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Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:04:55 -0400

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Flynn’s former top deputy: I was ‘apoplectic’ when I learned about RT payment

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:50:10 -0400

(image) The Defense Department is investigating whether retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, violated federal ethics rules.



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Military preparations ‘underway’ on North Korea, Trump aide says

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:29:16 -0400

(image) A senior administration official who briefed reporters refused to be specific but spoke of possible economic as well as military responses on North Korea.



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United CEO blames ‘system failure’ for Dao dragging, expresses condolences for giant rabbit death

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:29:51 -0400

(image) United CEO Oscar Munoz said David Dao incident was a “system failure,” and also apologized for the death of a giant rabbit that died following a recent flight.



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Tributes for Taiwanese trekker lost in Nepal tragedy

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:58:51 -0400

(image) A Taiwanese trekker is recovering in hospital after rescuers found him and his dead girlfriend on a mountainside in Nepal where they were stranded for 47 days, surviving on only water and salt after their food ran out. Liu Chen-chun, 18,​ died just three days before the rescue team located the couple in northwest Nepal, but her boyfriend managed to survive despite losing 30 kilos (66 pounds) during the ordeal. A severely malnourished Liang Sheng-yueh, 20, was being treated in hospital in Kathmandu, where he was airlifted after being rescued from the remote region.



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Top official's son calls out his dad as Venezuela quits OAS

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:50:07 -0400

(image) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The son of Venezuela's top human rights official is urging his father to prevent further bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes as officials defy international criticism by withdrawing from the Organization of American States.



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Sobering visualizations reveal how sea level rise could transform cities in your lifetime

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:46:08 -0400

Until recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. It would be problematic, of course, but manageable, particularly in industrialized nations like the U.S. However, troubling indications from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets show that melting is taking place faster than previously thought and that entire glaciers — if not portions of the ice sheets themselves — are destabilizing. This has scientists increasingly worried that the consensus sea level rise estimates are too conservative. With sea level rise, as with other climate impacts, the uncertainties tend to skew toward the more severe end of the scale. So, it's time to consider some worst-case scenarios. SEE ALSO: Trump White House reveals it's 'not familiar' with well-studied costs of global warming Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published an extreme high-end sea level rise scenario, showing 10 to 12 feet of sea level rise by 2100 around the U.S., compared to the previously published global average — which is closer to 8 feet — in that time period.  The research and journalism group Climate Central took this projection and plotted out the stark ramifications in painstaking, and  terrifying, detail.  The bottom line finding?  "By the end of the century, oceans could submerge land [that's] home to more than 12 million Americans and $2 trillion in property," according to Ben Strauss, who leads the sea level rise program at Climate Central.  Here's what major cities would look like with so much sea level rise: New York CityImage: CLIMATE CENTRAL New Orleans: Gone.Image: CLIMATE CENTRAL San Francisco International AirportImage: CLIMATE CENTRAL Bienvenido a Miami.Image: CLIMATE CENTRALIn an online report, Climate Central states that the impacts of such a high amount of sea level rise "would be devastating."  For example, Cape Canaveral, which is a crown jewel for NASA and now the private sector space industry, would be swallowed up by the Atlantic. Major universities, including MIT, would be underwater, as would President Trump's "southern White House" of Mar-a-Lago. In the West, San Francisco would be hard-hit, with San Francisco International Airport completely submerged. "More than 99 percent of today’s population in 252 coastal towns and cities would have their homes submerged, and property of more than half the population in 479 additional communities would also be underwater," the analysis, which has not been peer-reviewed, found.  Image: climate centralIn New York City, the average high tide would be a staggering 2 feet higher than the flood level experienced during Hurricane Sandy. More than 800,000 people would be flooded out of New York City alone.  Although the findings pertain to sea level rise through the end of the century, in reality sea levels would keep rising long after that, with a total increase of about 30 feet by 2200 for all coastal states, Climate Central found.  As for how likely this extreme scenario really is, here's what the report says:  "The extreme scenario is considered unlikely, but it is plausible. NOAA’s report and Antarctic research suggest that deep and rapid cuts to heat-trapping pollution would greatly reduce its chances."  More specifically, the NOAA projection says this high-end outlook has just a 0.1 percent chance of occurring under a scenario in which we keep emitting greenhouse gases at about the current rate. While a 1-in-1,000 chance outcome might seem nearly impossible to occur, recent events suggest otherwise.  For example, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Mid-Atlantic in 2012 while following a track that was virtually unprecedented in storm history. In addition, California is estimated to have had just a 1 percent chance of clim[...]


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Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:17:00 -0400

(image) Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders but his message of peace comes as Egypt's Coptic Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. Below are some facts about Egypt's Coptic Christians: -- The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of oldest in the world.



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ACLU defends Coulter after Berkeley speech cancellation

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:46:12 -0400

(image) “For the future of our democracy, we must protect bigoted speech from government censorship,” stated David Cole, head of the ACLU, in Coulter's defense.



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Democrats Want To Sue Donald Trump

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:21:46 -0400

(image) Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal is carrying out discussions with fellow senators over a possible lawsuit against President Trump.



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1992 ‘Rodney King riots' – A look back at L.A. in flames

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:08:26 -0400

(image) The 1992 Los Angeles riots began on April 29, 1992, after the acquittal of four LAPD police officers on trial for the beating of motorist Rodney King. Video of his treatment after a March 3, 1991, traffic stop drew international attention. Civil unrest, which included violence and looting, broke out on the streets of Los Angeles.





Sheryl Sandberg's mother-in-law stuns her by encouraging her to remarry

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:05:34 -0400

(image) While Sheryl Sandberg and her mother-in-law, Paula Goldberg, were cleaning out Dave Goldberg’s closet after he passed away, Goldberg said something that stunned Sandberg. "You are not only going to live, but you are going to get remarried one day — and I am going to be there to celebrate with you," she said.



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The Latest: AG Sessions talks tough on immigration, NY gangs

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:27:13 -0400

(image) BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — The latest on efforts to thwart violence by the street gang MS-13, which has been blamed for 11 deaths on Long Island since last year (All times local):



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Russia's Putin, Japan's Abe call for talks, calm with North Korea

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:06:35 -0400

(image) Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called on North Korea and other countries to avoid behaviour or rhetoric that could increase tensions around Pyongyang's nuclear programme. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow after holding talks, Putin and Abe said they had agreed to cooperate closely to try to help defuse tensions around the secretive Asian state and that both wanted to see a resumption of six-party international talks with North Korea. "In my opinion, and in the opinion of the prime minister, the situation on the Korean peninsula has unfortunately got a lot worse," said Putin.



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Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets death

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:05:41 -0400

(image) MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — With his victim's two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks.



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Trump's Presidential Status Anxiety

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:01:26 -0400

(image) As he approaches his hundredth day in office, Donald Trump appears to be suffering—once again—from an acute case of presidential status anxiety. In public, of course, he has labored to play it cool, strenuously insisting (and insisting, and insisting) that he does not care about the “first hundred days” metric that historians and pundits have used to evaluate the success of new administrations since FDR. Trump has called this milestone “ridiculous” and “artificial”—a meaningless media fixation. And yet, the less-than-laudatory press reviews seem to have left him seething. For evidence, look no further than the president’s pathos-drenched Twitter feed, where he recently took to vent, “No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!”





French tourist attacked by shark in New Zealand

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:26:02 -0400

(image) A French tourist survived a rare shark attack in New Zealand on Thursday, suffering only moderate injuries, rescuers and locals said. The woman, aged in her 20s, was bodyboarding in the afternoon at Curio Bay in the South Island when the shark attacked her leg, St John Ambulance said. Nick Smart, who runs the Caitlin Surf School, said the woman was in the water with friends when the shark attacked "out of nowhere".



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2017 Mini Cooper Countryman Grows Bigger, Gains Power, and Adds Practicality

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:22:13 -0400

(image) (image) A model from the Mini brand is unmistakable, no matter the guise, version, or body style. Some may consider the all-new 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman—the biggest Mini yet—an SUV, but the model embo...



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Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion Police

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:39:00 -0400

(image) Alexa, do these pants make me look fat? Amazon's newest voice-powered device, the Echo Look, is a $199 Wi-Fi connected camera that you can use to check out how you look in your favorite outfits. When you say "Alexa, take a picture" or "Alexa, take a video," the Echo Look will snap a shot of you, and then upload it to the Echo Look app, where you can review what you're wearing and what you've worn in the past.



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Report: T-Mobile wants to change the way you buy and pay for smartphones

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:11:16 -0400

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The war of the mobile carriers has been well-documented, but no carrier has caused quite as much of a stir in recent years as T-Mobile. The "Uncarrier" has continued to add customers at a blistering pace, and according to Android Authority, T-Mobile is preparing to shake up the market once again.

Marketing material shared with Android Authority reportedly indicates that T-Mobile is preparing to introduce its own device and will pair it with a commitment-free plan that includes a lifetime warranty and insurance. If you break the phone, T-Mobile will replace it -- no questions asked.

Additionally, in the time since Android Authority's report ran on Thursday, a source has confirmed to BGR that there are plans for a replacement to the company's Jump on Demand program, which would involve partnering with a phone manufacturer to make the T-Mobile smartphone.

Android Authority doesn't know much about the phone itself, but expects it to be a value proposition rather than a $600+ flagship device. All we can do is speculate, but it wouldn't be a stretch for HTC or Huawei to partner with the carrier to bring a T-Mobile phone to the market.

There's no current timeline for this next Uncarrier move to be announced, but the information provided to Android Authority suggests that T-Mobile could unveil the new plan and the branded device in Q3. Other than our own source's confirmation, we have no concrete proof that this will be the next initiative from T-Mobile, but considering how much the carrier would be able to charge for the convenience of a plan that let users replace their phone at any time, we're cautiously optimistic about this rumor.



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Tad Cummins Admits To Wife He Slept With Elizabeth Thomas

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:36:09 -0400

(image) Tad Cummins' wife said he admitted to her he slept with Tennessee teen he is accused of kidnapping in Maury County.



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Trump administration's hardline immigration stance in Supreme Court case could see Melania Trump deported

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:17:23 -0400

(image) The argument that even an "immaterial" error on official paperwork can justify deportation, put forward by the Trump administration in a recent Supreme Court case, would be sufficient to deport the President's wife, Melania. The First Lady of the United States reportedly failed to disclose earnings from nearly two months of illegal work in the USA on a visitor's visa, and subsequently failed to mention the offence on immigration documents. A Serbian woman was recently deported for failing to disclose her husband's history in the military, thus setting a technical precedent for deporting Ms Trump, as Slate reports.



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Venezuela to withdraw from OAS, denounces campaign by Washington

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:43:23 -0400

(image) Venezuela said on Wednesday it was withdrawing from the Organization of American States, deepening the diplomatic isolation of the socialist-run nation that is already out of step with Latin America's steady shift to the right. Critics of President Nicolas Maduro have said Venezuela could be expelled from the group, accusing his government of eroding the country's democracy by delaying elections and refusing to respect the opposition-led Congress. Venezuela said the move was a response to a Washington-backed campaign against the ruling Socialist Party that is meant to trample on the sovereignty of Venezuela, the United States' principal ideological adversary in the region.



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APNewsBreak: Plot to kill gang boss a lie, witness now says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:59:59 -0400

(image) RENO, Nev. (AP) — The star witness who helped convict the triggerman who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 says he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.



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Battling ISIS in Hatra, Iraq, and more: April 26 in photos

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:09:34 -0400

(image) Iraqi paramilitary troops fire toward Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, near Mosul, Iraq; the robes of Pope Francis are blown over his head by a gust of wind as he delivers his homily during the weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City; and demonstrators in Minsk, Belarus, mark the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.





College student credits his Apple Watch for saving his life

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:30:01 -0400

(image) Casey Bennett knew that by pressing down the side button of his Apple Watch it would dial 911 and text his emergency contact.



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Protester, three soldiers killed in Indian Kashmir

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:04:16 -0400

(image) Troops in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators outside an army garrison where militants earlier killed three soldiers, hitting one civilian who later died. Police said the soldiers fired on a crowd of protesters who threw rocks at an army jeep as it emerged from the barracks, hitting a 40-year-old man. Police had earlier fired tear gas and live bullets into the air to try to break up demonstrations after what one officer called "intense clashes".



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AT&T to Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5G

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:30:00 -0400

(image) AT&T is using some wordsmithing to deliver to you faster Internet speeds. This week, the wireless carrier announced plans to deliver what it's calling the "5G Evolution" network to more than 20 markets by the end of the year. Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's GuideFor starters, to call AT&T's move a 5G rollout would be a bad idea.



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Democrats Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:33:16 -0400

(image) Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the Democrats to push for legislation raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.



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North Korea releases video footage of simulated attack blowing up the White House

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:24:01 -0400

(image) North Korea has released a propaganda film featuring simulated attacks on the White House and US aircraft carriers, amid heightened tensions between the countries. It comes shortly after the US announced that it was sending warships to the Korean peninsula and Donald Trump said a fresh wave of American sanctions would be imposed on the secretive Communist state in an attempt to isolate it economically. The two and a half minute film begins with scenes of North Korea’s latest military parade to mark the 105th birthday of late state founder Kim Il-Sung on 15 April where it displayed a range of ballistic missiles.



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U.S. spacecraft shares first view from inside Saturn's rings

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:58:37 -0400

(image) By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent the closest-ever images of Saturn on Thursday after surviving its first plunge inside the planet's rings, the U.S. space agency said. A stream of pictures showing Saturn's swirling clouds, massive hurricane and odd six-sided vortex weather system were transmitted back to Earth by Cassini, which has been exploring Saturn for 13 years. Now in its final laps around Saturn, Cassini dove through the narrow gap between the planet and its innermost ring on Wednesday, where no spacecraft has ever gone before.



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Mother of Hawaii boy missing for 20 years released from jail

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:28:16 -0400

(image) HONOLULU (AP) — The parents of a Hawaii six-year-old boy who disappeared 20 years ago had long been suspects, but without a body, there never has been any concrete confirmation that the child known as "Peter Boy" was dead until his mother pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year and agreed to testify against her husband.



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First-ever photos of Apple’s self-driving test car surface online

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:48:55 -0400

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After many months shrouded in secrecy, concrete information regarding Apple's plans in the automotive space are finally starting to leak out. While Apple's initial plans may have centered on developing and manufacturing an Apple-branded car from scratch, Apple in recent months is said to have narrowed the scope of Project Titan to focus more on autonomous vehicle technology.

Far from idle speculation, Apple earlier this month applied for and received a permit to test driverless cars in the state of California. And a few months before that, Apple penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicating that it is "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation" and that they are "excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."

More recently, details from Apple's permit application to the California DMV emerged and revealed that Apple outfitted three Lexus vehicles with self-driving software and hardware.

Earlier this afternoon, Bloomberg obtained photos of the Lexus vehicles Apple has outfitted with a wide array of sensors.

The white Lexus RX450h SUV emerged from an Apple facility this week and was kitted out with an array of sensors, according to a person who saw the vehicle and provided photos to Bloomberg News. The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.'s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos.

Two such photos are featured below.

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And below is a shot of the cars from the back.

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Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:19:57 -0400

(image) Venezuela says it is quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government's handling of a deadly political crisis. The announcement late Wednesday raised international tension over Venezuela, where unrest has left 28 people dead this month. Echoed by the United States and European Union, the OAS has led an international chorus of concern over the economic and political chaos in the major oil-exporting country.



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Can the Hennessey Exorcist drive out the Dodge Demon?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:28:26 -0400

(image) Texas tuner extraordinaire Hennessey Performance wants to give anyone considering snapping up the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon cause for concern. At the New York International Auto Show, Dodge confounded expectations with an 840hp street-legal drag car called the Demon. Based on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and set to be offered as either a full turnkey car or as a conversion for existing ZL1 owners, the Exorcist has a totally overhauled engine complete with ported cylinder heads, new valves, a new camshaft, a high-flow supercharger, plus new exhaust system.



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Bernie Sanders says it is 'likely' he would have beaten Donald Trump

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:59:33 -0400

(image) Senator Bernie Sanders has said it is “likely” he would have beaten Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but that “it doesn’t matter” now that Mr Trump is president. Trump understood that, by the way, and that's why he said, 'The whole system sucks. Mr Sanders has been an outspoken critic of the president's policy on the environment, healthcare, the economy, and a host of other issues.



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U.S. appeals court grants Trump request on climate regulations case

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:29:41 -0400

(image) By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday granted a Trump administration request to put on hold a legal challenge by industry and a group of states to former President Barack Obama's regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, rules that the Republican president is moving to undo. A 10-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the request to put the litigation involving the regulations, known as the Clean Power Plan, in abeyance for at least 60 days while the administration plans its next steps.



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The 4 inmates put to death in Arkansas over 8 days

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:05:54 -0400

(image) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas executed a fourth inmate in eight days. Here is a look at the inmates the state has put to death during that period:



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Google Will Mark Any HTTP Pages That Record User Data As 'Not Secure'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:02:04 -0400

(image) Google plans to mark HTTP sites that record user information as "Not Secure" in its Google Chrome browser, as well as labeling all HTTP sites as unsecure when visited in incognito mode.



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Samsung just confirmed the Galaxy Note 8 is coming this year

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:58:51 -0400

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In case you were wondering whether Samsung will launch a new Galaxy Note model this year, you can rest assured that it’s happening. At least, Samsung just confirmed that a high-end smartphone is planned for the second half of the year, and that can only be Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung previewed the year ahead in a press release announcing its financial results for the first quarter of the year, saying that it plans to “successfully” launch “a new flagship smartphone in the second half.”

As for the year ahead, Samsung anticipates market demand in smartphones to slightly increase with solid replacement demand growth in the mid- to high-end segment.

However, competition is expected to intensify with newly launched smartphones in the market. The company will aim to improve performance YoY by maximizing sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and successfully launching a new flagship smartphone in the second half. In addition, the company will maintain profitability in the mid- to low-end segment.

Samsung may have not named the Galaxy Note 8 specifically in its press release, but fans already know that a new Galaxy Note arrives each year in August or September.

After all, there’s no other flagship that Samsung would want to successfully launch in the coming months, a flagship that would have a meaningful impact on its future earnings.

There are rumors that say a foldable Galaxy X may be unveiled this year, but most reports claim that Samsung will conduct a limited trial run at best to test the market.

Finally, it's worth remembering that Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh already confirmed in early 2017 that he planned to bring a better, safer, and very innovative Galaxy Note 8 to market this year, quenching rumors that Samsung was looking to kill the Galaxy Note brand following the recall of the Galaxy Note 7.



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Exclusive: Russian spokeswoman on ‘ridiculous’ airstrikes in Syria, French election, fake news and dangers for gays in Chechnya

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:07:00 -0400

(image) On Wednesday, April 26, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, about fake news, the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, President Trump, Russian influence on the French election and the dangers faced by gay men in Chechnya.



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Sweden truck attack death toll rises to five

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:06:29 -0400

(image) The death toll from the Stockholm truck attack rose to five on Friday after a 60-year-old Swedish woman succumbed to her injuries, police said. An Uzbek suspect has confessed to using a stolen truck to mow down pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Stockholm on April 7 in a rampage similar to attacks in Nice, Berlin and London. Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek national who was arrested a few hours after the attack, has confessed to driving the truck.



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