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Bank halts NRA credit card, car rental firm ends discount

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The nation's largest privately-owned bank holding company and a major car rental chain said Thursday they will stop promotions aimed at National Rifle Association members.<p>The Nebraska-based First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract to issue the group's NRA Visa …

Guns

Report: Warriors will spend trip to D.C. with kids, not Trump

Donald Trump decided to disinvite the Golden State Warriors to the White House despite team winning the 2017 NBA Championship. Many members of the …

Basketball

Marco Rubio almost let it slip to gun-violence survivors that, to save America, they have to fight something bigger than the NRA

At a town hall with survivors of gun violence on Wednesday night, Sen. Marco Rubio came close to giving up the entire key to ending corruption in Washington — to letting in on the secret the eager, hurting teenagers appealing to the nation for sense on gun violence.<p>But instead he kept his cool. He …

Guns

Trump says he's thinking about pulling ICE from California

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump declared on Thursday he was considering withdrawing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from California as punishment for what he claimed was a "lousy management job" in patrolling illegal immigration.<p>"You know what, I'm thinking about doing it," …

Donald Trump

The #1 Trending Video on YouTube Right Now Suggests That a Student From the Parkland Shooting Is a Crisis Actor

A video described as 'DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR….' has made the top of the trending section, another example that YouTube has a conspiracy theory problem.<p><b>Update:</b> YouTube has removed the video about three hours after this article was first published. It had more than 200,000 views at the time. Other …

Internet

I can’t believe we’re still blaming video games in 2018

We don’t need to give up the First Amendment to protect the Second<p>Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin used last week’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School as an excuse to argue that the First Amendment protections on speech are important — but maybe less important than the Second Amendment …

Matt Bevin

Fox News’s appalling past 72 hours, analyzed

A data analysis shows how Fox News spun the Mueller indictment and Florida shooting into a defense of the president.<p>On Friday, FBI special counsel Robert Mueller filed the first charges against Russians in his investigation. The indictment details how a small group of Russian internet trolls tried …

Donald Trump

Under Trump, America's religious right is rewriting its code of ethics

From scorning immigrants to accepting the president’s profanity, evangelicals are proving just how flexible their values can be<p>The religious right’s wholesale embrace of the Republican party and of Donald J Trump, both as candidate and as president, has necessitated a rewriting of evangelical …

Religion

Americans will pay in lots of ways for Pruitt’s comfort

Regarding the Feb. 15 news article “EPA administrator has unusual waiver to fly only in first or business class”:<p>Thanks to expense-receipt revelations from the Environmental Integrity Project, the next time I’m squeezed into a no-legroom seat on a Chinatown bus to New York stuck in a traffic jam at …

Scott Pruitt

Republicans and Democrats slam Trump after he rages on Twitter about Mueller's Russia indictments

Amid President Donald Trump's blistering tweetstorm Sunday morning after special counsel Robert Mueller announced a fresh round of indictments on Friday, several prominent Democrats and Republicans had some tough words for the president.<p>Trump's lengthy string of tweets included support for the …

Donald Trump

It's Not Illegal Immigration That Worries Republicans Anymore

The Trump-era GOP cares more about the national origin and race of immigrants than the methods they used to enter the United States.<p>A few weeks ago, the contours of an immigration compromise looked clear: Republicans would let the “dreamers” stay. Democrats would let Trump build his wall. Both …

Immigration

John Kelly overhauls White House security clearances

It might have big implications for Jared Kushner.<p>White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is overhauling the Trump administration’s security clearance process for staff. The decision comes in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal and amid reports that dozens of White House officials, including Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Trump: FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high …

Donald Trump

3 billboards near Miami are trolling Sen. Marco Rubio after the Florida school massacre

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Slaughtered in school"<p>"And still no gun control?"<p>"How come, Marco Rubio?"<p>That's the message scrawled across three mobile billboards seen Friday near Sen. Marco Rubio's office in Doral, Florida.<p>The moving missive aims to call out Rubio just days after a gunman with what police say was an …

Government

Romney announces US Senate run

<b>Salt Lake City (CNN) —</b> Mitt Romney said in a video announcement Friday that he will run for the US Senate from Utah, setting out on a glide path to Washington where he will likely play a central role driving the direction of the fractious Republican Party.<p>"I have decided to run for United States …

Republicans

Powerball winner demanding anonymity will get her $559M prize in account

A woman who won a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot will get her money as a legal fight over releasing her identity plays out in court.<p>In a court filing on Thursday, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission approved the payment to a trust the woman set up. The winning ticket will be placed in a secure …

New Hampshire

Scientists have found that shampoo is a source of the same dangerous form of air pollution made by cars

We've known for a long time that traffic fumes are very bad for our health. But according to new research, there are other sources of pollution that should also be a concern.<p>A new study, published in the journal Science, has found that household products such as shampoo, oven cleaner, and deodorant …

Pollution

These headphones are the 2017 CES Innovation Award Honoree

Come check out the headphones that everybody is raving about. A 2017 CES Innovation Award Honoree, the Audeze iSINE 10 In-Ear Headphones are paving …

Consumer Tech

Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance": replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed "America's Harvest …

Agriculture

E-waste recycler gets 15 month prison sentence for creating worthless backup discs

You may recognize the name Eric Lundgren. In 2017, he was all over the news for creating a $13,000 DIY electric car with a 380-plus mile range, easily besting a Tesla. Today he’s on his way to jail.<p>Lundgren has always been a tinkerer. His LA-based company specialized in managing e-waste from common …

Software

Rainbow Six Siege Is Free To Play On PS4, Xbox One, And PC For A Limited Time

As promised, Ubisoft has launched a free weekend event for Rainbow Six Siege on all platforms. Those on PS4, Xbox One, and PC can try out the full version of the excellent game, albeit with a caveat in the case of the PS4 version.<p>Siege's free weekend is active now and available to everyone on PC …

Gaming

Here's what we know about Nikolas Cruz, suspected of shooting 17 to death at a Florida school

A loner. Troubled. Depressed.<p>That’s how some students and police investigators describe Nikolas Cruz, 19, the suspect in the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead on Wednesday.<p>On Thursday, Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder as law enforcement continued …

Nikolas Cruz

Sonic weapons probably didn’t cause mysterious diplomat illnesses in Cuba, doctors say

The concussion-like symptoms occurred without any obvious signs of head trauma<p>After months of rumors, doctors have published the first detailed report describing the mysterious illness that struck US diplomats stationed in Cuba. While the source of the illness is still a mystery, the doctors say …

Medical Journals

Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA

The US intelligence community is still worried about Chinese tech giants’ government ties<p>The heads of six major US intelligence agencies have warned that American citizens shouldn’t use products and services made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE. According to a report from <i>CNBC</i>, the …

Huawei

'We can only take so much abuse': Whole Foods suppliers slam 'hellacious' new policies and say rising costs are hurting business

Whole Foods is changing the way it does business with suppliers, and some local and regional brands say it's having a crippling impact on their business.<p>The grocery chain is charging brands more money for prime shelf space and in-store product demonstrations and taste tests while also requiring …

Whole Foods

FBI Director's Account Conflicts With White House Timeline Of Porter Investigation

FBI director Christopher Wray offered a conflicting account Tuesday from the White House explanation of the status of the background check investigation of White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter when he resigned last week amid domestic abuse allegations.<p>Wray said Tuesday that the check was …

Donald Trump

Rob Porter's first ex-wife responds to Kellyanne Conway

Colbie Holderness, an ex-wife of former Trump administration official Rob Porter, took umbrage in a Washington Post op-ed at what she perceived as a suggestion from counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway that victims of domestic violence lack strength.<p>Conway, in an appearance last weekend on …

Donald Trump

Mulvaney hawks Trump budget on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget director came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sell President Donald Trump's budget, but the administration's allies in the Senate preferred to talk about last year's tax cut rather than the trillion-dollar deficits contained in the new spending plan.<p>The …

Republicans

GOP Senate candidate's parents max out donations to primary campaign of Democrat he hopes to unseat

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just months after Republican Kevin Nicholson announced his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, his own parents donated the legal maximum to her primary campaign.<p>Nicholson announced last July that he would seek the Republican nomination for US Senate in Wisconsin. …

Government

Government websites have quietly been running cryptocoin mining scripts

A security researcher has discovered thousands of legitimate websites — many belonging to local governments and government agencies — running scripts that secretly force visitors’ computers to mine cryptocoins.<p>In the UK, both the websites of the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Student …

IT security