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  • How do Democrats beat Trump? Hickenlooper says Biden's backward-looking message isn't the way
    May 20, 2019

    How do Democrats beat Trump? Hickenlooper says Biden's backward-looking message isn't the way???When you are rebuilding, never say you are going to rebuild what was there before,??? Hickenlooper told USA TODAY. ???It won???t satisfy. "


  • Marlen Ochoa-Lopez: Police not alerted to early clues in case of murdered teenager who ???had baby cut from womb???
    May 19, 2019

    Marlen Ochoa-Lopez: Police not alerted to early clues in case of murdered teenager who ???had baby cut from womb???Police and Illinois' child welfare agency have said staff at a Chicago-area hospital did not alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely-ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed.The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, was charged more than three weeks later with killing the baby's mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, after police found her body outside Ms Figueoa's home.Chicago police said she cut Ochoa-Lopez's baby out of her womb on 23 April, then called 911 to report she had given birth to a baby who was not breathing.Paramedics took Ms Figueroa and the baby to Advocate Christ Medical Centre in suburban Oak Lawn.Ochoa-Lopez's family spent those weeks searching for her and holding press conferences pleading for help finding her, unaware that the child was in a neonatal intensive care unit on life support.The baby remained hospitalised on life support on Saturday, according to authorities.Prosecutors said when Ms Figueroa was brought with the baby to the hospital, she had blood on her upper body and her face, which a hospital employee cleaned off. They also said Ms Figueroa was examined at the hospital and showed no physical signs of childbirth.Advocate Christ Medical Centre has declined to say whether or when it contacted authorities, citing state and federal regulations.Oak Lawn police said they were not contacted about Ms Figueroa by the medical centre or any other agency.Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokesperson Jassen Strokosch said on Saturday the agency was alerted 9 May that there were questions about who had custody of the child in order to make medical decisions. He said he could not speculate about why the agency was not contacted sooner."We don't know what was happening at the hospital," he said.Mr Strokosch said the Department of Children and Family Services was alerted by someone required by law to contact the department about suspected abuse or neglect, but he could not say who contacted the agency.However, that was after Chicago police had connected Ms Figueroa to Ochoa-Lopez's disappearance.Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said police learned Ochoa-Lopez was missing when her husband reported it on 24 April.On 7 May, Chicago police learned from one of Ochoa-Lopez's friends that she had been communicating via a private Facebook group with Ms Figueroa about buying clothing. Police then went to Ms Figueroa's home, where her 24-year-old daughter eventually told them her mother had recently had a baby."There was nothing to point us in that direction in the beginning," Mr Johnson told reporters on Thursday, after police had arrested Ms Figueroa and her daughter on murder charges.Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said on Saturday that authorities had to subpoena medical records from the hospital for Ms Figueroa and the child.He said police did not learn Ms Figueroa showed no signs of childbirth until "a couple weeks" after she was examined.Both Mr Johnson and Mr Guglielmi referred questions about hospital protocol and policies to the medical centre. A spokesperson said in an emailed statement: "We have been cooperating with authorities and as this is an ongoing police matter, we're referring all inquiries to local law enforcement."DNA testing determined Ms Figueroa was not the baby's mother and that Ochoa-Lopez's husband was his father.Mr Strokosch said his department let protective custody of the child lapse on 13 May because his father had been identified.Associated Press


  • Al Jazeera suspends two journalists over Holocaust report
    May 19, 2019

    Al Jazeera suspends two journalists over Holocaust reportQatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera suspended two journalists on Sunday over a video they produced claiming the extent of the Holocaust was being misrepresented by Jews. The clip, posted by Al Jazeera's online AJ+ Arabic service, claimed "the narrative" that the Nazis killed six million Jews was "adopted by the Zionist movement". The video said that "along with others, the Jews faced a policy of systematic persecution which culminated in the Final Solution".


  • Elizabeth Warren has a plan to fix everything, even our sad love lives
    May 20, 2019

    Elizabeth Warren has a plan to fix everything, even our sad love livesElizabeth Warren is all about making plans, and she's bringing her expert policy-making skills to social media.The 2020 presidential candidate has plans to forgive student debt, rebuild the middle class, and even end the opioid crisis. But she's also open to helping people navigate their tricky love lives.On Saturday, comedian Ashley Nicole Black asked her 88,000 followers if they thought Warren had a plan to fix her love life. On Sunday, Warren, queen of policies, unexpectedly replied to the tweet directly."DM me and let's figure this out," Warren tweeted. Simply iconic.> DM me and let's figure this out.> > -- Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 19, 2019SEE ALSO: Elizabeth Warren takes a 'hard pass' on Fox News town hallBlack was absolutely shook upon receiving Warren's response, and she tweeted a screenshot of the exchange, along with the words, "I am deceased. And ready to welcome new love in my life. And then get our new pres elected. ~~~~ shehasaplan"> We stan a Queen. Nay, a PRESIDENT. https://t.co/WIPCbUzWNJ> > -- Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) May 19, 2019Other Twitter users were equally impressed by Warren's hilarious tweet, and digitally bowed down to the Democratic candidate by showering her with praise.> Welp, she did it. Elizabeth Warren just won the presidency. Give her the White House, the Iron Throne, a Nobel prize, a pony, whatever she wants. pic.twitter.com/AlKOC9oFDy> > -- Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) May 19, 2019> This is the most magical thing I've ever seen happen on this website or anywhere> > -- Katie MacBride (@msmacb) May 19, 2019> How effin' awesome is this?! A POTUS with a heart, a mind, a sense of humor and two X chromosomes. Yes! We are so ready for this! ElizabethWarren Warren2020> > -- Annie Fox (@Annie_Fox) May 19, 2019> All hail.... pic.twitter.com/RCNOy0SzMp> > -- Isaac Butler (@parabasis) May 19, 2019> This is the kind of leadership I want for this nation pic.twitter.com/3aVFYd88ki> > -- Karen Kilgariff (@KarenKilgariff) May 19, 2019> First, this is hilarious. Second, if you give folks student loan debt relief, some help with higher wages and access to affordable housing and daycare, all those things give space to actually wanna go on dates and make it possible to build a family. So she kinda does have a plan! https://t.co/Nrs0w74xiJ> > -- Brittney Cooper (@ProfessorCrunk) May 19, 2019> She has a plan for EVERYTHING! https://t.co/0fsaqJAuQD> > -- Jenny Han (@jennyhan) May 19, 2019> Whoever says women candidates aren't relatable or likeable or funny is nuts. I adore this woman. https://t.co/AJtlEhbRiR> > -- Belle Resists (@BelleResist) May 19, 2019Many were well aware Warren has established herself as the 2020 election's Sam from Holes by??saying "I can fix that" in the face of any challenge. But to see her keeping things light, acknowledging, and extending her own strong policy plans to social media was a delight.Warren, the American people stan you giving relationship advice, but can you please make it public next time so we can all benefit? Thanks. WATCH: Beto O'Rourke announces $5 trillion climate crisis plan


  • The Latest: Saudi Arabia won't hesitate to defend itself
    May 20, 2019

    The Latest: Saudi Arabia won't hesitate to defend itselfDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ??? The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):


  • Buttigieg Defends Women???s Right to Third-Trimester Abortions: ???Who Gets to Draw The Line????
    May 20, 2019

    Buttigieg Defends Women???s Right to Third-Trimester Abortions: ???Who Gets to Draw The Line????South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday declined to endorse any state-imposed limits on abortion, including those that take place in the third trimester, telling the audience at a Fox News town hall that the decision should always be left up to the mother.Asked by Fox News' Chris Wallace if he believed there should be?????any limit on a woman???s right to have an abortion,??? the upstart Democratic presidential contender argued that focusing on the stage of gestation at which a fetus can be aborted is misguided.???No, I think the dialogue has gotten so caught up on where you draw the line, that we???ve gotten away from the fundamental question of who gets to draw the line, and I trust women to draw the line when it???s their life,??? Buttigieg answered.Wallace then asked about abortion in the third trimester before quickly dismissing Buttigieg's suggestion that the question was ???hypothetical??? by pointing out that roughly 6,000 third-trimester abortions occurred last year.???So, let???s put ourselves in the shoes of a woman in that situation. If it???s that late in your pregnancy, that means almost by definition you???ve been expecting to carry it to term,??? Buttigieg said. ???We???re talking about women who have perhaps chosen a name, women who have purchased a crib ??? families who then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime, something about the health or the life of the mother that forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice.??????The bottom line is, as horrible as that choice is, that woman, that family, may seek spiritual guidance, they may seek medical guidance, but that decision isn???t going to be made any better, medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made,??? he said.The majority of abortions that take place after 20 weeks are performed for reasons other than the health of the mother or child being placed in jeopardy, according to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. Just 13 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in the third trimester, according to a 2018 Pew survey.


  • Modi???s jobs deficit: J&J???s largest India plant idle three years after completion
    May 19, 2019

    Modi???s jobs deficit: J&J???s largest India plant idle three years after completionIt was to eventually employ at least 1,500 people and help bring development to a rural area near Hyderabad in southern India. Two sources familiar with J&J's operations in India and one state government official told Reuters production at the plant, at Penjerla in Telangana state, never began because of a slowing in the growth in demand for the products. One of them said that demand didn???t rise as expected because of two shock policy moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi: a late 2016 ban on then circulating high-value currency notes, and the nationwide introduction of a goods and services tax (GST) in 2017.


  • Elon Musk: Tesla needs to cut costs or it will run out of money in 10 months
    May 20, 2019

    Elon Musk: Tesla needs to cut costs or it will run out of money in 10 monthsDefying skeptics, Tesla during the September quarter of 2018 actually managed to turn a profit of $312 million thanks to strong demand for the mass market Model 3. Tesla's profits for the quarter were far from staggering, but it nonetheless instilled faith that the electric automaker was on a path towards financial viability.Just a few months later, the narrative surrounding Tesla has drastically shifted. When the company last month released its earnings report for the March quarter, it posted a quarterly loss of $702 million. That said, it's worth noting that production, deliveries, and demand for Tesla vehicles have all grown at an impressive clip over the past many months. As an illustrative example, Tesla during Q1 of 2019 manufactured 77,100 vehicles, a figure which well more than double the amount it manufactured during the same quarter in 2018.Nonetheless, Tesla continues to burn through money at an alarming rate. So much so, in fact, that Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently sent an email (obtained via Electrek) wherein the Tesla CEO explained that the company -- which has approximately $2.2 billion in cash on hand -- may not have enough cash to last beyond a period of 10 months."This is a lot of money," Musk said, "but actually only gives us about 10 months at the Q1 burn rate to achieve breakeven!"Consequently, Musk explained that the company will be taking a much closer look at employee expenses as it pertains to "parts, salary, travel expenses, and rent."Musk conceded that the soon to be implemented cost-cutting measures are "hardcore," adding that it's the "only way for Tesla to become financially sustainable and succeed in our goal of helping make the world environmentally sustainable."This isn't the first time Musk has rung the alarm bells about drastically cutting costs, but it remains to be seen what the company can do within a 10-month timeframe.


  • I'm a progressive Venezuelan American. Disliking Trump doesn't mean I will support Maduro.
    May 19, 2019

    I'm a progressive Venezuelan American. Disliking Trump doesn't mean I will support Maduro.My fellow progressives actually doubt if I'm still a Democrat just because I won't accept Nicolas Maduro's tyrannic regime in my home of Venezuela.


  • Brit Hume praises Pete Buttigieg: The most impressive candidate in the Democratic field
    May 20, 2019

    Brit Hume praises Pete Buttigieg: The most impressive candidate in the Democratic fieldIt will be interesting to see how Pete Buttigieg stacks up against Joe Biden on the debate stage, says Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.


  • 9 Cool Things We Learned Driving the Spectre Land Rover Defender
    May 20, 2019

    9 Cool Things We Learned Driving the Spectre Land Rover Defender


  • Here are the five worst Dow Jones industrial average performers as trade dispute escalates
    May 19, 2019

    Here are the five worst Dow Jones industrial average performers as trade dispute escalatesThe Dow turned volatile as the trade war between the US and China escalated the last two weeks, producing stock losers and winners.


  • Blast hits Egypt tourist bus, 17 injured: security, medical sources
    May 19, 2019

    Blast hits Egypt tourist bus, 17 injured: security, medical sourcesAn explosion struck a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt's famed pyramids, injuring 17 people including foreigners, security and medical sources said. South Africans and Egyptians were among those injured when an explosive device went off, hitting the bus in Giza, according to the sources. Sunday's incident comes after three Vietnamese holidaymakers and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it travelled near the pyramids outside Cairo in December.


  • 5 Catalan separatist leaders escorted to Spanish Parliament
    May 20, 2019

    5 Catalan separatist leaders escorted to Spanish ParliamentMADRID (AP) ??? The five separatist leaders on trial for Catalonia's 2017 secession attempt who were elected to the Spanish Parliament last month picked up their official credentials under police escort on Monday.


  • Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran. Is John Bolton driving the US into a conflict anyway?
    May 20, 2019

    Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran. Is John Bolton driving the US into a conflict anyway?The view that John Bolton is driving Trump into military??confrontation with America's principal foe in the Middle East??is spreading across the globe.


  • Chips are down: Huawei U.S. blacklisting knocks semiconductor stocks
    May 20, 2019

    Chips are down: Huawei U.S. blacklisting knocks semiconductor stocksU.S. and European chipmakers fell sharply on Monday amid worries the Huawei Technologies suppliers may suspend shipments to the Chinese firm due to a U.S. crackdown. The selling came after Nikkei Asian Review reported that Infineon had halted shipments to Huawei after Washington added the world's No. 2 smartphone maker to a trade blacklist last week, imposing restrictions that will make it difficult to do business with U.S. companies. Reuters reported that Alphabet Inc's Google had suspended some business with Huawei and Lumentum Holdings Inc, seen as a major supplier of Apple Inc's face ID technology, said it had discontinued all shipments to Huawei.


  • 10 deals you don???t want to miss on Sunday: SanDisk microSDs, $20 off AirPods 2, $25 Fire TV Stick, more
    May 19, 2019

    10 deals you don???t want to miss on Sunday: SanDisk microSDs, $20 off AirPods 2, $25 Fire TV Stick, moreYesterday's roundup of the best daily deals we could find was a huge hit, and we have some good news on that front: several of the most popular deals are still going strong, plus we have some great new ones for you to check out on Sunday. Highlights include an extremely rare opportunity to save $20 on Apple AirPods 2 (they're sold out, but order now to lock in the discount and they'll likely within a few weeks), the Fire TV Stick 4K for $35 instead of $50 and the Fire TV Stick for $25 instead of $40 (exclusive deal for Prime members), all-time low prices for the Apple Watch Series 3 starting at $199, insanely low pricing on SanDisk microSD cards like a 64GB card for $11.50, a huge 5.3-quart air fryer for $75, $100 off a powerful Greenworks 80V electric mower, 25% off a white noise machine that'll have you sleeping like a baby, and more. Check out all the deals below.


  • Ukraine's New Leader Starts Push for Snap Parliamentary Vote
    May 20, 2019

    Ukraine's New Leader Starts Push for Snap Parliamentary VoteVolodymyr Zelenskiy, who was sworn in Monday, won a resounding electoral victory last month on pledges to end decades of corruption and resolve the deadly conflict fomented by Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014. ???There will be serious legal debates about the terms of parliament???s dissolution,??? Yuriy Yakymenko, an analyst at the Razumkov Center for Economic and Political Studies in Kiev, said by phone. On Monday, the second-largest party, the bloc of outgoing President Petro Poroshenko, said it would be prepared for a snap ballot, as long as such a step is justified.


  • Is Biden out of touch?: Today's Toon
    May 19, 2019

    Is Biden out of touch?: Today's ToonWant to keep up with USA TODAY's editorial cartoons? Bookmark this page. We'll update it frequently.


  • Attorney General William Barr responds to claims that he lied to Congress
    May 19, 2019

    Attorney General William Barr responds to claims that he lied to CongressCalifornia Republican Rep. Devin Nunes says that Attorney General William Barr and House Republicans will not be swayed by these false claims.


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