Author: Fox 2 Staff

Aftershocks rattle Italian quake zone; toll rises to 250

PESCARA DEL TRONO, Italy (AP) — Aftershocks in central Italy rattled residents and rescue workers alike Thursday, as crews worked to find more earthquake survivors and the country anguished over its repeated failure to protect ancient towns and modern cities from seismic catastrophes. A day after a shallow quake killed 250 people and leveled three small towns, a 4.3 magnitude aftershock sent up plumes of thick gray dust in the hard-hit town of Amatrice. The aftershock crumbled already cracked buildings, prompted authorities to close roads and sent another person to the hospital. It was only one of the more...

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WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook friend suggestions on Facebook based on WhatsApp information — although not on the messaging service itself. The move is a subtle but significant shift for WhatsApp, used by more than 1 billion people around the world. When it was acquired by Facebook for an eye-popping $21.8 billion two years ago, executives promised privacy would be safeguarded. “This is a strong-arm tactic on...

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3 finalists announced for Thurber Prize for American Humor

NEW YORK (AP) — Authors Jason Gay, Harrison Scott Key and Mary Norris have been named finalists for the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Gay was cited for “Little Victories,” his book about family and fatherhood; Key was noted for his memoir about his father, “The World’s Largest Man;” and Norris, a longtime editor at the New Yorker magazine, was nominated for her book “Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.” The winner, who will receive a $5,000 prize, will be announced Sept. 26. The Ohio-based award, established in 1996, is named for the late humorist...

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Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday. Over one-third of those deaths — 1,155 — were fentanyl-related, which more than doubled from the previous year and increased from just 75 in 2012. Authorities who had been targeting prescription painkiller abuse say the problem has changed quickly in recent years as users turned to heroin, fentanyl and even stronger drugs. It’s an...

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For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world’s biggest pearl, but he didn’t know it. For 10 years, the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl was hidden in a bag under a bed. The fisherman’s family would rub it with their hands before going out to sea in the belief it would bring them luck, said relative Aileen Amurao. Amurao, who is also Puerto Princesa city’s tourism officer, said Thursday that the man gave her the pearl last month for safekeeping because he was moving to a new place. The pearl was sitting on...

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