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Catalonia crisis: Spanish prime minister wants region’s leaders removed – CNN

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Barcelona, Spain (CNN)The Spanish government aggressively moved to squash Catalonia’s growing independence movement Saturday when Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to dissolve the regional government, remove elected leaders as soon as possible and hold new elections. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘world/2017/10/09/spain-catalan-divided-families-shubert-pkg.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_46′,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled =…

Five ex-Presidents attend hurricane relief concert; Trump appears in video message – CNN

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Funeral Held for US Soldier at Center of Donald Trump Fight – TIME

Sunday, October 22, 2017

(COOPER CITY, Fla.) — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him. Some of the 1,200 mourners exiting the church after Saturday’s service said the portrait of Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, was joined on stage by photographs of Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35,…

Hikers may have died in ‘sympathetic murder-suicide,’ relatives say – Fox News

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The bodies of Rachel Nguyen, left, and Joseph Orbeso were found under a tree and they appeared to have been rationing food and water.  (National Park Service via AP) The family of one of the hikers whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week say investigators have told them that they believe the couple died in a “sympathetic murder-suicide” after becoming lost in the sprawling…

Report: Bill O’Reilly settled another sexual harassment claim for $32 million – Washington Post

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A new report says that Bill O’Reilly settled a sexual harassment allegation by a longtime Fox News contributor before his “O’Reilly Factor”contract was renewed. (Richard Drew/AP) Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly secretly settled a sexual harassment allegation with a network contributor for $32 million — the largest, by far, of six such agreements that eventually toppled the outspoken commentator, according to a new report. The New York Times said…

How Microsoft embraced ‘messy’ creativity with Windows Ink – Engadget

Sunday, October 22, 2017

In particular, Woodman credits Microsoft’s close partnership with Wacom, a company best known for its stylus tablets and displays, for the progress with Windows Ink so far. That allowed the two companies to build a sensor that “essentially allows you to go between pen protocols.” For computer makers, that’s helpful since it lets them choose between different pen protocols. Basically, it let Microsoft open up the market for styluses, just…

For some veterans, John Kelly’s remarks add to a worrying military-civilian divide – Washington Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The deaths of four Special Forces soldiers in Niger this month have sparked wider debate about military service, the civilian-military divide in the United States and the contours of public discourse about one of the most country’s most hallowed communities: the families of troops killed in combat. When White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly defended President Trump’s call to the wife of one of the soldiers killed in…

Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont to ask region’s parliament to discuss ‘attack’ by Madrid – CNN

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Barcelona, Spain (CNN)The Spanish government aggressively moved to squash Catalonia’s growing independence movement Saturday when Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to dissolve the regional government, remove elected leaders as soon as possible and hold new elections. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘world/2017/10/09/spain-catalan-divided-families-shubert-pkg.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_46′,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171009190730-spain-catalan-divided-families-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled =…

The Air Force now has the power to recall up to 1000 retired pilots to address its personnel crisis – Business Insider

Saturday, October 21, 2017

An F-22 Raptor pilot gets situated in his aircraft before taking off from Ämari Air Base, Estonia, September 4, 2015. US Air Force The Air Force’s protracted personnel shortage has been called a “quiet crisis.” The service has pursued a number of policy changes to keep pilots in uniform. The Defense Department now has the authority to recall retired officers. President Donald Trump amended an executive order on Friday to…

Hikers may have died in ‘sympathetic murder-suicide,’ relatives say – Fox News

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The bodies of Rachel Nguyen, left, and Joseph Orbeso were found under a tree and they appeared to have been rationing food and water.  (National Park Service via AP) The family of one of the hikers whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week say investigators have told them that they believe the couple died in a “sympathetic murder-suicide” after becoming lost in the sprawling…

O’Reilly Settled New Harassment Claims, Then Fox Renewed His Contract – New York Times

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lawyers for Ms. Wiehl, Jonathan S. Abady and O. Andrew F. Wilson of the firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, declined to comment. Details of the settlement and how the company handled the O’Reilly situation emerged from interviews with two people briefed on the agreement and several others familiar with the dispute; all of them spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive private negotiations. The Times also viewed…

How Microsoft embraced ‘messy’ creativity with Windows Ink – Engadget

Saturday, October 21, 2017

In particular, Woodman credits Microsoft’s close partnership with Wacom, a company best known for its stylus tablets and displays, for the progress with Windows Ink so far. That allowed the two companies to build a sensor that “essentially allows you to go between pen protocols.” For computer makers, that’s helpful since it lets them choose between different pen protocols. Basically, it let Microsoft open up the market for styluses, just…

Laptop Flipflop: Now US Tries To Ban Laptops in Checked, Not Carry-On, Luggage – Forbes

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his checked luggage before boarding a flight to the U.S. in March, when America banned laptops from the passenger cabins of inbound flights from the Arab World. It later rescinded the ban, and is now seeking to ban laptops from checked luggage instead. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images) Seven months after America banned laptops from the passenger cabins of flights from the…

Laptop Starting Prices Are a Joke. Don’t Be the Punchline – Laptop Mag

Saturday, October 21, 2017

When you’re researching laptops ahead of your purchase, you’ll see systems that are listed with a “starting price” or that cost “from” a certain amount. Shoppers need to be wary of these entry-level configurations, because, like a base-model car that has no air conditioning or radio, they aren’t worth the money. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is the most egregious example of a computer with a misleading base price. The tablet…

For some veterans, John Kelly’s remarks add to a worrying military-civilian divide – Washington Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The deaths of four Special Forces soldiers in Niger this month have sparked wider debate about military service, the civilian-military divide in the United States and the contours of public discourse about one of the most country’s most hallowed communities: the families of troops killed in combat. When White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly defended President Trump’s call to the wife of one of the soldiers killed in…

Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis – New York Times

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mr. Rajoy said that his goal was to arrange new Catalan elections within six months, so as to lift the measures taken under Article 155 as soon as possible. It’s unclear, however, how such elections would be organized or whether they would significantly change Catalonia’s political landscape, let alone help to resolve the territorial conflict. Mr. Puigdemont led a mass demonstration in Barcelona, the region’s capital, on Saturday afternoon, before…

‘The president’s wingman': Absent in the West Wing, Bannon stays close to Trump – Washington Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

President Trump congratulates chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House in January. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) In the two months since Stephen K. Bannon was shunted from the White House and returned to the helm of Breitbart News, the former chief strategist has declared “a season of war” on establishment Republicans and even worked to help a Senate candidate…

Five former US presidents to appear at hurricane relief concert – CNN

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Billionaire Babis scores big in Czech election – Reuters

Saturday, October 21, 2017

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech billionaire Andrej Babis won a thumping victory in Saturday’s parliamentary election, giving the anti-establishment businessman facing fraud charges a strong mandate to cut taxes, lift public investment and fight immigration. Babis’s ANO movement held an unbeatable 30.04 percent of the vote with 94.4 percent of voting stations having reported — almost three times any other party and giving it a chance to rule with just one…

Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage – San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other large personal electronic devices in their checked bags. The FAA says in a filing with the International Civil Aviation Organization that the lithium-ion batteries in laptops can overheat and create fires. Some questions and answers about the shifting U.S. policy. ___ WHY IS THE FAA WORRIED ABOUT THIS…