LeVar Burton Reaches a New Generation of Readers with Reading Rainbow App

Take a look ... it's in a Reading Rainbow app! "We're still on a mission," says LeVar Burton, the amiable host and executive producer of the TV show and co-founder of the Reading Rainbow app. The Reading Rainbow app and its digital library, called the Skybrary, are available on the web, on iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Google Play. Just as in the Reading Rainbow TV show, books are accompanied by video field trips with Burton. For more information about the Reading Rainbow app, visit readingrainbow.com.

January 17, 2017 17:28 UTC

Capitol Hill 'pig painting' permanently removed after uproar

The so-called “pig painting” on Capitol Hill that sparked a partisan tug-of-war touching on race, politics and Americans’ views on police officers has been quietly removed. The painting -- which depicts a police officer as a pig or warthog with his gun drawn on a protester -- was removed overnight Tuesday by the office of the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees the Capitol Hill complex. "Ultimately, the Constitution will prevail,” said Clay, who now has the painting on display in his Capitol Hill office. Hunter, strolling past the presser, insisted the painting violated the rules of the art competition. From there, the painting became a political football – with other Republicans stepping forward to remove the painting, only for Clay’s office to put it back up again.

January 17, 2017 17:27 UTC

Pentagon readies aggressive ISIS proposals for Trump

New authorizations by Trump, needed to act on any of the proposals, would mean the US is expanding both its military strategy on fighting ISIS and signal the Trump White House is willing to take on increased military risk. Discussing ISIS on the campaign trail, Trump pledged to "bomb the s--t out of them." Trump will be briefed on efforts to capture or kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. One area of increased US military activity in the coming days that Trump has not yet had a role in is Afghanistan. These are likely to be the first intensified military operations of the Trump administration but have been long planned by the Pentagon, the official said.

January 17, 2017 17:26 UTC

Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs this year

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. this year as it opens new stores and expands existing locations, including in California. Wal-Mart will open several new stores in California this year, including one in Compton this month, spokesman Scott Markley said. The rate is consistent with previous hiring in recent years, company spokesman Lorenzo Lopez said. Media reports have also said, however, that Wal-Mart plans to cut hundreds or even about 1,000 jobs at its corporate headquarters by the end of the month. Wal-Mart reiterated that it plans $6.8 billion in capital investments in the U.S. in the fiscal year that begins Feb. 1.

January 17, 2017 17:24 UTC

How Indianapolis, Long Known as a Manufacturing Center, Is Luring Tech Talent

Helping to make up for the loss, the city has steadily, if quietly, become a center for new technology, particularly software. Notably, the cloud computing company Salesforce, based in San Francisco, announced a plan last year to expand its 1,600-person work force in Indianapolis by another 800 employees. Salesforce already had a toehold in Indianapolis with its 2013 acquisition of the software marketing company ExactTarget for $2.5 billion. Local tech entrepreneurs and real estate specialists hope the company’s expansion will help attract more technology companies. Another Indianapolis company in the city’s tech vanguard was Interactive Intelligence, founded in 1994.

January 17, 2017 17:19 UTC

Nigeria mistakenly bombs refugee camp, kills more than 100, official says

A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers, a Borno state official said. A Red Cross worker said 20 volunteers with the aid group had been killed. An ICRC employee told the AP that 20 Red Cross volunteers were among the dead. Irabor said he ordered the mission based on information that Boko Haram insurgents were gathering, along with geographic coordinates. The general, who is the theater commander for counterinsurgency operations in northeast Nigeria, said the Air Force would not deliberately target civilians but there will be an investigation.

January 17, 2017 17:17 UTC

Where Protests Are Happening on Inauguration Day

Utah Washington, D.C. Nev. Colo. W. Va. St. Louis Kan. Va. KY. Mo. W. Va. Utah MD. Simultaneous demonstrations took place in cities around the world, including Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo, according to inauguration historian Jim Bendat. George Tames/The New York Times Protesters wait outside the entrance to President George W. Bush’s inauguration parade on Jan. 20, 2005. Chang W. Lee/The New York TimesPresident George W. Bush is the only other president known to have drawn large-scale protests at an inauguration.

January 17, 2017 17:13 UTC

More in U.S. Like ‘Obamacare’ as Ax Hovers Over It: Poll

Americans are starting to warm up to the Affordable Care Act amid concerns about Republicans’ efforts to dismantle it, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. The portion of Americans who think the 2010 law is a “good idea” is 45%, according to the new survey, its highest mark since pollsters began asking about President Barack Obama’s vision for a health overhaul in April 2009. The latest number compares with 41% who think...

January 17, 2017 17:11 UTC

‘$10,000 stuffed in a diplomat’s car': Moscow has its own complaints about spies — American spies

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday. Ten thousand dollars and a recruitment letter shoved into a Russian diplomat's car. For months, Russian officials have seethed at accusations that they hacked the U.S. presidential election and were harassing U.S. diplomats in Russia. There have also been complaints that Russian officials have been encouraged not to meet with the U.S. ambassador to Russia. “In April last year, there was an unprecedented [recruiting] attempt on the level of the second [highest-ranking] person in our embassy,” Lavrov said.

January 17, 2017 17:09 UTC

Donald Trump Is Blacklisting His Former Critics From His Transition

WASHINGTON ― A number of experienced Republicans offering to help Donald Trump assume the office of the presidency have effectively been blacklisted from doing so because they were previously critical of his White House bid. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that numerous national security figures from the GOP ranks were concerned that they were being denied jobs on the transition team and in the incoming administration because they had signed a letter pledging to oppose Trump during the months he was running for the Republican nomination. The ostracism is real, multiple sources told The Huffington Post a few weeks back, and it extends beyond the national security realm. Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary, noted that the transition has had more than 300 volunteers helping to prepare nominees for their hearings and confirmation battles. “The national security team is second to none in terms of their bona fides,” he added.

January 17, 2017 17:00 UTC

CBO Predicts 18 Million Uninsured, Higher Premiums In First Year After Obamacare Repeal And Delay

The Congressional Budget Office just issued a report on the likely effects of a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare immediately but keep some elements of the coverage expansion in place for two years. Within the first year, the CBO predicts, 18 million people would lose insurance. Once Obamacare’s tax credits and Medicaid expansion expired fully, the CBO says, millions more could lose insurance and premiums would rise yet again. The CBO’s estimate also doesn’t consider the possibility that Republicans would replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with something else. Projecting the effects of changes in health care law is hardly a science, and like all CBO reports, this one carries a significant degree of uncertainty.

January 17, 2017 17:00 UTC

Topless Protester In Spain Grabs Waxwork Donald Trump's Crotch

A topless feminist protester groped a waxwork of Donald Trump during its official unveiling in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday morning. The unidentified woman, who had “grab back” and “grab patriarchy by the balls” scrawled in English across her bare chest and back, reportedly broke through a security cordon to grab the crotch area of the life-sized statue of the U.S. president-elect.

January 17, 2017 16:50 UTC

Fed Reverses Stance Since Great Recession, Says U.S. Economy Needs Less Stimulus

Federal Reserve officials are convinced the U.S. economy no longer needs as many stimulative government tax and spending programs as it has recently. That’s a huge change, as the Fed has relied on stimulative programs to churn growth since the financial crisis, the Wall Street Journal reports. The change also comes at a critical time, considering President-elect Donald Trump is about to take office and, presumably, push forward the tax cuts and spending increases he proposed on the campaign trail. Several Fed officials, including Chairwoman Janet Yellen, said stimulus programs are now unnecessary, considering the jobless rate is down to 4.7% — though there remain some critics who believe the Fed's change of heart is purely a political shift and reversal of policy after favoring the Obama administration.

January 17, 2017 16:49 UTC

Qapital Puts Psychology Into Your Savings

Qapital is an app that encourages you to set financial goals and then forget about them. The Qapital team works with the hypothesis that humans respond to specific goals that connect to daily habits and can be achieved in about a year or less. An IFTTT integration lets you connect Qapital to countless services and data sources. Friedman says these additional customizations are important because it connects more of your daily life to your financial goals. You're more committed towards your goals.” And, he adds, users who integrate custom rules save many times more what other users do.

January 17, 2017 16:46 UTC

Wife of Orlando Gunman Faces Antiterrorism Charge

Ms. Salman, 30, who could be sentenced to life in prison if she is convicted of the aiding and abetting charge, is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday. “I was unaware of everything,” said Ms. Salman, who accused her husband of domestic violence and said that he had offered her gift after gift of jewelry before the attack. He has hurt a lot of people.”Advertisement Continue reading the main storyFederal investigators believe that Mr. Mateen drew inspiration, but not specific support, from the Islamic State. Ms. Salman has insisted that she did not know that Mr. Mateen was planning an attack and that she was not alarmed when her husband, a private security guard, purchased ammunition. Officials in Florida welcomed the indictment against Ms. Salman, who is the first person to be charged in connection with the Pulse attack.

January 17, 2017 16:45 UTC

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