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Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country.


Teacher Accused of Sexual Relations With Student Smiled in Mugshot Because She's Innocent: Lawyer

Teacher Accused of Sexual Relations With Student Smiled in Mugshot Because She's Innocent: Lawyer Sarah Fowlkes was pictured grinning in her mugshot.


Photos of the day - March 22, 2017

Photos of the day - March 22, 2017 A peek at Boris in Washington; members of a Chinese honor guard salute caskets of Korean War dead; heavy snowfall in Northumberland, England; and people embrace during anniversary service for Brussels suicide attacks victims.


Oregon teen's mom: Feds should probe fatal police shooting

Oregon teen's mom: Feds should probe fatal police shooting PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of an Oregon teenager who was fatally shot by a Portland police officer is demanding a federal Justice Department investigation into her son's death.


This Stranger Did the Most Selfless Thing to Help a Mom Flying With Twins

This Stranger Did the Most Selfless Thing to Help a Mom Flying With Twins The desperate mother was about to be kicked off the plane with her babies.


Attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London

Attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London A policeman was stabbed, an assailant shot and several people injured on Wednesday close to Britain’s Houses of Parliament in what police said they were treating as a terrorist incident. Reuters reporters inside the building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament. “Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.


Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled

Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled The newly restored shrine surrounding what is believed to be Jesus's tomb was unveiled at a ceremony in Jerusalem Wednesday following months of delicate work and in time for crowds of Easter visitors. Religious leaders in traditional robes addressed a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried. Dignitaries including Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, considered the spiritual head of Orthodox church leaders, were in attendance.


Correction: Oil Pipeline story

Correction: Oil Pipeline story BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — In a story March 22 about protecting pipelines from sabotage, The Associated Press misidentified a professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, as Kerry Sundberg. His name is Kelly Sundberg.


Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul

Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul By Hamuda Hassan MOSUL (Reuters) - Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City. Heavy mortar fire killed at least five civilians and wounded more than 20 in Mosul Jadida and Rifak districts - areas that the militants had recently lost to Federal Police and Rapid Response brigades, military officials said.


A teen made a website where kittens punch Trump. So, Trump unleashed his lawyers.

A teen made a website where kittens punch Trump. So, Trump unleashed his lawyers. President Trump is busy this week helping to make sure millions of Americans don't lose their health insuran — -sorry, I mean, shutting down a teenage girl. 17-year-old Lucy from San Francisco recently designed a site called Kittenfeed.com (initially called TrumpScratch), where users get to punch Trump's face with tiny little kitchen paws. It seemed like a pretty harmless, anti-Trump site (the kittens don't even scratch!) — until she got a letter from the lawyers of a certain "well known businessman," The Observer reports.  SEE ALSO: People can't stop sharing this cartoon about Trump's 'Muslim ban' That "internationally known" and "famous" businessman (his lawyers words, not mine) is, of course, Donald Trump. In the letter, Trump's general counsel encourages the teen to cease and desist and shut down the website.  Image: www.kittenfeed.com After receiving the letter, Lucy decided to change the name of the website to Kittenfeed.com. That wasn't enough for Trump's counsel, who reportedly continued to press the 17-year-old girl. The family is waiting to see their next move. "It’s so sad that his administration is focused more on being liked, burying real news and taking down sites like mine as they supposedly make him look bad," Lucy told The Observer. Predictably, Trump's lawyers letter had the opposite effect of their intention. After The Observer published the report yesterday, the site's visitors surged from 3,000 to 50,000. Lesson: you can mess with Trump's lawyers, but don't you ever touch an animated kitten. WATCH: Robotic glove lets people with limited hand mobility perform daily tasks



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Trump, House leaders, conservatives working on health care deal - CNN


CNN

Trump, House leaders, conservatives working on health care deal
CNN
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump is personally calling individual members of the influential conservative House Freedom Caucus Wednesday evening as House leaders work on a possible deal to secure the votes to pass the GOP health care bill.
GOP health-care plan hangs in balance as conservatives demand changes Washington Post
High drama for ObamaCare vote The Hill
Inside Trump's last-ditch bid to avoid a health care disaster Politico
NBCNews.com
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Four killed, 40 injured in vehicle and knife assault near British Parliament - Washington Post


Washington Post

Four killed, 40 injured in vehicle and knife assault near British Parliament
Washington Post
LONDON — An assailant fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates to Britain's Parliament compound Wednesday after plowing a vehicle through terrified pedestrians along a landmark bridge. The attacker was shot and killed by police, but not before ...
London Terrorist Attack: 4 Killed Near British Parliament, Attacker Dead NBCNews.com
5 dead in London vehicle and knife attack, including police officer, attacker; 40 hurt Chicago Tribune
London attack: Assailant shot dead after four killed outside Parliament Fox 59
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House Intelligence chair says 'it's possible' Trump's communications were intercepted during transition - Washington Post


Washington Post

House Intelligence chair says 'it's possible' Trump's communications were intercepted during transition
Washington Post
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday accused U.S. spy agencies of abusing their surveillance powers by gathering and sharing information about President Trump and his transition team, an unproven charge that was quickly ...
Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted Politico
Overnight Cybersecurity: House Intel chair says surveillance collected on Trump transition team The Hill
Trump Surveillance Flap Throws Monkey Wrench Into House Russia Investigation NPR
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Can you tally up world progress?

Can you tally up world progress? When the cold war ended a quarter century ago, and with it the division of the world into two “camps,” the United Nations decided to start measuring the progress of humanity as a whole. The hope behind such alternative indicators is that an attempt to measure something might help reveal what causes it or could push it along.


After ISIS: For Iraqis, reconciliation in Mosul will be challenging, and vital

After ISIS: For Iraqis, reconciliation in Mosul will be challenging, and vital The colonel is a quintessential Iraqi military man: shaved head, bushy black mustache, and very proud of how the Iraqi Army has rebuilt and “proved it is professional” in the fight to oust the Islamic State from Mosul. Like many in Iraq, the colonel is wary that the challenges of reconciliation and winning the peace in Mosul and across the complex ethnic mosaic of Nineveh Province will be harder than winning the war. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State?


‘Dare to be tender’: One year after attack, Belgian king urges kindness

‘Dare to be tender’: One year after attack, Belgian king urges kindness Brussels on Wednesday marked the first anniversary of suicide bombings that killed 32 people at the airport and subway, with ceremonies timed with the blasts and the dedication of a new memorial. Recommended: How much do you know about Islam and violence? "Above all, let us dare to be tender," he said, at the unveiling of a new monument to all the victims near the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels’ European Quarter.


What we know about Trump team Russia links – and why that matters

What we know about Trump team Russia links – and why that matters Paul Manafort was Donald Trump’s campaign manager for months in 2016. Mr. Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday at his daily briefing. Ditto longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page.


Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort received millions to promote Putin

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort received millions to promote Putin Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned in August, amid swirling rumors of his connections to foreign governments, including Russia. A new Associated Press investigation uncovered ties between Mr. Manafort and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska dating back to 2005. In a confidential strategy plan, Manafort told Mr. Deripaska that he could influence politics, business, and media across the United States, Europe, and former Soviet states for the benefit of Russia.


In unanimous decision, Supreme Court raises bar for special education

In unanimous decision, Supreme Court raises bar for special education On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of two parents of an autistic son, finding that his Colorado school district had failed to provide him with a "free and appropriate public education."


Calif. class action suit alleges 'unfair competition' with Ivanka Trump brand

Calif. class action suit alleges 'unfair competition' with Ivanka Trump brand A small, San Francisco boutique almost 3,000 miles away from Ivanka Trump’s office in the White House might not seem like a business that would find itself entangled with the first daughter’s multi-million dollar fashion brand. In a class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court last week, the 40-year-old, family-owned Modern Appealing Clothing argues that unethical promotion of the Ivanka Trump brand by the current administration has violated the US Constitution and a California statute protecting businesses against unfair competition.


Data didn't change tech's frat-boy culture. Will storytelling?

Data didn't change tech's frat-boy culture. Will storytelling? An engineer at Lever – a recruitment software startup in San Francisco – her role includes reaching out to co-workers about life in the tech industry. Now, firms like Lever are turning to anecdotes and personal exchanges as bases for developing empathy – and building inclusive cultures from the ground up.


Supreme Court tightens restrictions on presidential appointments

Supreme Court tightens restrictions on presidential appointments When the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that SW General, Inc. had violated federal labor law, the Scottsdale, Ariz., ambulance firm questioned whether the NLRB’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, had authority to handle the case. On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court sided with SW General, ruling 6-2 that Mr. Solomon’s 2011 nomination by then-President Barack Obama violated the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act, rendering Solomon’s actions against SW General null and void. Legal analysts agree that this ruling could narrow the president’s nominating authority.


What is known so far about terrorist attack outside London's Parliament

What is known so far about terrorist attack outside London's Parliament At least 20 people were injured and at least four people killed in what officials are saying was a terrorist attack that took place near the British Parliament building in London Wednesday afternoon. Others reported that a vehicle was seen on the nearby Westminster Bridge running over several pedestrians. A woman was also reportedly taken out of the river near the Westminster bridge, injured but alive.



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Teacher Accused of Sexual Relations With Student Smiled in Mugshot Because She's Innocent: Lawyer

Teacher Accused of Sexual Relations With Student Smiled in Mugshot Because She's Innocent: Lawyer Sarah Fowlkes was pictured grinning in her mugshot.


US tells allies to do more amid new offensive against IS

US tells allies to do more amid new offensive against IS WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the Islamic State group's destruction its top Middle East priority, the Trump administration on Wednesday urged coalition partners to contribute more to forces who are retaking Iraq's second largest city and readying an assault on the extremists' self-declared Syrian capital. There was no apparent announcement of a new overall strategy, however.


Photos of the day - March 22, 2017

Photos of the day - March 22, 2017 A peek at Boris in Washington; members of a Chinese honor guard salute caskets of Korean War dead; heavy snowfall in Northumberland, England; and people embrace during anniversary service for Brussels suicide attacks victims.


Knife-Wielding Attacker Shot Outside British Parliament, Pedestrians Mowed Down on Westminster Bridge

Knife-Wielding Attacker Shot Outside British Parliament, Pedestrians Mowed Down on Westminster Bridge A cop was stabbed to death and a suspect shot after car attack at British Parliament.


Hackers claim to have breached hundreds of millions of Apple accounts

Hackers claim to have breached hundreds of millions of Apple accounts

Apple’s iPhones and Apple IDs are a tough nut to crack for hackers, but it's not be impossible. At least that’s what a group of hackers seem to suggest, as they’re currently attempting to blackmail Apple for up to $100,000 before they start remotely wiping millions of iPhones. Can they actually do it? Should you be worried? It’s unclear at this point.

The hackers apparently engaged in conversations with the media to force Apple’s hand. The Turkish Crime Family hacker group, which spoke to Motherboard , want either $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards.

"I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing," one of the hackers said.

Apparently, the hackers have been in contact with Apple’s security team for quite a while now. They even posted a video on YouTube to prove they have actual access to iCloud accounts, access which can be used to remotely wipe iPhones.

Apple, understandably, doesn’t appear to be willing to pay up the ransom. "We firstly kindly request you to remove the video that you have uploaded on your YouTube channel as it's seeking unwanted attention, second of all we would like you to know that we do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law," a screenshot of a message purportedly coming from an Apple security team member reads.

The hackers say they have access to more than 300 million Apple email accounts, including @icloud and @me domains. The number is the source of some confusion though, because a different hacker from the group claimed they had 559 million accounts in all. They have not explained how they gained access to Apple ID credentials.

The hackers are threatening to move forward with remotely wiping Apple devices on April 7th, unless Apple pays up. Apple hasn’t publicly commented on the matter at this point. On the off-chance that the hackers are indeed holding access to millions of iCloud accounts, you might consider changing your password to protect your Apple ID.


Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled

Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled The newly restored shrine surrounding what is believed to be Jesus's tomb was unveiled at a ceremony in Jerusalem Wednesday following months of delicate work and in time for crowds of Easter visitors. Religious leaders in traditional robes addressed a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried. Dignitaries including Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, considered the spiritual head of Orthodox church leaders, were in attendance.


Over-excited little girl steals the Pope's hat off his head

Over-excited little girl steals the Pope's hat off his head Little kids have 10 times the energy most adults have. Put them in contact with a famous person, and anything can happen.  MountainButorac, a Catholic blogger, recently took his goddaughter to see Pope Francis II in Rome. And the lucky little one didn't just get to see him, she got close enough to receive a kiss from the head of the Catholic Church. But she wanted so much more than that. Overwhelmed by energy, she reached out, desperate to discharge it somewhere, and pulled the Pope's hat off his head. SEE ALSO: Little kid aims his pro stink eye at a chip thief The Pope's hat is technically called a zucchetto.  And he actually seemed to enjoy the moment, or at least have enough social skills to feign enthusiasm.  Watch the full interaction and rejoice! The internet has risen!   We're sure Pope Francis forgave her for the transgression.  WATCH: Robotic glove lets people with limited hand mobility perform daily tasks


Correction: Oil Pipeline story

Correction: Oil Pipeline story BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — In a story March 22 about protecting pipelines from sabotage, The Associated Press misidentified a professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, as Kerry Sundberg. His name is Kelly Sundberg.



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Sears Today, Walmart Tomorrow? Why You Don't Want To Own Any Retail Stocks - Forbes


New York Times

Sears Today, Walmart Tomorrow? Why You Don't Want To Own Any Retail Stocks
Forbes
Traditional retailers just keep providing more bad news. Payless Shoes said it plans to file bankruptcy next week, closing 500 of its 4,000 stores. Most likely it will follow the path of Radio Shack, which hasn't made a profit since 2011. Radio Shack ...
The end for Sears? Company has 'substantial doubt' about its future KTRK-TV
With Sears' future in doubt, vendors begin pulling back Nasdaq
Sears warns of 'substantial doubt' it can survive, but exec touts repair effort Los Angeles Times
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Virgin America will disappear into Alaska Airlines in 2019 - Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times

Virgin America will disappear into Alaska Airlines in 2019
Los Angeles Times
Virgin America, the California-based carrier with the blue mood lighting and high-tech entertainment system, will be fully absorbed by Alaska Airlines by the end of 2019 as Alaska strives to become the West Coast's dominant airline. Only three months ...
Alaska Airlines is killing off the Virgin America brand CNNMoney
Alaska will fold Virgin America brand within two years The Seattle Times
Alaska Air grounds Virgin America brand, but fate of on-demand food still up in the air San Francisco Business Times
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J&J and Verizon Join Major Marketers Suspending YouTube Advertising - AdAge.com


AdAge.com

J&J and Verizon Join Major Marketers Suspending YouTube Advertising
AdAge.com
Johnson & Johnson has suspended its YouTube advertising globally, joining a growing group of advertisers and agencies stepping back from the dominant video platform over ads' proximity to hate speech, terrorist propaganda and other objectionable ...
More advertisers flee Google over offensive YouTube videos Los Angeles Times
Verizon, AT&T and J&J Are the Latest to Pull Ads From YouTube Over Extremist Videos Adweek
The real motivations behind the growing YouTube advertiser boycott Business Insider
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Trudeau Placeholder Budget Holds Line on Deficits, Spending - Bloomberg


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Trudeau Placeholder Budget Holds Line on Deficits, Spending
Bloomberg
Justin Trudeau's government is hitting the brakes on new spending and avoiding major tax changes as Canada's economy shows signs of recovery. Finance Minister Bill Morneau revealed his second budget Wednesday, leaving deficit projections and total ...
Instant View: Canada budget seen as 'passive' and 'a place-holder' Reuters
Canada unveils wait-and-see budget amid US policy uncertainty Business Insider
Budget 2017: Liberals spend on training and innovation while holding line on most taxes Yahoo News
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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.


The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals

The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals This evening is Game 1 of the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will once again face off, and each team has a very stylish roster.


How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike

How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike "Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.​


Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?

Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending? One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.


Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina

Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 


Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen

Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.


Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana

Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.



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