Friday, 23 March 2018

U.S.A rents rise at fastest peace in nearly 2 year

U.S.A rents rise at fastest peace in nearly 2 year

Rent prices in the United States are rising at their fastest level in 21 months, according to a survey by Zillow.
U.S rent
The survey found that the median rent rose 2.8 percent over the past year to $1,445 per month.
The fastest rates occurred along the West Coast in Sacramento, Calif., Riverside, Calif., and Seattle.

Sacramento saw the fastest rent rise with 8 percent since last February for an average of $1,849 per month.

Home purchases have also suffered due to higher mortgage rates, leading to more people opting to rent instead of buy.

."Rental appreciation slowed between 2015 and mid-2017, but is once again picking up steam, reaccelerating over the past nine months," said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas. "For-sale inventory is tight, and with home prices continuing their rapid climb, it's becoming more and more difficult for renters to become owners, forcing them to rent longer than they otherwise would have. Searching for the 'right' home has become a drawn out affair and rising prices require more savings for a down payment. Were it not for strong new apartment construction over the past half-decade, rental appreciation would be even stronger than it is now."

According to CNBC, apartment occupancy around the country was at 95 percent by the end of 2017 and is expected to increase.

"The country's apartment market remains tight, with product availability generally limited to recently completed properties moving through initial leasing," said Greg Willett, chief economist at RealPage. "Unless a renter can afford that expensive new stock, finding a ready-to-lease unit takes some real work in most locations."

For those looking to get out of the rental market and into a home of their own, the market is more difficult than a year ago. Zillow says that there are 10 percent fewer homes to choose from compared to last year, with San Jose, Calif., Columbus, Ohio and Las Vegas experiencing the sharpest decline in available homes.

San Jose saw a 27 percent decline in available homes over the past year. Columbus and Las Vegas each saw a 24 percent decline.
Anton Yelchin's parents reach settlement with Fiat Chrysler over son's death

Anton Yelchin's parents reach settlement with Fiat Chrysler over son's death

The parents of Anton Yelchin agreed to a settlement with Fiat Chrysler in a lawsuit against the car manufacturer over their son's death.
Actor Anton Yelchin
Actor Anton Yelchin attends the premiere of "Fright Night" at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on August 17, 2011. The parents of Yelchin, who died in a freak car accident in June 2016, reached a settlement with the manufacturer of the actor's vehicle on Thursday
Details of the settlement will remain confidential.

"FCA US is pleased that we've reached an amicable resolution in this matter," the automaker said in a statement. "The details of the settlement are confidential. We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss."

According to TMZ, the money will go to the Anton Yelchin Foundation, which aims to "empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability."

Funds will also be used to make a documentary about the actor's life.
Yelchin was 27 when he died in June 2016.

The Star Trek actor was killed in his driveway when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward and pinned him against the brick pillar of his security gate.
City of Atlanta targeted by ransomware cyberattack

City of Atlanta targeted by ransomware cyberattack

The city of Atlanta's computer systems were targeted by a ransomware cyberattack Thursday morning, city officials said.
The city of Atlanta was targeted by a ransomware cyberattack, like the one pictured here, affecting multiple internal and external applications including applications customers use to pay bills or access court related information
City officials warned that employees and anyone who conducted transactions with the city may have had their information jeopardized by the cyberattack, which caused caused outages to multiple internal and external applications for the city including applications customers use to pay bills or access court related information.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also said the city was unsure how much sensitive information was compromised and urged employees to monitor their bank accounts to see if their financial information had been accessed.

"Because we don't know, I think it would be appropriate for the public just to be vigilant in checking their accounts and making sure their credit agencies have also been notified," Bottoms said.
The Department of Atlanta Information Management learned of the outages at 5:40 a.m. when workers noticed peculiar activity on the computer network.

"The city of Atlanta has experienced a ransomware cyberattack," said Richard Cox, the city's chief operating officer. "his attack has encrypted some of the city data, however, we're still validating the extent of the compromise."

The public safety department, water services, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the city's emergency 911 response networks, including those used by police and fire departments, operated without incident.

City officials didn't disclose the amount of the requested ransom or if they intended to pay, but Bottoms said they were seeking help from federal agencies.
"Our information management team is working with the FBI, homeland security, also external partners from Microsoft and Cisco Cybersecurity incident response team to help resolve this issue," Bottoms said. "We have been working diligently all day long to try to come to some type of resolution."
Ransomware attacks computers and hold them ransom for a specific amount of money for a decryption key, usually paid in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency to allow for anonymous transactions.
Alaska lawmakers declare 'linguistic emergency' to save state's native languages

Alaska lawmakers declare 'linguistic emergency' to save state's native languages

Alaska's Native American languages are at the verge of going extinct by the end of the century and the state legislature has asked the governor to declare an emergency to save them.
Tribal members, partners, and National Park Service staff carefully carry the Eagle Pole to a Tribal House site in Alaska. On Thursday, Alaska lawmakers voted to declare a "linguistic emergency" to save the state's 20 indigenous languages.
In a 34-4 House vote, lawmakers passed House Concurrent Resolution 19, which asks the governor to put resources into saving Alaska's 20 indigenous languages through education programs.

"The state is in critical danger of losing those languages and, according to the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council, the state may lose the last fluent speakers of all 20 Alaska Native languages by the end of the 21st century if current rates of language loss continue as they have since the 1970s," the bill states. "One Alaska Native language, Eyak, lost its last fluent speaker in 2008."

State Rep. Dan Ortiz, the sponsor of the bill, said the threat of multiple indigenous languages going extinct warranted a "linguistic emergency."

"That's unacceptable, and we should dedicate time and resources to make sure that does not happen," he said in a statement.

The details of how lawmakers plan to preserve the languages remain unclear.
State Rep. Dan Saddler pushed for the bill to "encourage Alaska Native families to use, and practice, and pass on that Alaska Native language on to their children," according to KYUK-TV.
But State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins said that angle might not be unnecessary, pointing to the recent growth of native Alaskan language programs in public schools.

"That is a profoundly positive thing in that comes with public dollars, so there is a role for us," Kreiss-Tomkins said.

The House bill will now go to the state Senate.
In recent years, Alaskan lawmakers have made efforts to preserve the state's native languages.
In 2014, Alaskan lawmakers voted to make all 20 native languages official state languages.
Nearly 20 percent of Scots living in poverty, gov't shows figure

Nearly 20 percent of Scots living in poverty, gov't shows figure

More than 1 million people in Scotland are living in poverty as austerity measures and income rates have declined, according to government figures.
Scottish government
A statue in George Square is covered in the Scottish flag on September 18, 2014. This week, the Scottish government released figures that show 19 percent of its population is living in poverty.
The totals come out to about 19 percent of the total Scottish population and mark an increase of more than 30,000 people since three years ago.

Poverty levels are defined as a single adult with an income of less than £9,700 ($13,688) a year before housing costs are met and £22,200 ($31,329) a year for a family with two adults and two children.

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance said the Scottish government is "absolutely committed" to reducing the poverty rate, the Scotsman reported.

"These figures show the scale of the challenge we face, which is why we are committed to actions that make life better now as well as driving long term change," Constance said. "This includes initiatives such as our major expansion of free childcare as well as our investment of over £100 million every year to protect people from the worst impact of UK Government welfare cuts."

While overall poverty figures have risen over the past two years, the number of children living in poverty has decreased from 260,000 in 2015 to 230,000 last year.

However, the percentage of children living in poverty slightly increased from 23 percent in 2015 to 24 percent last year.

Child Poverty Action said economic assistance would be necessary to improving those numbers.
"Today's figures show yet another rise in child poverty," the organization tweeted. "Poverty damages children's life chances. Ending the freeze on benefits must be a priority to reduce the restrictions poverty places on families."

About 66 percent of children living in poverty have at least one parent working, but Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, told the Sunday Post that low wages and rising living costs keep poor families below the poverty line.

"It cannot be right that one million people are now living in poverty in Scotland and that ever more people are having their choices restricted, their opportunities limited and their efforts to get by made even more difficult," Kelly said.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Police raid BMW offices in emissions cheating investigation

Police raid BMW offices in emissions cheating investigation

The Munich headquarters of German automaker BMW was raided by authorities in an investigation into a potential diesel emissions cheating scandal.
The Munich, Germany, headquarters of automaker BMW was raided by German police and prosecutors on Tuesday, who sought information on possible diesel emissions cheating.
The iconic headquarters and a BMW engine plant in Austria were visited by prosecutors and police, the Munich prosecutor's office said.

"There is the initial suspicion that BMW AG [has] used a test stand-related defeat device," prosecutors said in a statement.

A "defeat device" is software that allows a vehicle to operate at legal emissions levels during testing. The vehicle's true emissions, though, in real-world conditions are significantly higher.

Volkswagen and Daimler paid billions of dollars in fines and costs to replace cars worldwide after similar scandals. Those cases prompted investigations of other German automakers and depressed the market for diesel-powered cars.

Motor vehicles are Germany's largest export, and new revelations about potential emissions issues at BMW could injure the national economy.

At issue are two diesel-powered models -- the BMW 750xd and M550xd, neither of which are sold in the United States.

BMW said Tuesday it will recall 11,400 vehicles, and noted the software that prompted the raids was inadvertently installed. The company had not intentionally tried to deceive regulators, it said.

"In the course of internal testing, the BMW Group realized that a correctly developed software module had been allocated in error to models for which it was not suited," the automaker said in a statement.
At least 29 people killed in Kabul suicide bombing

At least 29 people killed in Kabul suicide bombing

At least 29 people were killed in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, Ministry of Public Health officials said.
A suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul killed at least 29 people and injured about 52 more as people gathered to celebrate the Persian new year on Wednesday.
The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack that took place around noon and injured about 52 people.

The attacker detonated the bomb near Kabul University and Ali Abad hospital where many people had gathered to make their way to the capital's Sakhi shrine for the Nowruz holiday, a celebration of the Persian new year.

National security analyst Habib Wardak told Al Jazeera the timing of the attack was "no coincidence."

"It's a national holiday for us. A lot of people are gathering across various points in the city, and this is certainly one of them where people celebrate the new year," he said.

The attack comes after a three people were killed by a suicide car bomber in the Afghanistan capital on Saturday. The attack, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for, was intended for a foreign contractor but all the killed and wounded were civilians.

At least 200 people in Kabul have been killed since the beginning of the year in a series of attacks by jihadist groups.
Peruvian President Kuczynski resigns amid corruption probe

Peruvian President Kuczynski resigns amid corruption probe

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation Wednesday amid an investigation into his connection to the Odebrecht corruption scandal.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski stepped down Wednesday after months of calls for his resignation
Lawmakers have called on the president to step down for months after documents revealed Brazil-based Odebrecht paid $780,000 from 2004-07 to a consulting business set up by Kuczynski.

Last week, Kuczynski said he received a $700,000 payment from an Odebrect affiliate for contacts during a closed-door congressional hearing. The payment came between his time as prime minister and economy minister, and president, something critics said was a conflict of interest.

Even his prior supporters pushed him to resign in recent days amid allegations he attempted to reward members of Congress for their vote against his impeachment.

The 79-year-old is one of the highest-ranking politicians in Latin America to face downfall over the Odebrecht scandal. In a plea deal with the United States Justice Department last year, the construction firm acknowledged it paid nearly $800 million in bribes to secure infrastructure contracts, including $29 million to Peru during 2005 to 2014.

The company was fined $2.6 billion over its role in the scandal.
Impeachment proceedings against Kuczynski were scheduled to begin Thursday.
Tear gas released during Kosovo Parliament vote

Tear gas released during Kosovo Parliament vote

Opposition lawmakers released tear gas in Kosovo's Parliament on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent a vote on a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro.
Members of Kosovo's Self-Determination Movement Party set off three tear gas canisters in an attempt to prevent a Parliament vote on a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro. The 120-seat Parliament eventually approved the deal by a vote of 80-11.
The Self-Determination Movement Party set off three tear gas canisters in the assembly building, forcing all of the lawmakers to exit the room as the vote was prepared to start.

The Movement Party said the agreement would cause Kosovo to lose 30 square miles of its territory to Montenegro.

Despite the tear gas attack, the 120-seat legislature voted 80-11 to endorse the deal.
The deal was set as a precondition by the European Union for Kosovo's citizens to freely travel within its visa-free travel zone known as Schengen.

Levizja Vetvendosje of the Movement Party set off the canisters, deputy chief of staff to Speaker Kadri Veseli Avni Bytyci said, according to CNN.

Bytyci said the party had used the tactic to prevent voting in previous Parliament meetings.
"The Border Demarcation Agreement will be approved by the parliament today, in spite of the attempts of a small opposition party to prevent the vote with violent means," Veseli said. "We will not give up to violence and populism. This approval will serve to reinforce the sovereignty of our country and will unblock our path towards European Integration."

U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Greg Delawie condemned the release of the tear gas and encouraged lawmakers to carry on with voting.

"Violence as a political tool has no place in Kosovo," he wrote on Twitter. "I urge MPs to reconvene and finish the vote today."

Nataliya Apostolova, the European Union's ambassador, also called on the lawmakers to continue with the vote.

"Appalled by tear gas release in Kosovo Assembly! Shocked that members of a parliament in Europe are resorting to dangerous tactics pulling Kosovo backwards," Apstolova said.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and is one of six Western Balkans nations vying for membership in the European Union.
Palestinian teen sentenced to 8 months for slapping Israeli soldiers

Palestinian teen sentenced to 8 months for slapping Israeli soldiers

An Israeli military court sentenced a 17-year-old Palestinian girl to eight month in prison Wednesday for slapping two Israeli soldiers.
Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi is brought into the courtroom inside the Ofer Military Prison in Betunia in the West Bank on January 1. On Wednesday, she was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping two Israeli soldiers.
Ahed Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the incident in December, is expected to plead guilty to assault, incitement and two counts of obstructing soldiers.

Tamimi will be credited with four months of time served in the pea deal and receive a fine of $1,441.

"There is no justice under occupation," Tamimi told reporters after the sentence was announced.
Tamimi slapped the soldiers when they came to her family's home shortly after Israeli forces shot her 15-year-old cousin in the head at close range for allegedly throwing rocks.

The incident was caught on video and received international attention, with some applauding the teenager as a brave symbol of Palestinian resistance against the occupying Israeli military and others criticizing her as an anti-Semitic terrorist.

"The continued imprisonment of Palestinian child activist Ahed Tamimi is a flagrant attempt to intimidate those who dare challenge the circumstances of the ongoing occupation," Amnesty International said.

"She is not a little girl, she is a terrorist," Israeli culture minister Miri Regev said, according to The Guardian. "It's about time they understood that people like her have to be in jail and not be allowed to incite racism and subversion against the state of Israel."

Tamimi's mother, Nariman, who filmed the confrontation, was sentenced to eight months for assisting in the assault. Her father, Bassem, praised both of them in an essay published in the Middle East Monitor.

"The incarceration of the two most important women in my life, my wife Nariman and daughter Ahed, is not an extraordinary or exceptional case. On the contrary, Palestinians have continued to endure such atrocious behavior from Israel as an occupying power since the Nakba of 1948," Bassem wrote, referring to the 1948 Palestinian War. "Perhaps my family represents a model of Palestinians in general, and women specifically, who suffer from inhumane practices on a daily basis."
Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves, says United Nation

Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves, says United Nation

Seven years after the U.S. and NATO-led effort to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, armed groups are committing human rights abuses and people are being sold in slave markets, according to United Nations officials.
Lydia's fighters
Fighters loyal to Libya's parliament General National Congress prepare to launch attacks as they continue to fight Islamic State on the outskirts city of Sirte, Libya, on March 16, 2015. According to U.N. officials Wednesday, armed groups are committing human rights abuses across the country with impunity.
Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said the situation in Libya has not improved since Gaddafi was toppled and killed in 2011. Armed groups with no connection to the government have proliferated throughout the country and are detaining people arbitrarily and subjecting them to torture and murder.

"Extrajudicial and unlawful killings are rampant," Gilmour said. "In what has become an increasing pattern in and around Benghazi over the last two years, more bodies with signs of torture and hands bound were found in the streets."

Gilmour also said there are "absolutely intolerable" reports of captured migrants being bought and sold in open slave markets.

Reports of slave markets have persisted since at least April 2017, when the U.N. published reports of West African migrants being captured and sold in Libya.

Gilmour called on the U.N. member states for a broader engagement on human rights issues in Libya, including working with security forces there.

Libyan authorities denied that the situation was as dire as Gilmour described but acknowledged it had little resources to combat organized crime and terrorism.
Helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef kills 2 American tourists

Helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef kills 2 American tourists

Two American tourists died Wednesday when a sightseeing helicopter crashed off northeastern Australia, officials said.
An Airbus H120 helicopter, similar to the one above, crashed off the coast of northeast Australia Wednesday during a tour over the Great Barrier Reef, authorities said. Two U.S. tourists died and two survived. 
The Airbus H120, operated by Whitsunday Air Services, crashed near a coral-viewing site as it was heading to a sightseeing pontoon along the Great Barrier Reef.

A 65-year-old woman and a 79-year-old man were killed in the crash. Both were residents of Hawaii. The pilot and two other tourists from Colorado, a 33-year-old woman and 34-year-old man, survived the crash with minor injuries.

The pilot, 35, had pulled one of the dead from the wreckage and a witness performed CPR.

Australian police are investigating the cause. Whitsunday Air Services said it would suspend services until the review is complete.

The company said it is "devastated by this accident and our thoughts and condolences are with the passengers and their families."

"At this early stage, we are unaware of the how the accident occurred, however we are providing the authorities with all of the relevant information to assist with answering their inquiries," the company said in a statement.

"We are working to assist those affected by the accident where possible through the extensive support networks of Hamilton Island where the passengers were staying."
North Korea to hold Supreme People's Assembly ahead of summits

North Korea to hold Supreme People's Assembly ahead of summits

North Korea plans to hold a meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly in April but it is unlikely the event will be held to make significant changes to the state's commitment to nuclear weapons development.
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un
North Korea's Kim Jong Un has approved a meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly ahead of landmark summits with the United States and South Korea. 
The meeting would mark the sixth gathering of the 13th session of the Supreme People's Assembly since the founding of the country. News of the meeting is raising speculations in the South regarding announcements from Kim Jong Un, South Korean news agency News 1 reported Thursday.

Pyongyang's state-controlled news agency KCNA said the "standing committee" of the Supreme People's Assembly arrived at the decision on March 15, and the meeting is scheduled to be held April 11 in Pyongyang.

North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly is the highest constitutional authority in the country. It has the power to set the nation's budget and determine policies regarding state personnel.
South Korea's unification ministry is playing down the possibility North Korea will use the assembly to make a major declaration regarding its weapons program.

"The Supreme People's Assembly is an annual event," a ministry official told reporters Thursday. "It is expected this year they will also discuss the settlement of accounts, the year's budget, organization and personnel issues."

South Korean analyst Cheong Seong-chang of the Sejong Institute said it is likely Kim will replace veteran politicians with people he can trust, such as family members who will strengthen his system of rule.

Analyst Kim Yong-hyun of Dongguk University said the timing of the meeting is relevant, and that "one cannot rule out the possibility Kim will announce his position on the upcoming summits" with South Korea and the United States.

Yonhap reported Thursday North Korea has been signaling a commitment to diplomacy with the establishment of a "foreign relations committee" under the Supreme People's Assembly.

The regime could also address the issue of economic reform during the assembly, according to the South Korean press report.
Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook botches with client information, pledges checks

Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook botches with client information, pledges checks

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the Alumni Exercises following the 366th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 25, 2017. 
The world’s largest social media network is facing growing government scrutiny in Europe and the United States about a whistleblower’s allegations that London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user information to build profiles on American voters that were later used to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016.

“This was a major breach of trust. I’m really sorry this happened. We have a basic responsibility to protect people’s data,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with CNN, breaking a public silence since the scandal erupted at the weekend.
Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook the company "made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it."
He said the social network planned to conduct an investigation of thousands of apps that have used Facebook’s platform, restrict developer access to data, and give members a tool that lets them to disable access to their Facebook data more easily.
His plans did not represent a big reduction of advertisers’ ability to use Facebook data, which is the company’s lifeblood.
Zuckerberg said he was open to additional government regulation and happy to testify before the U.S. Congress if he was the right person.
“I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated,” he told CNN. “I actually think the question is more what is the right regulation rather than yes or no, should it be regulated? ... People should know who is buying the ads that they see on Facebook.”
Zuckerberg said Facebook was committed to stopping interference in the U.S. midterm election in November and elections in India and Brazil.

INVESTOR FEARS

Facebook shares pared gains on Wednesday after Zuckerberg’s post, closing up 0.7 percent. The company has lost more than $45 billion of its stock market value over the past three days on investor fears that any failure by big tech firms to protect personal data could deter advertisers and users and invite tougher regulation.
Zuckerberg told the New York Times in an interview published on Wednesday he had not seen a “meaningful number of people” deleting their accounts over the scandal.
Facebook representatives, including Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman, met U.S. congressional staff for nearly two hours on Wednesday and planned to continue meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Facebook was unable to answer many questions, two aides who attended the briefing said.
Zuckerberg told the website Recode that fixes to protect users' data would cost "many millions of dollars."
The whistleblower who launched the scandal, Christopher Wylie, formerly of Cambridge Analytica, said on Twitter he had accepted invitations to testify before U.S. and UK lawmakers.

The German government said Facebook must explain whether the personal data of the country’s 30 million users were protected from unlawful use by third parties, according to a report in the Funke group of German regional newspapers
However, the academic who provided the data disputed that on Wednesday.
“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic, and they’ve made claims that this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that,” psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, an academic at Cambridge University, told the BBC in an interview.
Kogan, who gathered the data by running a survey app on Facebook, also said he was being made a scapegoat by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Both companies have blamed Kogan for alleged data misuse.
Only 300,000 Facebook users responded to Kogan’s quiz, but that gave the researcher access to those people’s Facebook friends as well, who had not agreed to share information, producing details on 50 million users.
Facebook has said it subsequently made changes that prevent people from sharing data about friends and maintains that no breach occurred because the original users gave permission. Critics say that it essentially was a breach because data of unsuspecting friends was taken.
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Analysts have raised concerns that the incident will reduce user engagement with Facebook, potentially lessening its clout with advertisers. Three Wall Street brokerages cut their price targets.
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“Investors now have to consider whether or not the company will conclude that it has grown in a manner that has proven to be untenable,” said Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser.
The company has risen more than 550 percent in value in the past five years.
Trump, Saudi pioneer talk about Houthi 'risk' in Yemen: White House

Trump, Saudi pioneer talk about Houthi 'risk' in Yemen: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.
Donald Trump, Opec
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018.
"On Yemen, the President and the Crown Prince discussed the threat the Houthis pose to the region, assisted by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps," it said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The leaders discussed additional steps to address the humanitarian situation and agreed that a political resolution to the conflict is ultimately necessary to meet the needs of the Yemeni people," the statement said.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened in neighboring Yemen in 2015 against Iran-aligned Houthis, who had ousted the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The civil war has killed an estimated 10,000 people.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate killed a resolution seeking to end Washington's support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen.
Some of the lawmakers backing the resolution called the conflict a "humanitarian catastrophe," which they blamed on the Saudis.
Last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appealed to lawmakers not to adopt the measure and defended U.S. military support to Saudi Arabia.

Mattis said the U.S. assistance, which includes limited intelligence support and refueling of coalition jets, was ultimately aimed at bringing Yemen's war toward a negotiated resolution.
He warned that a withdrawal could increase civilian casualties and would embolden the Houthi rebels, who have fired missiles at Saudi Arabia and targeted ships off Yemen’s coast.
On Wednesday evening, a small group of protesters opposed to the Saudi military campaign in Yemen demonstrated at an event in Washington for the Misk Art Institute, an organization established by Prince Mohammed's foundation.
"Stop killing innocent children," one of the protesters shouted as she was removed by security guards at the event at the Kennedy Center. It was not clear whether Prince Mohammed attended the event.

Protests over Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen also took place during Prince Mohammed’s visit to London earlier this month.
Prince Mohammed met on Wednesday with executives of Boeing Co, Raytheon Co, Lockheed Martin Corp and General Dynamics Corp, the Saudi Embassy in Washington said in a statement.
"Discussion focused on the shared interests of both nations for developing technology and growing trade and business ties," the statement said.
At the White House meeting on Tuesday, Trump credited U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia with boosting American jobs.
I would have 'beat the hell' out of Trump in high school for disrespecting women, says Biden

I would have 'beat the hell' out of Trump in high school for disrespecting women, says Biden

Former Vice President Joe Biden took fresh jabs at President Donald Trump on Tuesday while speaking at an anti-sexual assault rally, telling students at the University of Miami that he probably would have "beat the hell out" of Trump if they'd attended school together.

"A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, 'I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'" Biden said. "They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said 'no.' I said, 'If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'"

"I've been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life," Biden continued. "I'm a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room."
PHOTO: Conor Lamb, center, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, and former Vice President Joe Biden pose for a selfie with a supporter during a rally in Collier, Pa., March 6, 2018. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Biden made the comments Tuesday afternoon at the university's "It's on Us" rally, an event aiming to change on-campus culture surrounding sexual assault.

The 47th vice president also commended the country on progress it's made in battling sexual assault, mentioning the success of the #MeToo movement, but he also said there was still a lot of work to be done.

"Sexual assault is about power and the abuse of power more than it is about sex," he said, before going on to tell women in the audience that they should arm themselves with more resources.
Biden
"It's not just on the men. It's on you women, as well, on campus," Biden said. "All the studies show that 95 percent of young women who are abused -- the first person they tell is their roommate, their friend, someone on campus. You've got to inform yourself as to what facilities are available, what help is available, not just empathize, hug and say, 'I'm so sorry.' You have an obligation to be informed."

Biden, who also headlined a political fundraiser with Latino leaders during his time in South Florida on Tuesday, ended the speech by encouraging students to participate in the Sexual Assault Awareness Month next month and the Day of Action April 3.

The University of Miami thanked Biden in a statement on Twitter, sharing candid images from his appearance, including some where he's taking selfies with students.

"Today's @itsonus rally reminded us that we are responsible for creating an environment where sexual assault and gender-based violence is unacceptable," the university said in a tweet. "Thank you @joebiden for bringing us your legacy of ending violence against women and empowering our students to take action."
Former CIA chief says Russia could 'have something' on Trump

Former CIA chief says Russia could 'have something' on Trump

Former CIA Director John Brennan says President Trump’s decision to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his reelection shows that Trump is “afraid of the president of Russia” — and that Moscow may have compromising information about the U.S. leader.
“They may have something on him personally,” Brennan said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday. “The fact that he has had this fawning attitude toward Mr. Putin, has not said anything negative about him, I think continues to say to me that he does have something to fear and something very serious to fear.”

Trump delivered the congratulatory message to Putin in a phone call on Tuesday. According to the Washington Post, he did not heed the warnings of his own national security advisers, including a sternly worded admonition in his briefing materials that read “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.” Trump did not bring up the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. U.K. officials said it was “overwhelmingly likely” Putin ordered the attack, using a toxin only the Russian government is believed to possess. The British government expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the country in response.
“Vladimir Putin was the person who authorized interference on our election,“ Brennan said. “Vladimir Putin almost certainly was involved in directing the poisoning of an individual on British soil, and to congratulate him and treat him so nicely while he treats Americans with such disdain, I think it just demonstrates that he looks at the world through a prism of what is going to help and protect Donald Trump. That is not what presidents are supposed to do.”
John Brennan, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin
John Brennan, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. (Yahoo News photo illustration
The congratulatory call drew condemnation from several lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain.
“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” the Arizona Republican tweeted. “And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election.”

But Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shrugged off the call.
“I wouldn’t read much into it,” Corker told reporters.
Trump’s reluctance to say anything negative about Putin has been noted many times. And Brennan, who served as the head of the U.S. spy agency from 2013 to 2017 under President Barack Obama, has suddenly become one of Trump’s most vocal critics.
Last month, after Trump declared he has “been much tougher on Russia than Obama,” Brennan blasted the president.
Last week, after Trump declared that the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was “a great day for Democracy,” Brennan excoriated the commander in chief.
“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history,” Brennan tweeted. “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”

Brennan — who served in various high-profile intelligence positions under Presidents Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — dismissed the idea that his criticism of Trump is politically motivated.
“I’m not a Republican or a Democrat,” he said. “This is about the future of our country, our national security, our future prosperity, and Mr. Trump I think is failing on so many fronts.”
He added: “I’ve decided to put my silence aside and speak up and speak out because I do think our future is in jeopardy.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Trump defended his congratulatory call to Putin in a pair of tweets.