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  • ‘Petya’ ransomware cyberattack hits businesses around the world

    SAN FRANCISCO — A massive ransomware attack called “Petya” 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 […]

  • Mark Zuckerberg announces new Facebook milestone: 2 billion users

    NEW YORK — It took the social network less than five years to go from 1 billion monthly users to 2 billion. “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people! We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Facebook. The social media giant has recently faced criticism for its handling of fake news, disturbing live-streamed videos, and for creating […]

  • 22 million less Americans insured under Senate GOP bill

    NEW YORK — The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. The highly anticipated score answers key questions about the impact of the Senate’s controversial legislation made public last Thursday. The analysis also offers clarity to wavering Senate Republicans on whether to vote for the bill later this week. The CBO also found the bill would reduce deficits by $321 billion […]

  • Super Nintendo Classic set for release in September

    NEW YORK — Nintendo is once again packing nostalgia into a tiny package. Following the success of the miniature-sized NES Classic Edition last year — which became one of the hottest gifts of the 2016 holiday shopping season — Nintendo announced on Monday another play on an old console: the Super NES Classic Edition. The small version of the Super Nintendo gaming system will include 21 built-in games, including “Super Mario World,” “Yoshi’s Island” and new titles such as “Star […]

  • Mother of boy with rare genetic disorder tweets hospital bill

    As lawmakers push to get a health care bill through the Senate, one New Jersey mom is speaking out. Alison Chandra’s son, Ethan, was born with heterotaxy syndrome, a rare genetic disorder in which organs form on the wrong side of the body. “Heterotaxy syndrome literally means different arrangement,” Chandra told CNN. “Any of the internal organs can be malformed, missing, multiplied or misplaced.” “Ethan was born with nine congenital heart defects and he has two left lungs. Five or […]

  • California father buries man believed to be son after case of mistaken identity

    ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — On May 12, Frank Kerrigan buried his son in a plot next to his late wife in California. About two weeks later, Kerrigan received a phone call and a voice he wasn’t expecting. “Are you sitting down? Frankie is alive,” a family friend told the elder Kerrigan, 81, before handing the phone to his 57-year-old son, who is also named Frank. Kerrigan’s oldest child — who is homeless and mentally ill — had visited the home […]

  • June 26 marks 20 magical years since ‘Harry Potter’ first published

    Believe it or not, the world almost missed out on Harry Potter. Author J.K. Rowling has told the story of how she received “loads” of rejections before “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (known in the U.S. as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) was finally published on June 26, 1997. Rowling once told fans that she couldn’t even get books published under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, which she used for some thrillers she wrote. But, as wizards everywhere […]

  • Five friends take same photo every five years since 1982

    Five friends from Santa Barbara High School have been snapping the same photo in the same pose on the same cabin bench every five years for the past 35 years. From left to right, as is the tradition, John “Wedge” Wardlaw, Mark Rumer-Cleary, Dallas Burney, John Molony and John Dickson gazed at the camera on Saturday in the remote serenity of Copco Lake on the California-Oregon border to capture their eighth entry into the photo collection that took the Internet […]

  • Pakistan fuel tanker truck explosion kills at least 140

    KARACHI, Pakistan — A devastating accident involving an exploding fuel tanker has left at least 140 people dead in eastern Pakistan, according to Nishtar Hospital. The hospital, which is treating many of the wounded, added that over 100 people were injured in the explosion, in a statement Sunday. The truck veered off the road Sunday when the driver lost control in the city of Bahawalpur, police official Mohammad Akhtar told CNN. The explosion came as villagers began to gather around […]

  • New study says climate change could lower the quality of your coffee

    What will it take for people to care about climate change? For some, the thought of a crummier cup of coffee in the morning just might do it. A new study finds that Ethiopia, the world’s fifth-largest coffee producer, could lose up to 60% of its suitable farming land by the end of this century because of climate change. The study, published Monday in Nature Plants, found the combination of low rainfall and rising temperatures could have substantial effects on […]