• Iran's top diplomat presses efforts to save nuclear deal
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    Associated Press

    Iran's top diplomat presses efforts to save nuclear deal

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister traveled Friday to China on his Asian tour aimed at keeping world markets open to Tehran amid an intense sanctions campaign from the U.S. as tensions across the Persian Gulf remain high.

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    Reuters

    Exclusive - U.S. may scale back Huawei trade restrictions to help existing customers

    The Commerce Department, which had effectively halted Huawei's ability to buy American-made parts and components, is considering issuing a temporary general license to "prevent the interruption of existing network operations and equipment," a spokeswoman said. Potential beneficiaries of the license could, for example, include internet access and mobile phone service providers in thinly populated places such as Wyoming and eastern Oregon that purchased network equipment from Huawei in recent years. In effect, the Commerce Department would allow Huawei to purchase U.S. goods so it can help existing customers maintain the reliability of networks and equipment, but the Chinese firm still would not be allowed to buy American parts and components to manufacture new products.

  • ‘Fox & Friends’ Host Brian Kilmeade: Border Crisis Is ‘Almost Like’ 9/11
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    The Daily Beast

    ‘Fox & Friends’ Host Brian Kilmeade: Border Crisis Is ‘Almost Like’ 9/11

    Remember when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, killing 3,000 people and sending the U.S. down a path of never-ending war? Or when the financial markets melted down in 2008, causing the Great Recession with millions of jobs lost?According to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade the influx of asylum-seeking migrants arriving at America’s southern border is akin to both.During Friday’s broadcast of President Trump’s favorite morning show Fox & Friends, the curvy-couch crew discussed the president’s recently unveiled immigration plan. After co-hosts Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy seemed to acknowledge the president’s proposal likely won’t go very far, Kilmeade pivoted to the situation at the border.“But you know what I want and I think we all want?” Kilmeade declared. “There is a five-alarm fire out on our southern border right now and the men and women every day need some help. And this plan—this plan is not going to help.”Doocy jumped in, claiming this was why Trump “essentially rolled this out,” adding that the president is saying he wants immigration reform and the only way to achieve it is “to elect more Republicans.”This prompted Kilmeade to take aim at Democrats, scolding the party’s leaders for calling the situation at the border a “manufactured crisis” before likening it to the worst terror attack in the nation’s history.“But there's an opportunity because there are times when Democrats and Republicans come together,” he exclaimed. “When the market fell apart in 2008 and after 9/11, this is almost like that at the border.”Kilmeade added: “We have never seen these numbers before and the men and women who have to round up these illegals who want to become part of our country are saying please help us.”This is far from the first time that the conservative cable news host has fear-mongered on immigration. He’s repeatedly warned about non-English speaking kids “flooding” American school systems and floated putting missiles on drones to stop “people storming the border.”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.

  • Wall Street Weekahead: Tariffs could lead to markdowns in retail shares
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    Reuters

    Wall Street Weekahead: Tariffs could lead to markdowns in retail shares

    Although it reported better-than-expected earnings, Macy's shares slipped this week after it said the latest tariffs on Chinese imports by Washington are hitting its furniture business and warned that additional tariffs would affect clothing and other areas. Late last week, after Washington imposed a tariff rate increase to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his trade chief to begin the process of imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China, which would subject about $300 billion worth of Chinese imports to tariffs.

  • Taiwan Lays Down Historic Marker for Same-Sex Marriage in Asia
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    Bloomberg

    Taiwan Lays Down Historic Marker for Same-Sex Marriage in Asia

    Lawmakers from President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party voted in favor of the bill drafted by Taiwan’s cabinet, rather than two rival proposals that would have limited rights and protections for same-sex couples. Tsai praised the vote in a tweet Friday. “On May 17th, 2019 in #Taiwan, #LoveWon,” she said.

  • View Photos of the First Hot Wheels Toy Based on a Fan's Custom Car
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    Car and Driver

    View Photos of the First Hot Wheels Toy Based on a Fan's Custom Car

    A flame-throwing, 600-hp ground-bound jet from Jersey is cool enough-then they up and made a toy version.From Car and Driver

  • Boeing acknowledges flaw in 737 MAX simulator software
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    AFP

    Boeing acknowledges flaw in 737 MAX simulator software

    Boeing acknowledged Saturday it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people. "Boeing has made corrections to the 737 MAX simulator software and has provided additional information to device operators to ensure that the simulator experience is representative across different flight conditions," it said in a statement. Its statement marked the first time Boeing acknowledged there was a design flaw in software linked to the 737 MAX, whose MCAS anti-stall software has been blamed in large part for the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy.

  • ‘We have to fight’: Alabama's extreme abortion ban sparks wave of activism
    Politics
    The Guardian

    ‘We have to fight’: Alabama's extreme abortion ban sparks wave of activism

    Pro-choice groups see an increase in donations and are mobilizing supporters and resources in several states to combat the lawsTrump takes war on abortion worldwide as policy cuts off funds Women protest the anti-abortion bill in front of the Alabama State House on 17 April. Alabama recently passed a law making providing an abortion a felony. Photograph: Mickey Welsh/AP As strict anti-abortion laws spread across the US, pro-choice Americans are organizing on multiple fronts to protect women’s access to abortions: from local women’s rights groups boasting record donations to high-powered national organizations planning legal action and electoral strategies, to economic boycotts of states passing the laws. The strictest of the recent laws – an outright ban in Alabama that would make providing an abortion a felony punishable by prison – was signed into law by the state’s governor, Kay Ivey, on Wednesday. It is just one measure in a wave of social conservative efforts designed to challenge Roe v Wade, the supreme court ruling that legalized abortion across the US in 1973. Already in 2019, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi have passed bans outlawing abortions once cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks and before many women know they’re pregnant. At least nine other states are considering such bans. On a national level pro-choice groups are mobilizing their supporters and resources – including legal teams – to combat the laws. Naral Pro-Choice America, which has more than 2 million members, and Planned Parenthood form the backbone of reproductive rights in America, with the capacity to file lawsuits and direct national strategy. Both have tapped into a well of support since Trump’s victory in the 2016 election and are now seeing another fresh flood of interest and passion from their members, said Ilyse Hogue, Naral president. “Alabama was a tipping point. The energy we’re seeing now is completely unprecedented in my time as president of Naral and really in my time as an adult,” she said. Hogue said Naral is pursuing “the organizing strategy and the electoral strategy ... where the long-term remedy lies”. Naral has introduced a one-stop website “to give people one central place to plug in, both for the immediate fight and for the long-term”. Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, has promised to challenge the Alabama ban in court and to keep spreading the word of legal abortion in restrictive states – showing women how they can still go about exercising their right to an abortion. As the national battle plays out in courts and the ballot box, reproductive rights groups on the ground must combat the state-by-state effort to block abortion access by providing transportation, financial assistance and other help to those women seeking abortions, as well as educational resources, birth control and counseling. Marcie Crim is one of those activists who has been fighting the rising tide of anti-abortion laws. In March, Matt Bevin, governor of Kentucky, signed a six-week abortion ban into law in her state. After Kentucky elected a Republican-majority legislature in 2016, Crim, the executive director of the Kentucky Health Justice Network, had developed a contingency plan to handle what they knew would be an oncoming escalation of abortion restrictions. Now the moment was here. Crim and her team researched the nearest out-of-state clinics, compiled a list of drivers willing to transport women over three hours, and prepared to redirect the budget for emergency transport. Still, the immediate impact of Bevin’s signature that Friday was “incredibly scary and upsetting”, she says. Kentucky’s one remaining abortion clinic sent patients home, and cancelled appointments scheduled for Saturday. Crim found an open clinic in neighboring Illinois, directed staff to contact nearby hotels, and called up the list of drivers. By Friday night, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky filed suit and a judge granted a stay, keeping Kentucky’s clinic open. “But we didn’t know if all of that was going to happen until later that Friday night,” says Crim, describing her fear that day as “a whole new kind of feeling”. Contingency plan, transport list, ACLU suit and court stay – this cycle has played out in several states across America in recent months as a network of reproductive and civil rights groups fight to protect women’s access to abortion in the wake of increasingly restrictive laws. In Alabama, local groups that support women seeking abortions saw an outpouring of donations in the wake of this week’s ban. Amanda Reyes, co-founder of the Yellowhammer Fund, which provides funding to women seeking abortion, told Teen Vogue that the group has received more donations than ever before. Record donations have also poured in to the Power House, which provides assistance to women seeking care at a clinic in Montgomery, Alabama. “This is probably the most we’ve gotten in one day, ever,” Mia Raven, the director of the Power House, told the Daily Beast. In Alabama, there have been constant demonstrations all week, including an airplane flying an “Abortion is OK” banner above the governor’s mansion. A bigger protest is planned for Sunday in Montgomery, featuring speakers from the state’s most influential pro-choice groups. Sister protests are also planned in other cities. The state-by-state effort to confront abortion restrictions continues a decades-long, largely women-led movement that has fought for reproductive rights. During the civil rights movement, University of Chicago student Heather Booth launched Jane, a now-famous underground network that counseled women and connected them with doctors who would perform abortions. Facing a conservative federal government in 2019, some states have also passed laws that seek to defend a woman’s right to abortion, rather than restrict it. This week in Maine, the governor and state house of representatives backed a bill that would end a decades-long ban on using state funds for abortion services, counteracting a federal ban on funding abortions. In January, New York joined nine other states, including California and Oregon, that have also built abortion protections into state law in case Roe v Wade is overturned. There have also been other ways that people have sought to protest and overturn the laws; or punish those who have passed them. Georgia, which this year passed one of the most restrictive laws in the country, has earned the ire of Hollywood, and seen some actors and producers threaten to cease working in the state’s booming entertainment industry. A Maryland official is threatening to disinvest his state’s $52bn pension fund from Alabama businesses. Staci Fox of Planned Parenthood Southeast, which serves Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, said that it was her state’s politicians who would be held accountable to the threat on women’s right to choose. She said the group had received an influx of calls from hundreds of women unsure if they could still access abortion and other Planned Parenthood health care services after the Alabama vote. “We have to fight with everything we have,” Fox said.

  • 2020 Vision: There are 14 white male Dems running for president. So why should Kamala Harris settle for veep?
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    Yahoo News

    2020 Vision: There are 14 white male Dems running for president. So why should Kamala Harris settle for veep?

    Few have suggested that any of the white guys in the race would be better suited to serve as vice president. That dubious honor, it seems, has so far been reserved for candidates of color — black women in particular.

  • Here Is Russia's Plan to Build a Fleet of Su-57 Stealth Fighters
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    The National Interest

    Here Is Russia's Plan to Build a Fleet of Su-57 Stealth Fighters

    The Su-57 is coming—76 of them over the next decade, to be exact.Russian President Vladimir Putin announced at a Kremlin meeting that the Russian Defense Ministry plans to procure 76 Su-57 fifth-generation fighters by 2028, himself acknowledging that these new quantities dwarf previous Russian defense ministry estimates: "The 2028 arms program stipulated the purchase of 16 such jets… In the nearest future we will sign a package contract to supply 76 such jets equipped with modern weapons of destruction and provided with the necessary land infrastructure."The announcement defies the western defense analysis consensus, which concluded that the Su-57 will not enter production until the late 2020’s. Even then, it was alleged that Russia lacks the industrial output to churn out Su-57 fighters in militarily meaningful numbers.If the Kremlin’s new forecast proves to be accurate, what accounts for this drastic output increase?

  • Smiling DUI driver, sheds tears at sentencing
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    FOX News Videos

    Smiling DUI driver, sheds tears at sentencing

    The Florida woman who was all smiles for a mugshot after a DUI manslaughter arrest was all sobs when the judge handed down the sentencing. She received an 11 year prison sentence.

  • Louvre museum pays tribute to pyramid's architect Pei
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    Associated Press

    Louvre museum pays tribute to pyramid's architect Pei

    PARIS (AP) — The Louvre museum in Paris paid tribute Friday to the architect of its giant glass pyramid, I.M. Pei who died earlier this week at the age of 102 at his home in New York City.

  • Iran's Zarif calls for "practical steps" to save nuclear deal
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    Reuters

    Iran's Zarif calls for "practical steps" to save nuclear deal

    The international community and remaining signatories of Iran's nuclear deal should act to save the accord as "supportive statements" are not enough, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told state media during a visit to Japan and China. Last week, Iran notified the five remaining signatories that it would scale back some commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal, a year after Washington left the pact and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

  • World
    Reuters

    UPDATE 1-Argentina grants offshore oil, gas exploration permits in Malvinas West basin

    Argentina awarded permits for hydrocarbon exploration in 18 areas off its southern coast to companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Total SA , YPF SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the government said on Friday. The winning companies offered bids totaling $724 million, the government said in official statements, and won the rights to explore for up to 13 years in areas of the South Atlantic, some near the Malvinas Islands under the control of the British government but whose sovereignty is claimed by Argentina. The other companies that will make up exploration consortia in Argentina's Malvinas West basin include BP, Qatar Petroleum, Tullow Oil, Pluspetrol , Wintershall, Equinor, Eni , Mitsui &Co Ltd and Tecpetrol SA.

  • Grumpy Cat has died, and the internet isn’t taking it well
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    BGR News

    Grumpy Cat has died, and the internet isn’t taking it well

    Celebrities come in all shapes, sizes, and, as the internet has taught us, species. Tardar Sauce, better known by her nickname "Grumpy Cat," was one of the most popular felines on the web and, it would seem, in the world. In a sad post Friday morning on her official Twitter account, her family revealed that she passed away at the age of seven earlier this week as a result of complications from an infection. Grumpy Cat first caught the public eye when photos of her perpetually unamused face began circulating on Reddit and elsewhere. Memes followed shortly thereafter, as did media appearances on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, and several other networks. The adorable frown that she wore for her entire life was due to a combination of conditions that she was born with, including feline dwarfism. It's unclear if her genetic quirks played a role in her somewhat early death, but it's worth noting that research on domestic cats suggests the average lifespan of a house cat is anywhere from 13 to 17 years. https://twitter.com/RealGrumpyCat/status/1129310647458467840 "Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome," the family's statement reads. "She passed away on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha." What started as a meme quickly became a very big deal for Tardar Sauce's family, who scored sponsorships from Friskies and other brands, as well as a full line of merchandise, children's books, and even mobile games. The internet is definitely going to miss her, and news of her death immediately topped social media trends around the world. It's a sad day, but she most certainly won't be forgotten.

  • Missouri, latest US state to restrict abortion
    Politics
    AFP

    Missouri, latest US state to restrict abortion

    The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, making it the latest US state to pass tough restrictions on terminating a pregnancy. The bill, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-led legislature and expected to be signed by the Midwestern state's Republican governor, would ban abortions from about eight weeks of pregnancy. Republican-led legislatures in several US states have recently passed bills restricting abortion access in a bid to eventually challenge the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling legalizing the practice.

  • Trump Threatens Long Jail Sentences Over Campaign ‘Spying’
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    Bloomberg

    Trump Threatens Long Jail Sentences Over Campaign ‘Spying’

    “My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics,” Trump said Friday on Twitter. Trump has said he’s in favor of Attorney General William Barr’s decision to investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

  • Glock 31 Gun: All You Need To Know About this Powerful Pistol
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    The National Interest

    Glock 31 Gun: All You Need To Know About this Powerful Pistol

    In the early 1990s, a handful of calibers emerged to challenge the nine-millimeter as the dominant semi-automatic handgun round. One of these, the .357 Sig, is the caliber of choice for the Glock 31 pistol. The Glock 31 is the company’s offering for those into high velocity or long distance handgun shooting. The G31 also comes with a large magazine capacity, making it an excellent self-defense or duty sidearm.The now infamous 1986 FBI Miami shootout was a watershed moment in the history of law enforcement. Eight FBI agents armed with pistols and shotguns engaged two bank robbers armed with superior weapons. Over the course of the gun battle, which saw the federal agents pinned down by suppressive fire from a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle, two agents were killed and another five wounded. The two bank robbers were hit multiple times by incoming fire but were both able to continue shooting, contributing to the very high law enforcement casualty rate.In the aftermath of the shootout, the FBI and other government agencies began the search for a new, more powerful handgun round. Nine-millimeter and .38 Special proved ineffective at stopping the robbers, while .357 Magnum was a revolver cartridge that limited the user’s carrying capacity to six rounds at a time. Law enforcement wanted a powerful round that could be carried in large quantities.

  • Death row inmate makes unusual request before his execution
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    AOL.com

    Death row inmate makes unusual request before his execution

    A man who was executed Thursday turned down the chance to pick his last mealand instead asked his supporters to feed the homeless, his attorney told theTennessean

  • The V-8 Engine Has No Future at Genesis
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    Car and Driver

    The V-8 Engine Has No Future at Genesis

    The next-generation G80 sedan will go no higher than a V-6, and the G90's Tau V-8 will eventually be phased out.

  • 2020 candidate Seth Moulton: 'I'm proud to say I'm a capitalist'
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    Yahoo News

    2020 candidate Seth Moulton: 'I'm proud to say I'm a capitalist'

    Sep. Seth Moulton talks to the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast about how he plans to take on President Trump in the 2020 presidential election.