Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

By Ahmed Aboulenein ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. A Reuters reporter saw 25 families gathered with their belongings in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia's Evangelical Church and church officials said 100 families, out of around 160 in North Sinai, were fleeing. More than 200 students studying in Arish, the province's capital, have also left.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments

French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought "Paris is no longer Paris" after attacks by Islamist militants. Hollande said Trump should show support for U.S. allies. Here, you don't have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy," Hollande said, responding to questions during a visit at the Paris Agric fair.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Huawei is introducing a mass-market version of its premium business phone, to take advantage of a gap created by the withdrawal of Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 after a crisis with its batteries catching fire. Huawei has aggressively expanded its mid- to high-end phones and is going head to head in Asia and Europe with Apple and Samsung in the premium phone market. Huawei's new P10 line is expected to be cheaper than the business-oriented Mate 9, with new features including facial detection that can tell whether a user is taking a selfie or a picture with more people and select its camera mode accordingly.

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has decided to run for re-election in May, the vice-president for parliamentary affairs said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA. "In recent weeks, Mr Rouhani has reached a conclusion to take part in the presidential elections," Hosseinali Amiri told reporters. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate who has pushed for greater social freedoms and improved ties with the West, has been widely expected to run for a second term but has yet to formally announce his candidature for the May 19 election.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

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Tens of thousands protest Trump’s election victory

Tens of thousands protest Trump’s election victory

Anti-Trump protests continued for a seventh straight day in large cities throughout the country. In Washington, D.C., more than 1,000 students staged a walkout and protested outside of Trump International Hotel, holding signs that read "Boycott Bigotry" and "Stronger Together."

Trump defeats Clinton in 2016 election

Trump defeats Clinton in 2016 election

Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House. His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama.

Clinton’s primetime soap opera reaches its finale

Clinton’s primetime soap opera reaches its finale

We’ve finally arrived at sweeps week in the televised event posing as our presidential election. And if American viewers can’t quite bring themselves to click away from Donald Trump’s vulgar and monotonous reality show, it’s probably because they’ve had all they can take of the cloying, predictable soap opera that keeps rerunning on the other channel.

16 in 2016: The places

16 in 2016: The places

By Nov. 9, the votes will have been cast and counted, there will be a winner and a loser, and the country will begin a slow return to normal. Historians will have their say on the outcome, but all of us who have lived through this election will carry away indelible memories of a shocking year in American history: of a handful of ordinary people, swept up in the rush of history; of a series of moments on which the fate of the nation seemed, at least briefly, to turn; and of places on the map that became symbols of a divided nation. ...

Down Ticket #12: GOP Sen. Toomey hopes to save his seat by bucking his party on guns

Down Ticket #12: GOP Sen. Toomey hopes to save his seat by bucking his party on guns

Down Ticket is Yahoo News’ complete guide to the most fascinating House, Senate and governors’ races of 2016. PHILADELPHIA — With control of the Senate at stake in this year’s election, it’s not surprising to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic star, stumping for Katie McGinty, the challenger to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, a tea party favorite for most of his career. It is noteworthy, however, that some gun control groups are backing Toomey.

New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligence

New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligence

The Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin: Did the Russians hack U.S. election databases? A top cybersecurity firm said Friday it has found “significant” links between the hacks of two U.S. state election databases this summer and suspected Russian state-sponsored attacks against the ruling political party in Turkey and members of the Ukrainian Parliament. ThreatConnect, a firm founded by former U.S. military intelligence analysts, said it discovered the connection this week by researching a Web address linked to one of the election hacks and cited in an Aug. 18 confidential “flash” alert to state election officials. The alert was first reported Monday by Yahoo News.

FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections. Johnson emphasized in the call that Homeland Security was not aware of “specific or credible cybersecurity threats” to the election, officials said.

Manufacturing political masks for the U.S. election

Manufacturing political masks for the U.S. election

One Chinese factory is expecting Donald Trump to beat his likely U.S. presidential rival Hilary Clinton in the popularity stakes. At the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory, a Halloween and party supply business that produces thousands of rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama Bin Laden to Spiderman, masks of Donald Trump and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton faces are being churned out. Sales of the two expected presidential candidates are at about half a million each but the factory management believes  Trump will eventually run out the winner.

Violent clashes in Kenya over election body protests

Violent clashes in Kenya over election body protests

Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannon on Monday at stone-throwing crowds protesting in central Nairobi against an election oversight body they say is biased and should be scrapped, Reuters witnesses reported. Officers armed with batons confronted hundreds of protesters outside the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the third clash over the issue in less than a month. The opposition CORD coalition, led by Raila Odinga who lost the 2013 vote and unsuccessfully challenged the result in court, has accused the IEBC of bias and said its members should quit.

Neurotic? Extroverted? Disagreeable? Political campaigns have an ad for you.

Neurotic? Extroverted? Disagreeable? Political campaigns have an ad for you.

“I’ll put it in your personality file,” Nix joked. “We’ve modeled every personality of every voter in the United States.” If one were to try to imagine the person who claims to know every single American personality, one would probably not think of Nix, an Eton-educated Englishman in a tweed coat who speaks in fluid, grammatically correct paragraphs of his company’s microtargeting strategy. Whether we like it or not, political campaigns know more and more about each and every one of us, and they’re using that data to craft increasingly specific advertising tailored to our lifestyles. Republicans, led by Karl Rove, pioneered the technique of political microtargeting in a presidential election in 2004, to get out the vote for George W. Bush.

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Transgender wrestler wins Texas championship for girls

Transgender wrestler wins Texas championship for girls

(Reuters) - Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old high school wrestler who is transitioning from female to male, took home gold in the 110-weight class of the Texas girls state championship after the state refused to allow the student to compete against boys. The University Interscholastic League, which governs school sports in Texas, said the state's education code allows the use of a banned drug such as steroids if it "is prescribed by a medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose." Beggs' win came days after the Trump administration revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama. Beggs, a junior at Trinity High School in the Dallas suburb of Euless, had a 52-0 record ahead of the weekend tournament and was favored to win the high school championship in his weight class.

Trump might support probe into Yemen raid, White House says

Trump might support probe into Yemen raid, White House says

President Donald Trump might support an investigation into last month's U.S. raid in Yemen that killed several al Qaeda militants but also left a Navy SEAL and several civilians dead, the White House said on Sunday. "I haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that," White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's "This Week" television program.

In Puerto Rico, pensions' decline pits retirees against lenders

In Puerto Rico, pensions' decline pits retirees against lenders

The U.S. territory is doing all it can to present itself as a reliable place to invest, but resolving the pensions issue will require a careful balance. Benefit structures are widely seen as unsustainable, but draconian cuts to pensioners could deepen the population's reliance on government subsidies and compound rampant emigration. "Many of our retirees are already under the poverty line," Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told Reuters in an interview this past week, saying any pension cuts would attempt to protect the poorest beneficiaries.

Man charged in crash at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade

Man charged in crash at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade

New Orleans police booked Neilson Rizzuto after taking him into custody in "a highly intoxicated state" immediately after the accident on Saturday evening, the department said. Rizzuto was charged with two charges of vehicular negligence injuring in the first degree, hit and run driving and the reckless operation of a motor vehicle, according to a statement. No further information about Rizzuto was immediately available.

Magician's death by hanging in Hollywood ruled accidental by coroner

Magician's death by hanging in Hollywood ruled accidental by coroner

The death of a world-class magician found hanged in his dressing room at a popular Hollywood nightclub called the Magic Castle was ruled an accident on Saturday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Department, an agency official said. Daryl Easton, 61, touted on his website as a card-trick specialist known internationally as "The Magician's Magician," was found by employees of the club hanged on Friday in a death that police said they were investigating as an apparent suicide. Easton's body was found fully clothed with a bag over his head, said Vicki Greenleaf, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Magical Arts, which owns the Magic Castle.

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Scott faced a quandary on Saturday in hosting his town hall: he promised to meet with his South Carolina constituents, but he wanted to avoid the kind of adversarial free-for-all so many Republicans encountered this week. Scott decided to ban placards from his North Charlestown meeting in hopes of averting the raucousness that erupted at dozens of town halls during the first congressional recess of Donald Trump's month-old presidency. The senator also required the crowd submit questions in writing ahead of time after other Republican lawmakers faced a wave of anger on issues ranging from Trump's immigration and healthcare policies to the president's ties to Russia.

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Scott faced a quandary on Saturday in hosting his town hall: he promised to meet with his South Carolina constituents, but he wanted to avoid the kind of adversarial free-for-all so many Republicans encountered this week. Scott decided to ban placards from his North Charlestown meeting in hopes of averting the raucousness that erupted at dozens of town halls during the first congressional recess of Donald Trump's month-old presidency. The senator also required the crowd submit questions in writing ahead of time after other Republican lawmakers faced a wave of anger on issues ranging from Trump's immigration and healthcare policies to the president's ties to Russia.

Democrats pick Perez to lead party against Trump

Democrats pick Perez to lead party against Trump

U.S. Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Members of the Democratic National Committee, the administrative and fundraising arm of the party, picked Perez on the second round of voting over U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, a liberal from Minnesota. Following one of the most crowded and competitive party leadership elections in decades, Perez faces a challenge in unifying and rejuvenating a party still reeling from the Nov. 8 loss of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in Washington

Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in Washington

By Julia Harte WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump's promise to turn over profits from such events to the U.S. Treasury. The Kuwait Embassy is hosting an event to mark their National Day. Similar National Day celebrations at the Trump International Hotel for a crowd of several hundred can run from $40,000 to $60,000, according to cost estimates from the hotel seen by Reuters.

Highlights: The Trump presidency on Feb. 24 at 12:35 a.m. EST/17:35 GMT

Highlights: The Trump presidency on Feb. 24 at 12:35 a.m. EST/17:35 GMT

(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Friday: MILITARY BUILDUP Trump says he will make a massive budget request for one of the "greatest military buildups in American history" in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists. REGULATION Trump signs an executive order aimed at repealing or simplifying federal regulations. TRUMP AND FBI Trump criticizes the FBI for failing to stop leaks of national security information to the media and directs the agency to find those who pass on classified information.

Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines

Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines

By Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well. The Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was cleared by law enforcement on Thursday and almost 50 people, many of them Native Americans and environmental activists, were arrested. The number of demonstrators had dwindled from the thousands who poured into the camp starting in August to oppose the pipeline that critics say threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman's pinky finger: media

Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman's pinky finger: media

A Wisconsin man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Friday for cutting off a woman's pinky finger with a machete and trying to close the wound with a blow torch during a ceremony for a fellow fan of a hip hop band, media reported. In August, Jonathan Schrap, 25, and three other people held a "ritualistic memorial" at his home for a fellow fan of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse who died in 2015, a local ABC affiliate reported, citing a criminal compliant filed by the state. Schrap pleaded no contest earlier this week to a felony charge of second degree reckless injury charge, according to online court records.

Pfizer subpoenaed in U.S. over patient assistance plans

Pfizer subpoenaed in U.S. over patient assistance plans

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said it received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts related to its support for organizations that provide financial help to Medicare patients. "Pfizer is among a number of companies that have received subpoenas regarding this matter," the New York-based company said in an emailed statement on Friday. Drugmakers including Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc have disclosed involvement in similar government investigations.

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

KANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible hate crime that shocked the victim's home country. The shooting on Wednesday night led news bulletins in India and triggered outrage on social media, where people voiced concern that U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" position on immigration and jobs has fueled a climate of intolerance. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that any loss of life was tragic, but it would be absurd to link the killing to Trump's rhetoric.

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

By Dave Kaup and Aditya Kalra KANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A 51-year-old man has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible bias-motivated crime that shocked the victim's home country. The shooting on Wednesday night led news bulletins in India and triggered outrage on social media, where people voiced concern that U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" position on immigration and jobs has fueled a climate of intolerance. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that any loss of life was tragic, but it would be absurd to link the killing to Trump's rhetoric.

Groups appeal decision that upheld U.S. rule on retirement advice

Groups appeal decision that upheld U.S. rule on retirement advice

Five U.S. financial services groups on Friday appealed a federal court decision handed down earlier this month that upheld an Obama-era rule designed to avoid conflicts of interests when brokers give retirement advice. "This is a misguided rule that will harm retirement savers and financial services firms that provide needed assistance and options to their clients, including modest savers and small business employees," the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Financial Services Institute, Financial Services Roundtable, Insured Retirement Institute, and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association said in a statement.

Industry groups appeal Texas judge's ruling upholding retirement rule

Industry groups appeal Texas judge's ruling upholding retirement rule

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce appealed a Texas federal judge's ruling upholding a Labor Department's regulation aimed at putting retirement savers' interest first on Friday, the latest salvo in the securities industry's fight against the regulation. Earlier this month, Chief Judge Barbara Lynn of the Northern District of Texas ruled against the Chamber of Commerce and its many co-plaintiffs, dismissing its arguments that the Labor Department had exceeded its legal authority creating the rule, and that it had failed to conduct an adequate cost-benefit analysis to help justify the regulation. The Labor Department's "fiduciary" rule requires brokers to put their clients' best interests first when advising them about individual retirement accounts or 401(k) retirement plans.

Overhaul of Medicaid expansion could cost states $32 billion: report

Overhaul of Medicaid expansion could cost states $32 billion: report

Proposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday. Republican President Donald Trump has pushed to fulfill a campaign promise to replace Obamacare, his Democratic predecessor's signature healthcare plan, with the help of a Republican-controlled Congress. More details of potential replacements by U.S. House Republicans for former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act emerged on Friday, though they have yet to agree on a single detailed policy proposal to repeal and replace the healthcare law.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Kansas shooting raises fears with local Indian-Americans

Kansas shooting raises fears with local Indian-Americans

The suspected gunman, U.S. Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with the premeditated murder in Olathe, just outside Kansas City, of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and the attempted murder of Alok Madasani, also 32, as well as an American who tried to intervene. Before opening fire, Purinton is accused of shouting "get out of my country," a bystander told the Kansas City Star. Several members of the Kansas City area's Indian-American community said the attack had forced them to think about their safety.

NAACP calls for boycott of North Carolina over voting, bathroom laws

NAACP calls for boycott of North Carolina over voting, bathroom laws

By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday said it would not hold its convention in North Carolina and urged other organizations to boycott the state in protest of laws adopted by the Republican-led legislature. The civil rights groups described the move as the first step in an economic boycott that could be expanded in North Carolina and replicated in other states that enact laws limiting voting rights and protections for gay and transgender people. NAACP leaders asked artists, religious groups, educators and sports leagues to join the effort.

Chicago schools rescind $18 million cut, pushing budget gap to $129 million

Chicago schools rescind $18 million cut, pushing budget gap to $129 million

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) said on Friday it will return $18 million in funding cuts to certain schools in a move that will increase the cash-strapped district's lingering budget deficit to $129 million. "CPS has not identified a funding stream to pay for these changes," the district said in a statement. The nation's third-largest public school system earlier this month froze $46 million in discretionary funds schools generally use to pay for textbooks, technology and field trips to help offset a loss of $215 million in state money.

Family of Mexican immigrant to U.S. settles lawsuit over videotaped abuse

Family of Mexican immigrant to U.S. settles lawsuit over videotaped abuse

Family members of an illegal immigrant who died in 2010 following a brutal encounter with federal border agents that was captured on videotape have agreed to settle their lawsuit against the U.S. government for $1 million, court documents show. Video footage of a U.S. Customs officer tasering Anastacio Rojas Hernandez at least four times while he lay on the ground handcuffed and surrounded by nearly a dozen agents has been widely broadcast and appeared in a PBS documentary about border deaths. Hernandez's five children sued the Department of Homeland Security and the agents over their father's death.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

California governor proposes spending $437 million on aging dams, flood control

California governor proposes spending $437 million on aging dams, flood control

California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday proposed spending $437 million for flood control and emergency response and preparedness, days after damage at the country's tallest dam, located northeast of the state capital, led to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people downstream. Damage to both the regular spillway and its emergency counterpart at the Oroville Dam earlier this month brought issues with aging infrastructure into sharp relief in a state that relies on a complex system of dams and reservoirs to irrigate farms and provide drinking water for nearly 40 million people.

Federal prosecutors question NYC mayor over fundraising: reports

Federal prosecutors question NYC mayor over fundraising: reports

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio met with federal prosecutors on Friday as part of their lengthy investigation into whether people involved in fundraising for his election campaign broke corruption laws, according to news reports. De Blasio, a Democrat who faces reelection in November, has repeatedly said he and his campaign staff have done nothing wrong and that he was cooperating with prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan in their yearlong criminal investigation.

Virginia taxi driver sentenced to 11 years for supporting Islamic State

Virginia taxi driver sentenced to 11 years for supporting Islamic State

A former Virginia taxi driver was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday for trying to help another man join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, the Justice Department said. Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 26, of Woodbridge, had pleaded guilty in October to driving Joseph Hassan Farrokh to Richmond, Virginia, in January 2016. Farrokh planned to fly from Richmond to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State, with Elhassan to follow him at a later date, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Kansas shooting shatters Indian engineer's American dream

Kansas shooting shatters Indian engineer's American dream

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Working, partying and traveling across the United States, Indian aviation engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was living his American dream in Kansas. A local man shot dead Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounded his colleague Alok Madasani in a case U.S. federal authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime. Local media quoted eyewitnesses as saying the attacker shouted "get out of my country" before opening fire as the colleagues shared an after-work drink in a local bar.

White House says too early to guess at motive in Kansas shooting

White House says too early to guess at motive in Kansas shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House spokesman, addressing the fatal shooting of an Indian engineer and the wounding of two other men in Kansas this week, said on Friday any loss of life is tragic but it would be absurd to link the action to President Donald Trump's rhetoric.

Snow, landowner, delay Utah pipeline repairs

Snow, landowner, delay Utah pipeline repairs

Refiners and pipeline shippers in the Salt Lake City area are facing new delays obtaining crude oil after a pipeline outage last week was followed by snow on Friday that made it difficult to deliver much-needed oil by truck. Refiners such as Tesoro Corp and HollyFrontier have been using trucks to replenish oil supplies after Plains All American Pipeline took its Wahsatch pipeline down last week as a precaution after monitoring equipment detected an anomaly. On Tuesday, the pipeline operator sent a note to customers informing them construction and reactivation efforts would begin once it received final work authorizations.

Overnight fire at Florida mosque ruled arson

Overnight fire at Florida mosque ruled arson

The overnight blaze set outside the Islamic Society of New Tampa mosque in Thonotosassa raised fresh fears of increased anti-Muslim sentiment, as mosques around the country have been threatened or vandalized. "It is worrisome that our community have fallen victim of what appears to be another hate crime," Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, spokesman for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement. The flames resulted in fire damage to the building's exterior and water damage from sprinklers inside, said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Corey Dierdorff.

Judge allows a second accuser to testify at Cosby sex assault trial

Judge allows a second accuser to testify at Cosby sex assault trial

About 50 women have accused Cosby, 79, of sexual assault. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing, but the accusations have shattered his image as an icon of family-friendly entertainment. Constand worked with the women's basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby, a university alumnus, befriended her.

Israel bans Human Right Watch worker, accuses group of peddling pro-Palestinian line

Israel bans Human Right Watch worker, accuses group of peddling pro-Palestinian line

Israel has denied a work permit to a Human Rights Watch researcher, accusing the group of serving as Palestinian propagandists in a move the U.S.-based organisation called an "ominous turn". The news emerged as Israel faced criticism from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva over the 18-month jail sentence handed to an Israeli soldier who shot an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the head. U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the sentence given to soldier Elor Azaria was "excessively lenient" and part of a "chronic culture of impunity" for Israeli abuse of Palestinians.

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobs

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobs

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spoke positively about a border adjustment tax being pushed by Republicans in Congress as a way to boost exports, but he did not specifically endorse the proposal. Trump, who has lashed out at U.S. companies for moving operations and jobs to countries such as Mexico, had previously sent mixed signals on the proposal at the heart of a sweeping Republican plan to overhaul the tax code. "It could lead to a lot more jobs in the United States," Trump told Reuters in an interview, using his most approving language to date on the proposal.

Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at 'top of the pack'

Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at 'top of the pack'

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity. In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea "very easily if they want to," ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang's increasingly bellicose actions. Trump also expressed support for the European Union as a governing body, saying "I'm totally in favor of it," and for the first time as president expressed a preference for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but said he would be satisfied with whatever makes the two sides happy.

Highlights of Reuters interview with Trump

Highlights of Reuters interview with Trump

(Reuters) - Here are some of the highlights of the Reuters interview with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday. ON HIS DECEMBER TWEET SAYING THE UNITED STATES SHOULD EXPAND ITS NUCLEAR CAPABILITY "We've fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity.

Exclusive: Trump calls Chinese 'grand champions' of currency manipulation

Exclusive: Trump calls Chinese 'grand champions' of currency manipulation

By Steve Holland and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump declared China the "grand champions" of currency manipulation on Thursday, just hours after his new Treasury secretary pledged a more methodical approach to analyzing Beijing's foreign exchange practices. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Trump said he has not "held back" in his assessment that China manipulates its yuan currency, despite not acting on a campaign promise to declare it a currency manipulator on his first day in office.

U.S. companies decry Trump action on transgender student rights

U.S. companies decry Trump action on transgender student rights

U.S. companies led by tech firms Yahoo Inc , Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp criticized the Trump administration's decision to revoke Obama administration guidance that allowed transgender public school students to use the bathroom of their choice. The resulting boycotts have cost North Carolina more than $560 million in economic activity, according to the online magazine Facing South.

Arkansas lawmaker wants to strip Clintons' name from airport

Arkansas lawmaker wants to strip Clintons' name from airport

The bill makes no mention of former President Bill Clinton or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for whom the Little Rock airport was re-named four years ago - as Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field - but its author does not hesitate to identify its target.

Groups sue EPA to protect wild salmon from climate change

Groups sue EPA to protect wild salmon from climate change

U.S. fishing and conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, seeking to protect wild salmon threatened by rising water temperatures attributed in part to climate change in two major rivers of the Pacific Northwest. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, is believed to be the first court case brought against the EPA under President Donald Trump's newly confirmed chief of the agency, Scott Pruitt.

Caitlyn Jenner, teen singer appeal to Trump on transgender rights

Caitlyn Jenner, teen singer appeal to Trump on transgender rights

A teenaged singer with a transgender sister, best known for performing the U.S. national anthem at President Donald Trump's inauguration in January, and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner have both asked to discuss the issue with him. Jackie Evancho, 16, requested the meeting in a Twitter message late on Wednesday, minutes after the administration revoked landmark guidance to public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice. Trump "gave me the honor" of singing at the inauguration, she added in another tweet.

The Trump presidency on Feb. 23 at 6:45 p.m. EST

The Trump presidency on Feb. 23 at 6:45 p.m. EST

(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday: NUCLEAR WEAPONS Trump says he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. One of California's most populous counties asks a judge to suspend Trump's executive order that seeks to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants, saying the directive has thrown its budget process into "disarray." TAXES Trump speaks favorably about an export-boosting border adjustment tax proposal being pushed by Republicans in the U.S. Congress, but does not specifically endorse it.

Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayous

Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayous

(This story corrects paragraph 37 to say $12,000 instead of $1,200 in Feb 22 story.) By Liz Hampton HENDERSON, Louisiana (Reuters) - When Hope Rosinski's father gave her a six-acre plot in Louisiana more than a decade ago, she was surprised to find oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the property. Pipeline companies later secured her permission for two more lines, one of which has since caused flooding and consistently leaves her land saturated. Rosinski is fighting the latest request for a right-of-way, this time from Energy Transfer Partners - the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

White House may boost recreational marijuana enforcement: spokesman

White House may boost recreational marijuana enforcement: spokesman

The administration of President Donald Trump may ramp up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana use, a White House spokesman said on Thursday, setting up potential conflicts in states where the drug is legal. More than two dozen U.S. states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes, and the administration of former President Barack Obama mostly looked the other way.

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobs

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobs

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spoke positively about a border adjustment tax being pushed by Republicans in Congress as a way to boost exports, but he did not specifically endorse the proposal. Trump, who has lashed out at U.S. companies for moving operations and jobs to countries such as Mexico, had previously sent mixed signals on the proposal at the heart of a sweeping Republican plan to overhaul the tax code. "It could lead to a lot more jobs in the United States," Trump told Reuters in an interview, using his most approving language to date on the proposal.

The Trump presidency on Feb. 23 at 6:45 p.m. EST

The Trump presidency on Feb. 23 at 6:45 p.m. EST

(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday: NUCLEAR WEAPONS Trump says he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. One of California's most populous counties asks a judge to suspend Trump's executive order that seeks to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants, saying the directive has thrown its budget process into "disarray." TAXES Trump speaks favorably about an export-boosting border adjustment tax proposal being pushed by Republicans in the U.S. Congress, but does not specifically endorse it.

White House sees greater enforcement on recreational marijuana

White House sees greater enforcement on recreational marijuana

The administration of President Donald Trump expects to see greater federal enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Asked if the government would take action on recreational marijuana use, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said: "Well I think that's a question for the Department of Justice.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor. After he repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, Trump has yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California's governor announced Friday a $437 million plan for flood control and emergency response following a recent crisis in which part of the tallest dam in the United States nearly failed, causing massive evacuations. Almost 200,000 people fled their homes more than a week ago after flooding and increased water levels at the Oroville Dam in northern California prompted authorities to channel excess water down an emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and created a potentially catastrophic situation for residents below. "Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in a dam spillway eroding, roads crumbling and levees failing," Governor Jerry Brown said.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor. After he repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, Trump has yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California's governor announced Friday a $437 million plan for flood control and emergency response following a recent crisis in which part of the tallest dam in the United States nearly failed, causing massive evacuations. Almost 200,000 people fled their homes more than a week ago after flooding and increased water levels at the Oroville Dam in northern California prompted authorities to channel excess water down an emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and created a potentially catastrophic situation for residents below. "Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in a dam spillway eroding, roads crumbling and levees failing," Governor Jerry Brown said.

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Colorado governor, once opposed, is softening his stance on legal pot

Colorado governor, once opposed, is softening his stance on legal pot

In the four years since Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana, Gov. John Hickenlooper — who originally opposed the referendum — hasn’t seen the negative effects he feared. “You know, at first, I opposed it,” Hickenlooper said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Since then, Hickenlooper, the former Denver mayor and brewery owner, has softened his stance on weed.

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

‘30 Rock’ star Judah Friedlander hits NYC immigration protests

‘30 Rock’ star Judah Friedlander hits NYC immigration protests

Judah Friedlander attends the premiere of the documentary “Michael Moore In TrumpLand” at the IFC Center on Oct. 18, 2016, in New York City. In the weeks since last month’s inauguration, critics of President Trump have turned out by the thousands to protest his policies in cities across the country. Among them is comedian and former “30 Rock” star Judah Friedlander, whose signature trucker hat, messy hair and oversize glasses have become a fixture at recent rallies in New York City.

Nigel Farage, the man behind Brexit, says he’ll be ‘useful’ to Trump

Nigel Farage, the man behind Brexit, says he’ll be ‘useful’ to Trump

Nigel Farage, the fiery advocate of the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom, tells Yahoo News he is expecting to play “quite a useful role” for the Trump administration — as a salesman for the White House agenda to British and European audiences. “When ISIS says they will use the refugee crisis to flood our country with their terrorists, we ought to take that seriously,” Farage said.

Donna Brazile’s emotional farewell to DNC: ‘We came up short. I will not sugarcoat it.’

Donna Brazile’s emotional farewell to DNC: ‘We came up short. I will not sugarcoat it.’

Party leaders sought to inspire hundreds of delegates at the annual winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, trying out different messages for the party going forward, after its staggering losses in 2016. Saturday morning, the DNC will vote on its next chair, and there’s currently a close race between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Donna Brazile, who took over as interim DNC chair after Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ouster last July, launched into an emotional defense of the party and urged delegates to be unified.

Donald Trump’s latest attack on the media was riddled with blatant contradictions

Donald Trump’s latest attack on the media was riddled with blatant contradictions

President Donald Trump began his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday with a lengthy rant railing against what he dubbed the “fake news.” After weeks of bad headlines, Trump suggested the “dishonest media” falsified stories about issues in his administration by using made-up sources. “And I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake! Phony! Fake!” Trump said.

Brexit leader Nigel Farage: 2016 was start of global populist revolution

Brexit leader Nigel Farage: 2016 was start of global populist revolution

British politician Nigel Farage heralded 2016 as the beginning of global populist revolution during a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. In a speech titled “Brexit and What it Means for the World,” Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), said that future schoolchildren would study 2016 as the dawn of a new political era — ushered in by the so-called Brexit referendum in the U.K. and the election of President Trump in the U.S. “There is one year that every schoolchild will know, and that year is the year of 2016, because in 2016 we witnessed the beginning of a global political revolution and it’s one that is not going to stop.

Hillary Clinton calls for ‘resistance and persistence’ from Democrats

Hillary Clinton calls for ‘resistance and persistence’ from Democrats

In a video released Friday, Hillary Clinton encouraged Democrats to “move forward with courage, confidence and optimism” as the party prepares to rebuild after losing the White House and failing to gain majorities in either house of Congress in the November elections. The three-minute video was posted online shortly after it was greeted with applause at a Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta, Ga. The DNC will choose new party leaders, including a new chairperson, on Saturday. Although Clinton has mostly stayed out of the spotlight since her stunning election loss to Donald Trump, lately she has started to speak out more pointedly via her Twitter account.

Scenes from CPAC 2017

Scenes from CPAC 2017

Conservatives are smiling this week at an annual convention in Washington, celebrating President Trump’s win, but beneath the surface lurk tensions central to how Republicans will govern in the next two years andto the 2018 election outlook. At the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference, once a fringe event that is now decidedly in the Republican mainstream, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to help fire up an estimated 10,000 activists in attendance. Known as CPAC, the event is being held at a new MGM resort and casino located in Maryland, just outside Washington. So Trump, a former casino developer, should feel at home, despite certain unresolved differences with many of his hosts over issues such as trade, taxes and small government.

Emboldened by Trump, Republicans aim to halve legal immigration

Emboldened by Trump, Republicans aim to halve legal immigration

Tom Cotton, R-Ark., left, and David Perdue, R-Ga., speak to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill Feb. 7. While much of the media has been focused on the administration’s campaign against illegal immigration, a rising star among Senate Republicans, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, has been pursuing a parallel agenda: a bill to cut legal immigration in half, an idea long considered toxic in Washington but whose time may be coming around. Perhaps no one in Washington was happier to hear the news than Roy Beck, a cheerful 68-year-old former reporter who founded the anti-immigration group NumbersUSA, and has been waiting for a moment like this for 20 years.

Resistance Report: Activists holding town halls with cardboard cutout, empty suits — Gabby Giffords tells GOP to ‘have some courage’

Resistance Report: Activists holding town halls with cardboard cutout, empty suits — Gabby Giffords tells GOP to ‘have some courage’

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, in this July 27, 2016 photo. Holding town halls with Flat Marco, a cardboard cutout, is just the latest in a series of creative measures progressive activists have taken to shame reluctant members of Congress into holding town halls and draw media attention to their concerns.

Trump bashes FBI for being ‘totally unable’ to stop leaks

Trump bashes FBI for being ‘totally unable’ to stop leaks

President Trump is interviewed by Reuters in the Oval Office Feb. 23. President Trump said the FBI is “totally unable” to crack down on U.S. government employees who plan to leak sensitive information to the media. The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security "leakers" that have permeated our government for a long time.

U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee

U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee

U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city. Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun

Last stand for Standing Rock

Last stand for Standing Rock

Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities as some vowed to defy Wednesday’s deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months to halt the project. President Trump has pushed for the completion of the multibillion-dollar pipeline since he took office last month, despite objections from Native Americans and environmental activists who say it threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set a deadline of Wednesday afternoon for protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp.

Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care

Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care

Vice President Mike Pence dismissed concerns Thursday about the pace of Republican plans to repeal and replace the health care law passed by Democrats under President Barack Obama, promising an “orderly transition” to a new system. It was the only comment by Pence in a 20-minute speech that went beyond boilerplate rhetoric and touched on challenges facing the new administration.

Trumpism versus conservatism at CPAC

Trumpism versus conservatism at CPAC

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — “Conservatism” will be supplanted by “Trumpism” when the president speaks Friday at the annual gathering of right-wing activists known as CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway predicted Thursday. “This will be TPAC when he’s here, no doubt,” Conway quipped.

Live from CPAC, it’s Bannon and Priebus

Live from CPAC, it’s Bannon and Priebus

Polished White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and pugnacious chief presidential strategist Steve Bannon took their strained buddy routine to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, reminiscing about Donald Trump’s election victory, promising revolutionary change in Washington, denying their ongoing West Wing power struggle and — naturally — bashing the news media. Bannon, the rumpled adviser who never tires of calling reporters “the opposition party,” lasted not quite three and a half minutes after their awkward opening handshake before making sure everyone in the room knew that he was the scrappy one and the former Republican National Committee chairman was the softy. Priebus had just dismissed news reports about their rivalry as all just a big “misconception” and had embarked on a chummy description of their work day just a stumble away from the Oval Office — “we share an office suite together, we’re basically together from 6:30 in the morning until about 11 o’clock at night” — when Bannon cut in.

Tom Perez has a strategy to lead the Democrats. It just won’t fit on a bumper sticker.

Tom Perez has a strategy to lead the Democrats. It just won’t fit on a bumper sticker.

Thomas Perez speaks during a Labor Department panel discussion in Washington, April 6, 2016. WASHINGTON — Tom Perez is in the homestretch of a hotly contested race to lead a badly damaged Democratic Party. If Democratic delegates pick Perez at their winter meeting in Atlanta on Saturday, he’ll find himself leading a party that is fractured, beaten, and in his own estimation, has strayed from its roots.

Trump’s national security adviser knows the pitfalls of his job — he wrote the book on it

Trump’s national security adviser knows the pitfalls of his job — he wrote the book on it

One of President Trump’s first and most controversial foreign policy moves was to reorganize the National Security Council, removing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a permanent member and effectively replacing him with his chief political strategist, Steve Bannon. Now, in an ironic twist, Trump has named a new national security adviser — Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster — who once criticized an earlier president for essentially doing the same thing.

‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66

‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66

Fox News host Sean Hannity paid tribute to his longtime friend and colleague Alan Colmes on Thursday after the liberal commentator’s death at 66. According to a statement released by his family, Colmes passed away Thursday morning after a brief illness and leaves behind his wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. Hannity and Colmes rose to national prominence as co-hosts of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes,” which ran from 1996 until 2009.

Kellyanne Conway touts ‘conservative feminism’ at CPAC

Kellyanne Conway touts ‘conservative feminism’ at CPAC

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway promoted herself as a model for an alternative to modern, progressive feminism. “I look at myself as a product of my choices, not as a victim of my circumstances, and that’s what conservative feminism is all about,” Conway said.

Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hall

Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hall

ON THE TOWN. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas held a town hall for the ages in Springdale, Ark., Wednesday night, drawing pointed questions from an Obamacare supporter, a Lutheran pastor, a descendent of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a 7-year-old boy.

GOP congresswoman, mother of transgender son, denounces Trump’s ‘lamentable decision’ to rescind protections

GOP congresswoman, mother of transgender son, denounces Trump’s ‘lamentable decision’ to rescind protections

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks during a news conference in Miami, Nov. 26, 2016. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., isn’t afraid to break party ranks on issues of LGBT rights — especially when her family is involved. Ros-Lehtinen, whose son Rodrigo is transgender, released a critical statement Wednesday after the Trump administration announced it was revoking federal guidelines that protect transgender students from sex discrimination.

Bin Laden raid architect McRaven says Trump media attack threatens democracy

Bin Laden raid architect McRaven says Trump media attack threatens democracy

The retired admiral who designed and oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says President Trump’s superheated charge that the mainstream news media is the “enemy of the American people” is not just wrong, but also could pose a dire threat to American democracy. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” William McRaven said Tuesday. The former Joint Special Operations Command leader, now chancellor of the University of Texas system, made the remarks at the inaugural event of the Communication and Leadership Speaker Series at UT’s Belo Center for New Media.

DNC chair candidates spar on future of party as race tightens

DNC chair candidates spar on future of party as race tightens

The two most prominent candidates to lead the Democratic Party appeared to agree with each other on most of the issues in a CNN debate Wednesday night, while outsider candidates and the moderators needled them about how sharply the party should focus on President Donald Trump and whether sitting Democratic officeholders should be primaried in 2018.

Where does the Trump saga end?

Where does the Trump saga end?

Which is strange, because normally you wouldn’t be idly speculating about the end of a presidency barely a month after the inauguration. Certainly, in parts of the country that voted overwhelmingly for Trump, the sense is he’s just getting started.

Hillary Clinton to Republicans ducking town halls: ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the ... Congress’

Hillary Clinton to Republicans ducking town halls: ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the ... Congress’

Hillary Clinton speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in December 2016. Hillary Clinton has a message for Republican members of Congress who are ducking angry constituents as they return to their home districts. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the…Congress,” Clinton tweeted Wednesday, linking to an op-ed in the Kansas City Star about the growing wave of demonstrations seen at town halls across the country this week.

EPA chief Pruitt’s newly released emails show deep ties to fossil fuel interests

EPA chief Pruitt’s newly released emails show deep ties to fossil fuel interests

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks on Tuesday to employees of the agency in Washington. A batch of 7,564 pages of emails and other records from Scott Pruitt’s tenure as Oklahoma attorney general — made public Wednesday morning — show that he worked with the fossil fuel industry in its efforts to roll back environmental regulations. The documents were handed over to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) Tuesday night as a result of an Open Records Act request and lawsuit.

Resistance Report: Republicans spar with angry constituents, as Lady Liberty wears a new sash

Resistance Report: Republicans spar with angry constituents, as Lady Liberty wears a new sash

Activists hung a banner saying “REFUGEES WELCOME” on the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York on Feb. 21. Tuesday, Feb. 21, was a big day for Resistance Recess activists, as members of Congress held town halls across the country and got yelled at by constituents and activists (and activist constituents). LOVELY LADY LIBERTY. A group of activists tweeting under the account @AltStatLiberty — named after the “rogue” or “alt” federal government accounts purportedly written by bureaucrats about what’s really happening at their agencies — unfurled a banner reading “REFUGEES WELCOME” at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Refugees in white coats: How immigration ban could affect U.S. health care

Refugees in white coats: How immigration ban could affect U.S. health care

Ihsan Kaadan, MD, originally from Syria, stands in front of Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is a cardiac researcher. It was after the sun sank below the horizon and daylight faded into night that Ihsan Kaadan said were the worst times in Aleppo during the Syrian war. “You would just wait to see the light again,” said Kaadan.

Immigration advocates denounce DHS plan to implement Trump executive orders

Immigration advocates denounce DHS plan to implement Trump executive orders

Immigration policy experts lashed out Tuesday at the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to implement President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. “In my many years of practicing immigration law, I have not seen a mass deportation blueprint like this one,” Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that advocates for the rights of low-income immigrant families, said in a conference call with reporters. In two memos issued Tuesday, DHS Secretary John Kelly laid out sweeping new guidance for officers tasked with carrying out the president’s immigration policies.

EPA chief Pruitt appeals to ‘civility’ but fails to quell environmentalists’ concerns

EPA chief Pruitt appeals to ‘civility’ but fails to quell environmentalists’ concerns

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first speech to employees of the EPA at midday on Tuesday did little to assuage the concerns of environmentalists over his ties to the fossil fuel industry. At the EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Pruitt called for civility and listening in his highly anticipated, tense inaugural address to the staff of an agency that he sued more than a dozen times as Oklahoma attorney general. President Trump’s decision to nominate Pruitt, who has made it clear he has no confidence in mainstream climate science, to lead the EPA immediately incited a backlash from liberals and environmentalists.

Meet the 22-year-old fighting Trump’s terror talk about Sweden from the country’s official Twitter feed

Meet the 22-year-old fighting Trump’s terror talk about Sweden from the country’s official Twitter feed

Before President Trump’s reference on Saturday to a terror attack in Sweden, the biggest story in Stockholm was this one: a report about the so-called “fake news” industry published by Dagens Nyheter, a Swedish newspaper. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” the president said to his supporters at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday. “Sweden, who would believe this?” Trump later explained he was watching a Fox News segment that featured a documentary filmmaker accusing the Swedish government of covering up an immigration-related crime wave there.

Trump’s Sweden gaffe gets ridiculed on late night TV

Trump’s Sweden gaffe gets ridiculed on late night TV

When President Trump picks up his copy of the New York Times on Tuesday morning, he’ll see something he likes for a change: a photo of himself smiling and shaking hands with his new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, a pick that has been widely praised. Below the image, though, Trump will see a story that has continued to dog him for the last three days: the fallout over the president’s suggestion during his campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden the night before. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump told his supporters on Saturday night.

Trump denounces anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S.

Trump denounces anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S.

After urging from many — including his former presidential rival — President Trump denounced anti-Semitism Tuesday morning. “This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms,” said Trump in a statement at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Earlier that day, Hillary Clinton had joined the chorus urging Trump to denounce the threats.

‘Not My President’s Day’ protests in the U.S.

‘Not My President’s Day’ protests in the U.S.

Thousands of people in cities around the country turned out to demonstrate against the policies of President Trump on Monday in a protest that organizers called “Not My President’s Day.” Yahoo News dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Follow our LIVE BLOG throughout the day for the latest updates. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr

International anti-Trump protests

International anti-Trump protests

Demonstrators in Europe protest the presidency of Donald Trump, during the U.S. President’s Day long weekend. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr

‘Not My President’s Day’ protests pop up in NYC, D.C. and L.A.

‘Not My President’s Day’ protests pop up in NYC, D.C. and L.A.

Thousands of people in cities around the country turned out in protest of President Trump on Monday — a federal holiday that organizers have dubbed “Not My President’s Day.” Yahoo News dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations planned in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. For a recap of the day’s events, scroll through our coverage in the blog below.

‘Impeach President Bannon’ street art protest takes aim at Trump’s controversial chief strategist

‘Impeach President Bannon’ street art protest takes aim at Trump’s controversial chief strategist

A sign protesting “President Bannon” is seen in San Francisco. “Impeach President Bannon” posters were spotted in Washington, New York City and several other major cities on Sunday, part of a Presidents’ Day weekend demonstration against President Trump’s controversial White House chief strategist and senior adviser, Steve Bannon. “No one voted for Steve Bannon,” the California-based organizers of the protest wrote in an email to Yahoo News.

‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times Square

‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times Square

Russell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier hosted a large demonstration in Times Square on Sunday in response to Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

‘That’s how dictators get started’: McCain, critics blast Trump’s view of the media as ‘the enemy’

‘That’s how dictators get started’: McCain, critics blast Trump’s view of the media as ‘the enemy’

Critics on both sides of the aisle are blasting President Trump’s assertion that the media is “the enemy of the American people” — and comparing his escalated attack on the press to that of a dictator. “That’s how dictators get started,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in an interview that aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. McCain stopped short of calling Trump one.

President Trump's post-campaign rally in Melbourne, Fla.

President Trump's post-campaign rally in Melbourne, Fla.

After weeks of negative press, controversies and missteps, Donald Trump is going back to where he’s comfortable: the campaign trail.The president will hold a “Making America Great Again” rally at 5:20 p.m. Saturday from Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, just up the coast from his Mar-a-Lago retreat, where he is spending the weekend.  Trump has mostly stuck to Twitter to disseminate his thoughts since taking office, content to allow surrogates such as Kellyanne Conway, Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Stephen Miller and press secretary Sean Spicer to make his case on TV and before the media. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr

Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents’ Day

Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents’ Day

A New Orleans-style funeral in New York’s Washington Square Park hosted by Rise and Resist and GAG Is Watching on Saturday gave young New Yorkers the chance to grieve, march, sing, wail and ultimately “demand the rebirth of a presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples.”

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor. After he repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, Trump has yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California's governor announced Friday a $437 million plan for flood control and emergency response following a recent crisis in which part of the tallest dam in the United States nearly failed, causing massive evacuations. Almost 200,000 people fled their homes more than a week ago after flooding and increased water levels at the Oroville Dam in northern California prompted authorities to channel excess water down an emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and created a potentially catastrophic situation for residents below. "Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in a dam spillway eroding, roads crumbling and levees failing," Governor Jerry Brown said.