Good news for Mexico

Oil company ENI confirmed they located oil off the coast of Mexico. This could possibly help the country make an impact for themself.  There hasnt been any oil drilling for the country since 2013.

Where there is one there is more.  The country has been struggling to create value in the worlds eyes for years.  Could this be the hope they have been looking for.

U.S. Jewish Center Bomb Threat Suspect Is Arrested in Israel

More great news.

 

WASHINGTON — The Israeli police on Thursday arrested a man believed to be responsible for scores of bomb threats that were phoned in to Jewish community centers across the United States, American officials said.

The F.B.I. confirmed in a statement that the bureau had worked with the Israeli national police to arrest the teenager, who, officials said, holds citizenship in both Israel and the United States.

“Investigating hate crimes is a top priority for the F.B.I., and we will continue to work to make sure all races and religions feel safe in their communities and in their places of worship,” a spokeswoman for the F.B.I., Samantha Shero, said. She said the bureau could not provide additional information about its inquiry.

Jewish community centers across the United States have reported more than 100 bomb threats since the beginning of the year. The calls, which President Trump condemned during an address to Congress last month, led to evacuations and bomb sweeps and heightened worries about anti-Semitism in the United States.

The suspect was using anonymizer software to cover his tracks, according to federal law enforcement officials in the United States. The technology made it harder for the F.B.I. to pinpoint who was making the threats.

The case in Israel is separate from that of the St. Louis man who was arrested this month and accused of making at least a half-dozen other threats to Jewish centers. In a complaint in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the authorities said that man, Juan Thompson, had acted as part of an effort to intimidate a former girlfriend.

This just in ! Belgium arrests man trying to drive down shopping street at high speed

Police in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp said on Thursday they had detained a man who tried to enter the main pedestrianized shopping street in a car at high speed, adding security in the city would be stepped up.

“At about 11 a.m. this morning a vehicle entered De Meir at high speed due to which pedestrians had to jump away,” a police spokesman told a news conference, referring to the street name.

He added the driver was later arrested and additional police and military personnel had been deployed to the center of Antwerp, but did not give any further details.

more to come

Supreme Court nomination fight puts focus on vulnerable Democrats

By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung | WASHINGTON

As a grueling U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch finishes on Thursday, the spotlight turns to whether he will gain the support of vulnerable Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2018.

They hold the key to whether the 100-member Senate, where Republicans hold 52 votes, can avoid a prolonged floor fight over President Donald Trump’s high court nominee and whether confirming Gorsuch becomes an early major win for Trump as president.

If at least eight Democrats join the 52 Republicans and back Gorsuch, that will provide the 60 votes needed to pass a procedural motion letting the Senate move quickly to an up-or-down vote on his nomination, with only a simple majority for approval.

If the Democrats deny Gorsuch those eight votes, a more embattled scenario could unfold, with potential to change how the Senate handles Supreme Court nominees.

As of late on Wednesday, it was unclear what Democrats would do, but conservative activists had identified 10 possible ‘yes’ votes for Gorsuch among Democrats seeking re-election next year in states that Trump won in the 2016 election.

They include West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Florida’s Bill Nelson, both undecided on Gorsuch, their spokesmen told Reuters.

Another, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, opposes the nomination, a spokesman said. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said he would announce his intentions on Thursday morning.

Another vote potentially up for grabs is that of Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Gorsuch’s home state of Colorado. He is not up for re-election next year and his state voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He introduced Gorsuch to the Judiciary Committee on Monday, but did not commit to supporting the nomination, saying he was keeping an “open mind.”

Bennet’s office did not respond to a message seeking comment on whether he had decided yet.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer has said Gorsuch should have to get 60 votes to secure his confirmation, but it was unclear whether Democrats would remain unified and attempt to block a final vote, as liberal activists would like.

If Gorsuch is confirmed, he would restore a 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, a key goal of Republicans.

‘NUCLEAR OPTION?’

In three days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, remained calm under sharp questioning from Democrats, paving the way for the panel to vote on the nomination on April 3.

The hearing will conclude on Thursday with testimony from outside witnesses. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants the full Senate to have a final vote on the nomination before the chamber recesses on April 7.

Gorsuch is assured of support from the 52 Republicans. But the Senate requires confirmation of Supreme Court justices by the 60 votes needed to pass a procedural motion to block a “filibuster” effort to block a nomination.

If the Senate’s Democrats stand together and filibuster Gorsuch, Republicans could reach for the “nuclear option” and change the Senate rules to allow confirmation by a simple majority vote. Some senators are reluctant to take such a step.

Several Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including senior member Dianne Feinstein, told Reuters they would not comment on whether they would support a filibuster attempt.

(Additional reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley, Dustin Volz and Timothy Gardner; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Peter Cooney)

 

USA vs. Puerto Rico final score: United States wins 2017 World Baseball Classic

Did you see this the USA won.  I just dont get why puerto Rico played the US.  are they not part of us?

 

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It took four tries, but the United States finally won one of these things. Behind a dominant pitching performance by Marcus Stroman, and following a home run by Ian Kinsler, the USA shut out Puerto Rico 8-0 in the championship game Wednesday in Los Angeles.

It marked the USA’s first appearance in the tournament finals, and they’re the third country to win in the tournament’s four editions. They beat both former champions along the way — Japan in the semifinals and the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals.

The story of the day was USA starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, who brilliantly rendered the Puerto Rican bats toothless for much of the evening while taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. After a lengthy time watching while his team scored three runs in the top half of the frame, he allowed a leadoff double to Angel Pagan in the bottom half. Stroman left with a 7-0 advantage, having struck out three with just one walk allowed.

The USA got on the board in the third inning when Kinsler returned a 91 mph fastball thrown by Puerto Rico starting pitcher Seth Lugo over the left-center field wall. Team USA added more runs in the fifth inning when Christian Yelich drove in Kinsler on a single. That was enough for Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez, who pulled Lugo in favor of Joe Jimenez. Lugo was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out seven.

Five USA batters recorded two hits for the day (of the USA’s 13 total) while another pair reached base via walk at least twice. Pagan had two hits for Puerto Rico while Yadier Molina added one of his own.

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White Chocolate M&Ms Are Here to Stay, Will Hit Stores in May 2017

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Sweet music to our ears! White chocolate M&Ms will no longer just be a seasonal treat for candy lovers, according to a recent statement the Mars Chocolate company released about the colorful sweets.

“M&M’s White Chocolate will hit shelves at select food, mass, convenience and drug stores nationwide starting in May 2017 in Singles (1.5 ounces) packs that feature the brand’s iconic colorful candy shells,” the statement said.

The company’s candy-coated best sellers were formerly a seasonal flavor, released each year in conjunction with Easter and spring; this will also be the first time that the white chocolate flavor will be available in the iconic, standard colors (as opposed to pastel colors).

Packaging for the white M&Ms features the red M&M posing amid several candies, with one bitten open to reveal the white chocolate filling.

The company has tested out fans’ taste buds with some other interesting flavors in the past, including Pumpkin Spice Latte-flavored M&Ms, which are typically introduced in the fall season.

The packaging for the cozy autumn snack features a female M&M wearing thick-framed black glasses and a scarf while holding a latte in her hand. (A pecan pie-flavored M&M also hit shelves in August 2015.)

House Intelligence Chair Drops Trump Surveillance Bombshell After Asking Donald…

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Lots to unpack here, not the least of which is Devin Nunes‘ nose from Donald Trump‘s ass.

Nunes is the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which is currently investigating the President’s claims that he was “wiretapped” by President Barack Obama during the election.

That investigation may have been completely derailed today when Nunes announced in a press conference on Wednesday that he had been given new information on the case.

He says he received intel that Trump WAS surveilled, but not due to being the target of surveillance. Rather, says Nunes, Trump was speaking to foreign targets of U.S. surveillance, and he and his team were recorded “incidentally.”

Um… WHO was Trump talking to??

Nunes would not reveal that information but assured the press it had nothing to do with that other investigation. You know, the one about Trump figuratively (and possibly literally) being in bed with Russia.

The Donald said he felt “somewhat” vindicated by this development, though even if it’s true it would still mean he was absolutely wrong about Obama wiretapping him and that he STILL owed the former POTUS an apology.

Of course, Nunes doesn’t see it that way; his defense all along has been that Trump, like The Bible or TV psychics, should not be taken “literally.”

Ugh.

We’re sure we’ll get more info on this development over the next few days. But let’s focus on Nunes for a second.

Notice that we didn’t say this info came out in a hearing of the HIC? You know, the committee running the investigation? The one Nunes is LEADING??

That’s because Nunes decided he should bring the info directly to the President first, before letting anyone else in the committee see it. Even though, of course, the President and his team are part of the investigation.

Shady af.

Related: Melania Is Reportedly So ‘Miserable’ That She & Donald Have Separate Bedrooms!

But hey, man. What else is new?

We mean, Nunes himself was part of Trump’s transition team, so it’s already a kangaroo court.

One person who is still surprised at the outrageous move is Nunes’ fellow committee member and Representative of California Adam Schiff, who responded with his own press conference on behalf of Democrats, and the rest of the committee, who apparently have NO IDEA what Nunes is talking about!

He stated:

“If accurate, this information should have been shared with members of the committee, but it has not been. The Chairman also shared this information with the White House before providing it to the committee, another profound irregularity, given that the matter is currently under investigation. I have expressed my grave concerns with the Chairman that a credible investigation cannot be conducted this way.”

Yeah, something tells us this investigation is going to be about as “credible” as a doctor with a degree from Trump U.

 

Airline gadget ban: Here’s what can and can’t fly

e US and UK governments have imposed new bans against bringing certain electronic devices aboard flights to and from specific countries in the Middle East.

In the United States, it affects planes coming from airports in Cairo; Istanbul; Kuwait City; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates.

Ten airlines are participating in the ban. It’s a big change for affected travelers, as it applies to many gadgets that most travelers are used to carrying onto airplanes for entertainment and work. If affected travelers try to bring these devices aboard, they’ll be forced to check them.

Here’s a quick look at what you can and can’t bring aboard those flights.

Can bring:

  • Smartphones
  • DVD players
  • Portable gaming systems
  • Wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers

Can’t bring:

  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • eReaders
  • Anything that measures larger than 16cm x 9.3cm (6.9-inches x 3.66-inches.)

Those measurements, which the BBC said apply to restrictions in the UK and the United States, are important to take note of. New gaming consoles such as the Nintendo Switch measure longer than 6.9 inches and would need to be checked by those rules.

Also some “phablets,” or larger smartphones, can sometimes have screens that exceed 6.9 inches across. Those, too, would need to be checked under the measurement guidelines.

Your best bet is to be prepared to check any extra gadgets that measure larger than a standard smartphone.

North Korea ‘accelerates’ nuclear plan and is ‘not afraid’…

North Korean diplomat said ‘hostile activities’ of US and South Korea have pushed development of ‘pre-emptive first strike capability’ forward

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North Korean deputy ambassador to the UN said the Trump administration’s plans to broaden sanctions stem from Rex Tillerson’s visit to South Korea, Japan and China. Photograph: Pool/Reuters

North Korea has nothing to fear from any US move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programmes, according to a senior diplomat.

This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong-nam, deputy ambassador at the DPRK (North Korean) mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat, a senior US official in Washington told Reuters on Monday.

“I think this is stemming from the visit by the secretary of state [Rex Tillerson] to Japan, South Korea and China … We of course are not afraid of any act like that,” Choe told Reuters.

“Even prohibition of the international transactions system, the global financial system, this kind of thing is part of their system that will not frighten us or make any difference.“

He called existing sanctions “heinous and inhumane”.

North Korea has been under sanctions for “half a century” but the communist state survives by placing an emphasis on juche or “self-sufficiency”, he said. His country wants a forum set up to examine the “legality and legitimacy of the sanctions regime”.

He denounced joint annual military exercises currently being carried out by the US and South Korea on the divided peninsula and criticised remarks by Tillerson during his talks with regional allies last week.

“All he was talking about is for the United States to take military actions on DPRK,” Choe said. North Korea rejects claims by Washington and Seoul that the military drills are defensive. They involve strategic nuclear bombers and a nuclear submarine that recently entered South Korean ports, he said.

“In the light of such huge military forces involved in the joint military exercises, we have no other choice but to continue with our full acceleration of the nuclear programmes and missile programmes. It is because of these hostile activities on the part of the United States and South Korea.”

“We strengthen our national defence capability as well as pre-emptive strike capabilities with nuclear forces as a centrepiece,” Choe said.

He declined to give technical details of North Korea’s latest rocket engine test on Sunday – seen as a possible prelude to a partial ICBM flight – calling it a great historical event that would lead to “fruitful outcomes”.

“I can tell you for sure that the inter-continental ballistic rockets of the DPRK will be launched at any time and at any place as decided by our Supreme Leadership,” Choe said, recalling leader Kim Jong-un’s pledge in a New Year’s address.

Analysts say North Korea has probably mastered the technology to power the different stages of an ICBM and may show it off soon, but is probably still a long way from being able to hit the mainland United States.

“The United States has been talking about launching pre-emptive strikes at North Korea,” Choe said. “And we have been prepared to deter, to counter-attack such attacks on the part of the United States.

“We would utilise every possible means in our hands and the inter-continental ballistic rocket is one of them.”

North Korea ‘accelerates’ nuclear plan and is ‘not afraid’…

 

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North Korean deputy ambassador to the UN said the Trump administration’s plans to broaden sanctions stem from Rex Tillerson’s visit to South Korea, Japan and China. Photograph: Pool/Reuters

North Korea has nothing to fear from any US move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programmes, according to a senior diplomat.

This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong-nam, deputy ambassador at the DPRK (North Korean) mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat, a senior US official in Washington told Reuters on Monday.

“I think this is stemming from the visit by the secretary of state [Rex Tillerson] to Japan, South Korea and China … We of course are not afraid of any act like that,” Choe told Reuters.

“Even prohibition of the international transactions system, the global financial system, this kind of thing is part of their system that will not frighten us or make any difference.“

He called existing sanctions “heinous and inhumane”.

North Korea has been under sanctions for “half a century” but the communist state survives by placing an emphasis on juche or “self-sufficiency”, he said. His country wants a forum set up to examine the “legality and legitimacy of the sanctions regime”.

He denounced joint annual military exercises currently being carried out by the US and South Korea on the divided peninsula and criticised remarks by Tillerson during his talks with regional allies last week.

“All he was talking about is for the United States to take military actions on DPRK,” Choe said. North Korea rejects claims by Washington and Seoul that the military drills are defensive. They involve strategic nuclear bombers and a nuclear submarine that recently entered South Korean ports, he said.

“In the light of such huge military forces involved in the joint military exercises, we have no other choice but to continue with our full acceleration of the nuclear programmes and missile programmes. It is because of these hostile activities on the part of the United States and South Korea.”

“We strengthen our national defence capability as well as pre-emptive strike capabilities with nuclear forces as a centrepiece,” Choe said.

He declined to give technical details of North Korea’s latest rocket engine test on Sunday – seen as a possible prelude to a partial ICBM flight – calling it a great historical event that would lead to “fruitful outcomes”.

“I can tell you for sure that the inter-continental ballistic rockets of the DPRK will be launched at any time and at any place as decided by our Supreme Leadership,” Choe said, recalling leader Kim Jong-un’s pledge in a New Year’s address.

Analysts say North Korea has probably mastered the technology to power the different stages of an ICBM and may show it off soon, but is probably still a long way from being able to hit the mainland United States.

“The United States has been talking about launching pre-emptive strikes at North Korea,” Choe said. “And we have been prepared to deter, to counter-attack such attacks on the part of the United States.

“We would utilise every possible means in our hands and the inter-continental ballistic rocket is one of them.”