Hurricane Michael made an extremely rare Category 5 U.S. landfall last October in the Florida Panhandle, a post-storm analysis has determined.
Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center found Michael's maximum sustained winds at landfall near Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, were 160 mph, just above the 157 mph threshold to be classified as a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale in a just-released final report.
... in a lengthy discussion on an internal online messaging board meant for communicating with CEO Satya Nadella.
Two posts on the board criticizing Microsoft diversity initiatives as “discriminatory hiring” and suggesting that women are less suited for engineering roles have elicited more than 800 comments, both affirming and criticizing the viewpoints, multiple Microsoft employees have told Quartz. The posts were written by a female Microsoft program manager. Quartz reached out to her directly for comment, and isn’t making her name public at this point, pending her response...
The former GOP 2012 presidential candidate argued that it was “good news” that President Trump could not be charged with conspiring with Russia... But Romney, who has had a contentious relationship with the president in recent years, said he was “sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President...
A fleet-on-fleet engagement isolated from shore-based reinforcements would probably go America’s way. But that hypothetical result may not make much difference since the two navies are more likely to join battle in confined Asian waters than on the open ocean.
The U.S. Navy, it seems, is optimized for the blue-water conflagration that’s least likely to occur. Question marks surround who would prevail in the scenarios that are most menacing and most likely to occur...
A former Air China Ltd. employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to acting as an agent of the Chinese government by using her position to help military and other officials smuggle packages out of the U.S.
Federal prosecutors accused Ms. Lin of getting packages from Chinese military officials and others working for China’s New York-based U.N. delegation and consulate onto flights headed to China. Ms. Lin, who worked for state-run Air China in John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport for more than a decade, helped make it appear as if the packages were baggage from the flight’s crew or from other passengers on the flights.
If you've ever wanted to watch a billionaire get jerked off by a Chinese prostitute on hidden camera, you may be in luck...
'In the video, the 77-year-old is already undressed and laying on the massage table with his hands placed behind his head. The camera angle is an overhead shot, and it’s believed the camera was placed in the ceiling.' It is then noted that while 'only a portion of the videos collected by authorities' were available to view, 'it was enough to verify it’s legit..
Agents responded to a group of suspected illegal aliens walking along a remote trail near Lone Mountain outside of Patagonia. As agents attempted to apprehend the suspected illegal aliens, a man in the group struck a Border Patrol agent several times.
The man fought the agent for several minutes even as they both slid down a hillside. After several minutes, additional agents were able to aid in handcuffing the man and ending the struggle.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, but on Thursday police suggested that an electrical short circuit was the most likely source. Then on Friday the cathedral's rector Patrick Chauvet said it could have been a computer glitch. Investigators still don't have the green light to search through the cathedral because of safety concerns, but they continue to interview representatives of the companies who were hired to renovate the cathedral.
Some of the children of the couple spoke in a packed courtroom ahead of their parents' sentencing. Judge Bernard Schwartz said the children were not allowed to be filmed or photographed by assembled members of the media at the Hall of Justice in Riverside.
"Sometimes, I still have nightmares of things that have happened, like my siblings getting chained up or beaten," said one of the Turpins' sons in an impact statement he read to the courtroom... David Turpin and Louise Turpin had pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court in February to torture and other abuse and neglect so severe it stunted their children’s growth, led to muscle wasting and left two girls unable to bear children. The minimum sentence they faced was 25 years to life.
With today’s pleas – with Clare Bronfman and Kathy Russell pleading guilty – there is but one man standing in the case of the US v. Keith Raniere... he will be alone – the sole defendant and most likely all five of his former co-defendants – Clare, Kathy, Allison Mack and mother-daughter Lauren and Nancy Salzman – will be poised to testify against this man that only little more than a year ago they were pledging undying loyalty — he was their Vanguard.
Keith Raniere will be alone and his former faithful followers all lined up against him.
Facebook, for example, describes plans for an expanded role for the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, or GIFCT. The GIFCT is an industry-led self-regulatory effort launched in 2017 by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube. One of its flagship projects is a shared database of hashes of files identified by the participating companies to be “extreme and egregious” terrorist content. The hash database allows participating companies (which include giants like YouTube and one-man operations like JustPasteIt) to automatically identify when a user is trying to upload content already in the database.
In Facebook's post-Christchurch updates, the company discloses that it added 800 new hashes to the database, all related to the Christchurch video. It also mentions that the GIFCT is "experimenting with sharing URLs systematically rather than just content hashes"—that is, creating a centralized (black)list of URLs that would facilitate widespread blocking of videos, accounts, and potentially entire websites or forums.
The United States and China are near to ending the trade talks... Analysts, however, believe that the China-United States trade deal is more substantial than investors expects... According to President Donald Trump, the negotiations of the two sides will be anointed during his meeting with the Chinese president scheduled next month.
Chinese technology, however, remains an issue in the trade talks. The discussion on technology has higher sensitivity and it will continue as a back burner until the United States resolves its issues with Huawei...
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the top Democrats on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees in both chambers argued in a letter on Friday that Barr's offer is too rigid. They said the number of lawmakers who can review the redacted text is too small, and they took issue with not being able to see all the information, including grand jury material.
"Unfortunately, your proposed accommodation -- which among other things would prohibit discussion of the full report, even with other Committee Members -- is not acceptable," the Democrats wrote in their letter to Barr.
Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act prevents non-citizens from obtaining financial housing assistance... Illegal immigrants have previously been able to skirt the restrictions by living with family members who are U.S. citizens and receive subsidized housing through HUD.
HUD intends to roll out a proposal over the next few weeks that prohibits any illegal immigrant from residing in subsidized housing, even if they are not the direct recipient of the benefit. HUD currently estimates that tens of thousands of HUD-assisted households are headed by non-citizens. Families who are caught gaming the system by allowing illegal immigrants to stay with them either have to comply with the new rule or they will be forced to move out of their residence.
Warren, of Massachusetts, said her announcement was based on the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Warren tweeted, "The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.
...according to reports. John Kless, 49, called the offices of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and Sen. Cory Booker. "You're going to be the motherfuckers that pay," Kless allegedly told Booker in a voicemail. "Don't worry, you government officials will be in the graves where you belong."
In some of the voice messages, Kless defended President Trump, and in all three messages, he insulted and threatened Rep. Ilhan Omar and attempted to link her to terrorist groups.
Amazon may dominate online shopping in the United States, but in the world’s second-largest economy it is all but calling it quits.
Amazon said late Wednesday that it was closing its domestic e-commerce business in China. The company had long struggled to gain traction in China despite operating there for more than a decade.
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