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|Willis Towers Watson Names Peiser Head of Broking North America
Global insurance broker and consultant Willis Towers Watson has named Joe Peiser as head of Broking, North America. Peiser will be responsible for the company’s broking strategy in North America, working with the insurance carriers to obtain the best markets, price …
POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:03 AM
|Allied World to Offer Drone Loss Control Services to Policyholders
Allied World North America has expanded its risk management offerings to policyholders to include access to discounted unmanned aerial systems (UAS) services through DataWing, a UAS service provider led by former U.S. Air Force fighter pilots that provides end-to-end options …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 4:56 PM
|Wyoming Flood Preparations Follow Flood Predictions
Fremont County, Wyo. residents and disaster response officials are making preparations for spring flooding. Predictions are that the county could see its biggest runoff from the mountain snowpack in decades. National Weather Service hydrologists say the Wind and Little Wind …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 3:43 PM
|Idaho Governor Issues Warnings over Potential Flood Disasters
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says residents facing possible flooding in some areas of the state aren’t taking what he calls a potential disaster seriously. About a dozen state and federal officials at a news conference Wednesday in Boise described …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 3:41 PM
|Managers Made Errors in Handling California Dam Crisis
Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: “This is not good.” Over six …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 3:26 PM
|Pennsylvania Says It Busted Up Fraudulent License Plate Ring
Pennsylvania’s attorney general’s office on Wednesday charged a dozen people as part of an organized crime ring that it said had made millions of dollars renting out fraudulently obtained license plates, primarily in New York City. The people who rented …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 1:04 PM
|Connecticut Insurance Department Launches Licensing Site
The Connecticut Insurance Department has launched a new licensing web site, designed to improve customer service for the nearly 200,000 agents, brokers, adjusters and other licensees who conduct business with the department. The new licensing site features online tools that …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 12:53 PM
|Texas Roadhouse to Pay $12M to Settle Age Discrimination Suit Filed in Massachusetts
Texas Roadhouse, a national, Kentucky-based restaurant chain, will pay $12 million and furnish other relief to settle an age discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced. The EEOC had filed suit seeking …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 12:39 PM
|How Meteorologists View 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Most meteorologists forecast the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than a year ago, with the number of named storms and hurricanes near average. A few meteorologists, however, expect this season to be more active than normal with one, Global Weather …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 12:17 PM
|Trump to Order Review of Dodd-Frank Reforms, Taxes for Insurers, Banks
President Donald Trump will order the Treasury on Friday to find and reduce tax burdens and review post-financial crisis reforms that banks and insurance companies have said hinder their ability to do business. A White House official said on Thursday that Trump …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 11:29 AM
|French Regulator Links Sanofi Epilepsy Drug to Birth Defects
Up to 4,100 children in France suffered major malformations in the womb after their mothers took a treatment against epilepsy and bipolar disorders known as valproate between 1967 and 2016, France’s drug regulator said. Valproate, which has been manufactured in …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 10:22 AM
|Uber Faces Hike in London License Fees, in Latest Blow for Ride-Hailing Firm
Taxi app Uber could face an increase in operator license fees in London under proposed changes by the city’s transport authority, the latest in a series of moves by regulators to rein in a firm that has disrupted the traditional taxi industry. …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 9:53 AM
|AXA Taps Telefonica’s Benjamins as CDO, Head of Data Innovation Lab
AXA has appointed Richard Benjamins as chief data officer (CDO) of the AXA Group and head of the Data Innovation Lab (DIL), effective May 2. Benjamins will report to Benoît Claveranne, chief transformation officer (CTO) and a member of the …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 9:33 AM
|‘Flying Taxi’ Successfully Tested in Germany by Start-Up Lilium Jet
A Bavarian start-up is developing a five-seat “flying taxi” after successful test flights over Germany of a smaller version of the electric jet, the company said on Thursday. Munich-based Lilium, backed by investors who include Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, said the …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 9:10 AM
|MGA Nirvana Targets Media, Technology & Cyber Risks on Castel Platform
Nirvana Risk Partners has launched as an underwriting cell on Castel Underwriting Agencies’ MGA formation platform, targeting media, technology and cyber liability risks. Nirvana will underwrite risks for small and large enterprises on a global basis with a particular emphasis …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 8:52 AM
|Aon, JLT, Marsh, Willis Investigated by UK Regulator Probing Aviation Broking
Britain’s financial watchdog is investigating four large insurance brokers over information-sharing on aviation insurance, the companies said, in one of the first cases of its kind by the watchdog. Aon, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), Marsh and Willis Towers Watson issued statements saying …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 8:27 AM
|Global Insurance Industry Set to Grow by 4.5% in 2017-2018: Munich Re
The global insurance industry is set to grow more strongly at 4.5 percent per annum on average (3.0 percent in real terms, or adjusted for inflation) during 2017 and 2018, according to Munich Re. While premium income is likely to …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 8:18 AM
|Florida Lawmakers Move Toward Repealing PIP Mandate
Florida may change the kinds of auto insurance drivers must purchase. The Florida House on Wednesday voted 89-29 to repeal a requirement that motorists carry a type of auto insurance known as personal injury protection. Under Florida’s no-fault insurance law …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 5:34 AM
|Coal Mining Company Proposes Turning Kentucky Mine Into Solar Farm
A former strip mine would be converted into a solar farm under a proposal announced Tuesday by an Appalachian coal company that says it wants to place hundreds of thousands of panels in the Kentucky mountains. The Berkeley Energy Group, …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 5:18 AM
|Private Firms Lose Privacy When Liability Battles Reach Courtroom
“It’s like a Kardashian episode.” That outburst from an unidentified person spoke to the fact that private companies can make their affairs very public in bitter courtroom battles over management liability. The comment came during a panel discussion entitled “Is …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 5:00 AM
|Florida Battle for Ridesharing Regulations Nears End of Long Road
After a four-year battle in the Florida Legislature, lawmakers on Wednesday passed statewide regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft that would undo a patchwork of local rules across the state. “Florida’s patchwork of ridesharing regulations is finally history,” …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 5:00 AM
|Research Group Pegs Cost of Memphis Roads to Drivers at $2K a Year
A new report issued by a nonprofit organization says Memphis roads cost drivers more than any other in Tennessee. WMC-TV reports that national transportation research group TRIP evaluated road congestion and bad road conditions leading to car repairs or crashes …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 4:33 AM
|Main Street America Promotes Frazier to SVP; Appoints 3 New Company Officers
The Main Street America Group has made changes to its personnel, including promoting Tom Frazier, the company’s chief investment officer, to senior vice president. Frazier has been a Main Street America vice president and its chief investment officer since 2011. …
POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 4:21 AM
|Houston’s Platform Partners Acquires Voluntary Benefits Firm, Beneplace
Platform Partners LLC (Platform), a private company headquartered in Houston, has completed the acquisition of Beneplace LLC (Beneplace), markets and distributes voluntary employee benefits and employee discount programs serving Fortune 1000 companies, large associations and government agencies. Founded in 1995, Austin-based Beneplace …
POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 11:48 PM
|Appeals Court Affirms Texas Physician’s Workers’ Comp Fraud Conviction
The Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas, has affirmed a trial court’s 2014 conviction of Howard Douglas, III, M.D., of Frisco on felony fraud charges, according to Texas Mutual Insurance Co. Douglas was convicted and sentenced to five years’ …
POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 11:39 PM
|Texas Stamping Office: ‘Industrial Insured’ Bill Passed by House
The Texas House of Representatives has approved House Bill 1559, which creates an exemption for entities classified as an “industrial insured,” the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas reported. The measure has been referred to the Senate Administration Committee. If …
POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 10:45 PM
|Report: 90% of Firefighters in Kansas Are Underfunded Volunteers
Volunteer firefighters, who make up 90 percent of the firefighters in Kansas, are seeking additional funding. Kansas spends about $300,000 at the state level on firefighting, less than almost any other state, the Wichita Eagle reported. This resulted in local …
POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 10:06 PM
|Iowa’s Grinnell Mutual Launches National Reinsurance Unit
Grinnell Re, a division of Grinnell, Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual, has launched a new team, National Reinsurance. Rick Tjarks, assistant vice president, and Randy Dammeyer, senior account executive, have been chosen to lead the new National Reinsurance team. The newly formed …
POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 10:05 PM
|Hamilton’s Duperreault Among Candidates Being Considered as AIG CEO
American International Group Inc. is weighing a plan to hire Brian Duperreault as the company’s seventh chief executive officer since 2005, according to people familiar with the board’s deliberations. Other candidates are still being considered as the board seeks a …
POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 9:52 PM
|Wisconsin Company Resolves Federal Wellness, Retaliation Case for $100K
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported it has resolved a lawsuit against Orion Energy Systems, a Manitowoc, Wis., lighting company. The EEOC had challenged the company’s wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and alleged that …
POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 8:58 PM
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|‘Science not silence’: Thousands rally in New York to take aim at ‘alternative facts’
Protest signs and photos of Science March in New York, one of many Earth Day rallies around the world defending science in the era of President Trump.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 6:37 PM
|Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'
By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become "concentration camps". During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year. Islamists had slit the throat of the man's Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix on the ground.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 11:46 PM
|Is the White House’s Islam Rhetoric Making Americans Less Safe?
Some in law enforcement say President Trump’s continued statements linking Islam and terror may be inspiring extremist groups and scaring Muslim Americans from cooperating with police.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 11:51 AM
|NKorea detains US citizen, the 3rd American being held there
North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on ...
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 10:22 AM
|Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for Trump
The Powerhouse Roundtable debates President Trump's progress as we approach 100 days in office.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:40 PM
|CNN’s Camerota: ‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me’
The “New Day” host revealed Sunday that the former Fox News chief propositioned her early in her career at the top-rated cable news network. Ailes, through his attorney, called the claims “unsubstantiated and false.”
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:14 PM
|Western Iraq ambush on military convoy kills 10
An ambush by the Islamic State group killed 10 members of the security forces Sunday in western Iraq, where federal and other forces recently ramped up an anti-jihadist offensive. A local commander said the attackers were disguised as military and took advantage of a sandstorm to ambush a convoy near the town of Rutba, a remote outpost on the road to Jordan. "Daesh (IS) members armed with assault rifles and rocket launchers attacked civilian and military vehicles carrying soldiers near Rutba," an army lieutenant colonel said.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 3:27 PM
|Elizabeth Thomas Reunites With Family
The 15-year-old Tennessee teen was allegedly kidnapped by ex-teacher Tad Cummins.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:02 AM
|Lebanon activists ramp up pressure on reviled rape law
Lebanese activists ramped up their campaign to scrap a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, with a dramatic installation on Saturday along Beirut's sunny seaside. A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code -- which deals with rape, assault, kidnapping and forced marriage -- was introduced last year and approved by a parliamentary committee in February. It will go before parliament on May 15 and activists hope that MPs will vote to eliminate it.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 9:20 AM
|Even Trump's Earth Day message was anti-science
President Donald Trump just released a statement for Earth Day, and it doesn't seem like he really loves the Earth? Along with some faint praise of America's "abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty," Trump used Earth Day to talk about jobs. "Economic growth enhances environmental protection. We can and must protect our environment without harming America's working families. That is why my administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment," Trump said. Are those vague allusions to the Trump administration's move to revive the Keystone pipeline? Or to slash federal funding for scientific research? Or gut the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greenhouse gas emissions rules? .@realDonaldTrump Earth Day msg is unusual, defends policies aimed at economic growth, says science depends on "robust debate." pic.twitter.com/XI6ovznOAs — Andrew Freedman (@afreedma) April 22, 2017 The White House statement didn't mention climate change, national parks, the EPA or anything else scientific that's been threatened or ignored by the Trump administration. Nor did it mention the many thousands of people who participated in the March for Science in Washington, D.C. and around the world on Saturday, many in direct response to the Trump administration's anti-science stances. In fact, the statement also included a line frequently used by those who deny the overwhelming evidence showing that human emissions of greenhouse gases cause global warming. "My Administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks," Trump said. "As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate," Trump said. He followed up with this tweet later in the day. I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017 Lost on the president are two actual mainstays of science, which are research and observation. To Trump and those in his administration, climate science and other extremely well-researched topics are counted as ideologies, and put up for debate. "This April 22nd, as we observe Earth Day, I hope that our Nation can come together to give thanks for the land we all love and call home," Trump said. Wouldn't that be great?
Andrew Freedman contributed reporting. WATCH: An all-electric flying car just made its first flight and it's as cool as it sounds
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 3:06 PM
|American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over stroller
American Airlines on Saturday apologized to a female passenger and suspended an employee after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarrassment for a U.S. carrier over how it treated a customer. The clip, posted on Facebook on Friday by a bystander aboard the flight, shows a woman in tears with a young child in her arms, and a man emerging from his seat to confront a male flight attendant who apparently wrested the stroller from the woman. Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the video, wrote that the flight attendant had forcefully taken the stroller, hitting the woman with it and just missing her child.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 6:47 PM
|Morocco summons Algeria envoy over Syrian refugees
Morocco has summoned Algeria's ambassador to express concern after 54 Syrians attempted to "illegally enter" the country from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Sunday. It said 54 Syrians attempted to enter Morocco through the border town of Figuig, an area surrounded by mountains, between April 17 and 19. It accused Algeria of forcing them to cross into Morocco.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 5:26 AM
|UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California at Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn't find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 10:46 PM
|The Latest: French candidate Macron revels at Paris eatery
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local):
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 6:46 PM
|14-Year-Old Allegedly Shot In The Head By Teenage Boys Makes Remarkable Recovery: 'I Am Tougher Than A Bullet'
The boys could be tried as adults, according to reports.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 4:08 PM
|Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base: govt
More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country's defence ministry said Saturday. "The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers" at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that "over 100 Afghan army forces were martyred and wounded". A US military spokesman said earlier that "more than 50" Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack claimed by the Taliban, while Afghan officials had initially put the death toll at eight with 11 wounded.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 3:52 AM
|These ‘Married At First Sight’ Couples Are Still Together
See which “Married at First Sight” couples stayed together after the cameras stopped rolling!
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:20 PM
|Best animal friendships
They really are friends fur-ever! These adorable animals have struck up the most unlikely friendships in the animal kingdom. From a pig and a cat to a baby goat and a dog, these are companions you never thought you’d see.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 9:00 AM
|Pope says some refugee centres 'concentration camps'
Pope Francis on Saturday described some of Europe's refugee centres as "concentration camps" as he paid tribute to an unknown Christian woman slain for her faith in front of her Muslim husband. "These refugee camps -- so many are concentration camps, crowded with people... because international accords seem more important than human rights," Francis said in impromptu remarks at a ceremony in memory of modern day Christian martyrs. Departing from his prepared script and appearing unusually emotional as he spoke, the 80-year-old pontiff said he wanted the woman to be remembered along with all the other martyrs commemorated in Rome's Basilica of St Bartholomew.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 1:46 PM
|Tiffany Trump Parties With Bella Thorne In New York City
Tiffany Trump was pictured in the Dream Downtown with 19-year-old actress and other friends.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 8:14 AM
|Canary Islands battles two-mile oil slick after ferry crash
Emergency teams in the Canary Islands raced on Saturday to contain a three-kilometer oil slick caused by a ferry crashing into underwater fuel pipes, the regional government said in a statement. The regional government activated emergency plans to control and clean up the nearly two-mile spill around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Telde, the two main towns on the Spanish resort island of Gran Canaria, the regional government said. The ferry crashed into a pier where the pipes were located late on Friday after suffering a technical fault that caused a power cut, a spokesman for operating company Naviera Armas on Saturday.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 8:11 AM
|Ryan: Russian election meddling probe will help US allies
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — One of the reasons the U.S. Congress has launched an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 12:23 PM
|Europe's populist wave stalls as Macron storms into French runoff
By Noah Barkin PARIS (Reuters) - The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday. Despite a strong performance from far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential election, the bigger news was the success of Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist who rode to victory with a counter-intuitive campaign that embraced globalization, immigration and the European Union. The polls suggest Macron will beat Le Pen soundly in the second round runoff on May 7.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 6:16 PM
|Paris station panic as man arrested with knife
Armed police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris's Gare du Nord station Saturday, sparking panic at the international transport hub just days after the jihadist killing of a policeman. Police sources said that "travellers" pointed out the individual wielding a knife to passing police on patrol, who immediately arrested him. No one was injured in the incident at Paris's main international terminus and the man offered no resistance to his arrest.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 2:40 PM
|Filipino troops kill 4 suspected militants on resort island
CEBU, Philippines (AP) — After a massive manhunt, Philippine forces killed at least four suspected Muslim militants Saturday in a central resort province where troops had foiled possible kidnapping and bombing plots by extremists earlier this month, officials said.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 11:25 AM
|NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from Saturn
NASA and its spectacular space hardware often spend so much time checking out our planetary neighbors that we forget Earth offers some pretty cool photo ops as well. A brand new photo released by NASA is a great reminder of that, and it was shot all the way from Saturn, courtesy of the always reliable Cassini spacecraft just before it's scheduled to begin the most harrowing part of its entire years-long mission.
The photo, which shows the Earth as a tiny bright dot in a black sea of space, was shot at a distance of 870 million miles. If you zoom in on the original photo you can even make out the Moon as a smaller dot to the left of our planet. The most spectacular part of the image is the fact that it was shot from between Saturn's rings, with the bold A ring seen above the Earth and bright F ring creeping into the original photo at the bottom.
It's a great shot, but it's also somewhat bittersweet when you consider Cassini's immediate future. The craft is scheduled to begin its "Grand Finale" dives shortly, in which it will fly recklessly through Saturn's rings a total of 22 times until, on its final approach, it flies directly into the planet itself. That final act will destroy the spacecraft, which has already achieved far more than scientists could have ever hoped when it was launched way back in 1997. That last fateful dive is slated for September 15th, 2017.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 3:00 PM
|French election will be 'major test' for populism
ABC News' Foreign Correspondent Alexander Marquardt reports about the French election.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:42 PM
|Move over, unicorn. These mythical creatures also deserve their own frappuccinos.
Starbucks briefly made everyone go insane when they unleashed the Unicorn Frappuccino on the world. The drink's electric pink and blue swirls, the daintily powdered whipped cream on top, are all made to be Instagrammed. And of course, unicorns have been a big thing for a while now, with all manner of unicorn-themed products and trends springing up seemingly every other day. But we think it's time we moved on from the unicorn. We get it: They are fabulous, colorful, and sparkly. But there are so many other mythical creatures out there that also deserve our attention and respect. Right now these creatures are being overshadowed — even oppressed — by the unicorn, but we're not standing for it any longer. SEE ALSO: Woman uses Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino to spread some magical news to her husband We're here to make the case for these other mythical creatures, specifically that these creatures also deserve their own delicious frappuccinos. Because the unicorn isn't the only thing that tastes great when blended with sugar. 1. Dragon Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableDracarys it up with the Dragon Frappuccino. This drink is dragonfruit-flavored molten goodness. A secret red spicy sauce is swirled into the cup for a fiery kick suitable for a dragon. Cayenne pepper flakes are sprinkled across the whipped cream on top for that last glorious touch. 2. Wood Nymph Frappuccino Embrace nature in the most sophisticated way you know how — with a Wood Nymph Frappuccino in your hand. The drink is an intoxicating blend of chocolate and rosemary, and it comes perfectly swirled green and brown. Rosemary sprigs on top complete the woodsy look. 3. Fairy Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableAbsolutely nothing is more magical than fairies, not even unicorns. The Fairy Frappuccino looks like paradise, tastes like a pink Starburst, and is topped with both rainbow glitter
and sprinkles. If that's not enough to get you Instagram likes, you have the option to add a star-shaped cake pop to the ensemble. Warning: Consuming this may actually turn you into a fairy. 4. Mermaid Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableUnleash your inner Ariel with the Mermaid Frappuccino, a coconut-flavored drink that's a beautiful sea foam green in color. Delicate seaweed flakes dot the whipped cream on top, so that one sip transports you right to the ocean. 5. Leprechaun Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableYes, we know that McDonald's has their Shamrock Shake, but the Leprechaun Frappuccino gives you that same great taste
with the benefit of caffeination. Since no leprechaun is whole without both green and gold at hand, the beverage is topped with actual flakes of gold. (Because of this, the drink costs a little more than your usual frappuccino, but it's worth it for the once-in-a-lifetime "I'm so baller got gold in my drink" experience.) 6. Yeti Frappuccino On the hottest summer day, the chilliness of a Yeti Frappuccino will cool you right down. Stark white except for the tinge of blue powder at the very top, this beverage is not only cold in your hands but cold in your mouth with its sharp minty flavor. 7. Troll Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableWe personally feel like trolls before we get our morning caffeine, so this frappuccino is perfect for the inner grumpy creature lurking under the bridge inside all of us. The Troll Frappuccino is dark brown in color, but don't let that fool you: The contents are sugary deliciousness. Take a regular frappuccino, swirl in chocolate pudding, add in crushed Oreos, then top with chocolate rocks and you have the Troll. 8. Kraken Frappuccino Image: vicky leta/mashableFans of the salty-sweet, rejoice, for the Kraken Frappuccino is here. Matcha and salted caramel meet in this gray-green swirled beverage. The whipped cream is garnished with matcha powder and blue sea salt. WATCH: Woman uses Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino to spread some magical news to her husband
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 8:00 AM
|Photos Of Orphaned Baby Elephant Seals At Marine Mammal Center In California
After huge storms hit California and waves swept away marine mammals from their mothers, the orphaned creatures have started overwhelming the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 8:03 AM
|Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident
Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier. Emergency crews managed on Saturday to collect half of the roughly 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of diesel that spilled into the ocean, the regional government said. Three coast guard boats were on Sunday working to break up the slick -- which is three kilometres long and half a kilometre wide -- to help the diesel evaporate, it added.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 6:58 AM
|Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate
NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 9:31 PM
|Thousands of ex-Taliban fighters may have entered Germany: report
Thousands of former Taliban fighters may have entered Germany over the past two years among an influx of more than a million migrants and refugees, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday. Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) informed security officials that thousands of migrants had identified themselves as former Taliban insurgents during the asylum application process, the magazine said.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 7:41 AM
|4-Year-Old Marks Seventh Child To Die From Drug Overdose In One County
His death was likely caused by heroine or prescription pain medication, according to authorities.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 10:42 AM
|Abu Sayyaf militants behead kidnapped Philippine soldier: army
A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf militants was found beheaded, the military said on Sunday, hours after government troops killed three more members of the Islamic State-linked group in a clash elsewhere. The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army's 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 meters away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said. Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 8:01 AM
|Parole denied for Brinks heist getaway driver Judith Clark
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former Weather Underground radical who drove a getaway car in a bungled 1981 Brinks armored-car robbery that left three people dead was denied parole on Friday despite the fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised her behavior as a prisoner when he commuted her sentence last year.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 2:29 AM
|6 Things To Know About The French Election
As France goes to the polls to elect a new president, observers are wondering if the vote will follow a populist trend that led to Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 8:00 AM
|How to ensure you never get another ‘not enough storage’ error on your iPhone again
You pull out your phone with just enough time to pop open the camera and frame the perfect photo before it's too late. Time is always of the essence when you're shooting real-life scenes and another second or two would have been too late. Your iPhone focuses, you snap the shutter button and boom... the dreaded "not enough storage" message pops up on your screen just as your subject vanishes. That's right, your iPhone was already full of photos and videos, and you didn't have enough storage to save another one.
It's happened to us all at one point or another, but one simple device will help make sure it never happens again. Check out the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive, which works with any iPhone or iPad that has a Lightning connector, and could be the best purchase you make this year.
The iXpand flash drive features a Lightning plug on one end and a standard USB plug on the other. Using a free companion app, you can save all the photos and videos on your iPhone to the drive. Then you can keep them there or connect to your Mac or Windows PC and save them on your hard drive.
Some product highlights:
- Free up space on your iPhone by moving photos and videos to your iXpand flash
- Automatically back up photos and videos from your camera
- Automatically back up your contacts
- Watch popular video on your iPhone or iPad
- Designed with a flexible connector to fit through most iPhone cases
- High-speed USB 3.0 transfer to and from your computer
- Secure file storage across your computer, iPhone and iPad
- Videos automatically saved to the drive if captured from within the iXpand Drive app
The 32GB model is linked here and is on sale for $40, but there are also 64GB and 128GB models linked on the product page if you need more storage.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 10:30 AM
|How Green Are Electric Lawn Mowers?
Over the decade that Consumer Reports has been testing electric mowers, performance has improved dramatically. That's a big win for consumers, and this year is no different. From the Ego LM2101 p...
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 10:20 AM
|S.African faces trial over axe slaying of his wealthy family
In a case that has gripped South Africa, the 22-year-old scion of a wealthy family goes on trial in Cape Town on Monday, accused of slaughtering his family in a frenzied axe attack. The case has also made headlines internationally, as police failed to arrest anyone for the grisly killings until Henri van Breda handed himself in. Van Breda is alleged to have killed his brother Rudi and parents Martin and Teresa and left his sister Marli struggling with nightmarish injuries.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 12:16 AM
|Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon
PHOENIX (AP) — The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 3:01 AM
|Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions?
For decades, being a coal miner has come with a deal: Work in dangerous, unpleasant conditions for years, and in exchange, get lifelong health-care benefits and a decent pension. Now, though, part of that deal is jeopardy, as the funds that provide those benefits have dwindled.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 11:55 AM
|Liberal Maldives blogger stabbed to death
A prominent Maldivian blogger, who was critical of Islamist extremism and government corruption, was stabbed to death on Sunday, police said, and the main opposition party demanded an international probe into the killing. Social media activist Yameen Rasheed was stabbed 14 times in the chest and once each in the neck and face, local media reported. "He was stabbed to death early in the morning and we are investigating the matter," police spokesman Ahmed Shifan said.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:16 PM
|U.S. watching piracy increase off Somalia, sees ties to famine
By Idrees Ali DJIBOUTI (Reuters) - The United States is closely watching a recent increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. military official said on Sunday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited an important military base in Djibouti. The rise in piracy attacks has at least partially been driven by famine and drought in the region, the top U.S. military commander overseeing troops in Africa said during Mattis' visit as part of a week-long trip to the Middle East and Africa. The United States uses the base in Djibouti, a tiny country the size of Wales at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, as a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 2:17 PM
|AG Sessions 'can't imagine' Dems shutting down government over border wall funding
George Stephanopoulos interviews the U.S. attorney general in his first Sunday show interview since joining the Trump administration.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 9:44 AM
|Bernie Sanders Aims To Revamp Democratic Party
The Vermont senator kicked off a cross-country tour aimed at sparking change within the party.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 6:00 AM
|Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather."
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 11:48 AM
|Apple is getting serious about self-driving cars
Though Apple's plans to develop and manufacture a branded car may currently be on hold, the company's plans to research and develop self-driving car technologies appears to be moving forward. Just about a week after Apple obtained a permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state of California, Business Insider filed a public-records request and managed to gain access to materials accompanying Apple's permit application. The filed documents provide us with some interesting new information regarding Apple's training program for its nascent self-driving car initiative.
According to training materials which correspond to software Apple calls the "Apple Automated System", it appears that Apple engineers have been busy developing a suite of software and hardware sensors designed to assist a car drive with the flow of traffic while avoiding other vehicles and pedestrians.
According to the training packet, the car that Apple's staffers are using to test the self-driving technology is outfitted with consumer video game gear such as a Logitech steering wheel and pedals to actuate drive by wire.
Whereas Apple's earlier car efforts seemed to entail hiring hundreds of employees with vast automotive experience across all aspects of the car development and manufacturing process, it stands to reason that Apple, for the time being, has decided to primarily focus its attention on self-driving technologies.
With cars boasting Apple's mysterious autonomous software having been approved for use on the road, California law holds that the drivers/passengers overseeing the testing must be sufficiently trained and ready to assume control of the wheel at any moment.
Apple applied for a permit for six drivers to drive three Lexus RX450h SUVs. Apple's drivers, named in the application, are mostly Ph.D.s specializing in machine learning, some of whom previously worked for companies like Bosch and Tesla, according to their LinkedIn profiles.
Apple said its vehicles would be able to capture and store "relevant data before a collision occurs" in its application.
That Apple is exploring self-driving technologies may not be all that surprising, but the more interesting question is if it really matters. As it stands now, we can only presume that Apple's progress with its own technology isn't anywhere close to matching what established automakers and a myriad of start-up companies have already developed. Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Apple's foray into the self-driving world will ever yield a marketable product or if it will simply become an Apple research initiative that never sees the light of day.
Apple's full permit application can be viewed over here via AppleInsider.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 6:02 PM
|US supercarrier due in Sea of Japan 'in days': Pence
The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday, after days of mixed messages from Washington over the warship's whereabouts. The strike group was supposedly steaming towards North Korea last week amid soaring tensions over the rogue state's apparent ramping up for a sixth nuclear test, with Pyongyang threatening to hit back at any provocation.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 7:50 AM
|Should The Bible Be Taught In Schools?
A lawsuit alleges that the few who opted out of a bible class at one school were harassed and discriminated against.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2017 8:00 PM
|Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, but other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. university campuses, according to a report released Sunday.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2017 7:48 AM