Trump to hold 100th-day rally on same night as White House correspondents’ dinner

(Reuters)President Trump on Saturday announced plans to hold a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on April 29, marking his 100th day in office. The rally will coincide with the annual White House correspondents' dinner, which Trump elected not to attend in a break from tradition. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017The 100th-day mark has traditionally been an early measuring point for a new president's effectiveness. I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. But the White House Correspondents' Association has said the dinner will continue, citing the mission of raising money for student scholarships and promoting the journalism of the White House press corps and other independent journalists.

April 22, 2017 17:41 UTC

Trump Says He'll Mark 100 Days With Pennsylvania Rally

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he'll mark his 100th day in office with a "BIG" rally in Pennsylvania. Trump hits 100 days on April 29 — next Saturday. He tweeted about the rally this Saturday, saying that next week "I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Trump previously announced that he is boycotting this year's dinner to protest what he says is unfavorable coverage by the news media. Trump's campaign later announced that the rally will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

April 22, 2017 17:37 UTC

American Airlines Flight Attendant Suspended After Altercation

A flight attendant for American Airlines Group Inc. was suspended after a video was posted on social media showing him in a heated argument with a passenger who was protesting another customer’s treatment by the cabin-crew member. “What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers,” American Airlines said in a statement on Friday night, after the incident occurred earlier in the day.

April 22, 2017 17:37 UTC

North Pole Trek Takes March For Science To The Extreme

While an orbiting satellite can measure the area and depth of the Arctic ice cover, it can't "see" the snow-to-ice ratio, a critical data point. Truth be told, Notenboom, a 54-year-old Dutch-American explorer and filmmaker who lives in Canada, is drawn to the North Pole the way President Donald Trump is drawn to Mar-a-Lago. It's only since 1979 that satellites began monitoring sea ice — the bat of a frosty eyelid in terms of meteorological records. And since then, researchers have already observed a steep and steady decline in Arctic sea ice; indications are that this summer will see the least sea ice on record, after 2015 and 2016. That's why Notenboom was eager to line up sponsors and arrange to coordinate with NASA for her latest trek to the North Pole -- "just to understand the Arctic climate science better," she says.

April 22, 2017 17:37 UTC

Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones asks for privacy in custody battle ‘for the sake of my children’

(Erin Patrick O'Connor,Manuel Roig-Franzia/The Washington Post)Who is Alex Emerick Jones, really? Those questions are at the heart of the sometimes-bizarre battle going on in a Texas courtroom as Jones and his ex-wife spar over custody of their children. Jones has also said the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a hoax to get Americans to support tougher gun-control laws. But in Texas, at a pretrial hearing this month, Jones’s attorney said Jones is “playing a character. David Minton descibes Alex Jones on Infowars as a mix of "humor, bombasity, sarcasm, wit.

April 22, 2017 17:31 UTC

No Sympathy From Dodgers Fans As Madison Bumgarner Falls Off Bike, Hits DL

This just in: Madison Bumgarner is an idiot. Falling down laughing sharks; gleeful sharks, wearing "don't look at me" t-shirts. #dodgers — Amanda Smith (@AmandaRTubbs) April 22, 2017Madison Bumgarner expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks after devouring "easily two dozen" of those silica packets marked DO NOT EAT. — Dodgerado (@Dodgerado) April 21, 2017Breaking: Madison Bumgarner injured himself so not to be humiliated by the sudden emergence of Dodger bats against lefties — Andy (@DodgerGirlinPA) April 21, 2017Madison Bumgarner injures himself dirt biking or as Jeff Kent calls it washing his truck. — Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) April 22, 2017Madison Bumgarner might hurt himself on dirt bikes, but at least he cares about his team by not trying to strike hitters out.

April 22, 2017 17:30 UTC

George Saunders will talk about his audiobook 'Lincoln in the Bardo' at the L.A. Times Festival of Books

The audiobook for George Saunders' latest book and first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo" has a cast of 166, including David Sedaris, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, Megan Mullally and Don Cheadle. Can you identify the voice in this excerpt? Saunders will appear on the panel "Hey, What's That Sound?" at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Taper Hall -- a chance to hear more about L.A.'s favorite traffic distraction, audiobooks -- with Michael Eric Dyson, who recorded the audio version of his book "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America."

April 22, 2017 17:26 UTC

Major Hurdle for a Tax Code Overhaul: Trump’s Own Field

“There’s probably no special interest that’s more favored by the existing tax code than real estate,” said Steven M. Rosenthal, a real estate tax lawyer and senior fellow at the centrist Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. So has the influential Real Estate Roundtable, whose board includes several of Mr. Trump’s fellow New York developers. After the last major overhaul of the tax code, in 1986 — under a Republican president, Ronald Reagan, and a Democratic Congress — it was a Democrat, Bill Clinton, who signed legislation that restored lost real estate tax breaks seven years later. More than in just about any industry, real estate investors use leverage — borrowed money — to enhance returns. Tax experts broadly agree that the interest deduction is untenable if the code also allows immediate expensing.

April 22, 2017 17:26 UTC

Earth Day to Environmentalists: Don't Blow It

For most of its existence, the environmental movement has relied on what’s called unpaid media, which means positive coverage from newspapers and magazines. As someone who wrote the book on the environmental movement — literally — I’ve been around the block on this one. The environmental movement is full of folks who like to say, “I’m not a people person.” You know what? This isn’t the environmental movement of Aldo Leopold or Rachel Carson. The current political and publishing moment offers the environmental movement an opening to rebuild its connection to the American people.

April 22, 2017 17:26 UTC

Can CVS Become The Whole Foods Of Drugstore Retailing?

CVS Health is staging a makeover that seems intent on creating an entirely new retail category in the U.S.: a national health-and-wellness drugstore chain. Now CVS is aiming to dominate health and wellness in the mass-market retail space to differentiate from competitors. Meanwhile, only 40% of the specialty wellness-focused health products CVS Pharmacy is now expanding are available at mass retail. So “we’re pushing hard into health,” said Helene Foulkes, executive vice president, CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy. In the most recent quarter ended February 9, same store sales decreased 0.7% from the prior year, with front store same store sales down 2.9% amid foot traffic declines.

April 22, 2017 17:15 UTC

American, Learning From United Case, Responds Quickly And Firmly To Stroller Incident

In the most recent case of a video that appears to reflect badly on an airline, American moved to get out in front of it, responding quickly, forcefully and empathetically. American obviously does not want to meet the fate that United met two weeks ago, in a case where Chicago Aviation Department security workers dragged a passenger from an aircraft, the incident was captured on Twitter, and United was widely excoriated. The video involved American Flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth; the flight departed at 2:18 p.m. Pacific Time. “What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers,” American said. The woman had sought to board the aircraft with a stroller, which is supposed to be checked at the gate.

April 22, 2017 17:12 UTC

Americans Would Pay $17.2 Billion To Prevent Another Deepwater Horizon Disaster

As the world looks back on BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster seven years later, a study released this week highlights the costly ecological impacts of the largest maritime oil spill on record. Scientists found that Americans would be willing to pay an estimated $17.2 billion to prevent another catastrophe like the BP oil spill, which leaked more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned the study, which offers the first comprehensive appraisal of the disaster’s financial impact on affected natural resources, like beaches, coral and marine life. Its findings were published in the journal Science on Friday.

April 22, 2017 17:10 UTC

Divisions, protests erupt at nationalist convention in Cologne, Germany

Divisions among German nationalists erupted Saturday as delegates from the far-right Alternative for Germany party rejected an appeal by one of their leaders to seek a pragmatic political path instead of turning into a "fundamental opposition" party. While tensions brewed inside the AfD party convention in the western German city of Cologne, outside the hotel hundreds of left-wing demonstrators tried to block about 600 AfD party members from entering. Speaking to AfD members, nationalist politician Frauke Petry said the party needed to set the course for a "spiritual-moral change" in Germany and the rest of Europe. Police contain a protest march against the convention of the nationalist Alternative for Germany par Martin Meissner / Associated Press Police contain a protest march against the convention of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party in Cologne on April 22, 2017. Police contain a protest march against the convention of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party in Cologne on April 22, 2017.

April 22, 2017 17:03 UTC

There's a #MarchForScience on all 7 continents, even Antarctica

Story highlights Scientists in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle brave the cold to support the March For ScienceTheir message? (CNN) Germany's Neumayer Station is an active research institute in Antarctica. During the Antarctic summer, the station houses up to 50 scientific researchers and support staff. With the Antarctic winter drawing near, a very small "overwintering" team remains there to conduct research and maintain the station. Overwinterer at the Neumayer Station also support the #MarchForScience -- our message of support from Antarctica!

April 22, 2017 17:03 UTC

Charlotte officer who shot, killed Keith Lamont Scott won't face charges

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott will not face any internal disciplinary action from the department. FACEBOOK SHOOTING VICTIM HONORED BY POLICE WITH DIGITAL PAINTINGThe news followed a lengthy investigation into the September 20, 2016 shooting. It was determined Officer Brently Vinson was justified in his actions. TWO SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS SHOT, ONE SUSPECT DEAD AFTER ROBBERYScott's shooting death lead to several days of protesting and marches in the City of Charlotte. She feels strongly that some sort of disciplinary action was appopriate," said Monnett.

April 22, 2017 16:52 UTC

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