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5 hacks to keep your smartphone charged during a power outage

Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 @ 5:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 @ 5:57 AM

A smartphone can be a lifeline in a storm, but it's useless without power. Fortunately, there's never been more ways to keep a smartphone juiced up

Here are some easy ways to keep your phone in the green if you lose power: 

1. Charge up every laptop in your home. If you lose power, turn a laptop on (but don't unlock the screen) and use your iPhone or Android cable to charge your phone via the USB ports. Most newer laptops can charge a smartphone multiple times. 

2. Keep your phone on "Low Power Mode." This setting will use far less juice. On an iPhone, go to "Settings," scroll down to "Battery" and turn on "Low Power Mode." On an Android, swipe down from the top menu and find the "Power Saving" icon. 

3. Use your car to charge your phone. Most newer cars have a USB port – or two. Even if your car is out of fuel, you can turn it on and charge it using the car battery. It's a last resort, but if you have a newer car battery, it will charge a phone multiple times easily.

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4. Buy an external charger if you don't have one; most drug stores have them. Portable smartphone battery chargers are getting better and less expensive. Most drug store chains have them near the counter, but you will pay more for the convenience. But if you need one right now, that is a good place to look. 

Companies such as Anker and Aukey sell high-quality, high capacity chargers on Amazon. Consider buying one before the next storm. Some of the new one have capacities approaching 30,000 mAh, which is enough to charge an phone over five times. 

5. Still have power but want to charge a phone quickly without using a wall socket? Plug it into the USB port on your TV. Most newer TVs have one. 

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Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 5:34 AM

Man Killed In Front of Bystanders Outside Arkansas Walmart

A man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on.

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According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who "tried to intervene," KAIT reported. The armed man eventually surrendered to police and was arrested.

Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident, but officers said the slain man was likely connected to the woman and armed man.

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Dozens of shoppers were nearby when the man was shot, police said.

"A lot of people witnessed something tonight that they should have never seen," Trumann police Chief Chad Henson told KAIT. "We're going to have to go through a lot of healing from here on out. It was just a terrible day."

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Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Police: 4 Dead After Waffle House Shooting by Nude Gunman

At least four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

Killed were Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, a Waffle House employee who was outside the restaurant when the gunman opened fire; Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville, who was a patron standing outside the restaurant; Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, who was wounded inside the restaurant and died at Vanderbilt University Medial Center; and DeEbony Groves, 21, of Gallatin, a senior at Belmont University in Nashville. 

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Where is Travis Reinking? Search continues for Waffle House shooting suspect

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:25 AM

Waffle House Shooting: Who is Travis Reinking

A massive hunt to capture the man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, outside Nashville, continues.

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>> Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified

Travis Reinking, 29, is now on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List, and law enforcement said he is armed, dangerous and hiding, WHBQ's Greg Coy reports

>> Who is Travis Reinking, the person of interest in the Waffle House shooting?

Police said Reinking returned to his apartment after opening fire at the Waffle House. Reinking, who reportedly was nude at the time of the shooting, put on pants and then ran into the woods, police said.

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Neighbor Johnny Green said another neighbor noticed Reinking and called police. 

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"My mom saw him," Green added. Coy asked, "What did she say about him?" "He just seemed weird," Green replied

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Police said they hope the rain and cooler temperatures will draw Reinking out of hiding. Police said Reinking's options are limited because the crime and social media attention have made him an international fugitive.

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What will royal baby be named?

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Gives Birth to Royal Baby

Now that the latest royal baby’s been born, what will his name be?

The royal parents, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, may already know, but the rest of us don’t, yet.

At it will probably be a few days until they make the official royal proclamation, CNN reported.

Bookmakers say that the favorites for a boy were Arthur, Albert or James.

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Albert could be a shoo-in because it would not only a tribute to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, but also a way of honoring the royal newborn’s great grandfather and Queen Elizabeth II’s father. He was called Albert until he became king and took the reign name of King George VI, CNN and BBC reported

Many believe, no matter what name is chosen, it will be traditional. 

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“George and Charlotte are very traditional, historic, English names,” royal commentator Kate Williams told CNN.

The new baby is fifth in line to the throne, behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, his father, Prince William, and even his brother and sister.

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>>Photos: Royal baby born: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomes third child

The queen may not have full final decision on the name, but she will be consulted, CNN reported. She will also bequeath a title on the royal baby.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: A bookmaker stands beside a blackboard with odds on babies names ahead of the birth of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge's third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy Monday morning. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)(Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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