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8 students presumed dead in Japan avalanche 27 Mar 2017, 9:54 am
Uber halts testing of driverless cars. 27 Mar 2017, 9:25 am
Eight feared dead as avalanche hits Japanese students 27 Mar 2017, 8:02 am
Eight people are feared dead and two were in critical condition on Monday after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing in central Japan. It was not immediately clear how many of the victims were students, an official said. The avalanche occurred on Monday morning near a ski slope in Nasu, 160 km (100 miles) north of Tokyo, where 52 high school students and 11 teachers were climbing, a local government official said.
Thousands evacuated as cyclone bears down on Australia 27 Mar 2017, 7:29 am
Thousands of people including tourists were evacuated Monday as northeast Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds, with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides. Cyclone Debbie has been forming off the coast of Queensland state over recent days, the Bureau of Meteorology said, and is expected to make landfall as a category four storm -- on a scale of five -- after daybreak Tuesday. Residents, who have been sandbagging and boarding up homes, were being told to prepare for the worst storm to pummel the state since Cyclone Yasi in 2011, which ripped houses from their foundations and devastated crops.
Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones' 27 Mar 2017, 7:00 am
Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km (1,500 mile) border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, Pakistan's army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries. Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for a spate of attacks at home in recent months, urging Kabul to eradicate "sanctuaries" for militants. Citing the attacks, Islamabad earlier this month temporarily shut the main crossing points along the colonial-era Durand Line border, drawn up in 1893 and rejected by Afghanistan.
UN to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban 27 Mar 2017, 5:35 am
More than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban on Monday over objections from the major nuclear powers. Some 123 UN members announced in October that they would launch the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding nuclear ban treaty, even as most of the world's declared and undeclared nuclear powers voted against the talks. Britain, France, Israel, Russia and the United States voted no, while China, India and Pakistan abstained.
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia 27 Mar 2017, 4:52 am
A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface last week nearly three years after it capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the nation as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters. More than 300 people — most of whom were students on a high school trip — died when the Sewol sank on April 16, 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about long-ignored public safety and regulatory failures.
United Airlines Defends Policy After Barring Girls In Leggings 27 Mar 2017, 4:18 am
3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern Philippines 27 Mar 2017, 4:12 am
Protests nationwide bring thousands to Russia's streets 26 Mar 2017, 8:08 pm
Russia’s opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic.
France's Le Pen says the EU 'will die', globalists to be defeated 26 Mar 2017, 7:56 pm
By Michaela Cabrera LILLE, France (Reuters) - The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday, promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets underway. Buoyed by the unexpected election of Donald Trump in the United States and by Britain's vote to leave the EU, the leader of the eurosceptic and anti-immigrant National Front (FN) party, told the rally in Lille that the French election would be the next step in what she called a global rebellion of the people. "The European Union will die because the people do not want it anymore ... arrogant and hegemonic empires are destined to perish," Le Pen said to loud cheers and applause.
Syrian opposition 'fed up with terrorists', seeks help against Assad 26 Mar 2017, 7:53 pm
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition rejects terrorism and is "fed up" with banned militants but they cannot be stopped if Syria continues evicting populations of besieged areas, opposition negotiator Basma Kodmani said on Sunday. Syria's government has always cited the fight against terrorism to justify its part in a six-year war that has killed hundreds of thousands, and brands all its opponents and their backers as terrorists and sponsors of terror. The opposition's chief negotiator Nasr al-Hariri, who is trying to negotiate an end the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, began this month by saying its stance against terrorism was proven on the battlefield and not mere words.
Britain's May to set out plans to reclaim legislative sovereignty 26 Mar 2017, 7:41 pm
Prime Minister Theresa May will set out how her government plans to restore sovereignty over Britain's laws on Thursday, publishing a detailed paper on ending "the supremacy of EU lawmakers". A day after the British leader is due to launch formal divorce negotiations with the European Union by triggering Article 50 of the bloc's Lisbon Treaty, May's government will publish a formal policy document on its "Great Repeal Bill". The repeal bill will convert EU law into British law, a process the government hopes will ensure continuity for businesses, workers and trade in a process some experts say could be more complicated than it sounds.
Egypt sentences 56 in migrant boat disaster case to prison 26 Mar 2017, 7:27 pm
Merkel's party easily beats centre-left in state poll 26 Mar 2017, 6:52 pm
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party easily won a regional election Sunday, dealing an early blow to centre-left hopes of ending her more than decade-long reign. In the Saarland state vote held six months before a general election, Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) won 40 percent against 30 percent for the Social Democrats (SPD), according to early results by public broadcasters. The result spelt a five-point boost for the CDU over the SPD, which has served as the unhappy junior partner to the conservatives in so-called grand coalitions at both the state and national levels.
Galaxy S7 Just Hit Lowest Price Yet 26 Mar 2017, 6:44 pm
The Galaxy S8 is almost here, and you know what that means. The deals are starting to roll in for the Galaxy S7, which is still a great smartphone pick.The Galaxy S7 is still an awesome Android phone. Credit: Sam Rutherford
Tesla’s Model 3 dashboard won’t be as futuristic as we hoped 26 Mar 2017, 6:41 pm
This past Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dashed the hopes and dreams of prospective Model 3 owners with just a few simple tweets. Tempering expectations, Musk emphasized that Tesla's upcoming Model 3 will not be more advanced -- in any capacity -- than the company's flagship Model S.
"Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S [with] less range & power & fewer features," Musk said. "Model S has more advanced technology." Musk later added that the Model 3 will not feature the elegant "auto extend handles" Tesla introduced on the Model S.
While Muks's comments here might seem obvious, the reality is that some of the hype and speculation surrounding the Model 3 had reached bizarre levels in recent months. Case in point: because the Model 3 prototype Tesla unveiled last year lacked an instrument panel with traditional gauges for items like speed, range and other pertinent information, many Tesla enthusiasts began wondering if Tesla had some special plan for the dashboard, with many believing that a heads up display (HUD) on the windshield was an inevitability.
As a quick reminder, here's a photo of the Model 3 interior taken from the company's special event last year. As is evident below, the only location a driver can access information is the 15-inch touchscreen in the center console.
In another shot, we can see that Model 3 drivers will have to divert their eyes to the upper left hand corner of the display in order to ascertain their current speed.
Alas, Tesla doesn't have any secret plans to implement some advanced HUD on the Model 3. In a tweet addressing the matter, Musk said that as cars become more autonomous, the need for a suite of information at the ready becomes less of an issue.
Still, we're still a long ways off before fully self driving cars become commonplace. In turn, it remains to be seen if the Model 3 design in its current incarnation is perhaps too far ahead of its time. Besides, autonomous driving features for the Model 3 will cost extra, meaning that not every Model 3 on the road will be able to take advantage of the vehicle's self-driving capabilities.
One question about the Model 3 that remains unanswered is whether or not can expect any changes to the car's steering wheel design. This past April, Musk boasted that the final design will be akin to a spaceship.
To answer that, we'll probably have to wait until next July when Tesla is planning the next phase of its Model 3 reveal.
Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun 26 Mar 2017, 5:47 pm
Anyone who's played a futuristic shooter since the dawn of video games knows that when you see something called a "railgun" you're in for a real treat. Well, the US Navy built a railgun of its very own, and it just showed off its remarkably powerful creation in a new video of its test firing.
Railguns like the one the Navy has built trade chemical propellants like gunpowder for the sheer power of electricity, generating extremely strong magnetic fields to push a projectile down a set of rails and out the end of the barrel. It might not sound particularly efficient, but the speeds that railgun projectiles can achieve put traditional cannons to shame. The Navy's massive weapon, for example, launches its rounds at a whopping 4,500 mph.
Additionally, the projectiles launched by the railgun do their damage not by exploding, but simply by striking their target while moving at such a high speed, quite literally tearing apart anything they come into contact with.
For most of their history, railguns have been more fiction than science, and their practicality and reliability has repeatedly been questioned over time. The size of the device itself is typically massive, owing to the large and complex electronic components required to supply the necessary power. However, there are also some pretty fantastic benefits of the non-explosive rounds, such as much less chance of unexploded ordnance causing problems either on the ship or vehicle firing the weapon, or on the battlefield after a skirmish has ended.
Berkeley killing renews debate over gender pronouns 26 Mar 2017, 5:42 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California, Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular elementary-school teacher.
This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017 26 Mar 2017, 4:36 pm
Trump Blames Democrats, Far Right For Health Care Defeat 26 Mar 2017, 4:06 pm
Erdogan setting back integration in Germany by years: Schaeuble 26 Mar 2017, 3:52 pm
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who accuses Chancellor Angela Merkel of using "Nazi methods" against Turks in Germany, is setting back their integration by years, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said. Berlin is growing increasingly frustrated about Erdogan repeatedly accusing it of applying "Nazi methods" by banning rallies aimed at drumming up support among Turks in Germany for a referendum that would strengthen the power of his presidency. Turks workers began moving to Germany in the 1960s and the country now has about 3 million people of Turkish background.
Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news? 26 Mar 2017, 3:44 pm
Infowars owner and long-time conspiracy theorist Alex Jones admitted that his site falsely reported and commented on the debunked “Pizzagate” controversy, a theory that alleged that Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, had played a role in a child-sex-trafficking ring that also involved Hillary Clinton. Apologizing to the restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, Mr. Jones issued a statement Friday. “I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees,” he said.
Cincinnati nightclub shooting 26 Mar 2017, 2:59 pm
Gunfire erupted early Sunday inside a crowded Cincinnati nightclub after a dispute broke out among several men, killing one man and injuring 15 other people, authorities said. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said one of the wounded was in “extremely critical condition.” A hospital spokeswoman said two victims were listed in critical condition, but she had no other details. Police began receiving calls at 1:30 a.m. about gunshots at the club near the Ohio River east of downtown Cincinnati.
Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran 26 Mar 2017, 1:07 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture his loved ones.
Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally on California beach 26 Mar 2017, 11:14 am
Supporters of President Trump holding a rally on a popular Southern California beach clashed with counter-protesters on Saturday and four people were arrested, law enforcement said. Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally. Four counter-protesters were arrested, three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery, Kevin Pearsall, a spokesman for the California State Parks Police said on Saturday evening.
North Korea's Latest Nuclear Test? 26 Mar 2017, 11:08 am
Vietnamese detainee dies in Japan's immigration center: sources 26 Mar 2017, 8:37 am
By Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man held in a Japanese immigration detention center died on Saturday, six people told Reuters, drawing fresh attention to conditions in the country's detention system. The man died at the East Japan Immigration Center in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, according to activists, a lawyer and a detainee held at the facility. The deceased man was named Van Huan Nguyen and was one of more than 11,000 refugees that the country took in over the three decades to 2005 in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, according to two of the sources.
New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change 26 Mar 2017, 6:54 am
With a skyline crowded with ever-more luxury towers, the construction of another Manhattan skyscraper wouldn't normally be remarkable. Planned just after deadly Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York in October 2012 -- sounding another alarm about the mounting effects of climate change -- it was designed with new threats in mind, reflecting how the real estate world is evolving to account for global warming, in contrast to President Donald Trump's moves to roll back environmental protection. The huge storm killed more than 40 people in New York, paralyzing the US financial capital for days.
April The Giraffe Defying The Odds 26 Mar 2017, 6:12 am
Australia braces for 'very destructive' cyclone 26 Mar 2017, 5:30 am
Australians are bracing for the worst cyclone in the country's northeast in several years, with residents evacuated and schools closed amid forecasts of destructive winds and rain. Cyclone Debbie has been forming off the coast of Queensland state in recent days, the official Bureau of Meteorology said Sunday, with its "very destructive core" expected to hit land early Tuesday morning. "The very destructive core of Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently expected to cross the coast between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning, most likely as a category four tropical cyclone, with wind gusts up to 260 kmh (162 mph) near the centre.
Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike 26 Mar 2017, 3:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.
Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour 26 Mar 2017, 1:52 am
The Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.
German SPD draws level with Merkel's conservatives, poll shows 26 Mar 2017, 1:01 am
Support for Germany's Social Democrats has risen slightly from a week ago and the center-left party is now tied with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc on 33 percent, a survey by pollster Emnid for weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag showed. The SPD gained one point on the week, the poll showed. Support for other parties was unchanged, with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) on 9 percent and the leftist Linke and the environmentalist Greens on 8 percent each.
Arctic Marines? an Inside Look at the American Marines Training in the Harshest Elements 25 Mar 2017, 10:46 pm
NBC Nightly News went to northern Norway where American marines are training with Norwegian and British troops this month in Operation Joint Viking — a show of force just a few hundred miles from Russia’s border.
Pentagon Opens Investigation Into Whether U.S. Airstrikes Killed 200 Civilians in Mosul 25 Mar 2017, 10:42 pm
Former Penn State President Found Guilty of Child Endangerment 25 Mar 2017, 10:41 pm
The university’s former president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday on a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The charges came five years after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing young boys.
Monaco on high alert after brazen Cartier heist 25 Mar 2017, 8:04 pm
Monaco police were hunting for two suspects Saturday after a daring afternoon robbery at the famous French jeweller Cartier, prompting a brief lockdown of the tiny principality and jet set haven. Three men entered the boutique toward 3:40 pm (1440 GMT) while a driver waited in a car, the Monaco prosecutor's office said, adding that no shots were fired and no one was wounded or taken hostage. Clients in the showroom as well as tourists who found themselves in the zone were confined for part of the afternoon in the Monte Carlo Casino and nearby boutiques.
Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores 25 Mar 2017, 6:22 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes hit a women's prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country's worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said.
3 dead, 1 injured in Mexico prison riot 25 Mar 2017, 6:19 pm
Officer is Found Guilty in Shooting Death of 6-Year-Old Boy With Autism 25 Mar 2017, 6:16 pm
Woman Stunned to Get Her Stolen Wallet Back 8 Years Later... With $141 Still Inside 25 Mar 2017, 5:30 pm
Malaysia Could Soon Analyze Its Own Black Boxes 25 Mar 2017, 4:40 pm
Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US 25 Mar 2017, 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States.
China lifts ban on Brazilian meat imports 25 Mar 2017, 3:38 pm
Brazil, trying to recover from a rotten meat scandal that has pummeled its agribusiness industry, said Saturday that major trading partner China had lifted a ban on imports of its products. "China announced today it has fully reopened its market to Brazilian meat," Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said in a statement. Maggi did not say when the resumption of Brazilian meat imports, suspended Monday by China, would take effect.
One Killed, Another Injured in Deadly Las Vegas Standoff 25 Mar 2017, 3:35 pm
Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vessel 25 Mar 2017, 1:14 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Salvage crews towed a corroded 6,800-ton South Korean ferry and loaded it onto a semi-submersible transport vessel Saturday, completing what was seen as the most difficult part of the massive effort to bring the ship back to shore nearly three years after it sank.
Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times 25 Mar 2017, 12:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees spend several long days in televised hearings, they still manage to reveal a few things about themselves, professionally and personally.
Weary flyers shrug as Middle East laptop ban takes off 25 Mar 2017, 11:18 am
A controversial ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain went into effect Saturday -- with less fanfare and frustration than expected. At Dubai International, one of the world's busiest hubs, flag carrier Emirates dispatched staff to guide passengers through one of the most intense travel weekends of the year.