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Reveals timeline for Model 3

in an earnings call Musk reveals a tentative schedule for the Model 3, which is expected to cost $35,000 before government subsidies, saying the company plans to unveil the model in March 2016, and a sale date of mid 2017, but probably later.

I mean, we are hoping to show off the Model 3 in approximately March of next year. Again, like, don’t hold me to that month, but that’s, like — that’s our aspiration.

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Congress ‘must stop Iran deal’

Cruz urges Congress to stop Iran nuclear deal. He claims that a bad deal with Iran would jeopardize the life of million of Americans.

Our first priority should be stopping a bad Iran deal that jeopardizes the lives of millions of Americans and millions of our allies. There is nothing more important this body can consider, not trade, not the budget. There is nothing more important. The first responsibility of this body is to protect the national security of this country – to protect the lives and safety of men, women, and children across this country – and the President’s Iran deal deeply jeopardizes the safety of Americans.

Sen. Ted Cruz: Congress Must Stop Obama's Bad Iran Deal

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Rehearsed crash on outbound flight

Investigators say Lubitz practiced entering the fatal descent settings on the previous, outbound flight. The changes in autopilot settings, mimicking those which, two hours later, crashed the jet on its way back to Duesseldorf from Barcelona, would barely have been noticeable because the jet was already descending. Investigator:

I can’t speculate on what was happening inside his head; all I can say is that he changed this button to the minimum setting of 100 feet and he did it several times.

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Will not be pressured into canceling Tel Aviv concert

Warwick says she will not submit to pressure from Waters, who has called on entertainers to not perform in Israel.

[Ms. Warwick] would never fall victim to the hard pressures of Roger Waters, from Pink Floyd, or other political people who have their views on politics in Israel. Waters’ political views are of no concern to Ms. Warwick, as she holds her own unique views on world matters. Art has no boundaries. Ms. Warwick will always honor her contracts. If Ms. Warwick had an objection to performing in Israel, no offer would have been entertained and no contract would have been signed.

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ISIS targets Geller

The group targets Geller in a statement made on JustPasteit, an anonymous message board:

The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer (pig) Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.

Geller responds on her site:

This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State. They want me dead for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. What remains to be seen is whether the free world will finaly wake up and stand for the freedom of speech, or instead kowtow to this evil and continue to denounce me.

She also says she will increase security at future events.

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Claims 71 soldiers in US

In the same message that threatens Pamela Geller, the group says it has fighters ready inside the United States.

We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.

The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu’mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face.

5 May, 2015
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Calls on candidates to resign

Huckabee says candidates for the 2016 presidential campaign who currently hold senate seats should resign, implying it is a waste of taxpayers money.

I think people have to choose. I just believe it’s a matter of integrity to say, ‘I don’t want this job that I just got elected to. I think I want a different job.’ Ok, then resign the job you have and go out there and seek the one you want. [I]t’s not that I’m going after anybody. I’m speaking the obvious. If a person has a job that the taxpayers are paying for, shouldn’t that person do that job?

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Claims responsibility

ISIS claims its first attack on US in an audio statement on the extremist group’s Al Bayan radio station. The message says “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the attack and promised the group would deliver more attacks in the future. No further details are provided and it is not known whether the group is opportunistically claiming the attack as its own. Following the claim ISIS-related groups celebrate online, with postings on IS-affiliated militant websites, including Twitter:

Following the IS claim of responsibility, IS members and followers celebrated online

How are you (Americans) going to live when we create our lone wolves to be nuclear bombs … by God, you can’t match us and in the heart of your homes you will see.

Let anyone who wants to draw the picture of our Prophet to think one thousand times before doing so, because our hands can reach his neck

4 May, 2015
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Wants more events

Geller calls for more, similar events to the Garland, Texas, ‘Draw Mohammed’ event as a defense of free speech, describing the drawings “political critique.”

We should be holding these meetings every month…We absolutely must have other events like this to stand up for free speech…I will not abridge my freedoms so as not to offend savages…I do believe western civilization is superior.

She also defends the views of Geert Wilders:

[He] shouldn’t have to be worried about being slaughtered for his opinion…There is a problem in Islam. The problem is we can’t talk about it.

3 May, 2015
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Final Tweet

Elton Simpson final tweet

Simpson takes responsibility for the shooting on Twitter, around 20 minutes before the shooting starts.

The bro with me and myself have given bay’ah to Amirul Mu’mineen. May Allah accept us as mujahideen. Make dua #texasattacks

Bay’ah means to give an oath of allegiance, to Amir al-Mu’minin or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. “Make dua” means to call out in prayer. He also tells his users to follow @_AbuHu55ain, who posts about the shooting before the account was suspended.

1 May, 2015
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Defends amendments to Iran legislation

Rubio defends the two amendments that he wants to be added to proposed legislation on Iran nuclear deal.

I by no means endorse the plan outlined in the fact sheet, but the fact that they are saying it is a poison pill to require the president to sign a deal that reflects what he says the deal is, is in and of itself incredibly worrisome.

He also makes it clear that he doesn’t wants the bill to be defeated.

I doesn’t want the bill to go down…It’s not perfect, it’s better than nothing, and it creates a process by which the Senate can review what the president does.

30 Apr, 2015
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Remains search ends

Press Conference

Investigations for recovering human remains and wreckage from MH17 crash site ends. Mission head:

We have done everything humanly possible…Many more body parts were recovered over the past two weeks in the search near Petropavlivka, about 10 kilometers (six miles) west of Grabove where most of the debris fell….Many personal belongings like watches, passports… and other documents that is of great value to the victims’ families were also recovered.

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Cause of death

Police announce that cause of death is determined to be an injury from the accident. Coroner bases conclusion on the results of the autopsy which indicates that a broken neck is the cause of death and not anything occurring during the arrest. Spokesman:

The medical examiner found Gray’s catastrophic injury was caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, apparently breaking his neck. [However, he added] We don’t do preliminary findings, and the investigation isn’t concluded.

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Adds battery into DemandLogic system

SolarCity incorporates the Tesla battery into its DemandLogic energy storage system to increase the utility cost savings customers can realize from using stored solar electricity. DemandLogic, which is being adopted by several of the largest retail, biotech and Internet companies in the U.S., allows businesses to reduce energy costs by using stored electricity to reduce peak demand, and can also provide backup power during grid outages. DemandLogic’s management software automates the discharge of stored energy to optimize savings on utility demand charges for customers.

29 Apr, 2015
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Drank own urine to survive

Surrounded by family in his hospital bed Khanal says:

I had some hope but by yesterday I’d given up. My nails went all white and my lips cracked … I was sure no one was coming for me. I was certain I was going to die.

He reports he was surrounded by dead people and a terrible smell. But he kept banging on the rubble all around him and eventually this brought a French rescue team that extracted him.

There was no sound going out, or coming in. I kept banging against the rubble and finally someone responded and came to help. I hadn’t eaten or had anything to drink so I drank my own urine.

Before going to surgery he says:

It feels good. I am thankful.

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US appeals to leaders

The US appeals for African leaders to desist from changing constitutions to ensure them more than two presidential terms. During a discussion on Burundi’s upcoming election, Deputy Assistant Secretary Gilmour reminds African governments that are part of the Arusha agreements of the commitments they made. This includes presidential terms limited to two years.

It is not a good idea to violate the agreed upon commitments to the Arusha-agreement. I’m calling on Burundi to proceed peacefully and we are hoping for a free and fair election.

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Criticizes Obama on riots

Trump criticizes Obama for not being able to control the situation in Baltimore.

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Planned U.S. Embassy attack

Saudi Arabia says it has arrested a total of 93 people with ties to the ISIS in recent months, foiling their plans to carry out multiple terrorist attacks which included a strike on the U.S. embassy. An Interior Ministry spokesman says the arrests include a cell of 65 people arrested in March who were involved in a plan that included targeting residential compounds, prisons and security forces. He says authorities also disrupted a plot for a suicide car bomber to attack the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh after receiving information about the plan in mid-March. The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh has no immediate comment on the disclosure.

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Executes over 200 per month

SOHR says that since June last year ISIS has executed over 2,150 people in Syria alone. This number includes over 1,300 civilians and nearly 530 Syrian government troops.

We believe that the real number of people that have been killed by IS is higher than the number documented by SOHR because there are hundreds of missing and detainees inside IS jails, and because there are dozens of Kurds who are still been missing since the beginning of IS attack on the countryside of Kobani in September 16.

Charges have ranged from insulting God (blasphemy), spying for the benefit of the Nusayri [Alawite] regime, sodomy and dealing and supporting YPG [Kurdish forces].

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Iran intercepts U.S. ship

The U.S.navy says the U.S.-flagged Maersk Kensington was intercepted in the Strait of Hormuz, on Friday, 24 April, by four ships of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard naval patrol.

The Iranians encircled the Kensington and followed the ship on its course for a period of time before withdrawing and breaking away.

The U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet has issued a notice to mariners about the incident.

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Joins Tinder

Duff joins Tinder and gets her first date using the app.

It’s true. I’m on Tinder…I was sitting with my friends one night at the house and we were joking around. In my life, I have always had really serious boyfriends. I’ve always met people through work and I have never been on a blind date. What’s the worst that could happen…I have my first date tonight and I’m really, really nervous. We’re going bowling, so it can’t be too expensive. I like that. I’ve never dated just a total normie.

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‘Baltimore is burning’

Clinton reacts to the Baltimore riots.

It is heartbreaking. The tragic death of another young African-American man. The injuries to police officers. The burning of peoples’ homes and small businesses. We have to restore order and security. But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system.

27 Apr, 2015
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GMO free menu

Chiptole removes GMO ingredients from its menu.

Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.

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Curfew imposed

Mayor Blake declares a week long curfew from 10 p.m to 5 a.m in the city due to riots.

What we see tonight that is going on in our city is very disturbing. Too many people have spend generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who, in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.

Baltimore Mayor issues city-wide mandatory curfew

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The Osbournes reboot canceled

VH1 cancels the plan for revival of The Osbournes. VH1 executive vice president:

We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series. That’s not going to happen. We wish we could have worked it out, but it just didn’t come together for us… The family has been absolutely lovely and we wish them the best. We’d love to figure out a way to work with them at some point in the future.

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Family disassociates from documentary

Winehouse’s family disassociates from Amy, an upcoming documentary based on her life.

The Winehouse family would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy…They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths. There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced. 

26 Apr, 2015
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Cites donor transparency

The Clinton Foundation says its disclosure of foreign donations is “stronger than ever.” Acting CEO Pally says the foundation will only accept donations from “a handful of governments.”

When Hillary Clinton was appointed Secretary of State, we took unprecedented steps to avoid potential conflicts of interest by going above and beyond what is required of any philanthropy and instituted voluntary annual disclosure of all donors on our website.

Pally also pushes back at specific criticism of donations linked to Giustra and a charity he established. Pally stresses that the charity is independent, and that Giustra established it in Canada so that Canadians could receive a tax credit for their donations to support the Clinton Foundation.

But as it is a distinct Canadian organization, separate from the Clinton Foundation, its individual donors are not listed on the site. This is hardly an effort on our part to avoid transparency — unlike in the U.S., under Canadian law, all charities are prohibited from disclosing individual donors without prior permission from each donor.

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Pally admits mistakes

In response to charges of conflict of interest in Schweizer’s forthcoming book Clinton Cash, the Clinton Foundation admits that it made “mistakes” as the philanthropy grew but maintains that it did not intentionally do anything wrong.

Yes, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don’t happen in the future.

Schweizer says that he did not have “direct evidence” of ethical misconduct, but says the pattern he uncovered should raise eyebrows and trigger an investigation.

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Explains face injury

Pitt explains how he injured his face.

This is what happens when you try to run up steps in the dark, with your arms full, wearing flip flops. Turns out if you then try to stop your forward momentum with your face, the result is road rash.

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Defends Tidal

Jay-Z defends Tidal in a series of Tweets.

Tidal is doing just fine. We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month…The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful…We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better…There are many big companies that are spending millions on a smear campaign. We are not anti-anyone, we are pro-artist & fan…We made Tidal for fans. We have more than just music. We have video, exclusive concerts, tickets for events early, live sports!..Tidal is where artists can give their fans more without the middlemen…Indie artists who want to work directly w/ us keep 100% of their music. “If you don’t want the CEOs all in the videos” haa

25 Apr, 2015
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Apologizes, reinstated

McHendry apologizes for her tirade against a tow truck employee, and ESPN agrees to reinstate her.

My remarks were completely out of line. Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to speak to another human being in the manner in which I chose that night. That’s not who I am as a person and hope those who only know me from this incident will give me a second chance to prove to you how much I value integrity, character and treating people with respect.

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U.S. sends aid

Natural Disaster

U.S. sends disaster team and promises $1 million in aid to help Nepal and surrounding areas recover from the devastating earthquake. Secretary of State Kerry:

We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support. Ambassador Bodde has issued a disaster declaration in order to immediately release an initial $1 million for humanitarian assistance. USAID is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation.

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Airport shooting

An unidentified gunman is shot be police at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The suspect remains hospitalized. Police continue to investigate the crime scene. Officials:

The incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. in the parking ramp of the Lindbergh Terminal. The only person injured in the incident was the suspect, who was shot by police. Police have blocked off the rental car area on the second level of the parking ramp while they investigate the crime scene.

24 Apr, 2015
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HIV outbreak worsens

HIV heath press conferenceThe CDC reports that the HIV outbreak that has been going on in Indiana since December is growing. Officials:

The outbreak has been ongoing since mid-December. As of Friday, 142 people have tested positive for HIV, with 136 confirmed cases and six more with preliminary positive test results, all in rural Scott and Jackson counties. This is a huge number of cases for an area that has a population of only a few thousand people.

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Oppose cable Merger

Acquisition

U.S. Sens. Markey and Warren urge the Obama administration to block Comcast’s proposal for a$45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, saying the merger is bad for consumers.The lack of competition will only “make things worse” for consumers already frustrated by increasingly high cable and Internet bills. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler:

Today’s world demands affordable access to high-quality Internet and TV services. Should the transaction survive the FCC’s and DOJ’s reviews, we believe that Comcast-TWC’s unmatched power in the telecommunications industry would lead to higher prices, fewer choices, and poorer quality services for Americans.