Kids think it’s fussy and archaic, but for brands, creators and businesses of every kind the emerging medium of choice to reach audiences is the only guaranteed-delivery option the internet has left: email. Consumer email services have been around for almost three decades, but to hear email’s most ardent fans talk about it now, it’s an undiscovered country too long neglected by those who could benefit from it the most. In the #deletefacebook era, it’s become a way to fight back against the algorithms that try to dictate what...
January 19, 2019 05:03 UTC
(CNN) At least 21 people were killed in central Mexico after a ruptured gasoline pipeline blew up Friday evening, the governor of the state of Hidalgo said. Omar Fayad said at least 71 others were injured after a explosion in Tlahuelilpan, a town about 80 miles north of Mexico City. In a statement, state oil company Pemex said the explosion was caused by illegal taps in the pipeline. Fayad called on the community to not steal gasoline. Residents who live in the immediate vicinity of the pipeline, which runs from the cities of Tuxpan to Tula in the state of Veracruz, have been evacuated, Pemex said in the statement.
January 19, 2019 03:51 UTC
New York (CNN) Now that the special counsel's office has taken the rare step of disputing a news report about its investigation, BuzzFeed is challenging the special counsel to be more specific. "We stand by the reporting in this story," BuzzFeed News editor in chief Ben Smith said on "Anderson Cooper 360" Friday evening. "We spoke to, as we described in the story, two federal law enforcement officials involved in the investigation -- we're not playing any games with that characterization -- who told us that the president directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress," Smith said. He described the special counsel's push-back as "vague," and said, "We really urge the special counsel to make it clear what he's disputing." Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has not responded to Smith's call for more information.
January 19, 2019 02:48 UTC
Axelrod, a CNN commentator, was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns. Pelosi played hardball by suggesting the President postpone his State of the Union speech due to the ongoing government shutdown. In summarily canceling the speaker's trip to Afghanistan, the President said, "I'm sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate." Public relations event? Then we returned to Bagram Air Base, where Obama offered words of encouragement and appreciation to our troops.
January 19, 2019 02:15 UTC
WASHINGTON—The federal government’s privacy investigation into Facebook Inc. appears to be nearing a conclusion, with the prospect of a large fine looming for the social-media giant. Federal Trade Commission officials have said privately that they are close to completing their investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter. The main issue outstanding is the penalty, which is expected to include a substantial fine, the person said.
January 19, 2019 01:18 UTC
(CNN) Special counsel Robert Mueller's office disputed an explosive story from BuzzFeed News as "not accurate" Friday night, after the news outlet reported the President had directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, for which Cohen was later prosecuted. "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," said Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller's office, in a statement. It's highly unusual for the special counsel's office to provide a statement to the media -- outside of court filings and judicial hearings -- about any of its ongoing investigative activities. In response, BuzzFeed said in its own statement, "We are continuing to report and determine what the special counsel is disputing. But following the story's publication late Thursday night, Democratic members of Congress began pointing to the report as grounds for the President's impeachment.
January 19, 2019 00:52 UTC
(CNN) Jerome Corsi -- an acquaintance of Roger Stone, a former political adviser to President Donald Trump -- confirmed that the Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed him for documents as well as an interview. The subpoena calls for Corsi to appear on February 6. His lawyer, Larry Klayman, said they are still assessing how to respond. A spokeswoman for the Senate Intelligence Committee declined to comment. The committee is calling for Corsi to hand over communications, including through intermediaries, involving DCLeaks, Guccifer 2.0, WikiLeaks and any of its employees, Roger Stone, Peter Smith, Charles Johnson, the government of Ecuador, Ted Malloch, Randy Credico, Steve Bannon, Alex Jones and Henry Greenberg.
January 19, 2019 00:45 UTC
A winter storm threatening a wide stretch of the country could keep travelers grounded over the long holiday weekend, another headache for passengers already facing the prospect of lengthy security lines at some airports. Airlines are waiving fees to change flights at dozens of cities from Lincoln, Neb., to Bangor, Maine, as a winter storm moves eastward.
January 19, 2019 00:42 UTC
Some media folk and leftist politicians have lately been wondering aloud why Sen. Lindsey Graham, who harshly criticized rival presidential candidate Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election, now often supports the President. Given that Mr. Graham is the new Republican chairman of the Senate judiciary committee and Mr. Trump has worked with the Senate to seat a full 85 federal judges plus two Supreme Court justices of the caliber of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh—and also managed along the way to marginalize the political...
January 19, 2019 00:33 UTC
Democrats in Congress are making election reform their top legislative priority, and we’ve criticized it as a majority protection act. To understand why, consider that Democrats are trying to do for the country what they’ve done with election laws in California. The Golden State is where Republican candidates went to bed on election night in November with leads in most of their competitive House races, only to lose in the ensuing weeks of vote counting. In Orange County, Young Kim was poised to become the first Korean-American...
January 19, 2019 00:11 UTC
(CNN) The Department of Homeland Security says it will still provide federal support to the Super Bowl this year, despite the partial government shutdown. Super Bowl LIII -- an event that requires the support of more than 40 federal, local and state agencies -- takes significant federal support in order to be played, according to federal and local officials. The Atlanta Police Department and Department of Homeland Security will take the lead on security plans, officials say. "The Department takes the security of special events like the Super Bowl extremely seriously, and we continue executing our protection responsibility and supporting our local public safety partners for this event. This year's Super Bowl is scheduled to be played on February 3 in Atlanta.
January 19, 2019 00:00 UTC
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years for the 2014 murder of teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke, 40, faced anywhere from probation to more than 96 years in prison. His attorneys argued the officer should be sentenced only on the second-degree murder conviction and deserves probation because he has no criminal history. In the end, Gaughan decided to only sentence Van Dyke on the second-degree murder charge. Edward Nance, the fourth witness, alleged Van Dyke pulled him over in 2007 and tried to open his door while yelling profanities at him.
January 18, 2019 23:42 UTC
The legal reasoning behind the Justice Department’s unusual reversal this week of an opinion that paved the way for online gambling hewed closely to arguments made by lobbyists for casino magnate and top Republican donor Sheldon Adelson. In April 2017, one of the lobbyists sent a memo to top officials in the Justice Department, arguing that a 2011 opinion that benefited online gambling was wrong. Officials...
January 18, 2019 23:30 UTC
Liberty University was founded by Jerry Falwell Sr., a fundamentalist preacher who led the Moral Majority movement of the 1970s and 1980s. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images Trump, Falwell and others at the school's 2017 commencement ceremony. Trump has received two honorary degrees from Liberty University ― one in business in 2012 and another in law in 2017. Bloomberg via Getty Images Liberty University students wear T-shirts spelling the president's name before his appearance at a school convocation, Jan. 18, 2016. More than 50 Liberty University students and staffers worked on the movie as part of a spring semester film project last year, according to The Christian Post.
January 18, 2019 23:15 UTC
MiamiNelson Dellis remembers things. Useless things—strings of random digits or the order of the cards in a shuffled deck—and useful things like names and phone numbers. Mr. Dellis, 34, describes himself as a “memory athlete,” meaning he trains intensively and participates in organized competitions of recall. He won the annual USA Memory Championship four times in five years starting in 2011, and once set a record, since surpassed, by memorizing 339 digits of pi in five minutes. In 2016 he spent 10 days committing pi’s...
January 18, 2019 23:15 UTC