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Florida governor replaces anti-death penalty prosecutor

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday replaced a local prosecutor who declared she would not seek the death penalty in a case against a man accused of killing an Orlando police officer and refused to recuse herself. In an executive order, Scott remo...

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French teen school shooter tackled by 'hero' teacher

A disturbed teenager with guns and grenades opened fire in a school in southern France on Thursday, slightly wounding four people, officials said, rattling nerves in a country scarred by jihadist attacks. Investigators said the boy, a student at the A...

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Mexico state has so many mass graves, lacks space for bodies

Mexico state has so many mass graves, lacks space for bodiesMEXICO CITY (AP) — The clandestine graves being unearthed in Mexico's Veracruz state are of such an industrial scale that backhoes or bulldozers were likely used in creating them and contain so many bodies that officials aren't digging in some places because they don't have space for the remains, a prosecutor said Thursday.


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Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint

President Donald Trump proposed drastic cuts in spending on the arts, science, foreign aid and environmental protection Thursday, in a military-dominated budget blueprint that has already met fierce Congressional opposition. The Republican leader -- t...

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T-Mobile scrambles as 911 outage leaves two dead in Texas

T-Mobile scrambles as 911 outage leaves two dead in Texas

We take it for granted that if you pick up a phone and dial 911, someone will pick up at the other end. That hasn't been happening recently in Texas, and T-Mobile is left standing naked in the spotlight after a series of errors left 911 calls on hold, and two people dead.

The Dallas 911 system has been flooded with "ghost calls" from T-Mobile subscribers recently. The 911 switchboard records a call from a number that instantly hangs up. It floods the incoming phone lines, but also means that the 911 operators have to dial the number back, as it could be someone in danger. The end result is that legitimate 911 users have been immediately disconnected when they dial 911, or at best placed on hold for 20 minutes.

This has come to a head in two sad incidents. In the first, David Taffet noticed that his husband had stopped breathing and called 911. He was immediately disconnected and it took him 20 minutes to reach a 911 operator. By the time his husband made it to the hospital, he was dead.

In the second case, a babysitter was on hold for 30 minutes while trying to get help for an infant. The baby was eventually taken to two area hospitals, but died.

Talking to KCENTV, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax said “This is an unacceptable situation and the citizens of Dallas deserve better. With Mr. Legere’s commitment today, I’m hopeful T-Mobile can continue to work with the City of Dallas to finally resolve this situation so that we have a reliable 911 system that can properly serve the emergency needs of our citizens.”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has pledged to send "top engineers" to the city to take care of the problem. This isn't the first time T-Mobile has faced 911 issues; in 2015, it was fined $17.5 million by the FCC for nationwide 911 outages.


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Trump's budget cuts to domestic, aid programs draw Republican scorn

By Richard Cowan and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's first budget outline, calling for a security-heavy realignment of federal spending, drew resistance on Thursday from his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Congress as ma...

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GOP Obamacare replacement narrowly passes out of committee, after 3 Republicans defect

GOP Obamacare replacement narrowly passes out of committee, after 3 Republicans defectWASHINGTON — The GOP health care bill narrowly passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee on Thursday, after three Republicans joined all the committee’s Democrats in voting against it. The committee’s Republicans also unanimously passed several motions urging big changes to the bill that some members said needed to be made for it to pass in the House. The bill passed 19 to 17.


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New navigation app has an awesome feature I’ve always wanted in Google Maps

New navigation app has an awesome feature I’ve always wanted in Google Maps

Google is constantly adding great new features to Google Maps, but there's still plenty that it can't do. For example, if you want to follow a friend or family member to a location you haven't previously visited, you can't take a joint road trip with Google Maps, which is why you might want to try out Follow instead.

Follow is a new, free navigation app for iOS and Android that allows drivers to take on the role of "leader" or "follower." The app constantly keeps track of the leader, which means the followers will never have to risk running a red light to catch up or placing a phone call to find out which turn the leader took.

“Road trips are not the only use for the Follow app,” says Follow CEO Anthony Lucido in a press release. “During our testing we have had real estate brokers using the app with their clients and pizza parlor owners using it to track their drivers. We’ve even had a bridal party use it to make sure everyone got to the reception location without a hitch.”

In order to ensure that everyone in the group is on the same page at all times, Follow pings the location of the leader and the followers three times a second. In other words, no matter how fast you're traveling, you'll never lose track of another driver. Follow also notes that drivers can turn off tracking at any time, so you won't have to worry about your privacy being invaded when the trip is over.

Follow is free to download on the App Store and Google Play. The free version only allows leaders to connect with one follower, but you can upgrade to the PRO version for $0.99 to have unlimited followers.


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