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  • Global cyberattack: What you need to know

    SAN FRANCISCO – A massive ransomware attack has hit businesses around the world, causing major companies to shut down their computer systems. Researchers are still investigating the software behind the attack, warning that it’s more sophisticated than the WannaCry worm that struck hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe last month. “WannaCry was a tremendous failure. It was a lot of noise, very little money, and everyone noticed it,” said Craig Williams, an expert at cybersecurity firm Cisco Talos. […]

  • McConnell delays vote on health care bill until after July 4 recess

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will delay the vote on the Republican leadership’s health care bill until after the July 4 recess. McConnell told GOP senators that he wants to make changes to the bill, get a new Congressional Budget Office score and have a vote after the holiday, two sources told CNN. Following McConnell’s decision, President Donald Trump said negotiators are continuing to work and “getting very close” on a deal and that Obamacare was “melting down as we […]

  • After fighting for her daughter’s life, mom fears GOP health care bill

    She’s a 35-pound bundle of blonde cuteness with hard-working parents. “We’re not deadbeats,” said Rebecca Wood, 38, who lives with her husband and daughter in Charlottesville, Virginia. Wood has a message for Republican lawmakers in Washington who have proposed dramatic cuts to Medicaid: Families like hers are deserving and need help, not slashed funding. Wood’s daughter, Charlie, was born more than three months early, weighing just one pound and 12 ounces. While she’s now 5 years old and doing well, […]

  • New parrot species identified in Mexico, study says

    Birds of a feather flock together, but it can be hard to tell them apart — unless, of course, you’re an expert ornithologist. Such is the case for a species of parrot that was recently identified and is now known as Amazona gomezgarzai — the blue-winged Amazon — according to a new study. An international team of researchers described the distinctive wing patterns and call of A. gomezgarzai in a study published in the journal PeerJ on Tuesday. While on […]

  • Skin patch may be the future of flu vaccines, study suggests

     The future of flu vaccines just might come in a tiny, prickly patch. A phase 1 clinical trial, the results of which were published in the medical journal Lancet on Tuesday, has deemed the dissolvable microneedle flu patch to be “well tolerated” and safe for possible use. Instead of receiving a flu vaccine with the typical prick of a syringe, the petite patch comes equipped with 100 microneedles that deliver a vaccine when pressed onto your arm. “They’re really small; […]

  • Police: Mom got drunk at pool, drove home & crashed with 4 kids in car

    Rexburg — The blood alcohol level of an Idaho Falls woman was nearly four times the legal limit when she crashed her car with four children inside, according to court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com. Lauren Weeks, 37, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of excessive driving under the influence, possessing an open container while driving and injury to child by transporting while under the influence. She also received a citation for following too closely. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded […]

  • Senate GOP to delay the vote on health care bill until after July 4 recess

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will delay the vote on the Republican leadership’s health care bill until after the July 4 recess. McConnell told GOP senators that he wants to make changes to the bill, get a new Congressional Budget Office score and have a vote after the holiday, two sources told CNN. McConnell said that President Donald Trump had invited all Republican senators to the White House on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re going to continue discussion in our conference,” McConnell […]

  • Illinois could soon become first state with ‘junk’ credit rating

    NEW YORK – Illinois could go down in history as the first U.S. state with a “junk” credit rating. The rating firm Standard & Poor’s says it will probably give the state that embarrassing distinction if lawmakers fail to reach a budget deal by the start of the fiscal year on July 1. It would be the third straight year Illinois can’t pass a budget. Illinois is already in a severe budget crisis, with $15 billion in unpaid bills, a […]

  • Three journalists resign from CNN after retracted article

    NEW YORK – Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted. Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN. “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” […]

  • EU slaps Google with record $2.7 billion fine

    LONDON – European Union regulators slapped Google with a record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) antitrust fine on Tuesday, the latest broadside fired at big American tech companies doing business in the region. The European Commission found that the U.S. tech giant denied “consumers a genuine choice” by using its search engine to unfairly steer them to its own shopping platform. Regulators said that Google must change its behavior within 90 days or face additional penalties. “What Google has done is […]

  • ‘Tumultuous divorce’ behind apparent murder of 5-year-old, officials say

    A “tumultuous divorce” led a California man to kill his 5-year-old son in April, investigators said Monday, three days after 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested and charged with murder even though his missing son has not been confirmed dead. Andressian was arrested on one count of murder on Friday and will be arraigned in Los Angeles later this week, where he will face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Andressian remains in custody and neither he nor […]

  • Senate health care bill gives $250,000 gift to the mega-rich

    NEW YORK — The nation’s wealthiest Americans would get a hefty tax cut from the Senate health care bill. Those in the top 0.1%, earning $5 million or more, would receive an average tax cut of nearly $250,000 in 2026, according to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center. Those in the top 1%, who earn $875,000 and up, would see an average tax savings of $45,500 a year. Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have been widely […]