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(Bloomberg) -- Russia plans to pay more attention to the impact climate change is having on its vast permafrost area.Thawing of once permanently frozen ground covering more than half of Russia is putting buildings, pipelines and other infrastructure at risk of damage. With the Arctic warming twice as
The billionaire governor of West Virginia says he didn't know one of his family businesses took in a $125,000 federal subsidy meant to help farmers through the U.S. trade war with China. Gov. Jim Justice told reporters on Thursday that he wasn't aware Justice Farms of North Carolina received
Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top Russia and Europe adviser, was reportedly quite concerned that Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, would accidentally divulge national security secrets while on the job, two people familiar with her private congressional testimony told The New York Times.Hill reportedly testified on Monday that Sondland was so unprepared for his job that she considered him a national security threat, though she reportedly did not accuse him of intentionally putting the country at risk. Instead, she reportedly likened him to someone driving a car without guardrails or a GPS.The actions that reportedly concerned Hill include Sondland's use of...
Law enforcement officials said on Wednesday they had arrested hundreds of people worldwide after knocking out a South Korea-based dark web child pornography site that sold gruesome videos for digital cash. Officials from the United States, Britain and South Korea described the network as one of the largest child pornography operations they had encountered to date. Called Welcome To Video, the website relied on the bitcoin cryptocurrency to sell access to 250,000 videos depicting child sexual abuse, authorities said, including footage of extremely young children being raped.
The Syrian army deployed alongside Kurdish forces on the front line in northern Syria Wednesday but their newfound cooperation saw no let-up in the week-old Turkish invasion, a monitor said. In a rare scene in Syria's eight-year-old civil war, government troops and Kurdish fighters were "fighting together" against Turkey's Syrian proxies northeast of the town of Ain Issa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based monitor reported "violent clashes" near the M4 highway -- a key east-west artery that links the Kurdish heartland in the northeast with Syria's second city Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast beyond.
Giuliani is already under scrutiny for his ongoing efforts to push Ukraine's government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
ABCWith all of the other network late-night hosts taking Columbus Day (and the rest of the week) off, it was left to Jimmy Kimmel to fill the nation in on everything happening in Trumpworld Monday night. "Meanwhile in Washington, the impeachment train is picking up steam," Kimmel told his audience, breaking down the various developments, from the testimony of Trump's former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, to the pending flip from Trump's ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland. "And on top of that, the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is said to be under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office for his dealings in Ukraine," Kimmel said, noting that Trump now seems unsure...
Pacific Gas & Electric says inspections have found more than 100 places where its system was damaged by recent strong winds that prompted last week's deliberate power cut to northern and central California. PG&E says the damage included downed power lines and trees that hit lines. The utility says
Shares of AT&T (T) have surged 31% in 2019 to easily top its industry's 8% average climb and the S&P 500's 17% jump. So will AT&T stock continue to climb after it reports its Q3 2019 earnings results?
Facebook officially moved forward with its plans Monday to create a new digital currency called Libra, despite several high-profile defections from the project and intense criticism from U.S. regulators and politicians. The Libra Association, the nonprofit that will govern the currency, officially signed
JPMorgan, Netflix, IBM, Micron and Wells Fargo are part of Zacks Earnings Preview
Deep in the Amazonian forest, young couples looking to wed or baptise children often turn to Sister Alba, who fills in where Catholic priests cannot be found. Many Amazonian bishops present at a three-week assembly at the Vatican want the Roman Catholic Church to create official roles for them. The very suggestion that the male-centric, centuries-old church could do that has thrown traditionalists into a tizzy, and it's not a change Pope Francis is currently willing to contemplate.
Drew Angerer/GettyROME-For those who know that real parmesan cheese does not come in a can, next week is going to hurt. That's when tough 25 percent tariffs are scheduled to come into effect on hundreds of European imports, including made-in-Italy Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, and Romano cheeses. The tariffs, which extend to other goodies like French wine and Scottish whiskey (list), are the result of a ruling by the World Trade Organization handed down over what were deemed to be unfair subsidies the European Union gave to Airbus jet manufacturers. The hit list misses some of the E.U.'s biggest exports, including Italian wines and ceramic tiles, sparkling wine and champagne, and...
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for an emergency meeting of the coalition created to fight Islamic State to discuss Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria. Le Drian said on France 2 television that the coalition, which includes more than 30 countries, needs to discuss a range of issues because Islamic State could take advantage of the changes on the ground to re-emerge. "It (the coalition) needs to say today what are we going do, how do you, Turkey, want to proceed and how do we ensure the security of places where fighters are held?
A palace that once housed Ethiopia's emperors and also served as a torture site under the communist Derg regime is to open to the public in a controversial government tourism project. The palace compound in Addis Ababa, which Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government has rebranded "Unity Park", was formally launched Thursday and will be open from Friday. Abiy's office said on Twitter Thursday that the project "symbolises our ability to come together".
On Monday, President Trump announced that a contingent of fewer than 100 U.S. troops in Syria was being moved away from Kurdish-held territory on the border of Turkey. The move effectively green-lighted military operations by Turkey against the Kurds, which have now commenced.Some U.S. military officials went public with complaints about being "blindsided." The policy cannot have been a surprise, though. The president has made no secret that he wants out of Syria, where we now have about 1,000 troops (down from over 2,000 last year). More broadly, he wants our forces out of the Middle East. He ran on that position. I've argued against his "endless wars" tropes, but his stance is popular....
The U.S. military is moving to take several dozen ISIS fighters into custody from Kurdish prisons in northeast Syria, and already holds two British fighters involved in the murder of freelance journalist James Foley and other Western hostages of the terror group, according to U.S. officials.The Justice Department seeks to bring the two men, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, to trial in Virginia.The pair were part of a four-man cell of British fighters that included Foley's alleged killer, Mohammed Emwazi, who became known as "Jihadi John" and who was later killed in a drone strike. The cell executed at least 27 prisoners.Foley was captured by ISIS in Syria in 2012. He was...
The president of a citrus association that represents about 5,000 growers has expressed disappointment that a widely used pesticide is being banned in California after next year. Environmental officials link the pesticide to brain damage in children and to other illnesses. Under a deal with the pesticide
The latest guidance from the IRS on cryptocurrency hard forks attempts to clarify long-standing demands from the industry. Careful what you wish for.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Pensions are chronically underfunded. Defined-contribution plans like 401(k)s are needlessly complicated and expensive, and many Americans can't afford to put away even a small portion of their paychecks. It's time to get serious about helping workers achieve a secure retirement.General
Tbh, I can relate.
(Bloomberg) -- It's scary news for bacon fans: The U.S. could see tight supplies, or even some shortages of pork bellies along with ham next year as the spread of a pig-killing disease in China ripples through the global market.That's according to Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's biggest pork producer
The feud between China and the NBA has started to heat up after the NBA commissioner announced on Tuesday that he would not be regulating what his general managers or players say.
It can be a "sticking point" in a home sale, says Nick Gelfand, a realtor and appraiser in Longmeadow, Mass.
(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump has erased any lingering doubts among the swing-district Democrats who galvanized the House impeachment move two weeks ago despite the risks to their re-election chances in 2020.The decision by seven first-term Democrats elected in Trump-leaning districts to back an impeachment inquiry after months of resisting the idea tipped the balance in the House and helped spark Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to announce the investigation.Now they are back home during a congressional break, facing voters as well as a concerted effort by Republicans to make them pay. At town halls and in interviews, members of the group express no regrets."I did the right thing,...
The creators of South Park have issued an irreverent mock apology to the Chinese government after reports that the show has been censored on Chinese streaming services and social media. The statement from Trey Parker and Matt Stone made fun of censorship of comparisons of Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, with Winnie the Pooh, and called out the National Basketball Association (NBA) for apologising over the support expressed by one of its officials for the Hong Kong protest movement. "Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn't look just like Winnie the Pooh at all," read a statement...
LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union accused Britain of playing a "stupid blame game" over Brexit on Tuesday after a Downing Street source said a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands. With just 23 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc, the future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain and both London and Brussels are positioning themselves to avoid blame for a delay or a disorderly no-deal Brexit. In a sign that Johnson's last-ditch proposals to bridge the impasse have failed, a Downing Street source said Merkel and Johnson spoke on Tuesday morning and she made clear that a deal was "overwhelmingly...
In order to protect the identity of the whistleblower who filed a complaint over President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, House Democrats are discussing several different ways this person could testify in a safe environment, three officials familiar with the discussions told The Washington Post on Monday. The whistleblower has said they will answer questions in front of the House and Senate Intelligence committees, and there are concerns that Trump's most fervent supporters on the House panel could leak their identity, the officials said. There are several plans under consideration, including having an audio-only testimony, having the person appear...
Bad for U.S. bases and aircraft carriers.
U.S. stocks eased on Monday as reports on the U.S.-China trade front kept investors cautious ahead of scheduled talks later in the week. A report that Beijing was increasingly reluctant to agree to a broad trade deal pursued by President Donald Trump weighed on sentiment early.
An official White House statement apparently isn't enough proof for some people in this day and age.Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are clearly not thrilled with the White House's decision to pull troops from northern Syria and subsequently allow Turkey to launch an invasion in the region. The move potentially gives Ankara an opening to battle with Kurdish-led forces there, who were long the U.S.'s strongest ally in the battle against the Islamic State. Rubio called the announcement a "grave mistake" and Graham said it was a "disaster in the making."Except both senators were still speaking in hypotheticals when criticizing the decision Monday...
In a story Oct. 4 about job cuts at Hewlett Packard, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the cuts will be made by 2020. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - HP Inc.'s new CEO has unveiled the company's latest plan to streamline its operations - one that envisions cutting its workforce by as much as 16% over the next three years. The personal computer and printer maker says it expects to drop 7,000 to 9,000 people from its global workforce of about 55,000 by its fiscal year 2022.
Bobi Wine wants to unseat Uganda's entrenched ruler. Can he stir a youth revolution here and across Africa?
"I don't know how we can carry on like this," one legislator tells TIME
We learned a lot more about Respawn's upcoming Jedi adventure after finally getting to play it for ourselves.
Join us in a journey back to 1989, when a young Joaquin Phoenix briefly put on the Superboy costume.
Final Fantasy XIV wasn't the only game that was considered for a TV show adaptation; here's why FFXIV was chosen over FF7, and why you can expect "chocobos out the wazoo" in the new series.
In a rare instance of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its decision to take down an app at the request of the Chinese government. Signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Tom …
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff wants to abolish Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. But there’s one problem: Salesforce lawyers are using Section 230 as a defense in not one, but seven lawsuits involving the website Backpage.
The gaming industry suffered a schism earlier this year as multiple PC storefronts triggered the Store Wars, an escalating battle for exclusive games. Gamers were divided over the benefits ...
After Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai was suspended for supporting Hong Kong protests on stream, Blizzard players are protesting the company’s decision — including by flooding Blizzard’s Twitch streams with pro-Hong Kong messages.
Netflix halts production on its live-action Cowboy Bebop series for months as star John Cho recovers from a serious knee injury.
Machine learning and AI may be deployed on such grand tasks as finding exoplanets and creating photorealistic people, but the same techniques also have some surprising applications in academia: DeepMind has created an AI system that helps scholars understand and recreate fragmentary ancient Greek t…
The startup subscription news service is growing very fast.
Okami fans got very excited when director Hideki Kamiya revealed "Okami is going to be back," though there's plenty of reason to take this tease with a grain of salt.
WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann didn’t plan for his family’s control of WeWork to end at his death but he expected it be controlled by future generations of Neumanns, too. According to Business Insider, The outlet reports that in a speech Neumann gave to employees in January of this year…
Director Ruben Fleischer's sequel recaptures much of the original's magic.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a much bigger, deeper game than we expected.
Capcom might be looking to revive some of the older franchises it hasn't touched in a while. Gamers are happy to give them ideas -- some of which have gone decades without releasing ...
Chernobylite, by Polish studio The Farm 51, is available in Early Access for PC on Steam. Developers visited the 1,000-square mile Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to scan the area and build the RPG’s map.
Motorola’s Moto E6 line is all about compromises for the sake of affordability. As a budget Android handset, you’re sacrificing high-end features, build quality, and oftentimes aesthetics for something cheap and functional. But according to new renders acquired by German website Mobielkopen, the E6 line may be getting a slick visual update in the form of a E6 Play variant of the phone.
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The Asus ROG Phone 2 came to us in an over the top carry-on filled to the brim with controllers, cases, and other accessories. Come with us as we unwrap it all on camera.
After Remedy Entertainment released its new Control patch on Oct. 16, players reported problems with the update — specifically, that it forced online play and removed Steam controller support. The new update has since been removed.
"You know, for us, this is really just us doing our job."
It was announced on the Kik blog that Kik Messenger will apparently live on, as it has been purchased by MediaLab, a holding company that owns companies like anonymous-messaging app Whisper and mixtape-sharing service Datpiff.
Despite early-stage virtual reality market and augmented reality market valuations softening in a transitional period, total global AR/VR startup valuations are now at $45 billion globally — include non-pure play AR/VR startups discussed below, and that amount exceeds $67 billion. More than $8 bill…
Tilting Point announced yesterday that it has acquired Gondola, a company that aims to increase to improve game monetization by optimizing in-game offers and video ads. Tilting Point CEO Kevin Segalla described his company’s model as “progressive publishing” — usually, mobile game…
Director Taika Waititi confirms he's still attached to the live-action Akira remake, but don't expect to see that movie anytime soon.
Joker is one of the biggest movies of the year that isn't getting the traditional pile of licensed toys, costumes, Funko Pops, and t-shirts. So what happened?
G-Sync or FreeSync? Why not both, these G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors support both.
Members of the US Congress, including Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez, have sent a letter to Activison Blizzard criticizing its actions toward Blitzchung.
Anybody who posts anything pro-Hong Kong seems to be earning an automatic 24-hour chat ban, as reported by Dot Esports. (On Twitch, a chat ban means that you can’t post anything in a channel’s chat for a certain amount of time; offenses and ban lengths are both specified by moderators.) That said, the bans seem inconsistent.
Half a dozen companies are reportedly bidding up to $500 million for exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the Comedy Central series.
As fintech investments soar to new heights, investors are looking at the bottom and top levels of the services stack to find the next billion-dollar startups. That’s the word from seasoned investors like Andreessen Horowitz’s managing director, Angela Strange, who has invested in a numb…
Chung ‘blitzchung’ Ng Wai was suspended for six months for voicing support for Hong Kong on stream. Blizzard is facing criticism over the decision — and U.S. lawmakers want it to reverse its decision entirely.
Doctors believe he had an untreated parasitic infection.
Naomie Harris is in reportedly in talks to play Shriek, one of the major Marvel villains in Venom 2.
In two letters, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sharply criticized Apple and Blizzard over their recent censorship actions in China.
Sixty-six percent of the 145 workers surveyed said they experience physical pain while performing their regular work duties and 42 percent said they continue experiencing pain when they aren’t working.
Forcing users into a Google account doesn't work for the home building industry.
Wing’s drone delivery service is now live in Virginia. The Alphabet subsidiary is now delivering snacks and health care products to residents of Christiansburg, Virginia, after receiving approval from the government and teaming up with major players like FedEx and Walgreens. Wing says it’s the first commercial drone delivery service in the US.
The Banana Phone is getting a refresh. I spotted FCC filings for an updated model of the Banana Phone, so I called up Brian Brunsing, president of Banana Phone LLC, to learn more about what’s new. Turns out, it has some meaningful updates.
Few things are more annoying than coming across an unexpected delay in traffic. Thankfully modern mapping services are generally pretty good at warning you about hindrances on the road, ...
In Timothy Greenberg’s new Netflix series, Paul Rudd stars opposite Paul Rudd, his much better clone. The series launches on October 18th.
Fornite Chapter 2 promises fans that they’ll spend less time grinding, because the new season introduces more ways to farm experience points. Unfortunately, changes to the battle pass, in conjunction with high tier costs, means that some players feel that the grind has actually increased now.
Pokémon Go’s latest event Pokémon, a Pikachu in a Mimikyu costume, is what Niantic should have been releasing instead of all those Pikachu with hats.
Apple may have announced three new iPhones last month, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is done for the year. A report from China Economic Daily suggests Apple plans to announce a ‘Pro’ version of its ubiquitous AirPods soon. Like, before the end of October soon. The most notable rumored update to the AirPods […]
Two price hikes in seven months raise some bills 50%.
Fortnite is finally getting a new sound mode that should help players tell where their enemies are standing. The mode is called 3D Headphones and should make enemy locations a lot more clear.
Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly…
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Zuckerberg on Chinese censorship: Is that the internet we want? The Facebook CEO spoke yester…
This clearly indicates a Razr reboot, but there are reasons to stay skeptical.
Harley-Davidson has resumed production and deliveries of its electric LiveWire motorcycle after determining an issue with charging was isolated to a single vehicle. HD halted production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle earlier this week after discovering what it described at the time a…