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  • Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses

    02/21/2020 8:25:26 PM PST · by fluorescence · 34 replies
    Greyhound, the nation’s largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks. The company’s announcement came one week after The Associated Press reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo confirming that agents can’t board private buses without the consent of the bus company. Greyhound had previously insisted that even though it didn’t like the immigration checks, it had no choice under federal law but to allow them. In an emailed statement, the company said it would notify the Department of Homeland Security that it does...
  • Friendly Folks(vanity)

    02/21/2020 9:34:53 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 25 replies
    2/21/2020 | self
    At the stage of my life where I relive memories of childhood, school, old friends, marriage, raising my kids, moving around and career choices. The following is a list of people I met and exchanged a smile or two. Worked with John Rousakis, mayor of Savannah, GA. Tony Snow was in the DC physician's office where I worked. Carlton Sickles, the father of the DC Metro, also in the doctor's office - he gave me his 35 year pin. Worked with Patrick Hope, became a State Rep for Virginia. AG. William Sessions and I were jaywalking in DC and nearly...
  • MH370 mystery ‘almost certainly’ murder-suicide plot, former PM Tony Abbott says

    02/21/2020 6:56:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    news.com ^ | 02/19/2020 | Alle McMahon
    Speaking in a new documentary set to air this week, the former leader, who was PM when the plane disappeared over the South China Sea in 2014, said it was made “crystal clear” to him within a week that the aircraft was almost certainly deliberately downed by the pilot. “My understanding – my very clear understanding – from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here they thought it was a murder-suicide by the pilot,” Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was carrying 239 people including six Australians when it disappeared about 40 minutes...
  • Two people dead after being trapped in wrecked cars for hours after TWO HUNDRED vehicle pileup on Canadian highway during sudden blizzard

    02/20/2020 11:02:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2020 | Rachel Sharp, and Ryan Fahey
    Two people were killed in a massive pileup involving about 200 vehicles on a busy highway south of Montreal, according to Canadian police. Authorities confirmed that the two people, who have not been identified, had been traveling in the same vehicle when it collided with a tank truck on Wednesday during the 200-car pileup in La Prairie, Quebec. Stéphane Tremblay, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec said the pair were trapped in their car for hours after the crash before emergency services could pull them from the wreckage. 'We know that these people were involved in a collision with a...
  • Boeing finds debris left in new 737 MAXes, now in storage

    02/19/2020 6:31:58 AM PST · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 21 replies
    Leeham News and Analysis ^ | Feb. 18, 2020 | Scott Hamilton
    Boeing recently discovered some of its stored 737 MAXes have foreign objects in the fuel tanks. The entire fleet of 400+ newly produced but undelivered MAXes is being inspected. Foreign objects, called foreign object debris (FOD) in aviation parlance, consist of tools or rags. FOD has been found in the fuel tanks of some MAXes. MAXes are stored at four locations in Washington State and in San Antonio (TX). It’s unlikely that the FOD inspections will delay recertification or testing of the MAX. The FAA was informed by Boeing. It takes up to three days to inspect each airplane, LNA...
  • The Expulsion of the Hyksos: Tel Habuwa excavations reveal the conquest of Tjaru by Ahmose I

    02/19/2020 12:02:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Bible History Daily ^ | February 09, 2020 | Noah Wiener
    In the Second Intermediate Period (18th-16th centuries B.C.E.), towards the end of the Middle Bronze Age, the West Asian (Canaanite) Hyksos controlled Lower (Northern) Egypt. In the 16th century, Ahmose I overthrew the Hyksos and initiated the XVIII dynasty and the New Kingdom of Egypt. Recent archaeological discoveries at Tel Habuwa (also known as Tell el-Habua or Tell-Huba), a site associated with ancient Tjaru (Tharo), shed new light on Ahmose's campaign. A daybook entry in the famous Rhind Mathematical Papyrus notes that Ahmose seized control of Tjaru before laying siege the Hyksos at their capital in Avaris. Excavations at the...
  • The 50 best reasons to live in New Jersey

    02/18/2020 6:49:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 131 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | 02.15.20 | Peter Genovese
    There are about 9 million of us living here, and we all can’t be delusional. Apart from those who live here primarily because of job or family, most New Jerseyans live here because they like it here! New York City is a quick PATH or train ride away — why live there? The Shore, the Pine Barrens, beautiful countryside, diners, beaches, the nation’s most diverse city, small towns, great scenic highways — does any state pack as much variety into one compact package as New Jersey? Nope. Here are the 50 best reasons to live in New Jersey, from someone...
  • Class ring lost in Maine turns up nearly 50 years later in Finland

    02/17/2020 11:33:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 14, 2020 / 1:58 PM | Ben Hooper
    Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A Maine woman who lost her then-boyfriend's class ring in 1973 was reunited with the precious item after it was found buried in a park in Finland. Debra McKenna, 63, said her then-boyfriend, Shawn, gave her the Morse High School ring before he headed to college in 1973 and she accidentally left it in a bathroom at the Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Co. department store in Portland only a few months later. McKenna and Shawn married in 1977 and remained together until he died in 2017 after a long fight with cancer. The woman said the...
  • Woman in Viral Airplane Seat Reclining Controversy Now Looking To Sue American Airlines: Report

    02/16/2020 9:33:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 86 replies
    Western Journal ^ | Feb. 15, 2020 | Erin Coates
    One woman’s video of the airline passenger behind her punching the back of her reclined seat went viral last week. Now she is reportedly looking to sue American Airlines. The controversy began when Wendi Williams posted a video on Twitter of the passenger behind her shaking her headrest with repeated punches on her Jan. 31 American Eagle flight from New Orleans to Charlotte, North Carolina. The man behind her was in the last row and reportedly asked the woman to sit upright so he could eat. She did, but then later reclined again, and the situation escalated as was shown...
  • Mysterious 'ghost population' of ancient humans discovered in African DNA

    02/15/2020 7:18:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | February 14, 2020 | Reuters
    Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind's complicated genetic ancestry. The study indicated that present-day West Africans trace a substantial proportion, some 2% to 19%, of their genetic ancestry to an extinct human species – what the researchers called a "ghost population." "We estimate interbreeding occurred approximately 43,000 years ago, with large intervals of uncertainty," said University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) human genetics and computer science professor Sriram Sankararaman, who led the...
  • In interview, Klobuchar, Steyer can't name Mexican president

    02/15/2020 9:34:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/14/20
    Democratic presidential hopefuls Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer were stumped when asked during a televised interview in Nevada to name the Mexican president. Klobuchar, Steyer and fellow 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg were asked during one-on-one interviews with the Spanish-language station Telemundo on Thursday night if they knew the name of the president whose country borders the U.S. It is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office in December 2018. Klobuchar, a three-term senator from Minnesota, responded, “No.” Steyer, a billionaire businessman, replied, “I forgot.”
  • Coronavirus: US passenger from Westerdam cruise ship infected, Malaysia confirms

    02/15/2020 7:57:26 AM PST · by janetjanet998 · 22 replies
    A US citizen who arrived in Malaysia after disembarking in Cambodia from the MS Westerdam cruise ship has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Malaysia Health Ministry said on Saturday. The 83-year-old American woman flew to Malaysia on Friday from Cambodia along with 144 others from the ship, said Malaysian health ministry, adding that her 85-year-old husband had tested negative. The MS Westerdam, which had 1,455 passengers and 802 crew on board, had been stranded at sea for two weeks after being turned away from five countries – the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Thailand – over coronavirus...
  • Leonardo da Vinci's early drawings for "The Virgin of the Rocks" were revealed through X-ray analysis.

    02/15/2020 6:37:37 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Artsy ^ | August 15, 2019 | Christy Kuesel
    Leonardo da Vinci's The Virgin of the Rocks (about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8) originally had a very different composition, new research by the National Gallery in London revealed. Analysis of the artwork showed that two distinct drawings depicting the same figures in different poses lie beneath the painting, which is one of the most popular in the museum's collection. In the first composition, the angel holds the infant Christ much more tightly, and both figures are positioned higher. The Virgin also looks toward the pair, instead of staring downward. A second composition aligns much more closely to the final version, but...
  • 100,000 self-driving riders can't be wrong: Las Vegas experiment looks like a success

    02/14/2020 4:55:44 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 38 replies
    Inverse ^ | 2/12/20 | Thor Benson
    Nobody is quite sure if, or when, self-driving cars will become fully mainstream. But an experiment run by Lyft with the technology appears to have been an unadulterated success. The ride-hailing service partnered with an automotive technology company called Aptiv back in 2018 to offer self-driving car rides in Las Vegas, and the companies have just announced that they've now served 100,000 customers. In a blog post, Aptiv President Karl Iagnemma writes that people were overwhelming satisfied with their experiences in the self-driving cars. "Notably, 98% of these paying passengers have rated their Aptiv self-driving rides 5-out-of-5 stars, with most...
  • The search for Delhi's lost city of Indraprastha

    02/12/2020 10:51:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    The National ^ | Updated: February 11, 2020 06:48 PM | unattributed
    Excavations in search of the lost city have been carried out on this site since the 1950s... prompted when researchers found a link between Purana Qila and one of India's most important texts, the Mahabharata. This epic poem, about 100,000 verses long, is believed to have been written more than 2,400 years ago. It is hotly debated which parts of the text are based on fact and which elements are fictional. But it is considered to offer many reliable insights into this period of Indian history, including details on the city of Indraprastha and clues to its possible location. Mahabharata...
  • The problem they don't tell you about with electric cars

    02/12/2020 4:06:47 PM PST · by NRx · 129 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-04-2019 | The Fast Lane Car
    Keeping electric cars charged seems like such an easy process: plug the car into power and wait a while. But in reality keeping cars like our Tesla Model X fully charged can actually be quite the challenge. In this video we take a look at the different charging options to learn which is the easiest, the most intuitive and the fastest way to keep your electric vehicle car charged. This applies to all new and used electric vehicles. From the Nissan Leaf, to the Tesla Model 3 to even the Fiat 500e if you are thinking of owning or own...
  • She Ran the Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifying Time, But She Can’t Compete in Atlanta

    02/12/2020 11:15:59 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 7, 2020 | Taylor Dutch
    Erin Gregoire crossed the finish line of the Houston Marathon, looked at her watch, and smiled. In her debut at the distance, she ran 2:42:55—well under the qualifying time of 2:45:00 she needed for the Olympic Marathon Trials. In what has become a complex case, however, Gregoire was denied entry into the Trials, because the differential between her gun time (2:54:54) and chip time (her 2:42:55) was too large. And the day of the Houston Marathon (January 19) was the final day of qualifying, so it was her last shot at getting into the race. “Obviously it was an incredible...
  • Passengers celebrate as Westerdam cruise ship is FINALLY allowed to dock in Cambodia after five countries refused entry over coronavirus fears, despite no cases on board

    02/12/2020 9:13:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2020 | Tim Stickings
    Stranded tourists danced in celebration today as the pariah cruise ship Westerdam was finally given permission to dock in Cambodia after five countries turned it away over coronavirus fears. The Westerdam was denied entry by Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and the US territory of Guam despite the crew's insistence there were no cases on board. But today cruise operator Holland America announced that Cambodia had granted approval for the ship to dock. The 1,455 passengers and 802 crew are now expected to return to dry land in Sihanoukville tomorrow morning before flying home via Phnom Penh.
  • Coronavirus Casts A Pall Over Cruise Industry At Height Of Booking Season

    02/12/2020 6:32:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | February 12, 2020 | Yuki Nuguchi
    The Diamond Princess cruise ship has become a symbol of a global health nightmare. To date, 135 cases of the coronavirus — the infectious disease the World Health Organization is now calling COVID-19 — have been confirmed aboard the ship. David Abel is one of the remaining 3,600 people on board, quarantined in waters off the coast of Japan until at least Feb. 19. He's been documenting life in quarantine: Medical staff doing checkups through the night, small boats ferrying supplies of food and medicine. Abel told Britain's Channel 4 News: "24/7, we are not allowed to open the door...
  • French winemakers demand €300 million compensation over US tariffs

    02/11/2020 10:14:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 11 February 2020 13:31 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French winemakers hit by US tariffs imposed in a transatlantic trade war over airplane subsidies on Tuesday demanded help from their government and European planemaker Airbus. French wine exports to the US have plunged since President Donald Trump in October imposed 25 percent tariffs on a range of European delicacies in retaliation for EU subsidies of Airbus, arch-rival of America’s Boeing. The French finance ministry last week announced that wine exports to the US — the second-biggest export market for French wines after Germany — had fallen by 44 percent in value from October to November. On Tuesday, the vice-president...