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  • Tamagotchi’s mini-sized 20th anniversary pet is as demanding as ever

    Tamagotchi is the latest toy from the 90s poised for a mini-sized comeback. Bandai America, its parent company, announced on Tuesday it will launch a smaller version of its iconic digital pocket pet. Its arrival coincides with the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi in the U.S., which launched in 1997. Just as it did back when, the egg-shaped gadget simulates having a real pet. It goes through different life stages, such as hatching from an egg, and demands attention, like asking […]

  • IRS suspends its contract with Equifax amid new security concerns

    The IRS has temporarily suspended its $7 million contract with Equifax following reports of new security issues. The tax agency said late Thursday that it’s putting the deal on hold “as a precautionary step.” “During this suspension, the IRS will continue its review of Equifax systems and security,” the agency said in a statement, adding that “there is still no indication of any compromise of the limited IRS data shared under the contract.” Earlier Thursday, Equifax had to take down […]

  • Somalia explosions kill at least 100 in Mogadishu

    At least 100 people are dead after two car bombs rocked the Somali capital of Mogadishu, Police Captain Farah Osman said Sunday The attacks happened Saturday. The initial explosion destroyed dozens of stalls and a popular hotel in the heart of the city. Qatar’s Embassy was also severely damaged, according to a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One member of the embassy staff suffered minor injuries, the statement said. Minutes after the first blast, a second vehicle bomb […]

  • Northern California residents return home to find houses destroyed by wildfires

    Days after escaping the flames, Janice Mathis returned to her Northern California neighborhood for a bittersweet homecoming. Her three-bedroom, three-bath house sat in a heap of mangled metal, rocks and blackened trees. But as she wonders what next, she said she considered herself lucky to be alive. “I’m realizing you don’t put your boots on and your gloves on and go sift through stuff. There’s nothing to sift through,” Mathis told KOVR. “The first thing we think of is we’re […]

  • Several thousand more people ordered to evacuate northern California as a new wildfire threatens the area

    Several thousand more people were ordered Saturday to evacuate from the Northern California city of Santa Rosa as a new wildfire threatened the area, six days after deadly blazes started to devastate the region. Police said evacuations were ordered Saturday morning for areas in northeastern Santa Rosa, a city of about 175,000 people roughly 50 miles northwest of San Francisco. A large part of the city was evacuated earlier when wildfires began tearing through Northern California on October 8. Since […]

  • Ophelia, a rare and powerful hurricane, heads toward Ireland

    Record-setting Ophelia, a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (115 mph), was passing south of the Azores on Saturday on its path toward Ireland. Ophelia will have big impacts for the British Isles beginning Monday, including hurricane-force winds forecast for Ireland. The fast-moving storm intensified Saturday. “The odd part about Ophelia is seeing this intensification take place in what’s normally a much cooler region of the Atlantic Ocean,” CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar said. Little change […]

  • Freed Taliban hostage says captors raped his wife, authorized child’s killing

    A Canadian man who was freed along with his family after five years in militant captivity in Afghanistan said his captors authorized the killing of one of his children and raped his wife. “The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani network’s kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter, Martyr Boyle,” Joshua […]

  • Harvey Weinstein expelled from the group that presents the Academy Awards

    Harvey Weinstein — who more than anyone defined and shaped the sharp-elbowed art of Oscar campaigning — has been expelled from the group that presents the Academy Awards. In the latest and perhaps most symbolic blow to the Hollywood mogul since a host of sexual harassment and assault allegations went public nine days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board voted on Saturday to strip Weinstein’s membership. In a statement, the academy said the action, which is […]

  • Marijuana farms are burning in California wildfires

    Deadly wildfires in Northern California are burning up marijuana farms in the so-called Emerald Triangle. Blazes have destroyed a number of farms in Mendocino County right before legal recreational sales begin in California. Cannabis business owners who lose their crops have little reprieve. “Nobody right now has insurance,” said Nikki Lastreto, secretary of the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association. “They might have insurance on their house, but not on their crop.” Cannabis cultivators cannot insure their businesses because federal law prohibits […]

  • Deputies drive through flames to rescue residents in California wildfires

    As walls of flames and thick plumes of smoke tore through Northern California on Saturday, grim stories emerged of desperate attempts to save people in one of the state’s deadliest wildfires. The fire has killed 36 people, with many victims so badly burned, their bodies were reduced to ash and bones when rescuers found them. In some cases, authorities have used dental records, fingerprints, tattoos and serial numbers on hip implants to identify victims. “We’ve been forced to work that […]

  • Penguin catastrophe leaves thousands of chicks dead with only two survivors

    A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster. Terre Adélie (Adélie Land) is home to more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, but this year almost all the seabirds’ babies starved to death, a situation one expert described as “Tarantino does Happy Feet.” The World Wildlife Fund said unseasonably extensive amounts of sea ice around the colony in East Antarctica had forced the adult penguins to travel further than normal […]

  • Wildfires kill couple married for 75 years, leave 200-plus missing

    NAPA, Calif. — Nothing could separate Charles and Sara Rippey. Not war. Not even a deadly California wildfire that engulfed their house. They spent 89 years together, including their final moments in their Napa home, son Mike Rippey told KPIX. Charles was 100; Sara was 98. The couple’s children marveled at their parents’ longevity, both in life and in marriage. “We often talked among ourselves about how either one of them would deal with life without the other,” Mike Rippey […]