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3 Top Energy Stocks to Buy Right Now

We see a bright future for these energy stocks.<p>The energy industry is in the midst of a tectonic shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewables, …

ETF Bargain Hunters Buy $584 Million of Fidelity Funds

It looks like a big exchange-traded fund investor went out bargain hunting and picked up some sector funds on the cheap.<p>Five of Fidelity …

Ring debuts new indoor/outdoor security cameras and LED lighting

Ring has a few new products on display at CES 2018, including a new version of its Stick Up Cam security camera, and a Stick Up Cam Elite with upgraded features. There’s also new smart lighting it’s offering following the acquisition of Mr. Beams, a company dedicated to creating connected LED …

This best-selling device lets you control any garage door using your smartphone

One comes across a whole lot of smart home devices in our line of work. There’s a connected version of just about anything you can possibly think of, …

David Haglund on Twitter: "Did not expect a piece about Roy Moore's time in law school to make me laugh so much: https://t.co/oDvO1tI18V… "

EPA spending almost $25,000 to install a secure phone booth for Scott Pruitt

The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to government contracting records.<p>The agency signed a $24,570 contract earlier this summer with Acoustical Solutions, a …

Trump’s Fledgling Presidency Has Already Collapsed

President Trump’s approval rating has dropped by about one percentage point per month and now sits in the mid-30s. At the current rate, it would hit …

Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air

Hezam Kittani didn't want U.S. handouts to help him grow strawberries.<p>He wanted to be a do-it-yourself berry farmer — and to teach others to follow in his footsteps.<p>Strawberries were barely grown in the West Bank, where Kittani lives, before 2009. Today they're a 250-ton yearly crop. And that's …

Farming

The Latest: Stone vows to cooperate with Senate committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the Russia probes (all times local):<p>7:40 a.m.<p>Former Trump adviser Roger Stone says he will "fully …

Donald Trump

Video footage captured Penn State frat's behavior as a pledge was dying

<b>BELLEFONTE, Penn. --</b> More Penn State fraternity brothers went before a judge Tuesday, charged in the death of Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old …

Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI Russia probe: report

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas as part of the ongoing probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, …

Donald Trump

Just took a tough vote? This GOP congressman shows how NOT to conduct yourself back home.

The footage of Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) walking out of an interview with an Iowa reporter is brutal. And it's going viral for a reason: In trying to protect himself from anger in this health-care debate, Blum just made himself a target of it.<p>Being defensive (and, in Blum's case, dramatic) is pretty …

Health Care

Yates’s testimony pumps the bellows on the Trump-Russia probe

It had the makings of a Cold War whodunit: The attorney general tells the White House that the Russians have “kompromat” on the president’s national security adviser — but the president, for reasons unclear, stands by the compromised official.<p>On the morning of Jan. 26, acting attorney general Sally …

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Trump Tries to Blame Obama for the Flynn Scandal

Even if the previous administration erred in granting the disgraced national security adviser clearance, that doesn’t excuse shoddy vetting.<p>Ahead of a major hearing Monday about Russian interference in U.S. politics, President Trump is trying to shift blame away from himself—but he’s likely to find …

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The Ecobee4 is the new smart thermostat to beat (Nest who?) - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Ecobee's $249 Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat has a responsive display, a remote sensor and tons of smart integrations, including a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker.<p><b>The Bad</b> The price is high, particularly if you don't care about the Alexa speaker or the Ecobee4's other smart capabilities.<p><b>The Bottom</b> …

Home Automation

Jared Kushner failed to disclose conflicts of interest with Goldman Sachs, various billionaires

<b>Jared Kushner (AP/Evan Vucci)</b><p>The president’s son-in-law was not forthcoming when he was supposed to mention all of his important financial ties<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>May 2, 2017 5:10pm (UTC)<p>The family of Jared Kushner — son-in-law and adviser to President Donald Trump — may have ended the talks with that …

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Brother of Teen Killed by Police Was Handcuffed and Held Overnight: Lawyer

An older teen who was in the car when his 15-year-old brother was fatally shot by a Texas officer was himself then handcuffed and hauled off to a jail cell overnight — "for no apparent reason," an attorney who represents the boys' family said on Tuesday.<p>The 16-year-old brother of high school …

Cabinet secretary: US strike in Syria 'was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A Trump Cabinet member who was with the President the night he launched a military strike in Syria characterized the attack as a form of "entertainment" on Monday.<p>Reflecting on last month's strike, ordered as Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate, …

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Pushing for Vote on Health Care Bill, Trump Seems Unclear on Its Details — The New York Times

President Trump has insisted that the bill would not allow discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, an assertion contradicted by …

Trump's wacky history lessons continue — CNN

After puzzling comments about 19th Century abolitionist Frederick Douglass and marveling that no one knew Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, President …

Trump Abruptly Ends CBS Interview After Wiretap Question

WASHINGTON — President Trump marked his first 100 days in office by attacking the news media with a calculated fury not seen since the beginning of his administration — while rewarding the journalists he allegedly loathes with long, newsy chats in the Oval Office, Air Force One rides and meals.<p>Mr. …

Trump wants more power and fewer checks and balances — again

<i>Update No. 2: Trump tweeted an even-more-specific request for the nuclear option Tuesday.</i><p><i>Update May 2: Trump is indeed going ahead with a push to get rid of the filibuster, tweeting that the GOP should consider it if it can't get 60 votes to overcome the filibuster. He apparently even threatened to</i> …

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Martha’s Vineyard modern home is all glass walls and ocean views

Ahh...<p>Tasked with designing a retreat on the scenic Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Cape Cod, the architects at Connecticut’s Gray Organschi Architecture and New York’s Schiller Projects looked to the landscape for guidance. The site, gently sloped, was surrounded by farmland and ocean views. …

Calls About Space Aliens Flood New ICE Hotline After Twitter Post

Aliens are here and up to mischief — if the prank calls to a newly established government hotline are to be believed.<p>Reports of space aliens and UFOs may have tied up lines at Immigration and Customs Enforcement's newly launched office for victims following a frenzied Twitter campaign on …

Homeland Security

Paint Shop Owner Juan Carlos Enriquez Took On Trump — and Won

Florida paint shop owner Juan Carlos Enriquez has what you might call a complicated relationship with Donald Trump.<p>For three years, he waged a fierce legal battle to get the real-estate mogul to make good on an unpaid bill.<p>And then in November, he voted for the guy.<p>"Politics and business are two …

Russian Hackers Who Targeted Clinton Appear to Attack France’s Macron

The campaign of the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by what appear to be the same Russian operatives responsible for hacks of Democratic campaign officials before last year’s American presidential election, a cybersecurity firm warns in a new report.<p>The report has …

Sanctuary Cities Face Aid Cuts as Justice Dept. Tightens Screws

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated its confrontation with so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, threatening them anew Friday with the loss of grant money if they do not remove certain barriers.<p>The Justice Department sent letters to …

Exxon Mobil Seeks U.S. Sanctions Waiver for Oil Project in Russia

HOUSTON — Exxon Mobil is pursuing a waiver from Treasury Department sanctions on Russia to drill in the Black Sea in a venture with Rosneft, the Russian state oil company, a former State Department official said on Wednesday. An oil industry official confirmed the account.<p>The waiver application was …

The Trump White House is in deep legal trouble, according to Trump’s own standards

By Aaron Blake<p>Senior reporter<p>President Trump on Friday urged his former top adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek an immunity deal from Congress, after news broke late Thursday that Flynn was seeking such a deal. Trump said Flynn should cut a deal because the entire thing is “a witch hunt” that …

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Ryan opposes Trump working with Democrats on healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said he does not want President Donald Trump to work with Democrats on new legislation for revamping the country's health insurance system, commonly called Obamacare.<p>In an interview with "CBS …