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Amazon Can Now Deliver Packages To Your Car

5 hours 48 min ago

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Some Amazon Prime members can now get packages delivered to their car. Yeah, you heard that right. 

Here's how it works: Users download the Amazon Key app. They then connect their car's remote unlocking system to the app — which is how delivery drivers access the vehicle.   

Users can receive packages anywhere they normally park their car, like home or work, so long as it's within two blocks of the delivery address. Amazon then authorizes the driver to unlock the vehicle. The car is relocked after delivery, and the customer receives notifications every step of the way.  

Amazon Key was introduced last year as an in-home delivery service that allows drivers to place packages inside Prime members' homes.

The in-car delivery service is available to users with eligible vehicles in 37 markets.

George H.W. Bush Reportedly Alert And Talking After Hospitalization

6 hours 22 min ago

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Former President George H.W. Bush is alert and talking after he was hospitalized for an infection earlier this week.

Bush went to a Houston hospital Sunday after an infection spread to his blood. A day later, a family spokesperson said the 93-year-old was "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering."

Bush's wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, died April 17. Her memorial service was held over the weekend, and George H.W. Bush surprised dozens of well-wishers and shook their hands during a public viewing.

Bush's spokesman said the former president wants to get healthy so he can travel to his house in Maine this summer.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN

Facebook Reveals The Lengthy Rulebook It Uses To Remove Posts

7 hours 32 min ago

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For the first time ever, Facebook revealed the rulebook it uses to determine what content stays on the site and what gets taken down.

On Tuesday, the social media giant published the lengthy guidelines its moderators use to decide what content is unacceptable — including hate speech, nudity and graphic violence.

A shorter explanation of these rules was previously available online. But Facebook says it unveiled the full version to help users understand where the company draws the line on "nuanced issues."

Facebook has been accused of not being transparent enough when it comes to determining what content should be banned from the site.

Most recently, the company faced backlash for censoring videos from two sisters known as Diamond and Silk. The two make videos praising President Donald Trump.

In addition to publishing these guidelines, Facebook is also adding a way for users to appeal its decisions on individual posts that have been removed.

Toronto Van Attack Suspect Charged With First-Degree Murder

7 hours 40 min ago

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The man police say drove a van into a crowd of people in Toronto on Monday has been charged with 10 counts of first degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. He appeared in court Tuesday morning. 

The 25-year-old suspect allegedly used a rental van to mow down pedestrians along one of the busiest streets in Canada. Ten people died in the incident and another 15 were injured. Police arrested the suspect shortly after the first 911 call. 

On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said citizens cannot "choose to live in fear every single day."

He did not provide an update on a possible motive behind the attack but did note that investigators don't think it was terrorism-related. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN

For The First Time, Statue Honoring A Woman Is In This Spot In London

8 hours 18 min ago

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For the first time ever, a statue of a woman stands in London's Parliament Square.

This is Millicent Fawcett. She campaigned in the 20th century for women's right to vote. A year before her death in 1929, women there got full voting equality.

As for the square itself, until now, all 11 statues there were men.

This is also the first of those designed by a woman — artist Gillian Wearing.

Tens of thousands of people signed a petition to put a statue of a woman in Parliament Square.

The base of the statue also has names and pictures of the men and women who were part of the suffrage movement.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

YouTube Took Down More Than 8 Million Videos In 3 Months

9 hours 54 min ago

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Over the course of three months, YouTube says it took down millions of videos that violated its community guidelines.

In a report published Monday, the company said it removed over 8 million videos between October and December 2017.

YouTube said many of those videos were spam or people trying to upload adult content to the site.

And the vast majority of the offending videos were flagged by computers, not by humans.

YouTube's report comes as the company continues to face criticism over how it handles offensive content on its platform.

US Rep. To Take Legal Action After Colorado Supreme Court Decision

9 hours 55 min ago

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U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn is reportedly going to take legal action to get his name on the primary ballot in June.  

This comes after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that hundreds of signatures the lawmaker presented to get on the primary ballot for re-election were invalid. A person the campaign hired to circulate petitions wasn't a Colorado resident — which is a requirement in the state. 

There are two ways a candidate can earn a spot on the primary ballot in Colorado: through the caucus and assembly process, or by getting 1,000 signatures from voters. Lamborn was 58 signatures short of 1,000 valid signatures.

A spokesperson for Lamborn said they would bring legal action in federal court to "overturn the part of Colorado law that deprives voters who have petitioned to have Congressman Lamborn on the ballot of their constitutional rights."

Lamborn could still participate in the primary as a write-in candidate if the legal action isn't successful.

Trump Is Reportedly Using His Personal Cellphone More And More

10 hours 14 min ago

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President Donald Trump has reportedly been using his personal cellphone more to communicate with outside advisers and Republican lawmakers. 

CNN was the first to report on the private calls, noting a number of sources both inside and outside the White House see it as a sign that Trump is sidelining his chief of staff John Kelly. 

If Trump makes a call using the White House switchboard, then Kelly receives a printed notice of who he was talking to. But that's not the case with a personal cell phone. 

One source told CNN, "Kelly used to be more clearly the gatekeeper than he is now from a Hill standpoint."

Prior to Kelly starting his chief of staff job last year, Trump reportedly asked multiple world leaders to call him on his cellphone instead of on a more secure line.

In any of these reported instances, it's unknown if Trump used his government-issued cellphone or the "old, unsecured Android" he had before taking office. But experts say both pose a security risk as hackers could gain access to private information or eavesdrop on calls.  

AUMF: The Sometimes Blurry Permission Slip For US Military Action

11 hours 32 min ago

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AUMF. It sounds like a cuss word or a typo. It's not. Those four little letters represent the immense power to decide the fate of nations and millions of Americans.

AUMF stands for Authorization for Use of Military Force. The authorization comes from Congress and clears the way for the president to use the military for a defined mission. Just how specific — or how defined — has become fuzzier over the years.

It is important to note that an AUMF is not a declaration of war. The United States has declared war only 11 times since 1789, and not once since World War II. That's where AUMFs come in. Military engagements approved by Congress since the Vietnam War fall under the provisions of the War Powers Act of 1973.

That act was passed — over President Richard Nixon's veto — to guarantee "the collective judgment of both the Congress and the President will apply" whenever American armed forces are deployed. In short, Congress wanted a say-so as to when troops are sent into combat and for how long.

SEE MORE: Was Friday's Joint Missile Strike On Syria Legal?

The act also stipulated the president must notify Congress within 48 hours when troops are sent into action and that the action must end after 60 days unless Congress passes a declaration of war or authorization of force.

Here are some examples of AUMFs in the past (they're nothing new, and they're not always used):

— Congress gave President George Washington approval to protect American ships against the French in 1789 and President Thomas Jefferson authority to fight the Tripoli navy in 1802.

— It's worth noting that President Harry Truman did not request congressional authorization for the Korean War but justified it based on a U.N. resolution. 

—The Vietnam War was based on a 1964 AUMF. The vague language authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson "to promote the maintenance of international peace and security in southeast Asia."

— President George H.W. Bush took the position in '90 and '91 that he did not need an AUMF to carry out U.N. resolutions authorizing "all necessary means" to eject Iraq from Kuwait. However, he did ask for congressional "support" of operations in the Persian Gulf. Congress passed, and Bush signed, a law authorizing him to use force against Iraq if he reported that diplomacy had failed. 

—The most recent AUMFs were passed in 2001 and 2002, and they're still active today. The 2001 measure was the more sweeping in scope. It authorized President George W. Bush — in just 60 words — to go after those behind the Sept. 11 attacks. The 2002 measure authorized him to use force against Iraq. 

Here's what's interesting about the 2001 AUMF: The government said in 2016 it had been used 37 times to justify military action, 18 times during the Bush administration and 19 during the Obama administration. 

This included deployments in Afghanistan, Yemen, Kenya, Niger, Iraq, Somalia and Syria. The number does not include the two missile attacks President Donald Trump has ordered in Syria, but they, too, fall under the 2001 AUMF. 

Almost two decades later, some in Congress, like Sen. Rand Paul, are demanding a new authorization. Others don't want to get their hands dirty just in case the mission goes south or gets dragged out for decades with their signatures permanently attached.

Iran Warns US: Stay In The Nuclear Deal Or 'Face Severe Consequences'

11 hours 53 min ago

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the Trump administration on Tuesday to remain in the 2015 nuclear deal or "face severe consequences."

In a televised speech, Rouhani said the "Iranian government will react firmly" if the U.S. does not "live up to [its] commitments" under the agreement. 

The declaration comes as the May 12 deadline approaches for President Donald Trump to make a decision on whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran.

France, the U.K., Germany, Russia, China, the U.S. and Iran signed the deal in 2015. It puts restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.

Trump says the current restrictions aren't tough enough on Iran's ballistic missiles development and expansionist activities in the region. Those issues weren't part of the original agreement, and all six other countries have rejected the changes. But Trump's said he'll pull out of the deal if it isn't "fixed."

He's expected to discuss the Iran deal with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also expected to urge Trump to stay in the deal when she visits the White House on Friday. 

Senate Pauses Jackson's Confirmation Hearing After Misconduct Claims

19 hours 23 min ago

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Senators are delaying the confirmation hearing of Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson as head of the Veterans Affairs Department following allegations of improper conduct.

It isn't clear what those allegations are or who lodged them, but both Republican and Democratic senators were concerned enough to press pause on Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

On the issue, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said, "I'm not going to comment on any of the specifics, except to say we're going to be doing very close and careful scrutiny."

Jackson is President Donald Trump's pick to replace former V.A. Secretary David Shulkin, who left the position last month.

Colorado Bill Proposes Fines Or Jail Time For Teachers Who Strike

20 hours 33 min ago

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Colorado public school teachers who decide to go on strike could be thrown in jail if a new bill becomes a law.

State Rep. Paul Lundeen and Sen. Bob Gardner, both Republicans, are sponsoring the Prohibit Public School Teacher Strikes bill. Gardner said that during school hours, teachers are expected to teach.

The bill authorizes public school employers to seek an injunction in the event of a strike. If the teachers on strike don't comply with the injunction they could be fined, put in jail for up to six months, or both.

The bill would also cut off paychecks for striking teachers and let schools fire strikers "immediately."

The proposal comes amid protests by teachers across the country calling for better pay and more school funding. Colorado teachers are planning to walk out later this week.

Florida Awarded $1Million For Parkland Shooting Response

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:44

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The Justice Department just awarded Florida law enforcement and first responders a $1 million grant.

A press release out Monday said it's to pay salary and overtime expenses for those who came to the scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the February shooting. Florida accrued millions of dollars in expenses responding to the tragedy. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Florida's "community and law enforcement at all levels have shown resilience and determination." 

Some, however, are much less complimentary of Florida officials' response. A former Broward County deputy resigned following backlash for choosing not to enter the school during the shooting. 

The Broward County Sheriff's Office has also been criticized for failing to follow up on tips saying the shooter was a threat. 

Senate Rules Complicated A Committee Vote On Mike Pompeo's Nomination

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:25

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee gave secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo its stamp of approval — but that approval got temporarily snagged by some Senate rules. 

The committee initially voted 11-10 to favorably recommend Pompeo. But one of those approval votes came by proxy, meaning that senator wasn't in the room to place his vote himself. Senate rules say without that 11th vote being cast in person, the committee couldn't send a favorable recommendation to the full Senate.

After a little song-and-dance, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons volunteered to change his vote from no to "present." That allowed Pompeo's nomination to move forward with a favorable recommendation.

Now the full Senate needs to vote on his nomination before the current CIA director can officially become the head of the State Department.

Movie Trailers Strive To Attract Viewers — But They Can Repel Them Too

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:50

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Trailers are made to entice people into watching full films — but for some movies, trailers can have the ability to repel viewers as well.

Following the trailer release for the Amy Schumer-led comedy "I Feel Pretty," critics — including an eating disorder therapist — challenged the plot of the film. According to the trailer alone, that plot involved sustaining a head injury in order to gain confidence.

SEE MORE: 'I Feel Pretty' Survives Backlash And Bad Reviews With $16M Debut

For most viewers, the plot portrayed in a trailer plays the largest role in the decision to watch the film. For other viewers, social and cultural factors can come into play.

The trailer for the action-thriller "Beirut" became the target of a boycott and heavy criticism because of its portrayal of the Middle East. Years before, the trailer for "Pitch Perfect 2" faced criticism for its joke about sexual consent.

The controversies surrounding these films may have had various effects on their reception — and that raises the question: Should audiences judge movies by their trailers? 

Some people argue that because viewers spend time and money to watch films, it's fair to make the decision based on the film's promotional materials. Other people argue that judging a movie based on "two and a half minutes" of a trailer is harsh — especially considering the fact that movie trailers are oftentimes made by separate agencies.

Addressing the controversy of her film, Schumer wrote in Bustle, "As for those who've criticized the movie's plot, well, most of them haven't actually seen the movie yet, just the trailer."

Net Neutrality Was Repealed, But It's Not Dead Yet

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:52

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Net neutrality is going away. The Federal Communications Commission's new rules have gone into effect in the Federal Register and started reversing some of the protections that aimed to keep the internet a level playing field.

Some critical sections that detail exactly which services will be affected are still up in the air, waiting for the FCC to follow up. But once it does, internet providers will once again be information services, rather than telecommunications services. This means they could start blocking or slowing down content or start up "fast lanes" to charge more money for preferential treatment on their networks.

It might not happen immediately. When the FCC first announced the rollback, companies like Comcast said they had no plans to block or throttle content. But some law experts expect ISPs will make subtle changes over time all the same to take more advantage of lax rules.

The good news for net neutrality advocates is there are so many lawsuits pending against the change that the courts consolidated them into one mega-case with dozens of plaintiffs, including tech companies and 23 state attorneys general.

SEE MORE: Montana Has A Plan To Get Internet Providers To Observe Net Neutrality

And while they fight it out in court, more than a dozen states are also working on legislation to protect net neutrality for residents and businesses. In Oregon and Washington state, it's already law.

The opposition lawsuit doesn't have a court date yet, and we also don't know when the FCC will get around to updating the last sections of the repeal. But one thing is for sure: Even though the rules are changing, net neutrality still isn't settled by a long shot.

Expensive Climate Change Policies Can Return Huge Economic Benefits

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:15

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As part of the Paris Agreement, hundreds of countries pledged to develop plans to fight climate change. The short-term costs of those policies can be expensive, but a new study shows the long-term benefits of a healthier Earth may offset those costs.

Researchers created a model which showed how certain climate change policies would change the economy of China, the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter. If China sticks with current plans to slash 4 percent of its total carbon emissions a year through 2030, researchers said the country would reap $340 billion in economic benefits. That's nearly four times the cost of the climate change policy itself. 

SEE MORE: EPA Ending A Clean Air Policy That Helps Control Toxic Air Pollution

The bulk of this return on investment comes in the form of a larger, healthier population. Researchers noted that if China had no carbon-reduction policy in place, the country would suffer 2.3 million premature pollution-related deaths by 2030. But with the 4 percent plan, they estimate China can avoid 94,000 premature deaths a year.

The team behind the study noted that China could see even bigger health and environmental benefits if it moved away from using coal as a primary energy source. And China has done that. In 2017, for example, Beijing finished a project to get rid of its coal plants by either shutting them down or converting them to natural gas plants.

10 Dead, 15 Injured After Van Drives Into Pedestrians In Toronto

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:09

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Ten people were killed when a van drove into a crowd of people in Toronto on Monday afternoon. 

The incident happened in the Willowdale neighborhood on the northern side of Toronto. Police described the street as one of the busiest in the country. Beyond those killed, 15 others were in the hospital with injuries Monday evening. 

Police took the driver into custody less than a half hour after the first 911 call. Officials identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Officials didn't release any information on a possible motive, and the Toronto police chief stressed the investigation is just getting underway. 

John Kasich Wants To Improve Ohio's Gun Background Check System

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:01

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to fix the way his state handles background checks for gun purchases.

He said Monday some people with felony convictions may be able to buy guns in Ohio because "in too many communities, convictions aren't uploaded to the National Criminal Background Check system."

He signed an executive order for three government agencies to search for gaps in the way officials are reporting their data. They'll look into law enforcement and court clerks' practices to see if they can be improved. 

Kasich has shown openness to gun control before. Shortly after the Parkland school shooting, he released several proposals meant to curb gun violence in Ohio.

He also recently changed the name of a page of his website from "Defending the Second Amendment," to "Common Sense on the Second Amendment," and wrote that Americans should learn from mass killings and school shootings "and take appropriate action."

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.

Is The Trump-Macron Bromance On?

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:23

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Something viral seems to come out of every meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron — at least when the cameras are rolling.  

So get ready for another round as Trump hosts Macron and his wife in the White House. Besides being the first world leader Trump has invited for an official state visit, the young French president will also be the first head of state to address a joint session of Congress since Trump's election.

SEE MORE: Macron Could Really Use A Win From His State Visit To The US

All of this obviously leads to one very crucial question: Is the Trump-Macron bromance on? To find out, we sat down with Charles Lipson, a political science professor at the University of Chicago.

Besides dissecting the Trump-Macron relationship, Lipson also explained how the relationship between the U.S. and France has improved since the "freedom fries" era and why France is considered America's oldest ally. 

NEWSY'S BEN SCHAMISSO: Beyond those viral moments, beyond the long handshakes, what is it in terms of policy that these two have in common? 

CHARLES LIPSON: Trump, for all of his nationalism and all of that in many ways, is behaving like a conventional Republican president: You cut taxes, and you deregulate.

SCHAMISSO: And that's an area where they will see eye to eye?

LIPSON: Right, and you have a strong military. Only Britain and France are actually willing to use force beyond their borders. And we do see that in the Middle East, especially with regard to Syria — not only a common sense of policy but also a willingness to pay a price to do that.

I think the other part is that Trump is looking for a primary European ally. If he's not going to be dealing primarily with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain is pulling out of the EU — who's really his best option? I would say Macron.

What I don't know, I think, is how Macron thinks the EU should behave with respect to the U.S. on major issues, like trade and competition policy.

Final point: I think that he probably thinks of Macron as a disrupter like himself.

SCHAMISSO: Trump sees a bit of himself in Macron?

LIPSON: They're both people who, in a sense, came from the outside and built their own party.

The one thing I would guard against: Most of the time when you see a relationship that's positive or negative, you think it will last. In Trump's case, he can turn on a dime. But I suspect he really does want a strongly positive relationship and sees that with him in a way that he might not see with another young leader, which would be, say, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Because Trudeau governs from the left, whereas Macron governs from the center-right. No more freedom fries."

SCHAMISSO: Freedom fries are just a thing of the past?

LIPSON: Well, first of all, it was ridiculous when we renamed french fries as freedom fries. When the United States went into Iraq under George Bush, France didn't just oppose it; it publicly opposed it and went around the world trying to gather an anti-American coalition. Turns out, France was right, yeah, but you can imagine it wasn't just that George W. Bush who didn't appreciate it. Americans took that as not a friendly effort. If you were to say "freedom fries" today, people would just laugh.

SCHAMISSO: "France is our oldest ally": You hear that from every American president. Is it accurate, and where does it come from?

LIPSON: When George Washington defeated the British at Yorktown, he did so with the crucial aid of the French Navy and, to some extent, French armed forces on the ground. I would say that none of that is carried down to a modern American. When we say France is America's oldest ally, most Americans would take that is breaking news. They just wouldn't know.

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