At fierce town hall, Florida survivors take NRA and politicians to task

Raw emotion and tough questions took center stage at an event that saw Marco Rubio and an NRA spokeswoman grilled over gun control

Faced with a furious crowd of Florida students demanding a renewed ban on assault weapons, Republican senator Marco Rubio offered one concession after another.

He said he supported legislation to raise the legal age to purchase a rifle to 21 from 18. He said he supported a law to create gun violence restraining orders, which would give family members and law enforcement a way to petition a court to take away a dangerous person’s guns. He said he opposed Donald Trump’s proposal to prevent school shootings by arming teachers or putting more armed security in classrooms.

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Kate Middleton’s Third Trimester Has ‘Taken Quite A Toll’ On The Duchess — But She’s Leaning On Prince William & Meghan Markle!

Kate Middleton may be glowing amid her third pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t taken a toll on her.

Thankfully, the Duchess of Cambridge has husband Prince William and future sister-in-law Meghan Markle to lean on during this exhaustive time. Public outings are certainly getting tougher, especially glamorous red carpets like the BAFTA Awards.

Related: Kate Has Taken Meghan Under Her Wing!

Although the soon-to-be mother of three stunned in a dark green Jenny Packham gown, an insider revealed the pregnant royal “felt confident,” but likely struggled a bit. They added:

“But evening engagements get harder the later into pregnancy Kate gets.”

It probably didn’t help that the whole world was talking about how she didn’t wear black (in honor of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements) to the A-list event. However, few may’ve realized that Middleton added a black sash as “a nod” to the women’s rights campaigns.

Apparently, it was her way of participating “without making a full-blown statement.” Fair enough.

Not to mention, Princess Kate IS seven months along, so her fashion options may be more limited these days. Although many pals “have told her it gets easier every time,” a family confidant indicated that “she’s found it challenging. It’s taken quite a toll.”

Here’s where Meghan and Will come in…

According to Us Weekly, the former Suits actress often makes an effort to pop over to Kate and Will’s Kensington Palace apartment for tea. She also brings along with her advice! Another tipster dished:

“She shares tips she’s read about healthy eating.”

Awwwww. As for Prince Harry‘s brother, he dotes on the Duchess as well. A source spilled:

“William does all he can to make sure she’s comfortable. He just wants her to feel supported.”

LOVES it.

The royal pair will have additional help when their third little one arrives in April. Like they did with their first two kiddos, the duo will hire a few baby nurses for the initial six to eight weeks to “mostly to help with establishing a sleeping routine.” Makes sense!!

They’ll eventually downsize their staff once they are settled into a pattern. Smart!

We’re just happy that Kate has an impressive support system during this time.

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Self-heating jacket uses machine learning to keep its owner comfy

Early pledges of US$195 are still available for the Mercury jacket on Kickstarter

We’ve seen a number of smart home thermostats over the past few years that learn just how toasty you like your living room, but these won’t do much good when you venture out the front door. Boston apparel company Ministry of Supply wants to bring this kind of personalized climate control to people on the move, launching a heated jacket that tunes its temp in line with user preferences, and has a few other handy tricks up its sleeves as well.

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Bigelow Aerospace spinoff company to oversee private space station operations

Artist's concept of the Bigelow Space Complex

Bigelow Aerospace has spun off a new commercial space company called Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), which will act as the sales, operations, and customer service provider for the inflatable space stations that Bigelow Aerospace is developing. The fledgling company has few employees at the moment, but CEO Robert Bigelow expects BSO to employ up to 500 people when its first stations are launched in 2021.

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Apple Shares Behind the Scenes Look at How the Portrait Lighting Feature Was Created

Apple this evening uploaded a new “Portrait Lighting” video to its YouTube channel, which is designed to give a behind the scenes look at how the Portrait Lighting effects on the iPhone X were created.




Take a look behind the iPhone X and discover the process we went through to create Portrait Lighting. Combining timeless lighting principles with advanced machine learning, we created an iPhone that takes studio-quality portraits without the studio.

In the video, Apple explains that it worked with global image makers and some of the world’s best photographers to combine timeless lighting principles with machine learning techniques.



The result was the Portrait Lighting feature available in Portrait Mode on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus. On iPhone X, Portrait Lighting is available for both the front and rear facing cameras thanks to the TrueDepth camera system, while on iPhone 8 Plus, it’s available for shots captured with the rear camera.



Apple’s Portrait Lighting feature is designed to use sophisticated algorithms to calculate how your facial features interact with light, creating unique lighting effects.



There are several Portrait mode lighting presets, including Natural Light, Studio Light (lights up your face), Contour Light (adds dramatic shadows), Stage Light (spotlights your face against a dark background), and Stage Light Mono (Stage Light, but in black and white).



Apple has also highlighted Portrait Lighting in several past video ads showing off iPhone X features.

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How Jeffrey Immelt’s ‘Success Theater’ Masked the Rot at GE

A culture that disdained bad news contributed to overoptimistic forecasts and botched strategies. GE stock has almost halved since Mr. Immelt resigned as CEO and the company is considering whether to break itself up. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

‘I’m Feeling Nervous:’ Victim In Random Assault Aboard 7 Train Speaks Out

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is looking for a man they say punched a subway rider in the face for no apparent reason.

On Wednesday, police released surveillance video in hopes of catching the alleged attacker.

Police say the victim was riding the 7 train home with co-workers the night of February 6th when he was suddenly knocked out. The suspect was seen casually passing through the gate at the Main Street station in Flushing, Queens shortly after the assault.

CBS2’s Valerie Castro spoke with the victim.

“I’m feeling nervous now after what happened to me,” 36-year-old Khurram Safri said.

He says he was heading home from work when the man in the video punched him in the face.

“This side is my other two guys, so we are talking like this and suddenly he came and just punched me and my head is banged into the car,” Safri said.

The hit took him by surprise, knocking him unconscious for ten seconds. When he came to, he says his coworker pointed out the assailant.

Safri says the man had been harassing other passengers but he didn’t think he would get physical, especially for no reason. Once the train stopped at Main Street, the suspect left the station despite the efforts of Safri’s coworker to hold him there.

The victim says he’s just grateful his injury wasn’t worse, and that he was the target of the violence instead of someone else.

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