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The Latest: Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran

The Latest: Top officials say US doesn't want war with IranWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local):




POSTED MAY 21, 2019 9:47 PM

HUD Secretary Ben Carson stumped during congressional hearing

HUD Secretary Ben Carson stumped during congressional hearingThe HUD secretary faced a tough hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday.




POSTED MAY 21, 2019 3:22 PM

Hospital did not alert authorities about woman charged in Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's brutal murder: child welfare agency

Hospital did not alert authorities about woman charged in Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's brutal murder: child welfare agencyStrokosch claimed the agency was not alerted about the case until May 9, amidquestions about who had custody of the child and could make medical decisionson his behalf, the Associated Press reports




POSTED MAY 20, 2019 10:59 AM

Secret Service Officers Are Being Sent to the Border

Secret Service Officers Are Being Sent to the BorderJose Luiz Gonzalez/ReutersThe U.S. Secret Service is now participating in a not-so-secret undertaking: dealing with the influx of migrants at America’s southern border. According to a communication from the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters reviewed by The Daily Beast, the small law enforcement agency has sent personnel to the border already and is looking to send more in the coming weeks. The move came in response to a directive then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sent out earlier this spring asking each component of the department to find volunteers and dispatch them to the border. Even though it’s most closely associated with the White House, the Secret Service—along with a host of other entities and agencies—is a component of DHS. And as a result, it’s shipping people south. A DHS spokesperson did not dispute this reporting. “As we have consistently said, the Department is considering all options to address the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” said the spokesperson. “We will continue to work with our workforce to find dynamic solutions and funding to address this very serious problem. As part of this effort, it is our responsibility to explore fiscal mechanisms that will ensure the safety and welfare of both our workforce and the migrant population, which is also reflected in the supplemental request submitted to Congress.”The Daily Beast reported last week that the arm of DHS that handles threats to America’s cybersecurity and critical infrastructure, called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has struggled to find enough volunteers to head to the border and fulfill DHS headquarters’ request. The agency works to secure election systems, schools, and places of worship—all of which face acute threats. Besides protecting the president, the first family, and other prominent government figures, the Secret Service also conducts criminal investigations. Its focuses include financial crimes and cybersecurity threats. The diversion of law enforcement and national security personnel to the border has concerned some congressional Democrats, who say it may be a misuse of limited government resources. But pushing back against the dramatic increase in people trying to enter the U.S. through the southern border has become has become a singular priority of President Trump. In both March and April, law enforcement officials apprehended more than 100,000 people trying to enter the U.S., according to DHS statistics. During the Obama administration, the agency was beset by scandal: Washington socialites slipped past agents and crashed the president’s first state dinner; a Secret Service agent told his counterparts to stand down after a man fired a gun at the White House, thinking the sound came from a car backfiring; an agent who traveled to Amsterdam with the president to protect him got drunk and passed out in a hallway; and more, as NBC News has detailed. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.




POSTED MAY 20, 2019 9:10 PM

Trump Ban Puts Huawei's Smartphone Plans in Jeopardy

Trump Ban Puts Huawei's Smartphone Plans in JeopardyChina’s largest technology company told potential partners that by the end of 2018, it would have 50 million Europeans using its own app store, rather than Google’s, according to documents viewed by Bloomberg News. Huawei also held talks with European wireless carriers about spreading this new app store even further, people involved in those talks said.




POSTED MAY 20, 2019 10:16 PM

Eiffel Tower climber 'admitted to psychiatric unit'

Eiffel Tower climber 'admitted to psychiatric unit'A man, believed to be Russian, who sparked a mass evacuation of the Eiffel Tower by scaling the iconic Paris landmark has been admitted to a psychiatric unit, legal sources said Tuesday. The man caused chaos Monday and the closure of the monument to tourists by spending six hours clinging to the outer metal framework of the Eiffel Tower. An investigation has been opened for unauthorised entry into a cultural monument, a judicial source said.




POSTED MAY 21, 2019 12:38 PM

New Feature on 2020 Chevrolet and GMC Models Won't Let Car Move Till Driver Fastens Seatbelt

New Feature on 2020 Chevrolet and GMC Models Won't Let Car Move Till Driver Fastens SeatbeltThe new tech is called Buckle to Drive, and it rolls out on several Chevrolet and GMC models for 2020 as part of the Teen Driver package.




POSTED MAY 21, 2019 3:03 PM

Researchers say a tiny planet slammed into the Moon a long time ago

Researchers say a tiny planet slammed into the Moon a long time agoEarth's Moon only ever shows us one face. It's locked into its current orientation, with a permanent nearside and farside, but it wasn't until the Apollo missions that scientists were able to see just how different the two sides really are. The nearside, with its sea of dark gray basins standing in contrast to the brilliant white powder that covers the rest of its face, varies dramatically from the farside, which is marked with countless smaller craters in a more uniform distribution.The debate over how the Moon's split personalities developed has raged for decades, but new research seems to indicate that one of the possible explanations does indeed hold water. The theory, that Earth's Moon was struck by a tiny dwarf planet long ago, is the subject of a new research paper published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.Using computer models to simulate what may have happened to the Moon's surface long ago, researchers suggest the most likely scenario seems to be the collision between the Moon and a very large body. The impact of a dwarf planet as large as 480 miles across would have struck what we see today as the Moon's nearside at a speed of 14,000 miles per hour.This theory stands in contrast to other proposed explanations, including the theory that Earth may have once had not one Moon, but two. The two-moon theory suggests that Earth's moon duo may have at one point collided and merged, leaving the Moon as we see it today looking oddly unsymmetrical.The dwarf planet collision scenario assumes that whatever the body that struck the Moon was, it was in its own path around the Sun and just happened to be in the right place at the right time to strike Earth's natural satellite. This, the researchers say, would also explain why the crust on the farside of the Moon is different than that of its nearside."We demonstrate that a large body slowly impacting the nearside of the Moon can reproduce the observed crustal thickness asymmetry and form both the farside highlands and the nearside lowlands," the paper explains. "Additionally, the model shows that the resulting impact ejecta would cover the primordial anorthositic crust to form a two‐layer crust on the farside, as observed."




POSTED MAY 21, 2019 3:11 PM

Could One of America's Allies Take Down the F-35 Program?

Could One of America's Allies Take Down the F-35 Program?What does America need to save its troubled F-35 stealth fighter?Turkey, that’s what.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan recently warned that the multinational F-35 program, of which Turkey is a member, would fail if Turkey were excluded. Turkey is facing sanctions, including being dropped from the F-35 program if it goes ahead with purchasing Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, which has raised Washington’s fears that F-35 secrets might be leaked to Russia. The U.S. has stopped shipping equipment to Turkey for that nation’s planned purchase of 100 F-35s, while the first two aircraft officially delivered to Turkey are still in the United States.For its part, Ankara is adamant that it has a right to purchase both American stealth fighters and Russian anti-aircraft missiles, despite the fact that the S-400 is one of the most likely Russian weapons to be used against the F-35. “We were surely not going to remain silent against our right to self-defense being disregarded and attempts to hit us where it hurts,” Erdogan said at a Turkish defense trade show. “This is the kind of process that is behind the S-400 agreement we reached with Russia.”“Nowadays, we are being subject to a similar injustice - or rather an imposition - on the F-35s ... Let me be frank: An F-35 project from which Turkey is excluded is bound to collapse completely.”




POSTED MAY 21, 2019 4:01 AM

Kayleigh McEnany: President Trump reversed the disastrous Obama economy

Kayleigh McEnany: President Trump reversed the disastrous Obama economyPress secretary for the Trump 2020 campaign Kayleigh McEnany rejects 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's claim that President Trump does not deserve credit for the U.S. economic rebound.




POSTED MAY 20, 2019 10:09 AM

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Dead in the water? May's last-ditch effort to save her Brexit deal looks doomed to fail
British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to make a final attempt at persuading lawmakers to back her "new" Brexit deal on Wednesday but the agreement already looks dead in the water.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 8:35 AM
Chinese social media users are rallying behind Huawei. Some say they're switching from Apple
Chinese consumers are voicing their support for Huawei as the U.S. government looks to ramp up pressure on the smartphone maker.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 3:28 AM
The future of Italy's coalition government remains uncertain despite reassurances from Salvini
Tensions between the two parties have heightened in recent months as the campaign for seats in the Brussels and Strasbourg-based parliament has crescendoed.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 7:04 AM
Shares of Saudi shopping mall giant slip in major IPO launch
Shares of Saudi shopping mall operator Arabian Centres were trading at 24.34 riyals ($6.49) in early deals in Riyadh.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 7:05 AM
'Very dangerous': Putin, Trump want to weaken the European Union, top official says
There is at least one thing in common between the U.S. and Russia – their willingness to weaken the European Union, a top EU official said.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 6:56 AM
American businesses in China: Tariffs are hurting us
Trump's latest tariff increase — and Beijing's counterpunch — are hitting U.S. companies in China, according to a survey of American firms in Asia's largest economy.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 12:16 AM
Tencent chief says he's watching whether the trade war will turn into a tech war
"We are also constantly watching whether the trade war will turn into a tech war," Ma said Tuesday, according to a CNBC translation of his Chinese remarks published by a locak news outlet.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 1:58 AM
TransferWise is now Europe's most valuable fintech start-up, with a $3.5 billion valuation
TransferWise, the money transfer start-up, was valued at $3.5 billion after investors bought $292 million of shares in a secondary sale.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 4:00 AM
Modi's likely return to power looks like good news for Indian economic growth, experts say
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's likely return to power for a second term will likely be positive for his country's growth, according to economists and investors.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 5:39 AM
A wave of retail earnings reports shows department stores still can't grow sales
Kohl's, J.C. Penney and Nordstrom release disappointing earnings news, putting a damper on their sector.

POSTED MAY 21, 2019 11:12 AM

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