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The Best of Eyetrack III: What We Saw When We Looked Through Their Eyes
By Steve Outing and Laura Ruel

Eyetrack III project managers

News websites have been with us for about a decade, and editors and designers still struggle with many unanswered questions: Is homepage layout effective? ... What effect do blurbs on the homepage have compared to headlines? ... When is multimedia appropriate? ... Are ads placed where they will be seen by the audience?

The Eyetrack III research released by The Poynter Institute, the Estlow Center for Journalism & New Media, and Eyetools could help answer those questions and more. Eyetracking research like this won't provide THE answer to those questions. But combined with other site metrics already used by news website managers -- usability testing, focus groups, log analysis -- the Eyetrack III findings could provide some direction for improving news websites.

In Eyetrack III, we observed 46 people for one hour as their eyes followed mock news websites and real multimedia content. In this article we'll provide an overview of what we observed. You can dive into detailed Eyetrack III findings and observations on this website -- use the navigation at the top and left of this page -- at any time. If you don't know what eyetracking is, get oriented by reading the Eyetrack III FAQ.

Let's get to the key results of the study, but first, a quick comment on what this study is and is not: It is a preliminary study of several dozen people conducted in San Francisco. It is not an exhaustive exploration that we can extrapolate to the larger population. It is a mix of "findings" based on controlled variables, and "observations" where testing was not as tightly controlled. The researchers went "wide," not "deep" -- covering a lot of ground in terms of website design and multimedia factors. We hope that Eyetrack III is not seen as an end in itself, but rather as the beginning of a wave of eyetracking research that will benefit the news industry. OK, let's begin. ...


At the core: Homepage layout

While testing our participants' eye movements across several news homepage designs, Eyetrack III researchers noticed a common pattern: The eyes most often fixated first in the upper left of the page, then hovered in that area before going left to right. Only after perusing the top portion of the page for some time did their eyes explore further down the page.

 
Depending on page layout, of course, this pattern can vary. The image above is a simplistic representation of the most common eye-movement pattern we noticed across multiple homepage designs. (In other words, don't take what you see above too seriously.)

Now also consider another Eyetrack observation: Dominant headlines most often draw the eye first upon entering the page -- especially when they are in the upper left, and most often (but not always) when in the upper right. Photographs, contrary to what you might expect (and contrary to findings of 1990 Poynter eyetracking research on print newspapers), aren't typically the entry point to a homepage. Text rules on the PC screen -- both in order viewed and in overall time spent looking at it.

A quick review of 25 large news websites -- here's a list of them -- reveals that 20 of them place the dominant homepage image in the upper left. (Most news sites have a consistent page design from day to day; they don't often vary the layout as a print newspaper would.)

We observed that with news homepages, readers' instincts are to first look at the flag/logo and top headlines in the upper left. The graphic below shows the zones of importance we formulated from the Eyetrack data. While each site is different, you might look at your own website and see what content you have in which zones.

[Read more on what Eyetrack III says about homepage layout here.]


Want people to read, not scan? Consider small type

The Eyetrack III researchers discovered something important when testing headline and type size on homepages: Smaller type encourages focused viewing behavior (that is, reading the words), while larger type promotes lighter scanning. In general, our testing found that people spent more time focused on small type than large type. Larger type resulted in more scanning of the page -- fewer words overall were fixated on -- as people looked around for words or phrases that captured their attention.

This was especially the case when we looked at headline size on homepages. Larger headlines encouraged scanning more than smaller ones.

(Note: We are not advocating that you run out and reduce the size of your font across the board. You should make sure that people can read the font size you select in order to achieve the appropriate balance.

Particularly interesting was people's behavior when there were headlines and blurbs used on homepages. Eyetrack III test participants tended to view both the headline and blurb when the headline was bold and the same size as blurb text and immediately preceded the blurb on the same line.

With a headline larger than the blurb and on a separate line, people tended to view the headlines and skip the blurbs; they scanned the headlines throughout the page more than the group that looked at the smaller headlines.

Researchers believe that it is the contrast in type size that accounts for this behavior, as well as the type size itself. When a headline is larger than its accompanying blurb text, it's perceived as the important element of the headline-blurb block -- so people appear to decide that viewing the headline is sufficient and they skip the blurb.

Underlined headlines discouraged testers from viewing blurbs on the homepage:

This may be related to a phenomenon that we noted throughout the testing: visual breaks -- like a line or rule -- discouraged people from looking at items beyond the break, like a blurb. (This also affects ads, which we address below.)

When we look at news websites, we find that the vast majority of them (22 out of 25) use blurbs to accompany headlines on their homepages. It's the rare ones that use only headlines: CNN.com, NYPost.com, and ProJo.com. In terms of headline size, we observed about an even split between using larger type size for headlines vs. smaller type.

We found that 12 out of 22 news sites that use blurbs on their homepage put rules under their headlines.

[Read more on what Eyetrack III says about type and blurbs here and here.]


Partial viewing of headlines, blurbs found to be common

We found that when people look at blurbs under headlines on news homepages, they often only look at the left one-third of the blurb. In other words, most people just look at the first couple of words -- and only read on if they are engaged by those words.

Here's a heatmap of a blurb demonstrating this. (A heatmap is an aggregate view of all the eye fixations of our test subjects. Below, the orange area was viewed the most, the blue areas the least.)

With a list of headlines on a homepage, we can see where people looked with eyetracking -- and again, most often it's the left sides of the headlines. People typically scan down a list of headlines, and often don't view entire headlines. If the first words engage them, they seem likely to read on. On average, a headline has less than a second of a site visitor's attention.

For headlines -- especially longer ones -- it would appear that the first couple of words need to be real attention-grabbers if you want to capture eyes.

The same goes for blurbs -- perhaps even more so. Our findings about blurbs suggest that not only should they be kept short, but the first couple of words need to grab the viewer's attention.

On the 25 news websites we reviewed, there's considerable variety in blurbs. Average blurb length varies from a low of about 10 words to a high of 25, with most sites coming in around 17.

[Read more on what Eyetrack III says about blurbs here.]


What creates "hot spots"?

In Eyetrack III, we tested several homepage designs, watching where on the page people looked. As you would expect, lower parts of the page -- especially areas you have to scroll to view -- receive modest viewing. But that doesn't mean you can't get people to look at content low on a scrolling page.

On a couple of our test homepages, we found "hot spots" for some stories. Perhaps because our testing took place in San Francisco, research subjects were drawn to one story about the site "Craig's List" (a local online community popular since its inception in 1995). The headline for that story had an inordinate number of eye fixations compared to surrounding content, even though it was below the first visible screen of the page. We observed a similarly high number of eye fixations on a headline about clothing maker FCUK, which was placed far down on a page with a long list of headlines and blurbs.

We think this spells good news for those websites with homepages that extend well beyond the initial screen view. Eyetrack III found that people do typically look beyond the first screen. What happens, however, is that their eyes typically scan lower portions of the page seeking something to grab their attention. Their eyes may fixate on an interesting headline or a stand-out word, but not on other content. Again, this points to the necessity of sharp headline writing.

[Read more on what Eyetrack III says about homepage design here and here.]


Where's your navigation?

While testing several homepage designs, we varied the placement of a navigation element: top (under the flag or logo), left column, and right column.

Navigation placed at the top of a homepage performed best -- that is, it was seen by the highest percentage of test subjects and looked at for the longest duration. In a survey of 25 top news sites, we found 11 that used top position navigation. The other 14 used left navigation. Seven of the 25 used left and top navigation elements. None of the 25 sites we surveyed used right side navigation. It's rare, but you can find right navigation in the news website world.

It might surprise you to learn that in our testing we observed better usage (more eye fixations and longer viewing duration) with right-column navigation than left. While this might have been the novelty factor at play -- people aren't used to seeing right-side navigation -- it may indicate that there's no reason not to put navigation on the right side of the page and use the left column for editorial content or ads.

[Read more on what Eyetrack III says about navigation here.]


What about article layout, writing style?

Eyetrack III results suggests various characteristics of article writing and layout can affect a reader's viewing behavior.

For example, let's take average paragraph length. Most news sites run articles with medium-length paragraphs -- somewhere (loosely) around 45-50 words, or two or three sentences. In a survey of 25 top news sites, however, we did find seven that routinely edited articles to make paragraphs shorter -- often only one sentence per paragraph.

Shorter paragraphs performed better in Eyetrack III research than longer ones. Our data revealed that stories with short paragraphs received twice as many overall eye fixations as those with longer paragraphs. The longer paragraph format seems to discourage viewing.

Most news website article pages present stories in a single column of text, but a handful of sites -- like IHT.com and TheHerald.co.uk -- mimic newspaper layout and present articles in two or three side-by-side columns. Is this as readable as the traditional (for the Web) one-column article format?

Eyetrack III results showed that the standard one-column format performed better in terms of number of eye fixations -- in other words, people viewed more. However, bear in mind that habit may have affected this outcome. Since most people are accustomed to one-column Web articles, the surprise of seeing three-column type might have affected their eye behavior.

What about photos on article pages? It might surprise you that our test subjects typically looked at text elements before their eyes landed on an accompanying photo, just like on homepages. As noted earlier, the reverse behavior (photos first) occurred in previous print eyetracking studies.

Finally, there's the use of summary descriptions (extended deck headlines, paragraph length) leading into articles. These were popular with our participants. When our testers encountered a story with a boldface introductory paragraph, 95 percent of them viewed all or part of it.

When people viewed an introductory paragraph for between 5 and 10 seconds -- as was often the case -- their average reading behavior of the rest of the article was about the same as when they viewed articles without a summary paragraph. The summary paragraph made no difference in terms of how much of the story was consumed.

Just over 20 percent of the leading news websites regularly use summary paragraphs with articles.

[Read more on what Eyetrack III says about article layout here.]


Advertising

Eyetrack III tested a variety of ad placements and formats across our various hompages and article-level pages.

The first thing we noticed is that people often ignore ads, but that depends a lot on placement. When they do gaze at an ad, it's usually for only 0.5 to 1.5 seconds. Good placement and the right format can improve those figures.

We found that ads in the top and left portions of a homepage received the most eye fixations. Right side ads didn't do as well, and ads at the bottom of the page were seen, typically, by only a small percentage of people.

Close proximity to popular editorial content really helped ads get seen. We noticed that when an ad was separated from editorial matter by either white space or a rule, the ad received fewer fixations than when there was no such barrier. Ads close to top-of-the-page headlines did well. A banner ad above the homepage flag didn't draw as many fixations as an ad that was below the flag and above editorial content.

Text ads were viewed most intently, of all the types we tested. On our test pages, text ads got an average eye duration time of nearly 7 seconds; the best display-type ad got only 1.6 seconds, on average.

Size matters. Bigger ads had a better chance of being seen. Small ads on the right side of homepages typically were seen by only one-third of our testers; the rest never once cast an eye on them. On article pages, "half-page" ads were the most intensely viewed by our test subjects. Yet, they were only seen 38 percent of the time; most people never looked at them. Article ads that got seen the most were ones inset into article text. "Skyscraper" ads (thin verticals running in the left or right column) came in third place.

Reviewing 25 leading news websites, we discovered that there's a preponderance of small banner ads on homepages. And it's exceedingly common to find ads in the right column of news homepages. About half of the 25 sites we reviewed inset ads into article text.

[Read more on what Eyetrack III says about advertising here.]


Larger online images hold the eye longer than smaller images

News homepages typically use templates, many of which employ a predetermined size for a main image. Although the value of using a template-driven design can (and should) be debated, what we learned about photo size in Eyetrack III may be helpful to those who are wondering just how big a spot to leave for images.

Although we learned that most of our test participants did not look at images first, we also observed that images received a significant number of eye fixations. We also learned that the bigger the image, the more time people took to look at it.

One of our test pages had a postage-stamp sized mug shot that was viewed by 10 percent of our participants. Compare that with an average-sized photo (about 230 pixels wide and deep) that drew gazes from about 70 percent.

We found that images that are at least 210 x 230 pixels in size were viewed by more than half of the testers. Our research also shows that clean, clear faces in images attract more eye fixations on homepages.

Article-level pages seem to follow suit. Again we found that the larger the image, the more users were drawn to it.

In reviewing 25 news websites, we found that about 20 percent routinely use small images on their homepages. Four out of five sites routinely place their homepage main photo in the upper left.

And here's an interesting research tidbit: We noticed that people often clicked on photos -- even though on our test pages that got them nowhere (and indeed, clicking on photos does nothing on many real news sites).


Text for facts; multimedia graphics for unfamiliar concepts

Overall, we observed that participants were more likely to correctly recall facts, names, and places when they were presented with that information in a text fomat. However new, unfamiliar, conceptual information was more accurately recalled when participants received it in a multimedia graphic format.

So what does this mean? While overall we did see a slight, although not statistically significant, increase in information recall from text stories, we should note that most of our recall questions were about facts, names, and places. Story information about processes or procedures seemed to be comprehended well when presented using animation and text. A step-by-step animation we tested supported this idea.

We also observed that most participants attended to only two forms of media at a time. For example, in one of our testing situations users were presented with audio, still images, and written captions. We observed that they directed their attention to the audio and images. Important information in the photo captions were not read by many.

The bottom line is that the best journalists working in multimedia environments know how to make good choices about the presentation of story information. As demonstrated in this research, some information is best conveyed by the use of good, descriptive writing. Other information is better explained graphically.

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    Huawei CFO Returns to the Courtroom as U.S. Tensions Run High(Bloomberg) -- Huawei Technologies Co.?s chief financial officer returned to a Vancouver courtroom Monday, beginning in earnest her efforts to convince a Canadian court that her rights got trampled when she was arrested on a U.S. extradition request last December.Defense lawyers for Meng Wanzhou presented videos and thousands of pages of documents to back claims that Canadian authorities collaborated with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to engage in a ?covert criminal investigation? to unlawfully detain, search and interrogate the Chinese executive.The case against Meng, eldest daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, has cast a spotlight on a broader Trump administration effort to contain China and its largest technology company, which Washington sees as a national security threat. The U.S. wants to extradite Meng after accusing her and others at Huawei of conspiring to trick banks into conducting more than $100 million of transactions that may have violated American sanctions. The company has denied it committed any violations.Read more: Huawei Accuses U.S. of Harassing Workers, Attacking Network (1)Meng?s team aims to show there was an abuse of process, which if successful, could result in the judge ordering a halt to the extradition proceedings. In a current round of disclosure hearings set to run through Oct. 4, Meng also seeks a court order to force the Canadian government to share more details about the circumstances of her arrest. Huawei spokesman Benjamin Howe declined to comment on Monday?s proceedings as the case is currently ongoing.Meng showed up to court Monday in a glamorous outfit replete with four-inch sparkly heels that exposed the GPS monitor on her left ankle -- one of the conditions of her C$10 million bail ($7.5 million). She was accompanied by her husband Xiaozong Liu, also known as Carlos, who could be seen occasionally nodding off in the public gallery during the lengthy proceedings.Among the arguments Meng?s defense put forth Monday were:That Canadian border officials -- working with Canadian police and the FBI -- deliberately delayed Meng?s arrest at the airport for three hours, using the pretext of a customs inspection to obtain access to her electronic devices and interrogate her.That U.S. authorities historically have misused border checks to scrutinize Huawei executives? electronic devices. The lawyers cited a former company employee whose devices were seized or searched by U.S. airport authorities numerous times between 2013 and 2018. The defense plans to call as a witness a special agent who conducted one of those searches.Her defense questioned how the FBI obtained details from outside its jurisdiction about what Meng was wearing on the flight from Hong Kong before it landed.Read more: Huawei CFO Awakens Canadians to the Long, Strong Arm of China?It?s a question of pulling out all the stops,? said Gary Botting, a Vancouver-based lawyer who?s been involved in hundreds of Canadian extradition cases and watched part of Monday?s proceedings.Meng?s defense is likely trying to show that Canadian authorities collected evidence and statements irrelevant to the extradition proceedings but ?will no doubt be considered gold by the FBI, who will likely use them in an attempt to bolster their case against her in the Eastern District of New York,? Botting said.\--With assistance from Patricia Hurtado.To contact the reporter on this story: Natalie Obiko Pearson in Vancouver at npearson7@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net, Edwin Chan, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


  • The best headphones of 2019 -

    The best headphones of 2019Picking the right headphones can be tricky business. We've tested hundreds of them to help you find the right ones for you.


  • At UN General Assembly, Iran and US historically at odds -

    At UN General Assembly, Iran and US historically at oddsIran has often commanded center stage at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders, turning the organization's headquarters into an arena for arguments over the Persian Gulf's daily complexities and hostilities. As Tehran's leadership prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly this week, there are fears that a wider conflict, dragging in Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States, could erupt after a summer of heightened volatility in the region. After the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal ? and Washington hit Tehran with escalating sanctions ?Iran has begun to break some of the limits that were set in return for sanctions relief.


  • End of Boeing 737 MAX grounding up to individual countries: US FAA -

    End of Boeing 737 MAX grounding up to individual countries: US FAAThe Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it still has no timeframe to lift the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, and that individual countries will decide when the plane can fly again. "Our first priority is safety, and we have set no timeframe for when the work will be completed. The statement followed a meeting of international regulators in Canada more than six months after the top-selling Boeing plane was grounded following the second of two deadly crashes that together claimed 346 lives.


  • Attacks on Saudi Oil ? Why Didn?t Prices Go Crazy? -

    Attacks on Saudi Oil ? Why Didn?t Prices Go Crazy?The attack on the Abqaiq oil facilities in Saudi Arabia has sparked geopolitical tensions but has had only a minor impact on oil prices.


  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge's net worth upon her big Emmy wins -

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge's net worth upon her big Emmy winsWaller-Bridge has been around in the industry for quite some time, and she's got the credentials and capital to prove it.


  • Netanyahu, Gantz in unity talks; may rotate as Israel PM -

    Netanyahu, Gantz in unity talks; may rotate as Israel PMPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz launched negotiations on Monday over a proposed Israeli unity government and a key politician said the focus was on who would lead it first under a rotation deal. After failing to secure a clear victory in the second election in six months, Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving premier, seems to reckon he can stay in power only by sharing it. Going solo, neither he nor ex-general Gantz have enough support from respective allies for a majority in the 120-member parliament.


  • Mike Pence takes eight-vehicle motorcade across island where cars have been banned for a century -

    Mike Pence takes eight-vehicle motorcade across island where cars have been banned for a centuryFor more than a century, motorised vehicles have been banned from Mackinac Island in Michigan - giving the former Revolutionary War battle site a unique charm and turning it into a tourist haven.The ban is so strictly enforced that when President Gerald Ford visited in 1975, he and first lady Betty Ford travelled by horse-drawn carriage.


  • Chanel Miller said she didn't know she was sexually assaulted until reading a news article about Brock Turner's arrest 10 days after she blacked out and woke up in the hospital -

    Chanel Miller said she didn't know she was sexually assaulted until reading a news article about Brock Turner's arrest 10 days after she blacked out and woke up in the hospitalBrock Turner sexually assaulted Chanel Miller at a frat party in 2015. A jury found Turner guilty on three counts of sexual assault in 2016.


  • Germany Mulls Emergency Aid for Thomas Cook?s Condor Airline -

    Germany Mulls Emergency Aid for Thomas Cook?s Condor Airline(Bloomberg) -- German authorities are considering emergency financial aid for Thomas Cook Group Plc?s Condor subsidiary as Deutsche Lufthansa AG remains tight-lipped on the fate of a unit it bid for earlier this year.Germany?s Economy Ministry on Monday said it?s urgently assessing Condor Flugdienst GmbH?s request for a bridge loan after Thomas Cook collapsed under a pile of debt. The state of Hesse, where Condor?s base at Frankfurt Airport is located, is ready to help with a loan guarantee and is already in talks with the airline and the federal government, Premier Volker Bouffier said.?Condor is in a difficult situation thanks to its British parent Thomas Cook,? Bouffier said in a statement. ?Both are victims of Brexit, which has created uncertainty among companies and its customers.?The federal government in 2017 made a similar loan to Air Berlin Plc to keep the airline flying while Lufthansa considered taking it over. The European Union Commission may also have to sign off on potential aid, a government spokesman said. Lufthansa earlier this year bid for Condor but in June said the offer would likely be rejected.?The federal government is examining the application,? an economy ministry spokesman said in an emailed statement. A spokesman for Lufthansa declined to comment on Thomas Cook?s bankruptcy.European airlines are struggling to turn a profit due to the surplus of seats on tourist and business routes. Despite the demise of Air Berlin, Monarch, Wow and several other airlines since the end of 2017, too many planes are still flying to too many places.?All Condor flights are taking off as planned today, and we will do everything within our means so that our fleet can continue to take our guests to their holiday destinations and back,? Condor Chief Executive Ralf Teckentrup said in a statement. About 240,000 of the airline?s customers are currently abroad, he said, adding that tickets sales are working without restrictions.Authorities came under increasing pressure to act on Monday, as labor groups and industry associations weighed in. Germany?s UFO cabin personnel union said Condor is a profitable company that ?deserves a chance at survival,? a position echoed by unions representing the pilots and ground staff, as well as the country?s airport association ADV.Slots Available?We very much hope that the decision makers in the federal government and in Hesse look closely at the situation and contribute to make this happen,? UFO head Sylvia De la Cruz said in a statement.While a spokesman for Lufthansa on Monday wouldn?t reveal details of its earlier bid, the airline is unlikely to be interested in the company?s medium- and long-haul jets, which are mostly older than its own. Condor?s slots would be valuable to Lufthansa, although Chief Financial Officer Ulrik Svensson in June said an integration with its low-cost unit Eurowings would be ?complex?.That complexity could prove insurmountable as the Cologne-based airline has issued profit warnings and is under pressure from investors to turn Eurowings around after years of underperformance. Investors have also lambasted management for its costly integration of the Air Berlin jets.One option for Lufthansa would be to wait for Condor to go bust and then acquire the airline?s slots from airport operators. The Condor brand would likely also be of value, as the airline is popular with German travelers.Main BattlegroundThomas Cook flew German customers with three different airlines. All three remain airborne for the time being, meaning just over half of the company?s 105 aircraft are still flying. Lufthansa owned Condor before selling the unit to Thomas Cook a decade ago.Germany?s aviation market is one of the main battlegrounds in a Europe-wide fare war to gain market share. Ryanair Holdings Plc and Easyjet Plc rushed into a vacuum created by the collapse of Air Berlin, forcing Lufthansa into a price war in which the firm?s Eurowings subsidiary has lost hundreds of millions of euros.This summer has seen heated competition on holiday routes to western Mediterranean destinations such as Spain, after Ryanair added a plethora of flights from Lufthansa?s main Frankfurt hub to the Iberian peninsula.(Adds comment from Condor CEO from seventh paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: William Wilkes in Frankfurt at wwilkes1@bloomberg.net;Richard Weiss in Frankfurt at rweiss5@bloomberg.net;Birgit Jennen in Berlin at bjennen1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond Colitt, Iain RogersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


  • Fatal NYC helicopter crash video shows passengers struggling, NTSB report says -

    Fatal NYC helicopter crash video shows passengers struggling, NTSB report saysPassengers struggled to escape safety harnesses as a sightseeing helicopter sank in New York City's East River last year, according to new documents.


  • The Latest: Freshmen Dems call Trump allegations impeachable -

    The Latest: Freshmen Dems call Trump allegations impeachableSeven Democratic freshmen lawmakers who served in the military and national security say that if President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president to investigate rival Joe Biden for political benefit, it's impeachable. Trump has denied wrongdoing in talking about Biden with Ukraine's president. Republican senators are expressing unease with President Donald Trump discussing former Vice President Joe Biden during a conversation with Ukraine's president.


  • Huawei exec in Canada court seeking to quash extradition -

    Huawei exec in Canada court seeking to quash extraditionTop Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers went to court on Monday to try to have her extradition case thrown out, arguing that her rights were violated. The United States wants to put Meng on trial for fraud for allegedly violating Iran sanctions and lying about it to US banks -- accusations her lawyers dispute. Meng -- a rising star whose father Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei and over three decades grew it into a global telecom giant -- expressed surprise when told she was being arrested, according to a transcript of her speaking with authorities after her flight from Hong Kong landed.


  • Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Rhinos -

    Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Rhinos


  • See This Aircraft Carrier? Meet USS Enterprise (It Changed Everything) -

    See This Aircraft Carrier? Meet USS Enterprise (It Changed Everything)The Enterprise, or ?Big E,? was commissioned on November 25, 1961. The ship?s subsequent twenty-five deployments read like a history of the Cold War and modern U.S. foreign policy. She made some serious history.


  • Mexican president praises historian at center of dispute with business leaders -

    Mexican president praises historian at center of dispute with business leadersMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday praised a historian whose comments about the killers of a prominent industrialist in the 1970s sparked an angry response from a top business lobby and other corporate leaders. Last week, Pedro Salmeron, head of the National Institute of Historical Studies of the Revolutions of Mexico (INEHRM), described the left-wing guerrillas who fatally shot Eugenio Garza Sada in 1973 as "courageous youths" in a blog post. Garza, an 81-year-old businessman from the northern city of Monterrey, was killed along with several others when resisting a failed kidnapping attempt by members of a group known as the Liga Comunista 23 de Septiembre (September 23 Communist League).


  • In the 1980s, the World Acted to Save the Ozone Layer. Here's Why the Fight Against Climate Change Is Different -

    In the 1980s, the World Acted to Save the Ozone Layer. Here's Why the Fight Against Climate Change Is DifferentA scientist who helped saved the ozone layer in the 1980s weighs inn on why it's been harder for science to lead to action on climate change


  • The UK expects to spend £100 million flying back stranded Thomas Cook passengers, which is only £50 million less than bailing out the company -

    The UK expects to spend £100 million flying back stranded Thomas Cook passengers, which is only £50 million less than bailing out the companyThe collapse of Thomas Cook left 600,000 people stranded and prompted the UK to launch a massive effort to get 150,000 British people home.


  • Delta has an incredible fare sale through Wednesday with flights as low as $97 -

    Delta has an incredible fare sale through Wednesday with flights as low as $97Regular travelers probably don't associate the idea of sales and low-fares with a carrier like Delta Airlines, which are more in the wheelhouse of a low-cost brand like Southwest that offers up flash fare sales on the regular.Nevertheless, that's exactly what Delta has going at the moment \-- a fare sale with deals that start as low as only $97, though they come with a few important catches.One is that you've only got until September 25, to lock one of these fares in. Just as important to know: These are Delta basic economy fares, a classification that leaves several things to chance. You'll be assigned a seat at check-in, for example, and you'll be stuck in the last boarding group and thus will probably have to gate-check your luggage.If you can be fine with those limitations, though, there are some great deals to be had. In most cases, they're fares that are meant for travel happening sometime between October and February 2020, and the deals include a $97 round-trip offer in basic economy between Atlanta and Nashville; a $99 round-trip offer between Los Angeles and San Diego; a $117 offer between Austin and Cincinnatti; and a $127 offer between Seattle and San Jose.The full list of routes and discounted fares offered can be found on Delta's sale website. Of course, just because a fare that's discounted here looks pretty low doesn't mean you won't find a comparable offer elsewhere -- one that may also have some of the perks like earlier boarding that you're denied through this Delta sale. Speaking of those basic economy limitations here, savvy travelers should be able to easily get around them using certain co-branded credit cards that offer perks like early boarding, luggage benefits and the like.If you decide these deals are worth it, though, remember -- you've only got a few more days to decide, as the fare sale is only good through Wednesday.


  • A Marine went missing in Arizona. He was found five days later at a rest stop in Texas -

    A Marine went missing in Arizona. He was found five days later at a rest stop in TexasLance Cpl. Job Wallace was found safe in Texas late Saturday evening. Officials didn't elaborate on Wallace's disappearance.


  • Fox?s Judge Napolitano: Trump?s ?Act of Corruption? With Ukraine Is ?Most Serious Charge? He?s Faced Yet -

    Fox?s Judge Napolitano: Trump?s ?Act of Corruption? With Ukraine Is ?Most Serious Charge? He?s Faced YetFox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano put some distance between himself and many of his Fox colleagues when it comes to President Donald Trump seeking assistance from a foreign leader in the upcoming election, describing it as an ?act of corruption? that is the ?most serious charge? yet against the president.Appearing Monday on the Fox Business Network, Napolitano?who warned in June that Trump was ?prepared to commit a felony to get re-elected?was asked by host David Asman about the ongoing controversy surrounding a whistleblower?s complaint surrounding Trump?s communications with Ukraine.?Who is in more trouble here,? Asman declared. ?The president who had this phone call with the Ukrainian leader or Joe Biden who actually did have a quid pro quo with regard to Ukraine when he was vice president?? (The Ukrainian prosecutor general said in May that there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden or his son Hunter.)?I think this is the most serious charge against the president, far more serious than what Bob Mueller dug or dragged up against him,? Napolitano noted. ?If there was a quid pro quo?it does appear as though a quarter of a billion dollars in defensive weaponry was held back for a period of time while these eight conversations were going on between the president.?Asman, meanwhile, pointed to a Wall Street Journal report noting that the July call between Trump and the Ukrainian president didn?t reveal a specific quid pro quo.?So if you are the President of the United States and you are making a conversation that you know your intelligence community is listening to,? the judge replied. ?Of course you?re not going to articulate a quid pro quo. You?ll just make the quid pro quo happen.?Trump, for his part, essentially admitted to threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine on the call if they didn?t investigate ?corruption,? apparently referencing Biden and his son, telling reporters on Monday that ?if you don?t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt??Asman pivoted to Biden, claiming the former vice president voiced a ?direct quid pro quo? when he threatened to withhold a billion-dollar loan guarantee?at the behest of several Western countries?if Ukraine didn?t dismiss its then-prosecutor general Viktor Shokin for corruption. The Fox Business host parroted Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani?s accusations that Shokin was actively investigating Hunter Biden?s company at the time of his dismissal, an assertion that has long been debunked.Napolitano agreed that while ?this is probably the end of Joe Biden?s presidency? hopes, it ?doesn?t diminish one iota what the current president is doing.??If it is true, we haven?t seen the whistle-blower complaint and under the law it has to be revealed, if this is true this is an act of corruption,? the Fox analyst exclaimed.Hours later, during an appearance on Fox News? Your World with Neil Cavuto, Napolitano reiterated his belief that Trump?s alleged actions were ?far more serious? than anything detailed in the Mueller Report before offering up a correction regarding Biden?s campaign."Last time I was sitting here, Dave Asman was filling in for Neil [Cavuto], and I said this might jeopardize Vice President Biden's campaign, it might even be the end of it,? he told guest host Neil Cavuto. ?I believe I was wrong.??I have since learned that most of Europe wanted this prosecutor to go, that he was an agent of corruption,? Napolitano added. ?He was not rooting out corruption. And unfortunately, when he did go, not all the corruption in the Ukraine left."After Payne said ?people are concerned? about whether or not there was ?influence peddling? going on with the Bidens, Napolitano pointed out that multiple Ukrainian prosecutors over the years have said there was ?no case? against the Biden family and ?no there there.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Thirteen Marines Charged with Smuggling Illegal Immigrants into U.S. -

    Thirteen Marines Charged with Smuggling Illegal Immigrants into U.S.The Marine Corps has charged 13 members with smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S., in addition to a range of other offenses including failure to obey an order, drunkenness, endangerment, larceny, and perjury, according to a statement released Friday.Lance Corporals Byron Law and David Salazar-Quintero were specifically charged with transporting illegal immigrants into the country for financial gain. The two were based in Camp Pendleton, located between San Diego and Los Angeles, Calif.The other marines included in the indictments, some of whom were charged with distributing cocaine and LSD, were not named.Law and Salazar-Quintero were pulled over by Border Patrol agents seven miles north of the U.S.?Mexico border after picking up three migrants who had just crossed the border illegally, according to a federal complaint filed in July and first reported by Quartz. Law was found in the driver's seat with Salazar-Quintero on the passenger side, along with three undocumented immigrants in the back seat.The three were reportedly found to be Mexican citizens without documents needed to enter the U.S. legally. Two of the immigrants told agents they planned on paying $8,000 to their smugglers.During his interrogation, Law told investigators that Salazar-Quintero had suggested they pick up an illegal immigrant to make $1,000. They then succeeded in bringing one person into the U.S. but weren't paid for their endeavor, and so decided to smuggle more people and receive pay for the total number of people they brought in.


  • Japan refers US military pilot to prosecutors over Osprey crash -

    Japan refers US military pilot to prosecutors over Osprey crashJapanese authorities on Tuesday referred the case of a US military pilot to prosecutors over the 2016 crash of an Osprey aircraft that fuelled sentiment against a US base on Okinawa island. The crash did not kill anyone and only caused injuries to two of the five crew members aboard the US Marine MV-22 Osprey. The Pentagon described the December 2016 crash as a "mishap", which saw the plane end up in shallow water off Okinawa.


  • UNC denies claims of bias in Middle East studies program -

    UNC denies claims of bias in Middle East studies programThe University of North Carolina is disputing the Trump administration's accusations of bias in a Middle East studies program that the school operates with Duke University. In a letter sent to the department Friday and obtained by The Associated Press through a records request on Monday, UNC's research chief defends the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, saying it has been a leader in Middle Eastern language studies for years. UNC, which houses the consortium, was responding to an Aug. 29 letter from the department.


  • Thousands rally against Indonesian bill to ban extra-marital sex -

    Thousands rally against Indonesian bill to ban extra-marital sexThousands of students protested at rallies across Indonesia on Monday against a new criminal code that would outlaw sex outside marriage and gay sex, as lawmakers met the president to discuss how to proceed with a bill that has divided Indonesians. President Joko Widodo on Friday ordered a delay in a planned vote on the controversial bill - originally slated for Tuesday - and said 14 articles needed further review before it was deliberated by a new parliament, whose term begins next month. Students rallied on Monday in the capital Jakarta - where some climbed the gates of the parliament to hang banners - and cities including Yogyakarta, in central Java, and Makassar, on Sulawesi island, to oppose the bill.


  • Why This Russian "Stealth" Submarine Is a Major Threat to America -

    Why This Russian "Stealth" Submarine Is a Major Threat to AmericaHere's what we know.


  • With military parade, Iran warns U.S. and other Western forces to leave the Persian Gulf -

    With military parade, Iran warns U.S. and other Western forces to leave the Persian GulfAs Iran paraded its troops and its arsenal of various weapons Sunday, the country's president demanded the U.S. and other Western nations leave the Persian Gulf.


  • This American Said He Had to Pay $2,400 to Get Home After Travel Company Thomas Cook Collapsed -

    This American Said He Had to Pay $2,400 to Get Home After Travel Company Thomas Cook CollapsedHundreds of thousands of passengers were left stranded on Monday following Thomas Cook collapse


  • Capital gains tax reform may be coming. Here's what Republicans and Democrats want -

    Capital gains tax reform may be coming. Here's what Republicans and Democrats wantSome Republicans are pushing an idea to tie the tax to inflation, which would lower what many owe. Democrats want to see the rich pay more.


  • New York prosecutors reject Trump's immunity claim in tax returns case -

    New York prosecutors reject Trump's immunity claim in tax returns caseThe prosecutors also challenged the federal court?s jurisdiction in the matter, saying it belongs in state court.


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