OnePlus 5T costs $499 on Nov. 21: Hands-on impressions here

After a flurry of rumors, OnePlus is back with its latest marquee phone, the OnePlus 5T, which goes on sale beginning Nov. 21, starting at $499 — see the full breakout below, with international pricing. While the last upgrade, from the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, was all about internal improvements (yes, they skipped the OnePlus 4), this transition to the 5T made some very noticeable changes to the phone’s looks. It’s taller, with slim bezels and a screen that takes up almost the whole phone face.  There’s also a shift on the camera strategy. Oh, don’t worry, you’ll still
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That $450 Million Leonardo? It’s No Mona Lisa.

Photo Crowds at Christie’s catching a glimpse of “Salvator Mundi.” Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times You can’t put a price on beauty; you can put a price on a name. When the National Gallery in London exhibited a painting of Christ in 2011 as a heretofore lost work by Leonardo da Vinci, the surprise in art historical circles was exceeded only by the salivating of dealers and auctioneers. The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” is the only Leonardo in private hands, and was brought to market by the family trust of Dmitry E. Rybolovlev, the Russian billionaire entangled in
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Zimbabwe in limbo but Mugabe’s exit is ‘a done deal’

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Why do mass shooters target children, strangers?

CLOSE A mass shooting researcher discusses how a shooter’s history can push people to commit mass killings. USA TODAY Kevin Janson Neal(Photo: Tehama County Sheriff’s Office) REDDING, Calif. — For most, it’s a question that defies reason: Why does someone like the suspect in Tuesday’s Rancho Tehama rampage try to kill everyone in sight, even strangers and children?  Psychologists interviewed by the Record Searchlight Wednesday said the shooter likely is either trying — as will an animal — to recapture dominance or honor through violence; or is subscribing to extremist ideology that justifies the violence, or is so paranoid that the person thinks everyone is conspiring against him. “You are becoming life
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Some AT&T customers unable to make calls

The AT&T outage is affecting cities across the nation. DownDetector AT&T said Wednesday that some US customers are experiencing trouble placing wireless calls but rebooting the device would fix the problem. DownDetector.com, which monitors reports of outages in real time, showed customers complaining about a lack of service across the country including in Houston, New York and San Francisco. AT&T, which also owns DirecTV, said it was aware of the issue and was working to restore services to affected customers. “We are aware of an issue affecting some users’ ability to make certain wireless calls,” AT&T said in a statement.
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Trump pauses Asia speech for water

President Trump on Wednesday stopped his speech recapping his Asia trip to take a sip of water.    Just more than 10 minutes into his speech at the White House, Trump abruptly paused and looked under his lectern for water.    “Thank you. They don’t have water. That’s OK,” he said.   Reporters then pointed to a small table next to the lectern. “To your right, sir,” one reporter said.    He turned to the side, picked up a bottle of Fiji water with both hands and took a sip.      Trump then continued recapping his visits to Japan and South Korea,
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Cordray to Resign From CFPB, Allowing Trump to Remake Watchdog

Richard Cordray will step down as the head of a controversial consumer watchdog at the end of the month amid growing speculation that he will run for governor of Ohio as a Democrat. His decision means President Donald Trump should soon get to install his own director atop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a regulator set up in response to the 2008 financial crisis to police mortgages, credit cards and other financial products. Cordray’s departure gives Republican lawmakers and bankers the chance to push a deregulatory agenda at an agency they say has too much power and has burdened lenders with unnecessary
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California shootings: A dispute with a neighbor may offer some clues to gunman’s motive

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China Will Send Envoy to North Korea, Likely to Urge Nuclear Talks

North Korea’s KCNA news agency on Wednesday confirmed Mr. Song’s trip, a signal that after month’s of rebuffing Chinese attempts to send envoys to Pyongyang, the government of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, had agreed to Mr. Song’s visit. But expectations were muted about whether the visit could move Mr. Kim to negotiate. There was not even a guarantee that Mr. Song would see Mr. Kim in person, said Yang Xiyu, a Chinese diplomat who led the so-called six-party talks with North Korea more than a decade ago. He noted that it was most likely that the North Korean leader
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China sending envoy to North Korea following Trump visit

Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday it is sending a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. Song Tao, the head of China’s ruling Communist Party’s International Liaison Department, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday to report on outcomes of the party’s national congress held last month, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Xinhua said Song would carry out a “visit” in addition to delivering his report, but gave no details about his itinerary or meetings. It also made no mention
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