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  • N.Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'
    April 17, 2019, 7:47 pm

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



  • Hackers unleashed 40 million cyberattacks on Ecuador after Julian Assange?s a...
    April 16, 2019, 5:08 pm

    Julian Assange's arrest at the end of last week by British officials who finally snatched him at the London embassy in Ecuador where he'd been living for years did not, in turns out, put the matter to rest for Ecuadorian officials.Patricio Real, the county's deputy minister for information and communication technologies, told Agence France Presse in an interview that Assange's controversial arrest prompted a massive wave of cyberattacks against the country. They added up to a whopping 40 million attacks and "principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom," as well as from South America.Javier Jara, Ecuador's undersecretary of the electronic government department of the telecommunications ministry, added a little more context, telling the news service the attacks were "volumetric" and seemingly focused on overwhelming servers with traffic to render them useless. Those attacks hit the country's foreign ministry, central bank, office of the president, internal revenue service and a number of ministries and universities particularly hard.For the moment, Assange is being housed at London's Belmarsh Prison. The US has requested his extradition to the country to answer for a single charge of hacking a government computer, while Assange supporters fear it could be only a pretext to get him stateside where his legal woes would then quickly mount.On Monday, a federal judge in Virginia unsealed previously secret government documents that are part of the US' case against the Wikileaks founder, with the documents shedding new light on the government's allegations against him.Per a report from The Hill, the original affidavit and criminal complaint against Assange were made public in Virginia federal court for the first time since their filing in 2017. Among other things, those documents include chat logs between Assange and former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.US authorities contend that Assange worked with Manning to crack a password that would provide access to a classified Defense Department network where secret information could then be obtained by the hackers.



  • Pete Buttigieg responds to the Notre-Dame fire in perfect French
    April 16, 2019, 6:15 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has just set the gold standard when it comes to responding to the devastating fire at Paris' famous Notre-Dame cathedral.Speaking to a reporter for French station BFM TV, Buttigieg, who is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, delivered his condolences and solidarity with the French people in perfect, fluent French.> « Au peuple de France je voudrais dire que la cathedrale Notre Dame, c'etait comme un cadeau a l'espece humaine. Nous partageons la douleur mais nous vous remercions aussi de ce cadeau a la civilisation. » @PeteButtigieg a @BFMTV > Et en français! NotreDame pic.twitter.com/0xbf5lGhYH> > -- Cedric Faiche (@cedricfaiche) April 15, 2019Loosely translated, Buttigieg's message was, "To the people of France I would like to say that Notre-Dame Cathedral was like a gift to the human race. We share the pain but we also thank you for this gift to civilization."SEE ALSO: The most striking newspaper tributes to Notre-DameButtigieg later shared a very similar sentiment on Twitter as he shared a message from Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the U.S. thanking Buttigieg for his kind words. > The Cathedral of Notre Dame has been a gift of civilization to all humanity, and we are of one spirit with the French people this evening. https://t.co/Hwx1I4iCaH> > -- Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 16, 2019Buttigieg speaks seven languages, and his message of hope stood in stark contrast to President Trump's suggestion of using flying water tankers. As of Tuesday morning, a pair of French billionaires have already pledged over $330 million dollars to aid the restoration of the cathedral which lost its spire and roof in the fire. Damage assessment of the centuries-old cathedral will continue in the coming days. WATCH: New Jersey forest fire burns over 11,000 acres



  • Some Lawmakers to Get Less Redacted Mueller Report, Prosecutors Say
    April 17, 2019, 2:33 pm

    The Justice Department plans to give those members of Congress a version of the report that will include information related to charges against Roger Stone, President Donald Trump?s sometime adviser who?s charged with lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice, the prosecutors said. The copies of the ?less redacted report? won?t be disseminated to all members of Congress or their staff ?in the first instance,? the prosecutors said. A more redacted version of the report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election is due to be released publicly on Thursday.



  • Notre-Dame's famed rose window spared but blaze harms priceless artworks
    April 16, 2019, 1:15 pm

    Notre-Dame's famed stained-glass rose windows and most of its many religious relics appeared to have escaped the worst of Monday's inferno as well, easing fears for the fate of the vast trove of artworks in the 800-year-old gothic cathedral. Among the most cherished articles to make it out unscathed was the "Sainte Couronne" (holy crown), made of braided reed brought to France from Constantinople in the 12th century. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted a picture of heavy-set candlesticks stacked in the safety of nearby Paris City Hall.



  • Trump news: President 'doesn't regret' tweeting 9/11 video about Ilhan Omar, ...
    April 16, 2019, 8:09 am

    President Trump has pledged his support to the people of France after the iconic Notre Dame cathedral suffered a devastating fire last night. On Twitter, the president noted it was ?horrible? to watch the scenes from Paris, and suggested ?flying water tankers could be used to put it out.? It was confirmed this morning that the fire had been entirely extinguished.The White House said it will offer France ?assistance in the rehabilitation of this irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization.??The United States stands with French citizens, the city of Paris, and the millions of visitors from around the world who have sought solace in that iconic structure,? Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.Closer to home, Trump is also facing his first Republican challenger for the 2020 presidential election in the form of Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, although is it deemed unlikely that anyone will seize the party?s nomination from the incumbent.?I really think if we have six more years of the same stuff we?ve had out of the White House the last two years that would be a political tragedy, and I would fear for the Republic,? Mr Weld told CNN?s Jake Tapper on Tuesday. ?I would be ashamed of myself if I didn?t raise my hand and run.It was also announced late yesterday that the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election, and any links to the Trump campaign, would be released in a redacted form to the public this Thursday.The president also defended his attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar despite an onslaught of death threats the Muslim congresswoman received recently.In an interview with a local news station in Minnesota, Mr Trump continued to disparage Ms Omar. ?It?s unfortunate,? he said. ?She?s got a way about her that?s very, very bad, I think, for our country. I think she?s extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful to our country.?Read The Independent?s updates as they happened below.Please allow a moment for the liveblog to load



  • View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS
    April 17, 2019, 7:40 am



  • Portugal says all 29 dead in bus crash were German
    April 18, 2019, 5:30 am

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) ? All the 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island were German, Portugal's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday.



  • Porsche Collection Destroyed in Explosion
    April 17, 2019, 5:56 am

    A large explosion rocked Durham, North Carolina on 10 April 2019, something that sadly claimed the life of one individual and injured 15. The building itself also contained one of America?s largest Porsche collections according to the Charlotte Observer. The rather unassuming red brick building didn?t boast about the treasures within, but video from the Charlotte Observer revealed a huge hole in the roof and the charred remains of what appears to be a 550 Spyder amongst other less identifiable wreckage.



  • Why closing the U.S.-Mexico border would be 'catastrophic' for this Texas cit...
    April 17, 2019, 10:38 am

    Trump's threat to seal the border has sent jolts of alarm across the U.S.-Mexico border, but few places feel it more acutely than Laredo, Texas.



  • 'Yellow vest' Libya protesters say France backs Tripoli assault
    April 16, 2019, 7:47 am

    Dozens of "yellow vest" protesters rallied Tuesday in the Libyan capital to denounce what they said was France's support for military strongman Khalifa Haftar who has launched an offensive on Tripoli. The demonstrators donned yellow vests in a nod to the jackets worn by anti-government protesters who have been rallying across France since November. "France must stop backing the rebel Haftar," read one sign held up by the demonstrators gathered in central Tripoli's Algiers Square.



  • Woman claims to spot Jesus in photo of flaming Notre Dame Cathedral roof
    April 17, 2019, 1:16 pm

    A woman who was reading about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire couldn't believe it when she spotted a figure in a photo of the historic church's flaming roof.



  • Suspect in attack on boy at Mall of America held on $2M bail
    April 16, 2019, 4:07 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America said little Tuesday during his first court appearance but appeared lucid and followed the court's directions.



  • Pete Buttigieg?s Abortion Extremism Hurts His Religious Appeal
    April 16, 2019, 11:53 am

    With every passing day, it seems we see yet another piece about South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg?s progressive Christianity. His faith is going to shake the race. He?s going to challenge the GOP monopoly on ?God talk.? Here, for example, is the opening paragraph of an NBC News analysis posted yesterday afternoon:> Religious conservatives who have long been a reliable voting bloc for Republicans are grappling with a new challenge in Pete Buttigieg: how to respond to a Democratic presidential candidate who is leaning into the discussion about faith and its role in political life.I?ll agree that there are religious conservatives who are ?grappling? with a challenge from Buttigieg, but that challenge is theological and cultural, not political. Buttigieg?s religious arguments have triggered important online debates about the differences between mainline and Evangelical Christianity, about when religious teachings should influence public policy, and about how to interpret the history of the gay-marriage debate.But religious conservatives are not grappling with the key political question ? whether any meaningful number of Evangelicals or conservative Catholics would cross the aisle to cast a ballot for Mayor Pete. The reason is simple. Buttigieg is a pro-choice extremist, and no pro-choice extremist will ever meaningfully compete for the conservative Christian vote.In fact, in at least one key way, Buttigieg?s record on abortion is even worse than that of his Democratic peers. He is of course in lockstep agreement with them on support for late-term abortion, and he made that clear last month on Morning Joe:> .@PeteButtigieg explains his support for late-term abortion bills in New York and Virginia: > > ?When we?re talking about some of those situations covered by that law ? the involvement of a male government official like me is not helpful.? pic.twitter.com/6lQrLLhwhW> > -- Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) March 31, 2019But he?s done what many of them have not ? he?s actually blocked a crisis-pregnancy center from opening at its chosen location. He not only supports abortion rights, he?s taken action against law-abiding Americans who merely wanted to make the case for life.Last April, Buttigieg vetoed a rezoning plan that would have permitted a crisis-pregnancy center to open next door to a proposed abortion clinic. In his statement justifying the veto, Buttigieg said, ?I don?t think it would be responsible to situate two groups, literally right next to each other, in a neighborhood, that have diametrically opposed views on the most divisive social issue of our time.?And so, given the conflict, he chose to privilege the abortion clinic?s location over the pregnancy center. Thankfully, the center found a new location across the street from the proposed clinic ? a location that didn?t require a rezoning vote. But that does not excuse or justify Buttigieg?s veto. He favored abortion rights over pro-life speech, and he likely violated the Constitution in doing so.While Buttigieg, to his credit, did not demonize his opponents in the South Bend dispute ( ?Many people that I respect and admire and appreciate have very passionate and very opposite views on what is the right thing to do,? he said of the dispute), actions speak louder than words. And this action echoes a dangerous Democratic trend in pro-choice governance: the attack against pro-life pregnancy clinics.Across the United States, progressive legislatures have passed laws aimed at crisis-pregnancy centers, including a California law the Supreme Court struck down just last summer. Buttigieg hasn?t gone as far as California, which actually required pro-life pregnancy centers to promote state-funded free and low-cost abortions. But he had an opportunity to fully respect the constitutional rights of his pro-life opponents, and he chose not to do so.Many young Evangelicals, including young Evangelical activists, are divided over matters such as same-sex marriage. Some believe Obergefell v. Hodges was wrongly decided, others support legal recognition of same-sex marriage so long as the state doesn?t interfere with the church?s ability to define marriage according to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. Others support same-sex marriage constitutionally and theologically.These same young Christians are often appalled that their older brothers and sisters in the faith have so easily overlooked Donald Trump?s multitude of sins. But they will not support politicians who support legal protections for late-term abortions. They won?t. The will not support politicians who don?t go beyond ?respecting? pro-life Americans to also protecting their rights to free speech with the same vigor that they protect the First Amendment rights of pro-choice Americans.In the summer of 2016, I had hours of conversations with anguished Evangelical activists. They did not like Donald Trump. They could not believe the hypocrisy of some pastors defending a man whom they?d condemn if he had a ?D? by his name. But they also could not believe that the Democrats wouldn?t compromise at all on abortion, not even in the third trimester. More than one person told me of this issue, ?If only they?d moderate a little, I?d consider crossing the aisle. But they won?t, so I can?t.?Those words will still be true in 2020, and while Buttigieg?s lack of overt hostility to pro-life citizens is welcome ? and conversations about America?s competing Christian world views are interesting ? he has zero appeal to religious conservatives so long as he holds to the Democratic party line on the right of a woman to hire a doctor to kill a viable, living unborn baby. There is nothing to ?grapple? with. There is no ?challenge.? There are lines that Christian conservatives must not ? and will not ? cross.



  • Qualcomm shares soar on surprise settlement with Apple of long legal dispute
    April 16, 2019, 3:15 pm

    The settlement also incorporates a six-year patent licence and a payment from Apple to Qualcomm, but the companies did not disclose the amount. Because Qualcomm is already shipping 5G chips while Apple supplier Intel Corp is still developing them, the deal gives Apple an opportunity to catch the iPhone up to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and other manufacturers whose phones already work on the faster networks.



FOX 5 San Diego

  • N.Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'
    April 17, 2019, 7:47 pm

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



  • Hackers unleashed 40 million cyberattacks on Ecuador after Julian Assange?s a...
    April 16, 2019, 5:08 pm

    Julian Assange's arrest at the end of last week by British officials who finally snatched him at the London embassy in Ecuador where he'd been living for years did not, in turns out, put the matter to rest for Ecuadorian officials.Patricio Real, the county's deputy minister for information and communication technologies, told Agence France Presse in an interview that Assange's controversial arrest prompted a massive wave of cyberattacks against the country. They added up to a whopping 40 million attacks and "principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom," as well as from South America.Javier Jara, Ecuador's undersecretary of the electronic government department of the telecommunications ministry, added a little more context, telling the news service the attacks were "volumetric" and seemingly focused on overwhelming servers with traffic to render them useless. Those attacks hit the country's foreign ministry, central bank, office of the president, internal revenue service and a number of ministries and universities particularly hard.For the moment, Assange is being housed at London's Belmarsh Prison. The US has requested his extradition to the country to answer for a single charge of hacking a government computer, while Assange supporters fear it could be only a pretext to get him stateside where his legal woes would then quickly mount.On Monday, a federal judge in Virginia unsealed previously secret government documents that are part of the US' case against the Wikileaks founder, with the documents shedding new light on the government's allegations against him.Per a report from The Hill, the original affidavit and criminal complaint against Assange were made public in Virginia federal court for the first time since their filing in 2017. Among other things, those documents include chat logs between Assange and former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.US authorities contend that Assange worked with Manning to crack a password that would provide access to a classified Defense Department network where secret information could then be obtained by the hackers.



  • Pete Buttigieg responds to the Notre-Dame fire in perfect French
    April 16, 2019, 6:15 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has just set the gold standard when it comes to responding to the devastating fire at Paris' famous Notre-Dame cathedral.Speaking to a reporter for French station BFM TV, Buttigieg, who is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, delivered his condolences and solidarity with the French people in perfect, fluent French.> « Au peuple de France je voudrais dire que la cathedrale Notre Dame, c'etait comme un cadeau a l'espece humaine. Nous partageons la douleur mais nous vous remercions aussi de ce cadeau a la civilisation. » @PeteButtigieg a @BFMTV > Et en français! NotreDame pic.twitter.com/0xbf5lGhYH> > -- Cedric Faiche (@cedricfaiche) April 15, 2019Loosely translated, Buttigieg's message was, "To the people of France I would like to say that Notre-Dame Cathedral was like a gift to the human race. We share the pain but we also thank you for this gift to civilization."SEE ALSO: The most striking newspaper tributes to Notre-DameButtigieg later shared a very similar sentiment on Twitter as he shared a message from Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the U.S. thanking Buttigieg for his kind words. > The Cathedral of Notre Dame has been a gift of civilization to all humanity, and we are of one spirit with the French people this evening. https://t.co/Hwx1I4iCaH> > -- Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 16, 2019Buttigieg speaks seven languages, and his message of hope stood in stark contrast to President Trump's suggestion of using flying water tankers. As of Tuesday morning, a pair of French billionaires have already pledged over $330 million dollars to aid the restoration of the cathedral which lost its spire and roof in the fire. Damage assessment of the centuries-old cathedral will continue in the coming days. WATCH: New Jersey forest fire burns over 11,000 acres



  • Some Lawmakers to Get Less Redacted Mueller Report, Prosecutors Say
    April 17, 2019, 2:33 pm

    The Justice Department plans to give those members of Congress a version of the report that will include information related to charges against Roger Stone, President Donald Trump?s sometime adviser who?s charged with lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice, the prosecutors said. The copies of the ?less redacted report? won?t be disseminated to all members of Congress or their staff ?in the first instance,? the prosecutors said. A more redacted version of the report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election is due to be released publicly on Thursday.



  • Notre-Dame's famed rose window spared but blaze harms priceless artworks
    April 16, 2019, 1:15 pm

    Notre-Dame's famed stained-glass rose windows and most of its many religious relics appeared to have escaped the worst of Monday's inferno as well, easing fears for the fate of the vast trove of artworks in the 800-year-old gothic cathedral. Among the most cherished articles to make it out unscathed was the "Sainte Couronne" (holy crown), made of braided reed brought to France from Constantinople in the 12th century. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted a picture of heavy-set candlesticks stacked in the safety of nearby Paris City Hall.



  • Trump news: President 'doesn't regret' tweeting 9/11 video about Ilhan Omar, ...
    April 16, 2019, 8:09 am

    President Trump has pledged his support to the people of France after the iconic Notre Dame cathedral suffered a devastating fire last night. On Twitter, the president noted it was ?horrible? to watch the scenes from Paris, and suggested ?flying water tankers could be used to put it out.? It was confirmed this morning that the fire had been entirely extinguished.The White House said it will offer France ?assistance in the rehabilitation of this irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization.??The United States stands with French citizens, the city of Paris, and the millions of visitors from around the world who have sought solace in that iconic structure,? Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.Closer to home, Trump is also facing his first Republican challenger for the 2020 presidential election in the form of Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, although is it deemed unlikely that anyone will seize the party?s nomination from the incumbent.?I really think if we have six more years of the same stuff we?ve had out of the White House the last two years that would be a political tragedy, and I would fear for the Republic,? Mr Weld told CNN?s Jake Tapper on Tuesday. ?I would be ashamed of myself if I didn?t raise my hand and run.It was also announced late yesterday that the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election, and any links to the Trump campaign, would be released in a redacted form to the public this Thursday.The president also defended his attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar despite an onslaught of death threats the Muslim congresswoman received recently.In an interview with a local news station in Minnesota, Mr Trump continued to disparage Ms Omar. ?It?s unfortunate,? he said. ?She?s got a way about her that?s very, very bad, I think, for our country. I think she?s extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful to our country.?Read The Independent?s updates as they happened below.Please allow a moment for the liveblog to load



  • View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS
    April 17, 2019, 7:40 am



  • Portugal says all 29 dead in bus crash were German
    April 18, 2019, 5:30 am

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) ? All the 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island were German, Portugal's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday.



  • Porsche Collection Destroyed in Explosion
    April 17, 2019, 5:56 am

    A large explosion rocked Durham, North Carolina on 10 April 2019, something that sadly claimed the life of one individual and injured 15. The building itself also contained one of America?s largest Porsche collections according to the Charlotte Observer. The rather unassuming red brick building didn?t boast about the treasures within, but video from the Charlotte Observer revealed a huge hole in the roof and the charred remains of what appears to be a 550 Spyder amongst other less identifiable wreckage.



  • Why closing the U.S.-Mexico border would be 'catastrophic' for this Texas cit...
    April 17, 2019, 10:38 am

    Trump's threat to seal the border has sent jolts of alarm across the U.S.-Mexico border, but few places feel it more acutely than Laredo, Texas.



  • 'Yellow vest' Libya protesters say France backs Tripoli assault
    April 16, 2019, 7:47 am

    Dozens of "yellow vest" protesters rallied Tuesday in the Libyan capital to denounce what they said was France's support for military strongman Khalifa Haftar who has launched an offensive on Tripoli. The demonstrators donned yellow vests in a nod to the jackets worn by anti-government protesters who have been rallying across France since November. "France must stop backing the rebel Haftar," read one sign held up by the demonstrators gathered in central Tripoli's Algiers Square.



  • Woman claims to spot Jesus in photo of flaming Notre Dame Cathedral roof
    April 17, 2019, 1:16 pm

    A woman who was reading about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire couldn't believe it when she spotted a figure in a photo of the historic church's flaming roof.



  • Suspect in attack on boy at Mall of America held on $2M bail
    April 16, 2019, 4:07 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America said little Tuesday during his first court appearance but appeared lucid and followed the court's directions.



  • Pete Buttigieg?s Abortion Extremism Hurts His Religious Appeal
    April 16, 2019, 11:53 am

    With every passing day, it seems we see yet another piece about South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg?s progressive Christianity. His faith is going to shake the race. He?s going to challenge the GOP monopoly on ?God talk.? Here, for example, is the opening paragraph of an NBC News analysis posted yesterday afternoon:> Religious conservatives who have long been a reliable voting bloc for Republicans are grappling with a new challenge in Pete Buttigieg: how to respond to a Democratic presidential candidate who is leaning into the discussion about faith and its role in political life.I?ll agree that there are religious conservatives who are ?grappling? with a challenge from Buttigieg, but that challenge is theological and cultural, not political. Buttigieg?s religious arguments have triggered important online debates about the differences between mainline and Evangelical Christianity, about when religious teachings should influence public policy, and about how to interpret the history of the gay-marriage debate.But religious conservatives are not grappling with the key political question ? whether any meaningful number of Evangelicals or conservative Catholics would cross the aisle to cast a ballot for Mayor Pete. The reason is simple. Buttigieg is a pro-choice extremist, and no pro-choice extremist will ever meaningfully compete for the conservative Christian vote.In fact, in at least one key way, Buttigieg?s record on abortion is even worse than that of his Democratic peers. He is of course in lockstep agreement with them on support for late-term abortion, and he made that clear last month on Morning Joe:> .@PeteButtigieg explains his support for late-term abortion bills in New York and Virginia: > > ?When we?re talking about some of those situations covered by that law ? the involvement of a male government official like me is not helpful.? pic.twitter.com/6lQrLLhwhW> > -- Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) March 31, 2019But he?s done what many of them have not ? he?s actually blocked a crisis-pregnancy center from opening at its chosen location. He not only supports abortion rights, he?s taken action against law-abiding Americans who merely wanted to make the case for life.Last April, Buttigieg vetoed a rezoning plan that would have permitted a crisis-pregnancy center to open next door to a proposed abortion clinic. In his statement justifying the veto, Buttigieg said, ?I don?t think it would be responsible to situate two groups, literally right next to each other, in a neighborhood, that have diametrically opposed views on the most divisive social issue of our time.?And so, given the conflict, he chose to privilege the abortion clinic?s location over the pregnancy center. Thankfully, the center found a new location across the street from the proposed clinic ? a location that didn?t require a rezoning vote. But that does not excuse or justify Buttigieg?s veto. He favored abortion rights over pro-life speech, and he likely violated the Constitution in doing so.While Buttigieg, to his credit, did not demonize his opponents in the South Bend dispute ( ?Many people that I respect and admire and appreciate have very passionate and very opposite views on what is the right thing to do,? he said of the dispute), actions speak louder than words. And this action echoes a dangerous Democratic trend in pro-choice governance: the attack against pro-life pregnancy clinics.Across the United States, progressive legislatures have passed laws aimed at crisis-pregnancy centers, including a California law the Supreme Court struck down just last summer. Buttigieg hasn?t gone as far as California, which actually required pro-life pregnancy centers to promote state-funded free and low-cost abortions. But he had an opportunity to fully respect the constitutional rights of his pro-life opponents, and he chose not to do so.Many young Evangelicals, including young Evangelical activists, are divided over matters such as same-sex marriage. Some believe Obergefell v. Hodges was wrongly decided, others support legal recognition of same-sex marriage so long as the state doesn?t interfere with the church?s ability to define marriage according to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. Others support same-sex marriage constitutionally and theologically.These same young Christians are often appalled that their older brothers and sisters in the faith have so easily overlooked Donald Trump?s multitude of sins. But they will not support politicians who support legal protections for late-term abortions. They won?t. The will not support politicians who don?t go beyond ?respecting? pro-life Americans to also protecting their rights to free speech with the same vigor that they protect the First Amendment rights of pro-choice Americans.In the summer of 2016, I had hours of conversations with anguished Evangelical activists. They did not like Donald Trump. They could not believe the hypocrisy of some pastors defending a man whom they?d condemn if he had a ?D? by his name. But they also could not believe that the Democrats wouldn?t compromise at all on abortion, not even in the third trimester. More than one person told me of this issue, ?If only they?d moderate a little, I?d consider crossing the aisle. But they won?t, so I can?t.?Those words will still be true in 2020, and while Buttigieg?s lack of overt hostility to pro-life citizens is welcome ? and conversations about America?s competing Christian world views are interesting ? he has zero appeal to religious conservatives so long as he holds to the Democratic party line on the right of a woman to hire a doctor to kill a viable, living unborn baby. There is nothing to ?grapple? with. There is no ?challenge.? There are lines that Christian conservatives must not ? and will not ? cross.



  • Qualcomm shares soar on surprise settlement with Apple of long legal dispute
    April 16, 2019, 3:15 pm

    The settlement also incorporates a six-year patent licence and a payment from Apple to Qualcomm, but the companies did not disclose the amount. Because Qualcomm is already shipping 5G chips while Apple supplier Intel Corp is still developing them, the deal gives Apple an opportunity to catch the iPhone up to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and other manufacturers whose phones already work on the faster networks.



Channel 8 San Diego

  • N.Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'
    April 17, 2019, 7:47 pm

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



  • Hackers unleashed 40 million cyberattacks on Ecuador after Julian Assange?s a...
    April 16, 2019, 5:08 pm

    Julian Assange's arrest at the end of last week by British officials who finally snatched him at the London embassy in Ecuador where he'd been living for years did not, in turns out, put the matter to rest for Ecuadorian officials.Patricio Real, the county's deputy minister for information and communication technologies, told Agence France Presse in an interview that Assange's controversial arrest prompted a massive wave of cyberattacks against the country. They added up to a whopping 40 million attacks and "principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom," as well as from South America.Javier Jara, Ecuador's undersecretary of the electronic government department of the telecommunications ministry, added a little more context, telling the news service the attacks were "volumetric" and seemingly focused on overwhelming servers with traffic to render them useless. Those attacks hit the country's foreign ministry, central bank, office of the president, internal revenue service and a number of ministries and universities particularly hard.For the moment, Assange is being housed at London's Belmarsh Prison. The US has requested his extradition to the country to answer for a single charge of hacking a government computer, while Assange supporters fear it could be only a pretext to get him stateside where his legal woes would then quickly mount.On Monday, a federal judge in Virginia unsealed previously secret government documents that are part of the US' case against the Wikileaks founder, with the documents shedding new light on the government's allegations against him.Per a report from The Hill, the original affidavit and criminal complaint against Assange were made public in Virginia federal court for the first time since their filing in 2017. Among other things, those documents include chat logs between Assange and former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.US authorities contend that Assange worked with Manning to crack a password that would provide access to a classified Defense Department network where secret information could then be obtained by the hackers.



  • After Notre Dame, support for torched black churches swells
    April 17, 2019, 4:20 pm

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? The crowdfunding campaign to raise money for three African American churches gutted by arson in Louisiana began a week ago, but donations surged after flames engulfed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and the outcry provoked a conversation about the disparate reactions to the tragedies.



  • Ocasio-Cortez backs boycott of New York Post over cover attacking Ilhan Omar
    April 16, 2019, 2:48 pm

    The freshman Democrat voices her support for a boycott of one of her hometown newspapers.



  • Pete Buttigieg?s Abortion Extremism Hurts His Religious Appeal
    April 16, 2019, 11:53 am

    With every passing day, it seems we see yet another piece about South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg?s progressive Christianity. His faith is going to shake the race. He?s going to challenge the GOP monopoly on ?God talk.? Here, for example, is the opening paragraph of an NBC News analysis posted yesterday afternoon:> Religious conservatives who have long been a reliable voting bloc for Republicans are grappling with a new challenge in Pete Buttigieg: how to respond to a Democratic presidential candidate who is leaning into the discussion about faith and its role in political life.I?ll agree that there are religious conservatives who are ?grappling? with a challenge from Buttigieg, but that challenge is theological and cultural, not political. Buttigieg?s religious arguments have triggered important online debates about the differences between mainline and Evangelical Christianity, about when religious teachings should influence public policy, and about how to interpret the history of the gay-marriage debate.But religious conservatives are not grappling with the key political question ? whether any meaningful number of Evangelicals or conservative Catholics would cross the aisle to cast a ballot for Mayor Pete. The reason is simple. Buttigieg is a pro-choice extremist, and no pro-choice extremist will ever meaningfully compete for the conservative Christian vote.In fact, in at least one key way, Buttigieg?s record on abortion is even worse than that of his Democratic peers. He is of course in lockstep agreement with them on support for late-term abortion, and he made that clear last month on Morning Joe:> .@PeteButtigieg explains his support for late-term abortion bills in New York and Virginia: > > ?When we?re talking about some of those situations covered by that law ? the involvement of a male government official like me is not helpful.? pic.twitter.com/6lQrLLhwhW> > -- Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) March 31, 2019But he?s done what many of them have not ? he?s actually blocked a crisis-pregnancy center from opening at its chosen location. He not only supports abortion rights, he?s taken action against law-abiding Americans who merely wanted to make the case for life.Last April, Buttigieg vetoed a rezoning plan that would have permitted a crisis-pregnancy center to open next door to a proposed abortion clinic. In his statement justifying the veto, Buttigieg said, ?I don?t think it would be responsible to situate two groups, literally right next to each other, in a neighborhood, that have diametrically opposed views on the most divisive social issue of our time.?And so, given the conflict, he chose to privilege the abortion clinic?s location over the pregnancy center. Thankfully, the center found a new location across the street from the proposed clinic ? a location that didn?t require a rezoning vote. But that does not excuse or justify Buttigieg?s veto. He favored abortion rights over pro-life speech, and he likely violated the Constitution in doing so.While Buttigieg, to his credit, did not demonize his opponents in the South Bend dispute ( ?Many people that I respect and admire and appreciate have very passionate and very opposite views on what is the right thing to do,? he said of the dispute), actions speak louder than words. And this action echoes a dangerous Democratic trend in pro-choice governance: the attack against pro-life pregnancy clinics.Across the United States, progressive legislatures have passed laws aimed at crisis-pregnancy centers, including a California law the Supreme Court struck down just last summer. Buttigieg hasn?t gone as far as California, which actually required pro-life pregnancy centers to promote state-funded free and low-cost abortions. But he had an opportunity to fully respect the constitutional rights of his pro-life opponents, and he chose not to do so.Many young Evangelicals, including young Evangelical activists, are divided over matters such as same-sex marriage. Some believe Obergefell v. Hodges was wrongly decided, others support legal recognition of same-sex marriage so long as the state doesn?t interfere with the church?s ability to define marriage according to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. Others support same-sex marriage constitutionally and theologically.These same young Christians are often appalled that their older brothers and sisters in the faith have so easily overlooked Donald Trump?s multitude of sins. But they will not support politicians who support legal protections for late-term abortions. They won?t. The will not support politicians who don?t go beyond ?respecting? pro-life Americans to also protecting their rights to free speech with the same vigor that they protect the First Amendment rights of pro-choice Americans.In the summer of 2016, I had hours of conversations with anguished Evangelical activists. They did not like Donald Trump. They could not believe the hypocrisy of some pastors defending a man whom they?d condemn if he had a ?D? by his name. But they also could not believe that the Democrats wouldn?t compromise at all on abortion, not even in the third trimester. More than one person told me of this issue, ?If only they?d moderate a little, I?d consider crossing the aisle. But they won?t, so I can?t.?Those words will still be true in 2020, and while Buttigieg?s lack of overt hostility to pro-life citizens is welcome ? and conversations about America?s competing Christian world views are interesting ? he has zero appeal to religious conservatives so long as he holds to the Democratic party line on the right of a woman to hire a doctor to kill a viable, living unborn baby. There is nothing to ?grapple? with. There is no ?challenge.? There are lines that Christian conservatives must not ? and will not ? cross.



  • 'I wanna be dead': Teen obsessed with Columbine posted dark thoughts online
    April 17, 2019, 3:50 pm

    The Florida teenager whose purported fascination with the 1999 Columbine school massacre sparked a massive hunt for her this week appears to have kept an online journal peppered with violent imagery and awash in despair, anger and suicidal thoughts. An online journal written by someone who identified herself as "Sol Pais" - the teenager who authorities said was found dead on Wednesday - included entries that alluded to "plans" that would lead to the author's death, though they did not describe specific threats against others. Pais, 18, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday, authorities said, days after she traveled to Denver from her home in Florida and bought a shotgun ahead of Saturday's 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado.



  • Porsche Collection Destroyed in Explosion
    April 17, 2019, 5:56 am

    A large explosion rocked Durham, North Carolina on 10 April 2019, something that sadly claimed the life of one individual and injured 15. The building itself also contained one of America?s largest Porsche collections according to the Charlotte Observer. The rather unassuming red brick building didn?t boast about the treasures within, but video from the Charlotte Observer revealed a huge hole in the roof and the charred remains of what appears to be a 550 Spyder amongst other less identifiable wreckage.



  • Emilia Clarke
    April 16, 2019, 1:55 pm

    Emilia Clarke is one of the most influential people of 2019. Emma Thompson calls the 'Game of Thrones' star a powerhouse to watch.



  • 20-year-old college student falls 100 feet off cliff to her death
    April 17, 2019, 7:21 am

    A 20-year-old college student plummeted 100 feet to her death off a cliffduring a school trip last weekend



  • Why closing the U.S.-Mexico border would be 'catastrophic' for this Texas cit...
    April 17, 2019, 10:38 am

    Trump's threat to seal the border has sent jolts of alarm across the U.S.-Mexico border, but few places feel it more acutely than Laredo, Texas.



  • North Korea calls for 'immature' Mike Pompeo to be dropped from nuclear talks...
    April 18, 2019, 2:49 am

    North Korea has called for US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to be removed from nuclear talks because of his reckless and immature behaviour, according to reports.The official KCNA news agency quoted Kwon Jong Gun, a senior foreign ministry official, as accusing Mr Pompeo of ?fabricating stories like a fiction writer.??Whenever Pompeo pokes his nose in, the talks go wrong without any results even from the point close to success,? Mr Kwon said.?I am afraid that, if Pompeo engages in the talks again, the table will be lousy once again and the talks will become entangled.?Therefore, even in the case of possible resumption of the dialogue with the US, I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but other person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us.?The statement was made shortly after North Korea announced that its supreme leader Kim Jong-un had overseen the testing of a new tactical guided weapon.It was the North?s first weapon?s test since negotiations over nuclear disarmament and US sanctions broke down at the second summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump in February.Last week the North Korean leader announced that he would only consider a third summit if the US brought the ?right attitude? to talks and changed its ?hostile? policy, including tough sanctions, before the end of the year.On Monday, Mr Pompeo responded by saying that Mr Kim had promised to denuclearise during his first summit with Mr Trump and that officials were trying to ?chart a path forward so we can get there.? The North Korean statement by Mr Kwon accused Mr Pompeo of ?talking nonsense?.?We cannot be aware of Pompeo?s ulterior motive behind his self-indulgence in reckless remarks; whether he is indeed unable to understand words properly or just pretending on purpose,? said Mr Kwon.?However, it is a very dangerous situation if he really did not grasp the meaning. If his behaviour is intended, I think it is none other than silly calculation to be free from the constraint that the US should make a move until the end of the year, misrepresenting the meaning of our requirement as the finalization of the working level negotiation by the end of the year by help of his talented skill of fabricating stories like a fiction writer.?Mr Pompeo was also accused of ?spouting reckless remarks hurting the dignity of our supreme leadership? ? believed to be a reference to the secretary of state?s agreement that Mr Kim was a ?tyrant?.Additional reporting by agencies



  • Brit Hume: Democrats are beginning to admit that there's a crisis on the bord...
    April 17, 2019, 12:08 pm

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



  • Parents of Swedish coder held by Ecuador say he is innocent
    April 16, 2019, 12:43 pm

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) ? The parents of a Swedish programmer suspected of plotting to blackmail Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno over his abandonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made an anxious plea Tuesday for authorities to release their son.



  • Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Conspiracy Theories Flourish After Investigators Sa...
    April 16, 2019, 1:04 pm

    Stephane De Sakutin/GettyThis story originally appeared in Right Richter, a newsletter by Will Sommer. Subscribe now to see what's happening in right-wing media from the safety of your inbox.Right-wing personalities are pushing conspiracy theories about Monday?s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, even after French investigators said the case is not being investigated as arson or terrorism. Within minutes of the fire breaking out yesterday, pro-Trump commentators rushed to portray it as a symbol of Western decline. ?The West has fallen,? declared Mike Cernovich. Others were eager to suggest, without evidence, that Muslims were behind the fire. Gateway Pundit dredged up a three-year-old terrorist plot to blow up Notre Dame as proof that this fire was caused by terrorists. Fox News anchors had to repeatedly shut down guests who tried to push the idea that the fire was caused by terrorists. QAnon believers produced a wide range of theories, blaming the fire on everyone Michelle Obama to the deep-state to Pope Francis. On Tuesday, French fire investigators said there was no evidence that the fire was caused by arsonists or terrorists. Rather than tamping down the conspiracy theories, though, the French statement has only fueled the idea on the right that terrorists were behind the fire. Instead, they?re treating the announcement as proof that the investigators can?t be trusted. Pardes Seleh, a former Mediaite writer and Ben Shapiro acolyte, has become one of the leading arson truthers. ?Lemme put it this way: i'd be very shocked if it was an accident,? Seleh tweeted on Tuesday. ?And no, french authorities announcing at the start of an investigation that they're ?treating it as an accident? doesn't count. french authorities are incompetent, we'd confirmed that long ago.? Pizzagate promoter Jack Posobiec, now a reporter at the pro-Trump One America News cable channel, also suggested without evidence that the fire investigation was a coverup. ?Fastest arson investigation in history,? Posobiec tweeted. The groundwork for the idea that the French investigation can?t be trusted was laid out Monday night by Glenn Beck, who has recently abandoned his attempts to style himself as a lonely voice of reason in the Trump era and gone back to his conspiracy theory roots.Beck claimed that, if the fire was caused by terrorists, the truth would never be revealed. ?If this was started by Islamists, I don?t think you?ll find out about it,? Beck said in an appearance on The Blaze. ?Because I think it would set the entire country on fire.? Since the French investigators announced the lack of arson evidence, Beck has been joined by several other right-wing figures. Stefan Molyneux, a Canadian YouTube personality, questioned the validity of the fire investigation. So did Emerald Robinson, another reporter at One America News. ?Dear media: you are already reporting that Notre Dame has been declared an accident. But the investigation just started,? Robinson tweeted. ?And the restorers had already left for the day. And the scaffolding had just gone up with no ?welding equipment? there yet. Tell me again how it started??Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



  • Teenage girl 'infatuated' with Columbine school massacre found dead from self...
    April 17, 2019, 12:30 pm

    An armed 18-year-old girl "infatuated" with the Columbine school massacre was found dead after fears she was seeking to replicate the shooting 20 years on. Sol Pais, a high school pupil, made threats online and then flew from her home in Miami Beach, Florida to Denver, Colorado, where Columbine is located. She then bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition and was seen near the school wearing camouflage trousers, black boots and a black T-shirt. Columbine and more than 20 other schools in the Denver area were closed on Wednesday, with 500,000 pupils staying at home as the FBI and police searched for her. She was later found dead from what police called an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound" in woodland near a camp ground 60 miles southwest of Denver. Police, including a SWAT team, had flooded into the area after hikers reported seeing a naked woman with a gun running through the woods". An FBI spokesman said: "There is no longer a threat to the community." Police at Columbine high school Credit: AFP On April 20,1999 two heavily armed teenage gunmen -  Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold - killed 12 fellow pupils and a teacher before taking their own lives. It set off an era of mass shootings in American schools and other public venues. Police said Pais had "made threats to commit an act of violence" in the Denver area, and had written "deeply disturbed" posts on the internet. She had been "infatuated with the perpetrators of Columbine". She sought advice online on how to buy a gun in Colorado, which she did at a gun shop near Columbine. Local sheriff Jeff Shrader said: "The firearm was purchased legally. I'm sure there will be some ongoing evaluation in that regard." During the massive search police declared her "armed and extremely dangerous". Jared Polis, the Colorado governor, said there had been "a lot of anxiety". Peter Langman, an expert on the psychology of school shooters, said more than 30 other attacks, from California to Germany, have been inspired in some manner by Columbine.



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