In Mexico, Homeland Security chief says there will be no mass deportations of people in U.S. illegally

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, on a visit to Mexico, said Thursday that there will be no mass deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally. Kelly also said U.S. military forces would not be used in deportation efforts and that any deportation cases would go through the U.S. legal system. Repeat, no use of military force in immigration operations,” Kelly said at a news conference at the Foreign Relations Ministry in Mexico City. Kelly's remarks came the same day President Trump called recent raids in the U.S. an unprecedented enforcement effort . "We're getting really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before."

February 23, 2017 19:18 UTC

Last holdouts are cleared from main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

Law enforcement took control of the largest Dakota Access pipeline protest camp Thursday, arresting or moving the few dozen people who had remained in the mud and snow in one of the largest environmental protests in American history. Later, law enforcement, with the aid of National Guard troops, also began clearing the smaller Rosebud camp, located across the Cannonball River. There were no reports of broad confrontations with law enforcement, though some people could be seen on live-stream videos being wrestled to the ground and handcuffed. Some clashed with law enforcement and about 700 people have been arrested, with many claiming police brutality. After it passed, law enforcement did not immediately enter the camp, though Burgum said that 10 people were arrested later Wednesday.

February 23, 2017 19:13 UTC

Montana Radio Host Calls For Segregation of Native American School Basketball Teams

About the only positive thing you can say about a Billings, Mont., country-music radio host's blog post calling for the separation of Native American and non-Native school basketball teams is that it's united fans, players and coaches from both communities to speak out against him. On Feb. 21, Cat Country KCTR 102.9 radio personality Paul Mushaben posted a blog called "Indian Basketball." I would quote from it directly, except it was taken down later that day after people complained to the station about it. But the Billings Gazette had a little something about it:

February 23, 2017 19:11 UTC

The Beauty Queen From Tanzania Who Is Building A Furniture Empire

Weaving in and out of Dar es Salaam’s grating midday traffic in her chauffeured white Mercedes S550, Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe, a svelte 38-year-old beauty, is transfixed by an image of a dining set on her phone. “This is one of our pieces,” she says, pointing to the picture of a 5-piece dining set. “I love perfection!” exclaims the former Tanzanian beauty queen and musician, chopping the air for emphasis. Molocaho has created a high-end Afro-centric furniture brand by subtly blending traditional Tanzanian fabrics into contemporary, worldly designs to present a transcontinental finish. Molocaho, which is one of East Africa’s fastest-growing furniture companies, has earned its mojo by ensuring that only the finest Tanzanian wood and materials are used to handcraft furniture with global appeal.

February 23, 2017 19:09 UTC

US, UK Must Target Law Firms Facilitating African Corruption

The police action in Israel was only made possible by the painstaking investigation and cooperation of law enforcement agencies around the world. As president of a developing country, I have first-hand experience of what it’s like to confront well-resourced corruption. As they portray it, corruption is endemic in the developing world, and their clients are just businessmen forced to accommodate a predatory local environment. Following the G8 there was a commitment to doing more to collectively support the efforts of Guinea and resource-rich developing countries like us. If developing countries are to stick their necks out in the fight against corruption, Western countries must find ways to make professional services providers as accountable as the corrupt businessmen they enable.

February 23, 2017 19:07 UTC

Adorable Seven-Year-Old Boy Finally Meets His Idol Lester Holt

In a viral video earlier this month, one adorable 7-year-old boy made it comically clear that “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt is the only journalist worthy of his time. And on Tuesday, Holt showed his appreciation in a special way. Jaden was immediately put off that Carney wasn’t the anchor he was accustomed to watching regularly on TV with his grandmother, and promptly walked away from the interview. “I didn’t really see you on TV that much,” Jaden said to Carney. “The brown... the Lester Holt?

February 23, 2017 19:07 UTC

CEOs and Donald Trump Trade Policy Proposals

Corporate leaders are looking beyond the chaotic opening month of President Donald Trump’s tenure, hopeful his administration will deliver on promises for an overhaul of taxes and regulations that could boost their fortunes and those of their workers. Executives from major manufacturers including General Electric Co., Dow Chemical Co., and Lockheed Martin Corp., gathered for 2½ hours on Thursday to trade policy proposals with senior administration officials at the White House. More than half that time was spent in an...

February 23, 2017 19:07 UTC

DNA profile in Google manager’s murder prompts ID, police say

Early said the conclusions were based on witness statements and information extracted from DNA, although he would not say where the DNA was taken from other than that authorities “feel this DNA is from our person of interest,” the Boston Globe reported. Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google employee, was found dead less than a mile from her mother’s home with burns to her head and feet, Fox 25 reported. They may have developed information about a person or persons of interest,” an investigator told the station. "Not a day goes by that we don't reflect on the enormity of our loss," Steven Therrien, Marcotte’s uncle, told reporters in December. “As Massachusetts State Police and Princeton police continue to investigate Vanessa’s murder, we urge anyone with information to call the state police hotline at 508-453-7589," Therrien said.

February 23, 2017 19:07 UTC

This pretty blond doll could be spying on your family

The “My Friend Cayla” doll on sale at the DreamToys toy fair in central London. (AFP/Leeo Neal )The My Friend Cayla doll seems innocent enough. That's because the doll collects and transmits everything it hears to a voice recognition company in the United States. Norway may also ban the toy; last year, the country's Consumer Council put out a video warning about the doll's vulnerabilities. Parents in the United States are wary, too.

February 23, 2017 19:07 UTC

Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump

“My belief is, we have to resist every way and everywhere, every time we can,” when Mr. Trump offends core American values, Mr. Inslee said. By undermining Mr. Trump across the board, he said, Democrats hope to split Republicans away from a president of their own party. Democrats, in other words, have few instruments at the moment to wound Mr. Trump’s administration in the manner their core voters are demanding. Senator Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, a middle-of-the-road Democrat up for re-election in 2018, cautioned that loathing Mr. Trump, on its own, was not a governing strategy. “There is this vitriol and dislike for our new president,” Mr. Carper said.

February 23, 2017 19:07 UTC

Beyoncé Posts For First Time In Weeks To Support LGBTQ Students

Beyoncé shared a message in support of LGBTQ youth, along with a link to GLSEN’s 100 Days of Kindness challenge. GLSEN is a group that works to ensure the safety of LGBTQ students in schools. GLSEN’s 100 Days of Kindness is an initiative to build a virtual “wall of kindness” with messages of support and reassurance for LGBTQ students. Since the election, we’ve seen an increase in reports of harassment, bullying, and violence towards LGBTQ students in schools. Now with a new administration in office, there’s growing anxiety among LGBTQ students about what they might face.

February 23, 2017 19:05 UTC

Swart Enterprises Beats California Franchise Tax Board On $800 Minimum Tax

The California Tax Code provides for a minimum $800 annual tax for every corporation that is "doing business" in California in a particular year. Cypress Equipment Fund XII, LLC ("Cypress LLC") was a California limited liability company acting as an investment and equipment leasing company. Cypress LLC was manager-managed (as opposed to member-managed), which meant that investors into Cypress LLC had no operational control over the company. Swart Enterprises held this 0.2% investment through at least 2010. In 2010, the California FTB determined that Swart Enterprises was "doing business" in California, and demanded that Swart Enterprises pay the $800 minimum tax -- which ultimately came to $1,106 with penalties and interest.

February 23, 2017 19:04 UTC

Bumblebees Demonstrate the Power of Insect Brains

In the latest triumph for one of humanity’s favorite insects, bumblebees learned how to push a ball to the center of a platform for a sugary treat. And bees are something else altogether with nearly a million brain cells, compared with about 250,000 in the fruit fly. The way the bees learned was important, too. The bees learned best by watching a fellow bee perform the feat. The bees also learned, although not as well, when the ball moved seemingly on its own, pulled by a hidden magnet.

February 23, 2017 19:01 UTC

Ford's Advanced Voice Recognition Technology Could Have You Falling In Love With Your Car

Ahead of Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, Ford has announced it’s working on making voice recognition in cars equally attuned to drivers’ emotions. Nuance supplies the voice recognition (VR) technology for Ford’s Sync infotainment system as well as most other automakers. Ford’s Sync 3 system is already on the way to allowing drivers to connect to Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa. “The next step for the cars of tomorrow could be to pick up on tiny changes in our facial expression as well as modulations and inflections in our speaking voice,” Ford added. In the movie Her, the lead character falls for his voice assistant at the risk of ruining human relationships.

February 23, 2017 19:00 UTC

A ‘Hamlet’ With Oscar Isaac, Once Canceled, Will Run at the Public Theater

The Tony-winning director’s embattled but nonetheless highly anticipated staging of the Shakespeare tragedy, which made headlines last summer when it was canceled at one nonprofit theater and taken to another, will run at the Public Theater from June 20 through Sept. 3, with Oscar Isaac in the title role, the Public announced on Thursday. This “Hamlet” was originally meant to close the current season at Theater for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. It had been in production since 2014, but Mr. Gold parted ways with the theater — in particular its artistic director, Jeffrey Horowitz — last June over artistic differences. Both Mr. Gold and Mr. Isaac are Public Theater veterans. Mr. Gold directed “Fun Home” there ahead of its Broadway run, for which he won a Tony.

February 23, 2017 19:00 UTC

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