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Apple Says No to Request to Hack iPhone of Drug Dealer

Apple is once again saying no to the U.S. government. On Friday, in a legal filing the giant in tech company argued it should not have to aid officials from law enforcement who are seeking to extract data out of a trafficker of methamphetamine’s iPhone because not all means have been used to possibly bypass the security code. Lawyers for the company also contend that the Justice Department misinterpreted the act of 1789 known as the All Writs Act that it used to ask a federal court in Brooklyn to compel the assistance Apple. Apple lawyers filed... 
 

Michael Hammond Gateway Co-Founder Dead Aged 53

Gateway, the computer maker co-founded by Michael Hammond that he began in a farmhouse in Iowa and was known for shipping products inside boxes with the design of a spotted cow, died at home is Sioux City, Iowa. Hammond was 53. The death was confirmed by Korey Robinson a funeral home director in Iowa. A spokesperson for the medical examiner’s office in Woodbury County said that office had yet to release any autopsy results. Hammond and Ted Waitt, who was also originally from Iowa, started Gateway while in their 20s back in 1985. Initially the... 
 

USDA Preparing New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Tom Vilsack the United States Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Sylvia Burwell the Secretary of Health and Human Services jointly said the agencies will remain within the scope of their mandate which is to provide dietary and nutritional information, when it pertains to dietary guidelines. Rather than recommending a diet that is strictly based upon nutritional value, in February the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended that environmental sustainability needed to be a factor therefore people in the U.S. should eat more plants... 
 

Law Enforcement: Community College Shooter was Bitter

Authorities said they had recovered a document that they believe might have been written by the shooter in Thursday’s massacre at an Oregon community college. The document refers bitterly to having a lonely existence with little actual human connections besides his online communications. The official who released this information was not authorized to do so and said that authorities were reviewing the complete document that he described as someone rambling. Investigators believe the shooter appeared to be associated with an online loosely affiliated... 
 

Blackmailers Making Millions with Ashley Madison Stolen Info

The Ashley Madison website was hacked back in July, which compromised intimate and personal information of millions of users. The site continues to be in the news for all the wrong reasons. The website was hacked by Impact Team, a group of hackers that allegedly demanded the parent company of Ashley Madison, Avid Life Media shut down the site and a sister site known as Established Men. If the sites were not shuttered, the hacker group said it would make all the private data public. Avid Life did not give into the hacker group’s demands, which... 
 

Study: Vitamin D Supplements Do Little for Obese Teens

Taking supplements of vitamin D is no benefit for obese teens and might actually do harm to their health says a new study. Studies have indicated a possible link between a deficiency of vitamin D and problems with heart disease, insulin resistance and some medical care providers put teens who are obese on high doses of vitamin D in an attempt to slow down or reverse such health problems related to obesity. However, this most recent research has found that supplements produce no improvement in heart health or lower diabetes risk in obese teens, said... 
 

Hillary Clinton Proposing Plan for College Affordability

Hillary Clinton announced on Monday that she would unveil a plan for over $350 million aimed at making it more affordable for college and reducing the burden of debt students are incurring. At a New Hampshire town meeting, in a state with the highest average student debt in the nation, Clinton will be proposing the steps to reduce the overall cost of public schools for a four-year degree, making community college of two-years tuition-free and cut the interest rates of student loans, according to aides from her campaign. The affordability plan, a... 
 

Outbreak of Legionnaires Disease Kills Four

Doctors are saying that more cases of the disease are likely in the Bronx over the coming days, following five cooling towers becoming contaminated with the deadly bacteria. Four people have lost their battle with Legionnaires’ disease following the biggest outbreak of the sickness in the past three years in New York City. Thus far, New York Health Department officials estimate that there have been 65 cases over the last three weeks. Investigators said they identified the bacteria’s source and the Health Department cleaned five cooling towers... 
 

CDC: Parasite in Swimming Pool Causes Outbreak of Diarrhea

Swimmers in public pools have been advised of late by the Center for Disease Control to be cautious, as an outbreak of diarrhea has taken hold due to Cryptosporidium a parasite that lives in pool water. The CDC report says the causes of many water illnesses are poor hygiene in the pools and the poor cleaning procedures carried out by the pool maintenance workers. The report from the CDC included extensive data between 2011 and 2014, when 90 diarrhea outbreaks took place across the U.S. Currently there are more than 1,788 cases that have been reported.... 
 

Teachers in Chicago Break Off Talks over New Contract

The Chicago Teachers Union head announced on Thursday that its negotiations with officials from the school systems had collapsed, only days prior to the contract expiring for the third largest school district in the nation. Karen Lewis the President of CTU suggested in her comments to reporters that it was not likely that this impasse would be resolved prior to the expiration of the contract on Tuesday. The breakdown with these negotiations was unexpected since Lewis had earlier expressed optimism during the week that officials from Chicago Public... 
 

Hawaii Becomes First State with Smoking Age of 21

The governor of Hawaii signed a bill into law that makes the state the first to increase the legal age of smoking to 21. The measure looks to prevent adolescents from buying, possessing, smoking both traditional and electronic cigarettes. The law was signed by Governor David Ige on Friday. Dozens of governments at a local level have similar type bans including New York City. Increasing the minimum age as part of the state’s comprehensive control efforts on tobacco will help lower the tobacco use amongst the Hawaii youth and increase the changes... 
 

Rare Trip by Obama to Capitol Hill in Attempt to Save Trade Bill

In one more sign that the trade bill of President Barack Obama is in jeopardy, the president traveled on Friday to Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional Democrats pushing for more support on a vote that is related to trade authority. Democrats in the House, of which the overwhelming majority are trying to defeat fast track legislation on trade, met the President early Friday, according to an aide from the party. A final vote for the legislation should take place later Friday, following a procedural vote that narrowly passed on Thursday night. With... 
 

FDA Panel Backs Female Viagra

A panel of medical experts has recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve the so-called “female Viagra” drug that is designed to boost the libido of women. Flibanserin, the new drug, has been rejected on two previous occasions by the FDA since 2010 due to concerns that its side effects outweigh the benefits. However, the vote of 18-6 was considered a wide margin of victory for the drug, since the regulatory agency often times adopts the advice of its expert groups and the same group had voted twice before against flibanserin. Critics... 
 

Beau Biden Dies of Brain Cancer

Former attorney general of Delaware Joseph “Beau” Biden III the son of Joseph Biden the Vice President of the United States died on Saturday after losing a courageous battle against brain cancer said the VP in a prepared statement. The U.S. Vice President said the entire Biden family could not express their sadness. We know the spirit of Beau will live amongst us, especially through Hallie his brave wife and their two remarkable children Hunter and Natalie. Beau Biden, who was 46, was hospitalized earlier in May and died Saturday evening while... 
 

U.S. Military Mistakenly Ships Live Anthrax

Four workers in a lab in the U.S. and as many as 22 overseas were put in a post-exposure treatment program after they were inadvertently shipped live anthrax by the U.S. Military. The anthrax samples were sent to six states in April, an official from the Department of the Defense said on Wednesday. The sample of anthrax were shipped by FedEx to seven different companies in six states April 29 said an official in defense. The shipments were shipped with less rigorous conditions as they were thought to be dead samples. The protocol for live agent... 
 

Home Prices Maintain Their Climb

Home Prices have continued their rise during March according to a Tuesday report, underscoring the concerns of many economists over whether the price gains that have been strong will be sustainable. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which covers the entire country, was up 4.1% for the 12 months that ended March 31, slightly weaker than the increase of 4.2% for February. The indexes for 10 cities and 20 cities saw increases year over year that were similar in March as they were in February. The index of 10 cities was up 4.7% from the same... 
 

Authorities Charge Five with Filing Fraudulent Taxes

Four men have been arrested for allegedly taking part in an identity theft scheme that covered the entire country and gave them the opportunity to obtain millions of dollars through fraudulent tax returns from the Department of Revenue in Oregon and the Internet Revenue Service. A warrant was issued for a fifth suspect in the fraud according to the Justice Department statement that was released on Thursday. The men are alleged to have used personal ID information of over 125,000 people whose personal data they had obtained through a data breach... 
 

Passenger Dies After Taking Tram Controls and Being Ejected

A passenger was killed on Friday after on an unauthorized ride, when he was ejected through the tram’s windshield and fell from the elevated track of the tram during a routine maintenance run at Florida’s Orlando International Airport. The man was not authorized to be on board the tram, but was invited along by another friend who is a crewmember with maintenance that works for Bombardier, the operator of the tram system, said authorities at the airport. The tram stopped suddenly while the passenger was at the controls and he was immediately... 
 

Pentagon Notifying Personnel on Hit List of IS

The Pentagon used the weekend to notify is service personnel who were on an Islamic State hit list and the bases where the personnel are stationed contacted law enforcement authorities to increase patrols in the areas where they live. In addition, after the Pentagon asked YouTube to take the IS hit list down the video site obliged. Islamic State urged its followers and its sympathizers across the U.S. to kill the service members in the U.S. on that list. The list contains names, photos and addresses. Officials at the Pentagon said the list appears... 
 

Jobless Claims Rise Slightly in U.S.

More Americans filed new claims for benefits for unemployment last week indicating the U.S. labor market was still on solid footing despite economic growth slowing. Output slowed during the first three months of the year, undercut by a severe winter, a strong U.S. dollar, weaker growth overseas and a labor dispute now settled at ports on the West Coast. The factors were mostly transitory and should fade by sometime in the second quarter. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve acknowledged that growth had been moderate but maintained its positive view... 
 

Mother and Daughter Found Hanged

Thursday night Ariana Rosa-Soares dropped off one daughter at the home of a friend and took her 9-year daughter back home with here. She never came back to pick the oldest daughter up, leaving her friend worried and puzzled. Rosa-Soares who was 32, had struggled lately according to her family and friends and she had talked about suicide. On Friday morning, police found Rosa-Soares body and that of her 9-year old daughter hanging in the basement of her home. Plymouth, Massachusetts District Attorney Timothy Cruz said they were investigating the deaths... 
 

Storm of Historic Proportions Bearing Down on the Northeast

Someday people will tell their children and grandchildren about the 2015 blizzard. The country’s National Weather Service, which is not one to exaggerate, is using different terms such as historic and life threatening to describe a weather system that has taken aim at the northeast, with the worst of it hitting between Monday night and into Tuesday. This, the first large storm of 2015, might drop as much as 3 feet of snow on New York and Boston before Tuesday when it finally ends. Winds of up to 65 mph are expected as well. Winter storm and blizzard... 
 

Ernie Banks Dies at 83

Ernie Banks a baseball legend who played 19 seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs died on Friday at the age of 83. Banks hit 512 home runs in his major league career and was inducted in 1977 into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Chicago Cubs announced the death of Banks late Friday, but did not release a cause. Banks, dubbed Mr. Cub, played his 19 seasons between first base and shortstop. He played in every season for the Cubs between 1953 and 1971. Banks was known to say, “It is a great day to play baseball, Let’s play two.” That... 
 

Sony Will Release The Interview

It is a miracle from Christmas! Sony is going to release their upcoming film The Interview after everything that has happened. An editor from a leading newspaper in Los Angeles tweeted on Tuesday a statement the company had made. In the statement, the company indicated that a green light was given to have the controversial film in movie theaters starting Christmas day. A report said that the company has not given up on the movie, never thought of canceling the release and they are very excited their movie will be out in many theaters on such a special... 
 

Gasoline Under $2 Per Gallon in Oklahoma City

On Wednesday, an Oklahoma City gas station that has been in business just a month became the first station in the U.S. to sell regular gas for under $2 per gallon since the nosedive in prices started gaining strength six weeks ago. Cars were three deep lined up at the station by late afternoon. However, shortly afterward another station in the city nearby countered with a price of $1.98 per gallon. Other competitors nearby started lowering their prices as well and by evening one station over 5 miles away had the best price at $1.95 per gallon. CEO... 
 

Chinese Investors Grab Property in Detroit

The thousands of empty homes and buildings in bankrupt Detroit, Michigan are being purchased at rock bottom prices, with many of the buyers being Chinese investors that cannot pass up the unbeatable prices. With homes that are selling for only $10,000, the Motor City is currently the No. 4 destination in the U.S. for housing investors from China. Big spenders have snapped up some of the most iconic building in Detroit. Commercial real estate, factories and upscale sections around Detroit within proximity to very good schools are all available said... 
 

FBI Arrests Mobile Spyware Vendor

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a man who is 31 years of age for allegedly selling spyware online by the name of StealthGenie. The U.S. law enforcement agency announced on Monday that an indictment was received against Hammad Akbar in Virginia for running InvoCode. The company sells the spyware on the Internet. The app StealthGenie can monitor texts, calls, videos as well as other forms of communications on mobile handsets without being detected or without the consent of the user. According to the FBI, the StealthGenie app can record... 
 

Offshoot of Occupy Wall Street Purchased Close to $4 Million in Student Debt

The group Occupy Wall Street made its name by demanding systemic change to help the 99% of the country. However, one offshoot of that movement has quietly evolved into helping people on a financial level over the years since the start of the organization. The third anniversary was this week and did not draw much media attention, but splinter group Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee, its project announced they purchased and had forgiven close to $ million in student debt, just the latest in a line of debt purchases the groups have made. The purchase... 
 

Plane Crashes into Atlantic Ocean with Unconscious Pilot

An airplane, that had a scheduled landing for Manassas, Virginia on Saturday, crashed off the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean, said authorities. The U.S. Coast Guard said the single-engine aircraft’s pilot, who was the sole person aboard, appeared to have been unconscious while the plane was flying southeast at an altitude of approximately 13,000 feet. The plane flew through restricted air space in Washington, D.C. and eventually across all of Virginia’s eastern shore. The plane ran out of its fuel eventually and subsequently crashed... 
 

Rory McIlroy is the PGA Champion

The 2014 PGA Championship will be a highlight reel for the ages. The tournament that ended early Sunday evening was one of the most exciting in years. The tournament barely was able to finish under ominous looking clouds with the final twosome nearly sprinting the 18th fairway to finish ahead of the rain and darkness. The final scene was strange as it might seem, but fitting for the tournament as it capped off a wild and unforgettably final day. Five players were in the lead at one time during the final day and at one time all five were tied for... 
 

White House Announces Majority of Children to Be Returned

On Monday, the Obama administration announced that the majority of minors that are unaccompanied and flooding across the Mexico border into the U.S. could not stay. Josh Earnest the spokesman at the White House said the majority of the children would not have the proper qualifications to remain in the U.S. Those possibly qualifying for asylum are the children who were victims of abuse in their home. Minors fleeing violence that is gang related would have a more difficult time qualifying, said experts in immigration. The stern warning came at a time... 
 

More Immigrants Anticipated in Southern California

The U.S. government does not have the room to house the influx of immigrants from south of the border and has had to bus them to different locations. One of those locations is the small city of Murrieta in Southern California, which is expecting 140 immigrants every three days. On a national holiday, marking the birth of a nation made up of immigrants, protesters for and against started a new round of demonstrations on Friday that became angry. Murrieta is named after a man from Spain who set up his own sheep ranch with his family in 1873. Today... 
 

Population of Great White Shark Increasing off U.S. and Canada Coasts

A just completed study revealed that the great white shark population is increasing in the coastal waters surrounding Canada and the U.S. The great white shark is also referred to by other names like the great white, white death, white shark and white pointer. The white sharks primarily are found in the surface waters on the coast in all of the largest oceans across the globe. The shark is known very well for its huge size. A mature great white can reach as big as 21 feet in length but some reports have suggested they could reach as long as 26 feet... 
 

Sex Offender Raped Teacher Left Alone in Prison

In a prison in Arizona, a teacher was left alone with a room of sex offenders where she was sexually assaulted and stabbed by one of the sex offenders who had been convicted of rape. The attacked took place last January 30 at the Meadow’s Unit of Emman Prison. The unit houses close to 1,300 child molesters, rapists as well as other sexual offenders. The teacher had been administering the test for high school equivalency to an estimated half dozen of the prison inmates inside a classroom that had no guard close by. She only had a radio to ask for... 
 

San Antonio Wins Fifth NBA Championship

The San Antonio Spurs trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are now the winningest trio in postseason history in the NBA. The Spurs won their fifth NBA title as a franchise on Sunday night after defeating the Miami Heat in Game 5 by the score of 104-87. The team was denied a championship a year ago by this same Heat team, which made winning it this year all the better and worth the wait. The win ended Miami’s two-year hold on the NBA Championship. LeBron James said his Heat played very well during the first quarter, but from the start... 
 

Los Angeles Wins Stanley Cup

Alec Martinez was able to score during the second period of overtime for the Los Angeles Kings giving the Kings the Stanley Cup Championship for the second time in three seasons. The Kings won the finals 4-1 with their 3-2 win at home on Friday. The Kings tied the score in regulation with just 12 minutes left in the third period on Marian Gaborik’s power play goal. The Kings had rallied from a deficit once again before ending the Ranger’s season during the longest game in the history of the franchise. Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 28 Rangers... 
 

Club Boss and Strippers Drugged Patrons Netting Thousands

Law enforcement said a tactic known as fishing – women trolling upscale restaurants and bars to find wealthy men to go on dates – was used by strippers and for four New York City men it was not your usual dinner and movie. Four female strippers and a manager of a strip club were charged earlier this week in the alleged fishing scam. The scam involved spiking the drinks of the men, taking the men to a gentlemen’s club and then charging their credit cards with tens of thousands of dollars, said prosecutors. The four women involved made pleas... 
 

Parents Money Helping Up to 50% of College Grads

Students who have graduated from college during the throes of the recent recession continue to struggle trying to live on their own. Over two years after graduating, as many as 50% of the graduates continue to rely on help from their parents or other members of their family for some kind of financial help. This is according to University of Arizona research in a study that tracked over 1,000 of its students for five years – from the time they started at UofA in 2007 through 2013. The lead researcher said that the people in the study started at... 
 

Mickelson and Icahn being Investigated by Federal Officials

The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the U.S. are investigating Carl Icahn the billionaire investor and Phil Mickelson the professional golfer for possible insider trading. Also in included in the investigation is William Walters a gambler from Las Vegas. Investigators are looking at whether Walters and Mickelson traded illegally through private information that Icahn provided about the investments he has in public corporation, said a source close to the matter. Icahn is a renowned activist investor and told reporters that he had... 
 

Casey Kasem Located by Family in Washington

The family of Casey Kasem the longtime host of American Top 40 confirmed on Thursday morning that he was found in Washington state just three days after a judge in California had ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of the 82 year old. In a statement released by the family a spokesman, said Kasem’s family was gravely worried about his medical care. They statement added that the Kasem family was doing everything it could to bring their father back home. Kerri, Kasem’s daughter, thanked authorities for locating her father and said the... 
 

Study: Officers from Border Patrol Rarely Punished

A new study by a watchdog on immigration found that the biggest federal law enforcement agency in the United States rarely disciplines its agents for mistreating immigrants as well as American citizens. The American Immigration Council’s new report found that nearly 97% of all abuse complaints that had been lodged against agents from the Border Patrol and officers from Border and Customs Protection resulted in zero disciplinary action after the completion of an investigation. Included in the complaints was one from a woman who was pregnant and... 
 

Jail Blast in Florida Kills Two with Dozens Injured

Part of the jail in Escambia County, Florida collapsed following what authorities believe was a gas explosion. The incident killed two inmates while injuring close to 100 others. Wednesday night the explosion ripped through the Pensacola jail’s area of central booking, said Kathleen Castro a spokesperson for the county. Close to 600 inmates were inside the building when the explosion took place, said Castro. Castro said rescue personnel believe that between 100 and 150 jail workers and inmates were hurt in the blast, while two inmates lost their... 
 

Four in Five High School Students in U.S. Graduate

Public high schools in the U.S. reached a big milestone as 80% of students now graduate. However, that means that 1 out of every 5 walks away without receiving a diploma. Researchers, citing progress, are projecting there will be a graduation rate before 2020 of 90%. The report was based in statistics from the Department of Education in 2012. The increase in the graduation rate was influenced by factors such as greater awareness in the problem with dropouts, as well as efforts by the federal and state governments and districts to include the rates... 
 

People Magazine Names Lupita Nyong’o as Most Beautiful Person

Lupita Nyong’o the actress who is 31 years of age was awarded on Wednesday one of the most prestigious honors for celebrities. The Oscar winner earlier this year, was crowned as the Most Beautiful in this year’s People Magazine edition. The magazine announced the winner of their prestigious honor on Wednesday morning. Nyong’o said that she was excited to grace the cover of the magazine and called the honor a huge compliment. The actress, who is 31, has proved over the last year without a doubt that she is beautiful not only on the outside,... 
 

Director of X-Men Accused of Raping Teen

Bryan Singer a director and producer is accused of giving drugs to and then raping a male teenager in Hawaii and California during the 1990s according to court documents filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed prior to the release of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past directed by Singer. The suit alleges that the director who is 48, used his insider influence in Hollywood along with alcohol and drugs to force the boy to have sex. Michael Egan, the plaintiff in the suit seeks unspecified damages as well as a trial by jury because of abuses... 
 

Shooting on Destroyer Kills Two

A sailor was shot and killed late Monday followed by security forces shooting and killing a civilian. The shootings took place at the Norfolk Naval bases aboard Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer that was docked there, said officials from the Navy. Officials described the civilian as the shooting suspect in the shooting of the sailor. He had clearance for the naval station. A naval spokesperson said it was still not known if the civilian had been given permission to be aboard the destroyer where at just after 11:20 pm on Monday the sailor was shot... 
 

Crews Searching for Mudslide Survivors in Washington

Rescue crews continued to search on Sunday for survivors of a huge mudslide that contained trees, rocks and dirt in rural Washington. Three people have been confirmed killed by the mudslide, while eight others were injured and six houses were destroyed. The fire chief of Snohomish County told reporters on Saturday night that his crew was able to hear voices from the area where the debris had gone. The voices, said the fire chief were pleading for help. It was not clear however, how many people might be trapped and still alive. Rescue workers said... 
 

Nine Missing Seven Confirmed Dead in NYC Explosion

One minute a man was watching television while working and the next he witnessed pianos flying through the air inside his workplace, as an explosion tore the building apart. The piano tech said the pianos were just lifted off the ground. The man, who also lives in the same building, said he had to crawl through all the rubble caused by the explosion, but managed to escape without injuries. Authorities said seven people were confirmed dead in the huge explosion and subsequent fire that leveled the building and one next to it. Nine people were still... 
 

Immigration Detainees in Washington on Hunger Strike

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that more than 550 detainees in Washington state at Northwest Detention Center are on a hunger strike. The detainees, who have refused to eat since this past Friday, are demanding safer working conditions, better food and that President Obama sign a presidential order to end deportations, according the founder of the Latino Advocacy Maru Mora Villalpando. The detainees on the hunger strike, said Villalpando, are just one part of an increasingly growing group of campaigns nationwide against the policy... 
 

Belle Knox to Help Sex Workers After Getting Law Degree

Belle Knox is a porn star from Duke University who is 18. She is paying for your studies at Duke by staring in porn films. She has featured in numerous movies, while hoping to get a law degree and start a foundation to help other sex workers. Knox revealed her identify on campus and that has started waves around the Durham, North Carolina school and has made her one of the most popular students at the university. Knox has already stared in six porn films and was back this week in Los Angeles preparing herself for another casting call. She said she... 
 
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