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The Code for an Anonymous Lightning Network is Now Live

The lightning network is due for a privacy boost.<p>That's according to Dr. Ayo Akinyele, a computer scientist who has focused his efforts on building a …

Cryptography

Alien Sighting Reported in Ohio

Just Now<p>In a bizarre report filed to the Ohio chapter of MUFON, an anonymous witness claims to have possibly spotted an alien crossing a highway! …

Paranormal

Waves of garbage crash ashore in stunning footage

Massive waves of swirling, disgusting garbage were captured on video by a college student in Manila Bay.<p>Piles of trash, plastic bottles and other unidentifiable refuse can be seen rippling and crashing ashore in video and images posted on social media.<p>Matthew Doming, a student affiliated with the …

Pollution

Exclusive: Pentagon spokeswoman under investigation for misusing staff, retaliating against complaints

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> One of Defense Secretary James Mattis' most senior civilian advisers is being investigated by the Defense Department Office of Inspector General for allegedly retaliating against staff members after she used some of them to conduct her personal errands and business matters, …

Corruption

Chicago police left a "bait truck" full of Nikes in a predominantly black neighborhood

CHICAGO — The plain white freight truck had been roaming Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood when the word got out: The trailer was packed with brand-new Nikes, and cops were watching.<p>Three men were arrested when they took boxes off the truck in this mostly black neighborhood. A neighbor soon trained …

From Westminster to Nice: Vehicle rampage attacks in UK and Europe

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car collided with cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament today.<p>The man, in his late 20s, is being held in custody at a south London police station after armed officers …

Extremism

Banks on alert from FBI about potential 'unlimited' ATM heist worth millions

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned banks in the U.S. of an impending cybercrime, a heist called an "ATM cash-out," in which thieves seek to swipe millions of dollars by using cloned ATM cards for fraudulent withdrawals.<p>This globally organized effort could be instigated soon, the FBI …

Identity Theft

How to Start Your Own Podcast (and Get a Million People to Listen)

Even if -- especially if -- you're starting from zero.<p>Want to start your own podcast? Getting the right equipment is easy; there are plenty of podcast equipment guides. What's harder is finding the right topic... and then getting people to listen.<p>Case in point: Matt Chittim, host of <i>The Rambling</i> …

Self-improvement

Northern California man shoots, kills 3 kids and himself

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A father of four young children who was arrested in March and May on domestic violence complaints and barred from owning a firearm went on a shooting spree outside his home this weekend, killing three of his children and then himself, authorities said.<p>The children's mother …

Crime

A Portland Donut Shop Is At The Center Of The Next #Pizzagate

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 15 years, chances are you’ve heard of Voodoo Doughnut, Portland’s most well-known purveyor of fried dough and counterculture kitsch. But now the donut shop is in the news for a wholly different reason: it has found itself at the center of a new …

Conspiracies

Facebook Challenger Has Something Zuckerberg Doesn’t Offer: Freedom

Few platforms have challenged the virtual monopolies of Facebook, Google and Twitter, and they have crushed nearly all competitors. But what makes …

Social Media

Kristen Bell cries, posts 'Please send help' at her daughter's preschool graduation

Kristen Bell just captured the feeling that moms and dads have at the impossibly cute and painful preschool and kindergarten graduations.<p><b>My baby's growing up.</b><p>Bell shared the preschool graduation of her oldest daughter, Lincoln, 5, in a series of now-expired videos as part of her Instagram story …

Kristen Bell

Secret Service ‘Aware’ Of Antifa Threats To Murder Trump

12:33 PM 08/13/2018<p>Multiple members of the progressive protest group who gathered outside the White House Sunday threatened President Trump with …

Donald Trump

She was left tied to a bed while her husband killed 26 people. But she says she'll always love him.

<b>(CNN) —</b> The widow of the Sutherland Springs church shooter says the Devin Kelley who perpetrated the massacre isn't the person she fell in love with, but rather, a broken young man who had lost his faith in God.<p>In a series of interviews with the San Antonio Express-News, Danielle Kelley said that …

San Antonio

Fact Check: Are Police Trained to Look for a 'Black Dot' as a Secret Signal From Abuse Victims?

In the late 1800s, Robert Louis Stevenson devised the “ black spot” for his novel <i>Treasure Island</i>. Pirates would give a circular piece of paper—black …

Social Media

Sheriff defends actions at New Mexico compound

In an exclusive interview with CNN, the sheriff who investigated the New Mexico compound where 11 malnourished children were found is defending his department's response. CNN's Scott McLean reports.

New Mexico

Tensions Flare as Hackers Root Out Flaws in Voting Machines

LAS VEGAS—Hackers at the Defcon computer security conference believe they can help prevent manipulation of U.S. elections. Some election officials and makers of voting machines aren’t so sure.<p>That tension was front and center at Defcon’s second-annual Voting Village, where computer hackers are …

Cybersecurity

Wife of Sutherland Springs shooter: He tied me up, then left fully armed and dressed to kill

Danielle Kelley could do nothing as her husband donned military gear, grabbed his semiautomatic rifle and two handguns and went to church.<p>Devin …

San Antonio

This astrophysicist has an audacious plan to stop wildfires

The 'multilayered' system would detect smoke and flames at the earliest possible moment.<p>Can eyes in the sky help stop wildfires like those now devastating parts of California?<p>Carl Pennypacker thinks so. The University of California, Berkeley astrophysicist is leading a team of researchers working …

Wildfires

U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps

(This version of Aug. 10 story corrects name of expert in paragraph 12, fixes typographical error in paragraph 3)<p>GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a …

China

Parkland shooting investigator says Cruz could have been stopped if there was 'somebody in there with a gun'

The Florida sheriff leading a state commission on the Parkland high school massacre says there were multiple opportunities to stop Nikolas Cruz during the attack – if only someone had confronted him with a gun.<p>Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County, citing surveillance footage taken from inside …

Nikolas Cruz

The Strange Role of Chemtrails in the Debate About Fixing Climate Change

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley say global-scale geoengineering would likely harm agricultural crops and lower yields.<p>After …

Chemtrails

Man charged in California wildfire refuses to go to court

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man charged with starting a Southern California wildfire that has burned 12 cabins and forced at least 20,000 people from their homes refused to go to court Thursday, delaying his initial court appearance.<p>The arraignment for Forrest Clark was supposed to be Thursday, but …

Orange County

Even the people at Twitter can’t explain why Alex Jones is still able to tweet

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted this week that his company had been “terrible at explaining our decisions in the past.” And judging by the platform’s response to recent calls to ban Alex Jones, communication is a problem Dorsey and Twitter have yet to fix.<p>After Apple, Google and Facebook all …

Internet

Fire chief: Suspect in Holy Fire that put 20,000 under evacuation order texted, 'The place is going to burn'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The man accused of starting a Southern California blaze that forced the evacuation of 20,000 residents sent a text to a volunteer fire chief two weeks ago saying, "The place is going to burn," the chief said Thursday.<p>The Holy Fire started Monday in the Cleveland National Forest's Holy Jim …

Orange County

Charlottesville declares state of emergency as city braces for anniversary of deadly white nationalist rally

Charlottesville, Virginia, is bracing for demonstrations marking the one year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally, where white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed violently last year, resulting in the death of a 32-year-old woman.<p>The city on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in …

Rights & Freedoms

Twitter's Jack Dorsey Defends Stance on Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones in Sean Hannity Interview

Facing mounting scrutiny for allowing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to remain on the platform, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gave an exclusive radio …

Jack Dorsey

'Burn, kill, destroy': Parkland school shooter video released

NAPLES, Fla. — Florida prosecutors released the video confession Wednesday of a teenager suspected of killing 17 people at a Parkland high school, revealing the chilling words of a troubled former student who said he heard voices in his head that told him to "burn, kill, destroy."<p>Nikolas Cruz, 19, …

Nikolas Cruz

Listen to the conversation between Nikolas Cruz and his brother in police interrogation room

Zachary Cruz talks to his brother, Nikolas, hours after Nikolas killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Feb. 14, 2018. Prosecutors …

Nikolas Cruz

New Mexico compound suspects were training children for school shootings, prosecutors say

<b>(CNN) —</b> The five suspects accused of abusing 11 children at a New Mexico compound were training them to commit school shootings, prosecutors said Wednesday.<p>If the defendants were to "be released from custody, there is a substantial likelihood defendant may commit new crimes due to his planning and …

New Mexico