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    Strategic city falls in Nigeria’s battle against Boko Haram

    KANO, Nigeria (CNN) — Hundreds of Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday launched a predawn attack on the Nigerian city of Maiduguri and were locked in a fierce battle with government troops on the outskirts of the city, according to the military, residents and citizen vigilantes. The militants launched a simultaneous attack on the town of Monguno and were apparently successful in taking control of the town and its military barracks, a Nigerian military officer in Maiduguri told CNN. “Our soldiers […]

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    Asteroid to fly by Earth Monday

    (CNN) – A big asteroid will fly by Earth on Monday, but NASA says don’t worry — we’ll be safe. The asteroid is called 2004 BL86. It’ll come about745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Earth, or about three times as far away as the moon at 11:19 a.m. ET, according to NASA. You’re wondering, doesn’t this happen all the time? Yes and no. There are lots of asteroids that pose a threat to Earth – about 550 as of January 22. None […]

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    New attempt to lift fuselage of AirAsia fails

    Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) – A new attempt to lift the submerged fuselage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 failed Sunday when a wire rope snapped after the wreckage reached the surface of the water, Indonesian officials said. “The fuselage appeared at the surface, but the rope broke and it fell down again,” said Suryadi B. Supriyadi, director of operations and training for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. A previous effort to the raise the wreckage on Saturday was also foiled when sharp parts […]

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    New video shows what appears to be 1 Japanese hostage killed; ISIS makes new demand

    (CNN) – A video posted online Saturday by a known ISIS supporter shows Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph of what appears to be beheaded ISIS hostage Haruna Yukawa. On the video, which shows a static image of Goto holding the photograph, a man’s voice claiming to Goto’s says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to blame for Yukawa’s death. The voice says his captors no longer want money, but rather are demanding the release of Sajedah Rishawi, who is […]

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    Asteroid 2004 BL86 to fly by Earth Monday

    (CNN) — A big asteroid will fly by Earth on Monday, but NASA says don’t worry — we’ll be safe. The asteroid is called 2004 BL86. It’ll come about 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Earth, or about three times as far away as the moon at 11:19 a.m. ET, according to NASA. You’re wondering, doesn’t this happen all the time? Yes and no. There are lots of asteroids that pose a threat to Earth — about 550 as of […]

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May 2009

    Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks dies at 83

    (CNN) – Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks died Friday in Chicago, family attorney Mark Bogen said. Banks was 83. The circumstances surrounding his death were not immediately available. “His death was not expected,” Bogen said. The family has scheduled a news conference for Sunday. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. “He was one of the greatest players […]

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    Scam Alert: AT&T texts can be faked to hack you

    By Jose Pagliery NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — There’s a problem with the way AT&T sends out customer alerts via text message: They’re too easy to mimic. With little effort, a scammer could send you alerts that look just like the real thing. Click on a link and the hacker will grab your login credentials — or fool you into giving up your credit card too. It’s yet another phishing scheme. But instead of email, hackers can target you with texts. […]

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    Lawsuit claims UNC and NCAA broke promises in ‘spectacular fashion’

    (CNN) – Two former athletes who took so-called paper classes at the University of North Carolina have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA, claiming they represent hundreds of thousands of college athletes across the nation who are promised an education but don’t get one. Devon Ramsay and Rashanda McCants filed the class-action lawsuit in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon, leaving open the possibility for more athletes to join them. The suit doesn’t just go after the paper […]

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    Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight

    By Todd Leopold (CNN) — The world is closer to doomsday. That’s the message from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which moved its iconic Doomsday Clock up two minutes on Thursday. The clock now stands at three minutes to midnight, the “latest” it’s been since 1984, when the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union was a major issue. “Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats […]

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    Study: Smarter people use iPhones

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Are you an iPhone user? Congratulations! You’re probably smarter than the Android owner sitting next to you. A new study conducted by online advertising network Chitika found that states with more college graduates tend to also have higher iPhone sales. Alaska (66%), Montana and Vermont have the largest percentage of iPhone users. New Mexico (41%), Iowa and Delaware have the lowest share of iPhone sales per capita. Notably, Chitika found that increased wealth is also linked […]

  • Microsoft Minecraft

    Hands on with Microsoft’s HoloLens

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — One second, you’re looking at the flat surface of a real wooden table. Then, you’re gazing straight through it, past small trees, tiny confused zombies, and layers of earth into a deep hole filled with animated lava. It’s not a peyote-induced hallucination, but a genuinely impressive illusion created by Microsoft’s new augmented-reality goggles, HoloLens.   In this case, it was a 3-D game of Minecraft taking place, on, over, under, behind and inside real furniture and […]

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    Sheriff’s office rug with ‘In Dog We Trust’ typo sells for nearly $10,000

    By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux (CNN) — A Florida sheriff’s office has turned a $500 mistake into a $9,650 windfall for charity. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office ordered a new rug, which turned up last week with a typo. The large green rug with the black and yellow Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office logo included the phrase “In Dog We Trust” within one of its crests. It was supposed to read “In God We Trust.” The Sheriff’s Office said rug manufacturer, American Floor […]


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