A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has trigged a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday. The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple's mobile operating system to take complete control of iPhone devices, according to reports published Thursday by the San Francisco-based Lookout smartphone security company and internet watchdog group Citizen Lab. Both reports fingered the NSO Group, an Israeli company with a reputation for flying under the radar, as the author of the spyware.
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On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket. Details of what New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and law enforcement officials described as an unspeakable crime emerged Thursday in a criminal complaint made public and filed against the girl's mother, her boyfriend and his cousin. The three were taken into custody late Wednesday night.
A white producer at the Philadelphia sports talk station 97.5 The Fanatic has sparked controversy after he created a black persona based on stereotypes to call into the station.
"Dwayne from Swedesboro" was a regular caller for the Mike Missanelli Show. The character, who claimed to be an African American man, often talked about his love for white women as well as his fear of having illegitimate children. He even had a Twitter account with a black man in the profile picture.
A recent report from Crossing Broad however reveals that "Dwayne from Swedesboro," was actually Pat Egan, a white producer at 97.5.
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A New Hampshire state trooper involved in the videotaped beating of a man after a two-state car chase apologized and pleaded guilty to several charges Thursday afternoon.
Andrew Monaco, 31, received a deferred 12-month sentence stemming from his use of force in the arrest of Richard Simone Jr. on May 11 following a 50-mile pursuit through Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Monaco will avoid jail time as long as he abides by the court's conditions for two years.
"I severely regret my actions," Monaco said in court, directing his apology to his former law enforcement members and New Hampshire residents.
France's highest administrative authority is studying whether local bans on full-body burkini swimsuits are legal, amid growing concerns in the country and abroad about police forcing Muslim women to disrobe.
Images of uniformed police appearing to require a woman to take off her tunic, and media accounts of similar incidents, have elicited shock and anger online this week.
Some fear that burkini bans in several French towns are worsening religious tensions. The bans, based on a strict application of secularism policies, have exposed division within the government.
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SUNY Binghamton is catching flak for offering a "StopWhitePeople2K16" seminar for its residential assistants. Hundreds of Twitter and Facebook users began blasting the state university after the Binghamton Review, a conservative student publication at the university, posted the description for the training course titled "#StopWhitePeople2K16." The course description states that "the premise of this session is to help others take the next steps in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function in."
Donald Trump is meeting with participants in a new Republican Party initiative meant to train young and largely minority campaign volunteers.
More than a dozen members of the Republican Leadership Institute were meeting with Trump Thursday morning at Trump Tower in New York City.
The meeting comes as Trump tries to increase his outreach to black and Latino voters, saying his economic policies would help minorities.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been aggressively courting African-American voters, accused Hillary Clinton of being a "bigot" who panders to minorities. The remark appeared to catch many in the predominately white crowd by surprise, particularly a woman standing on stage behind Trump. Video of the woman grimacing at the comment as her eyes widened in shock was shared on social media.
A federal judge has thrown cold water on a lawsuit that claimed Starbucks defrauded customers by adding ice to its cold beverages.
Judge Percy Anderson tossed out the potential class-action lawsuit because a reasonable customer would know that a portion of iced coffee or tea would include ice and they'd be able to see it through the clear plastic cups the beverages are served in. In fact, he said, even a child would get it.
"As young children learn, they can increase the amount of beverage they receive if they order 'no ice,'" Anderson said in a ruling issued Friday in U.S. District Court. "If children have figured out that including ice in a cold beverage decreases the amount of liquid they will receive, the court has no difficulty concluding that a reasonable consumer would not be deceived into thinking ... some portion of the drink will be ice rather than whatever liquid beverage the consumer ordered."
The next iPhone may be too skinny for the traditional headphone jack.
The potential change is something that has many wondering how the absence of the 3.5 mm headphone jack could impact some of the ways people use their iPhones -- and what it will do to the multi-billion dollar market for headphones.
Apple hasn't commented on any of the rumors, but it's believed the lack of a traditional headphone jack would require Bluetooth headphones or an adapter to plug in to the phone's lightning port.
Steve Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, told the Australian Financial Review he believes the potential change, which Apple has not confirmed, would "tick off a lot of people."
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A man has been accused of crashing two weddings in central New York and stealing cards containing cash and checks.
Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble, 20, who in 2007 survived a bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed more than a dozen people, has been charged with conspiring to support ISIS, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, NBC News reported.
Roble is accused of traveling to Syria and joining the terror group after he turned 18. The FBI says he used a $91,000 settlement he received from the bridge collapse to fund the group. Authorities believe he lives in Syria.
Roble was just weeks shy of his 11th birthday in 2007 when the school bus he was riding in was caught on a Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed.
Thirteen people were killed and 145 people were injured, including Roble.
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