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SSA Warns Against New Social Security Scam

Jul 24, 2017, 6:16 pm EDT

A Social Security scam is making the rounds.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning citizens to be wary of a con that consists of individuals posing as members of the agency, calling people and asking them for sensitive personal information. They use identifiable information to get others pieces of data from a person, including the victims’ direct deposit, address and telephone information.

The scammers are calling from a phone number that begins with a 323 area code, claiming to be officials of the agency who offer the news in exchange for a “1.7% cost-of-living adjustment.” The Social Security scam will ask you for your SS number, date of birth and parents’ full names. Read 

Spicer Resigns: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Quits

Jul 21, 2017, 5:50 pm EDT

Sean Spicer has resigned from his role as the White House press secretary, a role he held since President Trump was sworn in back in January.

He announced his resignation on Friday due to inner turmoil within the West Wing. Spicer was also unhappy about the POTUS’ decision to appoint Anthony Scaramucci as the communications director.

Scaramucci is the founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, and he announced that Spicer’s role will be given to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as Spicer’s chief deputy. Read 

U.S. Ends Airplane Laptop Ban

Jul 21, 2017, 4:46 pm EDT

The U.S. laptop ban imposed on several Muslim nations has been removed. Source: Microsoft

Homeland Security confirmed on Thursday that it will no longer ban passengers coming in from 10 countries with a large Muslim population from bringing their laptops as a carry-on item. The ban also affected other large electronic devices.

The agency imposed the ban on the Muslim nations due to the fact that there were concerns that Islamic radicals were building bombs and disguising them as laptops with the intent of bringing them onto planes and wreaking havoc. Read 

Uruguay Pharmacies First in the World to Sell Recreational Marijuana

Jul 20, 2017, 2:47 pm EDT

Uruguay has become the first country in the world to sell marijuana in its pharmacies for recreational purposes. Source: ©iStock.com/CapturedNuance

The South American nation has a recent history of being among the most progressive countries in the continent, with its president openly supporting the use of marijuana. Now, Uruguay is offering recreational marijuana in its pharmacies for those who sign up with the country’s national registry.

Five thousand people have already signed up to be able to buy the drug in its locations, allowing them to purchase up to 10 grams a week, and no more than 40 grams a month. Cannabis was legalized four years ago in Uruguay. Read 

Sen. John McCain’s Brain Tumor: What Is Glioblastoma?

Jul 20, 2017, 2:20 pm EDT

Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor called glioblastoma.

A tumor was removed from the 2008 presidential candidate’s head on Friday after a blood clot was found just above his left eye. The illness is a type of brain cancer that is caused by astrocytes, the supportive tissue of the brain.

Glioblastoma tends to be malignant and the cancerous cells reproduce at a fast rate as this is a part of the brain that has a large network of blood vessels. The disease can be found anywhere on the brain or spinal cord. Read 

Hawaii: Grandparents Are Exempt From Trump Travel Ban

Jul 14, 2017, 1:02 pm EDT

Hawaii U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has ruled that the Trump travel ban can’t stop certain family members from coming to the United States.

The federal judge from Hawaii has expanded the list of family members that can bypass the Trump travel ban. They are as follows.

    Grandparents Grandchildren Brothers-in-law Sisters-in-law Aunts Uncles Nieces Nephews Cousins

The Hawaii judge says that “common sense” is a deciding factor of what counts as close family and that grandparents easily fall into this category. Watson is the same judge that blocked the revised Trump travel ban in March. He was asked by the state to rule on what counts as “close family.” Read 

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