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Fox News Poll: Trump's first presidential report card

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:35

Its been about three weeks since President Donald Trumps inauguration and voters are split over his job performance: 48 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove.


Venezuela shuts off CNN in Spanish after criticizing story

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:34

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government pulled CNN in Spanish from the nation's airwaves on Wednesday, shutting off the news channel after officials angrily criticized a report alleging the country's diplomats sold passports to members of a Middle East terror group.


Meeting Israel's Netanyahu, Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:34

By Luke Baker and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the longstanding bedrock of Washington's Middle East policy, even as he urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to curb settlement construction. In the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, the Republican president backed away from a U.S. embrace of the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, upending a position taken by successive administrations and the international community. "I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like," Trump told a joint news conference with Netanyahu.


Fast Food Manager Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter Over Bullied Teen Worker Who Killed Himself

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:21

Kenneth Suttner, 17, shot himself in the head a few days before Christmas after repeatedly being bullied by his boss and fellow students, cops said.


EPA staff braces for big changes under Trump

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:12

Staff members have been told to expect executive orders from the president that will reshape the agency.


Harley's Battle of the Kings Heats Up

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:00

Harley's Battle of the Kings Heats Up Voting for Battle of the Kings III – Europe’s biggest dealer-led custom build-off competition – has now closed. According to the manufacturer, tens of thousands of online votes were placed in just over three weeks by


State, feds address cleanup at oil pipeline protest camp

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:53

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal and state officials announced plans Wednesday to accelerate cleanup at a camp in southern North Dakota that has housed hundreds and sometimes thousands of Dakota Access pipeline opponents.


Feds Investigating Fox News For Alleged Securities Laws Violations

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:49

The revelation came during a hearing in a $50 million sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes filed by former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros.


Trump White House buried in crises

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:36

Less than a month after being sworn in, the president and his staff find themselves in crisis mode.


The Latest: Trump urges Venezuela to release Lopez

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:34

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):


Police: 2 bodies found in Indiana are missing girls

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:20

DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — Two bodies found along a northern Indiana stream are those of two teenage girls who went missing Monday and their deaths are being investigated as homicides, authorities said on Wednesday.


Egypt Probes King Tut's Tomb For Hidden Chamber

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:03

he discovery could bolster Egypt's sagging tourism sector.


Officials rush to drain lake behind battered dam

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:58

California's Department of Water Resources chief says repairs should hold at the nation's tallest dam, in the small town of Oroville.


This wall clock is a mesmerizing floating metal ball

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:56

If you're in the market for a wall clock — and, really, who doesn't need another clock or three — your choices are pretty much limitless. Timepieces come in all shapes and sizes, and very rarely will one make you actually raise an eyebrow. The Story clock by Flyte is one of the few that might catch your eye, and not because it's flashy, but exactly the opposite. 

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Story is described by Flyte as a "levitating timepiece" and that succinct description pretty much hits the nail on the head. It's a large wooden disk with a single floating metal ball that makes its way around the circumference of the clock as fast or as slowly as you want. The ball just kind of hangs out in mid air as it cruises along, and the speed at which the ball moves can be programmed — via a smartphone app — to complete one full rotation as often as every minute or as rarely as a full year.

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In case you didn't catch the symbolism behind the name and the ball (I certainly didn't), the clock is meant to tell your story. Flyte suggests programming the ball's behavior to sync with important events in your life, like setting it to complete its rotation in nine months to help you track the coming birth of a child.

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But Story is a clock after all, and even if you're setting the fancy floating orb to mimic the changing seasons or the days until football season starts again, you can still get the actual time from it, too. And LED matrix display is situation behind the wood and can be turned on to see the exact time and date. It can be toggled on or off indefinitely.

Story is available for pre-order via Kickstarter, and it's already halfway to its $80,000 goal in less than a day. The clocks vary in price based on finish, but the cheapest you can score one (the Ash model) is $349.


Samsung probably shouldn’t be boasting about how well it tests its phones just yet

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:28

Samsung disappointed fans with the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, but the company did recall and terminate the product rather swiftly. It also conducted an extensive investigation and announced its conclusions while simultaneously vowing not to let it happen again. While Samsung does deserve some points for that, it’s probably too early for the company to pat itself on the back for the good job it’s doing at testing smartphones and making sure they work as intended, rather than exploding when you least expect it. Samsung earlier this week published a short one-minute video on YouTube to promote the extensive quality assurance testing practices it currently employs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkmp8SmtXSg The Galaxy Note 7 batteries were signaled out as the main problem that caused various fires and explosions. But Samsung’s design choices and the desire to launch the phone as soon as possible also favored those explosions. Samsung explained all that a few weeks ago, promising more extensive tests are coming. Is that what we see in this clip? Are these the new tests? If so, that’s not really clear. “Our phones are extensively tested, retested, and then tested again,” the video says. Wait a minute, Samsung! Do you mean all phones you’ve ever made are tested like that or just all the phones made after the Galaxy Note 7? Because you seem to imply you weren’t focusing that much on quality assurance before the scandal. “Innovation is our legacy,” the video says at the end, “Quality is our priority.” Again, these statements also seem to suggest that quality may have not been Samsung’s top priority before the recent scandal, given the massive issues with the phone's batteries. It’s great to see the Galaxy S7 phones in the videos being put through numerous tests during Samsung’s new quality assurance process, and I’m convinced Samsung doesn’t want to see any of its next-gen handsets explode like the Galaxy Note 7 did. But good-looking video scenes and great beats shouldn’t be enough to prove Samsung is serious about quality assurance. It’s actual real-life use from satisfied customers that will determine that. So maybe it’s too early for Samsung to advertise its own innovations in quality assurance.


Elon Musk Blasts Trump Travel Ban On Twitter

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:23

Tesla CEO Elon Musk briefly blasted the Trump administration's travel ban on Twitter before taking down the tweets.


Venezuela bans Spanish-language CNN for Iraq report

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:57

Venezuela pulled CNN's Spanish-language television channel off the air on Wednesday, accusing it of spreading "propaganda" about an alleged visa racket at the country's embassy in Iraq. The state National Telecommunications Commission ordered "the immediate suspension of broadcasts by the news channel CNN in Spanish" in Venezuela, a government statement said. President Nicolas Maduro had earlier said he wanted the US-based news channel "out" of the country, where state media dominate.


Tesla owner sacrifices his car to save driver having a stroke

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:54

On a highway in Munich, Germany, a Tesla owner recently sacrificed his car to rescue another driver having a stroke. According to Muenchner Merkur, the Tesla driver saw a VW Passat swerving erratically, hitting the guardrail several times. On closer inspection, he noticed that the driver appeared to be unconcious. So, the Tesla driver maouvered his car in front and slowed down gradually, forcing a gentle collision and bringing both cars to a halt.

The fire driver was able to extract the driver successfully, and German media reports that he was likely suffering a stroke. According to newspaper reports, the combined damages for both vehicles were minor -- bumper damage to the Tesla and the Passat -- but totalled around $10,000.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has since said that Tesla is covering all repair costs in recognition of the heroism:

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/831972613912080384

It's a rare, unvarnished act of heroism from the Tesla driver to put his own safety (and car!) on the line to try and save a stranger. It's also a good answer to the occasional question about why Tesla drivers are still able to override the car's safety mechanisms when necessary. If the car was programmed to always use its sensors to avoid collisions, the Tesla driver wouldn't have been able to pull off the stunt.


Correction: Missing Teens-Indiana story

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:39

DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — In a story Feb. 14 about the search for two missing girls, The Associated Press, relying on information from police, incorrectly reported that Liberty German was 13 years old. She was 14.


2-Year-Old Boy and Man Shot Dead in Facebook Live Video: 'Call 911! They Killed Him'

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:36

A shooting in Chicago left a 2-year-old boy and an adult man dead this week and startling live footage of the assault was streamed to Facebook.


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