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Puerto Rico’s utility cancels controversial contract with Montana firm to repair electric grid – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Puerto Rico electric power company said Sunday that it is canceling a controversial $300 million contract it had signed with a small Montana-based company and tasked with a central role in repairing the territory’s hurricane-ravaged electric grid. The move came after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the contract was a distraction and should be canceled after critics in the electric power industry, Congress and the Federal Emergency Management Agency raised…

The Latest: Spanish PM praises pro-union rally in Barcelona – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 7 p.m. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has voiced his support for a rally in Barcelona to protest the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence. Rajoy sent the message on Twitter: “Concord, peaceful coexistence and common sense, democracy and dialogue within the law.” Hundreds of thousands rallied in downtown Barcelona on Sunday, two days after the separatist majority…

Majority of Texans players kneel, link arms during national anthem Sunday – ESPN

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

4:40 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment SEATTLE — During the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, the majority of Houston Texans players kneeled and linked arms. Approximately 10 players stood. Several members of the Seahawks’ defensive line again sat on the bench during the anthem, including Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Cliff Avril, Jarran Reed, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Marcus Smith, Branden Jackson…

Michigan buggy crash: 3 children killed, 6 hurt after truck slams into carriage – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

At least three children were killed after a driver in a pickup truck slammed into a horse-drawn buggy on Sunday in Michigan.  (Fox 17) At least three children were killed and six other people were critically injured after a driver in a pickup truck slammed into a horse-drawn buggy early Sunday in central Michigan, officials said. The crash took place around 8:34 a.m. in Sheridan, located about 45…

The Zephyrus is the perfect laptop for someone who doesn’t want a laptop – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

A couple months ago, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg wrote a fair and accurate review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus. It’s an astonishingly thin, ultra-powerful laptop for gamers, and it almost utterly fails at being a laptop. “Basically useless away from a desk” was Chaim’s ultimate verdict, and I agree. Also, I love this laptop. After Chaim finished his review, I asked if I could try it out. Before long, my…

If we can’t trust Kaspersky, can we trust Microsoft? – Aljazeera.com

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

The past 10 years have made it clear that the internet – both the software that powers it and the software that runs on top of it – are fair game for attackers. The past five years have made it clear that nobody has internalised this message as well as the global intelligence community. The Snowden leaks pulled back the curtains on massive Five Eyes efforts in this regard, from…

300000 rally against Catalan independence as autonomy stripped – CNN

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Barcelona, Spain (CNN)Hundreds of thousands of anti-independence protesters rallied in the Catalan capital of Barcelona on Sunday after Madrid took unprecedented measures to quash the region’s bid to split from Spain. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘world/2017/10/27/catalonia-celebrations-lok-erin-mclaughlin.cnn’,width: ’100%’,height: ’100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_40′,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ’100%’,frameHeight: ’100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171027100010-04-catalonia-1027-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171027100010-04-catalonia-1027-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171027100010-04-catalonia-1027-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171027100010-04-catalonia-1027-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171027100010-04-catalonia-1027-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171027100010-04-catalonia-1027-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171027100010-04-catalonia-1027-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging =…

Frustrated with the Russia investigation, Trump demands Democrats and Hillary Clinton face more scrutiny – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) On Sunday morning, President Trump expressed frustration that his campaign is under investigation over possible ties to Russia’s plot to influence the 2016 election but that his former opponent Hillary Clinton is not facing the same level of scrutiny. In four tweets sent over 24 minutes, Trump wrote: “Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?), the…

Trump’s Approval Rating Drops to Lowest Level Yet in New NBC News/WSJ Poll – NBCNews.com

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has declined to the lowest point of his presidency, and nearly half of voters want their vote in the 2018 midterms to be a message for more Democrats in Congress to check Trump and congressional Republicans, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Thirty eight percent of Americans say they approve of Trump’s job performance — down five points since…

Fierce winds and heavy rain expected to hit New York on Sandy anniversary – CNN

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

(CNN)Near hurricane-force wind gusts and heavy rain are set to batter the Northeast on Sunday — the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘weather/2016/01/20/noreaster-explainer-orig-nws.cnn’,width: ’100%’,height: ’100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_15′,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ’100%’,frameHeight: ’100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160120120158-noreaster-explainer-orig-nws-00002211-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160120120158-noreaster-explainer-orig-nws-00002211-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160120120158-noreaster-explainer-orig-nws-00002211-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160120120158-noreaster-explainer-orig-nws-00002211-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160120120158-noreaster-explainer-orig-nws-00002211-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160120120158-noreaster-explainer-orig-nws-00002211-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160120120158-noreaster-explainer-orig-nws-00002211-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) {autoStartVideo = false;if (autoStartVideo ===…

Watch the first behind-the-scenes glimpse for MGM’s digital-only Stargate prequel – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

At San Diego Comic-Con, MGM announced that it was launching a new Stargate streaming service called Stargate Command, and that it would be creating an original show for the service. At Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, the studio teased our first look at the upcoming show. Stargate Origins will be a prequel to the original film and followup television franchise. This two-minute featurette shows off the first week of…

Mogadishu car bombs leave at least 23 dead – CNN

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Trump team’s response to Russia news: Focus on Clinton, leaks or anything else – Politico

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is interviewed by Mariella Frostrup (not pictured) at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Oct. 15 in Cheltenham, England. | Matthew Horwood/Getty Images Caught off guard by reports of criminal charges in the Russia probe, Trump advisers sought to keep up their political attacks and divert attention from allegations of Russian collusion. By ANNIE KARNI 10/28/2017 03:29 PM EDT The White House has been anticipating…

The Catalan crisis: Is the contemporary nation-state in jeopardy? – Salon

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Now to Catalonia. If you accept Renan’s thesis, independence is a mistake because the argument in favor is fatally flawed. There are some economics to the Catalan case; the region is Spain’s richest, and Rajoy’s relentless austerity during the not-yet-over European financial crisis antagonized Catalans. But the case stands on items from Renan’s list: Catalan culture and history justify Catalan independence. Language, because Franco banned Catalan when he took power…

Watch the first behind-the-scenes glimpse for MGM’s digital-only Stargate prequel – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

At San Diego Comic-Con, MGM announced that it was launching a new Stargate streaming service called Stargate Command, and that it would be creating an original show for the service. At Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, the studio teased our first look at the upcoming show. Stargate Origins will be a prequel to the original film and followup television franchise. This two-minute featurette shows off the first week of…

Trump Unworried About What Former Aides Will Tell Mueller, Lawyer Says – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

“He likes and respects Mr. Manafort and appreciates the work he did for him during the three months he was with the campaign. He likes General Flynn personally, but understands that they have their own path with the special counsel,” Mr. Cobb said. “I think he would be sad for them, as a friend and a former colleague, if the process results in punishment or indictments. But to the extent…

Somalia Mogadishu: Deadly attacks rock capital – BBC News

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Media captionThe aftermath of the latest bomb blast in Mogadishu Security forces in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have ended a 15-hour siege of a hotel stormed by armed militants. The gunmen entered the building after two bombs were detonated in the area. At least 20 people were killed, and it is feared more bodies will be found as security forces search the hotel. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab said it…

White nationalists met by counterprotesters cancel second rally in Tennessee – CNN

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Tropical Storm Philippe bringing heavy rains and flood threat as it crosses South Florida – Sun Sentinel

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tropical Storm Philippe was passing over the Florida Straits about 75 miles southwest of Key West as of 11 p.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm formed just before 5 p.m. Saturday, and soon shifted west, putting more of South Florida in the cone; a tropical storm watch was issued for coastal South Florida from Miami-Dade to the Upper Keys on Saturday. Heavy rains across parts of South…

Catalan crisis: Carles Puigdemont ‘welcome’ to run in poll – BBC News

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Media captionSarah Rainsford met protesters in Madrid who are calling for a united Spain The Spanish government has said it would welcome the participation of sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in new elections. The central government in Madrid has ordered that fresh elections for the regional parliament of Catalonia should take place in December. It stripped Catalonia of its autonomy after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence. Mr Puigdemont…