Court finds Amazon can face liability for defective products sold by third parties on its website
Amazon can be held liable for defective products sold by third-parties on its website, a California state appeals court ruled Thursday in case brought by a San Diego woman injured when a laptop battery that she purchased exploded.The decision by the California Court of Appeal’s Fourth Appellate District in San Diego is one of the few nationwide to reject Amazon’s core defense against third-party product liability — that it’s simply an online marketplace facilitator helping manufacturers reach customers globally, not a retailer or distributor subject to legal product liability law.“Several case...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
7 movies to celebrate Bill Murray's 70th birthday
Bill Murray broke free from his “Saturday Night Live” connection more successfully than anyone else on that long-running comedy show.You could argue on behalf of Tina Fey, whose producing and Broadway credits (“Mean Girls”) have made her an entertainment juggernaut, or Eddie Murphy, the biggest movie star of the ’80s and still a force. But both still work in modes that spring from their sketch-comedy origins. That’s not the case with Murray, who broke through in movie smashes such as “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters” and “Caddyshack.” It took Murray a while to break out of that shticky mold, but he st...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In controversial fight for top bank job, Trump nominee lays out his Caribbean commitment
Mauricio Claver-Carone, President Donald Trump’s candidate to control a key multilateral financial institution in the hemisphere, is hoping that his vision and experience — and not his hard-line position on Cuba and Venezuela as a Trump adviser— will be the deciding factor for Caribbean governments still unsure of whether to support his controversial candidacy.Acknowledging that his nomination for president of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., breaks with tradition, Claver-Carone, who currently heads the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere office, says it’s a ...
Commentary: Brent Scowcroft, the model national security adviser
Few people have had a greater impact on U.S. national security affairs over the last 40 years than Brent Scowcroft, who died last week at age 95. Presidents from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama consulted Scowcroft on many critical foreign policy issues, and he served two of them (Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush) as their national security adviser.Scowcroft’s influence ranged across many issues, from arms control and nuclear weapons policy to America’s relations with China and the Soviet Union. He played a pivotal role in helping to wind down the Cold War and managing the run-up to the Gulf...
Commentary: What artificial intelligence is telling us about US-China relations
Recent weeks were eventful in U.S.-China relations, to put it mildly. Spies were allegedly uncovered, consulates were closed after some resistance, TikTok and WeChat are being banned in the United States and China’s fighter jets flew over the Taiwan Strait when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the highest-profile visit by a U.S. official to the island in over four decades. All of this on top of a pandemic and worsening trade ties. While some may debate whether this is the beginning of a new Cold War, it would be misguided to presume that such a war would necessarily remain co...
Tribune News Service
Endangered sea turtle shells disguised as blue plastic seized at MIA en route to Asia
MIAMI — The sight of over 1,400 pieces of sea turtle shells, most about the size of dinner plates, on the floor of a warehouse near Miami International Airport was a sobering reminder that South Florida is a major hub for the illegal wildlife trade.U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the shipment of endangered Hawksbill and Green sea turtle shells at an air cargo warehouse in late November last year — one of the largest seizures of turtle shells ever in the U.S.Five large boxes full of scutes — the sections of a sea turtle shell — had arrived at Miami International Airport that day on a ...
Why you should watch the gorgeous 'In the Mood for Love'
I remembered the music immediately; it’s been floating in my head for 20 years. At the center of Wong Kar-wai’s hypnotically beautiful film “In the Mood for Love” is an unforgettable waltz. Its tempo is slow, as if dripping with dark syrup; its melody, played by solo violin, is all plangent longing and eloquent wandering — it wraps itself around the listener, enveloping you in sadness for something you didn’t know you’d lost. It recurs throughout the movie, a stately dance with memory.When “In the Mood for Love” first came out, after much acclaim at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, I remember se...
The Seattle Times
Twins bullpen can't hold lead as eighth-inning homer lifts Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE – With the dangerous part of the Brewers lineup due up in the eighth inning, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli went with his closer Taylor Rogers. Putting your best reliever in the most dangerous part of the game is a strategy employed more frequently in the game.But Rogers was not at his best, giving up a two-run home run to Jedd Gyorko as the Twins fell 6-4 to the Brewers.Rogers threw 21 pitches on Monday before while earning the save against Milwaukee. Last season, Rogers had a 7.20 ERA when pitching on no days’ rest, with five of the eight home runs hit off him coming in that situatio...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Delta tests temperature screening at LAX with pilot project
Delta Air Lines is testing a system for screening passengers’ temperatures at Los Angeles International Airport, an extension of a pilot project the airport is doing at its international terminal.Atlanta-based Delta said the pilot project using thermal imaging cameras started Tuesday at LAX for passengers flying out of Terminal 2 and is set to run for three weeks. The airline said it has no plans to deploy temperature screening in Atlanta or additional airports.Delta said its passengers who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be allowed to board. The Centers for D...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: US must unite to fight foreign attacks on the 2020 election
Russia, China and Iran are targeting the 2020 election, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. To protect our democracy, America — from the White House to Congress to the tech sector to everyday citizens — should unite as it would against any external attack.First, however, a successful defense requires an honest acknowledgment of the motivation and methods of the aggressors. Partisanship should not blur the distinctions in a recent statement from William R. Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.Yes, Russia prefers President Donald Trump while China prefer...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)