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  • Feds charge 24-year-old Chicago trader in first crypto-fraud case

    02/18/2018 2:30:52 PM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    A 24-year-old trader who considered himself "invincible" according to federal investigators has become the first target of a criminal fraud prosecution involving "cryptocurrency," after allegedly siphoning $2 million in Bitcoin and Litecoin from his Chicago employer... Judge Martin asked the Korean-American defendant if he spoke English and understood the proceedings, which he did...As part of his $100,000 bond deal, Kim surrendered his passport...Prosecutors are expected to outline the charge that "from September through November 2017, Kim transferred more than $2 million of the trading firm's Bitcoin and Litecoin to personal accounts to cover his own trading losses, which had been...
  • Emma Watson donates more than $1.4M to equality campaign

    02/18/2018 2:10:42 PM PST · by bgill · 25 replies
    kctv5 ^ | Feb. 18, 2018 | Meredith Digital Staff
    Actress Emma Watson is donating more than $1.4 million to the UK Justice and Equality Fund to help sexual harassment victims. According to its Go Fund Me Page, the fund's mission is “to create the far-reaching personal, social, legal and policy changes that will ensure everyone can feel safe at work, at play and at home. Together we can end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity.” The fund is managed by Rosa, the UK's leading women's fund and the site states when grant-making opens in the spring, "the fund will address priority needs, especially those of people in low...
  • Future of the Alamo front and center in Land Commissioner race

    02/18/2018 1:22:52 PM PST · by bgill · 44 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 17, 2018 | Phil Prazan
    Texans go to the polls for primary elections on March 6, the same date is also the 182nd anniversary of the fall of the Alamo. Normally, they would not be connected but this year they are in one of the hottest primary races in Texas. Incumbent Land Commissioner George P. Bush is fighting off a blast from the past. His predecessor, Jerry Patterson, wants his job back in part because of a needed but controversial revamp of the historical site. Specifically, whether to move the cenotaph – the gravestone of the Alamo defenders...Bush and his campaign team didn’t grant us...
  • Washington snipped here? College says it found prez's hair

    02/18/2018 11:32:07 AM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    abcaustin ^ | Feb. 18, 2018 | Mary Esch
    Tucked in the pages of a grimy, leather-bound almanac in the archives at New York's Union College was a tiny envelope with the hand-scrawled words "Washington's hair." A librarian who had been cataloging old books gingerly opened the yellowed envelope to find a lock of silvery hair tied with a thread. "It was one of those mind-blowing moments that happen every once in a while in a librarian's life," said John Myers, a catalog and metadata librarian at the college. "I thought, that doesn't mean George Washington, does it?" It apparently does.
  • Survey: Lake Travis ISD students more likely to consider suicide than national peers

    02/17/2018 9:35:18 AM PST · by bgill · 17 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 16, 2018 | Jacqulyn Powell
    A survey administered to students in seventh, ninth and 11th grades across Lake Travis Independent School District showed they feel more stressed and contemplate suicide and self-harm more than other students nationally. Lake Travis ISD administered the Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behaviors Survey to more than 1,400 students last year. Results were recently presented to the school board, pointing out that 773 of the students surveyed said they feel the stress of school is “too much.” School administrators also say 171 students said they considered committing suicide in the past year, and 80 of those 171 students had...
  • Jennifer Lawrence says she will take break from acting to 'fix our democracy'

    02/17/2018 8:59:36 AM PST · by bgill · 116 replies
    abcaustin ^ | Feb. 17, 2018 | WENN
    "I'm going to take the next year off," Lawrence outlined. "I'm going to be working with this organization as a part of (anti-corruption organization) Represent.US... trying to get young people engaged politically on a local level. "It doesn't have anything to do with partisan (politics). It's just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy.”... "I stand in solidarity for Women's rights, Equal pay, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program)," she captioned the picture, in which she's holding a sign that reads: "A woman's place...
  • 'Celebrity Big Brother' Blowout: Brandi Glanville Asks Omarosa If She Slept With Trump[tr]

    02/17/2018 6:14:18 AM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    toofab ^ | Feb. 16, 2018 | staff
    "Did you ever sleep with him?" Brandi asked Omarosa in the middle of a conversation about something else entirely. That's our girl! It was so abrupt, Omarosa had no idea who she was talking about, so she asked. "Trump," Brandi clarified to the delight and horror of the room. "God, that is disgusting," Omarosa finally said about the very notion... "There is somebody in the White House sleeping with everybody, but she is not me." Junior slueths, get on the case! Omarosa also described briefing prep with Sean Spicer as a "special form of torture." She said, "The funniest thing...
  • Austinites must work 64 hours to pay a month’s rent

    02/13/2018 12:29:27 PM PST · by bgill · 50 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 13, 2018 | Kate Winkle
    With an average hourly wage of $18.64 (with taxes accounted for) and the median price of rent at $1,194 in Austin, SmartAsset calculated it would take about 64 hours for those living in Austin to make enough to cover their housing bills. Obviously, if people make more or less or if rent is less or greater, then those numbers shift. To calculate yours, take your monthly rent and divide it by how much you make an hour, after tax and deductions. San Jose, California, is the big city with the most hours of work needed to pay off rent, with...
  • Donations boost collection of books by minority authors at east Austin library

    02/12/2018 10:32:48 AM PST · by bgill · 4 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 12, 2018 | Chris Davis
    The Austin Justice Coalition is asking community members to donate copies from a specific list of fiction and nonfiction titles to the Carver Branch of the library system. The city came up with the list of 126 works at the group’s request, and the donations will expand Carver’s collection. “For me, even if we get two books, it’s better than nothing,” said Ishia Lynette, AJC’s social media and community service director. She’s organizing the Black Literature Matters donation event Monday as part of the organization’s Black Unity Week. Carver already has a piece of its collection dedicated to African American...
  • Labels on 'toddler drinks' may be misleading customers, study says

    02/11/2018 12:36:27 PM PST · by bgill · 23 replies
    abc ^ | Feb. 11, 2018 | Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen
    So-called toddler drinks are a growing category of beverages for young ones, but their labels may be misleading customers about their nutrition and health benefits. A study published Monday in the journal Preventive Medicine noted that the drinks -- marketed for children 9 to 36 months who are transitioning from breast or formula feeding to solid foods -- are not recommended by medical experts and provide "no advantage" over whole milk and a nutritionally adequate diet, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians... So-called toddler drinks are a growing category of beverages for young ones, but their labels may...
  • Did Abraham Lincoln sleep here?

    02/11/2018 11:40:26 AM PST · by bgill · 34 replies
    cbs ^ | Feb. 11, 2018 | cbs
    Visitors to a small log cabin in Kentucky are right to ask: Is it true that Abraham Lincoln slept here? On the eve of Lincoln's 209th birthday tomorrow, Brook Silva-Braga has the answer... "What we're trying to do is authenticate when this cabin was made by using the tree rings in the logs," he replied. Some say our 16th president, born in these hills in 1809, spent some of his childhood in this cabin at Knob Creek. But did he?... So no, Abraham Lincoln did not sleep here in the Knob Creek cabin … or in the "symbolic cabin" at...
  • Leander ISD school assignment has students draw themselves as slaves

    02/11/2018 10:12:13 AM PST · by bgill · 28 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Feb. 10, 2018 | cbs
    An Austin mother is upset that Four Points Middle School sent her daughter home this week with an assignment to “Draw a picture of yourself as a slave…” “This is a learning tool that is not acceptable under any circumstances,” stated Tonya Jennings. The assignment is in reference to discussions of “slave life in Texas in the 1850’s”, according to a picture of the assignment sent to CBS Austin by Jennings. Upon learning of the assignment, Jennings husband went to the school Friday to discuss the issue with administrators. A Leander ISD spokesperson sent a statement to CBS Austin Saturday...
  • Report criticizes agency's oversight, management of Alamo

    02/10/2018 12:29:18 PM PST · by bgill · 25 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Feb. 9, 2018 | AP
    Bush is overseeing a $450 million plan to redevelop and improve the site, featuring things like a new museum housed in nearby state-owned buildings and additional historic programming. A mix of public money and private donations is meant to cover the cost. But the report obtained by the newspaper, dated Sept. 8, notes that "the current situation obscures the control of the funds. It also has created a situation where GLO is responsible for state laws over the use of funds, but with limited control since the expenditures are prior to approval by the GLO." GLO spokeswoman Brittany Eck said...
  • Texas-born Kari's Law heads to the White House

    02/10/2018 12:16:04 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Feb 9, 2018 | Melanie Torre
    A Texas law is becoming a national one. Three years after Governor Greg Abbott signed it in Texas, Kari's Law made its way through Congress. The law will protect families by making 911 more accessible in buildings with multiple phone lines. It was set in motion after Austin-born Kari Hunt's murder in 2013. When making a call from a hotel, office building or school you usually have to dial "9" first to get an outside line, but would you remember that in an emergency? It's a road block children aren't taught about and that extra "9" stopped a little girl...
  • Baby had 35 broken bones; foster parent faces battery, neglect charges

    02/10/2018 11:00:06 AM PST · by bgill · 42 replies ^ | Feb. 8, 2018 | staff
    A foster parent in Indianapolis admitted to injuring a 2-month-old baby in his care, and child welfare advocates are calling the case alarming. Doctors discovered that the baby had bruises on her body and 35 broken bones from her ribs to her hands, and now her foster parent is charged with neglect and battery. Court record shows the foster parent, 26-year-old Kyle Rice, has since bonded out of the Marion County Jail. The abuse came to light when when Rice’s mother noticed a suspicious mark on the baby’s leg and told his wife. The wife took the baby to the...
  • Alarming Amount: Who’s tracking addictive pain meds being prescribed to children

    02/10/2018 10:51:53 AM PST · by bgill · 25 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 9, 2018 | Sarah Rafique
    Although recent state and federal measures should help prevent opioids from being prescribed or over-prescribed to minors, it’s unclear just how often doctors are prescribing the highly addictive drug to Texas children since regulations tracking and analyzing opioids in children are lax. Allison Benz, executive director of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, said children may be prescribed opioids for routine procedures, such as treatment of a torn ACL or wisdom teeth removal. It’s what happens afterwards, when a child possibly becomes addicted, that’s an issue. She said a child might like the way it feels and then go searching...
  • 'Home Improvement' actor, Bob Dylan drummer Mickey Jones dies

    02/09/2018 10:38:52 AM PST · by bgill · 4 replies
    mysa ^ | Feb. 8, 2018 | Andrew Dansby
    Mickey Jones had a most unusual career that included sitting behind Judas, as well as playing all manner of drug dealers and rough bikers and also standing in the lobby of the Hotel California. A Houston native, Jones worked as a drummer and then actor in a career that spanned more than 50 years. He was best known for playing Pete Bilker on TV's "Home Improvement," a role that gave him a catch phrase for the remainder of his life: "That would be me." Jones died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 76.
  • Cave collapse caused 40-foot-deep hole west of Round Rock

    02/09/2018 10:25:13 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 9, 2018 | Kate Winkle
    Residents in a Williamson County neighborhood woke up Thursday morning to find a 20-foot-deep hole outside. Neighbors reported hearing what they thought was thunder at around 3 a.m. Thursday, then they called the utility district because the water went out. Ten homes in the area of Woods of Brushy Creek subdivision are without water due to a broken water line in the 8400 block of Cambria Drive, which is north of State Highway 45. Brushy Creek MUD says the roof of a cave collapsed at the intersection of Cambria Drive and Ephraim Road. The collapse broke the water line, which...
  • Tom Hardy waxwork unveiled at Madame Tussauds complete with beating heart

    02/08/2018 7:16:58 AM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | Feb. 8 2018 | Natasha Sporn
    Tom Hardy has become the latest Hollywood star to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds. The Mad Max actor’s waxwork was unveiled at the London attraction on Thursday, with fans already swooning over the handsome replica. Hardy’s dapper waxwork figure is decked out in a black suit, complete with a waistcoat, and a pristine white shirt. It also features a soft, warm torso with a beating heart that has already won the affection of fans at the official unveiling.
  • Oklahoma resident trained with al Qaeda, DOJ says

    02/07/2018 9:16:30 AM PST · by bgill · 12 replies
    abc15 Arizona ^ | Feb. 7, 2018 | Scripps National
    The United States Department of Justice says a resident of Oklahoma was arrested for fraud, lying to the FBI and for not disclosing that he attended an al Qaeda training camp. Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 34, is a citizen of Saudi Arabia and a current resident of Weatherford, Oklahoma. The FBI says he attended an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in late 2000. "Based on a criminal complaint signed in the Western District of Oklahoma and unsealed [Tuesday], Alfallaj was taken into custody by the FBI without incident on February 5," the announcement said. "A grand jury returned a...