Sinaloa cartel marches on after El Chapo arrest, conviction

“It’s still a major, major force in the Mexican criminal underworld,” Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope said. The cartel still controls a worldwide web of contacts that can move Colombian cocaine to Cameroon and Mexican meth cooks to Malaysia. It also controls seaports to get drugs and precursor chemicals shipped in from around the globe; employs labs and chemists to process them; bribes corrupt cops to ensure the drugs can be moved to the border; has engineered multimillion-dollar tunnels to smuggle tons of marijuana and cocaine under the frontier; and pays “mules” to ferry shipments in cars and trucks. That doesn’t even count the armies of hitmen and enforcers who moonlight in extortion and kidnapping, plus the money launderers, front …

Howard Schultz: Americans need more opportunities

(CNN)It is difficult to find Americans who believe the government is working for them. Luckily, I inherited my mother’s optimism that I could make a better life for myself. I also grew up at a time when access to education and a first job helped me earn success. After I became the first in my family to go to college, I got a job in sales, where I learned what it means to be accountable. Since then, and throughout my career, I have worked with teams of talented people to address many of our country’s challenges by making opportunities like access to health care, jobs, and education available to more people. Over its history, Starbucks has employed some 3 million …

Scientists Are Sharing Their Brilliant, Nerdy, And Adorable Valentine’s Poems On Twitter

If you thought scientists couldn’t be romantic, then you would be wrong. However, if you didn’t think they would also take the opportunity to turn what some consider to be a commercialized “holiday” into a way to celebrate science in a brilliant, nerdy way through a variety of posts that are in turn sweet, poignant, funny, and clever, you would also be wrong.   Scientists have been sharing their versions of the old “Roses are red, Violets are blue…” poem, the origin of which dates back over 400 years, in a rather more modern format, posting on Twitter under the hashtag #ScienceValentines. From surprisingly sweet and yet scientifically informative, to rather scathing of some of the unsavory attitudes floating around today …

Classic American typewriters survive the computer age as nostalgia keeps them alive and clickin

“It’s been happening for the last couple of years,” Schweitzer told Fox News in a phone interview. HERE’S HOW TO BLOCK ROBOCALLS ON IPHONE AND ANDROID “The younger people are rediscovering typewriters because there are too many distractions [with today’s technology]. You can concentrate more,” Schweitzer added. Schweitzer, who is 80 years old, still works six days a week and personally delivered two IBM typewriters to customers on Friday morning. In fact, business is booming so much that Gramercy Typewriter just opened a new store in New York City, according to Schweitzer. He cited Underwood, Royal, Remington, and IBM as popular brands of typewriters that were manufactured in the U.S. Martin Quezada, who runs International Office Machines in Los Angeles, was told twenty years ago …

Negotiators say they reached an agreement in principle to avert shutdown

(CNN)Congressional negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of this week. About 25% of funding for the federal government runs out at the end of the week and a group of bipartisan lawmakers have been meeting for weeks to negotiate over border security as part of the budget for the Department of Homeland Security. In a sign that made it look like a shutdown was increasingly likely, talks broke down over the weekend, but four members of that group — the top Democrat and Republican from both the House and Senate Appropriations committees — kept meeting Monday to try and broker a deal. Asked what was different today than …

Michelle Obama shared how her mom keeps her humble, and people are loving it.

This text exchange between the former First Lady and her mom is the best thing you’ll see today. People adore Michelle Obama because she is smart and dignified, yet incredibly down to earth. She’s the kind of person you want to sit and chat with over coffee for hours (before begging her to take you home and adopt you, perhaps). It’s social media posts like this one that make people adore her realness—a quality she clearly gets from her mama. In an Instagram post captioned “When your mom doesn’t think you’re a ‘real’ celebrity…,” Obama shared a text exchange with her mom after her surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards. Instagram/Michelle Obama “I guess you were a hit at the …

Self-Centered Person Rants About Minimum Wage Increase, Gets Shut Down Immediately

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Elderly couple rescued from submerged car

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“We just jumped in without thinking” Two men have described the “struggle” of rescuing an elderly couple after their car was swept away and submerged in a river. Jonathan Law and Darren Priddle jumped into the Glasfryn Ford in St Clears, Carmarthenshire, after seeing the car wash about 100m (328ft) downstream. The car became wedged on another vehicle which had previously been swept away, which aided the rescue attempt. The couple have been taken to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen to be treated. He then returned to Mr Priddle’s dog training centre and both men came back with a hammer and dog training line to perform the rescue. “It was crazy how quickly …

6 Books, Movies And Shows That Break Down Why Blackface Isn’t Just Offensive It’s Dangerous

In recent weeks alone, three prominent white male politicians from Virginia ― Gov. Ralph Northam (D), state Sen. Tommy Norment (R) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) ― have been asked to answer for their use of or association with blackface in decades-old photos. And two major fashion houses, Gucci and Prada,  The deluge of controversy is a reminder that blackface isn’t just a historic offense relegated to the pages of yearbooks. It’s a modern reality with deeply misunderstood roots. Northam, whose 1984 medical school yearbook page shows  But that’s the thing about blackface in 2019: Conversations about the racist act still revolve around its inherent offensiveness and how mocking portrayals of black people date back to 19th century minstrel performances (we’ve written about that …

Congo’s new president urges thousands of exiles: Come home

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo – Albert Tumba says he was forced to leave Congo in 2010 for neighboring Republic of Congo. As a journalist, he had denounced malpractice in the sports ministry and had to leave with his family out of fear for his safety. “Threatened with death, I had to cross the river and reach Brazzaville, where I enjoy refugee status with my wife and children. Life is hard here but we are safe,” the 65-year-old Tumba said. Now, after a historic election in Congo, he believes his “long ordeal” may come to an end.

World’s Oldest Evidence Of Locomotion Uncovered In Gabon

The ability to move has allowed life to spread to every corner of the planet and it is such a necessity for survival that organisms have come up with many different ways to go about. Researchers thought that locomotion was a fairly recent development, but new evidence suggests that it might have been around 2.1 billion years ago. The claim, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is based on traces found in rocks from Gabon. Using a brand-new X-ray technique that is not destructive, the international team of researchers spotted tubular structures up to 6 millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter and 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in length. These fossils indicate the existence of a group of single cells …

50 Times Delivery Drivers Surprised People So Much They Just Had To Share

#2 I Get An Email Every Time I Get A Package Delivered To My Apartment’s Mailroom. It’s Supposed To Be A Photo Of The Label, But There’s This One Guy… #3 Amazon Guy #4 Due The Truckers Manifestations, Brazilian Gas Stations Are Out Of Gasoline. That’s How The Pizza Guy Came To My Neighbour’s House #5 To The UPS Delivery Driver In Covington Washington That Got My Son His Own UPS Truck For Christmas Thank You So Much My kiddo has autism and is obsessed with them so this small act meant so much to him. UPS this employee is amazing #7 My Husband Is A FedEx Driver. He Found A Lost Dog Today And Picked Him Up In His …

Budget cuts threaten Brexit ferry plan

The extra ferries from Ramsgate would relieve pressure on the Port of Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They would also divert traffic away from the M20, which may have to be used as an emergency lorry park if backlogs develop at the border. But the contract with Seaborne to run the service is controversial because it has no ships and has never run a ferry service before. No-deal Brexit ferry contract queried Brexit ferry firm in terms gaffe Ferry firm ‘ready’ for no-deal Brexit And last month it was discovered that the terms and conditions on its website seemed to have been copied from a takeaway restaurant. The mayor of Ostend has also said it would be …

$190 Million Worth Of Cryptocurrency Assets Locked In Digital Limbo Following Death Of CEO

If you have had a tough day at work or are struggling to get through the cold, gray, depressing state of affairs that is February, spare a thought for these cryptocurrency customers. QuadrigaCX, a Canadian-based cryptocurrency exchange company, has had to confess it is unable to repay almost all of the $190 million ($250 million CAD) it owes clients following the sudden death of its 30-year-old CEO and co-founder, Gerald Cotton, in December last year. Cotton, it has been reported, was the sole person in charge of the funds. Now, his widow Jennifer Robertson says the information required to access a large chunk of that digital goldmine is locked in limbo on his password-protected laptop. According to court documents obtained by …