US President Donald Trump stridently defended his much-criticized overtures to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin Wednesday, as White House anxiety over his embrace spilled into full public view. After aides leaked embarrassing details of Trump's shock decision to call Putin and congratulate him on re-election, the US president blamed the media for the furor and insisted Moscow can be a solid partner. "I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory," Trump tweeted.
By Jon Herskovitz PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Police tracked the 23-year-old man suspected of carrying out a deadly three-week bombing campaign in Texas for a day before closing in on him on the side of a highway where he blew himself up early Wednesday, law enforcement and local media said. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday revealed that before his death they had charged Mark Conditt, 23, of Pflugerville, Texas, with unlawful possession and transfer of a destructive device. Police tracked Conditt to a hotel about 20 miles (32 km) north of Austin and were following his vehicle when he pulled to the side of the road and detonated a device, killing himself, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters near the scene.
Trump’s homeland security chief says election security is a priority after president accused of having 'no sense of urgency'
Donald Trump’s homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen has said it is a priority to protect the country’s elections amid accusations the president is showing “no sense of urgency” over the threat. In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, legislators attacked Mr Trump’s response to findings by the US intelligence community that Russia meddled in the US’s 2016 presidential election. During the hearing, which was held to examine Mr Trump’s efforts to improve election security ahead of the midterms in November, Republican Senator Susan Collins expressed concern to DHS Secretary Ms Nielsen about the department’s sluggishness in getting security clearances for election officials who are responsible for securing voting systems.
One of the problems with the lightning-fast progress being made with in-car connectivity and other technological advances is that it also ages models without the latest tech faster than ever. Ford has now come up with a way of addressing that problem to some degree with a device called the FordPass SmartLink.