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Spain Catalonia: Foreign minister denies ‘coup’ by Madrid – BBC News

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Media captionMany pictures showing Spanish police acting violently during the referendum were fake – Spanish foreign minister The Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, has denied that his government’s move to reassert control over Catalonia amounts to a “coup”. The speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, called measures announced by the government on Saturday a “de facto coup d’état”. “If anyone has attempted a coup, it is the Catalan regional…

Abe to push reform of Japan’s pacifist constitution after ruling bloc election win – Reuters

Sunday, October 22, 2017

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday’s election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation’s longest-serving premier and re-energizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition has won a combined 310 seats, reaching a two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-member lower house, with 11 seats still up for grabs, broadcaster TV Asahi said….

Bowe Bergdahl Says Returning to US Was as Tough as Captivity – NBCNews.com

Sunday, October 22, 2017

LONDON — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years a captive of the Taliban after abandoning his army base in Afghanistan, has said returning home to the U.S. was as tough as his time as a hostage. The former prisoner of war, who earlier this week pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges, told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper that his homecoming was difficult because his case had become political….

GOP Senate hopefuls reluctant to back McConnell as leader – The Hill

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) has become a flashpoint for Republicans running for Senate in 2018.  The Hill asked nearly two dozen Senate candidates this week if they would support McConnell as leader if elected. Not one campaign said outright that they would support him, although two candidates appear to have expressed…

Why Flash and Microsoft Silverlight frustrations just won’t go away – WBIR-TV

Sunday, October 22, 2017

If you go to the right sites on the Web, it’s 2007 all over again. These special pages won’t land you back in the closing days of George W. Bush’s administration or have Prince once again alive, but they will expect you to use one of the major multimedia plug-ins of that earlier era. Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft Silverlight once vied for a spot in people’s browsers as the preferred…

OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets … – TechCrunch

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Earlier this month, my five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch all existing ports for a quartet of ThunderBolt 3 ports, which felt…

Laptop Flipflop: Now U.S. Tries To Ban Laptops In Checked, Not … – Forbes

Sunday, October 22, 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 measure 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

Sunday, October 22, 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…

Spain Catalonia: Foreign minister denies ‘coup’ by Madrid – BBC News

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Media captionMany pictures showing Spanish police acting violently during the referendum were fake – Spanish foreign minister The Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, has denied that his government’s move to reassert control over Catalonia amounts to a “coup”. The speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, called measures announced by the government on Saturday a “de facto coup d’état”. “If anyone has attempted a coup, it is the Catalan regional…

Shinzo Abe’s coalition is projected to win the Japanese election – Washington Post

Sunday, October 22, 2017

TOKYO — Japanese voters braved wind, rain and a rapidly approaching typhoon Sunday to vote in their new government.  But as polling closed at 8 p.m. local time, early indications suggested that this new government would look remarkably like the old one. Public broadcaster NHK is predicting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party won between 253 and 300 seats and its coalition partner Komeito 26 to 37 seats — potentially…

Former US President Jimmy Carter says he would travel to North Korea on a diplomatic mission – Business Insider

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he would go to North Korea on Trump’s behalf. REUTERS / Neil Hall Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on a diplomatic mission. “I told him that I was available if they ever need me,” Carter allegedly told National Security Adviser Lt.-Gen. H. R. McMaster. In the mid-1990s, Carter travelled to Pyongyang and struck a deal with…

Trump plans to release JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies – Washington Post

Sunday, October 22, 2017

President Trump announced Saturday morning that he planned to release the tens of thousands of never-before-seen documents left in the files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination held by the National Archives and Records Administration. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted early Saturday. Experts have been speculating for weeks about…

Ex-Presidents and Trump Show Unity at Hurricane Benefit Concert – New York Times

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The public show of togetherness in College Station, Tex., provided a stark contrast to recent speeches by George W. Bush and Mr. Obama, who appeared to criticize Mr. Trump without explicitly referring to him. Their remarks garnered attention in part because Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama have maintained relatively low profiles after leaving office and have largely avoided speaking out against Mr. Trump since he was inaugurated in January. For…

OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets … – TechCrunch

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Earlier this month, my five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch all existing ports for a quartet of ThunderBolt 3 ports, which felt…

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 =…

OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets and modules – TechCrunch

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Earlier this month, my five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch all existing ports for a quartet of ThunderBolt 3 ports, which felt…

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…