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Report: Some popular baby monitors vulnerable to hackers

A new report from a cybersecurity firm says that several popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack security to prevent hacking.

Research released Wednesday by Rapid7 found security problems in all eight cameras they tested. Other concerns were that some of the devices didn't encrypt the data that was being streamed to the web. Password security was another issue cited by the firm.

Video baby monitors are very popular with many parents and the idea of someone else watching is frightening.

In addition, a hacked camera could provide access to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in a person's home, such as a personal computer or security system.

Some of the models listed in the research were:

 

  • Phillips In.Sight B120 (Discontinued according to Phillips NV)
  • iBaby and iBaby M3S
  • Summer Baby Zoom WiFi Monitor & Internet Viewing System
  • Lens Peek-a-View
  • Gynoii
  • TRENDnet WiFi Baby Cam TV-IP743SIC
  • WiFiBaby WFB2015
  • Withing WBP01

 

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:33:01 -0400

Man charged with assaulting CMPD officer with knife

A man was arrested after police said he assaulted a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer with a knife.

Officers charged James Ruff with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

Authorities said officers were called Monday to Seascape Lane. They said Ruff assaulted one of the officers, who had minor injuries.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:23:19 -0400

What happens if Kim Davis keeps denying marriage licenses?

Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses because of her objection to same-sex marriage. 

In a video captured by BBC News, Kim Davis said, "We are not issuing marriage licenses today."

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"Based on what? Why are you not issuing marriage licenses today?" asked one protestor.

"Because I'm not," Davis responded.

She's still refusing even after the Supreme Court denied her request to be excused from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

"Pending the appeal in the 6th circuit — the appeal stay has been denied," Davis said in a video captured by WLEX.

A protester replied, "The Supreme Court denied your stay."

Davis says issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples "would violate [her] conscience," citing her religious beliefs.

But what will happen to the county clerk if she continues to refuse?

Davis is an elected official, so she can't just be fired. She could be impeached but only by the state legislature.

The Wall Street Journal says that probably won't happen: "Politically, that’s an unlikely scenario in the conservative state."

Davis and her deputies have been ordered to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning. 

That means she could be held in contempt of court, which could lead to fines or jail time.

State law could be changed to take clerks' names off of marriage licenses. But it's also unlikely Kentucky's governor will hold a special session to change the law. (Video via WYMT)

Two couples denied by Davis say they don't want her to go to jail. They're asking for her to be fined.

Davis and her deputies are set to appear in court Thursday.

This video includes images from Getty Images and music from Chris Zabriskie / CC BY 4.0.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:15:11 -0400

Signs installed across from school where truck overturned

City transportation crews installed new traffic signs near Newell Elementary School Wednesday morning, just one week after a truck overturned taking a curve minutes before school started.

Parents told Channel 9 they were concerned the windy road was too dangerous, and on Wednesday morning crews installed school zone signs reminding drivers to slow down.

City transportation crews finished installing five new signs along West Rocky River Road to alert drivers that they are in a school zone and that the speed limit drops down to 25 mph.

Channel 9’s cameras were rolling when a truck lost control and crashed onto its side on the first day of school last Monday.

The accident caused a traffic nightmare for parents and caused many to question the safety of the road.

A communications director told Channel 9 that the signs have been in the works for months but they just put in the work order last week -- two days after school started.

Channel 9 is following up on other changes being made to make the area safer for students.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:13:18 -0400

Who is Kim Davis, the defiant Kentucky clerk refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses?

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, finds herself in the middle of a firestorm of controversy. Some conservatives are hailing Davis as a hero for steadfastly maintaining her religious convictions, while others point to her own checkered past and call her a hypocrite for imposing her moral will instead of performing her duties as an elected official. Here’s what we know about Davis:

How she became county clerk: It was a family affair, as her mother served as county clerk for almost 40 years, and Davis served as her deputy clerk for 26 of those 40 years, according to the Washington Post.

Davis ran as a Democrat and won the Rowan County clerk election in 2014. At the time, she said, “I will be the very best working clerk that I can be and will be a good steward of their tax dollars and follow the statutes of this office to the letter.”

After the Supreme Court ruling affirming the legality of same-sex marriages, Davis has found herself in the spotlight for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She says she is refusing to issue the same-sex marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs.

Why her personal life matters to some: Because Davis is adamantly enforcing her personal moral convictions when it comes to executing a duty of her position as county clerk, some of her critics point to her own tumultuous personal life as reason why Davis is not in the position to judge anyone. Davis has been married four times, to three different men, and has had two children out of wedlock, according to WCPO.

In her defense, Davis claims that her three divorces came before she became an Apostolic Christian. The Apostolic Church follows a strict moral code, based upon literal interpretations of the bible. According to the Washington Post, worshippers are forbidden from drinking or smoking, must dress modestly and female members may be restricted in cutting their hair.

Her statement: Davis released a statement, via her attorney, explaining why she was defying the Supreme Court order. The full statement was posted on Liberty Counsel, which is a Christian-based legal aid organization, according to the Washington Post.

In her statement, Rowan admits, “I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.” She then delves into the specifics of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, referring to it as a “Heaven or Hell decision.”

“I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our history is filled with accommodations for people’s religious freedom and conscience. I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned – that conscience and religious freedom would be protected. That is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much rather not have been placed in this position. I have received death threats from people who do not know me. I harbor nothing against them. I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience.”

What Davis faces next: There will be a contempt of court hearing Thursday. U.S. District Judge David Bunning has ordered Davis and her six deputies to appear before him. As an elected official, Davis cannot be fired, but the judge could order strict fines or jail time if Davis is found guilty of misconduct. So far, she has refused to step down.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:12:10 -0400

Changes could be coming after girl hit, killed in front of school

Major changes could be coming to the street in front of a Pageland school after an 8-year-old girl was hit and killed Tuesday.

Nelly Herrera, 8, was killed when she crossed Highway 9 at Pageland Elementary School.

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Herrera had gone back to the car to get some paperwork so an older brother could enroll at the school.

"They had left some paperwork in the car and sent their 8-year-old out to retrieve some papers from the car. She was trying to cross the street when she was struck," school superintendent Harrison Goodwin told Channel 9.

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Channel 9 learned Wednesday that city council has made an emergency request to the Department of Transportation to eliminate all parking on Highway 9 during school hours and keep flashing lights at the location turned on all day.

DOT officials should respond to the request Wednesday.

The community has rallied around the family of the girl that was killed.

Channel 9 reporter Greg Suskin will have more on how people have contacted the family to help, Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:32:14 -0400

Sports events in uptown to shut down roads this week

Some sports-related uptown events will take place this week.


Belk College Kickoff FanFest

  • The event will close Mint Street between Morehead and Stonewall streets.
  • Set up starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and the event continues through 10 p.m. Thursday.
  • The event will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
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Charlotte Knights game at BB&T Ballpark

  • The game starts at noon Thursday.

Belk College Kickoff football game at Bank of America Stadium

  • The game starts at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Heavy uptown traffic is expected starting early Thursday.

Some streets near the Bank of America Stadium may be closed to traffic.

On-street parking will be very limited in the area. Commuters should plan accordingly.

Riding CATS transit is encouraged. For more information, visit ridetransit.org or call Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433).

Pedestrians will be crossing streets and walking to the events from remote on-street and lot parking. Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times.

Charlotte Department of Transportation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police will monitor traffic conditions to help mitigate congestion during the events.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:41:44 -0400

Man backs stolen car into 2 Monroe stores, police say

A man backed a stolen car into two Monroe stores early Wednesday morning, according to Monroe police.

Officials said the man took a cash register from one of the stores. Monroe police asked Charlotte-Mecklenburg police to check out the address of the stolen car.

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 Police said the man at the home didn’t know his car had been stolen.

A surveillance photo of the man was released by police.

The owner of the stores said she got a call from the alarm company and watched the break-in on her phone. The man took the cash register, but the owner said there was nothing in the register.

Channel 9’s Liz Foster is gathering more details about this story. Check back for  updates to this developing story.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:29:45 -0400

North Carolina couple wins $1 million in S.C. lottery

A North Carolina couple won $1 million playing the South Carolina Education Lottery.

Cheaper gas prizes drew the couple across the state border to Clover, South Carolina, for a fill up at the Local Market 2 on Hwy. 321, where they also bought a Mega Millions ticket for Friday night’s drawing.

The husband checked their ticket online over the weekend.

With an ink pen, he circled the numbers on his ticket that matched, and when he was done, five numbers in a row 13, 35, 40, 60 and 68 were circled.  He missed the jackpot by failing to match the Megaball number of 9.

“He yelled,” said his wife, who was in another room and went to check on him.

She described the moment as overwhelming.  Her husband was handling the million dollar discovery quite well.  He already knew what the $1 million prize meant for them.

“For years, we’ve been dreaming of a home on the lake,” the husband said.

The couple is starting their search right away.

The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions are about 1 in 18.5 million.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:07:36 -0400

Mass. principal greets his students with the Nae Nae on first day of school

The first day of school can be daunting, you've been out of the classroom for a few months, you have new teachers with new classroom rules, sometimes you even have new dance trends.

Students going back to school at Remington Middle School in Franklin, Massachusetts were greeted by Principal Brian Wildeman dancing to "Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) as they walked into the building.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:57:03 -0400

Woman’s reason for headaches shocks doctors

Yadira Rostro, a 31-year-old mother from Texas, endured headache pain and vision impairment for nine months before doctors discovered the culprit.

Even doctors were surprised at what they found inside Rostro’s brain.

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KHOU reports that doctors at Methodist Dallas Medical Center removed larvae sacs from eight tapeworm eggs.

Doctors believe Rostro contracted the tapeworm after consuming contaminated food in Mexico two years ago. Instead of making her immediately ill, the parasite lurked in her bloodstream and eventually made its way to her brain. The headaches were triggered by fluid backup as the eggs grew.

The images were shocking to her neurosurgeon, but KHOU reports that Rostro has declined to view them.

She is expected to make a full recovery.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:48:48 -0400

Police: Husband kills wife over missing church tithe

A Tennessee man is in jail, charged with killing his wife over a church donation.

Norman McKinney showed up at the sheriff's office Sunday afternoon, saying he shot his wife, Johnson City Press reported.

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When deputies arrived, they found Mae McKinney, 81, with a gunshot wound in the head. She died Tuesday at a local hospital.

Sheriff Mike Hensley told the Johnson City Press, “According to him, he had put some money back for church tithes. He basically accused her of taking the money.”

Investigator Ronnie Adkins says the two argued for an hour before Norman grabbed a gun and pointed the gun at his wife, threatening to kill her. The paper writes McKinney told investigators his wife, “slapped the gun, causing it to fire.”

McKinney is being held on a charge of murder with bond set at $300,000.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:39:01 -0400

Man arrested after leading police on wrong-way chase down I-85

A wrong-way driver who police said led officers on a chase down Interstate 85 had traffic backed up for miles near Highway 321 in Gastonia early Wednesday morning.

Police said the incident started as a domestic situation where a man threatened a woman with a gun.

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The man, who police identified as Kenneth Meaders, then got into a car and proceeded to lead police on a chase on I-85 -- driving north in southbound traffic, police said.

Meaders was placed in custody and charged with driving the wrong way on I-85 to elude Gastonia police while possessing a rifle and drugs.

Meaders drove about a quarter of a mile on the interstate before jumping out, police said.

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Witnesses said they saw Meaders throw the gun out of the car.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:28:37 -0400

5 things to know about deadly Illinois officer shooting

The search continued most of Wednesday for three men, police believed gunned down an Illinois police officer Tuesday morning.

As local, state and federal law enforcement officials arrived for the manhunt north of Chicago, a community continued to mourn the life of the officer.

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1. Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday after he radioed to dispatch that he was chasing three men on foot in the community of Fox Lake, Illinois. His backup found Gliniewicz with a gunshot wound. He died shortly after on scene. Gliniewicz, 52, was on the force for more 30 years, married, the father of four sons and known as "G.I. Joe," CNN reported.

2. Gliniewicz's death is the third life lost by law enforcement in the line of duty this year in Illinois, The Associated Press reported. Dozens of supporters gathered in Fox Lake Tuesday night. Many held signs of support of police, some reading "Police Lives Matter" or "Blue and Brave."

3. Tuesday's manhunt put at least four schools on lockdown and had residents confined to their homes. Police searched woods and marshy areas in the region that is about 60 miles north of Chicago. Law enforcement also went house to house looking for the unknown suspects, CNN reported. Commuter trains were stopped. And in an unusual twist, for people with dogs who needed to go outside, police officers handled the job of walking the pets as residents stayed indoors, the AP reported.

4. Schools remained closed Wednesday as members of law enforcement continued the search, The Washington Post reported.

5. Gliniewicz was supposed to retire next month, but the chief asked him to stay on for one more month, WGN reported. 

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:10:46 -0400

Spectator says Atlas V launch 'was perfect, goosebumps all over'

An Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Wednesday at 6:18 am. The launch was scheduled for 5:59 am, but had gone into an unplanned hold because of a gaseous nitrogen problem.

According to SpaceFlightNow.com, "The rocket was delivering two-and-a-half million pounds of ground-shaking thrust at takeoff, more than any rocket flying from Cape Canaveral these days."

"The sound was fantastic. Especially, what…it took about a minute or two minutes for the sound to get here. It was well worth coming," said British tourist Robert Lough.

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The spacecraft carried a Navy communications satellite into orbit.

Officials said the Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is a "next generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed using a combination of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations to significantly improve communications for U.S. forces on the move."

WFTV reporter Janai Norman spoke with Albert Degruijs, who is visiting central Florida from Holland.

"[It's my] seventh time here in Orlando, [and I've] never seen a launch. It was perfect. Goosebumps all over," Degruijs said.

United Launch Alliance said the views of the rocket launch were caused by unusual atmospheric conditions, and that jellyfish-like plumes were seen all over Florida.

The launch was scheduled for Monday, but was delayed because of the threat from Tropical Storm Erika.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:06:54 -0400

Tractor-trailer crash snarls traffic on I-85 near McAdenville

Two lanes of Interstate 85 in Gaston County were blocked early Wednesday morning after a crash involving two tractor-trailers, officials told Channel 9.

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The crash happened around 7:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-85 near exit 23 in McAdenville.

When Channel 9 arrived on the scene, it appeared that one of the tractor-trailers had rear-ended the other. A van was also involved in the wreck.

Initially, all lanes were closed, but after briefly reopening all lanes, emergency officials had to shut down the interstate again to remove a large pipe one of the big rigs was hauling.

Traffic backups stretched more than 10 miles.

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There was no word on any injuries and crews hope to have the road completely reopened by 8:30 a.m.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:46:44 -0400

Day care workers accused of running 'fight club' among children

Two New Jersey day care workers are facing charges, accused of staging fights among the children in their care.

Erica Kenny and Chanese White spoke of the movie "Fight Club" as they encouraged children between the ages 4 and 6 to have playground fights at Lightbridge Academy in Cranford, New Jersey, according to WCBS.

"About a dozen children, boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6, just fighting; throwing each other to the ground; hitting each other," Grace Park, acting Union County prosecutor, said.

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Prosecutors said Kenny shot video of the fights and sent the video on Snapchat.

Normally the videos, which lasted 10 seconds, would disappear, but investigators found the footage after someone recorded it, WCBS reported.

Kenny and White have been fired.

Lightbridge Academy responded to the allegations in a statement.

"As parents and caregivers, we are shocked and saddened by this isolated incident and we have assisted the prosecutors office from the state of its investigation into this matter. While no children were physically harmed during this incident, we have a zero tolerance policy for anyone who acts in conflict with the core value of Lightbridge Academy - the safety and well-being of our children."

Kenny and White are accused of child abuse. Kenny also faces endangering the welfare of a child charges, PIX11 reported. 

White faces up to 18 months in prison, while Kenny faces up to five years.

Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:39:42 -0400

Must-see: Bookworm baby cries every time a story ends

These parents should have no trouble getting their kid to open a book when he finally learns to read. This baby clearly loves literature so much, he's miserable without it.

A video uploaded to YouTube by user leesedanielle shows the parents reading to their son, who is wearing a "The snuggle is real" shirt. He seems to enjoy storytime until they say "the end" and close the book. That's when the waterworks begin. 

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Whether it's "Baby Animals," "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" or "I Am a Bunny," this baby can't handle his favorite books ending until he's good and ready.

The video titled "The Saddest Bookworm" has already received more than 372,000 views. 

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:36:08 -0400

iPhone hackers steal more than 225,000 Apple accounts

Beware, iPhone users: Hackers reportedly have swiped nearly a quarter million Apple accounts in what experts are calling "the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware."

According to California security firm Palo Alto Networks, the attackers used a malware program called KeyRaider to hack "jailbroken" iOS devices and steal at least 225,000 accounts. Newsy defines jailbroken iPhones as devices that "owners have tampered with so apps that Apple hasn't OK'd can be installed, and settings that are normally locked can be changed." Phones that have not been jailbroken were not affected.

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Victims include users from 18 countries, including the United States. 

If that wasn't bad enough, the hackers also have shared the stolen information so others can use the targets' accounts to buy apps. Some victims even said their phones were "locked" and held for ransom, Palo Alto Networks reported.

Do you have a jailbroken iPhone and suspect it may be infected? Check out Palo Alto Networks' report for step-by-step instructions on how to find out whether you were targeted and how to protect yourself.

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:29:09 -0400

Police break into hot car to save 'baby,' find doll instead

When police and emergency crews in Oakland, California, broke a car window Monday, they thought they were rescuing a baby locked inside. But they found something very different instead – a lifelike doll.

According to KGO-TV, the doll had been placed in a car seat. There was no word on why the doll was there or whether police were able to speak with the car's owner.

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"Fortunately, it was not a baby or small child," Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson told ABC News. "We encourage anyone who believes there is a dangerous situation such as this incident to contact emergency personnel so we can make that determination."

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Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:28:09 -0400