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  • If you use Facebook Messenger on an Android phone you might want to check your settings. The app tracks and sends your location to everyone you chat with -- by default.

    Facebook Messenger tracks your location by default

    NEW YORK — If you use Facebook Messenger on an Android phone you might want to check your settings. The app tracks and sends your location to everyone you chat with — by default. You can turn off location tracking and sharing by clicking the compass icon above the Like button in your chat threads. If the icon is blue, the feature is on. A Facebook spokesman said the app only tracks you if the app is open, and if […]

  • General view of the train station at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch home.

    Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch up for sale

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Neverland, the California ranch that Michael Jackson turned into his own private zoo, can now be yours for a cool $100 million – chimps not included. The famous property is located about 30 miles from Santa Barbara in the inland town of Los Olivos. The realtors, Harry Kolb of Sotheby’s International and Jeffry Hyland of Hilton & Hyland, are listing the place under its new name, Sycamore Valley Ranch. It’s got plenty of room for moonwalking, sprawling […]

  • Anheuser-Busch is producing cans of drinking water at it Cartersville, Ga, brewery to be distributed to flood victims in need of clean drinking water in Texas and Oklahoma due to the May, 2015 storms.

    Popular brewery cans drinking water for flood victims

    CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Texas and Oklahoma, this drinking water’s for you. Anheuser-Busch is producing cans of drinking water at it Cartersville, Ga., brewery to be distributed to flood victims in need of clean drinking water in Texas and Oklahoma. The production of water began last week and ramped up on Thursday. The first shipment of about 50,000 cans of water should be delivered to Texas and Oklahoma in the next couple of days. “Relief workers and people in the region […]

  • Taylor Swift on the red carpet at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2015. (Credit:	 POOL)

    Taylor Swift ‘fine’ with not being ‘overtly sexy’

    Taylor Swift says she’s “fine” with her generally squeaky-clean image. “No, that’s a way of people saying I’m just not generally a sexy person. That’s all that is,” she told “Access Hollywood.” “It’s fine. I’ve accepted it. I’m a lot of things. Overtly sexy is not one of them. “I’m fine. I’m fine with all the other things I am,” she added. And she doesn’t mind being a role model. “I think for me it feels very natural to talk […]

  • Natalee Holloway was last seen leaving a Carlos'n Charlie's restaurant in Oranjestad, Aruba before she disappeared on May 30, 2005.

    Google Earth offers new clues, raises questions in Natalee Holloway case

    MERIDIAN, Miss. — Ten years after Natalee Holloway went missing, a Dutch citizen says he knows where to find her. Prosecutors, however, aren’t buying it. Jurriën de Jong told CNN’s Martin Savidge that the teen’s body is buried in a crawl space at a Marriott vacation property in Aruba, and he believes he saw her in her final moments. De Jong says he was near Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, then under construction, on the night of May 30, 2005, when […]

  • The ampulex dementor wasp was named for the sooty, skeletal, flying "dementor" character that appears in J.K. Rowling's novels and sucks the humanity out of its victims.

Full credit: Micheal Ohl/Museum Fuer Naturkunde

    New ‘Soul-Sucking Dementor’ wasp buzzes to fame on Harry Potter name

    Branding can get you everywhere, even if you’re just a bug. Boy, does the “Ampulex dementor” wasp know it. Over a year ago, officially, no one was aware that it even existed. But on Wednesday, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling retweeted its photo, and the buzz helped propel the insect with a creepy sting to worldwide fame. Possibly for eons before, it had lived in obscurity in an enormous Southeast Asian jungle, until it was discovered last year. But why […]

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    iPhone hacked? Here’s how to get back into messages

    NEW YORK — If you received a strange string of characters that instantly crashed your iPhone, you might have trouble getting back into your Messages app. Apple has released a temporary fix while it works on a more permanent solution to the problem. Here’s how to get back into Messages: 1) Hold down the home button and ask Siri to “read unread messages.” 2) When Siri prompts you to reply to the message, say “yes,” and say anything you want. […]

  • Credit: From Charleston Animal Society

    Dog found with muzzle taped shut

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s a heart breaking and painful condition for any animal to be in and it begs to ask the question: who would do this? Caitlyn, a 15-month old Chocolate Staffie mix, was found with black electrical tape wound around her muzzle in North Charleston, South Carolina. The tape was so tight that her tongue was caught between her teeth. When doctors removed the tape, her muzzle swelled to about double its normal size. Surgery may be needed […]

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    Virginia transplant recipient meets sister of man who gave him a new face

    When Richard Norris from Virginia received a face transplant three years ago, it transformed his life. Now the sister of the man whose death made that possible has come face-to-face with Norris for the first time. In an emotional encounter filmed for “60 Minutes Australia,” Rebekah Aversano asks Norris if he would mind if she touched his new face. “No, not at all,” he replies, according to a trailer for the program, to be aired Sunday. As she raises her […]

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    Customer loved the gumbo so much he left a 2,145 percent tip

    WASHINGTON — The gumbo at Blue 44 must be pretty good. Like $2,000 good. A regular patron at the Washington, D.C., restaurant left a $2,000 tip on a $93.23 tab on Monday night. “I looked and adjusted my glasses; that’s a lot of zeroes,” said owner Christofer Nardelli, on his reaction when first seeing the receipt. Nardelli said he and Blue 44 Chef James Turner e-mail with the patron periodically. “My chef keeps him updated on when we are going […]

  • A photo of the Duggars from TLC's reality show "19 Kids and Counting."

    Why hasn’t ’19 Kids and Counting’ been canceled? Well, it’s complicated

    NEW YORK — The scandal-scarred show “19 Kids and Counting” is in limbo, and one person connected to the show’s production says bluntly that the reality is simple: “The show’s over.” TLC’s executives, however, are apparently unwilling to decide that — and clearly unwilling to announce it. The official word is that no decision has been made. The reasoning is complicated. While there is an Internet clamor for TLC to pull the plug, the channel’s executives are considering the business […]

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    Natalee Holloway’s father reveals details shared by new ‘witness’

    MERIDIAN, Miss. — It’s been 10 years since Natalee Holloway vanished while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, and after a decade of false hopes and dead ends, her father has never stopped looking for her. Holloway was last seen leaving a nightclub with three men — two brothers and Joran van der Sloot, then 17. At first, they told police they dropped Holloway off at her hotel. Then, the brothers said they took Holloway and van der […]

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