Electronics

Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels – New York Times

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

American military commanders have argued during the monthslong policy assessment that the additional troops would enable the United States to reverse gains made by the Taliban and militant groups like the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, the Islamic State in Khorasan. Administration aides, under orders to let Mr. Trump announce the details, hinted that any American commitment to increase force levels would require steps by the Afghans, like doing more to…

Five sailors injured, 10 missing after US Navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

SEOUL — Ten U.S. Navy sailors were missing and five were injured after the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker three times its size collided near Singapore early Monday. American and Singaporean ships and helicopters launched a search-and-rescue mission after the pre-dawn collision at the entrance to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. This was the second time in two months a Navy destroyer based at…

‘Game of Thrones’: How the Deadly "Beyond the Wall" Sets Up the Season 7 Finale – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for the sixth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, “Beyond the Wall.”] Like clockwork, Game of Thrones delivers the biggest thrills of the year in its penultimate installment: Ned’s death in season one, the Battle of the Blackwater in season two, the Red Wedding in season three, the Battle at Castle Black in season four, “Hardhome” in season five (which was technically the third-to-last…

The slapstick, the telethons, ‘Laaa-dy!’ — comic and philanthropist Jerry Lewis dies at 91 – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

When the singer on the bill at the 500 Club was fired, Lewis recommended a singer he had shared the bill with at the Havana-Madrid nightclub in New York several months earlier and with whom, he told the club manager, he had done “a lot of funny stuff” on stage: Dean Martin. “A handsome man and a monkey,” as Lewis later described the heavily improvised act he and Martin performed…

Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Millions of Americans converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday for a wondrous couple of minutes in the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years. Veteran eclipse watchers warned the uninitiated to get ready to be blown away. Planetariums and museums posted “Sold out of eclipse glasses” on their front doors….

Barcelona attack suspect still sought as investigation expands to other countries – Reuters

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Spanish police searched on Sunday for the man behind the wheel in the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, amid growing signs members of the militant group had connections elsewhere in Europe. Police said security operations were under way in Catalonia and on the French border as they searched Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, the only one of 12 suspects still at large who they believe…

In the kingdom of the clown: Jerry Lewis remasters his life’s work – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Though the Martin and Lewis movies were by all accounts only a shadow of their live act, Lewis’ restless, almost uncontrollable mind still translated indelibly onto the screen. He filtered the great physical comedians of the silent cinema into the sound era (going so far as to travel repeatedly to Switzerland to confer with the exiled king, Chaplin). So much of their act found root in Lewis’ own insecurities, and…

Trump to announce ‘path forward’ for US in Afghanistan – CNN

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Raiders’ Derek Carr and Khalil Mack stand for national anthem but still send a message of unity – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Marshawn Lynch, left, elected to sit during the anthem once again, while Derek Carr took another approach. (Ben Margot/Associated Press) Their teammate, Marshawn Lynch, chose to sit in protest during the national anthem, but Derek Carr and Khalil Mack had a different statement in mind before kickoff of the Oakland Raiders’ preseason game Saturday. The quarterback and the linebacker stood together, with Carr placing his hand on Mack’s back as…

Democrats see an opening with Trump but are worried about messaging – CNN

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Spain hunts for suspected driver, two others in connection with Barcelona attack – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

BARCELONA — Spanish authorities on Sunday continued their hunt for a 22-year-old suspect and two others in the brutal vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby coastal city late last week. A police official said the terrorist cell had planned a “much more serious attack” that was probably thwarted by an accidental explosion Wednesday. Authorities were looking for a fugitive they suspect may be Younes Abauyaaqoub, who may have been…

Researchers find wreckage of lost WWII warship USS Indianapolis – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Naval researchers announced Saturday that they have found the wreckage of the lost World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 72 years after the vessel sank in minutes after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship was found almost 31/2 miles below the surface of the Philippine Sea, said a tweet from Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, who led a…

Protesters Flood Streets, and Trump Offers a Measure of Praise – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

The free speech rally, which had been scheduled to run from noon until 2 p.m., concluded by about 12:50 p.m. Mr. Evans, who said the event ended early by mutual agreement between the authorities and the event’s organizers, said the police had helped the demonstrators get into police wagons as part of a prearranged “exit strategy.” It was then, he said, that “we had some kids block the street, it…

6 police officers shot in 3 US cities Friday night; 2 dead – ABC News

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Two policemen have died after six law enforcement officers were shot in three different U.S. cities on Friday night, their respective agencies have confirmed. In central Florida, two officers with the Kissimmee Police Department were shot and killed, according to police chief Jeffrey O’Dell. Officer Matthew Baxter, a three-year veteran, died from his wound. The other officer, 10-year veteran Sgt. Sam Howard, was initially in “grave critical condition” but died…

Bannon’s departure is unlikely to calm the turmoil in Trump’s White House – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

President Trump’s most unconventional senior adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, may have left the White House, but the political turbulence that has characterized the first seven months of Trump’s presidency doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. The tenure and departure of Bannon, the president’s chief strategist and champion of his nationalist impulses, exposed deep fissures in the Trump-era Republican Party, within the White House and beyond. Those differences are still harming…

Mnuchin responds to nearly 300 former classmates calling for his resignation – The Hill

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended his boss to his former Yale classmates on Saturday, saying President Trump did not think hate groups were equivalent to peaceful counterprotesters who demonstrated in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.  “While I find it hard to believe I should have to defend myself on this, or the president, I feel compelled to let you know that the president in no way, shape, or form, believes that neo-Nazi…

‘Free speech’ rally ends early as thousands of counterprotesters descend on Boston Common – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

BOSTON – Thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets Saturday morning in efforts to drown out the planned “free speech” rally that many feared would be attended by white-supremacist groups. By 1 p.m., the handful of rally attendees had left the Boston Common pavillion, concluding their event without planned speeches. A victorious cheer went up among the counterprotesters, as many began to leave. Hundreds of others danced in…

The Kennedy Center Honors: apolitical no more – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

In this July 7, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump, left, and first lady Melania Trump smile prior to a concert on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany. The White House has announced that President Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center arts awards. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) For 40 years, the Kennedy Center Honors…

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

His removal is a victory for Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general whose mission is to impose discipline on White House personnel. A caustic presence in a chaotic West Wing, Mr. Bannon frequently clashed with other aides as they fought over trade, the war in Afghanistan, taxes, immigration and the role of government. In an interview this week with The American Prospect, Mr. Bannon mocked his colleagues, including Gary…

Wife and father of American killed in Barcelona open up about tragedy – ABC News

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

American citizen Jared Tucker was among the 13 victims killed in Thursday’s vehicle-ramming attack in Barcelona, his family has confirmed. Tucker’s wife, 40-year-old Heidi Tucker, told ABC News that the couple had been celebrating their first anniversary. They started in Paris, moved to Venice and were finishing up the trip in Barcelona, she said. After meeting a friend, the three were making their way through Las Ramblas to walk on…