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February 28, 2020

Biden's got plenty of fire, it's just a friendly fire.

Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to reassure a voter that he's passionate about the issues and his campaign while speaking at an event for supporters on Friday.

"What is your fire?" asked an attendee. "Because you see [Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)], you see [Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)]. You see that fire. That's what I'm looking for. What is your fire?"

"Decency and honor," Biden began, to cheers and applause. "The fact that I'm not screaming like Bernie and waving my arms like Elizabeth is not a lack of fire," he said.

Critics, including former Obama White House adviser David Axelrod, have panned Biden's "low energy" campaign performance, especially in debates. Sanders himself, who is often criticized for speaking loudly, has said Biden lacks "energy and excitement" both to spark voter turnout and to defeat President Trump. Warren's campaign style has been interpreted by the Los Angeles Times as a way to demonstrate her physical fitness and stamina in comparison to her fellow candidates. She has hit back against comments from Biden calling her "angry," saying "I own it." Summer Meza

August 14, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain models of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops on flights, citing "recalled batteries" in some models flagged by Apple in June. Apple issued a voluntary recall of selected MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017, saying their batteries were susceptible to overheating, posing fire risks. The FAA has "alerted airlines about the recall," an agency spokesman told Reuters. It's not clear how many laptops will be affected by the ban, but Canadian airline regulators said about 432,000 MacBook Pros were sold with faulty batteries in the U.S. and another 26,000 in Canada. You can find the affected models here. Peter Weber

December 18, 2014

Tired of waiting on line to get your thrills at Magic Mountain? Starting this weekend, you'll be able to get your adrenaline fix at Orlando, Florida's Machine Gun America, which is stocked with a plethora of assault weapons for your enjoyment.

Machine Gun America bills itself as "America's first Automatic Adrenaline Attraction," and offers visitors zombie, cowboy, and gangster-themed simulators to make the shooting more interesting. Although it functions much like a gun range, MGA is serious about that "attraction" part, so visitors will not be allowed to bring their own weapons. Children under 13 are also not allowed inside, and alcohol will not be served.

Despite these restrictions, gun-control groups are concerned about the safety of allowing 13-year-olds to use powerful weapons, especially in such a family-friendly area. "You've got Holy Land right there in Orlando. You've got Disney World, and Epcot," Lucia Kay McBath, a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, told WTSP. "All places for family fun where they should feel protected."

Machine Gun America General Manager Bruce Nierenberg, however, insists that its facility is safe, and that guests are never left alone while shooting. "Everybody has something they always wanted to try. This would be on people's bucket list to try it and have a new experience," he said. "I mean, it's part of American life. That's how we gained our freedom." Samantha Rollins

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