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    Popular websites like Twitter, Netflix hit Friday in apparent massive cyber attack

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A number of popular websites like Twitter and Netflix went down for some users on Friday in what appears to be a massive cyber attack. Affected sites included Twitter, Etsy, Github, Vox, Spotify, Airbnb, Netflix and Reddit. Dyn, which manages website domains and routes internet traffic, experienced two distributed denial of service attacks on its DNS servers. A DDoS attack is an attempt to flood a website with so much traffic that it impairs normal service. […]

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    Students are graduating with $30,000 in loans

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — College grads left school with more debt in 2015 than they ever have before. The average undergraduate student borrower is facing $30,100 in loans, up 4% compared to the year before, according to a report from The Institute of College Access and Success released Tuesday. That means they’ll be paying about $300 a month over 10 years. The report might underestimate the average debt. It excludes students who went to for-profit colleges, because so few of […]

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    Good grief! MetLife is dumping Snoopy

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — You blockhead! MetLife will no longer be using Snoopy, Charlie Brown or any other members of the Peanuts gang in its ad campaigns. The insurance giant said Thursday it was ditching the beloved Charles Schulz characters in favor of a new image that the company claims will reflect “a clean, modern aesthetic.” So instead of a giant blimp featuring Snoopy in his World War I pilot gear, MetLife said that it will have an M in […]

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    Nintendo Switch console looks like the future of gaming

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Nintendo has revealed a unique new gaming console called Switch — one part mobile, one part home console. Nintendo posted a three-minute trailer of its hybrid system on Thursday. In the trailer, gamers insert a slim tablet into a handheld device that has controllers on each side. It looks like a modern-day Sega Game Gear. Users can then pop the tablet out of the Switch Console and plug it into a “Switch Dock” base station for […]

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    UN human rights chief warns of war crimes in Aleppo

    (CNN) — The top UN human rights official called the siege and bombardment of eastern Aleppo “crimes of historic proportions” on Friday, and accused all parties of violating international humanitarian law in Syria. In a video speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said armed opposition groups continue to fire mortars into civilian neighborhoods of western Aleppo, but “indiscriminate airstrikes across the eastern part of the city by government forces and their allies are […]

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    ISIS attacks Iraqi city of Kirkuk as Mosul offensive intensifies

    (CNN) — ISIS militants attacked several security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said, even as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the terror group for control of the second-largest city of Mosul. Dozens of militants targeted four police stations and Kurdish security offices in Kirkuk, spreading themselves out through several residential neighborhoods. The clashes were ongoing in the southern part of the city as of Friday morning, security officials said. A number of people were killed and wounded, […]

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    6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Japan

    TOKYO (CNN) — A preliminary 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake, which was 6.3 kilometers in depth, hit near Kurayoshi city to the west of Osaka, the USGS said. Almost 80,000 households suffered from initial blackouts, but most power has been restored. A handful of light injuries were reported. There have been reports of housing damage, with state media showing properties flattened by the temblor, but no tsunami warning has been issued. […]

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    Bride loses 100+ pounds after engagement pic wake-up call

    (CNN) — What would it take for you to change your life? For Texas woman Haley Smith, a single joyful moment became a wake-up call. Smith’s boyfriend (now husband) proposed to her in 2015, and when she saw photos of the moment, even though she was thrilled, she was also “ashamed.” “My whole adult life, I have struggled with my weight, but this was my highest. I had let myself go and didn’t even realize how far I had gotten,” […]

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    Al Smith dinner: Most memorable lines from Trump, Clinton

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were under the same roof again, less than a day after the heated final presidential debate on Wednesday. But anyone hoping for cooler heads at the Al Smith charity dinner after an acrimonious debate was likely disappointed, as Trump delivered some cutting lines on Clinton — at times earning boos from the audience. Here’s a look at the most memorable lines from the dinner: Donald Trump 1. “Some people start out with […]

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    Meet the baby who was born twice

    PLANO, Texas – Margaret Boemer went for a routine ultrasound 16 weeks into her pregnancy with her third child. She quickly found out that things were far from routine. “They saw something on the scan, and the doctor came in and told us that there was something seriously wrong with our baby and that she had a sacrococcygeal teratoma,” the Plano, Texas, mom said in an interview shared by Texas Children’s Hospital. “And it was very shocking and scary, because […]

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    Georgia teen loses leg after teacher’s ‘body slam,’ attorney says

    COLUMBUS, Ga. – A 13-year-old boy had to have his right leg amputated after a contractor at a Columbus, Georgia, school “body slammed” him repeatedly, an attorney for the boy’s family said. Montravious Thomas was injured in September after an employee at Edgewood Student Services Center “body slammed” him three times when Thomas tried to leave the classroom to call his mother, family attorney Renee Tucker told CNN Thursday. Tucker says after the incident took place, officials at the school […]

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    First new US nuclear reactor in 20 years goes live

    (CNN) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is celebrating an event 43 years in the making: the completion of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. In 1973, the TVA, one of the nation’s largest public power providers, began building two reactors that combined promised to generate enough power to light up 1.3 million homes. The first reactor, delayed by design flaws, eventually went live in 1996. Now, after billions of dollars in budget overruns, the second reactor has finally started sending power […]