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Nearing 100 Days, Trump's Approval at Historic Lows
After failing to pass a much-promised repeal of Obamacare, Pres. Trump is eager to push through a tax cut package next week. House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, told members Saturday the priority was avoiding a government shutdown by Friday’s deadline.
The “New Day” host revealed Sunday that the former Fox News chief propositioned her early in her career at the top-rated cable news network. Ailes, through his attorney, called the claims “unsubstantiated and false.”
By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become "concentration camps". During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year. Islamists had slit the throat of the man's Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix on the ground.
France was on edge Saturday on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman. The shooting on Paris's world-renowned Champs Elysees avenue on Thursday, claimed by the Islamic State group, thrust questions of security to the fore of campaigning after nine months of relative calm. On Saturday, police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris's Gare du Nord station, briefly causing panic as some passengers rushed out of the way.
For decades, being a coal miner has come with a deal: Work in dangerous, unpleasant conditions for years, and in exchange, get lifelong health-care benefits and a decent pension. Now, though, part of that deal is jeopardy, as the funds that provide those benefits have dwindled.
The United States has a better-than-even chance of sticking with a landmark 2015 global agreement on climate change, former US Vice President Al Gore said Friday. "I think that there's an excellent chance, far better than 50-50, that the United States will decide to stay in the Paris Agreement," Gore said during a roundtable discussion at this week's spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California at Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn't find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week.
By Stephen Nellis SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Gokul Gunasekaran was offered a full scholarship for a graduate program in electrical engineering at Stanford University, he saw it as the chance of a lifetime. In the meantime, he is in a holding pattern on an H1-B visa, which permits him to live and work in the United States but does not allow him easily to switch jobs or start his own company. "It was a no-brainer when I came to this country, but now I'm kind of regretting taking that scholarship," said Gunasekaran, 29, who is also vice president with a non-profit group called Immigration Voice that represents immigrants waiting for green cards.
By Bate Felix and Daniel Pardon PARIS/PAPEETE, French Polynesia (Reuters) - French overseas territories and French residents in the United States and Canada began voting on Saturday in France's presidential election, a day before the main first-round of a poll that could change the global political landscape. Of nearly 47 million registered French voters, there are fewer than a million resident in far-flung places like French Polynesia in the South Pacific, and Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique in the Caribbean.
The 44-year-old colonel, a man with broad shoulders wearing his fatigues tucked into gumboots, is standing in the middle of a destroyed illicit refinery in Kana Rugbana, an area in the swamplands some 20 nautical miles from Port Harcourt. Fadairo is part of the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, a coalition of Nigerian security forces tasked with protecting the country's oil and gas infrastructure. Last year, militant attacks cut oil production to 1.4 million barrels per day in August, triggering Nigeria's worst economic slump in 25 years.
Scott Van Zyl made his living taking wealthy clients on "safaris" for the sole purpose of bringing home trophies like leopards, zebras, wildebeests and even lions. Now, investigators in Zimbabwe believe that Van Zyl ended up on the wrong end of the predator-prey relationship, and DNA tests have confirmed that he was attacked, killed, and eaten by crocodiles while on a hunting trip.
Van Zyl, who ran SS Pro Safaris, offered specials for hunters to spend a week or more on his hunting lands which border nature preserves, with the promise of killing up to seven different species for $9,000. He also offered other hunting expeditions with targets like elephants and giraffes, though specifics for those, including prices, aren't listed on the company's site. Photos of clients holding the bodies of several rare species are posted on Van Zyl's site, along with the motto "Stop whining, go hunting."
The circumstances surrounding his death are spotty, but reports suggest that Van Zyl and a second hunter and a pack of dogs. The two men split up, choosing to travel on foot alone, but when the dogs returned to the base camp without Van Zyl, his companion knew something was wrong.
His footprints were tracked to a riverbank where searchers found his backpack as well as several large Nile crocodiles. Authorities killed the crocs after getting clearance to do so and subsequently discovered human remains inside the stomach of one of them. Tests of the remains matched Van Zyl. The incident is just one of a handful of fatal crocodile attacks tallied so far in 2017 alone.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of scientists and fans of reason will take to the streets in more than 500 demonstrations planned around the world as part of the first-ever March for Science. But even if you can't make it to a march in person, a livestream of the festivities in Washington, D.C., has you covered. SEE ALSO: Here's why thousands of scientists are (and aren't) marching on Saturday A webcast set to go live at 10 a.m. ET Saturday will broadcast the rally ahead of the march in Washington, D.C., for any and all who want to participate but had to stay home for one reason or another. You can watch the webcast — which will feature rally speeches and entertainment by Questlove, Bill Nye, members of Congress and many others — provided through the Earth Day Network, in the window below. At the moment, science in this country is seemingly under threat from the Trump administration itself. If President Donald Trump has his way, as outlined in his budget blueprint, the Environmental Protection Agency's budget would be cut by more than 31 percent and many other science funding agencies would face massive cutbacks as well. The March for Science is designed to make the voices of scientists and science supporters known to policymakers around the world. "Science is a vital feature of a working democracy, spurring innovation, critical thinking, increased understanding, and better, healthier lives for all people," the March for Science states on its website. "By marching in Washington, DC and around the world, we take one of many steps to become more active in our communities and in democratic life." WATCH: Giant icebergs are a big tourist draw in Newfoundland, and a warning sign
The son of a prominent Russian lawmaker has been sentenced to 27 years of prison for hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he sold online and made billions.
CEBU, Philippines (AP) — After a massive manhunt, Philippine forces killed at least four suspected Muslim militants Saturday in a central resort province where troops had foiled possible kidnapping and bombing plots by extremists earlier this month, officials said.
United Airlines said Friday it no longer plans to name chief executive Oscar Munoz chairman as it revised its compensation program following an uproar over its treatment of a passenger. Munoz and the airline were slammed with heavy criticism after a passenger was violently dragged off a United flight earlier this month in an incident that sparked global outrage. "The Board believes that separating the roles of chief executive officer and chairman of the board is the most appropriate structure at this time," the company said in a securities filing.
Michael Ron David Kadar, 18, who has dual citizenship and lives in Israel, made at least 245 threatening telephone calls between Jan. 4 and March 7, many targeting Jewish community centers in the United States, according to the Florida complaint. Kadar also appears linked to more than 240 hoax threats called into schools in the United States and Canada between August and December 2015, forcing thousands of students to be evacuated, according to the Georgia complaint.
Tesla shares have been on a rampage lately. Over the past six weeks, Tesla's stock price has skyrocketed 25%, with shares currently trading in the $304 range. With a market cap of nearly $50 billion, Tesla is currently more valuable than Ford -- which has a market cap of $46 billion -- and is close to surpassing GM which currently boasts a market cap of $51 billion. Predictably, Tesla's valuation has elicited ridicule from critics who can't help but point out that Tesla in 2016 delivered 76,230 vehicles. In stark contrast, Ford during the first half of 2016 alone delivered 1.35 million cars to customers.
That data, though, is irrelevant as far as Wall Street is concerned. As tends to be the case, investors aren't so much concerned with current performance as they are with future performance. And in that respect, as EV adoption continues to grow steadily, Tesla's future looks incredibly bright.
Speaking to the New York Times recently, Karl Brauer of Kelley Blue Book opined that Tesla is selling a story that other competitors simply can't match.
"Investors want something that is going to go up in orders of magnitude in six months to six years," Brauer said, "and Tesla is that story.Nobody thinks Ford or G.M. is going to do that."
Interestingly enough, Tesla CEO Elon Musk -- who in the past has conceded that Tesla's valuation can sometimes hover at absurd and arguably unjustified levels -- recently expressed a different point of view.
In a letter Musk penned to engineers who came over to Tesla via the company's acquisition of Grohmann Engineering, Musk said that shares of Tesla might see a 10-fold increase over the next 5 to 10 years. The letter was obtained by Electrek and reads as follows:
Unlike other automotive manufacturers, each Tesla employee receives Tesla shares in addition to salary. These shares can be easily sold for money, but they also open up the possibility of earning much more through stock appreciation. The tenfold increase in our share price over the past five years has made shareholding exceptionally profitable for our Tesla employees. I firmly believe that we have the potential for a further ten-fold increase over the next five to ten years. That would make a total value of € 100,000 from the € 10,000 in stock.
The impetus for the letter stems from financial concerns that Grohmann engineers began having once word emerged that Tesla had no plans to renew contracts Grohmann had with other auto manufacturers.
Looking to reassure engineers further, Musk added that Tesla's product roadmap extends out far beyond the Model 3 and includes upcoming vehicles like the Model Y, a brand new Roadster, a pickup truck and a semi-truck.
While it's easy to scoff at Musk's "ten-fold" prediction with respect to shares of Tesla, it's important to remember that the stock market is rarely governed by logic. Remember, Amazon's market cap in recent years soared to insane levels even though the company wasn't making much money at all. In a nutshell, Wall St. investors aren't so much of the "what have you done for me lately" ilk as they are of the "what will you do for me in the future" crowd.
PHOENIX (AP) — The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission.
Russia has told the United States it regrets Washington's opposition to letting its inspectors take part in an investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the foreign ministry said on Friday. It said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the two sides agreed to consider one more time an "objective investigation into the incident" under the aegis of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
They really are friends fur-ever! These adorable animals have struck up the most unlikely friendships in the animal kingdom. From a pig and a cat to a baby goat and a dog, these are companions you never thought you’d see.
A 12-year-old boy trying to drive from coast-to-coast through the vast Australian outback was stopped by traffic police more than a thousand kilometres into the epic road trip, authorities said Sunday. The child was picked up by local police in the mining city of Broken Hill, around a 14-hour drive from his starting point in the village of Kendall in the east of Australia. "Checks revealed the driver to be a 12-year-old boy (who) was travelling from Kendall NSW on his way to Perth," it said, adding that the boy had been arrested.
Armed police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris's Gare du Nord station Saturday, sparking panic at the international transport hub just days after the jihadist killing of a policeman. Police sources said that "travellers" pointed out the individual wielding a knife to passing police on patrol, who immediately arrested him. No one was injured in the incident at Paris's main international terminus and the man offered no resistance to his arrest.
By Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations faces its second challenge at a U.S. appeals court next month, and this time more Republican states are backing the measure, while one Democratic state attorney general dropped out of the legal fight this week. Some legal experts say the states' realignment could signal that the changes made last month to Trump's original executive order have strengthened the government's case. Sixteen Democratic state attorneys general and the District of Colombia on Thursday filed a "friend of the court" brief backing Hawaii in its bid to block the March 6 executive order, which two federal judges put on hold before it could be implemented.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal holds up his trophy after winning his men’s finals match against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco; Britain’s Prince Harry and his brother Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, urge on runners at the Head Together cheering point during the London Marathon; and Anti-fascists clash with police forces as they demonstrate in Paris.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former Weather Underground radical who drove a getaway car in a bungled 1981 Brinks armored-car robbery that left three people dead was denied parole on Friday despite the fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised her behavior as a prisoner when he commuted her sentence last year.
By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - Gunmen wounded Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park on Sunday in the latest of a string of attacks during land invasions in drought-stricken northern Kenya, which residents say are intensifying as August polls approach. Gallmann, who was played by Kim Basinger in the 2000 film of her book, was going to inspect fresh damage to her property after invaders burned down a retreat there on Saturday. The gunmen shot her, but Gallmann was saved when rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service intervened and fought off the attackers.
By Nguyen Huy Kham HANOI (Reuters) - Protesters involved in a land dispute near Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, released the final 20 officials they had been holding as hostages for almost a week after a visit by a senior city official, Reuters witnesses said on Saturday. Villagers in Dong Tam, 40 km (25 miles) from the center of Hanoi, seized 38 officials, including police officers, last weekend after four people were arrested in retaliation for protests staged during the escalating land dispute.
In a case that has gripped South Africa, the 22-year-old scion of a wealthy family goes on trial in Cape Town on Monday, accused of slaughtering his family in a frenzied axe attack. The case has also made headlines internationally, as police failed to arrest anyone for the grisly killings until Henri van Breda handed himself in. Van Breda is alleged to have killed his brother Rudi and parents Martin and Teresa and left his sister Marli struggling with nightmarish injuries.
Germany's anti-immigration AfD handed its own leader a humiliating setback Saturday five months before a general election, as thousands of demonstrators rallied against its party congress. The four-year-old Alternative for Germany has harnessed public anger over Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to let in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015. Top-selling daily Bild called delegates' decision to not even debate her motion a "crushing blow" for Petry, a 41-year-old former chemist who is pregnant with her fifth child.
Starbucks briefly made everyone go insane when they unleashed the Unicorn Frappuccino on the world. The drink's electric pink and blue swirls, the daintily powdered whipped cream on top, are all made to be Instagrammed. And of course, unicorns have been a big thing for a while now, with all manner of unicorn-themed products and trends springing up seemingly every other day. But we think it's time we moved on from the unicorn. We get it: They are fabulous, colorful, and sparkly. But there are so many other mythical creatures out there that also deserve our attention and respect. Right now these creatures are being overshadowed — even oppressed — by the unicorn, but we're not standing for it any longer. SEE ALSO: Woman uses Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino to spread some magical news to her husband We're here to make the case for these other mythical creatures, specifically that these creatures also deserve their own delicious frappuccinos. Because the unicorn isn't the only thing that tastes great when blended with sugar. 1. Dragon Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableDracarys it up with the Dragon Frappuccino. This drink is dragonfruit-flavored molten goodness. A secret red spicy sauce is swirled into the cup for a fiery kick suitable for a dragon. Cayenne pepper flakes are sprinkled across the whipped cream on top for that last glorious touch. 2. Wood Nymph Frappuccino Embrace nature in the most sophisticated way you know how — with a Wood Nymph Frappuccino in your hand. The drink is an intoxicating blend of chocolate and rosemary, and it comes perfectly swirled green and brown. Rosemary sprigs on top complete the woodsy look. 3. Fairy Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableAbsolutely nothing is more magical than fairies, not even unicorns. The Fairy Frappuccino looks like paradise, tastes like a pink Starburst, and is topped with both rainbow glitter and sprinkles. If that's not enough to get you Instagram likes, you have the option to add a star-shaped cake pop to the ensemble. Warning: Consuming this may actually turn you into a fairy. 4. Mermaid Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableUnleash your inner Ariel with the Mermaid Frappuccino, a coconut-flavored drink that's a beautiful sea foam green in color. Delicate seaweed flakes dot the whipped cream on top, so that one sip transports you right to the ocean. 5. Leprechaun Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableYes, we know that McDonald's has their Shamrock Shake, but the Leprechaun Frappuccino gives you that same great taste with the benefit of caffeination. Since no leprechaun is whole without both green and gold at hand, the beverage is topped with actual flakes of gold. (Because of this, the drink costs a little more than your usual frappuccino, but it's worth it for the once-in-a-lifetime "I'm so baller got gold in my drink" experience.) 6. Yeti Frappuccino On the hottest summer day, the chilliness of a Yeti Frappuccino will cool you right down. Stark white except for the tinge of blue powder at the very top, this beverage is not only cold in your hands but cold in your mouth with its sharp minty flavor. 7. Troll Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableWe personally feel like trolls before we get our morning caffeine, so this frappuccino is perfect for the inner grumpy creature lurking under the bridge inside all of us. The Troll Frappuccino is dark brown in color, but don't let that fool you: The contents are sugary deliciousness. Take a regular frappuccino, swirl in chocolate pudding, add in crushed Oreos, then top with chocolate rocks and you have the Troll. 8. Kraken Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableFans of the salty-sweet, rejoice, for the Kraken Frappuccino is here. Matcha and salted caramel meet in this gray-green swirled beverage. The whipped cream is garnished with matcha powder and blue sea salt. WATCH: Woman uses Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino to spread some magical news to her husband
John Yemma captures some of the stellar glow of science in his March 20 Upfront piece, “The pure spirit of science.” But the gleam of science goes well beyond the wonder of new discoveries and the excitement of dedicated workers. Scientific thinking provides a logical, inspired pathway to solve problems and trigger scintillating inspiration. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, but other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. university campuses, according to a report released Sunday.
By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition marched in silence on Saturday to honor a dozen people killed in three weeks of protests demanding that the government of President Nicolas Maduro hold delayed elections and address a growing economic crisis. "We want free elections, we want to get rid of this corrupt government," said Iomira Barrios, 60, an environmental consultant who says she can no longer find work. "Right now people are willing to fight, because they have declared a dictatorship and we cannot allow it." Anger over the OPEC nation's triple-digit inflation and Soviet-style product shortages boiled over after the Supreme Court last month briefly assumed the powers of Congress, triggering accusations that Maduro was building a dictatorship.