James Comey got so freaked out by the fact he never saw Trump laugh he trawled YouTube looking for clips

Former FBI director James Comey never saw Donald Trump laugh. In his upcoming memoir, Comey says he was so unsettled he even searched YouTube for clips of the US president laughing. “I suspect his apparent inability to [laugh] so is rooted in deep insecurity, his inability to be vulnerable or to risk himself by appreciating the humor of others,” Comey wrote. James Comey has called Donald Trump “unethical” and “morally unfit to be president.” But the former FBI director also has a stranger criticism of the US president: He never seems to laugh. In his upcoming memoir “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” Comey details his interactions with Trump… Read More

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NAACP calls for Utah schools to address rise in racial bullying

SALT LAKE CITY — Incidents of white students targeting black classmates with racial slurs are rising in Utah, according to the local NAACP chapter. “We’ve had a number of incidents where white students are using the N-words, they’re putting it on media, they’re thinking it’s funny, they’re getting in trouble about it,” said Jeanetta Williams, NAACP Salt Lake Branch president, as she and 41 school district superintendents from around the state met to discuss the issue Monday. The superintendents had an “open dialogue” about how such racism impacts their schools and discussed ideas for combatting it. Representatives from the Department of Justice also attended to discuss race relations and provide… Read More

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CEO Reed Hastings thinks Netflix is ‘inoculated against’ a potential regulatory crackdown on tech companies (NFLX, FB)

Regulators are talking seriously about imposing new regulations on Facebook and other big tech companies. But Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks his company will be unaffected by a regulatory crackdown. Unlike other tech giants, the streaming video company doesn’t sell ads, and is much more of a media company, he argued on a conference call following Netflix’s first-quarter earnings report. Hastings sits on Facebook’s board of directors. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Russian government’s alleged attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election, policymakers in the US and abroad are talking seriously about new regulations targeting big tech companies. Netflix is often grouped with Facebook and… Read More

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Entrepreneur Sim seeks NPA nomination for mayor of Vancouver

A fourth hat landed in the ring for the NPA mayoral nomination for Vancouver city hall on Monday morning. Entrepreneur Ken Sim cited affordability concerns in his nomination bid. “I was born and raised in Vancouver and those close to me know that I’ve always been deeply passionate about this city, its residents and the issues that impact us,” he said in a news release. Sim co-founded Nurse Next Door in 2001, a private home-care service for seniors with 175 franchisees, and Rosemary Rocksalt Salt Bagels in 2013. “I grew up here and believe my four boys should have the opportunity to raise their families here also. I believe this… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Halo Automotive CEO turns near miss with disaster into dream for connected cars

Halo Automotive chief technology officer Jim Snowden, left, and CEO Tyler Phillipi. (Halo Automotive Photo) Tyler Phillipi credits a near miss with disaster for inspiring Halo Automotive, a Portland-based startup that helps dealerships maintain relationships with their customers. In 2007, Phillipi was driving his pickup truck on the freeway when he spotted a mattress in the middle of the road. He narrowly avoided crashing into it, and was relieved to see the small car behind him also avoid a collision. “The moment after I experienced this my mind raced,” Phillipi said. “Do I slam on my brakes and remove the debris, even though it meant putting myself in harm’s way?… Read More

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Watch: Bryce Harper crushes a home run after breaking his bat

As the old adage goes, “Not all men are created equal.” And, as it turns out, not all Major League Baseball sluggers are created equal, either. During the top of the first inning in Monday night’s Washington Nationals-New York Mets game, Nationals superstar Bryce Harper took Mets starter Jacob deGrom for a ride adding home run No. 8 to his big-league leading total. Dingers are cool and all, but not exactly that special — particularly when discussing Harper. But this was no ordinary homer, take a closer look at what happened: How strong is @Bharper3407? This was a home run. This bat BREAKS IN HALF. pic.twitter.com/1cUQZrwZJB — Cut4 (@Cut4) April… Read More

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Mariah Carey facing possible sexual harassment suit for alleged constant nudity

Mariah Carey faces a possible breach of contract lawsuit, but paperwork filed in New York by her former manager also alleges sexual harassment by the pop diva and describes her as a “train wreck” with major substance abuse issues. Stella Bulochnikov, who was fired by Carey in November 2017, said in filings intended as the initial step to a lawsuit that Carey sexually harassed her by being constantly nude in her presence, and had performed sexual acts in front of her, according to TMZ. Additionally, Bulochnikov’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, told The Blast that Carey is “addicted to alcohol, prescription pills and marijuana.” He said Carey’s revelation last week that she… Read More

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Kinder Morgan delivering pipe to staging area in New Westminster

Even as Kinder Morgan announced it had suspended all non-essential spending on the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, pipe for the project was delivered to a staging area last week in New Westminster. Kinder Morgan’s suspension announcement a week ago Sunday was part of an ultimatum in which the Houston, Texas-based company said it needs certainty by May 31 that the project can be built or it will walk away. The environmental group Wilderness Committee snapped photos of the pipe delivery last Thursday, just four days after the ultimatum. They show two transport trucks delivering loads of pipe to the staging site next to the Fraser River east of… Read More

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Tesla temporarily stops Model 3 production line

Tesla is temporarily stopping production of its Model 3 electric car, amid a long waiting list and several missed targets. The company, however, says the shutdown is intended to resolve some of the problems that have contributed to the numerous delays in getting the cars to hundreds of thousands of reservation holders. The automaker said Monday it would halt production of the Model 3 sedan for 4-5 days at its Fremont, California assembly plant, BuzzFeed reported. Tesla, however, says this is part of a planned period of downtime that was similar to another shutdown in February, and it isn’t intended to have an affect on the company’s current production targets… Read More

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Salt Lake City delays vote on proposed sales tax hike amid concerns of spending uncertainty

SALT LAKE CITY — Amid concerns from downtown business leaders and a fellow council member about specifically how a proposed sales tax hike’s revenue will be spent and bound in the future, Salt Lake City Council Chairwoman Erin Mendenhall confirmed she’ll be delaying the vote. “I’ve decided to delay it until May 1,” Mendenhall told the Deseret News on Monday, the day before the Salt Lake City Council was previously scheduled to vote. Her decision comes after fellow council member, Councilman Charlie Luke, requested the delay, raising concerns about how the sales tax hike’s roughly $33 million in new annual revenue would be prioritized for streets, police, transit and affordable… Read More

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