Conservative activists pressure McConnell on election security

(CNN)Conservative activists are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to support funding to upgrade voting machines across the country that critics argue are out of date and insecure. Norquist said he supports a version of the Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill introduced last year by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, though it’s yet to be reintroduced this year. While generally considered less stringent than other election security bills, the Secure Elections Act would motivate states to replace all-digital voting machines by appropriating funds for replacements only if the money would go toward equipment that relies on paper ballots. Democrats largely place the blame on McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who has refused to pick up various election security …

Fernando Ricksen: Ex-Rangers player dies aged 43 after battle with motor neurone disease

(CNN)Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has passed away at the age of 43 following a battle with motor neurone disease. “It’s very sad news for everyone connected with Rangers and, more importantly, his young family,” Rangers coach Steven Gerrard told a news conference Wednesday. “So on behalf of the club I would like to pay tribute. He was fantastic player and he had a decorated career. “He played with his heart on his sleeve, he was that type, and that was epitomized when he was taken ill in 2013. I think he was given 18 months to live at the time and he has fought ever so hard up to this point. “That sums up the character, the warrior type …

Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas reveals he has HIV

London (CNN)Former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive and has vowed to help “break the stigma” surrounding the illness. “I am living with HIV; now you have that information that makes me extremely vulnerable, but it does not make me weak.” He added that while he is being “forced” to announce his condition, he pledged to “fight to educate and break the stigma” surrounding the illness. “I am asking you to help me to show that everyone lives in fear of people’s reactions and opinions… But that doesn’t mean we should have to hide, but to do this, I really, really need your support,” he said. Thomas said in an interview with the Sunday Mirror …

Texas congressman pulls endorsement from Castro to support Biden

Washington (CNN)Texas Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez on Sunday flipped his support from Julin Castro to Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying now is the time to narrow the 2020 field and unite as Democrats. Gonzalez called the former vice president a “steady ship” with White House experience who can defeat Trump. He called Castro, a former housing and urban development secretary under the Obama administration and former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, a qualified candidate, but said there are a number of qualified candidates. “If you’re polling in the low single digits and you’re not raising resources, I mean it’s clearly a recipe for disaster,” Gonzalez said. In response to the pulled endorsement, Castro campaign spokesman Sawyer Hackett …

Saudi attack likely originated in Iran or Iraq, senior administration official says

Washington (CNN)A day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack on Saudi oil facilities and argued there is “no evidence the attacks came from Yemen,” a senior administration official briefed CNN on information to back up Pompeo’s claims. “You can’t hit 19 targets with 10 drones like that,” the official said. The official, drawing on commercial satellite imagery shared with CNN, also noted that “all the points of impact on Saudi facilities were on the northwest side of them, which is somewhat difficult to do from Yemen.” The official could not say whether it’s possible drones from Yemen could have angled around to attack northwest facilities. Citing a potential impact on oil prices because of the …

PG&E settles with insurance companies for $11 billion in California wildfires, utility says

(CNN)Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced it has reached an $11 billion settlement with insurance companies for claims stemming from the devastating 2017 wildfires in northern California and the 2018 Camp Fire. PG&E disputes report that it ignored warning signs before California wildfire The payments are subject to bankruptcy court confirmation since the utility giant filed for bankruptcy protection in January after coming under pressure from billions of dollars in claims tied to the wildfires. The company has said it’s “probable” its equipment started the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive, when a power line touched nearby trees. By April, it had cited at least $7 billion in claims from that wildfire. In May, Cal Fire released a …

This is what Trump’s Cabinet looks like right now

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s third national security adviser, John Bolton, tendered his resignation on Tuesday, marking the latest departure from an administration fraught with turnover. Commerce: Wilbur Ross Defense: Mark Esper White House chief of staff: Mick Mulvaney (acting) State: Mike Pompeo Education: Betsy DeVos Energy: Rick Perry Central Intelligence Agency: Gina Haspel Health and Human Services: Alex Azar Homeland Security: Kevin McAleenan (acting) Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson Agriculture: Sonny Perdue Interior: David Bernhardt Labor: Patrick Pizzella (acting) Transportation: Elaine Chao Treasury: Steven Mnuchin Veterans Affairs: Robert Wilkie Attorney general: William Barr Environmental Protection Agency: Andrew Wheeler Office of Management and Budget: Russell Vought (acting, though Mulvaney stills holds the title of director) US trade representative: Robert Lighthizer …

More than two dozen fake NBA championship rings seized at LA airport, CBP says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in California recently seized more than two dozen counterfeit NBA championship rings, with an estimated retail value of more than half a million dollars, authorities said Wednesday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection ) “Scammers take advantage of collectors and pro-basketball fans desiring to obtain a piece of sports history,” said CBP’s director of field operations in Los Angeles, Carlos Martel. “This seizure illustrates how CBP officers and import specialists protect not only trademarks, but most importantly, the American consumer.” LAX FLIGHTS GROUNDED, CANCELLED BECAUSE OF POWER OUTAGE Import specialists confirmed that the designs violated trademarks by the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, …

The trade war is quiet. Smart money sees a chance to take risks

London (CNN Business)Happy Wednesday. A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. Investor insight: The announcement could encourage those who have recently unwound positions in safe haven assets such as the yen, which has weakened back to July levels after hitting 2019 highs in August. Gold prices have also dipped in the past week, and US Treasury yields have been rising as investors sell bonds. The yield on the benchmark 10-year note is up to 1.72%, from 1.46% earlier this month. But a rally in riskier assets on positive, or even neutral, trade news may prove short-lived. We’ve seen this pattern before. Remember: The next …

Will the Billy Connolly statue ever find a home?

Image caption Chic Murray – one of Scotland’s great comedians – passed away in 1985. Entitled The Patter, the £100,000 piece depicts the pair at opposite ends of a see-saw, Greenock-born Chic standing upright with Billy hunched over – a nod to how he would always “look up” to his predecessor. But the 7ft statue has never been erected in public – and instead has lain in storage for the past eight years. Mr Beattie said the statue was intended for the grounds of the Oran Mor – but his hands are tied due to a land dispute with Glasgow City Council. He wants to reclaim a small strip of pavement on Great Western Road which used to be a …

What’s it like to live in a castle?

Many holidaymakers will have visited castles this summer, but what about owning one, or living or working in one? Three people reflect on life behind the battlements. Bamburgh Castle: Looking after an icon Image copyright EPA Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong now lives on a nearby farm but grew up in the castle The oldest parts date to the Norman Conquest of 1066 and it was in a poor state when it was bought by the industrialist William Armstrong in 1894. He rebuilt large parts of it and the castle became the family home. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong’s family also used to own the Farne Islands and Cragside House Living in a centuries-old building filled with spiral …

Pizza Hut is making a comeback. Its NFL deal is one reason why

New York (CNN Business)Pizza Hut had struggled to compete against Domino’s and Papa John’s for the past few years. But that’s changing now that the company is about to start its second year as the official pizza sponsor for the National Football League. “The first year with the NFL helped us increase brand awareness and reach a new audience we hadn’t had previously,” said Pizza Hut CEO Artie Starrs in an interview with CNN Business. Starrs, who had been president of the company’s US operations, was promoted in August to CEO of the entire chain. That puts him in charge of the company’s global operations, which have nearly 20,000 restaurants in about 120 countries worldwide. Pizza Hut plans to be …

Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone breaks yearly eruption record

The Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (Wikimedia) (Wikimedia) GET THE FOX NEWS APP “They’re mostly random and experience phases of alternating eruptive activity,” Michael Poland, the USGS scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, said, according to KXPI. “So while fascinating, it’s not unusual, nor cause for concern.” Poland said that it’s a misconception that geyser eruptions are related to earthquake activity, and that visitors should not fear any deeper changes in the park’s volcanic system. Do you work in Silicon Valley? Contact me at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com or Twitter DM at @christocarbone. (PR pitches by email only, please.) Trending in Science Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Justin Bieber shares use of ‘heavy drugs’ in revealing post

(CNN)Justin Bieber has once again turned to social media to get real about his life. View this post on Instagram According to Bieber, he found himself “…18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted.” “I started doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abused all my relationships,” Bieber wrote. “I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry. I became distant to everyone who loved me, and I was hiding behind, a shell of a person that i had become.” The “Sorry” singer also acknowledged some of his past scandals, writing: “By 20, I made every bad decision you could have thought of and went from one of the most loved …

Man wanted in connection with teenager’s killing

On Saturday, two men, Peter McCarthy, 36, of Bassett Street and Ryan Palmer, 33, of Aberaeron Close, from Barry appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court charged with murder. They will appear at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday. Two more men, Nathan Delafonteine, 32, of no fixed address and Raymond Thompson, 47, from Barry, will appear at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on Monday. A 22-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Meanwhile a 38-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man have been released under investigation. Speaking after his death, Harry’s family paid tribute to him as a “fun-loving son and brother”.