



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

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:54:54 -0400

(image) WikiLeaks has been slowly releasing the CIA hacking tools, created to spy on people through smart televisions, smartphones and other household technological devices.



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

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:41:17 -0400

This past Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dashed the hopes and dreams of prospective Model 3 owners with just a few simple tweets. Tempering expectations, Musk emphasized that Tesla's upcoming Model 3 will not be more advanced -- in any capacity -- than the company's flagship Model S. "Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S [with] less range & power & fewer features," Musk said. "Model S has more advanced technology." Musk later added that the Model 3 will not feature the elegant "auto extend handles" Tesla introduced on the Model S. While Muks's comments here might seem obvious, the reality is that some of the hype and speculation surrounding the Model 3 had reached bizarre levels in recent months. Case in point: because the Model 3 prototype Tesla unveiled last year lacked an instrument panel with traditional gauges for items like speed, range and other pertinent information, many Tesla enthusiasts began wondering if Tesla had some special plan for the dashboard, with many believing that a heads up display (HUD) on the windshield was an inevitability. As a quick reminder, here's a photo of the Model 3 interior taken from the company's special event last year. As is evident below, the only location a driver can access information is the 15-inch touchscreen in the center console. In another shot, we can see that Model 3 drivers will have to divert their eyes to the upper left hand corner of the display in order to ascertain their current speed. Alas, Tesla doesn't have any secret plans to implement some advanced HUD on the Model 3. In a tweet addressing the matter, Musk said that as cars become more autonomous, the need for a suite of information at the ready becomes less of an issue. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845285846936825856 Still, we're still a long ways off before fully self driving cars become commonplace. In turn, it remains to be seen if the Model 3 design in its current incarnation is perhaps too far ahead of its time. Besides, autonomous driving features for the Model 3 will cost extra, meaning that not every Model 3 on the road will be able to take advantage of the vehicle's self-driving capabilities. One question about the Model 3 that remains unanswered is whether or not can expect any changes to the car's steering wheel design. This past April, Musk boasted that the final design will be akin to a spaceship. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/716729420078133248 To answer that, we'll probably have to wait until next July when Tesla is planning the next phase of its Model 3 reveal.[...]


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Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:35:44 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States.



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More Americans reach for a daily coffee in 2017: NCA

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:48:51 -0400

(image) More Americans are drinking a daily cup of coffee in 2017, a reversal of four years of declines, as gourmet brews gain in popularity, according to an industry group's report released on Saturday. "More of us are drinking coffee, and younger consumers appear to be leading the charge," said National Coffee Association USA (NCA) Chief Executive Officer Bill Murray. "A steadily growing taste for gourmet varieties is also driving a wider trend toward specialty beverages," he said.



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Two charged over supplying gun to French airport attacker

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:25:01 -0400

(image) French anti-terrorism judges have charged two men suspected of involvement in supplying a weapon to the gunman killed at Paris's Orly airport after attacking soldiers, a judicial source said Saturday. The suspects, aged 30 and 43, were charged Friday for "association with terrorist criminals" over the March 18 incident, the latest in France which remains on a state of emergency after a series of deadly jihadist attacks. The 30-year-old detained Friday is suspected of having given Ben Belgacem a revolver a few days before the attack, while the older suspect was present when it was handed over.



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