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    Stop sharing USB Flash drives – right now

    NEW YORK — It’s time to start thinking of smartphones and USB Flash drives like toothbrushes or razors — for personal use only. German security researchers have discovered that USB-connected devices have a fatal flaw. Anything that connects via USB can be reprogrammed to pose as another device. That means a stranger’s USB stick could dupe your computer into thinking it’s a keyboard, then type in certain commands and quietly take control of your laptop. Or it could pose as […]

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    Gaza cease-fire unravels; Israeli soldier kidnapped

    GAZA CITY — The latest attempt at an Israel-Hamas cease-fire disintegrated Friday. After the capture of an Israeli soldier, the conflict edged closer to escalation than to peace. The soldier was “abducted” by Palestinian militants during an attack in Gaza in which two other Israeli soldiers died, Israeli military Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. The soldiers were destroying a tunnel at the time, Lerner said. The Israel Defense Forces earlier identified soldier as 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin. A search operation […]

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    Bill Clinton hours before 9/11: I ‘could have killed’ Osama bin Laden

    WASHINGTON — An audio recording of former President Bill Clinton saying — hours before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — he “could have killed” Osama bin Laden has been uncovered. “And I’m just saying that, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden — he is a very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have gotten him — I could […]

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    Ebola outbreak could have ‘catastrophic’ consequences

    ATLANTA — Fear over Ebola is growing as international leaders and health organizations struggle to try to stop the deadly epidemic in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak “is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said in a statement Friday. “This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And these challenges are extraordinary.” This is the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa and involves the most deadly strain in the […]

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    Jobs recovery marches on, but at slower pace

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That's down from 298,000 jobs added in June, and below forecasts of 230,000 jobs from economists who were surveyed. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent in July, from 6.1 percent in June.

  • Oklahoma woman survives eight days trapped in car

      MUSKOGEE, Okla. –An Oklahoma woman who was missing for more than a week was found in her car, which got stuck in a ditch. While running errands, Kay Springer became disoriented. She ended up along the Arkansas River below Highway 62, with her car stuck in the mud and her only way out was climbing steep embankments. There was no way she could have climbed out. “People ask me if I was afraid,” Springer said. “Well I didn’t have […]

  • Disturbing videos show teens setting themselves on fire

    KANSAS CITY — Disturbing new videos are showing up on YouTube of something called the Fire Challenge. The videos show teens setting themselves on fire and recording it. It might be the most dangerous and disturbing thing people have ever seen a child intentionally do. The videos show teens dousing themselves in alcohol and, while standing in front of a shower, light the fluid. Doctors working in the burn unit call it stupidity. The University of Kansas Hospital said that […]

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    72-hour humanitarian cease-fire starts in Gaza

    GAZA CITY —  After weeks of fighting and hundreds of deaths, some semblance of peace may be coming to the Middle East — at least temporarily. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday that an unconditional humanitarian cease-fire will begin at 8 a.m. Friday in Gaza (11 p.m. Thursday MDT). It will last 72 hours — or three days — “unless extended,” the United Nations and United States said in a joint statement. “During […]

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    Dow falls over 300 points

    NEW YORK — This is shaping up to be the worst day for stocks in three months. The Dow was down almost 300 points in late trading. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell sharply as well. All three indexes have given back the gains they made in July, and the Dow threw in June as bonus. Heavy selling overseas, driven by worries about Argentina’s latest debt default and more problems with a big Portuguese bank, offset good economic data in […]

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    Small purchases trigger big overdraft fees

    NEW YORK — Even the smallest debit card purchases are leading to big fees for customers who overdraw their bank accounts. If you’ve opted in to overdraft protection at your bank or credit union, every time you make a purchase exceeding your account balance you’ll get hit with an overdraft fee and your financial institution will allow the transaction to go through. But that coverage comes at a steep cost, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. […]

  • A 3-year-old Southern California boy died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 after he climed into an unlocked car on a hot summer's day and became trapped, police said.

    Police: Toddler dies after getting trapped in hot car

    SLYMAR, Calif. —  A 3-year-old boy in Southern California died Wednesday after he climbed into an unlocked car on a hot summer’s day and was trapped, police said. The toddler was playing alone in the front yard of his house in Sylmar while his parents were home when he got into the car and couldn’t get out, said Officer Bruce Borihanh with the Los Angeles Police Department. Police told KABC-TV that the boy’s father woke from a nap and found […]

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    Can Whole Foods turn itself around?

    NEW YORK — Once the King of Kale, Whole Foods is now fighting to maintain its share of an increasingly crowded market for healthy food. Whole Foods, the leading organic grocery chain, with 388 stores in North America and the United Kingdom, reported tepid sales growth and a cautious outlook for the next quarter late Wednesday. Shares of Whole Foods sank more 3% on Thursday on the news. The stock is now down 35% this year, making it one of […]