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Murdochs' multimillion-dollar gamble 

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Fox News brass knew about harassment allegations but wagered they'd remain secret.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:35 AM Categories: The Washington Post logo

Why do my hands wrinkle in water? 

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As the warmer months quickly approach, summer getaways are likely on many travelers' minds.... read more
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Aussie dollar lifts on French presidential election 

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The Australian dollar surged in early trade on Monday after the French presidential vote set the stage for a final run-off between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:32 AM Categories: Business Insider Australia logo

Bec Judd was the butt of a Hamish and Andy joke 

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Hamish and Andy caused quite a stir at the Logies when the comedy duo decided to channel their inner Cupids with a spot of impromptu matchmaking.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:31 AM Categories: Mamamia logo

France's election reveals new political divide 

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France became the first large Western country to ditch, in a major election, the center-right/center-left political-party structure that has dominated European politics for decades.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:29 AM Categories: The Washington Post logo

Inside the derelict train station set to become Manchester's street food hub 

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Developers have named the food and drink operator who will bring it back to life... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:27 AM Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

Two inmates found dead in separate cells at California prison 

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<p>Two inmates were found dead inside separate cells at a California state prison in Monterey County early Saturday, officials said.</p>... read more
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Pentagon Warns Ships as Pirates Again Prowl Waters Off Somalia 

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who was visiting a nearby base in Djibouti, said that he was not yet calling on the Navy to respond but that civilian mariners must be on alert.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:24 AM Categories: The New York Times logo

Russia boosts military spending despite sanctions: study 

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Russia became the world's third largest military spender in 2016 despite low oil prices and economic sanctions, as the global expenditure rose for a second consecutive year, a study said on Monday.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:22 AM Categories: AFP logo

Messi puts on a show in El Clasico 

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi put on a legendary display to guide the Catalan side to a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday. In a...... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:20 AM Categories: Sporting News logo

Westbrook goes off on reporter after Game 4 loss 

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Frustration boils over.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:30:18 AM Categories: The Big Lead logo

Happy Days star dies in trailer park 

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Henry Winkler led tributes to his co-star who played Joanie Cunningham in the hugely popular TV series.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:00:28 AM Categories: Daily Record logo

Reality star's boyfriend charged over nightclub acid attack 

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Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, has been charged in connection with an acid attack at an east London nightclub which left two revellers partially blinded and others disfigured.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:00:26 AM Categories: Press Association logo

How to hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence 

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The search for extraterrestrial intelligence - known as SETI - got a boost in 2015, when philanthropist Yuri Milner announced plans to inject up to $100 million into the field over the next decade. His cash is funding a project called Breakthrough Listen, which plans to survey the 1 million closest stars...... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:00:25 AM Categories: PRI logo

Robocaller bait: Your old, recycled phone numbers 

Thousands of telephone lines sit o­­­n a Federal Trade Commission "honeypot" computer, answering and trapping incoming calls, and capturing caller IDs and voice recordings. Many of the telephone numbers used in this technological trap were abandoned by consumers because they were flooded by illegal telemarketing calls. But, to the FTC, the unwanted numbers are just the bait needed to lure in the scammers. The trap for robocallers - autodialed marketing calls sometimes set up just to steal money - feeds an ever-growing database and is one of the FTC's technological weapons against the millions and millions of unwanted calls made to landlines and cellphones every month. Last year, the FTC each month averaged more than 445,000 Do Not Call (DNC) list complaints from consumers, with about two-thirds related to robocalls. Most of the scammers are in the U.S., but many are in countries like India, China and Nigeria, and beyond the reach of U.S. authorities. Related: While the random call with the unrecognized number and area code might be a nuisance, the goal of the scammers isn't to be annoying - it's often to get a credit card number and steal money. In some cases, the robocall company is building a list of potential sales leads for companies selling products ranging from home alarm systems to cruise line tickets. Robocaller ringleader The FTC last week announced a settlement with Justin Ramsey, whom the agency called "the ringleader of telemarketing operations that blasted illegal robocalls to consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not Call Registry." Ramsey and his company - one of many he ran targeted by the FTC - agreed to a $2.2 million penalty. However, the actual payment would be $65,000 based on the financial condition of his company. A U.S. District Court filing in January by the FTC against Ramsey and a list of companies illustrated the scope of such operations. In April and May last year, Ramsey and his company made over 3.5 million telephone calls selling home security systems, home solar energy equipment and other goods and services, according to the complaint. "Nearly a quarter of those calls, 837,989, were to telephone numbers that had been listed on the (Do Not Call) Registry," the complaint noted. Ramsey and his associates operated out of a two-story office building in Boynton Beach, Florida. Several state attorneys general have gone after Ramsey and the companies, including the Mississippi Attorney General's office, which got both injunctive relief and a monetary judgment of $420,000 based on 84 violations, according to the FTC complaint. "Ramsey admits that, when he received a document from the Mississippi Attorney General's office, he threw it in the trash and did not read it," the complaint states. Companies like Ramsey's blast out calls to a list of telephone numbers without regard for the FTC's Do Not Call Registry. As Ramsey wrote in an email to a business associate in June 2015, according to the complaint: "i [sic] HATE THE DNC ABSOLUTELY F***ING HATE IT." Many consumers getting unwanted calls on their cell or home phones may wonder why, if their number is one of the 226 million registered on the Do Not Call list. 'Can you hear me?' But the list doesn't prevent the robocallers from calling a large database of telephone numbers. An attempt to block one of the numbers on a cellphone will stop the number, but many robocallers "spoof" by using fake numbers they make up. They can change the number every hour, if they want, according to the FTC. If a robocaller were flooding phones in the 607 area code, for example, with telemarketing calls, the robocaller could make it appear the call is coming from a number in the 607 area code. That might be enough to get the consumer to answer the call, which is when the problems begin. Some recorded robocalls ask "Can you hear me?" Simply answering "yes" will put your telephone number on a list of active numbers to be called. Some calls ask you to push 1 for more information on, say, home alarm systems. The result could be a real person on the other end - either trying to make a sale or simply attempting to extract your credit card information for fake charges. "Our complaint numbers have been increasing over the last year," Will Maxson, the FTC's assistant director of the division of marketing practices, said in an interview. Consumer complaints usually fall into two buckets. One is the legitimate business running afoul of the Do Not Call registry by calling a registered number. To avoid this, careful telemarketers will run their database of phone numbers against the registry every month to eliminate the possibility of calling a registered number. The maximum penalty for each violation is $40,000. The other bucket is the robocaller, which has no regard for the list and is sending out millions of calls every day. Often the goal isn't to sell a product, but to get a consumer's credit card number for fraudulent charges. This is a low-cost business, with each call amounting to a penny, according to the FTC. In the fiscal year that ended last September, the FTC received 362,000 Do Not Call complaints, more than 30,000 per month, from consumers in New York State. Nearly 14,000 came from those in the 607 area code in southern and central New York, and nearly 26,000 from the 585 area code in the Rochester area, according to the FTC. "Even the FTC admits the DNC list does not work anymore," said Aaron Foss, founder of Nomorobo, a telephone app for landlines and cellphones that screens and blocks robocalls. Foss' company, based on Long Island, won an FTC challenge in 2013 for technological solutions to robocallers. The FTC got about 800 entries. Nomorobo, offered by some phone companies, is free to consumers for Internet landlines, such as those from cable television companies. Cell users pay $1.99 a month for the protection. Foss said he has about 972,000 users and is growing. "Most people think they're just annoying," Foss said of robocalls. But they're a threat, trying to extract money from you, he added. Robocaller hour: 6:30 PM Foss said older consumers as a group tend to answer all phone calls while younger consumers will look at an unrecognized number and not pick up. One scam was aimed at older consumers, telling them "your doctor has approved you" for a special back brace. The telemarketer says they just need the consumer's credit card for the shipping cost. Another ongoing telemarketing scam is a call supposedly from the Internal Revenue Service demanding payment - but the IRS makes contact through the mail first, and doesn't demand credit card information. Some cell carriers have programs to stop robocalls from reaching their networks. AT&amp;T last week announced it had blocked its billionth robocall, noting in recent weeks the program has been averaging 12 million blocked calls each weekday. At Nomorobo, Foss said he's found the peak in calls tends to be around 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time and continues into the evening. Despite the enforcement actions by federal and state agencies and technological solutions, the scammers continue to make money. "That's the reason it's not stopping," Foss said. Follow the reporter at @neillborowski and contact him at read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:00:23 AM Categories: USA TODAY logo

Trump, Pence allies cash in as lobbyists 

<p>Former campaign aides, fundraisers and others with ties to President Trump and Vice President Pence have attracted dozens of new lobbying clients in Washington, raking in more than $2.2 million in lobbying fees in the first months of the administration, a USA TODAY analysis shows.</p>... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 4:00:21 AM Categories: USA TODAY logo

Rebecca Harding's Logies clutch has left us speechless 

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There are many things you expect to see on the Logies red carpet.&nbsp;... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 3:45:01 AM Categories: Mamamia logo

Getting to know the real Samuel Johnson 

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TV WEEK's Amber Giles on what it was like to interview the 2017 Gold Logie winner Samuel Johnson, who won the award for his portrayal of Molly Meldrum.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 3:44:59 AM Categories: NowToLove logo

Grant Denyer's wife opens up about his recovery 

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Grant Denyer's loving wife Cheryl Denyer opens up about the 'Family Feud' star's brush with death.... read more
Monday, April 24, 2017 3:44:57 AM Categories: NowToLove logo

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A south Sydney fruit shop has been destroyed after being engulfed by ferocious flames overnight.... read more
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