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'Sancutuary city bill' headed to the governor's desk

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The Texas Legislature is honoring retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, praising his character and humble roots nearly as much as his football accomplishments. "Their prayer was silent, but they sang hymns and held signs that read 'My faith does not discriminate'". "Though elements of the current test have importance, this bill acknowledges that there are some things our students absolutely must understand and appreciate before they finish high school", Ashby said at a March ... Read More »

Statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis comes down in New Orleans

Opinions among New Orleans residents vary and are nuanced when it comes to Landrieu's move but the mayor has remained insistent - even amid blistering criticism from some allies - since he first pushed for the monument's removal in 2015. "Those who want the monuments in their current position really feel that their status has been eroded". At a moment when a man with utter disregard for history is the most powerful person in the country, and has given control of the Department of Justice ... Read More »

Ransomware attacks spread throughout Europe

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Cybersecurity firm Avast identified more than 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries. It turned out that the ransomware code was written to connect to an unregistered domain and "if the connection is not successful it ransoms the system, if it is successful, the malware exits". Read More »

When cyber-attacks become a matter of life and death

It said the attacks were carried out with a version of WannaCry ransomware that encrypted files and prompted a demand for money transfers to free up the system. Hackers exploited computers running the older Windows XP system - which has also been reported to be in use in the UK's fleet of nuclear submarines armed with Trident missiles. Read More »

Turkey among countries hit in cyberattack

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The researcher however warned that people "need to update their systems ASAP" to avoid attack. (AP Photo/Paul White). A security guard stands outside the Telefonica headquarters in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. The company also said that WanaCrypt0r 2.0 uses an exploit code that was created to work only against unpatched Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 or earlier operating systems. Read More »

France's new president proving a keeper of secrets

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Macron is seeking to kickstart the French economy and overcome the sense of political malaise gripping the country. Mr Macron's party La République En Marche on Thursday unveiled a list of 428 candidates for the National Assembly elections, half of whom are political novices but also including two dozen socialist MPs. Read More »

Researcher finds 'kill switch' for cyberattack ransomware

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Computer users worldwide - and everyone else who depends on them - should assume that the next big "ransomware" attack has already been launched, and just hasn't manifested itself yet, said Ori Eisen, founder of the Trusona cybersecurity firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. Read More »

Attorney: 8-year-old assaulted by classmate before taking own life

His mother says that when she asked Gabriel what had happened to him that day at school he had stated that he didn't remember. Walsh released a school system statement expressing concern over the delay at Carson Elementary of adults in responding to the 8-year-old child, who the statement identified as Gabriel Taye. Read More »

Gve in the spirit of Anna Jarvis, the mother of Mother's Day

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You were comforting when I displayed my anger through tears, and very huggable during happier times. Sign it with words of affection, give her the card and let her read it in front of you . They even convinced my dad to get a cleaning lady in once a month. Sonoma Sun - The founders of Mother's Day would undoubtedly be dismayed at the commercialization of this holiday, and the lack of awareness about its roots. Read More »

Labour thinks it can win back seats in Glasgow from SNP

The SNP leader said Theresa May would win the election and the SNP would "stand up for Scotland" at Westminster while the Tories would follow the Prime Minister. Therefore, although the Labour Party is down I don't think it is yet out. Corbyn acknowledged there had been some "difficult" results but quickly switched to Labour's core campaign message on Friday evening. Read More »

Health care: Reach across aisle for compromise

By requiring state government to take ownership of its Medicaid costs, we are reducing county property taxes in the 19th District by more than $224 million, a 44 percent average tax cut. Allowing health insurance companies to dramatically increase the price of health insurance for older adults by allowing insurers to charge older adults up to five times the rates charged to younger adults. Read More »

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to Sign Strong Anti-Sanctuary Bill

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It appears that Texas legislators don't belong in this category. Greg Abbott will, though the signs aren't good. Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, told Perry that the bill could have dire unintended consequences. Cruz is coming off a failed run for president and will be seeking re-election for the first time. Among those measures are two proposals that would regulate bathroom access for transgender Texans - Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 2899. Read More »

Tories take traditional Labour strongholds as Ukip collapses in local vote

The result was a slight improvement on the 41 seats they took in 2015, and bucked the national trend that has seen the party lose more than 380 seats. Of course Theresa May performed a massive U-turn, called a General Election and made them doubly hard for us. So it's hard to say whether today's results, which saw Labour lose control of three councils, and lose 100 councillors, mean much. Read More »

Death Toll Rises to 36 as Protests In Venezuela Show No…

Just a decade ago, Venezuela was perhaps the most influential Latin American country in the Organization of American States (OAS), the world's oldest regional cooperation group. His term ends in early 2019. A group of bipartisan US legislators sent a letter to President Donald Trump Thursday urging him to apply new sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights violations and to push for the delivery of humanitarian relief. Read More »

Donald Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Trump said there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians", and that "the Russians did not affect the vote". He added, "There's really no right time to do it, but I mean, I'm OK with it". Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). "I think the process is going to move quickly because nearly all of them are very well-known, they've been vetted over their lifetime essentially", he said. Read More »

Lessons to be learned, admits Home Secretary Amber Rudd — NHS hack

Per our sister-site Gizmodo , the ransomware exploited a Windows security weakness that Microsoft had already released a patch for. Experts say the virus, called Wanna Decryptor, exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software, which was identified by the US National Security Agency (NSA). Read More »

Vote splitting fears not realized in election

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The Green Party grabbed a record three districts in what its leader described as North America's first elected green caucus. The NDP leads in one riding, Courtenay-Comox, by just nine votes over the Liberals. And the NDP's Mr. Horgan was also triumphant. The most significant gain the Green Party could make is to push through proportional representation by uniting with the NDP, said Harrison and Johnston, both political science professors and researchers. Read More »

Mother's love, the most unconditional love

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This will be their first Mother's Day without their beloved mother . In fact, she is the answer to every child's prayer. It can be measured in monetary terms - one survey pegged the work of a stay-at-home mom as worth more than $100,000 a year in cooking, cleaning, child-rearing, housework and taxi-driving. Read More »

Ransomware attack: What you need to know

WannaCrypt attacked computers in Britain's NHS yesterday and from NHS' internal network it spread all over the world. Infected computers showed a screen giving the user three days to pay the ransom. It looks like the malicious software could have just wormed its way into the operating system, into the servers without human error, without that person, you know, opening that email that says win a free iPad. Read More »

Apple iTunes coming to the Windows Store

The update would be optimal if Microsoft had a pervasive mobile operating system, but the U.S. technology giant saw Windows smartphones eclipsed by Apple and Android devices, the analyst noted . We suspect the company will announce more details over the summer. Animations are also improved by having smoother and sophisticated motion. After a developer starts work on an iOS or Android app, and "you're past day one , so you've imported some frameworks and libraries, and your app has ... Read More »

Cyber Attack Aims To Extort Companies Around The World

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Basically, the company says it has taken new precautions against ransomware WannaCry, also known as wcry or Wanna Decryptor, which according to worldwide press reports , would have been developed by the NSA. Britain's National Health Service declared a "major incident" after the attack, which forced some hospitals to divert ambulances and scrap operations. Read More »

S. Korea's New President Heading for Friction with the US?

I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula - if needed, I will fly immediately to Washington. As he took the oath of office Wednesday, Moon said he was open to visiting Pyongyang under the right conditions to discuss its nuclear programme. Read More »

Venezuela's Maduro calls for new constitution by 'people's'

The opposition immediately seized on Maduro's proposal for a new charter as evidence that his mentor's revolution lies in shambles. "They've passed all limits, attacking a maternity hospital, burning ambulances, burning buses with passengers inside, attacking Housing Mission offices, attacking schools, libraries, Mercales (state food stores)", he said. Read More »

Ubuntu, SUSE, and Fedora Linux comes to Windows Store

Microsoft plans to introduce a new headset and motion controller in time for the holiday season. The app is simple to use for the non-tech savvy individuals, but yet is a powerful tool that works intelligently to create customised, interchangeable stories at the click of a few buttons. Read More »

ITunes To Be Released On Windows Store

Why is this a big deal? One, using Microsoft's Cortana, will synchronize applications between a Windows PC and a smartphone using Apple's iOS or Google's Android, allowing you to pick up editing a document where you left off on the other device. Read More »

Moon, Abe agree to co-operate on North Korea

At the time, the US declared that the South had " lost its nerve " and was clearing the way for North Korea to emerge as a nuclear weapons state. Moon said at his inauguration Wednesday he is prepared to lead a major worldwide diplomatic effort to find a peaceful resolution to the tense security situation. Read More »

China's leader offers billions for new Silk Road initiative

But it could also serve Beijing's geopolitical ambitions. He said China's Belt and Road initiative - which aims to revive ancient land and sea trade routes that linked the country to the rest of Asia, Africa and Europe - creates many opportunities for closer cooperation between China and Singapore. Read More »

Conditions behind cyberattack may be hard to mimic

Cyber security experts, who have been on watch for months for an "Eternal Blue"-based attack, said on Saturday that they expect the computer code to be used in types of cyberattacks beyond extortion campaigns, including efforts to seize control of networks and steal data". Read More »

India likely to skip One Belt One Road Forum

The modern proposed SREB will forge China's links with western Europe through Central Asia and Russian Federation, and with the Mediterranean through West Asia. "It should change the very political and economic landscape of the continent bringing Eurasia stability, prosperity". China's participation in the Indian economy is growing as India's markets expand and new opportunities arise. Read More »

Capitals star Ovechkin played injured

Mike Sullivan had a point to make. "Have some patience", he said. "Obviously, if I made a decision to trade the goalie, we wouldn't be (here) right now", Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. On Friday, they successfully killed off four Anaheim power plays and allowed only four shots when short handed. He has played more than 69 games just once since 2008-09. Read More »

Donald Trump Accuses James Comey Of 'Spying' After Firing Him

When asked whether the FBI's Russian Federation investigation is fake news, or a "witch hunt", as Trump called it this morning in another tweet, Clapper told MSNBC on Friday: "I don't believe it is". The White House rejected the suggestion the exchange was inappropriate. Comey promised only that he could be honest, The New York Times reported . Read More »

Senators to hear from Comey amid FBI's Russian Federation investigation

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The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. "I would not hide that on October 28 (days before the November 8 election)". In a brief statement afterward, the two leaders of the House investigation, Republican Rep. Mike Conaway and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, thanked Comey and Rogers for showing up, but offered few details. Read More »

Nations grapple with huge cyberattack, but more's coming

Researchers with Czech Republic-based security software maker Avast said they had observed more than 126,000 ransomware infections, with 60 percent of infected computers located in Russian Federation, followed by Ukraine and Taiwan. FedEx Corp.in the USA reported that its Windows computers were "experiencing interference" from malware, but wouldn't say if it had been hit by ransomware. Read More »