McDonald’s Quarter Pounders will soon be made of fresh beef

McDonald’s announced that the chain will make the switch in most of its restaurants.

“Consumers are demanding more in terms of health and wellness,” said Jack Russo, an analyst with brokerage Edward Jones. “They want to know what’s in their products.”

Source: McDonald’s Quarter Pounders will soon be made of fresh beef

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California’s replenished snowpack brings relief — and worries – CNN.com

After years of drought, this winter finally brought relief to California as storm after storm walloped the state, leaving it drenched with rain at lower elevations and covered in snow in the mountains. Could flooding from that melting snow be far behind?

While there certainly was a seasonal downside — including flooding and concerns that a dam might fail at Lake Oroville — residents are heartened by the highest snowpack level since 2011.

Source: California’s replenished snowpack brings relief — and worries – CNN.com

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Australians cling to roofs as floodwaters swamp towns

Flooding rivers swamped towns along Australia’s east coast on Friday forcing tens of thousands of people to be evacuated as fast-flowing waters cut roads and destroyed bridges after the remnants of a powerful cyclone swept through the region. The disaster zone from ex-Cyclone Debbie stretched 1,000 kms

Source: Australians cling to roofs as floodwaters swamp towns

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Flynn offers to cooperate with congressional probe in exchange for immunity

Michael Flynn, former National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump. (Andrew Harrer / Pool/EPA)

“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,’’ Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, said in a statement Thursday evening.

Source: Flynn offers to cooperate with congressional probe in exchange for immunity

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Teen shot, killed outside Linton Middle School in Penn Hills | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – A teenager who had been playing basketball on a court outside a Penn Hills school was shot to death Tuesday afternoon. Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton said Deven J. Holloway, a 16-year-old sophomore at Penn Hills High School, was shot to death .

Police questioned a 22-year-old man from Plum in the shooting. The attorney for the man, whose identity was not released, acknowledged on Wednesday that his client did shoot Deven but said it was in self defense.

Source: Teen shot, killed outside Linton Middle School in Penn Hills | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Monroeville man on bicycle charged with theft from Murrysville Sheetz site | TribLIVE

Timothy Charles Persinger, 45, allegedly moved a pump outside the fenced-in construction site to behind a small brick building where police found it after following bicycle tracks in the wet grass, the complaint states.

Elsewhere, police found a broken fuel tank that was missing its nozzle and pump and a trail of gasoline from the tank to the stolen pump. Persinger allegedly had gloves and rope in his pockets and smelled of gasoline, police said.

Source: Monroeville man on bicycle charged with theft from Murrysville Sheetz site | TribLIVE

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5-year-old girl suspended for playing with gun-like stick – TheBlaze

Caitlin Miller said that she was playing “king and queen” with her to friends, and was imagining that she was a guard. She picked up the stick and pretended to shoot an “intruder” into their imaginary kingdom, when school officials swept in and swiftly imposed the penalty for her crime.

Source: 5-year-old girl suspended for playing with gun-like stick – TheBlaze

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At least 12 dead in crash involving Central Texas church group near Garner State Park – San Antonio Express-News

A New Braunfels church group returning from a choir retreat Wednesday afternoon was involved in a major collision near Garner State Park resulting in at least 12 confirmed fatalities.

The bus and a Dodge dually pickup truck collided head-on at 12:23 p.m. on U.S. 83 North, just south of Ranch Road 1050 when the truck crossed the center line, according to Lt. Johnny Hernandez, DPS spokesman.

 The 2004 bus carrying members of the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels was southbound on U.S. 83, carrying 14 people. The driver of the 2007 Dodge truck, which was northbound on the highway, was alone in his vehicle, Hernandez said.

Source: At least 12 dead in crash involving Central Texas church group near Garner State Park – San Antonio Express-News

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Woman Rescued After Climbing Construction Crane, Locking Herself in Cab Across From L.A.’s Olvera Street | KTLA

A woman who climbed a construction crane and locked herself inside the cab some 180 feet above a construction site near Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street landmark was rescued more than two hours after the incident started, authorities said Tuesday.The woman climbed the “tall crane at a construction site” about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Source: Woman Rescued After Climbing Construction Crane, Locking Herself in Cab Across From L.A.’s Olvera Street | KTLA

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Man busted with ‘suspicious package’ at White House – NY Daily News

The Secret Service arrested a man for having a “suspicious package” Tuesday morning after temporarily locking down the White House.

The man approached the White House from the east with a package, and was quickly arrested. Explosives teams were on the scene and a “secure perimeter” was established, including road closures near the site.

East Wing tours were temporarily suspended but the rest of the White House was back to normal operation after the Secret Service cleared passers-by and reporters from the immediate area.

Source: Man busted with ‘suspicious package’ at White House – NY Daily News

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Hazmat scare injures 3 at Laguardia Airport – WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

Three people were treated for minor injuries after a hazardous spill at Laguardia Airport in New York City.

According to NBC New York, TSA officials were alerted by a bag that set off an alarm inside a terminal checkpoint. An unknown substance was found inside the bag.

Source: Hazmat scare injures 3 at Laguardia Airport – WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

 

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The House voted to wipe away the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections

The vote is a sweeping rebuke of Internet policies enacted under the Obama administration.

Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections,the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access.

If President Trump signs the legislation as expected, internet providers will be able to monitor their customers’ behavior online and, without their permission, use their personal and financial information to sell highly targeted ads.

Source: The House voted to wipe away the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections

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FCC warns consumers about new ‘Yes’ phone scam – ABC News

The commission said scammers use recordings to authorize unwanted charges.

The Federal Communications Commission is warning consumers about a new scam that is hooking consumers with just one word: Yes.

According to the FCC, the scam begins as soon as a person answers the phone. A recorded voice or an actual person asks: “Can you hear me?” And the consumer responds, “Yes.”

“The caller then records the consumer’s ‘Yes’ response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone,” an FCC news release said.

Officials Warn Consumers About Phone Scam

“According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer,” the news release said.

Source: FCC warns consumers about new ‘Yes’ phone scam – ABC News

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US home prices rise 5.9 percent to 31-month high in Jan: S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller

The index, which measures all nine U.S. census divisions, found that home prices rose 5.9 percent year over year in January.

Of the nation’s 20 largest cities, three reached their all-time highs in January: Seattle, Portland, and Denver. And 12 cities reported greater price increases in the year ending January 2017 versus the year ending December 2016, the report said.

Source: US home prices rise 5.9 percent to 31-month high in Jan: S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller

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