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Your smartphone can make you vulnerable; minimize the risks

Your smartphone is your confidante, your hand-held connection to the world - and one of your biggest vulnerabilities. Scammers can take advantage of day-to-day tasks that seem innocuous, like checking a bank … more

New York couple's Florida vacation home invaded by vomiting vultures

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A New York couple's luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere. The Palm Beach Post reports the Casimano family can't even visit the … more

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record

BERLIN - July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric … more

U.S. government wants a 911-like number just for suicide hotline

NEW YORK (AP) - With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a … more

Library of spider silk could hold secrets for new materials

NEW YORK - With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk … more

Pilot hailed as hero after bird strike disables jet

MOSCOW - A Russian pilot was being hailed as a hero Thursday for safely landing his passenger jet in a corn field after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. While dozens of people on the plane … more

6 police shot in standoff that 'could have been far worse'

By KRISTEN DE GROOT Associated Press PHILADELPHIA - A gunman barricaded himself inside a Philadelphia rowhouse for 7 hours, firing on police and wounding six in a standoff that trapped two officers and paralyzed a neighborhood, all while the … more

ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

HOUSTON (AP) - The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who … more

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has … more

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as U.S. protections shrink

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his … more

Epstein accuser sues, jail guards suspected of falsifying log entries

NEW YORK (AP) - Jail guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required, according to a person familiar with the investigation … more

Stocks fall sharply after bond market warns of recession

WASHINGTON - Financial markets are flashing a key warning sign of a recession, and the global economy is weakening as the U.S.-China trade war intensifies. All of which is heightening fear about the U.S. economy and about whether the 10-year … more

Several officers shot in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - At least one gunman opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a warrant in a Philadelphia neighborhood, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the evening, authorities said. None of the … more

Report: Costs in most states exceed subsidies for child care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working … more

States brace for long-term battle against flooding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - After devastating flooding this year, Iowa funneled $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri budgeted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to … more

A neuroscience-based action plan to deal with stress

THE CONVERSATION - After the mass killings in El Paso and Dayton, discussions about improving mental health and strengthening gun control laws may be comforting. Neither affords a plan, however, to address the stress that comes with these events … more

Pew survey: 60% in U.S. hold dim view of China amid trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising tensions over trade have dimmed Americans' opinions of China. A new Pew Research Center poll finds that 60% say they have an unfavorable view of China - up from 47% last year to the highest proportion since Pew started … more

California freeway shootout leaves officer, gunman dead

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A driver stopped by police pulled out a rifle and opened fire, killing a California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others during a shootout on a freeway overpass that left the gunman dead and sent terrified … more

Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - When Michelle Otero arrived at an art show featuring Mexican-American women, the first thing she did was scan the room. Two exits. One security guard. Then she thought to herself: If a shooter bursts in, how do my husband … more

U.S.-China trade war leaves Europe as collateral damage

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Like a sleek Mercedes crunched between two freight trucks, Europe's economy is being knocked off course by the conflict between the U.S. and China over trade. The bill for damages from the U.S.-China collision will … more
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