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  • Holocaust survivor to ICE director, California sheriff: ‘History is not on your side’ news

    An Auschwitz survivor confronted one of the nation’s top immigration officials and a local sheriff at a California town hall Tuesday night. Bernard Marks, 87, addressed Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a supporter of President Trump. Jones had invited Homan to the public forum to discuss address the community’s concerns about ICE’s collaboration with local law enforcement.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:25:27 -0400
  • Pictures of Iraq: Photojournalists bear witness to horror in ISIS-occupied Mosul news

    The lives of countless Iraqis were upended when ISIS seized Mosul in June 2014. As the Iraqi army fights to liberate this key northern city from the terrorist group, photojournalists are on the ground bearing witness to the waking nightmare.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:30:16 -0400
  • China says 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China Sea news

    There was "no such thing" as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes. China, which claims most of the resource-rich region, has carried out land reclamation and construction on several islands in the Spratly archipelago, parts of which are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. "Most of the building is for civilian purposes, including necessary defensive facilities." The South China Sea is generally stable at present, but some countries outside the region are anxious about this and want to hype things up and create tensions, Wu said, using terminology that normally refers to the United States.

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:16:15 -0400
  • Sean Spicer knocks critics of his ‘spirited back-and-forth’ with April Ryan news

    A day after scolding journalist April Ryan during his daily briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said criticism of the now-viral exchange is “demeaning” — to her.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:07:43 -0400
  • 13 killed, 2 hurt when church bus and truck crash in Texas news

    UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A small shuttle bus carrying Texas church members home from a retreat collided head-on with a pickup truck, killing 13 people and injuring two others Wednesday on a two-lane highway in southwestern Texas, officials said.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:30:01 -0400
  • Now I Get It: the Brexit trigger is pulled, now what? news

    The day has arrived: Britain has officially said “Cheerio!” to the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May has invoked Article 50, notifying the European Council that Britain has made its exit, or Brexit. Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga takes a look at what’s next for the U.K. and why Article 50 plays an important role in unwinding its four-decade relationship with the European Union.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:16:00 -0400
  • The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila and we're booking our flights now news

    Grab your rim-salted margarita glass and your galoshes because there is now a cloud that can answer all of your Happy Hour prayers. The Mexico Tourism Board and the creative agency LAPIZ have partnered to create a manmade cloud that produces raindrops of actual tequila.  The first cloud that rains tequila.  #tequilacloud #visitmexico A post shared by VisitMexico (@visitmexico) on Mar 9, 2017 at 5:41am PST SEE ALSO: Drought drives huge, deadly cobra to calmly drink from a villager's water bottle The boozy puff was developed as a promotional stunt to attract German tourists to Mexico and was put on display at an art gallery in Berlin called Urban Spree.  Unfortunately, the cloud can't float freely and meet you at your favorite bar. It's actually formed by a tequila-based mist held together by a plastic container to help it keep its fluffy cloud shape. According to The Huffington Post, the LAPIZ team used ultrasonic humidifiers to "vibrate" the tequila at a rate that turns the alcohol into a visible mist that is filtered into the container.  #tequilacloud Serving free shots of delicious Silver Tequila since 2016. Come to Urban Spree, Revaler Strasse 99 for a taste #mexico #travel #tequila #art #berlin A post shared by Ernesto Adduci (@eadduci) on Mar 10, 2017 at 7:31am PST The vapor of the tequila then condenses inside of the plastic and drops from the cloud. It was also synched with the local weather patterns so when it rained in Berlin, the tequila poured down, too. Drinkers can hold their glasses under the cloud for an alcoholic rain shower shot. If that seems like too much work to get your buzz, there is a spout beneath the cloud for anyone who doesn't want to wait for the storm. A post shared by pøj pøj (@pojpojberlin) on Mar 8, 2017 at 9:07am PST A post shared by Cristina Zambet (@cristinazambet) on Mar 11, 2017 at 1:17pm PST We predict that we'll see this cool cloud trick tried by amateur bartenders everywhere before your next crawl. It's 5 o'clock somewhere and it might just be in the clouds. [H/T: The Huffington Post ] WATCH: The Raindrop Cake is back and this time it's a bright shade of purple

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:14:52 -0400
  • Prehistoric Prints: 'Unprecedented' Dinosaur Discovery in Australia news

    A team of researchers in Australia just made an incredible discovery – and it involves some seriously massive dinosaur footprints.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:31:44 -0400
  • Amal Clooney Calls For Action Against ISIS news

    The human rights lawyer spoke at a discussion Wednesday about international crimes in Iraq and Syria, calling for legal action against the Islamic State group.

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:40:40 -0400
  • I.Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanity news

    An Ivory Coast jury on Tuesday acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during the 2010-11 post-election crisis in a stunning verdict after the prosecution had sought to jail her for life. "A majority of the jury declared Simone Gbagbo not guilty of the crimes of which she has been accused, pronounced her acquittal and ordered that she be immediately freed if she is not being held for other reasons," said the head of the country's top criminal court, judge Kouadjo Boiqui. The prosecution in summing up its case against the 67-year-old wife of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday had called on the jury to find her "guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentence her to life imprisonment," said prosecutor Aly Yeo.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:18:27 -0400
  • ‘I am a child of refugees’: New Yorkers stage tent protest of Trump travel ban news

    Trump’s initial travel ban was met with a swift backlash and stymied by the courts. “We’re spending just one night here and we can always go inside if we get cold, if we get wet, but refugees don’t have that option available to them,” said Amaha Kassa, executive director of African Communities Together, as rain began to beat down on the makeshift tent city. “Trump’s executive orders are going to cut the heart out of these programs,” said Kassa, who came to the U.S. from Ethiopia at age 4 as an asylum seeker.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:02:44 -0400
  • U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers news

    (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis. The Missouri senator's investigation comes amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying everyday as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This epidemic is the direct result of a calculated sales and marketing strategy major opioid manufacturers have allegedly pursued over the past 20 years to expand their market share," McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in a letter to the drugmakers.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:11:19 -0400
  • White House offers muddled message to states considering Medicaid expansion news

    The White House didn’t have a clear message for states looking to potentially expand Medicaid in the wake of the American Health Care Act’s (AHCA) failure, implying that the bill would have saved the program for low-income and disabled Americans by cutting nearly a trillion dollars from its funding. Press secretary Sean Spicer was asked during Tuesday’s briefing about possible expansions of Medicaid coverage in Kansas, Georgia and Virginia. The three states are in varying stages of moving toward joining the 31 states that have already opted in to Obamacare’s expansion of  the decades-old program, which covers 74 million Americans.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:03:10 -0400
  • John McCain is not sorry for calling Kim Jong Un ‘fat’ news

    “What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?” Sen. John McCain quipped via Twitter on Wednesday in response to a report by the Korean Central News Agency that the dignity of North Korea’s supreme leadership was hurt by McCain’s recent description of Kim Jong Un as the “crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea.” What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:16:50 -0400
  • 3 Iraqis living in US accused of hiding ties to kidnapper

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Adil Hasan and his wife, Enas Ibrahim, came to the U.S. in 2008 as refugees from Iraq, and have been living peacefully in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., ever since.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:06:33 -0400
  • ‘I’m a strong black woman’: Maxine Waters says she’s not responding to Bill O’Reilly jab news

    Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., responded Tuesday after Fox News host Bill O’Reilly ridiculed her appearance, saying he was unable to focus during a recent speech she gave on the House floor because he was distracted by her “James Brown wig.”

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:52:16 -0400
  • Boeing airliner catches fire in Peru, no serious injuries reported

    A Boeing jet operated by Peruvian Airlines caught fire on Tuesday while landing at an airport near the Andean town of Jauja in central Peru after it swerved on the runway, but there were no serious injuries, a government minister said. Peruvian Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-300 jet drove off the runway for unspecified reasons during the scheduled landing, after swerving to the right. Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred about 4:30 p.m., involving the Boeing 737-300 jet at the high-altitude airport in an agricultural valley some 265 kilometers from Lima, the capital.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:05:35 -0400
  • Family of Chinese man killed by Paris police calls for calm news

    The family of a Chinese man shot dead by French police called for calm Wednesday following two nights of violent protests over his killing. Liu Shaoyo was shot on Sunday by a police team that was called to his apartment in northeast Paris over a suspected domestic dispute. The police said the officer who fired the shots acted in self-defence after the 56-year-old father of five attacked another officer with a knife.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:27:16 -0400
  • DNC Chairman Tom Perez Asks For Staff Resignations news

    Perez is in the midst of trying to rebuild the party in the wake of November's stunning election defeat.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:58:26 -0400
  • Elon Musk explains why drivers won’t care about the Model 3’s bizarre dashboard design news

    When Tesla unveiled the Model 3 last year, tech and auto observers couldn't help but notice that the car lacked an instrument cluster. Instead, Tesla representatives suggested that drivers would be able to ascertain all the information they needed right from the car's 15-inch tablet located on the center console. Because the design Tesla showed off was so outside the norm, many Tesla enthusiasts began speculating that Tesla must have a cool and advanced design it was planning to show us later on down the line. This speculation was only fueled by coy remarks from Tesla CEO Elon Musk who said via Twitter that everything would all make sense soon enough. Responding to a question about the lack of a dashboard/HUD, Musk last April said that "it will make sense after part 2 of the Model 3 unveil." Of course, part 2 of the Model 3 unveil came and went and we still didn't hear anything about Tesla's plans for the dashboard area. Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Tesla's plans to incorporate a futuristic HUD on the Model 3 began to grow wildly. Looking to keep expectations grounded, Musk over the past few days has come out and said that the Model 3 will not have a HUD and that users won't really care. Musk later added that drivers don't need an instrument cluster on the dash because "the more autonomous a car is, the less dash info you need." Driving the point home, Musk asked the following question: "How often do you look at the instrument panel when being driven in a taxi?" All that said, the Model 3 dashboard will more or less look like this. While such a design may make sense in a world where cars are fully autonomous, the reality is that many drivers today not only want, but need quick and easy access to pertinent information like range, speed and more. Addressing this, Musk took to Twitter once again where he explained that the final Model 3 design will display such information on the center console.  

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:30:46 -0400
  • Argentinian Immigrant Blasted After Shaming Trump in Facebook Post That Shows She Pays Her Taxes news

    She received several hate messages afterward.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:55:00 -0400
  • How to Stop ISPs from Selling Your Private Data news

    The Internet may seem like an apolitical entity, but the fact is, the United States government has a great deal of influence over it. On Thursday (Mar. 23), the U.S. Senate voted to overturn an important broadband privacy rule instituted under the Obama administration. Your ISP will continue to be able to collect and sell your online data with reckless abandon, and frankly, unless you’re willing to kneecap your own Internet access, you can’t do much about it.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:15:00 -0400
  • 'Angel of Death' serial killer dies after attack in prison news

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky died Thursday, two days after investigators said he was attacked in prison, Ohio's prisons department said.

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:37:36 -0400
  • DeVos says her predecessor wasted money on school reform news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday accused her predecessor of wasting billions of dollars trying to fix traditional public schools and said that school choice was the way to reform the system.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:58:06 -0400
  • This Homemade Cleaning Solution is the Easiest Way to Clean Shower Doors news

    You only need two ingredients!

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:32:27 -0400
  • Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle lawsuit over account abuses news

    (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said it agreed in principle to pay $110 million to settle a lawsuit by customers challenging its opening of accounts without their permission, a practice that led to a scandal that cost the bank's chief executive his job. Customers said this saddled them with accounts they did not need or want, and fees they knew nothing about. The lawsuit dates from May 2015, sixteen months before Wells Fargo agreed to pay $185 million in penalties to settle regulatory charges over the sham accounts, estimated to number as many as 2 million.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:38:51 -0400
  • ‘Carlos the Jackal’ Receives Third Sentence to Life in Prison news

    The final chapter in a legal battle against the man who was once the world’s most wanted fugitive.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:39:07 -0400
  • Trump's debt collector: Tillerson heads to NATO news

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will present a meeting of the NATO allies on Friday with a demand from President Donald Trump that they increase defense spending. The annual NATO foreign ministers talks in Brussels were brought forward at the last minute after Tillerson warned he would not be able to attend on the long-planned date. Washington's top diplomat is reportedly keeping time free in early April to take part in a possible golf resort summit between Trump and China's leader Xi Jinping.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:13:49 -0400
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 news

    On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds his daily press briefing with the White House press corp.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:07:00 -0400
  • Austria Refuses To Accept Refugees news

    Austria delivered another blow to the EU's refugee resettlement program.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:47:43 -0400
  • Completely insane architects are planning to hang a skyscraper from an asteroid news

    Words like "insane," "crazy," and "nuts" get thrown around a lot — I use them more than my fair share, if I'm being honest — but a New York design group just revealed plans for a new type of skyscraper that really can't be described any other way. Their plan is to construct a huge structure on the surface of an asteroid and, believe it or not, that's probably the most rational part of the proposal. Clouds Architecture Office is the firm that wants to build the massive skyscraper, which it calls Analemma Tower. The structure, which at this point is completely conceptual and likely completely impossible, would require that an asteroid be captured and brought into near-Earth orbit. With anchor points on the asteroid, the building is designed to — this is the part where things go completely off the rails — hang completely upside down, using the asteroid like a gravitational balloon to hold the structure in place above the Earth's surface. The tower would be in eccentric geosynchronous orbit, and would "travel" between hemispheres on a regular daily schedule, and in a figure eight pattern. The architects say the tower would spend much of its time over New York City thanks to its planned trajectory. The building could remain completely disconnected from the surface indefinitely by drawing power from solar panels situated above cloud level. Water would be filtered within the structure in a semi-closed loop, but the tower could also capture its own water while in-flight. As far as traveling to and from the tower, the concept suggests that people could just parachute down to Earth whenever they needed to leave. As for getting back home, the company doesn't seem to have nailed down exactly how that will work, but by the time the tower is actually built we'll probably have teleportation pads, too.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:00:36 -0400
  • Two Miami police officers shot in ambush-style attack news

    Two plainclothes police detectives in Miami were wounded when a group of men fired dozens of shots into their unmarked car Monday night in an ambush, the Miami-Dade Police Department said. Police apprehended several suspects early Tuesday and charges were pending, police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said by phone. The attack on the detectives occurred as they conducted surveillance for gang activity outside an apartment complex in northwestern Miami, police said in a news release.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:40:32 -0400
  • Photos of the day - March 28, 2017

    An Indian girl wearing a traditional clothe takes part in the procession to celebrate the Gudi Padwa, Maharashtrian’s New Year in Mumbai, India; Dust and smoke billows out from a residential house which was blown up during a gunfight between militants and Indian soldiers in Durbagh village of Chadoora, 15 km from Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir; and, Tourists view cherry blossoms at Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, China.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:42:20 -0400
  • College campus free-speech zones face new scrutiny, lawsuit news

    On some college campuses, students and outsiders are allowed to protest and distribute flyers only in free-speech zones. Supporters say it's a way to protect against disruptions to school operations, but opponents call it censorship.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:46:24 -0400
  • 14-Year-Old Dies After Being Pinned Under Log at Beach While Snapping Pictures With Friends news

    Her family believes she broke her neck.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:18:00 -0400
  • Mysterious carving found at church where John F. Kennedy wed news

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A mysterious carving of a woman's face has been discovered at the church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier married in 1953, the church announced Wednesday.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:44:45 -0400
  • Exxon Mobil urges Trump to stay in Paris climate accord news

    Energy giant Exxon Mobil has asked the Trump administration not to scrap US participation in the landmark Paris climate agreement, running counter to White House moves on carbon emissions. The news came as President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled a new executive order that could roll back some of the previous Democratic administration's policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In a March 22 letter to Trump energy advisor G David Banks, Exxon's head of environmental policy and planning, Peter Trelenberg, praised the 2015 Paris Agreement as the first to tackle emissions by both the developed world and developing countries such as China and India.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:07:14 -0400
  • Hong Kong-style waffles make their way to American weddings news

    ABC News' Charli James discovers a new sweet treat taking weddings and social media by storm.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:26:49 -0400
  • US-led coalition 'probably' had role in Mosul civilian casualties news

    The US-led anti-jihadist coalition said Tuesday it "probably" played a role in civilian casualties in west Mosul, as the UN and Amnesty International called for greater efforts to protect civilians. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still inside west Mosul, caught up in deadly fighting between the Islamic State group and Iraqi forces who are backed by coalition air strikes in the battle to retake the area from the jihadists. West Mosul is both smaller and more densely populated than the city's east, meaning that this stage of the battle poses a greater danger to civilians than those that came before.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:09:15 -0400
  • iOS 11’s big feature could be a massive Siri upgrade news

    While there’s an abundance of iPhone 8 rumors to check out on a regular basis, we don’t see that many iOS 11 leaks. It's surprising, given that iOS represents one of the most important features of the iPhone and a reason why many people would not leave Apple’s platform for any competing mobile operating system. A new report out of Israel brings says that Siri will get a massive upgrade in iOS 11, revealing some of the new purported features of Apple’s smarter virtual assistant. According to The Verifier, Siri will gain more powers on all of Apple’s devices, including iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The most important features, if the report is accurate, seem to be Siri integration in iMessage and iCloud. Siri in iMessage would probably work very similarly to what Google’s Assistant inside Google Allo. The assistant would be ready to offer context-based suggestions, like where to go to dinner and how to get there. Apple already has a patent detailing such a feature. The iCloud integration would allow Siri to identify the user’s various devices that might be associated with an Apple ID, and offer actions and responses across operating systems, including Mac and iPhone. Siri would reportedly learn more details about the user’s habits, and offer different actions based on the context, not just in iMessage, the report indicates. The report says Siri will be comparable to Bixby when it comes to feature, which is Samsung’s recently introduced voice-based assistant. Bixby, however, is yet to prove itself as it'll only launch in limited form with the Galaxy S8. Considering that everyone is beefing up their virtual assistants, it’s likely Apple will upgrade Siri in iOS 11, even though there’s no way of verifying The Verifier's interesting claims at this point.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:44:25 -0400
  • Arizona high school athletes arrested in hazing case

    Six Arizona high school football players were arrested on Wednesday and accused of sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault in connection with a hazing case, police said. Police said the students were current or former members of the team at Hamilton High School in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. “This is an on-going investigation and there may be other victims out there,” said Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:17:29 -0400
  • A window into the plight of America’s railways: Are Amtrak’s long-distance routes coming to an end?

    Earlier this month, President Trump proposed $16.2 billion for the Department of Transportation’s discretionary budget for fiscal year 2018, a reduction of 13 percent. The budget proposal would affect the California Zephyr and other long-distance rail lines run by national rail operator Amtrak.

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:49:37 -0400
  • 2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon LWB news

    It's a van called a wagon that drives like a car.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:10:00 -0400
  • Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid news

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, days after the collapse of GOP leaders' repeal effort in Washington.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:21:48 -0400
  • Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrested news

    A woman believed to have driven three burglars to an Oklahoma home where they were shot to death during a suspected home invasion has been arrested on murder and robbery warrants but the homeowner's son who shot them has not been arrested while police investigate whether he acted in self-defense under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:45:45 -0400
  • Houthi rebels in Yemen threatening strategic strait: US official news

    Houthi rebels in Yemen are threatening free movement into and out of the Red Sea with missiles, mines and other sophisticated defenses on a key strait, a top US general said Wednesday. The Bab el-Mandeb Strait connects the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean, a strategic passage for world trade. Bordering it to the east, Yemen is locked in a deadly civil war between government forces backed by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Iran-supported Houthis.

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:37:05 -0400
  • This Is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Can You Spot the Changes? news

    JL Wrangler Forums seems to have gotten images of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler in production form. It looks, well, familiar.

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:14:38 -0400
  • At least 14 dead in IS truck bomb at Baghdad checkpoint news

    At least 14 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at an entrance to Baghdad, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said Thursday. The blast, which hit the checkpoint at the main southern entrance to the city on Wednesday night, also wounded at least 36 people, the officials said. The jihadist group overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since regained much of the territory they lost.

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:12:05 -0400
  • Warning: Don’t believe phone scammers who say your iCloud account was hacked news

    There’s a group of hackers out there that claims it can reset hundreds of millions of iPhones by using stolen iCloud credentials. The attack should occur on April 7th unless Apple pays a ransom, but the iPhone maker denied having its servers breached. If the threat is real, it uses data taken from previous breaches. Information gained from previous hacks might be used to reset iPhones, a report showed, but it’s not clear what the scope of the attack would be. So far, the hackers seem to be interested in getting as much publicity as possible. But other scammers have developed a different iCloud con, one that's getting more traction thanks to all the news detailing the potential attack on April 7th. The scammers call unsuspecting iPhone users to tell them their iCloud accounts have been hacked. Whatever you may think, don't believe them — your iCloud account is probably safe. The scammers pretend to call you from Apple’s support department, Business Insider explains, and many people posted on Twitter to detail their experiences with this new iCloud con. The callers, who seem to be targeting users at random, will tell you that your iCloud account was hacked, and they will ask for your credentials to verify your identity. The log-in information can then be used by an attacker to sign into the victim’s iCloud account, make purchases, access protected messages and backups, and more. Furthermore, Macworld points out that scammers may insist on installing antivirus software on your computer, which is likely malware ready to steal more data from unsuspecting victims. If you believe that your iCloud account was hacked, change the password yourself on a machine you know to be secure, and consider enabling two-factor authentication. You can even contact Apple yourself, but don’t fall for this scam.

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:43:14 -0400
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