News and Headlines. 6/17/2018

News and Headlines: In The News, Politics, World News, Tech Watch, Commentary/Opinion.

In The News:

Kansas teen miraculously survives 10-inch knife in face: ‘It was really shocking’

Jimmy Gregg said she still isn’t sure what happened, but she heard her son screaming before he showed up at the door with a knife sticking out of his face. (The University of Kansas Health System)

Paramedics rushed the teen to Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas, where doctors saw the potential for damage to the carotid artery in his brain, opening up the possibility for stroke or serious damage, and decided to transfer him to the University of Kansas Health System.

“It could not have had a pound more force on it and him survive that event,” Dr. Koji Ebersole, of The University of Kansas Health System, who helped remove the knife, said.

Ebersole explained that the sharp side of the blade was resting on the area of the blood vessel that leads right into Gregg’s brain, meaning that a slight cut or tear would have led to massive bleeding.

Masked gunman arrested after opening fire outside Dallas federal courthouse

The suspect, in a video posted online by KDFW, was shown running through the parking lot of the Earle Cabell Federal Building before being hit by gunfire from police.

Officials told the Dallas Morning News the gunman, who has not been identified, opened fire shortly before 9 a.m. local time. A witness told the newspaper the shooter fired off rounds for about 45 seconds – and a photographer on-scene reported seeing the glass in one of the building’s revolving doors shattered in the aftermath.

The condition of the suspect is unclear and Dallas police say he is being sent to a local hospital. There were no other reports of injuries.

At least 2 injured in Toronto Raptors victory rally gunfire, police say; crowd runs from scene

Raptors fans had packed the streets of downtown Toronto to celebrate the newly crowned NBA champions.

Toronto police tweeted that they “have located 2 victims” and that their injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

They also said two people were in custody and two firearms were recovered.

Witnesses showed photos and videos of “chaos” and uncertainty after the shots.

Some were seen hiding or ducking behind anything they could find, including cars.

Bodies of woman and her son, 3, found in remote Oregon after boy’s father arrested on murder charges

Bodies found in remote Oregon over the weekend belonged to a missing woman Karissa Fretwell, 25, and her 3-year-old son Billy Fretwell. Their disappearance led to the arrest in May of Micheal Wolfe, 52, of Gaston, on kidnapping and murder charges. (Yamhill Sheriff’s Office )

The disappearance of Billy Fretwell, and Karissa Fretwell, 25, of Salem, Ore., led to kidnapping and murder charges against a married man who had been ordered to pay child support to the woman after a paternity test determined he was the boy’s father, according to reports.

Michael John Wolfe, 52, of Gaston, Ore., has been jailed since his arrest May 24 –11 days after Fretwell and Billy were last seen.

The bodies were found Saturday after a two-hour search in rural Yamhill County, Fox 12 Oregon reported.

New York man punches MTA worker in face in subway attack caught-on-video, police say

The man punched an on-duty cleaner in the face around 3:30 a.m. on the 145th Street No. 1 train station platform in Harlem, police told Fox News in a statement.

The 59-year-old victim was treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for a small laceration to his face, police said.

The man was caught on video appearing to exchange words with several workers before the attack.

He then walks toward the turnstiles before he turns around and approaches a worker. The suspect appears to strike the worker and leave the station.

Man killed in Corona Costco shooting was a ‘gentle giant,’ cousin says

From left: Russell, Paola and Kenneth French. (Courtesy Rick Shureih)

Kenneth French, 32, died Friday night at the discount store. Corona police said Saturday their investigation showed French had assaulted the officer in an unprovoked confrontation.

The cousin, Rick Shureih, said the family is shocked, and looking for answers.

The officer works in LAPD’S Southwest Division, the department said. It is conducting an administrative investigation of the incident, according to Corona police.

The Corona Police Department also said its investigators are working with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office in evaluating the shooting.

“He just goes with the flow, he’s a gentle giant,” Shureih said of his cousin during an interview in his Riverside County-area home, located east of Corona, on Sunday. Shureih lives a few miles from his aunt and uncle’s house, where Kenneth also lived.

Kenneth French was “non-violent, non-aggressive, non-verbal,” and “he has to be pretty much monitored,” Shureih said, still speaking of his cousin in the present tense during the interview.

“He’s not the kind to trade words, so I don’t believe that a verbal confrontation happened.”

Order of protection fails to prevent Fort Benning soldier’s murder; wife charged

Brandon Lloyd Paonessa and his wife Brittnay Ryals in happier times. (Facebook)

Sgt. Brandyn Paonessa, 26, was killed Thursday in Phenix, Ala., and his wife was charged with the murder. Brittnay Ryals Paonessa, 27, was jailed on $150,000 bond.

He obtained the order of protection just three days prior to the shooting. His petition called her “very mentally ill” and “very unstable” and said she had refused treatment help from a rehabilitation center, WTVM reported.

Paonessa also accused his wife of stalking him, his family and friends, threatening his Army job and running a “truck into the house,” narrowly missing their children, an infant, a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old, the station reported.

Study: Veterans With TBI At Two Fold Increased Risk Of Dementia

Of the veterans studied, 2.6% did not experience a TBI but developed dementia. For veterans with TBI, 6.1% did develop dementia. The recent study “of more than 350 000 veterans, even mild TBI without LOC was associated with more than a 2-fold increase in the risk of dementia diagnosis.”

The recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Kristine Yaffe Lab at the University of California, San Francisco, was one of the largest to study TBI severity and dementia. It included 178,779 veterans within the VA system with TBI diagnosis.

TBI survivors with and without loss of consciousness (LOC) were evaluated by the study for risk of developing dementia. The study suggests veterans should receive regular memory screenings to evaluate changes in memory.


At the top of the list are Georgetown University and Texas A&M, which have taken hundreds of millions of dollars from the government of Qatar, a middle eastern nation with suspected links to international terrorism.

Both schools received letters from the Department of Education Thursday saying they should have disclosed that funding but their filings “may not fully capture” the activity, the Associated Press reported. The letter warned that they could be referred to the attorney general to “compel compliance.”

Georgetown was also asked about possible ties to Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, as well as Saudi Arabian money.

Both schools were ordered to disclose funding from Huawei and ZTE, Chinese firms suspected of spying.

Former Democrat turned conservative gay rights activist slams Pride, sues LGBT Center

Conservative gay activist Brandon Straka stands in front of the LGBT Center in Manhattan.Brian Zak

The 42-year-old Harlem hairdresser said the gay community turned its back on him once the former “diehard liberal” — who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — switched to the Republican Party.

According to a complaint filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court and exclusively obtained by The Post, the LGBT Center in Greenwich Village discriminated against Straka by canceling his 250-person WalkAway event “LGBT TownHall” in March, days before it was scheduled to take place.

The event was to feature Straka and a panel of two gay men and a transgender woman talking about why they left the Democratic Party.

Mastercard will now allow transgender customers to use their preferred names on debit and credit cards

The company is introducing the “True Name” card, which will allow card holders to choose for their preferred name to appear on their credit and debit cards even if it does not match their legal name.

“This new initiative is a good thing emotionally and psychologically,” said Ted Rossman, industry analyst at “This feels like a good common-sense initiative that others can and should get on board with.”

While well-meaning, the new policy could still have some unintended consequences for consumers who opt to list a name on the credit or debit card that differs from what’s on their state-issued ID.


The Oregon case is in many respects a redux of the 2018 Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, which pertained to an Evangelical baker in Colorado.

Though the justices found for the Colorado baker because a state panel displayed hostility toward his religious beliefs, the Court did not say whether conservative religious believers can cite the First Amendment in refusing to accommodate a same-sex wedding.

Monday’s dispute arose in Oregon in 2013 when Aaron and Melissa Klein, who created custom baked goods through their business “Sweet Cakes by Melissa,” declined to produce a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman.

The Kleins are Christians who believe marriage was instituted as a union of men and women.

In a subsequent proceeding, state officials found that the Kleins violated Oregon’s public accommodations law. The Kleins were ordered to pay out a $135,000 fine and cease discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

Clarence Thomas calls for abandoning ‘demonstrably erroneous’ precedent, touching off Roe v. Wade speculation

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in an opinion Monday that precedent should always be secondary to the Constitution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Thomas’ blunt opinion came in a case concerning the so-called “double-jeopardy” doctrine, which generally prohibits an individual from being charged twice for the same crime.

But both pro-life and pro-choice advocates quickly noted the implications of his reasoning for a slew of other future cases, including a potential revisiting of Roe.

“When faced with a demonstrably erroneous precedent, my rule is simple: We should not follow it,” Thomas wrote, noting that lower federal courts should also disregard poor precedents.

Thomas went on to add that precedent “may remain relevant when it is not demonstrably erroneous.”

Throughout the day, analysts noted that Thomas’ reasoning could potentially affect more than the abortion debate.

Supreme Court Hands Democrats a Win in Virginia Gerrymandering Case

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

The majority argued that a legislative chamber doesn’t have the right to challenge the ruling because it “lacks standing to represent the State’s interests.” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, declined to appeal the lower-court decision.

“In short, the State of Virginia would rather stop than fight on. One House of its bicameral legislature cannot alone continue the litigation against the will of its partners in the legislative process,” Ginsburg wrote.

In the dissenting opinion, Justice Samuel Alito argued that the House of Delegates has the legal standing to pursue an appeal. Alito was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Stephen Breyer.

Virginia’s redrawn legislative districts are already in effect.

The state held legislative primary elections last week with the redrawn districts.

Supreme Court ruling deals potential blow to Paul Manafort as he battles state charges

At issue in the Alabama dispute was whether the “dual sovereignty doctrine” — which allows a person to face both state and federal charges for the same offense — violates the Fifth Amendment’s Double Jeopardy Clause. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled it does not.

“Although the dual-sovereignty rule is often dubbed an ‘exception’ to the double jeopardy right, it is not an exception at all,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion. “On the contrary, it follows from the text that defines that right in the first place.”

This clears a path for prosecutors in New York to continue their case against Manafort, who already has been convicted of federal crimes that include bank and tax fraud. Had the court ruled the other way in Monday’s case, Gamble v. United States, and eliminated the dual sovereignty doctrine, a pardon from President Trump would have left Manafort free and clear.

But with the doctrine still in place, the New York case complicates matters since presidential pardons only affect federal cases, not state ones.

Melinda Gates Slams President Trump for Defunding International Planned Parenthood

Last year, President Trump implemented the Mexico City Policy that prevents taxpayer funding of organizations that promote and perform abortions overseas.

The policy resulted in revoking over $100 million dollars for the Planned Parenthood abortion business’ international component.

It also resulted in Planned Parenthood and a British-based abortion business called Marie Stopes International closing down some of their pro-abortion activities.

While pro-life organizations have hailed the policy as getting American taxpayers out of the abortion industry overseas and moving that funding to organizations that provide women’s health care without pushing abortion, Melinda Gates is not happy about the pro life policy.

Harvard Law Professor Says Pro-Life Christians Should be Treated Like Nazis

A recent article by Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet on the blog Balkinization calls for liberals to pursue even more aggressive measures against conservatives and pro-lifers, according to a new column by The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson.

Liberals aggressively sought in the courts an unlimited abortion license, a redefinition of marriage, and now for transgender bathroom policies throughout the nation. Liberals haven’t been bashful to use the courts to reshape social policy when they couldn’t win at the polls.

… Tushnet makes it clear that he and his colleagues among the liberal elite want the government to treat conservative Christians worse than racists—like Nazis.

He said one of the first U.S. Supreme Court decisions that should be thrown out is Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which set a new standard under Roe v. Wade and allowed states to enact modest protections for unborn babies, especially viable late-term babies.

Harvard rescinds offer to Kyle Kashuv, pro-Second Amendment Parkland survivor, due to past remarks, he says

Kyle Kashuv, the conservative Parkland shooting survivor and pro-Second Amendment activist, says Harvard rescinded his admission after the recent resurfacing of years old remarks he called “offensive,” “idiotic” and “inflammatory” but composed before the mass shooting — which he says made him a different person.

The 18-year-old revealed the rescindment on Twitter Monday — along with screenshots of letters that appeared to be written on Harvard letterhead.

He also detailed the steps he says he took to “right this wrong” with the Ivy League school, which he said he’d planned to attend in 2020 after taking a gap year.

Kashuv apologized both publicly and to Harvard last month after it was reported he made racist remarks and used slurs while a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., before becoming a prominent media figure.

Per a letter Kashuv posted to Twitter, Harvard reached out to him on May 24 noting they have the right to rescind admission offers and asked for “a full accounting of any such statements you have authored” and a written explanation of his actions.

Kashuv responded with a letter apologizing for his comments, and said he took responsibility for the “hurtful things I wrote two years ago.”

NXIVM Sex Cult Had Schumer’s Financial Records and Hillary’s Emails

The Albany Times-Union noted in 2015: “A former close confidant of Keith Raniere, founder of the NXIVM corporation, claims top officials in the secretive organization used a Canadian investigative firm or other means to sift the financial records of six federal judges and U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., according to court records.

The six judges whose financial records Keeffe alleges were analyzed have all presided over cases involving NXIVM or its perceived adversaries and critics…The allegations by Keeffe, 45, are outlined in emails attributed to her that were filed recently in Albany County Court…Keeffe broke away from NXIVM in February 2014 and is in hiding, according to correspondence and conversations attributed to her in court records filed in Albany County…”

A former NXIVM member testified Monday in the trial of cult leader Keith Raniere that the sex cult illegally raised money for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Clare W. Bronfman, an heiress of the Seagram Company business empire, allegedly implanted a “key logger” virus on the computer of her late father, Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., so officials with the NXIVM corporation could secretly monitor his emails, including his exchanges with world leaders and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to court records.

EXCLUSIVE: The private Donald – Lounging on the bed in his robe, snuggling with his babies, changing a diaper. The extraordinary trove of hundreds of Trump family photos found in a THRIFT SHOP showing his softer side 

The material, stuffed into a suitcase, also includes personal hand written notes, Donald and Czech-born Ivana’s Bacharach-photographed wedding album, eldest son Donald J. Trump, Jr.’s baby album dated Dec. 31, 1977 (his birthday) a card drawn by first daughter Ivanka to her parents, as well as Ivana’s modeling cards, and much, much more.

It is even more remarkable for the humanizing and family man portrait it paints of the often combative and caustic Oval Office contender.

There are photos of Donald like he’s never, or at the very least rarely, ever been seen before.


“Lock Him Up” is a Reminder That the Left is Not Interested in Serious Policy Debate 

Commentary/Opinion: Tammy Bruce.

What Did Obama Know About Hezbollah’s Bomb Plot in London?

President Donald Trump’s long-anticipated visit to Europe during the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion has now come and gone.

However we’d like to draw attention to is what occurred immediately prior to Trump’s arrival in the UK, and what subsequently happened immediately after his departure.

Trump supporters already lining up for campaign kickoff more than 40 hours before rally

In a scene befitting a “Star Wars” premiere or new iPhone launch, Orlando-area media were reporting that the first Trump supporters began camping outside the arena as early as 2:30 a.m. Monday for Trump’s rally slated to start at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

“There’s going to be a bunch of people, and it’s going to be pretty intense,” Gary Beck, who was the first person in line on Monday morning, told local media. “The electricity is going to be high. It’s time for America to get back on its feet and be made better than it’s ever been before.”

The president tweeted on Monday morning that his campaign has received more than 100,000 ticket requests for the event in an arena that only holds 20,000 people.

Evangelical leader promises ‘most ambitious’ voter mobilization in community’s history for Trump

Reed said plans are in the works to register 1 million evangelical voters, knock on 3 million doors and put literature in more than 117,000 churches in key states. He hopes to contact roughly 30 million people in the effort, the Times reports.

“It’s going to be roughly three times the level of what we did in 2016,” he said.

Pro-Trump group to spend $20M on registering voters in Fla., Pa., N.C., Ga

The effort begins Tuesday at President Trump’s first reelection rally in Orlando.

In addition, the Republican Party and Trump-Pence 2020 campaign will be registering voters at the event.

The $20 million campaign will target voters in Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina. America First said there is an estimated 9 million unregistered voters in Florida alone.

MAGA Rally in China Town NYC #Chinese4Trump

We’re getting the conversation started here in China Town about Trump 2020!!!

You’ll be surprised how many bystanders have came out to talk with us and show support for the President.

Especially the small business owners in the area they have a lot of support for our POTUS.

World News:

France, Germany sign European jet fighter deal

French President Emmanuel Macron, Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defense and Space, Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and French Defense Minister Florence Parly attend the unveiling of the French-German-Spanish New Generation Fighter (NGF) model during a visit at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019.(Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP)

LE BOURGET, France – France, Germany and Spain agreed Monday to develop a European fighter jet and air combat system, as they bolster efforts to reduce their dependency on the United States.

It’s going to take time though. The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is not expected to be operational until 2040.

Requirements for the air combat system that will also include drones will be decided by 2027 and the development phase should start by 2030.

London police increase patrols after four people killed in as many days

Eniola Aluko, 19, was shot dead in London during a violent weekend that saw at least four dead. (Met Police)

Scotland Yard said Sunday that, while police have made a “significant number of arrests,” officers are following up on additional “investigative leads to ensure that we achieve justice for the families of those affected by violence in the last few days.”

But even amid Scotland Yard’s increased patrols, a 42-year-old man was stabbed to death early Monday in east London.

Later, a 28-year-old man was shot in the city, but he was hospitalized with injuries police said were non-life threatening.

Twist’s update comes as London police race to investigate a spate of deaths since Friday, when, in separate incidents, an 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed and 19-year-old Eniola Aliko was shot dead.

‘There’s more knife crime, more drugs’: east London frustration at latest stabbing

Police officers in east London after a man in his 40s was stabbed to death in the early hours of Monday. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

The death in Whalebone Lane was one of four suspected murders to occur in four days in London.

It followed three homicides in the space of 24 hours, including two teenagers who were killed on Friday evening.

Ahsan Malik, 59, manager of Olympac internet cafe, yards from where the latest incident took place, described gang-related crime in the area as a “scary situation”.

“There’s more knife crime, more drugs,” he said. “I see the police and they’re doing all they can, but they can’t control the young people.”

Scotland Yard said officers were called by paramedics at about 12.40am and the victim was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.

China is harvesting organs from detainees, tribunal concludes

As many as 90,000 transplant operations a year are being carried out in China, the tribunal estimated, a far higher figure than that given by official government sources.

There have been calls for the UK parliament to ban patients from travelling to China for transplant surgery.

More than 40 MPs from all parties have backed the motion. Israel, Italy, Spain and Taiwan already enforce such restrictions.

China insists it adheres to international medical standards that require organ donations to be made by consent and without any financial charges. It declined to participate in the tribunal.

The tribunal has been taking evidence from medical experts, human rights investigators and others.

Among those killed, it has been alleged, are members of religious minorities such as Falun Gong.

Persecution of the group began in 1999 after it had attracted tens of millions of followers and came to be seen as a threat to the communist party.

State media say Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
FILE – In this June 19, 2018, file photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a photo during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
(Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP, File)

Xi will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the visit on Thursday and Friday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said. It said the trip will be the first by a Chinese president in 14 years.

The visit coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and North Korea, CCTV said.

The broadcaster added the leaders will exchange views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

The visit comes as negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea appear to have reached an impasse

Report: Former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Leader Mohamed Morsi Dies in Court…

FILE – In this Sunday, May 20, 2012 file photo, the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi holds a rally in Cairo, Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood has declared that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won Egypt’s presidential election, early Monday, June 18, 2012.(AP Photo/Fredrik Persson, File)

Both President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton praised Mohamed Morsi when he was ruling Egypt as the chosen representative of The Muslim Brotherhood.

After taking power Morsi immediately opened all the prisons letting the Brotherhood free.

Than Morsi began jailing his political opponents; he disbanded the court system and instituted a Sharia compliant constitution while slaughtering hundreds of Coptic Christians.

President Obama and Secretary Clinton praised Morsi, the majority of Egyptian people hated him.

Egyptian military General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was quickly recruited by the people to take over and remove Mohamed Morsi from office.

President el-Sisi stopped the chaos, removed the extremists; exiled the Brotherhood; destroyed Hamas border tunnels in Gaza; began fighting radical Islam and provided security for all Egyptians, including Christians.

Terrorist trio, including 2 females, kill at least 30 watching soccer match in Nigeria

Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group operating in Nigeria, has been blamed for the attack, however, there was no immediate claim or comment from the group.

Officials said another 40 people were injured in the attack in Konduga village in the Borno State, about 18 miles from Maiduguri.

Another American tourist died in her hotel room in the Dominican Republic

Leyla Cox, 53, died June 10 in her hotel room, Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

From 2012 to December 2018, 128 Americans have died there, according to statistics available on the US Department of State website. The statistics, which do not cover deaths from natural causes, include drownings, homicides, suicides, vehicle and other accidents.

The department has not issued a travel warning and American officials have not said the deaths were connected.

“The safety and security of U.S. citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority. These incidents are tragic and we offer our deepest condolences to those personally impacted,” the State Department said.

Migrants Returning Home amid Mexico’s Crackdown, Says AP

Over the weekend, the new head of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute announced the detention of hundreds of Central American migrants who were traveling in four tractor-trailers through Veracruz.

Initially, authorities claimed the buses contained approximately 500 migrants. The figure has since changed to 785 with more than 150 of those being children.

The AP highlighted the concern among migrants following the recent increase in military and federal officials along Mexico’s southern border.

Harry Houdini trick recreation goes awry in India, stuntman feared dead

Chanchal Lahiri, seen here attempting two different magic tricks in the Hooghly River in Kolkata, has been declared missing and is feared dead after his latest trick went wrong. (REUTERS)

There are conflicting reports about whether Lahiri jumped into the broadest part of the river from the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata or was dropped in with a crane. The plan was for him to swim back to the shore after untying himself.

But local newspapers reported Lahiri – also identified as Chanchal Sarkar by the Hindustan Times – has not reemerged from the river since Sunday, sparking a massive search.

“We have searched the area extensively but neither Sarkar nor his body could be found,” a police officer told the Hindustan Times on Sunday, adding the stuntman could not be declared dead until a body was found.

Tech Watch:


A man walks past a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019.
REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Trump’s ban against Huawei will cost the company $30 billion in revenue, according to Ren. His comments are startling given past remarks from company executives who suggested Huawei was technologically self-sufficient and will absorb the blows.

“We did not expect they would attack us on so many aspects,” Ren said, speaking at the company’s Shenzhen headquarters Monday.

He added: “We cannot get components supply, cannot participate in many international organizations, cannot work closely with many universities, cannot use anything with U.S. components, and cannot even establish connection with networks that use such components.”

Google, for one, is reportedly shifting production of server hardware out of the communist nation and moving motherboards to Taiwan, as the company tries to avert pain from a 25% tariff.

Other big tech companies are reportedly following suit and shifting production out of China and back to the U.S.

US Air Force successfully flies its newest hypersonic missile on its mighty B-52 bomber

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress Master Sgt. Lance Cheung | U.S. Air Force

A hypersonic weapon is a missile that travels at Mach 5 or higher, which is at least five times faster than the speed of sound. That means a hypersonic weapon can travel about one mile per second.

In August, the Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin with its second multimillion-dollar contract to develop the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, hypersonic missile.

The Air Force said the ARRW system will stand for more ground and flight testing over the next three years. The hypersonic missile is expected to be completed by 2022.

The “captive carry flight test” evaluates the mock weapon during flight and is the Air Force’s latest step in the budding hypersonic arms race between China and Russia.

Scientists develop new laser that can find and destroy cancer cells in the blood

Though it may still be a ways away from becoming a commercial diagnostic tool, the laser is up to 1,000 times more sensitive than current methods used to detect tumor cells in blood, the researchers reported June 12 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

To test for cancer spread, doctors typically take blood samples, but often the tests fail to find tumor cells even if they are present in a single sample, especially if the patient has an early form of cancer, said senior author Vladimir Zharov, director of the nanomedicine center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

If the tests do come back positive, that typically means there’s a high concentration of circulating tumor cells in the blood; at that point, the cancer has likely spread widely to other organs and it’s often “too late to effectively treat patients,” Zharov added.

The new technology, dubbed the Cytophone, uses pulses of laser light on the outside of the skin to heat up cells in the blood. But the laser only heats up melanoma cells — not healthy cells — because these cells carry a dark pigment called melanin, which absorbs the light.

The Cytophone then uses an ultrasound technique to detect the teensy, tiny waves emitted by this heating effect.

Domino’s will use self-driving vehicles to deliver pizza in Houston

This isn’t a shocking move for Domino’s. It’s fond of technological solutions for ordering and delivering pizza, both for its own convenience as well as a selling point.

For Nuro, though, it’s something of a coup. The company’s early driverless delivery projects have so far focused on groceries. Now, it’s poised to deliver food for a major restaurant.

You could see its vehicles roaming the streets far more often (where it’s legal) if the Domino’s team-up proves successful.

If you order online from a participating store and have a little bit of luck, you’ll get the choice of a robotic courier — pick that and you’ll get a PIN code to unlock a compartment on the R2 and grab your meal.


Only with Real Transparency Will the FBI Ever Be Trusted Again

Attorney General William Barr, left with FBI director Christopher Wray, right,
Attorney General William Barr, left applauds along with FBI director Christopher Wray, right, during a graduation ceremony for students of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy at the FBI training facility in Quantico, Va., Friday, June 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The litany of personages who have recently left or been expelled from that organization is long and getting longer.

As is well known, it’s under investigation for its practices during and before the Mueller probe, via the inspector general and recently-appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is famed for prosecuting FBI agents with ties to the Boston mob.

All this is being supervised by AG William Barr.

Significantly, Durham is also investigating the CIA and, it appears, the State Department. President Trump has given Barr (and therefore presumably Durham) the ability to compel the agencies to reveal their secret documents and to make their personnel cooperate with investigators.