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Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’

Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’Jeb Bush says President Trump’s evidence-free claims are kneecapping his first 100 days in the White House. “He should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand,” Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on Miami’s WFOR-TV. During the bruising campaign, Bush was a prominent critic of Trump — who in turn relentlessly mocked the former Florida governor.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 9:27 AM

Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: You’re bad for America

Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: You’re bad for AmericaTed Koppel says Fox News host Sean Hannity is bad for America. On “CBS Sunday Morning,” the veteran newsman told Hannity that the audience he attracts is unable to distinguish between the divisive political rhetoric that marked the 2016 presidential campaign and the truth. “You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts,” Koppel told Hannity.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 3:47 PM

Driver Shoots, Kills Police Officer In Oklahoma

Driver Shoots, Kills Police Officer In OklahomaPolice said the driver fled Officer Justin Terney began checking with dispatchers to see if there were any outstanding warrants.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 3:04 PM

Protests nationwide bring thousands to Russia's streets

Protests nationwide bring thousands to Russia's streetsRussia’s opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 4:08 PM

'Dreamer' immigrant in Oregon detained by US authorities

'Dreamer' immigrant in Oregon detained by US authoritiesPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who had been allowed to stay in the U.S. because he was brought illegally into the country as a child was detained Sunday by immigration agents, activists said.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 10:44 PM

Man Gets 'Pantsed' by Fence While Trying to Escape During Alleged Burglary

Man Gets 'Pantsed' by Fence While Trying to Escape During Alleged BurglaryThe suspect has since been arrested, according to reports.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 3:29 PM

Tel Aviv's trash is being turned into fuel

Tel Aviv's trash is being turned into fuelResidents of Tel Aviv can start feeling a little less guilty about the amount of garbage they throw away. Just a short drive from the city, a new waste collection plant has begun processing the trash from an endless stream of garbage trucks, turning much of it into fuel for a nearby factory. The terminal creates what is known as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), handling about 1,500 tonnes of trash a day, or about half the trash produced by 1.5 million residents of Tel Aviv and its suburbs.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 12:03 PM

China Southern, American Airlines announce tie-up

China Southern, American Airlines announce tie-upChina Southern Airlines said Tuesday it would sell almost a one-tenth stake to American Airlines in a $200 million tie-up that could see two of the world's biggest carriers cooperate in a range of areas. American Airlines is the world's largest carrier by scheduled passengers carried, while China Southern is fourth globally and the biggest in Asia, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The deal could give American a foot in the door of China's rapidly expanding air transport market, while China Southern said the move would support its own ambitions of expanding its global presence.




POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 3:15 AM

Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche

Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalancheAn avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more. More than 100 troops were deployed in a major rescue mission after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo. A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were on a three-day mountaineering expedition when disaster struck.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 7:04 AM

US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks

US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talksMore than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. Before the conference had even begun, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, spoke out to reject the proposal in the light of current global security threats. "As a mom and a daughter there is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons," Haley, who represents the world's largest nuclear power, said on the sidelines of the meeting.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:30 PM

White House Rejects Claims Trump Gave Merkel Fake $376 Billion ‘Bill’ For NATO Payments

White House Rejects Claims Trump Gave Merkel Fake $376 Billion ‘Bill’ For NATO PaymentsBecause Trump and Merkel’s meeting went so smoothly otherwise.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 1:16 PM

Slain Oklahoma officer was new recruit, aspiring canine cop

Slain Oklahoma officer was new recruit, aspiring canine copTECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) — A 22-year-old officer and new recruit died Monday after a shootout with a man who fled a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police said.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 7:47 PM

Did an astroid strike a Martian ocean and create a cataclysmic tsunami?

Did an astroid strike a Martian ocean and create a cataclysmic tsunami?

There's no shortage of theories about what Mars was like billions of years ago. The prevailing guess is that water was abundant, and there may have even been enough to form huge oceans. New research into an existing geographical feature on the red planet could provide new evidence of not only the existence of a massive body of water, but also an astroid impact that could have generated multiple devastating tsunamis.

Evidence that water existed on Mars is ample, and many researchers believe that telltale signs of tsunamis are also present. In an effort to explain how a tsunami might have been generated, scientists have been looking for the spot (or spots) on the Martian surface where an astroid or other celestial object could have come crashing down.

One particularly interesting spot on the planet, which NASA describes as "thumbprint-looking," was long thought to be the result of mud or other debris sliding downward after being pushed up by a glacier or other geographical shift. It's called the Lomonosov crater, and new research supports a very different theory as to how it got there.

Instead of being simply the result of gravity pulling dirt downhill, scientists now believe it could very well be the last remaining mark of an astroid that violently struck Mars billions of years ago. What's more, the characteristics of the crater support the idea that when the rock struck the planet, the spot it hit was actually an ocean, leading to multiple huge tidal waves as the displaced water was pushed from and pulled into resulting crater.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 9:01 PM

3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern Philippines

3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines military said Monday they have rescued three more Malaysian tugboat crewmen held hostage by Muslim militants for eight months in the south of the country.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:12 AM

Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news?

Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news?Infowars owner and long-time conspiracy theorist Alex Jones admitted that his site falsely reported and commented on the debunked “Pizzagate” controversy, a theory that alleged that Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, had played a role in a child-sex-trafficking ring that also involved Hillary Clinton. Apologizing to the restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, Mr. Jones issued a statement Friday. “I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees,” he said.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 11:44 AM

Qatar Airways chief says laptop ban not designed to hurt Gulf carriers

Qatar Airways chief says laptop ban not designed to hurt Gulf carriersBy Tom Finn LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar Airways' chief executive said on Monday he did not believe the ban on carrying most electronics in the cabins of passenger flights to the United States from eight Muslim majority countries was designed to hurt Gulf airlines. The U.S. introduced new security measures on March 25 banning electronics larger than a mobile phone from passenger cabins on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, including Qatar.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 3:26 PM

Woman Once Victimized by Teacher Weighs In on Missing Student Case: 'She Has Been Taken Advantage Of'

Woman Once Victimized by Teacher Weighs In on Missing Student Case: 'She Has Been Taken Advantage Of'Jenny Kutner had a sexual relationship with her history teacher when she was just 14.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 5:13 PM

This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017

This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017Speed through the highlights from the latest "This Week."




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 12:36 PM

Hamas leader accuses Israel over official killing

Hamas leader accuses Israel over official killingHamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Monday accused Israel of having killed one of the Palestinian Islamist group's officials after he was shot dead in the Gaza Strip. Mazen Faqha, 38, was shot dead by unknown gunmen Friday with four bullets from a pistol equipped with a silencer. "By killing Faqha, the enemy told us: 'I've scored a point against you and I can take away one of your heroes even in the heart of Gaza," Meshaal told supporters at a memorial in the Palestinian enclave.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 3:52 PM

What Is Melania Trump Doing?

What Is Melania Trump Doing?The first lady was reportedly set to appear at Wednesday's International Women of Courage Award ceremony as a special guest.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 10:55 AM

The Latest: Bridge case defendants seek to avoid prison time

The Latest: Bridge case defendants seek to avoid prison timeNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on pre-sentencing court filings for two convicted ex-aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie (all times local):




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 7:54 PM

There’s a compelling new reason to buy your iPhone from T-Mobile

There’s a compelling new reason to buy your iPhone from T-Mobile

Choosing where to buy a new iPhone isn't as simple as it might seem. Third-party stores or carriers might give you a better monetary deal than buying an iPhone from the Apple Store, but you're also going to have to deal with yearly contracts, bill credits, or the hassle of unlocking the device if you switch networks.

But all the details aside, T-Mobile is hoping that its latest offering can make the decision much simpler. As of right now, if you buy an iPhone on T-Mobile and opt for extra device insurance, you'll also get AppleCare included in the price.

The AppleCare isn't free with all new iPhones from T-Mobile, but rather it's an additional service you get with T-Mobile's Premium Device Protection. That's just an insurance program that T-Mobile offers on devices. It runs $12 per month, and offers theft and loss protection on your phone. It's a good option if you're prone to losing your device altogether, but the deductibles are high, and it doesn't offer much help with common problems like a cracked screen or water damage (thanks to those high deductibles).

So T-Mobile's new offering bundles the normal insurance, offered by Assurant, with the Apple-provided AppleCare that you know and love. Assurant keeps covering theft and loss, while AppleCare gets you different benefits like live support, cheap screens, and battery repairs.

For anyone who was already on T-Mobile's insurance, or thinking about buying a phone protected by it, this is obviously good news. You're getting more coverage for the same amount of money, and knowing it's Apple-provided coverage means you're not going to have to spend weeks arguing with a weird third-party insurance company.

 




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 6:22 PM

'Still one of us': 92-year-old gets Purple Heart from WWII

'Still one of us': 92-year-old gets Purple Heart from WWIIFAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A 92-year-old North Carolina man has finally received the Purple Heart he earned more than 70 years ago while fighting in Belgium during World War II.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 5:34 PM

Musk Says Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Will Be Quicker Than Model S P100D

Musk Says Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Will Be Quicker Than Model S P100DThe Tesla CEO also tweeted out new details on the upcoming, affordable Model 3 sedan.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:02 PM

Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher ground

Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher groundBy Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland, where authorities urged 30,000 people to evacuate low lying areas most at risk from tidal surges and winds of up to 300 km per hour (185 mph). Cyclone Debbie is expected to gather strength before making landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a category four storm, just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level. The growing alarm persuaded the state government on Monday to warn some 25,000 people living in parts of Mackay, a city 950 kilometers (590 miles) north of the state capital Brisbane, to head south to higher ground.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:06 AM

Photos of the day - March 26, 2017

Photos of the day - March 26, 2017A man waves traditional daggers, or jambiyas, as he attends with supporters of the Houthi movement and Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a rally to mark the two-year anniversary since the military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition, in Sanaa, Yemen; police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia; Balinese people carry giant effigies in the form of the devil, whose local name is “Ogoh-ogoh,” during a parade before Nyepi Day, the Balinese Day of Silence, marking the Balinese Hindu New Year in Gianyar, a regency in Bali, Indonesia. ...




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 5:00 PM

United Airlines bars girls with leggings, ignites Twitter storm

United Airlines bars girls with leggings, ignites Twitter stormUnited Airlines has run into a social media storm after it barred two teenage girls from boarding a flight in Denver because they were wearing leggings. Another girl who was also wearing leggings was allowed to board the flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis after she changed, a witness said. A United spokesman Jonathan Guerin told the New York Times that the two girls barred from flying "made an adjustment" to their clothing and were waiting for the next flight to Minneapolis.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 3:28 AM

Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'

Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km (1,500 mile) border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, Pakistan's army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries. Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for a spate of attacks at home in recent months, urging Kabul to eradicate "sanctuaries" for militants. Citing the attacks, Islamabad earlier this month temporarily shut the main crossing points along the colonial-era Durand Line border, drawn up in 1893 and rejected by Afghanistan.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 3:00 AM

13 Places the Royals Like to Vacation

13 Places the Royals Like to VacationFrom a castle in Scotland to the coast of Greece, here are thirteen places the royals like to vacation.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 6:13 PM

Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and Mandela prison mate

Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and Mandela prison mateSouth Africa's anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela, was feted as a humble liberation hero who shunned the power and glory that came with freedom. Unlike many struggle veterans, Kathrada, who was imprisoned on Robben Island, never held public political office after the fall of apartheid and Mandela's election as president in 1994. When Mandela left office in 1999, after serving a single four-year term, Kathrada also stepped away from politics -- immersing himself in activism through his Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.




POSTED MARCH 28, 2017 2:50 AM

Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions

Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctionsTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 1:14 PM

What if Apple already told us what it’s going to call the iPhone 8?

What if Apple already told us what it’s going to call the iPhone 8?

Apple will release three new iPhones this year, including the iPhone 7s, the iPhone 7s Plus, and the iPhone 8. The last one will be the iPhone everybody wants, thanks to a fresh new design and a bunch of features never seen before in an iPhone. There are various leaks that seem to be in agreement on what the iPhone 8 will have to offer, but not all of them agree on the product’s commercial name. iPhone 8 is the most popular moniker people use, but we’ve also seen a bunch of additional names including iPhone X, iPhone Pro, and iPhone Edition.

Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what the most anticipated smartphone of the year is called. But a new report suggests Apple may have already told us the iPhone 8’s real name.

A recent Forbes piece suggests that the iPhone 8’s name may be already be known, assuming you can interpret Apple’s recent actions.

Currently, Apple is in the process of rebranding several product lines. There’s MacBook Pro and MacBook for laptops, with the MacBook Air line having been discontinued. The iPad Air was killed too, so you can currently shop for iPad or iPad Pro — though an iPad mini continues to exist in the Apple store.

Using the same logic, Forbes argues that Apple might begin killing off iPhone numbers this year. The iPhone 8 may simply be known as iPhone alongside the iPhone 7s series. Or Apple could use the "iPhone Pro" moniker to define the iPhone 8, and then simply refer to every other iPhone it’ll sell as iPhone. We would have iPhone SE, iPhone, iPhone Plus, and iPhone Pro.

Ignoring the iPhone SE and iPad mini, Apple would have iPhone, iPad, and MacBook selling right alongside iPhone Pro, iPad Pro, and MacBook Pro.

While this makes sense in some ways and the iPhone’s name might be better off without the numbering scheme, there are several gaping holes in this logic. For example, Apple would still have to find a way to differentiate older iPhone models. Every year, Apple continues to sell the previous year's iPhone models right alongside the brand new ones.

Also, "Plus" doesn't really fit into this proposed naming scheme. Right now, Apple sells two different sized iPad Pro models that it calls "9.7‑inch iPad Pro" and "12.9‑inch iPad Pro." With that in mind, why would Apple differentiate between the 4.7-inch iPhone and the 5.5-inch iPhone by adding a "Plus" to the name? Wouldn't it just be "4.7-inch iPhone" and "5.5-inch iPhone" if Apple goes this route?




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 12:24 PM

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in AsiaA 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface last week nearly three years after it capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the nation as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters. More than 300 people — most of whom were students on a high school trip — died when the Sewol sank on April 16, 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about long-ignored public safety and regulatory failures.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:52 AM

April The Giraffe's Fetus Shows Increased Activity

April The Giraffe's Fetus Shows Increased ActivityThe pregnant giraffe's fetus was “extremely quiet” on Sunday morning but its activity increased later in the day, according to the zoo that houses April.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 4:38 AM

5 Easy Ways to Make Fast Cash

5 Easy Ways to Make Fast CashFor aluminum cans, you'll generally get 40 cents per pound, and maybe 50 cents a pound if you bring in 100 pounds or more. If you have old computer equipment, you could also recycle that for money -- not much, though.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 9:00 AM

The Gross Reason You Need to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher Once a Year

The Gross Reason You Need to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher Once a YearSpring cleaning season is here!




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:04 PM

Syrian rebels resume withdrawal from last Homs bastion: monitor

Syrian rebels resume withdrawal from last Homs bastion: monitorHundreds of rebels left their last bastion in Syria's Homs city on Monday, resuming an evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the government, state media and a monitor said. Heavy fighting between rebel groups and the army further north in Hama province over the weekend had delayed their departure from the city's al-Waer district, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The evacuation began last week with the Syrian government shuttling hundreds of people from the district in Homs, which was an early center of the 2011 uprising that spiraled into war.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 6:32 AM

2018 Buick Regal: A Buick We're Genuinely Excited For

2018 Buick Regal: A Buick We're Genuinely Excited ForIt could pack up to 300 horses and offer torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 12:07 PM

Trump attorney general demands cities get tough on migrants

Trump attorney general demands cities get tough on migrantsDonald Trump's attorney general warned US cities that turning a blind eye to illegal migrants could jeopardize billions in federal funding, as the administration doubled down on tough immigration policies Monday. Jeff Sessions demanded so-called "sanctuary cities" -- from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles -- do more to turn illegal immigrants over to the federal authorities for deportation.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 10:17 PM

Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern Plains

Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern PlainsTULSA, Okla. (AP) — Golf ball-sized hail and powerful winds are expected to roll through parts of the Southern Plains late Sunday, marking the latest round of turbulent weather across the Midwest and South, forecasters said.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 7:47 PM

Five months later, Samsung is finally about to kill every remaining Note 7 phone

Five months later, Samsung is finally about to kill every remaining Note 7 phone

When it was released last fall, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was the hottest Android phone the world had ever seen. Unfortunately though, the Galaxy Note 7 was literally the hottest Android phone the world had ever seen. A poor battery design caused dozens of phones to explode while being charged — and in some cases, while unplugged and in use — causing property damage and even injuring some users in the process. As a result, Samsung was forced to issue an unprecedented global recall, asking everyone around the world who purchased the phone to return or exchange it as soon as possible.

Most of the potentially destructive smartphones have been collected by now. Since the phone was so impressive, however, a small percentage of holdouts have refused to give up their precious Note 7 handsets. We're not sure why Samsung waited as long as it did, but the company is finally taking its final step in ensuring that the Note 7 cannot do anymore damage.

According to South Korean news site Yonhap News, Samsung will take steps next week to completely disable any remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that may still be in use. The company said some time ago that 97% of all Note 7 phones have been reclaimed by the company. With more than 1 million handsets sold before Samsung discontinued the phone, however, that leaves tens of thousands of Note 7 handsets still in users' hands.

According to the report, Samsung plans to issue a mandatory software update that will completely prevent any remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices from holding a charge. As a result, the phones will no longer be able to power on unless they are plugged in. Samsung and its carrier partners issued a similar software update in the US late last year and in early 2017, and now any remaining markets where the Note 7 might still be in use will get the update.

Diehard Samsung fans who were holding onto their Note 7 phones won't have to wait very long before their soon-to-be crippled Note 7 phones are replaced. Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship phones on Wednesday, and they'll be released about a month later.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 11:19 AM

Jordan FM: Arab world 'realizes urgency' of tackling crises

Jordan FM: Arab world 'realizes urgency' of tackling crisesDEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders "realize the urgency" of tackling long-running regional crises, from war to high unemployment, Jordan's foreign minister said Monday after chairing a meeting of his counterparts from the region.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 3:08 PM

BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) Finds Life After Smartphones

BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) Finds Life After SmartphonesWhat is BlackBerry Ltd (ticker: BBRY)? This was an easy question around the turn of the decade when BlackBerry was a leader in smartphone operating system market share. This was an easy question even when the Apple ( AAPL) iPhone started to eat that share, but BlackBerry still stood out as the businessman's smartphone.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 9:41 AM

Aaron Sorkin is just now discovering there's a diversity problem in Hollywood

Aaron Sorkin is just now discovering there's a diversity problem in HollywoodDespite working in the industry for over 20 years, Aaron Sorkin apparently didn't realize white men had an easier time in Hollywood.   The Academy Award-winning screenwriter and executive producer of “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” was at the Writers Guild Festival on Saturday, and was reportedly fixated on the issue of diversity in Hollywood—a topic he shockingly didn't seem to have ever mulled over before. SEE ALSO: Vogue promises diversity and delivers Karlie Kloss as a geisha instead “Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?," Sorkin asked audience members, reported to Variety According to Variety, Sorkin was in "disbelief" and persistent in discussing the issue, circling back to the issue of diversity despite other conversation topics.  “You’re saying that if you are a woman or a person of color, you have to hit it out of the park in order to get another chance?” he asked—again.  For anyone curious, due to a lack of opportunity, the majority of people behind the scenes of your favorite flicks and television shows are white‚ and the answer to Sorkin's question is a resounding yes. During the discussion, Sorkin suggested that Hollywood was an industry that awarded folks based on merit, and listed the likes of Lena Dunham, Jordan Peele and Ava Duvernay before asking if he could support people of color and women.  “What can I do [to help]?” Sorkin said. “I do want to understand what someone like me can do … but my thing has always been: ‘If you write it, they will come,'" which unfortunately, isn't necessarily the case.  Sorkin's remarks didn't surprised folks, according to a variety of Twitter reactions.  Aaron Sorkin: clueless white man should truly be no surprise at all to anyone who’s watched any of his shows. https://t.co/UEvisixZTY — Amadi (@amaditalks) March 26, 2017 Aaron Sorkin: Wait, it's harder to be a minority in Hollywood? Educate me. *every audience hand goes up*#WGFestival — Coreena Boothroyd (@caboothroyd) March 25, 2017 who here is surprised that Aaron Sorkin is surprised https://t.co/fG5gM6z23Z — Angie J. Han (@ajhan) March 26, 2017 Not sure how Sorkin missed the #OscarsSoWhite memo, but at least it's on his radar now. WATCH: I am so unreasonably jealous of this view of the southern lights




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 6:24 PM

Native Americans to meet Norway's wealth fund watchdog over pipeline

Native Americans to meet Norway's wealth fund watchdog over pipelineBy Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) - Standing Rock Sioux tribe representatives will meet the ethics watchdog for Norway's $915 billion sovereign wealth fund on Monday over a U.S. oil pipeline, a watchdog official said on Monday. On Sunday, Norway's largest bank DNB sold its share of loans funding the Dakota Access oil pipeline, ending its involvement in a project that has faced strong opposition from Native Americans and environmental groups. Norway's soverign wealth fund holds $248 million in bonds of Energy Transfer Partners LP, which is leading the pipeline project.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 5:43 AM

Shrine Over Jesus' Tomb in Danger of 'Catastrophic' Collapse

Shrine Over Jesus' Tomb in Danger of 'Catastrophic' CollapseA shrine built over a cave that is revered as the tomb of Jesus is in danger of "catastrophic" collapse, according to a report by National Geographic. The shrine (or the "Edicule," as it is often called) is located within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. According to legend, Helena, the mother of emperor Constantine the Great (A.D. 272-337) visited Jerusalem in the fourth century and discovered the cave where Jesus was buried after being crucified.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 11:40 AM

New arrest over London attack as govt eyes WhatsApp

New arrest over London attack as govt eyes WhatsAppBritish police investigating a deadly attack on parliament made a new arrest Sunday as officials set their sights on accessing WhatsApp, the heavily-encrypted messaging service that was used by the killer. The latest arrest was a 30-year-old man who was detained in the central city of Birmingham on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, London's Metropolitan Police said. A dozen people have been arrested since Wednesday's attack by 52-year-old Khalid Masood who deliberately ran down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge then stabbed a policeman just inside the gates of parliament.




POSTED MARCH 26, 2017 3:44 PM

Zuma orders S. Africa finance minister's return from UK

Zuma orders S. Africa finance minister's return from UKSouth African President Jacob Zuma has ordered his finance minister to return from an overseas investment trip, the presidency said Monday, fuelling speculation that a cabinet reshuffle is imminent. Zuma's decision to recall Pravin Gordhan from Britain has led to media and opposition speculation that he could be sacked. Friction has soared between Zuma, who is seeking to fund a "radical economic transformation", and Gordhan who is taking a stand against graft and heavy spending.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 9:03 AM

Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap

Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snapA mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds.




POSTED MARCH 27, 2017 11:57 AM

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