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German Social Democrat Schulz chosen to challenge Merkel
German Social Democrat Schulz chosen to challenge Merkel

Martin Schulz on Sunday officially became Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief rival at Germany's September general election, leading the leftwing challenge to unseat arguably the world's most powerful woman. The bearded Social Democrat, already credited with giving his ailing party a strong shot in the arm, was unanimously elected SPD leader and standard bearer at a one-day congress in Berlin. In a speech to the SPD rank and file, the 61-year-old attempted to harness this momentum against Merkel, whose conservatives just a few months ago had an apparently invincible lead in the polls.

Somalia asks Saudi coalition to investigate refugee boat attack

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The Somali government condemned a helicopter attack on a boatload of Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen and called on the Saudi-led coalition fighting in the country to investigate, officials said on Saturday. At least 40 Somali refugees were killed when a helicopter attacked the boat they were traveling in late on Thursday, the United Nations refugee agency said. "The prime minister condemns the unfair killing of the Somalis who were sailing on the shores of Yemen ... the victims were innocent, unarmed and were mostly women and children," Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire's office said in a statement.

Man arrested for strobe-light tweet that caused reporter
Man arrested for strobe-light tweet that caused reporter's seizure

A Maryland man has been arrested on federal charges that he intentionally used an animated tweet to trigger an epileptic seizure in a Newsweek reporter who had been critical of President Donald Trump. The reporter, Kurt Eichenwald, was at his home office in Dallas on December 15 when he clicked on a Twitter message sent him by a man using the pseudonym "@jew_goldstein." A blinding strobe light began flashing on his screen, sending Eichenwald -- who has openly discussed his epilepsy -- into a seizure. The Justice Department said Friday that it had arrested John R. Rivello, 29, of Salisbury, Maryland, on a criminal complaint from Texas charging him with cyberstalking with the intent to...

Obama
Obama's Many Trump Insults

"Being president is a serious job... It's not hosting a talk show or a reality show."

Snow Blower Storage Tip: Should You Drain the Gas?
Snow Blower Storage Tip: Should You Drain the Gas?

Q. Do I really have to drain the gas from my snow blower before I store it for the season? A. That depends. If you've added fuel stabilizer-an additive sold by power-equipment dealers and home c...

Exclusive: Canadian border authorities detaining record number of Mexicans
Exclusive: Canadian border authorities detaining record number of Mexicans

By Anna Mehler Paperny TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's border authorities detained more Mexicans in the first 67 days of 2017 than they did annually in any of the three previous years, according to statistics obtained by Reuters. The spike comes immediately after Canada's federal government lifted its visa requirement for Mexican citizens in December. Many Mexicans looking north have shifted their focus from the United States to Canada as President Donald Trump vows to crack down on America's undocumented immigrants, about half of whom are Mexican.

'All Options Are on the Table' Against North Korea, Sec. Tillerson Declares

In South Korea on Friday, Sec. of State Tillerson warned that military action against North Korea was "on the table," if the country continued to develop its weapons program.

Trump Heading to Mar-a-Lago for Fifth Visit Since Taking Office, but What About Camp David?
Trump Heading to Mar-a-Lago for Fifth Visit Since Taking Office, but What About Camp David?

The president appears to prefer his Mar-a-Lago compound over the official presidential retreat located just 20 minutes from the White House.

The Latest: DOJ says it
The Latest: DOJ says it's complied with wiretapping requests

LONDON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped (all times local):

President Trump hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel
President Trump hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel in photo-op at White House.

GOP Sen. Paul calls colleague McCain
GOP Sen. Paul calls colleague McCain 'a little bit unhinged'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Rand Paul called fellow Republican Sen. John McCain "a little bit unhinged" Thursday after McCain had said "the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin," the Russian president.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin talks about opposition to the recent GOP health care bill after his town hall in West Virginia
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin talks about opposition to the recent GOP health care bill after his town hall in West Virginia

He told ABC News' MaryAlice Parks: "I'll work with anybody."

Apple Will Receive 75 million OLED Panels For iPhone 8 Release This Year
Apple Will Receive 75 million OLED Panels For iPhone 8 Release This Year

Apple will receive 14 percent of the total global OLED panel production this year for its iPhone 8 launch.

Tech Companies Backing Off Scrutiny Of Trump Travel Ban
Tech Companies Backing Off Scrutiny Of Trump Travel Ban

Technology firms are backing off their challenge to the most recent version of the Trump administration's travel ban.

Cooler Filled With
Cooler Filled With '5 Very Large Bags of Marijuana' Donated to Goodwill Store

The Monroe Police Department said Goodwill employees believe the cooler was dropped off Monday night, but "they're not exactly sure how it was donated."

The Latest: Texas executes man convicted of killing 2
The Latest: Texas executes man convicted of killing 2

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the Texas execution of James Bigby (all times local):

Trump economic adviser: Fed doing
Trump economic adviser: Fed doing 'good job,' respects independence

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said on Sunday that the Federal Reserve "has been doing a good job" and the Trump administration respects its independence, even if the U.S. central bank raises interest rates this week. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, told Fox News Sunday that the Trump administration will keep working to reduce barriers to job creation no matter what the Fed does on interest rates. "The Federal Reserve is an independent agency and they operate as such.

Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum

It was once home to priceless archaeological treasures, but these days you get into Mosul museum in Iraq's second city via a gaping hole in the basement. In the darkness lies a pile of rubble -- all that remains of two ancient Assyrian statues of winged bulls, smashed to pieces by Islamic State group jihadists. Iraqi forces announced that they retook the building from IS on Tuesday as they pushed into west Mosul as part of a vast offensive to oust the jihadists from the northern city.

Measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children
Measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children

A measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children and infected thousands more since September due to poverty and an anti-vaccination movement, local media reported Saturday. Romanian health minister Florian Bodog said that none of the children who died from the highly contagious virus had been vaccinated, adding that the last victim was a one-year-old girl from the northern city of Satu Mare. More than 3,400 people have been infected since February 2016 compared with the year before when the country registered seven cases but no deaths, Bodog said, according to the Hotnews.ro site.

Republicans balk at Trump plan to slash State Dept budget
Republicans balk at Trump plan to slash State Dept budget

Multiple Republican lawmakers on Tuesday warned that President Donald Trump's reported plan to slash State Department funding by more than a third would face stiff opposition in Congress. "It's dead on arrival, it's not going to happen," said the hawkish Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate appropriations subcommittee on state and foreign operations.

Amazon
Amazon's AWS storage crashed in the middle of an AWSome conference

Amazon loves to talk about how great its products and services are - just like any other massive company - so the fact that it holds frequent conferences celebrating and educating people about Amazon Web Services (AWS) isn't particularly odd. But for one of those events to land on the exact same day that AWS's storage services bites the dust and takes a huge chunk of the internet down with it? Now that's some serious bad luck. Amazon's AWSome Day conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, started like any other, with speakers and tutorials and lots and lots of bragging about how extremely reliable and sturdy Amazon's internet services are. Then, as though AWS had made a deal with the devil and...

Gambia military chief sacked as clear-out gains pace
Gambia military chief sacked as clear-out gains pace

Gambia's President Adama Barrow has fired the head of the armed forces, General Ousman Badjie, as he continues a clear-out of senior officials linked to the despotic rule of his predecessor. Badjie has been replaced by General Masanneh Kinteh, a former ambassador to Cuba and a special military adviser to Barrow since January.

Apple Begins Investigation After Exploding iPhone Goes Viral
Apple Begins Investigation After Exploding iPhone Goes Viral

There is still no clear reason why the iPhone exploded.

AT&T New Unlimited Plan Comes With A Catch
AT&T New Unlimited Plan Comes With A Catch

AT&T announced a new two-tiered unlimited plan on Monday: Unlimited Plus which comes with a $25 credit for one of the company's entertainment offerings and Unlimited Choice, which caps data speeds and video quality.

Apple Reversing Course on iPhone Screen Repairs
Apple Reversing Course on iPhone Screen Repairs

Apple has made a behind-the-scenes change to its views on third-party screen repair. Using a third party screen repair service apparently won't void your warranty now. Apple has updated its policies to say that if you use a third-party company to install a new display in your iPhone, your warranty will not be voided, according to 9to5Mac, which obtained a copy of a memo detailing the change.

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