Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holiday

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holidayPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The United States on Monday marks Presidents Day, a holiday that's taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as President Donald Trump — to the dismay of some and delight of others — upends traditional notions of the office.



Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving carsATLANTA (AP) — Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology.



Turkey puts 47 on trial for 'coup plot to kill Erdogan'

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Turkey puts 47 on trial for 'coup plot to kill Erdogan'One of the nearly 50 suspects in an alleged plot to assassinate Turkey's president admitted involvement in the botched July 15 putsch bid as the mass trial opened Monday. Forty-four suspects, mainly soldiers, are under arrest over the alleged plot to kill Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while three others still on the run are being tried in absentia at the court in the southern city of Mugla. Onlookers heckled the accused as they stepped out of the buses that took them from prison, shouting "we want the death penalty!" and "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest").



President Trump’s Terrible One-Month Report Card

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

President Trump’s Terrible One-Month Report CardHow to assess the damage after the first 30 days.



Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50,000, donates the money to young people

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50,000, donates the money to young peopleFinding out that the fiver in your wallet is worth thousands of pounds is a dream-come-true for some — but not everyone. A Northern Irish woman who discovered a rare £5 note worth £50,000 ($62,317) has given the note to charity because she says she has no use for the money.  SEE ALSO: Some lucky duck got a £5 note 'worth £50,000' in a Christmas card The note is one of just four ultra-rare notes worth £50,000 in circulation in the UK. The note — which is engraved with a special Jane Austen inscription — is the third one to be snapped up, leaving just one left. The woman who discovered the note...


Iran Launches ‘Advanced’ Rockets In Military Exercise

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Iran Launches ‘Advanced’ Rockets In Military ExerciseThe launches during the annual three-day military exercise took place a day after U.S. senators indicated they could impose further sanctions against Tehran.



Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailoutMongolia has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $5.5 billion bailout package, officials announced, as the debt-wracked country tries to stabilise its economy. The landlocked north Asian nation has been hit hard by a more than 50 percent fall over the past five years in the price of copper, its main export. Billions of dollars' worth of natural resources lie buried beneath Mongolia's sprawling steppes, but development has been delayed for years and slowing growth in its biggest customer China has hobbled the economy.



Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATOMUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed as "obsolete."



"Blind Sheik" guilty of 1990s terror plots dies in US prison

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

"Blind Sheik" guilty of 1990s terror plots dies in US prisonThe so called Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 has died in a federal prison. He was 78.



Rep. Adam Schiff calls Trump's comment about press 'most alarming' remark since election

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Rep. Adam Schiff calls Trump's comment about press 'most alarming' remark since electionThe ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee is interviewed on "This Week."



Shocker! World’s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Shocker! World’s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

The world's first race on a professional track involving self-driving cars ended, not surprisingly, with a crash. As part of the Roborace competition held in Buenos Aires over the weekend, one of the two self-driving Devbot vehicles involved in the race slammed into a wall after miscalculating a particularly sharp turn.

While the Devbot vehicles weren't going all out, they weren't exactly driving at a leisurely pace either. At their best, both cars were driving in excess of 100 MPH, with one reaching a top speed of 115 MPH at one point.

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Philippines' Duterte ordered murders: ex-police aide

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Philippines' Duterte ordered murders: ex-police aidePhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte ran a death squad that killed many people, including a journalist and a pregnant woman, when he was mayor of a southern city, a retired policeman who claimed to be part of the group said Monday. Arthur Lascanas, sitting alongside three prominent human rights lawyers, broke down in tears as he listed a series of murders in Davao city that he alleged Duterte ordered either to eliminate critics or fight crime. Lascanas said he even killed his two brothers, who were involved in drug trafficking, due to "blind loyalty" to Duterte as well as cash rewards.



Los Angeles named the most gridlocked city in the world

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Los Angeles named the most gridlocked city in the worldLos Angeles has topped the INRIX Global Congestion Ranking to be named the most gridlocked city in the world. Los Angeles took the number one spot after the results revealed that in 2016 drivers in the city spent 104 hours in congestion during peak time periods, followed by Moscow (91 hours), New York (89 hours), San Francisco (83 hours) and Bogota (80 hours). The US was also named the most congested developed country in the world, with the country accounting for 11 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion and with drivers on average spending 42 hours a year in traffic during peak times.

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Car bomb blast in Somalia marketplace

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Car bomb blast in Somalia marketplaceA car bomb blast at a marketplace Somalia’s capital has killed at least 20 people and injured 50 others, said a local Somali official. The blast by a car bomb parked near a restaurant went off at a busy time when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market, said district commissioner Ahmed Abdulle. Mohamed Haji, a butcher who suffered shrapnel wounds, pointed at a clothes shop devastated by the blast.



Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protests

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protestsIndonesian Islamist groups on Monday called on the government to suspend the Christian governor of the capital and for the courts to convict him of blasphemy, demands they will make again at a rally outside parliament on Tuesday. Islamist groups have held two big rallies since November against the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for insulting the Koran, and in the midst of an election in which he hopes to win a second term. "Our demands to parliament are that they urge the government to suspend Purnama ... and urge the Supreme Court and judges to detain him and impose the maximum sentence," said Muhammad al Khaththath of the Islamic People's Forum.



A controversial executive order leads to internment camps

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

A controversial executive order leads to internment campsOn this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued his most-controversial executive order, an act that sent more than 100,000 people to government-controlled facilities because of their ethnicity.



Police say newly freed gang member killed California officer

Feb 21 2017 - 1:21am

Police say newly freed gang member killed California officerLOS ANGELES (AP) — A gang member who was recently freed from jail killed his cousin and stole his car Monday then shot and killed a California police officer and wounded his partner before being wounded himself, authorities said.



Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US: NZ court

Feb 20 2017 - 1:20am

Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US: NZ courtNew Zealand's High Court ruled Monday that Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition to the United States over online piracy allegations linked to his now-defunct Megaupload web empire. "We are far from defeated," Dotcom's barrister Ron Mansfield said in a statement. Dotcom himself lashed out at the judgement on Twitter, arguing he had proved his central legal point that copyright is not an extraditable offence.



Rally coordinator talks organizing Florida Trump event

Feb 20 2017 - 1:20am

Rally coordinator talks organizing Florida Trump eventTony Ledbetter weighs in how the president may benefit from speaking directly to Americans



Shop These Presidents Day Deals For Maximum Savings

Feb 20 2017 - 1:20am

Shop These Presidents Day Deals For Maximum SavingsPresidents Day is a hotbed of discounts on appliances, mattresses, furniture and other items.



Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper: newspaper

Feb 20 2017 - 1:20am

Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper: newspaperDubai police have summoned a Russian model who posed for a video while dangling from a skyscraper to sign a pledge not to put her life in danger again, a local newspaper reported on Saturday. A video of the model, identified by local media as 23-year-old Viktoria Odintcova, went viral after she posted it on her Instagram account earlier in the week. It shows her stepping off a girder at the top of Dubai's 73-storey Cayan Tower and dangling in the void, held only by a man gripping her hand.



Red Cross urges release of two staff abducted in Afghanistan

Feb 20 2017 - 1:20am

Red Cross urges release of two staff abducted in AfghanistanThe Red Cross on Saturday called for the unconditional release of two staff members who were abducted when their convoy was ambushed in northern Afghanistan last week, leaving six other workers dead. The aid workers came under insurgent fire in Jowzjan province on February 8 while they were en route to a remote snowbound area to deliver much-needed relief supplies. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had earlier said the two employees were missing, in what was one of the worst attacks on the international charity in the country for years.



AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly

Feb 20 2017 - 1:20am

AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperlyAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.



Head of South Sudan's military courts resigns, rebukes government

Feb 20 2017 - 1:20am

Head of South Sudan's military courts resigns, rebukes governmentBy Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - The head of South Sudan's military courts has resigned, saying high-level interference made it impossible to discipline soldiers accused of rape and murder amid the nation's civil war, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Saturday. The resignation of Col. Khalid Ono Loki is the third high-level departure in a week. A highly respected general stood down seven days ago, citing ethnic favouritism in the military and rampant human rights abuses.



AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of Coding

Feb 20 2017 - 1:20am

AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of CodingOne of the most intriguing robot kits at this year's show, UBTech's AstroBot kit can be built into one of three different characters and programmed using a simple mobile app. Available this spring for $199, AstroBot can be built as either a treaded robot that looks a bit like Walle, a humanoid-style robot or a wheeled vehicle. An infrared sensor keeps AstroBot from bumping into objects as it moves around.