All eyes on Trump for landmark address to Congress
Donald Trump will have a chance to breathe new momentum into his month-old presidency in an address to Congress Tuesday night, but he will need to strike the right tone -- far from his score-settling tweets at foes of all stripes. For his maiden address to the American body politic -- the House of Representatives and Senate but also his own cabinet and the assembled Supreme Court justices -- the Republican leader will lay out his legislative priorities in a setting a far cry from the charged-up rallies of which he is so fond. After the dark pitch of Trump's inauguration speech on January 20, the virulence of his attacks on the media and his disconcerting first solo press conference earlier this month, the tenor of the president's speech to millions of Americans will be closely watched.
Philippines condemns 'barbaric beheading' of German hostage
By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines and Germany condemned on Monday the beheading of an elderly German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a $600,000 ransom passed. The video showed a machete-wielding militant behead Jurgen Kantner. Jesus Dureza, presidential adviser on the Philippine peace process, said officials had exhausted all efforts to save Kantner, 70, who was held on the tiny southern island of Jolo.
School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debate
WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) ? When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago's wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National Book Award winners as keynote speakers and crafted a syllabus that would be the envy of most liberal arts colleges.
Sierra Club to sue EPA over failure to report on ethanol
The confirmation of Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator was expected to rankle environmental groups. Pruitt is a climate-science denier who, in his previous position as Oklahoma attorney general, sued the agency he is now charged with many multiple times over its efforts to enforce environmental regulations.
Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Murdering 15-Month-Old Baby Gets 60 Years in Prison
Nokia 3310 hands-on: not the retro featurephone you?re looking for
On Sunday afternoon, Nokia's new Finnish overlord, HMD Global, confirmed what many rumors said before the kickstart of this year?s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The iconic Nokia 3310 is being revived this year, under HMD Global?s version of Nokia. Unfortunately, it looks less like Nokia's big comeback, and more like a phone that just plain sucks. Yes, it?s true, there?s a new Nokia 3310 in town, one that?s so special to HMD Global that it was unveiled only at the end of an otherwise great press conference that showed us a brand new, bold version of Nokia. Nokia?s ?one more thing? moment on Sunday was, for better or worse, a great albeit unoriginal marketing trick. What better way to fire up the dormant Nokia fans out there than by reviving an iconic phone that became the go-to device for instant communications for millions of people around the world? The first phone that I ever used, at the insistence of my parents, was a Nokia 3310. I?ve probably used it for a couple of years before passing it along to my family. The device exists to this day, and it probably still works. But would I buy or use the new Nokia 3310? I can?t see that happening in a million years. The new handset has a cleaner design, a bigger display, more colors (Dark Blue, Grey, Warm Red, Yellow), better battery life (22-hour talk-time and one-month standby), and what feels like a smaller footprint. At the same time, it feels light and cheap (it?ll actually cost ?49 when it launches globally later this year), the kind of phone you?d buy only if you absolutely had to have a cellular phone at hand. Don?t get me wrong, the new Nokia 3310 is probably the kind of phones that millions of people will touch for the first time, well before buying a smartphone. But the minute I tried to press the screen to make a certain thing happen ? in this case, I was looking to activate a good old game of Snake ? I realized that for me and everyone like them, there?s no going back. The smartphone is the way forward. Sure, the screen might disappear in the future, just as voice assistants and other types of reality (think virtual and alternative) get more advanced. And the smartphone of the future might get as small as the Nokia 3310. But for the time being, the Nokia 3310 is really not the phone you should consider buying as your primary talk/text device. No matter how old you are, and no matter how much you may appreciate Nokia and its creations, do yourself a favor and buy anything else for the emerging company. It?s got three amazing ?pure? Android handsets waiting for you to discover them, including the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6, that will offer you the modern app-filled phone experience that actually makes your life better. The Nokia 3310 (2017 edition) is just the marketing trick that will get you to discover the exciting new Nokia. And, as you can see, it works. I've just told you the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 are phones you shouldn't miss out on this year if budget is a huge factor.
Pakistan airline says investigating report of overloaded flight
By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan International Airlines said on Monday that it was investigating reports that more passengers than the maximum allowed had traveled on an international flight, adding it launched disciplinary measures against the crew. "It is not possible for anyone to travel like that in an aircraft, regardless of the duration of the flight," Danyal Gillani. PIA is committed to ensure the safety of the passengers and cannot allow any incident to happen which compromises safety," Gillani said.
US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire
The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.
Authorities investigate killing of hippo at El Salvador zoo
Well-done steak and other delicious items from the White House menu
And now for some unsurprising news: Donald Trump eats his steak well-done with ketchup. Last night, according to a report from Independent Journal Review, the President went to a Trump Hotel in D.C. and treated himself to an ornate dinner. SEE ALSO: Wow, Obama's outgoing letter to Trump speaks volumes last night, President Trump reportedly ate a well-done steak with ketchup. https://t.co/zJzu6xUE9L pic.twitter.com/wnmpge2IJH ? Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) February 26, 2017 Whether it's McDonald's, a taco bowl or a well-done steak with "catsup," President Trump just knows what makes great cuisine. I'm a foodie myself. So in the interest of learning about the art of food from a palette as refined as Donald Trump's, I decided to reach out to the White House kitchen to see what kind of fine dining options the President has on his personal menu. Image: max knoblauch Delicious. Additional menu items discovered by Max Knoblauch.