Josh Bonde

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Wells Fargo to pay $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

It's the first fine that controversial CFPB head Mick Mulvaney has imposed since he took over the bureau in late November.<p>Wells Fargo is being fined a combined $1 billion by two federal regulators for abuses tied to its mortgage and auto lending businesses.<p>The bank will pay $500 million to the …

Finance

He Reported on Russia’s Secret Mercenary Army. Then He Plunged to His Death.

Was Maksim Borodin killed by loneliness or—in this country where so many journalists have been murdered—by someone who hated his …

Russia

Russia is desperately trying to save its only aircraft carrier — that's outdated and plagued with problems

Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, will undergo a repair and refitting process that will take a minimum of three years to complete. The process will be done at Russia's 35th Ship Repairing Yard in Murmansk, a city in northwest Russia.<p>The biggest problems with the carrier are its …

Military

Koreas expected to announce end of 68-year war

North and South Korea are discussing plans to make a stunning announcement at their leaders summit next week: a permanent end to the 68-year state of …

North Korea

Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers

The Fox News host denies that Michael Cohen was ever his lawyer—but Hannity was represented by a pair of legal advisers who also have close links to the president.<p><i>This post was updated on April 17 at 4:24 p.m.</i><p>Sean Hannity has had no shortage of lawyers. In court on Monday, his name was disclosed as …

Donald Trump

Something weird is happening to the Gulf Stream current

And that could mean trouble.<p>The ocean currents that help warm the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America have significantly slowed since the 1800s and are at their weakest in 1,600 years, according to new research my colleagues and I have conducted. As we’ve set out in a new study in <i>Nature</i>, …

Global Warming

CBS didn't tell the ugly side of Masters champion Patrick Reed's story

The announcers for CBS' Masters coverage Sunday talked a lot about Patrick Reed.<p>They just didn't tell viewers much about Patrick Reed.<p>They told us often that Reed is known as Captain America because of his stellar record in international match play for the United States; that a career highlight was …

Golf

Workers' radiation exposure halts nuke plant demolition

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal.<p>Dozens of workers demolishing a …

Nuclear Energy

Shell predicted dangers of climate change in 1980s and knew fossil fuel industry was responsible

Oil giant Shell was aware of the consequences of climate change, and the role fossil fuels were playing in it, as far back as 1988, documents …

Fossil Fuels

Not Over Yet: With Legal Papers In Hand, The Migrant Caravan Readies Its Next Move

Despite President Donald Trump's assertion that a caravan of Central American migrants had ended, hundreds of Central Americans reassembled in Puebla, some with plans to seek asylum in the United States.<p>After days of walking and sleeping in the open air, a caravan of Central American migrants …

Immigration

A Lesson for NATO From Ukraine: In a War With Russia, Smartphones Might Be the Safest Way to Communicate

KYIV, Ukraine—After four years of constant combat against Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian troops have learned the …

Military

AA, Boeing Confirm Massive $12.3 Billion Dreamliner Order

This afternoon, Boeing accidentally unveiled on its website that American Airlines had ordered 47 new Dreamliners. Now, we have official confirmation …

American Airlines

The best things you can do in Tokyo, according to Anthony Bourdain

Japan

Apple is moving on from Intel because Intel isn’t moving anywhere

Apple’s abandonment of Intel chips is inevitable<p>A report from <i>Bloomberg</i> this week has made public something that should already have been apparent to tech industry observers: Apple is planning to replace Intel processors in Mac computers with its own chips starting sometime around 2020. The two …

MacBook Air

Saudi crown prince says Israelis have right to their own land

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's crown prince said in a published interview that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land, another public sign of an apparent thawing in ties between the two countries.<p>Asked if he believes the Jewish people have a right to a nation state in at …

Middle East

‘I don’t know how you survive this one,’ Christie says of Pruitt

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speculated Sunday that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt may not survive a brewing scandal over a Washington, D.C., living arrangement and blamed a "brutally unprofessional" presidential transition for setting the stage for this and other …

Donald Trump

Bahrain strikes oil in biggest find since 1932

The small archipelago Gulf state is surrounded by oil-producing giants, but its own production has been very limited. A more detailed analysis of the …

Oil

A Definitive Audit Of How Many Weapons Doug Masters Launched From His F-16 In Iron Eagle

It has become a cult classic but the 1980s air combat flick has gotten a bad rap for its portrayal of the F-16's capabilities. Is it really …

Military

Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 to Operate North American Destinations

<b>MIAMI</b> — Lufthansa began flights between Munich and Denver with its new Airbus A350-900. The aircraft seats 293 passengers: 48 in Business Class, 21 …

Lufthansa

The Kurds Keep Remaking the Middle East

Fifteen years after the Iraq war, they're redrawing the map of the region—much to the displeasure of surrounding powers.<p>Kurds celebrated their traditional new year, Nowruz, this week, and to mark the occasion, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave them a peace offering of sorts. “I want to …

Middle East

These are America's 10 most beautiful deserted highways

Most travel guides make recommendations based on the idea that the more often a place is visited, the more reason a tourist has to visit it. But the GPS tracking company Geotab and landscape photographer James Q. Martin have taken the opposite approach with their list of America's 10 most scenic, …

Hiking

“The Truth Could Be Really Bad for Trump”: The Nightmare Legal Scenario Facing Trump’s Lawyers

The president has plenty to worry about if Mueller issues a subpoena—and even more to fear if he doesn’t.<p>Representing President <b>Donald Trump</b> is not exactly a lawyer’s dream job. True, there are high stakes and lots of media attention. The downsides, though, include a slippery client who barely …

Donald Trump

Scientists still don’t understand how freedivers can survive such crushing depths

They hang between life and death in a delicate balance.<p>Free divers swim to extreme depths underwater (the current record is 214m, more than 700 feet) without any breathing apparatus. Champions can hold their breath for extraordinary amounts of time—the record for women is nine minutes, and men …

Scuba Diving

The Great Lie of Conservatism

The philosophical foundation of conservatism is a template for exploitation, argues Drew Magary, and it's time to stop treating it as half our country's guiding principles.<p>They’re all dead now. All the unofficial fathers of modern conservatism: William F. Buckley, Russell Kirk, Milton Friedman, …

Political Science

Is Bosnia the next Ukraine?

Authorities are worried the Night Wolves are pushing for a separatist movement among Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.<p>The arrival of a US-blacklisted Russian motorcycle club in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of their nine-day "Russian Balkans" tour has stoked fears among Bosnian and international …

Russia

17 Things Women Do In Movies That Are Totally Unrealistic

Have any of these people ever even MET a woman?

Warner Bros

AC-130 Gunship Mysteriously Flew Hours Worth Of Laps Over Seattle on Tuesday (Updated)

The USAF's newest gunship variant, dubbed the AC-130J Ghostrider, was very quietly up to something 8,500 feet over the Washington …

Military

Vietnam's controversial 'bikini airline' to start direct flights to India soon

<b>Mumbai:</b> Vietnam low cost "bikini airline", VietJet Air would soon commence direct flight service in India. The airline has announced direct flights …

Magical Fine Art Portrait Photography by TJ Drysdale

Amazing painterly-surreal portraits by <b>TJ Drysdale</b>, talented photographer, retoucher and artist who was born and raised in New York and currently …

Photography

The President vs the FBI

Is Donald Trump waging an unwinnable war?<p>It’s hard to stop watching cable news. Trump sues a former porn star, Stormy Daniels for $20m for saying they had an affair. Three other porn stars claim they were involved with Trump. No! Wait! Six more women are ready to come forward. Stormy Daniels …