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Obama gets rock-star welcome in Berlin, praises Merkel

Obama gets rock-star welcome in Berlin, praises Merkel BERLIN (AP) — Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his "favorite partners" during his presidency.


Republican candidate charged with assault, roiling Trump's Montana test

Republican candidate charged with assault, roiling Trump's Montana test By Justin Mitchell MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A Montana Republican running for the U.S. Congress has been charged with assaulting a reporter hours before polls were to open on Thursday for a special election that could test U.S. President Donald Trump's political clout. It was not clear what effect the assault charge against Republican technology executive Greg Gianforte would have on the Montana race, where 37 percent of the 699,207 registered voters had already submitted absentee ballots, according to state election officials. Ben Jacobs was trying to ask Gianforte about healthcare, according to an audio tape captured by the British newspaper's correspondent.


President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Trump’s first trip abroad In contrast to George W. Bush and Obama, President Trump’s first overseas trip is a highly ambitious venture. Here's a look at some of the highlights.


GOP candidate charged with misdemeanor assault of reporter

GOP candidate charged with misdemeanor assault of reporter BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday night after witnesses told police Greg Gianforte grabbed a reporter by the neck and slammed him to the ground the night before polls close in the nationally-watched election.


Apple designer made a $12,000 hourglass that comes with an iPhone-worthy design story

Apple designer made a $12,000 hourglass that comes with an iPhone-worthy design story

Design stories can be pretty silly, and that’s especially true for Samsung’s annoying smartphone design stories — here’s the most recent Galaxy S8 story. But Samsung designers aren’t the only ones that have exaggerated tales about their creations, and we’ve got one more such example for you. This time around, it comes from an Apple designer, although it doesn’t concern an Apple product.

Marc Newson created a special hourglass for Hodinkee that retails for $12,000. It’s handcrafted, and it contains noisy nanoballs instead of boring sand. No, there’s absolutely no reason to buy one, even if it’s a Newson creation.

The hourglass is 150mm tall and 125mm across at the widest point. It contains 1.3 million tiny copper balls that measure just 0.6mm in diameter, and measures precisely 10 minutes.

But the way Newson and Hodinkee describe it makes it sound like something that’s actually worth buying/watching/enjoying. It’s not.

“Sometimes you see an object, and it just captivates you. You can't look away. You can't even really explain what you're looking at either,” Hodinkee says. “Marc Newson's Hourglass is one such object. It takes the idea of one of the most basic time-measuring instruments ever devised, and pushes it to its limits.” Alright.

"It is perhaps one of the most fundamental objects in the world of timekeeping, and arguably one of the oldest, but I love the fact that it is so sort of deeply esoteric, and it has this strange and mesmeric quality," Newson says in the promo video at the end of this post.

"On one hand, you're witnessing time. But on the other hand, it's completely sort of timeless, and it actually if anything focuses your attention on the opposite of time, if that makes any sense."

It doesn’t. And, look, the actual manufacturing of the hourglass is impressive itself. The glass object requires a certain precision, and it’s hand made, which is remarkable. It’s just Hodinkee and Newson’s design stories that are annoying.

“Watching the Hourglass is a multi-sensory experience that cannot be communicated in words,” the blog post explains. “The combination of watching those first few nanoballs bounce around the bottom chamber, the flow begin to change surface patterns in the top chamber, and the unique sound of the nanoballs flying around, hitting the glass and one another as they settle at the bottom, is utterly mesmerizing. Invariably, the first time we show it to someone, there's a gasp, a big smile, and sometimes even a little giggle as they lean in and get ready to watch for the full 10 minutes.” Mkay.


Manhunt in Manchester as probe leak row grows

Manhunt in Manchester as probe leak row grows Britain Thursday closed in on a jihadist network thought to be behind the Manchester concert attack, as grief mixed with anger at the US over leaked material from the probe. Mourner Carmel McLaughlan, 69, came to St Ann's Square in Manchester for the minute's silence. "It's like your own family just passed away, it's just so, so sad, there's just sadness hanging over Manchester at the moment.


El Salvador sentences gang members to 390 years over massacre

El Salvador sentences gang members to 390 years over massacre A court in El Salvador on Wednesday sentenced seven members of a notorious criminal gang to 390 years in prison each for their part in a March 2016 massacre that shocked the crime-ravaged Central American country. The men, part of the "Barrio 18 Revolutionaries" gang, received a 35-year prison sentence for each of the 11 victims killed in the massacre, plus five years for their affiliations with illegal gangs, the attorney general's office said on Twitter. Authorities have said the gang members early last year kidnapped and killed three day laborers and eight workers of an electric company in the quiet town of San Juan Opico, some 27 miles northeast of the capital San Salvador.


Britain 'furious' over US leaks on Manchester attack

Britain 'furious' over US leaks on Manchester attack London (AFP) - "Furious" British officials scolded their US counterparts on Wednesday following repeated leaks of shared material about the investigation into the deadly Manchester terror attack. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd roasted the US Department of Homeland Security and other intelligence branches after the bomber's identity and details of the probe leaked out to US media before British officials felt ready to disclose them. The pictures were apparently taken by police investigators and, according to British government ministry sources, leaked by US counterparts they had been shared with.


Ben Sasse says Michael Flynn's hiring looks 'really, really troubling'

Ben Sasse says Michael Flynn's hiring looks 'really, really troubling' Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., spoke to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about his new book, "The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance." She also asked about Michael Flynn, who is at the center of the Russia investigation. Sasse called the ousted national security adviser’s hiring "really, really troubling" and said that he should respond to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's subpoenas.


Tattooed 'Joker' Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Passing Cars: Cops

Tattooed 'Joker' Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Passing Cars: Cops The Florida man's face was covered in tattoos that made him look like the notorious villain from "The Dark Knight."


Charging bear attacks hunter in terrifying encounter caught on video

Charging bear attacks hunter in terrifying encounter caught on video A Canadian hunter is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a black bear. Richard Wesley was bow hunting near Fire River, Ontario, when he noticed a large black bear roaming nearby. At first, the bear seemed unfazed by Wesley's presence, but when the hunter makes a sound in an attempt to scare off the approaching bear, it charges. Wesley attempts to make as much noise as possible, and even punches the attacking bear in the face. The camera falls and the hunter returns just a few seconds later, visibly shook by the near death experience. "I should have shot a long time ago," Wesley says into the camera just seconds after the attack.  Luckily, the hunter walked away nearly unscathed.  "No wounds except a bruised elbow and ego where the bear threw me down," Wesley wrote on YouTube.  "Genuinely happy that this was a non fatal or tragic outcome." 


DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private school discrimination

DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private school discrimination Democratic legislators pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in her first public testimony since a contentious confirmation process. DeVos was answering questions on the White House budget proposal in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The budget proposal has been criticized by some for making deep cuts to public education to fund school choice voucher programs such as those that DeVos promoted in her home state of Michigan.


Man Charged in Death of Girlfriend's Daughter After 'Wrestling Moves': Cops

Man Charged in Death of Girlfriend's Daughter After 'Wrestling Moves': Cops Richard Gamache, 24, is charged with first-degree child abuse for severely injuring the 2-year-old. She later died.


Trump budget chief faces sharp questions during House hearing

Trump budget chief faces sharp questions during House hearing In testimony before the House Budget Committee Wednesday, the president’s budget director faced pointed questions from members of both parties.


Fear and disbelief at Manchester bomber's mosque

Fear and disbelief at Manchester bomber's mosque Worshippers at the mosque that the Manchester suicide bomber is believed to have frequented reacted with disbelief on Wednesday and pointed the finger at online radicalisation. Elders at the Didsbury mosque, a Victorian former Methodist chapel, also voiced concern about reports of Islamophobic attacks since the bombing at a pop concert which killed 22 people. "The horrific atrocity that occurred in Manchester on Monday night shocked us all.


This Woman's Viral Post About Being a "Bad Mom" Is So Relatable

This Woman's Viral Post About Being a "Bad Mom" Is So Relatable And what Constance Hall learned from a therapist is something every mom should keep in mind.


Russia's Gigantic New Submarine Has Enormous "Wings"

Russia's Gigantic New Submarine Has Enormous "Wings" The submarine will be twice as long as a jumbo jet.


The Latest Starbucks Secret Menu Drink Is The Prettiest Of Them All

The Latest Starbucks Secret Menu Drink Is The Prettiest Of Them All You *have* to try it.


24 Rainbow-Inspired Recipes That Will Make You So Happy

Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England Photos of the British response to the deadly bombing at a concert arena in Manchester, England, on Monday night.


2 addiction counselors at halfway house die of drug overdose

2 addiction counselors at halfway house die of drug overdose WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Two addiction counselors at a suburban Philadelphia halfway house died of opioid overdoses inside the facility on the same day, authorities said Wednesday.


Landslide Buries Stretch of Famous Hwy. 1 at California’s Big Sur

Landslide Buries Stretch of Famous Hwy. 1 at California’s Big Sur Part of California’s Highway 1 remains buried under a mountain of rock and dirt that stretches a quarter-mile wide.


In jest, Pope Francis asks Melania Trump if she feeds pastries to the president

In jest, Pope Francis asks Melania Trump if she feeds pastries to the president In a nod to the first lady’s native country, the pope asked Melania Trump if she gives the president a food called potica.


Retirement Savings Is a Bigger Crisis Than Health Care

Retirement Savings Is a Bigger Crisis Than Health Care Everyone talks about how health care is the biggest crisis facing retirees, but unfortunately that crisis takes a distant second to another, far more serious issue. A 2015 National Institute on Retirement Security study found that the median working-age household has just $14,500 in retirement savings -- woefully short of the hundreds of thousands in savings truly needed to retire in the first place. One of the authors of the 2015 NIRS study, Ilana Boivie, agrees that the $14,500 figure is startlingly low.


Four climbers found dead in tents on Everest, identities unknown

Four climbers found dead in tents on Everest, identities unknown By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali sherpas have found four climbers dead in their tents on Mount Everest, officials said on Wednesday, taking the death toll on the world's highest mountain to 10 in the past month. The climbers were found overnight in two tents at Camp Four, at 8,000 meters (26,246 feet), Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks group, to which the sherpas belonged, said.


Quit your job and get paid to cuddle cats all day

Quit your job and get paid to cuddle cats all day Imagine a world where you could spend your days cuddling adorable fluffy kittens. A Dublin-based veterinary clinic is making that dream a reality as they're advertising a "cat cuddler" role. It sounds like the best job in the world.  SEE ALSO: Stop working like a sucker and get paid to build Lego models instead Just Cats veterinary clinic in Clonsilla, Dublin, is looking for a "crazy cat person" who "loves cats". Among other requirements includes "cattitude" — whatever that means. The ideal candidate will have a track record of feeding stray cats in your locality and they'll feel "warm and fuzzy" when they pet cats.  Image: justcats.ieThat's not all you'll need, though... You'll also need to have "gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time". *Better crack out that hand lotion now, eh?!* You'll also need to be "softly spoke" and "capable of cat whispering" to calm the nerves of more nervous cats.  It doesn't end there, though..... You'll also need to possess the rare skill of understanding different types of purring.  And, on top of all that? You'll also need a qualification recognised by the veterinary council of Ireland. Wannabe cat cuddlers can apply by sending CVs and cover letters to miaow@justcats.ie Good luck. WATCH: Watch dogs try cat toys for the first time


Syrian army says senior Islamic State militant killed

Syrian army says senior Islamic State militant killed The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had killed Islamic State's military commander in Syria during operations in the north of the country, where the Russian-backed government forces are seizing more territory back from the jihadist group. If confirmed, this would represent a major blow against Islamic State (IS) ahead of an attack which the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters - are expected to launch against the jihadists in their stronghold of Raqqa city. A Syrian military source told Reuters the IS commander, Abu Musab al-Masri, had been the group's "minister of war" for Syria.


Iraq probes allegations of human rights violations in Mosul

Iraq probes allegations of human rights violations in Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Interior Ministry said it launched an investigation into allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by its forces fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul.


Duterte Prefers Trump Over Obama, Proves Call Transcript

Duterte Prefers Trump Over Obama, Proves Call Transcript The leaked transcript of the call between President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte makes it clear that he favors the current POTUS much more than former President Barack Obama.


Hillary Clinton Slams Trump’s 'Unimaginable' Budget Proposal

Hillary Clinton Slams Trump’s 'Unimaginable' Budget Proposal The former Democratic presidential nominee expressed disappointment Tuesday over President Donald Trump's proposal in a keynote address after being honored in New York City by the Children’s Health Fund.


Salem County Nuclear Plant Emergency Alert Was A Mistake

Salem County Nuclear Plant Emergency Alert Was A Mistake An investigation into who is responsible for sending out the false emergency warning regarding the Salem County nuclear plant is still ongoing, officials said.


Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coast

Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coast A pod of killer whales appears to charge at blue whale off the coast of Monterey, California, in a rare encounter captured by a drone camera on May 18.


Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage

Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades.


5 killed, 286 held in Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town

5 killed, 286 held in Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation, arresting 286 people in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least five demonstrators were killed and others wounded.


Martial law in southern Philippines could last a year: Duterte

Martial law in southern Philippines could last a year: Duterte Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday martial law in the southern region of Mindanao could last a year, as he vowed it would be similar to the late Ferdinand Marcos's dictatorship. "If it would take a year to do it, if it's over within a month, then I'd be happy," Duterte said in a video posted online by the government. Addressing "our fellow Filipinos", Duterte told them they had experienced martial law during the two-decade Marcos presidency, which ended with a "People Power" revolution in 1986.


The Latest: Acquitted Tulsa cop receiving back pay

The Latest: Acquitted Tulsa cop receiving back pay TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on a white Tulsa police officer who was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man (all times local):


Fox News retracts Seth Rich conspiracy story as Hannity vows to press on

Fox News retracts Seth Rich conspiracy story as Hannity vows to press on A controversial Fox News report about the death of a Democratic National Committee employee last summer — a story that had fueled a conspiracy theory that rocketed across right-wing media, but reportedly embarrassed some of the network’s staffers — was retracted by the network Tuesday afternoon. The report attempted to tie the death of data analyst Seth Rich — who was shot in what Washington police believe was a botched robbery attempt — to the leak of DNC emails to WikiLeaks, which began publishing them two weeks later. The implication, spelled out most directly by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, was that Rich had provided the emails and was assassinated in retaliation or as part of a coverup.


Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: Cops

Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: Cops Victor Sibson survived the suicide attempt and was charged with second degree murder on Friday.


Teen Girl Throws Herself In River For 'Blue Whale' Suicide Challenge

Teen Girl Throws Herself In River For 'Blue Whale' Suicide Challenge The girl reportedly jumped into a turbulent river to complete a suicide challenge referred to “Blue Whale.”


Republicans and Democrats dismiss Trump’s budget as ‘dead on arrival’

Republicans and Democrats dismiss Trump’s budget as ‘dead on arrival’ The White House budget director began making his case for the 2018 budget Tuesday, but it met initial skepticism from members of both parties.


Manchester terror attack: What we know

Manchester terror attack: What we know Twenty-two people, including children, were killed in a suicide bombing at a pop concert packed with teens in the British city of Manchester late Monday. Here is what we know so far about the terror attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005. Police said they were called at 10:33 pm (2133 GMT) Monday to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena during a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande, who is popular with teenagers and pre-teens.


Christina El Moussa Got the Sweetest Tattoo Honoring Her Kids

Christina El Moussa Got the Sweetest Tattoo Honoring Her Kids Check out her new ink.


Ethiopia's Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job

Ethiopia's Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won the race to be the next head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, becoming the first African to lead the United Nations agency. The former health minister and foreign minister received more than half the votes in the first round and then won a decisive second-round election, beating Britain's David Nabarro to the job. "It's a victory day for Ethiopia and for Africa," Ethiopia's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva Negash Kebret Botora told Reuters before Tedros, as he is widely known, was to take the floor at the WHO's annual ministerial assembly.


12-Year-Old Girl Abducted by Teen Boys In 'Imminent Danger'

12-Year-Old Girl Abducted by Teen Boys In 'Imminent Danger' McKenzie Wilson went missing from her upstate New York home early in the morning.


Husky Caught on Surveillance Shoplifting a Loaf of Bread, Then Returning With an Accomplice

Husky Caught on Surveillance Shoplifting a Loaf of Bread, Then Returning With an Accomplice Cops said the dog will not be facing any charges.


Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims Remembered

Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims Remembered An 8-year-old and a college student are among the 22 people who were killed in the terror attack at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.


Former CIA Director Brennan was aware of 'interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in Trump campaign'

Former CIA Director Brennan was aware of 'interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in Trump campaign' Former CIA Director John Brennan testified before the House intelligence committee regarding the Russian campaign meddling probe. "I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in Trump campaign," Brennan said.


The Latest: Slain student remembered at commencement

The Latest: Slain student remembered at commencement COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing death of a black student visiting the University of Maryland (all times local):


‘The most horrible feeling’: Mother of missing Manchester concertgoer describes chaos of attack

‘The most horrible feeling’: Mother of missing Manchester concertgoer describes chaos of attack Many attendees at the concert that was hit by a bomb on Monday were young people. One distraught parent described her feelings as she waited for news.


Jana Duggar Gets The Spotlight

Jana Duggar Gets The Spotlight Jana Duggar gets praised for her child rearing skills.