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Hit by a Ransomware Attack? Your Payment May Be Deductible

St. Jude Shrine

00:36 sec | 2 d ago

Hit by a Ransomware Attack? Your Payment May Be Deductible

"A ransomware attack surge. The FBI is doubling down at its guidance to affected businesses don't pay the cybercriminals. The U. S government also offers a little noticed incentive for those who do pay. The ransoms may be tax deductible. Those looking to discourage payments fear the deductions of potentially problematic incentive that could entice businesses to pay for ransoms against the advice of law enforcement. Ransomware has become a multibillion dollar business. And according to the Palo Alto networks, the average payment was more than $310,000 last year up 171%. From

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New Fossils of Giant Rhinos, Largest Land Mammals Ever, Found in China

WBZ Afternoon News

00:27 sec | 3 d ago

New Fossils of Giant Rhinos, Largest Land Mammals Ever, Found in China

"Cousin of today's right nonserious, taller than a giraffe had been found in China, one of the largest land animals ever roamed what is now Tibet and Pakistan more than 25 million years ago, the colossal animal would have weighed up the 24 tons four times heavier. In today's African elephants. It's the latest known species and a group of giant horseless rhinos that lived across Central Asia. Beginning 50 million years ago. Jim Crystal, the CBS

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U.S. Runner Blames 4-Year Doping Ban on Burrito

The DA Show

01:05 min | 5 d ago

U.S. Runner Blames 4-Year Doping Ban on Burrito

"American distance runner Shelby Hoolahan currently suspended four years for doping, erasing her medal hopes for Tokyo next month. But here's the stunner and why this again was made for us who, ahem, is blaming her failed test. On a burrito. She bought an authentic Mexican food truck and eight roughly 10 hours before the failed test. Imagine the test that Sean would fail or maybe past if they were based on the burrito. You ate 10 hours before now. In Hula hands. Defense banned substances like hers. Nandrolone have been found in meets before And the World Anti Doping Agency does agree the amount found her system shows limited use, not a build up of nandrolone that would suggest long term doping, but still, they slapped with a four year BAM. It's been held up on appeal, so she's continuing this fight. She sent her hair samples to toxicology expert. She's looking for any other avenue but right now Suspended four years can't run in Tokyo next month, and she thinks it's because of a burrito she ate before this last year in

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World's Third Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana

San Diego's Morning News with Ted and LaDona

00:33 sec | 4 d ago

World's Third Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana

"A giant diamond weighing nearly half a pound has been found in Botswana. The diamond firm, the diamond firm Debswana, says the stone Which is more than 1000 carats was unearth recently at its diamond mine in South Africa, an official with the company said. It's the largest diamond ever to be recovered. By Debswana in its 50 year history and could be the world's third largest gem quality stone. Wow.

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Australian Town Covered in Webs After Flooding Sends Spiders Scrambling

John Landecker

00:48 sec | 4 d ago

Australian Town Covered in Webs After Flooding Sends Spiders Scrambling

"Cobwebs cover Australian towns after spiders flee flooding. That's the headline residents of the rural region of Victoria, Australia. Found their towns blanketed in cobwebs resulting from spiders fleeing from flood conditions. My spider senses tingling. I'm being watched. The Photos of the region, Schofield's homes and trees. Covered in blankets of Spider silk. I didn't know they but catch this Now the This is a phenomenon The spiders do called ballooning, which involves spiders using strands of silk to ride on gusts of wind. Oh, that sounds

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Giant Waterslide Goes up in Flames in New Jersey

Weird AF News

01:11 min | 4 d ago

Giant Waterslide Goes up in Flames in New Jersey

"Giant waterslide goes up in flames at a water park new jersey. Yes a popular ride and mountain creek. Waterpark was heavily damaged by a fire days before the attraction was going to open for the summer. The fire was on the high anxiety waterslide ride. It was captured on video. Captured the attention of residents near and far who watched as gray smoke billows from the mountaintop. No injuries were reported. The park was closed. It hasn't opened yet. Is going to be a barrier to you opening though if your water slides or catching fire. How do you talk yourself out of this one waterpark. How does a waterside catch fire in the first place seems like it would be an impossibility but you running down your water. Slide cooking oil. what's going on. it's a waterslide. how does it waterside catch fires. It's like how does a fire hose catch fire when it's got water running through it this makes sense either although i've seen lakes on fire before but that's just because of sort of oil had seeped into the lake. We give gasoline running down water slides. It is a jersey waterpark. I mean you can imagine the kind of pollution that might be running through the water

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Visitor Uses Decades-Old Ticket to Visit Boston's New England Aquarium

Ace and TJ

00:33 sec | 5 d ago

Visitor Uses Decades-Old Ticket to Visit Boston's New England Aquarium

"New england aquarium in boston just honored a ticket that was almost four decades old. A woman showed up in one thousand nine hundred eighty three but the aquarium was closing so they gave her a free pass quote good for admission at anytime in the future and so last thursday. The woman's great grand niece finally used it Thirty eight years later. That's fine when the shows you've got yeah come on in a good aquarium. Yeah that's great.

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Gorilla Glue Girl Comes out With Hair Care Line

The Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal

00:32 sec | 5 d ago

Gorilla Glue Girl Comes out With Hair Care Line

"Louisiana woman They called her gorilla glue girl because she sprayed gorilla glue in her hair instead of hairspray, and it glued her hair down for weeks. Well, it was on video, and it was viewed over four million times on Instagram. Well, you know, this is the society today and social media. Now she's got her own line of hair care products. Called forever hair. Her company's website says the products are inspired by gorilla glue except the wash out safely without damaging hair.

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$1.2 Million Worth of Cocaine Found on Florida Beach During Turtle Nesting Survey

Afternoon News with Tom Glasgow and Elisa Jaffe

00:19 sec | Last week

$1.2 Million Worth of Cocaine Found on Florida Beach During Turtle Nesting Survey

"Dollars worth of cocaine isn't making it to the streets after washing up on shore in Florida, a wildlife manager found bundles of the drug while conducting a sea turtle nesting survey at Cape Canaveral Space Station. A total of 24 packages were found with about $1.2 million. The origin of the cocaine is under investigation. And the search

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California Drought May Have Solved Mystery of 1965 Plane Crash

This Morning with Gordon Deal

00:34 sec | 6 d ago

California Drought May Have Solved Mystery of 1965 Plane Crash

"Standing mystery may be solved thanks to California Severe drought As the drought dries out lakes across the state officials have found the remains of what they believe to be a 19 sixties plane crash. The plane matches. The description of a Piper Comanche to 50, which went missing on New Year's Day. 1965 and underwater surveying company testing equipment and Folsom Lake near Sacramento last week found the fully intact plane in one of the lake's deepest points. It was the historically low water level in the lake that allowed the team to take clear photos of the plane's tail and propeller.

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Post Malone Has a $1.6 Million New Smile Complete With Diamond Fangs

Z Morning Zoo

00:46 sec | 6 d ago

Post Malone Has a $1.6 Million New Smile Complete With Diamond Fangs

Florida Town Accidentally Sells Municipal Water Tower

The KFBK Morning News

00:51 sec | Last week

Florida Town Accidentally Sells Municipal Water Tower

"Uh, city in Florida Sold their, uh, water tower by mistake. Hysterical isn't something Can you imagine the city manager like figuring that out? Oh, my goodness. We sold this. Yes. Water towers. Little Brooksville is the name Brooksville, Florida Small little town and a guy named Bobby Reed went to him and at the base of the water tower was a building. Okay, And they used it for storage. So Bobby goes into the city hall and says, Hey, I want to build a gym. I want to put a gym in there. And would you mind? Maybe we could work out a deal. Well, Apparently, there were some, you know, Will you adopt the I's and cross the tease thing with all the paperwork, And then the deal was made. And then as part of the deal, all of a sudden he owns the water tower two. Oh, man. Well, Bob rates are going up. Bobby's a good guy. And Bobby just said you can have it back. Oh, really? Okay. He did it back to that. Very nice. Okay, that's funny Like it when stuff like that happened,

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Baltimore Man Steals Ambulance to Drive Himself to Hospital

Rush Limbaugh

00:20 sec | Last week

Baltimore Man Steals Ambulance to Drive Himself to Hospital

"Crisis stolen ambulance in Baltimore and told officers he was driving himself to the hospital. When a Fire department medical unit responded to a call early this morning, police said In a news release. 38 year old man jumped into the running ambulance and took off, medics radioed. Police and officers stopped the ambulance a few blocks from Medstar Harbor Hospital. Baltimore Police

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Lobster Diver Nearly Swallowed by Humpback Whale in Cape Cod

Purity Products

00:44 sec | Last week

Lobster Diver Nearly Swallowed by Humpback Whale in Cape Cod

"By a great fish and live to tell the story. Now a commercial lobster diver has his own Jonah account. 56 year old Michael Packard of Wellfleet says he was swallowed whole by a whale off the Massachusetts coast Friday but made it out alive with only minor injuries following the life and death encounter. He was released hours later from a Cape Cod hospital following his scary encounter with a humpback will He says he was 45 ft. Deep in the waters off Provincetown when the whale swallowed him, Packard said he thinks he was in the whale's mouth for about 30 seconds. He began shaking the whale's head before the animal surfaced and spit them out. Escaped with bruises and no broken bones. Patrick false reporting a major airline in Japan,

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Elephant Herd Wanders Through China, Causing Chaos and Capturing Hearts

PBS NewsHour

01:52 min | Last week

Elephant Herd Wanders Through China, Causing Chaos and Capturing Hearts

Man Stuck for Days Inside Giant Fan at California Vineyard

America's First News

00:55 sec | Last week

Man Stuck for Days Inside Giant Fan at California Vineyard

"Authorities have rescued a man who said he was trapped for two days in sight of a large fan at a northern California vineyard. The man was discovered Tuesday by a deputy responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle near a winery in Santa Rosa. The sentence. Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is saying in a statement that the deputy saw a hat on a piece of farming equipment and then found the man stuck inside the shaft of a vineyard fan. Firefighters were able to get him out. The office saying quote the man indicated he liked to take pictures of the engines of old farm equipment after a thorough investigation, which revealed the farm equipment wasn't antique and the man had far more meth than camera equipment. The motivation to climb into the fan shaft remains a total mystery. The 38 year old required some medical attention, but he's expected to make a full recovery.

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Rep. Gohmert Suggests Altering Moon's Orbit to Combat Climate Change

Elvis Duran and the Morning Show ON DEMAND

01:29 min | Last week

Rep. Gohmert Suggests Altering Moon's Orbit to Combat Climate Change

"Move over to congress They had a climate change hearing yesterday. And one of the congressmen asked. If it's possible Federal agency could change the orbit of the moon and earth to fight. Climate change over moon's orbit is changing slightly and so as the earth orbit around the sun. Is there anything that the national forest service are. Blm can do to change the course of the moon's orbit or the earth's orbit around the sun. Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate. I would have to follow up with you on that. One mr gohmert. Let's go ahead and tackle this one. I mean you know what if we all went outside and just blew like anything. i mean. okay. We we're laughing. What if one day. Something happened where they could change the orbit or whatever and we all back on that day back in twenty twenty one where we remember that we live that poor guy gandhi. We'll go to your first. Yes you are a student of science and in your total science geek. Do you think there's a possibility we could find a way to change the orbit of the earth versus the moon. I think science will always tell you you have to leave room for the possibility tube there and just not have been discovered yet. So yeah possible okay. Is it probable now. I don't think so but it could be possible. We'll see

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Cicadas Delay White House Press Ahead of Biden Overseas Trip

AP News Radio

00:35 sec | Last week

Cicadas Delay White House Press Ahead of Biden Overseas Trip

"As president by the heads on his first overseas trip since taking office he's leaving behind an issue that's plagued the Washington area cicadas as he prepared to board Air Force One this morning I just got one job earlier they got reporters traveling to Europe before the president a swarm of cicadas over ran the press charter plane at joint base Andrews delaying the flight by several hours it was swapped for another which took off for the U. K. about four and a half hours before Air Force One left Sager mag ani Washington

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Your Future Sex Robot Could Be Hacked and Programmed To Murder You

Savage Lovecast

01:26 min | 2 weeks ago

Your Future Sex Robot Could Be Hacked and Programmed To Murder You

"My horror when i saw mike werner's piece at consumer gadget website. Bg are dot com with the headline. Your future sex robot could be hacked and programmed to murder you. The technology sector about technology ltd win rights. But there's no telling what the future could hold. Death by sex robot could end up on some unfortunate souls. Tombstone all right. I i wanna say good job. Biji are good job with that headline it addresses readers as a group that will in the future all have sex robots so it doesn't other people who want or will have sex. Robots in the future is not talking to a presumed group of default quote normal readers about all those freaks out there who will have sex robots in the future but instead assumes that everyone's going to have a sex robot at least everyone who reads consumer gadget websites which may be a safe assumption or maybe sex robots are going to be like colored. Tv's and microwave ovens the richest kids on the block. We'll have him first but pretty soon. Everyone's dads can have one now. Winter's piece hacked killer sex robots from twenty but it made the twitter around last week for reasons only down to the algorithms that rule our lives and will continue to rule our lives until skynet is operational but the premise makes sense. Our elections are gas. Pipelines are remotely locking male chastity devices all hacked in recent years so of course our sex robots are going to get hacked

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Flying Cicada Caused Driver to Crash Car Into Pole

John Williams

00:25 sec | Last week

Flying Cicada Caused Driver to Crash Car Into Pole

"As cicada is being blamed for a serious car crash, The insect flew through an open window, striking the driver in the face in Cincinnati, the driver hit the road, drove off the road and hit a utility pole. Seriously damaging the vehicle. Cincinnati area is one of the places in the U. S. That's been swarming with the cicadas from the Brood X, which emerged from the ground every 17 years.

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Baby Squid and Tiny ‘Water Bears’ Head for Space Station in SpaceX Rocket

Kottke Ride Home

02:10 min | 2 weeks ago

Baby Squid and Tiny ‘Water Bears’ Head for Space Station in SpaceX Rocket

"Tardy grades and cephalopods. Those were the vip's onboard space xs twenty-second cargo resupply mission to the international space station. This past thursday like other strange species that get blasted off our planet on the regular these little dudes are taking the trip so that scientists can study how spaceflight and microgravity affects the organisms with the ultimate goal of learning more about how those conditions also affect the other main biological denizens of space the astronauts quoting nasa tar degrades known as water bears due to their appearance under a microscope in common habitat in water are tiny creatures tolerate environments more extreme than most life forms can that makes them a model organism for studying biological survival. Under extreme conditions on earth and in space in addition researchers have sequenced the genome of the tar agreed and developed methods for measuring. How different environmental conditions tar degrade gene expression. The results could advance understanding of the stress. Factors affecting humans in space and support development of countermeasures. Space can be a really challenging environment for organisms including humans volved to the conditions on earth says principal investigator thomas boothby. One of the things we're really keen to do is understand. How tardy grades or surviving and reproducing in these environments and whether we can learn anything about the tricks that they're using and adapt them to safeguard astronauts and quotes and as for the buffalo pods or glow in the dark baby. Bobtail squid to be exact. They'll be part of the cleverly titled project understanding of microgravity on animal microbe interactions or mommy quoting npr scientists will study whether microgravity has an impact on the relationship between newly hatched. Bobtail squid and their symbiotic bacterium. The goal is to use what they learn about the relationship between squid and the microbes to help better prepare astronauts for lengthy space missions and preserve their health. While they're out there. The experiment could also lead to a new understanding of the ways animals and helpful microbes interact and may even have applications for improving health on earth. Nasa

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U.S. Government Unable to Explain Source of Many UFOs

AP 24 Hour News

00:56 sec | 2 weeks ago

U.S. Government Unable to Explain Source of Many UFOs

"Finds that there isn't a definitive explanation for around 120 reported incidents of UFOs. According to one of the officials that we spoke to. It also finds that there is no evidence that these phenomena are from secret U. S programs and it doesn't established Rule it out either two, sources say. The report, which is expected to go to Congress later in the month, says the government cannot give a definitive explanation of aerial phenomena spotted by military pilots. In December, Congress required the director of national intelligence to summarize and report on the government's knowledge of unidentified aerial phenomena or you A P s better known to the public as unidentified flying objects or UFOs. I'm Tim Maguire. AP News A small French town has honored a World war two US paratroop landing.

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No Shirts, Pants or Undies Needed on Bike Ride, Just a Mask

AP News Radio

00:46 sec | 2 weeks ago

No Shirts, Pants or Undies Needed on Bike Ride, Just a Mask

"No clothes no problem just make sure you have a mask that's the only requirement for the annual naked Philly bike ride organizers say the event is taking place August twenty eighth and while the city lifted most of its cold good rules citing an increase in vaccinations and a decrease in cases right organizer said they haven't had a chance to chat since the city's guidelines change so for the time being they're going to stick with the initial mask guidance ride participants sometimes in the thousands usually gathered in a park to strip off their clothes and paint each other's bodies before carefully hopping on their bikes the naked ride is to promote positive body image advocate for the safety of cyclists and protest dependence on fossil fuels I'm Julie Walker

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"Hero Rat" Who Sniffed out Dozens of Landmines Is Retiring

KIRO Nights

01:21 min | 2 weeks ago

"Hero Rat" Who Sniffed out Dozens of Landmines Is Retiring

"I read a story. I read a story today about rats detecting landmines. There's a gigantic rat. His name is my Egawa. And he is the hero Rat who is retiring from his job detecting landmines now, Shane Ask me how a rat detects landmines. Hey, Jack. How does a rat detect the landmine? Well, they go around and they've been trained to smell the landmine, and then they go up to it because they're so light. They don't blow it up. And then they start digging a little bit around the landmine and then other people actually come up and they removed the landmine. In his five year career, Mangala, the gigantic rat has sniffed out how many land mines do you think in his five year career? Shane Imagawa? You know, Jack, I actually have heard of this story before, and I can't remember the exact number But right it's it's pretty shocking number like he's found like hundreds, maybe hundreds, hundreds, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of landmines. He weighs 1.2 kg, which in America talk is £2.6. And his 70 Silin meters long, which, again in God's language is 28 inches long. And while that is far larger than many other rat species, he is still small enough and light enough and he does not trigger the minds if he walks over them, So that's the way the

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Italian Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for $18K

Wisconsin's Morning News with Gene Mueller

01:35 min | 2 weeks ago

Italian Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for $18K

"For an invisible sculpture. What is an invisible sculpture? I'm reading this story from one of the local stations, Fox six. Um it's a invisible piece of arts. The artist says that while the sculpture doesn't physically exist That doesn't mean that it's nothing and said he prefers to think of it as a vacuum. Listen to his long winded and wordy responds to reporters about this. The vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy, and even if we empty and there's nothing left, according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Dropping some science there that nothing has a weights. Therefore, he does energy that is condensed and transform into particles that is into us. Thousands of dollars $18,000 from invisible sculpture that really doesn't exist. Where? Where else can this story go? Now the buyer of this thing is, um, unknown. And this is invisible. You don't have to worry about displaying anywhere or finding a space for it in your house that the sculpture does say the miserable thing is five FT by five FT. So when you buy something to do you empty a space five ft. 5 ft. Just say that's where it is. If it's in a private home. Here's what I'll do. I will auction off a chance to be on the show. But it's invisible. And it's unheard. You won't be on the show, but it's a chance to say you were on the show. We should auction that. See if I have a better statute. That's 10 by 10 that's invisible. Yeah, and it sounds sell for $30,000. But I mean, how far can the craziness go? Now the one thing the buyer does get that's real, and we can hold in your hand as a certificate

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