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Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest
Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest

Venezuela says it is quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government's handling of a deadly political crisis. The announcement late Wednesday raised international tension over Venezuela, where unrest has left 28 people dead this month. Echoed by the United States and European Union, the OAS has led an international chorus of concern over the economic and political chaos in the major oil-exporting country.

Ann Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute
Ann Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute

By Lisa Fernandez BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said she had scrapped plans to speak on Thursday at the University of California at Berkeley in defiance of campus officials, who had barred her original engagement this week out of concerns about inciting violent protests. Coulter, one America's best-known and most polarizing pundits on the political right, cast blame on conservative student organizers who withdrew their invitation following their dispute with university officials. "There will be no speech," Coulter wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday.

Forget the AirPods: These Wireless Earbuds Are Now $24
Forget the AirPods: These Wireless Earbuds Are Now $24

The AirPods are Apple's first foray into the wireless headphones industry offering a no-fuss, near-instantaneous way to wirelessly connect to your iOS device. The Syllable D900 Mini Bluetooth Earphones offer the same wireless capabilities as Apple's AirPods, but at a considerably lower price.

AT&T to Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5G
AT&T to Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5G

AT&T is using some wordsmithing to deliver to you faster Internet speeds. This week, the wireless carrier announced plans to deliver what it's calling the "5G Evolution" network to more than 20 markets by the end of the year. Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's GuideFor starters, to call AT&T's move a 5G rollout would be a bad idea.

Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: Cops
Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: Cops

Marinna Rollins can be heard laughing as she and her boyfriend took turns shooting her service dog, authorities said.

Delaware State Police trooper fatally shot outside convenience store; suspect barricaded
Delaware State Police trooper fatally shot outside convenience store; suspect barricaded

A man shot and killed a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store Wednesday and later barricaded himself inside his house, where he continued to fire shots at officers, police said.

Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion Police
Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion Police

Alexa, do these pants make me look fat? Amazon's newest voice-powered device, the Echo Look, is a $199 Wi-Fi connected camera that you can use to check out how you look in your favorite outfits. When you say "Alexa, take a picture" or "Alexa, take a video," the Echo Look will snap a shot of you, and then upload it to the Echo Look app, where you can review what you're wearing and what you've worn in the past.

US: Turkey gave about 20 minutes notice before Syria strikes
US: Turkey gave about 20 minutes notice before Syria strikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Turkey gave coalition forces about 20 minutes notice before launching airstrikes on Kurdish troops in Syria this week, potentially putting American forces in the region at risk, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Sobering visualizations reveal how sea level rise could transform cities in your lifetime
Sobering visualizations reveal how sea level rise could transform cities in your lifetime

Until recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. It would be problematic, of course, but manageable, particularly in industrialized nations like the U.S. However, troubling indications from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets show that melting is taking place faster than previously thought and that entire glaciers - if not portions of the ice sheets themselves - are destabilizing. This has scientists increasingly worried that the consensus sea level rise estimates are too conservative. With sea level rise, as with other climate impacts, the uncertainties tend to skew toward the more severe end of the scale....

Unicorn frappucinos are dead. Long live dragon frappuccinos.
Unicorn frappucinos are dead. Long live dragon frappuccinos.

A couple days ago, we suggested other mythical creatures who are not unicorns that deserve to have their own frappuccinos.  Little did we know, one of those frappuccinos was indeed developing in the shadows of the unicorn frappuccino. And now, with the unicorn frappuccino run officially over at Starbucks, that new frappuccino has come into the spotlight. Introducing the dragon frappuccino. SEE ALSO: Starbucks baristas are now creating 'unicorn lemonade' and there's no end to this 109/365: I apologized profusely to my barista before ordering the basic AF #unicornfrappuccino - thankfully they were out of the ingredients and offered me something not only cooler and better...

Police Confirm Active Shooter In Washington Middle School
Police Confirm Active Shooter In Washington Middle School

Police were responding to Hawkins Middle School in Mason County following reports of an active shooter.

New US office seeks to aid victims of crimes by immigrants
New US office seeks to aid victims of crimes by immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration on Wednesday opened an office dedicated to helping victims of crimes committed by immigrants - an initiative criticized as misguided because studies have shown immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.

Humans may have lived in the Americas 130,000 years ago, far earlier than thought
Humans may have lived in the Americas 130,000 years ago, far earlier than thought

Ancient remains found in California suggest that humans were present in North America some 130,000 years ago - substantially earlier than scientists previously thought. A site in San Diego contains evidence that early human ancestors smashed mastodon bones and teeth to make rudimentary tools. The smattering of bone fragments, hammer-stones, and anvils now represents the oldest archeological site in the Americas, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The oldest widely accepted date for humanity's presence in North America is less than 15,000 years ago. If the findings are true, this would make the San Diego site older by a factor of nearly ten, the study...

AP Photos: Chernobyl
AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitors

PRIPYAT, Ukraine (AP) - A bulletin board in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat still bears an edition of the Sovietsky Patriot newspaper, dated three days before the nuclear explosion that turned the city into one of the world's most baleful ghost towns.

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Former 'Bachelor' Chris Soules Speaks Out After Deadly Accident

Former "Bachelor" Chris Soules has finally addressed his hit and run arrest.

US warship fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Gulf
US warship fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Gulf

A US warship has fired a warning flare at an Iranian Revolutionary Guards vessel that refused to maintain distance in Gulf waters, a US spokesman said Wednesday. Guided-missile destroyer the USS Mahan had an "unprofessional interaction" with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessel on Monday in the international waters of the Gulf, US Navy spokesman Lieutenant Rick Chernitzer told AFP. Chernitzer said the Iranian vessel came within 1,100 yards (1,005 metres) of the destroyer, prompting the US Navy to issue warning messages, twice blast the internationally recognised five-whistle danger signal and deploy "a flare to determine the Iranian vessel's intentions".

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Amazon's 15 best daily deals: Vizio sound bar, Beats Solo3, portable SSD, TV backlighting, more

Boy oh boy do we have a great list of Amazon's top daily deals for you today, and it all starts with $150 off one of the best Vizio sound bar models out there. Other highlights include a $21 gadget that will completely change the way you watch TV, the lowest price ever on Apple's wildly popular Beats Solo3 wireless over-ear headphones, a $20 cable modem that will save you up to $120 a year when you return your leased modem, two different portable SSD drives from SanDisk, two different Asus Android tablets, and plenty more. You'll find all of today's top deals below.

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Celebrity's giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight

United Airlines was under fire again Wednesday after a huge rabbit named Simon died while hopping over from London to Chicago, where he was due to be picked up by a celebrity buyer. The valuable 90-centimetre (three-foot) long continental giant rabbit had previously been described as "fit as a fiddle", and his death in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 comes as a mystery. "Something very strange has happened and I want to know what," breeder Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire in central England, told British newspaper The Sun.

Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces
Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them. Speaking at a security conference in Moscow, Shoigu restated Russia's view that the strike -- which Washington conducted in response to what it said was a deadly chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces -- was "a crude violation of international law." U.S. officials said at the time that they had informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes.

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Amazon's $96 sound bar is so good it doesn't need a separate subwoofer

It used to be that if you wanted to add decent sound to your TV, you need to spend upwards of $1,000 on a surround sound system. The the home audio market got much more competitive, and prices began to fall. Things really took a turn when companies began launching sound bars, which cost less to make and didn't require users to run cables all over their homes. Fast-forward to today, and you can get a solid sound bar with a wireless subwoofer for between $200 and $300. And then there's the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar with Built-In Subwoofer, a 4-star rated home audio solution that costs less than $100. The nifty design builds the sub right into the sound bar itself,...

Why are far-right speakers flocking to liberal Berkeley?
Why are far-right speakers flocking to liberal Berkeley?

A man is sprayed with a chemical irritant as multiple fights break out between Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters in Berkeley, California, on 15 April. The college town so deeply liberal that it is referred to as "the People's Republic of Berkeley" is now a favored destination for the far right, resulting in a number of violent encounters on the city's streets and the University of California's flagship campus. A new confrontation is expected on Thursday, when rightwing commentator Ann Coulter plans to speak on the UC Berkeley campus in defiance of the administration's request that she hold her event a week later at a secure location.

Extravagant Travel Expenses Of 5 US Presidents
Extravagant Travel Expenses Of 5 US Presidents

President Donald trump and his predecessors have spent extravagant amounts of taxpayer's money to fund their travels. However, the exact amount of the travel expenditure of a president is not made public.

These airlines, hotels and websites received the highest  customer approval ratings
These airlines, hotels and websites received the highest customer approval ratings

JetBlue, Priceline and Hilton are the most loved travel brands according to a new customer satisfaction report. 

Tesla Model S Loses Top Ratings Spot
Tesla Model S Loses Top Ratings Spot

Consumer Reports is lowering the ratings of two Tesla vehicles because the automaker has not enabled the new models with the automatic emergency braking safety feature it said would come as stand...

Arizona man convicted of killing best friend, woman, 4 kids

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona prisoner was convicted Tuesday of the gruesome killings of his best friend, the man's girlfriend and her four young children 12 years ago in what prosecutors called a crime motivated by money.

AP Explains: Why China
AP Explains: Why China's new aircraft carrier is significant

BEIJING (AP) - China on Wednesday launched the navy's second aircraft carrier, its first to be entirely homebuilt.

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media
China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media

China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. Beijing has embarked on an extensive project to build a "blue water" navy and modernise its two million-strong military, the world's largest.

Elizabeth Thomas Having Panic Attacks, Family Says
Elizabeth Thomas Having Panic Attacks, Family Says

The 15-year-old Tennesssee teen was rescued last week after being allegedly kidnapped by ex-teacher Tad Cummins on March 13.

AT&T revenue misses estimates as customers keep phones longer
AT&T revenue misses estimates as customers keep phones longer

AT&T Inc's quarterly revenue missed estimates due to lower equipment sales as customers held onto phones longer and rival wireless carriers offered new promotions on unlimited data plans, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier said on Tuesday. It said it lost 191,000 postpaid subscribers, who pay bills monthly, in the United States on a net basis in the first quarter ended March 31. AT&T and industry leader Verizon Communications Inc are battling Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc for market share in a mature U.S. wireless market where most U.S. consumers already have cellphones.

Traces of death at Afghan base attacked by Taliban
Traces of death at Afghan base attacked by Taliban

Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) (AFP) - The green mosque in the Afghan military compound attacked by Taliban militants is scarred -- disfigured by bullet holes, blast marks and with blood splattered across the ceiling -- telltale signs of the deaths of at least 144 young Afghan recruits. Images filmed by an AFP journalist reveal some of the horror of one of the deadliest attacks ever perpetrated in Afghanistan. The images and testimony collected there have helped piece together the unbridled brutality that ripped through the base, home to the 209th Army Corps, about 15 kilometres (10 miles) from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Pope urges powerful to act humbly in surprise TED talk appearance
Pope urges powerful to act humbly in surprise TED talk appearance

Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at a TED talk conference on Tuesday, urging powerful leaders "to act humbly" and said he hoped technological innovation would not leave people behind. The 18-minute video was filmed in Vatican City and broadcast to the audience at the annual TED 2017 conference in Vancouver. "If you don't, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other." The comments echoed Francis' frequent themes to not ignore the plight of immigrants, the poor and other vulnerable people Speaking in Italian with subtitles, Francis urged solidarity to overcome a "culture of waste" that had affected not only food but people cast aside by economic systems that rely...

N. Korea hails
N. Korea hails 'largest ever' firing drill

North Korea on Wednesday hailed its largest-ever firing drill, overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un to mark a key military anniversary amid high tensions in the region. Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark the 85 years since the founding of its army on Tuesday. Instead, the North's state-run KCNA news agency said the Korean People's Army marked the anniversary with a "successful largest-ever artillery drill" under the orders of Supreme Commander Kim in the eastern port city of Wonsan.

Defying crackdown, Venezuelans stage new march
Defying crackdown, Venezuelans stage new march

Venezuelan protesters planned a new march Wednesday against President Nicolas Maduro, defying his government despite the deaths of more than 25 people in an increasingly violent political crisis. Twenty-six people have died so far this month in violence around the protests, including four minors, according to Attorney General Luisa Ortega. Maduro put the figure at 29 deaths in a speech Tuesday evening, without giving details.

Afghanistan arrests 35 soldiers after attack on base
Afghanistan arrests 35 soldiers after attack on base

Authorities have arrested 35 soldiers who served on an army base in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban staged a deadly attack last week, officials said Wednesday, as fears grew they had inside help. The defence ministry released its official toll of 135 recruits killed in the assault on the sprawling base, home to the 209th Army Corps, outside the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh province on Friday. The brutal assault is believed to be the deadliest-ever Taliban attack on a military installation.

Celebrity
Celebrity's giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight

United Airlines was under fire again Wednesday after a huge rabbit named Simon died while hopping over from London to Chicago, where he was due to be picked up by a celebrity buyer. The valuable 90-centimetre (three-foot) long continental giant rabbit had previously been described as "fit as a fiddle", and his death in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 comes as a mystery. "Something very strange has happened and I want to know what," breeder Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire in central England, told British newspaper The Sun.

The Latest: Father of missing California boy, 5, released
The Latest: Father of missing California boy, 5, released

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on the search for a missing 5-year-old boy in Southern California (all times local):

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher
Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) - A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator.

1-year-old girl found safe after alleged abduction by armed father in IE
1-year-old girl found safe after alleged abduction by armed father in IE

A 1-year-old girl was found safe in Montclair after authorities said she was abducted by her father in Rancho Cucamonga, prompting an Amber Alert, authorities announced Tuesday morning.

'Talking Cars' Dishes on Mazda CX-5, Jeep Compass, and Honda Clarity FCV

Few vehicles have elicited as much interest from our viewers and readers as the redesigned 2017 Mazda CX-5 small SUV. This Mazda stands out in a category filled with competent but uninteresting m...

1,000 shot in Chicago so far this year
1,000 shot in Chicago so far this year

Chicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year. According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper 1,008 people have been shot in the city -- at least 182 fatally -- since the beginning of January, a pace roughly unchanged since the same period last year. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) offered conflicting data for the first four months of 2017, saying 172 people were killed and 954 shot -- a nine percent decline compared to the same period last year.

Officer who found boy
Officer who found boy's body testifies at dad's murder trial

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A police officer who searched for a 3-year-old boy reported missing by his father became emotional Tuesday at the father's murder trial as she testified about her canine partner alerting her to the child's body in a creek.

Long-Range Bull: Driving a 250,000-Mile Lamborghini Murcielago
Long-Range Bull: Driving a 250,000-Mile Lamborghini Murcielago

We slide behind the wheel of the highest-mileage modern Lambo in the world.

America Is Getting Used to Trump
America Is Getting Used to Trump's Insanity

The president has managed to accomplish at least one big thing in his first 100 days: the once unthinkable is now unremarkable.

Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnation
Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnation

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish warplanes struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, which is allied with Kurdish factions in both countries.

U.S. slams South Sudan
U.S. slams South Sudan's Kiir over 'man-made' famine, urges truce

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States slammed South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Tuesday for the African state's "man-made" famine and ongoing conflict, urging him to fulfill a month-old pledge of a unilateral truce by ordering his troops back to their barracks. "We must see a sign that progress is possible," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a United Nations Security Council briefing on South Sudan. "We must see that ceasefire implemented." South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after Kiir fired his deputy, unleashing a conflict that has spawned armed factions often following ethnic lines.

U.S. says raised deep concerns with Turkey over air strikes
U.S. says raised deep concerns with Turkey over air strikes

The United States on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over Turkish air strikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq and said they were not authorized by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State. The raids in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria killed at least 20 in a campaign against groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency against Turkey for Kurdish autonomy. Turkey is part of the U.S.-led military coalition fighting militants in Syria.

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US 'deeply concerned' by Turkish strikes in Syria, Iraq

The United States is "deeply concerned" by Turkish air strikes that reportedly killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria, the State Department said Tuesday. The strikes underscore the delicate political tightrope the United States is treading in Syria -- and to a lesser extent in Iraq -- where it is relying heavily on Kurdish forces to conduct the ground fight against the Islamic State group.

Police Use Data Found on Slain Woman's Fitbit in Murder Case Against Husband
Police Use Data Found on Slain Woman's Fitbit in Murder Case Against Husband

Connie Dabate, 39, was found shot to death in the Ellington home she shared with her two children and husband, Richard Dabate, on December 23, 2015.

8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now
8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Rumors surrounding the iPhone 8 are swirling right now, but they're still a bit hazy in some key areas. Should we expect an in-screen Touch ID sensor? Should we expect a dual-lens camera on every new iPhone model? We don't have any answer for you yet on that front, but at least you can expect fresh new paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free each day. We've rounded up the best of the bunch, as we always do, and you'll find them all laid out below. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now - obviously, the...

US sends stealth fighters to Russia
US sends stealth fighters to Russia's backyard for NATO drills

The move was seen by Estonian defence officials as a gesture underscoring Washington's commitment to its NATO partners. Rhetoric by US President Donald Trump, who called NATO "obsolete" shortly before he took office, deeply rattled the alliance's easternmost members bordering Russia. Trump has since reversed much of his criticism.

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