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  • Pope: I'll judge Trump after we see what he does

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he'll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming an opinion about him.

    In an interview published Saturday evening by Spanish newspaper El Pais, Francis says he doesn't like "judging people early. We'll see what Trump does."

    Asked about populist-style political leaders emerging in the United States and Europe, Francis warned against seeking a savior in times of crisis.

    He said Adolf Hitler in the 1930s' Germany "was voted for by the people and then he destroyed the people."

    Francis laments that in crises "we look for a savior to give us back identity, and we defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire fences, from other peoples."

    He was interviewed Friday at the Vatican at the same time as Trump's inauguration ceremony.

  • Crossing red lines: What's annoying Asian nations most?

    Crossing red lines: What's annoying Asian nations most?

    How can you get under the skin of an Asian country? Diplomatic body searches, bomber flights, shrine statues and even doormats have set governments on edge.

    Here's a nation-by-nation look at Asia's figurative, and in one case literal, sacred cows:

    ___

    SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea takes offense first, and most regularly, with Japan, largely over disputes stemming from Tokyo's 35-year colonization of the Korean Peninsula in the early 20th century.

    But President Donald Trump has proven surprisingly good at pushing buttons in Seoul in recent months.

    During his campaign, Trump suggested that the United States would let South Korea defend itself from North Korean aggression if Seoul didn't pay more for the stationing of 28,500 American troops in the country. He also described a 2012 bilateral free trade agreement that was portrayed as a major landmark as killing American

    Read More »from Crossing red lines: What's annoying Asian nations most?
  • Hartford Funds Enters ETF Business

    Hartford FundsTed Lucas, Hartford Funds Head of Systematic Strategies & ETFs

    Hartford Funds entered the ETF business in 2016 via its acquisition of Lattice Strategies. Ted Lucas, founder of Lattice Strategies and Head of Systematic Strategies & ETFs at Hartford Funds sat down with Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO of RIA Channel to discuss Hartford’s initial ETF line-up. Starting with five multi-factor ETFs: ROAM, RODM, ROGS, RORE and ROUS, and more expected in 2017, Lucas is optimistic about investor interest in alternative beta or non-capitalization-weighted indices. Lucas launched the ETFs originally, to enhance market or beta return through factor-weighted strategies including momentum, value and quality. The ETFs cover emerging markets, international, real estate, core domestic equity and small capitalization domestic equity. Similar to other non-traditional weighted ETFs, they complement passive and active strategies, and aim to reduce portfolio volatility.

    Read More »from Hartford Funds Enters ETF Business
  • Cyberattack on Sundance briefly shutters box office

    Representatives for the Sundance Film Festival say that their network systems were subject to a cyberattack that caused its box office to shut down Saturday afternoon

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Representatives for the Sundance Film Festival say that their network systems were subject to a cyberattack that caused its box offices to shut down briefly Saturday afternoon.

    The Festival issued updates to attendees via their official account and say that online ticketing for future shows is currently back up and running.

    Even in the midst of the box office blackout, organizers assured festival goers that screenings would still take place as planned Saturday. Films set to premiere later in the day include the Jennifer Aniston, Jack Huston and Alden Ehrenreich film "The Yellow Birds," and Dee Rees' WWII-era drama "Mudbound" with Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan.

    The Sundance Film Festival runs through Jan. 29.

  • Razer Blade Pro: When Your MacBook Pro Is Not Enough

    Can you take an ultra-high end gaming experience with you wherever you go? Razer's latest laptop, the Blade Pro is a beast of a machine, packing in desktop-class specifications into a laptop-sized chassis. Razer's subtle styling pairs up with a no compromise attitude to create what it hopes is one of the best gaming experiences on the planet.

    With the help of Razer's European PR team, I've spent time with the Blade Pro since Christmas to find out.

    Razer Blade Pro (photo:Ewan Spence) Razer Blade Pro (photo:Ewan Spence)

    The Razer Blade Pro does label itself as a laptop, but with a 17-inch screen the real value in the size is in the small footprint on your desk and the portability on offer compared to a PC gaming tower system. Razer's styling of angular black anodised aluminium is clearly on show. It's a no-nonsense design that lends a common look to all the Razer hardware  and offers the company a high level of brand recognition.

    The biggest thrill for me with the Razer Blade Pro is when it comes to the graphics settings

    Read More »from Razer Blade Pro: When Your MacBook Pro Is Not Enough
  • Trump praises the CIA, bristles over inaugural crowd counts

    President Donald Trump spent part of his first full day as president berating the news media for its coverage of his inauguration

    LANGLEY, Va. (AP) -- On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump on Saturday berated the media over its coverage of his inauguration, and turned a bridge-building first visit to CIA headquarters into an airing of grievances about "dishonest" journalists. But it was Trump who spread inaccuracies about the size of the crowds at his swearing in.

    Standing in front of a memorial for fallen CIA agents, Trump assured intelligence officials, "I am so behind you." He made no mention of his repeated criticism of the intelligence agencies following the election, including his public challenges of their high-confidence assessment that Russia meddled in the White House race to help him win.

    "There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and CIA than Donald Trump," he said, blaming any suggestion of a "feud" on the media.

    Trump's decision to travel to CIA headquarters so quickly after taking

    Read More »from Trump praises the CIA, bristles over inaugural crowd counts
  • Gregg Popovich(Frederick Breedon/Getty)
    On Saturday, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich once again sounded off on President Donald Trump, saying "you really can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth."

    This is not the first time that the five-time NBA champion has sounded off on the president. Shortly after the election in November, Popovich said he was "sick to my stomach" after Trump was elected.

    This time, Popovich started by praising the thousands of people who participated in the women's marches across the country (via MySanAntonio.com).

    "The march today was great," said Popovich. "The message is important. It could have been a whole lot of groups marching. Somebody said on TV, 'What’s the message?' The message is obvious. Our president comes in with the lowest rating of anybody whoever came into the office. There’s a majority of people out there, since Hillary won the popular vote, that don’t buy his act."

    However, Popovich quickly turned to Trump and questioned his maturity

    Read More »from Gregg Popovich goes off on Trump: 'You really can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth'
  • Trump's DC hotel a hub of activity and ethics questions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight Friday — "a new inaugural tradition," its social media account promised.

    But while President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington did serve as a hub of inaugural activities, it also stands as ground zero for what top Democrats and some ethics advisers see as his unique web of conflicts of interest.

    Trump's lease with the federal government to develop and operate a hotel inside the historic Old Post Office building expressly prohibits any elected official from benefiting from the property, yet Trump has not divested from his company or this particular project.

    The government's General Services Administration previously said it would refrain from commenting on the apparent contract violation until Trump took office, which he did at noon Friday. The agency did not respond to requests for comment.

    "I think it's a simple matter of amending the

    Read More »from Trump's DC hotel a hub of activity and ethics questions
  • AP PHOTOS: Women's marches flood parks, streets worldwide

    Masses of people flooded parks, streets and city squares around the world Saturday marching in solidarity in a show of empowerment and a stand against President Donald Trump.

    The crowds of women, men and children stood in the rain, snow and sun. Many wore pink "pussyhats" to mock the new president.

    As they moved through streets or gathered in parks, they voiced support for women and immigrants' rights, health care, Black Lives Matter, education and other causes. Many carried signs with messages such as "Love trumps hate" and "Women won't back down."

    Parts of some cities were brought to a halt as marchers packed train stations and snarled traffic. In Washington, turnout was so big that the designated march route alongside the National Mall was impassable.

    Here are some of the images of the day in the U.S. and around the world.

    ___

    Follow AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter: http://apne.ws/15Oo6jo

    Read More »from AP PHOTOS: Women's marches flood parks, streets worldwide
  • "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski admonished President Donald Trump's press secretary over his conduct during his first official press conference on Saturday.

    In several tweets posted on Saturday, Brzezinski asked if Sean Spicer was "kidding" over his criticism of the media for some outlets' coverage of the crowd size at Trump's inauguration and former President Barack Obama's inaugurations in 2009 and 2013.

    "Sean Spicer's first hostage video...that was pathetic. Embarrassing. Bad. Just bad," Brzezinski wrote.

    During Saturday's press conference, Spicer dubiously boasted about the crowd size at Friday's inauguration, and claimed that media outlets intentionally attempted to "minimize the enormous support on the National Mall" by posting photographs of Trump's inauguration compared to Obama's in 2009.

    "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in-person and around the globe," Spicer asserted.

    Though there are no official tallies of the crowd sizes at

    Read More »from 'Pathetic. Embarrassing': Morning Joe host dubs Trump press secretary's first briefing a 'hostage video'

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  • Pope: I'll judge Trump after we see what he does

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he'll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming an opinion about him.

    In an interview published Saturday evening by Spanish newspaper El Pais, Francis says he doesn't like "judging people early. We'll see what Trump does."

    Asked about populist-style political leaders emerging in the United States and Europe, Francis warned against seeking a savior in times of crisis.

    He said Adolf Hitler in the 1930s' Germany "was voted for by the people and then he destroyed the people."

    Francis laments that in crises "we look for a savior to give us back identity, and we defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire fences, from other peoples."

    He was interviewed Friday at the Vatican at the same time as Trump's inauguration ceremony.

  • Crossing red lines: What's annoying Asian nations most?

    Crossing red lines: What's annoying Asian nations most?

    How can you get under the skin of an Asian country? Diplomatic body searches, bomber flights, shrine statues and even doormats have set governments on edge.

    Here's a nation-by-nation look at Asia's figurative, and in one case literal, sacred cows:

    ___

    SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea takes offense first, and most regularly, with Japan, largely over disputes stemming from Tokyo's 35-year colonization of the Korean Peninsula in the early 20th century.

    But President Donald Trump has proven surprisingly good at pushing buttons in Seoul in recent months.

    During his campaign, Trump suggested that the United States would let South Korea defend itself from North Korean aggression if Seoul didn't pay more for the stationing of 28,500 American troops in the country. He also described a 2012 bilateral free trade agreement that was portrayed as a major landmark as killing American

    Read More »from Crossing red lines: What's annoying Asian nations most?
  • Hartford Funds Enters ETF Business

    Hartford FundsTed Lucas, Hartford Funds Head of Systematic Strategies & ETFs

    Hartford Funds entered the ETF business in 2016 via its acquisition of Lattice Strategies. Ted Lucas, founder of Lattice Strategies and Head of Systematic Strategies & ETFs at Hartford Funds sat down with Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO of RIA Channel to discuss Hartford’s initial ETF line-up. Starting with five multi-factor ETFs: ROAM, RODM, ROGS, RORE and ROUS, and more expected in 2017, Lucas is optimistic about investor interest in alternative beta or non-capitalization-weighted indices. Lucas launched the ETFs originally, to enhance market or beta return through factor-weighted strategies including momentum, value and quality. The ETFs cover emerging markets, international, real estate, core domestic equity and small capitalization domestic equity. Similar to other non-traditional weighted ETFs, they complement passive and active strategies, and aim to reduce portfolio volatility.

    Read More »from Hartford Funds Enters ETF Business
  • Cyberattack on Sundance briefly shutters box office

    Representatives for the Sundance Film Festival say that their network systems were subject to a cyberattack that caused its box office to shut down Saturday afternoon

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Representatives for the Sundance Film Festival say that their network systems were subject to a cyberattack that caused its box offices to shut down briefly Saturday afternoon.

    The Festival issued updates to attendees via their official account and say that online ticketing for future shows is currently back up and running.

    Even in the midst of the box office blackout, organizers assured festival goers that screenings would still take place as planned Saturday. Films set to premiere later in the day include the Jennifer Aniston, Jack Huston and Alden Ehrenreich film "The Yellow Birds," and Dee Rees' WWII-era drama "Mudbound" with Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan.

    The Sundance Film Festival runs through Jan. 29.

  • Razer Blade Pro: When Your MacBook Pro Is Not Enough

    Can you take an ultra-high end gaming experience with you wherever you go? Razer's latest laptop, the Blade Pro is a beast of a machine, packing in desktop-class specifications into a laptop-sized chassis. Razer's subtle styling pairs up with a no compromise attitude to create what it hopes is one of the best gaming experiences on the planet.

    With the help of Razer's European PR team, I've spent time with the Blade Pro since Christmas to find out.

    Razer Blade Pro (photo:Ewan Spence) Razer Blade Pro (photo:Ewan Spence)

    The Razer Blade Pro does label itself as a laptop, but with a 17-inch screen the real value in the size is in the small footprint on your desk and the portability on offer compared to a PC gaming tower system. Razer's styling of angular black anodised aluminium is clearly on show. It's a no-nonsense design that lends a common look to all the Razer hardware  and offers the company a high level of brand recognition.

    The biggest thrill for me with the Razer Blade Pro is when it comes to the graphics settings

    Read More »from Razer Blade Pro: When Your MacBook Pro Is Not Enough
  • Trump praises the CIA, bristles over inaugural crowd counts

    President Donald Trump spent part of his first full day as president berating the news media for its coverage of his inauguration

    LANGLEY, Va. (AP) -- On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump on Saturday berated the media over its coverage of his inauguration, and turned a bridge-building first visit to CIA headquarters into an airing of grievances about "dishonest" journalists. But it was Trump who spread inaccuracies about the size of the crowds at his swearing in.

    Standing in front of a memorial for fallen CIA agents, Trump assured intelligence officials, "I am so behind you." He made no mention of his repeated criticism of the intelligence agencies following the election, including his public challenges of their high-confidence assessment that Russia meddled in the White House race to help him win.

    "There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and CIA than Donald Trump," he said, blaming any suggestion of a "feud" on the media.

    Trump's decision to travel to CIA headquarters so quickly after taking

    Read More »from Trump praises the CIA, bristles over inaugural crowd counts
  • Gregg Popovich(Frederick Breedon/Getty)
    On Saturday, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich once again sounded off on President Donald Trump, saying "you really can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth."

    This is not the first time that the five-time NBA champion has sounded off on the president. Shortly after the election in November, Popovich said he was "sick to my stomach" after Trump was elected.

    This time, Popovich started by praising the thousands of people who participated in the women's marches across the country (via MySanAntonio.com).

    "The march today was great," said Popovich. "The message is important. It could have been a whole lot of groups marching. Somebody said on TV, 'What’s the message?' The message is obvious. Our president comes in with the lowest rating of anybody whoever came into the office. There’s a majority of people out there, since Hillary won the popular vote, that don’t buy his act."

    However, Popovich quickly turned to Trump and questioned his maturity

    Read More »from Gregg Popovich goes off on Trump: 'You really can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth'
  • Trump's DC hotel a hub of activity and ethics questions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight Friday — "a new inaugural tradition," its social media account promised.

    But while President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington did serve as a hub of inaugural activities, it also stands as ground zero for what top Democrats and some ethics advisers see as his unique web of conflicts of interest.

    Trump's lease with the federal government to develop and operate a hotel inside the historic Old Post Office building expressly prohibits any elected official from benefiting from the property, yet Trump has not divested from his company or this particular project.

    The government's General Services Administration previously said it would refrain from commenting on the apparent contract violation until Trump took office, which he did at noon Friday. The agency did not respond to requests for comment.

    "I think it's a simple matter of amending the

    Read More »from Trump's DC hotel a hub of activity and ethics questions
  • AP PHOTOS: Women's marches flood parks, streets worldwide

    Masses of people flooded parks, streets and city squares around the world Saturday marching in solidarity in a show of empowerment and a stand against President Donald Trump.

    The crowds of women, men and children stood in the rain, snow and sun. Many wore pink "pussyhats" to mock the new president.

    As they moved through streets or gathered in parks, they voiced support for women and immigrants' rights, health care, Black Lives Matter, education and other causes. Many carried signs with messages such as "Love trumps hate" and "Women won't back down."

    Parts of some cities were brought to a halt as marchers packed train stations and snarled traffic. In Washington, turnout was so big that the designated march route alongside the National Mall was impassable.

    Here are some of the images of the day in the U.S. and around the world.

    ___

    Follow AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter: http://apne.ws/15Oo6jo

    Read More »from AP PHOTOS: Women's marches flood parks, streets worldwide
  • "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski admonished President Donald Trump's press secretary over his conduct during his first official press conference on Saturday.

    In several tweets posted on Saturday, Brzezinski asked if Sean Spicer was "kidding" over his criticism of the media for some outlets' coverage of the crowd size at Trump's inauguration and former President Barack Obama's inaugurations in 2009 and 2013.

    "Sean Spicer's first hostage video...that was pathetic. Embarrassing. Bad. Just bad," Brzezinski wrote.

    During Saturday's press conference, Spicer dubiously boasted about the crowd size at Friday's inauguration, and claimed that media outlets intentionally attempted to "minimize the enormous support on the National Mall" by posting photographs of Trump's inauguration compared to Obama's in 2009.

    "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in-person and around the globe," Spicer asserted.

    Though there are no official tallies of the crowd sizes at

    Read More »from 'Pathetic. Embarrassing': Morning Joe host dubs Trump press secretary's first briefing a 'hostage video'

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