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  • Woman says Amazon Echo recorded private conversation, sent it to random contact

    05/24/2018 4:51:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 63 replies
    cbs ^ | May, 24, 2018 | Gene Johnson
    In a statement Thursday, Amazon confirmed the woman's private conversation had been inadvertently recorded and sent. It says the device interpreted a word in the background conversation as "Alexa" — a command that makes the machine wake up — and then it interpreted the conversation as a "send message" request. The company says it is "evaluating options to make this case even less likely."
  • Charlize Theron to Play Megyn Kelly in Film About Women of Fox News

    05/23/2018 7:01:30 AM PDT · by bgill · 73 replies
    decider ^ | May 22, 2018 | Patrick Hipes
    Charlize Theron has been set to play Megyn Kelly in Annapurna Pictures’ untitled movie that will focus on the women of Fox News Channel who worked there during the tenure of Roger Ailes, the chairman and network architect who resigned in 2016 amid a sexual and workplace harassment scandal. Jay Roach is directing the pic written by The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph in a project that has been in the works since before Ailes’ death a year ago. It will feature an ensemble cast with characters portraying Ailes and those at FNC during the scandal, which began when ex-host...
  • Who is pulling strings for Bishop Michael Curry (the royal wedding) and why?

    05/22/2018 11:07:47 AM PDT · by bgill · 66 replies
    vanity | May 22, 2018 | vanity
    Three years ago, he was a nobody. Why was Curry brought in to officiate at the royal wedding? Who's pulling strings for him and for what purpose? He's a Trump hater. This smells highly of politics.
  • Commonwealth Games: Fifty athletes in Australia 'illegally'

    05/21/2018 9:29:36 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    bbc ^ | May 21, 2018 | bbc
    Around 50 competitors have remained in Australia illegally after going missing during this year's Commonwealth Games, a government official has said. Nearly 200 others hold bridging visas and are applying for refugee status. Australia has warned it will deport those who stay in the country illegally, after dozens of competitors - including many from Africa - disappeared from the competition. The numbers are a dramatic increase on other international sporting events... Australian media had speculated that anywhere between 20 and 100 athletes had absconded during the Golden Coast Games, which ended on 15 April. They included eight members of Cameroon's...
  • New Orleans only city vying for Super Bowl 2024 at NFL owners meetings on Wednesday

    05/21/2018 9:17:25 AM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies
    nola.com ^ | May 21, 2018 | Larry Holder
    New Orleans could once again become the home for the Super Bowl on Wednesday afternoon (May 23). That's when the city's contingent, led by the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, will present a proposal to the NFL team owners to host the 2024 Super Bowl (58), according to the Saints and the GNOSF. New Orleans will be the only suitor for the 2024 Super Bowl at the league owners meetings, making its chances of landing the NFL's crowning event highly probable. The vote by the 31 other teams is expected to occur shortly after the...
  • Police: Florida couple steals motorized cart from Walmart, drives to bar

    05/21/2018 8:13:19 AM PDT · by bgill · 62 replies
    kxan ^ | May 21, 2018 | wfla
    Security cameras were rolling when Jeffrey Robert Sabiel, 50, and Santa Marie Walters, 32, stole a motorized shopping cart from a Walmart located on Missouri Avenue in Largo, according to an affidavit. Shortly after the theft was reported, the cart was spotted outside Jimmy's Sports Bar in Largo and an officer found the couple at the bar... After denying the theft, the couple admitted to taking the cart and was arrested on charges of grand theft. They were both booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
  • Teens stage ‘die-in' at Governor's Mansion

    05/21/2018 8:06:18 AM PDT · by bgill · 44 replies
    kxan ^ | May 10, 2018 | Jerry Becker
    Teenagers armed themselves with a megaphone and gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Austin Sunday night to try and get attention for their cause. “Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott, Texas legislators -- for as long as this is happening, we will stand to make sure that common-sense gun laws are enacted,” yelled one of the speakers through the device... The students also staged a “die-in,” laying down on the ground for 23 minutes as if they were dead -- one minute for every school shooting since the start of the school year... These students also want to end the culture...
  • US Bishop who stole show at royal wedding & will protest against Donald Trump in a few days [tr]

    05/20/2018 11:51:34 AM PDT · by bgill · 64 replies
    the mirror ^ | Mar. 19, 2018 | Alan Selby
    “We reject the practice and pattern of lying that is invading our political and civil life. Politicians, like the rest of us, are human, fallible, sinful, and mortal. “But when public lying becomes so persistent that it deliberately tries to change facts for ­ideological, political, or personal gain, the public accountability to truth is undermined.” Last year Rev Curry’s church slammed a ­decision by Trump to revoke one of Barack Obama’s policies in a bid to restrict the rights of immigrant children. He and more than 120 bishops claimed it would “endanger the lives of thousands of young people and...
  • Congo, U.N. deploy specialists to tackle Ebola epidemic

    05/13/2018 6:17:06 AM PDT · by bgill · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2018 | staff
    The WHO said on Friday it hopes to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine to tackle an outbreak... The Democratic Republic of Congo and U.N. agencies began deploying emergency teams of specialists over the weekend to try to prevent the spread of an Ebola epidemic suspected to have infected more than 30 people [including health care workers]... this epidemic’s proximity to the Congo River, a major transport route and lifeline both to Congo’s capital Kinshasa and to neighboring Congo Republic’s capital Brazzaville, makes it more likely the virus could break out into a wider area.
  • Canada working with US in Nigeria to stem asylum claims

    05/08/2018 9:08:22 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    bbc ^ | May 7, 2018 | bbc
    Canadian immigration officials are working with US counterparts in Nigeria to stem the number of migrants crossing illegally into Canada. Nigerian asylum seekers have been crossing into Canada at its southern border with the US in growing numbers. Many were in the US with American visas before walking into Canada. In 2017, more than 20,500 migrants crossed illegally into Canada at the US border to seek asylum - about 40% of total claims. In the first three months of this year, over half the 5,052 asylum claims by those who crossed the border were Nigerian nationals, and most had valid...
  • George Zimmerman charged with stalking investigator involved in Trayvon Martin documentary

    05/08/2018 9:04:07 AM PDT · by bgill · 52 replies
    FOX ^ | May 8, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    Zimmerman, 34, allegedly stalked investigator Dennis Warren in December 2017... Warren was hired by a production company to help find people who could be interested in participating in a documentary about [Trayvon] Martin.... An investigation by the county sheriff's office earlier this year found that Warren reached out to Zimmerman in September and gave him his contact information. Zimmerman became upset that his family was contacted to possibly participate in the documentary, the documents state. He then allegedly sent the private investigator threatening texts and emails... "Anyone who [expletive] with my parents will be fed to an alligator,"
  • Tuberculosis confirmed at high school in Sugar Land, Fort Bend ISD officials say

    05/08/2018 8:10:38 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    mysa ^ | May 8, 2018 | Dana Burke
    Officials in Fort Bend County are taking action to ensure a case of active tuberculosis does not spread to others at Sugar Land's Kempner High School, Fort Bend ISD said in a letter to parents. "Because significant exposure to TB is required in order to develop an infection, and based on the level of interaction with the individual, the health department has identified a small group of students and staff who will require testing," the letter states. Testing is conducted through the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department at no cost to the individuals, said Yaneth Calderon, spokeswoman...
  • 'Heinous and violent': MS-13's appeal to girls grows as gang becomes 'Americanized

    05/08/2018 8:00:09 AM PDT · by bgill · 14 replies
    mysa ^ | May 7, 2018 | Michael E. Miller
    Even amid a nationwide surge in MS-13 slayings, the 2017 killing stood out. Female victims are nothing new for MS-13, which is infamous in Central America for making young women choose between rape and execution. But in a gang as chauvinistic as it is fearsome, female killers are almost unheard of... Unlike their counterparts in Central America, some MS-13 cliques in the United States now allow female members, said Michael Prado, assistant special agent in charge of the Washington office of Homeland Security Investigations, a branch of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "In that regard they are somewhat progressive," he said....
  • Trump considering ending Giuliani TV interviews: report

    05/08/2018 5:57:46 AM PDT · by bgill · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2018 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump has reportedly considered blocking his new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, from making more television appearances in the wake of a series of controversial interviews. The Associated Press reported that Trump and Giuliani speak frequently, but the president has been frustrated with Giuliani's public comments, particularly about a $130,000 "hush money" payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels. Trump was reportedly upset at Giuliani and Fox News host Sean Hannity following an interview last week in which Giuliani explained that Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, had "funneled through a law firm" the $130,000. Giuliani then revealed that Trump reimbursed Cohen, contradicting Trump's...
  • Melania Trump faces new plagiarism row over cyber safety booklet

    05/08/2018 5:52:46 AM PDT · by bgill · 36 replies
    bbc ^ | May 8, 2018 | bbc
    US First Lady Melania Trump has been caught up in another plagiarism row, following the launch of her new online safety for children campaign on Monday. A booklet put out by Mrs Trump bore a striking resemblance to one published under the Obama administration. The text and graphics of the "Be Best" booklet were nearly identical to those in the previous edition. In 2016 Mrs Trump was accused of plagiarising parts of a speech from a 2008 address by Michelle Obama.
  • Love Has No Borders: 4 Migrant Couples Marry Before Entering U.S.

    05/01/2018 8:00:23 AM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    nbc ^ | Apr. 30, 2018 | Brie Stimson
    Before crossing the border into San Diego, the couples were married in a joint wedding ceremony in Tijuana Sunday morning. Pastor Emma Lozano of Chicago’s Lincoln United Methodist Church wore symbolic butterfly wings as she sought to transform the lives of the brides and grooms before her. After the ceremony, the festive group was serenaded by love songs like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” while a crowd of journalists and supporters congregated around them. And while for many Sunday’s event may be engulfed by politics, these newlyweds now have the comfort of a hand to hold for whatever...
  • US Allows Entry for 8 Asylum Seekers at Border

    05/01/2018 7:33:28 AM PDT · by bgill · 12 replies
    nbcsandiego ^ | May 1, 2018 | Elliot Spagat
    The first eight asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border were allowed entry into the U.S. Monday evening, according to Reuters. Those eight were the first in a group of nearly 150 people in a caravan of Central American migrants still waiting in Mexico to turn themselves in at San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing. The group was detained and will be vetted for possible asylum, ending a brief impasse over lack of space. The group of asylum-seekers, many fleeing threats of violence from gangs in their home countries, waited more than a day while the nation's busiest crossing facility was...
  • Homeland security agent fatally shoots suspect in San Antonio

    05/01/2018 6:26:43 AM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies
    nydailynews ^ | May 1, 2018 | Jessica Schladebeck
    A suspect was fatally shot and killed in a confrontation with a Homeland Security Officer in San Antonio Tuesday morning. An agent on the city’s south side opened fire on the person around 7 a.m., police told my SanAntionio.com. The unidentified suspect died on the scene and the details leading up to the shooting were not immediately clear.
  • Agents: We found tiger cub in duffel-bag carried across border

    05/01/2018 6:21:39 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    cbs ^ | May 1, 2018 | cbs
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents found a live tiger cub inside a duffel bag after they saw three people trying to enter the country illegally, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports. Agents said they were working near the Rio Grande Monday when they saw the three try to come into the U.S. One was carrying a small, black duffel bag but left it behind when they returned to Mexico. Inside the bag, agents found the male tiger cub. It appeared to be about three or four months old. The cub was brought to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.
  • Driver arrested after leading authorities on 5 mph chase on Loop 410

    04/29/2018 8:43:18 AM PDT · by bgill · 33 replies
    mysa ^ | Apr. 29, 2018 | Caleb Downs
    A San Antonio police officer found the man driving around 5 mph on Loop 410 near Jones Maltsberger Road around 12:30 a.m. and attempted to pull him over. Officers say the driver didn't stop and continued to flee, slowly. Texas Department of Public safety troopers later took over the chase and followed him at 5 mph on a Loop 410 access road. Authorities said they almost captured him at a stop light near Cherry Ridge Drive, but he took off again.