Agnes Nixon, creator of ‘All My Children,’ dead at 93

(CNN)Agnes Nixon, a woman who brought years of drama to daytime TV as the creator of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” has died. She was 93.

Nixon died due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and a recent stroke, ABC News reported.
    “I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes,” former “All My Children” star Susan Lucci wrote on Instagram. “I adored her and admired her–and I am forever grateful to her!”
    Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, called Nixon a “television pioneer.”
    “Agnes’ impact on daytime television and pop culture is undeniable,” he said in a statement via ABC. “She was the first to champion socially relevant topics, and the towns and characters Agnes brought to life leave an indelible imprint on television that will be remembered forever.”

    I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes. I adored her and admired her–and I am forever grateful to her! May this liveliest and loveliest of women rest in peace.

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    October 1, 2016

    Pokmon Go maker taken to court over players on beaches

    Case will be heard in the Hague court after mobile-game developer failed to respond to requests to remove Pokmon from protected areas in Kijkduin

    Authorities in the Netherlands are taking Niantic Labs, developers of the smash hit mobile game Pokmon Go, to court after it failed to stop hordes of players flocking to protected beaches.

    Since the game was launched in the Netherlands, thousands of Pokmon hunters have crowded the vast, windswept beaches of Kijkduin, south of the Hague, where hundreds of the games most popular monsters spawn daily.

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    September 30, 2016

    ‘Luke Cage’ brings muscle, cool to Marvel’s new Netflix series

    Los Angeles (CNN)As superhero team-ups go, Marvel and Netflix continue to make a pretty powerful pair. Enter, on the heels of “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” which closely adheres to that gritty formula and should win its own loyal legion of fans behind Mike Colter’s imposing presence in the title role.

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    September 29, 2016

    Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo denied by Borussia Dortmund

    (CNN)No team has ever retained the Champions League title — and Real Madrid got a taste of how difficult it might prove after being held 2-2 by Borussia Dortmund Tuesday.

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    September 28, 2016

    US Census Fast Facts

    (CNN)Here’s some background information about the United States Census which counts residents, citizens and non-citizens alike.

    2010 Census – US population – 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from 2000
      2000 Census – US population – 281,421,906
      Other Facts:
      1790 –
      The first United States Census is conducted by US marshals and their assistants. They travel house to house gathering information about the residents. The census counts 3.9 million people at a cost of $45,000 and is completed in 18 months.
      The US Constitution requires it take place every 10 years. “The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of 10 years, in such manner as they shall by Law direct.” – Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States.
      The decennial census results determine how taxpayer money is spent on emergency services, hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, bridges and other public works projects.
      The data collected by the census helps determine the number of seats states have in the US House of Representatives.
      The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is included in the census.
      1840 –
      Questions are added about education, vocation and industry.
      1850 – Detailed information about all household members, white and non-white, is collected for the first time. Additional information on taxes, schools, crime, wages and data on mortality is collected.
      1890 – First census in which the electric tabulation system is used.
      1910 – The Census Bureau’s 1910 population and economic data is used during the nation’s mobilization for World War I in 1917.
      1940 – TheCensus Bureau creates the first “long form,” which asks additional questions and is only completed by a subset of the population.
      1950 – The first non-military computer, UNIVAC, is used to tabulate the 1950 census.
      1960 – For the first time, residents self-identify their race.
      1970 – The Census Bureau is asked by people of Hispanic descent to be able to identify themselves as such.
      1980 – Following the 1980 count, 54 lawsuits, many by civil rights groups, are filed against the Census Bureau for improper and unconstitutional methods of counting.
      2000 – The first advertising campaign used to promote the census costs $167 million. The Census Bureau calculates the population to be 281,421,906. People can mark more than one race, and a “some other race” category is also included.
      March 2010 – Census forms are mailed or delivered to households.
      April 1, 2010 – National Census Day is promoted as the day to return completed forms.
      April-July 2010 – Census takers visit households that have not returned their completed forms.
      December 14, 2010 – 2005-2009 American Community Survey five-year estimates are released. This marks the first release of five-year estimates. The American Community Survey includes “social, economic, housing and demographic statistics for every community in the nation.”
      December 31, 2010 – The Census Bureau is required by law to deliver population information to the president for apportionment.
      August 8, 2013 – John H. Thompson is sworn in as the director of the US Census Bureau.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/27/us/u-s-census-fast-facts/index.html

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      September 27, 2016

      $100 store-bought kit can help anyone hack into iPhone passcodes

      Technique known as NAND mirroring, which focuses on bypassing limit on password retry attempts, can be used to break into any model up to the 6

      The FBI paid more than $1.3m to unlock the San Bernardino shooters iPhone 5C, but one computer scientist from Cambridge University has shown that the passcodes can be hacked using a store-bought kit worth less than $100.

      Sergei Skorobogatov demonstrated a technique known as NAND mirroring dismissed by the FBI director, James Comey, as being unworkable to break into any model of iPhone up to the iPhone 6, including the iPhone 5C. He outlined the attack in a paper published last week as well as a YouTube video.

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      September 21, 2016

      One Direction alum Zayn Malik developing boy band drama for NBC

      (CNN)Zayn Malik’s One Direction days might be behind him, but a new TV project with NBC will have the singer calling upon his boy band experience in a major way.

      Malik is teaming up with prolific TV producer Dick Wolf for a new drama that will center on the “highs and lows of a wildly successful boy band,” read an announcement from Universal Television and NBC on Tuesday.
        The show, titled “Boys,” is currently in development.
        “Dick Wolf is a legend,” Malik said in the statement, “and the opportunity to work with him and NBC to create a compelling drama series is awesome.”
        NBC promises the drama will provide “an inside look” into the pressures that come with worldwide success and feature original music.
        “It’s exciting to be diving into this project with such passionate and prolific producers,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed. On top of our excitement around the creative ideas being discussed, we have a lot of respect for the musical and digital ambitions behind the project.”
        Malik and Dick and Noelle Wolf will executive produce the project, along with others.
        “Boys” marks Malik’s first foray into scripted TV.
        Malik was part of teen-adored British boy band One Direction for five years before leaving in 2015. He released his first solo track in January.
        Two-time Emmy winner Wolf currently produces “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med” and the upcoming “Chicago Justice” for NBC.

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/06/entertainment/one-direction-zayn-tv-show-nbc/index.html

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        September 7, 2016

        Tribe files emergency request to stop Dakota Access Pipeline

        (CNN)The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline has intensified, with heated protests and an attempt for an emergency halt in construction.

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        September 6, 2016

        US Open: Sevastova springs second surprise

        (CNN)Unseeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, currently ranked 48th in the world, created an upset Sunday when she knocked out the British 13th seed Johanna Konta.

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        September 5, 2016

        Mike Pence: I’ll release tax returns next week

        Washington (CNN)Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence says he will release his tax returns next week, drawing a stark contrast with his running mate, Donald Trump, who has refused to release them until an Internal Revenue Service audit is completed.

        The Indiana governor made the announcement in an interview with “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd when asked about how the Trump campaign can criticize Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her transparency when both he and Trump have yet to release more personal financial details.
          “Donald Trump and I are both going to release our tax returns. I’ll release mine in the next week,” he told Todd in an excerpt of the interview released Saturday. “Donald Trump will be releasing his tax returns at the completion of an audit.”
          Trump has said he will release his tax returns when he is no longer being audited, though there is no legal reason he cannot do so during an audit. In refusing to release the returns, he has broken with decades of modern presidential campaign precedent. Several members of his party, including Reps. Sean Duffy and Jason Chaffetz, have said he should disclose them.
          Clinton released her 2015 tax returns last month and eight years of personal income tax returns in 2015.
          Todd also asked Pence about the release on Friday of the FBI notes from its interview with Clinton about her use of a private email server while leading the State Department. The release revealed that Clinton said she couldn’t recall key details and events related to classified information procedures and that a person deleted Clinton’s archive mailbox shortly after the server became publicly known.
          “Well, it’s just more evidence that Hillary Clinton is the most dishonest candidate for president of the United States since Richard Nixon,” Pence said.
          “With regard to classified information, she either knew or should’ve known that she was placing classified information in a way that exposed it to being hacked and being made available in the public domain, even to enemies of this country,” Pence added.
          The FBI has said there is no evidence that hacking attempts of Clinton’s server were successful.

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/03/politics/mike-pence-tax-returns-donald-trump/index.html

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          September 4, 2016