Before you scroll down for all the News and Headlines, Check This Out. “Air travel isn’t what it used to be. Crowded terminals and cramped seats leave passengers longing for the golden age of flying — when cabins were spacious, food was delicious and the Champagne flowed. Which is why a Los Angeles restaurant is bringing the glamor back to air travel, offering a retro dining experience on board an exact interior replica of a Pan Am Boeing 747 from the 1970s.” With tickets going for up to $690 a pair you can enjoy the experience too. Check out the video here.> Diners relive the golden age of air travel
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“A free-speech group on Tuesday sued U.S. President Donald Trump for blocking Twitter users from his @realDonaldTrump account, arguing the practice violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.” More here.> U.S. free-speech group sues Trump for blocking Twitter users
“The heads of six caucuses in the California Legislature are asking lobbying firms to provide them with demographic data – including race, ethnicity, gender and openly gay or lesbian orientation – on their employees.” More here.> California lawmakers want data on lobbyists’ race, sexual orientation
“Vice President Mike Pence distanced himself from the latest Russia-related controversy on Tuesday after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted emails showing him setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who he thought had damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
A statement from Pence’s press secretary noted that the meeting happened before he was named as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate in July.
“The vice president is working every day to advance the president’s agenda,” Marc Lotter, Pence’s press secretary, said in a statement. “He was not aware of the meeting. He is also not focused on stories about the campaign — especially those pertaining to the time before he joined the campaign.” More here.> Pence distances himself from latest Russia bombshell, saying Trump Jr. meeting was ‘before he joined the campaign’
“Former federal prosecutor Chris Wray, Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director, will testify tomorrow (July 12) in a confirmation hearing before the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Trump announced Wray’s nomination on June 7 on Twitter, just over a month after unceremoniously firing James Comey from the job-” More here.> How to watch the Wray hearing online
“The United States and Qatar signed an agreement on Tuesday aimed at combating the financing of terrorism, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Doha to try to end a month-long rift between Western-allied Arab states.” More here.> U.S., Qatar sign MoU on combating terrorism financing
“Moscow on Tuesday toughened its rhetoric in its row with Washington, saying it was considering ways to retaliate for the seizure of some of its diplomatic premises in the United States and expulsions of diplomats.
“The situation is outrageous,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russian media during a visit to Austria on Tuesday.
“I believe that for such a great country like the United States of America, this advocate of international law, it’s just shameful to leave the situation in mid-air,” he said in comments posted on his ministry’s website.
“We are now thinking of specific steps.” He declined to elaborate on what the retaliatory measures could include.” More here.> Moscow steps up war of words in diplomatic row with U.S
“The United States said on Tuesday it shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile similar the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a new test of the nation’s defenses.
Planned months ago, the U.S. missile defense test over the Pacific Ocean has gained significance after North Korea’s July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile heightened concerns about the threat from Pyongyang.
The test was the first-ever of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system against an incoming IRBM, which experts say is a faster and more difficult target to hit than shorter-range missiles.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said the IRBM was designed to behave similarly to the kinds of missiles that could threaten the United States.
“The successful demonstration of THAAD against an IRBM-range missile threat bolsters the country’s defensive capability against developing missile threats in North Korea and other countries,” the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement.” More here.> U.S. missile hits test target as North Korea tension rises
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“A beach in Belgium has been transformed into a giant sandy gallery, featuring larger-than-life super heroes, cartoon characters and Cinderella’s castle, for one of the world’s biggest sand-sculpture festivals.”
“If you thought convenience stores weren’t convenient enough, the Moby Mart is here to make your shopping dreams come true. There is currently a prototype running in Shanghai, China.
Wheelys Moby Mart is an on demand, automated, mobile store that comes to you. Any time day or night the Moby Mart is on call to bring you snacks, medicine, toiletries, magazines, and a variety of other products you’d normally have to make a trip to a local CVS to pick up.
The Moby Mart uses AI to create a mobile store that is completely staff-less. The stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. You just swipe the app to get inside and sensors detect whenever you’ve picked something up. If you decide to purchase something just swipe it and your card is charged automatically.” More here.> A robot grocery store that comes to you isn’t a sci-fi fantasy anymore
“Laundromat regulars know the waiting around time can be a bit long, so one cafe in San Francisco, California has a place where you can do your laundry and grub on some food while you wait for your clothes. Brainwash Cafe has been around since 1989 and was originally started by Susan Schindler who was actually searching for a nightclub location to open in a neighborhood in San Francisco.” Article and Video here.> You can wash your clothes and drink wine at this laundromat bar
“Soon you’ll be able to ask a hologram of a Holocaust survivor any question you want, and he will answer it.
That’s thanks to the New Demensions in Testimony project from the USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT).” Very Cool, Article and Video here.> A hologram of a Holocaust survivor will answer any question you have about the genocide
In the following article make sure you check out “Machines With Brains” and click through and interact with the pictures. Very cool!
“Today we’re excited to present our most ambitious special project to date, Machines With Brains. It’s an outgrowth of our obsession with artificial intelligence, robots, drones, self-driving cars, and chatbots. While the obsession focuses on the latest news and advancements in robotics and AI, today’s project delves more deeply into what it means to be human in a world that is increasingly powered by these technologies.” More here.> Introducing Machines With Brains: What it means to be human in a world that’s increasingly filled with robots
“Sen. John McCain faces questions in a defamation lawsuit about leaks leading to publication of the now-infamous dossier that alleged Donald Trump’s campaign had connections to Russian operatives, McClatchy has learned.
The dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and his London firm, Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd., amounted to a collection of uncorroborated reports of collusion gathered as political research for sale to Trump’s opponents. It proved explosive when published by online news site BuzzFeed on Jan. 10.
Now, two lawsuits — one in the United States and a second in the U.K. — are being brought by lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, a Cyprus-based Internet entrepreneur whom Steele’s Russian sources accused of cyber spying against the Democratic Party leadership.
According to a new court document in the British lawsuit, counsel for defendants Steele and Orbis repeatedly point to McCain, R-Ariz., a vocal Trump critic, and a former State Department official as two in a handful of people known to have had copies of the full document before it circulated among journalists and was published by BuzzFeed.
The court document obtained by McClatchy confirms that Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow and a Russia adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, discussed the 35-page dossier with McCain.
Wood had told Britain’s The Guardian in January that McCain had reached out to him about the dossier, and had obtained it through other means.
A McCain spokesperson declined to comment Monday on the new court document, pointing instead to a Jan. 11 statement from the veteran senator about the dossier.” More here.> John McCain faces questions in Trump-Russia dossier case
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AT&T, a leading opponent of the federal government’s 2015 net neutrality rules, said it would join an online protest this week in favor of keeping the rules.
In recognition of the “Day of Action” on July 12, the company said it would display on its website banners in favor of maintaining a “free and open” Internet. But the company said it still opposes the 2015 net neutrality rules, which prevent Internet service providers from blocking, slowing or otherwise discriminating against online content.” More here.> AT&T Joins Protest In Favor of Net Neutrality Rules It Hates