Apple's iOS 12 is expected to be available on Monday.
The newest version of Apple's mobile operating system is scheduled for release at 1 p.m.
So, if you don't have enough cash to buy a new iPhone, you can freshen up your device.
IOS 12 is compatible will all the same devices as iOS 11 -- all the way back to the iPhone 5S.
It will come standard on the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.
CNN Tech recommends waiting a week or more to install it on your phone to avoid any undiscovered bugs, and to back up your phone before upgrading.
The new features are:
1. Screen Time tool
The new feature called Screen Time is located in Settings. It tallies how much time you spend on your phone. You can see detailed breakdowns, including how often you pick up your device, and set limitations for certain types of apps. It’s a great feature for parents.
The "memoji," an animated emoji cartoon, can be customized to look like anyone. Apple also added four new animoji characters -- a ghost, koala, tiger and T. rex -- with wink and tongue detection.
The animoji features only work on the X lines of iPhones because they require the face-detection cameras.
Apple also introduced new camera features such as stickers, but only if you're using the camera directly from the Messages app.
3. An app for measuring
The app called Measure lets you measure things, including surfaces and people.
4. A more useful Siri
The voice assistant has new tricks, including the ability to turn on the flashlight. CNN Tech reports the real improvement is the Shortcuts feature in Settings.
You can record your own Siri commands based on common tasks or recommendations from app usage. You can add commands that start a voice memo recording when you trigger Siri and say "Captain's Log," or one that Googles your name when you say "Google me."
The built-in options in Settings are limited, but Apple is going to release a stand-alone Shortcuts app that will let you build more complex custom commands.
5. The little things
Apple News is redesigned to include a Channels tab for cruising through your top publications. It features two-factor authentication security codes, which offer better password protection, CNN Tech reports.
It also includes new pops-up in auto-fill suggestions and when you call 911, your location is sent directly to emergency responders.
Gold miners in Canada’s Klondike region discovered the mummified remains of an Ice Age wolf puppy and part of a caribou with fur and tissue still intact.
The specimens were radiocarbon dated to over 50,000 years old and were “remarkably well-preserved with hair, skin and muscle tissue intact,” according to a press release from the Yukon government.
“These world-class finds shed light on Yukon’s fascinating ice age history and will help us understand how these long gone creatures lived in the environment they inhabited,” Premier Sandy Silver said in a statement.
The remains of both animals were discovered in 2016. The wolf specimen was found complete with head, tail, paws, skin and hair.
The caribou, which was discovered in a volcanic ash bed that dates back 80,000 years, is thought to be one of the oldest mummified mammal tissue in the world, according to the press release.
“These were an amazing find, and it’s a great opportunity to work collaboratively with the Government of Yukon and our community partners,” a Traditional Territory Chief Roberta Joseph said.
“We are excited to share these significant discoveries that showcase Yukon’s unique scientific and cultural history,” Jeanie Dendys, Yukon’s cultural and tourism minister said.
“These specimens will help scientists learn more about the ancient mammal species that roamed Beringia, increasing our knowledge and ability to share the stories of this lost, ancient land,” she said.
Yukon has a wealth of fossil and bones and mummified carcasses of ice age mammals, according to paleontologist Grant Zazula.
Both the wolf and the caribou species survived beyond the end of the ice age, but mummified remains are extremely rare.
“To our knowledge this is the only mummified ice age wolf ever found in the world,” Zazula said.
The animals’ remains are on display in Dawson City and will remain there through the end of September.
Because of the importance of the discovery, the remains will eventually be moved to Ottawa to the Canadian Conservation Institute.
A West Virginia man well-known to police for huffing spray paint was arrested last week after he was accused of beating his mother in the head with a spatula.
Glenn Allen Casdorph, 30, of St. Albans, is charged with malicious wounding, according to WCHS in Charleston, West Virginia. He is being held at the South Central Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
St. Albans police officers responded around 10:45 p.m. Thursday to a domestic disturbance, where they found Casdorph sitting on a bench in the front yard of his family’s home. Casdorph’s mugshot shows him with his face covered in silver spray paint.
The officers also found him with a large steel bar in his hands, WCHS reported. After detaining him, they went inside to check on his mother, who had her head wrapped in gauze and blood on her shirt and the back of her neck.
The criminal complaint against Casdorph said his mother’s head wound was inflicted when he beat her with a spatula, the news station reported. She declined to be taken to the hospital for her injuries.
The Smoking Gun previously reported on Casdorph’s criminal history, which includes battering a police officer after getting caught huffing spray paint in a Kanawha County field in March 2015.
“Mr. Casdorph was located with large amounts of gold spray paint on and around his nose and mouth, and his breath smelled like fresh spray paint,” the criminal complaint obtained by The Smoking Gun read.
The criminal complaint in the 2015 case also included Casdorph’s unique alias -- “Casdorph the Destroyer.”
The origin of the nickname was not clear.
A veteran U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested over the weekend, suspected of being a serial killer responsible for the deaths of at least four women and the kidnapping of another in a two-week span.
Juan David Ortiz, 35, of Laredo, is charged with four counts of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint with exposure to serious bodily injury and evading arrest or detention, according to Webb County jail records. His combined bail on the charges was set at $2.5 million.
Ortiz, a Border Patrol agent since 2009, worked in intelligence, authorities said. He was off-duty at the time of the killings.
Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar and District Attorney Isidro “Chillo” Alaniz held an impromptu joint news conference Saturday near the rural site where one victim’s body was recovered. All four slain women, including a transgender woman, were shot in the head.
All five victims, including the kidnapped woman, were sex workers, authorities said. Officials said Monday that Ortiz targeted the victims because of their work.
“We do consider this to be a serial killer,” Alaniz said. “He meets the qualifications or definition of being a serial killer.”
Though the case remains under investigation, detectives believe Ortiz acted alone, Cuellar said.
The Laredo Morning Times reported that an arrest affidavit in the case alleged that Ortiz confessed to the killings, which began with Melissa Ramirez, 29, on Sept. 3. The court document indicated that Ortiz picked Ramirez up in Laredo and drove her outside the city limits.
When she got out of his truck to urinate, he shot her multiple times in the head. Her body was found the next day.
“I hurt a lot. All I want is justice,” Ramirez’s mother, Maria Cristina Benavides, told the Times. “I want that guy to die in jail for taking the life of my daughter.”
Ramirez, who got caught up in drugs, is also survived by a 7-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. Benavides had been awarded custody of the children, but Ramirez stayed with them in Rio Bravo several nights a week.
“She loved her children and when she was here, she took good care of them,” Benavides told the newspaper.
The second victim, Claudine Anne Luera, 42, was found clinging to life Thursday along the same stretch of rural road, about two miles from where Ramirez was found. Luera died later that day at a hospital, the Times reported.
The Washington Post reported that Ortiz told investigators Luera, a mother of five, accused him of being the last person to see Ramirez alive.
Luera’s sister, Colette Mireles, described her as a “happy-go-lucky” girl growing up, the Times said. A free spirit, she, like, Ramirez, became an addict as an adult, Mireles said.
A GoFundMe page was set up by a friend of Luera’s daughter to help pay for her funeral.
The case came to a head Friday night, when Ortiz picked up a third woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity. The Post reported that the woman went with Ortiz, who she knew only as David, to his home, where she spoke of Ramirez, who had been a friend of hers.
The woman told investigators that Ortiz reacted strangely to the discussion, making her so uneasy that she vomited in his front yard before they drove to a gas station. At the gas station, she continued talking about Ramirez’s slaying, at which time Ortiz pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her, Ortiz later told detectives.
As they struggled inside the truck, Ortiz grabbed the woman’s shirt. She pulled away -- and out of her shirt, which allowed her to escape. She ran to another nearby gas station, where she found safety with a state trooper fueling up his patrol car, the Post reported.
“The evidence then collected by the law enforcement investigators indicates that there is probable cause to believe that this individual is responsible for this series of murders,” Alaniz said during Saturday’s news conference.
Ortiz was captured around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, hiding in the bed of a truck in a hotel parking lot, Alaniz said. In the five hours between the third victim’s escape and his capture, however, he killed two more women.
Watch Webb County officials speak Saturday about the arrest of Juan David Ortiz, a Border Patrol agent, in connection with the serial killings of four women.
Ortiz told detectives he picked up the first woman, identified as Jane Doe in the affidavit, and drove out of the city limits on Interstate 35, where he told her to get out of the truck, shot her multiple times in the head and left her to die.
The transgender woman, identified by investigators Monday as 28-year-old Humberto Ortiz, was next. Juan Ortiz told investigators he picked up the victim -- who, according to family and friends, went by the name Janelle -- along the same roadway as Jane Doe and drove to a spot on I-35 about 5 miles from where he’d left Jane Doe’s body.
After shooting Janelle Ortiz once in the back of the head, Juan Ortiz hid the body behind gravel pits nearby, the Times reported.
Jane Doe’s body was discovered Friday night. Janelle Ortiz’s body was found Saturday after Juan Ortiz told investigators where to look, the Times reported.
Janelle Ortiz’s mother, Elva, told KPRC in Houston that she did not think her child was the killer’s final victim because news reports identified the victim as male. Now, she is preparing to travel to Laredo to make funeral arrangements.
“I want justice done,” the distraught mother told the news station. “That is what I want: For that man to get justice, to get what he needs (and) deserves.”
Juan Ortiz left cryptic messages for his family on Facebook after the third victim escaped and before he was captured, the Post reported. The messages seemed to indicate he may not have expected to live much longer.
“To my wife and kids, I love u,” one message read. Another stated, “Doc Ortiz checks out.”
Alaniz told the Post that Ortiz, who was a U.S. Navy corpsman, went by “Doc” while in the service.
Cuellar said that the case was resolved through the cooperation of multiple agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Agency officials issued a statement regarding Ortiz’s arrest.
“While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated,” Andrew Meehan, a spokesman for the agency, said in a statement obtained by the Post. “Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims’ family and friends.”
Webb County officials give an update Monday on the case against Juan David Ortiz.
The string of slayings shocked the community in Laredo, a border town situated on the north bank of the Rio Grande River, across the river from the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo.
“Laredo’s not the sleepy town that we all grew up in,” Alaniz said Saturday. “These are crimes that are consistent with bigger cities -- Laredo is a big city. We’re seeing more and more serious crimes, (so) it can happen.”
Ortiz is the fourth Border Patrol agent arrested in Laredo so far this year, the San Antonio Express-News reported. David Villarreal, 32, was arrested April 6 on charges that he threatened to deport a woman unless she had sex with him.
Villarreal, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, tampering with physical evidence and official oppression, claimed that the woman had become “affectionate” toward him and that the sex was consensual, the Express-News reported.
Three days after Villarreal’s arrest, a supervisory Border Patrol agent, Ronald Anthony Burgos-Aviles, reported finding the bodies of Grizelda Hernandez and her 1-year-old son, Dominic Alexander Hernandez, in the brush near a park in Laredo.
Investigators in the double homicide learned that Burgos-Aviles, 29, not only knew Hernandez, but that he was the father of her son. Identified as the prime suspect, was indicted in June on two counts of capital murder. He faces the death penalty, the Express-News said.
A third agent, 24-year-old Luis Enrique Aranda, was arrested in April on allegations that he pawned his government-issued night vision equipment and reported it to his supervisors as stolen. The newspaper reported that he was charged with felony theft.
Alaniz said Saturday that residents need to take precautions and watch out for one another.
“Report suspicious vehicles (and) suspicious behavior,” he said. “Help each other out. Protect one another.”
Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford said she wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic senator from California, alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 6:10 p.m. EDT Sept 17: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold another public hearing Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following allegations of sexual assault against the judge, according to The Washington Post.
His accuser Christine Blasey Ford will also testify before the committee.
“Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation. He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him,” according to a new White House statement, CBS News reported.
The committee was scheduled to take a vote this week on Kavanaugh’s nomination after concluding hearings last week. Now it’s unclear when that might happen.
Update 5:15 p.m. EDT Sept 17: Judge Brett Kavanaugh will talk with Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee by phone Monday afternoon about the sexual assault allegation against him made by a California college professor, but none of the 10 Democrats on the committee will be part of the call, according to several news outlets.
In a statement earlier Monday, Kavanaugh vehemently denied the accusation.
Update 4:10 p.m. EDT Sept 17 : Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP will review the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “by the book” and seek interviews, according to The Associated Press.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins said both Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh “should testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Update 3:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 17: While speaking with reporters Monday, President Donald Trump criticized Democrats for waiting to share the allegation against Kavanaugh with their Republican colleagues but added that, “we want to go through a full process... and hear everybody out.”
“If it takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay,” the president said.
Kavanaugh and White House officials have issued several denials since Ford told the Post on Sunday that the Supreme Court nominee drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Both he and Ford have said they are willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged incident.
“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I’ve ever known,” Trump said Monday. “(He’s) never even had a little blemish on his record.”
Update 12:55 p.m. EDT Sept. 17: Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement Monday that his office is working to schedule follow-up calls with Ford and Kavanaugh to update the nominee’s background investigation file in light of Ford’s allegation. Democrats have asked to postpone a vote over Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to give the FBI time to investigate the allegation.
In a statement, Grassley said, “Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard.”
He said follow-up calls are standard procedure in similar cases and questioned the decision by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, to share the allegation with federal investigators Thursday, despite her receiving the information months earlier.
“The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed,” Grassley wrote.
Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the claim. Both he and Ford have said they are willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged incident.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Monday said she believes Kavanaugh and Ford should testify before the committee.
The Maine Republican is a key swing vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. If she were to vote against Kavanaugh, the opposition of another Republican could block his nomination.
Democrats have called for Kavanaugh’s nomination hearing to be postponed to give the FBI time to investigate the allegation.
Update 11:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 17: All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee signed a letter sent Monday to committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asking that a planned vote on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination be postponed in light of Ford’s allegation.
“There are serious questions about Judge Kavanaugh’s record, truthfulness, and character,” the letter said. “The Committee should not move forward until all of these questions have been thoroughly evaluated and answered.”
Democrats said delaying Thursday's hearing would give the FBI time to investigate Ford’s allegation that a drunk Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when both were in high school in the early 1980s.
The White House and Kavanaugh deny any assault took place.
Grassley hasn't indicated he'd delay the committee vote.
Update 10:20 a.m. EDT Sept. 17: In a statement released to the White House press pool on Monday, Kavanaugh said he would be willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged assault.
“This is a completely false allegation,” Kavanaugh said. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes -- to her or anyone.”
He said he was unaware that his accuser was Ford until she came forward Sunday.
Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
“I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity,” Kavanaugh said Monday.
Update 9:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 17: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Monday that Ford “should testify under oath and she do it on Capitol Hill,” but she added that the decision ultimately lies with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“This woman should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored,” Conway said in an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.” Conway said Kavanaugh also should testify to the allegations, noting he has already provided testimony and has undergone FBI background checks.
Ford tells The Washington Post a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has "categorically" denied the allegations.
Update 7:40 a.m. EDT Sept. 17: Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, told CNN that her client would be willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations against Kavanaugh.
Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec issued the following statement:
“On Friday, Judge Kavanaugh ‘categorically and unequivocally’ denied this allegation. This has not changed. Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement."
Original report: A professor at Palo Alto University admitted she wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic senator from California, alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, The Washington Post reported.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Christine Blasey Ford, who is now a research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford, 51, sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. While her identity was not initially revealed, Ford, in an interview with the Post, said Kavanaugh assaulted her when both were high school students in suburban Maryland.
Ford told the newspaper that during a summer gathering in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend were allegedly “stumbling drunk” when they steered her into a bedroom in Montgomery County.
Ford alleged that while his friend watched, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped over her clothes, grinding his body against her while trying to remove her one-piece bathing suit, the Post reported. When she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth, Ford alleged.
Ford said that she was able to escape from the bedroom when Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, jumped on top of them, the newspaper reported.
Ford said she remained silent about the incident until 2012, when she began attending couples therapy with her husband, the Post reported.
Some of the therapist’s notes, provided to the newspaper by Ford, do not mention Kavanaugh by name. But they do say she reported that she was attacked by students “from an elitist boys’ school” who went on to become “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.” The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapist’s part. Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two in the room.
The White House responded to Ford’s comments with a statement Kavanaugh released last week, when the allegations first surfaced.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh’s statement said.
Kavanaugh declined comment to the Post, and the White House had no additional comment.
In a statement, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called the accusations “disturbing.”
"It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July," Grassley said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, another Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he would “gladly listen” to Ford’s accusations.
In an email to the Weekly Standard on Sunday, Judge repeated his denial.
"Now that the anonymous person has been identified and has spoken to the press, I repeat my earlier statement that I have no recollection of any of the events described in today’s Post article or attributed to her letter,” Judge wrote to the newspaper. “Since I have nothing more to say I will not comment further on this matter. I hope you will respect my position and my privacy.”
In an interview Friday with The Weekly Standard, before Ford’s name was revealed, Judge denied the incident occurred.
“It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way,” Judge said. He told the New York Times that Kavanaugh was a “brilliant student” who loved sports and was not “into anything crazy or illegal.”
Shauna Thomas, executive director of the women’s group UltraViolet, said in a statement Sunday that her organization supported Ford.
“We believe women and we believe Christine Blasey Ford,” Thomas’ statement read. “Ford has demonstrated tremendous courage in coming forward and sharing her story of how Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. She is a hero and we have her back.”
As the story became public, Ford said she became concerned about inaccuracies and believed her privacy was being infringed upon, the Post reported.
“These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid,” she told the newspaper. “Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Actor and comedian Tom Arnold filed a report Monday with the Los Angeles Police Department after he said he was attacked by famed producer and MGM Chairman Mark Burnett at a pre-Emmys party in Los Angeles one day earlier.
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 17: Los Angeles police spokeswoman Det. Meghan Aguilar confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Arnold met with officers in West Los Angeles on Monday to file a battery report in connection to the incident.
The Times reported that Arnold and Burnett got into a confrontation over alleged secret recordings from “The Apprentice.” Burnett produced the show, which was hosted by Donald Trump for 14 seasons before his 2016 presidential run.
Arnold’s new show, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," follows the comedian’s attempts to find recordings that show Trump expressing bigoted views on the reality show.
Arnold said earlier Monday that he planned to file charges against Burnett, who he said "lost his mind, attacked & chocked me last night at Katzenberg's Night Before The Emmy's Party."
Authorities are investigating the case.
Original report: Two nights before the premiere of his new Viceland show, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," actor Tom Arnold took to Twitter late Sunday to accuse famed producer and MGM Chairman Mark Burnett of attacking him at a pre-Emmys party in Los Angeles.
"Mark Burnett just went (expletive) and choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain," Arnold tweeted just before 9:30 p.m. PDT.
"I'm waiting for LAPD," he added, referring to the Los Angeles Police Department.
>> See the tweet here (WARNING: Linked page contains profanity.)
Minutes after Arnold tweeted that Burnett had "choked" him Sunday night, Burnett's wife, Roma Downey, fired back with her own tweet.
"Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event," she wrote. "Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop."
Arnold replied: "You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I'm filing police report & suing you for defamation."
>> See his tweet here (WARNING: Linked page contains profanity.)
It was not immediately clear whether Los Angeles police responded to the scene. Burnett has not publicly commented on the incident.
Arnold, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, has alleged that outtakes from "The Apprentice" show Trump using sexist and racist language, including the N-word. Arnold claims that Burnett, who created the reality show, won't release the tapes because he's protecting Trump.
Trump denied the existence of the alleged "N-word tape" last month when former "Apprentice" star and Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House." In the book, she discusses her efforts to learn more about the rumored recording.
"@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa," Trump tweeted on Aug. 13. "I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up."
"The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," which follows Arnold's quest to find "the truth behind the many rumored, potentially damaging recordings" of the president, premieres Tuesday, according to the show's website.
Amazon is investigating reports that its employees are selling company data and reviewers’ email addresses to help give independent retailers on the site an edge in the marketplace, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal story cited Amazon sellers who have been offered and bought the information, brokers and others familiar with the inquiry.
Workers for the e-commerce giant have used third parties, or brokers, to sell private information, such as internal sales metrics, to retailers who can in turn use the information to game the system, WSJ reported.
The WSJ story said the problem is especially bad in China where Amazon sellers are increasing and workers make less money.
CNN reported that Amazon has had trouble with its product reviews dating back years.
The company filed lawsuits against more than 1,000 people in 2015 because they were “misleading Amazon’s customers” by selling fake product reviews, according to CNN, citing a complaint.
Amazon said it has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to abuse of the system, The Register reported, and is “taking swift action,” including terminating accounts, deleting reviews, withholding funds and legal action.
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An Alabama student suffered a gunshot wound to the hand Monday morning in an accidental shooting at a Huntsville elementary school, AL.com reported.
Police said the gun was brought to Blossomwood Elementary School by a second-grader, WAAY reported. Police said the shooting occurred in a physical education class and that a security official intervened, the television station reported.
Huntsville police Chief Mark McMurray said the injured student was taken to a hospital for treatment but was not seriously injured. McMurray added that the student who brought the gun did not intend to hurt anyone but was showing it off when it accidentally discharged, AL.com reported.
Police are treating the shooting as an accidental discharge between two students handling a small firearm, WAAY reported.
"If you have weapons at home, please be sure and lock them down," McMurray said at a news conference. "Please, if you're a parent of a small child and you have a weapon at home, take this opportunity to lock it down.
“Know where that weapon is. They have locks you can put on those weapons in your home,” McMurrray said. “You have places you can lock them down to keep these elementary school children away from them."
Soft drink giant Coca-Cola could be entering a new market for the iconic company: cannabis-infused beverages.
Leaders of Coca-Cola were speaking with Aurora Cannabis Inc. based in Canada, Reuters reported.
Coke officials are keeping an eye on the growing trend of drinks infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, the chemical in marijuana that can treat pain but not get users high, BNN Bloomberg reported.
That means the beverages that could be developed would not give drinkers a high, it would be used for easing inflammation, pain and cramping, BBN Bloomberg reported.
Both Coke and Aurora Cannabis said they are interested in the product but didn’t comment on any speculation of the market, Reuters reported.
Aurora officials told CNBC:“Aurora has expressed specific interest in the infused beverage space, and we intend to enter that market. There is so much happening in this area right now and we think it has incredible potential. As a rule, we do not discuss business development initiatives until they are finalized, however we have a responsibility to our shareholders to give proper consideration to all relevant opportunities that are presented.”
Coke officials also released a statement to CNBC:“Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world. The space is evolving quickly. No decisions have been made at this time.”
Police are looking for a man seen on camera using a toddler to steal prizes out of a vending machine game at a mall in New Hampshire last week.
Several witnesses recorded video of the incident, reported around 6:15 p.m. Friday at The Mall at Rockingham Park, in Salem.
Police said the man had the small girl climb into the bottom of a Key Master machine, where prizes are dropped for winners, and had her reach up and grab various items to hand to him.
Police said the man, who also had a young boy with him, left the area afterward with the children and stolen items.
It wasn't clear what items were taken, but such games often offer valuable electronics and gift cards.
Oklahoma police detained a teen Monday morning after a high school resource officer found a loaded gun in the student’s backpack.
According to a statement from the Owasso Police Department, the 16-year-old student carried the .22-caliber mini-revolver weapon onto the campus at Owasso High School.
According to Owasso Superintendent Amy Fichtner, another student reported seeing the gun to the assistant principal, who in turn contacted the school resource officer.
“Initial indications suggest that the student may have forgotten the weapon was in his backpack until he was already on school grounds this morning,” Owasso police said in their statement. “Another student allegedly overheard the suspect talking about the gun and notified school employees. There were no reports indicating that the suspect made threats with the gun or made any statements suggesting that he intended to harm anyone.”
Owasso Public Schools reported that the student was being cooperative with the investigation.
Police said the incident will be referred the Juvenile Bureau of the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether criminal charges would be filed.
Veterinarians in Wisconsin had an interesting case recently when a good Samaritan found five young gray squirrels last week that had tangled their tails together so badly that they couldn’t separate themselves, KMSP reported.
Officials at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society said the tails were so matted together with grass and strips of plastic their mother used to make their nest, KMSP reported.
It was described as a “Gordian Knot,” according to the Facebook photos posted by the Humane Society.
Doctors had to anesthetize the squirrels to get them apart since they were “unruly” and “nippy” because they were scared, KMSP reported.
Each squirrel had some tissue damage to its tail, but they’re being watched by the staff at the rehabilitation center for any necrosis from lack of blood flow.
The trial is set for a biology teacher accused of feeding a dying puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students.
Prosecutors sought to move the trial of Robert Crosland outside of Franklin County because they said the teacher has such widespread community support it would be difficult to find an unbiased jury in the Preston community, the Idaho State Journal reported.
“Because Preston is a small community, all residents have likely read about, heard about or discussed this case with a friend, family member, significant other, witness or colleague,” the State Journal reported Idaho Deputy Attorney General David Morse said in a motion submitted to the court. “These discussions have likely established and cemented opinions about the facts of the case and the perceived proper outcome before any of the evidence has been presented.”
District Judge David C. Hooste was not convinced. He ruled the jury trial will be held Oct. 26 in Franklin County, the State Journal reported.
Crosland pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges in connection with the March 7 incident. If convicted Crosland faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
He is teaching this year despite the charges.
Before this incident, the Preston community was best known as the setting for the 2004 cult movie “Napoleon Dynamite.”
An Iowa teenager is in custody Monday after police found a handgun and a knife in his backpack as the freshman tried to enter his high school, KCCI reported.
Des Moines police said the boy, 14, was stopped outside East High School after the school resource officer at the school was alerted by other students, the television station reported.
Sgt. Paul Parizek, a police spokesman, said the resource officer found a .40-caliber handgun and a lock-blade knife in the boy’s backpack, the Des Moines Register reported.
"(The officer) was able to have a conversation with him, and he was very cooperative," Parizek said. "She was able to take him into custody without any incident.”
The student has not been identified.
Parizek said there was no reason to suspect an ongoing threat at the high school, the Register reported.
"It sounds like this is an ongoing dispute between him and another student, and he felt he needed a gun for protection," Parizek said. "That's what we're getting out of it. All he said was, 'I needed to have it.'"
In a note sent to parents, East High School Principal Leslie Morris wrote that “the learning day was uninterrupted” and that students and staff were never in danger, KCCI reported.
“The event was over so quickly, there wasn’t a need to disrupt the learning day or scare students unnecessarily,” Morris wrote.
The student will be taken to juvenile court on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon on school grounds, the Register reported.
The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., posted an image to Instagram on Sunday that appeared to mock a woman who came forward over the weekend to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago.
Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at California’s Palo Alto University, told The Washington Post on Sunday that Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Her attorney, Debra Katz, told CNN on Monday that her client would be willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations, which Kavanaugh has denied.
On the same day that Ford came forward to the Post, Trump posted an image on Instagram captioned, "Judge Kavanaughs sexual assault letter found by Dems..." The attached image showed a crumpled piece of paper with writing in red crayon on it.
“Hi Cindy will you by my girlfriend, Love Bret,” the writing said. The letter included boxes for a “yes” or “no” answer.
“The Dems and their usual nonsense games really have him on the ropes now,” Trump wrote in a post of the image. “Finestein had the letter in July and saved it for the eve of his vote… honorable as always. I believe this is a copy for full transparency.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, notified federal investigators about the allegation on Thursday. She said she had gotten the information earlier but hadn’t disclosed it publicly. The person who came forward, who she didn’t name, “strongly requested confidentiality” and “declined to come forward or press the matter further.”
She and the nine other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter Monday to committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asking that the vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court be postponed to give the FBI time to investigate the claim. Lawmakers are expected to hold a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Thursday.
The 70th annual Emmy Awards program is set for Monday, with "Game of Thrones and "Saturday Night Live" leading the list of nominees.
"Game of Thrones" garnered the most nominations, with 22, including one for best drama. "Westworld" and "Saturday Night Live" each have 21 nominations, while Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has 20.
Here is all you need to know if you want to watch Monday’s ceremony honoring the best in television.
When is the Emmy Awards program?
The Emmys will be broadcast Monday.
It begins at 8 p.m. EDT.
NBC is broadcasting the ceremony.
Can I watch the Emmys online?
Who is hosting?
Michael Che and Colin Jost, the co-hosts of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” will co-host the Emmys.
When does the red carpet show start?
The red carpet show begins at 6 p.m. EDT. It will be broadcast on E! and hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy.
Who is presenting?
Here is a list of some of the presenters for Monday’s ceremony:
Who is nominated?
Here are a few nominees for tonight’s awards (click here for the full list of nominees):
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)
Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)
Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (”Black Mirror”))
Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)
Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)
Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)
Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)
Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis (“Scandal”)
Kelly Jenrette (”The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Saturday Night Live”)
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Katt Williams (“Atlanta”)
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tiffany Haddish (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
Molly Shannon (“Will & Grace”)
Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”)
“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Variety Sketch Series
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)
Variety Talk Series
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
“Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)
“The Tale” (HBO)
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)
Structured Reality Program
“Antiqes Roadshow” (PBS)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount)
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)
Unstructured Reality Program
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)
“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)
Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program
Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)
Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)
Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)
Katt Williams told Gwinnett County police Saturday night that V-103 personality Wanda Smith’s husband pointed a gun at him outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross.According to a police report, Smith’s husband LaMorris Sellers said his gun had merely fallen out. He told cops he did chase Williams into a nearby supermarket, but did not point a gun at him.
The incident between Sellers and Williams “stemmed from an interview that Wanda conducted with Katt previously in Atlanta,” the report said.
The Friday interview, which featured Williams and Smith roasting each other, has been seen by millions.
Ski and Smith were interviewing another comic when they heard Williams was in the building and Smith convinced Williams to come into the studio. She said this was the first time she met him and she respected him as a big-time comic. She said she was shocked when he started mocking her weight, her wig and her cooking skills.
“I am not playing victim,” Smith said Monday. “I am not a jokester like that. I don’t know how to do that. He did it. He won. It threw me off.”
Gary Abdo, the owner of Atlanta Comedy Theater, said he was in the V-103 studio when the exchange happened and said it was very tense between Smith and Williams.
This interview led to Saturday night. Outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater, where Smith regularly hosts, Williams arrived to support another comic.
On their radio show Monday morning, Smith said that when Williams saw her on the sidewalk outside the club, he approached her and said, “I told you (expletive) with me gon make you go viral!”
Smith said that was the remark that got her husband got upset, but she wouldn’t explain further, citing legal reasons.
The police report said Williams told the cop that Sellers pointed a gun to his face. “Katt and his security guard fled (to) the Food Depot next door, where the officer had his initial contact with them,” the report said.
Sellers told the cops that Williams “had a verbal altercation with Wanda. He said that Katt indicated that he wanted to fight. According to LaMorris, he approached Katt and chased him into Food Depot where he left him and returned to the Atlanta Comedy Theater. When asked if he had a gun on him, he said yes. LaMorris stated that as he was chasing Katt, his gun fell from his waistband and he bent to retrieve it however, he never pointed it at anyone.”
Video from the Food Depot showed Sellers chasing Williams but no evidence of a gun, the report said. The comedy theater management told the officer they couldn’t access the video from the club’s vantage point.
Williams chose not to prosecute.
On V-103, some listeners supported Smith regarding the Friday interview, saying Williams’ behavior was inappropriate. “You invited hatred in,” a caller said. “He did not come in love. You guys were the portal.”
Others said she should be able to handle it as a fellow comic, that she “can dish it but can’t take it.”
Ski defended himself for not cutting the interview off early because he didn’t think it was problematic at the time. He also didn’t stop the exchange from going online.
“I just see two comedians going back and forth,” Ski said.
“I’m OK,” Smith said.
A new study published Monday reported that more than 9,000 children in the United States are injured annually using infant walkers, according to CNN.
The study, published in the September edition of Pediatrics, noted that between 1994 and 2014 an estimated 230,676 children 15 months and younger were treated for injuries related to infant walkers.
The study -- “Infant Walker-Related Injuries in the United States” -- noted that 90.6 percent of the children injured suffered head or neck injuries, while 74.1 percent were hurt by falling down stairs while in an infant walker. Among patients admitted to a hospital -- 4.5 percent, after visiting an emergency room -- skull fractures were suffered by 37.8 percent of the children, the study reported.
Federal safety standards were introduced and implemented by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2010, according to U.S. News & World Report. New requirements included more testing for tipping resistance and support in the seating area, setting new standards for the leg openings and working to prevent the infant walker from falling down stairs, the magazine reported.
According to the Pediatrics study, the average number of injuries decreased by. 22.7 percent in the four-year period after federal safety standards were implemented.
The study’s authors wrote that despite the decline in injuries, infant walkers “remain an important and preventable source of injury” among young children. The authors said they supported the American Academy of Pediatrics’ call for a ban on baby walkers with wheels in the United States.
The AAP said the walkers have no developmental advantages and create a risk for children, CNN reported.
The reliably controversial Emmy-winning comic Katt Williams didn’t hold back on Tiffany Haddish during a visit to V-103’s Frank and Wanda Show Friday, saying Haddish didn’t deserve the success she’s gotten.
“She ain’t done a tour yet. She ain’t done a special,” Williams told Frank Ski and Wanda Smith. “She has not proven the ability to tell jokes back-to-back for an hour to nobody.”
The actress released a Showtime special and just signed with Netflix for another one.
He said 2017’s “Girls Trip” was a success despite her, not because of her and he credits the script, not Haddish’s acting.
He also said she jumped over 46 more qualified black women comedians, like Luenell, Miss Laura Hayes and Melanie Comarcho.
“But people like real. They like Tiffany Haddish because she’s real,” Smith said in response to Williams.
“Is that what they like? Oh, because everybody’s real then? So don’t trip,” Williams said to Smith. “Wherever you’re at, under the sound of my voice do you have a ‘real’ co-worker, do you have a ratchet friend? Do you have a sister, a cousin, a nephew, a niece -- is they so ghetto? When did that become marketable? Knock it off.
“They like her because she wants to sleep with a white man,” Williams said, appearing to reference Haddish’s crush on Brad Pitt. He also claimed she married and divorced a white man.
Haddish, who is also an Emmy winner, decided not to bite back, instead tweeting, “It’s official I made it! (Katt Williams) talked about me and didn’t have his facts right! I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Katt, when we pick up our Emmys. I just want to shower you with REAL love cause you need it, and I love you.”
Williams also took issue with Kevin Hart, Lil Rel and Jerrod Carmichael, who have seen significant success in recent years despite not having memorable jokes or putting in as much time in the stand-up circuit as Williams.
Hart defended Haddish after the interview, saying, “I have to embrace my sister when other people are choosing to frown and make an attempt to (expletive) on my sister’s bright light. I choose to turn up the knob and make that light brighter…At the height of her career when most should applaud when most should celebrate, some choose to down.”
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