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Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka bombs that killed hundreds

Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka bombs that killed hundreds The Islamic State group on Tuesday said it was behind a devastating string of suicide attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people on Easter Sunday. The claim emerged more than 48 hours after the near-simultaneous blasts tore through three high-end hotels popular with foreigners and three churches packed with Christians marking Easter. It came after Sri Lanka's government said initial investigations suggested the attack had been carried out as "retaliation" for shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last month that killed 50 people.


How Does the Geely Geometry A Measure Up to the Tesla Model 3?

How Does the Geely Geometry A Measure Up to the Tesla Model 3? Is the Chinese automaker capable of making a Tesla Model 3 fighter? We do the math.


OnePlus announces the date it will announce the OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus announces the date it will announce the OnePlus 7 Pro Are you an Android fan who has been anxiously awaiting the unveiling of OnePlus' next-generation OnePlus 7 Pro flagship phone? Have you been dying to know when it will finally be released? Well, we have good news and bad news for you on Tuesday morning. The good news is that OnePlus is making its first big announcement pertaining to the upcoming new OnePlus 7 Pro. The bad news is that OnePlus isn't actually announcing anything. Instead, the company has just announced when it plans to announce something. Confused yet?Here's the deal: OnePlus on Tuesday announced that it will host multiple events around the world to unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone. Unlike most smartphone makers, the company actually confirmed the name of the new handset in the process: as had been rumored, it will be called the OnePlus 7 Pro. There will be four events at which the new phone will be unveiled, and they're scheduled to take place on May 14th at 11:00 AM EDT. That means the OnePlus 7 Pro will be unveiled exactly three weeks from today.Here's the full announcement from OnePlus:> Go Beyond Speed at the OnePlus 7 Pro Launch Event> > April 23, New York. OnePlus, a global technology company, is inviting the world to see the unveiling of a new phone, in a series of global launch events at 11am EDT on Tuesday, May 14th.> > The company will be holding its largest event to date in New York at Pier 94 - tickets will be on sale via OnePlus.com. Early Bird tickets will be sold at a discounted price of $20 starting April 25th at 11am for up to 48 hours, with Standard tickets and Plus One tickets available for purchase afterwards.> > For the first time since its inception in 2013, OnePlus will present a truly global launch with four events in three continents occurring simultaneously.> > "Community is at the heart of everything that we do," said OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau. "By hosting events across the world, we hope that as many people as possible can join us for the launch of this exciting new chapter for OnePlus."> > Attendees will be among the first in the world to experience the new OnePlus 7 Pro. Previous OnePlus launch events have seen tickets sell out within days and as such, fans are advised to act fast.> > For those unable to attend, OnePlus will broadcast the event to its global community through a livestream link that will be posted on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.> > The date and time of the launch events are:> > * Pier 94, New York - US> > 11AM EDT, May 14> > * Printworks, London - UK> > 4PM BST, May 14> > * BIEC, Bangalore - India> > 8:15PM IST, May 14> > * Yanqi Lake, Beijing - China> > 2PM PST, May 16As for what we can expect from the OnePlus 7 Pro, rumors so far have painted a very impressive picture. The new flagship phone will supposedly feature an all-screen design unlike anything we've seen on a OnePlus phone before, and it's expected to have a best-in-class OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. That's about 1.5 times faster than comparable smartphones. We're also expecting a big improvement when it comes to camera quality, with details surrounding the phone's new triple-lens rear camera setup having just leaked earlier this week. We can also look forward to 5G connectivity, a possible launch on all four major wireless carriers in the US, and a price tag that is significantly lower than rival flagship phones from the likes of Apple and Samsung.


Sony's latest TVs range in price from $650 to $70,000

Sony's latest TVs range in price from $650 to $70,000 On Monday, Sony announced the pricing of the flagship Master Series televisions as well as that of its new LCD and OLED models originally revealed at CES earlier this year. While the smaller three televisions of the Master segment, the A9G TVs, measure in at 65", 55", and 77" and feature 4K OLED displays with over eight million pixels, the two larger models -- the Z9G TVs -- are 8K HDR televisions with 33 million pixels.


Google, Facebook, Twitter have to do more to fight fake news: EU

Google, Facebook, Twitter have to do more to fight fake news: EU The monthly reports follow a pledge made by the tech giants and advertising trade bodies in October last year to combat the spread of fake news and avoid more heavy-handed regulations. The EU has warned of foreign interference during campaigning for the European Parliament elections and national elections in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine in recent and coming months. "Further technical improvements as well as sharing of methodology and data sets for fake accounts are necessary to allow third-party experts, fact-checkers and researchers to carry out independent evaluation," the EU executive said.


House chairman issues subpoena to former White House lawyer

House chairman issues subpoena to former White House lawyer WASHINGTON (AP) — A House chairman subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn as Democratic leaders moved to deepen their investigation of President Donald Trump while bottling up talk among their rank-and-file of impeaching him.


Libya PM Says Foreigners Are Arming Strongman’s Tripoli Push

Libya PM Says Foreigners Are Arming Strongman’s Tripoli Push Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj declined to identify the countries. Sarraj says he won’t negotiate until Haftar withdraws his forces, and that he’s disappointed by the muted international reaction to the assault. U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Haftar last week, recognizing his role in combating terrorism, as Washington and Russia stymied a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire.


Luckin Coffee, Starbucks rival in China, files for US IPO

Luckin Coffee, Starbucks rival in China, files for US IPO China's homegrown coffee chain Luckin Coffee has filed to list publicly in the US as the loss-making company battles to dethrone Starbucks in its home market. Luckin estimated its offering size at $100 million in its Monday filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission but noted the figure was only set to calculate registration fees.


Police Say Mother of Missing Illinois Boy Continues to be `Uncooperative`

Police Say Mother of Missing Illinois Boy Continues to be `Uncooperative` The search continues for Andrew "AJ" Freund, a 5-year-old boy reported missing last week, as Crystal Lake police say say there are no updates, arrests, or new developments in the case on Monday.


Cardi B rejects plea deal in strip club brawl case, facing up to one year in jail

Cardi B rejects plea deal in strip club brawl case, facing up to one year in jail Cardi B rejected a deal to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count in strip club brawl, even though it would keep her out of jail.


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President Trump Bragged About the Border Wall to a Group of Children at the Easter Egg Roll

President Trump Bragged About the Border Wall to a Group of Children at the Easter Egg Roll 'Oh it’s happening, it’s being built now,' he said while coloring with kids


Should Catholics keep their faith? Sex abuse scandals prompt more to personally question ties to church, poll finds

Should Catholics keep their faith? Sex abuse scandals prompt more to personally question ties to church, poll finds Amid the latest spate of allegations of sexual abuse by priests, an increasing percentage of Catholics are re-examining their commitment to the religion, new poll shows.


Tesla Claims Fully Automated Autopilot Upgrade Will Be Fail-Safe

Tesla Claims Fully Automated Autopilot Upgrade Will Be Fail-Safe How much of this announcement is hype and how much is tech that's ready for market, we won't know right away, but they've got our attention.


Some Microsoft employees allege policies 'discriminate' against Asians, white men

Some Microsoft employees allege policies 'discriminate' against Asians, white men Debate is raging at Microsoft after some employees questioned the company's push to recruit more women and minorities on an internal message board.


10 Home Decor Sales We’re Excited About This Week

10 Home Decor Sales We’re Excited About This Week Consider us your personal shoppers


Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Relief Would Lift Black, Latino Borrowers

Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Relief Would Lift Black, Latino Borrowers The policy would also help close racial wealth gaps in the U.S., according to an estimate provided to the campaign by Arizona State University assistant professor Raphael Charron-Chenier and Brandeis University law professor Thomas Shapiro. “Gains to net worth for households of color would be meaningful under the policy, increasing median wealth by roughly $6,741 for Black households as a whole and $3,280 for Latino households as a whole,” they wrote in the analysis. High levels of student debt have become a drain on the economy, said David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, who worked with the U.S. Department of Education for 35 years specializing in higher education.


Military vet Moulton joins 2020 presidential race

Military vet Moulton joins 2020 presidential race BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House.


'Today' show's Dylan Dreyer opens up about miscarriage and secondary infertility struggle

'Today' show's Dylan Dreyer opens up about miscarriage and secondary infertility struggle The 'Today' show meteorologist and her husband decided to talk about their struggle to have a second baby in an effort to get rid of the stigma attached to secondary infertility.


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The Latest: UK intercepts total of 36 migrants in Channel

The Latest: UK intercepts total of 36 migrants in Channel THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants in Europe (all times local):


Google just cut Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL prices in half, today only

Google just cut Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL prices in half, today only Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL weren't the flashiest phones of 2018, but they're still two of the best Android flagships devices on the market. Plus, the Pixel is one of the few phones to receive every major Android update the day it rolls out, which means you'll always have the latest and greatest version of the mobile operating system.Unfortunately, if your phone budget is relatively tight, the quadruple-digit price of the Pixel 3 XL might have scared you away, but on Monday, April 22nd, in celebration of the fourth anniversary of Google Fi's launch, Google is slashing the price of both Pixel 3 models in half. The catch? You have to buy the phone on Google Fi.If you buy and activate a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from fi.google.com between the hours of 12:00 AM PT to 11:59 PM PT today, you can get any model of either phone for 50% off. Here are all the details of the sale: * Pixel 3 64 GB is discounted from $799 to $399. * Pixel 3 128 GB is discounted from $899 to $449. * Pixel 3 XL 64 GB is discounted from $899 to $449. * Pixel 3 XL 128 GB is discounted from $999 to $499.In order to qualify for the 50% discount, you have to be a new or existing Google Fi customer, which is Google's own MVNO service. The discounted price will automatically be applied at checkout, but you'll have to activate the phone within 30 days of receiving the shipping confirmation email. If you don't, the discounted amount will be charged to your Google Payments account, and you'll end up paying full retail price for the phone.Google is likely just weeks away from unveiling its midrange Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, but if you're in the market for a modern flagship, you will be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this anywhere online.


Today’s best deals: Avengers movies, $10 Philips Hue bulbs, $25 cord-free earbuds, SanDisk microSDs, more

Today’s best deals: Avengers movies, $10 Philips Hue bulbs, $25 cord-free earbuds, SanDisk microSDs, more We've got a fantastic roundup of the best daily deals we could find for you to kick off the new week, and there really is something for everyone. Highlights include Philips Hue white LED bulbs for an all-time low of just $10 each when you buy a 4-pack, top-selling true wireless earbuds for only $25.49, the excellent Yi Dome Camera with automatic motion tracking for only $38 when you clip the on-site coupon and use the code 9XM4WEMZ at checkout, SanDisk 128GB microSD cards for an all-time low of $19.99 each, a big sale on Marvel movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok, HDMI cables for just $4 a piece, a one-day sale on the Dyson V6 cordless vacuum, deep discounts on Brita water pitchers, a best-selling compact air fryer for only $39.99, and plenty more. Check out all of today's best bargains below.


Danish billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka blasts

Danish billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka blasts Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the Easter day attacks in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for his clothing retail group Bestseller said on Monday. Danish media have reported that Holch Povlsen, his wife Anne and their four children were in Sri Lanka on vacation at the moment of the attacks, which struck churches and luxury hotels killing nearly 300 people. "I can confirm that three children have been killed," Jesper Stubkier, the communications manager for Bestseller, said in a statement.


Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre-Dame restoration

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre-Dame restoration Serbia on Monday said it will donate one million euros to help restore Notre-Dame Cathedral, after pro-government tabloids said the fire was "God's punishment" to France. The gift comes after two tabloids, Alo and Informer, said the blaze was divine retribution after Kosovo's flag was displayed inside the cathedral during World War I centennial commemorations in Paris last year. Serbia does not recognise the independence of Kosovo, a former southern province that broke away in a 1998-99 war.


Warren’s 2020 Platform Calls For ‘Ultra-Millionaire Tax’ to Pay Off Student Debt

Warren’s 2020 Platform Calls For ‘Ultra-Millionaire Tax’ to Pay Off Student Debt Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) rolled out a policy proposal Monday that calls for the use of public funds to pay off hundreds of billions of dollars in outstanding student loan debt.Under the proposal, the government would pay off some $600 billion in outstanding student loan debt over the next ten years using revenue derived from a so-called “ultra-millionaire tax,” an annual 2 percent tax on wealth over $50 million plus an additional 1 percent on wealth over $1 billion.“Higher education opened a million doors for me. It’s how the daughter of a janitor in a small town in Oklahoma got to become a teacher, a law school professor, a U.S. Senator, and eventually, a candidate for President of the United States,” Warren wrote in a blog post announcing the policy. “Today, it’s virtually impossible for a young person to find that kind of opportunity.”The Democratic presidential contender's plan, which aims to eliminate $1.25 trillion in total student debt over ten years, also calls for a $100 billion increase in federal student aid that does not have to be paid back. It also asks states to partner with the federal government to make public two and four-year universities completely tuition-free.Debt-relief for lower-income Americans would be prioritized under the plan: Every person with a house-hold income of under $100,000 would be eligible for $50,000 in debt forgiveness, regardless of whether their loans were held in the private or public sector. Relief would then taper off by $1 for every $3 in income above $100,000 before eventually subsiding totally at $250,000.A group of Brandeis University professors said the economic growth that will result from the proposal “will create additional tax revenue that reduces the overall cost.”Much of the Democratic primary field has prioritized the cancellation of student debt but Warren is the first to release a policy proposal addressing the issue.


Elizabeth Warren Calls for Wiping Out Student-Loan Debt, Making College Free

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Wiping Out Student-Loan Debt, Making College Free BRendan Smialowski/GettySen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is rolling out a comprehensive higher-education plan that includes a broad proposal to cancel student-loan debt. The plan, which would cancel $50,000 in student-loan debt for every person with a household income under $100,000, is the latest in the presidential candidate’s list of ambitious policy proposals, including breaking up large tech companies, a new corporate profits tax and universal child-care coverage.According to a Medium post detailing the policy, the debt cancellation would also apply for every person with a household income between $100,000 and $250,000, with the cancellation amount declining a dollar for every three dollars in income above $100,000, so that a person earning $130,000 would have $40,000 in cancellation. It would not cancel debts for people earning more than $250,000. The cancellation would take place in most cases, through data the federal government already has on income and student-loan debts. The canceled debt wouldn’t be taxed as income, according to her plan. “The enormous student debt burden weighing down our economy isn’t the result of laziness or irresponsibility,” writes Warren, whose first bill as a senator sought to provide relief to student borrowers. “It’s the result of a government that has consistently put the interests of the wealthy and well-connected over the interests of working families.”An analysis of the plan from experts at Brandeis University estimates that Warren’s policy would provide total debt cancellation to more than 75 percent of Americans with student-loan debt and some form of relief to more than 95 percent.Warren also has a plan for universal free college, a platform that has become a hallmark of many 2020 presidential contenders since it was a staple of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) 2016 run. The estimated cost for the debt cancellation and the universal free college program is around $1.25 trillion over 10 years, a figure Warren wants to pay for with her ultra-millionaire tax, which would apply a 2 percent annual tax on households with $50 million or more. The Massachusetts Democrat also wants to address how the higher-education system can better serve low-income families and students of color, with a planned investment of an additional $100 billion in Pell Grants, a $50 billion fund for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority- Serving Institutions (MSIs), and “after an appropriate transition period,” a ban on for-profit colleges receiving federal dollars. Warren suggests instituting an annual audit for public colleges “that identifies issues creating shortfalls in enrollment and graduation rates for lower-income students and students of color,” and prohibiting them from considering citizenship status or criminal history in their decisions on admissions. Other 2020 candidates have frequently talked about the student-loan debt crisis in less specific terms, with Florida mayor Wayne Messam standing alone in calling for complete cancellation. “We got into this crisis because state governments and the federal government decided that instead of treating higher education like our public school system—free and accessible to all Americans—they’d rather cut taxes for billionaires and giant corporations and offload the cost of higher education onto students and their families,” Warren writes. “The student debt crisis is the direct result of this failed experiment.”Read more at The Daily Beast.


US STOCKS-Futures pull back ahead of earnings; oil stocks jump

US STOCKS-Futures pull back ahead of earnings; oil stocks jump U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday as investors returned from their Easter break and took a cautious stance at the beginning of what is expected to be the busiest week of the first-quarter earnings season. The S&P 500 closed slightly lower last week, ending its three-week winning streak, but hovered about 1% away from a record high hit in September on U.S.-China trade hopes and a largely upbeat earnings season. More than a third of the S&P 500 companies, including Boeing Co, Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc, will report this week determining whether investors should be concerned about the start of an earnings recession or whether back-to-back quarters of negative growth can be avoided.


Former Turkish PM says alliance politics harmed Erdogan's AK Party

Former Turkish PM says alliance politics harmed Erdogan's AK Party Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday the alliance of President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party with nationalists had harmed the AKP, in a statement criticizing the party's policies after local election's last month. Davutoglu, a high profile figure in the party, was prime minister between 2014 and 2016 before falling out with Erdogan. The AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara and the country's largest city Istanbul in the elections on March 31.


'We have a nation which has stunning injustices': Senate Democrats start new environmental push

'We have a nation which has stunning injustices': Senate Democrats start new environmental push Booker says he has had “some luck” working with Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama on environmental issues. Duckworth’s ambitions for the caucus are certainly not modest.


Iran, Pakistan to set up border 'reaction force' after attacks

Iran, Pakistan to set up border 'reaction force' after attacks Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced Monday that he and visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed to set up a joint border "reaction force" to counter terrorism. "We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism," Rouhani told a joint news conference, following months of increased tensions over attacks on both sides of the two countries' frontier. The border skirts the volatile southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan which has been the scene of frequent attacks on Iran's security forces.


Huawei says launches 'world's first' 5G communications hardware for autos

Huawei says launches 'world's first' 5G communications hardware for autos China's Huawei Technologies launched on Monday what it said was the world's first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry, in a sign of its growing ambitions to become a key supplier to the sector for self-driving technology. "Based on this chip, Huawei has developed the world's first 5G car module with high speed and high quality," it said. "As an important communication product for future intelligent car transportation, this 5G car module will promote the automotive industry to move towards the 5G era," Huawei said.


Tiger attacks zookeeper in front of visitors: 'He is a wild animal and was acting on instinct'

Tiger attacks zookeeper in front of visitors: 'He is a wild animal and was acting on instinct' A beautiful spring morning at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas turned tragic when a male Sumatran tiger attacked a keeper, inflicting wounds that sent her to a hospital.Although keepers are never supposed to be in the same space as the tigers, they found themselves together in the outdoor habitat that morning for reasons under investigation."There's some sort of error that occurred here," said Brendan Wiley, the zoo's director, told a news conference. He confirmed that several visitors to the zoo had witnessed the attack.The employee is the zoo's primary tiger keeper and had worked there for years, according to Mr Wiley, who noted that part of her job is to clean and maintain the enclosure. He said that the keeper was in stable condition and that the zoo was reviewing its safety protocols.The zookeeper, whom Mr Wiley declined to name, citing her family's need for privacy, suffered "lacerations and punctures" to the back of the head, neck, back and arm. She was awake and alert when she was transported to a hospital.The attack occurred about 9:15 am and the zoo's safety protocols immediately went into effect, Mr Wiley said. A radio call alerted the staff that there was an emergency, and the zoo called 911. Nearby staff members responded to the scene to secure the tigers, and an official made the decision to temporarily close the zoo. A firearms response team also was dispatched to the tiger exhibit, but zookeepers had successfully lured the tiger away by the time it arrived."Some of our staff witnessed some things that you hope you go through a career without witnessing," Mr Wiley said.The zoo has two adult Sumatran tigers: Jingga, a female, and Sanjiv, who was brought to the zoo in August 2017. Shanna Simpson, animal care supervisor, told the Topeka Capital-Journal then that Sanjiv "is the sweetest cat I have ever met."In October, Jingga gave birth to four cubs - three males and one female.The Topeka Zoo allowed Jingga and her cubs back into their enclosures Saturday afternoon, but Sanjiv would remain in holding overnight, Mr Wiley said.City spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said in an email that "nothing will happen to the tiger; he is a wild animal and was acting on instinct."Sanjiv is too valuable to conservation efforts to euthanise. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, and only about 400 remain in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. They are native to Indonesia, where deforestation, human encroachment and poaching have whittled their numbers to the brink of extinction.Some zoos participate in Sumatran tiger conservation programs designed to save the species, but these efforts are not always successful. In February, a male tiger brought to the London Zoo to mate attacked and killed its prospective female partner.The Washington Post


San Diego Church-Goers Tackle a Woman Brandishing a Handgun and a Baby

San Diego Church-Goers Tackle a Woman Brandishing a Handgun and a Baby Police say she threatened to blow up the church during Easter service


How 11 People Are Trying to Stop Fake News in the World’s Largest Election

How 11 People Are Trying to Stop Fake News in the World’s Largest Election One of the operations most vital to Facebook Inc. at this moment is a world away from its Menlo Park, California, headquarters, and in more ways than one. This is Boom Live, one of seven tiny fact-checking firms at the heart of Facebook’s efforts to rebuild some of its credibility during India’s elections. Based on the early tallies, more than 60 percent of India’s 900 million eligible voters are expected to cast ballots between now and May 19, as the center-left Congress Party tries to seize power from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party.


UPDATE 3-Ukraine enters uncharted waters after comedian wins presidency

UPDATE 3-Ukraine enters uncharted waters after comedian wins presidency Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically upended the status quo and won the country's presidential election by a landslide. Volodymyr Zelenskiy's win was a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko and presents a riddle for investors, the West and Russia who wonder what approach he will take on everything from relations with Moscow to the domestic banking sector. Zelenskiy, 41, will take leadership of a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Russia following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.


Leader of right-wing militia arrested by FBI 'for detaining migrant families at gunpoint in New Mexico'

Leader of right-wing militia arrested by FBI 'for detaining migrant families at gunpoint in New Mexico' The FBI on Saturday arrested the leader of a right-wing militia that was detaining migrant families at gunpoint near the border in southern New Mexico, as the group faced a torrent of criticism for its tactics.Hector Balderas, New Mexico’s attorney general, said federal agents had arrested the leader, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who had been operating under the alias Johnny Horton Jr. Mr Balderas said in a statement that Hopkins was arrested on charges of firearms possession by a felon.“This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” Mr Balderas said. “Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.”The firearms charge against Hopkins is relatively minor. But it is likely the start of a deeper investigation into his activities and those of the militia, and opens the way for the authorities to bring more serious charges like kidnapping and impersonating a police officer or an employee of the United States.Hopkins’ arrest comes as tensions rise over ultraconservative paramilitary groups operating along the southwestern border. Professed militias have a long history of targeting immigrants from Latin America, tracing back to the Ku Klux Klan’s creation of its own border patrol in the 1970s. Record numbers of Central American migrants apprehended by federal authorities in recent months have been accompanied by a new surge in militia activity on the border.The organisation led by Hopkins, the United Constitutional Patriots, recently uploaded videos of armed members detaining children and their parents in a stretch of the New Mexico desert near El Paso, Texas, before handing the migrants over to the Border Patrol.Political leaders in New Mexico, a state largely controlled by Democrats, responded with fury. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said that any mistreatment of asylum-seekers on the border was “unacceptable.” The state’s two Democratic senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, said in a statement that the actions of vigilante groups “cannot be tolerated.”The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the militia’s actions in a letter Thursday, saying the actions amounted to kidnapping by “racist and armed vigilantes.”Still, such denunciations were far from unanimous in the state. A prominent New Mexico Republican, Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump administration official who is now running for US Senate, met with masked members of the group in March and praised their efforts, according to a video of the encounter uploaded to Facebook.But Clarkson said Saturday on Twitter that he condemned militia activities. “Masked militiamen are the antithesis of what a free republic looks like,” he said.Jim Benvie, a spokesman for the militia, did not immediately respond to requests for comment about Hopkins’ arrest.The FBI said in a statement that the police department of Sunland Park, New Mexico, had assisted with the arrest. Hopkins, 69, is scheduled to appear Monday in US District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico.Hopkins, whose residence is in Flora Vista in northwest New Mexico, had already come under the scrutiny of groups tracking right-wing militias around the United States. He was convicted in 2006 for impersonating an officer and for felony firearm possession, according to The Daily Beast.Despite the recent criticism over its operations in New Mexico, the militia led by Hopkins maintains a wide reach on Facebook and YouTube.Speaking to someone using a voice distorter while wearing a gas mask, Hopkins appeared on a right-wing extremist YouTube channel in November. He claimed to be in touch with President Donald Trump after a chance meeting at a Las Vegas casino.The New York Times


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Tesla probes car fire in Shanghai

Tesla probes car fire in Shanghai US electric auto maker Tesla said Monday it had launched an investigation after a video circulating in China showed one of its cars suddenly burst into flames in a garage in Shanghai. The security camera footage has become on the hottest topics on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform since it was posted on Sunday, now viewed 22 million times with the hashtag "Tesla self-ignites". It is the latest incident to hit Tesla this year, just as it is stepping up its presence in China.


Incoming Japanese emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition

Incoming Japanese emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition Naruhito, 59, will not only be the first Japanese emperor born after World War Two and the first to be raised solely by his parents, but also the first to graduate from a university and pursue advanced studies overseas. SELFIES WITH BYSTANDERS Naruhito, the eldest of three children, was cared for by his mother, Empress Michiko, instead of being raised by wet nurses and tutors. FAMILY DEVOTION Naruhito defied palace officials to marry Masako Owada, now 55, after she caught his eye at a concert, prompting a years-long courtship during which she rejected his early proposals.