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UN disarmament chief warns digital technologies lower barriers to malicious intrusions

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:22 pm

The U.N. disarmament chief is warning that digital technologies are lowering barriers to malicious intrusions and opening potential areas for governments, armed groups, terrorists and criminals to carry out attacks, including across international borders

VERBATIM: Izumi Nakamitsu recently told a U.N. Security Council meeting on cybersecurity that there has been “a dramatic increase in the frequency of malicious incidents in recent years.” The incidents ranged from disinformation to the disruption of computer networks that are diminishing trust among nations. Nakamitsu warns that the difficulty of determining responsibility for cyber attacks “could result in significant consequences, including in unintended armed responses and escalation.”

 

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San Francisco Bay Area zoo inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against COVID

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:21 pm

A San Francisco Bay Area zoo is inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against the coronavirus

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The vaccinations are part of a national effort to protect animal species.

The Oakland Zoo is using an experimental vaccine developed and donated by a New Jersey company.

None of the animals at that zoo have gotten the virus.

Staff have used barriers and enhanced protective gear to protect the animals.

 

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Atlanta-area country club shooting leaves one man dead

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:19 pm

A shooting at an Atlanta-area country club has left one man dead as authorities search for his killer

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The shooting took place on Saturday afternoon at Pinetree Country Club in the town of Kennesaw.

So says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Authorities didn’t immediately identify the victim or release additional details about the shooting.

But footage from WAGA-T-V show a white pickup truck stuck on a hill in the middle of the club’s golf course.

 

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Police in Virginia are investigating a shooting that has injured four children in the city of Norfolk

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:18 pm

Police in Virginia are investigating a shooting that has injured four children in the city of Norfolk

 

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The Virginian-Pilot newspaper says a 6-year-old girl is hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police say that girl is in stable condition.

Three teens also got shot.

Police say those injured teens are a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy.

All three got hospital treatment for injuries not considered life threatening.

 

 

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U.S. officials face dilemma surrounding ransomware payments

Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 11:44 am

The dilemma surrounding ransomware payments has left U.S. officials fumbling about how to respond to such demands

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While the Biden administration “strongly discourages” paying, officials recognize that failing to pay would be almost self-destructive for some victims. In an initial step, bipartisan draft legislation would mandate immediate federal reporting of ransomware attacks. Doing so could assist response, help identify attackers and even recuperate ransoms, as the FBI did with most of the $4.4 million that Colonial Pipeline recently paid. But without additional action soon, experts say ransomware payments will continue to skyrocket…JH reporting.

 

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Americans return to post-pandemic in-store shopping

Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 11:43 am

With the pandemic on the wane, Americans are getting back to one of their favorite pastimes: in-store shopping!

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The return to store shopping, highlighted in many retailers’ recent earnings reports, offers a big relief in part because shoppers return less when they make their purchases at the store – 8% compared with 25% for online, according to Forrester Research. And store customers tend to do more impulse buying. For clothing, for instance, 25% of purchases are done on a whim versus 16% online. That, according to market research firm NPD Group. Rich Thomason reporting.

 

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Ohio man dies in mountain peak fall in Alaska

Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 11:40 am

A 52-year-old man from Ohio has died after falling from the mountain peak of a national park in Alaska

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David Shrider fell 150 feet down the slope of a peak Friday in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

So say park officials.

The park is located near the Alaskan town of Kennecott.

A park official says just before the fall, a family member in the hiking group reported Shrider asked for help and then rolled down a slope.

 

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A judge has ruled that the CEO and general counsel of Eastman Kodak must both testify under oath as part of an investigation from New York’s attorney general into possible insider trading

Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 11:37 am

A judge has ruled that the CEO and general counsel of Eastman Kodak must both testify under oath as part of an investigation from New York’s attorney general into possible insider trading

VERBATIM: Attorney General Letitia James is investigating CEO Jim Continenza’s purchase of company stock last June. Under the order, Continenza must testify on October 1 while General Counsel Roger Byrd must testify on September 24. The company must turn over documents by June 30. The company has denied any wrongdoing.

 

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The Biden administration has sued to block the merger of two of the world’s largest insurance brokers

Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 11:36 am

The Biden administration has sued to block the merger of two of the world’s largest insurance brokers

VERBATIM: In its suit, the administration asserts the deal could eliminate competition, raise prices and hamper innovation for U.S. businesses, employers and unions that use the companies’ services. The Justice Department is seeking to stop AON’s proposed $30 billion acquisition of rival benefits and risk consultant Willis Towers Watson. Department officials say the proposed merger would bring together two of the “Big Three” global insurance brokers.

 

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Retailers predict strong back-to-school sales

Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 11:21 am

Retailers predict strong back-to-school sales

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With physical classrooms returning to normal, retailers are predicting a spending boom in July as parents stock up on back to school items.

The pandemic caused sales to plummet for traditional back to school items last year, but many economists suggest the reopening of classrooms across the nation this fall may return spending to pre-pandemic levels.

 

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A former UAW president is headed to prison

Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 11:19 am

A former UAW president is headed to prison

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Accused of fostering a “culture of corruption,” former United Autoworkers Union President Gary Jones has been sentenced to 28 months in federal prison. Prosecutors say that Jones plotted to steal up to $1.5-million in union dues to spend on his vacation home and lavish meals.

 

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Ally Financial says it is ending overdraft fees

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 12:27 pm

Ally Financial says it is ending overdraft fees entirely on all of its bank products, becoming the first large U.S. bank to end overdraft fees across its entire business

VERBATIM: Ally cited specifically the impact that overdraft fees have on Black and Latino households. They are historically poorer than their white counterparts and are hit with overdraft fees more often. It’s a major move by Ally, one of the nation’s largest banks, and for the industry, which has been reliant on overdraft fees for decades to boost profits, often at the expense of poorer Americans who can’t afford to pay such fees in the first place.

 

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Airline industry is speeding up its campaign to allow more international travel

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 12:25 pm

The airline industry is speeding up its campaign to allow more international travel

VERBATIM: Airlines are looking for leaders of the wealthy G7 countries to take steps next week toward easing border restrictions and allowing more international travel. The airline industry’s main trade group, the International Air Transport Association, says governments should use screening measures, such as testing passengers for the virus, rather than imposing quarantines and other restrictions. The group says studies show travelers pose little risk of spreading COVID-19.

 

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A key Democratic senator says he won’t vote for his party’s overhaul of U.S. election law

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 12:17 pm

A key Democratic senator says he won’t vote for his party’s overhaul of U.S. election law

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is defying his party and the White House and virtually guaranteeing the failure of the legislation after a near party-line approval in the House. Manchin writes in a home-state newspaper that “voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.”

 

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WHO unveils new system for naming coronavirus variants

Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 11:27 am

The World Health Organization has unveiled a new system for naming coronavirus variants. Letters of the Greek alphabet are now being used for coronavirus variants, instead of alphanumeric numbers such as B.1.351. The W-H-O hopes the move will simplify discussion and pronunciation while avoiding stigma. Since the pandemic began, the names people have used to describe the virus have provoked controversy. The W-H-O has said people should avoid using country names in association with emerging variants.

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Moderna applies for full U.S. approval of its COVID-19 vaccine

Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 11:26 am

Moderna has started an application for full U-S approval of its COVID-19 vaccine. The American pharmaceutical company says it has begun the process to win full U-S regulatory approval for the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in adults. Moderna’s vaccine already has been cleared for emergency use by the FDA. It’s the second COVID-19 vaccine maker to seek full approval, following Pfizer and German partner BioNTech.

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Independent booksellers have — so far — avoided disaster

Sun, May 30, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Through the first year of the pandemic, the country’s independent booksellers have — so far — avoided disaster

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The American Booksellers Association says membership has increased increased by 66 to 17-hundred-01 since May of last year. The additions are combination of brand-new stores and existing ones that joined the trade group. While association CEO Allison K. Hill and others had feared that hundreds of stores could go out of business during the 2020-21 holiday season, the ABA has tallied just 14 closings this year so far, along with more than 70 last year. Rich Thomason reporting.

 

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California, U.S. gov’t agree to allow massive wind energy farms off the state’s central, northern coasts

Sun, May 30, 2021 at 3:30 pm

California and the U.S. government have agreed to allow massive wind energy farms off the state’s central and northern coasts

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The pact would float hundreds of turbines off the coast of Morro Bay and Humboldt Bay. It has been promoted as a breakthrough to eventually power 1.6 million homes. The plan would place 380 turbines some 20 miles off the coast of scenic Morro Bay. Officials plan to finalize the locations next month and could offer leases for sale next year.

 

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Massive new $1.73 billion concourse with 15 gates has opened at L-A International Airport

Sun, May 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm

A massive new $1.73 billion concourse with 15 gates has opened at Los Angeles International Airport

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The West Gates expansion is now in service, following a ceremony marking more than four years of work as part of a $14.5 billion airport modernization project. The concourse will serve international and domestic flights. Located just west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the five-level, 750,000-square-foot West Gates concourse is 1,700 feet long. Officials say it is based around a digitally based travel experience.

 

 

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Push to remove Confederate names from Pentagon properties continues

Sun, May 23, 2021 at 11:24 am

The push to remove Confederate names from Pentagon properties continues

An eight-member commission will visit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York with barracks named for Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the rebel army of the Confederate States of America. Such bases as Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort AP Hill in Virginia and Fort Benning in Georgia could also be changed because they were named after officers who left the Union ranks to join the Confederacy. The commission is required by Congress to consider renaming “anything that commemorates the Confederate States of America or any person that served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America.” Keith Peters Washington

 

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Mortgage grace period coming to an end for homeowners

Sun, May 23, 2021 at 11:23 am

Homeowners were given more opportunity to pause their mortgage payments because of the financial ravages of the pandemic, but that relief is slowly coming to an end

VERBATIM: About 3 million people are behind on their mortgage, the most at any time since the Great Recession. About 2 million are in forbearance plans, providing a reprieve of a year or more from making payments. Some are beginning to exit these arrangements, and experts expect the pace to pick up soon, with as many as 1.7 million borrowers exiting in September. Regulators warn mortgage servicers to be prepared for the onslaught. Rich Thomason reporting.

 

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Boeing deliveries of new planes slumped in April

Sun, May 16, 2021 at 1:17 pm

Boeing deliveries of new planes slumped in April, as the company worked to fix an electrical-grounding problem on some 737 Max jetliners

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Boeing says it delivered 17 planes in April, including just four Max jets. CEO David Calhoun had warned investors about the light Max shipments last month. The slow pace of deliveries hurts Boeing’s cash generation because airlines and other customers usually pay a large part of the purchase price at delivery.

 

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As COVID cases come down, wages — at least for some workers — are going up

Sun, May 16, 2021 at 1:14 pm

As the number of COVID cases comes down, wages — at least for some workers — are going up

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McDonald’s, Sheetz and Chipotle are just some of the latest companies to follow Amazon, Walmart and Costco in boosting pay. It could contribute to inflation. Whether it will remains to be seen. Many businesses say they’re having a tough time finding workers. One analyst says “Customers are coming back faster than restaurants can staff up.” Others say more generous, pandemic-era unemployment benefits are a disincentive for people to go back to work. Rich Thomason reporting.

 

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Delaware pharmaceutical company agrees to pay $12.6 million to resolve kickback allegations

Sun, May 9, 2021 at 10:44 am

A Delaware pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay $12.6 million to resolve allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by paying kickbacks

VERBATIM: Federal officials say the settlement resolves allegations that Incyte Corporation improperly used an independent foundation to cover copays of certain people taking the company’s cancer drug Jakafi from 2011 to 2014. Officials say the scheme resulted in Incyte causing false claims for Jakafi to be submitted to Medicare and to the federal health care program for military members. Incyte denies any wrongdoing and says the settlement agreement is not an admission of liability.

 

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