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GOP split as banks take on gun industry

It's a conundrum that puts free-market principles at odds with gun rights, and Republicans across the board are genuinely split.<p>Major banks are cutting off business with the gun industry, roiling Republicans who want to respect the financial decisions of private institutions while still showing …

Guns

What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans' way of life

Arctic Dispatches, part 1: The past winter was the warmest on record in the Arctic, putting a lifestyle that has endured for millennia at risk: ‘The magnitude of change is utterly unprecedented’<p>Weird wildlife ventures to northern Alaska<p>A few days before Christmas last year, Harry Brower, mayor of …

Global Warming

Mueller Says That Until Yesterday He Had Almost Forgotten to Investigate Giuliani

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The independent counsel, Robert Mueller, told reporters that, prior to news reports on Thursday, he had “almost forgotten” to investigate the former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani.<p>“Like most Americans, I had totally forgotten about Rudy Giuliani’s existence,” he …

Donald Trump

REPORT: Apple Pulls The Plug On Its HomePod Smart Speaker

It sounds like <b>Apple</b>‘s insanely expensive <b>HomePod</b> just couldn’t live up to the hype, as the company has reportedly pulled the plug on the product. …

Amazon Echo

Comey memos detail Trump's comments on Russia, reservations about Flynn

<b>(CNN) —</b> In his memos documenting conversations with President Donald Trump, former FBI Director James Comey recounts Trump's "serious reservations" about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn as well as the President's concerns about media leaks and Trump's recollection of Russian President …

Donald Trump

Robert Mueller

Robert S. Mueller III doesn’t seek deferments. After a classmate died in Vietnam, this well-to-do Princeton athlete traded his lacrosse stick for a …

Robert Mueller

First-time judge appointed by Trump issues his very first opinion. It’s a doozy.

This is not how judges are supposed to behave.<p>Judge James Ho has been a federal judge for only a few months. Until Wednesday, he had never handed …

Affordable Care Act

A famous conspiracy theorist says the Sandy Hook massacre may have been a hoax — and now the children's parents are fighting back

For years, American radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones called the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut — where a gunman killed 20 people — a "completely fake" staged event carried out by actors.<p>Now, several parents of children who were killed in the shooting …

Alex Jones

As GOP balks, McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.<p>McConnell said the bill is …

Donald Trump

Inside the Unnerving Supply Chain Attack That Corrupted CCleaner

In September, security researchers at Cisco Talos and Morphisec made a worst nightmare-type disclosure: the ubiquitous computer cleanup tool CCleaner …

Intellectual Property

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.<p>Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly …

Government

Fox News Legal Analyst: Hannity ‘Can't Have it Both Ways’ on Michael Cohen

Judge Andrew Napolitano shot down the notion that Hannity can both claim not to be Cohen’s client and retain attorney-client privilege.<p>It didn’t seem …

Donald Trump

Gorsuch swings against Trump in deportation case

The decision, the first in which Gorsuch swung the court by joining the four Democrat-appointed justices, could complicate the administration's drive to expel 'criminal aliens.'<p>Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, whose confirmation President Donald Trump has long touted as one of his crowning …

Immigration

Trump won as the anti-Clinton. Here's why it might fall flat in 2018.

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter<p>WASHINGTON — One of the keys to President Trump’s victory in 2016 — and to his overall political survival — has been to claim, essentially: “Hey, I’m not …

Donald Trump

Scientists create mutant enzymes that eat plastic bottles

A possible solution to the world's plastic pollution problem was created by accident.<p>Mutants exist and they're helping to save the planet.<p>OK, not <i>those</i> kinds of mutants. But these are equally cool.<p>An international team of scientists has created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drink bottles, …

Pollution

Broadband adviser picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges

Elizabeth Pierce allegedly tricked investors into pouring $250 million into a fiber optic scheme by forging revenue agreements<p>A broadband adviser selected by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to run a federal advisory committee was arrested last week on claims she tricked …

Telecoms

Judge Rejects Trump’s Request to Review Seized Cohen Materials 

A federal judge in Manhattan indicated on Monday that she was not prepared to grant President Trump exclusive first access to documents seized in F.B.I. raids on the office of his personal lawyer, and said that she was considering appointing an independent lawyer to assist in reviewing the seized …

Donald Trump

The words Hannity likely never uttered about Michael Cohen: 'In the interest of full disclosure...'

Fox News personality Sean Hannity, who was just revealed as attorney Michael’s Cohen’s third client, has been on a tear lately—the Russia probe into …

Donald Trump

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Nokia’s budget Android phone gets better<p>HMD Global is bringing the updated Nokia 6 to the US for $269.99, after launching it in China back in January, via <i>Android Central</i>.<p>The original Nokia 6 marked the brand’s return to the US under the stewardship of HMD, albeit as a decidedly budget experience. …

Mobile Technology

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

In the early 1950s, the psychologist Muzafer Sherif brought together a group of boys at a US summer camp – and tried to make them fight each other. Does his work teach us anything about our age of resurgent tribalism?<p>• Read an extract from The Lost Boys<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods …

Psychology

‘Someone should say a prayer’ for Trump’s aides

The president has decamped to Mar-a-Lago, where he’ll have plenty of time to dwell on a barrage of negative headlines.<p>President Donald Trump’s ever-growing list of grievances piled up on Monday — and now he has decamped to Mar-a-Lago, where he’s going to have plenty of time to obsess over them.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Star Trek: Discovery's Version of the Enterprise Had to Be Modified for Legal Reasons

The finale of <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> gave us a short glimpse at the most legendary ship in the entire Starfleet: the Enterprise, ten years before the …

Science Fiction

Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant R Lee Ermey dies aged 74

<b>Actor R Lee Ermey, known for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74.</b><p>The former US Marine Corps soldier turned award-winning actor played a host of military men during his career.<p>Ermey's manager, posting to the actor's Twitter …

U.S. Marines

Trump Seeks to Delay His Own Justice Department in Cohen Probe

President Donald Trump took the extraordinary step of asking a judge to block his own Justice Department from viewing evidence about his private …

Donald Trump

Hundreds of ex-DOJ officials now urging Congress to ‘forcefully respond’ if Trump fires Mueller

Hundreds of former Justice Department employees are now urging Congress to “swiftly and forcefully respond” should President Trump fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who …

Donald Trump

Black teen who wanted directions shot at by white man

DETROIT (AP) — A black 14-year-old boy who got lost in a Detroit suburban neighborhood while trying to get to school was shot at by a white homeowner after knocking on a door to ask directions, prosecutors said Friday, citing home security video and the account of the boy.<p>Jeffery Zeigler, a retired …

Crime

The Latest: Russia: Missiles aimed at Syrian air base downed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):<p>2:50 a.m.<p>The Russian military says Syria's Soviet-made air defense systems have shot down all 12 cruise missile aimed at a Syrian air base.<p>The Russian Defense Ministry said that 12 cruise missiles have been launched …

Middle East

The US has bombed Syria to punish it for a chemical attack

This is likely the “big price” Trump wants the Syrian government to pay.<p>The United States, along with Britain and France, just bombed Syria. It’s the second time the US has waded into the country’s seven-year conflict in response to a chemical weapons attack.<p>The allies hit three targets — including …

Middle East

A teen missed the bus to school. When he knocked on a door for directions, a man shot at him.

The 14-year-old was walking to high school after sleeping late and missing the bus when he decided to ask a neighbor for directions.<p>It was a banal request, but it nearly got the student from Rochester Hills, Mich., killed Thursday.<p>The woman who opened the door after Brennan Walker, who is black, …

Crime