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Adorable CIA bomb-sniffing puppy retires early

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

Black Lab Retires Early From CIA Career

An adorable 18-month-old black Labrador named Lulu retired from the CIA Wednesday

Lulu, who was in the fall 2017 puppy class, was learning how to detect explosive odors, but the job just wasn’t for her. So, she dropped from the program, according to the Central Intelligence Agency

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“Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives. Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself,” the CIA said. “Our trainers’ top concern is the physical and mental well-being of our dogs, so they made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the program.”

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When dogs retire or drop from the program, their handlers get the option to adopt them, which happened with Lulu.

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Now the pup is spending her day sniffing out rabbits and squirrels instead of bombs. She also gets to eat snacks from dog dishes and chill with her new buddy, Harry. 

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“We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her,” the CIA said. “We wish her all the best in her new life.”

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Alleged Florida high school shooter has $800,000 inheritance, reports say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:23 PM

Reportedly Alleged Florida High School Shooter Has $800,000 Inheritance

The alleged gunman in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., has an inheritance from his adoptive parents worth $800,000, according to news outlets.

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But Nikolas Cruz, 19, who now has a public defender at taxpayer expense as his attorney in his murder case, cannot access the money until he turns 22, the Miami Herald reported.

Cruz was charged with 17 counts of murder last Thursday, a day after allegedly opening fire inside the high school with an assault-style rifle.

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The large amount of money could prompt a judge to review the estate and possibly make the money accessible for Cruz’s defense.

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The Public Defender’s Office asked a judge Tuesday to review the inheritance, the Herald reported,  to help determine if any of the money can be used in his defense.

The court filing specifically asked the judge to “determine whether the defendant is indigent.”

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Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder in the deaths of 14 students and three adults, including teachers, in the deadly rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. More than a dozen others were injured in the massacre.

Cruz was caught shortly after the shooting in nearby Coral Springs, Fla., and taken into custody without incident.

He’s jailed without bond.

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Don’t lose your tax refund falling for this IRS scam, here’s how to avoid it

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:47 PM

Here's How To Avoid A New IRS Tax Scam


sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is spreading, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account.

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There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and, in one case reported in Maryland, it appeared a fraudulent refund check had been deposited using a smartphone. 

According to the IRS, the victim will then receive a call or recorded message saying they need to return the funds to a collection agency-which is actually the scam account. 

If you pay the scammers, you will get a double whammy hit to your bank account when the IRS or your bank realize that the deposit was bogus and withdraws the funds.

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The number of victims jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand in just days, after more tax practitioner data breaches, according to the IRS.

The IRS has these recommendations to avoid getting scammed:

If you notice a suspicious deposit, contact your bank to have the money returned to the IRS and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. 

If you receive a paper check, write “void” in the endorsement field on the back and return it to the location printed on the check. 

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If you mistakenly cashed the erroneous refund check, submit a check for the full amount to the IRS location near you. 

  • ANDOVER – Internal Revenue Service, 310 Lowell Street, Andover MA 01810
  • ATLANTA – Internal Revenue Service, 4800 Buford Highway, Chamblee GA 30341
  • AUSTIN – Internal Revenue Service, 3651 South Interregional Highway 35, Austin TX 78741
  • BRKHAVN – Internal Revenue Service, 5000 Corporate Ct., Holtsville NY 11742
  • CNCNATI – Internal Revenue Service, 201 West Rivercenter Blvd., Covington KY 41011
  • FRESNO – Internal Revenue Service, 5045 East Butler Avenue, Fresno CA 93727
  • KANS CY – Internal Revenue Service, 333 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City MO 64108-4302
  • MEMPHIS – Internal Revenue Service, 5333 Getwell Road, Memphis TN 38118
  • OGDEN – Internal Revenue Service, 1973 Rulon White Blvd., Ogden UT 84201
  • PHILA – Internal Revenue Service, 2970 Market St., Philadelphia PA 19104

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Cinemark theaters banning large bags

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Large Bags Banned at Cinemark Theaters

As of Feb. 22, moviegoers at Cinemark theaters won’t be able to bring in big bags when they go catch a flick.

The movie theater chain announced a change to its bag and package policy, stating that no bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches will be allowed in theaters. will be allowed in cinemas.

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According to the Cinemark website, the decision was made “in an effort to enhance the safety and security of our guests and employees.”

Incidents of shootings and other threats have been present at movie theaters in recent years, which may have impacted the policy change.

Still, the limit on bag sizes also means customers can’t sneak in as many outside food or snacks, something some moviegoers do to avoid paying high theater prices.

Based out of Plano, Texas, Cinemark has locations across the country and in Latin America. Theaters are in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington, among other states.

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Mysterious, unknown humming noise driving residents crazy for years

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:23 PM

A view of the Windsor, Ontario skyline in Canada, right across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit, Mich. Residents in parts of both cities have complained about a mysterious humming noise that is not only annoying, but impacting some residents’ quality of life.
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A view of the Windsor, Ontario skyline in Canada, right across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit, Mich. Residents in parts of both cities have complained about a mysterious humming noise that is not only annoying, but impacting some residents’ quality of life.(Wikicommons)

Residents of a Canadian town have been plagued with a bizarre humming noise for years and say it’s completely wreaking havoc on the city.

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The persisting humming has been going on for years and has been described as a similar sound as a truck idling or distant thunder. Some residents even say that the noise has damaged their quality of life and people’s health. Residents have also called the Canadian House of Commons and complained of headaches, irritability, depression and sleeplessness from the noise.

Some residents even claim that the odd sound has been bothering their pets and has rattled windows in their homes.

But it’s not just limited to the city of Windsor, Ontario, either. The New York Times reports that it can be heard on the Detroit River and there have even been reports from McGregor, Ontario, 20 miles to the south.

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But, tracing the origin of the noise has been difficult because, apparently, not everyone can hear it. It could also be difficult to get the government to do anything about the hum as regulations typically only cover decibel levels that could lead to hearing damage or loss. Though, Dr. Darius Kohan, a neurotology at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital said that it is unlikely a low-frequency hum could cause damage to one’s hearing.

Sleuths have been looking for answers as to where the hum is actually coming from and have reportedly narrowed it down to furnace operations on Zug Island near the Detroit River. United States Steel, which operates the furnaces, have allegedly been “uncooperative and secretive” when it comes to inquiries about the hum.

Though Mike Provost, a resident of the city refuses to give up and has devoted six years to running a Facebook page that focuses on finding the source of the hum and debunking theories about it.

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I’ve got to keep going,” he told the NYT. “I’m not going to quit this.”

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