NRA?s LaPierre: Greatest U.S. ?domestic threats? are political, academic and media elites
100 Days in, Trump Misses His Old Life
Donald Trump says he thought the presidency would be far easier than it's actually been. He says he misses his old life. But will he actually learn anything from these reflections? Lawrence O'Donnell speaks with Nicholas Kristof and Charlie Sykes.
4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney
VARNER, Ark. (AP) ? Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died.
US condemns Macedonia parliament violence
The United States on Friday strongly condemned chaotic violence in Macedonia's parliament and called on authorities "to hold accountable" those responsible. "Violence has no place in the democratic process," the State Department said in a statement, adding "we urge all parties to remain calm" and respect the law. The violence erupted late Thursday when nationalist demonstrators, including a group of masked men, stormed the parliament in anger at a vote appointing Xhaferi, an ethnic Albanian.
Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia
By Can Sezer and David Dolan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has blocked online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security. The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey's Western allies, who say Ankara has sharply curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year's failed coup. "After technical analysis and legal consideration ... an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia. ...
Woman, 66, is fifth victim to die in Stockholm truck attack
Tad Cummins' Wife Says She Warned Her Husband About Getting Too Close to Teen
Barack Obama draws criticism for $400,000 Wall Street speech fee
Barack Obama has drawn criticism for accepting an invitation to speak at a Wall Street conference for almost half a million dollars. The former President will receive $400,000, equal to his annual pay as President, for a speech at Cantor Fitzgerald's healthcare conference as a keynote speaker in September. Mr Obama's fee is nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton has charged private companies for similar events.
Apple joins Tesla in letter begging California to change its self-driving car rules
Apple hasn't publicly stated that it's working on self-driving vehicle technology quite yet, but it's giving the world plenty of reason to think it's doing just that. Earlier this month, Apple scored a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, and now the company is showing its hand once again by joining the likes of Tesla, Uber, Ford, and Alphabet-owned Waymo in formally requesting that the state rethink its rules and regulations regarding driverless car testing.
As Reuters reports, Apple's letter addresses a number of what it sees as flaws in the state's proposed autonomous vehicle testing policies. Writing to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Apple's Director of Product Integrity, Steve Kenner, asks the agency to change its proposed handling of "disengagement reporting," which the company says can lead to misunderstandings and confusion among the general public when reading about instances where self-driving systems have handed control back to a human driver.
Apple's stance is that only the most crucial disengagement reports should require reporting, and that instances where an autonomous system disengages without serious consequence or risk of a crash or traffic violation should simply be chalked up to the developmental nature of the technology. Apple still agrees that disengagements that could have resulted in a crash or traffic violation should be reported, even if the human driver successfully intervened.
"Apple appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to the testing and deployment language," the letter concludes. "Apple looks forward to partnering with the California DMV and other stakeholders so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public in the State of California."
Syria Says Israel Attacked With Missiles Today
The Syrian military said in a statement that the attack, which could be felt at least 15 kilometers (9 miles) away, was carried out by Israel and aimed to "raise the morale of terrorist groups" the government maintains are waging war against President Bashar Assad's forces.