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White House says Kellyanne Conway won't testify at House hearing on Hatch Act violations

White House says Kellyanne Conway won't testify at House hearing on Hatch Act violationsHouse Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings plans to issue a subpoena for Conway and said she would be held in contempt if she ignores it.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 4:03 PM

Harris pressed to get more personal about why she's running

Harris pressed to get more personal about why she's runningKamala Harris nodded knowingly when a black woman at a weekend candidate forum recounted watching her mother face racial discrimination during her childhood. "You and I have a similar experience growing up," said Harris, the California senator and former prosecutor who would be the first black woman elected president. It was the kind of moment some Harris advisers and allies have been waiting for: the blending of Harris' polished political resume with a revealing glimpse at the forces that have shaped her life and her vision for the presidency.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 6:30 AM

Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraft

Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraftUS drones have been a key tool in conflicts against insurgent organizations such as the Taliban and the Islamic State group, but Iran's downing of one of the aircraft highlights their limitations against more sophisticated adversaries. While drones offer the significant attraction of not putting American lives at risk and can stay aloft for more than a day, allowing for extended surveillance missions, they can be vulnerable to air defenses, are often expensive, and their loss can lead to sensitive hardware falling into the wrong hands. "I believe sophisticated air defenses will continue to have good chances to shoot down an aircraft like an RQ-4 whenever it is in position to do meaningful surveillance of their territories or other assets," he said, referring to the type of drone brought down by Iran last week near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 10:04 AM

U.S. Navy SEAL charged with war crimes had confidence of his immediate superior

U.S. Navy SEAL charged with war crimes had confidence of his immediate superiorThe immediate superior of a Navy SEAL standing trial charged with murdering a helpless Iraqi prisoner and shooting unarmed civilians testified on Wednesday he had complete confidence in the defendant's combat tactics and decision-making. Master Chief Petty Officer Brian Alazzawi, the first defense witness called to the stand in the trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, also described how one of the main accusers in the case had seemed to harbor a grudge against Gallagher. Gallagher, a decorated career combat veteran, has denied all charges and says he is wrongly accused.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 8:16 PM

Microsoft might beat Apple to market with an ARM-powered laptop

Microsoft might beat Apple to market with an ARM-powered laptopApple is expected to replace Intel chips that typically power MacBooks with ARM-based creations of its own, and we keep seeing rumors pointing in that direction. But while Apple hasn't confirmed that it's working on A-series processors that could deliver desktop-grade performance, its partner (and rival) Qualcomm has already launched a bunch of ARM processors that can run Windows.The latest one is the Snapdragon 8cx that has been engineered specifically for notebook use. And that's the platform Microsoft might use on an upcoming Surface laptop.Windows Central's Zac Bowden said on Twitter that the latest Surface codename to keep an eye out for is "Excalibur," which is reportedly powered by an 8cx processor:https://twitter.com/zacbowden/status/1143220716273356801Just a couple of months ago, we saw a Snapdragon 8cx laptop at Computex 2019, meant to demo 5G connectivity on notebooks. Qualcomm, of course, is also pushing its 5G chips, which power several of the 5G smartphones that are available in stores, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.At the time, Qualcomm partnered with Lenovo on the "Project Limitless" device, although we have no idea when this laptop will launch. Microsoft, on the other hand, is already rumored to be working on dual-display and foldable devices, with a foldable Surface tablet/laptop expected in the first half of 2020. It's unclear whether the Excalibur is related to any of these products. However, using a Snapdragon 8cx platform, complete with 5G connectivity on a foldable device, makes a great deal of sense.Intel chips have powered all of Microsoft's Surface models to date. Many future Surface laptops will likely continue to rely on Intel chips, but having Microsoft launch an ARM-based Surface would put even more pressure on Intel, as well as signal to other vendors that Windows on ARM is a real alternative.As for Apple, the company is expected to deliver a novel 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall, although the laptop will probably run on Intel chips. Other MacBook lines will also see refreshes, but there's no indication that an ARM-based MacBook will launch this year.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 7:06 PM

Photos of the Euro-Spec Ford Puma

Photos of the Euro-Spec Ford Puma

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 12:19 PM

Best Kamado Grills From Consumer Reports' Tests

Best Kamado Grills From Consumer Reports' TestsFor more than 30 years, the Big Green Egg was the only widely available kamado-style charcoal grill. In that time, this grill developed a cultlike following, and it’s easy to see why.  Its thick ...

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 5:00 PM

Watch Out, Russia and China: The Navy Has a New Plan to Kill Your Submarines

Watch Out, Russia and China: The Navy Has a New Plan to Kill Your SubmarinesSmall said the Navy is ultimately looking for a “family of systems.”Should an enemy submarine surface well beyond undersea or surface drone detection range and send intelligence to attack platforms - US Navy platforms could be vulnerable in some instances. Fortified by targeting data from well beyond the horizon, enemy subs, planes and ships might, in this case, be well-positioned for a coordinated strike.However, should an interwoven web of Navy surveillance assets track and share vital information, coordinated surface, air and undersea drones could sustain an unprecedented advantage -- and a new attack synergy could actually begin to transform maritime warfare.Enemy mines, surface ships, small boats and submarines might be detected more quickly, but, perhaps of greater importance, cross-domain drone connectivity would completely change the sensor-to-shooter kill chain. With this in mind, Navy weapons developers have put this initiative on the fast track, with the hope of rapidly networking its fleet of surface, air and undersea drones.Submarine hunting with Textron’s Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) is already breaking through to a new level of detection and attack technology, laying a foundation of progress from which to build toward a new horizon of the desired interconnected maritime drone combat. This new level of multi-domain drone networking was described at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space Symposium by Capt. Pete Small, Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Small said this is now being advanced through a collaborative effort between Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Air Systems Command.“In the command and control area we are looking to standardize protocols across UUVs, USV and UAVs,” Small said. Using common protocol standards and flexible architecture, the Navy plans to solidify what Small called “a smattering of manned and unmanned systems, satellites and ground stations communicating with the right interfaces.”Surface radio or GPS signals, coupled with various kinds of sonar or low-frequency undersea communications, form the foundation for emerging kinds of networking which bring the prospect of a new era of interconnectivity. Also, DARPA and BAE Systems are now working on an emerging GPS-like undersea networking technology as well.“You might have a destroyer that needs to operate a UUV and a USV and link back to a shore-based command and control center. You have got to have common protocols. Every unmanned system is a little different and has its own requirements. Ships and subs have different elements. You need commonality for platform integration,” Small said.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 9:00 PM

Replica clock find sparks hope for Notre-Dame restoration

Replica clock find sparks hope for Notre-Dame restorationAn accidental discovery of a 19th-century clock in a dusty church storage room in Paris has sparked hopes that it can be used to replace a timepiece destroyed in the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral. The ruined clock in Notre-Dame, which measured two metres (6.5 feet) across, was located beneath the roof and spire of the Gothic monument which crashed down in the blaze that stunned France in April. Then French clockmaker Jean-Baptiste Viot stumbled across an almost identical version while completing an inventory last month at Saint Trinite church in northern Paris, four kilometres (2.5 miles) away from Notre-Dame.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 12:16 PM

US border chief resigns amid outcry over treatment of migrant children

US border chief resigns amid outcry over treatment of migrant childrenThe acting commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, John Sanders, is resigning and will leave his post on July 5, amid an outcry over the treatment of detained migrant children. His departure comes amid mounting public backlash over alarmingly unsanitary conditions at an overcrowded migrant facility in Clint, Texas where the discovery of poor care and lack of access to showers or clean clothing prompted the relocation of 250 detained children. The situation has led immigration activists and Democrats to step up criticism of President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policies. Mr Sanders, whose resignation was first reported by The New York Times, has led the agency since April, when Mr Trump reshuffled the management of US immigration agencies under the Department of Homeland Security. Before taking over CBP, he was the agency's chief operating officer and had also been the Transportation Security Administration's chief technology officer. A temporary detention facility in Clint, Texas Credit: AFP Mr Trump said he had not ask for Mr Sanders to quit, calling him a good man and saying he did not know why he decided to resign. Dealing with a surge of migrants at the US -Mexico border has been a priority for Mr Trump - but the president has proven unable to push most of his goals through Congress. On Tuesday, Democrats in the House of Representatives said they plan to approve $4.5 billion (£3.5 billion) in emergency funding to address the crisis caused by the migrant surge, but the measure has drawn a veto threat from Mr Trump. "This week we have to solve the humanitarian crisis," Hakeem Jeffries, chair of the House Democratic Caucus Chairman said, predicting that the funding package would pass the House with a "strong Democratic vote." But lawmakers were also rushing to add language before the vote to mandate better health and nutrition standards at border facilities. The changes were being made after some liberal Democrats expressed alarm that not enough was being done to improve conditions at the border, where the number of migrants apprehended surged in May to the highest level since 2006.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 2:59 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Sweltering Heatwave in Germany Sparks Wildfires, Forces Speed Cuts on Autobahn
A blistering heatwave prompted Germany to impose speed restrictions on usually limit-free stretches of its high-speed motorways Wednesday, the latest sign of extreme weather events ruffling Europe’s largest economy. State authorities are reducing speeds to as low as 100 kilometers …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 9:57 AM
Moody’s Partners with Israel’s Team8 to Create Cyber Risk Index for Businesses
Ratings agency Moody’s Corp. and Israeli cyber group Team8 launched on Thursday a joint venture to assess how vulnerable businesses are to cyber attacks and create what they hope will become a global benchmark. Cyber attacks are in focus after …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 9:02 AM
Higginbotham Named Swiss Re’s CEO Reinsurance Asia, Replacing Plunkett
Swiss Re announced that Russell Higginbotham has been appointed CEO Reinsurance Asia and regional president, effective July 8, 2019, and subject to necessary regulatory approvals. He is succeeding Jayne Plunkett, who has decided to pursue career opportunities outside Swiss Re. …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 8:49 AM
Swiss Re’s UK Unit ReAssure to Be Valued at up to $4.2B in IPO
UK life assurance business ReAssure will be valued at up to 3.3 billion pounds ($4.2 billion) when it floats on the London Stock Exchange, its largest shareholder Swiss Re said on Thursday. Swiss Re, the world’s second-largest reinsurance company, set …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 8:31 AM
Michigan Democratic Leader Says Businesses, Heavy Trucks Must Fix Roads
With Republicans firmly opposed to a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, Democratic lawmakers want businesses to do more to help fix the roads. A new $1.2 billion proposal from House Democrats would raise the state’s corporate tax, create a new 6-cents-a-mile …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 5:59 AM
National Weather Service Confirms Rare West Virginia Tornado
The National Weather Service says storm-related damage indicates that a rare tornado touched down in West Virginia. The weather service tweeted that a tornado hit the Alum Creek area Monday night along U.S. Route 119 southwest of Charleston. A survey …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 5:37 AM
What Passed, What Didn’t: New Florida Laws Taking Effect July 1
The Florida Legislature looked at and passed many pieces of legislation in the 2019 session that will impact the insurance industry. The following are summaries of what passed — and what didn’t. What Passed HB 7065 – AOB Reform Provides …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 5:26 AM
Discovery of New Risk with Boeing 737 to Prolong Grounding
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has identified a new risk that Boeing Co. must address on its 737 MAX before the grounded jet can return to service, the agency said on Wednesday. The risk was discovered during a simulator test …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 5:00 AM
Georgia Court: Insurer Can’t Deny Coverage Despite Misinformation on Application
An insurer that extended its workers’ compensation coverage for 90 days after discovering the employer had violated the terms of its policy could not then deny coverage for a claim on the grounds that those terms had been violated, the …

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 4:37 AM
Former Washington Agent Pleads Guilty to Writing Fake Auto Policies
Lilibeth Brulotte, a former Washington insurance agent, pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to third-degree theft in connection with writing fake auto insurance policies. Brulotte’s sentence was deferred for two years and will be dismissed if she commits no …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 8:06 PM

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