Children’s fatal fire ‘most tragic case’

“I hope I never, and none of my staff ever, have to go through something like that again.” A private funeral service later will be preceded by a procession though the Highfields estate, where the children lived. Image copyright PA Image caption The cause of the fire is not yet known Related Topics Stafford Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Sandy Hook victims’ families can proceed with their case against gun manufacturer

(CNN)The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that families of Sandy Hook victims can continue their yearslong lawsuit against gun manufacturers. “The families’ goal has always been to shed light on Remington’s calculated and profit-driven strategy to expand the AR-15 market and court high-risk users, all at the expense of Americans’ safety. Today’s decision is a critical step toward achieving that goal,” said Josh Koskoff, one of the attorneys for the families, in a statement. The ruling reinstating the lawsuit came after approximately 15 months of judicial deliberations and approximately five years after 10 families initially filed the case, spurred by the massacre that left 26 people — mostly young children — dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in …

Sherrod Brown Just Showed Why Democrats Need Him In The Senate

“This body yesterday confirmed a judge who would limit rights for a generation,” Brown, speaking for nearly 10 minutes, said to fellow lawmakers. “We used to pick … sort of wise, prudent lawyers who believed in public service. Didn’t believe in some far-right agenda where they put their thumb on the scale of justice.” The day before, the Senate confirmed another Trump appointee to a lifetime judgeship. Allison Jones Rushing, 36, was approved with a 53-44 vote to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and faced similar criticism. Democrats pointed to her work for the Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and her arguments that there were “moral and …

Here’s Why The Animals Don’t Talk In ‘Dumbo’

Dumbo,” we have to talk about the elephant in the room: Why doesn’t Dumbo talk? From the upcoming movie’s trailers and teasers, it became pretty obvious the new cast of human characters, led byEva Green, Colin Farrell, would be left to do all the talking. Other than Dumbo’s escapades in the air, the animals would basically be held to their real-world limitations of mouse squeaks and elephant trumpets. “One of the things I very much wanted to do was to be able to transport an audience to make them feel like they were part of Dumbo’s circus,” Kruger said. “What an amazing experience it would’ve been if Dumbo were real. If there were a real flying elephant, what would it be …

Boeing stock falls sharply as crisis mounts over 737 MAX crashes

New York (CNN Business)The tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday is raising doubts on Wall Street about Boeing. Boeing declined as much as 13.5% on Monday before recovering somewhat. If Boeing closes down more than 10.4%, it would be its worst day since September 17, 2001, the first day of trading following the 9/11 terror attacks. The stock’s decline on Monday played an outsized role dragging down the 30-stock Dow Jones Industrial Average. Boeing is the index’s most expensive stock — and the index is price-weighted. The Ethiopian Airlines crash comes after a 737 MAX flown by Lion Air crashed off the coast of Indonesia in late October. All 189 passengers onboard the Lion Air flight died. Boeing said in …

Rotten Tomatoes Claims ‘Bug’ Responsible For ‘Captain Marvel’ Trolling

review-bombed” “ After “Captain Marvel” finally hit theaters, According to THR, “Captain Marvel” was likely being “sandbagged” by a wave of trolls. As of 6 p.m. Eastern, however, the number of ratings had dropped from 58,000 to a little more than 10,000. Rotten Tomatoes sent a statement to HuffPost saying that a glitch had inflated the number of ratings. The website told us it has “identified a bug” that erroneously rolled the pre-release “want to see” ratings into the post-release ratings, resulting in that alarmingly high number: Rotten Tomatoes reiterated that it plans to add more “clarity around fans’ pre and post-release opinions” and “for movies moving forward, the quantity of user ratings should only reflect the number of people …

What wealthy parents do to get their kids into elite colleges (legally)

(CNN)For many people, the most surprising part about the revelations that wealthy parents Hollywood celebrities, fashion designers, CEOs, lawyers and doctors paid to get their kids into college by cheating on tests and faking athletic records, was that these families didn’t get a leg up through legal channels available to those with money. For some, the answer is to pay a college consultant — which William Rick Singer, the alleged ringleader of the college admissions scandal, presented himself as — in order to match their child with an institution. At H&C Education, a college application consultancy based in New Haven, Connecticut, a full-year program for a student — including high school course selection, extracurricular development and test tracking — is …

Sen. Kamala Harris responds to pointed question on race in America

Washington (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris said Thursday that Americans have not had “honest discussions about race” and that “it is in our collective best interest” to have those conversations in response to a question about “racial divides” in the United States. She cited the recent passage of an anti-lynching bill in the Senate that she co-authored and a speech she gave about the legislation as an example of how she is contributing to the conversations about race that Oliver asked about. Harris went on to say that in order to move the “uncomfortable” conversation about race forward, “we have to speak truth to what happened.” “And we have to do it understanding — and to the point of the spirit of …

Leonard: Workers ‘let down by the system’

Saturday will see policy debates on education, local government and equalities – with the latter now including a statement from the party executive about anti-Semitism after local party groups had been denied an emergency motion on the topic. Related Topics Scottish Labour Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Ilhan Omar Won’t Be Pushed Off Foreign Affairs Committee: Chairman

“I don’t know that that would do anything except exacerbate the situation even more,” Both Democrats and Republicans have criticized Omar ― one of two Muslim women elected to Congress in November 2018 ― for remarks they call anti-Semitic. She “unequivocally apologized” Feb. 11 for tweets critical of pro-Israel lobbying that some said used anti-Semitic tropes.  comments in a bookstore last week targeting pro-Israel lawmakers and “the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” Paul Waldman wrote of “the dishonest smearing of Omar,” she “didn’t say or even imply anything at all about Jews. She said that she was being asked to support Israel in order to have the …

Dumped dog Snoop finds forever home

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSnoop was abandoned just days before Christmas “It took a bit of time to get to know what would be the right home for him,” Ms Butler said. “What had happened to him had obviously affected him quite a lot and we could tell that, so… we spent a bit of time getting to know him, and then Laurence got in touch with us and he just sounded like the perfect owner for Snoop.” Image caption The dog had “severe separation anxiety”, the RSPCA said in January Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is a bird-pocalypse

Justin Haskins is the executive editor and a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and the editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com. He’s the author of “Socialism Is Evil: The Moral Case Against Marx’s Radical Dream.” Follow him on Twitter @JustinTHaskins. Trending in Opinion Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Snapchat always proved critics wrong. Then Evan Spiegel pushed for a redesign

Most CEOs would probably prefer not to overhaul their core businesses less than a year after an initial public offering. It’s a pivotal period when executives look to play up their company’s stability and growth to a world of potential new investors on Wall Street. Arlan Hamilton: She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working Mary Barra: Her impatience could save GM. ‘Time is not our friend’ Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles The plan: separate content from friends and publishers — and celebrity users — while attracting new users by making the app easier to use. Spiegel said at the time that the move could be “disruptive” to Snap’s business. That proved to be an understatement. A …

Brazilian agency hopes to reunite isolated Amazon tribe with kin, prevent violence with another group

AT HEARING, AMAZON TRIBE ACCUSES BRAZIL ARMY OF ATROCITIES Contact with isolated tribes, such as the Korubo, can only be used as a last resort to protect their lives, according to Brazilian law. FUNAI’s coordinator Bruno Pereira said the mission is to ease tensions between the Korubo and another indigenous group – the Matis – who live 12 miles away. The Matis had initially contacted the Korubo group in a friendly manner in 2013, but a year later a deadly clash between the groups forced some of the Korubos to migrate from the area, FUNAI said. Amid the violence, the group said, the Korubos who stayed in the area mistakenly believed that the relatives who migrated were killed by the rival …

Starbucks’ newest drink is made with egg-white powder

New York (CNN Business)Starbucks just unveiled its latest coffee drink: The cloud macchiato, made with egg-white powder. The cloud macchiato comes in caramel and cinnamon flavors. The coffee company first teased the cloud macchiato during its investor day in December as an example of how the company is innovating its iced beverages. Cold drinks “have contributed to more than 80% of our beverage growth over the last two years,” Starbucks Chief Operations Officer Rosalind Brewer said at the event. Starbucks’ new cloud macchiato also may have a celebrity tie-in. Rumors swirled that pop singer Ariana Grande may be involved in the product launch after Grande and Starbucks posted matching tweets. “We’ve long been fans of Ariana Grande’s and were excited …