The best image ever acquired of the largest asteroid in the Solar System is now in the hands of science.

The best image ever acquired of the largest asteroid in the Solar System is now in the hands of science.

The best image ever acquired of the largest asteroid in the Solar System is now in the hands of science.

The 950km-wide object, known as Ceres, has been pictured at a resolution that exceeds anything seen previously by telescopes, even Hubble.

Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft can see details on the icy rock’s surface down to a scale of 22km per pixel.

And that view will only get better as the probe heads towards its historic rendezvous with Ceres on 6 March.

The new picture was taken on Monday from a distance of 237,000km.

By 12 February, with the gap narrowed still further, the resolution will be four times better than Hubble; and by 20 February it will be eight times better.

Of particular interest is the “white spot” in the Northern Hemisphere. Hubble could discern this feature, too, but exactly what it is remains to be determined.

It is very probably an impact crater. For the first time, Dawn can see a dark area next to the spot which could be the shadow cast by the crater’s rim.

Models of the asteroid suggest its interior is dominated by a rocky core topped by ice that is then insulated by rocky lag deposits at the surface. Some researchers suspect there may even be an ocean of liquid water at depth.

Such a construction would make Ceres’ surface quite responsive, meaning craters would not hold a defined shape for long before relaxing and losing some of their structure. For the white spot to stand so proud may indicate therefore that its formation was relatively recent.

Ceres is the dominant member of the band of rocky debris that circles the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Its great size means gravity has pulled it into a roughly spherical shape.

As well as being an asteroid, it is classed as a “dwarf planet” and has the honour of being the first such body to be visited by a spacecraft.

The second dwarf to get a visit will be Pluto. It will receive a flyby from Nasa’s New Horizons probe in July.

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ISIS threatens Obama, Japanese and Jordanian hostages in new online messages

A new, grisly beheading video from ISIS includes a direct threat against President Obama and is one of at least three new warnings from the terror organization, including pledges to kill Jordanian and Japanese hostages if a hostage held by Jordan is not freed.

In a new online video discovered by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday, three Islamic State fighters stand behind a kneeling Kurdish fighter as one of the extremists launches into a diatribe against the U.S. and other Western nations.

“Know, oh Obama, that will reach America,” says one of the fighters, clad in black and wearing a balaclava, in a translation from Arabic provided by MEMRI. “Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.”

“Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.”- ISIS fighter in new beheading video

The extremist also issued warnings to European nations.

“And this is my message to France and to its sister, Belgium,” he said. “We advise you that we will come to you with car bombs and explosive charges, and will cut off your heads.”

The video fades to black as one Islamic State fighter brings a knife up to the unidentified Kurdish fighter’s throat.

In a separate online message, Islamic State warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists are holding have less than “24 hours left to live.” They demand that Sajida al-Rishawi, a woman who has been held by Jordan for nine years after she admitted her role in deadly attacks at Amman hotels that killed at least 57 people, be freed in exchange for the men.

Al-Rishawi, who Islamic State calls a “sister of the Caliphate,” was sentenced to death in 2006. But, that same year, Jordan imposed a moratorium on the death penalty.

“Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean [that] they are responsible for the death of their pilot, which then will be followed by mine [i.e. my death],” says a voice believed to be that of Kenji Goto Jogo, one of two Japanese hostages shown in a video released a week ago, along with a demand for $200 million from Japan. “I only have 24 hours left to live, and the pilot has even less. Please don’t leave us to die.”

Jogo is a freelance journalist who was captured in Syria late last year, after reportedly traveling there to try to help Haruna Yukawa, a private soldier who had gone earlier to fight and was captured. Yukawa is believed to have been beheaded after Japan refused to pay the ransom.

Jordanian pilot Mu’adh Safi Yusuf al-Kasasibah was captured in Syria in December and has been held by Islamic State ever since, although the audio message released Tuesday was the first tying his fate to the release of Al-Rishawi.

Jogo’s audio message, which is just under 2 minutes long, was released in a file that includes a still photo of himself holding a picture believed to be of al-Kasasibah, the captured Jordanian pilot.

“I’ve been told [by ISIS] that this is my last message,” the Japanese hostage says, adding that the only obstacle remaining for his release is the Jordanian government and that “time is now running very short!”

Yet another ISIS video was released online on Tuesday, according to MEMRI, bringing to three the total of audio and video messages from the terror group since the weekend.

Tuesday’s video matched a message released over the weekend, though neither bore the logo of the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm. The video released over the weekend appeared to show Jogo holding the body of his murdered countryman.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the new threats, including the one directed at President Obama. In that video, the Islamic State fighters also single out Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdish-controlled portion of Iraq.

“But as for you, oh Masoud, you dog, we are going to behead you and throw you into the trash bin of history,” he shouted during the video, while waving his fist in the air. “Know that we are men who fear no one. We will institute the laws of Allah, may He be exalted and praised.”

He then issued another warning, saying that for every missile launched by Kurdish forces, that they would behead one of their soldiers before slitting the throat of the Kurd fighter as people gathered to watch the incident on a public street.

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Two Japanese hostages, one demand from ISIS: Hand over $200 million, or else.

Two Japanese hostages, one demand from ISIS: Hand over $200 million, or else.

The else being that the pair will meet the same gruesome fate as other captives held by the terrorist group, others who were shown in ISIS videos kneeling in orange jumpsuits in front of masked, black-clad men — just like the Japanese hostages identified as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa — shortly before being beheaded.

In the latest video, a masked man gives the Japanese government a choice to pay $200 million — the same amount of money Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently pledged for those “contending” with ISIS — to free the Japanese men. That deal holds for 72 hours, which would seem to mean sometime Friday, since the video appeared on social media Tuesday.

Another move that theoretically could change things would be if Japan’s government halts its alliance with those fighting ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State. Tokyo hasn’t participated in airstrikes aimed at the Islamist extremist group, though its leaders have supported those who have, as well as the Iraqi government.

“Although you are more than 8,500 kilometers away from the Islamic State, you willingly volunteered to take part in this crusade,” the masked man on the video posted Tuesday says, addressing his comments to Abe.

But Abe, who is visiting the Middle East, didn’t seem about to bargain Tuesday.

He stood by a pledge, made in a speech at the weekend in Cairo, for funding to help build “human capacities, infrastructure and so on” for those affected by ISIS’ armed campaign.

“The pledge aid is very important to the refugees in need and has nothing to do with the Islamic communities or the radical militants,” the Prime Minister said. “… We will contribute to the (region’s) peace and stability, in cooperation with the global community.”

As to the ISIS threat against two of his nation’s citizens, Abe called it “unacceptable.”

“I feel angry about it,” he said. “I strongly urge them to immediately release the hostages without harming them.”

Abe: ‘Terrorists should not be forgiven’

ISIS has asked for ransoms before, and apparently has been paid them. But rarely are such demands made publicly. Even rarer — unprecedented, in fact — is when the militant group puts its captives on video and threatens them, then lets them go.

Instead, ISIS has made a public show out of its threatening and killings of Western hostages, starting with August’s beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.

Others’ killings were similarly recorded and posted online, including American journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British taxi driver Alan Henning and U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.

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While not participating in ground combat, both the United States and Great Britain have taken an active role in the anti-ISIS fight with airstrikes and training, arming and otherwise supporting groups — such as Iraq’s military, Kurdish fighters and moderate Syrian opposition — taking on the militants face-to-face.

That’s not the case for Japan, whose post-World War II constitution allows it to use its military only for self-defense. But Tokyo is a strong ally with Western powers, such as the United States, that have been singled out by ISIS.

In his remarks Tuesday in Jerusalem, Abe — who dealt with another hostage crisis involving Islamic militants in January 2013, when 10 Japanese citizens were caught up in the terrorist seizure of a natural gas facility in Algeria — said he had ordered Japanese officials to do the utmost to try to save the two men.

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At the same time, the Prime Minister added, “Terrorists should not be forgiven, for any reason. I criticize (the taking of hostages) emphatically.”

A lost soul and a journalist

The aim is to safely bring home two men who were in the same war-torn region for very different reasons.

Like Foley and Sotloff, Goto went there to help tell the story of what was happening in Iraq and Syria. In recent months, ISIS militants have managed to take over vast swaths of both countries, ruthlessly going after many in their way who don’t share their extremist interpretation of Islam.

The ISIS video refers to him as “Kenji Goto Jogo,” but on his Twitter handle — and a photograph accredited to him — he’s just called Kenji Goto.

The freelance journalist reported for various Japanese news organizations about the situation in the northern Syrian battleground city of Kobani, which for weeks has been under siege by ISIS, and other areas.

While it’s not known when he was taken captive, Goto’s last Twitter post was on October 23.

The man purportedly shown along with him, Yukawa, is believed to have been captured in Syria in August while traveling with rebel fighters, according to the Japanese news agency Kyodo.

The 42-year-old claimed to have set up a company in Tokyo providing armed security services and posted videos online of his activities in Iraq and Syria.

But a report by the news agency Reuters in August portrayed him as a lost soul, who went to the Middle East searching for a purpose after losing his wife, his business and his home over the previous decade.

Kyodo reported previously that Japanese officials in Jordan had being trying to secure his release, including talking to various groups with possible connections to his captors.

So what happens next?

Abe spoke firmly Tuesday against the terrorists and their $200 million ransom demand.

What he did not do, however, is rule out the Japanese government paying ransom or negotiating with its two citizens’ captors.

Like most countries, Japan has never advertised that it or Japanese companies have paid ransom for hostages. In fact, Japanese government officials have at times denied such a practice, and Japan is a signatory to a 2013 G8 communique that stated, “We unequivocally reject the payment of ransoms to terrorists, and we call on countries and companies around the world to follow our lead to stamp this out.”

One reason for this policy is that ISIS and groups like it can use ransoms to fund their bloody campaigns. Paying ransoms also may give them incentive to take more hostages, thus putting more people at risk. And ransoms might not always work, since ISIS and other hostage takers aren’t usually seen as trustworthy.

Still, ruling out ransoms also rules out one peaceful way to free Goto and Yukawa. It’s possible someone else may intervene to negotiate their release, whether out of goodwill or in exchange for something else. Or troops from a Japanese ally could launch a raid to get to them, like the unsuccessful one this summer to free Foley.

Either way, others could play a role in this story before it’s done — hence Abe’s comment Tuesday that the international community “needs to deal with terrorists without giving in to them.”

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Red Auto Takes Auto Extended Warranty Coverage to an industry leading poll position

Red Auto Takes Auto Extended Warranty Coverage to an industry leading poll position

 

Newport Beach, CA IJR NEWS – HeadlineNews.guru – 1/21/2015

 

Warranty Quote, a division of Red Auto Protection, unveils their latest auto coverage industry exclusive auto protection and also announces that they are now servicing their own policies.

 

Assuring their customers get the best auto coverage and not the best policy for a salesperson is the first priority we have accomplished says Red Auto’s CEO Elijah Norton. “Our customers come first, with this change comes adding our own administrator, which allows us to cater to the type of coverage we can provide.  This gives us control of the claims process which is a characteristic that most other companies can’t match.  I think the best part best part of this is that our contracts have been written so that customers don’t have to have a law degree to understand them.”

 

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Red Auto’s direct enhancements seem to be the correct moves that could very well  propel them to the top of used car extended protection food chain. Over the years this industry has righteously earned  the often referred to “fly by night”  reputation and is highly scrutinized industry.  Much regulation has taken part of this changing profession regarding auto protection and the “extended warranty” industry referred staple services.

 

With only a handful of credible  extended car coverage companies, (BBB A rated companies), Red Auto has took pride in its recognized reputation since  its beginnings several years ago.  On, January 19, 2015 Red Auto took the next leap in announcing the creation of it’s industry only coverage plans  and  direct servicing of claims that puts them in a class of their own.

 

Until this announcement by Red Auto, depending on their coverage level, consumers were limited by every company in the industry in that they could usually only purchase an enhanced powertrain  policy to fulfill the void for their manufacturers   warranty termination time and their additional coverage policy.  Red Auto will now offer   premier and premium coverage in between the expiration of auto manufactures warranty and 100,000 miles.  Additional powertrain coverage will also be available up to 190,000 miles.

 

Warranty Quotes, Public Advisor, Christopher John, told Headline News Guru, “Before investing thousands into a vehicle, and even more for an extended or premium warranty, it’s important to know what parts of the vehicle are covered under the warranty or protection plan. Many consumers believe that a warranty or protection plan covers you bumper-to-bumper, but every policy has limitations.”

 

“Red Auto has literally took the ambiguity out of traditional claims and put the customers first, this kind of service and customer focused strategy adds a new level to extended coverage that is going to make the competition non existent when comparing apples to apples. And if other companies feel they can match this coverage, they will have to earn their customer reputation like we have. Consumer reviews and customers repeat business ultimately control our success, we rely on this. It is probably the best feeling for a customer to talk with the same company when dealing with a claim, rather than having call a third party that really has no interest in them.”

 

Finally John advised customers to check for limitations in their policies,  some warranties have maximums for the amount they will spend on a type of repair.  He also said to, consider extra coverage and check out warranty tier options offering extended service or coverage for air filters, oil changes, tune-ups and similar items.

 

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Senior Journalist

IJR News Assistant Editor in Chief

DEA Taps Privacy

DEA acknowledges massive phone call database

DEA acknowledges massive phone call database

The Drug Enforcement Administration has formally acknowledged that it maintained a sweeping database of phone calls made from the United States to multiple foreign countries. The program has since been discontinued, the Justice Department said Friday.

The revelation was made in a court filing in the case of a man accused of conspiring to export goods and technology illegally to Iran.

A DEA official wrote in a three-page document filed Thursday that the program relied on administrative subpoenas to collect records of calls originating in the U.S. to foreign countries, including Iran, that were “determined to have a demonstrated nexus to international drug trafficking and related criminal activities.”

The statement says the records kept track of the date, time and duration of the phone call between the initiating telephone number and the receiving telephone number.

The database could then be used to query a specific telephone number if law enforcement officials “had a reasonable articulable suspicion that the telephone number was related to an ongoing federal criminal investigation,” according to a declaration by Robert Patterson, a DEA assistant special agent in charge. The statement said the database did not include consumer content or personal identifying information.

Patrick Rodenbush, a Justice Department spokesman, said the program was discontinued in September 2013 and that all information held in the database has been deleted.

In a letter dated in March 2014, Sen. Patrick Leahy, then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged Attorney General Eric Holder to ensure that the DEA program was discontinued and also made public. The program was collecting an “enormous number of records” as part of routine drug investigations, through methods that were intrusive and discriminate, according to the letter made public Friday.

The program is separate from a National Security Agency phone records program exposed in 2013 by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden. Though the DEA database appears to be more limited in scope, Leahy and others said its existence shows the extent to which electronic government surveillance has not been limited to counterterrorism investigations.

“The fact that the DEA has been engaged in similar bulk collection of records from service providers about calls between the United States and many other countries, and has been doing so without judicial review or independent oversight, is of great concern,” Leahy, D-Vt., wrote in the letter.

Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said he wasn’t surprised by the revelations of the DEA database, noting that, “When one agency starts doing something, other agencies are going to look for ways to also do it” if they think it would be helpful to them.

In a statement, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Patrick Toomey said the disclosure “underscores how the government has extended its use of bulk collection far beyond the NSA and the national security context, and into ordinary criminal investigations.

“It also shows yet again how the government has used strained legal theories to justify the surveillance of millions of innocent Americans under laws that were never written for that purpose,” he added.

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Group makes last-ditch effort to save ‘Top Gun’ carrier

(CNN)In the climactic final battle in the 1986 movie “Top Gun,” an officer tells Stinger, the battle commander, that the aircraft carrier’s catapults are broken and it’s unable to launch planes.

Stinger asks how long a fix will take.

“It’ll take 10 minutes,” the officer replies.

“Bull—- 10 minutes! This thing will be over in two minutes! Get on it!” Stinger says.

Fast-forward to 2015, and the fate of the carrier in “Top Gun” is in similar peril.

The USS Ranger, decommissioned by the Navy in 1993, is scheduled to be towed from storage in Bremerton, Washington, to a wrecking yard in Texas in about a month. Coming in with a bid to save it is Top Gun Super Carrier of Long Beach, which hopes to stop the carrier’s final journey in the California port city, with hopes to turn it into a tourist and business destination.

“Right now, we just want a stay of execution,” Michael B. Shanahan, project manager for the Long Beach rescue effort, said in a statement on a Change.org petition to save the carrier. “This is our last chance to stop the loss of an irreplaceable cultural and historic asset.”

That chance appears to be slim.

In December, the Navy paid International Shipbreaking of Brownsville, Texas, a penny to take the 56,000-ton warship off its hands. The shipbreaker makes its profit by selling the parts of the ship for scrap.

Although the Ranger was decommissioned in 1993, the Navy kept it around for possible reactivation until March 2004, when it was stricken from the Naval Register and made available for donation to a group that could preserve it. An attempt by the USS Ranger Foundation to turn the carrier into a museum in Oregon fell short financially, and it could not figure out a way to get the huge ship up the Columbia River to Fairview, Oregon, according to a Navy statement.

When it finalized the contract to scrap the Ranger in December, the Navy said it could not afford to maintain it indefinitely while waiting for a suitable organization to take it over.

Shanahan said the Top Gun group will cover all costs to keep the Ranger from the scrapyard.

“Sparing the ship now presents NO financial risk to the federal government,” he said in a statement.

The group says it has secured $14 million in donations so far and will cover the $200,000 in annual maintenance costs until a permanent berth for the ship is found, according to a story in the Long Beach Post.

But Chris Johnson, a spokesman for Naval Sea Systems Command, which was responsible for disposing of the carrier, told the Navy Times that the Top Gun plan wouldn’t pass muster.

“We cannot take private funding for inherently military purposes, so it’s not accurate when the group says it can raise funds to keep the ship on donation hold,” the Navy Times quoted Johnson as saying.

So unless another plan comes together quickly, the Ranger is likely to follow two of its predecessors in the Forrestal class of carriers — the Forrestal and the Saratoga — to scrapyards in Brownsville.

Another carrier, the USS Constellation, part of the Kitty Hawk class, was towed to Brownsville late last year. Like the Ranger, the Constellation was stored in Washington and because of its size had to be towed all the way around the southern tip of South America, as it would not fit through the Panama Canal. The Ranger’s final journey is expected to take four to five months, the Navy says.

The Ranger spent more than 35 years on active service, including missions off Vietnam and in support of Operation Desert Storm.A

The informant, the plan

FBI says plot to attack U.S. Capitol was ready to go

10 times the U.S. thwarted domestic terror attacks

Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, was arrested Wednesday over an alleged plot to bomb and shoot up the U.S. Capitol building. Here are 10 more high-profile and known instances of failed terrorism attempted on American soil.

Story highlights

  • Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, allegedly aligned himself with ISIS
  • A source says the plan posed no threat to lawmakers; the complaint said it was in its late stages
  • “If I thought he was up to something, I would have beat his butt,” father says

(CNN)For months, 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell had been on the FBI’s radar. Authorities said he left alarming posts on social media, talking about violent jihad.

On Wednesday, agents arrested the Cincinnati man before he could put his alleged plot into action.

Authorities say Cornell, who ostensibly tweeted under the name Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, hatched a simple scheme. It was similar to the Paris attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, but at a key location — the U.S. Capitol, said a criminal complaint filed by an FBI agent.

The plan: Set off pipe bombs to put lawmakers and employees in panicked flight and then gun them down with an assault rifle as they ran across his path and that of an accomplice, Special Agent T.A. Staderman wrote.

Cornell was ready to go, the agent said.

Christopher Lee Cornell's mugshot from the Butler County Jail in Ohio.

Christopher Lee Cornell’s mugshot from the Butler County Jail in Ohio.

He had made preparations with a partner. He had researched bomb-making instructions and by Wednesday, Cornell had bought two M-15 rifles with 600 rounds of ammunition.

But the man Cornell believed was his partner was actually an FBI informant, a man in trouble with the law who worked with the agency to improve his legal standing.

When they found out Cornell had the weapons, authorities made their move before Cornell could make his. A law enforcement official told CNN that there was never any danger to lawmakers.

Pounding on the door

Around lunchtime, more than a dozen agents and local police stood at his parents’ house, where he had lived.

“We heard a pound on the door,” John Cornell, Lee Cornell’s father, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Had he not opened it, they would have battered it in with a ram, he said.

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He had no idea why they were there, and the officers wouldn’t tell him, he said. “They just told us they had a search warrant.”

They took the whole family in for questioning. “Where is my son; what is he being charged with?” John Cornell wanted to know.

“They wouldn’t tell us anything,” he said.

The informant, the plan

In the fall, the informant told the FBI about someone he had been in touch with via Twitter, the criminal complaint said.

At the end of August, Cornell had allegedly written him an instant message saying the two of them should carry out a lone wolf attack as a way of supporting ISIS.

He didn’t think ISIS or al Qaeda would give them an official sign-off, but he felt he didn’t need it.

“… we already got a thumbs-up from the Brothers over there and Anwar al-Awlaki before his martyrdom and many others,” Cornell allegedly wrote.

Al-Awlaki was a U.S.-born radical cleric associated with Yemen’s al Qaeda arm. He was killed in a drone attack in 2011, but his legacy seems to have influence on would-be terrorists around the world.

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Cornell allegedly told the informant that he had been in contact with people overseas, and that he had aligned himself with ISIS. And he grew closer to the informant.

“I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves,” Cornell allegedly messaged him.

Face to face

The two met twice in person in Cincinnati, the complaint said — two days in October and two in November. Cornell researched how to build pipe bombs and saved up money to buy weapons and ammunition, the complaint read.

His father casts doubt on some aspects of the purchase. Cornell was unemployed and worked only seasonally for minimum wage. He was about $500 short of the money needed to make the purchase on his own.

“He had $1,287 saved up. These guns cost over $1,700,” John Cornell said. He thinks someone else had to make up the difference and blames the FBI. He thinks his son was pushed into the plan.

Cornell wanted to make his “move” in December, the complaint said. He and the informant, posing as his partner, were to travel to Washington, scout out the Capitol and then detonate the bombs and open fire.

Cornell’s journey

In middle school and high school, Cornell had been a wrestler, his father said. After graduation, he lived at home and was unemployed, not yet knowing what he wanted to do. “He very seldom left the house,” John Cornell said.

“He’s a big mama’s boy, you know. His best friend is his kitty cat. There’s no way he could have carried out any kind of terrorist plot,” Cornell’s father said. “He didn’t even drive; he didn’t have a car.”

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He had recently converted to Islam, which gave him inner peace, John Cornell said.

And he had apparently stopped cutting his beard. On his mugshot at the Butler County Jail, it’s long and appears untrimmed.

But an ISIS follower?

“Heck no,” John Cornell said. “There’s no way my son was involved with ISIS.”

Later, he told CNN: “I just want everyone to know that my son is not a monster. I’m not just saying that because he’s my son. If I thought he was up to something, I would have beat his butt, and I would have been the first one to turn him in.”

Mom will stay in jail until trial on ISIS-related charges

Cornell graduated from Oak Hills High School in 2012, where he was a “typical student,” the school district said.

His teachers remember him as a quiet, but not too shy, student who participated in class.

“Christopher was not a disruption or a discipline problem in school,” the school district said in a statement. “His teachers were shocked at the news of his involvement in this situation.”

According to the local police chief, Cornell had never been in serious trouble before either.

He protested a ceremony in 2013 to commemorate the September 11, 2001, attacks, holding a sign that read “9/11 was an inside job,” Green Township Police Department Chief Bart West told CNN. But he was not arrested or detained.

Cornell was also a person of interest in a case of vandalism in 2013, the chief said. Again, he was not charged.

A new friend?

Cornell made a friend on the Internet, his father believes, and posted comments in defense of Muslims.

“Chris may have said some things out of anger,” John Cornell said. But he has a hard time believing his son encouraged armed jihad.

Once, after his son stayed out with a friend once for two hours, John Cornell asked him where he’d been.

“He said that he had went to a mosque,” John Cornell said.

Then Chris moved out quietly. “I never seen him leave,” his father said.

His son left him a note in his former bedroom. It said he had decided to move in with a friend, who had also offered him some work.

Since his son’s arrest, he says he and his wife have not heard anything from officials about where Cornell is. They say they love their son more than ever, and that they are heartbroken.

“He may be facing life in prison,” John Cornell said. “Do you know how devastating that is?”

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UFC on FOX 15 Lands Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig and Jim Miller vs. Paul Felder

UFC on FOX 15 on Wednesday landed a couple more bouts, as women’s strawweights Paige VanZant and Felice Herrig will square off on the fight card, as will lightweights Jim Miller and Paul Felder.

The two new bouts were originally reported on UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1. They join the already announced April 18 headliner pitting Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold.

Twenty-year-old VanZant (4-1) may not have been old enough to compete on The Ultimate Fighter, but she immediately became a fan favorite with her spirited TKO stoppage of Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night 54 on Nov. 22 in Austin, Texas.

She’ll now face Herrig (10-5), who capped off her participation on The Ultimate Fighter with an armbar submission of Lisa Ellis on the show’s finale in December.

Miller (24-5, 1 NC) returns to the Octagon for the first time since last summer, when he lost the UFC Fight Night 45 main event to the red-hot Donald Cerrone in Atlantic City, N.J.

He faces no easy task trying to rebound from the loss when he faces Felder, who is undefeated in his ten professional bouts. Felder’s resume includes two UFC victories, over Jason Saggo and Danny Castillo. Miller will be his most experienced opponent to date.
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Apple’s latest invention is an iPhone nightmare waiting to happen

Like any other tech company, Apple patents all sorts of technologies that it may or may not use in upcoming products, and Patently Apple has spotted a new patent application the company submitted that details a wild iPhone design concept that would cause plenty of headaches in the future.

Inconspicuously titled “Multi-function input device,” patent application 20150015475 actually details a new functionality for the iPhone’s iconic home button that a certain set of iPhone users might appreciate.

Specifically, Apple envisions a future Home button the user would be able to raise in a secondary position, in order to use it as a joystick for gaming.

The idea of adding console-like buttons to the iPhone or Android devices isn’t new, with various cases already able to do this in order to offer a better gaming experience, while simultaneously freeing up display real estate.

However, considering the current trend with smartphones, such a home button may lead to a variety of accidents and mishaps. Smartphones, including iPhones, keep getting slimmer and slimmer even though this particular trait may affect their integrity — just see Apple’s recent Bendgate issues with the iPhone 6. An iPhone’s thin profile could also endanger the health of a home button like the one described in this patent application, because the components holding the joystick in place would be so small.

Not to mention that the home button also happens to house a very important iPhone component, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that’s used not only for unlocking the handset, but also to enable Apple Pay payments. Any damage to the home button resulting from intense gaming would significantly hinder the overall iPhone experience.

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On the other hand, Apple has proved time and again it can pull off some amazing tricks, and the company might be able to make a “multi-function input device” that’ll also be very resistant to heavy usage, shocks and impacts.

Whether this particular iPhone tech will be used at any point in the future or not, what’s clear from the patent is that Apple is taking gaming more and more seriously.

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Google Maps was just updated – here are 5 new features you have to check out

Google Maps is one of the most popular mobile apps on the planet. Millions upon millions of people around the world rely on the app to help them discover new places, and of course to guide them to those new places. As a result, each new Google Maps update released by Google instantly impacts millions of people — mostly for the better, but sometimes Google’s changes in Maps cause more aggravation than they’re worth.

On Wednesday evening, Google released new updates for its Google Maps apps on Android and on the iPhone. And thankfully, this is a case where all of the updates bring nifty new features and there are no big design changes that might cause people headaches.

Here are five new features Google added to Google Maps in these latest updates that users should definitely check out:

  1. Filter searches for restaurants by cuisine type — Google Maps users can finally drill down restaurant searches by cuisine, meaning we’re all now one step closer to being able to uninstall Yelp.
  2. See current weather information for cities around the world — a nice new feature for users who are performing searches while getting ready to travel.
  3. Drop a pin for your starting and destination points in directions and navigation — this new feature makes fine-tuning your path while navigating much easier.
  4. Add transit directions to your calendar — now when you add a work meeting or any other event to your schedule, you’ll easily be able to include transit directions right in the calendar entry!
  5. Sharable directions — this is an undocumented change in the Android version of Google Maps, and it lets users quickly and easily share directions with any contact.

Google Maps was just updated – here are 5 new features you have to check out

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