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White House tries to shift discussion amid FBI director’s testimony

White House tries to shift discussion amid FBI director’s testimonyWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer, reacting to news from the first day of House Intelligence Committee hearings into the 2016 election, tried to steer reporters away from questions about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials — and onto the administration’s preferred topic, news media leaks about intercepted conversations involving fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Spicer’s customary daily press briefing took place in the afternoon as FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Mike Rogers were still testifying. Earlier in the day, Comey said he had “no information” to support Trump’s claim that his predecessor, President Obama, wiretapped his campaign — a widely anticipated statement that did not lead to a retraction by the White House.


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Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline

Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry declineElectricity company Dayton Power & Light said on Monday it would shut down two coal-fired power plants in southern Ohio next year for economic reasons, a setback for the ailing coal industry but a victory for environmental activists. Republican President Donald Trump promised in his election campaign to restore U.S. coal jobs that he said had been destroyed by environmental regulations put into effect by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. The plants along the Ohio River in Adams County employ some 490 people and generate about 3,000 megawatts of power for coal.


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Apple’s own website hints new products might launch tomorrow morning

Apple’s own website hints new products might launch tomorrow morning

We've been hearing rumors swirling about some kind of Apple product launch this spring, but event invites are still nowhere to be seen. With time running out for a March event to happen, it's increasingly possible that Apple could be planning to quietly release updates to some products with no event and minimal fanfare. And based on hints coming from Apple's own website, it could happen tomorrow morning.

As MacRumors spotted, Apple's system status page currently shows that the Apple Store will be down tomorrow morning from 3.00AM to 8.30AM. The Apple Store traditionally goes down before new products are announced; 8.30AM is also a common time for Apple to send out press releases. Combine that with the rumors that have been swirling about product updates, and it's definitely time to be suspicious.

So, what's Tim Cook & Co got cooking? The likeliest new product that wouldn't merit a launch event would be a spec-bumped version of the iPhone SE. We've been hearing that Apple might be updating it to include a 128GB storage option, bringing it in line with other new iPhones. It's also very possible that other minor components get an update, like moving to the second-generation Touch ID sensor or a newer camera module.

The iPhone SE was launched this time last year, so an update at this point would make sense, but changing the physical design and form factor wouldn't. Moreover, with the launch of an iPhone 7S and iPhone 8 both expected in September, it wouldn't make sense for Apple to release a splashy new design in spring, which would potentially cannibalize iPhone 8 sales in the fall.

But on the other hand, Samsung is launching its latest and greatest on March 29th, and releasing a new handset at the same time would be a classically trolly move from Apple.

Other good guesses for spec-bumped products would be updated iPads, which we were all half-expecting to see at an event this spring. It would be uncharacteristic for Apple to launch a brand-new iPad size (as had been rumored) without a launch event, but a spec bump and slimming-down of the current lineup would make sense.

There's also the Mac line to consider. Although the MacBook Pro just got a once-in-a-generation overhaul, the iMac is due a minor update, and Intel's recently-released Kaby Lake processors are yet to find their way inside.


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Kurds, Russia Sign Syria Military Base Agreement

Kurds, Russia Sign Syria Military Base AgreementThe YPG militia said Russia will help train its fighters with an eye toward forming a more traditional army; Russia described the base as a "reconciliation center" to separate Kurdish and Turkish forces.


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Plane crash-lands in S.Sudan, at least 37 injured

At least 37 people were injured when a passenger jet crash-landed in South Sudan's northwestern city of Wau on Monday, government and airport officials said. There were 40 passengers and five crew members on board the South Supreme Airlines plane that...

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FBI Director dismisses Trump’s characterization of his comments during hearing on Russia

FBI Director dismisses Trump’s characterization of his comments during hearing on RussiaDuring the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a tweet from the official @POTUS account said, “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.” When FBI Director James Comey was asked about the tweet he responded and said, “We’ve offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it’s never something that we’ve looked at.”


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