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Some refunds delayed as IRS battle against fraud intensifies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service's battle against fraud and identity theft is intensifying as the tax filing season opens, and some of the neediest taxpayers are getting caught in the middle.<p>The agency is barred from issuing refunds before Feb. 15 on any returns claiming the Earned …

Taxes

WhatsApp Apparently Has a Dangerous Backdoor

A security backdoor that can allow Mark Zuckerberg's staff to intercept and read encrypted WhatsApp messages has been revealed by a U.S. researcher, …

Security

Meryl Streep attacks Trump in Golden Globes acceptance speech

<b>(CNN) —</b> Meryl Streep was honored at the Golden Globes for a lifetime of notable work, and she took the opportunity to make a sustained attack on US President-elect Donald Trump.<p>In a nearly 6-minute address while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the actress denounced Trump's campaign rhetoric …

Entertainment

Remittances to Mexico Jump by the Most In Over a Decade Following Trump’s Election Win

Remittances to Mexico posted their biggest jump in over ten years in November in a possible reaction to the U.S. election victory of Donald Trump, …

Mexico

Hackers have a new way to steal your banking login using WhatsApp

Hackers are targeting unsuspecting users with a new type of mobile virus that spreads through legitimate-looking word documents sent via WhatsApp, …

Security

Israeli police question PM over corruption allegations

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police are questioning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over corruption allegations, local media reported after police cars arrived at his residence Monday.<p>The police team did not speak to journalists, but Israeli media said they are looking into suspicions that Netanyahu …

Israel

Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say

https://videos.posttv.com/washpost-production/The_Washington_Post/20161231/586715b8e4b09334a1ba4799/586b24f8e4b03735090be0ca_1439399835595-cf9g26_t_1483416850149_1280_720_2000.mp4<p>A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected …

Russia

Before and after images of Aleppo show devastation caused by war in Syria

<b>The war in Syria has raged for almost six years.</b><p>Civil conflicts in the country were escalated by President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal efforts to …

U.S. Punishes Russia for Election Hacking, Ejecting Operatives

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services, including four top officers of the …

Politics

Fentanyl Outpaces Heroin as the Deadliest Drug on Long Island

An anesthetic commonly used for surgery has surpassed heroin to become the deadliest drug in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, killing at least 220 people on Long Island in 2016, according to records compiled by the medical examiners of the two counties.<p>The drug, fentanyl, is a synthetic opioid, which …

Long Island

Russian military report mass graves of civilians in Syria's Aleppo

Russia's military has found a mass grave of Syrians, allegedly killed by rebel groups ahead of last week's evacuation. An independent monitoring group could not confirm how they died.<p>Russia's military reported finding the tortured bodies of civilians in mass graves in Syria's Aleppo on Monday, …

Russia

Israel censures 10 ambassadors after UN settlements vote

<b>Israel has angrily summoned ambassadors from countries which voted for a UN resolution against settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.</b><p>The reprimands came after Israel vowed to take retaliatory steps for what it called a "shameful" act by the UN.<p>The measure passed when the US …

Israel

One killed after World War II-era bomb goes off in western Germany

At least one person has been killed after a bomb dating back to World War II went off near the western German city of Bonn. The explosion was reportedly triggered by an excavating machine.<p>The German news agency DPA quoted a police spokesman who said the explosion, which occurred in the town of …

Germany

U.N. Moves Towards Possible Ban on Autonomous Weapons

89 nations signatory to the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) have voted to convene groups of governmental experts twice in …

Robotics

Senior leader at Facebook's Oculus arrested after allegedly soliciting sex from cop posing as underage girl

Dov Katz, a senior leader at Facebook's Oculus VR virtual reality subsidiary, has been arrested after allegedly soliciting sex from a police officer posing as an underage girl, reports Seattle's King 5 news.<p>According to King 5's report, Katz has been charged with "communicating with a minor for …

Facebook

HRW report: Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster bombs in Yemen war

Human Rights Watch has accused the Saudi-led coalition of deploying cluster bombs containing outlawed munitions in Huthi rebel-held province of Saada. The attack in questions targetted two schools, HRW has said.<p>Rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Saudi-led coalition on Friday of …

Armed Conflict

The US is now asking foreign visitors to provide their social media accounts for inspection

Name? Passport number? Twitter handle?<p>The US government this week started asking some foreign visitors to provide their social media account information before entering the country. The addition, which the Department of Homeland Security proposed in June and had open for comment until Aug. 22, went …

Social Media

Leaked files reveal scope of Israeli firm's phone cracking tech

US law enforcement alone have spent millions on the phone-cracking technology.<p>Earlier this year, we were sent a series of large, encrypted files …

Security

FDA suggests limit on lead in lipstick and other cosmetics

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Food and Drug Administration has turned a critical eye to lead in cosmetics such as lipstick, eye shadow and shampoo.<p>In a new draft guidance issued on Thursday, the FDA suggested a limit on lead contained in cosmetics marketed in the United States: a maximum of 10 parts per million for …

Skin Care

Using lots of social media accounts linked to anxiety

People who reported using 7 to 11 social media platforms had more than three times the risk of depression and anxiety than peers who used 0 to 2.

Depression

People in Beijing are trapped in hell as smog restrictions shut down highways and airports

Beijingers who were hoping to flee the city’s worst pollution this year are finding their escape plans thwarted, as heavy smog led to cancelled flights and road restrictions.<p>The capital city has been at the highest level of smog alert this year for the past four days, choking the city’s 22 million …

China

Real-Life 'The Big Short' Star Thinks This Will Happen in a Trump Economy

Steven Eisman made a name for himself in the financial world in the 2008 financial crisis, when he accurately predicted the subprime housing market …

Economics

Data breach at LinkedIn's Lynda.com affects 55,000 accounts

The passwords were secure, but the training site isn't taking any chances.<p>Microsoft is getting a little bit more than it bargained for now that its acquisition of LinkedIn is official. LinkedIn's training site Lynda.com is notifying users of a database breach that includes the passwords of just …

LinkedIn

Hacker breaches the US agency that certifies voting machines

The US EAC does not administer elections itself, but it does certify the machines used.<p>In the year of "rigged" election claims, security firm Recorded Future says it identified a Russian-speaking hacker attempting to sell accounts that have access to the US Election Assistance Commission. While may …

Security

Trump’s 17 cabinet-level picks have more money than a third of American households combined

The 17 people who US president-elect Donald Trump has selected for his cabinet or for posts with cabinet rank have well over $9.5 billion in combined wealth, with several positions still unfilled. This collection of wealth is greater than that of the 43 million least wealthy American households …

Money

Syrians trapped in Aleppo using WhatsApp to post cries for help

The fight for control over the Syrian city of Aleppo continued to roar on the ground and in the skies on Wednesday into Thursday as thousands of civilians still trapped inside begged to be let out.<p>Among them, desperate activists are turning to instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp to reach …

Middle East

US Could Go To War With Russia, North Korea In 2017, Top Security Experts Warn

Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization could go to war in 2017, according to a survey of international experts. The conflict between …

Russia

Rick Perry is the latest science-rejecting member of Trump’s Cabinet

THE PAST three energy secretaries have been scientists. If President-elect Donald Trump gets his wish, they will be succeeded by a man who has repeatedly attacked science, former Texas governor Rick Perry .<p>Mr. Perry has a long record on climate change, railing about “doctored data” and “so-called …

Environment

Vladimir Putin 'personally directed Russian hack of US election'

Vladimir Putin personally directed elements of the Russian hack of the US election as part of a "vendetta" against Hillary Clinton, according to a new report from NBC News.<p>Intelligence officials say they have a "high level of confidence" that the Russian president took charge of how material stolen …

Russia