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‘That can’t be real!’ Deep-sea explorers find trippy, rainbow-colored wonderland

Hydrothermal fluid bubbles upward, gets trapped by a mineral ledge, and spills up and over the edge. (Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Punctuating it all are towering structures made of minerals from the vents, looming as tall as 75 feet (23 meters).

A decade ago, scientists visiting this spot saw nothing unusual; this psychedelic seascape seems to have built up around an increase in hydrothermal venting — spots in the seafloor where mineral-laden and superhot water jets out — in the last 10 years.

“Astonishing is not strong enough of a word,” said Mandy Joye, a marine biologist at the University of Georgia, who led the team that discovered the vents.


Amazing giant multicolored squirrels caught on camera, become Internet sensation

Indian giant squirrel,
The stunning rodents, which are also known as the Indian giant squirrel, are double the size of the eastern grey squirrel, with bodies measuring 36 inches from head to tail. (Credit: SWNS)

A photographer from India has captured several incredible images of the Malabar giant squirrel that have gone viral after being posted to social media.

The squirrel, known for its multicolored fur and its large size, became an internet sensation after 39-year-old Kaushik Vijayan took the pictures deep in the forests of India, capturing the animal in its native habitat.


Young boy credits this Christian children’s show with saving him from suicide

Children at a church in Vietnam
Children at a church in Vietnam watch the children’s show, Superbook, a program from the Christian Broadcasting Network, that brings the Bible to animation to millions around the world. (CBN News)

“I cried. I want to commit suicide,” Minh Viet told CBN News. “In the video games, they jump off the roof.”

His mother, Ngocanh Le, was disturbed and she didn’t know what else to do but pray and seek God.

Her answer came in the form of a children’s TV show that caught his attention after it was shown to the kids at their church.

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s Superbook program – which brings the Bible to life through animation – came to Vietnam and was translated into their local language.


Woman dodges flying ax in viral video

In the clip, the woman holds the ax above her head, and throws it with force towards a target – though the heavy tool quickly rebounds back and flies towards her head.

Rae ducks down instinctively, while others shriek in the background.

On April 8, Instagram user Ainsley Rae shared video footage of the close call to the social media platform, where it has since been viewed over 126,000 times to date, Inside Edition reports.


Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli indicted on new money laundering charges in college admissions scandal

The “Fuller House” star and her husband, along with 14 other parents, were charged in Boston in a “second superseding indictment with conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering,” the Department of Justice said in a statement to Fox News.

Loughlin and Giannulli were charged last month with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The new indictment adds a money laundering charge for all 16 defendants.


TEEN WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO PLANNING ISIS-INSPIRED MASS MURDER GETS 20 YEARS BEHIND BARS

Pictured is Matin Azizi-Yarand. Screenshot/ Collin County District Attorney’s Office in Texas

“Pursuant to a plea agreement reached by prosecutors and the defendant, Judge [John] Roach sentenced Azizi-Yarand to 20 years in prison for the solicitation charge and 10 years in prison for the terroristic threat charge,” according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Texas press statement.

Both sentences will run concurrently, the news release said.

Azizi-Yarand allegedly recruited individuals to help him conduct a mass shooting at Stonebriar Centre mall in Frisco, Texas, in May 2018, the statement said.


Nuns sexually abusing minors could become next Catholic Church scandal, experts say

Rev. Cait Finnegan
A survivor and advocate of survivors of Catholic Church abuse, Rev. Cait Finnegan (Rev. Cait Finnegan)

Last month, a Minnesota-based law firm that represents survivors of clerical abuse unveiled a long list of those who have been credibly accused of child molestation.

The 185-page “Anderson Report on Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese and Dioceses,” which focused on Illinois and mostly on priests, also named six nuns among the 390 alleged abusers.

Of the six nuns named, three are reported to now be dead and the whereabouts of the remaining three is not clear, the report stated.

Some of the appalling claims date back half a century, but it’s an issue that investigators believe is very much prevalent today and shrouded in the secrecy of survivors.


Deputy accused of planting heroin and meth in car of ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend

Deputy David Scott Burroughs
Deputy David Scott Burroughs has been arrested after police say he planted heroin and meth in the car of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend (Anson County Sheriff’s Department)

“This started on a Sunday afternoon,” Anson County Sheriff Landric Reid said, according to FOX13.

“By Wednesday, when we made the stop, drugs were at the same place in the car.

That was a red flag because anyone selling drugs wouldn’t have them Sunday to Wednesday in the same place.”

The County Sheriff’s office then contacted the State Bureau of Investigation to probe the matter further, who found that Burrough allegedly purchased heroin and meth, and placed them in the victim’s car in retaliation for dating his ex-girlfriend.


UTAH MOM ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STRIKING SON WITH PIZZA ROLLS

Kassie Tolman
Pictured is Kassie Tolman. Screenshot/ Cache County Sheriff’s Office

Kassie Tolman, 28, allegedly kicked her 10-year-old son in the head several times before leaving the room and bringing a bag of frozen pizza rolls, according to KUTV Monday.

She allegedly “began swinging the bag and striking him in the face with the bag,” according to court documents, KUTV reported.

Tolman reportedly texted the son’s great-grandmother to pick up the child, saying she “couldn’t deal with him,” according to Gephardt Daily.


Mother gets one year in jail after infant daughter drowns in basement sewage

Dasiah Jordan,
Dasiah Jordan, left, and the hole her daughter fell into last year. (WJBK)

Dasiah Jordan, 26, also received four years of probation Monday after pleading guilty to second-degree child abuse and involuntary manslaughter, according to WJBK.

Her infant daughter, Ca’Mya Davis, died last July while being watched by homeowner Tonya Desirae Peterson, 28.

“You will suffer for the rest of your life about this, but you shall hopefully learn from this and move on, and hopefully be the best mother [you] can be for the children,” the station quoted a judge as saying to Jordan, who has two other children, ages 10 and 7.


Rapper Boosie Badazz facing drug, gun charges in Georgia

Rapper Boosie Badazz
Rapper Boosie Badazz (Coweta County Sheriff’s Office)

According to records from the Coweta County jail, the 36-year-old rapper is facing charges of failing to maintain his lane, drug possession and having a gun during a crime.

The rapper’s real name is Torrence Hatch Jr.

Coweta County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Bugg stopped a swerving Dodge Charger, then smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle in Newnan on Monday, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

The sergeant reported that a loaded handgun was found under a seat.


Uber driver returns to burglarize California home after dropping off homeowner at airport, police say

Jackie Gordon Wilson, 38,
Jackie Gordon Wilson, 38, was arrested and charged with burglary and attempted burglary. (San Mateo Police Department)

Jackie Gordon Wilson, 38, was arrested and charged with burglary and attempted burglary after police said he was caught on video ransacking a home near his initial targeted residence in San Mateo.

Wilson picked up the passengers, including the homeowner, from the home Thursday and dropped them off at the airport.

But instead of picking up more customers on the ride-sharing app, Wilson returned to the riders’ home, knowing they wouldn’t be there, and attempted to burglarize it, authorities said.

His efforts were thwarted when the home’s alarm system went off, San Mateo police said.


Butcher knife-wielding man sexually assaults student, stabs brother during Illinois home invasion, police say

The suspect, who as of Tuesday has not been identified, was taken into custody a day earlier after being tracked down and tasered by police officers in Sleepy Hollow, outside of Chicago.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office told Fox News that the incident is still under investigation and charges are pending.

Police say while inside, the suspect, whom they believe was likely under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, sexually assaulted a 19-year-old high school senior.

He stabbed her 17-year-old brother when he tried to intervene, while also stabbing her, they told WFLD.


Man accused of killing his mother because she was ‘driving him crazy’ asked co-workers to help him with an alibi

51-year-old John Ralph
51-year-old John Ralph

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 51-year-old John Ralph Saturday evening at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta as he tried to flee the country.

On the night of the murder, Ralph allegedly tried to fabricate an alibi by asking his co-workers to take pictures of him at work.

According to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, the body of his mother had severe trauma to her head, and she also had suffered several gunshot wounds to her body.


Purchaser of $8 million Florida home arrested in theft of $300 in Kmart return scam: cops

Andrew Lippi, 59, of Key West,
Andrew Lippi, 59, of Key West,

Andrew Lippi, 59, of Key West, was arrested on a felony grand theft charge Saturday and released without bail, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Lippi’s name was in the news days earlier in connection with the purchase of the former Knight family estate on Thompson Island.

The arrest reports allege that, instead of returning the purchased items, he swapped out one of the coffee makers with a basketball, the other coffee maker with an older model, the light bulbs with other light bulbs and the bed skirt with a pillowcase, the station reported.


Spirit Airlines passenger removed from flight after becoming verbally abusive, twerking on plane

An allegedly intoxicated woman caused a scene on a Spirit Airlines flight late last month after the crew told her to turn off her cellphone before takeoff, according to fellow passengers

According to video footage shared on social media of the March 27 incident, the allegedly intoxicated woman appears to be arguing with flight crew before becoming enraged and yelling at plane passengers to “record all you want.”

The woman then bends over and flashes her buttocks before twerking for a few seconds to those on the Newark, N.J.-bound flight, Daily Mail reported.

The unidentified woman stands up and begins getting her luggage before getting into another verbal altercation with a female passenger off-camera.

Immigration:


Border Patrol official: Caravan-size influx of migrants arriving every week in Rio Grande Valley

“Much media attention has focused on caravans coming across from Central America,” Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing.

“But the fact is that RGV is receiving caravan-equivalent numbers every seven days.”

Karisch said his sector has apprehended people from 50 different countries, including China, Bangladesh, Turkey, Egypt and Romania.

“People are traveling across hemispheres to attempt to illegally enter the U.S., using the same pathways as the Central Americans,” he said.


Trump says no plan to revive family separations, blames Obama for uproar

“We’re not looking to do that,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday prior to a closed-door meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

He added that “once you don’t have it, many more people are coming, like a picnic. Like Disney Land.”

But he said, “We’re not looking to do it.”

“Obama separated the children, just so you understand.

President Obama separated the children,” Trump said. “The cages that were shown, very inappropriate, they were built by President Obama and the Obama administration –not by Trump.”

“The press knows it, you know it, we all know it,” he said. “I’m the one that stopped it.”

Trump also slammed congressional Democrats Tuesday for not doing enough to “act” on border security.


WHITE HOUSE PLANS TO TARGET REMITTANCE PAYMENTS

The plans to target remittance payments come amid a broader shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and future executive actions designed to curb illegal immigration.

The situation at the southern border has escalated in recent weeks, with thousands of migrants arriving daily to claim asylum.

The White House plan to go after remittance payments falls in line with a proposal from former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is being considered to replace outgoing DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.


Dad of man killed by illegal immigrant blasts California Gov. Newsom’s trip to Central America: ‘It’s disgusting’

“Our government has betrayed us, President Obama betrayed us, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown, almost every legislator in California has put illegal aliens ahead of American citizens and the results are a lot of crime and a lot of death,” Dan Rosenberg told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

Rosenberg made the comments as Gov. Newsom is on a four-day trip to El Salvador to learn more about the root cause of why Central American migrants make the arduous journey to the United States.

During his El Salvador trip Newsom said: “Right now you have a president that talks down to people, talks past them, demoralizing folks living here and their relatives in the United States.”

Rosenberg, the president of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime, a nonprofit organization with the goal of promoting “American’s safeness from illegal alien crime,” called Newsom’s trip “a political stunt.”


Illegal immigrant charged in 5 deaths in Missouri, Kansas found dead in jail cell, sheriff says

Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was deported to Mexico after he was convicted of a felony in 2003 but illegally re-entered the U.S. He was arrested in 2014 and 2015. (Missouri State Highway Patrol)

Serrano-Vitorino, who was in the country illegally from Mexico, had been charged with five counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly killed four men in Kansas City, Kan., and later killed another man in Missouri before being captured.

The killings in Kansas City spurred a manhunt involving nearly 100 officers to arrest Serrano-Vitorino, who was found armed with an assault rifle and hiding face-down in a ditch 170 miles away at the time of his capture.

The killings had spurred a 2018 lawsuit from the father of Austin Harter, one of the Kansas victims, who claimed that U.S. immigration officials missed two chances to detain and deport the Mexican national prior to the killings.

Politics:


Texas Congressman Suggests Cutting Foreign Aid to Balance Loss From Illegal Immigration

The people apprehended consist mainly of families and unaccompanied minors from Central America. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

“This bill is a bill that I had introduced before in 2014 when it was predominantly the unaccompanied minors that were coming across.

I recognize that it was costing the taxpayer quite a lot to keep kids in shelters for 30 to 60 days until they could be placed with families in this country,” Burgess said.

“Deduct that amount of money from the foreign aid that’s going back to the host country or the originating country. So the calculation then was $15,000,” he continued.

“I’ve actually increased that to $30,000 per child because the length of stay has increased and it’s costing a lot more to take care of these kids in shelters. There’s, what, 14, 15,000 children in shelters right now—the taxpayer’s footing the bill for that.

It makes no sense then to ask the taxpayer to send money back to the home country in foreign aid.

Those countries need to step up. They need to do the job.”


Obama, Sanders rein in immigration rhetoric: Elder Dems reject open borders, defend assimilatio

“I worry sometimes when, as we think about how to deal with the immigration issue, we think that any moves towards assimilation of the existing newcomers to the existing culture is somehow a betrayal or a denial of people’s heritage or what have you,” Obama said at a town hall event in Berlin on Saturday, before arguing that “if you’re going to have a coherent, cohesive society then everybody has to have some agreed upon rules, and there’s gonna have to be some accommodations that everybody makes, and that includes the people who are newcomers.”

Obama also defended the importance of immigrants learning their host nation’s language.

“Should we want to encourage newcomers to learn the language of the country they are moving to? Of course. Does that mean they can never use their own language?

No. Of course, it doesn’t mean that,” he said.

“But it’s not racist to say, ‘Ah, if you’re going to be here, then you should learn the language of the country you just arrived at.'”


Coming to America: Canadian man fined $55,000 for ‘misgendering’ a ‘transgender’

If the so-called Equality Act becomes law, it would impact essentially every part of American life.

Everyday Americans, especially Christians, would be penalized for not conforming to the Left’s LGBT dicta and agenda,

Canada is already doing that — penalizing anyone who doesn’t conform to the LGBT dicta.

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal is a quasi-judicial human rights body in British Columbia (BC), Canada.

On March 27, 2019, the BC Human Rights Tribunal fined Christian activist William Whatcott $55,000 CAD (US $41,298) for violating Section 7 of the BC Human Rights Code by misgendering Morgane Oger (birth name Ronan Oger), a male-to-female “transgender” and a 2017 New Democratic Party candidate, calling Oger a biological male (which is what he is) in street flyers and on the Internet.


Sen. Kennedy condemns Hollywood actors for being ‘too busy molesting each other’

Sen. John Kennedy
Sen. John Kennedy

Kennedy’s remarks came as the Louisiana Republican will introduce legislation to stop the use of non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment settlements if the alleged perpetrator is a public official or a public employee.

During an 18-minute-long speech on the floor that also covered the resignation of former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and migration, Kennedy railed against sexual harassment and singled out the entertainment industry as being particularly fraught with offenders.

Kennedy said that his bill would increase transparency around sexual harassment settlements and would allow victims of sexual harassment to speak out.

He noted that often settlements in cases involving public officials rely on taxpayer money and rely on non-disclosure agreements.

“Victims are silenced so voters can’t find out about this disgusting behavior,” he said.


New York GOP chairman blasts ‘outrageous’ bid by home-state Dems to get Trump’s tax returns

Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Party,
Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Party,

New York Democrats launched a new effort Monday to secure Trump’s state tax returns. Under New York tax law, it is illegal to share someone’s state tax return information.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman introduced S5072, which would amend the law in an attempt to let the state share tax return information with congressional committees that request it.

But speaking to Fox & Friends Tuesday, Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Party, ripped the “partisan” move.


Mnuchin says Treasury still reviewing demand for Trump’s tax returns

Steven Mnuchin
Steven Mnuchin | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

“It is being reviewed by the legal departments and we look forward to responding to the letter,” Mnuchin told House appropriators, referring to a letter from Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) demanding the returns by Wednesday.

Mnuchin, in his first public remarks since Neal sent the letter April 3, said he hasn’t spoken to Trump or acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney about Neal’s letter, adding that he personally hasn’t had any communications with anyone at the White House since Neal sent it.

But Treasury’s legal department had conversations about the issue with the White House general counsel prior to receiving the letter, Mnuchin said.


Congress to bar the IRS from ever offering free tax-filing software

Progress, but there’s a catch.IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES

The Taxpayer First Act is a piece of legislation that makes changes to how the IRS functions, including better infrastructure for customer service and appeals.

It has bipartisan support, and is the first legislative effort to improve the functioning of the IRS in 20 years.

The Taxpayer First Act codifies this program into law, but there’s a catch: to provide free tax-filing services, the IRS has to work with private companies, distributing the software through companies like TurboTax.

That is, the IRS will be prohibited by law from ever developing and directly offering free filing services to citizens itself.

According to ProPublica, the provision that prevents the IRS from ever developing its own free file software came about thanks to heavy lobbying from electronic tax filing companies, like H&R Block and Intuit-owned TurboTax.

Attorney for President Trump: IRS can’t release President’s tax returns

Democrat House leaders appear unwilling to put themselves under the same scrutiny they are demanding of the President.

One America’s Ethan Viveiros has more on the hypocrisy behind lawmakers renewing calls to release the President’s tax returns.


Barr reveals he is reviewing ‘conduct’ of FBI’s original Russia probe

Appearing before a House subcommittee hearing, Attorney General William Barr explains to lawmakers how redactions will be identified and says his timetable for a mid-April release still stands.

Barr testified before a congressional panel in what was his first Capitol Hill appearance since revealing the central findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Barr explained that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has a pending investigation into the FISA warrants and said the probe will be complete by May or June.

He then confirmed he’s personally reviewing the investigation itself.

“More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016,” Barr testified.


ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR OFFERED MUELLER THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW LETTER TO CONGRESS

Mueller allegedly declined the opportunity to review Barr’s conclusions.

“The letter of the 24th [of March], Mr. Mueller’s team did not play a role in drafting that document, although we offered him the opportunity to review it before we sent it out, and he declined that,” Barr said in testimony to a House Appropriations Committee.


Comey memos contained far more sensitive info than previously known, FBI filing reveals

Former FBI Director James Comey said “history has its eyes on us” and encouraged people to vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. (AP)

The filing acknowledges that Comey maintained a far more detailed and lengthy private paper trail than was previously known, and that federal investigators apparently hoped to use Comey’s contemporaneous, secretive writings to test the truthfulness of Trump’s comments as part of a then-ongoing obstruction of justice inquiry.

Comey meticulously outlined “foreign intelligence information obtained from and through” the key human source, “information about whether the FBI initiated coverage through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on a particular individual,” relevant “sources and methods” used in the FBI’s investigation, as well as “information concerning the President’s foreign policy decisionmaking,” according to the DOJ.

All of that information is “currently and properly classified,” the DOJ noted.

Additionally, Comey’s memos included documentation of “non-public interactions” between “specific foreign governments and officials” and U.S. government officials.

Disclosing those details, the DOJ insisted, “could reasonably be expected” to “affect the United States’ relationship with those countries.”


Judicial Watch Uncovers ‘Cover-Up’ Discussions in Latest Production of Clinton Email Documents

The documents also show Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Charles McCullough forwarding “concerns” about classified information in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch also contain Clinton’s 2009 classified information Non-Disclosure Agreement bearing her signature.

An October 2016 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02046)) forced the release of the new FBI documents. Judicial Watch lawsuit filed after the Justice Department failed to comply with a July 7, 2016, FOIA request seeking:


Progressives threaten to tank Dem budget bill

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus,
“This is not a hard ask,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said of the group’s push to increase domestic spending. | Andrew Harnik, file/AP Photo

Leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Tuesday that their 90-member group is prepared to kill the bill setting federal spending limits, which they say shortchanges domestic programs while favoring the Pentagon.

The threat marks the first time in the new majority that progressives are deploying the full weight of their caucus to demand substantial policy changes and sets up a major showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her deputies.

Democrats left a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning with doubts that the bill — which is the launch-point for this year’s battle over budget caps — could pass Wednesday when it’s slated to hit the floor.


REP. ILHAN OMAR DESCRIBES 9/11 TERROR ATTACKS: ‘SOME PEOPLE DID SOMETHING

Omar delivered the keynote speech at a fundraiser for CAIR in late March and urged Muslim Americans to “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable.”

In one part of her speech that surfaced on Twitter this week, Omar described the 9/11 attacks in a peculiar way.

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said.


Rep. Eric Swalwell’s presidential campaign video receives thousands of downvotes on YouTube

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.,
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.,

The 38-year-old four-term congressman made the announcement during a taping Monday of CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

He released campaign videos on his Twitter and YouTube pages.

The video on YouTube received more than 3,200 dislikes and more than 950 comments as of Tuesday afternoon of people criticizing Swalwell over his controversial tweet from November in which he mentioned a “short war” and government nukes while discussing gun rights.

World News:


Israeli election results too close to call as Netanyahu seeks fifth term

Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. to some 6.4 million eligible voters. With neither the Likud or Blue and White political parties having a clear advantage over another, the official results are expected to come in overnight.

Netanyahu, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term as part of the Likud party, faces stiff competition from Benny Gantz, a retired military chief who identifies with Blue and White — a party which has a narrow lead ahead of Likud, according to local news Channels 12 and Kan TV.

Channel 10 TV, however, showed the parties in a tie following the vote.


Iranian Lawmakers Open Parliament with ‘Death to America’ Chants

Iran’s parliament then played its part, with members dressed in the IRGC uniform as they chanted:

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani denounced the U.S. decision as the “climax of stupidity and ignorance.”

Supreme National Security Council’s spokesman, Keivan Khosravi, said that going forward, “any unusual move by American forces in the region will be perceived as the behavior by a terrorist group.” He did not elaborate.


Libya crisis: UN warns attacks on civilians may amount to war crimes

Forces loyal to the UN-backed government prepare to go to the front line.REUTERS

Michelle Bachelet said all parties to the conflict must make every effort to protect civilians.

Some 47 people, including civilians, have been killed over the past three days, says the WHO, as rebel forces seek to take the capital, Tripoli.

She said: “The attack near Mitiga airport [on Monday] that left many civilians in Tripoli stranded brought into stark focus the imperative for all parties to respect international humanitarian law, and to take all possible measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and prisons.”

The WHO said it had documented more than 40 attacks on health services in Libya over the course of 2018 and 2019. Targeted attacks on health services were a violation of international law, the organisation said.


BRONX FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN SUICIDE ATTACK

The soldier, yet unnamed according to WABC, was a firefighter for Engine 46 Ladder 27 in Bronx, New York. Two other U.S. servicemen died in the blast, as did a civilian contractor, Defense Department officials said.

The incident occurred when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in a vehicle near Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul.

Taliban forces claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, which also wounded three additional U.S. servicemen, who are receiving medical treatment, reported USA Today.


U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Meets E.U. Leaders in Bid to Secure Brexit Extension

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerge as May departs following talks between the two leaders at the Chancellery on April 9, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.Sean Gallup—Getty Images

May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met for about an hour and a half, shaking hands for photographers but making no remarks to reporters.

The German government had no comment on the outcome of the talks.

May was headed to Paris later to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, who has appeared to take a harder line on cutting Britain more slack.

Britain’s partners in the 28-nation European Union say they want clarity from May about what she will do to break the Brexit logjam if another delay is granted.

Officials are signaling that they’re not keen to give Britain a blank check, though they also want to avoid a chaotic Brexit later this week.

Tech Watch:


Black hole picture reveal LIVE stream: How to watch first black hole announcement online

Black hole picture:
Black hole picture: Astronomers will reveal the first ever view of a black hole (Image: UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA)

ASTRONOMERS will reveal tomorrow the world’s first ever picture of a black hole snapped by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. Find out how to watch the historic announcement live online.

Scientists in six cities around the world will unveil their groundbreaking discovery to the public.

The conferences will take place in Tokyo in Japan, Lyngby in Denmark, Brussels in Belgium, Washington DC in the US, Shanghai in Tokyo, Santiago in Spain and Taipei in Taiwan.

In each case, scientists will reveal a “silhouette” of the black hole at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy – a supermassive and superdense object dubbed Sagittarius A*.


Google’s Wing drones are now delivering gelato in Australia

Wing
Wing will deliver fresh food to your door in Australia. Wing

Wing, a startup under Google parent company Alphabet, on Tuesday launched its commercial drone delivery service in North Canberra, Australia.

The drones will deliver fresh food, hot coffee and over-the-counter health products to customers’ homes within minutes, the company said. Customers order items using Wing’s mobile app.

“Wing has teamed up with local Canberra businesses to give customers the opportunity to have a range of goods delivered in a handful of minutes,” the company wrote in a blog post.


Yes, Facebook is still tracking you (The 3:59, Ep. 541)

Deactivating your Facebook account doesn’t stop the company from tracking you online.

Facebook and Google reps go to Capitol Hill for a hearing about white nationalism on their platforms.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.


YouTube disables comments on hate speech hearing livestream

About an hour after the hearing kicked off, YouTube said it would no longer allow users to comment on the livestream of the hearing.

“Hate speech has no place on YouTube.

We’ve invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing hateful comments / videos.

Due to the presence of hateful comments, we disabled comments on the livestream of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing,” YouTube’s press account tweeted.


Senate bill would ban deceptive data collection by internet giants

Senators Mark Warner and Deb Fischer have introduced a bill, the DETOUR Act (Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction), that would bar internet firms with over 100 million monthly active users from tricking you into handing over personal data.

Companies wouldn’t be allowed to develop interfaces with the “substantial effect” of preventing you from making an informed decision.

They also wouldn’t be allowed to divide users into groups for experiments without consent, and couldn’t develop compulsive experiences targeted at kids under 13 years old (such as auto-playing videos).

The legislation would also require disclosure of experiments to users and the public at least once every 90 days, and would mandate independent review boards for any behavioral or psychological research.


Documents Detailing Google’s ‘News Blacklist’ Show Manual Manipulation Of Special Search Result

“The deceptive_news domain blacklist is going to be used by many search features to filter problematic sites that violate the good neighbor and misrepresentation policies,” the policy document says.

“The purpose of the blacklist will be to bar the sites from surfacing in any Search feature or news product.

It will not cause a demotion in the organic search results or de-index them altogether,” reads the policy document obtained by The Daily Caller.

The document indicates that there is, among other things, a “manual review tool” involved in maintaining the blacklist.

On the blacklist are a number of conservative sites, including Gateway Pundit, Matt Walsh’s blog, Gary North’s blog “teapartyeconomist.com,” Caroline Glick’s website, Conservative Tribune, a property of The Western Journal, and the website of the American Spectator.

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