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Published: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:49:24 -0500

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DNC chair candidates spar on future of party as race tightens

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:46:11 -0500

(image) The two leading candidates to lead the Democratic Party appeared to agree with each other on most of the issues in a CNN debate Wednesday night, while outsider candidates and the moderators needled them about how sharply the party should focus on President Donald Trump and whether sitting Democratic officeholders should be primaried in 2018.



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Iowa pig farmer to Sen. Grassley: You’re going to create ‘one great big death panel’ by repealing Obamacare

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:34:12 -0500

(image) Farmer Chris Peterson pleads with Sen. Chuck Grassley in Iowa on Tuesday. Republican lawmakers returning home this week to host town halls are being greeted by overflow crowds filled with angry voters and protesters demonstrating against President Trump’s polarizing policies.



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Protests erupt after off-duty LA officer clashes with teens

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:14:01 -0500

(image) ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of people, including children, were arrested early Thursday after clashing with Southern California police outside a home where a Los Angeles policeman fired a single round during an off-duty tussle with a 13-year-old boy.



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Iceland's President said he would ban pineapple on pizza if he could

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:00:03 -0500

(image) Pineapple on pizza: you love it, or you hate it so much you use your power as president of a small country to make it literally illegal. In what's being called a "political bombshell" by Iceland Magazine,  President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he would ban pineapple as a topping on pizzas— if he were allowed to pass laws on his own. SEE ALSO: Trump thinks something terrible happened in Sweden, so here come the IKEA and ABBA jokes The incendiary comments were in response to questions from students about where he stood on the concept of pineapple as a topping while visiting a local high school. Word of his controversial opinion quickly spread across the internet, where it began trending on Twitter. With a debate as contentious as this one, everybody had to get a word in. not only does iceland use entirely renewable energy but their president is also a WOKE BAE pic.twitter.com/EkGbjmwHL1 — eva (@myIoveiscooI) February 21, 2017 Emotions flared. you can all stay in Iceland as well so us pineapple on pizza lovers can live in peace and tastiness pic.twitter.com/UOZ3g5shNp — Luke Brooks (@luke_brooks) February 21, 2017 Brands are even taking to Twitter to make their stance on the issue known.  No ban here  pic.twitter.com/vmSJw5F1ew — DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) February 21, 2017 Long after the last pineapple is thrown into the Icelandic sea, DiGiorno Pizza's Last Stand will be remembered: "No ban here  ." BONUS: Snap's Spectacles



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Le Pen top aide put under formal investigation

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:42:16 -0500

(image) The chief of staff of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation on Wednesday after a day of questioning over the alleged misuse of EU funds to pay parliamentary assistants, a judicial source said. Catherine Griset was taken into custody for questioning along with Le Pen's bodyguard Thierry Legier, who was later released without being put under investigation, according to the source. In reaction to the news, Le Pen said that she formally denied any wrongdoing in a case that she said was being used to undermine her campaign.








1,000 protesters greet Mitch McConnell at Kentucky speech

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:32:24 -0500

(image) LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) — Nearly a thousand people have crowded behind a chain link fence to try to catch Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attention as he made his first stop on a tour of Kentucky during the congressional recess.



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‘A Serbian Trap’: Freezing conditions in Belgrade are not the biggest problem for refugees in Belgrade

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:35:57 -0500

(image) A trip along the refugee track within Serbia reveals that the old route through the Balkans is still being used despite strong border control, harsh conditions and frozen temperatures. Despite the existence of camps built by the Serbian state, the migrants are here trying to make their way into European Union countries illegally.








Immigration advocates denounce DHS plan to implement Trump executive orders

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:48:15 -0500

(image) Immigration policy experts lashed out Tuesday at the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to implement President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. “In my many years of practicing immigration law, I have not seen a mass deportation blueprint like this one,” Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that advocates for the rights of low-income immigrant families, said in a conference call with reporters. In two memos issued Tuesday, DHS Secretary John Kelly laid out sweeping new guidance for officers tasked with carrying out the president’s immigration policies.



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Meet the 22-year-old fighting Trump’s terror talk about Sweden from the country’s official Twitter feed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:40:07 -0500

(image) Before President Trump’s reference on Saturday to a terror attack in Sweden, the biggest story in Stockholm was this one: a report about the so-called “fake news” industry published by Dagens Nyheter, a Swedish newspaper. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” the president said to his supporters at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday. “Sweden, who would believe this?” Trump later explained he was watching a Fox News segment that featured a documentary filmmaker accusing the Swedish government of covering up an immigration-related crime wave there.



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Denmark extends S.Korea 'Rasputin' daughter's detention

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:29:42 -0500

(image) A Danish court extended Wednesday for another month the detention of the daughter of Choi Soon-Sil, the woman at the centre of a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president. Chung Yoo-Ra, the 20-year-old daughter of the woman dubbed South Korea's "Rasputin", is one of the figures in the influence-peddling scandal that sparked massive street protests demanding the removal of President Park Geun-Hye. Chung was detained in Denmark on January 1 for overstaying her visa, after South Korean authorities issued a warrant for her arrest.



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Teens accused of plot to rob, kill girl found shot in ditch

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:57:35 -0500

(image) LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Two teenage boys charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her wounded in a ditch lured her to the spot in a small Utah town with a plan to rob and kill her, prosecutors said Tuesday.





Malaysia names North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in murder case

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:44:11 -0500

(image) By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police on Wednesday named a North Korean diplomat along with a state airline official who are wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13, while preparing to board a flight to Macau, where he lived in exile with his family under the protection of Beijing. South Korean and U.S. officials believe the killing of the elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was an assassination carried out by agents of the North.





Texas to feral pigs: It's time for the 'hog apocalypse' to begin

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:33:14 -0500

Texas has a new plan for its 2.5 million feral hogs: total annihilation.  Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide — called "Kaput Feral Hog Lure" — for statewide use. "The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon," Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: First human-pig chimeras created, sparking hopes for transplantable organs — and debate "This solution is long overdue," he added. "Wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years." Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each year to agricultural businesses by tearing up crops and pastures, knocking down fences and ruining equipment. The so-called hog lure is derived from warfarin, a blood-thinning agent that's also used to kill rats and mice in homes and buildings. Animals don't die immediately from eating the odorless, tasteless chemical. That would be too kind. Instead, they keep eating it until the anti-clotting properties cause them to bleed to death internally. This week, Miller approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code that allows landowners and agricultural producers to use Kaput — essentially warfarin-laced pellets — to keep feral hogs off their property.  Not on my watch, hogs. Image: mark thompson/Getty Images Proponents of the hog toxicant, including the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, say it's an effective tool because it's only strong enough to kill the swine, and not other wildlife populations or livestock. In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered Kaput's hog bait under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, a move that made the product available for general use. Still, environmentalists and hog hunters alike staunchly oppose using warfarin to stamp out Texas's feral pig problem. Pigs poop, after all, and other animals could ingest the warfarin along the way. Some Texans hunt the pigs for sport and food, and they're worried about eating poisoned swine. "For Texas to introduce a poison into the equation is a bad decision in our opinion and could likely contaminate humans who unknowingly process and eat feral hogs," the Texas Hog Hunters Association said in a Change.org petition to block the rule change. MIke and his big ole boar from yesterday. Lamar county Texas https://t.co/jQoS5JbtnQ pic.twitter.com/2SeAKs7zbh — TX Hog Hunters Assn. (@texashoghunters) February 14, 2017 Louisiana might become the next state to use Kaput to quell its feral hog population, which worries state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour. He said local black bears and raccoons could easily lift the lid to the cages containing the warfarin-laced pellets. "We do have very serious concerns about non-target species," LaCour told the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.  "When the hogs eat, they're going to drop crumbs on the outside, where small rodents can get them and not only intoxicate themselves but also birds of prey that eat them. Since the poison will be on the landscape for weeks on end, the chances of these birds eating multiple affected animals is pretty good," he told the newspaper. The pesticide's manufacturer, Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., assures the pesticide is safe for humans and wildlife — just not for feral pigs. [...]


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These are the world's best beaches 2017: TripAdvisor

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:46:03 -0500

(image) If there's one single beach that leaves visitors enamored, recharged and inspired, it's Baia do Sancho in Brazil, which captured the title of world's best beach by TripAdvisor travelers for a third time. 



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Pilot radioed in 'Mayday' call before Australian plane crash

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:52:09 -0500

(image) DALLAS (AP) — A pilot repeatedly yelled out "Mayday" but did not say what the emergency was before his light plane crashed into the roof of an Australian shopping mall, killing himself and four American tourists, an accident investigator said Wednesday.



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Trump Has Two White Houses

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:47:28 -0500

(image) Once a critic of former President Barack Obama for his time on the golf course, Donald Trump played 18 holes on Saturday in Florida with golf star Rory McIlroy.



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10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:45:54 -0500

(image) The iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its 132nd birthday today. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution.



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Le Pen aide charged in 'fake jobs' scandal: judicial source

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:13:26 -0500

(image) Paris (AFP) - The personal assistant of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was charged Wednesday in a scandal over "fake jobs" at the European Parliament, a judicial source said.



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Ex-Hong Kong leader jailed in fall from 'such a height'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:49:02 -0500

(image) By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, making him the most senior city official to serve time behind bars in a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law. The sentence brings an ignominious end to what had been a long and stellar career for Tsang before and after the 1997 handover to Chinese control, service that saw him knighted by the outgoing British colonial rulers. "Never in my judicial career have I seen a man falling from such a height," said High Court justice Andrew Chan in passing sentence.





March of National Dignity in Kiev

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:46:07 -0500

(image) Thousands of activists have marched in Kiev to honor protesters who were killed during the pro-European Maidan demonstrations in 2013-14 and to challenge the government. The March of National Dignity was organized by three nationalist parties — Svoboda (Freedom), the National Corps and Right Sector. Activists gathered on Kiev’s central Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) early on February 22 and began marching toward Parliament, where they planned to announce their demands to lawmakers, the cabinet, and President Petro Poroshenko.





Russia successfully launches space freighter after crash

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:36:35 -0500

(image) Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft taking food and equipment to the International Space Station after the previous such ship crashed to Earth shortly after launch in December. A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress cargo ship lifted off on schedule at 05:58 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian space agency Roscosmos said. After around nine minutes, the Progress ship "separated normally" from the third stage of the Soyuz rocket and set off on a two-day trip to the ISS, Roscosmos said.



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San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:42:31 -0500

(image) SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighborhood.



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United Airlines enters basic economy fare wars in the US

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:36:53 -0500

(image) Airfare wars are heating up in the US, with United Airlines the latest carrier to launch a basic economy fare in response to the low-cost competition. 



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China Nears Completion Of Missile-Housing Structures In South China Sea

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:29:45 -0500

(image) The structures, capable of housing long range surface-to-air missiles, may be a political test for the Trump administration, a U.S. official told Reuters.



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An inside look at the differences between life at NASA and SpaceX

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:00:20 -0500

When Elon Musk sets his sights on an industry, he does so with purpose and with the intention of completely turning said industry on its head. While most people are readily familiar with Musk's efforts at Tesla, the groundbreaking work being done by SpaceX, Musk's other company, has only recently started to attract attention from the mainstream. To be sure, Elon Musk was bold for thinking that Tesla could revolutionize the auto industry. That said, Musk's plans to enter the aerospace industry with SpaceX and compete with and work alongside NASA wasn't just bold, it was downright crazy. And yet, both of Musk's ventures continue to amass greater success with each passing year. Earlier this month, we stumbled across a thread on Quora asking if it's better for engineers to work at NASA or SpaceX. Of course, the question itself was a bit misleading because it's not as if one company is superior to the other. Without question, some of the smartest minds on the planet can be found at both. Still, there are a number of interesting differences between the work environment at NASA and SpaceX that are worth highlighting. Tackling this issue, an engineer named Andre Lavoie -- who has spent significant time at both companies -- details a number of fascinating differences between life at NASA and SpaceX. Not surprisingly, the fact that NASA is a government agency, as opposed to a private company like SpaceX, impacts the work environment in both positive and negative ways. While Lavoie points out that the work-life balance at NASA is a positive, the work there can sometimes be encumbered by "an institutional aversion to risk" and predictably slow-moving bureaucracy. Projects can start with much fanfare and then be cancelled. Repeatedly. Maybe this is because there are many worthy things that should be studied but funds are always limited. It can be rewarding because you have more opportunity to really dig in and understand things and learn. Your job is very secure, even when budgets get cut or you yourself don't succeed. As for life at SpaceX, the work environment there, not surprisingly sounds awfully similar to a forward-thinking start-up, albeit on steroids. In contrast, Space X is a product company. It designs, builds, sells and launches rockets. Your job there is to make that happen no matter what. Nobody gives up. Failure is acceptable, to a point. Risk taking is expected, but stupidity and recklessness is punished unceremoniously. You just get fired. There is no job security. Schedule is critical because as a privately funded company if it fails to succeed before the money runs out then it's game over. The sense of urgency is huge. At Space X you can have plenty of responsibility even if you have little experience. This is great if you are energetic, resourceful and work obsessively. If not you will probably fall behind and then your days will be numbered. Lavoie's full answer, along with the full thread is well worth digesting in its entirety. You can check it out over here.[...]


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Cyprus's Anastasiades says regrets Akinci's decision not to attend talks

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:32:48 -0500

(image) Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed regret on Wednesday over the decision of Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci not to attend scheduled peace talks on Thursday. "I am ready to continue the dialogue at any time," Anastasiades wrote on Twitter. Greek Cypriot officials earlier reported Akinci had pulled out of Thursday's peace talks, ongoing for almost two years.





Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:25:44 -0500

(image) Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health services. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the measure would harm thousands of Virginians who relied on Planned Parenthood healthcare services and programs. "Attempts to restrict women’s access to health care will impede the goal of making Virginia the best place to live, work, and run a business," he said in a statement.





6 Ways to Take Control of Your Retirement

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:45:00 -0500

(image) One of the most unsettling aspects of retirement is that you give up a lot of control in life. Your kids are growing up, becoming independent and ignoring your best advice, and your friends may be slipping away due to illness, infirmity or perhaps they're moving to a retirement mecca. Here are six key areas where you can take steps to improve your retirement.





Airbus profit dives on problems with A400M military jet

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:09:24 -0500

(image) PARIS (AP) — Surprise new costs for the long-troubled Airbus A400M military jet sent the European plane maker's profits plunging last year and will weigh on the company's financial prospects through next year, even as it forecast a rise in aircraft deliveries and demand.



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S. Africa budget throws light on fractured ANC

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:04:34 -0500

(image) South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the annual budget in parliament Wednesday as he battles to revive the economy and head off loyalists of the president who seek to oust him. Gordhan, a popular figure in South Africa and among international investors, is widely seen as being at loggerheads with President Jacob Zuma, who has shrugged off a series of recent corruption scandals. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been engulfed by friction between Zuma's plans for funding "radical economic transformation" and Gordhan's stand against graft and uncontrolled expenditure.



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Mexican woman tied to Kansas gun killing deported

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:06:27 -0500

(image) WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Mexican woman who tried to hide a gun her boyfriend used to fatally shoot a Kansas teenager has been deported, the government said Wednesday.








Lexus is America's most reliable car brand...again

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:18:09 -0500

(image) For the sixth year in a row Toyota's luxury marque has topped the annual JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study. With an overall average score of 110, Lexus is once again the most reliable marque in the US, however this year it tied with Porsche. Away from luxury carmakers, Toyota came out top of the mainstream marques (and third overall) with a score of 123, just ahead of Buick (126) and Mercedes-Benz (131).



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Leaked Photo of LG G6 Shows Phone Before MWC 2017

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:47:50 -0500

(image) A new leaked photo shows what the LG G6 will purportedly look like ahead of its reveal at the MWC 2017.





Apple says new California headquarters to open in April

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:22:01 -0500

(image) (Reuters) - Apple's sprawling new campus, dubbed "Apple Park," will open in April, the iPhone maker said on Wednesday. Although the first wave of employees will begin moving into the new Cupertino, California, headquarters this spring, it will take about six months for all of the 12,000-plus workers to make the transition, Apple said. Apple also said the 1,000-seat theater at its futuristic headquarters will be named for its late co-founder, Steve Jobs, who helped design the 175-acre campus before his death in 2011.





For over three years, Kim murder suspect lived mystery life in Malaysia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:24:53 -0500

(image) Chong Ah Kow said he facilitated Ri's working visa by stating in supporting documents that he was a product development manager in the company's IT department earning 5,500 ringgit ($1,230) per month. "It was just a formality, just documents, I never paid him," Chong, a Malaysian, said in an interview.





Australia PM slams UN resolution as he welcomes Netanyahu

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:41:05 -0500

(image) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attacked the United Nations for "one-sided resolutions" against Israel's push to build settlements on occupied land as he welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday on his first official visit to the country. Ahead of the four-day visit, Turnbull wrote a newspaper editorial slamming the United Nations Security Council for a resolution adopted in December that called for an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory.



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Brazil's race to save drought-hit city

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:36:24 -0500

(image) The shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town. After five years of drought, farmer Edivaldo Brito says he cannot remember when the Boqueirão reservoir was last full. Brazil’s arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.





Russian defense minister happy with results of Syria mission

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:41:42 -0500

(image) MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister on Wednesday hailed the military's performance in Syria, saying new Russian weapons have proven their worth in the conflict.



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Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prison system

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:46:46 -0500

(image) MENARD, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, has been transferred out of the Illinois prison system and into a federal penitentiary in Indiana.



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Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia comments

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:17:22 -0500

(image) On Feb. 21, 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation as an editor at Breitbart News. The writer and commentator has been facing backlash since a video of him making controversial comments about pedophilia surfaced.



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US targets millions in sweeping deportation plan

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:10:56 -0500

(image) The Trump administration issued tough new orders for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country's 11 million undocumented foreigners in its crosshairs. The orders sent shivers through US immigrant communities, where millions of people who have spent years building families and livelihoods in the country, most of them from Mexico and Central America, were seriously threatened with deportation for the first time in decades. Rights groups labeled the move a "witch hunt," warning that mass deportations would damage families with deep roots in the United States and hurt the economy.



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New Photo Shows Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Weird Home Button

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:36:00 -0500

(image) The picture shows what could be the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sitting side by side, highlighting the notable size difference between the two phones as well as teasing some potential key features. Originating from SlashLeaks (and later posted to Android Headlines) the photo reveals what could be the S8's new home key, which appears to be an on-screen virtual button rather than a physical one. Interestingly, the rest of the S8's display appears to be off, which suggests that the new phones will continue to have some sort of "always-on" screen functionality to display key information even when the device is asleep.



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