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Trump bashes FBI for being ‘totally unable’ to stop leaks

Trump bashes FBI for being ‘totally unable’ to stop leaksPresident Trump is interviewed by Reuters in the Oval Office Feb. 23. President Trump said the FBI is “totally unable” to crack down on U.S. government employees who plan to leak sensitive information to the media. The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security "leakers" that have permeated our government for a long time.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 9:38 AM

Shooting of 2 Indians in US bar sends shock waves in India

Shooting of 2 Indians in US bar sends shock waves in IndiaHYDERABAD, India (AP) — The shooting of two Indians in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar has sent shock waves through their hometowns, and India's government is rushing diplomats to monitor progress in the investigation into the crime.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 10:36 AM

Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dog

Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dogYou may have seen photos of a young girl and her goldendoodle Wonder on the steps of the Supreme Court on social media, so who is she and why is she smiling? On Wednesday, the Supreme Court unanimously sided with Fry, which may allow her to sue her local school board for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied the assistance of her service dog. “The school district had decided that Wonder wasn’t necessary,” Stacy Fry, Ehlena’s mother, told Yahoo News.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 6:01 PM

U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee

U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians fleeU.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city. Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 8:15 AM

Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open government

Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open governmentATLANTA (AP) — When Nydia Tisdale turned her camera on a north Georgia city council meeting, the mayor ordered her to stop recording and had a police officer forcibly remove her and the camera.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:57 PM

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug chargesThe United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 7:43 PM

Here’s why it's so frickin’ hot right now

Here’s why it's so frickin’ hot right nowThere's something about a warm February day that reminds you that something just isn't right. It gives you that nagging feeling that maybe global warming is real after all.  February 2016 has featured prolonged warm weather the likes of which many areas have not seen before, or have only experienced on rare occasions.  Taken as a whole, the month-to-date in the U.S. has seen a ridiculously lopsided ratio of daily record highs to daily record lows, which is a key indicator of short-term weather variability and, over the longer term, human-caused climate change.  SEE ALSO: Seth Meyers interviews 'rogue' climate scientist worried about Trump For individual days' worth of warm weather, you mainly have the jet stream to thank. This current of fast-moving air at about 35,000 feet above the ground has been steering a never-ending series storms into the West Coast, where California's mountains have picked up a crazy 500 inches of snow so far, and then moved across the U.S. in a way that has cut off flow of frigid air from the Arctic.  While transient weather variability is playing a key role here, the widespread record warmth across the U.S. so far this year is part of a long-term trend toward more warm temperature records versus cold ones. Me enjoying this weather but knowing our Earth is danger pic.twitter.com/Jy6bINvZ6C — breanna (@bre_lliant) February 19, 2017 This February offers a vivid illustration of this trend. Through Feb. 23, daily record highs have been blowing away daily record lows by a far greater than 100-to-1 ratio, which, if it holds for a few more days, would itself set a record. So far this month, there have been nearly 5,000 daily record highs set or tied, compared to just 42 daily record lows. (Although this records ratio might need an asterisk, considering the short calendar month.) And it's not the daily records that are most impressive, but rather the number of monthly records that are being tied or broken from the Gulf Coast all the way to the Midwest and northeastward into Canada. During the past week alone (not including Feb. 23), there were 736 daily record highs set or tied in the U.S., compared to zero daily record lows for the same period.  Even more startling is the number of record warm overnight temperatures set or tied in the past seven days, which total a whopping 940. There were no record cold overnight low temperatures set or tied during the same period.  And the monthly records, which are far harder to break than daily milestones, are astounding.  Temperature anomaly across North America for Feb. 19 as seen through the GFS computer model. Image: weatherbell analytics According to the National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Asheville, North Carolina, February has seen 336 monthly record highs set or tied, along with 203 records set or tied for the warmest overnight minimum temperature. In comparison, there was not a single monthly cold temperature record set or tied through Feb. 23.  These figures do not include monthly temperature records that were broken on Friday, which included 73 degrees in Boston, shattering the previous record by 3 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, Allentown, Pennsylvania hit a remarkable 77 degrees, and Binghamton, New York reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Dayton, Cincinatti and Columbus Ohio each either tied or broke their monthly high temperature records on Friday as well, with numerous monthly milestones set on Thursday, too. In Albany, New York, the high temperature of 74 degrees on Thursday was the warmest temperature on record for any day during the months of December, January and February.  It's so warm...look at the steam coming off the snow...like when you open the freezer door in the summer! @ericfisher pic.twitter.com/mpF3hmL4c0 — Eweather (@Eweather13) February 25, 2017 Thursday (2/23) we set monthly record high of 63 here in Burlington, VT. As of 11:29 am today (2/25) we are at 66! #ThatDidNotLastLong #vtwx — NWS Burlington (@NWSBurlington) February 25, 2017 On Wednesday, the record warmth was centered across the Midwest, where the three major cities in Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay), all saw temperatures hit record highs for not just February, but for any month during meteorological winter, which encompasses the months of December, January and February.  Milwaukee, for example, broke its monthly all-time record high for February when the temperature reached 71 degrees Fahrenheit, and Madison set a monthly record with a high of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.  Chicago hit 70° today for the 5th time during Feb. since 1871. Also happened Saturday. Highest Feb. temp of 75° (2/27/1976) in jeopardy Wed. — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 20, 2017 In Ottumwa, Iowa, where the ground would normally be snow-covered this time of year, the high on Wednesday was 79 degrees, which set a monthly record as well. Some cities set records for the longest stretch of February warmth they've seen, including Kansas City, which set a seven-day February warmth record on Wednesday, according to weather.com.  On Monday, Chicago had a high temperature of 70 degrees, which was only the fifth time that has happened in any February in the "Windy City." (The fourth time also came this February.)  The warm weather in the Midwest was enabled by a marked lack of snow cover and lake ice across the Great Lakes, which allowed air temperatures to soar on mild southwesterly winds for days on end. As of Feb. 22, just 19.1 percent of the lower 48 states were snow-covered, far below average for this time of year. While cold air is staging a comeback across the Midwest, where heavy snow is predicted to fall from Nebraska into Wisconsin, much of the South and East is likely to stay milder than average for at least a few more days.  Where's the snow? Image: noaa The warm weather in the U.S. hasn't been a freak phenomenon only occurring for the past few weeks, either. The year-to-date is averaging a record daily highs to record daily lows ratio of more than 4-to-1, and studies have shown that over the past several decades, human-caused global warming has increased the odds of warm temperature records so that these ratios are becoming more and more skewed.  And the warmth isn't just limited to the U.S., either, with the planet recording its 3rd-warmest January on record, after its warmest year so far in 2016. This continues the long-term warming of about 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit since reliable surface temperatures began in 1880. As the planet warms in response to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the ratio of high temperature records compared to low temperature records has become more skewed. If the climate weren't warming, that long-term ratio should average out to about 1-to-1.  However, that isn't the world we're living in. A 2009 study found that the record highs to lows ratio was 2-to-1 for the lower 48 states during the 2000s, and this disparity has only grown since then, though not evenly across every part of the country. Projections show the imbalance increasing in coming decades as global warming continues, possibly to as high as 15-to-1 if emissions of planet-warming pollutants such as carbon dioxide continue apace. "One thing I remind myself when comparing contemporary events to trends or patterns is that the contemporary events themselves make up the trends and patterns," said Deke Arndt, who leads the climate monitoring branch at NCEI. "This is a real-time view into what we will call "recent trends" in a few years." "This week has been an up close look at the DNA of what we are seeing in the big picture: relative to historical norms, extreme heat continues to outpace extreme cold across almost every place, season and time of day in the USA." While individual months will still vary from this trend, it's clear that over the long-term, the ratio of record highs to record lows is now strongly favoring record highs as well as record warm overnight temperatures. This is consistent with computer model projections of a warming world.  In other words, if you like 70-degree February days in Washington, D.C., you're in luck.  The odds are (increasingly) ever in your favor. BONUS: 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, continuing a three-year streak

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 6:36 PM

Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normalCANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a large Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, but it will be a while before the region returns to normal.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:17 PM

'Ring of fire' eclipse treat for southern skygazers

'Ring of fire' eclipse treat for southern skygazersA spectacular "ring of fire" solar eclipse Sunday will regale skygazers in South America and southern Africa, with seafarers in the nearby Atlantic getting a front-row view too, astronomers say. The eclipse -- during which the Sun will all but disappear as the Moon crosses its path -- will be most visible in a 100-kilometre (62-mile) band cutting through Chile, Argentina, Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 11:13 AM

FBI Refused To Knock Down Stories About Trump Russian Ties

FBI Refused To Knock Down Stories About Trump Russian TiesCNN reported the White House asked the FBI to deny media reports in contravention of procedures governing federal investigations.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 7:15 PM

Michael Isikoff on the latest news of the White House asking the FBI to dispute Russia reports

Michael Isikoff on the latest news of the White House asking the FBI to dispute Russia reportsOn Feb. 23 at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga spoke to Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff about a report that the White House asked the FBI to dispute recent media claims regarding President Trump’s campaign staffers’ communication with Russia during the election.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 12:48 PM

China's New Frigate Design Looks Awfully Familiar

China's New Frigate Design Looks Awfully FamiliarThe three-hull design is more heavily armed than the American ship that inspired it.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 12:37 PM

IS suicide blast kills 51 near Syria's Al-Bab

IS suicide blast kills 51 near Syria's Al-BabAl-Bab (Syria) (AFP) - An Islamic State group suicide bomber killed 51 people outside Syria's Al-Bab on Friday, in a major blow just hours after rebels seized the town from the jihadists. In a statement distributed online, the group said its suicide bomber "drove his car bomb into the middle of a gathering of Turkish soldiers and apostates working in Susian".

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:20 PM

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayorRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 9:42 PM

Boy in Starvation Case Pictured as Doctor Reveals 9-Year-Old's Alleged Nightmare of Neglect

Boy in Starvation Case Pictured as Doctor Reveals 9-Year-Old's Alleged Nightmare of NeglectCameron Hoopingarner died at 9 years old, weighing less than 15 pounds.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 9:16 AM

India is so tired and so overworked

India is so tired and so overworkedWe told you that our lack of sleep is costing the world billions of dollars. We also told you that Gen-Z might be the most hardworking people ever.  Now it's time to put the spotlight on India — a country of 1.3 billion people with 65% below the age of 35.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's new bereavement leave raises an important point about grief in the workplace In short: India is tired, overworked, sleep-starved and vacation-deprived. Here are 5 stats that show India needs to up its work-like balance game:  1. Almost a quarter (22%) of Indians are concerned about being tired. That is their biggest health concern, this report says. Image: Shutterstock / lenetstan 2. Indian millennials reportedly spend 52 hours a week at work, the highest in the world. The average for the US is 45 and the UK is 41.  Image: Shutterstock / Elnur 3. An average employee works around 2,195 hours every year, more than those in most countries.  Image: Shutterstock / WeStudio 4. In big cities like Mumbai, some spend up to 8 hours a day commuting to-and-from work. Image: Shutterstock / Constantin Stanciu 5. India is the 4th most vacation-deprived country in the world, as this study reveals. Image: Shutterstock / MihaPater Seriously India, just take a break! BONUS: This social experiment takes a poignant look at academic pressure placed on students

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 8:39 AM

Navy: Arrest of AWOL sailor and new mother was 'last resort'

Navy: Arrest of AWOL sailor and new mother was 'last resort'FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 24-year-old U.S. Navy sailor who had a baby in August was arrested and remains on a military hold after being accused of deserting her post, court records show.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 6:07 PM

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division.

In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies.

"We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world."

If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information.

The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation."

Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:05 PM

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flightBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:55 PM

Mexico warns US it will refuse non-Mexican deportees

Mexico warns US it will refuse non-Mexican deporteesMexico will not accept deportees from the United States unless they are Mexican nationals, Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong declared on Friday, a day after meetings with top US officials. "As for other migrants, we cannot accept them," Osorio Chong said in an interview on Mexican radio station Radio Formula. On Thursday, Osorio Chong and Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray met with US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Mexico City as the American officials sought to mend frayed ties.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:38 PM

DeVos Questions If Schools Should Provide Free Lunch

DeVos Questions If Schools Should Provide Free LunchDevos jokingly said she is the "first person to tell Bernie Sanders to his face, there's no such thing as a free lunch."

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:48 AM

Pakistan says gas leak, not bomb, behind Lahore blast

Pakistan says gas leak, not bomb, behind Lahore blastAn explosion that killed seven people and caused panic in the Pakistani city of Lahore was caused by a gas leak and not a bomb as police had earlier stated, officials said Friday. It was not caused by explosives or a result of terrorism," Punjab provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah said Friday. Thursday's explosion sent panic through Lahore, where reports of a second blast were quickly debunked.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 6:52 AM

Infant who survived in 1920s sideshow incubator dies at 96

Infant who survived in 1920s sideshow incubator dies at 96MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Lucille Conlin Horn weighed barely 2 pounds when she was born, a perilous size for any infant, especially in 1920. Doctors told her parents to hold off on a funeral for her twin sister who had died at birth, expecting she too would soon be gone.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:47 PM

Arrest Made in Cold Case Murder of Georgia Beauty Queen After Tip Leads to Suspect

Arrest Made in Cold Case Murder of Georgia Beauty Queen After Tip Leads to SuspectTara Grinstead vanished without a trace 12 years ago.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:36 PM

Only China Can Save the Planet

Only China Can Save the PlanetThe United States is lost in the delusions of climate change deniers. Fortunately, Beijing could be up for leading the fight.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 11:12 AM

The Maha Shivaratri Hindu festival

The Maha Shivaratri Hindu festivalMaha Shivaratri, or the night of Shiva, is a festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 9:58 AM

India police arrest cheap mobile maker on fraud charges

India police arrest cheap mobile maker on fraud chargesLUCKNOW, India (AP) — The director of an Indian company that claimed it was selling the world's cheapest smartphone was arrested Thursday on fraud charges, police said Friday.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:14 AM

Trump vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themes

Trump vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themesBy Emily Stephenson and Steve Holland NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the "greatest military buildups in American history" on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists. Trump used remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an organization that gave him one of his first platforms in his improbable journey to the U.S. presidency, to defend his unabashed "America first" policies. Ahead of a nationally televised speech to Congress on Tuesday, Trump outlined plans for strengthening the U.S. military, already the world's most powerful fighting force, and other initiatives such as tax reform and regulatory rollback.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:59 PM

Verizon’s unlimited advertising is confusing everyong

Verizon’s unlimited advertising is confusing everyong

Verizon has rolled out a thorough ad campaign to go with its new unlimited data plan. As is normal these days, the ads focus on the pricing per line when you have four lines, which works out to $45 per line, plus taxes and fees.

Unfortunately for sales reps working in Verzion's stores, wannabe customers don't read the fine print.

Several Verizon retail sources have told BGR that customers are coming in "every hour" asking for "that $45 Unlimited plan," just to be told that actually, it's $80 plus taxes for the plan if there's just one of you. I'm sure Verizon is happy that customers are excited by the pricing of its unlimited plan, but people wanting one line for $45 per month seems to be causing serious problems for the retail outlets. One employee said that "if I have to explain the bad math to one more customer, I'm going to go [around the city] and write '$80' on every Verizon ad I can find."

A poster on the Verizon subreddit echoed the comments:

"I swear man, if another customer comes in and asks for our new $45 UDP, I'm gonna rip the posters off the walls. I'm not even cushioning my response to customers anymore. I just tell them it's gimmicky marketing math meant to get them in store. Anyone else having a lot of push back from frustrated customers on this phrasing?"

Verizon is definitely not the first wireless network to focus on the per-line unlimited cost, rather than being more upfront about the pricing. Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T have all used per-line pricing in the past, despite the fact that most people don't actually have four lines per account. Still, it seems like people have been waiting so long for a Verizon unlimited plan that this ad campaign has sparked more interest than usual.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:58 PM

Remembering Steve Jobs In 10 Quotes

Remembering Steve Jobs In 10 QuotesThe former Apple co-founder and chief executive left a memorable legacy -- and some memorable quotes. Here are 10 quotes in remembrance of Jobs' birthday.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 10:46 AM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PMPrime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 9:21 AM

The Latest: Democrats need to dust off party voting rules

The Latest: Democrats need to dust off party voting rulesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the selection of a new national leader of the Democratic Party (all times local):

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 10:06 AM

Couple with Down Syndrome to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary: 'I've Never Seen Love Like It'

Couple with Down Syndrome to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary: 'I've Never Seen Love Like It'Defying criticism, a couple with Down syndrome has been married for nearly 22 years.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 6:59 PM

Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman's pinky finger: media

Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman's pinky finger: mediaA Wisconsin man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Friday for cutting off a woman's pinky finger with a machete and trying to close the wound with a blow torch during a ceremony for a fellow fan of a hip hop band, media reported. In August, Jonathan Schrap, 25, and three other people held a "ritualistic memorial" at his home for a fellow fan of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse who died in 2015, a local ABC affiliate reported, citing a criminal compliant filed by the state. Schrap pleaded no contest earlier this week to a felony charge of second degree reckless injury charge, according to online court records.

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 3:36 AM

2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep CompassBetter than before, and that's no backhanded compliment.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 12:01 AM

Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses them

Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses themWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:39 PM

Apple may have delayed its first exciting new product of 2017

Apple may have delayed its first exciting new product of 2017

Apple's expanding line of iPad tablets is widely accepted as the gold standard in the tablet market. While tablets as a whole have been largely disappointing considering the explosive growth that leading market research firms predicted following the original iPad's debut, tens of millions of tablets are still sold around the world each quarter. Truth be told, tablets are still a big business for plenty of hardware vendors, despite the fact that sales are declining due in part to a much slower upgrade cycle than most firms were expecting. Oh, how market researchers love to draw straight growth lines that soar endlessly into the sky.

While Apple's iPads have continued to get better and better as time has progressed, most updates in recent years have been somewhat incremental as far as user-facing features are concerned. That's why it was so exciting when reports began to emerge suggesting that Apple actually has a bold new redesign coming to one of its new iPads in 2017. Unfortunately, a new report now suggests that Apple's nifty next-generation iPad may have been delayed.

According to a handful of independent reports headlined by ever-accurate insider Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has a brand new addition to its iPad lineup in 2017. Slotted in between the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will reportedly be a new model with a 10.5-inch display. This new iPad will apparently be roughly the same size as the 9.7-inch iPad model, however, because it will feature much narrower bezels than other tablets in Apple's iPad lineup. Bezel-narrowing is an ongoing trend in 2017, and it will continue right up until September when the "all-screen" iPhone 8 is unveiled.

This sleek new iPad model will reportedly be unveiled next month alongside new 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad models that feature incremental updates. That's the good news. The bad news, however, is yet another report emerged on Friday suggesting that the launch of Apple's hot new iPad model has been delayed.

"Vendors have hoped that at least one of the two large-size tablets, 10.5-inch iPad or the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, will be released in the first quarter of 2017 along with the entry-level 9.7-inch iPad," Digitimes' Siu Han and Steve Shen reported on Friday. "However, the sources said that they are now more certain that both of the planned two large-size models will not come until May-June, thereby affecting first-quarter sales of supply chain makers."

Delayed launches obviously won't put a huge dent in Apple's earnings since iPad models make up such a minuscule percentage of the company's sales and profits. Apple fans are growing increasingly anxious for something new and exciting to sink their teeth into though, and it looks like the wait may have just gotten a few months longer.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 9:27 AM

Tesla Wants To Offer Cars With Insurance and Maintenance For Single Price, Already Offering In Asia

Tesla Wants To Offer Cars With Insurance and Maintenance For Single Price, Already Offering In AsiaTesla executives said they want to offer insurance and maintenance bundles with upcoming cars already included in price.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 5:34 PM

North Korea steps up sanctions-busting: UN report

North Korea steps up sanctions-busting: UN reportNorth Korea is flouting tougher new UN sanctions with more ingenuous tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by UN sanctions experts says. North Korea "is flouting sanctions through trade in prohibited goods, with evasion techniques that are increasing in scale, scope and sophistication," said the report sent to the Security Council last week.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 1:10 PM

Military Families Fret Trump's Transgender Decree

Military Families Fret Trump's Transgender DecreeIt's unclear if the president's directive would be applied to school's under the Defense Department's purview.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 11:12 AM

Guatemalan navy blocks Dutch 'abortion ship'

Guatemalan navy blocks Dutch 'abortion ship'Guatemala's military detains a Dutch boat that provides abortions as it entered the waters outside the Central American country. Abortion is illegal in Guatemala, unless the woman's live is at risk. Eve Johnson reports.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:39 AM

SpaceX Is Delaying Its Mars Mission Until 2020

SpaceX Is Delaying Its Mars Mission Until 2020With so much going on, SpaceX can't commit to a 2018 mission to the red planet.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 12:37 PM

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 2:45 PM

Germany: Man hits 3 with car and flees, is shot by police

Germany: Man hits 3 with car and flees, is shot by policeBERLIN (AP) — A man drove a car into pedestrians in a central square in the German city of Heidelberg on Saturday, injuring three people, then fled and was shot after being tracked down by officers, police said. One of the victims later died.

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 4:00 PM

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by TrumpBy Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 10:39 PM

Two major Windows 10 updates could be in store for 2017

Two major Windows 10 updates could be in store for 2017The Creators Update, the next major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, will be available to users free of charge from spring 2017. Likely to roll out first of all to testers in the Windows Insider program, the update probably won't be publicly available until early 2018. As the name suggests, Microsoft's Creators Update is designed to bring out everyone's creative side, from novice users to gamers to experienced graphic designers, whether for home or professional use.

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 6:28 AM

Mom who decapitated baby gets 15 years to life in prison

Mom who decapitated baby gets 15 years to life in prisonCINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio woman charged with stabbing and decapitating her 3-month-old daughter pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison.

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 8:21 PM

Son of boxer Muhammad Ali detained at Florida airport

Son of boxer Muhammad Ali detained at Florida airportA son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was held for questioning for two hours at a Florida airport upon returning from Jamaica because of his Arabic-sounding name, US media reported. Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, who was born in Philadelphia and has a US passport, was traveling with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the late sports icon's second wife, friend and lawyer Chris Mancini told the Louisville Courier-Journal. Mancini told the newspaper that both were held for questioning on the Fort Lauderdale International Airport on February 7 because of their Arabic-sounding names.

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 2:29 AM

An Ecstatic Crowd Greets Obama At NYC Starbucks

An Ecstatic Crowd Greets Obama At NYC StarbucksBarack Obama may no longer be the U.S. president, but it appears he can still attract a large crowd.

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 12:33 AM

News – Insurance Journal

Texas Bill Seeks Limits on Hailstorm Lawsuits
A bill has been filed in the Texas Senate that seeks to curb what the authors of the legislation say is a skyrocketing number of lawsuits filed against insurers for bogus or inflated hailstorm claims. Senate Bill 10, filed by …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 5:53 PM
Californian Sentenced for Felony Insurance Fraud in Sacramento
The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in California reported that Paige Nolasco, who pled no contest to felony insurance fraud, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years’ formal probation, and ordered her to pay $1,781 in …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 5:40 PM
Brinson Takes Over as President of Texas Surplus Lines Assoc.
Teri Brinson, executive vice president of M.D. Jensvold & Co., has taken over as president of the Texas Surplus Lines Association (TSLA) for 2017. She brings more than 35 years of experience and leadership in the insurance industry to her …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 5:32 PM
Jury: Former Oklahoma Legislator Must Pay Insurer $4.3M in Defamation Case
A Tulsa, Okla., jury has awarded an insurance company and its CEO $4.3 million in a defamation case. The Oklahoman reports former state legislator and former First Trinity director Wayne Pettigrew left First Trinity Financial Corp. in 2013 and issued …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 5:02 PM
Ryan Specialty Group to Acquire Trident Marine Managers
RSG Underwriting Managers (RSGUM) announced an agreement to acquire Trident Marine Managers Inc. and related claims adjusting affiliates (Trident), headquartered in Houston. Trident is a specialty marine managing general agency that has served the energy sector for more than 35 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 5:01 PM
GMI Insurance Taps Falls Lake as Primary Carrier for Auto Programs
GMI Insurance, a program administrator specializing in commercial auto exposures, has added Falls Lake Insurance Companies as the new primary carrier for its auto programs. Effective Feb. 1, GMI Insurance programs offers mono-line commercial auto policies through Falls Lake. GMI …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:37 PM
BKS Partners in Florida Partners With D&M Insurance Solutions
Tampa, Fla.-based insurance brokerage Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS) has partnered with D&M Insurance Solutions, LLC (D&M), a Clearwater, Fla.-based insurance consulting and brokerage firm. The partnership was finalized on Feb. 22, 2017. D&M focuses on serving financial institutions, investors, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:31 PM
Florida-Based SUNZ Taps Bryant as EVP, Chief Legal Officer
SUNZ Holdings has appointed Theodore “Ted” G. Bryant, Esq. to the position of executive vice president and chief legal officer of SUNZ Holdings and will report directly to Steven F. Herrig, CEO and chairman of the board. In this newly …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:22 PM
Proposed Florida Bill Gives Women 10 Years to Sue Doctors Over Abortions
Women who have abortions in Florida would find it easier to sue the doctors who performed the procedure, under a contentious bill now moving through the state House. But it’s unclear if the legislation – which has been opposed by …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:16 PM
South Carolina Lawmakers File 10 Bills Aimed at Curbing Opioid Abuse
House Republicans filed 10 proposals Wednesday aimed at curbing South Carolina’s rampant prescription painkiller problem and promised more legislation would follow. “We wanted to get the ball rolling. This is just the first step,” said Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Belton, one …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:09 PM
AIG Among ‘Too-Big-to-Fail’ Insurers Trying to Assess Path Forward Under Trump
Insurance giant American International Group sees “considerable uncertainty” about U.S. regulations that deem non-bank financial institutions as being too big to fail, given the recent change in White House administrations, according to a filing. The “appropriateness and federal regulation” of …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:47 PM
UK P&I Clubs Consider Opening EU Outposts in Preparation for Brexit
U.K.-regulated ship insurers are preparing plans to open new outposts in European Union jurisdictions such as Luxembourg and Cyprus, fearing that Brexit will hinder access to the EU’s financial market, industry sources involved say. Britain dominates the global marine insurance market and …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:10 PM
EU Lawmakers Call for Law Regulating Rise of Robots, Including Self-Driving Cars
European lawmakers on Feb. 16 called for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an ethical framework for their development and deployment and the establishment of liability for the actions of robots including self-driving cars. But they rejected …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:57 PM
6 Years After Fukushima Disaster, Robots Continue Search for Radioactive Fuel
The latest robot seeking to find the 600 tons of nuclear fuel and debris that melted down six years ago in Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant met its end in less than a day. The scorpion-shaped machine, built by …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:46 PM
Security Breach at New York’s Kennedy Airport Unnerves Some Travelers
A breach that allowed 11 people to walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation’s busiest airports has some travelers scratching their heads about how this could happen even with the enhanced security measures put in …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:39 PM
Reported Drone Flying Violations Up 46%
Reports of  drone safety violations continued to increase during 2016. There were 1,274 reports from February through September last year, compared with 874 for the same period in 2015 — a 46 percent increase. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:32 PM
Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Could Get $1.55M from Virginia
A man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit could be getting $1.55 million from the state of Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a bill to provide compensation to 60-year-old Keith Allen …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:30 PM
What is Lidar and Why Are Autonomous Car Makers Fighting Over It?
Spacecraft use it to measure distance. Farmers use it to work out which fields need fertilizer. Archaeologists use it to map topography. And, crucially for Uber Technologies Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, self-driving cars use lidar to navigate. As carmakers …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:23 PM
Massachusetts-Headquartered Eastern Insurance Group Hires Goyer
Eastern Insurance Group, a Natick, Mass.-headquartered subsidiary of Eastern Bank, has hired Mark J. Goyer as vice president and sales executive within Eastern Benefits Group, the insurance firm’s employee benefits division. Goyer, who works out of the Norwell, Mass., office, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 1:44 PM
Lucky to Be Alive, Calling for a Revolution in Road Safety
Three weeks ago, I was walking home on a dark, snowy night in Concord, Massachusetts. The next thing I knew, I was in a hospital, hooked up to some kind of machine. I could not lift my legs or even …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 1:33 PM
XL Catlin Launches $500,000 Fund for Scientists Researching Ocean Risks
XL Catlin has launched a $500,000 fund to support “early career scientists” undertaking research into the changing ocean environment. The XL Catlin Ocean Risk Grants will be awarded to scientists for final year BSc, Masters and PhD research. The fund demonstrates …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 12:38 PM
Helping Small Insurers Sell Cyber Coverage to Small Businesses
With the global cyber insurance market expected to reach $14 billion by 2022, according to Allied Market Research, it’s no wonder more insurers are looking to offer cyber coverage. But small insurers have been sidelined in this market due to …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 11:48 AM
Third Point Re’s Berger to Step Down as CEO, Succeeded by Bredahl
Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. announced that John Berger, chairman and CEO, will be stepping down as CEO effective March 1, 2017. Robert Bredahl, currently president and chief operating officer, will succeed Berger as CEO of Third Point Re on March 1. Berger will …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 11:16 AM
UK Suspect Arrested in Deutsche Telekom Cyber Attack
British authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a cyber attack that infected nearly 1 million routers used to access Deutsche Telekom’s internet service, German federal police said on Thursday. Britain’s National Crime Agency detained the 29-year-old Briton at one of …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 10:15 AM
Chubb’s Draper Jumps to Navigators to Head International Casualty
The Navigators Group Inc. said that David J. Draper has joined the company as head of International Casualty. Draper is responsible for developing Navigators’ international casualty business outside of the United States in Europe, including in the UK, and in …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 7:55 AM
Now’s the Time to Invest in ’80s-Era Classic Cars
Thirty years ago, a person of means could walk into an import car dealership, drop a sum that would double the average annual household income, and drive out with a grand touring coupe—a two-door, four-seater powered by a prodigious, smooth, naturally aspirated …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 6:00 AM
WestCongress Insurance Services Opens in Detroit
WestCongress Insurance Services LLC, a newly created managing general agent (MGA) for the specialty commercial insurance marketplace, has opened in Detroit. WestCongress will focus on excess and surplus (E&S) lines coverage in niche and underserved segments. The company’s initial product …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:26 AM
Oregon Workers’ Comp Provider Sees Big Hike in Slip, Fall Injuries in January
As a result of the heavy snow and ice statewide in January, more Oregon workers suffered slips, trips and falls than in any recent January, according to SAIF data. SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company. More than …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:08 AM
Watson Joins Cavignac & Associates in San Diego
Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm, has hired Stephen Watson as a junior account executive. His principle area of focus will be on professional liability. Watson previously was employed as assistant manager of Walmart …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:03 AM
Minot, North Dakota, Planning for Launch of Disaster Resilience Program
Minot officials have drafted a new governance structure for the city in hopes of giving momentum to its disaster resilience program. City Manager Tom Barry outlined the plan to the Minot City Council earlier this month, the Minot Daily News …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:57 AM

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