Electronics

Five things to know about Trump’s controversial ObamaCare decision – The Hill

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to end payments to insurers meant to help low-income people afford their insurance has set off a battle in the courts and new fears about the possible collapse of former President Obama’s health care law. Ending the payments is the most dramatic step taken to date by President Trump, who has been frustrated with the GOP Congress’s inability to repeal the law. Trump has talked about…

More Californians ordered to flee wildfires as gusting winds return – Washington Post

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Northern California officials ordered a new round of mandatory evacuations overnight for parts of the Sonoma Valley and eastern Santa Rosa as gusting winds returned, reviving dangerous fire conditions in a region that has been devastated by ongoing blazes since last week. The National Weather Service warned Friday night that strong winds were expected throughout Northern California, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph, putting much of the region under…

Joshua Boyle says Taliban-linked captors raped Caitlan Coleman, killed infant daughter – Washington Post

Saturday, October 14, 2017

KABUL — Taliban captors who held American Caitlan Coleman and her family for five years killed an infant daughter and allowed Coleman to be raped by a guard, her husband told reporters in Canada late Friday. Joshua Boyle’s revelation, which authorities have not confirmed, added another layer to a story with nearly as many questions as answers after the couple and their three children were rescued Wednesday when their Haqqani…

Freed Taliban hostage says captors raped his wife, authorized child’s killing – CNN

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Fact-checking President Trump’s speech on the Iran deal – Washington Post

Saturday, October 14, 2017

In his speech on the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump made a number of factual assertions. The deal was negotiated by Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France and China), Germany and the European Union. Here’s a guide to some of his rhetoric, in the order in which he made these statements….

Santa Rosa comes to terms with the scale of devastation: 3000 buildings lost, many dead in fire – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

After the fires had roared through, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano drove through the wreckage of Santa Rosa’s Larkfield-Wikiup neighborhood. Twisted beams and garage doors crumpled like old newspapers had replaced street after street of tidy homes. The hubcaps from charred cars had melted into rivulets of gleaming aluminum that pooled in the gutters. “I don’t even think I understand what the damage toll is going to be, and I…

Despite losing to Keuchel, the Yankees can take five positives from Game 1 of the ALCS – CBSSports.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday night, the Astros opened the ALCS with a tidy Game 1 win over the Yankees (HOU 2, NYY 1) at Minute Maid Park. Dallas Keuchel was the story of the game, as he struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings. Closer Ken Giles finished the game for the Astros with a five-out save. Game 1 was one of those games that didn’t feel as close as the final score…

Trump Disavows Nuclear Deal, but Doesn’t Scrap It – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mr. Trump, in declaring his intention not to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal, essentially kicked to Congress a decision about whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran and blow up the agreement. His aides, however, insisted that was not the goal, and that they instead wanted Congress to enact legislation defining what would incite the United States to reimpose sanctions. The president listed three such triggers — the deployment of…

White House’s decision to stop ACA cost-sharing subsidies triggers strong opposition – Washington Post

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to halt payments to insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage under the Affordable Care Act roiled the law’s insurance marketplaces Friday and sparked an immediate legal challenge from nearly 20 state attorneys general. The administration’s move, which officials formalized through a filing in a federal appeals court, could throw the ACA sign-up season that begins Nov. 1 into disarray. Some insurers and state…

Haqqani captors killed child, raped wife, Canadian ex-hostage says – Fox News

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Husband of freed American hostage refuses to board US plane Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Josh Boyle, were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Haqqani network; Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon. After landing in Canada with his family Friday night, Canadian ex-hostage Joshua Boyle told reporters some frightening news about his family’s ordeal in Afghanistan. He said the Haqqani network, which held him and his wife…

California wildfire death toll rises to 36 as dangerous winds return – Washington Post

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Nearly a week after flames began fanning across Northern California’s wine country, firefighters have made progress in containing the deadly wildfires even as high winds threaten to return and spark another round of conflagrations. In an ominous Friday-afternoon bulletin, the National Weather Service warned that winds are expected to increase dramatically Friday night throughout Northern California, noting that the dangerous conditions will continue “at least through Saturday.” An enormous swath of the state is under a…

Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site – CNN

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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European Leaders Criticize Trump’s Disavowal of Iran Deal – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s foreign minister, said that Mr. Trump was sending “a difficult and also from our point of view dangerous signal.” He said that the Iran deal, and other diplomatic achievements, were necessary “to convince countries like North Korea, and maybe also others, that it is possible to create security without acquiring nuclear weapons.” “Destroying this agreement would, worldwide, mean that others could no longer rely on such agreements…

In California, Fires So Fast Hesitation Proved Lethal – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Search and rescue teams from around Northern California converged on the incinerated remains of Journey’s End on Friday, a mobile home park for seniors in Santa Rosa. They came with shovels, rakes and a cadaver-sniffing Australian cattle dog named Seven. They left with bone fragments. These were among the first steps in a painstaking process of finding the missing and the dead, under unusually difficult conditions. The fires were so…

David Glasser On His & TWC’s Future After Harvey Weinstein – Deadline

Saturday, October 14, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: The allegations of sexual harassment and rapes against Harvey Weinstein has led to an unrelenting onslaught of nasty press for those left behind at The Weinstein Company following the firing of Weinstein by the board of directors. After being hit hard by a Variety article this morning over a business deal that happened over 20 years ago, TWC president and COO David Glasser wanted to set the record straight…

Ex-White House Chief of Staff Is Interviewed by Special Counsel – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Photo Reince Priebus in August 2016 at a Trump presidential campaign rally in Pennsylvania. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Investigators for the special counsel’s office on Friday interviewed President Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to Mr. Priebus’s lawyer. Mr. Priebus is the first senior administration official known to have been interviewed by the special counsel’s office. “Mr. Priebus was voluntarily interviewed by…

US House speaker vows to secure money needed by Puerto Rico – Washington Post

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — House Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to help Puerto Rico secure the money it needs to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria after touring the disaster zone Friday and seeing what he called the “dire conditions” facing many across the island. Ryan toured the island in a helicopter at the head of a congressional delegation and met with local officials and representatives of the Federal…

Trump sets new conditions for US to stay in Iran nuclear deal, tossing issue to Congress – Washington Post

Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump on Friday officially disavowed the international nuclear deal with Iran, but did not terminate an agreement he called weak and poorly constructed. Instead, the president asked Congress to attach new caveats that could either alter the pact or lead to its rupture. “We will not continue down the path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” Trump said…

Death toll rises to 31, more victims identified in deadly Northern California fires – Los Angeles Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

Firefighters continued to gain control of some fires scorching Northern California on Thursday night, thanks in part to continued calm winds in some parts of the region. Altogether, the 15 fires have burned more than 212,000 acres and caused at least 31 deaths. Officials expect the death toll to rise as search efforts continue. Officials began to gain a toehold Thursday night and early Friday against fires raging in Sonoma…