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Syrians and Russians stop international inspectors from visiting site of suspected chemical attack

Inspectors from an international agency sent to collect air, water and ground samples from the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria this month were blocked Monday by Russian and Syrian forces for security reasons, the watchdog group’s director said. The delay in obtaining independent...
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What are the odds an ex-fighter pilot like Capt. Tammie Jo Shults is flying your airline plane?
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:00:00 +0200
Southwest Airlines Capt. Tammie Jo Shults personifies a dying breed. The icy calm Navy veteran, who told air traffic control "we have part of the aircraft missing, so we're going to need to slow down a bit" while her plane limped along with an exploded...
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Unexploded WWII bomb brings large-scale disruption to Berlin
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:30:00 +0200
Germany got a big, frightening reminder of World War II on Friday, after an unexploded 1,000-pound bomb was found buried just beneath the surface in the heart of Berlin and defused. The operation forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate their apartments...
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Southwest Airlines is giving $5,000 to every passenger on plane whose engine exploded
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:20:00 +0200
Southwest Airlines Co. is providing $5,000 checks and $1,000 travel vouchers to passengers who were on a flight this week when an engine broke apart, killing a woman on board. “We value you as our customer and hope you will allow us another opportunity...
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The best and the worst of OPS+
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:05:00 +0200
Welcome to a new weekly feature in which we use new-age baseball stats to take a look at baseball, either currently or historically. This week, we look at OPS+, which is a stat that measures a player’s contribution on offense and compares him to an...
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Federal judge delays ruling in Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump and his personal lawyer
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:00:00 +0200
A federal judge postponed a ruling on a request by President Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is now the subject of a federal investigation, for a 90-day delay of a lawsuit filed against them by porn star Stormy Daniels. U.S. District...
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UCLA spring showcase might provide glimpses of new coach Chip Kelly's plans
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:55:00 +0200
It could be more of a jam session than a full-on rehearsal. Significant band members will be missing. The lyrics are still being mastered. The date and location won’t be printed on the back of any T-shirts. “UCLA spring football showcase 2018, Drake...
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Most of Trump's merchandising empire has faded
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:55:00 +0200
Before he ran for office, Donald Trump made millions of dollars by selling his name to adorn other people's products. There was Trump deodorant. Trump ties. Trump steaks. Trump underwear. Trump furniture. At one time, there was even a Trump-branded urine...
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Apple stock drops again as concern mounts over iPhone sales
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:20:00 +0200
Apple Inc. stock fell Friday for the third day in a row after analysts at Morgan Stanley cut their forecasts for iPhone shipments, adding to concern about the tech giant’s primary source of revenue. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty lowered her projections...
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Leakers, loyalty and Russian hookers: Comey memos allege Trump's fixations in early days
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:55:00 +0200
They are among the most storied memos-to-self in recent Washington history: 15 pages that James B. Comey, then FBI director, wrote about his increasingly uncomfortable meetings with newly elected President Trump. Under pressure from Republicans, the Justice...
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As he closes in on 3,000 hits, Albert Pujols is a Hall of Famer on and off the field
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:40:00 +0200
The career is legendary, so the origin story might as well be too. Albert Pujols lets his bat speak for him. That Pujols could not secure his first major league roster spot until Mark McGwire spoke up for him must be myth. True story, McGwire says. Pujols...
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Audit of Facebook's privacy practices found no problems — despite Cambridge Analytica situation
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:30:00 +0200
Facebook’s privacy practices are audited every two years, and the most recent audit found no problems — even though it covered the time Facebook knew that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained private data from millions of users....
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California lost jobs in March, though unemployment stayed at a record low
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:20:00 +0200
California lost 7,200 net jobs in March, although the unemployment rate held steady from a month earlier at a record low of 4.3%, according to data released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department. Job gains for February also were revised...
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How to make a robot that will build your Ikea furniture
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:05:00 +0200
Here’s one way to tackle the dreaded task of assembling your Ikea furniture: Get a robot to do it for you. With some off-the-shelf robotics hardware and a substantial amount of programming, researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore...
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4 die as clashes continue at border of Gaza Strip and Israel
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:55:00 +0200
Four people were killed, including a 15-year-old boy, in the fourth consecutive week of protests organized by the Islamist militant group Hamas along the border between the Gaza Strip, which it controls, and Israel. The Palestinian Health Ministry in...
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Syrian army secures areas south of capital
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:30:00 +0200
Fresh off their takeover of Syria’s eastern Ghouta enclave earlier this month, loyalist forces were poised on Friday to subdue pockets south of Damascus held by Islamic State and rebel groups, Syrian pro-government media and activists said. The move...
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