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Jeff Sessions in KKK robe image projected onto Justice Department headquarters

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 23, 2017 - 11:32am

Stunning visuals depicting Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Ku Klux Klan robe have been projected onto iconic Washington buildings including the Department of Justice building. The projections, created by activist and artist Robin Bell, showed Mr Sessions with the infamous white hood alongside some of his past statements that have been pointed to as insensitive to racist struggles. “I thought the KKK was OK until I learned that they smoked pot,” one of the projections reads, a close approximation to a comment Mr Sessions made while investigating a case against Klansmen as a US attorney in Alabama in the 1980s.

Massive slide covers stretch of iconic California highway

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 23, 2017 - 8:03am

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A massive new landslide along California's iconic coastal Highway 1 has buried the road under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt, the latest hit in winter of crippling slides and flooding.

India fires on Pakistani military posts, army says

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 23, 2017 - 7:00am

India announced Tuesday it had fired mortars at Pakistani army posts across their disputed border in Kashmir, a rare public disclosure of such a pre-emptive assault against its neighbour. Troops fired at military camps in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir which were being used to harbour militants, an Indian army spokesman said. "As part of our counter-terror operations, punitive fire assaults across LoC (Line of Control, the de facto border) are being undertaken by the Indian army," Major-General Ashok Narula told a briefing in New Delhi.

Ariana Grande Says She's 'Broken' as Names of Manchester Victims Emerge

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 23, 2017 - 6:58am

The singer had just played to a sold out crowd, many of them young people, when police believe a suicide bomber attacked.

Disruptive passenger in Trump cap delays Shanghai flight

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 11:42pm

BEIJING (AP) — A disruptive passenger on a United Airlines flight from Shanghai to New Jersey was asked to get off the plane in a politically tinged altercation, resulting in an unscheduled stop in San Francisco and an arrival delayed by eight hours.

At Least 19 Dead at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 10:00pm

A reported explosion at the Manchester Arena soon after the concert was over sent people in the crowd running for the doors.

Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 8:31pm

At least 22 people were killed and more than 100 injured in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday and two U.S. officials said a suicide bomber was suspected.

Police: Man slays neo-Nazi roommates over Islam disrespect

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 8:10pm

A Florida man told police he killed his two roommates because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam, and investigators found bomb-making materials and Nazi propaganda after he led them to the bodies.

Prosecutor: Bullet meant for suicide killed another person

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 6:53pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska authorities found one shell casing after a man tried to shoot and kill himself but the bullet passed through his head and took the life of his girlfriend, a prosecutor said Monday.

Trump administration says it wants to wipe out US deficit in 10 years

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 5:49pm

Donald Trump is hoping to wipe out the US’s more than $350 billion budget deficit over the next decade by cutting spending on social safety-net programmes by more than $1 trillion. During a briefing, Mr Trump’s Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the President’s first major budget proposal – titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” – will balance in 10 years, and will begin “to reduce the deficit as a percentage of the overall economy” starting in 2018. While not including cuts to Medicare and Social Security retirement benefits, Mr Trump’s proposals would slash government spending by $3.6trillion over 10 years, hugely scaling back Medicaid – the state-federal programme that provides healthcare to low-income citizens – food assistance and other anti-poverty programmes.

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 5:05pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday.

Ex-Trump aide Flynn defies Senate subpoena in Russia probe

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 4:55pm

Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Flynn failed to report to Pentagon investigators payments he received from Russian bodies or attending a gala with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a gala in Moscow.

Texas bathroom bill could expose secrets of transgender kids

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 4:49pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends.

Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next month

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 2:09pm

Apple will unveil the next big thing for its various software operating systems at WWDC 2017, including iOS 11 and the next macOS major update. But the iPhone maker is also tipped to launch a variety of new products at the show, including the Siri speaker, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and new MacBooks. A new report says that Apple is indeed expected to launch new laptops this quarter, and there’s reason to be excited. In a new research note to customers, TrendForce said that notebooks are having a little moment, again. Shipments for the first quarter of the year grew by 6.1% compared to last year, totaling around 37.81 million. That’s a 15.6% decline from the Christmas quarter, but still an impressive result for the period. Apple placed fifth in TrendForce's top, with 3.4 million MacBook laptops shipped during the period — that marks a 15.8% decline compared to the December quarter, but a 15.4% increase compared to last year. TrendForce quotes the MacBook Pro with TouchBar as the device that contributed significantly to the overall shipments. Similarly, the researchers believe the 12-inch MacBook will help Apple ship 10% more laptops in the second quarter of this year than last year. That’s because Apple reportedly plans to launch a new version of the 12-inch MacBook that will feature a new processor. The report notes that promotional pricing for some older models might also be in order. A previous report said that Apple will update the MacBook Pro as well, even if it only launched a new model in late 2016. TrendForce makes no mention of other MacBook updates for the quarter.

Gambian authorities seize ex-president Jammeh's bank accounts

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 2:01pm

Gambian authorities have seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh, an official said on Monday, as an investigation into the veteran ruler's wealth gathers pace. The new government has accused Jammeh of massive fraud including siphoning off public money during his 22-year rule that ended in election defeat and disgraced exile in Equatorial Guinea in January. Jammeh has been out of contact since leaving for exile and his associates no longer respond to journalists' queries about the accusations against him.

Real-world 5G test is 120 times faster than home broadband – in a moving car

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 1:44pm

We've heard so many times that companies are going to start testing 5G networks "soon" that it's actually surprising when a test really takes place. But don't let all noise around 5G diminish from a new test by Verizon and Ericsson, which achieved a 6.4Gbps connection in a car being driven around a racetrack. The test happened in a car so that it could be gratuitously pegged to the Indy 500 race next weekend. But conducting a speed test in a moving vehicle really is a significant real-world milestone. It's easy enough to get insane transmission speeds in a controlled lab environment, using a bunch of big antennas aimed at each other. But taking that connection out into the real world, and putting it on top of a moving target, is a very different proposition. The raw speed is the headline figure that demands attention here. 6.4Gbps is fast -- about 120 times faster than the average home broadband connection, which is about 50Mbps. It's whole orders of magnitude faster than you need to stream multiple 4K videos, so it's simply unnecessary for most people right now. More impressive is actually the latency, the time it takes for packets of data to travel to and from your device. A normal latency on a good 4G connection right now is about 50 milliseconds, which is fast enough for web browsing and video streaming, but makes high-speed tasks like online gaming more difficult. The trial 5G connection had an undisclosed "extremely low latency," likely in the single digits. It's fast enough that the human eyes can barely perceive a difference, which was demonstrated by blacking the car out, and driving around the course using a pair of virtual-reality goggles, fed a video stream over 5G. The 5G network is just a test for now, but the applications Verizon tried out here are likely to be important down the line. Autonomous cars and virtual reality are two of the best use cases for 5G right now, as both demand huge amounts of data with extremely low latency to work.

Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 1:21pm

New York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor filed lawsuits in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of Kathleen Lee, a Fox News Radio shift editor who says she was sexually harassed and subjected to "unceasing retaliation" for complaining, and Naima Farrow, who maintains she was fired from her job as an accounts payable coordinator after telling supervisors she was pregnant. In a third case in the same court, Vidya Mann, a Fox News accounts receivable specialist, said she was taken on as a temporary employee but passed over for permanent jobs in favor of white coworkers.

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawl

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 12:50pm

Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. A brawl erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence during Erdogan's visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. Turkey blamed the violence on demonstrators linked to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party while Washington's police chief described the incident as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.

Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 12:24pm

At an impromptu memorial in Times Square, the father of the young woman who was killed there last week has placed a letter of thanks to the city.

Turkey summons US envoy over 'security lapses' in Erdogan visit

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - May 22, 2017 - 12:04pm

Turkey summoned the US ambassador on Monday to protest "aggressive behaviour" by American security personnel and "security lapses" during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington last week. The key visit was marred by bloody clashes that took place outside the Turkish ambassador's residence after Erdogan met American counterpart Donald Trump. US officials and police have blamed Erdogan's bodyguards for the incident, accusing them of attacking a small group of pro-Kurdish protesters gathered outside the building and the incident ignited a storm of controversy.