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Tech News: Kitty Hawk begins certifying its self-flying taxis for service in New Zealand

Kitty Hawk has been keeping its efforts in New Zealand under wraps by operating its autonomous planes in testing there under the name ‘Zephyr Airworks,’ and by doing the work on this passenger plane under the code name “Zee Aero,” which is the name of what some had suspected was a separate company backed by Page and led by former airline executive Fred Reid. This aircraft is called “Cora” by ... Read More »

DEADLY EXPLOSION IN AUSTIN TEXAS: 1 Dead, Woman injured in 2nd explosion in Austin Monday

A 75-year-old woman was killed after picking up an exploding package outside her Southeast Austin home on Monday in the second blast reported in the city and the third similar incident in two weeks, Austin police said. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed that evidence suggested that this bombing was related to two previous blasts from “box-type deliveries” that killed a teenager earlier in the day and a 39-year-old man ... Read More »

World War lll? : United State’s Aircraft Carrier Heads to Vietnam, With a Message for China

For the first time since the end of the Vietnam War, a United States aircraft carrier is scheduled to make a port call in Vietnam on Monday, signaling how China’s rise is bringing together former foes in a significant shift in the region’s geopolitical landscape. The vessel, the Carl Vinson, will anchor off Danang, the central Vietnam port city that served as a major staging post for the American war ... Read More »

Gov. Hogan declares emergency as wind storm knocks out power in Maryland, closes bridges, topples trees

A winter windstorm carrying gusts up to 70 mph ripped through Maryland on Friday, uprooting large trees, closing or clogging many of the state’s gateway bridges and roads, and leaving a quarter of a million people without power. The powerful storm also claimed at least one life — a Baltimore County woman died after she was struck by a falling limb as she walked to her mailbox. Major bridges across ... Read More »

Trump Surprises Republicans in Gun Meeting

Later in the meeting, Vice President Pence attempted to walk those comments back, explaining the process of how states could take steps to confiscate guns from dangerous individuals that would go through the courts and observe due process. He was interrupted by his boss. “Or Mike, take the firearms first and then go to court,” Trump interjected. “That’s another system.” “Take the guns first, go through due process second,” the ... Read More »

Democratic Governor Confronts Trump: ‘Less Tweeting’ … More Listening

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Monday urged President Donald Trump to lay off Twitter and instead listen to Americans and back away from one of his suggestions for dealing with mass shootings. Trump has suggested that arming 20 percent of the nation’s teachers could help prevent school shootings like the one that occurred earlier this month in Parkland, Florida, that claimed 17 lives. The president also has said ... Read More »

Gun Control: Trump says he’s willing to buck NRA; Congress not so sure

President Donald Trump declared Monday he’s willing to take on the National Rifle Association over gun legislation, but Republicans who control Congress aren’t so sure. They prefer to consider only modest changes to firearms limits in response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school. Congress returned to work Monday without following Trump’s lead on any of the major initiatives he has tossed into the debate since the massacre ... Read More »

N1.4bn Fraud: Appeal Court strikes out Nadabo Energy MD’s appeal

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has struck out the appeal filed by a suspect, Abubakar Peters, Managing Director, Nadabo Energy Limited, who was charged with N1, 464, 961, 978. 24 (One Billion, Four Hundred and Sixty-four Million, Nine Hundred and Sixty- one Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy- eight Naira, Twenty-four Kobo) fraud for being incompetent. Peters alongside his company, Nadabo Energy Limited, were arraigned on December 10, 2012 before ... Read More »

Russia ‘Seriously Alarmed’ By U.S. Threat of Military Action Against Assad as Violence Continues in Syria

A leading Russian diplomat has condemned those advocating military intervention against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose war against rebels and jihadis has recently escalated in the last insurgent-held suburbs of Damascus. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Monday that such military action would violate United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401, which was passed Sunday. It calls for a 30-day cessation of hostilities among warring parties in ... Read More »

Blackstone CEO makes historic $25 million donation to high school

Billionaire Steve Schwarzman, the CEO of private equity giant Blackstone (BX), thinks that oftentimes it’s not enough to just donate money to schools. Rather, he thinks donations can be much more meaningful if they target specific efforts. He recently made the largest-ever private donation to a public school, gifting $25 million to Abington High School in Pennsylvania. Schwarzman wants his donation specifically to help equip students with the right skills ... Read More »

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