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France's 'yellow vest' protesters banned from Notre-Dame: police

For their 23rd consecutive Saturday protest, France's yellow vests have been told they will be banned from the area around Paris's fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral. The ban will be in place all day Saturday, a police statement said, following Monday's devastating fire at the world famous landmark. "No protest demonstration can be held" in the area due to the fragility of the building, the statement said.

Mueller report: A corrupt, unpatriotic president, a stark impeachment choice for Democrats
Mueller report: A corrupt, unpatriotic president, a stark impeachment choice for Democrats

We have to decide if we're willing to go on with a president who was elected with Russian help and tried 10 times to obstruct a probe into that help.

Top Democrat Jerrold Nadler says Mueller report shows why Congress needs to hear from him
Top Democrat Jerrold Nadler says Mueller report shows why Congress needs to hear from him

Democrats say Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report shows why Congress needs to hear from him directly about whether President Trump obstructed justice.

UPDATE 1-Sears sues Lampert, claiming he looted assets and drove it into bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime former chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments and others like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, claiming they illegally siphoned billions of dollars of assets from the retailer before it went bankrupt. The lawsuit, made public on Thursday, was filed by the restructuring team winding down Sears' bankruptcy estate and suing on behalf of creditors, many of whom blame Lampert for the retailer's downfall. The complaint seeks the repayment of "billions of dollars of value looted from Sears," including while it was in what Lampert would later call a "death spiral" where it sold core assets to meet daily expenses with no real plan for becoming...

'Democratic socialists' Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib prefer socialism to democracy
'Democratic socialists' Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib prefer socialism to democracy

"Democratic socialism" turned out to be a chimera, and today's "democratic socialists," care more for socialism than democracy.

Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire
Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire

PARIS (AP) - Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.

Pilots Say American Airlines Plane Rolled on Its Own and Hit a Sign During Takeoff
Pilots Say American Airlines Plane Rolled on Its Own and Hit a Sign During Takeoff

American Airlines pilots flying an Airbus A321 say it banked on its own during takeoff, causing a strike to the plane's left wing. The incident is now under investigation.

Ukraine
Ukraine's presidential candidate pledges NATO referendum

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The comedian who is odds-on favorite in Ukraine's presidential election promised Thursday to hold a nationwide referendum on joining NATO only after building a national consensus on the issue.

William Barr Just Ensured He'll Stay Front and Center in the Mueller Report Debate
William Barr Just Ensured He'll Stay Front and Center in the Mueller Report Debate

Attorney General William Barr used his Mueller report press conference to give an emphatic defense of President Donald Trump. Here's what it will mean for Barr.

President Donald Trump tweets 'Game Over' after AG Barr said Robert Mueller's report found 'no collusion'
President Donald Trump tweets 'Game Over' after AG Barr said Robert Mueller's report found 'no collusion'

President Trump tweets ahead of Robert Mueller report, saying in Game of Thrones tweet, "Game Over."

India holds new vote amid violence and protests
India holds new vote amid violence and protests

Millions of voters across India cast ballots in the second round of the world's biggest election Thursday amid violence and protests that highlighted the intensity of animosity in the campaign. With more than a month to go before the marathon ends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kept up a punishing schedule of rallies as he seeks a second term, while opposition leader Rahul Gandhi maintained attacks on the right wing Hindu nationalist government. Voting went ahead in 95 of India's 543 constituencies, most of it peacefully, but with noticeable blackspots.

McDonald's pulls Signature Crafted burgers, doubles down on Quarter Pounders

McDonald's Corp said it would remove costlier, premium burgers from its menus in favor of its more popular Quarter Pounders, shifting its focus to simpler and quickly-served burgers. The company said its new deluxe and bacon Quarter Pounders received good feedback and it would continue to focus on such items. "It (the removal) probably has more to do about the process of cooking the burger in McDonald's than it does what the consumer is saying about the food," said Howard Penney, a managing director at Hedgeye Risk Management.

'Fox & Friends' Applauds Barr's Mueller Report Rollout: 'Transparency at Its Finest'

Fox & Friends, the president's most loyal morning show, on Thursday lauded Attorney General William Barr for opting to hold a press conference hours ahead of releasing the much-anticipated report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.The Department of Justice has said that Barr will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday to talk about the findings of the probe, which investigated ties between President Trump and Russians who meddled in the 2016 election. Officials will hand over the color-code redacted report to Congress on compact discs, between 11 a.m. and noon on Thursday. The report will be posted online for the public at an unspecified time afterward."What more can he...

Washington braced for release of redacted Mueller report
Washington braced for release of redacted Mueller report

Long-awaited document to be released on Thursday could shed light on details of evidence gathered during two-year Trump-Russia investigationMueller report release - live updatesSupport the Guardian's independent journalism that brings clarity at this critical moment in American history. Make a contribution Robert Mueller was appointed almost two years ago to investigate potential ties between Trump's campaign and Russia. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP Almost two years after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate potential ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, the American people will finally read his report on Thursday - albeit in redacted form....

The $8 fast wireless charging pad people went crazy for is back in stock… but it
The $8 fast wireless charging pad people went crazy for is back in stock… but it'll sell out soon

Wireless chargers can cost as much as $50 if you buy them from big brands. Of course you follow the BGR Deals team, so you know that you can get the same quality for a fraction of the price on Amazon. We covered a crazy sale last week that got you the 4.5-star rated Seneo 10W Fast Wireless Charging Pad for just $8.49, but it quickly sold out. Well guess what: it's back! This sale is definitely going to sell out quickly yet again, so hurry up if you want to get in on the action.Here's more info from the product page: * 【WORLD-LEADING WIRELESS CHARGER BRAND】As the leader of wireless charger industry, Seneo focuses on the innovation of design and technology to provide the best wireless...

Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame
Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame

France's culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor. Some of France's biggest companies and billionaires, including luxury goods tycoons Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault, have pledged amounts of 100 million euros or more to rebuild the landmark after it was gutted by fire on Monday evening. The vast sums have drawn fire in a country where wealth inequality and the plight of the low-income households have been highlighted during five months of demonstrations by "yellow vest" protesters.

UPDATE 3-Schlumberger posts profit drop, sees international spending rising

Oilfield services provider Schlumberger NV on Thursday forecast rising international and offshore exploration spending this year, after posting a 20 percent drop in first-quarter profit due to weak North American demand. The oilfield services sector bellwether said it expects a 7 to 8 percent increase in investments by oil producers in markets outside North America, citing a 20 percent increase last quarter in offshore rig counts and growing exploration activity in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Putin to Meet North Korea's Kim in Russia in April, Kremlin Says
Putin to Meet North Korea's Kim in Russia in April, Kremlin Says

Confirmation of the visit follows speculation that Kim would soon reach out to a long-time ally after failing to get sanctions relief during his last nuclear talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in February. The Kremlin statement gave no date or location for the meeting, though there have been reports it could take place next week as Putin travels to China. The visit will be the North Korean leader's first to Russia since taking power in 2011 and comes after Kim gave a lengthy speech in which he said he would give the U.S to the end of this year to come up with new proposals for future talks.

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Stop Facebook's targeted advertising by changing your account settings

Stop targeted ads by digging into your settings - the settings you have full access to, but Facebook would rather you didn't know about.

Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin's Daughter Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation in College Cheating Scandal

Frazer Harrison/GettyJust days after Lori Loughlin pleaded not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam, media reports suggest one of her daughters could be next to face a criminal probe.Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are each accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering after allegedly paying $500,000 for each of their daughters to be USC rowing recruits despite neither being active in the sport. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison term.Their eldest daughter, Isabella Giannulli, 20, deleted her popular Instagram account late Wednesday just as reports surfaced that she received a formal letter from prosecutors that...

Iran
Iran's Rouhani calls on Mideast states to 'drive back Zionism'

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to "drive back Zionism", in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic's archfoe Israel. Speaking flanked by top generals before troops began their annual march-past, Rouhani also sought to reassure the region that the weaponry on display was for defensive purposes and not a threat.

North Korea calls for Pompeo to be dropped from talks; tests tactical weapon
North Korea calls for Pompeo to be dropped from talks; tests tactical weapon

The North's official KCNA news agency quoted senior foreign ministry official Kwon Jong Gun as warning that no one could predict the situation on the Korean peninsula if the United States did not abandon the "root cause" that compelled North Korea to develop nuclear weapons. The statement came shortly after North Korea announced that leader Kim Jong Un had overseen the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, which KCNA said has a "peculiar mode of guiding flight" and "a powerful warhead". It was the North's first weapon test since talks in Vietnam between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in late February broke down over conflicting demands by North Korea for sanctions relief and by...

Notre-Dame esplanade to get
Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday. Speaking to France's CNews television channel Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said: "We mustn't say 'the cathedral is closed for five years and that's it'. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo had backed the idea and agreed to give over part of the esplanade to the church for a wooden structure, he said.

Mueller report: five things to look out for in the redacted document
Mueller report: five things to look out for in the redacted document

Barr has said the report has two parts: one on Russian tampering efforts and one on alleged obstruction of justice by TrumpActivists hold a rally in front of the White House to call on William Barr to immediately release Robert Mueller's report in Washington DC, on 4 April. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/ReutersOn Thursday, the US justice department is expected to release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report on Russian election tampering and the Donald Trump campaign to the public. The attorney general, William Barr, has announced a press conference at the justice department at 9.30am to discuss it.Barr has previously described the Mueller report as having...

Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix
Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix

Boeing has conducted a final test flight of a 737 MAX model with an updated anti-stall system prior to its certification by aviation authorities, the aerospace manufacturer said Wednesday. CEO Dennis Muilenberg tweeted a video where he said the test flight was carried out on Tuesday, adding that test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Investigators have zeroed in on the system as a factor behind the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in October and in March respectively, killing nearly 350 people in total.

N.Korea
N.Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'

North Korea's Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a "powerful warhead", state media reported Thursday, in the first test of its kind since nuclear negotiations with Washington stalled. The test marks a ratcheting up of tensions weeks after a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump collapsed without agreement. It also comes after satellite imagery suggested heightened activity at a nuclear test site.

Lou Dobbs Wonders Who Ilhan Omar Represents
Lou Dobbs Wonders Who Ilhan Omar Represents 'Because It Isn't America'

Chip Somodevilla/GettyFox Business Network host Lou Dobbs continued right-wing media's weeklong outrage cycle over Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's comment about 9/11 by accusing her on Wednesday night of not representing America.For days now, Fox opinion hosts and Republican politicians have taken aim at the Muslim-American lawmaker for remarks she made last month, claiming she minimized the 9/11 terror attacks when she said Muslim-Americans were treated as second-class citizens because "some people did something." This resulted in President Trump tweeting out an inflammatory video targeting the freshman congresswoman-a video Omar says sparked new death threats against her.Speaking to...

1 dog killed, another injured in snake attack at Laurel Canyon dog park
1 dog killed, another injured in snake attack at Laurel Canyon dog park

Rattlesnake season is just beginning and dog owners in Laurel Canyon are already on the lookout after two dogs suffered snake bites, one of which was deadly.

New York man accused of threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar remains behind bars
New York man accused of threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar remains behind bars

Two Rochester-area men charged with threats against Muslims remained behind bars after detention hearings were postponed Wednesday.

Police Release Surveillance Video from Illinois Workplace Shooting That Killed Five
Police Release Surveillance Video from Illinois Workplace Shooting That Killed Five

Police released surveillance video of a shooting that left five people dead and six others wounded in February at an Aurora industrial complex.

Apple is still interested in self-driving cars as it explores
Apple is still interested in self-driving cars as it explores 'revolutionary' LIDAR sensor design

Apple's automotive initiative, unofficially dubbed Project Titan, appears to still be alive and kicking. According to a report from Reuters, Apple is currently looking into advanced lidar sensor technology that "would be smaller, cheaper and more easily mass produced than current technology."What's more, the report relays that Apple, in addition to exploring third-party solutions, also has a team of engineers working on developing an Apple-branded lidar sensor.While it remains to be seen if anything comes of Apple's exploration, the larger point here is that Apple still has grand ambitions in the automotive space. This may come as something of a surprise given the series of...

Peru
Peru's ex-president Garcia kills himself to avoid arrest in Odebrecht probe

Garcia, a towering and charismatic figure who played a central role in Peruvian politics for more than three decades, died in a hospital at age 69 after shooting himself at his house in Lima when police arrived with a warrant for his arrest. Garcia's death shocked the Andean country that had watched his transition from a fiery leftist who was elected president at age 36 to a free-market crusader who won a second term in 2006. A pugnacious politician considered one of Latin America's best orators, Garcia had long been dogged by graft allegations that he brushed off as baseless political smears.

11 Must-See New Cars and SUVs at the 2019 New York Auto Show
11 Must-See New Cars and SUVs at the 2019 New York Auto Show

Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Fold's screen malfunctions after a day, some reviewers say

Samsung's new Galaxy Fold, a splashy $1,980 phone that opens into a tablet, is malfunctioning for some journalist reviewers after only a day or two of use, according to posts on social media on Wednesday. The Galaxy Fold officially goes on sale on April 26 in the United States. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd did not respond to several requests for comment.

Sentencing of Man in Killing of NYC Jogger Postponed Amid Jury Misconduct Allegations
Sentencing of Man in Killing of NYC Jogger Postponed Amid Jury Misconduct Allegations

The sentencing of Chanel Lewis, who is convicted in the killing and sexual assault Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, was postponed Wednesday amid allegations of jury misconduct.

Some Lawmakers to Get Less Redacted Mueller Report, Prosecutors Say
Some Lawmakers to Get Less Redacted Mueller Report, Prosecutors Say

The Justice Department plans to give those members of Congress a version of the report that will include information related to charges against Roger Stone, President Donald Trump's sometime adviser who's charged with lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice, the prosecutors said. The copies of the "less redacted report" won't be disseminated to all members of Congress or their staff "in the first instance," the prosecutors said. A more redacted version of the report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election is due to be released publicly on Thursday.

Trump, Congress clash over Yemen war. What to know about America's role in the Mideast conflict
Trump, Congress clash over Yemen war. What to know about America's role in the Mideast conflict

Here's why Republicans and Democrats alike are increasingly willing to push back against President Donald Trump on his controversial Yemen policy.

Peru's Ex-President Dies in Suicide as Police Raid His Home
Peru's Ex-President Dies in Suicide as Police Raid His Home

The dramatic death of the longtime leftist underscores the scope of the Odebrecht affair, which has spawned bribery probes across Latin America and destabilized governments, above all in Peru. "President Garcia made the decision of a free man,'' Mauricio Mulder, a lawmaker with Garcia's Apra party, told reporters outside Casimiro Ulloa hospital. President Martin Vizcarra, whom Garcia had blamed for the investigations, confirmed his death in a tweet.

Trump security adviser unveils new U.S. sanctions to pressure Cuba, Venezuela
Trump security adviser unveils new U.S. sanctions to pressure Cuba, Venezuela

President Trump's security adviser announces new sanctions on the countries as the White House aims to cut off support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.

White supremacist gets life for running down black man
White supremacist gets life for running down black man

A white supremacist who ran down and killed a young black man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 28 years.

Photos of the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio NRING Special Editions
Photos of the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio NRING Special Editions

Mueller report redactions: How Congress will make sure we find out everything important
Mueller report redactions: How Congress will make sure we find out everything important

Lawmakers have ways to get redacted Mueller information and can use the Congressional Record as a last resort to disclose in the public interest.

Notre Dame fire: Disney pledges $5M to help rebuild the 'Hunchback's home
Notre Dame fire: Disney pledges $5M to help rebuild the 'Hunchback's home

Disney, the studio behind the 1996 animated version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is chipping in to help rebuild the famed Paris cathedral.

Debate rages on over no-kill policy at Long Beach animal shelter
Debate rages on over no-kill policy at Long Beach animal shelter

A heartfelt fight in Long Beach to save as many animals as possible at the city's animal shelter continued at a special city council meeting Tuesday.

Brit Hume: Democrats are beginning to admit that there
Brit Hume: Democrats are beginning to admit that there's a crisis on the border

Are Democrats dividing on immigration and border security issues? Analysis from Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.

Amazon just launched a skincare line -- and everything is under $40
Amazon just launched a skincare line -- and everything is under $40

This week, the online mecca took their offerings to the next level by launching a dedicated skincare line: meet Belei.

Israel
Israel's president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in a new government dominated by religious and nationalist parties in the coming weeks.

Woman accused of making threats against Columbine high school found dead
Woman accused of making threats against Columbine high school found dead

Sol Pais, 18, who was described as armed and 'infatuated' with the Colorado school shooting, apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot woundA police vehicle sits outside a high school as some Denver area schools closed during the police search for an armed woman in Littleton, Colorado. Photograph: Rick Wilking/ReutersThe young woman being hunted in Colorado after making threats against Columbine high school just days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting there was found dead by police on Thursday, apparently as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, law enforcement officials said.Sol Pais, 18, who authorities said had traveled to the Denver area on Monday from her home...

Opposition candidate the official winner in tight Istanbul vote
Opposition candidate the official winner in tight Istanbul vote

Turkish election authorities on Wednesday confirmed opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu's win over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP candidate after a recount of last month's disputed Istanbul election. Thousands of cheering supporters greeted Imamoglu outside the Istanbul town hall after he received his mandate certificate, though electoral authorities must still rule on an AKP appeal for a rerun over alleged irregularities in its narrow Istanbul defeat. "This is a new dawn for Istanbul," Imamoglu told the chanting crowds from the roof of a campaign bus.

Trump
Trump's Politically Tricky Yemen Veto

Yemen is a small and impoverished outpost on the Arabian peninsula.Its relative geopolitical insignificance inspires a series of tu quoque arguments surrounding the Saudi-U.S. coalition's activities in the country. If the country matters so little, why should foreign policy realists expend significant political capital-as they have-trying to stop said activities? But by the same token, if Yemen matters so little, why should Washington allow itself to be led by the nose by its junior partners in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi?The reality is that Yemen is a metapolitical battle, which was renewed again Tuesday night by President Donald Trump's veto of a congressional rebuke of his administration. The...

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