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  • Russia probe findings offer re-election weapon for Trump news

    Mueller's conclusion that neither Trump nor his aides conspired with Russia in 2016 takes away a central charge that Democrats have flung at Trump for two years - that he did not win the presidency fairly or cleanly. The allegations have played out on an endless loop on cable TV news shows, overshadowing Trump's presidency from day one. Democrats have vowed to continue congressional investigations into the 2016 election campaign and Trump's business practices.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 21:39:34 -0400
  • The Ford Bronco Will Have a Removable Roof and Doors and Will Go on Sale in Late 2020 news

    Ford gave new details about the retro SUV to dealers at a recent event.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:01:00 -0400
  • Barr's early letters: Today's Toon news

    Want to keep up with USA TODAY's editorial cartoons? Bookmark this page. We'll update it frequently.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:20:00 -0400
  • Father of Sandy Hook victim found dead in apparent suicide, Newtown police say news

    Jeremy Richman’s death follows the apparent suicides in the last week of two survivors of the 2018 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:14:13 -0400
  • Hamas has developed a vast arsenal in blockaded Gaza news

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday was one of the most powerful launched ever by Gaza militants, flying nearly 120 kilometers (70 miles) before it slammed into a house in central Israel, wounding seven people.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:36:22 -0400
  • Ethiopian Airlines 'believes in' Boeing despite crash: CEO news

    Ethiopian Airlines "believes in" Boeing despite the crash of its 737 MAX 8 plane that killed all 157 people on board and led to the model's grounding, the carrier's CEO said on Monday. "Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing. "We will work with investigators in Ethiopia, in the US and elsewhere to figure out what went wrong," he added.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 05:59:29 -0400
  • Another Parkland Student Has Died by Apparent Suicide news

    The death follows the recent suicide of Parkland shooting survivor Sydney Aiello

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:57:05 -0400
  • 30+ Healthy Ways To Eat Eggs—And Keep Your Breakfast From Ever Getting Boring

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    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:45:00 -0400
  • American Airlines to cancel 90 flights every day through most of April news

    The decision comes as a result of the FAA's decision to ground all Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 08:42:18 -0400
  • Sen. Kamala Harris releases details for plans to raise average teacher pay by $13,500 news

    Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said she would use federal resources to close the pay gap between the average teacher salary and other college graduates.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:20:02 -0400
  • Whichever way you spin it, the Mueller report is a massive win for Trump — and a huge boost to his chances of re-election news

    Mueller did not say definitively that Trump did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election, or that he did not try to interfere with investigations into such accusations. It was attorney general Bill Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, who decided the president’s actions did not constitute a crime.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:45:00 -0400
  • North Korean officials return to inter-Korean liaison office: South Korea news

    North Korea sent back its officials to an inter-Korean liaison office in the North's border city of Kaesong on Monday, reversing a decision two days ago to withdraw the officials, South Korea's Unification Ministry said. A group of four to five officials showed up at the office earlier in the morning saying they came to work "as usual," the ministry said in a statement.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 02:07:22 -0400
  • You Can't Be Just a Tech Company Anymore, So Apple Became a Bank news

    Here's why Apple thinks it's a credit card company now.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:26:00 -0400
  • Text of letter summarizing special counsel's report news

    The text of Attorney General William Barr's letter to congressional lawmakers outlining the principal conclusions reached by the special counsel in the Russia probe (with footnotes below):

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 20:17:30 -0400
  • Palestinian journalist wins appeal over Gaza graft report news

    A Palestinian journalist was acquitted on appeal over an investigative report about corruption in the Gaza Strip Monday, according to Amnesty International and a campaign group. In a 2016 report for Al-Araby TV, Hajar Harb alleged that doctors were writing false medical reports to let people leave Gaza for treatment, one of the few reasons Israel allows Palestinians out of the blockaded strip run by Hamas. The appeals court in Gaza "acquitted journalist Hajar Harb of all charges and closed her file," he said.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 20:53:41 -0400
  • U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation' news

    The Russian planes and military personnel arrived outside the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Saturday, according to local media reports, two months after the Trump administration disavowed President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's legitimate president and demands that Maduro leave power, which Russia has described as a U.S.-backed coup against the socialist government. "The United States condemns Russia's deployment of military aircraft and personnel to Caracas, which is another contradiction of both Nicolas Maduro's and Russia's calls for non-intervention in Venezuela and is a reckless escalation of the situation," a State Department spokesman said.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:43:40 -0400
  • Anti-stall system likely activated in crash: Ethiopian Airlines CEO news

    An anti-stall system believed to have caused a fatal October jet crash in Indonesia was probably also involved in this month's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed all 157 people onboard, the carrier's CEO said on Monday. Tewolde GebreMariam told The Wall Street Journal an automatic anti-stalling system specific to the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft was "to the best of our knowledge" activated on the fatal March 10 crash of Flight ET 302 minutes into its journey to Nairobi. Although he is not a part of the official crash probe and gave no details on how he knew of the system's activation, Tewolde's comment adds pressure on Boeing to fix the popular aircraft model, which was grounded worldwide after the disaster.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:24:57 -0400
  • Cruise ship from Norway reaches port with remaining passengers after mayday, air rescues news

    A cruise ship stranded off Norway’s western coast that airlifted more than half its passengers to safety amid a ferocious storm has now reached port.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:27:50 -0400
  • All black everything: Ford offers Black Appearance Package for 2019 Ford Rangers news

    Ford has announced the new Black Appearance Package available for the 2019 Ford Ranger lineup. Since the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup went on sale in January of this year, over half of the models have been outfitted in either the Sport Appearance Package or the Chrome Appearance Package. As of Monday, another option is now available: the Black Appearance Package.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:27:34 -0400
  • Trump did not obstruct justice over Russia probe, attorney general rules after Mueller declines to determine criminality news

    Donald Trump did not obstruct justice over the Russia investigation, the US attorney general William Barr has ruled. Mr Barr took the decision after special counsel Robert Mueller, who led the probe, declined to draw a legal conclusion about the president’s conduct. The special counsel’s team, according to Mr Barr, undertook a “thorough factual investigation” into whether Mr Trump’s actions could constitute obstruction of justice.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:07:00 -0400
  • HTC unveils a new VR headset for workplace use that ships next month for $799 news

    HTC Vive used the occasion of its annual Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen on Monday to unveil a new workplace-focused VR headset -- the VIVE Focus Plus, which promises a slew of features for enterprise customers like enhanced optics and upgraded lenses in the head-mounted display. And all of it, in a package that costs $799 and will be available starting April 15 from Vive's website.Among the new headset's specs, HTC says it sports new 'fresnel' lenses that offer a sharper visual and create a more true-to-life effect for users. The headset also comes with newly added six-degrees-of-freedom controllers, paving the way for more comfortable extended VR sessions that enterprise customers who may use this for more than cursory experiences will no doubt appreciate.Additionally, in most markets the headset will include an enterprise license at no additional cost."With the unveiling of these enhancements for Vive Focus Plus, the VR industry is taking a big step forward with this new generation of full-fidelity standalone VR devices enabling total freedom of interaction and freedom of connection," said HTC's China president Alvin Wang Graylin, in a release about the device. "We're thrilled so many developers and partners are supporting this product with exciting experiences across a wide range of use cases, showcasing the incredible opportunity for VR/AR to enter all facets of our lives" headset includes a 3K AMOLED display, and it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. Users will enjoy a 110-degree field of view, and the headset also comes with a 4,000 mAh battery.Among other features, users will have access to almost 250 Vive Wave applications at launch that run natively on the headset, and a "Viveport Infinity Wave" subscription program for the headset will include more than 70 premium VR application titles. The headset also has a multi-mode capability, which will let users access existing content across a range of devices. Thanks to this capability, the headset is compatible with everything from PCs and laptops to smartphones, game consoles, 2D video streaming devices, live 360 camera streaming and more.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 06:50:15 -0400
  • The Ferrari P80/C Is a Two-in-One Track Car and Garage Beauty, and There's Only One news

    Ferrari's first custom track car is the most extreme 488 we'll ever see.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:21:00 -0400
  • What Next? UK lawmakers torn on fate of Brexit, and May news

    LONDON (AP) — Britain has just a few weeks to break its Brexit impasse, with the fate of the country's departure from the European Union and that of Prime Minister Theresa May both hanging in the balance.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:44:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Boeing invites pilots, regulators to brief about plan to support 737 MAX's return

    Boeing Co said it invited more than 200 airline pilots, technical leaders and regulators for an informational session on Wednesday, as part of an effort to share details about its plan to support the return of the 737 MAX to commercial service. The meeting is a sign that Boeing's planned software patch is nearing completion, though it will still need regulatory approval. The session in Renton, Washington on Wednesday is part of a plan to reach all current and many future 737 MAX operators and their home regulators, Boeing said in a statement.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 21:28:40 -0400
  • In 2017, Did a Russian Anti-Aircraft Missile Hit a New Israeli F-35 Stealth Fighter? news

    The evidence cited by seems rather tenuous. Here is what we know.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 03:45:00 -0400
  • School bus driver accused of kissing teenage girl on his bus news

    Police say he asked a 15-year-old girl, who was the sole passenger on his bus, to hug him last Tuesday morning. When she offered to shake his hand, police say he kissed her.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 08:38:00 -0400
  • FAA 'Tentatively' Approves Software Fix to Get the 737 Max 8 Flying Again news

    Boeing has been working on a fix for its disaster-prone aircraft.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:48:00 -0400
  • 70+ Delicious Ways To Cook An Egg

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    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:52:00 -0400
  • Mueller’s report found no Russia collusion, but vindication remains elusive for Trump news

    A summary of Robert Mueller's report offers Trump a measure of vindication, but also comes with a hefty dose of collateral legal and political damage.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 05:32:46 -0400
  • Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was carrying an iPhone when she was arrested last year news

    The tech industry certainly has its share of scandals, but the drama surrounding Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou certainly takes things to the next level. This past December, Wanzhou was arrested in Canada (at the behest of the United States) on charges of wire fraud and improper business dealings with Iran. Wanzhou may ultimately be extradited to the U.S. as China, not surprisingly, has vehemently denied the allegations on Wanzhou's behalf. As Huawei executives would have you believe, the charges are simply a means to hinder the company's growth.The legal case involving Wanzhou is still playing out, but recently released court documents include a surprising revelation regarding the gear Wanzhou had in her possession when she was arrested. Originally made public by the Twitter account theBreakerNews, it turns out that Wanzhou had a penchant for Apple products.Upon her arrest, Wanzhou had a MacBook Air, an iPad Pro, and an iPhone 7 Plus in her possession. She was also carrying a Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design which was likely her primary device. Still, it has to be somewhat embarrassing for an executive of a company looking to dethrone Apple to be apprehended with a slew of Apple products.No you might be naturally thinking: "So she had a few Apple products on her, what's the big deal?" Well, if we go back just a few months, you may recall that two Huawei employees who were manning the company's Twitter account were demoted after they sent out a celebratory New Years tweet from an iPhone. The tweet was promptly deleted once word began to spread, but the higher-ups at Huawei were quite displeased and also cut the salary of the employees in question.Further, an internal Huawei memo obtained by Reuters at the time revealed that Huawei executives believed "the incident caused damage to the Huawei brand."All that said, Wanzho's penchant for Apple products isn't a good look.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:42:38 -0400
  • Norway opens probe into why cruise ship ventured into storm news

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials have opened an investigation into why a cruise ship carrying more than 1,370 people set sail along the country's often wild western coast despite storm warnings, forcing a major evacuation by helicopter.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:23:16 -0400
  • Syria's Kurds call for international court to try IS jihadists news

    Syria's Kurds on Monday called for an international court to be set up in the country to try suspected Islamic State group jihadists following the announced fall of their "caliphate". IS imposed its brutal interpretation of Islam on millions living in the proto-state that it declared across a large swathe of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014. "We call on the international community to establish a special international tribunal in northeast Syria to prosecute terrorists," the Syria Kurdish administration said.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:57:03 -0400
  • Oklahoma top court clears way for Purdue, J&J, Teva to face opioid trial news

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision was a win for the state's attorney general, whose case is set to be the first to face trial of roughly 2,000 lawsuits nationally seeking to hold opioid manufacturers responsible for contributing to the epidemic. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter's 2017 lawsuit accuses Purdue, Johnson & Johnson & Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd of engaging in deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction associated with opioid pain drugs while overstating their benefits. The trial delay bid came as Purdue, owned by members of the wealthy Sackler family, was exploring filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to address potential liabilities stemming from the lawsuits, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:54:43 -0400
  • Russian military aircraft land in Venezuela news

    Two Russian aircraft carrying military officials arrived in Venezuela over the weekend as part of the ongoing military cooperation between the two countries, Russian media has reported. A diplomatic source told RIA Novosti that Russia and Venezuela have a number of ongoing contracts signed a few years ago, including ones in technical military cooperation, and the military personnel arrived to take part in bilateral consultations. “There is nothing mysterious” about the visit, the unnamed source was quoted as saying. According to popular flight-tracking website Flightradar24, Russian Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left on Friday from Russian military airport Chkalovsky, stopping on its way in Syria before landing in Caracas. Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that about 100 troops and 35 tonnes of cargo was offloaded from the Russian planes, one of which was carrying chief of staff of the ground forces, Vasily Tonkoshkurov. The two planes with Russian flags and a group of men in military uniform were photographed at the airport. The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the reports. The planes arrive three months after the two long-time allies held joint military exercises in Venezuela. Moscow and Caracas have strengthened ties in recent months as the Kremlin continues to support President Nicolás Maduro and criticizes Western nations for backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January. Last week, US and Russian officials held talks on Venezuela’s crisis which ended with the two sides failing to narrow their positions.  Russian officials say they are concerned that Washington is considering a military solution in Venezuela. While the US continues to impose sanctions against the oil-rich country, President Maduro’s government is becoming more and more dependent on its few remaining supporters – Russia and China. Venezuelan senior officials have come frequent visitors in Moscow, and this month Venezuela announced its plan to move state oil company PDVSA’s office to Moscow from Lisbon. Mr Maduro on Wednesday said Russia was planning to send medical aid this week. He said that last month Moscow had sent some 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Venezuela, which has been experiencing severe shortages of food.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:01:55 -0400
  • Not enough support yet for third Brexit vote, says UK PM May

    Prime Minister Theresa May said there was not yet enough support for her to put her Brexit deal to a vote in parliament for a third time, but she would continue with talks with lawmakers to try to get their backing.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:56:12 -0400
  • How gun laws in a dozen countries compare with New Zealand's new ban on semiautomatic weapons news

    The approach to gun laws in each of the 12 countries varies widely depending on whether owning a gun is considered a right or a privilege.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:11:00 -0400
  • Jay Leno Drives The Iconic Ferrari 288 GTO news

    Famed Ferrari Collector David Lee has a mighty impressive garage of red cars. One of Lee’s favourite Italian Stallions made its way down to Jay Leno’s Garage for the latest episode. The iconic 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO takes centerstage with Leno in awe of this mighty machine — quite the achievement considering the vehicles in his own collection.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:31:10 -0400
  • How Republicans Are Reacting to Barr’s Mueller Report Summary news

    (Bloomberg) -- President Trump led a victory parade of Republican lawmakers and White House insiders after a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation released on Sunday showed no evidence of collusion with Russia.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:18:02 -0400
  • Apple rethinks the credit card and unveils the Apple Card news

    As far as Apple events go, today's "Show Time" event is particularly intriguing, if not downright exciting. While events like WWDC are predictable in the sense that we know we're going to see updates to iOS and watchOS, Apple today is poised to announce a number of new initiatives in markets it historically has no experience in, including news subscriptions and TV production. While Apple can undoubtedly make killer hardware and best-in-class software, the notion of Apple rolling out its own TV shows, for example, is something that would have seemed like a joke even a few years ago. Suffice it to say, today's Apple event marks an interesting turning point for the company. The keynote from today's event is already underway and Tim Cook,  having already introduced Apple News Plus, just a few moments ago starting talking about Apple Pay. Notably, Cook said that there were 10 billion transactions in 2019 alone and that Apple Pay support at transit terminals will be coming soon. All of that was a prelude, though, to Tim Cook introducing a brand new credit card dubbed Apple Card. The card is made out of titanium with an accompanying app that resides inside the Wallet app. As for what Apple Card brings to the table, users can sign up for it right on their iPhone and can start using it in just a few minutes. The card presents a rather straight forward interface that allows users to keep track of how much they owe how much they've spent, and more. Apple notes: > Customers can sign up for Apple Card in the Wallet app on their iPhone in minutes and start using it with Apple Pay right away in stores, in apps or online worldwide. Apple Card gives customers easy-to-understand, real-time views of their latest transactions and balance right in Wallet, and Apple Card support is available 24/7 by simply sending a text from Messages.Every time you use the Apple Card, you'll get 2% cash back immediately back into your account. It will all be funneled into a section on the app called Daily Cash. Further, if you buy an Apple product, you get 3% cash back. > Customers will receive a percentage of every Apple Card purchase amount back as Daily Cash. Unlike other cash back rewards, Daily Cash is added to customers’ Apple Cash card each day and can be used right away for purchases using Apple Pay, to put toward their Apple Card balance or send to friends and family in Messages. Every time customers use Apple Card with Apple Pay, they will receive 2 percent Daily Cash. Customers will also get 3 percent Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, on the App Store and for Apple services.With Apple Card, Apple is also aiming to be more transparent about the fees and high interest rates associated with other cards. In fact, Apple is doing away with late fees, annual fees, international fees, and over limit fees altogether. Apple boasts that it will charge users a uniquely low-interest rate and that users won't incur a penalty when they miss a payment. Apple notes that its goal is to provide an interest rate that is "among the lowest in the industry." Apple Card will also present users with a number of payment options designed to help users pay less interest. > As a way to pay less interest, Apple Card will also suggest paying a bit more every month and offers the flexibility to schedule more frequent payments."Apple Card is designed with privacy in mind," Apple's Jennifer Bailey said. With that said, Apple will never know what you bought or where you bought it. Apple, as previously rumored, will be partnering with Goldman Sachs to help launch the card, with MasterCard doing the payment processing on the back-end. The physical card is also intriguing in its own right. It has no card number on it, no CVV security code on the back, and not even an expiration date. All of that information is safely stored in the accompanying Wallet app. Notably, purchases made with the physical card will net users 1% cash back instead of 2% if they use their device.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:29:02 -0400
  • Ditch the pan: Braising is a great way to add flavor to cod news

    You may be used to pan-searing thick-cut white fish fillets any time you take them home from the market and want a quick dinner, but it's worth it to try a different technique.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:16:36 -0400
  • Five killed as clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida news

    Clashes in Yemen's Hodeida have left five fighters dead, medical and military sources said Monday, despite a ceasefire agreement between warring parties in the port city. Fighting between Yemen's armed rebels, known as the Huthis, and pro-government forces erupted late Sunday in the eastern part of the city, a military official told AFP. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a doctor at Hodeida's main hospital said medics had received the bodies of three rebel fighters.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:01:07 -0400
  • 'Apparent suicide' of Parkland student days after massacre survivor took her life news

    A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has died in "an apparent suicide," police said on Sunday, less than a week after a 19-year-old survivor of the 2018 massacre at the school took her own life. “We’re calling it an apparent suicide because we don’t have the exact results back from the medical examiner’s office,” Reik said by phone. The Miami Herald reported that the suicide victim was a male sophomore who attend the Parkland, Florida, school when 14 other students and three staff members were killed on Feb. 14, 2018, in the deadliest-ever U.S. high school shooting.

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:56:41 -0400
  • Recreational marijuana faces crucial ‘razor thin’ vote in New Jersey news

    The governor of New Jersey is courting lawmakers ahead of a crucial Monday vote, as part of a last-minute effort to see recreational marijuana legalised across the state. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly have scheduled votes on the legislation backed by Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, but its passage is far from certain. Mr Murphy said last week he has been trying to persuade hesitant lawmakers to back the bill but still doesn't have the votes needed.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:27:40 -0400
  • CPS school provides students with free prom dresses news

    Disney II Magnet School is home to the Wish Upon A Star Boutique, a "store" with hundreds of donated dresses and suits students can have for free.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:23:42 -0400
  • German family, stakeholders in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, to donate $11M over Nazi past news

    The Reimann family, whose JAB Holding Co. controls Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread, will donate $11 million after learning of its ancestors' Nazi past.

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:34:03 -0400
  • Easter 2019: Forbidden eggs, Eostre and how the date is decided news

    Easter weekend is fast approaching with all the fondant-filled Creme Eggs, sticky hot cross buns and sugar-coated Mini Eggs our stretchiest waistbands can withstand.  Of course, the  Christian festival is far more than its associated confectionery. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ who, according to the New Testament, died on the cross on Good Friday and came back to life three days later. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday, which also marks the end of Lent's 40-day period of fasting. From the origins of the Easter bunny to the celebrations' ever-changing dates, here is your essential guide to the holiday. Jump to it, bunny: Your complete guide to Easter decorations When is Easter 2019? This year, Good Friday falls on April 19, Easter Sunday on April 21 and Easter Monday on April 22 - three weeks later than they did last year.  While the holiday is a movable feast, it always falls somewhere between March 21 and April 25 every year. It is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring. The full moon is known as the Paschal (Passover) Full Moon. Methods for calculating Easter are fiendishly complicated and a uniquely baffling synthesis of mathematics, astronomy and theology.  As Christians believe Jesus was crucified during the Jewish Passover festival, Easter is celebrated around the same time. Nonetheless, different Christian groups were already marking it on separate dates by the end of the 2nd Century. Q&A; | Maundy Thursday These date-led disagreements even set the course of history for the British Isles at the Synod of Whitby in 664AD when the preferred date of the Roman - rather than the Celtic - church became the standard. The decision is said to have catapulted Britain into the European sphere of influence. Though disputes over Easter's exact timing have been used as proxies for deeper power struggles for centuries, most now accept that it falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox - which the Church approximated as March 21. This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 21, the longest stretch following March 21's full moon – which falls on a Sunday. In 2016, the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested Easter should fall on the same Sunday every year and the Most Rev Justin Welby said Anglican leaders would join discussions with other church leaders to fix the date for the first time, theoretically putting an end to almost 2,000 years of controversy. The 10 best destinations for Easter sun What do eggs have to do with Easter? Eggs illustrate new life, just as Jesus began his new life on Easter Sunday after the miracle of his resurrection. When eggs are cracked open they are said to symbolise an empty tomb. Originally, eating eggs was forbidden in the week leading up to Easter (known as Holy Week). They were saved and decorated in the run-up to the celebration and given to children as gifts. Sometimes they were coloured red, in recognition of the blood sacrificed by Jesus when he was crucified. Green was also used to symbolise spring re-growth after the winter. The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany during the 19th century. As chocolate-making techniques improved, the Easter egg as we know it was popularised. Where does the Easter Bunny fit in to all of this? Rabbits and hares have been associated with spring for hundreds of years. It is thought that the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre – who many believe the Christian event is named after – had a hare as her companion, symbolising fertility and rebirth. It’s hardly surprising that rabbits and hares have become associated with fertility as they are both prolific breeders and regularly give birth to large litters in early spring. The legend of the Easter Bunny is thought to have originated among German Lutherans, where the ‘Easter Hare’ judged whether children had been good or bad in the run-up to Easter. Easter bunnies and eggs are symbols of spring and fertility.  Over time it has been incorporated into Christian celebrations, becoming especially popular in Britain during the 19th century. Many children believe that the Easter Bunny lays and hides baskets of coloured eggs, sweets and toys in their homes or around the garden the night before Easter Sunday – much like Father Christmas delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. This has given rise to the tradition of the Easter egg hunt which is still popular among children today. Why do we eat hot cross buns? A hot cross bun is a spiced, sweet bun marked with a cross on top. They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday as the cross represents the crucifixion of Jesus, while the spices are said to remind Christians of the spices put on his body. Hot cross buns appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1733 but they are believed to have existed long before. Enriched, sweetened bread dough dates back to the Romans. Long before Christianity, loaves and buns were baked with symbols on them, one of which was a cross. Small, spiced cakes were also baked to honour the Saxon goddess Eoestre and celebrate spring, but it was the Tudors who began to link the spiced currant buns we know today with feast days, celebrations and - eventually - Lent. Delicious recipes to cook this Easter Wild garlic and parsley soup Jose Pizarro's roast rack of lamb with braised peas and lemon-thyme salsa Hot cross bun panna cotta Paul Hollywood's Easter simnel cake How is Easter celebrated around the world? In many central and eastern European countries decorating eggs with beautiful patterns is especially popular. In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo and, in some areas of Germany, a fox. The egg-giving tradition arrived in the United States in the 18th century via protestant German immigrants in the Pennsylvania Dutch area. Traditional Easter foods from around the world On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the lawn of the White House for young children. In the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland it is a day of remembrance for the men and women who died in the Easter Rising which began on Easter Monday 1916.

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 05:06:41 -0400
  • Gillibrand lambastes Trump outside his NYC hotel, says she agrees with Richard Nixon's view the public should know if 'their president is a crook' news

    “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook,” said Nixon. “Well, I’m not a crook.”

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 15:41:12 -0400
  • At just $13.29, our favorite fast wireless charger costs less than most slow wireless chargers

    Why would anyone spend $20 or more on a standard wireless charging pad when a fast wireless charger from the world's top accessory maker is on sale right now for much less? The Anker 10W Qi-Certified Fast Wireless Charging Pad retails for $24 and it's worth every penny at that price. A special Amazon sale currently slashes it by $10 though, and then an extra 5% coupon cuts it all the way down to just $13.29. Definitely grab one (or two, or three) before this excellent sale ends.Here's more info from the product page: * The Anker Advantage: Join the 30+ million powered by our leading technology. * The Need for Speed: A high-efficiency chipset provides 10W high-speed charging for Samsung Galaxy, while iPhones get a boosted 5W charge that's 10% faster than other wireless chargers. FOR BEST RESULTS, use a Quick Charge adapter (9V/2A) for Samsung Galaxy charging and a 5V/2A adapter for iPhone. * LED Indicator: The LED indicator lets you know the charging status. If the indicator is FLASHING BLUE, check to make sure that there are no objects between your phone and the charging surface. If the indicator is FLASHING GREEN, make sure you are using a 5V/2A adapter, or try a different adapter and cable. * Case Friendly: Don't fumble with your phone case. PowerWave transmits charging power directly through protective cases. Rubber/plastic/TPU cases UNDER 5 MM THICKNESS ONLY. Metal attachments or cards will prevent charging. * What You Get: PowerWave Pad, 3 ft Micro USB Cable, welcome guide, worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service. (no AC Adapter)

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:58:12 -0400
  • Prince Charles unveils Shakespeare statue, banters with Cubans news

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