Trending stories for – April 26, 2017

Morning! A look at the trending stories from today.
Per The AP:
1. WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT MOST FROM TRUMP TAX CUTS

An official says the top corporate tax rate would be reduced from 35 percent to 15 percent, while small business owners would see theirs go from 39.6 percent to 15 percent.

2. LITTLE CHANGE ON RACE IN BOSTON POLICE STOPS

The gap between how often minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police than their white counterparts doesn’t appear to be improving in the city, an AP review finds.

3. LEADING GOP MODERATE OPPOSES PLAN TO MOVE HOUSE HEALTH BILL

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., says the changes would cut too deeply into the Medicaid program for the poor and leave many people unable to afford coverage.

4. SOUTH KOREA SAYS THAAD DEPLOYED

The announcement that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed comes as North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.

5. TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION ORDER SWATTED AGAIN

A U.S. district judge in San Francisco cites statements by Trump in a ruling that blocks the president’s order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

6. DEBATE HEATED OVER WHO SPEAKS FOR ISLAM

Al-Azhar, one of the top institutions of clerics in the Muslim world, is at the center of a political feud in Egypt over who speaks for the religion as Pope Francis is set to visit Cairo.

7. TRUMP’S TWEETING ISN’T LIFTING TWITTER’S PROFIT

The people already on the site may well be using it more, but America’s first true “Twitter President” hasn’t inspired others to sign up en masse.

8. INTERNET FIRMS WIND UP FOR FIGHT VS. TELECOMS, FCC

The premise of “net neutrality” is under siege, enabling broadband providers to play favorites or steer users toward (or away from) particular websites.

9. WHO’S KEEPING A WARY EYE ON LATIN AMERICAN ALLY

So far Cuba is weathering the political unrest rocking Venezuela, which is the island’s greatest ally and source of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in highly subsidized oil.

10. NASCAR HAS HOLE TO FILL AFTER BIGGEST STAR RETIRES

The big question is whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also take Earnhardt Nation and its thousands of race fans with him, too.

From Business Insider:
1. The Russians are using “a new style of attack” on France’s centrist presidential candidate , Emmanuel Macron. The group –
known as Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, or STRONTIUM – began registering domain names such as “mail-en-marche.fr” in an attempt to trick members of his campaign team into clicking on links that looked affiliated with his political party, En Marche.

2. US President Donald Trump is taking aim at one of America’s closest allies – Canada . Like Mexico and China before it, Canada finds itself on center stage in Trump’s trade agenda.

3. Trump may expand the USA’s inflight laptop ban to include Europe . According to The Guardian, officials within the British government say their US counterparts are mulling over the possibility of expanding the prohibition of any electronics devices larger than a cellphone from being transported within the cabin of direct flights to the US from Europe.

4. The US has moved the THAAD anti-missile defense system to South Korea . It comes amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

5. The US government could shut down for the first time in almost 40 years . A short-term spending bill is set to expire on Friday, and Congress is currently trying to keep the government funded in order to avoid a shutdown. The last time the nation closed down was during Jimmy Carter’s administration in 1979.

6. Here’s what France’s two presidential candidates, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, think about Brexit . Let’s just say, they have two distinctly different political ideologies, especially when it comes to the European Union.

7. Russia and Japan are taking another stab at a decades-old territory dispute . It relates to islands off Japan’s northern coast seized by the Soviet Union in 1945. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will discuss the issue during a visit Russia this week to meet with president Vladimir Putin.

8. The US is “deeply concerned” by Turkish air strikes in Syria . The US says Turkey went ahead with the mission without proper coordination either with itself or the broader global coalition fighting ISIS. The strikes reportedly killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria.

9. The death toll in Venezuela’s political protests has risen to 26 . The number increased this week after two men died on Tuesday from gunshots at separate political demonstrations.

10. The world’s first malaria vaccine is coming to Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi . The on-the-ground testing in a pilot program will be available to babies and children in high-risk areas.

10 trending stories right now

A look at the trending stories this morning – April 21, 2017 – ht the ap.

“1. FRANCE SAYS ELECTION SECURITY MEASURES “FULLY MOBILIZED” AFTER SHOOTING

The Paris prosecutor’s office leading the investigation of the Champs-Elysees attack on police officers says investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in the gunman’s car.

2. ARKANSAS CARRIES OUT FIRST EXECUTION SINCE 2005

Ledell Lee’s lethal injection capped a chaotic week of legal wrangling that left Arkansas scrambling to salvage any part of its attempt to execute eight men before one of its drugs expires at the end of April.

3. CHILDREN FATHERED BY RETREATING ISLAMIC STATE FOREIGN FIGHTERS ARE IN LIMBO

One young Tunisian orphan, 2-year-old Tamim Jaboudi, has been in a prison in Tripoli, Libya, for well over a year.

4. WHO WILL WORK TO SMOOTH OVER US RELATIONS WITH AUSTRALIA

Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday more than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the Australian leader.

5. VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION AIMS TO BUILD MOMENTUM OF MASS PROTESTS

The anti-government movement is planning sit-ins on roads, silent marches a day after tens of thousands of protesters were met by curtains of tear gas and rubber bullets.

6. WHY A JAILED PALESTINIAN LEADER IS BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT

By organizing a mass hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, Marwan Barghouti has solidified his standing as a likely successor to President Mahmoud Abbas.

7. WHERE PROGRESS OVERCOMING THE STIGMA OF DEPRESSION IS SLOW

China adopted its first mental health law five years ago but change is coming slowly within a society that traditionally viewed symptoms such as anxiety as isolated physical problems.

8. SOUTH KOREA ACCUSED OF TARGETING GAY SOLDIERS FOR PROSECUTION

A watchdog group said the army’s effort began after a video of two male soldiers having sex was posted on the internet earlier this year.

9. SUSPECT IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, MASS SHOOTING TO MAKE COURT APPEARANCE

Kori Ali Muhammad is charged with killing unarmed security guard Carl Williams at a Motel 6 in Fresno.

10. HOW FANS WILL MARK ANNIVESARY OF PRINCE’S DEATH

At Paisley Park, a full four days of events are on tap, including concert performances by Prince’s former bandmates. Fans who can’t afford those high-priced tickets can head to a street party outside First Avenue.

The trending stories – April 18, 2017

Good morning! Today is April 18, 2017! These are the trending stories 1. WHAT PENCE’S MEETINGS WILL FOCUS ON

The U.S. vice president assures Japan’s prime minister “we are with you 100 percent” during a visit amid escalating tensions over North Korea as the crisis overshadows talks on economic issues.

2. US SUPREME COURT HALTS ARKANSAS EXECUTION

The ruling scuttles efforts to resume the death penalty after nearly 12 years in a state rushing to carry out executions before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires.

3. NATIONWIDE HUNT ON FOR FACEBOOK SHOOTER

Videos of Cleveland shooting suspect Steve Stephens show him talking about his despair over gambling debts and trouble with his girlfriend along with how he wanted to kill innocent people.

4. WHERE TRUMP IS HEADING

The U.S. president travels to Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an executive order seeking to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers.

5. IVANKA INC. THRIVING

Since her father was elected president, sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged and her company has applied for at least nine new trademarks, AP finds.

6. WHO HAS CALLED A SNAP ELECTION

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May says she is planning to call a general election for June 8, seeking to strengthen her mandate in European Union talks over Brexit.

7. VOTERS HEAD TO POLLS IN GEORGIA

The race to fill Tom Price’s former congressional seat is considered an early barometer of Trump’s popularity in the suburban Atlanta district.

8. IT’S TAX TIME, AND NEWS ISN’T ALL BAD

Tax season generates about $300 billion in refunds, a significant boost to the U.S. economy.

9. AMID BOMBS, BOOKS

Ali al-Moussawi hopes his mobile bookstore revives a love for words in Baghdad, which was once the literary capital of the Muslim world but is now better known for bombs than poems.

10. UPON FURTHER REVIEW …

Nothing is set yet, but AP learns that Major League Baseball and umpires are expected to discuss an NFL-style plan for crew chiefs to wear microphones and explain the calls. ht http://www.ap.org

French man loses part of his leg in shark attack

A man in Hawaii lost part of his leg in a shark attack.
Mac Pigott tells KHON-TV he visited the victim on Saturday in a hospital on the island of Kauai following the attack at Davidson’s Beach. The man who was attacked was a surfer from France.
Pigott says doctors amputated one of the man’s legs just below the knee.
He says the victim is setting goals so he can compete one day in the Paralympic Games. Officials closed the beach on Friday after the attack.
KHON-TV says it reopened on Saturday.

good morning – April 17, 2017

Good morning! It is Monday, April 17, 2017. These are the trending stories as of 7:04 am pdt. “1. WHAT IS PENCE IS WARNING

The U.S. vice president travels to the zone dividing North and South Korea and warns nuclear-armed Pyongyang “the era of strategic patience is over.

2. EX-SOUTH KOREAN LEADER INDICTED

No court date has been set for Park Geun-hye, who is facing trial on corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life.

3. MANHUNT CONTINUES FOR FACEBOOK MURDER SUSPECT

Police in Ohio urge residents in surrounding states to be on alert for Steve Stephens, who they said shot and killed an elderly passerby in Cleveland and then posted a gruesome video of the killing on the social media site.

4. OVERCOMING OPIOIDS: QUEST FOR LESS ADDICTIVE DRUGS

A host of novel medicines are in testing, from drugs that target more specific pathways and types of pain to ones that make recovering from surgery easier.

5. OPPOSITION CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF TURKISH REFERENDUM

The deputy chairman of CHP cited irregularities in the conduct of the vote that granted sweeping powers to President Tayyip Erdogan.

6. WHY BATTLE FOR WESTERN MOSUL IS A GRIND

Much of the fighting in this part of Iraq’s second-largest city takes place between houses so close that they almost touch, putting Iraqi security forces in the crosshairs of the Islamic State group.

7. ABSENCES, FITNESS, ATMOSPHERE NEW WAYS TO TRACK SCHOOLS

States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores.

8. HOW CHILDREN CONSUME TV

A new Nielsen study finds that viewers aged 2-11 averaged 76 hours of TV each month and spent just 26 1/2 hours watching video content on multimedia devices, and 15 hours on a PC.

9. READY, SET, ROLL!

Thousands of children are heading to the White House for its biggest social event of the year: the annual Easter Egg Roll.

10. MEB KEFLEZIGHI SET FOR LAST BOSTON MARATHON

The four-time Olympian won in 2014, the year after the finish line bombings, and plans to retire from competitive racing after the New York City Marathon, which he also won in 2009. ht http://www.ap.org

United failed to let dr. Dao take his stuff – sent it to the wrong address

My mother put it aptly when I told her this story: “just dig the knife a bit deeper united.” She’s right like she always is. Dr. Dao was removed from the flight so that others could take his place. Now it is declared that he couldn’t take his stuff.
‘The airline didn’t even have the courtesy to give the Daos their luggage after Dr Dao was dragged off their flight and transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital,’ attorney Thomas Demetrio told the Chicago Sun Times .

‘Instead, the airline flew their luggage to Louisville, Kentucky. And instead of delivering it to their home, they sent it to their medical practice office,’ he noted.
Let us recap shal we: The couple’s luggage went from Chicago, to Louisville, to their medical practice in Elizabethtown, before finally landing at their home.
Apparently he is missing his two frunt teeth and cannot recall getting back on the flight.
Thomas Demetrio, is a partner at Corby & Demetrio, which tells potential clients that it has achieved total compensation payments of more than $1 billion for those it represents.

His specialist area is the aviation industry reports the daily mail. Lawsuit!

news | italian police capture former mexican governer – man wanted for taking money from drug cartels

The police in Italy arrested Tomas Yarrington, ex-governor of Tamaulipas state, on Mexico’s northeastern border with Texas. He was accused in 2013 by a federal grand jury in Texas of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the Gulf Cartel and other traffickers.
Mexico’s attorney general’s office said on Sunday the arrest was made possible by an Interpol red notice, the closest to an international arrest warrant “for the crimes of organized crime and money laundering, among others. Reuters has the story:
“Beginning in 1998, U.S. authorities have said, Yarrington began taking bribes from the Gulf Cartel and other traffickers, when he was mayor of Matamoros on the U.S. border.

Yarrington, who was governor of Tamaulipas between 1999 and 2005, is one of several former politicians in President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) accused of corruption. He was suspended from the PRI in 2012.” | Reuters.